Square Enix has already expressed interest in bringing Final Fantasy 15 to PC, and that could happen in 2018.
Final Fantasy 15 belongs on PC. The game runs great on PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One, but...you just get this true sense that it's dialed back, scaled back...that it isn't reaching its true potential. In fact, my PS4 actually runs pretty hard--harder than it's ever run before--while playing the game. We've already reported Square ENix had to make some serious optimizations to ensure stable frame rates on consoles, with the game being delayed again because it barely ran at 30FPS on PS4 and Xbox One.
Now we have our first reports that Square Enix is actually porting Final Fantasy 15 to PC, but we'll have to wait until 2018 to play it. In fact it looks like the Final Fantsy VII: Remake will also make the jump to PC in 2018, too. The news comes from an unnamed source who told VG Leaks about the publisher's massive plans for Final Fantasy's 30th anniversary, which includes a lot of other games and interesting tidbits. "Final Fantasy VII Remake and Final Fantasy XV are coming to PC, but likely not until early-mid 2018," the site reports.
Nintendo's new Switch hybrid hardware merges both handheld gaming and console gaming, allowing you to take it on the go like a tablet or dock it for console play. Now we have even more evidence that the Switch will "switch" performance levels depending on how its used, with docked console play delivering the best 1080p performance.
We recently reported the Switch underclocked performance and limited resolution to 720p while on-the-go, as the Switch's 6.2-inch multi-touch "tablet" handheld only has a 1280 x 720 screen. This is despite the "tablet" (aka Switch "console") housing all of the system's tech, including NVIDIA's new highly customized Pascal-grade Tegra processor. Now Nintendo sources have told Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale that the Switch actually performs better while docked.
When connected to the dock's USB Type-C power port (yes, the Switch will use USB Type-C instead of a first-party proprietary cord), the Nintendo Switch is able to hit full 1080p resolution, whereas "switching" over to the Switch's portable handheld drops resolution to 720p. The Switch's dock does have an effect on performance, but there's no evidence that the dock actually has any actual hardware in it: the dock is cheap, lightweight, and easy to produce. It's more likely the resolution switch happens internally, and is triggered when the device is hooked up to the dock, which has both USB Type-C power and HDMI out for 1080p HDTVs.
Nintendo may finally shed its bizarre fractured approach to Virtual Console with its new Switch handheld console hybrid: word is that the Switch will have a robust and expansive Virtual Console library that could include Gamecube games for the very first time.
Nintendo sources have told Eurogamer's Tom Phillips that the Nintendo Switch will have Gamecube Virtual Console emulation, with major GC games showing up on the library. Phillips has a stalwart track record behind Nintendo Switch rumors, and is one of the few people--including our own Anthony Garreffa who exclusively reported the Switch would be powered by an NVIDIA Pascal Tegra chip--that has been privy to insider Switch reports. The Switch getting Gamecube VC is something that I predicted way back before Nintendo unveiled the console in October.
Another known Nintendo insider, Emily Rogers, says that the "Switch's Virtual Console is a step in the right direction," and that "Nintendo is listening to criticisms about Wii U emulation." So this potentially means that Switch owners will be able to take beloved GameCube games on the go with them at any time, including Super Smash Bros. Melee, Metroid Prime, Tales of Symphonia, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, and many more.
In an effort to counter Nintendo and one-up its previous ill-fated efforts, Sony Interactive Entertainment is pushing full steam ahead into mobile gaming. This time around, however, the Japanese games-maker has a secret up its sleeve: a new smartphone add-on that merges trading cards and mobile games.
SIE's mobile gaming push is facilitated under Forward Works, a new proprietary banner that will oversee mobile adaptations of major popular Japanese gaming franchises like Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Parappa the Rapper, Disgaea, and more--all of which are coming to smartphones as mobile games. Not content with the basics of smartphone gaming, Sony has decided to transcend the platform's barriers with Project Field, a unique hardware peripheral that will unify two very popular and profitable realms of gaming.
Project Field is a peripheral that allows physical collectible cards from trading card games interact with a digital mobile game. Project Field basically consists of a special pad you place special trading cards onto, and they interact with a game running on a mobile device. Think of it as a sort of Amiibo type of peripheral, only for collectible card games. This could change everything and have a ripple effort for all TCGs, including Magic the Gathering. Sony plans to pursue this endeavor and make it a reality, with one of the most popular Japanese franchises, Yo-Kai Watch, will be the first game made for Project Field.
"A new game development developed by Sony, Platform "Project FIELD" platform that blends real trading card game and smartphone application! Forward Works provides content! # ForwardWorks," reads Sony Japan's official Tweet.
Sony Interactive Entertainment of Japan has announced five new games as part of its push into mobile gaming, including greats like Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, and Parappa the Rapper.
SIE's new proprietary mobile gaming company is called ForwardWorks (think if Nintendo owned DeNA) and is focused on adapting popular PlayStation franchises into mobile games. Now for the first time we know exactly which games SIE's ForwardWorks studio plans to release, with SIE showing off demos for the following:
ForwardWorks has also teamed up with Square Enix for more mobile games, but no actual games or concrete info on the projects was announced. Check below for the full list of confirmed smartphone games. Also note that these games have been confirmed for Japan, and we're not sure which ones will cross over to the West. The first game, Everybody's Golf, is due out in Spring 2017.
- Parappa the Rapper/Toro Toro
- Everybody's Golf (a mobile take of Hot Shots Golf?)
- No Heroes Allowed! DASH - an action puzzler you can play with one hand
- Arc the Lad - Reboot with the original staff, the mobile version will be the final game in the series
- Wild Arms - Another reboot to coincide with the series' 20th anniversary.
- Disgaea, Yomawari, and a new IP called Ara of Sora and Umi
With The Last Guardian preorder numbers surprising Sony, one must have asked the question: how good will the game be or is it just another over hyped piece of garbage? Well, numerous websites have release their reviews today since they are no longer under NDA. Metacritic should give us a nice overview on the scoring and their opinions of the title.
We got an average score of 83 on Metacritics, with 43 positives and 12 mixed. Here's what some of the critics have to say about the game:
PlayStation Lifestyle. Score: 100
"When the journey comes to an end, you'll find yourself in shock, emotionally-drained, and appreciative The Last Guardian stayed in development this long and still made it to release. The entire game's pace is perfect. The difficulty and challenge is high, and completely reliant on how observant and explorative the player is. Every section of the game is stunningly gorgeous - a real work of art. The gameplay is pure perfection (aside for some clunky controls). The thematic use of the boy and the beast's relationship and how it applies to the gameplay, the world, and the puzzles is nothing short of brilliance. The climax is a real tear-jerker, while not going for the obvious and providing a positive, heart-warming conclusion. If there were ever a game that was deserving of the word 'perfect,' The Last Guardian is it."
Bossa Studios have finally completed Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality and it's available for purchase on Steam and the PlayStation Store right now for $19.99.
With this latest entry of Surgeon Simulator, you can "operate" on your patient in the VR world. The game only supports the HTC Vive and its controllers at the moment, so Oculus Rift owners will have to miss out for now.
Here's the PC requirement if you want to run this game:
All the original surgeries will return and you will get some new ones too. The steam game description hints about a brain surgery in the dark. You can also take some selfies while you're at it. What can possibly go wrong?
I'm sure that everybody here have heard that Titanfall 2 is doing terribly. "Oh , the sales are nothing compared to the original!" "Titanfall 2 is nothing compared to Battlefield 1" "The player count in this game is hideous! I can't even find a match!" Well, let's take a deeper look at an infographic that EA have made based on their data collected from the game between October 28th, 2016 and November 27th, 2016.
You can find the rest of the in the image up at the top but here's just a few interesting ones that caught my attention:
- The three favorite game modes among the players seem to be Attrition, Bounty Hunt and Amped Hardpoint. In total, players have racked up 304M number of kills in Attrition, stolen $4.4 billion in Bounty Hunt mode and have amped 15M hardpoints. Just let those numbers sink in a bit and you realize how active the community is.
Battlefield 1 has been getting patched since its released, but DICE are now teasing the upcoming patch for BF1 that will fix various issues SLI owners are having with the game.
DIJCE producer Ali Hassoon took to Twitter to say that there are "some fixes coming with next patch, but there are other that need new drivers from the manufacturers", when asked about fixes for NVIDIA GeForce SLI owners. The new update will also have various other fixes, with someone asking about a fix for "quitting after games finish", and another glitch where "you can't shoot after getting revived". Hassoon tweeted: "we are aware, fixes incoming".
Another BF1 gamer asked about hindrances in the game, with Hassoon replying: "we are looking into lowering pre-round break limit as an option for admins". Another user asked "any change of admins having access to a full, scrollable chat log", to which Hassoon replied: "good idea, will look into it".
Ellie's "harrowing, hate-filled journey" will be crafted by Neil Druckmann and a writer from HBO's smash hit Westworld show.
Naughty Dog officially announced The Last of Us Part 2 at Sony's PlayStation Experience 2016 event. According to Neil Druckmann, the game will star Ellie as the main protagonist and will be a polar opposite of the first chapter, with Ellie's story being much more twisted, bloody, and malicious this time around. "This is a story about hate, and [it'll be] an intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure," Druckmann confirmed.
The lead Naughty Dog writer also announced that he won't be the only writer on the project: Halley Gross, who helped mold and fashion HBO's new mega-hit Westworld show, will lend her talents to the game's storyline.