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Ahh Watch Dogs. You are one of the year's most anticipated titles and you happen to be an all new IP at the same time, something the industry seems to think isn't possible. There was apparently a big press event held for this game in Europe, and assuredly we will likely get some gameplay footage later today. That being said, above we have a trailer, which hasn't officially been released just yet (but will be shortly).

Inside, we have some images of some pre-order bonuses, special editions, and of course the release date.

We all know Michael Pachter. He lives in infamy here at Gamnesia, but he occasionally has something smart to say concerning the industry.

In this week's edition of the Pach-Attack!, the analyst discusses the possibility of PS3 and 360 trophies and Gamerscores being transferred to Sony and Microsoft's new consoles. The answer is a tad strange. Pachter states Microsoft will allow the achievements to move to the 720, but his answer for Sony is interesting.

Pachter states Sony screwed up by making PSN a free service and that gamers now feel entitled to online capabilities for no cost. Sony created PlayStation Plus to make up for the mistake. Pachter states PSN will get a full revamp with the incoming PS4, and Sony will continue to perform a free version of the service and a paid version that comes with many perks, such as the ability to carry over your PS3 trophies.

Pachter also talked about Montreal's endless amount of video game studios, pointing to Quebec's government giving out tax credits. Ontario is also starting to offer the same bonuses, which is why developers are starting to open in Toronto.

Pachter's stance on PSN caught me by surprise, but it makes sense. I hate paying for online services. It's the sole reason I refuse to buy an Xbox 360. However, PlayStation Plus is a great deal, with dozens of free games offered every year. If Sony continued the service into PS4 and gave it even more extras, I'd gladly pay fifty dollars a year.

What do you think about Pachter's prediction on Gamerscores? Did you notice he didn't say "Nintendo" once this week? Sound off in the comments.

A little over a week ago, a new game entitled The Evil Within was announced by Shinji Mikami, founder of the Resident Evil franchise. The Evil Within, being developed by Tango Gameworks and being published by Bethesda, is scheduled to be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PC, and next generation consoles, and promises to be a true survival horror experience. Mikami's view on the current state of the survival horror genre, according to a recent interview, is that it has become far too action packed, and he cites "Having the player pick up the controller and being genuinely able to say ‘Wow, I haven’t played a game this scary in ages!" as one of his primary inspirations for creating The Evil Within.

Just the other day a few new screenshots for the game surfaced, and they can be viewed after the jump, alongside the previous batch of screenshots.

So what do you think, will the creator of what many would consider to be the first ever survival horror franchise, Resident Evil, manage to provide us with a true survival horror experience?

Earlier today, a user on NeoGAF dropped this bit of interesting news related to the highly anticipated Watch Dogs, from publisher and developer, Ubisoft. As has become common practice among triple A titles in recent years, Watch Dogs will have a special edition with some additional content, namely an extra single player mission and the ability to attain the "Vehicle expert perk".

Here is the translated description for what the special edition will feature:


The Special Edition includes an additional single-player mission, namely the Breakthrough Mission Pack:

There is secret meeting going on. The Chicago Club does power negotiations with CEOs of large companies. The club has hired scramblers to block. Monitoring devices Race through the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Grab all the names of those attending the meeting and upload their photographs for the rest of the world.

After completing the mission you get the Vehicle Expert perk: Get free vehicles through your Underground Car Contact and get discounts on exclusive cars.

While I can't confirm at this time what form this special edition will take, a first run or pre-order bonus or an alternate version of the game sold with a higher price point, a perk and a singular mission seems a bit small for a fully standalone special edition. As such, if I had to guess, I'd say that this will be a pre-order bonus in some way, shape, or form.

It looks as though the newest installment in the incredibly popular Call of Duty franchise is going to be unveiled on May 1st, according to some photos IGN received of a Gamestop display blueprint. It's worth noting that the official announcement for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 fell on the same date last year.

Just a few days ago, there was also a rumor circulating that the next game in the franchise would be entitled Call of Duty: Ghosts; given that the date of the official reveal and the date the rumor started circulating are so close together, it's very possible that the rumored title, Ghosts, will end up being the official title.

Thief has been one of my more hotly anticipated titles; I'm a huge fan of the classics, and up to this point everything has made this new revival seem worthwhile. Unfortunately, Square's involved, and as we're all aware of by now, there's been trouble brewing there for a while. Budgets have been so overblown that a game like Tomb Raider sells over 3 million copies and is still considered a failure. And now, the budgeting issues are affecting Thief.

Thief has been in development for five years now, starting with a vertical slice (a demo, basically, that shows everything that can be achieved with the game) that convinced Square to greenlight the project.  The unfortunate part? It took them nine months to create this slice. That's a lot of development time, although it was largely in part to the studio's devotion at the time to Deus Ex: Human Revolution. With Deus Ex completed and Thief greenlit, a full AAA budget and staff was put behind the project; this was good, right?

Well, according to the title of the article, no. Jump inside to see why.

Resident Evil: Revelations is one of the Nintendo 3DS' most critically acclaimed titles, and now that it's coming to home consoles like PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U, it's bound to be even better. Boasting 5.1 surround sound, completely rebuilt HD visuals, and Off-TV play on Wii U, the home console version of Resident Evil: Revelations is more than just your average port.

While this title sounds amazing already, you can experience it first-hand before you decide to purchase the full version when it comes out on May 21st in North America — or May 24th, for our European friends. Capcom has just confirmed that every one of the four home consoles getting a full version of Resident Evil: Revelations will also be getting a demo of the game. There's no word yet on when the demo will be released, but keep an eye out between now and Revelations' launch day if you'd like to try before you buy.

Time to dust off your console once more, not that it's dusty or anything, but Activision's next Call of Duty game, subtitled 'Ghosts', seems to have been leaked. Boxart can be found online over at NeoGAF which seems to show the CoD character Ghost. The title Will supposedly release on November 5th of this year.

According to users on NeoGAF the game is set in the future with current gen weaponry, due to some plot device. Some game types and movements have either been changed or replaced completely. The team working on Ghosts seems to be struggling implementing certain features in multiplayer. The reveal is set for some time May, early May presumably. According to a leaked GameStop ad the title will launch on the PS3 & Xbox 360, but not the Wii U. It is speculated that it will hit the Next Xbox and PS4, along with PC.

Fellow gamers and junk food junkies - brace yourselves, for this announcement may be the greatest occurrence to happen between the Gaming and Food industries since virtual sliced bread. Pizza Hut and Microsoft have collaborated to create an app which will allow Xbox Live members to order from the restaurant’s menu directly through their Xbox 360.

This new Pizza Hut app makes the entire menu accessible to users, where they will then be able to place orders for their own customized pizzas.  Users can link their Xbox and PizzaHut.com accounts and save their order settings to use again, as well as taking advantages of deals at local stores. Head past the jump for more!


The time for rumors and speculation are soon to come to an end, as Microsoft has finally lifted the covers off of the reveal date for their all new system. According to Microsoft Spokesperson Larry Hyrb:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at theElectronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed 

Xbox Campus, Redmond WA 
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT
So there you have it folks. What are you hoping to find out about the Next Xbox?

Batman: Arkham Origins, the third entry in the well received Arkham series, will have multiplayer. The title will be released at October 25th, and will introduce us to the Dark Knight in the early years of his crime fighting career. It will be the first in the series to have multiplayer, and if the source is correct, you will play as a member of Joker or Bane's gang trying to take Batman and Robin out.

More after the jump.

Grand Theft Auto V was announced by Rockstar and Take-Two over a year ago, and the game has built up quite the buzz. Another entry in a stellar series is always good, but GTA games are very spread out and Rockstar takes their sweet, sweet time with each main entry in the series. Grand Theft Auto V is a force to be reckoned with, and a game to be excited for. However, the game was only announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360, locking Wii U and PC owners out of the party, while also making potential next-gen consumers reconsider their decision of purchasing the game or another console, due to a lack of backward compatibility. Take-Two initially stuck to their decision of sticking to the two HD consoles, but they may have reconsidered according to this new rumor.

Rockstar is holding an investor meeting on May 16th, and gossip is flying around the internet saying the company might unveil ports for the Wii U, PC, PS4, and/or Microsoft's next console. InEntertainment claims we'll see many ports for the game on other systems, but they will not share the release date with the PS3/360 version of the game, as resources will need to focus on those versions after the release.

I don't buy into this rumor. Take-Two's president has shot down any rumors that GTA V would be going anywhere other than the PS3/360, but you never know. I would love to see GTA V come to Wii U or PC. Please deliver Take-Two.

What do you think? Do you buy the rumors? Sound off in the comments.

It seems that during a developer interview with CI Games, a question game up regarding the next Xbox's features. One of which that has gained a lot of fuzz between gamers is that the console must be "always on" to play games. Meaning that if you don't have internet connected with your console and you want to play games, you simply can't. He also had something to say about not being able to play pre-owned games on your console.

"What do I think? Very brave, so to speak, decision from Microsoft. Still, the question is whether or not somebody had to do it sooner or later. I'm not personally worried about it myself because as a player it's doable at my home..."

Full quote after the jump!

Rayman Legends is the upcoming sequel to 2011's critically-acclaimed Rayman Origins. Releasing September 27th, 2013 for Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, it will take Rayman back to his 2D platforming roots once again in a new co-op adventure with beautiful visual flair. But you probably already know the whole story of its delay from beginning to end.

Today, thanks to Nintendo Everything, new screenshots have surfaced of Rayman Legends in action and it's looking more impressive than ever. Check them out inside!

Shinji Mikami’s, founder of the Resident Evil series, studio Tango Gameworks has unveiled an all new survival horror game titled 'The Evil Within'. Tango Gameworks is under control of Bethesda, who has formed a habit of producing against the grain AAA experiences that many experts keep saying that consumers no longer want (Single player only experiences, games that don't push the boundaries of graphical fidelity, new IP's, etc). Of course, we all know almost every game they release is not only a great experience, it sells well, and in the case of some games it sells 10's of millions.

What's nice about this new game is that it doesn't appear to feature anything resembling a Zombie, which is refreshing for survival horror fans. That sad part is we don't see any gameplay in the above trailer. I'm always of mind that yes, Live Action trailers work well for things like commercials, but when you debut a game we actually want to see... the game. Otherwise, what's the point?

Currently, The Evil Within is slated for release on PS3, 360, PC, and next generation consoles in 2014. Nintendo fans may want to cross their fingers for some Wii U support. Bethesda hasn't completely written off the possibility of Wii U games... yet. FYI, we hope you're not watching this trailer before eating lunch today. It can be stomach turning for some... but then again, that's what survival horror is all about.