Grand Theft Auto 3 fans try to recreate the game’s pre-release version

about X hours ago from
Grand Theft Auto 3 fans try to recreate the game’s pre-release version

Grand Theft Auto modders have taken on an unusual, but still fascinating project: Recreating Grand Theft Auto 3 according to what it showed and looked like in mothballed code and its pre-release marketing, way back at the turn of the century.

The project, in development for more than four years now, is an attempt to “recreate Portland in DMA’s original vision.” Portland being one of the map’s three islands and the first area of the game, and DMA being DMA Design, the original name of Rockstar North. Grand Theft Auto 3D’s current state is called “Public Build 1—Back to the Streets,” and is described as an “unfinished public beta test.” Modders released it Jan. 3. Kotaku stumbled across the project this morning.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead delayed again on consoles, this time indefinitely

about X hours ago from
Overkill’s The Walking Dead delayed again on consoles, this time indefinitely

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, which were due to launch next month, have been postponed indefinitely instead.

Starbreeze Studios, which owns Overkill Software, made the announcement on Friday in a two-sentence news release for investors. “Starbreeze AB is currently evaluating and reviewing the performance of the game Overkill’s The Walking Dead on consoles,” it said. No other reasons or details were given.

Atlas servers brought down again — this time by giant whales and tanks

about X hours ago from
Atlas servers brought down again — this time by giant whales and tanks

Atlas, the unfinished, early access, large-scale pirate MMO, suffered through a laggy, buggy, janky lunch that rated an apology from maker Grapeshot Games. That was bad, but nothing as comically bad as what the game saw at the end of the week.

Some hacker got control of an administrative account and dumped a bunch of tanks, whales and combat aircraft into the world, enough to take the game offline Thursday morning and force a server rollback of about five hours the next day.

They found the Queen’s golden Wii!

about X hours ago from
They found the Queen’s golden Wii!

THQ marketing was a real piece of work. The king-size purple dildos. The pornstars. The bikini car washes. The formation of North Korean conscripts marching through L.A. at E3 2010 and the balloon launch that ended up in San Francisco Bay. You name it, they kept it crassy.

Even for a piece of shovelware, like 2009’s Big Family Games for the Wii. Tasked with hyping this piece of dreck (no Metacritic score, 45 percent on Game Rankings) someone cooked up the idea to electroplate a Wii and send it to Queen Elizabeth II (the person, not the ship). And of course, back in bloggier times we (the games press) took the bait. Tacky gold-plated consoles were a sure way to hit your Crecente-mandated 37 posts for the day and move on to something more important, like whatever Uwe Boll was doing.

Kingdom Hearts 3’s themes performed ‘only for you’ in PS VR

about X hours ago from
Kingdom Hearts 3’s themes performed ‘only for you’ in PS VR

We have listened to Kingdom Hearts 3’s theme song “Face My Fears,” and pronounced it “a total bop.” So it behooves us to inform likeminded fans that the singer, J-pop superstar Hikaru Utada, has brought a performance of that song, and another Kingdom Hearts 3 theme, to PlayStation VR.

The production is from Utada’s “Laughter in the Dark” 2018 Tour. As the video above shows, her team brought filmed her performance from three different camera angles. From there, fans just strap on the VR headset and it’s “as if Hikaru Utada were singing only for you,” says the promotional copy. It launched on the PlayStation Store yesterday, and it’s free. She performs “Hikari” (the Japanese title of the aforesaid bop) and “Chikai” (“Don’t Think Twice”)

Game Freak’s Giga Wrecker is coming to consoles in 2019

about X hours ago from
Game Freak’s Giga Wrecker is coming to consoles in 2019

Giga Wrecker, the 2D platformer from Pokémon developer Game Freak that launched in Early Access on Steam back in 2016, is coming to consoles as Giga Wrecker Alt.

Game Freak announced Thursday that versions for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One will launch later this year. Rising Star Games is developing the port, which will add 20 more puzzle stages, a harder Ironman mode and a new companion character. Physical versions for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch will also be available.

EA has revealed FIFA’s Ultimate Team Future Stars for 2019

about X hours ago from
EA has revealed FIFA’s Ultimate Team Future Stars for 2019

The Future Stars for FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team are here. EA announced the full lineup on Friday morning, revealing all 21 of the players that are on this year’s opening list.

Future Stars are players that EA has determined are likely to be superstars, and in anticipation of their rise to the top, has given their Ultimate Team cards a bit of a stat boost. The lineup includes players from all around the world, each 23 years old or younger. All 21 of the stars will be available in a Future Stars pack that will be released for a limited time sometime in the near future.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s latest update delivers ‘modern aiming’ to the older games

about X hours ago from
Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s latest update delivers ‘modern aiming’ to the older games

Halo: The Master Chief Collection just got an update that will make the aiming controls of the legacy titles in the anthology respond more like they do in modern games.

“Modern aiming” is meant to address player feedback that the aim acceleration in The Master Chief Collection “doesn’t feel right,” according to developer 343 Industries. The change is on by default, 343 says, because “the new setting feels so good.” However, players may switch back to the old control setting if they wish.

Fortnite’s first tournament of 2019 is the Secret Skirmish invitational

about X hours ago from
Fortnite’s first tournament of 2019 is the Secret Skirmish invitational

Fortnite’s first competitive event of the year will be called the Secret Skirmish, and Epic is already letting the event live up to its name. The developer’s post announcing the tournament is sparse on details, but does give us a bit of an idea on what we can expect.

The tournament will include two days of competition, as players compete for their portion of the $500,000 prize pool. The competitors themselves will be made up of players from the community that Epic has invited, including professional players and competitive streamers. It will also include players who performed particularly well during previous events and other Open Fortnite competitions.

Skyrim Together multiplayer mod nears full release at last

about X hours ago from
Skyrim Together multiplayer mod nears full release at last

Skyrim Together, a mod supporting eight-player cooperative multiplayer in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, will go into a closed beta “soon” with the intent of releasing it to everyone very soon thereafter, the creators said earlier this week.

The news sent jags of excitement and anticipation through the game’s community — and inevitable mentions of Fallout 76. Commonly disparaged as a game that should have been a Fallout 4 mod, Bethesda Softworks’ beleaguered semi-MMO (a sem-MO?) was often called “Fallout with friends” by developers in the run-up to its November launch.