Massive PS4 Game Sale Now Live On The US PlayStation Store

A surprise sale has popped up on PSN, and it’s one of the biggest ones we’ve seen. It’s called Attack of the Blockbuster, and the sale more than lives up to the name. Dozens and dozens of the biggest PS4 games are discounted now, including tons of major PS4 exclusives. As often happens with these things, PlayStation Plus members get additional savings. There’s no official word on when the sale will end, but a few of the games say they’re going back to regular price August 28. In any case, get ready to put a hurting on your credit card.

Let’s start with God of War, which is on sale for $40 (or $35 if you’re a PS Plus member). That’s a great deal, considering how recently this surefire Game of the Year contender came out. Speaking of major PS4 exclusives, you can grab Horizon: Zero Dawn: Complete Edition for just $16 ($12). And the massive JRPG Persona 5 is down to $35 ($30).

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The whole Uncharted series is also on sale for cheap. You can pick up Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $10 ($8), Uncharted 4 for $12 ($10), and the standalone offshoot Uncharted: Lost Legacy for $15 ($12). The cinematic horror game Until Dawn is just $6 ($5), while Insomniac’s pre-Spider-Man game Ratchet & Clank is down to $9 ($7).

It’s not just Sony exclusives on sale, either. The Witcher 3: Complete Edition, a sprawling game you could spend hundreds of hours exploring, is down to $25 ($20). The first-person horror-fest Resident Evil 7 is on sale for $22.50 ($20). For bonus scares, you can play the whole game using PSVR.

Also on sale are a bunch of remastered classics from last console generation, including Batman: Return to Arkham, BioShock: The Collection, Metro Redux, all of which cost $20 or less with PS Plus.

You can find many more recommendations below, or look at the whole list on the PlayStation Store.

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Here’s Why WWE’s Ronda Rousey Wasn’t Allowed To Do Hand-To-Hand Combat In Mile 22

When you find out that UFC Hall of Famer and current WWE superstar Ronda Rousey is going to be in an action movie, chances are you’re expecting some intense fight scenes that will allow her to put her martial arts training to use. That’s simply not the case in her new film, Mile 22, though.

While there is plenty of hand-to-hand combat on display in the film, most notably featuring The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, director Peter Berg made the decision to keep all of Rousey’s action firearm-based, rather than having her mix it up and throw hands in the movie. That’s a stark change from something like her appearance in Furious 7, where she had an extensive fight scene with Michelle Rodriguez.

So why have Rousey keep her hands to herself? Because it’s the last thing viewers would expect. “Pete purposely didn’t have me do any hand-to-hand combat because he felt like it’d be too me,” she tells GameSpot. “And he wanted people to be surprised to even see that it was me [in] the movie.”

Instead of fight choreography, Rousey went to gun school. After all, her character Sam is a member of a highly-cover group of operatives tasked with extracting a very dangerous asset from a foreign nation. Being proficient with guns is an important piece of the puzzle.

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“We had to learn the actual concepts of gun fighting,” Rousey says. “And so we spent a whole week or so in an abandoned hotel with real guns and blanks.”

It wasn’t just learning how to shoot that prepared her for the film, though. “We had a Navy Seal, Army Ranger, Marine, and all kinds of consultants helping us to study for this role, so we would actually learn the concept of how to you clear a room,” she explains. “One of the proper things to do was [make a] checklist of things to do, depending on how many people you have with you, and things like that. So when we got thrown into a situation, we would know the right things to do.”

The end result is an intense action film that lets Rousey try new things as an actress. After all, while she may be keeping her fight choreography skills honed in WWE, there’s not a lot of room for tactical gun use in the wrestling ring.

Mile 22 is in theaters on August 17. Rousey’s next WWE match finds her facing Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. Make sure you can check out GameSpot’s SummerSlam predictions.

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Gamescom 2018: New Overwatch Content Will Be Announced At Blizzard’s Panel

Blizzard just revealed its Gamescom 2018 schedule, as well as a number of games that the developer will feature at the event. The company also teased new content announcements for Overwatch.

Blizzard’s opening statements are scheduled for August 22 at 10:30 AM GMT+2 / 9:30 AM BST / 4:30 AM ET on Gamescom’s main stage. Later that morning, at 11:15 AM GMT+2 / 10:15 AM BST / 5:15 AM ET, Blizzard has a 45-minute Overwatch presentation of new content coming to the game. Blizzard has not revealed what types of announcements we can expect.

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Last year, Blizzard used Gamescom to unveil the Overwatch Rise and Shine cinematic short, which detailed a portion of Mei’s backstory as well as how she came to create her equipment. Blizzard also revealed the Junkertown map during Gamescom 2017.

Aside from Overwatch, Blizzard has also planned Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo panels and presentations. The full schedule can be found on the “Blizzard at Gamescom 2018” app, but we’ve outlined it below. Times are listed as they are in the app, in GMT+2.

Blizzard Gamescom 2018 Schedule

August 22

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Opening and Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Overwatch Event (Main Stage)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – World of Warcraft Event (Main Stage)
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – StarCraft Event (Main Stage)
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm Event (Main Stage)
  • 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Diablo Event (Main Stage)
  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Guest Event (Main Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage)
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Video Games Live Concert (Main Stage)
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing and Recap (Main Stage)

August 23

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Starcraft: Commander Co-op (Main Stage) – Starcraft II developer Kevin Dong demonstrates the new co-op commander with YouTubers Lowko and Winter.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm: Live Drawing with Carbot (Main Stage) – Carbot Animations is back this year, drawing characters from Heroes of the Storm live on stage.
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Island Expeditions Showcase (Main Stage) – Top German guilds Aversion and Set Sail For Fail compete live on stage in Island Expeditions.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Blizzard Dance Contest (Main Stage) – Perform dances from your favorite Blizzard characters for the chance to win awesome prizes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Guest: Bungie Presents Destiny 2: Forsaken (Main Stage)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Vide Games Live Concert (Main Stage) – Enjoy an epic concert packed with music from Blizzard’s games with the Video Games Live orchestra.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

August 24

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Overwatch: German Voice Actors Panel (Main Stage) – Hear from your favorite Overwatch characters as their German voice actors perform on stage.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Hearthstone: Puzzle Time! (Main Stage) – Teams of Gamescom audience members race to complete challenges in Hearthstone‘s new Puzzle Lab.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Diablo: Live Drawing with Chris Amaral (Main Stage) – Blizzard artist Chris Amaral creates some evil artwork before your eyes.
  • 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Heroes of the Storm: Escape from Braxis (Main Stage) – Streamers MFPallytime and chu8 team up with Heroes of the Storm developer Matthew Cooper and two members of the audience in this Heroic Brawl.
  • 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Island Expeditions Showcase (Main Stage) – Top German guilds Aversion and Set Sail For Fail compete live on stage in Island Expeditions.
  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth: Cosplay Showcase (Main Stage) – World of Warcraft cosplayers show off creations inspired by the latest expansion.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

August 25

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Opening (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Diablo: Live Drawing with Chris Amaral (Main Stage) – Blizzard artist Chris Amaral creates some evil artwork before your eyes.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Hearthstone: Puzzle Time! (Main Stage) – Teams of Gamescom audience members race to complete challenges in Hearthstone‘s new Puzzle Lab.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Overwatch: Lucioball Challenge (Main Stage) – German Overwatch World Cup team members play Lucioball live on stage against members of the Gamescom audience.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – StarCraft: One vs. Many – YouTubers Lowko and Winter take on Gamescom audience members in one-versus-three battles live on stage.
  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Quiz (Main Stage) – Prove your knowledge of Blizzard games for the chance to win prizes.
  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Blizzard Cosplay Contest – Top cosplayers from Europe compete for amazing prizes, including a ticket to BlizzCon.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Closing (Main Stage)

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Star Wars Spin-Off About Tatooine Was In Pre-Production, Production Designer Says

While no Star Wars movie has been officially announced beyond next year’s Episode IX, there have been plenty of rumors of potential spin-offs, including movies focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. However, following the commercial disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story earlier this year it was rumored that Lucasfilm had stopped development on further spin-off films. While the studio subsequently denied this, it has now been reported that work has indeed ended on a movie set on Tatooine.

The news comes via Neil Lamont, who worked as production designer on both Solo and Rogue One. In an interview with Cinemablend, Lamont revealed that he had started pre-production work on another spin-off, but this was now on pause. “We were just starting our work on another Star Wars spin-off,” he said. “We were actually just making our mark on Tatooine–which would have been interesting– and some other new galaxies. So hopefully, if that comes back, we’ll get the chance to be able to do that further.”

Lamont did not reveal what the movie was, but there are a couple of possibilities. The Obi-Wan movie has been rumored for sometime, with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry attached and the possibility of Ewan McGregor returning to reprise his prequel trilogy role as Obi-Wan. However, in a recent interview, McGregor said that while he would love the play the character again, he knew nothing about the project.

In addition, there had been more recent rumors of a movie set within the Mos Eisley spaceport. In June, Making Star Wars reported that pre-production on a Mos Eisley film had been shut down, and the studio space reserved at London’s Pinewood Studios had been given back.

While there are no Star Wars movies on the calendar beyond Episode IX, we know that there are two new movie series in the works. One is being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, while the other is from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In addition, Iron Man director Jon Favreau is working on a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming platform.

In related news, Episode IX is now in production. The films is directed JJ Abrams, who also helmed 2015’s The Force Awakens, and it hits theaters in December 2019. Earlier this month, the first image was released from the set. In addition, the first trailer for the upcoming animated show Star Wars: Resistance was released this week.

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This Steam Game Will Get Cheaper If Enough People Wishlist It

Most of the time when we want a game to be cheaper, there’s nothing we can do about it. With Bard’s Tale IV: Barrow’s Deep, you actually can do something. Developer InXile is tallying up how many people put the upcoming game on their GOG or Steam wishlists. If enough people wishlist the game, the price will come down.

It’s part of the company’s “Wishlist Initiative,” which it’s calling an “evolution in the relationship between an indie developer and its fanbase.” At certain wishlist milestones, InXile is promising to add rewards to the game–kind of like Kickstarter rewards, except players don’t have to pledge money. They only have to click a button.

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Here’s how the rewards break down according to total wishlist placements. At 100,000, the developers will add the Darkest Dungeon torch to the game. With 300,000 wishlist spots, the game’s retail price drops from $39.95 /£29.99 to $34.95 / £27.99.

If 500,000 people add Bard’s Tale IV to their wishlists, InXile will bring the price down to $29.95 / £24.99 and add a free DLC expansion called The Haernhold, “which finds characters adventuring in the dwarven realm of Kinestria.”

Bard’s Tale IV is scheduled to launch September 18. It’s the sequel to a trilogy of first-person dungeon crawlers from the ’80s and is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1.5 million.

If you think you may be interested in this title, there’s no reason not add it to your GOG or Steam wishlist. You’ll help bring the price down and make it more likely to receive free DLC.

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Spyro Remaster Trilogy Delayed For PS4 And Xbox One

Spyro Reignited Trilogy will not make its release date. Activision announced today that the trilogy package will now arrive on November 13, which is about two months later than its previously announced September 21 launch. In a statement, developer Toys for Bob said the game needed “more love and care,” so a delay was necessary.

“Everyone here at Toys for Bob is so proud to be reigniting the original Spyro trilogy after all these years,” Toys for Bob co-studio head Paul Yan said in a blog post. “We’re deeply committed to getting these games right, so we’ve decided to move the release date of Spyro Reignited Trilogy to November 13, 2018.

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“I really hoped that you would be rescuing dragons and scorching Rhynocs sooner, but the Trilogy needs more love and care. In November when you’re exploring the Dragon Realms, Avalar and the Forgotten Worlds, we know you’ll agree the extra time was worth the wait.”

The Reignited Trilogy comes with updated versions of Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. At Comic-Con in July, it was announced that Stewart Copeland, the original composer, is returning for the Trilogy. Copeland was also the drummer for The Police.

For more on the Reignited Trilogy, check out GameSpot’s feature, “Spyro Reignited Trilogy Shows Why Remastering A Classic Isn’t Easy.”

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Jason Bourne Spin-Off TV Show Is Happening

While the last two movies in the Bourne series were not as well received as the three that preceded it, a TV show based on the franchise is happening. Production of a pilot for a spin-off show named Treadstone was first reported back in April, and it has now been announced that we’ll be getting a first season.

As reported by Variety, the USA Network has ordered a full Treadstone series. The show will focus on the fictional covert black ops program Operation Treadstone, which is used by the CIA to turn agents into a merciless assassins with no memories of their former lives.

Variety states that the first season will go into production in 2019 and will follow several of these agents across the world, as they are “awakened” and sent on deadly missions. In the movies, Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character was a member of this program who regained his memories and turned against the agency.

The Jason Bourne character first appeared in a series of novels written by Robert Ludlum. The success of the first adaptation, 2002’s The Bourne Identity, led to two acclaimed sequels–The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Damon and director Paul Greengrass weren’t involved in the next movie, The Bourne Legacy (2012), but returned for 2016’s Jason Bourne.

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$800 Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Statue Shows Lara Getting Stalked By A Jaguar

Weta Workshop, the props studio behind the Lord of the Rings franchise, has revealed a new Lara Croft figure based on a tense scene from Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The $800 USD statue is a 1:4 scale model made of polystone. It was designed by Weta’s Daniel Falconer and was first shown off at San Diego Comic-Con back in July.

It shows Lara in the jungle as she’s pursued by a jaguar. The richly detailed model shows Lara with her fighting tools like her knife, bow, pistol, and pickaxe. The tree the jaguar stands on is covered in moss, while the entire figure stands on a base that looks like stone. Only 750 of these are being made; you can pre-order now from Weta’s website.

“I fondly recall staying up far too late playing the original Tomb Raider game into the small hours, so it was a delight to revisit Lara Croft two decades later to dream up pose ideas for this statue,” Falconer said. “Lara is the fearless badass we all wish we were!”

The new Lara figure is part of Weta’s new Shadow of the Tomb Raider collection. The other pieces include a prop replica of Lara’s bow and arrow ($300 USD) made of “high impact urethane material” and a prop replica of the jade necklace ($100 USD) that Lara wears in the game. The statue ships in February 2019, while the necklace arrives in September alongside the game. The bow and arrow is due out at the end of 2018. All can be pre-ordered now.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on September 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game completes the trilogy that started with 2013’s Tomb Raider, but there could be more games to come after it. For more on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, check out GameSpot’s new video feature above that looks into how Lara has changed.

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PlayStation VR Reaches A New Sales Milestone, New Game Release Dates Announced

Sony’s virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR, has reached a big new sales milestone. The device has now sold more than 3 million units worldwide since its launch in October 2016.

In addition to 3 million in sales of the hardware, Sony said it has sold 21.9 million games and “experiences” for the device. “We’d like to thank all our fans for the amazing support, and we’re thrilled that so many of our gamers have experienced the magic of VR and stepped into the captivating worlds that electrify our senses,” PlayStation said in a statement.

The company also released a list of the Top 10 most-played PlayStation VR games. The VR version of Bethesda’s acclaimed RPG Skyrim topped the chart, with PlayStation VR Worlds, Rec Room, Resident Evil 7, and The Playroom VR rounded out the top five. You can see the full list below.

What’s more, Sony has also announced the release dates for two upcoming PlayStation VR games. The boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory will launch on September 25, while the sci-fi shooter Evasion will arrive on October 9. There are currently more than 340 PlayStation VG games and experiences available.

Top 10 Most-Played PlayStation VR Games:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  2. PlayStation VR Worlds
  3. Rec Room
  4. Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  5. The Playroom VR
  6. Job Simulator
  7. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  8. Batman: Arkham VR
  9. Farpoint
  10. Superhot VR

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This Madden 19 Glitch Makes No Sense And Ends In A Gruesome Way

With Madden NFL 19 out now and the real NFL season starting soon, it’s finally Madden Season–that also means it’s Madden Glitch Season. As is the case pretty much every year, videos have emerged of various glitches with the latest Madden game. I experienced some in my time playing the game for review, but I never came across anything as serious and significant as the one found by Twitter user @MrGoldenSports (via Deadspin).

In a punt situation, the longsnapper for the San Francisco 49ers refuses to snap the ball, and the New England defense crushes him, believing it’s a loose ball. This goes on for a while. And then something horrible happens to 49ers kicker Britton Colquitt. It’s horrific to watch. Stick through to the end of the video to see the entire unfortunate situation play out.

Madden 19 is currently available on Xbox One and Playstation 4, as well as PC for the first time in a decade. We scored the game an 8/10–read our full Madden 19 review here.

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