Castlevania Requiem Officially Announced

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Konami has revealed Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood for the PlayStation 4, releasing a month from today on October 26th. The games are not remasters, but rather emulations of the originals with a few additional features, including 4K/HD upscaling, trophy support, new rendering options such as smoothing, and even additional high-resolution backgrounds.

You can hit the jump to check out the official announcement trailer, before Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood hits PlayStation 4 next month.

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Sony Allowing Cross-Play

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After resisting for so long, Sony Computer Entertainment has finally decided to loosen the stranglehold on the PlayStation 4 and allow cross-play with other platforms. In a blog post, Sony revealed the massive policy change, as well as a beta for Fortnite with cross-play enabled today.

Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

The PS Vita is Officially Dead

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According to Mantan Web, shipments of Sony’s long-standing portable console will cease early next year in Japan, citing dwindling hardware releases for the system. Sony Interactive Entertainment executive Hiroyuki Oda added, “Right now, I’d like you to consider that there is no PS Vita successor hardware. As for a portable game machine, there is no plans for anything after the PS Vita.”

The PS Vita debuted in Japan in 2011, as the official successor to the PlayStation Portable, and has went on to moderate success, particularly acting alongside the PlayStation 4 at home.

Super Bomberman R Update Revealed

Konami has revealed the latest update for Super Bomberman R, with new characters, stages, game rules, accessories, and more. On top of a new Castlevania stage, and “Civilians” Grand Prix mode, every version of the game will receive Alucard Bomber from Castlevania, Caesar Bomber from Star Soldier, Mimi Bomber and Nyami Bomber from Pop’n Music, and Upa Bomber from Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa. 

Additionally, all of the new platforms have access to exclusive characters with PlayStation 4 featuring Pipo Monkey Bomber from Ape Escape and Toro Bomber from Doko Demo Issyo, the Xbox One has Arbiter Bomber and Grunt Bomber from Halo, and the PC has Atlas Bomber from Portal.

Super Bomberman R is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

PlayStation Classic Announced

Sony Computer Entertainment has, out of left field, announced the new PlayStation Classic, jumping on the trend of mini retro consoles. The system will release on December 3rd, and include 2 replica controllers, HDMI output, and cleverly designed usage of its main top-mounted buttons. Currently only 5 games have been announced, but they already make the system one to watch:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash

The system is set to feature 20 pre-loaded games.

SNK Reveals Sequel to Samurai Shodown for 2019

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SNK, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, have revealed a sequel to Samurai Shodown, titled Samurai Spirits, set for release on PlayStation 4 in 2019. The game takes place in 1787, where a dark cloud of dread looms over a feudal Japan intent on shifting to the modern age.

The gameplay and visual style looks very reminiscent of Street Fighter IV, but serves as a great throwback for fans of the classic fighter. Hit the jump to check out the first official trailer, featuring work in progress gameplay.

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Capcom Announces Remaster of First Onimusha

Capcom has announced Onimusha: Warlords, an HD remaster of the first Onimusha game, originally released on the PlayStation 2. The new update will include “updated features including high-definition graphics, widescreen display option, analog stick support, a readily available Easy Mode option, and new soundtrack.”

Onimusha: Warlords will release on January 15th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and will cost $19.99.

Nathan Fillion Stars in Uncharted Fan Film

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The official Uncharted live-action adaptation, currently starring Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake is currently in a bit of development hell. But, genre-favorite Nathan Fillion, long a fan favorite to play the action hero on the big screen, is here to whet our appetites with a fantastic fan film directed by Allan Ungar.

The short is a fantastic bit of production, with a great cast. Even managing to properly do a “video game” sequence in the vein of the original games. Hit the jump to check out the short film.

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My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Launching October 26th

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Bandai Namco have announced that My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will launch later this year, on October 26th in North America for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Additionally, players who pre-order the game will have access to play as the #2 hero, Endeavor.

My Hero Academia is on a roll as quite the successor to the crowns of fan-favorites Naruto and Bleach, becoming a cultural phenomenon we haven’t seen in several years. Hopefully the first official video game for the series does it justice. Get it?!

Sega and Kotobukiya Team For Massive Border Break Display

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Sega and Kotobukiya have teamed up for an incredibly massive display advertisement for the upcoming PlayStation 4 release of arcade-favorite, Border Break. The display is a huge set of styrol resin parts that connect to form the largest model kit in history.

The parts are on display at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. You can hit the jump for more pictures of the incredible display, as well as a video of their development.

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Polymega Modular Retro Console Unveiled

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At E3 this year, creators PlayMaji unveiled their new retro console, titled the Polymega. The system is modular and will support widgets allowing players to relive their favorite games for NES, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and even PlayStation games. The Polymega will use an elegant hybrid emulation software, allowing for support on the multiple platforms.

It’s quite a beautiful system, with prices starting at $249.99, and pre-orders opening this summer. Head over to the official website for more information.

PhE3: PlayStation Keynote

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Sony kept with the predictable format for companies at this year’s E3 show, and stuck to their guns, showing off previously-announced titles that hadn’t been released from last year’s show.

Plenty of new gameplay for Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts III, and new trailers for Death Stranding, and The Last of Us Part II were the stars here, and for fans of Sony’s first party games, they were not disappointed. Hit the jump to check out what Sony had on offer for this year.

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Keep Up With Our E3 Coverage

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It’s that time of year again. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3 is here, and strangely, many of the keynote showcases that the show has become known for will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday with others happening on Monday. You can follow along with all of the latest coverage from each show throughout the weekend on Ph LEVEL as we share the craziest announcements from each show, split into convenient posts for you to keep up with all the news.

EA – Saturday, June 9, 11am Pacific Time

Microsoft – Sunday, June 10, 1pm Pacific Time

Bethesda – Sunday, June 10, 6:30pm Pacific Time

Square Enix – Monday, June 11, 10am Pacific Time

Ubisoft – Monday, June 11, 1pm Pacific Time

Sony – Monday, June 11, 6pm Pacific Time

Nintendo – Tuesday, June 12, 9am Pacific Time

Analog EP54: Leave It In The Butt

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The guys are back with a huge Pre-E3 episode this week, covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Trailers for Bumblebee, Wreck-It-Ralph 2, and Lego Movie 2! A ton of DC Universe speculation, and our predictions for E3 2018! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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PlayStation Countdown to E3 Revealed

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E3 is starting this weekend, and in anticipation of their keynote address on June 11th at 6:00pm PST, Sony has revealed their Countdown to E3 schedule, with reveals each morning at 8:00am PST. The broadcast will be available to check out at PlayStation’s official websiteTwitchYouTube, and Facebook. See the schedule and teaser below:

  • Wednesday, June 6 at 8am Pacific

Announce: New PS4 Game With PS VR Support

 

  • Thursday, June 7 at 8am Pacific

Release Date for an Upcoming Worldwide Studios Title

 

  • Friday, June 8 at 8am Pacific

Announce: New PS4 Game

 

  • Saturday, June 9 at 8am Pacific

Announce: New PS VR Game

 

  • Sunday, June 10 at 8am Pacific

Details: An Eagerly Anticipated Game Comes to PS VR