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NBA 2K18 - Get Shook Trailer
Aug 16, 2017 - 1:41 PM - by Emabulator


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Black Mirror - Announcement Trailer
Aug 16, 2017 - 1:35 PM - by Emabulator


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Scotland, 1926. Following the death of his father, David Gordon visits his ancestral home for the first time in his life. A life that is soon threatened by the dark secrets that claimed the sanity of many Gordons before him. Blood is not always thicker than water.

On 28. November 2017, immerse yourself in a modern re-imagining of the acclaimed gothic-horror adventure series, on PS4, XONE, PC, Mac and Linux.
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F1 2017 'Born To Be Wild' Gameplay Trailer
Aug 16, 2017 - 12:39 PM - by Emabulator


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Take a look at what you’re going to be getting your hands on very soon with our latest F1 2017 gameplay trailer. Make History in F1 2017 - out 25th August!
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Destiny 2 PC Open Beta Set for August 29 to 31
Aug 16, 2017 - 10:04 AM - by Evil Avatar


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Agents of Mayhem Reviews "more of a kick laughing at it, rather than with, but..."
Aug 15, 2017 - 3:06 PM - by Emabulator

Game Informer - 8.0/10

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Agents of Mayhem is cheesy, rarely funny, and generally ridiculous, but I was eager to play for long periods of time. The action is frenetic and fun, with room for strategy using all the characters’ assorted abilities. Even if Seoul ends up being a bland backdrop, I enjoyed being in the world and causing explosions in at every opportunity.
GamesRadar - 4/5

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Variety is something that Agents of Mayhem otherwise has in abundance, thankfully. Whether you're in the mood for action-packed battles on crowded concert stages, upgrading your agents and home base, or going for some breezy, triple-jumping platforming between skyscrapers, new fun is never far off. Then you can return to base, slot in a different trio of heroes, and drop back into Seoul with an all-new team. Mayhem is flawed, but it's also a strong start for an enjoyable and funny series. Would it be presumptuous to say I'm ready for season two?
IGN - 7.1/10

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Agents of Mayhem does a good job paying homage to the cartoon and live-action TV heroes of the 80s and 90s, and revels in the absurd tropes and idiosyncrasies of those inspirations. A broad and goofy arsenal of unique weapons and gadgets and the ability to switch characters on the fly to access complementary abilities offers some solid combat and good mindless fun, but due to some unpolished writing and repetitive environments and enemy types, it doesn't fully live up to its heroic potential.
Destructoid - 7/10

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But despite these technical flaws, I still had a really fun time messing around with the agents. Enjoying Agents of Mayhem is sort of like watching a cartoon you used to love without the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia or the naivete of youth. You'll get more of a kick laughing at it, rather than with, but there's a smile on your face either way.
GameSpot - 4/10

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Personality can only take a broken and repetitive game so far. The attitude behind Agents of Mayhem has potential, at least if it's executed properly. But there's little to Agents of Mayhem beyond its foul-mouthed and bombastic attitude, which push the game into grating and obnoxious territory. Throw in the poor mission design and bugs, and you've got a game with loads of mayhem, but not much else.
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Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder Rockin' Trailer
Aug 15, 2017 - 12:47 PM - by Emabulator


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In Bigger and Boulder, Atlas (no relation), the Greek Titan of holding up really heavy things, needs some help running away from a certain being that created the entire universe. And he definitely needs your help, because rulers throughout history are getting in his way; there's no time to gather moss — start smashing down those gates! The conquerors in the game are each representative of their different periods of Art History, from Early Renaissance to Surrealism, and are presented in the series' quirky, Python-esque, cut-out animation style.
2 Replies | 699 Views
Nine Parchments Characters Trailer - PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC
Aug 15, 2017 - 10:35 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Nine Parchments is a co-operative blast'em up game of magic mayhem from Frozenbyte!

A group of drop-out wizard apprentices decide to skip their training for a quick path to the Nine Parchments.

As the wannabe wizards rapidly discover powerful new spells and ignore all safety aspects, it's natural that their hasty progress results in lots of unwanted deaths...

Features
  • Wield the power of the elements and master a diverse and ever-changing arsenal of spells
  • Unlock new playable characters, wizard hats and magical staves
  • Level up and train your characters in the magical arts, but choose your path wisely!
  • Battle strange creatures and mighty bosses in a breathtakingly beautiful world, set in the Trine universe
  • Online and local co-op with 1-4 players
Nine Parchments on Steam
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Blizzard App renamed again, is now Blizzard Battle.net
Aug 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Blizzard Battle.net Update

When we announced that we’d be transitioning away from the Battle.net name for our online-gaming service, we suspected that the shift would be challenging. We understood that Battle.net stood for something special—it represents years of shared history and enjoyment, community and friendship, for all of us and our players.

Battle.net is the central nervous system for Blizzard games and the connective tissue that has brought Blizzard players together since 1996. The technology was never going away, but after giving the branding change further consideration and also hearing your feedback, we’re in agreement that the name should stay as well. Take it from the developer formerly known as Silicon & Synapse, and Chaos Studios, names are important too.

Moving forward, to help offset some of the original concerns we listed back in September, we will be connecting “Blizzard” to “Battle.net” in our logo for the service and in general when we refer to it in print: Blizzard Battle.net.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to many more years of bringing players together online.

Thanks, Blizzard Entertainment
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Morons still aren't smart enough to just go back to Battle.net.
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Johnny Depp's film company to produce a Secret World Legends TV Series
Aug 15, 2017 - 10:26 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil To Produce TV-Series Based on Funcom's Secret World IP

Funcom is excited to share the news that Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and G4C Innovation’s Gudrun Giddings have partnered to produce The Secret World, a TV series based on Funcom’s massively multiplayer online game The Secret World and its reincarnation, the shared-world online RPG Secret World Legends. The TV series is based on the universe of the Secret World IP and centers on a team of undercover agents and the shadowy war between secret societies, the Illuminati, Dragon and the Templar. Central to the plot is also the battle against the supernatural in an adventure that spans across our world, multiple dimensions, and incorporates the realms of ancient myths and legends as well as today’s conspiracy theories and headline news.

The pilot was written by James V. Hart (Hook, Dracula, Contact) and Jake Hart. Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sarkar and Gudrun Giddings will produce together with Showrunner Pam Veasey. (CSI-NY). CAA (Creative Artists Agency) is packaging.

“The Secret World universe is full of stories just waiting to be told,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “From secret societies to myths and legends that are all coming true, The Secret World captures some of humanity’s greatest mysteries and asks “what if?”. As the developers of The Secret World and Secret World Legends, we think it is a fantastic premise for a television show and one we hope will capture the collective imagination of the audience.”

“It is one of the most character-driven and well-developed games I know of,” says Gudrun Giddings, who optioned the media rights back in 2012. “Hence it naturally lends itself to fantastical storylines with intriguing characters, a thrilling, and binge-worthy international TV show.”

Sam Sarkar, who developed the project from its inception with Gudrun Giddings said: “From the moment Gudrun first brought this to me, I loved this property. I live for conspiracy theory. I don’t believe it, but I love it. This is the secret story of the people who rule the people who rule the world.”
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War 'Terror Tribe' Trailer
Aug 15, 2017 - 10:23 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War New Terror Tribe Video Revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a video for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, showcasing the Terror tribe, a faction of Orcs who specialise in spreading fear throughout Mordor. In Shadow of War, Orcs now belong to tribes, which extend their influence stemming from the Overlords ruling the mighty fortresses throughout the open world, providing a rich ecosystem of missions, exploration and a dynamic Orc society with diverse Orc cultures, all brought to life through the expanded Nemesis System. As master tormentors, the Terror tribe rely on their infamous reputations to inspire fear among their enemies.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an open world action RPG that continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be available for Xbox One X, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC (Windows Store and Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro beginning 10th October 2017.
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Batman vs Two-Face trailer: Adam West’s final performance as the Caped Crusader
Aug 15, 2017 - 10:19 AM - by Evil Avatar

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As the sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the all-new Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut!
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Deadlight: Director's Cut Free on GOG Now!
Aug 15, 2017 - 5:35 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Deadlight: Director's Cut is currently free on GOG.com. If you want your free copy of the game you'll need to act fast because this game is free for the next 24 hours as of the posting of this story.

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About: A zombie outbreak eradicated all hope of returning life back to normal, now only survival lives on. Run, hide and fight your way through the undead as Randall searches for his family in this gorgeous, gritty, destroyed world.
  • Solve environmental puzzles and overcome hazards in tense platforming while trying to stay out of the shadow’s grasp
  • Combat isn’t always the answer. To truly survive you must use your environment to sneak past, trick and lure enemies into traps. Assess every situation to increase your odds of survival
  • Uncover the fate of Randall Wayne’s family in his search across an apocalyptic Seattle in the year 1986
  • Enhanced controls and new character animations make Randall more agile and easier to control than ever!
  • Endure Randall’s toughest challenge yet in the new ‘Survival Arena’ mode!
Get Deadlight here!
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Sonic Mania Reviews "best Sonic game ever made"
Aug 14, 2017 - 7:50 PM - by Emabulator

GameSpot - 9/10

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For years the Sonic series has chased the legacy of its early games, constantly delivering experiences that either came close or failed to recapture the spirit that made them classics. Whether it was by getting wrapped up in story or putting too much emphasis on speed instead of level design, the newer games lost track of what made the originals great. Sonic Mania methodically uses its sentimental appeal to great effect, but in the process, it heals the wounds inflicted by its most disappointing predecessors and surpasses the series' best with its smart and interpretive design. An excellent 2D platformer, Sonic Mania goes beyond expectations, managing to be not only a proper evolution of the series' iconic formula, but the best Sonic game ever made.
DualShockers - 9.0/10

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Sonic Mania definitely took me by surprise. In a time where reboots and re-releases crowd the video game market, Sega took a chance on creating a brand new Sonic adventure for the long time fans. However, by adding new power-ups, new bosses, and running in 60 fps, Sonic is now approachable to modern gamers.

From the beginning to the end, I couldn’t seem to put Sonic Mania down. One playthrough, without collecting all the Chaos Emeralds took me about six hours, I never said I was the fastest Sonic player. Sonic Mania has helped me rediscover what it was I loved about Sonic growing up and it took me back to a time where I could just pick up a game and have fun. This is for Sonic fans everywhere and it will not disappoint.
IGN - 8.7/10

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Still, even when Sonic Mania stumbles a bit, it’s only on little speedbumps in the road. For every issue I had, it didn’t take long before I was enjoying myself again, eagerly anticipating what sort of wacky wonders the game would throw at me next. It truly is the classic throwback longtime series fans have been clamoring for, but there’s plenty to love here even if you didn’t grow up with a Genesis. Sonic Mania is a stellar example of a retro revival done right.
Game Informer - 8.5/10

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A return to the series' roots in every sense, Sonic Mania is a joyful reminder why the franchise became such a hit in the first place. Though it's content with reliving past glories, it does so exceptionally well. Exciting level design, a stellar soundtrack, and cool expansions on the original formula work in one accord to deliver the Sonic game fans have been waiting for.
Destructoid - 8/10

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Sonic Mania is short but sweet. It even functions as a proper Sonic 4 if you don't count the episodic Sonic 4 (remember that one?). As long as the same team is in charge I can easily deal with one of these every few years or so while Sega tries to strike Sonic Adventure gold again and again with their 3D iterations.
USgamer - 4/5

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During its best moments, Sonic Mania feels like a Sonic fan's dream game. Now that that dream is fulfilled, maybe it's time for a new dream. Like an ideal, hypothetical Sonic 5 in the vein of Mania where we get only new levels thrown into the mix, instead of mostly remixes.
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Zero F***s Given in the Agents Of Mayhem Launch Trailer
Aug 14, 2017 - 5:43 PM - by Emabulator


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12 Agents. One World. Zero F***s. Agents of Mayhem is out this week on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Discover the brand new game from the creators of Saints Row.
15 Replies | 1,531 Views
Call of Duty: WWII - Private Multiplayer Beta Trailer
Aug 14, 2017 - 11:45 AM - by Emabulator


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Be among the first in the world to get hands-on with Call of Duty®: WWII Multiplayer in the Private Beta, including brand new maps and all-new War Mode experience. Enlist in all five Divisions and watch for new content throughout the Beta. Private Beta begins on August 25 first on PS4, and on September 1 for PS4 and Xbox One.
8 Replies | 1,247 Views
Game & Movie Releases for August 13th to August 19th, 2017
Aug 14, 2017 - 9:38 AM - by Evil Avatar

Releases for August 13th to August 19th, 2017

Retail Games
Sonic Mania Collector's Edition (PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch)
Agents of Mayhem (PS4, Xbone)
Troll and I (Switch)
Sudden Strike 4 (PS4, PC)
Zero Time Dilemma (PS4)

Movies & TV
Alien: Covenant
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season
Alien: 6 Film Collection
The Blacklist: Season Four
The Wall
Everything, Everything
Riverdale: The Complete First Season
Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination
Hickok
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Pet Sematary
How to Be a Latin Lover
Bluebeard
Night Moves
Fairy Tail: Collection Nine
Hopscotch Criterion Collection
The Noose Hangs High
Chuck
Meantime Criterion Collection

Box Office
The Hitman's Bodyguard
Logan Lucky
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Creepy Dolls take the top of the Weekend Boxoffice Chart
Aug 14, 2017 - 9:01 AM - by Evil Avatar

The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle: Creation scared up an estimated $35 million in North American theaters over the weekend, making it easily the top film and giving the lagging August box office a shot in the arm.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of August 11th to August 13th, 2017.
  1. Annabelle: Creation $35.0/$35.0
  2. Dunkirk $11.4/$153.7
  3. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature $8.9/$8.9
  4. The Dark Tower $7.8/$34.3
  5. The Emoji Movie $6.6/$63.5
  6. Girls Trip $6.5/$97.1
  7. Spider-Man: Homecoming $6./$306.4
  8. Kidnap $5.2/$19.3
  9. The Glass Castle $4.8/$4.8
  10. Atomic Blonde $4.5/$42.8
  11. War for the Planet of the Apes $3.7/$137.3
  12. Despicable Me 3 $3.0/$247.6
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Gamevice Files Lawsuit Against Nintendo Switch
Aug 13, 2017 - 2:33 PM - by Emabulator

MCV has the story.

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Nintendo is facing a new lawsuit over the design of the Switch. According to Engadget, accessory maker Gamevice has taken issue with the tablet-based console, alleging that it has violated a patent used in the company's Wikipad device, a gaming-focused Android tablet.

Gamevice is also arguing that the Switch and its removable Joy-Con controllers are too similar to its titular add-on controllers for mobile devices, which extend to wrap around the edges of a phone or tablet to provide extra buttons.

Naturally, the suit is seeking both injunctive relief to ban further sales of the Switch and monetary damages.

There are certainly similarities between the two devices. The Wikipad, for instance, included a detachable game controller that both held the tablet in place and provided extra buttons and controls along the sides, while the Gamevice controller is a more refined version of the product for Apple and Samsung smartphone devices.

However, given that Nintendo seems to be equally diligent about filing patents for its various devices, Gamevice may find it has a difficult road ahead.
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LawBreakers Reviews "a complex, physical, and deep competitive shooter"
Aug 13, 2017 - 2:22 PM - by Emabulator

Destructoid - 8.5/10

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Boss Key's philosophy allows for a more old-school arena shooter approach where skill-based twitch reaction is more important than team composition. That's not a knock on any other game, it's just a different feel that Boss Key was going for with LawBreakers, and succeeded. It might not have the flair of a few other games on the market, but it has strong bones that can grow over time.
PC Gamer - 84/100

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In this mini-renaissance the genre is in the midst of, LawBreakers asserts itself as a complex, physical, and deep competitive shooter. It's an uncompromising game that doesn't make apologies for its high skill ceiling, but isn't so exclusionary that only those with pristine reflexes can enjoy it. There's a quiet gracefulness to managing the Battle Medic's hoverpack, knowing when to toggle the hover on and off to conserve fuel. It's a treat to play an FPS where some of the roles demand more left-hand coordination than they do mouse aim.
GameSpot - 8/10

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One sign of any worthwhile team-based shooter is a level of accessibility where everyone feels they can contribute no matter their play style, and Lawbreakers succeeds in this manner. And while the lack of Deathmatch is a lost opportunity, its sufficient playlist of modes offers a viable outlet to flaunt your kill/death ratio, even if it's at the expense of team success. What counts is that its fresh anti-gravity mechanics transcends its first-glance novel appeal and creates limitless combat situations that will be new and inviting to many shooter fans.
Game Informer - 7.5/10

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LawBreakers delivers in terms of neat weapons, lightning-fast kills, and aspirational skills. You’ll look back in awe at performing feats like landing a triple kill while blasting yourself backwards into a zero-g environment. Despite the adrenaline-fueled highs, the title falls back to earth due to uninteresting environments, generic characters, and a lack of variety. Even with an admirable effort to capture the spirit of the core arena-shooter and offer players a chance to show off their skills, the hero-shooter space is inundated with choices, and LawBreakers doesn’t offer much to stand out amongst the rest of the pack.
8 Replies | 1,448 Views
Episode 074 - An Ode to Local Multiplayer
Aug 13, 2017 - 12:39 AM - by 4205 Cast

Unplug your routers and cozy up with a friend on the couch, make sure they get the busted controller! In the wake of the rerelease of one of our favorite local multiplayer games we share our thoughts about it. This week, Andre gets busted with his hardware, Theo misinteprets the score, Chris has trouble moving on, Anthoney struggles with adulthood and Joe hates calculus. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the seventy-fourth episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss local multiplayer.

This week on the 4205 Cast - An Ode to Local Multiplayer.

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Pac Man Vs. has finally been re-released, and it's high time the couch-based multiplayer format comes back! Also, we are giving away a Blu-Ray copy of the first 13 episodes of Dragon Ball Super. Listen in for the contest. US shipping only
Yep, we're having another contest! We're giving away a Blu-Ray of episodes 1-13 of Dragonball Super! During the episode, we'll read off a back-of-the-box trivia challenge for you to answer. Correctly guess the game over the course of 5 weeks and you'll be entered to win! Full rules follow:
  1. Gain an entry by answering the back-of-the-box trivia answer correctly for the week via Facebook message or Twitter DM. Only the first answer provided per episode will be accepted. The trivia question is asked on-episode, so you have to listen!
  2. Gain an entry by sharing/retweeting the most recent episode *IF* you have submitted an answer. Links to our Facebook and Twitter can be found below.
  3. Contest lasts until September 8, 2017 (maximum of 10 entrants per person).
  4. One winner will be chosen via RNG using the Excel RAND function and will be notified on September 9, 2017 via the method.
  5. Winner will have 24 hours to respond with a mailing address for the prize. Failure to do so will result in a re-drawing.
  6. US Shipping only.
Good luck and happy listening!

Like the show? Check out the 4205 Cast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes for all the back episodes you've missed, then check out the Kings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
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Intel Will Reveal 8th Generation CPUs This Month; Sooner Than Expected
Aug 12, 2017 - 12:28 PM - by Emabulator

GameSpot has the story.

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Intel's 7th-generation CPUs (Kaby Lake) released in January this year, about 17 months after the preceding generation (Skylake)--a usual transition in the CPU market. However, Intel is ready to reveal its 8th-generation on August 21. And while we don't know of the release window quite yet, this announcement comes much sooner than what we'd expect.

The Kaby Lake processor family was announced this time last year and released five months later. If this next generation (Coffee Lake) follows suit, we could have new Intel chips in early 2018. This also means that Kaby Lake would be supplanted just 12 months after its launch; Intel CPU generations typically run an 18-month cycle.

There's reason to believe that the recent competition from AMD's Ryzen CPU family--which began its roll out in March this year-- is impacting what we see from Intel. AMD has been able to offer comparable gaming performance, more CPU cores for better multitasking and productivity, and competitive pricing.
14 Replies | 2,179 Views
Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Aug 11, 2017 - 1:56 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

It has been a long week, so grab a beer/shot/joint and crank up the tunes!

What are you listening to this weekend?
11 Replies | 2,311 Views
Justice League Reshoots Will "Lighten Up" The Movie, Actor Says
Aug 11, 2017 - 12:40 PM - by Emabulator

GameSpot has the story.

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While it is not uncommon for big-budget movies to undergo several weeks of reshoots, those for the DC superhero team-up Justice League have been notable for a number of reasons. Firstly, original director Zack Snyder stepped aside following a family tragedy, with Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron) taking his place. Then there was the controversy over Superman's mustache. Now one of the cast has revealed that the reshoots are intended to lighten the film's tone.

In a recent interview with IGN, Joe Morton, who plays Dr. Silas Stone in the movie, explained that "the film felt too dark" prior to the reshoots. In particular, changes had been made to Ray Fisher's character Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg.

"I know that with Ray, the young man who plays Victor, there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character," Morton said. "I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don't know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots but that's what I heard. That's what I thought some of the reshoots were about."

Even before Justice League started production, the filmmakers had spoken about their intention to make it "more hopeful and optimistic" than the critically reviled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Morton's comments suggest that the studio is looking to lighten the tone even further. There were similar rumors about last year's Suicide Squad when that also underwent reshoots.
12 Replies | 2,920 Views
Absolver - Character Customization Trailer
Aug 11, 2017 - 12:26 PM - by Emabulator


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Absolver is an online melee action experience where players are placed behind the mask of a Prospect under control of the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, who have placed you here to determine your worth in joining their elite corps of Absolvers.
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Sudden Strike 4 - PS4 Launch Trailer
Aug 11, 2017 - 12:09 PM - by Emabulator


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With Sudden Strike 4, the legendary tactical real-time strategy series returns better than ever. Bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics and new scenarios await you in a historically authentic World War 2 setting that challenges your tactical skills in a way that none of its predecessors ever have before.

Storm the beaches of Normandy, lead your tanks into the Ardennes and defend Moscow in three action-packed campaigns, playing as the Allied, German and Soviet forces respectively. Take command of over 100 different units and test your strategic abilities in over 20 demanding singleplayer missions, a challenge-focused skirmish mode and a multiplayer mode with up to 8 players.

Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry, outmaneuver the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air strikes – how you approach each mission is up to you!

Sudden Strike 4 is now available for PlayStation®4, Windows PC, Mac and SteamOS.
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Moons of Madness Announce Trailer
Aug 11, 2017 - 10:59 AM - by Emabulator


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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." ~ H.P. Lovecraft.

Moons of Madness throws the player into a unique, first person, psychological horror game, combining Lovecraft influence with hard sci-fi.
2 Replies | 1,532 Views
First Look at Olivia Cooke as Art3mis in Ready Player One
Aug 11, 2017 - 9:22 AM - by Evil Avatar


Get ready to Game when Ready Player One opens on March 30th, 2018.
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No Man's Sky Atlus Update Now Available
Aug 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Featuring a new central storyline players can discover more about the universe and themselves, as well as a wide array of new and improved features. Whether you’re a veteran interloper or completely new to the No Man’s Sky universe, there has never been a better time to start your journey.
Full patch notes are available here.

Here’s a quick run down of the main features:
  • 30 hours of branching story and deeper lore
  • Procedurally generated guild missions
  • Much deeper interstellar trading
  • Star Systems have varying wealth, conflict and economies
  • Overhauled Space combat controls, weapons and AI
  • Portals stargates enable quick travel
  • Terrain manipulation for more complex bases
  • New farming and mining interactions bring increased depth
  • Increased biome variety and Rare exotic biomes
  • Analysis visor & discovery improvements
  • Galaxy map and many other UI improvements
  • New S Class ship designs
  • Low altitude flight and the ability to crash your ship
  • Crashed Freighters to salvage on planets
  • Joint exploration

Our story gives a new context, quest system and branching narrative to No Man’s Sky. In the Atlas Rises story, the fabric of existence is starting to falter. A mysterious new interdimensional race have appeared, and ancient portals have begun to open.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Aug 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM - by Jetherik

The question is always the same. What are you playing this weekend?
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Gamer's Shopping Guide, August 10 - 16: #PS4 #XboxOne #Nintendo #Nvidia #CallOfDuty
Aug 10, 2017 - 2:28 PM - by Emabulator

PC GamesPC Gaming HardwarePlayStation 4Xbox OneNintendoTV and VideoBooks
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Arma 3 - Laws of War DLC Reveal Trailer and Screenshots
Aug 10, 2017 - 12:50 PM - by Emabulator


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Explore a different perspective on the battlefield with the addition of a humanitarian faction, van, drone, mini-campaign, and much more, in the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC.

Previously referred to under its codename "Orange DLC", the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC adds a new faction called IDAP (humanitarian aid organization), mini-campaign ("Remnants of War"), Van (multiple variants with over 20 liveries), Utility & Demining Drone (multiple variants), APERS Mine Dispenser, clothing and gear, time trial challenges, and more. The package will be supported by a free Arma 3 platform update, which highlights include: refined cluster strikes, the simulation of Unexploded Ordnance, the ability to drop (custom) leaflets from the sky, two new Showcase scenarios, emergency and medical supplies, decorative objects, and extra Steam Achievements.

The Arma 3 Laws of War DLC is scheduled for release in the beginning of September, and is available for pre-order on the Bohemia Store and Steam with a 10% pre-order discount. A portion of the proceeds from the direct sales of the Laws of War DLC in 2017 will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The total amount raised will be announced on http://www.bistudio.com in 2018.
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The Agile Fencer is Master of All Things Stabbing in Etrian Odyssey V
Aug 10, 2017 - 12:26 PM - by Emabulator


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The Fencer likes to get to the point.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – The fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey series is finally arriving! Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth chronicles the quest of a new adventurer (hey, that’s you!) as he or she attempts to reach the top of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. For it is said that whoever braves the dangers of the dreaded Yggdrasil Labyrinth and reaches the summit will have their greatest wish fulfilled…
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Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition - Content Reveal Trailer
Aug 10, 2017 - 12:15 PM - by Emabulator


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The Legendary Edition will be available as a stand-alone game for newcomers, and as an affordable expansion for all Blood Bowl 2 players

The Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition’s release is just around the corner! The highly anticipated Legendary Edition will bring in September a wealth of new content, notably all the official races and Star Players from the original board game! To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Content Reveal Trailer is now out, showcasing the latest teams and the newest features brought by the Legendary Edition.

The Legendary Edition doesn't only bring 8 new races, many new Star-Players and cheerleaders gone wild: also brand new is the single-player mode Eternal League, an unending career as a coach for any of your available teams. Compete in matches across multiple seasons, participating in tournaments with different sizes and rules, as you keep evolving and levelling up your team.

The second new single-player mode is the Challenge Mode. This mode presents the player with crazy and wild match situations, which have to be solved within a single turn with a set of pre-rolled dice. These challenges could be anything from sending a Thrall six-feet-under, pushing an ogre off the pitch, or scoring the most improbable touchdown of your Blood Bowl career.

Beyond these exciting new features are the new Khemri stadium, even more insane matches with the All-Star teams and the Mixed Teams, and many new tools and options enriching an already deep multiplayer experience. These will be revealed as we get closer and closer to the release of Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition!
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F1 2017 - Lando Norris McLaren Gameplay Trailer
Aug 10, 2017 - 12:02 PM - by Emabulator

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Exciting young racer and McLaren F1 test driver Lando Norris hopped into the F1 2017 hot-seat to test drive a host of historic McLaren cars, as well as the striking MCL32 from this year's championship. Here's what he had to say on it:

“Getting behind the wheel for the first time was a really great feeling - after my test in the 2017 car in Hungary, I’m happy to confirm that these cars are much faster and more intense to drive, and that really comes across in the new game,” commented Norris. “I think people are going to have a lot of fun driving the new breed of Grand Prix car in F1 2017.”

He continued: “It was also a really nice experience to get to re-live several chapters of McLaren’s past by driving classic cars from 1988, 1991, ’98 and 2008, each representing a world championship success for the team. The 2008 title-winning car has tons of downforce, and is a lot of fun to throw about. The heritage cars are really the icing on the cake.”
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Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition Announced
Aug 10, 2017 - 10:01 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

Return to the Wasteland on September 26 with Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. With all the latest gameplay updates (including Survival mode), graphical enhancements, the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, plus all official add-ons included, this is the ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios.

Winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards – including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year – Fallout 4 is the studio’s most ambitious game yet. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland.

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will be available on September 26 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Be sure to reserve your copy in the upcoming weeks from select digital and physical retailers.
I will probably pick this up next year to get all the DLC since I only own the base game.
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Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Launches 3rd October on PlayStation 4
Aug 10, 2017 - 9:55 AM - by Evil Avatar

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The end of days is near, and dragons have returned to Gransys. Become the chosen Arisen and decide the fate of the world in Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, the critically acclaimed Action-RPG now updated for current generation consoles with improved high resolution visuals.

($29.99/£19.99/€24.99, physical edition confirmed too)

Based in an epic fantasy setting, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen combines exhilarating and deep combat with the freedom to explore and interact in this rich and detailed world. Choose between nine different classes and embark on your own adventure along with three AI companions, known as Pawns. These allies fight independently, develop alongside your character, and can be shared or borrowed online in exchange for treasure, tips and more.

This version contains the original Dragon’s Dogma along with all additional content from its expansion Dark Arisen, including the Bitterblack Isle area, filled with challenging new enemies and quests, and additional high level weapons and armour sets.
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LawBreakers PS4 Problems with Hitches and Stutters Massively Improved with Patch
Aug 09, 2017 - 4:20 PM - by Emabulator

Eurogamer has the story.

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Good news for prospective buyers of Boss Key's Lawbreakers. The hitching and stuttering issues that heavily impacted gameplay on launch day are now massively improved. "PS4 players, the @lawbreakers hitching fix is live! Thanks for your understanding. Now go kick some ass," Boss Key announced on Twitter.

The patch notes for update 1.04 cite "hitch improvements" and we can confirm that the frequency of the problem, not to mention the length of the stuttering (now 100ms at its worst) represent a night and day difference from the sub-optimal experience we played yesterday.
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Adorable New Star Wars Critters Make Peoples Feel Warm and Fuzzy Inside
Aug 09, 2017 - 4:01 PM - by Emabulator

Porgs! GameSpot has the story.

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While we await the next trailer for this year's Star Wars movie, new images from The Last Jedi have made their way online. They show off all of the key characters you'd expect, but let's be honest: the real highlight are the porgs.

As pictured below (via Entertainment Weekly), porgs are basically the cutest thing ever. First revealed back at D23 earlier this summer, these big-eyed creatures feel almost genetically engineered to sell merchandise, and yet you know that you wouldn't pass up an opportunity to give one a hug.
More.
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Fictorum Released for PC, Launch Trailer
Aug 09, 2017 - 1:17 PM - by Emabulator

Scraping Bottom Games has announced the release of its role-playing game Fictorum, which is now available from GOG and Steam.

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A reign of terror never feels so satisfying as when you leave a literal pile of rubble in your wake. Fictorum is an action role-playing game that features fully-destructible structures, a randomized node-based world map, and a satisfying magic system with on-the-fly spell shaping and customization.

In Fictorum, your mage wields real, legendary power right from the start—unlike those found in most magic-centric games. Our spellcasting and shaping system grants the player an unrivaled level of customization and reconfiguration. Up to three runes can be applied to a spell, each affecting a different spell characteristic, and can be changed to suit the player’s current need, interest, or whim. You might amplify ice blasts to freeze enemies in place, expand the radius of a fireball explosion to crumble a bridge and hinder pursuers, or chain a lightning attack together to strike several clustered targets. Shaping makes spellcasting tactical and satisfying; an experience more about tailoring your magical arsenal to effectively, efficiently, and enthusiastically destroy every obstacle.

Yet, challenge is abundant—the wizard must bring down a sprawling empire by himself. Your journey across the randomly-generated world map features locations chock full of enemies and structures to destroy.
Click on the Headline for the Trailer.
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Valve Announces Artifact, a Dota 2 Card Game
Aug 09, 2017 - 9:43 AM - by Evil Avatar


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Gearbox Holding Closed Beta for their Next Failure
Aug 09, 2017 - 9:40 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Welcome to Project 1v1!

Project 1v1 is the code name for Gearbox's top-secret, in-development, competitive first-person shooter that combines the action of fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game.

Project 1v1 will be holding a short Closed Technical Test this summer. We are looking for a limited number of players to test the online infrastructure and learn what players like you think about the game in order to inform and influence future development. The test will be held on North American servers, so international players may experience decreased performance.
www.project1v1.com

You might think they learned their lesson after Battleborn to stay away from pay-to-win games.
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Overwatch Summer Games 2017 Trailer and Skins
Aug 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM - by Evil Avatar


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Hellblade Reviews "a masterclass of atmosphere"
Aug 08, 2017 - 11:41 AM - by Emabulator

IGN - 9.0/10

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a masterclass of atmosphere, storytelling, and the marriage of mechanical and conceptual design. While there are moments that feel shoehorned in to remind us we’re playing a videogame, the care and attention Ninja Theory has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created something amazing. This is a game everyone should play, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have lived inside the mind of Senua, however briefly.
EGM - 8.5/10

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the action adventure genre stripped of its excess, until a smaller, more personal journey remains. While it may feel shallow and lacking for some, those wanting something other than the usual big-budget 70-hour fare will find Senua’s story to be unlike anything else in recent years.
GameSpot - 8/10

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Hellblade's most notable achievement is the handling of an incredibly sensitive subject matter within an engaging and well-crafted action/adventure game. At its heart, the story is about Senua's struggle to come to terms with her illness. In the process, she learns to find the strength within herself to endure, and to make peace with her past. And in a profound and physical way, we go through those same struggles with her, and come away with a better understanding of a piece of something that many people in the world struggle with.
Game Informer - 8/10

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Psychosis in video games is often used to justify a villain’s world-destroying ambitions, or as a vehicle to present gameplay gimmicks. Hellblade goes beyond those conventions, using Senua’s mental illness as the core from which the entire tale radiates. That approach results in some phenomenal and unsettling narrative moments that knock you off-balance. However, in pursuit of that achievement, Hellblade weaponizes the real-world frustration it causes in exploration and combat. That’s where it falters as a game, even while it captivates as a piece of interactive art.
Destructoid - 7.5/10

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Slowly but surely Ninja Theory has moved into film territory, but they can't let go of their need to shove action mechanics into everything they do. With the increased focus and acceptance of so-called "walking simulators" there's a huge market they can tap into, and I hope they end up doing that in the future. I enjoyed pretty much every facet of Hellblade that didn't involve combat, which unfortunately pops up a little too often on top of the aforementioned technical problems -- just enough to grate.
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New Trailer for the Crucible – Destiny 2’s Competitive Multiplayer #Destiny2
Aug 08, 2017 - 9:56 AM - by Evil Avatar


4v4 Sucks the sweat off of dogs balls. Bring back Big Team Battles or GTFO.
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Jennifer Lawrence Freaks Out in the Mother! Trailer
Aug 08, 2017 - 9:44 AM - by Evil Avatar

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couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer star in mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky. See it in theatres 9.15.
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Favorite LICENSED GAMES: TV, Books & Movie HIDDEN GEMS
Aug 08, 2017 - 8:18 AM - by Metal Jesus

Generally games based on movies, TV, etc. are poorly received, though some are hidden gems. What are your favorite games based on licensed properties and why?
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Steam Puts Up Some Big Numbers
Aug 08, 2017 - 5:58 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel


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Another big number included in Valve's presentation was 27 million. That's the number of new paying members that Steam has added since January 2016. That works out to around 1.5 million per month over the past 18 months.

Valve's slide presentation also mentioned that Steam hit 14 million concurrent users recently, which is up from a peak of 8.4 million back in 2015. Overall, Valve had 125 million registered users by the company's latest count.

In terms of Steam sales by region, North America takes the biggest slice of the pie, at 34 percent, followed by western Europe at 29 percent. Asia is getting bigger and bigger for Steam, rising from just a few percentage points a few years ago to 17 percent today. The uptick in sales is attributed to users in Korea, China, and Japan.
Via GameSpot
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Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds DLC Launches in November
Aug 07, 2017 - 4:11 PM - by Emabulator

Guerrilla Games has announced that The Frozen Wilds DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn will be released on November seventh.

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Back in June, we announced an expansion for Horizon Zero Dawn called The Frozen Wilds. Set in icy territories to the north, this new chapter of Aloy’s journey adds a new area to explore, new mysteries to uncover and new, highly lethal machines to take on.

Today, we’re happy to share that the release date for Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds is November 7th, 2017.

We look forward to sharing more information about The Frozen Wilds as we get closer to the release date. In the meantime, there’s an exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn avatar available for those of you who pre-order the expansion from the PlayStation Store.
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Windows 10 Game Mode Will Be Much Easier To Access
Aug 07, 2017 - 3:58 PM - by Emabulator

GameSpot has the story.

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Windows 10's Game Mode is a very useful feature, especially if you have low-end hardware on your PC. When enabled, it reallocates resources away from other functions and to whatever game you're playing. However, it is currently somewhat confusing to access; you need to navigate through several Windows menus to get to it while a game is running.

That's soon to change. Microsoft is making Game Mode much easier to access and enable in the next big update to Windows 10. In a blog post, the company stated that it will put a switch directly on the Windows 10 Game Bar, allowing players to flip it on with only a couple of key presses.

The Game Bar is getting some other updates, as well, including more options for broadcasting on Mixer. For example, the bar will now let you choose whether to broadcast game audio or system-wide audio.
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Sudden Strike 4 - General's Handbook #4 German Forces Developer Diary
Aug 07, 2017 - 12:20 PM - by Emabulator


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With Sudden Strike 4, the legendary tactical real-time strategy series returns better than ever. Bigger battlefields, more units, better graphics and new scenarios await you in a historically authentic World War 2 setting that challenges your tactical skills in a way that none of its predecessors ever have before.

Storm the beaches of Normandy, lead your tanks into the Ardennes and defend Moscow in three action-packed campaigns, playing as the Allied, German and Soviet forces respectively. Take command of over 100 different units and test your strategic abilities in over 20 demanding singleplayer missions, a challenge-focused skirmish mode and a multiplayer mode with up to 8 players.

Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry, outmaneuver the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air strikes – how you approach each mission is up to you!

Sudden Strike 4 launches on PC (Mac, Linux) and PS4 on August 11th in Europe with a global release on STEAM on the same day. The North American versions will follow on August 15th (boxed retail editions and PlayStation Store).
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The Dark Tower Takes Aim at the Top of the Weekend Boxoffice Chart
Aug 07, 2017 - 8:55 AM - by Evil Avatar

Sony's The Dark Tower targeted the top of the Box Office Chart, but missed the mark with fans and critics, opening with less than $20 million.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of August 4th to August 6th, 2017.
  1. The Dark Tower $19.5/$19.5
  2. Dunkirk $17.6/$133.5
  3. The Emoji Movie $12.3/$49.4
  4. Girls Trip $11.4/$85.4
  5. Kidnap $10.2/$10.2
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming $8.8/$294.9
  7. Atomic Blonde $8.2/$34.1
  8. Detroit $7.2/$7.7
  9. War for the Planet of the Apes $6.0/$130.2
  10. Despicable Me 3 $5.2/$240.7
  11. Baby Driver $2.5/$97.0
  12. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets $2.3/$36.1
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Ryzen 5 1600/ 1600X vs Core i5 7600K Review: It's an AMD Win!
Aug 06, 2017 - 2:06 PM - by Emabulator

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Ryzen brings out the big guns for its mainstream CPUs - six cores, 12 threads. Up against that, the Core i5 holds up well - but given the choice, it's the AMD Ryzen 5 we'd prefer. And we'll take the cheaper non-X 1600 with the bundled cooler, please.
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4205 Cast - What's On The Box?
Aug 06, 2017 - 12:36 PM - by 4205 Cast

You wouldn't judge a book by it's cover, that's why you always read the back! But how good are these descriptions? Play along as we try to figure it out as well as take a look at some August releases. This week, Andre climbs 100 flights, Theo plays single player games co-op and Joe orders some take out. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the seventy-third episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings play "Back of the Box" challenge!

This week on the 4205 Cast - What's On The Box?

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On today's episode, Theo finally finishes Persona 5, we discuss the August releases, and we debut a new segment that may or may not have nothing to do with Star Ocean.
It doesn't have much to do with Star Ocean.

Like the show? Check out the 4205 Cast on SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iTunes for all the back episodes you've missed, then check out the Kings on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
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Bungie's 13-Year Battle with Crunch Culture
Aug 06, 2017 - 12:09 PM - by Emabulator

GamesIndustry.biz has the story.

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Destiny 2 will mark the end of Bungie's struggle to eliminate enforced crunch, according to head of engineering Luke Timmins, a process that started with the "brutal" experience of finishing and shipping Halo 2.

Speaking at Casual Connect USA this week, Timmins traced the evolution of Bungie's approach to "people management" in his 16 years at the company, which he joined as a tester five months prior to the launch of Halo.

"The craft and skill-set of making other people succeed," he said. "Your manager is responsible for your happiness, your engagement; how you're actually doing as a person, how you're doing in your craft as an engineer. They're also responsible for your career planning. That's what management means at Bungie."

It wasn't always the case. Timmins described the 18 months leading up to the launch of Halo 2 in November 2004 as "brutal" on the company's workforce, and its engineers in particular. Bungie was in a state of crunch for virtually that entire period - based on Timmins' definition of crunch as, "whenever you're working at least 50 hours a week."

"The Halo 2 crunch almost killed Bungie as a company," he said. "It is the most I've ever seen humans work in a year and a half. It was brutal.

"It almost killed us, and those of us that were left basically vowed, 'never again.' Never again can we put ourselves through that."
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Rainbow Six Siege Passes 20 Million Players
Aug 05, 2017 - 11:18 PM - by Emabulator

GameSpot has the story.

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Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege is one of the best shooters in recent years, and it's enjoying success. The publisher has announced that the team-based shooter recently passed 20 million registers players. In a blog post, Ubisoft added that 2.3 million log in every day.

"Our community is growing and so is our ambition to make Siege a shooter that is here to stay," product director Nicolas Lefebvre said in a statement. "The next few weeks are very exciting as it marks the culmination of Operation Health and the release of our next season set in Hong Kong."

You can read more about the Operation Health initiative here. In short, it was an attempt by Ubisoft to fix and improve the game. It was apparently successful.

As for the new operators, two are coming from Hong Kong's Special Duties Unit, while there will be a Polish operator from Poland's Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego. A new map and more weapons are also coming.
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Global Games Market to Hit $100bn For First Time in 2017
Aug 05, 2017 - 11:30 AM - by Emabulator

MCV has the story.

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SuperData just released a new report giving insights on the year so far, and predicted the global games market will be up 12 per cent worldwide compared to 2016. This growth include revenue for digital games and what SuperData calls ‘Interactive Media’, which includes virtual, augmented and mixed reality software, gaming video content (VOD and live streaming) and esports.

Revenue for the global market for games and interactive media should thus reach $104.6bn (£79.5bn) in 2017, SuperData further said, breaching the $100bn mark for the first time in history. The data firm also revealed the best-selling games of the year so far, with Riot’s League of Legends taking the top spot on PC, EA’s FIFA 17 landing No.1 on consoles and Tencent’s Honour of Kings topping the mobile charts.

Mobile revenue should increase by $6.7bn (£5.1bn) this year, SuperData added, while combined revenue for PC and console will add another $1bn. “Immersive technology, esports and gaming videos earned just 7 per cent of market revenue last year. By 2020 they will triple their share, supplementing games’ slowing revenue growth,” the report said. 665 million people now watch live streaming or gaming video content via platforms like Twitch and YouTube, SuperData added.

By 2020, the global games market and interactive media should reach $168.8bn (£128.4bn) in revenue, which represents a 80 per cent increase compared to 2016.
Read on.
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For Honor - Season Three "Grudge and Glory" Trailer
Aug 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM - by Emabulator


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Season Three “Grudge and Glory” will launch across all platforms on August 15.

“Grudge and Glory” will bring the largest updates to For Honor to date with the introduction of new heroes, maps, gear, ranked play and a wealth of gameplay updates. All maps and gameplay updates will be free for all players at the start of Season Three. The new heroes, the proud Highlander and the deadly Gladiator, will be available free for Season Pass holders on August 15, while all other players will be able to unlock them in-game on August 22 for 15,000 Steel.

The never-ending war between Knights, Vikings and Samurai welcomes two new deadly Heroes into the fray:
  • Highlander (Viking [Class]) – Stoic and guarded, Highlanders are patient heroes capable of switching between two different fighting forms. Their defensive form allows for counter-attacking and trading blows, while their offensive form empowers them to unleash their deadliest attacks at the expense of being able to block. Wielding the heaviest and longest sword in the game, the Highlander’s massive claymore gives them a deadly combination of strength and range.
  • Gladiator (Knight [Class]) – Wielding a trident and shield, the Gladiator has made a living off of killing for sport, they now bring their ruthlessness and skill to war. Fighters by trade, they are brash and boastful; equipped with little armor, they can punch their opponents to create separation to set up attacks and stuns. Their larger stamina meter and reduced cool down times make them extremely agile and dangerous opponents.
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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Surpasses 500,000 Concurrent Players
Aug 05, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Emabulator

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is closing in on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. GameSpot has the story.

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Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' popularity still hasn't hit a ceiling yet. Developer Bluehole announced today that the game hit a new milestone, crossing 500,000 concurrent players.

This is a really high number of people to be playing at the same time. PUBG momentarily had the second highest number of concurrent users behind Dota 2, exceeding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the past few years, it has been very unusual to see CS: GO at any ranking below number two, and Dota 2's place at the top has been seemingly invulnerable.

PUBG peaked at 523,000, coming even closer to CS: GO's record for concurrent users at 546,000. In July, the game surpassed Fallout 4's peak concurrent users to enter third place on the list. You can see the top 100 most-played games over at Steam's stats page.
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