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Sony PS4 Announcement today!!

In just a few short hours the world shall lay eyes upon the new PlayStation 4, or ‘Orbis’ if you would like the working title.  I’m unbelievably excited to see not only what this console will look like, but also which of the rumors we will see become real.  At 6 p.m. in New York, Eastern time, 3 p.m. Pacific time and 11 p.m. GMT, it will be time to see the future of PlayStation unveil.  No matter what you are doing, whether at work, at home or maybe travelling somewhere, I recommend that you tune in and watch it for yourself on IGN  (Too bad for those who are in class…however if you are maybe you will find a way!).

Here is the link; http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign

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Sony and PlayStation – The Teasers

Knowing all the excitement that is before them Sony have been teasing us.  Lets recap on what exactly they did;

Free Monday – For those who are lucky enough to already own a PlayStation console it may be very wise to check your inbox if you haven’t already!   PlayStation Network gave away $10 to its users (i’m so not jealous!) which they can spend on anything they like within the store.

PlayStation Vita Announcements – Sony Japan from out of thin air decided to tease an online streamed event, focusing entirely on PlayStation Vita, this event was held on 18th February at 5pm (Tokyo time).

What will the announcement unveil? 

Apart from the obvious, that being the latest gaming console(!), this is what I am excited to discover from the conference (in no particular order);

  • Games

As of yet virtually no games have been officially announced for this console, however the games that are announced will be crucial as from this we will gain an insight into what the console will be like.  Titles which have been rumoured for the launch are,  Killzone 4, Uncharted 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 among others.  Highly anticipated are Destiny, Star Wars 1313, Watchdogs, Untitled Guerrilla New IP and Santa Monica New IP.

  • The Controller

Originally Sony seemed to be heading towards a screen and dropping the much loved dual-shock controller, however the recent prototype which appeared on the internet clearly showed controllers similar to the dual-shock, although it has been advanced. From researching numerous gaming sites they also mentioned a ‘share’ button, which may well allow gamers to take ‘screen grabs’ or video clips to post on a social networking site.  If this is proven true I know that there are some gamers who would take great advantages of this. Apparently we will also see for certain the touch pad as well.

  • Date and price

After the announcement Sony will have to inform the world of its several release dates and prices.  The rumour in England is that it will start from a somewhat reasonable £299.

For more of my blog posts about Sony and the PlayStation 4 view the links below,

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/playstation-4-prototype-controller-vs-playstation-3-controller/

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

and do not forget to check the ‘Sony See The Future Announcement’ countdown a third of the way down this blog! Currently 9 hours to go! 

Sources;

IGN (2013) Watch the PlayStation Event Live on IGN – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/watch-the-220-playstation-event-on-ign [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Sony Japan Teases Imminent PlayStation Vita Announcements – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/18/sony-japan-teases-imminent-playstation-vita-announcements [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) PlayStation Is Giving Out Free Money . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/20/playstation-is-giving-out-free-money [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

the Guardian (2013) Sony’s PlayStation 4: five things we want to know. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/feb/20/playstation-4-five-things-we-want-to-know?INTCMP=SRCH [Accessed: 20 Feb 2013].

PlayStation 4 PrototypeController vs PlayStation 3 Controller

There is much speculation behind the PS4 controller but has it already been revealed?  In just a few short days (3 to be exact), Sony are set to announce the reason behind their “See The Future” announcement.  Of course all clues (the most obvious one being the PlayStation symbol buttons appearing in the “See The Future” teaser trailer) lead to the announcement being highly rumored of the new PS4.  Let’s look at the apparent prototype and how it compares with the current controller.

You can read more about the Sony announcement here; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/sony-ps4-update/

https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

In these, I discuss some ideas as to what the new controller will look like.  This is a main focus point to the PS4 as Sony are thinking of dropping the much loved dual shock controller. I’m sure Sony have a very legitimate reason behind this, for some people playing on a PlayStation and growing up with the dual shock this has become a key feature of gaming.

An apparent “trusted source” has released the following image of what the PS4 controller may look like, and although this is a prototype it is set to change between now and when the console is announced, it does make me wonder if the controller can really be changed all that much.

Prototype PS4 controller

Prototype PS4 controller

The image seems to be confirmed by gaming website “IGN” however I cannot help but feel a little let down that the screen is smaller than anticipated, although I do like how it looks like Sony have ‘leveled-up’.

The above image shows a breakdown of all the features on the prototype controller while below is a breakdown of features (and their functions) on the current PlayStation3 controller.

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Comparing these two pictures it is easy to spot the resemblance and note what Sony have (for now) altered.  There are people who also note a resemblance between the Xbox controller and Dreamcast VMU.   

New Features on the PS4 Prototype

Analog Sticks – although not new in concept as they feature on the PS3 controller, the analog sticks appear to be slightly further apart though they remain level, which of course is a good thing, unlike the Xbox 360 controller’s unevenly placed sticks. However, the sticks themselves are concave – like the Xbox 360’s. 

Touch Pad – the new front controller should embark a touch pad that can be used in different ways depending on the choice of publishers. It is also possible according to other rumors that this surface hides a small LCD screen.  This is highly rumored. 

Motion-Tracking LED – It is this technology that equips the PlayStation Move and will hopefully have been developed to be more precise. 

Also the R2 and L2 buttons may actually be more in line with spring-loaded Xbox 360-like triggers.

Sources;

IGN (2013) This Is PlayStation 4’s (Prototype) Controller. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/15/is-this-playstation-4s-controller [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

Logic Sunrise (2013) [ Rumors ] Prototype of the new controller PS4 (SplitShock) *shift*. [online] Available at: http://www.logic-sunrise.com/en/news-599731-rumors-prototype-of-the-new-controller-ps4-splitshock-shift.html [Accessed: 18 Feb 2013].

New Assassins Creed Hero

Say goodbye to Connor

Say farewell to Connor

Assassins Creed III may only have been released a few months ago the next game in the series is already being planned.  Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently announced that there will be a different Assassins Creed hero in the next installment of this popular franchise, due for release sometime before March 2014. The reason behind this guess is that Yves Guillemot stated “Assassin’s Creed game is coming in the 2014 fiscal year.” Ubisoft’s next fiscal year will run from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

The news ultimately results in *sniff* no more of the protagonist Connor.  Upon hearing the news my first thought initially were what is to become of the hood? Will the new character have a hood at all and if so how can they improve upon it?  I understand to some this might seem unusual it is a statement of who he is, plus it does also look good.

Yves Guillemot stated the the next installment will see an “all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period” and it will be “another major leap forward for the franchise“.  Of course we can not wait to see what is instore, not only for us gamers but also the new hero.

With the previous installment being set during the American Civil War this leaves open a wide time period of when the next installment could be set.  The Escapist magazine quote;

Gamers have purchased more than 12 million copies of Assassin’s Creed III since its October 2012 launch.

Proving just how popular this franchise has become among gamers. Whatever is in store more news will come “very soon”.

Check out this previous post featuring a life size Connor figure; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/geek-finds/

Who will replace Connor?

Who will replace Connor?

 

Sources; 

IGN (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Has New Hero And New Time Period. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/07/next-assassins-creed-has-new-hero-time-period-developer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Leboeuf, S. (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Coming Fiscal 2014 With New Hero. [online] Available at: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121981-Next-Assassins-Creed-Coming-Fiscal-2014-With-New-Hero [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Polygon (2013) New Assassin’s Creed coming during next fiscal year, features new hero in a new time period. [online] Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2013/2/7/3964124/assassins-creed-4 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

 

 

 

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

As some faithful followers may have realised this blog normally focus on games released for platforms such as PC,  Xbox360 and PlayStation 3 in this post the focus is instead going to be on Nintendo 3Ds.

Cover Art

Cover Art

Luigi, from the much loved Mario and Luigi series has, in this game, embarked upon an adventure of his own, come 24th March 2013.  This game, published by Nintendo and developed by Next Level Games will see Luigi confront his own fears of ghosts and a haunted mansions, clue being in the game title.

Storyline

Professor E. Gadd. has assigned Luigi a mission, he must return all of Gadd’s ghosts to him after his, once friendly ghosts which he did research on in a valley have turned evil due to the Dark Moon shattering and are now loose.  Armed with Poltergust 5000, a ghost-sucking, vacuum-like invention, which proves to be a vital piece of equipment, and the objects around him Luigi must solve unique puzzles and a variety of actions all while keeping his nerves to a minimum as he goes off into the night exploring mansions filled with ghosts withdrawing his fear and capture the ghosts. However the ghosts themselves have several tricks to rely upon and  prevent this.

Exclusive Mode

Nintendo has also released that this game will feature a multi-player mode of up to 4 players. Featuring not only ‘local multi player mode’ where the players have to be close by, this game is also able to support an online and download mode.  It all sounds good however  the download function removes some features.  Personally I like how friends do not need to own a copy of this game, to join you on your mission, they do however need to own a 3Ds.  To see what the multi player mode will look like in action view the IGN “Multi player: Hunter Mode” at the end of this post.

Multi Player Mode

Multi Player Mode

Images

As this game is exclusive for 3DS some of the images, while playing the game, will be truly captivating in 3D.

Ghosts await

Ghosts await

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Luigi with his faithful Poltergust 5000

Sources;

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Gets a Release Date. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/17/luigis-mansion-dark-moon-gets-a-release-date [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) More Details on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Multiplayer . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/24/more-details-on-luigis-mansion-dark-moon-multiplayer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo 3DS). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/luigis-mansion-2/3ds-110795 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Luigis Mansion Nintendo (2013) Official Site – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS. [online] Available at: http://luigismansion.nintendo.com/ [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Official Nintendo Magazine (2013) Multi Player. [online] Available at: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/viewer.php?mode=article&id=51886 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

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Xbox 720, the latest stage – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/special-report-xbox-720-the-latest-stage/

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Video Game Violence, a political and gamer view – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-brief-look-at-video-game-violence-a-political-and-video-gamer-view/

Snow Day, Missions and Gaming – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/snow-day-missions-and-gaming/

PS4 the latest surrounding rumours – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/special-report-playstation-4-ps4-the-latest-surrounding-rumours/

Grand Theft Auto V – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/grand-theft-auto-v/

Dates for your geek calendar (preview! part 2) – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/dates-for-your-geek-calendar-preview-part-2/

Video Games: Benefits of playing – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/video-games-benefits-of-playing/

E3 – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/e3-2013-what-we-know-so-far/

Hitman HD Trilogy – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/hitman-hd-trilogy/

SimCity – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/simcity/

OnLive – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/onlive-a-cloud-gaming-platform/

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