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  • Surprise, Surprise - Another Project Cars Delay

    project cars delayThere's something about driving games and constant delays and setbacks that has rippled through the gaming industry recently. Whilst in recent talks, SCEE CEO Jim Ryan mentioned that the PS Plus edition of Driveclub still has no planned release, Project Cars will also get another setback.

    Fortunately this time the delay for Project Cars will not be massive, but the game launch will be pushed back to April 2, 2015, instead of the previously planned March release.

    Before you get mad at Slightly Mad studios, it's important to understand the impact these delays have on development. If we look at a game like Assassin's' Creed Unity, which was released in an absolute poor state, we can accredit it to nothing more than developers being incredibly pushed for time by their publisher to get their games out on a set date.

    These delays for Project Cars will (hopefully) mean that the full retail product will be as close to what we were hoping. There shouldn't be nearly as many problems, bugs or game breaking issues that have plagued many other AAA games in recent months.

    The head of Project Mad, Ian Bell, has stated that "these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April."

    I'm sure by now most gamers will much rather choose the delayed release option to the buggy, unplayable on-time route that some developers have chosen, so I'm actually glad to see Project Cars get setback a few days.

  • New Just Cause 3 Screenshots Shared

    just cause 3 screenshotsThere's not really all that much to get excited about when a publisher posts out more screenshots of an upcoming game we've already seen so many screenshots for, but Just Cause 3 is so diverse that these latest images are actually very interesting.

    In total, there have been seven new screenshots released by Square Enix. The first of which features Rico gliding over farmland as a farmer stands below, looking a bit shocked at what's happening above him. I really like this shot because it shows that the environment in Just Cause 3 will be just as luscious and 'alive' as we have expected it to be.

    In the next two screenshots, we see Rico causing havoc with a mini gun as everything around him burns to the ground. Four more shots show off Rico grappling onto vehicles and using the great grappling mechanics seen in previous Just Cause games being put to good use.

    I'm really excited to see where Just Cause 3 goes from here - we have all seen that is has the potential to be an absolute monster of an open world game, and previous titles in the franchise have already been impressive enough.

    We're hoping we'll finally see some gameplay footage of Just Cause 3 at E3 this year. Leading up to E3, it's likely we may see various more screenshots, but there's only so much still images we can take before we're bursting at the seams in anticipation of some real gameplay.

  • New PS4 Games to Be Announced at November 14 Spike TV Event

    We're now all pretty clear about what games to expect for the PlayStation 4 upon its launch later this month, however we haven't heard much information about any video games that will be released after the launch window period.

    If you're dying of curiosity and can't fathom waiting for more information on upcoming releases, Spike TV has come to your rescue.

    American gaming TV personality Geoff Keighley will be hosting yet another Spike TV event this year, and it will be streamed online on November 14th for everybody to watch.

    Geoff Keighley took to twitter to make the announcement with a tweet saying "Get ready for an epic night of @PlayStation world premieres and announcements. #PS4ALLACCESS, Live from NYC in 2 weeks, 11/14, 11PM on Spike."

    He was then asked by a follower whether the PS4 All Access event would showcase new games for the next gen Sony console, to which he simply replied "Definitely."

    We haven't heard anything about games after launch,  so it will be interesting to see what Geoff Keighley and co. will have on show on November 14th.

    I personally cannot wait to see more information on upcoming games for the PlayStation 4, and hopefully the Spike TV All Access event will show the world something exciting.

    The series of confirmed launch titles are enough to whet our gaming appetites for the time being, but 2014 and beyond better have some extraordinary titles waiting for us all.

  • Amazing Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Footage Shown

    I'd be surprised if you haven't seen it already, but Rockstar recently uploaded a video filled with gameplay on their Youtube channel. The video shows footage as a narrator explains some of the gameplay mechanics that will be involved with the game. The three-way main character system was shown and explained, and it looks to be very intuitive.

    The video also goes onto showing some of the many things you can do in the world of GTA V, including a whole host of sports like golf, tennis or hunting. And other completely unexpected activities like investing in real estate and buying stocks in a virtual stock market.

    Another interesting feature is the ability to completely customize your own car with spray paint, and vehicular upgrades. The video showed the player owning a car that looked to come straight out of some of the older Need for Speed games.

    The video is feature packed, and if you've been excited for the game already, this video will probably get you drooling, or at least even more excited for the release this September. The video leaves with a tiny sneak peak of multiplayer, with the narrator hinting at another video coming soon, showing off more about multiplayer in GTA V.

    For those that are interested, Rockstar has said that the gameplay footage shown was being played off of a PlayStation 3, although they have said that both games won't have any noticeable visual differences.

  • Details about Kojima's The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes Come to Light

    Metal Gear solid V

    When we saw the mysterious reveal for 'The Phantom Pain' at the VGAs, many Metal Gear fans jumped to the conclusion that the reveal was for in fact a new Metal Gear game.

    News from Konami about this was unapparent until finally at GDC Kojima revealed the truth, and unsurprisingly the fans were right. In fact, Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes came together to make Metal Gear solid V, and Kojima spilt all the beans as to why he didn't just make Metal Gear Solid V more obvious earlier in an interview with Game Trailers.

    "There are several reasons for this. One is that I think core fans, myself included in this, wanted to do something really interesting in the social space. You know I think it's been kind-of dull lately and we wanted to do something to energize the community," he explained. "The second reason for doing this is we wanted to evaluate the FOX Engine. So we wanted to put the game out without revealing that it was Metal Gear Solid and just see how well it would do just based on the visuals of the FOX Engine."

    In the end, Kojima also revealed that the whole trailer, including the strange 'Moby Dick Studios' was a little fun inside joke that Kojima wanted to play along with his fans, and many did play along.

    "We knew from the beginning that it wouldn't be a secret - we wanted fans to realize it. It was kind-of service to the fans saying, 'Hey, here's the inside joke. We know that you know what it is, but just play along with it.' We're happy that fans did realize what it was and did play along with it."

    The new Metal Gear will have a new voice actor for Snake and Big Boss, and although Kojima hasn't given a name, he says that it's almost a reboot in the series, and he wants to reflect this in the voice of the protagonist.

    Are you looking forward to Metal Gear Solid V?

  • Volition Games Say GTA5 Isn't a Threat to Saints Row 4

    Volition Not Scared

    Without taking a look into either game, it's easy to stick them under the same tree. They are both open world games, following a similar set of game mechanics that are used to place the protagonist, or protagonists, into a world of crime. However, Volition is sure that Grand Theft Auto 5 won't make a bad impact on sales for SR4 compared to previous Saints Row games because they are 'entirely different games.'

    John Boone, senior producer has said his thoughts on the differences between the game, "A crude example that I always think of is that, if I could compare a Modern Warfare game to Dead Space, sure, it's in the same genre of being a shooter but the style is so different. And I kind of feel like we're in that phase now with open world. Early on there was GTA and practically nothing else; Saints Row was one of the very first ones to come out in addition to that. And now I think there are enough different styles within the genre that it's maybe not as threatening anymore."

    His example is a little wild to say the least, but it's easy to see Boone's point of view. Where GTA 5 is quite a serious game, Saints Row 4 is filled with more comedic elements, and it seems Volition has worked hard to set their differences between SR4 and the next Grand Theft Auto.

    Saint's Row 4 may do reasonably well, but even John Boone himself has admitted that upon its release, Grand Theft Auto 5 will be at the top of the market by far.

    "There's no doubt, GTA 5's going to go out and do what it does, but I think we've differentiated ourselves enough that at least we present something that's quite a different experience to what they're doing."

    Both games will give a different experience, but it'll be hard to tell that to a strong Grand Theft Auto fan.

    What game will you enjoy the most out of the two? Or are you taking a more neutral approach?

  • Destiny Info Roundup

    Destiny Info.

    So Bungie has given the world a preview into the world of Destiny. Although no gameplay footage was shown, we've been given a bit more insight into how the game will work, and what we can find within the game.

    Always on Connection

    This was a big gripe for some players, an always on connection just doesn't make sense when you don't need the connection constantly to play the game, however with Destiny it makes a little more sense, and according to Bungie, bad connections won't affect your connection too badly.

    "Activision has run a site-specific infrastructure on the world's biggest multiplayer game for several years. While you can play campaign in Call of Duty without an internet connection, you can't play multiplayer, which is what tens of millions of players all over the world do. It's not flawless, but it's pretty satisfying for a lot of people so we're confident we can get the things we talked about today to work."

    Bungie seem pretty confident the always-on connection won't be an issue too, and with Bungie's and Activision's experience put together, online play should be super smooth.

    An always on connection will be needed for the game as it will be an MMO FPS and although it's not definite, no local play may be completely possible.

    2013 Release Unlikely

    For a minute we all thought the game would make a release for this October. The truth is, a rumor spread, and GameStop starting showing off some Destiny-esque posters, and everyone got a little too excited.

    Geoff Keighley, the big game presenter for various events has responded on Twitter after a tweet directed towards him asked him about a possible 2013 release was to happen for Destiny. Geoff simply replied with "If it does, I'll be shocked." Although this doesn't really imply anything, it could be possible he's seen the game's progress, and he really doesn't see it coming.

    Geoff could be wrong, but he's been a video game journalist and fanatic for a very long time. For now, we'll have to keep ourselves patient while we wait.

    Gameplay Elements

    As we already know, Destiny will be an FPS-based MMO. The game will be classed based, and players will be able to do quests, level up, and earn equipment to customize their character and their own vehicles.

    The game may have a similar loot system to Borderlands 2, which I would love to see, however the game will be an MMO meaning you'll be playing alongside hundreds, maybe even thousands of other players.

    The first Destiny game will be released for the Xbox 360 and PS3, but it could be possible that it will make it to the next-gen consoles later on as well.  Bungie do plan to support the PS4 and Xbox 720 with their future games.

    More information has popped up after Bungie's formal unveiling, giving info on the world of the game, and the base game mechanics. I'm buzzed to see some gameplay footage, are you?

     

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  • Crysis 3 Sees More Popularity than Crysis 2

    Crysis 3 Popular

    The super graphically impressive series by Crytek has received a fair amount of success in the world of gaming, however it's been no match for other shooters like Call Of Duty or Halo. One reason for this may be that the previous Crysis games never really had a strong multiplayer element to the full bundle.

    Crysis 3 has built upon the previous multiplayer experience, creating gameplay both enjoyable and competitive. And Crytek's decision to focus on the multiplayer aspects as well as the singleplayer ones has seemed to prove successful.

    According to Crytek, the Crysis 3 multiplayer beta/demo received over 3 million downloads, and top of this, their game received 40% more pre-orders than Crysis 2.

    The multiplayer experience still isn't as complete as games like Call of Duty, but it does seem it has helped to push more sales. The only thing that a lot of Crysis fans are worrying about is whether the time spent focusing on the multiplayer gameplay meant that there was less time spent on the single player game, which for a lot of players is the main reason why they would consider buying the game.

    We'll have to find out how the game turns out upon its release on the 22nd of this month. Be on the look out for our custom Xbox 360 controllers in our Controller Creator while you wait!

  • PlayStation 4 Controller Image Leaked

    PS4 Controller

    For most of us, February 20th can't come any sooner. It's not too far away yet, but for those that are waiting, here's a small teaser.

    Above is a supposed leaked image of the PlayStation 4's controller, shown off by a user at the GameTrailers forums. This is a second, more definitive image of this so called leak, showing a few hardware features that have been rumored to feature on the controller.

    It looks as if there is a central touch pad in between the PS Vita-style d-pad and the classic X, O, Triangle, and Square button layout. The sticks are in the same position as previous PlayStation controllers, and the two bumper buttons remain at the back of the controller.

    This controller certainly looks more bulky than the PS3 controller, but that may be to better fit the touch pad with a holder's own comfort and grip. There also seems to be some kind of grill under the touch pad and under that a PS logo which could possibly be used for the apparent PS4 share feature.

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  • GTA V May be Released on Next Gen Consoles

    GTA V Next-Gen Release

    According to Cowen and Company analyst, Doug Creutz, Grand Theft Auto may make it to next-gen consoles in some form or another. He thinks that GTA 5's delayed September release, along with next gen-console releases expected this year, the game and it's future DLC will be pushed into the next-gen console cycle.

    "In and of itself, the delay of the game from FQ1 to FQ2 would not normally mean any significant change to expected FY14 financial results."

    "However there is an issue in that we expect the next generation of Xbox and/or PlayStation consoles to launch in the December quarter. We think the closer proximity of GTA V to the next cycle could, at the margin, impact lifetime sales of the title, though we believe that a title of GTA's stature will still be a major seller regardless."

    "We think there also could be some impact on the legs of likely GTA V downloadable content as the next-gen installed base increases through 2014. However, we suspect Take-Two may have plans to eventually publish GTA V on the next set of consoles in some form to offset this."

    Personally I think that Grand Theft Auto 5 will stick to the current generation consoles, and I believe that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will still have 2-3 years of life in them before they are discontinued and developer support stops, similarly to the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox.

     

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