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SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWS

September 27, 2013

    PS3 Review
    Grand Theft Auto V should need no introduction - in fact we're certain it doesn't. Rockstar's open-world game is certain to be the biggest release of 2013 - and $US800 million in launch day sales are proving that. But is the game any good? No, it's bloody brilliant.

September 24, 2013

    PS4 News
    Focus Home Interactive have announced that Crimes & Punishments, the new investigation game developed on the Unreal Engine 3 by Frogwares studio, will also be coming to the PS4 when the game launches in early 2014.

September 22, 2013

    PS4 News
    Shuhei Yoshida has tweeted that Capcom's Deep Down will be a Free to Play game on PS4! His tweet states "Capcom just announced that "deep down" will be a f2p game on PS4, planning open Beta near the launch of PS4 in Japan. ". Of course Free 2 Play suggests the game will also heavily rely on in-game microtransactions to provide a revenue stream. Time will tell how much this affects the game, but at least it will be free to spend a good amount of time playing.

    Ubisoft have today released the Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag Multiplayer trailer and it's a cracker. Check it out...

September 19, 2013

    PS3 News
    Rockstar has announced that first day sales of Grand Theft Auto V have surpassed $US800 million on the first day on sale. The previous record was $US500 million which was held by Call of Duty: Black Ops. Many expected Rockstar's title to reach $US1 billion within 30 days, but that seems likely to be reached much sooner.

September 17, 2013

    PS4 News
    Electronic Arts have announced via the games Twitter account that NBA Live 14 will be released on the PS4 on November 19 in America, a week after the consoles launch. There is no European date yet, but with the console releasing a bit over aweek later we suspect it may be a launch title here. The game is not coming to current-gen consoles.

    PS3 News
    So this month XBox 360 owners received Rainbow Six: Vegas - the 2006, 7-year old game, for their freebie. That's quite laughable when Sony Europe are giving away three phenomenal, and 12-month old games Far Cry 3, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen. PSVita owners get the phenomenal Street Fighter x Tekken as well as Touch My Katamari. Massive win for Sony!

    Today is, of course the day that Grand Theft Auto V comes out and, well, we expect quite a few sick gamers today needing to stay home. We'd also suspect if you're reading this you're already half way out the door to the shops... so, umm, enjoy GTAV launch day!

    BEST. PRESS RELEASE. EVER.
    So today we got a press release that is, well, just too go not to post. It does though challenge the notion of strong digital sales on platforms, but does remind us of a fantastic bargain for European gamers. Read on...

      Fuel Overdose competes with GTA V for a new sales record

      Tokyo (September 16th, 2013). While GTA V is about to hit the stores and break a new sales record, Skander Djerbi founder of I-Friqiya is proud to announce that Fuel Overdose available on the PlayStation Store for PS3 is about to break a new record: Released in December 2012 in Europe and March 2013 in North America, the game sold... 600 units worldwide. With such a performance, Fuel Overdose that some reviewers (drunk?) considered as an “outstanding” game could even compete for the title of the worst selling console game of all times.

      I-Friqiya is proud to mark the history of the video game culture and encourages other publishers and developers to publish their sales figures to challenge Fuel Overdose’s performance and unveil a part of the truth regarding the current situation of the digital download markets.

      The Fuel Overdose team would also like to remind that Fuel Overdose is available on the North American PlayStation Store ($9.99) and that there are only 2 days left before the end of the special time-limited offer (83% off - only €1.99 instead of €11.99) on the European PlayStation Store.

    XBox One News
    After stating yesterday that the game runs at 1080p, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has today confirmed that one of the biggest XBox One launch titles Ryse: Son of Rome from Crytek actually runs at 900p resolution. Add to that the fact that Killer Instict runs at 720p on Microsoft's console, and it's not looking so powerful really.

September 16, 2013

    PS4 News
    EA's Peter Moore has confirmed in this Blog post that FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Battlefield 4 will be launch titles on the PS4 - that's November 29 in Europe and Australia and November 12 in America. Strangely/sadly there is no mention of a launch day release for Need for Speed Rivals or NBA Live 14 on the console - that could still happen of course, but we'll see.

    Blu-Ray Review
    Tai Chi 0 has been released on Blu-Ray with both the 2D and 3D versions of the film on a single disc. It's a unique film in the same vein of comedy style as Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer and is well worth seeking out. Here's the full review of this release.

    PS3 News
    Codemasters have today released the F1 2013 Classic Edition Trailer. There really is nothing like the F1 cars of yesteryear and this trailer is, well, gorgeous. The game is due out October 8. Check it out...

September 15, 2013

    PS3 Review
    Rayman Legends is a game that every single person should check out. Rayman is back for yet another platform adventure and it's an absolute cracker of a release - an essential purchase really. Michael played through, and adored, this latest release. Here's a review...

September 14, 2013

    PS3 News
    Those of you looking to pre-load Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V from the Playstation Store may want to take note that the European version will be available from Sunday September 15 while Americans won't be able to download the game until Monday September 16, the day before release. The game was put up a couple of weeks ago however hackers found a way to decode the files thereby leaking the song tracklist and much of the games storyline at which point Sony removed the download, and issued an apology to Rockstar!

September 11, 2013

    PS4 News
    Without a doubt one of the biggest games this year is certain to be Call of Duty: Ghosts and Activision have today unleashed the Single Player Campaign trailer. Space... Dogs... Helicopters... Jet Fighters... It's all there.

    PS3 News
    Those looking forward to FIFA 14 are able to get a taste of the game with EA releasing a demo of the title on the Playstation Store from today. We haven't checked it out yet ourselves, but will do in the near future. The full game is due out in Australia on September 26.

    Focus Home Interactive have released an overview trailer of their side scrolling action game Final Exam which supports 2-players on a local machine or 4-players online. The game is due out on Playstation Network on November 8.

September 9, 2013

    Sony Japan Press Conference
    Sony Japan have just held their pre-TGS Conference at 4pm Australian time and have announced several news things, including a PS4 release date for Japan.

    • Playstation Vita News
    • New Playstation Vita PCH-2000 WiFi model, multiple colours, thinner, lighter, 1GB memory card built in, battery life extended by 1 hour to 6 hours. 19,929 yen with tax, and due out October 10. Pre-orders are open today. One slight downgrade, from OLED to LED screen.
    • September 10 will see a price drop on Memory cards, while 64GB Memory Card will be released on October 10.
    • New lineup of Playstation Battle games announced for Vita including Gundam Breaker due October 31, with a bundle pack due on the same day. God Eater 2 is due in November 14 with another bundle available. From Studio Japan comes Soul Sacrifice Delta due March 2014. It's a brand new game, not an update with new items, characters and a new, third, neutral force.
    • Sega are welcomed onstage and discussed Phantasy Star Online 2. It was updated on PC on September 4 and caused issues - sincere apologies - half a year since PSVita services, 1/2 million players, 650k including all versions on PSVita. New game called Phantasy Star Nova announced for 2014 release.
    • Other new titles for Vita... Ummm School Idol Paradise which is a very Japanese high school dancing game that will never come out in Europe or America, Tecmo Koei's Sengoku Miso 4, ermmm some digging game from Spike Chunsoft, Ummm another Japanese looking sports compilation game, and yar, some very Japanese games.
    • Final Fantasy X/X-2 still has no launch date - look for it later.

    • Playstation 3 News
    • Launched November 2006, all publishers working on the system. PS3 software has 71% market share (we're guessing Japan only).
    • Video showing upcomign titles - Armored Core V, Rain, GTAV, Tales of Symphonia, Beyond: Two Souls, BlazBlue, Book of Spells, Rocksmith, something battle, Monster Hunter Frontier G, Lighting Returns, Ummm... something, The Walking Dead, Batman Arkham Origins, Double Dragoon 3, Ace Combat: Infinity, Basara 4, JStars Vs, and Dark Souls II. Quite a lineup.
    • Polyphony Digital onstage - Gran Turismo 6. New rendering engine "workable for the next-generation" (hint hint?). 1200 cars with high precision modeling. Aimed for easy to use online functionality including community function through PC, Tablet and Smart Phones. "Vision Gran Turismo" is a celebration of the 15th year of Gran Turismo - 22 auto manufacturers have provided concept car designs. Available in Japan on December 5th. 250GB PS3 bundle pack with GT6 will be released.

    • Playstation 4 News
    • Released in Japan on February 22, 2014 - that's a couple of months after America/Europe. Price will be 39,980 yen. The system will be released later in Japan to allow more time to develop more unique game titles for Japan. (Gotta say Japanese gamers have to be a bit disappointed right now!).
    • PS4 First Limited Pack will include a PS4, and download code for Knack, and (we think) 2-year warranty for the same price as the console on its own.
    • Four disc based and four downloadable titles - Knack (made by same developer as "Ratchet and Crack" according to translator hehe), inFamous: Second Son, Driveclub and (we think) Killzone. Downloadable titles include Flower, Doki Doki Universe, Hohokum and Resogun. Not sure why the delay given they are all launch window titles in America/Europe except inFamous.
    • The Playroom is being shown - a series of motion controlled mini-games which comes pre-loaded on all consoles.
    • PS4 line up video: Assassin's Creed IV, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Doki Doki Universe, something very Japanese, Driveclub, Knack, Need for Speed Rivals, something 4 - looks like a puzzle game, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Hohokum, Resogun, inFamous: Second Son, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Psycho Break, Thief, Strider, Dying Light, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Watch Dogs, Kingdom Hearts III, The Crew, The Order: 1886, Final Fantasy XV, Overdrive, and MGSV: The Phantom Pain.
    • Beta version of FFXIV will be available on PS4 launch day.
    • Videos of Watch Dogs and Psycho Break were shown.
    • KoeiTecmo announcing a new game for PS4, Dynasty Warriors 7 on February 22. The demo being shown shows that, yep, it's a Dynasty Warriors game for sure.
    • After a short trailer Sega have announced a very hack and slash looking game set in the past - it's Yakuza: Ishin. Will have cross play with PSVita and will be released on February 22, 2014 - on PS3, PS4 and PSVita.
    • Grasshopper Manufacture have a new action game - Lily Bergamo. Looks anime-ish and quite gorgeous with an unspecified 2014 release date.
    • Video showing off SRPG Natural Doctrine for PS4, PS3 and PSVIta, fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, a new Level-5 RPG game for PS4 called Wonder Flick, D3 Publisher have Earth Defence Forces, Dreamclub.
    • NamcoBandai Games are set to release Mobile Suit Gundam on PS4.
    • Capcom's deepdown is given the trailer treatment and then given a playable demonstration, will be an online game, new engine co-developed with SCEE engineers. Game is set in 2094 New York, with character getting memories from items to aide in the quest. Game is "unique to PS4"... we think that means exclusive.
    • Sony Japan will allow discount upgrades from PS3 games to PS4 games - AC4, COD: Ghosts, Dynasty Warriors 7.
    • Music Unlimited will get Japanese artists featured and Video Unlimited will be available in 2014.
    • Sony will start taking PS4 reservations from October 5th.
    • Andrew House is on stage with one more piece of news. It's a PSVita TV module - looks like a memory card reader - 6cm x 10cm allows your TV allows you to enjoy video and networking services. 1,300 games will be playable through the system which will sell for 9,480 yen and be available on November 14 or with 8GB memory card for a bit more. It can also allow remote play from PS4 to another TV.

    September 7, 2013

      PS3 Preview
      Grand Theft Auto V is quite possibly the biggest release of 2013 is almost upon us and while Rockstar have slow in releasing details. No need to fear about the quality as this game looks phenomenal. Here's our preview with all the latest info, screens and trailers.

    September 4, 2013

      PS4/XBox One News
      Well a couple of puches back from Microsoft today. The first is that the XBox One CPU has been given a speed boost from 1.6Ghz to 1.75Ghz which is a nice little increase - Sony have not announced the speed for PS4 CPU as yet. The other boost for XBox One today is that Sony confirmed the PS4 only supports 4 controllers - half that of the XBox One.

      Blu-Ray Review
      Zero Dark Thirty is a film which follows on from director Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award winning success with The Hurt Locker. Following that film she turned her attention to the hunt for Osama Bin Laden which had to be rewritten when he was killed just prior to production. This is yet another impressive film worth checking out on Blu-Ray.

    September 3, 2013

      PS3 News
      Namco Bandai have announced that Ace Combat: Inifinity will be coming to PS3 in 2013. What makes this so special is that the game is free-to-play but still promises "with a brand new story campaign and team co-op multiplayer".

      XBox One News
      So its been a bit of a mixed week for Microsoft and the XBox One. First of all was the news that the voice recognition through the Kinect won't actually work in many countries - Australia included. But then it was confirmed that it does work in limited capacity, but apparently not even for the command "XBox On"... So what does work? Who knows. Then confirmation that the XBox One wouldn't support external HDD's at launch - that will be added later. Finally word has just come out that the console will support 8 controllers. FYI Sony are yet to announce how many controllers the PS4 supports.

    September 2, 2013

      PS4 Preview
      Galak-Z: The Dimensional is one of the big indie games which Sony has been pushing with their PS4 launch - although the game isn't due out until 2014. The title takes the shooter genre and gives it next-gen treatment and we suggest you check this preview, with the announcement trailer, out now. It's an impressive game from a small studio called 17-Bit.


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