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Reader Discussion: What Was Your Favorite News From Sony Today?

Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference brought with it a flood of new information, including game announcements, demos, trailers. Zooming out and looking at all of it, what moment from the event has you the most excited?

Are you looking forward to Detroit: Become Human? Can’t wait to take GT Sport for a spin? Ready to ride a bear in Wild? Glad to see more Horizon in action?

Even if the press conference wasn’t full of bombshells, it still gives PS4 owners lots to look forward to. So what stands out for you? – The Feed

Reader Discussion: What Is The Most Exciting News Out Of TGS 2015?

It may not be on quite the same level of news as E3, but there have been some surprises coming out of Tokyo Game Show 2015. What has been your favorite?

For me, it is the announcement of a Gravity Rush (or Gravity Daze, if you prefer) sequel. The first one was a Vita launch title and it had some of the shortcomings inherent in a game hurried along to release with a new platform, but I love the look of the game and core hook of falling through the air in unnatural directions is extremely well-executed. I love the feeling of falling up and sideways in Gravity Rush, and I can't wait to see what the development team has done with more time to flesh out the full experience. I really think the sequel has a lot of potential, and I have been worried that maybe Sony had written-off the game off as a franchise not worth exploring.

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Of course, there are plenty of other announcements that have come out of TGS, like the upcoming Bloodborne expansion, another Kingdom Hearts re-release, and more. You can find a list of stories here. – The Feed

June 2015 NPD: All Good News As Batman Leads Rising Sales

The June NPD numbers are out, and while the data tells a familiar tale for the leading current-gen consoles, everyone has reasons to be happy. Here's the full breakdown.

NPD Group reports that June sales were up from last year in
hardware, software, and accessories, with an increase in total sales of 18

As Sony shared
earlier today
, the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console for the
month of June, as it was last
. Sony attributes much of the success to its Arkham
Knight bundles
, and the PS4 also led software sales for the month.

However, Microsoft still has its own bragging rights,
stating that Xbox One sales are up 51 percent from last June, and that Xbox
Live users are up 22 percent. Microsoft also claims that preview participants
have racked up over 500,000 hours playing 360 games via the Xbox One's upcoming
backward compatibility feature, and that the Xbox One game lineup received more
nominations (242) and awards (110) at this year's E3 than any previous year in
the Xbox brand's history.

Industry-wide, software sales were up 19 percent compared to
last June. Batman: Arkham Knight led the charge, despite not going on sale
until June 23. Hardware sales were up 8 percent compared to last June, with
current-gen console sales up 15 percent. Interactive toys were up 44 percent,
leading to an overall increase of 34 percent for accessory sales.

Here is the full top ten list:

  1. Batman: Arkham Knight
    (PS4, XBO, PC)
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online:
    Tamriel Unlimited (XBO, PS4, PC)
  3. LEGO: Jurassic World (360,
    XBO, PS4, PS3, 3DS, NWU, PSV)
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    (PS4, XBO, PC)
  5. Splatoon (NWU)
  6. Minecraft (360, PS3, XBO,
  7. Grand Theft Auto V (XBO,
    PS4, 360, PS3, PC)
  8. Mortal Kombat X (PS4, XBO)
  9. NBA 2K15 (360, PS4, XBO,
    PS3, PC)
  10. Call of Duty: Advanced
    Warfare (XBO, PS4, 360, PS3, PC)  

As always, the platforms are listed in the order of sales, and do not include hardware bundles – including the aforementioned Arkham Knight PS4 bundles, making its number-one win all the more impressive.

Our Take
It's great to see that
sales are up, as gamers continue to flock to the latest generation of consoles.
Games built exclusively for the current-gen systems are clearly paying off,
with Arkham Knight, Elder Scrolls Online, and The Witcher 3 all ranking high.
However, I'm astonished by the staying power of Grand Theft Auto V and
Minecraft – especially considering that NPD still doesn't count digital
purchases. Hopefully the pace of sales keeps up during the summer slump. – The Feed

Good News, Ultra Street Fighter IV Fans! Some PS3 Fight Sticks Will Work On PS4

If you are a Street Fighter IV player who has been on board since the game launched on PlayStation 3 last generation, there’s some good news. If you splurged on a licensed fight pad or stick, you’ll be able to use that when the game arrives on PlayStation 4.

Full details aren’t available yet, nor is a list of compatible devices. Sony suggests checking in with Capcom and Lab Zero (responsible for the drivers) after the May 26 release.

Ultra Street Fighter IV will arrive on PlayStation 4 next week. Capcom says the game is running at 1080p and 60 frames per second. The input lag you may have noticed in the last-gen version has also been scrubbed away.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
One of the most painful parts of upgrading to a new generation of console is the hit your wallet takes on peripherals. By the end of last-generation, I had everything I could possibly need for any type of game. 

Starting from scratch can be expensive, and steps like this to make older peripherals work on new hardware is appreciated. The only downside here is that there won’t be a complete guide to getting older fight sticks up and running before launch. – The Feed

Star Wars Celebration News Round-Up

Star Wars Celebration is still ongoing, and plenty of news about the new film and Star Wars: Battlefront have already resulted from the show. We've gathered up all the new details here in one place.

Star Wars: Battlefront
The biggest news out of the show for gamers were all the new details about EA and DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront. Along with getting to see what the game will look like, we also got a November 17 release date. You can check out all the Battlefront details below, including our stories about the assorted rumors about the game that were later confirmed.

Report: Star Wars Battlefront Website Source Code Points To November Release

What We Want To See In Star Wars: Battlefront

The Nine-Piece Star Wars Battlefront Art Is Now Complete

What You Don't Know About Star Wars: Battlefront’s Newest Battlefield

17 Things We Learned From The Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer

Opinion – The Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition Is Weak Force

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Reader Discussion: Is Star Wars Battlefront On Your Must-Play List?

Watch The First Star Wars Battlefront Trailer Right Here, Right Now!

Watch The Star Wars Battlefront Livestream Here

An Impressive First Look At Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront's Designer Dishes Some Fresh Details

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
It's not a video game, but we've all been fiercely watching for details about the new Star Wars film, and Star Wars Celebration had a number of new details. The biggest reveal from the show was a new trailer, but we also got better looks at the film's villain(s) and newly redesigned Stormtrooper armor. You can check out a few stories about the film below.

Report: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Artwork Leaks, Gives First Good Look At Villain

Check Out The New Stormtrooper Armor From The Force Awakens

Watch The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Now!

Photo galleries
Finally, Andrew Reiner, who is attending the show, posted a pair of photo galleries showcasing the show floor, as well as some of the props on hand from the upcoming film.

Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

Check Out Some Of The Props From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Celebrations still has one full day to go. The biggest bomb shells from the celebration have already dropped, but if any other news results, we will be sure to add it to this round-up. – The Feed

GI Show 241: Nintendo News, Axiom Verge, Pillars of Eternity

This week we talk about the recent Nintendo Direct, and two amazing games!

First off, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Andy Reiner, Brian Shea, and Ben Reeves to discuss all the news that came out of yesterday's Nintendo Direct web conference, including lots of Amiibo talk and some new game announcements.

Ben Reeves sticks around for the second segment, joined by Bryan Vore and Joe Juba to talk about Axiom Verge, a love letter to the classic Metroid games that outpaced its inspirations in some respects.

Finally, Matt Miller and Kim Wallace stop by to discuss Obsidian's crowdfunded retro PC RPG Pillars of Eternity. It's a game that both captures what was good about the PC RPGs of the past while bringing the genre up to speed with modern convenience and depth. Like Axiom Verge, this is a must-play game.

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All The Nintendo Direct News In One Place

Nintendo fans, start getting comfortable with the idea of most Nintendo-published games having Amiibo support. During today's 48-minute Nintendo Direct conference, most of the big games shown gained Amiibo support. Yes, Amiibo's are optional, but to see everything a game has to offer, you'll need to purchase the Amiibos to unlock new options, modes, and gameplay functionality.

New Amiibo action figure waves were announced for Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, and Yoshi's Woolly World. Nintendo also unveiled a game called Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, a new Wii U title that takes Amiibo owners on a journey into popular NES and Super Nintendo titles. And if that isn't enough to keep track of, Nintendo rounded out the Amiibo news with an unexpected twist: Amiibos won't just be action figures; they'll also be trading cards starting this fall. In the game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, players scan trading cards into an NFC reader/writer peripheral (releasing at the same time as the game) to bring new items and characters to life in the game.

Although Zelda Wii U was recently delayed, Nintendo had plenty of news to share for its console, including announcements that Fatal Frame and the Shin Megami Tensei / Fire Emblem crossover project are coming to the United States. As for the 3DS, players can look forward to a wide variety of releases, including Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains, Pokemon Rumble World, and a new Fire Emblem project.

Here's a complete rundown of the news from today's Direct:

StreetPass Gets New Premium Plaza & Games

Mario Maker Release Date Lands In September

Choose Your Fate In New Fire Emblem Gate, Two Versions Possible

Box Boy And New Puzzle & Dragons Coming To eShop

Splatoon Getting An Amiibo Collection And 1v1 Mode

Free-To-Play Pokemon Rumble World Coming To 3DS

Yoshi's Woolly World Coming This Fall, Getting Yarn Amiibos

Mario Kart 8 To Receive Blistering 200cc Class In Free Update

Nintendo Announces Amiibo Cards In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Nintendo Runs Down Indie Games Coming To Wii U In 2015

Attack On Titan: Humanity In Chains Invades North America And Europe This May

Mario Kart 8 DLC Coming On April 23

Nintendo Unveils Amiibo Series 5 And 6

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Emerges

Nintendo Reveals New Fatal Frame Wii U Gameplay Details

Nintendo Introduces Way To Vote For New Smash Bros. Characters

Nintendo 64 And Nintendo DS Games Coming To Wii U Virtual Console

Amiibo Tap Shown Off, New Games That Uses Amiibos To Demo Games

Lucas Set To Join Super Smash Bros. Roster Through DLC

New Content Coming To Super Smash Bros. On April 15

Mewtwo Coming To Super Smash Bros. Later This Month, Amiibo Coming Later – The Feed

GI Show 239: Battlefield: Hardline, Nintendo News, Resident Evil Revelations 2

This week, we have a blockbuster shooter, the final entry in RE Revelations 2, and some intriguing announcements from Nintendo.

First up, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Jeff Marchiafava and Andy Reiner to talk about Battlefield: Hardline. Our review isn't up yet (due to the fact that Jeff is still testing multiplayer) but we have a lot of impressions about the single-player campaign he completed, and the excellent online play.

In the second segment, Kyle Hilliard and Jeff Cork stop by to talk about Nintendo's venture into the world of mobile gaming, and it's mysterious new game system.

Finally, Kim Wallace and Tim Turi look back on the four episodes of Resident Evil Revelations 2, now that the episodic series is wrapped up. They come away some mixed, but mostly positive, feelings about the experience.

Note: this episode features selections from Ori and the Blind Forest soundtrack.

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PAX East 2015 News And Previews Round-Up

It may not have the announcements of E3, or the future of technology of a
, but PAX is still a big deal in the world of video games, and we're
rounding up our coverage.

PAX Indie Game Round-Up

Much like we did for GDC, we rounded up a collection of indie games we had a chance to see at PAX and collected them into one feature. You can check it out at the link below.

Your Guide To PAX 2015's Amazing Indies

PAX Previews

We had a chance to get our hands on a collection of games at PAX, many for the first time. You can check out our hands-on previews below, and keep an eye here for more games to be added to this list.

Final Fantasy XV Hands-On: Taking a Bro'd Trip

Yager Introduces Sense Of Scale And Speed In New Dreadnought Game Mode

Harebrained Schemes Shows Its Versatility With Zelda-Like Roguelite Necropolis

A Brief Look At Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition For 3DS

Learn More About The Witcher 3's Other Playable Character, Ciri

Type-0 HD PAX Trailer Shows A Darker More Violent Final Fantasy

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Finally, it's also worth giving Daniel Tack a follow on twitter for small updates about Blizzard's Overwatch and how excited he is about it. It's a lot. – The Feed

Game Developer’s Conference 2015 News Round-Up

Check out our round-up to make sure you didn't miss any of the big stories coming out of this year's Game Developer's Conference.

Game Developer's Choice Awards

The industry's annual developer-chosen awards were held, and there were some surprise winners.

GDC Award Winners Revealed At Annual Gala

Virtual Reality

VR was a hot topic at GDC, with some impressive demos from the major players in the emerging space.

Valve's Vive

Oculus Rift Smaug Demo

Sony's Project Morpheus Demo

Virtual Reality And The Horror Of Narcosis' Deep-Sea Isolation

Upcoming Games

As always, GDC was a place to see some newly announced and highly anticipated new titles.

Final Fantasy XIV Director Teases Future Cameos

It Takes A Year To Create A New Job In Final Fantasy XIV

Everything You Need To Know About Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Hands-On With Firewatch: Humor, Frenzy, And A Ton Of Intrigue

Badland Offers Great 4-Player Co-Op Fun On PS4

Ashes Of The Singularity Changes The Scope And Scale Of RTS

Elite: Dangerous Xbox One Timed Exclusive

Unreal Tournament Gameplay Footage

Rock Band 4 Announced

King's Quest Demo

Best Indie Games of GDC 2015

Asteroids Outpost

Console News

Both Valve and Nvidia talked about their new, non-traditional consoles, and Microsoft's Xbox head comment on some of the company's missteps.

Xbox's Spencer on holiday hacker attacks

Xbox's Spencer on Windows 10 development for Xbox One

Nvidia Announces Shield Android Microconsole

Valve Says Steam Machines Hitting In November

Project Morpheus Launch Lineup To Take Shape At E3

Sony's Yoshida: PSN Is Attacked By Hackers Every Day

Engine Wars

Valve Announces Source 2 Engine

Epic Makes Unreal Engine Free, Releases Free Unreal Tournament Demo – The Feed