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For Honor trailer reminds you it’s pretty good, in case you’ve been under a rock with your fingers in your ears

20 Feb

For Honor: it’s good. But don’t trust us, trust this promotional video.

For Honor has been generating a huge amount of buzz since its popular beta tests, and there doesn’t seem to have been any die off now that it’s actually out.

The video above is littered with accolades for the multiplayer factional brawler, which Ubisoft apparently thinks is what will convince you to invest in For Honor.

If you’re only just getting onboard now or want an edge on the competition, check out our growing For Honor guide. We’re collecting detailed character guides, with video, in addition to basic and more advanced tips.

For Honor may have a very different aesthetic to Overwatch but like Rainbow Six Siege it seems positioned to occupy a similar sort of hero-driven space, where character choice and knowing how to counter the abilities of the whole roster is an important part of high level play.

This design seems to have crept over from the MOBA space, but the immediacy of the action in games like For Honor and Overwatch mean everyone can get in and have a good time without immediately hitting a steep learning curve. It’s an interesting trend.

US PS Store Flash Sale features discounts on GTA 5, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 2, more

18 Feb

The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale this weekend on action titles.

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Games on sale include but aren’t limited to GTA 5, Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, and while actually an MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online is also on sale.

Titles are up to 80% off from now through Monday, February 20, 8am PT/11am ET.

We’ve posted the PS4 titles below along with the sale price. The original price is listed on the US PS Blog.

If you head over to site you can also look over the list of PS3 and Vita offerings. A rather large selection of movies are also discounted.

  • A Bastard’s Tale – $1.99
  • Action Henk – $3.74
  • Adam’s Venture: Origins – Deluxe Edition – $19.60
  • Adr1ft (vr – Patch) – $4.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! – $3.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Collector’s Pack – $17.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Pack – $7.99
  • Banner Saga 1 – $4.99
  • Big Buck Hunter Arcade – $7.99
  • Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle – $24.99
  • Broken Age (cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Cabela’s African Adventures – $9.59
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – $7.79
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition – $9.89
  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin – $11.99
  • Dmc Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – $11.99
  • Dmc4se Demon Hunter Bundle – $10.79
  • Dogos – $4.79
  • Don’t Starve: Console Edition (cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Godzilla – $17.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 – $29.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle – $37.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle – $61.19
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Whale Shark Card Bundle – $44.54
  • Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Infamous Second Son (standard Edition) – $7.99
  • King’s Quest Complete Collection – $11.99
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris & Season Pass Pack (deluxe Ed) – $7.24
  • Lichtspeer – $3.99
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance – $17.59
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – $17.59
  • Mercenary Kings – $5.99
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes – $4.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition – $7.99
  • Mighty No. 9 (one Way Cross-buy) – $7.99
  • Monster Jam: Crush It! – $7.99
  • Oddworld: New N Tasty (3-way Cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Paranautical Activity (cross-buy) – $2.99
  • Retro City Rampage Dx (4 Way Cross-buy) – $2.49
  • Roundabout – $2.99
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cutxx – $2.99
  • Sky Force Anniversary (3-way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Sniper Elite 3 – $10.49
  • Stealth Inc Ultimate Edition – $4.49
  • Submerged – $7.99
  • Super Time Force Ultra (cross-buy) – $5.99
  • Tembo the Badass Elephant – $5.99
  • The Bit Trip (cross-buy) – $1.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition – $29.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition Premium Bundle – $39.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – $17.99
  • The Little Acre – $5.19
  • The Sun and Moon (cross-buy) – $2.37
  • The Swapper (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Thief Town – $3.19
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (cross-buy) – $1.49
  • Toy Soldiers War Chest Hall of Fame Edition – $11.99
  • Transformers Devastation – $14.79
  • Zombie Vikings – $4.79

These Horizon: Zero Dawn videos provide a visual recap of combat, exploration, more

17 Feb

Horizon: Zero Dawn releases in less than two weeks, and if you need something to scratch your itch in the meantime, Sony has you covered.

Four new videos for Horizon: Zero Dawn have been released, the first of which is a look at exploration. Aloy will be able to travel the various frontiers, find artifacts and discover ancient mysteries in the process.

The video above takes a look at some of the Machines players will come into contact with – some of which they will have to battle.

In this video, more combat is shown along with Aloy’s tracking ability.

The final video focuses on Aloy, both past and present, along with a look at some of the various NPCs.

While the majority of what’s shown in the videos have been revealed before, each are still a quick reminder of what Horizon: Zero Dawn has to offer come the end of the month.

If you want to catch up on everything we know about it, be sure to give our page hub a click.

The PS4 exclusive will be released on February 28 in North America and on March 1 in Europe for both the standard console and PS4 Pro.

Enjoy the short videos and look forward to more Horizon: Zero Dawn goodness from us closer to release.

Latest video for The Surge shows 14 minutes of uncut gameplay

17 Feb

A new video from Deck13 showing off 14 minutes of its action-RPG The Surge has been released.

Along with a look at uncut gameplay, game designer Adam Hetenyi discusses various aspects of The Surge, and the dystopian environments in CREO’s industrial and RND complex, the Abandoned Laboratories.

As with the previous gameplay video, above you’ll see the main character fitted with an industrial exoskeleton, as he fights his way through the complex.

Players will loot enemies and weapons after defeat, and luckily, the limb-targeting system not only allows the player to not only attack but cut off parts of the enemy they wish to craft or equip. As previously mentioned, you will also run into experiments built using nano-technology and security bots, and those will be really tough to beat.

The video also goes over some of the attacks which can be accomplished vertically and horizontally. Players can also parry, jump, dodge and duck.

Survivors at the complex may need help, or they offer the player assistance. Accepting missions will provide some extra rewards; however, Deck13 said players will need to balance these missions as well as the “desire to go deeper into the complex.” Also, once dropped, tech scrap will diminish over time.

The Surge is set for release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in May.

Watch Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC adds five hours of content, video takes a look at two new missions

17 Feb

The next DLC drop for Watch Dogs 2 hits next week first on PlayStation 4, and according to Ubisoft, it’s rather large.

As outlined in the Season Pass, Human Conditions adds five hours of additional multi-mission Operations to the Watch Dogs 2 story. The video above provides a look at two of the new areas.

Players will be trying to uncover “biggest scandals on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and misuse” in San Francisco. It also provides Marcus and DedSec new villains to contend with, one of which – the Jammer – uses technology to hunt down the player.

Human Conditions also contains new elite co-op missions.

A patch for the game was released earlier this week, paving the way for the next content drop. It introduced free content with added and updated locations on the world map.

Additional content included new dance moves, emotes, clothing, Ubisoft Club Rewards, Bounty Hunter respawn, and some added narrative was added to the game’s ending.

It also introduced tweaks to online gameplay, bug fixes, PC-specific updates and balancing. It is around 10GB in sizes on both PS4 and Xbox One, and 14GB on PC. Ubisoft said it would be best if everyone download the update so the community wouldn’t be split.

You can look over the patch notes through here if you like.

The Watch Dogs 2 Human Conditions DLC will be released on PS4 February 21 and on March 23 for PC and Xbox One.

All present and future online content is available in Guest Mode. This allows a friend of yours who doesn’t own the DLC to be invited into the game through the multiplayer app.

Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game of January 2017, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, other heavy-hitters play musical chairs

17 Feb

The NPD group has released hardware and software figures for January 2017 and it should come as no surprise that PlayStation 4 and Resident Evil 7 topped the respective sectors.

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January 2017 NPD at a glance

Resident Evil 7 tops software charts

PS4 was best-selling console

PC software spend declined 12% year-over-year

All categories – accessories, hardware, software – down 4% year-over-year

Compare month-on-month: December 2016

Compare year-over-year: January 2016

While hardware sales declined, software was up 14% to $313 million. NPD attributed the increase to Resident Evil 7’s release, especially when comparing the year-over-year (yoy) release slates.

It’s also worth noting Resident Evil 7 was only on the market for five days when the NPD reporting period ended.

“With only five days in the market, Resident Evil 7 was the best-selling game in January,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “The last time Capcom had the best-selling game of the month (in dollar sales) was in March 2009 with Resident Evil 5.”

First-person shooters Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 were still two of the best-selling games for the month, and neither title has fallen off the chart since release in fall 2016.

Overwatch also returned after dropping off the NPD software list in October.

The rise in sales could possibly be attributed to various discount offers or the Overwatch Year of the Rooster event; however, that’s just conjecture on our part as NPD didn’t elaborate on why Overwatch was once again charting. It was, however, one of the best-selling games of 2016 per NPD’s yearly report in January.

Action titles Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2 also remained on the chart, while sports titles Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17 remained popular with US consumers as well.

PC software came in at $16 million, a 12% decline yoy from $18 million.

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NPD Software Top Ten January 2017

You’ll notice not much changed on the chart since December 2016, as the heavy hitters played musical chairs and that’s about it.

The biggest changes were the entry of new releases Resident Evil 7 and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – the second best-selling PS4 title for the month.

Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy 15 fell off the chart, and again, Overwatch reentered it.

The full NPD software chart is below, but keep in mind not all digital stores report sales data. Some publishers who sell through the PlayStation and Xbox Stores report data, but others do not. For example: Microsoft, Sony and Blizzard (Battle.net) do not report first-party sales.

  1. Resident Evil 7 (PS4, Xbox One)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  4. Battlefield 1 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. NBA 2K17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
  7. Madden NFL 17 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  8. Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  9. Overwatch (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  10. FIFA 17 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

This month, NPD also started reporting catalog sales of titles from the first six months of availability – starting with month seven (thanks, MCV). The winning publisher in the category for January 2017 was Take-Two and it was also the top publisher for 2016. NPD attributed this to continued sales of GTA 5.

NPD Hardware January 2017

Last week, the initial NPD report had PS4 topping hardware followed by Xbox One – which according to Microsoft enjoyed year-over-year (yoy) growth compared to January 2016.

PS4 sold the most units, with Xbox One coming in second place, and Nintendo’s Nintendo Classic Mini: NES in third.

“The PlayStation 4 was the best-selling hardware (in units sold) during January 2017,” said NPD analyst Sam Naji. “And for the fourth consecutive month, PlayStation 4 Slim System 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle was the top-selling PS4 sku in terms of units sold.”

For the month of January 2017, hardware totaled $127 million, a decline of 19% yoy compared to $157 million in 2016.

Accessories declined 17% yoy to $155, with toys-to-life skus (ex: Skylanders, amiibo, Lego Dimensions) showing the biggest decline.

Total spent in the US on accessories, hardware and software for the month January hit $611 million. While that’s indeed as large figure, it’s 4% less compared to $637 million spent in 2016.

NPD said the lower figure was due to a decline in hardware sales and general lack of growth.

Capcom still filing for Deep Down trademarks, but does it actually still exist?

17 Feb

At this point, nobody brings up Deep Down unless it’s talk of another trademark renewal.

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Deep Down had one of the most striking trailers at the PlayStation 4 unveiling back in 2013. This also served as its first official announcement, but since then, it’s been a whole load of nothing.

Sure, some gameplay video followed months, sometimes years later, but as of this writing, no one knows what its current state is. In fact, the last time we heard of Deep Down was when Capcom extended the trademark once again, which is the same reason the game popped up today.

This time, the registration was filed in the US earlier this month (via Gamespot). This is a new trademark, as opposed to an extension, which is what the publisher has been doing.

That said, there’s barely any new details in this application, and Capcom has not mentioned the game in a long while, not even in financial briefings. At this point, it seems the publisher just wants to make sure the trademark is not lost.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands TV spot is all CG, still not using Eric Clapton’s Cocaine

17 Feb

How come Ubisoft couldn’t use Eric Clapton’s Cocaine in any of its promo material for Ghost Recon: Wildlands?

Ubisoft has unveiled the latest TV spot for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. TV spots are typically very short, for obvious reasons, and rely mostly on CG and flashy footage.

This most recent one follows the same guidelines, and succeeds in pitching the game’s main concepts in under one minute. Those being, the open world, the freedom you have in how you can approach each mission, the vehicles you can use, and the big baddies you’ll be going after.

Unfortunately, it’s yet another trailer for the game that somehow doesn’t use Eric Clapton’s iconic cover of Cocaine. C’mon guys, you must find a way.

If you’re looking to try out Wildlands before it’s release, there’s going to be a beta next weekend, open to all. The open beta will feature a sizeable amount of content, even more so than closed beta.

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

Watch Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada nerd out over For Honor’s combat mechanics

17 Feb

Katsuhiro Harada had a few things to tell For Honor producer Jason Vandenberghe about his game.

For Honor‘s combat mechanics are rooted in fighting game fundamentals, this much is clear. Hearing creative producer Jason Vandenberghe describe how Ubisoft Montreal wanted to translate this well into a 3D action game format is eye-opening.

And who’s better suited to have this chat with Vandenberghe than longtime Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada. In the video, Harada gives his impressions of some of the main features of For Honor, and answers a couple of questions in a way only someone with his experience can.

The most interesting part of the video is when Vandenberghe talks about how the directional attack indicators were devised as a solution to having a behind-the-back camera. According to him, this particular perspective doesn’t display all the information about players’ moves to each other, unlike what the 2D perspective – typical of fighting games – would.

In case calling For Honor a fighting game scares you, we’re here to help. We’ve been analysing and breaking down every part of the game to put things in simpler terms that anyone can understand. Don’t hesitate to give our guide a look, it’s constantly updated and full of useful information.

Horizon: Zero Dawn day one patch is only 250MB

17 Feb

If you’re getting the disc version of Horizon: Zero Dawn you won’t have to waste too much time grabbing update files.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games has confirmed that the game will have a day one patch.

Don’t fret, though, because the size of the patch is very small compared to many of today’s games. The studio confirmed in a tweet that Horizon: Zero Dawn’s day one patch is only around 250MB.

Guerrilla also said that more details about what’s actually in the patch will be shared at launch.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is out February 28 in the US, March 1 in the UK and Europe for PS4.

For Honor getting big guard break counter changes, Valkyrie buff, more

17 Feb

For Honor has been out mere days, and already, the developers are talking about making changes.

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Ubisoft has announced the first round of fixes and changes hitting For Honor, just a few days after the game’s official launch.

Community manager Eric Pope took to the game’s sub-Reddit to outline some of the biggest issues fans have raised with the developer, and how the team is responding to them.

First up is the issue of bots replacing disconnecting players in Duel, Brawl, and Elimination. The issue is not that bots can take the place of human players, it’s that they spawn with full health mid-fight. When your opponent rage-quits as you were about to win – for instance – you’re suddenly forced to fight a full-health bot to win the round.

Ubisoft Montreal recognises this isn’t fair, and will be making a change. Now, the replacement bot will spawn-in dead. This means you get to win the current round, and both of you can start fresh the next one.

Another big change has to do with how guard break countering currently works in the game. Right now, you can’t counter a guard break during the attempt, and must wait until the grab animation hits you to counter. In the beta, if you saw it coming, you could easily counter the guard break as your opponent was attempting it.

Pope confirmed that the guard break behaviour will return to what it was in the beta.

As for hero balance and bug fixes, Conqueror, Berserker, Peacekeeper, and Valkyrie are all getting touched up. There’s a bug in the game currently that means any light attacks you block from a Conqueror or a Berserker allows them to combo that into a free guard break. This will be fixed.

Peacekeeper is currently also affected by a bug that prevents the second and third stabs after a guard break from applying bleed. This, too, will be fixed.

As for Valkyrie, well, the class is getting a number of buffs. Here they are:

  • Light attacks: reduced recovery time
  • Light chains: reduced time between attacks
  • Pouncing Thrust & Hunter’s Strike: increased damage and link options after those moves
  • Shield Crush: add link to Light Attack chains
  • Hunter’s Rush: reduced recovery time

Pope did not say when we should expect these changes to hit the live game, or if all fixes will be included in one patch.

If you’re looking to step up your For Honor game, maybe give our guide a look. We’re updating it every day, and it covers everything from basic gameplay concepts to how you can create your own emblem.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – here’s exactly when the open beta goes live in your region, and what’s in it

17 Feb

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta is just a few days away. Here’s all the information you need in one place.

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After a successful closed beta round earlier this month, the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta will be returning once again – only it will be open to everyone this time.

That’s right, the open beta will be available to download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One without prior need to register or redeem keys anywhere. The open beta goes live on Thursday, February 23 and will remain online all the way through Monday, February 27.

The download client size is not yet known, but we suspect it’ll be bigger than that of the closed beta. In any case, you’ll be able to pre-load the open beta starting Monday, February 20, so there should be plenty of time.

As for content, the Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta includes two regions of the full game’s 21. Itacua, the region from the closed beta, as well as a new region called Montuyoc, will both be accessible during this open beta.

Finally, if you play the open beta and buy the full game before March 31, you’ll unlock a free, extra mission in the full game. The mission is called the Unidad Conspiracy, and it tasks you with sparking war between the militia group Unidad and the Santa Blanca cartel.

Although Ubisoft has not yet announced if those who participated in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands closed beta can just update their clients to play the open beta, it’s recommended you don’t delete it util we get word.

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

Furi, The Saboteur added to Origin Access Vault, Madden 17 coming to EA Access Vault

16 Feb

EA has added three titles to the Origin Access Vault, and one for the Xbox One service, EA Access, hits next week.

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Those with an Origin Access subscription can get their hands on 2016 releases Aragami and Furi, which was one of Sherif’s games of the year.

The other is Pandemic Studios’ 2009 World War 2, open-world noir-action title The Saboteur – which I personally enjoyed playing on Xbox 360.

With the addition of these games, the number of titles on Origin Access is now well over 60. And they can be played for free as long as you like, provided you maintain your subscription.

Those who are EA Access subscribers on Xbox One, Madden 17 will be added to the Vault next week on February 24. Skate 3 was added just this week.

Oh, and here’s some more Origin related news: yearly memberships are now available, and will run $29.99 annually. That’s 50% less than the price you’d pay for a monthly sub. And if you still aren’t sold, you can now give the service a try, free for seven days.

During the limited time trial period you can play any title included in the Vault, play new titles before release, and get 10% off purchases made through Origin.

You will still need to sign up for a monthly or yearly sub, but you can cancel the service after your seven days are up to keep from being charged.

We’re livestreaming For Honor – join us for some brutal, bloody action

16 Feb

Join us as we livestream some glorious For Honor gameplay.

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

Today, Shabana is starting from scratch, so be prepared to get a look at the tutorials before she heads into the campaign.

Because of this, I have no idea which faction she will choose, but I’m crossing my fingers for the Berserker because chaotic and brutal viking are my thing. In games, obviously.

It’s also possible we’ll see some multiplayer later on. Wish her well.

If you’re playing For Honor and need some tips, give our guide a read.

For Honor is one of the first big releases for the year, and arrived on PC, PS4 and Xbox One this week.

Ark: Survival Evolved has sold over 1 million copies on PS4, Tek Tier Phase One hits consoles today

16 Feb

Phase One of Ark: Survival Evolved’s Tek Tier rollout starts today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Along with news of the rollout, Studio Wildcard also announced Ark: Survival Evolved has also sold over 1 million copies on PlayStation 4 since its release on December 6.

It was also the number one selling game on PlayStation Network in both December 2016 and January 2017.

To celebrate, the ArkK: Survival Evolved “Survivor’s Pack” is now on sale worldwide on PS4 for 20% off ($54.99/€49.99). It includes an up-to-date version of the game, previously released content, plus the Scorched Earth expansion pack.

It also comes with a Bionic Giganotosaurus skin plus an entire Manticore armor set for all male and female characters, exclusive to PS4.

Phase One of the Tek Tier is available for free through v254 from today on Xbox One and PS4, and as previously reported, comes with new weapons, armors, gear, and dinosaur mounted laser cannons.

Players can also tame four new creatures and take part in the Valentine’s Day Event, a limited-time feature which allows users to increase creature mating speed. They will also be able to find a box of chocolates that can be used to unlock new event-themed hairstyles and an emote.

To gain Tek Tier loot, players will need to gather the newly introduced Element resource, which is granted after successfully completing Boss Arenas. Each Boss now has three difficulty levels and after defeating them, the player is awarded unique TEK Knowledge engrams, element and other Boss Rewards.

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Here’s what you can expect to find in Tek Tier Phase One:

  • TEK Helmet – Contains a built-in oxygen tank and three different type of vision: Sonar, which identifies tribes, allies, enemies and creatures, Night (see in the dark) and a combined Sonar/Night mode.
  • TEK Boots – These boots let players scale vertical surfaces with ease, along with negating any falling damage.
  • TEK Pants – Enable a super run that lets players speed through solid objects. Combined with the TEK Shirt, the pants allow for faster flight and a cool superheroic stance.
  • TEK Shirt – Jet Pack! Ever wanted to be Iron Man? Don this item then rocket upwards into space or hover above your enemies to better view the devastation you have wrought!
  • TEK Gauntlets – Powerful super punch – dash-smash your foes across the map with this powered up fisticuffs feature.
  • TEK Rifle – Powered by Element, the rifle features a scope that can sync up with the TEK Helmet’s vision modes for double the death-dealing.
  • TEK Rex Saddle – Mount lasers on your T-Rex. Yes…lasers…on…a…T-Rex
  • TEK Replicator – Needed for crafting items from the TEK tier.
  • TEK Transmitter – This portable terminal functions similarly to an Obelisk, allowing players to transfer characters, creatures and items across the ARK.

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Ark’s creature list has also expanded with the release of the Ovis Aries, Baryonyx Aquafulgur, Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit, and the Purlovia Maxima. It brings the total up to 96.

Purlovia Maxima – Resembling a giant weasel, the Purlovia is a nasty sneak, burrowing underground so it can ambush unaware passers-by.

Basilosaurus Solatiumfecit – One of the stranger water creatures is Basilosaurus, a powerful swimmer that is so adapted to life in the shallows, it has problems surviving in deep water. This hasn’t kept tribes from taming these gentle creatures, as their warm-blooded nature means riders can be kept comfortable in both hot and cold climes. Its blubber is also valuable, as it can be processed into a highly efficient form of gasoline.

Baryonyx Aquafulgur – Baryonyx has the distinction of being on the small end of the large predator tier, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It’s an extremely fast swimmer, and can threaten most creatures on land and sea, which makes it an efficient killer. Taming a Baryonyx makes it even more dangerous.

Ovis Aries – The Ovis has arrived in-game. This passive, stupid-tempered creature might be weak, but it’s definitely useful, with wool that can be repeatedly sheared and re-grown, and the ability to produce tasty, wonderful, lamb chops. Its also makes for a fun, albeit slow, mount.
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Other Features in today’s v254 update:

  • New Weapon – Lance: Saddle up and prepare for medieval mounted mayhem with the arrival of this, the Jurassic Jouster’s weapon of choice.
  • New Mechanic: Hairstyles, Facial Hair, Hair Colouring and styling with real-time growing. Customize your avatars with awesome new beards and then watch them grow! Cut, dye and trim your hair as you go all out with your character design.
  • 16 Additional Explorer Notes
  • A ton of improvements for official mod The Center, and general game fixes

All of the aforementioned content has been available through Steam since January 30.

Ark: Survival Evolved is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game also supports PS4 Pro.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – give the minimum and recommended PC specs a quick read

16 Feb

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands team has released the official specs for the PC version.

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With the open beta for Ghost Recon: Wildlands running next weekend, you may wish to give the list below the once over to make sure you can run it properly.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Minimum Specs

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660/GTX 750Ti/GTX 950/GTX 1050 or AMD HD 7870/R9 270X/R9 370X/RX 460 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) – See supported List */**
  • System RAM: 6GB
  • Resolution: 720p
  • Video Preset: Low

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – Recommended Specs

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/GTX 1060 or AMD R9 290X/R9 390/RX 480 (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) – See supported List */**
  • System RAM: 8GB
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Video Preset: High

Supported NVIDIA cards at time of release

  • GeForce GTX600 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX 660 or better | (recommended) N/A
  • GeForce GTX700 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX 750Ti or better | (recommended) N/A
  • GeForce GTX900 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX 950 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX 970 or better
  • GeForce GTX10-Series: (minimum) any GeForce GTX 10 card | (recommended) GeForce GTX 1060 or better

Supported AMD cards at time of release

  • Radeon HD7000 series: (minimum) Radeon HD 7870 or better | (recommended) none
  • Radeon 200 series: (minimum) Radeon R9 270x or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 290X or better
  • Radeon 300/Fury X series: (minimum) Radeon R9 370X or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 390 or better
  • Radeon 400 series: (minimum) Radeon RX 460 or better | (recommended) Radeon RX 480 or better

Gamepad Support

  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Xbox One (Original/Elite)
  • PlayStation 4 (Original/Pro)
  • Steam controller

Other controllers may work, however they are not officially supported and may require third-party software to work. Examples include:

  • Any third-party Xbox-compatible controller
  • Logitech Chillstream
  • OUYA controller

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

If you plan on participating in the beta, you can pre-load the tester starting Monday, February 20.

Also, as mentioned in the open beta announcement, beta participants who purchase and play the entire game by March 31 will be handed an exclusive mission.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta kicks off next weekend, pre-load it on February 20

16 Feb

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta will kick off next weekend on all platforms.

Each player participating in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands beta will have access to the exclusive “Unidad Conspiracy” mission if they purchase the game and “play it in full by March 31.”

Players will need to use the same Ubisoft account for both the beta and full game in order to acquire the content.

The Unidad Conspiracy mission, players are tasked with “sparking a war” between the corrupt militia group Unidad and the Santa Blanca cartel.

As previously reported, the open beta will also introduce a not one, but two provinces among the 21 included in the final game.

These are Itacua, a mountainous province where the grip of the cartel is looser and Montuyoc, set in the snowy Altiplano, a much more challenging area. Luckily, the player will have gained XP and skills boosts by suppressing the Itacua bosses in the first province.

They can, of course, jump right into Montuyoc if they wish but it sounds unwise.

As in the full game, all the content in the open beta will be playable with up to three friends on the same platform via four player co-op, or in single player.

Players will be able to make use of a large variety of vehicles, tactical equipment and weapons as well.

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta will run February 23-27, and you can start pre-loading the beta on Monday, February 20.

If you are unable to view the trailer above, the UK one is through here.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One March 7.

This For Honor-inspired track from Italian rapper MadMan was created in partnership with Ubisoft

16 Feb

Hopefully, you understand Italian otherwise you’ll just have to enjoy the music in this track titled “For Honor”.

Created in collaboration between MadMan’s label and Ubisoft (thanks, Hano.it) the tune is inspired by the firm’s latest release, For Honor.

The video and tune by MadMan, whose real name is Pierfrancesco Botrugno, was released this morning and features the rapper doing his thing against a backdrop with scenes from the game projected on it. There are also clips of gameplay.

Watch for yourself.

And, if you are playing the game and having any issues getting started, or with a certain class, give our guides the once over. They could be of some help.

For Honor is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If

This For Honor-inspired track from Italian rapper MadMan was created in partnership with Ubisoft

16 Feb

Hopefully, you understand Italian otherwise you’ll just have to enjoy the music in this track titled “For Honor”.

Created in collaboration between MadMan’s label and Ubisoft (thanks, Hano.it) the tune is inspired by the firm’s latest release, For Honor.

The video and tune by MadMan, whose real name is Pierfrancesco Botrugno, was released this morning and features the rapper doing his thing against a backdrop with scenes from the game projected on it. There are also clips of gameplay.

Watch for yourself.

And, if you are playing the game and having any issues getting started, or with a certain class, give our guides the once over. They could be of some help.

For Honor is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If

Players are already being super creative with their For Honor emblem ideas

16 Feb

As always, the ingenuity of fans let loose on a creation system is something to behold.

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A lot of competitive multiplayer games these days feature some sort of emblem or logo creator – and usually that logo shows up somewhere on your character, usually on a shoulder pad or something like that. As a result they’re usually quite small, but given the medieval theme off For Honor emblems are a very real, universe-appropriate thing.

Players have already been going nuts with the emblem creator, and some of the emblem ideas they’ve had are pretty impressive. We figured it’d be worth pulling a couple of our favourites, though there’s now an entire reddit dedicated to For Honor emblems.

First up, I want to note it’s not all references. I’m about to drop a ton of nerdy, referential emblem designs below, but there are a ton of really impressive all-original ones around such as these incredible dragon and phoenix designs:

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With that incredible work nodded to, let’s now note that somebody made a whole lot of emoji. There’s your usual heart-eyed faces and sobbing faces and the like, but the gallery also features a pretty damn good poop emoji emblem. As you do.

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If you fancy being the very best

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Or being a Vanguard from a world very different to For Honor’s…

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One hopes you don’t die as much in For Honor as in Dark Souls, else your team would be pretty mad

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And no matter your comic book allegiance, both Marvel and DC are already well represented:

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Also, here’s a Wu Tang emblem. Yeah. This game is alright.

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Anyway, the point is – fans are already making amazing stuff, and many of these links have tutorials – and even those who don’t, hey, they’re free emblem ideas for your brain, like. There’s loads more over on the reddit. It’s certainly made me want to give For Honor’s emblem creator a little more love.