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  • Risen 3 Trailer Shows off New Hero

    risen 3 trailerA new trailer has been released by Deep Silver that shows off CGI footage for Risen 3, the next game in a series of RPG titles by developer Piranha Bytes in Motion.

    The trailer depicts an armored character as he fights against a huge beastly creature, and whilst I haven't played any of the previous titles, the trailer has certainly got me curious. This is the first time we've seen a look into the world of Risen 3, and whilst this doesn't really show any true gameplay footage, It certainly shows a lot of potential.

    In Risen 3, players will fill the role of a young warrior who has lost his soul to demonic creatures - the story follows him as he completes tasks set out by mages who offer to help him reclaim his soul in return. The game is a typical RPG title that will offer players different choices throughout the game, and whilst it hasn't been made entirely clear, these choices will impact the story line in some way or another.

    In February, an announcement was made by Deep Silver that stated, "Risen 3: Titan Lords pulls players into a hand-crafted role-playing world full of rugged charm where every decision changes the course of the story and your fate, and the fate of the world, is up for the taking."

    Risen 3 has been set for release in August this year for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately Deep Silver have not announced a version for either the PS4 or the Xbox One, so if you want to play it you'll have to use old gen consoles or a computer.

  • Possible Next Gen Port of Beyond: Two Souls Coming

    beyond two souls ps4Beyond: Two Souls may have been lacking in true gameplay content, but it still offered a unique experience that was hard to find elsewhere - I found the story quite enjoyable myself, and whilst it could have been improved in many ways, I wouldn't say it wasn't worth my time or money.

    For those that got caught up in the console generation crossover and didn't get a chance to play through Beyond: Two Souls, you may be in luck. Whilst it's only rumors and whispering at the moment, it's looking quite likely. A portfolio from a game programmer working on Beyond: Two Souls has been spotted on the internet, that before it was suddenly removed, it contained an image that suggested coding was in place for DualShock 4 input.

    There was also a reference to a "director's cut" that may include cut scenes, and if you're still not taking the bait, the co-CEO of Beyond: Two Souls started to re-tweet a few tweets that referenced a Beyond: Two Souls remake, which would suggest he knows something about all of this already.

    Naughty Dog have already announced a next gen version for the Last of Us, and Tomb Raider also saw a HD remake on current gen consoles. Transitioning between consoles can always be a bit frustrating, but going from the PS3 to the PS4 was especially difficult considering 2013 was one of the best years gaming has seen for a good while, so it's nice to see all of these ports making it to the PS4.

  • H1Z1 Stream Shows 50 Minutes of In-Game Footage

    h1z1 gameplay footageDayZ Standalone has taken the world by storm, and the game and it's mod have brought a whole new genre of games into the world of gaming. However, since it's release, we have yet to see a decent zombie survival game make it to consoles.

    Sony plans to change that by releasing their game, H1Z1, which has ambitions to be the very best in open world apocalypse survival. It sounds like a very ambitious project, and last week I talked about how it would be unlikely to see it released anytime soon.

    I was clearly wrong, and Sony Online Entertainment really want to push forward with this game. Last week, a live stream by the developers of H1Z1 made it to Twitch.TV, and it included around 50 minutes of real in-game gameplay footage.

    Nothing was scripted, and we were literally subjected to the whole H1Z1 experience, or at least what was available of it at the time.

    It look underdeveloped, and a little patchy on content, but this is what we've come to expect from a game so early on in development. By watching the gameplay I did see a lot of potential for the title though, and the developers talked a lot about building mechanics similar to Rust, survival mechanics, gunplay and servers that could support up to 1000 players thanks to the powerful Planetside 2 engine that the game is being built upon.

    H1Z1 is certainly a game to look forward to, and early access will be made available later this year. Upon it's full release, players will be able to hop in-game completely for free.

  • World of Warcraft has not reached its peak yet

    The world's largest MMORPG hasn't reached its peak and has lots of potential, according to Blizzard.

    Back in 2010, World of Warcraft obtaineda high number of 12 million+ subscribers to its game. But recently, the company's most recent stats show that the game has lost nearly 600,000 members. It is probably due to the rise of F2P (free to play) games showing up and taking people away from WOW, which runs on a paid subscription platform.With the rising number of free-to-play games, some think WOW's gone the way of the gaming industry's dodo, Everquest.

    Blizzard doesn't think so, and states you shouldn't either. In an interview with MCV, Michael Ryde (Blizzard's International Vice President)said that while a lot of free games are being released constantly, it leaves a lot of opportunities for Blizzard and WOW to grow. He stated with a launching in Brazil this year and the stated numbers from it losses report were made from data of China before they got their copies of the latest WOW expansion (Cataclysm), there are a lot of elements to show both the game and the company are growing. Which means we shouldn't worry about the drop in numbers.

    He then added that changes to the game's free trial (like having players trial run up to level 20 instead of 10) will contribute to getting more people interested in the game itself.

    Knowing Blizzard, in this Ambassador's opinion, they got something up their sleeves. And they are doing this while running Project Titan (an ultra-secret MMORPG), future Starcraft expansions, Diablo 3's release, and numerous patches to WOW. Blizzard will get their number of subscribers up and get back those who walked away from the game (like me and my level 85 Holy Human Paladin with 357 gear level armor and weapons on Shadow Council-US RP server).

  • Blizzard is serious on bringing Diablo to consoles.

    Blizzard contemplates on bringing Diablo III to PS3, XBOX, and/or Wii-U in the future

    Blizzard has in the pastshown interest about having Diablo III or a Diablo-related concept on gaming consoles when they were asked about such an idea. Well lately, it seems they are thinking more seriously about the concept more and more.

    Recently at Blizzard's press conference at Germany's Gamescom,Josh Mosqueira, Diablo III lead designer, stated that he is"very, very serious" about bringing some undefined "experience" to platforms beyond PC gaming. That interpreted means he and his team at Blizzard are likely on trying to bring the experience to consoles.

    "Today, we're trying to build the best console team at Blizzard...we're looking for programmers, designers and artists who think their dream job would be to bringDiablo to the console."

    While Mosquiera didn't state it was for the Xbox 360, the PS3, or the upcoming Wii-U console, he did say that we should be excited for such an idea and "stay tuned" for any upcoming news. Come to think about it, Blizzcon is coming up soon. One could guess that "stay tuned" means "wait until Blizzcon for our announcement".

    Knowing how Blizzard operates with windows of time between product announcements and shipments while maintaining their current games, there is no given or educated guess on when (or if) Diablo can be played on console system. One can hope that one of these days we can be playing Necromancer a high-definition cow level on Xbox Live.

    http://kotaku.com/5831943/blizzard-is-very-very-serious-about-diablo-for-consoles

    http://kotaku.com/5690583/blizzard-seeking-diablo-iii-talent-for-console-development

  • Indie Developers Make a Cool $3 Million

    Game News - Independent Developers Report Profit

    A million dollars is a lot of money to make, especially when you're offering your product for whatever the masses will pay for it. In May and December of last year Indie developers grouped their games into a package referred to as the Humble Indie Bundle and offered it to gamers online for whatever they were willing to pay for it. Whether it was 1 cent or a few thousand dollars, the choice was theirs.

    At GDC this week it was announced that the two game bundles had actually raised around $3 million dollars. The Indie Developers immediately donated a million dollars to the charities Childs Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    While Many gamers did pay a measly penny for some amazing titles. Over 30,000 gamers payed $10 with a few generous gamers paying ridiculous amounts like $3,333 and $1,337. A few games featured in these bundles are: Machninarium, Osmos, and my personal favorite, Braid.

    While it hasn't been announced I'm predicting a Humble Indie Bundle #3 coming out sometime this year.

  • Retail Video Game Chain Accused of Snatching Personal Information

    Gamestop accused of taking personal information

    As seen here about Gamestop, a California woman filed the suit on Wednesday of this past week, claiming that a Alameda County GameStop store recorded her personal information such as her name, her credit card information, and her PII (personal identification information) after purchasing items with her credit card. The woman, Melissa Arechiga, believes that GameStop uses the information like addresses and various other private pieces of information to benefit sales and future aspects of their store(s).

    In the view of the legal system of California, these actions of Gamestop are in violation of California's Civil Code in section 1747.08, which prohibits corporations from requesting that credit card users to provide their PII to be viewed and recorded.

    A class action complaint as been filed so far and has defined that all Gamestops in the state of California are having their staff perform these actions that are against the state's Civil Code. So far, Gamestop has given no interest or comment on the litigation.

    Now as from this blogger's opinion, I really don't know much about how California's laws and civil codes work nor can I compare them from here in Arizona. But I do know that it does seem like a bit of intrusion of privacy on the part of Gamestop. While most credit card companies do view information, if what Melissa Arechiga is stating is true, and Gamestop is using personal information to benefit themselves, that's a bit going over the line. I mean...there are other ways to find out other ways to improve sales.

  • Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack now with three new maps in March

    Halo: Reach Defiant Map Pack now with three new maps in March

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    It has been officially announced by Microsoft that a set of three new multiplayer maps will be available come March. For just 800 Microsoft Points, the new maps can be yours!! The three maps are, Condemned, which is set in space, Highlands, a large outdoor map mostly useful for a large number of players, and Unearthed, also an outdoor map which will cater to smaller matches with out to four players. A description of each of them maps can be found onKotaku.

    The maps were made in partnership withAge of Booty developer Certain Affinity, who also made maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops, World at War, and Halo 2. The new map pack is said to be in the similar format of the Noble Map Pack, which was released this past November. A series of images were released of the new maps, however they are in very low quality, but none the less, please enjoy!!

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  • New Super Mario Bros. Game 3DS

    Game News - Mario on 3DS

    The first Super Mairo Bros game was released by Nintendo in 1985, for over two decades the Super Maior Bro. was the best selling video game of all time. Since the release of the first game, there have been many other alternate versions. Vs. Super Mario Bros, which is in identical format with different stages and small differences and hidden items. All night Nippon Super Mario Bros, which was released in Japan and the graphic were based on Japanese radio show All-Night Nippon. Super Mario Bros. Special, a game that was a Japan release only. Super Mario All-Stars, which included all of the Super Mario Bro games. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, which was released in 1999 for Game Boy Color. And nearly 25 years later they are still producing games. "In the interests of adopting new technology for the Super Mario Bros. tradition, I am now making a new Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS system," Miyamoto said. IGN said that, Given the recent success of Mario's 2D revivals on Wii and DS it seems likely to assume the game will be a side-scrolling platformer, but Miyamoto didn't add any clarifications about gameplay. In November he spoke about the benefit to jumping in 3D space with the new 3DS screen effects, which provide extra visual information about environment depth and object placement.

  • Square-Enix to learn from its costly mistakes.

    Game News - Square-Enix to reorganize from its Financial Mistakes.

    Whenever a new game in the Final Fantasy series is released, it is likely that all Square-Enix had to do was sit back and count the money from the profits coming in. But in the past years of 2009 and 2010, it seemed like that's not a reality. After the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan and shortly an American release in early 2010, the company saw its title as the fastest selling title ever for Square Enix, going at a record number of five million copies sold. However,in late 2010, they sent out Final Fantasy XIV, which was advertised to be a hefty MMORPG competition for World of Warcraft and a high profit maker for Square (which they put in a lot of money in its development). Sadly, with the game heavily bugged, glitched, and lagging in support, it was not. In result, the game designers got the pink slip over it.

    Final Fantasy can't always be there to carry the company, as Square Enix seeing a 76% dip in its profits upon its review of 2010. One of the reasons for the dip in profits was due in part to the high value of the Japanese yen in the world economy. Another reason, it was due to how all their games performed and were publicly received. This included looking into factors such as their short shelf life, as well as any certain game delays.

    "Consumers are getting more selective, and there's a big difference between games that sell and games that don't," said Square Enix's Yoichi Wada, one of the main heads of the company. He later on added that Square-Enix is rallying itself to make titles that consumers want to get. So don't expect to see a sequel to Mind Jack or an expansion to Final Fantasy XIV in the near future.

    In this blogger's opinion, hopefully Square will get back to its roots and know what makes them a profit while fulfilling every one of their followers demands. As long as Square listens to what the people want and give them what they want, everyone will be happy. Though...I don't think everyone will be happy if I keep demanding for more Thief Rikku from FFX-2. How about a new Final Fantasy Tactics on a non-handheld system?

    To learn more about the going-ons of Square-Enix, you can check it out here on Kotaku or here (provided you can read Japanese).

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