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By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 10:03 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda has released the official trailer for Dishonored: Death of The Outsider

 

 

See a new side of Karnaca as Death of the Outsider takes you through its gritty underbelly. Investigate mysterious cults, infiltrate underground fight clubs, and even pull off a bank heist as you search for a way to do the impossible: kill a god. Playing as a new assassin, you’ll have access to slew of powerful new supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, all of which are designed to help you cut a bloody swath through Karnaca and leave your mark on the history. Or perhaps you’ll choose to be merciful and use your skills to slip unnoticed through the world. In true Arkane fashion, the intricately designed levels allow for a wide array of playstyles, with branching paths and heavy choices that will greatly affect the outcome of your mission.

 

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin. And with developer Arkane Studios’ signature style, you can once again be as bloodthirsty – or as merciful – as you like. Check out Bethesda.net for even more details in our recently released video featuring insights from Creative Director, Harvey Smith.

Dishonored: Death of The Outsider is looking fantastic, and is shaping up to be a worthy addition to the Dishonored canon. Are you looking forward to the game?

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 10 Aug, 2017 At 09:21 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

Return to the Wasteland on September 26 with Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. With all the latest gameplay updates(including Survival mode), graphical enhancements, the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, plus all official add-ons included, this is the ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios.

 

Winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards – including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year – Fallout 4 is the studio’s most ambitious game yet. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, players enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. In a fight for survival they are faced with rebuilding and determining the fate of the Wasteland.

 

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will be available on September 26 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

 

To celebrate the Game of the Year Edition, a limited quantity of Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Pip-Boy collector editions will be made exclusively available in North America at select retailers. The Pip-Boy Edition includes Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition and will retail for $99.99 USD, and will also release on September 26.

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This is great news, and fans who have been waiting to get into the game now have a great opportunity to do so. Will you be checking this out?

 

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Warning: This post contains spoilers

When DOOM released last year, it had a lot of interesting ideas and concepts in it. The multiplayer was not to everyone’s liking, but the single player was viewed as one of the best games ever made. It  featured great gameplay, amazing action and a good amount of energy. But what wasn’t acknowledged by many ( although some did), was the way the game handled the narrative. Namely, in a game that was a throwback to old school shooters ( and a successful throwback at that), DOOM had a surprisingly strong narrative that elevated it above being a mindless shooter. Many shooters have a strong narrative but DOOM succeeded in an area that few others do: Show, don’t tell.

The game contained large amounts of lore that you could find that detailed the backstory of the Doom Slayer and the demons. This is reminiscent of other games like Metroid Prime, but with one major difference. That is, Metroid Prime is exploration and adventure focused, while DOOM is action focused. Thus id Software essentially blurred genres while still keeping the game focused on action. Its been pointed out by people like Jim Sterling, that the Doom Slayer’s mannerisms make him a unique character in that even without saying anything and only really showing a pair of hands. It was just the way he moved, the way the camera was angled at certain times, that conveyed emotion and told a story without needing words. You could feel his anger in his reaction to what happened. He came off less as psycho who could only solve things by shooting, and rather as someone who honestly felt everything had to be stopped because he had seen the true extent of the damage that could be caused by tampering with Hell’s power.

But it goes even further. As user, Sir Bill noted here on the SpaceBattles forum, DOOM actually has a large degree of moral ambiguity. Using the Argent energy means tampering with Hell, but Dr. Hayden has a point. The humans have been using it for decades and have devoted fields of science to it. There is no alternative available. The Doom Slayer has seen what horrors Hell can do, with the destruction of his home world being a clear example. Hayden is fighting to keep humanity alive the only way he can, and the Doom Slayer is opposing him because he has seen the damage and destruction this can bring. Both sides have a point and both are right. No words are needed about the matter because the game tells you this without words. It is a masterful case of showing instead of just telling, with the closest acknowledgment in the dialogue being part of Hayden’s reasoning at the end for banishing the Doom Slayer.

DOOM 2016 was assumed to be just an action game, albeit an awesome one, but now we can see that this game has subverted the expectations of what narrative in an FPS should be. Given all id Software and Bethesda accomplished here, I cannot wait to see what they do next. I doubt narrative driven FPS games are going to be the norm in the future, but this is an awesome way to do it, as DOOM, despite the gore and violence and high energy, is subtle in an area where most developers struggle to be subtle. That is skilled writing and I must commend the team on that.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 9 Aug, 2017 At 11:03 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda released the following

 

In Nazi-occupied America, even the smallest pleasures come with big risks. As we learn in this episode of Trust in Brother – one of the TV shows that appear in the world of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – there is no such thing as “just a little chocolate.” Or, as big brother Dale puts it: “Good nutrition is a matter of state security.” Watch this episode of Trust in Brother to see a twisted Nazi-fied take on a classic American sitcom, and learn more about Wolfenstein at https://beth.games/2wFKyxO 

Trust in Brother

“I’m still going to have to inform on you!” Sometimes life isn’t easy when you’re Ronnie and you’re always getting caught doing FUN (Following Unlawful Nature) things in Trust in Brother – a heartwarming comedy show for the whole family. Giggle your hearts out as the gluttonous Ronnie gorges on milk chocolate bars. Chuckle until your belt buckles burst as Ronnie dances to degenerate music that threatens to send him into a spiral of drugs, crime, and political deviance. But whenever Ronnie stumbles, his big brother Dale will always be there to catch him – and inform on him to the authorities! With a resounding endorsement from our Beloved Führer himself, you’re in for eine großartige Zeit – a hoot of a time! Trust in Brother is filmed before a live studio audience.

 

 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks to build on its predecessor in multiple way. By fleshing out the world of the game, we get an even better idea of just how twisted the world of the game is.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

We hope to have a review sometime around launch.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 02:52 PM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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THQ Nordic sent out the following

 

 

Release the kraken, or ,in the world of Sine Mora EX, the Sentinel Hexapus Kolobok!

Sine Mora EX, the extended version of the critically acclaimed original Sine Mora, is out now on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4 on August 8th, 2017. The version for Nintendo Switch™ will follow later this summer. The game will be available as digital download for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation™4. A retail version for PlayStation™4 and Xbox One will also be out on August 8th, and there will be a retail version for Nintendo Switch™, too.

 

About Sine Mora EX

Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot’em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot’em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

Sine Mora EX features:

  • 16:9 Aspect ratio (instead of 16:10 which still remains as an option)
  • Full English Voice Overs (Original Hungarian ones are still available as an option)
  • Local co-op for up to 2 players in Story mode
  • 3 New versus modes: Race, Tanks, Dodgeball
  • New challenge levels
  • Improved Rendering

PLAYSTATION 4 PRO and PC ONLY: Native 4k at 60 FPS

Sine Mora EX is an amazing looking game and should no doubt appeal to many shoot em up fans.

 

Will you be getting it?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 8 Aug, 2017 At 09:26 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda has released the following.

The culmination of an arc that began with the assassination of Empress Jessamine Kaldwin in the original Dishonored? Or the perfect entry point into the richly realized Dishonored world? When it comes to Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, the answer is simple: both. A standalone adventure featuring Billie Lurk – a fan-favorite character who’s playable for the first time in the series – Dishonored: Death of the Outsider sends you on an impossible mission to take down a supernatural god-like figure.

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin. And with Arkane Studios’ signature style, you can once again be as bloodthirsty – or as merciful – as you like.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider releases on September 15, 2017, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider looks to be an interesting story in the Dishonored universe. The games are amazing already, and an addition like this is a welcome one. If you haven’t seen our Dishonored 2 review, you can see it here .

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2017 At 10:54 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda has revealed a major patch for Prey, Patch 1.05, that aims to fix many of the issues.

 

Take a look at the patch notes below.

 

Patch Notes for Version 1.05:

[PS4 ONLY] Fixes to address screen-tearing/stuttering
Player can no longer become blocked from rebooting Power Plant for the “Reboot” mission after killing the Technopath in Life Support.
Added weapon malfunction text for when weapons jam.
Fixed crash when mimicking bass guitar in the Yellow Tulip.
Extra items gained through passive neuromods, such as organs and tumors from Necropsy or spare parts through Dismantle, will now properly stack in the player’s inventory automatically.
Loading a save from a previous version of the game will no longer remove all quests and inventory, or break the HUD.
Fix for some AI-related crashes.
Various combat tweaks/fixes for mimics.
Opening the TranScribe will no longer disrupt FoV settings.
The light on top of a turret will no longer become detached when the player jumps and glides while holding it.
Approaching areas with Coral should no longer cause the client to stutter and eventually freeze.
Operator corpses from saves made on previous builds will no longer cause performance issues.
Repair II and III increase efficiency with suit patch kits. Reduced suit damage from enemies on easy and normal difficulty.
Increased wrench range and strength of melee aim assist. Wrench now always staggers mimics (interrupts attacks). Mimics stand further back to prevent players having to look down too much.
Stun Gun now tells the player when a target is out of its effective range. Weapons will display a “Weapon Offline” when disabled by EMP.
Hepatocytic Amp S-m186 chipset now properly only removes the negative effects of the “Drunk” debuff
Player will now spawn in the correct location when traveling from Shuttle Bay to other locations.
Fixed rare crash when level transitioning to Life Support.
Reployers no longer lose collision when recycling them, and then loading a save where they were present.
Player can no longer bypass ceiling collision by mantling GLOO.
Danielle now voices the correct response to the player’s actions with the Cook during the endgame sequence.
The fabricated coral detector chipset and the quest-given chipset now both function correctly to scan the coral when installed
Fix for rare freeze/crash when in combat with Phantoms.
The Luther Glass quest will no longer incorrectly complete and fail after the player has already completed the quest in Trauma Center.
Lights are no longer sometimes incorrectly ‘on’ when the player enters the Cargo Bay for the first time
Igwe will no longer be found in Cargo Bay when the ‘meet January’ call is triggered.
Mimic’s wall jump attack animation is cancelled if they are stunned.
Treasure Hunt now lists an objective and marker to return to Abigail’s workstation once all the maps are investigated.
The nightmare in the Arboretum is now able to get into the greenhouse and use ranged attacks on the player from the doorway.
Turrets can now be hacked properly if they’ve been previously controlled by the Technopath.
If the player manages to fully GLOO the greater mimic while it is in mid-lunge toward the player’s face, the facegrab animation will no longer play and trap the player.
Hitting a stunned Phantom with the wrench no longer breaks their animations
Raised phantoms and operators will no longer become hostile to the player when attaching grenades to them.
Various crash fixes
Various text fixes.

 

This is a massive patch and looks to correct many of the problems. Hopefully this gets people interested, as the game is actually worth playing. Check out our review here

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2017 At 03:57 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarFuncom sent out the following

 

 

The second stage of Conan Exiles’ Early Access adventure is about to begin! On August 16th, Conan Exiles not only goes live on Xbox One for the first time ever; Funcom will also release its first expansion update for the game for both PC and Xbox One players. Previously teased at E3 this year, Funcom today revealed both the title and all the juicy details players will want to hear about the expansion update.

A new web page is now available on www.conanexiles.com/thefrozennorth, where players can learn all the details about The Frozen North. Funcom today also released a brand-new video where Creative Director Joel Bylos provides a unique glimpse into the expansion update.

 

The Frozen North, which will be completely free to all players on PC and Xbox One, adds a whole new landmass and makes the world of Conan Exiles 70% bigger. It also brings the game out of the desert and into the snowy north, introducing an entirely new climate and a weather system that will require players to dress according to the temperature – or face certain death. The Frozen North also introduces entirely new gameplay mechanics such as fish traps, beekeeping, and cooking. Brewing, a new crafting system, will allow players to make alcohol which will also keep them warm in cold environments. Players will also get to dedicate themselves to a new religion, giving them the ability to summon the avatar of Ymir, the Lord of Storm and War, and wreak havoc on enemy players and crush their cities under his feet.

“This expansion update does not just mean more content and more features,” says Creative Director Joel Bylos. “The team has also worked extremely hard to make sure this release brings with it significant improvements to core aspects of the game such as combat, artificial intelligence, and more. These improvements, in addition to the twenty-eight updates we have already introduced to the game over its six months in PC Early Access, mean this version of Conan Exiles is bigger, and even more importantly, better than ever before.”

Since launching into PC Early Access on January 31st 2017, the development team has been working tirelessly to introduce new content, improve mechanics, and eradicate bugs and exploits. The team has added siege weapons, a new dungeon, a dye system, new armor and weapons, new decorations, avatar defenses, new building pieces, and much more. The game will leave Early Access and release in full on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in Q1 2018. Conan Exiles quickly became a smash hit with the open-world survival audience, selling almost half a million units in the first month. In this online survival game players get to build anything from small homes to entire cities, explore a huge open world, team up with other players, or seek to dominate their enemies through brutal player vs. player combat.

You can learn more about Conan Exiles and see the latest updates from the developers on www.conanexiles.com. For an overview of all the updates Funcom has done to Conan Exiles so far in Early Access, head over to www.conanexiles.com/updates.

You can see the trailer for the expansion below

 

Conan exiles is a fantastic game set in the world created by Robert E. Howard. The game had a somewhat shaky launch but has come a long way since then. This expansion looks amazing, and we are planning to do a new review of the game when the expansion comes out.

 

You can see our earlier review here.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2017 At 02:39 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Telltale sent out the following
Citizens of Gotham City,

 

Today we are excited to share the official launch trailer for Batman: The Enemy Within, a new five-part episodic game series that continues Telltale’s unique take on the Caped Crusader. You can download the trailer by following the links above.

 

Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ launches August 8 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac. The series will become available on iOS and Android-based devices in early October, and will also be available at retailers across North America on October 3 on a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The disc will include the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released through an online connection.
In this latest chapter, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?
This new season will be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players’ choices from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season will also include Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an online connection.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who will reprise his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.
Batman: The Enemy Within will be a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series and is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ has been rated ‘Mature’ by the ESRB.
Telltale’s Batman was an interesting series, and this one looks even more unique. Fans of Telltale and Batman should look forward to this!

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Aug, 2017 At 02:34 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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EA sent out the following

 

 

Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced that WNBA teams and players* will be playable in NBA LIVE 18, launching this fall on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. The WNBA will be available in WNBA Play Now, and teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and skills of its players. This is the first time the official WNBA’s roster of teams and players will appear in a video game, and will be available only in NBA LIVE 18.

 

“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” said NBA LIVE Executive Producer Sean O’Brien. “The WNBA is home to some of the most incredible athletes on the planet, and we’ve been working hard to integrate them into our game in an authentic and meaningful way. This is only a taste of what we have in store, and look forward to working with the league on more great integrations in the franchise in the future.”

 

“We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA LIVE 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “With EA’s expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way.”

 

“On behalf of the players, we believe that combining technology and entertainment is a powerful way to not only recognize and value our brand of basketball but to also increase fan connectivity and engagement,” said Nneka Ogwumike, WNBPA President/LA Sparks.

 

In order to incorporate the league’s teams and players, the NBA LIVE 18 team conducted head scans of star athletes like Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Alisha Gray, Chelsea Gray, Jonquel Jones, and Alyssa Thomas, and held motion capture sessions with 2017 WNBA Draft first overall pick, Kelsey Plum, among others. Additionally, game creators fine-tuned player ratings and skill moves in order to present the league and its stars in the most authentic way possible. Fans will be able to experience the best of the WNBA when NBA LIVE 18 launches this Fall.

 

NBA LIVE 18 is developed by EA Tiburon and will be available worldwide this September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount** when they purchase a digital version of NBA LIVE 18 on Xbox Live.

 

The EA SPORTS™ brand is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. The EA SPORTS studios create connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS™FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC®.

 

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This is really cool news and is a great addition to the game. Adding WNBA content will allow more variety and options for players and as such, shake up the gameplay in a good way.

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