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After years of waiting, months of speculation, weeks of fan arguments and in some cases days of queuing, the PlayStation 4 has now finally launched in the UK and the rest of Europe – the eighth generation is here people! Of course the PS4 has already been available in North America for two weeks, but Sony still put in a effort to make the European launch of the console feel special; amusingly Sony managed to highjack Page 3 of The Sun ‘#4ThePlayers’, but the real highlight was seeing the 2000 year old Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome bathed in a frankly spectacular light show.

As I write this article there has been no information released with regards to sales figures, but it is expected that the PS4 will break the current record for the launch of a console in the United Kingdom; a record which believe it or not belongs to the PSP (185,000 units over three days in 2005). In the meantime while we await official figures, don’t be stupid and buy Killzone: Shadowfall in the PS4 Store – if you really want to buy a game for the eye-watering price tag of £52.99 that Killzone currently holds, make sure the disc is made of out diamonds and gold first.

In Other News…

And what news of the PS4’s main rival, the Xbox One? Following its own well hyped launch last week, there were reports from customers of consoles with faulty disc drives that prevented games being played. In response Microsoft are offering free digital copies of games to those affected while they await a replacement model.

The games being offered are the four launch titles from Microsoft Studios, namely Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse & Zoo Tycoon.

It’s a relatively rare occurrence when a game is removed from the market for being so awful, but that is the fate which Ashes Cricket 2013 has succumbed to this week. It had already missed its intended release in July to tie-in with the Ashes series in the UK, and now publisher 505 Games have removed the title from Steam after numerous complaints of shockingly, hilariously bad gameplay. In a statement 505 Games apologized for the state in which the game was released:

‘The development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset…we have fallen way short of our stated aims and failed to deliver’.

Customers who purchased the game will be allocated a full refund.

The space combat title Star Citizen, already the highest raising crowd-funded project in history, broke new records this week by surpassing $33 million in donations. Originally funded to the tune of $4.2 million on Kickstarter, Star Citizen aims to allow players to trade and fight in space in a persistent world MMO game. The beta is expected for late next year, with a full release including Oculus Rift support following in 2015.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not too interested in the project, but $33 million is a hell of a lot of money and the crowd support deserves some attention. One wonders what the backlash will be like if the project packs up suddenly…

Sony Pictures have registered two domain names for a possible movie based on The Last Of Us. Both thelastofusmovie.net and thelastofusmovie.com were reported as being snapped up on November 25th, prompting the obvious debate that Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed action/survival horror game released earlier this year could be hitting the big screens. The premise could certainly work as a film, given the quality of existing post-apocalyptic zombie survival flicks such as 28 Days Later and I Am Legend.

In other videogame film related news, the long drawn out World Of Warcraft film has been delayed yet again, and is now expected to be released in March 2016. I stand by my opinion that the film is never coming out.

ATLUS, fresh off the announcement for Persona 5, have been given the blessing of Sega’s CEO Naoya Tsurumi to develop games for their ‘dormant franchises’. In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Tsurumi said that ATLUS, who Sega purchased for $140 million, would have free access not only to old Sega RPG franchises including Phantasy Star & Skies Of Arcadia but to other popular IP’s including Jet Set Radio.

You can read a translated version of the interview on Siliconera here.

The ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ sales rush before Christmas have now become an annual treat for gamers, and this year is no different. While the sales of yesterday for hardware and other electronic devices have now passed, don’t be too crestfallen – there’s always the Steam Autumn Sale to get your spirits up! Running until December 3rd, in typical Steam sale fashion loads of games have had their price drastically cut. The Legendary Edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for example was cut to just £10 on Wednesday (I bought it), and there has been anywhere up to 75% off other great games including Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored and Saints Row IV. Remember to check back every eight hours to see what’s on offer in the Flash Sales.

In addition, if you have Xbox Live be sure not to miss the one day deals on Monday, including 75% off Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher 2: Assassin Of Kings, Dark Souls & Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Sales of Xbox One consoles featuring a bundle copy of FIFA 14 have sent EA’s football fest back to the top spot of the UK Game Sales Charts, ending Call Of Duty: Ghosts two week reign. Forza Motorpsort 5 proved to be the best selling Xbox One exclusive, while The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds debuted in ninth place.

Top Ten For Week Ending 23rd November 2013 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – FIFA 14 (EA Canada)

2 – Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)

3 – Battlefield 4 (DICE)

4 – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)

5 – Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios)*

6 – Lego Marvel Superheroes (Traveller’s Tales)

7 – Dead Rising 3 (Capcom)*

8 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

9 – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo)*

10 – Ryse: Son Of Rome (Crytek)*

(* signifies a new chart entry)

And Finally…

The Louvre in Paris is probably the most famous museum in the world, being the home of the Mona Lisa and all. What you might not have realized is that since April 2012, visitors to the museum have been able to rent a Nintendo 3DS XL featuring an audio guide around the exhibits, as well as a map and descriptions of the pieces of art that adorn the walls. Now thanks to the eShop, 3DS users can bring the Louvre to life in their own living room with the audio guide application.

In addition to the standard features, the application also features panoramic 3D images and reconstructions of the more famous exhibits, as well as over 400 HD images of paintings and artwork; meaning you never need step into France to get the full experience. To celebrate the release of the app, Nintendo Direct have shared a video demonstrating Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Mario/Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto walking around an empty Louvre using the guide to get around.

Here’s the catch; for your interest in 3D culture and art you will have to stump up £17.99 – that’s Louvreicrously expensive!


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