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Xperia Z3v

 

Sony unveiled a new smartphone today that supports remote play to the PlayStation 4, a feature currently only available on their handheld system the PlayStation Vita and the Z3 Compact.

 

Officially called the Xperia z3v — a Verizon exclusive – the device will allow gamers to stream, over Wi-Fi, PS4 titles on the 1080p 5.2″ display. The phone will connect to the console’s existing Dual Shock 4 controller. Sony also promises an attachment — at an extra cost — that will mount the phone on top of the controller. 

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Dragon Quest II iOS

 

Today, Square Enix has released an iOS and Android version of Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, also known as Dragon Warrior here in the US, when it was first released in 1990 for the NES.

 

The publisher did a overhaul with the mobile version, offering simpler controls so players can play one handed. The opened-world RPG can now be played vertical, while the control scheme promises to be “simple and intuitive.” Kinda sounds like Apple marketing, huh?

 

Unlike many apps & games on mobile platforms, Square Enix has completely eliminated that concept for this release. Players just need to spend the initial price of $4.99, and that’s it. No extra dollar for a special weapon or to continue playing.

 

While the press didn’t get review copies, users gave started to voice their opinion on the iOS App Store, and so far it’s been positive. While it’s not many reviews, the mobile version of the classic retro game is currently receiving a five out of five rating.

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Ever wanted to hear a mashup of J. Lo (Booty), Shakira (She Wolf) and with the Super Mario Bros. theme thrown in? If you answered yes, than the super talented one band girl Kawehi has your back.

 

If you’re unfamiliar with the musician, she’s had a slew of internet videos that have gone viral. Her most successful ended up being mashups of songs, or her take on an individual song where she records all the samples in real time. It’s pretty incredible multitasking on her part. I have a hard time eating a sandwich and talking to the person next to me. Yet somehow she can record a Nirvana song with all the rifts, drum beats, chorus and vocals at the same time. So Kudos to her and stuff.

 

Recently she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her EP. She was only asking for a mere $3,000 but the Internet has surprised her with almost $40,000, with four days to go, at this writing. The video above is a gift to her backers. And I say thank you, I just might have to donate! But first, I need to finish a sandwich.

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Gamecube Adapter Wii U

 

Hey look everyone, Nintendo is screwing up once again.

 

After rumors started to circulate around the information super-highway that the Gamecube controller adapter for the Wii U would work with other existing games for the system and its Virtual Console, Nintendo confirmed that it would NOT. Obviously if the gossip proved to be true, that would’ve broke a streak of years for Nintendo of making the right decision based off of common sense. Once again, the Internet has been fooled by Nintendo.

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‘Myst’ TV Show In Production

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If you’re over the age of 25, then you surely remember the point-&-click adventure game Myst for the PC, and some other older consoles. If you owned it, chances are it was one of the first, if not THE first, CD ROM game in your collection. During it’s 1993 release, it was noted for its “realistic” graphics, combined with full-motion video sequences, and one of the most successful to include those features to this day. In fact it was such a huge hit, it was the most popular PC game ever, up until The Sims stole the crown in 2002. 

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Halo 2: Anniversary Not Running In 1080p

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And what will surely instigate this stupid fanboy war between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fanboys, executive producer for the game, Dan Ayoub, has confirmed that the Halo: 2 Anniversary won’t run in native 1080p resolution. However, the game is packaged within the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and includes all 1-4 Halo titles. Besides Halo 2, every other game on the disc will run in 1080p. However, he did ensure Halo 2 will run and will look “fantastic” at 720p, and 60 frames-a-second.

 

Some fans of the franchise, who have been anticipating the release of the collection, were displeased with the news and took their voice on the NeoGAF forums. Frank O’Connor, who is the development director for the Master Chief Collection, felt the need to respond to some of the harsh opinions posted on the boards. He explained the reasons for the developers decision to ultimately have Halo 2 run at 720p. According to him, Halo 2′s specs are running at a higher standard then when they remastered Halo: Combat Evolved, in 2011 on Xbox 360.

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vita

 

Today, Sony released a PlayStation TV fact sheet online, gearing up for the devices launch on October 14th. The FAQ page randomly announced that the PS Now service, Sony’s online video game streaming service — currently in public beta — will be available on the Vita, the same day PS TV is in stores.

 

While it’s been previously known that PS Now would eventually be available on the Vita, Sony had been pretty mum on when. So it’s interesting Sony quietly threw in the release date for the streaming serve for its handheld. If you own a PS Vita, you’ll have the same instant access that the PlayStation 4 currently has for PS Now. Which is over a 150 PlayStation 3 games, and over 700 games that were previously available on all Sony PlayStation console, which dates back to the PSX from 1995. 

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Chinese-flag

 

The Xbox One is officially on stores shelves in China, marking the first time in 14-years a foreign video game console was available in the largest country in the world.

Venture Beat reports that Microsoft has partnered with Chinese media company BesTV to launch the system into 4,000 retail locations throughout 37 cities in the country.

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Here we go again. Another year has gone by, which means another Call of Duty. But unlike the last 2,000 sequels that have been released, this one is being built on next generation hardware. If that doesn’t get you pumped, you’re probably a normal person.

Today, Activision has revealed a new trailer, and we have it after the jump, which focuses mostly on the campaign, and with a quick tease of multiplayer. And in all seriousness, this game is shaping up like it could be fun. Sure… it’s probably been “inspired” by Titianfall, but that’s a good thing. It’s getting fans of the franchise a breath of fresh air, and it might possibly introduce some new ones. And maybe…just maybe…ex-fans might return. But maybe that’s also just wishful thinking. 

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EAACess

Electronic Arts has announced a subscription-based service called EA Access. The Netflix-style service will launch in a few weeks for the Xbox One, but a beta has started today. EA has yet to reveal if the service will be on Sony systems in the future.

When the general public has the ability to subscribe to the service, it will cost $4.99 monthly, or they can choose a yearly price of $29.

The service will offer gamers with a slew of EA titles, and they will rotate from month-to-month. Much like what Netflix does with their streaming option.

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