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Square Enix opened up the PS4 beta for Final Fantasy XIV to PS3 and PS gamers a while back. Those gamers who also happened to have a PS4 were invited to participate in the beta on that new game console. That means that many PS4 gamers were left out of the beta action.
If you are a PS4 gamer and like the Final Fantasy franchise, you can now get in on the action. Square Enix has announced that the FF XIV beta is now open to all PS4 gamers. All you need to do to play the game is download the beta version from the PlayStation Store.
You will need a Square Enix account, if you don't have one you can create one easily. The open beta will run from now until 9am on April 7. Another bit of good news for gamers is that the progress you make in the game and characters you create will be saved for play when the full game launches thanks to the beta running on live game servers.
Some of you may be playing The Elder Scrolls Online before you read this, but if not, spare up around 32 hours if you're the kind of person who wants to immerse themselves fully into the world.
Why 32 hours? Well, that's the amount of time it will take you to read the 2,235 books that are in The Elder Scrolls Online - some 480,000 or so words. There are some other impressive numbers from the infographic, such as you'll need to kill 119,050 mudcrabs to reach level 50 within the game. There are an insane 10,202 non-player characters in the game, and to meet all of them in real life, it would take the average person around 15 years.
There are 61 million items in the game, and over 40 million different weapon variations within The Elder Scrolls Online world. Over five million players registered for the beta, which is quite an astounding amount of gamers.
Fans of Telltale Games' incredible The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us should be glad to hear that the developer is making its episodic hits available on Amazon's Android-powered set top box, Fire TV.
Better yet, Telltale has already made The Walking Dead: Season One available on Fire TV, the second season, The Wolf Among Us, and the upcoming Game of Thrones title set to come soon. Telltale didn't provide an exact date, but we should hopefully see an announcement soon.
When I was young, the Under a Killing Moon games were a dream - full-motion video, incredible (for the time) graphics, and much more. Well, now there's a new game in the Tex Murphy world arriving on April 22: Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure.
Tesla Effect goes on sale on April 22 for both the PC and Mac for just $19.99, which marks a return of Tex Murphy, and the actor who plays him, Chris Jones. The new game features live-action, full-motion scenes against 3D backgrounds, interactive dialogue and detective style gameplay which sees the player investigating crime and questioning witnesses.
The new Tesla Effect picks up after the cliffhanger ending of Tex Murphy: Overseer, which was released all the way back in 1998. Tesla Effect was funded on Kickstarter, where nearly 7,000 backers provided $598,000 of funding to see the game made.
Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced four new gaming laptops, with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch models available and different configurations to choose from.
The 15.6-inch models are named Javelin and Lance, while the 17.3-inch models are Krypton and Behemoth - all powered by the NVIDIA GTX 800M GPU.
"We've wanted to refresh our notebook line for a while and the NVIDIA GTX 800M series launch provided the perfect timing," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm Director of Product Development, in a press statement. "The cards' ability to deliver gaming performance comparable to a desktop system allow our notebooks to dominate anywhere."
The Javelin is the most affordable unit out of all four, and provides a full 1080P display, and the Lance notebook has increased sound quality using the Sound Blaster X-Fi MP3 platform. The 17.3-inch Krypton has three storage drives and is fully customizable, while the Behemoth has dual SLI GTX 880M GPUs.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT recently launched its latest audio product, releasing the Syva earbuds for gaming and music enthusiasts.
Syva has 10mm drivers for each earbud, and ROCCAT says deep bass and quality treble can be heard while listening to music or playing video games. The earbuds connect via ribbon cable and includes an omni-directional microphone for in-game communication or answering phone calls.
"We designed the Syva to provide outstanding mobile sound while still remaining easy and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT CEO and founder, in a press statement. "The Syva comes with three interchangeable ergonomic ear tips to match your ear size and is perfect for gamers who demand the utmost in comfort and sound quality."
The ROCCAT Syva is available now with a $34.90 MSRP.
Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft officially launched on PC and Mac last month, and today Blizzard has began a limited roll-out on the iPad in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. This news comes hot on the heals of the company announcing that in the last month, Hearthstone has grown to more than 10 million registered accounts.
It is still unclear as to why the roll-out is being limited and not being made available everywhere, but Blizzard did say that it would be opening up to other markets soon. The company also said that it does plan on bringing the game to iPhone and Android later this year, but no official date was given. Have you played Hearthstone yet? Let us know in the comments below.
For a few weeks now, Battlefield 4 players who were gaming on 64-player servers have been experiencing rubber-banding randomly when the battle heats up. DICE is still unsure what is causing this, but they did say that they have been very unhappy with server performance as of late and are working hard and investing more to improve the experience across all platforms.
"We wanted to provide a quick update on the issues with Battlefield 4 "rubber banding" that some players on certain platforms have experienced during matches with 64 players.Looking into this further, we're unhappy with our server performance, so we'll be upgrading the hardware as soon as possible, investing more to deliver a better experience," DICE said in an official blog post. "As soon as we know the exact timetable, we'll let you know the ETA. Reducing lag for these players is absolutely a top priority for us to solve and we expect to have the solution very soon."
If you are a fan of the Alien movie franchise with Sigourney Weaver, one of the masterpieces of science fiction, you may have been following the development of the newest game based on the film series. The game is called Alien: Isolation and it has Ripley's daughter as the main character.
Earlier this month a behind the scenes video turned up looking at the game and it got us very excited. The game has now been given an exact launch date when it will land for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC gamers. That launch date is October 7, 2014.
That will put the horror/survival shooter launching during the spookiest month of the year. Players will have to fight the Xenomorph that is hunting them with scavenged resources and wits. This may be one of the coolest games to launch this year.
A few years back an interesting video game called Metro 2033 launched. This survival/horror shooter had players playing in a post apocalyptic Moscow. Most of the game took place in the metro tunnels under the city.
Players fought against mutants and other humans with a mix of weapons. The original game was offered on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. It was a cool game and spawned a sequel eventually. If you liked the original game and its sequel and have a PS4 and Xbox One, some leaked photos have surfaced that will interest you.
These leaked photos claim that Metro 2033 Redux will be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. Details on the game are scant at this point. The developer and publisher haven't officially confirmed the game is in the works for the new console.