Weekend Confirmed is ready to say goodbye to 2013. Hosts Garnett Lee and Jeff Cannata are ready to usher in the new year with all of your favorite guests! The show starts with Naughty Dog's Jason Paul, The Escapist's Andrea Rene, Marcus Beer, and Shane Satterfield getting the ball rolling on some of 2014's most anticipated games, like the upcoming Uncharted, Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son, and Thief. Shacknews' Andrew Yoon, "Indie" Jeff Mattas, Christian Spicer, and Insomniac's James Stevenson jump into the second segment to talk about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Child of Light, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Dark Souls II. The third segment kicks off with James, Andrea, Jason, and Shane discussing what 2014 holds for driving games like DriveClub and The Crew, before jumping into The Elder Scrolls Online and what the upcoming year could mean for microtransactions in games. The final segment welcomes in Shacknews' Ozzie Mejia, Christian, "Indie" Jeff, and Marcus to discuss their predictions for 2014, including whether Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have the better year. The show concludes with everyone giving one prediction for the new year and a very special announcement from Garnett regarding Weekend Confirmed in 2014. Happy New Year, everyone!
PlanetSide 2 is one of the more exciting free-to-play offerings coming to PS4. PC players have been enjoying the MMOFPS for quite some time, but what can console players expect? SOE producer Matt Higby explained that the PS4 version will be "nearly identical to the PC version, with the exception of the user interface."
Nintendo's StreetPass on 3DS has been a successful and fairly unique approach to socializing on a gaming platform, thanks in part to the handful of StreetPass-fueled games available on the system. Mii Plaza director Kouichi Kawamoto says that the team aimed for a single-player-like approach to their designs, with the social aspect serving to help the player accomplish their goals.
Tomb Raider has gotten a price drop to $29.99 on most platforms, but the upcoming Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is going back up to the usual $59.99. Crystal Dynamics executive producer Scot Amos recently defended the decision, claiming the version is much more than a mere graphical improvement.
Half-Minute Hero designer Kotaro Yoshida is making another twist on classic RPG tropes, with the announcement of "100 Turn Hero." It's due to hit iOS devices in Japan on January 17. No US plans have been announced yet.
In spite of being one of the first games ever revealed for PS4, not much is known about Capcom's online dungeon crawling game, Deep Down. Subsequent trailers have only added befuddlement, as has the revelation that the game would be free-to-play.
A "2014 Prologue" trailer from Capcom doesn't do much to make things any clearer. You'll get a peek at some co-op battling, some new monsters, and yes, what appears to be another nod at an Assassin's Creed-style future storyline of sorts.
Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki and his team at Valhalla Game Studios is still working on Devil's Third, an action game that was originally supposed to come under the THQ banner before the company shut its doors. While the game may not yet have a publisher, Itagaki says that it's on track for completion in 2014, with the game being 80% done.
Microsoft has announced its next two "Games with Gold" offerings for January. The month will net you the Hong Kong hardboiled open world game Sleeping Dogs and the top-down co-op Lara Croft game, Guardian of Light. We'd say this is probably one of the finest months for Xbox 360's free game service.
Sega is preparing its first free-to-play game on the 3DS, but doesn't plan to stop there. The company is planning to release the F2P racer Initial D: Perfect Shift Online this winter in Japan, based on the manga series by Shuuichi Shigeno. But Sega producer Toshihiro Nagoshi says they are already considering other F2P options moving forward.