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PS4 Update 3.50 has way more new features than advertised

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 1:03 pm

The newest software update for the PlayStation 4, system software 3.50, seems to have some hidden, or unannounced functionality that Sony hasn't put into the official patch notes. The biggest change is support for external HDD's of up to 4TB, up from the previous limit.




There are also a few more features that have been uncovered by PlayStation 4 users in the Reddit firmware 3.50 megathread. This update was already a significant one, if not one of the larger updates, adding the rudimentary ability to stream games from the PS4 to your PC or Mac, but underneath they've found that the ability to play music stored on USB drives, also letting you play your stored music while you game. Along a similar vein, you can now attach 4TB external HDD's, just in case you want to download your entire library of games.


There are some smaller tweaks that have made their way into the update, too. It's easier to search for livestreams of specific games through the Live From PlayStation app, and you can actually pin up to three games at the top of the apps search field too. Screenshot notifications can be turned off, you can set a part limit from 2-8 people and there's plenty of stability improvements across the entire OS, including the PlayStation store.


It's certainly likely that even more hidden, yet small, changes or features have been added or tweaked slightly. If not a significant feature, it didn't seem to make it into the official patch notes, but the Reddit crew is actively looking into what else might be hidden away.

Dark Souls 3 Twitter uses the Sad Affleck meme to promote the game

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 12:08 pm

Bandai Namco did something incredibly clever by using an already prevalent meme and using its popularity to promote their recently released Dark Souls 3 game. The official Dark Souls Twitter account used the viral Sad Affleck meme to advertise, and the result is actually quite entertaining.



Their marketing department and social media managers converged for what might be the perfect storm, something that itself went viral within mere minutes of posting. Sure, it's not to be outdone by the likes of their chicken wings eating contest and isn't quite the same as the great animated short video that they produced with the help of Eli Roth, but it's on the level of some of the most genius, and well timed, marketing stunts ever.


The original video is from an interview where Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are asked about their thoughts in regards to the negative criticism of the movie, where Affleck seems to go to a dark place and his facial expressions mirror his thoughts. Cavill seems to keep his cool, however.

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Cheating in The Division? Two strikes then you're permanently banned

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 11:32 pm

Cheaters seem to be rampart in The Division, so during a livestream with the developers where they talked about some of the finer features of update 1.1, they revealed that they're going to introduce a strict two-strikes policy for cheaters on the PC version, which ultimately will end in a permanent ban from the game.




The first time you dabble in the dark-arts of cheating you'll be greeted with a no-notice three day temporary ban from the game. If you can't login, that's your warning that the next time you're caught cheating that you'll receive a permanent ban from the game. They aren't playing around with cheaters, but are giving them the rightful chance to do the right thing and simply enjoy the game.


To help catch these cheaters, they've implemented a new reporting system that simply requires you to enter "/report [username]" to report any suspicious activity you might come across, which Ubisoft is very serious about investigating. They do note, however, that a good portion of suspected cheaters are likely a power-gap between high-level and better skilled players and not necessarily actual cheating. They're going to be very thorough in their investigations before handing out those bans.


The new system is coming to the Xbox One and PC only, which have much larger problems with cheating than the PS4. If you notice a player doing something that seems impossible, don't be a stranger to using the above command. From the sounds of it, permanent bans will be at the account level, meaning they'll simply block specific usernames on Uplay from playing The Division. The new anti-cheating measures will go live with the new update on April 12th.

Gears of War 4 reveal coming in three days, supposed to be huge

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 10:23 pm

Something big is about to be announced in regards to Gears of War 4, but we're not quite sure what it is. They promise it's like nothing we've ever seen before, so what could this surprise be?




A user on NeoGAF has uncovered something in the website's source code that points to something called "The Nightmare Before", and two videos show a downed plane in the midst of a lightning storm. Those may be unconnected completely, or we may be getting a prologue of sorts to help prep us for current nightmare that we might find ourselves in. Adam Fletcher, the community director for The Coalition, did say that we should expect to see several "revelations" over the next months that'll help reveal what JD Fenix and his crew will be enduring.


The Gears of War 4 story follows the story of Marcus Fenix's son and his companions as they undergo a very stressful day, with the entire game unfolding over one 24 hour period. The story is said to follow a similar dark, bleak outlook that defined the originals and as a result will have language and gore that mirrors those early installments. For those that are a bit more sensitive to such things, a filter will be available for you to turn on.

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All the BAFTA Game Award Winners are listed here, see who won what

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 8:57 pm

Today we saw the BAFTA Game Awards ceremony kick off in London, where games, their creators and those that participated in the process of making them great had the chance to vie for one of eighteen separate award categories to celebrate 2015's gaming successes.




John Carmack also blessed the stage to receive a Fellowship award for being a pioneer of 3D graphics with his historic and continuing work on video games. He was one of a few that helped to create the first person shooter in the form that we enjoy now. If it weren't for his relentless, rebellious behavior, then we might not quite have the level of graphical fidelity we do now. He isn't the only pioneer in the gaming industry though he's contributed and challenged more than we might give credit for.


There was much more that happened at the awards ceremony today, and below we have listed all the winners from the eighteen different categories that are represented. Rocket League has been well represented in this years BAFTA's for video games, taking quite a few wins while even Batman: Arkham Knight takes home an award for Best British Game, despite much better working alternatives on the list.

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Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps delayed until June, need to optimize

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 8:24 pm

Capcom, unfortunately, had to release a statement earlier today saying that they're going to be delaying Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps, the spin-off survival horror third-person shooter, until June 21st.



In the statement, they cite that they need, and want, a bit more time so they can properly optimize the game so that they're able to provide the best experience possible. The time optimizing will mean that performance on the PC will be able to meet, or exceed, the 60FPS target that they're shooting for on both platforms. The longer we wait, potentially the better the game will be when they launch it.


Umbrella Corps is a fast-paced third-person shooter that's set in the Resident Evil universe. It's an online competitive game that lets you play against your friends in that zombie infested world much like Metal Gear Online does for the Metal Gear Solid universe. One of the hallmarks of the game will be the intense customization options for your character. Every time you win a match or defeat enemies (zombies included) you get points that can be used to unlock those different customizable options.


In-game you'll get a whole lot of different options for different patches, logos, crests and nearly every other kind of flair you could dream of to put on your body armor and the rest of your uniform. I can only imagine the kind of silly looking characters we'll see when it comes out.


Now Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps will be ready to play on the PC and PlayStation 4 on June 21st for $29.99.

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Endless Legend Shifters expansion pack out today with deadlier winters

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 7:01 pm

Endless Legend just keeps getting more content, even though as a 4X there's almost limitless replayability already. The new Shifters expansion from Amplitude Studios is out right now on Steam for 25% off and adds a new, interesting, faction and makes the winter a nastier bite to them.



If you thought you mastered the game already, then you'll have to think again, and try again as things become a bit more difficult. Shifters lets you take control of a transient Allayi faction that can literally shift with the seasons, moving from a most appreciative ally to the deadliest faction on the planet Auriga, which they're dedicated to defending. They're magical, and wouldn't you want to be magical too?


Those winters that already had a detrimental effect on your production just got a bit worse. Not only do they do that, but now the cold temperatures can freeze the bodies of water so that you or your enemies can better attack you from. No need to waste those precious turns any longer.


The expansion was built upon a good foundation but also with valuable feedback from the community itself. Amplitude Studios has been very serious about considering all comments on their past beta tests, positive and negative, to improve the mechanics and make sure it fits in just right. "We've collected great feedback thanks to the community that participated in the closed Beta and that helped us polish the Allayi faction," said Romain de Waubert de Genlis, Creative Director at Amplitude Studios. "Players are in for an entirely new experience with the enhanced winter, as they will be able to master the elements thanks to new game mechanics."

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Leaked God of War 4 concept art shows off Norse mythology setting

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 6:15 pm

God of War 4 has been as much a myth as the mythology that the previous three were based off of. Someone has leaked what appears to be concept art from a former employee of Santa Monica Studio that may point towards the direction that they're intending on taking the series, off into the realm of Norse mythology.




The concept art itself is fairly typical of what we might imagine a Norse God of War might look like, complete with a muscular and angry deity standing by what look like pieces to the different puzzles you might encounter in such a game. The problem is that these may not necessarily be legitimate. They come from the profile of someone who was an employee, but perhaps only a temporary employee there, which means these could very well be from their personal portfolio instead.


The site that leaked them, Nerd Leaks, is no longer with us, having been hacked into oblivion just after these came live and haven't been heard of since. The Twitter account has also been deleted. But then, that could also speak to the legitimacy of the concept art if someone is upset enough to try to take down the site. And the fact that they haven't returned since, is also an indicator that that the information is real, to some extent. That and the owner might just be afraid from the initial hack to not want to try leaking anything else, something they've been doing for some time now without anything happening to them.

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Mechwarrior Online enters the eSprots world with $100K championship

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 5:09 pm

Mechwarrior Online is going pro and entering the eSports world with a bang. Piranha Games has announced that you can sign-up your team to compete in a Mechwarrior Online World Championship with a $100,000 prize pool to vie for.




The regional qualifiers are set to begin this May with the regional finals happening on a date that hasn't quite been set yet in the fall. The final competition will be taking place on December 3rd in Vancouver BC at a large event, the first of its kind, called MechCon. So far they've seen 78 different teams register for the competition. And with $100K on the line, there's likely going to be plenty more signing up too.


Aside from the big prize and few dates, no other details have been announced. What map or game mode will be played during these tournaments isn't known, but it'll encompass the same 8v8 combat matches that last 15 minutes and will be restricted to using the first person view only. The tournaments will be played online, on your own machines, but the final match will have similar hardware specs already set up for everyone to use.

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Fable Legends might not be dead, development could actually finish

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 4:06 pm

Fable Legends might not be dead after all. It seems that the supposedly cancelled project might live on as an indie project from some of the employees once their contracts with Microsoft proper are up.




MCVUK says that there are three different sources within the former Xbox studio that want to spin-off and actually finish the game, which had been in development for almost three years. They've been told that some of the employees have proposed creating an independent studio and taking the IP in order to finish it. It's not a jump to conclude that those passionate from the project want to finish what they started. MCV noted that there's no offer to purchase the game or the studio itself, but that the staff are being asked if they'd like to continue working on it, or accept a redundancy package so that they can simply leave at the end of April.


The online multiplayer free-to-play game was one of the first to utilize DirectX 12 tech, and had a press-only demo that showed a distinct increase in performance as a result of those advancements. It would be nice for the game in it's multiplayer RPG guise to be finished. It had a lot of promise. When I had a chance to play it last year at E3 and the mechanics were sound, with the cooperative play very engaging. It was fun, it would be a waste for it to just be completely discarded.