The Koalition Where Gaming and Hip-Hop Collides2014-09-01T08:49:37Z http://thekoalition.com/feed/atom/WordPress Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[PS4 — Console to Receive Themes with Update 2.0]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104724 2014-09-01T08:26:58Z 2014-09-01T08:26:58Z Moments after the announcement of the PlayStation Vita theme feature, Sony announces that the PS4 will also get the same theme customization feature in the upcoming PS4 2.0 software update. This was a highly requested feature that PS4 fans had asked for and we’re glad that Sony is able to add the feature to the […]

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Moments after the announcement of the PlayStation Vita theme feature, Sony announces that the PS4 will also get the same theme customization feature in the upcoming PS4 2.0 software update.

This was a highly requested feature that PS4 fans had asked for and we’re glad that Sony is able to add the feature to the console.

Just like on the PS3, users will be able to customize their PlayStation 4 user interface which will include themes inspired by the games available on their platform.

The PlayStation 4 2.0 software update is expected to arrive sometime in September.

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Hideo Kojima Teases Phantom Pain Announcement at Tokyo Game Show]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104709 2014-09-01T08:19:24Z 2014-09-01T08:19:24Z In typical Hideo Kojima fashion, the legendary Metal Gear Solid series creator announced that there would be an announcement for something The Phantom Pain related during this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Kojima made this announcement during the most recent Japanese Sony Press conference. This came at the tail end of his presentation where he talked […]

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In typical Hideo Kojima fashion, the legendary Metal Gear Solid series creator announced that there would be an announcement for something The Phantom Pain related during this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

Kojima made this announcement during the most recent Japanese Sony Press conference. This came at the tail end of his presentation where he talked about the recently released “P.T” and how that project came together. Hideo simply said that a big Phantom Pain announcement would be made at TGS and walked off the stage, leaving all of us in suspense.

What could this announcement be? I would assume that it is (finally) a release date for the game. While I don’t think we’ll actually get this–it will most likely be a new feature like proper player versus player multiplayer–it would be nice to know when this game is coming out.

That’s all we have for now. Stay tuned for TGS to see what the big Phantom Pain announcement will be.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Tekken Team is Making a PS4 Project Morpheus Game, First Screens]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104711 2014-09-01T08:05:54Z 2014-09-01T08:05:54Z Katsuhiro Harada, the creator of Tekken, is making a game for Sony’s Project Morpheus, entitled Summer Lesson.Summer Lesson is a “communication” game according to Harada, who took to the stage at Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today, to reveal the project. You can check out the first screens, courtesy of Siliconera, here!

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Katsuhiro Harada, the creator of Tekken, is making a game for Sony’s Project Morpheus, entitled Summer Lesson.

Summer Lesson is a “communication” game according to Harada, who took to the stage at Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today, to reveal the project.

You can check out the first screens, courtesy of Siliconera, here!

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Garrett Glass http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Persona 5 to Break Its Shackles in 2015]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104706 2014-09-01T08:32:59Z 2014-09-01T08:04:45Z The SCEJA conference has so far shown off titles we’ve already known about since E3 and Gamescom. However, Sony showed off a trailer for one particular franchise that should excite Atlus’ fans: Persona 5. The trailer was every bit a teaser; however, it successfully set Persona 5′s tone. It depicts a young man who senses […]

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The SCEJA conference has so far shown off titles we’ve already known about since E3 and Gamescom. However, Sony showed off a trailer for one particular franchise that should excite Atlus’ fans: Persona 5.

The trailer was every bit a teaser; however, it successfully set Persona 5′s tone. It depicts a young man who senses a mysterious force in the city as he rides a train. When the trailer doesn’t focus on the young man’s journey, it frequently shows images of shackles being broken, accompanied with ominous sounds. It ends with the protagonist staring into a mysterious blue flame.

While not much was shown beyond anime cutscenes, the trailer revealed that Persona 5 will be released in Japan in 2015, and it will be coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This is a surprise considering that the long-awaited fifth entry  was originally revealed to be exclusive to PlayStation 3.

 

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[PlayStation Vita — Custom Menu Themes Coming]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104687 2014-09-01T07:10:11Z 2014-09-01T06:40:29Z Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia has just announced during their pre-TGS press conference that PlayStation Vita fans will look forward to customization in an upcoming system update 3.30. The PlayStation Vita will get custom themes on the handheld’s next major update, as confirmed by Sony during the press conference. They showed a couple custom Danganronpa […]

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Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia has just announced during their pre-TGS press conference that PlayStation Vita fans will look forward to customization in an upcoming system update 3.30.

The PlayStation Vita will get custom themes on the handheld’s next major update, as confirmed by Sony during the press conference. They showed a couple custom Danganronpa and Freedom Wars themes on the handheld system, and will have several more later.

Sony also announced that the “Live from PlayStation” app will now be coming to the Vita as well. The app allows players to view streams of games that are broadcasted by players from their PlayStation 4 consoles.

An exact date for system update 3.30 was not revealed and the “Live from PlayStation” app is expected to launch sometime in the fall.

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Garrett Glass http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[The New Danganronpa Is a Beary Different Game]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104686 2014-09-01T07:05:13Z 2014-09-01T06:35:33Z Sony began their SCEJA press conference by talking about their PlayStation Vita lineup, and they kicked off the segment by showing off a trailer of a sequel to the respected visual novel series, Danganronpa. However, the third game in the series, Danganronpa: Another Episode, takes a vastly different approach to the series by making the […]

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Sony began their SCEJA press conference by talking about their PlayStation Vita lineup, and they kicked off the segment by showing off a trailer of a sequel to the respected visual novel series, Danganronpa. However, the third game in the series, Danganronpa: Another Episode, takes a vastly different approach to the series by making the full transition to a third person shooter.

The trailer at the SCEJA press conference was brief but managed to show us enough action. Players take on the role of a school girl, whose ultimate talent is not revealed, as she mows down waves of Monokuma  clones with her megaphone gun. The trailer for Danganronpa: Another Episode shows off familiar characters from the first game, although we still don’t know how this game will be placed in the series’ cannon.

Although it’s slightly off-putting that this mystery series is turning into a shooter, it makes sense as even solving cases involved shooting truth bullets at a variety of contradictions. To make a side-story that focused solely on shooting wouldn’t be too much of a departure from the series, as it already had elements of an action game. It also makes sense from a story perspective, as players can finally explore what the world of Dangaronpa is like outside of the school where citizens battle the oncoming despair.

The series has long since been released for the PSP in Japan, and both of the first games were finally brought to the West earlier this year. The second game, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, is scheduled to be released on September 5, 2014.

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David Jagneaux http://davidjagneaux.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset Review – Head in the Clouds]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104651 2014-08-31T10:16:40Z 2014-08-31T10:16:40Z What makes a good gaming headset? Of course good sound, a quality microphone, and compatibility are all important. However, the most important facet to me when judging a headset has always been comfort. These are devices you’ll likely end up wearing for several hours at a time and use them multiple times in a given […]

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What makes a good gaming headset? Of course good sound, a quality microphone, and compatibility are all important. However, the most important facet to me when judging a headset has always been comfort. These are devices you’ll likely end up wearing for several hours at a time and use them multiple times in a given week, so comfort is a huge factor. Thankfully, the folks at Kingston created the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset with comfort as the primary goal. From the moment you open the box, you can immediately tell that a lot of attention went into not only the high-quality leather and memory foam-padded features, but also the sleek and stylish design as well.

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The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is available in both a white and black variety and is compatible with everything from your desktop PC, laptop, and tablet, to your mobile phone and even PlayStation 4. In fact, I found myself using this headset as my dedicated PS4 headset, rather than replacing my currently established GameCom 780 that has earned a consistent spot by my desk. Surely, other than its comfort, the HyperX really shines for its flexibility. Here is a full list of its features from the official site listing:

  • Hi-Fi capable 53mm drivers for supreme audio quality
  • 15 – 25.000 Hz frequency response
  • Detachable microphone (quick and easy to plug/unplug for music-only purposes)
  • Solid aluminum construction for durability and stability
  • Super-soft padded leather headband with memory foam on cups for maximum comfort
  • Closed cup for enhanced bass reproduction and passive noise cancellation

As any tech head worth their salt will tell you, customization is a huge plus for any piece of technology. The HyperX includes several attachments (including cord extenders, mic/audio -> single plug adapters, volume control add-ons, and so much more) as well as the ability to swap out the leather ear muffs for a more-cloth styles variety. But I don’t know why anyone would ever do that, the leather-covered memory foam really does feel like what I imagine a literal cloud headset may resemble.

Getting down to the core functionality of the product though, and you’ll find that it’s far from perfect. There is no surround-sound audio at all, just dual-channel audio for each speaker. The noise-cancelling, while above average, is far from ideal. Plus, the mic is truly just basic. It gets the job done just fine and unless you’re picky about that kind of stuff, it shouldn’t really impact you. However, the lack of surround-sound was a noticeable flaw.

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Final Verdict: Great

Make no mistake, overall, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is one amazing piece of technology. It is easily one of the most comfortable headsets I have ever had the pleasure of using (and that’s coming froom someone that wears glasses, mind you) and the wide-range of compatibility is truly great. While the simply average sound quality and mic performance leaves a bit to be desired, the price is affordable if you can find it in the $70 – $90 range. Anything more than that, and you’re better off picking up something with a bit better sound performance.

Where to buy: Kingston   Amazon   GameStop   NewEgg

This review is based on a physical review unit of the White HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset provided by Kingston.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 8.29.14 | Nintendo Goes Up, Down; Microsoft Challenges Sony, Destiny News, More!]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104612 2014-08-30T15:19:13Z 2014-08-30T02:36:28Z /// Episode 87 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// Games Featured in this Episode ►Middle-Earth: Shadow of Modor ►Dragon Age: Inquisition ►Destiny ►Peggle 2 ►Murasaki Baby ►Kingom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX ►Game 4 ►Driveclub /// Nintendo’s […]

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/// Episode 87

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// Games Featured in this Episode

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Modor
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Destiny
Peggle 2
Murasaki Baby
Kingom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
Game 4
Driveclub

/// Nintendo’s Amiibo Figures Priced at $13 Each

Today Nintendo announced that each Amiibo figure will cost $13, and that the first wave of Amiibos will release in 2014. This first wave includes: Mario, Donkey Kong, Villager, Peach, Yoshi, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Fox, Kirby, Wii Fit Trainer and Marth.

The figures will interact with Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Wooly World and, of course, Super Smash Bros. 4, as well as other future releases.

/// Game of Thrones Tease from Telltale Mentions House Forrester

Telltale has released the first information about its upcoming episodic Game of Thrones title, and it’s pretty tantalising stuff. [Source]

/// Nintendo Europe to Cut 320 Jobs by End of August

“As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

“As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term.
“It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014.”

[Source]

/// Shadow of Mordor | Story Trailer ~ Meet Ratbag — 2’06″

/// ‘It Was Just As Much Work On Both PS4 And Xbox One To Achieve 1080p/60fps’

“There are nuances and challenges with development on each console,” says Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios.[Source]

/// Microsoft Will Challenge Sony Japan’s Press Conference with a 24 Hour Xbox One Launch Livestream

The event promises many “special guests” and celebrities in attendance, live gameplay and more. Will it manage to catch the attention of the challenging Japanese audience? [Source]

/// Dragon Age: Inquisition | First Look at PC UI

/// PlayStation fans might “Make a Fuss” about Announcement on Monday

An announcement coming Monday may just cause PlayStation fans to “make a fuss,” a Famitsu editor said yesterday. Although he didn’t offer much else to go on, the implication that it’s going to be exclusive to one or more of the PlayStation devices is sure to capture the attention of those interested in Japanese titles. [Source]

/// Bungie Promises Destiny Public Events Will Offer Variety

Bungie’s community manager, Deej; David Dague, has told ArabicGamers that players can expect a lot more from public events when the game is released.

  • “There are war satellites that fall down from orbit that have wonderful intel we can glean about the golden age.
  • “There are mining operations that you’re supposed to sweep and clear.
  • “There are capital ships that spawn in over your destination, drop ships come in and deploy ground units. There are a lot of ways we want to surprise the players of Destiny.”

[Source]

/// Peggle 2 Coming to PS4 on October 14

/// Report — Activision Looking to Acquire Take-Two Interactive, Claims Analyst

According to Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey, Activision Blizzard might be looking to acquire Take-Two Interactive Software, the publishers of the hit game Grand Theft Auto V. Hickey mentioned that “an emerging romance” has started between the two companies, prompting Take-Two stock prices to reach a six-year high.

For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest development talent and owned IP in the world, within a company that has nearly $1 billion in cash and trades at a comparably lower multiple.

[Source]

/// ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow’ Producer David Cox Leaves Konami after 17 Years

 

/// Bungie — Until You’ve Kicked Every Single Ass That Plays Destiny, You Haven’t “Finished” It

In a recent Best Buy Google Hangout, Deej was asked how many hours of gameplay should we expect from Destiny, and while he doesn’t give a specific estimate, he does let on that he doesn’t expect people to “finish” the game anytime soon.

We saw people invest dozens of hours into the beta alone, and that was one destination…These destinations are stitched together with our new tech so that there are so many different locations to visit. Expansive outdoor locations where you can just enjoy your personal vehicle; there are indoor dungeon-type spaces where you can really pick through the bones of our shattered civilization.

Deej also mentions Destiny’s PvP (player vs. player) mode, the Crucible, which, due to its competitive online nature, can’t really be “finished.”

And as we said before, [there are] endless amount of hours of fun in the Crucible…Until you’ve kicked every single ass that plays this game, you haven’t finished. And once you have, someone else just bought their first copy. So, fresh meat, Christmas noobs.

[Source]

/// Murasaki Baby | Gameplay Trailer | PS Vita — 4’34″

/// Kingom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Trailer Introduces Birth by Sleep Worlds

/// Game 4 | PAX Prime 2014 Demo | Gameplay Teaser — 43″

/// Driveclub | Beta Leaked Footage — 1’55″

/// We will Return with Games of Our Lives Next Time! ///

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[Lee & Cash (NGSR) – “I Got The…” [New Music Premiere]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104603 2014-08-30T11:45:40Z 2014-08-30T00:02:39Z From their Two Ways You Can Die EP, Lee and Cash of NGSR (New Generation S.Y.N.D.R.O.M.E. Records) drop the second single “I Got The…” and we’re proud to be bringing you the premiere of it. The full EP is nearing completion and Lee, who’s responsible for that rapid attack in the 2nd verse, thinks the […]

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From their Two Ways You Can Die EP, Lee and Cash of NGSR (New Generation S.Y.N.D.R.O.M.E. Records) drop the second single “I Got The…” and we’re proud to be bringing you the premiere of it. The full EP is nearing completion and Lee, who’s responsible for that rapid attack in the 2nd verse, thinks the duo has something interesting on their hands…

“I will say that we have an interesting take on the trap sound. I won’t say some pretentious shit like we make it “better” but its interesting. And the EP is very conceptual…in fact, it ties directly into my solo project, which leads into Caisha’s (also of NGSR) tape”

Cash, who drops the first verse and the infectious hook, is also responsible for the production. The trap sound is evident for sure but listeners aren’t weighed down with the usual cut and paste drudgery you expect when a trap beat drops. It seems these Sick Young Ni**as Done Reversed Obsolete Minds Entirely.

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Tony Polanco http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Coming to PlayStation4 and Xbox One]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104579 2014-08-29T21:42:15Z 2014-08-29T20:46:23Z Yet another franchise is getting a new coat of current-gen paint. That’s right, Saints Row IV will be coming to a PS4 and XBO near you next year. This announcement was made at this year’s Pax Prime during the Saints Row panel earlier today. Re-Elected will cost $29.99 and include all of the previously released […]

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Yet another franchise is getting a new coat of current-gen paint. That’s right, Saints Row IV will be coming to a PS4 and XBO near you next year.

This announcement was made at this year’s Pax Prime during the Saints Row panel earlier today. Re-Elected will cost $29.99 and include all of the previously released DLC for the game and the upcoming one, Gat out of Hell.

This is all the news we have at this time. Saints Row IV: Re-Elected will be released on January 27, 2015.

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Joe Lewis <![CDATA[3DS Redesign Announced]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104559 2014-08-29T22:49:42Z 2014-08-29T18:20:05Z Hitting that Nintendo sweet spot between awesome and inevitable, the first 3D handheld has received its first redesign, but there’s a lot more to the new models than the  company’s usual slimming and smoothing. Along with the expected improvements to screens, battery life and 3D viewing angles, the “New,” 3DS will also include support for near field […]

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Hitting that Nintendo sweet spot between awesome and inevitable, the first 3D handheld has received its first redesign, but there’s a lot more to the new models than the  company’s usual slimming and smoothing.

Along with the expected improvements to screens, battery life and 3D viewing angles, the “New,” 3DS will also include support for near field communication, additional shoulder buttons and, most importantly of all, a second directional nubbin.

For now the “New 3DS,” and “New 3DS LL,” have only been slated for release in Japan, but there’s little from Nintendo to imply that the new console won’t receive a European and U.S release at some point in the future.

Of all the reveals regarding the new console, it’s probably the improved processor that will have current 3DS owners most worried. The bump in the devices specifications may leave early adopters out in the cold, if new software has the added horsepower as a requirement.

The additional directional nubbin and shoulder buttons could also be a blow to current owners, leaving those who purchased the somewhat ungainly circle pad pro feeling a little silly.

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Of all the announcements regarding the new consoles, it’s probably the switch from SD cards to micro SD that’s the least earth shattering, though the change will almost certainly have contributed to the extra space for additional hardware inside.

While the original 3DS has already been joined by variants of the bigger and less 3D variety, this is the first of Nintendo’s new models that will supersede the original, as, unlike the 2DS and 3DS XL, it presumably won’t be sold alongside the original handheld.

Both the New 3DS and the New 3DS LL will be on sale in Japan on October 11th.

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Richard Bailey Jr. http://thedailybailey.tumblr.com/ <![CDATA[New Saints Row Game Will Be Revealed At PAX Prime]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104544 2014-08-29T21:28:35Z 2014-08-29T10:04:06Z Earlier this morning, Deep Silver UK posted a cryptic image over Twitter that is tied to the popular Saints Row franchise. The mysterious tweet features a graphic of the iconic Saints Row franchise logo branded with the is numbers 666. Have a look at the embedded tweet below in all it’s glory: Something wicked this […]

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Earlier this morning, Deep Silver UK posted a cryptic image over Twitter that is tied to the popular Saints Row franchise. The mysterious tweet features a graphic of the iconic Saints Row franchise logo branded with the is numbers 666. Have a look at the embedded tweet below in all it’s glory:


Volition have already confirmed that they will be at PAX Prime and are planning to make a special announcement. After the success of Saints Row 4, it’s more than likely that we will be getting a Saints Row 5 reveal at some point later today. It is also possible that the Saints Row 666 title could suggest that the next game in the series will revolve around players exploring both heaven and hell.

Knowing the current state of the industry, I wouldn’t be surprised if this announcement ends up being nothing more than a confirmation of remastered versions of the entire franchise coming to both the Xbox One and PS4. While this may be cool for some, I’m personally holding out hope that this is indeed a new Saints Row game instead. Luckily for us all, we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out now.

Any thoughts on what Saints Row 666 could be? Please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 — Coming to North America, Europe]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104536 2014-08-29T01:14:48Z 2014-08-29T01:14:48Z Idea Factory announced today that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, the second installment in the fan-favorite RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth series, will be released on the PlayStationVita in early 2015. The physical and digital versions of said title will be available in both North American and European markets! /// Story 20XX – Gamindustri faces a dire […]

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Idea Factory announced today that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, the second installment in the fan-favorite RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth series, will be released on the PlayStationVita in early 2015. The physical and digital versions of said title will be available in both North American and European markets!

/// Story

20XX – Gamindustri faces a dire crisis. Shops are boarded up, creators are overworked and starving, and death looms over all Gamindustrimen.

But the CPUs refuse to let this be game over for their world! Gamindustri had severed its ties to the chaotic Lawless Realm long ago, and yet… Ever since the advent of ASIC – the Arfoire Syndicate of International Crime – morality has all but vanished. As much as 80 percent of all students are rumored to worship a being known as Arfoire. Parents, despite knowing it to be a poor deity to worship, have gone ahead and allowed their children to do so. Even the governing bodies of the world have turned a blind eye to it, rather than crush the crisis in its infancy.

Well, basically, Gamindustri was pretty messed up, you guys. Ahem. Thus did Gamindustri fall into complete and utter disarray. Those who tire of living in this corrupt world are sent to wander the Gamindustri Graveyard, forever lost.

/// Key Features

More is better! A player can have up to 4 characters on the battlefield, and 4 more characters as supporters that can jump into the battle if their partner on the field is weakened.

New playable characters! There are several Oracles who were only there to support players in their progression through the story. The Oracles are now playable characters in Neptunia Re;Birth2!

Stella’s Dungeon! A real-time minigame that lets you send Stella out into Gamindustri’s dungeons for exploration. She might return with useful items for the main story!

Active Animation System! Ever-lively characters move and speak fluidly throughout event scenes, thanks to the Active Animation System!

Remake System! Collect “Plans” from all over Gamindustri, and fulfill the requirements to customize your gameplay experiences as you like! Plans could weaken or strengthen enemies, add new dungeons, change the items you can gather in certain dungeons, etc.

Receive Blank Discs to craft your own Game Discs! You can create unique equippable items by burning Idea Chips (abilities) onto Blank Discs! Depending on the Idea Chips used, a Godly Game may result, which will grant you an additional ability!

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Shappire to Get Exclusive Steelbook Edition in Europe]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104527 2014-08-29T01:06:33Z 2014-08-29T00:56:17Z To celebrate Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire releasing on 28th November on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, Nintendo has today revealed limited edition offerings that coincide with the launch of this new Pokémon adventure through the Hoenn region. As a special collectible for fans at launch, Nintendo will release Pokémon Omega Ruby Limited […]

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To celebrate Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire releasing on 28th November on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems, Nintendo has today revealed limited edition offerings that coincide with the launch of this new Pokémon adventure through the Hoenn region.

As a special collectible for fans at launch, Nintendo will release Pokémon Omega Ruby Limited Edition SteelBook and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Limited Edition SteelBook software bundles, where copies of the games are packaged in their standalone casing and presented alongside limited edition metallic cases boldly displaying Primal Groudon on the Pokémon Omega Ruby front cover, and Primal Kyogre on the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire front cover.  Meanwhile, these powerful Pokémon meet face to face in an iconic artwork covering the inside of the casing for both games.  The Pokémon Omega Ruby Limited Edition SteelBook and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Limited Edition SteelBook software bundles are ready for pre-order at GAME and the Official Nintendo UK Store now, available while stocks last.

As an extra giveaway to fans who choose to pre-order either Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire before launch, the following items are also on offer:

• Those who pre-order either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Limited Edition SteelBook offering via The Official Nintendo UK Store will also receive a Legendary Figurine. Those pre-ordering the Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Limited Edition SteelBook from the Official Nintendo UK Store will receive a miniature representation of Primal Kyogre, whilst those ordering pre-ordering the Pokémon Omega Ruby will receive a miniature representation of Primal Groudon. Both are ideal as collectibles for fans.

• Those who pre-order either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire as a standalone game from GAME will receive one Legendary Figurine of either Primal Groudon (Pokémon Omega Ruby) or Primal Kyogre (Pokémon Alpha Sapphire).

• Those who pre-order either Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire as a standalone game from ShopTo.net will receive a 2D Keyring of Torchic, one of the three starter Pokémon in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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Charles Singletary http://www.charlessingletaryjr.com/ <![CDATA[QuESt – “Days Before Searching Sylvan” [Hip-Hop]]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104513 2014-08-28T21:46:21Z 2014-08-28T21:46:21Z   “Honestly I’m already plotting my debut The game need change and y’all can keep praising ‘what’s his name’ Enjoy it while you can. I believe in myself.” QuESt’s vicious tear across the landscape of hip hop coincided with me taking the reigns for The Koalition and I think it was destined. I’m legitimately honored […]

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“Honestly I’m already plotting my debut

The game need change and y’all can keep praising ‘what’s his name’

Enjoy it while you can. I believe in myself.”

QuESt’s vicious tear across the landscape of hip hop coincided with me taking the reigns for The Koalition and I think it was destined. I’m legitimately honored to be able to share this music with you all, as I believe we’re witnessing the birth of another mainstay in this industry.

“Days Before Searching Sylvan” is a mellow reminder that QuESt is indeed coming for the crown on September 2nd. And while the sound is chill, it’s complimentary to the hungry artist’s aggressive rhyming. Enjoy this bonus as we all wait for the full project.

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Thomas Chamberlain http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[September Xbox Games With Gold Revealed]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104492 2014-08-29T04:35:53Z 2014-08-28T17:57:02Z Microsoft today revealed the new games for September’s Games With Gold, it’s looking quite decent! Here’s a quick list: Super Time Force, Crimson Dragon, Monaco and Halo Reach. On the Xbox One we have Super Time Force and Crimson Dragon (which returns from last month).   On the Xbox 360 we have Monaco and Halo Reach. […]

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Microsoft today revealed the new games for September’s Games With Gold, it’s looking quite decent!

Here’s a quick list: Super Time Force, Crimson Dragon, Monaco and Halo Reach.

On the Xbox One we have Super Time Force and Crimson Dragon (which returns from last month).

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On the Xbox 360 we have Monaco and Halo Reach. Monaco will be available from September 1-15 and Halo Reach from September 15-30.

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Not bad overall, it’s a shame that Crimson Dragon is back for another month, it would have been nice to have a different game. I guess there isn’t a lot of games to choose from on the system yet. I look forward to downloading Super Time Force as I never got round to playing that!

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Thomas Chamberlain http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Assassin’s Creed Unity Delayed Into November]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104490 2014-08-29T04:20:59Z 2014-08-28T17:41:43Z Ubisoft today announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed into November from its previous October 28 release date. The new date for the game is November 11 for North America and November 13 for Europe. Vincent Pontbriand, senior producer at Ubisoft said: “As we got close to the finish, we realized we were near […]

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Ubisoft today announced that Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed into November from its previous October 28 release date.

The new date for the game is November 11 for North America and November 13 for Europe.

Vincent Pontbriand, senior producer at Ubisoft said:

“As we got close to the finish, we realized we were near the target but still needed a bit more time to hone some of the details to make sure Assassin’s Creed Unity is exceptional, we sincerely appreciate players’ commitment to the game and their patience. It’s just a couple more weeks, and it’s going to be worth it.”

I do have to wonder whether the game was moved to avoid a very busy October. One problem that does arise now is the fact the Assassin’s Creed Rogue is also coming out that same week, meaning we might get two Assassin’s Creed games at the same time, that can’t be good for business.

Do you think Ubisoft will move Rogue to make way for Unity? Are you annoyed at the delay? Feel free to comment below.

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Thomas Chamberlain http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Mario Was Nearly The Main Character In Splatoon]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104465 2014-08-28T14:13:53Z 2014-08-28T14:13:53Z Shigeru Miyamoto has said that Mario was almost the lead character in upcoming Nintendo shooter Splatoon, the news comes from an interview in Edge. The squid based ink shooter could have been lead by Mario, if not for Miyamoto’s reluctance to rely on Mario for every game. He said on the matter: “There were heated […]

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Shigeru Miyamoto has said that Mario was almost the lead character in upcoming Nintendo shooter Splatoon, the news comes from an interview in Edge.

The squid based ink shooter could have been lead by Mario, if not for Miyamoto’s reluctance to rely on Mario for every game.

He said on the matter:

“There were heated debates over who the main player character should be. Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. 

“When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. 

“But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn’t be able to create any new IP.”

It’s probably a good job that they went with a squid instead of Mario, not every Nintendo game needs to have Mario in it, it will be very nice to have a new IP for once from Nintendo. Actually, would Mario squirting ink even make sense at all!?

This is a good decision from Nintendo, but probably a bittersweet one, I bet the game would sell more if Mario was in the game. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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Joe Lewis <![CDATA[Dragon Age Inquisition to Feature 4-Player Co-op]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104403 2014-08-29T22:51:30Z 2014-08-28T11:45:11Z BioWare has revealed the inclusion of what they called “an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience,” in upcoming RPG Dragon Age Inquisition, in an FAQ on the Dragon Age website developer. The mode will feature similar role playing elements to the main game, including loot collecting and a  familiar levelling system, but will not include any pvp elements. The announcement comes after […]

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BioWare has revealed the inclusion of what they called “an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience,” in upcoming RPG Dragon Age Inquisition, in an FAQ on the Dragon Age website developer. The mode will feature similar role playing elements to the main game, including loot collecting and a  familiar levelling system, but will not include any pvp elements.

The announcement comes after multiple rumours of multiplayer in the upcoming Dragon Age game, springing from the release of a survey in February that asked players how much they enjoyed the multiplayer component in previous BioWare titles.

BioWare themselves have remained markedly vague on the subject. In an interview with Official Xbox Magazine last year, producer Cameron Lee said:

“The Mass Effect multiplayer stuff was really good, so we’ve certainly looked at options like that… But we haven’t decided on anything in terms of multiplayer at this point.”

The newly announced multi-player mode will be walled off from the single player campaign with no benefits moving back and forth between the two modes.

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The four player co-op will also continue publisher EA’s increasing adoption of micro transactions, although developer BioWare was quick to point out: There will be no pay wall.

There will be some overlap between single player and multiplayer including aspects of level design and even recipes for crafting, but four player co-op will not contain the same deep story elements as the campaign.

Dragon Age Inquisition launches worldwide on November 18th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 8.27.14 | Driveclub BETA Leak, Incredible Feature for No Man’s Sky, More!]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104431 2014-08-29T04:43:07Z 2014-08-28T01:59:06Z /// Episode 86 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… /// Forza Horizon 2 Demo Coming September 16 Forza Horizon 2 fans, you’ve been asking for it and today we’ve got news: The Forza Horizon 2 […]

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/// Episode 86

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

/// Forza Horizon 2 Demo Coming September 16

Forza Horizon 2 fans, you’ve been asking for it and today we’ve got news: The Forza Horizon 2 demo for Xbox One is coming on September 16! If you haven’t been lucky enough to be at E3, Gamescom, PAX, or any of the other shows where Forza Horizon 2 has made an appearance, September 16 will be your day to finally get hands-on with the latest open-world action racing game from Playground Games. Explore the beauty of southern Europe in a handful of the world’s most beautiful cars in this demo, which has been designed to give you a brief taste of what to expect when Forza Horizon 2 launches on Xbox One, beginning on September 30. [Source]

/// Next game from Metro series developer ‘less linear, more sandbox’

“For the game we are working on now, our designers have shifted to a more sand-box-style experience – less linear but still hugely story-driven,” Shishkovstov said. “I will not go into details, but it requires some work from programmers as well. Also, we are improving graphics in very different aspects, like recently we did a physically-based global ambient occlusion (instead of local, like SSAO). I will not talk about PBR (physically-based rendering) here, because here we are at the stage when artists are still adapting their mentality to it.”[Source]

/// Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare | ‘Supply Drops’ Loot Packs Video — 3’13″

/// Pokken Tournament Won’t Star Tekken Fighters

Is it true that Tekken characters [will] be making guest appearances in Pokemon/Pokken Tournament?

Harada: Ha, ha, ha. Nope, Tekken characters will not be making an appearance.
As we’re making a Pokemon fighting action battle game, I’ve already touched on this while on the livestream, but in this game there will not be a high/mid/low guard system mechanic. Instead, we’re planning to include a new type of [mechanic]…

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/// No Man’s Sky Won’t Feature Any Load Times

The cool thing is that every planet has a single number, a random seed, that defines everything about that planet. A single random seed generates every blade of grass, tree, flower, creature. So as the developer I can note down the planet seed, and then just go back there any time I want. We demoed this at gamescom, just jumping round the universe to different planets. There are no load times, because nothing needs to load, as the planets are entirely computer-generated.

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/// Destiny | PS4 Exclusive Content Trailer — 58″

/// The Crew races at 30FPS, 1080p on Xbox One, PS4, PC

This revelation comes in response to a forum member’s complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second. An Ubisoft community manager stepped in to respond with a succinct rebuttal: “The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups,” the response reads. “Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players.”[Source]

/// The Last of Us Remastered Update Adds New Weapons, Multiplayer Battlegrounds

Patch 1.08 for The Last of Us Remastered introduces the Variable, Scoped Semi-Auto, Scoped Full-Auto, and Scoped Burst rifles, along with a collection of loadout presets and weapon-specific missions. The update additionally lays the groundwork for two new Factions maps premiering later this week.[Source]

/// Dragon Age: Inquisition | Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer — 1’37″

/// Leaked Photos From Secret DriveClub Beta Show Previously Unseen In-Game Content

According to new screenshots posted on NeoGAF, some lucky PlayStation users are apparently participating in a closed beta for DriveClub right now.

The secret beta apparently has been codenamed “Cupcake,” and is allowing participants to play through some of DriveClub’s race tracks. [Source]

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/// PS4 Scheduled Maintenance 8/28/2014

START: 9:40am PST/12:40pm EST in North America, 16:00 BST in Europe
END: 4:50pm PST/7:50pm EST in North America, 05:00 BST [Friday] in Europe

If you’ve signed in to the network any time since August 23rd you will be able to play games online and access partner apps such as Netflix during this maintenance period. The PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home and Account Management will not be available during this time, and users may receive a maintenance notification when attempting to access these services.[Source]

/// Media Create Sales: 8/18/14 – 8/24/14

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

[3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 77,465 (2,289,983)
[PS4] The Last of Us Remastered (SCE, 08/21/14) – 30,587 (New)
[PSV] Bullet Girls (D3 Publisher, 08/21/14) – 29,690 (New)
[PS4] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix, 08/21/14) – 17,832 (New)
[PS3] Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix, 08/21/14) – 15,816 (New)
[Wii U] Hyrule Warriors (Koei Tecmo, 08/14/14) – 15,142 (84,232)
[3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 12,931 (157,092)
[Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 12,075 (639,710)
[3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 10,831 (119,689)
[PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom, 08/07/14) – 7,928 (61,859)
[3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 7,246 (145,967)
[3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 7,189 (1,252,231)
[PSV] Monster Hunter Frontier G Beginners Package (Capcom, 08/13/14) – 5,183 (26,352)
[PSV] Chaos;Head Dual (5pb., 08/21/14) – 4,662 (New)
[3DS] Pokemon X / Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 4,255 (4,132,144)
[PS3] Grand Theft Auto V Low Price Version (06/26/14) – 3,938 (49,220)
[3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous, 08/07/14) – 3,829 (59,948)
[3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01/11) – 3,376 (2,371,488)
[3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 3,367 (3,778,065)
[3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) – 3,321 (3,330,825)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

3DS LL – 28,788 (42,365)
PlayStation Vita – 15,309 (20,825)
Wii U – 8,985 (18,161)
3DS – 6,914 (9,429)
PlayStation 4 – 5,923 (6,913)
PlayStation 3 – 2,376 (6,260)
PlayStation Vita TV – 1,118 (1,491)
PSP – 324 (416)
Xbox 360 – 177 (160)
[Source]

/// How Assassin’s Creed Rogue Switches Up the AC Formula

Ubisoft’s Karl Luhe talks to Shacknews about Assassin’s Creed Rogue and how it will shake up the AC formula, as well as push the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 hardware to their fullest.[Source]

/// NBA 2K15 | Yakkem Trailer — 1’57″

/// Take-Two [GTA V]: “Lohan sued us for attention”

In Manhattan court papers made public Tuesday, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and subsidiary Rockstar Games call the case frivolous and maintain it was “filed for publicity purposes.” They want it dismissed and want the “Mean Girls” star to pay their legal fees.

Lohan’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.[Source]

/// PornHUB Gets Most of Its Console Traffic From PS3

/// Yoshida: VR Is Such A Major Step Forward for Games It’s Almost Unfair

As part of a giant feature on virtual reality, The Verge spoke with Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida about their upcoming PlayStation 4 VR device, Project Morpheu[Source]

/// We will Return with Games of Our Lives Next Time! ///

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Standalone Kinect for Xbox One Coming October 7 for $150]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104416 2014-08-27T23:11:42Z 2014-08-27T23:11:42Z Today, Microsoft has announced that, beginning in October 7, fans will be able to purchase a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One. The standalone Kinect sensor comes with Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix, which will be available as a digital download and features a soundtrack of 10 hot […]

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Today, Microsoft has announced that, beginning in October 7, fans will be able to purchase a standalone Kinect sensor for Xbox One. The standalone Kinect sensor comes with Dance Central Spotlight, the latest in the dance series from developer Harmonix, which will be available as a digital download and features a soundtrack of 10 hot tracks.  Kinect with Dance Central Spotlight will be available at retailers for $149.99.

Official Statement

Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences. The Kinect experience includes voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as Kinect Sports Rivals, Dead Rising 3, Project Spark, and more. We believe Xbox One is better with Kinect, offering unlimited possibilities, and we’re seeing our fans use Kinect for Xbox One every day, with billions of voice commands since launch. Only with Kinect can you quickly navigate by using popular voice commands such as “Xbox On”, “Xbox Broadcast” and “Xbox Record That.” Twitch, Game DVR, and Upload are just a few of the experiences that are better with Kinect – for voice broadcasting, recording gameplay and Natural Voice search via Bing. Video calls on Skype are made possible with Kinect and Kinect enables you to control your TVs and set-top boxes via voice and HDMI-In, so you can turn your TV on and off, change the volume, or navigate to a channel by saying “Xbox watch ESPN”.

It’s a great time to choose which Xbox One option works best for you as there will be exciting new game launches coming in the months ahead.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Games of Our Lives — 8.26.14 | Sony Steals from MS, Nintendo; Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo, More!]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104378 2014-08-27T02:06:05Z 2014-08-27T01:43:19Z Episode 85 Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading! Gamers never die….. Just like the Games of Our Lives… Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo for 980 Million Yen on Patent Infringement Sankei’s report mentions that Capcom are suing Koei Tecmo Games due to the patent infringement in […]

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Episode 85

Below are the news that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…

Capcom Sues Koei Tecmo for 980 Million Yen on Patent Infringement

Sankei’s report mentions that Capcom are suing Koei Tecmo Games due to the patent infringement in games such as Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends and 49 other titles for a total of about 980 million yen (about $9.43 million).

According to the lawsuit, Capcom filed a patent back in 2002 that involves a function that lets you acquire new content by combining an existing game with another piece of software.

While the description of the patent’s full contents remains unclear, it appears that Capcom are effectively referring to the idea of expansion packs, and importing content into the new version of a game. Since the patent was filed back in 2002, it likely covers the concept of using expansion discs in conjunction with the original disc of a game, in order to unlock content, as was the case with Samurai Warriors : Xtreme Legends. [Source]

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Releasing in November

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released the exciting new key art for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which will be available in all major retail stores in North America on November 11, in Europe on November 12 and in the UK on the 14th of November.

Metro Redux | Launch Trailer — 2’22″

Latest UK Software Charts

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Far Cry dev: “Video game villains lack power”

Far Cry creative director Alex Hutchinson has told ArabicGamers that video game villains “lack power” and it was his goal to try to create an emotional bond between villain and protagonist to redress the balance. [Source]

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The Evil Within | The Voices of Evil — 3’36″

Nielsen: One-Third of PlayStation 4 Owners Switched From Xbox or Wii

According to data provided to Re/code, an April Nielsen study found that 31 percent of PS4 owners did not own Sony’s previous console, the PlayStation 3, but did own an Xbox 360 or Wii. Seventeen percent did not own any last-generation console. The people surveyed were Americans, age 7 to 54, and were a subset of a total of 1,200 “active gamers” surveyed by Nielsen between February and April. [Source]

Steam Now Allows Multiple Installations At Once

 

Dragon Age Inquisition’s Co-op Multiplayer — 4’41″

‘WEAPON LICENSE’ | Battlefield: Hardline News — 7’38″

We will Return with Games of Our Lives Next Time!

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Joe Lewis <![CDATA[No Item Trading in Bungie MMO Destiny]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104350 2014-08-27T01:03:05Z 2014-08-27T01:03:05Z Destiny developer Bungie has announced on its blog at Bungie.net that the game will not feature trading with other players. Responding to a question from Bungie user Jackbandit regarding whether trades would be possible or not , community manager David Dague, also known as DeeJ, replied: “Only with your enemies. Trade your Ammo for their loot…As for swapping […]

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Destiny developer Bungie has announced on its blog at Bungie.net that the game will not feature trading with other players.

Responding to a question from Bungie user Jackbandit regarding whether trades would be possible or not , community manager David Dague, also known as DeeJ, replied:

“Only with your enemies. Trade your Ammo for their loot…As for swapping irons in the Tower? Nope.”

Flying in the face of MMO convention, Dague said the developer made the decision not to allow loot trading between separate Destiny users so that players would have to “earn” their loot. He then added:

 “You should be able to tell a badass story for every sweet jewel in your arsenal.”

Despite this news, players will be able to trade weapons and armor between characters on the same account. This will be seen as a bonus for players that have already done all of the legwork to acquire specific pieces of loot.

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The post, originally picked up upon by EuroGamer.net, further emphasized the company’s aversion to the traditional MMO trading system. Comments were previously made by player investment designer Tyson Green in which he told IGN:

“We’re really excited about creating a player economy…This is going to be a game that the community really drives, but for launch we’re going to be restricting it to trading items between your own characters.”

The Q&A style post also clarified a few other points about the game. We now know that players won’t be able to travel directly between locations without going in to orbit, clan member cap will rise to 100, and that there are currently no plans to include additional classes or subclasses.

Destiny launches worldwide on September 9th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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Kelfala 'Kels' Sesay <![CDATA[Hellblade — First Development Diary]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104367 2014-08-27T00:07:39Z 2014-08-27T00:07:39Z Ninja Theory [Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West] revealed Hellblade during Sony’s Gamescom press conference earlier this month, with the debut of the game’s teaser trailer.  It was an unexpected surprise, and now the devs at Ninja Theory have released development diary to discuss how they’ve created that trailer. Devlopment Diary 1: The Announcement — 6’01″ You […]

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Ninja Theory [Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West] revealed Hellblade during Sony’s Gamescom press conference earlier this month, with the debut of the game’s teaser trailer.  It was an unexpected surprise, and now the devs at Ninja Theory have released development diary to discuss how they’ve created that trailer.

Devlopment Diary 1: The Announcement — 6’01″

You can also see a version of the trailer from very early in its development, with some of the blocked out environment and selected shots from the mo-cap shoot

Hellblade Teaser Blackout — 1’34″

Hellblade is currently in development for the PlayStation 4 as a timed exclusive. It is planned for a 2015 release.

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Thomas Chamberlain http://www.thekoalition.com <![CDATA[Mario Kart 8 DLC Brings New Tracks and Characters (Link!)]]> http://thekoalition.com/?p=104356 2014-08-26T22:00:57Z 2014-08-26T22:00:57Z Leaked content from the official UK Nintendo Store show that Mario Kart 8 will be getting new courses and characters in the form of DLC, the new characters include Zelda’s Link and Animal Crossing’s Isabelle. Check out the text from the Ninendo Store page below, which details the new content in the DLC packs, which will […]

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Leaked content from the official UK Nintendo Store show that Mario Kart 8 will be getting new courses and characters in the form of DLC, the new characters include Zelda’s Link and Animal Crossing’s Isabelle.

Check out the text from the Ninendo Store page below, which details the new content in the DLC packs, which will be on sale for £7 on November.

Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent. The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack.

Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 – Released: November 2014

Pack 1 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 – Released: May 2015

Pack 2 includes:

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

As a bonus for purchasing both packs – as a bundle or separately – you can get eight different-coloured Yoshis and eight different-coloured Shy Guys that can be used right away.

Sounds pretty good to me! It’s going to be weird seeing Link in a Mario Kart, but I bet this pack will be very popular. Hopefully we get some confirmation about the DLC soon, however as this is coming from the official Nintendo store we can definitely bet that this is real. Let me know in the comments what you think of the new characters being in the game.

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