The biggest issues that most gamers seem to have with the Xbox One is that always online DRM nonsense. Because of that, gamer sentiment has have moved very much in Sony’s favour. Many were left wondering how long it would be before Microsoft finally listened to its customer and gave up on those very draconian, restrictive policies. That time is now.
Neither Microsoft nor Sony’s next generation console is here yet. From what we’ve heard, we expect Sony’s PlayStation 4 to release locally around November this year, with Microsoft’s Xbox One coming a little later next year. If you want either of them close to their respective releases dates, you might want to look at pre-ordering.
One of the biggest surprises from Microsoft’s E3 conference was the announcement that Capcom’s Dead Rising 3 was coming to the Xbox One – and that it would be a platform exclusive. Not one of those “timed” ones either, because Microsoft’s doing publishing duties. It’s a good lock for Microsoft, because of all the Xbox One games I saw, this is the one that’ll make me get the system.
One of the very coolest things about the next generation of sports titles from EA is the ignite engine, which attempts to make in-game players behave more like real-life athletes, reacting to a living world. It’s really quite impressive stuff. Unfortunately, as we’ve already told you, the PC versions of these games will not be powered by said Ignite engine, and will be relatively lifeless as a result. Why? According to EA sports head Andrew Wilson, it’s because your PC’s just aren’t powerful enough.
It was bound to happen – and just as we speculated, it seems that games headed for next-gen systems would find their PC counterparts running better on AMD hardware. That’s exactly what’ll be happening with one of the biggest games coming for the launch of the next generation of consoles – Battlefield 4.
One of the big surprise reveals from Microsoft’s Xbox One conference was the fact that Rare Ltd’s Killer Instinct – once a fan-favourite fighting game series – was being brought back from the dead, exclusively available on the Xbox One. I got to give the game a bash at E3 this week,and could this be the bad news C-C-C-C-C-OMBO BREAKER the Xbox one needs?
Mario Kart 8 is coming to the Wii U – and while you could, justifiably, say that ‘s yet another damned numbered Mario branded sequel coming from Nintendo, does it really matter if it’s a ton of fun? Because Mario Kart 8 certainly is just that.
The Witcher 3 is an incredible achievement, and one of our best games from E3 this year. It’s coming to PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when those systems launch later this year. Unfortunately, the developers themselves, CD Projekt Red and its considerable home-town fanbase won’t be able to play the Xbox One version at launch.
E3 is done and dusted. Over. As I write this it’s a warm night in Los Angeles, Darryn and I are just about ready to pack up our stuff for one last sleep in our (very) dodgy hotel room before heading off to the airport in the wee hours of the morning. From our perspective it’s been a cracker of an E3.
Microsoft is doing away with its stupid banana dollar Microsoft Points system, opting instead to utilise real world cash values. that change will happen at some point this year (likely to co-incide with the Xbox One launch). What happens then, to the dormant Microsoft Points you currently have attached to your Xbox Live account?
Once again, Ubisoft may have ended their press conference with the star of the show. Last year, it was the surprise Watch_Dogs. this year, that game is The Division, an online multiplayer RPG that has me questioning my own pledge to avoid MMO-styled games. I got to see a closed–door demo of the game today at E3 and it left me wanting so, so much more.
As we already know, the PlayStation 4 will charge you money to play multiplayer games online, approaching a model closer to Xbox Live. Funnily enough, this hasn’t got people in an uproar – because Sony cleverly tied it to its existing, much beloved PlayStation Plus service. Classic bait-and-switch, really. Sony worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida has explained why it had to happen.
As you probably already know by now, Microsoft’s Xbox One will not be available in South Africa when it launches in much of the rest of the world in November this year. It’s home to some really great games (like Dead Rising 3, which is one of my top games from E3) – which has some planning to import the console before its local launch. Unfortunately, that might not be a good plan.
When we first heard about Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare from EA and Popcap, I thought it was yet another instance of EA cashing in on its popular franchises. Which it may well be, but Garden Warfare does it with charm and style – and the irreverent silliness you’ve come to expect from PvZ.