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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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  • Sony Surpasses 13.5 Million PlayStation 4 Units Shipped

    Sony Surpasses 13.5 Million PlayStation 4 Units Shipped

    As part of their Q2 FY2014 financial report, Sony revealed how their various departments are faring. The bad news is that Sony is still struggling in many departments, including smartphones. The good news is that the PS4 is still doing really well for them. In Q2 FY2014 alone, Sony shipped 3.3 million PlayStation 4 systems, 0.8 million PlayStation 3 systems, and 0.7 million PlayStation Vita, Vita TV, and PSP devices. The number of PS4 units shipped is actually an increase when compared to the first quarter where they shipped just 2.7 million PS4s. This places the total number of PS4s shipped to around 13.5 millio...
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  • (Update) New Interactive Kraken Trailer for Evolve, Plus Free Codes for the PC Alpha and More

    UPDATE: The Evolve team has just let everybody know that the Big Alpha on the PlayStation 4 has been postponed until a later date.
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  • Battlefield 4 Has Special Night Maps, Exploding Pumpkins, Demon Soldiers, and Ghosts for Halloween

    There are some special treats (and tricks?) in Battlefield 4 today! DICE and EA have added in at least one night version of an existing map, Pearl Market. In addition, they have also added in spooky, exploding jack-o-lanterns and some equally spooky ghosts! There's also a great little feature that transforms you into a high jumping soldier with a flaming head if you use the bomber on some maps.

    But the really scary part? This is only for the CTE! OoOOoOoooOOooooo....

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  • Lord of the Hunt DLC Details Revealed for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Lord of the Hunt DLC Details Revealed for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    WBIE have revealed the first details for the "Lord of the Hunt" DLC coming soon for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.


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  • Dragon Age Keep Launched Yesterday

    Dragon Age Keep Launched Yesterday

    You can now craft your story and get your save ready for Drage Age: Inquisition by completing Dragon Age Keep. This web app will allow you to pretend you played through the story of the first two games and make decisions as if you had played. This is great for newcomers to the series or those that weren't happy with their choices in the games when they played through them.

    Dragon Age Keep will allow gamers to make key decisions and mold their own Dragon Age history while watching their choices unfold before their eyes through the visual tapestry layout. From defining the heroes, to exploring the World
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  • The Steam Halloween 2014 Sale is Underway

    The Steam Halloween 2014 Sale is Underway

    Valve has finally kicked off their Steam Halloween 2014 sale today with some big savings on a handful of spooooooky games. There are 18 pages of items on this sale, so be sure to go through every page or search for a particular game if there's something you've been waiting to pick up!

    You have games like the F.E.A.R. series, Dead Space, Resident Evil, Painkiller, and literally hundreds of additional titles....
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  • Third World of Warships Developer Diary Focuses on Aircraft Carriers

    Third World of Warships Developer Diary Focuses on Aircraft Carriers

    Wargaming released part three in their developer diary series for World of Warships. The latest video focuses on aircraft carriers.
    The new video diary focuses on aircraft carriers and their impactful effect on the battlefield. Watch the World of Warships team explain how these impressive vessels stand out from battleships, cruisers, and destroyers by bringing a unique RTS style gameplay to the fight. Discover the four different types of warplane squadrons (Dive Bombers, Torpedo Bombers, Scouts and Fighter Planes) that can be launched from an aircraft carrier and learn how to turn the course of the battle
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  • November 2014 Xbox Live Games with Gold Games Include Volgarr, Viva Pinata, and More

    Microsoft has revealed their list of free games coming November 2014 as part of their Xbox Live Games with Gold program on the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    Starting on November 1, Xbox 360 owners will get Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise. That offer expires at the end of the day on November 15. On November 16, Red Faction: Guerrilla finishes out the month as the free game.

    On the Xbox One, for the entire month of November you will be able to pick up Volgarr the Viking....
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  • Halloween Comes to RuneScape with New Story Quests and Double Experience

    Halloween Comes to RuneScape with New Story Quests and Double Experience

    Developer Jagex has launched a new "horror story quest" for the MMORPG RuneScape today. This coincides with a weekend of double XP for the game.
    Broken Home, is best experienced by players in a dim room with the volume cranked up, as they try to steel their nerves and uncover the terrible secrets concealed within a haunted mansion. After All Hallows Eve, Broken Home will become a permanent addition to Gielinor. The adventure is the first in RuneScape's illustrious history to offer strong replayability for players. Once the story is complete, players can return to the haunted house to face new challenges and unlock additional
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  • November 2014 PlayStation Plus Titles Revealed - Binding of Isaac, Luftrausers, Escape Plan, and More

    The PlayStation Plus titles for November 2014 were announced by Sony this evening. The games included are:
    • Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PS4/Vita)
    • SteamWorld Dig (PS4/Vita)
    • Frozen Synapse Prime (PS3)
    • Luftrausers (PS3/Vita)
    • The Hungry Horde (Vita)
    • Escape Plan (PS4/Vita)

    That makes for three PlayStation 4 titles, two PlayStation 3 titles, and a whopping five titles for the PlayStation Vita....
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  • Scream Fortress 2014 is Out Now

    Scream Fortress 2014 is Out Now

    Scare your friends, scare your family, or even scare yourself tonight through November 12 because Scream Fortress 2014 is here for Team Fortress 2.

    Pssssst, bumper cars.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 (Scream Fortress VI/2014 update) for October 29, 2014

    Scream Fortress VI has arrived!
    - Help Merasmus with his carnival!
    - Comic and additional information available on the website (http://www.teamfortress.com/screamfortress6) - Scream Fortress VI runs until November 12, 2014 - Added new Halloween map Carnival of Carnage -- Merasmus will spread misfortune with server wide curses -- Added a Strongmann Test-Your-Strength machine which is in no way an eldritch portal to Bumper Car Madness! - Added bumper car minigames. Win by completely ghostifying
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