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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 11:54

Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios is aiming for the ambitious racing game to run at 1080p/60fps across both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the title. Creative director Andy Tudor revealed the target resolution and frame rate, explaining in a new interview, however, that the developer is having a tougher time getting to Xbox One version up to 1080p right now.

"On Xbox One it's not quite 1080p at the moment," Tudor told Eurogamer. "But it's not representative of the final quality. We're still aiming to get there. Towards the end of the game you're always optimizing, and during development it's a roller coaster. Sometimes you look at the game and think oh god, that's not working, that's not working. But other days you hit 60fps, and it's awesome."

Tudor went on to say that for racing games, hitting 60fps is "hugely important."

"What people don't know is that the physics underneath runs at 600 times a second," he added. "We measure the input you're doing on the controller 250 times per second. Project Cars does that way more than any other game--they're all doing that significantly lower. The screen refreshes 60 times per second--we're measuring the tires, the physics, the suspension, all that stuff, 600 times."

Project Cars races to market alongside competitors like Microsoft's Forza Horizon 2 and Sony's Driveclub. Both games run at 1080p/30fps, and the developers behind each title have explained why they think that was the right call. You can read Microsoft's thoughts here and Sony's here.

Project Cars launches November 18 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A Wii U version is also in the works, and is scheduled to launch in 2015. This version is not likely to run at 1080p/60fps, but Tudor said Slightly Mad is happy with the progress it's making on the Nintendo version of the game.

"There are significant hurdles that we've had to get over, and that's kind of expected," he said. "But the fact we can have weather, time of day, a significant number of cars on screen, it's actually really promising."

Publisher Namco Bandai describes Project Cars as "the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically advanced racing game on the planet." For more on Project Cars, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 11:35

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End lead game designer Kurt Margenau has shared a new image of what Uncharted hero Nathan Drake will look like in the upcoming game, due out in 2015 for PlayStation 4.

Margenau released the image on Twitter, with the caption: "Drake looking next-gen as f*ck…"

He snapped the shot at the Naughty Dog 30th anniversary art exhibit, which is currently on display at a the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California. The exhibit premiered on September 27 and runs through October 12. You can read more about it in this post.

It is unclear if the image of Drake you see above represents what he will look like in-game or only through cinematics.

A teaser trailer for the game released in June 2014 gave us a first look at how Naughty Dog had re-designed Drake for the new game. This image matches up with what we saw before, in that Drake's hair is now graying, he appears somewhat thinner, and his face is scruffy and slightly bruised.

Naughty Dog said previously that A Thief's End will tell a "more personal" story that delves into who Drake is a person. "It's his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves," Naughty Dog said in June about the game. The game also promises to be an "edge-of-your-seat" roller coaster ride.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 11:20

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez will not be playable in FIFA 15's career mode until October 26--a virtual suspension mirroring his real-world ban.

On June 26, Suarez was banned from "football activity" for four months after playing for Uruguay in the World Cup, where he was caught biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

This marked the third time Suarez had bitten another person during a football match, and resulted in FIFA implementing one of the most severe bans in the organization's history (he is also suspended from nine international matches, which makes it highly unlikely that he will play a part in 2015 Copa America tournament).

Electronic Arts has elected to imitate this suspension in FIFA 15, by informing players who choose Barcelona in career mode that they cannot play Suarez straight away.

Those who select Barcelona in career mode are informed via a notice from the club's chief executive, which reads:

"Please be aware that Luis Suarez is serving a suspension and will not be available for selection until 26 October 2014."

Suarez, who in May won the Barclay's Premier League Player of the Season award, signed for Barcelona weeks after his ban, in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £75 million.

FIFA 15 shipped across North America and Europe last week, and accounted for 80 percent of all physical game sales in the UK for that week.

Rob Crossley is GameSpot's UK News Editor - you can follow him on Twitter here
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 10:12

Publisher Konami has revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of Pro Evo 2015 renders at 1080p, as opposed to the Xbox One edition that displays at 720p.

The performance difference was disclosed on Konami's official webpage for the upcoming soccer title, which also showed that both next-gen editions run at sixty frames per second.

PES 2015, which ships on November 11 in the US and November 13 across Europe, was built with Konami's Fox Engine--the same technology behind Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Konami's soccer sim is the latest game to render at a superior resolution on PS4, following similar disparities in Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Metro Redux.

In June, Microsoft announced it had made amendments to the Xbox One's hardware that allows developers to shift resources from Kinect to other elements such as game rendering, potentially allowing better parity in future game releases.

This came several months after Hideo Kojima remarked that the PS4 was notably better hardware for developers than Xbox One.

"I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best," he said. "It's also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60fps with room to spare."

"Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It's the closest to the photorealistic quality we are aiming at."

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 09:22

Electronic Arts' FIFA 15 has shot to the top of the UK game charts after singlehandedly accounting for an extraordinary 80 percent of all game sales last week.

The seemingly unstoppable sports franchise, now in its 21st year, also managed to take 87 percent of all game software revenue at retail. Next-gen systems accounted for 54 percent of those sales, while Xbox 360 and PS3 took a combined 45 percent.

FIFA 15's dominance means Destiny falls to second place, shuffling Disney Infinity to third.

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, meanwhile, continues to demonstrate its staying power by climbing to forth. The other new entry in the top ten chart, the 3DS RPG Fantasy Life, which entered at eighth.

The full top ten all formats chart, compiled by GFK Chart-Track, follows:

  1. FIFA 15
  2. Destiny
  3. Disney Infinity 2.0
  4. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Watch Dogs
  7. The Sims 4
  8. Fantasy Life
  9. Minecraft: PS3 Edition
  10. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Rob Crossley is GameSpot's UK News Editor - you can follow him on Twitter here
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 08:58

A hacker group has disrupted the online functionality of two Activision games for a second time in September.

The online group, Lizard Squad, also claims to have downed servers for certain EA games, though it didn't specify which.

It appears that North American servers of Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts were the most affected, with the problem prompting developer Bungie to issue a notice to fans.

The Twitter account for Bungie's support team wrote: "We're aware of connection issues affecting portions of the Destiny player base and we're working to correct the problem. Please stay tuned."

However, at the time of going to press, the message had been deleted. Activision previously declined to comment on the attacks when approached for comment by GameSpot.

Hacker groups tend to use a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to take down game servers. It works by flooding a system with an overwhelming number of requests, thereby crashing the servers.

Lizard Squad has not explained reasons for its attack, though days before it wrote on Twitter: " We're predicting a lot of mad gamers this weekend".

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 05:48
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Microsoft Australia has announced a price drop for the Xbox 360, which will come into place from October 1.

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The largest price drops affect the 250GB console and the 250GB Kinect console bundle, which will both drop by $100. See the chart on the right for more details on the respective new recommended retail prices.

In addition to the price drop, a 500GB Holiday Value Bundle and Xbox 360 Special Edition Blue Bundle were also revealed. The 500GB Holiday Value Bundle will include a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as one month of access to Xbox Live Gold. A 500GB hard drive will also be included in this bundle. The Blue Bundle will include the same games and features, but with a blue-colored Xbox console and controller. The Blue Bundle will be sold exclusively at retailer EB Games. Both bundles will have a RRP of A$279.

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 05:00

Win a key to gain access to the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta by entering your email address! Keys will only work in Australia and New Zealand regions.

Beta keys are redeemable via Battle.net. An active subscription to World of Warcraft and ownership of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is required to activate the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta key. The number of keys up for grabs is limited, so be sure to redeem one while you can!

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 02:38

Heading to this year's EB Expo in Sydney? So are we! GameSpot will have our own booth at the show, located between the EB Community Hub and the Robot Wars Battle Arena. We'll have multiple console stations set up for visitors to play both new releases and upcoming games, and hosting developer interviews.

We'll also be giving away a Turtle Beach headset each day! For your chance to win, hop on to Forza Horizon 2 at our booth and beat our editor Dan Hindes' lap time. We're giving away a headset on each day of the show to the best lap time, so make sure to swing by during EB Expo!

For more updates and photos from the show, be sure to follow the GameSpot Australia team on Twitter. A map of the show can be found on the EB Expo website.

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Dan Hindes

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EB Expo 2014 will be held at the Sydney Showground from October 3 for three days. This year's event marks the fourth time the expo will be held since it first opened to public in 2011. If you can't make it in person, stay tuned to our hub for updates from the show floor.

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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 01:48

Nintendo's flagship brawler takes the fight to handheld this week with the Australian release of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

The game is the latest iteration of the Super Smash Bros. series of games, following on from 2008's Super Smash Bros. Brawl. New characters being introduced will include the Villager from Animal Crossing, Rosalina and Bowser Jr. from Mario, Greninja from Pokémon X and Y, Little Mac from Punch-Out!!, Palutena and Dark Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising, Lucina and Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening, Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, the dog and duck from Duck Hunt, the Wii Fit Trainer, and the Mii Fighter, who will be customizable. Characters from third-party titles who will be making their series debut include Mega Man and Pac-Man.

The game was well-received in GameSpot's review, praised for its "near-perfect animation" while including "plenty of design changes that keep the formula fresh." Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available for the 3DS and 2DS on October 4, both at retailers and on the Nintendo eShop.

If cruising in an open-world racing game sounds more appealing, Forza Horizon 2 will also be launching this week on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. According to developer Playground Games, the game will offer "easily over 100 hours of gameplay" for the "super-hardcore" fans. Those looking to clock it in a "soft-completion" can do so in "15 hours, maybe."

Fans willing to pay will be able to get even more playtime out of Horizon 2. In addition to some free DLC cars coming at launch, there will be no shortage of premium DLC, including six different car packs included with the Car Pass. For more details on games out this week, check the full list below.

October 2, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360, Xbox One)

October 4, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, Wii)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS)

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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 22:53

Several Destiny players have posted videos to YouTube documenting a bug that locked them out of the Tower, but revealed many pieces of content currently not in the game.

As you can see in the video, when the bug occurs the map shows several new, locked areas, some of which have already been announced as DLC. The events include new Story Missions, Strikes, and Raids, all of which take place on planets that are already included in the main game.

If you don't want to sift through the video, Reddit user KilledbyDice has compiled a list of everything the video reveals here.

Remember that this is a bug Bungie probably never intended players to see, so any and all content could easily change when it's officially announced.

Bungie recently outlined some of its plans for more updates to come over the next few months. It also revealed the first DLC pack for the game, The Dark Below, before the game launched earlier this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 22:05
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[Spoiler alert! If you care about that kind of thing, this post reveals a Bayonetta 2 easter egg.]

If you're itching for a new Star Fox game, you're going to want to check out Bayonetta 2.

Nintendo has already revealed that Bayonetta 2 will feature outfits for the game's heroine based on Nintendo characters like Princess Peach, Samus Aran (Metroid), and Link. Earlier this month, it also revealed a Star Fox outfit, and apparently there's a much more involved tribute to Star Fox included in the game.

It's short, but as you can see in the video below posted by YouTube user Maximilian Dood, there's a section in the game that allows you fly an Arwing just as you would in a Star Fox game, including the ability the lock on to enemies and do a barrel roll.

Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive launching October 24, and it will also come packaged with a digital download of the original game. In the US, the game will cost $59.99 at retail (which includes both Bayonetta 2 and the original Bayonetta). But you can also purchase the games individually from the Nintendo eShop. When purchased together, you'll be given a discount that brings the price for both games together down to $59.98.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 21:38

Last week Valve released a major update to Steam, which aims to help users filter through the glut of new releases with improved personalized recommendations and Steam Curators, individuals or groups you can follow for more game recommendations.

So far, independent developers are reporting mixed results on the impact the update had on their sales and visibility.

The good news comes from Insurgency developer New World Interactive, which reported that visits to its store page in the first jumped from 5,800 the day before the update to 21,500 the day of, and then up to 83,284 updates the following day. It said that sales were up for a typical Monday as well, and that it's certain the update will help increase sales in the long term.

With the exception of Dinosaur Polo Club, which saw sales of its game Mini Metro double from $886 to $1,619 the day of the update, numerous developers told Gamasutra that the update either increased page views without impacting sales, had no effect, or negatively impacted sales. The Masterplan developer Shark Punch and Hexcells Infinite developer Matthew Brown both even saw a drop in sales. Developer Elefantopia also reported that sales and views of its game McDroid dropped by half since the update.

At the time of the announcement, Valve's UI Designer Alden Kroll told GameSpot that the company introduced traffic data analytics to allow developers to monitor their game's impressions in real time. "Like any new release, we expect there will be things we missed and things that may need a tweak," he said. "So, this is just the start of something new."

What's your impression of the Steam Discovery Update so far? Let us know in the comments below.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 15:00
This week we get Massive Chalice, Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Natural Doctrine and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 15:00
The Gun Show is back and Chris Watters breaks down all 9 of the Destiny weapons to help you figure out whats best to use in what situation.
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Date: Monday, 22 Sep 2014 00:41

Wasn't able to make it to Tokyo Game Show 2014? That's OK, because we did, and we took dozens of photos to give you a taste of what it's like to be at Japan's biggest gaming event. Check out our pics below!

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Date: Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 23:52
Mary and Peter talk about some of the more interesting games they played at the indie booth at Tokyo Game Show 2014.
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Date: Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 23:12
Mary talks to Peter about the sequel to the popular Bravely Default. Even with a new town, characters and story, its very similar to the original game we enjoyed.
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Date: Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 22:58

ISIS, the jihadist group operating in parts of Iraq and Syria, is believed to have released a new recruitment video that uses footage from Grand Theft Auto V, The Telegraph reports.

In the video, which displays the group's logo repeatedly, characters dressed like civilians are seen shooting military and police characters. It also recreates real footage we often see in the news of improvised explosive devices detonated as a convoy of vehicles drives by.

The video opens with a message written in slightly broken English: "Your games which are producing from you , we do the same actions in the battlefields !!"

According to the Telegraph, ISIS said the video is meant to “raise the morale of the mujahedin and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State."

It seems like an odd thing for an organization like ISIS to do, but it also proved it's tech and media savvy with its regular use of social media to promote its cause.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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Date: Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 20:50
From the NicoNico stage at this year's Tokyo Game Show, here is around ten, glorious minutes of Bloodborne gameplay.
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