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Monday, June 29, 2020

PlayStation Plus Free Games for July 2020

PlayStation Plus free games lineup will be adding NBA 2K20, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration and Erica for July 2020.

Recent official announcement to reveal upcoming lineup of PlayStation Plus free games for the month of July 2020 also comes in a day when Sony Interactive Entertainment is also celebrating 10 years of PS Plus service on June 29, 2010.

Sony would like to thanks all members of their services throughout a decade-long journey together with freebies and exclusive discounts. To celebrate, a free PS4 theme will be released on PlayStation Store for a limited time soon.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for July 2020

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PS Plus will be kicking off July with basketball simulation game NBA 2K20 by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. Over the years, NBA 2K has evolved into more than a mere sports game and improved mechanism despite some criticism.

Set off for a lifetime of adventure with Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, which includes classic Lara Croft skins, "Extreme Survivor" difficulty, PS VR support and single player story alongside main campaign.

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Adding an extra title for PS Plus in July, interactive thriller Erica is a PS4-exclusive cinematic experience from developer Flavourworks. You will play as a young girl who is haunted by her father's murder and uncovers shocking truth.

Upcoming free PlayStation 4 games for PlayStation Plus will become available on July 7 and will remain until August 3, 2020. Meanwhile, all members can still grab onto Call of Duty: WWII and Star Wars Battlefront II before they are replaced.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Marvel's Avengers War Table Gameplay Showcase

Crystal Dynamics unites Marvel's Avengers in new co-op gameplay footage on War Table livestream.

Having been working on upcoming action-adventure game Marvel's Avengers for some time, developer Crystal Dynamics, in association with Eidos Montréal and publisher Square Enix came forward revealing some new gameplay details.

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix sheds light on co-op mode, extended gameplay, Hero Missions and story premise of Avengers Project during latest War Table livestream on YouTube, as we head closer to global release in Q4 2020.

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Marvel's Avengers War Table Gameplay Showcase

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Check out newly released "M.O.D.O.K. Threat" trailer for Marvel's Avengers, offering bits of story premise.




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First trailer from War Table focuses on a post-Avengers world, in the aftermath of A-Day from five years prior. A young heroine named Kamala Khan figured out a conspiracy by A.I.M. behind the disbandment of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Khan is an Inhuman who recently just discovered her special-powers and tries to reassemble the heroes once again. She is later found and approached by A.I.M. leader, George Tarleton but she refuses his help and chooses her own path.

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Khan talks to Bruce Banner to reach out to Tony Stark and uncover secrets behind A-Day incident, which led to Captain America being killed. As they prepare to reassemble, Black Widow gets into an argument with Thor over their decision.

Despite Kamala's warnings, their internal spat turns into a fistfight and A.I.M. sends its foot-soldiers to destroy them. In his desperate attempt to eradicate all superpower from Earth, Tarleton allows himself to transform into M.O.D.O.K.

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War Table presents a gameplay video titled "Once An Avenger" from a pre-release build, featuring Thor.




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Kamala Khan worriedly watches over A.I.M. deploying a series of its latest mechs on Chimera Helicarrier. Iron Man blasts one of those out, which fall into street and Thor arrives just in time to save a newsman before joining the fight.

As he charges into battle, his teammates are happy to see him and Odinson starts wrecking a horde of bots on his way. Hulk joins him soon and starts smashing all machines around him while Thor powers up Chimera with lightning.

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War Table will assign you to War Zones, which you can access from Helicarrier bridge, outposts and Quinjets. Chimera serves as your home base that has options to repair and add upgrades, with personal quarters for each hero and gear.

War Table keeps an eye on what A.I.M. is doing across the world and sends you there directly. You can jump into next Hero Missions from Reassemble campaign if you want to or move over to War Zone missions that are unlocked so far.

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Finally, take a quick look at "War Zones" co-op trailer highlighting aspects of multiplayer mode in action.




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Hero Missions are typically story-focused; whereas War Zone lets you earn loot, rescue allies and more in an expansive sphere. Although there will always be a key-objective, it is up to players about how they want to make an approach.

You will be given an idea of adjustable difficulty and suggested Power Level in each War Zone missions, with great rewards. Optional matchmaking will tag you up to three other Avengers or you can bring in AI companions to form your party.

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Players can create iconic moments by using their heroic powers in combat during War Zone multiplayer. Hulk can join Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel in clapping enemies or Iron Man can blast off enemies once Thor sends them up in the air.

War Table addresses global threats and therefore, War Zone has a diverse range of missions across Marvel Universe. While trying to put back their old team, players will rebuild outposts worldwide for Factions like Resistance and S.H.I.E.L.D.

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War Zone has similar missions like campaign centered Hero Missions that pursues a unique hero story. There are shorter assignments to take on that are known as Drop Zones, where you rain on A.I.M. structure or help out Faction allies.

Taking coordinates from hidden S.H.I.E.L.D. base around the globe, one can also uncover secret location of Vaults rich with rewards. For more challenging tasks, find out Hives where A.I.M. has built a stronghold for you to conquer through force.

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Those who are looking to get into a boss fight should jump into Villain Sector missions to butt heads with some notorious bad-guys of Marvel. Chances are, you might even come across confirmed villains like Abomination and Taskmaster.

In your playthrough of Reassemble campaign and War Zone missions, you will acquire artifacts, cosmetics, gear and resources. Marvel's Avengers will allow you a wide range of costume skins, including t-shirt and jeans for The Mighty Thor.

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Through playing, you will earn experience and it would help boosting your Hero level and unique skills specific to characters. Each member of Avengers is given multiple classes of skills that can be tailored with your aesthetic playstyle.

Gears will let you enhance hero abilities and unwanted ones can be used as crafting resources or be traded for upgrades. Artifacts will do almost the same and cosmetic items are for show-off or to match with your increasing Hero Level.

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Dropping loads of information after month of radio-silence, Crystal Dynamics promises to host more War Table events in near future. Ever since first reveal, dev team has significantly changed character designs and made improvements.

Marvel's Avengers is planned for September 4, 2020 release on Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players who purchase digital or physical copies on last-gen will receive free update for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Marvel's Avengers to Get Free Next-Gen Upgrade

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will offer free upgrade for next-gen console versions for Marvel's Avengers.

Fans worldwide have been eagerly waiting for upcoming action-adventure game Marvel's Avengers from developer Crystal Dynamics, in association with Eidos Montréal and publisher Square Enix to release on September 4, 2020.

Aside from release on current-gen console systems, Marvel's Avengers will also launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this holiday season, while offering upgrade to next-gen version for no extra cost, according to Crystal Dynamics.

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Marvel's Avengers to Get Free Next-Gen Upgrade

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Square Enix plans to allow players to transfer save files from last-gen to next-gen consoles, keeping all in-game progress. In multiplayer mode, you can play alongside friends though cross-generation play between console families.

Marvel's Avengers will feature an enhanced graphics mode on next-gen consoles to offer most flowing gameplay experience. Moreover, the game will be running at 60 FPS in dynamic 4K resolution for highest quality images on screen.

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PS5 version will be using ultra-high speed SSD for faster loading time down to one or two seconds. Players will stream huge in-game worlds in real-time lightning fast speed and this is without any optimization work done so far.

When dev team will finish optimization, loading will be almost instant and you can jump into any mission anytime within moments. Plus, there is enhanced 3D audio with advanced haptics and trigger feedback of DualSense controller.

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In early stage of graphical improvements, players will notice increase in details and texture resolution. Crystal Dynamics has further plans to use more advanced features of next-gen systems in future depending on player reactions.

Marvel's Avengers is coming to Google Stadia, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Whether you make a digital or physical purchase, you will receive a free update for next-gen with all enhancements.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Hitman: Absolution Free on GOG Now

GOG is closing off Summer Sale 2020 with a free copy of Hitman: Absolution in free giveaway for next three days.

As many of you already know by now, digital distribution outlet GOG is having Summer Sale 2020 that started last month offering a curated collection of AAA-titles for exclusive discounted price of up to 90%, which is near its end.

As ongoing sale is about to close down soon, GOG is offering a free copy of 2012 stealth action-adventure title Hitman: Absolution, available until June 15, 6:00 AM PT/9:00 AM EDT and its DRM-free as part of weekend promotion.

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Hitman: Absolution Free on GOG Now

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Before delving into a soft reboot and an episodic adventure format, developer IO Interactive attempted to try something different with Absolution by moving away from what made its predecessor Hitman: Blood Money successful.

With recent announcement of Hitman III at PlayStation 5 Reveal Event, players now have a chance to experience one of the most divisive titles in long-running Hitman series and keep them busy until its release on January 2021.

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Meanwhile, GOG is putting a huge discount deal of 80% off on Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 3: Contracts and Hitman 2: Silent Assassin to let you explore further into world of assassination with Agent 47 for cheap.

Hitman: Absolution can be claimed from official GOG webpage or simply log into GOG Galaxy 2.0 client. Since this limited time offer will only last for 72 hours, players who want to give it a shot for free should hurry up before it's late.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition Free on PS4 Now

Square Enix is giving away free copies of Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, critically-acclaimed MMORPG for PS4.

For those who always wanted to join massively multiplayer online role-playing world of Final Fantasy XIV but never did are in luck as developer/publisher Square Enix is giving Starter Edition of the game for free at PlayStation Store.

Starting from right now, Square Enix is giving away PlayStation 4 version of FF XIV Online Starter Edition for free to claim on PlayStation Network in a limited time promotional offer that will last until May 26, 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM EDT.

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Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition Free on PS4 Now

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Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition to feature only A Realm Reborn base game and not additional DLC expansion packs. Usually sold for a price tag of $19.99 only, "Starter Edition" is offered with 30 days of free subscription.

So, you will have to purchase Heavensward, Stormblood and Shadowbringers if you want to progress ahead of campaign mode. When you are done playing A Realm Reborn part of FFXIV, tag along with a friend to join quest together.

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FF XIV Online supports cross-platform play and therefore, players on PC platforms can join up with PS4 community. Starter Edition is a pass to get in and see for yourself whether you are willing to invest yourself into hours of adventures.

A Realm Reborn takes you to fantasy land of Eorzea where you can choose your character to explore quests, dungeons, raids and more. A single character can access any and all class or job up to level 50 with no other restrictions.

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Final Fantasy XIV Online promotional giveaway deal from Square Enix is currently available on Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and a few other select regions only.

A paid subscription is required when your 30 days free trial for Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition is finally over. A Realm Reborn is a perfect starting point for new players who want to dive into a great MMORPG experience for free.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is Best-Selling Game of April 2020

Only within a month of release, Final Fantasy VII Remake becomes top-selling game for the month of April 2020.

It was revealed through an official announcement last month that newly released action role-playing game Final Fantasy VII Remake from developer/publisher Square Enix has become fastest-selling PlayStation 4-exclusive ever.

Even amidst middle of COVID-19 global pandemic, FFVII Remake has sold over 3.5 million units in just three days and according to a latest sales figures report from NPD, Final Fantasy VII is currently the best-selling game of April 2020.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake is Best-Selling Game of April 2020

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NPD has released sales figures for video games in April 2020 today that shows a major increase in sales up to 55%, where titles like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was topped by Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Square Enix's 1997 classic JRPG remake is already third best-selling game of year 2020 overall behind Modern Warfare and New Horizons, which also broke franchise launch month record previously set by Final Fantasy XV in 2016.

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Fans throughout worldwide have lost their collective minds when Final Fantasy VII Remake was originally announced back in E3 2015 for PS4 and they all waited for long without any official word from Square Enix to reveal its release.

It took multiple delays for FF VII Remake to finally arrive after five long years and has managed to impress everyone with its updated look. Fans of original Final Fantasy VII and newcomers have cordially embraced its modern take.

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Square Enix has a series of titles planned for future to follow up first installment of FF7 Remake and expand its lore. A second part is on planning stage now and game co-director Tetsuya Nomura hopes to release next chapter a bit earlier.

Numbers revealed by NPD also adds up with early reports of Final Fantasy VII Remake selling more than 3.5 million units worldwide. Given how much fans and critics have appreciated FF VII, its impressive sales is not much of a surprise.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

Brand-new titles DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and much more are joining Xbox Game Pass lineup in May.

Even before arrival of April 2020, some upcoming anticipated games were announced by Microsoft Studios in advance for Xbox Game Pass lineup on both PC and Xbox One this month to keep you busy having some fun time.

Game Pass Ultimate is available to sign up right now for $1 only, allowing you access to an ever so expansive library of games. Plus, there will be additional perks for members and trial offers on Free Play Days event every weekend.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add DayZ, Final Fantasy IX, Halo 2 and More

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DayZ | Console, Ultimate
Try to test your luck surviving in open-world survival game DayZ from developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive. Players will find themselves in a post-soviet country of Chernarus, where most of the people have turned into zombies.

Society has collapsed and a few remaining survivors are being hostile at each other over scarce resources. Your only goal is to stay alive somehow with any means necessary by thinking smart as there is no second chance for any mistakes.

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DayZ on Xbox Game Pass

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Endless Legend | PC, Ultimate
Set in a fantasy premise, turn-based strategy game Endless Legend from developer Amplitude Studios and publisher Iceberg Interactive tasks you to engage in survival of a planet and its populace with limited manpower and resources.

Chose and then lead your people from one of eight civilizations during cold seasons and explore randomly generated worlds. Crack down on small rebellion and prepare your brave warriors to face an unknown threat upon Auriga at any time.

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Endless Legend on Xbox Game Pass

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Final Fantasy IX | Console, PC, Ultimate
One of the best entries in Final Fantasy series, role-playing video game Final Fantasy IX goes back to franchise roots with an epic story featuring characters that you can relate to and they will engage in battles to culminate a grand finale.

You play as Zidane Tribal, who plans on kidnapping princess Garnet of Alexandria with aid from his group of bandits but she was already planning to flee home and they ended up joining to her cause of stopping her mother, Queen Brahne.

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Final Fantasy IX on Xbox Game Pass

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Fractured Minds | Console, Ultimate
Dealing with anxiety and using her own love for gaming, British game designer Emily Mitchell developed puzzle role-playing game Fractured Minds at age 17 to send out a note of empathy to people who shares similar mental issues.

Players will be in control of an unknown protagonist character who would deal with a number of emotional challenges through different chapters in first-person, each sharing a vital message regarding support for mental health issues.

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Fractured Minds on Xbox Game Pass

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Halo: Master Chief Collection: Halo 2 | PC, Ultimate
After 16 years of its original debut, 2004 acclaimed first-person shooter game Halo 2: Anniversary joins Game Pass as part of Halo: Master Chief Collection alongside other series titles to build up anticipation for Halo Infinite.

After first Halo ring gets destroyed, Master Chief returns to Earth for a sequel to fight against an invasion of a Covenant fleet. He learns about very dark secrets amidst battle that will change ongoing Human/Covenant conflict forever.

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Halo 2: Anniversary on Xbox Game Pass

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Red Dead Redemption 2 | Console, Ultimate
Arguably one of the best tales of Wild West in recent gaming history, 2018 action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 by developer/publisher Rockstar Games marks third installment of Red Dead series, focused on outlaw Arthur Morgan.

Arthur and his associates in Van der Linde gang led by Dutch gets into conflict with wrong people and are forced to leave Blackwater town. Trouble will follow around and Morgan tries to protect his chosen family with best of his efforts.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox Game Pass

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Games that are leaving Game Pass by May 15 are Doom, Grand Theft Auto V, Imperator: Rome, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Banner Saga, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and more but you can own them at 20% off before they are out.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can listen to six months of ad-free music on Spotify Premium as their latest perk. Subscribers from other countries out of United States can enjoy the promotional offer for three months only.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Becomes Fastest-Selling PS4-Exclusive Ever

Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy VII Remake has sold over 3.5 million copies within three days of launch.

After many years of anticipation, action role-playing game Final Fantasy VII Remake from developer/publisher Square Enix has finally been launched for PlayStation 4 console earlier this month, amidst a global pandemic of COVID-19.

Despite having a chaotic release schedule due to recent crisis of Coronavirus outbreak, FFVII Remake has managed to sell 3.5 million units worldwide in first three days of its launch and became fastest-selling PlayStation 4-exclusive ever.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Becomes Fastest-Selling PS4-Exclusive Ever

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Because of current international situation, many retailers didn't receive their copy of the game before release. Remake of Final Fantasy 7 quickly sold out in many retail stores of Australia and Europe as it was available for purchase early.

However, fans throughout the world were frustrated when Square Enix refused to release Final Fantasy 7 Remake early on PlayStation Store, which left many of them unable to play it on time and some receiving copies earlier than expected.

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This unexpected delivery mishap was a minor obstacle for success of Final Fantasy VII, according to official press release. In fact, overall numbers including digital and physical sales were more than previously expected 2.3 million units.

Even before crossing its launch week, FF7 has beaten previous set record of 3.3 million sales by Marvel's Spider-Man. Hopefully, its impressive sales figure will easily be toppled when The Last of Us Part II will finally come out at long last.

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Now that almost everyone is forced into self-isolation and practicing social-distancing, people have a lot of spare time. Physical copies were sold out in many regions as fans have rushed to nearby stores to grab a copy before stocks ran out.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is released as a timed exclusive title for PlayStation 4, which ends on April 10, 2021. Square Enix is very much likely to announce a PC version then as well as an upgraded port for Sony's next-gen console PlayStation 5.