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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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  • Introducing the CZ75-Auto Pistol for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Introducing the CZ75-Auto Pistol for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Earlier tonight, Valve and Hidden Path released a new update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Included in the list of changes was mention that there is a new pistol included called the CZ75-Auto. Let's see what that bad boy is all about, shall we?

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  • Seaside and Motel are Next Two Players' Choice Maps Revealed for Next CS:GO Operation

    Ali and Cache were already revealed to you as the first two maps that players have voted on for the inclusion in the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive "Operation" campaign. Today, two more maps were revealed to the community. They are Seaside and Motel!

    Let's see how these two maps stack up.


    They're already looking to be quite balanced. There are still four more maps yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for those in the coming days!...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Adds CZ75-Auto Stock Pistol, Weapon Case 3, and More - February 12, 2014

    A new update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was just released by Valve and Hidden Path. Tonight's late update includes Weapon Case #3, and the usual adjustments to the UI, gameplay, and maps.

    Changelog for CS:GO for February 12, 2014

    CZ75-Auto
    - Added the CZ75-Auto as a new stock pistol that is a loadout alternative to the P250. Its stats are identical to the P250's with the exception of being fully automatic and having only two magazines.

    CS:GO Weapon Case #3
    - Introducing the CS:GO Weapon Case #3, comprised entirely of pistol finishes, including finishes for the new CZ75-Auto.

    GAMEPLAY - Weapon adjustments based on data collected: -- Increased Aug recoil -- Reduced Aug rate of fire -- Reduced Aug and Sg553 scoped run speeds -- Increased Desert Eagle accuracy recovery by 2.5%
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  • A Behind the Scenes Look Under the Sea in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2

    Irrational takes you behind the scenes of BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2.


    You can also check out the first three minutes of Burial at Sea - Episode 2 that went up a couple of weeks ago....
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  • Steam Tags Launches in Beta - Allows Users to Add Custom Genres to Games

    Steam Tags Launches in Beta - Allows Users to Add Custom Genres to Games

    Another beta has hit Steam today by way of the new "Steam Tags" feature. This new feature will allow users to assign custom tags to games and those tags that are most common to a game will be added to the store listing for those games.
    Now available in beta, Tagging gives Steam customers the ability to "Tag" any title with genres, themes, attributes, or any other term or phrase. The most popular tags on any given product will be surfaced on said product's Steam page and allow users to easily find other products associated with that same tag.

    As with the "Recently Updated" section launched last week, Tagging
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  • Go Behind the Scenes on the Making of South Park: The Stick of Truth

    Go Behind the Scenes on the Making of South Park: The Stick of Truth

    Let Trey Parker and Matt Stone take you behind the scenes to show you what it takes to make South Park: The Stick of Truth.


    The Stick of Truth is finally coming out on March 4 for the PS3, 360, and PC....
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  • Far Cry Classic Launch Trailer is a Blast from the Past

    Far Cry Classic Launch Trailer is a Blast from the Past

    Remember when Far Cry was the graphical powerhouse game that was benchmarked up and down the river for quite some time? Remember that? I do. It's weird how far games have come graphically since then.

    With the release of Far Cry Classic on the PS3 and 360, you can now re-live those days of shooting some decent human AI in a tropical environment.

    Return to where it all began with Far Cry Classic and relive the game that launched a legacy. With graphical enhancements, revamped cutscenes, and a fresh new UI, Far Cry Classic allows players to experience all the action and chilling gameplay that made
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  • Six Minutes of Gameplay Footage from Evolve

    Six Minutes of Gameplay Footage from Evolve

    Kotaku managed to get some gameplay footage for Turtle Rock's upcoming 4v1 multiplayer shooter, Evolve. Earlier, we showed you the first non-gameplay trailer for the game. Sit back and relax as Kirk Hamilton fills up a third of the screen with overlay text while gameplay happens behind it.


    I'm going to assume we're about to see other outlets posting some hands-on footage and impressions in the coming days and weeks....
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  • Sign-ups Begin for the Titanfall Beta

    Sign-ups Begin for the Titanfall Beta

    The registration page for players to sign up for their chance to enter the Titanfall beta on PC or Xbox One has gone live. The page has you select which platform you prefer to beta test on and prompts you to log in to your Origin account with a pop-up login page. The site is, understandably, being hammered right now with visitors. It may take you several tries or even several hours before you are able to fully log in and finish the beta registration process. Applying for the closed beta does not guarantee a thing, but it really can't hurt to try. I found that I had the most success using Chrome to get the...
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  • Guild of Rogues Multiplayer Pack Out Today for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

    If you own the Season Pass or have $2.99 (USD) to spare, you can now pick up the "Guild of Rogues" DLC pack for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag today.

    The chaos ensues as three new fearless adventurers ready themselves for the challenge. Test your skill and wisdom against: The Stowaway, the mischievous, talkative spy; The Shaman, the crafty houngan asogwe (high priest); The Siren, a Templar navigational expert who gave her heart to the sea. This pack also comes with new customization options, and new moves.
    More free maps are potentially coming next week. Stay tuned for any updates on that!...
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  • Goat Simulator is Real and is Really Coming to Steam

    Goat Simulator is Real and is Really Coming to Steam

    The world demanded it (for some reason) and Coffee Stain Studios is going to deliver. Goat Simulator is a real game and it's really coming to Steam and you will really have to pay money to experience it. Really.


    The game was never meant to be released to the public. It was merely the creation from a recent game jam but holy crap the world went nuts after seeing footage for the game. I mean, I guess they did. That's what people are telling me even though I never heard about this game until now.

    It's slated for release in Spring 2014. You can pre-order it now from the Goat Simulator...
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