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  • Bloodborne has Now Gone Gold

    bloodborne goldAt long last, From Software's new PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has gone gold, which means the development team have done everything they need to do to ship the product to disc in preparation for the launch of the game.

    I'm personally quite excited to see Bloodborne - from what we've seen so far, the game looks like a great example of what From Software are known best for. Their Dark Souls and Demon Souls games have always been great, but Bloodborne takes a slightly different path by offering a more forgiving gameplay experience for players.

    When I say more forgiving, I do mean that you're not going to die as often, but that doesn't mean we can't expect Bloodborne to be a nice challenge. In fact, I think it will be a very challenging game, but I'm hoping the frustration that was found by many players whilst playing Dark Souls 1 and 2 won't be present in Bloodborne.

    Whilst Bloodborne has already seen a delay, going gold means we will now not see any more delays, and the previously announced release dates of March 24 and March 27 are now set in stone.

    The March 24 release is for North America, whilst the March 27 release is for the UK. Other region release dates are around these two dates. The full release schedule can be seen below.

    NA - March 24, 2015
    EU - March 25, 2015
    Japan - March 26, 2015
    UK - March 27, 2015

  • Goat Simulator is Coming to Xbox

    goat simulator xboxI've got the exact news you've been wanting to hear. Coffee Stain Studios have announced that Goat Simulator will be coming to the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Worthy of more than a few game of the year awards, Goat Simulator is an incredibly realistic simulation game that gives you an unprecedented view into the life of a goat.

    There are just no other animal sims out there that quite match the prowess of Goat Simulator, and Microsoft made a very good choice allowing Coffee Stain Studios to bring it to the Xbox One and the Xbox 360.

    If you've seen the game, you'll of course no everything above is just a little far from the truth. Goat Simulator is actually a strangely put together sandbox game that gives you access to a world of physics based environments. The whole fun of Goat Simulator is to basically see what kind of crazy things you can make happen with a goat and a world of objects that react crazily when hit into.

    The game is filled with all sorts of glitches, but Coffee Stain wanted it to be this way - the game is meant to be taken lightly, and is just a bit of fun to have when you have a few minutes to spare.

    So far, we don't have any details about the exact release date of Goat Simulator or the price, but we do know that the game will be releasing at some point in April.

  • Halo 3 ODST for Master Chief Collection Still in Development

    halo 3 odst mccIf you remember back to near when The Master Chief Collection was released, you may recall 343 Industries announcing that they will be releasing ODST as part of the collection to say sorry for the game's launch problems.

    Even though we haven’t heard anything about the remastered version of ODST for a while now, 343 Industries haven't stopped developing it. In fact, a new blog post has just been put up on the 343 Industries blog, detailing their progress with the ODST game and the state of the Master Chief Collection.

    Firstly, 343 Industries have revealed that there will be a new update in April that will further improve the game and fix any issues that are still plaguing the game. 343 Industries have also shown off two images. One shows ODST in all it's glory, and the other shows the new Halo 2 remake planned for The Master Chief Collection. The remake is Relic, and it should be coming alongside ODST.

    Unfortunately 343 did not reveal when ODST or Relic will be released, but it will be made free for all players that gave the Master Chief Collection a play before December 19th. We're assuming the new content will be put up as DLC for any players who started playing The Master Chief Collection after December 19th.

    Do you think 343 Industries deserved to be forgiven for their early mistakes with the Master Chief Collection, or do you think releasing ODST and the Halo 2 relic map remake just isn't enough?

  • PS4 Getting Firmware Update with New Features

    ps4 firmware updateAccording to new rumors, we can expect to see a very large new firmware update for the PlayStation 4 in March that will bring a range of new features to the system. The main source of these rumors comes from industry insider, Tidux, who has been well known to get his rumors right.

    According to Tidux, the new firmware update will hit at the end of March, on or around the 29th of the month. Unfortunately, Tidux did not mention what new features will be released, other than "big features" are coming.

    It is a shame Tidux could not go into more detail, so we can only speculate about what features could be released at the end of this month. There are still many features that are missing from the PlayStation 4 that could be added, and there are probably many more that Sony want to add that we've never heard of as well.

    Some believe the new update could include the suspend/resume feature that was previously announced to release to combat the lack of DLNA on the PlayStation 4. Others suggest we could see a range of smaller features such as the ability to better organize and manage system files, songs and more content on the PS4 hard drive.

    Whatever happens, it looks like we'll have to do a little bit of waiting before full details are announced by Sony. Hopefully we will receive some information from them before the end of March.

  • Sony's PlayStation Plus Free Games Delayed

    playstation plus free gamesUnfortunately, Sony has failed to release March's PlayStation Plus free games, and Sony has released a small statement explaining why this has happened.

    According to Sony's Fred Dutton in a new PlayStation blog post, they have not managed to finalize the lineup in time for March, and it may be a little while before they are given the go ahead to release the free PS Plus titles.

    "I appreciate you're all really keen to see the line-up and that it's frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we're still not quite ready to make the announcement."

    "I can't give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we're working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."

    By the sounds of things, it is looking unlikely that we'll see the free games lineup in the few days of March, and we may even have to wait till the second week of March before the games are live. This is unfortunate, but Sony does need to confirm six different games with up to six developers before they can go ahead with deals like this.

    Whilst Sony has had a few hiccups this month, Xbox has already released their lineup, touting three great games, including Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite.

    So far, we have no idea what games will be part of the PS Plus lineup, but as soon as we know we shall let you know.

  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has Almost $100 Worth of DLC

    dead or alive 5 last roundWhether or not you're okay with the dozens of dollars worth of DLC content in Evolve generally comes down to how you feel about the whole practice of selling you content after the game has been completed, but it's not just Evolve that features staggering amounts of paid-for content.

    In fact, Team Ninja have recently released details on what new downloadable content will be available in their latest remaster for new gen consoles. I'm of course talking about Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the game that is a remake of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, which is coincidentally a remake of Dead or Alive 5.

    I'm sure you can see what I'm getting at here. Even though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is not going for full retail on either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, the game does include just under $93 worth of DLC.

    Fortunately, practically all of the DLC available is only cosmetic skins and costumes for characters, similarly to a lot of the content players can pay for in Evolve. The $93 price tag for DOA 5: LR is actually for the season pass. If you purchase every piece of DLC in Last Round separately, however, you'll possibly be looking at spending a considerable amount more.

    So, before you get mad at Evolve for trying to milk us of our hard earned cash, just remember, there are games out there that offer 79 character costumes for a crazy $93. Honestly, it's all a bit crazy, but let's just be glad that most of it, both in Evolve and Dead or Alive, is all cosmetic and has no impact on the game whatsoever.

  • PlayStation Plus Free Games for February Available Today

    playstation plus februarySony has just revealed their new lineup of free games for February, and players with a PS Plus subscription will now be able to head to the PSN store to download the new free games. As per usual, there are a variety of six games for free this month, two for each platform.

    PS4 - Apotheon

    Apotheon is a Greek mythology inspired platformer game filled with lots of button mashing combat. The game was originally released as an arcade title for the PS4, and it is fairly new.

    PS4 - Transistor

    Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG game made by the same developers responsible for Bastion. The city environment in Transistor is pretty epic, and there is a good few dozen hours worth of content to be played in the game.

    PS3 - Yakuza 4

    Yakuza 4 is an action adventure game developed by SEGA. It features various different mini games and modes related to fighting opponents. There is a bit of a backstory to Yakuza 4 that has been handed down through the franchise but there’s no reason you can’t pick Yakuza 4 up before playing the other ones.

    PS3 - Thief

    Thief is the latest reboot of the classic stealth based franchise. It may have a short campaign, but it’s still a lot of fun and definitely worth playing for free.

    PS Vita - Rogue Legacy

    Rogue Legacy is an action arcade game with procedurally generated 2D platformer style levels. There are ten different classes to play as, and plenty of reasons to come back to Rogue Legacy again and again.

    PS Vita - Kick and Fennick

    Kick and Fennick is an odd game that follows the adventure of a boy and his best friend, Fennick the robot. Fennick's battery breaks, and you'll spend the majority of the game as Kick, attempting to find a fix for Fennick's battery problem.

  • Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC Finally Arrives on Xbox

    advanced warfare havocThe first DLC pack for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has finally arrived on the Xbox, and it can now be picked up for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 as part of an early access deal. The Havoc DLC will also be released for the PC and the PlayStation consoles at some point in February.

    The new Havoc DLC pack comes with a wide range of new content, including four brand new maps, and the anticipated exo zombies survival co-op mode.

    The four maps included in the Havoc DLC are Sideshow, Core, Urban and Drift. Sideshow is a shanty town built within a cargo ship. Core is within a large drilling station, and Drift is a small sized snow town. Finally, Urban is a packed city area.

    Before the Havoc DLC was officially released, two new weapons were also put out as part of the Havoc DLC pack. Season pass players were able to take hold of the weapons in the Havoc DLC earlier in the year. The weapons included a new laser AE4 Widowmaker rifle, and a direct variation of the same weapon.

    The most looked forward to feature in the Havoc DLC is the exo zombies co-op mode though, and similarly to Black Ops 2, the mode will have a set amount of missions players will be able to play through. It has been rumored that more exo zombies content will be released incrementally in each DLC after the Havoc DLC.

  • COD Advanced Warfare Zombies Trailer Released

    cod advanced warfare zombiesIn anticipation of the release of the new Havoc DLC planned for the end of January, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare developers, Sledgehammer Games, have just released a new trailer for the upcoming Exo Zombies game mode, which will be made available as part of the upcoming DLC.

    Interestingly, the trailer shares a bit of a backstory into why there is a sudden zombie outbreak, and why a group of soldiers are attempting to hold off the relentless hordes. In the trailer, the story is explained -

    "Untrained and unprepared, four Atlas employees must survive a horror unlike any other. John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015."

    It seems as if the zombies mode will be released as an episodic co-operative multiplayer mode. Whilst we aren't entirely sure, it would make sense to assume that each episode of the zombies mode will release alongside each piece of DLC for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

    For zombie fans, I think that the new zombie mode in Advanced Warfare is worth getting excited about - the game will feature a new twist on the tried and trusted zombies gameplay we have seen in previous COD games by adding super fast exo zombies that make use of the exo skeleton featured in Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

    So far, we aren't sure how much content players will be able to play through in the first episode of exo zombies, but hopefully there will be maps that players can play a more traditional round based version of zombies on.

  • Microsoft Pushing for More Xbox One Game Discounts

    xbox one discounts christmasThe months leading up to the Holiday season are always pretty hectic, but for major tech manufacturers like Microsoft, things get incredibly crazy. With the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 currently fighting for the top spot, Microsoft had a lot to do to manage to get an upper hand on Sony's new console.

    One way Xbox managed to do this was by pushing for more deals and better bargains, and over the black Friday weekend, Microsoft managed to rake in a huge amount of sales thanks to their discounts around the globe, and this actually helped them to secure the most sold console units for that month.

    It isn't going to stop at black Friday either - Microsoft have learned that good deals make sales, and in tune with this they have regularly been putting up discounts on their consoles, and most recently, their first party titles, and some selected third party games as well.

    Firstly, digital copies of both Destiny and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare have been put up for just $19.99, half of their standard retail price. Secondly, the above games can also be purchased as a physical copy for $29.99.

    Halo The Master Chief Collection has been dropped to $45, and both Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive now have digital copies going for $35. These discounts are not quite like the bargains available for both Destiny and Call of Duty, but still very generous nonetheless.

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