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News Snatch: Driver Speedboat Paradise, Heavy Rain, Strike Vector EX And Persona 4

Where are the beards? This is madness!

Hello everyone and welcome back. We start with the news that Ubisoft have sneaked out a new Driver game. Well, it says Driver on the label but it features speedboats and, um, more speedboats, and little in the way of Driver-y stuff like a plot or John Tanner.

Driver Speedboat Paradise is out this April on mobile devices and has in game purchases.

As of 18th June 2015 you will no longer be able to use the online features of MLB The Show 14 on PS Vita, PS3 and PS4 because you have been a very naughty boy and naughty boys don’t get to play online games.

Alternatively, Sony may be turning the servers off.


A short video that shows behind the scenes of The Order: 1886. Wait a minute… where are the beards? These people are video game developers, their game features mighty and fine beards but they are all clean shaven. What witchcraft is this? Developers always have beards! I demand an enquiry!

There is a reason why Snatches are few and far between these days, and it’s because – praise the lord – we have a (relativity) new addition to the news team in the shape of Mark Lee. He’s been a very busy bunny which means we’re posting more news than ever and less is moved to the News Snatch wastebin. I mean file. Yes, file.

Anyway, if you have yet to notice Mark’s name appearing in the TSA, now is a good time to wave him a cheery hello.

A trailer for episode 2 of wonky lip-sync sim, Life Is Strange.

Harmonix have announced that Rock Band 4 will run at 1080p/60fps.

“It’ll be 1080p and will run at 60fps,” said product manager Eric Pope. “I know there’s a vocal group of players that want to hear that. But what to me is more exciting is the online infrastructure of the consoles. It will open a lot [of] opportunities for us to support the game in more reactive, timely ways”.

A nice little video that shows the supernatural concepts removed from Heavy Rain, and the DLC that was cancelled in favour of making a PS Move version.

As an aside, remember when Heavy Rain was the pinnacle of console graphics? The most realistic looking game ever? Just watch a few seconds of the video and then ask yourself, “What were we thinking?”

Evolve is getting a DLC drop on March 31st which includes the fourth playable Monster, Behemoth, four new playable Hunters, two free maps, a free Observer Mode, and more.

The new hunters are: Torvald, a cyborg Assault character with a mortar cannon for an arm; Crow, a Trapper with a pet Batray for tracking Monsters; Slim, a genetically modified combat Medic; and Sunny, a Support character equipped with a mininuke grenade launcher.

Indie game studio RageQuit Corporation has announced that Strike Vector EX, a competitive first-person aerial-combat game, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Raptr is phasing out support for consoles as “changes to Xbox Live and PSN would repeatedly break our system.”

We believe our mission is to make PC gaming fun and effortless, and therefore we’ve decided to focus our resources on PC gaming exclusively. We will retire all remaining console support in the near future.

And Finally, more slick moves from Persona 4: Dancing All Night. He’s got nothing on the shapes I used to throw at 5am in Turnmills though.

  1. Pixel_nme
    Since: Mar 2014

    I can vision those shapes being thrown now ;)

    Comment posted on 20/03/2015 at 21:52.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    The Heavy Rain alternative storyline sounded interesting and it’s a shame about the cancelled dlc.
    The visuals do look a bit dated now but the performance-capture in that Audition video still impresses me.

    Comment posted on 20/03/2015 at 22:14.
  3. GTOWN
    Since: Aug 2008

    Wasn’t there a boat racing games YEARS ago. Maybe PS2? Can’t remember the name.

    Comment posted on 22/03/2015 at 14:28.
    • PoolieMike
      Since: Oct 2008

      Hydro Thunder. Great game.

      Comment posted on 22/03/2015 at 18:15.
      • Mark Lee
        Since: Oct 2014

        Yes to Hydro Thunder, wasn’t it PS1 though?

        Comment posted on 22/03/2015 at 21:50.
      • PoolieMike
        Since: Oct 2008

        It was originally, but it was released on PS2 a few years later as well. I played it on the Dreamcast myself.

        Comment posted on 23/03/2015 at 00:46.

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