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Dirt Rally’s PSVR upgrade is now available on the PlayStation Store

17 Feb

The PlayStation VR update for Dirt Rally is now available.

With this update, Dirt Rally in its entirety is now playable in VR and has been PS4 Pro optimized. Just the VR content, not the core game.

Every game mode is playable as the driver in VR including rallycross and hill climb. As with the core game, timing and accuracy are vital in order to complete stages in the best time possible.

It also introduces a new Co-Driver Mode where a second player can provide important calls using a controller and the social screen.

Codemasters is also running a limited time discount from today to February 27. During this period, you can pick up the PlayStation VR bundle which includes the game, the PS VR upgrade, and the Fully Loaded DLC add-on packs for $43.39/£39.99. Check here for local pricing in your region.

The Dirt Rally VR upgrade is available for existing players as a standalone DLC for $12.99/£9.99 or the regional equivalent.

Pokemon Go’s big update is rolling out now, so you can get your hands on over 80 new Gen 2 ‘mon

17 Feb

Pokemon Go developer Niantic produces a heck of a lasso and ropes you right back in.

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A Pokemon Go update is rolling out now on Android (0.57.2) and iOS (1.27.2), so check Google Play and the App Store to see if your region is ready to rock the new content, which includes more than 80 new Pokemon.

This is the big Pokemon Go update Niantic revealed earlier this week, and represents the first major expansion of catchable Pokemon since the app launched in July 2016.

The new Pokemon are Generation 2 beasties, first found in the Johto region. Some of them come in gender variations, so be sure to grab them all.

There are some other cool changes to Pokemon Go in this update, including increased rewards when catching evolved Pokemon and new night mode map and music.

Here are the full patch notes for the Pokemon Go Gen 2 update:

  • Over 80 additional Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region can be caught.
  • Gender-specific variations of select Pokémon can be caught.
  • Added new encounter mechanics.
  • Added Poké Ball and Berry selection carousels to the encounter screen.
  • Added two new Berries.
  • Added new avatar outfit and accessory options.
  • Added new night-mode map and encounter music.
  • Added bonus Candies for catching Evolved Pokémon.
  • Implemented Apple Watch connection stability improvement.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Minor text fixes.

Cities: Skylines heads to Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring – check out the trailer

16 Feb

Paradox has provided a release window and a new trailer for the Xbox One version of Cities: Skylines.

The city building and management game was first teased at gamescom 2015, and again last month Cities: Skylines was teased in an Xbox One sizzle reel for GDC 2017.

Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition has been “optimized for play on a controller” by Tantalus Media, and upon release, it will include After Dark – the game’s first expansion.

Along with Xbox One, the game will also be released for Windows 10. Below is a list of features:

  • Build the city of your dreams: Plan road networks, bus lines and parks. Bring on a smog-filled industrial revolution or create a quiet beach town ideal for tourists powered by renewable energy. Bring education, healthcare and safety to your citizens. Build it your way.
  • Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Playing as the mayor of your city, you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water electricity, police, firefighting, healthcare and much more, along with your city’s economy. Citizens within your city react fluidly, keeping you on your toes with ever-evolving demands.
  • Extensive local traffic simulation: Managing traffic and the needs of your citizens to work and play will require the use of several interactive transport systems – use careful road planning alongside buses, trains, subways, and much more.
  • Districts and policies: Be more than just another city hall official. Create a car-free downtown area, assign free public transport to your waterfront, or ban pets in suburbia.

Cities: Skylines will be released on Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring.

FIFA 18 featured prominently in Japanese Switch ad, but it may look different when released

15 Feb

Another Nintendo Switch video out of Japan has provided the first look at FIFA 18 running on the console.

It’s worth noting that EA said what’s shown in the Switch video isn’t representative of the final FIFA 18 release.

Still worth a watch, though (thanks, Nintendo Everything).

Back in February, the firm’s Peter Moore said the Switch version will be custom built for the system, and similar to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions.

An exact release date hasn’t been provided for FIFA 18, but it’s out at some point in September.

Meanwhile, you can grab a Nintendo Switch on March 3.

Pokemon Sun and Moon missing Mega Stones distribution starts later this month with Mawilite and Beedrillite

15 Feb

Nintendo has revealed how it will distribute the missing Mega Stones which Pokemon can hold in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

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According to information posted on Serebii (thanks, Nintendo Everything), these missing Mega Stones for Pokemon Sun and Moon will be handed out as presents to those participating in Online Competitions.

These include the 2017 International Challenge February competition, which will distribute Mega Stones for Mawilite and Beedrillite. Serebii notes a “limited amount of players” will receive the code ahead of a one to two months wait period before other Sun and Moon players are handed the Mega Stones code.

Another way players will receive codes for the stones is through various events and online postings. These will not have a wait period attached. The distribution of these codes will vary depending on the Mega Stone, and players can expect the same method of distribution for the codes through summer.

Mega Stones able to be used by a specific number of Pokemon during battle, and when held, it turns them into mega powered-up versions. Once the stone is removed, they revert back to normal.

The mechanic was first introduced in Pokemon X and Y and was also made available in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s fourth Global Mission will take place at the Battle Tree

14 Feb

The fourth Global Mission for Pokemon Sun and Moon will kick off in a couple of weeks, and some preliminary information on it has popped up online.

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According to Serebii (thanks, Siliconera), Pokemon Sun and Moon players will be tasked with earning as many Battle Points as possible at the Battle Tree.

The next Global Mission will start on February 28 and end March 17. Currently, the target score is unknown as Nintendo hasn’t updated the Global Link page as of press time.

Sun and Moon players failed the first and second missions but the third time was a charm

Players were tasked with trading as many Pokemon at the GTS as possible with the goal set at 1 million. Players traded a total of 4,107,702 within the time allotted.

Hopefully, the fourth mission will end in success as well.

Rocket League update to support 4K on PS4 Pro, 1080p and 60fps on PS4 coming this month

14 Feb

PlayStation 4 Pro users will be pleased to know Rocket League will soon support the console.

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Developed in partnership with Panic Button, Psyonix announced the Rocket League news today on the PS Blog.

Not only will the game support 4K at 60fps on PS4 Pro, but the patch will also upgrade the standard PS4 version, allowing it to run in 1080p at 60fps. This includes both single-player and split-screen modes.

Three and four-player split-screen modes will offer 60fps in “most arenas at the same resolutions.”

In addition, the next update will also include the previously announced Hot Wheels content along with the following:

  • A new fan-voted “Player’s Choice” Crate filled with some of the community’s favorite items.
  • PS4-specific technical improvements.
  • Multiple performance optimizations and bug fixes.

The update will be released on February 21 alongside the Hot Wheels DLC.

Psyonix said more content updates for Rocket League are in the works for 2017, so that’s good news as well.

Rocket League is also available on PC and Xbox One.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild getting a day one season pass

14 Feb

The first ever downloadable content for a mainline Legend of Zelda game is in development for Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo has announced that it’s begun working on the first DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to be released later this year. This is the first add-on of its kind for a mainline Zelda game.

What’s more, the publisher announced an expansion pass, priced $20/£18/€20. The pass will be available at launch and it gets you access to two add-ons. Anytime you buy the pass, you’ll receive three treasure chests. The chests will appear in the game’s Great Plateau area.

One of these chests will contain a shirt with a Nintendo Switch logo for Link – exclusive to owners of the pass. As for the rest, expect them to contain “useful items,” according to Nintendo.

Neither of the DLCs were named, but Nintendo confirmed the first will launch this summer. The add-on will bring a new hard mode, a Cave of Trials challenge, and a new feature for the in-game map that hasn’t been detailed.

The second is primed for a holiday 2017 launch. It’s said to bring a new dungeon and a new “original story.”

Finally, Nintendo confirmed that the add-ons will not be available for purchase separately, but the expansion pass itself will be available on both the Switch and Wii U.

Watch the video above for a message from Eiji Aonuma about the new pass.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out March 3 on Switch, and Wii U,

The Nintendo Switch may not have any pack-in games, but at least you’ll get to play a free Splatoon 2 demo

13 Feb

The Nintendo Switch early adopters will have one more thing to look forward to that’s completely free.

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Unlike both of Nintendo’s previous consoles, there’s no SKU of the Switch that comes with a free game, otherwise known as a pack-in.

Which means, you’ll have to either buy one of the few launch games, or enjoy this free treat from Nintendo instead.

Nintendo announced today that come March, Splatoon 2 will host a global testfire event spanning three days. Six sessions have been announced for the three-day period, available worldwide.

Four different weapons will be accessible to those in the test, including the new Splat Dualies and remixed versions of the Splat Roller and Splat Charger. The first event kicks off Friday, March 24. Find the full schedule below:

Friday, March 24

  • 8pm – 9pm CET

Saturday, March 25

  • 4am – 5am CET
  • 12pm – 1pm CET
  • 8pm – 9pm CET

Sunday, March 26

  • 5am – 6am CEST
  • 1pm – 2pm CEST

Recently, new Splatoon 2 features such as a private spectator mode, LAN support, and more were revealed.

Nintendo Switch is out starting March 3, but Splatoon 2 doesn’t not currently have a release date beyond “summer.”

Splatoon 2 features Private Battle Spectator View and LAN Play, new map detailed

11 Feb

Here’s quite a bit of Splatoon 2 news for you, along with a new video released by Nintendo.

The video is in Japanese (thanks, Nintendo Everything), but it still gives you an idea of what to expect from the new Private Battle Spectator View announced for Splatoon 2.

This new feature allows up to two non-players to spectate a Private Battle and act as camera operators in order capture all the action. This is in addition to the eight players who fight in the Private Battle.

Speaking of eight player battles, as previously reported, Splatoon 2 will allow up to eight Nintendo Switch systems to connect via local wireless to play Private Battles. But, there is a new feature included with the game called LAN Play.

It will enable players to connect eight docked systems using a wired LAN setup to create local Private Battle tournaments without an Internet connection. Plus, with the Private Battle Spectator View feature, two additional Switch systems can also be hooked up to take advantage of the feature.

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Along with the aforementioned features, the development team also provided information on Splatoon 2’s new stage: Musselforge Fitness. It’s a workout facility located in a large warehouse, containing a bouldering gym, swimming pool, treadmills and more.

Finally, the studio also provided a look at the Slosher, which has had some cosmetic adjustments made to bring the class in-line with other legacy weapons.

Hit up the links to the Splatoon tumblr for more information.

Splatoon 2 is slated for a summer release on Nintendo Switch.

Rocket League players are getting Hot Wheels content later this month

11 Feb

Hot Wheels content is coming to Rocket League later this month.

The content contains the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker and Twin Mill, and each will run you $1.99 or the regional equivalent. Each car will also come with six decals.

Rocket League players who don’t purchase the DLC will still earn free customization items.

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These are the Hot Wheels and Shark Bite Toppers, a Treasure Hunt flag, and Hot Wheels Antenna. Each will randomly drop for all players post-match after the update.

The Hot Wheels content will be released for Rocket League on February 21.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Link’s surname is also Link, you know, same as Mario

10 Feb

Shigeru Miyamoto answers a very critical question about The Legend of Zelda’s hero.

Link, sometimes referred to as The Hero of Time, has been the protagonist of The Legend of Zelda games since the start. Zelda: Breath of the Wild brings back our ferocious hero, of course, and it’s the perfect time to find out one more detail about him.

The latest rapid-fire questions episode from Game Informer sees Shigeru Miyamoto and Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma sitting down to answer 51 questions, as part of the magazine’s latest cover story.

Among the many amusing questions and interesting answers said on the show, one in particular about Link’s surname stood out. According to Miyamoto, Link’s surname is Link. So, he’s called Link Link.

Miyamoto even joked that it’s the same with Mario (remember that Super Mario Bros. scene?). Things are this way, though, because Link is actually not human, so maybe he doesn’t need to follow the same naming conventions humans do.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out March 3 worldwide on Switch and Wii U.

Minecraft: New snapshot gives us a glimpse of incoming changes in update 1.12

9 Feb

Minecraft snapshot 17W06A updates the colour palette, adds new blocks and Creative Mode features.

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Minecraft‘s update 1.12 now has its first snapshot.

If you want to try out snapshots, it’s always wise to backup your worlds, or better yet, make a new one to try out the new features in.

Once you’ve done that, create a new profile called snapshots, tick the “enable experimental development snapshots” box, and save. To switch back to the regular version, choose it from the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher.

Snapshot 17W06A introduces new blocks and some new Creative Mode features. It’ll also update the base colour palette of Minecraft.

There are more snapshots to come over the next few months, but for now, here are the changes in 17W06A:

  • Save toolbars in Creative Mode with Ctrl+Slotkey and load them with Shift+Slotkey
  • Added colored Concrete blocks
  • Added colored Concrete Powder blocks
  • Added colored Glazed Terracotta blocks
  • Updated the base color palette of Minecraft (affects things such as Banners and Sheep)
  • Updated textures for Wool blocks

Rocket League dev Psyonix is fronting $1 million for prize pools this year, and that’s just the start of its eSports plans

9 Feb

If you are any good at Rocket League, get yourself into the eSports scene.

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Rocket League fans interested in serious competitive play have a big year ahead.

Developer Psyonix has announced ambitious plans to foster Rocket League’s eSports scene this year, starting with over $1 million in tournament prize pools, including the Championship Series.

Psyonix is also promising funding for community-run tournaments, expanded weekly tournament support across multiple regions and a proper eSports hub on the Rocket League website. There will also be more charity tournaments, an Xbox exclusive tournament series, and bigger and better Rocket League presence at shows and events.

Rocket League itself will be updated with “numerous” eSports-enhancing features, and Psyonix will launch a proper collegiate system for competitors and host a weekly Twitch show about Rocket League Championship Series.

Al up, the changes represent a $2.5 million investment in Rocket League’s eSports scene, which is a great return on the community’s support of Psyonix’s Crates and Keys fundraising initiatives, given that it trickles back down to the roots rather than going straight into the top ten’s pockets.

“While conventional wisdom normally dictates that we just drop additional loot on top of the existing RLCS prize pool, we wanted to do something more,” Psyonix wrote.

“A community-funded prize pool should benefit the ENTIRE community – whether it means a group of friends competing over the weekend or the absolute best in the world vying for the Rocket League Championship Series World Championship.”

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has finally gone gold, only five years too late to save the Wii U

6 Feb

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is officially 100% happening.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has gone gold, meaning it is complete and off to manufacturers to be made ready for retail release.

Nintendo hasn’t made a big song and dance about the news, which broke via a tweet from Monolith Soft’s Yasuyuki Honne, translated by Trusted Reviews. Monolith Soft, best known for Xenoblade, aided Nintendo’s core Legend of Zelda team with Breath of the Wild’s huge open world.

It’s a bittersweet moment for Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda fans. The hugely anticipated RPG is the fulfilment of long-held expectations, and will no doubt give the new Switch a shot in the arm as it launches on early March.

But for those who purchased the last Nintendo console in anticipation of this new The Legend of Zelda game, it’s awkward to see it finished within a week of the Wii U being discontinued.

The latest figures from Nintendo show the Wii U was the worst-selling console it has ever produced. It’s hard not to wonder whether The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might have changed that, had it released alongside the Wii U in 2012.

Nintendo has said it intends to release first-party Switch software regularly rather than allow fans to suffer the long gaps of the Wii and Wii U years. We’re really hopeful that means the Switch will bound along gracefully and attract plenty of third-party support. It’s an odd console, but Switch is the best place to play the new Legend of Zelda, which is a pretty big thing.

It’s just a shame it wasn’t a thing the Wii U could ever boast. Poor old console.

Someone’s made a whole new Pokemon game inside Minecraft – without any third-party mods

6 Feb

Pokemon fans and Minecraft modders pull off an incredible feat.

There are loads of good Minecraft mods out there, and plenty of them are Pokemon-themed, but few are as ambitious as this one.

Pokemon Cobalt & Amethyst is a single-player Minecraft map build over 2.5 years by a modding team called Phoenix Projects. It presents a fully playable Pokemon adventure in the style of the core series – except you can freely explore the 3D world.

Recreating Pokemon in Minecraft is impressive enough, but this one was done from scratch – no external mods were used in pulling it together. It’s vanilla Minecraft, tweaked and repurposed for Poke-ventures.

Cobalt & Amethyst is set in an all-new region with 136 unique Pokemon rendered in beautifully blocky forms. The story concerns the machinations of an antagonist bent on releasing “a Legendary darkness”, and the player will have to contend with Team Tempest as they seek to prevent this calamity. Series mainstays like the rival character and a helpful professor also play an important role.

Visit Phoenix Projects to download the map and access a walkthrough, in case the change to Minecraft controls interferes with your well-honed Pokemon instincts. The video above has some important information on getting it running, too. Just as a disclaimer, we haven’t tried this for ourselves and cannot verify the contents of the package, so think well before downloading.

I’m not sure what the legalities are on Minecraft mods, but it’s probable Nintendo will have something to say about Pokemon Cobalt & Amethyst – so if you are interested in trying this, do it before the takedowns strike.

Madden 17 predicts another Super Bowl win for the New England Patriots

1 Feb

Madden NFL has predicted the New England Patriots will win Super Bowl 51, beating the Atlanta Falcons by three points.

Every year, EA Sports runs a simulation to predict who will win the Super Bowl with the latest iteration of Madden NFL.

Using Madden 17, the LI Game Simulation predicted the New England Patriots would defeat the Atlanta Falcons 27-24 in Super Bowl 51.

In 2015, the simulation not only accurately predicted the winner, but the the final score as well, which was a first.

If Madden 17 is correct and the Patriots win on Sunday, the franchise will be 11/12.

That’s better than most animals such as chickens and mules, and getting rather close to Paul the Octopus’ record.

We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out if Madden NFL 17 was spot on or not.

Super Bowl 51 kicks off February 5, at 6:30 pm on FOX and is being held at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Personally, we’ll be watching Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet instead, occasionally checking in, hoping Madden 17 is wrong and the Falcons win.

Nintendo Switch videos land, one for the Super Bowl, another showing the dev menu by mistake

1 Feb

New videos for Nintendo Switch were released today, mainly in Europe, but the one for North America posted below will air during the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, February 5, full of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild goodness.

The Nintendo Switch video posted below from Nintendo UK is much longer, clocking in at close to five minutes.

All ends of Nintendo Europe released versions of the trailer above today, and according to Nintendo Everything, one branch made what seems to be a boo-boo with its trailer.

Apparently, Nintendo of Portugal showed a Switch dev kit instead of the consumer version, because the dev menu was on display. All other European trailers seemed to have edited out. One image shows controls for automatic brightness and charge percentages left for the battery. These have not been shown in previous menu images, but are standard features on tablets and smart phones.

The images also show the dev kit has 64GB of memory compared the 32GB consumer version, but this is rather standard for development kits. Whether a Switch model with extended internal memory will be released at retail in the future is unknown at this point.

We have no idea whether you care what the dev menu looks like or not, but we’ve posted the images below anyway courtesy of French news site Nintendo Actu.

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Anyway, enjoy the trailers and the probable oopsie by Nintendo Portugal.

Nintendo Switch launches on March 3.

Pokemon Go becomes the fastest app to reach $1B in global revenue, up $500M in a single month

1 Feb

Pokemon Go cannot be stopped. Apparently it cannot even be slowed.

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Pokemon Go has crossed off another major milestone by totting up $1 billion in gross global revenue.

That’s according to SensorTower, which also reports that Pokemon Go has set a record for being the app the reach $1 billion in the shortest amount of time – just short of seven months since its July 2016 release. To give you some context, Clash Royale is yet to reach $1 billion, although after ten months on the market it’s pretty close to it.

Image: GeneralGibby on DeviantArt

The last time we got an update, Pokemon Go topped $950 million in revenue. That data was for launch to the end of December 2016, so Pokemon Go has generated about $50 million in one month – and a month without a major seasonal event.

The report notes that Pokemon Go revenue topped out at $18 million in launch month, but income may be as high as $2.5 million a day, especially during events and around updates. We can probably expect some pretty sharp spikes in revenue if Pokemon Go introduces Generation 2 Pokemon, something we’ve all been expecting for a while now.

Dang, Pokemon Go: leave some money for the rest of us. You can only Scrooge McDuck around in it for so long before you get bored, right?

Pokemon Sun & Moon’s third global mission has kicked off so let’s all try not to fail this time

31 Jan

Pokemon Sun & Moon offers a third global challenge even though you have let it down twice already. It’s not mad, it’s just disappointed.

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Pokemon Sun & Moon players are invited to participate in another global mission.

Since the first and second Pokemon Sun & Moon global missions both ended in failure, the pressure’s on to perform this time.

The current challenge for Pokemon Sun & Moon players is to make 1 million trades at the Global Trade Station by 4:00pm PT February 13. You’ll need to use Game Sync to register your tally of trades for the event.

If the challenge is met, all Pokemon Sun & Moon players will receive 2,000 Festival coins, but Pokemon Global Link players will receive 4,000 Festival Coins. If the total trade tally reaches 2 million, PGL members will get a Friend Ball, too.

Since Pokemon Sun & Moon loves you, it will give everyone who participates a prize even if the challenge is failed again – 200 coins, or 400 for PGL members. PGL members who register five or more trades will also receive five Rare Candies, win or lose.

Here’s the Pokemon Company’s description of how to participate:

  1. Talk with the global mission receptionist in the Festival Plaza castle and enter the global mission.
  2. Back at the Festival Plaza, select Trade and then GTS.
  3. Trade as many Pokémon as possible at the GTS before February 14, 2017, at 00:00 UTC.
  4. Check in with the global mission receptionist in Festival Plaza before February 14, 2017, at 00:00 UTC to record your progress.