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OCTOBER 2013 NEWS

October 29, 2013

    Industry News
    Electronic Arts have confirmed they have parted ways with Tiger Woods for the branding on their PGA titles. As we all know Tiger hit some problems off the course a couple of years ago but EA stuck with him. That partnership has now ended and EA will brand their golf games without his name for future, including next-gen releases.

    PS4 News
    Activision have today released a Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer showing off the "Extinction" mode which shows off, well, alien life forms. Needless to say it's looking mighty impressive so check it out...

    Personal News
    You may have noticed the site has been a little slow with updates of late. In part that's as there hasn't been a great deal of news to report with everyone getting ready for next-gen, but also I've been struck down with an illness over the last week, and in recent weeks have been preparing for a new addition to the family - due the day after PS4 launch no less?! Still, starting to get on the mend so updates should resume more frequently soon.

October 24, 2013

    PS4 News
    Sony have released a new PS4 promotional video which pushes the amount of exclusives on the console. It's a pretty good trailer called "PlayStation: The Best Place #4ThePlayers to Play" so check it out below...

    PS3 Review
    F1 2013 is the latest in Codemasters racing franchise based on the worlds biggest motor franchise. This years title is certainly functional, and it's quite a polished racing game, however Michael felt this latest game lacked a bit of innovation. Still Formula One fans will likely enjoy this release.

October 23, 2013

    PS4 News
    Sony have release another PS4 promotional video that gives a very, very cool look at the history of the brand. And yep, it sums up my life really...

October 22, 2013

    PS4 News
    We all know that the PS4 is in massive demand, and today JB Hi-Fi sent posted on Facebook and sent an e-mail that they have secured an additional shipment for delivery December 20-24. If you haven't got a pre-Christmas PS4 pre-ordered you better get to your local JB Hi-Fi and get a pre-order (which only requires $AU10) in soon.

    One of the biggest launch titles on the PS4 is Killzone: Shadow Fall has gone gold and is off to manufacturing for release in a couple of weeks time. Yes, it's officially starting to get exciting!

    Director of Dragon's Dogma Hideaki Itsuno has stated that the possibility of a sequel hitting the PS4 is "growing". Don't expect anything soon.

    Keeping with the many tidbits of PS4 news today apparently the new PS4 controller, the DualShock 4, will work with a PS3 however the touch pad won't be used, and the controller needs to be hardwired to the console via USB cable. The PS Button is also unavailable. Still, it will get you by if need be.

    PS3 News
    WB Games have today released at 17-minute video of Batman: Arkham Origins which you can see below. Pretty impressive stuff...

October 19, 2013

    Classification News
    Well here's an interesting one we spotted today - A game has been through the Australian Classification Process and been given an R18+ rating. The rating however is set to be appealed by the ACMA apparently. We know next to nothing about the game other then it is "Multiplatform". The original details are available here and announcement of the review here.

    Now we're going to completely speculate here, but we suspect the game may be EA's Battlefield 4. That's a complete guess, but it's one of the few mutliplatform titles toward the end of the year that may attract such a rating - and Activisions COD: Ghosts and Sony's Killzone: Shadow Fall have both been given MA15+ ratings. The appeal is also set for October 23 which is only a few days before EA's shooter is due out. We might be completely wrong however.

October 17, 2013

    Industry News
    So it's not really game related, but it sort of is, but Eminem's new single "Survival" is out now, and the video clip does feature footage from Call of Duty: Ghosts and is featured in the game. Check it out...

October 16, 2013

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft dropped a bit of a bombshell today with confirmation that their open-world action game Watch Dogs has been delayed from being a PS4 launch title (and a couple of weeks earlier on other platforms including PS3) to a Autumn 2014 - that's a delay of around 6 months.

    That wasn't the only bad news however with confirmation that The Crew, the open world racer from Ivory Tower, has also been delayed from early 2014 by a couple of months to an unspecified Autumn 2014 release.

    PS3 News
    Sony have today released the first Map Pack for The Last Of Us. The "Abandoned Territories Map Pack" contains three new maps and is free if you have the games Season Pass, or available seperately. The developers have also patched the game to version 1.05 which includes a swag of fixes and updates. A detailed list can be found here on the Playstation Blog.

October 15, 2013

    PS3 News
    Ubisoft have today confirmed that the release date for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has been brough forward slightly from October 31 to October 29 in Australia. The PS4 version is still expected to be released as a launch title on November 29.

    PS3 Review
    Saints Row IV sees the crew including Shaundi, Johnny Gat and Benjamin King, back for a fourth outing in Volitions open world franchise. You're now the President of the United States, but when an alien army invades the world is destroyed - can you save humanity?

    PS4 News
    Sony America have released a new advertisment for the PS4. Called "Perfect Day" it's a pretty cool little ad that we hope comes to Australia. Check it out..

October 14, 2013

    PS3 News
    Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto Online has had a very rocky start, and now the developers have confirmed that any characters and ranks "lost" since launch will not be able to be restored. That, as well as a swag of other glitches, have had gamers up in arms but Rockstar has confirmed that anyone playing online will receive $500k in their online bank accounts in the coming weeks in two $250k installments.

    Telltale Games has confirmed that there will be "big news" regarding The Walking Dead Season 2 sometime this month. This is the sequel to the hit game released on PSN last year - and one of the most anticipated upcoming titles on any platform.

    Blu-Ray Review
    NBA 2K14 is a franchise that has a massive following, and rightfully so. With EA's NBA Live franchise pretty much dead until a next-gen revival down the line this is the only NBA title on the market. Fortunately, it's another superb release and well worth picking up.

October 13, 2013

    PS3/4 News
    Activision have confirmed that The Amazing Spider-man 2 is in development at Beenox and will be released in Q'2 2014 to coincide with the upcoming feature film. The game will hit pretty much all platforms, with next-generation PS4 included, but PSVita missing out (then again there's always remote play to PS4 of course).

    PSVita News
    Funnily enough, and following on from our story above, Activision announced that the original game, The Amazing Spider-man, which was released in 2012 will be released on PSVita later this year...

October 12, 2013

    PS3/PSVita News
    Sony have announced their new Playstation Plus freebie games starting on October 23rd. They include Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Remember Me for PS3, and Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Motorstorm RC for PSVita. Impressive games. On the same day current freebies Far Cry 3, Mafia 2, Spec Ops: The Line and PSVita games Street Fighter X Tekken and Touch My Katamari will be removed so make sure you download them now.

    Well the game has been announced and in development for a considerably time now, and finally we have a release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remastered - for Japan at least. The games (which are sold together on PS3, but seperately on PSVia or in a bundle) will be released in that territory on December 26. Hopefully a Western release isn't too far behind. As well as updated visuals the games have Trophy support, cross platform saves and some other extras.

    PS3 News
    Volition has confirmed that the first expansion pack for Saints Row IV, called "Enter The Dominatrix" will be released on October 23. We'll have a review of this very entertaining game in a couple of days, so stay tuned.

    PS4 News
    Sony have confirmed that existing Blutooth headsets will not work with the upcoming PS4 for voice chat - not even those that work with PS3 such as the Sony Pulse, while USB support will be added post-release. Fortunately the PS4 does come with a mono headset.

October 9, 2013

    PS3 News
    Drakengard 3 has been confirmed for release in both America and Europe in early 2014. The game is the prequel to Drakengard and will be released digitally via PSN in both territories, but on disc only in America.

    PS3 Review
    NBA 2K14 is a franchise that has a massive following, and rightfully so. With EA's NBA Live franchise pretty much dead until a next-gen revival down the line this is the only NBA title on the market. Fortunately, it's another superb release and well worth picking up.

October 3, 2013

    PS3 News
    Those of you looking to play Grand Theft Auto V online may have noticed quite a few issues since the online component launched 2 days ago. As of right now Rockstar are working frantically to fix the issues, and at the moment have stopped the microtransaction purchases to buy in-game cash. At the moment, you will have to earn it the real way - by completing missions. Needless to say things are improving every day, including bug fixes for the single player campaign in the Online patch.

    Sony Computer Entertainment has today announced that Australia's greatest racing track, Bathurst, will feature in Polyphony Digital's upcoming Gran Turismo 6. You can enjoy it in the following trailer...

    Industry News
    Some Australian news here with ZeniMax Australia opening up a local office to handle marketing and distribution of their (read: Bethesda Softworks) titles. Simon Alty has been announced as the Managing Director and will oversee 2014 releases including Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Elder Scrolls Online and The Evil Within.

October 2, 2013

    PS3/PS4 News

    Bungie have today released a new trailer for their upcoming MMO Shooter Destiny. Called The Moon this is pretty impressive. Perhaps more exciting is the news the game will be released in Beta form in 2014 for those that pre-order the title so keep your eyes peeled and check with local retailers.

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.

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