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AUGUST 2013 NEWS

August 30, 2013

    PS3 News
    So here's "The Official Trailer" for Grand Theft Auto V. It's very impressive, but certainly a lot shorter then we expected at just on a minute. Still, essential viewing...

    PS3/PS4 News
    If that's not enough trailer for you 2K have released the trailer for NBA 2K14 which is looking pretty nice - and is coming to next-gen consoles this year too. Check it it out.

August 28, 2013

    PS3 News
    Rockstar have announced that "The Official Trailer" for Grand Theft Auto V will be released this Friday. There's no exact time just yet however we'll embed the video here when it goes live.

    Topware have announced that Raven's Cry has shifted developer and is now being worked on at Polish develop Reality Pump Studio. As Topware's Press release states "The game has been delayed since it was first shown to the media last year, and after analysing the gameís development, TopWare made the tough decision to reorganize the project. The core storyline and dark setting of the game will remain untouched, but additional features and a new open world will be implemented by the Polish team".

    According to reports Square-Enix have pulled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn from sale digitally. The issue isn't with the game, but rather its popularity which has seen servers overloading. Square-Enix are currently putting more servers to meet demand before the game goes back on resale.

    PS3 Review
    Payday 2 is a 4-player co-op shooter which is all about the online gameplay (although there is an offline mode with AI team mates) and while it has the occasional glitch, at a lower pricepoint this is well worth checking out - just be aware it's not a game for youngsters.

August 27, 2013

    Blu-Ray Review
    NamcoBandai have confirmed a Beta for Dark Souls II will take place this October on PS3. Information about the Beta will be released on the Dark Souls II Facebook Page from September 5. The game is due for release in March 2014 in Australia.

August 26, 2013

    PS3 News
    Sony have announced that Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe have composed the music for Beyond: Two Souls. The game, which is due in October, is the latest title from Quantic Dream. As the press release states about the two composers "Hans has received a total of 10 Golden Globe nominations, 10 Grammy, and 9 Oscar with the latest being for Christopher Nolanís Inception. His recent films include Zack Snyder's Man of Steel; The Lone Ranger; and The Dark Knight Rises. Most recently, Lorne has composed music for The Dark Knight, Inception, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He has also composed music for other video games including Assassinís Creed III and Skylanders: Giants."

    Blu-Ray Review
    Warm Bodies is a zombie film which offers a rather unique twist on the genre by taking the viewpoint of the zombie, but by also throwing in some romance (and don't worry it's not corny or soppy). In fact, this is actually a wonderful film well worth checking out on Blu-Ray now.

August 23, 2013

    PS4 Preview
    Resogun is a new PS4 exclusive title announced at Gamescom this week. What makes this title so exciting is that the developer is Housemarque, and this is the spiritual successor to their biggest and best game to date - Super Stardust HD on PS3. Check out their next title...

August 21, 2013

    Gamescom News

      Playstation 4

    • The Playstation 4 has been given a release date of November 16 in America, and November 29 in Europe and Australia.
    • The PS4 will have 33 titles available in the launch window from launch to the end of December (and we guess this is subject to slight changes of course) of which 15 will be retail discs, and 18 will be downloadable titles. You can see the full list on our release schedule page here.
    • Those buying a PS4 will get a free 14 day trial of Playstation Plus, which allows them to not only play online, but sample the free games on offer (including DriveClub PS Plus Edition and Housemaque's Resogun).
    • Twitch, the online gaming community and video platform will be available on the PS4 which allows live steaming of games.
    • Vidzone, the popular music video service on PS3, will be available on PS4, while TuneIn and IGN will also be available on the next-gen console.
    • Sony confirmed that The Playroom, a camera based experience will be pre-loaded on every PS4. New Indie games announced for the PS3 include: N++ (Metanet), Volume (Mike Bithell), Wasteland Kings (Vlambeer), The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis), Guns of Icarus Online (Muse Games), Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital), Assault Android Cactus (Witch Beam), FEZ (Polytron Corporation), Final Horizon (Eiconic Games), Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games), Samurai Gunn (Teknopants), Starbound (Chucklefish), Switch Galaxy Ultra (Atomicom) and Velocity 2X (FuturLab).

      Playstation 3

    • From September 2nd the price of the 12GB Playstation 3 will be reduced to $AU269.95.
    • Gran Turismo 6 is due out, worldwide, on December 6.
    • Sony confirmed a feature film based around Gran Turismo is currently in development (as previously rumoured). The film will be produced by Michael Deluca and Dana Brunetti.
    • Upcoming independent titles showcased including FEZ (Polytron Corporation), Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games) and Supermagical (Tama Games)

      Playstation Vita

    • From September 2nd the Playstation Vita will be getting a price cut to $269.95 here in Australia for both the Wi-Fi and 3G models, while the Memory Cards will be "significantly discounted".
    • 2K Games will be bringing Borderlands 2 to the PSVita.
    • Killzone: Mercenary has been date for September 4 2013 while Tearaway will be released on November 20.

August 20, 2013

    Gamescom/PS4 News
    Well Gamescom is only hours away in Germany, and at 3am Wednesday morning Sony will hold thier press conference where they are expected to announce the official release date for PS4. Microsoft have already landed a decent blow by announcing that FIFA 14 will be bundled free with the XBox One - that negates much of the price difference between the two system. Anyway we'll update the site tomorrow (Wednesday) morning with all the big news.

    PS3 News
    Well it looks like the delay for Saints Row IV may be a little longer then expected with both JB Hi-Fi and EB Games now listing the Australian version for release on September 12. Sigh...

August 18, 2013

    PS3 News
    Several Australian retailers including EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have changed their release dates for Saints Row IV from August 22 to August 30. Australia is getting a slightly modified version of the game, but we're not sure if that the cause of the week long delay. We expect Deep Silver to issue confirmation soon, but it's certain.

    PS4 News
    Want to know when the PS4 will actually be out? Well don't forget that this (should) be announced at Sony's press conference at Gamecome which takes place at 3am Wednesday Australian Eastern Time. Yar we'll try to be up for it, if not we'll report the news when we do wake up early Wednesday.

August 17, 2013

    PS3 Review
    Dynasty Warriors 8 is a game that will do massive business in Asia, but probably not so much outside that territory - still we're thankful for the games release. Koei's hack and slash title set in ancient China is back for yet another outing. There are a few new additions including a co-op mode, but does this elevate the game to a worthwhile purchase?

August 16, 2013

    PS3 News
    Rockstar Games have today announced their Grand Theft Auto Online: Official Gameplay Video which shows off the upcoming PS3 game, and some of the multiplayer fun. One thing is certain, this game looks stunning - so much so that some people that watched the trailer with me commented "that's pretty nice next-gen". Actually, no, it's only for current gen folks! Enjoy...

August 15, 2013

    PS3 News
    Activision have today released the multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts which is looking superb. Destructable levels, female soldiers, invisibility?! It's all here...

August 14, 2013

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft have released a new Gameplay Series for Watch Dogs called "Hacking is Your Weapon". The more we see of this game the more we just want to play it. Check it out...

    PS3 News
    WB Games have announced that Hot Wheels World's Best Driver will be released on the PS3 on October 30, 2013. The game is currently in development at Firebrand Games.

August 12, 2013

    PS4 News
    In recent days we've heard from our UK friends that Sony have closed shop on their PS4 pre-orders which guarantee a system on Launch Day. Anyone pre-ording a PS4 now will either go on a waitlist in the hope somone cancels their order, or hope that Sony increase Day 1 shipments, or will get the unit on the second shipment.

    We've checked with Australian retailers and it seems that JB Hi-Fi and EB Games have no more launch day units either, but if you're quick you may still get one at other retailers such as BIG W, Dick Smith or Target who have just, or will soon open pre-orders. Indeed we've checked a couple of BIG W stores, and each store is different some are taking pre-orders, some are still waiting for details in the coming days. Of course there's no release date other then Holiday 2013 (with latest rumours pointing to mid-December).

    Ubisoft Massive have confirmed that, at this time, the PS4 and XBox One versions of The Division will not have any unique content over the other version when the game launches in 2014. The key is probably "at this time" - until someone throws them some money perhaps as Ubisoft are known for exclusive content such as the extra hours gameplay in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag on Sony consoles.

    Industry News
    As announced here on the Playstation Blog, Cory Barlog has announced he has returned to SCEA Santa Monica Studio. The Game Director is most well known for God of War II. Perhaps most importantly he is working on a "freaking huge" project. We're hoping for am open-world God of War on PS4.

August 10, 2013

    Industry News
    Recent rumours circulating are that Microsoft are bumping the XBox One to 12GB RAM. That is, in fact, untrue with Microsoft confirming as such.

    Sega have confirmed they will be making a "surprise announcement" in relation to the Yakuza series sometime next week. Next-gen version, portable ports, who knows. We'll be quite keen to find out though.

August 7, 2013

    PS3/PSVita News
    NamcoBandai have announced that Dragon's Crown will be released on PS3, and PSVita, in Australia on October 17. Developed by Vanillaware and directed by George Kamitani, Dragonís Crown is a multiplayer action beat Ďem up from the developers of Princess Crown and Odin Sphere.

    PS4 Preview
    Call of Duty: Ghosts is a game we're sure a lot of people have been looking forward to. Any release in Activision's Call of Duty franchise is sure to generate interest, but this year it will be hitting next-gen consoles as well which brings an extra level of interest. It looks stunning, here's a preview

August 6, 2013

    XBox One News
    Microsoft have confirmed that the recording function on XBox One will record 720p video at 30fps irrespective of the games resolution and frame rate. The XBox One will retain up to 5 minutes of previous gameplay which compares to 15 minutes on PS4 (although PS4 resolution has not been announced, we expect at least 720p).

    PS3 Preview
    Saints Row IV is guaranteed to generate interest. One of the best open-world franchises is back for a fourth outing, and this game is taking it to a whole new level with aliens, and superpowers. This game looks like a complete blast and we've done the preview thing to give you a look at the game.

August 5, 2013

    PS3 News
    A couple of days ago Saints Row IV was given an MA15+ rating following a couple of small cuts to the game - in particular one brief mission - but today confirmation has come that gamers with the Australian version of the game will not be able to compete in co-op with people from other territories. Of course the PS3 version of the game, unlike XBox 360, will be region free, but importing the title into the country is, well, illegal.

    One game we don't really cover much here is Skylanders, but it's a monster game and today, just after 18 months on sale Activision have announced that the games/toys have amassed $AU100 million in sales in Australia and New Zealand. Impressive stuff.

    Naughty Dog has confirmed that the PAL version of The Last Of Us was in fact censored slightly from the US version. The cuts saw the removal of some blood and dismemberment in the multiplayer modes. The game is fully intact in single player mode, and there's no reason not to buy it - it's stunning.

    Sony has confirmed that there will not be any more DLC for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game, developed by Superbot, never really took off as Sony would have hoped, but they did create several pieces of DLC since release, and since the demise of Superbot as a developer.

    PS4/Industry News
    Sony have announced they will hold a keynote speech at the Tokyo Games Show on September 19. The presentation is called "The World Playstation 4 Creates" and, unsurprisingly is focused on the next-gen console due out only a couple of months later.

    PS3 Preview
    The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is the shooter fans of the franchise didn't want, but right now it's not looking too bad. While 2K gave us the superb strategy game in the XCOM universe last year, this is a tactical shooter. Here's a preview of this upcoming game.

August 4, 2013

    XBox One News
    Microsoft have confirmed they have bumped up the XBox One GPU clock speed by 6.6% from 800Mhz to 853Mhz. This is a rather insignificant jump in the grand scheme of things, but does reduce the game to the PS4's higher specs, even if only slightly.

    Industry News
    It's been a while since anything much has been heard about it however idSoftware's John Carmack has confirmed that Doom 4 is still in development however, at this stage, he can't talk about the shooter.

    Thatgamecompany (yes those behind Flower and Journey) have confirmed their next game is at least two years away still. As yet no details, including platform, have been announced.

August 2, 2013

    PS3 News
    Deep Silver has confirmed that Saint's Row IV has now been awarded a MA15+ rating here in Australia. The game has seen a slight edit to the game and is due for release on August 22. Here's the official press release:

      Deep Silver and AIE are pleased to report that the Australian Classification Board has now approved Saints Row IV for sale. They have granted the game an MA15+ rating. To achieve this rating one loyalty mission featuring the character Shaundi has been removed. This mission has been widely reported on and contains the use of alien narcotics to obtain certain superpowers.

      This mission represents approximately 20 minutes of gameplay out of the hours available to purchasers.

      The removal of this mission has no negative impact on the story or the superpowers and will not detract from the enjoyment players will get from their Saints Row IV experience. The rectifier weapon will be available as part of a DLC package as originally intended. Deep Silver stands by this decision and thanks the Australian Classification Board for their assistance with this matter.

August 1, 2013

    PS4 News
    So Capcom, through Capcom Online Games, have released a new trailer for Deep Down. An in-depth reveal will be made at the Tokyo Games Show in a couple of months, but from the trailer it appears the game will be online focused, scary, and pretty nice looking. Check it out...

    Looking forward to the new Star Wars: Battlefront title from Electronic Arts from DICE? I mean, who wouldn't, but don't hold your breath. The game is due for release in 2015...

    PS3 News
    Those worried that Grand Theft Auto V might struggle at the Australian Classification Board need not worry as the game has passed its rating review and been given an R18+ rating. Of course that means the game shouldn't be played by minors, but hey, adult gamers will certainly enjoy it this September.


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