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February 2024 games:

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium | Game Catalog
PlayStation Premium | Classics
March 2024 games (available on March 5th):

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium | Game Catalog

 
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Since I had just gone back to finish up the Intergrade content to FF7 Remake, I found the FF7 Rebirth demo to be quite enjoyable.

Just wishing I hadn't missed the steelbook pre-order at Best Buy now. Oh, well.
 
Foamstars is fun as a mix of Overwatch and Rocket League. Quick matches and it has some match types that rotate in every hour until you play a few matches of each to unlock them for good, as far as I can tell. The gyro controls work pretty well like Splatoon's controls, though I need to dial in the sensitivity to get it feeling better and maybe remap the recenter camera button.

They've got a basic 4v4 match type where both teams have 7 tickets to lose with each kill and then a top player is designated that needs to be taken out to win the match. Another match type is basically a payload mission with a big rubber duck that moves around based on which team has control of it where the foam can help speed it up or slow it down, which is fun. Another match type is round-based with two people from each team fighting in the arena and the other two hang out on the edges to shoot foam in the arean and use some special skills to try to help your teammates or hinder the other team's players. It's some good variety in there so far.

They have a single player Mission mode with some quick wave-based stages that have some story to them and help you learn the character's abilities. They also have some co-op missions to play with friends or strangers. You seem to earn some currency to spend on stat upgrades for just this mode, as far as I can tell.

The cosmetic unlocks are pretty few and far between, as most of what's in the character customization page are paid stuff in the shop or on the battle pass. What's left are unlocked with the free parts of the battle pass or with some basic challenges you should be able to hit without too much fuss if you play enough. This game should probably be free to play with how much stuff is in the shop and how much they're asking for some of it.
 
Streaming some Helldivers 2 if you want to see that in action.

Edit: Here's the archive. Very fun game so far with a lot of chaos as the bugs and robots spawn in at the worst times when completing objectives or defending the extraction point. The matchmaking seems to be hard to get working or is broken at the moment, so I've only been able to do solo missions so far.
 
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Streaming some Helldivers 2 if you want to see that in action.

Edit: Here's the archive. Very fun game so far with a lot of chaos as the bugs and robots spawn in at the worst times when completing objectives or defending the extraction point. The matchmaking seems to be hard to get working or is broken at the moment, so I've only been able to do solo missions so far.
Patch should be dropping today on PS5 to resolve the matchmaking from what I have seen on Discord.
 

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My husband got Helldivers 2 on Steam and he has been losing his mind over it, like it's all he's been talking about. I watched a little of his gameplay and it looks amazing. The maps are very cool and he'll have so many games of just pure chaos, especially when fighting the SOCIALIST AUTOMATONS. I'm glad the game is doing well, but it's doing a little too well since the developers can't seem to stabilize the servers for how many people are playing at once. Still, I guess that's a good problem for them to have. I think Green Man Gaming ran out of codes for it on Steam and just recently restocked. Like, that's crazy. This game and the much more niche Granblue Fantasy Relink (which is also fun as shit) both surpassed one million copies sold, and that's really impressive (especially for Granblue, since that game was up against Yakuza and Persona). It's only February and we're seriously eatin' good.
 
Helldivers 2 is a fantastic coop game. Me and a few friends have been really enjoying it. I think the dialog in the game is so well done and the atmosphere of each planet so far is really engaging and unique. Weapons so far all feel really good and the stratagems are just plain fun. I also like how you can earn all the currencies in the game. There has been so much chaos, laughing and fun happening in our group, it has been a blast.

For Super Earth and for Democracy!
 
I played the Steam Fest Ultros demo and was really meh on it. It was all style over substance. Here is my snippet of it:

Ultros – 16 minutes. This one is another 2D Metroidvania except it feels like an acid trip. The graphics are the most stunning thing with being all neon and weird looking. You go around and eat stuff to get level ups and explore in this weird space. You can also knock out parts of the environment to go places. This feels way more style over substance as it doesn’t control amazingly, but it is an experience. Not my favorite, but would be neat bundled. 6/10

Also is Helldivers 2 a decent single player game? One of my friends may play it, but I'm not sure.
 
Yeah I am curious about Helldivers 2 playing solo too. It's basically impossible for me to schedule game time with friends and I really do not enjoy gaming with randoms.
 
Also is Helldivers 2 a decent single player game? One of my friends may play it, but I'm not sure.
I played only one mission so far by myself on easy and was able to complete it, enjoyed it and finish all the optional objectives.
I personally think it is more fun coop but unlike the first game where I thought it was not at all fun solo I think this one maybe easier to play solo and I will play more missions solo when my group is not available.
 
the only problem with playing solo is the better rewards are on the harder difficulties and they are, obviously, more difficult, especially solo. I can't tell for sure, but it doesn't seem like enemies scale to the number of players in the game. at the very least it is very easy to get overwhelmed on your own by large groups of enemies, as they seem to try to flank you constantly.
 
The higher difficulties solo are very hard. I've had very few issues playing with randoms and for the most part have been able to stick with the same group of 4 for a few hours while playing. You can kinda do your own thing while playing with a group if you want as well. I definitely recommend just giving the co-op a try. I am not much a multiplayer guy, especially with randos, and don't play any "games as a service", but this game seems to somehow be tailored to me and the type of third person action games that I like and it has just clicked with me so I highly recommend it.
 

“Looking ahead, PS5 will enter the latter stage of its life cycle,” Matsuoka is quoted as saying. “As such, we will put more emphasis on the balance between profitability and sales. For this reason, we expect the annual sales pace of PS5 hardware will start falling from the next fiscal year.”

What do you make of this statement? PS5 hasn't even been out for 4 years yet. Don't Sony consoles usually last like 6 to 8 years? Are they already thinking about releasing ps6 next year? 2026?
 
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“Looking ahead, PS5 will enter the latter stage of its life cycle,” Matsuoka is quoted as saying. “As such, we will put more emphasis on the balance between profitability and sales. For this reason, we expect the annual sales pace of PS5 hardware will start falling from the next fiscal year.”

What do you make of this statement? PS5 hasn't even been out for 4 years yet. Don't Sony consoles usually last like 6 to 8 years? Are they already thinking about releasing ps6 next year? 2026?
Well, if we're at 4 years, and Sony's cycle is usually close to 8 years, then, yes, the PS5 is entering the latter stage of its life cycle.
 

Here's the games list starting for February 20th for each tier.

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium | Game Catalog

Need for Speed Unbound | PS5

The Outer Worlds: Spacer’s Choice Edition | PS5

Tales of Arise | PS4, PS5

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla | PS4, PS5

LEGO Worlds | PS4

LEGO Jurassic World | PS4

Roguebook | PS4, PS5

Rogue Lords | PS4


Tales of Zestiria | PS4

PlayStation Premium | Classics

Resistance: Retribution | PS4, PS5

Jet Moto 2 | PS4, PS5

Tales of Symphonia | PS4, PS5


Tales of Vesperia | PS4, PS5
 
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Symphonia, Vesperia, Zestiria & Arise? That's one hell of a marathon for RPG lovers wanting to get into the Tales series. All are good to great games.
I just started playing Zestiria on my PC in the last few weeks and really have been enjoying it. It was nice to find some 60 FPS mods for it though, as the 30 FPS mode wasn't all that great.
 
Well, if we're at 4 years, and Sony's cycle is usually close to 8 years, then, yes, the PS5 is entering the latter stage of its life cycle.

The ps4 is over 10yrs and games are still being multi released on that console. Kind of ridiculous to say the ps5 is in the latter stage when the ps4 haven't even died yet. Feels like they're just trying to justify selling everyone a new console and upping the game price from $70 to $100 cause "reasons" when graphics look identical to ps4 games.
 
Well, if we're at 4 years, and Sony's cycle is usually close to 8 years, then, yes, the PS5 is entering the latter stage of its life cycle.
Except we aren't at 4 years yet. We won't be until November. Right now we're at 3 years and a few months. Seems odd that PS5 is in the latter stage at 3 years and a few months.
 
I just started playing Zestiria on my PC in the last few weeks and really have been enjoying it. It was nice to find some 60 FPS mods for it though, as the 30 FPS mode wasn't all that great.
I played it back around the time it launch on PS4 and had a great time with it as it was. Playing at 60 fps would be a nice upgrade. Those PC mods can be transformative. I'm glad modern console games give you the option for higher framerates. Action RPG's benefit greatly from the boost. Arise at 60fps was a dream to play.
 
I played it back around the time it launch on PS4 and had a great time with it as it was. Playing at 60 fps would be a nice upgrade. Those PC mods can be transformative. I'm glad modern console games give you the option for higher framerates. Action RPG's benefit greatly from the boost. Arise at 60fps was a dream to play.
Totally agree. Can't wait to keep moving through the series.
 
The ps4 is over 10yrs and games are still being multi released on that console. Kind of ridiculous to say the ps5 is in the latter stage when the ps4 haven't even died yet. Feels like they're just trying to justify selling everyone a new console and upping the game price from $70 to $100 cause "reasons" when graphics look identical to ps4 games.
I imagine in the all-digital game-streaming future that we will be asked to pay crazy amounts to own a game physically
 

“Looking ahead, PS5 will enter the latter stage of its life cycle,” Matsuoka is quoted as saying. “As such, we will put more emphasis on the balance between profitability and sales. For this reason, we expect the annual sales pace of PS5 hardware will start falling from the next fiscal year.”

What do you make of this statement? PS5 hasn't even been out for 4 years yet. Don't Sony consoles usually last like 6 to 8 years? Are they already thinking about releasing ps6 next year? 2026?
Don't give a shit.
 
I just started playing Zestiria on my PC in the last few weeks and really have been enjoying it. It was nice to find some 60 FPS mods for it though, as the 30 FPS mode wasn't all that great.
The game couldn't even keep 30fps steady. Nice the mods can fix it. Outside of probably link encounters with multiple casters.
 
The ps4 is over 10yrs and games are still being multi released on that console. Kind of ridiculous to say the ps5 is in the latter stage when the ps4 haven't even died yet. Feels like they're just trying to justify selling everyone a new console and upping the game price from $70 to $100 cause "reasons" when graphics look identical to ps4 games.

Consoles often last 6-7 years these days and get a Pro version. OG PS4 came in 2013 and Pro version came in 2016. PS5 hit in 2020.

Avatar can literally output at 720p on a modern console (PS5) - so yeah, it's time for a Pro edition.
[Digital Foundry on Avatar PS5 hitting 720p]

AMD GPU on consoles - which is around 6-8gb VRAM RTX 2060-2080 turf, more or less & performance is gonna depend per game - is already 2 gen's behind what higher-end GPU's on PC can do (i.e. think of what a 4090 can do at 4K). This gen of consoles can't keep up w/ higher-end PC GPU's now. We're on year 3, so a Pro version's due & probably coming for PS5.

I'm only gonna get worse with needing more power. We're seeing it on PC with more VRAM usage and GPU usage, TBH - and especially if we got more Unreal Engine 5 usage (i.e. Lumen and Nanite stuff) and more RT-usage, it's gonna get worse and more brutal.

My 8gb VRAM RTX 3070 on PC can't keep up w/ what some of these newer PC games are doing. Some games now even recommend that or even require it - so, I'm probably due for an upgrade there and gonna need to add some more RAM at some point too.

Legendary game-designer Tim Cain said (of Black Isle, Troika, and Obsidian history) in one of his video-blogs recently that dev's basically are taught to just make the game work and that optimization is not critical anymore.
 
The ps4 is over 10yrs and games are still being multi released on that console. Kind of ridiculous to say the ps5 is in the latter stage when the ps4 haven't even died yet. Feels like they're just trying to justify selling everyone a new console and upping the game price from $70 to $100 cause "reasons" when graphics look identical to ps4 games.
I was just going by their math. If you want to get all huffy about it, go yell at Sony.
 
Both PS4 and XBox One are still supported. The truth is that consoles have become powerful enough in the last decade to play games well for much longer than has been the case in the past. Heck the Nintendo Switch is basically about the same as an XBox 360 from a game performance perspective in my opinion.
 
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