Mortal Kombat 10 is in development and will be released alongside next film adaptation
Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn, Trials Fusion, Beyond: Two Souls, more added to PS Store
Tales of Zestiria, Tales of Xillia 2 US release announced by Namco Bandai
Hyper Light Drifter Hands-On Preview: Like Playing a Dream
The PAXpocalypse List: The Best of PAX East 2014
Daily Scoop: April 18, 2014 – South Jersey Geek Fest
Tales of Hearts R will be released for Vita in North America this year
First PS4 trailer of MLB 14: The Show slides home
Your TitanFall is ready to be the best-selling game of March 2014
Next-Generation Sales Update: PS4 at 7 million sold versus Xbox One at 5 million shipped
Most Recent: PS4
Sony has released the first trailer for the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show and, even though dozens of players make an appearance, there’s not a single New York Met among them. Not even the guy striking out! Anyway, be sure to check out the trailer above to get a glimpse of the awesome graphical power of the PS4 and the game’s “completely rebuilt stadiums, redone lighting engine (check out the self-shadowing at night), vastly more detailed crowds, grass and player hair rendered down to the last blade/strand, and much more.”
MLB 14: The Show will be available for the PS4 on May 6.
When we last checked in with Sony, the consolemaker was crowing that the PlayStation 4 had reached worldwide sales of over six million systems sold. That was in early March. And now, as of April 6, the company has confirmed they’ve sold more than seven million consoles across the globe.
“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice,” said Andrew House, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months.”
So what about the Xbox One? Microsoft previously announced they sold over three million consoles in 2013. Today (via Xbox Wire), they revealed that their worldwide next-generation total currently sits at over five million. However, that number represents the total number of Xbox One consoles the company has shipped to stores, and not how many have been purchased by gamers.
And just to make sure we cover all the bases, Nintendo has sold 5.86 million Wii U consoles since the system’s launch in late 2012. That figure is current as of December 31, 2013 and will be revised during a financial report on May 7.
PAX East 2014 was a different type of show than in years past. Some big publishers, such as Nintendo, skipped the show completely, while others, like Microsoft, only brought a handful of unreleased games. This shift in the show floor allowed the indies to take center stage, and the majority of our PAX East 2014 PAXpocalypse List reflects this year’s status quo. But that’s not to say the big publishers skipped PAX East 2014 altogether. Towering displays from 2K, Bethesda, and Ubisoft dominated the exhibition hall map, and we definitely had some fun with a few games that will demand your time during this Summer and Fall.
So if we were cut off from the outside and trapped within the walls of PAX East 2014, which games would we return to over and over again? Well… (more…)
Hyper Light Drifter exploded on the Kickstarter scene back in September of last year, eventually destroying its goal of $27,000. By the time the campaign ended on October 12, it had amassed an impressive $645,158 from backers. The game looked incredible, and I kicked it the moment I saw it. I was wary, as I have been about games on Kickstarter for some time – it’s more common to be excited about a game and have it arrive, months (sometimes over a year) later, and be a disappointing mess. But after playing Hyper Light Drifter at PAX East, I can say with confidence that this is one game that’s going to live up to how amazing it looks. (more…)
Naughty Dog is readying the third (and final) DLC release for The Last of Us, and now they’re finally ready to talk about it. The Grounded Bundle will be available as a free download for Season Pass holders and as three separate DLC packs for everyone. All Grounded Bundle content will also be included in The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4.
The centerpiece of the Grounded Bundle is Grounded Mode ($4.99), a brutal new challenge for the single-player campaign that ups the difficulty to new heights. According to Naughty Dog, the AI in Grounded Mode is “relentless, smart, and brutal” making survival “near impossible.” To showcase their toughness, players will receive a new Trophy upon the completion of Grounded Mode.
The bundle will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack ($9.99), which will add four new maps to the game’s multiplayer mode. “Wharf,” “Capitol,” “Coal Mine,” and “Water Tower” will reintroduce players to locations that are “familiar yet unfamiliar” to those who have completed the single-player campaign.
The Grounded Bundle will include five new weapons. Four will be available as part of the Survivalist Weapon Bundle ($5.99) and a single gun, the Full-Auto Rifle, will be available as a free download for all The Last of Us players. If you spring for the Survivalist Weapon Bundle, you’ll receive the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher.
Finally, a pair of Skills packs ($3.99 each) will be included in the Grounded Bundle. The Situational Survival Skills Bundle will enhance your maneuverability while the Professional Survival Skills Bundle will make you a more deadly combatant.
Naughty Dog has announced a release date for the Grounded Bundle yet, but they did announce that the Last of Us Season Pass will no longer be available after May 13, so a May/June release (ahead of the Remastered version’s “Summer” launch) is likely.
More details about all the maps, weapons, and Skills can be found after the break. (more…)
Sony dumped another huge pile of games onto the PlayStation Store yesteday. Let’s start digging through the goodies…
Square Enix has officially launched the PS4 version of their MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. It is available in a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition. And speaking of special editions, Ubisoft has added Trials Fusion to the store and it is also available in two editions on the PS4 (a standard edition and a Deluxe Edition, which includes the Season Pass).
Board games were also big in yesterdays update as Backgammon Blitz is now available for the PS3, PS4, and Vita (sorry, there’s no Cross-Buy option). If you’re looking for more brainteasers, Pure Chess and That Trivia Game were both released for the PS4.
What else… a little over six months after its retail release, Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls is now available to download for the PS3. Meanwhile, EA Sports has made 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil available to download for the PS3 on the same day as its retail release. And Vita owners will surely want to know that Dead Nation has finally come to Sony’s handheld.
We’re barely scratching the surface of this week’s PlayStation Update. More information about all of this week’s releases can be found after the break and a full rundown of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
When THQ went belly up a year ago, one of the most sought-after prizes was Evolve, a then-unannounced cooperative shooter from Turtle Rock. Ultimately, 2K Games paid more than $10 million to acquire the publishing rights to the project. As the publisher behind the popular Borderlands series, 2K knows a thing or two about cooperative shooters, and they saw something special in the new game from the team behind Left 4 Dead. That something special was “The Monster,” a player-controlled behemoth that the four-player co-op team has to hunt down. I recently had a chance to play Evolve at PAX East 2014, and it’s beginning to look like 2K’s $10 million was money well spent. (more…)