Last week, the creator of Resident Evil and The Evil Within said he believes people have become much harder to scare.
While going through the comments, we noticed two different opinions were sprouting up. Some people blame developers for not taking risks, while others agree and believe we have become desensitized to horror.
I don't think people are becoming harder to scare, but I do think more horror creators are perhaps less willing to take risks with what sells. In the case of a lot of mainstream games, gore and shock value take precedence over creating an unsettling mood and getting under people's skin (figuratively speaking).
In an interview with CNN, Mircosoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussed his role in making the first Xbox a reality.
According to the article, one of Ballmer's earliest decisions as Microsoft CEO was whether to enter the console race. Ballmer spent six months researching Microsoft's potential leap into the console market before coming to a conclusion.
Robbie Bach, the former head of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices devision, said, "He
was willing to step out into a space that Microsoft had never been in, look at a business model, and say, 'this is something we need to try.'"
After a two-week trial run in New Zealand, the downhill racer Angry Birds Go has hit App Stores worldwide today. You can download it free here for iOS and here for Android. However, the pricing of the in-game items has prompted some players to write angry user reviews.
Angry Birds Go stars the birds and pigs from the famous series, but has them racing in karts rather than flying through the air. As you complete races, you can upgrade your vehicles, purchase power-ups, and collect new characters.
The game has the usual free-to-play trappings like in-game ads and in-app purchases, plus sponsored power-ups. Packs of in-game currency cost anywhere between $2.99 and $99.99. Between every race, a prominent button offers to double your coins forever, but you have to tap it to learn that the upgrade costs $6.99.
Nintendo’s 3DS and Wii U enjoyed another strong sales week in Japan according to Media Create sales data for the week of December 2 – December 8 (via NeoGAF).
3DS sold 125, 269 units, and was supported by 11 games in the top 20 list. Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon X & Y continue to sell after passing 3 million units sold. meanwhile, Wii U was the top performing home console with 48,762 units sold. It’s important to note that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have not yet released in Japan.
Gran Turismo 6 for PS3 lead the software sales category with 204, 784 units sold, followed by the recent Japan-only expansion to Dragon Quest X on Nintendo Wii (117,432). The Wii U version of DQX V.2 moved 70,648 units. Also of note, Bravely Default: For the Sequel released to sales of 35,617 units.
Crytek has announced The Collectables, a top-down mobile shooter riffing on the over-the-top action films series, The Expendables.
Working with developer DeNA, who runs the Mobage game platform, Crytek will bring the game to iOS and Android devices in 2014. DeNA has worked with other big industry names like Square Enix and Capcom.
Crytek’s game runs on CryEngine technology and includes several combat heroes whose weapons and skills can be upgraded. You can check out the announcement trailer below.
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Zero Dark Thirty actor Jason Clarke is reportedly in talks to play John Connor in Terminator: Genesis, the fifth installment in the James Cameron-created series.
Terminator would mark the second sci-fi franchise that Clarke has become the lead in following next summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor will direct Terminator: Genesis, which will also reportedly see Arnold Schwarzenegger return.
According to Variety, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12) have re-tested for the role of Sarah Connor. Clarke's said to be the front runner with a final decision expected to be made by the end of this week.
Square Enix announced the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Collector's Edition available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store. Launching when the game releases on February 11, 2014, this special edition contains a heap of goodies, the most interesting of which is a DLC code for Aerith Gainsborough's "Midgar's Flower Girl" outfit, based on the famous heroine from Final Fantasy VII.
Aside from Lightning playing the role of one of the series' most beloved characters, you'll also get a silver embossed pocket watch, exclusive premium packaging art, and an 80-page hardcover artbook.
The Aerith costume joins Lightning's terrifying Moogle outfit and her Cloud Strife garb as the three raddest things in the history of the world. The collector's edition will run you $89.99, and is available exclusively in North America. Check out our Let's Play commentaries of the Japanese version of Lightning Returns leading up to its release on February 11.
Universal is hoping to salvage existing footage shot for Fast & Furious 7, including scenes featuring the late Paul Walker, instead of starting from scratch.
Following Walker's tragic death, studio chairman Donna Langley and production co-president Jeffrey Kirschenbaum were tasked with finding a creative solution to completing Fast 7.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Chris Morgan is currently revising the script in hopes of tastefully retiring Walker's character Brian O'Connor using scenes already shot. (Reportedly, filming on the action sequel was over halfway completed at the time of Walker's death.)
Xbox One's 500GB hard drive can only store about 362GB of games, save data, apps, and other data.
Our first Xbox One that filled up stored 20 games and all 25 of Xbox One's apps. When we tried installing a 3GB update, it failed due to a full hard drive around the 362GB mark.
Any game or app you own will forever be available via the cloud, but the machine currently doesn't allow for streaming games, which would help alleviate some hard drive space in the future as Xbox One's library grows. Presently, external hard drives are not supported on Xbox One, but an update will permit it at an unspecified future date.
If you're one of Valve's select few 300 users, you'll find out you've been selected later today and your Steam Machine beta unit will ship this Friday, December 13.
Valve wrote in the Steam Community, "SteamOS will be made available when the prototype hardware ships. It will be downloadable by individual users and commercial OEMs. (But unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out.) We’ll post info soon about that." For now, Valve is limiting its release to the United States, but will expand next year.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
All of WildStar's six classes offer players exciting ways to explore and interact with everything in Carbine's upcoming sci-fi MMORPG. Whether you want to play a tank, healer, damage dealer, or a combination of the three, we're here to help you decide which class is for you. For even more on each class, check out our in-depth looks of the Warrior, Esper, Spellslinger, Stalker, Medic, and Engineer.
With Forever Evil ending in a few months, DC seems to be looking more and more to the future of their characters and the New 52 universe. First, Scott Snyder announced that Batman #28 will be taking a breather from the ongoing Zero Year storyline to showcase Gotham City six months into DC's future. And now DC announced they'll be jumping even farther ahead with a new weekly series called The New 52: Future's End.
Future's End is set five years into the future of DC's continuity, reflecting how the advance of time and technology have impacted the world's heroes. As the cover to issue #0 shows, the Brother Eye satellite and its OMAC drones appear to have made a big power play during the course of these five years.
The international trailer for Tom Cruise's sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow has just debuted. Previously known as All You Need is Kill and based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel of the same name, the film was directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton co-star.
Cruise stars as Major William Cage, an officer who has never seen combat and is dropped into a suicide mission against the alien race that has attacked Earth. And in fact, Cage dies almost immediately -- before being somehow resurrected to relive that day over and over again. Watch the trailer below... but keep your Groundhog Day comments to yourself.
Sony Pictures is working to recruit David Guggenheim to write the script for Bad Boys III, which would be a direct sequel (rather than a reboot) to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II.
Guggenheim has a hot hand of late, starting with his 2012 hit, Safe House. He currently has a slew of scripts in various stages of development, including upcoming action thrillers Narco Sub and Weaponized, as well as a redraft of Sony’s long-gestating Uncharted movie.
According to Deadline, “The mantra behind Sony Pictures’ recent restructure that brings in Michael De Luca as production co-president was to make higher quality tent poles.”
DICE has finally updated Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 in an effort to resolve its problematic crashing.
The patch "should remove a large amount of the client crashes we are currently seeing on the PS4," as well as "educed the probability of getting a corrupt save file," which hopefully means players' campaign data is finally safe from unexpected disappearing. If everything goes according to play, PS4 players should no longer see crashes when destroying vehicles or navigating the BattleScreen and Battlelog, too.
The Xbox One update DICE meant to roll out on December 2 will also hit soon. "This new combined Xbox One patch is currently in testing and certification, and we will release it as soon as possible," the developer said. "We are hoping to get it live late this week or early next week. We will keep you updated. We will share the full change notes for this patch as it goes live. It will focus on stability and some of the feedback we’ve seen from the community, including a fix for the one-hit kill bug and Commander EMP blur effect."
Just a reminder: PlayStation 4’s new update – firmware 1.52 – is now live. It’s a simple one, and doesn’t do anything that exciting. Its updates notes simply state “System software stability during use of some features has been improved.”
Even without doing anything important, however, the PS4 will prompt you to update when you sign-in and connect to PlayStation Network. To download the firmware, go to Settings, and then to System Software Update.
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Ubisoft has announced Rayman Legends will launch on PS4 and Xbox One on February 28, 2014.
Main improvements between the current and next-gen versions of the popular platformer include shorter loading times and updated graphics.
Additionally, the publisher has announced exclusive costumes available for Rayman and Globox depending which platform they opt to purchase the game on: Splinter Ray, Ray Vaas and Globox Vaas are heading to Xbox One, while Assassin Ray comes to PS4. You'll also be able to buy the Funky Ray costume with Uplay points.
The PS4 version of the game will have touchpad integration for actions like scratching Lucky Tickets, while the Xbox One version will have 10 exclusive challenges that can unlock time-limited Achievements.
Update: IGN has been contacted by an individual told that he can keep his Premium membership despite getting a refund.
It's not clear whether this is an isolated case, or if the Microsoft Support employee that told him he could keep the membership spoke out of turn. There are records of others being told their membership will be revoked when they get a refund.
@lukekarmali Hi Luke, info for you on bf4 refund. I was given the refund but also told i will not lose the premium status...
— Mitch Dagg (@theMitchDagg) December 11, 2013
The first poster from sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been released, and it's a simple but extremely effective close-up of Caesar in war-paint.
Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, with the official synopsis going as follows…
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.