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Red Dead Redemption 2 gets tons of new screenshots

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 49 mins ago

Today Rockstar unloaded an entire carriage of Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshots, giving more insight into its sprawling new Western story.

 

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The more I see and hear about Red Dead Redemption 2, the more excited I get. With its grim and somber tone set against a desperate, brutal backdrop of murder and mayhem, the game's story has already captured my imagination. But there's much, much more to Rockstar's new game, including a huge open-ended world filled with reactive and dynamic characters, interesting towns that adapt to the century-turning revolution, and massive freedom that lets us take Arthur Morgan wherever we choose.

 

There's also the new first-person mode that'll ship with the game. This essentially lets us walk around in Arthur's spur-heeled boots and gun down whoever we want--and live with or die by the consequences--all in a kind of FPS-like experience.

 

Then of course there's the new Red Dead Online multiplayer mode, which mirrors GTA Online but also incorporates both PVP competitive action with PVE-style co-op, all of which is intertwined with story-driven narrative elements. Red Dead Online will launch as a beta in November, a month after the game ships.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26, 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.

 

Check below for a huge batch of screenshots.

 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 can transform into a FPS

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 56 mins ago

Rockstar will let us see through the red-dead eyes of a harrier gunslinger in its latest Western adventure.

 

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Similar to GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2 can transform into a first-person shooter at any in-game moment. The game will ship with a first-person view mode that connects players even more to the outlaw Arthur Morgan, and offers some interesting possibilities for exploration in Rockstar's impressive-looking 1899 Western frontier. This should add a more intimate dimension to the singleplayer-driven experience itself while immersing players into the spur-heeled boots of a hardened desperado.

 

I'm curious how adept the gunfights will be in first-person, but remember it's Rockstar we're talking about...so things should be pretty fine-tuned. Everything except cutscenes can be played in first-person, including horseback riding, character interactions/dialog sequences, roaring shootouts, mini-games, and much more.

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Spider-Man is the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive of all time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 43 mins ago

With Spider-Man, Insomniac Games steals the fastest-selling game milestone from Sony Santa Monica.

 

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Insomniac's new Spider-Man game has now sold over 3.3 million copies in its first three days, Sony today announced, making it the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive of all time. The previous record was held by the latest Norse mythology-based God of War game, which sold 3.1 million copies in three days.

 

"Marvel's Spider-Man is setting records! It's now the fastest-selling first-party PlayStation title, selling over 3.3 million in its first 3 days," Sony said on Twitter.

 

We're noticing a trend here. Sony's bet on big-budget PS4 exclusives is paying off big time insofar as game sales and notoriety, proving that singleplayer-driven experiences are still major points of interest to consumers. In a sea of online-based live service games with microtransactions and engagement strategies, this is a refreshing (and possibly sobering to publishers like EA) reminder.

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Sony has no plans to make new PS Vita

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 57 mins ago

Sony's ill-fated PlayStation Vita is winding down its ticker, and the company won't make another one any time soon.

 

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Despite selling quite well in Japan, the PS Vita handheld failed to capture overseas markets, even with PS4 ecosystem integration and cross-platform features. As a result Sony pretty much abandoned the system and plans to stop shipping the device in 2019. Due to a number of conditions--including mobile gaming initiatives--Sony currently has no plans to make a next-gen Vita handheld.

 

"Right now, I'd like you to consider that there is no PS Vita successor hardware. As for a portable game machine, there is no plans for anything after the PS Vita," Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan's Hiroyuki Oda told Mantan Web (as translated by Kotaku).

 

It seems Sony's recent handheld patent, which looks like a Vita crossed with a Nintendo Switch, could simply stay on paper for the foreseeable future.

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PlayStation Now lets you download games for offline play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 34 mins ago

PlayStation Now now has a chance of competing with Microsoft's Game Pass service.

 

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The battle of the subscriptions rages on as Sony adds PlayStation Now game downloads to the service, effectively bringing offline play to a large portion of games. Sony has effectively nixed the service's major drawback (it used to be streaming-only) and evens up the playing field against Xbox Game Pass. Users can now download nearly every PS4 game on the catalog along with a smattering of remastered PS2 games. There was no mention of downloading PlayStation games to PC.

 

But there's a caveat to offline play: you'll have to re-connect to the internet "every few days" to validate your subscription and game licenses. An exact timeframe wasn't given. This is reminiscent of Switch Online's requirement to log in every 7 days to play NES games offline.

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Android 17 confirmed as next Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 21 mins ago

The latest release of V-Jump has confirmed that Android 17 is going to be the next DLC character for Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball FighterZ. This won't be the classic Android 17 everyone knows and loves either...

 

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According to Siliconera and more specifically Ryokutya2089, Android 17 will be the next DLC character to come to Dragon Ball FighterZ. This version of Android 17 won't be the classic one from the Android Saga either, this Android 17 will be based off the one from the most recent Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball Super.

 

Siliconera also reports that later this month there will be a major update, within this update will be the addition of a new "space arena" stage for PS4, Xbox One and most likely PC. Apparently, Nintendo Switch users will have to wait slightly longer for this update, no surprises there. Android 17 will be available closer to the end of the month, he will be coming in at a price of $5. Dragon Ball FighterZ is available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. Switch users should note that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be arriving on their handheld consoles on September 28th.

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Danny Trejo introduces Magic: The Gathering Arena Open Beta

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 21 mins ago

Ahead of the open beta release for Magic: The Gathering Arena, a brand new trailer has been released. Machete star, Danny Trejo and Sean "Day9" Plott walk us through what to expect as a brand new player.

 

 

We just passed the 25th anniversary for Magic: The Gathering and as many collectors are gearing up for the next Magic: The Gathering set, Guilds of Ravnica, an online Magic experience is about to go underway. It's titled Magic: The Gathering Arena and it seems to be quite heavily inspired, UI wise, by Blizzard's Hearthstone.

 

Magic: The Gathering Arena has had a closed beta running since late 2017, now the developers are opening up the beta to the public which will be beginning on September 27th. Closed beta players should note that on September 24, every existing account will be reset. Players that have their accounts reset will be refunded with every gem purchase they have made within the closed beta, and will also receive the following cards: Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Ral, Izzet Viceroy and Vraska, Golgari Queen. If you are interested in jumping into the open beta to give it a try, you can pre-download it from the official website here.

Dark Souls Remastered for Switch: Network Test available

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 21 mins ago

Months after the release of Dark Souls Remastered on the PS4, Xbox One and PC, developers and publishers FromSoftware and Bandai Namco have announced that there will be a network test for Nintendo Switch players this weekend.

 

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Variety has reported that Nintendo Switch players will have chance to jump into the networking testing this weekend. Originally, the network test was planned for April as the games full release was planned for soon after, unfortunately both of those release dates was heavily delayed due to Bandai Namco wanting to "give the development team the time needed to make sure Nintendo Switch players can fully appreciate the true 'Dark Souls' experience anytime and anywhere, thanks to the unique portable nature of the Nintendo Switch console."

 

On a positive note, the network test will be available this weekend, beginning on Oct. 19. Dark Souls Remastered will be the first Souls game to come to a Nintendo console and will come in at a price of $40. The game will also be bundled with the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. If you are a FromSoftware fan and want to play Dark Souls wherever you go, visit the official Nintendo eShop listing for the title here.

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Platinum Games addresses Bayonetta 3 development progress

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 21 mins ago

Platinum Games, the developers behind the well known Bayonetta series have addressed their development progress on the third installment into the series, Bayonetta 3.

 

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While at the Bitsummit Roadshow event in Tokoyo at the Daikanyama Unit, Platinum Games' lead director Hideki Kamiya and head producer, Atsushi Inaba discussed the progress with Bayonetta 3. At the event, both developers said that the game is "on course" and that the developers in the studio are currently completely "in sync."

 

From the event, we got a quick tease towards the development of Bayonetta 3, here is what was said "It's nice to be able to tell you that everything is going very, very well. We're all very excited about what we're doing on that game." Unfortunately, not many other details were really given, all we know is that Bayonetta 3 is planned exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. For further information, visit the official Bayonetta website here.

Nintendo Switch NES Emulator successfully hacked, new games?

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 21 mins ago

Nintendo Switch Online just made its debut to the public and within hours of its release the updated console has already been hacked. Someone has already figured out how to access the NES games folder.

 

 

According to the hacker, Nintendo has decided to use a direct port of the NES Classic Edition, which is apparently quite easy to hack. The hacker is under the name 'Kapu' on Twitter and explains that the "Nintendo Switch Online's NES games are plain .nes files GUI appears to be entirely LUA much like the S/NES Classic so people are gonna be able to go to town on this." The hacker continues to explain what he has found after datamining the Switch, he claims that Nintendo should not have advertised this service as big as they did when all they have simply done is "a quick port of an existing emulator packaged with some ROMs."

 

Kapu says that when looking into the files that the entire patch "feels pretty much like an afterthought. The most work that went into it was likely the UI. There aren't any fancy patches for individual games or anything, the online multiplayer aspect uses the exact same networking code as any other Switch game, such as Splatoon 2 or MK8D." Polygon managed to get into contact with Kapu, they posed a question to him that was based around a user without prior hacking knowledge wanting to add their own ROM's to the file system. This would in turn, allow for custom NES Classic games to be added to the library.

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