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PS4 exclusive 'Hunger' looks like nothing you've ever seen before

For fans of LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStation, you might be interested in taking a look at 'Hunger' from Tarsier. Tarsier was actually behind the PS Vita version of LittleBigPlanet, but their new game is shaping up to be something very special, exclusive to the PS4.



In Hunger you play a girl that is trapped in a beautiful labyrinth that is filled with monsters and all sorts of gorgeous environments with very realistic lighting, shadows and physics judging by the teaser video above. Tarsier is focusing on tactile controls, very unique camera perspectives, and characters with "soft, dark centers".


We should expect to see more of Hunger at GDC 2015, if not I'm sure we'll get more of a taste for the PS4 exclusive at E3 2015 in June.

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Free Forza 2 game title features Fast & Furious cars, missions

Universal and Turn 10 have teamed up to launch Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious for free, and it will be a standalone title not requiring Forza Horizon 2. The title will launch on March 27 for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. The game will cost $10 after April 10.



The vehicles in the game will be the same ones as in "Furious 7," which will hit the box office on April 3. Cars include the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, the vehicle of choice for Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel).


"We've been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always wanted to work together," said Bill Kispert, executive VP of digital licensing at Universal. "It was a matter of schedules, capacity and a film coming together at the right time. It finally has, and we're excited to collaborate with Turn 10."

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Unreal Engine updated with incredibly 'realistic foliage lighting'

Epic Games has released Unreal Engine 4.7, an update that it calls "our biggest yet" that has "the power to render huge numbers of instanced objects in large worlds, beautiful rendering of leaves and foliage, HDR texture support, in-editor animation editing, along with hundreds of optimizations and improvements". It was only yesterday that we teased what a fan-made video using Unreal Engine 4 was capable of.




One of the stand out features with Unreal Engine 4.7 is the addition of the new Foliage Shading Model, which allows for light to be transmitted through grass, leaves, paper, and other materials. The result, is super realistic lighting onto foliage, as you can see in the above shot. Epic Games explains that "diffuse lighting on the opposite side of the surface becomes transmissive lighting on the side being shaded". The latest update to Epic Games' graphics engine has its foliage system updated, which is now optimized for "huge, open environments".




There are various other new tweaks and additions baked into Unreal Engine 4.7, with another notable feature being HTML5 and WebGL support (for Windows only). This means that Unreal Engine 4.7 users can package and run their games in their Web browser using binary tools that you get through the Launcher.

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PC version of GTA 5 delayed again, this time until April 14

Rockstar Games sent out a memo today confirming that Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed again, and won't launch until April 14. The game was originally expected to ship last fall, then was delayed until January, and then until March 24 - so this delay is yet the latest annoyance for PC gamers waiting to play GTA 5.




Gamers who have pre-ordered the title will receive an additional $200,000 in-game cash.


"Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible," Rockstar Games said.

Star Wars: Battlefront preparing for a winter 2015 release

EA and DICE are currently walking the minefield that is game development, where it has to be careful with its next release after the not-so-well received Battlefield: Hardline. Star Wars: Battlefront is that next release.



During Sony's reveal on its upcoming games for the PlayStation this year, the Japanese giant teased Star Wars: Battlefront for a Winter 2015 release. We are being told to expect a large and expansive single player experience, where Star Wars fans being in their element. As for the multiplayer side of things, we can expect the usual goodness from DICE, we hope. With the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015 right around the corner, we could see EA and DICE tease it there, but E3 2015 is also not that far away now.


Star Wars: Battlefront has a Winter 2015 release date, and will hit the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Halo: Master Chief Collection is still broken on the Xbox One

Microsoft and 343 Industries released Halo: The Master Chief Collection onto the Xbox One some four months ago now, but even to this day, the game is still broken. Matchmaking and lobby systems still don't work, and this is a serious problem.




There have been countless problems found in the game, various patches, and game breaking bugs that have plagued the game since launch. But don't worry, it gets better. 343 Industries has created an achievement in the game called "Stick With It" that awards players for sticking with the game. Except, this achievement is also buggy, and won't unlock.

Unreal Engine 4 video details just how gorgeous the engine can be

If you thought CryEngine looked good, or that a modified Skyrim could look even better, well you ain't seen nothing yet. Unreal Engine 4 has been detailed beautifully in some fan-made videos that we've linked below.





You can pick your jaw off the ground at any moment now. When I first saw the very top video, the one with the snow and trees, I showed it to my nephew and said "check out this video of snow using a GoPro" and he said it looked great. When I said it was powered by Unreal Engine 4, he was just completely blown away, as was I.

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Gamer hires pro CS:GO gamer to play his brother for his birthday

What better way to surprise your brother, than by hiring a pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gamer? This is what Kyente, who streams CS:GO was surprised by when his brother, Trel, organized it.



Trel replaced himself in front of his webcam with Mitch "DUM0RE" Green, who is a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gamer from Winnipeg. Green had to pretend to play badly when Kyente died, because he could see Green playing from his perspective when he was waiting to respawn.


When he was coaxed into a one-on-one, Green utterly smashed Kyente, but Kyente caught on quick to what his brother had organized. One of the better gaming birthday presents a CS:GO gamer could ask for!

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Valve will be talking about VR, physics engines and more at GDC 2015

Valve, one of the most infamous developers in the world, will be having not one but four presentations at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015. The company said it wouldn't be hosting its Steam Dev Days conference for 2015, but instead it would have a "larger than usual presence at GDC".




The company won't be talking about specific games, but we can expect that out of the four presentations, the companyu will use its own upcoming games as examples in presentations. This means that we could see a massive tease of Valve's upcoming games, and while there might not be any actual announcements, we might see into the world's of these games. Think Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 3 and others and you might just feel the hairs stand up on your arms.


Valve will be hosting a panel on the future of OpenGL technology, which is something the company is invested into with its SteamOS being Linux-based, and Linux and OpenGL going hand-in-hand. Over the past couple of years Valve has been pushing for the adaption and improvement of OpenGL. We reported on this all the way back in 2012, where Valve squeezed more performance out of the OpenGL version of Left 4 Dead 2 than it did in Windows. Valve will also be talking about VR at GDC 2015, which is equally as exciting. We will learn about the creation of VR world's, which will end up moving into advanced topics like the challenges of creating high quality graphics, and having them pumped into users' eyes at high speeds.

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Did you miss the memo? Here's a CS:GO team on a chocolate bar

Just in case you weren't sure if eSports and professional gaming is reaching the general public just yet, I want to remind you all about that one time this world-class CS:GO team got themselves their own chocolate bar.




Ninjas in Pajamas (NiP) previously played host to the best CS:GO team in the world - by far, still managing to place highly in events, they once won 10 tournaments in a row without losing a single series to any team. Later on they developed into a larger organization, seeing a foray into League of Legends and Dota 2 expand them further into the market.


On April 2, 2014, the news was broken on their website that NiP would be collaborating with Candy People in order to produce their own chocolate bar product. Originally released as an April Fools joke, it was re-released as fact the day after.

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