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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mortal Kombat Movie Will Be R-Rated

Screenwriter reveals upcoming Mortal Kombat movie reboot will be "R-Rated" and feature gory fatalities.

Despite previous attempts of making a live-action movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat fighting game series has remain unsuccessful, Warner Bros. is already on board with a franchise reboot that is currently set to release on March 5, 2021.

Most recently, casting report of actor Joe Taslim (Fast & Furious 6, The Night Comes for Us) in role of Sub-Zero came out and now, screenwriter Greg Russo (Death Note 2, Resident Evil Reboot) reveals the film to be R-rated, featuring fatalities.

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Mortal Kombat Movie Will Be R-Rated

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A distinct aspect of MK series of games is being extremely gory when it comes to execute fatality, a finishing move that ends your opponent in most violent way possible by either burning alive, stabbing their guts out or smash heads.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the most recent installment of its long-running series and has some classic fatality moves returned as well as including new ones for newly debuted fighters like Cetrion, Geras, Kollector and boss character Kronika.

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Although Greg Russo has confirmed upcoming MK movie to be R-Rated and have fatalities, he didn't mention which ones will be included.



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Since original Mortal Kombat game from 1992 has caused controversy for graphic violence and pushed a rating system, it actually makes sense for a modern day MK movie to have an R-rating as it is probably going to include some bloody fatalities.

In 1995, director Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Death Race) was in charge of first Mortal Kombat film that ended up receiving a PG-13 rating and while it was commercially successful, critics have panned the movie.

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Simon McQuoid has been hired to direct and James Wan (Aquaman, The Conjuring) is serving as a producer. An official plot synopsis is not out yet but Russo claimed to stay true to MK legacy while making slight change to fit a modern narrative.

Filming for upcoming Mortal Kombat movie reboot is currently ongoing but Warner Bros. or New Line Cinema has yet to reveal a full cast for its iconic roster. Maybe they will be generous enough to fans by revealing who is playing Scorpion up next!

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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Kickstarter backers will not receive Shenmue III pre-order content for free upon launch but sure can pay for it.

If debacles created around upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Shenmue III was not enough by now, we have more disappointing news at hand for backers who funded creator Yu Suzuki on Kickstarter to make this project successful.

Going Epic Games Store-exclusive was bad enough for many fans on PC but in a latest crowdfunding update, developer Ys Net also states that backer are not receiving pre-order content included in Deluxe Edition, unless they pay for it.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

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Apart from going timed exclusive at Epic Store, it was announced at E3 2019 that developers are now working on post-launch content and they are likely to be added as pre-order bonuses or be included in Deluxe Edition and Season Pass.

Even though people who funds projects on Kickstarter receive some extra incentive limited for them as an appreciation for their support, Ys Net decided to completely deny them of any extra content and that includes higher tier backers as well.

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When someone at ResetEra forum asked for a response from YS Net about Season Pass, they had the following to say.

Dear Antonio,
We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.
Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.
A season pass is not included.
Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.
There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.
Sincerely,
The Shenmue III Team

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According to their statement, backers are still getting some exclusive content respectively unique to Kickstarter and Slacker Backer version. Nevertheless, if you are so willing to enjoy post-launch content for Shenmue III, pay for it.

Though it was probably a decision made by publisher Deep Silver but Yu Suzuki has clearly forgotten how for all those backers who showed up pledging their support to his KS project at first hour has gotten major companies getting involved.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

A considerable faction of backers who gave their money to Suzuki and his company Ys Net for a copy of the game on Steam upon release now either has to wait a year if they are unwilling to install Epic Games launcher on their PC.

Although they were originally denied any refunds by Ys Net for this change, which created a major backlash and possibly had some lawsuits incoming but CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney came offering a full refund for damage control.

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Suzuki revealed in a recent interview during PC Gaming Show 2019 that the game won't even be covering Ryo's complete story but only 40% of it, which means he already has plans for one or two more upcoming sequels in mind.

Given how his backers are scammed out of what they are promised in early phase of Shenmue III, his reputation is literally tarnished and he surely will face trouble gathering funds for next Shenmue game without Epic Games or Sony backing him.

Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Let You Attack Children or Story NPC

Although you can fight almost anyone in Night City, Cyberpunk 2077 will not let you hurt kids or NPCs related to story.

An open-world game, upcoming role-playing title Cyberpunk 2077 from developer/publisher CD Projekt Red will allow players freedom to become whoever they want to be as player character V or do almost whatever they wish to do in Night City.

People can hurt others or even take on a role of a pacifist by not killing anyone at all and yet complete all tasks. Despite having very little in-game player restrictions, you won't be able to violently attack any children or NPCs essential to story.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Won't Let You Attack Children or Story NPC

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Of course there are people that come after you and you have to fight back or there are gang members and corporate jerks that you would want to give a beating but there are still limits to who you can or cannot physically harm.

So, if you are intend to be aggressive towards everyone around you or go on a murderous spree, children and NPCs important to game story will be protected, according to a recent response on Reddit from a CDPR representative.

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In-Game Player Restrictions

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Also, trying to aggressive and antagonize folks have their unique consequences; especially if you decide to pick a fight with gangs or start causing trouble in a police-controlled area, they sure would react and even come after you.

Previously, developer/publisher Bethesda made it so that players of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim would not be able to hurt or kill children by making them unkillable to do away with problematic portrayals of any violence against children.

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CDPR actually took a pretty thoughtful step to avoid further unnecessary debacle regarding people getting upset over sensitive subjects as child abuse in a video game by protecting them while making almost everyone else fair game.

CD Projekt Red has already been in controversies regarding transgender representation and minority groups in Cyberpunk 2077 but creator Mike Pondsmith, who came to their defense suggesting the studio is paying proper respect to cultural difference.

Amazon Making New Lord of the Rings Game

Amazon Game Studios is working on new Lord of the Rings video game, which is separate from their TV show.

In early 2017, Amazon announced a Lord of the Rings prequel TV show based on original works of J.R.R. Tolkien for Amazon Prime after paying a whooping $250 million dollars to obtain rights of this r beloved fantasy property franchise.

Recently, Amazon Game Studios has revealed that a LotR video game is currently in works, which will be a free-to-play massively multiplayer online experience for consoles and PC platform but won't be tied to upcoming TV series.

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Amazon Making New Lord of the Rings Game

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Last year, Athlon Games have announced working on a LotR title and Amazon has now taken over that project by partnering with their holding company Leyou, owner of Warframe game developer/publisher Digital Extremes.

A team of veteran developers who previously worked on games like Destiny, Everquest, Planetside, World of Warcraft, and more are in charge of forthcoming sandbox survival game New World will now be leading the game.

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In a recent statement, Chrisoph Hartman of Amazon Game Studios had the following to say about this project at hand.

Tolkein's Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing New World — tremendous opportunity to play and create.

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Typically, MMO titles are complex in nature and needs constant updates for its player base to sustain it in long-run. If done correctly, this game can be a huge milestone for genre when it eventually comes out for next generation of consoles.

Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMORPG will be set on Middle-earth from literary trilogy by Tolkien, which indicates they are going to follow source materials from original books and not Peter Jackson's immensely popular film trilogy.

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

Brand-new Nintendo Switch Lite device is announced, a cheaper, smaller version of Switch for handheld play.

For long, industry analysts and insiders were suggesting that Nintendo will be releasing a cheaper version for their next-gen hybrid console Nintendo Switch that came out in early 2017 and turns out, they were actually right.

Fans have been anticipating and requesting a smaller version focused on handheld gameplay ever since the inception of Switch. Today, Nintendo Switch Lite is finally revealed to be newest addition to Nintendo family of consoles.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Announced

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Currently scheduled to see launch on September 20, 2019, Switch Lite will be priced $199.99 only. Having almost all features of original device, no detachable Joy-Con controllers will be part of Lite despite having "Switch" as its middle name.

Whereas the original device weighs for 0.65 pounds, Lite system will come in light at 0.61 pounds and offers 3 to 7 hours of gameplay in terms of battery capacity, compared to 2.5 to 6.5 hours of lasting time for Nintendo Switch.

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Its design is entirely focused on being a portable hardware that comes out in one piece just like Game Boy or Nintendo DS systems from past. Though you can take it anywhere you want but can't connect it to a TV to enjoy big-screen play.

However, players can still get external Joy-Con support and hook up Switch Pro Controller as well. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC are sill retained with a vast Nintendo Switch library of games that supports handheld mode except some.

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Adding a new system to their extended family of devices, Nintendo offered an overview of Nintendo Switch Lite.




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Instead of becoming a replacement for Switch, some noticeable improvements on battery life, design area and a lower price point will offer a much accessible approach towards Switch library through Lite for a larger audience.

Nintendo Switch Lite marks the first revision for Switch console, expected to be available in yellow, gray and turquoise color. November 8, 2019 would see launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield special version of Lite, a week before the game arrives.