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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  • Far Cry Primal Officially Announced - Trailer, Release Date, and Gameplay Details

    Ubisoft finally announced Far Cry Primal earlier today even though most everyone kind of already knew about it. The game will be released on February 23, 2016 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In usual fashion, it will be out a month later (March) on PC, with every platform retailing for $59.99 (USD).
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  • Invasion Update Invades Team Fortress 2

    Invasion Update Invades Team Fortress 2

    The Invasion update for Team Fortress 2 is here. The update proves once and for all that there is indeed intelligent life in the Team Fortress universe. This update will last for one month and is a special event created by the community.
    The Invasion starts TODAY!
    For one month only, you can participate in the Invasion Community Update event and receive exclusive cases filled with rare items, weapons, and Unusual effects just for this update! The event runs through November 5th.

    Invasion Pass From now until the end of the event, you can pick up an Invasion Community Update Pass from the Mann Co. Store. Activate the pass to receive an Invasion Community Update Coin, which will track total player kills and player kills on any of the Invad
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  • The Escapist Triples Down on Their Allegations Against Star Citizen and Roberts Space Industries

    This news is a continuation of where we left off yesterday in the ongoing battle between The Escapist and Cloud Imperium Games.

    Moments ago, The Escapist decided to triple down on their allegations that they are right and that there are some unsavory events going on with Cloud Imperium Games, Roberts Space Industries, and the development of Star Citizen.
    The Escapist, notwithstanding Cloud Imperium Games' notice and posting, stands by its coverage of Star Citizen and intends to continue to investigate the developing story. Since publishing our original stories, we have been contacted by, and are currently interviewing,
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  • A New Metal Gear is Coming, It's a Pachinko Machine

    A New Metal Gear is Coming, It's a Pachinko Machine

    KPE, Konami's pachinko company, filed for a "Big Boss" trademark this week. Included in the filing was the following image.

    Behold, the death of another franchise, courtesy of Konami.

    (via Hokanko-alt)...
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Reportedly 45GB on Consoles

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Reportedly 45GB on Consoles

    Moments ago, the Microsoft Store listed the download size for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. It looks like the game will require about 45GB of storage space on the Xbox One. I would assume that the PlayStation 4 version is also about the same size.

    It does not look like the size is still up on the Xbox page, at least for the US store.

    (Image and info via NeoGAF)...
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  • Bungie Adding Microtransactions to Destiny Next Week

    Bungie Adding Microtransactions to Destiny Next Week

    The latest news posting by Bungie's DeeJ says that microtransactions and a new currency are coming soon to Destiny. Beginning on October 13, the in-game NPC Tess Everis returns to the tower along with the Eververse Trading Company.

    This new system will include new items to sell starting off with 18 new emotes. All of these items can be purchased with the new in-game currency, Silver. Silver, as you may already guess, can be purchased with real-world money through your preferred platform's (Xbox Live, PSN) market.

    Bungie says that if you don't want to purchase anything from Tess you will never have to.
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  • Far Cry Primal Teased by Ubisoft; Leaked by the Rest of the Internet

    Far Cry Primal Teased by Ubisoft; Leaked by the Rest of the Internet

    Ubisoft has an annoying lengthy teaser going on leading up to the announcement of a new game. Thanks to a few sites, including IGN Turkey, jumping the gun in a big way, the reveal is already known. The game is Far Cry Primal and it seems as though it will take place during the Ice Age. We're talking about cavemen and crazy mammals. Of course, this also means no dinosaurs.

    This seems to be the Far Cry Sigma that was recently added to the Steam database this past week.

    If we didn't have these leaks, it could be days before the reveal was fully shown during this unnecessarily long live stream. Seriously, the video below...
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  • Capcom's New York Comic Con 2015 Lineup Includes Street Fighter V, Resident Evil 0, and More

    Capcom revealed their game lineup and panels for the upcoming New York Comic Con 2015 event. This week, you will be able to see games such as Street Fighter V and Resident Evil 0 if you are in attendance at NYCC.
    GAME LINEUPUmbrella CorpsStreet Fighter V
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  • Halloween Coming to Rocket League in Free Update

    Halloween Coming to Rocket League in Free Update

    Psyonix has kindly whipped up some special Halloween themed content for Rocket League. These limited-time items will be freely available to everyone starting on October 18. Of course, if you unlock an item while they are unlockable, they are yours to keep forever.

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  • Steam to Have Dedicated Retail Presence at GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games

    Steam to Have Dedicated Retail Presence at GameStop, Game UK, and EB Games

    Valve announced today that physical retailers GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games (Canada) will have dedicated sections set up this Fall for Steam. Valve says that these sections will feature Steam Hardware devices alongside Steam prepaid cards.
    Through the holiday season, GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games will be the exclusive non-digital retailer for the Steam Hardware products in their respective territories. Steam prepaid cards launched in stores three years ago, and sales performance for those offerings has been increasing each year. "GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games are leading retail destinations for core gamers and early adopters," said Gabe Newell of V
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  • SOMA Review

    SOMA Review

    ”Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss

    SOMA takes everything you think you know about what “humanity” means and throws it into a blender. What is humanity? Are you human because you have the physical attributes we commonly associate with being a homo sapien? Are you a human because of higher-level thoughts and consciousness? If you remove one piece out of the complex grab bag of what we see humanity as, are we still actually human?

    SOMA presents these questions, and more, as you play through the roughly seven hour-long story. The game is classified as a survival horror game but I found it to be far more sci-fi than horror. It was, at least in my opinion, not quite as scary as Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Are there moments where it can be frightening? Absolutely. For me, however, the bulk of the horror came not from the diverse and chilling monsters or the deep-sea environment, but rather from how the...
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