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Sega Teases Valkyria Chronicles Remaster PS4 News Coming Soon

Valkyria Chronicles, one of the PS3’s most criminally overlooked games, is getting a remastered PS4 version in Japan. Today, Sega teased that news about a possible western release is coming soon.

The video below from Sega Europe’s YouTube channel features a Sega representative gleefully teasing that the company will have more information next week about the chance of Valkyria Chronicles Remaster for PS4 coming to the U.S. 

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The turn-based, third-person strategy RPG has already been rereleased on PC, helping a broader audience fully appreciate the engaging characters, fun tank combat, and intense, large-scale battles. 

Sega also confirmed that Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be coming to Japan on PS4, but there's no news on that game's chances of coming stateside. Read more about the new entry here.

Sega also says you can also win a copy of Valkyria Chronicles on PC by commenting on the YouTube video linked above, with winners being selected on Monday, January 25. In the meantime, read our review of Valkyria Chronicles on PS3 to learn why the game is great. 


Our Take

I’m a tremendous fan of Valkyria Chronicles, and I poured many hours into the game on PS3. Sega seems to be heavily suggesting that we’ll be seeing it on the PS4 in the U.S., which would be a wonderful opportunity to revisit the game. My guess is that we’ll see a digital release of the game at the very least, and Sega will use those sales numbers to determine whether or not it's worth releasing Valkyria Chronicles 4 here as well.

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David Hayter Pokes Fun At Kiefer Sutherland After News Of 24 Reboot

Voice actor and screenwriter David Hayter, who voiced Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series until he was replaced by Kiefer Sutherland with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, had a great response to the upcoming reboot of 24. The reboot will not star Sutherland's character, Jack Bauer,  who is synonymous with the show in much the same way that Hayter's voicing of Snake was with Metal Gear Solid.

This is probably why Hayter couldn't let the news pass by him without offering up this concise, amusing tweet.

Youch.

 

Our Take
The SALT.

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All The News (So Far) From The 2015 PlayStation Experience

Today marks the beginning of the the second annual PlayStation Experience, and Sony had a number of trailers and announcements out of the gate.

Below you will find a round-up of everything to come out of the show so far. We will update this story with additional previews and news as the show moves forward, so keep an eye out.

Announcements, Previews, and Trailers

Final Fantasy VII Remake got some gameplay footage.

We saw Nathan Drake reunite with his brother in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Battleborn got a new characters, and some exclusive PlayStation 4 content.

F.A.N.G. rounds out the Street Fighter V roster.

Psychonauts is getting a VR game with The Rhombus Of Ruin.

Yakuza 5 has a release date and Yakuza 0 is coming to North America.

Full Throttle is getting the remaster treatment.

The Day of the Tentacle remaster has a release window.

King of Fighters XIV is exclusive to PlayStation 4.

Don't Starve Together and Invisible, Inc. are coming to PlayStation 4.

Hitman Go is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita.

The Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 4 remake is coming in April.

Rez is coming to PlayStation VR.

Destiny: The Taken King is getting Sparrow racing.

Ace Combat 7 is coming to PlayStation 4 and VR.

Epic is making a MOBA called Paragon.

Ni No Kuni is getting a sequel with Revenant Kingdom.

Team Ninja showed off its Dark Souls-inspired ninja action title, Ni-Oh.

The Hitman beta starts in February.

Round-ups

  • Sony had a whole lot of VR stuff to show off during its press conference. You can find the full list here.
  • Sony also had a whole lot of smaller and indie games to show off. You can find a list complete with trailers here.
  • Finally, in what has now become commonplace for Sony press conferences, a whole bunch of games were released during the show. Here's a list.

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The Game Awards 2015 – Winners, News, And Reveals

Tonight’s Game Awards presentation showed an evolution for the event’s second year. This year’s ceremony included a memorial segment for recently passed Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, game reveals, new trailers, and of course, an opportunity to honor game developers.

One of the biggest moments of the show came immediately following Metal Gear Solid V’s win for best action/adventure game. The award was accepted by Big Boss actor Kiefer Sutherland, due to series creator Hideo Kojima’s legal entanglements with Konami.

We’ve gathered up the night’s stories and all the award winners (in bold). Not all awards have been confirmed yet. We are still waiting on the RPG and Shooter categories. We'll update as they are announced. 

2015 Industry Icon Award

Westwood Studios co-founders Brett Sperry and Louis Castle

Game of the Year

Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Developer of the Year 

Bethesda Game Studios
CD Projekt Red
FromSoftware
Kojima Productions
Nintendo

Best Independent Game

Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios | Behaviour Interactive / Bethesda Softworks)
Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Narrative

Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
Tales From The Borderlands (TellTale Games)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Art Direction

Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score/Soundtrack

Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance

Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award

Cibele (Nina Freeman)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
Sunset (Tale of Tales)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision)
Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Splatoon (Nintendo)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Microsoft Studios)

Best Role-Playing Game

Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian Entertainment / Paradox Interactive)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Fighting Game

Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN– (Arc System Works / Aksys Games)
Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Rise of Incarnates (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Rising Thunder (Radiant Entertainment)

Best Family Game

Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Studios / Disney Interactive Studios)
LEGO Dimensions (Traveller's Tales / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: SuperChargers (Vicarious Visions | Beenox Studios / Activision)
Splatoon (Nintendo)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 16 (EA Canada / Electronic Arts)
Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
NBA 2K16 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES Productions / Konami)
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision) \
Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Splatoon (Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment / Microsoft Studios)
The Last Guardian (GenDesign/ Sony Computer Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Computer Entertainment)

eSports Player of the Year

Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Team EnVyUs) 
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends / SK Telecom T1)
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Fnatic)
Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)
Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)

eSports Team of the Year

Evil Geniuses
Fnatic
Optic Gaming
SK Telecom T1 Team SoloMid

eSports Game of the Year

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
Dota 2 (Valve)
Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment)
League of Legends (Riot Games)

Trending Gamer

Total Biscuit
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
Greg Miller
Markiplier
PewDiePie

Best Fan Creation

GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)
Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

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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?

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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.

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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
percent.

As Sony shared
earlier today
, the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling console for the
month of June, as it was last
month
. 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,
    PS4)
  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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