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Need for Speed Rivals - best PS4 racing game ever?

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Upon the launch of the Playstation 4 I was very disappointed that the new Gran Turismo was not being launched on the platform. I would have bought the PS4 JUST for that game knowing how amazing it would have been on the PS4. As it happens, I got the PS4 anyway for my sons and have since been quite addicted to the Need for Speed Rivals game.



What makes it so special?

'Well, the graphics are excellent.. that is always a good start but it's the gameplay that really excels. You can either play in what seasoned shooting gamers would call a 'campaign' or you can free roam and take the role of a speeder/racer or as a cop. It is this playoff and the differing challenges of these two choices which gives the game longevity. It is not that easy to BUST' a human online racer, especially if they hang around the Repair Shops but this just makes it more rewarding when you do.

As a racer, you can continually see of you can beat your friends' speed traps, race times and campaign times which again keeps you interested.

I have watched my sons play GTA5 and mostly, once the campaign is done they actually just go around racing the cars around the block. Well, the in game dynamics of NFS far outweight GTA5 and I have to say, it the most fun that I have had since Motorstorm.
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PS4 80 percent more popular than rival Xbox

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During Sony's latest earnings call, CFO Masaru Kato said some polls indicate 80 percent of potential customers prefer the PlayStation 4 over competition like the Xbox One and Wii U.

 

"This is very encouraging," Kato said on the call. "And we are doing our best to secure enough chipsets and capacity to" meet demand at launch.

He added that the system's showing at E3 this year was very positive for Sony.

Kato did not give any details regarding the specific polls he referenced during the call. A Sony representative could not be reached for comment.

The PS4 launches worldwide this holiday for $399/€399/£349, a full $100 below Microsoft's Xbox One.

Sony is no longer guaranteeing that PS4 orders in the United Kingdom will be available on launch day.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 Digital Download to be nearly 50GB?

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Killzone: Shadow Fall

 

Killzone: Shadow Fall's digital download is "cracking on" to be a whopping 50GB file, Sony has revealed.

Discussing the "bloody big" download with Eurogamer, Sony UK MD Fergal Gara explained that the platform holder hopes to alleviate the frustration associated with downloading big files with PlayStation 4's Play as you Download functionality, a new technology that lets players start playing the title after just a short amount of data has download.

"The Play as you Download functionality, for example, means you don't need the whole file before you go," said Gara. "This is a little bit counterbalanced by the fact the files themselves are getting bloody big. Killzone: Shadow Fall is an uber file - I think it's cracking on for 50GB. It looks it, too, when you see it."

The file is significantly bigger than current-gen titles. GTA 5, for example, expected to be one of the bigger games on current-gen consoles, was a huge 18GB file on PlayStation 3.

Gara admits, however, that digital downloads are "still a relatively tedious process," and that Sony has "done a lot of work on pre-delivering files. It's not perfect. It's not seamless. The file version of the game versus the disc version of the game maybe needs to go through additional QA and additional testing," he says.

"Some of the problems that have occurred have occurred on older machines, which of course when you go into the next-generation you at least get to reset and start again and everything's the same age and new. That helps."

Killzone: Shadow Fall's download will also be split into single and multiplayer chunks, allowing players to prioritise which portion they want to download first.

Sony was criticised for the way it handled GTA 5's preload event earlier this month after files from the game leaked online. Multiple users also suffered major installation issues following the game's launch.

However, Gara says that PSN is "a major area of focus. It's a major area of investment. The network will perform better on multiple levels, because it becomes not just a sales or gaming delivery but increasingly it becomes a social network. So it's got to be a compelling experience on multiple levels. It's going to be for no lack of investment, for no lack of effort and no lack of intention that things might fall a bit short. But we're definitely moving in the right direction, and I'm confident when step on and understand its importance."

PlayStation 4 launches on November 29. Two official PS4 bundles containing a Blu-ray Disc copy of Killzone: Shadow Fall will also be available at launch.

Source: eurogamer.net

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How Grand Theft Auto 1 (GTA) was nearly cancelled

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Grand Theft Auto 1: Nearly Cancelled

 

Ahead of the release of Grand Theft Auto 5, some of the creators of the first Grand Theft Auto game have discussed its troubled, four-and-a-half year development and revealed how it was nearly cancelled before release.

In a video feature published by The Guardian, ex-DMA Design (now Rockstar North) staff recall the making of the 1997 PC and PSone game, which presented an open world from a top-down perspective.

"The writers were driving at one way. The level designers were driving at another way. They weren't meeting in the middle," Gary Penn, the producer and creative director who joined the project to help bring it all together, said.

"So you ended up with something that read badly, that made no sense, and it kept breaking."

Penn said GTA was almost cancelled multiple times as the development team struggled to turn its vision for open-world design into a workable and fun video game.

"The milestones they were meant to uphold didn't really materialise," Penn said. "We'd have conference calls at least once a week with the US. They wanted to kill it every week. Every week they wanted to kill this game, and we'd have to argue to try and keep it going, because we had some faith.

"Anarchic almost makes it sound sexier than it really ought to be. It was just messy."

The GTA team at Scottish studio DMA Design was made up of a number of young developers, only one of which had created a video game before, and former staff admit that for much of the game's development it struggled. It was only when Penn came in that a release became a reality.

Penn, now internal development manager at Denki, said: "It was like trying to nail jelly to kittens. Eventually there were enough hands to hold this thing together, but please nobody move, because this thing is going to fall apart. That's what it felt like right at the end. It was like, we'd just got to put this out now because if we don't it's just going to break again and we've lost it forever."

The video also discusses the controversy over the violence in the game, and GTA's transition into a 3D title with Grand Theft Auto 3 following the Housers' involvement.

Imagine if this game did get cancelled, how other games such as Just Cause and Watch Dogs would have been like?

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Muscles Its Way To Sale Records!

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Muscles Its Way To Sale Records!

Updated, 8:28 p.m. | Grand Theft Auto V, one of the most anticipated video games of the year, has beaten sales figures posted by previous installments in the violent and controversial adventure game series. The new game generated more than $800 million in sales Tuesday on its first day on store shelves.

Take-Two Interactive Software, the publisher of the game, said those first-day sales were the biggest for the company and the Grand Theft Auto series, which seems to have lost little appeal although the first edition was released 16 years ago.

Grand Theft Auto V generated more than $800 million in sales on its first day on store shelves.Philippe Lopez/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesGrand Theft Auto V generated more than $800 million in sales on its first day on store shelves.

The last major version of the game, Grand Theft Auto IV, had $310 million in opening day sales in 2008, and more than $500 million in its first week.

The video game industry is undergoing major shifts that pose big challenges to traditional publishers, as opportunities proliferate to play games on mobile devices, many available free or at low cost. But the success of the biggest blockbuster franchises appears secure for now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the most recent version of the popular combat game series from Activision, earned $1 billion in sales last year after 15 days on the market. The previous installment did the same after 16 days.

New versions of Grand Theft Auto come out less frequently than others, partly because of the meticulousness of Rockstar Games, the development studio responsible for it. Rockstar has a cultlike following for thepainstaking research and technical wizardry that go into its games.

Grand Theft Auto, which takes place in a world of thugs, has also become a magnet for criticism of the industry by politicians and others for its brutality.

The new version has received glowing reviews, including from The New York Times, which called it the “best plotted, most playable, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry” in the history of the series.

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Launch day games

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PS4 Launch games for the Playstation 4
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Call of Duty Ghosts
  • NBA 2K147
  • Asssassins Creed IV Black Flag
  • Skylanders Swap Force
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Battlefield 4
  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Blacklight Retirbution
  • Contrast
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • Resogun
  • Warframe
  • Madden NFL 25
  • NBA Live 14
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • DC Universe Online
  • Trine 2: Complete Story
  • Sound Shapes
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PS4 to include 500 GB HDD

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PS4 500 GB HDD

According to a press release issued by SCEI, the PlayStation 4 console (that is just $399!) will include a 500GB hard drive. As for colors available upon launch, it looks like it will just be the jet black shown previously.

As for accessories, both the DualShock 4 and PS4Eye (they call it the PlayStation Camera) are set to cost $59.99/€59.99/£54 and $59.99/€49.99/£44.99, respectively. Because of the fact that the PS4Eye is going to be sold separately, and isn’t listed on the ‘included’ section, it doesn’t look as though it will be bundled with the console, but we’ll let you know if that changes.

What you can expect in the box, in addition to the PS4 itself, is a DualShock 4, a mono headset, an HDMI cable (which is the only other AV output, in addition to the digital out (optical) port), and a USB cable.

Do you think 500GB will be enough? Are you glad the DualShock 4 controller is under $60? Let us know in the comments below.