Sunday, September 25, 2016

Chris Gilham

Final Fantasy 15 Xbox One Showcased in Gorgeous Footage

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 15 is still two months away but there’s still plenty of hype to go around. The publisher recently live-streamed the game from EGX London and provided a good 40 minutes of footage. However, this is from the Xbox One version, which still looks great despite the lower resolution compared to PS4.


Final Fantasy 15 was originally scheduled to release by September end but was delayed to allow for its hefty day one patch to be included on disc. Square Enix has made further optimizations and improvements to the experience to make it the best possible Final Fantasy this generation.

Now if only it applied that same logic to Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15, the CG film spin-off to the game, and made it somewhat watchable.

Final Fantasy 15 will be out on November 29th for Xbox One and PS4. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.



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Battlefield 1 Trial Begins on October 13th

EA has announced that a trial for Battlefield 1, courtesy of EA/Origin Access on Xbox One and PC, will be out on October 13th for subscribers of the service. It will offer ten hours of game time (though that only counts for when the game is running).


However, there will be some limits. Multiplayer will be available but you only get five maps – St. Quentin Scar, Amiens, Sinai Desert, Fao Fortress and Suez – with four modes – Conquest, Rush, Operations and Domination. The single-player campaign will include Storm of Steel and Through Mud and Blood.

If you play between October 13th to 20th, you’ll receive the Trench Raider Dog Tag, exclusive to Play First Trial members. Play all ten hours before the 20th and a Battlepack will be available at launch.

Battlefield 1 pre-orders for the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition will also receive early access on October 18th. The full game is out on October 21st for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Beta Start Times Revealed

Activision has finally announced its beta schedule for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on Xbox One and PS4. The beta will begin first for PS4 players who pre-ordered on October 14th at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET and ends on October 17th. Next week on October 21st, Xbox One and PS4 players will be able to play from 10 AM PT/1 PM ET to October 24th. As noted before, there won’t be a beta on PC.


It should be noted that Activision did make last year’s beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 available to all within its final days. The same could happen for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare but it’s not confirmed. We’ll have to wait and see when the beta is here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is out on November 4th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Will you be taking part in the beta? Let us know in the comments.

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Watch Nearly 17 Minutes of Mafia 3 In This New Video

Mafia 3 is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and ahead of its release, just a couple of weeks from now, 2K Games have shared a brand new video showing us nearly 17 minutes of gameplay footage from the title.


The interesting thing about this footage is that what you see doesn’t have to be representative of how things go down when you play the game. Mafia 3, after all, promises you the freedom to do what you want, when you want, and any way you want- so while the missions remain the same, you can end up tackling them in totally different ways than shown in the video. Essentially, you can watch this video and still come away unspoiled by it.

Mafia 3 is due out on October 7 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can check out the gameplay footage below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.



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Injustice 2 New Gear System Explained By Developers

Injustice 2 is the sequel to the unlikely DC fighting game that we’ve all been waiting for. But while it mostly looks to be the evolution of the first game that we all wanted, there are parts of it that are a reason for worry. Namely the new gear system, which relies on randomized loot drops, and which could very well wreck the balance of play in multiplayer games.


Speaking to Eurogamer at EGX, developers NetherRealm tried to clear the air on the new loot system.

“We anticipated what some of the hesitation might be from players and are developing intelligently to deliver something which will hopefully appeal to all of our fans, whether you’re a hardcore fighting game enthusiast or a more casual fan,” NetherRealm’s Brian Goodman told Eurogamer in an interview at EGX.

“There’s been a lot of discussion on how best to communicate this because we are, obviously, throwing a bit of a monkey wrench in the works as far as some fighting game purists might find. We’re doing things to make sure people who want a pure fighting game can get that.”

Ultimately, these drops can work because Injustice 2 does have modes which are more competitively balanced.

“We’re creating modes where it’s an even playing field and you can gear up for aesthetic reasons but your character stats are on an even plane. We also have modes where gear actually impacts your strength, which is a whole new level of strategy.

“For instance if you’re Superman you’re likely going to want to increase his offence, since he’s a character that likes to come in close and do a ton of damage then hang back and use his special power. That’s likely the type of gear you’re going to want to hunt down if you play that character.

“Online we’re going to look at matchmaking so players are matched like-for-like, but it will be fundamentally unbalanced at that point.

“For the hyper competitive tournaments, we want those to still be places people can show off the customization they have earned throughout the game but they have to be level playing fields. That’s essential for true fighting game aficionados.”

So it sounds like they want to straddle the line between appealing to a larger, casual audience – which, given this game’s content, is a sensible strategy – and nailing down a competitive fighting game for the hardcore fighting game community as well, a bit like the balancing act that Nintendo pull with Smash. Injustice 2 is due out on PS4 and Xbox One in 2017.

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God of War PS4 To Have Moments of Epic Scale, Dev Talks On Combat, And More

The new God of War game is one of the most promising upcoming games, right up there with Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild– so when we get a chance to learn more about it, we take it. And thankfully, we get plenty of those chances, thanks to director Cory Barlog’s propensity to be pretty open with the game’s development progress on Twitter.


For instance, speaking on Twitter recently, Barlog confirmed for the record, yet again and for what feels like the millionth time (I mean, come on, people, get the hint already) that the new God of War game will be called just that- no number, no subtitle. Barlog also confirmed that there is no release date planned for the game yet – and it doesn’t sound like the game might be done any time soon, either, because owing to the sheer amount of work that Sony Santa Monica are currently facing, Barlog can’t even commit to the game appearing at the PlayStation Experience later this year.

What he can confirm is that blocking and parrying will both be part of the repertoire of moves available to the player. He also promised that the game would have many “incredible moments of epic scale that manifest in ways different from previous games,” which, again, is something that he has been promising for a while now. On the other hand, Barlog can’t yet confirm how long the game will be- and won’t be able to until development on the game is done.

Finally, if the development of God of War really interests you, then the good news is, Barlog intends for there to be some kind of The Making of God of War feature that will hopefully shed some more light on the development of this anticipated game. God of War will launch exclusively on PlayStation 4 systems next year.

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Call of Duty 3 is Now Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Even if you didn’t want it, the Xbox 360 version of Treyarch’s first ever Call of Duty is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One. Released in 2006, Call of Duty 3 is better known as the last World War 2 game in the franchise before Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Although Treyarch would return to the setting with Call of Duty: World at War, it’s main responsibility these days is the Black Ops franchise.


The next big game in the franchise will be Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releasing for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 4th. Purchasing the Legacy Edition will also net you Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered, a graphical revamp of the classic. The latter could also receive its own solo release in the days to come though.

What are your thoughts on Call of Duty 3 going backwards compatible? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more information.

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Watch Dogs 2 New Trailer Welcomes You To DeadSec

Watch Dogs 2 appears to be the kind of breath of fresh air, fun revitalization of the drab and dour original title that Assassin’s Creed 2 was to its similarly all too serious predecessor- and the hope is that Watch Dogs 2 is as successful at reimagining its core formula while retaining the essentials.


This new trailer certainly seems to suggest that that will be the case. Titled ‘Welcome To DeadSec,’ the trailer simply appears to be a whole lot of fun, showcasing a game that isn’t taking itself too seriously, and that is all too happy to have the player along for the ride- basically, it’s the kind of difference that characterized Grand Theft Auto 5 from its all too serious predecessor.

Watch Dogs 2 is due out this November on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can check out the new trailer for the game below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.



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Chris Gilham

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild New Video

We still don’t know much about the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild beyond what we were shown at E3, but Nintendo continue to share small snippets of gameplay, each focused on one particular aspect of the game, or one game mechanic, with periodic regularity on their social media channels.


Take this new video that they shared, for instance, which shows off the game’s cooking mechanics in some depth. Cooking will be one of the only ways to recover health in this new game, as, unlike previous Zelda games, you won’t be able to find any dropped Hearts or health pickups in the grass or under rocks this time around- so you better have a good handle on fixing some food up for yourself.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on the Nintendo NX and on Wii U in 2017. It is presumed to be a Nintendo NX launch title, although that has not yet been confirmed.

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The Next Assassin’s Creed Game May Not Launch In 2017

This year marks the first year that we are not getting an Assassin’s Creed game since 2008- since 2009, we have had a mainline Assassin’s Creed game release every year. But in the face of declining sales, and 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity dropping the ball pretty heavily, it seems as though Ubisoft made the right decision to take a year off, and work on retooling the franchise into something that could excite the mainstream public again, choosing instead to focus on games such as the upcoming Watch Dogs 2 for this Holiday season.


So far, we have been under the impression that Assassin’s Creed‘s next game, colloquially referred to as Empire, and presumed to be set in Ancient Egypt based on leaks and well sourced reports, will be launching in 2017. However, in an interview with Gamespot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently stated that a 2017 release wasn’t necessarily a given.

“What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin’s Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level,” he said. “So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionize the IP, so we said, “Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.”

So when would the IP be back, then, according to him? Surprisingly, he would not commit to a date at all, saying only “It will be back when it’s ready. That’s when we feel we have something there.” When prodded further with the specific 2017 release window, Guillemot only said, “Yeah [that isn’t necessarily 2017]. It will be when it’s ready.”

So- it sounds like for once, Ubisoft are willing to miss a release date and instead focus only on delivering the best product that they can. For the publisher that essentially rushed out an unfinished game with Assassin’s Creed Unity simply to have a tentpole release for the 2014 Holiday season, I’d say that makes for a pretty big change.

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Destiny Wrath of the Machine Raid Already Beaten

Destiny’s newest raid that released with Rise of Iron, Wrath of the Machine, went live last night. Considering it’s the first raid that’s released in roughly a year – not to mention the somewhat high requirements for your average player who didn’t spend the last few days – grinding, we would have expected it to take longer to beat.


However, Bungie has revealed the world-first raid completion for Wrath of the Machine on Twitter. “We have a winner! Congratulations to Clan Redeem on achieving World First for Wrath of the Machine.”

This is only Normal mode though. Expect Hard mode to have some more challenges and that’s not even counting the Challenge Mode that could arrive in the coming months.

What’s your progress in the raid thus far? Have you beaten it yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Chris Gilham

Titanfall 2 Trailer Showcases Stellar Pilot Skills and Kills

Respawn’s Titanfall series may have hulking robots tearing each other apart as its main selling point but a lot of the busywork falls on the Pilots (who are no slouches themselves). In a new trailer for Titanfall 2, the developer highlights the skills and abilities that Pilots can use to destroy their enemies.


Titanfall 2 will be out on October 28th and along with multiplayer, it will ship with a full-fledged single-player campaign. A recent tech test for the multiplayer gave us a look at the new Titans, broken up into hero-style loadouts with signature abilities and ultimates; the new and returning weapons; map design; and the Bounty Hunt mode, which created its own little controversy among the Titanfall faithful. Thankfully, Respawn has confirmed that Attrition will also be returning in Titanfall 2.

What are your thoughts on the latest Titanfall 2 video? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more information.



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Chris Gilham

Mafia 3 Gameplay Video Features Heavy Assortment of Weapons

A new gameplay video for Mafia 3 has been released courtesy of Hangar 13 and Take Two Interactive. This time, we get a look at the different weapons that Lincoln Clay can employ when making the streets of New Bordeaux his own.


Mafia 3 takes place in 1968 as Clay returns home to his surrogate family in the mob. Unfortunately, when his family is murdered by the Italian mafia, Clay takes it upon himself to seek revenge and essentially rule the crime world. Thanks to his service in Vietnam, Clay is capable of either a stealth approach or outright running and gunning as he breaks up rackets, disrupts deals and hunts down his enemies.

Releasing on October 7th, Mafia 3 will be heading to PS4, Xbox One and PC. What are your thoughts on the gameplay footage thus far and will you be purchasing the game? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more information.



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Watch Dogs 2: Skill System Detailed

Ubisoft are changing a lot of things in Watch Dogs 2. The game introduces a new follower system which results into more rewards and research points. You can earn more followers by completing in-game quests and several side missions. In an interview with Wewritethings, Watch Dogs 2’s Creative Director Jonathan Morin explained how the skill system works.


“Then the second change is how we deal with currency. You will need to spend research points to unlock skills. These unlock by gathering followers. Each time you level up, you get some of those points similar to the first game. But this isn’t the only way to get those points. This time you can also get points through exploration.

“So getting more skills also helps you reach more of those points within the open world. We wanted to make sure the challenges within the huge open world would provide important rewards to players. So if you want all the skills you will have to also explore the Bay Area outside of the beaten path,” Morin said.

It seems like the game will have an expansive and intriguing skills system compared to the original. Watch Dogs 2 is out in November for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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WWE 2K17 Season Pass, DLC And Digital Deluxe Editions Detailed

2K have released a press release outlining the details behind WWE 2K17’s season pass, downloadable content and digital deluxe editions. The content promises to include WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016 match showcases, new moves, several wrestlers and more. You can check out the entire list below the post.


Greg Thomas, President at Visual Concepts had the following to say regarding the announcement. “WWE 2K17’s extensive and diverse downloadable content offering celebrates WWE’s past, present and future, including playable characters from WWE, NXT, WCW and WWE, match-driven content based on the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and a large number of new in-game moves. Alongside WWE 2K17’s commitment to authentic, simulation-based gameplay, an extensive playable roster and fan-favorite features, such as MyCareer and the Creation Suite, this year’s offering complements our all-inclusive WWE experience at a great value.”

Accelerator
  • Players will gain instant access to all content available in the game’s VC Purchasable section (excluding downloadable content);
  • Players can also decide overall rankings and attribute levels for all playable characters throughout the life of the product;
Future Stars Pack

Playable WWE and NXT Superstars: Austin Aries, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mojo Rawley and Tye Dillinger;

Hall of Fame Showcase

Playable matches include:
  • Cactus Jack and Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael “PS” Hayes) (WCW Saturday Night 1992);
  • The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts and Michael “PS” Hayes) vs. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich (WCCW 1986);
  • Ivory vs. Jacqueline (SmackDown 2000);
  • Sting (gold and black tights) vs. Ric Flair (Clash of Champions 1988);
  • Sting (n.W.o. Wolfpac ring gear) vs. Bret Hart (WCW Halloween Havoc 1998);
  • Papa Shango vs. The Godfather (Dream Match);
  • Big Boss Man (with Albert) vs. The Big Show (Armageddon 1999);
Legends Pack

Playable WWE Legends: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Eddie Guerrero, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Sycho Sid and Tatanka;

MyPlayer Kick Start (PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive)
  • Players will gain instant access to boost created Superstar ratings and attributes made available at launch as part of the game’s MyCareer mode;
  • Players can also unlock all clothing made available at launch that provides attribute boosts in MyCareer;
New Moves Pack
  • Explore a wide variety of new in-game moves, including the Swingout Neckbreaker (made popular by current WWE
  • Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte); the Elbro Drop (made popular by WWE Superstar Zack Ryder); the Face Wash Combo (made popular by NXT Superstar Samoa Joe; and the TJP Clutch (made popular by current WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins);
NXT Enhancement Pack (PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive)
  • Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura;
  • Players will earn a 50 percent boost in points while competing at NXT during MyCareer;
NXT Legacy Pack (PS3 system and Xbox 360 Exclusive)

Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax and Shinsuke Nakamura;

About the WWE 2K17 Season Pass

Players may purchase select WWE 2K17 downloadable content at a reduced price point through the game’s Season Pass. Players will receive the following items as they become available:
  • Accelerator;
  • Future Stars Pack;
  • Hall of Fame Showcase;
  • Legends Pack;
  • New Moves Pack.
About the WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Editions
  • Copy of WWE 2K17;
  • WWE 2K17 Season Pass;
  • WWE 2K17 MyPlayer Kick Start;
  • WWE 2K16 MyPlayer Kick Start (available immediately with pre-order purchase);
  • Goldberg Pack (access to two playable Bill Goldberg characters, as well as playable WCW Monday Nitro and
  • Halloween Havoc arenas);
  • Theme (PS4™ system only; available immediately with pre-order purchase);
  • PS3™ system– available beginning October 11, 2016:
  • Copy of WWE 2K17;
  • WWE 2K17 Season Pass;
  • NXT Legacy Pack.
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Titanfall 2 Will Have Attrition Mode, First Gameplay Footage Revealed

Josh from Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Attrition mode will be returning to Titanfall 2. Confirming via Reddit, the developer had the following to say: “I write this post to you because I know a lot of you have seen my #BePatient comments and dislike it or find it to mean I’m trolling. I do it out of love (sometimes it’s borderline trolling lol) I rather you be angry than feel like we don’t see your complaints and begin to run with random stories lol. So I’m here to tell you that I’m ending my #BePatient campaign! Going forward I’m going to use #WeDidITReddit. P.S – Attrition is in Titanfall 2. #WeDidITReddit”


Well, there you have it. If you want to see the mode in action, check out this nine minute gameplay footage showcasing the same. Titanfall 2 is out next month on PS4, Xbox One and PC.



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Hitman Episode 5: Colorado Receives New Teaser

An assassin’s work is never finished, as Agent 47 can attest to. After traveling to Bangkok, Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh, IO Interactive’s Hitman will head to Colorado in its fifth episode. Agent 47 will be tasked with infiltrating a private militia training camp to assassinate four targets. Check out the teaser trailer for the episode below.


Naturally this won’t be easy as each target possesses their own unique skills to make life tough. Along with new targets and a new area, Colorado will also provide new gear for Agent 47 to take advantage of. Players can also expect new challenges and the like which can be completed for other rewards.

Hitman Episode 5: Colorado is set to release on September 27th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and the full trailer is out on the same day at 1 PM CEST. Will you be picking it up and once again stepping into the shoes of the world’s most dangerous assassin? Let us know in the comments below.



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Destiny Xur Inventory September 23rd: Transversive Steps, Monte Carlo and Ornaments

Xur has returned to the Tower – er, the Reef in Bungie’s Destiny and he finally has some new stuff for sale. Well, one new Exotics and some ornaments at least. Find him in the Vestian Outpost where he will remain until September 25th, 2 AM PST.


For gear, there’s Twilight Garrison (Titan chest) and Celestial Nighthawk (Hunter helm), each for 13 Strange Coins. However, he also has Transversive Steps, the only Exotic Warlock boots in the game. Early reports based on data-mined info indicated faster crouch speed but we’ll have to try it out for ourselves to be sure.

Monte Carlo is the Exotic weapon this week and for an auto rifle at 17 Strange Coins, it’s pretty useful recharging one’s melee quickly. Ornaments to change the look of one’s guns include Superspy for Monte Carlo and Bureau of Aeronautics for the new Khvostov. These can be purchased with Silver Dust. Legacy Engrams are for gloves though whether that’s Year One, Year Two or both remains to be seen.



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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chris Gilham

FIFA 17 Now Available Early on EA/Origin Access

EA Sports’ FIFA 17 is now available to play on Xbox One and PC. That is, if you have a subscription to EA/Origin Access. As with previous triple-A games, FIFA 17 is available to play several days ahead of its release courtesy of a limited time trial. This allows for 10 hours of playtime though it only counts when the game is actually running. Those interesting in playing the full game can also transfer their full progress from the Access version.


It’s also possible to avail of a 10 percent discount on EA digital content with an EA/Origin Access subscription. At $5 per month for EA Access or $30 per year for EA/Origin Access, that’s not a bad deal (especially with all the permanent games residing in the Vault).

FIFA 17 is out on September 27th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC, iOS and Android. Will you be picking it up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Uncharted 4 Bounty Hunter DLC Now Live on PS4

Naughty Dog has revealed the newest DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, particularly for its multiplayer mode. Along with a new map – Village from Uncharted 2 – there will be a new Cinema Replay feature. Unfortunately, it seems that split-screen multiplayer is not happening.


There’s also a new mode called Bounty Hunter which you can check out below. The new weapons this time around include the DC Single Action, a semi-auto revolver; the RKL-155, a full auto pistol; the Lowe-S assault rifle; the Harrison 1890 lever action rifle; and the US-AN 12, an automatic shotgun which acts as a heavy weapon. The new boosters include Lock ‘n’ Load which places ammo from pick-ups into the clip, Weapons Expert which lets you aim while vaulting or falling and so on.

Furthermore, there’s a new Mystical – the Shield of Asgard – which can reduce incoming damage for a short time. Check out footage of the Bounty Hunter mode below. The new DLC is currently live on PlayStation 4 so download it today.



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Ubisoft On Nintendo NX: ‘It’s Really A New Approach’

While we don’t know much about Nintendo’s upcoming system, the NX, there have been reports that the machine will be a hybrid of handheld and consoles. Regardless, AAA game companies like Ubisoft are loving what Nintendo are doing with the system.


“The new Nintendo [console] is a fantastic machine. It’s really a new approach, it’s really Nintendo, [which is] coming with something new again. We love it,” CEO Yves Guillemot stated in a recent presentation attended by Gamespot.

And what about disruptions caused by the introduction of new a system like NX? “We always take disruptions on the positive side,” he said. “We think each time that it’s an opportunity for our creators to take more risks. When a machine is installed, there are a certain number of brands that take up the time of players, so they’re going to buy the next Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty. Even if they say, ‘I’m interested in what you’re doing,’ at the end of the day they first buy what they know, then go somewhere else.”

He also confirmed that they have new projects in development for the NX besides the already confirmed Just Dance.

Now only if Nintendo cared enough to reveal their new system soon enough.

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Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Overview Explains Different Features

If you missed Infinity Ward’s reveal for the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare several weeks ago, then you can check out the recent multiplayer overview released by the developer. It explores the different equipment, Combat Rigs (essentially the new Specialists) and weapon crafting features.


There’s quite a lot to unpack but there are six Rigs to choose from, ranging from Warfighter that’s armed with an assault rifle and rapid firing SMG that can bounce projectiles around corners to FTL, an experimental class which can teleport short ranges and enter another dimension to prevent any damage being taken.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer beta starts on October 14th for those who pre-order and will be available on PS4 first. Xbox One will receive it later but there won’t be a PC beta. The game itself is out on November 4th for all three platforms so stay tuned for more information.



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NBA 2K17 Review – A High Caliber Basketball Game

2K has been riding high on the success of the NBA series for a number of years now, eclipsing the competition presented by Electronic Arts’ NBA Live series. Fortunately for basketball fans, NBA 2K17 raises the stakes higher with deep customization options and focusing on chaining breathtaking moves. If NBA 2K16 was a one step down for the long running franchise then the latest iteration ensures that Visual Concepts are back to the pedestal of delivering high octane basketball action.

MyCareer mode returns in 2K17 and it’s better than ever. For those who are unaware, the MyCareer mode is actually a story mode wherein you can scan your face using a companion app (although the results of the scan could range from downright funny to perfect). You take on the role of a high school player as you rise to the top while grabbing endorsement deals along the way. You are also given access to a cell phone where you can talk to different team members, coaches or hangout with friends. Initially, the story mode might feel a bit mundane but once you get the hang of the daily decision making, the experience becomes much more immersive. Unfortunately you cannot skip through the story cutscenes so this may annoy some players who want to avoid the plot-lines and jump directly into the action. Regardless of this minor issue, the MyCareer mode feels so much better than what was present in last year’s iteration and it’s a complete blast once you start investing your time into it.


"The on field gameplay feels smoother than ever before and it seems that the player is now in a better position to control the on-going action."

The on field gameplay feels smoother than ever before and it seems that the player is now in a better position to control the on-going action. Players can now easily chain moves and pull of breathtaking maneuvers helping you easily dodge the opposing team’s defenders. However the experience can be dragged down due to some uneven passing mechanics due to the AI of players who still don’t run on the right lane at times. However despite this minor annoyance, it seems that Visual Concepts have fixed some of the annoying bugs from the previous games. When you pass the ball to an AI standing close to the boundary, the said AI won’t tip over the boundary. This was something that had marred previous entries so this is a welcome change. Further improvements include the way the ‘green’ indicator or a successful shot works. In the past “green” does not always guarantee a successful shot, however this has been fixed in the latest installment.

MyGM mode has also been updated as for the first time ever the game allows you to select six new franchises that can be added to the Association. You can auto-design their logos and uniforms or design everything manually. The draft rules seem to be on the spot as each team can protect eight players. However you will only lose a set number of players which in turn is independent of how many teams are selecting. Online play seems solid and the servers are holding up reasonably well so far. We experienced minimal lag while playing the MyPark and MyTeam but overall the online experience is drastically better than last year’s iteration which was broken for several days after launch.


"Overall, NBA 2K17 follows the good old mantra…“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The game builds on an already existing and fantastic framework and if you are already a fan NBA 2K17 is game you need to play"

One of the things that the NBA series has always excelled in is its pristine presentation and NBA 2K17 continues the trend. Facial scan of players look amazing and the attention to detail could be quite stunning at times. On the field, the animations and individual player’s body flow look realistic and better than ever before. The TV crew includes the likes of Brent Barry, Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony, Clark Kellogg, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Steve Smith and David Aldridge. In short you won’t get a better crew than this in any sports game.

Visual Concepts went through 29 NBA arenas and recorded their iconic music scores and crowd sounds. I guess it’s safe to assume that NBA 2K17 feels more lively compared to its predecessors. Player specific dialogues with their real voices and faces scanned with great amount of detail further amps up the immersion factor. The user interface has been overhauled as well…there are new overlays and scoreboards, and intriguing half time entertainment sections that make you feel like you are actually watching the game in real-life. In short, Visual Concepts have really taken the game’s presentation to an all together different level with its excellent graphics and adrenaline soaked soundtrack.

Overall, NBA 2K17 follows the good old mantra…“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The game builds on an already existing and fantastic framework and if you are already a fan NBA 2K17 is game you need to play. It may not be accessible to new comers but that does not stop it from becoming one of the best basketball games of all time. Too many cutscenes in the MyCareer mode and the game’s inability to hold your hand at times may rarely deter your experience but its refreshingly deep gameplay mechanics and tons of different modes make it stand out as one of the best sports games you will play this year.

THE GOOD
Improved on field gameplay mechanics, all gameplay modes such as MyCareer and MyGM have undergone impressive changes, Stunning presentation.

THE BAD
Some players are not accurate representation of their real life counterparts due to inaccurate facial scanning, Unskippable cutscenes during myCareer mode.

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Chris Gilham

Horizon Zero Dawn Avoids “Complicated Menus”, Provides Accessibility

Guerrilla Gams’ Horizon: Zero Dawn may be taking place in a huge open world with action RPG underpinnings but the developer is working hard to keep things accessible for the majority of players. It also wants to keep its story fairly hidden to encourage players to explore the world and discover its lore according to a new report in Game Informer.


Lead writer John Gonzalez explained that, “For people who are story junkies, for people who like to collect every audio log or text log out there, people who want to have a grand narrative to their game, I think they’re going to be really surprised and delighted by what we have prepared for them.

Director Mathijs de Jonge also said that one thing the team wanted to avoid was “complicated menus. We also didn’t want to go too deep with the RPG features we were developing. We wanted to have a certain level of accessibility and understandability for players. We also didn’t want to go too hardcore with stats, so at some point we just cut it off and said we weren’t going to go any further because it would confuse players.”

Horizon: Zero Dawn is out on February 28th for PS4 and will run at upscaled 4K on the PS4 Pro.

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Chris Gilham

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel Gameplay Presents All Kinds of Enemies

Gameplay footage for Dark Souls 3’s first of two story DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, is now available but be warned. Spoilers lie ahead, especially because some of the enemies seem to hint at previously established characters. Proceed with caution.


But there’s no denying that there’s plenty of danger to see in the DLC be it from new enemy types or new bosses. We’re intrigued, especially given the winter landscapes we’ll be exploring. As per Bandai Namco, Ashes of Ariandel will feature a “terrible secret that lies within an unnamed frozen land.” Then there are the new weapons and armour that are waiting to be discovered.

The Dark Souls 3 Season Pass currently retails for $24.99 (on Steam at least) and will release on October 25th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The second DLC is expected to arrive next year. What are your thoughts on the gameplay? Let us know in the comments below.



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Horizon Zero Dawn Is Four Times As Complex As Killzone – Guerrilla Games

Guerrilla Games’ Hermen Hulst revealed in an interview with Game Informer that the upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is four times bigger and complex than any of the previous Killzone games.


“It’s a monster of a project. I mean, in terms of the number of features it’s probably four times as complex and huge as any Killzone game has been. The challenge for us is that it’s a bigger game but it’s also a new IP, so all the game rules will have to be established. Then it’s a new genre for the studio, so as a studio we had to actually hire entire new disciplines. We didn’t have a quest team, for example. On the technical side, this project has probably been the most challenging so far, because of the open world. I mean, it’s a huge accomplishment the fact that we get that much detail on the screen and it’s that vast a world for you to explore,” Hulst stated.

This is expected given that Horizon Zero Dawn is an open world role playing game set on a massive map. Guerrilla Games’ previous entries have been smaller in scale (Killzone games are linear in nature although Shadowfall featured an open level design). Horizon Zero Dawn launches next February exclusively on the PS4.

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