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  • Phil Spencer Teases Two Old Franchise Revivals

    phil spencer franchisesIn a recent interview, Phil Spencer revealed some information about Microsoft's plans to bring back two old franchises from the older generation Xbox consoles.

    In the interview, the following games were mentioned to Phil Spencer : Alan Wake, Banjo Kazooie, Blinx the Time Sweeper, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Fusion Frenzy, Halo Wars, High Heat Baseball, Kameo, Knights of The Old Republic, MechAssault, Otogi and Shenmue.

    Phil Spencer was then asked if any of the prior mentioned games were ever going to receive new installations for the Xbox One, and Phil responded with a very exciting answer -

    "There are a couple games on that list that we're doing some work on. I'll just say that. People should know that we listen to feedback, we have ideas, and there are franchises in the past we think would be great to come again."

    In my opinion this is great news - the Xbox has had many great exclusive titles over the last decade, and many of them have been left behind for newer franchises. Whilst it's great to hear a couple of franchises are coming back, it's also equally as frustrating that Phil Spencer did not reveal exactly what games will be returning.

    All of the games on the list were worth another chance, but there are some on there that deserve a new sequel more than others. Unfortunately we will have to play the waiting game until the two mystery games are announced by either Microsoft or their respective developers or publishers.

  • Bungie May Consider Adding Destiny Matchmaking for Raids

    destiny matchmaking for raidsThere were many key multiplayer components that never made it into Destiny, including voice chat, and a decent matchmaking system, and whilst these features were not added at launch, Bungie have suggested that such features may eventually be added if the community requested them.

    One of the mentioned features included a proper matchmaking system for the raids in Destiny. So far, it can be difficult to find a decent group of players willing to complete a raid, and some players have voiced their frustration about this.

    One of the most popular raids at the time of writing is the Vault of Glass, but without a group of friends to play with, it's proven difficult for some players to complete, considering that there is no matchmaking available for this raid.

    Bungie talked about this issue, and described that whilst they would like raids to be more accessible, some of the stories of players interacting with one another are a reason why matchmaking wasn't added into the game at launch. David Dague from Bungie made a post to address the issue.

    "The Raid was designed for solid teams of killers who have made a commitment to solve a dense and explosive riddle. Most of the raiding parties who have emerged victorious from the Vault of Glass have sworn that one weak link would have doomed their chain.

    "There have been other stories, of course. We've heard tell of Guardians who met each other just outside the door that leads into that vault. Strange tales have reached our ears - tales of total strangers who have banded together to see the Raid all the way through to a triumphant finale.

    "Those stories surprise us, but the players of our games always have. The best I can do to answer your question is to let you know that you've been heard. We're having conversations about how Matchmaking might support the more challenging activities in Destiny. It's a start. Keep sounding off about it, and maybe someday some matchmade Fireteam mates will hear you, too."

    Personally, I see no harm in adding matchmaking to difficult raids, this approach would at least give solo players a slight chance at completing the mission.

  • Oddworld New N' Tasty Released This Week on PS4

    oddworld remake hdIt's been a while since the remake was announced, but Oddworld New N' Tasty, a revised HD version of the 1997 PlayStation One classic Abe's Oddysee has finally been released on the PlayStation 4 this week.

    Oddworld New N' Tasty has been in development for a fair amount of time now, and despite previously being rumored to be a launch window game for the PlayStation 4, it's only till now that the game has been released.

    Oddworld New N' Tasty is a 2D platformer with a very dark story and background that follows the character of Abe, a slave working at a RuptureFarms meat factory. Abe ends up learning RuptureFarms plans to use Abe and his fellow slave workers as meat for the factory, and the story then follows his attempts to break himself and the other slaves free.

    Whilst Oddworld New N' Tasty has only just been released for the PlayStation 4 this week, the HD remake will also make it to other consoles shortly, including the Wii U, the Xbox One, PC, and Mac.

    Interestingly, if players purchase New N' Tasty within two weeks of it's release, they will be rewarded with an exclusive Abe costume. PS Plus subscribers will also be given access to a brand new level, named Alf's Escape.

    Whilst Oddworld New N' Tasty has already released for the PlayStation 4, the release date for other consoles has not yet been revealed, although we'll probably hear more about it shortly.

  • Watch Dogs Receives Praise, Despite Concerns of Poor Graphics

    watch dogs releaseEver since Ubisoft revealed Watch Dogs for Xbox and PlayStation, we have constantly seen criticism over the gameplay reveals and leaks for the open world game. No complaints were made about the actual core gameplay, but instead gamers were moaning and groaning about graphical quality, frame rate and resolution.

    Personally, I don't really care at all about this. From what we've seen, Watch Dogs doesn't look absolutely terrible, and despite claims about the Xbox 360 version looking like a PS2 game, the graphical quality across all platforms really isn't that terrible.

    Besides from the graphics, critics and reviews seem to be pretty excited about Watch Dogs. The concept behind the title is a pretty interesting one to say the least, and gameplay is both enjoyable and engaging.

    The whole idea behind being able to hack into the world around us is quite a neat idea, and Ubisoft have presented it well to us. Overall, it feels like an open world game similar to the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Just Cause, but the new hacking mechanics and interesting backstory make it unique, and a great milestone for next gen developers to build from.

    On next gen versions, Watch_Dogs is looking pretty presentable, and there really isn't anything worth complaining about when it comes to the graphic quality on either the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

    Watch Dogs was released on the 27th May for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

  • Deep Down Screenshots Revealed Along with More Release Details

    deep down screenshotsDeep Down is a title that could possibly be a complete success for Capcom, or an absolute failure, but at this point in time, details on the actual game are on the low. So far, we're all waiting to be able to get our hands on the new PS4 exclusive title by Capcom, but we've still got quite a lot of waiting to do before Deep Down is finally released.

    Capcom have been pretty quiet recently, but this week two new screenshots of Deep Down were shared on Twitter, marking the first time any new content for the game has been shared for a few months. Both of the new screenshots show off gorgeous 1080P graphics from the game, although nothing can be seen in the images besides from the background environment and a player in knight's armor.

    Along with the screenshots, Kazunori Sugiura, Capcom's producer, revealed a bit of information about the release scheduled for Deep Down. Despite not giving any firm dates, he did confirm that the public beta test for Deep Down should be available at some point in the summer.

    Sugiura made a statement saying, "Producer Sugiura here. Currently Deep Down is being developed intensively at GW moving towards the public beta test. PS4 users have waited a lot, but please wait a bit longer.
    We're publishing two new screenshots of the game in development. The public beta test is currently scheduled for the summer."

    The final release date has yet to be revealed, but Sugiura promised more information this June.

  • H1Z1 Stream Shows 50 Minutes of In-Game Footage

    h1z1 gameplay footageDayZ Standalone has taken the world by storm, and the game and it's mod have brought a whole new genre of games into the world of gaming. However, since it's release, we have yet to see a decent zombie survival game make it to consoles.

    Sony plans to change that by releasing their game, H1Z1, which has ambitions to be the very best in open world apocalypse survival. It sounds like a very ambitious project, and last week I talked about how it would be unlikely to see it released anytime soon.

    I was clearly wrong, and Sony Online Entertainment really want to push forward with this game. Last week, a live stream by the developers of H1Z1 made it to Twitch.TV, and it included around 50 minutes of real in-game gameplay footage.

    Nothing was scripted, and we were literally subjected to the whole H1Z1 experience, or at least what was available of it at the time.

    It look underdeveloped, and a little patchy on content, but this is what we've come to expect from a game so early on in development. By watching the gameplay I did see a lot of potential for the title though, and the developers talked a lot about building mechanics similar to Rust, survival mechanics, gunplay and servers that could support up to 1000 players thanks to the powerful Planetside 2 engine that the game is being built upon.

    H1Z1 is certainly a game to look forward to, and early access will be made available later this year. Upon it's full release, players will be able to hop in-game completely for free.

  • Console Players Will be Able to Rent BF4 Servers Soon

    bf4 server rental

    Whilst matchmaking systems can get players into games quickly, it can effectively ruin the potential that custom game lobbies have, and when it comes to games like Battlefield 4, which have dozens of variables to take into consideration, the overall game experience can get a little diminished. So far, custom game lobbies haven't been made available in Battlefield 4 for console gamers, however, just like with Battlefield 3, EA have plans to introduce a system that will allow players to rent out servers.

    Once a server is rented out, the server renter will be able to choose between plenty of variables, set up map rotation, and choose between various other multiplayer lobby options.

    Once a server has been rented, there are certain rules that need to be stuck to in order to keep your server from being removed from the "official server pool." Servers the official pool are very similar to official EA servers, and if a player chooses to quick join, there is a chance official pool servers will be picked, even if that server isn't an official EA server.

    However, if a server renter tweaks too many settings, the server will be removed from the official pool. This is a system that has been put into place to avoid unsuspecting players ending up in servers that could be controlled by potentially abusive server renters.

    So far, no details on pricing or availability for BF4 server renting, but it's likely to be made available fairly soon.

  • Far Cry Original Remake Released

    Far Cry Classic

    Over the last half decade, it's become quite a popular thing for developers to make remakes of their old games. I'm not just talking about new re-imagined versions of games, either, I'm talking literal ports of ancient titles with nothing new added to it other than an HD skin, in most cases.

    Personally, I always feel the idea behind playing an old game is for the nostalgia value, and HD remakes always ruin that for me a little, however if you're a fan of HD remakes, you may want to keep get your wallet out because the original Far Cry game is about to join the likes of Goldeneye, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Fable: The Lost Chapters, among others.

    A Far Cry Classic remake has been rumored for a while now, and it has finally been released to the public, however details are still a bit blurry. Ubisoft seemed to have messed up a little with the promotion of the project, and despite development time being put in the remake to add revamped cutscenes, enhanced graphics and a new interface, it's unclear whether Far Cry Classic will ever actually make it to North America in the same manner as other regions.

    If you're living in Europe, you'll be able to pick up 'Far Cry Wild Expeditions' which comes packed with all of the Far Cry games ever released, as well as Far Cry Classic for PS3, Xbox 360 or PC.

    If you live in North America, the same bundle is available, but Far Cry Classic has been excluded - the bundle for North America has also been renamed to the 'Far Cry Compilation' and is available for $39.99

    Despite this strange bundle mishap, both regions can grab a digital copy of Far Cry Classic for just $11.99 from Xbox LIVE or the PlayStation Network.

  • Arkham Origins has Bugs, but Warner Bros. Won't Fix Them

    Arkham Origins Bugs

    Unfortunately, Batman: Arkham Origins hasn't been released without some issues, and a lot of players have made remarks about bugs and glitches currently in the game. It seems quite a common occurrence these days to have a game released by a triple A development team that is filled with bugs, glitches and errors that really shouldn't be in the game at all.

    It's ridiculously frustrating for the average gamer, and it makes us feel a bit used, really. It feels as if developers and publishers are simply using our love for games as a way to get to our wallets, and this story will just make us all even angrier.

    What's really terrible about the bugs in Batman: Arkham Origins is that Warner Bros. know exactly what bugs are in the game, thanks to the dozens of reports spread across the internet, but despite this, they seem reluctant to do anything about them.

    And the reason why Warner Bros. isn't in a hurry to fix the bugs in Arkham Origins is because they are focusing on something else instead - DLC.

    Yes, that's right, Warner Bros. doesn't want to fix the bugs and glitches in the game right now because they'd rather work on bringing in more content to the game that players can purchase.

    The community managers exact words are as follows - "The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums."

    If you aren't having any issues or are happy to play through the problems, the new upcoming DLC is expected to be a single player add-on that will bring Batman up against Mr Freeze.

  • Next Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Close

    Walking Dead Season 2

    The storytelling Walking Dead video game series by Telltale games has taken most of the gaming industry by storm. A game that has very little physical gameplay content has managed to sell by the truckload, and pick up multiple awards whilst it's at it too.

    I think it's great progress for the gaming industry, and I'd welcome more creative projects like this, and Beyond: Two Souls by Quantic Dream in the future.

    Although it wasn't long ago that the first episode for the season 2 of Telltale's Walking Dead was released, many fans are already eagerly awaiting the next episode in the series. It has been revealed this week that the next Walking Dead season 2 episode will be "around the corner."

    The news was revealed on the official Telltale Games twitter page, which was used to say, "Still. Not. Bitten. The next chapter of #TheWalkingDead Season 2 is just around the corner. Stay tuned for info!"

    So far, no solid date has been set for the release of the next episode of Telltale Game's Walking Dead season 2, but I don't doubt it will be fairly soon.

    Season 2 has focused it's main story around a young girl named Clementine, who, through the first season 2 episode, managed to pull through and stay alive, despite her size and age.

    For those that have not yet got it, the first episode for Season 2 was released on December 17th, 2013, and can be picked up on Steam, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. You can also grab the season pass that will entitle you to free ownership of all five upcoming episodes on every available platform.

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