• Arkham Knight: DLC Details

    At the reveal of the $40 Season Pass for Arkham Knight, gamers got a little annoyed. Main reason being they didn’t mention anything about the contents of the DLC, just the hefty price point.

    Responding to the backlash, Warner Bros. responded accordingly (cited by GameSpot):

    "We’ve heard from our community that you want more information on what we’ll be delivering in the Season Pass. While we aren’t ready to unveil every aspect of the content we’ll be developing, we would like to share more detail now to give you a better sense of the scope of the Season Pass."

    Details of what to expect in the DLC:

    Batgirl: A Matter of Family: An all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location where you play as Batgirl for the very first time in the Arkham series - check out the first render of Batgirl.

    The Season of Infamy: Play as Batman in all new story missions featuring legendary super-villains invading Gotham City, with new story arcs, missions and gameplay features.

    Gotham City Stories: Play as Batman’s key allies in narrative missions extending their storylines, from both before and after the events in Batman: Arkham Knight.

    Legendary Batmobiles with Themed Tracks: Drive the most iconic Batmobiles from Batman’s 75-year history, on custom-built race tracks, each themed to that Batmobile’s specific era. Every Batmobile will be drivable across every race track.

    Crimefighter Challenge Maps: Engage in a series of new challenge maps utilizing the unique play styles of Batman and his allies.

    Character Skins: A variety of skins from across the eras for Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Catwoman.

  • Kojima Leaves Konami Because of "Power Struggles"

    There has been news regarding the situation between Kojima and Konami. But Hideo Kojima has said that metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the last official entry to the series. He has said this many a times but this time maybe he really means it.

    There seems to be quite a drama between Kojima Productions and the owning Publisher, Konami. According to inside source that told GameSpot, that senior staff at the developer has been restricted access to corporate internet, emails and even phones.

    Even some "key developers at the studio," including Kojima himself, will have limited opportunities to help promote the game. This "Power struggles" are resulting in drastic changes and the source claims that once MGSV is done, the management will be gone:

    "After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December."

  • 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."

  • Battlefield: Hardline’s Stealth Aspect

    Battlefield-Hardline-BannerBy stealth we are not referring to the occasional stealth games like thief, MGS etc. but the new battlefield will be having some stealth elements.

    GameSpot's preview showed some details that the upcoming Battlefield Hardline will feature a slower systematic approach to modern combat.

    The preview stated that the players will be using scanners to mark and track enemies prior to engagement, and players will also be able to perform non-lethal takedowns. Enemies will also have alert meter. If caught it will pretty much play much like the standard FPS. Having this new dimension to the game is a welcome addition and a good change of pace.

  • Sony Says Free-to-Play System give Gamers "Voting Power”


    Many of us have reservations towards free to play games. But Sony has come out and said that all gamers should be rooting for this. According to John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, the free to play model being used by a fair share of developers is actually a "powerful form of democracy."

    In an interview with GameSpot he shared his thoughts on this subject,

    "We believe very strongly in this idea that if you open it up so that anybody can play it, it is the most powerful form of democracy in gaming that there is. Because they can vote with their feet and they don't have to pay us a dime. So it really keeps you on top of your game."

    Well he does make a fair point. Although I guess the main concern gamers have is that the people who chose to pay will end up having a advantage over them. I guess this model has a lot of potential in the hands of the right developers who can balance the paid and non-paid users.

    As for whether this model will end up becoming the most used form of business is not certain. According to Smedlye this is mainly because "you're seeing games evolve very strongly into games as a service model." Meaning that we are seeing games becoming more of service as games can be changed and extended with future content (DLC). I guess this is why they have decided to use the free-to-play model for their upcoming game, H1Z1.

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