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  • Mortal Kombat X DLC Characters Will be "Try before you Buy"

    mortal kombat x dlcThere has been a bit of commotion on the internet this week because NetherRealm announced a feature of Mortal Kombat X that has two sides of the fighting game's community divided. On one half, those that purchased the premium edition or Kombat pack are frustrated, and on the other half, those that only bought the standard edition of the game are equally as pleased.

    The reason for this is because NetherRealm have announced that there will be ways to play the DLC characters for free, without purchasing any DLC at all. As you can imagine, those that have already paid for the DLC are quite mad at NetherRealm for making this decision, but it's important to understand the full picture first.

    Whilst characters like Jason Voorhees and The Predator can be played by playing in the special timed challenge towers, you will only be able to play one of the DLC characters when a premiere tower is live in-game. You also cannot play the DLC characters in versus mode or story mode - they will only be available in the premiere tower for the duration of that tower's presence. Eventually the tower will be swapped out with a standard challenge tower or a premiere tower with a different DLC character in.

    I think this approach is a great route for NetherRealm to take. Mortal Kombat X is going to release on April 14 for the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 and the PC. An old gen version for the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be coming later this summer.

  • Titanfall 2 Confirmed for Xbox One and PS4

    titanfall 2 confirmedAfter a whole year of rumors, Respawn Entertainment have finally spoken about the possibility of Titanfall 2, and everything has now been set in stone.

    Just a few days after the anniversary of Titanfall, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella revealed some details about Titanfall 2 in a new interview with IGN.

    Whilst EA has mentioned that a new Titanfall was in the works, Respawn Entertainment, the studio that actually develops the game, has not said anything about the title till now. In the IGN interview, Zampella mentioned that they are "working on a sequel."

    "No official name yet, but we're working on that. That's the main focus but we're starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too," Zampella said. "Small, exploratory, taking it slow."

    Perhaps the most important thing Zampella mentioned was that the new Titanfall game will "be multiplatform." Whilst Zampella didn't specifically say it, it's pretty clear that Zampella means that the game will be releasing for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It's likely that Titanfall 2 will also be available on the PC through Origin, like the original title.

    Zampella was also asked about the multiplayer-only approach that Respawn Entertainment took with Titanfall. He mentioned that he would not have done it differently, and in the future Respawn may think about taking a page from Evolve's books by providing free maps instead of DLC maps to players to avoid splitting the player base.

  • Mortal Kombat X Gets New Character Reveals

    mortal kombat xThe Mortal Kombat franchise has always put a lot of thought and development into the stories of each of the characters, so when announcing brand new characters, you can bet NetherRealm Studios will make a big deal out of it.

    Recently, a new trailer was released, and alongside delving into part of the story players will experience in Mortal Kombat X, three new characters were announced for the game.

    The new Mortal Kombat game will take 25 years after the last game, developed in 2011, and it will see Mileena take hold of a powerful talisman that grants her 'unimaginable power.'

    The three new characters that were seen in the story trailer included Jacqueline Briggs, the daughter of Jax. The second character was Takashi Takeda, who is the son of Blind Kenshi.

    Finally, the third character is Kung Jin, a character whom is the descendant of Kung Lao.

    In total, 16 different characters have been confirmed for Mortal Kombat X. All 16 characters have been listed below.

    Cassie Cage
    D'Vorah
    ErmacFerra/Torr
    Goro
    Kano
    Kitana
    Kotal Kahn
    Kung Lao
    Quan Chi
    Raiden
    Reptile
    Scorpion
    Sub-Zero
    Jacqueline Briggs
    Takashi Takeda
    Kung Jin

    Will NetherRealm announce any more characters before the launch of the game? It is possible, but this could also be the full character roster for Mortal Kombat X. Hopefully we will see another character reveal or two before the game is released next month for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, on April 14th.

  • Metal Gear Solid V Gets Odd Announcement Teaser

    Metal Gear Solid VKonami has just posted up a countdown timer on their website. The timer started at 48 hours, and it has been dropping ever since. Whilst there isn't much detail about what the timer is for, it is clear that once the timer is finished, there will be some kind of announcement for Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain.

    The timer will end this Wednesday, at which point the announcement will be made. Even though Hideo Kojima and Konami have revealed quite a lot about Metal Gear Solid V, there is still a lot they have kept up their sleeves, so it's hard to guess what the reveal could be for.

    We are guessing that the reveal could be quite important though - the 48 hour countdown would be pretty extreme for a small announcement. Some fans of the franchise have suggested that we may see something related to the open world stealth takedowns that were rumored in the past.

    Unfortunately, we're not so sure. We're even less sure about where the announcement could take place. This week the Game Developer's Conference is going on, so it could be possible that Hideo Kojima will make a live announcement at GDC.

    Otherwise, we may just get some kind of online reveal. What I'm hoping for is a full release date announcement, along with a very important gameplay feature that has yet to be revealed. If you could find out anything about The Phantom Pain what would it be?

  • New Killer Instinct Season 2 gets Aganos Next Week

    killer instinct season 2 aganosMicrosoft have just revealed a brand new trailer, showing off a new character planned for season 2 of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. The character, named Aganos, is a war golem who pretty much dwarves every other fighter in the franchise.

    As you can imagine, a lot of Aganos' move set is based around elemental attacks that use rocks and stones to his advantage. For example, Aganos can force stone to rise from the ground before picking up the forged stone and using it as a weapon to club his opponents with.

    In lore, Aganos is set out on a mission to destroy Kan-Ra, who also made an appearance in season 2 of Killer Instinct. Kan-Ra is a character inspired by an ancient egyptian mummy, and I think his skill set will be a very interesting match up against Aganos.

    Right at the end of the trailer, a teaser for yet another character was noticed. It seems clear that the next character for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will be Onryo, a ghost of Japanese origin. Onryo wields a large pole arm or lance as a primary weapon.

    I'm honestly a lot more excited about Aganos, which is great because he will be available to everybody who owns the Ultra Edition of Killer Instinct on the 27th of February. Those who own the Combo Breaker Edition will be able to play Aganos on March 5th, just shy of one week after his debut on the latest version of Killer Instinct.

  • Another Hint That Titanfall 2 Will be on PS4

    titanfall 2 on ps4Titanfall originally released on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the PC, making it an exclusive for Microsoft platforms. Whilst it wasn't confirmed, at the time of the release, many were assuming that Titanfall would lose it's exclusivity by the time the second title was released.

    Let's be honest, Titanfall 2 probably is coming, and Respawn Entertainment are going to do all they can to keep it from dying out before the franchise has even had a chance to flourish. One way for Respawn to accomplish this is to reach out for a multi-platform release, including the PlayStation 4.

    So far, nobody at Respawn has confirmed in words that Titanfall 2 will be on PS4, but a new comment by EA CFO Blake Jorgensen kind of suggests that it won't just be the Xbox that will be getting the Respawn treatment in the new future.

    Jorgensen stated - "Last year it was on the Xbox only; in the future, we haven't yet announced, but we'll probably have another Titanfall game. It will probably be a bigger footprint than just a single platform. I think that's a huge positive for us."

    If there is a more obvious way of saying Titanfall 2 would be coming to PlayStation 4 without actually saying it, I'd be excited to hear, because as far as we're concerned it looks very likely that a Titanfall sequel will be coming to multiple platforms instead of just the Xbox One and PC.

  • Mortal Kombat X - Various Editions Detailed

    mortal kombat x limited editionIt's pretty common for games developer to release special collector's editions of their games that offer extra merchandise for the true fans of their games. However, in the case of Mortal Kombat X, it looks like Warner Bros Entertainment will be releasing not one, but four different limited versions.

    The different versions are as follows: The Mortal Kombat X: Kollector's Edition by Coarse, The Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition, The Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition, and the Mortal Kombat X Limited Edition. We've provided details on each version below.

    The Mortal Kombat X: Kollector's Edition by Coarse
    Exclusive Scorpion figurine and Certificate of Authenticity, designed by Coarse. Coarse has been recognized in Collector and Designer figure communities for their artistic approach, dedication to detail, and unique storytelling through sculpture.
    In-game Gold Scorpion Skin, inspired by the Coarse figurine

    The Kombat Pack, which includes access to four add-on playable characters from Klassic Kombatants to Iconic guest characters
    Available for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft
    Price: $149.99
    The Mortal Kombat X Kollector's Edition
    Imported from Europe and available for pre-order on Amazon.com exclusively
    Scorpion Statue

    Exclusive Steel Pack and Steel Card
    Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties Comic Book Volume 1
    In-game Gold Scorpion Skin
    The Kombat Pack
    Available for PS4 and Xbox One
    Price: $179.99

    The Mortal Kombat X Premium Edition
    Available via download only
    The Kombat Pack
    Available for PS4, Xbox One, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC
    Price: $89.99

    The Mortal Kombat X Limited Edition
    Available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop

    Exclusive Scorpion Skin - this skin design, inspired by the Cold War, is a collaboration between NetherRealm Studios and a fan artist from the MKKollective.com, a crowd-sourced destination where Mortal Kombat enthusiasts can upload, submit and share their MK-related art, images, cosplay, music and videos.
    The Kombat Pack
    Available for PS4 and Xbox One
    Price: $94.99

  • 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.

  • New Achievements Released for Sunset Overdrive

    sunset overdrive achievementsInsomniac Games have just added three new achievements to Sunset Overdrive which will award players a total of 75 Gamerscore points once unlocked.

    The new achievements are aimed towards hardcore players that have completely pushed Sunset Overdrive to the limits. All three achievements will be awarded once they get a certain amount of points across three different stages. Below, we have posted the achievement details.

    Hardcore!: Buck National vs The Apocalypse: Beat the score of 600,000 on the Challenge "Buck's National vs The Apocalypse."
    Hardcore!: Buck Strikes Back: Beat the score of 564,500 on the Challenge "Buck's Strikes Back."
    Hardcore!: Buck Stops Here: Beat the score of 703,700 on the Challenge "Buck's Stops Here."

    To celebrate the new achievements added to the game, Microsoft have also reduced the price of Sunset Overdrive for a short time. If anybody is interested in picking up Sunset Overdrive, you may want to head to the Xbox Games Store as it can currently be purchased for 40% off it's original price.

    The 40% off sale only applies to the digital version of Sunset Overdrive, and currently Microsoft are the only ones to put the game on sale. The last update to Sunset Overdrive was in December - at the time Insomniac Games had released their first DLC pack for the game.

    The first Sunset Overdrive DLC was an expansion pack named Mooil Rig. There are more DLC expansions planned to release in the following months, all of which can be picked up for free if you have purchased the Sunset Overdrive season pass.

  • DICE Putting Heist Mode in Next Hardline Beta

    heist mode hardline betaDICE has announced that they will be releasing the Heist mode into the upcoming Battlefield Hardline beta, but there is a catch. Players will need to work together as a community to unlock the Heist mode.

    A new 'community mission' has been announced for Battlefield 4 players, and it asks players to accumulate a global total of 2 billion points in Battlefield 4's Rush mode. If players manage to reach this goal before the end of the month, then players will be rewarded with the Heist mode for Battlefield Hardline.

    Whilst this seems like an odd move to get more people playing Battlefield 4 in anticipation for Hardline, I have a feeling that the 2 billion Rush points should easily be reached. In fact, I expect that the average amount of weekly Rush points is close enough to two billion anyway so players should not have to worry about getting the Heist mode unlocked for the Hardline beta.

    If you do want to do your part, you can head into Battlefield 4 and play through any Rush mode to accumulate points for the challenge.

    So far, two other game modes have been announced for Hardline beta, and Heist would be the third. The first game mode is Conquest, a 64 players slaughter fest, and Hotwire, a vehicle based Cops and Criminals style game mode. It seems like most items and gadgets will be available in the Hardline beta - Visceral Games are using this as their last chance to test everything to make sure it all works.

    "The beta is your shot to test the different classes, toy with different gadgets, and find your crew to take down your foes. To be frank, we want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve."

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