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  • New COD Ghosts Xbox One Update Affecting FPS Performance

    COD Ghosts Performance

    Usually, patches are made to fix things, but sometimes they end up creating more problems than there were in the first place. This seems to be the case with Call of Duty Ghosts on the Xbox One, which recently had an update pushed to the game that has caused some performance issues.

    Seeing as FPS and video quality was pretty much the big topic around the time of Call of Duty Ghost’s release, I could imagine that this will be quite a heavy blow for any Xbox fans out there, while PlayStation fans don't need to worry.

    I’m on neither side of the fence, and would happily enjoy playing on either console if there were games out there to make it worthwhile. However, this new patch has definitely not made playing COD Ghosts on the Xbox One worthwhile, and I feel bad for all of the people that have already paid full price for the Xbox One copy of the game, and maybe even more on top of that for DLC or season passes.

    So far, the frame rate on the Xbox One has been pretty smooth, but this new update that has been put in place to prepare the game for the upcoming Onslaught DLC has caused some issues, and you may now notice anywhere between a slight frame drop to a huge drop to half of the original frame rate in some areas.

    The frames seem to be most affected when you aim down sniper scopes or your iron sight, and drop down to an average of 30-35 FPS. This may not be a small enough frame rate for us to see the lagginess clearly, but whilst playing you’ll certainly notice the sudden drop in frames, and it’s really gonna mess up your games.

    No details have been given by Infinity Ward or Activision on whether these issues will be fixed anytime soon.

  • MGSV Ground Zeroes May Have a Short Campaign

    Ground Zeroes Release

    Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes is kind of like a prologue to the actual fifth installment of Metal Gear Solid, however, despite this, it is still being treated like a full blown game, and unless you buy the pack with access to both titles in, it will cost just as much as a full game too.

    Unfortunately though, I don't think Ground Zeroes will be anywhere as good as the Phantom Pain is looking to be, and one of the reasons for this may be because the story mode on Ground Zeroes may end up being ridiculously short.

    And by ridiculously short, I mean less than two hours short. Of course, it's hard to know whether this is the true average play time, or the time it would take to complete the game when you already know everything you need to do, and completely disregard all of the other cool things to explore in the world.

    Some are saying that the game plays for about 2-5 hours on average, but according to Hideo Kojima's personal assistant, Ayoka, all of this information is false. The following is a reply on twitter from Ayako.

    False article. Don't believe them. "@Official_OnlySP:@Kaizerkunkun Do you have any comment on GZ being only 2-5 hours in length?" 3:34 PM - 5 Feb 2014

    Despite Ayako's word on it, we'll have to wait for the release of Ground Zeroes on March 18th to truly find out how long the game is. I'd suggest that unless you're a huge Metal Gear Solid fan, don't buy Ground Zeroes until we've seen some proper gameplay footage released after it has been made available to the public.

  • SCEE Brand Manager Suggests Titanfall Will Come to PS4

    Titanfall PS4

    It has pretty much been confirmed up to this point that Titanfall, at least the first game in the series, has been announced to be a Microsoft exclusive. This means that it will only be available on Microsoft platforms.

    So far, a release has been set for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, and although many Microsoft representatives have already stated that it will be a lifetime exclusivity, many others aren't so sure this is the case.

    One of the main reasons why I personally doubt Titanfall will stay on Xbox for the duration of it's lifetime is because EA have too much of a good chance to bring in both a huge revenue, and a massive player base if they aimed for the PlayStation 4 as well as the Xbox One.

    So, unless Microsoft are paying a heavy load of money EA's way, I'd say it's very likely that future Titanfall games will be cross-platform.

    I'm not the only one that believes this either. In fact, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Brand Manager Alex Moyet tweeted out to say that she too believes that it won't be long before Titanfall is moved over to cross-platform status. Her tweet was in reply to another twitter user and said,

    "Nah we might have to wait another year or so but I've got a good feeling it'll come to PS4."

    Although her tweet has since been removed, the internet won't let such a piece of information slip into the unknown. Her reply was short and simple, but it certainly got a point across.

  • Microsoft Now Owns Gears of War Rights

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    Whispers and rumors have suggested that there may be a Gears of War title in the works for the Xbox One, but previously it didn't really make sense for such a thing to come about. EPIC Games seemed to be pretty much finished with the series after the last title, Gears of War Judgment, which, unfortunately was a little bit of a let down for most Gears' fans.

    If you're dreaming for a new Gears of War game on the next Xbox, your dreams may actually come true. It has been revealed that Microsoft has paid Epic Games for the rights of the Gears of War franchise. Not just the rights, but every damn last right. This means that although there may not be another Gears of War game by Epic Games themselves, Microsoft now own the title, and have the power to make a new game whenever they want to.

    It's very likely at this point that Microsoft do plan to make a new Gears of War title, it would be strange for them to buy the rights off of Epic Games and just let them sit there.

    I unfortunately cannot speak on whether the new Gears of War game will be any good, as no details on such a thing have yet been released. We already know that the same old stuff isn't going to cut it, and somebody is going to have to give it a major think before creating the next GoW for it to be any good.

    I'd personally love to see a brand new Gears of War title on the Xbox One, and hopefully this new news suggests that such a thing will come into existence, when, and by who, is yet to be seen.

  • Want to Play Elder Scrolls Online? PS4 Would be Best Platform

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    The Elder Scrolls Online is looking to be quite an interesting title. Despite having the typical game infrastructure as an MMO, a lot of the gameplay mechanics look very similar to the Elder Scrolls games we have all come to love, and I expect that a lot of players will be interested in delving into the Elder Scrolls Online upon it’s launch.

    The only problem is that the game unfortunately comes with a subscription fee - this means that to continuously play the game, you will need to pay per month, and this is already after the original cost of the game.

    This is a payment route that the traditional MMO would usually choose, however recent changes in the industry suggest that most new subscription based MMOs usually fall and become pushed to F2P by the end of their first year. World of Warcraft is now the only MMO that is still successful and is still using the same subscription based payment model.

    The subscription price for The Elder Scrolls Online is $14.99 per month, and the games costs $60, but comes with a free month of subscription, capping up the total of the first year's worth of play to $224.88. Subsequent years would cost $179.88.

    For Xbox players, you'll also have to throw in the Xbox Gold monthly costs. Fortunately, PlayStation 4 players will not have to pay a PS Plus subscription to play ESO, making it the console of choice for those wanting to play the title. Personally, I think ESO is looking to be a bit pricy, and the fact that it includes a fixed price for a copy of the game, a monthly subscription, and microtransactions makes me and many others not want to play it at all.

  • Titanfall DLC is Planned, but Will Evolve with Playerbase

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    Upcoming first person shooter Titanfall may prove to be the next best FPS game, but it’s still going to be using the same scummy tactics that every published backed video game has been using for the last few years.

    What I’m talking about is DLC - the extra content that you can pay for after you've already bought the game. Like many developers nowadays, Titanfall is already working on the DLC content despite the game not actually being out yet.

    With EA at their back, Respawn Entertainment unfortunately don't really have much choice but to release extra purchasable content for Titanfall. At EA's Q3 earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has revealed that Titanfall DLC is planned, but that it would "evolve" depending on the actions and behaviors of the playerbase.

    Wilson said, "Titanfall is a highly innovative game that's multiplayer drive and so we expect a lot of online engagement around that. We're planning extra content already for the product, but in the nature of a large service, I think that will evolve over time as we see how the playerbase evolves through the year."

    In simpletons terms, this means that EA aren't yet 100% sure to put in the game as extra DLC content, but it's likely to be something we will all like and would want to buy after EA monitor the average Titanfall playstyles.

    Luckily, Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment has already stated that there will not be any microtransactions in the game.

  • Dead Island Will be Free as Part of Games for Gold in February

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    This month's PS Plus lineup is looking to be pretty gold - PS Plus subscribers will be able to get their hands on Bioshock Infinite and Metro 2033, despite both games only being released around a year ago.

    Unfortunately, I can't really say the same for the Xbox Live Games for Gold promotion - you won't be able to grab yourself a free copy of Bioshock Infinity or Metro 2033, but if you do have an Xbox 360, and you also have Xbox Live, you'll be able to pick up Dead Island 3 for free this month, so you've got that going for you, which is nice.

    Dead Island was a very enjoyable game, and if Left 4 Dead were to take more of an RPG turn, then perhaps Dead Island would be the result. If you haven't yet played through the Dead Island series, and you're a fan for Co-op games like Left 4 Dead, but also love the open nature of FPS rpg games, then definitely check out Dead Island this month.

    There is also a Dead Island 2 out, which could probably be picked up pretty cheap from a retailer that sells second hand games, the second game is called Dead Island: Riptide.

    If you don't fancy dealing with any more zombies this month, then on February 16th, you may instead want to download Toy Soldiers Cold War. Toy Soldiers will be the second Games for Gold title this month, and it will take Dead Island's place two weeks after the start of February.

  • Jail System Added to Stop Quitters in Killer Instinct

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    One of the most frustrating things I've come across in matchmaking for beat'em ups is the terrible behavior some players use when trying to avoid ruining their perfect win/loss ratio. One of these tactics involves turning the console off at the socket when they smell the scent of defeat, and another one simply involves quitting to the dashboard or home screen.

    When you're an innocent player trying to slowly make his way up the ranks, this can be an incredibly common and frustrating sight. Luckily though, Killer Instinct developers will be putting a system into their free to play Xbox One game to stop quitters and allow fairer gameplay.

    The new jail system will automatically but players who have quit percentages higher than 15% into the "jail pool." That allows the player to get the occasional power cut or other problem go by unharmed, but will punish those who repeatedly abuse the game by quitting when near defeat.

    Once you're in the jail pool, you'll be there for 24 hours, and to make it worse, you'll only ever be able to play against other jailed players, so if you do get sent there, be prepared to get a taste of your own medicine.

    Once out of the jail, offenders will keep their quit percentage, and if they fail to stop quitting, each trip to the jail will result in an increased 24 hour penalty. So the first visit will be 24 hours, the second will be 48 hours, and so on.

    Players will have to play in the jail system to bring their quit percentage below 15% - as soon as it hits 15% again, they will go straight back to jail.

  • Forza 5 Smoking Tire Pack Released

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    Earlier this week, Microsoft released a brand new car pack for Forza Motorsport 5. The car pack, which has been named the "Smoking Tire Pack," was released on February 4th, and came with a total of 10 new cars to test out in the game.

    The Smoking Tire Pack DLC has been set at a $10 price tag, and includes a wide range of high profile sports cars, including iconic cars like the 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo and the 2000 BMW Z8, among many other great vehicles.

    Although you will have to cough up an extra $10 for the Smoking Tire Pack DLC for Forza Motorsport 5, if you actually want to use the cars in game, you will still have to purchase them in the marketplace by using the credits or tokens.

    It has also been stated that you'll need to unlock them first, which should stop any new players jumping in with a brand new Maserati MC12 whilst other racers are still bumbling  around with Mini Coopers and Peugeot city cars.

    A lot of these cars range from releases in the 1960's to the 2000's, however there don't seem to be any new cars worth racing on the Smoking Tire pack roster.

    In my personal opinion, some of the cars look nice, whilst others look more like rust buckets on wheels, but each to their own. Here is the Smoking Tire pack car list.

    1966 Chevrolet Nova SS
    1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
    1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST185
    1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo
    1995 Audi RS 2 Avant
    2000 BMW Z8
    2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air
    2004 Maserati MC12
    2011 Ferrari FF
    2013 Abarth Punto Supersport

  • Microsoft is Offering $100 If you Hand Them your PS3

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    Microsoft is pretty well known for slandering it's competition, and recently they've really tried hard to make their competitors look like insignificant wastes of time, despite being a fair way behind their competitors in the industries they are working in.

    In the gaming industry, I have a feeling we can expect a lot of PlayStation slandering campaigns to go ahead over the next few years, but that's okay, because Sony usually has a witty thing or two to say back.

    The most recent of these campaigns offers those who want an Xbox One a path easier on their wallets. To be precise, Microsoft has offered to take your PlayStation 3 off of your hands, in return for a $100 discount card on a brand spanking new Xbox One.

    Microsoft may have admitted that the Xbox One is priced higher than the PS4, and this looks like their first measure to try and make their price a little closer to the cheaper PlayStation.

    The trouble is, despite this being a nice way to get a new Xbox One, it really isn't that much of a great deal. By giving your PlayStation 3 to Microsoft, you'll be making $100, whilst they could then go and sell that off to a refurbished electronics retailer for more than $100.

    If you really want an Xbox One, you'll be better off selling your PS3 privately on a website like eBay, instead of handing it into Microsoft.

    PlayStation 4 fans have taken to the internet to poke fun at the campaign. One fan has changed up the original sign that said "ditch your PS3 and get $100 store credit towards Xbox One" and replaced it with the writing "Keep your PS3 and save $100 by ignoring Microsoft and buying a PS4."

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