Archive: February, 2014
The fighting game community (FGC) has grown from holding local events to smaller venues to occupying ballrooms at four-star establishments with talent from all across the globe attending. Major sponsors such as Capcom, Namco Bandai, and others are responsible for the development of some of the world’s most famous franchises in gaming, and are showcased at a central tournament featuring the top fighting talent from across the world. With major prizepools, fighting games are now reaching a platform that can be compared to traditional eSports.
Each week, I’ll be posting interviews I’ve had the pleasure of conducting with members of the fighting game community. The interviews will touch upon their history in the FGC, where they got their start, and what they’d like to see from video games in general.
This week’s guest is the moon rambler himself, Ryan Coker-Welch aka CTRL | The Moon. (more…)Posted in: Site News Tags: SD:TWC
Want to take a look at how Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes compares between console generations? Well, wonder no longer because Konami has released a two minute comparison video that shows us the differences between the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Alongside this visual comparison, Konami also revealed the resolutions and frame rates for each version.
Next Generation players on either platform will be able to enjoy Ground Zereos at 60 frames per second but there are some caveats – only the PS4 version will run natively at 1080p. On current generation systems and the Xbox One the game will run at 720P. If you’re sporting a last generation system the game will run at 30 FPS and 720P.
From the multiple viewings of this trailer that I watched prior to the publication of this article the major differences between the two generations, FPS and resolution aside, appear to be more realistic lighting, cleaner shadows and higher resolution textures in the next gen version.
Which version will you be picking up? We’ll be reviewing the PlayStation 3 build of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes shortly after release. The game will be out on March 18th in North America and March 20th in Europe. Make sure to check out Konami’s video after the jump. (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, Sony Tags: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, PS3, PS4, Visual Comparison, Xbox 360, Xbox One
In a surprise move that sent shockwaves throughout the gaming community earlier this week, Irrational Games founder Ken Lavine has announced that the studio will be downsizing from its current format as an AAA studio to one with just fifteen members. Considering the critical and financial success both the original Bioshock and last year’s Bioshock Infinite have enjoyed this move might seem out of left field, but Mr.Lavine has attempted to explain the rationale behind this decision in a rather lengthy blog post.
Developers affected by the closure will be offered financial and logistical support according to Levine to help them find new homes in the development community. Other publishers and developers will be visiting the irrational offices to recruit those who didn’t make the cut.
The as of yet unnamed new studio that will focus on digital titles that are ‘highly re-playable’, the first of which is expected to be published under Irrational’s previous publisher 2K games.
Looking back, In his blog post Levine reflected on the founding of irrational and how he feels they will tackle the road ahead. (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, PC, Sony Tags: Bioshock: Infinite, Closure, Industry News, Irrational Games
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) – Rated: E – $49.99
It’s on Like Donkey Kong on Wii U! Help Donkey Kong and his friends save their home and banana hoard from marauding Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting, side-scrolling mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back along with a bushel of new game play elements and features. Game will be released on February 21st.Posted in: Nintendo Tags: Circle Entertainment, Level 5, Namco Bandai Games, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
Reboot Communications and EP Media have announced that the 5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) will move to November 21, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. The national award show celebrates excellence in Canadian-made videogames and has been held in Vancouver for the past four years.
This date change will facilitate the proper amount of production and promotional attention for the CVAs and provide our country’s game-making community an annual end of the year celebration.Posted in: News Tags: canadian video game awards
SQUARE ENIX today released the New Features trailer for FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster.
The game features completely remastered visuals, updated music, and new content.
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster will available on March 18 as a single disc bundle available on the PlayStation 3. The collector’s edition for the PlayStation 3 system will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $79.99.Posted in: Sony Tags: Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Playstation 3, PlayStation Vita, Square Enix
The month of February brings four new downloadable game rewards for Club Nintendo members, including Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
The game is one of two Virtual Console titles that are available for the Nintendo Wii/Wii U, the other is classic Nintendo title Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream. The two other games for the Nintendo 3DS include Virtual Console title Donkey Kong Jr. and DSiWare title Art Style: PiCTOBiTS. All four titles are available until March 9th, 2014.Posted in: Nintendo Tags: Club Nintendo, DSiWare, Eshop, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Virtual Console
Ever wonder what would happen if EA/Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare crossed over into the real world? Well, us neither, until we seen this new trailer released this week. Can you imagine what a dolphin gun would look like? Ace Ventura is probably screaming out to his jungle friends as we speak. Seriously though, this is plants eating zombies eating plants, so why not have a dolphin gun? (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News Tags: EA, Electronic Arts, Plants Vs. Zombies, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Popcap, PopCap Games
Perhaps one of my most anticipated titles for 2014, yes I’m not like most other people, is Hellraid. From the studio that brought us Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide, comes a dark fantasy twist from Techland with the awesome gameplay that made the Dead Island franchise so popular. For those unfamiliar, you can check out some of the screenshots that have been released. You can also see the first gameplay trailer that was released almost a year ago.Posted in: Microsoft, News, PC, Sony Tags: Dead Island, Hellraid, Techland
Today at the New York Toy Fair Activision announced a new Transformers video game, presumably to coincide with the release of the next Transformers movie, titled Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. With unfortunate layoffs at High Moon Studios, it appears that the new Transformers game will be in a new developers’ hands: Edge of Reality (whom is most memorable for The Incredible Hulk tie-in). Activision, with the announcement of the new game, have also released a teaser trailer to go along with it… (more…)Posted in: Microsoft, News, Nintendo, PC, Sony Tags: Activision, Autobots, Decepticons, Edge of Reality, Transformers, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, WayForward Technologies