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Twisted Metal Creator's Latest Project Canceled, Major Layoffs Affect Studio

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David Jaffe's Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency game studio suffered a huge blow today following the cancellation of one of its major projects.

The news was broken by studio head David Jaffe on his personal Twitter. Jaffe said "the vast majority" of the studio's game division are being let go following the cancellation. Jaffe promised more news is forthcoming.

Bartlet Jones was responsible for Drawn to Death, the free-to-play arena shooter that took its visual inspiration from the frenzied doodles of a high school student's notebook. While the game was visually and conceptually interesting, and Jaffe is no stranger to competitive games, it failed to excite critics or gamers.

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Linux creator bashes Intel over ‘garbage’ Meltdown and Spectre patches

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More strong words from Linus Torvalds.

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Shadow of the Colossus’s 4K remake looks too good

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I’ve just started playing the Shadow of the Colossus remake on PlayStation 4 Pro, and I’m worried that the game has lost some of its magic in the translation to its new ultra HD resolution.

Developer Bluepoint Games rebuilt the new version of Shadow of the Colossus from the ground up — it’s not just an enhanced port. And, technically speaking, it all looks stunning and cinematic. You can see what I mean in the video I captured at the top of this story. That is 4K footage of the game’s introductory 15 minutes. I’m curious about whether other people who played the original Shadow of the Colossus — or even the PS3 upgrade — will agree that something is missing in the remake.

To be fair, any Shadow of the Colossus remake is going up against my memories of the PlayStation 2 original. That 2005 release was one of the biggest exclusives for Sony’s second home console, and it was the game that finally got me to buy the system. When I think back to playing it, Shadow of the Colossus always had this ethereal dream-like quality to it. And I think the issue here is that the remake doesn’t “look as good as it does in my memories” — it absolutely looks better.

The original game had this beautiful quality to it that felt impossible for the PlayStation 2. It was like these perfect, lifelife animations were trying to break out of their standard-definition prisons. This created a soft, shimmery quality to every thing in the world. I remember the horse’s mane whipping in the wind, and it was like peering into another dimension that my eyes could properly focus on.

I loved it. Shadow of the Colossus couldn’t look any better to me than it did on the PS2 — even with the inconsistent framerate. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t play the PS3 game. I didn’t need a remaster.

And I think the remake is confirming that was the case for me. This new take on Shadow of the Colossus is crystal clear. Textures, the hero, the horse, and the colossi no longer see like they exist between realities. It is just another place, with another regular horse, with giant monsters that almost look … boring.

And I can’t help but notice how weird the hero looks now.

Above: I hate my digital son.

Image Credit: GamesBeat

I’m going to keep playing. These are my earliest impressions. I want to give Shadow of the Colossus a fair chance to reestablish itself as a new experience on the PS4. And, of course, I’m not sure that “it looks too good” is something that will turn off potential new fans.

But yeah … nostalgia is real.

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PS4 Game Sale: Lots Of PSN Deals From Now Until Jan. 30

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A new batch of games are now discounted on the US PlayStation Store. While last week's selection of deals was rather slim, players have considerably more options to choose from this week thanks to the big PlayStation Essentials sale, which offers discounts on a ton of great PS4, PS3, and Vita games.

As per usual, the biggest selection of discounts are for PS4, all of which offer an additional percentage off for PS Plus subscribers. Call of Duty: WWII is $45 (or $48 without PS Plus), Destiny 2 is $39 ($42), Star Wars Battlefront II is $36 ($42), Battlefield 1 Revolution is $24 ($30), The Last of Us Remastered is $10 ($12), Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is $24 ($30), Persona 5 is $30 ($36), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is $21 ($24), Batman: Arkham Knight is $10 ($12), The Last Guardian is $20 ($24), Grand Theft Auto V is $30 ($36), L.A. Noire is $30 ($34), Injustice 2 is $25 ($30), and NBA 2K18 is $42 ($48).

The PS Essentials sale also encompasses a huge selection of great, lower-profile PS4 titles that you may have previously overlooked. What Remains of Edith Finch is $12 ($14), Axiom Verge is $10 ($12), Pyre is $10 ($12), Octodad: Dadliest Catch is $4.49 ($6), Oxenfree is $5 ($7), Overcooked is $6.79 ($8.49), Inside is $8 ($10), Cities: Skylines is $24 ($32), Human Fall Flat is $4.49 ($6), Observer is $18 ($21), and The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is $10 ($15).

On PS3, players can get Grand Theft Auto V for $20 ($24), Persona 5 for $25 ($30), Resident Evil 4 for $5 ($7), South Park: The Stick of Truth for $7 ($9), Devil May Cry HD Collection for $5 ($7), Okami HD for $5.59 ($7), and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen for $7.49 ($10.49). Vita owners can also pick up Axiom Verge and Octodad for their aforementioned prices thanks to Cross-Buy, as well as Zero Escape: The Nonary Games for $16 ($20), Muramasa Rebirth Complete Collection for $10.49 ($14), and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore for $10 ($15).

The PS Essentials sale will be available this week and ends at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET on January 30. You can see the full list of discounted titles on the PlayStation Store.



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Overwatch’s Blizzard World update is here with rad new skins and loot

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Check out the emotes, highlight intros and skins in new update

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Overwatch’s BlizzardWorld map and skin bonanza are live

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As I type this, my husband is sitting in an Overwatch queue grumbling over “unexpected server error occurred”: Yep, it’s a Blizzard patch day! Assuming you folks can defeat the login server boss, you’ll eventually be treated to the long-awaited and wonderfully goofy BlizzardWorld map (access it straight off by playing in arcade mode). As originally teased at BlizzCon 2017, [...]


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