After an impressive 28 months sitting atop the US hardware charts, the Xbox 360 has finally been outsold, by the 3DS no less [Joystiq]. This was achieved with considerable help from Top Ten appearances in the all-format charts from Donkey Kong: Country Returns (3), Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (5) and Lego Batman 2 (10).Click here to read more...
We posted a deal earlier this month, highlighting a potential error on the Xbox Live store where Fable 3 was available for free. Well, it's now an official gift to all Gold subscribers and will be available to download until the end of the month.
This seems to be a prelude to Microsoft's new service, giving subscribers two free games per month. In July you'll also be able to grab Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 for free. Cheer up, they may give out some newer freebies down the line. Oh, wait you've left to look at PS Plus subscriptions instead.
Fans of graphically superior versions of games, rejoice! PC gamers won't be the only ones getting the prettiest version of Square Enix's upcoming MMO. Last night, Sony announced that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be coming to the PS4 as well as the PS3 and PC.
This comes as good news but hardly surprising as Square Enix will be keen to keep the game running on modern hardware to keep those paid subscriptions going. With the original release crashing and burning in spectacular fashion, we're surprised they haven't shifted to a free-to-play model, which has done wonders for both numbers and revenue for the likes of DC Universe Online and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
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Developer: Insomniac Games
Insomniac’s first outing since leaving Sony’s nest was always going to be a tough task. But with such a strong history of inventive weaponry in the Ratchet & Clank and Resistance games, chances were that anything they put their minds too involving boomsticks would be fun.
Fuse is a third-person cover shooter with a heavy emphasis on co-op. With the multiplatform competition consisting of the like of Kane & Lynch and Army of Two, it’s all there for the taking. Fuse packs a little extra punch by allowing for four-player co-op action, rather than a paltry two.
The game is set in a near future, allowing for a slight sci-fi edge to things. You play as one of four Overstrike agents -guns for hire- on one long job after things get screwed up in the first mission. A volatile alien substance known as Fuse, gets into the wrong hands, meaning bad people would like to use it in nukes and so on.
Fortunately, they leave behind four prototype weapons, which your team promptly appropriate for themselves. A warp gun fires lasery shots that eventually build up into small black holes that can be chained together. A crossbow-like weapon fires flaming bolts that can be remotely detonated. A shatter gun eventually freezes enemies, leaving them vulnerable to standard weapons, enabling you to shatter large groups like glass. The final weapon provides a mobile shield, albeit one that can absorb bullets and grenades before repelling them back at the enemy.Click here to read more...
The brand new E3 Dragon's Crown trailer gives us a look at various aspects of the game, instead of just action and boobs (also included). There's treasure collecting, XP spending, multiplayer footage and a bloody massive Smaug-style dragon.
The hand-drawn art-style ticks all our retro-fanboy boxes by staying 2D, but looking new at the same time. Coming from Vanillaware, the dev team behind Muramasa, we've got high hopes for the Vita/PS3 game. We're still waiting for an EU release date, but American gamers can expect the game August 6th. Enjoy the video after the break.Click here to read more...
A new trailer featuring gameplay scenes was debuted in the early hours this morning at Sony's E3 presser. We get to see Bats enjoy his trademark brawling and play with some new toys. Our favourite has to be the double grappling hook that tethers two enemies together and knocks them out by slamming them into each other.
Some new cutscene material also shows us a few enemies who are all out for the reward money provided by Black Mask for killing the Dark Knight. Bane, Deadshot, Deathstroke and even the Joker make an appearance, making us glad we're getting a prequel. A third Arkham game just wouldn't be the same without the lovable loon. Enjoy the trailer after the break.
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[UPDATE]: We can confirm via a press release that the game will indeed be a reboot origins story: "The new Mirror’s Edge reboots the franchise for the next generation with advanced visuals and an all-new origin story for Faith."
EA and DICE have just announced at E3 that we are finally getting a new Mirror’s Edge game. A new trailer even shows us some early gameplay using a new engine.
What is also interesting is how we see Faith getting her trademark tattoos for the first time. The star over the eye and the weird grid thing on her arm are getting inked onto her inbetween the action shots in the trailer and the one her face looks like it’ll be stinging for a while. Rather than keep it out of the sun though, we’re sure she’ll be running around crisp, bright and clean rooftops again soon.Click here to see the trailer.
The live gameplay reveal for Call of Duty: Ghosts has just been shown giving gamers an early look at what the press are going to see at E3 in a few days’ time.
The demo begins with an underwater section that resembles many of the stealthy follow missions in previous Call of Duty games. You follow your AI partner around some highly detailed reefs, populated by schools of fish and apparently not-that-hungry sharks. The demo was running on ‘next-gen hardware’ but some of the finer detail was lost due to the live stream nature of the feed. We’re sure a shiny HD version of the demo will emerge over the next few days though.
After another bit of stage chatter, we finally get to see the COD Dog in action, or should I say, Riley. Infinity Ward have named the canine after his namesake in a few previous Call of Duty titles. I know, I thought they were going to go for Price too when they mentioned pleasing fans.
Riley looks awesome though, and we’ll be able to directly control him. This is reasoned-out by him having a pop-up camera mounted on his back and vibrating sensors behind each ear telling him which direction to move in. The German shepherd can be sent to silently dispatch lone targets. Well, silent apart from their terrified screams.
Commands can also be issued, but this may be something the AI takes care of. Upon cracking the glass in a window, the AI partner simply says ‘search’ and Riley smashes through, alarming a group of guards inside before the door suddenly explodes in slow-motion with one enemy soldier flailing to stop Riley eating his face and the others barely even noticing your presence in what appears to be Ghost’s version of a ‘breach’ assault.
The demonstration closes with an impression of the E3 arena’s 120-foot screen showing a montage. Sadly, this looks very thin on your laptop or TV as they try to cram in the whole image.
Just in case you missed the presentation on your Machinima App on your Xbox 360 because it crashed (well worth £30 a year, Microsoft), here’s a link to the replay on the Call of Duty site. Just skip the 30-minute countdown to get to the presentation. We’ll bring you a YouTube link as soon as possible.
It may only be a glimpse, but we’re looking forward to the November 5th release date already.
In the build-up to E3 this week we've had the revelation that Kiefer 'Jack Bauer' Sutherland will be taking over the lead role in Metal Gear Solid 5. Konami also used their presser to tease us (again!) with another gameplay-bereft trailer for the latest Castlevania game along with more details about Pro Evo 2014. Microsoft finally admitted some ominous details about the Xbox One needing an almost-constant internet connection, but the preowned picture is still very vague. Hopefully by this time next week we'll have some concrete post-E3 details.
The highlight of our reviews section is undoubtedly The Last of Us, with some suitably grim events for Naughty Dog's harrowing take on a post-apocalypse scenario where the cordyceps virus has almost wiped out the human race. For those of you without a PS3 (don't worry, you'll get it right next-gen), you can tear up the track in the rather excellent Grid 2.
In our features, we try and predict the future events of E3, have a go at Microsoft for being dicks for something or other, recommend the Top 10 Ouya apps -ignoring the remaining seven of them rather cruelly. We also try to play the latest cricket Ashes game, but get forced to watch devs play it instead, which probably means it's going out for a duck. Did I get that cricket reference right? Who cares, it's E3 next week and I'm off to the Download metal festival to get sunburnt and loose my boots in knee-deep mud while drinking beer from a can that's painfully hot to hold.Click here to read more...
Sony's super-generous premium membership package has once again seemingly paid for itself in a single month with another bevvy of games for your collection. Members will be able to download the following titles for free from Wednesday: Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and LittleBigPlanet Karting.Click here to read more...
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