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DriveClub Sold Over 2 Million Copies Before PSN+

Aug 02, 2015 - 10:45 AM - by garyopa
Developers for DriveClub get their big award for selling '2 million' copies of their DriveClub game!

Taking to Twitter earlier today, Game Director Paul Rustchynsky revealed that DriveClub has sold more than two million copies worldwide through retail and digital since launch back in October 2014.


It seems even with all the delays and bad reviews, that in the end DriveClub has been a big successful hit for the developers, with Sony awarding for selling over two million copies of the game, and that was even before finally the promised free PSN+ edition was released.

Asked if this number included the newly launched DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition, Rustchynsky said, "Can't provide any more details other than this figure was reached prior to the release of the PS+ Edition."

With more "exciting content" coming to DriveClub even after the Season Pass ended this month, Rustchynsky talked about what it's been like from DriveClub‘s inception to now being so popular:

It's been a crazy journey full of highs & lows. Couldn't be happier now & the best bit is that the journey isn't over yet!
As we learned earlier this week, you'll still be able to download the DriveClub PS+ Edition throughout August.
So were you one of millions that bought the game, or did you wait for PSN+ edition to try it out, or have you skip it totally still?

NEWS SOURCE: DriveClub Sold More Than Two Million Copies Before PlayStation Plus Edition Launched (via) PlayStationLifeStyle
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PSN+ Vote to Play Feature on PS4 Confirmed by Sony

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:28 AM - by garyopa
No actual details yet on when it actually begins, or even what games we’ll be able to choose from.

Sony confirmed that the 'Vote to Play' feature is indeed happening, allowing PlayStation Plus members to 'vote on one of several PlayStation 4 games for the upcoming month’s Instant Game Collection'.


It seems soon you will get chances a few times a year to 'vote' for certain PS4 game to be added to your instant PSN+ game collection.

Announced for both North America and Europe, Vote to Play comes as a result of user feedback, with John Koller, Sony Computer Entertainment America VP of Platforms Marketing, explaining:

The game with the most votes will automatically be included in our future free game lineup for PlayStation Plus. If your pick didn't make the lineup, don't worry. In the first promotion, PlayStation Plus members can get the runner ups at a discount. We love to listen to our fans - and we're super excited to launch this promotion.
We'll learn about Vote to Play (when voting begins, the titles you can choose from, and how to cast your vote) soon.

However, as Sony notes on the EU PS Blog, "Vote to Play will not be a monthly feature, but will take place at regular intervals throughout the year."

If a previous leak is to be believed, the September 2015 choices will be Armello, Grow Home, and Zombie Vikings.
So what you think of this 'vote to play' feature that adding to your PSN+ package?

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation Plus Vote to Play Feature on PS4 Confirmed by Sony (via) PlayStationLifeStyle
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Playstation 4 Sales Pass 25 Million

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:36 AM - by garyopa
Almost Double Xbox Sales

Sony has sold more than 25 million Playstation 4 units since the console’s launch in 2013, with the Xbox One only having sold around 14 million units and the Wii U… well, being the Wii U.


Just ahead of the big holiday sales period, we get the current standings of the console war we are engulfed in between Sony and Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4 is still winning by long lead, with almost two-for-one compared to the bulky Xbox One console.

Sony sold 3 million Playstation 4 units over the three-month period. That's more than double the combined sales of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for the same period, which reached around 1.4 million. Poor old Nintendo managed to sell just under 500,000 Wii U units.

The Playstation 4 is also doing well in terms of game sales. The Playstation Network continues to see strong sales and Sony's subscription service, Playstaton Plus, continues to generate strong revenue for the company. As far as third-party game sales go, it's difficult to give precise numbers due to most publishers being reluctant to release exact figures. Ubisoft, however, did release its sales figures for the most recent quarter. Those figures showed that the publisher was selling twice as many games for the PS4 as it was for the Xbox One.

It's not all good news for Sony, however. The company's having serious financial troubles in its mobile department and that's put a damper on the success of its gaming division. The mobile division saw a 16.3% revenue decline from last year and its losses add up to $188 million. The good news is that the gaming department earned a revenue of $160 million, which almost covers the losses from the mobile division. The gaming department's revenue is up by 350% compared to this time last year.

Sony said its troubles in mobile were a result of a decrease in sales of the company's smartphones as well as CEO Kazuo Hirai's decision not to expand their smartphone operations. Back in 2012 when Hiari took over, his aim was to build Sony's three core sections - gaming, digital imaging, and mobile. While he has more or less succeeded with the first two, the third is a struggle. With the Android space becoming more competitive, Sony has struggled to make a dent in that market.
So what you think, this holiday season will be real test for both of consoles, with Xbox One clearly having more games ready for end of this year, and more exclusives, and most likely nicer bundle deals then Sony during the famous Black Friday, it is going to be tough for Sony I think to keep their two-for-one lead, but you never know they are still very strong in Europe even with no games to purchase.

NEWS SOURCE: Playstation 4 Sales Pass 25 Million, Almost Double Xbox Sales (via) GeekSnack
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Announcing Guitar Hero Live - Premium Shows

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:36 PM - by garyopa
By completing various challenges, players will have a chance to play 'Premium Shows' to win prizes.

Premium Shows are another example of how Activision and FreeStyleGames are bringing great new content to Guitar Hero Live.


It is one thing to jam along to a song, but it is totally different thing to air guitar your way thru a real live actual on tour show.

And the up-coming new Guitar Hero Live for our current-gen (yep, sorry next-gen is gone as PR word) consoles, they are adding a new feature called 'Premium Shows' and below is all the PR details on how it works and how you can win prizes and even some screenshots.

Premium Shows are another example of how Activision and FreeStyleGames are bringing great new content to Guitar Hero Live. Whether it be playable concert footage, debut music videos and beyond, Premium Shows will give players a unique way to access some amazing gameplay experiences.

By completing various challenges, players will have a chance to play these Premium Shows to win in-game prizes based on the level of difficulty of the show. These prizes can include unique exclusive Note Highways or custom Player Cards that fans can use to show off to the Guitar Hero Live online community. It can also include Status rewards that help players level up faster or boosts that speed up the accumulation of in-game currency.

Attached you'll find some screenshots featuring live concert footage of Black Veil Brides, the first Premium Show we have announced thus far that will be available in the game. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come!
So what you think so far of GH:Live and how it is shaping up, just one thing personally bugs me no mention of the cost yet!

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Blast 'Em Bunnies coming to China on PS4 and Vita

Jul 28, 2015 - 7:35 PM - by garyopa
It is a pick-up-and-play endless bunny shooter in which you defend your burrow from evil bunnies!

Sydney based indie developer Nnooo is delighted to announce Blast 'Em Bunnies will be released in China on PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation® Vita. A demo of the game will also be playable at 'Joy Expo'.


You might not be able to legally play Call of Duty yet on your PlayStation 4 in China, but lucky for the new market, they finally have a shooter they can play, the game Blast 'Em Bunnies has been approved, so now you will be able to kill tons of even bunnies if you over in China and visiting your gaming buddies there and trying out their shiny new PlayStation 4 console and its approved dozen games!

Sydney based indie developer Nnooo is delighted to announce Blast 'Em Bunnies will be released in China on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita. A demo of the game will also be playable on the PlayStation booth at this week's China Joy Expo in Shanghai.

Blast 'Em Bunnies is a pick-up-and-play endless bunny shooter in which you defend your burrow from a horde of evil bunnies before they take you down! Check out the latest video attached below.

"China is a relatively new market for PlayStation and we're excited to be bringing Blast ‘Em Bunnies to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita there," said Bruce Thomson, Business & Marketing Director at Nnooo. "It's also new territory for us and we're partnering with Shanghai-based publisher Circle Entertainment who know the market well."

Blast ‘Em Bunnies has already been announced for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The objective of Blast ‘Em Bunnies is to keep your bunny alive as long as you can. The longer you play, the more difficult survival becomes. You also need to deal with the throat slitter who is holding your baby bunnies hostage. He'll pop up every now and again with one of your little 'uns. Kill him quickly and the baby bunny escapes. If you're not quick enough, your little rabbit is in a real stew!Collect in-game coins to upgrade your weapons and purchase special ammo types such as self-detonating peppers, sticky exploding raspberries and daikon rain bullets. Shoot crates to activate power-ups and ammo types. Take out the elusive golden bunny to go into "frenzy" mode and collect a warren-load of cash.

"We are delighted to bring Blast ‘Em Bunnies to China Joy and to the Chinese PlayStation market," said Chris Chau, CEO of Circle Entertainment. "It's a really fun game which everyone can enjoy and we're keen for Chinese players to get their hands on it."

Blast Em Bunnies will be playable at the China Joy Expo in Shanghai from July 30th - August 2nd on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Head for the Circle Entertainment section of the PlayStation booth for a chance to experience the game and meet the developers.

"We're really looking forward to being part of China Joy," said Thomson. "It's a massive show and the first time we've shown a game at an Expo in Asia. We can't wait to meet a whole new region of bunny-blasting fans! If you're going, be sure to come along and say hi."More details on Blast 'Em Bunnies, including the trailer and screenshots, are available on www.blastembunnies.com.

Blast 'Em Bunnies is expected to be released in China on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita and in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One later this year or early next year. Price to be announced.

Nnooo acknowledges the support of Screen NSW in the development of Blast 'Em Bunnies.
So what you think of this game, and I guess you can figure out why it would get approved, where other shooters have not yet.

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The Technomancer, the Red Planet explored in screenshots

Jul 24, 2015 - 7:06 PM - by garyopa
Whoa, alien insects are freakier than insects here on Earth

And I've been to the subreddit r/whatisthisbug. Read on for more about what Technomancers are and what they consider sacred. You will be amazed of the bugs you will see in the new screenshots released


There is a cool new RPG coming for our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and today ahead of next week's Gamescom, the developers released a few new screenshots, so you can see how things are shaping up in their new alien universe filled of bugs!

The Technomancer, the Red Planet explored in screenshots
The new Sci-fi RPG from studio Spiders will be presented in more detail during Gamescom in Cologne

The Technomancer, the new sci-fi RPG for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from developer Spiders, today unveils new exclusive screenshots.

Technomancers are "mage-warriors", who harness, thanks to an innate talent, destructive electrical-based powers, amplified by their cybernetic implants. Both respected and feared by all, they are fearsome warriors trained from a young age to fight. You are one of them, about to finally pass your initiation rite to become a fully-fledged Technomancer.

In today's images, we discover the Technomancer and his companions, about to explore one of the Old Domes, vestiges of the first human colonies on Mars and places considered "sacred" by Technomancers, who guard them zealously. Like the rest of the planet, the Ancient Domes are dangerous places, with countless dangers such as looters lured by the prospect of lost technology, as well as some of the most dangerous mutant creatures to roam the Red Planet. This is a true challenge for an aspirant Technomancer, about to pass his initiation rite...

The Technomancer will be presented in more details during Gamescom in Cologne, from August 5 to 9.
The Technomancer will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2016.
So what you think of this new RPG after looking over the screenshots, and of course remember to stay tuned to Maxconsole next week for full Gamescom coverage, there going to be another shitload of new trailers and hot exclusive info of new games coming out soon.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Announced for PS4 and PC

Jul 23, 2015 - 6:16 PM - by garyopa
Xbox One only gets one-year console exclusive, as it now comes out for PlayStation 4 in Holiday 2016

Rise of the Tomb Raider will remain an Xbox console exclusive for one year, Square Enix has announced. After almost a year of not knowing the terms of the exclusivity period, Square has revealed all.


After a whole year of rumors and many stories, we get the final truth from Square-Enix today, that the next Tomb Raider game is infact only going to be on Xbox One console for a short period of time before it then lands on the PC and by holiday 2016 PlayStation 4 owners will finally be able to enjoy Lara in her new adventure after the nice year-long beta test on the Xbox to get all the bugs out.

Microsoft is publishing the Crystal Dynamics title on Xbox consoles, along with providing hardware-specific development support.

Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox exclusivity period was announced during gamescom 2014.

Since the announcement, Square Enix has reiterated more than once the exclusivity period "had a duration."

Today, it was announced the latest game in the franchise will be made available for Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016.

PlayStation 4 users can purchase the game during Holiday 2016.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One November 10.
That is all we know for now, but now the real fun starts we can spend the next year debating the framerates and how the PS4 one might end up being better then the XB1 version, so let the blogs start again with a whole new fresh set of rumors now that its coming to both.

NEWS SOURCE: Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016 release windows announced for PC, PS4 (via) VG247
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Call of Duty: Black Ops III - BETA Announcement

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:35 AM - by garyopa
PlayStation 4 is first starting on August 19th, then with Xbox One and PC joining in on August 26th.

Hot on the heels of the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s new Zombies experience at San Diego Comic-Con, we’re now turning our focus to the launch of the multiplayer beta next month.


The wonderful developers behind the latest Call of Duty game, send us a nice PR with info about when and how and on what the Black Ops III beta will begin, and for first time in CoD history it will start months ahead of the actual game release which occurs on Nov. 6th.

We are pleased to announce that the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer Beta, which is coming to PlayStation 4 on 19th August, will now also be open to Xbox One and PC users from 26th August - 30th August. Beta access will give fans the chance to test and experience Call of Duty: Black Ops III gameplay prior to retail launch.

You can find out more here: http://bit.ly/BO3MPBeta

Call of Duty®: Black Ops III will arrive Friday 6th November, to take fans on a journey to the dark, twisted and gritty world of Black Ops with a true next generation experience that redefines Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Black Ops III delivers a campaign that can be played as a full single player game or co-op online with up to four players, the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty and a mind blowing Call of Duty Zombies experience that, for the first time, features its own XP progression system.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III campaign deploys players into a future world, where bio-technology coupled with cybernetic enhancements has given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier. Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. In a world more divided than ever, this elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger and smarter.

(PS3 and Xbox 360 platform version features and performance may vary compared to other platform versions.)

See you on 6th November, the new Black Friday.

Pre-order now and get access to the Multiplayer Beta coming 19th August on PS4 and 26th August on Xbox One and PC . Learn more at: http://www.callofduty.com/beta

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So are you going to be pre-ordering the CoD: BO3 game so you can get early beta access?

And also do you think by having the BETA much earlier this time around, does that mean the actual game when released months later will be more patched, and less bug free then previous CoD releases that had their betas only weeks in advance of their retail launch?
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Craigslist PlayStation 4 sale ends in robbery

Jul 22, 2015 - 1:19 AM - by garyopa
Instead of cash, buyer brings a Black BB Pistol

Police say a man trying to sell his Sony PlayStation 4 through a Craigslist posting was robbed during the transaction in East Austin, according to an arrest warrant filed July 20.


Yet another case of video gamers giving the online marketplace called Craigslist a bad name, as yet another robbery after someone try to sell their PlayStation 4 console, but instead of getting the much needed cash, they got a black BB Pistol in their face from the buyer.

The victim told police he met the suspect, 18-year-old Dashawn Stephon Blanchard, the evening of July 14 at an apartment at 5800 Techni Center Dr., which is located just west of U.S. Highway 183, according to an arrest warrant.

Along with the PlayStation 4, the victim was selling four games and a controller for the console, the affidavit states.

Blanchard told the victim they could go to a nearby apartment to check if the console worked. As the two were walking, Blanchard pulled out a handgun and took the console, the affidavit states.

Police later found Blanchard in an apartment near the crime scene. Authorities searched the apartment and found a Playstation 4, four games, a controller and a black BB pistol, which could have "serious bodily injury or death," investigators said.

Blanchard told police he made phone contact with the victim. Blanchard also said he made an agreement to pay the victim the following day and his grandmother was going to give him the money. Both the victim and Blanchard's grandmother disputed those claims, the warrant states.

Blanchard has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.
Lucky, no one got hurt, and bad guys are behind bars now, but this type of 'crime' via Craigslist is so on-going now, that many police depts. around the USA have setup various 'safe spots' that they recommend deals to be done, instead just letting the buyer into your personal home, and in some cases this type of 'crime' occurs the other way, were the buyer gets robbed of their cash instead of getting to see working PlayStation they are trying to buy.

NEWS SOURCE: Craigslist PlayStation 4 sale ends in robbery (via) KXAN
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Shenmue 3 breaks records, KS closes at 6.3 million

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:06 AM - by garyopa
Campaign moves to PayPal, new push is to beyond $11 million, now as their crowdfunding contiunes on.

The fundraising Kickstarter for Shenmue 3 wrapped up with 69,320 people giving $6.3 million to Yu Suzuki and his team to create the third game in the Shenmue trilogy, but the fundraising contiunes on!


Things are moving fast in the Shenmue 3 world, the KickStarter rocked from $4 mil to over $6 mil in the last 24 hours, and now the team has decided to start up more fund-raising, this time via PayPal, with full details to be announced soon, but it is rumored to at least start at the $10 million mark, with goals for many more things as the money keeps racking in from their fans around the world.

Suzuki announced live on Twitch that same night that the team will begin accepting PayPal "donations" toward the game's budget soon. The Kickstarter goal to make the game was just $2 million.

That the Kickstarter brought in more than three times that goal means there will be a lot of additions to the title, including that Shenmue 3 will be set in an open world.

Over on the Team Yu website, the administrators posted that they will have news shortly on the future direction of the #SaveShenmue campaign.

When the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign ended, it still had stretch goals announced for up to $11 million. The last goal achieved expanded the game's battle system to include advanced free battles, according to the Kickstarter page.

Shenmue 3 is the highest funded video game in Kickstarter history and the third highest funded in all of games.
So far the Team YU has announced the following details regarding their new PayPal efforts to raise more money:

The Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III came to a close yesterday with a record total of $6,333,295 pledged by 69,320 backers. Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in that month-long fundraising frenzy.

Immediately following the deadline, Yu Suzuki announced live on Twitch that PayPal donations will be accepted to continue raising that budget through further crowdfunding.

Once details become available on how to donate via PayPal, we will share them here - but we will link to the official source. Please do not send money to any PayPal account that you haven't verified through any of these information outlets:

http://shenmue.link
http://twitter.com/Shenmue_3ysnet-inc.jp
http://twitter.com/ysnet_inc
http://twitter.com/yu_suzuki_jp
http://shibuya-productions.com
http://twitter.com/ShibuyaProd
http://twitter.com/CedricBiscay

Also during the live stream, Suzuki confirmed that the game will be open world, and he will do everything he can to make it the best game possible for the fans. That scope will now continue to expand through PayPal donations.

We will have news shortly on the future direction of the #SaveShenmue campaign, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, we think everyone's earned a little breather!
So what do our readers think about all this, could this game become the next Star Citzen racking in over $150 million after 2 years?

NEWS SOURCE #1: Shenmue 3 pulls in three times Kickstarter request, PayPal campaign coming (via) PolyGon
NEWS SOURCE #2: PayPal for Shenmue 3 (via) TeamYU
NEWS SOURCE #3: Shenmue 3 by YS Net (via) KickStarter
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