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Sony Issues PSN Statement; #WakeUpSony Trending

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Sony has issued a statement regarding the Christmas attack on its servers which has seen the Playstation Network down for days.

“The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay,” Catherine Jensen, vice president of SCEA Consumer Experience, said. “Multiple networks, including PSN, have been affected over the last 48 hours. PSN engineers are working hard to restore full network access and online gameplay as quickly as possible. From time to time there may be disruptions in service due to surges in traffic, but our engineers will be working to restore service as quickly as possible.”

The official AskPlaystation Twitter feed recently posted that the PSN was gradually coming back online. Some Playstation users are presently able to connect, while others (yours truly) are still without service.

As a result of the attack by the hacker group, the Lizard Squad, Sony Playstation users have taken to Twitter for a “#WakeUpSony” campaign, which is requesting the aid of another hacker group, Anonymous, to assist Sony.

Anonymous previously made statements against North Korea hacking Sony and attempting to stop the distribution of The Interview.

Update: Anonymous is offering their support and has begun to attack Lizard Squad websites

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PSN Still Down; XBox Live Back Up After Christmas DDoS Attack

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If you woke up on Christmas morning and found Santa placed something XBox or Playstation under the tree, you also found that someone placed coal in your stocking as XBox Live and the Playstation Network were down.

As of today, XBox is back up, but PSN is still down.

The official XBox Live service status reads everything is up and running.

PSN status says it’s still down, and it appears the status page can’t handle all the regular traffic as at times it says there is an error – which isn’t directly related to the DDoS attack – it’s everyone checking to see if the PSN is back up, and ironically, the server can’t handle all the requests.

The good news is that early this morning the official AskPlaystation Twitter feed posted that the PSN is gradually coming back online. I just checked mine, and it’s still down; you may want to check to see if the PSN is up and running for you.

The group claiming to be responsible for the attack is the “Lizard Squad,” who have now moved on from attacking XBox Live and PSN to go after the TOR browser.

What the Lizard Squad did is basically gather a zombie army of computers and directed them all at the PSN and XBox Live. The Squad hacked into other computers, controlled them remotely without the users knowledge, and sent tons of requests aimed at the Playstation Network and XBox Live, which crashed the servers due too much bot traffic. Some of these botnet networks are actually millions of computers strong, and if they are repeatedly hitting the server over and over (in various ways), that’s when the server fails.

So why did the Lizard Squad do it?

Too much time on their hands? Maybe. Need of a girlfriend? Probably (comic book readers get this all the time, too, guys). One member claimed they did it to raise awareness due to the fact that Microsoft and Sony charge too much, and they don’t put anything back into their security. A member claimed that said DDoS attack could have easily been prevented, and the Lizard Squad did give at least a month’s notice. The bad news is that the Squad is stating the attacks won’t stop until Sony and Microsoft both learn from the attack and upgrade their security accordingly.

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Destiny “Planet View” Trailer & Website Launched

Check out the “Planet View” trailer for Destiny as a new interactive website has been launched.

Head on over to DestinyPlanetView.com to walk through the Moon, Mars, and Venus of Destiny, using Google’s familiar exploration tools.

Destiny will be available September 9th for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and XBox 360.

From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.

Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age. The next evolution of the first-person action genre that provides an unprecedented combination of storytelling, cooperative, competitive and public gameplay, and personal activities that are all seamlessly woven into an expansive, persistent online world. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours. Personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons and visual customizations. Take your upgraded character into every mode, including campaign, cooperative, social, public and competitive multiplayer. High above the City, in the Hall of Guardians, The Vanguard keep watch over Guardians in the wild, arming the best warriors with the upgraded weapons they need to destroy our most dangerous enemies. Pre-order Destiny to gear up for day one with exclusive early access to Vanguard weapons, gear and a Vanguard player emblem.

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Costume Quest 2 PS3/PS4 Trailer

Probably the most fun and best Halloween video game ever gets a sequel with Costume Quest 2.

Sony revealed the trailer for PS3 and PS4 at the PAX out of Seattle, with the game becoming available this October.

Trick, treat and pick a fight with villainous dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sweet sequel to Double Fine’s hit original, Costume Quest. This inspired RPG adventure includes a range of new features and gameplay improvements to double the amount of mischievous fun. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes and don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors to combat a legion of hygiene obsessed baddies. Only heroic siblings Wren and Reynold can save Halloween forever! 

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Godzilla PS3 Trailer

Godzilla is coming to the PS3! Check out the new trailer.

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Bandai Namco Games is announcing on Thursday that it will release the PlayStation 3 game Godzilla in Japan this winter. The action game lets you play the monster itself against human civilization, as you clear missions by destroying buildings and weapons. The game will recreate the look oftokusatsu (special effects) movies, including signature tokusatsu camera angles and gunpowder explosions, with the latest graphics.

Famitsu magazine describes a backstory that takes its cues from TOHO’s first Godzilla movies: Godzilla, who appeared in Tokyo in 1954 and was brought down by the secret weapon Oxygen Destroyer, has somehow made landfall again. The player must destroy buildings in the stage with Godzilla’s iconic attacks. The game will also have the 2014 American version of Godzilla from Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures.

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2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1

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2014 Video Game Preview Podcast – Part 1

 

Introduction

Giuseppe Jones leads his panel of “Red Knight Rises” Casey, “Better Than Buble” Dan, “Angry” John, “Gamer Girl” Emily and “Calorie Free” Kevin begin their discussion regarding a general outlook on the possible success 2014 may or may not be.  Trends like game delays, announcements, console vs. PC and the impact of indie games are all mentioned as significant factors that influence the “greatness” of any particular year in gaming. 

 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare releases November 4th 2014, but is our panel impressed by the presence of Kevin Spacey?  CBN’s Kevin seems to need more from the FPS mega franchise as he discusses fixing gameplay issues to take CoD to the next level.  Is the FPS formula running dry for Activision?  Will fans accept futuristic warfare that isn’t Halo?  And what about all those fancy bells and whistles that were revealed in Advanced Warfare’s trailer?  Will players be able to actually use all that gear or will they be limited to small segments of the campaign?  We’ve all been teased something visually in the past and we’ve been burned before.  Kevin and Dan discuss this game’s possible similarity to Titanfall.

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Advanced Warfare, Kevin Spacey specifically

CoD is still one of the kings of games, but will Keyser Soze/John Doe/Frank Underwood infuse some extra credibility to Advanced Warfare, specifically the single player campaign?  Angry John shows some love for the K-Paxter and announced his reservation for this game based on Spacey’s presence alone.  Obviously, competitive FPS is all about multi-player, but death match mode alone does not a “great” (as in critical success) make.  If CoD were to reinvest into a more satisfying campaign, would the overall quality of the game rise?  Emily seems very frustrated with the FPS formula and most of our panel feels the game must have more than Spacey to break away from same old CoD.  Giuseppe would love to see more social commentary about world issues like Private Military Contractors being expressed through games.

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Watch Dogs

Giuseppe recaps his opinion concerning the seemingly abandoned project: Rainbow 6: Patriots. Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of the year and it releases May 27th 2014, but most of our panel isn’t as excited about it as Giuseppe.  How similar will this game be to GTA, Assassin’s Creed or even Far Cry?  The panel discusses what the game play is presenting itself to be, specifically player interaction within the game outside of team matches as well as the inclusion of tablets and smart phones as supplemental modes.  Who watches the Watch Dogs?

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation DLC Available May 8th For PS4, PS3 & PC

Press Release

 

Call of Duty®: Ghosts Devastation DLC Pack Coming to PlayStation and Windows PC Players Thursday, 8th May, 2014

Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass Owners Can Use Devastation’s All-New Ripper 2-in-1 Weapon Immediately

 

London, UK – 10th April, 2014 – Call of Duty®: Ghosts players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC will have access toDevastation, the game’s second of four massive DLC Packs planned for this year, on 8th May, 2014. Devastation delivers four small-to-medium sized multiplayer maps, the all-new tactical 2-in-1 “Ripper” SMG/Assault Rifle and “Episode 2: Mayday” – the next chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative. Devastation is available a la carte, or as part of the discountedCall of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass*.

Devastation’s new multiplayer maps include:

–  Ruins: A multi-level Mayan temple with verticality suited for long-range weapons and underground pathways perfect for close-quarters showdowns. Skilled players that find and complete the map’s unique Field Order will have the ability to become one of Hollywood’s most formidable action film stars and the galaxy’s ultimate hunter, the deadly Predator. As the Predator, players will brandish its dual wrist blades and shoulder-mounted plasma cannon, as well as be able to utilise the creature’s keen hunting abilities to track down enemy players.

–  Collision: The mangled remains of a cargo ship that’s crashed into a New York City bridge. The map’s tight corridors – made-up of burnt-out vehicles and demolished shipping containers – create a space perfect for run-and-gun players.

–  Behemoth: Players battle atop a massive excavation platform in South America with long sight lines ideal for long-range weapons, while the confined interiors of the platform’s control rooms make for intense SMG and Shotgun encounters.

–  Unearthed: A reimagined version of the fan-favourite map “Dome” from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3. “Unearthed” is full of new secrets and Cryptid artefacts for players to discover in this compact, versatile map, great for all play types.

Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation brings fans the next chapter in the ongoing episodic Extinction story with “Episode 2: Mayday.” In the aftermath of the events at the Nightfall Program facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the Quick Reaction Force boards a mysteriously abandoned Chinese research vessel adrift in the South Pacific Ocean. Armed with multiple, mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapons that harness the power of Cryptid technology, players will pursue Captain Archer in an attempt to uncover what’s become of Dr. Cross, all while battling against a new Cryptid enemy called the “Seeder,” and culminating with players facing-off against a massive, 400-foot tall Cryptid beast from the deep – the “Kraken.”

Finally, Devastation arms players with the all-new tactical 2-in-1 “Ripper,” a hybrid SMG/Assault Rifle. The “Ripper” is the perfect complement toDevastation’s new multiplayer maps, providing two different configurations – medium to short-range capability as an SMG and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass holders get instant access to the “Ripper” weapon and can use it in all Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer maps now.

Call of Duty: Ghosts game sold separately and is required to play theDevastation DLC Pack.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Available February 27th for PS3, PS4 & PC

Press Release

Call of Duty®: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack Available for PlayStation and Windows PC Players Thursday, 27th February, 2014.
 
Fans Can Purchase the Onslaught DLC Pack Individually, or as Part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass Discounted* Bundle

London, UK – 5th February, 2014 – Call of Duty: Ghosts players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC will have access to the first DLC Pack – Onslaught – on 27th February. Onslaught delivers four unique and classically designed Call of Duty multiplayer maps, the all-new “Maverick” dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle, and the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, “Episode 1: Nightfall.”

New multiplayer maps in Onslaught include:

– Fog: A chilling homage to classic horror films, set alongside the banks of a murky lake, players skilled enough to pick up the map’s unique Field Order can become the embodiment of evil and don the mask of Michael Myers, one of cinema’s most iconic horror characters, as the entire soundscape changes to the eerily familiar Halloween Theme music.

– BayView: A coastal Californian boardwalk that offers players fast-paced run-and-gun gameplay amid a seaside town. Clever players will be able to climb onto the map’s moving trolley to engage enemies, as well as call in devastating artillery strikes from the Naval Destroyer anchored offshore.

–  Containment: This map drops players into a raging battle amidst a war-torn Mexican village, where the action centers on the crippled remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck leaking radioactive material.

– Ignition: Onslaught’s fourth map is a completely reimagined version of “Scrapyard” – the fan-favourite multiplayer map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, placing players into a deserted space launch facility with frenetic action amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, a massive transport crawler, and dynamic map elements that can take players out if they’re not paying close attention.

Onslaught arms players with the Maverick, a deadly new, dual-purpose addition to their multiplayer arsenal. Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock and a digital screen display, players can choose to use the Maverick as either an Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle, depending on their tactical needs.

Anchoring Onslaught is “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the first installment in Extinction’s new, four-part episodic narrative. As the initial foray into this single, connected story that will be told across each DLC Pack launch throughout the year, “Episode 1: Nightfall” takes fans to a remote research facility hidden deep within the Alaskan wilderness, where a small recon team must infiltrate the facility to find out what happened to the mysterious Nightfall Program. This expanded Extinction storyline introduces new characters, plus two all-new alien species, and debuts an exclusive Venom-X weapon that pulverises the Cryptids, as players delve deeper into the story of what happened following mankind’s first contact with the Cryptids in Colorado.

Fans can purchase Onslaught as either a standalone DLC Pack for a suggested retail price of $14.99, or purchase the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass.  Season Pass holders not only get all four epic DLC Packs  for the discounted suggested retail price of $49.99, but they also get instant access to the downloadable multiplayer map, “Free Fall,” as well as the Team Leader Digital Pack, which comes with a unique multiplayer character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background.

Call of Duty: Ghosts game sold separately and is required to play this Map Pack.

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Watch Killzone 3 On The PS Now Beta (Leaked)

Sony’s new streaming service, the PS Now, is currently in Beta, and a user has uploaded a video of Killzone 3 being streamed through the new service. PS Now enables gamers to play older games on current systems, such as PS3 games on PS4. PS Now becomes available this Summer for PS4 and PS3 followed …

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HBO GO & Game of Thrones Coming to PS3 & PS4

HBO and Sony have announced that HBO GO will be coming to the PS3 and PS4.

Announced by HBO CEO Richard Plepler at the BuzzFeed Brew Event in NYC, the HBO GO App will first come to the PS3 followed by the PS4.

HBO GO offers unlimited access to all your favorite HBO shows, hit movies, sports, comedy and more, plus bonus features and behind-the-scenes extras. It’s all free with your HBO subscription through participating television providers and available on your favorite devices.

The Sony blog notes that Game Of ThronesBoardwalk Empire and True Detective are included in the mix.

No release date has been announced.

Again, you have to be subscribed to HBO through your local cable provider or satellite operator to get the free App, but you do get unlimited access through the App.

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Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Gameplay Launch Trailer Now Online

Actvision has released the Call of Duty: Ghosts gameplay launch trailer.

Outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched. Call of Duty: Ghosts takes players to a world altered by a devastating mass event. Following an elite squad of soldiers known as the “Ghosts,” lead the fight back against a newly emerged global power. Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives 11.5.13. 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC Now Available For PS3

Press Release

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC Pack

Available Now for PlayStation®3 and Windows PC Fans

 

26th September, 2013 – Today, the epic season of Downloadable Content (DLC) culminates with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse for PlayStation®3 and PC fans. The fourth and final DLC Pack from Activision and its award-winning studio Treyarch lets players dig into four thrilling and diverse multiplayer maps, as well as Origins – the all-new, wildly creative Zombies experience that reunites players with the original heroes from Call of Duty®: World at War and closes this chapter of the Zombies story arch for Call of Duty®: Black Ops II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse multiplayer maps include:

· Pod: A failed utopian community from the 70’s has left stacks of dilapidated residential pods nestled into an abandoned cliff side in Taiwan. Its residents long gone, the modernist compound now hosts frenetic combat as players must run atop the pods, as well as navigate their multi-tiered interiors for a strategic edge. 

· Frost: Fresh snow meets explosive gunpowder in this snow-capped European city, where the bridge over a frozen canal separates it into two sides, requiring players to employ multi-level traversal strategies to outsmart and ultimately outshoot their enemies. 

· Takeoff:  Fans of “Stadium” from the original Call of Duty®: Black Ops First Strike DLC will find themselves at home on “Takeoff.” Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this remote launch site is all about close-quarters combat, combining tight corners with open spaces for intense encounters.

· Dig: An adaptation of the fan-favourite “Courtyard” from Call of Duty: World at War, where two archeological dig sites in Afghanistan become the perfect playground for combatants eager for hectic, unceasing confrontations. Treyarch, has retained the spirit of “Courtyard” with two major chokepoints, a wide open layout and raised platforms, but has provided fans with a fresh take on the multitude of paths.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse also features Origins, the most horrifying and imaginative Zombies experience to date. Players will be deployed to a Dieselpunk-stylised World War I-era France where they will encounter the return of the four original heroes – Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen – from the very first Zombies map featured in Call of Duty: World at War, as well as hordes of undead that have overrun the French countryside’s trenches and fields, as well as the ruins of an ancient and mysterious location.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC Pack is available a la carte or for download by season pass holders. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game (sold separately) is required to play this Map Pack.

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GTA 5 Excitement and Next-Gen Considerations

GTA 5 Excitement and Next Gen Considerations

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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We are mere days away from the release of what everybody, their mothers, grandmothers and so on and so forth have dubbed as the biggest, best and de facto “Game of the Year” of 2013 in the form of Grand Theft Auto 5. Few video games these days have that legitimate, widespread and cultural excitement factor attached to its release, but then not every franchise is as impactful as the crown jewel of Rockstar’s library. GTA 5 was meant to have been released earlier than the tail end of this generation’s counsel cycle, but as it stands between Xbox 360 and PS3, the end has been loaded with so many software goodies that it begs the question whether we really “need” the Xbox One or PS4 this November. I certainly thought so since it’s been almost ten years since the HD generation launched with the 360 back in 2005. Thus, as soon as the rumors of the next gen started becoming more tangible, I began to consolidate my collection, played out the games I really wanted to revisit in my back log and traded in just about everything else once pre-orders commenced at GameStop. Yet here we are talking about one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry extending the current generation’s life cycle well into the next as nothing has been officially announced regarding this game on newer machines . . . yet.

“You ain’t gotta like it ‘cause the hood gone love it.”
GTA 5 is currently the most expensive game created in video game history with a budget around $265 million dollars employing over 300 designers, artists and programmers to bring us the next evolution of GTA. If anyone had any doubts regarding “Triple A” game production mirroring Hollywood, just consider the immensity of that starting dollar amount. With such a huge investment on the front end, I found it incredibly curious how Rockstar had zero plans (publicly) to have this incredible game release with the next generation counsels. One would think it a no-brainer considering it would be an automatic attached software sale linked to every hardware unit sold. Other major franchises such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed are completely on board with this initiative and releasing their software on as many platforms as possible maximizes their profitability. Yes, Activision and Ubisoft are fans of money, but that doesn’t mean Rockstar isn’t. Pre-orders for GTA 5 on Xbox 360 and PS3 alone seem to have units sold; outpacing even the annual Call of Duty juggernaut. Clearly, the people want their GTA now!

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“All you hear is radio ga-ga.”
For me, the only thing more exciting than the release of a marquee game is the release of a brand new and more powerful platform. When it was announced that GTA 5 would not launch with the next generation I was disappointed; so much so that I was fully prepared to overlook GTA 5 this year because I knew (as everyone else seems to know) that this game will eventually exist for Xbox One and PS4 (and PC) at some point and probably sooner than later in 2014. This is a foregone conclusion what with Rockstar’s history of “Game of the Year” re-releases for several titles in their library. Money seems to get tighter and tighter, and so I chose the next generation plus Watch Dogs as my primary entertainment later this year, but then I had an epiphany. I was honestly banking on two things to hold me over between now and November: BioShock Infinite DLC and The Last of Us multiplayer. Unfortunately, the release timing for BioShock’s DLC has been sluggish and TLoU multiplayer, though satisfying at first, has become bland and frustrating recently. I found myself with a two month dead zone that nothing else in my back log would fulfill, and then details regarding GTA Online (the multiplayer extension of GTA 5) started to cycle about the internet and I was sold on getting on board ASAP! GTA Online, though not quite an MMO evolution of the franchise, offers the potential immersion, customization and variety of a multiplayer experience that GTA 4 failed to fully realize and few could have predicted as possible on the current generation. Rockstar’s well conceived advertising and information control campaign regarding this game was very compelling and with various online media entities broadcasting so much potential, I simply could not miss out.

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“I don’t think Hank done it this way.”
As anticipated as GTA 5 is, the timing of its release is curiously atypical for a “Triple A” title of its caliber. A game this big usually drops somewhere in the middle of a generation where developers have had plenty of experience with the hardware and the consumer base is already established and continues to grow. Software releases at the end of a generation are populated with more titles that exist on both generations than exclusives on one or the other to accommodate consumers who jump in feet first as well as those that hold back on the next generation. However, it is inevitable that developers will eventually cease all production on old technology. So far, Rockstar is banking on the current gen, but the dawn of a new generation means the virtual countdown for the current one has begun. We will see GTA 5 on next gen machines, but that game has been in development for a number of years and sometimes making a “port” of a finished product to run on beefier machines that can deliver better graphics and functionality isn’t as simple and cost-effective as one would think. Rockstar wants some return on its investment now before going further into the hole.

If Rockstar was determined to release this game this year, why do it so close to the launch date of the next generation for which you won’t even be participating in initially? First, you cannot argue with the allure of a Fall release and the enhanced sales every software title receives thanks to its proximity to the holidays. Historically, for games to take full advantage of retail promotions directly linked to Christmas, they tend to release in October. The genius of releasing in September gives GTA a full month of sales unopposed by any other major title which won’t appear until the likes of Lego: Marvel Super Heroes, Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Battlefield 4 release in late October. By then, GTA Online will have hit its stride allowing GTA 5 to continue to compete with the rest of the major titles for the remainder of the Fall. This also leaves the window wide open for Rockstar to re-release GTA 5 with any and all DLC and enhanced features for the next generation as a “new” game based on a completed product sometime in the future.

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Will the next generation release in November break this game’s momentum? I actually don’t think so, and the main reason for this will be consumer prudence regarding the new machines. Yes, it’s true that this upcoming generation has the best pre-order numbers of any previous generation, but the bulk of a counsel’s sales success is not solely determined by the launch window. Not every game enthusiast has $4-500 dollars to get in on the ground floor, and the shear existence of new machines means that the old ones will continue to get marked down, making the current generation much more lucrative especially when games like GTA 5 exist for machines that continue to get less expensive. Both Microsoft and Sony are talking about the healthy legs left on their current machines despite the excitement surrounding their new ones and this can only mean good things for GTA and Rockstar.

Hardcore gamers are the ones that are fueling the hype for the Xbox One and PS4, and given the choice between playing GTA 5 on current or next gen counsels, most would prefer a more powerful machine. It remains to be seen how “upset” consumers who invest in the new technology right away might be once GTA 5 releases for the next generation, but much of that will be determined when that actually happens. If GTA 5 comes out for XB1 and PS4 in January of 2014, for instance, we might be witness to some severe responses on the internet. It would be interesting to see if Rockstar would spearhead an upgrade campaign similar to what GameStop is doing in regards to consumers who want a certain game now, would also want it for next gen counsels, but don’t want to pay $59.99 twice for the same game. Such an incentive would be a show of good faith to everyone who bought into GTA 5 immediately, regardless of the release date of its evolved iteration, and I would like to think Rockstar has some kind of plan addressing the next gen conundrum that doesn’t involve purely sticking it to the consumer.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Now Available For PS3

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Activision announced that the Vengeance DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II is now available.

Players can download the DLC for PS3 today!

See below for the official info.

 

Press Release

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack

Available Now on PlayStation®3 and Windows PC

Six New Personalisation Packs Coming to PS3/PC Players This August

 

London, UK – 1st August, 2013 – Today, PlayStation®3 and Windows PC players can continue the fight with Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Vengeance,Activision and award-winning developer Treyarch’s third epic Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack. Vengeance takes players to exotic locations around the globe and also serves up a new chapter to the Zombies experience with“Buried,” where the undead residents of an abandoned subterranean Old West mining town have come back to claim their home.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance delivers four new, diverse multiplayer maps:

·  Cove: The stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with players battling it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a smuggling operation gone wrong. 
·  Detour: A destroyed suspension bridge, high above an East Coast waterway, packed with scattered vehicles, exposed iron and collapsed pavement where the head-to-head action will play out on multiple levels. 
· Rush: Get ready for fast, close-quarters engagements in this paintball course turned full-combat arena, giving players new opportunities and challenges to use the cover to their advantage. 
· Uplink:  In this re-imagined adaptation of the fan-favourite multiplayer map “Summit” from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, players clash deep in the rain-soaked jungles of Myanmar, high atop a hi-tech mountain facility.

Treyarch continues to expand the Zombies story world in imaginative, mind-tripping ways with “Buried.”  Once players meet up with the four survivors of Tranzit, they’ll begin to encounter the undead residents of an abandoned underground Old West mining town.  A healthy arsenal of equipment and weapons will be at players’ disposal, but with one very special addition – something so powerful it will also appear in all other Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies maps (with the purchase of Vengeance DLC) – the Ray Gun Mark II.

Additionally, six new Call of Duty: Black Ops II Personalisation Packs will be available for PS3/PC players on 22nd August.  The packs are Glam, Coyote, Aqua, Pack-a-Punch, Breach, and Rogue.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack is available a la carte or for download by Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass holders. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game (sold separately) is required to play this Map Pack.

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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Announce Trailer; Gets Holiday Release For PS3

Sony has released an announce trailer for the highly anticipated Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus video game.

The game will be available this coming Holiday Season for $29.99 exclusive to PS3.

About:

The beloved duo return with an original single-player epilogue to the acclaimed Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction™ and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time™. Ratchet & Clank®: Into the Nexus is a story-driven platform adventure with humor and heart, featuring outrageously upgraded weapons, extreme planet hopping and brand new worlds begging to be explored. Into the Nexus marks a true return to form for the acclaimed series.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Vengeance DLC Available On PS3 & PC August 1st

Activision announced that the next DLC, “Vengeance,” for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II will be available on the PS3 and PC on August 1st.

XBox 360 gets first dibs with the “Vengeance” DLC already available.

See below for more.

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Press Release

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack Coming to PlayStation®3 and Windows PC on 1st August
 
London, UK – 10th July, 2013 – Beginning 1st August, Vengeance can belong to PlayStation®3 and Windows PC players when Activision and award-winning developer Treyarch makes its third epic Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack for the record-breaking Call of Duty®: Black Ops II available.Vengeance takes players to exotic locations around the globe and also serves up a new chapter to the Zombies experience with “Buried” where the undead residents of an abandoned subterranean Old West mining town have come back to claim their home.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance delivers four new, diverse multiplayer maps:

·  Cove: The stage is set for all-out conflict on this small, forgotten island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with players battling it out amongst the wreckage of a jet that crash-landed during a smuggling operation gone wrong. 
·  Detour: A destroyed suspension bridge, high above an East Coast waterway, packed with scattered vehicles, exposed iron and collapsed pavement where the head-to-head action will play out on multiple levels. 
· Rush: Get ready for fast, close-quarters engagements in this paintball course turned full-combat arena, giving players new opportunities and challenges to use the cover to their advantage. 
· Uplink:  In this re-imagined adaptation of the fan-favourite multiplayer map “Summit” from the original Call of Duty®: Black Ops, players clash deep in the rain-soaked jungles of Myanmar, high atop a hi-tech mountain facility.

Treyarch continues to expand the Zombies story world in imaginative, mind-tripping ways with “Buried.”  Once players meet up with the four survivors of Tranzit, they’ll begin to encounter the undead residents of an abandoned underground Old West mining town.  A healthy arsenal of equipment and weapons will be at players’ disposal, but with one very special addition – something so powerful it will also appear in all other Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies maps (with the purchase of Vengeance DLC) –  the Ray Gun Mark II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Vengeance DLC Pack is available al a carte or for download by season pass holders. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game (sold separately) is required to play this Map Pack.

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Batman: Arkham Origins KnightFall PS3 Exclusive Skin Revealed

A PS3 exclusive new Knightfall skin for the Batman: Arkham Origins video game has been revealed.

It’s been announced that the Knightfall skin will be available on launch day, October 25th, only for Sony.

Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.  Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships. 

Batman: Arkham Origins is the next installment in the blockbuster Batman: Arkham video game franchise and will be available for the Xbox 360®, PS3™, the Wii U™ system, and Windows PC.  The game will release worldwide Oct. 25, 2013 along with Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate™ for Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system.

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E3: The Walking Dead: 400 Days Announced & Trailer

TellTale Games announced The Walking Dead: 400 Days at the E3 and released the following trailer.

The game will be available this Summer as a download for the XBLA, PS3, PSVita, PC/Mac and iOS, and coming soon with Season One of The Walking Dead: The Game to PlayStation Vita for the first time. 

About:

The Walking Dead: 400 Days chronicles the horrific aftermath of the undead outbreak through the eyes of five new characters as they struggle to survive the first 400 days of the apocalypse. Playable in any order, the five connected short stories are centered in and around a Georgia truck stop, where players will be thrust into horrifying situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions. 

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E3: Mad Max Video Game Announced, Trailer & Screen Shots

WB and Avalanche Studios announced a new Mad Max video game coming in 2014, releasing a trailer and following screen shots at the E3.

About:

Play as Mad Max, a lone warrior who must embark on a dangerous journey after his Interceptor is stolen by a deadly gang of marauders. A reluctant hero with an instinct for survival, Max wants nothing more than to leave the madness behind and find solace in the storied “Plains of Silence”. 

KEY FEATURES

Be Mad Max
* Become the legendary lone warrior as you craft and upgrade his equipment and weapons in order to survive in a brutal post-apocalyptic world
* Fight with savage moves and combos to brutalize the deranged bandits of the Wasteland

Intense Vehicular Combat
* Engage in dynamic, physics-based vehicular combat, taking down enemy vehicles with a slew of deadly weapons and customizable parts
* Choose from different car bodies and construct the ultimate war vehicle with dozens of upgrade combinations 

Brave the Wasteland
* Explore an immense post-apocalyptic open world full of unique missions and side quests 
* Scavenge every scrap you can find to build upgrades for your equipment and vehicles
* Take down eccentric bandits & gangs that roam the Wasteland

General Information

GENRE: Open World / 3rd Person Action

PLATFORMS: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, X360, PC

DEVELOPER: Avalanche Studios

PLAYERS: Single Player 

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Update:

Press Release

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces post-apocalyptic open world action game Mad Max

Debuting for Next-Gen, Current-Gen Consoles and PC in 2014

 

 

LONDON UK. – 11th June, 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mad Max , a new open world, third-person action game where players become Mad Max, a lone warrior in a savage post-apocalyptic world where cars are the key to survival. The game will debut for PlayStation®4, Xbox One® the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 system and Windows® PC.

Scheduled for release in 2014, Mad Max will deliver dynamic, open-world gameplay where gamers fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using brutal on-ground and vehicular combat against vicious gangs of bandits. Players are challenged with treacherous missions as they scavenge the dangerous landscape for supplies to build the ultimate combat vehicle.

“ Mad Max places gamers directly into the driver’s seat of their ultimate customized vehicle to battle it out in the action-packed, open world of The Wasteland,” saidSamantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production & Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are very pleased to work with Avalanche Studios to provide a next generation gaming experience with robust fighting paired with dynamic vehicular combat.”

“Over a decade of creating open world experiences has led us to this point,” said Christofer Sundberg, Avalanche Studios Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “The Wasteland lends itself incredibly well to the high level of player freedom with which Avalanche Studios has become synonymous. This unforgiving environment inspired us to create a gritty and perse experience where driving, fighting and scavenging are essential for survival.”

Mad Max is under development by Avalanche Studios. For more information, visit www.madmaxgame.comFacebook.com/MadMaxGame and Twitter.com/MadMaxGame.

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