You're on an island, completely alone, and it's a beautiful day.There are structures all over the island that appear to be human-made.But often, they're in sets:Everything I've just described about "The Witness," a new PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive game from acclaimed game developer Jonathan Blow and his team at Thekla, Inc., is factually accurate on paper.Factually accurate, yes, but not anywhere near as fascinating as the game itself.You walk around, unable to do anything more than walk, look, and activate a puzzle solution mechanism — pressing the X button the PlayStation 4 controller freezes your character in place and presents him with a white dot you can move around the screen.
If you re an avid Rocket League player, the current limited crop of quick chat options will be getting a much needed expansion.Because Rocket League is a controller affair, the only way to communicate strategy, jubilation, or frustration are through the quick chat options found on the D-pad.While PC players usually have a keyboard handy to talk smack or congratulate the other team for a good game, that hasn t been the case for gamers on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.These include:Everybody dance!ggNice moves.This has been most likely done to deter foul-mouthed gamers from sneaking in expletives or other uncomfortable phrases into a game which is rated E for Everyone.
But it ll be nice to have.Warner Bros. is releasing enhanced versions of the first two Batman Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Return to Arkham debuts July 26 and includes all of the downloadable content created for the action games.This is easy money for Warner Bros., since it can release a new product without having to go through the expensive process of making a new game.While some gamers don t care for this practice, remasters do have a benefit — getting older games in front of players who may have never tried them before.And who doesn t want a chance to listen to Mark Hamill take a break from his main gig as Luke Skywalker to portray The Joker, a voice role he s performed and perfected for TV programs and games since Batman: The Animated Series debut in 1992.Arkham Asylum originally came out in 2009, with Arkham City following in 2011.Fans and critics loved both games which originally came out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for their faithfulness to the Batman franchise and satisfying, combo-based combat.Everything from Gears of War, Dishonored, Tomb Raider, and the Uncharted trilogy has made the jump.
Wizards of the Coast said in March that Sword Coast Legends would still get its Rage of Demons free downloadable content despite shutting down the N-Space development house.Today, it delivered on that promise.The Dungeons & Dragons publisher released its latest video game tie-in to the Rage of Demons storyline today.The 4GB update brings a host of new features to the role-playing game, including a new character race the Tiefling, a humanoid with a demonic bloodline and class the Warlock, a magic user who draws on the power of otherworldly beings like devils .Updates such as these are essential for keeping players engaged in the $99 billion gaming market, and as Wizards of the Coast and many others have learned, they re also effective vehicles for promoting a story over various forms of media.A Wizards of the Coast spokesperson also said that the console versions are being worked on as we speak.The publisher has long planned to put Sword Coast Legends on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though the spokesperson had no other comments to add on timing.D is enjoying a renaissance since the launch of its 5th Edition in 2014.In addition to publishing the pen-and-paper and video game products, Wizards of the Coast also has a successful line of board games, and it s working with Warner Bros. on a movie based in the Forgotten Realms, the default world for D and Sword Coast Legends setting .Wizards of the Coast didn t say whether this update came from N-Space, with Digital Extremes performing the final touches, or if Digital Extremes did the bulk of the work.
UbisoftUbisoft has detailed what to expect from The Division's 1.2 update, called the Conflict update, which will launch for free next week to all players on PS4, Xbox One and PC.The new Incursion is called Clear Sky and is set in New York City's Columbus Circle, which pits Division agents against members of the Rikers gang for control of an anti-air missile site.Incursions are an end-game activity focused on squad play for up to four players.A HVT officer found at the player's base of operations will offer a list of targets with a description of who they are the recommended gear score for taking them on.A gear-score is an additional levelling system based on weapons and items, introduced in a recent update.This means that a player can run to an extraction rope and cut it, causing all of the loot to fall to the ground."
A screenshot from the remaster of Batman: Arkham Asylum.Warner Bros InteractiveWarner Bros Interactive has announced the Batman: Return to Arkham - which will bring Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to PS4 and Xbox One on 29 July, and cost £39.99.The remasters have been developed by Virtuos Games and will include, according to a press release, "improved graphics, as well as upgraded models, environments, lighting, effects and shaders."Though aided in their success by the Hollywood limelight of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, the games cut their own thematic path – blending technological realism and gadgetry with the heightened reality of the expanded Batman world.Arkham Asylum takes place within the DC Comics series' famed psychiatric hospital which, in the story, houses a large number of Batman's enemies and has been taken over by a coup by master criminal The Joker.A trailer was released accompanying the announcement, which is embedded below.
Rockstar Games has shipped more than 65 million units of Grand Theft Auto V worldwide, according to an announcement by Take-Two Interactive today.Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said during the company s analyst call that GTA V had set yet another record, with the 65 million units up from 60 million in early February.A year ago, the game had sold 52 million units.If you multiply the total by $60 per copy at the retail price, you get about $3.9 billion in revenues.That s pretty amazing.Zelnick noted that the game just keeps on performing, even though it was originally released in September 2013 on PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.The game debut on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2014, and then it hit the Windows PC in April 2015.One of the things that keeps it going its Grand Theft Auto Online, which has been a cash cow and keeps fresh content coming for the fans.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has confirmed that a remastered version of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One on July 26.The two games were originally released for PS3 and Xbox 360 and used the Unreal Engine 3, but this new bundle will see them ported to Unreal Engine 4, a modern and better looking engine.As well as an engine upgrade, Warner Bros. is also promising upgraded models and environments as well as tweaks to the games' lighting, effects and shaders.Two out of the trilogyArkham Asylum and Arkham City were both developed by Rocksteady Studios and were released in 2009 and 2011 respectively.A prequel, Arkham Origins, was released in 2013, but this was developed by a different studio and hence isn't considered a full member of the Arkham trilogy.Batman: Arkham Knight was later developed by Rocksteady for the PS4 and Xbox One, and will also not be included in this remastered version.
UPDATE: It's coming just a little bit later than expected, but last month's leaks see below are legit: both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.ORIGINAL STORY 18/4/16 : Many of the best games from the last generation of consoles have been given a bit of extra spit-polish and re-released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - and it looks like the Dark Knight may join the party.According to Eurogamer, a Batman Arkham HD Collection may be announced as soon as tomorrow, with the purported set bringing both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.The news comes via a GameStop employee, who sent in corporate emails alerting stores to the incoming announcement.Pre-orders will reportedly go live tomorrow when the game is revealed, and then the games are slated to release in a bundle on 10 June.Both games were developed by Rocksteady and received largely glowing reviews upon their respective releases in 2009 and 2011.
Unreal Engine is one of the most popular tools used by developers, thanks to its graphical fidelity and ease of use.The potential market for VR is $30 billion by 2020 on all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts.Right now, Samsung Gear VR has a big headstart on the mobile side of the emerging business, so Google can use Epic s help.At Epic our mission is to give developers the very best tools for building immersive and visually impressive experiences with great performance on every platform we support, Kim Libreri, Epic Games chief technology officer, noted in a blog post on the company s site.We have been creating VR experiences for many years now that not only push visual fidelity but what s possible in terms of input, interaction, characters and gameplay mechanics.Epic Games created the Unreal Engine 4 plugin for Daydream with help from Hardsuit Labs, a developer that has used Unreal for games like the PlayStation 4 and PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution.Most gamers know the Unreal Engine for its use in PC and console games, typically graphically demanding titles like shooters and open-world experiences.
Rockstar GamesRockstar Games is "hard at the work on future projects" which will be "revealed soon", according to the latest financial report from parent company Take-Two.Given how much money GTA Online is making, this likely wouldn't be the case if the studio were releasing a new game soon.Take-Two's list of upcoming games for the current financial year ending 31 March 2017 includes Mafia 3, Civilisation 6, WWE 2K17 and NBA2K17.No further details were offered on whatever it is Rockstar has in the works, or whether any announcement would be made at next month's E3 trade show in Los Angeles.The news will ramp up speculation regarding a follow-up to 2010 classic Red Dead Redemption – which is believed to be Rockstar's next game.Were Rockstar to make an appearance at E3, which they rarely do, it would likely be during Sony's press conference.
Sony has changed little since the introduction of the dual analog design in 1997, instead pushing the iconic controller closer to perfection with each console generation.Online is where the action's at and we've tracked down all cheap PS4 controller deals.We've picked out the best deals for the various different colors too for US and UK readers.USA Prices:Grey/Blue: This looks like the same color controller as the one in the Uncharted 4 Special Edition console bundle.UK Prices:White: ShopTo is usually worth a look if you're after a DualShock 4 as it often stocks them under £40.Today's best Urban Camo price is £42.85 at ShopTo, which is a few quid cheaper than last month.
Final Fantasy XV's new World of Wonder trailer shows off spectacular towns, cities and vistas to exploreThe Final Fantasy franchise has always been known for its state-of-the-art graphics, pushing the boundaries of visual expression and fidelity.The trailer gives viewers a sneak peek of some of the game's beautiful towns, cities and scenic vistas that gamers will soon be able to explore in the open Final Fantasy world, including dark sewers, lush kingdoms hidden in the mountains, intricately detailed architecture, sun-soaked cities, and more.In the lead-up to the highly-anticipated title, Square Enix has also released a five-part prequel anime series, a Platinum Demo, a tie-in movie called Kingsglaive and a story trailer featuring a cover of the Ben E King classic Stand By Me, performed by Grammy-nominated Florence the Machine – the game's official theme song.The game was re-introduced as 15 at E3 2013.Square Enix's next Active Time Report broadcast is scheduled to take place during June's gaming trade show E3, which could reveal additional details about the game.Final Fantasy 15 is set to release on 30 September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
I'm ready to play cowboy againRockstar Games is "hard at work on future projects" to be "revealed soon" according to the latest financial reports from parent company Take-Two.The studio's last title was the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2013 and since then they've been working on PC, PS4 and Xbox One version of the title, in addition to producing new content for GTA Online.The financial report references Rockstar's future project in a section referring to the next financial year, which doesn't begin until 1st April 2017 and means Rockstar's next title probably won't be released until that period at the earliest.Of course, a small part of me says: what if this is the return of Agent?The game has been sat in development for several years, with the last trace of it being 2 trademarks registered in 2013.There's no word on whether or not Rockstar will appear at E3 next month, although they very rarely attend, but if they did it's likely they'd show up during Sony's press conference.
Gran Turismo producer Kazunori Yamauchi revealed the first details of upcoming PS4 racer GT Sport at a press conference in London , confirming details of the game's main Sport Mode and its offline campaign mode.The game will feature 137 "Super Premium" cars – a mix of real and concept vehicles split into four classes – each of which has been remodelled by developer Polyphonic Digital since Gran Turismo 6.He also described it as "the most innovative GT since the original".Other features talked about at the event include a redesigned museum mode for showcasing vehicle models, the ability to create custom car decals for the first time in the series, an improved photo mode called "Scapes" that supports 4K images, and a smartphone companion app.A livestream to be held at 6:30pm BST will reveal the first gameplay from GT Sport.GT Sport was announced during a Sony press conference held at Paris Games Week in October 2015.
Get ready, PS4 racers, because the world's best-selling racing game franchise is finally ready to return to our consoles.At a Thursday evening event in London, Polyphony Digital and Sony announced that Gran Turismo Sport will arrive on the PS4 on November 15th.But Gran Turismo fans are probably used to long waits by now given the six long years between GT4 and the lackluster GT5.There are a ton of new photo locations, and you can stage multiple cars in those settings.It's not all gold, however.The footage reveals some rather dodgy looking aliasing at times, as well as some slightly odd-looking floating physics moments.
Make sure you've got your crash helmet and race suit at the ready - Gran Turismo Sport has an official launch date.137 different cars have made the cut, split across four racing groups made up of street-legal cars think hot hatches, sports cars and muscle cars , race-modified road cars, race-ready supercars, and cars built specifically for the track.Ever car has been remodelled from scratch, rather than borrow models from Gran Turismo 6 - meaning you can kiss those jaggy edges goodbye.Six tracks have been confirmed so far: the Northern Isle Speedway the first time a half-mile oval has shown up in the GT series , Tokyo Expressway, Brands Hatch both the indie and F1 circuits , Willow Springs raceway, and of course the Nurburgring.With officially sanctioned virtual racing, players will be able to enter races and compete globally - with the winners heading to international finals at the end of the year.Sony will be holding the inaugural Gran Turismo Sport race later today; we've embedded the live stream above, so you can tune in and see what level of competition you can expect when the game arrives.
At a Sony-sponsored event in London on Thursday, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi announced that a new entry in the long-running Gran Turismo racing sim series will launch worldwide for the PlayStation 4 later this year.Like previous entries in the series, Gran Turismo Sport is designed with realism and authenticity at the forefront, with Sony announcing that the upcoming sequel will be the world s first racing experience to be built from the ground up to bring global, online competitions sanctioned by the highest governing body of international motorsports, the Federation International Automobile.After picking a country or vehicle manufacturer to represent throughout the game s included campaign mode, players will compete across several featured race classes, including GT3, Prototype, and Rally modes.Presenters at Sony s London event additionally revealed that Gran Turismo Sport will feature 137 super premium cars with realistically modeled interiors and exteriors.Polyphony Digital notes that all featured vehicles have been remodeled from scratch, scrapping existing designs from 2013 s Gran Turismo 6.Also up for pre-order this week is the Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition, which offers digital bonuses including eight additional vehicles, extra in-game cash, and bonus customization items like avatars, decals, and an exclusive racing helmet.
Time magazine s Matt Peckham joins Jake Muncy and me to talk about our reactions to the Uncovered event that seemed to be a six-months-early victory party for the next Final Fantasy game, plus our feelings about Quantum Break and Miitomo.Game Life Podcast: Hold on to Your Butts—Dark Souls III Is Almost HereBandai NamcoThe voraciousness with which the Internet set upon those faked photos of the Nintendo NX is our first topic of discussion on this week s Game Life podcast, followed by Jake Muncy s initial explorations into Bandai Namco s highly anticipated Dark Souls III.Specifically: Jake Muncy and Time gaming editor Matt Peckham have been playing Superhot and Far Cry Primal, and have an enjoyable discussion about those, largely without me, who didn t play them.Game Life Podcast: It s Finally Safe for Everybody s Gone to the Rapture SpoilersSonyWhat was going on in Everybody s Gone to the Rapture, the PlayStation 4 game by The Chinese Room released last year?Everybody s Gone to the Rapture tackles one of the great questions of human existence—coming to terms with the inevitability of death—and gives us a metaphor to help us think about it.It can be a profound experience, aided by one of the greatest and most impactful, in terms of its literary connection to the game s message original musical scores in recent memory.
Bethesda Softworks via AP Before there was "Halo" or "Call of Duty," the first-person shooter video games "Wolfenstein" and "Doom" defined the trigger-happy genre in three dimensions.This is a game about shooting everything that moves until everything doesn't move.There's the rocket launcher, super shotgun, chainsaw and — of course — the BFG.It's not any more monotonous than repeatedly shooting zombified hordes in the head.The game's levels are well laid out and filled with fun secrets to discover between firefights.This revamped installment definitely captures the frenzied, bloodthirsty spirit of what made id Software's original "Doom" and "Doom II" hallmarks of the genre.