The retail version of Ultra Street Fighter IV launches for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in just a few short weeks. One advantage that the disc version will have over the digital is that it is going to include every costume ever released for all of the characters in the game. That means that all of that costume DLC that you have passed up on over the years will be yours by default. All of the ridiculous favorites are included, including Ken Masters in a cowboy outfit.
If you would like to get a taste of what is in store for you with the retail package, you can check out the two trailers below. Capcom has released a pair of trailers that shows off the variety of choices that you will soon have for dressing up your favorite fighters:
Switchblade Monkey's new PvP twin-stick shooter Secret Ponchos needs as big of a test group as they can get while they continue polish the game and add more features into the mix. What does this mean for you, the prospective buyer? Only that right now is probably the best possible time to buy into their Early Access game.
Everyone who buys Secret Ponchos before August 5, 2014 will get an additional Steam Key to give to a friend- and both copies will unlock the full version of the game once it's released. Since the main game mode right now is 2v2, it's good to have a reliable partner by your side. The Early Access version of Secret Ponchos is $14.99 right now via Steam, so you can buy it and gift it to a friend, or both of you can go halvsies on it. That's $7.50 for this game, and it's not even the Summer Sale. One caveat to keep in mind- in it's current stage of development, you need either an Xbox 360, Xbox One, or PS4 controller to play.
If you want to see some live gameplay before you buy it, you should check out Switchblade Monkey's Twitch channel every Saturday for the Devs vs. Challenger stream. Every week they do live tournaments, Q&A, and reveal new content.
Perhaps in response to the Xbox One getting 3d Blu-ray playback, Sony has gone on record to say that firmware 1.75 due next week will enable the PlayStation 4 to play 3D Blu-rays as well.
I've had two 3D TVs for a while now and haven't gone into watching too many 3D films. But for those that do, this update will be a nice welcome feature set addition to the Sony console.
Coming next week: PS4 system software update 1.75 adds 3D Blu-ray film support. Woo-hoo!— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 24, 2014
Epic's decision to crowd source the new Unreal Tournament game is indeed an interesting one and I'm keeping a close eye on the process to see if this actually works. Work on the game started recently and the first image is now up for people to see.
It's just part of a level in a level editor, but I'll be damned if it doesn't evoke some past memories. It sure does look familiar and having spent many hours in a level that has this look, I can't wait to get back into it. I know it's probably going to be a while before we get footage of the game in action, but I'm truly excited to see what a new generation Unreal Tournament game looks like.
While the shipping had been delayed a week, it looks like people are getting emails saying their Oculus Rift DK2 is shipping.
As for me, I'm still waiting on my confirmation and my credit card hasn't been charged yet. You can bet though once I see that email I'll be counting the days until it arrives. There have been some great projects that people have done to utilize the Rift that I'm dying to try out.
-Update- Reading the neogaf thread, there doesn't seem to be a real order in terms of getting shipping notifications. I ordered mine on 8:55 PDT on March 19th and my status is still Pending while I've seen some people who ordered 9:12 AM PDT get the email their order has been charged. So, I wonder what criteria Oculus is using to fulfill these orders because it doesn't look like it's the when the order was placed.
Also, it seems that one person has gotten his and it's such an early kit that the auxiliary USB port doesn't work. Oculus will be sending a cable later on to allow the USB port to work though, so maybe those in the later batch will get a more polished dev kit.
Cliff Bleszinski (Unreal Tournament, Gears of War) blew in the doors over at Boss Key Productions (his company) and basically walked into human resources (his office) and told the CEO (him) that he's hiring—scratch that, hired—a metric ton of video game industry talent (these people):
Chris Mielke, Senior Producer: Originally from Schaumburg, Illinois, Chris has most recently played an integral role in the production of Gears of War: Judgment, Infinity Blade III and Fortnite.
Joshua Parker, Senior Gameplay Programmer: Originally from Nashville, N.C., Josh most recently lent his expertise to the making of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Far Cry 4 and Tom Clancy's The Division.
Chris Wells, Senior Character Artist: Chris is originally from East Orange, N.J., and has been a driving artist behind the entire Gears of War trilogy, as well as the upcoming Fortnite game.
Shane Smith-IT Director: Born and raised in Raleigh, N.C., Shane most recently worked on Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite and Gears of War 3.
David Rose, UI Ninja: David grew up in the Outer Banks of N.C. and spent 15 years in the Triangle before moving to Los Angeles over six years ago. His most recent UI efforts have been applied to Guitar Hero 5 and 6 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Ryan Palser, Senior Animator: Ryan is from a small town outside of Philly; North Wales, P.A. He's worked most recently on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Ghosts and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
James Hawkins (a.k.a. HawkPrey), Senior Concept Artist: Jay's hometown is Raleigh, N.C., and he's been an influential concept artist on the Gears of War trilogy and Unreal Tournament 3.
Sarah Asby (Rauchberger), Executive Assistant: Originally from Virginia Beach, V.A., Sarah has previously assisted during the production of the Gears of War trilogy, Unreal Tournament 3 and Fortnite.
That's not all, though. Bleszinski is still wading through hundreds of Boss Key hopefuls, sifting the wheat from the chaff. More hires coming soon. I wonder if he's looking for a mediocre supply manager with stellar doodling skills and occasionally OK writing (ooh, pick me, pick me!)
But, in case you have any ideas about pigeonholing these individuals' abilities, Bleszinski would like to make clear that where you came from doesn't dictate where you're going.
Considering Weird Al just released an illuminati-tinged parody of "Royals", now seems as good a time as any to talk about conspiracy theories. Remember the 80's? On the brink of war, America's very way of life constantly threatened by those Godless commies- or at least that's what they wanted us to believe. Man.
One of the many, many side effects of living in such a toxic, fear-fueled environment is that no shortage of conspiracy theories wormed their way into our collective consciousness. Now imagine living in an alternate 1980, where every one of those crackpot theories is actually true. In Majestic Nights, you are Cardholder, an intelligence operative that was involved in almost every single one of them. You'll work with a Private Investigator named Cal to work on uncovering every string of conspiracies you've linked on your giant insanity web of photographs, newspaper clippings and red yarn.
Epiphany Games (Which is the best possible name for a company working on a game about conspiracy theories) says that this is going to be an episodic RPG-thriller, rife with over-the-top 80's aesthetic, and built with simple mechanics to let players dive right into the world and story of Majestic Nights.
I wasn't able to dig up any details on the gameplay, which is sad because I'm really interested to see what kind of RPG elements are getting strewn into it. I can only hope that 'foil hat crafting' and 'fish for red herring' are skills. Although, Epiphany was kind enough to provide a teaser trailer, some screenshots, and a recording of the main theme. There's no word on how much each episode will be, or any exact release dates, but when it is released, Majestic Nights will be available through Steam for PC and Mac, as well as for iOS and Android devices. Presumably to make up for the fact that we don't have any solid gameplay to look at yet, you'll be able to try out the game for free in September when they release a prequel episode- Chapter Zero: Sunset After Dark.
Gamestop is going to be offering a great deal for those gamers who are looking to get their hands on the re-mastered version of the Last of Us when it launches for PlayStation 4 this coming week. The promo, which was unearthed by the staff over at Junkie Monkeys, will be valid through August 2 and give you 50% off of the new PS4 version of the game when you trade in your original, PS3 copy. Basically, you are getting $25 in trade-in credit towards the new game, which isn’t a bad deal at all considering the usual trade-in values for games. The updated version of the game, which launches on July 30, features a gorgeous visual overhaul and all of the previously released DLC content. This is arguably one of the greatest games of the last generation, getting rave reviews from almost the entire industry (including our own Nathaniel), so if you haven’t experienced it yet this would be the perfect time.
The tradition of revealing the roster for WWE games continues this year as the reveal of the official roster for WWE 2K15 will happen this year at Summer Slam.
Hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin, the reveal will take place at a special pannel on August 16th, at Club-Nokia at LA Live in Los Angeles. The pannel will start at 10AM PT and will last two hours and will include appearances by John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Cesaro.
The best part is that the event is open to the public.
No word on what the VIP tickets include but I assume it will include meet and greet sessions.