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Watch Dogs Legion has in-depth RPG elements

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 20 hours ago

E3 2019 - Just like with Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Ubisoft is infusing deep RPG mechanics into its next big Watch Dogs game.




Watch Dogs Legion lets you recruit anyone in the entire game. Anyone you see walking around the dystopian sci-tech city of London can be recruited as a DedSec member. Once folded into your team, these characters can be managed, buffed, and assigned specific roles. Like party members in an RPG, your DedSec squad can level up, equip weapons, and unlock new perk bonuses to boost efficacy in missions and combat scenarios. The beauty of Legion is that everyone in the entire game can join your party.


Every single character in Watch Dogs Legion has their own randomized skillsets and passive bonuses that tie neatly into their personalities and backstory. Each profile has been dramatically expanded with various RPG-level buffs. Ubisoft is very creative here and pulls out some cRPG-level trait action that reminds me of the original Fallout. For example, a character who specializes in pyrotechnics will get an explosive damage bonuses, and someone who overdosed on adrenaline will do more damage with less health, but overall has less HP. Using this system players can mix and match their squad at will, cherry-picking their favorite characters to try dynamic and always-changing teams.

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AMD crosses the Horizon with Zen 2, Navi, 7nm, and PCIe 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

So... I'm sitting here in my hotel room the morning after a massive 10-hour information download session from AMD and their Next Horizon Gaming event and wanted to write it all up. The problem? There's too much to talk about.




So before I give you the basic run down of Navi and the new Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, I'll tell you one of two things. First, I will detail much more of this when I get back home next week in much greater detail. Secondly, AMD has never hosted an event with so many new things to show us and I don't think I've ever been this excited for the company, ever.


We all know about Navi by now: AMD's next-gen GPU architecture on the new 7nm node. It is here to compete with NVIDIA's current GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 (before things get SUPER). It is not, and was never meant to, compete or beat the flagship RTX 2080 Ti and that is not a bad thing.

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Keanu superfan earns free copy of Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

E3 2019 - Keanu Reeves showing up at E3 to announce Cyberpunk 2077's release date was absolutely monumental. The internet blew up and everyone was talking about the game. But there was a special on-stage moment that proves wherever Keanu goes, magic follows.




On stage at Microsoft' E3 press conference, Keanu Reeves affirmed Cyberpunk 2077's huge sprawling sci-fi landscape of Night City is quite breathtaking. Attendee Peter Sark then made E3 history by saying what we all think about Keanu.


"You're breathtaking!" Sark said, and of course Keanu being Keanu pointed right at the gamer and echoed the sentiment. Sark shared the moment on Twitter, prompting CD Projekt RED to offer up a free Cyberpunk 2077 collector's edition.

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Ubisoft announces uPlay Plus game subscription service

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

E3 2019 - Ubisoft announced uPlay+, a new game subscription service for PC that's very similar to Xbox Game Pass.




As we predicted, uPlay+ is a Game Pass clone that taps Ubisoft's rich vein of games. uPlay+costs $14.99 a month and offers unlimited access to over 100+ games, including current hits like Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, The Division 2, Far Cry: New Dawn, For Honor, and Rainbow Six: Siege as well as classics like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Beyond Good and Evil, and Prince of Persia.


But it's not a streaming service. uPlay+ is an all-you-can-play subscription that lets users download titles directly to their PC for dedicated offline play. All of Ubisoft's new games will be available on uPlay+. Upcoming titles like Watch Dogs Legion,Rainbow Six: Quarantine, and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint will launch first on the service, and subscribers get 20% off on all purchases made in the uPlay Store.

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Rainbow Six: Quarantine brings 3-player survival PVE co-op

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days ago

E3 2019- Ubisoft today announced Rainbow Six: Quarantine, a new standalone PVE-based game centered around FPS survival.




Rainbow Six: Quarantine is a new survival-horror squad-based shooter coming in 2020, and is designed to be played with three players. It aims to be the PVE half of Siege's competitive multiplayer. Quarantine is not directly attached to Rainbow Six: Siege, but it will share characters, lore, guns, and overall FPS mechanics with the PVP-focused forebear.


"Our goal with Quarantine is simple: create a radically redesigned coop experience, build on the foundations on one of the best shooters of our generation," said Bio Jade, lead game designer on Quarantine. "What Siege is to PVP, we will be for PVE co-op."

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Watch Dogs: Legion lets you play as a grandma assassin

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

Watch Dogs: Legion lets you swap between multiple characters you recruit throughout the world, even unsuspecting innocent grandmas.




E3 2019 - Today Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs: Legion, the sequel set in a high-tech London filled with crime, drones, and tons of surveillance. The main selling point of Legion is its lack of a pivotal character: instead of one main protagonist, Legion lets you switch between a bunch of different characters on-the-fly. Everyone in London is a potential DedSec rebel-even old British ladies.


The gameplay footage showed that even a 75 year old grandma can be a badass hacker assassin. We saw the deadliest DedSec granny blast enemies with a huge handgun, zap them with a taser, and dish out some serious hurt. "In Watch dogs Legion, you can recruit and play as anyone. In our game, every Londoner is fully simulated, with persistent lives and habits, and anyone can be recruited. All are unique characters with backstories and skills," Ubisoft said on stage.

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Halo: Infinite's E3 trailer should've been so much more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

E3 2019 - Halo: Infinite's E3 2019 trailer wasn't all that good, and 343i squandered a rare opportunity to ignite the fire of the franchise once again.




Halo: Infinite's E3 trailer wasn't that good and could've been so much better. The best part of it was showing Chief's devil may cry attitude and running into the heart of danger, and not wanting to give up even against impossible odds. But 343i really didn't exemplify that very well--we didn't get to see a clear threat, nor did we get to see any disastrous circumstances to instill a sense of urgency--and the footage really missed the mark of the studio's entire goal for the project.


Halo: Infinite is built on re-capturing the magic of the Halo series, and one of its main foundations is hope. After seeing this trailer the only thing I hope for is that 343i doesn't mess the game up. There's no electric thrill of war or the dire sense of death, no excitement that gets us pumped or amped; the footage mostly takes place in a small enclosed space that does the game nor Master Chief justice.

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Next-gen Xbox Scarlett plays four generations of Xbox games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

E3 2019 - Microsoft's new ultra-powerful console will play games all the back to the very first Xbox.




Microsoft has officially confirmed it's new next-gen Project Scarlett console is backward compatible with four generations of Xbox games. Scarlett essentially forwards the Xbox One's current backward compatibility feature and will play games from the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and of course the new Scarlett era.


This also hints games will have two releases when Scarlett releases in Holiday 2020: an Xbox One version, and a Scarlett enhanced SKU. Microsoft hasn't confirmed how the generational shift--Scarlett is a huge generational leap in power--will happen insofar as new games, but old games will indeed be supported moving forward. It's possible games could just see a single release with Scarlett enhancement updates similar to the Xbox One X, but it's more likely we'll see two versions of Xbox games considering Scarlett is a huge jump over existing hardware.

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Ars Technica staffer busted hunting CHILDREN for sex online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 4 hours ago

In a story that hasn't been covered much at all, you might not have read that an Ars Technica staffer was recently arrested by the FBI after an attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual ctivity.




Peter Bright was a respected member of the tech press, openly claiming he was in a relationship with an 11-year-old. His own personal Twitter even states he's "pervy", so it seems ht wasn't trying to hide this at all. An undercover FBI special agent reached out to Bright through KinkD, something I'd never heard of until today, a social media platform for sexual fetish connections.


Where it gets worse is that the undercover FBI agent reached out to "randomanon", or Bright, saying that she was a mother that wanted to talk to people who would teach her kids about the "birds and the bees". Bright bit the bait, being allured with the purported 7- and 9-year old children used as bait.

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Microsoft teases next-gen Xbox: 8K, 120FPS, super-fast SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

E3 2019 - It feels like it has been years and years that we've been waiting for Microsoft to unveil its next-generation Xbox consoles, and the day is finally, finally here.



Microsoft revealed some key details about its next-gen Project Scarlett console during its E3 2019 press event, which is powered by AMD's next-gen custom Zen 2 and Navi chips and rocks up to 4x the power of the Xbox One X. We're looking at 8K video support, 120FPS frame rate support, ray tracing, and a super-fast SSD.


Better yet, the new Xbox will support ALL previous-gen Xbox games... yeah, like, all of them. From the OG Xbox which started it all, right through to Xbox 360 and Xbox One/S/X games.


The new Project Scarlett console launches in Holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite.