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News: Check Out PS Vita Themes In Action (Video)

The PS Vita’s firmware update 3.30 is bringing themes to the powerful handheld device.

The first glimpse of the PS Vita themes in action comes from Sony Japan’s Press Conference where we are treated to a short demonstration of the newly added functionality in action.

Check out the clip below:

Pretty nifty eh? Are you going to be customising your PS Vita with some new themes, or are you content with the default home screens? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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News: Minecraft 1.8 Bountiful Update Goes Live

The latest update for the PC version of Minecraft, the 1.8 update titled the Bountiful Update is now live, adding some nifty new stuff to the already bulging game.

The Bountiful Update brings in some new Blocks, new mobs to fight or flee from, armor stands to display your battle gear. That’s not all, there’s a ton of new content and fixes included in the Bountiful Update which has taken developer Mojang a staggering 300 days to complete and release.

Check out the patch notes for Minecraft 1.8 down below:

  • Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
  • Added Slime Block
  • Added Iron Trapdoor
  • Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
  • Added the Ocean Monument
  • Added Red Sandstone
  • Added Banners
  • Added Armor Stands
  • Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
  • Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
  • Added Endermite mob
  • Added Rabbits, with item drops
  • Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
  • Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
  • Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
  • Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
  • Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
  • Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
  • Added one new achievement
  • Added “Customized” world type
  • Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
  • Worlds can now have a world barrier
  • Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
  • Added /blockdata command
  • Added /clone command
  • Added /execute command
  • Added /fill command
  • Added /particle command
  • Added /testforblocks command
  • Added /title command
  • Added /trigger command
  • Added /worldborder command
  • Added /stats command
  • Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
  • Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
  • Added three new statistics
  • Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
  • Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
  • Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
  • Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
  • Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
  • Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
  • Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
  • Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
  • Villager trading has been rebalanced
  • Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
  • Considerable faster client-side performance
  • Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
  • Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
  • Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
  • Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
  • Tweaked the F3 debug screen
  • Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
  • Server list has been improved
  • A few minor changes to village and temple generation
  • Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
  • Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
  • Lots and lots of other changes
  • LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
  • Removed Herobrine

The amount of effort that’s gone into the latest update is impressive, as made evident by the huge patch notes. We have to point out though, as detailed as the patch notes were, the listing second to the end simply states ‘LOTS AND LOTS of other changes.’ Hmmm.

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News: Free-To-Play Warframe Out Now On Xbox One

Free-to-play multiplayer shooter Warframe is now available for the Xbox One.

After seeing a successful release on the PlayStation 4 and PC, Warframe has finally arrived on the Xbox One and is available to download today.

The title pits players against each other in a third-person multiplayer setting, each on opposing factions fight to the death in teams of four.

As with every free-to-play title Warframe supports in-game purchases, players may purchase the in-game currency Platinum in exchange for real world money, allowing a greater customisation of weapons.

Warframe hasn’t been a critical success, gaining only average scores from various publication, but don’t let that put you off. Warframe is a ton of fun if you can get into a decent game with a few friends.

Check out the launch trailer for the Xbox One version of Warframe down below.

Have you checked out Warframe for the Xbox One? What do you make of it? Shoot us a comment down in the comments section below.

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News: Get Creative With The Sims 4 Today

Fans of The Sims franchise who have eagerly awaited the fourth installment in the life-simulation series will be happy to know that today The Sims 4 hits store shelves, as well as on Origin.

Since The Sims 4 was first announced, the title has been marred with controversy, mainly focusing on the missing features that were present in previous games, but for whatever reason have been left out of The Sims 4.

This led many fans to speculate that this was a deliberate decision and that Maxis would be releasing a stripped-down version of what could have been a full title in order to sell the missing features as post-release downloadable content.

However, we’ll soon see what the deal is once we’ve had a few hours with the game, until then check out the launch trailer down below.

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News: Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Trailer Released

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS has a brand new trailer for you to feast your eyes on.

The new trailer in question features a short pre-rendered intro and then some gameplay footage from the game itself, which going by the trailer, looks pretty darn sweet.

Check out the trailer below:

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is being developed by Sanzaru Games, whose notable works includes Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, The Sly Collection for the PS Vita and The God of War Collection also for the PS Vita.

With Sanzaru Games at the helm we’re confident in a solid Sonic title being released, something that has been lacking over the last few years…

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is set to release exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 11th in North America and Novmember 21st in the UK and Europe.

What do you think? Has the trailer got you excited for some fast paced Sonic action? Let us know down in the comments.

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Rumour: GTA V For PS4, Xbox One & PC Release Date Outed By Retailer?

There have been a few release dates attached to Rockstar’s upcoming re-release of GTA V for PS4, Xbox One and PC, with all being placeholder dates. However, UK retailer Littlewoods has an alternative release date set for the title, November 14th.

However, that’s not all. Earlier today Take Two’s UK distributor also listed the November 14th as the titles release date. Since then their website has reverted the release date to “TBC”, though we have an image of the listing before the change.

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Does this mean we finally have a set release date for the next-gen versions of GTA V? Maybe, maybe not. In the meantime we’re just going to have to wait for an official announcement by the folks over at Rockstar and Take Two.

Damn those secretive buggers…

Will you be getting GTA V for PS4 or Xbox One? Or are you holding out for the PC release? Hijack the comments section below and let us know you’re preferred platform.

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News: Destiny Leaked Early, Requires 40GB Install

Some lucky so-and-so has managed to get their hands on Destiny a full week ahead of the games official release date.

As such, we now have some new info on the title, the biggest being the install size. Destiny requires an absolutely huge install of 40GB, so if you’re running low on hard drive space it may be worth looking into getting yourself an external drive to prevent disappointment.

Check out the images of the games case, confirming the install size:

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However, 40GB is only the start. With Destiny being primarily an online game, expect there to be many a patch, update and of course the mandatory post-release download content, all of which will be taking up valuable space on your systems hard drive.

To say we are envious of this lucky bugger would be an understatement, we’re not set to get the title for another week…

Destiny is set to release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 9th.

Have you managed to snag a copy of Bungie’s shooter early? If so, please let us know what your impressions are down in the comments section below.

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News: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Announced, Trailer Inside

There’s another Dead or Alive heading onto home console in the shape of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.

Team Ninja announced the upcoming fighter today at Japan’s Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade Summer Carnival tournament.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is set to release on the PS4 and Xbox One as well as the old-gen consoles, the PS3 and Xbox 360.

When will it be available? Well, Japan will be smashing each other to bits in scantily clad, digital females early Spring next year and there’s no release date set for the UK, Europe or North America. It’s safe to assume there will be a release in Western territories at some point, possibly later on in 2015.

If you want to get some hands on play time with Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, you can play a demo next month at The Fall Classic in Raleigh, North Caroline. There’s not a lot of time to get a go of the demo, it’ll only be available from October 10th until the 12th.

Some may be disappointed in the fact that it’s releasing across both new-gen and last-gen consoles, but the name of the game is money and as such, Koei Tecmo will want to make the game accessible to as a many players as possible.

Finally, there’s also a teaser trailer to go along with announcement, so go ahead and direct your peepers South way to get a cheeky look at whats to come.

Have you got another round left in you? Or are you burnt out with the Dead or Alive franchise? Sucker punch us down below for suggesting such an atrocity.

 

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News: Hot Shots Golf 4 Tee’s For PS4 Release

Some great news for fans of the Hot Shots Golf series; Hot Shots Golf 4 has been announced for Sony’s latest home console, the PS4.

Shuehei Yoshida, head honcho over at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios gave some details on the upcoming golf title, specifically that the game will feature “open world entertainment focusing on golf.”

What this means exactly, we’ve no idea. Obviously it’ll be a dedicated golf game, but what’s got us intrigued is the ‘open world’ aspect spoken of by Yoshida. What this will entail is anybody’s guess at this point, but we’ll be keeping an ear out for updates.

There’s no release date set for Hot Shots Golf 4, all we know is that it’s currently in development

Looking forward to teeing off on the open greens with the power of the PS4 behind your driver? Putt your comments down in the comment hold below.

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News: Persona 5 Coming To PS4, Trailer Inside

Despite Persona 5 previously being billed as a PS3 exclusive, we can now confirm that the JRPG will in fact be releasing on the PS4.

A new trailer confirming the release of the title for the PS4 was shown during Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show, wowing fans of the series all over the world.

Ever since Persona 5 was first announced as a PS3 exclusive, fans had been hounding developer Atlus for a release on the PS4, and it seems to have worked.

Check out the teaser trailer down below where you’ll get a peek at the cast.

Happy to see Persona 5 coming to PS4? It’ll be available in the land of the rising sun later this year with a Western release to follow sometime in 2015.

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News: Resident Evil HD Trailer Released

Capcom has released the first Resident Evil HD trailer for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The upcoming survival-horror adventure will be releasing with the ability to run at 1080p, but only on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Players on the last gen consoles will have to make do with sub-1080p, but will still be able to enjoy the features present in the next-gen and PC release, such as the ability to play in the original old-school aspect ratio of 4:3, or stick with the updated 16:9 widescreen option.

In addition, there are two control schemes to choose from. Players can either stick to the titles roots and play in the classic control set-up or they can opt for the updated and much more user-friendly mode.

Resident Evil HD is actually a re-release of a re-release, if you can get your head around it. Resident Evil HD first appeared on the Nintendo Gamecube way back in 2002.

This latest release will launch on the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC sometime in the first quarter of 2015.

In the meantime, check out the first Resident Evil HD trailer below.

 

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News: GTA V For PS4 & Xbox One Not Delayed – Rockstar

Some great news for people wanting to get their hands on GTA V for PS4 and Xbox One and don’t want to wait longer than they have to – it’s not delayed!

There’s been a few rumours flying around over the last couple of weeks, most of which suggest that the next-gen versions of the blockbuster crime title has been delayed, or worse yet, the PC version has been cancelled.

Rockstar has officially confirmed that GTA V for PS4 has not been delayed, neither has the Xbox One version. A Rockstar representative was answering an eager fans question on the developers community website, stating “I’m also looking forward to the PC release, however this release date has not changed.”

So there you have it, GTA V for PS4 and Xbox and presumably the PC will launch sometime later this year. We still have no solid release date for the title yet, but we expect Rockstar to give this info up within the next few weeks. Either way, we’ll keep you updated.

Are you going to be purchasing GTA V for PS4 or Xbox One? Or will you be going for the PC release, where no doubt there will be a plethora of mods available. Let us know down in the comments section below.

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News: Minecraft Could Come To WiiU If Conditions Are Right

Minecraft may eventually get a release on the struggling Nintendo WiiU, if the conditions are right.

Speaking with TotalXbox, 4J’s Daniel Kaplan discussed the porting of Minecraft to the PS4 and Xbox One whilst hinting towards what would be needed for a Wii U release.

“There aren’t many platforms left to release on. We’ll see, whatever makes sense and if the platform has the user base for it. We won’t release on the platform is the base is very small because it’s much too big of an effort.”

The few platforms left are undoubtedly the WiiU, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS, though the PS Vita is in development and was poised to launch alongside the PS4 version this August before being pushed back.

4J only want to release Minecraft on platforms that will sell the game, so it’s not unreasonable for them to be doubtful about releasing on the WiiU which has yet to hit the 10 million units sold milestone, despite being out on the market for almost 2 years. As well as a large install base being needed, an efficient update system has to be in place. Minecraft isn’t quite like other games, there are constant updates to add features, resolve issues and provide new content to end-users. Kaplan goes on to state that:

“The whole point of Minecraft is that you get updates all the time. If you release somewhere you want to make sure that we will be updating rather than, ‘Oh yeah, we only sold 1000 copies on that platform so let’s kill it off’. That’s not the way Minecraft has been developed.”

It’s good to know that 4J is committed to their product and aren’t happy to release it on a platform where it may wither and die, but with the WiiU’s relatively small install base and not-so-smooth updating processes, it could be a while before 4J port Minecraft to the WiiU…

Personally I think the WiiU would be the ideal console for Minecraft to release. The GamePad was made for games like this, think of the functionality!

Would you like to see Minecraft on the WiiU and Nintendo 3DS? Grab your pickaxe and chisel away a comment down below.

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TGC Review: BioShock iOS

The year is 2007, the Xbox 360 has been out for around 18 months and the PS3 is still under a year old and settling into the space under the old standard-definition television.

August comes around and BioShock is released by Take Two to universal critical acclaim and ushers in a new era of unconventional first-person shooters.

Fast forward 7 years and we’re in a similar position, except instead of BioShock being released on the new consoles it’s being released onto mobile iOS devices, something we would have not though possible back when the title originally launched all those years ago.

So how does the pint-sized port of one of the highest rated games of all time stack up? Surprisingly well actually. Ken Levine’s bio-punk world manages to squeeze onto the latest mobile devices with little difficulty and is a satisfying time-killer.

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The story throws you in the shoes of Jack and then throws you further into the 1960′s and for good measure gives you a kick up the arse down to an underworld city, Rapture. Everything, literally everything from the original is here. Weapons, environments, the lot. There’s a lot of fun to be had poking around and seeing what you can find, as well as the series signature combat.

The environments are what make the game, the blood spattered girls, the creepy ambient music as you pass through Rapture to the equally disturbing characters you encounter along the way. The creepy aesthetic and atmospheric gameplay complement each other and form a world that you totally believe in, despite the fact one could never truly exist. bioshock-ios3

The run-time for BioShock iOS is roughly 10 hours, depending on how fast you progress through the story. If you were speedy on the consoles or PC, you may be in for a bit of a stumble when you load up BioShock iOS, but more play time for your money right?

As with most ports to smartphones and tablets, the controls are the real let down. Whilst the graphics are nice, they’re far from the best seen on the platform but are perfectly serviceable and bring to life the seedy world of Rapture. bioshock-ios-04

The on-screen controls are simple enough in practice, but the sizes of the virtual buttons are a hindrance as are the lack of response when things get heated in the fray of battle. This can be remedied by using a third-party controller, however they don’t come too cheap and it’s a hefty investment.

Aside from the control issues BioShock iOS achieves what it set out to do and it does it pretty darn well, resulting in the best first-person shooter currently available across all mobile platforms. The price-tag may be a deterrent as it’s currently going for $14.99 and £10.49, considerably much more than you would pay for a second-hand copy or even a digital version on the consoles or PC. Still, you are paying for the convenience of playing on the go, so keep that in mind when you doubt its worth.

Score: 8/10

Have you played BioShock iOS? Agree with our review, or do you think we’ve got our heads on wrong? Let us know down in the comments section below.

News: New DriveClub Screens Show Off High Detail Environments

Some new screenshots have emerged for PS4 exclusive DriveClub.

The new screens from the PS4 rubber-burner detail the environments of Canada, India and Scotland, all of which are sans cars.

Check out the screens down below:

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Wow. The attention to detail is phenomenal, especially when you consider that 90% of the time you’ll be speeding round the tracks to fast to really be able to take it all in and admire the hard-grafting that’s gone into it, well there’s always photo-mode…

DriveClub is currently hosting a very secret Beta before it’s release on October 7th. It’s only a month away so make sure you’ve got some cash stashed!

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