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AUGUST 2012 NEWS

August 30, 2012

    Blu-Ray Review
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 is an essential purchase for fans of the series, and even those that have never enjoyed Captain Picard and his adventures should jump on now. This Blu-Ray release of one of the greatest TV shows of all time is a phenomenal effort with a full restoration. Check out our review to see how much we love this release which is out now.

August 28, 2012

    Blu-Ray News
    Tomorrow sees the biggest film of 2012 (well, so far) hitting Blu-Ray. The Avengers, which has taken almost $1.5 billion worldwide and will be available in both 2D Blu-Ray and 3D Blu-Ray forms.

    Transmission Films have announced that Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 24. The 2-part TV miniseries was a smash hit on Channel 9 recently pulling in a peak 3.878 million viewers (a record for a mini-series) with an average of 2.37 million viewers, and 2.091 for the second part. The release will include a commentary by Producer John Edwards and Screenwriter Christopher Lee. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray editions will also carry a 44-minute documentary made by Nine’s Wide World of Sport entitled “C'mon Aussie C’mon - 20th Anniversary of World Series Cricket”.

    PS3 Preview
    Beyond: Two Souls was one of the most impressive games shown at the 2012 E3 Show and with every new bit of info this latest David Cage (well, his company Quantic Dream's) title gets better and better. We take a look at what to expect from this game which stars Ellen Page.

August 26, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    Dead or Alive 5 is heading to the Playstation 3. Why is that such a big deal? Well it been a long time, around a decade in fact, since we've seen Tecmo's brawler on a Sony home console (we're ignoring the rather crap PSP effort), but this fifth game is heading to PS3. Everything looks to be in place for a hit game this September.

August 25, 2012

    PS3 News
    Konami have confirmed that a second demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 will be released this week. As the press release states:

      The free demo will offer 11 fully-licensed teams, and benefits from a raft of subtle but important gameplay improvements since the first demo was released in July.

      The new demo offers six difficulty settings, and allows the user to play ten-minute matches. Since the first demo, the Tokyo-based PES Productions team has been constantly working to analyse how to improve PES 2013, and the new demo is a perfect example of their quest for football perfection. The game’s balance between offense and defence has been equalised, and the targeting of passes using the game’s feted manual control system has been improved. Similarly, the trajectory of passes has been refined, as has the blocking by defenders, shot speed, and the ways referees officiate – including the overseeing of offside situations.

      Critically, the AI when a team is passing out of a defensive situation into a potential attacking one has been fine-tuned – an essential part of a game like PES 2013, where passing and movement are central to build up play. Lobs and looping shots have also been made harder to effect, following feedback from the initial demo. Anthems for the starting line-ups have also been implemented.

August 24, 2012

    PS3 News
    So here's a pretty cool trailer from Ubisoft which shows off the naval battles in their rather gorgous looking Assassin's Creed III.

August 23, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts have announced that Tim Cahill - who recently joined the New York Red Bulls - will star alongside Lionel Messi on the Australian cover of FIFA 13. The game is due out September 27 in Australia and September 28 in New Zealand.

    PS3 Review
    Retro/Grade is well worth your attention. Why? First thing, if you have Playstation Plus subscription in Europe or Australia then this game is free. Huzzah! Not only that but even if you don't this is a great title worth a purchase in any case. Here's our full review.

August 22, 2012

    Studio Liverpool Closure
    In what is one of the biggest shocks, and disappointments, in recent times Sony have announced the closure of Studio Liverpool. The development studio started life as Psygnosis in 1984 before Sony purchased the company in 1993. Since then the company has become most well known for the Wipeout games, but also developed hits such as Colony Wars, G-Police, Formula 1, and Destruction Derby (as well as about 100 other titles pre and post-Sony).

    Perhaps more interesting is the fact that since the studio has closed word has come to Eurogamer that the studio was working on two PS4 titles - one being a new Wipeout game and another being a motion captured stealth action title in the vein of Splinter Cell. Both these projects have been cancelled.

    Sony has confirmed the closure only impacts the development studio and not other SCEE services and companies. The campus will still house FQA, GFPQA, XDev, CSG-Video, Localisation services and WWSE Finance, among other departments.

    Sony has issued a statement which reads:

      "As part of SCE Worldwide Studios, we do regular reviews to ensure that the resources we have can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects in an increasingly competitive marketplace. As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current and planned projects for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to our European Studios.
      It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed. Liverpool Studio has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, and have contributed greatly to PlayStation over the years. Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements.
      However, it was felt that by focusing our investment plans on other Studios that are currently working on exciting new projects, we would be in a stronger position to offer the best possible content for our consumers.
      Our Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, housing a number of other vital WWSE and SCEE Departments. This should not take anything away from the great work WWS are doing and the incredible games and services that we have made, and continue to make, both for this coming year and further in the future."

    While Sony are looking to place many staff in other studios they have, sadly, confirmed there will be some job losses. We wish all the staff the very best from all of us here at Futuregamez - you gave us many fond memories - and were as iconic as the Playstation brand itself.

    Industry News

    Electronic Arts Australia has today announced the "First Play Game Tour" where the company will be showing off, and allowing the general public to play many of their biggest upcoming titles including FIFA 13, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, plus more to be announced.

    • VIC - Westfield Fountain Gate, Melbourne - Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September, 2012
    • VIC - Highpoint Shopping Centre, Melbourne - Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September, 2012
    • NSW - Westfield East Gardens - Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 September, 2012
    • NSW - Westfield Parramatta - Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 September, 2012
    • QLD - Westfield Carindale - Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 October, 2012

    PS3 News
    We were pretty impressed by 2K's Spec Ops: The Line and now we have even more reason to love the game with a patch released this week adding in four objective-based missions. Best of all the update is absolutely free.

    PS3 Preview
    Medal of Honor: Warfighter is the latest game in EA's very successful shooter. Developed by Danger Close this game certainly looks impressive, and if the gameplay, and multiplayer modes, also reach the level we expect from a major franchise. We take a look at what to expect.

August 21, 2012

    PS3 News
    Those of you looking forward to CCP's Dust 514 game will be please to know that this weeks Playstation Store update will allow PSPlus members to download and play the Beta.

    PS3 Preview
    Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale is no doubt inspired by Nintendo's phenomenally successful Smash Brothers franchise (and no doubt the mega-sales) and Sony are putting together their all-star 4-player brawler with games from Sony's franchises, and a few third party properties as well. It's looking pretty sharp. Here's a preview.

August 20, 2012

    PS3 News
    Distributor All Interactive have confirmed that Doom 3 BFG Edition has been awarded an MA15+ Rating in Australia. The game is due out on October 18.

    PS3 Review
    Darksiders II is the latest shooter from 2K Games and developers Yager. But another shooter? Yep. But this one has quite the storyline which includes plenty of moral choices that will have you thinking. How far would you go in war? Here's our review.

    PS3 News
    While Gamescom has wrapped for the year that hasn't stopped the impressive news and things coming, not least of which is this great "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Gamescom 2012 Trailer". It looks great and the game is confirmed for February 21, 2013 in Australia.

    Are you looking forward to Splinter Cell: Blacklist? If so you may want to check out the walkthrough below whichshows around 10 minutes of gameplay from the the title. It's brutal, but impressive. Enjoy.

August 18, 2012

    PS3 News
    2K Games have announced that NBA 2K13 Dynasty Edition will be available in Australia exclusively through JB Hi-Fi and EB Games. In addition to a full retail copy of NBA 2K13 the Dynasty Edition will include the all-new downloadable NBA 2K13 All-Star add-on content presented by Sprite, an exclusive NBA 2K13 full-sized basketball from Spalding® and Art of Basketball, exclusive 2K Sports Ink’d earbuds from Skullcandy, and an NBA 2K13 basketball textured controller skin from Skinit. It will retail for $129.95 and hit stores on October 2.

    Sticking with NBA 2K13 for a few more moments 2K Sports has announced that the game will include the legendary 1992 Dream Team which includes legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, David Robinson and Charles Barkley.

August 16, 2012

    PS3 Preview
    Dead Space 3 is one of our most wanted games in the coming months - February 2013 in fact. EA's survival horror game is coming back and this time Isaac isn't alone as he's got a friend, which means online co-op. We take a peek at what to expect from Visceral's next project.

August 15, 2012

    Gamescom News
    Well it's Gamescom over in Europe - essentially the European E3 Show - and there have been plenty of big announcements from Sony and other companies. In terms of Sony the big announcements were as follows:

    • Sony have announced the Playstation Plus cloud storage (for game saves) will be bumped up from 150MB to 1GB - Huzzah!
    • Speaking of Playstation Plus Sony has confirmed that the service will be coming to the Playstation Vita. A date has not yet been announced.
    • Sony announced two new PSVita titles at their conference. The first is Killzone Mercenary which is a FPS in development at Guerrilla Games. No other details or date as yet. The second game is from Media Molecule and is called Tearaway.
    • Two new PS3 games were announced from Sony's Japan Studio - the rather dull (but great looking) game called Rain where a boy goes searching for a girl he sees in the rain. It looks very moody indeed. The second game from Japan Studio is Pupeteer, a colourful 2.5D side scrolling platformer.
    • Another new game announced is the Playstation Move styled title from Supermassive Games called Until Dawn which has a horror theme.
    • Sony has announced that the free game for Playstation Plus members in September will be Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. Nice...
    • Sony have confirmed that Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time won't make the intended 2012 release, but has been pushed back to Q'1 2013. The game is the first in the series to hit the PS3 (besides the recent HD compilation) and is in development at Sanzaru Games. Perhaps more interesting is that if you buy the PS3 version, you get the PSVita version for free in a new deal from Sony called "Crossbuy". Now that's impressive!
    • Other games getting the "Crossbuy" deal include PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale and Ratchet & Clank: QForce.

    Konami have announced that Metal Gear Solid Revengence will be released on February 21, 2013 - in Europe, with Konami UK has now confirmed that the UK date will be February 22, 2013. The game is being developed by Platinum Games and not Kojima Productions as other main Metal Gear titles have been developed.

    PSVita News
    Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Liberation is going to be one of the biggest PSVita titles this year (well, since the console's launch actually) and Ubisoft have just released a new trailer to coincide with Gamescom. It's looking nice so check it out...

August 14, 2012

    PS3 News
    Focus has announced a new RPG for release in 2012 called Mars: War Logs. Developed by Spiders the press release details the game as follows:

      Mars: War Logs takes you to the red planet over a century after the catastrophe that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid planet with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control. In the middle of this struggle, players take on the role of Roy Temperance, a renegade with multiple talents, and plunge into a thrilling cyberpunk RPG on the Red Planet!

    Movie News & Competition
    We're pretty amped here as American Pie: Reunion is due out on Blu-Ray in just over a week - August 22 in fact. But Sony Universal have just shot us some info so you can win $5,000 - if you think you're Stifler. Indeed the competition is described as the following: To celebrate the release of American Pie Reunion, we're looking to find Australia’s own 'Stifler'. And, we're willing to pay for it. That's right, up for grabs is $5000 cash.. Check out more details, and enter the comp here. The winner will be announced on September 6th.

    PS3 Review
    Spec Ops: The Line is the latest shooter from 2K Games and developers Yager. But another shooter? Yep. But this one has quite the storyline which includes plenty of moral choices that will have you thinking. How far would you go in war? Here's our review.

August 13, 2012

    PS3 News
    According to reports Electronic Arts will release a demo for Madden NFL 13 on the Playstation Store next week, as yet we're unsure if this is America only or worldwide. The full game is due in the last week of August.

    According to the games listing on Amazon UK the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed III will "include 60 minutes of exclusive gameplay". As yet it is unclear what this content includes.

    Industry News
    According to reports doing the rounds on the internet Nintendo are having some manufacturing problems with their new console the Wii U, in particular with the controller. Apparently the 2012 European release was at one point considered unlikley however sources are now pinning the European launch for December, with America still rumoured for the last week in November. No word on Australia, but limited stock or a delayed launch could bode well for good Christmas sales for the PS3.

August 11, 2012

    PS3 News
    Well we only previewed the game a couple of days ago and said we didn't know about multiplayer, but now we do, or at least in part. It has now been confirmed that XCOM: Enemy Unknown will include a 1-on-1 Deathmatch multiplayer mode. Purists for the franchise need not fear as the mode will be kept quite seperate from the main game.

    NBA 2K13 is due soon but in some rather disappointing news 2K Games has confirmed that support for Playstation Move has been dropped from the game.

    Sega has confirmed that Jet Set Radio HD will be released on September 11 for Playstation Plus members and September 18 for regular Playstation members. The game will be priced at $US9.99.

August 9, 2012

    PS3 News
    Codemasters have announced that Grid 2 is currently in development for a 2013 release. It has been confirmed that tracks will be located in Paris and Chicago among others and will retain the rewind feature of the original. Also promised are improved physics and damage modelling.

August 8, 2012

    PS3 News
    Sony have announced that LittleBigPlanet Karting will be released in Europe on November 7 and in the UK on November 9. As yet we don't have a definite American or Australian release date, but that same week is likely.

    Electronic Arts have today announced that two new game modes will be included in a free update for SSX. The game mdoes include 3-2-1-Go! Events and Freeride and are available in the update which is now live on the Playstation Network. Details of the game modes from the press release are as follows:

      3-2-1-Go! Events:
      3-2-1-Go! Events are a completely new way to experience multiplayer in SSX. Unlike the asynchronous competition found in Global Events, this new game mode will allow you to compete with up to five riders simultaneously in fast paced Trick it and Race it heats. The rules for 3-2-1-Go! Race Events are simple - the first rider to cross the finish line wins. 3-2-1-Go! Trick Events introduces a countdown timer for the entire run, so the winner is determined by who can post the highest score and cross the finish line before the clock hits zero.

      Freeride:
      One of the most requested modes from the SSX community, Freeride is a single player experience that allows you to endlessly explore every inch of the massive mountains of SSX at your own pace and with your own style. There are no rules, no ghosts, no clock, no score and no other riders. In Freeride, it is just you, the mountain and your music.

    PS3 Review
    Ratchet & Clank Trilogy continues the 2012 flood of game re-releases, but this is up near the top of the pile. Take three of the best platform games from the PS2, give them a HD lick of paint, bring them to the PS3 and what do you have? One fantastic release worth checking out.

August 7, 2012

    PS3 News
    According to this artcile on the Czech Eurogamer site Mafia III is currently in development for next-generation hardware. Originally the game was intended as a launch title but this is unlikely since 2K Czech let 40 members of their team go last year. They are now ramping up the team again, but it will likely be too late for the game to make next-gen launches (rumoured for late 2013).

    THQ have confirmed they have ceased development on Guillermo Del Toro's Insane (which was rumoured for next-generation consoles given the 2014 release date) and have handed the rights back to the filmmaker. No word yet if the game will be shopped to another developer, or production ceased.

    With Gamescom taking place in Germany next week we expect a couple more game announcements and some super sleuths have uncovered two recent trademark filings from Sony. The first is for Rain and the second for Until Dawn. Incoming games? Quite likely but who knows when they'll be revealed or what they're about. Well, the developers perhaps.

    PS3 Preview
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a game we are super keen to check out, especially as older gamers. While doubts and delays continue to plague the XCOM FPS title, this game is a recreation of the brilliant, turn-based strategy game from years ago. We take a look at one of our most wanted games of 2012.

August 6, 2012

    PS3 News
    Capcom have confirmed that Ada Wong will be a playable character in Resident Evil 6. As the press release states: "Ada’s campaign features unique missions and will provide her perspective on the bioterrorist outbreaks that threaten to wipe out the world’s population. Ada Wong’s campaign becomes available once players have completed the campaigns for Leon, Chris and Jake."

August 3, 2012

    PS3 News
    Electronic Arts have announced that Visceral Games are currently developing Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. As the press release states "Army of TWO The Devil's Cartel re-sets the series that pioneered the co-op experience with a more intense, mature and grittier tone. Players will find themselves on the deadly streets of Mexico as Alpha and Bravo, two operatives working for Tactical Worldwide Operations (T.W.O.), a PMC outfit that drops them in the middle of a drug war conflict for an assignment full of corruption and deceit."

    Well this might excite some of you, especially Linkin Park fans. Electronic Arts and developers Danger Close have announced that "the bands co-producer and co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda has composed powerful, original in-game scores for Medal of Honor Warfighter that will add depth and emotion to an already intense gameplay experience. Additionally, Linkin Park has included the warrior-inspired song “CASTLE OF GLASS” on their new #1 album, LIVING THINGS.

    PS3 Review
    London Olympics 2012 is, quite unsurprisingly, the video game tie-in for the current Olympic Games in London. This game, developed at Sega Studios Australia in Brisbane, is actually quite a competent sports game which includes over 40 sports. Now you can relive the best moments, and take home the gold in this game.

August 1, 2012

    PS3 News
    Take Two had their investor call meeting the other day in which they announced net revenue of $US226.1 million for the the first fiscal quarter of 2013. In terms of games though titles including Max Payne 3 and Spec Ops: The Line underperformed and while Grand Theft Auto V is in full production no projected release date was given.

    Rockstar has confirmed that the five DLC packs for Max Payne 3 will now be condensed into three packs. Disorganized Crime Pack is due in August and is free, Hostage Negotiation Map Pack in September, Painful Memories Map Pack in October, and Deathmatch Made in Heaven Mode Pack in October - each of the latter for $US9.99.


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