Showing posts with label Third-Person Shooter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Third-Person Shooter. Show all posts

Monday, September 16, 2019

Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

Days within release, Gears 5 breaks records as biggest launch for any Xbox Game Studios game this generation.

Building up a lot of hype from E3 2018 announcement, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios have released third-person shooter game Gears 5 this holiday season on PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Latest from fan-favorite Gears of War franchise, the game broke all previous sales records and now has become biggest launch title of current generation Xbox home consoles in its opening weekend without any sign of slowing down.

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Gears 5 Breaks Xbox Game Studios Launch Record

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It marks the biggest launch week for Xbox Game Studios (formerly known as Microsoft Studios) by drawing more than three million players, which is double in count from Gears of War 4 debut week and most played than Halo 4.

Players who purchased Gears 5 Ultimate Edition or subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service got four-day early access from September 6 even though many were not able to connect to due to issues with Xbox Live Gold service.

RELATED: Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

Not only are they making impressive sales on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass monthly service but numbers have almost tripled on PC compared to its predecessor title from 2016, making the game largest debut for its publisher till date.

Story of Gears 5 continues from where it left of in last game and follows protagonist Kait Diaz on a personal journey to Sera. Aside from open-world campaign, beloved Horde Mode makes a return alongside crossover with Halo: Reach and more.

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Hit With Critics and Fans

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When looking at these numbers, we must also keep in mind that numbers were increased on some level from subscription services, Xbox One X and Xbox One S console bundle most of which didn't exist when Gears of War 4 came out.

Since many number of Gears 5 players never purchased the game directly will complicate sales number and player count. Nevertheless, critics and fans are really enjoying their experience and it even got sixth best Metacritic user score for an Xbox title.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

PopCap Games and Electronic Arts revealed Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, out now on major platforms.

Earlier in July, developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts has announced free-to-play mobile game Plants Vs. Zombies 3 on Google Play store from their popular strategy tower defense franchise Plants Vs. Zombies.

It was leaked back in April 2019 that Garden Warfare series will release a new title but then EA revealed and launched their latest third-person shooter game Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville at once on September 4, 2019.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

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Following a 24-hour countdown on social media, PvZ: Battle for Neighborville is released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is more of an early access version of the game that will be adding features and new modes over time.

For next six weeks, EA will drop content for their newest multiplayer shooter from PvZ series, which is out now for purchase for $29.99 only as Founder's Edition until it gets full release on October 18 as Standard Edition for $39.99.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Founder's Edition

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By time when Battle for Neighborville becomes fully available to play, both versions will have access to all contents. However, some cosmetic rewards are solely exclusive for owners of Founder's Edition for jumping in early.

Many aspects that made their past class-based shooter games successful will be re-invented to fit their new gameplay mechanics. A social hub called Town Center is where you go battling enemies, interacting with NPCs or to find collectibles.

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A brand-new official trailer offers some gameplay features and welcomes you to Neighborville for some crazy time.




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Earlier in a presentation, PopCap reveals at Gamescom 2019 that PvZ: BfN to have ten classes of Plants and Zombies including some fan-favorite heroes from Garden Warfare series like Captain Deadbeard, Citron and Kernel Corn.

There is a ninja mushroom named Night Cap specialized in stealth attacks and a flame spraying attack class called Snapdragon. 80s Action Hero is all about exploding stuffs whereas Space Cadet zombie class can form a space station.

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Welcome to Neighborville

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First PvP game mode to go live in Founder's Edition is Turf Takeover where up to 24 players play for an objective. Then 8v8 mode Team Vanquish will be making a return along with anticipated comeback of PvE horde mode Garden Ops.

One particular area Plants vs. Zombies: BfN do not wish to venture is Battle Royale, albeit of some fan-expectation, because either of Plants or Zombies don't fight their own kind and making that would be canonically wrong.

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Founder's Edition Content Roadmap

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Although there are some premium in-game currency in there, EA representatives strongly emphasized on the fact that there will not be any loot box micro-transactions but players can but every item from Rux's Emporium cosmetics shop.

EA taking an early access approach for Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville like indie studios doesn't make much sense from a financial point but it would eventually help them launch a less bug-filled and more polished game.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

WWE superstar Dave Bautista will be joining as a multiplayer character for Gears 5 on September 15, 2019.

For long, fans have been petitioning for Hollywood megastar Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre) to be included in Gears of War live-action movie adaptation that has been under development for many years.

Now that the third-person shooter game series is returning with upcoming mainline title Gears 5, this former WWE superstar is joining as a playable character from September 15, 2019, after WWE pay-per-view event Clash of Champions.

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Dave Bautista Joins Gears 5

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Bautista has taken his Twitter account to announce this exciting news through a teaser trailer of his appearance.


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Dave Bautista will be joining for multiplayer mode of Gears 5 as part of a promotion for WWE and game director Rod Fergusson was in charge of his overall performance and recording more than seven hundred lines for this role.

Although Universal Pictures still working on a Gears of War movie, developer studio The Coalition wanted to put Bautista in shoes of Marcus Fenix wearing his iconic COG armor, which has remained a dream role for him to play.

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Batista as Marcus

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Most of his lines were inspired from Marcus' script but his voice performance reflected largely on "The Animal" persona of his. His character will be wearing a pair of signature Hollywood shades when stomping into enemy Swarms.

Purchasing any version of Gears 5 including Xbox Game Pass membership will unlock Bautista on September 15. WWE has partnered up with Xbox for a special countdown for him to be available in-game and this promotion will run until October 28. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

The Coalition revealed campaign story and wave-based Horde mode for Gears 5 at opening night live of Gamescom 2019.

In a few weeks, upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 from developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios will see worldwide launch on September 10, 2019 for PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Back in at E3 2019, development team promised to reveal Horde mode during Gamescom 2019 and today, much more are coming. Since story of the game is focused on protagonist Kait Diaz, what better way to start without campaign trailer?

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Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

Gears 5 story campaign trailer shows Kait going through personal dark secret and a dangerous threat upon them.




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For long, Kait has been struggling to understand her mysterious connection with their enemy and so, she took on a personal journey to Sera. As she already is haunted by a dark vision, her squad struggles to fight oncoming Swarms.

Another terrifying enemy called Swarm Leeches shows up in full-appearance to display their ability to chew through metal armor. "Head like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails play in background score while Kait having flashback to dark past.

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As promised by developers earlier, Horde mode saw official reveal today during Gamescom 2019 event.




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Iconic multiplayer mode from Gears of War series, Horde is back and it has evolved for better by focusing onto a character-based gameplay mechanics that offers unique legacy, personality, play style and progression for each one.

This five-player mode features Ultimate abilities for each playable-character such as JD calling for air strikes, Kait can use a cloak to go beyond enemy lines and take them out or X-ray vision that lets Fahz see targets through walls.

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Horde mode will require you to use all of these abilities to survive and even allows you play as flying support bot, Jack. Playing with him is unlike any other Gears heroes since he doesn't need any cover and can heal players nearby.

Also, he can make enemies fight each other by using his ability to hijack one of them and that makes him really useful in battle. Newly added Power Taps mechanic will let players to move around bases for power and rewards.

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Then in a surprise addition, Halo: Reach character pack is unveiled to debut valiant Spartans into world of Gears.




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From Xbox briefing event at E3 2019, we learned that Gears 5 will be having a crossover with upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate live-action movie but for Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson, that simply wasn't big enough for upcoming title.

So, he decided to call in for Halo: Reach from another fan-favorite game franchise of Microsoft Studios to join them in their upcoming Locust hunt. Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Noble Team are joining Gears heroes in battle soon.

Halo: Reach Comes to Gears 5

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Both Emile and Kat will have their very own Ultimate abilities in Horde mode just like any other playable characters. Players can also access them in other available modes of the upcoming cover-based shooter, including Escape.

Halo: Reach character pack comes exclusively with Ultimate Edition of the game or a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. This might not be the exact crossover that Xbox players have asked for but are getting anyways.

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There are a wide range of Reach-themed cosmetics like skin, banner, blood Spray, mark and even weapon set for Jack. A recent collaboration with clothing line A Bathing Ape brings more exclusive items such as Red Camo banner and Moonface mark.

Dropping on September 6, Gears 5 x AAPE Customization pack will feature character skin for Kait Diaz that comes in Blue Camo hoodie, Black Camo weapon set and other cosmetics like AAPE banner, blood Spray and Moonface mark.

Gears 5 x AAPE Customization Pack

RELATED: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

Showing up on biggest gaming show in Europe, Rod Ferguson has received honorable "Best Xbox One Game" award on behalf of everyone from Coalition development team for Gears 5 at Gamescom 2019 opening night live.

Of course you can jump in four days earlier than global release on September 10 with a membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or just by purchasing a copy of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition to join your squad from September 6, 2019.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

The Coalition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to arrange Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway only for fans with U.S.

We are now less than a month away from debut of upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere but members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can start from September 6.

Ahead of its launch, developer The Coalition offers Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway for fans in association with Game Pass Ultimate. One lucky winner from U.S. will meet their development team in Vancouver for hands-on gameplay experience.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

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Then grand prize winner of the giveaway contest will receive Collector's Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Gears of War-themed merchandise, Rockstar energy drinks and limited-edition Gears 5 Xbox One X bundle worth $499.

This console package comes with Ultimate Edition download of the game, Kait Diaz limited edition Xbox wireless controller and more. If you are interested to try our luck to win those goodies, then join in for Gears Quest right now.

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All you have to do is complete any achievements from any Gears of War title from Xbox Game Pass library between August 14 and September 2 to enter and being a member of Game Pass Ultimate subscription service is a must to participate.

If you don't have membership to Game Pass Ultimate and want to catch up with your squad 4 days early before release, then sign up today for a monthly low price of just $1 now or just purchase Gears 5 Ultimate Edition for $79.99 only.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Tale of the Taco Update

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 introduces "Tale of the Taco" weekly event series in a latest update.

If you haven't been playing third-person shooter title Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 by developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts for some time, it would be a nice time to get back at it for some new event.

In a latest update Tale of the Taco, a series of awesome community challenges unfold that involves more plants shooting up zombies in the name of lawn defense and is available for players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Tale of the Taco Update

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Years ago, Crazy Dave has created a giant taco out of his love for the food and then launched it onto outer space. That tortilla fold is coming back now with intent to crush land on Town Hall and unleash crispy havoc among all.

This sudden arrival of space taco has brought us a series of community challenges that would be running for weeks and offer rewards. Starting from July 16, Tale of the Taco would continue for all PVZ: GW2 players until September 2, 2019.

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Rain of Flavors Challenge

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During this time period, players would take on different challenged each week in GW2 and earn unique rewards upon completion. Whenever a new challenge is on, you can check on set goals and made progress in Progress-O-Meter.

Rain of Flavors is a variation of Suburbination mode where ice cream cones will randomly fall on places from sky and then explode. Capture the Taco game mode is back again in Taco Panic to serve chaos over a single taco.

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Capture the Taco Mode is Back

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Then there are Dairy Disaster, Hot Headed Rumble, Devious Cheese, Snack Attack and Farewell Taco to keep you busy until it all ends. Prove your worth as a taco warrior and sow your loots in coins or legendary items within chests.

However, once a week is passed, its rewards are gone for good and no one can do anything about it. So, you probably would not want to miss any of it whenever they are ongoing and enjoy full action of each eventful week.

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Tale of the Taco Event Roadmap

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Although PopCap Games and Electronic Arts originally introduced Plants Vs. Zombies to PC platform as a tower defense game in 2009, they eventually moved to third-person shooter genre for its Garden Warfare spin-off series.

Experience twists of existing modes in Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in entire Tale of the Taco community event and have fun with your buddies in amazing action-filled zombie shooting throughout this summer season.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

Versus Multiplayer tech test weekend sessions for upcoming shooter title Gears 5 will kick off on July 19.

After a spectacular showcase at E3 2019 press event, developer The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced upcoming third-person shooter Gears 5 will be arriving on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One.

Following Xbox press briefing, we had our first look at gameplay of new three player co-op mode Escape. To give players a taste of Versus Multiplayer mode before launch, weekly tech test is scheduled to start from July 19, 2019.

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Gears 5 Versus Multiplayer Tech Test Release Date

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During these weekend test sessions, players get to take part in Arcade, competitive game mode Escalation and King of the Hill. Those who are interested in sharpening their playing chops and learn new in-game mechanics can try out Bootcamp.

A brief Tour of Duty experience is featured in tech test to get new content and earn exclusive Tech Test Banner upon completing given Medals. Going further to unlock three Versus Weapon skins will require you to complete more challenges.

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If you have already placed a pre-order for Gears 5 or are a subscriber of Xbox Game Pass service, on July 17, 10 AM PDT, pre-download will be made available for you on PC and Xbox One to let you participate in tech test.

Console owners need Xbox Live Gold membership for online multiplayer but to help improve the experience for everyone, there might be some queuing. Also, recommended hardware specs for tech test on PC platform are detailed below.

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Official Tech Test PC Specs

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Online play will begin from July 19, 10 AM PDT to run till July 21, only to go live once again same time on July 26 and continue through July 29. In between test period, servers are to remain offline but tech test will be available to download.

Although Gears 5 will see Steam release for PC platform but The Coalition were quite specific about Windows Store pre-order for accessing test phase on their official announcement, which clearly indicates test sessions will not be available there. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

Coalition will not feature loot boxes or a Season Pass for their upcoming cover-based shooter game Gears 5.

Following a spectacular show at E3 2019 press conference, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced that upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 will be launching on September 10, 2019.

Apparently, they have more plans to bring change to business model of this highly anticipated title from Gears of War franchise and one of their recent statement revealed that Coalition is getting rid of all Gear Packs and Season Passes.

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Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

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In an attempt to focus on player experience, developers are making all DLC maps free and you can always earn some exclusive customization items. Escape and Versus mode will not only give you direct rewards but leaderboard placements as well.

By playing Tour of Duty, you earn character skins and other stuff to customize for completing daily challenges and rank up with seasonal medals. Nothing is pay-only and every piece of content out there is earnable through gameplay.

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Spending more time in multiplayer mode will increase rate of supply drops and your chance to get more random content. On picking a duplicate card, it will turn into scrap that can be used to upgrade character skills or crafting items.

Although purchasing supply drop content with real-world money is not an option, you can always buy in-game currency Iron to get exclusive customization from store but none of these will provide any competitive advantage or whatsoever.

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There is no randomness on your store purchases like Gear Packs and you get exactly what you see. However, buying Boost can accelerate progression like increased rate of XP gain and more frequent supply drops for a limited period.

By doing away with loot boxes and Season Passes, Gears 5 is really heading into a new direction. This cover-based shooter will be available on PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere while also featuring cross-play within Microsoft platforms.