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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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  • Just Cause 3 Story and Missions Developer Diary

    Just Cause 3 Story and Missions Developer Diary

    The fourth developer diary for Just Cause 3 went up today. Today's video focuses on the performance capture for the game's characters.
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  • Aion is Now Available on Steam

    Aion is Now Available on Steam

    NCSOFT just announced that their fantasy themed MMORPG, Aion, is now available to download and play through Steam.
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  • Scream Fortress 7 Underway for Team Fortress 2

    Scream Fortress 7 Underway for Team Fortress 2

    The seventh annual (holy crap, SEVENTH?!) Scream Fortress event is now underway in Team Fortress 2. It's got some stuff to unlock, some cool new gameplay mechanics, and plenty of thrills and chills. Valve even released a new comic tonight to celebrate the occasion. In short, the new update includes a Gargoyle Case full of various Halloween themed items that have no Full Moon or special event restrictions on them. There is also the Gorge (Event) map, Hellstone, Moonshine, and Sinshine maps. Hellfire is a new Mannpower mode map. There are new taunts. There's some Gargoyle thing you can get, and new powerups to utilize....
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  • Hands-on: Steam Controller General Overview Video

    Hands-on: Steam Controller General Overview Video

    Last night, I put together a short-ish overview video for using and setting up a Steam Controller. Please note that this is not a review. Official reviews are being kept until at least November 10 when the controller is officially released for everyone. The controller is still receiving regular updates from Valve. In fact, an update came out between when I recorded last night and when I finally got the video uploaded about an hour ago (as of the time of this posting).

    The video shows off basic functionality of the controller. It also shows some basic setup and configurations for games such as Portal...
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  • Nintendo Offers Cloud Based Saves with Nintendo Account

    Nintendo Offers Cloud Based Saves with Nintendo Account

    Nintendo announced their new membership service this evening. They're calling it Nintendo Account and it will offer up cloud based saves for users of various hardware devices. That is to say, this won't be limited to just Nintendo platforms, but will instead allow for cloud saves for Nintendo products that also appear on PCs and smart phones, tablets, and more. Nintendo says that this cloud save system will allow fans to transfer their game data between mobile devices and Nintendo consoles. Also revealed tonight is the fact that Nintendo's mobile game debut has been pushed back until 2016. Expected to be released later this year, the studio i...
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  • Mutators Coming to Rocket League

    Mutators Coming to Rocket League

    Coming in the November update for Rocket League will be the ability to "mutate" your game experience. Want a blocky ball? You got it. Want low gravity? Sure, go ahead! How's about a nice game of ice hockey? Yep.



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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Leaked Early

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Leaked Early

    Multiple people are reporting seeing people playing through Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 already. Some retailers that don't give a crap about Just a heads up in case some of them decide to ruin the story for you online. One such report comes from Charlie Intel's Twitter stream.
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  • Quake Live is No Longer Free - Fans Are Mad

    Quake Live is No Longer Free - Fans Are Mad

    Quake Live is no longer free. The once F2P shooter went from its own standalone launcher to also being available on Steam to being a Steam only game. Once the final transition came where it was only available on Steam, the free price was dropped in favor of a base $9.99 (USD).

    In addition, the team at id Software responsible for Quake Live also quietly dropped the subscription service, seemingly without advanced notice to those with active subscriptions. On top of all of that, they reset everybody's stats without warning. The Steam Community posting for the game includes some additional details.
    Subscription Service Retired
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  • PSA: Save Up to 80% on Spooky Games at GOG

    PSA: Save Up to 80% on Spooky Games at GOG

    GOG kicked off their special Halloween centered sale earlier today. You can save up to 80% on a variety of spooky games from now until November 2 at 11AM (GMT).
    The Halloween Monster Hunt promo features monster-hunting titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (-30%) alongside its Hearts of Stone expansion (-10%). More treats include the humorous, gothic-noir, vampire-hunting Victor Vran at 35% off, the cult-classic psychotic adventure Sanitarium (-75%), its critically-acclaimed spiritual successor STASIS (-40%), and more spooky scary games to grab from the bag of treats.
    You can find the full list of gam...
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  • Must See: Solo Drum Performance Destroys Destiny Raid Boss Crota

    Must See: Solo Drum Performance Destroys Destiny Raid Boss Crota

    The community requested it and GladHeAteHer182 (aka: Shadowfax182) delivered in spades. The call went out for someone to beat Crota using nothing but some Rock Band drums. It happened. It was done and yes, there is video proof.

    For those unaware, Crota is the final boss in the Crota's End raid from The Taken King content for Destiny. He was capable of being solo'd before and it was made even easier once The Taken King came out and made everyone even more powerful. However, it was never done using a non-standard controller before now.
    I would like to start off by shouting a HUGE THANKS to fUnderdog for making this whole thing possible.
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  • New Horizon Zero Dawn Gameplay Video Shows Off Traps and Mechanical Dinos

    New Horizon Zero Dawn Gameplay Video Shows Off Traps and Mechanical Dinos

    A new gameplay trailer for Horizon Zero Dawn shines a light on setting traps and a good look at a couple of the mechanical beasts you will face off against. This is apparently a "never-before-seen" behind closed doors E3 demo for Horizon Zero Dawn that only today made its way to the public.




    Mark Norris, a Senior Producer at Guerrilla Games, offers up the following gameplay walkthrough.

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