Viewers Can Influence Dead Nation During a Stream

February 28, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you caught our announcement of March’s PS+ game lineup, you might have caught a few interesting details about the special broadcast features found in the PS4’s Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition.

Basically, if you decide to stream your Dead Nation gameplay, your viewers can do more than just sit back and watch. They’ll be able to vote on certain things that can happen in your game, and thereby alter the difficulty level. Kind viewers might choose to give you extra ammo. Not-so-kind viewers might gleefully vote to put a bunch of zombies in your path. We bet there’ll be a lot of that.

Viewers who vote will also appear in your game themselves, as named zombies.

This sounds like a really interesting way for game developers to take advantage of the PS4’s broadcasting features (and the Xbox One, once it integrates Twitch next month) in a way that doesn’t hinder the experience for players who don’t stream, but adds something special for those who do. We’ve never seen this sort of player-viewer interactivity before, and we’ll be interested in how it works out.

Check out the trailer, which includes a snippet of viewers voting during a broadcast, and let us know your thoughts.

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March’s PS+ Lineup Includes Dead Nation, Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


March is almost here, and you know what that means: a new lineup of free games for members of PlayStation Plus, Sony’s subscription service.

During March, all PS+ subscribers will be able to pick up twin-stick zombie shooter Dead Nation for the PS4. This is the Apocalypse Edition, releasing for the PS4 on March 5, and it has full HD graphics, enhanced controls, and a brand-new broadcast feature for the PS4. You can play the campaign by yourself or with a co-op partner, and there are two additional modes with the new expansion, Arcade and Endless. There also is a new Challenge mode, so you and your friends can compete to get the highest level scores. To make things even more interesting, when you use broadcast mode, your viewers will be able to vote for good or bad things to occur in your game.

On the PS3, players in the US can get the Tomb Raider reboot, the puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone, and the survival horror game Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut. Players in Europe can get Tomb Raider and the adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Finally, the PS Vita games for players in the US are third-person shooter Unit 13 and the monster-based action RPG Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, while players in Europe will get the tower defense game PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD, as well as the puzzle game Smart As.

Additionally, Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor are cross-buy titles, so if you pick them up for the PS3, you will also have them for the Vita.

This is a really strong list for PS+, with some heavy hitters like Dead Nation and Tomb Raider alongside lesser-known gems like Thomas Was Alone. Check out the trailer for Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition above and let us know if you’re planning to pick up any of these games.

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