Marking the series', and indeed Codemaster's, debut on current-gen platforms, this year's annual F1 title will be racing onto PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 12th. Unlike previous entries which were traditionally released in September just as the championship was coming to a close, this means F1 2015 will coincide with the current F1 season much earlier.
F1 2015 will run on a new version of Codemasters' EGO engine built specifically for the current-gen platforms. Of course, the extra horsepower of the new consoles means you can expect greater visual fidelity than ever before, which you can see for yourself in the work-in-progress screenshots showcasing some of the new 2015 cars and the Mexico track, but it's not just the visuals that have been overhauled. Encouragingly, Codemasters place a firm emphasis on what should be the most important aspect to racing game fanatics: the physics.
Over 20 areas of the handling model have been tweaked and enhanced, including engine and transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension and also a brand new tyre physics model.
Activision sent out an infographic for the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, which revealed that the series has sold more than 175 million copies, had more than 300 billion grenades thrown, over 100 billion multiplayer games played, and 579 billion in-game awards earned.
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The Tales Of series is a long running cult JRPG saga created back in 1995! The different iterations over 20 years all kept the emblematic features fans loved like the sense of fantasy adventure and the trademark battle system, while crafting new universes, characters and stories every time. The games focus on humanist themes such as family, love, friendship and duty, and its battle system would go on to spread across the JRPG landscape. The upcoming Tales of Zestiria is a tribute to the series’ 20th anniversary.
Tales of is available on: Super Nintendo, PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita!
Xbox Wire brings word on the titles available for free during select times in April for Gold members:
* Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Child of Light ($14.99 ERP): Available all month on Xbox One
* Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Terraria ($14.99 ERP): Available from April 1-15 on Xbox 360
* Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag ($29.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
* Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP): Available from April 16-31 on Xbox 360
Obsidian Entertainment and Paradox Interactive today released Pillars of Eternity, the role-playing game (RPG) that was funded by over 70 thousand backers more than two years ago. Pillars of Eternity, created in the spirit of the classic Infinity Engine titles like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, and crafted by Obsidian with careful attention to fan and backer feedback, is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux PC.
Sony has announced that PlayStation 4 system update 2.50 will be released tomorrow.
Tomorrow, PlayStation 4 will get an update to system software version 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura,” which will bring an onslaught of features: some you’ve been anticipating, many you’ve requested, and others that might surprise you. This update will make significant improvements to your PS4 experience, making it even more streamlined and enjoyable.
Following the update, you’ll be able to smoothly pick games up right where you left off, find and connect with friends quicker, customize your experience and share your most epic moments in a more meaningful way.
Starz has announced that actor Ray Stevenson has joined the cast of Black Sails for Season 3 as the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
Starz announced today that Ray Stevenson (“Rome,” Thor) has joined the cast of their Emmy-winning original series “Black Sails” as the iconic pirate Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach. One of the most notorious pirates to have ever lived, Blackbeard returns to settle some unfinished business, but a great deal has changed during his absence, and he will have to disrupt cemented alliances and challenge new ones to achieve the impossible.
I'm hooked on this show, it's fantastic. Jumped the shark a bit with the romance between Captain Flint and Thomas Hamilton, but sometimes you go where the tide takes you.
The long-gestating Ready Player One movie has a director, and it's one perfectly suited to a story full of 1980s references: Steven Spielberg. Deadline reports that he'll take on the film after the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG.
Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One takes place in a dystopian future where everyone jacks into an artificial VR world known as OASIS. After its creator dies, people discover that an elaborate easter egg has been left somewhere inside OASIS, and whoever finds the prize first inherits the creator's entire estate. Central to the search for the easter egg are a litany of pop culture references, many focused around the 1980s. A number of Spielberg films, and the filmmaker himself, are all referenced in the book, opening up the opportunity for a self-referential film that seems right in line with the source material.
Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk) wrote the most recent draft for Warner Bros., which will be distributing the film.
Looking for a good Streaming device? Amazon's Fire TV stick may be what you're looking for.
...the Fire TV stick is pretty solid, and certainly worth your money. It’s what I had hoped the Chromecast had been. As I mentioned above, the Fire TV stick isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty damn good, especially for the price. So if you’re looking for a device to stream your favorite shows from, look no further as the Fire TV is just what the doctor ordered.
The Superman films have done many things right through the years, but even Gene Hackman couldn't give the franchise a solid take on the Man of Steel's best-known adversary.
This is the first image we've seen of Jesse Einsenberg as the bald super genius in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure," director Zack Snyder told Entertainment Weekly, "other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course."
Microsoft today announced Halo Online, a PC-exclusive free-to-play title that will launch in Russia only.
The development of the game will be handled by Saber Interactive, who previously helped develop Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition and the recently released, Halo: The Master Chief Collection. 343 Industries will oversee the project.
Halo Online will be based after the events of Halo 3. It will feature classic weapons and vehicles from previous Halo games, as well as a bout of fan favorite maps. The game will be powered by a modified version of the Halo 3 engine.
As of yet, Microsoft has no plans to release the game outside of Russia.
Microsoft is clearly focusing on PC gaming once again. In Russia.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson’s long-lasting and increasingly fraught relationship with the BBC has finally run its course.
After being suspended from the U.K. public broadcaster’s hit motoring series on March 10 for reportedly throwing a punch at a producer, the BBC has now announced its decision on the 54-year-old following an internal investigation. It said Wednesday it wouldn't renew his contract, which is expiring at the end of the month.
"It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract," BBC director general Tony Hall said in a statement. "It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon."
He added: "I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion. The main facts are not disputed by those involved."
Hall continued: "The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise. I have asked [BBC Two controller] Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programs in the current [season]."
The summary of the results of a probe into the altercation that led the BBC to part ways with Clarkson said: "It was not disputed by Jeremy Clarkson or any witness that Oisin Tymon was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack. It is also clear...that Oisin Tymon is an import ant creative member of the Top Gear team who is well-valued and respected. He has suffered significant personal distress as a result of this incident, through no fault of his own."
Unleashing the full horror of the apocalypse, the Blood & Burning add-on brings blood effects, decapitations, limb-lops, disembowelment and more to Total War: ATTILA. Disease-ridden soldiers can be seen vomiting on the battlefield and decapitations and gore-slicked event pictures feature on the campaign map.
At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.
Broken Lizard has taken their cause to Indiegogo, where you can meow support the development of the greatest meow sequel since Daddy Day Care 2, Super Troopers 2.
Several moons ago, we made a little indie movie called Super Troopers, which we debuted at Sundance in 2001. We’re proud of how it turned out and apparently it struck a chord with many of you out there because almost daily we get asked “Who wants a mustache ride?” ("Who doesn’t?") or “Did you chug real maple syrup?” ("Yes, and we will never, ever, ever do it again.") or “How is the view from sugar heaven?” ("Sweet.")
But more than anything else, we get asked:
When are you going to get off your asses and make Super Troopers 2?
Well, guess what chickenfuckers?
We finally have an answer.
The 1993-2002 sci-fi drama that paved the way for such conspiracy-fueled series as “Lost” will return to the network as a six-episode “event series,” with production slated to begin this summer. The show’s essential players are back onboard, including co-stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, along with creator and executive producer Chris Carter.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in a statement. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Take up arms against an invading army in this remake of an acclaimed RPG, only on the New Nintendo 3DS™ XL system. Explore vast landscapes and beat down foes in battles that blend real time action with RPG strategy. Exclusive features make the Xenoblade Chronicles™ 3D game the ultimate way to learn the truth behind the mythical sword, the Monado.
Due to the processing power and additional buttons of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, you can experience this epic RPG portably. Command your party or quickly jump between locations by pressing the new ZL & ZR buttons and look all around the game’s beautiful environments using the C-Stick. These features perfectly round out an already outstanding adventure comprised of intense combat and intriguing storytelling. British voice actors and gorgeous art direction lend the story an authentic fantasy feel, while the customizable moves of your characters and chainable combos keep you on the edge of your seat.
Get a preview of Ascendance, the second DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Ascendance includes four Multiplayer maps, the OHM Multiplayer hybrid weapon and weapon variant, a new Exo Grapple playlist, as well as Exo Zombies Infection, part two of the Exo Zombies co-op experience.
Ascendance releases March 31st on Xbox LIVE, with other platforms to follow.
The Jaws of Hakkon DLC will allow players to uncover a lost chapter in the history of the Inquisition and explore massive new playable area in the lands of Thedas. The singleplayer DLC is available first for digital download on Xbox One and and PC via Origin for $14.99.
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Bloodborne is a blood-drenched horror gem that has only the faintest of cracks in its façade. Bloodborne succeeds through sparse storytelling, lush atmospheres (conjuring up notions of the best of Lovecraft’s work), and tight combat that forces you to be aggressive. While this new IP doesn’t stray far from the established Souls franchise, it is a magical, wondrous work that admirably instills both terror and triumph in those brave enough to delve into it.
Though built on the same core as the Souls games, Bloodborne marks the largest departure from the status quo to date. The numerous changes, many in service of a faster and more aggressive playstyle, might not be for everyone, but if you embrace that shift, you might well have a new favorite in the From Software canon.
All things considered, Bloodborne is an absolute must-buy for fans of the Souls series and for fans of games that push a player's skill to the absolute limit. It's easily the best PS4 exclusive title yet, a game that's more than worthy to be considered a part of the fantastic Souls series, and it's one of the best games of 2015 thus far.
Your patience is a price worth paying. Bloodborne is rewarding to play, impressive both in how it cribs from the Souls games as well as in how it deviates from them. Your Souls combat skills apply to Bloodborne, but only to a certain extent. If you relied on a shield to defend you in the past, you won't find the paltry plank you find to be of much use to you. The game demands mobility, not hardiness. Your first steps into the streets of Yharnam lead you to roaming squads of ravaged dogs and torch-bearing cultists, some of whom wield firearms, and whose shots not only damage you, but stagger you as well. Avoidance is imperative, lest a quartet of mutts tear your flesh apart while leaving you powerless to slash your way out of danger.
Better reset those passwords, especially you streamers out there. Twitch reports:
We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.
For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.
We also recommend that you change your password at any website where you use the same or a similar password. We will communicate directly with affected users with additional details.
Want an in depth detailed explanation for why Battlefield Hardline Sucks? With extensive opinion on multiplayer? Look no further than this 40 minute Angry Review detailing why BFH is one of the worst BF games to date!
Following the release of Ruairí Robinson’s teaser for The LeviathanDeadline is reporting that writer/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cinderella, “Star Wars Rebels”) has come on board to produce the film along with writer/director Neill Blomkamp (with whom Kinberg produced Elysium and Chappie) as executive producer.
X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg imgreshas come on board Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s white hot sci-fi project The Leviathan as producer. Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) will also join the formidable creative team as exec producer. Jim Uhls (Fight Club) is penning the sceeenplay. Robinson’s 3-1/2 minute proof of concept video for The Leviathan has been an online sensation since its debut less than a week ago, notching 1.2 million plays on Vimeo and hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Kinberg, who also serves as creative consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, certainly has the sci-fi chops to take Robinson’s project all the way. A slew of big name producers had been lining up to meet with Robinson to pitch for the project but were blown out of the water once Kinberg moved decisively. Kinberg’s first-look deal with Fox also gives Robinson potential studio backing should they decide to move forward. In the event of Fox passing, however, there will likely be no shortage of takers for the high concept story set in the early 22nd century. Mankind has colonized many worlds in a time when travel faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those who take part in the hunt for the matter are mostly involuntary labor.
Robinson, who previously made The Last Days On Mars, is repped by 42 and WME. Kinberg is coming off of Disney’s successful re-launch of Cinderella, with $200 million worldwide and counting, and has Ridley Scott-Matt Damon collabo The Martian as well as the latest re-boot of Fantastic Four in the pipelines.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata believes "so-called 'free-to-play' should be referred to more accurately as 'free-to-start.'" GameSpot has the story.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is not a fan of the term "free-to-play," feeling it's a disingenuous way to describe games that often don't turn out to be free for long.
Following a Time interview last week in which Iwata repeatedly used the phrase "free-to-start," the publication has published more of its conversation with the executive, including an explanation for why he uses that expression.
"I do not like to use the term 'free-to-play,'" Iwata said. "I have come to realize that there is a degree of insincerity to consumers with this terminology, since so-called 'free-to-play' should be referred to more accurately as 'free-to-start.'"
"The thing that concerns me most is that, in the digital age, if we fail to make efforts to maintain the value of our content, there is the high possibility for the value to be greatly reduced as the history of the music industry has shown," he added. "On the other hand, I have no intention to deny the free-to-start model. In fact, depending on how we approach this model, we may be able to overcome these problems."
Etherium, the explosive sci-fi RTS from Tindalos Interactive, gets a new trailer as we approach launch day, on March 25. Only two days left to benefit from the 10% discount offered to pre-orders and to immediately access the multiplayer beta! Watch the Vectides, Intar, and Consortium pit it out for the galaxy’s waning resources in this fast-paced real-time strategy title from the developers of Stellar Impact.
Launching among a thin crowd of RTS titles, Etherium offers unique gameplay mechanics such as a dynamic weather system affecting the gameplay, and a host of faction-specific abilities and units to take to war. Conquer various maps across different planets in multiplayer, or take to the galaxy in Conquest mode to secure the six gestation planets – home to the mysterious organic power source known as Etherium.
Geek.com has an interesting story about Bungie's efforts to stop a dataminer who seems to be undermining their credibility with the Destiny community:
Destiny players celebrate Christmas once a week. Every Friday morning, a special weekend vendor arrives at a random location in the game’s main social hub, the Tower, and sells what is purported to be a randomized selection of the best and rarest (exotic tier) loot in the game. The vendor’s name is Xűr, and if not for his paltry asking price-per-piece, many players wouldn’t have gotten their favorite guns yet — even now, half a year after the game released. Every week, the anticipation of Xűr’s stock creates high hopes, and — due simply to the limited shelf space available — dashes them to the ground. For the past month, one intrepid player has been data mining Destiny to reveal Xűr’s stock before it goes on sale. Bungie has been doing what it can to prevent this player’s predictions, and it has created an escalating war between both factions.
The player, the Japanese-speaking Redditor Megamanexe4, has not revealed his specific system for data mining Destiny, but his results have been dead-on since he began revealing them around one month ago. Every week, he has been able to exactly predict not only what Xűr would sell, but the modifiers on the weekly events, as well as uncovered loads of info about the upcoming expansion House of Wolves. Aside from satiating the players’ curiosity, revealing Xűr’s stock has had huge implications on Bungie’s relationship with their game’s community.
By nature, a randomized list would mean Xűr’s stock often wouldn’t meet your desires, but the patterns the vendor has exhibited since release have frequently looked more like trolling than a random selection. He sold the worst exotic weapon in the game on Christmas, he has sold the exact same stock (three armor pieces, one weapon, and other assorted goodies) a handful of weeks apart, has sold a stock solely composed of items from the first DLC expansion more than once, and has had streaks of selling the same exact piece of gear over and over for weeks on end. These data points could all be coincidences, but that’s the point on which Destiny’s community sticks; Bungie has explicitly and repeatedly claimed that Xűr’s stock is both random and out of their control. Megamanexe4 seems to have proven otherwise