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  • Red Dead Redemption Sequel Planned for PS4 and Xbox One

    red dead redemption sequelHurrah! Rockstar Games have finally opened up their doors to reveal their plans for their next upcoming game, and it will be Red Dead Redemption 2. We have been expecting a sequel for Red Dead for a while now, but Rockstar have been pretty quiet about it.

    However, recent rumors suggest that Rockstar Games are working hard to release Red Dead Redemption 2. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and it will take the best elements from the original game and bring it into a new story.

    Whilst Rockstar have not responded to the recent rumors, an insider has suggested that the new Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released at some point in 2015, and it will take a focus on co-op play.

    Whilst the original Red Dead Redemption did have some multiplayer elements, this was solely a different experience to the main game, so it will be interesting to see where the co-operative parts of Red Dead Redemption 2 will come in.

    Whether Rockstar will make it so that the game gives players more story content for co-operative players, or they choose to make it entirely a co-operative experience, we do not know, but we are very excited to see what will come from Red Dead Redemption 2.

    Hopefully we will hear more about the game in the near future. If the game is set for a release at some point in 2015, we are bound to get an official reveal fairly soon.

  • Lizard Squad Set For Ruining A Happy Xbox Christmas

    Lizard SquadIf you weren't accustomed to the name already, Lizard Squad is the title given to a group of online hackers that have spent their time bringing down online services for big corporations, and in the past they have managed to attack Sony, League of Legends and many other companies, typically related to the video game industry.

    They have now set their sights on an even bigger challenge, and it is actually quite scary, considering the damage they have done in the past. Lizard Squad took to Twitter earlier this month to announce that the plan to bring down Xbox Live on December 25th, and they hope to keep it down forever.

    The tweet stated, "This is not a threat, but a promise. On Christmas we will tap in to Microsoft and shut down Xbox Live, forever!"

    Obviously, Microsoft are taking the issue very seriously, and I'm sure they will do their best to ensure server performance is as good as possible leading up to Christmas. Microsoft did issue a warning that increased traffic may cause Xbox Live servers to be a little slower than normal on Christmas day, but other than this, no mention has been given about the potential loss of service from Lizard Squad.

    Honestly, I don't think Microsoft has too much to worry about, and there's no way Lizard Squad would be able to bring down their servers forever, if at all. We'll just have to wait for Christmas day to see exactly what happens.

  • Free DriveClub DLC to Say Sorry to Players

    free driveclub dlcIf you've been keeping an eye on the progress of Driveclub recently, you'll be aware that the game has had some issues since it's launch. Since the game was released via the PlayStation Network, players have been complaining about the server problems that have prohibited any sort of online play, something that the game heavily relies on.

    The servers are pretty much all fixed now, but Evolution Studios understands that it was a big inconvenience for many players, and to say sorry they will be offering two premium DLC packs, previously planned for release this month, as a free content pack that any player can download.

    The official statement from Evolution Studios said, "We know you have all been extremely patient and understandably frustrated during Driveclub's launch, and to show our appreciation for the support during this challenging time, we will be offering the premium DLC packs for November."

    The two premium DLC packs planned for November are the Ignition Expansion pack and the Photo-Finish Tour Pack, and will add five new cars, 10 new trophies, 22 tour events and 10 livery items for both offline and online play.

    To make sure season pass holder's aren't missing out, Evolution Studios will be expanding the Season Pass to include four extra premium packs planned next year.

    It's great to see that Driveclub are offering up some free content to say thank you - they certainly don't have to do this, but seeing as they are shows that they are trying to keep the players happy, especially when issues like server problems are affecting gameplay.

  • Evolve Gets Alpha Plans for Halloween

    evolve alphaEvolve, the upcoming 4v1 alien shooter title for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has recently been confirmed to be holding a set of "big alpha" events over the days leading up to Halloween.

    The alpha phase will start at the end of this month, and Xbox One players will be able to get into game on the 30th of October, 24 hours before both PlayStation 4 players and PC players.

    Players who own a pre-order of Evolve will be given instant access to the big alpha phase on either October 30th or October 31st depending on the platform that player owns, however there will be chances for those that have signed up to the alpha to get access to it regardless of whether they purchased the game or not.

    It would make sense that the amount of alpha slots for those who have not pre-ordered is limited, however we do not know how limited the slots will be at this time.

    Once the alpha phase for Evolve starts, it will continue over the Halloween weekend and into November, before ending on the 2nd of next month.

    If Evolve has taken your interest since it's announcement, I would certainly suggest giving it a try at the end of the month, as I'm sure the alpha stage will give you a good idea of what the game will be like. I personally can not wait to see how Evolve will play out.

  • Minecraft PS4 Physical Version Gets Solid Release Date

    minecraft ps4Whilst Minecraft for the PlayStation 4 has been available as a digital download from the PlayStation Network since the beginning of this month, many players who have hoped for a retail version of the game have had to hold their breath for a physical release.

    Luckily enough, Mojang has now announced that the physical retail version of Minecraft PS4 is on the way, and players will be able to pick it up from in-store starting from some time in October this year. In Sony's official press release related to the matter, Sony announced that,

    "As many of you will already know, Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition has been available from PlayStation Store since the beginning of the month. Following the successful digital launch, we are pleased to announce that the retail disc version will be available from 3rd October."

    Sony followed on this topic by mentioning the upcoming PS Vita version of Minecraft, and their plans for cross-buy support for the game,

    "In other Minecraft related news, for those waiting for the PS Vita Edition, we'll have more information on this in a few weeks and will include full details on how the Cross-Buy works between the PS3 and PS Vita Editions."

    Despite Minecraft already being one of the top selling games on many other platforms, the PS4 version of the game is proving popular among PlayStation 4 owners, and it's already pulling in many more sales for Mojang, which will ultimately now go to Microsoft.

  • GTA V PS4 Port May Have Reworked Radio Station

    gta v ps4 radio stationsAccording to new rumors, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V rework will come packed with a set of new in-game music tracks for the various radio stations available via radio from a car or a player's home.

    One of the radio stations in Grand Theft Auto V is called Non Stop Pop FM, and according to Cara Delevingne, a model who has been the host of the in-game radio station, players will be able to experience a set of new tracks when the rework is released, along with new content in between songs.

    This update isn't exactly massive, but it's one of the added details that will make the new Grand Theft Auto rework for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC worth buying. Even if you already own GTA V on a previous gen console, the range of new changes to the game should even make purchasing GTA for your new console quite tempting.

    Rockstar could have easily just put the same game onto new consoles with a slightly better resolution and frame rate, but instead they are really embracing the new hardware changes of both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One to make GTA V the game it could never have been on either the PS3 or the Xbox 360.

    The newly reworked Grand Theft Auto for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been anticipated to release this Fall, however the final date has not yet been set in stone. On top of this, details for the PC release are still undecided.

  • New MCC Halo 3 Gameplay Shows off Graphical Changes

    master chief collection halo 3 gameplayWhilst Halo 2 will be getting the largest overhaul in the Master Chief Collection, it's not the only game that's going to be getting a graphical update. In fact, on top of the game supporting 1080P resolution at 60fps across the board for all singleplayer campaigns, Halo 3 has now been confirmed to have a set of new lighting effects and graphical changes that add a bit more detail to the game.

    Whilst the changes aren't as significant as the changes seen in Halo 2, the game certainly looks a lot crisper, and on top of this it plays flawlessly at 60 frames per second, something that the developers have mentioned players will really be able to feel.

    Along with the confirmation, 343 Industries and Microsoft hosted a new gameplay event to showcase the changes made in Halo 3.

    It's really quite exciting to see the game being capable of running at such a high frame rate without any problems, and it's almost a shame it won't end up looking quite as good as Halo 2 will. Despite this, both games should run fairly smoothly on the Xbox One without any issues.

    As expected, Combat Evolved will be getting the same anniversary treatment as the standalone game did, so we don't expect to see any changes there.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on 11th of November for the Xbox One, and will cost $59.99, despite containing four whole Halo games and hours of great content.

  • Sony Getting Sued for Misleading 1080P Claims

    sony sued killzoneRemember when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were leading up to be released? A lot of talk in the industry revolved around screen resolution for launch titles, and fan boys fought over resolutions and frame rates like it actually mattered.

    Unfortunately, both Microsoft and Sony weren't 100% honest about the frame rates and resolutions the launch games were going to offer, and it looks as if that little bit of bending the truth has landed Sony in a bit of trouble.

    According to reports, one individual has just sued Sony for a total of $5 million after declaring that one of the PlayStation 4's launch titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall would support a native 1080P resolution.

    Truthfully, the 1080P resolution in Killzone Shadow Fall isn't native at all. Whilst the single player did prove to be native 1080P, the multiplayer had a stretched resolution; the screen did display 1080 pixels high, but it only showed 960 pixels wide - the display was then stretched width ways to fit the right dimensions to match full HD.

    Whilst it's true that Killzone Shadow Fall isn't being constantly played at native 1080P, it seems like a bit of an odd thing for someone to sue for. Unfortunately, it's all very real for Sony, and it shows that not being honest when marketing new games is not something to take lightly.

    So far, nothing is definite, but if the lawsuit against Sony can prove that Sony falsely advertised Killzone's resolution and benefited off of doing so, Sony may have to cough up $5.4 million.

  • Battlefield Hardline Delayed to 2015

    hardline delay 2015Despite releasing a new Battlefield title every year for the past few years, Visceral Games and EA have made the collective decision to push back the release of Battlefield Hardline, breaking the current annualization of the franchise and offering the developers more time to iron out any kinks with the game in it's current state.

    The reason behind the delay is primarily down to a range of new inspiration that has led Visceral Games back to the drawing board, thanks to the community's input from the recent Battlefield Hardline multiplayer beta.

    Visceral Games recently made a blog post on the EA Battlefield website to address the sudden launch date change, and details of that post can be read below.

    1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We're going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.
    2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we're spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper "crime revenge" story experience.
    3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we're going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.

    Although Battlefield Hardline has been delayed our controller creation hasn't! Check out today what Evil Controllers has available for custom controller design! Get your very own controller today.

  • New Official Xbox 360 Controller Released

    new camo xbox 360 controllerMicrosoft has just announced a brand new controller for the Xbox 360, despite a lot of their effort now focusing on their latest console, the Xbox One. The new Xbox 360 controller follows the same design as previous controllers for the console, although it has been printed with a brand new skin.

    This skin has been named the Arctic Camouflage skin, and can be seen in the picture above. This skin is another attempt by Microsoft to offer players customization when it comes to buying accessories for their console, and is certainly not the first official skinned controller.

    This particular Xbox 360 pad will set you back $54.99, and will be available in North America next month.

    If you want more customization options for Xbox 360 controllers or controllers for other consoles you may want to check out our custom controller creator - on here you'll be able to find a huge range of great controller skins, as well as other mod options and customization features.

    In other news, Microsoft has revealed plans to fix the drivers for the Xbox One controller so that gamers can use the new controller with their PC. Currently the Xbox One controller has a few compatibility issues with Windows PCs, but these bugs should be fixed in the upcoming driver updates.

    So far details on what controllers will work is unclear. It would make sense that you'd need to use a wired connection for the controller, although a wireless option may be possible in the future. We'll keep you update with any news on this as it is released by Microsoft.

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