The magic of Grand Theft Auto games has always been the attention to detail to the fidelity of interactivity in the world, whether it’s watching the character throw his toll money into the receptacle, or being able to watch the actual TV in your safe house. One of the more subtle touches in GTAV is that characters having a conversation in a car will react dynamically to any mishaps, usually with a quick expletive, and then continue where they left off once things return to normal. Naturally, some crashes seem to deserve bigger reactions, and having the characters shrug them off can seem a little… quirky.

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It’s another stellar line up for PS Plus subscribers. The standout title here for many would be Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3. At less than 12 months old it’s impressive to see such current titles released.

In summary
Leaving PS Plus:
25th September: Assassin’s Creed 3
25th September: Saints Row the Third
25th September: Payday: The Heist
25th September: Urban Trials
25th September: New Little Kings Story

Entering PS Plus:
25th September: Far Cry 3
25th September: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
25th September: Dragons Dogma: Dark Arisen
25th September: Street Fighter X Tekken
25th September: Touch My Katamari

The PS Vita TV has been announced, and it’s a tiny box that will sync with a Dual Shock 3 to play Vita games on your TV. No word on whether it’s going to be available outside of Japan though.

In the most surprising announcement, Japan won’t be seeing the PS4 until February 22, 2014. It’s surprising because Japan has traditionally been the home base of the Playstation brand in the past, but in terms of battleground regions, it might make sense to delay Japan in favour of ensuring stock for the rest of the world, where Xbox might be considered a threat.

A new PS Vita is coming, with a more compact form factor and a range of colours, and there’s no 3G version. Also, a 64GB memory card was announced. Both for Japan and international releases aren’t a part of the conversation yet.

There’s a new Guilty Gear game coming for PS3 and PS4 in 2014. There’s a 1 minute trailer available. It might be just the resolution of the video, but it looks strikingly similar to the other Guilty Gear games I’ve played (though that could be stated as a good thing) except for the weird 3D spinning camera shots.

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You wouldn’t necessarily have known it, but the PS3 supported up to seven controllers to be connected. The list of games that used more than the standard four is slim, and populated mostly by sports games. Also, seven is a weird number to stop at. Fans of even numbers and playing Bomberman locally will be pleased to know that the Xbox One will support up to eight controllers, which means hopefully they’ll release Atomic Bomberman they way it was meant to be played. Word from Sony is that the PS4 will only support the standard four controllers this go round, probably because they know I barely have two friends on a good day anyway.

The Return of Dragon Age will be Bigger, Deeper and Powered by Frostbite 2

SYDNEY, AustraliaSeptember 18, 2012 – BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), today announced Dragon Age™ 3: Inquisition, the next chapter in the award-winning role-playing game (RPG) franchise, is in development at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal. Coming in late 2013, Dragon Age 3: Inquisition combines the storytelling legacy BioWare is known for, with deep RPG gameplay, all on a brand new RPG game engine underpinned by EA’s critically-acclaimed Frostbite™ 2 technology. Continue reading

Last week at Gamecom, Sony announced Cross Buy, an initiative that allows a purchased PS Vita game to be played on the PS3 and vice versa on supported titles. It’s a fantastic precedent to be setting, not only from a consumer standpoint, but to validate the argument against used sales that games are more than just the discs they’re printed on. Cross Buy joins a host of other “Cross” initiatives: Cross Save, for transferring saves between Vita and PS3, Cross Play, for multiplayer between the devices, Cross Goods, for the interaction of virtual goods between games on both devices, and Cross Control, for using the Vita as a controller. Supporting titles are limited to a few at the moment, but this is a step in the right direction for sure.

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The playable DOA5 demo here at E3 is significantly more than the four characters, single stage of the demo that was released via download code in the collector’s edition of Ninja Gaiden 3. I had told an old acquaintance from the 2006 World Cyber Games in Monza, Italy, Emmanuel “Master” Rodriguez that I would meet him at the booth  He’s there thanks to his ridiculous skill and the IGN Pro League. He and his friends there (all with history in the CGS) are clearly excited for DOA5, and it’s hard not to see why. The long coming sequel is dynamic, visually distinctive from previous games, while retaining the pace and feel that the fans love. Continue reading

Sony’s history of taking care of the attendees with food continues, as food trucks were awaiting us as we arrived at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. I went with “Tato Tots” and “Cheezy Mac”, as I realised that I hadn’t eaten anything all day. Inside the press conference area there were several games being played on the main stage to help pass the time. Then, suddenly! It was all on with a montage.

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