The Iron Giant Will Receive A Collectors Edition This September

The Iron Giant is known as one of the all-time greats when it comes to animated films, with it receiving a digital remastering under the name of “signature edition” last year, with high-definition video and even two additional scenes. Come September you can own the collectors edition of the film and more.

For $14.97 you can own a Blu-ray copy of the signature edition of the film, including both the original and the remastered high-definition forms of the film. Included on the disk will be the documentary, The Giants Dream, a definitive look at the creation of the film.

Feel like you need even more awesome in your life? Go to $74.99 and the Ultimate Collectors Edition is yours, featuring not just the signature edition of the film, the documentary but also a hardcover art book but also collectible Mondo art cards, a letter from the director Brad Bird and to decorate their desks a 4-inch plastic statue of the Iron Giant itself!

With a bunch of other features including looks behind the creation of the film and an alternative opening, the film is there for anyone who wishes to see a classic or relive a dream. If you’re not one for collectors editions as well the film will be available in digital format for downloading, what more could you ask for?

More Hints Regarding Bioshock Collection on PS4 and Xbox One

We all have those games which you just feel like picking up every now and again to see how you can play it differently, or just to immerse yourself in their world again. One of those games series if the Bioshock series for many. A few months we reported on the fact that a “Bioshock Collection” could be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4, it would now seem that more information is coming forward with a Brazillian rating board listing a similar title.

With the title of “BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION”, the games are listed for release on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the latest generation of consoles in the form of a Playstation 4 and Xbox One release. With re-releases being the rage these days, bundling together games, their DLC’s and more often than not a graphics update, we could soon see you playing the games in a whole new light.

With games like Gears of War getting HD remakes  amongst a slew of gameplay features, is it really that surprising that 2K games are looking at one of their more famous franchises to kick some life into their company following 2K Australia closure.

Would you buy (or even re-buy) the Bioshock games? If you did what platform would you choose? Personally, I love the games but unless it featured something that the previous games didn’t, I would just replay the originals for their amazing storylines.

Impossible Creatures Re-Released On Steam

In recent years, both new games and old have been appearing online in re-releases and remastering. With the shutdown of services like GameSpy many have transferred their systems to use newer services, such as those provided by Steam. These games include classics like Age of Empires 2 and Age of Mythology, but more recently another classic has appeared on Steam, Impossible Creatures.

In Impossible creatures, the player use typical real-time strategy (RTS) to build units to conquer land, sea and air, while building up resources, research and defences. One twist, in Impossible Creatures, as the name suggests is that your army will not only consist of people but also an array of creatures that combine the DNA of 50 of Earth’s majestic wildlife. Pictured below is just one of the creatures, the speed of a cheetah and the claws of a scorpion creates a nasty pack of creatures that can quickly sprint and squeeze your enemies defences.

By combining DNA of creatures for their heads, bodies, legs, tails and even wings you can create small armies or giant behemoths.

With modding support and multiplayer re-implemented for a smooth online experience you could soon be playing with your friends to conquer the world with an army of tiger sharks (literally tigers with a sharks head) or even a flying whale (we’ve seen it, it is awesome). With steam friends and cloud support you can bring in your friends for the battle and with the remastered systems enjoy the classic all over again, or for the first time.

If you like the sound of a monster army, check out the game here.

Wing Commander 4 Intro with Remastered Orchestral Score Shown Off

Being a kid in the 90s allowed me to grow up along with some pretty amazing games and I was a huge fan of space simulation games. There were the X-Wing and Tie-Fighter games, but also the Wing Commander series that gave the space-fight and simulation fans a battleground to play on.

George Oldziey is the composer behind the music from three of the Wing Commander games and last year he launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with the goal to record an orchestral version of the Wing Commander music, the way he had in mind when creating it. The fans weren’t shy to donate and the funding quickly raised over $40,000.

We can now get a first look into what that sounds like as he Oldziey uploaded a remix video with some of the recordings already done. The word remix is used as he didn’t have access to the original footage for this video, so the orchestral music is just put on top of the original video. This results in the music being a lot louder than the voice acting and it isn’t perfect. But it’s the music we want to hear here anyway, so that is okay and it sounds like it should. Somehow space and orchestral music just go great together, don’t; you think?

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Gears Everywhere! Gears Remastered & Gears 4 Announced!

Gears of War has been a gold mine for Microsoft, with a series of games followed by a range of merchandise, including a board game. Initially owned by Epic Games, the creators of the Unreal engine, Microsoft purchased Gears of War from them earlier this year.  Recently it has been rumoured that Microsoft are looking to relaunch the franchise with a series of HD remastered games, although they have been very careful not to release the details and to silence those who are responsible for leaking them.

This silence has now been broken. Gears Of War: Ultimate edition will bring not only the original game to the Xbox One but also visual upgrades and gameplay features from their latest Gears of Wars games. The Ultimate edition will also feature five campaign chapters that were never released on the Xbox.

In a slightly more shocking twist Gears of War 4 was also announced, with an initial date set somewhere in 2016. Find below the E3 gameplay demo shown for Gears of War 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-qwBBLPBJI

With so many Gears of War games coming out its looking more and more like a continuation of the series is coming. Something I am more than happy to look forward to.

Thank you ArsTechnica, Microsoft for the information.

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Trailer for Resident Evil 0 HD Released

We live in a world of zombies, they are the reanimation of old dead entities. Much like the long list of games that are being remastered, remade, enhanced, redone and fixed. There is no escape from them. I get the reason that publishers do this, money. They make more profit from ‘tarting’ up an already established game than creating one from scratch; easy money.

Although my statement above sounds negative and full of criticism, I am all for a good re-release of an old game. Even though I don’t believe that graphics is the be all and end all of a good video game, there are games I used to love that I cannot play anymore due to the poor visuals.

So as an ‘anything-zombie’ fan, I welcome another one of the Resident Evil franchise being remade. This time it’s a return to the origins of the series in an HD remaster of the 2002 original, Resident Evil 0.

Let us know if you will be enjoying the HD goodness of this when the game is released on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime in early 2016.

Here are the new trailer and some gorgeously gloomy screenshots.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8UEVl9oMnc&w=560&h=315]

PlayStation 4 Might Get Uncharted Remastered Collection this Summer

You might have bought a PlayStation 4 but haven’t had a chance to play the Uncharted series since they were for the older PS3. Well, you might be happy to know that Tamaki, a well known leaker, just confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will get the Uncharted Remastered Collection and it will be announced at E3.

He tells us that the move to release the Remastered Collection on the PlayStation 4 is a way for Sony to make up to Uncharted fans for the Uncharted 4 delay. But are you really still mad at Sony for the constant delay of the latest Uncharted title after you know you can play the collection on the PlayStation 4 this summer? I don’t think so.

However, don’t be excited just yet as Tamaki may have good inside information, but it won’t be official until Sony says so. However, the Uncharted series really was a big hit on the PS3, so it would be a shame for Sony to miss out on releasing a Remastered Collection of the series on their latest console, along with Uncharted 4 (eventually).

All we can do now is wait and see if Tamaki is right and it gets unveiled at E3. Are you excited? Let us know!

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Fahrenheit: Indego Prophecy Remastered Now Available on Steam

Developer Quantic Dream has been working hard to update their 2005 classic, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy. The newly remastered version features all the things you would expect, such as updated graphics, full controller support and the addition that it’s based on the fully uncut/uncensored version of the game.

The graphics may not be anything too fancy, this isn’t the most sophisticated remastered released, but fans of the original, or for those eager to play through this bizarre and interesting classic, there never has been a better time to do so.

The Last of Us: Remastered PlayStation 4 Review

The last of Us has proven to be one of the last generations crowning achievements since it launch in mid 2013. It had been a while since the team at Naughty Dog had departed from the much-loved Uncharted series and while it did borrow some elements from that series, it really pushed the limits of story telling in a market that has rapidly become a combination of cut-scene riddled corridor shooters and generic quest open world titles.

The game went on to sell over 7 million copies in its first year, which is hardly a surprise given that the game got a vast amount of 9/10 to 10/10 scores from the mainline gaming media and many independent review sources. Now the developers at Naughty Dog are back once again to re-release the game and likely hope that most of those 7 million customers are eager enough to buy the game all over again. Sounds silly, but I’ve been eager to replay this game for months and the promise of massively improved graphics, 60fps frame rates and a solid 1920 x 1080 resolution meant I chose to wait a little longer and spend a little extra to play this game again in all its glory, and I suspect I’m not the only one.

The game is still every bit the great game it was, none of the core elements have been changed. I could whittle on and review these aspects, but in all honestly this is ground already well trodden in literally countless reviews, including the one I wrote myself!

“The game is well crafted, the story is simply mind-blowing and it’s got a musical score and direction on par with a blockbuster movie. While some games fail to strike the balance of story and gameplay, The Last of Us delivers on both in one of the best executed gaming experiences I’ve had in years. I managed to get through the game in 20 hours on hard mode on my first play through, something that was no easy task, especially on the last section. You can go for a play through+ mode afterwards and progress your weapons further, but the impact of the story is lessened greatly the second time around, fortunately the thrilling gameplay loses nothing of its charm.” – Me, 1 year ago eTeknix

My opinions of the core gameplay after yet another play-through haven’t changed one bit, the game is still incredible to play through and the story is as griping as it ever was. Of course it’s not the same for those re-playing, but the impact of the story still carries a lot of weight for new comers, especially the opening sequence which I know left many a little choked up.

Aside from the core gameplay, the general experience of The Last of Us has been upgraded in a big way. The changes to the game engine are huge and even the numerous smaller details add up in a big way. On the PlayStation 3 the game used to drop below 30fps in the frantic scenes, LOD used to drop off details in the larger environments, antialiasing effects were basic, textures were colorful, but often a little on the blurry side and lighting effects were limited, these are no longer issues.

The framerate is now a smooth 60fps, I’ve noticed it drop a couple of times in the larger environments, but these moments appear to be in larger none action areas as the game streams lots of texture data and only lasts for a second or two. Interestingly the game can be locked at 30fps for those who love the “cinematic” effect this gives, but once you see a side by side and you’ve played at 60fps, you’ll realize why people kick up such a fuss about it and you’ll never look at the 30fps setting again, which is a juddery mess in comparison. LOD and antialiasing are massively improved, which is no surprise given that the game now runs at 1920 x 1080, not the 1280 x 720 it ran at on the PlayStation 3, also thanks to much faster hardware and a considerably increased memory pool for rendering. Textures are also a lot more detailed and it is safe to say that while the Last of Us was one of the best looking games on the PlayStation 3, it is now also one of the best looking on the PlayStation 4.

So there we have it, a lot of improvements big and small, but overall this really is an aesthetics thing. The game looks better than ever, the game sounds better than ever and little tweaks like using the speaker in the controller for playing back audio tapes and a few sound effects is a nice touch. Overall it’s the same game, but for fans of the original the changes here make it feel well worth playing through it all over again.

“As far as awards go, I’m sticking with my original judgement on this game, it won our editors choice award last time and that is something I stand by. For those who have yet to enjoy the game, this is the definitive edition (it even comes with the Single player and multiplayer DLC included) and well worthy of purchase for any PlayStation 4 gamer. For those who played the original, this is a superb overhaul that makes returning to the title a grand experience, but it couldn’t hurt to wait a little while longer for the price to drop before picking it up again.”

Pros

  • Massively improved graphics
  • Improved sound quality
  • All current DLC included
  • Use of the light bar and speaker on DS4 is cool

Cons

  • Paying full retail for a second time just 12 months after buying the game on PlayStation 3 does feel a little strange

Natural

  • Inclusion of a 30fps mode seems pointless but does add an interesting comparison for those confused by the FPS debate

The Last of Us PlayStation 4 Review

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The Last of Us: Remastered Glitch Allows For Silly Alternative Ending

The Last of Us was a smash hit when it was released on the PlayStation 3, it’s story was deep and compelling and offered a welcome break from the usual run and gun action adventure titles that have been doing the rounds for many years. Now the game is back on the PlayStation 4 with new and improved graphics, sound and a few other tweaks, although one interesting little glitch has been slipped in there that certainly changes the overall end-game of the Naughty Dog title.

The video doesn’t contain spoilers, it’s actually just a short video of someone using the glitch to amuse us.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/axJYo1hHjto[/youtube]

So there you have it, The Last of Us would certainly have a very different ending if this were actually a scripted feature. Perhaps Naughty Dog could create an ultra-ultra-hard mode where if she dies, the credits roll.

Have you experienced this glitch in the game yet?

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First Gameplay Footage of The Last of Us Remastered Leaks

Looks like someone has grabbed their copy of The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4 a little early, and for those who are eager to see just what this massively overhauled edition looks like, you’ll be happy to hear the gamer in question shared plenty of footage.

By now you’ll likely know that the game has been given a big graphical overhaul, bringing the resolution up to 1920 x 1080p @ 60fps, and there is even an optional 30fps toggle for those who love motion blur over clarity. Textures have been improved and even the sound has been given a tweak to really take advantage of the significantly more powerful hardware of the PlayStation 4 compared to the PlayStation 3.

With Sony and the games developers Naughty dog yet to release any footage of the gameplay, this is a big leak  and with over 18 minutes of footage in one go, this should more that satisfy your appetite until the game is release on the 29th of July (US) and 1st August (EU).

[youtube width=”800″ height=”450″]http://youtu.be/kT3Ba1MNgtA[/youtube]

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Remastered “The Last of Us” Screenshots Revealed

The Last of Us was an incredibly popular gaming title of 2013 for the PlayStation 3 platform that won numerous awards and has become a somewhat legendary PS3 game. Since the launch of the PS4 in late 2013 its developers, Naughty Dog, have promised a remastered version that will take advantage of the newer and more potent hardware on the PS4. That remastered version is still yet to arrive since being announced in April. However, a whopping 42 screenshots of the Last of Us in action on the PS4 have emerged online. We’ve taken three of the best which you can see above, check the source link for the rest of them in full 1080p glory. It is worth pointing out these are still fairly “early” screenshots of the remastered version, the final version will probably have less compression, more anti-aliasing and will be better optimised for the PS4 hardware. We certainly hope that Naughty Dog takes this leak as an opportunity to release some official screenshots to keep loyal followers of the series happy, no one likes having to rely on leaks and rumours.

Source: NeoGAF

Images courtesy of Brotkasten (NeoGAF Forums)