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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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  • 'Absolute Majority' of Metro Exodus Sales Were on Consoles

    'Absolute Majority' of Metro Exodus Sales Were on Consoles

    THQ Nordic founder tries to avoid talking about Epic Games Store sales figures.

    Lars Wingefors, THQ Nordic's CEO and founder, seemed rather reserved when talking about the sales figures for some of THQ's most publicized releases this past year. Specifically, he shied away from talking specifics when it comes to PC sales of games like Metro Exodus and outright ignores another question regarding sales of Satisfactory.

    A lot of this information came courtesy of the latest earnings call for the company.

    According to those who listened in on the call, Wingefors...
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  • RuneScape Expanding with 'The Land Out of Time'

    RuneScape Expanding with 'The Land Out of Time'

    Get ready for a "Jurassic spark" this July.

    That quip above is almost directly from the press release. It was just too good to pass up and I sure couldn't think of anything better. This July, RuneScape players will get to adventure in an all-new environment. The new area is called Anachronia and it's being called "The Land Out of Time."

    Can you guess why?

    That's right, there will be dinosaurs! This land was pulled straight out of the past by the evil Kerapac. Players will continue to track "the dragonkin" as he continues working...
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  • New Gameplay Trailer for The Sinking City

    New Gameplay Trailer for The Sinking City

    Witness the madness.

    A new gameplay trailer is out today for The Sinking City. As we've talked about already, The Sinking City is a game smothered in Cthulhu mythos and wrapped in plenty of detective focused action. It's being developed by Frogwares and published by Bigben. There was another gameplay video, released just this past month, that focused more on the investigation side of things.

    The Sinking City is currently slated to be released on June 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. ...
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  • Valve Releases Stand-alone Steam Chat App for Mobile

    Valve Releases Stand-alone Steam Chat App for Mobile

    As Facebook has Messenger, Steam has Steam Chat.

    Valve just released the new Steam Chat application for both iOS and Android mobile devices. This is a new stand-alone app that allows you to have all of the features of Steam chat in a more lightweight application.

    If you're still confused, maybe this will make it a bit easier to understand. You know how there is the bloated Facebook app for mobile phones? And you know how Facebook has a private messaging system that they broke off into its own app called Messenger? Messenger allows you to chat to your Facebook friends...
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  • Killing Floor Bundle Out Today on PS4 and PlayStation VR

    Killing Floor Bundle Out Today on PS4 and PlayStation VR

    Get two games for the price of less than two games.

    Tripwire Interactive released the Killing Floor: Double Feature today. This bundle is purchasable through the PlayStation Store or at GameStop for $39.99 (USD) and includes both Killing Floor 2 and Killing Floor: Incursion. This bundle would be best for those that don't yet own either of these games and also owns a PlayStation VR set.

    This pack includes the base games plus all of the previously released seasonal content and maps for Killing Floor 2. Today also sees the release of the Espire 1 "Control Theater"...
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  • Observation Released today on PlayStation 4 and PC

    Observation Released today on PlayStation 4 and PC

    Do you have what it takes to save an astronaut?

    No Code and Devolver Digital just launched their space focused sci-fi thriller called Observation today on the PlayStation 4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

    Observation places you in the "shoes" of an artificial intelligence named S.A.M. aboard a space station. As S.A.M., players will control the station's various systems, cameras, and tools to try to help out Dr. Emma Fisher after a mysterious event. This event did things to the station, including making the rest of the crew vanish. It has also had some sort...
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  • PSA: Big PlayStation Store Sale is Live - Offers Double Discounts for Plus Subscribers

    Some games can be had for up to 80% off.

    Sony just kicked off a big double discount sale for a bunch of PlayStation 4 games, a decent amount of PlayStation 3 titles, and a handful of Vita games. I say that this is a "double discount" because that's what Sony is saying. There is already a sale price for non PlayStation Plus subscribers. But if you are a Plus subscriber, there is an additional discount on top.

    This means that non-Plus subscribers can get up to 40% off on select titles during this sale, while Plus subs can get up to 80% off.

    This...
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  • Superhot VR Released on Oculus Quest

    Superhot VR Released on Oculus Quest

    Oh yeah, the Oculus Quest and Rift-S are out today too.

    The Superhot team have released an Oculus Quest version of Superhot VR today. This new release goes hand in hand with today's release of the Oculus Quest. The team is calling this release the "definitive Superhot VR experience." As an owner of the regular Rift and Superhot VR, that kind of stings a bit to hear.

    However, there is the fact that the Quest doesn't have any wires hanging off of it, nor does it need any external sensors set up. This now allows Superhot VR for the Quest to have a full 360 degrees...
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  • Four Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Laptop

    Four Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Laptop

    Gaming laptops, as the name implies, are not designed for everyday use. Most gaming laptops are going to offer more power and higher specs than what a person needs for working at an office or simply streaming videos from Netflix. When you look at the gaming laptop options that are available, it can be overwhelming. Gaming laptops are made by companies that have a stellar reputation, including Asus, MSI, HP, and Dell. Most of these companies do a great job in designing their laptops so that they are visually appealing and stuffed full of tech that gives them impressive specs.

    Since...
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  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Set for August 30 Release Date

    The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Set for August 30 Release Date

    From the makers of Until Dawn.

    A release date has been set for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan. The game, which blends elements of suspense, horror, and narrative storytelling, will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on August 30, 2019.

    This game is being worked on by Supermassive Games, whom you may best know for having brought Until Dawn to the world on the PlayStation 4. They also brought other games to the table, which maybe weren't as great, but we don't like to talk about those.

    Those who pre-order the game ahead...
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  • Overwatch Anniversary Event is Live

    Overwatch Anniversary Event is Live

    New cosmetics await you.

    It's that time again. The time of the year in which Overwatch celebrates its anniversary. From now until June 10, 2019 you will be able to unlock various cosmetics just for playing the game and getting really lucky with RNG loot boxes. Alternatively, you can drop some of your hard-earned dollars to buy those RNG loot boxes directly.

    If you don't care about cosmetic items, you may be interested in diving back into some of the previous event activities that have returned. This anniversary event has brought back stuff like the Summer Games (Lucioball),...
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