Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • 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.

  • 10 New Rockstar Verified Jobs added to GTA Online

    gta online new jobsOne of the greatest things about GTA Online is the awesome content creator that allows players to make their own missions and jobs for their friends and other online players to try out. I must admit, it might not be as cool as doing your own heist missions with your mates, but it's a good alternative for the time being.

    However, not all of the missions are top notch, and that's where the Rockstar verified system comes in - this system allows players to upvote and downvote custom missions, and if they get enough attention, Rockstar will stick them in with their own official missions.

    This week, Rockstar added 10 more missions into the Rockstar verified pool, and they all look like quite a lot of fun. There are a bunch of action packed race missions that take players through train carriages, through the air and over big ramps, and two new deathmatches that offer varying environments to fight in.

    If you're craving for some more content, hopefully these 10 new missions should win you over until Rockstar release more content for their online portion of the game.

    There are also hundreds of great non-verified missions sitting in the game, ready to be played, although you'll need to set up your own lobby and then invite your own friends or recent players to get the most out of them. Are you still playing GTA Online? If so, what kind of content do you think could keep you more entertained whilst playing? I feel like there's great potential waiting, but Rockstar haven't truly let it flourish just yet.

  • Guild Banks Disabled In ESO to Cut Down on Duping

    eso duping glitchLast Friday Zenimax Online chose to cut off access to guild banks temporarily, most likely in an attempt to stop players from duplicating gear and equipment via various bank exploits.

    Whilst Zenimax didn't mention exactly why they disabled guild banking, it was disabled shortly after a Reddit post pointed out an exploit that allowed players to potentially get infinite gear and currency.

    Zenimax has since banned thousands of cheaters according to community forum members, with most of the bans being related to in-game exploits and cheats. It sounds like it's been a rocky start for Zenimax and Elder Scrolls Online, but things will most likely get smoothed out in the future.

    If you're a little disappointed that the console release of the Elder Scrolls Online has been pushed back past the PC release, hopefully this news should reassure you a little. MMOs are known for having troubles at their launch, and this is usually because the games are filled with thousands of hours of content, and it's hard for most bugs to found by in-house game testing, and even through various beta tests, some bugs still remain hidden until the floodgates open up and the game releases fully.

    The Elder Scrolls Online was released on PC on April 4th, and will be made available on both PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One some time in June. Hopefully by that time all of the game breaking issues will have been resolved.

  • 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.

  • Destiny Is "Close to Shipping," According to Bungie

    destiny releaseIt's always reassuring to hear that a game has gone gold, especially when it's a game coming from a development team that is pretty well known for postponing and delaying releases of their titles. Bungie is one of those companies, but luckily it won't be long before their game is ready to ship out to retail stores across the world.

    This means that the previous release date set in September will not be delayed any longer - this information comes from Pete Parsons, chief operating officer for Destiny. Pete went onto state that the game still requires "lots of tweaking and Tuning," but a "lot is already complete."

    In an interview with Eurogamer, Pete Parsons said, "I believe people will be transported not just by the activities and the stories within the Destiny universe but by the sights and the wonderful sounds and music."

    Despite O'Donnell's sudden departure from Bungie, his music and collaborations with both Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney will still make it into the final release of Destiny, giving it that amazing immersive experience that O'Donnell's previous work in games like Halo has been known for.

    For those that can't wait for the September release, an open beta is going ahead this summer that can be accessed by pre-ordering Destiny.

  • New GRID Teaser Coming This Week

    next gen grid gameI've always been a fan of the GRID racing game series, and whilst they not be getting as much attention as Forza or Gran Turismo, or maybe even as much notice as DIRT has been getting, they are still worth playing, especially if you're a fan of racing simulators.

    A new video was just posted up on the Youtube channel for Codemasters, and the video shows what looks to be a teaser for a brand new GRID game. The teaser suggests that there will be a revealing this week, so we can expect to see some kind of new racing title from Codemasters, even if it isn't a GRID game.

    Rumors have swirled around that all seem to point at a possible mobile interpretation of the racing series, but since the video was posted, the community manager working on the upcoming title has confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming announcement "will NOT have the words Android or iOS in them."

    GRID 2 managed to get a lot of praise in 2013, so I'm personally looking forward to seeing what Codemasters may have in store for us next. Hopefully it'll be something worth getting excited for.

    If I were to make a guess, it's possible that the upcoming title will be a brand new GRID game targeted for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 - this will be the first next gen title from Codemasters, so I'm hoping they'll be extra effort into this one.

  • Octodad Coming to PS4 This Week

    octodad ps4Octodad: Deadliest Catch may look like a bit of a laugh, but it should be taken very seriously - it has sold incredibly well on the PC since it's release, and since then it has gained a lot of praise across the internet for being a zany and original title that offers laughs for anybody playing.

    So far, it has been limited to the PC, but Octodad: Deadliest Catch has now been confirmed to be releasing on PlayStation 4 on April 23rd in Europe, and on April 22nd in North America. The North American version will cost just $14.99, although PS Plus subscribers will be able to get 20 percent off of the game if they buy it before the 29th of April.

    Phil Tibitoski, the president of Young Horses, the development studio behind Octodad has stated that the PlayStation version will see a few enhancements over the original version launched on PC in January.

    Tibitoski wrote on the PlayStation blog that "The latter third of the game in particular has gone through some radical changes, with added challenges like deck swabbing, jig dancing, and some new disguises to wear."

    If that's not enough of a change for you, a new co-op mode will be added that will allow for up to four players to take control of one Octodad leg each, which is sure to ensure lots of hilarity. This mode will let players use the PlayStation Move controller to interact with the game.

  • Rumor Suggests GTA V Will Come to Next Gen in June

    next gen gta vGrand Theft Auto V was such a big success on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, that it'd almost seem stupid for Rockstar to not release it on next gen consoles. However, ever since it's release, all we've had to hear about a next gen GTA V are rumors, rumors and more rumors.

    At this point in time, it would make sense that Rockstar are probably already working on it behind closed curtains.

    Recently, an international retailer has put up a product listing for none other than Grand Theft Auto V for PC and Xbox One. The product listing also included details on a release date. Not only is there a product listing up for GTA V next gen, but the retailer in question, SuperGame Czech, is actually taking pre-orders for an Xbox One version and a PC version for Grand Theft Auto V.

    Either the Czech retailer has made a very, very big slip up, or they have received information from Rockstar about a release date for a PC and a next gen version of the latest Grand Theft Auto. According to SuperGame Czech, the Xbox One version of GTA V will be released on June 13th, along with the PC version.

    It seems like quite a while since it's original release now, but Rockstar may have simply been waiting for the sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to bulk up a little before releasing GTA V. Let's hope this rumor is true, because otherwise it might just be possible that a next gen GTA V may never come.

  • Next Gen The Last of Us Coming Summer 2014

    next gen the last of usThe Last of Us was definitely one of the best games of 2013, and with it being right on the edge of a console generation shift, it wasn't strange for many fans of the game to wonder whether the title would ever be remade and resold as a next gen title.

    Of course, at the time the likelihood of this actually happening to the Last of Us was pretty low, but since then it seems that Naughty Dog have went over their choices and have decided to go full steam ahead with a relaunch for The Last of Us on the PlayStation 4.

    The name of the PS4 title will be The Last of Us Remastered, and as the name suggests, the game won't simply be ported to PlayStation 4. It will be fine tuned, tweaked and improved. Some of the changes include a resolution upgrade to 1080p and higher detailed character models.

    All of the shadows, textures and lighting will be redone for The Last of Us Remastered, too. To bundle it all up, Naughty Dog have got back together with the voice actors of the game to create an in-game director's commentary.

    The Last of Us Remastered will also come packed with the Left Behind DLC expansion, the Abandoned Territories multiplayer expansion, as well as a brand new Reclaimed Territories pack. Remastered should be released in Summer 2014, although pre-orders for the game are already up, and come with a bunch of free pre-order bonuses.

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