Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Comic-Con Trailer

PlayStation has released a new trailer for PS3 title Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at Comic-Con. This game is the final chapter in Lightning’s story.

The company also revealed some gameplay details; The game will have a new battle system that allows players to destroy pieces of enemy monsters, a new counter-attack system that allows the player to fully counter physical attacks, disabling attacks that require that part of the body and different awards once battles are over.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on 21 November (Japan); 11 February, 2014 (North America) and 14 February (Europe). Square Enix revealed the game will be available in a “Final Fantasy XIII – Lightning Ultimate Box” premium set (£170 approx), which includes all three games in the Final Fantasy XIII series, a soundtrack of selected songs from the trilogy, a booklet of the original costume designs and a Play Arts figure of the heroine, Lightning. Pre-ordering the game in America and Europe will unlock Cloud’s uniform, band, and buster sword as equipment for Lightning.

PlayStation Gives a Tantalising Peak at the PS4

In a pre-emptive move before the release of Microsoft’s new Xbox tomorrow, Sony has released a teaser video of the PlayStation 4 console. The console will be fully unveiled at a press conference on 10 June, just before the E3 expo gets underway. The press conference will begin streaming on the PlayStation website at 6pm.

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SCE Japan Studio Released Teaser for Mysterious Panopticon Game

Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan Studio has released a teaser trailer for a new project titled Panopticon. The video was released on the official PlayStation website after a counter climbed up to 1,000,000 years. More information about the game will be released on the website on the 21 May.

Very little is known about this title apart from the fact that PlayStation applied for a European trademark on Panopticon; the symbol (pictured right) was filed to include computer and video games, toys and playthings, and entertainment.

A panopticon originally comes from English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 1700s, and was a design for a prison that meant a watchman could monitor all the inmates from one position without their knowledge. Although an exact version of Bentham’s panopticon has ever been built, it has been said that some prisons were influenced by Bentham’s design. The word panopticon is derived from the Greek words “pan” and “optikon”, which together mean “all-seeing”.

Sony Reveals the First of the Next-Gen Consoles: The PlayStation 4

In a long-anticipated press conference, Sony has unveiled the PlayStation 4… Well, sort of. All of the machine’s substantial architecture and DualShock 4 controller were revealed, along with multiple developer presentations of games and software demos, but the console itself remained hidden. However, it’s clear that Sony have taken a completely different approach with the PlayStation 4.

Sony PlayStation 4

The process of creating the new console has been a collaborative effort between Sony and multiple developers around the world. It has put a clear focus on gaming; with powerful software to make it easier for developers to make games with a very high graphical fidelity, and a new set-up for consumers to gain quicker and easier access to their games. Sony also wants to make the PS4 the home for indie developers, with the option for self-publishing on the PlayStation Network.

ps4-featuredThe console’s impressive, largely PC components-based, architecture will consist of an 8-core AMD CPU and an advanced AMD GPU (with an approximate peak performance of 1.84 TFLOPS), which will both be on a single-chip APU. It will also have a large system memory at 8GB of RAM, and will have the usual Blu-Ray compatible disk drive.

Whether you understand the computer terminology or not, this is a powerful set-up that has been created with the developer and player in mind. One phrase that sticks out from the launch is that the PS4 is a machine built by gamers for gamers. Its a strong design ethos that is surely what console owners have been waiting for; no longer is the focus on a console being a multimedia hub, and while we may all enjoy the perks of watching Netflix or Blu-Rays on a console, they are gaming machines at their core and Sony have stuck with what’s important. In fact, when you download a game on the PS4, it will be playable within seconds of the first bits of loading. 

The DualShock 4 controller has been given several upgrades from its predecessor; the main additions are a touchpad on the front of the controller, a light bar for motion control (aided by a gyroscope and accelerometer), an improved rumble and a headphone socket (for in-game chats). The triggers and analogue sticks have also been redesigned to be more responsive to the players’ touch. However, perhaps the most prominent change of all is the share button; fairly self-explanatory, it allows players to share recent game footage online or via social networks. Though it’s hard to know if this will be welcome and helpful addition, or if it will just flood the internet with COD pro headshots and troll videos. Either way, it’s clear Sony has changed its game and is willing to share more with the gaming community..

Quantic Dream’s polygon demo

While this all sounds like a heartening tale of the big bad corporation finding a new lease of life, some things don’t change… The games themselves. There was the FPS Killzone Shadowfall, which looks like any other FPS on the current market; Infamous: Second Son title from Sucker Punch, another instalment to an existing franchise; a PS4 port of Diablo III from Blizzard, which will no doubt have been bought already by anyone that wished to play it and Knack, a cartoony brawler, which was the first game to be previewed at the launch and seemed somewhat underwhelming. David Cage from Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain) gave the same pitch about emotions in gaming, and put it all down to the polygon counts, which allow for greater detail and richer facial expressions. Media Molecule also made an appearance, and as the creators of LittleBigPlanet there were hopes for a game that would finally capture our imagination, but the team didn’t have a specific title to show; instead, they presented a sculpting software that used the PlayStation Move controller, which was impressive and presumably very technically sophisticated.

Still, it was a strong presentation by Sony, and we will have to wait till E3 to receive more details about the console. Now, however, it’s just a matter of time before Microsoft responds with its announcement of the new Xbox.

Kingdom Hearts Gets Online PC Browser Game

The Japanese videogame publication Famitsu has announced that the Kingdom Hearts franchise will open an online PC browser game to celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary. In the game, titled Kingdom Hearts Chi, players directly control the protagonist as they travel through various Disney worlds. Players can also engage in card-based battles, along with their friends. This game is the first of the franchise to be available as an online PC game, with the series usually releasing PlayStation titles.

The latest franchise release for the PS3, Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5 Remix-, will come with a code for a “Handy Set”, which is usable in Kingdom Hearts Chi. The set will come with a Rare+ Sora card, 20,000 Munny, and 4,000 card-draw points. And those who purchase the game on Square Enix’s e-STORE will also receive a code to obtain a “Battle Support Set”, containing a Rare+ Riku card, 10 potions, and 10 ethers.

Trailer for Latest Legend Of Heroes: Trials Game Released

Nihon Falcom has released a trailer of the latest instalment to The Legend Of Heroes: Trails series with The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Flash (Eiyu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki). The trailer debuted at Sony’s PS Vita conference. The video introduces the four main characters Rean Schwarzer, Alisa Reinford, Laura S. Arseid, and Eliot Craig. The game is set for release on PS3 and Vita in 2013.

This game is set in the same Erebonian Empire period as The Legend of Heroes: Trails in The Sky, which was released in 2004.

Soul Sacrifice Vita Conference Trailer Released

A new trailer for the RPG Soul Sacrifice, which was previously shown at the PlayStation Vita conference, has been released. The video shows further footage of the game’s various monsters and environments. The game will be released in Japan on 7 March, in North America on 30 April, and in Europe on 1 May.

The protagonist of the game is slave of a cruel sorcerer, who is saved from sacrifice by a demon in the form of a book. This book allows the player to experience battles with monsters from the past, gaining experience and power as they go along. Players can use magic but it comes at a cost, which can range from objects like jewels to body parts. The player’s in-game counterpart will be permanently marked by each use of magic, and as they get more powerful, they lose their human appearance and begin to resemble, and eventually turn into, a monster. 

The game was developed by Japan Studios, an in-house developer of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Soul Sacrifice RPG Trailer Released

PlayStation Japan has released a trailer for the PS Vita RPG Soul Sacrifice, the trailer was previously shown at the PlayStation Awards on 3 December. The video features gameplay footage of battle, which is described in the video as “intense magic battle action.” The game will be released in Japan on 7 March, in North America on 30 April, and in Europe on 1 May.

The protagonist of the game is slave of a cruel sorcerer, who is saved from sacrifice by a demon in the form of a book. This book allows the player to experience battles with monsters from the past, gaining experience and power as they go along. Players can use magic but it comes at a cost, which can range from objects like jewels to body parts. The player’s in-game counterpart will be permanently marked by each use of magic, and as they get more powerful, they lose their human appearance and begin to resemble, and eventually turn into, a monster. The game was developed by Japan Studios, an in-house developer of publisher Sony Computer Entertainment.

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time Animation Short Released

PlayStation have released an animation short to promote Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time action game; the video features Sly and his friends pull off an airborne heist. The character of Sly is voiced by Kevin Miller (Blood Will TellNightshade).

Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time was developed by Sanzaru Games and is being published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game will be available on PS3 and Vita on 5 February (US), 27 March (UK).

God Of War: Ascension Singleplayer Teaser and Demo Revealed

PlayStation and Sony Computer Entertainment have released a teaser trailer for the singleplayer mode of God Of War: Ascension. The story of this prequel is set six months after the last game, in which Kratos was tricked by Ares into killing his wife and child. Kratos broke his blood oath with Ares and was sentenced to an eternity chained in a prison for the living damned; now he will be tested as he seeks his freedom and vengeance. God of War: Ascension will be available on PlayStation 3 from March 12 (US), March 15 (UK).

Players can gain early access to the singleplayer demo by joining the Rise of The Warrior challenge and testing their God Of War knowledge for the chance to win in-game rewards and exclusive downloadable content.

PlayStation Network users in North or South America can also access an open beta for the game’s multiplayer mode.

North America “Tokyo Jungle” Release

Though Tokyo Jungle seems an unlikely title to pass through the ‘net’ of which games travel to the west and which – sadly – die in Japan, the post-apocalyptic survival game set in futuristic Tokyo is due for a release in North America later this month. 

The game is set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where humans have mysteriously disappeared   from the city. The player controls one of the dozens of animals that now roam wild Tokyo, which has become a ruthless city controlled by only the strongest beasts. Play as several different creatures, some of which are unlockable as you play through the game, to try to become ‘top dog’ in a city that truly has no rules. 

An unlikely competitor rises to challenge the champions

 

Tokyo Jungle is due to be released on PSN on September 25th and will be priced at $14.99. Watch the trailer for a bleak peek into the barbaric world of new Tokyo!

Article by K. Cooper