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GPD is reportedly working on an AMD 5800U-based handheld PC

  Yesterday, AYA NEO, AMD 4500U-based handheld gaming PC, launched its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. While their ambitious device might be the first AMD-based handheld gaming PC, they won't be the last. As reported by @geargeeksp on YouTube, GPD is also working on an AMD-based handheld gaming PC. According to their international marketing manager, YYang, their preliminary model is based on the 5800U processor and have it running Devil May Cry 5. Everything is still at an early stage and the device's look has yet to be seen but GPD will indeed work on an AMD-based device. Apparently, it could be a new...

Posted on by Prans Dunn
 

Welcome to the farm - Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town first impressions

  I love farming games. They’re a time sink, and by nature can become somewhat repetitive, but when you’re in the mood to plant some crops, nothing compares to the Bokujou Monogatari series. Since playing the remake of Friends of Mineral Town last year, I’ve been craving something new, and before I knew it, I found myself stumbling into Olive Town ready to pick up my hoe and water some turnips. The setup for the game is fairly traditional. Your grandpa has died and would you believe it, he’s left you a farm! After some pretty extensive customisation choices, at least for...

Posted on by Scarlet Bell
 

AYA NEO handheld gaming PC crowdfunding launch date and new accessories announced

  In January, the team behind the AMD-based handheld gaming PC, AYA NEO, announced their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and said that it would launch in early February. However, this launch was delayed to an unspecified date until today when the company revealed that their campaign will finally launch on March 6, 2021 at 11 am CST. The Super Early Bird perk, which is limited to 42 units, offers a 500 GB model of the device for $699. Otherwise, 500 GB units will cost $789 while 1 TB models are priced at $869 for the campaign (it is currently not known if...

Posted on by Prans Dunn
 

New Game+ Expo 2021 - roundup

  New Game+ Expo is here again for another year in a row, bringing us all sorts of localization news that we can expect to see for Japanese games headed westward. There's plenty to see in this live stream, so be sure to tune in, or keep an eye on this thread to see all the highlights. The show kicks off with a few trailers. We see Volta-X, already available. Aksys Games' Variable Barricade has a Q1 2022 release window. Appears to be an otome visual novel. Another Aksys title, Olympia Soiree will be out Fall 2021 for the Switch. Harvest Moon: One World, already...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Sakurai presents Pyra/Mythra livestream

  Excited for the upcoming addition of Xenoblade Chronicles' Pyra/Mythra to the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? You can watch some gameplay featuring the new character, courtesy of Mr. Sakurai himself, today at 8AM CT, or mere minutes after this post has gone live. The live stream will give us "an in-depth" look, so if you're an avid Smash Bros. player, be sure to tune in to learn all the new intricacies!...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Cemu emulator version 1.22.7 publicly released, adds experimental v-sync mode for Vulkan

  Another week, another Cemu update. The latest revision to the ever-popular Nintendo Wii U emulator adds a handful of neat new features, including a fix for those who experienced memory leaks and an experimental v-sync mode. The latter of which helps in terms of minimizing input delay or screen tearing in certain emulated games. Currently, the v-sync implementation only works for those that use Vulkan, though the team intends to add OpenGL support for the feature in the near future. You can grab the update from the official website. # Cemu detailed changelog for 1.22.7 # Patreon release date: 2021-02-23 # Public...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

New PlayStation VR games announced; including 'Doom 3 VR Edition'

  During its PS VR Spotlight event yesterday, Sony announced that 6 new VR games will launch on its device, among which is a VR version of Doom 3. Titled Doom 3 VR Edition, it features Doom 3 and its expansions, Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, adapted for PS VR. These VR enhancements allow you to peer around corners, angle your shots using motion controls, perform 180-degree quick-turn and a wrist-mounted display to track your health, armor and ammo. Doom 3 VR Edition launches March 29 for PlayStation 4 and is backwards compatible on PlayStation 5. In addition to the...

Posted on by Prans Dunn
 

[RUMOR] Bloomberg claims a "Switch Pro" is planned for Holiday 2021, will have an OLED display

  The reports claiming that a "Switch Pro", or at least a more powerful Nintendo Switch console will eventually release have been floating around since early 2018. At first, the Wall Street Journal was the initial reputable source to make such a certain statement, claiming both a budget-minded and "improved model" of Switch were in production, to which the Switch Lite and more power-efficient "Mariko" Switch released a short time later. Since then, fans have been clamoring for a Switch that can play games at higher framerates and resolutions. The rumor mill is cranking out yet another bit of tantalizing promise...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

The PlayStation Store will no longer be offering movie and TV purchases/rentals

  It seems the subscription service model is edging PlayStation out of the TV and movie online rental market. After August 31, 2021, you will no longer be able to purchase TV seasons or movies, nor will you be able to rent movies on the PlayStation Store. This change is due to Sony seeing "tremendous growth" when it comes to both ad-based and subscription-based streaming services. If you've purchased any media through the PlayStation Store in the past, you'll still be able to watch it on your PlayStation 4 or 5 and still access it after the cutoff date....

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

There's a new system update for the Wii U for version 5.5.5U

  Are you ready for a system software update? No, not for the Nintendo Switch, but the Wii U! It's been quite a while since we've seen one of these--the last update was issued in September of 2018, in fact. A brand new firmware update is available for the console, bringing it to version number 5.5.5. The official changelog is helpful as usual, giving us that magical sentence we can always expect from Nintendo. Keep an eye on this thread and hopefully we'll find out what exactly this update actually brings to the table. Improvements to system stability and usability Further improvements to...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

A trailer for Elden Ring has apparently leaked online

  It's not leaked footage if it's not blurry and taken at a weird angle, which is exactly what this supposed video for FromSoftware's Elden Ring is. Announced almost two years ago, the latest game from the Dark Souls developer hasn't had much information or footage given since its reveal. It seems that Bandai Namco was going to put out a new trailer, though, as Bloomberg's Jason Schreier stated that there was "strong evidence" that they would be showing the game off soon, but it seems that soon wasn't soon enough. A "confidential" file featuring scenes from Elden Ring has supposedly...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Google reportedly paid tens of millions for Stadia ports

  A new report from Jason Schreier at Bloomberg has been released detailing the current state of Google's Stadia streaming platform. The piece gives a short history on Stadia's troubled development, mainly focused on the decision to launch Stadia as a traditional console, immediately competing with Playstation and Xbox, rather than a slower rollout like streaming competitors xCloud and Luna. There were concerns among developers on the Stadia team that the hard Fall 2019 deadline would not give them enough time to deliver on all promised features, and they felt that Google should launch Stadia in beta, as they have for...

Posted on by Stephen Malone
 

Pokemon Presents Reactions, New DS Lite Function Found, State of Play & more - Tempcast #28

  In this week's episode we discuss the recent State of Play presentation from Sony, as well as the possibility of more PlayStation exclusives coming to PC. Next, we talk about the recent achievements in the homebrew and hacking community, specifically the "release" of Dinosaur Planet's N64 beta, as well as the DS Lite's newly found TV out function. Afterwards, we briefly mention EA's decision to scrap the "games as a service" model following Anthem's failure. Finally, we give our reactions to the Pokemon Presents announcements, including our thoughts about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's controversial art style. Theme by VinsCool and...

Posted on by Alan John
 

Project Triangle Strategy Debut Demo first impressions

  Final Fantasy Tactics is one of those beloved franchises that people have eagerly been awaiting the return of, despite the publisher showing no interest in it. Strategy RPGs are generally underserved in the console space, and the original is widely hailed as not only one of the best in its genre, but one of the greatest games of all time. Despite a more split reception to its handheld sequels, it’s hard to feel that Final Fantasy Tactics was tapped out, and that it couldn’t again reach the heights of the original. Finally, Square Enix seems to be returning to the...

Posted on by Stephen Malone
 

Pokémon Presents February 26th - Diamond & Pearl remakes, Pokémon Legends Arceus (open world RPG)

  Rumors and leaks are going wild, as the minutes count down to the awaited reveal of what The Pokemon Company has in store for the future of the franchise. Whether or not you believe the "leaks" that are being passed around, it's time to hand in your hype train ticket and board, as today's Pokemon Presents is just about to begin. It begins. We get a retrospective on how Pokemon has evolved, and the various media that it had over the years. Even the Pokemon Mini got a shoutout. Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon series. First off is New Pokemon Snap...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Final Fantasy VII Remake to headline PlayStation Plus games for March 2021

  Following the State of Play that aired yesterday, it looks like we'll be seeing more Final Fantasy VII Remake, as the game will be one of the free titles offered for PlayStation Plus users. The PlayStation Netherlands page accidentally jumped the gun on the reveal, posting the full set of free games for March before deleting the post shortly thereafter. Of course, as this is the internet, plenty of people backed up the post and the image, which shows the four games on tap: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Farpoint, Maquette, and Remnant from the Ashes. There's also a disclaimer about...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

EA walks back choice to make new Dragon Age have online, "allows" BioWare to keep it single-player

  EA and BioWare haven't been having a good time as of late. The latter just announced that they were canning plans on their overhaul to Anthem over trying to better focus on their upcoming games such as Dragon Age. Bloomberg reporter and industry insider Jason Schreier added to the news by claiming the new Dragon Age wasn't initially going to be like the ones before it, and would have had games as a service (GaaS) elements and online multiplayer. Schreier said that decision was walked back after the success of the single-player Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from EA, and...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Square Enix unveils two new Final Fantasy mobile games, one of which is a remake of FFVII

  Is one remake of Final Fantasy VII not enough for you? Square Enix seems to think so, with the announcement of Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis. The company revealed two different Final Fantasy mobile games, one of which is a prequel to FFVII, while the other is an all-encompassing remake of all FFVII related stories. Final Fantasy: The First Soldier is a battle royale with a story that takes place 30 years before the start of VII. It's a third-person shooter where you must defeat all other opponents in order to become the first SOLDIER. Releasing for iOS and Android,...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Monster Hunter Rise PC version confirmed, set to release in 2022

  The cat, er Palico, has sort of already been out of the bag, after the Capcom hack that saw company secrets and upcoming plans spoiled, but Monster Hunter Rise's producer has finally given official word that the game will be coming to another platform. IGN spoke to Capcom's Ryozo Tsujimoto, who stated that after a deluge of fan outcry from players in the west, Monster Hunter Rise will be getting a PC version in early 2022. That's all that was said, but now players can stop wondering as to the if and when regarding the latest Monster Hunter game on...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

The Caligula Effect 2 will get an official localization on Switch and PS4 later this fall

  A game that was shown in the Japanese Nintendo Direct and not the western versions was a trailer for The Caligula Effect 2, a sequel to the 2016 PlayStation Vita RPG and written by Tadashi Satomi, who worked on the first handful of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona games. Not too long after the Nintendo Direct aired in Japan, publisher NIS America announced that they would be in charge of translating the game and releasing it in the west later this year. The Caligula Effect 2 will release on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 worldwide sometime in Fall 2021. A...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Another Eden is a time-traveling JRPG with a cat, with music and story by Chrono Trigger veterans

  Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space is a game about saving the world through time travel, features a cat, bills itself as a spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger, and even boasts the talent of Chrono Trigger's writer and composer, all whilst being a JRPG free-to-play mobile game. There's a lot to unpack, there. The game has confirmed that it will be headed west again, but instead of mobile platforms, this time it'll be on PC, with a release set for Spring 2021 on Steam. As for the content of the game, Another Eden originally launched on mobile in Japan...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Steam's Remote Play Together gets an update that lets anyone join in, even without a Steam account

  Steam's Remote Play Together feature has been around for a little while now, giving players the chance to experience local multiplayer games with friends across the internet. So long as one person owns a copy of a game, they're able to stream it to another user's computer, where they'll be able to play with them, just as if they were in the same room together. The feature has seen some updates and bugfixes here and there, but today's latest patch sees something a little more interesting being added. Currently available in beta is Remote Play Together's Invite Anyone function, which...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

PlayStation State of Play broadcast Feb. 25, 2021 - roundup

  PlayStation has more to reveal, even after a packed week of announcements, ranging from PC ports to a new VR headset. This State of Play live stream will cover 10 games headed to the PlayStation platform, over the course of a 30-minute show. You can catch it live on PlayStation's YouTube channel, or you can tune into this thread to see all the announcements covered live. Crash 4 is headed to the PS5 with some new enhancements, such as 3D audio, adaptive triggers, and 4K60fps. March 12, 2021. Returnal gets another look. Every time you die, the map changes. Knockout City is a...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Nintendo to no longer offer repair services for original 3DS and XL models in Japan

  The Nintendo 3DS is getting on in years, and yet another reminder of that is the quiet announcement that Nintendo of Japan will no longer be offering repairs for the original 3DS model along with its XL brethren. After March 31, 2021, Nintendo plans to phase out services for those two systems, as sourcing those system-specific parts has become a challenge. Nintendo notes that even if a 3DS system had been sent in for repairs prior to that date, they still may be unable to fix it, should the needed parts be out of stock. For now, this only applies...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

20-minute Pokémon Presents presentation to take place tomorrow

  Are you ready for some Pokémon news? Prepare yourselves, then, as The Pokemon Company has unveiled a livestream that will take place tomorrow. The event will consist of a 20-minute presentation that will cover Pokémon related news. What exactly is in store is a surprise, so be sure to catch the stream tomorrow at 7am PT/3pm GMT....

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is inspired by Jet Set Radio, features series composer

  SEGA hasn’t made a new Jet Set Radio game in years, which means if fans want a new experience, they’ll need to rely on a spiritual successor of sorts. Lethal League developer Team Reptile is currently working on Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a funky cell-shaded game where you graffiti and parkour about the world. Taking some serious inspiration from Jet Set Radio, the game even features composer Hideki Naganuma, who worked on the aforementioned series and created its iconic soundtrack. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is on the way and set for a 2022 release on “all relevant platforms”....

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

'Halo' TV series to premier in 2022 on Paramount+ streaming service

  Announced back in 2013 was the Halo TV series adaptation. With Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey tied as executive producers, the series was planned to air in 2021, and around 55%-60% of its first season was already filmed last March until the pandemic shut down all production and led to a reshuffling of schedule. The Halo TV series will now premier in Q1 2022 but instead on streaming on Showtime as originally planned, it will now be available via ViacomCBS's new Paramount+ streaming service, reports Deadline. Their report also includes a synopsis of sorts: In the television series adaptation,...

Posted on by Prans Dunn
 

GameStop's CFO has resigned, GME stocks rise 200% in a day

  Here we go again. GameStop has had a wild ride of a year, with the struggling retail chain finding itself in the midst of a war between Reddit and billionaire hedge funds. January's stock battle saw GME shares spark up at the end of January, going over hundreds of dollars more than what they'd been throughout December. Once all of that commotion had died down, GameStop's CFO and executive vice president, Jim Bell, announced that he would be stepping down from his positions and leaving the company later next month on March 26th. Bell didn't specify a reason for his...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Cyberpunk 2077's 1.2 patch delayed due to the cyber attack on CD Projekt Red

  Just because the full game has released doesn't mean Cyberpunk 2077 can't still be delayed, in some form. This month, CD Projekt Red was supposed to release a version 1.2 patch for Cyberpunk 2077, which would offer major fixes for the game. The update is being delayed, however, as a result of the ransomware attack on the company that took place earlier this month. Patch 1.2 was set to go "beyond any of our previous updates", but the development team was unable to finish the extensive updates that the patch would entail after having to deal with the fallout of...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

BioWare is halting development on "fixing" Anthem, moving its focus to upcoming projects

  When it launched, Anthem was lambasted for its lack of content, many bugs, and unsatisfying gameplay loop, among other things. Shortly after the game's release, developer BioWare promised that they would improve things by reworking the game to be a better experience, which would be called Anthem NEXT. Now, just a few days after Anthem's second anniversary, those plans are being laid to rest. BioWare detailed in a blog post that while they'll be keeping Anthem's servers online, further development on the game has been cancelled, with the company instead deciding to focus on its upcoming projects involving Mass Effect...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Nreal announces new mixed reality games, enterprise headset and EU & US expansion

  Yesterday, during its presentation for this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai, mixed reality start-up Nreal made a couple of new announcements regarding the expansion of its hardware and software catalogue. As I noted in my impression of their first consumer headset, the Nreal Light, first-party MR games were rather lacking. But the company aims to change that as it revealed a two new dedicated games for the system. DUNKAAR is a basketball game where players shoot and dunk virtual basketballs that materialize in their environment. Then there's Dragon Awakening which the company describes as a "semi-turn based heroic fantasy...

Posted on by Prans Dunn
 

HP to acquire HyperX for $425 million

  HP announced today that it will acquire gaming peripheral brand HyperX from Kingston for $425 million. You might be familiar with HyperX as we have reviewed several of their accessories at GBAtemp. However, the announcement clarifies that while the acquisition involves HyperX’s gaming peripherals portfolio, Kingston will retain "the DRAM, flash, and SSD products for gamers and enthusiasts". The deal is set to close in calendar Q2 2021....

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Amazon's cloud gaming service, Amazon Luna, expands access to Fire TV users

  In September 2020, Amazon announced its very own cloud gaming service, Amazon Luna. However, the early access service was available only via invitation. In a blog post, the company announced that Amazon Luna is expanding its early access to Fire TV users as of today. The Luna app is available to download on Fire TV and offers a 7-day free trial to the Luna+ channel; after which Luna+ channel subscriptions renew at $5.99/month during early access. This channel offers titles like Control, Metro Exodus, Sonic Mania, and GRiD. Ubisoft+ channel subscription is at $14.99/month beta pricing which gives access to...

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Play your Sega Genesis games in widescreen with the new experimental Genesis Plus GX Wide emulator

  After working on bringing the decompiled versions of the classic Sonic mobile ports, to the Nintendo Switch @heyheyitsjoeway has a new project that's just released. It's a fork of the Genesis Plus GX emulator, with a rather cool experimental function: widescreen. The emulator takes Genesis/Mega Drive games and outputs them at a 16:9 ratio. The emulator is currently available on RetroArch and is on a handful of platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, Android, Windows, 3DS, and the PlayStation Vita among others. Certain games such as Gunstar Heroes and Ristar work nicely, but others will require custom patching in order to...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Ratchet & Clank for PlayStation 4 will be given away for free to keep this March

  Last year, PlayStation offered two games to players, as part of the Play At Home initiative, which included the likes of Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. The promotion will be making a return this year, with a "series of free games and entertainment offers" to be given out. Starting on March 1st, Ratchet & Clank will be available for free, and you'll be able to claim it until the end of the month, where you'll get to keep it permanently. On top of that, PlayStation players will be given free access to anime streaming service Funimation Premium, for...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

'Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2' launches on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch this year

  First released last year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is heading to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S this March 26, and on Nintendo Switch later this year. The announcement comes from the game's official Twitter account: https://twitter.com/TonyHawkTheGame/status/1364243630358220800 Owners of the digital deluxe edition will get a next-gen upgrade for free while owners of the digital version on PS4 or Xbox One can upgrade to the corresponding new console. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will reportedly run at 120 FPS at 1080P or at native 4K at 60 FPS (1440P and upscale to 4K for Xbox...

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The once PlayStation exclusive Days Gone heads to PC

  The president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, has lots to share about the future of PlayStation. In a freshly published interview with GQ, the man behind SIE confirmed that just as Horizon Zero Dawn did, another PlayStation exclusive title would be making its way to PC, among a “slate” of other games in the future. Days Gone will be headed to the PC platform “later this Spring”. PlayStation has found success with their first game being brought over to a new subset of players, and as Ryan says, “there’s a opportunity to expose these great games to...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Sony announces next-gen PlayStation VR headset

  Sony has revealed that there will be a successor to their PlayStation VR headset. Announced in a PlayStation Blog post, the new virtual reality hardware will make use of the PlayStation 5’s power, and will feature a new and innovative VR controller that takes inspiration from the DualSense. It will also have improved resolution output and a higher field of view than the original PSVR, while only requiring a single cable to connect to the PS5. No release window was provided, though Sony confirmed that the next-gen PSVR will not release this year. We’re continuing to innovate with our new...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 delayed again, not releasing in 2021, development team removed

  To say that Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is suffering from a rough development cycle would be an understatement. The game has faced multiple delays since its initial reveal, had one of its writers and their content removed from the game following sexual assault allegations, the creative director left the team, and now, the game has been pushed back yet another year, while also stripping developer Hardsuit Labs from the project. Publisher Paradox Interactive announced that Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 would no longer be releasing in 2021, delaying it indefinitely. Hardsuit Labs has been replaced, though Paradox did not...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Epic Games is compensating Fortnite and Rocket League players that bought random loot boxes

  Back in the earlier days of Fortnite, the game made its money off of loot boxes that had random items within. As the concept of loot boxes began to draw ire, from both players and governments worldwide, Epic Games removed the feature and replaced it with a rotating storefront. Similarly, when Rocket League was still owned by Psyonix, it too used the loot box formula in order to earn extra money from gamers gambling on item drops. Rocket League also eventually phased that feature out, and just like Fortnite, it now operates on a rotating storefront with set items available...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Team restores "leftover" DS Lite TV-out feature with CFW and circuit board

  Teased earlier this week by the hacking group Lost Nintendo History was a homebrew release that would add TV-out to the Nintendo DS Lite, through the use of CFW and an open hardware circuit board. Today, the team managed to deliver on their promises by uploading their release on GitHub, as well as writing up an explanation of their process on their website. According to them, they'd found out that there was a TV-out feature leftover in the DS Lite's SoC, and that with some effort, they would be able to restore the function, allowing anyone to output their DS...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Nreal Light Impression

  “Get out of there, move!” throws a battle-worn Iron Man-lookalike, briefly glancing in my direction, before disappearing through a portal. I glance to my right and find no one. I repeat the action to my left and again see no one. This is when I realize this advice was actually meant for me. Heeding to the Tony Stark-wannabe’s command, I make my way cautiously towards the portal and walk through it. Once past the circular gateway, I am greeted by some distant firing sounds and howling wind as I take in the new landscape: an endless expanse of space (where...

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Mario 64 on DSi, Vice City on Vita, Nintendo Direct Reactions & more - Tempcast #27

  In this week's episode we discuss the recent achievements in the "porting old console games to handheld systems" scene, specifically the Super Mario 64 port for the DSi by GBAtemp user Hydr8gen, as well as the recent Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and San Andreas ports to the PlayStation Vita. We also give our opinions on the new Mortal Kombat trailer, the recently announced DotA anime by Netflix, and whether or not something could be considered as anime if it wasn't made in Japan. Last but not least, we react to the biggest announcements made in Nintendo's recent 50-minute direct. Theme...

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Reverse-engineered code for 'Grand Theft Auto III' and 'Vice City' get a DMCA takedown notice

  Earlier this week, we reported that the source codes for Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Vice City were fully reverse-engineered and made available to download as re3 and reVC respectively. However, their availability was short-lived as Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of the series, seems to have taken notice of this homebrew activity and issued a DMCA takedown, making the repository unavailable. The message below can be seen if you visit the page: Take-Two's request is also publicly available and reads: The content in the links below consists of copyrighted materials owned by Take-Two. The use of our copyrighted content...

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A beta of Rare’s Dinosaur Planet for N64 has been dumped

  Forest of Illusion is on a roll, when it comes to uncovering gaming history. Their latest find is a copy of Dinosaur Planet for the Nintendo 64–a game that never saw an official release, as the project was moved to the Nintendo GameCube and eventually came to be known as Star Fox Adventures. They’ve dumped the game where it can be now be found online, preserving it forever. This build of Dinosaur Planet is dated December 1, 2000 and is playable, though the ending levels are reportedly unfinished and potentially unable to be completed without the use of cheats. According...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

What is your favorite video game commercial?

  For a lot of us, what makes or breaks our decision to purchase a video game is usually a gameplay trailer. It’s no more effort than clicking away at a few keys on YouTube, hitting enter, and watching exactly what you want to see about a product you’re interested in. Yet, when many of us were younger, in the days before the internet was rife with content from publishers, or even limited to official websites with just a smattering of screenshots, the best way to gauge whether or not a game would be good was through its commercials. Played in-between...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

BlizzCon 2021 - roundup - Diablo II Resurrected officially revealed

  BlizzCon 2021 has begun. Day 1 of the online convention has kicked off, showcasing what Blizzard has in store for its IPs. We'll be covering all the major announcements made and documenting them in this thread, so stay tuned to see what gets revealed! The Blizzard Arcade Collection has been confirmed after being leaked earlier. It's coming to PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 tonight, after the first day of the convention. It's an "enhanced" release of three old games, which include features such as a watch mode,--letting your Twitch viewers take control of the game--save states, and museum...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Unofficial patches for The Last of Us Remastered fix bugs, reduce load times on hacked PS4 systems

  Hackers do what Naughty Dog don't? GitHub user Illusion0001 has posted blog entries that detail the process on two unofficial patches that they've released for The Last of Us Remastered. The first one involves speeding up load times for the game. They were able to implement this by taking a look at the Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection and seeing that the game uses adaptive sync, in order to unlock the framerate during loading times, which in turn leads to the game loading much faster. By finding where the relevant data was, Illusion0001 was able to do the same for The...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Blizzard Arcade Collection for PC leaked prior to Blizzcon 2021

  Blizzcon 2021 kicks off later today, but it looks like Blizzard couldn't keep the wraps on all of its reveals prior to the show starting. An upcoming game has leaked, thanks to its PEGI rating going public. Set for release apparently later today, February 19th, is the Blizzard Arcade Collection, for PC. According to the description, It packs together three retro Blizzard games from the 1990's: Rock & Roll Racing, Lost Vikings 1, and Blackthorne. PEGI has since deleted the entry from their website. If you want to wait for the official announcement, it should happen sometime during Blizzcon today,...

Posted on by Krista Noren
 

Saudi Arabia's investment group buys $3.3 billion stake in Activision, EA and Take-Two

  According to a recent US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), chaired by controversial crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, has acquired more than $3 billion worth of stock in famous video game publishers Activision Blizzard, EA and Take-Two. The investment is broken down to around $1.3 billion in Activision Blizzard shares, $1 billion in EA shares and $825m in Take-Two shares. According to Eurogamer, this amounts to around 3.5%, 2.6% and 3.5% of those respective companies' share totals. This is not the first time the crown prince invested in video game companies as in late...

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