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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch Delayed

It was back in January 2018, when we first came to know through Nintendo Direct Mini about a planned Remastered version of From Software’s action role-playing original Dark Souls game on Nintendo Switch that was scheduled for May 25 release. Earlier this month, we have a good look at some exclusive gameplay footage of the game in 4K, courtesy of PlayStation Underground. Unfortunately, it was announced today that Switch version is delayed for summer 2018.

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Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch Delayed

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With an official Tweet, publisher Bandai Namco revealed that release date for Dark Souls: Remastered is currently pushed back to summer of 2018.



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However, planned versions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are still coming out the same day. Though they have not specified the nature of their causality which caused the delay, we have one very simple theory in mind. It seems that Switch port was being developed by a different team other than the ones who worked for console editions and they have faced some unexpected problem that would take time to solve.

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Solaire of Astora Amiibo

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Also, Solaire of Astora from the game was about to get his own amiibo figurine that was supposed to arrive on the same day is also delayed till Switch version’s new release date. Namco assured that they will make it up to you for this delay by improving your gameplay experience as you journey to Lordran. The network test on Nintendo eShop is still due following their initial announcement of this project.

RELATED: Dark Souls: Remastered New Gameplay

Dark Souls: Remastered was promised to us to deliver enhanced 4K resolution and improved frame rate. It makes us think too that what might possibly happen to a game that showcased a steady gameplay at PAX East, which eventually pushed back their deadline for the time being. If this attempt to remaster project is successful with support from fans then From Software may consider about Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III as well.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

The gates of Hell are probably going to open on Mars soon again as publisher Bethesda Softworks has teased us so. We are talking about one of the best first-person shooter games ever made and expecting an announcement for a sequel to 2016's Doom from the newly rebooted franchise. If we got the indication right according to a studio executive from Bethesda, then Doom 2 will be announced at E3 2018. In that case, we should be prepared to deal with hell demons on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

RELATED: Doom 4K Update

Back in 1993, Doom introduced us to the madness of first-person shooter games and took players on a roller costar ride to Hell and beyond. After the original, a sequel, Doom II followed next year and Doom 3 came out a decade later. We even received a live-action Doom movie featuring Hollywood superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). However, that one failed miserably and entire series took a reboot with 2016's Doom game, which reinvented the franchise.

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Lately, Pete Hines, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bethesda Softworks was present in an event at PAX East and in an interview he was asked what they are planning for the latter half of 2018. In response, he said:

“I couldn’t give you any guesses as to what we’re going to announce and when those games will be out. But I will say, we have a lot of new stuff to talk about at E3. Whether or not folks realize it, this is the hell on Earth time for us with E3. We are in the midst of so much planning and work for all of that content but I’m really excited."
Though he did not mention the word "Doom" or "Sequel" a single time but fans of the series may have already realized what went down there. For those who are still trying to figure out what was in Hines’ comments, we suggest you to focus on his mention of "Hell on Earth". The actual sequel of the first game was titled "Doom II: Hell on Earth", which place on Earth as demons from Hell have laid an invasion. That brings our hero Doomguy back in action to save our planet as well as mankind.

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Doom II: Hell on Earth Cover Artwork

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Originally debuted on MS-DOS, Hell on Earth was an overall improvement on everything its predecessor was and became a best-selling title upon release. If Bethesda is actually teasing that title and can do things right like they did on reboot of Doom in 2016, we are waiting for another potential critical and commercial success ahead of time. Right now, Bethesda is probably prioritizing this one because E3 2018 is nearing. Besides, they also announced Wolfenstein II and The Evil Within 2 at last year's E3.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dark Souls: Remastered New Gameplay

A very few games that are tough as nails like From Software’s action role-playing game Dark Souls can garner a fan following that keeps up a petition for a Remastered Edition for this long, which finally is paying off. May 25, 2018 will see the release of Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The appeal for the original title hasn't faded a little in past seven years.

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Dark Souls: Remastered New Gameplay

Many revelatory action RPG came and go, Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III were released, Sony released PlayStation 4 console but still, we very much needed Dark Souls: Remastered. Bandai Namco seriously deserves some praise to bring back tons of fans' dreams into life by working on it. Fans worldwide are just not waiting for a full remake treatment but need added content and improvements on original title.

As a courtesy of PlayStation Underground, we have exclusive gameplay footage from world of Dark Souls: Remastered in 4K!




The exclusive gameplay showed above is captured in 4k resolution and 60 FPS as a preview of how things are going to be in Remastered Edition.

Getting back at it with protagonist Chosen Undead is like a ride back memory lane exploring open world of Lordran around you as you cautiously take your steps behind a shield. Veteran players had also taken time adjusting to the gameplay at start. If you were a skilled player of your time then figuring out playing part once again with Dark Souls: Remastered will be no problem for you. Your undead adversaries will fall before you as you constantly make progress.

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World of Dark Souls

Players who have been through Bloodborne and Dark Souls III know how it is around with a mob on your tail. In comparison to that, original Dark Souls can be pretty quiet and lonely. Well, don't just get depressed just yet. Plenty of booby traps and sudden ambush attacks every now and then will keep things exciting for you. That's right. All the items and enemies are right there for you. So, keep your eyes open to protect your hide from those sneaky undead residents.

A fine aspect is of course the soundtrack, which is out there blending perfectly with the environment yet it's almost non-existent. Your 4K-experience will be intensified if you just put a pair of headphones on. It will make boss killing moment or facing opponents like Black Knights or giant rats as real as it can get. Once you play the game, you will realize that they have done more changes and tweaks than a few visual upgrades.

Another great thing about Dark Souls: Remastered is that now it allows more players to join in. Originally, four-player were allowed to take part in their quest but six-players are accessible for multiplayer. Try imagining six friends who enjoys Dark Souls with somewhat same level of intensity in a same-room because, it is also coming to Switch.

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Prepare Not to Die

Aside from playing at a 30 FPS rate and a 720p handheld mode, we believe it has great potential considering an exciting six person multiplayer mode. This could literally give the title an overwhelming reception from Switch owners and led to Remastered Editions of Dark Souls sequels. Although, TV mode offers you a 1080p display, having six television sets on a same room is very unlikely to happen.

Dark Souls was originally released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by developer From Software and publisher Bandai Namco back in 2011. It has a notorious reputation for being ruthlessly difficult among fans but the sooner you will get a grip at what is going on and what you want to do, you will pass through pretty easily. Hold onto it and don't just leave the battlefield at first sign of trouble.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Doom 4K Update

Pretty sure whether you are just an average first person shooter fan or a Doom lover, you would definitely appreciate the sadistic enjoyment of slaying demons on Mars. We had to give it to developer id Software to team up with publisher Bethesda Softworks to rejuvenate the fan-favorite Doom series with 2016's release of the same name. With their regular series of updates, they are keeping the game fresh and the newest update should make console fans happy because Doom will now support 4K!

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Doom 4K Update

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Yes, that's right. This is an age of upgraded graphics and since we are living in a time when world's most powerful video game consoles are available to experience some of the finest visuals, we should feast our eyes. The newest update dated for March 29, heading towards the game will allow people to enjoy 4K resolution on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. This is only fitting that Doom is finally adding cutting-edge graphics display to their fast-paced shooting title.

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We have a short display of how it would feel to chop off the heads of demons from Hell in this new gameplay trailer.




The core fun of brutally massacring the demon hordes of Hell is now intensified a few folds. Those BFG blasts you shoot will be felt like never before and so the fun of slicing chainsaw through your enemy heads will be uncomfortably satisfying. The 4K resolution patch is only exclusive for the above mentioned platforms as the other consoles do not support higher caliber of graphics superiority like them.

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New Stunning 4K Resolution

RELATED: Doom and Wolfenstein II Comes to Nintendo Switch

After the worldwide release of Doom on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Bethesda focused on a port for Nintendo Switch in 2017. Now, the latest update will include PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X to their available platform list as well. Doom is already pretty great on any given day and now running on 4K is going to make it even better. The publisher has urged the players to upload their very own 4K screenshots on social media and tag them too.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch

Many have probably forgotten Klei Entertainment's side-scrolling action stealth game Mark of the Ninja, which came out in 2012. This indie game was critically acclaimed and had intense popularity on Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. The title is now heading for Nintendo Switch as Mark of the Ninja Remastered after six years of its initial release. Recently, Nintendo had an indie-focused Switch presentation, where the game was revealed.

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Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch

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Expected to arrive this fall, Mark of the Ninja Remastered was the highlight among the other few brand-new titles selected to port or remake for Switch in 2018. Since the Nintendo Switch version is a re-master, we can expect some high-end details of the graphics for the hybrid console. The original title was published by Microsoft Studios, which was the main reason for the game remaining an exclusive for PC and Xbox 360.

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Below is the announcement trailer from Nintendo, showcasing the quick glimpse of the upcoming Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch in a short video clip.




With the Switch port on the way, this will be the first time when this awesome action stealth game from Klei Entertainment will be available on a different console. Mark of the Ninja is not your typical Ninja warrior taking down horde of bad-guys with his sick moves or shooting stars. Instead, the game has a good back-story for players who care for some aside from some hide and seek sport with your enemies. Plus, stealth has a major part in your overall gameplay.

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We certainly have high hopes that this great game will silently sneak into the Nintendo eShop soon and make everyone addictive for the experience regardless of veterans and newbie. The way Nintendo's next-gen portable console is making a progress in market; it was a great strategic move for Klei Entertainment to bring one of their greatest games on board. This also raises our hopes for seeing Shank and Shank 2 from the same studio ported for the platform.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Division 2 Announced

Developer Ubisoft's online-only action role-playing game Tom Clancy's The Division came out in 2016 after three years of revealing the title. The game was based on an outbreak in New York City as a group of Strategic Homeland Division agents called The Division gets into the situation to bring order. Recently, Ubisoft has officially announced that a sequel; The Division 2 is currently under development.

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The Division 2 Announced

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This game got some potential and people loved it when it was a brand-new release but that quickly changed when there were almost no post-game content or frequent updates. Within the next few months, The Division saw a huge drop of player count, which is 93 percent in total. This is considerably tragic for a game that broke the record for first-day sales of Ubisoft and was full of promises. The studio then managed to raise the number a little higher with regular updates.

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Hopefully, their initial obliviousness had taught Ubisoft to not repeat the mistake of neglecting a franchise post-release and they got back at their feet again. Now they can effectively apply those lessons learned from their past mistakes for course correction as they bring the sequel. A single image of The Division 2's logo was first leaked on Twiiter by Jason Schreier of Kotaku and then the developers officially confirmed the leak after a few hours.



Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is being made by Massive Entertainment and Red Storm Entertainment, collaborating with all the fractions of Ubisoft. Creative director Julian Gerighty of Massive Entertainment states that they always envisioned The Division as part of a larger series and thus comes the sequel. With that being said, we can only guess for a third installment if The Division 2 becomes a successful project.

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The developers are going to use an upgraded version of the Snowdrop engine, which was used to create the first game and was unique to it. This is a very good point for the sequel as the impressive graphics and gameplay of the first game was what made it popular. Besides, they have possibly learned a lot from their mistakes and we only hope that they make better use of that learning, which also means more contents and expected updates.

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Though developer Ubisoft has a habit of announcing games too early, we heard that The Division 2 will be fully revealed at E3 2018. On the plus side, they have decided to continue their support for the first game even after the Year 2 Celebration, which includes major initiatives like arranging global events and Xbox One X enhancements. Let's just hope they don't shelve The Division 2 for three years before release like its predecessor.

Looking Back at Nier: Automata Soundtracks

Developer PlatinumGames and publisher Square Enix released the action role-playing game Nier: Automata a year ago today. One the first yearly anniversary, composer Keiichi Okabe was brought in to look back at the achievements the game amassed not only for a very appealing gameplay but also in regard for great music. Okabe happens to be the CEO of Monaca, Inc. who designs background music for anime and video games in general.

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Looking Back at Nier: Automata Soundtracks

While composing background music for a game, it usually takes two to three months to complete before the final product goes out for sale. Meanwhile, there are interviews to attend to and events to show up on talking about the work during the period of launch. Things pretty much wraps up like this all the time.

When working on the Nier: Automata project, the development of the original soundtrack begins right after they were done with the in-game sound design. A concert and voice-over performance was in order as part of an event called “The Memories of Puppets”. Right after the program, the original soundtrack came out on CD and then there was a theatrical stage show “YorHa”. So, a year has passed doing all that. Technically, when an album is released, his work is done but his involvement with Nier: Automata seem to be an ongoing process.

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NieR: Automata Original Soundtrack

Since the predecessor game of the series had a great track-record for music, Keiichi Okabe ensured to maintain that legacy by making the tones mysterious and ephemeral in contrast to the vibe of the game. Instead of the previous Nier's sad feel, Nier: Automata received a more dynamic treatment while maintaining the spiritual theme of the series.

The visuals and the situation of the game greatly impacts on the creation of the sounds that sparks life into play and the goal is to make it rich in quality. From battle music to songs, the procedure varies and designing background music for video games is way different than usual track-making process. The instruments often play a big role in expressing emotions of the characters and they way it should be designed that it could move you.

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Nier Music Concert

During his work on the Nier: Automata soundtrack designing, Okabe would often receive requests from game director Yoko Taro to make songs for specific scenes or sequences. The delivered tracks are sometime used as the composer would have hoped for and then there are times, when things go very surprising for him. One funny story about it was the song “Alien Manifestation”, which was originally requested for one of last stages but ended up playing in the very beginning instead.

Producer Yosuke Saito on the other hand never really asked for anything in particular from composer Okabe except for a rearranged version of a song from the previous Nier (2010) game. If Okabe and Yoko were cool with something, he will just go with it. His deal was as simple as that. Since director Yoko Taro is not easily moved as a creator, it was very brave of producer Saito to rope him on board.

Keiichi Okabe grew up listening to music of North America and Europe, the influence of which clearly reflects on his work. However, his very own style has Japanese base. Listening to a lot of tracks and putting his own emotions to the project brought out the beautifully scored soundtrack for Nier: Automata. In the end, fans worldwide loved his work very much and some are regarding the work on the game tracks to be one of the best for the category, which is not wrong though.

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NieR: Automata Game Soundtrack

Usually it is very tense moment before the original soundtracks of a game is released in anticipation of the fan reaction. With a lot of pressure and struggle already invested in the work, one can only hope for everything to turn out well. Upon release, not only it was well received by the fans, the album started getting nominations and ended up winning a number of awards, which really tells a lot about the quality of the unique content.

People who have played Nier: Automata on PC and PlayStation 4, as well as loved the soundtracks designed by Keiichi Okabe has his gratitude for honoring his work. The firsthand fans’ reactions from many events in Japan and online reactions on his work from west truly overwhelmed him and inspired to do more great work in the future.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak Event Live Now

The Year 3 of Ubisoft's tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege, Operation Chimera is about to spice things up like never before starting today, because the brand-new cooperative time event called Outbreak is going live now and it brings all the excitement and surprise on the table for the Rainbow team. Plus, the game adds two new French and Russian counter-terrorism Operators to the fold.

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Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak Event Live Now

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Starting from March 6, this four week-long Outbreak Event is going to put the skills of the best operators suited for this job on test. Till now, Outbreak mode was only available on the test servers of Rainbow Six Siege from last month and now that it has gone live, we will meet the elite Rainbow team at Truth or Consequences, New Mexico as it is taken over by a new breed of hostiles that the operators have never encountered before.

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Outbreak is the co-op event to play out with an extent of three players and you have to carefully choose your team from a selected group of Operators as weapons and gadgets unique to them can either give you an advantage on the battlefield over your new enemy types or it can set you off balance. It would be for better if you can assemble a balanced team of three with adjustments of defensive and offensive capabilities in them.

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Considering the new situation Operation Chimera presents, Operator who can revive teammates who are down but not yet out would be a huge perk. On that regard, Doc or new Operator Finka would be a good choice. The added benefit of picking up Finka is her team-buffing ability called Adrenal Surge. In general cases, shotguns are used to blast through walls but you will find some good use of it against the gruesome foes of Outbreak mode and Tachanka’s Mounted LMG will come in handy for that.

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Outbreak Event Enemy Types

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Outbreak brings five unique types of enemies to the table and not any one of them should be taken lightly. The most frequently encountered enemies throughout Outbreak Event have to be the Grunt. The one with spikes and yellow bubbles are the Breacher who loves to breach through your barricades and then explode. Then there are faster enemies called Apex, the ones who would try to trap you are Rooters and hulking sized Smasher.

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Outbreak is not for shooting down hostile infected swarm but to uncover the mystery of the carnage that beset on the city of Truth or Consequences. The event will be live from March 6 to April 3 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as you test your skills out in a whole new situation. Since this is no longer a fight against terrorism, the same sort of tactics is better left off and you better form some new ones. Whatever you do, take down your enemies as quickly as possible and build a better defense.