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Battlefield 1 video gives a look at the new Frontlines mode coming next month

20 Feb

Battlefield 1’s new mode is a mix of Conquest and Rush.

Battlefield 1‘s upcoming DLC pack They Shall Not Pass delivers a new game mode called Frontlines.

As you’ll see in the video above, Frontlines brings a sort of tug-of-war mechanic to Battlefield 1. The maps is broken up by a linear series of objectives, only one of which is active at any time, starting in the middle. In order to advance through this phase, one side needs to capture all the objectives on the way to the enemy base.

When one side reaches the other’s base, their objective changes: they need to destroy two telegraph posts inside the base. Unfortunately for them, during this phase the defending team can use the telegraphs to summon artillery strikes.

This second phase ends when the telegraph posts are destroyed or the attacking side runs out of reinforcements. In the latter scenario, the game reverts to the first phase, and players start fighting for objectives again. The round ends after a successful attack on both telegraph posts or when time runs out.

They Shall Not Pass brings new maps as well as a class, vehicle and stationary weapon to Battlefield 1. It’s expected sometime in March on all platforms.

To prepare yourself for the DLC, make sure you have the Winter Update which dropped last week, buffing, nerfing and adding new features and progression systems. Check out the Battlefield 1 Winter Update patch notes, or opt for a more concise rundown of Battlefield 1 Winter Update major changes and features.

Battlefield 1 is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Xbox One and Windows 10 will have “more exclusive games” in 2017 than launched in 2016

18 Feb

Along with launching “the most powerful console ever made this holiday,” Microsoft plans to deliver more exclusive games in 2017 than it did in 2016.

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According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, along with Project Scorpio, Microsoft will has a “bigger and more differentiated” first-party lineup planned for 2017.

Spencer highlighted exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 titles Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 in his post, adding that Xbox users can expect more than this “in store at E3 2017” this June. He also touched upon other previously announced titles Voodoo Vince: Remastered and Phantom Dust re-release.

“We are focused on building the largest games library in Xbox console history, which means our Xbox One Backward Compatibility lineup will continue growing this year,” he said.

“With such a broad and varied roster of games and first party exclusives on the horizon, continuous improvements across Xbox Live, and the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio, 2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers.”

Microsoft dated its E3 2017 press conference earlier this week for Sunday, June 11. With Project Scorpio blatantly teased in the announcement image, we expect much of the presentation to focus on the console. We expect it’s actual name to be reveals and confirmation on whether the specs for Scorpio which were outed last month.

Both Xbox One S and Scorpio were announced during E3 2016, along with the initial specs, “true 4K gaming” with “high-fidelity” virtual reality along with  4K Blu-ray support.

We”ll find out plenty more at E3 2017 on both the console and Microsoft’s 2017 games line-up for both Xbox One and Windows 10.

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

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.

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 – 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.

Starting a new character in Nioh could overwrite your old save

16 Feb

There’s a major bug in Nioh that could result in the loss of your main character if you decide to create a new one.

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When starting Nioh for the first time, you are not prompted to create a character. Instead, you start it the same way you would any single-player game: play using the standard protagonist.

The game doesn’t tell you one way or another that this is the only save you could have, which led some into creating new save files to start over after learning the ropes, or simply as a way of experimenting with a fresh build.

For some players, however, this did not go too well, as the game sometimes decides to delete your original save. More than one Reddit user have faced the same problem, and they all appear to have lost access either to their entire first save, or a decent chunk of the most recent progress made there.

The issue is that the game isn’t upfront about this, so you never know until you’ve actually run into the issue. Other players are juggling multiple saves without issue, so clearly it’s possible. But, because there are no dedicated slots in the traditional sense, you’re kind of making a gamble if you decide to start a new save.

One NeoGAF user also found this out the hard way, even using a single PSN account.

For now, if you have to start a new character for any reason, make sure to back up your original save file to a USB before doing so. Until the issue is fixed, or Team Ninja explains what’s causing this, it’s not worth losing hours of progress.

Microsoft has dated its E3 2017 press event for Sunday, June 11 – expect plenty of Scorpio news

15 Feb

Microsoft has already dated its E3 2017 press conference. And it will take place on the Sunday before the annual event kicks off.

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The firm tweeted the news today (thanks, Gamekoyo).

As you can see, it will take place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 11. It will kick off at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT/11pm UK.

We expect it to be livestreamed as usual, and of course we’ll post any news that comes out of it.

As you can also see in the image, the Xbox Scorpio console is being teased, so we expect the main meat of the presser to focus on it.

This story is developing….

Prey – check out the first 30 minutes of gameplay

15 Feb

Prey previews are landing, and if you’d rather give a watch instead of a read, we’ve got 30 minutes of gameplay pulled from the preview event.

In the video above, Arekkz takes you through the first 36 minutes or so of Prey, which he was able to spend an hour with.

At the start, he notes heavy RPG elements, strong narrative, and other features Arkane Studios is known for. He also suggests if you wish to remain 100% fresh going into Prey, don’t watch the video.

That said, the video doesn’t contain massive spoilers, just sets the tone for the rest of the game – plus, you get to see some GLOO Cannon action.

And if you’re worried the rest of the environments will be as bright and cosmopolitan as Morgan’s apartment seen above, don’t fret. As Brenna noted in her preview, once Morgan leaves the flat for the Transtar space station, clean floors and windows give way to “corpses, combat damage, warren-like layouts, and alien ambushes.”

Prey will be released on May 5 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Resident Evil 7 Daughters walkthrough: how to get the true ending in Banned Footage Vol 2 DLC

14 Feb

Be a model daughter. Get the good ending.

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Resident Evil 7’s second DLC drop has now arrived, featuring two more story expansion chapters for the game paired with another non-canon adventure. The story chapters continue the long suffering adventures of Clancy and also offer a bit of insight into the life of the Bakers before they befell a terrible fate… and here we’re going to talk about the latter.

Daughters, as the chapter is called, puts you into the shoes of Zoe Baker, at first on the fateful night when their lives would change forever. A word of warning here – this DLC hinges upon major events that are revealed very late in Resident Evil 7’s main story, so if you’re looking for the maximum impact out of the main narrative you should play this DLC after finishing the core game.

Daughters has two potential endings – a bad ending that spells disaster for Zoe plus the ‘True Ending’, the ending which also isn’t so hot for her but ultimately leads into the events of Resident Evil 7 proper.

We’re going to keep story elements to a minimum in this guide, but here’s how to get both endings in a nice easy-to-digest breakdown. SPOILERS, obviously.

Resident Evil 7 Daughters Banned Tape: how to get the true ending

In order to get the ‘true’ ending of the daughters tape you’ll actually have to head to a place not quite so obvious at first. Here are the basic steps:

  • When instructed, head to the laundry room (the first save room from the main story after the dinner scene) and pick up the change of clothes.
  • Instead of just leaving the laundry room, hop down into the crawlspace (again, familiar from the main story) and crawl through towards the pantry. On the way through the crawlspace, grab the LOCKPICK – it’s hard to miss.
  • When you head upstairs, don’t head straight to the indicated room, but instead duck into the bathroom. (Remember where you got the first wooden puzzle piece in the main game?) There’s a locked drawer in here – grab the SMALL COMPONENT inside.
  • The small component you just grabbed actually isn’t vital to the true ending, but it will give you some cool story background. Once you’re in Lucas’ room (where Eveline is), after the short scene when Jack leaves don’t go up to Evie right away. Instead, turn right and look in the corner of the room….
  • There’s a trophy in the corner of the room. Use the component on it to insert the component into the trophy. Stairs drop. Head on up!
  • Upstairs, read the note and then use the laptop. Earlier on if you’d snooped around Lucas at the dinner table you’ll have seen him put his code into his phone: the code is 1019. Input it into the computer. Have a read.
  • With that done, head on back downstairs, interact with Evie. Yeesh. Head downstairs, you’ll find Lucas. Check he’s okay. You hear a noise upstairs, head upstairs, find Maugerite.
  • Out of the bathroom when ordered, run down to the garage! Open the door with the button, then grab the ROPE from inside.
  • Once you return upstairs, the situation changes again. Run away and hide in the Recreation Room (the room where you found the Mia tape). As you head through the door, turn around and face the door again – use the rope on the door to tie it shut, buying yourself time.
  • Go into the room marked as Grandma’s Room (remember where you get the Broken Shotgun as Ethan?) and find a FORK.
  • Leave grandma’s room, and use the fork to pull the nails out of a boarded-up window in the Recreation Room to get out onto the balcony.
  • Outside, turn right. Walk as far as you can. Notice right in front of you there’s a bright red box, out of reach… take note. On your right you’ll see a tiny opening – go through it.
  • Once through the opening, turn left. Look for the red box you just saw. Open it to find a DOG HEAD RELIEF. You’ll know all about these bad boys from the main story.
  • With that done, head inside and enter the main hall. There’s an enemy down here, prowling about. Don’t get spotted.

This is where things branch.

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How to get the bad ending of the Daughters DLC

If you head back towards the main area of the house where the Kitchen and so on are, Maugerite will appear. She’ll scare you, but then have an attack of conscience.

She’ll give you keys to the Baker’s car and tell you to go. Run to the garage, but be aware on the way you’re going to have to dodge daddy. Get to the garage and get into the car… welcome to the bad ending.

How to get the good ending of the Daughters DLC

Either after Maugerite gives you the keys or before she has the chance sneak to the main door of the house out into the yard. Instead of going to the car, even if you have the keys, head out to the trailer instead. To do this you’ll need the Dog Head – slot it on into the door.

An earlier note in this DLC indicated the Bakers’ other sudden guest was out in the trailer. Go out there and find her. Examine the note on the table and the item the unconscious Mia is holding. This is the true ending.

YouTuber PewDiePie axed by Disney after anti-semitic videos

14 Feb

Videos show Nazi and anti-semitic content which YouTuber claims were “jokes”.

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Disney has severed ties with PewDiePie after the YouTube star released a series of videos containing Nazi imagery and anti-semitic content.

In one video released on January 11, the YouTuber, real name Felix Kjellberg, paid people to hold up a sign reading “death to all Jews”.

“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate,” said Maker Studios, the YouTuber agency owned by Disney.

“Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive,” said PewDiePie, according to the BBC.

Last year it’s estimated PewDiePie earned $15 million through YouTube.

Battlefield 1 Winter Update: gas grenade nerf, ribbons, map voting and more rental server features coming tomorrow

13 Feb

Battlefield 1’s Winter Update drops tomorrow. Here’s what’s coming.

Battlefield 1 fans don’t have long to wait for the promised Winter Update: it releases tomorrow, February 14. We don’t have exact times yet but for those of us living in the future and therefore already enjoying the delights of Valentine’s Day, look for the international date line to hit the US before getting too excited.

If you missed the livestream earlier, Westie has all the details on Battlefield 1’s winter update. A quick disclaimer: this video was sponsored by EA, which is why he was able to get it together so quickly – and even show off some of the things we’ll talk about below.

New progression systems for Battlefield 1

Kicking things off with new progression systems, ribbons are coming to Battlefield 1. These ribbons will work just as in past Battlefield games, meaning you earn them automatically as you hit requirements, and can do so as many times as you like. Each is worth 300 XP.

DICE is also adding elite codices. Each is worth 25,000 XP and is unlocked for 500 kills with the matching weapon, starting from after the patch drops. Eight will be added to Battlefield 1 with the Winter Update, but more are expected with every major patch from now on.

Class ranks will increase from ten to 50, and to make the grind more fun, DICE players can now earn class-specific dog tags and class rank icons for their kill cards. Bronze is unlocked at level 20, silver at 30, gold at 40 and platinum at 50, so you should be able to see immediately how experienced a Battlefield 1 player is in the class that just killed you.

DICE said it plans to add more stuff to Battlefield 1’s progression, and is also taking a look at the existing medal system, which isn’t super popular.

Battlefield 1 Winter Update balance changes

The biggest change to Battlefield 1’s balance in the Winter Update is a nerf to gas grenades. Although inventory and buffs have not been changed, the gas durations has been dropped from 22 seconds to 15 seconds. Hopefully this will mean less time in masks.

DICE is also changing Battlefield 1’s suppression mechanic: it won’t come into play at the exact moment someone starts firing on you. Essentially that means you’ll have a very small window to return fire without accuracy penalties if you’re quick enough to take advantage of it.

Cavalry sabre attacks are being nerfed slightly so that Battlefield 1 players should no longer find themselves being killed from outrageous distances. Finally, Elite classes are getting a tidy up: you’ll no longer be able to spawn in with extra grenades, and your health will regenerate at the correct pace.

Battlefield 1 server updates

The patch contains a small number of fixes and improvements to Battlefield 1’s netcode, which have not been detailed as they’re relatively minor.

A map voting system will be added with the patch. It will be available on select official Battlefield 1 servers, and as an option on all rental servers.

Speaking of which, DICE is adding a few features to address some pretty glaring omissions in Battlefield 1’s rental servers program. An in-game kick and ban UI is being added, and server admins will have priority access to their own servers.

Battlefield 1 server admins will also be able to toggle behemoths on and off, and to enable squad leader only spawning for that nostalgic touch.

Watch the Battlefield 1 Winter Update livestream here

13 Feb

We’re moments away from the start of a Battlefield 1 livestream.

Watch live video from Battlefield on www.twitch.tv

DICE is showcasing the next big Battlefield 1 patch at the top of the hour in a dedicated livestream on Twitch. Typically, patches don’t get their own livestreams, but this one is for the Winter Update.

The Winter – or February – Update is expected to bring a number of balance changes, some of which have already been tested in the game’s Community Test Environment (CTE). New content is unlikely, but we still expect the changes to be big.

DICE previously confirmed that the patch will indeed be dropping this week, so expect more details such as patch notes, and exact rollout times to be shared during the show.

We’ve embedded the livestream above, and as always, if it’s big news, you’ll hear about it here first.

Sniper Elite 4 reviews round-up – all the scores

13 Feb

Sniper Elite 4 reviews are in. Just how satisfying is it to shoot gonads this time around?

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Sniper Elite 4 is about a lot more than bursting people’s ball bags from afar.

But that’s certainly a fun aspect, as is tracking down Hitler.

The game is releasing on Valentine’s Day with various pre-order bonuses and the season pass is available at launch.

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth revisiting World War 2, here’s what everyone else thought. As usual scores are out of 10 unless stated otherwise.

Sniper Elite is out on February 14, on PC, PS4 Xbox One.

GTA grandaddy Leslie Benzies opens a third studio in Budapest, former Crytek Hungary to lend a hand on Everywhere

13 Feb

GTA Online mastermind seems to be collecting studios. Just how big is this new virtual world going to be?

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Former GTA producer Leslie Benzies has opened an office in Budapest, Hungary, and hired the team known as Crytek Hungary before the developer’s mass international closures.

GamesIndustry reports this is the third location to open since Benzies started incorporating companies all over the place last month.

The team will join others in Edinburgh and LA to work on Everywhere, some sort of online, open world game.

Given Benzies’s role in the Grand Theft Auto franchise and GTA Online in particular, we’re keen to know about Everywhere. Former Crytek Hungary boss Kristoffer Waardahl will continue to lead the Budapest team, and offered this tantalising comment on the project:

“To develop and build a beautiful open world game is one of our core passions and it resonates deeply with the team. When we heard Leslie’s vision for the game we jumped at the opportunity to join Everywhere and are delighted to be part of the core team bringing the game alive.”

GTA and Rockstar veteran Matthew Smith, who seems to be head of the three office studio, said the Budapest group’s technical and creative experience are both “a great fit for the Everywhere team”.

Crytek Hungary worked on Ryse: Son of Rome, The Collectables and Crysis Warhead.

Overwatch – more Doomfist hints have popped up on the PTR

11 Feb

With the latest Overwatch patch up on the PTR, those testing upcoming changes to the game have found what looks to be additional teases for Doomfist.

While the rumors and hints surrounding Doomfist have yet to reach Sombra proportions, the buzz around the possible inclusion of the character in Overwatch is gaining steam. Thanks, Terry Crews.

In the video above, Arekkz goes over the various Doomfist hints found by players on the PTR, the main reference being a new model of the Numbani Payload depicted by a wire mech file. Here, the glass on the payload containing Doomfist’s gauntlet is broken, as we previously reported.

Along with the file, the menu music in the PTR has also been changed to Doomfist’s theme, which was first heard in the original Overwatch cinematic, and the Hero Gallery UI has changed slightly as if to make space for another Hero card.

So, do all signs point to Doomfist coming to the game, or a Doomfist event of sorts? If an event, maybe the goal is to find out who stole the gauntlet. Or he’s indeed the next hero. We can only speculate at this point.

The Year of the Rooster event ends next week, so it’s unlikely new content will be added so soon. But, as Arekkz notes, with PAX East coming up in March, it’s possible we will hear more then or at least get a cinematic. Maybe. You know how things work with Blizzard.

Anyway, give the video a watch.

This For Honor video takes a look at the various customization and progression features

11 Feb

Those who aren’t playing the For Honor beta this weekend should check out the new video Ubisoft released, which touches upon character customization and progression.

In the video, it shows For Honor players how to customize the 12 heroes in game, each of which have dedicated progression. This allows players to alter the abilities, appearance and gear.

Gear, for instance, can be looted on the battlefield – each with its own stats, rank and appearance. These items can also be obtained when opening scavenger crates.

Upon gaining XP, players will level up their hero which will unlock more feats and customization options. All armor and weapon pieces in the player’s inventory can be customized. And of course, each gear and weapon item comes with positive and negative aspects, so choose wisely.

In the heroes menu, players can equip abilities such as feats which are available during modes such as Dominion. There are also executions which can be performed upon landing a heavy attack and two can be equipped at the same time to gamepad buttons.

The Knight class, as seen in the video, can use Hit Strike, Guts Then Chop at the same time. These are assigned to X and Y, for example. The longer they are, the more health the player will gain once performed. Two are available at the start, while others are unlocked using steel.

Emotes, effects, loadouts, ornaments, material, and more are also touched upon in the video.

Again, the For Honor beta is live so if you haven’t downloaded it already, you should get on it quick.

The beta runs through Sunday, or Monday depending on your time zone.

Those who played the closed beta will find there have been a few changes made, and if you need pointers, we’re here to help.

For Honor will be released next week on February 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Conan Exiles sold 320,000 copies its first week, servers coming back, mod tools go live

10 Feb

That’s quite a bit of Conan Exiles news in one headline, isn’t it?

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Funcom announced the sales figures for Conan Exiles this morning, along with the release of modding tools and news on the return of official servers.

During its first week, the open-world, multiplayer survival game sold 320,000 copies, and has also dominated the Steam’s Global Top Seller List. It went into early access on the service January 30.

“We are deeply humbled and very grateful for the initial success of Conan Exiles,” said Funcom CEO Rui Casais in the press release. “Funcom has gone through some challenging times in recent years and seeing the game we have poured so much time and effort into gain this amount of traction so quickly is very invigorating for everyone who works here.

“This is just the start of the Early Access adventure and we will do whatever it takes to make sure Conan Exiles turns into a fully-fledged game that has something to offer new and old fans of both Conan and survival games.”

Get your modding on

Back in January, the studio announced it would release the custom Conan Exiles Dev Kit, which would allow folks to create mods for the game.

Modders will need to download the Epic Games launcher, and once created, the mods can be uploaded to the Steam Workshop. To get the launcher, head over to the Unreal Engine website, click the button that says “Get Unreal”, and under the “Get Unreal Engine” hit the download button.

According to Funcom, the kit will allow creators to make “small changes and quality of life improvements,” total conversion mods, add additional creatures, characters, and worlds.

Official servers going back online

Due to issues with lag and server crashes, last week, the developer took the official multiplayer servers offline for Conan Exiles.

Because of the influx of players and the “overwhelming demand,” PingPerfect’s hardware was unable to handle the load, so Funcom dissolved the partnership. The firm started searching for a hosting company which could deliver “the level of quality and service” required.

It seems a new partner has been found, because new official servers are now coming online. Alternatively, players can still log into one of the 12,000 privately run servers if preferred.

The team has been working since launch to iron out the teething issues, resulting in the game being patched many times over the past two weeks.

Going forward, the Conan Exiles team will be divided into two groups: one will focus on fixing issues and optimizing performance, and the other will work on adding new content and features.

Conan Exiles is in development for PC,PS4 and Xbox One.

It will also be made available as an Xbox One Game Preview title in the spring , with PlayStation 4 planned for a later date.

Resident Evil 7 shifts another 500K units in 2 weeks, latest movie grosses $1B

10 Feb

Resident Evil 7 is more than a flash in the pan.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has reached 3 million units shipped globally, Capcom has announced.

It’s no GTA, but that’s an increase of about 500,000 in the less than two weeks since we last got Resident Evil sales figures.

Although we don’t have sell-through figures, it’s a pretty respectable amount to be sending to retailers this many weeks on from launch, and suggests Resident Evil 7 is benefitting from post-release word of mouth, which generally leads to a healthy sales tail.

Buzz for the latest Resident Evil film may be helping, or perhaps it’s the other way around; in any case, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has grossed $1 billion worldwide, Capcom said. BoxOfficeMojo puts the figure at $1.2 billion, 80% of which was harvested outside the US as is usual for the series.

“The Resident Evil film series boasts the all-time top box office gross of any film series based on a video game to date,” the publisher said. It doesn’t have a heck of a lot of competition, but don’t ever let anybody tell you the Resident Evil movies are failures. They mint it.

Resident Evil 7 is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox one. The PS4 build supports PlayStationVR, while the Xbox One has cross-buy with Windows 10 PC.