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Sonic Mania’s Music Based Marketing is Brilliant

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With the release date of Sonic Mania drawing near, it’s no surprise that Sonic fans are currently at an all time high of hype. However, this isn’t only due to the game being a love letter to players who enjoyed the classic Genesis titles, but also because Sonic Team has been extremely smart about the way they’re advertising the game.

It’s no secret to anyone that the Sonic franchise has experienced quite the roller coaster in terms of game quality. Despite this, there’s one thing most people can agree to like in all Sonic games — the music. Since 1991, our ears have been continuously blessed with soundtrack after soundtrack. Sonic Team understands that the music is often at the core of their fans’ hearts, so they’ve been playing their cards wisely with this in mind.Over the past few months, we’ve been receiving occasional teasers for Mania on the Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel. However, the devs were aware of the fact that only releasing gameplay would mean an overall lower amount of content. So what did they do? Start releasing OST teasers between gameplay footage.

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You may be thinking “Okay, but that’s an insanely simple practice. What’s so amazing about that?” To tell you the truth, it is a really simple practice. But the numbers and fan responses don’t lie. Just by looking at the OST videos for Studiopolis Act 1 or Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1, it’s obvious that these little teasers are doing plenty to keep the hype for Sonic Mania rolling.

The developers feed on our curiosity, knowing full well how excited the community was after the game was first announced. By gradually throwing out these OST reveals, they not only satiate the needs of the fans to see more about the game, but they also ensure us that Mania will be delivering exactly what everyone wants — a well polished and fun classic Sonic adventure. Or at least, that’s the hope.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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