When PSN was hacked back in 2011 and was subsequently offline for a month, Sony did the classy thing and came back with the “Welcome Back” program. This program allowed users to download two PS3 games and 2 PSP games for free, more than making up for the long wait.
However, that didn’t please everyone, which lead to a class-action lawsuit being filed against Sony. Sony recently came to an agreement with the people they were being sued by, and are now also offering more free games for PSN users.
Sony said the following in a statement to GameSpot:
“While we continue to deny the allegations in the class action lawsuits, most of which had been previously dismissed by the trial court, we decided to move forward with a settlement to avoid the costs associated with lengthy litigation.”
They go to talk about no confirmed reports of identity theft:
“To date, the Sony entities have received no confirmed reports of identity theft linked to the attacks, and there is no evidence that anyone’s credit card information was accessed. We are glad that the parties are working toward a resolution of this matter and that our gamers will continue to enjoy our entertainment services.”
Users who got games during the Welcome Back program are able to get one game for PS3 or PSP, three PS3 themes or a three-month subscription to PSN. Those who did not get any games are able to pick two of the aforementioned benefits.
Sony will reportedly be adding more games to the list that you can choose from, but as of right now they are the following:
Sony has just revealed that there will be a limited edition version for their upcoming remastered collection of Kingdom Hearts games called Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX. The limited edition will be available for anyone who pre-orders the game, meaning that you get upgraded to the limited edition for no extra charge.
So what comes with the limited edition of the game? Well… a pin. Yup. If you pre-order the game, you get a 4.27 cm pin of Sora and Mickey that will apparently be in extremely limited quantity. Check out the image below.
In all honesty, the pre-order incentive with this one is pretty lame. With Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX you got the game in a really nice sleeved, hardcover booklet that had a bunch of great concept art for the game. With this it looks like you only get a keychain. Not only is that a downgrade, but it’s gonna look especially pathetic when you put the two games next to each other on a shelf. Kingdom Hearts II is my favorite of the two original games, and now it’s gonna look like a chump compared to the first one!
Alien: Isolation is one of many highly-anticipated games coming out in the month of October, and in a new trailer we get to see the cast of the original movie talking about how much different of an experience it is.
Many of them note how in a movie you are just a spectator, but the fact that this is a video game puts you right into the world with no escape. Check out the trailer below.
Alien: Isolation is being developed by The Creative Assembly for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. It is scheduled for release on October 7th, 2014.
Those teases! The people at 2K have taken to the company’s official twitter account to post an image that brings with it a whole lot of teasing.
The picture in question is a poster from the original BioShock‘s Eve’s Garden. What truly makes this a tease, however, is with 2K’s accompanying caption that reads, “Oooo, what COULD this mean?”
There’s no question that 2K Games is looking at more BioShock in the future due to how incredibly well BioShock Infinite was received, so this could definitely be a hint at an announcement coming soon. Considering this is an image from the original BioShock, maybe we could be looking at a remaster on current generation systems?
EA has stated that the way in which future Battlefield games are developed could be changing.
When asked about whether or not Activision’s move to a 3-year development cycle for the Call of Dute franchise had any effect on how EA is currently handling the Battlefield franchise, EA Studios EVP Patrick Soderlund said the following:
“What they [Activision] are doing mimics to some extent how we’re thinking. Obviously, more time, if managed correctly, yields a better product. So I would say that we’re similarly aligned, and that we’re taking a similar approach, but we haven’t articulated exactly what teams are working [on], because that would imply announcing things that we can’t right now.”
This would be a very wise move for the Battlefield franchise as a whole, because just about everyone agrees that the Battlefield 4 launch was a disaster. With many left unimpressed with what the Battlefield Hardline beta had to offer, it’s probably a good idea for them to take a little more time to fully-realize future installments.
There had been a lot of hoopla over the fact that Watch Dogs‘ graphics were downgraded compared to when it was first revealed and what the finished project looked like. This upset many, because they felt that Ubisoft was basically dishing out false advertising by doing a bit of a bait and switch.
However, there is one fan who has taken the matter into his own hands and has been sharing a PC mod that greatly increases the game’s graphics. The gamer goes by the name of TheWorse (real name Frederico Rojas) and he has been releasing updates that have steadily improved aspects of the core game, such as rain effects and vibrancy.
He just posted what he is calling the final update for the game, writing the following on his blog:
“This is the last release of my modification. I did my best to improve graphics and performance as much as I could without degrading quality.”
So, if you’re a PC gamer and are into game mods, you should probably give it a shot. There is definitely some big improvements made, and a prettier looking game for the price of nothing certainly isn’t a bad thing!
The second to last episode for The Walking Dead Season 2 is called Amid The Ruins, and Telltale Games has revealed that the penultimate episode will be coming out next week.
The new episode is set to launch on the PC, PS3 and Vita on July 22nd, Xbox 360 on July 23rd and iOS on July 24th. The episode will cost $5 individually, but you can also have the whole season paid for with a season pass that costs $19.99.