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  • Yooka-Laylee Gameplay Footage Showcased

    yooka-laylee-gameplayA small clip featuring Yooka-Laylee gameplay footage has been published to the Playtonic's Twitter page, and it includes never before seen features.

    For many, a Banjo Kazooie remake is something worth dreaming about. However, after the latest Banjo Kazooie title, a lot of fans have been disinterested in seeing any future titles. The development team, Playtonic, has revitalized the world's interest in such a game though, with their spiritual successor named Yooka-Laylee.

    The company includes many of the developers that worked on the original Banjo Kazooie games that gained popularity back in the N64, Gamecube and SNES days. As a result, Yooka-Laylee has a huge amount of throwbacks to that time period - it looks like it's going to be the game to bring 3D platformers and collectathons back to life.

    One of our concerns about Yooka-Laylee was the control system - previous footage has shown us that the game looks incredible, at least on a visual front, and fortunately it looks as if the game is absolutely jam packed with in-game content and challenges too.

    However, we haven't seen any proof of how well the control system works. The new twitter footage does show us that the controls could be smoother than we could ever have imagined. In the short clip, a player is seen running along the flat ground before diving into a small river and then controlling the character whilst underwater. The transition between walking and swimming looked so effortlessly smooth.

    We can't wait to see how Yooka-Laylee plays in 2017.

  • More Ghost Recon Wildlands Details Shared

    ghost-recon-wildlandsUbisoft has recently shared more details about the upcoming Ghost Recon Wildlands, including information about 2017 beta access.

    One of the first new pieces of information that Ubisoft has shared about Ghost Recon Wildlands, is that players will have access to their own individual drone in single player mode. The drone can be customized and used in different ways depending on what changes a player has made to it.

    "You can customize your drone depending on your playstyle and how you prefer to use it. You can upgrade the recon abilities by improving its autonomy, add different electronic views (night vision, thermal view, etc.), or change optics for better zoom abilities. You can also use the drone for diversion by putting devices which will generate sounds to lure enemies."

    "You can also upgrade the engine to be more silent when needed, or implement an EMP bomb to switch off enemy electronic devices. And if you want to use the drone in assault mode, you can equip the drone with high explosives to blow things up, increase its resistance to bullets, etc. We wanted to provide a variety of combinations depending on how you like to use the drone. It's always about freedom of choice and how you want to progress and use your gear."

    Ghost Recon Wildlands is set for release in March 2017 and Ubisoft has recently mentioned that there will be a number of betas for the game that'll hit in early 2017 before the launch date.

    Hopefully the first beta will hit in January 2017, but for now, we'll need to wait until we hear more from Ubisoft before we can confirm the beta dates and participation details.

  • Results: Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals

    capcom-pro-tour-magoThe start of last weekend saw the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals come to an end, and we now know who came out on top and who will be making it to the Capcom Cup Finals.

    The winner of the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals is Mago, a formidable Karin player that has put a lot of effort into his playstyle in recent months to get himself a placement.

    Mago didn't have an easy race to the finish, though. Earlier in the event, Mago took a heartbreaking defeat and found himself sitting in the loser's bracket. Fortunately, Mago had the courage, and maybe a little bit of luck, to fight his way through the loser's bracket and into the grand finals.

    During the event, Mago managed to get a victory in against Bonchan, Kazunoko, and Haitani before he came up against MOV, who, at this point, hadn't lost a single game during the event.

    The grand finals were one of the closest, most exhilarating matches I've watched in a long time. With Mago coming from the loser's bracket, he needed to win two best of three matches in a row, whilst MOV only needed one due to his spot in the winner's bracket.

    A Chun Li matchup for Mago's Karin wasn't exactly putting odds in Mago's favor. Fortunately for Mago though, his Karin playstyle managed to help him pull through two very tight 3-2 victories against MOV to get the grand final win.

    Because of Mago's previous performances, he already has an invitation to the Capcom Cup Finals. Instead, Tse4444 was lucky enough to bag an entry into the Cup Finals from his previous performances, including his top 13th-16th finish at the Asia Regional Finals.

  • EVO 2017 Scheduling Details Announced

    evo-2017EVO is making an exciting return in 2017, and we've now received details about when and where the event will take place.

    EVO is one of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world. It supports events for some of the most popular current fighting games, as well as some older titles. While the full game lineup is yet to be announced, the trailer has shown footage for Guilty Gear Xrd - Revelator, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7 and Mortal Kombat X.

    We wouldn't be surprised if other titles make their way to EVO 2017, including Smash Bros Wii U.

    In 2016, EVO took place in Las Vegas for the first two days, whilst the final day of the event took place in Mandalay Bay's arena. It was a bit difficult for all fans to attend the entire EVO event, so this year the organizers have put the effort in to accommodate everybody for the 2017 event.

    In 2017, the EVO event will take place on July 14 and will end with the final matches happening on July 16. All three days of the event will take place at Mandalay Bay, which is at Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas.

    A lot of the information is still to be confirmed, so make sure to check back here and on the EVO 2017 website regularly for more details.

    Are you interested in attending the EVO 2017 event or watching the EVO live streams next year? Which events will you be tuning in to?

  • Watch Dogs 2 Now Available

    watch-dogs-2-releaseWatch Dogs 2 is now available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in most regions across the world.

    The sequel to Ubisoft's open world third person hacker/shooter title has impressed critics across the globe, and a lot of players are finding it to be a huge improvement to the original game. Watch Dogs 2 is selling well, too, and in some regions, it falls short next to Infinite Warfare in terms of units sold.

    This time around, the character you'll be playing as is named Marcus Holloway - in the first Watch Dogs game players found themselves in the shoes of Aiden Pierce. Marcus has a number of different traits that make him stand out when compared to Pierce, namely his agility and physical flexibility.

    Marcus Holloway has a better grip with hand to hand combat and his parkour skills are on another level, which makes traversing practically any object in Watch Dogs 2 a lot of fun. Holloway's agility also helps him to remain quieter when needed and stealth is a part of gameplay that players can opt for over violence in some situations.

    Watch Dogs 2 includes all of the hacks from the original game and a large selection of new hacks. Players can also jump into their friend's session and help them complete missions alongside their friend. New vehicles, new weapons and equipment have been added, and a variety of new multiplayer game modes have been crafted by Ubisoft to help flesh Watch Dogs 2 out with more content outside of the story campaign.

  • Killing Floor 2 Gets Full Release Launch Trailer

    killing-floor-2-releaseKilling Floor 2 has finally left early access on PC and that means it's coming to Steam and the PS4 as a full release title.

    If you're unfamiliar with the franchise, Killing Floor is a zombie shoot 'em up title that's gory, violent and filled with fast-paced action. The most fun you'll get out of Killing Floor 2 is within the round based survival mode - you'll need to survive for as long as possible, using whatever weapons you can get your hands on. Think of Black Ops Zombies but with much, much more blood.

    Killing Floor 2 is also a great co-op game to play with friends and it'll certainly make a night-in more interesting than ever before.

    The trailer showcases assault rifles, flamethrowers, shotguns and all sorts of other weapons in the player's hands as he and his team of friends group up to take down an onslaught of zombies, and other undead creatures.

    Killing Floor 2 has received a very positive rating from players and critics so far, with a 77/100 metascore critic rating, and an 8.7/10 user score rating at the time of writing. Many of the reviews have pointed out how addictive and engaging the game can be, despite the limited selection between two different game modes.

    No matter how many times you play Killing Floor 2, you'll always find yourself wanting to try new ways to survive for longer. Playing it takes us back to the early days of Call of Duty Zombies. That original excitement has certainly been resurrected with the release of Killing Floor 2.

  • Overwatch MLG Vegas 2016 Invitational Announced

    overwatch-mlg-vegasA brand new Overwatch invitational event has been announced for MLG Vegas 2016.

    The event will feature some of the top current Overwatch teams and the organizers will be putting $100,000 into the prize pool. Whilst the event was announced a little while ago, we've finally got details on the teams that will be attending MLG Vegas 2016.

    The first team to make their faces at the Overwatch tournament at MLG Vegas 2016 will be Team EnVyUs from Europe; currently, one of the teams with the longest winning streaks in Overwatch history. It'll be interesting to see how they fare across seas. FaZe clan will be joining as a multi national team, Cloud 9 from Canada will be taking part, along with the following US teams:

     

    - NRG eSports
    - Rise Nation
    - Fnatic
    - Team Liquid
    - compLexity

    The MLG Vegas eSports event will start on December 16 and will end on December 18. The event will take place at Mandalay Bay, Bayside E&F.

    Will you be interested in the upcoming Overwatch invitational tournament? It'll be great to see some awesome Overwatch teams fight it out against each other on an international level. Hopefully, MLG Vegas 2016 will be the start of many tournaments to come.

    While this tournament isn't open, there are bound to be plenty of open Overwatch tournaments to fight for a spot for in 2017. Make sure to keep an eye out here for more Overwatch eSports and event news.

  • Gfinity Modern Warfare Remastered Invitational is Happening

    modern-warfare-invitational-gfinityExciting news for OG Call of Duty fans. Gfinity has announced a $25,000 Modern Warfare Remastered invitational event.

    The new tournament has been sponsored by HP Omen, which is a gaming laptop brand. As a result, the tournament will be played on PCs. Teams will have the option to use controllers or a mouse and keyboard. This may be a surprise to some, especially considering the accuracy gap between traditional controllers and a mouse.

    The teams to take place in the event have yet to be announced, but we expect four picks from some of the best teams in the world. Whilst a $25,000 prize pool isn't massive, this being the first major cash tournament for Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered, makes it an important one to attend.

    Invitational events will feature a number of teams that the event organizers have invited themselves. These events are often designed to gauge viewer interest, so the highest skilled teams are often invited to ensure great gameplay is showcased. If you'd like to see future Modern Warfare Remastered events, including cups that you and your own team could take part in, make sure to tune into the Gfinity invitational when it launches.

    Gfinity wrote, "The OMEN Invitational will be held live at the Gfinity Arena on the 3rd of December, and will feature four of the world's most historic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare teams, as they compete for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool."

  • Capcom Cup 2016 to Have Best of 5's

    capcom-cup-2016The format for the top 32 Capcom Cup 2016 event has changed. Players will now find themselves battling it out in a best of five match throughout the entire event.

    Previously Capcom Cup has stuck to best of three, but after community input, the event organizers have updated the format. Players will now be playing against each other, all the way up to the final, with a best of five format. This means players will need to win three out of five rounds to take the match win.

    From a spectator point, this will mean we could see fights last just a little longer, which means close matchups will be even more exciting to watch. When a player massively outperforms another, we'll only be forced to sit through another round, (3 rounds out of 5 instead of 2 rounds out of 3). However, close matchups could let us see an extra two rounds at most.

    From a player's perspective, this allows players the wriggle room to make a mistake or two during games. It's a shame when potential event winners have an upset and fall into the loser's bracket - at this point, we end up seeing a series of less interesting games as opposed to close matchups in the loser's bracket. Hopefully, the format change should fix this for the most part.

    The Capcom Cup 2016 event will take place during the PlayStation Experience event in Anaheim, CA., USA on the 3rd of December. Will you be tuning in?

  • Skyrim Special Edition 1.2 Patch Released

    skyrim-special-edition-1-2-patchA brand new patch for the Skyrim Special Edition has hit the PC and PS4, and a similar update for the Xbox One is in the works. The patch number has been listed as 1.2 and it includes a number of important fixes, and gameplay tweaks.

    After patch 1.1, many players have complained about crashes and other optimization issues - this latest 1.2 patch will address any of these issues. On top of this, the new 1.2 patch will make some much needed changes to some other game bugs that have been pointed out by the community.

    This promoted Bethesda to release a beta patch, version 1.2, to address problems introduced with 1.1. Patch 1.2 is now out of beta and has been made available earlier for everyone to download on PC and PS4. The Xbox One update will arrive later this week, Bethesda said.

    If you're playing on PC, you will no longer have issues with alt-tabbing whilst playing Skyrim Special Edition. The crash that happened when players turned back into a human from the Werewolf form has been fixed, and a crash related to mod load order has also been worked on.

    The mod browser has had some overall improvements as well - console players can now browse mods smoothly and without any freezes or other issues. Bethesda has also released a number of general performance tweaks alongside the other changes listed above.

    Unfortunately, the new 1.2 patch doesn't add any new gameplay features, but the newly fixed mod browser will allow players to download new community content for free.

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