Welcome back! Join us on this week’s show as we reveal next week’s new PlayStation Store releases, chat about July’s PS Plus lineup, discuss our earliest gaming memories, and try to figure out the best way to introduce our children (and future children) to the medium of video games.
Thinking of stocking up on some new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games to play this summer? Good news for you! I’m excited to introduce PlayStation Store’s Totally Digital campaign, a special promotion bringing you a slew of new digital releases over the next four weeks as well as deep discounts on a handpicked selection of catalog titles.
Anticipated games like Pyre, Sundered, Nidhogg 2 and Absolver will be launching during this promotion, with preorder discounts of up to 15 percent. But that’s not all, PlayStation Plus members save up to 20 percent on preorders for games like Patapon and the Last Day of June – so make sure to scoop them up before they launch.
In addition to exciting new releases, starting today you can save up to 50 percent on titles like Enter the Gungeon, Mother Russia Bleeds, Mount & Blade: Warband. PS Plus members save even more, with discounts up to 60 percent.
Special guest host Greg Kasavin from Supergiant Games joins the team to talk about Pyre, and his experience working in game development. What does it mean to write for a story-based game? How does the team at Supergiant come up with their ideas? And how tall is Greg’s Backlog of Shame right now?
We’re finally worthy. Heralded as the magnum opus of the fan favorite Samurai Shodown series, the home version (AES) of Samurai Shodown V Special was a victim of circumstance and experienced a rocky original launch. The arcade version of the game was a clear evolution of the series, building upon what was already one of the most violent fighting game series in the industry. The most notable addition was the inclusion of brutal Overkill moves which gave players the ability to end a match with a visceral fatal strike unique to each character. Samurai Shodown IV had already featured generic fatality-like moves, and Samurai Shodown V Special was meant to take that even further with character specific moves.
‘Shakedown: Hawaii’ was first announced right here, a year and a half ago. I had no idea what everyone’s reaction would be, knowing that after Retro City Rampage, each of you would have your own picture in mind of what the next game would look like. I hoped that whatever that was, it would line up with what Shakedown is. So with that said, I couldn’t have been happier (and relieved) with how well it was received. Having explored so many different potential art styles with so many different artists, it looked like I’d ultimately chosen the right one. The new music direction went over super well too!
June was not a great month to be a camp counselor… Friday the 13th: The Game racked up more downloads on PS4 than anything else for the month, followed by the celebrated return of Crash Bandicoot in the N. Sane Trilogy.
Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood made strong debuts on the PS4 Add-ons chart (but not quite strong enough to take down Call of Duty Zombies Chronicles), and Arizona Sunshine rocketed straight to the top of the PlayStation VR list.