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JULY 2014 NEWS

July 30, 2014

    Blu-Ray Competition
    Sabotage Blu-Ray Giveaway. The title says it all really with this latest Arnold Schwarzenegger starring available on Blu-Ray soon, and we have three copies to give away. Given this film didn't hit Australian cinemas this is your first chance to see the film. Entries close August 20.

    PS4 News
    LittleBigPlanet 3 was a surprise announcement at E3 a few weeks ago and now Sony America has confirmed the game will release date - November 18. That's an American date while we expect Europe will be pretty close. Those that pre-order the game will also receive bonus content by way of a Dragon Age costume pack while various retailers have differing bonus costume packs.

    Keep an eye on the Playstation Store update this week as PS4 owners will be able to get their hands on the platoformer Rogue Legacy while Pure Pool is also expected. Oh, then there's that other little game released today which you may have heard of The Last Of Us Remastered.

July 28, 2014

    PS4 Preview
    Project CARS is a title that has had a big community involvement during its development primarily as the game was initially crowdfunded. Well the title is now coming to Playstation 4, and it looks like a pretty stunning release. Here's our preview of this November release.

July 27, 2014

    PS4 News
    Well The Unifinished Swan was leaked for PS4 and PSVita on the Korean Ratings Board recently, and now a leaked list from Sony of Gamescom games being shown has added Journey making the jump to Sony's newest console. Also listed is the game Until Dawn which was announced for PS3 a couple of years ago. We'll know what's up in a bit over a week.

    Movie News
    San Diego Comic Con is on this weekend, and there was a big surprise for Playstation fans - Sony Screen Gems announced that The Last of Us is being turned into a film. Naughty Dog's Neil Druckman is writing the script, while Sam Raimi is producing. While a cast is yet to be set the filmmakers have already approached Maisie Williams for the role of Ellie - most would know her as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and in our minds, would be a pretty good choice.

    Industry News
    A couple of weeks ago we reported on Crytek's potential financial difficulties with the company now confirming that they were in financial trouble however the company has now secured financial backing.

July 24, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony has today announced that an update for the PS4 next week will finally see support for 3D Blu-Ray's. Finally... but we're a little disappointed it took Microsoft announcing their August update would feature 3D Blu-Ray support before Sony jumped on the bandwagon - and that is of course despite the PS3 supporting the extra dimension for years. Now, where's that MP3 playback, and MKV and MP4 video files, a Youtube App, game suspending and resumption, and so on... Still expect the update in the next week or so (and no, it's not the 1.74 update that landed this week which only adds in some stability).

July 23, 2014

    PS4 News

    So Battlefield: Hardline is the latest in EA's massive FPS franchise, but the game has just been pushed back from a previously announced October 23 release to a unspecified 2015 release date.

    Sticking with Electronic Arts and the delay wagon continues with Dragon Age: Inquisition being pushed back from October 7 to November 18 in America and while there's no confirmation as yet, we expect the Australian release to hit around November 21 now. Apparently this delay will allow the developers to polish the game further.

July 22, 2014

    PS4 News
    Marty O'Donnell may not be a household name to Sony gamers, but he has a large following with Microsoft fans as the composer of Halo's music. On April 11 he was fired by Bungie "without cause" having worked on their upcoming Destiny however it didn't take long for the composer to file a lawsuit against Bungie citing unpaid wages and accrued holidays. Now, according to IGN, the lawsuit has been settled for around $US95,000 which includes penatlies and legal fees.

    Looking forward to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End? Of course you are. Well Naughty Dog have today mentioned that they are aiming to have the game running at 1080p resolution at 60fps. This comes following news that The Last of Us: Remastered, which hits the PS4 in a week, will run at 60fps, but also has a setting to lock it into 30fps for people that prefer that.

    According to the Korean Ratings Board The Unfinished Swan is heading to PS4 and PSVita. The Korean Ratings board is usually pretty Accurate, much like the Australian Classification Board, so we expect this rather unique, and impressive, game to be announced for those platforms soon. Sony's Gamescom Conference on August 12 anyone?

    It's only a minor change but Bethesda has confirmed that The Evil Within, which was recently given a R18+ rating here in Australia, has been brought forward from October 24, to October 16. No reason why was given, but we'd suggest getting the game out before Battlefield: Hardline and Evolve may have been a small consideration.

    PS4 Preview
    Wonder Flick may not ever make it outside Japan, but given the developers is Level-5, and the game promises 1000 hours of explortion in a massive RPG. The game is already out in Japan on iOS and Android devices, but is also expected to hit consoles (including PS4 and PSVita) later this year - although we wouldn't expect an English version until 2015.

July 20, 2014

    PS4 News
    Unveiled as one of the first games for PS4 it has been a long wait for Counterspy to hit the PS4 and, well, we still don't have a date. What we do have though is news that the game has been submitted to the Australian Classification Board with an M rating approved. A release could be just around the corner.

    Speaking of game classifications Escape Dead Island, the new adventure game announced only weeks ago has also been submitted and been awarded a R18+ rating. That game is due out in a couple of months.

    Movie News
    Uncharted director Seth Gordon has confirmed the feature film will start shooting in early 2015 and the script is in "a really good place". As for the lead actor, no one has been cast as yet, however Mark Wahlberg is not in the running as rumoured/suggested a couple of years ago. The film is due for release on June 10 2016.

    PS4 Review
    Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark ties both the Michael Bay feature film universe with the traditional Transformers universe in a single package. Previous Activision Transformers games have been pretty impressive, but this misses the mark, by a long way.

July 18, 2014

    PS4 News
    So the Destiny Beta has kicked off today (at 3am Australian Eastern Time) but some people are reporting issues with the Playstation Network being sluggish and some issues signing in. We've tried it mid-morning and don't seem to be encountering issues so hopefully they are resolved. Those looking to download the Beta will want to be aware the PS4 version weighs in at 13.2GB, with the PS3 version a much lighter 6.4GB. Either way, its an impressive game.

    Sticking with Bungie's shooter for a moment and the developers have confirmed that while the XBox One Beta runs at 900p resolution, the final game will match the PS4 with a 1080p resolution.

July 14, 2014

    PS4 News
    When news leaked early that the game was in development series producer Katsuhiro Harada had no choice but to cut together a quick announcement trailer for Tekken 7. So yar, it's coming and we assume to the PS4, but for now enjoy the trailer...

    Industry News
    In recent weeks rumours have surfaced that Crytek is in considerable financial trouble with wages remaining unpaid or being delayed by weeks if not months. Then there was the underperforming Ryse on XBox One with the sequel, Ryse 2 apparently canned (although Crytek have recently denied all this). Today word has come out that Homefront 2: The Revolution director Hasit Zala has apparently walked away from the project - although it's unclear if it was due to money, or creative differences. The game is/was due out in 2015 and was looking pretty nice at the recent E3 Show.

    PS4 Preview
    Destiny is certain to be one of the biggest games this year, and if the recent Alpha test was any indication then the game should be something quite special indeed. Take a look at our preview to see what this game is all about.

July 12, 2014

    PS4 News
    So do you want a PS4 and do you love the movie Frozen? Well Sony are releasing the console with two characters, Anna and Elsa, on the side of it on July 16.

    Industry News
    It's a bit of a sad day in the industry today with long-term Tony Hawk developer Neversoft heading into the pages of history. It's not totally bad news however with the development studio being merged into Infinity Ward.

    In what we can only see is a concerning move in the games industry mega-retailer Gamestop is apparently looking to partially fund development of games in exchange for additional exclusive gameplay only available when, surprise surprise, the game is sold through that retailer. Of course for the last couple of years we have seen exclusive content on each of the platforms, but this may lock content into the retailer.

July 12, 2014

    XBox One News
    So remember before the XBox One launched Microsoft promised that every console would also be able to become a development kit. Well Microsoft have now reneged on that apparently with Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller has said that there are currently "no plans" for this to be enabled.

    Sony has announced the their Heavenly Sword film will be going direct to Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download in America on September 2. We expect the Australian release to be pretty close to this date so will update when we have confirmation. Here's the official trailer...

July 10, 2014

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft has confirmed that they have shipped 8 million copies of Watch Dogs on all platforms. Unsurprisingly Ubisoft now class it as a "major franchise" which means it's quite likely we'll be seeing a sequel somewhere down the line. Huzzah!

    Action RPG Lords of the Fallen from CI Games and Deck 13 is a game many have been waiting for a release date, and you can mark your calendars for October 31. Yep, another big game for October!

    Cellar Door Games has announced that their PS4, PS3 and PSVita game Rogue Legacy will be released with cross-buy and cross-save support on July 30. Check out the trailer below...

    PS4 Preview
    Dead Island 2 isn't due out until 2015 but already this game is generating a lot of buzz, primarily due to the fantastic trailer at E3 2014. This sequel has a new developer in Yager Developments, and sees a shift in location to California. We still have much to learn, but we can't wait to see more.

July 8, 2014

    PS4 News
    Gearbox have announced a new game called Battleborn which is an arena based shooter with both co-op and competitve modes and is due in publisher 2K Games' next financial year - which ends March 31 2016. Check out the trailer below...

    Bungie have announced that the Destiny Beta will launch on July 17 for the PS3 and PS4 (that's UK time, so perhaps the 18th here in Australia) with Microsoft consoles getting the Beta on July 23 with the trial ending on July 28 and a short shutdown for Sony gamers before XBox players join in.

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Lego Movie 2D/3D was a phenomenal hit at the cinemas early this year and now the film is available on Blu-Ray. We've checked out the 2D and 3D versions and not only discovered a fantastic film, but also a superb transfer.

July 6, 2014

    PS4 Preview
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the 2014 iteration of Activision's hit FPS series but this year sees a new primary developer - Sledgehammer Games. The company isn't alien to the franchise having worked on Modern Warfare 3. This latest game is set in the future and offers plenty of new tricks to keep you occupied.

July 5, 2014

    PS4 Preview
    BandaiNamco have announced they have picked up the distribution rights to Project CARS from Slightly Mad Studios with a release date penned in for November. Slightly Mad aren't new to racers having developed Shift 2: Unleashed while the developers used Crowdfunding to get the project started.

    PS4 Preview
    Aaru's Awakening probably isn't a game many of you would have heard of however this downloadable title, due out in the coming weeks, promises some unique gameplay, and also some absolutely gorgeous hand-drawn artwork. Yet another indie game in Sony's stable then.


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