Oct 17 2014
The Bloodborne alpha test will be reactivated this weekend, it has been announced.
Fans will once again be able to sample Bloodborne on Sunday, October 19, after a previously planned test was postponed on October 5.
The third and final test was postponed due to unspecified "issues". Fans had accessed a restricted area as part of an earlier session.
According to Joystiq, the alpha will return on October 19 at 6pm (UK time) until 9pm. The North American alpha runs from 8pm (ET) until 11pm.
The final alpha can be redownloaded by fans who deleted it, and will also incorporate co-op play.
Developed by From Software, Bloodborne is to launch on February 5 for PlayStation 4.
Its first gameplay trailer was unveiled during Sony's press conference at gamescom 2014 in August.
Oct 17 2014
NBA 2K15 has launched on iOS and Amazon devices.
Developed by Visual Concepts, the mobile release features 'quick game' and MyCareer modes, in addition to a soundtrack curated by Pharrell Williams.
With improved player models and animations as well as refined gameplay, 2K has described the title as the "most true-to-life NBA experience yet on mobile".
NBA 2K15 is available to purchase on the iOS App Store for £5.49 in the UK and $7.99 in the US.
The game is also available on Amazon's Fire phone, Fire HDX 8.9" and Kindle Fire HDX tablets, with a Fire TV release coming soon.
The home version of NBA 2K15 is out on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
The Xbox One outsold the PS4 throughout the US in September, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.
The video game analyst believes that the Xbox One sold 325,000 units in the US last month, compared to 250,000 for the PS4, reports Venturebeat.
September saw the release of an Xbox One Madden bundle, as well as a free games promotion.
"We expect Xbox One sales to exceed those of the PS4 for only the second month since launch," Pachter told investors.
"From September 7 through [September] 13, Microsoft offered a free game with the purchase of a new Xbox One at participating retailers," he added.
Pachter also said that a free copy of Destiny on Xbox One was more compelling than paying for Destiny on PS4.
While the figures are yet to be confirmed, a recent report suggested that Microsoft's console outsold Sony's device for one week in September throughout the UK.
The Xbox One is currently available for £329.99 online, while Amazon is also selling a number of discounted bundles.
PlayStation 2 has been voted the best ever console by Amazon shoppers.
Beginning back in August, users were given the option to nominate their favourite systems before a 16-console bracket was drawn up.
PlayStation 2 defeated Wii U, PS3 and then Nintendo 64 in the semis on its way to the final. It then beat the original PlayStation to seal the title.
The original PlayStation beat Super Nintendo in the other semi-final.
Other stats reveal that PlayStation 4 had more nominations at the open vote stage than all Sega consoles combined.
Meanwhile, GoldenEye 007 was the game most mentioned as the reason for voting for a console.
Game Boy was the most popular handheld, while the PC missed out on making the bracket by nine votes.
The Evil Within is available today (October 14) worldwide on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The new survival horror game by Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, and his new studio Tango Gameworks, features over-the-shoulder action that evokes Resident Evil 4, but introduces concepts of stealth and noise when combating demons in a nightmarish world.
First reviews of the game have been mixed, with several calling the game disappointing thanks to difficulty spikes, old-fashioned action and a story that struggles to gain momentum, while others praise the direction and familiar tension present from Mikami's previous work.
Pinball tables based on animated comedy South Park have been announced for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2.
'South Park: Super-Sweet Pinball' and 'South Park: Butters' Very Own Pinball Game' will be available as downloadable content this week.
Both tables combined will cost £3.99 for Zen Pinball 2 on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita from Wednesday (October 15) in Europe and tomorrow (Tuesday, October 14) in North America.
Meanwhile, the same pricing has been confirmed for Pinball FX2 on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
The add-on for Xbox 360 and PC will launch on October 15 worldwide, while the Xbox One release is set for Thursday (October 16).
The South Park tables can also be purchased individually on Zen Pinball 2 for Mac from October 15 and Zen Pinball for iOS, Android and Amazon platforms from October 16.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition has been confirmed for Windows Phone.
Mojang developers Jens Bergensten and Tommaso Checchi revealed the news on Twitter, explaining that while the port runs already, additional work was needed before release.
The Windows Phone port is announced the month after Microsoft confirmed plans to purchase Mojang in a deal worth $2.5 billion (£1.54 billion).
Microsoft confirmed that it would continue to make the game available on existing PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation platforms, adding that the deal would be "rich with new opportunities" for the Minecraft community.
The game was also given an October release date on PlayStation Vita.
Minecraft will make its European Vita debut on October 15 after releasing in North America on October 14.
Oct 17 2014
Destiny is being played by more than 3 million people every day, according to Bungie.
In a post on the Bungie blog, the developer revealed that one month after launch, the game is being played by an average of 3.2 million people on a daily basis.
Furthermore, Bungie claims that users are spending an average of 3 hours a day playing the game, even on weekdays.
The average user is said to play 1.8 times a day and has loaded up the game nearly 21 times since launch.
"Over the past three weeks, we've had more players online in Destiny than we did during the same span for Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, combined," the post continues.
Thanking fans for their support, Bungie has urged fans to "stay tuned for the next evolution of our shared adventure".
Destiny recently pushed PS4 sales past the one million mark in the UK.
It has since been confirmed as the biggest PS4 game launch in North America and the biggest ever new franchise launch in the UK.
The studio behind Dragon Age: Inquisition has seemingly taken a dig at Ubisoft.
Via Twitter, BioWare commented on the resolution of its upcoming role-playing title in regard to the publisher's recent statements on the frame rate of Assassin's Creed Unity.
Earlier this week, Ubisoft released an official statement on claims that Assassin's Creed Unity has been downgraded on PS4.
The publisher directly addressed quotes from producer Vincent Pontbriand that the PS4 version had the same frame rate and resolution because it was 'constrained' to match the Xbox One release.
Both Assassin's Creed Unity and Dragon Age: Inquisition launch next month on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The latter will also be available on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Three classic Sid Meier games have been released on Steam.
Pirates! Gold Plus, Covert Action and Colonization are all available for the first time on the platform as a result of a partnership between Tommo Inc and Night Dive Studios.
Pirates! Gold is an updated version of the 1987 original that was released in 1993, boasting a graphical overhaul and other minor improvements. The game would later be remade and launched in 2004.
Covert Action is a 1990 espionage thriller. As super-spy Max Remington, the player is tasked with neutralising terrorists around the globe.
As well as performing investigative work, mini-games must be completed in order to successfully break codes, install wiretaps, tail suspects and infiltrate enemy buildings. Cases are randomly generated, enhancing the game's replay value.
Colonization is a turn-based strategy title that launched in 1994. The player must select one of four colonial forces and build a colony in the New World.
All three games were previously released on GOG.com.