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Monster Hunter: World Beta This Weekend for PlayStation Plus

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If you’re a PS Plus subscriber you’ll be able to play one of the most anticipated games of next year this weekend. Capcom is hosting an open beta for Monster Hunter: World this weekend on PlayStation 4. It’s only available to PS Plus subscribers and is about a 5 GB download.

The beta will be available beginning Saturday, December 9 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern. You’ll be able to download the beta starting on Friday, December 8. The beta ends Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

Monster Hunter: World’s multiplayer and single player work seamlessly, though you’ll need to remain online to play single player. Multiplayer lets you join games of up to three players. Certain online options, like friend invites, won’t be available during the beta.

Character creation in the beta will offer six presets each for male and female hunters, as well as six options for your Palico. The Training Area will be available, letting you test out all 14 different weapon types.

The beta will offer three quests across two different zones. In the Ancient Forest you can hunt a Great Jagras and an Anjanath, while you can tackle a Barroth in the Wildspire Waste. The monsters range from easy to challenging.

Completing any of the quests will reward face paint you can use in the full version. Completing each of the three quests nets you items sets you can use in the full version, including traps and potions.

Note that this is a beta not a trial or head start. Any progress made will not be saved or carried over to the full version.

The beta ends Tuesday, December 12. Monster Hunter: World is due to release January 26, 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s also coming to PC at a later date.

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A Hat in Time Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

While I lack much of the fond nostalgia for the 3D platforming genre, I was completely enthralled by A Hat in Time. Its bright, cheery art and music, witty dialogue, and grandiose level designs instantly catapulted Hat Kid among the upper echelon of the late 90s Golden Age classics.

Simply put: A Hat in Time is the most fun I’ve had with a 3D platformer since Psychonauts.

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PlayStation Experience 2017 Panel Lineup

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Sony’s annual PlayStation Experience will take place next weekend, December 8-10 in Anaheim, California. You’ll be able to tune in live at the PlayStation website, Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook beginning at 8 pm Pacific/11 pm Eastern on Friday.

Most of Sony’s biggest announcements took place during E3 and Paris Games Week, but they are promising some ‘special announcements’ on Friday night.

Panels start up on Saturday. The full panel lineup of the PlayStation Experience is detailed below.

PlayStation VR Game Panel

11:00am Saturday, December 9
Experience a candid conversation between two legends as they discuss developing their new PS VR title and lessons from VR development.

Media Molecule Presents Dreams

12:30pm Saturday, December 9
Join Media Molecule studio directors Siobhan Reddy, Mark Healey, and Alex Evans alongside a very special guest to take an in-depth look at the development of Dreams during their exclusive Saturday panel at 12:30pm.

IGN Ranks the Top 10 PlayStation Games of all Time

2:00pm Saturday, December 9
IGN’s Podcast Beyond crew figures out the 10 best PlayStation games ever.

Ghost of Tsushima: From Concept to Reveal

3:30pm Saturday, December 
Nate Fox (Creative Director), Jason Connell (Creative/Art Director), Billy Harper (Animation Director), Ryuhei Katami (Associate Producer, Sony Interactive Entertainment) and moderator Brian Altano (IGN) discuss how Sucker Punch approached making the debut trailer and what inspired them to make this game.

Uncharted 10th Anniversary Celebration

5:00pm Saturday, December 9
Nolan North, Emily Rose, Richard McGonagle, Claudia Black, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Graham McTavish, and Robin-Atkin Downes reflect on the series and share their memories with guest moderator Greg Miller (Kinda Funny).

The Last of Us Part II: Meet the Cast

6:30pm Saturday, December 9
Naughty Dog and the cast of The Last of Us Part II discuss the making of the cutscene teaser trailer that was revealed at Paris Games Week. Director and writer, Neil Druckmann, co-writer Halley Gross, and key members of the game’s cast discuss the writing process, casting, performance capture, and more.