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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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  • Experience L.A. Noire in 4K

    Experience L.A. Noire in 4K

    Rockstar Games released a new, 4K Ultra HD trailer for L.A. Noire today.
    The story of detective Cole Phelps' rise through the LAPD ranks as he investigates a string of crimes in 1947 Los Angeles, L.A. Noire for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch will be available on November 14th, along with L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files for HTC Vive, which features seven select cases rebuilt for VR.

    L.A. Noire can be pre-ordered right now ahead of its release on November 14 for the HTC Vive, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. For those wondering what the game is like, I feel as though our review...
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  • EA Forces Revive Network to Stop Distributing Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Heroes Game Clients

    Back in 2014, GameSpy shut down their online services for good. This affected far more games than you may have realized, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and Battlefield Heroes. Without GameSpy, these games didn't have an easy way for anybody to play online. That's kind of a problem for games that are literally multiplayer only affairs. Since then, some user created mods popped up that aimed to replace the now defunct GameSpy. One of these mods was called Revive Network. Revive Network allowed those Battlefield owners to play online with random players in addition to the friends and communities they formed over the years. That sounds pretty great in the absence of any official replacement from EA. Oh, but here's the catch wi...
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  • Major Overhaul Coming to Steam Curators

    Major Overhaul Coming to Steam Curators

    Valve sent out word earlier that there is a major revamp coming to the Steam Curator system. To those unaware, Steam Curators is a way for actual human beings to suggest games to the Steam community at large. These Curators are typically led by people that range from influential YouTube personalities, game enthusiasts, critics, journalists, and the like.

    The system has been a mixed bag of hit and miss. A big focus for this total revamp from Valve is an overhaul in how Curators can interact with developers and publishers. Other areas of focus include the ability to directly embed videos, a big plus for those who do video reviews on YouTube. Valve provides some much needed additional details in their latest Steam announcement.
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  • World of Warships Gets Into the Halloween Spirit with New Transylvania Update

    Today, World of Warships from Wargaming looks to get into the Halloween spirit by taking players back to Transylvania.
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  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Comes to the PC on November 14

    Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Comes to the PC on November 14

    PC owners will get the first go at playing Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The game will be out on November 14 through Steam, with a release on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch being not that far behind... in early 2018.
    In celebration of Harvest Moon's 20th Anniversary comes an all new Harvest Moon title for Steam! Harvest Moon: Light of Hope! The game encompasses twenty years of the spirit that have made the franchise what it is today! Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift i
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  • Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Halloween Trailer

    Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Halloween Trailer

    The thumbnail for this special Halloween themed trailer for Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is super unsettling. I'm just saying that up front here.
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  • Destiny 2 PC is Out - Go Behind the Scenes with Bungie

    Destiny 2 PC is Out - Go Behind the Scenes with Bungie

    Bungie released a new ViDoc that focuses on the just released version of Destiny 2. The team provides a rather lengthy look at the history of developing Destiny 2 on the PC, what the team did to make it, what they had to change, and how Bungie teamed up with a group from Vicarious Visions to make the PC release not suck.
    When our team at Bungie decided to bring Destiny 2 to the PC, they knew it would be a big challenge. To get it right, they focused on nailing the feel of gameplay on keyboard and mouse, delivering a customizable experience with uncapped framerate, and making sure PC players would feel right at ho
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  • de Blob Launches November 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    de Blob Launches November 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    de Blob is quickly making its way to a November 14 launch on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. THQ Nordic and BlitWorks made the announcement today and provided some details and fresh media to get you excited.
    About de Blob
    The evil I.N.K.T. Corporation has declared 'Color is a Crime!' and leeched Chroma City of all its beauty and interest. The race to rescue Chroma City has just begun, and only de Blob can save the world from a black-and-white future with his unique abilities to color the world back to life.

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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War Expansions Detailed in New Trailer

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War Expansions Detailed in New Trailer

    WBIE released a new trailer today for Middle-earth: Shadow of War. With the game already out, that can mean only one thing. Yes, it's a trailer that talks about the game's Expansion Pass content.
    Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion
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  • Steam Digital Gift Cards Launched

    Steam Digital Gift Cards Launched

    Valve just launched Steam Digital Gift Cards. That's right, you can now give the gift of Steam Wallet funds to your friends, family, loved ones, and enemies if you so desire.
    The new cards allow you to send Steam Wallet funds to friends, who may then apply those funds toward the purchase of anything on Steam, from hardware to software, including games and in-game items. This expands on Steam's single-game digital gift service and the tangible Steam Gift Cards which are available from hundreds of retailers around the world. To purchase a Digital Gift Card, sign into your Steam account, select an amount and a friend, and Steam
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  • HITMAN Getting a Game of the Year Edition and Extra Mini-Campaign

    HITMAN Getting a Game of the Year Edition and Extra Mini-Campaign

    Io-Interactive revealed their big HITMAN news today. The big announcement may not appeal to fans that already own the game but there is definitely something here that will appeal to everyone.

    For those that do not yet own the game yet, what's wrong with you? Secondly, you will be able to pick up HITMAN - Game of the Year Edition on November 7. It will be released digitally for the PC, PS4, and XB1 and will include the base game (Complete First Season), a new campaign (more on that in a bit), a clown suit and themed weapon, a raven suit and themed weapon, a cowboy suit and themed weapon, and three themed Escalation Contracts.

    For those that do already own the game, Io-Interactive is readying the release of the new Patient Zero mini-campaign.
    After the routine elimination of a target, a contingency plan to unleash a global pandemic is triggered and Agent 47 must race against the clock to prevent a virus from spreading. This four-mission campaign spans different
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