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  • Microsoft's Xbox One Elite Controller Announcement

    Screen_Shot_2015-06-15_at_12.56.43_PM.0Microsoft just announced their latest controller changes. They are introducing a brand new controller design that includes paddles, remappable buttons, swappable components, and trigger locks. All of these new enhancements are scheduled for release this Fall. Microsoft is gearing its new design towards the "elite gamers" and tournament level players. The paddles and remappable buttons should impact the competitive gaming scene dramatically.

    It is unknown at the time if Sony will return with their own new controller design but we speculate that they will have to answer to Microsoft's controller. Sony already has remappable buttons but will they also add the paddles and trigger stops? We will have to wait and see how they decide to answer. If they want to stay ahead they will have to keep the competitive gamer in mind.

    The new Xbox One controller design has the hardcore gamer in mind and will definitely be a hit. The price hasn't been discussed yet but with all the additional components it can easily break the $100 price point. To check out the trailer for the new controller click here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJAix3h-1DM

  • Xbox Games with Gold June Lineup Revealed

    xbox games with goldThe new free games lineup for the Xbox Games with Gold June promotion has now been revealed by Microsoft and there are a number of free games Xbox Gold members will be able to pick up throughout the month.

    Like previous months, players will be able to get one Xbox 360 during the first half of the month and another Xbox 360 game during the second half of the month. This month there will be two three Xbox One games, both of which can be downloaded throughout the entirety of June.

    First up for the Xbox 360 lineup is Just Cause 2. Considering hype for Just Cause 3 has been blowing up recently, it seems like perfect timing to have a free access pass to Just Cause 2. Whilst the game may now be several years old, there's still dozens of hours worth of fun to be had in this game. You can download Just Cause 2 for free right now, although it will be swapped out with another game on June 15.

    Starting June 16, Thief will be put up for free for Xbox 360 Gold members. Thief is much newer than Just Cause 2, although it certainly didn't perform as well in terms of sales. Even though Thief received quite bad press, there short story still holds some value, and we'd suggest trying it out, considering you can pick it up for free until June 30.

    When it comes to the Xbox One, Pool Nation FX and Massive Chalice have both been put up for free download. Pool Nation is pretty much what it says on the tin - an arcade style pool table game.

    Massive Chalice is a brand new title that has been released by Double Fine, the developers of Brutal Legend.

  • 8 new Destiny House of Wolves Bounties Revealed

    destiny house of wolves bounties8 new wanted bounties have been found out by Destiny players and they have been in the game since the House of Wolves expansion.

    The 8 new bounties can be collected by killing different enemies spread across different locations in Destiny. When you claim a bounty, you'll be rewarded with Grimoire. There will often be Weekly Bounties that offer extra rewards for claiming a spotlighted enemy, and these 8 new bounties are likely to appear in the Weekly Bounties for the House of Wolves expansion over the next couple of months.

    The first new bounty is Wolf Enforcer and this can be found in the Devils Lair Strike. The second bounty is Silent Fang - this one can be located in the Forgotten Shores. The final bounty in the Patrol Cosmodrome is Queenbreaker Captain and this bounty can be found at Dock 13.

    For Patrol Venus bounties, The Ether Runner can be found in the same place The Gate Lord was originally found and there's also the Repeater Shank which is in the first spawn area for the Nexus Strike. There's one bounty near the Vault of Glass entrance at Campus 9 named Wolf's Guard.

    Finally, the Patrol Moon bounties include the High Servitor and the Twisted Claw, both of which can be found in The Summoning Pits.

    In other news, Bungie has made subtle hints towards cheaters, stating that they are "always watching." They haven't threatened to get the banhammer out yet, but it could certainly be coming to those who aren't playing by the rules, especially in the Crucible.

  • Patch 1.03 for The Witcher 3 Coming to Xbox One and PS4 soon

    patch 1.03 the witcher 3The latest 1.03 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently undergoing the certification process for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Once everything goes ahead as planned, the update will launch for both consoles.

    Whilst patch 1.04 has already hit the PC version of The Witcher 3, patch 1.03 is yet to hit either the PS4 or the Xbox One, and the same can be said for patch 1.04. This is due to the lengthy certification process that both Sony and Microsoft use to make sure everything goes ahead smoothly with new updates for games on either console.

    The PC version of patch 1.03 had over 600 changes made to it and it's likely that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the patch will have a very similar number of changes. As you can imagine, many of the new changes will be various bug and glitch fixes, most of which may not affect gameplay at all for the majority of players.

    The biggest noticeable changes will improve overall stability when playing and when using the user interface. Cutscene performance has had a boost, and dialogue has been enhanced so that it is easier to read. Any other dialogue issues seem to have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well, including some missing translations in the user interface.

    Some major game breaking bugs should have been fixed in patch 1.03 as well. It's likely that patch 1.04 will be released alongside patch 1.03 once both updates have been certified by both Sony and Microsoft.

  • New Halo 5 Pre-order Trailer Released

    Halo 5 pre-orderA brand new Halo 5: Guardians trailer has been released by Microsoft and GameStop showing off a set of armor that will be rewarded to players who pre-order Halo 5 from the video game retailer.

    The armor will be given to anybody who pre-orders Halo 5 from any GameStop store in the United States. There hasn't been any details on how long players will have to pre-order to be eligible for the bonus but it is clear that you'll definitely need to order Halo 5 before it is released.

    So far, no other retailers have given details on any pre-order bonuses, so GameStop is definitely looking like a good place to pick up Halo 5 so far. On top of the armor, players will be able to get a free poster for pre-ordering Halo 5 as well. Below, details about the bonus armor has been described.

    HUNTER-Class Armor: Sophisticated and lethal, HUNTER-class armor incorporates Watershed Division's latest warfighting technology.

    HUNTER-Class Helmet: Though still considered a prototype implementation, the HUNTER's sensor suite enhances situational and threat awareness.

    The HUNTER-class armor is the same armor that Agent Locke wears, and it seems like players who do not pre-order will not be able to pick up the same armor. Even though the armor is most likely just cosmetic, I personally think it seems a bit unfair that some players won't be able to dress as Agent Locke in Halo 5, especially considering he will be playing a very important role in the story of Halo 5: Guardians.

  • Gears of War 4 Gets Teased Mocap Image

    gears of war 4 mocap imageWe all know a new Gears of War game is coming, there's no doubt about it. It's one of the few franchises that really helped to serve the Xbox 360 a great deal of popularity, and many fans are ready to see a new Gears game.

    Whilst we haven't really had any full official details about Gears of War 4, we'll occasionally hear bits of information from developers working on the game, and that is exactly what happened this week.

    Whilst the Gears of War Marcus Fenix collection was unfortunately confirmed as a false rumor by Black Tusk's producer Rod Fergusson, he did mention that they may have something special to show us at E3 later this year.

    To follow on with that, Jack Felling a developer at Black Tusk Studios, shared an image on Twitter that had the caption "Last day of the shoot... One of the actors in a mocap suit! #MotionCapture #Props #MarkerBalls @GearsofWar"

    It's clear that Black Tusk have been working on a new Gears of War game, and the latest news suggesting that motion capture has been almost finished up is great to hear. E3 is only a few months away now, so hopefully we'll see some kind of official reveal once the gaming event is upon us. Until then we'll just have to be patient and hope that the developers at Black Tusk reveal some other information about the new Gears of War game.

  • Bungie Details their Plans for New Destiny Update

    destiny updateBungie have revealed details to release a new patch that will add new content and create a stepping stone between now and the House of Wolves DLC planned for later this year. All details for the update have not yet been given, but Bungie have revealed a number of features we can expect to see when the update is released.

    The new update details, as seen on Bungie's blog, can be seen below. We can expect to see these changes in the new update.

    Vault Space - We know you need more space to collect all the treasures you gain from your missions, and more gear is on the way.
    Raid Fixes - There are times when Atheon and Crota can be uncooperative, so we're tackling their worst bugs.
    Audio and Visual - Not everyone wants to see or hear a game the same way, which is why we’re looking at providing more options.
    PVP Ammunition - The Crucible team wants to change the way ammo crates dictate the flow of a battle.
    Strikes - The numbers tell us that there are some missions that are successfully completed far less than others, inspiring us to look at why people quit.

    Community manager David Dague also talked about how Bungie go about working on Destiny and improving the experience for the playerbase. "Ever since Destiny went live, there have been various teams at Bungie," Dague mentioned.

    "We're all working on Destiny, but different teams have goals for different projects.

    "We've specialized to meet the needs of this sprawling community. Each class of developer has a specific focus. Some of them are creating new adventures for your Guardian - those both revealed and still secret."

    The exact release for the new update has not yet been planned, but we'll probably hear more about it in the near future.

  • New Killer Instinct Season 2 gets Aganos Next Week

    killer instinct season 2 aganosMicrosoft have just revealed a brand new trailer, showing off a new character planned for season 2 of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. The character, named Aganos, is a war golem who pretty much dwarves every other fighter in the franchise.

    As you can imagine, a lot of Aganos' move set is based around elemental attacks that use rocks and stones to his advantage. For example, Aganos can force stone to rise from the ground before picking up the forged stone and using it as a weapon to club his opponents with.

    In lore, Aganos is set out on a mission to destroy Kan-Ra, who also made an appearance in season 2 of Killer Instinct. Kan-Ra is a character inspired by an ancient egyptian mummy, and I think his skill set will be a very interesting match up against Aganos.

    Right at the end of the trailer, a teaser for yet another character was noticed. It seems clear that the next character for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will be Onryo, a ghost of Japanese origin. Onryo wields a large pole arm or lance as a primary weapon.

    I'm honestly a lot more excited about Aganos, which is great because he will be available to everybody who owns the Ultra Edition of Killer Instinct on the 27th of February. Those who own the Combo Breaker Edition will be able to play Aganos on March 5th, just shy of one week after his debut on the latest version of Killer Instinct.

  • New Achievements Released for Sunset Overdrive

    sunset overdrive achievementsInsomniac Games have just added three new achievements to Sunset Overdrive which will award players a total of 75 Gamerscore points once unlocked.

    The new achievements are aimed towards hardcore players that have completely pushed Sunset Overdrive to the limits. All three achievements will be awarded once they get a certain amount of points across three different stages. Below, we have posted the achievement details.

    Hardcore!: Buck National vs The Apocalypse: Beat the score of 600,000 on the Challenge "Buck's National vs The Apocalypse."
    Hardcore!: Buck Strikes Back: Beat the score of 564,500 on the Challenge "Buck's Strikes Back."
    Hardcore!: Buck Stops Here: Beat the score of 703,700 on the Challenge "Buck's Stops Here."

    To celebrate the new achievements added to the game, Microsoft have also reduced the price of Sunset Overdrive for a short time. If anybody is interested in picking up Sunset Overdrive, you may want to head to the Xbox Games Store as it can currently be purchased for 40% off it's original price.

    The 40% off sale only applies to the digital version of Sunset Overdrive, and currently Microsoft are the only ones to put the game on sale. The last update to Sunset Overdrive was in December - at the time Insomniac Games had released their first DLC pack for the game.

    The first Sunset Overdrive DLC was an expansion pack named Mooil Rig. There are more DLC expansions planned to release in the following months, all of which can be picked up for free if you have purchased the Sunset Overdrive season pass.

  • Forza Motorsport 6 Is Coming

    forza motorsport 6It looks like Turn 10 have been busy. The next iteration in the lineup of Forza Motorsport games has been announced. Forza Motorsport 6 will be launching exclusively on Xbox One, and Microsoft have teamed up with Ford to give the new Ford GT a starring role in the game.

    Whilst we weren't expecting such an early announcement of Forza 6, Microsoft took to the North American International Auto Show to announce the new game, and it's clear that the Ford GT will be the car to feature on the cover of the upcoming game by Turn 10.

    The release of Forza Motorsport 6 will mark the tenth year anniversary of the game series, so as you can imagine, Turn 10 are feeling like doing something pretty special with the game. Alan Hartman, studio manager for Turn 10 mentioned that, "When we first were doing these, it would be kind of like, 'Hey please, can we have that new car you showed in Detroit?' That's where we were back 10 years ago. But over the last three or four years, the involvement with the manufacturers has really changed. They have really come to recognize that this is a very important venue for them,"

    So as you can imagine, manufacturers are now reaching out to games developers like Turn 10 to have their vehicles featured in their racing games. I think it's a nice transition in the game industry, and it shows that games are just enough of a powerful medium to translate ideas and products like any other.

    Let's just hope this new deal with Ford will allow Turn 10 to put more into the base game and less into extra DLC content like they have done with Forza Motorsport 5.

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