Monthly Archives: February 2014

Xbox One Gets Price Cut in UK

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Microsoft is dropping the price of the Xbox One only three months after its release. After the price cut takes effect on Friday the Xbox One will cost £399 and will be bundled with hotly anticipated game Titanfall, the console currently sells for £429 with a bundled game.

This means the Xbox One will now match the price of the Playstation 4, which is currently outperforming Microsoft’s console in sales by about two to one, although the PS4 can still be bought for £349 without a game included.

Harvey Eagle, Xbox’s UK Marketing Director explained the decision,

The reason we’re doing this is that we’re committed to giving gamers the best value that we can. We’re only a few months into a generation of consoles that are going to last for many many years to come, and now just feels like the right time to make the adjustment on the price.

Microsoft hopes the inclusion of Titanfall, a Microsoft exclusive title, will help improve sales, although the game does not officially release until March 14th, meaning people who buy the console at the cheaper price point before then will have to wait to play the game.

The price cut currently only applies to the UK, although the Titanfall bundle will be available in other territories.

Doctor Who Gets New Recurring Character for Series 8

dannypinkDoctor Who is getting  a new recurring character played by Samuel Anderson (The History Boys, Gavin & Stacey, Emmerdale) for Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Doctor. Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also works.

Anderson said of being cast:

I was so excited to join Doctor Who I wanted to jump and click my heels, but I was scared I might not come down before filming started! It’s a quintessential part of British culture and I can’t believe I’m part of it. It’s an honour to be able to work alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!

Showrunner Steven Moffat added:

‘For the fourth time in Doctor Who history, Coal Hill School is coming to the aid of the TARDIS. In 1963 teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright accompanied the First Doctor. These days it’s the turn of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. And very soon now, Sam Anderson as Danny Pink will be entering the world of the Doctor. But how and why? Answers are coming later this year in Peter Capaldi’s first series of Doctor Who!

Series 8 will begin airing later this year, with filming currently underway on episode 4, guest starring Robert Goodman (Gangs of New York, Game of Thrones) and episode 5 which will co-star Jonathan Bailey (Broadchurch) and Pippa Bennett-Warner (The Smoke, Death in Paradise).

Heroes to Return in New Miniseries

heroesNBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke has announced that the popular series, Heroes, will return to the network with a 13 episode miniseries entitled Heroes Reborn. NBC is keeping story and character details quiet for the time being although they have revealed that original creator and executive producer Tim Kring will return to helm the new series.

Heroes Reborn will be a stand-alone story arc but Jennifer Salke has stated that she “won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.” Prior to the 2015 premiere NBC plans to produce a digital series to introduce new characters and storylines.

Jennifer Salke said this of the show’s revival:

The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening. Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept.

NBC also released a short teaser trailer which you can view below.

Hints & Tips – The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

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Batreaux’s Rewards

Batreaux's Rewards

Batreaux is a creepy looking bat-demon that lives in Skyloft and asks Link to help him become human because his monstrous appearance scares the other residents of Skyloft. You can help him by collecting gratitude crystals which are earned by doing good deeds for people you meet throughout the game. Batreaux will reward you multiple times for collecting a certain amount of crystals.

Crystals Required                                                 Reward

5                                                              Medium Wallet

10                                                            Piece of Heart

30                                                            Big Wallet, Cursed Medal

40                                                            Gold Rupee

50                                                            Giant Wallet

70                                                            Gold Rupee x 2

80                                                            Tycoon Wallet

New Godzilla Poster

GodzillaLegendary and Warner Bros have released this new poster for their forthcoming Godzilla reboot, depicting the iconic monster wreaking havoc in San Francisco. The movie is directed by Gareth Edwards and opens on May 16th.

If you haven’t yet seen the teaser trailer for the movie check it out below.

First Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer Arrives

Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy after it made it’s debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the USA. You can see it now below.

The movie, directed by James Gunn, is set for release in summer this year.

Bioshock Developer Irrational Games Closing Down

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Ken Levine, founder of Irrational games, has today announced that the studio, famous for the acclaimed Bioshock series, will effectively be shutting down. Levine says he will be creating a new development team made up of “about fifteen members of the Irrational team” and focusing on “a smaller, more entrepreneurial endeavor.”

The new team will fall under the banner of Irrational Games parent company Take Two and will “focus exclusively on content delivered digitally.”

Levine also assured outgoing staff that they will receive as much support as possible,

There’s no great way to lay people off, and our first concern is to make sure that the people who are leaving have as much support as we can give them during this transition.

Besides financial support, the staff will have access to the studio for a period of time to say their goodbyes and put together their portfolios. Other Take-Two studios will be on hand to discuss opportunities within the company, and we’ll be hosting a recruiting day where we’ll be giving 3rd party studios and publishers a chance to hold interviews with departing Irrational staff.

Besides the Bioshock franchise Boston based Irrational Games is also well known for publishing System Shock 2 in 1999. The studio will be greatly missed by the gaming community.

You can read Ken Levine’s full statement here.

Final Fantasy 7 Director Talks Remake Possibilities

ff7logoFor years now fans of the Final Fantasy series have been clamouring for a HD remake of it’s most acclaimed entry, Final Fantasy VII. In 2012 then CEO of Square Enix Yoichi Wada said that the company would only remake FF7 once they had created a new Final Fantasy game that surpassed it in quality.

Yoshinori Kitase, director of Final Fantasy 7 recently spoke with Eurogamer about the chances of a remake and unfortunately his stance seems much the same as Wada’s, although he admits he is intrigued by the possibility.

I can honestly tell you I would love to do that. If you simply ask me if I personally would like to do that, yes I would. Definitely. There’s no lie about it. But you must believe me when I say it would take a lot to happen.

Kitase also mentioned “staff availability and budget” as potential stumbling blocks in getting the project of the ground. Besides that Kitase also explained that the project was not currently a priority for him personally because he does not feel motivated enough to do it.

Even if I casually say I would like to do that, because it would be a huge project I would have to motivate myself to the level that I really am prepared to take on this huge responsibility […] should I ever take it on, it would have to be the biggest project I’ve done. My life work. So I would have to be as highly motivated as that to end up with something I’m very happy with. It’s a huge thing for me.

Kitase and Square Enix are currently working on remastered versions of Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 for PS3 and PS Vita, and Kitase has personal reasons for wanting to make new versions of those games, “My son, he’s at the age where he was too young to have played the original games when they released […] I wanted him to play one of my creations, so I had to make it available for PS3 and Vita users. That’s the reason.”

While a Final Fantasy 7 remake may not currently be in production it’s encouraging to hear that Kitase has given serious consideration to the idea, so fans will surely get their wish at some point in the future. Before that happens FF fans will  have the recently released Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII to keep themselves busy as well as the aforementioned FF 10 and 10-2 remakes and the forthcoming Final Fantasy 14 MMO.

New Pokémon Diancie Officially Confirmed for X & Y

DiancieFollowing it’s revelation earlier this week it has now been confirmed by The Pokemon Company that Diancie, a new Rock/Fairy type Pokemon, will be made available in Pokemon X & Y. In Japan players will be able to download the critter via a serial code in the April edition of CoroCoro Magazine, but it has yet to be announced how we will get our hands on it in the west.

The Pokemon Company also issued the following statement with more information regarding Diancie:

The Pokémon Company International revealed a newly discovered Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games, Rock and Fairy-type Pokémon, Diancie! Diancie is an extremely rare Mythical Pokémon, a special Pokémon that cannot be found during normal gameplay. Known to boast the greatest beauty in all the world, Diancie’s body glitters pink, captivating the hearts of many. During battle, Diancie can produce a great volume of diamonds instantaneously by compressing air between its hands. It uses these diamonds to attack enemies and protect itself.

Besides this the Pokemon also got it’s own trailer and a new set of images which you can see below.

Why Flappy Bird Was Pulled From iOS

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The creator of the infuriating yet hugely popular smartphone game, Flappy Bird, has spoken out about why he took the decision to remove it and says he has no plans to bring it back.

Talking to Forbes, Dong Nguyen said he took the game down out of concern for it’s players:

Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.

In taking these steps Nguyen is walking away from an estimated $50,000 a day received from in-app advertising. Nguyen went on to say that he would not be remove any of his other games, unless players faced the same problems of addiction.

In the end it was an overriding sense of guilt that caused the Vietnamese developer to take down his creation, “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before,” he said, “I couldn’t sleep. I don’t think it’s a mistake, I have thought it through.”

Nguyen has however not been deterred from continuing his career in game development saying, “After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do.”

If you haven’t already downloaded the game you will now have to make do with one of the countless clones that have now, inevitably, flooded the appstore.