Category Archives: Playstation 3

Digimon All-Star Rumble Set for November Release

Digimon All-Star Rumble, PS3, Xbox 360, Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco has announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is a brawler in the vein of 2002’s Digimon Rumble Arena, although this time up to four players can join the fight.

There will be 12 base characters available to choose from including many “familiar faces” to fans of the series. Including the digivolved forms of each character there will be a total of 32 forms to play as.

The developer promises that the game will be accessible to “players of all skill levels” so it could be the perfect party game for Digimon fans.

The game is due for release on November 11, check out the announcement trailer below.

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Bioware Reveals Most Popular Shepard Names

Mass Effect 3. Shepard

If you’ve ever played Mass Effect then you’ll know that there are quite a lot of customization options open to you upon starting the game, including choosing a name for your Shepard. The default names are John and Jane and Bioware has revealed that the majority of players stuck with those monikers, however they have also created a graphic displaying the most popular custom choices for each gender.

Mass Effect, Shepard Names

What did you name your Shepard?

Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Dragon Age Inquisition Box Art

The game’s official box art which was unveiled last night

Bioware’s hotly anticipated RPG game Dragon Age: Inquisition has been given an official release date. The third game in the popular series will be hitting stores on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. It will be playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. You can see the trailer below.

Bioware will be showing off the game in more detail at this year’s E3 in June.

Footage of Cancelled Darth Maul Game Emerges

Red Fly Studios recently revealed that they were working on a game based on Darth Maul, the mysterious Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately the game was cancelled on June 24, 2011 when the project had barely gone beyond the prototype phase.

Red Fly were also behind the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Nintendo Wii – the cancelled Maul game was originally set to be a Wii exclusive but soon became a multi-format project. Plot details are scarce (a script writer had yet to even be hired)  but George Lucas apparently requested that the story be told in a ‘buddy cop’ style, with Darth Maul teaming up with Darth Talon. The gameplay would have been a combination of stealth and lightsaber combat. You can see Maul dispatching a group of Mandalorian enemies in the video below.

Red Fly employees believe the cancellation was connected to the sale of Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney, as was the case with Star Wars 1313.

There’s more coverage of the game, and some exclusive footage, over at Game Informer.

 

 

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Confirmed by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has released a short teaser trailer, comprised of alpha game footage, confirming the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The trailer also confirms that Unity will be set in Paris, which was suspected after screenshots of the game were leaked showing various famous locations from the French capital. Ubisoft stated that they “weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC”, but presumably the leaks changed their minds. You can view the trailer for yourself below.

The game has been in the works for 3 years and will be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC towards the end of the year. Another Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled ‘Comet’, is rumoured to be in the works for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has not yet made an announcement regarding that title.

Keiji Inafune Still Hopes Mega Man Legends 3 Could Happen Someday

mml3Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has revealed he still has desires to complete Mega Man Legends 3, the 3DS action RPG that was cancelled by Capcom in 2011 to the disappointment of many fans of the franchise. Talking to US Gamer, Inafune said:

If somebody asked, even right now, what’s the game you want to create most? It’s still Legends 3. I put so much effort into that game, so much passion into that game, but it didn’t happen. It’s always a regret in my mind. Even now…

We all know that’s not going to happen, though, as long as Capcom holds the IP. But if they asked me to make that game, I could still gather most of the original team, even right now. Some of them have quit Capcom, some of them are still at Capcom, but I believe that team would be passionate enough to come back together and create that game. So…we’ll see what’s going to happen. You never know.

Let’s say that, if we have all seven Dragon Balls right here, right now, and Shen Long comes up and says, ‘What’s your wish?’ My wish would be, give me all the right tools, people, and environment to create Legends 3.

Inafune has since moved onto other projects away from Capcom, including what many consider the spiritual successor to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9. However it would surely be to the delight of many fans if Inafune was to get his wish, although it remains a somewhat unlikely prospect.

Meanwhile, if you don’t feel like waiting around for Mega Man Legends 3, you can check out this trailer for Mighty No. 9 which was shown at this week’s Game Developer’s Conference.

BAFTA Games Awards: Full List of Winners 2014

Photo 13-03-2014 19 58 47Action and Adventure

Winner – The Last of Us

Also Nominated: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Badland, Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Tomb Raider

Artistic Achievment

Winner – Tearaway

Also Nominated: Beyond Two Souls, Bioshock: Infinite, DEVICE 6, The Last of Us, Ni no Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch

Audio Achievement

Winner – The Last of Us

Also Nominated: Battlefield 4, Bioshock: Infinite, DEVICE 6, Grand Theft Auto V, Tomb Raider

Best Game

Winner – The Last of Us

Also Nominated: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Grand Theft Auto V, Papers, Please, Super Mario 3D World, Tearaway

British Game

Winner – Grand Theft Auto V

Also Nominated: Tearaway, The Room Two, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Gunpoint, DmC Devil May Cry

Debut Game

Winner – Gone Home

Also Nominated: The Stanley Parable, Remember Me, Gunpoint, Castles in the Sky, BADLAND

Family Game

Winner – Tearaway

Also Nominated: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D World, Skylanders SWAP Force, Rayman Legends, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Game Design

Winner – Grand Theft Auto V

Also Nominated: Tomb Raider, Tearaway, Papers, Please, The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Game Innovation

Winner – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Also Nominated: Grand Theft Auto V, Papers, Please, The Stanley Parable, Tearaway, Year Walk

Mobile & Handheld

Winner – Tearaway

Also Nominated: Badland, DEVICE 6, Plants Vs Zombies 2, Ridiculous Fishing, The Room Two

Multiplayer

Winner – Grand Theft Auto V

Also Nominated: World of Tanks, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us, Dota 2, Battlefield 4

Original Music

Winner – Bioshock Infinite

Also Nominated: Tearaway, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Performer

Winner – Ashley Johnson (Ellie – The Last of Us)

Also Nominated: Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth – Bioshock Infinite), Ellen Page (Jodie – Beyond Two Souls), Kevan Brighting (The Narrator – The Stanley Parable), Steven Ogg (Trevor Phillips – Grand Theft Auto V), Troy Baker (Joel – The Last of Us)

Sports

Winner – Fifa 14

Also Nominated: F1 2013, NBA 2K14, GRID 2, Forza Motorsport 5, Football Manager 2014

Story

Winner – The Last of Us

Also Nominated: The Stanley Parable, Ni no Kuni: The Wrath of the White Witch, Grand Theft Auto V, Gone Home, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Strategy and Simulation

Winner – Papers, Please

Also Nominated: Civilization V: Brave New World, Democracy 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Surgeon Simulator 2013, XCOM: Enemy Within

Ones to Watch Award in Association with Dare to Be Digital

Winner – Size DOES Matter

Also Nominated: Project Heera: Diamond Heist, The Unknown

Fellowship

Winner – Rockstar Games

How Solid Snake Got His Name

solidsnakeIn a series of tweets Hideo Kojima has explained how he came up with the name of his most famous creation, Metal Gear Solid protagonist, Solid Snake.

Kojima explained, “The reason I used Snake as code name in MG was snake was the most appropriate symbol of living thing that hides his presence, & sneaks w/o any noise. The reason I didn’t make any specific snake like cobra, anaconda, viper was because the protagonist is the player. The reason I use SOLID was to give opposite impression of soft image.”

He also revealed the naming process behind Snake’s twin brother and enemy from Metal Gear Solid, Liquid Snake.

“Like of all endings of the any series are, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must in MGS. It’s Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about “clone”. SOLID vs LIQUID. That is MGS.”

Finally, in Metal Gear Solid 2, a third brother was introduced, “As to develop sequel, the 3rd snake was needed. Since both solid & liquid express state, means same true state. Naturally the next would be gas but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name. So I borrowed from physics terms of “solidus/liquidus”. SOLIDUS is not state but implies the boundary of liquid and solid.”

The next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, will be released on March 18 in the US and March 20 in the UK. It will serve as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which does not yet have a release date.

 

Watch Dogs Release Date Announced in New Trailer

Ubisoft has released a new story trailer for Watch Dogs which confirms the release date as 27th May 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will release on the Wii U “at a later date”. The trailer was originally leaked on Xbox.com but has since been uploaded to Ubisoft’s official Youtube channel.

The game was originally intended to release on 19th November of last year, and be available from launch for PS4 and Xbox One, meaning the game will have had an extra six months of development time when it finally launches.

Ubisoft have also announced exclusive DLC for the Playstation versions of the game which will consist of 60 minutes of additional gameplay. Michael Pattison, Vice President of Third Party Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, explained this, saying,

We’re really excited for the launch of Watch Dogs on both PS3 and PS4 and are confident that it will prove to be one of the standout games of 2014. It’s a unique and visionary game and we believe that the exclusive content available via PSN will not only excite gamers, but showcase how PlayStation is a preferred destination for Watch Dogs.

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.