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The dawn of the new era of gaming is breaking on the horizon. The rise of cloud gaming has promised a future where all game rendering and processing is handled in a remote datacenter and merely streamed to the user. The new consoles have started a partial transition to this new future of gaming, but it seems that the future is now. Sony and Samsung's newest TV's in 2015 will feature an integrated app that will allow users to play games from the PlayStation Now service, but without a console.
All the viewer needs is a DualShock controller and the app. An initial library of 200 PS3 games will be available. Integrating this service into smart TV's could foreshadow a world without consoles, but there are a few caveats. Streaming high-quality content always comes with bandwidth and latency concerns, making a solid internet connection a must. Any loss of internet will end the gaming session, but the game will be saved to the cloud.
It will be interesting to see how the systems operate when hundreds of thousands, and millions, begin to use these new TV's. The early games are notably from the PS3, and not the PS4. There are likely a few reasons. PS4 games require more computation and have better graphics, so it might not be feasible at this point to process all of that data for millions of users at a remote location, let alone provide the bandwidth to stream it with acceptable performance.
Should e-sports be in the Olympics? Most people would think that idea sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it looks like a notable gaming executive wants to see pro athletes strut their stuff.
"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport," said Rob Pardo, former Blizzard chief creative officer, during an interview on BBC 5 Live. "There's a very good argument for e-sports being in the Olympics. I think the way that you look at e-sports is that it's a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lighting quick and their having to make very quick decisions on-the-fly."
Trying to have new sports added into the Olympic games is a tedious and difficult process, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) making it hard for new games to be accepted. There is potential the IOC recognizes e-sports gaming as an Olympic sport, but that doesn't mean it will be welcomed into the games.
Telltale Games has announced the new Telltale Games Collection, which consists of The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and the just-released Game of Thrones.
All of this arrives to your gaming doorstep for just $55 for Gold members on the Xbox One - representing a 50% cut for Xbox One gamers. There's no news from Telltale on whether the Telltale Games Collection will make it over to other platforms, but I'm sure it will... do you hope it does?
CD Projekt Red is pretty much finished on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with the developer prepared for its May 19, 2015 release. The developer has said that it has had more time since delaying the game from its original February 25, 2015 release date to the new May 19, 2015 date to get the game in much better working order.
When talking about the additional development time during an interview with Nerdacy, CD Projekt Red co-founder and CEO Marcin Iwinski said "We are removing the final bugs and still running optimization in various areas. What it will result in is a smoother and more engaging experience and, yes, the game looking better across all platforms. The content is locked, so no content changes are being made at this point. The scale of the open world in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is unprecedented, so fear not - there is enough gameplay to keep you playing for weeks."
There was also talk of a second playable character in the form of Ciri, to which Iwinski replied "Ciri is this living weapon everyone wants to get a piece of. She has this inner power that is key to stopping the Wild Hunt, but she also has some of her own demons to handle, so she won't allow to be controlled by anyone. We decided to introduce her as a playable character because it adds a lot to the narrative, and offers gamers a unique perspective on the story." He continued, adding "Having said that, Geralt is the main character whom you will be playing most of the time and he is the guy. We think that the introduction of Ciri as a playable character is a great way to allow gamers to see parts of the story from her perspective and make it even more personal."
Temple Run has been updated, which has the game transforming into a VR first-person runner, designed for the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. Temple Run VR has players running forever on their quest to steal the idol from the eponymous temple.
In the latest version of the game, players will be dodging patches of snow and ice, crossing footbridges and jumping between cliffs... all in first-person, and in VR. Co-founder of Imangi Studios, Keith Shepherd said "We're thrilled to see this new virtual reality technology in the hands of consumers, and are inspired by the potential for new game experiences. It's been a pleasure working with Samsung and Oculus to bring Temple Run VR to life, and we can't wait to see what players think of the chase."
Valve's new End of the Line update for Team Fortress 2 has just evolved, with the latest Smissmas update. The Smissmas update includes a new mode called Mannpower, with some awesome new features in the form of nine power-up items that any class can use.The new update provides users with a grappling hook, which looks like it can be some serious fun. Check out the video below.
How does Mannpower work? Here's an explanation "It's an in-beta CTF-like game mode with grappling hooks and nine different types of powerups. Mannpower alters a few game rules. For one, random critical hits have been disabled. Additionally, teams won't be able to capture the enemy flag unless your flag is at your base. (When your flag is away from your base, you can touch it to instantly return it to base.) Mannpowers exist in the world and can be picked up by all classes. When picked up they add abilities and enhancements to the player carrying it. Mannpowers can be dropped at any time by hitting your dropitem key, and will drop automatically when the player carrying it is killed. Note that you can only carry one at a time, and that you can't take powerups into respawn rooms."
The video above shows off all of the new weapons that you have to choose from. Let us know what you think! It makes me want to get back into TF2.
EA is hosting its massive holiday sale on Origin, something that includes deals on some of EA's hottest games of 2014. We have Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, FIFA 15 and so many on sale. Here's the breakdown:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition - $39.99
- The Sims 4 - $29.99
- FIFA 15 - $39.99
- Battlefield 4 - $14.99
- Battlefield 4 Premium Edition - $29.99
- Battlefield 3 - $0.99
- Titanfall - $9.99
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare - $7.49
- SimCity - $9.99
- Crysis 3 - $9.99
- Dead Space 3 - $9.99
- Mass Effect Trilogy - $14.99
There's also many more games on sale, including deluxe editions, season passes, and DLC packs. Check it all out on Origin.
The remaster of one of the best, if not the best Resident Evil game is coming out next year, a game that will have support for Sony's cross-buy platform. This means that if you purchase the game on your PS3, you can play it on your PS4 without having to buy another version.
The listing of Resident Evil on Sony's PlayStation Store says that if you pre-order the game, it "entitles you to both the PS4 and PS3 versions." Pre-orders also gain an exclusive PS3 theme, too. This cross-buy platform is only available as an incentive to those who pre-order it, but I don't know why Sony would lock it to pre-orders only.
The Resident Evil remaster comes out on January 20, 2015 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Evolution Studios has taken to Facebook to thank its consumers for the "overwhelming" support for Driveclub's initial launch, and in the months of the game being broken in various parts. Even after the boss of Sony UK came out and said he was embarrassed by the launch of Driveclub on the PS4.
The studio has said that there are some new updates coming next month that should have gamers excited. Evolution Studios wrote "Everyone here at Evolution Studios wants to say thank you for the truly overwhelming level of support from you this year, especially in the time since DRIVECLUB launched in October. Your messages, your feedback, your hot lap videos on YouTube and all of the absolutely amazing screenshots you've shared have all been a huge source of inspiration for the team." The team added "You've all been amazing and we're extremely thankful for your continued support."
"We have many more updates in the works, for the servers and for the game, which we're looking forward to sharing with you in the new year. In the mean time, please don't forget to claim all of the free DRIVECLUB downloads from PlayStation Store if you haven't already and please keep sharing your thoughts and feedback with us, so that DRIVECLUB can continue to evolve around you in 2015," they continued. Evolution Studios finished their pledge to fans with "Thank you all again - we really are uplifted by you on a daily basis. We hope that you all have a great holiday season and we wish you a very Happy New Year!"
Most people might have forgotten about STALKER, as it was one of the most interesting and different games of its time, long before Skyrim came in and scooped up the title of 'most awesome RPG ever' title. Well, GSC Gameworld, the original developers of STALKER, are back and teasing their latest secret project.
Valentine Yeltyshev who was part of the original GSC Gameworld crew and now the "spokesperson for the studio's return" has said "The market we're in is quite old fashioned. They're not 16 year olds, they're 25-40 years old. We don't think free-to-play is the right model for the game we want to make. So we're making an old-fashioned, full price game, we think our audience will be happy about that. We're expecting a lot of our old audience!"
He talked with Gamesindustry.biz, spilling the beans on GSC Gameworld's closure back in 2011, to the fact that West Games is trying to fund a successor to STALKER through Kickstarter. Talking about West Games' title, he said "I don't really know enough about them, but the story is quite funny. These guys were basically promoting themselves as being the STALKER team, that they were working on STALKER, but that's not true. When we were working on STALKER 2, we were also planning on releasing a browser game based on STALKER so we could keep the audience engaged until released." He continued, saying "That project was never finished. There were mistakes. But the guys at West Games, that was the STALKER project they were working on - a Flash game. So when they promoted themselves as having worked on STALKER, I was quite surprised."