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March 21, 2016


Playstation VR Gets a Date and Price



Written by AJ

During an exclusive event during GDC in San Francisco, Sony revealed both the release date and price. While it won't be the first headset to come out, in fact it is currently the latest date for any of the big three headsets coming out this year.

While no date was set, we know that Playstation VR will be hitting shelves this October. Amazon UK sold out of the headsets in less than a day, and it seems as though every retailer is going to be stretched thin on inventory.

Coming in at $399 USD, Playstation VR is the cheapest of the headsets coming out, and that price difference could help the headset jump ahead of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, even though it is coming out much later than the others.

On the chart below, we can see how the tree headsets stack up against each other. While the Vive is the most expensive headset, it comes with everything, including controllers and the sensor needed for the tracking. The Rift currently doesn't come with the touch controllers that have been shown off with the headset, announcing that they will be available to purchase at a later date. PSVR, while the cheapest of the three, really only includes the headset and the wiring to connect it to a Playstation 4. The camera and Move controllers are sold separately, although Sony has reported that they will be selling a version that comes packaged with the Playstation Camera.

The System Requirements look at the graphics cards that the headsets need, with the Vive and Rift both needing a minimum nVidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X. PSVR only needs a Playstation 4, and wins the overall price point because of that. The other two headsets require a $1000 PC, and that is a high barrier for someone that doesn't have a computer that they could upgrade.


March 14, 2016


New Game Thumper Will Drag you to Rhythm Hell



Written by Devon

Developer Drool has announced that their new game Thumper will be seeing release on PS4, Steam and PS VR. Thumper is described by cocreators Marc and Brian as being a rhythm violence game. The player will be pressing the button in sync with the music as beetle scrolls down a track in fantastic worlds.

Below is the first gameplay trailer for Thumper titled "Rhythm Hell" as well as some quotes from the creators about what you can expect from the game.

No cuts, no overdubs. Just one minute of uninterrupted gameplay from one of Thumper's advanced levels. Thumper's gameplay is simple, stripped down and accessible for both hardcore rhythm gamers and casual action game fans. But as you delve deeper, it won’t be easy. Our focus on simplicity lets us push speed and physicality to extremes never before felt in a rhythm game. Our latest trailer offers a glimpse of the unrelenting rhythm hell in store.

"Thumper is not only debuting on Steam and PS4. It's also coming to PlayStation VR. At first, weren't sure whether Thumper would be a good fit for VR. We've spent the past few years making Thumper the most intense two-dimensional experience possible. Wouldn't a VR version just be too intense? Well, we can confirm that not only is it intense, it's completely overwhelming!"

If you happen to be at GDC (March 14th-18th) you can check out Thumper for yourself in glorious VR. Thumper will be playable on PS VR at the MIX Patreon Developer Showcase on Tues March 15th from 7pm to 11pm. Both Marc & Brian and will be at GDC all week. Please let them know if you'd like to meet up for a demo or interview.

They'll have more to say about Thumper on PS VR soon, but one thing is for sure: the entire game will be playable in both 2D and VR.

So what do you think? Are you into rhythm games ...violence... rhythmic violence? Sound off on our Twitter! Thumper is said to be releasing sometime in 2016.


March 9, 2016


A Slew of DLC Coming to Fallout 4



Written by Damien

Bethesda took theirblog today to reveal a few of the planned downloadable content (DLC) packs that they have planned for their mega successful title Fallout 4.

The first DLC will be "Automatron" and retail for $9.99. The expected launch window is March 2016.

Bethesda had this to say about the first of three DLC: The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!

Next up is the "Wasteland Workshop" where you can train and battle wasteland beasts. This one will retail for a mere $4.99 and is expected to release April 2016.

As per the blog this is what you can expect. With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures - from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixi tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!

The last revealed piece of DLC is also the most expensive. This is probably due to the sheer magnitude of this pack. It is the most story focused addition and it will be Bethesda's largest added land mass to a title to date. The third DLC is titled "Far Harbor" and is priced at $24.99. The expected release date is May 2016.

A new case from Valentine's Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that we've ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.

On top of all this new, things get even better right before they get worse. We already know about the first 3 sets of DLC but these aren't the only ones that Bethesda has planned for Fallout 4! Bethesda is planning to add even more content to an already massive game. However, this means that they are going to be raising the price on the season pass. Bethesda had this to say about the expanded DLC plan - The price of the season pass will increase from the current $29.99 to $49.99 USD on March 1, 2016. However, if you already purchased the season pass for $29.99, nothing changes - you still get everything at no additional cost the full $50 offering of add-on content for the original price of $29.99. In addition, if you didn't buy the season pass yet, there is still time: anyone who buys the Season Pass for $29.99 before March 1st will get all $50 worth of content. This is our way of saying thanks to all our loyal fans who have believed in us and supported us over the years.

There will even be closed beta's for these add-ons which you can sign up for Here. Bethesda respectively plans to keep on updating the game and tweaking bugs and modes like Survival for the foreseeable future. Are you psyched about the DLC? Are you a fan of Fallout 4? Sound off on our twitter Here.


March 7, 2016


Capcom Developer Thinks A DMC and Bayonetta Crossover would be Dope



Written by Damien

Capcom developer Rey Jimenez had a very interesting interview with Hip-Hop Gamer that you can watch Here. In a rather unpredictable statement, he discussed his dream for having these two larger than life heroes be in a game together. His general consensus was "It would be dope".

Jimenez also went on to describe what a his vision of this theoretical crossover would entail; "As a developer and a gamer I would love to do that and how that would happen, well let me just say to you that would be the most insane gonzo action game you would ever see with tag-team, back-and-forth, switching and combos with stylish Dante or whoever coming in and doing stuff. It would actually be a dream come true."

This is by no means any sort of confirmation that this project is happening, but you might want to hold on to a little bit of hope. Jimenez went on to say, "I'm sure with Capcom it's possible to do really cool things, but I don't know if this would ever happen, but I can't deny that the thought of it would be totally mind blowing and epic."

The last game in the Devil May Cry franchise was the rebooted DMC: Devil May Cry and it received mixed reviews. It was originally released on last gen January 15, 2013 and saw a remastered edition for current gen consoles on March 10, 2015. I was a fan of the reimagined Dante and would love to see either a direct sequel or at least have them continue to use the revitalized character. The last Bayonetta game, Bayonetta 2, was released back on September 20, 2014. This sequel is a Nintendo exclusive and probably wouldn't exist without Nintendo's support. Most recently Bayonetta was the winning write-in character and has officially become a playable character in Super Smash Brothers for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS.

So fly me to the moon as I would love nothing more than this crossover. would you be psyched for a crossover like this? We would love to know so please sound off on our Twitter Here.


Playstation VR Event 



Written by Devon

 Oculus and HTC have both released details, specs, and most importantly pricing  about their virtual reality headsets, the Rift and Vive respectively.  The only headset  that is still up in the air is Sony’s Playstation VR.  All of that could change in the very  near future. 

   

 Sony has sent out an invitation for a Playstation VR event in San Francisco on  March 15? th? .  There will be a presentation followed by hands?on time with the  headset. 

                                                                    

 Could this be the announcement of price and release day that we've all been  waiting for? Who knows, but the rumors from retailers and websites put this  headset out not long after E3. 

 


March 5, 2016


Playstation Plus Vote to Play Results



Written by Devon

Back in August of 2015 Sony introduced a new feature to Playstation Plus - Vote to Play. Players get to vote on 3 games that they would like to receive for free in the following month. The game with the most votes becomes free while the other two receive a 30% discount for the first few weeks of sales.

March is the first time since then that this new tactic has been utilized and the results are in! Playstation Plus users can now look forward to Broforce on March 1st, 2016. Broforce is a side-scrolling run and gun platformer developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. The player-character is a bro, a hypermasculine action hero-style commando, who fights terrorists and rescues his bro teammates and prisoners of war from captivity. The levels end when the player defeats a foreign devil boss, hoists an American flag, and leaves via helicopter while the scenery explodes. If all of this sounds like an epic brofest of over the top shenanigans, it's because that's exactly what this game has to offer. In a world with increasingly realistic and more dramatic story lines, Broforce takes the outlandishness of the 1980's, embraces it, and uses excessive force to blast liberty into terrorists.

As for the titles that didn't come out on top, subscribers can snag both Action Henk! and Assault Android Cactus at the previously mentioned 30% discount from March 8th-21st. Action Henk! is a fast-paced running, jumping and butt-sliding platformer, albeit in a 3D, toy filled world. Assault Android Cactus is a tight shoot 'em up that plays like a modern day arcade.

All 3 of these games will be new addition to Playstation's ever growing library. Will you be picking them up? Protip: If you're not downloading your free games every month, you're doing it wrong.


March 4, 2016


Resident Evil 4 - 6 Remake



Written by Will

The gossip and rumors about the potential of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 coming to the next generation consoles can finally be confirmed! Capcom announced on February 25th that they would be releasing the series in reverse chronological order. Capcom will release Resident Evil 6 for next generation consoles in just a little more than a month on March 29th. Resident Evil 6 take you in a wildly different direction than previous entries in the series. The campaign can be played from four different perspectives which is determined by the main character you choose to play as. Players can choose to experience the zombie infested world as Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jake Muller and last but certainly not least is Ada Wong.

Capcom also plans to release both Resident Evil 5 and 4 in the summer and fall of 2016 respectively. Resident Evil 5, starring Chris Redfield and his partner Sheva Alomar, investigates a potential terrorist threat in Kijuju, a fictional region of Africa. Chris finds an old partner of his while pursuing the truth behind the virus.

Resident Evil 4 follows the story of Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop, who was hired as a government official to track down the president's daughter who went missing in Spain. This solo adventure is vastly different when compared to Resident Evil 5. While Chris has the aid of Sheva, Leon has nobody to rely on but himself. Resident Evil 4 is often considered the pinnacle of the the franchise and has been the most widely released entry. Its initial release was set to be exclusively on the Gamecube in 2005, but was quickly ported to Playstation 2 later that year. It has subsequently seen re-releases on virtually every platform since.

Back in 2015 Capcom said in an updated financial tactic that they planned to "utilize existing intellectual property, such as by selling HD remastered versions of popular older games." Since then we have seen the re-release of Resident Evil 0 and HD, DMC: Devil May Cry, the Megaman Legacy Collection, and now 3 more entries in the RE franchise. It seems that they are embracing this plan and sticking to their guns. Capcom has a large portfolio of existing IP and it's only a matter of time before we start seeing more classics outside of the Resident Evil staple. Let's just hope they haven't abandoned their plans on their Playstation 4 exclusive Deep Down, which was last seen in 2013. Capcom did file for for and obtained the third extension for the trademark with the US Patent and Trademark office on August 6, 2015.