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  • New Destiny Screenshots Released by Bungie

    destiny screenshotsIt's been a while since we've seen any official promotional content for Bungie's upcoming title Destiny, however Bungie is still quietly working away at the title, and the release date of the game is nearing closer and closer. This week, Bungie released a few new screenshots to show off the game, and these screenshots have captured a few moments that have not yet been shown off to us.

    One such screenshot shows a guardian riding a hover-bike type vehicle, which Bungie have named the Shirke bike. Once the game is released, players will have access to these vehicles, and will be able to use them to travel between two destinations quickly.

    A couple of the screenshots also picture how the amazing ambient occlusion in the game has been used to give Destiny a very impressive appearance.

    At first glance, I mistook the images for concept art, but it's clear to see that the images are in fact screenshots of actual gameplay content, so if you enjoy beautiful looking games, then you really are in for a treat when Destiny finally releases.

    However, we will have to wait a little while longer, Bungie like to take their sweet time with their games, and the release date for Destiny has been set for September 9th for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

    There is also a planned beta for Destiny, however the release date for that has still not been announced, and has been estimated as "early 2014."

  • First Titanfall DLC Coming in May

    titanfall dlcRespawn Entertainment has just announced that Titanfall will be receiving its first DLC pack later this year, some time in May. The new DLC pack has been named Expedition, and Respawn announced the pack at a panel at PAX East last weekend.

    At the panel, Respawn revealed that the new Titanfall DLC pack will include three new multiplayer maps, each with their own theme.

    The first map to be included in the Expedition DLC pack is Swampland, which is a map that has been based off of 'archaic alien technology.' The second Expedition map has been named Runoff, and this will be a water based map, perhaps similarly to the lagoon map already in Titanfall.

    The third and final map for the new Titanfall DLC has been called War Games and it is based off of the training simulator that players play through when first starting the game. Perhaps the most interesting map is Swampland, which, according to Respawn Entertainment, will include lots of tree running parkour opportunities.

    The Expedition DLC pack will be available for $9.99 in May, however players with the $24.99 Season Pass will get access to it for free.

    Respawn have also announced that they plan to include new burn cards and game modes in the future to all players free of charge. Respawn also plans to create limited game modes that are based off of the official game modes but have varying factors included to offer a fresh experience.

  • Screenshots Released for Sony's Zombie Sandbox Game H1Z1

    sony zombie game
    If the massive recent success of the early alpha game DayZ Standalone is anything to go by, zombie survival games are where all the money is right now in the gaming industry, and it looks like Sony has spotted the great potential.

    This week, Sony revealed a brand new IP under the moniker H1Z1 - the game is set to be a post apocalyptic survival sandbox game that has an eerie and ominous game play. Whilst details on the game are still on the low, it's starting to sound like H1Z1 plans to be the DayZ for console, and surprisingly, Sony wants the game to go the path of free to play.

    The developers behind it plan to go past the basic ideas of survival though, and the future of H1Z1 could hold a huge world that embodies player trading, economies and player-ran urban desolate cities. It sounds very ambitious, and it could be a very long time before we ever see such a game be released.

    The developers working on H1Z1 want to give players the freedom that is given to the characters in the Walking Dead - the ability to drive to a city, or fight for territory in a dark urban environment, or even the chance to team up to build the game's very own Woodbury, or safe haven town.

    The game is being quoted as an MMO, and this could mean hundreds, if not thousands of players on a single server.

    It all sounds very exciting, but we shouldn't hold our breath just yet - it is a very ambitious project, and it may take a very long time to perfect it.

  • Large Titanfall Patch Released

    titanfall private lobbyDespite the game already being in a fully released state, Respawn Entertainment are still hard at work on Titanfall, and they are adding, and have plans to add many new free features for the title in the future.

    This week, a large patch was released for Titanfall that brought a few new features to the game, as well as a whole host of balancing tweaks and fixes. One of the biggest included features in the new patch is the inclusion of a private lobby system.

    Previously, players had no methods to set up organized matches between one another, making matchmaking the only form of play. However, with the private lobby system, players will be able to invite friends (or foes) and battle it out against each other however they'd like.

    The addition of private lobbies opens up the gates for a whole host of opportunities, including private local play, Machinima, and even possible E-sports tournaments, so it was definitely a good call for Respawn to add them to Titanfall.

    So far, they are only in beta stage, so there may be a few issues that still need to be ironed out. As for the rest of the patch, there are many changes that have gone into play to effect some of the Titan's primary weapons, as well as the damage on some of the burn cards. For example, an Amped Kraber burn card now does 800 damage to a Titan instead of just 100 per shot. Points changes for completing game objectives have also been put into the latest patch.

  • Final Fantasy XIV Released on PS4

    final fantasy 14 ps4Any news about new titles on either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One at this point is good news, regardless of what titles they might be. This week, Final Fantasy XIV: A Real Reborn will be making it's early access debut on the PlayStation 4, meaning players can jump onto the latest gen console to play the title.

    Previously Final Fantasy XIV was released for the PC and the PlayStation 3, but a PlayStation 4 version has always been planned. However, development delays have slowed down the PS4 version release.

    If players had already purchased the PlayStation 3 version, there is an option to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 version for no cost, which means players can easily get access to the game on the PS4 in the most convenient way possible.

    So far, transfer between PC and console versions is not capable, and once players have switched from PS3 to PS4, there will not be an option to play on the PlayStation 3 beyond the switching point.

    For those that didn't know, Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role playing game with a similar game infrastructure to World of Warcraft. The console version, just like the PC version, does have a monthly subscription fee, despite the original upfront cost for the title.

    So far no details have been given on an Xbox compatible version, and whether players will be able to transfer their accounts from the PlayStation to the Xbox is unclear, but at this point it does sound unlikely, if Final Fantasy XIV does ever come to Xbox.

  • Civilization Beyond Earth Revealed

    civilization beyond earth trailerA new trailer has been shown off at PAX East by Firaxis Games to showcase a brand new Civilization game, under the title Beyond Earth. Civilization Beyond Earth will be a brand new title in the game series, and as the name suggests, it will take players into ambitious new environments.

    Civilization Beyond Earth will give players the opportunity to take their civilizations up into space. The trailer that Firaxis created has stated that, "As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space."

    The release date for Civilization Beyond Earth has been set for a release later in this year in 2014, most likely this Fall. The trailer has strangely only suggested that the title will be available on Civilization Beyond Earth, but hopefully it will be adapted for consoles as well.

    Firaxis has been well known for it's great strategy franchises, with XCOM Enemy Unknown being their latest release.

    However, the civilization games have always received the biggest bundles of praise for being fully featured and unique strategy game experiences, and taking the franchise into space could really make things ever more interesting.

    We'll keep you updated on Civilization Beyond Earth as more information comes in - hopefully we'll see some proper gameplay footage closer to the launch date, which as mentioned before, will most likely be later this year in Fall.

  • We Might Just Be Able to Play Xbox 360 Games on the Xbox One in the Future

    New XBOX ONEBeing able to play the last generation of games on a brand new console may seem like a bit of a gimmick at first, but it is an incredibly useful feature that could help many gamers that are on a budget.

    Being able to trade in your Xbox 360 console to help cut down on the costs of the Xbox One is a great option to have, but after building up years worth of games, it may not be that easy for many gamers to give that all up. This is why Xbox 360 emulation on an Xbox One would be immensely handy. In fact, while they're at it, if Microsoft could make the Xbox One support original Xbox games as well, that'd be incredibly useful.

    Whilst Microsoft never revealed any plans to have such a feature on the Xbox One, recently Frank Savage, partner development lead at Xbox, revealed that it's not entirely out of the question. When asked whether there were plans to bring an Xbox 360 emulation system to the Xbox One, Frank replied with "There are, but we're not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there's nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself."

    I'm sure if Sony were to offer an Emulation system on the PS4, Microsoft would feel obliged to follow through with a similar system, and vice versa. But until one player moves, no one is going anywhere with the whole emulation thing. Let's hope that Microsoft try to put more work into it, because I'd love to see it happen.

  • Kingdom Under Fire II PS4 Will Have Better Graphics than PC Version

    kingdom under fire ps4With all the recent talk about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One's great hardware capabilities, it's honestly been a little disappointing playing through the current gen's roster of games. Most games don't have much more to offer from the previous gen alternative, and despite the consoles being brand new, they are still having trouble running titles like Call of Duty Ghosts at a high resolution and steady frame rate.

    Just like with all console launches though, over time the graphics on the games for both of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will improve, and it's just a matter of time before we really do have next gen graphics in our living room.

    So far, PCs are seeming far superior to the PS4 and the Xbox One, but in the future this may change a little. Developers may put more effort into the two new consoles, and this may mean we'll get better content and performance on a console.

    A good example of this is the upcoming title Kingdom Under Fire II - The executive producer for the game, Sang Youn Lee, has stated that the PS4 version will actually have better graphics than the PC version. Lee said that it's, "A little hard to tell you right now because if the PC users know, they will be very angry. PS4 has much better graphics. PS4 graphics quality will be much better and higher than the PC version."

    It will be interesting to see what other console titles in the future will be able to offer PC-quality graphics.

  • Respawn Working on Fixing Matchmaking Bugs

    titanfall matchmaking bugsAs you may already know, Respawn Entertainment recently pushed out a patch to Titanfall that was intended to make finding balanced teams much easier, however since it has been released, more issues with the matchmaking system have been created.

    Whilst matchmaking games are now generally a lot more balanced out, the waiting time for finding a well balanced match takes much too long in it's current state, and many players have expressed their frustration with the system.

    Respawn are still working on creating a long term fix for the matchmaking system, but for the time being they have "turned down the effect of the new matchmaking to help players find games." This means games will be a little less balanced than this current patch, but games will also be found considerably faster.

    The matchmaking system in place is certainly a good system for stopping overbalanced teams from ruining the experience for other players, but at this point all of the waiting needed to find the game far outweighs any benefits that the new system offers to players.

    Hopefully a more balanced system will be introduced in the near future, but in the meantime players may have to deal with slightly unbalanced team matchmaking. Titanfall plan to add new game modes and other features such as private lobby systems for free in the future, but it's good that they are working on more important issues, such as the matchmaking system, first. No details have yet been given on when a fix for the matchmaking system is sent out.

  • New Second Son Update Planned

    infamous updateInFAMOUS second son has now been out for a couple of weeks, and it has received an incredibly great reception from fans, gamers and critics around the world. In my eyes, Sony exclusive developers always try their best to keep their fans happy, and I definitely think the developers behind InFAMOUS Second Son have done a good job already.

    However, they aren't yet done with the game, and they plan to keep updating it and ensuring that players get the best, fine tuned experience out of the game as possible. In fact, one update has already been planned, despite it not being that long ago that the title was released.

    Brian Fleming from Sucker Punch Studios wrote a blog post on the PlayStation website to give a bit of insight into his whole experience since the launch, and he then went on to talk about the future of InFAMOUS Second Son.

    Fleming mentioned a few new features that many fans have requested since it's launch - one of these is a Time of Day setting that players will be able to use once they have completed the game. The setting will give players control over exactly what time they would like it to be.

    In the new update, there will also be an option to completely remove the HUD - this way players can get completely immersed, or just take a completely kickass screenshot.

    Finally, the new update will have an option to cap the frames at 30FPS - this means that the game won't constantly be jumping up between 30 and 60FPS, and instead will stay steadily at 30FPS.

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