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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  • The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date Announced for April 4, 2014

    The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date Announced for April 4, 2014

    On April 4, 2014 (4/4/14, see what they did there?) The Elder Scrolls Online is slated to be released. The game will only be out on PC and Mac on this date with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions following later in 2014.

    To coincide with this announcement, Betehsda released a new gameplay trailer called "War on Cyrodiil."

    In our latest trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, witness the Alliance War in action as Tamriel's three alliances rally their forces in the heart of Cyrodiil. Are you prepared to face your enemies, conquer their fortifications, and claim the Ruby Throne?
    Bethesda offers up s...
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  • Xbox One Sells 2 Million Units Sold in 18 Days

    Xbox One Sells 2 Million Units Sold in 18 Days

    Microsoft announced today that the Xbox One has sold over 2 million units in its first 18 days of being on sale. Microsoft's Corporate VP of Strategy and Marketing for Xbox, Yusef Mehdi, said that the system is sold out at most retailers in its 13 launch markets.
    "We're also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date."

    To compare, the PlayStation 4 sold 2.1 million units within 18 days of its initial release in North America....
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  • How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day Coming to Borderlands 2

    How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day Coming to Borderlands 2

    The third Headhunter pack from Gearbox is on its way for Borderlands 2. This one is all about how Marcus Saved Mercenary Day and as you might expect, it's got plenty of Christmas themed goodness to warm even the Grinch's heart.

    Beware as you wander around
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  • How to Unlock the Hidden Phantom Prospect Assignment in Battlefield 4

    How to Unlock the Hidden Phantom Prospect Assignment in Battlefield 4

    There is a hidden gold assignment tucked away in Battlefield 4. It's called "Phantom Prospect" and it involves quite a bit of work to actually earn once you've unlocked it.

    First thing's first, however, let's find out how to unlock it in the first place!
    • This cannot be done in Firefox for some reason. Any other browser seems to work fine.
    • You must have Battlefield 4 Premium.

    Steps to unlock:
    1. Go to Battlelog
    2. Click on Leaderboards
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the Leaderboards page
    4. At the bottom left of the page is a small, faded skull icon (See Screenshot)
    5. Click on the skull
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  • Visit Snowy North Yankton in this Grand Theft Auto Online Glitch

    Visit Snowy North Yankton in this Grand Theft Auto Online Glitch

    Ever wanted to return back to the snow covered North Yankton from the single player in Grand Theft Auto V? Well, now you can thanks to this new glitch that some users found for Grand Theft Auto Online. In fact, it looks like it's super simple to pull off!

    You must re-play the first prologue mission. when you get outside the building, have a friend invite you to a online session, then just fly to the area i show in the video! its very simple, but make sure anyone who wants to see north yankton joins the game from the prolouge mission!
    For some reason, some forum members at various GTA fansites ar...
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  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Arrives March 18, Includes Xbox Exclusive Raiden Mission with Snatchers

    That headline started out real strong and quickly took a left turn into WTF-Ville without warning. Konami and Hideo Kojima revealed today that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be released on March 18, 2014!

    They also revealed that while the PlayStation will get the exclusive "Deja Vu" mission, Xbox owners will get the "Jamais Vu" mission featuring Raiden and "bioroid 'Snatchers'".

    If that premise sounds familiar, it's for good reason. Konami and Kojima released a game in 1988 called Snatcher. It involves, you guessed it, bioroids that kill humans to take their place in society. If you want to see...
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  • GOG Offering 30-Day Refund Policy

    GOG Offering 30-Day Refund Policy

    Digital distribution has been less than ideal when it comes to getting a refund on games that either don't work well or don't deliver on promised features. is looking to change things, at least for their own services, by introducing a 30-day refund policy.

    An FAQ explains the finer points of this new guarantee.
    How does it work? If, within 30 days after the purchase of your game, you experience technical problems or game-breaking bugs that prevent you from finishing your game, contact our customer support. They will do their best to help you fix the problem and if, at the end of their attempts to so
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  • Substantial Content Coming to Grand Theft Auto V - Single Player DLC and Multiplayer Creators Beta

    Rockstar updated their blog earlier today with word about additional content coming for Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. First up is some of the content you can expect in 2014 for both the online and single-player components to the game.
    GTA Online Heists. We know many of you in the GTA Online community are super excited for the debut of co-operative Heists. Heists are currently in development and we are working very hard to get them as polished and as fun as they can be. Stay tuned for much more detail in the New Year.

    GTAV Story Mode Updates. For those ready to jump back into the story of Grand Theft Auto V,
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer from VGX Plus New Soundtrack Details

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer from VGX Plus New Soundtrack Details

    In case you missed the new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that was shown off during VGX 2013, we have you covered below. Stay tuned afterwards for fresh details on the game's soundtrack!

    CDP RED studio is also excited to provide a glimpse into some of the new music direction for this 3rd and final installment in the Witcher series with the VGX Gameplay Trailer. Portions of the music in the game will focus on the raw emotion of traditional slavic instruments and songs to convey the brutality and violence of the world. To achieve this goal the audio team has been recording using traditional and
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  • Candy Crush Saga, Criminal Case, and FarmVille 2 Highlight Facebook's Best Games of 2013

    The list you've all been waiting for has finally been revealed! Yes, Facebook has offered up their short list of 2013 Games of the Year.

    So what game took the top spot? It's none other than Criminal Case! You guys know about Criminal Case, right? Sure you do!
    This hidden object game from a French indie studio combines crime scene investigation with engaging sharing mechanics to create the most successful Facebook game of the year. As detailed in our case study of the game, Open Graph stories featuring visceral artwork drove organic growth for the game throughout the first half of the year. Content updates and
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  • Spies from the US and UK Infiltrate the World of Warcraft and Other Online Titles

    According to the New York Times, ProPublica, and The Guardian, spies from the United States and the United Kingdom have taken to data collection from a number of online titles. This was revealed recently through more leaked documents from NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

    Some of these titles include World of Warcraft and Second Life. They did this by, you guessed it, making characters in these games, recruiting virtual informants, and eavesdropping on typed conversations. Yeah...
    Fearing that terrorist or criminal networks could use the games to communicate secretly, move money or plot attacks, the documents show, intelligence operatives have entered terrain populated by digital avatars that include elves,
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