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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs and Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 continued their dominance of the sales charts in June, with Watch Dogs ranked No. 1 and Mario Kart 8 slotting in at No. 2, according to the NPD Group research firm. Watch Dogs is available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles and the PC, while Mario Kart 8 is available for the Wii U only.
Mario Kart 8 sold 470,000 units in June, with total game sales reaching 885,000 since its release date on May 30. Minecraft console version was No. 3, EA Sports UFC and FIFA 14 were also in the top five, trailing behind the great success of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8.
Xbox One sales have doubled since Microsoft dropped the console's price to $399, but the PlayStation 4 still outsold its competitor.
Sony made an announcement to remaster its renowned PlayStation 3 titles for PlayStation 4, starting off with The Last of Us. As we reported earlier, the game will run at 1080p resolution with variable framerate to up to 60 FPS. Despite many titles like The Last of US being a hit, many gamers who never owned a PS3 were hesitant to purchase it at the time when the release of next-generation gaming consoles was very close. According to Sony Computer Entertainment, this should help them make the jump, including the current Nintendo Wii owners.
During an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment's boss Andrew house, he said that many of the older PlayStation titles will be released for PlayStation 4 to attract a new audience who are currently using Nintendo Wii. He said,"Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously".
According to SCE, many players have skipped the purchase of PlayStation 3 for Nintendo Wii, and therefore couldn't get their hands-on playing many exclusive titles. According to him, remastering PlayStation 3 titles for the current gen PlayStation 4 will encourage Wii owners to make a switch.
There's some new DLC for Killzone: Shadow Fall which finally gives you the ability to voluntarily fart in-game. Yes, the new DLC allows you to pass wind, in the game. Not only that, but you can plank.
There are some other cool moves in the new Killzone: Shadow Fall DLC, with the ability of spotlight moves, special finishers that can be used in combat. The official description explains: "It's all fun and games until someone loses a game. (Or so they say). Show your fallen enemies, not everything need be taken seriously".
The Last of Us: Remastered is nearly upon us for the PlayStation 4, with more details on the spruced up next-gen version of the game. Sony has confirmed that there is an option to lock the framerate to 30FPS, as the PS4 version of the game will run at 1080p, and a variable framerate of up to 60FPS.
Sony's Sid Shuman has said that choosing between framerates will "boil down to personal preference". The biggest deciding factor will be having an absolute rock solid 30FPS versus the variable, sometimes 60FPS. It'll be great at 60FPS, but when it drops, you're going to feel it. More details have also surfaced on the PS4 remake of the game, where save games won't carry over from the PS3 version of The Last of Us to the PS4, and more.
DLC carries over, which should have some fans happy. There are three major DLC packs for The Last of Us: Abandoned Territories, Reclaimed Territories, and Left Behind. The new PS4 version of The Last of Us will also work with the new DualShock 4 controller, where the touchpad is capable of being used to open up Joel's backpack, audio recordings are played through the speaker on the DualShock 4 controller, and it changes color when you start losing health.
Before writing this news, I didn't even know that Kim Kardashian had a mobile game out - but she does - Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The mobile game is out on both iOS and Android, but it looks like Kim might make a huge chunk of cash from her mobile game alone this year.
The reality TV star is set to make an estimated $200 million this year, and after $10 million of expenses is paid for, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could make her a cool $85.5 million. The mobile game has her likeness, using her "in-game audio commentary, hand-selected wardrobe, and persona authenticity" to rise to fame.
Players will catch up with fellow celebrities, attend exclusive clubs, as well as becoming an A-list actor, fashion designer or cover model. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available for both iOS and Android, if you want to try it out.
Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and likeness in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The game was released in 2012 and features a character named Manuel Noriega assisting the CIA, and then the character betrays the U.S. later in the game.
Noriega, the former leader of Panama, is serving a 20-year sentence in Panama, after already serving prison sentences in the United States and France. He is seeking damages and lost profits, claiming his character helped boost game sales. There have been a few high-profile lawsuits regarding video game character likeness, but this one will prove to be especially tricky to prove:
"In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," said Jas Purewal, interactive entertainment lawyer, in a statement to BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."
Oculus is having a hard time keeping its new VR headset limited to the developers that it wants to get these early units. Some of the people who have pre-ordered the headset have been putting those pre-ordered units up for sell on eBay and other places.
People who pre-ordered the second version of the Rift are expected to begin receiving their headsets this week. Oculus has been checking out eBay and cancelling the pre-orders for people who have put them on eBay.
One of those eBay auctions was trying to sell a pre-ordered headset for $5000, keep in mind that the headset originally cost $350. The company recently found out who the guy was selling the pre-order and cancelled his order. The moral of the story here is if you are going to sell one of these on eBay, wait until it get to you to list it.
Gamescom 2014 is only weeks away, with a tease arriving that we could see Dishonored 2 unveiled at the event. NowGamer has come out running with some details from their anonymous insider source, who says that the game is in development at Arkane Lyon, with Harvey Smith as lead.
Dishonored 2 will reportedly feature a new protoganist, but his (or her) identity is still under wraps. Arkane has also been rumored to be thinking of allowing players take the role of empress Emily Kaldwin, which could see the game taking place at a later time period than the original game. Then news from an anonymous tipster said that "Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia" was coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in November 2015.
This tipster said we should expect an unveiling of Dishonored 2 at Gamescom 2014, supplying some alleged PS4 pre-order box art (in the above above). We should find out more on Dishonored 2 in the near future.
The last time we heard about Star Citizen, it had hit $44 million in funding. Nearly two months on, it has acquired another $4 million in funding to top $48 million, with a new bomber unveiled.
The new bomber is a work-in-progress, with the Retaliator to soon receive an in-game commercial, similar to what was created last year for the 2944 Aurora. The next stretch goal is $49 million, which should be hit very soon, where a new plant will be unveiled. That's not a typo, it's not planet, it's an actual plant.
The official description of the upcoming Xi'An Space Plant reads: "Similar to a bonsai tree, the Centennial Bloom is a very famous Xi'An plant indigenous to Eealus III that blossoms for one night every one hundred years".
First we had Respawn Entertainment, founded by the co-founders of Infinity Ward, and now ex developers from the studio have formed Reload Studios, a new studio that is focusing on a VR-based first-person studio.
Reload Studios is based in Los Angeles, and was co-founded by James Chung and Taehoon Oh. There are currently 12 developers working on game development for virtual reality, mobile and home console platforms. Former Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Series Producer, Pete Blumel, Infinity Ward developer Hougant Chen and Disney Animator, Nik Ranieri join the two co-founders at the VR-focused studio.
Chung said in a press release: "When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration". Right now, Reload Studios is working on a VR-enabled first-person shooter that will hit mobile and next-gen systems, something that we should see next year.