When it comes to number progression no one will ever accuse Microsoft of being predictable, after all the XBox went from 360 to One and now Windows is going from 8 all the way up 10 with the release of Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Launching towards the end of next year, Windows 10 is said to take it’s cues from Windows 7 as opposed to 8 with both the start menu and taskbar taking center stage once again, although the “tile” interface will also be available should you prefer. Away from menus Microsoft also confirmed that Windows 10 will be the most customizable of any Windows ever while also being far more effective at multi-tasking than ever before. Expect to hear plenty more about Windows 10 over the coming months.
Nintendo have released the latest firmware update for the Wii U and this one allows you to create software folders on the main menu, an identical feature added to the 3DS a year or so back. The update will also add a download management icon to the Wii U menu and addresses some system stability issues but folders seem to be the main attraction here, folders.
NIS America have confirmed that the 3DS exclusive Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth is to be released across Europe 3 days after it’s North American release of November 28th. NIS America also revealed that a limited edition of the game will also be available featuring 11 Tarot cards, however which store will be offering it has yet the be confirmed. Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth itself sees characters from both Persona 3 & 4 taking on a series of unforgiving dungeons.
When was the last time you bought an actual Mega Drive game? 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years ago maybe? Better yet, when was the last time you bought a port of a Mega Drive game? No I can’t remember either but worry not as from the 30th of this month you”ll have a chance to snap up WaterMelon’s epic Mega Drive RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects which is heading to not only to the PS3, PS4, PC and Ouya but the Xbox One, Wii U and Dreamcast versions (go Dreamcast) at a slightly later date.
The game itself which was released on the Mega Drive back in 2010 features some 50 hours of gameplay, 300 locations and 800 NPCs and came on a 64MB cartridge as opposed to a standard Mega Drive cartridge which weighs in at a whooping 12MB. Check out the game’s trailer and get excited.
These days Ubisoft seem to spend a fair amount of their time bashing Nintendo and their fans for not supporting third parties, a fair criticism many agree but one which gets much harder to level at Wii U owns when third parties like Ubisoft reveal that the Wii U version of the game they’re working on, in this case Watch Dogs, won’t feature any additional content or receive any of the DLC coming to all other platforms. So who is really to blame for poor third parties sales on the Wii U? Evil Nintendo fans who only want games that feature Mario and co. or Ubisoft, who treat Nintendo fans and potential customers like second class citizens? You decide.
The XBox One has already seen it’s price reduced twice and a number of different bundle deals offered since the console’s release last year however with the PS4 continuing to out do Microsoft’s entertainment system globally the Windows maker has decide it’s high time to cut again. Well at least in the UK anyway, where Microsoft have officially lowered the RRP of the XBox One from From £349.99 to £329.99 a price cut of a whopping £20. Whether a £20 reduction will finally prove incentive enough to see the tide turn in favour of the XOne remains to be seen but I somehow doubt the news has got Sony shaking in their boots.
Capcom have revealed that that they are working on adding an Omega mode to Ultra Street Fighter IV. The mode itself which is to be released later this year in the form of a free update will add new normal and special attacks to all 44 characters found in Ultra altering not only fighting techniques but tiers as well. In fact Capcom claim tiers will be so altered and unbalanced in Omega mode that the mode will only be usable offline and in unranked matches. Click here to get a peak at Omega mode in action.
For a fare few gamers it was the Resident Evil series which kicked off the horror genre on console but there were other scary games before Capcom’s effort
and one of the more fondly remembered of these is the Clock Tower series, originally a point-and-click for the SNES which featured a house full of little girls and some very messed up monsters. One of the game’s stand out nasties was a fiend known as the stalker, a giant scissors welding creep who pursued the player relentlessly throughout the game and it seems, has inspired a spiritual successor to Clock Tower in the form of a game dubbed Project Scissors for the PS Vita.
Little about Project Scissors is actually known yet but the man who created the first two Clock Tower titles, Hifumi Kouno, is heading up the project and has already stated his desire to recreate the feel of his previous work with the aid of Masahiro Ito (environment designer on the Silent Hill series) and Takashi Shimizu (director of the Ju-On films) who are also on board. That’s all we know for now but expect to hear more about Project Scissors over the next few months.
Atlus have revealed that the sequel to Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is to be released in Europe after all. The game which has been available in Japan for a while will now become available across North America next month and wasn’t even listed for a European release until a few days ago leaving many gamers fearful Europe might miss out on the fighter altogether, a fear which can now be put to bed.
When Ultimax does reach Europe this November (PS4, 360) fans will find a larger roster which includes Junepi Iori, Yukari Takeba and Rise Kujikawa, more levels, music and a continuation of Persona 4 Arena’s main story.
Square Enix almost always have things to shout about whenever TGS rolls around but this year they seem to be shouting a little louder than usual and nearly exclusively in regards to the Final Fantasy series confirming, not just a release date for Final Fantasy Type-0 on the PS4 and XOne (March 17th, 19th and 20th in North America, Japan and Europe respectively), but also that Final Fantasy Type-0 will come packaged with a download code for a Final Fantasy 15 demo, the very same demo Square Enix wowed the fans with at this year’s TGS.
Away from the next gen console scene, Square Enix also had Final Fantasy offerings for both PC and PS Vita owners at this year, in the form of two further ports. The first is a port of Final Fantasy 13, which is set to become available through Steam next month, with 13-2 and Lightning Returns eventually following, while PS Vita players can look forward to Final Fantasy Agito, a smart phone title which Square Enix released in Japan last year and will now re-release under the name Final Fantasy Agito+ but as of writing only in Japan. All in all if you’re a Final Fantasy fan, this year’s TGS was a good one for you however if your not a fan of spikey hair and big swords Square Enix showed little to get excited for.