Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda screenshots 2

Everyone’s suspicions were confirmed over the weekend, as BioWare posted an ‘Update from the Studio’ on the future for the Mass Effect: Andromeda story, to whit: there is no future for it. At least not as far as the videogame goes.

The post reads, ‘With each patch, you let us kcurrently we were heading in the right direction, and we’re grateful to everyone who joined us on this journey. We’re proud of what we created, and we hope you enjoyed it as well.’

‘Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-videogame story content.’

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World of Tanks Screenshots

Micro$oft announced at Gamescom 2017 that World of Tanks is getting an upgrade to 4K on the XBox One X. This visual update to the videogame follows the news of the upcoming update that’ll add a single-player campaign to the videogame, titled War Stories.

There’ll be two missions to play through initially: in one of these the player will be a tank in the Red Army on the Eastern Front repelling those terrible Nazis, while in the other mission the player will take control of a British tank, tasked with taking supplies to East Germany. 

Players will be able to play the War Stories mode in single-player or cooperatively. Wargaming is also adding a new tank guide to help players get to grips with the controls and ease themselves into the videogame. This addition will be the first in a number of new campaigns that will be added to War Stories.

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Imagem Xbox Design Lab

Micro$oft has this fantastic wee programme called the XBox Design Lab, which allows you to create custom XBox One game controllers for £70 a throw. The programme, up until currently, has only been available in limited number of countries, but that’s all going to change. Micro$oft has announced that it’s expanding its program by 24 European countries from August 22. 

From tomorrow, the following countries will be able to order their own unique custom game controller (or even purchase someone else’s designs) through their local language websites: 

Furthermore, those European Union websites will also ship to the following countries: Bulgaria 

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Cuphead Screenshots

Micro$oft has released a short and sweet montage for its new and upcoming ID@XBox videogames. So far around 600 titles have been released as a result of the ID@XBox program, so it’s been pretty good in that regard.

There are around 1500 ID@XBox videogames in development at the moment, so this could be a lengthy one if it included them all. Thankfully the montage concentrates on 14 titles that have recently been released and those that should be coming in the next year, including streamers’ favorite Hello Neighbour, Fable Fortune, and Fullbright’s latest Tacoma.

And some people say the XBox One has no videogames, tsk. ID@XBox is Micro$oft‘s programme that allows creators to self-publish their videogames on XBox and Windows PC, and it recently celebrated its fourth birthday! Happy Birthday, ID@XBox!

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Xbox One X

Micro$oft has updated the list of videogames that are receiving XBox One X enhancements. These videogames are in addition to the 40-odd that were confirmed as getting enhancements at E3 2017, so all together Micro$oft has got over 100 videogames confirmed as getting 4K support on the XBox One X.

This additional list will hopefully go to placating some of those feeling a bit down by the current absence of actual XBox One X launch titles (what’s wrong with Super Lucky’s Tale, folks?). Currently there’s no complete info on which videogames will be running at native 4K and which will use ‘checkerboard’ 4K.

Not all of these titles will be available immediately out of the gate, but it’s comforting to kcurrently that some of the videogames we could have already played are getting a nice wee spruce up.

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Feature: Forget Hellblade’s permadeath, games lie to us all the time, and it’s good when they do

Hellblade screenshots

This article has some mild to severe spoilers for the following videogames: Gone Home; Knights of the Old Republic; Heavy Rain; Spec Ops: The Line; Call of Duty: Black Ops II; The Beginner’s Guide; Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors; Frog Fractions; and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

A couple of weeks ago, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was released, and as the review embargo broke people shared the information that it had a mechanic whereby, if you died too often, Senua would not be able to continue and ‘all progress will be lost’, which was interpreted as meaning the videogame would wipe your save file. This was apparently a huge deal to some people. Words like ‘anti-consumer’ were thrown around. I didn’t quite understand, since that was basically how videogames worked originally anyway, and when something like Dark Souls wipes away a load of your progress and reduces your max HP every time you die it isn’t being ‘anti-consumer’ but ‘the best thing ever, git gud you scrub.’ 

Then it turned out that, in fact, that probably doesn’t happen in Hellblade, and it only says that to scare you and take the threat that Senua feels importantly, and people were angry about that as well, for some reason. But I think that the fact it was a lie makes it better, or at least confirms Ninja Theory is very smart in how it lied to us.

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News: Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom gets a new trailer for Gamescom 2017

Ni no Kuni 2 Screenshots

Bandai Namco has revealed a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom just in time for Gamescom 2017. The trailer showcases the videogame’s new combat system for dynamic battles alongside Level-5’s emotional story. Get the tissues ready, I’ve got something in my eye.

The events of Ni No Kuni II are set hundreds of years after the original videogame and feature an all-new cast of characters in a new story, with players taking control of Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a young usurped king of the cat tribe, as he sets out on an adventure to reclaim his kingdom. He bands together with Roland, a visitor from another world, and Tani, the daughter of the boss of air pirates. I just want to clarify, yes he actually was the king of the cat tribe.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is due for release on January 19, 2018 on PlayStation 4 and PC.

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News: PES 2018 signs up David Beckham as a PES Legend Ambassador

David Beckham PES 2018

Konami has announced that it’s signed an exclusive deal with David Beckham to become a PES Legend Ambassador. The Manchester United and England superstar will appear in PES 2018 in the videogames myClub mode. He joins Diego ‘Hand of God’ Maradona as the two announced PES 2018 Legends so far.

Beckham’s career is represented in five different stages, beginning with his years at the most successful English football team Manchester United, his four years as a Galactico at Real Madrid, his two loan periods playing for AC Milan, and when he was breaking down barriers in the USA at LA Galaxy. PES 2018 will no doubt highlight his success as an England captain, including ‘that moment’ against Greece in the World Cup qualifiers. Weirdly the Preston North End era seems to have been omitted.

Becks is so chuffed that he can take a break from starring in sub-par Guy Ritchie movies for a while, he said, ‘It’s a awesome honour to join the roster of legends that work with Konami as PES Ambassadors, I look forward to seeing my career represented in this fantastic videogame, and working with such a talented team of people who obviously love football as much as I do’.

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News: Ex- IO Interactive devs show gameplay from their new game Echo

ECHO Screenshots

Ultra Ultra, the Danish studio founded by former developers from IO Interactive, has revealed a new video for its debut title, a third-person sci-fi adventure called Echo. The developers have put together a short let’s play through one of the levels showing off some videogameplay elements. What follows is a mixture of stealth, combat and a look at how the videogame’s evolving AI will try and halt the player’s progress.

Narrated by Ultra Ultra’s CEO and videogame director Martin Emborg, and videogame and level designer Morten Hedegren, the 11-minute video follows the protagonist, En, as she makes her way through the Palace. Martin and Morten infiltrate a room in the Palace, whilst avoiding the Echoes of En that have learnt from her actions and play style, evolving and adapting, forcing the duo to adjust how they complete the level.

Echo is a character-driven story focusing on exploration and the world of Echo. The protagonist En has been tasked with a mission to recover a long lost lifeform from a legendary place kcurrentlyn as the Palace. En fast comes to realise that the Palace is not just a static location, but is infact a malevolent being that’s actively studying her, following her actions and using this kcurrentlyledge to impede her progress by creating Echoes. These Echoes mimic En’s previous approach methods and will change their actions and tactics according to how the player takes to the levels in the videogame.

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News: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will come out in January 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Screenshots

Square Enix has announced that its arena fighting videogame, Dissidia FinalFantasy NT, will be released in Europe on January 30, 2018. In addition to this, Square Enix, also announced there’d be an Ultimate Collector’s Edition and a Limited Edition steelbook version of the videogame. Not content with sharing all this good news, the developer and publisher revealed a guide video for the videogame to give an in-depth look at the tactical elements of the team-based brawler. ‘Marlene, let’s go’.

Dissidia FinalFantasy NT’s Limited Edition comes with a steelbook and exclusive artwork of the videogame’s heroes and villains. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will come with everything from the Limited Edition as well as a collector’s box, a 21cm tall Warrior of Light bust figurine, the official soundtrack, an 80-page artbook, and the Dissidia FinalFantasy NT season pass that grants access to six new characters and post launch content. Fans can also pre-order the videogame onlinely from the PlayStation Store and receive an exclusive theme, plus the Nail Bat for Cloud Strife.

Square Enix has previously announced that selected PlayStation 4 players would be able to take part in a closed beta test for Dissidia FinalFantasy NT from August 26, until September 4. Registration for this beta closed on August 15.

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