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I think for awhile now we've known that the AAA industry seems to have a heavy focus on a select few genres, and among that, making games that seem to be all too similar. We've found plenty of avenues to place the blame for this, but chief among them is the AAA marketing teams. Jim Sterling, review editor of The Escapist, had a chance to sit down with developers and other such folks within the AAA industry to talk about this very issue.

Unfortunately, he can't say who he talked to because they would lose their jobs, but he has a very saddening yet very pointed quote that explains practically every issue we see with AAA games. Head inside.

One of the mostly critically acclaimed games of last year was Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. The horror-survival shooter won many gamers over with its story of Joel and Ellie, beautiful graphics, gorgeous music, and fantastic atmosphere. It did have some issues with some questionable AI opponents; a story, while good, was predictable at a lot of points; and some level design feeling stale. With the recent news that the game is getting a PlayStation 4 remastered edition, well...let's just say that some gamers were a little sour about this news instead of being excited. Some people think this is just a ploy to get more cash, some think that the original release was meant for the PlayStation 4, and there are a handful of other complaints and issues people have with this news. But one thing that is certain now, thanks to Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells, is that that the PlayStation 4 version of the game has been in development since June of last year when the game was released.

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A few years ago, controversy arose in the gaming community about the existence of "on-disc" DLC, a hot topic for many gamers at the time. Fortunately, the topic died off quickly. So why bring it up again now? Well, the makers of Dragon Age: Inquisition recently confirmed a rumor that was floating around the net about their plan for DLC party characters, namely that the game will not come with on-disc DLC, due to the controversy that has surrounded that practice in the past with games like Street Fighter X Tekken and Mass Effect 3.

Jump inside to read what they had to say!

One of the more interesting downloadable games to come out for the Xbox 360 was Supergiant Games' Bastion. For those that didn't know about this game, Bastion was an isometric action game that was praised for its beautiful art style and narrative while getting a mixed reception to the combat. Their next game that is coming out is called Transistor. It is about a young woman who carries a sword called the Transistor and is being chased by an evil force. The game's combat has the appeal that you can either play this game in real time or have the action on screen pause to layout some powerful combos against the enemies that chase you. The many gamers who own a PC or PlayStation 4 will be able to download this game in May for the hefty price of $20. So far, you can not preorder the game, but Supergiant Games has been thinking about that option. The only thing they have confirmed is that the game will release with a multitude of different voice over and text styles including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Portuguese. The game will be released on May 20th for the PC and PlayStation 4.

Here is an odd bit of news today. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, the man who manages all 1st party content for the PlayStation brand (so, Sony's Miyamoto), has been banned twice on Nintendo's Miiverse community. The first was for promoting his twitter handle within his own profile (one of many rules people find a bit silly in the code of conduct) and for a Miiverse post (pictured inside) where he said "I Love PS", which was interpreted as promoting a commercial product. Head inside for more.

Japanese publication Weekly Famitsu recently ran an article by the name of "The Truth on 2014′s Rumors." Among the topics discussed was none other than the ever-looming The Last Guardian, the third game from the developers who brought us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Team Ico. Famitsu contacted Sony to ask whether The Last Guardian is ever going to release, and the response they got was fairly standard with the addition of a vague time window for the game's reintroduction.

Sony once again confirmed that The Last Guardian is, in fact, still being developed and that they're waiting for the ideal time to bring it back into the spotlight. They did, however, also mention that, if all continues to go according to plan, new information and a release date could very well be revealed soon.

The Sony Studio in London is currently working on a new, completely secret game. Exciting, yes? They will be using the Unreal Engine to create in-depth, realistic environments. In a job ad posted by the company, they mention needing a person to help create their ‘next-generation environments.’ Sony London hasn’t stopped there though; they are also looking for someone who is proficient in Maya and ZBrush, both of which are extremely powerful game design tools.

It is also known that there are to be high quality vehicles in the new title, which hints at what type of game it may be. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds, and there is hope to see a preview or even a description at E3 this year. What type of game do you think it is? Anything in particular you’d really love to see from Sony?

Can’t get enough of The Last of Us ? Well, fear not weary gamers, for Sony has decided to remaster the game for the PlayStation 4.

“The Last of Us Remastered includes the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Reclaimed Territories Map Pack, and the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Left Behind Single Player campaign that combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay.”

It will feature full 1080p HD resolution for the most realistic experience. It is also mentioned that there are higher poly-counts for the characters, improved shadows, and lighting. For those of you yet to get your hands on the game, I highly recommend picking it up for the PS4, and for those who’ve played it and love it — I suggest the same. While the game at its core is still very much the same, it will be a completely different experience with the new upgrades.

Even though the horror gaming experience is thriving in the indie scene with games like Routine, Daylight, and Outlast, it is sort of a big deal when we get to see the bigger companies coming out with their own kind of horror gaming experience. For example, we have the upcoming horror survival game from the mind of Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within. For anyone that is living under a rock and doesn't know about this game, it's being made by his developer studio, Tango Gameworks, and is being published by Bethesda. The story revolves around Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners who go investigate a mass murder that took place in a mansion. After encountering the mysterious being who caused the massacre, Sebastian Casellanos is knocked out and is transported to this world where monsters and other terrifying beings wander the landscape.

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While we are getting a couple exciting big budget RPGs this year like Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Zestiria, you should definitely be on the look out for the downloadable RPGs coming out like Ubisoft's Child of Light and now, the quirky RPG, Citizens of Earth. The developer behind Citizen's of Earth, Eden Industries, describes their game as "Earthbound combined with Pokémon and Suikoden." They have a nice new trailer and details on what features are in this interesting RPG.

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