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PlayStation Showcase: Spider-Man 2, Metal Gear Solid, more

Games for the PS5, PSVR 2

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The much anticipated 2023 edition of the PlayStation Showcase has come and gone. It’s highlighted by a 10-minute gameplay of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the brief confirmation of the ‘Project Q’ handheld, a trailer of the rumored Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater Remake and then some.

Here are all the important trailers and information that you might have missed.

Spider-Man 2

Already talked about this at length in a separate article. But Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was easily the main event. We saw Symbiote (Venom) Spider-Man, Miles gliding, and the reveal of two iconic web-head villains: Kraven the Hunter and The Lizard.

Project Q

Project Q

The rumors were true. PlayStation is indeed working on a handheld. Codenamed ‘Project Q’, the other rumor confirmed is that it’ll be for Remote Play only. It’s a bit of a bummer but it does come with an 8-inch HD display and full-featured DualSense controllers.

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid fans have been clamoring for this remake and now it has finally been confirmed. Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater tells the origin story of franchise protagonist Solid Snake. Now it comes in brand new visuals.

A Metal Gear Solid collection is also coming in 2023.

Phantom Blade Zero

Hack and slash to your heart’s content in this game by S-Game Studio. On the PlayStation Blog, S-Game Founder and CEO Soulframe Liang calls it Kung-fu Punk. It has “Chinese Kung Fu, intricate machines reminiscent of steampunk, arts of the occult, and other intriguing elements that don’t quite fit into any of these categories.”

Marathon

One of PlayStation’s more high profile acquisitions, Bungie, showed off Marathon. It’s a A sci-fi PvP extraction shooter where you play as cybernetic mercenaries known as Runners. You explore a lost colony on the planet of Tau Ceti IV in search of riches, fame, and infamy.

Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode, other PSVR 2 titles

Just as Leon Kennedy crosses paths with Ada Wong, this mode was inevitable. The critical and commercial success that is Resident Evil 4 Remake will have a VR Mode available for the PSVR 2. No dates yet though as it is still currently in development.

Other titles for the PSVR 2:

New trailers and first gameplay looks

Final Fantasy XVI, which is enjoying a healthy dose of hype thanks to the latest round of previews, showcased a new trailer.

We also got a first look for anticipated titles:

 Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Dragon’s Dogma 2 

Granblue Fantasy: Relink

Other games coming to the PS5

The PlayStation Showcase was also home to handful of titles that are coming to the PS5 in the near future. Here’s some of them:

Read more on the PlayStation Blog.

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Ubisoft Forward: Free trials, discounts on titles, drops

Tune in on June 13

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Viewers will get the chance to secure items from different games when they tune in to this year’s edition of Ubisoft Forward on June 13.

They will simply have to watch the livestream on Ubisoft’s Twitch and YouTube channels, or through one of Ubisoft’s official co-streamers.

Here are the items up for grabs:

  • Watch for 15 minutes: “Slumbering Ikran” Na’vi Weapon Trinket from Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
  • Watch for 20 minutes: “Base Camp Duffel” from Riders Republic
  • Watch for 30 minutes: “Eugene” Raven Skin from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Watch for 45 minutes: “Oasis Initiate of Alamut Dye” from Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Ubisoft Forward will begin at 1:00 a.m. Philippine time, after a 15-minute pre-show. The main event will then be followed by a post-show for a deeper dive into some of the showcased games.

The stream will showcase an exclusive look at upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, The Crew Motorfest, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, and more.

Discounts, free trials

In celebration of the event, Ubisoft is also offering a free trial for its subscription service, Ubisoft+.

Players who sign up for Ubisoft+ Multi-Access will receive a free seven-day trial subscription, granting them access to the Ubisoft+ library on PC through Ubisoft Connect, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.

From June 8 to 21, the Ubisoft Store is also offering major discounts on selected titles:

  • 70% off: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Complete Edition
  • 75% off: Anno 1800
  • 33% off: The Settlers: New Allies

There will also be an additional 20% off discount when players use the code UBISOFT20 upon checkout.

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vivo Y35: Up your mobile gaming for less

Entry-level mobile gaming

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vivo Y35

Gone are the days where smartphones with capable gaming specs were limited to those in the upper mid-range up to the flagship categories.

Nowadays, customers can get a borderline entry-level phone which can hold its own for mobile games. Not just any mobile games, but those require moderate to sometimes even a heavy workload. One of them is the vivo Y35.

The vivo Y35 is powered by a Snapdragon 680 processor, and has a spacious 256GB internal storage capacity. On top of that, the phone boasts of 8GB base RAM, plus 8GB of RAM expansion. This helps make sure it can handle your favorite mobile games.

The phone also has a 6.58-inch LCD FHD+ 1080p display with 90Hz, so users are guaranteed of seeing their favorite heroes or characters in crystal-clear detail.

Aside from these, the device also has an Esports mode and a Do Not Disturb feature to further optimize the gaming experience.

The vivo Y35 supports 44W fast-charging. It lets users juice its battery back up to 70% in just about 34 minutes. Best of all, the vivo Y35 has become even more affordable at PhP 12,999. That’s PhP 2,000 off its original SRP when it was released. It’s available in Dawn Gold and Agate Black colors.

SEE ALSO: vivo Y35 review: Y series upgraded


This article is a sponsored press release by vivo Philippines.

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth coming early 2024

Second of the Remake trilogy

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Square Enix has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth to excite gamers even more for its 2024 release in Asia on PlayStation 5.

The Summer Game Fest 2023 trailer previewed the title’s gameplay. It also showed story elements and its expansive world that players can look forward to experiencing starting in “early 2024.”

Thanks to Square Enix’s previous easter eggs, it can be expected that there will be new characters with more action outside of Midgar.  This mimics the feeling players of the original game. The world opened up following the events that transpired in Midgar.

The trailer also showcased new combat mechanics. Characters like Yuffie and Red XXIII were seen doing team-up attacks. Our main girls Tifa and Aerith were also shown doing the same.

Though yet to get an exact release date and price, the second entry to the Final Fantasy VII remake project is already anticipated by many. Oh and something that caught people’s eyes — the end of the trailer says Rebirth will have two (2) discs. 

It will continue the story in Final Fantasy VII Remake, which has earned tremendous praise from players and critics globally.

The first of the remake trilogy garnered more than 20 perfect scores. It also became the highest-selling digital release on PlayStation in Square Enix’s history.

Watch the trailer.

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