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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Killzone mercenary gets 2 multiplayer maps

PS Vita shooter Killzone: Mercenary is getting two free new maps, according to a post on the official Killzone community page.

Here's some details on each map:
Tharsis Depot: After incurring damage during the ISA invasion of Helghan, this subterranean mining platform has been converted to process nuclear Petrusite. Now that it's back in full-scale production, the ISA will again battle Helghast and mercenary forces between the structures of Tharsis Depot. This time they intend to finish the job they started. Under the cavern's artificial light this is a great map to play Guerrilla Warfare or Warzone on. A Mercenary version of the Killzone 2 classic.

Blood Gracht: Months after the nuclear blast that ruined most of the city, Pyrrhus is slowly recovering. But now with ISA, Helghast and mercenary troops clashing in the suburb's buildings and winding alleyways, the canals once again run red with blood. This fan-favourite multiplayer map from Killzone 2 is ideal for all game modes.

The update will require 167MB of free on a memory card to download it, or 526MB if previous updates have not been downloaded.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 PSN pre orders get mirror of fate hd free

Gamers who pre-order Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 via the PlayStation Network will get a copy of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD for free.

Konami announced the promotion Tuesday, with the offer available from now until the game's launch. Eligible pre-orders will grant immediate access to a digital download copy of Mirror of Fate HD.

Call Of Duty: Ghosts personalisation packs on the way

The studio tweeted: "The release schedule for this week's new Call of Duty: Ghosts Micro Items has changed on Xbox Platforms to Thursday, Feb 20th."

The ten packs will release first on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and will come to other platforms at a later date, which is still to be confirmed.

Rayman Legends new trailer brings PS4 & Xbox one release

Ubisoft has marked the occasion of Rayman Legends coming to PS4 and xbox one with a new 'next-gen' launch trailer.

Having debuted in August last year on last-gen consoles, Wii U, PC, Vita and 3DS, the game will be released on the high-end consoles in Europe on the slightly later date of February 28.

Rayman Legends - a critically-acclaimed 2D platformer - is the second console/PC game to come from Ubisoft since the series' reinvention with Rayman Origins.

The title, which started out as a Wii U exclusive due for release in February, was delayed to August in order to allow for a simultaneous release on Xbox 360 and PS3. The Vita version was revealed in May, while a PC version was announced in July.

Killer Is Dead Nightmare Edition confirmed for PC

A special edition of Killer Is Dead has been confirmed for release on PC.

Killer Is Dead: Nightmare Edition will be available for retail and digital download from May 9 for £19.99 / €19.99 / $19.99 and will of course feature exclusive content.

Most notable is a new difficulty mode called Nightmare Mode. In this, enemies can only be defeated using the Adrenaline Burst, Dodge Burst and Headshot attacks. Players will also not be able to use the Final Judgement finisher (QTE mode) to defeat enemies.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Transformers: Rise of The Dark Spark announced

Transformers: Rise of The Dark Spark, a new game in the Transformers series, has been revealed by Activision.

Due to release in June, the game is to be both a sequel to the Cybertron series of games and a companion to the upcoming Age Of Extinction movie. you can view the trailer below

According to Activision, Rise Of The Dark Spark "will go beyond the movie by uniting the universe of director Michael Bay's Transformers movies with the ever-popular Cybertron universe."

Harmonix reveals music based FPS Chroma

Harmonix, developer of the Rock Band games, has announced Chroma, a "music-driven, first-person, multiplayer shooter for PC".

The game is being created in partnership with Hidden Path Entertainment, which previously developed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Valve.

According to a press release Chroma "completely reimagines the classic Arena FPS formula, infusing fast-paced shooter action with music-driven gameplay." trailer down below.

The Order 1886 gameplay video

Sony Computer Entertainment has released a brand new The Order 1886 gameplay video showing the game in action.

The Order: 1886 is a brand new IP for PS4. The game is set in an alternate history that mixes Victorian-Era London with more modern technologies and mythological monsters.

Ready At Dawn Studios was previously responsible for God Of War: Chains Of Olympus and God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta on PSP.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Luftrausers will be release on all platforms simultaneously

Arcade-style dogfighting game Luftrausers will be released on all planned formats on the same day.

Devolver Digital tweeted the news on Monday, stating: "Luftrausers will release simultaneously on PlayStation 3, Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux through the magic of Vlambeer. Hope to have a date soon."

Devolver is handling publishing duties for the game, which is being developed by Dutch indie developer Vlambeer.

Fable Anniversary crashes to result in upcoming patch

Lionhead Studios is working on a patch to fix a number of stability issues being reported by players, including numerous instances of the game locking up.

A bug reporting thread on the Lionhead forum has received over 200 replies since the game released last week, most of which are about the game crashing or locking up at various points

German court rejects calls for second hand trading on steam

A German consumer advocacy group's plan to legally enforce second-hand-trading on Valve's Steam platform has been dismissed in the Regional Court of Berlin.

National consumer watchdog group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband [try saying thtat 3 times fast] (VZBV)  took their issue to court after suggesting there was a legal precedent which gave consumers the right to resell their games on Valve's PC platform.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Batman arkham origins DLC to take precedence over patches

Batman: Arkham Origins glitches reported by the gaming community are now quite likely to remain as Warner Bros. works on a new single player DLC pack.

Responding to questions regarding a new patch for Arkham Origins, a community manager on the official WB Games website says there are 'no plans' to release another patch.

"The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums," the community manager said.

Project Spark beta coming soon

Phil Spencer, the executive in charge of Microsoft Studios, has hinted that the beta for Xbox One game Project Spark will be available next week.

Responding to a question on Twitter asking whether the beta would be available, Spencer said "next week" was the latest indication he'd been given.

Flappy Bird has removed from app stores

Flappy Bird, a smartphone game which became a big hit, is no longer available on the App Store or Google Play.

Vietnamese creator Dong Nguyen wrote on Twitter at the weekend that the game's success "ruins my simple life".

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," he Tweeted.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Call of Duty series switching to three year development cycle

Activision has announced that the Call of Duty series has been switched to a three-year development cycle.

Previously, two studios - Infinity Ward and Treyarch - released Call of Duty games alternatively every two years.

In a significant change of strategy, Activision has added a third studio, Sledgehammer Games, to the rotation giving each studio three years to developer their respective Call of Duty titles.

Disney Interactive Profits big from Disney Infinity

Disney Interactive - the media conglomerate's games division - brought in $403 million during the final three months of 2013.

That figure, represents a 38 per cent increase in sales. Operating income, meanwhile, surged by $46 million to hit $55 million. Both increases were made possible by Disney Infinity sales.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Dead Island Epidemic beta sign ups have begun

The closed beta testing for Dead Island: Epidemic is set to start soon, and Deep Silver is inviting gamers to register for free access.

Invitations were initially opened for beta players in August last year, but these were actually for an alpha testing period.

Now, Deep Silver is saying the closed beta period is going to be ready soon, and that signing up for it has some benefits.

Destiny gets beta release window

Bungie will begin the # beta for destiny this Summer, said Activision Publishing president and CEO Eric Hirshberg during an Activision Blizzard earnings call Thursday.

Hirshberg has previously stated that the publisher believes Destiny "has the potential" to become its third billion-dollar franchise.

Nosgoth shows off some gameplay

Square Enix has released a rather lengthy gameplay video for Nosgoth, an online multiplayer game set in the Legacy of Kain universe.

The video is the first part in a series of looks at Nosgoth's player versus player gameplay, it shows a mode called Siege. Nosgoth game director Corey Davis is at hand to explain the gameplan

Strider release date

Capcom's confirmed that its digital remake of Strider will be released digitally on February 19 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

The game was developed by Double Helix, the people behind Killer Instinct, and is said to feature "an ultra-responsive control system, with incredibly satisfying combat options in every traversal context - standing, running, wall climbing, hanging, aerial and more."

The Order 1886 is going to be be single player

Upcoming PS4 exclusive The Order 1886 will not feature an online multiplayer mode.

The news was confirmed on Twitter by Andrea Pessino, co-founder of the game's developer Ready At Dawn.

Asked by a follower if the game would feature competitive multiplayer, Pessino stated: "No multiplayer. It is a single player, third person action adventure game."

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Assassin's creed Freedom Cry standalone release

Assassin's Creed Freedom Cry is going to be released as a standalone game on February 19 for PS3 and PS4, and February 25 on PC.

Freedom Cry was previously a campaign DLC expansion for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, but its release as a standalone release will mean you wont need Black Flag. Here's a we bit of a trailer:

Amazon buys killer instinct devolper

Amazon has bought Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games.

The news leaked when an invitation for a joint recruiting event held by both Amazon and Double Helix Games appeared online via TechCrunch.

Amazon later confirmed the rumour, stating: "Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers."

Draken Guard 3 release date

Square-Enix has announced Drakengard 3 will release digitally on May 22,

The game is a prequel to the original Drakengard, which released in 2004 for PS1. This one is a PS3 exclusive. There is a bit of a trailer below

Known as Drag-on Dragoon 3 in Japan, it released in that region to positive reviews. It was confirmed for Western release in October.

Borderlands 2 valentines day themed DLC

Borderlands 2's Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre DLC will be available on February 11, Gearbox has announced.

IGN reports The Valentines day themed DLC will be available for $2.99. As with previous Headhunter DLC packs, the content will include a unique skin and head which is unlocked for beating the boss character.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier official game trailer

Gameloft has released the first trailer for its Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie tie-in game.

The game is due to arrive on iOS and Androind devices in 'late March' to coincide with the release of the film.

The official blurb promises "an original blend of combat action and flexible tactical options" in the isometrically-viewed cell-shaded brawler.

"Players will enjoy taking the role of Captain America and leading an elite team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in battle against famous Marvel villains," it adds. "The game will feature a multiplayer mode with clans and leagues while the single player campaign is set in an original story inspired by the film, cowritten by Marvel."

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 edition official release date

Wargaming has revealed World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is going to be available from February 12 worldwide. According to a press release, the console version is "custom built specifically for the Xbox 360".

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is developed by Wargaming West, a team that was known as Day 1 Studios, and published by Microsoft. It will be released as a digital downloadable and is free-to-play for those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Titanfall Minimum PC specs

Respawn Entertainment boss Vince Zampella has revealed a list of minimum specs required for Titanfall on PC.

The studio co-founder revealed the specs on Twitter, confirming compatibility with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 machines, along with CPU, memory and graphics recommendations.

Here are the minimum specs you need:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
Graphics: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT

Zampella recently confirmed a Titanfall beta was coming for Xbox One and PC following a retailer leak and a teaser statement.

The Titanfall release date is March 11, according to EA's schedule.

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at sea episode 2 DLC release date

Irrational Games has confirmed that BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two is going to release on PSN, Xbox Live and PC starting March 25.

The second episode of the DLC story - which is said to last around six hours - where you play as Elizabeth, and features stealth-oriented gameplay, as well as new weapons and modes.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Journey developer may announce new game this year

Thatgamecompany, developer of Flow, Flower and Journey, has hinted it may reveal its next game in 2014.

"Hopefully you will hear about it this year," said Jenova Chen, co-founder & creative director of thatgamecompany, in response to a query from a fan asking what's next for the studio.

The Critically acclaimed PSN title Journey completed a three-game exclusivity deal with Sony. After parting ways with the platform holder the studio said it wants to release its next project "on as many platforms as possible".

Pokemon bank released in Europe

The Pokemon Bank app is finally available in Europe, following a number of delays.

Originally scheduled to launch in the US and European eShop on December 27, the app was delayed in response to server troubles and Nintendo Network outages over the holiday season.

Borderlands 2 is 2K games best selling game

Borderlands 2 has now become the bestselling game on 2k Games' roster, its parent company Take-Two has announced.

Reporting on the results for the third quarter of the fiscal year 2014, Take-Two announced that Borderlands 2 has sold 8.5 million units since it released in November 2012.

This includes sales of the game across all the platforms, including both the original game and the 2013 Game of the Year edition, putting it ahead of games like BioShock and NBA 2k series.

Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands 2 has also been confirmed to be headed to PS Vita, though no announcements have been made since Gamescom 2013.

Take-Two reported $578 million in profits for the quarter ending December 2013, mostly due to the success of Grand Theft Auto 5. The company has shipped 35 million units to date.

New mobile game helps to fight cancer

A new iOS and Android game lets people help Cancer Research UK scientists fight cancer in real life.

Play To Cure: Genes In Space is a free game where the player has to collect a stuff called Element Alpha. This represents genetic cancer data, which might underpin certain types of cancer.

By playing the game and collecting Element Alpha, players are actually helping analyse large amounts of genetic data, which would take Cancer Research scientists hours to do.

Plague Inc headed to PC

Popular iOS and Android strategy game Plague Inc. is set to release on PC via Steam Early Access.

Plague Inc: Evolved is going to release on February 20 with some rebuilt visuals, new content creation options and a multiplayer mode.

Originally released in 2012, Plague Inc is a strategy-sim hybrid which has players creating and controlling a global plague whilst adapting against humanity's attempts to stop it.

Monday, 3 February 2014

EverQuest Next Alpha launched

Sony Online Entertainment has launched Alpha version of EverQuest Next Landmark

The Alpha test is of course open to "only the most dedicated players", which in this means those who have purchased a Founder's Pack at the Explorer or Trailblazer level.

Those involved will be given the chance to get to try EQN Landmark's user-generated landscape creation tools, and provide feedback to the developer to help shape the final game.

Need for Speed Rivals studio hit with layoffs

The UK offices of Ghost Games, the behind Need for Speed Rivals, has been hit with some layoffs according to a report.

According to multiple unnamed sources speaking to Polygon, publisher Electronic Arts has dismissed contractors and advised full-time staff they can accept compensation or commence work on a new project in development at Visceral Games.

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture unlikely to release in 2014

The Chinese Room, developer of PlayStation 4 title Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, has hinted the game will not release in 2014.

Posting on Twitter, the developer responded to a fan query asking if it was "unreasonable to hope for a 2014 release" by saying it was "unrealistic".

The developer previously tweeted that it was "close to finishing the first draft of the script" and added that "non-linearity is tough but fun".

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Potential cheaper Xbox One on the way

A new, cheaper Xbox One SKU will be released in 2014, a number of reports have suggested.

The claim first emerged via a whistle blowing NeoGAF post, which suggested that Microsoft is planning a new $399 Xbox One model, maybe without a physical disc drive.

Information contained in the post has since been verified by multiple publishing sources cited by CVG, The Verge and VG247, that latter of which credits "trusted publishing partners" as verifying the new Xbox One SKU.

Zynga buys natural motion for $527 million

Zynga announced plans on Thursday to lay off around 314 employees, as part of wider cost-cutting measures.

The social gaming giant said it expects the plan could generate savings of as much as $35 million in 2014.