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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Remaster announced for PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 1:46 pm

Final Fantasy 12 is getting an HD remastered port for the PlayStation 4, with exclusive new features.



Square Enix today announced Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, a high-def remaster of the PS2 classic that's set to release on PS4 in 2017. The remaster sees the unique Zodiac Job system coming to the West for the first time, including 12 different job classes to utilize in battle. Sadly there's no word of a PC release just yet.


Check below for further details, as well as a gallery of screenshots from Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. The HD remaster is coming in 2017 to the PS4, and Square Enix will have a tons of new info at E3 2016.


Additional features include:

  • Latest-generation high-definition graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high-definition.
  • True 7.1 surround sound, including high-definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current generation of sound production.
  • Option to switch between the original and the newly remastered soundtrack.
  • New trial mode where players can take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 successive battles
  • Modern gameplay advancements including PlayStation 4 system trophy support and share functionalities, auto-save and shortened loading times
  • An endless amount of gameplay and adventure including hunts, battles, and mini-games

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P.T. inspired horror game Allison Road has also been cancelled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 8:50 am

When the Hideo Kojima led P.T. hit the PS4 in its limited run of a technology demo, the internet caught fire. It looked freakin' incredible, and even for someone like me who is mostly anti-console, I would've picked up a PS4 just for P.T. - but, it was halted with the issues surrounding Kojima, and that was that.




Shortly after, developer Lillith teased Allison Road, which was a first-person horror game inspired by P.T. - and it too, looked beyond great. Well, the developer has announced that the game has been cancelled, with the official Allison Road Twitter account tweeting: "Hi all. Sadly Allison Road had to be cancelled. Statement to come in the next few days. Thx for all your support and very sad it came 2 this".


It wasn't too long ago that Lillith announced they were working with Team 17, saying: "make its game unhindered creatively, but at the same time will give us the resources, support and experience that only a 25 year old studio can give".

Hard Reset Redux graphical downgrade accusations have been addressed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 7:33 am

With the release of Hard Reset Redux, gamers have been accusing developer Flying Wild Hog of graphical downgrades. FWG replied to these accusations, saying that there are various in-engine changes, which is the reason behind the small differences between the original, and Redux version of Hard Reset.



One of the accusations against Flying Wild Hog is in regards to ambient occulusion, with gamers noticing a difference between the various implementations of AO. The developer explained what is happening with AO in Hard Reset Redux: "We replaced baked ambient occlusion with dynamic one (SSAO). So it's different now and was_not_removed. Lol - the game runs on the second iteration of our RoadHog in which we don't use pre-baked AO, Instead we have SSAO. Also it's optimized differently so this is why you have almost 2x more frames. Loads of things have changed in-engine since Hard Reset's release in 2011".


The quality of textures in Hard Reset Redux were also a concern for gamers, with a comparison video embedded above. YouTuber 'Candyland' used FXAA which blurs the image, so that might explain the additional blurriness in the Redux version of Hard Reset. Flying Wild Hog has also removed the sharpening filter that was in the original version of the game, explaining: "Textures and Post Process: As with the Occlusion system, we have changed the post-processing filters we used in the original Hard Reset. Redux does not use the same Image Sharpen Post Process which was used in the original H.R. This change was made to decrease aliasing, which cause flickering during camera motion. Because of this the game can at times look worse during static screens, but it looks better in motion. Hard Reset Redux is a game where players will constantly be moving and shooting; so this change was made to improve the overall visual experience that the game delivers during gameplay".

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ASUS is preparing a 4K monitor with 144Hz refresh rate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 6:47 am

It looks like the world's first 4K monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate will be from ASUS, with it arriving as a 27-inch AHVA panel by AU Optronics.




ASUS will tap DisplayPort 1.3, as it will need the bandwidth to drive the huge 3840x2160 resolution at 144Hz. We don't know if the monitor will support NVIDIA's G-Sync or AMD's FreeSync technology, but if I had to guess, I'd say ASUS will take some of that NVIDIA G-Sync lovin' for their 4K 144Hz monitor. DP 1.3 can be found on the latest video cards, including the new GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and the upcoming Radeon RX 480 from AMD.

First 'Fast & The Furious' returns to theaters for 15th anniversary

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 6:47 am

While fans of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise need to wait another year for the release of the eighth installment of the franchise, Universal Pictures are looking to celebrate it's history by returning the original film to cinemas for two days to honor it's 15th anniversary.



Announcing the late June re-release, Producer Neal H. Moritz remarked "All of us who make the Fast and Furious movies know we are part of a family that spreads all around the world, and we are happy to invite our fans to revisit where it all began back on the big screen. While we are hard at work making number eight, we are thankful to take this moment and celebrate the original that started us off." While the initial film grossed just $207 million worldwide back in 2001, a far cry from the $1.5b gross of 'Furious 7' last year, but has gone on to spurn a series that's grossed nearly $4b since.


'The Fast and Furious' returns to selected cinemas on June 22nd for a two-day limited run.

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GeForce GTX Titan X successor should be 50% faster than the GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 5:30 am

With NVIDIA already dominating with two next-gen video cards in the form of the GP104-based GeForce GTX 1080 and the newer, and far better value for money card in the GeForce GTX 1070... what's next? The GeForce GTX Titan X successor, that's what.




The GP102-400 GPU has been spotted, with the 'full fat' core that we all know and love. This is the GPU that should find its way onto the Titan X successor, and even the GTX 1080 Ti. Considering the $999 price on the Titan X when it launched, we can expect the Pascal-based successor to be priced at a similar level, or higher. At the similar $999 price, I don't see NVIDIA being able to use HBM2 for multiple reasons. First, the yields aren't great, and second; NVIDIA is using all of its HBM2 for the Tesla P100.


NVIDIA will most likely use GDDR5X on the Titan X, as there is - at least to me, no performance benefit of HBM2 right now. It would increase the cost of the card by at least 50%, and that's not what NVIDIA needs, or wants. But, with the full-fat GP102-400 GPU behind it, we should expect up to 50% more performance compared to the GTX 1080, which would be incredible. It would be a 4K 60FPS gaming card without a problem, but now we need to know - will it be offered in two variants? 8GB and 16GB? I think so.

Nintendo NX teased on the trailer to Rise: Race the Future game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 3:33 am

In their announcement trailer to Rise: Race the Future, developer VD-Dev teased the Nintendo NX logo at the bottom of the screen as one of the consoles it would launch on. Rise: Race the Future is a new driving game that will hit the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo NX, Nintendo 3DS, on the PC through Steam, Android, and iOS - yeah, that's a lot of devices and consoles.



The logo has since been removed, and we can't be too surprised at this fact, but Rise: Race the Future is dropping in the winter, so VD-Dev seems to be using a placeholder Nintendo NX logo for now, or is this the real deal? As for the game, the developer explains it as: "'RISE: Race The Future' is the upcoming racing game from the studio VD-DEV renown for their technical skills. They decided to broaden their vision through the art of a professional automotive designer, Anthony Jannarelly, famous for having penned the exclusive supercars of W Motors and for having co-funded Jannarelly Automotive".




As you can see, the Nintendo NX logo was there, and then it was blurred out. Damn.

Get dirty in our 'Dirty Grandpa' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 12:59 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Dirty Grandpa' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment.




Jason Kelly (Zac Efron from 'Bad Neighbours') is one week away from marrying his boss's uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. But when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro: Joy), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the wildest journey of their lives.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Abandoned 'Jurassic Park' TV show art reveals what could've been

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 12:21 am

In 1993, audiences went dino-mad for 'Jurassic Park', so it's no surprise that soon after its release an animated version was being considered. Sure it probably would have been pretty crap, but kids would have eaten it up. Now thanks to some recently released artwork by conceptual artist William Stout, we've got our first look at what the show might have looked like.




Set to return key characters from the first 'Jurassic Park' film such as Dr's Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, Ian Malcom, John Hammond, as well as youngsters Tim and Lex Murphy, it's not known what the show would have revolved around - but it's safe to assume that the characters would have returned to Isla Nublar, the exact same site as the dino-massacre... for some strange reason.


While Stout's artwork is dated 1993 (the same year the original hit theatres), no animated 'Jurassic Park' TV show ended up happening and we don't know why - and before this artwork surfaced, we had no idea it was even on the cards either. I guess we can console ourselves with the animated spin-off from Roland Emmerich's 'Godzilla', which actually was a thing in 1998.

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Disney's animated 'Zootopia' crosses $1b mark worldwide

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 5, 2016 11:32 pm

For many years it was the Pixar animation studio that was showing the Walt Disney company how to craft a contemporary animated film, but it seems the house that Walt built has had another creative second wind that's being rewarded at the international box office.




This weekend, the 2015 animated hit 'Zootopia' crossed the $1 billion mark in international box office grosses, becoming the fourth highest grossing film of all time and joining an illustrious group that includes 'Frozen', 'Toy Story 3' and... ahem, 'Minions'.


Disney's 2010 feature 'Tangled' ended a bad spell for the company, which continued with 'Wreck-It Ralph' the next year and culminated in the 'Frozen' behemoth. In comparison, Pixar's 2016 offering 'The Good Dinosaur' sank with just $331 million in revenue after poor word of mouth. Disney's next animated feature 'Moana' is set to hit in November.