VGM Podcast 038 - Fable / Halo

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Video Game Music of the Week - 86

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Saints Row IV Refused Classification In Australia

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Since the beginning of the year, the Australian Classification Board has adopted a new structure that allows for a more accurate rating system thanks to the introduction of an R18+ rating. The classification has recently though refused to give Saints Row IV a rating in Australia, citing depictions of sexual violence without justification in terms of context as the reason. This is slightly worrying for adult gamers in Australia as the issues of banned games in Australia that plagued us in the past may still be present.

Source: IGN
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Video Game Music of the Week - 85

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Fez 2 Is Happening

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The indie title, that was also featured in the movie ‘
Indie Game: The Movie’ will be getting a sequel at some point in the future. Creator, Phil Fish, announced the sequel at this years E3 with the teaser trailer below.



Source: Polytron Corporation
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VGM Podcast 037 - The Legend of Zelda - Oracle of Seasons/Ages

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Video Game Music of the Week - 84

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New Pokémon Type Featured In Pokémon X and Y. Releasing October 12

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A new trailer was shown for the next major Pokémon title,
Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version. The game will also feature a new ‘Fairy’ type. New Pokémon types haven’t been introduced since Pokémon Gold and Silver. Two new Pokémon were also shown, Noivern and Vivillon. These new Pokémon can be seen below.

The game(s) will release worldwide on October 12.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Yoshi's Island 3DS Game Titled Yoshi's New Island

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Yoshi’s New Island
will be coming to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Check out a new trailer below.



Source
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the Official 3DS Title

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We already know that
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past is getting a 3DS sequel, but we now know the official title of the game. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is expected to release this year for 3DS.



Source: Nintendo YouTube
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Mega Man Joins Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Coming 2014.

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Check out the first official footage for the next two
Super Smash Bros. titles, coming to Wii U and 3DS. Two new playable characters have been revealed, including ‘Villager’ from the Animal Crossing series, as well as the one and only ‘Mega Man’.

Both games will release next year.



Source:
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New Trailer For Monolith Soft's 'X'

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Here’s a new trailer for Monolith Soft’s game, tentatively titled,
X. The game will feature a large, open-world for players to explore, mechs to pilot and huge vibrant landscapes. X will release on Wii U next year.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Bayonetta Gets a Haircut in Bayonetta 2

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Check out the first official trailer for
Bayonetta 2, releasing exclusively for Wii U.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Game Coming to Wii U This Year

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A follow-up to what is quite possibly Retro Studios best platforming game for the Wii is coming to Wii U this year.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will feature new gameplay, HD graphics and the addition of everyone’s favourite female Kong, Dixie Kong. Check out the reveal below.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Coming This October. Looks Damn Gorgeous.

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The previously announced HD remake of
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will be coming to Wii U this fall, along with full 1080p graphics and new features to enhance the experience.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Mario Heads Back Into 3D Territory with Super Mario 3D World

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The next 3D Mario game has been revealed and is titled
Super Mario 3D World. The game is one of the very few 3D Mario games to feature a more diverse range of playable characters, including Luigi, Peach and Toad. A new power-up item called the Cat Suit was revealed, as well as an orange Yoshi that acts as a raft. The game will also feature 4-player multiplayer.



Super Mario 3D World will release this year.

Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Mario Kart 8 Revealed

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Mario Kart 8
has been officially announced. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Here's The First Official Gameplay Footage of Destiny

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Check out the first gameplay footage for Bungie’s
Destiny below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Quantic Dream Tech Demo 'The Dark Sorcerer' Looks Amazing

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A brief tech demo was shown during the recent E3 Press Conference from developers Quantic Dream. Check out the amazing video below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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No Used Game Restrictions For PlayStation 4. Retail Set At $399US

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During the later portion of Sony’s E3 Press Conference, President and CEO of SCEA, Jack Tretton, revealed that the PlayStation 4 won’t have any restrictions on used games. There will be no need for an always-online connection and it won’t require you to connect to the internet every 24 hours.

The PlayStation 4 will release this Holiday season with a retail price of $399US, $100US cheaper than the Xbox One.

PSN will still remain free, however the PlayStation Plus Membership will be required to play online multiplayer games. Players who own a current subscription to PlayStation Plus will be able to ‘roll over’ their subscription to the PlayStation 4 as well. Microsoft has a tough battle ahead of them.

Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Kingdom Hearts III Announced

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Development has officially begun on
Kingdom Hearts III. The game looks to be early on in its development and will be coming to the PlayStation 4. No exclusivity was mentioned. You can check out the short teaser below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Final Fantasy XIII Versus Is Still Alive, Now Titled Final Fantasy XV

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As suspected by many, including us here at The VG Island,
Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been rebranded as Final Fantasy XV and will be coming to the PlayStation 4. No exclusivity was said, and a release date was also not revealed. The game appears to have been moved to next-gen consoles, possibly revealing the reason why the game has not been seen for quite some time.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Super Giant Games, Creators of 'Bastion,' Show Off Brand New Game

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The minds behind
Bastion have shown their brand new game titledTransistor, coming 2014. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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New IP 'The Order 1886' , Coming to PlayStation 4 Exclusively

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A brand new IP has been announced from developers Ready at Dawn.
The Order 1886 will release exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Check out the official trailer below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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This Is What The PlayStation 4 Looks Like

As suspected, Sony revealed the PlayStation 4’s hardware during their Press Conference today. Check out the image below.

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Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Take a Look At Batman: Arkham Origins

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Below is the first in-depth look at
Batman: Arkham Origins, set years before the two previous Arkham games. Batman: Arkham Origins will come to PS3 with exclusive DLC content this October, worldwide.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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New E3 Trailer for Beyond: Two Souls

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A new trailer for
Beyond: Two Souls was shown at todays Sony Press Conference. The game will be out exclusively for PlayStation 3 this October.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Ubisoft Announces Online Open-World Game Tom Clancy's The Division

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Ubisoft has announced a brand new game to close out their E3 Press Conference today. The game is titled
Tom Clancy’s The Division and is set in a post apocalyptic world. The game will focus on online multiplayer and will release for Xbox One and PS4.

Check out the first gameplay footage below.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag E3 Trailer

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been given a brand new trailer thanks to this morning’s Ubisoft Press Conference. Check it out below.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Brand New Watch Dogs Trailer Shown at E3

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Last year’s E3 surprise
Watch Dogs has been shown at Ubisoft’s Press Conference again this morning. Coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4 and a fridge near you this year.

Warning. May not actually release for a fridge near you.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Mirror's Edge 2 Confirmed. Coming 'When it's ready'

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In some very exciting news, EA confirmed the existence of a brand new Mirror’s Edge game in development. The announcement trailer can be seen below. Mirror’s Edge 2 will release on for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ‘when it’s ready.’



Source: EA E3 Press Conference
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New Ubisoft Game, 'The Crew' Officially Revealed

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During Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference, they announced a brand new driving game that features a living online world, titled
The Crew. The game will be arriving on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Rayman Legends E3 Trailer

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The previously Wii U exclusive,
Rayman Legends, received a brand new trailer in celebration of E3 this week. Rayman Legends will also be releasing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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South Park: The Stick Of Truth E3 Teaser

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Here’s a teaser trailer for the upcoming South Park RPG title,
South Park: The Stick of Truth.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Splinter Cell: Blacklist E3 Trailer

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Check out Ubisoft’s latest trailer for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Scheduled for release August 22.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Forza Motorsport 5 Trailer

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Forza Motorsport 5
will be available at launch for Xbox One. Check out a new trailer below.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Killer Instinct Makes a Return, Xbox One Exclusive

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There hasn’t been a
Killer Instinct game in over 15 years, but that’s all about to change. A new Killer Instinct game has been officially announced and is being developed by Double Helix. The game will be available for the Xbox One. Below is a teaser for the upcoming game.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Dead Rising 3 Announced

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A new
Dead Rising game was announced at the recent Microsoft E3 Press Conference. Dead Rising 3 will be coming exclusively to Xbox One this Holiday season.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Quantum Break Story Details Emerge from Microsoft Press Conference

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New footage from
Quantum Break reveals more about the Xbox One exclusive game.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment Shown

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Respawn Entertainment has been hard at work on
Titanfall. Coming to Xbox One, exclusively.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Xbox One Coming November, $499US Price Point

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[UPDATE]

Xbox One will launch in Australia for $599.

[11/06/2013]


The Xbox One will launch this November for the price of $499US, Microsoft revealed during their Press Conference this morning. We will confirm an Australian price when we have the info. Stay tuned.

Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference, Gizmodo
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New Halo Game Teased, 2014 Release

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A new
Halo game has been teased at this mornings Microsoft Press Conference. This will be Halo’s debut on the Xbox One. No official title has been revealed.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Ryse: Son of Rome Trailer

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Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome will be available on Xbox One exclusively at launch. Below is the official Gameplay footage from the Microsoft Press Conference.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference, IGN
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New Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Footage, Coming to Xbox One

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Microsoft kicked off their E3 2013 Press Conference with the latest game from Hideo Kojima,
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will offer stealth action at its deepest, open world gameplay and diverse modes of stealth and transport. The E3 trailer showed a handful of new characters, as well as Keifer Sutherland’s performance as Snake.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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E3 2013 Predictions - Nintendo

In just over 24 hours, Nintendo will broadcast what is surely their biggest Nintendo Direct yet. This year, Nintendo won’t be hosting an official E3 Press Conference, but rather a Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct. Nintendo has already revealed that they will be showing off their new Super Smash Bros. game, a new 3D Mario game and a new Mario Kart game. These game reveals alone will already please many Nintendo fans, but what else can we expect to see? Nintendo’s Pre-E3 Direct Broadcast will begin at 12:00am on Wednesday morning (24:00 Tuesday night) for those of us in Australia (for other times, see here). Below are our predictions for what Nintendo may reveal/show come Wednesday. The official Pre-E3 Presentation stream can be found here.

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E3 2013 Predictions - Sony

After Electronic Arts and Ubisoft hit the stage for their annual E3 announcements, Sony will close out the day with theirs. The PlayStation 4 is expected to be the major focus of the presentation, and many are hoping that they will give the PlayStation Vita that boost that it so desperately needs. Sony’s press conference will begin at 11:00am for those of us in Australia (for other times, see here). Below are our predictions for what Sony may reveal/show come Tuesday. The official Press Conference stream can be found here.

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E3 2013 Predictions - Microsoft

Microsoft will kick off this year’s official E3 Press Conferences this coming Tuesday morning, starting at 2:00am for those of us in Australia (other local times can be found here). Microsoft will most certainly focus on their new ‘All-in-one’ console, possibly revealing an official price and release date. Below are our predictions for what Microsoft may reveal/show come Tuesday. The official Press Conference stream can be found here.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII E3 Trailer

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been given a new trailer in preparation of next week’s E3 event. The trailer shows many new locations that have not been previously revealed, and some new story elements and characters. The trailer also features both Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII/Final Fantasy XIII-2) and Noel Kreiss (Final Fantasy XIII-2) from previous games in the series. The game has also been pushed back until early next year, with an official European release date of February 14 and North American release date of February 11.



Source: Square-Enix Official Website
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SimCity for Mac Delayed Until August

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The SimCity Mac release, that was originally scheduled for release next week, has been delayed until August, according to the official SimCity website. Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis wrote,

“Hi, Mayors - today we are announcing that we are moving the release date of the Mac version of SimCity to August. We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for primetime yet. We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time.”

Also, Update 5 for the PC version will release in a couple of weeks and will focus on improvements to Multiplayer and Multi-city Play.

Source: SimCity Official Website
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Video Game Music of the Week - 83

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E3 Press Conference Times (Australia)

That E3 time of the year is almost upon us and with what is surely to be one of the most interesting E3 in years. Nintendo won’t be holding a press conference this year, but rather a bigger and bolder Nintendo Direct broadcast. Microsoft and Sony both have new consoles to wave in the face of the world, and will be showing what games both consoles have in store for their expected 2013 launch and beyond. As always, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft will be holding E3 press conferences, and Konami will be broadcasting a pre-E3 presentation a few days before the E3 press conferences begin. For all those in Australia, the below timetable shows local times for those living in areas with Australian Eastern Standard Time, Australian Central Standard Time and Australian Western Standard Time.

Our E3 predictions will be posted shortly.

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VGM Podcast 036 - Age of Empires / Fire Emblem

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