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  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has Almost $100 Worth of DLC

    dead or alive 5 last roundWhether or not you're okay with the dozens of dollars worth of DLC content in Evolve generally comes down to how you feel about the whole practice of selling you content after the game has been completed, but it's not just Evolve that features staggering amounts of paid-for content.

    In fact, Team Ninja have recently released details on what new downloadable content will be available in their latest remaster for new gen consoles. I'm of course talking about Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the game that is a remake of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, which is coincidentally a remake of Dead or Alive 5.

    I'm sure you can see what I'm getting at here. Even though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is not going for full retail on either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, the game does include just under $93 worth of DLC.

    Fortunately, practically all of the DLC available is only cosmetic skins and costumes for characters, similarly to a lot of the content players can pay for in Evolve. The $93 price tag for DOA 5: LR is actually for the season pass. If you purchase every piece of DLC in Last Round separately, however, you'll possibly be looking at spending a considerable amount more.

    So, before you get mad at Evolve for trying to milk us of our hard earned cash, just remember, there are games out there that offer 79 character costumes for a crazy $93. Honestly, it's all a bit crazy, but let's just be glad that most of it, both in Evolve and Dead or Alive, is all cosmetic and has no impact on the game whatsoever.

  • PlayStation Plus Free Games for February Available Today

    playstation plus februarySony has just revealed their new lineup of free games for February, and players with a PS Plus subscription will now be able to head to the PSN store to download the new free games. As per usual, there are a variety of six games for free this month, two for each platform.

    PS4 - Apotheon

    Apotheon is a Greek mythology inspired platformer game filled with lots of button mashing combat. The game was originally released as an arcade title for the PS4, and it is fairly new.

    PS4 - Transistor

    Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG game made by the same developers responsible for Bastion. The city environment in Transistor is pretty epic, and there is a good few dozen hours worth of content to be played in the game.

    PS3 - Yakuza 4

    Yakuza 4 is an action adventure game developed by SEGA. It features various different mini games and modes related to fighting opponents. There is a bit of a backstory to Yakuza 4 that has been handed down through the franchise but there’s no reason you can’t pick Yakuza 4 up before playing the other ones.

    PS3 - Thief

    Thief is the latest reboot of the classic stealth based franchise. It may have a short campaign, but it’s still a lot of fun and definitely worth playing for free.

    PS Vita - Rogue Legacy

    Rogue Legacy is an action arcade game with procedurally generated 2D platformer style levels. There are ten different classes to play as, and plenty of reasons to come back to Rogue Legacy again and again.

    PS Vita - Kick and Fennick

    Kick and Fennick is an odd game that follows the adventure of a boy and his best friend, Fennick the robot. Fennick's battery breaks, and you'll spend the majority of the game as Kick, attempting to find a fix for Fennick's battery problem.

  • Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC Finally Arrives on Xbox

    advanced warfare havocThe first DLC pack for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has finally arrived on the Xbox, and it can now be picked up for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 as part of an early access deal. The Havoc DLC will also be released for the PC and the PlayStation consoles at some point in February.

    The new Havoc DLC pack comes with a wide range of new content, including four brand new maps, and the anticipated exo zombies survival co-op mode.

    The four maps included in the Havoc DLC are Sideshow, Core, Urban and Drift. Sideshow is a shanty town built within a cargo ship. Core is within a large drilling station, and Drift is a small sized snow town. Finally, Urban is a packed city area.

    Before the Havoc DLC was officially released, two new weapons were also put out as part of the Havoc DLC pack. Season pass players were able to take hold of the weapons in the Havoc DLC earlier in the year. The weapons included a new laser AE4 Widowmaker rifle, and a direct variation of the same weapon.

    The most looked forward to feature in the Havoc DLC is the exo zombies co-op mode though, and similarly to Black Ops 2, the mode will have a set amount of missions players will be able to play through. It has been rumored that more exo zombies content will be released incrementally in each DLC after the Havoc DLC.

  • COD Advanced Warfare Zombies Trailer Released

    cod advanced warfare zombiesIn anticipation of the release of the new Havoc DLC planned for the end of January, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare developers, Sledgehammer Games, have just released a new trailer for the upcoming Exo Zombies game mode, which will be made available as part of the upcoming DLC.

    Interestingly, the trailer shares a bit of a backstory into why there is a sudden zombie outbreak, and why a group of soldiers are attempting to hold off the relentless hordes. In the trailer, the story is explained -

    "Untrained and unprepared, four Atlas employees must survive a horror unlike any other. John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal star in Exo Zombies, coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC in 2015."

    It seems as if the zombies mode will be released as an episodic co-operative multiplayer mode. Whilst we aren't entirely sure, it would make sense to assume that each episode of the zombies mode will release alongside each piece of DLC for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

    For zombie fans, I think that the new zombie mode in Advanced Warfare is worth getting excited about - the game will feature a new twist on the tried and trusted zombies gameplay we have seen in previous COD games by adding super fast exo zombies that make use of the exo skeleton featured in Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

    So far, we aren't sure how much content players will be able to play through in the first episode of exo zombies, but hopefully there will be maps that players can play a more traditional round based version of zombies on.

  • Microsoft Pushing for More Xbox One Game Discounts

    xbox one discounts christmasThe months leading up to the Holiday season are always pretty hectic, but for major tech manufacturers like Microsoft, things get incredibly crazy. With the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 currently fighting for the top spot, Microsoft had a lot to do to manage to get an upper hand on Sony's new console.

    One way Xbox managed to do this was by pushing for more deals and better bargains, and over the black Friday weekend, Microsoft managed to rake in a huge amount of sales thanks to their discounts around the globe, and this actually helped them to secure the most sold console units for that month.

    It isn't going to stop at black Friday either - Microsoft have learned that good deals make sales, and in tune with this they have regularly been putting up discounts on their consoles, and most recently, their first party titles, and some selected third party games as well.

    Firstly, digital copies of both Destiny and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare have been put up for just $19.99, half of their standard retail price. Secondly, the above games can also be purchased as a physical copy for $29.99.

    Halo The Master Chief Collection has been dropped to $45, and both Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive now have digital copies going for $35. These discounts are not quite like the bargains available for both Destiny and Call of Duty, but still very generous nonetheless.

  • Uncharted 4 Looks Incredible on PS4

    uncharted 4So a new gameplay trailer of Uncharted 4 was just released, and the internet has been taken aback by how amazing the game currently looks. Personally, I'm not all that surprised at the quality of the fourth Uncharted installment, and I'll tell you why.

    Every time Naughty Dog have released a new game, their attention to detail has always been on point - they managed to release the Last of Us on the PS3 and make it look incredible, and every Uncharted release has always been miles ahead of every other game released in it's time in terms of graphical integrity.

    This time round, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End certainly looks like the best game the PlayStation 4 will have to offer, and everything from the sweat on Drake's back, to the pores in his face are textured by hand, and it's just phenomenal how Naughty Dog continue to amaze with the quality of their games.

    Something that really got me interested about the latest gameplay video was the amazing combat - it seems every fight was action packed and filled with tense struggles, especially when Drake was not equipped with a weapon, but his assailant was.

    I honestly think Uncharted 4 will be the best PlayStation 4 game for a long while, and there isn't really much coming anytime soon that will have the story, graphics and love that Naughty Dog have poured into A Thief's End. What are your thoughts on the game? Feel free to let us know your own opinions.

  • The Crew will Release with No Game-Breaking Bugs, Before Reviews

    the crew launch bugsAfter the controversy behind Assassins' Creed Unity, it's no surprise that many gamers are starting to worry about any games released by Ubisoft at this point, and it seems to have scared many people away from buying into the Crew, a new upcoming new gen racing game.

    Whilst the Crew has been in development for a long time and has even been pushed back so that Ubisoft can polish the quality of it, many people are still worried about any bugs that may be preset at launch.

    Ubisoft on the other hand seem pretty confident that there is nothing to worry about, and they have even mentioned that the Crew will be launched without any game-breaking bugs. This seems to be majorly down to the open beta stages of the Crew, something that Assassin's Creed Unity did not have.

    "For The Crew, we've reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time."

    Interestingly, Ubisoft will not be giving any early copies of the Crew out to reviewers, so we will have no inside feedback about the game until after it has launched. This will mean that players will not have any critic reviews to go on when making a purchasing decision, so those that are worried about the quality of the game may want to wait a couple of days before diving in.

  • Assassin's Creed Unity Struggling with 30FPS

    unity frame rateWith all the recent talk surrounding games that support 60FPS, it's become quite a shock to hear that Assassin's Creed Unity is actually suffering from frame rate drops that dip below 30 frames per second.

    Whilst frame rates in the less intensive areas do reach a nice, smooth frame rate, in some areas, both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 struggle to provide this smooth frame rate. Whilst many gamers have been unnecessarily angry at the lack of solid, smooth 60FPS in many next gen games, not being able to achieve 30FPS in a game is something to get angry about.

    After frames start to dip below 30, or more specifically 24 frames per second, the game becomes incredibly choppy, and this is a frame rate that the human eye can easily pick up on.

    Although the frame rate can be increased with a few tweaks on the development side, unfortunately, the frame rate may not be able to be improved to the golden 60FPS standard we've all been dreaming about.

    We do hope however that Ubisoft manage to get at least 30FPS in all aspects of Unity, because it would be unfortunate if this was not the case.

    Interestingly, the Xbox One version of Assassins' Creed Unity has been reported to perform better than the PlayStation 4 version, something that many PS4 fans are confused about, considering that many were confident the PS4 had slightly better performance capabilities than the Xbox One.

    Either way, whichever console you pick you are still going to have issues with frame rate at this current point in time.

  • New Killzone Shadow Fall Will get New Free Multiplayer Content

    killzone multiplayer patchIt isn't often that you hear about AAA developers completely redesigning their games, but Guerrilla, the developers of Killzone Shadow Fall, seem to be gearing up to release a brand new patch to Shadow Fall that will completely change the direction of the game.

    Once the new patch is released, players will be able to earn Valor instead of experience points - this Valor will count as a new kind of currency, and players will be able to spend their Valor on Mystery boxes that have a chance to open up random gear that would typically be award for completing challenges and missions.

    On top of the new mystery boxes, players will also be able to complete daily challenges that will be updated every 24 hours. These new challenges will reward players with extra Valor.

    Similarly to the daily challenges, a new daily login bonus will allow players who log in to the game regularly to earn extra rewards.

    Whilst no definite date has been set for this interesting new multiplayer patch for Killzone Shadow Fall, the developers suggest that the new content will be ready for launch very soon.

    We think it's great to see Guerrilla try to keep their recent FPS title going strong - it is not an easy task considering that the market is already being dominated by titles like Call of Duty and Halo.

    What do you think of the upcoming changes to Shadow Fall's multiplayer? Do you believe these changes will impact the game negatively or positively?

  • GTA Online Heists Coming Shortly After New Gen Launch

    GTA Online HeistsRemember when Rockstar promised to add Heists to Grand Theft Auto Online? It's now been over a year since it's release, and GTA 5 still doesn't have any online heists.

    For me, the heists seemed like one of the most appealing features of the GTA Online mode, but since the release of the online portion of GTA, there has been delay after delay, forcing Rockstar to push back the release of heists for a long time.

    One of the main reasons why heists for GTA Online were delayed for so long was due to the large amount of hackers that entered their way into the game, and this caused Rockstar to refocus their attention on exploits that many hackers were taking advantage of.

    Since then, Rockstar have been working on filling the new gen ports with as many new features as possible, and this has understandably left the GTA development team to put even less focus on the GTA Online heists.

    Luckily, Rockstar have addressed the online heist delays, and they have stated that heists for GTA Online should eventually be released for the game after the release of the new gen ports.

    Considering that the PC version isn't being released till January 2015, we can safely say that heists for online should be put into the game at some point in the first quarter of 2015.

    We hope that this is the case because everybody has been waiting for heists for a long time, and the waiting has been killing us.

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