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Titanfall 2 sales force EA to heavily slash prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2016 11:15 pm

We already reported that Titanfall 2 sales were expected to be "beyond disappointing", but we didn't know exactly how disappointing the sales could be - and now, well - we do.

 

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EA has slashed the price of Titanfall 2 heavily, with research firm Cowen & Company predicting the sales of Titanfall 2 to be bad, where they reported: "We think the game got squeezed between Battlefield 1 and [Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare]. We suspect EA believed that by launching two shooters next to Call of Duty it could put a large dent in its biggest competitor, but instead EA appears to have wound up shooting its own foot off".

 

  • Standard Edition (for Xbox Live Gold members): was $59.99, now $35.99
  • Deluxe Edition (for Xbox Live Gold members): was $79.99, now $47.99
  • Battlefield 1/Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle: was $149.99, now $75.00

 

PC gamers get it even better, with the Standard and Deluxe Edition already 33% off, but now there's another 20% discount by using the code 'TITAN20'. This drags the price down to 50% off of its original launch price, with the Deluxe Edition also benefitting from these price drops.

 

Did you buy Titanfall 2? Will this new price have you buying the game now?

Dead or Alive designer: PS4 Pro 'is just rhetoric'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 8:36 am

In an interview with Polygon, Tomonobu Itagaki - the designer who has worked on massively popular games like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, hasn't got the best things to say about Sony's new PS4 Pro console.

 

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He was asked about a sequel to his latest game Devil's Third, where he wasn't certain about the hardware coming after the PS4 Pro and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Scorpio console. He said that Microsoft and Sony are pushing out the faster consoles because of VR, because the original Xbox One and PS4 were simply not up to scratch.

 

Itagaki said: "We don't know what the next hardware is going to be. So, there's a high chance [Devil's Third 2] will come out on the PC. I think that the future is stormy. It's difficult to see beyond that. I'm talking about the consoles past those, past Project Scorpio. I'd like to release Devil's Third 2 on PlayStation 5 and whatever comes after Xbox One. But I don't think that's the way it's going to happen".

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Mafia 3 somehow makes the top 10 games of October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 6:46 am

I don't know how it has happened, but Mafia 3 has made it into the top 10 games of October 2016. The console version of the game was in a much better state than the beyond pathetic version on the PC, and according to NPD Group's report, it slotted into the second-best selling game of the month.

 

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EA DICE took out the coveted #1 spot with the much-deserved Battlefield 1, and The Coalition take #3 with Gears of War 4. The digital sales of BF1, GoW 4, Skyrim, and Titanfall 2 weren't counted - so these numbers and positions would be much different with digital sales taken into consideration.

 

The top 10 list:

 

  1. Battlefield 1**
  2. Mafia III
  3. Gears of War 4*
  4. FIFA 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
  7. WWE 2K17
  8. Civilization VI
  9. Titanfall 2**
  10. Madden NFL 17

 

* Does not include digital sales.

**Does not include EA Origin sales on PC.

Wikileaks being 'astroturfed', under government control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 5:24 am

For those who have been keeping tabs on the 2016 presidential election (and let's face it... how does anyone not with the entire media machine cranking along non-stop) - there are a small group that have been closely watching the events surrounding Wikileaks.

 

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In the weeks leading up to the election, Wikileaks dumped out a slew of emails surrounding the former Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, John Podesta - and there are now some suspicious events taking place - all throughout 2016.

 

Just as Julian Assange's internet connection was severed in the Ecuadorian Embassy, his deadman switch was enabled. At roughly the same time, the massive DDoS attack took place that affected millions of people, websites, Twitter, Facebook, and more. It gets fishier, as Wikileaks had three insurance files that were sent out mysteriously - and now the hash for those files isn't matching with the 90GB of files dumped last month. Reddit users have been banned, posts and threads deleted, and new and even old accounts are posting out of nowhere.

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AMD reaffirms HDR abilities, HDMI 2.0 is the limitation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 4:18 am

Just as I was laying down to hopefully fall asleep after a massive 18-hour work day, I read a story over at TechPowerUp sourced from German tech site Heise.de, that AMD Radeon graphics cards were limited in their HDR abilities... well, click bait can be bad sometimes, and we now know the truth.

 

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The original story can be read here, which claimed that Radeon graphics cards were reducing the color depth to 8 bits per cell (16.7 million colors) or 32-bit, if the display was connected to HDMI 2.0, and not DisplayPort 1.2 - something that spiked my interest.

 

10 bits per cell (1.07 billion colors) is a much more desired height to reach for HDR TVs, but the original article made it out to seem like this was a limitation of AMD, and not that of HDMI 2.0 and its inherent limitations. Heise.de said that AMD GPUs reduce output sampling from the "desired Full YCrBr 4: 4: 4 color scanning to 4: 2: 2 or 4: 2: 0 (color-sub-sampling / chroma sub-sampling), when the display is connected over HDMI 2.0. The publication also suspects that the limitation is prevalent on all AMD 'Polaris' GPUs, including the ones that drive game consoles such as the PS4 Pro," reports TPU.

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Fallout 4 mods now available on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 11:18 pm

After a long, winding road of hardships, Fallout 4 mods are now available on Sony's PlayStation 4.

 

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Bethesda today announced that Fallout 4's highly anticipated PS4 mods are now live. This is actually both good and bad news, considering Fallout 4 mods on PS4 are severely hampered compared to Xbox One: the mods cannot use new textures, meaning PS4 gamers can't enjoy new customized weapons, armors, or even user-created areas, and the mods can only take up a maximum of 1GB space.

 

Bethesda.net currently has almost 200 Fallout 4 PS4 mods up for gamers to sample, most of which are basic tweaks to game mechanics, items, quests and more.

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Remedy's isn't making a new Max Payne, just hiring devs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 9:28 pm

When Remedy Games posted up a cryptic teaser showing Sam Lake, the entire gaming world thought that the studio was working on a new Max Payne, especially since the clip had some distinctly familiar elevator music at the end. We did too. As it turns out, we were so far from the mark it's not even funny (no really, it's not).

 

 

Instead of teasing a new game, Remedy's short clip was just a snippet from a whimsical recruitment video. The clip literally said "new teaser trailer coming soon" and Max Payne fans everywhere went nuts. But there's no new Max Payne game, or any hint of any other project from Remedy. The "new teaser trailer" is just a humorous bloopers clip that Remedy used to rile up the internet like an April Fool's Joke.

 

So if you were hoping for any kind of major announcement from the team, forestall your hopes. Personally I'm not too enthusiastic about a new Remedy game after the wasted potential of Quantum Break.

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Overwatch free weekend starts now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 8:26 pm

If you've been curious about Blizzard's FPS Overwatch but not enough to drop $40, now's a good a time as any to find out what it's all about. Starting today, you can play the game for free on all platforms, and just after a sweet new patch hit, complete with arcade modes, some great balancing changes, and new stealth hero Sombra.

 

 

The free part ends Monday 4PM PST. For details on downloading as well a handy FAQ, hit the source.

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Domino's delivers first pizza by drone

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 7:27 pm

Back in August, Domino's Pizza began testing drove delivery in New Zealand. In partnership with delivery company Flirtey, today it made its first official delivery in the region: a peri-peri chicken pizza and a cranberry pizza to a couple in Whangaparaoa, 25km north of Auckland. The food was received at 11:19am with an impressive delivery time of under two minutes.

 

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The drone utilizes GPS to find its way and was controlled by a team of experts, including a certified drone pilot.

 

Flirty is said to be planning on bringing drone delivery to the US. Assuming continued success, it seems inevitable.

Civilization VI update adds DirectX 12, new maps, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2016 6:20 pm

A major update is now available for Civilization VI, adding DirectX 12 support (meaning potentially improved performance), new maps, a new scenario, and a metric tonne of polish to every aspect of the game.

 

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The new maps are "Four-Leaf Clover" and "Six-Armed Snowflake." Playable offline and on, they encourage conflict by forcing you to move to the center. The new scenario meanwhile, is named Cavalary and Cannonades, so it's not hard to imagine what's in store.

 

As for the polish, that touches on gameplay, balance, AI, bugs, graphics, multiplayer, interface, and audio, among other things -- like I said, every aspect of the game. The list is too long to post here, so hit the source if you want all the details.

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