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Roar for 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 14 hours, 12 mins ago

To celebrate the release of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' on home video, we have ten Blu-ray copies of the film to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




Life finds a way. It's been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.


Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who's still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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MyDigtialSSD ships BPX Pro and lowers prices

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: 16 hours, 12 mins ago

MyDigitalSSD has begun shipping the BPX Pro, the company's next generation NVMe SSD and the first high-performance model in two years. The BPX Pro is the successor to the original BPX, the product that put the company on the enthusiast map by utilizing 2-bit per cell MLC flash at the start of the TLC era. The act of shipping the BPX Pro is only half of the story today.




MyDigitalSSD president Matt Dawson released a statement late Thursday to announce availability and new pricing. The company sold a number of BPX Pro SSDs through preorder and that's where this story gets interesting. The new pricing is up to 25% less and all capacities saw a reduction. Those that pre ordered the BPX Pro will receive refunds to the new pricing.

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PlayStation Classic: Sony can't prevent hacking with patches

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 32 mins ago

Sony's upcoming $100 PlayStation Classic mini-console won't connect to the internet and let owners download new games, which probably should've been obvious by now.




Retro re-release consoles are all the rage these days. Nintendo has made a killing with its NES and SNES Classic Editions, and now Sony is getting in on the fun with its own PlayStation Classic. There's lots of similarities between the two rivals, though: Sony's $100 system comes with 20 games pre-loaded on the device and won't connect to the PlayStation Network in any way. It's a self-contained plug-and-play box that's meant to be instantly accessible, like its forebears. This means two things: you can't buy and download new games from the marketplace, and that Sony can't roll out firmware updates to prevent you from hacking the box.


Just to make sure the more expensive PS Classic can't go online, IGN asked a Sony rep for clarification. "There are no plans to bring new content to PlayStation Classic post-launch," the representative said.




Sony may not be able to stop you from hacking the PlayStation Classic--which likely runs on older Raspberry Pi hardware and runs emulated ROMs straight from the PS Store--but it could follow Nintendo's tactics and go after ROM sites.


After both the NES and SNES Classic Editions were successfully hacked, Nintendo went to war against key ROM sites. The company plans to take the site owners to court in an effort to ensure consumers have no other alternative to playing classic Nintendo games than buying hardware and software directly from them.




Sony could do the same thing. Mini consoles are a tactical business decision on all fronts and require different kinds of planning and investment, including protecting the games and hardware from piracy, but also squeezing the black market so consumers are pushed towards direct official sources for gaming.


At $100, Sony should make a decent bit of profit from every PlayStation Classic sold. Pre-orders are already selling out across retailers and Sony has yet to reveal the full 20-game lineup to Western and Eastern markets.


The system will roll out December 3, 2018 in North America.


Devil May Cry 5 has optional microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 50 mins ago

Devil May Cry 5 will allow players to spend real money on Red Orbs, which can be used to upgrade skills and unlock new moves.




While Capcom primarily makes its money from full game sales, the company has enjoyed strong success with live games like Monster Hunter: World--on the heels of the MMO, Capcom's Q1 earnings skyrocketed by 647%. Any games-maker needs to diversify its income to ensure long-term revenue, and this typically means a blend of game sales as well as recurring digital sources like DLC and microtransactions. As it did with Devil May Cry 4's Special Edition, Capcom will use this joint strategy with its big new Devil May Cry 5 sequel out next March.


Devil May Cry 5 offers players a time-saving shortcut, putting a premium on convenience similar to those found in Assassin's Creed: Origins (and likely Odyssey, too). You can spend a bit of money on a Red Orb booster to grab a skill or two instantly rather than spending the time to amass the orbs the old fashioned way. The game's Divinity Statues have an optional storefront that sells orbs for cash, but you'll need to be online to take advantage.


"With giving people the ability to purchase Red Orbs, it's something we want to give people as an option. If they want to save time and just want to get all the stuff at once, those people can do that. But on the other hand I don't feel you have to get all the moves. You should be able to play it the way you want to play it," DMC5 game director Hideaki Itsuno told Gamespot.

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Don't walk - run for our 'Walking Dead' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 22 hours, 12 mins ago

To celebrate the release of 'The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season' on home video, we have ten Blu-ray copies of the season to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment!




Last season, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. After feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick rallied Hilltop and the Kingdom to fight back against the Saviours. Now, Rick is ready to bring all-out war, as the unified communities fight for a better future. Although the Saviours are larger, better-equipped and ruthless, Rick and the unified communities are fighting not just for survival but for a better future. With Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom, Negan and the Saviours' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles, correctly answer the following question and send your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on September 28.

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124 Switch games require paid subscription to play online

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

Big games like Fortnite won't require Nintendo's $20 a year Switch Online subscription to play online, but a huge smattering of other games will.




While I was carousing the new Switch Online hub on my Switch, I noticed something interesting: a section that specifically lists all games that require the service to play online with friends. Right now the list clocks in at 124 games, and includes a number of high-profile titles like Splatoon 2, Dark Souls: Remastered, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Rocket League, Monster Hunter Generations: Ultimate, NBA 2K19 and even Doom. Some of these games aren't even out yet (like Super Mario Party or Diablo III), but we should expect this number to grow alongside the console's expanding library. You can see an eShop list here.


Similar to how PS Plus and Xbox LIVE is handled, most Nintendo Switch games with a live component will likely require a Switch Online subscription in order to play online. But unlike its competitors, Switch Online is dramatically cheaper at $4 a month, $10 for 6 months, or $20 for a full year. You can get a free 7-day trial right now, but you have to register a credit card--be sure to turn of automatic renewal should you not like the service.

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Telltale Games shuts down, future games likely cancelled

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Telltale Games is closing down following disappointing sales of its most recent games--as well as a failed internal shake-up.




Back in November 2017, Telltale Games announced a new vision: cut its total workforce by 25% so it could become more lean and concentrate on "fewer, better games." This plan didn't work. Today Telltale confirmed that it will be shutting down and all but 25 of its 250 employees will stay aboard as a skeleton crew to keep specific obligations met.


Sources tell Forbes games writer Joe Parlock that every single game was a financial failure besides The Walking Dead's first season. The studio just didn't hit the sales figures it needed and "ran out of time." This means upcoming games like its Stranger Things and The Wolf Among Us 2 are likely cancelled.


Sources tell US Gamer that employees hit by the layoff won't receive severance pay.

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Capcom sell limited-edition classic Mega Man 2/X cartridges

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Capcom are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mega Man and to reward players that have been so dedicated to the series the company has decided to bring back some cartridges of Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X. They will be very limited-edition though so be sure to snag one quickly.




I personally wasn't even alive when Mega Man was first released, but when hearing of the games success two title names have always stood out, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X. Capcom has recognized the popularity and nostalgic value of both these titles and have decided to throw the game back onto the production line. The developer will produce 8,500 copies in total, more surprisingly though 2,000 copies (1,000 for each game) will be shipped completely unique as they will be "Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blue" versions.


Each one of these games will be quite expensive, coming in at a price of $100 each it can be assumed that this will not be stopping those die hard fans. It should also be noted that when purchasing a cartridge that it will not be including the NES or the SNES system. If you are interested in picking up one of these cartridges for your game of choice, visit this link for Mega Man X here and Mega Man 2 here.

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Intel increases 905P Optane SSD capacities to 1.5TB

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

The world's fastest consumer SSD gets a capacity upgrade. Intel's Optane SSD 905P moves to a massive 1.5TB for both the add-in card (AIC) and U.2 form factors.




The move isn't entirely out of the blue or surprising. Intel's data center version, DC P4800X, already sports a 1.5TB capacity. Today's announcement shows the add-in card series getting a new 1.5TB part number. The company starting shipping a 960GB size back in May when the 905P first game to market. The U.2 form factor gains two new capacities today, 960 GB and 1.5TB. The Optane 905P U.2 previously only shipped in a 480GB size.

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Soulcalibur VI trailer reveals Raphael, Prelude to Madness

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Bandai Namco has revealed yet another character for their upcoming Soulcalibur VI. The classiness of this character knows no bounds, most Soulcalibur fans would be able to recognize who I'm talking about almost immediately, yes that's right, a character trailer for Raphael has been released.



For those that don't know who Raphael is, the character has been apart of the SoulCalibur series since the second installment. Raphael's choice of weaponry is a rapier and he is unparalleled in terms of skill. Raphael is "rigorously trained in the art of swordsmanship" and used his ability of the sword to defend his family while the French society was torn by political battles and war.


Raphael's luck only lasted for so long though, "his cold and ambivalent nature gained him many enemies. When the France's political balance shifted during the Evil Seed event, his family handed him over to his enemies to save themselves. Raphael eventually escaped to the slums where he was saved by a young girl by the name of Amy." If you aren't caught up on the news surrounding SoulCalibur VI, character trailers have been released for the following characters: Maxi, Siegfried, Taki, Tira and Cervantes.