The Update For week ending 31st January 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and and we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, Top 5, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Cancelled Saint’s Row Game availiable as free download

Volition Software has now made its previously canceled PSP game Saints Row: Undercover available to download for free.

The developer showed off the title on a livestream earlier this week, during which it dropped a link to download the prototype. The ISO file is hosted by gaming archival site Unseen64, which claims that Volition gave it hosting privileges of the download.

Saints Row: Undercover works with any PSP emulator, and is fully playable, according to Unseen64. Despite this, the game itself is unfinished, although Volition confirmed it made it far into development prior to publisher THQ axing it.

A glimpse of the unreleased Saints Row title was first seen in a documentary short on Volition’s YouTube channel last week. In that video, the development team spoke of the PSP game’s impressive open world with an enthusiasm that its publisher didn’t quite share.

2)PS Plus’ Vote to Play returns for March

Sony has brought back its Vote to Play campaign to allow PlayStation Plus subscribers to determine which game they get free in March. The company announced the return of the voting period on the PlayStation Blog.

From Feb. 9 through Feb. 22, the polls will remain open, allowing Plus users to cast their votes for one of three titles: Action Henk!, Assault Android Cactus and Broforce. Voting will take place on PS4 consoles, and the game with the highest number of votes will be added to the March lineup.

The Vote to Play section will be located under PlayStation Plus on the PS4 home menu once Feb. 9 rolls around. Whichever title secures the victory will be added to the rest of the free games offered in March.

Sony tried the Vote to Play campaign in August, when subscribers elected Grow Home to join the PlayStation Plus selections for September. The other nominees were then discounted in the PlayStation Store as a consolation prize. There is no word that they will be doing this for this month’s Voting.

1)EA is not attending E3 this year

Electronic Arts have announced major changes for its presence at E3 2016, and will stage events off-site that are more accessible to fans. In return, it won’t have a booth at this year’s expo.

EA has announced EA Play, a three-day off-site event at Club Nokia near the Los Angeles Convention Center that will be open to the public. It will run June 12 (a Sunday) to June 14. A companion event will also be held in London on June 12.

Further, EA will move its regular pre-E3 keynote to the Sunday preceding E3 — June 12 at 1 p.m. PT. EA had long been part of the Monday rotation of news conferences.

An Electronic Arts representative told Polygon that EA will host private business meetings in a conference room at the L.A. Convention Center but said, “We have released our booth in the South Hall.”

A representative of the Entertainment Software Association, which stages E3, said:

EA’s player experience underscores E3 as the global launchpad for video game news, announcements, and excitement. As always, we continue to look forward to their contributions to E3 week and can’t wait to play the games ourselves.

EA’s floor space had been among the largest of the exhibitors at E3, dominating the entrance to South Hall for several years. It remains to be seen who will take its booth space, and also who will occupy the Monday slot of pre-E3 conferences.

EA says more details will be shared later about how to attend EA Play in person. Tickets will have to be reserved in advance, but “we are not charging a fee to attend,” an EA rep has said.

The representative added that attendees will get a crack at EA’s playable offerings before industry and the press at E3 2016. “Our players will have access to the games on Monday,” the rep said. “We will open up the event to the industry on Tuesday, allowing those who are in town for E3 to see our games and join the experience.”

UK GAME CHARTS

Lego Marvel Avengers swoops in at No1 to become the 8th different Lego title ever to reach the top of the Chart.  It is a feat that the first Lego Marvel title Lego Marvel Super Heroes couldn’t manage when it debuted at No2 back in 2013, denied then by Call of
Duty: Ghosts. However, Lego gets its own back on Call of Duty this week as it stops Black Ops III’s 7 week run at No1 with the Activision Blizzard blockbuster making way, down to No2 despite a 54% jump in sales.  Familiar faces occupy the next 5 spots with FIFA 16 down one place to No3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege and Star Wars Battlefront  non-movers at No’s 4 and 5 respectively, Grand Theft Auto V down 3 places to No6 and Just Cause 3 up one place to No7.  Retailer promotions of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain see it re-enter the Top 10, up from No24 to No8. Fallout 4 manages not to fall out of the Top 10, holding on to No9 just ahead of Resident Evil Origins Collection which falls from No6 to No10 in its second week of release. Square’s 3DS title Final Fantasy Explorers is unlucky to finish outside the Top 10, new at No11.

Still at No.5:                       STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT

Still at No.4:                       RAINBOW 6: SIEGE

Down 1 to No.3:                 FIFA 16

Down 1 to No.2:                 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

New at No.1:                        LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

Cobalt (360/XO/PC) – Digital Only
Not A Hero (PS4) – Digital Only
Tales Of Symphonia HD (PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

XCOM 2 (PC)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (XO/PS4)(PC – Digital Only)
Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Megadimension Neptunia VII (PS4)
The Legend Of Legacy (3DS)
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (XO/PS4/PC)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Collection (PS3)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

CTG Play Tomb Raider Multiplayer Part Three

CTG Plays Star Wars Battlefront Part Five

CTG Play Minecraft : Tribute to Evil

Billy Plays Undertale Pacifist Part Two

CTG Play Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

CTG Play Monopoly Plus Part Four

The CTG Podcast Live! Episode 78 – The CTG Awards

Don’t forget that we are back with the CTG Awards Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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