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EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
 

New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

As release draws near, the information ramps up.

Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...
 

Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...
 

Chivalry 2 Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive

Another Tripwire published title revealed as an EGS timed-exclusive.

The Chivalry series is making a comeback at what could be a very interesting time. Despite fierce competition from Mordhau, Torn Banner Studios announced that they are working on Chivalry 2. It will once again be a multiplayer first-person "slasher" set in medieval battlefields. The game, published by Tripwire Interactive, is targeting a 2020 release on the Epic Games Store.

The publisher confirms that, just like their previously announced title Maneater, Chivalry 2 will be a one-year timed...
 

Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

Game of Souls.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director for some of FromSoftware's most notable releases and best-selling fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin, are teaming up for a brand new action-RPG title from FromSoftware. Martin may be better known as the author behind the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for most of the entire Game of Thrones TV series. Miyazaki is best known for creating the various Souls titles, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro.

Their joint venture is called Elden Ring, an "epic fantasy title" that...
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  • Black Desert Online Revamps Savage Rift Horde Mode and Adds New AFK Rewards

    Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games announced even more changes hitting Black Desert Online today. These include some changes made to the Savage Rift horde mode along with a system that rewards players who go AFK. These changes are in addition to the Black Desert: Remastered update that hits the live servers on August 22.
    The most noteworthy change to the Savage Rift content is that the number of monster spawns has been reduced by around 40% which as a result makes each runthrough last about 20 minutes. Cooldown times for siege weapons such as the Hwacha amd Lynch Cannon have been reduced by 50% so that adventurers can shoot these powerful weapons more
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  • Daemonical Delivers Scary Asymmetrical Multiplayer Today on Steam Early Access

    Those who enjoy "frightening" PvP style games like Dead by Daylight or even Friday the 13th, probably already know about a new entry in the genre that released into Early Access today.

    It's called Daemonical and as you may have figured, it's a game of kill or be killed as a group of humans tries to complete a ritual all the while being hunted by a demon. It's a tale as old as time.

    Daemonical is available right now on Steam for $14.99 (USD). I have the gameplay details below along with the launch trailer and some new screenshots.



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  • THQ Acquires Rights to TimeSplitters and Second Sight

    THQ Acquires Rights to TimeSplitters and Second Sight

    Cue the gif of Beyonce saying "God is real" here. I am elated to say that one of my all-time favorite franchises, may actually make a comeback. This belief comes following the announcement that THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to TimeSplitters.
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  • IGN Pulls Nearly All of Filip Miucin's Prior Work as Investigation Finds Multiple Cases of Plagiarism

    If you haven't yet heard, IGN recently fired their Nintendo editor, Filip Miucin, after it came to light that he very, very closely copied a review for Dead Cells. Miucin's video review was for IGN while the review he very apparently copied was from a YouTube channel called Boomstick Gaming. Since then, most of Miucin's work at IGN has been pulled as the investigation uncovers more examples of plagiarism.

    Boomstick Gaming was the first to notice the apparent plagiarism and put up a video showing off the obvious similarities....
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  • VROOM KABOOM Released Today for PlayStation 4, PC, and Virtual Reality

    VROOM KABOOM Released Today for PlayStation 4, PC, and Virtual Reality

    A new vehicle combat game is out now and looks to cause a bit of a ruckus on the PlayStation 4, PC, and various virtual reality devices including PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive.

    The game is free-to-play but there is a $19.99 (USD; $26.99(?) on PSN) premium version. The details of which are described below showcasing the differences between the versions. You can get it via Steam or the PlayStation Store.
    VROOM KABOOM is a brand-new type of gameplay experience. A 'Tower Rush with Vehicles', the game combines elements from collectible card games, tower defense, and multiplayer online battles. Build a deck of vehicles and deploy them into battle against
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  • Warface Enters Paid Early Access on PS4 Today, F2P Release Arrives September 18

    The modern military FPS, Warface, just entered into an Early Access phase on the PlayStation 4 today. This is in preparation for the full free-to-play release on September 18. It's important to note here that if you want to join in on the Early Access phase, you will need to pony up some cash. Only the full release next month will be F2P.
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  • Death's Gambit Brings 2D Dark Souls-like Action to the PS4 and PC Today

    Death's Gambit Brings 2D Dark Souls-like Action to the PS4 and PC Today

    Death's Gambit from White Rabbit and Adult Swim Games released today to the joy of side-scrolling, action fans all over. That is assuming those fans own a PlayStation 4 or PC because those are the platforms you will need to play this brutal title.
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  • Dark Souls: Remastered Dated for October 19 Release Date on Switch

    Dark Souls: Remastered Dated for October 19 Release Date on Switch

    Despite Dark Souls: Remastered being out now for almost three months on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the Switch version has yet to really be seen. Fortunately, and perhaps finally, Bandai Namco announced that Switch owners will finally get to play the game starting on October 19, 2018.
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  • Get to Know the Strange Characters and their Strange Abilities in this New Strange Brigade Gameplay Video

    Rebellion released a new video today for Strange Brigade, their upcoming co-op shooter set in the forgotten era that is the 1930s.

    This video does feature a look at gameplay for Strange Brigade and should provide a general overview of what players can expect when they team up with up to three of their friends for some four-player co-op on August 28. Strange Brigade will be released on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on this date.

    Also, don't miss out on any of our previous coverage of Strange Brigade. There have been a decent number of videos and screenshots released prior to today's newest footage. ...
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  • Lunacy: Saint Rhodes Announced - Will Adapt the Horror to Your Play Style

    Lunacy: Saint Rhodes Announced - Will Adapt the Horror to Your Play Style

    Games that promise to adapt to your play style usually never really do what they claim. But maybe this one is different. Today, Lazarus Studio and Iceberg Interactive are announcing Lunacy: Saint Rhodes, a game that promises to adapt the horror to your play style.

    The game won't be out until 2019 though, but you can play an early gameplay demo right now courtesy of itch.io. And if you're into endorsements from YouTube personalities, you may like to hear that Markiplier called Lunacy: Saint Rhodes "a terrifying experience."
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  • Madden Franchise Surpasses 130 Million Copies Sold

    Madden Franchise Surpasses 130 Million Copies Sold

    EA just informed us that the entirety of the Madden NFL franchise has surpassed 130 million units sold. The first Madden game was called John Madden Football and it was originally released on MS-DOS. Most current players probably have no idea what in the world DOS even is.

    Since then it has come out on platforms such as the Genesis, SNES, Windows, every PlayStation platform, Xbox consoles, and more. Even the Madden NFL games have managed to achieve almost 73 million installs over the years. There's even a new mobile game, Madden NFL Overdrive, coming out on August 15. Right now, the sales figures are...
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