Monster Gaming Week (19 August 2013)

If you missed any gaming news over the past seven days, today we give you another chance to catch up with our latest news and reviews from the past week.

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Monster News

GTA Online reveal this Thursday

Rockstar is set to unveil ‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ this Thursday, August 15th, 2013.

Saints Row IV Soundtrack

Kanye West among the artists named.

Dev Battlefield 4 Will Reward Field Upgrades to Team Players

Via their blog, DICE has given updated details on how they will reward players who work in/as a team on the battlefield.

Dev The Division: No Unique Features Coming to Xbox One or PlayStation 4

Developer speaks out that they do not want to leave any feature out, regardless of what platform they are playing their game on.

Xbox One Xbox One Will Still Function Without the Kinect Connected

Microsoft confirms that the Kinect connection will no longer be mandatory, but will still be bundled with your Xbox One.

Xbox One No Voice Chat Between Xbox 360 and Xbox One Gamers

Microsoft states, due to technical difficulties, no chat between both platforms. You could use is Skype though, right?

Fun Stuff 8-Bit Cinema – Kick-Ass

I love YouTube member 8-Bit Cinema’s adaptations of popular movies. We brought you Anchorman last month, and now we have a very fitting 8-Bit adaptation of the movie Kick-Ass, which is good timing considering the sequel is out soon too. Enjoy. &

Rumour LittleBigPlanet Announcement Later Today

Could we be seeing LBP3, or a free creative version of the game open to all who wish to create? We’ll find out soon enough.

LittleBigPlanet Announcement Was A…Competition

False alarm folks, nothing to see here, move along, unless you want to win some fab Tearaway prizes!

PlayStation Network Payday 2 Launches on PlayStation 3 Tomorrow

Grab your face-mask, we’re going in for some round robbing in Payday 2 tomorrow

Madden NFL 25 Demo Now Available

The demo includes two playable features and two new videos to get you all pumped up for some new field action!

Xbox One Xbox One: Then and Now

A great article from IGN covering what once was and what post E3 changes means now for the Xbox One.

Xbox One Microsoft: You’ll Love the Kinect So Much You’ll Never Disconnect It

Microsoft really wants you to keep that tabletop camera connected to your Xbox One, you’ll be better for it, honest!

Rayman Legends Demo Coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Tomorrow

Ubisoft has announced a demo for Rayman Legends will be available to download on your PS3 or Xbox 360, tomorrow.

12 New Official GTA V Screens Released

Rockstar updates their site with a featured gallery of all the latest screenshots, including 12 new ones at the top.

Gamescom New Battlefield 4 Map and Mode to be Revealed at Gamescom

DICE will be showing off more multiplayer at next week’s trade show in Germany

PSN Update US PlayStation Store Update 13th August

New PSN version of FIFA 14 and Diablo 3 pre-orders, Payday 2 and DuckTales Remastered available in today’s US PS Store update.

Xbox Live MTV App Added to Xbox Live Apps

MTV channel joins Microsoft’s growing library of Xbox Live apps.

PSN Update Sony Adds Pay-Per-View Live Streaming Event App to PSN

Sony adds more video streaming apps to its line-up with a new pay-per-view live event app for all your WWE watching pleasure.

Xbox One Xbox One Will Power Down When Over Heating

Microsoft are putting in measures to prevent another red ring of death scenario happening again with its next generation of the console

GTA V DLC to be Region-Locked

Grand Theft Auto V will be getting post-launch DLC, though Rockstar has warned fans it will be region-locked.

PSN Update EU PlayStation Store Update 14th August

Download Uncle Scrooge, raid a local bank and get all stealthy in this week’s PlayStation Store EU update.

DICE Makes it Easy to Upgrade Your Stats Cross-Platform

DICE has announce that you’ll be able to transfer your current-gen BF4 progress to the next-gen console version of the game

Xbox One Xbox One Delayed Until 2014 in Eight Countries

If you’re a gamer in Northern Europe, then your Xbox One fix will be a little later than planned.

Media Personalisation Returns in Need for Speed Rivals

Personalisation is back in the upcoming Need for Speed title, coming to current and next-gen consoles later this year.

Demo NHL 14 Demo Slides on to PS3 and Xbox 360 Soon

EA Sports confirms that the NHL 14 demo will be heading to both consoles on August 20th in the US and 21st in Europe.

Rumour Microsoft Financing Sci-Fi TV Show Remake of Cult-Classic Blake’s 7

Microsoft is to put money into original TV content. If you are under mid-30s then you will have no idea what this means.

Xbox One UK Xbox One Unboxing Unearths IR in Controller and a New Port

T3 uncovers the possibility of IR transmitters on the back of the new Xbox One controller, whilst also uncovering a new port on the back.

Preview Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Giles brings our hands-on preview on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

Forza Motorsport 5 special editions revealed

Limited and Day One versions will come with a range of DLC.

Xbox One FPS Hands-On With Xbox One Controller and CoD Ghosts

We get an FPS gamer’s perspective on the changes that are coming to the Xbox One controller.

Next-Gen Ubisoft: Next-Gen Game Sales Out Selling Current-Gen

Pre-orders for Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are higher on Xbox One and PS4 than on current-gen

Xbox One No Xbox One Until 2014? Microsoft Talks About Importing One

If you are one of the regions that will not be seeing an Xbox One until 2014, Microsoft talks about how importing could work for you.

CoD How Dynamic Are Call of Duty Ghosts Multiplayer Maps?

Eurogamer explores Ghosts multiplayer maps and asks just how dynamic they are.

Thief Confirmed for February 25 2014 Release

You’ll have to wait a bit longer before you are picking pockets once again.

Next-Gen PC Call of Duty Ghosts Will Look Better Than On Next-Gen Consoles

Infinity Ward tells us that PC gaming is still the way to go if visuals are your thing.

Next-Gen Batman Arkham Origins Won’t Be Coming to Xbox One or PlayStation 4

You’ll have to wait until the next instalment of the caped crusader before seeing him on your next-gen console,

Gamescom 2013 Sony is to Reveal PlayStation 4 Release Plans at Gamescom

Sony will be spilling their proverbial beans on their release plans during Gamescom, most likely during their keynote.

Xbox One Three Gamers Respond to Microsoft’s Changing Xbox One Policies

Gamers have reacted in different ways to Microsoft’s policy reversals, who is going to have a hard time convincing gamers.

Monster Videos

Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Blacklist 101 Trailer

Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag – Buccaneer Edition Unboxing

Dishonored – The Brigmore Witches Trailer

Injustice: Gods Among Us – History of Zatanna

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 13 Minute Trailer

Watch Dogs – Hacking Gameplay Trailer

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 – Ball Control

Payday 2 – Launch Trailer

– Xbox gamescom 2013 – Teaser Trailer

Grand Theft Auto V – Sue Murry Campaign

Grand Theft Auto V – Jock Cranley Campaign

Call Of Duty: Ghosts – Full Match Gameplay

Call Of Duty: Ghosts – Clan Wars Trailer

Call Of Duty: Ghosts – Squads Multiplayer Gameplay

Call Of Duty: Ghosts – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer

Flashback – Story Trailer

Dark Souls II – Forging a Hero Teaser

Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag – Assassination Walkthrough

Splinter Cell: Blacklist – CO-OP Intro

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Killing Monsters Cinematic Trailer

Grand Theft Auto V – Online – Official Gameplay Video

– UK Xbox One Unboxing

Dying Light – 12 Minute Gameplay

F1 2013 – This is Formula 1

Battlefield 4 – ‘Crash In Guns Blazing’

Monster Reviews

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

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Xbox 360 Achievements

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Mars: War Logs

Ride to Hell: Retribution

PS3 Trophies

Hotline Miami

Mars: War Logs

Tales of Xillia

So there you have it. All the latest news and reviews from the last week. Let us know what your favourite gaming story was from last week by leaving a comment below!

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Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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