Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chris Gilham

Rogue Legacy Dev Announces Full Metal Furies for Xbox One, PC

Cellar Door Games, known for Rogue Legacy and its quirky take on the roguelike 2D platformer genre, has announced its next game: Full Metal Furies. It’s an action RPG with four player co-op that will be releasing for Xbox One and PC this year. It also comes with Xbox Play Anywhere support, meaning you can purchase a digital copy for either platform and receive it for free on the other.


Full Metal Furies offers four different characters with their own roles and skills. If you play solo, you can swap between two characters and explore a large map with different objectives to clear. There are tons of little details like gold to collect, mid-battle switching, boss battles, levels that build before your very eyes and so on.

What are your thoughts on Full Metal Furies, especially given how big of a departure from Rogue Legacy it is? Let us know in the comments below.



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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Will Be Only A Timed PS4 Exclusive

While yesterday we reported that PlayStation Ireland’s Twitter account had confirmed full exclusivity for the upcoming Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, it looks like PlayStation Ireland has clarified its statement a bit. Apparently, the upcoming collection of the remastered first three Crash games will not be permanently exclusive to the PS4 after all.


PlayStation Ireland sent out a couple of followup tweets, noting that the game will be launching on PS4 first– which, of course, implies that the exclusivity, such as it is, is timed, and the game will be coming to other platforms later, too. This means that there is hope for Xbox, Nintendo, and PC players to play this later in the year- should they want to, that is.

For now, however, Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is launching on the PS4 on June 30 worldwide. The game will include full remasters of the original PlayStation Crash Bandicoot trilogy, lovingly restored and modernized by Activision’s Vicarious Visions.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Producer Unbox The Game’s Master Edition

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is probably the most anticipated game of this year- and with less than two weeks left to launch, you can imagine that fans are probably besides themselves with excitement for the new game. And while this new video of Zelda producer unboxing the game’s limited Master Edition may not be much comfort for those of you eagerly awaiting the game to release, it is, I imagine, something- and something is always better than nothing.


The video shows Mr. Aonuma discuss the game’s art, its soundtrack, and also discusses the game’s logo, which is different across the Japanese and western versions, noting the significance of the imagery used in both. You can check it out below.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is going to launch exclusively on the Wii U and Nintendo Switch come March 3.



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Persona 5 New Trailer Shows A Dark Twist On A Beloved Series Mechanic

Fusing Personas is a long, time honored Persona tradition - in fact, that is something you are expected to do, as it’s the quickest way to get more powerful Personas under your wing, and also sometimes the only way to do so. A lot of the times, the bosses you face have ver specific strengths and weaknesses that can only be countered by one specific Persona- and more often than not, that Persona is gated behind a Persona fusion.


In the past, Persona fusion has been exactly that, a fusion of your Personas to create a new one. In Persona 5, however, that is not the case. It is something far… darker, more twisted. Almost disturbing. If you want to know what that is, you can check out the new trailer that Atlus put out for the game today, but bear in mind that there are some contextual and gameplay mechanic spoilers.

The trailer can be seen below. Persona 5 launches on April 4 on PS3 and PS4 in North America and Europe.



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Crackdown 3 Is ‘All About The Boom’, Says Microsoft

Crackdown 3 has been (and still is, to be honest) a long time in the coming- and hopefully this year is the year that we finally get to play it (possibly as a showcase title for the sophisticated tech that the Scorpio will be packing). But the long wait for the game will be worth it, according to Xbox’s Shannon Loftis.


“If you remember how great the original Crackdowns were, with the big, open cities, and as you leveled up, your cars and weapons leveled up, imagine all of that times ten. Crackdown 3 is all about the boom. it is a massive futuristic city. You have smarter enemies, more vehicles, and ore weapons. The destruction and explosions make it an incredible experience,” Loftis said, before confirming for the record that the game is still slated for a release later this year.

That should be music to the ears of Crackdown fans. Are you one of their number? let us know in the comments section if you are looking forward to the game.

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Xbox March Games With Gold Includes Layers of Fear, Borderlands 2

Microsoft has revealed the free Games of Gold coming to Xbox Live Gold subscribers in March and once again, it’s quite the impressive selection. Xbox One users get the impressive first person horror title Layers of Fear from March 1st to 31st. From March 16th to April 15th, asymmetrical multiplayer shooter Evolve will be available. It doesn’t seem to be the free to play Evolve: Stage 2 that brings re-balanced mechanics, free content and other nifty additions. Unfortunately, Turtle Rock has moved on from the franchise to its next big game.


Meanwhile, Xbox 360 users get Borderlands 2 from March 1st to 15th with Heavy Weapon being available from March 16th to 31st. Thanks to backwards compatibility, these titles will also be available for Xbox One users. Though Borderlands 2 isn’t the Handsome Jack Collection version with improved visuals, it’s nonetheless an excellent addition to one’s library.

What are your thoughts on March’s free Games With Gold? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gaming Is Not A Race Between Consoles, Says Xbox Head

Phil Spencer is a good man, and he is sporting about the competition. This, at least, is well known, and also well accepted at this point. So of course, when he reiterates to his followers on Twitter that he doesn’t look at gaming as a race, you gain more respect for the man standing by his convictions even as the head of one of the major gaming brands.


Speaking on Twitter, Spencer stressed that he doesn’t view gaming as a race between platforms, and he does not view games as ‘weapons’ in a war. He is just concerned with making Xbox One and Windows 10 the best gaming platforms that he can. Gaming, he said, is bigger than a two console battle, referring to the competition between Xbox and PlayStation.

But he didn’t just not acknowledge Nintendo, either. He admitted that he loves what Nintendo does with its hardware, and he likes that Nintendo does not abide by conventions. Nintendo is good for the industry, he said.

That said, Spencer also says that Xbox did not enter the gaming portable market because they felt smartphones would take most of that market for themselves. While that may be true, collective, the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have still sold 80 million units- not a number to sneeze at.

But Spencer was probably also bound by the larger direction that Microsoft was taking at the time. He is doing the best he can with what he has. We can at least laud the man’s efforts, and hope he truly does make Xbox the best place to play, as he wishes to. Healthy competition will be good for the industry.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chris Gilham

NieR Automata New Trailer Shows Off The Game’s Unique Weapons

NieR Automata is just a few days from release in Japan, and a few weeks from release in the west, so it makes sense that we get new media for it every day. Just yesterday, we got a brand new commercial for the game that had a rather violent and disturbing end. And now, here’s this new trailer for the game, which shows off, among other things, the unique weapons that the player can use through the course of the game’s progression.


The trailer also shows off how the game’s combo system works and looks in motion, and we get a good look at how the battles will look in the game. Spoiler alert- they’re super fluid, as you would expect them to be if Platinum were at the helm. Which they are.

NieR Automata is due out on the PS4 later this week in Japan, and in March in North America and Europe. A PC version is coming shortly afterwards. An Xbox One version was discussed initially, but has since been shot down. A Nintendo Switch version may happen in the future.



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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy PlayStation 4 Exclusivity Confirmed

One of the important things to remember is that the upcoming Crash bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, the remastered collection of the original PlayStation exclusive Crash Bandicoot platforming series, has so far been announced only for the PlayStation 4. But in spite of Crash‘s heavy association with the PlayStation brand – the original games were exclusive to the original PlayStation, they were developed by Naughty Dog, who later on became a Sony first party studio, and the games were featured prominently by Sony in their marketing for their first console – this collection is being published by Activision, who now holds rights to the franchise.


This is important, because as a third party studio, Activision is fully within its rights to publish Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy to other platforms, should it see it fit to do so. Indeed, Crash N.Sane has so far never been explicitly confirmed as a PS4 exclusive, and the other bit of Crash content that was announced alongside it, special content in Skylanders, eventually came to Wii U and Xbox One too.

So you can see why there was confusion regarding the N.Sane Trilogy‘s status.However, that confusion can now be put to rest. Speaking on Twitter, PlayStation Ireland has explicitly and in no uncertain terms confirmed that Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy will be available only on PS4. It is a PS4 exclusive. So if you want a blast from the past with some 1990s platforming, you better have a PS4 on hand.

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy launches on the PS4 in June.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Start Times Revealed

After opening up pre-load options for all platforms, Ubisoft has finally revealed the start times for the open beta of Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The open beta will start at 3 AM PST, 6 AM EST, 11 AM GMT or 12 AM CET on February 23rd. It will last until February 27th and requires no registration. You’ll need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus if you’re going to play with friends though.


The size of the open beta client is 19 GB if you still have the closed beta client, else it’s about 24 GB across all platforms. New content is available this time around with the first region Itacua and a new region Montuyoc available in the open beta.

If you purchase the game before March 31st and play in the open beta, you’ll access an extra mission – The Unidad Conspiracy – for free in the final release.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out on March 7th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in North America.

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For Honor PC Hotfix Fixes Easy AntiCheat, Steam Controller AFK Glitches

Ubisoft Montreal’s For Honor will be receiving a new PC hotfix later today which fixes some issues with Easy AntiCheat and Steam Controllers. The hotfix goes live at 8 AM ET, 5 AM PT or 1 PM GMT.


Easy AntiCheat has received an update for certain notifications that makes them more user friendly. An error that blocked players from entering the game has also been fixed. As for Steam Controller users, they’ll no longer be kicked for inactivity while providing input.

Other fixes include the game storing Borderless in its options after shutting down; the game still appearing in the taskbar when you close it; the game starting Windowed mode if you happen to click anywhere else when starting up; display mode switching twice when starting up; and so on and so forth.

What are your thoughts on For Honor one week after its launch? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.

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Destiny Weekly Reset: Abomination Heist Nightfall, Arc Burn Strikes and More

The weekly reset has come and gone for Bungie’s Destiny, introducing the same old range of activities you’ve done before but with some new modifiers. The Nightfall this week is The Abomination Heist, a Year One Strike revamped for Year Three with lots more headaches. Modifiers include Epic, Arc Burn, Specialist, Juggler and Exposure. This basically means a whole lot of Hive Knights wrecking you with their Arc attacks but also lets you unleash Arc hell with Zhalo Supercell, Boltcaster, Thunderlord and lots of other options. Bring an Arc Secondary though.


The SIVA Crisis Heroic playlist has the modifiers Heroic, Arc Burn, Brawler and Ironclad. Strikers, Stormcallers and Bladedancers should have a field day but keep an eye out for Shanks – they will mess you up.

The raid challenge this week for Wrath of the Machine is Vosik and to learn more about new bounties, planetary material exchange, etc. you can head here.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands GDC Video Teases World Creation

The open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands goes live on February 23rd for all platforms. Even if you don’t have much interest in the game, it would still be cool to learn more about how it was made, especially considering the sheer scale of Bolivia.


GDC 2017 – which takes place from February 27th to March 3rd – will give us that opportunity as developers from Ubisoft attend to discuss the game’s development. A recent teaser video indicates that the world creation and fine-tuning will also be explored. We’re waiting for snarky comments about how barren the world is (according to beta players, at least). Any minute now.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands arrives on March 7th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. You can currently pre-load the open beta and play it immediately when it goes live this Thursday. Better yet, if you still have the closed beta installed, you only have to download some 20 GB extra.

What are your thoughts on the teaser below? Let us know in the comments.



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Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC Pass Clarified by Nintendo

When Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be receiving a DLC Pass for $20, fans were predictably annoyed. Nintendo’s Bill Trinen took the time to clarify why a DLC Pass is happening though.


Speaking to IGN, Trinen noted that the decision was tough, “Because we actually had a lot of debate in terms of do we announce it, how do we announce it. I think one of the things that’s unique about the way Nintendo develops games is when we’re working on a game, and certainly just knowing the history of Nintendo games, you guys know that it’s essentially we use every last minute to make the game as good as we possibly can, and really what that means is that the dev team was working on the main game, finished the main game, and as they’re starting to get to the very end and wrap it up, really they said, ‘You know we’ve made this massive world of Hyrule, we’ve spent a long time building it. It would be a waste to just make one game and have that be it.'”

He further noted that, “We want people to be able to enjoy exploring this world, and so they started thinking about, ‘Well, if we were going to do DLC, what would we do, how would we do it?’ And you can see that in the fact that it’s not…the DLC is not launching the day after the game or the week after. It’s coming out several months later in the form of the first pack and then several months after that in the form of the second pack. And that’s because the content is in development.

“If you’re a Zelda fan buying Nintendo Switch at launch and really you’re buying it for Zelda, I mean how happy are you to know that hey, I’m going to be able to play more Zelda in this world again later this year.”

As such, the DLC plan isn’t all that different from Mario Kart 8’s. There will be a complete game at launch but those who want to revisit it later can do so with new content.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out on March 3rd alongside the Nintendo Switch. What are your thoughts on the DLC Pass? Let us know below.

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Chroma Squad Releasing in May 2017 for PS4, Xbox One

Power Rangers inspired tactical RPG Chroma Squad will be heading to Xbox One and PS4 in May 2017. While there’s no information on the PS3 version, the PlayStation Vita version of the game has been cancelled without any reason given. The game is currently available for PC as of April 2015.


If you’ve never heard of it, Chroma Squad comes from developer Behold and was successfully funded through Kickstarter. It sees a team of stunt actors who have started their own Power Rangers-style show, using equipment, crafting weapons and battling monsters with giant mechs much like the classic TV show. In this case though, you’ll be fighting for higher TV ratings.

You can pick up Chroma Squad on Steam right now if you’re interested. What are your thoughts on it heading to PS4 and Xbox One? Will you be picking it up? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Chris Gilham

Nintendo Switch Hardware Teardown Reveals Details About The Hardware

It looks like someone has managed to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch ahead of its launch, and tear it down. As a result, we now have information on the internals of the system, revealing a modified custom Tegra X1 variant being used in the system, a gigantic battery, and the system’s entire SoC.


It also seems like the Switch will have active cooling, and a 64-bit memory bus. The long and short of all of this is, the Switch, as a portable system, seems to be rather well endowed, and indeed, killer- as a home console, however, as has been previously discussed, it is definitely going to be found lacking.

The Nintendo Switch is due out worldwide on March 3. Are you planning on picking one up at launch? Maybe later? Let us know in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more information regarding the upcoming system.

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Overwatch’s Next Character May Not Be Doomfist, According To Game Director

A lot of Overwatch fans and players are expecting the next character in the game to be Doomfist- a character who has been referenced in the game’s lore, and the CG videos introducing the plot setup and characters for the game. In fact, the new patch for Overwatch even added another overt reference to Doomfist, making the community even more convinced that he is, in fact, coming, and will be the 24th character in the game.


However, this may all just be a red herring- according to game director Jeff Kaplan, the game’s 24th hero is not who we think he is. Speaking on the official forums, Kaplan dropped this tease, but refused to elaborate anymore. It’s the equivalent of having a sand castle all washed up, and having nothing else to build a new sand castle with.

So who, then, is the new character in Overwatch? We don’t know, and Blizzard won’t tell us. I suppose it will have to be a complete and total surprise.

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Street Fighter 5 New Video Introduces Newcomer Kolin

Capcom’s newest Character Spotlight video for Street Fighter 5 introduces us to Kolin, a brand new character to the series mythos who was introduced to us some weeks ago, and who is slated to join the Street Fighter cast as a part of the second season of the game.


Kolin’s moves and background are enumerated in depth in this video- her V-Skill and V-Trigger appear to be exceptional, and it looks like Kolin is perfect for players who like to psyche out their opponents. You can check out the video for yourself to get a better idea of how she plays, and why you should bother with her (or if you should bother with her at all).

Street Fighter 5, meanwhile, is available on PS4 and PC exclusively. Kolin will be joining the game later this month, on February 28. She is a part of the Season 2 roster of six characters who will be added to the game. 



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Nioh DLC Detailed- PvP, Higher Difficulty Missions, Story Content, and More

Nioh is out, and it is great, but Team Ninja is not done with the game just yet. As Gematsu reports, at least two major free updates to the game are planned first, one of which adds PvP modes to the game (at last), while the other which adds higher difficulty mission variants (more than even the Twilight Missions, presumably).


That’s not all, either- it sounds like the first paid DLC pack for the game is not too far off, either. The pack will be called Dragon of Tohoku, and it will launch in late April. Allegedly, it will add New weapon types new scenarios, new characters, new guardian spirits, new yokai, and new stages to the game.

The second and third DLC packs for the game will be called Japan’s Best Warrior and Armor of Japan’s Best Warrior. No release date has been announced for these yet, nor have any details been divulged. Nioh is available exclusively on PS4.

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UK Charts: For Honor Debuts On Top

Ubisoft’s For Honor was the best selling game in the UK for the week ending February 18th according to Gfk Chart-Track. Along with being the biggest “entirely new IP to launch at number 1 since No Man’s Sky“, sales were split 57 percent in favour of PS4 with 43 percent sales being on Xbox One. This is also Ubisoft’s first title to debut at number 1 in its first week since Tom Clancy’s The Division.


Sniper Elite 4 is in second place with Grand Theft Auto 5 moving to third place and FIFA 17 is in fourth place. Battlefield 1 occupies fifth place followed by Resident Evil 7: Biohazard at sixth place. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is in seventh place with Rocket League, Forza Horizon 3 and Watch Dogs 2 rounding out the charts.

It should be interesting to note For Honor’s performance this week since it will be another week until Horizon: Zero Dawn releases. What are your thoughts on the top releases this week? Let us know below.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn Review – A Breathtaking Odyssey

There’s really only one thing you need to know about developer Guerrilla Games’ newest IP Horizon: Zero Dawn: They did it! Stuck with developing several games within the Killzone series for over a decade, Guerrilla Games have finally spread their wings, and expanded their portfolio with an extraordinary, exhilarating and consistently exciting game like nothing I’ve played before. Horizon: Zero Dawn is a culmination of everything gaming is about and should be about: pure fun. And by the time you’ve sunken your teeth into this game for only a couple of hours, you’ll realize how special it really is.


Horizon: Zero Dawn is essentially a sci-fi thriller with tons of action and adventure along the way. Bringing with it simple RPG elements along with light stealth mechanics, this game is covering every angle it can while still retaining a fast-paced, third-person shooter perspective to boot.

The far future is no place for humans in Horizon Zero Dawn. The game takes place in a muddled world lost to the mistakes of the past, where hostile mechanical beasts roam free and the history of humans have been vaporized from the great stretch of time. What humans have managed to survive through the ages have banded together in small tribes throughout the vast lands; struggling every day not only from the towering predators of the prairies and mountains, but also from other tribes with their own agendas.

"Horizon: Zero Dawn has a large, interactive story that allows you to control the context of the elements further down the line."

In Horizon: Zero Dawn, you’ll play as Aloy, a dedicated young woman, who wants some important questions answered about her life. In training for a very long time, Aloy has become as fit and ready to take on the wild as any of her peers. But every time Aloy comes close to figuring out the answers to her questions, a wrench gets thrown into the gears, sending her off into several different directions all of which give her a new path and new formula to figure out her story.

Horizon: Zero Dawn has a large, interactive story that allows you to control the context of the elements further down the line. The game has flash-points which are moments of emotional choice. How Aloy expresses her personality is up to you. There are ultimately three ways to go about approaching pivotal story points. Choosing ‘fist’ allows Aloy to confront the challenge directly. Choosing the ‘brain’ option allows Aloy to use her insight to find clever, less obvious approaches. Or choosing ‘heart’ allows Aloy to express compassion in her resolve. During my play-through I often chose the ‘heart’ and ‘brain’ options to make my way through the story. But it should be interesting to see what sort of correspondence one can receive when one plays through the game with only the “fist” option.

Being as fit as any top-tier warrior, Aloy is set free in the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn, and it’s not only beautiful and exotic, but also frightening and deadly. Luckily for Aloy, she comes across a holographic earpiece known as the Focus. The Focus helps attune Aloy to her surroundings, giving her readouts of mechanical life, and story elements along the way. Think Batman: Arkham Knight‘s detective Mode, but a little less helpful.

Aloy fosters several key elements and abilities that will help her navigate through the wildlands as the player embarks on a long journey with a whole lot of main missions and side quests. The game will easily last for more than 40 hours should you focus only on the story missions and much more if you put your effort into the well crafted side missions which seem to be inspired from other games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

When finally being set free in the game’s world for the first time, you’ll have a lot of running and climbing to do. With some of the smoothest controls in a game that I’ve played in a long time, the platforming mechanics are definitely an Uncharted hybrid. However, Horizon: Zero Dawn takes further steps to improve even the brilliant controls of the Uncharted series by making Aloy’s reactions more fluid while climbing.

"And believe me, some of the boss machines are huge. You will surely be doomed if you go unprepared so the game places emphasis on planning out the right approach, selecting the best weapon to get the job done and finding weak points of each boss."

You’ll quickly see that Horizon: Zero Dawn is a looter’s dream. Loot boxes lie scattered throughout the land; and even defeated machines carry a significant amount of items to be had. Just make sure you collect everything you see; upgrading items is a huge part of progressing through the game. Upgrading items, pouches and equipment is relatively easy and quicker than other games in the open world genre as the required items are plentiful — for the most part. The world of Horizon: Zero Dawn is jam-packed with almost every item you’ll need for upgrading but if you’re short of an item, hitting up a seller is a quick fix in some cases.

Weapons are kind of a mix bag in Horizon: Zero Dawn. There are a good amount of weapons, but for one reason or the other some of them lack the punch. You’ll likely rely on your bow and arrows, and spear through most of your adventure but at times their implementation doesn’t feel as tight as it should have been. But as the game progresses, certain mechanical beasts will come equipped with massive, damage-dealing weapons that Aloy can tear off after a short time in combat. These extra-heavy weapons are extremely destructive.

However even with these heavy weapons some battles are very tough. It may take time to get into the swing of battle and to understand the mechanics of it all. Once you level-up, learn to dodge and unlock new skills you should be a master at taking down even the most difficult boss.

And believe me, some of the boss machines are huge. You will surely be doomed if you go unprepared as the game places emphasis on planning out the right approach, selecting the best weapon to get the job done and finding weak points of each boss. Interestingly enough, each encounter feels natural and completely its own. No battle with any wild machine or even human feels scripted. The identity of each land, be it lush landscapes or snowy areas plays a role in how each battle plays out. No two beasts fight alike and each battle’s outcome is determined by your own perseverance. Though, there is the occasion where you’ll likely be ganged up on from several machines at once, in which case we suggest running away!

Eventually, you’ll be given the option to override certain wild machines that you can take for a ride along the wonderful, yet nightmarish lands of the forgotten planet. These mechanical mounts are sturdy, control well and can even battle against some of the smaller foes. I almost feel unstoppable when I’m riding a metal animal through the wilds, trampling over almost everything in my path. But don’t let it get too over your head. The mounts may be powerful, but you can get knocked off or your mount can get destroyed if you enter a battle with too many enemies at once.

"Horizon Zero Dawn is right up there with the best and is easily one of the best games of this generation. Guerrilla Games not only managed to provide a world that is a wonder to explore but they have raised the bar for open world games development."

The music that accompanies Aloy throughout her long and epic adventure is coursed with a beat that sound as though they’ve come from nature while out in the wildlands. Wonderful, natural sounding elements help create an exquisite example of how music and the elements of the world can fuse together brilliantly. However, when you find yourself in a battle with a machine the music becomes a bit more techno, causing some of the more action-based tunes to fuse with a mechanical, digital undertone.

Along with the music, the voice cast is also well composed. Fitting their characters perfectly, you’ll hear the angst in Aloy’s voice as she fights to survive, or the snarl of a mechanical beast right before it attacks. The authenticity of each voice, whether it is human or machine is stunningly well done.

The game also puts a major emphasis on stealth. Aloy can hide in tall grasses and take down human and mechanical enemies stealthily. However the stealth often feels one dimensional at times and for the most part you won’t even be using it because there are other, more enjoyable ways to approach a particular situation or take down an enemy.

For everything it’s worth, the graphical effects in Horizon: Zero Dawn are magnificent. The lands are coated in tall, red grass as you race across lush landscape intricately detailed with flora and fauna. Each location within Horizon: Zero Dawn, be it forest, swamp, desert, etc. has its own agriculturally relevant plant life, aesthetically diverse landscape and animal life.

The game will make you witness the awe-inspiring valleys stretching out into the sunset, or make you look up onto the grand night sky, or the towering ruins which were mankind’s past accomplishments, or watch the dry, arid desert air blow canyon sands out into the cactus fields, or glimpse at the flickering of lightening bugs rustling in the bushes. Horizon Zero Dawn is perhaps one of the best, if not the best looking games of this generation and this is no surprise given that it’s coming from Guerrilla Games.

From a technical perspective, Horizon: Zero Dawn is nearly a perfect game from top to bottom. In our playthrough we did not encountered any bugs, and this is a big surprise since every other open world game irrespective of how good they have been have struggled with glitches.

I must also address one common misconception that certain players may have with Horizon Zero Dawn. During the first few hours, the game may feel like it’s too similar to other open world games out there. Obviously there are elements that are common…crafting, leveling up, scouting areas and unlocking various skills but once you get past the first few hours, Horizon Zero Dawn distinguishes itself with its amazing and extremely intelligent cast of machine beasts, intriguing boss battles and an excellent story.

Guerrilla Games have outdone themselves with Horizon Zero Dawn. A studio that was known for delivering linear first person shooters took a risk with developing an open world game, a genre which is over-saturated at this point. Horizon Zero Dawn is right up there with the best and is easily one of the best games of this generation. Guerrilla Games not only managed to provide a world that is a wonder to explore but they have raised the bar for open world games development.

This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 4.

THE GOOD
Practically everything. From the beautiful landscapes, to the exquisite combat, to the continually unraveling story, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything wrong here.

THE BAD
Stealth mechanics could use a bit more diversity. Some weapons could have been better tuned.

FINAL VERDICT
Horizon: Zero Dawn is a game that you owe yourself to experience.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Pre-Load Starts Now

Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be having an open beta later this week for all platforms and the pre-load is currently live on PC via Uplay. It’s currently stated to be some 23.55 GB but if you still have the closed beta client, then it will be a 19.51 GB pre-load.


For Xbox One and PS4, the update for those with the closed beta is around 20 GB. The pre-load for the open beta client will go live tomorrow morning for those who don’t have the closed beta so you’ll have to wait till then.

Meanwhile, the open beta is slated to go live on February 23rd for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It will last until February 27th. The closed beta for Wildlands had somewhat of a mixed reception with many praising the action but criticizing the barren open world, toned down tactical action and numerous bugs.

Ghosr Recon: Wildlands is out on March 7th for all platforms.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chris Gilham

Will Red Dead Redemption 2 Make An Apperance At E3 2017?

E3 2017 is still a few months away, so there’s no concrete information or speculation on what games may or may not be shown off during the conference, but major game developers and publishers have already started confirming whether or not they will be present for the show. The roster for this year’s exhibitors has been posted to the show’s official website, and Take Two Interactive have been listed as one of them.


Red Dead Redemption 2 was officially announced a short time back, and as of now, it’s officially set to be released during Fall of this year, so it is possible that it may make a major appearance at E3 this year (or even a minor one- even that wouldn’t be so bad). However, it should be noted that Rockstar have a history of keeping their major releases away from E3 and similar shows.

There’s also the possibility that Rockstar themselves sit out the show entirely, and that Take Two are only going to be present through some other development teams of theirs, such as 2K.

None of this is confirmed yet, and the only official word we have on anything is the fact that Take Two will be at E3, so the rest is all just speculation. However, we do think that if Rockstar do indeed plan on launching Red Dead Redemption 2 this year itself, they should take their chance and show it off during E3.

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Chris Gilham

Watch Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC Video Takes A Look At Two New Missions

While we recently started hearing about a followup game to Watch Dogs 2, first thing is first. Ubisoft has just announced that the first DLC pack for the game is going to be launching next week. The new DLC, known as Human Conditions, bring a couple of new missions, as well as a new villain, who will be attempting to hunt down the player. Human Conditions also contains new elite co-op missions.


Furthermore a patch was dropped for the game, in order to get it ready for the DLC’s arrival. If you want to see some of the new content that is going to be coming for Watch Dogs 2 in the near future, you can watch the video below.

This new DLC pack is going to be coming to the PS4 first on February 21 but will eventually land on the Xbox One and PC on March 23. Thoughts on this DLC? Let us know in the comments section below.



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Chris Gilham

‘We Are Incredibly Committed To Xbox Play Anywhere,’ Says Xbox Head Phil Spencer

There are some who would argue that Microsoft’s strategy of putting all of their games on PC via Xbox Play Anywhere is counter productive, that it reduces incentives to actually invest in their hardware. Others will say that Microsoft is ahead of the curve here, that they are preparing for a hardware platform agnostic future. Still others think that this is just another pet project for Microsoft doomed to be abandoned soon, and fade into irrelevance- not unlike Kinect, or Games for Windows Live.


However, speaking at the Halo Wars 2 launch event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer refuted that notion, reiterating Xbox’s commitment to Play Anywhere. ‘The most important thing for me about Xbox Play Anywhere is letting you play games anywhere you want,’ he said. ‘And people will talk about it like, is it selling more games? Is it about monetization? I’m just like, I want our Xbox customers to be able to play their games, if they’re at a place in front of a PC, they can play, if they’re on console, they can play.

‘So we’re actually seeing it- you know, we shipped Gears, we shipped Forza, and we’re shipping Halo Wars 2, and of course there was Resident Evil 7… and we talk to our developers, and what they say is that the people who play on both platforms play more. And I think that’s validation of the program. It’s not about where customers buy their games, it’s not about whether PC is bigger or console, it’s just about giving people more opportunity to play. And I’m really committed to Xbox Play Anywhere, and it’s really great to see the third party support that we are getting.’

I can see Phil’s point- and there is definitely something to having a continuous gaming experience, no matter where you are. That is, in fact, one of the things that Nintendo is banking on with the upcoming Switch. But is it wise to divest all of your exclusives like this by also putting them on another platform? That remains to be seen, still.

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Chris Gilham

Star Wars Battlefront Won’t Get Any More Content Updates

It looks like EA and DICE are done with Star Wars Battlefront. A little over a year after the game first launched, DICE have confirmed that there will be no more content updates for the game anymore on Twitter.


“There are currently no plans to add any new content updates to Star Wars Battlefront,” they said in response to a fan’s query. This basically means that what Battlefront is now is what you will get- nothing more will be added to the game. Presumably all of the new content is instead being redirected into the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2, which is due out later this year.

On the one hand, Battlefront has a fair amount of content now, and it’s okay for DICE to stop supporting it. On the other hand, the Season Pass was $50 sold on the promise of DICE-like support for Battlefront– Battlefield 4 was still getting content updates as late as last year, as an example. To see DICE move on from Battlefront so soon is a bit disappointing.

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