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  • Xbox One Achievements Aren't tied to Games

    Although some details are still under wraps about the Xbox One, Microsoft did share a few details about the achievement system, saying that the system has had some fundamental changes to the way it works and how players interact with their achievements.

    Unlike with the Xbox 360, achievements won't be tied down to games, and whilst there are likely to be game-specific achievements, it sounds as if you'll be able to progress with achievements across multiple games.

    It could be possible that some games can contribute to achievements like '1,000 total headshots' but I can imagine most of these achievements to be things like '50 total hours played' or '25 games played.'

    Players will also be able to upload and share footage of their games and achievement progress, similarly to the PlayStation 4's new share feature that was revealed earlier this year.

    Currently details are a bit sparse, but it's likely we'll hear more about the new dynamic achievement system soon.

  • Evil Controllers featured on Joystiq

    Evil Controller's new Vision Backplate has been generating quite the buzz! The awesome gaming magazine Joystiq recently unveiled their hands on review of the new backplate and not only did they give the controller awesome reviews, but they also turned the feature into a giveaway!

    The review from Joystiq is both in verbal and video form, and covers all the capabilities of the controller. From over 60 hrs of battery life, to the awesome addition of a charging LED light, the people at Joystiq are big fans of the only rechargeable, wireless Xbox controller.

    The controller we custom made for Joystiq features a white shell, blacked out ABXY buttons, orange thumbsticks and the Evil D-pad! The controller also has a one-of-a-kind logo imprinted on both the right handle and the back of the controller (you know, where the standard bulky battery pack goes!). The video goes in depth about the different capabilities the backplate offers, including the improved performance offered by the Evil D-pad for action games and shooters.

    Joystiq also notes the excellent build quality of the controller, as well as the added on/off switch and cooling vents. The best part about the review, is that after talking up the revolutionary new controller, the awesome people at Joystiq are offering it as a giveaway!

    The giveaway is for those residing in the U.S. only, and must be entered by subscribing to Joystiq's channel on YouTube. After you subscribe, simply send Joystiq a message with Evil Controllers in the subject line and your name and email in the message. There is only one entry per person, and the contest ends Friday, May 31, 2013 at Midnight!!

    Check out the complete review here

    Thanks for being a fan!

  • Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito Stars on New Destiny Trailer

    What better way to show off an upcoming incredible game by sticking a highlight like Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) in the trailer?

    Giancarlo is seen reading from a story whilst the scene cuts off to an animated scene including Guardians who are involved in an epic battle.

    The Guardians are soldiers that have been trained to protect Earth. Bungie recently revealed that the Guardians are playable and have different classes, including a tough Titan character, a weaker Hunter, and another Warlock class. Like many MMOs, each class has their own benefits and disadvantages. Bungie has made sure to make their classes easy to understand by changing the stature of each class.

    For example, the Titan is a class that has a top heavy build, and this shows that this is a tough, but slow character. In the middle, the Hunter is a class that has a fairly even build throughout, and at the bottom, the Warlock has a bottom heavy build, showing the speed and vulnerabilities the class has.

    The scenes that follow on from the beginning section of the trailer include everything that makes sci-fi great, including Alien creatures, varying types of weapons and vehicles, and beautiful Alien scenery.

    The trailer also includes an amazing backing track that sounds just as magnificent as the music that made the Halo series so special, and Destiny really looks like it's going to be a wonderful treat to anybody that plays.

    If you've been looking forward to the game, this trailer is definitely going to get you excited for the release.

  • Xbox One Reveal Aftermath

    Last week, the Xbox One was announced, and with it came a lot of boos from the gaming community. But why? Surely a brand new console is a good thing for us gamers?

    The truth is that, despite the console having updated hardware to play bigger and better games, many Xbox fans have felt that the Microsoft games consoles they once knew just aren't the same anymore. Microsoft has now put even more emphasis into the idea that the Xbox isn't just about gaming but it's also about media content.

    The 'all-in-one' machine as Microsoft have called it, is capable of being a games console, TV box, media player and many other pieces of hardware you may find in your living room. Whilst this is good for the family, gamers feel a little cheated.

    Gamers are now going to be bombarded with more media content on their dashboard, and are going to be encouraged to integrate that into their Xbox usage, thanks to various contracts that Microsoft has signed with companies like Amazon, Sky, Virgin and other media services.

    Whilst this may not have that much of a bad effect on gamers in the long run, Microsoft managed to pull a pretty boring show at the One reveal and instead of focusing on games, focused more on the media content and all-in-one capabilities. This has left gamers feeling a little empty-handed, and whilst a few games were announced, there really wasn't anything there to light the show up.

    If you're a gamer and are worried that the Xbox just won't cut it, don't give up faith yet, and wait till E3 to see what Microsoft have up their sleeves. Who knows, maybe the Xbox One will still be that outstanding gaming console as well as a handy all-in-one media player.

  • GTA V Special Editions Detailed

    Rockstar Games has recently given details on special editions for the new upcoming GTA V, and special edition games are now available for pre-order through various retailers.

    There will be a total of two different special edition versions of GTA V, one costing $80, whilst the other will cost $150.

    Any players who pre-order either of the special editions will receive access to the pre-order only Atomic Blim aircraft. The $80 Special Edition will come with a Steel-book case, a blueprint map of GTA V, a special agility boost that can regenerate Micheal, Franklin, and Trevor's agility bar 25% faster, more stunt plane missions dotted around the game world, bonus tattoos and outfits, and a Pistol .50, a Bullpup shotgun and a melee hammer.

    The Collector's Edition will include everything the Special Edition has, as well as a Rockstar themed Security Deposit Bag, a "New Era 9FIFTY" Snapback, custom playable characters for Grand Theft Auto Online, unique '30s Hotknife hotrod and CarbonRS Sports Bike, and the high-end Khamelion electric car for GTA Online.

    Everything will also be packaged in a collector's box.

    As you can guess, the $180 price tag certainly gets you a lot of items, both in game and out of game. Some items, like the special edition agility boost sound a bit stingy from Rockstar as it allows players to get an advantage over others by playing, but other than that, most items seem pretty harmless when it comes to online play, and shouldn't affect gameplay to the point where special edition owners gain a considerable advantage over standard edition players.

  • Pre-owned Games Will cost to install on the Xbox One

     

    There is a huge market for pre-owned games currently. It offers a way for gamers to grab games cheaper than prices for new games, and allows retailers to generate profit from circulating old stock and older games. It keeps companies like GameStop from stopping, but as the next generation of consoles leans closer, a lot of gamers and those in the gaming industry have wondered what will become of second hand games.

    Microsoft revealed a bit about how second hand games will work on the new Xbox One at their launch event, and whilst they didn't go into full detail, there are bad things about the news, and slightly good things.

    According to Microsoft, the new Xbox will require users to install a game after purchasing it, and this will then lock that game to the Xbox account. For other gamers to then use and install this game on their system, they will have to pay a fee for it to install.

    Details on how much this fee will cost is currently unknown, but if it isn't too expensive, it'd mean second hand gaming is still an option, and games developers can still profit of reselling of games.

    It is good news that the new Xbox doesn't prohibit second hand gaming like many had feared, but it does mean that it will end up costing gamers more than it currently does on the Xbox 360.

     

  • War Thunder Coming to PlayStation 4

    A lot of PC MMO developers have considered moving their titles to next gen consoles. We already know the popular free FPS Blacklight: Retribution will make it to PS4, and rumors have been going around about Planetside 2 hitting console as well.

    This early on in the next generation of console it's hard to tell what will actually hit the console and what won't so it's refreshing to see that War Thunder, a free arcade World War 2 flight MMO by Gaijin Entertainment, will make its debut to PlayStation 4 sometime in Holiday 2013.

    The game will offer a free experience similar to the PC version, although the game will have 'more intuitive controls' thanks to Sony's Dual Shock 4 controller.

    "We're convinced that our cooperation with Sony will not only make the War Thunder franchise better, but it will give our fans a new level of gaming experience that will figuratively blown their mind," Said Kirill Yudintse, Gaijin's creative director.

    "Partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment is the most natural progression for the War Thunder brand, from our hugely successful beginnings on PC with more than 1.5 million players, to our recent announcement that War Thunder is under development for mobile devices. We are excited to bring War Thunder to the leading next-generation platform, the PS4."

    It's going to be an exciting year for announcements on the next generation of consoles, and we're likely to see many more games hit the PS4 and new Xbox, bridging the gap between PC and console gaming.

  • Lords of the Fallen Action RPG Revealed for PlayStation 4

    Any news of new IP these days in the gaming industry is always good news, and when it sounds like a good IP, it's even better. Lord of the Fallen, a new Action RPG currently being developed by CI games certainly sounds like something news worthy, and it is scheduled to hit the PlayStation 4.

    The game has been stated as being a hardcore action RPG with advanced combat systems and robust skill trees.

    The game will take place in a fantasy world in a time where the Gods have failed mankind. Players will control a human named Harkyn as he sets out on a quest to stop the Gods from destroying mankind. The game is being designed to make sure that players find it meaningful to travel across the whole world, and as they do, they will be greeted with many different challenges.

    "Our team is building Lords of the Fallen specifically for players who enjoy taking on huge challenges, where the odds are stacked against them," said Tomasz Gop, executive producer, CI Games. From the very beginning, Lords of the Fallen will intrigue and satisfy players' hunger to explore each corner of a brand new world, freely customize and build their own character and take down some of the most epic enemies ever seen."

    More will be shown about Lords of the Fallen at this year's E3, where gamers will get the chance to play playable demos of the game.

  • PS4 Games will be Playable with the PS Vita

    Thanks to a huge rise in tablet and smartphone gaming, handhelds like the 3DS and the PS Vita have seen terrible sales. And even when Sony lowered the pricing for the Vita and sales increased, it still wasn't up to Sony's standards, and they haven't given up on the portable console yet.

    For an incentive to those already interested in both the PS4 and the PS Vita, Sony are making it possible to remotely play PlayStation 4 games straight on your PS Vita. It's most likely that the game will be streamed from the PS4 and will work in a similar way to the Wii U's gamepad.

    However, no games will need this extra functionality, and it really just serves as a portable copy of your game, so if you're ever fall into the predicament of who gets to use the TV first, you can just switch on your PlayStation, power up your PS Vita, and then change the channel back to live television once you're set up on the handheld.

    Sony has stated on their official website that "We would like every PS4 game to be able to use this service as we are sure they will, in time." So it sounds like not all games will support the cross-Vita functionality, however it is accompanied of a nice picture of Killzone Shadow Fall being played on the PS Vita, so there's no doubt that big games are getting the remote support.

  • New Gran Turismo 6 Announced - 7 New Tracks and Over 1 thousand Cars

    The one thing that Gran Turismo has done well is build upon their existing franchise each time a new game comes out, making each new addition to the franchise more feature packed than the last one.

    The legend himself, Kazunori Yamauchi, announced Gran Turismo 6 for PlayStation 3 at Sony's GT 15th anniversary celebration and it is certainly looking as featured packed as we've expected GT games to be.

    The game is said to include a total of 1,200 drivable cars, some of which are new to the series, and plenty more have been planned for additional content in the future.

    The game will also include 7 new tracks, making 33 in total, and a brand new improved engine has been added that has been built with the help of KW Automotive and Yokohama Rubber, two companies that have experience in the field of tire, suspension and kinetic modeling.

    Gran Turismo 6 should be the most realistic GT game yet, and with the inclusion of a bunch of new cars, and a total of 33 tracks, there's no doubt that the game will be packed with content that can keep the average gamer playing for hours.

    Gran Turismo 6 should be released in late 2013 for PS3, and Yamauchi has also stated that they do have plans for a PlayStation 4 release.

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