Category Archives: Xbox

Battlefield V’s battle royale mode and co-op modes won’t be available at launch

The Blackout mode in Call of Duty has gone up against the odds of the most currently popular game Fortnite and fared quite nicely. Asserting itself somewhere in the top 3 alongside PUBG, Black Ops 4 is surprisingly taking fans by storm. Battlefield V’s battle royale mode has not yet been shown to the public… at all. And those who buy the upcoming EA DICE title when it releases Tuesday, November 20, 2018 will have to wait a significant amount of time to see what it’s like as well.

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Vroom Kaboom Review

Vroom Kaboom is developed by Ratloop Games Canada and has a free to play model as well as a model where you can buy the entire game upfront. Vroom Kaboom is a tower rush game with cars that go fast and cause a lot of destruction in their wake. As cars are set on a straight path with simply trying to avoid obstacles until you reach the end while collecting mines and ammo along the way while trying to just cause as much destruction to the towers. You have a wide variety of vehicles and weapons to choose from. You can pick a basic dune buggy, a muscle car, sports car, and a decent variety of other vehicles. That’s the basic rundown, time to drive into the review.

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The problem with Black Ops 4’s “Black Market” unlockable tiers

[Update: Treyarch reduces the grind for Black Ops 4’s Black Market]

While many of you may have been surprised to see Call of Duty Black Ops 4 release without any microtransaction scandals, reviews have been favorable to the game, and even gamers who didn’t expect to enjoy the title have given it praise, there were signs of something suspicious in the game last weekend.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Leaked Gameplay, 100 Hour Work Weeks, Microtransactions, and 2 Discs

[Update #3: Red Dead Redemption 2 makes over $725 million in 3 days, bigger than any film, music, book, or tv show]

[Update #2: The issue of overtime at Rockstar Games isn’t going away just yet…]

[Update: RDR2 takes 90 minutes to install, better get a movie ready or go for a jog while waiting!]

Could today’s leaked footage of Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay been an intentional move by Rockstar Games meant to distract players from the news of 100 hour work weeks and the game being on two Blu-Ray discs? Or was it just a reviewer gone rogue? Either way, we’ve got both of those juicy news stories packed into one for you all.

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Is Battlefield V Doomed?

At the hands of EA, many great game studios and franchises have been strangled to death. More than ever, the future of Battlefield is in serious jeopardy. While there is no shortage of controversy surrounding DICE’s latest entry in the well known shooter series Battlefield, EA Games has also been experiencing lower approval ratings than ever with the gaming community. Adding to the staleness of an aging genre that rarely hits its mark without issues, 2018 is a blockbuster year full of titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Fallout 76, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and staunch competition from Black Ops 4.

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We Happy Few Real Gamer Review

We Happy Few is a game that I have personally been very interested since it was shown off years ago at E3. It had that very weird feeling that a game like Bioshock can give you but was also seemingly new and unique, at least from a visual and story standpoint. It started as a Kickstarter project that gained traction fast, then was picked up by Gearbox for publishing rights. Now the game has been in early access on the Xbox preview program since mid-2016, but I have not played that build of the game, so I can’t speak on it.

I want to make people aware that is a title that the public has been able to play for quite some time. However, my review will be of the final release of We Happy Few. I have taken my time with this game and really thought about it deeply. As it is a full $60 release for a new game, some people have naturally been very wary of it. Despite my love of the visuals and story I want to make people aware of exactly how this game’s strengths and weaknesses land.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Weekend Impressions

Now that Black Ops 4 has entered the wild we have had a good amount of time playing in all of its various modes and wanted to begin our coverage of the title leading up to a full review later on down the line. For starters, yes, this is the first COD to come with no single player campaign – but Black Ops 4 still has a story. We’ll get to that more in-depth in our full review coming forthwith. In the mean time, let’s talk about some of the game’s performance issues, grand achievements, pros and cons, and early impressions you can expect when first turning on the game.

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What’s inside Black Ops 4 Season Pass

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched today and although the full game contains plenty of content for players, there is some question this time around as to what exactly is included in the game’s Season Pass. Taking a slightly different approach from previous COD games and their Season Pass structures, Treyarch claims to be dropping “more content with more frequency” in the new Black Ops Pass.

Some controversy existed when players realized that the Black Ops Pass was only available through purchasing special editions of the game so far, making it unclear if it would even be available at a later date or if gamers would have to pay full price for each DLC individually instead. But that turned out to be false, Black Ops Pass can be purchased on its own. So what’s exactly being offered here? And what’s in the base game?

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Microsoft finalizing deal to acquire Obsidian Entertainment

[Update: This deal confirmed during X018 Event, More Info: Microsoft Xbox X018 – Inside Xbox Event Full WrapUp & Videos]

Phil Spencer inherited a mess from Don Mattrick 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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No PSX Event from Sony this year, but Microsoft to host X018 Event

PlayStation Experience is a press industry event known as PSX in dedication to the original PlayStation game console. Every year since 2014 Sony has hosted one of these. It’s usually been a vehicle for Sony to make announcements outside of, and ancillary to, their annual E3 Press Conference. This year, perhaps more than ever, fans were looking forward to the event since their E3 showing was very light. Despite having a dominance in the market and never ending stream of great games, it appears Sony isn’t too worried about hosting big events and showing off their lineup right now.

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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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Wreckfest Review

Wreckfest comes from Bugbear Entertainment, a developer that has been around for 16 years and is no stranger to making car games. They are the developer of FlatOut, FlatOut 2, and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage. They also created Ridge Racer Unbounded as well. Wreckfest has come a long way since originally starting development in 2012 and marketing shortly thereafter as “The Next Car Game”.  The project gained much attention and Bugbear started off its release path on Steam Early Access with November 20, 2018 recently set as a release date for Xbox One and PS4.

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