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These are the Requirements For Running Sony PlayStation Now Games On PC

25 Feb

Sony has dropped support for PS Vita, PS3 and Bravia TV and the company is now focusing on the PS4 brand and making a cross-platform service for PC gamers as well. Sony PlayStation Now service allows users to play PS3 games on PC. You can hook up a PS4 controller to your PC and play PS3 […]

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Horizon Zero Dawn: how Guerrilla made open world content that doesn’t feel like checklists and chores

25 Feb

Horizon Zero Dawn is a pleasure to play to 100% completion, every step of the way. How did Guerrilla achieve this remarkable feat?

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Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the few open world game to respect the player’s time and energy.

As touched on in our Horizon Zero Dawn review, side content is carefully laid out around hubs to reduce backtracking; optional quests take you on tours of environments you might otherwise miss; and when you do step off the beaten path, it’s usually rewarding in some way – narratively or mechanically or both.

“Either we’re going to spend another couple of months and really try to get this up here, or we’ll just cut it. We don’t want something to be in there that’s mediocre.”

This makes Horizon Zero Dawn a refreshing antidote to open world fatigue, and according to senior producer Joel Eschler, Guerrilla Games made a conscious effort to avoid checklist-style gameplay.

“It’s definitely something we were aware of,” he told me at a Horizon Zero Dawn pre-launch event in Sydney last week.

“When we were building our feature set for Horizon and we got to the point where we agreed we are going to polish this and we’re going to commit to this staying in the game, we wanted everything to be up to a certain quality level. We wanted everything to be really good.”

Eschler made a series of gestures indicating multiple levels of content. “We didn’t want to have this: amazing, really good, crappy,” he said, waving a hand well below the other levels.

“If we were working on something and it wasn’t working, we didn’t like it internally or it was going to be too expensive to make right or the playtests were saying that it wasn’t working, then we looked at it really hard and decided, okay, either we’re going to spend another couple of months and really try to get this up here, or we’ll just cut it. We don’t want something to be in there that’s mediocre.”

Even so, Horizon Zero Dawn makes clear distinctions between main and side content – and that’s one of the reasons Eschler believes it works so well.

“We have our varying tiers of quests. We have our main Aloy progression story which is our big main path that everyone who finishes the game will see. We have teams dedicated to that,” he said.

“And then we have other teams dedicated to the side activities like the Hunting Grounds, which are tests of skills. And they were really, really heavily designed between quest designers, artists, the designers that built the robots, to highlight the skills of the robots and to give you the chance to become really, really expert at hunting them.”

“We have teams dedicated to the side activities, and they were really, really heavily designed between quest designers, artists and the designers that built the robots.”

This particular side quest chain stands out in Horizon Zero Dawn as proving far more interesting than the usual timed twitch-reflex tests open worlds throw in for really hardcore players; the Hunting Grounds offer more tactical challenges that work as advanced tutorials for mastering the combat sandbox.

Also of note are the Cauldrons, which Eschler described as “pure gameplay” tests of both combat and traversal as well as a chance to understand more about the origins of the machines. Other open world content includes bandit camp take overs, a modest collection of viewpoints and collectibles – but Horizon Zero Dawn also features traditional narrative-driven side quests.

“Then we have other quests, which are kind of side quests and lower in tier than the main story, but we really tried to make these more personal by telling individual stories of people who live in the world,” Eschler said.

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“We spent a lot of time doing the world building and building up the lore, so we could have these side stories that don’t necessarily impact the big overarching narrative, but still impactful to these individuals. We wanted it to feel like a real, living world.”

These are also noteworthy, presenting an array of colourful characters that make Horizon Zero Dawn especially memorable. Eschler’s comments about making the stories fit into a “real, living world” aren’t just PR waffling, either: Guerrilla has worked hard to make good on this promise.

In one particularly noteworthy example, I elected to follow an NPC at the end of a quest to see whether they reverted to a generic face in the crowd, as in so many games – and instead discovered a permanent change in their behaviour and some unique ambient dialogue. Since the quest has completed and there’s no objective to find out what happens next, most players won’t even see this scene, but its existence makes the quest feel meaningful and consequential.

This sort of thing is possible because Guerrilla divided its forces on Horizon Zero Dawn, Eschler said.

“We have these multiple teams that are focused on making [one] particular part of it as awesome as possible rather than spreading the team thin spending time here and there and there,” he said.

Horizon Zero Dawn releases February 28 in the US and March 1 in Europe, exclusively for PS4.

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

24 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 Feb

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

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

Patch 1.01

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

Patch 1.02

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

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

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

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

24 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horizon Zero Dawn looks and runs great, but not every part of it is on the level – report

24 Feb

There’s a lot to like about Horizon Zero Dawn’s presentation, but because most of it is so good, the poorer aspects stand out more.

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best looking games on PS4, that much is clear. But how it manages to do so and have a stable performance is a more interesting conversation.

Digital Foundry published a comprehensive analysis of the game’s tech and how it uses the Decima engine to create its seamless open world. Though the outlet’s initial look at the game summarised why it’s a technical masterpiece, today’s analysis is more in-depth, and goes on to identify what works and what doesn’t.

The report praised the look of the world, thanks to the game having physically-based rendering and a mix of materials and textures that make it easy to identify if the object you’re looking at is a relic of the old world or something new. Lighting and foliage make the environment look rich, and the game even has a real-time cloud simulation system.

Post-processing effects and character animations were also cited among the game’s triumphs. The latter in particular is very impressive, when you consider how much open-world games sacrifice to reach that scale. Managing a stable frame-rate of 30fps amidst all that is an achievement, according to the outlet, even if it doesn’t appear impressive on its own.

However, there were a few negatives Digital Foundry thought to highlight. The biggest culprits here are the quality of water rendering – which is surprisingly lacking compared to the rest of the game’s presentation, the game’s AI, and some instances of bad lip sync.

For the AI, the analysis noted how humans don’t react the way they should, this is particularly jarring considering how well the machines do. The report gives the example of the whistle ability, which allows you to hide in a bush and call out enemies to perform a stealth take down. Doing this doesn’t alert others, so you can easily repeat it until all enemies are dealt with.

Finally, lip sync was also highlighted as one of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s lacking aspects. The issue appears more pronounced when talking to non-important NPCs.

You can watch the video or head to the link above for more.

This week’s best game deals: Steam Link, Nintendo Switch, Hitman, and more

24 Feb

Here we are, right at the end of February, days left to go before Horizon Zero Dawn and the Nintendo Switch are released and we’ve got another week’s worth of the best gaming deals. What a time to be alive. Let’s get started.

As usual, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places.

UK & US Deals

Steam Link and Controller

This weekend, the Steam Link and Steam Controller are getting some nice discounts in both the UK and the US. Right here in these United Kingdoms, GAME is offering up the Steam Link for £15.99 (60% off) while the Steam Controller is available for £27.99 (30% off), this offer ends March 1st. Over in the US, however, it’s Amazon offering up the discounts – with the Steam Link available for $19.99, the Controller up for $34.99 and a bundle of the pair available for $54.98.

In the UK:

Steam Link for £15.99
Steam Controller for £27.99

In the US:

Steam Link for $19.99 (out of stock at time of writing but available to order)
Steam Controller for $34.99
Steam Link and Controller bundle for $54.98

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If you head over to the PlayStation Store today, you’re sure of a big surprise. That is, of course, if you’re surprised when EA puts its games on sale. For a limited time, you can pick up some of EA’s biggest titles for a fraction of the cost. Some of the highlights of the sale are below, but let me just underline the fact that you should get Titanfall 2. Because you should.

  • Titanfall 2 for £22.24
  • Star Wars Battlefront for £7.99
  • Dragon Age Inquisition for £7.99
  • Unravel for £3.99
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for £10
  • Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline bundle for £7.99
  • UFC 2 for £15.99

EA Games sale on PlayStation Store

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Between Mass Effect Andromeda’s impending release crawling ever closer and the straight-up real-world discovery of brand new potentially habitable planets, it’s a good time to think about going to space. Unless Elon Musk gets that passenger program up and running sooner than expected, your best bet is to grab a copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy on PC while they’re on offer for £8.49 / $10.56 / €9.99.

Mass Effect Trilogy on PC (Origin) for £8.49 / $10.56 / €9.99 from Games Planet

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Curve Digital has some nice games that you’ve probably heard of. If you don’t recognise the company name, perhaps you’re aware of Thomas Was Alone, Action Henk, OlliOlli, Hue, The Swindle, 10 Second Ninja X, Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure or The Swapper? Well, funnily enough, right now you can get every game I just mentioned in one big bundle on Xbox One for £19.20 / $20. At least for the next two weeks. Not a bad deal for that many indie darlings.

Instant Indie Hits from Curve Digital (ten games) on Xbox One for £19.20 / $20 from Microsoft Store

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Nintendo recently announced some of the file sizes for the Nintendo Switch’s launch line up, revealing that unless you plan on buying all of your games strictly as boxed editions, you’re going to want to pick up one of those dinky little MicroSD cards to get some extra storage space. We’ve got a guide to the best Nintendo Switch Micro SD cards over at Jelly Deals but here’s a few of our top picks in case you wanted to grab one before next week’s launch.

For context, here’s the full list of announced game download sizes:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4GB
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 8GB
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09GB
  • Disgaea 5 – 5.92GB
  • Snipperclips – 1.60GB
  • I Am Setsuna – 1.40GB
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 – 32GB
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5GB

In the UK:

64GB SanDisk Ultra Micro SDXC for £17.39 from Amazon UK
128GB SanDisk Ultra Micro SDXC for £37.19 from Amazon UK
200GB Lexar Professional MicroSDXC card for £61.45 from Amazon UK

In the US:

64GB Samsung EVO Micro SDXC for $19 from Amazon US
128GB Samsung Select Micro SDXC for $39.99 from Amazon US
200GB SanDisk Ultra Micro SDXC for $69.95 from Amazon US

UK Deals

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Hitman, arguably one of the best games of last year, finished up its first season around November 2016 and made its way onto store shelves as a boxed edition about a month ago. Rather nicely, that fancy Steelbook boxed edition, which contains the entirety of Hitman’s first season, is reduced down to just below £30 at the moment, with the PC version coming in at just a hair under £27.

Hitman Complete First Season Steelbook Edition on Xbox One for £29.99 from Amazon UK
Hitman Complete First Season Steelbook Edition on PS4 for £29.99 from Amazon UK
Hitman Complete First Season Steelbook Edition on PC for £26.95 from Amazon UK

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Rise of the Tomb Raider’s eventual PS4 release brought with it a boxed edition that comes complete with an artbook and some downloadable skins in order to celebrate the franchise’s twentieth anniversary. If nothing else, this gives you the ability to play through the game as PS1 Lara and get your cognitive dissonance on. This edition is currently reduced down to £24.99 at GAME and Amazon UK, although for some reason it’s only for Prime members at Amazon UK.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration on PS4 for £24.99 from GAME
Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration on PS4 for £24.99 (Prime members) from Amazon UK

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By now, it’s damn near impossible that you haven’t heard of or at the very least seen screenshots of the ultra-brightly coloured spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee is due out in April (fingers crossed) but it’s currently available to pre-order for the cheapest price so far at Amazon UK, where Prime members can get the game for £26.99 and non-Prime members can put an order down for £28.99.

Yooka-Laylee on Xbox One for £28.99 (£26.99 for Prime members) from Amazon UK
Yooka-Laylee on PS4 for £28.99 (£26.99 for Prime members) from Amazon UK

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So far since launch, Battlefield 1 has done a fairly good job of holding its value. That being said, it’s currently down to its lowest historical price at Amazon UK on all formats. The Xbox One and PS4 versions are available now for £30.85 while the boxed PC version is down to £27.99 – that is, as long as you don’t mind getting the massively pointless code-in-a-box version.

Battlefield 1 on PC (code-in-a-box) for £27.99 from Amazon UK
Battlefield 1 on Xbox One for £30.85 from Amazon UK
Battlefield 1 on PS4 for £30.85 from Amazon UK

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Look, I know how much you want to play the Milk mini game, but why buy 1-2 Switch when you can just buy the Farming Simulator 17 while it’s on offer for £17.14? There’s a whole lot more to simulate than milking a cow, after all.

Farming Simulator 17 on PC (boxed) for £17.14 from Amazon UK

Libertalia UC4

Odds are good that if you were going to buy the big, bulky collector’s edition of Uncharted 4 that by now, you would have. If, for whatever reason, you don’t own this one and fancy it, it’s cheaper than ever at GAME – down to £44.99 when you use the code MVC10 during checkout.

Uncharted 4 Libertalia Edition for £44.99 using code MVC10 from GAME

US Deals

PS4 with XCOm

Look, I’m not telling you to get this PS4 Slim console that comes with both Uncharted 4 and XCOM 2 while it’s discounted down to $230. But I’m also not NOT telling you to buy it. All that aside, those are both rather nice games with a nice console, so…

PlayStation 4 500GB Slim with Uncharted 4 and XCOM 2 for $229.99 from Dell

Logitech G602

Logitech’s G602 gaming mouse is one of the better gaming mice (mouses?) available on the market right now, which makes it a little bit nice to know that it’s currently discounted down to $39.99, which is about half price.

Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse for $39.99 from Amazon US

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There’s always a man, a lighthouse and a deal on Bioshock Infinite’s PC edition. This time, you can grab yourself a Steam key for the game for $5.99 from Amazon US.

Bioshock Infinite on PC (Steam) for $5.99 from Amazon US


With that, we’re done for another week. Keep in mind that deals, prices and availability can change at the drop of a hat, so apologies if you miss out on something you wanted. I’ll be over at Jelly Deals, scouring the world wide web for more deals. Feel free to visit, or follow us on Twitter and give us a like on Facebook.

Nioh sells over a million copies worldwide, celebrates by giving everyone free armour

24 Feb

Nioh is very popular.

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After just over two weeks from release, Team Ninja’s Nioh managed to sell more than one million copies worldwide.

The figure was announced by Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja, as reported by Gamer.ne.jp (via Gematsu), and includes digital as well as retail shipments.

To celebrate, Team Ninja will be gifting all players the Golden Nioh Armour in-game.

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The armour, seen above, is the golden version of the Nioh Armour already available in the game. It will be released today alongside patch 1.04, which comes with some fixes.

Resident Evil 7 will bring back Chris Redfield with Not a Hero DLC

24 Feb

Chris Redfield will return in Resident Evil 7 with an upcoming add-on.

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Resident Evil 7 is getting a DLC this spring that will bring one of the series’ most recognisable protagonists, Christ Redfield.

Called Not a Hero, the add-on will be free to all owners of the game, but Capcom isn’t saying anything yet about how or why Redfield will be involved. It did confirm, however, that Not a Hero will be a “separate story.”

We’ve only got those couple of screenshots below to go on, but the character design is definitely different from his Resident Evil 5 and 6 days.

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Not a Hero is out this spring.

Destiny: Xur location and inventory for February 24, 25

24 Feb

As a new weekend approaches, so too does Xur.

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Xur: Agent of the Nine, the most important vendor in Destiny, has popped up again to set up shop and take your Strange Coins. Xur brings Exotic weapons and armour every week.

Find Xur by the Crucible Quartermaster this weekend. He shall stay put until 9am GMT on Sunday, February 26.

See his inventory below:

Hawkmoon is a fun weapon for sure, but not the big deal it used to be. It still has its uses, though.

The Overwatch League kicks off in Q3 2017, regular seasons promised for 2018

24 Feb

Plans for the Overwatch League are moving ahead, and the initial team building process will start later this year.

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The Overwatch League, a competitive, Blizzard-run eSports league for Overwatch, was first unveiled during BlizzCon last year.

At the time, Blizzard said it wanted it to be a premier league, but things have been quiet on that front since. Recently, Blizzard’s eSports director Nate Nanzer, spoke about the company’s plans for this year and beyond. The interview was hosted in Korea, but Reddit user bartlet4us (via PCGamesN) kindly translated it to English.

Nanzer confirmed that this year’s season will start in Q3, but it won’t be until 2018 that we’ll start getting regular seasons. During the initial run, the company will be busy building teams and acquiring players, so the league will start small. The plan is to host the finals in a different city every year, not at BlizzCon.

The competition will be region-based, with major stadiums in some regions hosting the games. Later on, Blizzard hopes to have teams play at their home stadiums in their home cities. With that in mind, Blizzard will not restrict teams to a single nationality, the same goes for gender.

“We aim for diversity in sex, race, and rolls, etc. If the team wants to, they are free to have not only multi-sex team, but they are also free to have players with different nationalities. It is a region based league, but there are no boundaries in region or nationality when it comes to players,” the translated interview reads.

During the interview, Nanzer also confirmed a plan to make full-time professional Overwatch players a thing, promising regular salaries through sharing profits. These profits ideally would come from ticket sales, merchandise and other similar avenues.

Blizzard is also looking at creating in-game DLC to support specific teams and so on.

Hit the link for the rest of the interview, which includes fun tidbits like why Tracer was chosen to be on the logo.

The Division Last Stand, patch 1.6 out next week

24 Feb

The Division’s big 1.6 patch and final expansion, Last Stand, have a release date.

Ubisoft Massive has announced a release date for The Division‘s Last Stand expansion and the 1.6 patch. During yesterday’s State of the Game show, the studio revealed the date, and it’s surprisingly soon.

Last Stand releases alongside patch 1.6, on Tuesday, February 28. There is no exclusivity period for any platform this time, so the release date applies to PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Patch 1.6 has seen a number iterations during testing in the PTS so far, and it’s one of the game’s biggest. The number of sweeping changes to gear balance, mechanics and other items will no doubt make a heck of patch notes list. The patch notes will be deployed on Monday.

During the show, Massive also announced that PS4 Pro players will have one more thing to look forward to with 1.6. Though the game already has a Pro patch, the upcoming update will improve the resolution.

We’ll bring you more details when we have them.

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

23 Feb

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

Watch live video from vg247 on www.twitch.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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