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Review: Judgment (PS4)

The same, but different.

Sega, specifically the Yakuza team at Sega, are really damn good at what they do. The primarily Japanese developer has been on a roll with their stellar Yakuza-focused releases this generation that include Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6. All of these titles have received high praise both from myself and from other media outlets these past few years.

It should then come as no surprise that the level of quality found in those titles does not take any sort of hit with the team's latest release, Judgment. Make no mistake about...
 

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...
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  • CastleMiner Z Hands-on Gameplay Preview - It's Totally Not a Minecraft Clone

    A new game was released on Steam today called CastleMiner Z. I decided to take a look at it, having already resigned myself to the fact that there will be no shortage of games out there or coming out that try to take the Minecraft formula and make it their own.


    Just remember, this isn't Minecraft. In no way is it a poorly done Minecraft clone. No sir....
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  • Titanfall Beta Not Restricted to Pre-Orders

    Titanfall Beta Not Restricted to Pre-Orders

    Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment made it somewhat clear on Twitter today that those looking to get into the beta for Titanfall will not be forced to pre-order the game....
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  • Five Things Video Games Teach You About Love

    Five Things Video Games Teach You About Love

    I received this mail today in my work email and thought it was interesting enough to pass along to you guys. The article is by Liel Leibovitz, author of God in the Machine: Video Games as Spiritual Pursuit and it shows off "Five Things Video Games Teach You About Love."
    1. Your Princess May Be in Another Castle... ...but that doesn't mean you won't find her in the end. If you're single and watching with frustration as so many of your friends are settling down for long evening of cozying in front of the TV with their significant others, think of Mario. Not only is he short, mustachioed, and hopelessly devoid of any fashion sense, but time after time in the original game
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  • PlayStation 4 Firmware Updating to 1.60 - Includes Official Headset Support

    PlayStation 4 Firmware Updating to 1.60 - Includes Official Headset Support

    The 1.60 firmware update is rolling out tonight for PlayStation 4 owners. Sony says that this update includes support for some additional headsets releasing for the system.
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  • Take-Two is Having a Super Great Year as Grand Theft Auto V Surpasses 32.5 Million Units Sold

    The financial report for Take-Two's "Fiscal Third Quarter 2014" was released today. I won't bore you with the finer details. All you need to take away here is that Take-Two pulled in GAAP net revenues of $1.86 billion. That's compared to their previous quarter where they only pulled in $415.8 million.

    So, why such a strong increase across the board? Well, Grand Theft Auto V had a huge hand in that, sure. There were, however, other big players for the company.
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  • Introducing Steam Music

    Introducing Steam Music

    Valve has added another feature to Steam today. Much like some of the other features, this one is also in beta! Today marks the start of the chance for users to join the Steam Music Beta. This new feature will be coming to those who utilize Big Picture mode and the SteamOS itself.

    As you may expect, you can show your interest in joining the beta by joining the Steam Music Steam group linked above. What can users expect? Well, you'll be able to stream your own music library while in a game or at least while you're in Big Picture mode. The group's first announcement includes some nice images and a few details on this. ...
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  • AMD Releases Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers with Mantle Support - Battlefield 4 Framerate Gains Benchmarked

    At long last, those with recent ATI cards can finally experience the framerate benefits that the Mantle API brings to the table. We're talking about some fairly substantial framerate gains in some cases over DirectX 11.

    First off, go pick up the AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers and enable the Mantle API within the Battlefield 4 settings. It's recommended that you do a clean install of these drivers and not simply install over your old drivers. Installing over your old drivers with this release has been known to cause crashes and hangs.

    While you're downloading check out some of these framerate benchmarks conducted...
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  • The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 Launches on February 4

    The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 Launches on February 4

    Telltale's Twitter account revealed that the Xbox 360 version of the second episode for The Wolf Among Us will be released on February 5. The other versions, excluding iOS, will be released a day earlier on February 4.


    The above trailer does contain some partial nudity. But I'm guessing that since this warning was posted after the video, it's a little too late for this warning. Oh well, it's a digital boob, deal with it....
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  • Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month Has Begun

    Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month Has Begun

    Just a friendly reminder to all Battlefield 4 players out there. The "Battlefield 4 Player Appreciation Month" has officially kicked off. One of the first things you'll notice is that you get some free Battlepacks every single day you log into Battlelog.

    Today, you'll probably get a free Bronze Battlepack and a free Silver Battlepack. You get things in them like your 30th 25% XP boost, new camoflauge patterns, dog tab patterns, weapon attachments, and more.

    What else can you expect for the rest of the month? Well, you can expect some double XP events, community missions, developer...
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  • Trove - Hands-on Gameplay Video from the Alpha

    Trove - Hands-on Gameplay Video from the Alpha

    I recently got into the Trove alpha from Trion Worlds. It's got a look similar to Minecraft and Cube World but the gameplay is quite different from both.


    The game is in a very, very early alpha stage of development. It has a long way to go as far as development is concerned, but I'll be sure to keep an eye on it and provide updates if possible of any major changes.

    You can sign up at the Trove website for your chance to get into the alpha or future beta....
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  • Dead Island and Toy Soldiers are February's Games with Gold Titles on Xbox 360

    Major Nelson has detailed the two titles that will become free through the month of February as part of Xbox Live's Games with Gold offering.

    The first game is Dead Island and will be free from February 1 through February 15.

    The second game is Toy Soldiers: Cold War which finishes out the second half of the month.

    Today also marks the last day you can pick up Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for free....
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