/// September 21, 2016 | EPISODE 169
Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!
Gamers never die…..
Just like the Games of Our Lives…
/// GAMES FEATURED
►Paper Mario: Color Splash
►Dragon Ball Fusions
►Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
►Dark Souls III
/// Blizzard is Dropping the Battle.net Name!
We’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We’ll just be referring to it as Blizzard tech instead. You’ve already seen this recently with things like “Blizzard Streaming” and “Blizzard Voice,” and more changes are on the way.
When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name. Over time, though, we’ve seen that there’s been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls—Blizzard and Battle.net. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.
We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware as we moved forward with this change over the next several months; we’ll provide any relevant updates as the transition progresses. [Source]
/// Paper Mario: Color Splash ‘A Splash of Mystery’ Trailer!
/// Dragon Ball Fusions Coming to NA on December 13, Europe in February 2017!
/// Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 ‘Protect Our Memories’ Trailer!
/// Persona 5 Tops Japanese Charts, PS4 Sales Jump to 96K Due to PS4 Slim Release!
The release of the PlayStation 4 Slim helped push sales of the PlayStation 4 up to 96,433 units. The Nintendo 3DS sold 38,140 units, the PlayStation Vita sold 12,931 units and the Wii U sold 2,703 units. The PlayStation 3 sold 1,099 units and the Xbox One sold 106 units.
Here is the complete top 20 chart:
- [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 264,793 (New)
- [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 72,794 (New)
- [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 66,037 (New)
- [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 34,502 (New)
- [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (Level-5, 07/16/16) – 19,726 (1,224,376)
- [3DS] Dragon Ball Fusions (Bandai Namco, 08/04/16) – 7,220 (159,638)
- [Wii U] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Mojang, 06/23/16) – 7,168 (121,795)
- [3DS] Chou Sentouchuu: Kyuukyoku no Shinobu to Battle Player Choujou Kessen (Bandai Namco, 09/15/16) – 5,782 (New)
- [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (GungHo Online Entertainment, 07/28/16) – 5,782 (174,953)
- [PS4] BioShock: The Collection (2K Games, 09/15/16) – 5,544 (New)
- [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, 04/29/16) – 5,387 (433,736)
- [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SIE, 03/19/15) – 4,986 (874,366)
- [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 5,082 (2,889,923)
- [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition (Spike Chunsoft, 09/01/16) – 4,188 (21,911)
- [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (10/08/15) – 4,180 (160,600)
- [PS4] Tales of Berseria (Bandai Namco, 08/18/16) – 3,745 (218,119)
- [PS4] Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (Falcom, 09/12/16) – 3,712 (18,870)
- [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 3,396 (1,468,812)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection) (Nintendo, 03/17/16) – 2,908 (93,181)
- [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 02/18/16) – 2,722 (238,675)
/// Dishonored 2 Creative Kills Gameplay Video!
/// DICE Details Battlefield 1 Melee Weapons and the Differences!
Over on the official Battlefield site, DICE details how the Battlefield 1 melee weapons and systems work, which means that the melee weapons aren’t just re-skins of the same thing. There are three Battlefield 1 melee weapon types: knives, clubs and bladed/specials. Each melee weapon type has three stats (speed, damage and rate at how easy it is to do a brutal takedown with said weapon). [Source]
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/// Driveclub VR Releases October!
Driveclub VR launches exclusively for PS VR on October 13 for $39.99. Buckle up for one of the most immersive racers yet. pic.twitter.com/vvKXv34jua
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 21, 2016
/// Microsoft on PS4 Pro: “I Know That 4.2 Teraflops Is Not Enough to Do True 4K”!
Speaking with Eurogamer, Penello talked about how there’s a lot of asterisks around Sony’s PS4 Pro 4K marketing:
To go back to your original point about salting the competition or trying to be aggressive against them. I think there are a lot of caveats they’re giving customers right now around 4K. They’re talking about checkerboard rendering and up-scaling and things like that. There are just a lot of asterisks in their marketing around 4K, which is interesting because when we thought about what spec we wanted for Scorpio, we were very clear we wanted developers to take their Xbox One engines and render them in native, true 4K. That was why we picked the number, that’s why we have the memory bandwidth we have, that’s why we have the teraflops we have, because it’s what we heard from game developers was required to achieve native 4K.
Now, similarly to what Sony said, that doesn’t mean I’m going to require developers to do this. They’re going to be able to decide to take that six teraflops of power and do what they think is best for their game. But I know that 4.2 teraflops is not enough to do true 4K. So, I feel like our product aspired a little bit higher, and we will have fewer asterisks around the 4K experiences we deliver on our box.
/// Dark Souls III ‘Ashes of Ariandel’ DLC Gameplay Video!