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Killzone: Shadow Fall Multiplayer to eliminate the XP system

Guerrilla Games’ first-person shooter franchise, Killzone, is one that has really thrived on the PlayStation console as an exclusive, and their next-generation offering on the PlayStation 4: Killzone: Shadow Fall, looks as if it is going to be one of the highlights of Sony’s console. Guerrilla Games, however, have decided to reinvent the player progression in their multiplayer modes.


Instead, Guerrila Games issued the following statement in a recent blog, explaining how their next-gen title’s progression will work on challenges instead of normal experience points: “Unlike previous Killzone games the multiplayer progression in Killzone: Shadow Fall isn’t based on XP, but on Challenges. Completing a challenge adds a point to your rank, and rewards you with weapon attachments as well as enhancements to your abilities and visual identity. There will be more than 1500 challenges available when the game launches, ranging from straightforward (“Destroy 1 Turret”) to very specific (“Kill 1 enemy player with Laser Tripmine while they are carrying a Beacon”).”

In addition to this, a new system of “Combat Honours” has been introduced, which allows players to use the points they gain during a round (presumably, not the same points that will be gained from challenges, but rather an in-game score, akin to the system of “Parts” used in The Last of Us’ multiplayer) to gain bonuses which may be stacked to grant the player some in-game buffs – either to gain an advantage on the enemy or to help reinforce your team.

Guns will be able to hold 2 attachments simultaneously, which will come in a variety of different shapes and uses, such as grenade launchers, sights, and silencers. The developer has stated that no buffs or attachments will be available to aid with aiming or reduce recoil, as Killzone: Shadow Fall‘s multiplayer component is hoped to be entirely skill based. Unfortunately, this means that Jetpacks and Exoskeletons will be omitted as launch, a change, that the blog states, is “to focus on offering fair, reliable and consistent Warzone customizability.”

Lastly, the blog details the new nano-shields, and explains their uses and how to get rid of them, and teases us with the promise of more details on the upcoming title: “Players can now select the ability to deploy a smart nano-shields that block enemy attacks while allowing allied projectiles through. The nano-shields can be destroyed or knocked out with EMP weapon attachments, or simply deconstructed when no longer needed. As with all class abilities, players have the option of disabling nano-shields in their custom Warzones. We’ll cover the classes and their available abilities in more detail in the coming weeks.”

So, are you looking forward to Killzone: Shadow Fall? It’ll be available on launch with the PlayStation 4 on the 6th of December!

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PlayStation 4 global sales surpass 2.1 million units

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that the cumulative sell through for the PlayStation 4 has surpassed 2.1 million units as of December 1, 2013. The number includes the 700,000 units sold through in Europe and Australasia launching on November 29. The PS4 system became available on November 15 in the United States and Canada and on November 29 in Europe, Australasia and Latin America and is now available in 32 countries globally.

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“PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we’ve continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Demand remains incredibly strong and continues to overwhelm the supply worldwide, but we are diligently working to meet those growing demands and to deliver additional PS4 units to our retail partners throughout the holiday season.  We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support.”

PS4 consumers embraced the deep social capabilities offered by the PS4 system, including heavy use of live broadcasting on Ustream and Twitch and sharing content through Facebook and Twitter.  PS4 gamers have demonstrated particular interest in the new “SHARE” button on the DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, with more than 6.5 million shares captured.

Gamers worldwide immersed themselves into the PS4 system’s launch lineup of over 20 titles from some of the world’s best developers, including blockbuster titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag from Ubisoft Entertainment, NBA 2K14 from 2K, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Need for Speed Rivals from Electronic Arts, as well as exclusives KnackKillzone: Shadow Falland Resogun from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).

The PS4 system’s games portfolio expands in 2014 with games like the highly anticipated franchise favorite inFAMOUS: Second Son and MLB 2014: The Show from SCE WWS, as well as brand new IP including Destiny from Activision, Watch_Dogs from Ubisoft Entertainment, and The Order 1886and #DRIVECLUB from SCE WWS. All of these titles showcase the power of the PS4 system with breathtaking graphics and breakthrough gameplay experiences.

Looking ahead, the PS4 system will evolve through PlayStation’s cloud gaming services, available in the U.S. in 2014. Based on Gaikai Inc.’s cloud-based technology, the service will enable users to have access to a catalog of critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 4 and PS3, followed by the PlayStation Vita.

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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review

Since its launch on the PC back in 2012, Diablo III has appeared on both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Now the new-gen machines are getting their chance with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, a package of the original Diablo III game with its Reaper of Souls expansion. I can safely say the package is a gorgeous dungeon crawler which plays really well on the console platforms.

Diablo III kicks off with a falling star hurtling towards and subsequently colliding with Tristram Cathedral. The star falls down quite a few levels which results in the dead being reanimated and a host of other beasts awakening. Fortunately for the town, a hero (you) is not far away and gets caught up in the events surrounding the falling star. The story is typical in that evil cannot be allowed to triumph and everything must be done to stop it. However, a great feature of the game is that is teeming with lore from the entire Diablo series; a bonus for newcomers who are experiencing Diablo for the very first time. This can be experienced by discovering journal entries and letters littered throughout the environment. Although the story can be a little underwhelming, it does provide a decent reason to slay the legions of beasts and demons that dare stand in your way.

And slay demons, you shall; Diablo III is filled with enemies just waiting to be cut down. The gameplay is the biggest draw as it is just plain addictive and thoroughly enjoyable. Players will first need to select a character, each with their own specialty. From the get-go, players will notice that gameplay is incredibly smooth and controlling your character with the left stick is a breeze.

Enemies come in all shapes and sizes and some will be significantly stronger than others. However, defeating stronger enemies results in stronger weapon and gear drops, which results in being able to defeat even stronger enemies. It’s an entertaining cycle and will leave you itching to see what new loot has dropped after dispatching a horde of enemies. From looking fairly naked the start of the game, a short two hours will see your character looking pretty bitching in some armour and wielding a new weapon.

So what’s new in the Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition? Well, quite a bit actually. Aside from including the Reaper of Souls expansion, a new playable character in the form of the mighty Crusader is available and takes the selection of characters up from five to six. Adventure Mode, which unlocks after completing the game, opens all the waypoints across the map. This allows players to take on Bounties and open up Nephalem Rifts. It should also be noted that Adventure Mode is an endless mode with none of the Campaign missions but Events are still present. Another bonus is the ability to transfer character progress from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III, a welcome feature for players who don’t want to start with a Level 1 character.

What better way to tackle the hordes than with a friend? Diablo III features a drop-in/drop-out co-op system that adjusts the difficulty accordingly on the fly. However, what I really love about Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is that it doesn’t only restrict you to online co-op but let’s you hit the campaign with three other friends while just sitting on the couch. A mailbox system also introduces a social feature of sending mail with loot items to your friends.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition looks rather gorgeous on new-gen systems and runs quite smoothly without any graphical hiccups in highly populated areas, something that the last-gen consoles suffered from. The game is also on par in the audio department, displaying some decent voice acting even though some conversations are repeated in between combat. Unfortunately the game’s soundtrack also seemed somewhat absent except for during the fantastic cut scenes.

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Conclusion:
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is an awesome game with so much in one package. The story isn’t captivating but the lore from the universe littered throughout the game is a nice way to catch up newcomers and also provides a good reason to vanquish all forms of evil. Gameplay is excellent and provides for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Six different playable characters add a great deal of replayability, even more so when you consider how entertaining it is to play the game with friends.

The amount of content is really worth every penny when considering that it includes the Reaper of Souls expansion and the rather fantastic and endless Adventure Mode. Visually, the game shines and doesn’t really experience any graphical hiccups during heavily populated areas. The audio isn’t too shabby either and features decent voice acting throughout; the near absence of the game’s soundtrack is a little odd, however. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is an amazing experience that is sure to please all dungeon crawler fans and would be a worthy addition to almost any gamer’s collection.

The Breakdown:
Story: 8/10
Gameplay: 9.7/10
Multiplayer: 9/10
Lasting appeal: 9.3/10
Graphics: 9/10
Sound: 9/10

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Bloodborne Patch 1.05 coming next week, fixes co-op issues

It has been announced that Bloodborne will be getting a new patch next week.

From Software has announced that Bloodborne is due for a patch on Monday, 13 July and that it will go live after an extended maintenance period.

The maintenance will start at 06:00 GMT on July 13 and 23:00 PDT on July 12. This means that it will probably go live at 08:00 SAST on July 13 for South African gamers. It has been confirmed that the maintenance period will last five hours.

Here are the patch notes, as announced by the Japanese PlayStation Blog:

  • If a player uses the Beckoning Bell or Small Resonant Bell while using a password, it will be clearly indicated that a password is in use
  • If the level difference between the host and the guest when matched using a password is large, the guest’s stats will be adjusted to match the host’s
  • Other bug fixes and matching improvements

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Known as Brady Ruiters by day and GuitarDemon by night (Well, on the PSN mostly…) Professional, creative and frank, a self-proclaimed gaming journalist moulded by a passion and fascination for gaming and music, and in turn, taking a crack at shaping the rest of the world with the very same obsession. That, however, remains a trying task.

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Check out the new features in the PS4 Firmware 3.00 update

A select few people are currently testing the upcoming PS4 Firmware 3.00 update and someone has captured some of the features in a video.

PS4 Firmware 3.00 is currently being beta tested and seems to be a major update. Among its new features and improvements, it brings YouTube Streaming, sharing videos to Twitter and also a communities tab.

YouTube channel SuperShad27 has covered some of the crucial improvements in the video below. Best to check it out as soon as possible since there’s a good chance it might get pulled for violating the agreement.

https://youtu.be/dku3ZtmjLlk

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Check out some in-game footage from Horizon: Zero Dawn

Some in-game footage from Horizon: Zero Dawn has popped up from the Tokyo Game Show.

Posted by Giuseppe Nelva from DualShockers, the footage is taken from a stream and is fairly low quality. However, it does give us a good idea of what we can expect from the gameplay.

The video depicts the game’s protagonist, Aloy, looking over a vast landscape from an elevated position before dropping into some “stealth grass” to hunt the nearby robotic dinosaurs. Halfway through, Aloy attracts the attention of a “Thunder Jaw”, a heavily armoured enemy that appears to walk around like a T-Rex. Judging from the footage, the events don’t look as if they’re scripted.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is being developed by Guerilla Games, who brought us Killzone. The game will launch in 2016 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Source: DualShockersVG247

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Top 7 games to blow your money on in October 2015

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Enough with the cheesy jokes, for now. Yup that’s right, October is the month where all cool shit comes out that you can’t necessarily afford, all together, and all at once. So, to make things easier for you, we have decided to list our top 7 games to blow your money on in October 2015.

Now you can blow your cash on all of these games… or maybe just one or two… it’s completely up to you.

The list can be found below:

Dragon Quest Heroes – 16 October 2015 (PlayStation 4)
In Dragon Quest Heroes, the protagonists must rise up against insurmountable odds, challenging swarms of enemies and conquering gigantic monsters in an exhilarating action game. Filled with characters and monsters designed by world-renowned artist Akira Toriyama, Dragon Quest Heroes is brought to the PlayStation 4 in beautiful HD graphics. Both Yuji Horii, the general director and creator of Dragon Quest, and Koichi Sugiyama, the composer closely tied to the series since its first instalment and creator of countless musical masterpieces instilled in the memory of series fans, are closely involved in bringing this title to life.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – 23 October 2015
London, 1868. The Industrial Revolution unleashes an incredible age of invention, transforming the lives of millions with technologies once thought impossible. Opportunities created during this time period have people rushing to London to engage in this new world. A world no longer controlled by kings, emperors, politicians or religion, but by a new common denominator: money.

However, not everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of this boom. Despite fueling the engine of the British Empire, workers’ lives are little more than legalized slavery while the top few percent profit from their labor. Living poor and dying young, the lower class unite together in protest as a new kind of family – gangs – who turn to a life in the underworld in their struggle to survive. A struggle, until watchful Assassins come to their side and re-ignite an age-old conflict involving London’s leaders that will echo throughout modern history from the underground, up.

Introducing Assassin Jacob Frye, who with the help of his twin sister Evie, will change the fate of millions in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Rise to rally and lead the underworld to break the corrupt stranglehold on London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.

Guitar Hero Live – 23 October 2015
Guitar Hero Live is here. FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller. Guitar Hero Live mode puts you onstage, looking out: you get a heart-stopping first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV, a playable music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.

https://youtu.be/6SnIZgESm4c

Just Dance 2016 – 23 October 2015
Introducing Just Dance 2016 – the newest game from the top-selling franchise – with a brand-new way to play! All you need is your smartphone and the Just Dance Controller App to play Just Dance 2016 on a next-gen console, no extra accessories needed. Bust a move to ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson Ft. Bruno Mars and feel the beat in ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor – Just Dance 2016 features an amazing tracklist with visuals that are more creative and breathtaking than ever before. Join over 100MM players and dance to your favorite songs.

Halo 5: Guardians – 27 October 2015 (Xbox One Exclusive)
The Next installment in the critically acclaimed First Person Shooter Halo 5 Guardians: Peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. But when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, a new Spartan is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.

Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition – 30 October 2015
What starts with War, ends in Death. Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks upon a quest to restore mankind, and redeem his brother’s name. Along the way, the Horseman discovers that there are far worse things than an earthly Apocalypse, and that an ancient grudge may threaten all of Creation.

https://youtu.be/6ovkS5LhklY

WWE 2K16
The newest addition to the flagship WWE franchise is expected to deliver authentic, high-powered and hard-hitting action, including fan-favourite features and new WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, gameplay innovations, presentation updates and more.

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Happy Holidays from ITF Gaming

Christmas has passed; however, many of us are still on leave up until the 4th of January… or, if you are lucky, 11th of January. From the team at ITF Gaming, we would like to wish our reader’s Happy Holidays!

We hope that 2016 will make all of your wishes and dreams come true. To add to this, stay safe over the New Year period and remember to arrive alive.

As January 2016 rolls in, we will also be looking for some new writing talent to join the team. If you are keen to contribute articles (please note this is not a paid position) then please email BradyRuiters@gmail.com. We will require a CV and an example of your work.

Anyway folks, have a great holiday season and keep safe.

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2016 will see an Influx of PS4 games

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.

According to a report via DualShockers Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, has revealed that there will be an “Unprecedented Rush of Big Games Coming in 2016.”

The report reveals that Yoshida had stated to 4Gamer that: “2016 marks an unprecedented rush of big titles for PS4. It’s also the year of the long-awaited launch of PlayStation VR. It’s the year PS4 users, and those who are on the fence on whether to buy it will absolutely think “it’s good to have a PS4.” Please look forward to it.”

Some of the more anticipated titles to grace the PlayStation 4 in 2016 include: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian, Persona 5 and many more. Out of these titles I am personally pretty excited for the latest Uncharted title.

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Uncharted 4 co-director says the end of the game will make it “really hard” for Nathan Drake to appear in another

It seems that according to Uncharted 4 co-director, Neil Druckmann, the title “A Thief’s End” is named that way for a reason.

Neil Druckmann recently talked a bit about how the events of Uncharted 4 will complete the story of Nathan Drake and because of it, will make it a little tricky to bring him back for any subsequent games.

Speaking to The Sun, Druckmann didn’t go so far as to say that Uncharted 4 is the final game in the series, however, he suggested that it is likely to be Drake’s last outing.

“He’s at the height of his popularity, so it’s not a good business decision. But I feel like the best way to honour him is to go out on top, to finish his story,” he told the publication, pointing out that Sony owns the brand and future iterations are still up in the air.

“But with the end of this story, it will be really hard to do a sequel with Nathan Drake,” he added, before hinting that a prequel or a new lead could be in the series’ future.

I suppose we’ll find out exactly what Druckmann means when Uncharted 4 releases later this year in April.

Do you think the Uncharted series can continue without Nathan Drake? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: The SunVG247