Star Wars Joining Disney Infinity 3.0


Disney Interactive have announced that Star Wars will join the Disney Infinity series bringing all your favourite characters into a sci-fi world. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition will feature three play sets; Twilight of the Republic set during episodes I-III, Rise Against the Empire based on the original trilogy and one influenced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens which will be available at the end of the year.

Each of the Star Wars Play Sets offers distinct experiences with varied gameplay, environments and characters. The Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set takes place in the height of the Jedi’s powers where players will use the Force and Lightsabers in epic battles and master their combat skills alongside Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Darth Maul. The Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire Play Set will take players on galaxy spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring and partaking in land based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor. Additionally fans will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars characters in all of the Star Wars Play Sets.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will also include a Play Set based on Inside Out, a new Disney Pixar film, and there will be a new Marvel Play Set featuring characters from the latest Marvel film. More figures of fan favorite characters from across The Walt Disney Company, like Mickey and Minnie, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan and Olaf, among many others will be coming to Disney Infinity 3.0.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition will also introduce an all new 3D Toy Box Hub that will make it easier for players to choose from a wider selection of gameplay experiences including platform, racing, and farming simulation games. Two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games will bring action-adventure gameplay in Toy Box Takeover and kart racing in Toy Box Speedway, where kids and families can play with popular Disney, Disney Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters together in a structured setting.

All figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the enhanced Toy Box and for the first time Power Discs will be sold in labeled franchise specific packs of four. The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC this fall at a suggested retail price of US$64.99. Many of you probably have a ton of questions and there will be a Q&A session during a livestream on Disney’s Twitch channel this Friday at 11 AM PT with VP, Production John Vignocchi and Community Manager Allison Petrek.

Helldiver’s Positive Reviews Mark a Change in my Gaming Interests


Helldivers is currently holding an 82 over at Metacritic based on 19 reviews. Suffice to say Helldivers doesn’t have the same following as the bigger AAA titles released on the console, however it’s good to see that critics are enjoying Helldivers, which launched on the Playstation 3, 4 and Vita this week is receiving positive reviews.

This makes me extremely excited.

To break it down the game is developed by Arrowhead Game Studio the same team behind the Magicka series. It’s a 4 player co-op top down twin-stick shooter that is very Starship Trooper-esque. Many would argue that the game is not being it’s own, but borrowing fro other titles and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s using inspiration from others and moulding it into its own image. A bit of Starship Troopers, Left 4 Dead, Diablo you name it, this game feels like a mash up of it, and it does wonders for the games enjoyment from what I read and have now played.

Helldivers also features a very important feature called Cross-Buy, Cross-Save and Cross-Play. Buy the game on the PS4, download it and it’s available on your Vita for free. Got up to a checkpoint on the train whilst on your way to work? Load up that same save on your PS4 and away you go. There’s no catch to this and if more titles feature this, then it would do wonders for the Playstation ecosystem.

The fact that this game is getting positive reviews makes me happy and solidifies a change in my gaming interests that I’ve noticed has become more frequent as each day goes by. Lately I’ve been enjoying the challenging aspects of Rogue Legacy and The Escapists, and whilst they may not be AAA titles that the world goes crazy over, I’ve found a certain level of enjoyment out of them. They’re unique art style, their challenge, as well as the fact that it’s just as fun to watch others play these games than it is to play it myself.

With many AAA titles becoming less appealing to me due to the final product always falling short of the expectations met by months of coverage, I’ve found indie titles to have more of an appeal to my interests. The more I saw of Watch Dogs the less interested I was. I’ve tried to stay away from hype train and keep information about a game to a minimum as to not spoil the experience when it’s eventually released.

As I grow older, undertake more tasks such as longer hours at work, gym, weekly sports, run a website among other duties, I’ve found my time to be a bit more limited thus requiring me to pick and choose which games I want to delve into.

Having a frantic twin stick shooter in a 4 player co-op experience is grand, as was Dying light when playing that in 4 player co-op slicing through zombies. Shared experiences appealed more and gave me greater satisfaction when completing various actions. Single player games are still great however larger more vast titles sometimes fail to give that same satisfaction due to failed executions of gameplay mechanics, etc…

I’m happy that the Xbox One and PS4 are now shining more light on indie devs, sure, the library may not be as vast as Steam as I don’t have the luxury of getting a PC capable of playing all other titles (Yes, I do own a PC purely for running a website and storage), but the ability for me to kick back on my bed or lounge, download and enjoy an indie game for a few hours is pure bliss.

I know many have their PC hooked up to their HDTV’s as well as will argue me to do the same, but that’s why I got a console. Turn on the device, load a game, play it for a few hours, enjoy it then go to about the rest of my day. The PS4 and Xbox One are releasing the better indie games that they know people like myself will love. It allows the game and the developer to reach a wider audience than just releasing it on PC. I’ve heard nothing but good things from others about Helldivers who JUST own a PS4, and I feel this game would not have gottenthe same positive feedback if it had only been a PC release.

I have friends who own a PS4 and I’ll be playing co-op with them over PSN and it’ll be a grand time. I’ve played a few hours of the game in co-op with randoms and on my own and regardless it’s a challenge and very fun. Here’s to future releases being just as good and opening me up to better gaming experiences.

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis DLC Coming in March


Ubisoft have announced that Far Cry 4’s DLC, Valley of the Yetis, will launch March 10 in US and March 11 in Europe.

A trailer was released showcasing the stunning, snowy mountains of Kyrat, a dark, mysterious cave and your newest enemy, the Yeti.

It’s the survival of the fittest in Valley of the Yetis. Take it on solo or bring a friend to help you weather the dangers on the snowy peaks. Discover the mystery behind the yetis as you fight to make your way off the mountain.

Valley of the Yetis can be purchased by itself or with the Season Pass. The Season Pass also includes The Syringe, the Hurk Deluxe Pack, Overrun and Escape from Durgesh Prison.

Far Cry 4 released last year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

New Resident Evil Revelations 2 Trailer Released


With less than a week until release, Capcom have released a new trailer for Resident Evil Revelations 2 giving us a peek at what each episode entails.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a four-part episodic adventure that sees Claire Redfield returning to the horrors of her past. Claire works for Terra Save, the anti-bioterrorism organisation, alongside a new recruit, Moira Burton, daughter of Resident Evil’s infamous Barry Burton. Together they face a dark journey in an abandoned detention facility working together to survive.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 – Penal Colony releases February 24th in North America and February 26th worldwide on Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. The other three episodes will be released each week.

The Evil Within’s DLC “The Assignment” Coming in March


The first DLC for The Evil Within dubbed “The Assignment” has been announced for a March release with a teaser trailer via the bethblog.

Not much has been given away other than the DLC’s title and a rather creepy voice calling out for “Leslie”, one of the supporting characters in the game.

The Evil Within released back in October last year for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

The Crew’s Customisation Trailer Shows Tweaks Giving You That Extra Edge


Ubisoft revealed the latest trailer for their open world racer, The Crew, and it showcases all the different bits and pieces you can customise on your vehicle.

The trailer below shows how you can adjust your specs for a variety of settings and weather including dirt roads and city racing.

The Crew is set for a December 2 release for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Samurai Warriors 4 Preview


Prepare for battle!

There’s something about smashing through a sea of enemies that really gets your heart racing. You charge down a hill at the wall of minor encumbrances before you, only to hit them with a wide slash, sending them flying back through the air and clearing a path for the next move. Samurai Warriors 4 takes this feeling and keeps it at the forefront of it’s combat, making for a game you’re sure to spend a lot of time in.

Samurai Warriors 4 marks the tenth anniversary of Tecmo Koei’s Samurai Warriors series, making it’s first debut on the Playstation 4. The game will also be available on the PS Vita and the PS3 at launch, with cross-save features, but only as digital downloads.

After a few hours hands on with this title one thing was immediately clear; this game felt much more like a next-gen title than the recent ports of Orochi Warriors 3 Ultimate and Dynasty Warriors 8. From the general presentation to the smoothness of play, veterans of the Musou (Warriors) games will find this title to be familiar but sleeker than ever.

The graphics are another area you’ll see improvement from previous entries, with the game looking much sharper, as well as allowing a lot more enemies to be rendered on the screen at once. I found the render distance felt further than previously too, stopping enemies who are retreating from disappearing off-screen all too regularly.

The game’s story mode takes the form of regional stories that tell the tales of individual families and factions, and the unification story following the narrative to the end of the warring states era in Japan. Throughout these campaigns there are over fifty characters playable, giving you a huge range of options both in the story and other modes, such as free mode and chronicle mode.

You can customise everything... even individual eye colours!
You can customise everything… even individual eye colours!

Add to this roster custom made characters and you have a seriously impressive amount of options for how you want to play when jumping into the action. The create a character system has been greatly enhanced with this title, allowing for a much greater degree of control. From the armor type, hair style, voice and weapons, pretty much every option you could want to quickly create diverse, extra characters has been offered.

After this, you can take that character (or an existing one) into the all new ‘chronicle mode’, allowing you to explore Japan as a travelling warrior, meeting famous warriors and writing about battles as you yourself become one of the toughest in the land. This was a really fun mode to play around in as it lets you craft your own campaign and story, long after you’ve completed every faction’s arc. It’s up to you where you start, who you meet and where you go while travelling and exploring some really well put together battlegrounds.

I found that the battles, while lasting a good thirty to forty-five minutes, really drew me in. I didn’t find myself getting bored at all during the scenarios I played, even losing track of time at one point. The stories weaved into the scenarios are more than enough to keep the battles varied throughout, and levelling up to receive new, more showy and devastating combos is something I found myself all too happy to keep killing for.

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My only qualms with the game at preview stage were ones that have plagued many a Tecmo Koei title, namely the camera and sometimes overcrowded HUD.

The camera mechanics shared by the Musou games is something that never ceases to produce minor annoyance. There’s something about the angle and it not properly adjusting to your movements that can be a real pain in the heat of battle. For the most part though its functional and can be adjusted, but it’d be great to see something a little smoother in the future.

Given the choice, I’d much prefer to play or watch a Japanese product in it’s original Japanese with subtitles. The Japanese voice acting and dialogue is pretty good throughout. as is the translation, but the placing of the subtitles box really isn’t. Rather than writing along the bottom of the HUD or in a bubble to the side, the dialogue bubble continuously pops up in the bottom third of the screen, right over where your character and the main action is happening. That many enemies all at once can become confusing easily without a big box adding to it. While this isn’t a constant or a huge problem, it’d be nice to see a way we could move its placement in the full game.

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Despite these small issues, the game performs admirably. It’s a ridiculously fun and satisfying title that I’m sure will be a real time sink for many people. With the large variety and amount of content this is one to look out for, for both hardened fans and newcomers alike.

Samurai Warriors 4 is set to release on PS4 on 23rd October.

Preview conducted at Mindscape Games Headquarters, Sydney.

Jayden Perry ©2014

Saints Row Expansion Gat Out of Hell Announced at PAX


Saints Row IV Developer Volition has revealed an announcement trailer for a standalone expansion called Gat out of Hell at their PAX panel yesterday.

After the space faring antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell.

Gat Out of Hell will also include co-op as you explore the pits of hell with the usual crazy shenanigans.

Volition also announced a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port of Saints Row IV dubbed Saints Row IV: Re-Elected that will launch alongside Gat out of HellSaints Row IV originally released for the PS3, PC and 360 in 2013.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will be available from January 27, 2015 on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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