News Update- Week of 20/05/2013

Hello, all you nonsensical gamers, welcome to NSG’s new weekly article. If you’ve even glanced at the internet this week chances are you’ll know what the biggest topic of the week is, the next Xbox reveal. I will be covering it in this article, just not in great detail as in we’ll be discussing it thoroughly in the next episode of the NoSenseGamers Podcast. But first the rest of the biggest news from the past week:

Bungie’s Destiny Gets A New Trailer

Firstly, let me introduce you to the new trailer for Bungie’s highly anticipated shooter/RPG, Destiny. The new live action/CG trailer is called ‘Law of the Jungle’ and was created in collaboration with Breaking Bad and Revolution actor Giancarlo Esposito, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau.

Destiny is Bungie’s first game since they parted ways with Microsoft and the Halo franchise. Set in an action packed sci-fi universe, the game sees players take up the role of one of many Guardians, of which there are three classes with varying skills and abilities. This trailer gives us more of a look at the different classes, the visual style of the game and the general overall tone of the game. And I like it, although I’m quite fond of cinematic trailers.

EA Say That They Are Developing Wii U Titles After All

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So after stating that EA said they were developing Wii U titles, then members of EA saying that they were no longer interested in developing for the platform. As one EA engineer stated on good old Twitter, “Nintendo are walking dead.” Now it looks like they’ve flipped again and changed their mind.

During the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference (wow, that’s a long title) EA’s CFO, Blake Jorgensen, confirmed that the company is still developing games for the Wii U after all.

Saying that, there is rightly many more titles in development for Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles than the Wii U. And there’s been several news topics about the future of EA’s sports games on the next Xbox. You can even see the EA Sports Ignite Engine official trailer below, the one that was apart of the Xbox reveal conference:

FIFA 14 Release Date Announced

More news from EA now as they’ve announced FIFA 14 will be released across Europe on 27th September. One of the most successful of the EA Sports franchises with over 3.4 million games of FIFA Ultimate Team played daily, and over 17 million footballers transferred through the transfer market each day., this edition in the series comes with a seriously bewildering array of special packaging, Ultimate Team packs and in-game incentives for those that pre-order one of three FIFA 14 special editions.

In the UK, it’s pretty common for us crazy football fans to buy the new FIFA game every year. And it is likely that we’ll all by the game again this year. Although with the next-gen consoles on the way, it’ll be the following year’s installment that’ll be more interesting.

Sony Tease PlayStation 4

Microsoft aren’t the only one’s showing off this past week, Sony have been getting in on the action. Below you’ll see a blurry teaser for the Sony’s next generation games console, the PlayStation 4. Other than some extreme close-ups of black stuff and cross-hatched vents, we don’t get to see much. They’ve treated it like a teaser for a film or a game, a beat that gets gradually faster and edits that get gradually faster at the same time. Making it all tense and stuff. Which is all well and good, but I want to actually see it. Especially with the reveal of the new Xbox. Check out the video below:

The company has also confirmed what many of us expected; the PlayStation 4 hardware will be shown off at PlayStation’s E3 Press Conference on 10th June.

The Biggest News From The Next Xbox Event

Now for the biggest news of the week. The Microsoft conference where they revealed the future of the Xbox. The whole event was streamed online and watched by many, and many people have voiced their opinions about the information that was announced online. Unfortunately the response from the reveal seems to be somewhat negative. But, so you can make up your own minds, here are the details.

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The next generation Xbox now has a name, the Xbox One. This nicely fits with Microsoft’s approach to their new console, which is to create an all-in-one entertainment system that would be at the heart of every living room. They have a heavy focus on allowing people to access live TV through the console. Xbox One Live TV will enable you to navigate and watch live TV from your set-top box through your Xbox One. Unfortunately, this huge and fundamental part of the Xbox One announcement will, at launch, only work in the US. But with a gradual global rollout planned.

The next bit of news is that the Xbox One will need to connect to the internet frequently in order to let you play games, watch TV or do pretty much anything else. Word has it that you’ll need to do this approximately every 24 hours at least. Possibly even more frequently for games and services that rely more heavily on the cloud. Which is another one of the main topics brought up at the event, cloud storage. All of your content will be available and stored on the cloud, meaning you can access your games, movies, and saves anywhere at anytime. This also appears to link to the idea that you will be able to stop playing a game at any point, switch off your console or start doing something else on the system, then come back to the game and start from where you left off.

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It has also been announced that the Xbox One’s hard drive will 500GB, but you can’t use all of it. Microsoft’s official Xbox One information site contains small print stating, “Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users.” Which means a lot of the the hard drive will be unavailable to users and just for running and storing data for the operating system. More space will also be taken up by the fact that every game will have to be installed onto the system to play.

It also appears that sharing games is going to be a pain in the ass. The only way to play your copy of the game is to be logged into your profile. So this makes lending a game to a friend almost impossible, as they’ll be able to play the game on their console under your profile. But should they choose to play with their own profile, they’ll have to pay to do it. This will undoubtedly effect game rental services and most likely the purchase of pre-owned games, although Microsoft has said you’ll be able to play pre-owned games. But I can’t see how.

Lastly is the news about the new Kinect. While Microsoft have appeared to have made many improvements to the new Kinect, which seems to have impressed many people across the web, it turns out the Kinect requires to be attached to the console otherwise the  Xbox One won’t work.”The all new Kinect is now an essential and integrated part of the platform.  By having it as a consistent part of every Xbox One, game and entertainment creators can build experiences that assume the availability of voice, gesture and natural sensing, leading to unrivaled ease of use, premium experiences and interactivity for you,” says Microsoft’s Xbox One FAQ.

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So that’s a quick highlight of the main news from the event. As you can tell there wasn’t much about games. While it has been stated that 15 exclusive titles will be released for the Xbox One within it’s first year, there wasn’t much talk about any of them. There was also talk about the new controller, a deal with the NFL, exclusive COD: Ghosts content, a Halo TV series by Spielberg, Xbox 360 headsets being incompatible, a new Forza, and a new user interface. All of which, in my opinion, is just as disappointing and boring as the main topics (except the Halo TV Series which is somewhat interesting). If they carry on like this they’ve already lost.

Dan’s Pick of the Week

Deathstroke Trailer For Arkham Origins

My favourite news topic from this week isn’t even news really. It’s the new trailer for the next Batman game, Batman: Arkham Origins. This cinematic trailer introduces us to Deathstroke and re-introduces us the the Dark Knight himself. Featuring a good fight scene with lots of slow motion and some goon’s getting their heads smashed in, this trailer is up there as one of the more interesting and exciting cinematic trailers out there. It, as with many cinematic trailers, plays out like a short film. With a solid story, narrative and characters along with some nice camerawork and tone setting music it kept me interested. And along with the news that Deathstroke will actually be a playable character within game this definitely increases the amount of interest I have in this game. Check out the trailer below to see what I’m talking about:

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