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Borderlands 2 is coming to PSVR as fans await more Borderlands 3 info

For those who still remember the game that was first debuted as “RPG and FPS had a baby”, it might seem a bit surprising to see just how successful and popular the Borderlands series has become enduring years of success in the game industry. While fans of the genre have had no shortage of copy cats to choose from, the anticipation for Borderlands 3 information is real.

Gearbox has confirmed the third game to be in development but have remained tight lipped about it for some time, perhaps next-gen will be the time to bring out a full reveal. While waiting for that, the new opportunity to play Borderlands 2 in virtual reality has arrived. PlayStation 4’s PSVR platform is often host to timed exclusives like Fallout 4 VR and will now be the only place you can get Borderlands 2 VR for the time being.

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Microsoft finalizing deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment

Phil Spencer inherited a mess from Don Matterick when he took over the Xbox brand after their famous failure in marketing at the beginning of this game console generation back in 2013. Long term damage occurred to the brand from the aggressive and confusing messaging of Microsoft’s later cancelled “always online DRM” system for the Xbox ONE. In addition to this, a mismanagement of publishing deals and lack of foresight in studio investment has led to an unmistakable lack of exclusives on the console throughout this entire games console generation.

Excellent games take a long time to develop, and with Phil Spencer steering the Xbox brand back towards the right direction behind the scenes, the fruits of this labor have yet to materialize. In order to ensure that such a problem won’t happen again, and gamers know that Xbox takes this situation seriously – Microsoft announced at E3 2018 that they’ve been acquiring a number of respected game development studios and even creating some of their own.

Ninja Theory (best known for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice) is one of the studios Microsoft has acquired as well as Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and more. This week we also received the news that the final stages have been entered in a deal between the Xbox team and the development house behind Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity. Obsidian Entertainment will become a subsidiary of Microsoft if this deal goes through, further bolstering the company’s commitment to Xbox and gaming overall.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 street date broken, doesn’t work without day one patch

For years small, family owned shops that sell video games have violated their contracts with major gaming companies in a practice known as “breaking street dates”. This process is that of gamers getting their hands on brand new games days (or weeks) before the actual release date of the title. Store owners sell the game ahead of time (often at an extra premium) upon receiving their shipments, then simply ring up the transaction after the fact on launch day.

One of the most popular games that traditionally gets its street date broken is the Call of Duty series. The biggest problem with that is the competitive nature of online multiplayer shooter games. Getting to play the game early can lead to a massive advantage as early players begin memorizing maps, weapon styles, and various other aspects. Treyarch have done something about this problem though, and you may see players bragging on social media, holding their Black Ops 4 discs in hand, but they won’t be gaining an edge this time.

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Onimusha: Warlords remaster gets a new gameplay trailer

It’s like classic Resident Evil, the samurai version. In my experience few titles have lived up to the awesome nostalgic feel and excellent gameplay design, level design, as well as atmosphere of the original Onimusha: Warlords released for Sony PlayStation 2 in the first month of 2001. It was a magical time. A powerful console none of us knew would take the world by storm in such a way to end up leading the industry as the highest selling games console to this very day. Onimsha was an enchanting title encompassing a perfect mix of action, role playing level ups, balanced equipment, strange and unique enemies, and a solid story to drive it all.

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Microsoft announces Project xCloud for the future of gaming anytime, anywhere

Today, Microsoft has announced their plans for investing in the future of cloud gaming. While they recognize that this new service is unlikely to be any gamer’s main platform of choice for the foreseeable future, Project xCloud is more about working out the kinks and glitches to be prepared for when that day comes that cloud streaming video games are a viable option. Using their massive Azure server platform (which was also offered as a source of dedicated servers for Xbox ONE games), Microsoft will deliver cutting edge cloud gaming through Project xCloud to devices like PC and smartphones. Unlike other cloud gaming services, Microsoft’s xCloud has custom features and controls built for each game.

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Telltale’s The Walking Dead to be completed by new studio founded by original devs

You may recall a recent story that was dominating headlines for days. Telltale Games got shut down. In a complicated slope of twists and turns concerning game development disagreements, unpaid overtime, corporate mismanagement, and large investment deals gone sour – the rubber band finally snapped. Sadly nearly 300 people lost their jobs (more if you count the round of layoffs which took place leading up to this final moment).

It was said that a skeleton crew was remaining on board to finish up Minecraft for Netflix (a choose your own adventure style production blurring the lines between video game and film), but now that team has been let go as well. However, there is now a little bit of sunshine gleaming through finally, in an otherwise abysmal story.

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Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far announced exclusively for PlayStation 4

Ironically there was an article back in January on a hardcore fan’s blog called The Story So Far but now that title is the name of an upcoming PS4 exclusive which will feature a compilation of Kingdom Hearts titles allowing players to get the backstory leading up to Kingdom Hearts III’s anticipated release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox worldwide (and 4 days prior to that in Japan).

This move by Square Enix has garnered a little fan backlash from gamers who are on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One as well as some PS4 players claiming this was a “cash grab” since the titles are already available on PS4. However, the title is being offered at a heavy discount versus buying all of the games separately and makes for a great purchase if anybody hasn’t played the originals and does not yet own them on PS4.

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Kickstarter VR News: Cybershoes has more than doubled funding goal on day one

An oft-ignored issue plaguing VR Gaming is the fact that cognitive dissonance between the mind and the body occurs wherein players use a thumbstick or ‘teleporting’ in order to traverse long distances. The act of travelling during a Virtual Reality game but not actually moving your feet at all can be pointed to as one of the major causes of motion sickness.

While room-scale VR solutions like HTC Vive and Vive Pro provide the ability to move around in a small box inside of your room, open world games demand much larger travel distances. For a long time it has been a competition for various treadmill-style devices to debate their way into a gamer’s household – but those are big and bulky (and usually noisy!). Now a better solution has emerged…

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Project Stream by Google delivers Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in your web browser

While major gaming CEOs continue to push the idea that streaming games is the future, which would be convenient for them since they won’t have to pay royalties anymore to console makers, many gamers remain uninterested in the technology. OnLive was perhaps one of the biggest flops of the video game streaming service industry that helped prove internet connections and demand for such a product just don’t exist to support the business model yet.

Despite that, the game industry continues to develop software and technology geared towards a streaming future in which you wouldn’t own your games but instead pay a monthly fee for the right to stream them. Google announced today that they are testing one of the world’s most advanced video game streaming services ever conjured up – currently nicknamed Project Stream. In a partnership with Ubisoft, Google Project Stream will allow beta testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their web browser even if their computer is fairly weak (as long as their internet connection is strong).

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Minecraft: Dungeons announced for 2019 during Minecon 2018 Event

The well known Microsoft-owned creative sandbox franchise Minecraft will be expanding into the hack and slash RPG genre next year with Minecraft: Dungeons when it releases for PC. Landscapes include mines, swamps, canyons, and there’s a main villain being touted called Arch-Illager who you must save innocent villagers from on your journey.

Mojang will develop the title for the publishing arm of Microsoft Studios. Mojang has been producing the Minecraft titles since its inventor Notch handed the game off and had a hand in the development of Minecraft: Story Mode by Telltale Games. They’ve also created a number of other titles including Caller’s Bane, a mobile-focused digital card game in 2014 and Cobalt, a 2016 action side scrolling title made for the PC and Xbox platforms.

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Free PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold Games announced for October 2018

Each month PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold give away from games for paying subscribers of the online services. While Sony is soon to drop support for PS3 and Vita, they haven’t yet. And even though Microsoft is selling an Xbox Game Pass with all first party Xbox One titles included, they’re still offering something up for Gold members. Sony has focused on giving less but bigger games for the PS4 in recent times, while Microsoft is giving indie titles and lesser known games a chance to shine in their Games With Gold service since Xbox Game Pass already holds many major titles from first and third party studios.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night coming to PS4

Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night will make their way to the PlayStation 4 according to new ESRB ratings filed by Konami. According to the newly discovered description given by the ESRB ratings board the two games will be included together in a collection release planned for the PlayStation 4. It is unclear at this time if other consoles such as Nintendo Switch and Xbox will also receive the release, but it is likely.

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TGS 2018: PlayStation Classic Announced for December

A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).

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20 new PS4 games this week as PlayStation named #3 most relevant brand in UK

It’s no secret that PlayStation 4 is one of the most successful consoles ever to hit the video games market. With over 82 million units sold as of last month, the PS4 is predicted to surpass the PS3’s life time sales and could even approach the original PlayStation’s sales of 102.5 million units by the time its finished. Of course, the highest selling console of all time is still the PlayStation 2 with over 155 million units sold, which no home console has ever come near.

PlayStation VR has also made incredible strides becoming the highest selling VR headset currently on the market, reaching 3 million units sold as of last month alongside 22 million PSVR games being sold as the platform continues to lead with some of the most well produced Virtual Reality games in existence with no signs of stopping or letting down early adopters of this new technology.

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Mortal Kombat XI Konfirmed At Mo Game Con

Editor’s Note: DJ Killzown Jones is back and provides bleeding-edge coverage of an exclusive news item confirmed straight from the source, live on camera, during his attendance at the recent Mo Game Con convention. If you’re a subscriber to his media channels you may have seen this scoop early, if not you can find more about that here. Mortal Kombat is a series that has been around since 1992 and has filled many gamers’ childhood with a bloody good time fighting in the fun-factor focused arena. The franchise has over 35 million units sold in total and Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling game in the series. Check out the latest from DJ Killzown Jones in his RGN article below.

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