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Deux Ex's pre-order scheme has been cancelled

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

Due to overwhelming pressure from fans, Square Enix has pulled the plug on the "Augment Your Pre-order" scheme for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.




The scheme itself was a brand new method to encourage and rack up pre-orders, and was universally condemned by gamers and the gaming press. Essentially players were strongly enticed to pre-order the game (which is a dangerous proposition in today's industry) to earn extra redeemable bonuses, and if enough gamers pre-ordered, the game would release four days early.


"We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback," the publisher wrote in the official announcement.


"We've spent a lot of time reading through all of your comments, working to understand how we can try to make things right for you. After much thought and reflection, we decided to close down the program and make all of the incentive content available to anyone who pre-orders Deus Ex: Mankind Divided or purchases a Day 1 edition of the game."


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is still on schedule to release on Feburary 23, 2016 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Square Enix affirms that the release date won't be moved up regardless of pre-order numbers.

NVIDIA reveals GeForce Now, rebranding its Grid game streaming service

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

NVIDIA has just unveiled GeForce Now, its rebranded game streaming service that was until now, known as Grid. NVIDIA plans to compete against PlayStation Now, but at a much cheaper price point.




GeForce Now will be offering gamers the chance to stream games from their servers at 1080p 60FPS, blasting the titles to their Shield console, Shield Tablet, or Shield Portable. NVIDIA has more than 50 games on their GeForce Now service, with games like Alan Wake, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Grid 2, Dirt 3, Borderlands and multiple Batman titles. If you want to purchase games outright and play them instantly, you can get some hours pumped into titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell and Resident Evil: Revelations 2.


NVIDIA is launching GeForce Now on October 1 in the United States, EU and Japan for $7.99 per month. The company is including a free three-month trial membership which will allow gamers to try out the service before they dive head first into it.

Train Simulator 2016 packs an insane $3061 worth of available DLC

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

The world of gaming is quite hilarious these days, with DLC making some serious profits for game developers post-release. But just how far, is too far, when it comes to DLC?




Train Simulator 2016 takes the cake, with a price of $45 right now it's priced well. That is, until you consider all of the DLC you can buy. There are 230 packs of DLC for Train Simulator 2016, and when you add them all together, you get a grand total of $3061.91, and that's taking into consideration the huge 40% discount right now.

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GameStop CEO says 'disc-based games will be around forever'

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

With the non-stop growth of digital downloads physical media has its days numbered, or not. According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, "disc-based games will be around forever".




During a chat with Fortune, Raines added: "The market has seen physical music sales down 50 per cent from its peak and physical movie sales down 60 per cent from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode".


What about VR headsets? Raines had something to say about that too, adding: "Analysts believe there could be 10 million VR users by the end of 2016, and there are hardware forecasts of $30 billion by 2020. We're going to be the destination for VR". He said that GameStop customers will soon be able to stop by their stores to test out the three main VR headsets: the Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive.

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Tony Hawk 5 is embarrassingly broken, is it Activision's fault?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is a colossal failure: the game is riddled with glitches, terrible graphics, physical bugs and is just a heaping hot mess of bad game. But who's to blame? Taking a closer look reveals that Activision should have known better.



Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is one of the most memorable failed games in recent memory, and it only just launched. It's been hailed as broken on all accounts and is utterly embarrassing in every capacity. If anything Tony Hawk 5 should be sold as a $10 game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade--that Activision charges $59.99 for it is quite telling. Even the game's 7.7GB launch day update, which is actually bigger than the total 4.4GB of the game itself, couldn't fix things. Yes, it's worse than Assassin's Creed: Unity. But why? How did this happen?


The game crashed simply because Activision once again handed off a big-name franchise to another amateur developer. The publisher did this with the last-gen ports of Black Ops 3, leading to the game's entire campaign being gutted out on Xbox 360 and PS3. Despite the fact that Robomondo Games was responsible for the critical failure that was Tony Hawk: Shred, the $120 game with a skateboard controller, Activision went ahead and entrusted Tony Hawk 5 to Robomondo. And it completely backfired.

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Upcoming streamer? Razer is about to be your best friend

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Razer has been a busy company, announcing its sponsored streamer program, a 1080p60(FPS) capture card and a desktop camera, all sitting alongside its already-released Razer Seiren and Seiren Pro microphones.



Codenamed Project Sheena, the 1080p 60 FPS capture card will come packed with USB 3.0 compatibility and is said to be part of Razer's immense support for live video streamers, as according to co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in a recent press release. Next up is the Intel RealSense powered desktop camera, codenamed Project Winona. This device will feature automatic background removal, gesture recognition, 3D face mapping and more, aiming to give owners a stream much more advanced compared to others.


With both of these projects set for availability in early 2016, Razer has also used this opportunity to further promote its Seiren series of streamer-aimed microphones. Read our review of the Razer Seiren Pro here.

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League of Legends developer confirms its working on new games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

It should come as no surprise, but Riot Games is working on a new game. It probably isn't something new to know, but until now it had not been confirmed if the League of Legends developer was going to follow up from one of the biggest eSports games ever.




Riot Games' R&D boss Ryan Scott took some questions from fans about what's coming next for the developer, and when asked about what he's working on, Scott said: "No deets for a while, but trying to get the 's' in the Riot Games name". Another fan questioned Scott's Twitter profile, which said that he's a "turn-based strategy and FPS fan", eluding to which genre Riot Games is working on. Scott added: "Genre-wise [it's] pretty broad. The important thing for us is to make something meaningful, not a 'me too' game".


I'm not sure if I'd have confidence in Riot only working on a single game right now, but I'd say there are multiple games in the pipeline and the one that is closest to being revealed, is being eluded to here. It would be silly for Riot to not want to release another game that will surely make the company hundreds of millions of dollars like League of Legends has and continues to.

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Konami: Metal Gear can definitely continue without Kojima

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

While Konami continues to find itself between a rock and a hard place concerning its reputation in the gaming sphere, the overseas publisher has asserted that it's not giving up on AAA games. The Metal Gear brand will continue without Hideo Kojima, and console games won't be jeopardized in favor of freemium mobile schemes.



"We've said in the past that the Metal Gear brand will continue," said Konami's UK community manager Graham Day in an interview with GameOn Daily. When asked if Metal Gear can maintain its luster without Hideo Kojima at the helm, Graham responded in the affirmative: "Of course, Metal Gear can definitely continue without Hideo Kojima. Metal Gear is about the story, it's about the characters. We look at things like Metal Gear Rising and that was an example of the title being taken in a new direction by separate teams."


The Day also iterates that Konami wants to keep bringing games to the console realm, and a new mobile focus doesn't mean all other platforms will be shut out. "Yeah, we're still committed to console gaming. That's never changed. I think some things are being taken out of context. Just because [Konami] is embracing mobile gaming it doesn't mean everything else has to quit. Konami has a history of making the best games around, and that is something we'll continue and that won't change anything going forward."

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No timed-exclusive DLC for Fallout 4, Bethesda says

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

In the current age of console gaming, we've seen this outrageous trend of carving out a portion of a game and only making it available to a specific console. It's called timed exclusives, and it's a new way to make exclusive content without actually having to make an exclusive game. Activision has done it with Destiny, Square Enix has done it with Rise of the Tomb Raider--but Bethesda has affirmed it won't be participating in this ridiculous charade with Fallout 4.




In a recent Twitter exchange, Bethsoft's VP of Marketing and PR Pete Hines officially declared that Fallout 4's content won't be locked behind a console-gate, suggesting that the game will be the same across all platforms. "We aren't doing a DLC exclusive with anyone," Hines said poignantly.



Bear in mind that Fallout 4 does have a $30 Season Pass that unlocks all of the game's planned DLC. Bethsoft isn't about to pull an Evolve and shell out multiple passes either; this is a one-off purchase that grants "all DLC ever released for Fallout 4".

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Konami is 'still working on console games' amid big budget AAA woes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Amid rumors that Konami was halting all development of big budget AAA games so that they could focus on mobile games, the developer has come out squashing those rumors, saying that it is still working on console games.




Not only that, Konami has said that they're "not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that", which should have fans of the series happy that Konami isn't leaving the franchise - but without series creator Hideo Kojima, can we expect Metal Gear Solid to feel the same without him? Konami's customer support talked with Nintendo life recently, saying: "I can promise you that we're definitely not leaving Metal Gear behind or anything like that".


They added: "I know some blogs were claiming that online this morning, but I'm not really sure where they'd be getting that from. We're still definitely working on console games and franchises such as Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, PES and all the rest".

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