Gameplanet New Zealand Latest updates from Gameplanet - New Zealand's #1 destination for gamers. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:07:32 +1200 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/ contact@gameplanet.co.nz (Gameplanet) Gameplanet A league of its own: behind the scenes on Blizzard's MOBA Q: What have become your key design directives since the launch of the technical alpha?

Dustin Browder: There are three top things at this point. We’re really trying to capture the magic of Blizzard heroes. We really want to ensure the heroes leap off the screen, that they really feel like the characters you imagined them to be.

We also want to try to create an experience where all of these heroes feel fundamentally different from one another, where all of the heroes are very strange and unusual.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:54:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/features/g534e06de27ebe/A-league-of-its-own-behind-the-scenes-on-Blizzards-MOBA/?utm_source=rss Article#1145180
Free Zomboss update adds a new map, characters, and more to Garden Warfare Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting a second piece of free DLC this week.

The Zomboss Down pack takes the game to the Wild West with a new map, eight new playable characters, over 200 customisation items, an increased level cap from 20 to 30 for each character, and all-new challenges.

The new characters include Archeologist Zombie, the Wrestling Star Zombie, the Law Pea, and the Sun Pharaoh.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:39:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/news/g534e1783d6673/Free-Zomboss-update-adds-a-new-map-characters-and-more-to-Garden-Warfare/?utm_source=rss Article#1145190
All games should be free-to-play – Candy Crush studio CEO The man behind Candy Crush reckons that all games should be free-to-play.

Speaking with IGN, King Games CEO Tommy Palm sung the praises of free-to-play, and said it was the only way forward for game makers.

“The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model – I think all companies have to transition over to that,” said Palm.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:14:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534e034c76122/All-games-should-be-free-to-play-Candy-Crush-studio-CEO/?utm_source=rss Article#1145170
Media Design School and Sony partner to offer PlayStation-specific design course Auckland's Media Design School has begun a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that will see its students developing games for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.

The PlayStation First Academic Development Programme will be an option for Media Design School (MDS) students in the third year of their game development degrees, and will grant each access to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita development kits, expertise incubation labs, and top game companies worldwide.

The aim is to have as many students as possible complete a game by the end of the course and publish it on the PlayStation Network.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:26:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534df85000877/Media-Design-School-and-Sony-partner-to-offer-PlayStation-specific-design-course/?utm_source=rss Article#1145160
Moebius: Empire Rising launch trailer Step into the shoes of Malachi Rector, a brilliant antiques dealer and historian whose photographic memory and eye for deduction transforms locations and clues into interactive puzzle pieces and historical patterns. Players will criss-cross the globe's most exotic locales as they solve challenging riddles, search for hidden clues, and connect evidence and events to uncover a global conspiracy that threatens to bring worldwide ruin.

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MechRunner announcement trailer MechRunner is an endless action game that casts you as a powerful mech in cinematic battles against a relentless robotic army.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS4 launch trailer Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn invites players to embark on grandiose quests, unlock the power of powerful heroes, and wield legendary weapons against the forces of darkness.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:22:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/videos/g534dd4f6b828c/Final-Fantasy-XIV-A-Realm-Reborn---PS4-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1145120
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes Trials Fusion is out tomorrow on console, but the game’s competitive online mode won’t be available for a few months, says Ubisoft.

An Ubisoft spokesperson told Gamesbeat that players generally avoided the four-player online races in Trials Evolution, so developer RedLynx wanted to take some extra time to come up with something different.

Trials Fusion will support a type of online multiplayer experience as, based on the metrics from Trials Evolution, RedLynx saw that online multiplayer wasn’t a popular feature among players,” said the spokesperson.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:10:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534dd87d83406/RedLynx-back-to-the-drawing-board-with-Trials-online-modes/?utm_source=rss Article#1145130
Blood Bowl 2 - first match trailer The first Blood Bowl 2 video sees two iconic Blood Bowl teams battle it out, with Jim Johnson and Bob Bifford providing commentary.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:51:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g534dd24f4dcca/Blood-Bowl-2---first-match-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1145110
Dead Nation - PS Vita launch trailer Welcome to the zombie apocalypse for your pocket: PSN hit Dead Nation comes to the PlayStation Vita.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:37:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/psvita/videos/g534dd00f8dc50/Dead-Nation---PS-Vita-launch-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1145100
Beyond Good & Evil 2 concept art teased A newly circulated piece of concept art has given fans of the cult classic Beyond Good & Evil renewed hope for a sequel.

In an interview, Ubisoft's Michel Ancel held up concept art depicting series hero Jade. Since 2008, Ancel has often teased assets in the French gaming media.

In the interim, Ancel and Ubisoft Montpellier have been working on the Rayman series. Last year, the creative director told Gamereactor that Beyond Good & Evil 2 would be difficult to do on old-gen hardware.

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:05:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534dbb1dddbaf/Beyond-Good-Evil-2-concept-art-teased/?utm_source=rss Article#1145090
Child of Light: The World of Lemuria trailer Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Child of Light exploring the game's setting: Lemuria.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:03:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/videos/g534c7b51eb713/Child-of-Light-The-World-of-Lemuria-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1145070
Severed is a stylised dungeon crawler by Guacamelee! dev Drinkbox The next game from Toronto-based Guacamelee! developer Drinkbox Studios is Severed, a boldly presented first-person dungeon crawler.

In the game, players control a "distraught warrior, who is lost in a fantastical world.

"She is tasked with the challenge of knitting together pieces of her story from both the past and the future."

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:02:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534c790d7a59d/Severed-is-a-stylised-dungeon-crawler-by-Guacamelee-dev-Drinkbox/?utm_source=rss Article#1145080
Severed announcement trailer In Severed you play as a distraught warrior, who is lost in a fantastical world. She is tasked with the challenge of knitting together pieces of her story from both the past and the future. Our heroine will embark on a journey through a surreal non-linear world using a gesture based combat mechanic to defeat enemies in this first person adventure.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g534c7824e477e/Severed-announcement-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1145060
Sir David Attenborough is working on a nature documentary for Oculus Rift Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough is working on a new nature documentary designed to be viewed using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

The documentary, called "Conquest of the Skies", is being shot in Borneo using a special camera rig that will provide audiences with 360 degree views when using the headset.

"We're now filming for the Oculus Rift," Atantic Productions' commercial director John Morris told Realscreen, "So when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you got the full 360 [degree] experience."

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:32:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534c6d9b92f57/Sir-David-Attenborough-is-working-on-a-nature-documentary-for-Oculus-Rift/?utm_source=rss Article#1145050
CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness EVE Online developer CCP has cancelled its vampire MMO project, World of Darkness.

The decision has resulted in 56 staff being made redundant at the company's Atlanta offices.

"The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make," said CCP's Hilmar Veigar Pétursson. "I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I've watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:56:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534c671c09c1d/CCP-cancels-vampire-MMO-World-of-Darkness/?utm_source=rss Article#1145040
Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p The Xbox One version of Trials Fusion will require a patch to raise its resolution to 900p, Ubisoft has confirmed.

The publisher told Eurogamer that without the patch, the game will run at 800p and 60 frames per second.

By contrast, the PlayStation 4 version runs at a native 1080p 60 frames per second, no patching necessary.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:49:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534c5793d06b1/Trials-Fusion-on-Xbox-One-needs-a-patch-to-hit-900p/?utm_source=rss Article#1145020
On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition BioWare won't be offering up any DLC characters for Dragon Age: Inquisition because it doesn’t want to get tangled up in the on-disc DLC debate.

The game’s creative director Mike Laidlaw told OXM that technical reasons meant some parts of DLC characters would have to be included on the game’s disc, and that riled some fans.

"Because of how deeply enmeshed in the system companion characters are, we can't just add them on the fly; part of them has to be shipped on the disc, which has led to criticism that we're forcing people to pay for content they already own,” said Laidlaw.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534c4f898ad7d/On-disc-debate-keeps-DLC-characters-out-of-Dragon-Age-Inquisition/?utm_source=rss Article#1145010
Harmonix on Rock Band and Dance Central: "We have grand plans to bring back both" Harmonix’s Rock Band and Dance Central franchises may not be dead and buried after all.

Last weekend, as reported by Gamespot, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos told a PAX East crowd that his company hoped to bring both to new-gen consoles.

"[The Rock Band and Dance Central franchises] are near and dear to our hearts and our minds, and we have grand plans to bring back both of them with guns blazing at some point in the coming console cycle," said Rigopulos.

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:45:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-360/news/g534c48ee6c9df/Harmonix-on-Rock-Band-and-Dance-Central-We-have-grand-plans-to-bring-back-both/?utm_source=rss Article#1145000
Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements The Orcs Must Die! series is getting the MOBA treatment in the just-announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained from Robot Entertainment.

According to the developer, the game will contain MOBA as well as CCG elements, while hanging on to the third-person action strategy template that made it famous.

Two teams of five heroes will clash, armed with traps, spells, and abilities.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:18:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534b6f9d9df07/Next-Orcs-Must-Die-title-is-a-free-to-play-MOBA-with-CCG-elements/?utm_source=rss Article#1144990
Out this week: Trials, Wargame, and FIFA sequels Every Monday, we give a quick rundown of the notable games coming out over the next seven days on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

Links to digital downloads are provided where possible. Please let us know of any games we've missed.


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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534b6bb42d134/Out-this-week-Trials-Wargame-and-FIFA-sequels/?utm_source=rss Article#1144980
Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor A new Civilization game that will serve as a spiritual successor to 1999 4X classic Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is on the way from Firaxis.

Civilization: Beyond Earth was unveiled at PAX East over the weekend, and it takes the classic turn-based strategy series into space for the first time since the aforementioned title.

In Beyond Earth, the player must guide the expansion of a human colony that has landed on a planet occupied by a number of alien species. Diplomatic and technological choices will influence the evolution of the colony.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:54:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534b5bec74d27/Firaxis-unveils-Civilization-Beyond-Earth-an-Alpha-Centauri-spiritual-successor/?utm_source=rss Article#1144970
Kinect Sports Rivals review While Kinect Sports Rivals adequately demonstrates the improvements made to the latest model of Kinect, uninspired gameplay lets the overall package down.

Pity the engineering team behind Microsoft's oft-maligned Kinect. No doubt millions of collected man-hours and millions of R&D dollars have been poured into this device, and the result is something of a technological marvel. Consider what it has to do, and the fact that it works as well as it does is actually pretty amazing. It's just unfortunate that for gaming purposes, controls failing to respond as required - even one time out of twenty inputs - is simply too much for most experienced gamers used to precision results.

This is the problem that Kinect Sports Rivals faces straight out of the box, and it takes a reasonable crack at solving the issue. The Xbox One's Kinect 2.0 sensor steps things up in the accuracy and detail departments. Rivals demonstrates these improvements almost immediately with its character creation scheme, which has the player run through a little pose-and-pivot in front of the all-seeing eye before creating a digital avatar of his or her likeness, and although just how similar this avatar looks like the player is up for debate, there's likely to be some kind of a resemblance (in my case, Kinect correctly identified and incorporated a beard).

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/reviews/g534b3a822a71d/Kinect-Sports-Rivals-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1144940
Civilization: Beyond Earth announce trailer A new Civilisation game is on the way from Firaxis.

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Heroes of the Storm - PAX feature trailer A third trailer for Heroes of the Storm from last weekend's PAX East, courtesy of Blizzard.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:03:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g534b3ed7355a0/Heroes-of-the-Storm---PAX-feature-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144950
Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more An extended sequence of gameplay footage of space MMO Star Citizen has made its way on to the net.

The footage was shown at shown at PAX East over the weekend, and demonstrates ship take-off, dogfighting, pilot blackout, and more.

Cloud Imperium Games has raised US$41.9 million to spend on the game so far, the majority of which came through its official website.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534b2da5ed7ce/Star-Citizen-extended-gameplay-video-shows-dogfights-crashes-and-more/?utm_source=rss Article#1144930
Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval A ZeniMax-endorsed auction house has sprung up for The Elder Scrolls Online.

The TESO Elite forums allow listings for the buying, selling, and trading of both goods and services within The Elder Scrolls Online.

To get the process started, players simply list an item; whether they want to sell it, trade it, or buy it; the platform and server they are playing on; and their in-game username. There is even a feedback system in place, so dishonest traders can be easily identified.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:55:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534b23fde4fec/Unofficial-TESO-auction-house-has-Zenimax-approval/?utm_source=rss Article#1144920
Stronghold Crusader 2 - Meet the Saladin trailer A classic character returning from the original Stronghold: Crusader, the Saladin is essentially the good guy in Stronghold Crusader 2. After blasting through the Crusader campaign you will be invited to play as Saladin in his fight to take back the holy lands from Richard the Lionheart and the invading Crusader hordes.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g534b16a3bdb27/Stronghold-Crusader-2---Meet-the-Saladin-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144900
Star Citizen - PAX East gameplay video A 12-minute look at the gameplay for one of next year's most anticipated releases.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:23:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g534b1c6954ba5/Star-Citizen---PAX-East-gameplay-video/?utm_source=rss Article#1144910
Trials Fusion - Competition gameplay trailer Think you've got what it takes to rule the competition? Go head-to-head-to-head-to-head in intense, local supercross multiplayer, but be sure to make all the right jumps and stick all your landings.

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Heroes of the Storm - Brightwing trailer Brightwing gets her own Heroes of the Storm trailer.

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Heroes of the Storm - Kerrigan trailer StarCraft's Queen of Blades takes the spotlight in this Heroes of the Storm trailer from Blizzard.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:29:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g534b0f289febf/Heroes-of-the-Storm---Kerrigan-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144870
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes behind-the-scenes trailer Kojima Productions' latest video takes you behind the scenes of The Phantom Pain prologue, Ground Zeroes.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:58:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-3/videos/g534b022b7af09/Metal-Gear-Solid-V-Ground-Zeroes-behind-the-scenes-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144850
Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone A singleplayer campaign called Curse of Naxxramas is coming to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard has announced.

The inspiration for the adventure is Naxxramas, a dungeon in World of Warcraft that is the floating necropolis for the powerful archlich Kel’Thuzad. It has five wings, each with bosses that have unique cards and hero abilities.

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

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:50:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534b060d8fd1e/Singleplayer-campaign-Curse-of-Naxxramas-adds-new-cards-and-challenges-to-Hearthstone/?utm_source=rss Article#1144860
Orcs Must Die! Unchained teaser trailer Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a new PvP action game for PC in which you storm the opposing fortress together with your friends and defend your own base.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:27:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g534b006d2e2a4/Orcs-Must-Die-Unchained-teaser-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144840
Bound By Flame combat trailer The latest Bound By Flame combat trailer shows off the game's three skill trees, companions, crafting and more.

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First Titanfall DLC, experimental rift feature coming this month The first DLC map pack for Titanfall is coming this month, Respawn has announced.

Expedition will contain three new maps: Runoff, Swamplands, and Wargames.

“In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat,” said Respawn.

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:11:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/news/g534afd74da622/First-Titanfall-DLC-experimental-rift-feature-coming-this-month/?utm_source=rss Article#1144830
Xbox TV: Redmond's plan for original programming This week, Microsoft unveiled its plan to go head-to-head with companies like Amazon and Netflix and produce its own original television content that it will broadcast over Xbox Live. Six series have been greenlit so far: Halo, sci-fi thriller Humans, and reality shows Every Street United and Fearless, as well as a comedy sketch show from Michael Cera’s JASH collective, and a documentary series from the producers of Searching for Sugar Man.

Xbox also intends to do a live broadcast of the Bonaroo Music Festival that will including backstage interviews with participating artists via Skype, and a documentary about excavating the infamous Atari burial grounds in New Mexico is underway now. Despite Microsoft's involvement, each show may or may not be exclusive to the Xbox: Humans, for example, will air on Channel 4 in the UK.

The whole project is being spearheaded by president of Xbox Entertainment Studios Nancy Tellem, a former CBS head hired a year-and-a-half ago to build things from the ground up. This week, we dropped her a line to see how things were progressing.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:27:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/xbox-one/features/g5347676c3c757/Xbox-TV-Redmonds-plan-for-original-programming/?utm_source=rss Article#1144810
There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands A squad-based RTS wherein players have the option of controlling their units simply by speaking is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Iridium Studios’ There Came an Echo puts players in the jackboots of a squad commander and allows them the option to give orders to their troops via a headset, the PlayStation Camera, or Kinect sensor, rather than using a controller or mouse and keyboard.

Those who opt for the voice route can substitute their own custom words or phrases in for standard commands like “fire” or “shields up”.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/playstation-4/news/g534746e4d393a/There-Came-an-Echo-allows-players-to-control-units-using-voice-commands/?utm_source=rss Article#1144800
Hazard Ops announcement trailer Yingpei Games has released an announcement trailer for a third-person co-op shooter called Hazard Ops.

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Infamous: Second Son sells a million in nine days Infamous: Second Son crossed the million-sold milestone in just nine days, Sony has announced.

That makes it the fastest-selling Infamous game yet, and one of the biggest games on Sony’s new PlayStation 4 console.

Second Son takes the franchise in a new direction with a new protagonist and setting, and also expands the player’s powers.

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Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked" Coffee Stain Studios decided to make all DLC for Goat Simulator free after learning some harsh lessons with its previous DLC releases, says designer and PR manager Armin Ibrisagic.

In a post on Gamasutra, Ibrisagic laid out an argument free DLC, and noted that money could still be made with free content.

“Having a good relationship with players is the best long-term investment you can make,” he wrote.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:44:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53472c7a9a61e/Goat-Sim-dev-The-value-of-free-content-updates-is-often-overlooked/?utm_source=rss Article#1144770
Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1 Sony has announced a new free-to-play massively multiplayer zombie survival title called H1Z1 for PC and PlayStation 4.

The name is a reference to 2009’s "swine flu" virus, and the game is set 15 years after it appeared, in a world where it transforms people into zombies.

“Humanity has been reduced to hiding in the shadows, searching desperately for food and water and anything that can help to survive even for another day,” wrote Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley on the game’s official subreddit.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:24:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g534719d627c4c/Sony-announces-free-to-play-zombie-survival-MMO-H1Z1/?utm_source=rss Article#1144760
Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics The latest issue of Game Informer has a heap of info regarding Epic Games’ upcoming Unreal Engine 4-powered multiplayer sandbox survival title Fortnite.

There are three campaigns in the game so far, which stretch for 10, 20, and 50 hours in length respectively. Each stage is procedurally-generated with destructible elements, and players must work together to scavenge crafting material to build up and repair their forts before nightfall.

The enemy in Fortnite are demons that spawn from portals in storm clouds that can be closed using a device called Atlas. Gameplay-wise, comparisons have been made to Gears of War’s over-the-shoulder perspective and horde mode mechanics.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:41:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53470ff57d594/Epic-Games-details-Fortnite-classes-gameplay-mechanics/?utm_source=rss Article#1144750
Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month Sci-fi action-RPG Transistor is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC on May 21, Supergiant Games has announced.

On PC, game will be available from Steam as well as the Bastion creator’s website.

Transistor invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a futuristic city.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:46:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/news/g53470311b0bc6/Bastion-creators-new-ARPG-Transistor-is-out-next-month/?utm_source=rss Article#1144740
Rogue Legacy - PS4 trailer How the team at Cellar Door Games designed an approachable Roguelike that encourages players to master the game and overcome an evil castle.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:32:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g5346fba0e0ddd/Rogue-Legacy---PS4-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144730
There Came An Echo trailer There Came an Echo is a voice-controlled, squad-based real-time strategy game developed by Iridium Studios. Complex tactics and a twisting, character-driven sci-fi narrative combine to form an experience unlike any other. Starring Wil Wheaton, Ashly Burch, Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey, Karen Strassman, Rachel Robinson, and Cindy Robinson.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:11:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g5346f871cdc8b/There-Came-An-Echo-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144720
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: [i]Hearthstone[/i] is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Blizzard’s entry in the suddenly-ascendant collectible card game genre, over which Magic: The Gathering rules with an iron deck. However, while rule complexity and the intimidating number of alternate decks that have accumulated over Magic’s two-decade history make it the choice for the hardcore, those same attributes mean there is room in the genre for a faster, more accessible game to flourish. Despite fierce competition, in all likelihood Hearthstone will be that game for the foreseeable future.

A head-to-head fight against an AI or human opponent, Hearthstone has players choose a class of hero, construct a deck from a pool of cards, and attempt to use them smartly to whittle the enemy’s health down to zero. A hero’s class influences its play style as all 10 have access to a number of unique cards that allow for abilities or creatures to be unleashed. In general, attacks may be directed at an opponent’s played cards or their hero, the utility of which hinges on the cards in play, and how far through their deck each player is.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/ios/reviews/g534604182b96a/Hearthstone-Heroes-of-Warcraft-review/?utm_source=rss Article#1144710
Child Of Light - Making-of #2: Sound and artistic effects Meet Coeur de Pirate and explore her composition and inspiration behind the music for Child of Light. Also discover how Ubisoft Montreal Studios were inspired by nature and le Cirque du Soleil shows to create the sound in the game.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/pc/videos/g5345eefc9dc27/Child-Of-Light---Making-of-2-Sound-and-artistic-effects/?utm_source=rss Article#1144700
Etherium - War Begins trailer Etherium is a futuristic RTS for PC from Stellar Impact developer Tindalos Interactive. In this trailer, all three of the game's playable factions are revealed.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:56:00 +1200 http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/videos/g5345dbc514cde/Etherium---War-Begins-trailer/?utm_source=rss Article#1144690