Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • PlayStation Vue Details

    The PlayStation Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Sony plans to expand as quickly as possible

    Eric Lempel SNE’s Vice president during a recent interview explained further:

    "Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."

    Lempel also dubbed Vue as "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. The prices vary ranging from $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on different subscription.

    While those values seem higher than Netflix and Hulu. Sony says that they are competing with cable companies such as Comcast. Lempel responded to some questions regarding different bundles:

    "We looked at that ... But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. ... I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."

    For those wondering, PlayStation Plus is not required for access to Vue, PlayStation Vue will also be accessible simultaneously across via three different devices at no extra.

  • Deep Down: Capcom Planning a 10 Year Lifespan?

    In a recent interview with Teruki Miyashita, the Senior Manager of consumer Games Development, it was revealed that Capcom fully intends to deliver a top-quality product. They in fact, want this free-to-play game to offer a much more "realer than real" experience by providing players with amazing technical elements.

    He also spoke about the audio:

    "Creating a feeling of realism is critical, and this holds true for the sounds. For instance, the voices of the 'mementos (emotions)' come from the TV speakers at first, but after you pick up a certain object, you hear the voices coming from the controller in your hands. Say you put something in your pocket, you'll hear the sound right there near you--we can now offer you that kind of a 'realer than real' gaming experience. This feeling of being 'fully immersed' is of utmost priority to us."

    Deep Down will be a free-to-play, online-only game so it has potential to keep growing. Miyashita also stated that he hopes that the game will have a lifespan of ten tears, which is very similar to Activision’s plan for Destiny

    Lastly, he stated that the game "boasts a brand new gaming experience which is unlike a traditional dungeon-based game." But he didn’t go into details.

  • Club Nintendo Elite Status Awards

    Finally the Club Nintendo Elite Status awards are here. As many expected they are all digital. The options available are for Wii U and 3DS games, including Virtual Console classics.

    The following is the list of rewards for Platinum members (those who collected 600 coins):

    1. Mario Party: Island Tour for 3DS
    2. New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS
    3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf for 3DS
    4. Mario Golf: World Tour for 3DS
    5. Mario Kart 7 for 3DS
    6. Yoshi's New Island for 3DS
    7. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U
    8. NES Remix 2 for Wii U
    9. Punch-Out!! for Wii U
    10. Pushmo World for Wii U
    11. Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U
    12. Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS

    Both Punch-Out!! And Galaxy 2 are recently introduced downloadable Wii introduced by Nintendo. The following games are the list of game available for both Gold and Platinum members:

    1. Crashmo for 3DS
    2. Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! for 3DS
    3. Pushmo for 3DS
    4. Super Mario Bros. 3 for 3DS
    5. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for 3DS
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages for 3DS
    7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons for 3DS
    8. Mysterious Murasame Castle for 3DS
    9. Advance Wars for Wii U
    10. The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
    11. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga for Wii U
    12. Metroid Fusion for Wii U
    13. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for Wii U
    14. Super Mario Kart for Wii U
    15. WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames! for Wii U
    16. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 for Wii U

    If you are one of those who still have not used the coins for prizes you still have time till June 30th. Although new codes are unfortunately not being accepted so if you haven’t achieved Platinum dreams, I am sorry to say that you’re already a little too late.

     

  • FFXV Director Says They Wanted A "Boys Will Be Boys" Attitude

    For some reason people are taking a lot of interest in the fact that there are no girls in Final Fantasy XV. I guess people want to figure out whether this is a sexist move on Square Enix’s part.

    In an interview with Gamespot, FFXV director Hajime Tahata explained that they wanted to represent the "boys will be boys" attitude and it's "the story we wanted to tell",

    "Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behavior, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way."

    As for how far they are in the developmental phase, they said they were approximately 80 percent complete done. A few weeks back in February he said it was only 60 percent finished, but he clarified that it was an estimate related to the demo. Tabata continued,

    "To clarify on that 60 percent figure, it's the playable demo that represents the 60 percent, which is what [I] was referring to in February. The main challenge right now is taking all the lessons we learned from making the demo and turning them into something positive to bring to the full game."

  • PS4 Update "Yukimura" Details

    Highly anticipated update for the PS4, 2.50 aka Yukimura, is finally out. It adds a lot of new improvements to the PS4. Following are the details of the update. Here is what John Koller, Vice President of Platforms Marketing, had to say about their plans of supporting the PS4 in the future with such updates:

    "With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better. We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

    Details of the update according to the press release:

    Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume

    Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

    Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive

    "Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

    Find and Connect with Friends

    PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation®Store.

    Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements

    PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

    Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options

    "Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

  • Metal Gear Online Maps and Balancing Detailed

    Metal Gear Online is making a comeback with the highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Till now only a short gameplay video of Metal Gear Online existed. Recently a lot details were revealed at Metal Gear Informer. Here is what we know now:

    The studio is working on ways to counter cheating

    No three team modes are planned

    They can’t say much about Ga-Ko and Kerotan, but added that they aren't the only mascots of the series, there will be new ones in the game

    When a player leaves, the match will continue

    The studio is exploring a weapon switch option outside of the d-pad

    Maps are designed to be used across multiple modes

    The kind of info you get during a CQC interrogation depends on the mode

    The team is still having discussions about aiming, and is considering all factors (specifically talking about aim angles)

    They can’t confirm right now whether there will be a beta for the game, but did note that it would ‘definitely help with feedback’ [Seems like there is a pretty good possibility there will be a beta at some point]

    At launch the game won’t have more clothing options than MGO2 had when it closed, but ‘the customization is quite varied and will grow’. [That last part makes it sound like they plan to add more though DLC]

    Some people seem to be concerned the game will be more like Call of Duty, but the studio assures there is no risk of that. The game was never designed to be like that

    Dedicated designers and fans of previous MGO titles are working in it (among which key individuals who also worked on MGO2), and they’re listening to feedback from fans

    Another things that worries some people is the leveling system, but the studio said it wouldn’t use the phrase ‘linear’ to describe progression in the game

    ‘Balance and sense of fun throughout are paramount to a good multiplayer experience regardless of intent’

    As for the unpredictability of players, the studio said that’s a given for every multiplayer, and they try to design for both intent and contingencies

  • Dragon's Dogma Online: Cross-Platform Support, Native 1080p

    There is much debate regarding whether players care about the technical prowess of the games i.e. FPS and resolution, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to be safe.

    As such Capcom has come forth and confirmed, to DualSchockers, that the upcoming PlayStation 4 version of Dragon's Dogma Online will run in 1080p and 60 FPS. Kent Kinoshita recently revealed in an in event in Tokyo, that the PS3 version will run at 720p at 30 FPS.

    Although they are aiming for 60FPS for the PS4 version, it is expected to have some dips in FPS as up to 100 players may be on screen at same time during the game. Despite that they mentioned they are aiming to lock it down at 60 FPS.

    They further confirmed that Dragon’s Dogma Online will be supporting cross-platform play across the PC, PS3 and PS4. The exact release date has yet to be revealed but it is believed that it will be launching in Japan sometime in 2015 and soon after in other regions.

     

  • Deus EX: Mankind Divided Announced

    So Square Enix has now official revealed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

    The story will take place in 2020, exactly 2 years after the Aug Incident that occurred in Panchea in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After millions died, a massive divide has occurred between people with augments and those without.

    David Anfossi, Head of Studio, Eidos-Montréal said, “For 15 years, Deus Ex has been a point of conversation across the games industry and beyond, whether the topic is the franchise’s unique gameplay or topical narrative focused on advanced biotechnology and human augmentation. What began with Deus Ex: Human Revolution goes to a whole new level in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, diving even deeper into this discussion and, in turn, offering fans an all-encompassing experience, one which will challenge their skills as players and emphasize decision-making based on real world topics.”

    Adam Jensen will return in the midst of this social and political chaos with new and improved augmentations. According to the press conference, this time around there will be greater player choice which would affect the outcome of the game.

  • MGS V Voice Actress Claims Konami Did Not Fire Kojima

    It was shocking indeed hearing that Hideo Kojima, along with a number of high officials, would be leaving Konami right after the release of the upcoming highly anticipated MGS V: Phantom Pain.

    There was much speculation behind the cause of this including the possibility that Kojima had been fired by Konami. This was initially reveled MGS voice actress Donna Burke, who came out in twitter claiming that Kojima had been fired.  But now it seems she has taken back her claims by posting the following on Facebook:

    "Konami is correct in that Kojima has not actually been fired. As I stated previously he and his team are still working hard on getting the game out. My sincere apologies to Konami, Hideo Kojima and the fans for giving the wrong impression," she said.

    "I was trying to add my voice to Otsuka-san pleading with the fans to not abandon MGSV because of the stuff happening at Konami and to throw my support behind Kojima and everyone who has worked over the last five years and is working to make this game the greatest ever.

    Kojima himself confirmed in a statement that he was still '100 per cent involved' in the completion of The Phantom Pain, and was 'determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date'. So my apologies for upsetting you all."

  • Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion Release Date & Trials of Osiris Reveal

    It has been some time coming but now Destiny's second expansion, aka House of Wolves, has now finally been confirmed to be released on May 19, 2015.

    Bungie had streamed what to expect by showing off the Reef. If you missed it here are some highlights according to Bungie’s official website.

    Here are some highlights:

    • Petra Venj will be your new primary story agent
    • Variks the Loyal is the Warden of the Prison of Elders
    • Brother Vance will put you through the Trials of Osiris
    • The Reef will support your new adventures with a Cryptarch, a Postmaster, a Bounty Tracker, and another Vault terminal
    • In the Tower, you can exchange upgrade materials with the Speaker
    • Factions have new weapons and gear in their inventory
    • New Crucible and Vanguard gear can be Reforged with different perk sets by the Gunsmith
    • And more… [a few people even told us we said too much]

    They are not done revealing as one of the biggest parts is still under wraps – The Trails of Osiris. They plan on doing so in the following way - Trials of Osiris Reveal, Wednesday, April 29th, 11 AM Pacific @ http://www.twitch.tv/bungie

    Check out the new trailer and see if this gets you hyped enough to make a return. I had stopped playing some time ago since there was nothing more to do (after collecting all exotics) but, I am indeed in the Trials of Osiris.

    Destiny: HoW Prologue Trailer – https://youtu.be/fPg3jWn6Nn0

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