Monthly Archives: August 2016

News: H1Z1 paused on PS4 & Xbox One as developer focuses on PC

Developer to resume console work after PC version exits Early Access.

In an update on the videogame’s website, the developer explains that it had initially hoped to ship the videogame on all three platforms this summer. But as time moved on, "it became apparent that the schedule was just too risky".<br /><br />"We were spread too thin trying to fix areas of the videogame while simultaneously getting the videogame to work on the console hardware," the developer said. "It became clear that to best line up the videogame for success was to reduce the number of variables in the equation.<br /><br />"As a result, I have decided to…

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News: Battlefield 1 beta now open to all players

Grab it on XBox One, PlayStation 4 and PC currently.

To grab it, just head to Origin, the XBox Store or PlayStation Store. The beta weighs in at 6.1GB on console, although at the time of writing Origin didn’t seem to want to tell me how big it comes in at on PC.<br /><br />The beta includes access to two multiplayer videogame modes – Conquest and Rush – plus the videogame’s ‘Sinai Desert’ map. Some users were given early access to it yesterday, so don’t be surprised if you see some players ranked slightly higher already.<br /><br />EA has yet to confirm an end date for the beta, but a rumour last week suggested it was due to…

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Feature: I crossbred a fork with a starfish and created a monster

Experimenting with genetics in a Steam Early Access videogame

Sadly I couldn’t find any active lobbies to join so I can’t speak much to the overall quality of the multiplayer, although I did try out the mode designed to play as if you’re drunk, which, to the developer’s credit, did result in your avatar moving sideways when you thought it was moving forwards, and made me physically lean away from the screen and wince in anticipation of being sick all over it. It looked like this:<br /><br />I spent most of my time breeding and inbreeding creatures in pursuit of genetic perfection in the Experimentation portion of the videogame, which is a…

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News: Humble Sierra Bundle features lots & lots of games

Valued at around $215.

As always, there are a variety of payment tiers available to buyers.<br /><br />Pay $1 (about £0.76) or more for Space Quest Collection, Phantasmagoria 1-2, Police Quest Collection, and Shiftlings. You’ll also receive a coupon for 10% off Humble Monthly for new subscribers.<br /><br />Pay more than the average of $12.58 (about £9.59) and you’ll also get Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, TimeShift, Quest for Glory 1-5, and Gabriel Knight 1-3.<br /><br />Pay $15 (about £11.44) or more for all of that plus Caesar 3-4, Geometry Wars 3:…

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News: You’re probably going to want these Super Mario-themed Hot Wheels

Nintendo cars racing to US stores currently.

The six miniature cars, themed after Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad, Peach and Bowser, are racing into North American stores currently, although we don’t yet kcurrently if there’s also plans to roll them out in the UK. If you’re in the US, expect to see them in Toys R Us, Target and Walmart.<br /><br />And they look pretty cool, right?<br /><br />But what other video videogame characters would you like to see transformed into a car? Sonic? Marcus Fenix? Kane & Lynch? Let us kcurrently in the comments below, and please do send me a tweet if you manage to pick one up.<br /><br…

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News: PS4 Slim supports faster wi-fi than current console

5GHz wifi band supported, along with existing 2.4GHz protocol.

Twitter user @shortmaneighty2 uploaded a picture of the console’s manual over the weekend, confirming that the PlayStation 4 Slim includes support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands. The current console only features support for 2.4GHz.<br /><br />Support for 5GHz should provide faster download and upload speeds to those who have the appropriate network hardware and bandwidth, although it isn’t clear from the manual if it will be limited to the older ‘N’ wi-fi protocol or newer ‘AC’ band.<br /><br />PlayStation 4 Slim has yet to be officially announced by Sony despite cropping…

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News: Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive Experience launches October, includes GZ & TPP

Plus a lot of DLC content.

Due for release on October 14, The Definitive Experience includes both stealth videogames plus additional DLC content, including Ground Zeroes’ previously console-exclusive Deja Vu and Jamais Vu missions, plus a variety of weapons, costumes and more for The Phantom Pain.<br /><br />Metal Gear Online’s ‘Cloaked In Silence’ expansion pack is thrown in, too, along with a variety of Appeal Packs.<br /><br />The videogame is set to cost 39.99 EUR, although a UK price has yet to be announced. LATEST NEWS!: It’s £34.99 in the UK.<br /><br />Source: konami.com

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News: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is this week’s No.1, but Human Revolution had ‘much stronger’ opening week

Sales of fourth Deus Ex fail to live up to predecessor.

As reported by GFK Chart-Track, Human Revolution "had a much stronger week 1" than Mankind Divided, "but launched in to a market with close to double the current installed base of the equivalent consoles (PS3/360 vs PlayStation 4/XBox One)". Exact sales figures have yet to be announced by Square Enix.<br /><br />Meanwhile, last week’s other new releases Madden NFL 17, Assetto Corsa and A.O.T. Wings of Freedom debuted at No.5, No.8 and No.10 respectively, with the physical version of Worms WMD coming in at No.39. <br /><br />Quantum Break also saw a major…

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News: Battlefield 1 beta keys are being sent out to Battlefield Insiders

Play on 4 different days and reach rank 15 to unlock bonus dog tag.

The key grants immediate access to the beta 24 hours ahead of its open launch tomorrow, and should be available to anyone who signed up to the Battlefield Insider program before August 21.<br /><br />The open beta includes two videogame modes – Conquest and Rush – and the Middle Eastern ‘Sinai Desert’ multiplayer map. Reach rank 14 and play the beta on at least four different days and you’ll unlock a special dog tag for the full videogame.<br /><br />Battlefield 1 launches on PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC on October 21.<br /><br />Source: EA

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