- Levine Penning Script for Hollywood Movie?
- PS3 Update 4.45 Yanked Down After Bricking Consoles
- No PS3 Price Cut, Not in UK Anyway
- Hawken Mech Mechanics Technician Trailer
- Shadowrun Returns Delayed
- Mornin '13
- Navy Lieutenant Not Happy with Xbox One, Unloads on Microsoft
- Dead Space 4 Pushed Aside for New Star Wars Title
- Xbox Live Reduced Content for June 2013
- Xbox Live Marketplace Update: June 18th, 2013
- PSPlus Not Required for Auto-Updates with PS4
- Jimmy Fallon Plays With Xbox One
- Sega Says Phantasy Star Online 2 for the West is 'Delayed'
- Torchlight Free on GOG.com for Next 48 Hours
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown iOS Available This Week
- Best Games of E3 2013 - People's Choice
Ken Levine, well-known game designer and creator of BioShock, is to pen the script for the remake of the sci-fi film Logan's Run (1976). Reportedly, Levine will remain creative director at Irrational Games (the studio responsible for BioShock Infinite).
I've actually seen this movie twice. It was a great sci-fi tale for its time. Also, I have nothing against Ken Levine moving on to script-writing, but I must admit that there seems to be a lot of this going on in the industry lately. Hollywood writers working on video games and the other way around. A game designer is supposed to be a game designer. So it was decreed...
Okay, I don't want to come across as jerk here. It's understandable. Games are big-budget projects now. After all they make more money than movies. Still, from some angles I just don't like the way the movie industry has intertwined with the video games industry. Also, if Levine decides to call it a day, as far as games are concerned, well, that's one proper game designer less and that's not a good thing.
|"That and also: Why does Logan's Run need a remake? Leave is gem as it was and is. On the other... - sheckey"||1|
Sony released PlayStation firmware update 4.45 yesterday with their store update, but it's already been taken down after numerous reports on their support thread claiming that the update bricked consoles. According to the thread, it seems that only PS3s over 500GB were affected by this severe problem.
My PS3 doesn't have a 500GB hard drive, but I'm still thankful my hard drive is so full my PSPlus account can't activate any updates on its own right now.
No word yet on what Sony will do for those who now have a useless machine or what they believe the problem has been with this firmware update.[Source]
|"Read that a fix is coming soon. There was a comment about rebooting in safe mode on it but we will... - Barzenak42"||4|
So, several months from now, hopefully during the Holiday season of 2013, people will be able to buy a PlayStation 4 for 400 bucks (£349 in the UK and €399 in Europe). When questioned about a possible price deduction for their current-generation console, the PlayStation 3, here's what Sony had to say:
"There's no plans as yet," said Sony Computer Entertainment UK managing director Fergal Gara told to GI. "The PlayStation 3 is a system where it hasn't been particularly easy to get the costs down. "We continue to look at opportunities, there may or may not be any more, I genuinely can't answer to that."
"But it will certainly be a more keenly priced machine in relative to PlayStation 4. It will sit there as a viable entry level machine for years to come. It will be different by territory as to how long its life is. There's still a lot of love for PS3."
No price reduction for the PS3 then? Damn, that's a shame. Still, buying one next month though.
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Develoment studio Harebrained Schemes announced that they won't be releasing their RPG Shadowrun Returns this month June, as originally planned. They have now officially changed the release window to July 25th. Here's the word, posted on the game's Kickstarter page:
The Official Release Date for Shadowrun Returns is July 25, 2013.
We know we’ve been saying June for some time, but now that we’ve reached this final stage of development, and although our Kickstarter funding was spent some time ago, we've decided to invest additional time in bugfixing and polishing the game. That means a longer crunch period for a tired team, but everyone agrees that it’s worth it.
One of the most common pieces of Backer feedback we've received over the past year is that we should take the time we need to ship this game. We really appreciate that, and we know we've thanked you already about a hundred times already, but we're doing it again because we mean it. Thanks.
This is a promising game, I must admit. What's more, it's a proper RPG, and we don't have many of those around these days.
|"i have many ps3 titles to keep me busy. Anyone played wrath of the white witch? it's a jrpg. how... - Bubu"||4|
|"^ Wazzaaaaaaaaaaaaa! :) Replaying Mirror's Edge, love it! - Doomsday."||31|
Soldiers in the United States Army have shown disdain for Microsoft's Xbox One policies, and now the United States Navy is joining in.
Navy Lieutenant Scott Metcalf has published a heartfelt plea to Microsoft in the latest issue of Navy Times dubbing the Xbox One as practically useless for deployed service memebrs. His article states:
But, the reason that I am so influriated about it is that I, and my brothers and sisters in arms, will not ever be able to play Xbox One when deployed or on detachment.
Do not do this to us, the video game industry has made a fortune breaking not just video game records, but entertainment records as a whole, with properties that simulate what my brothers, sisters and I do on a daily basis. Don't alienate us with online requirements for games. It will cost you money and respect.
The Xbox One's DRM has earned nothing but negative press since the console's announcement. Director of programming Major Nelson and president of entertainment business Don Mattrick have responded to warranted concerns by saying the online requirement is more than made up by the console's cloud computing, online library, and other Xbox Live features. Mattrick has even gone as far to suggest that those who are disconnected from the internet should just get an Xbox 360.
Microsoft has a lot of convincing to do between now and the Xbox One's launch later this year, because as it stands now there are few people who are willing to support such anti-consumer measures.
|"American imperialism in conflict with American capitalism? What a wicked and cruel tragedy. ... - Rafal"||15|
Without Dead Space the horror genre would have been crippled this generation. But after three releases it's worn thin, and now Visceral Games is moving on indefinitley.
EA Games label boss Patrick Söderlund shared with Eurogamer that the decision wasn't easy to move on from Dead Space, especially given its success. He said:
Is it better to put them on the fourth version of a game they’ve done three previous versions of before? Or is it better to put them on something new that they want to build, that they have passion for?
Its answer to that question has been to move forward with a new game, and that new game is an untitled Star Wars release. Nobody can really argue with that. Dead Space 3 was arguably the weakest of the series, and it's been too long since we've seen a good Star Wars game. Visceral Games has a lot of experience under its belt dating all the way back to 2001 with James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire. Given the failure ratio of Star Wars games, such a hardened studio is just what the IP needs.
|"the first Dead Space was good. Not great. Good. I didn't care for the others. I believe they sucked. - touretul"||6|
Each and every month, various games and DLC are permanently discounted on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
For June 2013, you have a couple of Batman outings, along with some XBLA titles getting their prices reduced:
- Hybrid - 400
- Boulder Dash XL - 400
- Karateka - 400
- Quake Arena Arcade - 400
- Shred Nebula - 400
- Alan Wake's American Nightmare - 800
- Batman: Arkham Asylum - $19.99
- Batman: Arkham City - $19.99
- Mortal Kombat - $19.99
|"They can try to create good deals, but they're as good at creating good deals as Valve is at... - Breedy_Mcfluff"||1|
Since E3 caused the June 11th update to be postponed indefinitely, this June 18th update will represent everything that appeared both last Tuesday, as well as today.
Check out the full list of content after the break.
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One of the incentives for subscribing to PlayStation Plus for the PlayStation 3 was its auto-updates for the console's firmware and your games. With the PS4, this will no longer be a perk of PSPlus, as everyone will receive auto-updates (as long as you're connected online, of course) for free.
A PSPlus account is also not required for any "social features" of PS4 or any TV and online movie services, such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Sony may look into requiring a fee to access older titles once Gaikai is up and running next year, but nothing is definite yet.
The subscription will be required for multiplayer access and of course, PlayStation's massive Instant Game Collection for the PS3, Vita, and PS4.[Source]
|"It means that it will automatically download all updates for all your installed games... - Snowy007"||2|
Jimmy Fallon isn't exactly a beacon of objective journalism, so I really wasn't expecting an honest review of the console. This was clearly for fun and for promoting the console itself. Still, it would been nice if he had the guts to say something about the PS4...
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After receiving an email from a reader asking what in the world is going on with the West release of Phantasy Star Online 2, Kotaku took the question directly to Sega itself.
The game has already released in Japan, and Sega did originally say they would release it in the US in early 2013. Then it was delayed. And then no one has heard a word since, until now. Word is that it is still delayed. The following is the official statement they sent to Kotaku:
SEGA can officially confirm that PS02 has been delayed. We don’t have any specifics but will update everyone as soon as there are more details to share.
At least it's not outright canceled, right?
|"This is an IP that really needs another single player installment... - Hamsterkill"||1|
GOG.com has announced a 2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale, and they're kicking it off with a free copy of Torchlight for the next 48 hours.
This summer sale will run for 17 days and includes over 500 games. Over 150 of these games will sell for up to 85% off from now until July 5th.
In case nabbing Torchlight for free doesn't interest you, today's daily deal is Alan Wake for 90% off.
|"I bought Torchlight 2 when it was on a steam sale for $6 bucks and I've played it once. Oh well. ... - Whisky"||3|
Okay, I feel like we're in Deus Ex: The Fall territory again. No, they're not making a direct sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. What 2K and Firaxis have done instead, was give us the official word that the excellent turn-based strategy os going to become available for iOS devices in two days (on June 20) for $19.99.
According to the devs, "XCOM: Enemy Unknown for iOS is a universal app that includes GameCenter support and utilizes iCloud functionality so players can save games across their iOS devices. While not included at launch on June 20th, the popular head-to-head multiplayer mode in XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be added to iOS at a later date as a free update."
Complete list of supported iOS devices includes the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th Generation. Hm, okay, I fail to understand why they should name all these devices. Now, I don't own any of them, so I can't claim to know much about iOS platforms.
|"They name all of the devices because some idiot on an iPhone 1, 2, or 3 is going to buy this and... - PerfectXtreme"||5|
Best game of the E3 2013:
- Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
- Watch Dogs
- The Evil Within
- Mirror's Edge 2
- The Wonderful 101
- Sunset Overdrive
- Dark Souls 2
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- FIFA 14
- Killer Instinct
- The Order: 1886
- Dead Rising 3
- Dragon Age III: Inquisition
- Bayonetta 2
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts
- Quantum Break
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- The Division
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Mad Max
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I think I should definitely stop watching movie trailers. Yeah... like that's gonna happen.
|"I don't watch trailers for almost anything these days. Especially in the movie theaters, since they... - Breedy_Mcfluff"||15|
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Best game of E3 2013:
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||14.96%|
|The Division ||11.87%|
|Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain||11.87%|
|Mirror's Edge 2||11.56%|
|Battlefield 4 ||2.37%|
|Dragon Age III: Inquisition||2.17%|
|Batman: Arkham Origins ||1.75%|
|Pokémon X & Y||1.55%|
|Super Smash Bros. 4 ||1.55%|
|Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag ||1.55%|
|Kingdom Hearts III||1.44%|
|Killzone: Shadow Fall||1.44%|
|Call Of Duty: Ghosts||1.44%|
|Gran Turismo 6||1.34%|
|Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare||1.34%|
|Dark Souls 2||1.34%|
|The Evil Within ||1.24%|
|Final Fantasy XV||1.24%|
|Splinter Cell: Blacklist ||1.14%|
|The Crew ||1.14%|
|Need For Speed: Rivals ||1.14%|
|Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze||1.14%|
|FIFA 14 ||1.14%|
|Killer Instinct ||1.14%|
|The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD ||1.14%|
|The Order: 1886||0.10%|
|Halo Xbox One||0.10%|
|Sunset Overdrive ||0.00%|
|Super Mario 3D World ||0.00%|
|Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 ||0.00%|
|Mario Kart 8 ||0.00%|
|Ryse: Son Of Rome ||0.00%|
|Pikmin 3 Below ||0.00%|
|The Wonderful 101||0.00%|
|Dead Rising 3||0.00%|
|Quantum Break ||0.00%|
|Rayman Legends ||0.00%|
|Forza Motorsport 5 ||0.00%|
|PES 2014 ||0.00%|
|Madden NFL 25||0.00%|
|inFAMOUS: Second Son ||0.00%|