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Pre-Gamescom 2018: Microsoft will announce new Xbox One bundles and accessories

It would seem the gaming world got a little too excited this morning when Microsoft vaguely hinted “all-new hardware” would be shown off at Gamescom 2018 only to later clarify that while this won’t be the reveal of Xbox Project Scarlet, the next-generation console expected to release in 2020 or 2021, instead they plan to announce a new Xbox One system bundle and new accessories (possibly including a rumored Elite Controller iteration that was alleged leaked recently).

This information was originally debuted in an article titled Xbox is coming to gamescom by Xbox media spokesperson Major Nelson, who himself started off as a self-made games journalist detailing news revolving around the original Xbox before eventually being hired on by Microsoft as a permanent figurehead to the brand. For those wondering, technically the event is meant to be spelled in all lowercase letters as per stylized renditions and logos, Major Nelson didn’t make an error it’s just the weird way the biggest gaming event in Germany likes to have their name typed out.

As for the leaked controller, nothing is certain yet but there are some details floating around the internet in the form of rumors as to what will be seen this August 21 – 25 when Gamescom commences.

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The Mooseman (PS4) Review

The mysterious travelling sage known only as The Mooseman is capable of interacting with the world in ways most mortals only dream of. In this brief but beautiful experience, players submerge themselves within the folklore and of the native Finno-Ugric culture. Released last year for PC to positive reception among PC Gamers worldwide (currently sitting at a 92% positive rating for all time and 75% positive rating for recent reviews), this title has received many game awards and will release tomorrow for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox globally.

While it’s something more of an artistic showcase rather than a traditional game, open-minded folks definitely love it. If you’re the type of person who puts gameplay above all else though, you might want to steer clear. You’d be missing out on an educational and interesting experience, but The Mooseman isn’t for everyone.

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We Happy Few gets a new trailer and screenshots ahead of August release

Compulsion Games will bring the nightmare of a world censored of free thought to light in We Happy Few when it launches worldwide on August 10, 2018 for PS4, Xbox, and PC platforms. Compulsion Games has previously released Contrast, which we reviewed back in 2013 mostly praising the atmosphere and narrative focus of the puzzle / platformer. Gearbox will publish the originally crowd-funded action / adventure survival title which pairs the desperation of rebelling against a powerful dystopian society with a narrative exploring the right to have individual feelings as a driving force.

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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlet could use Blu-ray Rev 2 or BDXL

Current Blu-ray drives found in PlayStation 4, Xbox, and past systems like PS3 are unable to read data off the disc fast enough for gamers to play without first installing their games. This has been an issue now for 12 years and likely won’t be solved anytime soon. However, next-generation game consoles like PlayStation 5 and the currently code-named Xbox Project Scarlet could finally bring a change to the disc drive frontier of modern video games.

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Fear The Wolves adding berserk wild life to the battle royale genre this August

Other players won’t be your only enemy in Fear The Wolves, which comes to Steam Early Access on July 18, 2018. Set in Chernobyl in an aftermath situation derived from the real life disaster that took place in the Ukraine during 1986 (my birth year, by coincidence) widely regarded as the worst Nuclear accident on the planet (Fukushima might have outdone Chernobyl now though). Adding PvE elements to the battle royale genre and replacing walls with radiation, this game is looking to add its own twist to the largely successful formula many others have failed to penetrate.

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Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered Real Gamer Review

Yes you’ve read that right, the 4K remaster of a classic game from the PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 era has emerged from THQ Nordic, the lovechild of Nordic Games purchasing much of THQ’s old copyrights including classic gaming franchises as well as the actual THQ name and logo. Despite harsh criticisms leveled at their later years, Nordic Games were big fans of what THQ did for gaming throughout their long journey and decided to bring the brand back to glory while revamping some of their best games.

Kaiko Games brings a fresh layer of polish to this month’s big red release. Development studio Volition (best known for the Saints Row series) had returned to the Red Faction series for Guerrilla which they actually created back in the PlayStation 2 days during 2001. Immediately embraced by gamers all over, the franchise went on to span three more entries, each with their own unique look and feel. While Red Faction II strongly held on to aspects of the original that made it great, such as destructible environments, Guerrilla introduced the series to open world gaming (before it was an over-done concept) and expanded the destruction to just about everything made of metal in the game.

This remaster of the 2009 title is called Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered and is available in 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox ONE X, and PC with compatibility to any PS4 and Xbox ONE in Full 1080p as well, with some systems supporting HDR depending on your television or monitor display. In this in-depth real gamer review we will dig deep into what makes the citizens of Mars so incredible throughout the series and how the impact of the events in Guerrilla shape the game world around us. We will also be looking at what has been re-tooled in the graphics department, aged well in the gameplay of RF:G, and what we hope to see from Volition in future. Join us for a revolutionary look at a thoroughly enjoyable game.

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EA Games executive Blake Jorgensen just sold $1.5 Million of EA Stock

According to SEC filings made Friday, July 6, 2018 which were sent to Investors today on July 9, 2018 Blake Jorgensen (COO & CFO at EA Games) sold $1,503,967 worth of stock market holdings in EA on July 3, 2018 (last Tuesday). This took place over two transactions in which 6,200 shares were sold at $142.85 each (for a total of $885,670) followed by an immediate secondary motion to sell 4,300 shares at $143.79 each (for a total of $618,297). Typically game industry executives have been known to sell off large amounts of stock market holdings in the companies they work for when their inside knowledge allows them to predict a future drop in value will occur (sometimes legally, sometimes illegally based on past court findings of executives at EA in particular).

Let’s take this opportunity to give an EA News WrapUp of some recent events that may be related to this disposal of securities and late filing on a massive release of shares from a loathed industry figure who has defended loot boxes in games, even as governments condemn and ban them through new laws, as well as suggest the death of single player games, and why he may think that EA’s stock market value could be heading for a decline.

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Highlights of USA / CANADA PlayStation Mid-2018 Sale (Up to 75% Off)

If you’ve got a full wallet and an empty external hard drive with massive storage space, this is an amazing time. The USA and Canada PlayStation Network Stores have been blasted with the largest PSN Sale seen in years following the big E3 2018 gaming event which saw Bethesda and Xbox take the crown in worldwide polls against good-not-great showings from PlayStation and Nintendo. The sale ends July 17, 2018 so definitely start browsing the store now. We have highlighted some of our picks as well as runner ups for convenience.

Among the titles listed for sale are many older games from various times across the lifespan of the PlayStation platforms including the PSOne version of Resident Evil 2 which was revealed to have a remake in the works during Sony’s show and is among many people’s top 3 games of E3, or in some cases the most anticipated game shown. PSN titles that function on PS4 also bring back Red Faction II and the original, and are on sale right in time for last week’s Red Faction Guerrilla Re-mars-tered (our review coming soon).

There’s also some epic unsung heroes such as the October 2016 PS4 release of 50’s action-adventure title Destroy All Humans! from THQ Nordic which certainly offered some new and engaging gameplay for its time when it first debuted on PlayStation 2 in 2005. Take a look at some of our favorites here, and be sure to head over to the PSN Store for yourself as the vast amount of games on sale is sure to hide many previous gems ripe for first time discovery or affordably re-living all over again!

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IndieSpotlight: Fall 2018’s ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC)

One of the underground classics of masterpiece quality and bizarrely unique trappings has been reborn. ToeJam and Earl originally brought hip hop space aliens to the Sega Genesis on a quest to repair their ships after crash-landing on the craziest, most dangerous planet in the universe… Earth! Half of a million dollars was pledged by fans for the rebirth of this retro game franchise in a brand new installment coming to modern formats.

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Happy 4th of July, Darwin Project 1.12 is now free on Xbox Game Preview

If you were one of the early purchasers of the wilderness survival game show take on the battle royale genre from Scavengers Studio then you will receive a Founder’s Pack the next time you log in. For those who haven’t tried the game yet, our hands-on impressions of the 1.8.3 version were mostly positive, so don’t be scared to try the new 1.12 version out. The fact that the game will now be available to a wider audience should also help its reach and keep matchmaking smooth. As with all battle royale games it will take a lot of players queuing up to ensure that each match is full and starts up fast.

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