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Here is what has been making news: New Releases, Tom Clancy, GTA 5 Online, Ratchet and Clank: Nexus, Watch Dogs, The Last Guardian, Terraria 2, Zelda Series, Deus Ex, The Bureau XCOM Declassified, Plants vs. Zombies, Half-Life 3.
October 6th – October 12th
Tuesday, October 8th
Mech Mice will be available for the PC.
Gas Guzzlers Extreme will be available for the PC.
F1 2013 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness will be available for the PS3.
Just Dance 2014 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U.
Beyond Two Souls will be available for the PS3.
Capcom Essentials will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Atomic Ninjas will be available for the PS3 and PS Vita.
Worms Revolution Extreme will be available for the PS3.
Bionic Dues will be available for the PC.
Tuesday, October 1st
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy will be available for the Xbox 360.
Etrain Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl will be available for the 3DS.
Family Tales: The Sister – Deluxe Edition will be available for the PC.
NBA 2K14 will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
Rain will be available for the PS3.
Realms of Arkania: Blades of Destiny will be available for the PC.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Trilogy will be available for the Xbox 360.
Arma Tactics will be available for the PC.
Rune Factory 4 will be available for the 3DS.
Flashback will be available for the PC.
Wednesday, October 9th
Let’s Sing and Dance will be available for the Xbox 360.
Twisty’s Asylum Escapades will be available for the PC.
Friday, October 11th
Beyond Two Souls will be available (in UK) for the PS3.
Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition will be available (in UK) for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC.
Dragon’s Crown will be available (in UK) for the PS3 and PS Vita.
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed will be available (in UK) for the NDS and 3DS.
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, NDS, and 3DS.
Saturday, October 12th
Pokemon X and Pokemon Y will be available for 3DS.
Rest in peace
Gamers know Tom Clancy for his intense games such as Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six. Prior to his classic games were his classic books and movies. His role in video games stared in the late 1980s with PC titles that were based on his books and movies such as The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising. Eventually he opened his own video game studio called Red Storm Entertainment which was acquired by Ubisoft in 2000.
Tom Clancy died on October 2nd in Baltimore at the age of 66. Once an insurance salesman, he turned to writing and has published best-seller after best-seller since. His thriller spy novels moved to movies and then to video games. His final novel, Command Authority, is due to hit shelves on December 3rd.
Regarding the Death of Mr. Clancy, Ubisoft stated, “We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world. The teams at Ubisoft, especially at the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him, and we are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name.”
Ubisoft published a number of titles under Clancy’s name including Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, H.A.W.X., EndWar, and the Rainbow Six series. A new Clancy game titled The Division is due to launch sometime next year.
Rockstar responds to problems
Rockstar has posted a list of the current known issues on their support page, along with potential workarounds for those who are not able to get past the Tutorial race. In doing so, they have acknowledged that GTA Online continues to be plagued with problems.
Rockstar has already fixed some of the issues that were creating problems such as, a network problem for PS3 users which prevented a lot of gamers from even accessing GTA Online. The studio has also turned off the micro-transactions for the time being until they can get all the issues sorted out. You will still be able to earn GTA$ by completing jobs and other activities, but you won’t be able to buy extra cash until things stabilize.
In response to the problems some have had getting past the Tutorial race Rockstar stated that “Some players have reported being able to get into the Tutorial race by re-downloading the Title Update, which can be deleted from Xbox Home or the PS3 XMB (Game Data Utility, NOT save data). Others reported having luck by selecting “Swap Character” from the Online tab within the pause menu, deleting the character that was unable to get into the tutorial, and then creating a new character. Some who were experiencing this issue have been able to get in just by trying again later.”
Efforts to resolve the problems continue. Keep an eye on Rockstar’s Support page for ongoing updates. Rockstar adds, “We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this.”
Coming to America
On November 12th, Ratchet and Clank: Nexus will launch in North America and the following day in Europe, according to Insomniac Games. This will be a shorter game than the past entries in the series and will sell for about $30. According to James Stevenson, Insomniac’s senior community manager, the reason the game is shorter is because it is an epilogue to the Future trilogy and was seen as a chance “to tie the vow on the PS3 era of Ratchet with a shorter title. “We have a lot of stories to tell, some longer, some shorter,” he continued. “This one felt just right. It’s a very polished self-contained return to the Ratchet adventures of yore.”
You can pre-order the game now and, depending upon which retailer you choose, get yourself Ratchet’s Pyronox Armor which gives a 5 percent damage reduction.
PC system requirements
Ubisoft’s Uplay network recently posted the PC System Requirements for Watch Dogs. The base specs for playing the game on your PC include a broadband internet connection for multiplayer as well as:
The operating system must be 64 bit Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.
Must have a Dual Layer DVD-ROM.
20 GB of Hard Drive space is required
A DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with the latest drivers is required
Minimally you should have a DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB of Video RAM, however 2 GB would be recommended.
Your GPU should be minimally Quad core, however the latest eight core or more is recommended.
You should have at least 4GB or RAM, although 8GB or more is recommended.
Work on the game continues
It was once stated that development of The Last Guardian was on hiatus, however, now it seems those rumors are false. Shuhei Yoshida of Sony blames Jack Tretton from Sony America for putting out that rumor during an interview earlier this year. “It was Jack Tretton! He used that term, and I said no, hiatus is misleading. It was a hiatus in terms of releasing new information. The game has never stopped – the team has always been here. They’re going through the re-engineering of the game, so the team size is smaller, because it’s more engineering focused right now.”
Yoshida explained that Sony Japan was still working on the game, although there is no time frame for release. “We’re waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian in an appropriate way. I can’t… Well, the game is in development, and it’s well staffed, and Ueda-san is here, working – even though he’s not a Sony employee, he’s dedicated to the product. But we’re not ready to update yet.”
The game was initially announced at the 2009 E3, more recently there have been some rumblings that the game would be moving to PS4, which may well be the reason things are taking so long.
It’ll be “quite different”
Even though it is still a ways away from launch, Terraria 2 has officially been announced and designer and programmer Andrew “Redigit” Spinks is speaking out about what you can expect from the sequel.
Last February Spinks announced that he would be starting work on a new project and moving away from Terraria. However, it seems he does continue to do some work on the game, given there was just a release of the 1.2 update, while continuing to work on what was a mystery project. When discussing Terraria 2, Spinks explained, “It’s a ways out, but it’s gonna have a lot in common with the original. It’s gonna be quite different as well. I really want to expand on the whole Terraria universe.”
For Spinks, the reason for developing a sequel rather than continuing to update the original game is all about freedom. “There’s a lot of stuff I’m locked into with Terraria. The way loot works, the way character progression works. In Terraria I really want to have infinite worlds so you’re not just stuck to one world. You can travel anywhere. I want more biome diversity in that, too. There’s a lot of stuff [I want to add and change].”
For those of you who still play Terraria, the announcement of Terraria 2 doesn’t mean the original game will be abandoned. For example, Spinks states that he is considering a Halloween update and “finishing the endgame progression” within the next few months. One option he is looking at that could encourage Terraria fans wanting to see the game evolve, is “hiring another small team to continue updates while I move onto Terraria 2.”
Producer is excited for change
Eiji Aonuma, long time Zelda director and producer, states that he isn’t anywhere near done with making Zelda games. He does want to bring some changes to the series however, saying, “In regard to how we’ve always done things the traditional way until now: ‘Why does it have to be traditional?’ That’s the question I’ve been asking myself. If we don’t change that, we can’t make something new.” Aonuma noted that the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS will introduce change.
One change that we know of is that gamers will have access to most items early on and dungeons will be able to be undertaken in any order. Aonuma says that the change goes beyond how dungeons are tackled and may likely extend to the roles Link and Zelda have.
He has been discussing such changes with creator Shigeru Miyamoto. “Something that is ‘traditional’ is in a sense often something that copies previous works, so if you continue doing that, it gradually takes away from its uniqueness. So we’re currently working on making those parts more and more unique.” He adds that the rumors that he is tired of the game are simply not true, in fact, the more the game changes, “the more I get fired up. Having someone thing ‘Huh? Is this Zelda?!’ at first, then ‘Oh, it is Zelda,’ is what we’re going for. Something that wouldn’t make it matter whether Link or Princess Zelda appear in it or not. Something where it wouldn’t even matter if Zelda is actually a princess, or not.”
One of the changes you can see in the currently available Wind Waker HD for the Wii U is freedom of movement, “That’s something I want to continue doing in development going forward – creating that environment where [they] can go explore and find new and interesting things.”
Wind Waker HD is currently available as a digital download on the Wii U eShop in North America. The physical version of the game has also just been released last Friday for both North America and Europe. A Link Between Worlds is expected to launch on November 22nd for the 3DS.
There is currently a next generation Deus Ex game in the works, in the mean time Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut will be launching this month for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. In North America the game will be available Oct. 22nd and for European gamers it will be available on Oct. 25th.
David Anfossi, studio head, reports that the next-gen Deus Ex game will be just the first part of the Deus Ex: Universe, “an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games.” Universe will connect several games with united conspiracies and more regular content using games, books, graphic novels, and more.
If all this sounds familiar, it is because Ubisoft and other publishers have been doing this sort of trans-media using books, animate features, and mobile games to fill out franchises such as Dead Space and Assassin’s Creed.
DLC for Xbox only
Releasing this Tuesday, October 8th, is the Hangar 6 R&D add-on pack exclusive to the Xbox 360 for The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. The downloadable content (DLC) is set just before the large alien invasion in the main game.
For about $5 Xbox 360 gamers can step into the shoes of Agent DaSilva. DaSilva has volunteered for a series of psychic experiments. Harley White-Wiedow, the DLC’s lead designer, explains: “Agent DaSilva and his squad are treated with an elerium-based compound gas in order to visualize and combat the mental defenses of another agent infected with the Sleepwalker pathogen.”
Apparently the games difficulty level is raised in this DLC, however, it’s all balanced out by the introduction of a new series of powers and perks that are based on DaSilva’s ‘plant and trigger’ bomb abilities.
Back in June 2K Marin had stated that multiple narrative-driven DLC packs are planned for the game to be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Hangar 6 R&D add-on pack will be the only DLC that is exclusive to the Xbox 360.
Android version launches
Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time, for the Android has launched ahead of schedule in Australia and New Zealand. A global launch is said to be coming “soon.”
This sequel builds on the 2009 original Plants vs Zombies, adding fresh visuals, plants, and of course zombies. There are a variety of worlds you can play in, including the Wild West, Ancient Egypt, and Pirate Seas. The new plant food in the game allows you to supercharge your turrets.
While we don’t know yet when the Android version of the game will launch in North America or Europe, PopCap does state that gamers need not be wary about the series transition to a free-to-play model. Be aware, however, that as with most free-to-play games, there will be microtransactions that help support the business end of the game.
Apparently it is official, there will be a Half-Life 3, if Valve’s recently registered trademark is an indication of “official” at least. The Half-Life 3 trademark was filed on September 29th with the European Union’s Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office.
The registration filed is stated to be for “Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software” as well as stating “Provision of on-line entertainment; provision of computer and video games and computer and video game programs from a computer database or via the Internet.”
As of yet, there has been no corresponding trademark appearing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s online register.
So, this doesn’t actually mean that we will be hearing any official announcement of Half-Life 3, naturally. It simply means that Valve may be registering the mark to prevent anyone else from using the title. And yet … perhaps we will eventually being seeing a new Half-Life game. We have our fingers crossed.