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Free Trial for Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode revealed, starts January 17th

Call of Duty battle royale became a reality upon the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12, 2018.  Ever since, Treyarch’s take on the “100 enter, one leaves” sub-genre has risen to a high status of popularity with many gamers and critics alike praising it as one of the best battle royale experiences available. Arguably un-seating the first mega-hit in the battle royale sub-genre, PUBG, Blackout seems to have taken a strong second place position underneath Fortnite depending on who you talk to. Since Black Ops 4 didn’t release with a story mode campaign though, there is a certain crowd of people who may have skipped the game. Now, starting January 17, 2019, Treyarch will offer a free trial period for Blackout which gives potential players a chance to see what they’ve been missing.

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Onimusha: Warlords was the ORIGINAL Demon’s Souls ! (In-Depth Switch Impressions)

In so many ways, Onimusha: Warlords for the Nintendo Switch shows us how the first release of this title for PlayStation 2 in 2001 and Xbox in 2002 truly was ahead of its time. Combining elements later seen in much more difficult titles like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Nioh but while providing the interesting (albeit campy) storyline, dialogue, and role playing characters / elements Capcom’s dark adventure titles are well known for; Much akin to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Coming soon, players can experience the game with modern controls (or classic) on PS4 or the Nintendo Switch January 15. 2019. We’ve put hours in on the latter and have come back from the crusade against evil in feudal Japan to report on the experience.

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Resident Evil 2 “One Shot Demo” Impressions + Gameplay Footage

I’ve just tried out the Resident Evil 2 One Shot Demo for the first time. It was definitely proof of Capcom’s excellence in producing a remake of the 1998 classic with a perfect blend of modern gaming and the soul of the series. Lighting is used to keep players on edge and excitement levels high. Slightly slower than real life movement rather than super fast controls give a sense of danger and introduce real risk to every moment. Even the fact that the demo only gives you 30 minutes and one chance at survival makes you rush into things only to discover how fatal it can be not to use your brain for critical thinking while playing this game.

Resident Evil 2 appears to be giving long-time fans an authentic tribute honoring a game that, while seen as campy by today’s standards, actually was on the leading edge of the emerging 3D gaming Survival Horror during the time period in which it released. Capcom has returned the Resident Evil series to grace with RE7 giving a radically new take on the series and now RE2 appears to solidify the spirit of Resident Evil in a way no release has ever done before. Don’t be surprised if this title turns out to be the best Survival Horror game ever made when it launches in 2 weeks on Friday January 25, 2019 for PS4, Xbox, and PC.

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Bethesda’s reputation further hurt as Elder Scrolls composer likely replaced

A lot of people are not liking 76, and despite our Fallout 76 Review, countless controversies surrounding business practices that we are not fans of and are impossible to defend have emerged. Perhaps most tragic, BattleCry studios being renamed to Bethesda Game Studios (Austin) means that the actions of a “B-Team” are directly affecting gamers’ perception of the core studio who have been busy working on their next big single player RPG; Starfield. This is of course, Bethesda’s own fault for being misleading about who made 76 before and during its many marketing blunders and anti-consumer decisions.

The result is that Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI will be immensely crucial in Bethesda’s long road ahead of earning back gamers’ trust and will now likely face enormous pressure paired with already high expectations being set by their fantastical marketing campaigns. However, part of The Elder Scrolls VI’s pre-development phase has already drawn its first controversy before the nearly completed Starfield has even been given the chance to see light of day. Well respected composer Jeremy Soule (credited for Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim soundtracks) has confirmed earlier this week that he has not been asked to return for development of music for The Elder Scrolls VI soundtrack.

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Rumor: Hidden code found in Fallout 76 suggests “lunch boxes” which affect gameplay server-wide

Hackers have allegedly found hidden code within Fallout 76 which suggests that “lunch boxes” similar to those found in Fallout Shelter could be added to the game in the near future. If true, this is likely to become the next scandal in a revolving door of bad press situations Bethesda has found themselves in since the initial leak of Fallout 76.

Perhaps some of the mishandling of the game and its public communications are the fault of BattleCry Studios (now renamed to Bethesda Game Studios Austin) which is responsible for the development of the game after their only other title, BattleCry, was cancelled. Regardless, Bethesda will continue to take a hit for each incident the game encounters as they’ve portrayed the title as being from the core team rather than allowing the BattleCry staff to take responsibility for the good / bad of Fallout 76. The title is one that we enjoy personally, as seen in our Fallout 76: First 76 Hrs Review.

However, there have been some scenarios which even fans of the game are not able to defend. The latest lunch box rumor is just that. Read on for more information, but keep in mind that this is all just a rumor at this time and has not been confirmed.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

The one Smash Bros. game to rule them all. Fans have been waiting to see all of the Smash Bros. characters in one place for years. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate provides that insane library of characters, while adding new ones, and above all excels at every area of game design to produce a top notch quality release for the family-friendly fighting game franchise which truly celebrates the love of gaming. Try it out with a group of friends or engage in its brand new single player story mode with boundless items and tweaks to unlock.

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Resident Evil 2’s 2019 remake for PS4 / Xbox / PC is only 41 days away

Resident Evil 2 is arguably the most impactful Zombies based video game originally released for the first PlayStation on January 21, 1998 with a storyline also taking place in 1998. This January 25, 2019 the world will see a true rebirth of the game in a full remake seeking to provide a technological leap for both graphics and gameplay in the survival horror game which set the stage for an entire genre to flourish while exploring two different characters, new level design concepts, and provide an excellent quality gameplay experience the pre-era leading up to the peak of 2D / 3D mixed environment games.

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Fallout 76 update given more transparent detail, delayed to December 13th for PS4 / Xbox

As previously announced during a official community update, Bethesda Game Studios has launched the December 11th update for Fallout 76 for PC versions of the game. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming platforms are set to get the patch two days later. A number of key aspects regarding this patch have been surfaced in Bethesda’s patch notes which include Atomic Shop items becoming visible directly from workshops, the option to hop worlds if your base location is already occupied, and more.

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Kinda Funny Games Showcase 2018 – Full WrapUp & Videos

With the lack of a PSX Event this year, Kinda Funny Games (headed up by Greg Miller and Tim Gettys who previously led the IGN team) have decided to run their first ever video games showcase featuring  69 games (half a dozen of which will go live during the show). The concept behind this show is to give game companies a chance to show off titles to the masses. This is the first annual KF Games Showcase and we aren’t sure if this will become a yearly event, but it is exciting to see a new showcase on the scene which will give more developers a chance to get attention on their games.

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The Game Awards 2018 – Full WrapUp & Videos

Worlds Will Change…

With a full orchestra, dozens of world premieres, and world famous presenters from within the entertainment industries, The Game Awards 2018 took place in the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, California) and is one of the most digitally distributed products of all time and was streamed live in 4K HDR resolution as well as VR formats around the globe on more platforms than any other industry event or live awards show in history. In this article we will cover the play-by-play as well as provide coverage of the awards, world premiere announcements, game trailers, some commentary, and the full high definition replay footage of the event in case you missed the incredible ride.

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Fallout 76: My First 76 Hours Reviewed (v1.03)

Fallout 76 is an online-only exploration and survival role playing shooter game quite unlike any other. This spin-off title was developed by BattleCry Studios (which was folded into Bethesda Game Studios in March 2018), and while the release has been marred by various controversies surrounding leaks, the game’s launch, and the handling of customer relations, this review will seek to discuss the actual game itself after an extensive amount of gameplay and deep dive on what this live experience has to offer for those who are still interested in playing.

This is my first 76 hours reviewed with the majority of game time spent on versions 1.01 (launch version after day-one patch) and version 1.02 as well as some time spent seeing the improvements and changes that came from the version 1.03 update. Subsequent articles will cover evaluating future changes to the game. For more on that, head over to our Fallout 76 Section and catch the latest. Now that we’ve got that out the vault, on to our full review.

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Epic Games Store goes head to head with Steam, offering better incentives to devs and curators

Not that long ago we looked at the many ways Steam has severely gone downhill over recent years and even listed some viable alternatives. There weren’t many, and each had its own fair share of problems holding them back from competing with Steam in a real way. However, it appears we may finally get some competition for the defacto monopoly on PC Gaming software.

Epic Games has introduced a new revenue sharing system making it drastically cheaper to sell your games on the Epic Games Store in the face of new criticisms against Steam’s tiered system, and they’re even making it cheaper to make games with Unreal Engine 4, which has already seen a historically affordable IDE (Interactive Development Environment) compared to previous generations of the engine.

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When will PlayStation 5 release? Games, specs, backward / forward compatibility?

That’s a good question. No one knows for sure, but there is evidence to suggest that next year Sony will formally announce and begin to reveal their next-generation home video games console. One of the hot topics of debate is whether that system is coming out too soon. Most gamers seem to be split on the issue, with one side claiming that they just bought a PS4 and wish to see it supported for a long time. The other side feels that the current generation has had its spotlight long enough and they’re ready for new technology to take the industry further. However, Sony may have found a way to satisfy both camps in a way that gaming has never seen before in the console space, taking a page out of PC Gaming’s playbook. In this article we will dive through the sea of evidence, hints, rumors, leaks, and probabilities surrounding the sequel to this generation’s most popular console and identify our opinions on what the truth is.

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New IP from Obsidian Entertainment said to be a Fallout-style RPG

[Update: This title has been confirmed and announced as The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018 but may or may not be published by Take-Two Interactive as previously expected although the game will be developed by Microsoft-owned Obsidian Entertainment and remain multi-platform.]

You may have heard that the team over at Xbox has been purchasing big name studios in an effort to increase the output and quality of their first party lineup of games next-gen. As part of these high profile acquisitions Obsidian Entertainment is now a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios Global Publishing and has been promised an unlimited budget as well as creative freedom for its projects.

While this should lead to some very exciting releases during the next generation of video game consoles, there was already a nearly finished product getting ready to prep for reveal and subsequent launch in the works at Obsidian. The game appears to be an RPG title which Obsidian has begun teasing and will release under publishing and distribution by Take-Two Interactive.

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Over 250 games discounted in PlayStation Flash Sale! ending December 3rd

This weekend there’s a huge amount of titles available at varying discount levels on the PlayStation Store. Headlining the sale are a number of big budget titles including Hitman: Game of the Year Edition on PlayStation 4 for $14.99 USD (or $19.99 CAD) instead of the normal $59.99 ($79.99 CAD). At the time of this writing there are nearly 280 games on sale including PS4, PSVR, PS3, Vita, and even PSP titles, but it won’t last long! The chance to pick up titles at their lower prices ends at 8am Pacific Time on Monday, December 3.

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