When gaming on an Xbox One, most headsets require a connection to the controller. Turtle Beach has entirely cut the cords, with a 7.1 surround sound headset that is completely wireless.
The Elite 800X features 50mm drivers (the larger the driver, the better it produces the low end of the range and most headsets have drivers ranging from 40 to 50mm), noise cancelation, and hidden microphones. Because this is a wireless headset, there is a single 50mm driver in each ear and the 7.1 surround sound is simulated through audio processing.
You can also use the Elite 800X with bluetooth devices, like phones and tablets. The headset also has a companion app for managing presets, which can be changed wirelessly.
The Elite 800X retails for $299.95 and is available now.
Overkill continues to support Payday 2 with creative new content. This time out, players are robbing high security vaults at a stadium in Washington D.C. during a concert.
DJ Alesso created a track for the game (called PAYDAY) and worked with the Payday 2 team to create the heist. One of the things that stands out is that you’ll need to time your explosions with the music to cover your presence.
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The Alesso Heist also comes with a new revolver (the Matever .357) and four modifications for it. There are also four new melee weapons (including a microphone), four masks inspired by Alesso’s concerts, four new patterns, and five new achievements.
The heist is out now on PC via Steam for $6.99. It will be coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Crimewave Editions at some point, also. Payday 2 will be out on current-gen consoles on June 16.
Destiny’s House of Wolves has been open for a few days now, but one of the expansion’s most significant features hasn’t been available until today. The PvP endgame event called Trials of Osiris is scheduled to start right now, at 10am PST. If you’re up for some challenging confrontations against your fellow guardians, Trials of Osiris is one of the best ways to hit level cap.
If you’re curious to learn more about Trials of Osiris, we have a rundown of the event’s most noteworthy features. The basic gist is that you enter the tournament by purchasing a Trials Passage (don’t worry – it’s super cheap). The Passage can be turned in whenever you hit nine wins or three losses – whichever comes first. Depending on how many wins you’ve garnered, you gain access to one of several reward tiers, including new weapons and armor.
If you’re ready to jump into the fray, your best bet is to buff yourself out with Trials Supplies. If you’ve been playing House of Wolves this week, you may already have some Passage Coins – these are essential for success, unless you’re a world-class Crucible player. Before making a run at the Trials, you can use your Passage Coins to purchase supplies from Brother Vance (located in the Reef). These supplies (the Favor, Mercy, and Boon of Osiris) offer a faster path to the higher reward tiers, like counting a single win as two wins. If you don't have enough Passage Coins, you can get more by playing House of Wolves Crucible playlists or by making an initial run at the Trials in order to farm coins before making a more serious attempt at the higher tiers in a later Passage. For your best run, you should buy all three supplies and trigger them for a single Passage, thereby maximizing your chances to get to the highest tiers.
This week, Trials of Osiris plays out on the The Burning Shrine map on Mercury – all your matches will be set there, so you should have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the terrain. The event utilizes the new Elimination game mode, which charges your team with taking out the entire enemy team to score one point. To enter, you need to have your own team of three players, so start coordinating with your online friends about when you want to make your attempt.
Good luck out there, Guardians.
BioWare is 20 years old today, and that seems like an anniversary worth celebrating. Whether you’ve been playing since Baldur’s Gate or fell in love with Mass Effect,you’ve probably got some happy memories.
We’re curious which of the company’s games stands out to you the most. Is there a setting or franchise to which you’d like to see BioWare return? Who is your favorite BioWare character?
We’ll round up your responses and share them. Who knows, maybe this will finally prompt the Jade Empire and KOTOR sequels we've wanted for years.
It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.
If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.
JanuaryDuke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) - January 6Woah Dave (Vita) - January 6Warhammer Quest (PC, Mac, Linux) - January 7Chariot (Wii U) - January 8Funk of Titan (Xbox One) - January 9Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 13Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) - January 13Evolve Open Beta (Xbox One) - January 15Blackguards 2 (PC) - January 20Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) - January 20Gunman Clive 2 (3DS) - January 20Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4) - January 20Planetside 2 Beta (PS4) - January 20Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20Grey Goo (PC) - January 23Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 27Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) - January 27Heroes of Might & Magic III - HD Edition (PC) - January 29Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PC) - January 29Supreme League of Patriots (PC) - January 29Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 30 Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One) - January 30
February#IDARB (Xbox One) - February 1Apotheon (PS4) - February 3Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita) - February 3Kick & Fennick (Vita) - February 3SpongeBob HeroPants (360, 3DS, Vita) - February 3Deathtrap (PC) - February 4Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS) - February 10Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 10Minutes (PS4, Vita) - February 10Super Stardust Ultra (PS4) - February 10Unmechanical: Extended (PS4, PS3) - February 10Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 (Vita) - February 11Blek (Wii U) - February 13Decay - The Mare (PC) - February 13The Escapists (Xbox One) - February 13The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) - February 13Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) - February 13New 3DS XL - February 13Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - February 17Deadrock (PC) - February 17Hand of Fate (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - February 17Pillar (PS4) - February 17Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4, PS3, Vita) - February 17Total War: Attila (PC) - February 17Frozen Cortex (PC) - February 19The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC) - February 20Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) - February 20The Order: 1886 (PS4) - February 20Roundabout (Xbox One) - February 20Auru's Awakening (PC, Mac, Linux) - February 24Desert Ashes (Vita) - February 24Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita) - February 24Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (Vita) - February 24Limbo (PS4) - February 24Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - February 24 (PSN) and 25 (XBL, PC)Rugby 15 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) - February 24Starwhal (PS4, PS3) - February 24There Came an Echo (PC) - February 24Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (PS3) - February 24Homeworld Remastered (PC) - February 25Isbarah - The First Journey (PC, Mac, Linux) - February 25Ironfall (3DS) - February 26Republique Remastered (PC) - February 26
MarchHelldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 3La Mulana EX (Vita) - March 3OlliOlli 2 (PS4, Vita) - March 3Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita) - March 3Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 2 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 3 (PSN) and 4 (XBL, PC)ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) - March 3Shiftlings (PS4, PC) - March 3, (Xbox One) - March 4Tormentum - Dark Sorrow (PC) - March 4White Night (PS4, PC) - March 3, (Xbox One) - March 4Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS) - March 5OlliOlli (Wii U, 3DS) - March 5, (Xbox One) - March 6Proun+ (3DS)Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - March 6Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC) - March 10Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3) - March 10Cities: Skylines (PC) - March 10DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - March 10Flame Over (Vita) - March 10Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) - March 10Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble (PC) - March 10Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 10 (PSN) and 11 (XBL, PC)Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - March 10Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, Vita) - March 10Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) - March 11Sid Meier's Starships (PC, Mac, iOS) - March 12Trine Enchanted Edition (Wii U) - March 12Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) - March 13Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PS3) - March 17Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) - March 17Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) - March 17Jamestown+ (PS4) - March 17Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) - March 17Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Episode 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - March 17 (PSN) and 18 (XBL, PC)Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 - Atlus Mugged (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, iOS, Android) - Week of March 17Woolfe - The Red Hood Diaries (PC) - March 17Elliot Quest (Wii U) - March 19Worlds of Magic (PC) - March 19Mario Party 10 (Wii U) - March 20Fossil Fighters: Frontier (3DS) - March 20Out of the Park 16 (PC) - March 23Bloodborne (PS4) - March 24Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) - March 24Glorkian Warrior (PC) - March 24Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Vita, 3DS) - March 24Yorbie - Episode 1: Payback's a Bolt (PS4) - March 24Slender: The Arrival (PS4) - March 24, (Xbox One) - March 25Etherium (PC) - March 25Dot Arcade (Wii U) - March 26Infinite Crisis (PC) - March 26Pillars of Eternity (PC) - March 26Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, 360) - March 27Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (Xbox One) - March 27Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC) - March 30Axiom Verge (PS4) - March 31MLB 15 The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) - March 31Neverwinter (Xbox One) - March 31Paperbound (PS4, PC) - March 31Rack 'n' Ruin (PS4)RBI Baseball 15 (Xbox One, PS4) - March 31Story of Seasons (3DS) - March 31Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) - March 31Woah Dave (PS4) - March 31
AprilAngry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U) - April 2BoxBoy (3DS) - April 2Bubble Gum Popper (Wii U) - April 2Excave: II: Wizard of the Underworld (3DS) - April 2Mon Premier Karaoke (Wii U) - April 2Psycroir (Wii U) - April 2Underground (Wii U) - April 2Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (Xbox One, PC) - April 7Aaru's Awakening (PS4, PS3) - April 7Bastion (PS4) - April 7Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - April 7Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS) - April 7MonsterBag (Vita) - April 7Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (PS4, PS3, Vita) - April 7Tower of Guns (PS4, PS3) - April 7Pokemon Rumble World (3DS) - April 8Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U) - April 9I Am Bread (PC) - April 9Stardrive 2 (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 9Dead Synchronicity (PC) - April 10Tower of Guns (Xbox One) - April 10Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New 3DS) - April 10Bloxiq (Vita) - April 14Grand Theft Auto V (PC) - April 14Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - April 14Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) - April 14Telepath Tactics (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 16Goat Simulator (Xbox One) - April 17We are Doomed (Xbox One) - April 17Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – April 21Convoy (PC) – April 21Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (PS3) - April 21Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita) - April 21Infinity Runner (PS4) - April 22Crypt of the Necrodancer (PC) - April 23Car Mechanic Simulator (PC) - April 24Dungeons II (PC) - April 24Brawl (PS4) - April 28Broken Age (PS4, Vita, Act II on PC) - April 28Highlands (PC) - April 28Magicka: Wizard Wars (PC) - April 28Omega Quintet (PS4) - April 28Project Root (PS4, Vita, Xbox One) - April 28Shadowrun Chronicles (PC) - April 28State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) - April 28Tropico 5 (PS4) - April 28Verdun (PC) - April 28WWE 2K15 (PC) - April 28Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PC) - April 28The Weaponographist (PC) - April 29Amiibo Tap (Wii U) - April 30Block N Load (PC) - April 30Chroma Squad (PC, Mac, Linux) - April 30Guns, Gore, & Cannoli (PC, Mac) - April 30Karmaflow (PC) - April 30
MayRemnants of Isolation (PC) - May 1Space Hulk (Wii U) - May 2Ether One (PS4) - May 5Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 5Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (3DS) - May 5Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 5High Strangeness (Wii U, PC) - May 6Vertiginous Golf (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 6Sym (PC) - May 7Ultratron (Xbox One) - May 8Disney Infinity 2.0 (Vita) - May 9Action Henk (PC) - May 11Inside My Radio (PC) - May 11Airmech Arena (Xbox One) - May 12Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS) - May 12Color Guardians (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac) - May 12Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (PC) - May 12Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) - May 12The Last of Us: Left Behind - Standalone (PS4, PS3) - May 12Lost Orbit (PS4, PC) - May 12Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4) - May 12Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 12Toren (PS4, PC) - May 12Ultratron (PS4, PS3, Vita) - May 123D Thunder Blade (3DS) - May 14Axiom Verge (PC) - May 14Galactic Civilizations III (PC) - May 14Nihilumbra (Wii U) - May 14Not a Hero (PC) - May 14Quell Logic (PC) - May 14Ultratron (Wii U) - May 14Nero (Xbox One) - May 15Destiny: House of Wolves Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - May 19Farming Simulator 15 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - May 19Life is Strange - Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - May 19The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - May 19Blockstorm (PC) - May 21Epanalepsis (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 21Porcunipine (PC) - May 21Sunset (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 21Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U) - May 21Technobabylon (PC) - May 21The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (PC) - May 22Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition (3DS) - May 22Badland: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux) - May 26Magicka 2 (PS4, PC) - May 26Magnetic: Cage Closed (PC) - May 26Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Vita) - May 26Roundabout (PS4) - May 26Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS4) - May 26Catlateral Damage (PC, Mac, Linux) - May 27Rogue Legacy (Xbox One) - May 27Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Wii U) - May 28Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PC) - May 29Splatoon (Wii U) - May 29
JuneThe Escapists (PS4) - June 2Heroes of the Storm (PC) - June 2You Must Build a Boat (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) - June 4The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PS4) - June 9Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) - June 9Kholat (PC) - June 10Lego Jurassic World (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC) - June 12Payday 2: Crimewave Edition (Xbox One, PS4) - June 16Canvaleon (Wii U) - June 18Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - June 23Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - June 23Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PS4, PS3, PC) - June 23Ride (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - June 23Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation (Vita) - June 30J-Stars Victory VS+ (PS4, PS3, Vita) - June 30
JulyAr Nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star (Vita) - July 2Legends of Eisenwald (PC) - July 2Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess (PS4, PS3, Vita) - July 14God of War III Remastered (PS4) - July 14Godzilla (PS4, PS3) - July 14Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (Xbox One, PS4) - July 14F1 2015 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - July 21Lost Dimension (PS3, Vita) - July 28
AugustRisen 3: Enhanced Edition (PS4) - August 21Madden 16 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - August 25
SeptemberMad Max (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - September 1Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) - September 1Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence (PS4, PS3, PC) - September 1Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS) - September 8Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC) - September 15Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC) - September 15Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U, 3DS) - September 22Lego Dimensions (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U) - September 27Samurai Warriors 4-II (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) - September 29
OctoberRainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - October 13Assassin's Creed Syndicate (Xbox One, PS4) - October 23Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) - October 27
NovemberCall of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 6Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - November 17
Confirmed for 2015, but undated
6180 The Moon (Wii U)A Virus Named Tom (PS3)Abyss Odyssey (PS4)Adr1ft (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Adventures of Pip (Wii U)Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed (PC)Alienation (PS4)Alone with You (PS4, Vita)Amplitude (PS4, PS3)Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)Antipole DX (Wii U, 3DS)APB Reloaded (Xbox One, PS4)Armikrog (PS4, Wii U, PC)Art Academy (Wii U)Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer (Vita)Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PC)Assault Android Cactus (PS4, Vita)Astebreed (PS4)Asteroids: Outpost (PC)Astral Breakers (Wii U)Axiom Verge (Vita)Aztez (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Vita)Baboon (Vita)Back to Bed (Wii U)The Banner Saga (PS4, Vita)The Banner Saga 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Bastion (Vita)Battlecry (PC)Beatbuddy (Wii U)Bedlam (PC)Before (PC)Below (Xbox One, PC)Bigfest (PS4, PS3, Vita)Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Xbox One, Wii U, New 3DS)Blast 'em Bunnies (PS4, Vita, 3DS)Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Bodycheck (Vita)Bombshell (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Broforce (PS4, Vita)Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Platforms TBA)Capsule Force (PS4, PC)Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Xbox One, PS4)The Castle Game (PS4)Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Chroma Squad (PS4, PS3, Vita)Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director's Cut (Wii U)Chronicle: Runescape Legends (PC)Code: Realize ~Guardians of Rebirth~ (Vita)Color Guardians (PS4, Vita)Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac)Crookz - The Big Heist (PC)Cube Creator 3D (3DS)Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita)Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita, PC)Darksiders II (PS4)Day of the Tentacle Special Edition (PS4, Vita)Death Ray Manta (Vita, PC)Death Tales (Vita)Deathtrap (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion (iOS)Dementium: The Ward (3DS)Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3, Vita)Desert Ashes (Vita)The Devil’s Third (Wii U)Discstorm (Vita)Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)Distance (PS4)Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) Don Bradman Cricket 14 (360, PS3)Doors (3DS)Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Wii U, 3DS, PC)Dragon Fin Soup (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)Drawn to Death (PS4)Dreadnought (PC)The Dreamfall Chapters (PS4)Dream Pinball 3D II (360, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, iOS)Drifter (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)Dungeon Defenders II (PS4, PC)EarthNight (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)Elite Dangerous (Xbox One)Energy Hook (PS4, Vita, PC)Enter the Gungeon (PS4, PC, Mac)Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Fable Legends (Xbox One)Fairy Fencer F (PC)Farming Simulator `15 (PS4, PS3)Fat Princess Adventures (PS4)Fatal Frame (Wii U)Fenix Rage (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)Final Fantasy VII (PS4)Firewatch (PC)Flame Over (PS4, Vita)The Forest (PS4)Forma.8 (PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS)Fortified (Xbox One)Fortnite (PC)Foul Play (PS4, Vita)FutureGrind (PS4)Galak-Z: The Dimensional (PS4, Vita)Gang Beasts (PS4, PC)Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Vita)Get Even (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Giana Sisters 2 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)Gigantic (Xbox One, PC)Goat Simulator (360)Grand Ages: Medieval (PC)Grave (Xbox One, PS4, PC)Guns of Icarus Online (PS4)Guns Up! 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If you are a Street Fighter IV player who has been on board since the game launched on PlayStation 3 last generation, there’s some good news. If you splurged on a licensed fight pad or stick, you’ll be able to use that when the game arrives on PlayStation 4.
Full details aren’t available yet, nor is a list of compatible devices. Sony suggests checking in with Capcom and Lab Zero (responsible for the drivers) after the May 26 release.
Ultra Street Fighter IV will arrive on PlayStation 4 next week. Capcom says the game is running at 1080p and 60 frames per second. The input lag you may have noticed in the last-gen version has also been scrubbed away.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeOne of the most painful parts of upgrading to a new generation of console is the hit your wallet takes on peripherals. By the end of last-generation, I had everything I could possibly need for any type of game.
Starting from scratch can be expensive, and steps like this to make older peripherals work on new hardware is appreciated. The only downside here is that there won’t be a complete guide to getting older fight sticks up and running before launch.
A Coquitlam, British Columbia 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to 23 counts of harassment, extortion, and public mischief following an arrest in December 2014. Among the unnamed youth’s activities: the practice known as swatting (making a false police report in order to instigate a heavily armed response).
The teen’s victims were often women who play League of Legends, and the prosecution in the case detailed one incident in which a University of Arizona student left the school due to threats against her and her family. The defendant admitted to swatting her twice after he was rejected and posted links to resultant news stories on Twitter.
Other victims suffered an assortment of other attacks. The teen would post personal information online (commonly known as “doxxing”), call them late at night, and tamper with home services, including their internet providers.
The teen took responsibility for a more high-profile incident. In 2013, Disneyland was forced to shut down the Space Mountain ride due to a bomb threat.
The Tri-City News details a number of social engineering attempts, including some successes in which the defendant was able to cancel service and add expensive new ones by posing as someone else. The judge in the case has ordered another psychiatric examination. He will be held for 169 days. Sentencing is not yet complete and will resume on June 29.
Swatting has become a common harassment technique, and one that law enforcement is taking seriously. In February, we reported on the story of Joshua Peters whose St. Cloud, Minnesota home was invaded by police.
It was when Peters, who was face-down at gunpoint at the time, told police he is a Twitch streamer that the situation began to ease. A week prior to that, Chicago police arrested a 19-year-old accused of multiple swatting incidents. The FBI is investigating that incident, and the perpetrator faces up to five years in prison.
[Source: Tri-City News via Ars-Technica]
Our TakeSwatting and harassment aren’t pranks. They aren’t harmless. Law enforcement isn’t amused, and if you are caught, you could face serious jail time. If you’ve got a beef with someone, there are many ways to deal with that. This isn’t one of them.
There are games that you like and games that you don't like. And then there are games that you completely obsess over – games that get their hooks into your brain and don't leave until you've beaten them. What's the last game that you forsook sleep, food, and friends to play?
I've been talking with a few other editors in the office (that's something we do), and it sounds like there are a few people who are completely obsessed with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt right now. CD Projekt RED's open world action/RPG seems to be one of those games that you keep thinking about while at work and can't wait to get home and play.
I talked a little bit about a similar experience I had with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time during our podcast this week. I also wrote about it here. But games like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Portal, and Mass Effect have also consumed my life at different points. What about you?
Mega Man's stages go really well with 8-bit tunes, heavy metal, and (it turns out) mariachi bands. One inspired musician set the theme music from Mega Man 2’s Dr. Wily Stage to a mariachi beat, and the results and feet-stomping.
After you listen to DaveYard Shift's cover of the Dr. Wily Stage theme, learn all you need to know about Mega Man's lost robot master, Bond Man and then watch us replay the original Mega Man.
Play Arts Kai has released a gallery of images of the company's latest figurine based on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The Burning Man is a grim-looking person who lives up to his name.
If you're fuzzy on the character, don't fret. He might not have the instant name recognition of a Big Boss, but he's sure to leave an impression on players. You may have spied him in a quick appearance in one of the game's first trailers. Here's a shot of him emerging from a wall of flames in a burning hospital.
This shot gives a clearer picture of what Mr. Man looks like when he's not obscured in fire. Notice all of the ammo that peppers his uniform, as well as the melted armor plating marred by scorch marks.
The figure comes with alternate hands, chest armor, and various fiery bits that you can attach to him. He also comes with a stand, so you don't have to rely on your positioning and balancing skills to make him look cool on your desk. The Burning Man figure is coming out in September, and it'll set you back ¥14,800 (about $122.25).
This isn't the first figure based on the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, either. The companies collaborated on a pair of Big Boss figures, too.
Square Enix has found rare success in tearing a game down and rebuilding a better one in its place. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues to hold the interest of its audience, with an expansion on the horizon.
The publisher announced today that the title song for the Heavensward expansion was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, a compose who has put his mark on many a Square Enix title. In addition, the company released a video to showcase some of the new scenery featured in the update.
Also released today are two videos of Heavensward gameplay. One features the new job actions. The other features a dungeon crawl.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward will be out on June 23.
Earlier today, we posted an interview with Harebrained Schemes as it looks back on Kickstarter success three years later. During that conversation, studio co-founders Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman teased some big news for the developer.
Harebrained Schemes is growing. In just three years, the studio has expanded from eight employees to nearly sixty. It’s considering more growth tied to an upcoming project.
“There’s a very real chance of us pushing the size of the studio just a little bit more,” says co-founder Mitch Gitelman. “What’s great is that we greenlit this original IP, Necropolis, but there are other IPs that we’ve created in the past that we are very interested in. Maybe soon.”
Weisman put a finer point on it for is. “We’re not going to say yet, but one of my old children may be coming home to roost,” he adds.
Looking at Weisman’s history, two candidates stand out: BattleTech and Crimson Skies.
We reached out to Piranha Games, the developer behind MechWarrior Online. A representative confirmed that Piranha Games and former development partner Infinite Games Publishing amicably split last year. Piranha purchased IGP’s share of the rights at that time.
Since then, Piranha added a number of community features, including Community Warfare (faction-based territorial combat in a persistent war), and the game continues to thrive. Weisman supported the development of MechWarrior Online from the beginning, helping Piranha license BattleTech from Microsoft.
It’s entirely possible that Weisman and Harebrained Schemes are looking to do something more strategic with the BattleTech property (in a 2012 AMA, Weisman said he’d love to return to a MechCommander style game). Also, with the success of Golem Arcana (a miniatures game with app integration), lumbering, heavily armed mechs could return to the tabletop.
The same could be said of Crimson Skies. It could re-emerge as an action title as it was on Xbox, a strategy RPG, or a tabletop game.
We probably have some time to wait before Harebrained Schemes is ready to pull the curtain back much more. However, a return to either of these franchises certainly has us excited.
Pictured: MechWarrior Online
Our TakeThe web of licensing sales and acquisitions over the decades has been tricky to follow, but Harebrained Schemes navigated some challenging legal waters to make Shadowrun happen. I’m excited to find out exactly which property the team has its sights on this time, especially with the successful Shadowrun titles as proof of the studio's work.
Most mouse pads just sit on your desk like lazy rugs, but Razer's new ultra-thin gaming mouse mat is illuminated with over 16.8 million customizable color options, so you can trick out your desk like a street racer.
Razer’s new mat has lighting along its left, right and bottom borders that can sync up with other Chroma enabled Razer products. Razer is also releasing the Chroma SDK, which means that game developers can create their own lighting effects for their games.
“The Razer Firefly opens up a new category for the Chroma family,” says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We’ve designed the Razer Firefly with the best components for a gaming mouse mat, along with the new, fully-customizable Chroma lighting. No one said you can’t win with style.”
The Firefly Mouse Mat will release for $59.99 later this June.
Our TakeIt's rare the a mouse pad piques my interested. While I'm sure this won't revolutionize gaming, it looks like a fun product, and I'm actually interested in checking it out.
Every guild needs a place to call home. Neverwinter’s Strongholds expansion is going to provide just that.
Coming this summer, Strongholds will open a new map, where players and their guilds can claim a keep and restore it. As more territory falls under your control, you’ll need to clear them of monsters to improve your castle.
You’ll also be able to build weapons of war to take into battle against opposing guilds. The expansion will launch first on PC. There’s no mention yet of when it will be coming to the Xbox One version, but Perfect World says it’s on the way.
Last year, Sony worked with theaters across the country to give fans a chance to see its E3 press conference on the big screen. You’ll have that chance again, with more theaters participating.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Geoff Keighley writes that the number of venues has been increased by 150 percent to more than 75. Each state will have at least one theatre showing the event, including Hawaii and Alaska. If you live in Canada, there will be three locations hosting the conference.
Tickets are free, and they will be available on Wednesday, May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern. Only 80 percent of theatre capacity will be distributed this way, with the remaining 20 percent on a first come, first served wait list.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern on June 15. Those in the theaters will also see a 30-minute post-show hosted by Keighley and will take home a cryptic “PlayStation surprise.”
If the video above is any indication, here's what we might expect to see (in part) at Sony's press conference:
There were also multiple shots of The Last of Us, though they may have been for color. You can read more about Sony's theater presentation here.
Techland’s Hellraid has hit a major barrier, as the developer has opted to put the game on hold. The game was put on ice due to quality reasons.
A statement from Techland indicates that it will focus instead on growing the Dying Light franchise. That title was released earlier this year, with solid response from critics and fans (including Game Informer).
Here’s the full statement from Techland:
Dear Hellraid fans,
We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.
In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.
In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.
We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!
When it was announced, Hellraid was originally planned for release in 2013. It was then bumped to 2014, and then 2015 with an engine change and refocus on PC and current-gen consoles.
Our TakeIt sounds like Hellraid might never see the light of day. However, as a fan of Dying Light, I’m glad to see that franchise will continue.
Portal Pinball is coming next week, which means it’s time to hug your weighted companion cube goodbye for a little while. The table tasks you with guiding Chell and Wheatley through Aperture Science, and past the tricks and traps laid out by GLaDOS.
The trailer also shows off how P-Body and ATLAS play into the action, as well as hidden mini-table. There are turrets, laser cubes, and other threats around the board. You should feel right at home.
For more on Portal Pinball, you can check out the madness in our Test Chamber.
Nintendo has announced another first-party title coming to its family of handhelds this year. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon), which has sold over 13 million copies.
The title features a wide variety of Pokémon, as players explore randomly generated dungeons. You can read more about the series in our review of the original.
And if it’s more Mystery Dungeon you’re after right now, Atlus recently released Etrian Mystery Dungeon. We have a review of that, too.
Our TakeWhile we didn’t love the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, there’s hope that lessons were learned. I suspect we’ll get a chance to see it at E3 to know for sure.
Take-Two filed suit this morning in London against BBC over the use of the publisher’s trademarks in an upcoming drama based on the creation of Grand Theft Auto. The suit alleges infringement related to both the blockbuster series and the Rockstar Games name.
The publisher says it has tried to clear the matter up directly with the BBC, but no “meaningful resolution” has been reached. The full statement we received from Take-Two follows:
Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series.
While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.
The nature of suit addresses specifically the use of trademarks in the Game Changer title and assertion that it is based on the story of Grand Theft Auto's creation. The production focuses in part on the skirmish between Rockstar Games and outspoken former attorney Jack Thompson. The suit does not endeavor to shut filming down or otherwise chill the creative process.
Rockstar has not issued comment about the content of the production, nor is the company involved. We’ve reached out to the BBC for comment and will update should we receive a response.
Our TakeGiven the narrow focus on this lawsuit, Rockstar appears to be engaging in normal practice to protect its brand. The company is clearly not involved in the production, but isn’t trying to shut it down. This seems more about making it extremely clear that this is an unofficial endeavor.
Last November, Activision agreed to a settlement with an investor over the $8 billion deal that freed the publisher from Vivendi Universal. A Judge has finally approved that deal, with details emerging on how it will be paid.
The lawsuit brought by Anthony Pacchia alleged that the buyout gave certain parties access to discounted share value rates. The suit is considered a “derivative” action, as Pacchia sued on behalf of Activision against a small group, namely CEO Robert Kotick’s investor group. The resulting deal gave 24.9 percent control to Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly’s group.
Judge Travis Laster of Delaware’s Court of Chancery approved the settlement, which sees $275 million paid to the Activision corporate treasury by a combination of Vivendi, the investor group, and insurers. The judge also awarded $72.5 million to attorneys that litigated the case, calculated at an hourly rate of $9,500.
This settlement represents the largest for this type of case.
Our TakeWhile we knew some of the details of this settlement last year, the attorney fees cast new light on how vigorously these matters are litigated. According to the Reuters report, the fee award is calculated at $9,500 per hour, which Judge Laster says is justified given the nature of the case and the effort put in.
The Predator has long been a mainstay in the world of gaming, and one of the weapons that makes him seem so deadly is that gnarly looking, arm-mounted blade that would make Ezio Auditore blush. Watch some real-life metal workers make a working Predator arm blade.
After watching the weaponsmiths at Baltimore Knife and Sword make a functioning Predator arm blade via Awe Me, you should load up Mortal Kombat X and put them to the test yourself.
Confirming what we all pretty much knew, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida took to twitter to encourage fans of Bloodborne to look forward to playing new DLC content at some point in the (hopefully, not distant) future.
Shuhei Yoshida didn't have much to say about this new Bloodborne expansion, but we can look forward to hearing more later this year. Could that later be during E3? We'll know in a few weeks. If you still haven't played Bloodborne, check out our review to see what you're missing, or check out our feature on what Bloodborne could do better to see what we hope From Software fixes with this DLC.
So I have been asked by many people if we are making DLC for Bloodborne. I can say... An expansion is coming. More info later this year. :D
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) May 21, 2015
So I have been asked by many people if we are making DLC for Bloodborne. I can say... An expansion is coming. More info later this year. :D
Our TakeThis isn't too surprising, but I loved Bloodborne, so it's good to see that From Software is working on some DLC. I can't wait to hear more.
What are Witchers, and where do they come from? Who's this Yennefer woman who Geralt seems so infatuated with? How was Ciri born? All your The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt questions will be answered here. Well probably not all of them, but this is a good primer for the game.
After checking out this video from Lore in a Minute! read our more in depth breakdown of the Witcher 3 cast, or have a laugh as we poke fun at those same characters.
With Konami removing the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store, rumors of a divorce with Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima, and news that the company is scaling down console development to focus on mobile, it's been a rough few weeks for Konami fans.
But it's not all bad. Here to lighten the mood is the ever-smirking crew at Mega64, who aren't afraid to poke some fun at a dire situation. Watch and enjoy:
A few weeks after revealing some tidbits on the first Battlefield Hardline expansion, today EA outlined everything the players can expect from Criminal Activity.
Four new maps, three new weapons, two new vehicles, two new ammunition types, and a new gadget lead off the Criminal Activity pack, but that's not it. The expansion also introduces a new Bounty Hunter game mode, a nailgun pickup, and six new masks (including the rabbit head seen above). We don't know anything new about the maps other than their official names – Backwoods, Code Blue, The Beat and Black Friday.
Look for Criminal Activity to hit early access in June. You can read our review of Battlefield Hardline here.
Our TakeMy interest in Battlefield Hardline faded quickly, but I may swing back around to check out the new maps.