Octodad: Dadliest Catch launches April 22 for PS4

Developer Young Horses' octopus-pretending-to-be-a-man simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch will launch for PlayStation 4 on April 22 in North America and April 23 in Europe, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. In Dadliest Catch, players control an octopus who has fooled the entire world into thinking he's human. Now, with a wife and two children to care for, as well as a suspicious chef on his tail, Octodad must keep up the ruse and navigate everyday tasks like pouring milk and mowing the lawn without giving away his cephalopod identity. Octodad launched for Windows PC back in January (check out Polygon's review) and has since been tweaked based on player feedback for the PS4 version. The latter third of the game, according the post by creative director Ken Zuhn, has...
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Defense Grid 2 and the refinement of tower defense

Hidden Path's Defense Grid 2 builds upon the well-established, but consistently addictive tower defense formula that has engrossed players for more than a decade. The crowdfunding-backed strategy game takes the creep-killing fun of the original game, Defense Grid: The Awakening, and further refines — rather than redefines — it with a bevy of intelligent changes. Using resources that are doled out over time, Defense Grid 2 tasks players with building a series of defensive towers in an attempt to stop aliens from plundering their base. A variety of towers are available in the game's arsenal, from long-range cannon towers to low-cost gun towers to lasers, which quickly fire but deliver a continued burn. The goal, as in most games in the tower defense family, is to build the smartest...

Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming a drill instructor April 22

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for playing the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket, will join the Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice cast April 22 on Xbox platforms, according to a video released today on the series' official YouTube channel. Press play above to hear Ermey's voice work in the upcoming Drill Instructor Voice Pack, which will arrive on other platforms after the Xbox Live release. True to his best-known work, Ermey informs players of their major malfunctions with phrases like, "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine!" and "When they drop weapons, take them you idiot!" Call of Duty: Ghosts won't be the Ermey's first foray into video games. The actor has lent his distinctive voice to games in the Toy Story series, where he plays the army man toy...

Xbox One surpasses 5 million units sold-in worldwide

Microsoft says it has sold more than 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers since launch, according to an update from Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business. Citing NPD Data, Microsoft said it sold an estimated 311,000 Xbox One consoles in March. During the same month, Titanfall for Xbox One was the number one selling game in the United States, according to NPD estimates, though sales figures for Respawn Entertainment's first-person shooter were not provided. Xbox One's latest sales milestone follows an announcement from chief competitor Sony, who says it has sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles since launching in November 2013. A key distinction between the two sales numbers is that PS4 sales are reported as sold-through, or...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...

The Last of Us PS4 could be discounted for PS3 game owners

The Last of Us is slated for release this summer on PlayStation 4, and it might be offered at a discount to those who own the PlayStation 3 version. The Last of Us: Remastered will include the campaign and the post-apocalyptic game's downloadable content. It is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon for $59.99. In response to a question on the European PlayStation Blog yesterday asking if those who purchased the PS3 version and its Season Pass might get a discount, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli said that the developer is still determining pricing. "We're looking into the business model for all this," he wrote, "and will post about this once we have input from all regions." Monacelli revealed the third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us...
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See why MLB 14 The Show 'is better' on PlayStation 4 in first gameplay trailer

The first official trailer for the PlayStation 4 edition of MLB 14 The Show offers a look at the game's rebuilt stadiums, retooled lighting engine and more. During a recent comparison of the old generation and the new, we found that the PS4's biggest change is in its visual detail. The PS4 version of the game features more detailed crowds and enhanced visuals on the players. It also introduces bat boys and children for the first time. Check out the trailer above for a look at the game. MLB 14 The Show will be available on PlayStation 4 May 6. The PlayStation 3 and Vita versions were released April 1; all three versions of the game are cross-save, meaning players can continue their game on any platform. For more on the PlayStation 3 version, read our review.

Sony's PlayStation Now-ready Bravia TVs coming in June

Sony's line of 4K Ultra HD Bravia television sets with PlayStation Now capability are set to launch in June, the company announced on its blog. The Gaikai-powered PlayStation Now cloud steaming game service was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. Through the service, users will be able to stream and play PlayStation 3 games with a DualShock 3 controller directly through their TV, according to the blog post. When the service was first announced, the company noted it would stream PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PS3 games to PlayStation 4, PS3, PlayStation Vita and other non-PlayStation devices, including ready-capable televisions. The line of Bravia TVs will include nine different models from three different Bravia series of varying sizes. Models will range from...

Trials Fusion - Overview video

Welcome to the future!Those are the first words you hear after booting up Trials Fusion - but although its setting is certainly advanced in years, the latest entry in the moto-platforming series doesn't feel like a huge leap forward. It's partially because Trials Evolution did such a great job expanding the series with hooks like zany skill missions and zanier environments. Fusion, despite its futuristic potential, is surprisingly far more level-headed. In this Overview, Russ Frushtick and I explore Trials Fusion's glossy take on the land of tomorrow while I wreck close to forty-dozen bikes. Hopefully, future scientists have invented some kind of bike-cloning technology, or else this process is going to get very expensive, very fast.

Resogun developers tease local co-op DLC

Finnish developer Housemarque is teasing upcoming add-on content for its PlayStation 4 side-scrolling arcade-style shooter Resogun, with an image recently posted by the studio's Twitter account hinting at a new game mode. The photo, posted above, shows two players side by side with Resogun projected over them. Their placement and presence of two DualShock 4 controllers suggest the game could be getting local two-player co-op mode. "First of many things to come #RESOGUN #DLC #teaser," reads the text beneath the photo. This also suggests that the next update to Resogun will contain more additional features besides the teased local co-op. Earlier this month, Housemarque teased via Twitter that an update to Resogun featuring new content and improvements was on the way. When contacted...

What is Bruce Lee doing in a UFC video game?

Bruce Lee died in 1973. Twenty years later, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was founded. And 21 years after that, both are appearing in a video game together, EA Sports UFC.The team-up is not without some controversy. Bruce Lee's brand of fighting, distinct though it is, isn't what you see in the UFC. Hardcore MMA fans may dispute his background in jiu-jitsu, a core fighting style in modern MMA. Hardcore Bruce Lee fans might point out modern MMA isn't the kind of street fighting for which Lee was known as a competitor. "They go, 'He'd poke you in the eyes, kick you in the knee and then do something to take you out,'" mused Brian Hayes, the creative director for EA Sports UFC. "We know there are going to be people like that on both ends." Hayes brought all this up when his studio...

Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...

Alien: Isolation video explores its 'low-fi sci-fi' design, straight out of 1979

Alien: Isolation is designed to look like the "low-fi sci-fi" universe in Ridley Scott's Alien film, and a video released today on the game's official YouTube channel shows how the developers are recreating that aesthetic. Press play above to see how The Creative Assembly is recreating the world of the 1979 movie for the upcoming first-person survival horror game, in which period-limited technology will affect gameplay. "This is a a game set in the future but based on the past," creative lead Al Hope said. "It's a place which we can really relate to. It's also a world where technology won't save you." Alien: Isolation is headed to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC on Oct. 7. For more on the game and its developers, be sure to read our interview with...

PS4 update 1.70 coming soon, introduces video editor app, USB saves, game pre-loading

PlayStation 4's next system software update is "coming soon," Sony announced today, introducing video editor app ShareFactory, USB drive saves and software pre-loading on PlayStation 4 systems. Update 1.70 will add the ability to pre-download pre-ordered games "up to several days prior to release." Following the update, users who enable the auto-download feature will automatically pre-download software to their systems. Sony told Polygon last month that it was "considering" allowing software to be pre-loaded on PS4 systems, following a series of tweets from Sucker Punch Studios indicating that Sony Computer Entertainment America would roll out the feature in April. The system update will also introduce video editor app ShareFactory, featured above, offering users the tools to...

Infamous Second Son patch coming to PlayStation Network April 17

The patch for Infamous Second Son, Sucker Punch Productions' open-world action adventure game, will be available to download via the PlayStation Network April 17, co-founder and producer Brian Fleming announced via the PlayStation Blog. The patch for the PlayStation 4 title introduces the option to select the time of day from the game's option menu after completion, turn off the HUD and cap the game at 30 frames per second. Fleming adds that this is a cap, not a lock, and it "won't eliminate the rare instance of a dropped frame during gameplay." All settings will be reset to the game's default, however, when players restart the game. "We chose to not disturb our game save file format with this patch in order get these features to you as quickly as we could," Fleming wrote. In...

PlayStation 4 surpasses 7 million units sold through worldwide

As of April 6, Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold through more than 7 million units worldwide, the company announced today. More than 20.5 million software sales have been made digitally and in retail stores worldwide, and players have used the system's share function more than 135 million times. Twitch and Ustream broadcasts have risen to more than 4.9 million with more than 90 million spectator sessions. According to president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House, the global community response "has been overwhelming." "The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by...

The Last of Us DLC bringing new difficulty, maps, gear and skills

The third and final pack of downloadable content for The Last of Us Season Pass holders will introduce a new difficulty mode, maps, gear and survival skills, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli revealed today on the PlayStation Blog. Each of the four separately priced packs will be free to those who've purchased the game's Season Pass. The $4.99 Grounded Mode DLC will introduce Grounded Mode to the campaign, where the "AI is relentless, smart and brutal, and survival will be near impossible," Monacelli wrote. The $9.99 Reclaimed Territories Map Pack will include four new maps: Wharf, which is set in the docks where Joel meets Robert; Capitol, set in Boston; Coal Mine, set in Colorado; and Water Tower, set in Lincoln, Pa. The $5.99 Grounded Bundle will add new guns and...

Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...

Trials Fusion review: back to the future

The first words you hear in Trials Fusion are "Welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The future!" You hear these words in the game's main menu, within a theme song on constantly loop. They're "sung" over a sci-fi, synthy backing track as a way to introduce you to this new, futuristic setting. It's hammy and over the top, but it also feels equally lazy, like it's the easiest way to convey this setting in the fewest amount of words. This is fitting, since in so many words, this is Trials Fusion. It cruises on the legacy of its impressive predecessor, offering up mostly the same motorcycle platforming gameplay in a dull package. Fusion cruises on the legacy of its impressive predecessor Despite appearances, Trials Fusion is a platforming game. If you've never played a Trials game...

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn registrations exceed 2 million worldwide

The total number of registered accounts for Square Enix's revamped massively multiplayer online game, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, now exceeds 2 million worldwide, the company announced today. Famitsu reported last October that the game reached more than 1.5 million registered users worldwide. However, Siliconera pointed out at the time it was not transparent how many of the figure were active users of the relaunched version. Final Fantasy 14 was originally released in September 2010 and was revamped to address its crippling issues. It relaunched with server congestion problems as A Realm Reborn last August on Windows PC and PS3. A Realm Reborn was released to PlayStation 4 on April 14 following a beta test phase and then a brief in Early Access period on the console. Users...
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