Friday, Nov 15
UI introduction and advertisment for Sony premium services
Sony Entertainment VP Eric Lempel went out of his busy day to make a video showing off the PlayStation 4's UI. Hooray, it's launch day! It all starts with what they're calling the "PlayStation Dynamic Menu" which of course comes after logging into the user's PlayStation account. From there Lempel shows just how fast and easy it is to go from logging in to watching a friend stream a game. It can't be more than two oo three clicks and just as many seconds.
That seems to be one of the big themes with the PlayStation 4's UI, accessibility to a majority of areas with a minimum number of clicks. After that, it's actually rather impressive just how much information is available in each area, as long as you can find what you're looking for. As accessible as the menus are, keep in mind that it's all controlled with the DualShock 4 still.
In addition to general UI functionality, Lempel also goes over the new PlayStation shop and trophies. He also goes out of his way to advertise as many of Sony's premium services as possible to, including PlayStation Plus and Movies Unlimited. Eh, it's his video, but it make the whole thing much less appealing as a feature as opposed to just a big advertisement.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is available right now. That's right, it's launch day! Don't everyone go out and buy their PS4 at once, okay? No one likes waiting in lines.
It's like CubeWorld, only made by people who didn't make Cube World
Trion Worlds, the folk behind Rift and Defiance, have unveiled a surprise project today titled Trove. Trove is an online multiplayer RPG that is oddly familiar, in that it looks a whole lot like indie game Cube World. That is, it's a voxel-based online RPG with constructible/destructible environments where each world is entirely randomly generated. Oh, and best yet, it's free-to-play.
It seems from the announcement trailer below that the focus of the won't be on what you create, like Minecraft, but rather on the adventuring taking place in the world. Exploring, digging, finding and fighting monsters, creating weapons and armor and finding loot in general. Again, this is rather more in line with the Cube World experience.
Beginning today Trion is accepting signups for Trove's alpha, which is said to allow players to help create content used in the game's future. Alpha players can even build various things outside of the game and then import the work in later. Getting a little EverQuest Next and Landmark here, aren't we? Well, at least they're solid ideas, even if they're not entirely original.
Sign up for Trove's alpha over at the official website as you please.
Announcement trailer - Youtube
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Expect some Kojima insanity in this exclusive level
Hideo Kojima came on stage at the PlayStation 4 All-Access launch event to debut a new trailer and announce an exclusive level for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PlayStation 4. It was certainly the oddest event of the night, because it was hard to tell exactly what we'd be getting. Kojima dubbed it the "Deja Vu Mission" and said it would feature the classic, 5-polygon monstrosity of the original Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation. Sounds... cool?
Sure, yeah, it does sound cool, but from the trailer we were shown all that appeared to change we the models of certain characters. Is this Deja Vu Mission simply just a skin change or is ther more than meets the eye? The DARPA Chief in the cage certainly didn't seem like just a simple skin change. With this Kojima guy it's really hard to tell what's going on.
After the event we also got news of Japanese special edition release of the game featuring a figuring of Snake from Ground Zeroes. Hopefully we'll hear if that will come westward in the next couple of months.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mid-2014. Ground Zeroes is a smaller prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
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How did we not realize the Moon was an alien prison earlier?
While Destiny may be coming to Microsoft's consoles as well, Sony's always had a special marketing relationship with Bungie. Case in point Bungie showing up at tonight's PlayStation 4 All-Access launch event where they showcased the latest in-engine trailer for Destiny. Impressive stuff, but they also had a special surprise for PlayStation fans. Destiny's beta in 2014 will be coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 before other platforms.
Sure, it's not a timed exclusive for the full retail launch or anything, but it's a nice touch for what could be one of next-gen's biggest new franchises. Who knows, an early beta (that requires a preorder mind you) could be enough to slant purchases in Sony's favor and guarantee their dominance on the game going forward. Every little b it helps. From my perspective, I just appreciate Sony getting more Destiny videos out to us ever couple of months.
Today's teaser trailer jumps around a lot. Most of the gameplay we see focuses on the Moon mission, which I believe turns out to be a prison of sorts. From there we jump to Mars, and then who knows what other planets. It's a big solar system, you know? Take it all in, because it's what we'll be fighting to save when Destiny launches.
Destiny is currently planned for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 with a planned release date in mid-2014. Before that expect the beta in early 2014, which as noted above will come first to PlayStation platforms. Of course, to gain beta access, you have to preorder the game from one of the participating retailers. Make sure you get your code!
This is the shiny and new game we've been waiting for
Infamous: Second Son is widely considered to be the first triple-A PlayStation 4 exclusive that will knock gamers on their butts. That's why every bit of detail that Sucker Punch is willing to share with us is worth drooling over, at least for the moment. How great then that they've gone and released a new trailer at today's PlayStation 4 All-Access event. Not just that, but this: Infamous: Second Son will be released March 21, 2014.
Aw yiss, we've got ourselves a release date, everyone. What's great is that combined with the Neon reveal, this announcement was right competition with the Uncharted teaser. Sorry Uncharted, but it was just a teaser. Here's what Lead Designer Jamie Griesemer has to say about Neon:
"Sure, if you want to get your hands dirty, Smoke is great. But Neon is clean and streamlined. You’re basically firing lasers out of your hands, so you’re a natural sniper. With Neon, combat is all about precision from a distance. Each shot hits hard, especially if you’re targeting the enemy’s weak points. Neon lets you dissect a squad of Dupes like a glowing purple surgeon."
Expect Infamous: Second Son to be released on PlayStation 4 on March 21, 2014 exclusively on PlayStation 4. In fact, it may be the next big PlayStation 4 exclusive to release post-launch. Ah, I guess DriveClub is likely coming up early in 2014 too.
Thursday, Nov 14
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TowerFall is hands down the best game ever... on the OUYA. Yes, the game has been exclusive to the OUYA and will continue to be so for the time being. Until 2014, that is. In 2014, confirmed today at the PlayStation 4 All-Access event, TowerFall Ascension will be coming to PlayStation 4. That's not just TowerFall, that's TowerFall ascended with about a game's worth of extra content. Trust me, we are not prepared.
What sort of content is required for true ascension? Luckily TowerFall Ascension's creator Matt Thorson can tell us:
"... with TowerFall Ascension, my team and I have the freedom to finally fulfill our complete vision for the game. There’s a crazy amount of new content: 50 new versus levels, 4 more playable archers, an all-new, twelve-player cooperative Quest mode, 6 additional power-ups, and more. We’ve even gone back and refined everything in the original release. It feels like a whole new game. I’m incredibly excited to expand the TowerFall community to PS4, and to hear all your battle stories."
It's simply indescribable, the glee that TowerFall inspires in its players. I've seen the game multiple times at an assortment of events, though I don't know anyone with an OUYA. At each event there's always been a line of players waiting for a shot at playing the game. They huddle in small groups, cheering and jeering and sharing strategies. This is just one of those games. You know those games, right? Pong, Joust, Street Fighter, GoldenEye, Halo... it's one of them.
TowerFall Ascension will be coming to PlayStation 4 in 2014 as a "console exclusive." That means it's also coming out on PC and will probably come to other consoles down the line. PlayStation 4 has dibs on it first, however. Well, unless you count OUYA. Eh. This is a must-buy, everyone.
I should have known. The Last of Us' single player DLC was revealed and teased during tonight's PlayStation 4 All-Access event. Those who have read the rather impressive prequel comic to The Last of Us, American Dreams, will immediately recognize the DLC's premise. It's a prequel about Ellie and her friend Riley, starting with Ellie escaping a quarantine military boarding school. This is The Last of Us: Left Behind.
See, in The Last of Us we got a brief introduction to Joel's past, a past before the apocalypse, but we never got to see Ellie's past. See, Ellie grew up during the apocalypse, enough to twist any person's soul into knots. This story, however, is more than that. It makes Ellie into the person she needs to be for The Last of Us to happen. Read American Dreams, it'll fill everyone in on some of the early details.
The Last of Us: Left Behind will be released in early 2014 exclusively on the PlayStation 3. Pick up the single-player DLC alone for $14.99 or it also comes bundled in a season pass for $19.99. In the season pass, Left Behind is packaged with an already released multiplayer map pack and currently unannounced multiplayer DLC pack. Worth considering, but passing up the single-player DLC is definitely not an option.
It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Today during Sony's PlayStation 4 All-Access event the bombshell announcement of the evening was Naughty Dog's Uncharted coming to PlayStation 4. Yes, not officially Uncharted 4, just Uncharted. Everyone, Uncharted for the PlayStation 4 was just announced.
A teaser trailer was shown narrated by a rather angry fellow, a fellow who sounds very reasonably angry. Meanwhile the camera zooms in and out over a map showing scribbled quotes stating, "For God and Liberty," "Abandon your hopes," and an odd line," Every betrayed us all." What does it mean? Well, a Naughty Dog employee teased us by saying many hints lie within the trailer, including the answers to some of our largest questions.
Does this mean that Uncharted will no longer star Nathan Drake? Will we be hunting Nathan Drake? Where in the Uncharted timeline does this story fall? What is even going on?
One thing's for sure, Uncharted on PlayStation 4 is certain to look and play beautifully. Naughty Dog simply doesn't disappoint anymore. This is the exclusive that Sony needed announced. This is the PlayStation 4's big game to look forward to. Hng, I need it now. Odds are we won't be hearing or seeing this one for some time, however. 2015, at the least.
Have fun, everyone, because we only get so many "next-gens" in our lives
Sony's PlayStation 4 launches tonight at midnight. That's right, the next generation of consoles starts in just over four hours as the clock reaches 12:00 on the east coast. Before the all the kids in line can purchase their midnight release consoles, however, Sony has one last big event planned: The PlayStation 4 All-Access Live event. Broadcast on television via Spike and online via Ustream, all starting at 11:00 EST.
We're not just talking about a big party with Sony execs chugging champagne though, oh no. The PlayStation 4 All-Access Live event will be an hour long showcase of trailers, teasers and announcements of upcoming PlayStation content. That includes both unrevealed PlayStation 4 announcements as well as news for all other Sony platforms. It's hard to imagine what they can fit into an hour with all of Spike's required commercials, but hopefully it'll be a great show.
What sort of announcements can we expect? Well, here are a few that have been teased and confirmed via Sony:
- Infamous: Second Son trailer world premiere
- Bungie announcement, including all new footage of Destiny
- The Last of Us single-player story DLC teaser trailer
- Metal Gear Solid V trailer, along with an appearance by Hideo Kojima
In addition to those confirmed announcements and reveals, there are at least a couple rumors:
- Yoshinori Ono of Capcom is in attendance, leading to rumors of Ultra Street Fighter IV being announced for PlayStation 4
- Epic Games' Mark Rein will be in attendance, previous teaser tweets have promised an, "epic night." Fortnite announcement?
- Teaser of multiple PlayStation 4 game announcements
Neoseeker isn't at the event, but we will be watching the livestream (embedded below) and chatting with the community the whole way through. Grab a bag of chips, put on some tunes and sit back, it's time for the next-generation everyone. Seriously, these things don't happen so often anymore. Have a great time, whether you're a Sony, Nintendo or a Microsoft fan. It's a great time to be a gamer.
Note: To join our community live-chat just head over to the in-forum side of this article: link. It should be up ASAP and run throughout the entire event.
The Atlas Titan statue has to be the highlight of that $250 Titanfall Collector's Edition. In a video released today, Respawn Entertainment's Lead Artist, Joel Emslie, gives us a closer look at this beautiful collectible.
At nearly 20" in height, the Atlas Titan replica features LED lights (as seen in the video) and motorized parts. Aside from that fancy stuff, the statue is extremely detailed. As Emsile points out, the team really decided on the statue's size based on how many details they wanted to cram in there. What they ended up with was an 18"-tall design. All around the Atlas, you can also see several humans accompanying it, as well as one guy attacking from above.
Previously, we got a detailed look at the schematics poster and artbook included with the collector's bundle. All that's left is the game!
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