Ducktales Remastered E3 trailer released

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/ by Anthony Wright

Capcom released another trailer for the upcoming HD Remastered re-release of the popular classic Ducktales, and to grab some more attention an avoid being washed away under the influx of next generation titles have cleverly chosen to release it just ahead of E3.

We’re still stuck with the tentative release date of Summer 2013, but with E3 only days away hopefully we can get a solid release date during the convention.

New Thief trailer revealed for E3

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/ by Anthony Wright

A new trailer or Thief has been released in the build up to E3. Unfortunately it’s a pre-rendered trailer so there’s not really much new to see other than a bit of background story for anyone who may have missed out on the franchise before, providing a brief introduction to the protagonist Garrett.

Hopefully we will get a glimpse at some gameplay over the next few days during E3!

Kiefer Sutherland to reprise the role of Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

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/ by Anthony Wright

Yesterday Konami held a pre-E3 event to showcase some of their latest titles, and of course this included their most anticipated title currently announced, Metal Gear Solid V.

The main focus of Metal Gear’s section was to announced that the voice of Snake will now actually be played by Kiefer Sutherland rather than David Hayter who has been the voice of Snake since 1998 when the original Metal Gear Solid released for the PSOne.

Hideo Kojima explained that the game would be taking on some sensitive topics such as race and revenge, so he felt that a lot of Snake’s performance should be shown through subtle facial movements rather than the words chosen, leading to him to find a new actor to play the character.

Four Years After Releasing, Flower Will Make its Way to Vita

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/ by Anthony Wright

In a rather unusual yet exciting bit of news it has been revealed that Flower will e releasing on the Playstation Vita with controls redesigned to take advantage of the handhelds features. The game will be shown at E3′s Indiecade.

The description says: ”Using simple touch or motion controls, the player guides the lead petal and accumulates a swarm of flower petals as he moves at his own pace within the environment, causing the on-screen world to change,”

Whether or not purchasers of the original Playstation 3 version of the game will have to pay again to get their hands on the new build isn’t currently known, however given the redesigned control scheme, it seems there’s a good chance that it won’t be free. However given that Flower is one of the most inspirational games on the market, it’s definitely worth picking up a second time.

[Source: Joystiq]

Rayman Legends Confirmed for PS Vita With Exclusive Content

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/ by Anthony Wright

The rumors from last month that supported the idea of Rayman Legends coming to Sony’s latest handheld have been confirmed. As discovered by Neogaf, a number of Spanish gaming media outlets have began passing along a press release from Ubisoft Madrid.

Aside from just porting the game over there will also be five exclusive levels which will take advantage of Vita’s rear touchpad, and a couple o extra costumes as well inspired by other popular Ubisoft franchises. Rayman will receive a Prince of Persia themed outfit while Globox will be donning a costume from the Splinter Cell franchise, most likely Sam Fisher’s infamous outfit.

Don’t forget Rayman Legends will be out on August 29th for the US and August 30th for the EU on Wii-U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Playstation Vita.

[Source: Neogaf]

GTA V to receive Special and Collectors Editions

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/ by Anthony Wright

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the biggest releases of the year as is typical of any Grand Theft Auto game, and as everyone would expect, it’s the sort of game that just can’t help but have a Collectors Edition available, but the new entry will actually have two different editions available.

First off there’s the Special Edition which will come with a few extra goodies and some more in-game treats:

  • Full retail copy of Grand Theft Auto V
  • Collectible SteelBook with Exclusive Artwork
    This special SteelBook features double-sided, never-before-seen artwork of Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Custom color and metallic treatments bring out the detail of the artwork created exclusively for this SteelBook.
  • Blueprint Map
    This exclusive, additional 21.5” x 26.75” map displays a blueprint view of Los Santos and Blaine County. Cryptic markings indicate locations for fast cash and other points of interest for the up-and-coming entrepreneur.
  • Special Ability Boost
    Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have a unique special ability. With this boost, the special ability bar will generate 25% faster.
  • Stunt Plane Trials
    Single player Stunt Plane Trials let you take on additional aerial challenges spread throughout Los Santos and Blaine County.
  • Bonus Outfits, Tattoos and More
    Michael, Franklin and Trevor get bonus outfits in their wardrobes, character specific tattoos at tattoo parlors, and special deals from shopkeepers across Los Santos and Blaine County.
  • Additional Weapons
    When visiting Ammunation stores in single player, merchants will have special weapons in their inventory available for free: the Pistol .50, Bullpup Shotgun and melee Hammer.

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The Collector’s Edition however will have all the extras that the Special Edition hosts along with some more collectibles:

  • Grand Theft Auto V Security Deposit Bag with Logo Key
    Inspired by the heists in Grand Theft Auto V, this custom 10.75” x 8.5” money bag features a pop-up style lock and laser cut logo key to secure important items. The reverse side features a pressed Rockstar Games logo on the security mount with a framed ID window.
  • Grand Theft Auto V New Era 9FIFTY™ Snapback Cap
    This exclusive New Era 9FIFTY™ cap features an embroidered Los Santos logo on the front, a stitched, black Rockstar Games logo on the wearer’s left side, a Grand Theft Auto ‘V’ logo applique on the opposite side, and snapback closure for an adjustable fit.
  • Custom Characters for Grand Theft Auto Online
    Get classic Grand Theft Auto characters to use within the Grand Theft Auto Online Character Creation System.
  • Unique Vehicles and Garage Property
    Players will instantly receive a garage to store custom vehicles. In single player, the garage will be stocked with the 1930’s style Hotknife hotrod and the CarbonRS sports bike. In Grand Theft Auto Online, players will get the high-end Khamelion electric car.

The Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now for $79.99, the Collectors Edition is also up for pre-order if you can spare $149.99 for it. Grand Theft Auto V will release for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th.

[Source: NOWGamer]

How Should Microsoft Handle Tomorrow’s Reveal?

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/ by Anthony Wright

With the reveal of Microsoft’s next generation console looming I started to think about what I’d like to see from both the system itself and the reveal. Having owned both their systems and also being a long term subscriber to Xbox Live I’ve seen the systems undergo large transformations, but the next console should usher in the largest list of changes to their system in many years and this is what I’d like to see happen tomorrow.

First of all the reveal should have impact, and as a gamer nothing would have more of an impact on me than starting out with a live demo of a new IP exclusive to the console that will define the system. However another smart move would be start out with the reveal of their next Halo title complete with a shiny new engine and lots of new mechanics, as undeniably the game is an important franchise for the system with a large fanbase who will have high hopes for the IP going into the next gen.

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Another smart move which many are expecting would be to reveal the design of the system itself to appease the mainstream media. Some of you may remember that shortly after the reveal of Sony’s Playstation 4 some media outlets began complaining that the system itself was never displayed at the event so this is a good opportunity for the Microsoft to put themselves in a better position with the media.

Inevitably there will also be a focus on what other features the console will be capable of and the intergration of popular social networking sites and various apps will probably get a section of its own at the event. The rumors of the console having a large focus on TV/Cable broadcasting still remain to be proven true or false as well, but if the rumors prove true, this will also take up another lengthy section of the announcement. While I do hope these sections don’t run for too long I won’t pretend that they aren’t important considering the socially connected world we live in. This brings me to one of the most important moments of the event, what will Microsoft do with Xbox Live in the next gen?

Personally I don’t think the subscription based model is going anywhere, but I also think there could be some radical changes to the system we have grown accustomed to. One of the toughest decisions for Microsoft right now must be whether to continue charging for access to online multiplayer or not, and how this could affect the Xbox 360 install base. If they allow online play for free on the next generation it could seem like a big middle finger to the paying members who supported them for this generation and those that continue to support them. The problem with this is that both Nintendo and Sony offer the service for free and leaves them with an edge over Microsoft unless they can find a solution, which they hopefully have.

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Another factor that could possibly alienate a number of gamers is the presence of Kinect, although just the device being there shouldn’t be enough to automatically put people off. Provided Kinect or it’s next generation rendition are capable of fulfilling the promises of the original device whilst going above and beyond it could still prove to be a useful asset to a variety of players of all types. But if Kinect continues to lend itself to the casual market most of all then it’s not going encourage the type of people who would typically sink the money on a console at launch day.

Another feature that I would like to see return would be a more customizable user interface akin to what we had when the Xbox 360 launched with the blades UI. The current interface of the Xbox 360 is certainly easier to use, however the amount of features that can be tweaked to your preference have continued to be reduced with each update. While it’s only a minor touch it’s also something that most people can appreciate and I don’t think the Avatar system is quite as appealing as changing the base color scheme of the entire system to something of your preference.

The most important factor in the event though will be the games and there’s a pretty good amount of new IP’s in store according to Microsoft. There’s a good chance we’re going to see another Halo game as Tesco had previously added a listing for the next game along with their listing for Call of Duty: Ghosts which proved to true. Following on from that CoD: Ghosts is more or less confirmed to appear at the event tomorrow. On top of that a trademark for ‘ForzaVista’ was registered by Microsoft today, so there’s a chance that a new Forza game may be revealed at the event tomorrow.

I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of surprises too since Microsoft own a number of studios who will hopefully have something to show tomorrow. Also since we will finally know what each system is bringing to the table we will finally have a better idea of what to expect from the next generation of gaming.

What would you like to see from the new Xbox? Or is there something you have a feeling might show up tomorrow? Let us know and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for all the latest from the event.