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SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS

September 15, 2014

    PS4 News
    With this new generation of console including a Hard Drive it seems every game seems to install a tonne of date - some up to almost 50GB - so the entire Blu-Ray disc. But fans of Evolution's upcoming Driveclub will be pleased to hear the game will only install 17GB due to data compressions. Furthermore if purchasing the game digitally gamers can start playing after only 3.5GB of download with the remainder downloading in the background. Game is due out in 3 weeks!

    PS4 Industry News

    Sony has announced they have secured the naming rights to the National Premier Leagues until the end of the 2017 season. The league will now be the "Playstation 4 National Premier Leagues".

    Destiny Review News
    Over the last few days we've been hitting up Destiny quite a bit and are certainly enjoying the experience. As the servers didn't go live until launch day we're going to take a bit for the review, so stay tuned in the coming days for the review. Needless to say the game has a lot of people playing it, as it is breaking sales records the world over.

September 12, 2014

    PS4 News
    Rockstar have announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be released on PS4 and XBox One on November 18 2014 while PC gamers will need to wait until January 27 2015. This isn't a basic port however with a swag of improvements (besides the visuals of course). As stated in the press release...

      Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:
      - New weapons, vehicles and activities
      - Additional wildlife
      - Denser traffic
      - New foliage system
      - Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more

      Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

      All players who pre-order the game will get $1,000,000 in-game bonus cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA$500K each for your Story Mode and for your GTA Online in-game bank accounts).

      A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

      Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come.

      Existing players will be able to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. For more info about gaining access to exclusive content for returning players, please visit rockstargames.com/V/bonuscontent.

    To go with the announcement is the trailer for GTAV on PS4 called "A Picket Fence and A Dog Named Skip" and it shows the stunning improvements.

September 12, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony and Evolution Studios have announced that Driveclub will receive free car DLC every month until June 2015 - thats 9 free cars to go with the 11 free tracks post-launch. Or course those that pay for the full game or Season Pass will receive additional cars, events and liveries. The game is due out in about a month.

    We all know that Resident Evil Revelations 2 was announced a couple of weeks ago, but now comes word that the game will be released in four episodes. These can be purchased individually, as a Season Pass, or after the fourth epsiode is release a retail disc containing all episodes.

September 11, 2014

    XBox One/Industry News
    So the XBox One launched in Japan last week and official sales figures are now through. The system sold 23,562 units in the first 4 days which is, well, pretty pathetic really. Microsoft have always struggled in the territory however even the XBox 360 sold 60,000 units in the first two days and the original XBox 123,000 units in the first 3 days. More recently the PS4 sold 322,000 units in the first 2 days and the Wii U 308,000 units. Time will tell if Microsoft can reverse this poor start.

September 10, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony has announced they have sold 1 million PS4 units in the UK - an impressive feat in only 42 weeks while teh PS2 took 50 weeks to achieve that goal and the PS3 46 weeks.

    PS4 Preview
    Disney Infinity 2: Marvel Super Heroes is certain to be one of the biggest games this Christmas. After the success of last years Disney Infinity which focused on Pixar films, this year the developers have turned to the Marvel stable for characters - and it looks great.

September 9, 2014

    PS4 News
    WB Games have announced that Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 2, 2015. There had been rumours of a February release but that hasn't come to pass. With Rocksteady developing the game we'll give them all the time they need.

    Oh yar, why are you reading this today? For the 3 people unaware Destiny is released today and the servers are now live. We'll be taking our time with the review as we, well, don't have the disc yet, but also reviewers didn't get early access to the online servers.

September 6, 2014

    PS3/4 News
    WB Games have announced that Mortal Kombat X will be released on PS3/4 (and other systems) on April 17 in the UK with America/Australia likely to be around the same date. Those who pre-order the game will receive a playable Goro.

September 5, 2014

    PS4 Preview
    Hohokum has been developed by UK coders Honeyslug with assistance from SCEA Santa Monica (who you may know from God of War). This is more of an interactive musical artwork then hardcore game, but it's an experience.

September 2, 2014

    Blu-Ray Review
    Sabotage sees Arnold Schwarzenegger back on the big (well small as this missed Australian cinemas) in his most brutal role to date as a DEA agent in charge of a team who are getting picked off one by one. This is a solid film worth checking out although the video transfer is a little, well, interesting.

September 1, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony held their Pre-TGS (Tokyo Game Show) conference over the weekend and there were a few newsworthy highlights. So, here we go...

    • The Playstation 4 will receive Themes at last with Firmware 2.00 while Themes will be included with Firmware 3.30 on the PSVita. Unfortunately there was no release date given for the firmware, nor any mention of MP3 or Folder support.
    • Dragonborne was shown off an given a Japanese release date of February 5. Naturally there is no date outside Japan, but put some money on a couple of months later.
    • Huzzah! The Playstation 4 will be receiving a Everybody's/Hot Shots Golf title from Clap Hanz with more to be unveiled early next year (meaning a possible late 2015 release)
    • Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is in development (as leaked a week or so ago). No confirmation of platforms just yet, but PS4 seems like a sure bet.
    • Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada is working on a Project Morpheus title (the VR headset). Little was unveiled with more expected at TGS in a few weeks.
    • Disgaea 5 is currently in development for PS4 with a 2015 release confirmed.
    • Hideo Kojima confirmed that P.T. - that scary as hell demo has been downloaded 1 million times to date. Nothing was shown of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain but more will be unveiled at TGS.
    • BandaiNamco confirmed that God Eater 2: Rage Burst is coming to PS4 and PSVita while a new Gundam game is also in development by the company.
    • Square-Enix dropped a bombshell with Dragon Quest Heroes announced. It's not a full RPG however with more of a Dynasty Warriors style, which isn't surprising given Omega Force is on development duties for the title.
    • Finally, The Last Guardian was given a 30 minute gameplay demo with a December 22 release announced. Oh, actually, no that didn't happen - in fact there was nothing seen of the game yet again.

August 28, 2014

    Blu-Ray Review
    Noah was always going to be an intersting film - a great cast and with Darren Aronofsky directing there were high expectations. Any biblical tale told in film is fraught with the possibility of upsetting people, and Noah is no exception. This will divide opinion, but the acting and visuals are superb.

August 27, 2014

    PS3 News
    According to retailers Biohazard HD Remake will be released in Asia for PS3 on November 27 this year. The Asian version will actually include English language support giving some hope to a pre-Christmas or early 2015 release. No word on the PS4 release, but the same date is possible.

August 26, 2014

    PS3/PS4 News
    Know that little Bungie game called Destiny which is due out September 9th. Well great news with confirmation the game has today gone gold and is heading to manufacturing.

    Industry News
    In recent weeks rumours were circulating that Google was planning to buy streaming service Twitch for around $US1 billion dollars. In a somewhat surprising move today Amazon has announced they have purchase the live streaming service for $US970 million in cash.

    PS4 Preview
    Evolve was recently bumped from a late October release to February next year for additional polishing, but this is one of the best looking action games heading to the Playstation 4. Play as one of four squad members, or the attacking monster! Here's a preview.

August 25, 2014

    Industry News
    Did you have problems connecting to the Playstation Network over the weekend. Well the network apparently came under attack over the weekend from a hacking group called Lizardsquad. The attack wasn't a security breach (and Sony have confirmed no information was taken) but rather a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) which floods the network blocking traffic. Several other online game networks were also affected including Battle.net and League of Legends. No doubt the incident is being investigated, and apparently a hacking group also called in a bomb threat against a Sony executive on a plane - so now the FBI is involved too.

    PS3 News
    Sony Japan has announced that they will be shutting down the Playstation Home service from March 2015. Playstation Home has been widely used in Europe and America, but the online environment has struggled in Japan to build a large following. No word if, or when, Europe or America may see the service stop.

August 23, 2014

    Blu-Ray Review
    The Raid 2 is the sequel to the phenomenally entertaining 2012 Indonesian action film. This sequel takes a very different approach with a much deeper story, more emotion and plenty more action sequences. A brilliant film that action fans should check out.

August 20, 2014

    Industry News
    Well it seems that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 may actually be happening. Some sneaky chap has found apparent boxart from the title on the XBox servers which you can see here - although Capcom hasn't mentioned anything about the game as yet, and it could be a dummy box or cancelled project, it looks pretty polished.

    PS4 News
    Sony have today released a 6-minute video for the upcoming PS4 action title Bloodborne. It looks, well, just fantastic. Check it out...

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is another phenomenal looking title coming out on the PS4 and today the developers have released a 35 minute gameplay video. Given the reported 100 hour game length it shouldn't offer too many spoilers!

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, in an interview with GameInformer (which you can read here) has confirmed that the company will be moving away from last generation consoles. He states that "What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems".

August 19, 2014

    PS4 News
    Activision have today released another trailer for their upcoming game Destiny which shows off the planet Venus. Still looking gorgeous.

August 18, 2014

    PS4 News
    So Microsoft announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider was to be a XBox exclusive for release in Holiday 2015 a couple of days ago, and the internet lit up like a Christmas tree - and we too were pretty pissed. Well it has since come to light that the game isn't a complete platform exclusive, but has since been revealed as a timed exclusive. So while it's not announced there is every likelyhood that sometime in 2016, PS4 (and perhaps PS3) gamers will also get to enjoy Lara's latest adventure.

    What can we say about Project Cars other then it's looking absolutely gorgeous. Today NamcoBandai have released a Gamecom Trailer and it's gorgeous.

    Activision have released a new trailer for Destiny which focuses on the planet Mars. Impressive stuff of course.

August 15, 2014

    PS4 News
    One of the big announcements from Sony's Gamescom Press Conference is that the company has sold through 10 million Playstation 4 systems since the consoles launch. That's double Microsoft's XBox One sales, although their figures are sold-in which includes unsold units sitting on store shelves. Well done Sony.


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