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GUITAR HERO: Def Leppard – Premium Show – 27th Jan

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Sony now allows for three portable devices to be tied to user account on PSN

Sony has changed it’s system to allow users to tie up to three portable devices to their PlayStation Network account, in addition to their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles.

This means that you’ll be able to use downloaded games on a Vita, Vita TV and a PSP without having to deactivate one of them.

“SCE will change the number of portable devices that can be activated on one Sony Entertainment Network account. Portable devices include PSP, PS Vita and PlayStation Vita TV,” said a note on the PS Blog last night, which is odd when you consider the system has yet to be revealed for anywhere outside of Japan.

Lots of people seem to love the thought of PS Vita TV, so perhaps this is a strong hint from Sony that they’ll get their wish?

Call of Duty: Ghosts generates $1 billion on first day on sale

Activision has announced that the company sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one.

“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing describes the game as Activision’s best multiplayer title yet, despite some reviewers disagreeing in that respect.

 
“This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to certain retailers, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next gen title.”
 
Have you pre-ordered Call of Duty: Ghosts for your next generation console? Do you expect it to be number one come Xmas?

Rockstar Online arrives, new info released

Grand Theft Auto Online will launch at around 12PM UK time today via a game patch. The new online component will be entirely free to play, although there will be some optional Micro-transactions.
 
Below is a description from Rockstar which gives a rough idea of how to access the online component of the game, as well as giving you some background into it.
 
GTA V Online details
 
Access to GTA Online
 
Access to Grand Theft Auto Online is free with your copy of Grand Theft Auto V. On October 1st there will be a small downloadable Title Update released on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE. Upon installation of that Title Update, direct access to begin GTA Online will be unlocked in your GTAV game menu. You will be able to jump right into GTA Online via the 4th (bottom) slot in your GTAV character wheel. We’ve received many questions asking for a specific confirmation of what exact time GTA Online will be available but of course this is contingent on both Title Updates becoming available on each console’s network. As a general timeframe, we do expect the Title Update to become available on PSN and Xbox LIVE starting around 7AM ET tomorrow morning, and your best bet is to stay tuned throughout the day here at the Rockstar Newswire and by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will be keeping everyone updated.
 
When does GTA Online Take Place?
 
Some people who’ve been playing through Grand Theft Auto V’s Story Mode have been inquiring how the narrative of GTA Online correlates or crosses over. Grand Theft Auto Online is set a few months prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V’s single player story.
 
Home and Garage Security
 
There’s plenty of havoc and treachery you can cause out in the open world of course, but in order to prevent some really annoying “griefing”, we’ve designed house party invitations specifically to be a friendly social affair where players can visit each other’s pads without fear of having them ruined or losing their hard-earned vehicles in the process. If someone invites you into their property, then it is considered a friendly visit and you will not be able to shoot up their place or steal their cars from their garage. By the way, in any given lobby, if you and another player own the same piece of property, you will each be able to enter your own personal instance of that property at any given time. You will also be able to enter each other’s instance of that property if you exchange and accept an invite. This way, multiple instances of ownership of the same property within a lobby can co-exist.
 
GTA$ and Fair Play
 
To allay some concerns we’ve heard on this subject, we can assure you that the game is designed such that the option of purchasable GTA$ should not disrupt the playing field – and there are a few mechanics in place to help ensure that. All players still have to rank up with Reputation Points (RP) in order to get access to purchase high-end items. No one can begin GTA Online and simply spend a lot of money out of the gate to get a leg up. You will have to earn your stripes and play to unlock access to the aspirational clothes, guns and other items. Please also remember that in GTA Online, hustling to afford the finer things by earning GTA$ doing robberies, stick-ups, winning races and other profitable activities is a fun gameplay experience rather than ever being a ‘grind’. As we mentioned on Wednesday, we will constantly tweak all areas of the game to make it play fairer and iron out any balancing problems (while fixing all the other problems we encounter!), but we really need your help in figuring out what those issues are. So please work with us on that!
 
An Ever-Growing Collection of Jobs
 
Grand Theft Auto Online is a long-term GTA experience that you can expect to be built-upon, to grow and to evolve in many ways in the coming weeks, months and beyond. As part of that, there will be a massive amount of Jobs available to play over time as we will be regularly adding new ones for you to enjoy. Additionally, you will soon be helping to add content to the game world yourselves, by creating custom Race and Deathmatch Jobs through the Content Creator tool which we plan to release this fall. Grand Theft Auto Online is a collaborative project between Rockstar and all GTA players worldwide, so expect that we’ll effectively be working on it together from day one. As a very small example, the Crew Hierarchies feature that was introduced a few weeks back on Social Club was a direct result of popular fan feedback from last year – and we’ll be looking at the GTA Online community’s feedback, input and ideas constantly to help inform how the game itself will grow and evolve. As mentioned last week, we’ll be looking closely at your feedback emails sent to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and in the GTA Online Suggestion Box board at the forthcoming Social Club Forums. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you as active participants in the world of GTA Online starting tomorrow.
 
The Character Creation System
 
The hereditary-based character creation system of Grand Theft Auto Online allows for a multitude of options to create your avatar that will then inhabit the online world of Los Santos & Blaine County. Choose your gender then decide on your mother and father. From there, you can choose to give one parent genetic dominance or leave them more evenly matched. The choice is yours. Next, you adjust a set of lifestyle variables which help determine your character’s appearance and starting stats. Decide how much sleep he/she gets, how much partying they indulge in, how much honest work versus illegal activity, and more. Essentially, you can adjust the genetics to wind up with a fresh faced lad or lass or a grizzled, haggard degenerate or anywhere in between! You’ll also be able to preview your end result in real time all throughout to ensure you’re satisfied before putting your character on a direct flight to LS. Of course, once you’re out and about in the open world, you can further customize your character with haircuts, clothing and accessories to suit your tastes.
In addition to the above, In Grand Theft Auto Online, Social Club members get access to weaponry and vehicular unlocks, a whole new suite of Crew features to represent and coordinate with your squad, and special tools to get the most out of Rockstar Jobs and user-created Jobs when the Content Creator tool launches this autumn. 
 
Are you looking forward to GTA V Online?

Sony reveals PlayStation Plus content for October

Sony has revealed the content that PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect this October. It’s pretty good.
Starting from September 25, games such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and Saint’s Row The Third will be replaced with similarly excellent titles in Far Cry 3, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen.
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
Pretty impressive titles once again.

GTA V Review Round Up: The reviews go live

GTA V Review Round Up: The reviews go live

While we’re all waiting on GTA V to arrive on our doorsteps, how about distracting ourselves with what the critics think? We only received our review copy yesterday so not had chance to do ours of yet.

In the meantime though, scores are starting to appear around the internet from some of the other sites.

We’ve posted a good few of these scores below, although if you have a review you’d like to point out then please add it in the comments field below.

GTA V Review Round Up

CVG – 10/10
Destructiod – 9/10
Edge – 10/10
Eurogamer – 9/10
Joystiq – 4.5/5
IGN – 10/10
Polygon – 9.5/10

GTA V cost £170 million, most expensive game of all time!

Grand Theft Auto 5 is the most expensive game in history, with a whopping total of £170 Million spent to develop and promote the game.
According to a report by The Scotsman, Rockstar’s GTA 5 has a budget of £170 million, although it seems to be working since there are already 2.5 million pre-orders ahead of its September 17 launch.

We’d imagine Rockstar will make it’s money back fairly easily.

What do you think of the development costs?
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD confirmed for PS Vita

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD confirmed for PS Vita

Square has confirmed that it’ll be releasing Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for PS3 and PS Vita.

“These games are classic fan-favorites, and we hope that new and old Final Fantasy fans can experience the world of Spira and the story of Tidus and Yuna in a brand-new light with these remastered editions,” said Yoshinori Kitase, producer of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a single disc bundle that will be available on the PlayStation 3. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster will be available individually for the PlayStation Vita.

SEGA teasing something new for Vita and PS3

Japanese teaser site which suggests that SEGA is prepared to announce a new game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on Thursday, March 28th.

The site doesn’t show too much, although the presence of the PS3, Vita and SEGA’s logo, along with an image of a field of grass, does seem to suggest that something unannounced is on the way.

Any ideas what this could be? We’d love it to be a new Valkyria Chronicles game, although it could equally be a new Yakuza, or maybe even an exclusive Sonic game? Who knows, we can’t wait to find out though.