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3:00 AM on 03.03.2015

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 this May

Square Enix has announced final details on Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster HD's improved port to the PlayStation 4. This release was announced in December of last year, but since then Square Enix has been mum about it. The port will come with new features and improvements that address some of the qualms many people shared about the original release.

Jason Faulkner




Very Quick Tips: Homeworld Remastered Collection photo
Very Quick Tips: Homeworld Remastered Collection
by Jason Faulkner

Although Homeworld Remastered Collection is classified as real-time strategy, there are some elements that set it apart from its brethren. The 3D camera and movement add another whole axis to worry about that some may find disorienting, and the fairly strict strengths and weaknesses of the units may lead to defeat if a cohesive unit strategy isn’t considered.

These tips are geared primarily towards online multiplayer gameplay, but can also be applied to campaign or vs. the A.I.

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Review: Homeworld Remastered Collection
by Jason Faulkner

In 1999, I was 11 years old. It was a time when every video game purchase was a gamble. The best you could do was to read a review or watch a grainy, minute-long Quicktime video that you spent an hour to download on 56k while hoping your $50 wasn't spent in vain. I discovered some of my favorite games with just the blind promises of the back of a box. Starsiege: Tribes, Suikoden II, Half-Life, Giants: Citizen Kabuto and more were all stabs in the dark that paid off with hours of enthrallment in front of the glow of a CRT.

As a young sci-fi fan, all anyone had to do back then to wrestle my hard-earned money from my wallet was throw some spaceships on a box. More than likely, if my mom allowed me, I'd fall in love with the simple promise of being whisked away to the stars. Sometimes my gambles paid off, like with Star Trek: Klingon Academy and Freelancer, and sometimes I'd get a dud like Allegiance, which was a good game, but one whose servers had been shut down before I even bought it. However, none made a bigger impression on me than Sierra's Homeworld did. The top-notch writing and 3D playing field etched themselves into my memory and left me clamoring for a sequel. 

Although the story continued in Homeworld: Cataclysm in 2000 and Homeworld 2 in 2003, the series went dark and new copies weren't even available. THQ's bankruptcy in 2013 led to the franchise's rights going up for auction. After acquiring the IP with the winning $1.35 million bid, Gearbox announced it would be bringing an updated Homeworld and Homeworld 2 to a new generation in the form of the Homeworld Remastered Collection.

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5:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Homeworld Remastered's new vid is a modern trailer for a modern launch

My Steam clock tells me that Homeworld Remastered Collection unlocks in less than nine hours, but that just means there's just enough time left to put up this here launch trailer, which is brimming with all the bombast ...

Josh Tolentino

9:30 AM on 02.17.2015

#darksiders2: Darksiders II current gen remaster confirmed

I'm sure Darksiders 2 is a fine game if you've dry humped behind a Hot Topic counter after a date at Orange Julius, but my favorite thing about its existence is #darksiders2, which Occams blessed us with all those y...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 02.09.2015

Resident Evil HD broke all sorts of sales records

Given how much cash they bring in, it's tough to fault publishers for continually focusing on gussying up beloved titles instead of moving forward with new games. Resident Evil HD is just the latest example, as plenty we...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 01.16.2015

Yet another Majora's Mask 3D trailer to tide you over

Nintendo sure has hit the marketing hard for Majora's Mask 3D in the few days since its wildly popular Direct. It seems like the 3DS remake has been everywhere lately. There's just under a month to go until release, and it remains to be seen whether there's enough steam to push the hype train at full power for that long. Final stop: Termina.

Brett Makedonski

2:00 AM on 12.22.2014

This awesome son-of-a-gun is remaking LSD: Dream Emulator

I’ve been in contact with Osamu Sato, the creator of the illustrious LSD: Dream Emulator for a tell-all about his games and legacy for a feature at VICE Motherboard for a few months now. This means I’ve been inves...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 10.30.2014

New Resident Evil: Remastered video has four improvements to show you

Alessandro told us last week that Resident Evil was a difficult game to remaster. That's because it's more than a simple upgrade to HD. This Japanese video gives a bit of first-hand insight as to some of the features that Ca...

Brett Makedonski



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Sleeping Dogs' 'Definitive Edition' isn't so definitive
by Chris Carter

Tomorrow, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will be released to the public. It's basically the same idea as Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition -- a re-release with promises of enhanced visuals for current-gen systems (PC, PS4, and Xbox One). Having played the Sleeping Dogs: DE for about a week now, I'm of the opinion that it doesn't really take advantage of the current-gen hardware in any meaningful way.

In fact, it looks and plays like the last-generation iteration. Visually it feels far too similar to the experience you've already had a few years back, not to mention the fact that I even encountered a few of the same slowdown issues that plagued the original during chase scenes. It might be 1080p on consoles, but it's also 30 frames per second, and it's not consistent.

Now, that doesn't mean that you should count out the Definitive Edition entirely. Sleeping Dogs is still very much a good open-world title, and worth playing if you generally enjoy the genre. There's so much packed into the game's universe, and combat is straightforward and satisfying with its many environmental hazards to slam enemies into. It also comes loaded with all of the DLC, including the spooky themed Nightmare in North Point, as well as the Year of the Snake and Zodiac Tournament story DLC -- and tons of extra outfits, vehicles, and missions.

In that sense, it is as "definitive" as a Game of the Year edition gets. So if you haven't played the series at all yet, get in on it on a current-gen system, or at the very least, at a sale. Everyone else should probably pass.

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5:30 PM on 09.25.2014

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer is definitively definitive

All those other trailers you've seen for Sleeping Dogs? Forget those. They weren't nearly as definitive as this definitive trailer for Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is. This is the be-all end-all of Sleeping Dogs&nb...

Brett Makedonski







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Master Chief Collection seems to deliver on most of its promises
by Bill Zoeker

I recently got to check out Halo: The Master Chief Collection at an Xbox event, which gave me a big ol' happy, because I love me some sweet, sweet Covie-killing action. In 343 Industries' presentation, they spent half of the time talking about The Halo Channel, which seems neat if you're into that sort of thing, but it rather bores me. They also informed us that Halo 3 and Halo 4 are being up-scaled to 1080p, and touched up a bit with current-gen lighting effects and such.

The main focus of the Halo showing was, of course, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition. We saw a sample of the cutscenes from this overhaul, all of which are being redone, and which looks incredible compared to the original. We also got to put our hands on some of the multiplayer, which feels just like the original, with the exception of the Gungoose.

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12:15 PM on 08.18.2014

Metal Gear fan remake is cancelled, developers release trailer narrated by David Hayter

Well, this is awkward. Back in June, Konami gave a group of Metal Gear fans its blessing to produce a free remake of the original MSX Metal Gear. The project attracted a lot of talent, including those who've worked on such ti...

Alessandro Fillari

11:15 AM on 08.08.2014

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition coming to PC too, has an odd trailer

Technically, the existence of Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition was just a rumor up until now, outed by a telling Amazon listing. Square Enix confirmed everyone's suspicions today by formally announcing the remake and p...

Brett Makedonski

12:15 PM on 08.06.2014

Sleeping Dogs will also be re-released on new consoles

Thus far, the most obvious trend that's accompanied the transition from legacy to current generation consoles is the upgrading and re-release of some of the more recent titles that were only available on PlayStation 3 and Xbo...

Brett Makedonski

7:00 AM on 08.05.2014

Resident Evil headed for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360

Capcom has announced a brand new remastered edition of the original Resident Evil, coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One as a digital-only title for early 2015. The port is based off the original...

Brittany Vincent