Sony E3 2014 Press Conference

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Finally for the last conference of the day Sony’s pre-show begins at 5:30 PM and the show proper starts at 6 PM. Watch the PlayStation E3 Press Conference live on www.ustream.tv/ps4 and us.playstation.com.

via E3 2014 Press Conferences | GEEKOHOLICS.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

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BOXING DAY DEAL – PlayStation Plus Year Membership $29.99 + FREE Shipping!

PSN+PlayStation Plus is without a doubt the best value in gaming, even at full price its worth every penny. Amazon has an amazing Boxing week deal on right now, get a year of PlayStation Plus for 40% off! Hurry and get yours now, use the link below:

PlayStation Plus 12 Month Subscription Card – $29.99 + FREE Shipping!

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Don’t miss the Spike VGx Video Game Awards Show Streaming Today at 3:00 PM PT

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VGX will abandon the traditional Hollywood style award show to feature more world premiere game trailers than ever before, plus extended deep dives into the next generation of games, new looks at gaming culture, one-on-one interviews with the industry’s most visionary creatives and expert panels digging into what’s coming to consoles in 2014 and beyond. The new format features more games, less fame, in an intimate studio setting, and the live stream will be hosted by Joel McHale and Geoff Keighley.

VGX will be an interactive experience with Twitter as the exclusive social media platform enabling viewers to have a direct impact on the stream by voting on show order and unlocking additional content. Fans will also have unprecedented access to the industry’s top developers and talent.

To interact with this year’s Q&A sessions, submit a question via Twitter and include the relevant hashtag.

To submit questions for the Q&A with Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime use #VGXNINTENDO
To submit your Tomb Raider questions use #VGXTOMBRAIDER
To submit questions for the Q&A with Remedy’s Oskari Hakkien use #VGXQUANTUMBREAK
To submit questions for the Q&A with Double Fine’s Tim Schafer use #VGXBROKENAGE
To submit questions for the Q&A with Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella use #VGXTITANFALL

VGX will be streamed across Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu, Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom Media Networks properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com, MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com. VGX will be live streamed for three-hours on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT. Spike TV will also air highlights of the show as “VGX Replay” on Monday, December 9 at midnight.

via VGX: Ways To Watch And Interact With The Show | VGX 2013 | SPIKE.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

PlayStation App now Live on iTunes and Google Play

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Just in time for the PlayStation 4 launch, Sony has just released the official PlayStation App. Now you can officially message your friends, download purchases to your PlayStation systems, track trophy progress and much more. Check out the features listed below and download the app now.

With the PlayStation App installed on your mobile device, you can:

· See what your friends are playing, compare trophies, and view your profile or recent activity.
· Chat with your friends; receive notifications, game alerts, and invitations, and then use your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4 system.
· Browse PlayStation Store, pick-up the latest hit games and add-ons, and then push them to your PS4 system so they are ready when you get home.
· Take advantage of the in-app second-screen features, when available, for greater challenges and control.
· Quickly access PlayStation system guides, manuals, and PlayStation.Blog.

iTunes Download: PlayStation®App on the App Store on iTunes
Google Play Download : PlayStation®App on Google Play

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By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Sony Releases MASSIVE PS4 FAQ, Answers almost any question you may have

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PS4, Dual Shock 4 Controller and PS Eye.

Sony has released a MASSIVE 160+ answer FAQ that answers pretty much any question you may have before the upcoming launch on Nov 15 here in North America. Touching on everything from system specs, and game lineup at launch, to remote play with Vita, and gameplay sharing. Pretty much if you have a question, changes are, the answer can be found in this FAQ. You can head over and read it all here- MASSIVE PS4 FAQ.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Playstation 4 Day One Patch Revealed

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Sony has announced this morning, that there will be an update that will be approximately 300MB on day one for the PS4. They have even given us a list of what is included in this update as well, and the list of what the 1.50 Update Unlocks is quite large, the list is below.

  • Remote Play for Vita
  • Second Screen with Vita and other devices
  • Record, Take Screenshots and upload gameplay functionality
  • Live Streaming, Watching and Sharing of gameplay
  • Play as you Download function
  • Multiple Log in’s for users playing at the same time
  • Party voice chat
  • Face and Voice recognition with the camera peripheral
  • Background Music player
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Blu Ray and DVD play capabilities

They Have also stated that some features will not be available right at launch, such as the “Suspend/Resume mode” Which allows users to put the PS4 in a low power “pause” like state.

Sony will be issuing more info on this and more updates closer to launch.

Via-Sony

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Cosmic Star Heroine is a Old School style RPG and it looks great

Cosmic Star Heroine Cover Art – by Bill Stiernberg
Cosmic Star Heroine Cover Art – by Bill Stiernberg

From the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World, Zeboyd Games, comes an RPG inspired by such great works as Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star & Suikoden. Cosmic Star Heroine is a Turn Based, Japanese style RPG, being created for PC/Mac/PS4/Vita. Currently in Kickstarter, and closing on their goal, Cosmic Star Heroine is a game that deserves your attention.

Currently they have 23 days left to go, and I urge you, if this is your kind of game, head over to their Kickstarter and help them cross the goal and get this great game made.

Cosmic Star Heroine on Kickstarter

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Killzone Mercenary for Vita Available Early?

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So I happened to be walking through my local London Drugs (sorry guys Canada only) and saw something that wasn’t quite right. Sitting there on the shelf was a copy of Killzone Mercenary for sale a whole 4 days before release. Obviously I had to buy it, when I was at the til though I was expecting to get shot down as their system would probably warn them about the street date. Well lucky me their system didn’t notice the slip up and I’m now the proud owner of an early copy of Killzone Mercenary. Your milage may vary but if you’re in Canada you might be able to find your own copy of Killzone early at London Drugs, good luck.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

E3 Day 2 Recap – Nintendo and the Witching Hour

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Its a me, Rico! and here we are with day 2. If you couldn’t tell already I was at Nintendo’s booth for a good portion of the second day. My experience at Nintendo had me giddy as a child on Christmas morning and utterly disappointed when I realized that I didn’t get the presents I was asking for. Nintendo had some great games on display but they forgot the major franchises at home in Japan. I guess Nintendo is cool with showing up to a gun fight with a kitchen knife. That being said though I did play both of the new Mario titles, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8. I can easily say that these are must have games for the Nintendo fan. Super Mario 3D World is pretty much what you’d expect, its an HD version of the excellent 3DS title with a much larger scale. For starters Nintendo has added 4 player co-op like New Super Mario Bros and that each character has unique abilities, for example Peach’s floaty jump is back. Another new addition is the cat suit that allows characters to attack enemies with a scratch attack and the ability to climb walls, flag pole included. Nintendo was only demonstrating the new cat suit and co-op functionality but I’m sure there will be other abilities and power ups. Mario Kart 8 was the other major Nintendo title on hand that I spent a decent amount of time with. The new addition besides the beautiful HD graphics was the ability for the carts to transform into anti-gravity karts and literally drive up the walls changing the dynamic of the courses and adding new more course options. It wasn’t ground breaking but when I was playing Mario Kart in HD I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face.

Unfortunately though some huge games were missing, no Pokemon XY or Smash Bros. which quite honestly both games should have been showing and playable. A big problem the Wii U has is a lack of games and Nintendo didn’t do much to comfort Wii U owners, Mario Kart and Smash Bros don’t even come out until next year. As we all pretty much know the Wii U has just become another Nintendo box and I guess that’s OK but it would be nice if they could get some other major titles and fast. Another highlight of hanging out in Nintendo’s booth was a random Conan O’Brian sighting and he was super effective, at creating crowds.

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With Nintendo and the kids games out of the way it was time for some adult action. (I kid, I kid or do I?) Anyways, Square was kind of a let down as I couldn’t get into their demos because they were super busy and shit the bed with organizing their press appointments. Not to be totally disappointed though most of what they were showing was at PAX East or simply a trailer that everyone at home could see, so I don’t feel like I really missed anything. The real highlight of their booth was Saints Row IV and of course it was off the hook. Imagine GTA plus crazy and you’re still not even close, now you have super powers and a fricken dub step gun, nuff said.

After the disappointment of the Square booth, EA surprisingly came to my rescue or my money I’m not sure. EA has at least two new IP’s with Garden Warfare and one of my favorite games of the show Titanfall. I mentioned Garden Warfare the other day and I got to see another demo of what looks to be a garden fresh take on the shooter genre.

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Titanfall is definitely one of my favorites from the show, behind closed doors they showed us an extended multiplayer match. Between this and Destiny next year will see some awesome new shooters that do more than the genre is currently. If this game was available at launch the Xbox One would have a killer app but unfortunately it isn’t going to be available until March 2014 and I have my doubts about that.

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After I was done with EA I moved on to the Witcher 3 and got to see an extended behind the scenes demo. CD Projekt Red looks to deliver one of the largest and most dynamic open world RPG’s with the Witcher 3. Gone are the problematic boss battles from Witcher 2 in fact there are no bosses battles per say but giant monsters that can be randomly encountered in the world, or your quests. CD Projekt promises that there over 80 unique creatures in the world to hunt down and battle with their own strategies and abilities to make them very distinct. The dialogue system is also being reworked to add more character and life to the game. Another system added are dynamic side quests that can have world impacting repercussions that can come back to haunt you later depending on how you resolve them. All in all the Witcher 3 looks to be a wicked evolution to the franchise and will probably end up being next years best RPG from what I saw.

I also had a chance to check out the Nvidia Shield and Ouya but I’ll try to do a separate write up on those another time and with that we end day 2.

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By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

E3 Day 1 Recap – Next Gen Sure is Pretty

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Hey guys and gals, sorry this update has taken so long but its been pretty crazy here on the show floor. Obviously both Sony and Microsoft booths are standing room only as everyone is eager to get a glimpse of the next generation of console gaming. I started my day by hanging out in the Sony booth and played most of the confirmed launch titles for the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately Watch Dogs, and Infamous Second were only theatre demos and no recording was allowed. However I did get a chance to play Killzone Shadow Fall behind the scenes with the Lead Designer of the game. I was impressed, obviously it looks stunning and learning from the competition Killzone has adopted new methods of traversal and enemy takedowns that break up the monotonous gameplay that has hampered many shooters lately. Also the environments have been opened right up with multiple side objectives that help alleviate the feeling of alway being in a corridor or shooting gallery. Killzone also introduces a new drone sidekick that you can use to setup up zip lines accross the environment, hack computer terminals or simply attack your enemies, just to name a few of its abilities. I can easily say that Killzone Shadow Fall will be a day one purchase for me. I also had a chance to try out the Vita version of Killzone Mercenary and I can say that Vita will finally be getting the quality shooter we’ve been looking for. Tearaway for Vita was another stand out title that I got to spend some time with and it looks to be a great little adventure platformer.

 

After spending a better part of 4 hours playing around in the Sony booth I moved onto Microsoft and the PR mess that is Xbox One. Honestly I’m pretty excited for Xbox One regardless of some terrible choices they’ve made in terms of DRM, I’m sure the Xbox will have some great features and of course exclusive software. Unfortunately Microsoft didn’t want to talk about anything but games so little was learned about the console itself that we don’l already know. In their booth I got play RYSE, Forza 5, and Killer Instinct. I had a blast playing Killer Instinct except that I couldn’t combo worth shit, but it was still great. I uploaded a video and you can for yourselves, a nice side effect of all the power in these new consoles can be seen in all the lighting and particle effects.

 

Forza 5 looked pretty impressive as well but I’m not much of a car guy so I can’t really speak to any of the improvements. A cool feature Forza demoed though were the new triggers in the Xbox One controller which have rumble built in. With this extra level of rumble added  things as simple as starting the engine or the skidding of the tires added a new dimension which was pretty neat. We also got to see the Mclaren P1 which was pretty sweet, now wheres that extra million I had hidden away?

 

Finally I ended my day with a pretty lengthy play through of the RYSE demo aka QTE the video game. All jokes aside, RYSE is still pretty sweet and had a real gritty feel. the combat system was very similar to the most recent Batman games with parrying attacks and building up chains. The graphics were unbelievable and I felt like I was killing with the best of the Spartans though it remains to see if much is added otherwise it could probably get pretty repetitive. So thats about it for my late day 2 recap, things have been pretty crazy and I”l be back with more soon.

 

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF