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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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  • Steam Reviews Now in Beta

    Steam Reviews Now in Beta

    Valve continues to add to their list of products and services with a "beta" on their name. Today, "Steam Reviews" has entered the beta phase and it is available to all Steam users.
    Valve today announced the beta launch of Steam Reviews, adding more ways Steam users may share their experiences with others and make more informed purchase decisions. Users considering a purchase on Steam may now browse reviews from friends and the community, leave comments on reviews, and indicate which reviews they found helpful. Once a user has played a game or used a software title on Steam, they are able to write a review of that product and share their experie
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  • DICE Working on Battlefield 4 Patch to Fix One Hit Kill Bug, EMP Blur Effect, and Loss of Sound Bug

    Oh. My. God. DICE has revealed that the next patch is already in the works for the PC version of Battlefield 4. Notably, they are looking into a few items that the community has given them some feedback on including the horrendous EMP blur effect, the one hit kill bug, and the loss of sound on a few maps such as on Golmud Railway!
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  • Xbox One Also Sells One Million Units in 24 Hours

    Xbox One Also Sells One Million Units in 24 Hours

    Microsoft is calling it "the biggest launch in Xbox history." Just as the PlayStation 4 did, the Xbox One has also sold one million units in a 24-hour period.

    Microsoft claims that so far 3.6 million miles have been driven in Forza 5 and over 60 million zombies have been killed in Dead Rising 3. The key difference to note here is that the Xbox One launched in 13 countries yesterday in order to reach one million units sold. The PlayStation 4 was launched in only North America (United States and Canada) so far. It's also interesting to note that the PS4 is still backordered to the tune of 2.3 mill...
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  • This Video Explains the One Hit Kill Bug in Battlefield 4

    This Video Explains the One Hit Kill Bug in Battlefield 4

    Feel like you're getting killed in just one hit in Battlefield 4 and you cannot figure out why? This video may explain why you seem to die faster than you would expect.


    Hopefully the increased exposure to this bug will result in it being fixed by DICE and EA in an upcoming patch....
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  • PlayStation 4 and Vita Ultimate Edition Bundle Coming this December

    PlayStation 4 and Vita Ultimate Edition Bundle Coming this December

    It looks like an "Ultimate Edition" bundle that includes the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita may be coming this December. David Scammell, Editor at VideoGamer.com snapped this photo of an upcoming ad that features the bundle deal.


    The catch here is that the bundle deal may only be for European markets. Yeah, bummer. So far, Sony has not yet announced or confirmed anything yet for any region, so keep those fingers crossed that this makes its way to other regions....
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  • Report: Microsoft is Readying a New Version of Xbox One for 2014

    Report: Microsoft is Readying a New Version of Xbox One for 2014

    This probably isn't true at all, but DigiTimes reports that Microsoft is already readying a new version of the Xbox One. Even more is that it may be released in early 2014.
    While Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22, it is preparing to introduce a new version of the Xbox One in the first quarter of 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers who say they have been asked to begin shipments of the new model in that quarter.
    Shipments of Xbox One from the manufacturing side began at one million units a month in the third quarter and monthly shipments have been increasing in the fourth
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  • Microsoft Has No Clear Solution for Xbox One Disc Drive Issue

    Microsoft Has No Clear Solution for Xbox One Disc Drive Issue

    The PlayStation 4 had its fair share of hardware issues (perhaps largely attributed to disgruntled Foxxcon employees) and now so does the Xbox One. The Xbox One seems to suffer mainly from a disc drive failure and unfortunately for those affected users, Microsoft has no clear solution.

    We know that with a hardware launch of this magnitude customers will have questions and we have many avenues for customers to get the answers they need and get back in the game as soon as possible. Rest assured we plan to take care of our customers. Any customer who believes they are experiencing an issue with their Xbox One should reach out to us. There are many avenues ava
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  • Double XP Event Planned for Battlefield 4 to Apologize for Server Issues - November 28 to December 5

    DICE's General Manager, Karl Magnus Troedsson, announced today that there will be a special double XP event starting on November 28 for Battlefield 4. The reason for the special event is due to the recent server issues that Battlelog had thanks to a lengthy DDoS attack and for various PlayStation 4 crashing issues.

    In addition, any player that logs into the game on December 5 will get the M1911 pistol scope. This item was previously only available to those that worked at DICE.
    At DICE, we are committed to you, the fans, and view the game as a live service. I am extremely proud of the people at DICE and everyone
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  • GTA Online's First Social Club Event Weekend - Vespucci Beach Party - Includes Prizes

    Rockstar Games is going to play host to a Vespucci Beach Party Social Club event this weekend for Grand Theft Auto Online. The event will feature a special giveaways, a special event playlist, and livestream.
    All weekend long, plunge into a special Social Club Event Playlist of brand new Jobs from the freshly landed Beach Bum Pack, a hand-picked selection of ten of our favorite new Jobs. Drop some sea shells, go for a fuel-injected run on the beach, and take in some of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Los Santos Bay area in modes including Sea Race, Parachute, Team Deathmatch and more. The best performers in
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  • John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software

    John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software

    John Carmack created Doom and Quake. He also co-founded id Software which created Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, and Rage. Today, John Carmack has officially left id Software.

    Tim Willits, id Software's Studio Director, made the following statement to IGN.
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  • Microsoft Severs All Ties with Apparent Jerk KSI

    Microsoft Severs All Ties with Apparent Jerk KSI

    I don't know who KSI is, but from what the Internet tells me, he's quite the misogynistic douchebag that sexually harassed female event goers at Eurogamer Expo 2012. He's been banned from all Eurogamer events as a result. He was oddly chosen as one of the performers scheduled for the Xbox One launch event in London. Afterwards, he filed a YouTube copyright claim against a journalist that questioned Microsoft's decision to hire a huge douchebag for their event. A "copyright safe" version of the video can be found below. Microsoft was apparently unaware of KSI's "exploits" when they hired him for the event. Needless to say, most anybod...
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