Showing posts with label Xbox 360. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Xbox 360. Show all posts

Saturday, April 14, 2018

New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

Many gamers would agree that BioShock from developer 2K Games was a very unique entry among all other first-person shooter game franchises. 2007 saw the debut of the first game, then BioShock 2 came in 2010 and BioShock Infinite released in 2013. So, it's been five years since the last game of the series was released but we bet many fans are more than ready for a new installment at any time. With that, we currently have news that a new BioShock title is currently in development.

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New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

All the titles from the original series took place into the underwater city of Rapture, which was meant to be a utopia for elites. People become addicted to a substance called ADAM that grants superhuman abilities but also slowly drives them insane. Little orphan girls called "Little Sisters" were used to harvest ADAM and they were protected by giant robot like sentries nicknamed "Big Daddies". Third game of the series, BioShock Infinite took the adventure to the vintage sky city of Columbia.

News editor Jason Schreier for video game website Kotaku was recently working on a story with developer Hangar 13 about Mafia III, when he came to know about this information. There is a secret neighboring studio Parkside, currently working on an unannounced project and it is a new BioShock game. Now, this has come to many fans as relief as many of them thought that their series has ended with the fall of developer Irrational Games.



Although CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick has assured in 2015 that it wouldn't mean the end for BioShock series and they will continue it in future, they have not done anything convincing till date to back that up. However, it looks like Take-Two is making good on their word by bringing a brand-new BioShock game teaming up with publisher 2K Games. Already sold more than 25 million units, this steampunk first-person shooter was also being considered for a movie adaptation but ultimately failed though.

Officially, 2K Games have yet to confirm the validity of this news and there has been no statement from their end yet. With the release of BioShock: The Collection featuring remastered edition of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the series made it's comeback in 2016 but that was it. There was no more news from them ever since and the entirety of this franchise are put into ice. If they are truly bringing back the series, then we would love to see them explore some new location for their fictional paradise this time.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Grand Theft Auto 5 is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

Developer Rockstar Games' action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto 5 is always on discussion whether how awesome it is to players or how it creates controversies every now and then. This week, GTA 5 is announced as the most money-making entertainment product of all time. Meaning, Rockstar’s crown jewel has earned more bucks in overall than any other books, movies or video games out there from any given franchise.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

When the game was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, it initially became notorious for its violent contents but fans of the series loved it. Following year, GTA 5 made it to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles before it debuted on PC after another year in 2015. Since depicted violence in video game sells well, GTA 5 quickly gained recognition for being one of the most successful titles of the series regardless of how much criticism it got.

Whereas many games tend to die after a certain period, Grand Theft Auto 5 somehow managed to keep constant pace at the market and slowly climbed to top. Instead of burning out, GTA 5 always maintained to be on best seller listings. Despite many brand-new titles entering the competition, it never fell back too far in all these years but instead took back their rightful top spot in sales charts every once in a while, which made it one of the most-wanted games ever.

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Grand Theft Auto V Madness

If you look at those impressive numbers GTA 5 has bagged, you will be astound thinking what a giant it has become to overshadow every other media out there. This controversial single title has earned more than $6 billion in total by selling over 90 million copies till date. Movie phenomenon like Avatar, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Titanic has fall behind in line compared to its earning. Not even Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or any single game from Nintendo's Mario series comes any closer in terms of their selling units.

RELATED: Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 Becomes Best-Selling on 2017

Gang violence, misogynistic views towards women and many in-game torture scenes made it face harsh criticism for past five years. Even a lawsuit claim from Hollywood celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) for her likeness for a parody character named Lacey Jonas was filed but ultimately rejected by court. People who thought these aspects would sink the game have later came to realize that it actually fueled overall sales for Rockstar’s controversial title.

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Rockstar’s Controversial Title

RELATED: Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

Truth is, the single player open world of the game is incredible and players really loved its online multiplayer mode. Now this is an aspect in any games that keeps steady numbers of fans hooked to a game and developer Rockstar Games made sure they do that by providing them regular supply of new contents. Even though some GTA-lovers may disagree on this one being the best GTA game of all time, it sure succeeded to outrun its predecessors and that is impossible to ignore.

We also cannot overlook the fact that this market supremacy of GTA 5 may come to an end sometime in the future if developers shift their interest in some other titles and prioritize their attention to new projects. Later this year, Rockstar will be releasing their Western-themed action-adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 and if it is able to successfully live up to the original game, then there is more business for studio. Still, keeping up with Grand Theft Auto 5 will be a wise idea as it can grind some more juice for the makers.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

Problem celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls)'s lawsuit against the developer studio of action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto 5; Take-Two Interactive has finally came to a conclusion. It was about unauthorized using of her likeness for a parody character in the game. Lohan’s civil claim regarding the issue about a game character "Lacey Jonas" against the developers finally ended in highest court of New York state.

Take-Two Interactive has developed the character of Lacey Jonas for the purpose of appearing only in Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game event called "Escape Paparazzi". According to her back-story, Jonas had an overnight rise to fame which made her a focus for media and sensational magazines. All of which are very similar to Lohan’s troubled personal life. Initially, portrait s of Lacey Jones was heavily featured on promotional art for GTA 5, box covers and discs.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

When she took the matter to court back in 2014, publisher Rockstar Games claimed it a total publicity stunt on her part. The court however, gave her a motion for a dismissal in 2016 after it was thrown out initially and then the case moved forward with her claim. Now this was quite a victory on her favor considering her notorious status as a public figure lately. A judge of New York Supreme Court ruled out against Lohan’s claim against Take-Two. On March 29, the state’s appellate division has publicly stated the decision by the Court of Appeals.

The subject in question was whether to take GTA 5 character Lacey Jonas as “portrait” of actress Lindsay Lohan under New York State’s privacy laws as she claimed that likeness of her portrait was featured in the promotional materials of the alleged title of Rockstar Games and they did it without her written consent of any kind. The ruling declared that "The portrayal of Lacey Jonas is a satirical depiction of a modern beach-going woman, which simply doesn't identifiable as complainant".

“The characterization of Lacey Jonas in GTA 5 was indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look, and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman that are not reasonably identifiable as plaintiff.”
Also in accords to Civil Rights Law sections 50 and 51, video character may bear resemblance to looks and persona from images or video footage. In other words, Lacey Jonas is not a direct portrayal of Lindsay Lohan, so she can't sue neither Take-Two Interactive nor Rockstar Games for it. Take-Two Interactive is a parent company for Rockstar Games, who are responsible for the creation of one of the best-selling video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto 5.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Payday 3 Confirmed

Back in 2015, there was a strike of the team of Steam moderators for Payday 2 regarding its controversial microtransaction system despite previous assurance from developer Overkill Studios of never using them. The issue was later sorted when the studio arranged random drops of those items for concurrent Payday 2 players because it gave birth to a small outrage against Overkill. They even tried to justify their action by explaining that the earning will help them support the multiplayer of the game until 2017.

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Payday 3 Confirmed

Most recently, Swedish publisher Starbreeze Studios have fully gotten their hands on the rights of Payday game franchise after paying up a good $30 million for it. With that, the game is finally done with the crappy in-game microtransaction system for the foreseeable future. As part of the announcement, Starbreeze also confirmed working on Payday 3 already, which was a great news for this popular crime game series.

RELATED: Payday 2 Exclusive Character "Joy" on Nintendo Switch

Now, watch Almir Listo, producer of Payday 2, talks to the fans about the game's past, present state and future plans from Overkill Studios on the occasion of the release of Update 100!




With new hands behind the wheels, Overkill Studios have also stated that they intend to continue support for Payday 2 by releasing new contents for at least the upcoming 18 months. The time may expand a bit more but that entirely depends on the players and how this decisions turns out to be.

RELATED: Payday 2 Nintendo Switch Release Date

Aside from the announcement for their support for the game and all that, Almir Listo also dropped a cinematic teaser for E3, when more will be revealed about it.




Starbreeze Studios now has the complete rights to this popular heist adventure franchise of Payday and the development of any upcoming sequels in the future and marketing of it. This also includes mobile versions of Payday and Payday 2. Effective from May 1, Starbreeze will collect full revenue for Payday 2 on Steam.

For console versions of the game, they will split the profits with the original publisher of Payday 2, 505 Games just as before. Plus, a 33 percent revenue share from the future sales of Payday 3 will be received by 505 Games excluding all the development and marketing costs when it eventually comes out in the market and this is the extent of details we currently know about the sequel so far. We don't even have an approximate release date to begin with but we can only hope that we will get one very soon.

Cooperative first-person shooting game Payday 2 was released back in 2013 by Overkill Studios for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A Crimewave Edition of the game with over 30 different DLC packages was released only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles at later time. In term of frequently released updates for a game even long after its release, Overkill has set a new high with Payday 2.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 1 Launch Trailer

Robert Kirkman's insanely popular Image Comics' graphic novel series, based on a post-apocalyptic set-up was adapted for AMC TV titled The Walking Dead, only find an even larger audience around the globe. The series also gave birth to a couple of successful video games spin-off release from Telltale Games and other developers to expand the fictional universe even more. Newest addition to the series, The Walking Dead: Michonne video game mini-series is also following the same path and the launch trailer for Episode 1 is just released.

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The Walking Dead – Michonne – Episode 1 'In Too Deep' Launch Trailer

If you haven't checked it out yet, then here is the trailer for the first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, titled 'In Too Deep'.




According to creator Robert Kirkman, who clarified on Letter Hacks section of The Walking Dead monthly ongoing series issue #155 that, the game would chronologically take place between the gap of issues #126 and #139. Since, it is not explained nor explored in the comic books, Telltale took the liberty of telling a unique story featuring the fierce katana wielding survivor through Michonne mini-series.

The character Michonne is voiced by actress Samira Wiley from hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black. The second and third episode of the series 'Give No Shelter' and 'What We Deserve' will eventually release in March and April respectively on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360, available to purchase individual episodes or complete set for $14.99.