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Grand Theft Auto V Soundtrack

Remember the days when we would hear new and exciting music from video games? Games like Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, and Crazy Taxi helped define not only our generation but the console generation. When we go look back and replay those games they call back times of arguments, frustration, but also fun…pure unadulterated fun. The issue with these games is the music only provided one isolated mood which stopped these games from being dynamic. Granted they weren’t designed to make you feel a connection to your character, but when I drive a taxi into the ocean and drown to death I expect The Offspring to fade out instead of blaring in my ear regardless like Bane from The Dark Night Rises.

Then along came GTA III, IV, and now V, with their massive music libraries where even the snobbiest music enthusiast can find something they enjoy. These games showed us just how big a role music can play in immersion and mood in a game. They should be held as the pinnacle of music in games.

Now for a few side notes: I’m strictly speaking about the implementation of musical artists in video games, not their score or original soundtrack.

The vast library of musical eclecticism comprised in GTA 5 is spread accross 240 songs, the playlist below holds 179 of those tracks:

WARNING: May contain inappropriate language.

If you want the complete listing check it out here: http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2013/09/17/grand-theft-auto-v-gtav-radio-station-soundtrack/

Sagema’s “Ithica”

Long time community member and game developer Sagema has a kickstarter that you guys might be interested in. Sagema has been working on his game Ithica since 1999 and now wants to take it to the next level.

“The game takes place on an alien world, an island. The name of the island is Ithica. It starts and it ends on Ithica. You play Fenril, the son of an archeologist Troy. Fenril visits after being away for 10 years. Upon arriving, he finds something has gone horribly wrong. Explore the island, and uncover mysteries of the past. Ithica’s being remade from its 1999 2d version in next gen 3d graphics, overhauled game play, new mini games, and original story.”

If you have any questions about his game, be sure to ask below and he will answer them. For more info, check out the link below!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/535144531/ithica

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Nintendo Unveils 3DS November Update and More

We all knew it was happening today. Nintendo has held a pre-recorded press conference starring Nintendo of America’s very own Reggie Fils-Aime. Among the many announcements, updates for the 3DS were revealed including Hulu Plus coming to 3DS, the ability to record 3D video using the Nintendo 3DS camera, street pass updates and more.

Nintendo seems to upping their attempts to bring different types of media to the 3DS which is great news for them, as they continue to catch up with Sony and Microsoft as far as non game uses of their systems go. What do you think about the announcements?

Check out the video for your self after the jump.

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Metal Gear Solid HD collection coming to XBLA & PSN

The release of Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and Peace Walker for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 has been known about for a while now (along with a code that can be redeemed to obtain the original Metal Gear Solid for the Playstation 3 version). However in a recent development, Konami plans to release each game as separate downloads on the Playstation Network and the Xbox Live Marketplace. Peace Walker is already planned for a download on the Japanese Play Station Network for 4,480 en ($58 although an international release will probably be cheaper). The following two weeks later, MGS2&3 will be released two weeks later on November 23rd for either 3,480 en each ($45) or 4,980 for both ($65). It has also been confirmed that all three titles will be available on XBLA sometime next year for an unknown price.

Source: (Siliconera)

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Pokemon Gray Website Domain Registered

Reports have flooded in of the rumoured remake of Pokemon Black and White, tentatively titled Pokemon Gray getting it’s own website domain registered.

Yellow, Crystal, Emerald and Platinum are the rumoured special editions predecessors and are what is hinting heavily towards Gray being the fifth. The domain was registered by Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services. Melbourne IT DBS was the same company that registered the name for the official Pokemon Black and White website also.

With no official statements as yet, it is yet to be seen whether this is a measure to stop someone squatting on the address, or an announcement over Pokemon Gray is due in the upcoming months.

(Source: IGN)

 

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3DS Slide Pad Launches with Resident Evil Revelations in NA

Those looking to pick up Resident Evil: Revelation may want to put some extra money aside, as the Nintendo 3DS slide pad will be launching alongside the title.

Currently there is no confirmation on whether or not the title will actually be bundled with the slide pad. But one thing is for sure, it will be available if you want it come the title’s launch on February 7th in North America.

The slide pad will work with a  variety of others titles as well, including Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drops Distance, Ace Combat, Dynasty Warriors Vs. and Monster Hunter Tri G, which it will be launching in Japan with.

(Source: Nintendo World Report)

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US and Europe Release Date for Vita Confirmed (Update)

Jack Tretton last night confirmed at the Web 2.0 summit that the PSVita will be released in the US and Europe on February 22, 2012.

With only two months to wait from Japan getting it, this gives a chance for Western audiences to watch the reaction to how the Vita handles before deciding to get it themselves. Tretton confirmed in earlier reports that the Vita would miss the Christmas season, a good time of selling games and game-related memorabilia.

The price is set to be $250 for the Wi-Fi only version, with $300 for the Wi-Fi+3G (AT&T) variant – no prices for other countries at present, with the other named countries getting a release being Canada and Latin America.

Update:  Pricing for multiple countries have been revealed. The basic model will €249.99 (RRP), £229.99,  AUD$349.95, and NZD$449.95 in their respective regions. The 3G model will be €299.99 (RRP), £279.99, AUD$449.95 and NZD$549.95 in their respective regions.

(Original Source: CNet)
(Update Source: PlayStation Blog EU)

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No Online Play for Monster Hunter Tri G

Capcom’s done it again- in their campaign to garner as much hatred as possible from their fanbase through alienating them little by little, they’ve decided to remove one of the most popular features of their Monster Hunter series from the 3DS port coming soon.

As for online features for the mostly online-based RPG, the portable rendition of the Wii version will be limited to quest downloads, with the series’ defining co-op limited to local Wi-Fi only.

(Source: NintendoEverything)

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Mojang Wins First Battle in the “Scrolls” War

Following up on our previous coverage of the ZeniMax(Parent company of Bethesda) v Mojang lawsuit over the rights to use the word “Scrolls” in a video game, an interim injunction filed by the party of the first part(ZeniMax) against the party of the second part(Mojang) to prevent use of the word in question, “Scrolls”, until the settlement of the lawsuit has been denied by the courts.

ZeniMax can still appeal, and the actual lawsuit hasn’t even begun, but here’s hoping that they take the hint and drop the case, diverting the time and money wasted by this mockery of the justice system into more profitable outlets(like Fallout 4, Skyrim DLC, etc.)…

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