PlayStation Plus Pricing Is Going Up On September 22

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PlayStation Plus Pricing Is Going Up On September 22

Sony has announced it is hiking the price of PlayStation Plus one month from today. The timing is set to go up as the company enters the crucial holiday season.

Prices are going up by $10 for annual memberships to $60. This amounts to a 20 percent price hike for the service, which hasn’t seen an increase since its launch in June 2010.

Three-month memberships are increasing from $18 to $25 (39 percent). Monthly memberships are staying at $10 for a 30-day subscription.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider: Lara’s Nightmare Pits You Against The Forces Of Darkness

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Rise Of The Tomb Raider: Lara’s Nightmare Pits You Against The Forces Of Darkness

This year is Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary, and there’s still more DLC on the way for Rise of the Tomb Raider. With the PlayStation 4 release coming later this year, Square Enix is giving last year’s release a second wind.

This time out, Lara is about to lose Croft Manor entirely. While saying goodbye to the memories she and her family made, she uncovers something sinister.

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Where Is Our King of Fighters XIV Review?

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Where Is Our King of Fighters XIV Review?

The review and video embargo for The King of Fighters XIV lifts today, and you’ve likely seen reviews of the game crop up at other sites. Our own review is almost done, but we’re holding it back until it’s ready.

We want to make sure we’ve spent enough time playing matches online now that the game is out to get a good idea of what the netcode is like at launch. This is especially important for The King of Fighters XIV not only because good netcode is crucial to a fighter nowadays, but because Atlus and SNK have promised they’ve improved the netcode from The King of Fighters XIII, which was terrible.

That said, I’ve played a lot of the game offline, working through a few runs of the Story mode, knocking out combos in the Mission and Training modes, and playing matches with people around the office. The fighting system is still as fast and intricate as ever, but I’m not feeling some of the system-level changes. I’ve gotten used to the game’s 3D look, as well, but I’m still not in love with it.

Report: Creator Confirms Dragon Quest XI On Nintendo NX

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Report: Creator Confirms Dragon Quest XI On Nintendo NX

Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii has confirmed Square Enix's intent to bring Dragon Quest XI to the Nintendo NX in a Japanese interview with Nintendo Dream as translated by Gematsu.

The game (also coming out on the PS4 and 3DS in Japan) had previously been linked with Nintendo's upcoming system, but at the time Square Enix only said that the system was under consideration.

Also in the interview, Horii says that all three versions of the game will be released simultaneously to avoid spoilers.

New Releases This Week: August 21 Through August 27

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New Releases This Week: August 21 Through August 27

I promised myself I wouldn’t lean on that tired Deus Ex meme for this week’s release list. You’re welcome.

Even though I’m steering clear of Adam Jensen’s most iconic line, the star of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Icarus drops onto the scene this week. He’s joined by one salvo in EA’s massive fall sports rollout. 

Madden NFL 17 hits the field this week (or, if you have EA Access, you’ve already been playing it). Also this week is Atlus’ contribution to the fighting scene with King of Fighters XIV.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Closes Rio Olympics Dressed As Mario

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Closes Rio Olympics Dressed As Mario

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are now over, with last night’s closing ceremony wrapping up two weeks of intense competition. The IOC (and the world) now look ahead to the 2020 summer games, which will be hosted in Tokyo.

As part of a ceremonial hand-off, Tokyo had a presence in last night’s proceedings. And prime minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute to one of the country’s most important exports: gaming.

The industry’s most iconic character was on-hand to take the ball and run with it. Below, you can see how Mario made a big splash at the games, with Japan’s leader getting in the spirit. It’s not every day a world leader travels by warp pipe.

Did You Know Gaming Explores The Secrets Of Shadow Of The Colossus' Development

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This week, Youtube trivia channel Did You Know Gaming delves into Shadow of the Colossus, the second game from revered development studio Team Ico.

Accroding to the video, the game's orignal title was "Nico," a portmanteau of "Ni" (Japanese for "two) and Ico. The video even shows footage of an early build of the game found in a Japanese limited edition set. The footage shows multiple characters taking down a Colossus.

The video also highlights some key items, characters, and plot points that didn't make it into the final game. The original proposed Colossi count was 48, though the number dwindled as development continued. There were also two items cut from the game, one of which let you see battles through the eye of the Colossus. The video also details how some of the fights in the game itself differed from their original versions.

Game Informer's Big Gamescom Preview Roundup

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Game Informer's Big Gamescom Preview Roundup

It's been a long week, but Gamescom is finally over. We're still recovering a bit from all the news and games we had to cover, and it's possible you've missed a few of the previews we've done this week. With that in mind, we've assembled a master list of every Game from Gamescome we think you should know about. Happy reading!

Attack on TitanBattleChasers: NightwarBattlefield 1
BioShock: The Collection
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Cities: Skylines
Civilization VI
Dishonored 2
EA's Patrick Soderlund (Interview)
Dead Rising 4
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
For Honor
Gears of War 4

Gwent
Hand of Fate 2
Metal Gear: Survive
Prey
Resident Evil 7
Scalebound
Shadow Warrior 2
Skylanders Imaginators
Space Hulk: Deathwing
Star Wars: Battlefront VR
Star Wars: Battlefront Death Star DLC
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade
Watch Dogs 2

Reader Discussion Round-Up – The Multiplayer Games You're Great At

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Reader Discussion Round-Up – The Multiplayer Games You're Great At

Yesterday we asked you, the Game Informer community, to tell us about the multiplayer games you excel at. A lot of you chimed in across our comments section, Twitter, and other social media channels. Let's see what games you've mastered!

By far the most popular game listed was Overwatch. This shouldn't be surprising, considering that it's both immensely popular and a high point for multiplayer shooters (you can read Dan Tack's review of it here). It's also one of the most accessible games in the genre, meaning that many people can pick it and find some way to contribute to their team. And once you find a character you like, you can start improving and getting those Plays of the Game (unless Bastion steals them from you).

Then you have your usual suspects: Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield. These shooters may not be as colorful or approachable as Overwatch, but they allow you to tune the game to your needs, which means anyone can create their own comfort zone. The Super Smash Bros. series was another popular pick, with many people citing it as the game they could best their friends at. Finally, Destiny got some good representation, though it was hard to distinguish between the Crucible gods and the Raid masters.

Report: Unboxing Images Point To Imminent 'PS4 Slim' Announcement

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Report: Unboxing Images Point To Imminent 'PS4 Slim' Announcement

After announcing, but not revealing, the PlayStation 4 Neo right before E3, Sony has kept quiet any updates it might have planned for the PlayStation 4. Now, images have appeared online of an alleged PlayStation 4 redesign, and it's not the suped-up Neo we're expecting.

The first images came from Twitter user "shortman82", who seemed to have found a listing for the new model in his local classifieds on eBay-owned auction site Gumtree. The images they found were of a box that seemed to indicate redesigned PlayStation 4 consoles were out in the wild. The conversation then moved over to gaming forum NeoGAF, which argued over whether the alleged photos of the box art were legitimate.

Hours later, NeoGAF user "Venom Fox" began posting images of the unit outside of its box from multiple angles, along with pictures of all the accompanying cables.