Crash Bandicoot returning to PS4 and Xbox One

Crash Bandicoot is set to make a comeback, with a fully remastered version of the original series releasing on PS4 and Xbox One this October.

Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Remastered has been redeveloped by Activision in full HD. The announcement was met with a loud applause during Sony’s E3 Conference on Monday, and as an extra special treat, Crash will also be available as a playable character in the upcoming release of Skylanders.

This marks the first time that Crash Bandicoot has been released in the over two generations of gaming.

What will Microsoft’s Xbox One Slim bring to the table?

With Microsoft expected to reveal the Xbox One Slim at E3 in June, just what will this console look like and will it be enough to bring in sales?

The Xbox One Slim will obviously be smaller in form factor, but how much smaller remains to be seen. No radical redesign to the VHS-like shape to the console is likely, but rather it will be much lighter and and smaller in all of its form factor. The touch-sensitive power button could be replaced, and the console’s operation will be much quieter.

A much larger HDD will be one of the expectations, presumably around the 2TB mark. It would be a surprise to see the power supply built into the console rather than be a standalone “power brick”, even despite the clear evidence that this is one of the big annoyances gamers have had with Xbox consoles over the years.  Continue reading What will Microsoft’s Xbox One Slim bring to the table?

Future For Xbox One Appears Unstable

The future of the Xbox One is a hot topic in gaming at the moment, and whichever way Microsoft decides to turn, it is a future that looks bleak.

When it was announced that Quantum Break, a major Xbox One exclusive for 2016, was also going to be available on PC, many gamers began speculating about the commitment Microsoft has to their console after 2016.

To their credit, Microsoft hasn’t rushed into releasing a slimmer, updated, and cheaper version of the Xbox One. In recent weeks it has become more apparent that doing this wouldn’t increase sales to the point where a serious challenge could be made to overthrow Sony’s stranglehold on the market with the PS4.

Deep down, Microsoft know that they won’t beat Sony, in this, perhaps the last, major console war.

To the casual gamer, the Quantum Break news came as a big surprise, but to the hardcore audience, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that Microsoft has decided to go down this path.

Last year, Microsoft boss Phil Spencer said that his team were working on strategies to ensure developers could get their games could get on as many screens as possible, and Spencer then went on to praise Valve for the work they had done with Steam gaming on PC.

Cross-platform online between the Xbox One and PS4 would be a popular move to make, albeit controversial from the outset, but it also has the potential to impact on the future of the big exclusive titles that come to each console.

With Forza Motorsport, previously an Xbox only racer, now coming to PC, this impact is already beginning to a certain extent. Sure, Microsoft still own the Forza franchise, but is it really still an exclusive if it is available on PC, albeit in a watered down version?

Halo is also rumoured to be coming to PC when the next game in the series releases.

If Microsoft do ease their grip on releasing big titles just for the Xbox One and cross-platform to PC from now on, it could end the console war and hand dominance to Sony, at least from an ideological standpoint.

Rugby Challenge 3 Coming April 14

Rugby Challenge 3 finally has an official release date and will be available on April 14th.

Gamers have been aware of Tru Blu’s third instalment into the Rugby Challenge franchise for quite some time, but it had appeared that the game was in trouble as the release date was pushed back and back with no formal announcement.

Mighty Ape and EB Games have been informed that Rugby Challenge 3 will officially release on April 14th, and no later. Continue reading Rugby Challenge 3 Coming April 14

Will Naughty Dog delay Uncharted 4 again?

With all the hype surrounding the finale to the Uncharted series, a delay till later in 2016 may not be the worst idea.

Naughty Dog, developers behind the blockbuster Uncharted franchise, haven’t hinted at the possibility of delaying A Thief’s End further in the slightest.

But the November window would give Sony a big boost heading into the next holiday season.

However, the finale to Uncharted has already been delayed on two separate occasions. But unlike a lot of studios, Naughty Dog has a proven track record of only releasing top quality, triple A selling games, so they can afford to delay a third time.

PS4 gamers still have a lot of other exclusive and third party titles coming out at around the same time as Uncharted.

Getting the game out in April is pleasing from the viewpoint that Naughty Dog haven’t released a title since 2013, marking three years, but if there is even a slight chance that A Thief’s End needs further polishing, Naughty Dog must delay again.

When Rockstar delayed GTA V until September 2013, the announcement was met with a mixture of uproar and acceptance.

The same scenario would apply for Naughty Dog with the finale to Uncharted.

Currently, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is slated to release in April.

 

 

Microsoft don’t release official numbers as PS4 sells over 5 million during holiday 2015

Sony sold over 5 million PS4 consoles over the holiday period in 2015, but this doesn’t mean Microsoft were beaten either.

Microsoft didn’t release their official hardware sales numbers, giving no indication of who exactly won the sales war in 2015’s holiday period.

Microsoft did say that first party titles like Halo 5, Forza Motorsport, and Gears of War combined to sell over 1 million copies.

It has been revealed that Sony sold exactly 5.7 million PS4 consoles during the holiday period, taking the all time sales figure to a tick under 36 million since releasing back in November 2013.

In case you didn’t know, the “holiday season” for sales is measured between November 22nd and January 2nd.

Sony say that PlayStation Plus subscriptions have risen by 60% this year, while Microsoft has revealed that on December 28th 2015, more people logged into Xbox Live than at any other point in Xbox history.

Liberty City incoming to GTA V

Speculation is mounting that Liberty City could be headed to GTA V in the form of a single player DLC, but Rockstar are yet to comment.

According to several trusted YouTube channels, Liberty City will be added to the world of GTA V, marking the first time that additional locations have been added to an existing game in the franchise.

Liberty City featured in both GTA III and GTA IV, with other fictional cities like Vice City and the state of San Andreas featuring in other titles.

Ironically, Rockstar said that a single player DLC would eventually be released for GTA V back in 2013 when the game was first released.

Since then, next to nothing has been announced, but in the last few weeks a lot of evidence has surfaced that points to a major DLC update incoming.

If Liberty City does come to GTA V, it would likely be an option where gamers can fly from Los Santos International Airport. Wether gamers get to partake in the flight or a loading screen appears remains to be seen.

The single player DLC update to GTA will likely come at a cost to gamers.

Graphically stunning Star Wars Battlefront needs quick price drop

Star Wars Battlefront is one of the hot games to hit the market this holiday season, but its reception has divided critics.

Battlefront comes with no campaign mode, and this has taken a lot of buyers surprised, even though EA made this news clear weeks ago.

Battlefront is primarily an online-based game that takes place on very popular, but limited in numbers, set of open world maps that are famous from the Star Wars saga.

But, no single player story for one of the most anticipated games and most loved film sagas of all time, is a big, big surprise.

The lack of a story mode and campaign in Battlefront is a major oversight by EA, but it could be a sign of where shooters are headed in the future.

Black Ops III didn’t come with a single player campaign on previous generation consoles, but at least Treyarch made the effort of putting one on PS4 and Xbox One versions.

In all other aspects though, Battlefront appears to be hitting it out of the park.

Graphically impressive, Battlefront packs a mixture of arcade and hardcore first and third person shooting as well as spaceship combat. Battlefront is being heralded for its attention to detail.

This is a game that brings the Star Wars universe to life in a way that has exceeded expectations.

Do a bit of digging around and gamers will find that Battlefront has a little more content that just the four maps that have gotten a lot of play on social media in recent days.

Simon Ryan, a gamer based in New Zealand, says that Battlefront makes up for its lack of variety with strong graphics and a good start to what is clearly going to be a long stretched out franchise from EA.

“There needs to be more variety in the planets and map styles, but graphically it is impressive and a good start,” Ryan said.

Cameron Goldstein, another gamer, was less impressed with Battlefront.

“I liked the originals better because I actually felt like it was Star Wars, yes the graphics in this game are impressive, but it feels like I am playing Call of Duty with a Star Wars skin,” Goldstein said.

The problem is the added expense that EA are forcing gamers into with the Season Pass. On top of the future expenses required, the fact that EA is charging gamers a full retail price off the shelf for Battlefront for what many call a sub-standard shooter with minimum content has been a source of much frustration.

Battlefront brings the world of Star Wars to life like no other game in history, but it needs a price drop, and fast.