It has been a rollercoaster of emotions for console gamers in Malaysia since the PS5 pre-order was announced last week, namely with Gamers Hideout infamous PWP (purchase with purchase) bundle for the PS5 pre-order. The Malaysian retail store has since been silent on the matter ... until earlier this afternoon when they issued a statement on the PS5 pre-order controversy.
Even though they finally addressed the matter and made claims "to readjust your purchases", many were still unsatisfied by their apology, especially when they addressed it as the "unpopular PS5 PWP bundle":
We - and definitely those who pre-ordered the PlayStation 5 from them - are holding our breaths to know how Gamers Hideout will "readjust your purchases", so we'll be keeping close tabs on their page to see how this unfolds.
This event started when many scrambling were to buy the first batch of PS5 consoles in the country, due to be out on 11 December. Many were frustrated by the extremely limited stock of PS5 that stores were allowed to accept, and though every other store pretty much sold the console - both the standard and digital edition - individually as expected, Gamers Hideout chose to do things differently, shoving numerous compulsory add-ons to customers' PS5 pre-orders. Even with the cheapest add-ons (which includes one PS5 game, a three-game mystery pack, and two PS5 accessories), buying standard PS5 bundle at Gamers Hideout can go only go as low as RM3030, forcing you to pay around RM700 extra just to get the PS5 early.
How do you think Gamers Hideout will handle this issue? Let us know in the comments section!
Even though Playstation Asia announced the PlayStation 5 (PS5) Asia Celebration Showcase last week, fans were quick to point out the absence of news regarding the launch of the high-anticipated next-generation console. Fast forward to today (the day of the showcase, no less), and we finally have confirmation on the retail price and release date of the PS5 in Malaysia.
The PS5 Digital Edition will be sold at RM1,869, while the "normal" PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive will be sold at RM2,299, higher than the PS4's launch price of RM1,799 in 2013. But when your PS5 has a custom high-end processor with integrated CPU and GPU to deliver ultra-high graphics in up to 4K, with an insanely high-speed SSD for lightning-quick loading, it's unsurprising for the price to be ramped up. Not to mention you have the all-new DualSense Wireless Controller with haptic feedback and dynamic adaptive triggers for total immersion, so you can feel the game you play more.
Here are the prices for the following PS5 accessories too:
Apart from that, based on the latest pricing of PS5 exclusive games, looks like we have to expect next-generation games to be more expensive now. Brand new PS4 games tend to be as high as RM259 in their standard editions, but the price for Demon's Souls has been revealed to be RM299. Marvel's Spider-Man Miles Morales may be priced lower at RM209, but keep in mind that Miles Morales is more like a huge expansion than a main game akin to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which sold at RM169 upon release.
And finally, PS5 launches next month on 11 December in Malaysia, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow (12 November) in Malaysia. You can find all the official retailers that will accept PS5 pre-orders on the official Playstation website, plus full specs of the PS5.
Don't forget to catch the PlayStation 5 (PS5) Asia Celebration Showcase tonight (11 November) at 11PM (GMT +8) on YouTube, with JJ Lin, Joakim Gomez and Victoria Cheng making an appearance.
Out of nowhere, Ghost of Tsushima developer, Sucker Punch, surprises everyone by announcing a new online multiplayer co-op mode for the gorgeous samurai game, weeks after they introduced Lethal difficulty and other new features. What's more, it's free for any Ghost owners!
Set to be released later this year, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is a free downloadable content (DLC) that will be an entirely new mode and experience different from the main game, with an emphasis on co-op gameplay. Instead of Jin, Legends will follow four legendary warriors to explore a "haunting and fantastical" world inspired by Japanese folklore and myths, battling otherworldly entities and such.
After picking one of four distinctive character classes (Samurai, Hunter, Ronin and Assassin), you can team up with friends or opt for online matchmaking to embark in groups of two to four players. There are three separate segments in Legends:
Right after Sony announced that Ghost of Tsushima is the fastest-selling original IP (intellectual property) Playstation game, the swansong of PS4 exclusives finally received its larger-than-usual update to give players more choices to enjoy its samurai adventure.
The update includes new difficulties and accessibility features:
If you're a fan of Sekiro (or if you just like punishing yourself, you masochist), this just might be the challenge you're looking for. Both Jin's katana and enemy weapons grow increasingly deadly, and thrown in the mix are tighter parry and dodge windows, so you have to be more precise in defending yourself. On top of that, enemy awareness is turned up a notch so they detect you faster, not to mention that they are more aggressive in combat. A true samurai - and possibly more realistic - experience awaits!
Or if you're in it merely for Jin Sakai's story and the game's beautiful scenery (which is aplenty), you can opt for the lower intensity mode - or easy mode, as we like to call it - to slacken the toughness of combat. This includes making the majority of enemy attacks blockable, even though some will still have to be dodged.
If an enemy damages you in the midst of their attack combo, they'll stop it altogether so you can recover and prepare for the next one. And if Brutes are executing a combo, you can interrupt it by hitting them with your heavy attacks. Plus, enemies won't attack if you're healing up with Resolve, and their awareness builds up slower so that you have more time to hide yourself. It's not exactly true to real life, but hey, it's a video game, and players should enjoy it however they want.
Are the words in Ghost of Tsushima too tiny to read? Now you can enlarge them by up to 150%, which applies to subtitles, objectives and interact prompts. You can also turn off the speaker name for subtitles, and even change the colour of subtitle text to yellow, blue, red and green for easier reading.
Whilst we appreciate these and more bug fixes, what's missing now is the ability to enable additional subtitles for Japanese audio, particularly random NPC (non-playable character) conversations and Jin's monologues. It's hardly a game-changer, but they sometimes hold useful information and even flesh out the lore of Tsushima, something that story-focused players would enjoy while experiencing a truly Japanese samurai game.
Thanks, Sucker Punch, for these precious quality-of-life improvements for Ghost of Tsushima.
Many were turned off by The Last Of Us Part 2 due to leaked story spoilers, but the highly-anticipated Naughty Dog game still emerged as the fastest-selling PS4 game of all time, evidenced by 4 million copies sold in the first three days of its release.
In the midst of its seemingly-polarising reviews amidst players (no thanks to the recent review bombing of TLOU2 on Metacritic), two things are certain: TLOU2's ingenious accessibility features allow gamers to enjoy it however they want, not to mention a technical marvel that pushes the boundaries of narrative storytelling.
Here are some ways to fully awash yourself in the TLOU2's groundbreaking innovations, and dive deeper into the PS4 survival adventure experience:
Although it's tempting to sit back and enjoy TLOU2 with the subpar audio quality of modern TVs, we recommend taking it a step further: play with headphones on. Naughty Dog has crafted one of the most amazing and intimate sound designs in a game with TLOU2, so much so that it's almost a crime to relish such a gift without immersing yourself in it with earphones. Equipped with any plugged-in audio device, you'll be in Ellie's shoes gaping at the sound of birds chirping from left to right or the padded footfalls of Ellie stepping on snow. Yet, you'd also be terrified by the ambushing Stalker from behind or the snarl of Runner hordes all around you. It's simply the most immersive way to enjoy TLOU2.
If you're planning to tackle the series' signature Grounded mode (the hardest difficulty with no HUD and Listen Mode), earphones will also be your best friend in overcoming the challenging journey.
Did you know that you can tweak the difficulty of five different aspects in-game? Apart from the standard selection, Naughty Dog went deeper and inserted specific difficulty options for players to adjust, which include Player, Enemies, Allies, Stealth and Resource. Modifying each of them would affect only that sole aspect of the game, which means you can tailor it to a gaming experience that's fully suited to your idea of fun. You can also remap the control inputs to your preference.
Fun fact: Shadow of the Tomb Raider also had the same option for players, allowing them to change the toughness of Combat, Exploration and Puzzles.
If you think these were detailed enough, there's actually even more choices that we didn't mention! You need only explore TLOU2's Settings section and find out what else you can change, which brings us to...
Most of us may have functional relevant body parts to play games, but not everyone is as fortunate. However, in TLOU2, no gamer is excluded from gorging on the beauty and thrills the post-apocalyptic PS4 exclusive. Featuring the most comprehensive accessibility selection yet, Playstation explained that there are "more than 60 accessibility settings, with expanded options focused on fine-motor and hearing, as well as completely new features that benefit low-vision and blind players."
Even if you have no problems playing the game, you can still make use of its features to ease your experience. One of this writer's personal favourites is enabling Auto Pick-up, which lets you automatically loot resources without the tedium of mashing the triangle button.
It's easy to feel down in the dark, cold world of TLOU2, especially when it centres on themes of vengeance, hate and the consequences of violence. However, there are plenty of things in the game to be amazed at amongst the dirt, and it helps to appreciate those little wondrous moments or details to pull through finishing the game. Whether it's admiring the impressive graphics of water streaming down Ellie's coat (during the game's fluid, yet brutal combat) or basking in the gorgeously detailed Seattle; it helps to have feelings of gratitude to finish the game's heavy plot.
Another tip on taking a step further, why not use Photo Mode more often? It's a game filled with intriguing atmosphere and scenery, not to mention that the action is oh so cinematic worthy of a film poster, so there are plenty of chances to take an awesome screenshot and show it off on social media. Treat it as little breaks from TLOU2's bleakness.
Got your expectations soured by the Metacritic review bombing of TLOU2? This fact might bring some comfort to you: four days after release (24 June), Inverse noted that TLOU2's 4.1 user score was most likely attributed by fans who hated the game without finishing it, so it's fair to assume they were bitter by the leaked plot, intending to punish the series. As of 1 July, TLOU2's user score went up to 4.9 on Metacritic, which is a good sign, right? (Avoid reading the reviews as they may contain spoilers)
Thus, we suggest going in TLOU2 with an open mind. The leaked story details may sound baffling, but it's merely one segment of a 20-hour campaign; good stories need time and nuance to be told well, and Naughty Dog have proven time and time again that they are worthy storytellers.