Final Fantasy Versus XIII Renamed to FF XV, to be exclusive to the PS4 – Rumor

In what could either be the biggest load of poppycock or the most surprising news of the day, VGLeaks is now reporting that Square Enix “vaporware” game Final Fantasy Versus XIII has now been been renamed as Final Fantasy XV. What’s more, Sony is supposedly co-developing the game, which makes it a PS4 exclusive.

While we normally don’t post outrageous claims such as this one, VGLeaks has been known to be right on these things from time to time. If true, this would explain how Square Enix has seemingly hidden Final Fantasy Versus XIII from the public eye after revealing it a few years ago.

File this one under the rumor cabinet until confirmed by Square Enix or Sony, alright? And as always, treat these things with a big bag of salt.

Would you be fine if FF Versus XIII was rolled as Final Fantasy XV and as a PS4 exclusive? Are there even people who believe FF Versus XIII is even going to come out this gen?

Mortal Kombat, Skulls of the Shogun, Deadpool, and others spotted in Steam database

Ruh-roh! The Steam Content Distribution Record database usually does a good job of covering its tracks by keeping titles of unannounced games hidden (ex: “ValveTestApp217140″), but it might have slipped up this time.

Thanks to some NeoGAF members scraping together achievement data and images from Steam and SteamDB, the Steam CDR revealed content for games that are not listed on Steam: DeadpoolMortal Kombat, and Skulls of the Shogun. In addition, other listings showed The King of Fighters XIIICastle of Illusion, and Strider.

It’s interesting because not only was a release of Deadpool for PC confirmed, but as recently as February, a similar excavation showed listings for Dyad and Fez. Funny enough, both titles were confirmed for release on Steam.

We’ll update with new information as developers and publishers of the above games make official statements. Of any kind, really. That’s the kind of hard work we do, after all.

Source: Polygon

SimCity: Mod two lines of code to play offline

SimCity developers and public relations reps have made it quite clear they have no intention of making the game available for offline play. However, the modding community has done just that by altering two lines of code in the package files.

NeoGaf member zomgbbqftw posted a very simple how-to on the board detailing how you remove the timer to play offline. Here is the code:

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kNoRepeatNetworkAlertSeconds : 15,
kNetDownForceQuitAfterMinutes : 20,

Simply remove the lines, and you play offline.

It should be noted that by altering the lines in the package file you will not be able to save a game locally, but GamingBlend highlighted a modder named Azzer, who told Rock, Paper, Shotgun that ‘making a UI template and a redirection for local hard-drive saves is entirely possible and not that hard to do.’ So far the local save hasn’t materialized, but with all the frustration by the SimCitycommunity, we’re sure a fix will be revealed in the near future.

Leave it up to the modders to make the game we wanted, and the one we deserved.

Source: GamingBlend

Battlefield 4 Box Art Description

We already know Battlefield 4 is in development for both current-gen and next-gen consoles. But when will it be revealed exactly?

Over on Battlefield0, they surmised that the BF4 reveal is happening within the month. While EA’s invites for this year’s GDC might be a good starting point, the fan site also sees that BF3‘s Premium video for March has been renamed from “Battlefield 3 March Premium Video” to “March Premium Video.” Add in the fact that End Game is the last expansion, so what on earth can DICE possibly have in store other than a BF4 reveal that would necessitate as a “Premium” video?! Makes sense, right?

Finally, the site mentions that they have seen the Battlefield 4′s box art and have provided a description of what it is below.

I have personally seen the cover art for Battlefield 4, which I cannot post, but I can say that it resembles that of the original Battlefield 3 cover. A man running, in the rain along with tanks, APC’s, and a small teaser image of a jet just to the right of his body.
The buildings in the background also resemble that of the original Battlefield 3 artwork. He appears to be holding a suppressed EBR rifle with a support bipod, along with a 1911 pistol with a tac-light in his other hand. The character’s face has evolved from Battlefield 3, sporting slicked back hair in an American military uniform.

While Battlefield0 is a reputable Battlefield site, we’re still filing this one under the rumor column for now.
Do you think Battlefield 4 will be revealed later this month? What about this possible box art description? Let us know in the comments.

Battlefield 4 partial box art outed Leaker already has alleged BF4 video dog tag, rumor

Leaks and rumors are never ending and this time another Battlefield 4 rumor has made its way on the internet. Recently, one particular leak revealed the box-art for the game.

Not only that, the leak also suggests that the person who leaked the box-art already has access to the ‘I was There’ dog tag ‘. This dog tag was awarded to Battlefield 3 Premium members who watched the BF4 trailer.

However, given that it is just leak, take it with a grain of salt. We will wait for EA DICE to officially reveal the box art for the game.

Battlefield 3 is a first-person action shooter developed by DICE for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Xbox Live’s free-to-play Happy Wars hits 2 million users

Today, developer Toylogic has announced that their free-to-play game Happy Wars has been downloaded more than 2 million times since its launch in October. That figure is up from 1.2 million in December. Happy Wars is the first free-to-play game that Xbox Live has seen.

Even though Happy Wars is  free to play, gamers can purchase “happy tickets” in game with real-world money to upgrade their characters’ appearance and equipment. However, you can also do this by unlocking “happy stars” through playing the game. Additionally, gamers must have an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60 per year) to download Happy Wars.

Toylogic also announced today that a “major” update for Happy Wars has been released. Some of the features that it includes are: a special match mode, which introduces new multiplayer rules, as well as additional customization slots. Lastly, the new Happy Wars update extends the level cap for items by 5.

While Happy Wars may be the first free-to-play game for Xbox Live, it won’t be the last. Signal Studios’ third-person role-playing game Ascend: New Gods will also be available through the platform for free when it launches sometime later this year.

Source: VG247

Square Enix holding 50% off sale on Xbox marketplace

Next-gen consoles are currently the hot topic of discussion in the game industry. However, that doesn’t mean no one is concerned about the current one as Square Enix is holding a 50% off sale on the Xbox marketplace.

As the title suggests, a majority of Square Enix games are on sale on the Xbox marketplace and it goes without saying that the sale is for a limited time. So, grab your favorite games while you can.

What do you think of the 50% off Square Enix sale? Let us know in the comments.

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm review in progress

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm was released today, but I am not ready to give it a score. Blizzard unlocked the game for everyone (including press) at 12:01 am this morning, which includes the online multiplayer, and single-player campaign. Check back often to see how I am discussing the game as I will update this thread often throughout the week.

Update #1

Ok let’s jump into some single player shall we. One hour in and I am enjoying it so far, which isn’t a surprise. I enjoyed the Wings of Liberty campaign, and its great to see the same production quality in Heart of the Swarm. The in-game cutscenes are amazing, and flesh out the characters. If you haven’t played the previous installment, I do sense that you will be missing a little bit of the story.

The first opening missions are essentially tutorial missions for you to get used to Zerg. The AI is really easy at this level so don’t expect a challenge. Everything at this point is setting up plot points later on in the story. Next time I pick this up the difficultly should be escalating, but I am having a blast so far.

Update #2

The story is some what a mix bag for me. Why do terrain soldiers allow Jim Raynor to escape with Morrigan knowing how powerful she is with the Zerg. Shouldn’t you be killing the swarm not harvesting it? On a serious note the pacing is fantastic. Levels are broken up by mission objectives, and are varied in their own way. In one mission you could be playing as one unit trying to escape an opposing force, then the next your harvesting, and growing your army. Time adjectives are added into the mix so no matter what you always get a new gameplay experience.

After concluding the first stage of the campaign, the game finally opens up. As you progress you unlock new units, and upgrades for existing units. I have already upgraded my Zerglings speed to make them speed demons on the battlefield. I don’t know what’s around the corner, but it’s these little things that make want to continue with the campaign.

Update #3

After WordPress blew up, I have returned to update my review in progress.

After logging 15 hours into the campaign, its just generic. I believe there are too many tutorial missions that handicap your ability to control your army. The campaign main point is having you understand how to build an economy, and every once in awhile the challenge will introduce a situation that throws a bone into your original strategy. What changes the gameplay in the campaign is the ability to personalize your army. Through this option you are allowed to play with units that aren’t available in multiplayer.Most of the upgrades available are more for cosmetic, and don’t really change how a unit, but some do. Very early into the game I was able to unlock Banelings that could climb terrain, making it an effective unit for base raids.

Update #4

The more I play through the campaign the more I sense they wanted to add a player-choice element. In the very first mission you are given to choice to use Zerg, or gas to free your escape, but its a gameplay element that hasn’t been revisited yet. Every time I finish off a boss, It gives that impression that for a split second I will have the choice to kill him or let him join my cause. Sadly the game forces you down a linear path, but you can see where they wanted to go with the story.

So what I am going to do next

I still haven’t played the multiplayer element in StarCraft, which is something I am going to hammer out over the weekend.

Ryse won’t run Native 1080p, will run at Native 900p but the Xbox One will Boost it to 1080p

Ryse is one of the launch titles for Xbox One and also an exclusive. While many were excited with next-gen consoles being incredibly powerful, it seems that they are not.

Developer Crytek has confirmed that the upcoming game Ryze won’t be rendered at native 1080p.

Instead, the game will be rendered at 900p (1600×900) on the Xbox One. Then the console will boost it or upscale it to 1080p.

However, while it will give a 1080p like experience but it won’t be and side by side comparisons will reveal the differences.

But, it remain to be seen how Crytek will be able to pull this off. It will be a technical achievement if the upscaled game looks just as good as native 1080p.

Ryse in a third-person hack-n-slash game in development at Crytek. The game will launch exclusively on Xbox One.

The Last Of Us Campaign Is Our Longest Ever, Claims Naughty Dog

Naughty Dos is taking a break from its Uncharted franchise to deliver us The Last Of Us. A brand new IP from the studio which happens to features the longest campaign for any Naughty Dog game.

According to Naughty Dog, The Last Of Us is the studio’s mist ambitious project to date. Furthermore, the studio confirmed that The game features the longest campaign compared to any other of there games.

In many ways [The Last of Us] Naughty Dog is the most ambitious project is. It is a brand new universe with new characters, groundbreaking technology, a new genre, and by far the longest campaign that Naughty Dog has ever made.

The upcoming game comes following the success of Uncharted 3. Also, given that this is the end of the current-gen consoles, The Last of Us might be the last PlayStation exclusive to launch on PlayStation 3.

The Last of Us is a third-person action-adventure game in development at Naughty Dog. The game will release on June 14, 2013, exclusively for PlayStation 3.