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The Coalition has finished work on a new patch (Title Update 2) for Gear of War 4 that makes available two new maps, Glory and Speyer, for Season Pass owners. Both maps will be available in public playlists for everyone, along with Private Matches for Season Pass holders starting December 13. When they arrive, Gridlock and Relic will be rotated out. Fallout has also been removed from Competitive Play, a decision that brings the playlists in line with the official Pro Circuit settings. Since all of these maps are from the original 10 that shipped with Gears of War 4, they'll still be available to play in Private Match for all players. The patch also introduces balance changes to Horde mode's mountable... Read more...
Forget the rumors, it is now official—Ubisoft has posted a website where fans of the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series can register for the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta, an open-world first person shooter set in Bolivia sometime in the near future ("a few years from now"). The game will be playable as a single-player experience or with up to three others in a four-player co-op. In Wildlands, it's the players job to coordinate the infiltration and take down of the brutal Santa Blanca cartel, a network of bad guys (and girls) that rely fear, intimidation, and violence to rule the land. The game begins with creating and customizing a character. Customizable traits will include gender, facial features,... Read more...
It is often said around this time of year that this is the season to be jolly, but screw that, I'm a little ticked off at the moment. Check that, I'm a LOT ticked off and I don't know whether to direct my rage at Nintendo, Urban Outfitters, or ultimately myself for getting sucked into this consumer culture that castrates the true spirit of the season. You see, I've been trying and failing to secure an NES Classic Edition console, the equivalent of this year's Tickle Me Elmo or Cabbage Patch doll, and it's maddening. It shouldn't be. After all, the system is rigged for failure, and I know that. But when a company seemingly goes out of its way to mishandle a sale on a high demand product the way... Read more...
There is a word for games that have been in development for more than a decade and delayed across platforms. It's called vaporware, or at least that's the usually the case. But in remarkable defiance of the odds, the really long awaited adventure The Last Guardian has finally emerged for the PlayStation 4, putting an end to a decade of patience. The Last Guardian is a followup Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, a pair of classics released to the PlayStation 2 forever ago. Ideas for the title were being kicked around in 2005, followed by active development in 2007. The plan was to finish the game in a relatively short period and release it to the PlayStation 3, but technical difficulties followed... Read more...
Marvel and Capcom are again teaming up so that nerds everywhere can settle life's important questions, such as who would win in a brawl, Iron Man in his spiffy suit or Ryu with his deadly hadouken? Such epic battles will be made possible in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, the upcoming cross-over fighting game that's due out for release sometime in late 2017. The game will feature a variety of modes, including single player arcade, training, and mission modes, plus an immersive cinematic story mode that place players at the center of both universes as they duke it out against new forces a new unnamed villain. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will also feature online multiplayer gameplay. Capcom's first... Read more...
The NES Classic Edition game console is this year's Tickle Me Elmo, only it's not just kids who have it on their wish lists, it's adults too. And just like the Sesame Street doll, Nintendo's retro-themed miniature game console is sold out everywhere, save for second-hand sellers who have gone and jacked up the price on places such as eBay and Craigslist. If you really want to grab one in time for Christmas, you can pay a grossly inflated price, or you can try your chance at Toys R Us tomorrow. Toys R Us is kicking off its Christmas sale bonanza on Sunday. It's a week long event featuring an assortment of toys and electronics, including the NES Classic Edition console and Hatchimals, another of... Read more...
Mass Effect fans will have to stay sharp and focused if they are to have any hope of surviving the brutal landscape in Bioware's upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda game. Bioware recently posted a 4K trailer of the third-person shooter that shows off lots of actual gameplay footage, and there is plenty to look for, including a barrage of enemies that don't take kindly to the protagonist's presence. The game's producer, Michael Gamble, took to Twitter to encourage fans to dissect the nearly five-minute long trailer. "Pick it apart. The whole thing. There's TONS in there. :) Powers, weapons, locations. New friends...and enemies," Gamble said. In a followup Twitter post, he added that he and his team... Read more...
Frank West, Capcom's popular freelance photographer and photojournalist turned zombie exterminator for the past decade, is about to return for some Christmas-themed carnage in Dead Rising 4. To welcome him back and celebrate his return, Microsoft's Major Nelson is giving away some goodies to randomly selected winners who answer a simple question—what is your favorite Dead Rising combo weapon (or weapon of choice during the zombie apocalypse)? There's an official form to submit your answer and those are the only ones that will be eligible for the contest. Major Nelson says he's trying out a new method for contest entry, and specifically says do not leave an entry in the blog post's comments section... Read more...
Following an investigation into the highly controversial game No Man's Sky, the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority concluded that its developer Hello Games did not mislead customers in ads on Steam or otherwise exaggerate the game's features. As a result, Hello Games is allowed to keep screenshots, videos, and text that currently exists on the game's Steam page. "We understood that the screenshots and videos in the ad had been created using game footage, and acknowledged that in doing this the advertisers would aim to show the product in the best light. Taking into account the above points, we considered that the overall impression of the ad was consistent with gameplay and the footage provided,... Read more...
As recently promised, Hello Games has delivered a much needed patch for No Man's Sky, the beleaguered title that has somehow survived a storm of criticism along with accusations that its developers outright misled gamers. Called the Foundation Update, the versions 1.1 patch instead intended to fix all that is wrong with No Man's Sky, but as its name implies it will serve as a "foundation for things to come." Hello Games broke months of silence last week when it announced that the Foundation Update was coming. The developer acknowledged that it has been quiet while "intense and dramatic" discussion about the game has been taking place, but said that it has been "listening and focusing on improving"... Read more...
The Xbox One has been on a sales tear lately with Microsoft bragging earlier this month that its game console had outsold the PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month in the United States, based on tracking data by The NPD Group. Things are not slowing down, either. As Black Friday sales morph into Cyber Monday, Microsoft noted "strong demand" for its console. "There was strong demand for Xbox hardware, accessories, games, and Xbox Live engagement on Black Friday, based on initial results, with a strong start to the holiday season," said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing. Nichols went on to reiterate the Xbox One's performance in the U.S. over the past four months.... Read more...
Since its release in August, Hello Games' No Man's Sky has suffered an almost ridiculous amount of controversy. From the get-go, many of those who purchased the game believed they were completely misled, which resulted in many gamers asking for refunds. From there, the situation only got worse. Sony president Shuhei Yoshida called it a PR disaster, and a UK advertising agency even began investigating whether or not the game broke the law. Despite all this flak that Hello Games and its flagship game title have endured, the developer had been oddly quiet leading up to today. Finally, after a few months of murmurs, the team finally posted a new update to Twitter promising the game's users that a... Read more...
Oculus Rift owners who also have an Xbox One console will pretty soon be able to stream their Xbox One games to their VR headset connected to a Windows 10 PC. It is an expansion of the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10, a feature that rolled out to the masses with the Anniversary Update, and it also underscores the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Oculus. "At Xbox, we’re continuously exploring new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences by providing the choice to play how you want, where you want and with whomever you want. With the launch of Windows 10 and the Xbox app, we first delivered the ability to stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC... Read more...
Typically when installing a patch for a game the expectation is that it will improve performance, stomp out bugs, and maybe even make the title look better, depending on what it brings to the tablet. That isn't the case for some gamers with the Fall update for Battlefield 1. PC gamers who applied the latest BF1 patch are up in arms over a degradation in graphics and they've gotten DICE's attention. A thread is that is 30 pages and growing is filled with complaints on the official BF1 forum. Some questioned whether others were seeing things, chalking the whole thing up to a placebo effect of sorts, though the degraded graphics are more easily seen on higher resolutions with the eye candy cranked... Read more...
The holiday shopping season isn't even in full swing yet though it looks like we already know what one of the hottest selling items will be: Nintendo's pint sized NES Classic Edition. Demand is red hot for the miniature version of the most popular game consoles of all time, and that's led to inflated price tags on eBay and through third-party sellers. Don't give in. Walmart is making available a limited number of NES Classic Edition consoles each day through the end of the work week. Like the handful of other vendors hawking the classic console, Walmart quickly sold out of its inventory at $60 a pop. Some of the sites selling the NES Classic Edition even buckled under the tremendous demand for... Read more...
Square Enix is set to release Final Fantasy XV to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this month. It's the fifteenth main installment in the Final Fantasy series, one of the most popular gaming franchises that has been sending players on quests for nearly three decades. Final Fantasy has stood the test of time, but can it stand up to scrutiny by Conan O'Brien, otherwise known as The Clueless Gamer? Anyone familiar with The Clueless Gamer knows what to expect from a Conan O'Brien evaluation—lots of laughs, basically. This time around, avid gamer and fantasy actor Elijah Wood comes along for the ride, joining Conan in taking an early look at Final Fantasy XV. The duo wastes no time in getting... Read more...
Have you managed to avoid playing Overwatch up to this point? Blizzard's crazy popular shooter has amassed 20 million players without your participation, but if you want to add to the ranks (or simply see what all the fuss is about), you'll have a chance next weekend to try it out for free. That's because Blizzard is making the full game experience free to play from November 18 to 21. The free period begins precisely at 11 a.m. PT on Friday, November 18, and continues until 4:00 p.m. PT Monday, November 21 in all gameplay regions. During that time, players will have access to the full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps in a bunch of different modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest... Read more...
Suit-up mech pilots! Titanfall 2 has landed! Developer Respawn has returned with a sequel to its frenectic-paced FPS from 2014, offering yet even more stylistic wall-running, double-jumping and a bit of mech-on-mech action peppered throughout. Titanfall 2 is not your average first-person shooter, to say the least. The original TitanFall was fun but quaint affair that felt under supported, with DLC distribution that essentially fragmented the community. Acknowledging this shortcoming  for the sequel, EA and Respawn are promising that all additional content made available post-purchase, (maps, cosmetics, missions, modes etc.), will be free of charge to all who own Titanfall 2. Moreover the... Read more...
We are now just a week away before the retail launch of the PlayStation Pro, a beefier version of the original PlayStation 4 console with burlier hardware and support for 4K video output and High Dynamic Range (HDR). As we get closer to launch, the question on everyone's mind is how many games will support the PS4 Pro's new capabilities out of the gate. The answer is more than 30. That figure comes straight from Sony. And by the end of the year, Sony said there will be more than 45 titles optimized for the PS4 Pro. In both cases, some of the games will need an update to support the PS4 Pro's new tricks while others will already be optimized. "Some games have updates to add Pro support, while... Read more...
Valve is looking to crack down on developers and publishers prioritizing concept art over actual game screenshots to show off their games. The company hasn't been all that clear on its rules for screenshots, so it sent out a message clarifying its guidelines and expectations when it launches what it is calling the "Discovery 2.0 Update," an upcoming overhaul to the Steam UI. The main complaint is that filling the screenshot section of a game with concept art can be confusing or even misleading to customers. Valve itself wasn't immune to the practice. Holding its own feet to the fire (and leading by example), Valve updated one of its own games, Dota 2, to show other publishers "where we were doing... Read more...
Facebook apparently has some big plans for Gameroom, its new PC gaming platform that looks like it could be related to Steam if someone ordered a paternity test. That's probably not by accident. While the initial focus has been on developing Gameroom as a front-end for casual games, Facebook just opened the door for Unity developers to come wade in the Gameroom beta. It also announced that Facebook support will be a part of Unity 5.6 when it ships next year. "With Facebook Gameroom, Facebook is introducing an easier way for developers to bring high-quality games to the PC to take full advantage of the CPU and GPU native power. The Facebook build target lets you deploy your projects to either... Read more...
You may have noticed that the audio in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition sounds a little off compared to the original title released five years ago. You may even have wondered if it was all in your head, that perhaps you were over analyzing the remastered version. That isn't the case. Other gamers have noticed it too, and Bethesda says it is working on a fix. The issue apparently has to do with Bethesda using an over aggressive compression scheme on the game's sound assets. That was the conclusion reached by Reddit forum member LasurArkinshade, who brought the issue to widespread attention by posting his analysis and a comparison audio sample of the original Skyrim versus the Special... Read more...
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