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Halo Wars Definitive Edition teased on PC with Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 5 mins ago

If there was a first-person shooter that needed a place on the PC, it would be the Halo franchise - but Microsoft have kept Halo tight to their chest, as it's a system seller for their Xbox consoles.




But, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition might have console fans happy - but PC gamers might be seeing Halo on the PC sooner, rather than later. Twitter user Gamecheat 13 recently shared two screenshots from Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is normally only available through the Windows Store, but has been teased for Steam.


Microsoft made a Halo Wars 2 demo available to PC gamers through the Windows Store earlier this month, weighing in at 17GB.

Final Fantasy VII Remake has destructible environments

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 21 mins ago

The more we report on Final Fantasy VII: Remake, the more it continues to shift away from the legendary PS1 classic. The action-based remake will feature tons of new mechanics and features that just weren't possible back in the 90s, including dynamically destructible environments and much more.




We've known for a while now that the Final Fantasy VII: Remake has entirely action-based combat like Devil May Cry or Final Fantasy 15 instead of the original's turn-based combat. Now game director Tetsuya Nomura reveals battles have a splash of tactical strategy mixed with the action, and how combat carnage will affect environments.


"Map and object destruction will also happen, and there are part-based destruction elements like breaking the Guard Scorpion's legs," Nomura confirmed in a recent interview with Famitsu.

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Final Fantasy XIV free trial now has unlimited time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 12 mins ago

Square Enix today confirmed that new users can play Final Fantasy 14 for free for an unlimited length of time.




Final Fantasy 14 is absolutely one of the best MMORPGs I've ever played; it's a shining gem in a sea of free to play mediocrity, and Square Enix's dedication to the game is incredible. In the spirit of attracting new players and giving back to the community, the publisher has removed the two week play restriction on FF14's free trial.


"We are pleased to announce that the 14-day limitation on the Free Trial has been removed and the adventure can continue for as long as you want!" the publisher announced in a Lodestone post. "Additionally, users who participated in the Free Trial but never upgraded to the full game will be able to continue where they left off with their account."

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Gamestop: we'll be chasing Switch supply this whole year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours ago

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid is pretty much sold out wherever you go, and Gamestop is particularly worried that the Japanese console-maker can't keep up with the demand.




The Nintendo Switch sold 1.5 million units in its first week, almost hitting the company's 2 million monthly sales forecast in seven days time. In order to keep up with the staggering demand, Nintendo has ordered 16 million Switch consoles to be made in 2017, doubling its initial 8 million manufacturing plan. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima even suggests the company expects the Switch to outsell the Wii's 110 million lifetime sales.


But despite all these efforts, games retailer giant Gamestop is worried that Nintendo simply can't ship enough consoles to stores. "There's a lot of excitement about the Switch, but there's also a lot of caution," GameStop exec Paul Raines told investors. "We're very cautious simply because of limited allocation. We don't really have an aggressive forecast built-in for the Switch. We've learned with Nintendo not to do that."

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Nintendo Switch cartridge advantage killed by Lego game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 14 mins ago

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has confirmed that "players who purchase Lego City Undercover on Nintendo Switch at retail do not need to download the game to play."


The publisher didn't explain why the game's box says an internet connection is required, nor did they comment on the "13GB storage required for downloads" section on the box.


Original story is as follows.


Physical games for Nintendo's new Switch console-handheld hybrid come on cartridges, not discs, and don't require users to install games to the device. But Warner Bros. is apparently keen on smashing this advantage with Lego City Undercover.




With PS4 and Xbox One both requiring you to install 50GB+ disc games, the Switch gives gamers a much-needed reprieve with its cartridge-based system. The Nintendo Switch's physical games are often lightweight ports that sit comfortable on teeny cartridges, offering self-contained games that don't need to be installed onto the system. Since the Switch only has 25.9GB of usable space this is a great move. But Lego City Undercover breaks this golden rule.


Lego City Undercover's full game isn't on its $59.99 cartridge: the game requires you to download "up to 13GB of storage" to your Switch even when you buy the physical cart version. The box flat out says internet is required to play the game, despite Nintendo's efforts to make all singleplayer Switch games self-contained experiences. Since Lego City Undercover is listed at 7.1GB on the Switch eShop, and the Wii U port clocks in at 19GB, this suggests Warner Bros. split the game across the two digital and physical formats.

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PS4 Pro Media Player update includes 4K support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 23 mins ago

Sony is preparing a new update for the PS4 Pro that will allow the Media Player to playback 4K content, with some other tweaks being thrown into the update for the PS4 Pro.




You can playback content from a USB stick or home server, like a PC or NAS, but 4K content will be allowed through PSVR as well. USB storage will need to be formatted, as the extended PS4 storage can only be used for saved games/apps - and can't be used to store or save videos. Sony adds: "For those of you that own a PlayStation VR system in addition to PS4 Pro, Media Player will also update to support playback of 4K VR video content".


Sony continues: "PS VR's display resolution is 1920 x RGB x 1080, therefore 4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos. Capture stunning 360 degree 4K footage, and then immerse yourself in that footage in VR at home - just as if you're right back in the scene you shot".

Bungie makes Destiny 2 official with an artwork tease

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Bungie has just officially announced Destiny 2, through a picture pushed out onto the official Twitter account of Destiny - with key artwork from the game lining up with what we saw teased last week. Our own Gaming God, Derek, went into some detail on why he hoped the leaked Destiny 2 poster was fake - check it out.




Destiny 2 won't let you bring your Destiny characters over, so it's a full fledged sequel to the original. Activision Blizzard has also teased that there will be a PC release of Destiny 2, unlike its predecessor which was a console exclusive. There's also mention of a PS4 beta that might come soon - and as for Destiny 2 itself, it should be released later this year.

Xbox boss: first-party Project Scorpio games 'critical'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Microsoft will be the first console maker with a truly 4K-capable console later this year with Project Scorpio, but what about big first-party games by Microsoft and its closest partners? They're important too, right?




According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer: "Having our [first-party] games ready for Scorpio is critical". Now we don't know what "ready" means, but we might see some highly tuned first-party games rocking 1080p 60FPS or 4K 30FPS on Project Scorpio at launch, with big system sellers like Halo and Gears of War running at liquid smooth 60FPS - or offering 4K at 30FPS.


I don't see Microsoft being able to squeeze 60FPS out of 4K, considering the PC can't do that without spending in excess of $1000. What do you think we'll see?

StarCraft remastered announced by Blizzard

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

Blizzard has announced StarCraft Remastered, a full HD port of their legendary RTS classic.



We knew that Blizzard was working on a StarCraft remaster, and now the company has finally confirmed it with an official StarCraft Remaster announcement. As Blizzard says, StarCraft Remastered "upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end," and the new HD port will included the original base game and its Brood War expansion.


The studio has remastered everything from units, buildings, environments, game audio, and widened the resolution support for modern monitors and displays. But this is just a remaster, not a remake, and Blizzard promises the "strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged."

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New Call of Duty set in WWII?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Call of Duty 2017 is ramping up for its big reveal, and a bit of promo art suggests Sledgehammer's new game takes place in WWII, not Vietnam.




A batch of purported leaked Call of Duty 2017 artwork shows that Sledgehammer's next CoD game will be called "Call of Duty WWII" and be based in the World War II era. Call of Duty Reddit moderators are still verifying the veracity of these images, but the leaker has a good track record, having leaked the infamous CoD: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty 4 Remastered info.


Based on past reports, and the fact that Sledgehammer Games has a scrapped Vietnam-based Call of Duty game in its closet, we believed that the next Call of Duty would be based on the Vietnam War instead of WWII. Sledgehammer Games has teased that their new Call of Duty will "return to its boots on the ground roots" and make us go "absolutely nuts" when its revealed.

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