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Large PlayStation exclusives sale includes discounts on Uncharted 4, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, more

22 Mar

Sony is hosting a rather nice sale through the PlayStation Store, where you can take up to 55% off PS3, PS4 and Vita-exclusives. Also, your Deal of the Week on the store is PES 2017 for both PS3 and PS4.

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From today, PS4 games like Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us Remastered and Bloodborne are on sale.

The list is rather large, so only PS4 titles are listed below; however, if you head over to UK PlayStation Store you can see the full list and regional pricing. North American customers can look over the sales through here.

The Only on PlayStation sale runs through April 5.

PS Store Only on PlayStation Sale (PS4)

  • Alienation
  • Alienation Conqueror’s Pack
  • Alienation Dlc Season Pass
  • Alienation Survivor’s Pack
  • Alienation Veteran Heroes Pack
  • Alienation Weapons Supply Pack
  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Bloodborne
  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
  • Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition
  • Bound
  • Counterspy
  • Driveclub (various)
  • Dark Chronicle
  • Dark Cloud
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
  • Doki-doki Universe
  • Entwined
  • Escape Plan
  • Escape Plan Collection
  • Escape Plan the Director’s Cut
  • Escape Plan – the Asylum
  • Escape Plan – the Underground
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Everybody’s Tennis
  • Fantavision
  • Fat Princess Adventures
  • Fat Princess Adventures Mega Loot Bundle
  • Flower
  • Forbidden Siren
  • Guns Up! Battle Support Pack
  • Guns Up! Defence Budget Pack
  • Guns Up! War Chest Pack
  • God of War 3 Remastered
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -sign-
  • Helldivers Reinforcements Mega Bundle
  • Helldivers Masters of the Galaxy Edition
  • Helldivers Reinforcement Pack
  • Helldivers Reinforcement Pack 2
  • Helldivers: Super-earth Ultimate Edition
  • Hardware: Rivals
  • Heavy Rain
  • Here They Lie
  • Hohokum
  • Hustle Kings VRr
  • Hustle Kings VR – Upgrade
  • Insurgent Pack
  • Intercept Online Co-op Expansion Pack
  • Journey
  • Journey Collector’s Edition
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept Online Co-op Mode (standalone)
  • Killzone Shadow Fall and Season Pass Bundle
  • Knack
  • Kinetica
  • Okage: Shadow King
  • Parappa The Rapper 2
  • Playstation VR Worlds
  • Primal
  • Resogun
  • Resogun Season Pass
  • Resogun Wipeout Ship Bundle
  • Resogun – Heroes Expansion
  • Resogun: Defenders Expansion Pack
  • Rigs Mechanized Combat League
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Rise of the Kasai
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Sound Shapes Ultimate Bundle
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • Super Stardust Ultra Vr
  • The Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind (standalone)
  • The Mark of Kri
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Tomorrow Children Frontier Pack
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Tumble VR
  • Twisted Metal: Black
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Digital Edition
  • Uncharted 1: Drake’s Fortune Remastered
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Remastered
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Until Dawn
  • War of the Monsters
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Flow
  • Flow Expansion Pack
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Infamous Second Son + Infamous First Light
  • Infamous Second Son Legendary Edition
  • Infamous First Light

From today through April 5, there’s also the Totally Digital Sale going on, where when you buy one game, you get the other free. Of course, the less expensive of the two is the freebie.

PS Store Totally Digital – Buy One, Get One Free

  • 10 Second Ninja X
  • 101 Ways to Die
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • ARCADE GAME SERIES 3-in-1 Pack
  • Active Soccer 2 DX
  • Alone With You
  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Arcade Archives (Various)
  • Armikrog
  • Art of Balance
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
  • Beach Buggy Racing
  • Bears Can’t Drift!?
  • Bedlam
  • BlazeRush
  • Bombing Busters
  • Brick Breaker
  • Cel Damage HD
  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
  • Corridor Z
  • Crystal Rift
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
  • FEZ
  • Foul Play
  • Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing
  • Grow Home
  • Grow Up
  • Guns, Gore and Cannoli
  • Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Hitman GO: Definitive Edition
  • KILLALLZOMBIES
  • Knock-Knock
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Season Pass
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Letter Quest Remastered
  • Level 22
  • Machinarium
  • Mahjong
  • Manual Samuel
  • MotoGP™14 Compact
  • Nano Assault NEO-X
  • Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
  • Nova-111
  • Organ Trail Complete Edition
  • Pang Adventures
  • Paranautical Activity
  • Penarium
  • Pumped BMX +
  • Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut
  • RACE THE SUN ®
  • REPLAY: VHS is not dead
  • Retro City Rampage™ DX
  • Riptide GP2
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Risk of Rain
  • Rock’N Racing Off Road DX
  • Rollers of the Realm™
  • Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
  • Siralim
  • Sky Force Anniversary
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Spheroids
  • Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
  • Subject 13
  • Super Toy Cars
  • Tachyon Project
  • Tetraminos
  • The Fall
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Tiny Brains
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
  • Toren
  • Total Jigsaw
  • UNMECHANICAL: EXTENDED EDITION
  • Ultratron
  • Virginia – The Game
  • the Castle Game

Finally, you can also save on Totally Digital pre-orders, not included in the Buy One, Get One Free offer.

PS Store Totally Digital Digital Pre-Order Discounts

  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Butcher
  • Cosmic Star Heroine
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Late Shift
  • Loco Roco Remastered
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • Nex Machina
  • Parappa the Rappa Remastered
  • Polybius
  • Rain World
  • Rise and Shine
  • Snake Pass
  • Sundered
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wonder Boy
  • Yonder

Xbox Live deals: Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Slender: the Arrival, more

21 Mar

It’s that time again, Xbox Live members: the Deals with Gold offerings for Xbox One have been announced. If you are a Resident Evil fan, you’ll definitely want to give the Spotlight Sale the once over.

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If you’ve been holding off on grabbing the latest in the Final Fantasy franchise, you can download the standard edition of the game for 40% off. With the discount, it will cost $34 instead of $60.

The Digital Premium Edition is 30% off, and it comes with the Season Pass along with some extra in-game content and a digital mini-soundtrack. With the XBLG discount, it will run you $59.50 instead of $85.

You can also save up to 60% off Resident Evil titles this week, that specific discount is for the Resident Evil Super Bundle. It comes with the following titles as well as a selection of add-on content: Resident Evil HD Remaster, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition.

Resident Evil 7 is currently 25% off and the Deluxe Edition is marked down by 17%.

Below, you will find the entire list of Xbox One Deals with Gold.

As always, more information is available through Major Nelson’s blog, along with links to each discounted game. There, you will also find this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Lizardmen – Add-On – 33% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Undead – Add-On – 33% off
  • Coffin Dodgers – 50% off
  • Dangerous Golf – 50% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 – 40% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 Digital Premium Edition – 30% off
  • Infinite Air with Mark McMorris – 50% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 60% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – Witch Hunters – 15% off
  • NBA 2K17 40% off
  • Slender: The Arrival – 60% off
  • Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax – 50% off
  • SteamWorld Dig – 50% off
  • The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure – 80% off
  • Valley Xbox One Game – 60% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Beyond Eyes – 67% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 50% off
  • EVERSPACE (Game Preview) – 25% off
  • Fragments of Him – 50% off
  • FRU – 60% off
  • In Between – 50% off
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 200,000 VC – Add-On – 30% off
  • NBA 2K17 450,000 VC – Add-On – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 75,000 VC – Add-On – 10% off
  • NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition – 45% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold – 50% off
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – 80% off
  • Perfect Woman – 50% off
  • Resident Evil – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 0 – 40% off
  • Resident Evil 0 Complete Costume Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 5 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 6 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 7 – 25% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Deluxe Edition – 17% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Season Pass – Add-On – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Super Bundle – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Triple Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle – 50% off
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2 – 25% off
  • SMITE Ultimate God Pack Bundle – Add-On – 50% off
  • SMITE – 1500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 200 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 2500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 3500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 400 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 800 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 8000 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • The Bunker – 50% off
  • The Little Acre – 40% off
  • The Magic Circle: Gold Edition – 50% off
  • Thomas Was Alone – 67% off
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition – 67% off
  • Wheels of Aurelia – 50% off

Discounts are valid from today through March 27.

Xbox Live deals: Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy 15, Slender: the Arrival, more

21 Mar

It’s that time again, Xbox Live members: the Deals with Gold offerings for Xbox One have been announced. If you are a Resident Evil fan, you’ll definitely want to give the Spotlight Sale the once over.

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If you’ve been holding off on grabbing the latest in the Final Fantasy franchise, you can download the standard edition of the game for 40% off. With the discount, it will cost $34 instead of $60.

The Digital Premium Edition is 30% off, and it comes with the Season Pass along with some extra in-game content and a digital mini-soundtrack. With the XBLG discount, it will run you $59.50 instead of $85.

You can also save up to 60% off Resident Evil titles this week, that specific discount is for the Resident Evil Super Bundle. It comes with the following titles as well as a selection of add-on content: Resident Evil HD Remaster, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition.

Resident Evil 7 is currently 25% off and the Deluxe Edition is marked down by 17%.

Below, you will find the entire list of Xbox One Deals with Gold.

As always, more information is available through Major Nelson’s blog, along with links to each discounted game. There, you will also find this week’s Deals With Gold discounts for Xbox 360 titles.

Xbox One Deals With Gold

  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Lizardmen – Add-On – 33% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – Undead – Add-On – 33% off
  • Coffin Dodgers – 50% off
  • Dangerous Golf – 50% off
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – 75% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 – 40% off
  • Final Fantasy 15 Digital Premium Edition – 30% off
  • Infinite Air with Mark McMorris – 50% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 60% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – Witch Hunters – 15% off
  • NBA 2K17 40% off
  • Slender: The Arrival – 60% off
  • Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax – 50% off
  • SteamWorld Dig – 50% off
  • The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure – 80% off
  • Valley Xbox One Game – 60% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • Beyond Eyes – 67% off
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition – 50% off
  • EVERSPACE (Game Preview) – 25% off
  • Fragments of Him – 50% off
  • FRU – 60% off
  • In Between – 50% off
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 200,000 VC – Add-On – 30% off
  • NBA 2K17 450,000 VC – Add-On – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 75,000 VC – Add-On – 10% off
  • NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition – 45% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold – 50% off
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – 80% off
  • Perfect Woman – 50% off
  • Resident Evil – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 0 – 40% off
  • Resident Evil 0 Complete Costume Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 4 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 5 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 6 – 50% off
  • Resident Evil 7 – 25% off
  • Resident Evil 7 Deluxe Edition – 17% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Season Pass – Add-On – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Super Bundle – 60% off
  • Resident Evil Triple Pack – Add-On – 50% off
  • Resident Evil: Deluxe Origins Bundle – 50% off
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2 – 25% off
  • SMITE Ultimate God Pack Bundle – Add-On – 50% off
  • SMITE – 1500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 200 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 2500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 3500 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 400 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 800 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • SMITE – 8000 Gems – Add-On – 33% off
  • The Bunker – 50% off
  • The Little Acre – 40% off
  • The Magic Circle: Gold Edition – 50% off
  • Thomas Was Alone – 67% off
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition – 67% off
  • Wheels of Aurelia – 50% off

Discounts are valid from today through March 27.

Oxenfree Review: Echoes of the Past

21 Mar

There’s so much I enjoy about Oxenfree’s weird story, but to spoil it would be to ruin half the fun. Suffice it to say that if you like adventure games at all, you need to play Oxenfree. There are a few bumps along the way, but it’s absolutely a journey worth taking.

Oxenfree begins with a group of friends visiting a not-quite abandoned island to attend a party. Wait! Come back! It’s not like that horrendous House of the Dead movie, I swear!

Shortly after arriving it becomes apparent that the shindig won’t be as well-attended as everyone was expecting. So it’s just Alex (the protagonist), her step brother Jonas, her best friend Ren, the reprehensible Clarissa (she’s the worst), and Clarissa’s much more pleasant friend Nona. They meet up, gather ‘round a bonfire, dispense with some (reasonably natural) high school banter, and then it’s off to explore some nearby caves when — actually, you’re going to have to figure the rest of it out for yourself. I really don’t want to spoil anything, sorry.

But I will say that the voice work, dialog, and overall story are all very well done for the most part. There are a few awkward lines here and there, a few moments that falter or don’t have the impact you’d expect, but by and large it’s very impressive stuff.

Oxenfree is fundamentally a point-and-click adventure game, but not of the older hunt and peck variety. Tapping will get Alex moving (and finding her own path around obstacles) to the appropriate location, while contextual buttons will appear whenever she’s close enough to investigate a point of interest. No clumsily sifting through different action icons here! It’s also very much appreciated how unobtrusive icons will appear on said points of interest once Alex gets within a certain distance, letting you know there’s a thing over there you can check out if you’re so inclined without cluttering up the screen or forcing you to meticulously scour the environment.

Much of what happens in Oxenfree is tied to Alex’s radio, which can be used at any time in order to try and “tune in” to various signals around the island in order to solve some puzzles and… other stuff. It’s a simple idea that yields some interesting results, and I really do like how adjusting frequencies is made easier by way of color-coding (it changes hues as you near and land on important frequencies) in case you have trouble listening to what’s going on — say if you’re playing in a noisy area with no headphones or something.

What’s disappointing is how Oxenfree sometimes hobbles its own well-presented story bits. As I’ve said, the voice acting is solid, almost all of the dialog seems comfortably natural, and the overall plot is intriguing. But most of the character interactions (which are important to the story and to their own development) where you can choose Alex’s responses are awkward in their execution.

For one thing, most of the time the window for picking a response is super brief. Something that would make sense in certain situations where time is a big factor, but more often than not it obnoxiously prevents me from being able to consider my choices. I don’t think getting rid of the timed response elements is necessary, but it would be nice if I had enough time to read all of my options — let alone have a few seconds to decide which one I want to go with.

Alex’s dialog often ends up interrupting everyone else, but not all the time. Wanting to hear all of what someone’s saying has resulted in me missing out on dialog choices entirely on more than one occasion, and other times when I do manage to pick something, Alex just sort of steps over the speaking character’s lines in a manner that comes off as awkward at best and just plain rude at worst. But the thing is, it doesn’t happen consistently. Sometimes picking a response will result in Alex patiently waiting for the other person to finish their thought before she chimes in. Why can’t most of the dialog options be like this? Again, I can understand that there are certain points where her interrupting someone (I’m looking at you, Clarissa, you jerk) makes sense form a story standpoint, but most of the time it seems completely unnecessary.

Still, the main reason the dialog interruptions and too-quick option selection moments bother me is because I was so immediately drawn into Oxenfree’s story and interested by its characters. I want to be able to take the time to absorb and enjoy everything. Pushing everything along like that so frequently only does the game a disservice. I still enjoyed the game despite these gripes, certainly, but I know I’d enjoy it even more if they weren’t as prevalent. Though I suppose being able to say “I really, really like it” instead of “I love it” is perfectly acceptable.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to feature the biggest area in any Uncharted game, no Nathan Drake cameos

20 Mar

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is going to offer a different experience from the main game, and not just because Nathan Drake won’t be involved.

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Naughty Dog is currently working on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the standalone DLC to Uncharted 4.

The developer revealed only a few small details when the project was first announced last year, and now, we get to learn a lot more. In a blog post, Sony revealed a bunch of new information about the setting, gameplay, and whether or not Nathan Drake will be making an appearance.

The Lost Legacy is set six to 12 months after the events of the main game, and it takes place in southern India. The story revolves around the search for the Tusk of Ganesh, the artefact Chloe and Nadine will have to team up in order to find. The blog post doesn’t say how they meet, but it does confirm that it’s Chloe who initiates the hunt.

Naughty Dog also confirmed that The Lost Legacy will include the single biggest level in franchise history, and that’s just one of several environment the DLC will let us explore. We’ll be able to explore at our own pace, the developer promised, with more secrets and hidden throughout.

The developer also said it’ll incorporate lessons learned during the development of the main game into The Lost Legacy, such as balancing environmental puzzles with action moments, climbing and so on. Overall, the DLC will feature a number of different environments outside of the lush jungles typical of this part of the world.

These big levels will also invite a stealth gameplay, which Naughty Dog will expand on by including the series’ first silenced pistol. Set pieces will return, and Naughty Dog promised they’d do things the studio has never done before.

It was also confirmed that Nathan Drake will not be a playable character, or even make a cameo in this DLC. “We entertained a few possible ideas around including Nate as a secondary character, but everything we did felt superfluous because we tied it all up with Uncharted 4,” the developer said.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is out sometime this year on PS4.

Assassin’s Creed: Empire resurfaces again in Swiss retailer listing

20 Mar

Assassin’s Creed: Empire could be out before the end of the year, according to one retailer.

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It looks like everyone except Ubisoft is anxious to talk about the next Assassin’s Creed game.

After what some believed to be an in-game screenshot of the next Assassin’s Creed leaked online, fans of the series are anticipating an announcement around E3 2017, and hoping for a release later this.

It now appears we have one retailer who believes the game will launch in the fourth quarter of 2017. Swiss retailer WOG has product page for Empire that only mentions a release window, with no screenshots or synopsis – not even a box art.

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It’s possible of course this is just speculation on the retailer’s part, a bid to bring in pre-orders for the next Assassin’s Creed game, without necessarily knowing anything about it.

With that in mind, retailers sometimes have access to information shared through the supply chain that gives them access to details ahead of their reveal to the general consumer. We can’t say one way or another in this case.

The next Assassin’s Creed title, codenamed Empire, is said to be set in ancient Egypt. Little else is known about Empire, other than the reports about it being a complete overhaul for the series.

Game Freak job ad hints at Pokémon on Switch, wants devs for “globally popular RPG” on console

20 Mar

A new Pokémon game may be in development for the Switch if this job listing is anything to go by.

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Pokémon developer Game Freak has posted listings for two jobs that seem to indicate that they’re cooking up a new pokémon title for the Switch.

Spotted by Silicon Era, the first listing calls for 3D CG designers for a console project, and opens with “Here’s a chance to work on the development of a globally popular RPG!”

Apparently the successful applicant will be tasked with creating “cartoon-like super deformed characters, monsters, and item models” as well as debugging and whatnot.

“We’ll have you work on the production an RPG game that is popular on a global scale,” says the ad. “It’s a title that just about anyone knows, a proposal that could be your future career,” it continues, as well as mentioning that the platform is going to be a console.

The second listing is for a new title, and while the description is essentially the same as the previous ad, the applicants need to have had experience working on models at the level of Wii U and PS Vita.

The contracts will run up until May 2018 at the latest, so if it is indeed a new Pokémon on the Switch, we might hear something at this E3 if Nintendo is feeling generous with information.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild player Dark Souls the crap out of a miniboss fight

20 Mar

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s combat system allows for a brutal ass-whooping if you know what you’re doing. This guy gets it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is full of some pretty tough minibosses that’ll give you a run for your money if you’re not prepared.

For the majority of us, that means stocking up on a plethora of eilxirs, and not even considering taking them on until our HP gauge has been significantly bolstered with heart vessels. But Jimmyqballs doesn’t give a fig about such things.

“This was my second time with the game,” reads the video description, “and was still getting the hang of how combat works.”

Well that explains why he was struggling so much. Seriously, Jimmy?

He strolls in with three hearts and one extra sliver of stamina, and beats the crap out of a Red Lynel. These sons-of-mothers will one shot you to the grave, and Jimmy parries and flurries his way to victory like it’s nothing.

These commbat mechanics aren’t a secret and in the first few hours of the game, a shrine will introduce you to them, but timing is key to executing them correctly.

Jimmyqballs also takes on the Silver Lynel in the Coliseum Ruins without taking any damage, and of course, he emerged victorious.

The fight was won with no eilxirs, no runes, no fancy weapons, and no clothes. Bravo, sir.

How are you getting on with Breath of the Wild? Have you mastered the art of parry and flurry? Chime in below.

David Attenborough makes an appearance in this Fallout 4 parody of Planet Earth 2

18 Mar

With Planet Earth 2 finally airing in North America, it’s only fitting to watch a parody of it recreated in Fallout 4.

In the video above, the incredibly talented UpIsNotJump has recreated Planet Earth 2 – Episode 1: Islands in Fallout 4, complete with a model of narrator David Attenborough.

It’s only a partial look at Episode 1, but Part 2 is in the works.

As usual, he does a great job of it. We especially like the segment with all the crabs on Christmas Island.

Give it a watch, and be on the lookout for Part 2.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s US programmer one day dreamed of working for Nintendo, ten years later his wish came true

18 Mar

Back in 2007, American high school student Corey Bunnell shared his dream of becoming a game designer at Nintendo on a message board. It’s now 2017, and it turns out, his dream came true.

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Bunnell not only works for Nintendo, but he is credited along with Shogo Kihara as one of the wildlife programmers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

After noticing an English name in the game’s credits, redditor Tizzlefix did some digging, and found a post by Bunnell from 2007 on the TranslatorsCafe message board (thanks, Calamity Jen).

In the post, he discussed how he spent the majority of his senior year as an exchange student in Japan, and how he one day wished to return there to live and work for Nintendo.

“My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer,” Bunnell wrote. “I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal.”

Bunnell went on to attend Ritsumeikan University in Japan, as you can see in the student voices video below. The rest, as they say, is history.

Well done, Corey, and thank for proving to those of us who are the “half-empty” types that dreams really can come true if you want it bad enough.

Switch loads faster when you use its internal storage, versus cartridges and MicroSD cards

17 Mar

Digital Foundry has put Nintendo Switch’s loading times to the test, and as the headline states, your best bet may be using the console’s internal storage.

Using Zelda: Breath of the Wild to perform the test, Digital Foundry found speeds differ between cartridge, internal storage, and two different MicroSD cards.

Again, loading with internal storage was faster with MicroSD cards second, and the game cartridge last. You can see the results for yourself in the chart below.

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Digital Foundry said there’s a “five second difference at worst” in Zelda when loading from the cartridge. It’s a large game, and this could likely be the case for future titles which are rather massive, such as Skyrim.

You can read the full, detailed report through the link.

Return to Rusty Lake in Cube Escape: The Cave on March 23

17 Mar

It’s hard to believe that the Rusty Lake series is less than two years old. The first release, Cube Escape: The Lake (the second chronologically) came out in April of 2015, and in the short span of time since has spawned nine follow-ups in the same universe. That universe is one of surreal, inexplicable events and characters which haunt (or worse) the inhabitants of and visitors to Rusty Lake. Although all ten games in the series are room escape / point-and-click puzzlers, their shared use of lurid set pieces and the ongoing mystery of the Rusty Lake area give them a suspenseful, horror-based aura as well. The last game in the series, Rusty Lake: Roots, maintained this oddly engaging uneasiness for the longest stretch yet, spanning an entire century in-game and hours of eerily satisfying, puzzling playtime.

Despite just giving us the massive experience of Roots only five months ago, developer Rusty Lake is already prepared to launch the eleventh and next game in the series, Cube Escape: The Cave. Though they use different titles, the Cube Escape and Rusty Lake series are nearly one and the same: games with the Rusty Lake header are generally longer and paid for, while the Cube Escape games are shorter excursions and free. That doesn’t mean they’re lacking in challenge or intrigue, though; many of the most memorable moments in Rusty Lake have come from the Cube Escape entries. (If you’re new to the series, we highly recommend Cube Escape: Seasons. Not just because it’s the first game chronologically, but because it still gives us chills.)

Cube Escape: The Cave looks like it will follow in its many predecessors’ footsteps and provide an equally unsettling experience. The trailer above gives us a hint of what to expect, with plenty of puzzles on display and a large cast of familiar faces, including Mr. Crow, Dale Vandermeer, The Woman, and even Harvey. The narrator references Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, stating “for most of us the life we see is merely as real as shadows from a fire dancing on the walls of a cave. That the truth behind everything went much deeper than those flickering shapes. And once you’ve seen that truth, to explain it to the rest of the world would appear as the words of madness. What will you find in the cave?”

According to an interview with AppAdvice, Cube Escape: The Cave will be the second-to-last entry in the Cube Escape series, capping it out at ten games. It’s unclear if this will be the last of the Rusty Lake games as a whole (which would be 12 games total) or only the free Cube Escape entries, but for now, we’re just happy to have another trip to Rusty Lake so near. Cube Escape: The Cave will launch for free on iOS and Android on March 23rd.

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The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, World of Goo, others added to Switch eShop

16 Mar

Five titles are playable on Switch from today and each can be purchased through the eShop.

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Three of Tomorrow Corporation’s titles are now available on Switch, and these are World of Goo, Human Resource Machine and Little Inferno.

Each were originally slated for release at launch, but the team is a small one and said previously if each weren’t out for launch, they would arrive soon after.

Dungeon crawler and shoot ’em up The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ is also available from today. It features randomly generated maps with over 11,000 room configurations, full of a variety of enemies, items, challenges and secrets.

ACA NEOGEO The King of Fighters ’94 can also be downloaded for Switch.

Other titles available through the eShop this week are:

  • ACE – Alien Cleanup Elite (Wii U)
  • Double Breakout (3DS)
  • Double Breakout II Wii U)
  • Fairune2 – Demo Version (3DS)
  • Picross 3D (Virtual Console – Wii U)
  • Sky Force Anniversary (Wii U)
  • Sudoku Party (3DS)
  • Sudoku Party (Wii U)
  • VROG (Wii U)

There is an eShop sale going on as well, and you can grab all Monster Hunter games for 3DS and Wii U for up to 66% off through March 22.

Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold over 2.6M units globally, is best-selling new first party IP launch on PS4 to-date

16 Mar

Horizon: Zero Dawn has been out for just two weeks now, and it has already sold millions of copies worldwide. And guess what? A story expansion is in the works.

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Since it’s launch on February 28, Horizon: Zero Dawn has sold over 2.6 million units globally.

This makes it the best-selling new first party IP launch on PS4 to-date and Guerrilla’s biggest debut ever, according to Sony.

The figure includes both disc sell-through quantities and digital sales through the PlayStation Store.

“We’re thrilled that Horizon Zero Dawn has been embraced by critics and players alike,” said Guerrilla MD Hermen Hulst.

“Developing the game was a labor of love, so it’s extremely satisfying to see that it elicits the same passion and enthusiasm from the gaming public that we felt during its development.”

Hulst went on to say the team is “already hard at work on an expansion to the story,” as this is only the “beginning of Aloy’s story and our exploration of the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn.”

Sony has said previously Horizon: Zero Dawn has “a lot of potential” to become a new franchise, going to far as to call Aloy “a PlayStation icon of the future.”

The game has received rather nice scores across the board, and we provided our take on it too in case you missed it. Also, if you are just picking it up and need some pointers, be sure to check out our guide.

Congratulations to all involved in the game.

Grab The Division Gold Edition for 60% off, Rainbow Six Siege Complete at 33% off through Ubisoft’s Spring Sale

16 Mar

A Spring Sale has kicked off over on the Ubisoft Store, and some of the discounts for PC are rather nice. The Division Gold Edition, for example, is currently 60% off.

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Instead of paying $89.99, the Gold Edition of The Division will run you $36 instead. If you already own the game, but not the Season Pass, it is on sale for 50% off at $19.99. The standard edition of the game is not on sale, it seems.

Expansions Last Stand and Underground are 15% and 25% off, respectively. The Gold Edition is your best bet in this case, because it comes with the game, a gear set, and the Season Pass which includes all the three expansions – Underground, Last Stand and Survival, the latter of which is not on sale.

Various in-game outfit packs for The Division are also on sale.

Rainbow Six Siege: Year 2 Gold Edition is also on sale for 30% off. Instead of paying $79.99, it will run you $55.99.

It comes with the game, the Year 2 Pass which provides access to eight Year 2 operators releasing throughout 2017. You will also have seven-day exclusive access to each. It comes with a 5% renown boost, 10% discount in-shop, extra daily challenges, new DLC with each season, and more.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition for $66.99 at 33% off instead of the normal $99.99. It comes with everything available for the game plus Year 2 content and a legacy operator bundle.

Other games on sale through the Ubisoft Store include: South Park: The Stick of Truth for $7.50, the Watch Dogs 2 Season Pass for $29.99, various Assassin’s Creed DLC bundles, Far Cry titles, Anno 2025 and more.

Again, the games on sale through the shop are PC downloads, but Xbox One players can take advantage of the Ubisoft Publishers Sale going on through the Deals With Gold promotion. An Xbox Live Gold subscription is not required to receive the discounts.

Hit up the link to the Ubisoft Store for the entire list. The sale is also going on in the UK and Europe, so when you click the link, it will automatically revert to your region and show prices in your currency.

The sale ends on March 26.

Uncharted 4 is getting a permanent King of the Hill multiplayer mode this week

15 Mar

The next free content update for Uncharted 4 drops this week with a new mode, weapons, vanity items and other fun things.

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Naughty Dog announced during its Uncharted 4 multiplayer livestream today it was adding a permanent King of the Hill game mode. Here, two teams will fight over rotating capture points in order to reach the score limit.

There’s a twist, though: after the score limit has been reached, the losing team has a change to make a comeback by capturing Victory Hill. The leading team will need to capture this to win, but if the losing team takes it, they get a second chance.

Three new weapons are coming with the update: NSAS and Type-95 long guns and a scoped Competition Pistol. Vanity skins are also included. These Savage Starlight character skins were inspired by the in-game comics strewn across The Last of Us.

The free multiplayer update to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end will arrive on Friday, March 17 alongside the 1.21 patch.

Uncharted 4 is getting a permanent King of the Hill multiplayer mode this week

15 Mar

The next free content update for Uncharted 4 drops this week with a new mode, weapons, vanity items and other fun things.

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Naughty Dog announced during its Uncharted 4 multiplayer livestream today it was adding a permanent King of the Hill game mode. Here, two teams will fight over rotating capture points in order to reach the score limit.

There’s a twist, though: after the score limit has been reached, the losing team has a change to make a comeback by capturing Victory Hill. The leading team will need to capture this to win, but if the losing team takes it, they get a second chance.

Three new weapons are coming with the update: NSAS and Type-95 long guns and a scoped Competition Pistol. Vanity skins are also included. These Savage Starlight character skins were inspired by the in-game comics strewn across The Last of Us.

The free multiplayer update to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s end will arrive on Friday, March 17 alongside the 1.21 patch.

Pre-order PaRappa The Rapper Remastered, What Remains of Edith Finch, more – get 20% off with Plus

15 Mar

If you are a PlayStation Plus member and want to pre-order digital titles such as PaRappa The Rapper Remastered, Full Throttle Remastered or What Remains of Edith Finch, you can take 20% off.

It’s part of Sony’s Play Collective promotion which features upcoming digital titles offered through PlayStation Store. Each of the games listed below will be released over the next six weeks.

You can pre-order each title through both the US PS Store and the EU PS Stores.

  • Everything – March 21 – PS4, PS4 Pro – $14.99 (£15.99), $11.99 (£12.79) (Plus)
  • Rain World – March 28 – PS4 – $19.99 (£15.99), $15.99 (£12.79) (Plus)
  • PaRappa The Rapper Remastered – April 4 -PS4 – -$14.99 (£11.99), $11.99 (£9.59) (Plus)(demo available)
  • Cosmic Star Heroine – April 11 for PS4 -$14.99 (£11.99), $11.99 (£9.59) (Plus)
  • Full Throttle Remastered – April 18 for PS4 -$14.99 (£11.99), $11.99 (£9.59) (Plus)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch – April 25 for PS4 – $19.99 (£15.99), $15.99 (£12.79) (Plus)

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the climbing gear armor set

15 Mar

Grab this armor to make mountaineering much easier.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the full climbing gear armor set

You spend quite a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild clinging to the sides of ancient ruins, mountains or castles – climbing is a huge part of the game, and being able to climb well really opens up a lot of doors in terms of areas of the game you can reach and exploration you can do.

How far that you have the ability to climb is determined by the size of your stamina bar, and stamina is increased in the same way as your health/hearts – every time that you gather 4 spirit orbs from shrines you can spend that valuable capital to gain another stamina vessel, and each vessel puts you one fifth closer to having another complete bar of stamina to spend. Basically, building up stamina takes quite a while, and stamina can sometimes frustrate.

There’s another way to increase your climbing ability, however: the Climbing Armor Set. That’s made up of three pieces: The Climber’s Bandana, the Climbing Gear, and the Climbing Boots. Having it makes an absolute world of difference to exploration.

Each item of this set that you equip gives you a boost to your climb speed. It doesn’t feel all that significant when you have only one piece of the set equipped, but as this bonus stacks it begins to become a serious improvement, with Link clambering mountains like a spider. It’s better still if you want to combine it with a speed buff via an elixir or a cooked meal.

This armor also has a set bonus, meaning that if you’ve upgraded it all twice at a great fairy fountain you get an additional bonus. For the climbing gear set bonus stamina consumption when climbing is reduced, further making this an absolute must for your exploration in search of shrines.

Each piece of the Armor is found in a different Shrine. Here’s where you can track it down:

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Climber’s Bandana Location

The Climber’s Bandana is found in the Ree Dahee Shrine – that’s a shrine adjacent to the river that passes through the duelling peaks, inside the duelling peaks as you pass through the two mountains. You likely pass this one on your journey through Breath of the Wild’s story.

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Climbing Gear Location

The body piece of the Climbing armor set, the Climbing Gear, is found inside the Chaas Qeta Shrine. This shrine is on a small island off the far South-Eastern shore of Hyrule. Look out for an area of the land that curves into a tip and follow that tip up – there, out in the Necluda Sea, is the shrine you need. There are plenty of rafts you can use with korok leaves to carry you out, or spots to glide from.

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Climbing Boots Location

The final part of the set are the climbing boots, and these are found in the Tahno O’ah Shrine. This is found on the eastern edges of Mount Lanayru, again on the eastern side of the map, this time closer to the middle. A good place to start is the Hateno Research Lab, then head to the north-east.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the Hylian Shield

15 Mar

Kit Link out with an old classic.

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If you want even more Breath of the Wild help, we have a full guide hub with plenty of other detailed pages.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to get the iconic Hylian Shield

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a weird addition to the Zelda narrative for a lot of different reasons, but one of the primary reasons it’s a bit strange compared to some of its peers is because so much of the iconic Zelda imagery is suspiciously absent.

That’s by design, of course: it turns out you can have a Zelda game without Link being clad in the green tunic all game, with the only tunics available in the game amiibo bonuses or late game unlocks. It works fine without it. The same is true of even the Master Sword, which only shows up in Breath of the Wild as an entirely optional pick-up – you can storm Ganon’s lair without it.

Add another Zelda icon to that list – the Hylian Shield. This bad boy debuted in Ocarina of Time, though the basic elements of its design also appeared in A Link to the Past. It’s appeared in some form or another in most Zelda games since, and is considered a piece of the most iconic Link gear. But in Breath of the Wild it’s very rare. Here’s how to find it…

Where to find the Hylian Shield

One of the coolest things about Breath of the Wild is that it’s a very open, free-form game. As noted earlier you can head into Hyrule Castle (which here doubles as Ganon’s lair) at any time from the moment you escape the Great Plateau in the game’s opening – and the Hylian Shield can be found within.

The shield is found within an area of Hyrule Castle known as the Lockup – it’s in the basement on the West side of the castle. You’re best off approaching from the rear of the castle – so to begin with loop around the castle (the Woodland tower is pretty close) to the rear side.

If you look at the castle, five bridges extend out from the land across the moat towards the castle. Most of these bridges are broken, but they would’ve formed a sort of star shape before Ganon struck. You need to stand at the back of the castle near the top of the star shape, or the single bridge in the middle of the top of the castle.

Once near this bridge, you need to head to the right of it when facing the castle – this will take you West on the map of Hyrule. Look out for an area you can glide to on the castle grounds – a ramp that is low and close to the moat. You might be able to make out some blue-glowing luminous stones in the distance. Jump and glide over there.

This is where the lockup is. Head up the ramp, run past the guardian and head into the lockup.

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Inside Hyrule Castle’s Lockup & beating the Stalnox

Once you get into Hyrule Castle you should be on alert – this is a very late-game area, after all. Our aim is to get in, get the gear, and get out. Through the door you’ll encounter a locked metal gate; lift it either with Cryonis on the puddle or with Magnesis and walk through.

In this area there are enemies in cells, and you can let them out with the switches in the middle of the room. The cells contain some good high-end stuff, so if you want to head inside and take the enemies out do so, but be careful.

At the end of the lockup (which is a long corridor) you’ll find a side room on the right. There’s some bones in here… walk in the room and the gate will slam behind you and you’ll have a battle against a Stalnox.

This guy actually isn’t that hard – all you need to do is aim for his eye with a single arrow. Hit him there, then when he falls over go in hard with melee weapons. When he stands up, repeat the process. At the end of the fight his eye will fall out – smash the eye to pieces to finish it.

If you have the upgraded version of the Stasis Rune that can freeze enemeis in place, use that to make hitting the Stalnox eye even easier. This fight is doable – it’s downright easy with better gear, but even if you’re weaker you can do it if you’re careful.

Once the Stalnox is dead, the Hylian Shield will drop. It’s a good shield – it has the highest durability and parry ability in the game. It’s also a one-time deal – you can’t get it in this method again, and this is the only place in the game it appears naturally.

Alternative methods to the Hylian Shield

If you lose your Hylian Shield, a character in Tarrey Town will sell you another version of the shield – but it will only be available to you if you’ve already picked up the shield from Hyrule Castle or via an amiibo.

Speaking of amiibo, yes – as detailed in our guide to the game’s amiibo, the official Breath of the Wild Zelda amiibo drops chests containing shields when she’s scanned – and there is a chance that she can drop a Hylian Shield. As with the Hyrule castle shield, she’ll only drop this once, and unlike the one above it’s not a guaranteed drop, but you can keep scanning Zelda once a day and crossing fingers.