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Journey turns five years old today and Santa Monica Studio and the PlayStation Blog want to celebrate with charity auctions, new merchandise, sales, and all the lovey dovey feels. That last part makes a lot more sense than you’d think. Journey is one of the few titles (alongside thatgamecompany’s other title, Flower) that can take you on a wondrous adventure with little to no context.

In celebration of that a few things are happening. The Able Gamers Foundation will host a charity auction that includes a very rare edition of The Art of Journey book signed by the creators, an original Journey “Traveler” statue, and a 20th Anniversary PS4 special edition console. Click here to be taken to the charity’s auction bids.

Additionally, a five year anniversary Journey t-shirt will be available on the PlayStation Gear Store, which is running a 20% off all Journey merchandise until March 19th. Sounds like a convenient deal to me.

“It’s hard to put into words what the past five years has meant to the team since we released Journey. To see all of the connected travelers extend their friendships online, at conventions, and in the community has been truly humbling. Thank you for continuing to share Journey and for inspiring us for our next game.”
–Jenova Chen

If for whatever reason you failed to pick up Journey in its hayday, it’s currently available for the PS3 and PS4 wherever video games are sold. Also, be sure to hit the auction page as the special edition PS4 is currently sitting at $150. Not bad for a brand new console. The artwork signed by the creators themselves is a little pricier I’m afraid. Let us know if you end up placing a bid! We’d love to know who won the collectibles.

SOURCE: PlayStation Blog

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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