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Check out 12 minutes of 'Welcome to the Avenger' gameplay from XCOM 2

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

2K Games and Firaxis Games have released a new 12-minute gameplay video of XCOM 2, with action taking place 20 years after XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Humans lost the war with the aliens, and viewers can take a look at the custom mobile HQ, customization systems, and upgrade paths for weapons, armors, and other characteristics.

 

 

Working under the alien regime following a major war, a human resistance is tasked with trying to overthrow the alien race's power.

 

XCOM 2 is scheduled for release in November, and will be available for PCs, Mac OS, and Linux. A console launch for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 is still possible, but 2K and Firaxis Games haven't announced anything.

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Here's the best 'TV guide' for eSports - FolloweSports.com

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Once a week my parents would buy the newspaper in order to get a TV guide for the next 7 days. I'd groan as a flip the pages and realize that there is actually nothing worth watching for a whole week, so I'd run off to tinker with computers a little more. This old technology has been largely replaced by online guides which are live updating and cover hundreds more channels - so why not have something like this for eSports events?

 

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Well, the guys at FolloweSports.com thought exactly the same thing, so they went out and something to fix this issue. It's free to use and covered all major eSports titles - loading up the webpage quickly I can see all tournaments that are currently or soon to be happening, complete with prize pools, bracket information, event naming, game titles and more.

 

Without signing in, all game times are tailored towards my personal time zone and each game has a direct link to the stream when live. There's a bunch of filters and searches you can conduct to find something specifically if you wish.

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Hideo Kojima could end up working with Chinese gaming giant Tencent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

With the creator of Metal Gear Solid all out on his own, it's being reported that Hideo Kojima is in talks with Chinese gaming giant Tencent.

 

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Tencent is seriously large, with stakes in gaming giants like Riot, Activision Blizzard, Epic Games and more. Tencent is reportedly looking to acquire Kojima, where they would work together on new IP, with negotiations between Kojima and Tencent reportedly already taking place.

 

If Kojima did move over and start some new IP with a backer with deep enough pockets (and the freedom that Kojima requires), we could expect very exciting things from them in the future.

Ubisoft teases 4K screenshots from the PC version of Zombi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Ubisoft has released new screenshots from the PC version of Zombi, which was known as ZombiU on the Nintendo Wii U. The new screenshots have been captured at the glorious 4K resolution, which you can scope out below.

 

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The game itself looks much better in 4K, but I think you can see it's definitely not built to have 4K 'feeling' great to play on. The field of view looks like its stuck at 60 degrees, which is the default that most first-person shooters are locked at (on consoles at least). We have some more screenshots below, but prepare your Internet connections as they're quite big.

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GTA V mods coming to PS4, Xbox One in new update

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

In the next update for GTA V, console gamers will be able to create, share and download customized mods, adding in a massive dollop of freshness to the game.

 

 

Rockstar Games didn't exactly break the news with a full-on announcement--instead it was cleverly embedded in a blog post about the Ill-Gotten Gains modding contest, where the devs pretty much sneaked in a confirmation.

 

"The upcoming launch of the Rockstar Editor for PS4 and Xbox One as the next update to Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online means the next Rockstar Editor Contest will be the first one with entries across all three platforms - so the creative competition will be fiercer than ever. Stay tuned for info about that contest and forthcoming update."

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Sony launches PS4 preview program to test new updates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Sony wants to enlist everyday PlayStation 4 gamers to help beta test new updates and features for the console, and plans to implement its own form of Microsoft's Xbox One preview program.

 

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Interested users can sign up here and in addition to new exclusive access to new features, testers will be able to share feedback with Sony on a special section of the PlayStation community forum. Testers will be able to try out the PS4's next major PS4 v3.0 update, which brings YouTube broadcasting, a new events and communities section, and even the ability to upload video clips to Twitter.

 

The initiative is a great idea considering Sony's past blunder with the PS4's ill-fated v2.0 blunder which locked gamers out of the console with a rest mode glitch, and it'll be another way to squash bugs while collecting feedback in the process.

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Bethesda responds to Fallout 4 graphics criticism

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Bethesda previously admitted it had to "dial" down some of the graphics, and many gamers weren't necessarily happy with the news. The studio has offered a public statement regarding the mini controversy, with one official noting the criticism "definitely doesn't upset us."

 

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"As with most forms of entertainment, you never get 100 percent agreement on anything," said Pete Hines, marketing chief at Bethesda, in a statement to Metro. "And so, at the end of the day, whether it's what the graphics look like or whether the gameplay is what you want or whether you like the setting, or whatever it is, everybody is entitled to their own opinion."

 

The need to dial back graphics was done to benefit game consoles, with Fallout 4 expected to run at 1080p/30fps on consoles - but there will be no PC restrictions. Even if some people are angry, Fallout 4 is expected to be a gaming blockbuster that has drawn incredible interest from PC and console gamers alike.

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SEGA, Steam offers trial of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

SEGA has recently announced a free and limited trial of Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces to be launched on Steam in America and Europe, beginning 7PM CET on August 31 and concluding 11pm CET on September 2, 2015.

 

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Exclusive to Steam, this trial will see up to 55,000 total players involved, allowing access to the British army and the ability to control 15 new units, six new commanders and eight new multiplayer maps. Alongside these are the four factions and base commanders as seen in all previous Company of Heroes 2 titles.

 

Self-claimed as "one of the most comprehensive World War II RTS games available," Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces is set for full release on September 3 for $12.99 as a stand-alone package, with 10% off given for pre-ordering customers.

Will drug tests help legitimize eSports as an actual sport?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) wants to crack down on the use of recreational and performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) used by its competitors. Many of you balked at the idea, especially when marijuana is on the list of banned substances, though the ESL has a long-term goal in mind: legitimize eSports worldwide.

 

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"The popularity and visibility of eSports has grown exponentially in recent years, but this combined with the increasing size of prize pools has also made the temptation of rule-breaking even greater," the ESL previously wrote. "ESL has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding both the integrity of our competitions and that of eSports as a whole."

 

It looks like ESL is most concerned about the use of Adderall and similar drugs that can be used to help enhance gameplay. ESL will work with the German Nationale Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) - which oversees anti-doping coordination and promoting anti-doping measures. WADA, of course, is best known for its role in athletic sports - but with a growing global image and prize money on the line - eSports wants to follow suit.

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Blizzard brings automated tournaments to StarCraft II

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In a bid to win over eSports enthusiasts and those looking to transfer into this scene, Blizzard has recently announced the addition of automated tournaments within its gaming client.

 

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Complete with an easy-to-access tournaments button in the main menu, the two tournament formats on offer in this beta testing period will be 3-round tournaments in single elimination and 6-round tournaments in a group stage to single elimination bracket.

 

This is a great way in order for Blizzard to push more players towards the eSports scene, alongside giving competitive players a viable way to hone their skills on a regular basis. However, small tournament organizers who are looking to learn some tips and tricks in order to move onto bigger and better things may find this addition an issue as it basically kills their target audience.

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