Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Coming This Year to Australia

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The ‘previously announced only for Japan’ HD remake of the original
Kingdom Hearts has been confirmed for release in Australia this year.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is an HD collection of the PlayStation 2 titles Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. Also included, is a cinematic story based on the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will release this spring in Australia, exclusively for PlayStation 3.



Source: PlayStation Australia
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VGM Podcast 029 - The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion / Phantasy Star II

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Watch Dogs Officially Announced for Wii U and PlayStation 4

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Ubisoft’s upcoming open world game titled
Watch Dogs has been confirmed for the PlayStation 4, as well as the Wii U.

The game was officially confirmed for the PlayStation 4 during the big PlayStation event today, and after the event, via a press release, it was confirmed for the Wii U also.

A new trailer was shown during the event, which can be seen below.
Watch Dogs will release on PlayStation 4, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and is scheduled to release sometime before the year is out.



Source: Joystiq

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Jonathan Blow's Next Game 'The Witness' Exclusive to PlayStation 4

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The first official trailer for the next game by Jonathan Blow (creator of Braid), titled The Witness was shown at the recent PlayStation 4 event. The game will have timed exclusivity for the PlayStation 4.

Check out the gorgeous trailer below.



Source: Sony
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New Final Fantasy Game To Be Announced at This Years E3

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During the latest PlayStation 4 event, Square-Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto took to the stage to reveal that the company is most certainly working on a new Final Fantasy game, with more information coming this June during the E3 Expo.

Basically no information was revealed at all, apart from the fact that they are indeed working on a new title.

Source: Sony
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The 'PlayStation 4' Is Official

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Sony has officially announced the next PlayStation, fittingly titled the ‘PlayStation 4.’

The console itself was not shown, however the new DualShock 4 Controller was. The console itself will release ‘This holiday season’ and some of the major specifications of Sony’s new hardware are as follows:

- 8-core 64-bit x86 “Jaguar” CPU by AMD
- Radeon GPU, 1.84 TFLOPS
- Blu-Ray Drive
- 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM, 176GB/sec
- 802.11n WiFi
- USB 3.0
- Bluetooth 2.1
- HDMI optical out

Gamers will be able to live stream their games via services such as Ustream and the new DualShock 4 controller will include a SHARE button, allowing players to share a video clip from the last several minutes of gameplay. The system will not be able to play PlayStation 3 games, but a ‘game-streaming’ service will be available in the future, allowing gamers to play PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games via Gaikai.

Source: Sony

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 Trailer

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The upcoming second season to one of the best interpretations of the Mortal Kombat series is debuting sometime soon and the official trailer can be seen below. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat motion picture will be returning to reprise his role, although it will be an entirely different Shang Tsung. The second season will focus primarily on the tournament itself, unlike the first season which focused on the origins of each character.



Source: IGN

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Coming to the 3DS

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A new 2D Donkey Kong game will be coming to the 3DS sometime this year. The game, titled Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, is being built from the ground up to take advantage of the 3DS’ capabilities. Not much is known about the game at this stage, apart from what can be seen in a few screenshots.

Also, in related news, a new
Mario vs Donkey Kong game was announced, which will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop later this year.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Year of Luigi Starts Now! New 3DS Games Announced.

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Nintendo has tentatively titled 2013 the ‘Year of Luigi!’

During the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, Shigeru Miyamoto went into detail about the upcoming
Luigi’s Mansion 2, which will be hitting shelves this March.

President Satoru Iwata also revealed two new games (featuring Luigi of course) coming to the 3DS this year. The first is a brand new, untitled
Mario & Luigi RPG game that will have a focus on Luigi and his dreams. The other is a new Mario Golf game titled Mario Golf World Tour.

Also, in some pretty neat news,
New Super Luigi U will be available in the Wii U eShop at some point in the future. This Luigi-centric DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U will include a bundle of brand new levels, based on the original map in New Super Mario Bros. U. The DLC is being developed similar to full software, and will take some time before it is ready for download.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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New Batman Arkham Game Coming This Year

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It has been confirmed via a Time Warner Q4 2012 earnings call that a new game in the
Batman Arkham franchise will be arriving later this year. At this stage, its unknown whether or not previous developer Rocksteady Studios is behind it or not. The quote by Time Warner CFO John K. Martin is as follows:

“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise.”

Source: Joystiq

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Bungie Set to Reveal 'Destiny' This Coming Sunday/Monday

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The reveal of Bungie’s next major project titled
Destiny will take place this Sunday, February 17, in North America, roughly translating to Sunday night/Monday morning for us here in Australia. Destiny has been in development for some time now and many have speculated that it may be a launch title for the next generation of home consoles.

Stay tuned!

Source: GamesRadar

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Rayman Legends Delayed. Coming to PS3 and Xbox 360.

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In some relatively surprising news, Ubisoft has announced that their upcoming game Rayman Legends, originally branded as a Wii U exclusive, will be delayed, yet again, until September. The game will also be coming to both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The game was already delayed, effectively removing itself from the Wii U launch window, with a release date in February/March and the game will be further delayed until ‘early September.’

Source: Gametrailers
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VGM Podcast 028 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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The Witcher 3 Announced

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Game Informer
has released their latest issue, featuring a cover story that reveals The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

According to the article,
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have a world map that is roughly 20% bigger than that in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Interestingly, aside from a PC release, no other platforms were ‘directly’ revealed, however, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is scheduled for a 2014 release, will also be coming to other “High-end platforms.” The next PlayStation? The Next Xbox? Time will tell!

Source: Kotaku

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PlayStation 4 Announcement Likely on February 20

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It’s looking more and more likely that Sony will unveil their next generation console, presumably the PlayStation 4, this year, specifically on February 20. The event will be live streamed and the
Wall Street Journal is reporting that “People familiar with the matter” have told them that the next PlayStation will be revealed during the Sony event.



Stay tuned! Exciting things are coming this year!

Source: Kotaku
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Grand Theft Auto V Coming September 17

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Rockstar has officially announced that their highly anticipated game
Grand Theft Auto V will release worldwide on September 17.

They revealed that the game was initially planned to release much earlier, however they have chosen to continue working on the game saying,

We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.’

Grand Theft Auto V
will release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17.

Source: IGN
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