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Halo 6 won't have real money lootboxes, 343i confirms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 29 mins ago

The next Halo game apparently won't use the REQ pack lootbox system found in Halo 5.



Yesterday I wrote a lengthy article on why I thought Halo 6 may repeat a lot of Halo 5's mistakes, but now 343 Industries has thankfully proven me wrong. Halo: Infinite (which is officially Halo 6) won't be monetized with seedy lootboxes in a bid to capitalize on engagement and the most addictive live service model.


"We're still working through final plans and will share more when we are ready, but I can definitely say that Halo Infinite will not include real-money loot boxes," 343 Industries' FPS studio head Chris Lee said on Twitter.

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Switch's split D-pad makes NES gaming frustrating

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 38 mins ago

If my experience with playing NES games on the Switch is any indicator then Nintendo is going to sell lots of classic NES gamepads.




A month after the Switch launched, I predicted that classic retro games would suffer quite a bit thanks to the console's split D-pad. Platformers that require precision jumps and attacks just don't play nicely with a sliced-up control interface (this is doubly true with old-school NES games). Instead of bringing triumph and cheer, playing NES games on the Switch on-the-go has brought me frustration and bewilderment. Finally, Switch owners get to play their childhood favorites on a new system...but it's not the same as you remembered it--Nintendo has made it needlessly harder.


The problem itself isn't just the JoyCon controller's D-pad, or Nintendo's weird decision to not let us customize button mapping so Super Mario Bros. 3 is actually fun and not a confusing mess. The issue is we have to learn new tricks while our brain constantly tells us to rely on old hardwired responses. Retro gamers are conditioned to be able to rock their thumb on-the-fly and move accordingly to evade attacks and adjust jumps mid-air. Zelda, which is grid-locked, is made needlessly frustrating thanks to the JoyCon D-Pad, but the analog stick isn't much better: I find myself pressing diagonally by accident and completely messing things up.

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Switch Online NES: save states, visual modes and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 45 mins ago

Nintendo's new Switch Online service lets you play classic NES games on the handheld-console hybrid, and here are some details you need to know.




In order to play the library of 20 NES games on the Switch you first need an active Switch Online subscription. Luckily you can just grab the free 7-day trial, but you'll have to enter credit card/PayPal info to access it. The subscription will bill you every month unless you turn off automatic renewal, too. To do that you'll need to go to the Switch Online hub on the eShop (the service doesn't have its own dedicated square or app on the main page). Also remember to log in every 7 days or else you can't play your library of games.


Here's how to turn off Switch Online's automatic billing renewal:


  • Go to the eShop
  • Navigate to Nintendo Switch Online on the left-hand list
  • Click the Your Subscriptions square
  • Turn off Automatic Renewal via the upper right square


Now that's out of the way, you can enjoy cost-free NES games on the Switch! Let's move on.

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Red Dead Online mirrors GTA Online, has story co-op and PVP

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 9 mins ago

Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode has been branded as Red Dead Online and is a direct evolution of the first game's live multiplayer.




Today Rockstar announced Red Dead Online, which sounds like it'll be the Western version of GTA Online. The mode is described as a "new online connected experience" that will use the sequel's huge open-ended Western frontier as a playground for mischief and mayhem, similar to how GTA Online is built around Los Santos.


Red Dead Online is essentially a more robust, engaging, and updated version of Red Dead Redemption's original multiplayer action, Rockstar says. But Red Dead Online isn't just about dueling at high noon or robbing banks: it'll feature both co-op and competitive play that span various narrative plot points. Like GTA Online it will continue evolving with content updates, and will be free to anyone who owns Red Dead Redemption 2.


Which of course means microtransactions are involved in some way...but this shouldn't be a surprise.

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PUBG rated on the PS4 in Korea, PlayStation 4 release soon?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a massive phenomenon on both the PC for most of 2017, and then on the Xbox One late last year and into 2018. PlayStation gamers have had to sit it out with the battle royale game, but for how much longer?




Today, the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea rated PUBG for the PlayStation 4. There's normally a hint through the ratings boards before the announcement of a game, and as WCCFTech points out - the Tokyo Game Show 2018 kicks off this week, it would be perfect timing for the PS4 reveal of PUBG.


There's nothing concrete yet, but the ratings board approving PUBG on the PS4 is a very, very good sign.

Nintendo Switch Online rolled out, firmware 6.0.0 goes live

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Nintendo Switch users around the world will now have to update their handheld consoles are Nintendo has just rolled out their firmware update 6.0.0 to all systems. Nintendo Switch Online is now live.




The highly anticipated online service has already begun to be rolled out across all Nintendo Switch systems. Nintendo has taken to their website to post an article addressing the now additional functionality that the update comes with. Some of the features include: Save Data Cloud Backup, new user icons, new Nintendo account features, compatibility improvements and more.


For those that missed the recent announcements with Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo will also be bringing NES games to the Nintendo Switch. Players will have access to 20 NES Classic games that now feature online play with friends and also 2 player local co-op. If you want to check out the full breakdown of Nintendo Switch Online and the coming NES titles to the Switch, visit my article here. If you are interested in the full changes of firmware update 6.0.0 check out the official Nintendo website post here.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands: major sales/free from Sept. 20 - 23rd

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Ubisoft has slapped some brand new sales onto their title Ghost Recon Wildlands. The announcement via the titles Twitter page has revealed to players that Ghost Recon Wildlands will be going completely free-to-play this weekend.



In celebration of Ghost Recon Wildlands going free-to-play and also being slapped with some heft discounts, Ubisoft has released a brand new trailer. The trailer showcases to players that they will be able to enjoy a massive open-world completely free from the 23rd to the 26th of September. Players will also have the ability of full customization of different costumes of their choosing, access to 4 player co-op missions and also the Ghost War PVP Mode.


Looking at the discounts now, the standard edition for Ghost Recon Wildlands has been baptized in a huge 60% discount, bringing the price down from $58.25 to a now $23.30. If you are interested in the Gold Year 2, it has been discounted by 30%, which means it's now $57.15, from once a $81.65 price. So you want the whole thing? Well, the Ghost Recon Wildlands - Ultimate Year 2 has been discounted by 30%, originally the bundle was $116.65, it is now $81.65. If you are interested in picking up Ghost Recon Wildlands while it is on sale or just want to jump into the game while it is free, visit the official Steam listing here.

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Dead by Daylight: 5 million units/free-to-play this weekend

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

A recent announcement from Behavior Interactive has revealed that Dead by Daylight has reached a new total sales milestone. In celebration of Dead by Daylight reaching 5 million copies sold the title will be going free-to-play for the weekend.




Dead by Daylight the very intense survival-horror title by developer Behavior Interactive has hit a brand a new sales milestone. The developer has announced that the title has reached 5 million units sold, and in celebration of this achievement Dead by Daylight has been blessed with some considerable sales on Steam.


Looking towards the Steam listing, Dead by Daylight has been struck by Steams 'MIDWEEK MADDNESS' and has received a 50% discount on its initial price. This means Dead by Daylight has gone from $19.99 to $9.99 on the standard edition, the deluxe edition has got a 60% discount, bringing the price down from $29.99 to $11.99. If you are after everything Dead by Daylight can offer, the Dead by Daylight: The Saw + Jigsaw Big Bundle is for you. Originally priced at $37.97, the bundle has been discounted by 46% to $20.69. If you are interested in Dead by Daylight, check out the Steam listing here.

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Nintendo announces Fortnite themed Switch console bundle

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Nintendo have revealed that a Fortnite themed Nintendo Switch bundle is on the way to retailers, it will be featuring special items from the game and is titled the Fortnite "Double Helix" bundle.




If you happen to be a Fortnite fanatic and don't wanna stop those wins you are working so hard to secure, maybe its time for you to go portable? Nintendo have your back if that is what you desire, as the partnership between Fortnite developer Epic Games and Nintendo has extended to a brand new Fortnite themed Nintendo Switch bundle.


The bundle will be coming in at $300 and will feature a Nintendo Switch console, 1,000 V-bucks (Fortnite in-game currency) and the Double Helix Set which contains a unique character outfit, Back Bling, Glider and a Pickaxe. The bundle will be made available on October 5th, for more information regarding Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch visit the official Fortnite listing on the Nintendo website here.

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PlayStation Classic packs 20 pre-loaded PS1 games, costs $99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

Sony has just announced the new PlayStation Classic, a small retro console that packs 20 pre-installed PS1 games and even two replica PS1 controllers.



PlayStation Classic will be pre-loaded with PS1 classics like Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. Sony hasn't announced what the other pre-installed games will be, but I'm hoping for some original Resident Evil and Tomb Raider action. I pumped some serious hours into those games at the time, it would be wild to see them sitting on the console if Sony wanted to blow retro minds.




The new PlayStation Classic is a huge 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, with the console not having an operating optical drive as it's there for show. The power button is still that, a power button while the reset button will suspend games when pressed. Pressing the OPEN button will change the virtual disc.


Sony will include the PlayStation Classic console, two original replica PS1 controllers, a HDMI cable and sell it in the US and Canada on December 3 for just $99.