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News Snatch: Burnout Paradise, Surviving Mars, And Pokémon Crystal

Jingle Snatch, Jingle Snatch, Jingle all the way

Twas the Snatch before Christmas and all though TSA, not a game was stirring, not even a triple A. Yes it’s another quiet News Snatch and as I’m off next Friday it’s the last one before Santa unloads his sack, so what have we go this week? Well Crystal Dynamics have celebrated their 25th birthday and here’s a video celebrating all their work.


As you might have noticed there are lot of games around so here’s an update on some release dates which were announced this week. Dates are for UK unless stated otherwise.

  • I Fell From Grace (PC) – December 20th
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL (Switch) December 21st
  • InnerSpace (Switch, PS4, XB1, PC, Mac) – January 16th

Now I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up as the source of this information is flakey and unverifiable, but a Brazilian retailer has listed a Burnout Paradise Remastered for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a release date of March next year.

EA have said they are against remasters but the huge success of Crash and other remasters along with the relatively low cost of porting the PC version of Paradise to Xbox One and PS4 might have persuaded them otherwise.



Here’s a behind the scenes look at Battalion 1944. “Throughout development it’s been so important for us to study every element of World War II,” explainss Howard Philpott, Creative Producer at Bulkhead Interactive. “The main thing for us is to really understand the brutality and the visceral nature of the Second World War. We’ve been working so damn hard just to make sure we can capture the intensity of these weapons, and making that translate to a mouse and keyboard. It’s been a challenge, but I feel like we’ve really nailed it.”


Sony have hinted that next year you will – at last – be able to change your PSN name. Greg Miller discussed the topic with PlayStation boss Shawn Layden who said “The elves at the North Pole have been working on it.” “I hope we’ll see events occur that you won’t have to ask me that question next PSX,” he added.



AO Tennis is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 16th, that’s Australian Open Tennis, in case you were wondering. It’s very Australian, in fact it’s so Australian it’s only releasing in Australia and New Zealand at the moment.



Another dev diary but this one has a lot of gameplay footage of Surviving Mars. We get a closer look at Surviving Mars’ domed colonies and take a peak at hat life will be like on Mars when humans finally begin to populate players’ drone-built habitats.


Pokémon Crystal is coming to Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on 26th January 2018, with a limited run of boxed versions also coming to retail on the same day. The game is an expanded version of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver and introduced animations during battles.



The First Class VR is out now and is described as a “one of a kind VR cinematic experience, available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, which guides the users through an interactive historical story of man’s quest for flight and beyond.”



Here’s a documentary about the music of Darksiders with composer Jesper Kyd.



And Finally, a quick look at Extinction which is arriving next Spring. I know you were expecting some Improbable Boobs but appears that, just this once, the girls with Improbable Boobs have wisely decided to stay covered up in the wintry weather.

6 Comments
  1. Tony Cawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Without improbable boobs, how is Santa supposed to empty his sack all over my carpet?

    Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 11:59.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Filth.

      Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 12:07.
      • Tony Cawley
        Pint! Pint!
        Since: Feb 2009

        Yeah I should imagine he would get kinda filthy coming down all those sooty chimneys in one night.

        Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 14:05.
  2. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    Burnout Paradise is my most overriding memory of the PS3 era.
    I would probably buy a PS4 version

    Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 12:36.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      I’d say the same, but im sure a probably would turn into a preorder as soon as it turned out to be real. This is the sort of rumour I cynically reckon is market research put out there by EA and I really hope it pans out. I wonder if they’ll have to port it into the frostbite engine first?
      Oh and good puns TC, they almost but don’t quite make up for the lack of improbably boobs.

      Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 12:41.
  3. Bornindafire
    Member
    Since: Apr 2014

    ea is silly.. they have so many classic people really would Luke to play they could stop with loot crates n make some remastered classics ..

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    Comment posted on 15/12/2017 at 14:33.