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Another Xbox game joins the backwards compatibility list; Left 4 Dead

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 6:11 pm

It's only just been a day since three games joined the Xbox One compatibility list, but now one more game is being added, bringing the list up to 141. Major Nelson announced on Twitter that Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 is now playable on the Xbox One.

 

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This means that if you happen to have a copy of the physical disc laying around, you'll be able to pop it in and fire it up once again, or go to the Xbox 360 portion of the Xbox Store and download it if you own a digital copy. This is now the fourth re-release of playable games in two weeks for the Xbox One backwards compatibility program and the second Valve game to join the list.

 

Microsoft is adamant about bringing as many games as is possible by keeping lines of communication open between them and publishers and developers. Just yesterday Soul Calibur II, Halo Wars and The King of Fighters '98 made it on the list while last week we saw the original Assassin's Creed and Dark Souls also become fully backwards compatible. Performance is looking of these games within the emulated virtual machine seems to be improving from the hiccups that affected earlier games.

 

The full list of backwards compatible games can be found right here.

Origin won't support old versions of Windows soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 5:04 pm

EA's digital download platform Origin will be dropping support for versions of Windows older than Windows 7 soon.

 

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When August rolls around, you'll no longer be able to download games, browse the shop or buy new games, or a variety of other things. However, you will be able to play already installed games, redeem codes, and make in-game purchases; other tasks like changing your account settings can be performed on the website.

 

This is perhaps bad news if you're stuck in the 2000s and refuse to budge; for everyone else, it means EA can dedicate more resources to improving the client on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Everything you need to know about Fallout 4's new Survival Mode

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 4:32 pm

UPDATE: Before you download the Survival Mode beta, be sure to back up your save files and disable all PC mods. Bethesda issued an official warning on its community forums, but the actual Survival Mode announcement on Bethesda.net doesn't at all mention mods or backing up saves.

 

Now that Fallout 4's new Survival Mode is now up on Steam for beta testing, Bethesda reveals the treacherous rigors of the new difficulty.

 

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Fallout 4's new Survival Mode is absolutely grueling. While the new difficulty is far beyond "hard", it'll add a whole new dimension to the game, making players actually think about their decisions and strategies rather than blasting through everything. Bethesda has injected challenge back into the game, and in a way, the Commonwealth has been reborn. Hell, Bethsoft even equates the difficulty to Dark Souls. Check below for a few of the changes you can expect in the new Survival Mode.

 

Saving with Sleep: Manual, quicksaving and almost all autosaves are disabled. To save your game, you'll need to find a bed and sleep for at least an hour.

 

No More Fast Travel: Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to be somewhere, you'll have to get there the old-fashioned way. In other words, exploration is now mandatory, exposing more of the Commonwealth's secret gems.

 

Increased Lethality: You now deal, but also take, more damage. You can increase the damage you deal even further with "Adrenaline" - more on that in a moment. This makes combat more dangerous, which in turn slows you down and gets you to think about what you're walking into.

 

Facing the Unknown: Threats, unless added by a Recon scope, no longer display on the compass, and the distance at which locations of interest will appear has been significantly shortened.

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To celebrate 20 years, donate $1 and get Tomb Raider 2013

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 4:02 pm

The Tomb Raider franchise has turned 20 years old today, and Square Enix, with Crystal Dynamics, are going to be celebrating that milestone with a few special events and activities for the rest of 2016. And they've also partnered with GameChanger Charity to allow you to get the Tomb Raider 2013 reboot just for donating, at least, $1.

 

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The crew behind Tomb Raider plan on kicking off their celebration of the achievement by hosting a few events at PAX East 2016 in Boston this year. Throughout the year, we'll also see more events, giveaways and likely more content for Rise of the Tomb Raider that pays homage to Lara Croft's heritage. She's certainly been quite the icon in gaming, and though games surrounding her haven't always been successful, the Tomb Raider franchise has survived and even thrived despite the hardships encountered.

 

"Since its introduction, Tomb Raider has held a significant place in video game history, and further cements that with this milestone," said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. "We look forward to celebrating with fans, and honoring the iconic Lara Croft with special events, retrospectives, giveaways and other surprises throughout this year of Tomb Raider."

 

If you're interested and willing, and don't already have the rebooted Tomb Raider that came out in 2013, you'll be able to receive a copy if you donate a minimum of $1 with GameChanger Charity. The game is worth far more even with it being three years old. And donating to charity should give you a nice warm feeling inside as well.

Fallout 4 DLC Easter egg teases E3 announcements

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 3:35 pm

Fallout 4 players have found a curious Easter egg in Fallout 4's Automatron DLC that could point to an E3 2016 announcement.

 

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While scouring The Mechanist's lair, Geeksnack came across a very special Vault-Tec lunchbox. The lunchbox in question has the word (or name) "JUNE" written upon it in colorful letters. As we all know, E3 2016 is held in June, so this could be Bethesda's cute way of hinting that a major Fallout-related announcement will be made at the event. After all, the studio is holding their very own pre-E3 event on June 12.

 

So what could this mean? I'm thinking if it's a genuine hint, Bethesda will just unveil a concrete release date for Fallout 4 console mods. The studio confirmed that Fallout 4 mods on PS4 and Xbox One may release as early as May, but we still have no actual info on how console mods will work. I expect Bethsoft to unveil the mod infrastructure as well as a release date at their E3 show.

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Black Desert Online is getting a massive expansion tomorrow

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 3:03 pm

Black Desert Online is already a very large game with more in-game activities than most MMORPG's, but it's about to get a whole lot larger with the Mediah Expansion, which is due out tomorrow.

 

 

Daum Games is increasing the size of the world by 30% with the new Mediah region to make for a more diverse dominion with extra room to grow kingdoms and, of course, to show off the rather sophisticated visuals, which just so happen to run quite well on a variety of hardware despite the good looking nature of the home-grown graphics engine. In that new are they've added over 1000 new quests, new guild missions, a Crimson Battlefield that allows for 40v40 skirmishes, new weapons armor and equipment and even new craftable alchemy stones.

 

So that things aren't too terribly easy in the new region of Mediah, a new boss known as the Kzarka, which is an enormous beast-like character, is hiding and capable of taking on over a hundred high-level players at a time. A world boss, so to speak.

 

The new expansion is part of a massive patch being pushed out to the European and North American servers to catch up to the version already found on the Korean servers. All of the new content, which is a tremendous amount, is completely free. It'll be hitting servers tomorrow, which means they'll be down for maintenance as they become patched. Full patch notes will be released once they're finished.

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New Call of Duty rumored to have space combat, set in distant future

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 2:33 pm

This year's Call of Duty game will reportedly delve deep into the distant future, with ultra-futuristic tech and interstellar combat. In other words, the new Call of Duty could very well take on a Halo-esque approach.

 

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The reports from from NeoGAF posts from industry insider Shinobi602, who claims that the new Call of Duty will be so advanced that Black Ops 3 will "feel like the Stone Age" in comparison. That's a pretty tall order, considering Black Ops 3 had some pretty advanced cybernetic tech. Last year Shinobi was right on the mark about certain Black Ops 3 details, so these claims could be accurate.

 

  • This makes Black Ops 3 feel like the stone age (metaphorically, of course)
  • Very far future
  • Space combat
  • Full on sci-fi

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Blizzard is removing a characters erotic pose from Overwatch

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 1:53 pm

Overwatch isn't without its share of criticism, and Blizzard Entertainment has said they're going to remove an in-game victory pose following numerous complaints from fans.

 

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The complaints stem from a pose that has one of the female characters, Tracer, who's described as being an elite and very efficient killer, looking over her shoulder following a victory. Concerns were brought up that the pose is far too provocative for the character given the backstory and the personality that Blizzard is attempting to portray. In particular, a forum member known as Fipps as brought up their concern about this pose merely reducing Tracer into a sex symbol. "It's not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces Tracer to another bland female sex symbol." Fipps does note that another character, Widowmaker, is partly defined by her sexuality and they aren't looking to change any of her particular poses, which are slightly provocative.

 

Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan, the game director for Overwatch, replied to the thread and has made the decision to remove the pose from her répertoire of different poses which include other more benign examples. Kaplan states that "The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented." The decision, he later followed up, was one that was largely already made to remove it. They already weren't happy with it's inclusion and had an alternate pose ready that was more representative of the character they're trying to portray.

Epic Games founder criticizes Oculus' software policies

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 1:30 pm

After calling Microsoft out for 'monopolizing PC games development' with UWP, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney now challenges Oculus' definition of an "open" storefront.

 

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By default, the Oculus Rift blocks content not sold on the official Oculus Store. Users can easily fix this by switching on a setting, but the worry is that most people won't bother--or even know they can do it. Once Epic Games' Time Sweeney heard about this, he responded by Tweeting: "Very disappointing. Oculus is treating games from sources like Steam and Epic Games as second-class citizens."

 

"In what possible sense is this an 'open platform'? Developers have to 'request keys' for Oculus DRM," Sweeney continued, directly contesting a snippet from a recent Oculus blog post. According to the blog, if you're a dev who wants to sell games on the Oculus Store and somewhere else, you have to request game keys to distribute to other platforms.

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Halo Wars, Soul Calibur 2 make it to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2016 1:06 pm

Three more games have made it to the Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility. Halo Wars, Soul Calibur II and King of Fighter '98, all available to buy and download now in the dedicated Xbox 360 backwards compatible store that you can access through the Xbox One.

 

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Halo Wars was actually available last week through it's now officially joining the lineup with the new announcement by Major Nelson. From early reports, performance seems to be on par or better than their last generation counterparts, which is a releif given the strange performance issues inherent early on.

 

The list of backwards compatible games continues to become larger and larger with no sign that they'll be slowing anytime soon. This is actually the third announcement of new games in two weeks, adding up to a total of 140 games thus far. Red Dead Redemption, a game that would likely please fans and critics alike, continues to be missing despite having been unintentionally revealed last month. Microsoft is in talks with all major publishers and developers about bringing on board as many games as possible, so even if your favorite game isn't quite listed yet, it might be in the near future.

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