System Shock 3 Is About To Be Announced

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System Shock 3 Is About To Be Announced

Shodan, the nefarious computer antagonist of the System Shock series, will apparently be making a return. Otherside Entertainment, which is currently working on the Kickstarted game Underworld Ascendant, appears set to announce the return of the franchise in just over five days.

Otherside was founded by Paul Neurath, who is also a co-founder of Looking Glass Studios, which helped develop the System Shock series. The teaser site, which Otherside points to via its Twitter account (in turn confirming its authenticity) was unraveled by a member of the RPG Codex forum.

User LESS T_T found something in the site’s coding that leads to the image above. You can see it for yourself here.

PlayStation Also Had Its Best Black Friday Ever

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PlayStation Also Had Its Best Black Friday Ever

Last week, Microsoft was crowing about its Black Friday performance. Now, Sony is sharing that it had its best Thanksgiving weekend in history.

Speaking with the Financial Times, Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House shared the details and how the the latest console is measuring up. “We’ve just seen the most successful Black Friday in the company’s history,” he said “We are now trying to benchmark against the success of the PlayStation 2 — or exceed it if possible.”

Using the PlayStation 2 as a benchmark sets a lofty goal for the company. The PS2 has sold over 150 million units since its launch in Japan in 2000. To date, more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold through to customers.

Hot Shots Golf Hits The PlayStation 4

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Hot Shots Golf Hits The PlayStation 4

The Hot Shots series is a mainstay of Sony's platforms, and the latest title in the golfing franchise was unveiled at last weekend's PlayStation Experience. While the venerable series has been steady and reliable in its feature set, developer Clap Hanz Limited is trying out some new wrinkles for this PlayStation 4 exclusive.

While different outfits and abilities for its stable of golfers has been a regular feature for the franchise, Clap Hanz is promising increased character customization, starting with players making their own golfer from scratch. From there characters improve the skills of their golfer and level up by completing specific tasks. It's unknown if equipment will also confer different abilities like in previous Golf's.

And in an interesting twist, you can freeroam the game's courses (including going from tee to tee) and even do some fishing.

Daily Challenge Mode Coming To You Must Build a Boat

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Daily Challenge Mode Coming To You Must Build a Boat

EightyEight Games' You Must Build a Boat, a standalone sequel to the critically acclaimed 10000000, is receiving an update on Thursday that allows players to tackle daily challenges for in-game rewards. According to developer Luca, players who last long enough to meet the challenge goals will earn skins for their boat.

You Must Build A Boat is a genre fusion of match-three and endless runner that lets you travel the world in a boat, taking on procedural dungeons and clearing them in order to earn loot that you can use to build your boat. The game was released earlier this year and is available on PC, iOS and Android.

10000000 was Game Informer's 2012 mobile game of the year and former editor Bryan Vore had a number of positive things to say in his review of You Must Build a Boat. You can also check out our Test Chamber of the game if you want to see it in action.

Looks Like Max Payne Is An Upcoming PS2-On-PS4 Game

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Looks Like Max Payne Is An Upcoming PS2-On-PS4 Game

Sam Lake’s infamous grimace is likely to get new life. Max Payne, Remedy’s hardboiled noir story, has been rated by the ESRB for release on PlayStation 4.

Released in 2001, Max Payne brought bullet time to the masses. Max’s story is tragic and his vengeance brutal, which made us fall in love the overwrought story and caricature personalities.

PS4 Max Payne listing from ESRB. (Click to enlarge.)

Overwatch Add-On Characters And Maps Will Be Free

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Overwatch Add-On Characters And Maps Will Be Free

Blizzard continues to surprise us with its Overwatch announcements. At Blizzcon we learned that the game isn’t going to be free-to-play, defying expectations. It’s also coming to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 alongside the PC version in spring 2016.

Today, game director Jeff Kaplan shares another huge piece of information: Blizzard won’t be segmenting the community with DLC. That’s not to say there won’t be add-ons. In fact, the team is already planning new heroes and maps. You just won’t have to pay for them.

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Blast Your Way Through Baddies With This Contra Action Figure Two-Pack

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Blast Your Way Through Baddies With This Contra Action Figure Two-Pack

NECA toy makers are blasting their way through another classic video gaming icon. A new Contra 2-Pack featuring Bill Rizer and Lance Bean is slated to release next year.

The pack features Bill and Lance standing at seven inches tall, both sporting the standard unlimited ammo rifle and the bullet-spraying shotgun, each of which comes with detachable blast effects. Both figures are painted to give off the same pixelated look from the game. The full package also comes with the game’s floating power-up capsule attached to a clear support stand. The packaging, like many other NECA products, is designed to emulate the original game’s packaging for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The Bill and Lance package is scheduled to release in late April of 2016. A price has yet be announced. Contra isn’t the only iconic figures of classic gaming that NECA’s brought back recently. Check out our coverage of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street action figure packs.

[Update] Square Enix Offers Some Additional Detail On FF7 Remake Segmented Release

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[Update] Square Enix Offers Some Additional Detail On FF7 Remake Segmented Release

Update: Some additional information about Final Fantasy VII Remake's episodic nature has emerged from a couple of sources. In short, Square Enix says it's taking the multi-entry approach to preserve content.

The first information comes from a Famitsu interview (reported by Polygon) with producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura. During the chat, the duo share that the game will be released in multiple installments because remaking it with the PlayStation 4 visuals and content would be too significant for a single release. The intent is to preserve content rather than cut it.

According to a statement received by Kotaku, each installment will have the material of a full title and will tell a complete story. Because "full-sized" games can vary in length between 10 hours and 200 hours (or more), this doesn't necessarily help us pin down exactly what the publisher is going for with this new approach.

Sony Releases Turbulent 'Powers' Season Two Trailer

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Sony's comic book-inspired television show Powers was renewed for a second season back in May, and is set to debut some time in 2016. While Sony hasn't nailed down a release date just yet, it has unveiled the season's first trailer, which you can watch right here.

The trailer highlights the world spiraling into chaos following the death of a famed hero. If you missed season one, it's available for purchase PlayStation Network, and Plus subscribers can watch for free. To get an idea of what you're in for, read our take on Powers' first three episodes. 

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Gone Home Is Finally Coming To Consoles Next Month

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After being announced, and then seemingly abandoned, Gone Home is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in January.

The port was developed in-house by Fullbright and the game has been updated to use the Unity 5 engine. It was originally built and released in the Unity 4 engine. The console version of the game will include 90 minutes of developer commentary and Fullbright is still partnered with Midnight City for its release.

Gone Home will be available on January 12 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For our review of the PC version of Gone Home, head here.