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Sniper Elite 3 will give British satirist the chance to shoot himself

British satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has been so voluble in his praise of the Sniper Elite series that the game's developer will include him in a special Sniper Elite 3 level. Rebellion announced the inclusion in a news release last week, including that picture of Brooker, 43, in a full-body Lycra suit used for motion capture. "Rebellion is keeping quiet on Charlie Brooker's exact role in Sniper Elite 3 for now," the news release said, "but the game's creators have promised it will appeal to Charlie's dark sense of humor, fueling speculation he won't just be the good guy." Earlier, Brooker had toured Rebellion's headquarters and gotten a hands-on session with Sniper Elite 3 when creative director Jason Kingsley offered to put Brooker in the game as " a novel ‘thank you'...
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SOE president says H1Z1 makers are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ

In an AMA on Reddit yesterday, John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, was asked about similarities that SOE's upcoming MMO H1Z1 shares with DayZ, the tremendously successful ArmA 2 mod from 2012 set in a post-apocalyptic open world. Smedley acknowledged that he, and "most of the people on our team" are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ. "Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer," he wrote. "H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is DayZ. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep. "This is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully some great enemies both...
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MLB The Show's neatest trick was not as easy as it looks

Tuesday was Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball; on it, every player wears Robinson's No. 42, commemorating the anniversary of his first game for the Dodgers, which began baseball's desegregation in 1947. If you're playing MLB 14 The Show's career mode and the calendar rolls around to April 15, you'll see this happen there, too.In a video game, the layperson would assume that only requires changing a value in a database. But pulling it off is not as simple as it sounds. These things rarely are. "It's something that does seem trivial on the surface," Aaron Luke, a designer on the game, told me this week. "We have to put in code that takes a snapshot of the player, showing him as No. 42, and then restore him back to his old number when the game is finished. And if you don't do...
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Cel Damage HD out on Tuesday for all PlayStation platforms

Cel Damage HD will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday April 22, according to Sony. The Finish Line Games' cel-shaded vehicle combat game was previously slated for a general spring release. Priced at $9.99, it is a cross-buy title, meaning that purchasers pay once for access to all three versions. Sony is offering a 10 percent discount for PlayStation Plus members during the game's first week on sale. Cel Damage HD puts players in a cartoon racing world featuring 13 levels, with six drivers, 10 cars and more than 30 weapon power ups. The PS4 version also supports four-player split screen multiplayer. Pseudo Interactive originally released Cel Damage in 2001 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. "As longtime developers, we've...
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The Elder Scrolls Online's guild bank disabled

The Elder Scrolls Online developer Zenimax Online Studios disabled the game's guild bank feature today on European and North American servers, according to a post on the game's official forums. The developers did not explain why the guild bank feature was disabled in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game or when players might expect it to return. The halt could be in response to a bug that Reddit user Mistress-Rarity described earlier today. "Some of you may already be aware," Mistress-Rarity wrote, "but a game breaking bug has hit ESO that allows characters to duplicate stacks of materials in their bank. It is so simple, in fact, that it is possible to do it by pure accident. I will not explain this exploit, but it is the first result of googling 'ESO Item Dupe.'" The...
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Fenix Fire launches Kickstarter campaign for arcade adventure Source

Indie developer Fenix Fire launched a Kickstarter campaign for its in-development arcade action game Source, which the studio debuted last week at PAX East. The campaign will end on May 11 and is seeking $50,000 to complete development on the title. At the time of writing the campaign has pulled in just over $8,700. According to the project page, Fenix Fire will use the crowdfunding money to develop the game's soundtrack and bring on an additional concept artist. All funding will go directly in the project, which the studio hopes to launch in mid-2015. Source is set in an alternate dimension in which players must fight back against a growing darkness by taking and using energy from other beings. The game includes puzzle-solving and combat scenarios, and players will have to...
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PS4 - Overview video

Very few games fill the chubby chocobo quotient that I've come to desire from the medium.Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn meets my obscure needs deftly, while also managing to deliver a surprisingly solid MMO experience. I've been waiting on the game's PlayStation 4 iteration before diving in, though, and I'm glad I did — A Realm Reborn performs sublimely on the console. It doesn't just tend to the interface issues MMOs run into on consoles, it almost comes up with a better solution for combat hotbars in the process. Not to mention Remote Play, which seems almost tailored for the slower pacing and canned animations of the genre. It's a match made in 7th Heaven. In this Overview, Phil Kollar and I talk about Final Fantasy XIV's PlayStation 4 version, and we also just totally kick it...
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PS3 bundled with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for $269 at Walmart

A new PlayStation 3 bundle with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed on Walmart's website for $269. The 500 GB system also includes the 2012 movie The Amazing Spider-Man, which is available to watch through Vudu's streaming service. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for an April 29 release in the U.S. on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC. A previously planned Xbox One version has been delayed indefinitely. For more on the game, be sure to read our interview with its developers at Beenox from earlier this month.
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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 Kevin 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...
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Call of Duty: Ghosts adding R. Lee Ermey as a screaming 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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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