16 August, 2015

This Week In Videogames – 16/08/2015

[I recommend reading this in your finest Maximillion Pegasus voice]. It’s happening, it’s really happening, two weeks in a row! Within this guided webpage you will find not one piece of news, but thirteen of this week’s stunning revelations from the tireless videogame industry! 

This Week In Videogames – 16/08/2015

Take Two Cans Of Beer…

Let’s start the article as all good capitalist ought to, with some steaming financials, straight from Take Two Interactive! In short and minus all the GAAP/Non-GAAP, GTAV has now sold over 54 million units across all platforms, which is kind of obscene! Do bear in mind though that I own three copies myself. Also, the WWE 2K15 PC port was seen as a positive thing and Stone Cold Steve Austin, being the retired Hall of Famer he is, will be the cover Superstar for 2K16.

You Are A True Warrior Of The Warring States

The one series that could never warrant a survival mode, but likely has already seen many under other names, is totally getting one. Samurai Warriors 4-II is the subject in question, and in typical mode inflating Koei Tecmo style, the survival mode will also offer a range of new challenge modes on the side. I'm guessing there’ll be a lot of Musou either way! Catch the trailer, showing the completely new gameplay here.

Give Me Gin And Tonic?

The first in what I anticipate will be many DLCs, was released for Rocket League this week – I mean they have to recoup the PlayStation Plus money somehow right? Supersonic Fury, costing $3.99, adds two new cars; the ‘Dominus’ muscle car, and the ‘Takumi’ Japanese street racer. In addition to; five new paint types, two rocket boosts, and two new wheels – including spinners, because they’re allegedly cool!

Rocket league Supersonic Fury takumi

Riding shotgun with that DLC was a free update, adding a new arena, a spectator mode, 3v3 ranked play, more than seventy additional flags, server apology items, and a red hot new single to listen to.

Dance My Pretties!

If Persona 4: Dancing All Night is not the defining game of the PlayStation Vita, then it’s failed. Not the game, the Vita. But less prophecies, more news; during launch week, Dancing All Night players can also pick up the Girl’s Swimsuit Set for free Atlus announced. This DLC pack adds alternate outfits, swimwear obviously, for Rise, Yukiko, Chie, and Naoto. Find the older Japanese announcement trailer below!  

Someone Must Be Buying These Things

It doesn’t feel too hyperbolic to say that I feel a new Warhammer/ Warhammer 40,000 game is either announced, receives a new trailer, or releases, every single week. They are legion. This time another iOS title was announced, with the trailer below. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is a little different from the waves of strategy games we’re used to. A third-person ‘tap-to-shoot’ action game, Freeblade sees the player taking command of a mighty Imperial Knight, in order to brutalise the enemies of the Imperium. The Imperial Knight concept seems a wee bit niche, but it is an interesting departure from the more customary Ultramarines!

Strongholds Just Aren’t As Glamorous As The Galactic Ones

Neverwinter, the Dungeons and Dragons MMORPG, has just landed some intriguing sounding content for all you guildies out there – my new affectionate term for people way into the guild culture, it is probably not original! Strongholds is its name and it added a customisable in-game guild stronghold, and a challenging ‘guild-based battle’ called, Greed of the Dragonflight, all available right now I believe. Additionally, in an update coming September 15th, a 20 versus 20 PvP mode will be added, allowing players to assault other guild’s strongholds. But honestly the only reason I included this item, was to encourage more people to watch the trailer below, because that narrator is really going for it in a way I totally respect.

At Least Nintendo Lets Them Out Of The Building(s)

Japanese businesses are quite different from their Western counterparts, and Nintendo is a weird company. They are company who will simultaneously pioneer a new way to make Mario jump every few years, but still can’t figure out how to display data management in a form that human beings can interact with. What’s not so weird however, is their response to an employee speaking candidly in public – they fired him. Chris Pranger, previously part of the Treehouse localisation group, starred on an episode of the Part-Time Gamers Podcast. He had a thing or two to say about Nintendo’s often illogical business practices, resulting in his dismissal from the company.

Here’s a taste of Pranger’s sentiments from the podcast.

"You look at something like even Xenoblade Chronicles. People love that game, you know, within a certain group [...] That game is not the type of game that just pulls in enough to justify the costs on that. We got it in the States by luck, that [Nintendo of America] decided 'Oh, we'll take the bullet. We'll localize that.' Like, 'OK!' because someone is going to have to eat the costs somewhere, because that game is guaranteed to not sell enough to justify how big that game is. You know, hundreds of hours, all voiced. That's a lot of money that goes into that."

After the firing, Pranger made the following tweet. 
Via Polygon.

Erm, You Seem To Have Misplaced Your Sin Cara

I may have to check out WWE 2K16 later this year, simply to ensure the developer, Yuke’s, captures Sin Cara at his most disinterested – it shouldn’t be hard, there’s months of source material out there. While Sin Cara is conspicuously absent from the entrance he forms half of, Kalisto still brings his end of the Lucha, check out the new trailer below!

Sony Stole The Keys

If there’s anyone out there still clinging to the notion that, betas are not merely another cog in the big-budget marketing machine, well you won’t survive the coming storm. Landing August 19th on the PlayStation 4, is the Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta, it is hitting one week later, on the 26th, for Xbox One and PC. So braced yourself for a torrent of video showcasing my dire Call of Duty abilities, coming soon to a website near you! In the meantime, here’s a hot lady with a grenade launcher – it is probably related? 

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Fallout Shelter android hackedNot Even Fallout Could Survive The Android Wasteland

Fallout Shelter, that terribly overrated free-to-play game that was released in the height of Fallout 4 buzz during E3 this year, finally came to Android devices on Thursday. And it was hacked apart on Thursday. It didn’t even survive a day before it’s leaderboards were savaged. 

Via Reddit

The Keyes Loop

It’s got to be in there somewhere! Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach made an appearance at Gen Con this year, rather than being the next mobile game travesty I thought its title suggested, it is in fact a table top wargame. The two-player set, there is currently only one, costs £80 and contains 49 plastic warships; 32 being UNSC, with 17 Covenant, there’s also dice, data sheets, etcetera... You’ll find all on the store page, if you’re interested, but it is always worth remembering these models come unpainted.

Halo: Fleet Battles, The Fall of Reach

Via Polygon

100% More Chainsaw Guns And Grunting Please

Dragon Quest XI; is a game that is coming only to PlayStation 4 and 3DS, it runs on Unreal Engine 4 (only on the PS4), and has two different versions of the game running on the 3DS (one on each screen). And more to the point, it is not a fever dream! At a conference in Tokyo, Square Enix showed off both versions of the game, and each looked impressive in their own right, I’ll allow you to guess which version is which, you can find more screenshots, and plenty of Japanese text right here. Click to enlarge.

Via 4Gamer

Did You Hear Her Story?

Her Story, the unique full motion video game that took the internet – or at least part of it – by storm a few weeks ago, has sold over 100,000 copies, announced Sam Barlow, the man behind the game. Judging by his Tweet below, it’s a good number! Seeing that kind of creative project being financially successful is always a positive thing, feel free to give my review of Her Story a read here.

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