Minimur, WTH Happened This Week? Sony Pre-Order incentives, Mad Max Gameplay & Gears Of War Remaster headed to X1?
Hi there! So this week, as well as the multitude of general gaming and PlayStation news, I’ll also be fitting in some Xbox and PC news, too!
There were a couple new PS4 games announced this week, after introducing the new PS Vita game announced, I’ll tell you about those, too. Valve have introduced in their steam workshop the ability for paid mods, which is a hot topic. On the Xbox front this week we’ve got rumours of a Gears of War collection, along with some news from Phil Spencer about E3!
First up as always is this weeks games announcements, I’ve found 1 vita game this week, along with a few new PS4 games.
The new PS Vita game I found was announced on the US PlayStation blog, but not the EU. So I’m not entirely sure what this means in the sense of a release date elsewhere.
Sketchcross – April 28th – PS Vita, PS TV
Developed by Spiky Fish Games, it’s a puzzle game which from the description, I’m even having trouble getting my head around:
Sketchcross, if you’re not familiar, is a “Nonogram” logic picture puzzle game. In Sketchcross, the puzzles form a picture which can aid you in the quest to solve the puzzle. The numbers on the rows/columns are groups. The value of those numbers represents the connecting blocks of the group. Each group must be separated by at least one blank space. When you correctly solve the puzzle, you are rewarded with the reveal of your picture.
Don’t get me wrong, it looks pretty unique and I’m sure it’ll be a nice game, but it doesn’t look like my cup of tea, unfortunately. The developer support sounds pretty nice though, with the post-release free DLC:
I would also like to announce our post-release plan to bring you guys more puzzles to solve. Starting in June, we will be releasing 20 free puzzles as a DLC download and will continue to offer free packs in the months ahead. We are excited to bring longevity to the game and keep you guys scratching your heads for months to come.
LA Cops – Already released – Formerly a PC game, making its way onto PS4, made by Team17 (Worms)
Submerged – Made by Uppercut games, this is an exploration/survival peaceful game – Sometime this year
The company that seems to want to have the most licenses under it’s belt, Telltale games, has just acquired another one to add to it’s cabinet, MARVEL.
Telltale have partnered with Marvel to create a new game, what the game will consist of however I’m not entirely sure. A decision-based game seems pretty odd for that sort of genre that Marvel is known for. What are you going to do? Decide which girl Tony Stark is going to get with that night?
Then suffer the consequences when Pepper grills you about coming home late?
Saying that though, they have created some awesome set pieces in The Wolf Among Us.
Watch from 4:20 onwards for the good stuff:
Mad Max, the game that I didn’t really have any interest in, is actually shaping up into a seemingly really interesting game. This week announced on the PS Blog and other channels, a gameplay/explanation trailer was announced. I’ve noticed we’re seeing a lot more of these sorts of trailers now. Here it is:
There needs to be a pre-warning, this trailer is NSFW – 18+
The scale of this game is just huge, with combat looking pretty and close combat looking sharp, as well as the 3rd person shooting looking sweet, you’ve also got car wrecking races and attacks. Holy Moly this’ll be awesome.
There is never really a true reason to pre-order digitally, is there? Especially when it’s usually £10~ more expensive than a retail version. It’s not like the PS Store is going to run out of downloads to give out.
Well, Sony are setting out to change this, Neogaf user Wotta (yes) revealed that Sony have sent out a questionnaire in hopes of feedback on what would be most convincing so you pre-order digitally.
Sony is sending around a survey which shows possible incentives which may be given when pre-ordering from the PlayStation Store.
Of course the images shown below are most likely an idea of what Sony could do as incentive to get people to pre-order from the PlayStation Store and it doesn’t necessarily mean this will happen.
Here’s what Sony is suggesting, what do you think?
Click on the cog in the top right corner if you’d like to view the full image, larger.
Valve have recently allowed for game mods to be sold through their steam workshop. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this, because in one essence, it will encourage more people to create these mods, meaning more and more, however on the other hand the mods are being created for the wrong reasons; Money.
Although having an incentive to do something is great, which would generate more interest in creating such things, but mods at the moment, are done out of people’s passion for the game, because they want to do it for themselves, and share it with others, now what we may see would be people creating mods to make money; sub-par creations for a quick buck….
There has also been a backlash of this, however; mods are made for the community, and a lot of steam users are protesting the decision of having the ability to charge for mods. Here’s a petition:
With 99,000 people signing it already, it’s pretty clear that there are quite a few people out there that aren’t happy about the decision.
Some people, are protesting a bit more imaginatively, however:
Although I can see both sides of the fence, it should be free because they always have been, it should cost money because it took time and effort to make. It’s a hard one to make a decision on.
Really, mods have never had a platform to be sold on, and creations like Falksaar, a 30 hour expansion with full voice acting, a whole new story, although released for free I can’t help but think something that took the guy months and months to create, shouldn’t really be free.
Oh, I don’t know.
Eurogamer has reported that there’s been rumors on a GoW remaster, and has indeed been confirmed by select lucky participants who were randomly sent out a test build to try out…..
Well that’s one way of ruining an E3 announcement, right?
Players of the test build said that they only played the first game, which was also multiplayer only with the following modes:
- Team Deathmatch
- King of the Hill
- One Life 1v1
- Shotgun Team Deathmatch
- 1v1 Sudden Death Gnashers Only
- 4v4 Team Deathmatch Single Round
- 4v4 King of the Hill Single Round.
Phil Spencer took to twitter to tease and let us know what his plans are for E3 this year. Quickly approaching, he mentioned how the conference will be going and how it’ll be different to the previous years, focusing more on first party games rather than third:
@Masih3KA We should have new exclusive IP at E3. I’m trying to make this E3 more about 1st party than past E3s.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 19, 2015
He does go on to mention however that there still will be third party news (most likely call of duty/MGS):
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This wasn’t from reddit, it was actually from Wololo’s twitter account, but it was certainly stupid enough to warrant a place. This is a real product.
Lolwut?!? Why would you do this! pic.twitter.com/zGNJeMopTX
— Minimur12 (@minimur12) April 23, 2015