TGS: Everything Sony

Sony’s TGS keynote presentation included information on new Bloodborne DLC, another Kingdom Hearts bundle, and many more announcements.

Bloodborne’s first DLC, The Old Hunters, will be available November 24. A special edition of Bloodborne that includes the Old Hunters DLC will be available on December 3

Gravity Daze, or Gravity Rush in the Western release, is coming to PS4 on December 10 for Japan and February 2016 for Europe and North America. Sony also announced a 2016 release window for Gravity Daze 2 and showed off a new trailer and a 2016 release window.

Ubisoft revealed a new trailer that features the first playable hero in For Honor, The Oni. The trailer includes information on the hero’s attributes, abilities, and gear.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Jack the Ripper story DLC was revealed with a new trailer.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Yakuza is getting an HD remake. The remake includes demo of Yakuza 6, the newly announced Yakuza title for PS4 that’s set to be out in Japan in fall 2016.

Square Enix announced SaGa Scarlet Grace for PS Vita along with its 2016 release window. (I should know what that says…but… #sony)

The next Kingdom Hearts compilation coming later this year, Kingdom Hearts 2.8, features Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, Birth By Sleep 0.2, and scenes for Unchained X for the PS4.

Square Enix revealed that Dragon Quest Builders will be out on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita on January 28, 2016 in Japan.

Spike Chunsoft announced that the next entry in the main Danganronpa series, Danganronpa 3, will be out on PS4 and PS Vita.

While we have to wait a little bit longer in the West, From Software has confirmed when Dark Souls 3 will be launching in Japan.

Capcom has announced Biohazard: Umbrella Corps, a competitive shooter for PC and PS4, set in the Resident Evil universe.

Square Enix took to the stage to announce when Japanese gamers will get their hands on the fifth game in the sci-fi RPG series.

Koei Tecmo has showcased a segment of gameplay for its upcoming slash ’em up Nioh, ahead of its PS4-only release in 2016.

Those are all the trailers from this year’s Sony press conference TGS

Anything you look forward to?

til next time

Ciao-su =^_^=

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E3 “the gaming Mecca”: Day 0

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E3 began yesterday (CET) with a power packed schedule of a day. The usuals were all in attendance with Microsoft appearing and displaying their own work first & of course Sony’s Playstation there as the other powerhouse in the gaming/entertainment field.

mslogoWith so much to go through, here’s a list of titles that Microsoft showed at their press conference:

Before we begin on the games; the most important news from Microsoft was arguably this —

  • Xbox One will finally have BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY
  • not only that but it will allow MULTIPLAYER WITH XBOX 360 GAMES ON THE XBOX ONE
  • And finally Elite accessories (if you are a pro gamer this is heaven to you. your fighting stick is now the Xbox Elite Pad)

First out the Xbox was Halo 5: Guardians, which housed a gameplay display with Halo5_KeyArt_Horiz_Finalspartan Locke’s squad. New game mechanics like in game reviving of squad members, air melee kills, some new weapons and a return of the Prometheans. To top it off a new game mode called warren where anything goes. From assault rifles to pelicans. Fight, win and survive the warden. The warden mode is a 24 vs 24 battle (24 players and 24 AI opponents.)

Recore was then given is first breath of life with a demo gameplay trailer being shown from the makers of Metroid Prime and Keiji InafunerecoreThe game appears to focus of a journey between a female protagonist (oh yeah. not a guy for once) and her faithful companion to go somewhere… we don’t know but we will give all the info as it arrives.

Bethesda made a showing (makers of the Fall Out series) with a display of how Microsoft feel PC should link to console. Bethesda verified that with their new upcoming release, Fall Out 4, modifications (mods) made on the PC version can be transferred over to the Xbox One system.

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EA also came to the stage to show their EA access which allows early access to titles for a set amount of time and surprised us with Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

Next on the menu was show off time with titles like FORZA MOTORSPORT 6DARK SOULS 3, THE DIVISION exclusive Xbox beta, Rainbow 6: SiegeDAY Z xbox versionRISE Of THE TOMB RAIDERGEARS OF WAR ULTIMATE EDITIONSPEEDRUNNERS XBOX VERSION  and a host of indie titles as included within the Xbox family ethos (Yeah. They meant business.)

gears 4The Coalition made a showing with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition as mentioned before but as the makers  of the Gears Series they did not leave without dropping the rumoured Gears 4. With a new story The Coalition have began to continue the franchise; as the information comes we will inform you on the latest on this game.

The real icing on the cake was Microsofts hardware as they showed off their Oculus tech but more importantly went the step further and introduced the power of the Holo Lens in real time. Not much to be said just enjoy:

All in all a good showing by the Microsoft team in their press conference showing, with the boast of their ‘biggest’ year line up to date with this year’s releases including: Tomb Raider, Gears of War 4, Fable and Halo 5

look out for the other posts on Ubisoft, EA and of course Playstation

ciao-su =^_^=

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – the first in a planned downloadable trilogy – is the best spin-off the franchise has received so far, rising high above the mostly garbage mobile and handheld titles. The 2.5D stealth title blends signature Assassin’s Creed elements and plenty of influence from 2012’s Mark of the Ninja. I’m glad somebody’s borrowing from Klei Entertainment’s brand of platforming, sneaking, and killing, as it fits well with Ubisoft’s world.

The protagonist, Shao Jun, returns from her appearance in Assassin’s Creed Embers, where she trained with an older Ezio Auditore. A Templar gang called the Tigers previously drove out and killed most of the Assassins in China, and she’s back for revenge.

Shao Jun proves to be an agile platformer, running, crouching, climbing, and jumping throughout 12 memory sequences (there are no current-day components). Most of the gameplay consists of entering a large area patrolled by increasing amounts and varieties of guards. Their vision cones pan back and forth. You scan with blue eagle vision to see farther ahead and track their routes. Then it’s a matter of darting between hiding spots, tossing out a noise dart for distraction, stunning guards with firecrackers, snapping a neck here, stabbing a back there, and hiding the bodies. Most everything controls tightly except for that last bit; I always had to hit the pickup body button several times to get it to work. You can’t mash it until it works, because Shao Jun will lift and drop the body. When the windows for killing and hiding without getting caught are this tight, it’s frustrating to be undone by something that should just work.

That said, I enjoyed thinking my way through encounters. Strategizing a creative route, killing that one annoying guard that seems to be looking everywhere, and then earning a perfect gold rating when you hit that next checkpoint feels great. These ratings are tallied up at the end (alongside side-mission bonuses like rescuing slaves), and certain score thresholds grant upgrades like new abilities and more health.

The in-game maps of these relatively large stages are always fully visible, but several require syncing from a high point to see the pickups scattered about. The layout is a bland gray with black and white icons, making them hard to see. The maps lack detail in general, showing useless building exteriors during interior sequences, and I constantly wished I could zoom out more than the claustrophobic view allowed.

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A handful of fast-paced escape sequences are tossed in to break up the core stealth gameplay. Fire roars from behind as you sprint and hop around all manner of obstacles and quick-kill guards standing still with their backs to you. While I appreciated the change of pace and opportunity to go full throttle, nothing really sets it apart from a standard runner game experience.

A little over halfway through the campaign, the gameplay starts to lose steam. Patrols get more elaborate, but you’re stuck using all the same old tools. While the game introduces several new enemy types, almost all of them behave the same on patrols (and all die from a well-timed Assassin stab). You can’t experience how much stronger and faster they are unless you get caught, which is never supposed to happen anyway.

This isn’t helped by the underwhelming story about assassinating one villainous Templar after another. The end doesn’t spice things up, and it also leaves a thread open to remind you that there are two more of these games left. I just hope they’ve got enough differentiating features to keep players invested.

This review is in reference to the Xbox One version of the game. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is also available on PlayStation 4 and PC.

cias-su =^_^=

Celebrate 100 million Xbox Gold game downloads

Microsoft has revealed all the titles Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will have access to as part of its Games with Gold program in April.

As promised last month, the company is celebrating more than 100 million games downloaded by offering twice as many free games as usual, so Xbox One owners get two and Xbox 360 owners get four. The games on offer are:

Xbox One

  • Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
  • Child of Light ($14.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One

Xbox 360 

  • Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
  • Terraria ($14.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ($29.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
  • Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360

With this line up at least I won’t be bored for about a week in April (Games shall be completed)

What is your take on the lineup of games for the upcoming month April?

btw I am not biased whatsoever…

ciao-su =^_^=

Kept You Waiting Huh!! Weekly News 2nd March – 8th March

Welcome to a blog post series where we recap all the news from the past week that we found interesting or wanted to share with everyone.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Release Date

This week it was revealed that the next iteration of Metal Gear Solid would be released 1st September 2015. That date is for consoles and the PC version will release two weeks later 😦 Why Kojima why??!! Also Kojima also said that this will be the last one in the series. Do we believe him? I don’t know only time will tell as Kojima is a notorious troll.


Unreal Engine 4 is FREE!!!

For all you developers who were having doubts about opting to use Unreal Engine 4 because of its price, doubt no more. The game development engine is now free. This includes full access to all the c++ code as well. The only thing that Epic Games asks of you is that you pay 5% royalty on the gross revenue following the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. Doesn’t seem like a bad deal to us.


Street Fighter 5 Release Date…Kinda

Capcom has stated that the next Street Fighter game will be released sometime next spring. To remind everyone though the game is only in development for PC and PS4. So Xbox One owners won’t have the opportunity to play this great fighting game on their consoles sadly, but hey that’s gaming.


Leonard Nimoy

On a side not that is unrelated to gaming news. We know there has already been many tributes done for the passing of this great man last week Friday but we have yet to publicly send out our condolences to Leanard Nimoy’s family. He was a great man and an inspiration to all of us as we all grew watching Star Trek. His final tweet read :

” A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP “

Truly a great man. You will forever be in our memories. Live Long And Prosper