Visuals are key to the PS4's success according to Nielsen's latest survey

PS4 gamers concerned with looks while Xbox One owners have brand loyalty says Nielsen's latest survey.

Nielsen has been doing a bit of consumer research on gamers' reasons for buying the newest generation of games consoles.

The PS4 is way ahead just now and the main reason respondents game for choosing it over the Xbox One or the Wii U was that it offered better resolution in games with the Blu-Ray drive coming as the second reason and the PS4's game library was third.

Xbox One gamers were more swayed by the Xbox brand first then the console's innovations like the TV integration and Kinect voice control with faster processing power coming in third strangely enough. Visuals are key to the PS4's success according to Nielsen's latest survey

For the Wii U the main factor driving its sales is the fun factor followed by it being better for kids and the price/value for money. Oddly Nintendo's extensive library of exclusive games came out fifth. You can see the results of the survey over on Nielsen's newswire.

Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey has indicated that they are considering reworking some classic Call Of Duty maps to bring to Advanced Warfare.

He has indicated that classic maps are a possibility but they need to be able to build in a decent amount of verticality into any maps that are chosen so that they can make the most of the new gameplay elements Advanced Warfare's Exo Suitsbring to the table.

He said, “One new piece of feedback we have heard in Havoc is the fan desire to see some classic maps make their way to Advanced Warfare, and we’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the vertical gameplay mechanics in some reimagined franchise favorites moving forward, like we did with Atlas Gorge.” Sledgehammer considering revisiting classic multiplayer maps for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

“Verticality is a key component of the new movement set in Advanced Warfare, and we’ve doubled down on that for Havoc,” Condrey went on.” We’re about to drop some news on how we’re pushing even further into that space in the coming DLC offerings, so stay tuned for more soon.”

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Havoc DLC arrives on PC, PS4 and PS3 this week.

Thanks VG247.

New ToeJam & Earl game comes to Kickstarter

HumaNature looking for 400,000 USD to revive ToeJam & Earl.

The rumoured new ToeJam & Earl game has surfaced on Kickstarter with DokiDoki Universe devs HumaNature at the helm.

The studio currently owns the rights to the IP and they've finally found a workable opportunity to try and get a sequel to the classic SEGA Megadrive series made without being hamstrung by publisher input. So far the Kickstarter campaign has raised 112, 868 USD of the 400,000 USD target with 29 days left to go which is pretty good going so far.

HumaNature's Greg Johnson said, “We spent three months working on a sequel that was just like the first game, but our publisher Sega asked us to make a side-scrolling platformer instead. They were paying for it, so we did.

“In 2002 we tried again to make a sequel that was faithful to game one. We got almost finished when our publisher asked us to change it again,” he went on. “They thought the style was too old school. So we deviated, and once again our fans were disappointed. Our publisher also made the game an Xbox exclusive so you may not have heard about it.

Johnson added, “Now it’s time to finally make the true sequel, the one we wanted to make back then. And guess what? This time, no publisher!”

Thanks MCV.

Free login campaign announced as Final Fantasy XIV tops 4 million registered users

New free login campaign for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to begin tomorrow.

Square Enix has announced a new free login campaign for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn as its player base tops 4 million.

The game's 4 million player base excludes any free trial versions of the game that have been downloaded.

The new free login campaign will begin this weekend and run until the 9th of March to encourage any lapsed players to dive back in again. Free login campaign announced as Final Fantasy XIV tops 4 million registered users

This takes in the arrival of the Manderville Golden Saucer update. The free login period begins tomorrow February 27th at 8am GMT (3am EST, 12am PST) and 2will run until 8am on March the 9th.

Fable Legends will be free-to-play on both PC and Xbox One

Lionhead confirms what we'd suspected about Fable Legends.

Microsoft has announced that Lionhead's upcoming four-on-one RPG Fable Legends will be a free-to-play title.

They recently announced that Fable Legends would be coming out on PC as well as Xbox One and, with Windows 10 it would offer cross-platform multiplayer. It has been suspected that it would be a free-to-play title for some time although, until now, Lionhead had bee keeping quiet on the business model.

They do plan to aim for a Valve style free-to-play model rather than the more mercenary models adopted by King.com's games and the now-notorious mobile reboot of Dungeon Keeper. Fable Legends will be free-to-play on both PC and Xbox One

Creative director David Eckleberry said, "The right version of F2P is a very good thing for the world. The wrong version is kind of an abomination, but if you’re very fair to your players and they can play as much as they want, then it seems right."

Fable Legends will launch later on this year on PC and Xbox One and it will be one of the first Windows 10 titles to offer cross-platform multiplayer between the two platforms.

Thanks Kotaku UK.

Bastion will hit the PS4 in April

Supergiant's excellent debut getting an HD upgrade for the PS4.

Sony has revealed that PS4 gamers will be able to get their hands on Supergiant's gorgeous action RPG Bastion in the spring.

Bastion looks absolutely sumptuous on the PC at 1080p and given how good Transistor looks on the PS4 it should be a pretty awesome experience.

As a wee bonus PS Plus subscribers will be able to buy Bastion at the knocked-down price of 13.49 USD in launch week instead of the usual 14.99 USD. Bastion will hit the PS4 in April

Bastion will hit the PlayStation 4 on April the 7th in North America with the discount rate for PS Plus subscribers running through until April the 13th. They haven't announced a European release as yet but hopefully it will arrive on April the 8th.

Sierra bringing Velocity 2X to Xbox One and PC

Velocity 2X is coming to PC and Xbox One.

Sierra has announced a new partnership with indie studio Futurlab to bring Velocity 2X to PC and Xbox One.

Velocity 2X is already available on the PS4 and PS Vita with its interesting blend of vertical-scrolling shooter and side-scrolling platforming sci-fi action.

The PC and Xbox One versions will be getting some exclusive features to including special; daily challenges. They'll also include all of the additional content from the Critical Urgency and Dual Core DLC packs. Sierra bringing Velocity 2X to Xbox One and PC

Velocity 2X will hit PC and Xbox One some time during the summer. Click on the image for a gallery of screenshots.

This month is a triple-A bonanza for Xbox gamers on Games With Gold

March's Games With Gold line-up is just stellar.

Microsoft seems to have pulled a magical rabbit out of their hat for next month's Games With Gold line-up for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Xbox One gamers will get the super Rayman Legends between March 1st and March 31st to download for free.

Xbox 360 gamers actually have it even better. Between March 1st and March 15th they'll be able to download Irrational's swansong, BioShock Infinte to keep then between March 16th and March 31st they'll be able to get their hands on Tomb Raider. This month is a triple-A bonanza for Xbox gamers on Games With Gold

This is probably the best month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers so far and it is certainly coming close to matching the best line-ups that sony's PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection have offered over the last few years. 

New House Of Wolves leak shows a Reef social hub for Destiny

A boatload of new images from Destiny's House Of Wolves expansion have leaked out.

A whole host of new screenshots have leaked out showing more of what changes Bungie has planned for Destiny with the House Of Wolves expansion.

The images appeared on Reddit from the source that leaked a few images of House Of Wolves earlier this year and it seems like House Of Wolves may be a bit bigger than The Dark Below as it will be adding in things like a new social space with the Awoken out in the Reef.

The social space in the Reef has appeared before in early videos showing off Destiny but it looked like it never managed to make it into the final game. It would make things a bit more interesting though. New House Of Wolves leak shows a Reef social hub for Destiny

There's also a ton of images of new weapons as well as new armour items for the Hunter, Titan and Warlock classes.

If these are kosher – and they certainly look to be – it's worth nothing that Bungie has already said that while leaks may be real they don't necessarily represent what will appear in the finished version.

Click on the image for a gallery of all of the new leaked screenshots and on the highlighted classes and weapons for all of the images of these.

Thanks GameSpot. New House Of Wolves leak shows a Reef social hub for Destiny

Bungie is pushing the latest patch for Destiny on to the game's servers as we speak prompting players to get kicked from activities.

The studio announced the new patch's arrival on Twitter warning that players will be booted from the game to allow the patch to download. Patch 1.1.1 features the controversial change to the way Weekly Heroic Strikes work by switching them to a friends and solo-only affair to matchmaking only.

The patch also introduces a whole host of tweaks and balances to the way the game's weapons work. Sadly for many, this will mean their favourite weapon will probably be nerfed a little unless you're a fan of Pulse Rifles which are actually getting a tiny bit better. Say goodbye to soloing Weekly Heroic Strikes, Destiny patch 1.1.1 has arrived

Xur gets some tweaking as well with a bug that stopped him carrying Exotic engrams on some dates nippped in the bud. Full patch notes are available on the Bungie blog.

Crystal Dynamics says Tomb Raider-Xbox has been in the works since 2008

Tomb Raider/Xbox partnership has been 7 years in the making.

Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics has elaborated on the relationship that they have with Microsoft and why it has led to Rise Of The Tomb Raider being an Xbox exclusive.

Daryl Gallagher head of Crystal Dynamics emphasised that their relationship with Microsoft and the Xbox stretches back to 2008 when they produced some exclusive DLC for Tomb Raider: Underworld on 360.

He explained, “I think it’s been a long partnership so discussions of working with Microsoft have been there since 2008, when we started working with Xbox. Even on [Tomb Raider: Underworld], right? We had a partnership started way back then with some exclusive DLC.” Crystal Dynamics says Tomb Raider-Xbox has been in the works since 2008

“For us, it actually was sort of a long conversation in a way,” Gallagher added. “It was one that was a natural evolution on where we started.”

Rise Of The Tomb Raider will hit Xbox One and Xbox 360 at the end of this year.

Thanks Game Informer

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number release date confirmed

Devolver Digital confirms that Hotline Miami 2 will arrive on March 10th.

Devolver Digital has confirmed the release date for Dennaton's controversial murder 'em up sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

A March release was hinted at earlier this month when a random phone number popped up on the official Hotline Miami Twitter account leading to a recorded message which said with emphasis on the word “march”, "We are 50 blessings. Together we March [echoed a few times] into the future. You have reached a wrong number."

Hotline Miami 2 is already available for pre-order on Steam, GOG.com and the Humble Store and it will come with a bonus pack of Hotline Miami-themed masks and a jacket for Payday 2. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number release date confirmed

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will be released on Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, PS3 and PS Vita on March the 10th.

Thanks Eurogamer.

OlliOlli 2 gets a release date on PS4 and PS Vita

Roll7's OlliOlli 2 kickflipping its way onto PS4 and PS Vita next week.

Roll7 has announced the full release date for their 2D skateboarding sequel OlliOlli 2.

The new announcement has come along with a trailer showing off some of the crazy new environments and combos that feature in the new game.

OlliOlli 2 will hit the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS Vita on March the 3rd in North America and March 4th in Europe.

They've also revealed that OlliOlli will be coming to the 3DS, Wii U and Xbox One some time in the next few months.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Dragon Quest Heroes confirmed for a Western release

Western gamers to get their first taste of Dragon Quest on next-gen consoles.

Square Enix has announced that they will be bringing the new action-RPG Dragon Quest Heroes to the PS4 in the West.

The game has already arrived on PS4 in Japan and it will be heading for a Western release later on this year.

This is the first time the Dragon Quest series has appeared on the new generation of home consoles and pits players against hordes of enemies and and colossal monsters. Dragon Quest Heroes confirmed for a Western release

Dragon Quest Heroes will hit the PS4 at retail and on the PlayStation Store some time later on this year but there's no set date yet.

The Evil Within's first DLC gets a gameplay trailer and a release date

The Assignment, The Evil Within's first DLC to arrive in just under 2 weeks.

Bethesda has announced a set release date for the first of three planned packs of downloadable content for Shinji Mikami's old-school horror title The Evil Within.

The Assignment is the first of a two-part story expansion that runs alongside the main story and follows Sebastion Castellanos' partner Juli Kidman answering some of the questions over why she's actually there in the first place.

This story will be concluded in the second part which is called The Consequence and both offer the game's fans the chance to learn much more about the mysterious nightmare world that Castellanos and Kidman have been plunged into.

The Evil Within: The Assignment will be available to download either on its own for 6.99 GBP/9.99 USD/EUR or as part of the game's Season Pass on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 from March the 10th. If you fancy a bit more of The Evil Within you can watch the new gameplay trailer for The Assignment above.

Nvidia releases a statement on the memory complaints aimed at the GeForce GTX 970

Nvidia co-founder responds to the criticism over the GeForce GTX 970.

Nvidia has released a statement on the complaints that have been levelled at them over the memory specifications of the GeForce GTX 970.

They've taken a lot of criticism over misleading specifications of the GeForce GTX 970 which were released to the press, a situation that has even prompted some disgruntled owners of the GPU to file a class-action lawsuit.

Nvidia is taking the problems so seriously that the company's co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang has been the one to release the statement. Nvidia releases a statement on the memory complaints aimed at the GeForce GTX 970

He said:

“Hey everyone,

“Some of you are disappointed that we didn’t clearly describe the segmented memory of GeForce GTX 970 when we launched it. I can see why, so let me address it.

“We invented a new memory architecture in Maxwell. This new capability was created so that reduced-configurations of Maxwell can have a larger framebuffer – i.e., so that GTX 970 is not limited to 3GB, and can have an additional 1GB. “GTX 970 is a 4GB card. However, the upper 512MB of the additional 1GB is segmented and has reduced bandwidth. This is a good design because we were able to add an additional 1GB for GTX 970 and our software engineers can keep less frequently used data in the 512MB segment.

“Unfortunately, we failed to communicate this internally to our marketing team, and externally to reviewers at launch. “Since then, Jonah Alben, our senior vice president of hardware engineering, provided a technical description of the design, which was captured well by several editors. Here’s one example from The Tech Report.

“Instead of being excited that we invented a way to increase memory of the GTX 970 from 3GB to 4GB, some were disappointed that we didn’t better describe the segmented nature of the architecture for that last 1GB of memory.

“This is understandable. But, let me be clear: Our only intention was to create the best GPU for you. We wanted GTX 970 to have 4GB of memory, as games are using more memory than ever.

“The 4GB of memory on GTX 970 is used and useful to achieve the performance you are enjoying. And as ever, our engineers will continue to enhance game performance that you can regularly download using GeForce Experience.

“This new feature of Maxwell should have been clearly detailed from the beginning. “We won’t let this happen again. We’ll do a better job next time.”

Thanks DSOG.

Batman: Arkham Knight cranks the grittiness up and scores an 'M' rating from the ESRB

The Dark Knight's last outing from Rocksteady looks like it will be the darkest yet.

Rocksteady has revealed that Batman: Arkham Knight is a bit more mature than previous titles as it has received an M for Mature rating from the ESRB.

Despite the series being pretty dark and gritty in places all of the previous games have received Teen rating in North America and a 15-rating in the UK.

Batman: Arkham Knight's director and Rocksteady founder Sefton Hill said, "From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind. We never did that in the previous two games... We just felt that this is the story that we really wanted to tell." Batman: Arkham Knight cranks the grittiness up and scores an 'M' rating from the ESRB

"I'm not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out...” Hill went on. “I don't want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn't believe in to keep the game 'mass market' or enable it for more people. We feel that's the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don't want to jepoardize that."

Thanks IGN.

Sony promises Driveclub PS Plus Edition has not been canned

Driveclub PS Plus Edition still in the works says Sony

Sony has been forced into confirming that they are still planning to release Driveclub PS Plus Edition although there's still no timetable for when it will appear.

The confirmation comes after PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan was exceptionally vague about what was happening with the PS Plus Edition saying when pressed in an interview, “That's still being looked at. I can't say anything at this stage.”

Sony released a statement today indicating that Driveclub PS Plus Edition was definitely still coming but they need to make sure that the game's servers are robust enough to handle the extra traffic. Sony promises Driveclub PS Plus Edition has not been canned

They stated, “Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch of the PS Plus Edition, we are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible.”

Thanks GameSpot.

Looks like Activision is getting the Guitar Hero band back together

This needs to be called Guitar Hero: The Reunion Tour.

It looks like Activision is planning to bring back the Guitar Hero series some time this year, plastic guitar controllers and all.

We have to rewind back almost five years to the last Guitar Hero game which was Warriors Of Rock. This was followed by news in 2011 that Activision has put the series on hiatus along with United Front's reboot of the True Crime series (which later became the rather successful Sleeping Dogs).

According to two separate sources Activision does have a new Guitar Hero game in the works for release later this year. It's taking a more realistic approact this time along with a redesigned guitar peripheral. Looks like Activision is getting the Guitar Hero band back together

The mega-publisher has refused to comment at this point saying, "We don't comment on rumour or speculation, but have previously said, that as one of the most beloved entertainment franchises, we would only bring Guitar Hero back if we developed the right innovations to usher the franchise into the new generation of gaming."

Thanks Kotaku UK.

The Bright Lord DLC arrives for Shadow Of Mordor

Battle Sauron as Celebrimbor in the Second Age in Shadow of Mordor's Bright Lord DLC from today.

Warner Bros has trumpeted the arrival of the new Bright Lord downloadable content for Monolith's superb Shadow Of Mordor.

The Bright Lord includes a whole new story campaign with 10 missions offering fans the chance to play as Celebrimbor wielding the ring of power to challenge Sauron for domination. The story takes place back in the Second Age Of Middle Earth when Sauron was marauding his way across the lands for the first time culminating in a battle against Sauron himself.

Celebrimbor has some new abilities including new wayts to dominate enemies with Shadow brand, new Elven Archery abilities and a more powerful Uruk host with new Elite Nemesis enemies and Warchiefs up to level 25. There's also a new Celebrimbor skin for the main campaign and the new Test The Ring Challenge Mode to test the power of the One Ring with higher level enemies, level 30 runes that can be used in the main campaign. The Bright Lord DLC arrives for Shadow Of Mordor

The Bright Lord DLC is available to download now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One for 7.99 GBP. It's also included as part of the Shadow Of Mordor Season Pass.

Waiting for Book Two of Dreamfall Chapters? Here's the official trailer

Get a taste of Dreamfall Chapters Book Two in this new trailer.

Red Thread Games has released the official trailer for Book Two of their critically acclaimed episodic adventure Dreamfall Chapters.

The second episode will continue Zoe and Kian as they try to uncover the conspiracy that threatens to destroy the parallel worlds of order and chaos.

There'll be familiar locations as well as the new city of Marcuria which is home to both occupying forces of the Azadi and and the resistance.

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels will be released on Linux, Mac and PC via Steam on March the 10th.

GTA Online Heists get an arrival date from Rockstar

Heists to hit GTA Online early next month.

Rockstar has announced a date for the arrival of Heists in GTA Online and it's very soon now.

The update is scheduled for March 10th and itr will bring the joy of pulling off intense, multi-part heists over from the single player mode to all platforms.

Seeing as the arrival is so close now Rockstar has promised that, over the couple of weeks leading up to the launch, they'll be giving much more information on what the Heists are and what they will entail. GTA Online Heists get an arrival date from Rockstar

There's also a bunch of new screenshots from the Heists giving a little taster of the crazy kind of action that will becoming. Click on the image above for to see the full gallery.

Valve is bringing all of the hardware to the GDC including the new SteamVR

SteamVR to be shown to developers by Valve at the GDC next month.

Valve has announced what hey will be bringing with them to this year's GDC at the beginning of next month and it's a lot including the unveiling of their SteamVR device.

They have been hard at work expanding on their plans to conquer the living room with Steam and look to have expanded their vision beyond the Steam Machines and the Steam Controller.

Their line-up for the GDC will include a range of Steam Machines, the finalized version of the Steam Controller, the previously-unannounced SteamVR device and a new range of other living room devices. Valve is bringing all of the hardware to the GDC including the new SteamVR

Steam now boasts a library of over 4500 games and 400 million pieces of user-generated content as well as over 125 million registered users.

GTA V to hit PC on April 14th Rockstar apologises for the delay

Rockstar pushes back the PC release of GTA V again.

Rockstar games has cemented the release date for the PC version of GTA V into the calendar.

The announcement came with an apology to PC fans who have been waiting eagerly for the PC version since it was announced alongside the PS4 and Xbox One versions which have been with is since November.

They said, “Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional 200,000 dollars in-game cash for use in GTA Online.” GTA V to hit PC on April 14th Rockstar apologises for the delay

The PC version of GTA V will arrive with all of its added bonuses like UHD support and the Rockstar Editor for recording, staging and editing original custom videos on April the 14th.