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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter

I don’t consider myself a huge fan of Castlevania but I do remember loving the game and spending many hours playing the game on my old 8-Bit TV console. So when I heard news about the series producer Koji Igarashi going on Kickstarter to raise funds for his upcoming video game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, I decided to back it. This is after all the first time I backed a game on Kickstarter.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is based on the player-character named Miriam who finds her blood is cursed and is slowly turning to crystal. To remove the curse she faces the challenges of a monster-filled castle with the help of Gebel, her companion who is similarly afflicted but for a much longer time.

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The game will be presented in a 2.5D style, presenting the game in three-dimensional graphics but restricting movement to a 2D system. Koji Igarashi stated the choice for 2.5D was that it follows in the style of his previous Castlevania games.

Koji Igarashi brought the game to Kickstarter after failing to get funding from more than twenty publishers. They thought nobody will be interested in this kind of game anymore. Well, the project reached is goal of US$500,000 within hours and US$2 million within 2 days.

If you are interested, do check out the Kickstarter project. The game is expected to be ready in March 2017.

PlayStation 4 Greatest Hits coming to Singapore

PlayStation 4 Greatest Hits will be available in Singapore from 22nd April 2015.

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PS4 Greatest Hits is a selection from the previously released best-selling PS4 software titles, which will now be available in a lower price. Available in package versions at PlayStation Authorised Dealers for a price of S$32.90, the PS4 Greatest Hits include Killzone Shadow Fall, KNACK, inFAMOUS Second Son and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.

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Sony Project Morpheus virtual reality system

Sony recently unveiled the new prototype of “Project Morpheus” (Morpheus), a virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation 4.

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Morpheus enables players to experience a sense of presence, where they feel as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game. Morpheus VR headset is equipped with a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution OLED display. This expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removes motion blur and flicker, both of which build immersion and help deliver the sense of presence for the player.

With the OLED display, Morpheus is able to support 120fps output. With a system software update, all PS4 system will be able to handle native 120fps output when connected to Morpheus. By combining the OLED display’s high refresh rate and the power of the PS4 system, Morpheus produces amazingly smooth visuals and achieves the next level of immersion.

Morpheus also have nine LED on the headset to support 360 degree tracking. The overall system has been optimized to reduce latency between the physical movement of a player’s head and rendering on the headset’s screen.

Morpheus is still in development and is expected to launch in the first half of 2016.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Bloodborne to be released in Asia on 24 March 2015

Bloodborne will be available in Asia on 24 March 2015 exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

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FromSoftware and SCE JAPAN Studio, the joint forces behind the revolutionary gameplay of the PlayStation 3 title, Demon’s Souls, promise to innovate once again on the PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne. This completely unique Japan-made action RPG has earned many accolades already, and will be sure to captivate players around the globe.

The game will be available in a limited edition, the “Limited Hunter Edition”, which comes with a Special Artbook, collectable Steelbook, digital soundtrack, PlayStation®4 Custom Theme, and multiple costumes for the in-game character, “Messenger”. The “Bloodborne™” PlayStation®4 Bundle Pack will also be made available from 24th March.

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On top of this, the game will come with a 14-day trial code for the PlayStation Plus service , allowing users to fully experience the unique online features of Bloodborne, including its ever-changing “Chalice Dungeons”.

Pre-orders will start from 18 February to 23 March at all PlayStation Authorised Dealers and Sony Stores. Gamers who pre-order any version of the game will also be given a special Sword-Hammer Letter Opener, while stocks last. Bloodborne Limited Hunter Edition will retail at S$89.90. PlayStation 4 Bundle Pack will retail at S$669.00.

Battlefield Hardline beta now open

Battlefield Hardline, the next installment in the critically-acclaimed Battlefield series, will host an open multiplayer beta from 3 February to 8 February 2015. The beta will be available to all players around the world on Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system.

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Battlefield Hardline builds on the foundation of the franchise’s signature multiplayer experience focused on team play and strategy and adds a new dimension of speed, making it the fastest Battlefield game ever. The open beta will feature three different maps and modes highlighting this cops and criminals fantasy world. The all-new Hotwire mode brings high-speed chases to the battlefield, as the criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. Available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl, success in Hotwire will be predicated on teamwork and precision driving. Players can also experience the Battlefield franchise’s signature mode Conquest in Dust Bowl, with epic battles for up to 64 players. And finally, the beta will also feature Heist, another new mode being introduced in Battlefield Hardline. Playable on the map Bank Job, the mode will pit criminals trying to pull off that big score and break into a bank vault, securing their take at drop off points in the map while a squad of cops work together to stop them.

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The Battlefield Hardline beta will also provide access to the full breadth of multiplayer progression in the game, which features fresh new weapons, vehicles, gadgets and gear. Players will have to create new strategies on the battlefield with faster getaway methods like the zipline and muscle cars, or new entry tactics with the grappling hook and non-lethal takedown options like arrests, interrogations and stun guns. On top of all this, the beta will give the first look at another game mode called Hacker. This takes surveillance to the next level as one player on each side can hack the battlefield in different ways including hacking into security cameras, spotting enemies and specifying areas for their team to attack or defend. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.

Battlefield Hardline will be available on 17 March 2015 in Asia for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Pre-Order at Battlefield website now.