We haven’t seen much of Infamous: Second Son since it was revealed for the PS4 back in February, but a new set of screenshots have just hit the web. From just this small sample of the game, it’s already obvious that Second Son is one good looking game. The character models are crisp and high resolution, the particle effects look very realistic and high quality, and the lighting and shadows are top notch.
This week: it’s all about the one and only… the Xbox One, Microsoft’s new next generation console. We discuss Kinect, specs, games and what makes us rage.
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On this week’s episode: we wank to Aku no Hana Ep.7 for a little bit, but afterwards it’s all about the one and only… the Xbox One, Microsoft’s new next generation console. We dissect what was shown during the system’s big reveal earlier this week, including hardware specs, new multitasking capabilities, live TV integration, Kinect 2.0, and much more. We also give our thoughts on the games that were on display; the ones that blew us away, the ones that made us scratch our heads, and the ones that just put us to sleep. And of course, we critique some of the Xbox One’s more controversial aspects like the fee for playing used games, the always-online nature of the system, mandatory game installs and lack of backwards compatibility. Hold on to your butts, because we definitely aren’t holding back this week.
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The creator of indie darling Braid and the upcoming game The Witness sat down with Sony recently and had some very interesting things to say regarding indie development. Blow focused on two key benefits of being a smaller developer: choosing what you want to make and not having to worry about being hugely successful financially. To him, a game like The Witness is really only possible because he has the freedom to try something unconventional. And while he says he would like to make a profit on the game, that’s not his number one priority.
Nintendo may not be having a giant press conference at E3 next month, but their planned Nintendo Direct event will have no shortage of big announcements. It is scheduled for June 11 at 7:00AM PST / 3:00PM BST, before the LA Convention Center opens for the first day of E3. What can we expect to see from this smaller, pre-recorded presentation? Well how about a new Super Smash Bros., 3D Mario title, Mario Kart, and even more.
Fans of Remedy Entertainment have been clamoring for a sequel to Alan Wake for quite some time, but sadly it doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen anytime soon. Creative Director for Remedy Sam Lake recently recorded a personal message to fans explaining that right now isn’t the time for an Alan Wake 2. Citing issues with funding and finding partners for such an ambitious project, Lake says the studio will not compromise their vision and will instead let the famous writer slumber for awhile. For now they ask fans to support their latest project, Quantum Break for the Xbox One. Even though Remedy didn’t even need to apologize at all, they’re going one step further and letting gamers pay whatever they want for the entire Alan Wake franchise on the PC.
Out of all the games shown at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal–and there weren’t many–the biggest had to be Call of Duty: Ghosts. Infinity Ward’s latest title is an attempt to once again create a new sub series in the hit franchise already known for Modern Warfare and Black Ops. Ghosts will feature a brand new story, engine, characters, multiplayer, and even a dog. Because as we all know, there’s nothing more innovative than putting a dog into a video game. While Ghosts will be coming to current gen systems like Xbox 360 and PS3, it’s next gen consoles like the Xbox One and PS4 where the game hopes to shine with its brand new engine.
A number of things weren’t mentioned at today’s Xbox One reveal, these include no backwards compatibility and the fact that the console can restrict used games. Microsoft has a new system in place with their next console that requires all games to be installed to the hard drive before they can be played, afterwards requiring no disc. Wired has discovered during their analysis of the the Xbox One that each game will be linked to your Xbox Live account, and if someone else tries to play that game on their system they will have to pay a fee.
While the just announced Xbox One is an impressive machine, don’t expect it to be able to play your current games on it. This is according to an interview with Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Xbox Live Marc Whitten by The Verge. Apparently the Xbox One’s new architecture is such a significant departure from its predecessor, that Xbox 360 games will not work at all on the new system.
The next generation of gaming is finally ready to start, as Microsoft today unveiled their next console, the Xbox One. Combining a brand new hardware architecture, operating system, and Kinect integration, Microsoft is creating an “All in One” system that hopes to become the last entertainment device you’ll ever need. The Xbox One was shown off today during Microsoft’s reveal event, along with hardware specs, new Kinect, new apps like Skype, cable TV connectivity, and much more.
Sony still isn’t ready to unveil the PlayStation 4 console itself, but today they were nice enough to tease us with a brand new video about it. The only problem is that it consists of 39 seconds of fast cuts and… a blurry black box? Yeah, I’m just as disappointed as everyone else, but Sony promises that they will finally pull back the curtain during E3 2013.