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Until Dawn's 5-Step Formula for Successful Scares on PlayStation 4

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7w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton returns today with Until Dawn's 5-step formula for successful scares on PlayStation 4 below.

To quote: Admission: I'm a bona-fide horror nut. I love it. Can't get enough. You name it, I'll watch it: past-their-sell-by-date franchise sequels, grotty Eastern European video nasties, creepy found-footage indies, cliche-ridden teen slashers, and everything in between.

So, PS4-exclusive interactive horror Until Dawn is right up my alley.

Duly, last month I sat down with Jez Harris from developer Supermassive Games to pick his brains about the science of scaring poor innocent folk like you and I. He happily obliged, talking me through a few of the strategies the Guildford-based studio is employing to ensure you'll need to keep a clean change of underwear close at hand when the game hits the shelves later this year.

1. Bring in the experts

"We have Larry Fassenden and Graham Reznick as our script writers," explains Jez. "They are horror encyclopaedias in human form and have worked on all sorts of acclaimed horror movies, like The Innkeepers and Stakeland."

He's not wrong - these two know what they're...
 

Sony on LittleBigPlanet 3: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry in All-Star Cast

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21w ago - Sony LittleBigPlanet Community Coordinator Steven Isbell shared details today on LittleBigPlanet 3's all-star cast, which includes Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry as outlined below.

To quote: LittleBigPlanet 3 is going to be the biggest, most awesomest, most amazingest adventure yet! So we're proud to announce today that as a LittleBigPlanet first... our entire adventure will be fully voice acted!

Long-time fans will already be well-accustomed to Stephen Fry's dulcet tones as LittleBigPlanet's ever-warm and loving Narrator. But evil is afoot for our otherwise pleasant world and the nefarious Newton is here to cause all kinds of trouble and mischief in this brand new adventure!

But just who would be the dream voice to contest against Mr. Fry...?

Introducing Hugh Laurie as the voice of Newton!

That's right! The mischievous Newton is being voiced by none other than Stephen Fry's long-time comedic partner... Hugh Laurie!

We have naturally always been big fans of Stephen Fry, so when it came to deciding upon a voice to act as his dastardly counterpart, we couldn't help but think that bringing Hugh Laurie on as the voice of Newton...
 

Video: Step Up to the Plate: MLB '13 The Show Hitting Enhancements

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109w ago - Sony Community Manager Ramone Russell at San Diego Studios has shared a video today spotlighting the hitting enhancements in MLB '13 The Show for PS3 today.

To quote: Hitting is such an important aspect in baseball, and it's an area we continually strive to make as realistic as possible. Last year we introduced our True Ball Physics engine to the franchise for ultra-realistic ball physics.

This year we've done even more work to really make this area of the game as dynamic as possible with true to life outcomes. Take a look at what we've done to make hitting in MLB '13 The Show more accessible to everyone.

We really want to make hitting more streamlined for players. Beginner mode allows people who have never played The Show - or have struggled with it - to learn the fundamentals of hitting. It's meant to teach you the basics of Plate Discipline, Pitch Recognition and Timing.




This mode uses adaptive A.I. that only advances as you do. If you take longer to get the hang of hitting in The Show, you won't be forced to advance. The A.I. will only advance once you've passed a certain threshold at each level.

In regards to the Push/Pull hitting Trajectories Engine, MLB.com...
 

Hitman: HD Trilogy Steps Out of the Shadows and Onto PS3

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109w ago - IO Interactive Studio Communications Manager Nick Price has announced today that Hitman: HD Trilogy is stepping out of the shadows and onto PS3!

To quote: The release of Hitman: HD Trilogy today on PS3 and PlayStation Network brings Hitman: Blood Money onto the PlayStation format for the first time. With it come two additional classic Hitman games - Silent Assassin and Contracts.

More than anything else IO Interactive has created in the past decade and a half, Hitman has been the defining series for the studio. Five titles in the franchise have been released in the last 12 years, across most AAA platforms available within the same time period.

The combination of the assassin fantasy, game mechanics and freedom of choice makes the Hitman series the most original set of games we have made at IO. Nobody had ever really seen a game like Hitman before – not even the developers who were about to create it.

It was a game about a stone-cold killer, but with tongue-in-cheek humor to balance the very mature themes in the game. As Tore Blystad, Game Director on Hitman: Absolution, says: "When dealing with such a dark topic ... you need something in there to compensate, to make it less cynical.

In the start of Absolution development we tried...
 

Video: Step Into The TARDIS with Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock

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146w ago - Sony BBC Worldwide Executive Producer Simon Harris has announced today that Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will arrive on PSN May 23rd, and has invited PS3 fans to step into the TARDIS in a video posted below.

To quote: The wait is over!

We are very pleased to announce that Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be available to download globally for the PS3 on the PlayStation Network from Wednesday, May 23rd and at UK retail outlets from May 25th.

We really appreciate your patience as we've been making sure the game is perfect for all you eager fans!



 

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