Monthly Archives: April 2015

Skullgirls 2nd Encore gets new features on PS4, Vita

2D fighter Skullgirls 2nd Encore will launch on PlayStation 4 and VITA this summer with a roster of new features.

The new editions will include a freshly-voiced story mode, all-new survival mode, trials, challenges and PS3 fight stick support on PlayStation 4.

Writing in a new blog post, developer Lab Zero Games explained that it expected the PlayStation 4 version to arrive slightly earlier than the VITA edition.

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Surging PS4 Sales Send PlayStation Profit Skywards

Surging PlayStation 4 Sales Send PlayStation Profit Skywards
Nearly 15 million PlayStation 4s have sold around the world since April 2014

Sony’s videogames division has recorded $404 million operating gain during the twelve months following April 2014.

The upbeat financial results were in part due to strong PlayStation 4 sales, which reached 14.8 million units worldwide during the twelve-month period. Sony expects these numbers will accelerate upwards, predicting 16 million more PlayStation 4 units sold in the twelve months from April 2015.

However, its portable division, which includes the PlayStation VITA and PlayStation TV, continued to slide. Sales fell to 3.3 million for the financial year, down from 4.1 million the year prior. PlayStation 3 hardware and software sales also continued to decline.

Sony noted that the strong overall performance for its PlayStation division was also due to a “significant” increase in network revenue, as well as robust videogame software sales.

Encompassing all its business performances, from photography to phones, the wider Sony corporation announced a $576 million gain, a figure up 159 percent year-on-year.

This year’s earnings mark Sony’s biggest annual operating gain in the past seven years, a dour period for the company, in which it had to revise its income projections downwards on fifteen separate occasions.

More promising news for investors came from Sony’s FY15/16 projections, with the company expecting its gains to quadruple over the next twelve months.

Minecraft adds female player avatars to all console versions

Minecraft adds female player avatars to all console versions

Minecraft currently includes a range of default female avatar options on PlayStation 3, 4, VITA, XBox 360 and XBox One.

The eight new skins offer a range of different skin and hair colours, clothing and costume styles.

Each is named Alex, as a counterpart to the default male avatar Steve.

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The Death Of Silent Hills Opens The Door For Resident Evil

The Death Of Silent Hills Opens The Door For Resident Evil
The ambitious, highly anticipated Silent Hills project is no more. But Capcom should seize the opportunity to bring Resident Evil back to pure horror.

Mighty No. 9 Preview: Introducing Mega Man’s Successor

Mighty No. 9 Preview: Introducing Mega Man’s Successor
Keiji Inafune and his comcept team offer a return to the past with a modern twist. If you're looking for a challenging action/platformer, here you go.

Geralt’s Lengthy Story Draws To A Close In The Witcher 3

Geralt’s Lengthy Story Draws To A Close In The Witcher 3
CD Projekt Red explains that "good stories must have an ending" and therefore, protagonist Geralt is done after The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is over.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes turns VR into a local multiplayer riot

Last year’s GDC ended on a cliffhanger for me. Ensnared in an Oculus Rift at the Experimental Gameplay Workshop, I was scrambling to defuse a virtual bomb while my teammates franticly analysed printed documents explaining how to disarm the explosive device I was trying to describe to them. Amid the panicked discussion, I heard a woman’s voice say something about how they needed to clear the room – something I found odd as the program stated the event would be running for another hour. “Just a minute,” I muttered to the unseen voice.

“No, not just a minute. NOW!” she replied.

I pulled off the VR headset to see that in the past three minutes 90 per cent of the room had been cleared out as ushers were aggressively shutting the place down – a fate much worse than the make-believe bomb going off.

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We Can’t Blame Cowherd For Being Just Another Dumb Jock

We Can’t Blame Cowherd For Being Just Another Dumb Jock
Colin Cowherd made enemies of the entire gaming community. But really, we should forgive him because after all, he's just another one of those dumb jocks.

Tekken 7 Key Theft Might Mean The Game Skips US Events

Tekken 7 Key Theft Might Mean The Game Skips US Events
MadCatz could not show off Tekken 7 at scheduled events in the U.S. thanks to some thieves who stole the videogame's keys during a car break-in. Freakin' tools.

Deep Silver Will Help Bring Mighty No. 9 To A Wider Audience

Deep Silver Will Help Bring Mighty No. 9 To A Wider Audience
The Saints Row publisher has teamed up with Keiji Inafune's comcept studio, which means we'll get Mighty No. 9 this September. Mega Man fans rejoice!