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Is this what it has come to? Are we that juvenile in our gaming tastes that we will all rush over the the PlayStation Store and pay £2 for some lame toilet humour pranks? Killzone Shadowfall takes the expression ‘milking the cow’ to new lows.
Ask any gamer what they want to see in their most loved game, and to a man, ( or woman. – Ed. ), they will put on a united front as they cry in unison, “ more content “ Thus the age of downloadable content was born to quench this thirst for more play time in gamers favourite digital worlds.
Regardless of whether or not charging for this content is right or wrong is not what we wish to discuss, that debate has raged long and hard ever since the Age of DLC was launched. No, our question is more about the depth of content and the quality of the additional experiences offered. That, dear readers, ‘that’ is where we are at today.
Consider another title which has, this very day, released the first of a planned trilogy of top notch additional DLC. FromSoftware’s outstanding Dark Souls II has launched the opening salvo in a triple blast of blistering bonus content with the Crown of the Sunken King being available for gamers to purchase via their chosen platforms, either the PS Store or XBL Marketplace. Now when you consider that this DLC offers up a massive 90% of the original title when fully completed is it not fair to say that FromSoftware are currently leading by example in their approach to delivering to their loyal fan base a gaming experience quite unlike anything else currently on the market?
And all of this beautiful bonus bliss comes at a mere £14.99 a hit.
Now some may argue that this s a tad steep when you consider that players have already shelled out an average £40 on the game itself, but we would now ask you to divert your gaze across the PlayStation Store menu, ( Killzone being a Sony exclusive of course ), to the Killzone Shadowfall downloadable content that was launched recently.
How any gamer with half a brain can cry about getting a staggering amount of content, and lets face it with Dark Souls II it is quite simply the ‘best’ quality content of its kind bar none, when Killzone Shadowfall wants to charge their install base a mind-boggling “”£2 for the ability to ‘fart’ in-game, well, that is just beyond us here at GmP.
Yes, you read that correctly, you can now ‘fart’ at the foe you have just ‘offed’, or partake in a little planking if that is what takes your fancy?
Now some players will try and justify this travesty by telling you that it is a ‘reward’ for the best player of the match, and that the gamer who tops the leaderboard in any particular round will then have the chucklefest ability to b produce flatulence from the rear of their Helghast warrior. Or should that be Hell-gassed?
Is this what we have to look forward to from developers? Is this the future of DLC? Have we really become so passive that we will quite literally swallow any old tripe that the studio’s try to sell to us?
This is one step too far, in our opinion, of an industry currently under fire for its purchasing of favourable reviews and promotions via the Youtube route, ( nothing new there then ). This constant nickel and diming of gamers has to stop. This never ending pursuit of every pound in your pocket seems to be the only goal in a studio’s mind these days.
Remember when they all just wanted to make the best game that they could? And said game would sink or swim on the strength and depth of its quality and content? Remember when additional content, multiplayer, cheats, new weapons an skins would just be added extra’s that developers used to grant you…well….just because they could?
Now don’t misunderstand us here, we know that the cost of making videogames has risen exorbitantly, and that with hacks, cracks, piracy and used games market affecting sales like never before that the developers have every right to try and secure a return on their investment, but what about the consumers investment? Is this really all we can hope for? The ability to make our soldier ‘step on a frog’?
This has to stop, gamers have to come together as one and speak with their wallets. Who cares if its your ‘bestest franchise in the whole wide world….EVER’? Who cares if it is your ‘fave game’? Without cohesion and total abstinence from these pathetic purchases then we can expect to see more and more of this disgusting behaviour from publishers and developers alike.
Do NOT buy this DLC. Do not support this rubbish.
Do yourself a favour, if you must purchase one DLC this year then give your hard-earned shekels to a developer who deserves them! Go out and grab your ‘new’ copy of Dark Souls II and then download the Crown of the Sunken King and be reminded of what the videogame industry used to represent.
HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, is back for a bigger and better 2014 event. Moving to the venue of Earls Court One to accommodate the event’s ever-increasing popularity, HYPER JAPAN is proud to announce the arrival of Robi, the robot designed by Professor Tomotaka Takahashi and his team.
Tomotaka Takahashi first realised it was his dream to become a robot scientist after reading the legendary manga comic ‘Astroboy’ as a young boy. Since then he has gone on to create astonishingly advanced robotics, such as Kirobo, the first humanoid robot to be sent to outer space.
Last year, JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, sent Kirobo to the International Space Station to see how well robots and humans could interact. The name was chosen out of thousands of suggestions, combining robot and “Kibou”, the Japanese word for “hope”. Kirobo was designed to speak with JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and took part in the very first robot-to-human conversation, when they were both on-board the space station in December 2013.
Robi’s features also include voice-recognition and face-recognition technology, as well as cameras, emotion recognition and natural language processing. Robi is also learning to speak English and will be using the trip to the UK to practice his language skills! Professor Takahashi’s goal is to become the Steve Jobs of robotics, and provide everyone with communication robots in their daily life.
At the HYPER JAPAN event you will be able to see Robi showcase many special talents, which include moving about and even dancing. Supported by Japan Airlines and Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Hyper Japan organisers are particularly excited that this incredible piece of Japanese technology will featured in the UK for the first time at the highly anticipated show at Earl’s Court One in July.
But it doesn’t stop there as HYPER JAPAN is pleased to welcome back pioneering Japanese company ITK to the summer event. With the motto “impossible is possible”, ITK works tirelessly to develop new designs and adapt them for practical use, focusing on healthcare and medical equipment. ITK will be showcasing some of its best gadgets and the latest developments to the ‘Handroid’, a remotely-operable five-finger movable robot hand that can be used in engineering environments which are inaccessible or dangerous to human hands. The Handroid surpasses all existing robot hands in terms of weight, cost and mobility.
This is the must attend event on for the summer calendar, perfect for the Japanophile and those who are not so familiar with Japanese culture. Further updates to be announced.
To mark the closing weekend of the exhibition the Library will host the annual Comica festival with Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, and Pat Mills, creator of 2000AD, to name but a few.
Comics Unmasked has offered the first chance to see the British Library’s extensive comic book collection on display alongside original artwork and scripts loaned from such names as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, China Mieville and Mark Millar. From the 1825 Glasgow Looking Glass, thought to be the first ever comic, to Judge Dredd’s helmet from the recent film adaptation of the 2000AD Judge Dredd series, the exhibition traces a long and tumultuous history of the British comic book.
Highlights of the exhibition also include an example of a medieval ‘comic’ from 1470, Apocalypse, a ventriloquist dummy of Ally Sloper, one of the earliest comic strip characters, 70’s underground comics tried at court for obscenity, such as Oz which is accompanied by a previously unheard recording of the Oz trial itself, as well as 21st century material, including original artwork and manuscripts of the likes of Kick-Ass, Sandman and Batman and Robin, andKeaton Henson’s 2012 doll’s house installation, Gloaming,adapted specially for the show.
Curated by comic creator John Harris Dunning and leading UK expert Paul Gravett, working with Adrian Edwards, the British Library’s Head of Printed Historical Sources, the exhibition displays over 200 exhibits and uses newly commissioned artwork by celebrated comic book artist Dave McKean, the show’s artistic director.
Dave McKean, the artist behind Batman: Arkham Asylum, is just one example of the many British comic creators championed in the exhibition. Showing how British artists and writers have had a huge impact on the industry, Comics Unmasked includes personal loans of original scripts and artwork for British triumphs, includingWatchmen, V for Vendetta, Tank Girl, Sandman, as well as examples of how British comic creators have subverted typically American super heroes, like Batman and Superman, and of course politicians and public figures.
Showing how the form has broken boundaries over centuries, the exhibition explores many comics and graphic novels which unflinchingly address issues around such challenging themes as sex, violence, race and drugs. Parental guidance is advised for visitors under 16 years of age due to the explicit nature of some of the exhibits on display. Within the exhibition, there is a section examining sexual themes which visitors can by-pass if they wish. For more information on content and themes in the show please visit our Untold Lives blog.
Extra late night openings are listed on our exhibition pages.
Digital Extremes continues to lead the charge in driving AAA quality into the Free-to-Play market today with the release of a massive new update for its hit sci-fi action game, Warframe®. The new PC update titled – Update 14: The Mad Cephalon focuses on simplifying the new user experience and immersing the player further into the universe of Warframe. This includes a completely redesigned user-interface introducing players to their new player ship, The Liset; an exciting new Quest system starting with Vor’s Prize; arrival of the highly anticipated pet companions, The Kubrow; and, the unveiling of a new Warframe – Mirage, the master of illusion; plus, so much more.
“We’re putting the ‘B’ back in Beta with this update,” joked Steve Sinclair, creative director at Digital Extremes. “Seriously though, we need a new word for Beta. It just doesn’t fully encompass the evolutionary process that games like Warframe go through over their lifetime. Getting endless feedback from our players along with our own ambitions for the game makes us continually work to improve it. Sometimes that means re-working major foundational components to the game like the new-player experience. This entire experience has been a game changer for us — direct player connection — tap into it, nurture it, know what to take from it and a game can become more than you ever imagined it to be.”
The community-driven interactive approach to development has paid off for the team as Warframe has just reached 10 million registered users worldwide on PC and PS4™ in just over a year into its Open Beta. The Kickstarter-style development and community passion for the game has helped it become the most downloaded game on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and will release on Xbox One later this summer.
Primary highlights of this impressive update include:
- NEW PLAYER EXPERIENCE – Immerse yourself into the re-imagined user interface and menus aboard your personal spacecraft, The Liset. A meaningful Quest walks new players through Warframe, providing essential information on gameplay, lore, game modes and menus and introduces players to Ordis, the ship’s Cephalon, a guiding voice on The Liset.
- PET COMPANIONS – A new Quest unlocks a Genetic Foundry used for breeding biological specimens on your ship! Breed a Kubrow by collecting a Kubrow egg and incubating it in the Genetic Foundry. Different Kubrow personality types have different combat and non-combat abilities. Make your Kubrow more combat effective by caring for it and equipping powerful link mods. Create genetic imprints of your Kubrow that you can trade with fellow Tenno and combine to create your perfect pet!
- NEW WARFRAME – A master of illusion, Mirage confounds the enemy in a spectacle of style and power. MIRAGE’s powers include:
Hall of Mirrors - Mirage creates an entourage of doppelgangers to distract and confuse the enemy.
Sleight of Hand - A natural prankster, Mirage booby-traps nearby objects.
Eclipse - Standing in light, Mirage becomes the main attraction, dealing heavy damage. While the shadows make Mirage difficult to track and even harder to hurt.
Prism - Fires an energy orb that shoots lasers in all directions. Activating again detonates the orb, blinding nearby foes.
- QUESTS – Explore re-playable Quests with unlockable difficulty selection. This new Warframe experience opens with the debut Quest, Vor’s Prize.
- NEW DARK SECTORS CONFLICTS – Introducing a new player-versus-player game mode to replace the existing Dark Sectors Solar Rails conflict game mode. Choose which Clan or Alliance you wish to support and play the role of Attacker or Defender on a multi-staged objective mission! Up to four human players per side, with empty player slots auto-filled by Spectres.
- NEW WEAPONS
AKZANI – The choice weapons of Mirage, these fast-firing dual pistols deliver a deadly performance.
SILVA AND AEGIS – a Sword and Board style weapon created from the concept of the community Melee Design Contest Winner – SilverBones.
- EXPANDED GAME MODES – The Infested have overtaken Eris. Hive Sabotage, Exterminate, and Survival Game Modes now available!
Update 14 was released on PC and can be downloaded for free at www.warframe.com. PS4™ players will get their hands on it in a few more weeks as the new user experience requires additional development for controller support.
High above the City, in the Hall of Guardians, The Vanguard keep watch over Guardians in the wild, arming the best warriors with the upgraded weapons they need to destroy our most dangerous enemies.
Fans who pre-order (or who have pre-ordered) Destiny will get access to the Vanguard Armoury that includes early access to weapons, gear, and exclusive player emblem, so that fans can be ready to become legend on 9th September.
Stick with GmP for all the latest news, reviews and interviews
As if the regular obstacles, enemies, and bosses presented in Dark Souls™ II were not enough to cause gamers to cry for their mommies; FromSoftware today unleashes Crown of the Sunken King the first chapter in it$B!G(Js The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy for DARK SOULS II. Each chapter is specifically designed to enhance, challenge, and bring players to their knees as they experience the peril that is awaiting them in theDARK SOULS II The Lost Crowns trilogy.
Stalwart fans of DARK SOULS II will want to immediately head over to the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, or STEAM to purchase and download this newest chapter in the unyielding Dark Souls franchise. Players that are brave enough to take on this arduous journey will find new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses to conquer as they embark on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic$B!G(Js King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the DARK SOULS II universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern and death lays in wait around every corner.
DARK SOULS II$B!G(Js Crown of the Sunken King DLC is available today for Xbox Live Marketplace and will be out on 23/07 for STEAM® and PlayStation®Network. Each individual chapter of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for purchase in Europe and Australasia via the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, and STEAM®. The STEAM and PlayStation®Network season passes encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy are available from now on!
· Once a spy, the confident and brash Alvin has turned over a new leaf and struggles to lead a simple, honest life as a salesman. With his friend Yurgen, they forge a partnership in a business enterprise together… but as Alvin soon learns, there’s nothing easy about living an honest life. Will he remain true to the straight and narrow path he has chosen? Or will his shady past inevitably catch up with him?
· Once painfully shy, Elize has warmed up considerably after the events of the first game and is more willing to trust others. However, she still looks for her own place in society, and yearns for companionship and acceptance from her peers. She eventually finds it in the form of her pen pal, Luna, but there may be more to her newfound friend than meets the eye.
The Tales of Xillia 2 – Day 1 Edition can be pre-ordered by clicking the following retailer links.
TALES OF XILLIA 2 will be available on August 22, 2014 for European and Australasian territories exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system.
For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Games full line-up, please visit: www.BandaiNamcoGames.com.
The critics have weighed in. Rainbow Six: Siege is IGN’s Best Game of Show, Gametrailers.com’s Best Game of Show, PC Gamer’s Best Game of Show, and Game Critics Award’s Best PC Game of Show.
Visit the official site: http://www.rainbow6.com
Check out the Disney Infinity 2.0 Tinker Bell & Stitch UK Trailer.
Tinker Bell and Stitch are coming to the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box . Bring on the adventure with these two iconic Disney characters and create your own magical place in the Toy Box. Each character is sold separately and has unique abilities only playable in Disney Infinity 2.0.
During the “I’m Not a Hipster” Event Weekend, Rockstar Games issued a challenge for players to create custom GTA Online Jobs using the new content from The “I’m Not a Hipster” Update, and tag them #IMNOTAHIPSTER on Social Club for the chance to earn Rockstar Verified glory, along with GTA$1M and an exclusive HIPSTER vanity plate. Below are the five chosen favorites, along with an additional quintet of user-created selections from recent months to complete the latest full batch of new Rockstar Verified Jobs that are now available to play in GTA Online. Just bookmark any of the Jobs by clicking on the titles below or play through them all with your Crew by creating your own Playlist. Dubsta Warz – created by Darteyld Put the climbing ability of your new Dubsta to the test in this point-to-point Race where roads are for the weak. Starting out on Chumash Beach, get to the edge of the Grand Senora Desert as the crow flies, crossing mountains and scaling vertiginous slopes under twilight. The 80’s Turf War – created by GAMRZ_UK_SLiCkZ3 This neighborhood gang shootout uses over the top, action movie inspired weapons and careful placement of the cars included in the “I’m Not a Hipster” Update to give Grove Street a vintage feel. Players start with a Micro SMG and a handful of ammo, though more powerful weapons can be picked up if you can find them. The scarcity of ammo here encourages a varied approach, whether it’s stalking the rooftops or demonstrating that the bonnet of a Glendale is not the best cover when there are RPGs flying around. Panto-monium Microcircuit – created by THEKerles Proving that the Panto isn’t just for old ladies and tree huggers, this intimate Lap Race is a test of car control and the ability to find the correct racing line. Expect tense bumper-to-bumper action, with very little runoff around some of the sharpest corners. You’ll want to make the most of the few overtaking opportunities available. Swedish Folkrace – created by MaximilianR18 Swedish Folkrace is a mixture of tarmac and off-road racing for inexpensive road vehicles – perfect for some of the cars featured in the “I’m Not a Hipster” Update. MaximilianR18 – a member of both the CREATOR CORE CLUB and GTA Content Creators Crews – has introduced this local pastime to GTA Online, adding slippery turns that make for an intense Lap Race with plenty of sideways action. As the description suggests, try this one in your customized Warrener. HIPSTER DEATH RALLY – created by diggzzzz The dirt roads by Senora Airstrip are the stage for this high speed off-road Race well suited to the “I’m Not a Hipster” Update cars. Watch out for the oil container on the first corner, or you could find yourself going out with the wrong kind of bang. There’s also a ramp around half way to potentially slow you down or, if you come off a slipstream at just the right time, provide an opportunity for a stylish aerial overtake. 5 Additional Rockstar Verified Jobs The Coil – Created by Wormbo A hair-raising Race for Supercars that snakes around the oval ring roads at Los Santos International Airport and then down a sharp detour past the Sightings restaurant and back again. Prepare for white knuckles gripping steering wheels and game controllers as you hurtle around fast sweeping curves, along single track overpasses or through the chicanes and hairpins around the restaurant. Long narrow sections overlap several times, maximizing potential for some spectacular high-speed crashes. The Los Santos Triangle – Created by Ma1evo1ent Cheese After the Verification of Farm Fresh, Ma1evo1ent Cheese comes up with the goods once again with this short, technical Race with tight, Grand Prix-style corners that will push your car handling skills to the breaking point. Leave traffic off and go with Non-Contact to ensure that there are no distractions as you gun each lap trying to improve on your personal best. The default Supercar class will get around the course pretty quick, so go for a full 4 laps to really get a feel for it. Loop the Lake – created by twisterrk This is a beautifully simple Lap Race around the Vinewood Lake that provides fantastic views of the Vinewood sign, the Galileo Observatory and the Downtown Los Santos skyline. Try not to get distracted by the scenery as you battle for position on a narrow curving road. Aggressive maneuvers will pay off, but don’t be afraid to use the brake to avoid getting trapped behind the low tire walls at several corners. This Race plays well with most vehicle classes but try Muscle or Sports for a more technical challenge. Creator twisterrk is a member of the Reddit Dads Crew – specifically designed for those whose family commitments limit the time that they have to play GTA Online. If that’s a familiar issue, get involved! Pit Stop – Created by IckyQualms Thematically similar to previous verified Deathmatch Lodge Battle, this is a tight TDM map with plenty of hazards – don’t linger too long by the fuel tanks! Pit Stop takes place in an underappreciated area of the map just off the Palomino freeway. Head off-piste to find the lone sniper rifle or make a play for the array of melee weapons to get a jump on unsuspecting opponents coming around corners. Retaliate – Created by gun_harmony A tight Deathmatch map that makes for a small, frantic 2-team TDM or compact free-for-all. A compact setup with good use of vertical space, plenty of cover and opportunities to flank the enemy team. Head in with your Crew for an 8v8 battle and seek retribution on any Crews you’ve got beef with. With some spectacular Jobs released in this batch, we’re really looking forward to playing them in upcoming Crew Battles and on our special guest streams. Keep an eye out on the Rockstar Twitch channel (twitch.tv/rockstargames) this Friday at around 4pm for a run through of these new Jobs in a special Rockstar Verified Edition livestream hosted by our friend Swiftor and featuring special guest players including TypicalGamer who’s been known to enjoy previous Rockstar Verified releases. If you haven’t already, head over to our Twitch page now to hit the follow button and get an email notification whenever we go live, or follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates. You can also watch the stream here on the Rockstar Newswire where we’ll be embedding it for the duration of the broadcast. Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons – Rockstar Games also from time to time will make other small edits to players’ Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across both platforms, so whether you’re on Xbox 360 or PS3, you’ll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (you can also bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session). Go ahead and post your Job on the Newswire comments (only once, please don’t spam) with a punchy explanation of why it’s worth checking out. Rockstar Games are always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race or Deathmatch that’s been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.