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Final Fantasy XV Gladio and Prompto DLC dated

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 10:21 pm

At the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event, Square Enix revealed new DLC for Final Fantasy XV including Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto and another free Booster Pack download.

 

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Final Fantasy XV will have story DLC for each of Noctis' brothers in arms, with Gladio, Prompto and Ignis all getting their own solo episodes. The first of these DLCs, Episode Gladio, will release on March 28 and will allow players to take the perspective of Gladio to fight enemies alongside Cor Leonis. Episode Prompto will be the next story DLC and is planned for a release in June.

 

Starting February 21 users can download a free Booster Pack (and a Booster Pack+ for season pass holders) that unlocks the Magitek Exosuit. This outfit looks stunningly close to a Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers outfit, and will give players 100% invincibility for a 30-minute period. After use the exosuits take a full 24 hours to recharge.

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Nintendo is done making Wii U consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 8:30 pm

Nintendo's beleaguered Wii U console has finally been put to rest: the Japanese console-maker has confirmed that Wii U production has ceased in the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

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Now that Nintendo's hot new Switch hybrid handheld-console is on the way, the company is keen on erasing the Wii U from its current hardware lineup. Nintendo has confirmed that it won't be making any more Wii U consoles and once the current stock is sold the system will become another curious part of gaming history.

 

In many ways, the Wii U was absolutely essential for Nintendo's success. The console taught Nintendo a valuable lesson about the importance of third-party developer relations as well as clearly and concisely advertising their hardware.

 

Fast forward today with the Nintendo Switch and we see the company has made tremendous strides on both fronts: the Switch has a massive array of third-party developers who will bring their games to the system, and the Switch website has a ton of information about the console to ensure consumers aren't confused.

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Sephiroth's first appearance in Final Fantasy VII Remake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 5:25 pm

Square Enix celebrates Final Fantasy VII's 20th anniversary by giving fans their first glimpse at the dreaded one-winged angel Sephiroth.

 

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Although Final Fantasy VII: Remake might not release in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the world's most universally acclaimed RPG, Square Enix did drop some new key art to keep us hyped up, and it absolutely achieved its targeted effect.

 

Taking a gander at Sephiroth in the key art, we notice that his appearance has been altered from the original Final Fantasy VII and the subsequent Advent Children film. His outfit has been changed a bit, and the metallic pauldrons seem a bit different, but his menacing and calculating gaze is ever-present.

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BioWare's new IP might be revealed today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 2:04 pm

BioWare is teasing something "interesting" for today, and it could be the reveal of its new IP.

 

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Jonathan Warner, game director of BioWare's fresh new IP, teased the following on Twitter: "Today is going to be an interesting day ;) #BioWare." This tease almost certainly coincides with today's EA Q3 2017 earnings call, so we could see the new IP unveiled today.

 

What do we actually know about the mystery IP? We know it could be Dragon Age related, but don't expect a full-on Dragon Age 4--instead expect a MOBA, card game, or even a RTS "Dragon Age Tactics" game which was actually teased by BioWare's Mark Darrah. We also know that the IP will have "extensive only components," further hinting at a MOBA or RTS.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age release date revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:13 pm

At the official Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event in Tokyo, Square Enix has revealed a bevy of news from the beloved landmark franchise, including a release date for the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age remaster.

 

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will release on July 11, 2017 on PS4 in North America and Europe, and two days later in Japan.

 

This chapter is actually a full HD remastered port of the original Final Fantasy XII that was released on PS2, and features the exclusive Zodiac job system that was only released in the East. The Zodiac system has twelve unique job classes to use in battle, each with their own strengths and styles.

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Fallout 4 PS4 Pro patch will add native 1440p resolution

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 10:41 pm

Fallout 4 is finally getting its long overdue PlayStation 4 Pro Forward Compatibility patch that will upgrade resolution to native 1440p and boost atmospheric effects.

 

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Bethesda today announced the features of Fallout 4's upcoming PS4 Pro patch, which will upgrade the game's base resolution to 2560 x 1440, however no details were given on a 1080p 60FPS mode. We expect the 1440p mode will be capped at 30FPS like the base game.

 

Fallout 4's PS4 Pro patch will also improve draw distances for environments such as trees, grass, basic objects and NPCs. Gamers will also get improved godray effects for realistic and immersive lighting effects.

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Nintendo Switch appeals to Japanese smartphone gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 9:39 pm

Although smartphone gaming reigns supreme in Japan, the portability of Nintendo's new handheld-console Switch hybrid has attracted young Japanese mobile gamers, and may even disrupt the market.

 

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Nintendo designed its new Switch system around one specific point: playing games anywhere with anyone. The Nintendo Switch merges the best of gaming's three top sectors and injects a social dynamic to the mix: mobile gaming, as the Switch tablet has a 10-point capacitive touchscreen that could facilitate traditional experiences with the added benefit of transforming into a mini arcade console via Tabletop Mode; handheld gaming, as the Switch has dedicated attachable controllers to facilitate real handheld gaming; and console gaming, as the Switch can be docked in a cradle to boost performance for living-room based play on full 1080p HDTVs. All of these modes have a social element to them, and this has appealed to a key demographic--the very thing Nintendo was hoping for.

 

According to a survey published on Japanese games site Sirabee, approximately 10.7% of Japanese gamers are interested in the Switch. The site surveyed 1,400 Japanese people of all ages, so the 10.7% means about 149 of the people are actually committed to buying the Switch. Things get more interesting when we look at the actual figures, especially when analyzing key gaming tastes.

 

Taking a look at the actual data (as translated by Dualshockers), we see that the Switch appeals most to younger people in the 20 - 30 year old demographic. This is no surprise considering the Switch itself was designed by a younger generation of Nintendo engineers.

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EA teases Skate 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 8:15 pm

UPDATE: EA has confirmed it's not currently developing Skate 4. Sorry folks!

 

Original story as follows.

 

After six years of waiting, Skate fans might be getting a new game in the series.

 

 

EA senior community manager Daniel Lingen recently stirred up the pot by teasing Skate 4. Now when I say tease, I just mean that Lingen posted a simple hashtag on Twitter, but that was enough. There were no screenshots, no ARG's, no cryptic signals or even snippets of footage. Just #Skate4.

 

The publisher is poised to release their third quarter FY2017 earnings on the morrow, so we could see key EA execs talk about specific upcoming games in the pipeline. I hope to hear about Skate 4, the publisher's multitude of new Star Wars games, and maybe even a quick mention of BioWare's new Dragon Age game.

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The 'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Namco confirmed today that Masaya Nakamura, the so-called Father of Pac-Man and founder of one of Japan's and the gaming industry's most important companies, has died at age 91.

 

 

Masaya Nakamura's Namco was a transformative force in the massive arcade boom during the 80s during that golden age when gaming was starting to take shape. He was a major player in the games industry, and enjoyed massive success with immortal Pac-Man, which is forever known as the world's most popular arcade game. We can only imagine what gaming would be like had Mr. Nakamura not taking the initiative to start his business in 1955. If you grew up in the 80's, you no-doubt owe quite a bit of your childhood to Mr. Nakamura. He will be sorely missed.

 

Did you know? NAMCO is a shortened abridged version of the company's original name: Nakamura Amusement machine Manufacturing COmpany.

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Fallout 4 high-res texture pack requires a...RX 490?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:12 pm

Bethesda will roll out a high resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 on PC, but the publisher affirms only higher-end rigs with beefy video cards and processors will be able to handle the update. In fact, Bethesda lists a GPU that doesn't even exist yet: AMD's Radeon RX 490.

 

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Fallout 4 is getting spruced up on consoles with a new PS4 Pro patch enabling native 1440p and on PC, but the latter will enjoy the biggest and most enhanced upgrade. Everyday PC gamers apparently won't benefit as the high-res texture pack as Bethesda wants you to have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or an AMD RX 490 with 8GB of VRAM and an Intel Core i7-5820K or better to use the update.

 

While these are listed as recommended specs, the publisher says: "make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below."

 

Recommended PC Specs

 

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram

 

Note: To utilize the High-Resolution Texture Pack, make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below.

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