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  • Sony's PlayStation Plus Free Games Delayed

    playstation plus free gamesUnfortunately, Sony has failed to release March's PlayStation Plus free games, and Sony has released a small statement explaining why this has happened.

    According to Sony's Fred Dutton in a new PlayStation blog post, they have not managed to finalize the lineup in time for March, and it may be a little while before they are given the go ahead to release the free PS Plus titles.

    "I appreciate you're all really keen to see the line-up and that it's frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we're still not quite ready to make the announcement."

    "I can't give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we're working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."

    By the sounds of things, it is looking unlikely that we'll see the free games lineup in the few days of March, and we may even have to wait till the second week of March before the games are live. This is unfortunate, but Sony does need to confirm six different games with up to six developers before they can go ahead with deals like this.

    Whilst Sony has had a few hiccups this month, Xbox has already released their lineup, touting three great games, including Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite.

    So far, we have no idea what games will be part of the PS Plus lineup, but as soon as we know we shall let you know.

  • GTA V Heists Coming Next Week

    gta v heistsEven though the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed once again, the release date for online heists have finally been locked down, and we will be seeing them in-game from March 10th onwards.

    As you can imagine, Rockstar have quite a bit to say about the online heists, which have taken them months longer than they first anticipated to complete.

    In a new statement on the Rockstar blog, it read -

    "We are excited to announce that the launch of Heists for GTA Online is scheduled for March 10th. We know it's been a wait, and appreciate your patience. Heists will bring a brand new 4-player cooperative gameplay experience to GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense, multi-part raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County. Over the next couple of weeks, we will have more information about the launch of Heists and about other new features that we will release with it."

    Hopefully Rockstar will reveal more details about how exactly heists will work online over the days leading up to the release of the new update. I personally cannot wait to see what kind of fun situations players will be able to get themselves into.

    Heists were originally planned to launch alongside the release of GTA Online, but they were then delayed to later in on the year. We expected a release around Christmas last year, but once again they were delayed. It sounds Rockstar wanted to get the experience as perfect as possible, so let's hope they are great fun.

  • Games with Gold Deals Announced for March

    games with gold marchXbox has just announced their new lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members, and it's looking like a pretty good month. All three of the games available in March will be absolute amazing games, and there's no doubt that players will be happy about these titles.

    Firstly, the Xbox One game that will be featured this month for free is Rayman Legends. This is a game that features the one and only Rayman in a new platformer experience. Rayman Legends is definitely one of the best platformers available in recent years, and I expect a lot of players will be happy to pick it up if they haven't yet.

    As for the Xbox 360, two games have been lined up for March, and as per usual, one game will be available for the first half of the month, before being removed and replaced with another game on the second half of March.

    Starting on March 1st, Tomb Raider, the latest reboot of the action adventure series will be put up for free. Considering the new Xbox One exclusivity deal with the next upcoming Tomb Raider game, it makes sense that Microsoft have managed to put up Tomb Raider for free.

    Xbox players are definitely missing out on the action that Nathan Drake delivers on PS4, so this could be a great free alternative this month.

    Finally, on March 16th, Tomb Raider will be replaced with Bioshock Infinite, the much more colorful, but equally as haunting sister of the first two Bioshock games. Bioshock Infinite is an absolute gem, so it's definitely worth downloading when you can.

  • Metal Gear Solid V Gets Odd Announcement Teaser

    Metal Gear Solid VKonami has just posted up a countdown timer on their website. The timer started at 48 hours, and it has been dropping ever since. Whilst there isn't much detail about what the timer is for, it is clear that once the timer is finished, there will be some kind of announcement for Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain.

    The timer will end this Wednesday, at which point the announcement will be made. Even though Hideo Kojima and Konami have revealed quite a lot about Metal Gear Solid V, there is still a lot they have kept up their sleeves, so it's hard to guess what the reveal could be for.

    We are guessing that the reveal could be quite important though - the 48 hour countdown would be pretty extreme for a small announcement. Some fans of the franchise have suggested that we may see something related to the open world stealth takedowns that were rumored in the past.

    Unfortunately, we're not so sure. We're even less sure about where the announcement could take place. This week the Game Developer's Conference is going on, so it could be possible that Hideo Kojima will make a live announcement at GDC.

    Otherwise, we may just get some kind of online reveal. What I'm hoping for is a full release date announcement, along with a very important gameplay feature that has yet to be revealed. If you could find out anything about The Phantom Pain what would it be?

  • Valve and HTC Team Up To Announce New VR Headset

    htc viveHTC has just announced a brand new product that they have been working on in partnership with Valve. The new product is a virtual reality headset that has been manufactured to compete with other VR headsets from manufacturers such as Samsung and Oculus.

    The new headset has been given the name HTC Vive, and unlike other virtual reality headsets, it will act as a standalone device, and no other devices, such as smartphones, will be needed to operate it.

    It seems HTC are at the forefront of development for the HTC Vive, and Valve has simply partnered with them to ensure themselves a space in the newly born virtual reality scene that has been growing over the last few years.

    Peter Chou, HTC's vice chairman, made a statement about the HTC Vive.

    "We believe virtual reality will totally transform the way we interact with the world. Virtual reality will become a mainstream experience for the general consumer the possibilities are limitless. Viewing awesome scenery, attending real time concerts, learning history, watching an incredible movie, reliving memories through photos or even shopping will never be the same in virtual reality."

    It's clear that the Vive will be used for games, but HTC are looking to reach other audiences besides from just gamers, too. Hopefully we'll see some success from the device, which is planned to release this Holiday season.

    Do you think Valve and HTC have a chance to make it in the virtual reality game? It would be great to see something big happen with the HTC Vive, but only time will tell.

  • New Killer Instinct Season 2 gets Aganos Next Week

    killer instinct season 2 aganosMicrosoft have just revealed a brand new trailer, showing off a new character planned for season 2 of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. The character, named Aganos, is a war golem who pretty much dwarves every other fighter in the franchise.

    As you can imagine, a lot of Aganos' move set is based around elemental attacks that use rocks and stones to his advantage. For example, Aganos can force stone to rise from the ground before picking up the forged stone and using it as a weapon to club his opponents with.

    In lore, Aganos is set out on a mission to destroy Kan-Ra, who also made an appearance in season 2 of Killer Instinct. Kan-Ra is a character inspired by an ancient egyptian mummy, and I think his skill set will be a very interesting match up against Aganos.

    Right at the end of the trailer, a teaser for yet another character was noticed. It seems clear that the next character for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will be Onryo, a ghost of Japanese origin. Onryo wields a large pole arm or lance as a primary weapon.

    I'm honestly a lot more excited about Aganos, which is great because he will be available to everybody who owns the Ultra Edition of Killer Instinct on the 27th of February. Those who own the Combo Breaker Edition will be able to play Aganos on March 5th, just shy of one week after his debut on the latest version of Killer Instinct.

  • Aaron Greenberg says Halo 5 is Going to be Huge

    halo 5 2015So far, Halo 5 is actually looking to be a monster of a game, and thanks to Aaron Greenberg's latest comments in the Inner Circle podcast, we can get a better idea about just how huge the game is shaping up to be.

    "Halo 5 is gonna be huge. It should be one of the biggest entertainment releases of the year if we do our job right. I think what we've got with Master Chief and Locke is a marketer's dream. The game is just super-innovative. I think this is a title that 343 has dreamed of making, and they're innovating in ways that our jaws are dropping."

    "It's such a deep story. To me it's like the closest thing to playing in a real movie, you know. I love campaign. I play multiplayer and I enjoy it, but I just love to get deep in the campaign and co-op you know, and Halo was kind of the birth of that, and also at the same time has innovated the multiplayer, so I'm excited with what they're doing with Halo 5, and we'll be revealing more soon."

    Interestingly, Greenberg spent a considerable amount of time talking about Halo 5 limited edition consoles, suggesting that something that Halo fans would be excited about will be coming.

    "We have a great team that does a lot of cool custom consoles, and we'd love to make them for every title, and the challenge is that our retail partners can't take everyone, we can't manufacture twelve different versions, so we have to kind of pick our bets."

    "But I know some of the things we're planning for this Holidays, and I think you'll be pretty pleased with some of the limited edition plans, and there's some other things that we're still finalizing. But we have a lot of great games, and so I'm excited to see where we land. At this point, it's February, so we're not announcing our limited edition hardware at this point, but the teams are gonna have some good stuff, and it's good to hear there's an appetite for more."

    I for one cannot wait for Halo 5, and Greenberg is making it sound like an absolute dream game for Halo fans.

  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has Almost $100 Worth of DLC

    dead or alive 5 last roundWhether or not you're okay with the dozens of dollars worth of DLC content in Evolve generally comes down to how you feel about the whole practice of selling you content after the game has been completed, but it's not just Evolve that features staggering amounts of paid-for content.

    In fact, Team Ninja have recently released details on what new downloadable content will be available in their latest remaster for new gen consoles. I'm of course talking about Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the game that is a remake of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, which is coincidentally a remake of Dead or Alive 5.

    I'm sure you can see what I'm getting at here. Even though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is not going for full retail on either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, the game does include just under $93 worth of DLC.

    Fortunately, practically all of the DLC available is only cosmetic skins and costumes for characters, similarly to a lot of the content players can pay for in Evolve. The $93 price tag for DOA 5: LR is actually for the season pass. If you purchase every piece of DLC in Last Round separately, however, you'll possibly be looking at spending a considerable amount more.

    So, before you get mad at Evolve for trying to milk us of our hard earned cash, just remember, there are games out there that offer 79 character costumes for a crazy $93. Honestly, it's all a bit crazy, but let's just be glad that most of it, both in Evolve and Dead or Alive, is all cosmetic and has no impact on the game whatsoever.

  • New Updates Made to Keep Battlefield 4 Going Strong

    battlefield 4 2015Even though Battlefield Hardline is just around the corner, Dice do not want players to feel the need to jump ship every time there is a new Battlefield game at your local Gamestop. In fact, new details reveal Dice's plan to keep Battlefield 4 going strong throughout 2015, and perhaps even further than that.

    Dice already announced that additional content was planned for Battlefield 4 passed the pre-planned DLC packs, and this week we've received more information about what this new content will include.

    The most expensive thing to come out of the new update is that Battlefield 4 players will be treated to two new expansions, hopefully planned for this year. To make things better, most, if not all of the new content pushed out this year should be available for no charge, even for those that have not spent a penny past the original cost of the game.

    Part of the reason why the new content may be free might come down to a new initiative that Dice will be opening up to their community soon. Using the community test environment, Dice will work alongside players to create, edit and fine tune a Battlefield 4 map that will be completely community-driven.

    The first new update for 2015 will launch in March, with a few changes to player collision and the squad obliteration mode. It sounds as if EA's tight grip on Battlefield 4 may now have died out, and that's giving Dice a big chance to show the world they still care about their community. I can't wait to see what comes out of 2015.

  • Mass Effect 4 Will Feature "Emotionally Believable Characters"

    mass effect 4Let's be honest, any open world game by Bioware is always going to look nice when compared to other titles released around the same time. Mass Effect 4 should be no different, and thanks to a new job listing on Bioware's website, we can get a better idea about what kind of direction Bioware will want artists to go in the upcoming Mass Effect.

    In a latest job listing, Bioware are looking for a member to join their team that can specifically create "emotionally believable characters that allow game players to interact with the game, whether photorealistic or stylized, in a realistic and believable fashion."

    The depth of story involved in the Mass Effect franchise has always been impressive, and being able to capture and create characters that really show believable emotion will be a great way to improve the story depth and detail of characters in Mass Effect 4.

    If Bioware manage to create a game that is both highly engaging as a fun game, and as a intense, emotional driven story, I think Mass Effect could potentially be the best game in the franchise yet.

    That is a big if though - so far we have seen very little content showing off what Mass Effect 4 will be like, and most of the details of the game have been kept incredibly quiet. In fact, we aren't even sure if the game will definitely be called Mass Effect 4 or not.

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