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OCTOBER 2014 NEWS

October 28, 2014

    PS4 Review
    Alien: Isolation is a ripping game. While there have been plenty of Alien based games over the years, but few take the slow, suspensful road as The Creative Assembly have with this game. It's a fantastic title well worth a look.

October 24, 2014

    PS4 Review
    Edge of Tomorrow, which has been strangely rebranded to Live Die Repeat, is the latest Tom Cruise starring film, and it's a fantastic film with unique, Groundhog-day like premise which sees Major Cage thrown into suicide mission, but it's not over when he dies as the day resets, and he has to do it all over again, and again, and again. Check it out.

October 23, 2014

    PS4 News
    While things have been improving on a steady basis there are still some issues with Evolution Studios Driveclub but the company has been very open in dialogue with gamers. Today is a new update, but for those waiting for the Playsation Plus version, you might be waiting a bit longer with no new concrete info. Anyway here's the latest:

      As more servers come online and regular server updates are rolling out we are steadily improving connectivity for everybody.

      Improving server performance is taking time, which is frustrating for all of us, but please understand that we are doing everything we can to get all aspects of online play up and running smoothly as quickly as possible.

      We've also made changes today in Multiplayer to ensure that there are more events available to you, and that you have more variety when you choose to race with and against other drivers online.

      We will keep you up to date as we improve server performance for all aspects of online play. Thank you again for your support while this work continues.

October 21, 2014

    PS4 Review
    Skylanders: Trap Team is, believe it or not, the first game in the franchise which we have played and reviewed. With my two nephews hooked on the game since they received Swap Force last year it was a game I was keen on checking out. What I discovered is a surprisingly entertaining title, albeit one designed to drain plenty of cash.

October 20, 2014

    PS4 News
    The Playstation Blog has unveiled a new PS4 downloadable game called Rebel Galaxy. Developed by Double Damage Games and confirmed for PC as well the game looks like a pretty entertaining space trading/action game. Expect a release sometime in 2015, but for now, enjoy the trailer

October 18, 2014

    PS4 News
    Race The Sun, the Flippfly developed racing game which sees you in a solar powered craft avoiding obsticles, but trying to keep pace with sunlight, will release on PS4, PS3 and PSVita (with cross-buy) on October 22. The Sony version of the game will include an exclusive level called "Labrinthia" which is featured in the video below.

    Sony have released a few more details of the upcoming PS4 Firmware 2.0 update - with some big features set to be added. No release date as yet, but can't be too far away. From the Playstation Blog...

      PS4 system software 2.00 preview: USB Music Player, new Home screen colours, more
      You may already know that PS4's upcoming system software 2.00, codenamed Masamune, adds some big features including, Share Play, YouTube support, and Themes, but that's just the start. Let's take a look at some of the other items that you can expect from this major update coming this Autumn:
    • USB Music Player: PS4 owners will be able to play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the system, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP.
    • Change colours: PS4 owners can change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and grey.
    • Enhancements to live broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts.
    • Friend finder: PS4 will now suggest players you may know, recommending close friends of your close friends.
    • Content Area and Library: PS4's Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player's most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player's Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organise contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a–z or z–a), recently used, or install date.
    • Enhanced voice commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say 'PlayStation' to begin commands, and 'All Commands', to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including "Start broadcast", "End broadcast", and "Find face".
    • Add to library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an 'Add to Library' button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner's library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive.
      PS Vita and PlayStation TV – 3.35 update, Live From PlayStation
      The PS Vita and PS TV systems will also receive a system software update to version 3.35 with the same timing as Masamune, adding four-player Remote Play support for PS TV. In addition, the Live from PlayStation app, which allows users to watch live gameplay streams from PS4 systems, will be available on both PS Vita and PS TV alongside this update.
      PlayStation App 2.0 update
      The PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets, available free on the App Store and Google Play, is also set to receive an update to version 2.0 within the same launch window as both the PS4 and PS Vita system software updates. This update provides a new layout for tablets, and the app’s home screen has been redesigned.

      Stay tuned for more information on Masamune. We can’t wait for everyone to try it!

      *You can play music files stored inside USB storage but cannot copy music files to PS4 HDD. This application cannot be used at the same time with Music Unlimited. USB Music Player will appear once USB storage is inserted, and will disappear once USB storage is removed.

October 15, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony have released a trailer for their upcoming TV series called Powers starring Sharlto Copley (A-Team, District 9), which is based on the comic book series. Actually, it's not really a TV series, but will be available through the Playstation Network, and free for Playstation Plus subscribers. We weren't sure what to expect but, yar, it looks pretty good. Check out the first trailer...

October 14, 2014

    PS4 News
    Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of Far Cry 4 has commented that the developers are working to achieve 1080p resolution on both the PS4 and XBox One versions of the game. Ubisoft later confirmed via a tweet that "We have not locked the resolution as yet but, as Alex Hutchinson notes, we are aiming for 1080p on all platforms, including PC..."

    It hasn't been officially announced by Capcom yet, however the American Playstation Store has dated the first episode of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for release on February 17.

October 13, 2014

    PS4 News
    Well Driveclub hasn't had the smoothest of launches, but things are improving and Evolution Studios, to their credit, have been posting regular updates on their Facebook page. As well as server improvements the company has hinted they are looking at compensation for gamers - we're thinking some free upgrades or DLC may be incoming. Stay tuned...

    PS4 Review
    Driveclub is a racing game which PS4 owners were expecting at the console launch, but now, almost 12 months after the console launch the game is finally here. There have been a lot of network issues since launch, but things are improving almost daily to the point were we can bring you our full review.

October 11, 2014

    PS4 News
    So Evolution Studios Driveclub is out now, and after a few hours play we can say its a fantastic looking, and entertaining, racing game but there's a slight problem - we haven't been able to connect online yet. Sony have now confirmed that there will be outages as they are testing the loads on servers over the next 24 hours. Given that the game was delayed for almost 12 months, the PlayStation Plus version has been delayed, and that gamers no have to pay to play online, and there has been ample time to load test servers this is pretty unacceptable in our books. Still it's a fantastic title even playing alone, but for a game built on social interaction it's a major disappointment.

    Bioware has confirmed that their upcomnig Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released at 1080p resolution on the Playstation 4, while the XBox One version will only run at 900p. It seems that some developers know how to tap the PS4's extra GPU power, while some others *cough* Ubisoft *cough* don't want to try.

October 10, 2014

    PS4 News
    This Assassin's Creed: Unity resolution controversy isn't going away with Ubisoft now bringing up some big news that the industry is moving away from 60fps. In an interview with TechRadar Nicolas Guérin, the World Level Design Director on the game, stated that "At Ubisoft for a long time we wanted to push 60 fps. I don't think it was a good idea because you don't gain that much from 60 fps and it doesn't look like the real thing. It's a bit like The Hobbit movie, it looked really weird. And in other games it's the same - like the Rachet and Clank series [where it was dropped]. So I think collectively in the video game industry we're dropping that standard because it's hard to achieve, it's twice as hard as 30fps, and its not really that great in terms of rendering quality of the picture and the image.".
    That's intersting, but in out books we can live with 30fps, but the question remains, why doesn't the significantly more powerful PS4 run at a higher resolution then the XBox One game? Oh but the games Creative Director had a (pathetic) answer to that too... "It's like when people start asking about resolution. Is it the number of the quality of the pixels that you want? If the game looks gorgeous, who cares about the number?" Ummm... So why not stick with 480p or 576p or 720p then?

October 9, 2014

    PS4 News
    Sony have announced the Hugh Laurie (House, Blackadder) will voice LittleBigPlanet 3's villain, Newton. While he is a newcomer to the franchise, Stephen Fry will return to narrate the game yet again. The game is due out on PS3 and PS4 this November.

    PS4 Preview
    The Order: 1886 is one of the most exciting looking PS4 games - but you'll have to wait until February to get your hands on it. Developed by Ready at Dawn the game is set in an alternate Steampunk based London and sees you fighting off power ancient foes. It looks great, and here's a preview.

October 8, 2014

    PS4 News
    Ubisoft have confirmed that their open-world racer The Club, which has recently held Beta testing, has been pushed back a couple of weeks to December 2.

    Sticking with Ubisoft and of course we can't go past the ongoing rage about Assassin's Creed: Unity and the gimped PS4 version. Today Ubisoft have issued another statement stating to Eurogamer that "Final specs for Assassin's Creed Unity aren't cemented yet". Sooo... It's possible the game could be dropped to 720p then? Actually no, we made that up, however we guess that does mean there is potential for the game to be bumped up from 900p to 1080p before release, or with a day one or post release patch like the last Assassin's Creed game on PS4.

    Sony have confirmed that the Playstation Plus version of Driveclub will not be released today in order for the games servers to cope with the large number of people purchasing the full game which is out now. No revised date has been given for the Playstation Plus version as yet.

    We're not sure if this is America only, or will also apply in Europe and Australia, but those who purchase the PS3 digital version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version for free until March 31, 2015. This is a great offer for those wanting the game, but who haven't jumped to Sony's new console as yet.

October 7, 2014

    PS4/Industry News
    If you want to create a giant shitstorm and piss off a lot of gamers then this how you do it... In an interview with VideoGamer (available here) the Senior Producer of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity, Vincent Pontbriand, stated that both the PS4 and XBox One versions of the game will run at 900p/30fps. Given the extra power of the PS4, and the fact that many games including the previous Assassin's Creed run at a higher resolution on PS4, this would be a disappointing turn of events. The interesting comment from the article is that "We decided to lock them at the same specs to avoid all the debates and stuff" which makes is sound like the developers gimped the PS4 version.
    It gets more interesting as he continues by stating that "Technically we're CPU-bound, the GPUs are really powerful, obviously the graphics look pretty good, but it's the CPU [that] has to process the AI, the number of NPCs we have on screen, all these systems running in parallel. We were quickly bottlenecked by that and it was a bit frustrating, because we thought that this was going to be a tenfold improvement over everything AI-wise, and we realised it was going to be pretty hard. It's not the number of polygons that affect the framerate. We could be running at 100fps if it was just graphics, but because of AI, we're still limited to 30 frames per second."
    That doesn't quite add up for us either as, if the AI is limited by the CPU power, why isn't the additional GPU power on the PS4 being used to push the resolution higher. Very disappointing Ubisoft.
    Update: Ubisoft have since issued a statement: "We understand how Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand's quotes have been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, we did not lower the specs for Assassin's Creed Unity to account for any one system over the other."
    To us, this still doesn't sound right. Perhaps the specs were set to the lower XBox One capabilities to start with - and not the additional power for the PS4. It also doesn't account for the company wanting to "avoid all the debates" which means Ubisoft were obviously trying to avoid discussion. Between this, the lowering of the Watch Dogs graphics (on PC in particular) and lack of female characters in Assassin's Creed: Unity the company is copping a bit of late.

October 6, 2014

    PS4 Review
    inFamous: First Light is an expansion for the PS4 exclusive, and rather brilliant we must add, inFamous: Second Son. Focusing on Neon powered Fetch, this tells her back story, and throws in some cool battle arenas. With this expansion available as a standalone product at retail and through the Playstation Store. It's a fun release, but a little shorter then expected.

October 5, 2014

    Industry News
    Confirmation today that The Walking Dead Series 1 and Series 2 will be released for the Playstation 4 at retail, and also on the Playstation Store on October 24. As yet nothing has been seen on the PS4 version (screenshots, videos etc), but those that missed the series' on PS3 would do well to pick it up - even if you don't watch the TV series it's a fantastic game as we discovered.

October 2, 2014

    Industry News
    Well here we go again, as of around 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time tonight the Playstation Network appearing to be down with PS3, PS4 and PSVita owners unable to sign into the network. There were no planned outages scheduled, and as at 9pm only Sony Japan has commented saying they are aware of an issue and are looking into it. Hopefully services will be restored soon, but this is another blow after another DDOS attack in August caused issues for Sony and other services such as Battle.net and then there was the hack a few years ago. Anyway, stay tuned.
    Update: As of 9.15pm it seems everything is back online - we can now sign in and play online again so, hopefully, it was only a minor glitch.


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