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
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.
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.
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
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
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...
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
June 27, 2014
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution has announced that Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery will be released as a complete 10-disc set on Blu-Ray on July 29 in Australia. Available exclusively through JB Hi-Fi for $AU147 it's an impressive set. As the press release states:
"this comprehensive collection contains every episode from the complete television series; both the U.S. and international versions of the series' Pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of Lynch's follow-up feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film. The set also features newly transferred Log Lady introductions for each episode; picture upgrades to many shots in the TV series; a new featurette with Lynch and the actors who portrayed the Palmer family which includes a mesmerising return to the lives of their characters today; and hours of never-before-released material that dives into the fascinating story behind the celebrated pop culture classic."
June 25, 2014
Universal Sony have announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage will be released on Blu-Ray on July 31 in Australia. This is great news for Arnie fans such as myself as the film was not released theatrically in this country, and several others, following a poor American Box Office. Directed by David Ayer, the acclaimed Director of End of Watch, Sabotage follows DEA agent Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger) who leads an elite task force on a daring high-stakes raid on a heavily-armed drug safe house owned by the world's deadliest drug cartels. The raid seems to have gone seamlessly, and the team think their work is done, until $10 million in cash disappears and everything turns deadly. Keep your eyes open for a giveaway on Futuregamez in the coming weeks!
June 24, 2014
Over the last day or so you may have read about a 10GB Day One patch for Sniper Elite 3. It has been confirmed however that this massive patch is for the XBox One version, not the PS4 version with that patch coming in much smaller - although the developers at Rebellion have not specified excactly how big. The game is due out at the end of the week.
One of the best PS4 titles so far is the Housemarque's gorgeous shooter Resogun. While the game is getting a Heroes Expansion Pack next week the game has just been patched to include a local co-op mode as well as a ship editor. Unfortunately the Leaderboards will now be reset, however those with current High Scores need not get angry as they will be added to a Hall of Fame Leaderboard.
June 23, 2014
No confirmation from WB Games just yet but Microsoft have listed Batman: Arkham Knight for release on February 24, 2015. The game was delayed just prior to the E3 show from a late 2014 release to unspecified 2015 date.
Bungie's Destiny Alpha that took place last weekend was a real cracker - even now, a few months from release the game looks very polished and we can't wait to get into the Beta and the final game when it releases in September. It seems quite a few people enjoyed the Alpha with Bungie posting some stats, including the fact that 6,461,871 Player Games were played. As posted on Bungie's Website:
Hereís the Post Game Carnage Report a small, intimate group of players were able to rack up in the First Look Alpha in just a few daysí time:
149,522,313 Primary Weapon Kills
21,782,610 Secondary Weapon Kills
4,002,737 Heavy Weapon Kills
21,687,298 Super Ability Kills
2,819,211 Orbs of Light Gathered
6,850,773 Control Points Captured in the Crucible
1,195 Deathless Medals awarded in the Crucible
4,356 Splatters with the Sparrow
667,966 Public Events Joined
60,491,944 Fallen Dregs Dispatched with Extreme Prejudice
Too many to count: Guardians served in Dance Parties
June 13, 2014
One of the surprises at the E3 show was that a Destiny alpha was going to launch this weekend - we've had a look at the game and can say, wow, this is a very polished, very fun game which has risen significantly in our "must have" list for the year. Detailed environments, fast-paced FPS action with little lag in the multiplayer made it a fun experience. We'll be playing more over the coming days so will update our preview soon, but for now, I'm getting back to it!
June 8-12, 2014
2014 E3 Show E3 2014 promises to be a big year, not due to new console announcemnets, but due to the games. Now that next-gen consoles including PS4 and XBox One are out it's time to see what they can do. During the E3 show all the news and announcements will appear on that page, so check it out...