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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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  • NBA Playgrounds 2 Announced for 2018 Release

    NBA Playgrounds 2 Announced for 2018 Release

    Saber Interactive announced NBA Playgrounds 2 today for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It will bring some totally extreme arcade style 2v2 basketball action to these platforms in 2018.
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  • Immortal Redneck Brings Roguelike FPS Action to Nintendo Switch on May 10

    Immortal Redneck Brings Roguelike FPS Action to Nintendo Switch on May 10

    Crema's Immortal Redneck has been given a release date of May 10 for the Nintendo Switch version of the roguelike FPS. It has circle-strafing. It has bunny-hopping. It has a bunch of weapons, like 50 of them. It has upgrades. It has modifiers. It has procedurally generated levels. Yep, it's certainly a roguelike FPS.
    When the titular Redneck crashes his dune buggy in Egypt, he awakens as a mummy with guns in his hands and questions on his mind. By using classic FPS techniques like circle-strafing and bunny-hopping he will shoot his way through mythological monsters in the pyramids and discover who the heck wrapped him up. Player will run-and-gun through thr
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  • Around 50,000 Minecraft Users Infected with Hard Drive Reformatting Malware

    Around 50,000 Minecraft Users Infected with Hard Drive Reformatting Malware

    According to a report from Avast, nearly 50,000 Minecraft users could be infected with malware that was installed when they downloaded a number of skins from the official Minecraft website. Just in the past ten days alone, Avast notes that they have blocked 14,500 infection attempts. According to Avast, these skins had a malicious Powershell script embedded in the image. This script, while unimpressive in the grand scheme of things, could format your hard drive, affect performance, or even cause various messages to appear in their account inbox such as "You Are Nailed, Buy A New Computer This Is A Piece Of Shit" or "You hav...
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  • Journey to Summerset Isle in New Edler Scrolls Online: Summerset Trailer

    Journey to Summerset Isle in New Edler Scrolls Online: Summerset Trailer

    A new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset came out today that takes you all on a journey to Summerset. As you should recall, Summerset is the next planned expansion for ESO that will take you to Summerset Isle. Obviously.

    The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is slated to be released on PC and OS X on May 21. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releases are slsated to arrive on June 5. You can pre-purchase the expansion now in order to get early access to various in-game rewards.
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  • Dark Souls: Remastered for Switch Delayed Until Summer

    Dark Souls: Remastered for Switch Delayed Until Summer

    Dark Souls: Remastered for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will still be released on May 25. The Nintendo Switch version was supposed to be out on that date as well but it looks like that date has been pushed back to "later this Summer."
    The new release timing gives the development team the time needed to make sure Nintendo Switch players can fully appreciate the true DARK SOULS experience anytime and anywhere, thanks to the unique portable nature of the Nintendo Switch console.

    Just chalk it up to the game needing more time for some polish before being released....
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  • Sources Say Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to Ditch Traditional Single-Player Campaign

    According to a report that went up today from Polygon, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will not feature a "traditional" single-player campaign. It will instead focus more on the multiplayer and Zombie modes.

    Sources close to Polygon said that development by Treyarch on Black Ops IIII has been going rather poorly. As a result, it seems as though the single-player campaign wasn't going to be completed in time for the game's release date, which is still set for October 12, 2018. At some point, development then switched away from creating the single player campaign to expanding the game's multiplayer and Zombies modes. The source then goes on to say t...
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  • Falke Coming to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on April 24

    Falke Coming to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on April 24

    Come April 24, Falke will join the fight as a new combatant in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The character was created as an alternate clone for M. Bison. Falke was then "heavily experimented on by Shadaloo and was forced to train day in, day out to achieve perfection."

    She can "infuse Psycho Power into objects and release it through them." This is seen primarily by how she uses her staff, which she has named Harmony. All that training caught up with Falke, throwing her into a deep depression where she just wished to end it all. Thankfully, Ed came along and rescued her from Shadaloo. Now they're like brother and sister. Damn, the Street Fighter lore is weird.
    Gameplay Falke utilizes her staff in battle to keep opponents at range, but it also serves as her conduit for P
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  • The Thin Silence to Donate 10 Cents for Every Copy Sold to Mental Health Awareness

    PM Studios and Nkiduo Games Inc. have partnered with the non-profit organization, CheckPoint, to help raise awareness for mental health. The partnership will find 10 cents of every copy purchased of The Thin Silence being donated to the charity.
    CheckPoint Organisation Ltd is a not-for-profit organization which connects mental health resources with video games and technology. More information about CheckPoint can be found on their website at https://checkpoint.org.au/
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  • Explore Ivalice's Ridorana Lighthouse in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.3

    Explore Ivalice's Ridorana Lighthouse in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 4.3

    The 4.3 update for Final Fantasy XIV introduces players to the next piece of content for the Ivalice 24-man raid. The new content is entitled Under the Moonlight and it adds the Ridorana Lighthouse.

    Patch 4.3 includes new content such as a new dungeon, new trials, new Namazu beast tribe quests, new sidequests, and more.
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  • Myths Surrounding Online Gaming

    Myths Surrounding Online Gaming

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  • Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)

    Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)

    How far would you go for family?
    For the past year now, the Yakuza series has been burning brightly on the PlayStation 4. We had the fantastic Yakuza 0 make its way to Western audiences early in 2017, followed up by the ever so slightly inferior but still amazing Yakuza Kiwami a few months later. Despite these games existing for more than a decade across three different console generations, these PS4 releases are the first time many of us have ever gotten to experience the amazing character of Kazuma Kiryu and his world. And now in early 2018 we have the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter in old man Kiryu's tale. Cast any worries you have aside because Sega says farewell to Kazuma "The Dragon of Dojima" Kiryu in grand fashion. The biggest draw of the Yakuza games has been and will always continue to be the fantastic storylines; these include the storylines contained in the bite-sized sub-mission...
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