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Dead Rising Podcast October 31, 2013

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In honor of Halloween, GameXcess.net’s latest podcast is focused on a fantastic video game horror series, Dead Rising.  The game has spawned two major titles, two remakes, and two downloadable games.  Where many games focus specifically on the fear, Dead Rising is one of the rare franchises that makes you think about the impact we as humans have had, and what the consequences of our actions could bring.Well that, and they’re great open world zombie hack and slash games where everything can become a weapon, and anywhere can be explored.

As usual for any site podcast we talk about the origins of the series, our experiences playing it, and what the future holds for the series.  Enjoy!

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Playstation 4 Day One Firmware Update Does Not Require Online Activation October 31, 2013

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Those of you who may be lacking broadband internet access and wish to pick up a Playstation 4 with the hope of using most of the console’s announced features can breathe a small sigh of relief today.  According to several media sources, the Day One Software Update that Sony is releasing on the PS4’s launch can be installed from multiple different sources, including USB.

This may be a welcome announcement, as many prospective PS4 owners have been concerned that Sony’s update servers may not be able to meet the demand of all the new PS4 users updating their consoles at around the same time.  By offering different update solutions, this could lessen the load on Sony’s update server, or provide a workaround in case users do find problems updating online.

Sony has also stated they may be able to provide an alternate activation disc to users unable to update through other means.  However, you may need to contact Sony Support in order to have that disc sent to you.

You can read more about this, as well as all of the final technical information Sony is releasing on the PS4, here.

The Playstation 4 is launching November 15th, 2013 for a price of $399 US.

Dead Rising 3 Halloween Trailer October 31, 2013

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We’re less than a month away from the launch of the Xbox One, and the highest anticipated game on my launch radar is without a doubt Dead Rising 3 from Capcom.

One of the staples of the Dead Rising series was that you could pretty much wear any kind of clothes you find in the game’s environment.  One of the gameplay enhancements of Dead Rising 2 is that you could fashion your own weapons from other smaller weapons you found in the environment.  This new trailer is just here to remind us on Halloween that yes…that’s all still there.

Dead Rising 3 is coming November 22nd, 2013 exclusive to the Xbox One.

Heavenly Sword Movie Announced October 31, 2013

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In 2007, developer Ninja Theory released their first exclusive game to Sony’s Playstation 3, called Heavenly Sword.  It had a deep story with fantastic characters, and a similar gameplay style to Sony’s Playstation 2 hit series God of War.  Sadly, the game critically suffered as many people complained just how short it was, and after the game’s release Ninja Theory moved on to other projects.  Because of this, most people forgot about the series and moved on.  This is quite a shame since…well without going too deep into spoilers the original game did end with a pretty big cliffhanger.

I can remember some musings from Ninja Theory shortly after Heavenly Sword’s release that they had the facilities and the expertise to make a dedicated CGI movie, but that really didn’t go any further.  They were working with WETA to make the original game, and it looked great.  All characters were digitally performance captured from actors including Andy Serkis.  A CGI movie would have made a really good fit for the series, but we hadn’t heard anything further about that in years.  Imagine my surprise when this trailer hit the web last night.

That’s right, they’re making an Heavenly Sword CGI movie, and it looks to be a direct adaptation of the original game.  From what I can see in the the trailer, the movie makers have replicated the game’s art style perfectly.  I’m also happy to see that Anna Torv, who was the lead actress in the original game, will be reprising her role for this movie.  It looks like Alfred Molina (famous for playing Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2) will be replacing Andy Serkis as the antagonist.

I’m really excited about this development.  I was a fan of Heavenly Sword when it was first released, and I have been hoping for quite some time that they would continue the franchise in some form.  I’ve extended an invitation for interviews on behalf of this site to the movie’s filmmakers.

Heavenly Sword: The Movie will be coming April 2014.