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  • 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.

  • Team EnVyUs Win COD World Championship

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    The Call of Duty World Championship took place earlier this month and it saw Team EnVyUs play against Splyce in a tense battle. Despite Splyce's recent jump up the leaderboards, their recent good performances just weren't good enough for the almighty EnVyUs. The EnVy team took the win in an impressive 3-1 scoreline.

    In the first map, EnVyuS and Splyce were playing against each other in a game of Hardpoint. To begin with EnVyUs was performing well, and it was clear right out of the gate that Splyce had a tough cookie to crack. Despite the great initial performance from EnVyUs, Splyce took the first map with a 250-196 score.

    Unfortunately the celebrations for Splyce ended here. The next map was search and destroy, and all the searching was left for Splyce to do, because Team EnVyUs absolutely destroyed Splyce with a 6-2 score.

    Splyce weren't ready to give up just yet though - EnVyUs struggled to get a good grip on the early and mid game of map 3, which was Uplink. Unfortunately, Splyce just couldn't close off the victory and EnVyUs managed to pull it back with a 16-10 score.

    That left EnVyUs with just one more map in front of them before they took the win home. At this point, the Splyce team's energy was still going strong, but it just couldn't take down the informidable EnVyUs team. In the last map, which was Capture the Flag, EnVyUs took a 4-2 scoreline to give them the World Championship win.

  • Halo Wars 2 Will Have New 'Mysterious Mode'

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    Halo Wars 2 will have all of the key elements of a good real time strategy game, but it will also have some elements that could have only come from completely out of the box thinking at the Halo Wars headquarters.

    It has been revealed that a 'mysterious mode' in Halo Wars 2 will offer gameplay that's unlike any RTS experience we have seen before.

    Unfortunately we do not have any information about the mysterious Halo Wars 2 mode, besides a small tease from 343 Industries Studio Head Dan Ayoub, who said, "One of the modes, which I can only tease for the time being, is actually a completely new way to play a RTS. It really takes standard RTS gameplay and turns it on its head. And that's a mode that can be played in a shorter time frame as well, like five, six, seven minutes."

    It's hard to say whether the new mode will truly turn RTS on it's head, or whether Ayoub's statement was a little overhyped. It seems that they have designed some kind of quick match mode that will allow players to get in and out of the action as quickly as possible. Besides that, it's very hard to know exactly what this new game mode will entail.

    Perhaps the game mode could be limited time-wise due to some kind of flood invasion or activation of some kind of forerunner artefact. Alternatively, Halo Wars 2 could have simply taken the usual RTS game formula and sped up everything from unit recruitment to unit travel time.

    Whatever the 'mysterious mode' is, we'll definitely find out more about it soon.

  • Titanfall 2 Will Have Six New Titans

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    Titanfall was perhaps the most unique first person shooter to be released over the last few years, but the trouble with the first game was that it was quite lacking in content. Fortunately the Respawn Entertainment team have had much more space the second time round to add lots of additional gameplay content.

    We don't know much about the gameplay content available in Titanfall 2, but more details are starting to pour in. Recently it was revealed that Titanfall 2 will have 6 different titan types, all of which will have their own unique abilities.

    First up we have Northstar, an agile titan with weapons that can snipe other titans and soldiers from a distance. Next we have Legion, a support class titan that can use it's variety of ballistics to help defend areas and keep other enemies at bay.

    The third Titan is called Ronin - as the name suggests, this titan is useful up close and personal and holds a samurai-like vibe. Ronin has a phase shift ability that will help him to phase in and out of battle.

    The fourth is called Tone - a titan that can take down individual opponents quickly and efficiently. Ion is the fifth titan and will use a number of energy weapons to take down enemies. Finally, Scorch is the sixth titan. Scorch comes equipped with a number of offensive and defensive fire based abilities.

    By the sounds of it, a lot of thought has gone into each of the new titans and it might just be that the titans will now play a more tactical role on the battlefield.

  • September PlayStation Plus Lineup Revealed

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    The next free games for the September PlayStation Plus lineup have been revealed by Sony. There's a lot to get excited about this month.

    First up on the PlayStation 4 is Lords of the Fallen, which is a game that has been heavily inspired by the Dark Souls franchise. If you'd like a brutally challenging melee combat system then Lords of the Fallen is worth picking up for free this month.

    The next game available on PlayStation 4 is Journey. Many of you may know Journey to be one of those timeless classics that absolutely everybody should play. Journey is an indie game with an impressive set of 2D graphics and a beautifully displayed story. Journey can also be picked up for free on the PlayStation 3 this month.

    The next game for the PlayStation 3 is Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. There was a time where the Prince of Persia action games were a big deal, so if you're looking for some classic 3D platformer action, then The Forgotten Sands is where it's at.

    Datura is a first person adventure game with an eerily mysterious backstory and it has also made it's way to the September PlayStation Plus lineup on the PS3.

    Badland is an award winning platformer game that originally got released on mobile, but has since moved to plenty of other platforms. Badland can be picked up on PS Vita, PS4 and PS3 this month.

    Finally, Amnesia: Memories is available on the PS Vita this month.

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