Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Colossal Changes

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Cities Skylines is a game that's been universally adored by everyone (Myself included). It's a meticulously detailed game that's supported by the community (So much so that some people actually live off modding for it) but it looks like developers Colossal Order have a new expansion planned (Whether it's paid-for or not)! In an interview with TechRadar, CEO Mariina Hallikainen claimed that Cities will be supported in the future, with "a big expansion" and "free and paid updates", which will all be announced at Gamescom! Potential ideas include natural disasters, transportation packs, tourism and even zombies, so it'll be interesting to see what they announce in Cologne this August!

Not only that, but a new Cities update has been announced, which will include 30 new buildings, auto-save features and pedestrian tunnels! 

In other news, the Dark Souls series has sold a combined 8.5 million copies, according to a Famitsu article. Dark Souls 1 and its Prepare to Die Edition sold a combined total of 5.593 million copies, while Dark Souls 2 and its Scholar of the First Sin edition sold a combined total of 2.911 million copies, showing that the first increment of the series had way more of an impact on gamers, probably due to its craze on YouTube. I'm personally not a Dark Souls fan (Otherwise known as a "filthy casual") because I honestly just don't get the appeal of a frustrating game with tons of loading times. Then again, Dark Souls 3 releases next year, so we'll see if the trilogy ends with more or less sales. 

If it can push the 10 million mark, then the Dark Souls series will join the likes of Rock Band, Bomberman and Mass Effect in the 10 million franchise sales club. 

Trailer of the Day today goes to the Path of Exile: The Awakening trailer, which shows off the free-to-play game's first ever expansion, releasing on July 10th. The expansion will include a new act (Act 4) a new area (Highgate Mine) and some more skills, jewels and other items.


             

Monday, 29 June 2015

Top At The Shops!

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It's been a record-breaking week in last week's physical UK sales charts, with Batman Arkham Knight leading the charge in Number 1. It's sold the most copies in one week of any Arkham game, as well as the selling the most copies in a week of any game this year to date, plus this marks 4 #1 spots for Warner Bros, the first time any publisher has had at least 4 #1's in a year since EA's quintet in 2012. With Mad Max, Lego Dimensions and Lego Marvel Avengers all scheduled to release this year, Warner Bros could possibly do one better this year.

In 2nd we have another Warner Bros property, Lego Jurassic World, which was surely helped by the film's record-breaking success, while The Elder Scrolls Online drops 1 place into 3rd. Nintendo's next first-party game, Yoshi's Woolly World, makes its debut in 4th place, proving that yarn is pretty popular with Nintendo fans (And I'm not talking about story). In 5th is the Witcher 3, still going strong with 2 weeks of free DLCs left, while GTA V and COD: Advanced Warfare place 6th and 7th respectively. FIFA 15 falls 3 places into 8th, with Destiny holding in 9th and Final Fantasy XIV's new Heavensward expansion rounds out the Top 10.

A lot of Playstation news was announced today, the first being a small but nice little detail: Playstation Plus games will now be available on the first Tuesday of the month in Europe, which is nice, but the bigger story is that Playstation Plus is now 5 years old, and any players who've been subscribed since the beginning (And received over 350 games) will be sent a limited edition gift. I can hear the PS4 subscribers harking back to a time when they didn't constantly recieve indie games.


Visceral's Star Wars game "Like 1313"

                        
                        


                      

Visceral's  mysterious Star Wars project will bear similarities to 1313, the cancelled 3rd person action game from LucasArts, and Sony's Uncharted series, according to voice actor Nolan North, something that many fans are looking forward too since lets face it, it looked pretty good. 

According to North, EA and Visceral's game is loosely modeled after Naughty Dog's Uncharted series.

"If you're a big fan of Amy Hennig and her style of story, she's gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted," he said. "I happen to know a lot about it and it's going to be awesome."

 North also said "it's different," but "along the same lines."

Way back when In 2013, Star Wars overlord Disney and EA agreed to make the publisher the exclusive creator of Star Wars console games. In 2014 it was confirmed Hennig would co-write a new Star Wars game in development at Visceral Games.

Visceral Games' Star Wars title is rumoured to be an open-world game, though EA has not yet commented if this is true. However, i think we can agree that an open world Star Wars game would be very very cool.

Star Wars 1313 was originally announced at E3 2012 as a third-person adventure game from LucasArts. Early footage of the game, which was set to feature Boba Fett as its protagonist and show a dark, edgy side to the universe being primarily set on level 1313 on Coruscant. 

Star War 1313 was cancelled in April 2013 when Disney closed LucasArts. Following this, Disney abandoned 1313 and commented that the game was cancelled. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

EA Conference E3 Wrap-up!

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The Lowdown from this years EA conference.

STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT

 Sure, it's only "pre-alpha gameplay" — but its shown everything we could want (other than more planets and classes, but another time eh?), from destroying an AT-ST to dogfights in a TIE fighter. And yes, there are lightsabers too!

 November 17th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

NEED FOR SPEED
 With "the richest customization ever seen" N4S has been a interesting part of the conference.  This version is said to include more drifting than ever before and with a brand new trailer, it's bound to be good.

 Need for Speed is coming November 3rd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

MASS EFFECT: Andromeda
 Bioware's famous sci-fi RPG is (almost) back. EA finally gave us a small tease at the new Mass Effect: Andromeda, which is coming holiday 2016. While there are aspects taken from the original Mass Effect universe — including N7 armor —  the trailer is more bizarre then ever before. Giving NOT too many details. Even though we still have another E3 before its release. :(

MIRROR'S EDGE
 The  free-running game Mirror's Edge is returning early next year on February 23rd. The trailer shows more style and drama than the 2008 original. Not much information has been released, but since it's in Frostbite 3, it looks promising!

EA sports
 EA Sports' annual releases were on full display this year (and, yet again, it went on for waaayyyyy to long). Highlights include Madden NFL 16 and a new face-scanning app, GameFaceHD, that quickly makes a 3D render of your face for NBA Live 16. And FIFA, well, you know... (Corruption mod anyone??).

UNRAVEL
 One of my favourite moments of the event might be a first look at Unravel, a new puzzle-platformer about a wool animal. Not much detail was given, but it looks adorable.

Hiatus

Due to a REALLY REALLY busy week, there probably won't be any posts until Friday from me, unless I have the time, which isn't likely.

Sam

SWTOR Lowdown: 3.2.2 Patch Notes

SWTOR patch notes for Game Update 3.2.2 that will be available Today! Source: http://www.swtor.com/patchnotes/6232015/game-update-3.2.2-patch-notes 
Game Update 3.2.2 Patch Notes

Highlights

Bounty Contract Week Returns! Hunt wanted criminals in this returning event. The event begins June 23rd at 04:00 PST/12:00 GMT and ends June 30th at 04:00 PST/12:00 GMT.

General

  • Nar Shaddaa Nightlife Achievements still missing post-3.2.1 have been granted.
  • The Blaster’s Path Cantina Quick Travel point is no longer reverted to an undiscovered state on log out.
  • Fixed multiple texture issues on Korriban and in the Korriban Incursion Flashpoint.
  • Fixed environment issues in the Raider’s Cove area of Rishi.
  • Textures now render properly if moving the camera outside of the Administration Building on Ziost.
  • All environment assets now appear correctly when moving the camera at certain angles in the Separatist Stronghold on Ord Mantell.
  • There is no longer a gap in ground textures near the Worldbreaker Monolith on Ziost.
  • Legacy Lockboxes can no longer cause character transfers to fail.
  • Armor pieces with visual effects no longer continue playing the effects if they are stamped over in the Outfit Designer.
  • Metallic armors and outfits no longer display green highlights in the character sheet preview window.

Classes + Combat

Sith Warrior
  • Heroic Moment now correctly receives a reduced cooldown from unlocked Legacy Companion Unlocks.
Jedi Consular
Sage
  • Tidal Force is no longer improperly consumed before you can use it in certain situations.
Sith Inquisitor
Sorcerer
  • Lightning Storm is no longer improperly consumed before you can use it in certain situations.

Flashpoints + Operations

Scum and Villainy
  • Fixed a texture issue on the way to Styrak that caused players to be unable to progress through the Operation.
Colossal Monolith
  • The rift in the northwest corner of the Fractured Tract is no longer active.
Battle of Rishi
  • The Revanite Assassin Droids during Hard Mode Shield Squadron have had their damage output adjusted to be more consistent.
Depths of Manaan
  • Solo Mode now provides a Gear reward for Marauders and Sentinels.

Items + Economy

  • The Warzone Commendation limit has been raised to 200,000 in preparation for the 3.3 PvP changes.
  • The “Fountain: Jedi Temple” Decoration can no longer be heard throughout the Stronghold it is placed in.