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DOA Xtreme 3

Plans to localize Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the West may be DOA

Sad tromboner
Nov 24
// CJ Andriessen
Are you a western gamer interested in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3? Well then you best get your ass to an import website because it doesn't look like the game will be making it our way. Even after the publisher said fan demand coul...
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Current gen RE6

Resident Evil 6 re-release on PS4, Xbox One seems imminent

Korean rating board classification
Nov 19
// Steven Hansen
Want to feel old? Resident Evil 6 (PS3, 360, PC) is three years old. The last mainline Resident Evil received a pretty mixed reception and the only new entry planned for next year's 20th anniversary year is the multiplayer sh...
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$299.99 PlayStation 4 Uncharted bundle shows up on eBay pre-Black Friday

If you don't want to deal with crowds
Nov 19
// Dealzon
Update: Deal's expired! If you don't want to deal with pushing and shoving your way to pick up a $299.99 PlayStation 4 next Friday, eBay is offering them right now via authorized Sony retailer ANTOnline. We would have totally...
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New update will 'visually improve' Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection

It also updates the credits. Rad
Nov 18
// Vikki Blake
A second patch for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is bringing "various visual improvements." What, exactly, is being visually improved isn't detailed, but the patch will also bring "adjusted trophy requirements, adjus...

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PlayStation 4

GameStop UK is offering pre-orders for the Players Mega Pack 1TB PS4 bundle

It could've been called 'The Remastered' bundle
Nov 18
// Vikki Blake
GameStop UK is offering the Players Mega Pack console bundle for £290.  
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There's a $329 PS4 Star Wars Battlefront bundle on eBay

A week from Black Friday? Hmm...
Nov 17
// Dealzon
It's Tuesday and it's another big release day. If you've digested all the Star Wars Battlefront reviews (e.g. this one here) and you still want in on the action, particularly on the PS4, then here's a worthwhile pre-Black Friday deal for you to gander at.
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PlayStation 4

Check out this awesome Darth Vader PS4 controller

May the PS4 be with you
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
The Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 DualShock controller will be available in Europe from November 18, 2015, and November 19 in the UK. Sony confirmed the news on the official EU and UK PlayStation twitter accounts.
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Buy a PlayStation 4, get free Fallout 4 at Best Buy

Pretty good deal
Nov 08
// Dealzon
No Fallout 4 bundle for PlayStation 4? No problem, says Best Buy. If you're awake at this ungodly hour (because you're waiting for this week's episode of One Punch Man) - then you've won the just-in-time lottery. Best Buy is ...
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Resident Evil

Pre-order Resident Evil Origins Collection to unlock new costumes in-game

Stupid sexy Billy
Nov 03
// Alissa McAloon
Resident Evil Origins Collection isn't out until next year, but purchasing it before its January 19 release date adds a bit of eye candy into the mix. Pre-ordering the HD collection now will unlock new costumes for Resident E...
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Sony's Yoshida doesn't know if it will ever be possible to change your PSN ID

'I wish I knew!'
Oct 29
// Vikki Blake
PSN recently sent out an invite-only questionnaire that invited players to feedback on their most requested features. On that list was the option to change your PSN ID. Well, according to a recent Q&A with PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida, it turns out that changing PSN ID might not even be possible.
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Need for Speed

Want to play ten 'unrestricted' hours of Need for Speed before it's out?

You'll need EA Access!
Oct 29
// Vikki Blake
If you're a member of EA Access, you can now sample ten hours of Need for Speed, completely unrestricted, for free. You'll be able to try out every mode and feature in advance of release next week, and the clock only counts down while you're in-game -- so you won't be locked out ten hours after you download it.
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Driveclub Bikes is releasing later today

CycleClub is a better name, btw
Oct 27
// Vikki Blake
[Update: Driveclub Bikes was revealed officially today at Paris Games Week. As well as getting a reveal trailer which you can see below, we learned that Driveclub Bikes will be available later today on PSN. The game is availa...

Review: Penarium

Oct 23 // Alissa McAloon
Penarium (PC [reviewed], PS4, Xbox One) Developer: Self Made Miracle Publisher: Team17 Released: September 22, 2015 MSRP: $9.99 The controls, like much of Penarium, are outwardly straightforward but still offer a lot of room for unique play-styles. Willy is only able to run left and right and can also double jump in the air. PC players have the most freedom here and can use WASD, the arrow keys, or some combination of the two to get around. But know that Penarium is brutal, no matter what platform it's played on. Unlike similar titles that favor a gamepad, the game has the somewhat unique distinction of being equally playable on both controllers and keyboard. Though Penarium offers three game modes, its campaign is easily its meatiest experience. The story is told through thirty levels spread across three different arenas. Things start slow and simple, but quickly evolve into chaos. Different objectives, such as breaking barrels placed throughout a level or popping balloons in a specific order, become increasingly difficult as a myriad of different traps enter the equation. Homing missiles, deathly icicles, sticky platforms, barrel-stealing birds, terrain destroying electricity, or a roaming swarm of bees could all complicate whatever task Willy has to complete. Overall there aren't a ton of traps in the game, but it is fond of throwing multiple traps at Willy at once to keep things interesting. Conquering one pair of traps isn't enough after a few levels. Eventually objectives will have you collect thirty barrels, but rotate in a new set of traps every five. This is where the unforgiving element of Penarium comes in. Dying on the final set of traps, maybe even seconds before completing the task, kicks you right back to the beginning of that level. There are no checkpoints between trap-sets, and no rewards for making it so close to victory. The difficulty is punishing, but at the same time never feels impossible. Persistence, skill, and a tiny bit of luck are all necessities if you want to clear all thirty levels. Campaign offers players a variety of fun tasks to conquer, which makes it all the more of a shame that multiplayer shares none of that uniqueness. Two players either compete or work together to capture a series of randomly placed buttons, each with their own trap combinations to overcome. The whole package isn't terrible for the first few rounds, but after a while it becomes apparent that repetitive multiplayer mode lacks that stressful charm that Penarium built its campaign on. Arcade mode is a somewhat fuller experience, but still falls short when compared to the campaign. Playable on any of the three arenas, arcade mode endlessly tasks you with collecting as many barrels as possible before an eventual death. Traps rotate out every five barrels to keep things interesting, but it still had a hard time holding my attention. Even with the arcade-exclusive ability system that exchanges coins for random use skills, the scoreboard focused mode fails to offer anything to really keep players engaged. Penarium is incredibly fun, but could have been even better if the multiplayer and arcade modes had taken some inspiration from the campaign. But even then, what's left is overall a fantastic experience. The game is difficult, but I haven't found myself so lovingly furious with a game since Spelunky. It works well within the scope of its own mechanics to create a game that stays consistently challenging, without ever feeling truly impossible. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Unforgivingly cruel in the very best way
Fans of soul-crushing platformers like Super Meat Boy and Spelunky will feel right at home within the sadistic circus rings of Penarium. The 2D arena survival-fest puts players in the shoes of a young farmer named Willy, who ...

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You can finally make a wishlist on the PSN Store

Wish away
Oct 23
// Vikki Blake
You can now create a wishlist on the PlayStation Store.  Right now the feature is limited to the website and app, which means you're unable to add to your list whilst browsing on your PS3 or PS4 console. Still -- it's a ...
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There's a $370 PS4 bundle with Uncharted, Guitar Hero Live

Including the guitar controller
Oct 22
// Dealzon
We know Black Friday is around the corner, but retailers are trying their darnedest to bundle console offerings to offload inventory. Some are better than others. This PS4 One in particular is decent. Over at Antonline's eBay...
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PlayStation 4 price drops across Europe

Had you been holding out?
Oct 21
// Vikki Blake
You can now buy a brand-new PlayStation 4 in the UK for £300. Sony has announced it has revised the recommended retail price of the 500GB console to £299.99 in the UK, and €399.99 across Europe, including Austria, Benelux, France, Ireland, and Portugal.
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Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed Syndicate has teeny tiny day one patch

Oct 20
// Vikki Blake
Another day, another OMGLOOKATTHISDAYONEPATCHSIZE post. Shock twist -- this post isn't a negative one! Though Assassin's Creed Syndicate will need a day one patch, redditters and NeoGAFfers have confirmed that the PS4 patch is only 534MB, while the Xbox One patch is just 520MB.
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PlayStation 4 update 3.10 rolls out today

Oct 20
// Vikki Blake
PlayStation 4 update 3.10 is rolling out today. Details are light, but the official PlayStation Europe twitter states that the latest patch brings the ability to follow official accounts and "customise your messages with bra...
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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth launching February 2, 2016

North America-exclusive preorder content
Oct 13
// Steven Hansen
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PS4 deal: Uncharted bundle now only $310

For those who can't wait 45 days
Oct 13
// Dealzon
Update: Welp deal's dead. All 570 units sold. When I think of Monoprice, I think of cheap price, quality HDMI cables -- not PlayStation 4 console bundles. That said, the electronics retailer is unloading last Friday's Unchart...

Civilization Rising Tide sale and a $50 bonus with your $350 PS4 at Target

Begun, the console price war has
Oct 10
// Dealzon
Mmm. Just smell those deals. Since Friday, those price-cut $350 PlayStation 4 bundles have officially arrived at major retailers. Target, the fav big box retailer of every gamer's wife -- is offering a $50 gift card along wit...
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Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy's new PS4 soundtrack falls short

Super Meat Port
Oct 10
// Mike Cosimano
I think we, as an industry, have given Super Meat Boy a little too much credit. At its best, the game's worlds consist of tightly designed levels that carefully build upon each other, tutorializing through extensive tria...
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$350 PS4 arrives, Bloodborne coincidentally 50% off

Why how did that ever happen
Oct 09
// Dealzon
Everyone holding out on buying a PS4 the past few weeks has won the waiting game, as the PS4 price drop went official starting today. Most major retailers have the bundles on sale at the $350 starting price tag, so if you've ...
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PS4 price cut

PS4 gets official price drop in USA and Canada

Just in time for Christmas!
Oct 08
// Mike Cosimano
Today, Sony announced a permanent price cut for the PlayStation 4 in the United States and Canada. The system will be available for $349 USD in the US and $429 CAD in Canada, and will apply to all the upcoming holiday bu...
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Street Fighter V

Leaked trailer confirms Laura is my new favorite Street Fighter V character

Street Fighter's worst-kept secret
Oct 07
// Alissa McAloon
Just a few days after her accidental reveal, a trailer featuring Street Fighter V newcomer Laura has found its way to the Internet. The trailer was accidentally released a bit ahead of schedule by PlayStation and has since be...
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$350 PlayStation 4 Destiny: Taken King bundle is available at Best Buy

Today only!
Oct 06
// Dealzon
Remember a few days ago when retailers started making it seem like a price drop on PlayStation 4 might happen soon? In our opinion, this is all but confirmed given Japan got the price drop already. Plus, gift card bonuses pri...
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Microtransactions are coming to Destiny, but so are 18 new emotes

Shake what the Traveler gave ya
Oct 05
// Alissa McAloon
The Special Order vendor Tess Everis is returning to Destiny, and bringing 18 new emotes with her. The downside? You won't be able to buy the new dances with Glimmer, Destiny's in-game currency. Instead, players will need to ...
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Payday 2

The utterly broken Xbox One version of Payday 2 is getting fixed

DLC is coming for Xbox One and PS4 too
Sep 24
// Joe Parlock
For a lot of people, Payday 2 is a fantastic game. Pulling of the perfect heist with a bunch of friends, unlocking new tools and guns, and more often than not quoting lines from Heat while you do it, Payday 2 is a hell of a ...
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Black Ops III

Black Ops III-themed PS4 with 1TB hard drive announced

Pre-orders start today
Sep 22
// Mike Cosimano
A Call of Duty: Black Ops III-themed PlayStation 4 bundle has been announced on the PlayStation Blog. The system will come with a 1TB hard drive, a copy of Black Ops III, the pre-order bonus map Nuk3town, and a bunch of silly...

Review: Extreme Exorcism

Sep 22 // Jed Whitaker
Extreme Exorcism (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Golden Ruby Games Publisher: RipstoneRelease Date: September 23, 2015MSRP: $12.99 If you've played one of the many indie couch competitive games that have become popular in the past year or two, you know the drill here: gather three of your friends together and fight to the death. The gimmick in Extreme Exorcism is that winning a round causes a ghost to replay your previous actions, including firing weapons that can kill your enemies, or even yourself depending on the various customizable settings. By default each player can carry up to three weapons at a time, which spawn in predetermined places around each of over 45 stages. Weapons range from basic punches and kicks to rocket launchers, boomerangs, and magical staffs. While the variety of weapons is nice, nothing really feels original, though familiarity makes the game very pick-up-and-play friendly.  Matches are fast and furious, especially when playing with the maximum of four players. Each time someone wins a round, a ghost will spawn of their previous win, and ghosts stay on screen until exorcised via the purple wings weapon that spawns from time to time. The fact that you can potentially have ghosts from four different players running around the screen firing off rocks and kung-fu kicks in every direction makes for some hectic games.  [embed]311776:60466:0[/embed] For those of you without friends in real life, there is an arcade mode and the challenge mode. Arcade mode is a series of matches in each level of the game where you're required to kill so many of your previous ghosts to unlock each level. The first ghost is spawned by killing a possessed chair, which is super simple as the AI isn't anything special, as it doesn't need to be since you're fighting your ghosts. Arcade mode is simple enough to be enjoyable alone, but can be played with up to four players as well, working together towards an enjoyable fight with a boss in the final level.  Challenge mode, however, is for one player only. In 50 different challenges you'll be tasked with completing different goals such as killing 100 chairs with three lives, or completing five rounds only using a boomerang. The challenge mode lives up to its name. It is easily the most challenging part of Extreme Exorcism and will test even the most seasoned players. I was able to unlock every challenge, but completing them is a different story, though I didn't really feel pressed to complete them given that there is no real reward other than feeling accomplished, and achievements if you care about those.  If anything, Extreme Exorcism is a game for those who have tried TowerFall and Samurai Gunn at their parties and want something even more hectic, and bustin' makes them feel good; otherwise players new to the genre may feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of on-screen action. As for me, I'll stick to the classics for my get-togethers. Simplicity is what appeals to me when I'm trashed and I'd rather not projectile vomit from my eyes trying to keep up with all those ghosts. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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No head spinning here
Four teenagers enter a haunted house and get killed by each other until ghosts show up. No, it isn't the plot to House on Haunted Hill but the mechanics of Extreme Exorcism, the new couch competitive game from Golden Rub...

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