Developer Just Add Water originally planned for Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty to only be cross-buy compatible for copies of the game purchased after its PS Plus window, but it has changed its mind.
Writing on its website, the developer talked about changing its mind due to fan feedback:
Developing the other versions of the game is not a simple, cost-free process, and takes time, money and considerable effort. That said, numerous factors (including fan feedback) have prompted us to change our stance on this particular matter. So, if you downloaded New ‘n’ Tasty for PS4 during the PS Plus period, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game will be free for download for you on release.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty was available for PS Plus subscribers in March on PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 3 version of the game released on April 21. The game is also available on Xbox One and PC, and is currently in development without a solid release date for Vita and Wii U.
For our review of New 'n' Tasty, head here.
Our TakeVita is actually my platform preference when it's an option, so this is good news for me. I never played Oddworld back during its original release, but it has always seemed like the kind of game I would like. I look forward to playing it on Vita.
Gearbox recently put together a montage of Borderlands cosplayers from an assortment of conventions over the past year.
In the video below you will see cosplayers preparing to show off their costumes and showing them off at Gamescom 2014, Dragoncon 2014, MCM Comiccon 2014, and Pax South 2015, among sources.
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Borderlands' most recent release is the Handsome Collection, which ports Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel to new-gen consoles. You can read more about it here.
[Source: Borderlands on YouTube]
The Nintendo DS Virtual Console Wii U resurgence continues with the release of Mario Kart DS.
Both Nintendo 64 and DS games have been making their way to the console with Donkey Kong 64, WarioWare: Touched, and Yoshi Touch & Go releasing in the last few weeks. Paper Mario releases on Thursday, April 30 for the Wii U, followed by a number of Mega Man games from Capcom.
Our TakeI really like getting these games for Virtual Console, especially Nintendo 64 games, but I wish the DS games were also coming to 3DS. I realize you can still play the DS cartridges in the 3DS, but it would be nice to have them available digitally as well.
Does Valve's move to open up Steam to modders create a new segment of game development or is it a shameless grab for cash? Do you think you'll buy mods?
Yesterday, Valve announced that modders could start making money off of their work by selling their mods through Steam. Steam Workshop users can now sell community-made mods, items, and maps as long as the original developer allows them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the first game to open up those floodgates, but there will probably be more.
How do you feel about this turn of events? On one hand, it's nice that those who provide augments to a game might be able to get some compensation for their work. Are you happy about this? Or are you worried about the consumers? Do you feel like they might get nickel and dimed for some thing that used to be free? Perhaps you feel like this is counter to the whole spirit of mods. Should mods be free? In the case of Skyrim mods, modders are only making 25 percent off their work. Do you think this should be more?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Sure, you've seen real-life versions of fighting games a hundred times, but do they every really get old? This real life Mortal Kombat video is pretty fun, even if it commits the classic Hollywood faux pas of having people play a modern game using a classic video game system.
Check out this modern take on Mortal Kombat's classic brawling courtesy of Mr.TVCow. It's an okay video, but hey, what do you want from me. It's Friday night.
Lately, it seems like Bloodborne is the only game that people have been playing, but that's not going to stop some of us from moving on to other things. It might be a dry season for video games, but we'll keep ourselves busy.
Ben Hanson (@Yozetty) – This weekend I'm going to be replaying the first act of Broken Age before the big release of the second half next week. Outside of that, I'll most likely continue to play and enjoy Affordable Space Adventures on the Wii U and I've been considering giving Heroes of the Storm another go. Oh, and I guess I'll be playing Settlers of Cataan tonight but that barely counts. Have a good weekend!
Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) – I’m playing Bloodborne with a friend (we switch off controls after every death) and also hope to finish up watching the first season of Daredevil. I’m also introducing games to my daughter. Right now, she’s experimenting with a number of iOS learning titles. They all suck so far, and I think she’s beginning to deem video games undesirable. I might have to show her Super Mario Bros. soon.
Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM) – I’m on a Bloodborne hiatus this week, which gives me an opportunity to play some indie games. I started Apotheon this week and even though I’m not a huge fan of the animation, it’s an interesting take on the side-scrolling Metroid-style exploration game. I also started Broken Age and have enjoyed it as well. If that’s not enough, I’ve got Axiom Verge and Zen Pinball 2 to round out my indie weekend.
Jeff Cork (@GIJeff) – I have the house to myself this weekend, which means I'm going to spend way too much time playing games. I'm hoping to spend a substantial portion of it on Bloodborne, but I'll get some Tower of Guns in there, too. If all goes according to plan, this is going to be The Best Weekend in Forever. Sorry, family!
Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves) – I'm looking to relax. I don't have a lot planned for the weekend, but I might check out the UFC fight on Sat, and then I'll probably play some more Grim Fandango (finally getting back into it and hoping to finish it). Other than that, I've been really loving Marvel's Neflix Daredevil series, but I don't want it to end so I've been going kind of slow through it. We'll have to wait and see what other random games I happen to get into this weekend.
Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – This weekend, I’ll be playing some Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China and Mortal Kombat X. Between those, I’ll be continuing my Road to the Show in MLB 15: The Show.
Between Halo's Master Chief Collection and the fact that a new Gears of War game is currently being developed by Black Tusk Studios, fans have been clamoring for a Marcus Fenix Trilogy release that would include remastered versions of Gears of War 1, Gears of War 2, and Gears of War 3 on Xbox One. While a new report won't quite satisfy those fans, it does indicate that Xbox One owners will have the opportunity to play a remastered edition of the original Gears of War.
An unnamed source has told Polygon that Microsoft and Black Tusk are working on remastered edition of the original Gears of War. The remastered version is said to feature enhanced visuals and cutscenes that have been remade by animation studio Plastic Wax.
The original game released on Xbox 360 in 2006, meaning that much like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the remastered version of Gears of War could be in development to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the game.
We have reached out to Microsoft for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
Our TakeWe expect to hear more about the upcoming Gears of War at June's E3. If this news ends up being true and we see a Gears of War Anniversary release on Xbox One in 2016, that could point to the new Gears of War game releasing beyond next year, which will disappoint many fans.
We may be a couple of days away from Activision and Treyarch's big reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, but we may have an early look at the release date.
According to an image obtained by Kotaku, Black Ops III is scheduled to release on November 6. The promotional card from GameStop also says that there will be a beta test on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that will be accessible to those who pre-order the game.
To this point, we've seen a teaser trailer that hints at a futuristic world with robotic body modifications, but real details have been scarce. The world reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 26.
Disclaimer: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer.
Our TakeThe first real details on Call of Duty: Black Ops III are hitting this weekend, so it's likely we'll hear more then. November is typically when Call of Duty games release, so this date certainly would make sense.
Top players of Turtle Rock's 4v1 shooter Evolve are getting a new competition to participate in thanks to the 2015 Proving Grounds Tournament. The tournament, which is presented by ESL, is set to host the finals in Los Angeles the week of June 15.
Proving Grounds gives players the opportunity to compete in qualifying and regional events in order to place high enough for the Global Finals, which promises a prize pool of over $100,000 provided by 2K. The tournament is taking place on Xbox One and qualifying is open to any Evolve players with an Xbox Live Gold subscription and an ESL account.
Qualifying for the 2015 Proving Grounds Tournament starts this Sunday, April 26, kicking off the lead-up to the Global Finals in Los Angeles this June. The semifinals and finals will broadcast live on the official Evolve Twitch channel.
Our TakeEvolve was designed with eSports in mind, so these kinds of tournaments seem like the right move for 2K and Turtle Rock to try and keep excitement and buzz for the game up.
Universal has announced that some if its slate of upcoming films have been delayed. Warcraft, which is being directed by Duncan Jones, was originally set to hit March 11, 2016. The film is now scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2016.
in addition to delaying Warcraft, Universal also pushed Pacific Rim 2 from April 2017 to August 2017, the Mummy reboot from June 2016 to March 2017, and an untitled monster movie from April 2017 to March 2018.
We already know a good deal about the Warcraft flick, including the cast, and the fact that the filming completed last year. You can also check out some of the promotional posters released by heading here.
[Source: Variety via PC Gamer]
We have new details about video game legend Warren Spector's role in a ditched Half-Life project.
Since Nintendo's functional figures took collectors by storm, we've seen a host of custom-made Amiibos hit the internet. While several Fierce Deity Link modifications have already shown up, this one is special for its awesome treatment of the legendarily powerful incarnation's weapon.
Sure, Toon Link hasn't ever changed into Fierce Deity, and even if he did, he'd likely grow a bit taller and ditch the shield just like Young Link does in Majora's Mask, but it's hard to deny the craftsmanship that went into changing Toon Link's Master Sword into Fierce Deity Link's double helix blade.
Check out the full shot below.
Capcom has announced that the remastered version of the survival horror classic Resident Evil has sold over one million units worldwide since its release this past January.
A remastered version of the 2002 remade edition, Resident Evil HD Remaster includes enhanced graphics, a new very easy difficulty setting, and additional control and display options. Previously, Resident Evil HD Remaster claimed the record for the biggest selling day one digital title on PlayStation Network, as well as the crown for Capcom's fastest selling digital title ever across Europe and North America.
Tim Turi's review spoke very highly of the game when it released, giving it one of the highest scores we can dish out to a game.
Our TakeGiven the accolades, history, and previously claimed sales records, this announcement comes as no surprise. Still, it's great to see that the fan base is still there for classic survival horror and that the Resident Evil name still has this kind of sales oomph behind it.
The epic RPG is inching ever closer to release, now less than a month away. Check out this new TV spot.
This game has looked impressive throughout its development, lets hope it lives up to the hype.
Microsoft's hardware division revenues showed a sharp decline, despite improve tablet sales.
The company just released its third quarter 2015 results, which showed Xbox revenue down 24 percent and sales down 20 percent year-on-year. However, some of these losses were offset by improved Surface tablet sales, meaning that the entire hardware division only had a decreased revenue of 4 percent.
The Xbox sales include both Xbox 360 and Xbox One sales. This is an important fact because a good bit of the decreased revenue could have been caused by a marked drop in Xbox 360 sales – something that's natural at this point in a system's lifecycle. Also, the $50 price drop of Xbox One likely bit into Microsoft's margins on the system. Overall, Xbox revenues were down $306 million.
Our TakeObviously, this isn't good news for Microsoft. However, they likely expected some effect from the price drop and the console transition. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so it's important not to read too much into any one quarter.
Telltale Games has a knack for turning big entertainment properties into great adventure games. Today, the studio announced a partnership with Marvel.
The news came from the Telltale Games' blog:
"Announced this evening in San Francisco, we're excited to reveal an all-new partnership with the incredible team at Marvel Entertainment. We'll be teaming up on the development of an upcoming Telltale game series project set to premiere in 2017!"
Obviously, details are scarce, but this seems like another big coup for Telltale, which has parlayed its success with The Walking Dead into production deals on projects like HBO's Game of Thrones and a new Minecraft game. Given the popularity of Marvel's movies, this could be the biggest Telltale project ever.
[Source: Telltale Games]
Our TakeThis seems like good news for Telltale, though I do worry about how many irons they have in the fire. Also, could we use some of the money from these deals to get a new game engine? They did a nice job with Game of Thrones but the graphics and (especially) the animations look very archaic.
In its weekly update, Bungie shared some interesting Destiny info; the most important being word that commendations are a thing of the past, and that the latest Iron Banner is coming next week.
When House of Wolves DLC launches, some changes are happening to the economy, as we noted yesterday. But in today's weekly update, Bungie got a little more specific on what that means, regarding Commendations.
"Essentially, they’re going away. You'll no longer need them to acquire new weapons or gear," Bungie clarified. "If you have a bunch of them stockpiled, you can burn them for reputation. Gaining reputation will speed you toward your next promotion, thus earning you another reward package. To prosper and equip yourself with new stuff, just earn Marks!"
Bungie also revealed the date for the next Iron Banner, which is on April 28 (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. Pacific. "Recent changes to ammunition economies will be in effect, so Felwinter will Lie just a little less often," Bungie shared. But beware! Bungie issued this warning on getting in on the accessing the next Iron Banner:
"Due to a navigation bug, the only way to access Iron Banner will be to select it from the main Director interface. Look to the left margin for the Featured activities. You won’t be able to select Iron Banner from your Crucible menu."
Most of the update covered what we found out yesterday about House of Wolves. Check out our recap here.
To see the full weekly update, check it out on Bungie.net.
World of Warcraft isn't going to let us forget about Left Shark. It appears that the inferior shark is now a battle pet in the popular MMORPG.
Left Shark became an icon for its antics, er, bad dancing with Katy Perry during this year's Super Bowl half-time show. The poor Left Shark just couldn't keep up with Right Shark, and suddenly it felt like everyone on the internet had a Left Shark meme.
Blizzard's World of Warcraft PTR for patch 6.2 revealed this addition. PTR stands for public test realm and this is how Blizzard tests out upcoming additions in a live setting. This is when Wowhead discovered that Left Shark is a battle pet. Left Shark has fitting abilities like the rain dance and the dazzling dance. Did you ever expect to see this shark do battle? Me neither, but it's nice to see Blizzard have some fun with players.
Unfortunately, this patch still isn't officially live, so we won't know if Left Shark actually makes the cut.
Last week, we detailed a new album called Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, which features relaxing arrangements by Metal Gear and Bayonetta composer Norihiko Hibino. Now, we're exclusively revealing one of the tracks on the album.
The album has arrangements from Skyrim, Shovel Knight, Final Fantasy, and more, but Scarlet Moon Records has been slowly trickling out the track listing. Today, we're revealing that Final Fantasy VI's "Kids Run Through The City Corner" will be one of the songs covered on the album. Better yet, we also have a sample of it, so you can get a taste of what's in store.
So far the following tracks have been revealed:
You can listen to part of the "Kids Run Through The City Corner" arrangement below.
For more information and to pre-order, visit Scarlet Moon Records' site.
Also, if you purchase volumes I and II on Loudr together, you get the Gentle Love single from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age Arrangements & Variations ("GENTLE OBLIVION").
What do you think? Does the album have your interest? Let us know in the comments below!
We knew Jason's day to brawl Mortal Kombat style was coming, but we didn't know exactly when. Thankfully, it's very soon.
The horror icon from the Friday the 13th films is arriving as DLC on May 5 for those who have purchased the Kombat Pack DLC collection. Those who want to purchase Jason Voorhees separately will be able to do so a week later. NetherRealm made this announcement during its Kombat Kast show today.
Besides getting to fight as Jason, you also get new scary costumes for Meleena, Ermac, and Reptile with your purchase.
More DLC is also on the way after this, letting you play as Predator, Tanya, and Tremor.
Check out Jason's reveal trailer again below to see what's in store.
[Source: Kombat Kast via IGN]
Still on the fence about Mortal Kombat X? Be sure to check out Brian Shea's glowing review
Square Enix announced that it's giving PC users the chance to experience the sequel to Final Fantasy IV next month.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years first launched in North America for the Wii, and then made its way to the PSP and mobile platforms. The Final Fantasy IV sequel is set two decades after the original game. The After Years features a lot of returning cast members, such as Cecil and Rosa, alongside new ones like their son, Prince Cheodore. Together they must confront the second moon once again and finally unravel its mysteries.
The game heads to PC on May 12 for $15.99 ,and will include Steam achievements and trading cards.
You can check out the new trailer below.
Our TakeI like games coming to more platforms so more people can play them. People have mixed opinions on The After Years. It didn't exactly work episodically, but released as a complete version, it's easy to digest as Joe Juba noted in his review of the Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection. I just wish the price tag was a bit lower for a game that's far from new.
Valve is now allowing mod creators to profit off their work on Steam.
With a new update to the Steam Workshop, users can now sell community-made content such as mods, items, and maps. The catch is that the games must have the feature enabled in order to do so. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the first game to enable this feature, starting today. Valve said in a statement that more games will follow in the coming weeks. Those Skyrim mods that were already available for free on the workshop will continue to be unless the creator changes his or her mind; all prices are determined by the creator.
"We think this is a great opportunity to help support the incredible creative work being done by mod makers in the Steam Workshop," said Valve programmer Tom Bui in a press release. "User-generated content is an increasingly significant component of many games, and opening new avenues to help financially support those contributors via Steam Workshop will help drive the level of UGC to new heights."
You can find more information here on the policies.
Our TakeIf someone puts the time and effort into something, I always feel it's his or her right to ask for compensation. It will be interesting to see just what creators will charge and if they provide enough bang for the buck. Mods have added some really fun elements to games, along with fixing some annoying grievances after developers have moved on.
Square Enix announced on its website that it will hold a press conference this year at E3. Of course, the company isn't revealing much yet — that's what the conference is for — but it did say to expect "some exciting news." It's anyone's guess what Square Enix will show off. Final Fantasy XV is getting some new attention thanks to the recent demo, and Kingdom Hearts III hasn't had any new information for a while. Square Enix also just recently revealed Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in our recent cover story, and announced a new Star Ocean game last week.
The press conference is on June 16 at 9AM PDT in Downtown Los Angeles. Don't worry if you can't attend, Square Enix will be streaming the conference on its YouTube and Twitch channels.
What games or announcements do you hope to see?
[Source: Square Enix]
Our TakeI'll be honest - at this point I'm hoping Square shows some more of Kingdom Hearts III. Fans have seen so little of this game that they've been waiting on for many years now. It's time to see something more substantial and impressive. Let's also hope the company has some surprises in store. My favorite part of E3 is when that totally unexpected announcement hits. Of course, Square Enix has also gotten hopes up many times in the past – sometimes it's hard to remain hopeful.
MyCareer has quickly become one of NBA 2K's most popular destinations. For good reason, too – you to rise to fame and live out your dreams of making it in the NBA. In this mode, you not only play ball and improve your player, but you also shape your personality through press conferences, interact with other athletes, sign big endorsement deals, and watch the fanfare roll in. Now, rumors suggest the acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, who is well-known for being a fan basketball in general and the New York Knicks in particular, is helping Visual Concepts shape the future of the mode.
According to Polygon, a source close to them confirmed that Lee is involved in NBA 2K16. We reached out to 2K Sports for comment, but were told "we never comment on rumors."
Lee is behind popular films such as Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do The Right Thing. He's also used his passion for basketball in his film career. He teamed up with ten-time NBA all-star Ray Allen in 1998 for He Got Game and did a documentary on Kobe Bryant entitled Kobe Doin' Work for ESPN. Not to mention Lee also directed Michael Jordan Nike commercials. This would be the first time Lee would be bringing his talent to a video game.
We suspect more information will surface closer to NBA 2K16's release. The cover reveal usually takes place in May and gameplay details usually surface around September.
Our TakeLee could be a fantastic addition to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode. Some of my biggest grips are the unnatural dialogue and forced interactions. Someone with Lee's experience could help execute the cinematics better. While this is still just a rumor, Lee's involvement wouldn't be all that surprising considering his affection for the sport. Time will tell its validity, but I'm crossing my fingers that it's true.
If there's one thing that's hard to ignore about Bloodborne, it's those pesky load times when you warp or die. From Software has heard fans' pleas and finally released patch 1.03 to improve the matter.
From Software said it was working on a fix to hit this month, and now it's here. According to the Japanese PlayStation Blog, the patch improves the following:
The update also provides new loading screens with item descriptions.
Be sure to update your game if you want to reduce your wait to get back in the game.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakeHallelujah! If there's one thing that bothered me about Bloodborne, it was the load times. I'm glad to have a fix, though it would have been nice to see it sooner; the game has been out for a month already, and many players have moved on to other titles. The new loading screens are also a nice touch, since item descriptions help you piece together some of the story elements.