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  • Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller Announcement

    Screen_Shot_2015-06-15_at_12.56.43_PM.0Microsoft just announced their latest controller changes. They are introducing a brand new controller design that includes paddles, remappable buttons, swappable components, and trigger locks. All of these new enhancements are scheduled for release this Fall. Microsoft is gearing its new design towards the "elite gamers" and tournament level players. The paddles and remappable buttons should impact the competitive gaming scene dramatically.

    It is unknown at the time if Sony will return with their own new controller design but we speculate that they will have to answer to Microsoft's controller. Sony already has remappable buttons but will they also add the paddles and trigger stops? We will have to wait and see how they decide to answer. If they want to stay ahead they will have to keep the competitive gamer in mind.

    The new Xbox One controller design has the hardcore gamer in mind and will definitely be a hit. The price hasn't been discussed yet but with all the additional components it can easily break the $100 price point. To check out the trailer for the new controller click here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJAix3h-1DM

  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon Will Launch September 11

    The release date for Etrian Mystery Dungeon has been confirmed by NIS America to be September 11 for Europe. The North American release is still not known but it will be dealt with a separate publisher, Atlas U.S.A.

    Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be released as both a physical and digital Nintendo 3DS title once it launches. Unfortunately NIS America hasn't mentioned the install size, but it shouldn't be too large.

    Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be an RPG title with turn based combat that incorporates some unique gameplay features. Choosing the right abilities and skills will be important as you'd expect, but the strategic positioning of your party also plays a large part in your success.

    From what we've seen so far, this new combat system looks like it could be incredibly engaging, and I personally can't wait to see how it plays out in real time. Mystery Dungeon will have a number of different classes that Etrian Odyssey fans may be familiar with. Classes such as Landsknecht and Runemaster will be in Mystery Dungeon. Players will also have greater control over customizing the individuals in their party, and the game will feature a bunch of Etrian Odyssey style skill trees.

    The dungeons in Mystery Dungeon will also be procedurally generated - no two dungeons will be the same, and I think this is a great route for NIS America to take. As you continue to play, the dungeons will start to become more challenging, alongside the monsters you'll have to fight.

  • Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 Scheduled for October 30

    NIS America has announced that Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 will be making it’s way to Europe on October 30 for the Nintendo 3DS with English voiced dialogue. The game will be launched as both a physical and digital release, so you’ll be able to download it online or purchase it in-store. Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 will also be published by Atlas Inc. in North America following the European release.

    Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 features turn based combat and an interesting storyline to keep players captivated. In Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor, the world of Record Breaker is on the brink of destruction - An apocalypse has begun.

    Before the apocalypse, a group of thrill-seekers registered to a website that claimed to deliver fake videos of their friends being killed. These videos had some kind of other meaning behind them though, and as people tried to understand the true meaning of the videos, an alien invasion forced humanity to struggle to survive.

    For the protagonist and his friends, it’s up to them to stand up for humanity. The very same website ends up downloading an app onto their smartphones, and it has the ability to summon demons. These characters manage to learn how to tame the demons, and they’re given the chance to save the future of humanity. The choices the player makes as the protagonist could help save the world … Or seal the fate of their friends.

  • Bloodborne Expansion is Definitely Coming

    bloodborne expansion dlcIt's been confirmed that an expansion for Bloodborne will definitely be coming in the future and From Software are already going over ideas for new content. Unlike many other games these days, Bloodborne did not come with a season pass from day one so players have been curious about the developer's DLC plans.

    Whilst there weren't any definite plans for future content in the past, Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed on Twitter that an upcoming expansion will be coming for Bloodborne. Unfortunately not many details have been shared so far, but Yoshida has mentioned that more information will be shared later this year.

    Considering that Shuhei Yoshida is Sony Computer Entertainment's World Wide Studio's president it's pretty clear that this information can be trusted and a Bloodborne expansion is definitely coming.

    It's definitely a smart move by both Sony and From Software to plan more content for Bloodborne. Even though Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, it has managed to pull in enough sales to rival many other new gen only titles. Bloodborne also managed to exceed Sony's original expectations for the game, which is saying a lot because Sony were originally quite ambitious about Bloodborne.

    For the time being though we'll have to make do with the current game and any minor patches that may be released periodically over time. Hopefully somebody from Sony or From Software will reveal more information about their plans for future Bloodborne content rather soon. I'm sure if you enjoy the game as much I have you'll be excited to hear any news about Bloodborne.

  • Patch 1.03 for The Witcher 3 Coming to Xbox One and PS4 soon

    patch 1.03 the witcher 3The latest 1.03 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently undergoing the certification process for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Once everything goes ahead as planned, the update will launch for both consoles.

    Whilst patch 1.04 has already hit the PC version of The Witcher 3, patch 1.03 is yet to hit either the PS4 or the Xbox One, and the same can be said for patch 1.04. This is due to the lengthy certification process that both Sony and Microsoft use to make sure everything goes ahead smoothly with new updates for games on either console.

    The PC version of patch 1.03 had over 600 changes made to it and it's likely that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the patch will have a very similar number of changes. As you can imagine, many of the new changes will be various bug and glitch fixes, most of which may not affect gameplay at all for the majority of players.

    The biggest noticeable changes will improve overall stability when playing and when using the user interface. Cutscene performance has had a boost, and dialogue has been enhanced so that it is easier to read. Any other dialogue issues seem to have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well, including some missing translations in the user interface.

    Some major game breaking bugs should have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well. It's likely that patch 1.04 will be released alongside patch 1.03 once both updates have been certified by both Sony and Microsoft.

  • New God of War 3 Remastered Trailer Revealed

    god of war 3 remasteredA brand new trailer for the upcoming God of War 3 Remastered for the PlayStation 4 has been released and it depicts Kratos in all his HD glory. There's no doubt that God of War 3 Remastered looks like the most visually impressive game we've seen in from the IP so far. Players will be excited to hear that Sony are aiming for 1080P resolution and 60fps for God of War 3 Remastered, but the way Sony worded sounds as if a 60fps constant frame rate may not be guaranteed.

    Considering that the entire game will be getting a visual overhaul in God of War 3 Remastered, it'd be understandable to see why 60fps may not be achievable all of the time. Despite this, Sony are putting a lot of effort into the performance side of the PlayStation 4 port.

    If you plan to pre-order God of War 3 Remastered ahead of the launch of the game, Sony will offer up a few free bonuses. Unfortunately none of the bonuses will consist of in-game content because the remastered version has mostly untouched the content from the original God of War 3.

    Instead, players will be given a free dynamic theme for their PlayStation 4. The theme given out will be God of War - Fall of Olympus. If players pre-order through the PlayStation Network, the theme will be given out to those players this week instead of when the game releases.

    Players can also get a free 90 day rental for both God of War and God of War from the PlayStation Network for pre-ordering God of War 3 Remastered.

  • New Assassin's Creed Detailed

    new assassin’s creedUnsurprisingly, Ubisoft is gearing up to announce a brand new Assassin's Creed title. Last week, invitations for a world premiere revealing for the next Assassin's Creed title were sent out to the press. The new Assassin's Creed game will be revealed on Tuesday.

    Previous rumors suggested that the new Assassin's Creed game was going to be called Victory. This seemed like a fitting name at the time - the next game in the franchise is expected to be set in Victorian London. However, new rumors are suggesting that the new Assassin's Creed title will instead be called Syndicate.

    We're not sure why Ubisoft would choose this name over Victory but we're bound to find out more at the world premiere revealing. If you think back to the last Assassin's Creed game, Unity, the name Syndicate seems more fitting, even though it may not have any real correlation with the actual game content or story.

    Unity was released last year and it was met with a lot of distaste from critics and the gaming community as a whole. It wasn't exactly a bad game - it was just badly made. It had too many bugs, glitches and game problems that made it quite unplayable for a long time.

    Hopefully Ubisoft has learned from their mistakes. We should hopefully learn more about Assassin's Creed Syndicate and its release date later this week. We'll make sure to keep you updated as new information comes in.

  • More Black Ops 3 Details Explained

    black ops 3 details multiplayerTreyarch just keep spilling the beans on Black Ops 3, which is great because the game sounds like it’s going to be a lot different to previous games developed by them. Recently, Treyarch gave details on the Black Ops 3 Pick 10 system, ADS mechanics and more.

    In Black Ops 2, the Pick 10 system was hugely praised by the COD community. Thankfully the Pick 10 system will be returning to Black Ops 3. Everything is mostly the same with the Pick 10 system, but there have been a few changes made to the way it works.

    Firstly, the Wildcards will still be in Black Ops 3. Players can equip up to six different Wildcards but each Wildcard will take up a certain amount of points as per usual.

    Interestingly, the entire attachment system will be different in Black Ops 3. Weapon optics are now placed in their own separate slot. If you use the right Wildcards you can equip up to five attachments onto a primary weapon, as well as an optic. Secondary weapons can have up to two attachments and an optic.

    You can create your own weapons, attachments attached, in the new Gunsmith feature that will be added to Black Ops 3.

    ADS has also been improved in Black Ops 3 so that aiming down the sights of a sniper is a lot smoother. Apparently powerful snipers will be balanced slightly to adjust to these new changes.

  • Banjo Kazooie Successor Hits Kickstarter

    banjo kazooie yooka layleeA successor to the ever popular Banjo Kazooie franchise hit Kickstarter and it blew up the internet.

    We've all been wanting a new (decent) Banjo Kazooie game for years but it seems that Rare either has no interest or they've been too busy on other projects such as Kinect Sports Rivals. Thankfully a team of ex-Rare employees has banded together to make a development company called Playtonic Games and they are set to bring life to Banjo Kazooie again.

    Playtonic Games recently posted up a Kickstarter page for their upcoming game. Named Yooka-Laylee, the game will feature the same 3D buddy-duo platformer experience that made Banjo Kazooie so popular. Yooka-Laylee will be filled with all sorts of collectibles for players to find in the world. This time round, collectibles will play a meaningful part in the way new areas of the world are opened up.

    The audio and art team working on Playtonic Games are also going for a very Banjo Kazooie-esque theme and the main environment artist is Steven Hurst, the same guy responsible for the environments in Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata.

    Perhaps the most amazing of all so far is the Kickstarter goal for Yooka-Laylee. Playtonic Games were originally hoping to reach $270,000 to fund the development of the game. Within just a few days the funding has already reached close to 2 million and there is still over 30 days left to go. It'll be interesting to see just how much Playtonic Games can raise for Yooka-Laylee.

  • Silent Hills has Been Cancelled

    It was almost expected at this point but unfortunately Konami has cancelled the development for Silent Hills and much to our dismay the game will no longer be released.

    The development studios behind Silent Hills have always dealt with internal problems it seems, and as a result the latest Silent Hills game will never see the light of day. In a brief statement, Konami said, "Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic 'Silent Hills' project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued,"

    What's interesting about this is that Konami still aren't putting down the Silent Hills IP for good. This may mean that we could see a Silent Hills game from Konami in the future. The likelihood of that happening is quite slim at this point though. The studio doesn't exactly look in great shape at this point, especially after cutting out Hideo Kojima from the equation.

    Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead was also set to star in Silent Hills as the main protagonist but since the game has now been cancelled his contract period with him has expired.

    Reedus posted on Twitter mentioning the cancellation of Silent Hills as well.

    "Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone."

    Thankfully we are still going to be getting Metal Gear Solid V but if it were still a year or two away from development there's a good chance that it could have been cancelled as well.

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