FIRST TRAILER FOR THE ‘RATCHET AND CLANK’ MOVIE [E3 2014]
Here’s a first look at the upcoming Ratchet and Clank film coming to theaters in 2015 along with the all new remake of the original built from the ground up for the PS4.

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FIRST TRAILER FOR THE ‘RATCHET AND CLANK’ MOVIE [E3 2014]

Here’s a first look at the upcoming Ratchet and Clank film coming to theaters in 2015 along with the all new remake of the original built from the ground up for the PS4.

Check it: More E3 2014 posts
Retro PS4 Mockup
This throwback comes complete with a wood-grain finish and bright orange buttons.  I know it has nothing to do with the oldschool Atari design, but I kind of wish it had a digital clock display in the top left..
(via Kotaku)

Retro PS4 Mockup

This throwback comes complete with a wood-grain finish and bright orange buttons.  I know it has nothing to do with the oldschool Atari design, but I kind of wish it had a digital clock display in the top left..

(via Kotaku)

PlayStation 4 Finally Bundled With PS Vita
In the United Kingdom, at least. MCVUK reported that Sony will indeed be bundling the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita together, while VideoGamer.com posted an image from MCV, proving that Sony has this lined up for this December. No word on pricing for the UK and absolutely no word on this bundle coming to the US at the moment, but I’m sure we’ll see it soon.

PlayStation 4 Finally Bundled With PS Vita

In the United Kingdom, at least. MCVUK reported that Sony will indeed be bundling the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita together, while VideoGamer.com posted an image from MCV, proving that Sony has this lined up for this December. No word on pricing for the UK and absolutely no word on this bundle coming to the US at the moment, but I’m sure we’ll see it soon.

Killzone: Shadow Fall - The Albotas Review
On a complete whim I decided to pick up a PlayStation 4 on launch day. I typically never get systems on launch day because their libraries either consist of updated ports or first party exclusives that look amazing, but are just kind of okay in terms of gameplay. Killzone: Shadow Fall fits into that second category.
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AWESOME
The graphics. The graphics on this game are bonkers and make this game a showpiece that perfectly demonstrate what the PS4 is capable of.
Seamless transitions. In one level you’ll go from being flown into a beautiful futuristic city on an aircraft, to that city being reduced to burning rubble while all heck breaks loose, to being flown across the city to a railway transit system in the sky. It’s all done in a very seamless way and loading screens are disguised as dialogue sequences when flying from one place to another.
Level design. These levels are HUGE. There’s futuristic ghetto slums reminiscent of Blade Runner which absurdly tall steel towers and neon lights reflecting on the wet streets. There’s apocalyptic desert wastelands where decaying stone buildings lay collapsed while the sun casts lens blooms every which way. I kind of want an “Art of Killzone: Shadow Fall” book.
The OWL Drone. This is a little flying robot dude that you control with the PS4’s all new touch pad. He has 4 modes: shoot things, hack things/EMP things, turn into a shield, or turn into a zipline. It’s sort of a gimmick, but it helps spice up the stale run-of-the-mill FPS formula.
The less FPS-y parts. For a mediocre FPS, this game deserves some credit for trying to mix things up with stealth, anti-gravity parts (one was a particularly challenging escort mission of sorts), summoning giant flying robot things to kill waves of enemies, hacking/controlling robot spiders, and ordering an unkillable sniper with unlimited ammo to take dudes out while you sneak around and get shit done.
After the credits. There’s a mid-credits mission that I really wanted more of. Rather than play the main protagonist, you play a completely different character with a different set of skills. It’s a stealth mission where your objective is to assassinate someone, but first you need to go around disabling security cameras. A whole game of just that with a little generic FPS action probably would have been way more enjoyable, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some sort of DLC expanding on the concept was made available at some point.
NOT AWESOME
Forgettable story. I seriously barely remember what it was about. The Vektans are the good guys and they let the Hellghast live on their planet after they messed up the Hellghast planet in Killzone 3, but they’re both still at war for some reason.
The falling parts. There are a few chapters that have you navigate while falling. You will die numerous times. Not because these sequences are hard, but because the controls for them are terrible.
The text is absurdly small. Even on my 47” flatscreen I have to get up from my sofa to read mission objectives. I felt like I needed binoculars.
Multiplayer leaves a bit to be desired. Where to even begin. The walls in almost every level are the shame shade of metallic grey as the character models, so it’s almost impossible to see anyone, not all multiplayer modes and loadouts are made available from the start and it’s unclear how to unlock them, and some of the levels simply seem more like terrain than actual well-though-out levels for a multplayer FPS.
VERDICT
As a tech demo to show off the power of the PS4 to your friends, Killzone: Shadow Fall is amazing, however, while it may have gorgeous next gen graphics and gimmicky-but-fun next gen controls, it fails to deliver next gen storytelling or next gen gameplay. It isn’t a terrible game by any stretch, but it isn’t remarkable either, just solid. If you own a shiny new PS4 and want to be blown away by some top-notch visuals, this game is quite the spectacle to behold.

Killzone: Shadow Fall - The Albotas Review

On a complete whim I decided to pick up a PlayStation 4 on launch day. I typically never get systems on launch day because their libraries either consist of updated ports or first party exclusives that look amazing, but are just kind of okay in terms of gameplay. Killzone: Shadow Fall fits into that second category.

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Play As Classic Snake in MGS V: Ground Zeroes

This new trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes reveals an exclusive PlayStation mission titled “Deja Vu,” in which players can play as the original classic Snake. Completely untouched by next-gen graphics, the original Snake looks hilarious and adds a nice exclusive feature to those with Sony consoles.

Brace Yourselves: A New PaRappa Game Is Coming. Maybe.
Some dude on NeoGAF who could either be an anonymous lonely forum nerd yearning for attention or an actual person close to the video game industry (possibly both?) felt the need to brag in a post about how he got drunk with some game industry friends in super hip San Francisco. Amidst the drunken shmoozery, a Sony PR guy allegedly “got pretty shit tanked” and “spilled the beans that a new Parappa the Rappa [sic] is being worked on with really slick HD illustrations and really cool animation that totally captures the spirit of the original. Apparently Queasy Games and the Media Molecule are teaming up for this, and it uses some of the tech from Tearaway.”
I think the main takeaway from all this is that most nerds suck at holding their liquor and shouldn’t be trusted with industry secrets and a new PaRappa game would be effing awesome.
And to any important video game PR companies who probably aren’t reading this, I’m the king of being drunk. I would never spill any of your beans, and it would be an honor to have you send me to San Francisco so that I may drink alcohol and talk about video games with other people who are also drinking alcohol. Thank you.
[Via All Games Beta]

Brace Yourselves: A New PaRappa Game Is Coming. Maybe.

Some dude on NeoGAF who could either be an anonymous lonely forum nerd yearning for attention or an actual person close to the video game industry (possibly both?) felt the need to brag in a post about how he got drunk with some game industry friends in super hip San Francisco. Amidst the drunken shmoozery, a Sony PR guy allegedly “got pretty shit tanked” and “spilled the beans that a new Parappa the Rappa [sic] is being worked on with really slick HD illustrations and really cool animation that totally captures the spirit of the original. Apparently Queasy Games and the Media Molecule are teaming up for this, and it uses some of the tech from Tearaway.”

I think the main takeaway from all this is that most nerds suck at holding their liquor and shouldn’t be trusted with industry secrets and a new PaRappa game would be effing awesome.

And to any important video game PR companies who probably aren’t reading this, I’m the king of being drunk. I would never spill any of your beans, and it would be an honor to have you send me to San Francisco so that I may drink alcohol and talk about video games with other people who are also drinking alcohol. Thank you.

[Via All Games Beta]

PlayStation 4 Launch Date & Launch Games Revealed
Sony’s latest console hits North America on November 15 and November 29 in Europe. Click through for a list of launch window games.

These games will be released for the PS4 between November 15 and December 31.
RETAIL
NBA 2K14
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Skylanders Swap Force
Need for Speed: Rivals
Battlefield 4
Madden 25
FIFA 14
 NBA Live
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Driveclub
Knack
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Watch Dogs
Just Dance 2014
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 
DIGITAL
Basement Crawl
Pool Nation Extreme
Contrast
Warframe
Pinball Arcade
War Thunder
N++ Minecraft
DC Universe
Planetside 2
Counterspy
ResoGun
Flower
Doki-Doki Universe
Hohokum
Tiny Brains
Super
Motherload Blacklight

PlayStation 4 Launch Date & Launch Games Revealed

Sony’s latest console hits North America on November 15 and November 29 in Europe. Click through for a list of launch window games.

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Xbox One Can Record Gameplay Too, But You’re Gonna’ Have To Pay
Gamers hoping to record their own “Let’s Play” videos have been pretty vocal in their excitement regarding the new game recording features in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A little nugget of info has popped up on the official Xbox site that’s sure to cheese some people off. While game recording will be free for PS4 owners, Xbox One owners will need to pay the $60/year Xbox Live Gold fee. We’ll have to wait until both consoles are released this fall to see if Microsoft’s paid service is superior to PS4’s, and if so, will it be worth the money?

Xbox One Can Record Gameplay Too, But You’re Gonna’ Have To Pay

Gamers hoping to record their own “Let’s Play” videos have been pretty vocal in their excitement regarding the new game recording features in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A little nugget of info has popped up on the official Xbox site that’s sure to cheese some people off. While game recording will be free for PS4 owners, Xbox One owners will need to pay the $60/year Xbox Live Gold fee. We’ll have to wait until both consoles are released this fall to see if Microsoft’s paid service is superior to PS4’s, and if so, will it be worth the money?

(Source: games.slashdot.org)

The PlayStation 4: Some Things You Need to Know

Alright, normally I’d make a post like this a little more in-depth, blunt, and I guess professional, but there’s a lot to cover. I’m going to pretty much wing this and write about what I saw from watching the live stream of the conference, as well what was exactly shown from tonight’s Sony press event, in which the PlayStation 4 was officially revealed.

If you want to watch the entire two hour conference, I haven’t found a link to a full video yet. You can definitely catch bits and pieces from the event in clips on multiple websites, like GT.TV.

So the conference opened up with a really loud intro in which Sony chose to give a short trailer to showcase their past generations of gaming. They used MSTRKRFT’s remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital,” and I really like that song, so I paid attention. After the trailer, some boring guy got on stage and was like “Blahblahblahblahblahblah, thanks for coming out here. Here’s our PLAYSTATION 4!” Then everyone clapped because some people in the audience thought they actually wouldn’t fucking call it a PlayStation and they would call it an “Orbis.” 

(And by the way, if you’re still calling the PlayStation 4 the “Orbis,” and you’re blogging/writing for a gaming site, please get away from your keyboard and go outside or something. We have an official name for it. Motherfuckers don’t call Gamecubes “Dolphins,” so why you wanna call a PS4 an “Orbis,” still?)

Anyway, then some other guy who worked on some old games for the Atari and helped make Earthworm Jim or something started talking for a long time. Then he explained what’s new with the PlayStation 4, feature wise. The "share," button was explained, and it was revealed that gamers can now instantly post screenshots and video clips directly into Facebook or somewhere on the Internet. Sony’s actually working with Facebook and UStream, actually. Or something like that. The controller has a touch screen, but we’ve known that for a bit thanks to numerous rumors from the Internet.

The PS4’s camera will allow players to look at each other while playing a game. Different games, same game, etc. You can look at each other, spectate, talk shit, and you can even stream yourself. Pretty much instantly. There’s a pic of that in the image dump up top.

The console is NOT backwards compatible (physically, I guess?) but you will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your system by streaming. Downloads can now be completed when your system is off, which is an extremely cool feature. Games you buy are available to play ASAP. If you want to play Killzone, you can purchase it and literally start it up and begin playing with the game being downloaded while you’re still in-game. Also, there’s a lot to do with clouds. You can transfer games to your Vita, much like Wii U and its controller.

Some other people talked and games were shown. There’s a new Killzone, some other game with some robot in it that looked like a Dreamworks film, and Square-Enix came on stage to show some video too. Then Square-Enix invited grandpa/Final Fantasy board director on stage to say “Hey guys, wanna know what Final Fantasy game we’re making NOW? Too fucking bad, you’ll see it at E3!” Then he got off stage and some other shit was shown. I don’t remember. There was a car game that seemed overly detailed and extremely realistic, but I don’t like cars to begin with so I kind of blocked that out. Oh, and Infamous.

What I do remember, game wise, was Watch Dogs. That game looks incredible. Here’s a trailer of that. Highly suggest watching it if you wanna see what’s on some next-level shit right now. It’s also coming to multiple platforms, but it’s releasing on PS4 first.

Then Sony said “Hey, you remember when we made this?” and then showed off the PlayStation Move. And then I left the room to make a sandwich and watch my girlfriend play Dead Space 2 for a little bit, so I missed a big chunk of it. It was boring though, I’m sure.

Then Blizzard came out! And whoever spoke for Blizzard looked like a really cool step-dad or something, so I really paid attention to him. He was seriously the Tony Stark of Sony tonight, looking real comfortable and making jokes people had genuine laughs with.

Then this motherfucker announced that Diablo III was coming to PlayStation 4 (AND PS3) and every superior PC gamer in the world lost their fucking minds.

Then Bungie came out and said “Hey guys, Destiny is coming out on PS4, too.” Then this team from Bungie came out and stood there in blazers, looked real odd for a while, and then Scotty beamed their awkward asses up so Sony could close the event.

And that was it, for the most part. I’ve linked this post with a bunch of articles to further explain what I can’t right now. There’s loads of photos, videos, etc, so check them out. There’s bits I missed out on, but I’m okay with that. That’s pretty much what happened. I was kind of struggling to not fall asleep.

What we still don’t know is what Sony will price this thing at, what the actual console looks like, and what else is in store for the console. We know it’s out this holiday season, though. Maybe more will be revealed at E3, perhaps?

 

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In Less Than 15 Minutes, Sony Is Having a Press Conference
And more than likely, it’s about their next gaming console. PlayStation 4? Maybe. Live streaming by Kotaku is going to happen, as well as live updates. Stay tuned to them for info when it drops. We’ll have a wrap-up post tonight on the event. Stay put.

In Less Than 15 Minutes, Sony Is Having a Press Conference

And more than likely, it’s about their next gaming console. PlayStation 4? Maybe. Live streaming by Kotaku is going to happen, as well as live updates. Stay tuned to them for info when it drops. We’ll have a wrap-up post tonight on the event. Stay put.

WSJ: PlayStation 4 to Stream PlayStation 3 Games
The Wall Street Journal has revealed that an unnamed source “familiar” with Sony’s plans with the Playstation 4 claims that the next console will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games. This is very interesting news, as it’s been swirling around that the PlayStation 4 will not be accepting used games. This may be the way around not pissing everyone off.
Joystiq’s report suggest “that online streaming of current PS3 games will be paired with new games sold on optical media through regular channels.” A good solution to not having backwards compatibility? Maybe.
Announcements from Sony regarding the PlayStation will be on the 20th. Stay tuned to Albotas for more on the next generation console.
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WSJ: PlayStation 4 to Stream PlayStation 3 Games

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that an unnamed source “familiar” with Sony’s plans with the Playstation 4 claims that the next console will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games. This is very interesting news, as it’s been swirling around that the PlayStation 4 will not be accepting used games. This may be the way around not pissing everyone off.

Joystiq’s report suggest “that online streaming of current PS3 games will be paired with new games sold on optical media through regular channels.” A good solution to not having backwards compatibility? Maybe.

Announcements from Sony regarding the PlayStation will be on the 20th. Stay tuned to Albotas for more on the next generation console.

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An Interesting Article on What Sony Should Do to Succeed With the PS4
Earlier this week, I wrote about a rumor that Edge broke news on. That rumor stated that Microsoft will not be allowing playable used games for their next console. There were a couple of other things mentioned in that write-up with the next Microsoft system, but hardly any of the 5,000+ notes on Tumblr had any opinion or 2 cents on those other new features, such as the console’s new blu-ray format, or the new Kinect being bundled with the next Xbox.
Well, in case some of you weren’t aware already, Sony has patented technology that could very well stop the use of used games on their next console. It’s also been rumored for the last two years that both Sony and Microsoft will indeed be stopping used games from being playable at all on their next gen consoles.
Also, for those of you upset with this tactic and think that neither company would ever do this: stop being naive. They’re both companies who need money. That’s what they do. Simple as that.
Steam does it now. You cannot sell or lend out a previously purchased PC game you have bought from Steam. Same idea here, except with consoles. Granted, neither Microsoft or Sony price their digital games low enough to make me want to purchase them online as opposed to handling physical copies, but I’m sure that would change in the future gen of consoles. Hopefully…
And stop kidding yourselves — you’re not going to buy a Wii U if Microsoft or Sony “betrayed” you. You weren’t planning on that ever. Most of you have jobs and can afford more than one console, so I don’t see the need for elitism with sticking with one system for one entire generation of video game systems when you can simply buy another.
So now I’m going to make this perfectly clear before I go on with saying this. I’ll even bold this next statement, as to not confuse some of you with this post.
It’s rumored that the next PlayStation will not be backwards compatible and the next Xbox might not be either. Veteran gaming journalist, Chris Morris, speculates that the new technology being brought onto both upcoming systems will not allow either console to achieve that task. 
Reading some headlines on Kotaku this afternoon, I found this article I’d really like you all to take the time and read, written by Chris Morris. The article goes in-depth into explaining what exactly needs to be accomplished for Sony to succeed with their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Pretty damn great ideas and a very realistic look on what Sony will be doing with their upcoming console. Read it here. It’ll get you pumped, from a business aspect at least.
And yes, rumors are rumors. But sometimes they can be true. Sometimes.
We may know more about the PlayStation 4 in less than two weeks. Sony has planned a press conference for February 20, and many speculate it’s for the PlayStation 4.

An Interesting Article on What Sony Should Do to Succeed With the PS4

Earlier this week, I wrote about a rumor that Edge broke news on. That rumor stated that Microsoft will not be allowing playable used games for their next console. There were a couple of other things mentioned in that write-up with the next Microsoft system, but hardly any of the 5,000+ notes on Tumblr had any opinion or 2 cents on those other new features, such as the console’s new blu-ray format, or the new Kinect being bundled with the next Xbox.

Well, in case some of you weren’t aware already, Sony has patented technology that could very well stop the use of used games on their next console. It’s also been rumored for the last two years that both Sony and Microsoft will indeed be stopping used games from being playable at all on their next gen consoles.

Also, for those of you upset with this tactic and think that neither company would ever do this: stop being naive. They’re both companies who need money. That’s what they do. Simple as that.

Steam does it now. You cannot sell or lend out a previously purchased PC game you have bought from Steam. Same idea here, except with consoles. Granted, neither Microsoft or Sony price their digital games low enough to make me want to purchase them online as opposed to handling physical copies, but I’m sure that would change in the future gen of consoles. Hopefully…

And stop kidding yourselves — you’re not going to buy a Wii U if Microsoft or Sony “betrayed” you. You weren’t planning on that ever. Most of you have jobs and can afford more than one console, so I don’t see the need for elitism with sticking with one system for one entire generation of video game systems when you can simply buy another.

So now I’m going to make this perfectly clear before I go on with saying this. I’ll even bold this next statement, as to not confuse some of you with this post.

It’s rumored that the next PlayStation will not be backwards compatible and the next Xbox might not be either. Veteran gaming journalist, Chris Morris, speculates that the new technology being brought onto both upcoming systems will not allow either console to achieve that task. 

Reading some headlines on Kotaku this afternoon, I found this article I’d really like you all to take the time and read, written by Chris Morris. The article goes in-depth into explaining what exactly needs to be accomplished for Sony to succeed with their upcoming PlayStation 4 console. Pretty damn great ideas and a very realistic look on what Sony will be doing with their upcoming console. Read it here. It’ll get you pumped, from a business aspect at least.

And yes, rumors are rumors. But sometimes they can be true. Sometimes.

We may know more about the PlayStation 4 in less than two weeks. Sony has planned a press conference for February 20, and many speculate it’s for the PlayStation 4.

This Is What The PlayStation 4 Looks Like

Or at least it’s what it should look like according to this conceptual mock-up by Nathan Gandotti and Danny Haymond Jr. The pair envision a slimmer, more futuristic body with a solid state drive, WiGig Alliance connectivity, and an attractive light-up controller. Hopefully Sony is taking notes.

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