Tag Archives: 2013

The best thing you can see at this year’s Eurogamer Expo is the Doom Piano

27 Sep

doom piano

What is it? Exactly what it looks like. Doom played with a piano, yep, a real one. It’s weird, that’s why we really loved it. And among all the things you can see and try at this year’s Eurogamer Expo in London, this is the best one! We took a video for your pleasure. Enjoy!

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Sorry guys, but Conan O’Brien just won this year’s E3

26 Jun

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It’s safe to say that this year’s E3 has been pretty exciting with all the announcements, the next-gen consoles and all, but…yep, it’s hard to say who won the war, especially with the latest Microsoft press release.

Actually it WAS hard. Why? Simply because this year’s E3 had been won by a single guy: Conan O’Brien! Yes, he won the fucking E3 with his latest video!

Prepare yourself to a lot of laughs and enjoy!

Everything you need to know from the E3 2013

12 Jun

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Wow! That was intense! They’ve been a couple of heavy days if you’re a gamer and you followed all the shit going in Los Angeles for this year’s E3. It’s also a bit confusing if you try to get infos from different sites and sources, so we thought that maybe could be useful writing a bit of recap of all the good and bad things we saw at the most important expo for the game industry.

You already know who were the big protagonist of the event, the two party for the next gen war: Microsoft and SONY. So let’s find out all the things you should know about the Xbox One and the PlayStation4.

MICROSOFT XBOX ONE

microsoft xbox one e3

• Xbox One will be released on November 2013 and it will cost $499 / €499 / £429.

• Xbox One will require to connect to the internet once every 24 hours to perform some kind of check and/or update.

• Xbox One will require a constant connection to the Kinect 2.0 (that will be included with the console).

Microsoft Point will be discontinued. All purchases will be done in your local currency.

• Starting yesterday till the Xbox One release date, every Xbox LIVE gold member will get two free on-demand games per month.

• You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release.

Every game needs to be installed into the hard drive of the console in order to be played.

• Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.

• Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at retailers.  Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. So everything is up to the publishers.

• After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.

• Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One.

• Xbox One will be region locked.

EXCLUSIVE GAMES FOR XBOX ONE (just the ones worth of mention)

• Halo

• Titanfall

• Forza Motorsport 5

• Dead Rising 3

• Killer Instinct

• Ryse: Son Of Rome

• D4

• Quantum Break (it will probably released also on PC)

• Crimson Dragon

• Minecraft Xbox One Edition (not really an exclusive)

• Sunset Overdrive

SONY PLAYSTATION 4

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• PlayStation 4 will be released on Fall 2013 and it will cost $399 / €399 / £349.

• PlayStation 4 will not require constant internet connection.

PlayStation Plus will be required to play game’s online features.

Games don’t need to be installed into the hard drive of the console in order to be played.

PlayStation 4 first party games won’t have any DRM or second-hand selling/buying/trading restriction. Third party publishers are free to do the same, but they can apply whatever business model they prefer, without any pressure from SONY.

• PlayStation 4 will be region free.

EXCLUSIVE GAMES FOR PLAYSTATION 4 (just the ones worth of mention)

• The Order: 1886

• Driveclub

• Killzone: Shadow Fall

• Dark Sorcerer

• inFAMOUS: Second Son

So, as you can see, console-wise PlayStation 4 could has sounded better than Xbox One, but we think, after analyzing every aspect, that they both feature the same stuff. Sure, almost 100 quids less for the PS4 will be a huge plus.

Regarding the specific game exclusives, we are more impressed by the Xbox One roaster, even if things can change from here till the release date of both systems.

By the way, you may be interested also in all the good games that have been announced not as an exclusive, so for both platforms. Here’s a worth to check list:

• Destiny

• Tom Clancy’s The Division

• Dragon Age: Inquisition

• Final Fantasy XV

• Kingdom Hearts III

• Mad Max

• Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

• Mirror’s Edge 2

• Thief

• Watch Dogs

• Wolfestein: The New Order

Obviously there are a lot of announced new games for the next gen, like The Evil Within, but we still don’t know if they will be exclusives or for both platforms.

Ok, now that you know pretty much everything you need to know about the proper next gen, what about Nintendo? Is the Wii U dead already? HELL NO! Nintendo this year decided not to hold a proper conference, but just to stream simultaneously all around the world a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct, we don’t know why, but that 40 minutes were dense of pure Nintendo nerdgasm! In fact they announced pretty much EVERYTHING is in their game portfolio.

Maybe you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, so here’s a quick recap with time-mark to jump among all the worth-watching trailers in the big video:

00:56 Pokémon X and Pokémon Y
04:13 Super Mario 3D World
07:43 Mario Kart 8
17:11 Sonic Lost World
17:40 2013 Wii U Nintendo eShop Releases
19:25 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
23:59 The Wonderful 101
25:58 Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
28:54 Bayonetta 2
31:50 Un-named game from Monolith Soft
34:23 Super Smash Bros.

Ok, we think you’re now ready to go on with your life, as you know everything important from this E3 so far! We also not gonna say to you which party you have to join for this console war, because we’re pretty doubtful even ourselves.

What is SEGA Spectrum?

28 May

sega spectrum e3

The image above was posted by a NeoGAF user a while ago, but still nobody has a clue on what this mysterious SEGA Spectrum is.

For those who don’t speak Japanese, the text says “A new world of entertainment”, but it could be referred to everything. Starting with a long waited return of SEGA in the hardware market with a brand new console (which is highly unlikely) to some sort of digital platform for releasing arcade titles directly to the cabinet’s boards (similar to the one from Taito).

Everything is possible, and we’ll know the truth soon enough as the date points to June 6th, exactly during this year’s E3.

Sony (kinda) teases the new PlayStation 4 hardware

20 May

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It’s safe to say that the new PlayStation 4 is really good looking. Maybe…if only we could actually see it!

The brand new console from Sony, pictured above, has been teased by the Japanese company in a not-so-clear video uploaded earlier today.

With the promise that the PS4 will be available to admire (and maybe try) at the next E3, here’s the video. Try to spot some shapes, if you can…

BAFTA 2013 | British Academy Video Games Awards winners

6 Mar

You all know, yesterday night was the time for the British Academy Games Awards 2013. Here’s the full list of winners and runners up.

BEST ACTION | Far Cry 3

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Runners up: Hitman Absolution, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2

BEST ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT | Journey

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Runners up: Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Room, Dear Easther

BEST AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT | Journey

Runners up: Far Cry 3, Beat Sneak Bandit, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Dear Easther

BAFTA Ones To Watch | Starcrossed

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Runners up: Project Thanatos, Pixel Story

BEST GAME | Dishonored

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Runners up: Journey, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead, FIFA 13, Far Cry 3

BEST BRITISH GAME | The Room

the room

Runners up: Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Forza Horizon, Dear Easther, Super Hexagon, LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings

BEST DEBUT GAME | The Unfinished Swan

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Runners up: Deadlight, Forza Horizon, Dear Easther, Proteus, The Room

BEST FAMILY GAME | LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Runners up: Minecraft (X360 Edition), Just Dance 4, Skylanders Giants, Clay Jam, LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings

BEST FELLOWSHIP | Gabe Newell

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BEST GAME DESIGN | Journey

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Runners up: Dishonored, Far Cry 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead

BEST GAME INNOVATION | The Unfinished Swan

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Runners up: FEZ, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Wonderbook: Books of Spells, Journey, Kinect Sesame Street TV

BEST MOBILE & HANDHELD | The Walking Dead

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Runners up: Little Big Planet (Vita), New Star Soccer, Incoboto, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, The Room

BEST ONLINE – BROWSER | SongPop

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Runners up: The Settlers Online, Merlin: The Game, Runescape, Amateur Surgeon Hospital, Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!

BEST ONLINE – MULTIPLAYER | Journey

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Runners up: Assassin’s Creed III, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Halo 4, Borderlands 2

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC | Journey

Runners up: Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed III, Thomas Was Alone, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead

BEST PERFORMER | Danny Wallace (The Narrator in Thomas Was Alone)

Runners up: Nolan North, Melissa Hutchinson, Dave Fennoy, Adrian Hough, Nigel Carrington

BEST SPORTS/FITNESS | New Star Soccer

new star soccer

Runners up: Forza Horizon, F1 2012, Nike + Kinect Training, Trials Evolution, FIFA 13

BEST STORY | The Walking Dead

the walking dead

Runners up: Journey, Far Cry 3, Thomas Was Alone, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored

BEST STRATEGY GAME | XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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Runners up: Dark Souls: Prepare To Die, Diablo III, Great Big War Game, Total War Shogun 2: Fall Of The Samurai, Football Manager 2013

Remember Me release date revealed

27 Feb

Earlier today Capcom released a brand new trailer for their upcoming sci-fi game Remember Me.

Along with the trailer, the Japanese software house revealed also the release dates for both North America and Europe. The game will hit the US territory on June 4 and the European countries on June 7 (yep, 2013).

This is why we love video games

14 Feb

thatgamecompany letter dice journey

This is a letter received by Thatgamecompany, creators of Journey, and shown during last DICE 2013. It needs no comments. We want just say that sometimes we’re still proud of being video games lovers.

Enjoy J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell talking together at DICE 2013

13 Feb

We’ve already told you about J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to collaborate on new games and/or movies here. But you probably want to watch the entire video from that little (20 minutes) talk between the two at D.I.C.E. 2013. So here it is

Teaser sites everywhere!

8 Feb

We all know the video games industry feeds on hype. And beside all the regular hype-increaser stuff, like trailers or other advertisements (like this one), sometimes video games companies opt for some sort of mysterious teaser sites, that make gamers and press yell “what the fuck is this?”.

We got a couple examples online right now.

The first one is from SEGA and it features three different artworks (one of them below) and teases a February 12 reveal. You can check out the site here.

sega teaser site 12 feb 2013

Someone said that seems to be for a Japanese version of Korean online game Chaos Online, because, as you can check by yourself here, the game’s official Korean site features banners with the same artworks.

The second one is from Square Enix. The site (here we go) is called murdered.com and it features just a random symbol painted on a rainy road. The header also says: What is the hardest case to solve?

murdered square enix teaser site

Square Enix is less cryptic than SEGA; indeed, beside the header and the platforms logos, it is also teasing some hints via its social network channels (like this brand new Twitter account), posting some absolutely meaningless images like this one below.

murdered square enix teaser site

Any clue about this? Someone on the net found this harvester.netops.eidosinteractive.com/harv.js?’+Math.random(); string in the HTML source of the site, so probably it’s some new IP called Harvester, but more likely it’s just another spin off game from the 13 series that no one wants [Cit.].

**UPDATE (9 Feb 2013)**

Apparently Square Enix replied to Kotaku asking for more details. Here it is:

Murdered: Soul Suspect is an exciting new game from Square Enix which challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all.”