Gamers are getting excited for EA Sports’ new trailers for the forthcoming FIFA 15.
Of course, people who don’t like the FIFA franchise can’t fathom why it stays so popular. The simple answer is NEW KITS. Such is the life of a football fan.
Naturally, there are gaming developments, most of which are too boring to relay here. However, there’s one new feature which is exciting – ‘emotional intelligence’.
Basically, FIFA 15 is going to put more focus on the players and fans emotions, so playing feels more like you’re at the ground or watching it on telly.
The video below shows commentators reacting to what the fans do, while players learn to encourage each other or, even better, learn to develop frustrations and hatred. Splendid.
FIFA 15 is scheduled for release across all formats in September, just in-time to make a Christmas No.1 bid.
However, there’s going to be some moaning about it as the new version of the game’s Master League Online will have support in-app purchases. Of course, that’s not quite the correct terminology (micro-transactions would be better), but either way, once you buy the game, you will be asked for more money.
The Master League mode now ‘allows players and managers to be added using accumulated GP or via microtransactions within club dealings. Agents now used to meet player requirement criteria, while unhappy players can upset the balance of a side to detrimental effect. Extends to offline play’.
Basically, you can cough up your real money if you want instant access to players and the like. If you’ve got the disposable income, then this will be a treat. If your kid wants everything yesterday, then expect to be mithered.
There’s more developments too. There’ll be a new shooting system and passing options have been expanded. All in all, these make the ball move around more realistically.
Positioning plays a key role too, with the ability to dribble into space and beat your marker now improved. Sounds alright, eh? There’s a teaser video too, but alas, no gameplay.
You’ll have to wait for that. Unless of course, you want to make a microtransaction to Konami and they might give it to you earlier.
For a while now, Goat Simulator has been meme-ing away online, with gamers desperate to find out whether the game will be funny for 1 day or 1 minute. Then, it saw release and everyone gurgled away at it, with one of the most unlikely hits in gaming history.
If you’ve missed it, Goat Simulator started out as a joke and, like a lot of jokes, it all got out of hand. Now loads of people want to play.
Coffee Stain’s prototype is now getting a retail release, but sadly, only in North America. It’ll be available in shops next month.
Steam will no doubt be the main channel everyone uses to play the game, but the studio wanted to go ahead with a retail version, just for shits and giggles. “Steam has always been our primary source of income,” Armin Ibrisagic told Polygon, “so a retail version is nothing we planned or thought would bring us a lot of income, we were more motivated by the fact that a physical box with a goat’s face on it is pretty funny shit, so we decided to go for it.”
Ibrisagic also thinks that the retail version could reach new people. “I can just imagine a mom seeing it in a store and being like ‘Oh, Goat Simulator, that sounds like a fun game where you take care of farm animals, little Timmy will love this!’ and the next day when they’re having dinner, Timmy’s like ‘Mom, this food is penis shaped.’”
If you haven’t seen the game, have a look here. Basically, you get to be a goat that heatbutts everything in sight, can stick axes to its tongue and even wear a jetpack.
Billed as a Scalextric for the 21st century, the Anki Drive allows you to control cars with your iPhone, and also throw weapons.
Using sensors and cameras, the cars are controlled by an app on the phones and are raced on a special playmat. Basically, it’s next level amazingness.
It’s now on sale in the UK for an unsnipular £180, and comes with two cars. If you want more cars, they cost £50 each. If the enterprise takes off – and look at it, of course it will – no doubt the price will come down.
Up to four players can race cars around the tracks, or players can go it alone and battle against the artificial intelligence, built into the cars. Brrr.
Here’s how it works: Within each car is a small camera that let them ‘see’ where they are going. This camera points straight down and looks through the track into the circuitry underneath. The track itself provides information for the car as to where it can drive. A 50 megahertz computer on each car monitors where it is on the track 500 times every second. This then feeds information to the motors in the two rear wheels so the car knows where to drive. Every two milliseconds they make an adjustment to the rear motors to stay on trajectory.
The track itself, about the size of a tabletop, can be rolled out onto any surface, and the matchbox-sized cars are then placed on the track and controlled by players using their chosen device.
Well, if anyone wants me to be their daddy, you know how to clinch the deal. GET TO IT.
So what’s going down for gamers?
Well, Sony confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V will join The Last of Us on the PS4 in versions that have fancier graphics. If you haven’t bought a PS4 yet, you’ll be allowed to transfer GTAV from your PS3. And, cheekily, they’ll allow you to transfer them from the Xbox 360 too.
Uncharted 4 will also be hitting the PS4 in 2015 too.
Surprisingly, Little Big Planet’s mascot, Sackboy, appeared on-stage to herald LittleBigPlanet 3, which will appear on the PS4. It’ll have loads of community and co-operative gameplay. There’ll also be some new characters and you’ll be able to play as them all. So you can be Sackboy, a dog named Oddsock, a bird called Swoop and the shape-shifting thingy called Toggle.
There’s also a neo-Victorian steampunk game in the works called The Order: 1886 (which is a PlayStation exclusive) where you get to run around as a part-zombie, part-werewolf monster. There’ll also be a game from Bungie (who made Halo) called Destiny which will launch alongside a white version of the PS4 (you have to assume that will be a limited edition affair).
Far Cry 4 showed its face in a long demo, as well as Battlefied: Hardline, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Batman: Arkham Knight and loads more.
One thing which has got everyone excited, is the gloriously violent and grisly new version of Mortal Kombat, where you can kick people and watch their bones break in slow motion. With that, of course, we’re more than happy to show you a video of the action. Warning – it might make the weaker of you want to do some sick in your mouth.
It feels like 10 minutes since FIFA 14 was released and we’re not sure enough teams have new kits out (99% of the reason why FIFA fans buy new versions of the game) to warrant such an early heralding, but EA are already getting everyone ready for FIFA 15.
The game will be released on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. You’ll note that it won’t be available for PS2 because, frankly, that console is dead to Sony and EA.
And the game will be too big and fancy for a PS2 to handle.
A Vine-ish FIFA 15 trailer teaser has been published, which shows you… well… nothing. It’s an incredibly short video of a pretend Luis Suarez kicking a pretend ball. If you must, click here to see it. You’ll be disappointed. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
There is good news for people who play FIFA on their PC.
In a blog post on the EA Sports website, the company said: “We are proud to announce that our EA SPORTS IGNITE engine, powering all EA SPORTS titles on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will now also run FIFA 15 on PC. The PC version will include all the same core features coming to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.”
That’s nice isn’t it? All this, uncynically in time for the World Cup which kicks off later this week in Brazil.
There’s been loads of speculation about Amazon lately. Just what are they up to? Of course, Amazon are enjoying it greatly and saying nothing, leaving publications to blither on endlessly about what they’ve got planned.
And we’re no different.
However, it looks like the increasingly loud mutterings about an Amazon smartphone are going to be true.
Amazon have promised that we’re all going to see their newest, shiniest thing on June 18th and all signs point to a new smartphone, and it will probably have a 3D interface, which is gimmicky as hell, but some of us really like sparkly gimmicks.
By process of elimination, you have to assume it will be a new phone because Amazon TV is already a thing and the Kindle Fire HDX is basically a tablet, so there’s only going to be a load of fanfare over something new (to the company). It seems that the interface is the real highlight too, as you can see in the Amazon teaser video below.
In it, you see ahem “Amazon customers” being overjoyed and bowled-over by the product they hold in their hands. It is “fantastic” and “pretty damn intuitive”.
There’s been 3D phones in the past and they didn’t do too well. LG’s Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D didn’t exactly set the world on fire. The teaser video shows someone saying “it moved with me” which sounds like an interface that will allow you to navigate the menus and the like, by tilting the phone.
With eye-tracking and 3D display, you should be able to see sub-menus in layers, which are only visible as soon as you tilt the phone to a particular angle.
Or is it going to be a bona-fide hologram phone?
This could be really good for mobile games too and, like the Kindle, this new device will run on a tailored version of Android. Now, the big question is: Does anyone want a phone made by Amazon?
Ten years after it was released, the Sony Playstation Portable will no longer be released in Japan. Yes, the well-loved handheld tinker has been given its cards, heralding the end of Japan’s long running love affair with the PSP.
Once, it was quite the thing. When it was launched in 2004, Japanese gamers couldn’t get enough of it, ditching their Nintendos to clutch sweatily at it, playing such hit games as Monster Hunter and God Eater.
God, those were some good times – so much so that it went onto sell 80 million units worldwide.
And even when the PS Vita was released in 2012, Japanese love for the PSP was undimmed. They got straight to it, playing God Eater 2, and clutched it to their bosom like a real-life sex doll.
But some things don’t last, and today Sony have announced it will stop shipping the PSP to Japan.
Although…it might be more of a case of Machiavellian string pulling behind the scenes. Do Sony want to tear this love asunder so that people will buy PS Vitas? Unless their aggressive discounting in Japan on PS Vitas is a coincidence?
Since everyone sneered at tablets, which promptly took off, as soon as a company shows the vaguest interest in something, all the tech companies fall on an idea like starved pack animals.
So, since Facebook snapped up Oculus and Sony announced their Project Morpheus, it seems Virtual Reality is the latest fad. Now, it seems like Samsung are getting in on the action too with a VR headset of their own.
Reports suggest that Samsung aren’t just announcing their intent to muscle in on the world of VR, but rather, they are already well under way with their developments, to the point where something could be refined enough for an announcement later this year.
And this is not the muttered about ‘Galaxy Glass’ project. This is a virtual reality headset which will have an OLED screen, much like the second Oculus Rift development kit. It will be a device designed with gaming in mind and it will be compatible with Android games.
Everyone’s waiting for the porn though, right?
While Oculus Rift will run through a PC, Samsung’s device will be used in conjunction with Galaxy devices (like the Note 3 or Galaxy S5). Price-wise, it is thought that the Samsung VR headset will be cheaper than both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.
Samsung are not commenting on rumours or speculation, as ever.
If you haven’t seen the hugely popular game, you follow a weed dealer called ‘Ted Growing’ and he gets into scrapes with the law, crooked cops, other dealers and gangsters and you play to become the “biggest weed dealer in town.”
Manitoba Games, who created the game, said in a statement: “This was entirely Apple’s decision, not ours,” and added that Weed Firm will return to both Android and Apple devices, even if that means they have to tinker with their game.
“The Apple version might need to be censored a bit to comply with Apple’s strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on,” the company said, adding: “We do not want kids playing Weed Firm, but we firmly believe that adults should have a choice to do whatever the hell they want as long as they are not hurting anybody in the process.”
Of course, at the time of press, you could still buy Grand Theft Auto games through the AppStore, which Apple obviously aren’t bothered about, despite the drug deals, murdering prostitutes and racketeering that goes on. Not to mention the variety of mafia games they also flog.
Seems Apple have got it in for stoner indie game developers.
So what is Twitch?
Well, Twitch lets users upload gameplay videos from their XBox and PS4 consoles so that others can watch. It is popular too, with a reported 45 million monthly users and a million active uploaders.
Twitch also run gaming events and redistributes content from Joystiq, Gamespot, and Destructoid, Manvsgame and more.
Is it worth $1bn? That’s not far off the amount Google paid for YouTube. Well, Twitch is growing in popularity and reports show that American primetime hours, Twitch was the fourth largest source of network traffic, with only Netflix, Google and Apple raking in more.
Only last year, the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship event gathered in a gigantic 32 million viewers in a single day.
It might be under the radar now, but with Google getting involved and more and more media outlets taking video games seriously (even as a spectator sport), 2014 could well be the tipping point for gaming, and could see a return to the kind of feverish gaming last seen in the 80s when people went crazy over Pacman in the arcades.
You’ve got to hand it to Pepsi for creating a pretty cool World Cup marketing ploy – a vending machine that dispenses freebies if your footie skills are up to scratch.
The #futbolNow interactive drinks dispenser is fitted with motion sensors that track your movements as you try to play keepy uppy with a virtual Messi, Van Persie or David Luiz. If you can keep the ball in the air for 30 seconds and face a series of skill challenges you can earn bonuses – including a free Pepsi Max.
Pepsi have toyed with interactive vending machines before, including one which allowed you to buy drinks for your friends via Facebook. But this is a lot more fun.
So expect to see a lot of slack jawed people in front of vending machines this summer, jiggling about and making arses of themselves in public for a free can of pop.
We’re sure failed attempts will go viral, and there’ll be a few lols when a fat lad hits the deck and ends up with his head wedged in the drinks drawer…
They’ve announced that they’ll be selling their nextgen console without a Kinect (which, lets face it, not everyone wants), which slices off a decent amount of money. Good news for gamers who haven’t got shedloads to throw at a new console.
In the States, the price will go from $500 to $399, which brings the Xbox in-line with the price of a PS4.
Interestingly, Microsoft initially said that they wouldn’t sell the Xbox One without Kinect because it “ is still an essential and integrated part of the Xbox One platform.”
Xbox chief Phil Spencer wrote in a post on the Xbox Wire: ”We’ve heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection.”
Not everyone has a lounge/bedroom large enough to get the full value out of Kinect. This is a wise move from Microsoft. Spencer continued: “To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.”
Microsoft also announced that Xbox owners won’t have to have a mandatory paid-for Xbox Live Gold subscription to access things like Netflix and other streaming apps.
The price drop is set to roll out across the rest of the world over summer, so keep an eye out if you’re in the market for a new console. Sony will have taken note of this and there could be a small price war on our hands, which is good for all!
Last week, we spoke about Nintendo’s insensitivity regarding Tomodachi Life. Basically, they made a life-simulator game where your Mii could go on dates and get married and all that, but if you were gay, you’d have to pretend you were straight.
The game company’s response wasn’t exactly the softly-softly approach: “Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of ‘Tomodachi Life.’ The relationship options in the game represent a whimsical and playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We are a games company first and foremost and our main objective is to create games and consoles for players to enjoy.”
A number of outlets pointed out that Nintendo were acting like berks, and now, with a bit of bad press and some reflection, the company have decided to apologise. They said ‘sorry’, but added that they can’t really do anything about it because it is too late to change the English edition of the video game.
Tye Marini, the man who originally launched the social media campaign to try and get Nintendo to rectify the problem, said that he’s happy with Nintendo’s response.
“I don’t believe they are a homophobic company at all,” Marini said. “I think that the exclusion of same-sex relationships was just an unfortunate oversight.”
Hopefully, the debate will have made a few games developers look at who they have as a central character. There’s very few non-straight characters in central roles in gaming, and we’re pretty sure everyone’s grown up enough to play as someone with a different sexual persuasion to them.