In 2012, bad news rang in the ears of card gaming and RPG fans, as, after 10 years, the original Ateil was being switched off, shut down and packaged up, along with its battle grids, ranged fighting and addictive gameplay. Now, in 2013, a star-studded group of the original game’s developers are teaming up to make Alteil: Horizons, the next best card-based RPG.
Sometimes, you just want a change. You want fresh, new, original takes on genres that you love while the publisher wants reskinned sequels like a plucked chicken with a coat on. But we’ve had 7 whole years of that and the time is now to throw the system out the window attached to a giant lead balloon, and Sony’s upcoming PS4, could be the very console to start that revolution.
According to Sony, the answer is ‘yes’. You could debate the next-gen titling of the Wii U until the cows, the sheep and the pigs come home, but when it comes to the gaming extravaganza that is this November, the PS4 will really only be going toe to toe with Microsoft’s answer to that question – ‘no, it’s the Xbox One’. Unfortunately, the wider gaming media, plus you and I, and anyone else who turns on the tellybox from now until Christmas, will be forced to watch this slinging match between the two take place and Sony’s new PS4 ‘Best Place to Play’ trailer is the latest well-placed jab in the green and black box’s direction.
From the start, the PS4 has been positioned as a pure gaming console, with the added media extras – be it your Netflix or your YouTube – being like the gravy on an otherwise delectable rack of roast meat and this new video for the console seems to solidify that. Stats ahoy from Sony as they claim that there are over 180 games in development for the PS4 which is approximately quadruple the amount of games that I’m lucky enough to own on PS3. No doubts that we won’t be stuck for choice then and you can watch the trailer, complete with lots of lovely clips of PS4 gameplay footage after the jump.
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Let it be said that Battlefield 4 does not have big shoes to fill in terms of its story. More like tiny, shrunken down clogs that its predecessor left behind, EA’s next big, bombastic shooter won’t have to do much to impress after the bitter taste that BF3’s double crossing plot left behind. But leaving the past in the cold like a dog that got its teeth on your favourite pair of loafers, Battlefield 4’s story looks like it’s going to be bigger, bolder and most importantly, better, than ever before.
What’s also key with Battlefield 4’s story is that it isn’t just fighting against past iterations, it’s also going up against the long reigning king of FPS sales that is Call of Duty: Ghosts. But unlike Activision’s fire-powered offering, EA’s seems to be doubling down on both the explosive factor (and those orange clouds of heat do look mighty impressive) as well as the interactions between a squad (which you could argue was perfected in other Battlefield series – Bad Company). And, showcasing that now in video form, is the Battlefield 4 story trailer, which you can watch after the break.
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With Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles, EA are looking to avoid getting sacked on a third down by making the right play that’s going to see them cruise past the redzone to score an all important touchdown. Meanwhile, we’re trying not to get tackled by an LT for all of those cheesy American football references. The point at hand is that with the current gen version of Madden NFL 25 already on store shelves, EA now have to prove that the game is worth a purchase on PS4 and Xbox One and now, with the help of a two minute trailer, the likelihood of us all shelling out for the title has just gotten a little bit higher.
In the 120+ seconds worth of Madden NFL 25 gameplay footage (it wasn’t clear as to whether what’s in the trailer was running on PS4 or Xbox One) EA introduce us to all of the fancy new branded features that their title will be running down the field with. ‘Player Sense’ is reportedly set to make characters more like intelligent, game aware players and less like reanimated muscly corpses while ‘True Step’ is the slightly gimmicky name EA are giving to Madden NFL 25’s new motion capabilities and you can watch both features in action after the break.
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Should you like your gaming news in tasty, morsel sized scraps, this brand new Elder Scrolls Online trailer will be worth watching. Bethesda’s upcoming massively multiplayer online title, based within their hugely popular universe, will offer your standard quests, exploration and teaming up fare, but given that its the next title in the franchise after the (mostly) rather good Skyrim, the Elder Scrolls Online will have some very big boots to fill.
One way that Bethesda are ensuring that the Elder Scrolls Online is nothing short of the finest MMO that you can shake a ginormous, open world map at is by making character creation the very best that they can, which is important to players given the draw of what will undoubtedly be a hugely popular game. To show off the high quality of their face and body sculpting feature, they’ve released a new trailer, complete with blue hair, rotund stomachs and enough tattoos to make a biker gang jealous and you can watch it after the break.
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With EA’s premier shooter preparing to go toe to toe with Activision’s finest next month, we’ve taken to the Battlefield 4 beta on PS3 to test the game out.
Battlefield 4 is in a prime position right now. If being seen as a better and more successful game than Call of Duty : Ghosts is a feat akin to climbing Mt. Everest, then Battlefield is a foot away from the summit with all of us feeding it tea and biscuits. Running on Frostbite 3, EA’s breathtakingly spectacular game engine that you’d wish upon only the very best of games, there’s little doubt that Battlefield 4 will look anything less than phenomenal. But, the game’s success later this year won’t rest on its graphics, it’ll (mostly) be down to its multiplayer. And, with a Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta currently online, we thought we’d dive in and see just how well the game is shaping up (spoiler alert : it’s incredible).
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Like rabid vultures with a penchant for particularly pretty pixels and next-gen gaming so realistic that we may as well be living it out in reality, we want to know more about Watch Dogs, the upcoming Ubisoft title that pits one man against the city in a tale of cyber crime.
The game entirely centres on the mechanic of being able to hack into the fabric of the world and that city it takes place in is Chicago. So what better way to learn more about Watch Dogs than by way of an interview with Jonathan Morin, the game’s creative director?
Well, VG247 spoke to him recently and we’ve got some of the best quotes from the interview below so that we can all hear more about Watch Dogs’ world of hacking, smartphones and recreated cities.
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Sony and Microsoft have been fighting it out on the playing ground of technology ever since I can remember. If the two companies had been founded in the times of Neanderthals there’s little doubt in my mind that spokespersons for the two would have fought over whose cave paintings offered the ‘better cave era visuals’. As a gamer I realise that up until the launch date of the PS4 and the Xbox One, gamers themselves will take to Twitter and comment spaces to throw anger-laced words at each other in an effort to prove whose upcoming favourite is the best, but in reality, the battle will only be won by whoever has the best sales. Now, a market research firm has said that this holiday season, that victor will be the Sony PS4.
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Just what will NBA 2K14 bring when 2K’s premier meatball sim arrives on next-generation consoles? Squeakier bounces when the ball hits the deck? More defined muscles? Better hair physics to give Houston Rockets baller James Harden a real chance to showcase his impressive beard?
The answer to all of these is mostly a mystery, but NBA 2K14 will absolutely have to do more to prove itself on PS4 and Xbox One simply for the fact that people will have had the chance to pick up a copy on PS3 and Xbox 360 nearly an entire month before (it’s out today on those consoles). Thankfully, down to the video whizzes at 2K, we now have a slightly better idea, if not a complete one, of what NBA 2K14 will look like on our flashy new game boxes, as they’ve put together a TV spot to promote the game, which we might well even when we’re watching the real game of basketball. You can watch the video after the break.
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