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  • Gears of War 4 Xbox One X Improvements Explained

    gears of war 4 xbox one xGears of War 4 is set to receive a rather hefty patch that'll include a range of improvements aimed towards Xbox One X users. These improvements are all changes to the graphical appearance and overall frame performance of the game.

    The update is completely free, but it won't offer any benefits for those not using the Xbox One X.

    To begin with, the new Xbox One X improvements for Gears of War 4 will allow players to play the game in true 4K (3840 x 2160). Players will have the option to choose between different visual modes, but even 1080P is said to have a significant graphics boost.

    There will also be two different rendering modes players can choose from. Players can either go into Performance mode or Visuals mode. On Performance mode, the game will be capped at 1080P resolution, but frame rate will be higher and will reach 60 frames per second.

    With the Visuals mode, players can choose to use 4K resolution and 30FPS. These changes will only be apparent in Campaign and Horde modes. For Versus modes, all players will have access to 4K 60FPS gameplay.

    A number of other graphical improvements have been added to Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One X thanks to the new Xbox One X performance increase. These improvements include enhanced light shafts, dynamic shadows, increased draw distances, enhanced character textures, and better reflections. Players will also get better audio quality with the included Dolby Atmos support.

  • More Star Wars Battlefront Campaign Details Revealed

    star wars battlefront 2 campaignSo far, we know that Star Wars Battlefront II is getting a single player campaign, but we know relatively little information about it.

    This is quite surprising considering how close we are to the launch now. Thankfully, we have a few more snippets of information today that we can use to help slowly piece together the Star Wars Battlefront campaign story.

    Battlefront II producer David Robillard has revealed the length of the Star Wars Battlefront campaign. According to Robillard, the playtime is roughly 5 to 8 hours, depending on how well you can play against the AI opponents.

    Considering that this is usually the average length of a single player campaign for AAA first-person shooter games, I think we've got something special to look forward to. There are no details of any level of replayability for the single player campaign yet. These days, most campaigns seem to have very little replay value.

    It'd be great to go back to the days of Halo 3 - during those times it seemed couch co-op campaigns with massive replayability were a big focus for developers. These days there's less focus on the single player, and more focus on the multiplayer. This is certainly the case for Star Wars Battlefront 2, but at least they did actually include a single player campaign this time around.

    So, in summary, it might not be wise purchasing Star Wars Battlefront 2 on release just for the single-player campaign, but if you plan on playing the game for both the multiplayer and the single player, you'll definitely get your money's worth out of it.

  • Hitman Game of The Year Edition Announced

    hitman game of the yearA brand new game of the year edition for Hitman has been announced and it will make its way to Xbox One, PC, and PS4 later this year on November 7.

    The new game of the year edition will include the base game, the content available through the Hitman season pass, and a brand new campaign called Patient Zero.

    IO Interactive has provided a small snippet of information about the new campaign. We've provided the description below:

    "After the routine elimination of a target, a contingency plan to unleash a global pandemic is triggered and Agent 47 must race against the clock to prevent a virus from spreading," reads the new campaign's description. "This four-mission campaign spans different locations in the game, each one re-worked from the original settings with new gameplay opportunities, disguises, characters, challenges, gameplay mechanics, AI behavior and HUD elements. Bangkok, Sapienza, Colorado and Hokkaido look and feel completely different with a new time of day and new custom music created by the composer for Season One, Niels Bye Nielsen."

    The new campaign will also introduce "new Escalation Contracts, new weapons, new suits, new challenges, improvements to existing features, and new lighting enhancements."

    A number of graphical improvements have been included in the new game of the year edition, as well as some content specific to the Xbox One X. This information has also been provided below.

    Xbox One X Enhancements: A whole host of enhancements are on the way for Xbox One X owners, including options for native 4K and a higher framerate. Specific details to come in an Xbox-specific blog post.

  • No Destiny 2 Halloween Event This Year

    destiny 2 halloween eventIt's been a tradition for Bungie to launch a Halloween event each year ever since Destiny first graced our consoles, but this year will be different. There will be no Destiny 2 Halloween event and the reason for this isn't really that clear.

    A Destiny fan asked David "Deej" Dague on Twitter whether there would be a Destiny 2 Halloween event and he simply responded with "No Sir." Later on, Deej expanded on his reply by saying, "We may see it again someday but Season 1 has been about launch and ritual activation. The first event for Destiny 2 is The Dawning."

    In Destiny 1, Festival of the Lost was the name of the Halloween event that would appear each year. Even though Destiny 1 also launched in September, (back in 2014) Bungie still released a Festival of the Lost event on the first year.

    It seems a shame that we won't be getting a Festival of the Lost Halloween event this year for Destiny 2, but hopefully, we will see it return next year.

    For those unaware, The Dawning is a Christmas themed event that initially launched for Destiny in December 2016. With it returning to Destiny 2, it'll mean players will have an opportunity to get involved with the festivities this Christmas, so that'll somewhat make up for the lack of a Destiny 2 Halloween event.

    Last year, The Dawning included a number of new cosmetic items, new legendary armor sets, the return of the Sparrow Racing League, The Dawning exclusive exotics, and a new Crucible playlist. Hopefully, we'll see a similarly sized content drop for Destiny 2 later this year.

  • Gran Turismo Sport Getting Free Demo

    gran turismo sport demo ps4If you're not sure if you'll be interested in the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport racing game for the PlayStation 4, you may want to give the free demo a try.

    Sony has confirmed that PS4 owners will be able to give Gran Turismo Sport a test run for free from October 9 until October 12. This will essentially follow the same beta pre-release model many triple-A publishers have been following in recent years.

    If you're a PS Plus member, you'll get more time than those without PS Plus. Firstly, PS Plus members will be given the option to preload the Gran Turismo Sport demo before its starting date on October 9. They'll also be able to get started on October 9 at 12 AM, while non-Plus members must wait until 6 PM.

    The preload period for PS Plus members will start on October 7. Players who earn money or unlock cars in the Gran Turismo demo can also transfer their progress to the full release later in the month on October 17.

    All car unlocks can be transferred to the full game and in-game earnings up to $1,000,000 can also be transferred.

    In the demo, three different modes will be available. These modes are Sport Mode, Arcade, and Campaign. Arcade mode is described as "a wide range of vehicle classes on three pre-selected circuit configurations with different terrains." This mode also supports two-player split screen.

    Sport mode challenges players to achieve the best lap time possible, whereas Campaign mode gives players a career to progress through that'll include a series of races, challenges, and Daily Workouts.

  • New Plane Added to GTA Online

    new mammoth mogul gta onlineA brand new plane has been added to GTA Online as part of an expansion of the Smuggler's Run update. Changes have been made to in-game discounts and a new adversary mode is now available.

    First, let's start with the new aircraft. The latest GTA Online patch adds the Mammoth Mogul plane to the game. This is a heavily armed plane equipped with a .50 caliber machine gun and a smaller machine gun at the front. The .50 caliber must be controlled by a second player and can swivel in place.

    Extra upgrades allow you to add a bay for explosives and takeoff via thruster jets. You can pick up the new Mammoth Mogul from the Warstock Cache & Carry website.

    A number of new discounts have been applied to this week's GTA Online update. A 25% discount has been applied to the following items:

    • Hangar Workshop
    • Engine Upgrades
    • Armor Upgrades
    • Aircraft Handling Upgrades
    • Aircraft Weapons Upgrades
    • Flight and Air Racing Suits
    • Mobile Operation Center Cabs
    • APC
    • Progen T20 (Super)

    Finally, the new adversary mode in GTA Online is called Stockpile. It's a capture the flag game mode that puts a focus on aerial combat. Players must team up and man an aircraft together. For the first week, Stockpile will give players double GTA $ and RP.

    Are you going to be jumping into GTA Online to try out the new content? This latest update is a small addition to the existing Smuggler's Run expansion, which added a huge range of new aerial vehicles and aircraft.

  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta This Week

    star wars battlefront 2 betaStar Wars Battlefront 2 is having an open beta event in anticipation of the game launch next month. The beta is taking place later this week and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

    If you pre-ordered Battlefront 2, you'll be able to jump in on October 4. If you haven't pre-ordered, you'll be able to play the beta starting from October 6. The beta will be live until October 9.

    As well as revealing the beta start dates, EA has explained which maps and modes will be in the multiplayer beta for Star Wars Battlefront 2.

    There will be four game modes available in the beta. This includes Galactic Assault, Starfighter Assault, Strike, and Arcade.

    In Starfighter Assault, players will be able to play in a 24 player two-sided affair in space. In Galactic Assault, players will play a 10v10 battle mode on Naboo. Players will be able to play as both the separatist droids and the clone troopers from the prequel movies.

    Strike is a smaller class-based mode that focuses on infantry instead of vehicles and heroes. The Strike map for the beta is Takodana.

    Finally, Arcade mode is an offline option that supports split-screen play.

    Are you interested in the new Star Wars Battlefront 2? The game is set to launch on November 17. In other news, the original Star Wars Battlefront II, the one that launched in 2005, recently had its servers restored for PC players.

  • NBA 2K18 Prelude Demo Available for Free

    nba 2k18 prelude demoIf you're not getting excited for NBA 2K18 yet, the new Prelude demo might get you interested.

    The Prelude demo is available for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners and will give players a chance to try out NBA 2K18 for free in anticipation of the game's impending release.

    With Prelude, players get to dip their feet in the new MyCareer mode. Players will also be given the opportunity to test out the Neighborhoods mode.

    In Neighborhoods, players are given access to an online social space where they can interact with other players, challenge others to games, and play various activities, some of which can improve their player's stats.

    Interestingly, the developers are letting players keep hold of the progress they make during the Prelude demo. If you improve your character's stats, change your character's appearance, or make any other progress, it'll stay with your account when you purchase and play the full game.

    NBA 2K18 is set to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on September 19. However, those who have preordered the game are given the opportunity to play the game four days earlier on September 15.

    Are you interested in NBA 2K18 and the new MyCareer and MyPark changes? If you're on the fence, we'd suggest giving the Prelude demo a download. It's free to download and play and will be available up until NBA 2K18 launches later this month.

  • New NBA 2K18 Social Space To Change Up Multiplayer

    NBA 2K18 neighborhoodsThis year, the NBA 2K18 multiplayer mode is getting a huge overhaul. In NBA 2K18, a new social space called Neighborhoods is being added.

    In the new Neighborhoods mode, players will be able to customize their own player, interact with others, and take part in a variety of different activities, some of which are related to basketball, while some aren't.

    The Neighborhood mode will take place in a separate map that'll feature a set of American city blocks. Basketball courts, shops for customizing your character, and other recreational areas will be included.

    The new Neighborhood mode will essentially work as a lobby for players to hang out in while waiting for games in either of the MyPark, Pro-Am, and MyCareer modes.

    Players will also be able to take part in different activities to improve their player's skills to help them be better players on the basketball court. Players will share the Neighborhood with other players that are online.

    At any time, a player can interact with another player and invite them to a MyPark game. Alternatively, they can drop out and progress through the MyCareer or Pro-Am modes.

    NBA 2K18 is set to launch for the majority of platforms on September 19. The consoles that will support NBA 2K18 includes PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

    The new MyCareer mode will have more of a focus on developing your own personal storyline, as opposed to progressing through a season as an existing basketball team.

  • Halo 5 To Get a Weapon Balancing Overhaul

    halo 5 weapon overhaulWhile content updates for Halo 5 stopped some time ago, new balancing changes will be making their way to Halo 5 soon.

    The new balancing changes will bring a huge overhaul to the different weapons players can use in Halo 5. Many players are speculating that the balance changes are a method for 343 Industries to test the waters with changes that they may bring to Halo 6 when it finally launches.

    After 2 years of data to go through, those at 343 Industries that are still working on Halo 5 have decided on a new plan of action for the weapon mechanics in Halo 5: Guardians.

    The 343 team warned that not everybody will like the changes, but they think the balancing is for the best.

    "With a game and community as varied and nuanced as Halo 5, it's just not going to be possible to make everyone totally happy all of the time. Some folks may not like certain changes, while others may think some of these changes are great."

    A total of twelve weapons will be getting balancing changes, including the Assault Rifle and Battle Rifle.

    The Assault Rifle, for example, will be changed to make it more rewarding for skilled players.

    The Battle Rifle will also be toned down at close ranges to make it more effective at midranges and easier to counter in close quarters.

    To begin with, the changes will only be applied to a separate arena playlist called Weapon Tuning Playlist. If the changes work well, they'll be applied to all arena modes, all Warzone modes, and campaign.

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