Tuesday, November 13, 2018

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Comes to PS4

Sony console owners rejoice as almost after a year, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to PS4 next month.

After starting its run on PC and Xbox One, PUBG has conquered Android and iOS so far. All that is left to officially take over is PlayStation 4 and on December 7 the battle royale sensation is finally reaching out to a new console platform.

Despite the game being suffering from a dropping player base and monetization problems from the earlier point of this year, online multiplayer battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still kicking and soon, coming to PS4.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Comes to PS4

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To start, the exciting announcement trailer hands you over a DualShock controller and a pan to earn your very own chicken diner!




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You may or may not have already played games like Fortnite, Free Fire and H1Z1, but what PUBG offers in the 100 player shooter into a map is definitely on another level. Drop in to loot armor and weapon for securing your bragging rights to victory!

The game launches on PS4 with Erangel, Miramar and Sanhok map with one more snow-themed map in works to arrive during this winter. Players can access regular features like custom matches, event mode, ranked system, Trophies and much more.

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Nathan Drake Desert Outfit

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Pre-order is already open and you simply go for the physical disk containing the base game or can just pick from Looter’s Digital Edition for $29.99, Survivor’s Digital Edition for $59.99 or the Champion’s Digital Edition for $89.99 only at PS Store, including exclusive items.

Pre-order bonuses have digital skins of Nathan Drake from Uncharted series and Ellie's backpack from The Last of Us for you in stock. Plus, digital version pre-purchase gets you The Unknown Avatar for your PSN ID and Miramar console theme.

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The Last of Us Ellie’s Backpack

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Developers at PUBG Corp. are working pretty hard day and night to deliver you the unique battle royale experience of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as solo or squad on the comfort of your PlayStation 4 consoles within the next 23 days.

From the beginning of this year, they had one prime goal among many other and that is to bring the game to Sony consoles by the end of 2018 and they are finally handing it over to the PS4 community to enjoy an epic journey to earn your precious chicken dinner!

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

Turf Wars DLC comes to Marvel’s Spider-Man with three brand-new suits for Spidey and the villain Hammerhead.

Developer Insomniac Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has been doing a great job fleshing out the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man with the first chapter of their DLC series Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps – The Heist, which offers us an all-new adventure quest.

One of his classic enemies, Hammerhead is going to be part of the second DLC for PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure title. It also has new story missions to explore, crimes to stop, challenges to complete, trophies to earn and three new suits to try out!

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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars DLC 2 Teaser

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If you can spare a moment to take a look at the official teaser released for the next chapter, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars, you will get the idea.




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Hammerhead is an organized crime boss who made his first comic-book appearance back in 1970 on the pages of issue 113 of The Amazing Spider-Man monthly ongoing series. As the main villain of Turf Wars, he starts a war against Dons of the Maggia.

With his surgically enhanced skull and equipment from Sable International, he is seeking to restore his mob glory years by hammering down on anyone who will come in his way. Spider-Man joins team with Yuri Watanabe to put a stop at his ventures to keep the streets of New York safe.

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Turf Wars DLC Spidey Suits

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Since brand-new suits are one of the most beloved features of the game among fans, the new chapter introduces three great new suits. There is the Iron Spider suit from "Civil War" crossover event because many wanted the comic-book version.

The second inclusion is the Spider-Clan Suit, taken from the pages of Marvel Mangaverse and designed in animated-style. You will also have Spider-Armor MK I, which may prove useful to use against Hammerhead in a fight.

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New Version of Iron Spider Suit

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Now that "The Heist" is released and "Turf Wars" is revealed, you are left with the final chapter Silver Lining from The City That Never Sleeps series and it will launch later on December 2018. A new piece of art for the newest chapter was shared by artist Adi Granov as well.

Turf Wars post-launch DLC content is coming on November 20 and will be available to purchase for only $9.99 or you can just go for the entire bundle priced $24.99 only. You can also get the Digital Deluxe Edition of Spider-Man PS4 for only $79.99, which gets you the whole package with the base game.

Hitman 2 Out Now

Stealth action-adventure game Hitman 2 from IO Interactive and WB Games is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Agent 47 is back again in Hitman 2 from the latest installment of the stealth action-adventure Hitman game series developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The return of silent assassin carries out elements from the previous game of 2016 and then incorporating them with the newest features developed for the game. Not only is the title the most up-to-date in franchise but it also is the best iteration of the protagonist.

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Hitman 2 Out Now

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To hunt down the mysterious Shadow Client, 47 go on a global chase throughout Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Miami, Santa Fortuna of Colombia, Whittleton Creek in Vermont, Sgàil in North Atlantic and even locations of Mumbai, India.

Each of these locations will present tons of opportunities to get the job done if you keep an open eye and many character will come and go while you meet them to overhear conversations related to the job. Killing your targets and then getting out alive is the task.

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Sniper Assassin Multiplayer Mode

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Test your assassination skills from hundreds of challenges in three different levels to prep you up for the Silent Assassin rating. Aside from going deep down inside the life of Agent 47, Hitman 2 brings out two new multiplayer modes for players.

The first one among the twp is Sniper Assassin mode, where you go solo or play in online co-op with fellow ICA operatives Stone or Knight, aiming for long-range kill. All you have to do is to take down targets to earn points, unlock challenges and upgrade your rifle.

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The second one is a unique 1v1 competitive play called Ghost Mode, where the multiplayer mode pits you in a direct PvP match to get five target kills before your opponent. You will be on two different realities that doesn't affect each other but let you see the progress of your competitor as he moves.

Before we jump into the final notes, we offer you to take a look at the official gameplay launch trailer that briefly showcases what you are getting into.




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Developer IO Interactive has more plans for Hitman 2 post-launch live content and they are already bringing actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Oath) as the first Elusive Target Mark Faba, who goes by the name of  The Undying.

November 20 marks the arrival of the content and Elusive Target runs for only 14 days and awards you Explosive Pen for completing it, so do not miss it out anyhow. The studio is very proud to bring back Agent 47 to dedicated fans of the series and promises to keep up with players by providing more in future.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into the business of running digital distribution platform for video games via Steam, Valve Corporation used to be the developer studio that Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from the HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

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Apparently, this one is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman into fighting aliens once again. The fictional immersive world Valve built around this game was loved by fans but they decided to continue with Portal series instead.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced that the studio is returning back to video game development and they simply are not indicating their upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that. The company decided to start shipping games again after developing them.

For years, there were also rumors flying on live-actions movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate the video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

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However, this is not the first time enthusiast fans of the acclaimed first-person shooter series are hearing of a potential Half-Life game whether it is on VR or not. In 2016, players found the phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside the code and then their Steam VR app also had a mention of it as well.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe development but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. Let's just hope that the rumors turn out to be true this time.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds PUBG and More

To celebrate X018, Microsoft’s Xbox event, games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, PUBG and much more are added to Xbox Game Pass.

During the global celebration of Microsoft’s Xbox fan event, X018, their monthly gaming subscription service Xbox Game Pass had some defining moments for the embers by adding several more amazing games to the library.

The already enriched catalog has more than 100 great games including notable Xbox One- exclusive titles and constantly adding more whenever they get a chance. X018 just put in some new blockbuster games that you can enjoy this holiday.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds PUBG and More

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Members are given access to games like Grip: Combat Racing, Sniper Elite 4 and more for November. Yet we are almost certain that some of the newly added games will make you forget the ones you were already playing until now.

Xbox Game Pass membership offers you the ultimate battle royale experience and by that, we do not mean any of those doppelganger titles out there. You crave for dark fantasy or action-adventure? We got that covered as well.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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The biggest addition to the subscription service in celebration of X018 is definitely 100 players online multiplayer shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds from PUBG Corporation. In just two days, PUBG will be available to access from November 12.

The second biggest announcement has to be hauntingly epic Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from developer/publisher Ninja Theory. However, you will have to wait some more until December 17 to get your hands on the title.

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Thief of Thieves on Xbox Game Pass

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Also joining the lineup in December will be indie adventure Kingdom: Two Crowns from Raw Fury and Metroidvania platform-adventure Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios. Both of these games come with favorable reception and offer you a good time.

We figure that you may get impatient to wait till the next month and so, Thief of Thieves, a video game adaptation from acclaimed comic-book author Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) is currently accessible for you.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Will Come to Xbox Game Pass

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By November 22, Microsoft will add up Agents of Mayhem, MXGP3 and Thomas Was Alone to the list. Additional games from independent developers like Aftercharge, Mutant Year Zero, Pathologic 2, Secret Neighbor, Supermarket Shriek, The Good Life and Void Bastards will follow.

When upcoming platform-adventure Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be released worldwide in 2019 for PC and Xbox One, it will be made available in Xbox Game Pass at the same time. A sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, return of guardian spirit Ori in a newest release was announced back at E3 2017.

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Xbox Game Pass Mobile App Now Available

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Also, the companion Xbox Game Pass app to discover the service on the go is currently available on Android and iOS to bring the experience at your handhold. You can easily discover and download games to your Xbox console using mobile devices.

By taking consumer feedback into account, Microsoft is constantly working on it make the usage of these apps more seamless. Just remember to set "Instant-On" and enable remote installations in Settings menu. If you don't have them yet, head over to App Store or Google Play to get them.

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Xbox Exclusive Forza Horizon 4 on Xbox Game Pass

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Aside from the 16 newly announced games, the subscription service offers you sensational Xbox exclusive Forza Horizon 4, the highest-rated open world driving game with a dynamic weather system and a collection of over 450 different cars.

Since the game is also an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you can choose to play it on PC or on Xbox One as it comes with shared progress and cloud save support across platforms. Another two noteworthy inclusions would be Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2.

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Lastly, to provide great value to the subscribers in general, Xbox Game Pass presents a new offer on the table that new members cannot afford to pass. You can sign up for a monthly membership for the first month by spending only $1, starting today.

Offered for a limited time only, you can be a proud member to the service where more than 100 great games cataloged and brand-new titles are lining up each month. If the price still doesn't interest you then you can always try out a 14-Day Free Trial.

Inside Xbox X018 Event

Inside Xbox livestreams their major Xbox One announcement and highlights of X018 Event from Mexico City.

Mexico City was lightening up this weekend, with the return of Microsoft’s Xbox fan event X018 for November 10-11. Courtesy of Inside Xbox, this entire fan-fest is going to be streamed live for those who couldn't attend the program in person.

More than over 10,000 fans came to celebrate this fourth-annual event and have first look at the upcoming projects. Team Xbox members are bringing in some major announcements on video games are heading this way for players on PC and Xbox One.

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Inside Xbox X018 Event

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Since the live broadcast started long before the actual show, we advise you to skip to 29:51 for the announcements to roll in. Cheers!




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Crackdown 3 | Wrecking Zone Multiplayer




When people heard that Microsoft's action-adventure title Crackdown 3 won't be at E3 2018 and the game is pushed to 2019, people were generally disappointed. X018 makes up for all the frustration and delivers new news on the game.

An all-new multiplayer mode Wrecking Zone is showcased in a gameplay video into an open-world, where you destroy every piece of in-game environment with explosives and advanced weapons to take down your enemies.

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Xbox Game Pass | New Games




The Netflix equivalent of gaming, Xbox Game Pass subscription service is really offering a blast by announcing to add a total of 16 new titles and the first one they included is a worldwide battle royale sensation, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

PUBG will be followed by Thief of Thieves, while Agents of Mayhem, MXGP3 and Thomas Was Alone will join on November 22. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Kingdom: Two Crowns and Ori and the Blind Forest arrive on December.

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Ori and the Blind Forest Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Other indie titles that are coming to Xbox One are Aftercharge, Mutant Year Zero, Pathologic 2, Secret Neighbor, Supermarket Shriek and The Good Life. Upcoming platform-adventure Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be available at launch in 2019.

Don't forget to try out the Xbox Game Pass app on App Store or Google Play for Android and iOS to download your games straight to your console. Also, signing up for membership right now will get you the first full month for $1 only.

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Xbox Black Friday Deals




Although Halloween is over for this year, another holiday season is headed this way fast and prepare for the biggest Black Friday sale of ages, because you can get a $100 off on Xbox One consoles and that brings it to the lowest price ever.

Just like the Xbox Game Pass offers, you can sign up for Xbox Live Gold to get your first month for only $1. Get Disneyland Adventures, Forza Horizon 4, PUBG and State of Decay 2 for 35% off or go for Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves to get 50% off.

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Forza Horizon 4: Fortune Island | Expansion Pack DLC




Latest installment of the open world racing game Forza Horizon 4 from developer Playground Games has just announced their first expansion "Fortune Island", which is coming on December 13 to take players to the northern reaches of British Isles.

This is going to be a lot more fun and exciting experience as you will now be driving through dangerous cliff side roads and mountain switchbacks under the extreme weather condition that brings in fierce lightning storms.

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Fortune Island Expansion for Forza Horizon 4

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Another fine addition to the game is all five of Ken Block’s Ford vehicles as a courtesy of GymkhanaTEN franchise. These custom-built powerful machines will be added to the game on early November for Car Pass members.

Fortune Island comes along with the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle worth $34.99 only for a total of two. If you have gotten your hands on the Ultimate Edition or the Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle already, you won't have to worry about that at all.

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Sea of Thieves | The Arena Update




Action-adventure game Sea of Thieves is getting a free content update soon, which will be the fifth one since launch and will introduce a PvP game mode called "The Arena" to test out their skills against each other in competitive matches.

Players will take part in a race to find treasure and beat your rival crews while the clock is ticking. Also a new Trading Company called the Sea Dogs is introduced, who will offer you goals and rewards, while a new-tavern area is included as well.

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State of Decay 2 | Zedhunter Pack




This November 16, zombie survival game State of Decay 2 is going to release their next content the Zedhunter Pack. This one comes with a very cool silent crossbow to hunt down zombies and there are some useful melee weapons to use as well.

Now that four million players have joined the community, this free update will be the first among a line of other planned updates for 2019 like a brand-new gameplay setting and Return to Trumble Valley DLC that features a map from original State of Decay.

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With all the features, games, supports and updates coming for Windows and Xbox console, people in Mexico City really got a blast out of X018. Xbox Game Pass got the best part from the entire show as they got a lineup of more than a dozen games for their members.

Also, Microsoft worked up their game development section really good this year by working with so many new companies and now they have two more promising studios to work with. Hopefully, players on their home console will see a great number of exclusives in the foreseeable future.

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox One backward compatibility feature brings Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy and Civilization Revolution as Xbox One X enhanced from Xbox 360.

The entire Xbox community came celebrating the fourth-annual X018 event this weekend at Mexico City and Microsoft Studios teamed up with Square Enix to announce that Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy will be backwards compatible on Xbox One from November 13.

It is time for fans of the series to rejoice in excitement as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII from role-playing game franchise Final Fantasy has joined the library of Xbox One X enhanced backward compatibility.

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Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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These three action RPG titles from "Fabula Nova Crystallis" saga with mostly positive receptions were originally released within 2009 to 2013 for Xbox 360 consoles aside from other platforms like Android, iOS, PC and PlayStation 3.

Not only are these games are being made available for Microsoft's eighth-generation home console, FFXIII Trilogy is receiving enhanced visual upgrade to be enjoyed on the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X.

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The above-mentioned titles will soon join previously announced lineup of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy Maxima as part of Final Fantasy Legacy Collection, will be releasing throughout 2019.

On another note, turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games has also received Xbox One X enhanced update. Back in April 2017, the title joined the backward catalog of games already.

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FFXIII and Civilization Revolution is Xbox One X Enhanced

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Some people may have missed their chance with these titles the first time they were launched and had no way of playing it back now without migrating back to older consoles or maybe experience it on PC if there is a version available. This is where the Xbox One backwards compatible feature comes to play.

Microsoft has done a great job amassing more than 500 titles from Xbox 360 platform and 25 of them are enhanced for Xbox One X. Another 32 original Xbox classic titles are now available to enjoy on your Xbox One devices.

Friday, November 9, 2018

God of War Prequel Comics

Dark Horse writer Chris Roberson comes up with a prequel story for Kratos, God of War with artist Tony Parker.

The newly rebooted run of mythology based action-adventure game God of War from developer Santa Monica Studio was undoubtedly one of this year's biggest games. The saga is moved from Greek mythology to Norse mythology to establish a new run.

Although that seemingly worked out pretty well for a new setting of this game, there was void left behind that needed to be filled. So, after releasing God of War: The Official Novelization for the title, a four-issue prequel comic series is in works now.

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God of War Prequel Comics

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When comic-book writer Chris Roberson (Aliens – Fire and Stone, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. – 1953) from Dark Horse Comics handled the project of creating a prequel this year's PS4 blockbuster, he was intrigued and intimidated at the same time.

Roberson was aware of the new setting of Kratos that has been moved from his previous roots and it surely was a huge task. A story that takes characters from one era or genre and places them into another has opportunities for a lot of development.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #1

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A world filled with ice giants and trolls itself is vast enough to throw different obstacles at Kratos in his way to encounter every now and then. Then again, handling such a recognizable and well-established character with a huge fan-following is quite challenging.

To add more to his backstory, both Santa Monica Studios and Dark Horse Comics decided to go with a direct prequel to the new game that will maintain continuity. To start with that itself is a herculean task itself and also an honor.

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God of War Comics, Issue #1, Preview #2

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The story premise follows Kratos after he has left his history with Olympus behind and builds a new life in the remote Norse wilds. Destiny would still find a way to use his rage for fuel of destruction and thus he entangled into troubled he didn't wanted.

When he was trying to save a stranger from being mauled to death by a monstrous bear in the woods, he unintentionally gets into beef with a mysterious cult. Since the former Ghost of Sparta always gets punished for his good deeds, this time seems not to be any different than his bloodied past.

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Collaborator and artist Tony Parker was a great help to Roberson as well as game director Cory Barlog. During their first conversation, he pitched the basic outline of the plot and then it took some time to eventually bring the story to life.

The first issue from the series is going to be released on November 14, 2018 and the prequel story nicely ties to the emotional journey Kratos go through in the new God of War game. All of this hard work will only pay off when readers will see it for themselves and enjoy the extended take on the saga.

Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

Celebrating the first anniversary of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, Guerrilla Games sat down to talk about creating one of the in-game creatures, Fireclaw.

Last year, around the same time this week, developer Guerrilla Games has released The Frozen Wilds expansion for their action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation 4, which added brand-new chapter for Aloy to explore new grounds and complete quests.

Of course, the world of HZD is full of dangerous machines everywhere that she would come across during her journey and hunt them down. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the expansion, developers Richard Oud and Pinar Temiz talks about one such fierce character known as Fireclaw.

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Horizon Zero Dawn: Making of Fireclaw

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Initially they came up with the idea of creating a machine hybrid creature for HZD that resembles to a bear but due to time constraints, that idea was scrapped. So, when they were back at developing The Frozen Wilds, the idea of bear came back.

The team then immediately delved into development with design documents for making the bear concept into a machine. Animation department were provided the 3D models and they started testing with its attack and other movements.

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The Bear Essentials

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Some of the designs were implemented and some are tested but then left out when they thought some of its moves may come as difficult for players to get a read on. The design and animation team worked on it to come to a solution eventually.

Now that they established a better set of movement for the creature, AI department started putting the bear into the game and senior sound designer Pinar Temiz started working on its sound effects and vocalizations.

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Fireclaw is a huge bear-like machine that had move set comprised of lava-based attacks but it still has some similarity with other machines from Horizon Zero Dawn, which was a starting point for Pinar to work with an idea of not making it too clunky.

Check out his take on the idle movements of the beast from the game in the clip below when it is not engaging into a fight and just simply minding its own business.




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When the animation team was done making the basic movements and walking set for Fireclaw, they decided to add reference nature of grizzly bears from video clips. However, they moved to polar bears simply due to the fact that they are of a bit more authoritative figures and have slightly different features.

Since the idea of the creature came from bears, it makes sense when the studio took a round on variety of their races but wouldn't it sound completely crazy if they start looking up to Red Pandas? That is what happened and they got what they needed from YouTube.

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Polar Bear Refurrence

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Though looks quite cute, Red Pandas actually use their body weight to put their opponents down in a fight and the way they simply drops and rolls is amazing. Looks like the creators of the famous Kung Fu Panda franchise has taken their inspiration for the series from the same source.

After a few processing and development of layering those sources, the second stage of performance came out next.




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Pinar studied bears grunting, other animals that has an intimidating sound of being grumpy and the solution came from walruses and seals. These grunts mixed with synthetic movement sounds slowly helped him achieve the right mark he was looking for.

Now that he came to a stable state with the desired vocalization of Fireclaw, all they wanted was not to make the motions and sounds repetitive. All animators and sound designers worry about falling into this dilemma very often.

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Over time, this can be a problem when player will notice that it seems artificial and forcible on them. This has to be avoided at any cost but the studio didn't have enough resources to spare or much time at hand to keep working on it.

Therefore, the studio of Guerrilla Games came up with a system that will pick randomness and then mix it with their finite resource pool to bring variation. They even had this repetition issue on the early stages as well when Aloy used to ride her mount.

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Bipedal Movement Animation

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Fortunately, their solution worked and different variations were achieved from random cycles to provide a non-repetitive, natural look. The team even delivered different layers of sounds for both front and back footsteps.

Another issue that troubled them was when Fireclaw and Frostclaw stood on their two legs; it felt like a guy in a metal bear suit, which is awkward. So, more footage of reference came to play until they finally came to a convincing bipedal stance.

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Distinct Frostclaw Model

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What many people may not have known is that the studio used human performances among the mix of machine vocalizations but getting it right was the tricky part. So, human voices were pitched down and blended with other sounds.

Aside from these work, both Fireclaw and Frostclaw has their unique models and sizes to work with. They even have distinct attack animations, many of which taken reference from various CGI portrayals of Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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These up close development phases and videos clearly depicts how much coordinated team work it takes to create one of these creatures to come alive into the game environment and that is definitely a lot harder than defeating them in-game.

Developer Guerrilla Games have obviously taken a lot of effort to create these individual machines to add to their game and Horizon Zero Dawn became so great because of their dedicated hard work towards this project.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

YouTube deletes and then restores back Red Dead Redemption 2 controversial videos of killing feminist NPC.

Developer/publisher Rockstar Games didn't launch Western-themed action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 with intent of just riding horses and camping in the woods but it also involves a lot of rooting tooting cowboy shooting.

Since the in-game lead character Arthur Morgan is an outlaw, you expect him being involved in some activities during the gameplay that may not be pleasant but that is okay. However, it seems that YouTube wasn't so sure about it before it became a matter of concern.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Videos Deleted and Restored by YouTube

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Recently, YouTube took down a gaming channel known as Shirrako Gaming of 500,000  subscribers base for a gameplay video they uploaded earlier, claiming the content have broke their community guidelines by showing the player attacking a feminist NPC (Non-Player Character).

Titled "Annoying Feminist Fed To Alligator", the video depicts Arthur attacks a female suffragette before saddling her up on his horse and then feeding her to an alligator to take a chomp at her. He then stomped her with boots for a while afterwards.

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Now such display of violence against suffragette woman NPC in RDR2 are often labeled online as attacks against feminists and these videos are quickly becoming very popular to a certain part of gaming community these days.

YouTube apparently couldn't tell real footage of violence from the ones taken from popular video game and took them down for breach of guidelines but these contents are only prohibited if they come under fire, which t didn't.

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Shirrako Gaming promptly took Twitter to address the takedown of his channel by the video-sharing website for promoting violence by killing a female NPC.



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Immediately after the ban, a massive fan-outcry followed over the deletion move by the site and upon realizing their mistake, the action is reviewed again and the channel was eventually restored the following day with all videos.

Seeing the matter going out of hands, the company's wider gaming team handled the situation and YouTube's head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt confirmed that they will educate the reviewers from repeating such mistakes in future to avoid such inconvenience.

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Here is the video in question that created the so called feminist controversy on YouTube regarding the game.




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Now that the air is clear once again, people are hitting search for Red Dead Redemption 2 videos where women's rights activists are getting punched in the face, run over by trains or even thrown into mine shafts in the Wild West.

However, these controversial video clips are now restricted only to audience above 18 years of age and that clearly makes sense. Hopefully, the misogynistic attitude towards outspoken feminists within a game is not going to be the subject of their concern anymore.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DayZ Beta Live Now

After spending half a decade, DayZ is about to leave Early Access on Steam and Beta goes live now as 1.0 version.

Developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive started their journey of open world multiplayer survival game DayZ that was built as a mod for Arma 2 in 2012. It was launched via Early Access on Steam for PC back in 2013 as they were running alpha testing.

After spending half a decade in that phase for slow development progress, the studio is finally launched an experimental "beta" version as 1.0 release after making an announcement earlier in their official blog and it is available for public.

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DayZ Beta Live Now!

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Initially, the mod's creator, Dean Hall came to work for Bohemia to work on the Arma franchise when he took a leave from New Zealand army. He was inspired from a real-life experience of a training exercise that led him to create zombie survival game.

With permission from the company, Hall created the DayZ mod for Arma 2 and then released it as a free download. People simply loved it and within months, have amassed a staggering number of over half a million players.

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This made Bohemia Interactive to seriously consider the mod to turn it into a stand-alone game. When Valve's online distribution platform Steam unleashed the second wave of big Early Access titles, it came out selling a million copies in just four weeks.

Although they targeted to release a beta version of the game before the end of 2014, the team of development has struggled to deliver what they promised to their fans. They only managed to revamp the game engine and expanded Chernarus map.

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The problem was, without fixing the already existing issues and fixing bugs, the studio was busy adding additional features to it. Meanwhile, Hall moved on with founding his own studio and director Brian Hicks left the project on early 2018.

However, rest of the team finally pulled it off by releasing the experimental beta build and came to a decision of preparing a stable 1.0 version with all available content by January 2019 by putting a stop to their usual feature developing practice.

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Since their core technology development is done for, Bohemia Interactive can now center their focus on polishing and making balance tweaks. Some of you may or may not have noticed some of the fixed issues in the past week already if you are still playing.

Given the overall situation, they made the right call of prioritizing their primary promise to the already existing 1 million players from the early days who believed in them and bought an unfinished game and to many more to come in future.

Final Fantasy XV DLC Cancelled

Square Enix cancelled upcoming four DLC episodes for Final Fantasy XV. Also, game director Hajime Tabata quits the company.

Back in April, developer/publisher Square Enix of action role-playing game Final Fantasy XV announced additional content for the 2016 game in a panel at PAX East, which includes four new episodes planned to release on 2019.

Today, they revealed in a livestream that three of these four expansion packs are cancelled. On top of that, game director Hajime Tabata is also confirmed to have left the company after finishing his last work day on October 31. This is just too much to take in, right?

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Final Fantasy XV DLC Cancelled

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Before the unexpected official announcement, these character-focused episodes include Aranea, Ardyn, Lunafreye and Noctis were to offer side stories and an alternate finale. Except for episode Ardyn, rest three is scrapped now.

Ardyn is currently scheduled to release in March 2019 and the events of this episode takes place before the story of FFXV, where players have the chance to take the role of Ardyn Izunia, the main antagonist of the game.

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There would also be a tie-in anime titled, Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue that explores the reason behind Ardyn becoming so vengeful. We also have a preview of the episode in a form of teaser trailer here. Check this out.




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Luminous Productions, an internal studio of Square Enix were in charge of developing these content add-ons will now focus on developing a brand-new AAA title for global market since they are no longer tasked to the DLC episodes anymore.

On director Hajime Tabata quitting the studio, the official statements mentioned him resigning back in October, probably in pursuit of founding his own company. He sincerely thanked all of the loyal fans in his resignation letter for supporting the game for years.

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Game Director Hajime Tabata Leaves Square Enix

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When Square Enix initially released plans for bringing more content to Final Fantasy XV, fans were convinced that the game will never end considering the title was originally announced back in 2006 before it saw release in 2016, exactly ten years later.

Unfortunately, that certainly is not the case at hand until further development because according to one of their earnings report, this executive decision of cancelling the DLCs resulted in a tremendous amount of loss of around $33 million.