PS4 Gets Surprise Releases of Bully and Manhunt

With all the new releases that seem to come out on an almost weekly basis, it is hard to forget about some of the older games that paved the way for you to enjoy today’s releases. The PS4 has reminded us of two such games, with surprise releases of Bully And Manhunt now showing that some old games are worth rebuying.

Bully was released in 2006 and is kinda like a junior GTA. You play as Jimmy Hopkins, a rebellious teen who was dumped at Bullworth Academy by his parents. The Academy is no picknick, with players expected to survive against bullies, absent-minded teachers and a busy school day with everything from a slingshot to stinkbombs.

Manhunt, on the other hand, was released in 2003 and was quite controversial upon its release and still is even to this day. With a mix of violence and stealth, the game sees you play as James Earl Cash, a death row inmate who is promised his freedom in exchange for surviving in a city filled with people who want him dead.

Two games that shaped many lives are now available on the PlayStation store in Europe (they could also be released in North America when the store is next updated) and both retail for £11.99. With both games upscaled to 1080p with features such as Trophies, Remote Play and share play, it would seem that they are keen on bringing the PS2 games to the PS4 with all its modern perks. You can find Bully here and Manhunt here, with Bully already receiving 960 reviews since its release on the 22nd.

Has Sony Already Given the PS4 a PS2 Emulator?

Each generation of consoles comes with some dilemma, should we let you play the last generation? While new hardware and software can let you play the games at a faster speed with upscaled graphics, the same features mean that bringing them up to date requires more work than they are deemed worth. So why would Sony release their PS2 emulator without any real declaration and celebration?

If you were eagle-eyed you may notice that the PS4 has a new Star Wars bundle featuring four games; Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Bundled inside a single pack via download only, three of these games are however from an older generation, the generation of the PS2.

The reason you can tell they are being run through an emulator? Firstly the system uses an emulated storage system to replace the old 8MB memory cards you desperately searched for hours before your friends came over to play. Secondly, the game alerts you that it has mapped the start and select buttons to the right and left-side of the Dual Shock 4 trackpad, a feature and ability that is locked out to anyone but Sony themselves.

Check out the video from Digital Foundry below and see the difference yourself.

MSI Announces The H81M-E35 V2 Motherboard

MSI has released the H81M-E35 V2 motherboard, an M-ATX board featuring a LGA 1150 socket and support for Intel’s Haswell processors. The main feature of this motherboard is its Military Class 4 components, having Humidity Protectionm ESD Protection EMI Protection and High Temperature Protection.

Looking at the motherboard’s technical specs, we can see it has support for the latest 4th generation Intel core (i3, i5, i7), including Pentium and Celeron processors. However, the motherboard has entry-level features due to its two DIMM RAM sockets and the presence of only one PCIe socket. The DDR3 RAM modules can work in dual channel with up to 1600 MHz frequency. Also take into account that its PCIe is 2.0, not 3.0.

Other features consist of two PCIe x1 and one PCI slot for additional components such as NICs, wireless adapters, and so on. In terms of SATA connectors, it has two SATA-III and two SATA-II ports which the user can use to easily install a RAID HDD and SSD configuration using the SATA-III and other peripheral devices such as optical drives with the help of the SATA-II ports.

The back of the motherboard reveals two PS/2 for keyboard and mouse peripherals, although very few keyboards and mice use the PS/2 technology nowadays. The USB configuration is made out of four USB 3.0 ports (with additional support for two more in the front) and two USB 2.0 ports, having the possibility of adding an extra four on the front.

The motherboards NIC is 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible and is controlled by a Realtek RTL8111G chip, while we can also find a Realtek ALC887 chip capable of 7.1 channel support on the motherboard as well. And with an Intel HD graphics processor, the H81M-E35 V2 also provides one HDMI, one DVI and one VGA port having support for 4K UHD display.

MSI is providing the OC Genie 4 for a quick 1 second overclock feature, along with its Command Center tool and Click Bios 4 for easy PC customization and Fast Boot for a quick startup process.

All in all, the MSI H81M-E35 V2 is a handy motherboard, though it is not suited for gaming or overclocking purposes. The price has yet to be announced, though we are expecting it to hit the shelves at a price tag of less than $100.

Thank you TechPowerUp and MSI for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of MSI

Modders Are Making The Ultimate Tony Hawk Game

Remember the game Tony Hawk’s Underground 2? I remember playing that game like crazy when I was a child and now a small group of friends have modded and the game by adding a bunch of new levels, improved character customization and getting the game to run in 1080p.

That’s not all, with change also being made to improve online play and a feature that can change the game to play either like the PC version or the PS2 version. This is just the start of the groups changes that they have up and running with plans in the future to add every level from every Tony Hawk’s game, a level editor and something I’m looking forward too, a new story mode.

Here is some footage from the modded version of the game.

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For those who would like to try out this modded game you’ll first need the PC copy of the game (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2), then you can download a copy of the mod titled THUGPRO here.

Thank you Kotaku for the information provided

Image courtesy of Trucoteca.com 

Sony Celebrates With PlayStation Memories Video

Sony have a lot to be proud of when it comes to gaming and with the PlayStation 4 release creeping ever closer they’ve taken the time to celebrate their history with the PlayStation memories video which they simply titled “For the players since 1995”.

I personally remember playing on the PlayStation 1 the week it came out, playing around on Demo One with the 3D models of the T-Rex and Manta Ray. It was an incredible leap from the Sega Megadrive (Genesis) and the Super Nintendo that were the current favourites, of course not for getting the rather cool Sega Saturn (yes, I owned one and it was bloody awesome! Don’t let anyone tell you different).

The video is packed with nostalgia, as well as some stuff from the future of PlayStation. It is a bit of a marketing mockery of what companies like Sony think us gamers are actually like, such as the fact I’m fairly certainly these guys must be in their 30’s and still living at home by the end of the video… but let’s not get to much away from what really matters, those classic gaming moments!

Enjoy the video, let us know your favourite PlayStation moments in the comments section below.

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