MIA: 8 Games That Were Missing From E3 2014

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E3 is often described as a gamers Christmas. It is the biggest gaming event of the year where journalists, developers and publishers converge to set the tone of the gaming landscape for the next 12 months and beyond. Most of the biggest and most exciting games take to the stage and are announced at lavish presentations which are live streamed for the world to see.

Unfortunately, like many real world Christmas’, some are left disappointed that the game they had hoped or dreamed would finally get presented to the masses misses E3 for one reason or another. It could be the title is too early in development to show, the game is getting shown behind closed doora or it was never in development in the first place and the rumour mill got everybody buzzed for nothing.

We take a look at some of the games that are MIA from E3 2014 causing some sad faces and disappointment. Lets get the easy one out of the way with first…

The Last Guardian

the-last-guardian-screenshot-1 The Last Guardian has been in a constant flux of cancelled and still in development for the past 2 weeks. IGN posted the news of the games cancellation after 2 ex-jounalists posted mystery tweets about it only to post an apology a day later once Sony confirmed the project was still on its way. Many considered E3 2014 The Last Guardians time to shine after years of waiting. Its appearance on stage would have raised the roof off of Sony’s conference hall. The game didn’t even get a mention during E3 2014 and some are now questioning whether anyone will actually care by the time The Last Guardian actually arrives. Lets just keep our fingers crossed for Gamescom, Tokyo Games Show or even E3 2015.

Whore of the Orient sha_2 In development at Team Bondi, the folk behind LA Noir, Whore of the Orient is an action adventure game set in 1930’s Shanghai. Announced back in 2011 but without the backing of a publisher, The Whore of the Orient has been in and out of development ever since. Little is known about the game as Team Bondi have gone almost radio silent but some early game play footage leaked in 2013 and that was enough to cause a buzz of anticipation. The game was sadly absent from E3 2013 (at least to the public anyway) but lets hope it surfaces soon.

Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars

united-front-anuncia-triad-wars-el-sucesor-de-sleeping-dogs-teamplayersThe original Sleeping Dogs had been through a turbulent development, originally being cancelled as a True Crime game and then being resurrected by Square Enix, releasing with mostly positive reviews. Unfortunately the game did not sell but has since become a cult classic and a hidden gem thanks to the PS+ and Games for Gold. United Front announced they were working on a sequel last year but little has been heard since and was MIA from E3 2014.

Shenmue 3 shenmue-iii According to Microsofts Phil Spencer, Shenmue 3 was the most requested game when he asked the community which games they really wanted to see – and lets face it, we would probably go ape if this had been announced at E3 2014. As per the usual pre-E3 rumour milling, Shenmue 3 came up a few times and once again we were left empty and disappointed.

Final Fantasy XIII – Lightning Collection 2544346-final-fantasy-13 Just before E3 begun, we reported on a supposed snap of a game Square Enix were going to be announcing during the week of E3 2014 – Final Fantasy XIII – The Lightning Collection. A PS4 and Xbox One version of the last generation games. No announcement has been made so far and to be honest, I think most would prefer that Square Enix create a HD version of Final Fantasy VII and VIII instead.

Fallout 4 43541 Earlier this year, somebody with too much time on their hands set up an elaborate series of leaks and teasers all leading up to a Fallout 4 announcement. This announcement never came because the videos, scripts were all fake but the internet still went gaga over the possibility of a next-gen Fallout game with some predicting an E3 2014 reveal – which didn’t materialize.

Crash Bandicoot crash-bandicoot-e1357927981224 There has been plenty of smoke around a potential Crash Bandicoot reboot – but no fire. Activison own the rights to the spinning Bandicoot and his pals but the NeoGaf boards went into fever pitch when all details of his existence were deleted from Activisions website. This sparked some wild rumours that Sony had bought the ex-mascot back home. Both parties denied any exchange but the excitement that this generated would have been hard to ignore. Sadly, Crash and the gang were a no-show at E3 2014, potentially putting the final nail in the little guys coffin.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 bgeheader The world is ready for more Beyond Good & Evil. We know another game is in development and concept art and early game footage has previously made its way onto the internet. Many hoped we would be getting a peek at it at E3 2014 but were let down.

Were there any other games MIA from E3 2014? Take to the comments section and sound off.

Sony’s E3 Presentation demonstrated fear of Kinect-less Xbox One SKU – Here’s Why.

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Let me get this out of the way with early – Even thought Microsoft had a strong showing, It is my opinion that Sony “won” E3 2014 with a well rounded and diverse presentation. It had a mix of impressive exclusives as well as some of the most shocking and jaw dropping moments of E3 2014 Day Zero – but it was evident throughout the presentation that Sony were not the same confident group of E3 2013 and all the evidence points towards the new lower priced Kinect-less Xbox One that may be causing them some furrowed brows.

A running theme throughout the Sony E3 presentation was “Value”. The buzz phrases “adding value” and “best value” were thrown out regularly (in fact, I counted again this morning in my sleep deprived state and the word “Value” is said 7 times during the presentation) as Andrew House and co. attempted to convince us that the PS4 is still the console with the most bang for your buck. The fact that this theme came up at all during Sony’s presentation is alarming but understandable based on recent developments from their Redmond rivals. x1-kinect-less-191 Microsoft recently cut the Xbox One’s requirement for the Kinect sensor and as the console shed its dead weight, it also got a price cut, pulling both the Xbox One and PS4 vanilla SKU’s onto the same price point of £349.99. Hardware wasn’t the only thing getting an overhaul though as Games for Gold, a deffinately-not-copying-Playstation-Plus game subscription and reward scheme, came to the Xbox One. On paper, to the general consumer, the PS4 and Xbox One are now virtually the same out of the box.

The price parity with their nearest competitors has Sony worried and this was evident throughout their E3 2014 presentation. The constant re-iteration that the PS4 was the “best value” console, a focus on free-to-play games (reassuring potential customers that X number of games would be playable straight out of the box), the announcement that Sony’s TV content would be included within the PS+ subscription cost (in a bid to differentiate themselves from Microsoft’s Games for Gold scheme) and the occasional cheap shot throw at Microsoft all painted a concerning picture.

The most interesting point of this is that Sony needn’t have worried. Even though Sony may not have been overly confident in what they were presenting, feeling the need to point out that the PS4 is better “value” in lieu of megaton game announcements, the industry folk and journalists inside the packed out hall as well as millions of gamers world wide are now going gaga over what they announced. Little Big Planet 3 came completely out of the blue. Grim Fandango is a cult classic and the remake was probably the biggest surprise of E3 so far. Naughty Dog and Ready At Dawn blew the socks off of everyone with the visual fidelity of Uncharted 4 and The Order. The No Mans Sky trailer nearly caused the internet to implode. If anything, Sony would have been better placed to replace their “value” speeches with game play footage of Driveclub and a few more upcoming Vita games like Danganronpa 2 and Velocity 2X.

This new cautious, almost nervous, Sony is probably systemic of the companies overall financial state and even though the computer entertainment divisions are performing admirably, their will be increased pressure to turn a greater profit. Sony should learn the lessons of E3 2013 and do what they do best – games. Provide the best console gaming experiences available and value for money becomes less of priority.

E3 2014: Microsofts Presentation through the eyes of a Playstation Fanboy

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My name is Sean Davies and I am a Playstation fanboy – not one of the bile spitting, forum trolling fanboys but a major fan of Sony and its gaming products none the less.

I was once, many moons ago, an Xbox fanboy but after suffering almost continual hardware failure with my numerous Xbox 360’s, I swapped to a PS3, went on to own a PSVita and PS4 and never looked back… Until now.

E3 is an important event for both Microsoft and Sony and, if events unfold during this week in a particular way, it can set the tone in the gaming community for the next 12 months. Jack Tretton’s mic drop moment of E3 2013 was an important point in the console war and both camps will be trying to emulate the same jubilant reactions during E3 2014.
I have high hopes for Sony’s E3 presentation later today but I have been worried that Microsoft may “win” E3 2014 for several weeks, with Halo, Sunset Overdrive and Forza owning the spot light for the last week or so and rumours of plenty of third-party exclusives joining Phil Spencer on stage, and after watching the Xbox One Microsoft presentation it has become apparent that my worries were entirely unwarranted.

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The Microsoft press conference featured some excellent looking games. The Division looked as sharp and action packed as it did a year ago. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare was violent, futuristic and looked to breath new life into a tiring franchise. Evolve looked epic. The teaser for Rise of the Tomb Raider sent tingling sensations down my spine. Both Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher III impressed. Assassins Creed Unity delivered the amazing game play we have come to expect.

Microsofts problem? All of these games will also be available on the PS4. Microsofts stable of exclusives were also impressive but were over shadowed by the third party games which would be releasing on its nearest competitors console.

The original Crackdown was astounding but its follow up was lackluster so it is hard to anticipate what the Xbox One version will be like based on the CGI trailer. I cannot remember the original Phantom Dust so I have no idea what I am missing. Scalebound looked amazing but was just a CGI trailer. Halo is Halo and will sell by the bucket load but I would much prefer to play a new Halo game than a HD collection. Sunset Overdrive feels like it is trying too hard even though it does look fun.

Microsoft had a good E3 2014 presentation. Good but not great. I was worried that Microsoft would be dropping Half-Life 3 sized Megatons but after watching their show, Sony only have to mention The Last Guardian and it has E3 in the bag.

Sony having massive PSN E3 sale, up to 50% off E3 2013 PS3, PS4 and Vita games

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To celebrate E3 2014, Sony are putting some of the biggest games of E3 2013 on sale on the PSN.

The table below shows the sales prices and contains some brilliant games like Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero and the season pass for Telltales The Walking Dead season 2. There are additional discounts fir those with a PS+ subscription.

Title PS Plus Price Sale Price Original Price
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3) $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
Battlefield 4 (PS3) $24.49 $34.99 $49.99
Battlefield 4 (PS4) $48.59 $53.99 $59.99
Contrast (PS3) $7.34 $10.49 $14.99
Contrast (PS4) $7.34 $10.49 $14.99
Diablo III (PS3) $23.99 $29.99 $59.99
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3) $12.24 $17.49 $24.99
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition (PS3) $22.04 $31.49 $44.99
Just Dance 2014 (PS3) $19.59 $27.99 $39.99
Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita) $17.49 $24.99 $35.99
Luftrausers (PS Vita) $4.89 $6.99 $9.99
Luftrausers (PS3) $4.89 $6.99 $9.99
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS3) $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4) $14.69 $20.99 $29.99
Need for Speed: Rivals (PS3) $29.39 $41.99 $59.99
Need for Speed: Rivals (PS4) $48.59 $53.99 $59.99
Outlast (PS4) $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
Saints Row IV (PS3) $13.49 $14.99 $29.99
The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass (PS3) $9.79 $13.99 $19.99
The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass (PS3)

The sale is for the US Playstation (but some of these games are akready on sale in the EU)store and starts tomorrow (10th June 2014).

Source: USPSBlog

Activison are only taking 3 games to E3 2014

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Activison are only taking the cash cows to E3 2014.
Activision have announced the titles it will be showing off at E3 2014 and to be honest, the list is a little short.

Annual Call of Duty entry Advance Warfare, Bungies upcoming space epic Destiny and the bane of every parents wallets, Slylanders: Trap Team are the only games to make the cut.

These games are obviously massive earners for Activision but this short list demonstrates how much the publisher depends on a hand full of AAA franchises.

With Destiny having a generous helping of exclusive Playstation content, we can expect to see the game on stage duting Sonys press event later today.
Microsofts deal for Call of Duty DLC covers that of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare so expect it to turn up on stage with Microsoft.

Source: NE

Aqua Kitty DX & Rock Boshers DX coming to PS4

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PS4 ports of Aqua Kitty & Rock Boshers are in development.

In possibly the strangest and most flipant way possible, Tikipod Ltd have announced that Aqua Kitty DX and Rock Boshers DX will be coming to the PS4 via twitter. IMG_20140608_212921 Aqua Kitty DX is a fast paced retro styled submarine arcade shooter and Rock Boshers DX is a ZX Spectrum inspired side scroller, complete with amazing chiptune soundtrack.

Both Aqua Kitty and Rock Boshers have seen releases on the Playstation Mobile platform but are getting a wide screen overhaul for the PS4.

Source: Twitter

New Mirrors Edge 2 concept art released ahead of E3 2014

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Keep the faith. Mirrors Edge 2 will be at E3 2014.

Those concerned that Mirrors Edge 2 would not be making the leap to E3 2014 can rest easy as the official Mirrors Edge facebook account has posted the below concept art with the hashtag #E32014.

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It looks like we will be getting some more info on Faith and her free-running friends during EA’s E3 keynote which begins on June 9th at 8PM BST.

Source: Facebook