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Evening Newsround, May 9: Sony and MS going big on free to play, Capcom thinking big, PSN Charts

It's Thursday evening and that can only mean one thing. It's time for Evening Newsround.

So what news delights do we have for you this evening then?

Sony and Microsoft 'going big' with free to play says Mark Rein

Well, here's something interesting. Epic founder Mark Rein has told attendees at the Game Horizon event taking place in Newcastle that both Sony and Microsoft are going big on free-to-play.

"The next-gen consoles are going to be fully embracing the free-to-play and these IAP-type business models," Rein said. "So in case you don't know that I'm putting that out there. Sony and Microsoft are both going heavily in that area.

When questioned on this fact, he also added. "I'm telling you," he said. "I'm telling you what they're telling developers."

What do you think of this?

Capcom thinking big with new titles

Capcom expects Lost Planet 3 and Resident Evil: Revelations to sell 1.2 million copies each.

In addition, the publisher also expects Monster Hunter and Monster Hunter 4 on 3DS to shift 4 million units this summer in Japan and other Asian countries alone.

Finally, Deep Down was also mentioned, with Capcom saying that work has begun on the PS4 title, although there was no mention of any other platforms.

Sony reveals April PSN Charts

Sony has posted up the PSN charts for April, showing Guacamelee as the main winner for the month. The excellent indie title topped both the PSN Chart and the PS Vita chart, while the Hitman Trilogy HD took the honours in the full game chart.

Check out all the charts below.

PlayStation Store PAL charts, April 2013

Full PS3 game downloads
  1. Hitman Trilogy HD
  2. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  3. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  4. Darksiders II
  5. Crysis 2
  6. Defiance
  7. BioShock Infinite
  8. Grand Theft Auto IV
  9. Hitman Absolution
  10. Injustice: Gods Among Us
PSN games
  1. Guacamelee!
  2. Journey
  3. Hitman: Blood Money HD
  4. Crysis
  5. The Walking Dead - Season Pass
  6. Metal Slug 2
  7. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
  8. Urban Trial Freestyle
  9. Mass Effect
  10. AMY
PS Vita games
  1. Guacamelee!
  2. Urban Trial Freestyle
  3. Sound Shapes
  4. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  5. Soul Sacrifice
  6. Table Mini Golf
  7. Ragnarok Odyssey
  8. Doodle God
  9. Draw Slasher
  10. Persona 4 Golden
PSone and PS2 Classics
  1. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
  2. Crash Bandicoot
  3. Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped
  4. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
  5. CTR: Crash Team Racing
  6. Spyro The Dragon Trilogy
  7. Final Fantasy VII
  8. GTA: Vice City Stories
  9. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  10. Final Fantasy VIII
Just the Headlines

- Level-5's The Starship Damrey due next week on 3DS eShop
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, RE: Revelations demo hit EShop this week
- Ouya delayed until June 25, gets 15 million dollars worth of extra funding

Have a good evening...

We'll be back tomorrow with yet more gaming news, although if there are any breaking stories between now and then we will post them up. We're always watching the gaming news.

Edited On 09 May, 2013

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Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
"Lost Planet 3 to sell 1.2 million" Ha in their dreams. That number will be easy for Resident Evil but I seriously doubt Lost Planet 3 to come even close to that. (I'm sure people have wised up after the first 2)
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Tepic 4 years ago
"Free to play" is one of the worst things in the industry. With a few exceptions they are awful games and anything but free!
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Robichoico 4 years ago
Most games are this model anyways. Except you pay for the game and then pay again for extra maps, guns etc anyways. Problem is that this allows even less games to get made properly since 90% will be DLC
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troublemaker 4 years ago
Yeah, F2P isn't bad if done right. I quite like the model that Dust 514 uses. And the game is thoroughly enjoyable
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ZdravkoN 4 years ago
@TM is right. I hate games that are "free to play", but once you get a little bit deeper into the game you understand that you can't progress further unless you pay. That's just lame. The in-app purchases should be only available to make your game a little bit easier, not to make it playable. Everything you can buy, you can get in the game with a little bit more effort. That is the way it should be done.
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Dan_1 4 years ago
Generally speaking I'm not a fan of in-app purchases. As a couple of people have mentioned above, if they enhance a game experience that's fine, but if they're a necessity it's a little immoral in my opinion. I'm not against them, but if they are to be used, I'd like it to be regulated in some way.

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