Gameplanet New Zealand Latest updates from Gameplanet - New Zealand's #1 destination for gamers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:04:08 +1200 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/ contact@gameplanet.co.nz (Gameplanet) Gameplanet Ratchet & Clank Trilogy review [i]Ratchet & Clank Trilogy[/i] is a largely successful port of the much-loved action platformer. Looking on them in 2014, though, the flaws are more apparent, and the a couple of design decisions don't translate to the Vita all that well.

Ratchet & Clank Trilogy is the latest in a long, respectable line of Playstation stalwarts ported to and revamped for the PS Vita, joining God of War, Jak and Daxter, Metal Gear Solid, Flower, and a deep well of PSOne Classics. The steady trickle of old standards back to storefronts is a boon for players looking to revisit old favourites or explore games they missed the first time around (assuming they were even alive – kids born around the time the first Ratchet & Clank was released will be 12 now).

But this steady trickle, this great excavation of recent games history, serves another purpose. It lets us revisit these games with fresh eyes. We can shine a light on the old canon, see if it still holds up. In the case of Ratchet & Clank Trilogy, it's holding up pretty well. But the cracks are showing.

We can still say Ratchet & Clank’s foundations are strong, though. Its faithful adherence to the fundamentals of the modern 3D platformer and mechanics with their roots Super Mario 64 makes it feel similarly timeless, and the weapons system remains diverse and almost ahead of its time (even if Armed and Dangerous was only two years off). But its most interesting feature is still its level design.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/psvita/reviews/g53cf16ffad74b/Ratchet-Clank-Trilogy-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1153020
Areal campaign pulled by Kickstarter after clearing funding goal Areal, the game pitched as "the definitive spiritual successor to the cult hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series" has been suspended from Kickstarter.

The crowdfunding effort was halted by Kickstarter with just two days remaining, and just after clearing its funding goal. No money will be taken from backers.

Kickstarter doesn't disclose why it suspends campaigns, but its terms of use outline a plethora of possible scenarios that can get a project pulled, including misrepresentation and self-pledging – both of which developer West Games has been accused of.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cf0687373cb/Areal-campaign-pulled-by-Kickstarter-after-clearing-funding-goal/?utm_source=rss Article#1153010
Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas cinematic trailer Brave the haunted halls of Naxxramas, Hearthstone's first-ever single player Adventure. Log in and begin battling your way through five deadly wings of the Naxxramas dungeon, each filled with iconic bosses and hordes of sweet loot (read "new cards") for your Hearthstone decks.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53cefb38937ae/Hearthstone-Curse-of-Naxxramas-cinematic-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1153000
The new Nvidia Shield is an 8-inch gaming tablet with an optional controller Nvidia has unveiled a new Shield gaming device, and this time it’s a tablet intended to be used with a standalone controller.

The first Nvidia Shield – now to be known as Shield Portable – has a 5-inch screen attached to an Xbox 360-style controller, whereas the new Shield may be paired with an optional controller over Wi-Fi.

Nvidia told Ars Technica that its goal with the new Shield tablet is to make a good standard tablet as well as a good gaming tablet.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:52:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cef91cd4778/The-new-Nvidia-Shield-is-an-8-inch-gaming-tablet-with-an-optional-controller/?utm_source=rss Article#1152990
Destiny beta is back online a day early The Destiny beta is back up and running a full day early.

It was expected to return tomorrow after a two day maintenance period.

This news means those on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can join those on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and jam the game for the next five days, as codes were sent out earlier today.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cef0396d0c0/Destiny-beta-is-back-online-a-day-early/?utm_source=rss Article#1152980
League of Legends – A New Dawn cinematic trailer Day breaks over a landscape consecrated by blood and steel. A battle begins as a new dawn rises.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53ceee03c2fd9/League-of-Legends-A-New-Dawn-cinematic-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152970
FIFA 15 – Dev Diary #2: Emotion & Intensity Captured from FIFA 15 gameplay, see players reacting to big moments as they would in real life, unique crowds, and new celebrations.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:55:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53ceeb2d43b99/FIFA-15-Dev-Diary-2-Emotion-Intensity/?utm_source=rss Article#1152960
OlliOlli - PC launch trailer OlliOlli mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels, 250 Challenges, Spots Mode and Daily Grind. Not enough for you? Complete all challenges to unlock the super skillful RAD Mode! Rack up the biggest and coolest combos along the way then time your landing to perfection to rule the leader-boards.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:41:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cee8a60c00b/OlliOlli---PC-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152950
Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer Gods Will Be Watching is a point and click thriller about hard decisions and moral dilemmas in order to survive. A series of dramatic puzzles where both the narrative outcome and the ethical approach to the problem matter as you progress through your adventure. There's no good or evil, just decisions, with only you as the judge of your actions. Is eating your friends the best way to stay alive, or just the easier?

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cee702d39ad/Gods-Will-Be-Watching-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152940
Forza Horizon 2's first 100 cars revealed Playground Games has revealed the first 100 cars that will feature in upcoming open world racer Forza Horizon 2.

Just over 200 cars will be included when the game is released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 30.

According to a post on Xbox Wire, all of the cars have been built from the ground up to take full advantage of the power of Xbox One, and include new features like functioning windshield wipers, working headlights and interior lights, and dynamic dirt-mapping.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cedf21f3267/Forza-Horizon-2s-first-100-cars-revealed/?utm_source=rss Article#1152930
Dragon Age: Inquisition release delayed six weeks The release of Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed six weeks in order to give it an extra layer of polish, EA has announced.

Inquisition was due out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on October 9, but will now hit on November 21.

“We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it,” said executive producer Mark Darrah.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53ced21966793/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-release-delayed-six-weeks/?utm_source=rss Article#1152920
Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015 The release of Battlefield Hardline has been pushed to 2015 so the game may be improved and expanded, DICE has announced.

Feedback from the game’s beta got DICE thinking about what else it could put in the game, said studio VP Karl Magnus Troedsson.

“The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing,” he said.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:52:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53ceced2d1375/Battlefield-Hardline-delayed-to-2015/?utm_source=rss Article#1152910
Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers review [i]Magic 2015[/i] is a step backwards for the [i]Planeswalkers[/i] series, and could potentially prove a costly misstep for Stainless Games given the recent, celebrated arrival of Blizzard in the CCG genre.

The latest iteration in the casual-friendly Planeswalkers series, Magic 2015 is an attempt to widen the audience of Magic: The Gathering – the great grand-daddy of collectable card games. Presented here in videogame form, the idea is that what you’ll experience virtually will translate one-to-one with an actual Magic game at your local comic book shop.

Magic, if you’re unaware of it, is about building a set of 60 cards and going head-to-head with someone else and their set of cards. By choosing a smart collection of spells, creatures, and resources, the idea is that you’ll increase your chances of winning – but you’ll still need to face off against the luck of the draw and how well your opponent plays their hand.

This year’s iteration of the videogame brings with it some features that fans have been clamouring for, like deep deck-building tools, while inexplicably taking away some that those familiar with the series are sure to miss.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/reviews/g53cdb72eaa440/Magic-2015-Duels-of-the-Planeswalkers-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1152900
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launch trailer Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is out tomorrow on PlayStation 4, so here's a launch trailer from Oddworld Inhabitants.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cdab60d3228/Oddworld-New-n-Tasty-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152890
Mighty No. 9 - Gameplay footage July 2014 Keiji Inafune has shared some new Mighty No. 9 footage in the game's latest Kickstarter update.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:58:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53cda86c7fe40/Mighty-No.-9---Gameplay-footage-July-2014/?utm_source=rss Article#1152880
Bleszinski outlines his design philosophy for FPS Blue Streak Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has given some indication of where he is going with free-to-play arena shooter Blue Streak.

In a lengthy interview with Venturebeat, the Boss Key Productions cofounder said that much of the game’s design had been influenced by his new love of football.

“This isn’t to say I’m going to make a sports game, but there’s so much to be learned from the fan loyalty, the branding of the teams, the player personalities, the broadcasting, the rules of the game,” said Bleszinski.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:45:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cda44c011af/Bleszinski-outlines-his-design-philosophy-for-FPS-Blue-Streak/?utm_source=rss Article#1152870
Doom probably won't be publicly unveiled until next year Bethesda Softworks marketing boss Pete Hines has hinted that the public probably won’t lay eyes on Bethesda’s new Doom title until next year.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Hines said that QuakeCon attendees only saw footage of the in-development FPS because he wanted to quash doubts about the state of the game. However, it isn’t ready to be inspected by the Internet at large.

"I really wanted to put something out there that in a strong way said, ‘Id is working on something that we think is really cool,’" said Hines.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53cd9556a678e/Doom-probably-wont-be-publicly-unveiled-until-next-year/?utm_source=rss Article#1152860
Not considering a The Last of Us sequel is "a disservice" to fans – Naughty Dog If Naughty Dog didn’t consider a sequel to The Last of Us, it “would be a disservice” to the studio and the game’s fans, says community strategist Arne Meyer.

Speaking with Videogamer, Meyer mulled over the possibility of another game set in The Last of Us’ universe.

“I think we always make a smart decision in that all of our games are self-contained stories so they don’t have to continue if we don’t want them to or if there’s no reason for them to continue,” he said.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:13:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/news/g53cd82584dd79/Not-considering-a-The-Last-of-Us-sequel-is-a-disservice-to-fans-Naughty-Dog/?utm_source=rss Article#1152850
Maxis job listing suggests F2P sandbox title in development A new job listing for a position at Maxis suggests the SimCity and The Sims studio is working on a new sandbox-style game.

The ad, which is for a senior designer, namechecks Minecraft, LittleBigPlanet, and Project Spark, and mentions a “new, unannounced Maxis product being created at EA’s Redwood Shores, California Studio”.

It also mentions RPG-like elements, loot, technology and crafting trees, creativity editors, and extensive multiplayer gameplay mechanics.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:38:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cd79f8f2c55/Maxis-job-listing-suggests-F2P-sandbox-title-in-development/?utm_source=rss Article#1152840
Here's what pop star Lorde thinks of the Oculus Rift Kiwi pop star Lorde has some strange things to say about the Oculus Rift.

In an interview with The Guardian, Lorde mentioned that she had tried a recording studio simulation on the virtual reality headset.

“It’s like being in someone’s filth,” she said.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:23:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cd76a8e8b55/Heres-what-pop-star-Lorde-thinks-of-the-Oculus-Rift/?utm_source=rss Article#1152830
The Long Dark – Echoes trailer Imagine the lights go out, never to return. Bright aurora flare across the sky, and all humanity’s technological might is laid to waste, neutralized in a kind of quiet apocalypse. Everything that has shielded humanity from the disinterested power of Mother Nature is suddenly wrenched from us, dropping us a few links down the food chain. Food and water are scarce. The roads are no longer safe. And winter approaches… Welcome to The Long Dark.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53cc469acbcc7/The-Long-Dark-Echoes-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152770
The Sims 4 - gameplay walkthrough trailer See over 15 minutes of raw gameplay from The Sims 4 in this official walkthrough trailer.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:09:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53cc59f3d1c36/The-Sims-4---gameplay-walkthrough-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152810
Transmedia project Quantum Break unaffected by Xbox TV shutdown Microsoft's plans to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios will not affect the production of Remedy's videogame-TV series crossover project, Quantum Break.

Quantum Break "will be released next year and the game and show both remain on track," said a Microsoft spokesperson speaking with Polygon.

"The news of Xbox Entertainment Studios has not impacted our progress and we're excited to share more details of Quantum Break at Gamescom in August."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53cc53a40d624/Transmedia-project-Quantum-Break-unaffected-by-Xbox-TV-shutdown/?utm_source=rss Article#1152800
TESO off to a decent start subscriber-wise – report The Elder Scrolls Online is off to a strong start, according to a new report from SuperData Research.

The latest figures from the games market intelligence company show that ZeniMax Online Studios’ MMO had 772,374 subscribers in June.

Publisher Bethesda hasn't released sales or subscription data for the title.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:19:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc4e3088f9a/TESO-off-to-a-decent-start-subscriber-wise-report/?utm_source=rss Article#1152790
Xbox cuts 75% of EMEA staff, 10% of UK staff - report A new report indicates that as much as 75 percent of the Xbox EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) team will lose their jobs as a part of Microsoft's extensive restructuring process.

According to trade publication MCV, the remaining 25 percent of the Xbox EMEA team must re-apply for their jobs. The Xbox UK team has been reduced by 10 percent, and all contractors have been dismissed.

Xbox did not confirm the numbers to MCV. It issued the following statement. "We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:13:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc48f75fc86/Xbox-cuts-75-of-EMEA-staff-10-of-UK-staff---report/?utm_source=rss Article#1152780
Destiny: no cross-platform so playing field is level Cross-platform play isn’t happening in Destiny because Bungie fears players will believe those on newer consoles have an advantage in the game’s PvP modes.

Speaking with Digital Trends, Bungie engineer Roger Wolfson said cross-platform play isn't possible because the studio wants to balance player numbers within its sprawling world, but also because it wishes to “preserve the experience” for everyone.

“I’ll speak for the hypothetical player,” said Wolfson. “I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a next-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:40:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc43a4c4cd6/Destiny-no-cross-platform-so-playing-field-is-level/?utm_source=rss Article#1152760
Square Enix threatens legal action against fan-made patch Final Fantasy fans working to translate Final Fantasy Type-0 from Japanese to English and Spanish have been issued with a cease and desist warning from the game's publisher, Square Enix.

The amateur team shared the news in a notice on the project's website. "Unfortunately I’m forced to remove my posts and pages related to the popular Final Fantasy Type-0 fan translation project," said a team member using the handle Sky. "That’s right, certain game company thinks that threats and false accusations are the way to treat its biggest fans."

"For the time being I can’t answer questions related to this matter, but I’ll write a more comprehensive post about all this once I get the chance. I hope you understand, and as always I appreciate your support (that I might need more that ever in the near future). Thank you very much."

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53cc4051b0abb/Square-Enix-threatens-legal-action-against-fan-made-patch/?utm_source=rss Article#1152750
Styx: Master of Shadows summer trailer Styx: Master of Shadows is an infiltration game developed by Cyanide Studio and planned for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in September.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:11:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53cc3bbd26f07/Styx-Master-of-Shadows-summer-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152730
Carmageddon: Reincarnation - gameplay trailer Carmageddon: Reincarnation is the driving game where pedestrians (and cows) equal points and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:41:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53c89a7f08b30/Carmageddon-Reincarnation---gameplay-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152710
Doom preview The original Doom games were similar to their so-called daddy, Wolfenstein: run-and-gun corridor shooters, where exploration was limited to secret stashes and multi-coloured key cards. Doom 3, an intended reboot of the original Doom, had tacked-on survival elements and one hell of an artificial difficulty booster, by way of a flashlight that couldn’t be held at the same time as a weapon.

Reportedly a technical limitation, according to ex-id Software guru John Carmack, this mechanic faux pas was later corrected for Doom 3: BFG Edition, which illuminated the corridor-shooting tendencies of the series, albeit at a much slower pace than the preceding titles. Now, with the unveiling of Doom, the franchise is set to return to its roots in an even bigger way.

The executive producer of all things Doom, Marty Stratton, was on hand to offer context to the live singleplayer demonstration in what he described as an “origin game, [a] reimagining of everything that made those original [Doom] games great. The game is called Doom; not 'Doom 4', and not something like 'Enemy Territory: Doom Wars'.” The latter tongue-in-cheek reference is a dig at the strange naming conventions that have been used in the past for Doom’s sibling series, Quake.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/previews/g53c8a0d1373f9/Doom-preview/?utm_source=rss Article#1152720
The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 trailer Free of their brutal captor, the group resumes their journey north. But hunger, violence and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within, as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully in this penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:52:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-360/videos/g53c8984816961/The-Walking-Dead-Season-2-Episode-4-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152700
Xbox TV project to be canned As a part of the layoffs and restructuring announced by new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this morning, the Xbox division will shutter its TV production wing, Xbox Entertainment Studios.

New Xbox boss Phil Spencer circulated an email to Xbox employees this morning. In it, Spencer said that Microsoft envisions a "mobile-first and cloud-first world" and that "games are the single biggest digital life category in a mobile-first world."

"For Xbox to be successful, we must remain committed to being a consumer-driven organization with the mission of meeting the high expectations of a passionate fan base, to create the best games and to drive technical innovation."

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:24:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53c8826349c32/Xbox-TV-project-to-be-canned/?utm_source=rss Article#1152690
The Evil Within is now coming out earlier than expected Bethesda will release Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game The Evil Within a week earlier than was previously announced.

Speaking at QuakeCon, Bethesda PR and marketing boss Pete Hines said The Evil Within will now be released on October 16 in New Zealand. It had previously been confirmed for October 21.

The change in date will mean The Evil Within is no longer being released on the same day as 2K's Evolve, which is on a hot streak after picking up numerous accolades at E3.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:42:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53c86d1b7da22/The-Evil-Within-is-now-coming-out-earlier-than-expected/?utm_source=rss Article#1152680
Hearthstone: The Curse of Naxxramas drops next week The Curse of Naxxramas, the first singleplayer adventure for Hearthstone, will be released next week.

Starting July 23, all Hearthstone players will be able to access the first wing of the five-part adventure, the Arachnid Quarter. The first hit is free; subsequent wings will need to be purchased with in-game gold or real currency.

The full expansion adds 30 new cards to the game that are earned by defeating bosses, with completion of each wing guaranteeing the player a new Legendary class card.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:06:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53c8649b1b7a2/Hearthstone-The-Curse-of-Naxxramas-drops-next-week/?utm_source=rss Article#1152670
Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs in the next year New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that up to 18,000 Microsoft employees will lose their jobs in the next year. It will be the largest round of layoffs in the company's history.

"We will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year," reads an email Satya Nadella sent to employees today. Microsoft's total head count is over 127,000, meaning this round of redundancies will affect approximately 14 percent of the company's workforce.

The majority of the redundancies are to be former Nokia employees, both professional and factory workers, said Nadella. Redundancies in this division are expected to total around 12,500. In addition, Microsoft will change course on its line of Android-powered Nokia X devices. Some will become Lumia Windows phones.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c83c209e9eb/Microsoft-to-cut-18-000-jobs-in-the-next-year/?utm_source=rss Article#1152660
Honour Roll: Why a new site is putting a spotlight on game reviewers Video Game Review HQ is something of an anomaly: it's a site run by volunteers that is attempting to give gaming critics some recognition for well-written reviews. In doing so, it also seeks to raise the standard of reviewing in general, and also to improve the perception of games journalism in the mainstream media.

Based on the east coast of the United States, it is maintained by an anonymous group of current and former journalists and critics, whose combined experience in the industry totals 77 years (with no single volunteer having fewer than seven years on his or her resume).

Intrigued, we spoke to site founder "Ben" about his mission, and had a nice if somewhat insider-y chat about the state of game critiquing in general.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/features/g53c759d598c1e/Honour-Roll-Why-a-new-site-is-putting-a-spotlight-on-game-reviewers/?utm_source=rss Article#1152650
Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One Bungie's much anticipated shared-world shooter Destiny will run at 1080p on Xbox One when it releases in September.

However, the game's beta will not run at 1080p, claims fansite Destiny Blog, reporting on an IGN Live segment.

Running Destiny at 1080p on Xbox One has only been made possible after Microsoft released a new software development kit (SDK) that freed up 10 percent more GPU power that was previously reserved for Kinect.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:21:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g53c71e5dd7d0c/Destiny-will-run-at-1080p-on-Xbox-One/?utm_source=rss Article#1152640
Xbox One sales double in the US after dropping Kinect Unbundling Kinect from Xbox One has doubled the console's sales over a two-month period, reports Microsoft.

Microsoft began selling the Xbox One without Kinect in early June, and has been charging US$100 less for it. US sales since then have "more than doubled" on May sales, said Microsoft on the Xbox Wire, citing internal data.

Microsoft expects sales to remain strong through to November as "new blockbuster hits will launch for Xbox One at an incredible pace".

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:19:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c7144770f8d/Xbox-One-sales-double-in-the-US-after-dropping-Kinect/?utm_source=rss Article#1152630
Visceral makes 10 more changes to Battlefield Hardline Visceral has compiled a list of 10 changes it has made to Battlefield Hardline based on gamer feedback it received over the course of the beta.

Key changes include longer rounds, fewer explosives and a rebalanced Mechanic class.

Read up on all the changes below.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:25:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53c6fbb817b97/Visceral-makes-10-more-changes-to-Battlefield-Hardline/?utm_source=rss Article#1152620
Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega sues over his portrayal in Call of Duty Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision for using his name and likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Noriega features in the Suffer With Me level of Black Ops 2. In it, Alex Mason and Frank Woods track and capture Noriega in outer Panama City.

Noriega, 80, was the military dictator of Panama from December 1983 to December 1989, when he was captured by invading US forces and removed to America as a prisoner of war. In the US, he was tried on eight counts drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering. Following his sentence in the US, he was extradited to France where he served a further seven years on money laundering charges. He is now serving another 20 years in a Panama jail.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:56:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-360/news/g53c6edfe8ebe2/Former-Panama-dictator-Manuel-Noriega-sues-over-his-portrayal-in-Call-of-Duty/?utm_source=rss Article#1152610
Gigantic is another MOBA A new Seattle-based studio has just thrown another body on the mounting MOBA pyre.

Gigantic is the debut title from Motiga, a start-up founded by StarCraft, Guild Wars and State of Decay lead designer James Phinney. Phinney is joined by Chris Chung, the former CEO of NCsoft's North American and European operations, and chief strategy officer at Trion Worlds.

The game deviates a little from the usual MOBA formula by requiring heroes to fight alongside and protect a huge AI guardian, while also attacking the enemy and their AI guardian. The game will also be played from the third-person action perspective, rather than the more strategically readable isometric perspective.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:31:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c60c1bbd5a0/Gigantic-is-another-MOBA/?utm_source=rss Article#1152590
Gigantic - announcement trailer A team action game developed by Seattle-area studio Motiga, where heroes battle alongside a massive guardian in a fight for supremacy.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:27:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53c60d327cecf/Gigantic---announcement-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152600
The Sims 4's impressive character creator is the new gold standard Many of Gameplanet’s reader base probably don’t consider The Sims 4 to be relevant to their interests. As much as I personally love the franchise, I know that The Sims hasn’t attracted the attention of core gamers in a number of years, if it ever did.

But if you’re one of those people who spends an hour creating a character in Fallout: New Vegas or Skyrim before you even start playing the game, then you may want to take a moment to investigate this cartoony life simulator.

I got access to a demo of The Sims 4’s new character creator, which appears to have been inspired by touchscreens in a lot of ways. Instead of using a number of sliders to create your character, you simply click and drag a body part to adjust its shape. If you drag the mouse outward, that part of your sim’s body will get wider. If you pull inwards, it’ll get slimmer. You can move body parts up and down, as well.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:11:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/previews/g53c6071397e03/The-Sims-4s-impressive-character-creator-is-the-new-gold-standard/?utm_source=rss Article#1152580
Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth trailer Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth is an infantry focused expansion pack with urban all-out war in dense Asian Pacific cities. Available on July 15 for Battlefield 4 Premium members and July 29 for all.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g53c5c451e97eb/Battlefield-4-Dragons-Teeth-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152570
Bungie reveals extensive Destiny beta content The Destiny beta kicks off on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 this weekend. Ahead of the launch, Bungie has gone into some detail as to what players can expect.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Bungie community manager David Dague said those who participated in the alpha will also discover new content.

"In many ways it is the beginning of your Destiny adventure," said Dague. "It has more of the story to experience. We've got more of the Crucible to experience. And obviously there is the exploration of Old Russia."

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:42:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/news/g53c5baf30a106/Bungie-reveals-extensive-Destiny-beta-content/?utm_source=rss Article#1152560
BioWare is surveying fans for Mass Effect 4 BioWare is asking fans what they would like to see in the next Mass Effect title.

In a survey publicised on Twitter by Mass Effect producer Michael Gamble, BioWare asks responders what they are most looking forward to in the upcoming Mass Effect title: story, exploration, combat, or customisation.

It also asks responders how much time they spend playing RPGs and what their top three activities are in such games, from a selection that includes levelling up, optimising kit and skills, exploring alternate story outcomes, and engaging in combat.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c5b9f6a5479/BioWare-is-surveying-fans-for-Mass-Effect-4/?utm_source=rss Article#1152550
Ex-COD: Modern Warfare devs start new studio to create even more FPS games A small team of developers who worked together at Infinity Ward on Call of Duty have set up a new studio to create a new shooter for new-gen consoles, virtual reality, and mobile.

The ambitious new studio is called Reload, and currently has 12 employees whose CVs include games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Reload is led by co-founders James Chung and Taehoon Oh.

"When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realised these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media," said Chung. "It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration."

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:15:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c5b585bcb97/Ex-COD-Modern-Warfare-devs-start-new-studio-to-create-even-more-FPS-games/?utm_source=rss Article#1152540
Destiny - everything you need to know about the beta trailer The Destiny beta kicks off on PlayStation consoles this weekend. Find out everything you need to know about Destiny in this new video.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:40:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g53c5ad9a1e95f/Destiny---everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-beta-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1152530
Don't Starve's first expansion coming to PS4 next week The first expansion for indie roguelike Don't Starve is coming to PlayStation 4 next week.

Reign of Giants adds new characters, seasons, creatures, biomes, and other challenges to the base game.

It will be available from Thursday July 24.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:08:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c5a5c24bd01/Dont-Starves-first-expansion-coming-to-PS4-next-week/?utm_source=rss Article#1152520
Digital Nationz returns in Sept with gadget show in tow Game-focussed expo Digital Nationz is returning to Vector Arena this September, and is bringing with it a gadgets and technology show as well.

This year Digital Nationz (DNZ) will incorporate the Gizmos, Gadgets & Technology Show – a CES-style digital lifestyle expo that was originally going to launch next year.

The joint show will feature previews of games, prototypes, and an even bigger version of the incredibly popular ‘history of gaming’ museum from last year’s DNZ, while adding “never-before-seen lifestyle technology, helpful gadgets and creative, fun gizmos which are the cornerstones of the Gizmos, Gadgets and Technology Show”, according to the show's organisers.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g53c5924ae4bc8/Digital-Nationz-returns-in-Sept-with-gadget-show-in-tow/?utm_source=rss Article#1152510