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  • PS4 Anniversary Console Comes and Goes in the Blink of an Eye

    ps4 anniversary consoleIf you have been keeping your eyes on the newly announced PlayStation 4 anniversary console, then you will know that the product is pretty hard to come by. Whilst at first we thought that the console would go up for sale just like any other standard variant of the PS4, it seems that this is not the case.

    In fact, many gamers have complained at the difficulty of trying to grab one of the new anniversary PlayStation 4's. Whilst there are odd deals such as PlayStation stores giving away PS4s for just £19.99 in London, the console itself cannot be officially purchased online from any retail store, and whilst Sony did put up an unannounced purchase page for the anniversary PlayStation 4, within minutes that page came crashing down, and it seems as if all copies have now been sold.

    Let's admit it, the new PS4 anniversary console, does look really nice, and I'm sure a lot of gamers want to get a hold of it, as it's nostalgic design is a piece of many people's childhood.

    Sony have been pretty quiet about their plans for the PS4 console, but I do hope that it becomes more widely available, even if it is just for a short period of time.

    I already have a standard black PS4 console, but I wouldn't mind picking up the anniversary version if I could ever get my hands on one. Would you do the same?

  • Next Assassins' Creed May Be Set in Victorian Age London

    assassins creed victoryUbisoft made a big mistake with AC: Unity - the game was tacky, not prepared properly, and fell apart on many people's consoles. Of course, when it came to story and actual gameplay content, Unity was actually pretty impressive, and this is why I'm quite excited to hear about rumors for Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed game.

    There are two reasons why I am excited, the next Assassin's Creed game couldn't possibly be launched in a state anywhere near as bad as Unity was, unless Ubisoft are purposely trying to murder the franchise.

    The second reason is because, according to some rumors, the new Assassin's Creed game will be set in Victorian age London. We've seen plenty of revolutions in the Assassin's Creed universe now, but taking things back to the Victorian age will open up some interesting possibilities.

    If the next AC game is set in Victorian age London, we can expect dark London streets and plenty of opportunity for great assassinations thanks to the great buildings found within London at the time.

    According to other rumors, the next game in the Assassin's Creed franchise will be named Victory, which would fit in perfectly with the Victorian theme.

    Would you like to see the next AC game in Victorian London, or would you prefer the game to be set elsewhere? Personally, we think there is a lot of potential for this kind of setting, but Ubisoft seem to be pretty good at capturing any historical setting or time zone.

  • Sony Pays Homage to Crash Bandicoot in Odd Tweet

    Crash BandicootDespite being a very popular franchise for the original two PlayStation consoles, Sony has failed to mention anything about the future of Crash Bandicoot for a very long time. No news of development on new Crash Bandicoot games has been revealed by Sony, and many fans have presumed that the franchise is now dead.

    Whatever the truth may be, we don't know - all we can do is speculate. One rumor is that Crash Bandicoot has some trademark problems, and Sony doesn't actually own all of the rights to the game, which basically means they cannot get away with releasing a new Crash Bandicoot, even if they wanted to.

    Others suggest that development for Crash Bandicoot has simply been dropped by Sony following the last few games that did not sell very well on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

    Either way, Sony has recently posted an image on their Twitter that pays homage to the franchise, and many gamers have jumped to the conclusion that Sony might just be planning a Crash Bandicoot comeback, and the Tweet, which is the first time Sony has publically mentioned Crash in a long time, is a small teaser for what is to come.

    Whether that is true or not, I cannot say, but I'm sure many PS4 owners out there would be incredibly excited to get their hands on a new Crash Bandicoot game. However, with the large amount of PlayStation exclusives currently lined up for release, it may be a while before a new Crash Bandicoot pops up on Sony's radar.

  • Street Fighter 5 Revealed as PS4 Exclusive

    Street Fighter 5Out of nowhere, Capcom has confirmed that Street Fighter 5 is in the works, but the most surprising bit of news from Capcom's announcement was it's decision to make Street Fighter 5 an exclusive for the PlayStation 4.

    The Street Fighter franchise has always been available on both Xbox and PlayStation, so it is odd to see Capcom suddenly move over to PlayStation 4 only. The only thing we can think of is Sony have managed to offer Capcom a payout they couldn't turn down, and as a result the game has been given PS4 exclusivity.

    Interestingly, Street Fighter 5 will also be made available for the PC, but it's console exclusivity remains on the PlayStation 4.

    A full gameplay reveal trailer for Street Fighter 5 was released by Capcom, but it has since been set to private - perhaps the development company and publisher isn't quite ready to reveal the game to the world just yet.

    Either way, we can expect to see some real gameplay of Street Fighter 5 fairly shortly, and perhaps in a year or two, we’ll also see the game land on the PlayStation 4 and the PC.

    Are you frustrated that Street Fighter 5 has been made exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and the PC, or is it something you could live with? Personally, we think this kind of deal will only fuel more third part exclusivity deals in the future, further pushing away from the boundaries of console parity.

  • The Crew will Release with No Game-Breaking Bugs, Before Reviews

    the crew launch bugsAfter the controversy behind Assassins' Creed Unity, it's no surprise that many gamers are starting to worry about any games released by Ubisoft at this point, and it seems to have scared many people away from buying into the Crew, a new upcoming new gen racing game.

    Whilst the Crew has been in development for a long time and has even been pushed back so that Ubisoft can polish the quality of it, many people are still worried about any bugs that may be preset at launch.

    Ubisoft on the other hand seem pretty confident that there is nothing to worry about, and they have even mentioned that the Crew will be launched without any game-breaking bugs. This seems to be majorly down to the open beta stages of the Crew, something that Assassin's Creed Unity did not have.

    "For The Crew, we've reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time."

    Interestingly, Ubisoft will not be giving any early copies of the Crew out to reviewers, so we will have no inside feedback about the game until after it has launched. This will mean that players will not have any critic reviews to go on when making a purchasing decision, so those that are worried about the quality of the game may want to wait a couple of days before diving in.

  • Halo 5 Multiplayer - 15 Minutes of Gameplay Released

    halo 5 multiplayer gameplayAlthough the Master Chief Collection has been filled with issues at launch, the new Halo 5: Guardians is still being worked on by 343 Industries, and they are getting ever closer to releasing the game.

    Whilst for most of the development process 343 have been pretty quiet about Halo 5, we have seen an influx of new content recently, and just this week 343 released yet another gameplay video, showcasing the new multiplayer in action.

    This time round, the gameplay lasts for 15 minutes and it shows off two full games of slayer. The first map is played on Empire, a map we have already seen in previous videos, whilst the second map is Crossfire, one that some of you may not have yet seen.

    As always, Halo 5 is looking pretty good in this latest gameplay video, and the great lighting can be seen in full effect. One thing that is clear is that 343 have attempted to put a lot more emphasis into the power weapons in Halo 5, and a typical game of slayer will revolve more around weapon spawns in the map.

    Messages will even be announced when a team picks up a weapon such as a sniper rifle or a rocket launcher, and the start message mentions "picking up power weapons" is part of the Slayer game rules.

    If you are a longtime Halo fan, I think you'll like what you see. You can check out the video here.

  • Destiny Matchmaking Voice Chat Coming Soon

    destiny voice chatWhat's that? Are you hearing things? Nope, Destiny will indeed be getting voice chat soon, so the only thing you'll be able to hear are other people's voices.

    Voice chat is something that has been in online games for a long time, and it's odd that a co-operative experience like Destiny has forgone any kind of chat system. Luckily, Bungie have heard the player's requests, and they have responded in the best way possible.

    The voice chat system planned for Destiny is well under development, and Bungie have revealed that a beta phase for it will be released next week.

    To give player's the option of whether they want to talk to others or not, a toggle option will be provided so that they can keep voice chat off or turn it on in the upcoming update.

    You will also be able to switch between public chat and fireteam chat so that you can block out any other players that may be in the area. It will be interesting to see if the public chat will be held across the entirety of a map or whether it will be proximity based.

    Hopefully there will be some options to keep chatting in the Tower to a minimum as well, considering that it is always filled with dozens of players.

    When the new voice talk feature is added to Destiny will you make use of it, or are you happy to keep playing without interacting with strangers? We'd love to know your thoughts on this matter.

  • Advanced Warfare Gets Early Launch Lag Issues

    advanced warfare bug patchLike many games in the franchise before it, the launch of Advanced Warfare has been filled with complaints from angry players who just can't play through the game without dealing with some kind of lag.

    Whilst Sledgehammer Games are working round the clock to iron out all of the issues that currently plague AW, there's no doubt that the game is less enjoyable than it should be right now because of all the problems. We have listed the most complained about issues below.

    Bad Hit Detection

    This seems to be a problem that is directly correlated with the issue listed below. Bad hit detection in Advanced Warfare will make it difficult for players to land hits at some points in the game, especially when the host of the server has a particularly bad connection.

    This is something Sledgehammer are working on, but it may be a few weeks before the hit detection problems are solved.

    No Dedicated Servers

    It seems all developers are opting for dedicated servers on their online games now, but Activision is still a little behind with Call of Duty. So far, Advanced Warfare is on a peer-to-peer network, which means you will be matchmade into a game that is hosted by another player. This will cause all sorts of connection issues, but Sledgehammer have promised dedicated servers in the future.

    Frame Lag, Especially at Game Start

    This seems to be an issue that is largely present on PC, but some console players have complained about it as well. Frame lag seems to be a current issue, especially at the start of a new multiplayer game.

    Sledgehammer should be working on this shortly, but it's not definite that they will be able to fix the problem completely.

  • Smash Bros Will Get MewTwo as Free DLC

    Smash Bros MewTwoWhilst all of the main characters for Smash Bros have now been revealed, Nintendo still have plans to add more characters to the roster in the future in the form of DLC.

    The first character to get the Nintendo DLC treatment has been revealed to be MewTwo. This is a character that hasn't been in the franchise since Smash Bros Melee, so I think there's a lot of excitement for MewTwo.

    MewTwo will be offered for free to those who buy both the 3DS version of Smash Bros and the Wii U version of the game. Whilst he is still in development at this point in time, MewTwo should be made available at some point in Spring 2015.

    Whilst he's been mentioned as a DLC character, no word has yet been given on whether MewTwo will be made available for those who do not buy both versions of the game, although the word DLC does suggest that he will be put up for sale for those not willing to splash out on both the 3DS and the Wii U version of the game.

    There's been a lot of new news about the upcoming Smash Bros games recently. On top of the announcement of the free MewTwo DLC promotion, Nintendo recently announced a brand new 8-player Smash mode which will be in the franchise for the first time ever.

    Whilst the game is available in some regions, the Wii U version will be available on November 21st for North America and December 5th for Europe.

  • Iron Banner Mode in Destiny Gets Rework

    iron banner mode destinyThe Iron Banner mode in Destiny is a PVP game type that does not level out weapon stats to make an even playing field. Instead, players' weapons are left mainly untouched, which gives players with legendary and exotic weapons the ability to get an advantage over those with lower tiered weapons.

    There is a lot of mixed thoughts on the Iron Banner mode in Destiny. Some players like the opportunity it gives them to try out their overpowered weapons on opponents, whilst others feel it completely removes the skill from the game.

    Bungie have been listening to community feedback, and following on from this they have made some considerable changes to how the Iron Banner mode in Destiny will work going forward

    Tyson Green, lead designer at Destiny shared some information on how the Iron Banner changes are taking place.

    "The goal for level advantages in PvP had been to create relatively small advantages that would suffice only to tilt the balance between players of equal skill towards the player of greater achievement, expressed in terms of his gear," said Green. "But we now believe we have been too conservative, and that small tilts failed to meet anyone's expectations.
    "In the next Iron Banner, we will debut a much more dramatic difference between players of wide variation in level."

    Tyson also gave some information on rewarding players for sticking around losing games - "In the next Iron Banner, players will receive a Medallion of Iron on a loss. Upon their next win, each Medallion they carry will convert into a reputation gain almost equal to a win."

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