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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Fans have come to expect a lot from PlatinumGames, a studio founded by industry giants Shinji Mikami, Atsushi Inaba, and Hideki Kamiya. Lately, however, those expectations have been tempered by some sub-par outings. Platinum's latest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, is another one of those lackluster titles. Mutants is especially frustrating because Platinum already proved it could make a dependable licensed game with Transformers: Devastation. Yet where Devastation was a love letter to fans, Mutants is more like a brick through the window.

    Like so many of Platinum's games, Mutants is a hack and slash action game. Each of the four ninja turtle brothers - Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael - punch and kick their way through nine levels, each culminating in a boss fight. It seems like the evil brain Krang, now a general, plots to destroy Manhattan and take over the world with his lieutenant Shredder. Platinum developed the story in-house, inventing its own storyline instead of borrowing plotlines from the comics, cartoons, or movies.

    Platinum isn't known for its epic storytelling, so a cheesy world domination storyline doesn't matter as long as the game has strong fundamentals. The problem is, Mutants doesn't. It throws a lot of gameplay hooks and tools at the player, but none of them are developed throughout the campaign. They exist, probably, to cover up the simple and unrewarding fighting mechanics that define the game.

    In the Mutants tutorial, you're taught a dodge move and a parry move, tutored on stealth take-downs, and instructed how to scale buildings, grind rails, and glide through the air. Pretty cool stuff, right? Well, don't expect to use these abilities in any meaningful way. Players can survive enemy and boss encounters without dodging or parrying at all. And levels are designed in such a straightforward and clumsy way as to make stealth and verticality virtually meaningless. There's also a pointless scanning device that's basically a glorified waypoint reader.

    The boring combat and tedious level design in Mutants is mitigated somewhat by the turtles themselves, each of whom fights in a unique way with special power moves. Raphael, for example, is relatively slow-moving but hard-hitting. Donatello, armed with a bo staff, has long range. And Mikey - when he's not inhaling pizza - strikes fast and furiously. Moreover, in battle each turtle can employ four different power moves. Raph can enter stealth mode, for example; Leo can slow time; and Mikey can become a cheerleader - pom-poms and all - in order to recharge his brothers' power moves.

    The most impressive of these power moves are the combo attacks, where two turtles team up to knock the stuffing out of anyone nearby. The best occurs whenever Mikey teams up with one of the other turtles. A disco ball drops, Mikey and his partner disco dance, and then so too do the bad guys, opening themselves up to a flurry of attacks. It never gets old.

    All of these special moves prove particularly important in boss battles, which are the highlight of Mutants. Where the majority of each level is a boring slog that demands players run from point A to point B to defuse a bomb or take out a platoon of enemy soldiers, the end boss fight is a lot of fun. It's here where players actually need to watch enemy patterns and develop a strategy, instead of absentmindedly mashing buttons. The boss fight with Wingnut is unusually good.

    The entirety of Mutants can be played solo - with a single player switching among all four turtles - but it's with other players online that the game becomes more enjoyable. Here turtles can adequately complement each other without the need to switch characters on the fly. Unfortunately some technical errors mar the experience on Xbox One. Players are just as likely to connect smoothly with an online lobby as they are to experience time-outs, connection errors, and mid-level disconnections.

    This problem could be diminished with an offline co-op mode, but Platinum inexplicably removed that option from the game. Turtles games have a long and glorious history of couch co-op. That Platinum skipped the mode altogether is inexcusable.

    In the end, Platinum didn't need to do much to make Mutants in Manhattan a worthwhile experience. All it had to do was respect the source material, create some satisfying combat mechanics, and honor the series' local multiplayer origins. It failed largely at all three. Hopefully the next licensed game from Platinum - if there is one - will learn from Mutants' mistakes.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264506/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-mutants-in-manhattan-xone/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

     

    PS4 vs. PS3 and Xbox 360 Global:

    Gap change in latest month: 278,946 – PS3 and Xbox 360

    Gap change over last 12 months: 657,133 – PS3 and X360

    Total Lead: 160,131 – PS4

    PlayStation 4 Sales: 40,589,739

    Total Combined PS3 and Xbox 360 Sales: 40,429,608

    The gap grew in favor of the combined sales of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 when compared to the PlayStation 4 during the same timeframe by 278,946 units and by 657,133 units in the last 12 months. The PlayStation 4 leads by 160,131 units.

    The PlayStation 4 in its first 30 months sold 40.59 million units, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have sold a combined 40.43 million units.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264512/ps4-vs-ps3-and-xbox-360vgchartz-gap-chartsapril-2016-update/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Capcom has announced Resident Evil 5 launches digitally on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One om June 28th. A retail release will be available in North America on July 12th.

    The game features the story campaign and all of the DLC previously released. This includes the story add-ons Lost in Nightmares and Desperate Escape. There is also the No Mercy Mode and The Mercenaries United, which includes all of the Mercenaries content released for the original game.


    The game is available for pre-order on the Xbox One.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264511/resident-evil-5-launches-on-ps4-and-xbox-one-next-month/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Sony is bringing back the PlayStation E3 Experience on Monday, June 13, to over 85 movie theaters across the US, Canada, and Latin America.

    Tickets for the event is free and will be PlayStation.com/E3Experience starting Tuesday, May 31 at 10am PT.


    "In 2014, we had this crazy idea to partner with Fathom Events and broadcast our E3 Press Conference LIVE to some theaters North America, not knowing if this was something people would even be interested in attending," Sony Interactive Entertainment's Michael Steranka. "Two years later, and we’ve had to more than double our seating capacity to accommodate everybody!

    "There’s just something special about watching the news and excitement of E3 together with fellow PlayStation fans that makes this an event I look forward to every year. Between the loud cheers that, honestly, probably ruin movies for people in adjacent theaters (sorry not sorry), and the camaraderie felt in the air from being surrounded by the PlayStation Nation, there’s no better way to experience E3."

    "In addition to getting to watch an HD simulcast of our E3 Press Conference, fans in attendance will go home with special PlayStation goods, including a commemorative Coca-Cola E3 Experience Cup and #37 from the PlayStation Collectible Card series first introduced at PlayStation Experience 2015! This is the only way to get your hands on these exclusive collectibles, so don’t miss your opportunity."

    Here is the list of locations:

    Theatre NameCityState
    Anchorage 16 with XD Anchorage AK
    Trussville 16 Birmingham AL
    Colonel Glenn 18 with Xtreme Little Rock AR
    Deer Valley 17 with IMAX Phoenix AZ
    Park Place 20 with XD Tucson AZ
    Century City 15 with IMAX Los Angeles CA
    Mission Valley 20 with IMAX San Diego CA
    Van Ness 14 with IMAX San Francisco CA
    Daly City 20 with XD Daly City CA
    Greenwood Plaza 12 Englewood CO
    Pavilions 15 Denver CO
    Brass Mill 12 Waterbury CT
    Gallery Place 14 Washington DC
    Brandywine Town Center 16 Wilmington DE
    Sunset Place 24 with IMAX Miami FL
    The Avenues Stadium 20 Jacksonville FL
    Sawgrass Stadium 23 with IMAX Fort Lauderdale FL
    Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 with IMAX Orlando FL
    Hollywood 24 @ North I-85 Atlanta GA
    Dole Cannery 18 with IMAX Honolulu HI
    Davenport 18 with IMAX Davenport IA
    Boise Stadium 22 with IMAX Boise ID
    River East 21 Chicago IL
    Galaxy 14 Indianapolis IN
    Hollywood Stadium 14 Topeka Topeka KS
    Tinseltown Louisville Louisville KY
    Elmwood Palace 20 with IMAX Harahan LA
    Solomon Pond Mall 15 Marlborough MA
    Fenway 13 with RPX Boston MA
    Rockville Center 13 Rockville MD
    Brunswick 10 Brunswick ME
    Lansing Mall with RPX Lansing MI
    Brooklyn Center 20 Minneapolis MN
    Kansas City 18 Cinemas Kansas City MO
    Cinemark 16 Gulfport Gulfport MS
    Gallatin Valley Cinemas 11 Bozeman MT
    Brier Creek Stadium 14 Raleigh NC
    Stonecrest 22 @ Piper Glen with IMAX Charlotte NC
    Oakview 24 with IMAX Omaha NE
    Fox Run Stadium 15 with RPX Newington NH
    Hamilton 24 with IMAX Trenton NJ
    Seacourt 10 Toms River NJ
    Albuquerque Rio 24 with XD Albuquerque NM
    Village Square 18 Las Vegas NV
    Empire 25 with IMAX New York NY
    Union Square Stadium 14 New York NY
    Transit Center Stadium 19 with IMAX Buffalo NY
    Western Hills 14 Cincinnati OH
    Georgesville Stadium 16 Columbus OH
    Tinseltown USA Oklahoma City OK
    Lloyd Center 10 with IMAX Portland OR
    Cinemark Robinson Township with XD Pittsburgh PA
    Riverview Plaza Philadelphia PA
    Columbiana Grande Stadium 14 Columbia SC
    Sioux Falls Stadium 14 Sioux Falls SD
    Opry Mills 21 with IMAX Nashville TN
    Northpark Center 15 with IMAX and ETX Dallas TX
    Houston Marq*E Stadium 22 plus IMAX Houston TX
    Cielo Vista 18 San Antonio TX
    Metropolitan 14 Austin TX
    Salt Lake City 16 Salt Lake City UT
    Lynnhaven 18 with IMAX Virginia Beach VA
    Westchester Common 16 Midlothian VA
    Pacific Place 11 Seattle WA
    Lincoln Square Bellevue 16 Bellevue WA
    Tinseltown Kenosha Kenosha WI
    Morgantown Stadium 12 Morgantown WV
    Fox Theater 6 Laramie WY
    Scotiabank Chinook Calgary Alberta
    SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas Burnaby British Columbia
    SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas Winnipeg Manitoba
    Scotiabank Theatre Toronto Toronto Ontario
    Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal Montreal Quebec

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264510/playstation-e3-experience-2016-announced/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

     Microsoft has slashed the price of the Xbox One by $50 to $299 for the 500GB model and $319 for the 1TB model.

    The price cut includes the price of all of the bundles, except for the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians 1TB bundle.

    The price around the world is now:

    US: $299
    Europe: €299
    UK: £279

    The bundles have an asterisk that says it is "for a limited time." However, the top of the page does not have the asterisk. 

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264509/xbox-one-price-slashed-to-299/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Sony on the PlayStation Blog have revealed the PlayStation Plus games for June. Two PlayStation 4 titles, two PlayStation 3 titles, and two PlayStation Vita titles will be available for free to download next month.


    The free PlayStation Plus games for June are:

    • NBA 2K16, PS4
    • Gone Home: Console Edition, PS4
    • Echochrome, PS3
    • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12), PS3
    • God of War: Chains of Olympus, PS Vita
    • Little Deviants, PS Vita

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264508/playstation-plus-games-for-june-announced/

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    May 31st, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Microsoft has announced this week's Deals With Gold for Xbox Live Gold members. These deals run through June 6th.


    Xbox One Deals

    CONTENT TITLECONTENT TYPEDISCOUNTNOTES
    Battleborn Xbox One Game 35% GWG
    Battleborn Digital Deluxe* Xbox One Game 35% Spotlight
    Battlefield Hardline Getaway Add-On 100% GWG
    Grand Theft Auto V Xbox One Game 35% GWG
    Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash  Xbox One Game 40% GWG
    Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle Xbox One Game 50% GWG
    Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle Xbox One Game 45% GWG
    NBA 2K16 Xbox One Game 40% GWG
    NBA 2K16 200,000 VC Add-On 30% GWG
    NBA 2K16 450,000 VC Add-On 50% GWG
    NBA 2K16 75,000 VC Add-On 10% GWG
    NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition Xbox One Game 45% GWG
    NBA 2K16 Starter Pack Bundle* Add-On 45% Spotlight
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Xbox One Game 60% GWG


    Xbox 360 Deals

    CONTENT TITLECONTENT TYPEDISCOUNTNOTES
    Battlefield Hardline Getaway Add-On 100% GWG
    Guncraft: Blocked and Loaded Games On Demand 50% GWG
    NBA 2K16 Games On Demand 50% GWG
    Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 Games On Demand 50% GWG
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Games On Demand 67% GWG

    *These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264507/this-weeks-deals-with-gold-battleborn-grand-theft-auto-v/

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    May 30th, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    The VGChartz Gap charts are updated monthly and each article focuses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

     

    PS4 vs. Xbox One and Wii U Global:

    Gap change in latest month: 293,093 – PS4

    Gap change over last 12 months: 5,788,756 – PS4

    Total Lead: 6,618,156 – PS4

    PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 40,589,739

    Total Combined Xbox One and Wii U Sales: 33,971,583

    The gap has grown for 16 straight months in favor of the PlayStation 4 when compared to the combined sales of the Xbox One and Wii U. The gap in the latest month grew by 203,093 units and 5.79 million units in the last 12 months.

    The PlayStation 4 leads by 6.62 million units. The PlayStation 4 has sold 40.59 million, while the Xbox One and Wii U sold 33.97 million units.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264505/ps4-vs-xbox-one-and-wii-uvgchartz-gap-chartsapril-2016-update/

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    May 30th, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    343 Industries have confirmed in a post on Halo Waypoint the upcoming RTS, Halo Wars 2, will be playable at E3 next month.

    "The Halo Wars 2 team is anxiously gearing up for E3, where the game will indeed be playable."


    Halo Wars 2 is in development by Creative Assembly and will release later this year on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264504/halo-wars-2-will-be-playable-at-e3/

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    May 30th, 2016GamespotUncategorized

    Hello Games founder Sean Murray has confirmed in a post on the PlayStation Blog that No Man's Sky has been delayed by two months.

    No Man’s Sky will launch in North America on August 9th, in Europe August 10th, and in the UK August 12th.

    Murray also confirmed on Twitter the new release dates applies to both the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC versions of the game.

    Tweet

    "We understand that this news is disappointing," said Murray. "Making this game is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but we are so close now, and we’re prepared to make the tough choices to get it right.

    "The universe of No Man’s Sky is incredibly vast. More than you can imagine. This is a type of game that hasn’t been attempted before, by a smaller team than anyone would expect, under an intense amount of expectation.

    "And despite all of that, development is genuinely going well. This is the hardest working, most talented team I’ve ever worked with, and I’m so proud of what we’re doing. For all our sakes though, we get one shot to make this game and we can’t mess it up."

    A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

    Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/264503/no-mans-sky-delayed-until-august/

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