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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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  • PlanetSide 2 Update Consolidates Resources on Vehicles and More

    PlanetSide 2 Update Consolidates Resources on Vehicles and More

    Today's massive update to PlanetSide 2 enacts a ton of changes to the game, mainly for the better. The biggest change is the consolidation of resources for spawning and acquiring vehicles. Yes, the redundant resources are now gone thanks to today's update!

    In addition, the update also adds in a new prestige/achievement system to the game called Directives.
    The PlanetSide 2 Directives system includes:
    - Showcase Your Honors - Build up your Directive Score and show off your prowess with others!
    - Ramp Up Stats - Earn points with each Directive Tier completion (5 per Directive Tree)
    - Build Your Arsenal - Obtain exclusive Auraxium prestige weapons and appearance items upon each Directive Tree completion
    - Choose Your Direction - Directives reinforce all roles available in game; from aircraft to tanks to grunts to generals, there are options for every soldier!

    The big list of changes included in this update are listed below. The update is a couple of GB in size, so you may as well start downloading it now while you read through he changes.
    New Ribbons
    - Kill Streak: Earning a kill streak bonus awards credit towards this ribbon.
    - Logistics: Awarded by Sunderers equipped with resupply or repair modules when they give repairs and resupplies to other vehicles. Amount required is comparable to the Resupply Ribbon. Players must be in the Sunderer for this ribbon to be credited.
    - Resupply Ribbon (updated): Resupplies by Sunderer will no longer count towards the Resupply ribbon; it is now exclusively from Engineer ammunition resupplies.

    Faction Pistols
    - VS Spiker: Reverse-engineered from ancient Vanu tech, the Spiker's hovering powercore allows the standard 2x burst to be held and charged into an accurate 6-round salvo.
    - NC NC08 Mag-Scatter: The NC08 Mag-Scatter's powerful tungsten buckshot and compact frame make it an excellent close-range sidearm that can quickly dispatch nearby targets.
    - TR T4 AMP: The Terran Republic's Automatic Machine Pistol functions similarly to an SMG thanks to its lightning-fast, fully automatic fire.

    Resource Consolidation The three resource types have been consolidated down to one; Nanites. The old resource system was a com
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  • Evolve Delayed Until 2015

    Evolve Delayed Until 2015

    According to Take-Two Interactive and their first-quarter financial results, Evolve has now been pushed into 2015. The game was originally slated to be released on October 21 of this year but the Turtle Rock developed 4vs1 title won't be out now until February 10, 2015.

    According to statements made to MCV, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said that the delay is for polish.
    "It was the primary belief that polish pays off," Zelnick says. "When we give a title that is looking so promising, having won best of show at E3, a bit more time to make sure it is just as good as it can be, historically that has always been a good
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  • Humble Mobile Bundle 6 Includes Eliss Infinity, Duet Premium, Combo Crew, and More

    The Humble Mobile Bundle 6 is now up for purchase at the Humble site. As usual, you can pay what you want for up to six games (with more being added soon) all while putting your money towards charity, the developers, to the Humble team, or split however you want between the three.

    Slide on over for more Android games. This bundle's packed with six great games and enough extras to fill an SD card to overflowing. Pay what you want for Eliss Infinity, the Android debut of Duet Premium, and Combo Crew Special Edition featuring unlocked content exclusive to Humble Bundle. If you pay more than the average price, you'll
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  • Toren Announced for PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4

    Toren Announced for PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4

    A new "dark fantasy" adventure game called Toren is coming from publisher Versus Evil and developer Swordtales. It's slated to arrive in early 2015 for the PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4.

    Toren is an adventure game with beautiful graphics, innovative puzzles and immersive gameplay, which leads the player through an introspective and captivating journey to explore deep concepts and existential questions. In the game, players will witness the birth and the growth of a lonely girl named Moonchild, guiding her on a dangerous journey of discovery and transformation as she unlocks the mysteries
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  • Velocity 2X Coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on September 2

    Velocity 2X Coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita on September 2

    The PlayStation blog reveals that Velocity 2X is slated to be released on September 2 in North America for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
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  • See the Many Faces of Raiden in Mortal Kombat X

    See the Many Faces of Raiden in Mortal Kombat X

    Ed Boon of NetherRealm Studios narrates this new gameplay video for Mortal Kombat X. This new video shows off the different variations of Raiden that players can use in a match. There is the Thunder God style, Displayer, and Storm Lord.



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  • Justin.tv Shuts Down

    Justin.tv Shuts Down

    Justin.tv has shut its doors for good today. The once popular streaming site says goodbye for the last time while offering up a handy FAQ on migrating to Twitch.tv or other streaming services.
    Why is Justin.tv being shutdown?

    Justin.tv pioneered live video on the Internet and spawned one of the largest video platforms ever: Twitch. Justin.tv was officially renamed Twitch Interactive Inc. in February of 2014 and Twitch is now the focus of the company's resources. Unfortunately that means we need to shut down Justin.tv. We thank all of our broadcasters and viewers for 7 years of live video memories.
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  • Here is PlayStation's gamescom 2014 Teaser Trailer

    Here is PlayStation's gamescom 2014 Teaser Trailer

    You saw Microsoft's teaser for gamescom 2014, now it's time for Sony to show off their own teaser for the upcoming trade show.


    Both Microsoft and Sony will hold their media briefing events on August 12 at gamescom 2014....
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  • Assassin's Creed Rogue Details Revealed for Previous Generation Consoles

    Assassin's Creed Rogue Details Revealed for Previous Generation Consoles

    On November 11, Ubisoft will release Assassin's Creed Rogue for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

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  • Teaser for Guild Wars 2's Season 2 Episode 4 - Dragon's Reach: Part 2

    Teaser for Guild Wars 2's Season 2 Episode 4 - Dragon's Reach: Part 2

    ArenaNet has shared a new teaser video for Season 2 Episode 4 of Guild Wars 2's Living World. Here is Dragon's Reach: Part 2.

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  • Resident Evil HD Remake Coming to PC and all Current-gen Platforms

    Resident Evil HD Remake Coming to PC and all Current-gen Platforms

    In early 2015, Capcom will bring the classic Resident Evil remake to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Commonly called REmake, the game will include vastly improved visuals when compared to the original release of Resident Evil on the PlayStation. The game even includes improvements when compared to the GameCube REmake. It now includes better textures, 1080p support on the PS4 and XB1, 5.1 surround sound support, and even the option to play at the classic 4:3 ratio or in the new 16:9 aspect ratio. The REmake also includes support for different control schemes. There will be the classic control scheme with tank controls, or a new control scheme where the analog ...
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