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Madden NFL 25′s first PlayStation 4 gameplay footage released

31 Oct

The first PlayStation 4 gameplay footage of Madden NFL 25 has made its way online courtesy of Youtuber QJB in the form of a short video showcasing the game’s “True Step” footwork systems. See a man’s foot deform, bend around other men’s feet and generally impress. Check it out after the break.

Thanks, NeoGAF and user GalacticMouse for the banner image.

SoulCalibur II HD Online releasing on November 20 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

31 Oct

Quick one here, Namco Bandai’s UK Twitter has announced the release date of SoulCalibur II HD Online to be November 20, which I think is a good, quiet week for a smaller downloadable title. Nothing to compete with. Which is good because if there was say, a new console or two launching on the same week would be madness for Namco. The game’s set to cost $20, €19 and about £15.



It’s been a busy few days for SoulCalibur II HD Online news, with the games achievements being revealed yesterday and a nostalgia inducing trailer of Maxi fighting Mitsurugi the day before.

Thanks NeoGAF.

RuneScape devs launch charity drive using in-game gold, hope to fix its economy

31 Oct

RuneScape’s developer Jagex has launch a charity drive in which players can donate their in-game gold and bonds to the developers, who promise to donate $1 to charity for every 10 million gold pieces players donate for a month. The program has so far gathered more than $11,000 and according to Jagex, will serve as the gold sink RuneScape’s economy needs, given that the game has been struggling with dramatic inflation over the last few years.


Jagex’s CEO Riaan Hodgson said the Well of Goodwill program is the “perfect system”, allowing players to “support worthy causes” without impacting “their own real-world pockets”.

Although Jagex expects the number of charities to expand over time, the drive has launched supporting Willow, SpecialEffect, Action For Kids, GamesAid and The Internet Watch Foundation.

Nice to see a developer attempting to fix an in-game problems and a bunch of out of game ones at the same time.

In other charity news, the Extra Life livestreaming will begin tomorrow, so look forward to that.

Thanks, Gamespot.

RuneScape devs launch charity drive using in-game gold, hope to fix its economy

31 Oct

RuneScape’s developer Jagex has launch a charity drive in which players can donate their in-game gold and bonds to the developers, who promise to donate $1 to charity for every 10 million gold pieces players donate for a month. The program has so far gathered more than $11,000 and according to Jagex, will serve as the gold sink RuneScape’s economy needs, given that the game has been struggling with dramatic inflation over the last few years.


Jagex’s CEO Riaan Hodgson said the Well of Goodwill program is the “perfect system”, allowing players to “support worthy causes” without impacting “their own real-world pockets”.

Although Jagex expects the number of charities to expand over time, the drive has launched supporting Willow, SpecialEffect, Action For Kids, GamesAid and The Internet Watch Foundation.

Nice to see a developer attempting to fix an in-game problems and a bunch of out of game ones at the same time.

In other charity news, the Extra Life livestreaming will begin tomorrow, so look forward to that.

Thanks, Gamespot.

DC Universe Online confirmed for PlayStation 4 launch day

31 Oct

Sony Online Entertainment’s free to play MMO DC Universe Online will be coming to the PlayStation 4 on its American launch day, November 15. The PlayStation 4 version of the game will feature a “game-wide graphical update” and a “remastered and polished leveling experience”. Look forward to that if you fancy something free to play for your fancy new console next month.

The game’s producer Larry Liberty, explained to US Gamer the difficulties of developing an MMO across three systems of varying power and how the team intended to balance the push for new features with the fact most of the game’s player base is on the PlayStation 3.

“I think we’ve got some ideas in mind. We have to get very creative technically on the PS3 to allow us to continue to add features. As long as we think we can do that for a few years, I think we’ll be okay. Eventually, we’ll have predominantly PS4 players, as the PS3 will sunset itself. Once that does happen we can pretty much stop worrying about memory.

“We basically have about 226 MBs available in system memory on PS3. Compare that to a modern PC and you can understand how hard it is to keep adding new things. Every time we add a new power, or any big feature, we’ve got to figure out a way to optimize what we got and squeeze it in. The plan is to continue to figure out ways to keep getting better and cramming it on the PS3. The PS4 is going to perform better, and be a more stable and smooth experience.”

DC Universe is coming to the PlayStation 4 on its launch day.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets a new dungeoneering gameplay trailer

31 Oct

This latest trailer focuses on the dungeons themselves, showing off both the many abilities you’ll get to circumvent the game’s puzzles and how they integrate into the game’s 3D design. Check it out after the break.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set to release on the 3DS November 22 across North America and Europe before coming to Japan on the 26th of December. Which seems unfortunate for the game’s Japanese fans.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds gets a new dungeoneering gameplay trailer

31 Oct

This latest trailer focuses on the dungeons themselves, showing off both the many abilities you’ll get to circumvent the game’s puzzles and how they integrate into the game’s 3D design. Check it out after the break.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is set to release on the 3DS November 22 across North America and Europe before coming to Japan on the 26th of December. Which seems unfortunate for the game’s Japanese fans.

Arma 3′s first campaign episode launches, gets trailer

31 Oct

Bohemia Interactive has launched the first of Arma 3′s three episode campaign today on Steam, which the game notoriously didn’t have at launch. About 1.5GB to download, this first episode is called ‘Survive’ and casts you in the role of a peacekeeper on the game’s fictional island nation of Altis. Five years after the US stopped a conflict their mandate for peacekeeping is up, but pulling out has led to more war, as just about everything seems to.


Going by the trailer, the campaign seems to involve a fair bit of helicopters taking off and then subsequently landing, as well as some shooting while both leaning out of cover and walking slowly towards the enemy. You might even get to shoot some enemies at night when it’s bright green. It’s kind of weird how ubiquitous night vision has become. The easiest two ways to establish it’s night in fiction are to show the moon or make everything bright green.

Also in this update are a bunch of new toys for the editors, including weapons, houses and even some scripting, so look forward to even crazier user missions if you’re a fan.

The campaign trailer didn’t have a lot of the computer squadmate calling out enemy locations, I wonder if there’s enough custom dialog in the missions to avoid having to use that.

Arma 3′s first campaign episode launches, gets trailer

31 Oct

Bohemia Interactive has launched the first of Arma 3′s three episode campaign today on Steam, which the game notoriously didn’t have at launch. About 1.5GB to download, this first episode is called ‘Survive’ and casts you in the role of a peacekeeper on the game’s fictional island nation of Altis. Five years after the US stopped a conflict their mandate for peacekeeping is up, but pulling out has led to more war, as just about everything seems to.


Going by the trailer, the campaign seems to involve a fair bit of helicopters taking off and then subsequently landing, as well as some shooting while both leaning out of cover and walking slowly towards the enemy. You might even get to shoot some enemies at night when it’s bright green. It’s kind of weird how ubiquitous night vision has become. The easiest two ways to establish it’s night in fiction are to show the moon or make everything bright green.

Also in this update are a bunch of new toys for the editors, including weapons, houses and even some scripting, so look forward to even crazier user missions if you’re a fan.

The campaign trailer didn’t have a lot of the computer squadmate calling out enemy locations, I wonder if there’s enough custom dialog in the missions to avoid having to use that.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z releasing March 4 in North America and Feb 28 in Europe

31 Oct

Tecmo Koei has let the world know Keiji Infafune’s Ninja Gaiden spinoff, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be bringing its lovely cell-shaded style to North America on March 4th next year. In Europe the over the top game will be launching half a week earlier, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and surprisingly PC.


Speaking about the game last year, Keiji Inafune said that despite the game’s western comic-book aesthetic, he’d prefer it to be thought of as a “fun game, not an American game” and is hoping that it will ease the divide in many Japanese gamer’s minds between games made locally and overseas.

“It’s a visual style of American comics, which was developed by Spark Unlimited. It is different from a lot of Japanese games. But we believe our chance is to gain interest through its uniqueness.”

Thanks, Polygon.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z releasing March 4 in North America and Feb 28 in Europe

31 Oct

Tecmo Koei has let the world know Keiji Infafune’s Ninja Gaiden spinoff, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be bringing its lovely cell-shaded style to North America on March 4th next year. In Europe the over the top game will be launching half a week earlier, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and surprisingly PC.


Speaking about the game last year, Keiji Inafune said that despite the game’s western comic-book aesthetic, he’d prefer it to be thought of as a “fun game, not an American game” and is hoping that it will ease the divide in many Japanese gamer’s minds between games made locally and overseas.

“It’s a visual style of American comics, which was developed by Spark Unlimited. It is different from a lot of Japanese games. But we believe our chance is to gain interest through its uniqueness.”

Thanks, Polygon.

You can now earn Sony Rewards points with any PSN purchase

31 Oct

Previously, the Sony Rewards program would only award points for PSN purchases if you paid with a Sony credit card, but now all purchases from the PlayStation Store and the Sony Store, as well as Sony-related purchases from select online retailers, will earn you points.

Step one is to link your PlayStation ID with a Sony Rewards account (or create one), and from there you’ll get one point for each dollar you spend in the PS Store. You’ll also get a point for each dollar in a Sony Store, and some points for PlayStation-related things you buy online from GameStop, Best Buy, Wal-mart and Target through the Sony Rewards portal. If you have a PlayStation card, you get bonus points when you make those purchases with it.

At its base, this is a sort of 1% cashback kind of deal as 1000 points equals $10 PSN credit, and the points requirements for other rewards like PS+ memberships and games generally match up that way with their listed prices.

This program is US only, and you can sign up here. You get 100 points if you do that by November 12.

You can now earn Sony Rewards points with any PSN purchase

31 Oct

Previously, the Sony Rewards program would only award points for PSN purchases if you paid with a Sony credit card, but now all purchases from the PlayStation Store and the Sony Store, as well as Sony-related purchases from select online retailers, will earn you points.

Step one is to link your PlayStation ID with a Sony Rewards account (or create one), and from there you’ll get one point for each dollar you spend in the PS Store. You’ll also get a point for each dollar in a Sony Store, and some points for PlayStation-related things you buy online from GameStop, Best Buy, Wal-mart and Target through the Sony Rewards portal. If you have a PlayStation card, you get bonus points when you make those purchases with it.

At its base, this is a sort of 1% cashback kind of deal as 1000 points equals $10 PSN credit, and the points requirements for other rewards like PS+ memberships and games generally match up that way with their listed prices.

This program is US only, and you can sign up here. You get 100 points if you do that by November 12.

Starcraft 2 update 2.1 will hit Public Test Realm after Blizzcon

31 Oct

The biggest update to date for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, dubbed only patch 2.1, is on its way, and Blizzard will open it up to public testing in a couple weeks — “after Blizzcon,” which takes place November 8 and 9. You’ll need to watch the Bnet blog for info on how to get into that server, and you’ll also need the new universal Blizzard launcher.

Starcraft 2 update 2.1 will hit Public Test Realm after Blizzcon

31 Oct

The biggest update to date for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, dubbed only patch 2.1, is on its way, and Blizzard will open it up to public testing in a couple weeks — “after Blizzcon,” which takes place November 8 and 9. You’ll need to watch the Bnet blog for info on how to get into that server, and you’ll also need the new universal Blizzard launcher.

New Rome 2: Total War DLC adds beautiful blood sprays and decapitations

31 Oct

As with Shogun 2 before it, The Creative Assembly is inserting some extra nastiness into Rome 2 with DLC aimed at making the battlefield experience a more revolting yet also more exciting by adding blood, gore and dismemberment. This pack is $3, and you can buy it now on Steam. Get a taste of the carnage in the trailer below.

Ubi ends Uplay Passport program, makes Assassin’s Creed 4′s online features free

31 Oct

Some folks were none too happy about Ubisoft walling off single-player elements behind an online pass, and the company is responding today by granting all players the Uplay Passport for free and canceling the program entirely for all future titles, Ubiblog says.

Here’s the statement from Ubisoft explaining the situation.

In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, “Edward’s Fleet” is an innovative online single player feature that allows players to interact with multiple players on consoles or via the game’s companion app. Every new copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag includes the Uplay Passport code needed to unlock this online feature. However, we listen to our community and understand that there are concerns over some players’ ability to access this feature, so we have decided to eliminate the cost of the Uplay Passport for Black Flag. This ensures that everyone will be able to use the companion app, Edward’s Fleet, online multiplayer and available bonus content at no additional cost.

Gamers currently without a Uplay Passport for Black Flag will be able to download one for free from Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. For those who have already purchased Uplay Passport for Black Flag, please contact your regional Ubisoft support.

What’s more, Uplay Passport will not be a part of any future Ubisoft games.

This is a good thing.

Blink-182 to play a show at Blizzcon

31 Oct

It has been revealed that next weekend (November 8 and 9) at Blizzcon down in Anaheim, CA, Blink-182 will play at the conventions closing event. Blizzard says this will be “epic “You can’t still buy tickets, but you could purchase a pass for the livestreams. Let us know if you’re going to be at the con, though, so I can add you to my list of high five recipients.

South Park: the Stick of Truth Delayed to March 2014 – News

31 Oct

South Park's Facebook page received a new trailer for South Park: the Stick of Truth today which showed a lot of promise.  The trailer showcased gameplay both in and out of combat.  Watching an elementary schooler beat another kid with a bat until he bleeds is exactly what I'd expect from a South Park game.  As long as there are a good variety of these abilities in the final game I could see the battle system being entertaining from its hilarity alone.  One of the battles even included Jimmy as a bard singing dirty songs to power up his allies.  

And I don't know why I was worried about how the game would look while exploring; in classic South Park style the characters just jitter along with all the animation budget of a kindergarten stop-motion movie project, so it's perfect.

The end of the trailer ended up on quite a down note, though, with a new release date announced for March of next year, instead of the previously-announced December of this year.  According to a post on Ubisoft's blog the creators of South Park are excited to see how this game is coming along: "We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park,” say Matt Stone and Trey Parker “Getting the game up to the crappy standards of the show has been a real challenge and we’re excited to say it’s taken way longer than we thought it would."  

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - South Park: the Stick of Truth Delayed to March 2014 - News

Mr. Zurkon has children in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

31 Oct

Sony has put out some new videos detailing a few of the weapons we’ll be seeing in Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. My old favorite, that hovering robot known as Mr. Zurkon, can apparently now be upgraded so he brings his children along into battle, and they have their own hilarious dialogue. You can see this below.

The first 20 seconds here allows you to choose which weapon you want to see in action. And it’s a playlist, so just let it roll if you want to keep going.

This one is out on PS3 November 12 to keep you calm while you wait for the PS4 to arrive.