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Were you affected by the massive 2011 hacking of Sony's services? Do you happen to want some free stuff for your trouble?
Sony is sending out emails to those that were affected by the massive 28-day hack from April of 2011 and allow those that filled out the lengthy claim form the ability to redeem codes for free stuff on the services that you were signed into.
The free download codes are for a number of different PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PSP games. If you were one of those that downloaded a free game as part of the Welcome Back promotion that happened right after they got their services back up, then you're only allowed to have one free game. You can also choose from some premium themes as well.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was just released at the end of last month and PopCap and EA just now announced the Graveyard Variety Pack, the first of many free DLC packs for the amusing game.
The update is quite generous with what they've added to it. They've created a new Aqua Center map that's rather elaborate in design and have put a lot of different, new, quests throughout the Backyard Battleground map. It wouldn't be Plants vs. Zombies if they didn't add in more options to customize your characters in wild new ways, either. So there's a lot of fun new costumes and options to choose from. They've also gone and balanced the characters a bit more from all the great feedback they've had from players.
And in case you're in love with microtransactions, EA has also added a few more packs so you can get even more customization options. $2.49 can get you 56K coins to spend on your wacky characters. But, just remember that these microtransactions are optional and solely cosmetic. It's a nice surprise to see PopCap dedicated to bringing value to a game that's always had a special place in a lot of gamers hearts. This franchise is genius.
Contrary to the promises made by an Ubisoft developer, console players have no option to improve frame rates in The Division.
According to the claims made by an unknown Ubisoft developer, PS4 and Xbox One gamers would be able to scale down lighting effects to boost frame rates in The Division. Now that the game is out on all platforms, console gamers can confirm that the settings simply aren't there.
"You can disable certain lighting aspects to improve frame rates in the console versions. I don't know of another game that does that. So if you want to choose frame rate over visuals, you can if you want," reads the erroneous quote given by a purported developer on a Team Epiphany stream.
Yesterday we were shocked with the news that Microsoft was going to shut down Lionhead Studios and cancel their titular product, Fable Legends, but they've announced they won't be shutting down the current beta immediately, and will let players that are already in, continue to play until April.
No new players are being let into the beta, but if you're already in, and enjoying yourself, then you'll be able to continue your adventures until April 13th at 3:00PM GMT. After that, the servers will officially be shut down and the game will be gone for good.
So far there's been no word as to whether we'll see Fable be taken up by another studio, but we do know that for the time being, development has ceased completely. Fable Legends was a showcase of the capabilities of DirectX 12 and was one of the best examples of it too. It didn't use asynchronous compute quite to its fullest, but it did end up using it right. It's sad to see a game that's also quite fun to play, wander into oblivion.
The March update for Star Wars Battlefront is quite small, probably because the next major patch and content drop is going to be the Outer Rim expansions coming later this year. But we get to enjoy a new survival mission on Tatooine and a new map based on Endor.
The new survival mission is called Rebel Depot, and like the name suggests, you'll have to attempt to survive against all odds, defending the precious depot. The new map is Survivors of Endor and can be played as part of Walker Assault, Supremacy and Turning Point.
This update is small, but the developers are hard at work putting the final touches on the Outer Rim update that will add in new playable heroes, more maps and even a new game mode, Extraction. Extraction looks interesting and depending on how it's implemented, it could be quite a popular new mode. As the name suggests, you'll be tasked with extracting resources from hostile areas.
The leaks are already starting for Fallout 5, with voice actor Ryan Alosio teasing that Fallout 5 is in development. Alosio was the voice of Deacon in Fallout 4, and is quite active on social media like Instagram - which is where the leak on Fallout 5 started.
Alosio started a conversation about a collage of himself voice acting, and what he thought was a picture of Deacon wasn't actually Deacon, but it ended up being a picture of Zeek, instead. Well, his followers caught wind of it quickly, and corrected him. Alosio put up another picture, this time a correct one, but posted a weird explanation - which we've got below:
But things got even better, with 'fallout_temple' replying, saying "I knew you'd click onto it, I saw your last one and was like BRUH. I'll repost this one and shout out this week ok?" - to which Alosio replied to the Fallout Temple account, confirming that work on Fallout 5 was already underway, with the game in pre-production right now. He said:
Can you believe that The Division is finally here? The opening cinematic for The Division has been leaked, which is something you can watch below.
The Division is available right now on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC - with Ubisoft detailing its extensive DLC plan for 2016 recently. We should expect around 26 missions in total for the game, with more missions to arrive with the various DLC releases throughout the year.
Sniper Elite 4 has just been announced, with developer Rebellion saying that the game is in development, and will be released later this year.
The new game will hit the Xbox One, PS4 and PC - missing out on the last-gen consoles, with Sniper Elite 4 taking place in Italy. Rebellion teases that Sniper Elite 4 will offer breathless emergent stealth action, with unrivaled sniping freedom throughout a bunch of maps that are much bigger than the ones found in Sniper Elite 3.
Rebellion explains Sniper Elite 4's storyline as: "Italy, 1943. Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must help free Italy from the yoke of Fascism and defeat a terrifying new threat that could halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it's even begun".
The new Need for Speed has been shown off once again, ahead of its release next week, this time on the PC with 9 minutes of footage. Check it out below, running at 1080p 60FPS on the PC.
The footage is courtesy of YouTuber 'BlackPanthaa' who says he captured the footage at 1440p (2560x1440) but had issues with his video editing software - so he dumped it down to 1080p. The footage still looks great, thanks to the gorgeous Frostbite 3 engine powering Need for Speed. The smoothness that 60FPS provides is beautiful, with BlackPanthaa noting that the framerate is completely uncapped - so if you've got an awesome 144Hz or 165Hz gaming display - you're in for a treat, if your PC can handle it, of course.
To curb the appeal of violent video games, Target stores in Australia has whitewashed the box art of all R 18+ rated games on its shelves.
An image posted on NeoGAF reveals the exact nature of Target Australia's censoring, showing a whole shelf of mature-rated games packed in Blockbuster-style plain packaging. Instead of the glamorous and colorful artwork that pulls the eye, the games are ensconced in ugly monochrome boxes that only show the rating, game name, and an age restricted warning.
This kind of censorship is nothing new for Target Australia; the chain's "war" against video games is notorious across the globe. The retailer even went so far as to pull all copies of Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves, citing a "significant level of concern" over the game's content.