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  • New Mafia 3 Trailer Showcases Gameplay

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    A brand new Mafia 3 trailer has been released by 2K Games and it features a range of interesting gameplay scenes.

    This particular new trailer focuses on the variety of weapons that will be available in Mafia 3. It's clear that the different weapon choices players will have in Mafia 3 will mark an important aspect of gameplay for the entirety of a playthrough.

    At the beginning, the trailer focuses on a number of different pistols and hand-to-hand weapons, such as knives and bayonets. Quickly the trailer progresses onto a much larger arsenal and around the 0:30 mark a huge collection of weapons can be seen. Pistols, sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers and SMGs can be seen flying by.

    Hopefully players will be able to choose which weapons they'd like to use at any point in the game - with such a wide variety of weapons, from 9mm pistols to LMGs and rocket launchers, there's certainly a lot of choice available.

    The weapon select interface may share similar traits to the weapon wheel in Grand Theft Auto V - In fact, a work in progress wheel can be seen at the 0:40 mark in the trailer on Youtube. The wheel not only includes weapons but it also has slots for special abilities and useful help from friends the player will no doubt have made acquaintances during their playthrough.

    Will you be picking up Mafia 3 once it launches on October 7?

  • Titanfall 2 Will Have Promotional 1v1 Mode

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    Titanfall 2 is going to land on October 28, but there is still a lot we're learning about the game every day.

    This week we learned that Titanfall 2 will have a new game mode that'll see one player fight it out against another in a 1v1 arena. The game mode will require tickets for entry and winning the 1v1 events will reward players with huge rewards, apparently that'll trump rewards from "anywhere else in the game."

    Whilst players will be able to earn tickets for the 1v1 arena by playing the standard multiplayer modes, there will be a number of promotional deals running that'll give players more chances to enter into the arena to earn rewards.

    One of the first promotional deals will be running with Mountain Dew - buying a bottle of any Mountain Dew drink in promotional areas will land players an extra ticket. Tickets will also be available from promotional Doritos packs. On top of the promotional 1v1 mode, rewards will be available for any players that eat at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Buffalo Wild Wings has put a lot of effort into their customers with an interest in gaming this year. "From exclusive game content to our partnership with ELEAGUE that brings e-sports directly to our restaurants, we're listening to our Guests and embracing their passion for gaming and competition."

    What do you think of these new promotional deals? Do you think this could be a new opportunity for publishers to earn money from their franchises? Perhaps more deals like this in the future could help to reduce the price for further content such as DLC and season passes.

  • NRG Picks Up new Gears of War Team

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    Could Gears of War be the next big competitive console game?

    With Gears of War eSports gaining more traction, more organizations are starting to pick up Gears teams. In recent happenings, NRG has now picked up their own Gears of War team. The team will compete in upcoming North American events, including the ESL Pro League.

    The new Gears of War team has seen a number of different players come together for the first time, but it’s certain that all of the players on the new NRG squad have the potential to do well.

    "Long-time teammates Sleepytime and Sicamore, who placed 4th together in both seasons of the ESL Pro-League, are joined by their season 1 teammate Twist3DShot, season 2 teammate Xcells, and; Franko, who placed 4th in the recent Gears eSports North American Open with GOONZ, to create a roster that could prove to have the experience, synergy, and balance of skill-sets to excel in Gears 4. With every member boasting top 4 finishes, the new NRG squad proved to be amongst the best in Gears UE, and are entering Gears 4 with a renewed sense of purpose following their acquisition."

    There really has never been any better time for organizations to put their efforts into the Gears of War competitive scene so it'll be really exciting to see just how well the new NRG squad will perform. Here's a quick recap of the new lineup.

    Christopher Stephen 'Xavier Celsius' Hill
    Marvin 'Sir Sicamore' Moya
    Yadiel 'Sleepytime' Hidalgo
    Frank Wesley 'KO' Tibbs, Jr.
    Marlon 'Twist3DShot' Haynes

  • Destiny MLG is Coming

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    Finally, we have some great news about competitive Destiny.

    After what felt like a lifetime, Activision teamed up with MLG to showcase an MLG event, which was streamed live on the Twitch platform. Because competitive Destiny hadn't been around until now, the MLG event saw 12 of the best PVP players team up and fight against each other. The teams were split as follows:

    Alpha Team:
    Luminosity
    Bodies
    Viole
    SirDimetrious
    TripleWRECK
    SayWallaHBruh

    Bravo Team:
    nKuch
    Lil Sonic
    iFrostBolt
    KJHovey
    TrueVanguard
    RealKraftyy

    After the MLG event, which was shown as a best of five match, Bungie announced that private match functionality will be coming to Destiny. The new private match feature should be live this week and it will allow players to set up competitive PVP leagues, cups and more. The private PVP functionality will also allow friends to gather up together for a bit of fun outside of the typical matchmade PVP servers as well.

    Whether or not Destiny eSports will ever be a thing is hard to judge at this point, but by adding private PVP functionality, Bungie and Activision are certainly taking a step in the right direction. Developers and publishers are putting a lot more focus into providing easy accessibility for competitive play so it makes sense that the same will happen to Bungie too. Besides private match functionality, it'd be great to see Bungie and Activision work together to help support any kind of competitive scene that may start to grow.

    The success of a Destiny eSports scene really will depend on how much internal support Destiny will get at this point.

  • OpTic Pick Up Old CLG Halo Roster

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    Out of nowhere, OpTic Gaming has signed on the old CLG Halo roster to bag themselves a star player team for future Halo events.

    The CLG organization previously saw a lot of great results with their Halo team, especially during the Halo 5 eSports era. Their best accomplishments included a win at Halo World Champions and a win at season 1 of the HCS Pro League. It's no doubt then that OpTic Gaming had taken an interest in picking the team up.

    If you're a fan of the CLG organization, this may be disappointing news for you, but if you're a fan of the Halo team that was representing CLG, then this change in the Halo scene should only mean good things. The entire team has been transferred over - SnakeBite, Lethul, Royal 2 and Frosty are all going to be a part of the same team still, just from now on they'll be donning OpTic jerseys.

    Because of the rules set out by the Halo Pro League, this acquisition will also mean that OpTic will take CLG's spot in season 2 of the Halo Pro League. It may finally be time to see OpTic make a name for themselves in the Halo world again.

    This kind of roster sniping move has been before in eSports, but it seems to be becoming particularly popular in the Halo scene. Picking up a team just before an upcoming event and taking the league spot is perhaps somewhat unethical, but it should remain clear that it was the players that earned the spot and certainly the organization, so it makes sense that the spot should go wherever the players go.

  • New PS4 4.00 Update Has Launched

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    A Major PlayStation 4 system update has just launched and should be rolling out to all regions that support the PS4 as we speak. The new PS4 update brings a number of changes to the user interface that many PlayStation owners will be happy to find out about.

    Firstly, a more refined experience has been added to the main UI with thanks to new system backgrounds, updated system icons and revised pop up notifications and drop down menus to make it easier to navigate through everything.

    Another great change is the adjustments made to the Quick Menu. The new Quick Menu will now no longer take up the entirety of the screen, which means you can still pay attention to what's happening in your game or on your PS4 system and still access the Quick Menu at the same time.

    The Quick Menu also has an improved music player app - you can now quickly skip songs and change music via the USB music player or Spotify app. Sony has also attempted to make it so that the Quick Menu options will be adjusted on the fly for what you're doing at the time. If you're playing a game, the things you'll need first, such as your friend list or incoming invites will appear first, whilst watching a movie may show different options first.

    The new PS4 4.00 update also improves your content library by adding new folders and sub-categories. With everybody’s game library no doubt being a lot bigger than when the PS4 first came out, this new library update comes when it's much needed. Overall tweaks and changes have been made throughout the rest of the PS4 user interface as well.

  • All Battlefield 4 DLC Up for Grabs for Free

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    Leading up to the release of Battlefield 1, DICE launched a campaign that, over the course of a few months, made all of the Battlefield 4 DLC available for free, for a short period of time. Whilst each DLC pack was only made available for free for a week each, once a player downloaded the DLC, they kept the rights to have the for free DLC forever.

    Now that the Battlefield 1 release is just around the corner, DICE has decided to extend their generosity and release all of the previous Battlefield 4 DLC again. This time though, things are a little different.

    This week will see the entire DLC offering from Battlefield 4 available online for free, all at once. In the past DICE released each DLC pack over time, but this is the first opportunity players have had to download it all at once for free.

    All of the Battlefield 4 DLC packs will stay in a player's library once they have claimed the free offer. The offer extends to all platforms that support Battlefield 4. If you're on the PC you will need to head to the Origin PC Store, if you're on a PlayStation console you will need to visit the PSN Store, and the Xbox users will be able to access the content from the Xbox Games Store, either online or from the Xbox Dashboard.

    To make things more interesting, DICE has also released a number of community missions and has bundled them into the different DLC packs. In total there are now five free DLC packs on offer.

  • Resident Evil 7 Demo Now Free for All

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    PS4 owners have been getting a lot of exclusive sneak peaks at Resident Evil 7 recently, and a new update on the PSN store suggests that they'll be getting even more Resident Evil 7 first looks soon.

    In a new PlayStation blog post, Capcom's social media specialist Kellen Haney wrote the following,

    "Hello again PlayStation fans! Lots of you are familiar with what we've shown of Resident Evil 7 so far, from the first phone ring of the reveal trailer to the desperation of a mysterious woman on a frantic escape from a derelict mansion. Now we're back with an exciting and disturbing new trailer, news about the RE7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo, and more!"

    The biggest news to hit from the new blog post is that the Resident Evil 7 demo has been updated with new content and it will now be available to all PlayStation 4 owners, even those that do not have a PS Plus subscription. Here's what Haney had to say about it:

    "We've just announced a new update for the demo, the Twilight version update, which expands on what you can do and explore. The update will be available starting tomorrow, September 15th. That's not all - this demo will be available for every PlayStation 4 user, meaning that PlayStation Plus is no longer required to gain access to the plantation house and dig into the mansion's mysteries. Now is your chance to investigate on your own, as both newcomers and veterans of Beginning Hour will be able to see what's changed in the run-down rooms and decrepit corridors."

    It seems as if Capcom are really pushing to make Resident Evil 7 the game that brings the franchise back into the spotlight again. From what we've seen so far it's certainly looking like it could be an excellent title.

  • Mafia 3 Will Get Story Expansions and Free DLC

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    Mafia 3 will be following a similar path that many other video games have taken recently. When it comes to additional content after launch, Mafia 3 will be getting DLC in the form of extra story expansions, but there will also be a number of free updates and additional support after launch.

    We don't know everything about the free content that will be coming to Mafia 3 just yet, but we do know that there will be something called 'free recurring content' that will be making it's way to the game. The free content will include features such as new character outfits, weapons packs, vehicle customization options, entries into events and additional rewards.

    It's likely that all of this free content will be introduced to the game slowly after Mafia 3 launches. As for the paid DLC, like mentioned before, Mafia 3 will receive a number of story expansions that will hit the game sometime after the launch of the game. All of the story expansions will be available as part of the season pass. The season pass will also come packaged in the deluce and collector's edition versions.

    The story content has been explained below.

    "Faster, Baby!" will see Lincoln partner up with Roxy Laveau, an old flame, to take care of a corrupt Sheriff who's been making trouble for Civil Rights activists in New Bordeaux.

    "Sign of the Times" has a spookier tone, with Father James asking Lincoln to investigate ritualistic killings.

    In "Stones Unturned" Lincoln joins CIA agent John Donovan to settle a blood feud that was born in the jungles of Vietnam.

  • John Takeuchi Takes First Attack Win

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    John Takeuchi has taken the win at this year's Street Fighter First Attack event. Whilst John Takeuchi hasn't seen any major international wins before, he has been considered an up and coming talent to keep an eye on and this latest win seemed like the perfect start to a great future for the player.

    John Takeuchi has quickly taken the hearts of the community, and in fact, it was through a community fundraiser that helped Takeuchi to get out to the First Attack event in the first place. With thanks to the community, Takeuchi not only made it to the event, but he took the win and came home with the hearts of many.

    Takeuchi was breaking all sorts of first-time records, not only was he the first person I've ever seen to get such great support from Street Fighter fans, but he was also the first person to ever get a win with Rashid at such a big event. There's no denying that John Takeuchi's skills as Rashid are something we've never seen before.

    It wasn't an easy battle though, on the way Takeuchi had to beat a victory out of both Chris Tatarian and Flash, among many other top players. The infamous GO1 fell out unexpectedly early into the loser's bracket, but he absolutely tore through everybody else, landing him in the grand finals.

    The first series saw Takeuchi lose 3-1 to GO1, and at this point, it seemed like nobody could escape from GO1's wrath. Surprisingly, though, Takeuchi managed to recompose himself and get an amazing 3-0 score to land himself the grand final victory.

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