Naughty Dog recently announced its plans for some upcoming downloadable content packs for the ridiculously popular PlayStation 3 title The Last of Us.
The Abandoned Territories Map Pack will allow players to explore the new Bus Depot, Suburbs, Bookstore, and Hometown maps. Each map has a different atmosphere and is catered to a different play style. The Hometown map is built for stealth and the Bus Depot map apparently has even more giraffes!
This map pack will be available Oct. 15.
Players will have to wait a little longer for the other two DLC’s. The story-driven single-player DLC is planned to come out sometime between this December/January, and the final multiplayer DLC won’t come out until early 2014. Naughty Dog has promised that a new character will be introduced in the new single-player content. As for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, eager players can buy a season pass which will grant them all upcoming downloadable content for a cheaper price overall.
Did you know that The Last of Us’ ending played out a little differently prior to evolving into the shocker that people witnessed on their TV screens? And now there’s video footage of that alternate ending.
Originally shown at Naughty Dog’s “Pitching The Last of Us” panel at PAX Prime 2013, the video is now available for viewing on the official PlayStation YouTube channel. The developer is releasing this as a sort of “celebration” of Outbreak Day, otherwise known as the day within the plot of The Last of Us when the Cordyceps outbreak achieved critical mass. You can look forward to more info regarding new DLC announcements for the game tomorrow. In the meantime, there’s that “alternate” ending.
And you know what? I’m stopping right there. I don’t want to spoil it. Just watch it for yourself (just know that there are endgame spoilers ahoy), and prepare to be wowed.
Konami has finally unleashed a Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain / Ground Zeroes trailer that shows off Kiefer Sutherland’s portrayal of Snake/Big Boss, and it’s interesting to say the least.
The new trailer features the same familiar footage we’ve seen last year, albeit with English voice acting. I can see Sutherland’s portrayal of Snake causing a bit of consternation among some fans of the series. I know I, personally felt a little weird hearing his decidedly less gravelly voice, and the delivery of “kept you waiting, huh?” sounded more than a little awkward. But I’ll let that slide: it’s a pretty corny line anyway.
You may also notice that the opening credits list Otacon’s voice actor, Christopher Randolph, who will no doubt serve as the voice of Emmerich, Otacon’s father.
So enough of my rambling, check out the English trailer after the break, and feel free to compare it to Akio Otsuka’s performance in the Japanese version. And as a bonus, there’s gameplay footage in Japanese that shows off some of the game’s new elements.
As fans of South Park get ready for the premiere of the series’ 17th season tonight, RPG fans have been patiently waiting for more information regarding the oft-delayed South Park: The Stick of Truth.
As it just happens, Ubisoft has announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth will be releasing in North America on Dec. 10 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Players will assume the role of the new kid in town and fight in turn-based battles alongside the denizens of South Park in search of the Stick of Truth.
Those who pre-order South Park: The Stick of Truth will receive the Ultimate Fellowship Pack, which includes four exclusive costumes that carry unique special abilities.
A special edition was also announced. Entitled South Park: The Stick of Truth Grand Wizard Edition, it will have an expected retail price of $79.99 and will come with a Grand Wizard Kidrobot Cartman Figure and a Kingdom of South Park Map along with the extra content from the Ultimate Fellowship Pack.
Make the jump to see the latest trailer.
If you’re tired of waiting for Quantic Dream’s next game, have no fear.
PlayStation 3 fans will be able to try out the demo for Beyond: Two Souls on Oct. 1, a week before the full game release. Beyond: Two Souls will come bundled with two stages from the game. Both stages are played from Jodie’s perspective with multiple years in-between the two playable chapters.
Get your first look at young Jodie’s life and her link with the supernatural entity Aiden as her abilities are put to the test, then play as an older Jodie as she attempts to run away from government agents.
The complete game will span 15 years of her life and will make gamers question what happens after death.
Beyond: Two Souls will be released for the PlayStation 3 on Oct. 8.
Sol, Ky, Milia, and Ino will be rocking onto Japanese PS3s and PS4s next year, according to a newly released trailer for Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- (pronounced ‘X-erd’).
Though the newest installment in the fighting game franchise was suspected to be a next-gen exclusive, it looks like the next installment of the 2D fighter is spreading the love to current gen.
The Guilty Gear series is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland inspired by rock and heavy metal music and features an ensemble cast of lovable weirdos. This is the series’ first jump into 3D, with a cel-shaded look that “flattens” the character models onto a 2D plane powered by the physics of the Unreal engine.
Fans of sprite-based 2D fighters may be surprised to see how quickly the production of Xrd has come together, as historically speaking, sprite-based games have very long development times due to drawing animation frames. Arc System Works may be setting an efficient (and creative) precedent by creating 3D models that give off the illusion of 2D sprites. The Guilty Gear series has constantly been evolving, with new gameplay tweaks and balances in every installment, but this 2D/3D combination presents the largest leap in the series to date.
There has been no announcement of a Western release yet, but considering the success of BlazBlue and Persona 4 Arena, it’s likely Western gamers will be returning to a world of face-melting guitar solos and prehensile hair sometime in 2014.
As sure as the waning and waxing of the moon, MMORPG launches are always met with an overabundance of server crashes. Launch windows are typically rough due to the influx of new players signing up for accounts plus the servers being able to accommodate all of those players.
It was no surprise then, when Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn experienced difficulty during its launch period this past Tuesday. Now Square Enix is trying to patch the damage. The company’s statement reads:
“Since the start of early access on Saturday, August 24th, an enormous amount of users have been logging in to the game. As such, the number of users logging in has been increasing at a rate that is much higher than what we had originally anticipated. To ensure that we maintain a quality level of service for everyone, we have been setting restrictions on both the creation of characters as well as adjusting the number of users that are able to log in…
Until this operation is complete, we would like to prioritize the quality of service for those who have already purchased the game. Therefore, we are temporarily suspending the sale of the digital download versions of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. Once the operation has been completed, the sale of the digital download version will resume.”
Players who have already downloaded ARR or purchased the hard-copy version will have no issue logging in.
This may actually be good news for Square Enix and A Realm Reborn, which has been plagued with speculation ever since the first iteration of Final Fantasy XIV tanked due to horrible reviews. Aside from the difficulties surrounding launch, A Realm Reborn sounds like it’s shaping up to be a drastic improvement on the original game.
Officials at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe were left apologizing to both gamers and Rockstar Games yesterday after assets for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V were revealed due to the company allowing users to preload the game weeks in advance.
According to a post to the European PlayStation Blog penned by SCEE Head of Communications Nick Caplin, the issue came up after some of the PlayStation 3 users in the region gained access to the game’s files, revealing key plot points and the entire soundtrack listing.
“Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order ofGrand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets,” Caplin wrote.
Within hours of the option to preload opening to European users, some of the information made its way to major content aggregation sites like Reddit.
Recognizing that fans were now upset that they may have had the game spoiled for them and the potential anger such a leak could create in Rockstar Games, Caplin said he and the region’s SCE team felt remorse for the incident.
“We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content. GTA V is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year with a very passionate following, and we’re looking forward to a historic launch on Sept. 17,” Caplin wrote.
Leave it to the internet to run the fun for everyone – including themselves – with spoilers. As always, be sure to look out for the content. It’s out there.
As if we haven’t already been assaulted with a googolplex of trailers with Gamescom, Square Enix has unleashed a new Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD trailer that’s bound to take a lot of us back to those wee days of the PS2.
The trailer’s first half shows fans what they’ve been accustomed to with several battle sequences from the original SD version of Final Fantasy X being shown to the catchy Nobuo Uematsu-composed tune of the “Normal Battle” theme. At the 1:46 minute mark, the video shifts to the HD version, which may wow you with its crisper character textures, cleaner text and widescreen display.
One of the most stand-out features from this point is the remixed music, which features upgraded instrumentation in the form of added guitars, and updated orchestral and keyboard synths. Square Enix Community Manager Lee Williams has stated that 60 tracks from the original FFX soundtrack have been touched up and remastered for the HD release.
I’m looking forward to hearing more about these soundtrack touch-ups and whether the originals will still be available. Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD is still planned for release before the end of the year for PS3 and Vita.
Fans of Dark Souls may have March 2014 marked down in their calendars as the perfect time to fight against all odds in Dark Souls II, but some lucky PlayStation 3 users will have the chance to tackle that challenge sooner.
A closed beta of Dark Souls II will be available to PS3 owners starting Oct. 5. The beta is set to give gamers the chance to play through one of the game’s most treacherous areas, filled to the brim with overwhelming enemy encounters and diabolical challenges. And since it’s a beta, you can bet that testers will have the extra challenge of facing off against dreaded hard-crashes and software bugs.
For those interested, Namco Bandai recommends following the Dark Souls Facebook page, where more information regarding beta registration will become available come Sept. 5.