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Persona 5’s new Velvet Room trailer is a great reminder of Persona’s weird heart

21 Feb

Persona 5‘s English language release is fast approaching, and this new trailer reminds us of what we’ve got to look forward to.

This latest trailer returns us to Persona’s Velvet Room, a dream space where you can sort through your captured personas and fuse them together to create more powerful beings.

Our old friend Igor is back, now rendered in slightly terrifying 3D, although his assistants Caroline and Justine are new. This time the room is rendered more like a prison that the game’s protagonist is captured in. Persona fusion is now depicted through lovingly-rendered executions, which is the kind of weird fun we’ve come to expect from the Persona series.

There’s a lot going on in Persona 5. The script will be one and a half times the size of Persona 5’s script, and that game went on forever.

It’s been a long, long wait for Persona fans, but P5 will finally release on April 4 for PS4 and PS3.

The PlayStation Critic’s Choice sale discounts last year’s best games

21 Feb

The PlayStation Store has a sale on some of the previous year’s strongest titles. Think of it as being like the Oscars, except you’re the only winner.

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The Critic’s Choice sale, which is currently live on the US store (but not yet here in Australia, it seems), cuts the prices of a whole heap of games. Few of these price cuts are super dramatic, but you can still save big on some great titles (I’m inclined to grab Darkest Dungeon at that price).

A few pre-2016 titles pop up in here as well, including Diablo 3, Life is Strange, and most of the games in the PS3 sale.

For the prices below, the numbers in bold are the price for PlayStation Plus subscribers, while the numbers in front of them are for non-subscribers.

PS4

  • Batman: Return to Arkham – $34.99, $29.99
  • Darkest Dungeon – $12.49, $9.99
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – $5.99, $4.99
  • Destiny: The Collection – $44.39, $40.83
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – $26.99, $20.99
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Digital Deluxe Edition – $40.49, $31.49
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – $29.39, $24.69
  • DiRT Rally – $29.99, $23.99
  • DiRT Rally Plus PlayStation VR Bundle – $43.39, $37.09
  • Dishonored 2 – $44.99, $41.39
  • Doom – $35.99, $29.99
  • Doom Digital Deluxe – $59.99, $49.99
  • Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition – $7.99, $5.99
  • Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition – $19.99, $15.99
  • Enter the Gungeon – $8.99, $7.49
  • F1 2016 – $38.99, $32.99
  • Fallout 4 – $35.99, $29.99
  • Fallout 4 Digital Deluxe Bundle – $65.99, $54.99
  • Furi – $13.99, $11.99
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator – $35.99, $29.99
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – $8.99, $7.49
  • Inside – $11.99, $7.99
  • Kerbal Space Program – $23.99, $19.99
  • Life is Strange Complete Season – $7.99, $5.99
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience – $29.99, $24.99
  • Mortal Kombat XL – $23.99, $19.99
  • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – $35.99, $29.99
  • Overwatch – $53.99, $50.21
  • PES 2017 – $35.99, $29.99
  • Rez Infinite – $22.49, $20.69
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration – $35.99, $29.99
  • Rocket League – $15.99, $13.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront – $11.99, $9.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition – $17.99, $14.99
  • Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition – $23.99, $19.99
  • Street Fighter V – $23.99, $19.99
  • Street Fighter V 2017 Deluxe Edition – $47.99, $39.99
  • Street Fighter V Season 1 Character Pass – $11.99, $9.99
  • Tales From the Borderlands Season Pass – $10.49, $8.99
  • The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition – $24.99, $19.99
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine – $13.99, $11.99
  • The Witcher 3 Complete Edition – $29.99, $24.99
  • The Witcher 3 Expansion Pass – $17.49, $14.99
  • The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – $6.99, $5.99
  • The Witness – $23.59, $19.59
  • Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition – $39.99, $31.99
  • Titanfall 2 – $29.99, $24.99

PlayStation 3

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – $19.79, $16.42
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator – $29.99, $24.99
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – $8.99, $7.49
  • Life is Strange Complete Season – $7.99, $5.99
  • PES 2017 – $23.99, $19.99
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – $9.99, $7.99
  • Tales From the Borderlands Season Pass – $10.49, $8.99

PlayStation Vita

  • Darkest Dungeon – $12.49, $9.99
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – $8.99, $7.49
  • Severed – $5.99, $4.49

The sale will run until February 28, 8am PT/11am ET.

GTA 5: The Cold & The Dead is our new favourite Rockstar Editor movie

21 Feb

See Los Santos re-imagined as a brutal wasteland.

The Cold & The Dead is a new machinima project from AbsolutePab, the guy behind some of our favourite Rockstar Editor movies to date; Los Santos Vice and The Discriminating Visitor of Los Santos.

Episode 1, Aftermath, is a longer take than previous flicks, using GTA 5 on PC, the Rockstar Editor and numerous mods to create a brooding and brutal post-apocalyptic story – the opposite of Los Santos’ often sickly dayglo pop-culture overdose.

“The Cold & The Dead gives me the opportunity to work with an apocalyptic environment but also the freedom to move back and forth through time,” says Pab.

“I always thought an alternative to the consumerism of GTAV would have made an interesting DLC for story mode.”

Check out the full movie above and it goes without saying you should subscribe to Pabs’ channel on YouTube for future updates.

We’ve grabbed a few screenshots below to highlight some of the cinematography in The Cold & The Dead.

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If you feel like flexing your own Rockstar Editor skills, we’ve got a guide to get you started right here.

If you make something cool, please share in the comments section below.

Metal Gear Solid movie may go the “Deadpool or Logan route,” says Kong: Skull Island director

21 Feb

Jordan Vogt-Roberts aims to make the type of movie “a Metal Gear megafan would be proud of.”

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Fans worried a Metal Gear Solid movie may be as poor as other games-to-film adaptations should take comfort in the words and passion of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

Vogt-Roberts, who’s finishing up work on Kong: Skull Island, reckons he’s going to fight to make a real Metal Gear Solid movie.

“That is a property that I will fight tooth and nail to make sure is done properly because it’s so easy to screw it up and so easy for a studio to try and make it into G.I. Joe or try and make it into Mission: Impossible or try and make it into something that it’s not,” said Vogt-Roberts, to Collider.

“Unlike a comic book that’s had 40 writers or 100 writers over the course of a decade or two decades or whatever, for decades now Metal Gear Solid has essentially had one voice”

Highlighting the Metal Gear franchises’ ability to both play it straight and comedic, and swing from violence to cuddling dogs within minutes, Vogt-Roberts said he could work with any budget, indie or blockbuster, and that it might be a stripped back affair similar to recent acclaimed superhero movies.

“I want to make the version of the movie that is most true to what it needs to be, so if that is a Deadpool or Logan route where you go with a smaller budget and you’re able to make it R, great. If you need to blow it out more and really get that bigger budget and go PG-13, I think it could exist in both avenues.”

“There are hyper-violent parts to Metal Gear but I would not necessarily call the hyper-violent part the core element of it versus like the tone and the voice and the philosophies that the characters exhibit,” he added.

“Those characters sort of are these walking philosophies, so I think nailing that part is far more important necessarily than thinking about the rating at this point, because right now we’re just trying to get the best version of it.”

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Vogt-Roberts has met with Kojima, and understands the Metal Gear series is ultimately based on the work of one man rather than a franchise that has grown with the input of multiple creatives.

“It is such a genius, idiosyncratic work and being able to spend time with [Hideo] Kojima recently has been like a dream,” he said.

“Unlike a comic book that’s had 40 writers or 100 writers over the course of a decade or two decades or whatever, for decades now Metal Gear Solid has essentially had one voice,” he said.

At this stage the Metal Gear Solid movie isn’t deep in development, with Vogt-Roberts only joining in 2014. The director is currently working with producers to get the feel of the game right so it doesn’t alienate fans, and he doesn’t seem bothered by the long history of ropey video game movies, either.

“It’s not even about being a video game movie, Metal Gear is an important story, an important set of characters. So it just needs to be approached right now from how we nail that.

“Right now I’m just working with incredible producers and trying to make a version that you or a Metal Gear megafan would be proud of and where people would be comfortable with that version to say, ‘I know this is different, I know this is not exactly the way a normal movie might go, but this is very Metal Gear’ and that is what will make random Joe Schmoe in Nebraska who has no idea what Metal Gear is, that is what will make them fall in love with this franchise and with Solid Snake and these people.”

Watch the full video above and breathe a sigh of relief that at this stage your beloved Metal Gear seems to be in pretty good hands.

Spend $100 on the PlayStation Store in North America, get $15 back

20 Feb

Sony wants to help you afford all those great games released so far this year.

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Sony has announced a nice promotion for those looking to pick up a few digital games through the PlayStation Store in the next few days. The offer is only available on the North American store.

If you spend $100 or more on anything on the store, you’ll receive a $15 cashback as a PSN Wallet voucher. Here’s the catch: all purchases have to come out of your PSN Wallet balance, not through your credit card or other means.

This means you’ll have to pre-charge your wallet either through your card, or by getting codes at retail. The promotion applies to purchases made between February 21 and February 28. The event kicks off at 12:01am PT, 3:01am PT on February 21. You’ll have until midnight PT, 3am ET on February 28 to take advantage.

As for the $15 voucher code, Sony said it will be set on or before March 14 either through email or as a direct message. Codes must be redeemed before midnight PT, 3am ET on March 31.

Keep in mind that you can use this on pre-orders and items on sale, but do note that you won’t get more than a single voucher – so spending $300 still only gets you $15 back.

Terraria has sold 20.5 million copies since its release in 2011

18 Feb

Since its release in May 2011, Terraria has sold 20.5 million copies, according to developer Re-Logic.

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The milestone was reached by the end of 2016, meaning over 4.1 million copies of Terraria have been sold each year for the past five years. 8.3 million units were sold within the last 18 months on PC since update 1.3 launched in June 2015.

Along with unit sales figure, (thanks, PCgamesN) the studio also shared more stats on the 2D sandbox adventure since launch day:

Launch (May 2011)

  • PC only
  • Over 250 Items
  • Six NPCs (seven counting the old man)
  • 20 Enemies
  • Three Bosses
  • Ten Biomes
  • Game “ended” with the Dungeon, explorable upon defeating the final boss of the game at the time.

Present

  • Available on: PC/Mac/Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, Vita, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon mobile.
  • Over 3,800 Items
  • 25 NPCs (26 if, again, you count the old man)
  • Over 350 Enemies
  • 16 Bosses (plus nine mini-bosses)
  • 27 Biomes (Plus a number of “mini-biomes” such as Pyramids or Living Trees)
  • Optional “Events” (The Moons, Invasions, etc)
  • Game “ends” with Moonlord, though optional content remains
  • Expert Mode
  • Numerous Quality of Life Improvements
  • More planned

The developers also promised there are more “tidbits” they aren’t quite ready to share yet, including and update on the status of Otherworld.

Also, update 1.3 for consoles is “just around the corner,” according to the studio with the mobile version releasing afterward.

Re-Logic also described Terraria as a franchise with “so much life left in it,” in the post, and said it “cannot wait to share those plans in the months and years to come.”

US PS Store Flash Sale features discounts on GTA 5, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 2, more

18 Feb

The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale this weekend on action titles.

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Games on sale include but aren’t limited to GTA 5, Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, and while actually an MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online is also on sale.

Titles are up to 80% off from now through Monday, February 20, 8am PT/11am ET.

We’ve posted the PS4 titles below along with the sale price. The original price is listed on the US PS Blog.

If you head over to site you can also look over the list of PS3 and Vita offerings. A rather large selection of movies are also discounted.

  • A Bastard’s Tale – $1.99
  • Action Henk – $3.74
  • Adam’s Venture: Origins – Deluxe Edition – $19.60
  • Adr1ft (vr – Patch) – $4.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! – $3.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Collector’s Pack – $17.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Pack – $7.99
  • Banner Saga 1 – $4.99
  • Big Buck Hunter Arcade – $7.99
  • Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle – $24.99
  • Broken Age (cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Cabela’s African Adventures – $9.59
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – $7.79
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition – $9.89
  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin – $11.99
  • Dmc Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – $11.99
  • Dmc4se Demon Hunter Bundle – $10.79
  • Dogos – $4.79
  • Don’t Starve: Console Edition (cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Godzilla – $17.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 – $29.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle – $37.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle – $61.19
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Whale Shark Card Bundle – $44.54
  • Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Infamous Second Son (standard Edition) – $7.99
  • King’s Quest Complete Collection – $11.99
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris & Season Pass Pack (deluxe Ed) – $7.24
  • Lichtspeer – $3.99
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance – $17.59
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – $17.59
  • Mercenary Kings – $5.99
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes – $4.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition – $7.99
  • Mighty No. 9 (one Way Cross-buy) – $7.99
  • Monster Jam: Crush It! – $7.99
  • Oddworld: New N Tasty (3-way Cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Paranautical Activity (cross-buy) – $2.99
  • Retro City Rampage Dx (4 Way Cross-buy) – $2.49
  • Roundabout – $2.99
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cutxx – $2.99
  • Sky Force Anniversary (3-way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Sniper Elite 3 – $10.49
  • Stealth Inc Ultimate Edition – $4.49
  • Submerged – $7.99
  • Super Time Force Ultra (cross-buy) – $5.99
  • Tembo the Badass Elephant – $5.99
  • The Bit Trip (cross-buy) – $1.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition – $29.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition Premium Bundle – $39.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – $17.99
  • The Little Acre – $5.19
  • The Sun and Moon (cross-buy) – $2.37
  • The Swapper (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Thief Town – $3.19
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (cross-buy) – $1.49
  • Toy Soldiers War Chest Hall of Fame Edition – $11.99
  • Transformers Devastation – $14.79
  • Zombie Vikings – $4.79

Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.

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January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.

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NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

PlayStation Now service on PS3, Vita, various TVs will be discontinued in August

15 Feb

Sony has announced it will discontinue the PlayStation Now service on PS3, Vita, and a number of TV models.

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According to the company, after “thoughtful consideration,” it has decided to shift focus and resources to PS4 and Windows PC to “further develop and improve the user experience on these two devices.”

As of August 15, 2017, PS Now users will no longer be able to access the service on the following devices:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV
  • All 2013, 2014, 2015 Sony Bravia TV models
  • All Sony Blu-ray player models
  • All Samsung TV models
  • 2016 models of Sony Bravia TVs (on April 1, 2017)

All of PS Now games saves stored in the cloud are still accessible on both PS4 and PC.

Sony said if customer wish to discontinue their subscription, be sure to disable auto-renewal in the account settings so the subscription ends by April 1 on the 2016 Sony Bravia TVs, and August 15 for the other devices.

The notice was posted for both North American and European customers.

Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Sale, 2K Sale, Live on PlayStation Store

15 Feb

Final Fantasy 30th anniversary sale is live over at the PlayStation Store. Players can grab games like Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Square Enix is celebrating 30 years of Final Fantasy with PlayStation. See Also: Xbox Exec: PlayStation 4 Pro 4.2 TFLOPs Are Not Enough For True 4K On the other hand, the […]

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The ability to transfer GTA Online characters from old-gen to PS4 and Xbox One ends next month

15 Feb

If you still haven’t made the jump from Xbox 360 and PS3 with your GTA Online character, you’ll want to decide soon.

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Since the launch of the remastered GTA 5 on PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar has been offering players the ability to bring their GTA Online characters forward from PS3 and Xbox 360.

Well, soon this will be coming to an end. Rockstar confirmed in a blog post that after March 6, you won’t be able to transfer your GTA Online character from PS3 or Xbox 360 to PS4 and Xbox One.

Bringing your character forward only affects GTA Online progress, not the single-player save. Not everything is transferred over, too. If you want a step-by-step guide on how to make the move, and what is and isn’t coming along, our simple and detailed guide will get you sorted.

It’s surprising Rockstar didn’t end support for the feature sooner, considering the developer stopped releasing GTA Online updates on PS3 and Xbox 360 ages ago.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, GTA Online is offering double RP, discounts, and other bonuses. Of course, these type of events are only available on new consoles.

YouTuber PewDiePie axed by Disney after anti-semitic videos

14 Feb

Videos show Nazi and anti-semitic content which YouTuber claims were “jokes”.

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Disney has severed ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube star released a series of videos containing Nazi imagery and anti-semitic content.

In one video released on January 11, the YouTuber, real name Felix Kjellberg, paid people to hold up a sign reading “death to all Jews”.

“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate,” said Maker Studios, the YouTuber agency owned by Disney.

“Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive,” said PewDiePie, according to the BBC.

Last year it’s estimated PewDiePie earned $15 million through YouTube.

Yakuza 1-4 have been reprinted, and we can probably thank a chicken

13 Feb

The Yakuza series is enjoying a surge of long overdue popularity. We blame the chicken.

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Yakuza 0 seems to have reignited interest in Sega’s cult-favourite open world series.

Yakuza games have always been beloved of their fervent fanbase, but have never really found mainstream appeal – and so Sega generally takes its time localising them, and releases them in limited quantities. A few years on, it can be really difficult to find a copy.

Now GameIdealist reports Sega has issued a limited reprint of Yakuza 1 through 4, so that fresh copies are available through major online retailers. (Yakuza 5 was not released on disc in the west, so don’t go looking for it.)

One can only assume that interest in Yakuza 0 is responsible for this pleasant turn of events. But why has Yakuza 0 lit a small fire under the Internet when its precursors haven’t? Look, it’s probably the chicken. Behold:

The chicken scene, which has been shared widely by a number of different players (this one was the first example I found with a quick Google), has gone a bit viral, drawing new attention to Yakuza 0. Even Sega acknowledged its pull in a marketing survey. Check out the bottom options in both images:

The chicken scene is actually pretty typical of the Yakuza series, which goes from ultra-dramatic scenes of syndicates clashing, street violence and betrayal, to, uh, possibly even more ultra-dramatic scenes of Kiryu photographing an old lady doing a flip on a granny bike without dropping her dog out the shopping basket, rapid-fire writing a blog post, and thereby learning a new wrestling move for use in combat. It’s a game series where you can ignore the plot and go play lovingly recreated arcade games, throw all your money at hostesses, and just immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful.

Here’s a nice summary of Yakuza 0:

If Yakuza 0 isn’t enough to satisfy you but you can’t be bothered dragging the PS3 out the closet for the older games, take heart: Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, is coming west in northern summer, while Yakuza 6 will arrive sometime next year, both for PS4.

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Sounds like Mass Effect: Andromeda’s side content takes inspiration from The Witcher 3 rather than Dragon Age: Inquisition

10 Feb

Mass Effect: Andromeda hopefully won’t have a stack of annoying collection quests involving platforming in a game not designed for that kind of gameplay.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda takes the series open world for the first time, something BioWare has already tentatively explored in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The transition wasn’t totally successful, and some fans have concerns Mass Effect: Andromeda will be Dragon Age: Inquisition in space. BioWare has made some noises to the contrary, which is comforting, but we’ve just seen so little of Mass Effect: Andromeda that it’s hard to be confident.

Now a new feature article in the March issue of PC Gamer UK builds on some earlier comments about Mass Effect: Andromeda’s side content featuring substantial material rather than the plain old busy work of so many open world games.

As quoted by Redditor skynomads, a regretabbly uncredited BioWare staffer said the developer is “approaching the completionist aspect very differently, because we’ve done and learned a lot from Inquisition”.

“But we’ve also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. And it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn’t downgrade the quality of whatever you are doing there,” they said.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had stacks of side content, and a lot of it is great, with linking plot threads, interesting stories and proper cutscenes. Witcher Contracts might have less story but offered greater challenges and detective sequences; collection quests were tied to dungeons; and the smaller filler things like Monster Nests could be ticked off really quickly. Certainly Mass Effect: Andromeda could do worse than emulate CD Projekt RED’s graceful and dextrous transition to open world gameplay.

Sounds like there’ll be plenty of opportunity for it, too, as the article mentions that Mass Effect: Andromeda has “over a dozen” hub areas besides planets, including the Citadel-like Nexus and a frontier settlement called Kadara.

BioWare also reiterated that Mass Effect: Andromeda’s numerous planets all have their own little stories to make them worth the visit, and that side quests are “meaningful”. Loyalty missions, in particular, give BioWare a chance to tell a bunch of really different stories related to the exploration and colonisation of the quadrant, thanks to the complicated political setting.

Sounds pretty good. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases in March on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and somehow has to live up to a series of games so beloved a disappointing ending caused mass outrage.

No pressure there, BioWare Montreal.

Watch Dogs 2 sales have improved since “soft” release period thanks to word of mouth, says Ubisoft

10 Feb

Watch Dogs 2 is doing better than early reports indicated, which must be a relief to Ubisoft.

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Watch Dogs 2‘s release window sales were described as “soft” during Ubisoft’s post-financials release briefing today.

Despite this admission, Ubisoft remained bullish on the franchise, saying that strong sales followed release due to positive word-of-mouth buzz. The publisher is “happy” with Watch Dogs 2’s performance, CEO Yves Guillemot said, and commented that these healthy sales are important for the long term future of the Watch Dogs franchise.

Watch Dogs 2 UK release sales were well down on the first game’s performance, and it came in eighth on the NPD’s November charts – although it was a crowded month, mind.

At release, Ubisoft said it was “incredibly happy” with critical and player response to Watch Dogs 2 and expected the positive reception to lead to a good sales tail. Looks like it was right on the money, there.

Though Ubisoft did not give hard numbers on Watch Dogs 2’s sales to date, it did say it has already out-performed Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which came out a year earlier.

Syndicate was the last Assassin’s Creed game before Ubisoft suddenly put the franchise on hold after years of annual sequels. It’s a shame, really; although it suffered the same weaknesses as other series entries and multi-studio open world games in general, Syndicate had a lot of points in its favour and was an improvement on the notoriously broken Assassin’s Creed: Unity – the game likely responsible for Syndicate’s subdued sales and Assassin’s Creed going away until, perhaps, 2018.

Speaking of which, Ubisoft said it has just four triple-A releases coming between April 2017 and March 2018 – one of which is the delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole – and had in fact elected not to release a fifth planned triple-A game, but instead focus on supporting an existing title currently enjoying powerful engagement.

Ubisoft will be actively supporting six live games this year (I think it means For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Rainbow Six Siege, The Division, Steep and The Crew), which is a new record for the publisher – so it probably doesn’t need any extra triple-A releases to contend with on top of all that.

No idea what the three unaccounted for triple-A releases are. Assassin’s Creed might come back earlier than expected, and Far Cry probably has another release in it. It seems a little early for a sequel to The Division, but The Crew might be good for another go round.

Destiny rapper returns with a tongue-twisting rundown of every single Exotic armour piece

10 Feb

Destiny is all about dress-ups – don’t kid yourself – so let’s celebrate the best costumes in Bungie’s closet.

Destiny rapper Duba has put together a loving tribute to the shared-worlds shooter’s enormous array of Exotic armour – helmets, gauntlets, boots and all.

From Titan gauntlets ACD/0 Feedback Fence to the Warlock helmet Astrocyte Verse, the rap runs through the entire collection, showing off each piece in turn. A huge stack of Destiny players make appearances in this video; our good pal Arekkz is in there somewhere, almost certainly as one of the Hunters.

This is a sequel to the Destiny Exotic weapons rap from June 2016 – before Rise of Iron arrived to add a few new boomsticks to the arsenal.

Everyone’s feeling the Destiny love today, what with glorious rumours floating around and Activision reiterating its 2017 Destiny 2 release plans.

There’s a lot to criticise in Destiny (although it has improved a great deal as time went on, and I always loved it anyway) but the breadth and variety of its weird and wonderful weapon and armour names is something I sure hope Bungie retains for the sequel. I don’t think I’ll care if Bungie throws the whole lot out the window for Destiny 2; it just means there’ll be a new stack of Exotics to collect.

GTA 4 and all of its DLC are now backwards compatible on Xbox One

9 Feb

GTA 4 and Episodes from Liberty City join the growing list of Xbox One backwards compatible titles.

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For those of you who can’t get enough of Xbox One’s backward’s compatibility, there’s more good news coming your way. GTA 4 has just been added to the list of backwards compatible titles along with the its two expansions.

Rockstar announced the news today, confirming that all versions of the game – physical, digial, and the Complete Edition – are good to go on Xbox One.

If you have a disc, just pop it into the console and download the game. If you bought it digitally, you’ll have instant access and can download it directly from the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One.

Your saves will be transferred over if you saved your game using the Cloud Saved Games feature on Xbox 360.

If you didn’t play GTA 4 the first time around and want to see what all of the fuss is about, you can find it in the Xbox Store.

Will you be diving back into GTA 4 or giving it a whirl if you didn’t play it when it originally came out?

Minecraft: New snapshot gives us a glimpse of incoming changes in update 1.12

9 Feb

Minecraft snapshot 17W06A updates the colour palette, adds new blocks and Creative Mode features.

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Minecraft‘s update 1.12 now has its first snapshot.

If you want to try out snapshots, it’s always wise to backup your worlds, or better yet, make a new one to try out the new features in.

Once you’ve done that, create a new profile called snapshots, tick the “enable experimental development snapshots” box, and save. To switch back to the regular version, choose it from the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher.

Snapshot 17W06A introduces new blocks and some new Creative Mode features. It’ll also update the base colour palette of Minecraft.

There are more snapshots to come over the next few months, but for now, here are the changes in 17W06A:

  • Save toolbars in Creative Mode with Ctrl+Slotkey and load them with Shift+Slotkey
  • Added colored Concrete blocks
  • Added colored Concrete Powder blocks
  • Added colored Glazed Terracotta blocks
  • Updated the base color palette of Minecraft (affects things such as Banners and Sheep)
  • Updated textures for Wool blocks

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 wins EVO 2017 popular vote as fans funnel $150K to Make-A-Wish

9 Feb

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is back for another year at EVO.

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The charity donation drive to help select one additional game to join the EVO 2017 line-up is complete.

The wallet-powered poll closed with Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in first place, pulling $71,690 from 1,487 donors at an average of just over $48 each.

Although it’s a perennial favourite, UMvC3 has seen an uptick in popular interest recently due to the announcement of new-gen and PC ports, including physical copies, and upcoming sequel Marvel vs Capcom Infinite.

The mash-up fighter managed a comparatively narrow win over closest rival Pokken Tournament, which managed $66,906 from 744 donors at an average of more than $89 each.

It’s a disappointing loss for the Pokken Tournament fanbase, but on the upside, all the money goes to Make-A-Wish Foundation – so it’s hard to feel too sore about it. Adding up the drive totals on Generosity, it looks like the EVO 2017 campaign raised a total of $152,095 for the charity.

Skullgirls, a very strong contender for last year’s popular vote, didn’t break $1,000 this year, but budgets are probably still reeling from the effort to overcome the Smash Bros. crowd last time. Amusingly, Nintendo’s new fighter, Arms, pulled exactly $1,337 – surely someone tipped it to that deliberately? If there were more money in this endeavour we’d probably have seen something raise $53,180.08 – and if you need that explained please type it into an actual calculator.

EVO 2017 runs July 14 through 16 in Las Vegas. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 joins Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7 and The King of Fighters 14 as headline acts on finals day.

E3 2017 will be open to the public, tickets priced $149 – $249

8 Feb

Limited number of consumer passes go on sale in February.

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E3 2017 will open its doors to the public this year, the first time it has welcomed consumers on such a large scale.

Tickets will go on sale February 13 at midday ET. The first 1,000 tickets will cost $149, the next 14,000 will go for $249.

Tickets provide access to the showfloor, panel discussions and other events over the three days, according to GameSpot.

E3 is primarily an industry event but in recent years has been more open to consumers as publishers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Bethesda have reduced support for the show, instead opting to hold their own showcases in the days before the event.

E3 2017 takes place June 13-15.