Monday, Mar 3
How long have we waited to see you again, Outsider...
A leaked image circulating the Internet points to a possible Dishonored II reveal this year at E3 in June, and you can bet we're excited. The image in question is a teaser of a teaser, practically, simply showing a screen featuring the logo for Dishonored II, followup to Arkane Studios' 2012 hit, Dishonored.
In the photo, a slide displays the alleged game title, a logo featuring a bird (most likely an emblem of some sort), and the words "#DarknessOfTyvia." Tyvia, for those who aren't aware, is one of the islands under the Empress' rule, mentioned only in passing in Dishonored. As the northernmost island in the Empire of Isles, it's also the coldest in terms of climate.
As with so many other major leaks, the Dishonored II rumor originates from NeoGAF, which might actually add to its validity. That being said, every rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, no matter where it started from.
Though still unconfirmed at this point, a second Dishonored game would not come as a huge surprise. When the first-person stealth debuted in 2012 and exceeded sales expectations, publisher Bethesda expressed hopes of starting a franchise. Hey, people loved the game, so why not? I'd certainly welcome another trip to the Isles, given how much fun the first one was.
Thanks for the tip, Dragoon!
Issues statement stating importance of new and old
These past few years haven't been smooth sailing for Konami, but the publisher is trying to change that. Today, they've announced Tomohiro Uesugi as the new President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
In an official statement to the press, Uesugi expressed his gratitude for this opportunity, stating he is "honored" to be made leader of the entire Konami family.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the head of our talented and passionate employees, and I have a deep respect for our community of fans. We will focus on our talent and iconic brands as we continue to provide innovative products for even deeper and more enjoyable experiences to our customers.”
Uesugi formerly served as executive vice president within Konami, after leaving electronics company Sanyo and his position as executive VP of Sanyo North America Corporation. Before that, he worked for financial firm at KPMG Azsa, and at Sumitomo Trust & Banking’s real estate division.
Konami's next big title is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, expected to arrive March 18 in North America for current and last-gen consoles.
Okay, so maybe Polytron wasn't specific when they announced that FEZ was going multiplatform last year. What they actually meant was March 25 of this year. The indie puzzler will find be available for download on the PlayStation Network later this month with a couple of unique twists compared to your typical PSN game.
First off, you only have to buy the game once to be able to play it on a PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. What's more is that save files will be shared between the three systems, so you don't have to worry about replaying the same level over again unless you just want to.
FEZ puts you in control of Gomez, a stylish, fez-wearing character that's content living life as a 2D sprite in a 2D world until a mysterious artifact reveals the existence of a third dimension. Like any sensible 2D sprite, Gomez gets curious and goes out in search of it. The 2012 title was warmly received by the gaming community. So well received, in fact, that Polytron announced at last year's Horizon conference that a sequel is coming at some point -- before the creator abruptly cancelled it.
Grab your blocks and your hats, PlayStation fans. March 25 is coming fast.
SDN Invest also partially owns Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction studio
3D Realms looks to float adrift as an industry pariah no longer after handing the reins to Duke Nukem Forever to Gearbox Software, as Denmark-based SDN Invest is confirmed to have acquired the studio originally behind the storied (and eventually troubled) franchise. The investment firm's founder Mike Nielsen will also become CEO of 3D Realms.
SDN Invest is also part-owner of Interceptor Entertainment, which recently made headlines for teasing a new Duke Nukem title of their own with 3D Realms' blessings called Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction. However, this landed both companies in legal hot water from Gearbox last week, since it now holds the future publishing rights for the franchise.
Interceptor remains upbeat about the 3D Realms acquisition in spite of this, with CEO Frederik Schreiber calling it "a huge step" for the company.
If you pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at GameStop, Spider-Man will get hooked up with four new suits to go slinging through New York City. After all, the red and blue is kind of boring and expected when you think of superheroes. Between Super Man, Cyclops, and countless other heroes, it's time for a bit of a break. Luckily for us, Activision agrees. The "Web Threads Suit Pack" DLC will be given out for free to GameStop pre-orders when the game comes out April 29.
In addition to looking great for your Daily Bugle shots that Peter Parker kid always seems to get of the web slinging crime fighter, each suit comes with unspecified combat bonuses. You'll have to try them all out and see! The suits that will be in the DLC pack are:
- The cutting-edge designed, red and gold Iron Spider Suit
- The stellar, blue and white Cosmic Spider-Man Suit
- The all-consuming, Venom-like Black Suit
- The pulp-style Spider-Man Noir Suit
For maximum enjoyment of your Spidey suits, you'll want to consider the PS4, Xbox One, or PC versions of the game. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also be available on Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, and PS3 starting April 29.
Players all over the world will soon be able to grow lush gardens in three dimensions with Mama. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends, a spin-off of the popular Cooking Mama series, has recently been announced exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. Majesco Games confirmed today that North American 3DS owners will be able to sustain their woodland communities -- with the veggies, of course -- in April of 2014. Unfortunately, there is no word of release outside of North America just yet.
What is Mama's ultimate goal this time around? To grow grandiose greens to give to the local creatures! Mama's here to help out her forest friends, of course. Using the stylus, players can solve many touchscreen based challenges, such as planting and caring for seeds and plants. Gardens can be customized through trade of points or SpotPass connectivity.
Sadly, this new installation into the Mama series probably won't win any prizes for innovation. At this point, Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends looks to be an updated rehash of the original Gardening Mama. Don't give up on it just yet though. Forest Friends will be available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in North America starting next month.
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MixedBag announced forma.8 Friday. The Italian indie developer created forma.8 out of a small gameplay concept based on an experimental control system for touch-enabled devices. The concept that eventually evolved into a full fledged game will be making its way to most platforms later this year. By most, I mean PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U, iOS, PC, Mac and Linux.
forma.8 is a metroidvania title that puts you in control of an aptly named forma.8 exploration probe at some point in the distant future. He's stranded alone on an alien planet after being separated from his comrades from one of those accident things that always seems to happen to people in video games. If the forma.8 unit doesn't recover an energy source deep within the planet before it's too late, who knows what might happen?
forma.8 starts off giving you no direction, but you'll slowly uncover the story and learn where to go as you explore the alien world and interact with the frequently hostile environment. Since the forma unit has been stranded, there's not much chance of reaching out to it through verbal communication, so you'll have to make do with imagery and sound to figure out where to go next.
MixedBag's co-founder Mauro Fanelli was fairly excited to be able to announce the project, stating:
"I’m so excited to finally reveal forma.8 for consoles, mobile, tablets and computers. I think it’s amazing that the first game announced for a next-generation console from an Italian team is an indie project made by an indie team. It wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago. A massive thanks to Sony and Nintendo for the support, and to Unity for making it possible."
Excited yet? No? Check out these features and the trailer below:
- An expansive world to explore
- An intriguing and mysterious story
- Dystopian visions!
- Secrets to uncover
- Lots of enemies
- Lots of BIG enemies
- Some more B I G G E R enemies
- ...and all the power-ups you need to take care of them and to avoid all the nasty stuff you'll face on the remote, alien planet
- 60 frames per second super fluid action
forma.8 currently has a release window of Q3 2014.
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Sunday, Mar 2
Take flight in a horribly designed rocket to explore the world
Get ready to blast off with the recently announced Wii U exclusive, Affordable Space Adventures! This game, developed by KnapNok games, places you in control of an expedition of a new frontier. Unfortunately, you're not given many supplies to work with. In fact, a small ship and light serve as your tools on this thrifty space quest.
Affordable Space Adventures is an adventure puzzle where the player must stealthily sneak around these brand new lands without alerting the inhabitants. Unfortunately, that may be a little hard in the clunky, beat-up little ship provided.
"Enjoy all the thrills and excitement of space exploration on a budget? Uexplore brings you affordable space adventures without compromising comfort, fun and safety. Our newest Small Craft line with its intuitive and simple Heads Down Display technology offers all the functionality and flexibility of the Heads Up Displays installed in more expensive space ships, but at a fraction of the price."
Affordable Space Adventures won't make gamers wait for too long. This adorable-looking little quest for knowledge will be released by Indie developer, KnapNok Games, in the fall of 2014, exclusively for Nintendo's Wii U.
The technical issues surrounding Battlefield 4 appear to be more or less a thing of the past thanks to last month's update. EA and DICE promised this past December that neither company would focus on new projects until the bugs were squashed. This also meant the delaying of all future DLC plans -- until now. DICE revealed the first bit of information for Battlefield 4's upcoming "Naval Strike" DLC. Naval Strike will be available for premium members later this month.
Naval Strike introduces a new hovercraft vehicle to the war in the South China Sea. After all, the new weapons that were teased aren't going to do you much good on a jet carrier thirty miles off shore. I think we can all agree it's more fun to be up close and personal unless you're a sniper.
Four multiplayer maps were also revealed:
- Lost Islands: Capture, loot, and plunder an untold number of fishing villages and blow up a passenger plane. Hopefully the opposing team's on it first.
- Wave Breaker: This one's for submarine lovers. If you're not one, you can still run on foot between shipping docks and use the new hovercraft vehicle to travel between islands.
- Nansha Strike: Just what Battlefield needs, more water! You'll learn to swim pretty quickly in this large, naval battle map. Otherwise, blowing up that hovercraft will be a free kill for your opponents.
- Operation Mortar: A cliff-side resort could make a great base of operations while you're waiting on your opponents to find their way through the scenery.
Battlefield 2142 fans will also enjoy the new Carrier Assault game mode. No details have been provided on it yet, but DICE promises that it will be like 2142's Titan mode.
Naval Strike will be released in late March for Battlefield 4 premium members. Two more expansion packs, "Dragon's Teeth" and "Final Stand" are planned for a summer 2014 release. Further details on Naval Strike as well as the latter two expansions will be shared as they become available.
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Friday, Feb 28
Net Articles Summary
- Asus Maximus VI Formula Review - PC Perspective
- PowerColor LCS R9 290X Review - ocaholic
- eVGA GeForce GTX 750 Review - Phoronix
- Corsair Hydro H75 Review (French) - Cowcotland
- Intel Core i7-3960X SLI Gaming Performance Scaling - ocaholic
Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition is now available for PC, priced at a fair $19.99 (or €19.99) on Steam or "across European retail." Yes, this is the same Resident Evil 4 we've known and loved for some time now, just in ultimate HD form.
While much of the HD improvements are difficult to see at first glance, the hi-def version definitely brings out some of the finer details in the game. In the overall scenery, however, you'll need to squint a little to catch the differences. That said, the PC HD version does boast "a smooth 60 frames per second for the very first time."
Resident Evil 4 is best known for dropping Leon amidst crazed Spanish villagers, introducing us to the famous Potato Sack Chainsaw Murderer. Leon has to defeat all these psychotic, infected villagers in order to stop a larger evil and rescue the POTUS' daughter. And who can forget all the times we had to play as her?
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- Dark Souls 2 heads to PC on April 25, check out the new PC screenshots and pre-order items 
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition announced for next-gen consoles 
- Disney Interactive layoffs hit 700 employees hard, Disney Infinity remains unaffected 
- Playing Titanfall ahead of launch won't get you banned 
- Microsoft could offer targeted political ads on Xbox LIVE in the US 
- Respawn receives beautiful limited edition Titanfall Xbox One from Microsoft, and we want it 
- Devolver Digital Double Debut Bundle available now, another deal for charity by Humble Bundle 
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 adds Alucard storyline with 'Revelations' DLC this month 
- New Final Fantasy XV trailer released, Leviathan and Behemoth look amazing 
- League of Legends: Mystery figure appears in Battlecast Vel'Koz splash art 
- Nintendo wants you to have Pokemon X or Y for free next month 
- Little Mac floating like a Flutter, stinging like a Beezo in Super Smash Bros. 
- Nintendo Direct for February 13 Live-Blog: Will X Debut? 
- Pokemon #719 Diancie officially confirmed, to star in movie 'Cocoon of Destruction'