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  • New Overwatch Map Released

    new-overwatch-map-oasisA brand new map has been released for Overwatch and it's now accessible for all players on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

    The new map is called Oasis, and it features a couple of concepts new to Overwatch. Before we get into that, though, let's take a look at the official description for Oasis.

    "Researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints -- a monument to human ingenuity and invention. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets that have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world."

    The first interesting addition to Oasis is the traffic - moving traffic will prove to be an obstacle, or potential weapon - if a hero comes into contact with the traffic, chances are they're going to need to be scraped off of the pavement.

    Oasis also has jump pads, which should add a new level of verticality to Overwatch. Many Overwatch maps have multiple levels for players to traverse, but a jump pad will allow less mobile heroes to reach these different heights easier.

    As for the appearance of the map; it's set in a city in the Arabian Desert. Players will be able to play the Control map on Oasis.

    Will you be testing out the new Oasis map? It's been on the public test realm for PC in the past but this is the first time it's openly available to all platforms.

  • Official Red Xbox One Controller Coming

    red-xbox-one-controllerIn an interesting move to stand out from the crowd, Xbox has announced a bright and colorful red Xbox One controller.

    The new all-red controller is expected to hit the online Xbox store from January 11. By all-red, we really mean it by the way. Everything from the accents on the buttons to the chassis and bumper buttons is red. The only hint of non-red is seen on the Xbox symbol, which remains white.

    The new controller will be on sale for $64.99, and GameStop will also stock it, both online and in-store.

    This isn't the first time Xbox has attempted to offer their customers new personalization options. In the past, they released the Xbox Design Lab, which allowed players to pick out their own colors for each part of an Xbox One controller.

    Despite the selection of colors, the Xbox One Design Lab still can't trump our own Custom Controller Creator - we add a greater range of colors for selection, and also have a variety of decals and fancier graphics available for the main chassis. And let's not get started on the variety of features and mods that can make our controllers even more elite than the Elite controller itself.

    We like where you're going Xbox, but you've still got a lot of catching up to do in the custom controller game.

    Why not take a look at our custom controller creator to see how it compares to the Xbox Design lab? We'll be surprised if you disagree.

  • Overwatch Nerfs and Buffs Coming

    overwatch-roadhog-nerfAfter what felt like a lifetime, Roadhog is finally getting a nerf, and other heroes are getting changes too.

    The times of Roadhog's overpowered hook are soon to be over - Blizzard has announced that they plan to nerf the big pig in Overwatch, and they also have a number of other balancing changes planned for the near future.

    The new changes don't focus on cooldown time or damages, but instead add more of a skill curve to the hook ability. In simple terms, Roadhog players will need to practice a little bit to get good with using the hook. Blizzard think the hook should be a high risk high, reward play and it's slowly leaning towards that.

    "There is a cap on how far 'to the side' you can be pulled, so you can't just hook someone, spin 180, and dump someone off a cliff," principal designer Geoff Goodman mentioned.

    "There is a new persistent line-of-sight check back to Roadhog once the hook has landed. If this check fails, the hook breaks off and returns to Roadhog." This means players will need to keep their line of sight locked onto another player to ensure the hook connects.

    These changes will first make their way to the public test realm, potentially alongside other nerfs and buffs.

  • Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Hitting January 4

    mass-effect-andromedaWe've got big news for any Mass Effect Andromeda fans out there.

    It's been confirmed that a gameplay showing for Mass Effect Andromeda will take place on January 4 at NVIDIA's CES Keynote. We're not sure what sort of gameplay will be showcased, although a small description alongside the announcement mentioned that the game environments and some gameplay will be shown.

    By this logic, it may make sense that we'll be getting a look at the scale of the universe in Mass Effect Andromeda and a close look at the environments on each world. Whilst this is mostly speculation, it would also make sense considering that the event is being hosted by NVIDIA. It may also be possible that NVIDIA will be announcing some of their own new products at the CES Keynote, especially in regards to PC gaming.

    While the Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay shown at the CES event may be broadcasted from a PC, it'll still be a great look at what the game will have to offer on other platforms as well.

    This isn't the first time gameplay for Mass Effect Andromeda has been shown. Last month, a near-five minute 4K video was released by Bioware that showed some of the gameplay mechanics for Mass Effect Andromeda and also some of the kind of environments players can look forward to.

    While it isn't set in stone, the release date for Mass Effect Andromeda is currently slated for Spring 2017.

  • Street Fighter V Season 2 Patch Details

    street-fighter-v-season-2Street Fighter V Season 2 has now dropped and with it comes a huge number of balance changes and the new character, Akuma.

    Capcom stated, "Akuma will be making his debut to Street Fighter V and is coming tomorrow alongside his Story, Premium Battle and Nostalgia costumes. If you want to make sure you're set for next year, the Season 2 Character Pass is available for purchase here, and will grant you with Akuma, five brand new fighters throughout the year, Premium Battle Costumes for each and an exclusive PS4 theme."

    On top of a range of balance changes, Capcom have added a few new features and Quality of Life updates. Here is a breakdown of features.

    - Direct Input controller support

    We are happy to announce that Street Fighter V on Steam now officially supports Direct Input controllers. You’ll find this in the Other Settings section of Options.

    - Background Music Select

    In Battle Settings, you'll now be able to select your preferred music in Training and Versus Modes as well as Casual and Ranked matches.

    - Fighter Profile Radar Charts

    Additional updates and fixes have been implemented into Fighter Profiles.

    - Updated Rage Quit System

    The current Rage Quit System has resulted in a significant decrease in rage quitting. That said, we always planned to take this one step further and are ready to further address the issue with this update. In addition to losing League Points and being locked out of online matchmaking for a set time, the following additions have been made to the system.

  • Surprising Win at 2GGT ZeRo Saga

    2ggt-zero-sagaAfter an incredible performance from ZeRo this year, it was a surprise to see that a player managed to outperform him in an event sporting ZeRo's name.

    Funnily enough, this wasn't the first time ZeRo has lost at his own event. In fact, every event in the past that has included ZeRo in the title has seen ZeRo fail at getting a win.

    This particular event was 2GGT ZeRo Saga, and it saw some of the best Smash players across the globe fight it out for a $10,000 prize. Whilst it was surprising to ZeRo not take the win, it was perhaps even more surprising to see the actual winner.

    MKLeo managed to take the grand prize after fighting his way through, Larry Lur, VoiD and plenty of other players. In fact, Leo originally found himself in the loser's bracket earlier in the tournament. It wasn't until MKLeo beat ZeRo in the loser's finals that he saw himself in the grand finals against Larry Lur.

    MKLeo took the first set of matches in an impressive fashion with a 3-1 score line. However, with MKLeo coming from the loser's bracket, he had to face up against Lur for another time. The fight was close, but MKLeo managed to just peel away with a 3-2 score.

    This win makes it MKLeo's first ever on an international stage and it's also the first time MKLeo has defeated ZeRo. For those maybe unaware of this new and upcoming player, MKLeo is just 15 years old, and after this latest event it's clear he has plenty of potential.

  • Games with Gold January 2017 Lineup Announced

    games-with-gold-january-2017-lineupThe Games with Gold lineup for January 2017 has been announced.

    If you're already lining up to get your hands on some new freebies, you'll be happy to hear that the January 2017 Games with Gold lineup is pretty impressive.

    The first game available for the January 2017 lineup is World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap. This game is for the Xbox One and will be available throughout the entirety of the month, starting on January 1st.

    Van Helsing: Deathtrap is a tower defense and action-RPG hybrid that comes with a versus mode, a cooperative campaign, and an extensive single-player campaign that tasks you with defending the world against the horrors of the void.

    Also on the Xbox One is Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition, and this will be made available from January 16 and will remain available until February 15.

    With Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition in your hands, you'll be able to unlock new combatants, more stages and Killer Instinct 2 Classic, the port of the iconic arcade fighting game. This legendary fighting franchise is a must-own for fighting game fans, with unique characters, fluid gameplay, and an open-ended combo system. You can battle friends and challenging AI at home, or unleash your skills online against players around the world and in monthly ranked leagues.

    Finally for Xbox 360, The Cave will be available from January 1st and will remain available until January 15th. The Cave is described as a whimsical adventure platformer and is available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

    On January 16th The Cave will be taken down from the Games Store and replaced with Rayman Origins, which will remain in the store until January 31.

  • For Honor Collector's Edition Announced

    for-honor-collectors-editionA For Honor Collector's Edition is going available for sale - the news has been announced after a listing for the collector's edition was found on GameStop's online store.

    The collector's edition is currently on GameStop for a price of $219.99. Whilst this is an expensive price tag, especially for new IP, the collector's edition does include quite a lot of content. The $219.99 version of For Honor has been nicknamed the Apollyon Collector's Edition so make sure to search for that if you're interested in learning more.

    Firstly, the Apollyon Collector's Edition includes the gold version of the For Honor game. (essentially the base game with included season pass).

    The Collector's Edition also includes a 14 inch statue of Apollyon. The description on the GameStop listing for the statue reads as follows: "Standing at over a foot tall, this highly-detailed statue features an accurate reproduction of Apollyon, For Honor's main Warlord."

    A lithograph (basically a re-print) of Apollyon has also been included in the Collector's Edition. Interestingly, the description for the Apollyon lithograph includes a description which reads, "The Warlord of the Blackstone Legion seeks to bring war to her enemies in this exclusive Limited Edition Lithograph."

    On top of the statue and the artwork, a note has been included with the package, which, according to the store listing, will reveal more information about Apollyon.

    Obviously the biggest selling point for the Collector's Edition is the 14 inch statue, but the added lithograph and note are nice to see, too.

  • COD MLG Atlanta Will Host with $200,000 Prize Pool

    cod-mlg-atlanta-200000-prize-poolThe next COD World League is going to be absolutely huge.

    The next big COD event to look out for is without a doubt going to be MLG Atlanta. To make the event even more enticing, MLG senior director Adam Apicella has recently announced that the event will include a massive $200,000 prize pool.

    MLG Atlanta is exactly the kind of event the COD scene needs to help it grow. The event will feature over 176 teams from NA, EU & APAC - any team that wants to have the chance to participate in the event will need to register up for GameBattles Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, CWL Ladders & Online Tournaments - by winning tournaments teams will have the opportunity to win CWL pro points. Win enough, and your team will get themselves a ticket to the big event.

    While some teams will receive invitations to the event, others may have to pay their way into the competition. Currently, team passes are going for $299.99 and will allow access to four players and 1 coach. If you're more interested in attending the event to watch the games, you can also purchase a General Admission Pass, which will grant you 3-day access to the event, or alternatively a VIP pass for $149.99.

    The VIP pass includes three-day entry, a VIP Hoodie, VIP Seating, VIP Lounge Access and earlier access to the venue.

    As for scheduling, the event starts on February 10 - check-in starts at 8:00 AM EDT and doors open at 11:00 AM for VIPs and players. For general admissions, doors will open at 12:00 PM.

  • Armada Wins UGC Smash Melee

    armada-smash-meleeUGC Smash Open has now ended and after an unsurprising win from ZeRo in the Smash 4 camp, Armada has now taken another victory in Smash Melee.

    The event took place during the start of the month and while there were a few exciting matchups in the tournament, nobody was surprised to see Armada take the win.

    However, something that was surprising was the incredible performance by Mew2King which saw him hastily make his way to the grand finals only after losing a single match earlier against n0ne. After his first defeat, Mew2king ripped through Duck, Ice, SFAT, Leffen and even favorites to place in the grand finals; Mang0 and Hungrybox.

    In the grand finals, Mew2King even managed to defeat Armada with an impressive 3-1 scoreline. However, because Mew2King dropped to the loser's bracket, he still had another 3 wins needed to take the grand final. This then saw Armada turn the tables completely and beat Mew2King in true comeback fashion with a 3-1 score for himself.

    For taking the tournament, Armada will be walking home with roughly $7,000 in prize winnings. We have to give credit to Mew2King's amazing performance so far. We can't wait to see what Mew2King may have up his sleeves next year. He's certainly been a top performer this year and with a bit of extra dedication he has the potential to take a top spot in some of next year's events. Bring on 2017!

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