The games lineup for Microsoft's Project Scorpio console is "shaping up very well," according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. A fan on Twitter today asked if Spencer had a specific launch lineup in mind for the console and if there was any chance a Halo game would be part of it.
Spencer didn't give anything away, but spoke generally about how things are coming along.
"Portfolio is shaping up very well. It's great that teams are getting up to speed with 4K gaming now on PC to prepare for Scorpio," he said.
The Xbox One and Xbox One S games and accessories you own today will work on the Scorpio console. However, if you want to make the most of it, you'll want a 4K TV, as Spencer alluded to.
The Scorpio is the "most powerful console ever made," featuring six teraflops of performance. Microsoft hasn't released any footage of games running on Scorpio, so we don't yet know how much of an improvement over existing hardware it will be. The console will also support virtual reality.
Scorpio is scheduled to launch in holiday 2017. Pricing has not been announced, but Microsoft has referred to the system as a "premium" product, so you can expect it won't be cheap.
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) studio, today announced Battlefield™ 1 Premium Pass*, a membership program delivering new content and early access to Battlefield 1 fans in four upcoming themed digital expansion packs. Battlefield 1 Premium Pass members will be granted two-week early access to each pack, starting with Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass in March 2017 that will bring the French army into the battle in multiplayer.
Expand the theatre of all-out war with more frontlines in Battlefield 1 Premium Pass containing:
4 upcoming digital expansion packs, including:
Two-week early access to each expansion pack
Play as new armies including France in Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass, and the Russian Empire in an upcoming expansion pack
16 new multiplayer maps
New Operations and game modes for more ways to play
New Elite classes
20 new weapons
14 Battlefield 1 Battlepacks containing stand-out weapon skins, delivered monthly from November 2016
14 unique dog tags distributed over the course of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass period
Experience the dawn of all-out war and discover a new world of war on an unmatched epic scale in Battlefield 1, full of a variety of new gameplay opportunities for the players. DICE has set out to build the most immersive and dynamic Battlefield game ever, continuing to improve their dynamic multiplayer sandbox through ever-changing environments with intuitive destruction and dynamic weather.
Operations introduces a completely new way to play multiplayer. In Battlefield 1 you will play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts. Play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers.
Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC and PlayStation®4. Players who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 18
Respawn Entertainment has put together a Blog post on player feedback and changes being made to Titanfall 2 after completing the first multiplayer technical test.
Many players are wondering why we changed the mobility from Titanfall 1. We identified two major issues we wanted to solve in Titanfall 2. The first is that a lack of player predictability would often cause players to be shot from the back or sides. While flanking is an important part of gameplay death often felt random instead of skillful. The second issue is that close range firefights were overly chaotic due to erratic player movement. So, changes to pilot mobility stemmed from a desire to improve our gunplay, and not a desire to slow down movement.
We’ll be tuning air speed and wall-running speed to be faster.
While investigating this point, we discovered some unintended side effects that were causing players to lose momentum while wallrunning.
Players should once again accumulate and retain more speed when chaining wallruns.
Additionally, we’re testing scaling back some of the dampening factors that were limiting bunny-hopping as we don’t want these restrictions to impact normal traversal.
Hoping to repair their failing marriage, Dana (Beckinsale) and Dave move, with their son Jeremy, into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. In the course of renovating their new home, Dana discovers a small locked door in the corner of the attic that hadn’t appeared in the house’s blueprints. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the rooms terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.
A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.
From the director of Saw 2, 3 and 4 and Repo! The Genetic Opera, Abattoir asks: how do you build a haunted house?
Jessica Lowndes (90210), Joe Anderson (Hannibal), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy) star in the new horror from Darren Lynn Bousman, in which a reporter and a detective investigate the mystery of why crime scenes are being removed from buildings where terrible murders have taken place. The answers will take them to the heart of human darkness and hell itself…
Abattoir is having its European Premiere at FrightFest, London this weekend and is available on DVD and Digital Download on September 19th.
Moving away from a re-read of Stephen King's Gunslinger novels, I requested an ARC of Sylvia Moreno-Garcia's vampire novel, Certain Dark Things. The novel comes out on October 25th, I'll have a mini-review up soon.
Set in the dark underworld of Mexico City, Moreno-Garcia spins a fast paced story based on Latin American myth about a dark vampire drug war.
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers running from a rival band of vampires, and is smitten. But Atl’s problems in a deeply rooted family drug war have come to seek their revenge. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community.
As the stakes get higher and the vampires more dangerous, this unusual story will keep you flipping pages until the sun rises.
Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey.
In 2015, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut, Signal to Noise, was named on seven year’s best lists including RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, io9, Vice, and Tor.com. Certain Dark Things was also listed on B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog as one of 42 books they can’t wait to read in 2016 and on io9 as one of 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016!
Click on the Headline for the Announcement Trailer.
Magic, Stealth, Free Running: September’s Games with Gold Has it All
Games with Gold has four new titles for you to add to your game library for September. As with last month, Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles, as well, through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold.
For Xbox One, September brings two exciting titles to Games with Gold with the much-anticipated launch title Earthlock: Festival of Magic and the stylish Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. On the Xbox 360 (and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility), Xbox Live Gold members start the month with the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon, and then follow that with the visually stunning Mirror’s Edge.
As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program, so sign up now to get in on the action!
• Forza Horizon ($19.99): Available from September 1-15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
• Mirror’s Edge ($14.99): Available from September 16-30 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
On September 1, we have a brand-new, very cool ID@Xbox title launching into the program. The world of Umbra has stopped spinning, and as Amon, it’s up to you to save it in the RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic. Bring Amon and his team through the harsh, beautiful Umbra landscape and fight off monsters of all kinds in this modern turn-based role-playing battle system.
Then on September 16, see the Assassin’s Creed world from a new perspective with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. A new take on the stealth action series, the Chronicles games bring new assassins to the fore with a 2.5D stealth platformer that offers the classic feel of the series with a unique twist. Help Shao Jun avenge the loss of her brotherhood and bring down your enemies with power and grace.
On Xbox 360 (and Xbox One via backward compatibility), start the month off by jumping behind the wheel in the dynamic, open-road street racer Forza Horizon. Set in Colorado, Forza Horizon is an open-world racing game that will let you rise to the top of driver rankings via official races or earn points for destroying road signs, catching air, or drifting. With over 300 cars to unlock and an open-world full of challenges, this a perfect way to hold you over before the visually jaw-dropping Forza Horizon 3 gets released! Plus, backward compatible racing titles now support Xbox One wheels, including Forza Horizon!
Last by not least, on September 16 comes Mirror’s Edge. In an oppressive city, clandestine messages and deliveries make their way around via Runners, jumping, climbing, and dashing across rooftops. Play as Faith in the original first-person free-running action game, fighting and outrunning a powerful regime that is not afraid to use deadly force. Experience the breathtaking sights and sounds and always land on your feet.
As always, Games with Gold is here to give you a mix of brand-new releases, incredible classics, and guaranteed fun. Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…
Watch the new official movie trailer for Rings! Coming to theatres October 28, 2016.
Ashen Ones… Enter this new world covered by snow and defeat the evil that has defiled this land. Grab ahold of the new armor sets, weapons, and magic that are available in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel to aid you in discovering the new location. For the veterans of Dark Souls PVP, explore the new features and test your meddle with your fellow players.
Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel will be available on October 25th, 2016 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Click the link for more info: www.darksouls3.com/preorder
The popular role-playing game series "The Witcher" is beloved in Poland — so much so that back in 2011, the country's prime minister at the time, Donald Tusk, presented Obama with the collector's edition of "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings" to commemorate his visit.
President Obama visited Poland again in June 2014 and had kind words to say about the game:
The last time I was here, Donald [Tusk] gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, "The Witcher." I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy. And it's a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like Prime Minister Tusk.
This episode, Andre brings down the sky, Theo goes on a stealth mission, Chris grinds for resources and Joe drowns in red liquid. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the thirty-first episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss media hype.
Big name release No Man's Sky hops to the forefront this week, as the discussion turns toward titles that received more than their fair share of pre-release (over)hype. This time, as we're sure most would agree, it has not worked out well for this specific title, but how often has it worked for other titles? Take a listen and find out!
…with new quest chains, magic items and skill trees
Two new additional Lord types
Five all-new battlefield units plus variants
18 elite Regiments of Renown
Free Legendary Lord and five new battle maps for all players
Following the best-selling Call of the Beastmen, the first Lord Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER introduces two new Legendary Lords from Warhammer Fantasy Battles – Volkmar the Grim for the Empire, and Helman Ghorst for the Vampire Counts. Alongside this, The Grim & The Grave also adds two new lord types to the game with the Vampire Counts receiving the fearsome Strigoi Ghoul King, and the Arch Lector, mightiest of all warrior priests, joining the Empire.
In addition, both the Empire and Vampire Counts unit rosters are being expanded with two brand new units each. The Knights of the Blazing Sun, the zealous Flagellants and versatile Free Company Militia join the ranks of the Empire, while the vampire counts will see their undead hordes imbued with dark magic by the gruesome Corpse Cart and volatile Mortis Engine. The rosters of both factions are also further expanded by the addition of Regiments of Renown, unique unit variants with special traits and abilities, whose prowess in battle have immortalized them in the annals of the Old World.
As part of Total War: WARHAMMER’s ongoing free content program, an update released alongside The Grim and The Grave will introduce a number of unique new battle maps and Vlad von Carstein as a free legendary lord for all players. The first – and arguably greatest – of the Vampire Counts is a nigh-unrivalled practitioner of the Lore of Vampires, granting Vanguard Deployment to all units under his command, whose thirst for the throne of the Empire rivals even that of Mannfred himself.
Get the party started with the latest Hero to join Paragon: Narbash!
Epic Games has unleashed, Narbash, the latest Hero for its free-to-play PC and PlayStation 4 MOBA, Paragon! Get acquainted with Narbash with this reveal video and see his abilities in action here.
Narbash is a beast who bangs on the drum all day, a Support Caster who specializes in crowd control and buffing his team as he charges into the fight. His Thunk ability allows him to lock down a singular target with a stun. His March ability provides him with a movement speed aura, which can be devastating when combined with the Health Regeneration aura provided by his Song of My People ability. Narbash causes a ruckus with his ultimate Crash Bang Boom, slowing enemies in an AoE, then finishing his performance with a knockup.
Paragon is now free to play in open beta on PC and PlayStation 4, and Heroes are always free, and players can jump in and play as Narbash right now.
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.
The video game streaming service PlayStation Now is coming to PC, Sony announced today. Also revealed was a DualShock 4 wireless USB adapter, which can be used to connect your PS4 controller to your PC wirelessly for PS Now and Remote Play functionality.
The streaming service comes to PC in the UK first and then North America shortly after. The PC app will be available on the PlayStation now website once it launches in your region. PS Now on PC requires the use of a DualShock 4. You can currently connect the controller to your PC via Bluetooth or USB cable. If you want to connect a DualShock 4 to your PC wirelessly via USB, you'll have to wait a bit. The adapter launches in early September at a suggested retail price of $25 and is compatible with PC and Mac. It can be used for PS4 Remote Play, in addition to PS Now.
Despite the controller requirement, head of PlayStation Network Eric Lempel says you won't need to own a PlayStation console. Additionally, if you already have a PlayStation Now subscription, you'll be able to use it on PC and play wherever you like.
We are not the children of gods. We are not heroes delivered by fate. We are simply the people who chose to break the constraints of mundanity, to explore the lands ahead and the caverns below, to rise above fear and venture outward.
Coming to PC and console (date TBA) from Nine Dots Studio, Outward blends fantasy and survival elements to create an open-world RPG of hard-won battles and lasting consequences. Journey across Aurai as one of four factions, each with its own story and ideology, and overcome hardship to earn your place in history.
Factors such as food, water, and sleep are merely the beginning. Constant auto-saving ensures that your actions have repercussions, while no level-scaling means you must be ready for the challenges ahead. Outward seeks to rethink the conventions of the genre, from how the environment impacts your use of armor (plate armor in the desert is a bad idea), to ritualistic magic requiring preparation to wield, and even how your inventory bag affects maneuverability.
You don’t have to travel alone though. When beginning a new campaign with a friend, Outward’s two-player co-op puts both players at the heart of the story. Outward even features the option for split-screen play both locally and online--for when you want the couch co-op experience sans couch.
United Front Games announces a bold new vision for 3v3 competitive gang warfare on PC: Set in a dystopian future, Smash + Grab is an illicit underground competition where rival gangs compete for loot, weapons, and infamy.
Each team will need to grapple, shoot, and smash their way to victory by collecting $50k in goods from locked-down, high-end shopping districts – or from the opposing team! In rapid-fire, 15-minute matches, players raid increasingly larger stores, mod lethal new weapons like chain-saw-shovels and poison-crossbows, and afterward, level up with new perks and clothing.
In addition to unique combat moves, special abilities, clothing, and perks for each leader, Smash + Grab lets you customize your gang’s loadout. First, choose a lieutenant – each with their own upgradeable look and perks – and then pick the class for the rest of your five-person gang. Once you’ve readied up, victory can be yours through clever teamwork and smart tactical plays– with a couple of insidious ambushes and old-school beatdowns thrown in for good measure.
Stephen Van Der Mescht, CEO of United Front Games, says, “Smash + Grab combines our love of competitive online games with our expertise in action mechanics and hand-to-hand combat, sharpened during our development of Sleeping Dogs. The playtesting rivalries got pretty intense in the studio during development, and we hope to see the same reaction on a bigger scale with Smash + Grab’s Early Access launch.”
Designed to be instantly fun and rewarding as a ‘pick up and play’ online experience, Smash + Grab’s Early Access release will be fully featured and include an offline practice mode alongside the initial two multiplayer modes and maps. In addition to utilizing Early Access for its powerful community-feedback approach, United Front Games are readying all-new content such as leaders, weapons, vanity items, and entirely new maps and modes.
Find out more about Smash + Grab at playsmashandgrab.com and make sure to sign up for your chance to be in the upcoming Beta!
EA Sports has announced the release of Madden NFL 17 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
New players and returning vets alike will find something to love about Madden NFL 17. Automatic skill moves for runners on lower difficulty levels open up the opportunity for amazing plays in every game, while new skill moves and animations will give veteran players a way to set themselves apart from the competition. Franchise players looking to quickly advance through a season can take advantage of Play the Moments - the fastest way to play Madden NFL 17- to jump into the game at key third downs, game-winning drives and more. Would-be GMs can utilize new Big Decisions to manage every facet of their team in the quickest and most convenient way ever. No matter your play style or favored game mode, this year you have the tools to take your team all the way.
Xbox Australia has unveiled its first foray into fashion design with what it dubs the Xbox Onesie. The item of clothing is "not just your standard onesie." It is made in a black or white colour scheme, and includes the following features:
Enlarged pockets to fit an Xbox Controller and Media Remotes
Should video games, or eSports, be in the Olympics?
"That's always a big question," says Daniel Lee, a video game analyst with the Super Smash Brothers community. "You know, most Olympic events are physical sports and that's always been a point of contention, whether video game competitions are sports. But I do believe that there's a lot of thought and a lot of decision-making and a lot of smarts that go into it."
Lee believes the competitions are worthy of being in the Olympics. A big point is just how much skill goes into playing the games at a high level.
"For certain games there's a metric called APM, short for actions per minute, and some of the more complicated games actually require people to go to upwards of 300 to 400 actions per minute," Lee says. "So it's quite demanding on your wrists and hands."
Sure, there will be plenty of people who take one look at The King of Fighters 14 and dismiss it for its less-than-perfect visuals. But if you'll pardon the pun, gameplay is king, and KOF 14 delivers some of the most refined one-on-one fighting around. It hits all the right notes with its pacing and mechanics, showcases a wide array of charming characters, and shines with presentation that evokes classic SNK. When it comes to fighting games, KOF 14 is the complete package - which is more than can be said for some other fighters at launch.
Pure Evil - 4.5/5
The King of Fighters XIV has made Street Fighter V into its bitch, with more of everything you'd expect from a fighting game. Unless you consider over-priced DLC a good thing, then SFV is still champ.
With 50 fighters (17 of whom are all-new), 19 stages, and a host of gameplay modes, SNK is coming out swinging with King of Fighters XIV. The roster is diverse and interesting and the game is easy to get into. The game could definitely use a boost in the visual department, as the art style can come across as safe and bland, but the game itself is solid. As the beginning for a whole new era of SNK, King of Fighters XIV is a win.
With plenty of opportunities available online or off, KOF 14 is a well-executed addition to the revered fighting series. Those disappointed in its new visuals may be unwilling to give it a chance, but if you remain steadfast in parsing through the multiple layers of its mechanics, you'll be rewarded with one of the most accessible, satisfying entries in the series to date.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 comes to Steam Early Access on September 15th, inviting players to journey through the opening portion of the campaign and prove their skills in the online PvP Arena.
The sequel to Larian Studios' award-winning RPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an entirely new experience built upon the next-gen Divinity Engine with up to four-person multiplayer, cooperative and competitive questing, and new combat mechanics including advanced elemental interactions.
In a world where the Gods are dead, you play a wielder of forbidden magic, quarantined in the prison colony of Fort Joy. The Magisters of the Divine Order want to “cure” you of your powers. But, the Order has secrets of its own. Secrets that threaten everyone. If the world remains godless, chaos will rule. It’s time for a new Divinity.
Define your own path with an extensive roleplaying system inspired by tabletop gaming. Create a custom Origin Story for your character, or choose one of the specially-crafted Origins with unique quest-lines penned collaboratively by Larian Studios’ writers and Chris Avellone.
The world and its inhabitants react and adapt to each player's combination of Origin Story, traits, and deeds, creating an individualized adventure with distinctive interactions and quests, sometimes even forcing players to choose between pursuing their own goals and those of the party.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be available on Steam Early Access (Windows) for $44.99 (USD) beginning September 15th.
Today, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal announced the content of the season pass of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the latest instalment in the Deus Ex seires.
The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Season Pass, which is composed of Narrative DLCs and in-game items, is loaded with content that will help to further flesh out the lore of the Deus Ex Universe. The Season Pass contains:
• System Rift – Available this fall.
• A Criminal Past – Available Early 2017
In-Game Items – All available on August 23
• Assault Pack - Prepare to advance and assault the enemy with a custom skinned Battle Rifle, the Chaff Augmentation, one pack of regular Battle Rifle ammo, one pack of armor piercing Battle Rifle ammo, 2 Frag Grenades, and 2 EMP Grenades.
• Tactical Pack - Using distance to your advantage, eliminate your targets silently with a custom skinned Tranquilizer Rifle, the Micro Assembler Augmentation, one pack of tranquilizer ammo, 3 Smoke Grenades, and 2 Gas Grenades.
• 4 Praxis Kits – These additional Praxis Kits will allow you to further develop the augmentations of your choosing, moving you one step closer to unlocking Adam’s full potential.
• 5000 Credits – Bolster your wallet with additional credits, providing you with extra spending money to purchase Praxis Kits, ammo, weapons, or anything else you may find at the shops in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
• 1000 Crafting Parts – Use crafting parts to craft upgrades, such as increased damage and accuracy, for any weapon in your inventory.
• 5 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Breach Booster Packs – Open your booster packs to unlock new weapons and items, Praxis points, premium ammo, and more, helping to augment and enhance your avatar in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Breach.
• 20 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Breach Chipsets – Use your chipsets to acquire exclusive items in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Breach, such as premium Booster Packs and custom weapons.
The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Season Pass is included in the Digital Deluxe Edition and can also be secured on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and online stores for $29.99. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will launch on August 23rd for PlayStation 4, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.
Celebrate “The Year of the Tomb Raider” with New DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider
This is “The Year of Tomb Raider”, as 2016 marks 20 years since the first Tomb Raider game. The milestone offered the perfect opportunity to build new content celebrating the impact Lara has made on gaming and the entertainment industry. When we first started planning the new downloadable content for the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass our first thought was of Croft Manor, as it’s such an important part of Lara’s heritage.
Players were able to glimpse Lara’s manor during a cinematic in the main campaign, but will now be able to fully explore Lara’s childhood home as part of the new “Blood Ties” DLC, which features over an hour of new story. In it, Lara must reclaim her legacy and prove that she is the rightful heir in the wake of her father’s death. “Blood Ties” also includes “Lara’s Nightmare” mode in which hordes of the undead overrun her childhood home. Test your zombie-killing skills in this replayable mode, featuring a haunted Croft Manor filled with new challenges as you fight to rid the Manor of an evil presence.
And that’s not all – we’ve expanded “Endurance Mode” to include co-op support that will let you and a friend raid tombs in the harsh wilderness together for the very first time. Two players must team up to survive the harsh elements by day, as well as lethal threats from enemies by night. Fire takes fuel, food restores health, and every resource must be hunted, collected, or crafted. Battle to the top of the leaderboards, as others try to beat your longest survival run. We’ve also added an “Extreme Survivor’ difficulty that will test the most seasoned Tomb Raider players! Checkpoints are confined to basecamps and supplies are limited – only the smart and resourceful will survive. Last but not least, we’ve added five classic Lara Croft skins as well as a reimagined outfit inspired by Tomb Raider III.
All of this content will be added to the Rise of the Tomb Raider Season Pass on October 11 and players who already own Season Pass receive all of the new content for free. The Season Pass also includes the critically acclaimed single player story expansion, “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch”, as well as “Cold Darkness: Awakened”, where players combat waves of infected predators in the Siberian wilderness.
We think this content is the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of the iconic Lara Croft, and hope you do as well. See you online in co-op Endurance mode!
An important update for all our PlayStation Plus members
Starting on September 22, 2016, prices for PlayStation Plus memberships will change to $59.99 USD/ $69.99 CAD for twelve months and $24.99 USD/$29.99 CAD for three months. The monthly plan will change to $11.99 CAD in Canada, and remain $9.99 USD in the U.S. If you are a current member, the new prices will take effect if your membership renews on or after this date.
PlayStation Plus strives to enrich your PlayStation experience through a world-class service built for our fans. This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members. As a member, you will continue to enjoy the benefits and features that enable shared experiences, such as online multiplayer, free games, and exclusive discounts. You will also continue to get exclusive benefits such as online game save storage and discounts across the PlayStation digital services.
If you do not wish to continue your subscription, please be sure to cancel it by turning off auto-renewal in your account settings before September 22, 2016.
We thank all of you, our PlayStation Plus members, for your ongoing support.
For the first time since October 2015, Xbox One has beat PS4 in the monthly US sales race.
This comes on the back of some heavy discounting to the console as Microsoft cleared stock ahead of the launch of the Xbox One S earlier this month. Sales of the machine for the period were up 18 per cent year-on-year, VG247 reports.
Sod’s law dictates, however, that Microsoft’s achievement is overshadowed somewhat by the fact that Xbox One didn’t actually grab the hardware top spot – that was claimed by Nintendo’s previously struggling 3DS.
Pokemon fever is the cause, pushing 3DS hardware sales up 80 per cent year-on-year. Pokemon games were also back in the charts, with Pokemon X and Y up 200 per cent and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire up 80 per cent.
On the face of it, a racing game on PlayStation VR shouldn't stand a chance against a high-powered PC coupled with Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but after playing DriveClub VR at Gamescom this week, our viewpoint has shifted. Simply put - this is the most immersive racing game we've played in VR to date. From Assetto Corsa to Dirt Rally all the way to Project Cars, it's clear that the gorgeous visual design of the original DriveClub allows the game to stand above its more technically demanding peers. It's a classic case of software design triumphing over hardware limitations.
Click on the headline for a DriveClub VR video from PlayStation Access.
After announcing, but not revealing, the PlayStation 4 Neo right before E3, Sony has kept quiet any updates it might have planned for the PlayStation 4. Now, images have appeared online of an alleged PlayStation 4 redesign, and it's not the suped-up Neo we're expecting.
The first images came from Twitter user "shortman82", who seemed to have found a listing for the new model in his local classifieds on eBay-owned auction site Gumtree. The images they found were of a box that seemed to indicate redesigned PlayStation 4 consoles were out in the wild. The conversation then moved over to gaming forum NeoGAF, which argued over whether the alleged photos of the box art were legitimate.
Hours later, NeoGAF user "Venom Fox" began posting images of the unit outside of its box from multiple angles, along with pictures of all the accompanying cables.
Since No Man’s Sky on PC released last Friday the team has been incredibly busy. We’ve gathered all the support requests to email@example.com, but we’re also tracking posts on Steam, GoG, Reddit and anywhere we can find online.
Right now the team is fully focused on categorising and fixing support issues in order of priority, based on the number of people they are affecting. The information and crash dumps you’ve posted have been indispensable in helping us track down and fix these issues.
We’ve now released 3 patches, and hopefully they really improve the experience for everybody. As you can see it’s been a huge amount of work for a small team. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Next week expect at least one more major update, which will enter testing on Monday once we finish working on it this weekend. Once all our support requests have been answered then we can begin improving the game with new features
Aside from the smaller-feeling plot, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided improves upon its excellent predecessor in every other way. Its impeccably designed environments are flush with possibility, remaining completely coherent while supporting a wide variety of routes and character builds, and Jensen’s prodigious new feats of techno-wizardry add new dimension to both combat and exploration. Mankind Divided never stopped challenging me or rewarding my curiosity, which pushed me to thoroughly explore its beautiful, ruined world while carefully weighing my decisions along the way.
Mankind Divided offers both a broad toolbox, and a detailed, intricate environment. It's a satisfying combination, and the result is a game that's best enjoyed slowly and deliberately – picking apart Prague's secrets and ancillary missions before driving the story forward by flying off briefly to some other location. Sure, it would be nice to have a second major hub, akin to Human Revolution's Hengsha, but Prague's size and detail makes up for that – as does the fact that subsequent visits take place at a different time of day, and with new side quests.
Mankind Divided is a great immersive sim with some of the best level design in the series, a wonderfully rich setting, and an enjoyably diverse range of augmentations to experiment with. I just wish there was a better story holding it all together. And even though the developers clearly worked hard on Prague, the lack of a second city hub was a big disappointment for me. I would have been happy with Prague being smaller if it meant getting to see another corner of this fascinating futuristic society. The original Deus Ex is still the high watermark, but Eidos Montreal is closer than ever to reaching it. The worlds it builds are incredible: it just need to tell better stories in them.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided refines and reinforces the defining foundations of the series. It creates challenging situations and gives players the tools and flexibility to deal with them in a multitude of ways, all within an absorbing cyberpunk world. Although not a significant departure from Human Revolution, Mankind Divided is still a uniquely fulfilling experience, one which feels rare in games today.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided doesn't succeed in making me care about the plight of humans and augs, but it still pulled me into its compelling cloak-and-dagger world where people in capes can turn invisible and shoot balls of lightning out of their arm. Oh, and your aug doctor looks just like Prince, so it's in the running for GOTY.
I'm left with the feeling that a sequel to Human Revolution could've told a more engaging story, but at the same time I had a really great time crouch-walking through Prague. It might not be an especially surprising sequel, but it all comes together quite nicely, with solid side missions and a mix of action and stealth that lets you mess around and find your own way of doing things.
Intel's long-sought but largely unsuccessful attempt to transform how you plug things into your PC will get a big boost this year with a new generation of PCs, the chipmaker predicts.
Intel has promoted Thunderbolt for years with few signs of mainstream success. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, though, the company offered two reasons that it thinks its high-speed connection technology will take off as a way to connect storage systems, external displays and other peripherals.
First is the arrival this fall of PCs powered by Intel's "Kaby Lake" seventh-generation Core processor. Those machines will include the new USB Type-C port -- but Thunderbolt now piggybacks on that same port design, too, so it's easier for PC makers to support it. Second is that Intel believes Thunderbolt will soothe some of the headaches that come with USB-C.
Why use Thunderbolt?
On a few laptops like Dell's XPS 13 and HP's Spectre, you'll see a lightning-bolt logo next to a connector port. That means you can plug in fast storage systems, multiple high-resolution monitors, fast network adapters, and multipurpose docking stations. You can even plug in high-end desktop PC video cards for the playing latest video games, either on external monitors or with better performance on a laptop's own screen.
It's all possible from Thunderbolt's data-transfer speed. At 40 gigabits per second, it's four times faster than the latest and greatest version of USB and enough to copy an entire 100GB 4K movie in 3.2 seconds. Well, at least in principle. The fastest Thunderbolt 3 drive out there now, the Akitio Thunder3 PCIe SSD, would take 40 seconds to actually read that much data.
We’re witnessing an interesting shift in the dynamic of video game conventions. Nintendo hasn’t had an official press conference at E3 in a number of years. At this year’s E3, EA had their EA Live event, which was half press conference and half watching celebrities experience Battlefield 1 for the first time. Instead of booking their usual monstrously large space in South Hall, they hosted an EA Play event for the public, allowing anyone in the LA area to reserve tickets and try out their games instead of just E3 attendees. Neither Nintendo nor Sony are at gamescom, Nintendo hasn’t even released a new Direct presentation for the event, and third-party publishers haven’t announced anything new either. EA’s own press conference baffled press attendees as to what they were witnessing, because the event wasn’t a press conference at all but a live stream of their games. They had 400 systems set up to let attendees experience Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 for themselves instead of making a presentation over the games.
Eurogamer met with the chief operating officer of EA, Peter Moore, at gamescom to discuss the event and perhaps why there wasn’t an official press conference. Moore bluntly answered that he doesn’t think video game press conferences will be around much longer.
I’m not too sure that press conferences have a future. Let me make a radical statement – what you see here [gestures to EA booth around], which is full, is a combination of our key customers, digital, retail, probably 40 percent influencers. It [EA Lounge] used to look like an IKEA showroom but, like EA Play, it’s indicative of how we see the future. The medium is changing. Influencers, celebrities who aren’t the classic journalists are finding their own way. Our job is to put the games in their hands like we did last night.
In this day and age where it’s easy to get an announcement out to the public and press, I can see Moore’s prediction coming to fruition, where publishers create their own presentations/videos/hype and get the message out more quickly than the press can.
Paradox Interactive, a publisher suffering from asteroid rage, today announced “Natural Disasters,” an expansion for Cities: Skylines, the best-selling city-building game from developer Colossal Order. The expansion features a catalog of catastrophes to challenge mayor-players everywhere, including planning with early warning systems and emergency routes, devastating and destructive disaster effects, and caring for the populace as they struggle to rebuild. Natural Disasters will also update Cities: Skylines with a new scenario editor and gameplay mode, allowing players to finally win – or lose – the game on their own terms.
The legendary fighters in the upcoming THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV will be making their stateside debut thanks to a partnership between SNK PLAYMORE and Atlus U.S.A. The vaunted fighting game series, which first made its debut 1994, is entering a new evolution with THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV thanks to series-first 3D graphics and debuting exclusively on the PlayStation 4 console.
Enigami's Action-RPG, Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, will release at the end of the year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Today's Gamescom Trailer reveals more about the story of Shiness, chronicling the journey of a young Waki, Chado, who has left his home in search for the mythical "Land of Life"ť. Explore a new world and battle enemies in intense 1 versus 1 duels by combining fighting game mechanics with magic, quests, and a fantasy adventure.
After a fateful meeting with a mysterious being called Terra, a spirit that only he can see, Chado is given a mission to find the "Land of Life"ť. Hidden in this land are the secrets of Shi, the magic that governs the world. In Chado's way, a brutal war erupts from two sister-kingdoms, Adorya and Adorn, leaving the shattered world of Mahera in the middle of a power-struggle. But are things really as they seem? Conspiracies and the dastardly forces of evil await Chado and his new allies. Your decisions will determine the destiny of the planet and the outcome of the war.
Harness the power of Shi alongside Chado and his allies in Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom. Coming in 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC!