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The Last Of Us Remastered

The Last Of Us: Remastered Coming To PlayStation 4 Next Week?

The existence of The Last Of Us: Remastered has been one shrouded in mystery and betrayal (kind of), as no one really knows when they expect it to be released. Until now!

According to UK games retailer GAME The Last of Us: Remastered could be coming out on June 13th, which (interestingly) would be right at the tail-end of E3. Has a big E3 reveal just been ruined?

The following image was given to IGN which seemingly this whole crazy secret and definitely illegal scenario!

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My Judgment:

Considering The Last Of Us originally came out on June 14th and June 13th marks the end of E3, the 13th would be just about the perfect time to release the game. It’s the one year anniversary, and what better way to celebrate then playing the game on a new-gen system!?

Batman Arkham Knight Delayed

No! Batman: Arkham Knight Has Been Delayed

Rocksteady has gone and done the unthinkable, I’m afraid. At a recent hands-on event for the game they held which showed off the game’s batmobile they broke the news that the game would not meet its October 14th release date. In fact, it won’t be coming in 2014 at all.

No specific reason for the delay of the game was released, though it being the final chapter of the critically-acclaimed series has me thinking they just want this thing as good as it can possibly be. The month of October is already pretty crowded, anyway; with Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Driveclub, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Evolve and The Evil Within all slated to release that month. Holy crap.

My Judgment:

No! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Demon's Souls II

Is This Leaked Footage From Demon's Souls 2?

Some very sweet (if true) rumors have been making the rounds about developer From Software possibly announcing a new game that looks a *heck* of a lot like their awesome Souls games at this year’s E3.

Now, a new 18-second video taken from this unknown game (code-named Project Beast) is showing off some of the action, and it absolutely screams the Souls series. We get a look at fog doors, enemies and some truly creepy music that is all very reminiscent of the Souls series. Check out the video below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0YvHBxv-3Y’%5D

From Software hasn’t made any announcements yet, but E3 looks like it will be the perfect place to make a huge announcement like this. If this is Demon’s Souls II then that would mean that it will more than likely be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

My Judgment:

The Souls series is currently the best-running gaming franchise going right now, in my humble opinion, so if this does end up being legit then I am frickin’ ecstatic. Dark Souls II came out earlier this year and From Software delivered yet another awesomely-engrossing game, and I’m perfectly ready to hear that more of it is on the horizon.

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN Announced For PS3 & PS4

Arc System Works and Red have revealed that they have been working on an all-new Guilty Gear game called Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, and it will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America later this year.

This game is being looked at as a back-to-basics for the series, as the last installment didn’t do too well and this game is looking to cut off all excess fat. The most notable aspect of the game is that it is being designed as a 2D fighting game rather than 3D and will feature Cel Shaded graphics.

The game will ship with 15 playable characters, but other than that there is little else known about the game. I’m sure it will make an appearance at E3 and much more information will come to light.

My Judgment:

I prefer the 2D-style fighting games, so it’s cool to hear that Guilty Gear is going back to that. Who knows whether or not it will be any good, but you gotta give developers credit when they are actively trying to create something that improves upon what has come before.

Plants Vs Zombies

News Judgment… PVZ: Garden Warfare Hitting PlayStation This August

Everyone was secretly hoping that it was coming, but not developer PopCap has revealed that their massively popular third-person shooter, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, will be making its way to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on August 19th.

As an added bonus, both the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game will come with the Garden Variety and Zomboss Down expansions from the get-go. The game will run at 1080p and 60 FPS on PS4 (of course).

PopCap also revealed a trailer announcing that the game is coming to both PS3 and PS4, and you can watch that right below here. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nid0iExbgcw’%5D

My Judgment:

The Plants Vs. Zombies games are pretty much loved by everyone, so the fact that it can now reach in even bigger group of people is a great thing. Who the hell doesn’t love plants and zombies battling to the death? No one, that’s who!

The Order: 1886

News Judgment… The Order: 1886 Delayed To Early 2015

There had been some rumors going around about the potential of Ready At Dawn’s PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886, and now it seems those rumors are completely true.

The news broke on a PlayStation blog post which said the following:

As we look to bring this experience to the players, we have decided to spend some extra time to deliver on the promise we made when we first introduced the game. As such, you can expect The Order: 1886 to come exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in early 2015.

My Judgment:

You know what… this is actually really good news and a smart move by Ready At Dawn. When many people got to try out the game earlier this year, it seemed like the overall consensus was that people were left unimpressed. It sounds like Ready At Dawn are aware of that, and instead of releasing a game that isn’t going to live up to its potential they are going to work on making it better.

Wolfenstein The New Order

New Video Game Releases (May 19th – 25th, 2014)

Things are picking up this week as we have a major new release in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game is a reboot by MachineGames of the classic FPS series that is set in an alternate historical reality where Nazis won World War II. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 18th to May 25th, 2014.

3DS

  • Mega Man V (Virtual Console – Game Boy)

PlayStation 3

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Drakengard 3
  • Mugen Souls Z
  • R-Type Dimensions (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Transistor (PSN)
  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Vita

  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Wii U

  • Swords & Soldiers HD (eShop)
  • Squids Odyssey (eShop)
  • Fit Music for Wii U (eShop)

Xbox 360

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Naughty Dog Claims Making 'The Last Of Us: Remastered' Was Hell

When it was announced that Naughty Dog would be bringing The Last Of Us to PlayStation 4 via The Last Of Us: Remastered, many were skeptical about just how much effort they would be putting into this remaster. Well, judging from this interview with Edge, they went through a hell of a lot of trouble to make this thing work.

Naughty Dog  creative director Neil Druckmann said the following:

“We expected it to be hell, and it was hell,” he said. “Just getting an image onscreen, even an inferior one with the shadows broken, lighting broken and with it crashing every 30 seconds … that took a long time. These engineers are some of the best in the industry and they optimized the game so much for the PS3’s SPUs specifically. It was optimized on a binary level, but after shifting those things over, you have to go back to the high level, make sure the systems are intact, and optimize it again.

Basically, every single thing about this game has been re-done. Which makes me very optimistic about the finished product we will be dealing with when it releases on PlayStation 4 later this year.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PlayStation 4) Review – Oh Well, It Tried

Whenever you have a game coming out that is an adaptation of a movie, you’re more than likely in for a steaming pile of cow dung. It’s painfully obvious that everyone involved are only looking to cash in on the huge movie that is also coming out, and don’t really have the passion or time to put anything really impressive in the game.

So, you really can’t blame me for looking at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game and thinking, “Well, this will probably suck.” However, while it certainly isn’t anything special, the game does have some bright spots that fans of the Spider-Man series will more than likely eat up.

The game picks up where just about every Spider-Man origins story does; Peter Parker (Spider-Man) lets a criminal go as a means of getting back at a guy that wronged him, and that very criminal ends up murdering his uncle Ben. As a result of this, Peter Parker swears to protect his city from bad guys as a means of making his uncle proud and honoring his honest teachings. Pretty much everyone knows this story by now, but I guess it’s to get newcomers up to speed.

What follows is very different events compared to the new movie. The game has many different villains that are thrown at you almost like an arcade game, and through it all you get some semblance of a narrative. Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn is suffering from a disease that killed his father, and he wants Spider-Man’s blood to study in order to better understanding a potential mutation he is considering. Of course, Harry Osborn is also mixed in with some bad people, mainly Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin) who joins forces with Harry in order to fund a privatized police force called Enhanced Crime Task Force meant to contain the big criminals.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The combat in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is very basic. Essentially, it’s a dumbed-down version of what is found in the Batman: Arkham games, with far less precision and fluidity. It’s also very easy, meaning that even if there are swarms of enemies around you, as long as you don’t do anything stupid you will have nothing to worry about. Some of the fight animations look pretty cool, like when you’re finishing off a foe and Spider-Man unleashes a cool punch-kick combo that ends with the enemy flying across the room. Most enemies in the game can be defeated with the exact same formula of mashing the attack button, but occasionally you’ll come across aerial or armored enemies that require a bit more thought.

The bosses in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 do all have a unique feeling to them, requiring you to employ different tactics than you are used to in regular combat. One such boss fight has you using your spider-senses to pinpoint exactly where the boss is hiding before he attacks you unseen. However, once you reveal the bosses weakness you just mash away at the attack button the boss will be taken down rather quickly. There was also one boss that I found ripped off another boss fight from Batman: Arkham Asylum pretty much exactly, which is not cool!

When it comes to gameplay progression in this game, you are given a pretty-basic leveling system. As you complete missions you are given points to put towards enhancing attacks, web-slinging or spidey-senses. Since the game’s combat is so easy, leveling up your stats just makes the combat more easy and tedious. It’s cool to have the options to improve your character, but when they really aren’t necessary then there isn’t any sense of accomplishment you get for acquiring them.

As with any Spider-Man game worth its salts, web-slinging around the big city is one of the main selling points, and in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that is no different. Swinging from buildings, trees and lamp-posts is an absolute blast, allowing you to cover huge distances in a very short amount of time. It’s always a thrill making your way up some of the tallest buildings in the city and then diving off and seeing the city zip past your eyes. You can also climb and run up the side of walls, making just about any area in the city accessible. The game offers some sidequests that involve collecting comic books, beating up thugs and rescuing civilians, but they all follow the same formula and come up so frequently that you’ll probably end up avoiding them.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

As far as video game adaptations of movies go, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be a lot worse. Unfortunately, it could also be a lot better. The graphics are merely average, the combat is fun but too simplistic and the narrative is all over the place. If you’re a fan of the Spider-Man brand than you will no doubt find something to enjoy here, but if you’re looking for a third-person superhero game with deep mechanics and lots of polish, you are not going to find them in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Objectionable / Respectable

inFAMOUS Second Son Review

inFAMOUS: Second Son (PlayStation 4) Review – The First Reason To Own A PS4

Although I played and enjoyed the original inFAMOUS games, i’ll admit that I wasn’t particularly wowed by them. It was cool to exist in an open world where you had really cool powers to do whatever you wanted with, but there was something that left me feeling disconnected from all of that. Looking back, I can see the reason for that disconnect was the game’s protagonist.

Don’t get me wrong, Cole MacGrath was was perfectly solid as leading man, but he was too serious and reserved to really attach to. In a world where you suddenly have all of these amazing powers, Cole’s sullen personality made them feel far less amazing than they should have. Cole had some serious problems so obviously he shouldn’t be dancing around like an ape, but crack a smile every now and then, man.

This is where inFAMOUS: Second Son really steps up to the plate, in my opinion. As soon as we’re thrust into the world of Second Son we are in control of Delsin Rowe, a wiseass trouble maker that is simply oozing charisma. When he suddenly stumbles upon a situation that grants him supernatural powers, he’s over the moon at what he is now capable of. So, he basically reacts exactly how any normal person *would* react to having cool powers.

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The supporting cast is equally as good, as you also have Delsin’s cop brother Reggie who is the polar opposite of everything that Delsin is. Where Delsin’s life is about impulsive fun, Reggie’s life is about meticulous order. Even though these two men’s ideologies clash significantly, it’s that difference that gives them so much chemistry and charm. There aren’t a whole lot of good guys in Second Son, but the few that are there are likable and really add a lot to the narrative.

However, like with any great story there is a major conflict, and in this game that conflict goes by the name of Brooke Augustine. Augustine is a lady who runs a huge unit called the D.U.P. who are aiming to capture conduits (people like Delsin) and lock them up. It’s up to Delsin to fight against what Augstine is doing by freeing all of the captured conduits and stopping Augustine from doing anything like this again. Seattle, Washington is about to get a whole lot crazier.

inFAMOUS: Second Son utilizes what is called the Karma system, meaning that there is two different paths you can go on through the course of the game that will give you two different outcomes. Your Karma is effected by both story-related decisions that you must pick between and regular actions that you make during gameplay. If you’re in the middle of a huge fight, knocking out enemies will get you good karma whereas killing them will get you bad karma. This goes the same for the citizens of Seattle, as killing them will get you in trouble and helping them will make you a hero. The system is definitely more simplistic than other games that have utilized this system in the past, but I thought it blended well with the game’s more straight-forward and crowd-pleasing presentation.

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The biggest appeal of the inFAMOUS series is the powers that you are able to use, and Second Son offers the most intriguing powers yet. Throughout the game you will be able to utilize Smoke, Neon, Video and Concrete, and each one of these powers gives you different advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation. If you want to get somewhere fast you’ll want to use the sprinting ability that Neon gives you, but if you want to zoom through a building vent then you’ll need Smoke. The world around you is filled with objects that will let you absorb energy for these powers, letting you change your skill set on the fly.

The game’s world is very big and is filled with many things to do. As you wander the streets you will be able to collect Blast Shards by shooting down drones, and these shards are used to upgrade and unlock new abilities for each power you obtain. The game is very generous with how many Blast Shards it gives out, which gives the game a constant sense of progression. You’ll always be working towards a new ability or upgrade to unlock, giving you new ways to go about tackling a particular situation.

It wouldn’t be an open world game if there weren’t a slew of harmless little side quests for you to take part in, and Second Son is no different. As you make your way through the main storyline you will constantly have the opportunity to spray paint some stencil art on certain walls, bust drug deals, take out hidden cameras and a lot more. Some of these may not be the most interesting of side quests, but due to the game’s more light-hearted nature I found them pretty amusing.

inFAMOUS Second Son Review

inFAMOUS: Second Son succeeds in delivering the best game of the series and the first must-have title for the PlayStation 4. Everything has been improved over the first two entries in the series, with the gameplay and storyline being much more engaging this time around. Delsin is one of the best new protagonists to come along in a game in a while, and his wise cracks and antics throughout the game made the whole experience a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a reason to own a PlayStation 4, inFAMOUS: Second Son is it.

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