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For Honor cheating will get you banned, even on the first offense – 400 hit so far

24 Feb

Cheaters aren’t welcome in For Honor, because, well, it’s not honorable, ya know?

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Ubisoft is taking cheaters to task in For Honor, and has already banned up to 400 players from the game – even if they were a first offender.

The game uses the EasyAntiCheat program which detects and flags those who are hacking, cheating and even those who are being offensive. Matter of fact, the system has also banned 70 people for violating the game’s code of conduct by communicating in an offensive manner.

“After being flagged by EasyAntiCheat, suspect accounts are reviewed by the development team, which then hands out warnings, temporary suspensions, or permanent bans against identified players,” reads a post on the Ubisoft Blog (thanks, Blue).

“These bans are applied on an account level, not at the hardware level. Fairness is hugely important to the game’s creators, so bans are being handed out to first-time offenders.

“Players who believe they’ve been erroneously penalized can also appeal their bans.”

The anti-cheat system was having a few fits at launch on PC, so this week the studio released a hotfix, which incorporated changes to EasyAntiCheat error messaging notifications. It also fixed an issue where it was incorrectly blocking some players from entering the game.

If you need help playing For Honor so you won’t feel the need to cheat (sorry, I had to),  our guide is here to help, regardless of your skill level. We update it almost daily.

For Honor was released on February 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, dyes help you look stylish while exploring Hyrule

24 Feb

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has dye customization options available to players who wish to style it up when fighting baddies across Hyrule.

While there will plenty of different armor and outfits to collect in game, one of the coolest bits is that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild players can dye these items.

Arekkz leaves some of the specifics out due to the embargo from Nintendo, but he was able to provide a look at the color options.

As you will see, the different pieces of clothing Link is wearing in this particular set up will be dyed the same color when the vial is applied.

The screencap below gives you a look at the various colors, I brightened the image up so you could see what was on offer a bit better.

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Once you have chosen your preferred color, you will need to put the ingredients together in order to create the dye. It’s all very simple.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for Switch and Wii U next week on March 3.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – here are the minimum and recommended PC requirements

24 Feb

Bioware has finally released the system requirements for those who plan to play Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC.

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It doesn’t look like you’ll need a super-awesome state-of-the-art machine to enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda. That’s always good news.

Minimum

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Recommended

OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
MEMORY: 16 GB RAM
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, AMD RX 480 4GB
HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Mass Effect Andromeda is out March 23 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Some Nier: Automata players are crying foul over NIN64 trash item found while fishing

24 Feb

Nier: Automata was released in Japan earlier this week, and some players have taken offense to an item considered trash in the game.

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According to a post on Japanese site jin115, Nier: Automata players took to Twitter to express their displeasure over an item called “NIN64” which is added to the character’s inventory as a trash item.

Nier has a fishing mechanic which can result in the player catching rare items, and in other instances trash – which is pretty standard for any game with a fishing feature. However, some players think the NIN64 item being called trash by the game is a slight to the Nintendo 64 console.

Apparently, enough people complained because the game’s producer, Yosuke Saito, said Square Enix plans to “change the name of an item you’ve all pointed out.” The name change will be included with the upcoming patch which also fixes some game bug.

As Siliconera points out, the game takes place 10,000 years into the future, and it’s more likely than not a fun little Easter egg paying homage to a popular gaming system that’s still floating around (no pun intended) 100 centuries later.

The site also notes not all players in Japan think it’s a play on the MIM-46 Mauler which was an anti-aircraft missile system used in the 1950s. We’re going with the former, as it makes a bit more sense, we guess.

Nier: Automata will be released in North America on March 7 and Europe on March 10 for PS4. It will also come to PC at a later date.

Horizon: Zero Dawn day one update fixes performance issues, crashes, progression, more – here’s the patch notes

24 Feb

Those who have Horizon: Zero Dawn in-hand can already download a patch for the game which fixes some performance issues and also applies the small, day-one patch which includes Performance Mode.

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According to PSX-Sense, the Horizon: Zero Dawn release notes for patch 1.01 and 1.02 are as follows:

Patch 1.01

  • Added options to switch graphics mode and HDR rendering
  • Multiple crash fixes and progression
  • Various performance improvements

Patch 1.02

  • Multiple crash fixes and progression
  • Various fixes to avoid getting player’s stuck
  • Updated visual settings
  • Performance improvements

Together, the patches are 227.3MB in size, and while there aren’t extra details available, the notes above should give you a general idea of what’s included. Guerrilla Games will likely post more information when the game releases.

Horizon: Zero Dawn releases next week on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe.

The Horizon: Zero Dawn launch trailer is totally worth three minutes of your time

24 Feb

You should really take a few minutes out of your day and watch the launch trailer for Horizon: Zero Dawn. It’s totally worth it, in our opinion.

In the video above, you’re given a look at the gorgeous landscapes in Horizon: Zero Dawn, combat situations, and a really cool tribal ritual involving cave art.

It’s a rather cool video, and that’s saying a lot considering there have been so very many released. All you have to do is look at our hub page for the game and see for yourself.

Considering the game has garnered positive reviews from critics, we enjoyed it as well, SuperData might be on to something with its sales prediction: it estimates the action-RPG will sell 4-6 million units by the end of 2017.

A couple of reports from Digital Foundry make note of how phenomenal the game looks on PS4, going so far as saying it’s the best 4K title yet for PS4 Pro. That said, an updated analysis of the game posted today called out a few issues with the quality of water rendering, instances of bad lip sync, and human enemies being rather dense at times. However, Digital Foundry said what works “far outweighs the more localized gripes” of what is wrong with it. Future updates could resolve some of the issues, according to the report.

That’s just something to keep in mind should you decide to pick it up. The game has a seamless world without loading screens, and it’s massive, so if you come across a few hiccups, hopefully it won’t break your immersion.

Those with either a PS4 or PS4 Pro should prepare themselves for a small day-one patch which adds a Performance Mode for smoother framerates, and higher visual fidelity for both 4K and 1080p displays.

Horizon: Zero Dawn releases next week on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: how big is the map? Let’s take a walk and find out

24 Feb

The word on the internet is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a rather large map to explore. Let’s find out if such rumblings are true.

In this video from Arekkz, who has spent plenty of time with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at events over the last few months, we get a quick look at what the game world has to offer.

Starting in the southern most part of the map and jogging as straight as possible north, it took Arekkz 28:19. He tried to avoid scaling mountains when possible and never sprinted once, even when confronted with enemies.

South to North is the quickest route, which means the map is shorter in length than width. Since the entire map won’t be available to him until launch, Arekkz estimated it will take 33:25 to cross the map when traveling east to west.

Previously, during a visit to Nintendo UK, Arekzz played a demo and it took him 3:40 to walk across the entire area available. Doing some math, he estimated it would take 40 minutes to walk across the entire game world from north to south and 33 minutes to walk from east to west. Again, this is only if you are able to go in a straight line without running into environmental obstacles.

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His math when playing the demo wasn’t too far off it seems, as Breath of Wild does indeed have a rather large chuck of land to traverse. Also, due to all options available when exploring the world, he said the map feels massive.

It should be noted he was unable to show the entire map due to an embargo agreement with Nintendo, but you get to see a decent bit of it in the video.

Nintendo said previously The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is 12 times the size of Twilight Princess, which takes around 12 minutes to cross. The size description from Nintendo likely also includes dungeons, shrines and other factors.

You can find out how large the game world is for yourself next week when the game is released alongside Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will also be released for Wii U on March 3.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – we’re livestreaming the open beta, come watch us kick some cartel butt

23 Feb

Are you playing the Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta this weekend? Are you planning to? Yes or no, stop what you’re doing and watch Shabana shoot bad guys in the game for a bit.

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Shabana has already created her character, so she’ll be able to jump right into Ghost Recon: Wildlands and start kicking some cartel ass.

We’re not too sure how much we’ll get to see today, but the first mission in the open beta takes place in Itacua, a mountainous province. So, expect to see that part at least.

The second area is Montuyoc, which is set in the snowy Altiplano – and it’s a much more challenging area.

All the content in the open beta will is playable with up to three friends on the same platform via four player co-op, or in single-player. Shabana is going it solo and will just be directing her AI squad.

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta runs through February 27, and you can find out everything you need to know about it through that link.

It’s out on March 7 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Xbox 360 titles Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, The King of Fighters 2002 now playable on Xbox One

23 Feb

More games have been added to the list of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games for Xbox One.

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As noted in the headline, three of these are Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2 and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

If you don’t already own Borderlands 2 for Xbox 360 and you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can play the game for free on your 360 or Xbox One console from March 1-15 via Games With Gold.

Those who already have the disc, can start playing it today for Xbox One.

Other titles added this week were Gyromancer, Moon Diver and Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

Xbox 360 titles Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, The King of Fighters 2002 now playable on Xbox One

23 Feb

More games have been added to the list of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games for Xbox One.

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As noted in the headline, three of these are Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Borderlands 2 and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match.

If you don’t already own Borderlands 2 for Xbox 360 and you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can play the game for free on your 360 or Xbox One console from March 1-15 via Games With Gold.

Those who already have the disc, can start playing it today for Xbox One.

Other titles added this week were Gyromancer, Moon Diver and Space Invaders Infinity Gene.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – head off to prison with the Criminal Past DLC

23 Feb

The latest DLC content for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, A Criminal Past, is now available.

This is the second piece of story DLC, and takes place during one of Adam Jensen’s first missions for Task Force 29, which means its set before the events in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

In the DLC, Jensen poses as a convicted criminal at a hostile, high-security prison for augmented felons. His mission is to track down and retrieve sensitive information from a fellow undercover agent who has gone dark.

According to the description of the DLC, Jensen will also need to “confront a darker side to his role before the day is done.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past is now available on PC, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. If you own the Season Pass, you just need to download it. Otherwise, it will run you $11.99 or your regional equivalent.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – head off to prison with the Criminal Past DLC

23 Feb

The latest DLC content for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, A Criminal Past, is now available.

This is the second piece of story DLC, and takes place during one of Adam Jensen’s first missions for Task Force 29, which means its set before the events in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

In the DLC, Jensen poses as a convicted criminal at a hostile, high-security prison for augmented felons. His mission is to track down and retrieve sensitive information from a fellow undercover agent who has gone dark.

According to the description of the DLC, Jensen will also need to “confront a darker side to his role before the day is done.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past is now available on PC, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. If you own the Season Pass, you just need to download it. Otherwise, it will run you $11.99 or your regional equivalent.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands live-action trailer shows vicious acts committed by the Santa Blanca cartel

23 Feb

A live-action TV spot for Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be gracing your living room screens soon, but until that time, you can watch it online.

The video you see above is called Ruthless, and it shows how evil the cartel is in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

Unfortunately, as of press time, this video isn’t up on the US YouTube channel, so we embedded the German version because it isn’t region-locked on our end. Here’s the link to the UK trailer in case it’s region locked for you.

The video was directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator) who was also responsible for the Red Dot trailer starring a cat, which was released earlier this year.

This weekend, the open beta is taking place on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It ends on February 27. If you want to know everything there is to know about it, give this a click. You can also check out the PC specs through here.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases on PC, PS4 and Xbox One March 7.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands live-action trailer shows vicious acts committed by the Santa Blanca cartel

23 Feb

A live-action TV spot for Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be gracing your living room screens soon, but until that time, you can watch it online.

The video you see above is called Ruthless, and it shows how evil the cartel is in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

Unfortunately, as of press time, this video isn’t up on the US YouTube channel, so we embedded the German version because it isn’t region-locked on our end. Here’s the link to the UK trailer in case it’s region locked for you.

The video was directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator) who was also responsible for the Red Dot trailer starring a cat, which was released earlier this year.

This weekend, the open beta is taking place on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. It ends on February 27. If you want to know everything there is to know about it, give this a click. You can also check out the PC specs through here.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases on PC, PS4 and Xbox One March 7.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer mode is free to play on Steam this weekend

23 Feb

If you’re a PC player itching to try Call of duty: Infinite Warfare, you can give the multiplayer mode a go for free this weekend on Steam.

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Starting today, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer is free on Steam until February 26 at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm UK.

There are no level caps and you can make use of all weaponry, Combat Rigs, game modes, and everything in between. The only thing not available is Zombies mode.

Any multiplayer progress made during the free period on Steam will carry forward if the game is purchased. As incentive, the standard edition on Steam is currently 50% off and the Digital Legacy Edition is 33% off.

The latter includes the Season Pass, additional content and of course Modern Warfare Remastered.

Switch day-one update brings eShop, other features online but Virtual Console is coming at a later date

23 Feb

When Nintendo Switch launches next week, users will need to download a day-one system update which will add the eShop and other functions. But not Virtual Console.

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Luckily, the download will occur in the background on Switch, so there’s no need to do some chores while it updates.

Along with adding the eShop, the ability to link Nintendo accounts will also go live with the update. People who already have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices will be able to access them via shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well.

So once you link your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account, link the account to the Switch system and you’ll be good to go. Now, all purchases made on your eShop account can be re-download as your account is no longer tied to a particular system.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, you will be able to purchase digital games for Switch via Nintendo.com. Once purchased through the website, they can be automatically to your Switch system at home or on the go using Wi-Fi.

Three Switch games releasing on the eShop at launch on March 3 are: FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. These are just three of the more than 60 indie games coming to the eShop this year. Nintendo will host a “Nindies” presentation on some of the titles later this week.

A news feature will also offer updates about the latest additions to eShop, and information about upcoming games and other Nintendo updates.

Virtual Console games will not be available at launch. Nintendo didn’t provide a reason, only stating that “more information” would be available in the future.

The day-one system update will also add multiplayer functionality, image sharing with social networks and the option to connect Switch to public hotspots.

If you’re just visiting the site today, the embargo for Switch previews lifted today, and you may have missed some of the hands-on videos posted. If so, just hit each up below.

Nintendo Switch releases next week on Friday, March 3.

Switch day-one update brings eShop, other features online but Virtual Console is coming at a later date

23 Feb

When Nintendo Switch launches next week, users will need to download a day-one system update which will add the eShop and other functions. But not Virtual Console.

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Luckily, the download will occur in the background on Switch, so there’s no need to do some chores while it updates.

Along with adding the eShop, the ability to link Nintendo accounts will also go live with the update. People who already have funds in their accounts on other Nintendo devices will be able to access them via shared wallet that works on Nintendo Switch as well.

So once you link your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account, link the account to the Switch system and you’ll be good to go. Now, all purchases made on your eShop account can be re-download as your account is no longer tied to a particular system.

After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, you will be able to purchase digital games for Switch via Nintendo.com. Once purchased through the website, they can be automatically to your Switch system at home or on the go using Wi-Fi.

Three Switch games releasing on the eShop at launch on March 3 are: FAST RMX from Shin’en Multimedia, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment and Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. These are just three of the more than 60 indie games coming to the eShop this year. Nintendo will host a “Nindies” presentation on some of the titles later this week.

A news feature will also offer updates about the latest additions to eShop, and information about upcoming games and other Nintendo updates.

Virtual Console games will not be available at launch. Nintendo didn’t provide a reason, only stating that “more information” would be available in the future.

The day-one system update will also add multiplayer functionality, image sharing with social networks and the option to connect Switch to public hotspots.

If you’re just visiting the site today, the embargo for Switch previews lifted today, and you may have missed some of the hands-on videos posted. If so, just hit each up below.

Nintendo Switch releases next week on Friday, March 3.

Mass Effect: Andromeda video shows how to create profiles, slot favorites and command your squad

23 Feb

The second Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Series video has dropped, and it provides information on profiles, favorites and squads.

The previous Mass Effect: Andromeda video provided a look at weapons and skills. Since there isn’t a class system in the game, all skills are available and can be upgraded with varied upgrade paths for playstyle customization.

There are over a dozen skills and 300 upgrades available available in the three main skill categories: Biotics, Combat and Tech. As skills are unlocked, the player will be able to access the seven types of profiles available. Two of these are explained in the video: Adept and Explorer.

For those more interested in Biotics, the Adept profile will provide more bonuses in that category to suit the player’s style. These bonuses will provide more damage to the Biotics chosen as well as the duration of the skill. The more the player levels these skills the more powerful they become.

For those who prefer a mixture of skills, the Adept profile is a combination of the skills Biotics, Combat and Tech. It will provide various buff and perks for all abilities chosen.

As with the loadouts noted in the previous video, players are also able to swap between profiles at anytime. To make this easier, the player can map one of the profiles a Favorite. One slot will hold three skills and one profile. There are four slots available, which means players can map up to four profiles and 12 skills to Favorites.

Squads will come in handy during battle, and each of the six members have three active and two passive abilities. Cora, for example, uses Biotics as a support character in the video while Drack acts as bruiser soaking up damage. Members of the player’s squad can also be leveled up.

Squad-mates can be ordered to various areas of the battlefield and given orders to defend, attack or rally. The player can also team up with them to use power combos which activate when a squad member to the player primes one or a group of enemies. This sets up the kill, allowing the player or a squad member to “detonate and finish the job.”

Alex recently spent some time with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and seemed rather pleased with what he was able to play. The video you see in his hands-on preview is the same as the one above, only without commentary. Basically, B-roll footage.

He also had a chat with the game’s producer, Fabrice Condominas. You should really give that a read, as it’s rather interesting.

We’ll have more on Mass Effect: Andromeda as it gets closer to release on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe.

This Prey video shows how Mimic Matter turns the player into a turret and a coffee mug

23 Feb

A new gameplay video for Prey has been released, and it provides a look at the various forms the player can take using the Mimic’s power.

As you can see in the Prey video above, the player can turn into everything from an apple to a turret.

Called Mimic Matter, this is one of the first alien powers the player will learn once acquired from the small, Mimic Typhon. The power can be leveled up, so expect to start out small before you can start mimicking more complex objects.

It seems to fool enemies rather well, and surely it’s a bit of a shock when a harmless teapot turns into a human with gun. Then blammo. They’re dead.

Be sure to give the video a watch.

Prey will be released worldwide on May 5 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Horizon: Zero Dawn devs discuss lack of loading screens, creating high quality facial animation in new video

22 Feb

Horizon: Zero Dawn’s release isn’t far off, and a quick video released today by the developers discusses a couple of interesting points regarding the lovely action-RPG.

In the video for Horizon: Zero Dawn above, Guerrilla Games discusses how it had to rework the engine in order to render the open-world into a seamless experience without the need for loading screens. The team wanted this to be the case whether running around the landscape or going underground.

Guerrilla said in many RPG games, facial animation isn’t of the “highest quality”, so the team worked extra hard to improve in this area. In order to create characters which looked more realistic, and high quality, the team recorded over 15 hours of dialogue in the motion cap studio.

Horizon: Zero Dawn sure is lovely, and reviews for it have been positive. If you missed our review on the PS4 title, be sure and give it a read.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is out next week exclusively for PS4 on February 28 in North America and March 1 in Europe. The game will be forward compatible with PS4 Pro, allowing it to run up to 4K resolution.