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  1. This Week in Gaming - Hacking Attempts

    Since we didn't release an article last week we'll make up for it in this one. Very few games have been released in the last couple of weeks but there's plenty of news to catch up on.

    Game Releases


    Dynasty Warriors 8


    Platform/s: Playstation 3, Xbox360
    Release Date/s:Previously released early 2013 in Japan, July 16th in North America, to be released July 19 in Europe and July 25 in Australia.

    Dynasty Warriors 8 is the eighth official installment in the Dynasty Warriors series which is based on the classic Chinese novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms".

    It uses the same system and engine as Dynasty Warriors 7, focussing instead on adding more content for replayability and tweaking the combat system, and includes more than 77 characters.

    The Walking Dead: 400 Days (DLC)


    Platform/s: Playstation 3, PC, Xbox360, iOS, Playstation Vita
    Release Date/s: July 2 for PS3, July 3 for PC, July 5 for Xbox360, July 11 for iOS and to be released for Playstation Vita sometime next month.

    400 days is a special episode of the Walking Dead video game which serves to bridge the gap between Season 1 and the upcoming Season 2 of the game.

    In general it has been criticised for being too short and not letting you get to know the characters well enough.

    Gaming News and Announcements


    • Earlier this month Don Mattrick left Microsoft where he was President of Interactive Entertainment Business to join Zynga as CEO
    • Saints Row IV released a new trailer for Independence Day, check it out here.
    • There have been several Security and Privacy issues in gaming recently.
      • Personal information of user stored on Arma III and Day Z servers had been compromised
      • 23,925 Japanese Club Nintendo accounts had personal information stolen including real names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
      • Similar problems have been suffered recently by UbiSoft and indie game developers such as Cube World.
      • Microsoft allegedly assisted the NSA to intercept private Skype and email transmissions which comes as further bad news for the Xbox One which will have Skype integrated into it.
    • Trailers for Pikmin 3 (for the Wii U) have been released that show off gameplay and introduce pikmin types
    • Sony have confirmed that the PS4 will be playable at Comic-Con next week
    • The iOS game Deus Ex: The Fall wouldn't allow players on a jailbroken device to fire their weapon, Square Enix has since apologised for not being clear about this and will be releasing a patch that removes restriction.
    • Rockstar has released a gameplay trailer for Grand Theft Auto V which you can find here.
    • When Disney acquired Marvel, and then later Star Wars many fans expressed interest in seeing characters from these franchises in Kingdom Hearts, and whilst nothing has been confirmed yet Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura commented in an interview recently that he would be interested in implementing Star Wars into the series.

    Weird Gaming News and Facts


    • One Piece:Romance Dawn, the upcoming 3DS game (ported from PSP) based on the popular manga and anime series is not planned to be released in the US despite being localized for several European English speaking countries. The game is set to be released in Japan August 8th and in Europe in November and you can watch the trailer here.
    • The US government now recognises League of Legends players as professional athletes and awards visas to them to play.
    • A manga adaptation of Assassins Creed IV will be launching in Japan on August 10th.
    • Whilst not strictly video game related and English version of the popular Japanese Hatsune Miku software is going to be released this Summer. On that topic a meme has recently started using the 3D animating tool "Miku Miku Dance", Check out this "How to Flip the Bird" video to find out what I mean.
    • The Little Sisters from Bioshock were originally planned to be tiny mole-like creatures rather than little girls.
    There won't be a Weekly Gaming Article next week but we should have some pretty interesting and unique content for you guys in its place.

    • Jul 14 2013 10:39 PM
    • by Nathan
  2. This Week in Gaming - Releases and Rumors

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    Let's get right into it, shall we?

    Game Releases


    Game & Wario


    Platform/s: Wii U
    Release date/s: Previously released in Japan in March. June 23rd in North America, June 28 in Europe and June 29 in Australia.

    The game was originally a technical demonstration of the Wii U's GamePad planned to be pre-installed on every Wii U system before they decided to release it as a game with a Wario theme.

    It consists of 16 mini-games, twelve of which are single player and four are multiplayer only for up to five players.

    It has received mixed to positive reviews with a score of 62.67% on game rankings

    Company of Heroes 2


    Platform/s: Windows
    Release date/s: June 25

    As a sequel to Company of Heroes the game is set in World War II, focussing on the Eastern Front.

    It features new technology to better emulate troop visibility in real combat. Weather also plays an important factor, troops can die of frostbite if caught outside during blizzards, bonfires can protect soldiers from the cold but at the risk of enemy detection.

    It has recieved positive reviews with a score of 81.62 on gamerankings

    Deadpool


    Platform/s: Xbox360, PS3, Windows
    Release date/s: June 25 in North America and June 28th in Europe.

    Deadpool is an action video game based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and features cameos by several other Marvel characters.

    It has recieved mixed reviews, it has been praised for its humour but its gameplay has been called repetitive. It has a score of 68.44% on gamerankings

    Gaming News and Announcements


    • A trailer for Mario and Luigi: Dream Team has been released and you can watch it here. The 3DS game has players exploring Luigi's dreams
    • A series of videos showcasing different classes for Dark Souls II have been released. Here are links to the videos of the Warrior, Temple Knight, Sorcerer and Duel Swordsman
    • Microsoft recently reversed many of their unpopular DRM policies for the Xbox One. After a single system set-up with a new console an internet connection will no longer be required to play offline Xbox One games, and you will be able to trade-in, lend, resell, gift and rent disc based games just like you can with the Xbox360.
    • A video for New Super Luigi U has been released that shows off the differences between Mario and Luigi. You can find the video here
    • The new Namco Bandai, Dragon Ball Z game (Dragon Ball: Battle of Z) based on the recent movie has been confirmed for release outside of Japan including North America, Europe, Latin America and Brazil. The game will include a battle royale mode for eight players as well as four player co-op and online multiplayer. It is set to be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita. Check out the trailer here
    • Google has announced that they are working on a new Android gaming console, though with the reception the Ouya has received its not something to get too excited about.

    Weird Gaming News and Facts


    • In an E3 Interview Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura mentioned that all the data for Kingdom Hearts 1 had been lost and so everything had to be completely recreated for HD. Check out the full interview here
    • A Texas teenager has been held in jail since March over comments he made on facebook from a converstation that started in League of Legends where he referenced a school shooting.
    • Sweden has introduced a tax and permit system for LAN parties by lumping games, PC's and consoles in with poker machines and other electronic gambling devices.
    • Saints Row IV and State of Decay have been refused classification in Australia, showing that there's still a problem with the way games are classified in Australia despite the new R18+ rating that was introduced earlier this year.
    • According to studies conducted by Iowa State University the Pokewalker is one of the most accurate pedometers ever.

    • Jun 30 2013 11:02 AM
    • by Nathan
  3. This Week in Gaming - The Lead up to E3

    We are covering a bit over a week of gaming news and releases. Not only because I actually got last weeks article done earlier than usual, but due to technical issues it didn't get posted until a bit later and I wasn't able to get an article done that early this time. In a way, that's fortunate though as there weren't too many releases this week. With the lead up to E3 in a few days there is plenty of news.

    Game Releases


    Remember Me


    Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3 and Xbox360.
    Release date/s: June 3, for PC in North America, June 4 for Consoles in North America, June 6 in Australia, and June 7 in Europe.

    Remember Me was developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Capcom.

    Remember Me is an action-adventure stealth game and features exploration, platforming, stealth, and melee combat. As the name suggests the game is about memories and there are mechanics that allow the player to change and steal their targets memories. It is set in the year 2084 in a futuristic version of Paris.

    The game allows players to create and customize their own combos with and their is said to be over 50,000 possible combinations.

    Remember me has received mixed to positive reviews. Game rankings gives it a score of 69.78% for PC, 74.21% for PS3 and 68.63% for Xbox360.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Legendary Edition)


    Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3, and Xbox360
    Release date/s: June 4
    As I'm sure most of you know, Skyrim is an action role-playing game by Bethesda, and the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series (which this site is named after)

    The Legendary Edition contains the game with the 1.9 patch along with the 3 expansions or DLC (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn).

    Since its initial release Skryim has been very well received. Game rankings gives it a score of 88% for PC, 94.42% for PS3, and 95.15% for Xbox360.

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf


    Platform/s: Nintendo 3DS
    Release date/s: Released last year in Japan, February this year in Korea, June 9th in North America and to be released June 14 in Europe and June 15 in Australia.

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the latest game in the Animal Crossing series. where the player lives in a rural village populated by anthropomorphic animals.

    The game has revived very positive response, and has been praised for its use of the Nintendo 3DS's stereoscopic 3D effects. Gamerankings currently gives it a score of 86.60%

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    Gaming News and Announcements


    With the Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) about to take place from June 11-13 a lot of gaming news has been coming out recently.
    • Nintendo released an introductory trailer for New Super Luigi U, the clip shows how Luigi's unique moves compare to his brother Mario. You can view the clip here.
    • Microsoft has released statements clearing up a few things about the Xbox One. Firstly whilst it doesn't always have to be online it does have to connect to the internet at least once every 24 hours and if it doesn't offline gaming won't be possible until a connection is re-established. Live TV, Blu-Rays and DVDs will still work. As for used games, they are leaving it up to the publishers for the most part. Publishers can enable you to trade in games at participating retailers, and retailers, publishers, nor consumers will be charged for this, however publishers can opt out of this and set up transfer fees with retailers if they desire.
    • The first in a series of developer diaries for Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag has been released. Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag will be released for PC, PS3, Xbox360 and Wii U in North America on October 29, and will also be available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. You can find the developer diary here.
    • Nintendo has announced new animation software, Flipnote Studio 3D, will arrive in the North American 3DS eShop this August.
    • An image that is believed to show several of the titles coming to the Xbox One has been leaked. (pictured to the right)
    • Zynga, most famous for the facebook game Farmville, has closed its LA, New York, Austin and Dallas studios and is laying off 18 percent of its work force (an estimated 520 employees).
    • Capcom has announced more plans for Ducktales Remastered (which is a remastered version of the classic NES game for WiiU, Xbox360, Playstation 3 and PC.) A side by side comparison can be seen here.
    • A new trailer for the upcoming game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has been released and introduces Donatello. You can watch it here.
    • A new Wolfenstein game has been announced and is set to be released later this year. You can watch the trailer here.
    • At a Pre-E3 press conference Konami offered more information on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The sequel is set in modern day and will introduce an open world. You can watch the trailer here, but it does contain spoilers for the first game. The initial game is also coming to PC this August.
    • The Los Angeles Convention Centre is displaying a huge Dark Souls 2 sign with March 2014 written on it. Namco Bandai have since confirmed that Dark Souls 2 is slated for release March 2014. There are also plans for a Dark Souls art book, Dark Souls: Design Works.
    • Mortal Kombat's Scorpian is coming to DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us as a downloadable character. A trailer for the Scorpian DLC can be found here.
    There will be a heap of news coming out at E3 and we will be doing our best to cover anything interesting that comes out of that, but if you're really interested the press conferences will be live streamed, you can view a schedule for that here.

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    Weird Gaming News and Facts


    • Not exactly weird news, but still interesting and worth mentioning a live-action fan-film has been made for The Legend of Zelda. You can find that here.
    • Sorry to get back to Donkey Kong again after last week but in honor of Donkey Kong Country Returns Nintendo trademarked the phrase "its on like Donkey Kong."
    • An image of a colour wheel consisting only of pokemon (pictured to the right) has been getting re-tweeted a lot in japan.
    • Rockstar purposely paid a PR expert to cause controversy and get Grand Theft Auto negative press coverage in order to boost the games sales.
    • Similarly Microsoft and Sony have reportedly been employing people to post on reddit in order to gain support for their next gen consoles and to attack their rival console. More details can be found at this topic.
    • In Bioshock Infinite. the letter Elizabeth asks you to deliver (after being deciphered) says : I am a code. I should probably be changed over for something much more official in the future. But I'll do as a stand-in for now I suppose.
    • Travis Touchdown of 'No More Heroes' is based on Johny Knoxville. The games director, Goichi Suda, would often show his staff a clip from jackass where a baby alligator bites Knoxvilles nipple, claiming "I wanted them to understand the kind of person that Travis is."
    • Due to music licence expiration an Xbox Live Achievement for Rock Band 3, "Live Free or Die" will be unavailable after June 30 when one of the free songs needed for the achievement will be removed. The removal of songs does not effect users who have already purchased or downloaded those tracks though so you can download. The other six tracks that will be dropped on June 30 are currently on sale for $1, half their usual price.

    • Jun 09 2013 10:33 AM
    • by Nathan
  4. This Week in Gaming - Releases and Next Gen Consoles

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    So if you've read the previous article I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to be changing up the format of these articles, in the past it was mostly a list of every game that had been released during the week, and thats not something people are interested in, so instead I will just talk about important releases and focus a lot more on industry news.

    Game Releases


    Call of Juarez: Gunslinger


    Platform/s: PlayStation Network, Steam, Xbox Live Arcade.
    Release Date/s: May 21, for PSN in North America, May 22 International, May 23 for Steam in Australia

    Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is the 4th installment, first-person shooter video game series "Call of Juarez". The previous game Call of Juarez: The Cartel, was different to the first two games in that it was set in modern day Los Angeles and Mexico, Gunslinger returns to its roots and is once again set in the Old West.

    It features 3 Game modes (story, arcade and duel) and the story line is the life story of a bounty hunter named Silas Greaves.

    So far it has received generally mixed to positive reviews .

    Fast and Furious:Showdown


    Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3, Wii U, Xbox360, and Nintendo 3DS.
    Release date/s: May 21

    Fast and Furious: Showdown is a cooperative racing game based on the Fast and Furious film franchise. It's story ties in to Fast and Furious 6 and bridges the events of that film and its predecessor Fast and Furious 5 as well as the story of the other films.

    It has received generally negative reviews.

    Resident Evil:Revelations


    Platform/s: Nintendo 3DS (Much earlier in the year), PC, Playstation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360.
    Release date/s: May 21 in North America, May 23rd in Japan, Australia and Europe.

    Resident Evil: Revelations is the next installment in the Resident Evil franchise. It is survival horror game developed by Capcom.

    The game returns to the survival horror game play of the earlier installments of the series and features the return of limited ammunition, and more emphasis on puzzle solving and exploration

    The story is set between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5.

    It received generally positive reviews.

    Capcom has DLC planned that will add two new playable characters (each at $2.99 or 240 Microsoft Points, available June 11) and also Weapon packs (priced at $1.99 or 160 Microsoft Points each, available June 4)

    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D


    Platform/s: Nintendo 3DS
    Release Date/s: May 24 in North America and Europe, May 25th in Australia and to be released on June 13 in Japan.

    Donkey Kong Country Returns is a Nintendo 3DS port of the Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns. The port was developed from the ground up and features 3D graphics. It includes 2 modes, Original Mode (which plays the same as the Wii version) and New Mode, which introduces new items designed to make the game easier as well as extra health. It also contains a new world with levels not present in the Wii Version.

    It has received positive reviews.

    Sniper Elite V2


    Platform/s: Steam (back in April), PC, PlayStation3, Xbox 360 (earlier in the month) and Wii U
    Release date/s: May 24 for Wii U

    Sniper Elite V2 is a tactical shooter developed by Rebellion Developments. It had previously been published for Steam, PC, PlayStation3, Xbox360, and has just been released for Wii U.

    Since its initial release it has received average reviews.

    Fuse


    Platform/s: PlayStation3, and Xbox 360
    Release date/s: May 28 in North America, May 30 in Australia, and May 31 in Europe.

    Fuse is a cooperative action video game set in the near future. It follows a team of four misfit agents known as Overstrike 9.

    Fuse has received mixed reviews. It has been praised for its Fuse Weapons and Co-Op action but it's Team A.I and Confusing Tone have been criticized.

    Grid 2


    Platform/s: PC, PlayStation3 and Xbox360
    Release date/s: May 27 for PC in North America, May 28 for other Platforms in North America, May 30 in Australia, May 31 in Europe, and to be released on July 25 in Japan.

    Grid 2 is the sequel to the racing game "Race Driver:Grid"

    It includes numerous real world locations and motor vehicles spanning four decades. It features a new handling system aimed to get the balance between realism and accessibility right.

    It has received positive reviews from critics.

    Gaming News and Announcements


    • The big news of the last couple of weeks is obviously the reveal of Xbox One and all the speculation about the next generation of consoles that came with it. For more details on that you can read my article on it as well as the discussion that we have been having there.
    • After disappointment with the Xbox One reveal, and issues over DRM and the lack of support for used games, gamers have been trying to warn Sony against the same thing and trying to get the word out with the hash tag #PS4noDRM and #PS4UsedGames on Twitter
    • A special edition and pricier collectors edition for the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, set to release for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17, has been made available for pre-order. The special edition includes the game, art book, blueprint map, an in-game special ability boost, stunt plane trials, bonus outfits and more weapons. The collectors edition comes with all of the above as well as a security deposit bag and logo key, Los Santos hat, classic characters for GTA online and unique vehicles and garage property.
    • A new Batman game will be back this October with a prequel to the Akham games in Batman: Arkham Origins. The previous voice actors for Batman and The Joker, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will not be returning to their roles in the prequel. You can watch the trailer here
    • Nintendo has an event planned to coincide with E3 this year, announcing that for a number of titles they will be revealing they will have playable demos available at 110 Best Buy Locations. A full list can be found here
    • A four-player game based on the popular manga and anime series One Piece called One Piece: Unlimited World Red, has been announced to be coming to 3DS in Japan at some point. The japanese trailer can be viewed here
    • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is set to be released on PC and PS3 worldwide this August, and a new trailer has been released showing the new Job Actions
    • Nintendo has announced Sonic: Lost World for Wii U and 3DS, which will feature a range of competitive multiplayer modes. In the game Sonic finds himself teaming up with his nemesis eggman.
    • EA has confirmed it is not only removing Online passes for future games, but also for existing games, starting with EA Sports.

    Weird Gaming News and Facts


    • Nintendo had an interesting advertising campaign for the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. At an event where people were given the chance to play the game, they were shocked when Donkey Kong breaks through a wall in real life. You can check out the video here
    • Continuing with the Donkey Kong theme, The only reason Donkey Kong 64 came with an expansion was because it inexplicably fixed a game breaking bug. Rare couldn't find any other solution so they bundled the expansion with the game for free, costing them a fortune. They still don't know what caused the bug.
    • The original Xbox version of Tomb Raider:Legend doesn't have a cut-scene because the developers forgot to include it in the final version of the game.
    • Sega rejected other disc formats for the Dreamcast and instead created their own to prevent piracy, ironically the Dreamcast was one of the easiest consoles in history to pirate games on.
    • Pokemon gold and silver were planed to be the last Pokemon games.
    • The creators of "Game Dev Tycoon" uploaded a 'cracked' version of their game on several torrent websites. However every game you developed in this version would be pirated to the point you couldn't progress in the game.
    • The Japanese version of Harvest Moon DS Cute has a "Best Friends" system which essentially works as a same-sex marriage. To avoid controversy this was dropped from the North American release.

    • Jun 02 2013 11:14 PM
    • by Nathan
  5. This Week in Gaming - Gods, Ninjas, and Jedi!

    Welcome to another "This week in Gaming" update. We've made some changes so I'll talk a little bit about what this is and how it works. These gaming update articles will be published every weekend and will start with us filling you in with all the games that came out in the previous week. For some of those games we'll have some more details for you, such as the initial reception of the game and what it's about. There will also be game and console announcements, trailers, and then the signature weird news or facts related to gaming.

    So without further ado, lets get started.

    Game Releases


    This week is mostly downloadable content (DLC) with only a few full retail releases.
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    Games Released on the 14th


    • Star Wars: The Old Republic - Rise of the Hutt Cartel Expansion (for PC)

    Games Released on the 15th


    • Pandora's Tower (for Wii)

    Games Released on the 16th


    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner- Soul Hackers (for 3DS)
    • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall DLC (for Xbox360, PS3, and PC)
    • Victoria II: Heart of Darkness DLC/Expansion(for PC)
    • Darkfall Unholy Wars (for PC)
    • Injustice: Gods Among Us (for Xbox360, PS3, and WiiU)

    Probably the biggest game to come out this week. Gods Among Us (Mighty Among Us in the Middle East) is a fighting game featuring the characters from DC comics such as Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonderwoman, etc.

    • Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Uprising DLC(for Xbox 360)

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    • Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Game Pack 5 (for Xbox360 and PS3)

    Games Released on the 17th


    • Sacred Citadel (for Xbox360, PS3, and PC)

    Games Released on the 18th


    • PaPo and Yo (for PC) (Previously released on PS3)
    • Witch and Hero (for 3DS)

    Games Released on the 19th


    • God Mode (for PC and Xbox360)
    Since there wasn't a whole lot in the way of new games this week, I thought I would add a couple of special games to this list which had already been released in the US. Interestingly, both games have Japanese origins.

    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3


    Whilst it was released last month for most of the world, it was only just released in Japan on the 18th. It's available on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. As a massive anime/manga fan I really want to get this game. The strange thing about the Ultimate Ninja Storm games is that rather than continuing where they left off in the story they go back through everything from the start and end up going further in the story. There's also a special DLC code that you can get from some stores with the game that adds a Goku skin for Naruto to wear. I think that's a really cool reference to Dragonball, as Naruto is published in the same magazine that Dragonball was published in and most modern mangaka (manga authors) grew up watching Dragonball. [/otakurant]

    Fire Emblem: Awakening


    Released back in February for the US, but only just released on the 19th in Europe (a year since it was released in Japan) and on the 20th in Australia. Available on 3DS.

    Gaming News


    News from around the industry.
    • A month after the Boy Scouts introduced a badge for game design the Girl Scouts have introduced one for game development (currently only LA, but it may be implemented worldwide).
    • Pokemon Rumble U trailer became available on the Nintendo3DS eShop
    • EA has announced a patch for the "unable to process" error in SimCity scheduled for launch on the 22nd

    Weird Gaming News and Facts


    Some tidbits to fill your bland week with the joy of the unexpected.
    • Tim Lamgdell began suing developers such as EA and Namco 4 years ago for using the word edge in video games (eg. Mirrors Edge) after trademarking it based on games he made in the '80s. Fortunately he has recently had his trademark cancelled and can no longer claim infringement for the use of the word.

    • Apr 21 2013 06:28 PM
    • by Nathan
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