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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The God of Mischief, Loki of Asgard is confirmed as playable character in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

Assembling many key characters of Marvel Universe, developer Team Ninja and publisher Nintendo is bringing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order for Nintendo Switch as third installment of the action role-playing game series.

Marvel Games have showcased many known superhero and villains joining MUA3 and at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, they revealed to include Loki, The God of Mischief as newest member of existing roster and 35th playable character.

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Loki Joins Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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An early trailer actually revealed that Loki will show up as a boss for the game but SDCC 2019 has finally confirmed his stance to also lending a hand to alliance of heroes against Thanos during official launch trailer release.

Loki Laufeyson marks the third boss character aside from Magneto and Venom who is also available for play. Asgardian trickster will charge at his opponents with icy attacks using his iconic sceptre and cast power of illusion.

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MUA3 offer players special "Team Bonus" for combining villains into a team and since three of them serves as bosses, you would probably require to defeat Loki, Magneto and Venom to unlock them before adding them to your team.

Keeping shape-changing lord of all liars from Asgard into your group allows players extra advantage like access to another magic-wielding character such as Doctor Strange or Scarlet Witch, who are already part of an extended roster.

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Loki has become very popular following his appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action movies and even though his cinematic journey ended in Avengers: Infinity War, God of Mischief is set to return in his TV show on Disney+.

With a considerable number of heroes and villains featured in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Loki will surely find his place through his links to powers of Infinity Stones and contribute to story of the Nintendo Switch-exclusive.

Marvel's Spider-Man Becomes Best-Selling Superhero Video Game

Marvel's Spider-Man has become best-selling video game in superhero genre, leaving Batman: Arkham City behind.

Over the years, a number of Spider-Man video games were released but only a few has become very popular among fans or commercially successful as PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game Marvel's Spider-Man from 2018.

Following a September release last year, Spider-Man on PS4 has managed to sell over 9 million copies by January 2019 and now has toppled Batman: Arkham City by becoming best-selling superhero video game of all time in United States.

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Marvel's Spider-Man Becomes Best-Selling Superhero Video Game

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Industry analyst Mat Piscatella of NPD Group has confirmed it by posting a lifetime video games sales chart on Twitter.



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This news itself is great for Marvel's most iconic superhero since it has only been out for less than a year whereas Arkham City was released back in 2011 by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive for past generation of consoles.

Now it may come as a surprise to many superhero fans considering 2018 Spider-Man game has a Metacritic score of 87, which is great but way inferior than a 96 score set by second Batman title from critically-acclaimed Arkham series.

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In an attempt to come up with a definitive title featuring everyone's favorite wallcrawler, developer Insomniac Games and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment came up with the most beloved adaptation of Spidey in video games.

Their gameplay emphasis of combat and web-slinging was able to get fans hooked and received a number of awards at The Game Awards 2018. Set on a new and unique continuity, the game has established a standard for future Marvel Games projects.

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Besides, Insomniac Games have been trying to keep fans happy with occasional release of variant Spidey suits for free and a series of paid DLC in "The City That Never Sleeps" as post launch to stay engaged and relevant.

In a recent addition, Marvel's Spider-Man has offered players Stealth and Upgraded suits from Spider-Man: Far From Home movie. Also, modern-day social media has helped spread word-of-mouth to reach a broader audience of all-ages.

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We probably won't see any major superhero titles surpassing its impressive numbers anytime soon and forthcoming Nintendo Switch-exclusive action RPG game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is not likely to come any close either.

Upcoming anticipated title Marvel's Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix may become a major competition next year but only an untitled sequel of Marvel's Spider-Man has the best chance to claim its number one position.

Limbo Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store gives out puzzle-platform title Limbo from indie studio Playdead on this week's free giveaway.

In a race to giveaway a free game every week to play till the end of 2019, Epic Games have decided to go on a weekly schedule of rolling out more titles on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store with no sign of slowing down.

This week, Epic Store is offering PC version of acclaimed puzzle-platform game Limbo by partnering up with indie developer/publisher Playdead and you can claim a copy anytime before July 25, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Limbo Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players are tasked to assume role of a nameless boy who finds himself amidst a jungle where a giant spider constantly tries to kill him. He is looking for his missing sister and everyone else that come across are either dying or ran away.

Limbo gives out a creepy ambiance to build up tension through dangerous puzzles and traps in a monochrome setting. Despite having no text or dialogue of any sort, it still manages to keep players engaged in a compelling journey into unknown.

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Originally sold on EGS for $3.99 only, anyone with a free Epic Games account can add it to their library of games to own it forever and though it may be cheaper compared to past free giveaway, Limbo is worth keeping into collection.

Doubling down on their weekly freebie releases was not enough for Epic Games Store, which is why they are about to give out both indie action RPG title Moonlighter and war survival game This War of Mine next week from July 25, 2019.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Man of Medan Multiplayer Modes Revealed

Take turns in Man of Medan multiplayer modes; Shared Story and Movie Night to experience a new level of narrative twist.

After seeing unforeseen success with interactive drama horror game Until Dawn, developer Supermassive Games is returning with their newest project Man of Medan, which will be a part of their The Dark Pictures Anthology series.

Recently, two new multiplayer modes; Shared Story mode and Movie Night mode for the standalone cinematic horror experience is revealed that would lead players to different narrative or unfortunate ends via multiple playthroughs.

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Man of Medan Multiplayer Modes Revealed

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You can engage in a two-player online play in Shared Story mode where each of you controls a different in-game character but whatever choices you end up making, it will eventually affect you both and that is an intense ride for sure.

Both of your characters can appear on screen at the same time and even explore same area or engage in a conversation. Though you can have your plans ready but they will probably become useless by wave of consequence for your choices.

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Explore Different Scenario

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However, there are times when such unexpected situation can work on your favor and often times it may not. You and your partner may come up with a bright idea but it may actually cause trouble or a foolish mistake may aid you at a later point.

Things will go a bit different in Movie Night mode that is more like a local co-op gameplay consisting five people. Each player can select their character and then pass on control whenever the game focuses on that character.

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Assign Your Characters

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At times, the game will let you know how each of you is doing so far to stay alive and it is a collaborative way of enjoying the narrative together, which quickly shifts in so many dramatic ways that you would often forget what to make of them.

Everyone among your group may have a better idea on their head but whether or not they would work is something you won't know only until you implement them in action and it opens up door for so many outcomes no one ever thought of.

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Aspects that worked well for Until Dawn are improved to provide better feel of suspense with new level of tensions in a horror journey. Players would be able to relate to involved characters more because of impactful choices they will make.

Already proven their capability in making horror game that works for fans, Supermassive Games creates a lot of expectation for Man of Medan that is currently scheduled to release on August 30, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

Months after release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice eventually gets an apparent easy mode, thanks to latest mod.

When developer From Software launched action-adventure game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One teaming up with publisher Activision in early 2019, it received immense praise aside from criticism for extreme difficulty.

Though majority of players and hardcore gamers have embraced it, mainstream critics and game journalists were asking for an easy mode. Their prayers have finally been answered as a new mod has arrived to add an easy mode.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Mod Adds Easy Mode

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Currently available at Nexus Mods, Sekiro The Easy mod will not completely make the game easy but help people make more progress. Without altering enemy behavior or positions, it makes some simple changes to lower game difficulty.

It provides attack buffs to protagonist one-armed Wolf and thus, helps taking down enemies quicker. Players are also given infinite amount of in-game currency Spirit Emblem to access abilities and weapons while removing fall damage.

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Item drop rates and buff duration for weapons are increased along with timer of Puppeteer Ninjutsu technique to backstab opponents. There are other mods to balance out some features but Sekiro The Easy packs a couple of them into one.

Newcomers who are on the verge of giving up trying to get killed over and over again in Sekiro can at least try out this mod and receive significant perks to at least get a hold of things since the mod addresses more than a single issue.

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Players would still have to learn how to overcome every in-game challenges and tackle enemies since it doesn't affect any of their intelligence but offers you a better fighting chance against odds that seemed to be unconquerable until now.

It has only been months that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice came out and From Software is already in full swing with their upcoming project Elden Ring, which have Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki on board with Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Watch Dogs: Legion and HitRecord Collaboration Creates Controversy

A partnership with HitRecord to create original music for Watch Dogs: Legion sparks controversy for Ubisoft.

After an initial leak from Amazon product listing, developer/publisher Ubisoft eventually revealed their upcoming open-world hacking adventure game Watch Dogs: Legion before having premiering it at E3 2019 event last month.

Currently, it is due for a March 6, 2020 release on Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, publishers are already on hot water after announcing partnership with production company HitRecord to produce music for Legion.

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Watch Dogs: Legion and HitRecord Collaboration Creates Controversy

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HitRecord is an online platform owned by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon, Looper), where its users generate unique ideas for different media and through collaboration, everyone is allowed to take part and improve those as well.

On their recent endeavor with Ubisoft, 10 original songs for upcoming open-world hacktivism adventure are being requested from fan community and they will be will be paying $20,000 for each new song that makes it to final game.

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In a recent video, Joe Gordon-Levitt has ‏announced this news to members of the site so that they can all participate.




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Almost immediately, an old debate regarding companies soliciting work from fans for big budget games is resurfaced. This however, is not Ubisoft's first rodeo to work with HitRecord and generate controversy for their approach.

They announced working with Levitt's company to get art and music from fans for Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3 2018 presentation. Both of these companies saw this as a rare opportunity to take part in development but professionals calls it speculative work.

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One of their requirement lists for a "Battle Anthem Metal Song", which would be focused around themes like 'Anticipation', 'Determination', 'Marching to battle', 'Power' and 'Violence' as mentioned in its project overview.

WDL lets you play as almost anyone from a vast open-world setting to create your resistance against an authoritative regime and creative director, Cling Hocking came up with an idea to work with fans from over the globe to create its music.

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Although all proceedings are going to be distributed by HitRecord to people who contributed in this creative process, people are viewing it as replacing talents to work on their projects and trying to get spec work from a volunteer crowd.

Whether or not HitRecord creators see this collab as exploitation, industry professionals are strongly against their business model of going after non-exclusive license content rather than hiring someone on consistent payment.

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During their first attempt last year, people started trending a #nospec hashtag on Twitter to protest this idea. Renowned industry figures like Mike Bithell, Rami Ismail and Scott Benson has voiced their displeasure over this partnership.

Regardless of how bad majority of a pissed off crowd is trying to paint this partnership as bad, some small time indie creators are still getting benefitted when their work is selected and though it comes rather cheap, the money helps.

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They suggested that the publisher may hire artists to commission new songs or license existing tracks for their game. It can also lead to hours of work that doesn't end up being successful submissions and have no use for many creators in the end.

Besides, $2,000 is relatively a very small amount considering how much time needs to put in to a licensed song for AAA-title and it ultimately gets split between everyone who had a contribution that made it to a winning submission.

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Ubisoft has addressed the criticism by stating that they are currently working with artists and composers on over 140 licensed songs and an original score for Legion and contribution from HitRecord community is completely voluntary.

Watch Dogs: Legion will be set a near future version of London where society is now under constant surveillance and ruled by a corrupt private military. In a post-Brexit era, secret hactivist group DedSec returns once again to thwart them over.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight Mode Revealed

Infinity Ward introduces Gunfight, a 2v2 mode for upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare rebooted title.

With developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision on board, newest entry in Call of Duty first-person shooter series is revealed to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, scheduled to launch on October 25, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Chasing growing trend of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduced their version of battle royale mode last year. In 2019, CoD is coming back with a fast paced, 2v2 multiplayer mode titled Gunfight.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight Mode Revealed

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Two teams of duos are pitted in a small map against each other with gears and weapons to eradicate the other party within 40 seconds. However, an overtime flag will spawn no one is killed in given time and players will have to defend it for points.

For each three seconds of defending it, you score a point and earning six points before your rival team is what you need to win a match. Players need not to create a class or worry about selecting loadouts before going into war.

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2v2 Multiplayer Gameplay

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Drop into a quick match anytime you want with your friends online and start shooting to save your own skin, because health isn't auto-regenerating. So, keep your eyes open, talk to your partners and be ruthless if you have to.

Infinity Ward sees Gunfight as their take on popular fighting game series Street Fighter, where players engage in short, 2v2 matches. These fights are intense and for a short time span in each fight, you need to be strategic to survive.

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Classic Captain Price in Blackout!

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Currently, three maps are confirmed for close-quarters combat of Gunfight mode for upcoming reboot of 2007 shooter. First map is set in a warehouse, then second location takes you in a dense forest and a container yard in desert comes in third.

Also, placing pre-order for any version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will allow immediate access to classic version of Captain Price for Blackout mode of Black Ops 4 as a playable character from July 11 on PS4 with the rest to follow.

Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store Now

On their latest weekly games giveaway, Epic Games Store offers acclaimed action RPG game Torchlight for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform periodically, Epic Games continues to bring more titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and following E3 2019, they shifted from biweekly to a weekly schedule.

Last week, they announced to giveaway action role-playing hack and slash game Torchlight from developer/publisher Runic Games to players as a freebie title to add to their collection before July 18, 7:59 PM PT/10:59 PM EST.

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Torchlight Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players would enter a fantasy town full of caverns and dungeons, where they are to encounter hordes of twisted creatures. Fans of dungeon crawler experience loves to slay monsters and collect loots, something the title is well-known for.

After picking a hero from Alchemist, Destroyer and Vanquisher, while tagged along with a pet cohort, you are to jump into action. An engaging, Diablo-styled gameplay helped it stand out among many from respective genre of ARPG.

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A critically acclaimed action RPG from 2012, Torchlight is succeeded by a direct sequel in 2012 and developers are currently working on an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG that is looking forward to a 2019 release window.

Although PC version of the game was sort of an exclusive release on Steam until now, Epic Store has managed to broker a deal with Runic Games for folks with an account on their platform and then give it to them for free of charge.

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In an attempt to encourage players to come on board, Epic Games intends to drop more free game until the end of 2019. Also, their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving now and it can actually help drive more people to their outlet.

Epic Games Store already revealed that 2010 indie puzzle-platform game Limbo from developer studio Playdead is coming next week on their store and like always, you will require a free account to reserve a copy for yourself forever.