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  • September 2014 Biggest Month in PSN History

    september 2014 psn recordIt's always great to hear about new records within the gaming industry, and today I have some news to share about Sony and their recent new PSN record. This week, Sony revealed that September 2014 had shown to be the biggest month for the PlayStation Network ever since it's debut on the PlayStation 3.

    One of the biggest drivers of the success for the new PSN record was of course Destiny, a new game that has managed to stay on the top selling charts for a considerably long time. Firstly, Destiny has already sold PlayStation Network sales records for many different categories by itself, including most pre-orders, best week one sales and best day one sales.

    When you factor in the huge hype for Destiny and the growing player base on the PlayStation 4, you end up with over 125 million hours worth of gameplay in just one month - this is exactly what happened in September 2014, and it is what made the PlayStation Network look very impressive this half.

    Sony managed to increase 90% of PSN store revenue in September as well which is pretty impressive - however this was most likely due to the huge Destiny release.

    Have you got a PlayStation 4 yet? What are your thoughts on the PSN experience? If you have owned both an Xbox and a PlayStation in the past, what do you prefer - the Xbox Games Store or the PS3 and PS4 PlayStation Network?

  • Leaked Battlefront 3 Trailer Shows what Canned Game Could Have Been

    battlefront 3 trailerAs you may already know, after Disney acquired LucasArts, they stopped the production of a variety of upcoming Star Wars games, including the hotly hyped Star Wars 1212, and the at the time in-production Battlefront 3.

    Battlefront 3 was being designed as a direct sequel of the previous Battlefront games, and unlike the plethora of new mobile based Star Wars games released under Disney’s watch, it was something that many gamers were genuinely excited about.

    Unfortunately, Battlefront 3 was cancelled, and all development of the game was halted, but a brand new video shows off leaked gameplay, giving details of what the game could have become.

    The video, which can be seen on YouTube, is very rough as the game is still in alpha stage, but the framework for the game was certainly clear.

    It was a shame that Battlefront 3 was cancelled, but Disney have now set Battlefield creator DICE to the task of making the next best title for the franchise. Simply named Battlefront, many have expected the game to draw inspiration from DICE's FPS background to offer a super enjoyable Star Wars shooter experience.

    Will DICE’s Battlefront be better than Battlefront 3 could have been? We will never know, but let's hope DICE does the game justice.

    Battlefront by DICE is set for release at some point next year. Unfortunately a full release date has not yet been revealed by the developer.

    Hopefully we will see some proper footage of DICE's game soon.

  • Far Cry 4 Trailer for Kyrat Edition Released

    far cry 4 kryat editionFar Cry 4 is getting a pretty spectacular special edition release, and Ubisoft were so proud of it that they have recently released a brand new trailer showing off the limited edition copy of the game.

    The Far Cry 4 "Kyrat" Edition will be reserved for a limited number of people after launch, encouraging players to pre-order it now, and the latest video from Ubisoft shows off what the special edition of the game has to offer.

    The Far Cry 4 Kyrat edition will come with a range of digital and physical bonuses. As far as digital content is concerned, players who purchase the Kyrat edition will be given three extra missions, each of which have been revealed to be around 20 minutes long, and an exclusive weapon.

    The physical elements of the Far Cry 4 Kyrat edition includes a 20cm figurine of the main antagonist of the game, Pagan Min, as well as a travel journal, a map of the game world, a Pagan Min propaganda poster and a collector's edition box for the game.

    It all does sound pretty cool, but the limited Far Cray 4 Kyrat edition will set you back $129.99. Here's a summary of the contents.

    1. A 20 cm figurine of the game's villain Pagan Min seated on an elephant throne
    2. A travel journal
    3. Pagan Min Propaganda Poster
    4. The game Map
    5. An exclusive Collector Box
    6. Mission 1 (20 mins): Fight dangerous enemies in the ice caves of snow-capped mountains to retrieve a rare artifact.
    7. Mission 2 (20 mins): What's better than riding elephants? Fighting waves of enemies on an elephant with Hurk by your side.
    8. Mission 3 (20 mins): In this epic finale, chase down an enemy convoy and save Hurk from certain death.
    9. Exclusive Weapon: Harpoon gun "the Impaler"! Use this modified whale hunting Harpoon with a Unique Skin Pack to shoot harpoon stakes!
  • Project Cars Delayed Till 2015

    project cars 2015Whilst DriveClub has finally released this month, the other upcoming racing sim we've all been waiting for has had yet another delay, pushing it back past the holiday season and on to next year.

    The game I'm talking about is of course Project Cars, and the developers have recently confirmed that after talks they have decided to push back the game, but the reason for the delay may not be what you may have expected.

    Considering that Project Cars was set for a release in November, it's understandable to think that Bandai Namco may have wanted to push it back a month or two, simply because there are just so many other games planned for release next month. (Call of Duty, Halo, GTA V, to name a few..)

    However, Bandai have taken the plunge to release the game next year instead, and their reason behind this involves both wanting to stay away from the huge competition in November, and to have more time to fine tune the title.

    "Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience," Ian Bell of Slightly Mad Studios revealed.
    "Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We're eager for you all to see what we've been working on in just a few months."

  • DriveClub Launch Issues Now Mostly Fixed

    driveclub launch lagDriveClub was under development for much longer than planned, but despite this, the launch was plagued with a variety of issues, mainly relating to the network performance, giving some players no chance of even downloading and playing the game.

    Luckily, Evolution Studios have been working round the clock to ensure that the server performance is at it's best as quickly as possible.

    There are still some server performance issues at the time of writing, but most of the launch lag has dissipated. Evolution Studios have managed to do a pretty good job at keeping things under control, especially considering the game debuted as a free title for PSN players, which probably drove the download count to thousands more than Evolution Studios initially anticipated.

    Launch server issues are certainly not new, and even developers like Rockstar and Infinity Ward often have server performance problems on the new launch of a game, typically because the huge influx of players simply causes the servers to come crashing down.

    Hopefully it will be plain sailing for DriveClub and it's players going forward. I haven't yet played the game, but I can't wait to get stuck in and give it a go for myself.

    DriveClub released on October 7th however it's rocky start led to many players waiting a week before being able to get online. We're still waiting on news about sales results to hear whether Evolution Studios' "free-for-PSN" pricing model has paid off or not.

  • 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.

  • White PS4 Standalone May Be Available This Month

    white ps4 standaloneTo celebrate the release of Destiny, most of Europe and the UK received a brand new PS4 bundle that included a copy of Destiny and a white PlayStation 4, along with a DualShock 4 controller.

    Now that the release of Destiny has long since gone, the white PS4 bundles have slowly died out, but Sony have seen demand for the product and have decided to make plans to release the white variant of the console as a standalone device.

    Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that the white PlayStation 4 will be released as a standalone product very soon, but unfortunately the console will be limited to Europe for now. As with the Destiny bundle, Yoshida failed to mention anything about a North American release for the white version.

    The white standalone PlayStation 4 will cost £350, which is slightly more than the current £329 street price of the PS4. Of course, if you're in the US and you really want a white PS4, you might have to pay considerably more to get it shipped over here.

    Besides from the color change, there are absolutely no differences between the white PS4 console and the black PS4 console, and hardware-wise everything is the same.

    Whether or not you like the white console will probably come down to preference, but it's a shame that only those in Europe or the UK will be given the option to choose between a white or a black PlayStation 4.

  • GTA V Will Have Huge 50GB Install Size

    gta v ps4 install sizeWe've talked a little bit in the past about large game install sizes, but today we have some crazy news to share with you. It has been rumored that Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4 could take exactly 50GB of storage space from your beloved PS4's hard drive.

    That is a huge 10% of the default hard drive that comes with the PS4, and that is only for one game - this does not include any content patches or DLC that Rockstar may plan to release in the future.

    50GB may not seem like much, but it's starting to reach the point where many games require between 30GB and 50GB free for install space, and over the next few years that size may keep going up.

    For those with slow connections, this is a very large issue, and it makes paying for digital games almost impossible. It's great to see that Sony and Microsoft are now offering digital downloads for their games, but it is not a very viable option, considering that it would only take around 10 games to fill up an entire hard drive.

    For now, physical discs and Blu-rays are still the way to go, and until devices start including more storage space as standard, it's going to be a long, long time before installs overtake sales of physical sales for console video games.

    Whilst there has been no mention of the GTA V Xbox One storage size, it's likely to be very similar or identical to that of the PlayStation 4.

  • 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.

  • Quantum Break Gets New 10 Minute Gameplay video

    quantum break gameplay videoThis week, Microsoft Japan released a brand new video that shows off roughly 10 minutes of in-game footage of the new Xbox One exclusive title, Quantum Break. Remedy Entertainment, the developers behind the project, have been working hard on Quantum Break for a considerable amount of time now, and over time a lot of interest for the game has been gained.

    Quantum Break will be a third person action game that will have a TV series released alongside it. Players will be able to play the game through, and their actions will determine the script of the TV show.

    It's an interesting concept that other developers have tried and failed in the past, but Remedy Entertainment seem to be pretty confident with their game. Quantum Break, which will include cover based combat and a variety of time manipulation powers is probably best showcased in the new 10 minute gameplay video.

    The video focuses on the game's dark environment and the way players will be able to interact with enemy AI.

    Considering that the game is a single player only experience, it will be interesting to see how the Quantum Break TV series will play out alongside it. We're assuming that there will be certain options to choose throughout the game, and the TV script will be dependant on the choices that were picked the most by players.

    Quantum Break has been reported to be releasing within the second quarter of 2015 if Remedy Entertainment do not delay the release of the game before then.

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