Key PS4 Features Coming Via Launch-Day Patch

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

For months now, Sony have been teasing an abundance of recent features for its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Features akin to remote gameplay on PS Vitas, suspend features for games, and the functionality of the proportion button at the new DualShock controller had been touted since E3 or before. Sony today announced, however, that lots of these features should be unavailable within the stock console at launch, and may require a wide day-one patch to activate.

The update shall be available on November 15 – an identical day that the PlayStation 4 launches within the U.S. The patch will update the PS4 software to version 1.5 and could require a 300 MB download.

The features included within the patch don’t seem to be trivial. Current-generation features corresponding to online multiplayer and watching Blu-ray or DVD movies would require the update. Other extra features corresponding to multiple simultaneous user log ins, party chat, background music through Music Unlimited, and voice and face recognition for the PlayStation Camera will all require the update in addition.

As for next-gen features, remote play with a PlayStation Vita is not going to work until the patch is downloaded, and neither will the console’s ability to have interaction with mobile devices in the course of the PlayStation App. The record, screenshot, and upload capabilities enabled by that share button at the controller also will need the patch, in addition to the potential to stream gameplay through Ustream or Twitch.

At least one touted feature of the PS4 has not even made it into the patch. The suspend mode that permits the console to sleep in a low-power state and resume quickly may not be a feature at launch time.

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Nintendo Announces Wii U Skylanders Bundle For The vacations

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced a brand new Wii U bundle for the vacations that included New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U for $300. That’s a solid value, but some prospective shoppers is also bummed out that it doesn’t include Nintendo Land. Well, Nintendo has you covered with another Wii U bundle that incorporates Nintendo Land and what’s arguably the most important kids franchise today in gaming.

Nintendo announced today that it has partnered with Activision to give a Wii U Skylanders Swap Force bundle for the vacations. The $299 bundle launches November 15 and contains a white 8GB Wii U Basic system, the Skylanders Swap Force starter pack and a duplicate of Nintendo Land.

“There are such a lot of great elements to this Skylanders Swap Force Wii U bundle that we almost couldn’t cram all of them into the box,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice chairman of Sales & Marketing. “This amazing deal provides an immense amount of entertainment for youngsters and their families to play together.”

So, what does the Skylanders Swap Force starter pack include? With it, you’ll get the sport disc, a portal of power that’s used to scan figurines into the sport, three figurines – Ninja Stealth Elf, Blast-Zone and Washbuckler – and a few other collectible goods.

Nintendo is clearly targeting families with youngsters with this latest bundle as Skylanders has become the largest kids franchise in gaming ever since its inception many years ago. Kids adore the important toy collection aspect of the franchise, and fogeys tolerate spending hundreds of bucks on rare, collectable figures.

Skylanders Swap Force is already available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS. Will probably be available on November 15 for the PS4 and November 22 for the Xbox One.

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GTA Online to Get First Add-On in November

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Though fans of the sport are still complaining about game-ruining glitches, developer Rockstar seems to have got Grand Theft Auto Online into playable shape. This after weeks of upset gamers who experienced missing characters, in-game money, and vehicles (or were simply unable to play) shortly after the launch of Grand Theft Auto V‘s multiplayer mode.

With among the game’s troubles now up to now, Rockstar has finally turned to addressing the way forward for GTA Online. In an update today, the developer revealed that the 1st add-on pack for GTA Online should be coming sometime in “early November.” The content, titled “the Beach Bum Pack,” will include new weapons, vehicles, and customization options for player characters. The recent items may also be available for players to exploit within the game’s single-player mode. Similarly, the DLC will include “lots” of recent job for players to get into, including new gang attacks, parachutes, deathmatches, and races.

Apart from the add-on Rockstar also announced that the “first part” of the promised GTA Online content creator tools could be coming sometime q4. The tools will allow players to create their very own deathmatch or race jobs for others to play, and Rockstar can be putting a “Rockstar Verified” seal of approval on some of the better ones.

Those “Rockstar Verified” maps can be utilized in the developer’s social club events for GTA Online, that allows you to begin sometime in November.

Rockstar also mentioned within the update that the promised “stimulus package” of $500,000 in-game cash per player should begin sometime next week, after another update to the sport is released. The update is intended to repair lingering glitches causing some players to lose their in-game progress.

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New Preview Released For Jonathan Blow’s ‘The Witness’

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

One of probably the most surprising things about Sony’s big PlayStation 4 reveal was just how much Sony appeared to embrace indie game developers. The physical manifestation of this commitment was Jonathan Blow, the developer behind Braid, up on stage on the presentation announcing that his next game, The Witness, may be coming to PlayStation 4.

Since that point no much have been revealed in regards to the Witness, though Blow did promote the PS4 with a developer conversation video back in May. Today, Sony teased some information about what to anticipate with the sport.

The Witness might be an open-world puzzle game, though players can be shepherded from easier puzzles toward increasingly complex and mind-numbing puzzles. Players will walk or run across the lonely game world until they approach a puzzle and enter a “draw mode.”

Once in draw mode, players will solve what looks like an easy 2-d maze puzzle, drawing a line from the start of the maze to the tip. Though the puzzles will start off relatively straightforward, they are going to quickly advance, adding new rules and becoming harder. Anyone who has played Braid will know just how far Blow can take seemingly simple game mechanics.

The process may be seen within the gameplay video released earlier this year, though even seeing puzzles being solved doesn’t necessarily spoil how they’re solved:

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‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ Out Today

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm

In the U.S. it’s odd to peer a non-Nintendo game released on any day aside from than a Tuesday. Warner Bros., however, has decided to buck the fad and release Batman: Arkham Origins today, a Friday, for consoles and PC. The move may have something to do with the approaching release of Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on Tuesday, October 29

The game is the third inside the critically acclaimed series that began with Batman: Arkham Asylum and continued with Batman: Arkham City. Origins is a prequel to these games, featuring a tender Bruce Wayne masquerading as an inexperienced Batman. Villain Black Mask takes the role ob big bad, leading a team of classic Batman villains (including The Joker, Bane, Penguin, and Deadshot) in an try and assassinate Batman on Christmas Eve. The sport happens in an open-world Gotham City this is larger than the town section seen in in Arkham City.

As shown within the game’s launch trailer, Origins plays much because the previous games within the series have. Batman will use his bat-suit and an assortment of gadgets to resolve mysteries, take down villains, and bash within the heads of henchmen. The Batman: Arkham combat style, which has since been copied by many action games lately, have been further refined.

In addition to Origins, Warner Bros. today also released Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a handheld companion game with regards to the console and PC game. Blackgate occurs after the events of Origins and adapts the series for play in a 2-d/3-d hybrid style. It’s far available today for both PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Is Finally Available On Android

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Back in July, PopCap and EA launched Plants vs. Zombies 2 on iOS devices. It soon launched on Android devices down under, however the remainder of the world’s Android devices needed to wait. Now that wait is over.

PopCap Games announced today that Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available globally via Google Play. There’s no explanation behind the Android version being delayed well beyond any timed exclusivity period, however it can have something to do with PopCap integrating Google Play Game Services into the title. Actually, it’s the primary PopCap title to take action.

“With the coming of Plants vs. Zombies 2 on Android, we’re effectively reaching a giant new audience of mobile players who’ve been eagerly awaiting the sport,” said Tony Leamer, Franchise Business Director for Plants vs. Zombies. “We’re particularly pleased that the Android iteration of the sport has your entire great features and functionality present in other mobile editions.”

Unlike the 1st Plants vs. Zombies title, the sequel is entirely free-to-play with its main income coming from in-app transactions. PopCap notes that the full game could be accessed for free of charge, and that the in-app transactions are just there when you desire to augment or enhance their game somehow.

As was the case with the iOS release, Plants vs. Zombies 2 on Android will include three worlds at launch which encompasses greater than 60 levels. PopCap promises that there’ll be more worlds and more levels coming soon in addition.

If you should get your zombie busting action on, that you may grab Plants Vs. Zombies 2 from Google Play today.

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Ubisoft’s Fighter Within Gets a brand new Gameplay Trailer

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

The Xbox One would be launching with not one, but two fighting games on November 22. The 1st is a reboot of Rare’s classic fighting game franchise Killer Instinct while the opposite is a motion controlled fighting game from Ubisoft. Guess which one just got a brand new trailer today.

If you were hoping for more Killer Instinct, you’ll be disappointed to profit that today is all about Ubisoft’s Fighter Within. The Xbox One launch title challenges players to govern a fighter within the most awkward way possible – with their bodies. Whereas most fighters depend on precise movement and button presses, Fighter Within often is the Wii Boxing of a brand new generation.

Check it out:

The bizarre thing about Fighter Within is that it features the entire crazy acrobatics and move sets of another fighter. How do you pull them off when you’re a lazy gamer that can’t even jump a foot off the bottom? I’m not likely sure because the above trailer is content with just showing us in-game footage, and never how goofy the players will look.

I think it’s safe to claim that Fighter Within aren’t the Dance Central of fighting games. In spite of the fact that players could do backflips and leg sweeps, you almost certainly wouldn’t desire to do such things on your front room. Even then, you continue to might prove accidentally punching your pals within the face.

Fighter Within launches day and date with the Xbox One on November 22.

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‘Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix’ DLC Out Today

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

Developer Volition today finally released its long-awaited Enter the Dominatrix DLC for Saints Row IV. The add-on content is now available on consoles and PC for $7.

The story behind Enter the Dominatrix could be somewhat embarrassing for Volition. The DLC was originally being developed over 365 days ago because the final piece of content for Saints Row the Third. The add-on was then abruptly cancelled and progress at the content was rolled into the advance of Saints Row IV. In hindsight the shadow of THQ’s failure and subsequent auction should have lingering over Volition as an entire, though the studio has arguably fared better than many other studios caught up within the bankruptcy.

For the recent Enter the Dominatrix, Volition has returned to the guidelines that gave birth to Saints Row IV. Players can be capable of experience an “alternate take” at the storyline of Saints Row IV. Though familiar characters return, the sport also incorporates a “mad” AI program named the Dominatrix, who controls an “army of gimps and sex-workers.” Volition has also included behind-the-scenes commentary for the content.

In addition to go into the Dominatrix, yet another DLC campaign add-on would be released for Saints Row IV this year. Titled How the Saints Saved Christmas, the content can be released before the tip of the year (presumably across the holidays).

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Watch The Killzone: Mercenary Dev Team Talk Storytelling

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 5:31 am

Killzone Mercenary may already be out, but Sony isn’t quite done with the primary shooter at the Vita to get it right. Perhaps in an try to remind folks that Killzone is on both the Vita and PS4 this year, it has released a developer diary that discusses the event of Killzone Mercenary.

In what seems to be the 1st episode of a chain of videos, the developers at Guerilla Cambridge speak about how they approached the tale within the latest Killzone game. The series has always been Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s Halo franchise, and has an identical give attention to story with a completely-fleshed out universe.

In Mercenary, the developers desired to take players out of the normal mindset that the Helghast are the bad guys while the ISA are the best guys. Instead, the team desirous about a 3rd faction of mercenaries that work for either side to deliver what they call the “ambiguity of war.”

Killzone Mercenary is now available at the PlayStation Vita. The subsequent Killzone game – Killzone: Shadow Fall – will launch with the PS4 on November 15.

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Assassin’s Creed Liberation Coming to PS3 on January 14

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 7:28 am

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation was is of probably the most ambitious titles yet released for the PlayStation Vita. The sport was released alongside Assassin’s Creed III last year and lines a totally new Assassin’s Creed story – complete with a feminine protagonist. Like Resident Evil: Revelations, however, some franchises are only too big for publishers to maintain games confined to handheld systems.

It was announced back in September that Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation will be coming to PC and consoles, and now the title has a release date for the PlayStation 3 – January 14, 2014. The HD version of the title can be offered as a digital download in the course of the PlayStation Store for $20.

Liberation is determined through the same term as Assassin’s Creed III, but in New Orleans. The tale follows Aveline, a feminine assassin who battles the Templars for control of the town. As well as all the content seen inside the Vita version of the sport, the HD console version has had missions tweaked for pacing and challenge. a complete of 15 new missions have also been added to the title.

In addition to the PS3 announcement, the discharge date for the computer version of LIberation have been set at January 15 on Steam. The discharge date for the Xbox 360 version of the sport has not yet been announced, but could be assumed to be inside the same time-frame, if not at the same day, because the PlayStation 3 launch.

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