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No Man's Sky physical re-release includes Beyond expansion and all DLC

By Derek Strickland | Aug 21, 2019 12:15 pm CDT

Hello Games confirms No Man's Sky will be re-released in retail stores as a $59.99 game of the year-style bundle.

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Before its massive new Beyond update dropped, No Man's Sky was pretty cheap. You could get a copy for around $20 off of Amazon, or $30 digitally. Now the space sim is getting re-released in a "remastered" format on PS4, complete with all seven expansions right on the disc. It's a way to re-monetize the massive work Hello Games put into those free updates, and it might be something we should support (No Man's Sky is basically a live game without microtransactions. That's huge.)

"We're super excited to tell you that a physical version of No Man's Sky: Beyond will be available to buy on North America on September 10, and in Europe on 11th September," Sean Murray said in a recent PlayStation Blog post. "It seems only fitting that we should bundle up all of these three years of updates, re-master the game and re-issue it on a shiny new disc."

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Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 coming to PS4 at 1080p 60FPS

By Derek Strickland | Aug 21, 2019 11:15 am CDT

Gamescom 2019 - SEGA's most popular and profitable franchise will continue its westward expansion with a new three-game remaster collection on Sony's mega-popular PS4.

SEGA makes good on its promise for more re-releases by bringing Yakuzas 3, 4 and 5 overseas to the PlayStation 4. All three games--Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5--have been upgraded from 720p 30FPS to 1080p 60FPS for enhanced performance on modern hardware, complete with cut content and mini-games not found in the previous North American and European PS3 releases.

It's a timed-released compilation where every game has a staggered launch, meaning you won't be able to play all three games right away when you buy the collection. The $59.99 collection includes all three games, but they're only accessible during different times. Yakuza 3 is available now, but Yakuza 4 is playable on October 29, and Yakuza 5 can't be played until February 2020.

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Modern Warfare supports mouse and keyboard on consoles

By Derek Strickland | Aug 21, 2019 10:04 am CDT

Modern Warfare will support mouse and keyboard play on PS4 and Xbox One for enhanced competitive edges.

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Consoles have always technically supported mouse and keyboard controls, but it's up to the developers to use them in-game. Early examples include Final Fantasy XIV on PS4. But Modern Warfare will leverage this to a different degree on consoles, this time allowing tighter aiming and control thanks to enhanced KB&M precision. Modern Warfare dev Joe Cecot confirmed the news while talking about cross-play and balancing console controller play against high DPI mouse users on PC.

Cecot says console gamers can choose whether they want to play against other controller users or keyboard-and-mouse users on PC. Controller players can also choose to play against KB&M on consoles, too. Keyboard and mouse controls will be fully supported in all of Modern Warfare's multiplayer and singleplayer modes, including the small 2v2 Gunfight to the huge 100-player Ground War gametype. The aim is to avoid the tremendous competitive advantage that high sensitivity mice offer for aiming in FPS games.

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Oddworld: Soulstorm on PC releases exclusively on the Epic Games Store

By Jak Connor | Aug 21, 2019 08:10 am CDT

The Oddworld community is patiently waiting for the next release in the series, Oddworld: Soulstorm. A recent announcement has revealed where fans will be able to access their game once its released.

In a recent post to the official Oddworld Twitter account, the series creator, Lorne Lanning addressed the entire Oddworld community, saying "Oddworld: Soulstorm will be coming to PC via the Epic Games Store." Lanning addressed why they decided to go to the Epic Games Store rather than Steam, saying that the decision was purely a financial one.

Here is the direct quote "Soulstorm is our most ambitious game ever and we are committed to creating a great game that meets the highest level of quality. But to create the version of Soulstorm we want, and you deserve, we needed additional financial assistance." The console release of the title will be released simultaneously with the PC version sometime during 2020.

GameStop lays off 120 staff members, 14% off total staff eliminated

By Jak Connor | Aug 21, 2019 06:07 am CDT

It wasn't too long ago that GameStop laid off more than 50 field leaders in their effort to reboot their entire franchise, now the company is at it again with the elimination hammer.

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GameStop has made some significant job cuts this time round, firing employee's from a range of different divisions throughout the company. GameStop wrote a statement saying "As part of the previously announced GameStop Reboot initiative to transform our business for the future and improve our financial performance, we can confirm a workforce reduction was implemented impacting more than 120 corporate staff positions, representing approximately 14% of our total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices."

Not only did staff members for the corporate side of the company get fired but also several members of the Game Informer journalist branch. Some of the names you have probably heard of before: managing editor Matt Bertz, senior editor Imran Khan, senior associate editor Kyle Hilliard, senior associate editor Jeff Marchiafava, associate editor Suriel Vazquez, associate editor Elise Favis, and associate editor Javy Gwaltney have been fired.

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord sticks a landing on Steam, March 2020

By Jak Connor | Aug 21, 2019 05:10 am CDT

Gamescom 2019 - Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord developers, TaleWorlds Entertainment have announced that their sequel title to the Mount & Blade franchise will be arriving on Steam in March of next year.

During their Gamescom 2019 presentation, TaleWorlds Entertainment announced that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord would be arriving on Steam Early Access sometime during March of 2020. This is great news considering the extremely long development time the title endured, so hopefully the game arrives polished and ready for play. With that being said, do note that the title is coming to Steam Early Access which technically means it won't be completed when its playable.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be building upon the already fantastic battle system that was present in the previous game, Mount & Blade: Warband. Players will be able to establish secret criminal empires in cities, charge into the thick of battle on horse back, mount siege weaponry and conduct long-lasting sieges and much more. Players will also be introduced to the new bartering system that will give players flexibility when presented with a multitude of different choices. Currently there is no price attached to the title, but if you want more information check out the official Steam Store listing for it here.

The One Punch Man game forces players to stall until Saitama arrives

By Jak Connor | Aug 21, 2019 04:06 am CDT

Gamescom 2019 - Bandai Namco has shined a new light on their One Punch Man game 'A Hero Nobody Knows' and how combat will involved within the games story.

If you already know One Punch Man, you would understand that building a game purely around the premise of a character being able to one-shot any foe they encounter would be difficult. How do you overcome this problem without taking the key part of One Punch Man's greatness away? Introduce a mechanic that forces players to stall out fights until the hero arrives.

Bandai Namco will be rewarding players who achieve perfect blocks and combos with shaved off Saitama arrival time. Players will fight a range of different characters and they will also be able to enjoy the likes of 3v3 fights if they so choose to. Other characters that have been revealed are: Terrible Tornado, Silverfang, and Atomic Samurai. One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows currently doesn't have a solid release date stuck to it yet, but we do know its headed to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Secretlab becomes Dota 2 The International 2019 gaming chair partner

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 21, 2019 01:31 am CDT

Secretlab continues to expand its reach in the gmaing world, offering some of the best gaming chairs your butt will ever have the joy of sitting on, including the players of this year's The International 2019 tournament.

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Secretlab's official Dota 2 gaming chairs will rock the Radiant and Fire faction logos from the game, and will be available in both the OMEGA and TITAN families of gaming chairs. The International 2019 has a huge $33 million prize pool for Dota 2 players up f or grabs, the largest prize pool in esports history.

Ian Alexander Ang, CEO and co-founder of Secretlab explains: "To provide our award-winning gaming chairs for The International 2019, and to support the rigours and standards of the world's most skilled Dota 2 professional players is the highest testament of the quality of our gaming seats and the team's continued efforts in creating a top-quality product made for the top professionals".

Better yet, you can WIN one of these exclusive Secretlab OMEGA (2020) TI9 Edition chairs.

Rockstar mystery game Bonaire banned in Australia, probably Bully 2

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 21, 2019 12:31 am CDT

Australia has been known to ban games in a blink of an eye, and have been critical of the Grand Theft Auto franchise since the original games in the 90s from Rockstar and now its latest mystery game 'Bonaire' has been banned.

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Bonaire? Yes, Bonaire. A new mystery game that was refused classification Down Under, with Kotaku spotting and reporting that they couldn't find any other listings for Bonaire or "other relevant applications from Rockstar or Take Two on ratings agency boards in South Korea, Europe's PEGI system, or Taiwan's Game Software Rating Information".

For the game to be banned before it's even announced is a strange, but the Classification Board in Australia is strict as heck. The board recently banned a slew of games including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, DayZ, We Happy Few, and Hotline Miami... so what about Bonaire, we don't even know what it is, I guess.

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Need for Speed Heat gameplay trailer teased, mobile app announced

By Anthony Garreffa | Aug 20, 2019 11:48 pm CDT

EA has been burning the rubber of its Need for Speed Heat hype, while during Gamescom the company revealed the first gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Heat. Check it out:

Ghost Games is developing Need for Speed Heat which takes place in the Palm City, a fictional city that looks like Miami, which will see you get behind the wheel of, and tweaks cars to race both during the day and at night. It's a much more elaborate Need for Speed than we've ever had before, with different racing styles on offer in both day and night.

Better yet, Need for Speed Heat lets you switch between day and night when you want... so there is no day night cycle where you have to wait all day to get to the night races. Once the sun sets, illegal street racing takes place where you earn valuable Rep, but you cause Heat which will send rogue cops after you.

Need for Speed Heat will also work with a companion mobile app, which is available on both Android and iOS. NFS Heat Studio will let you collect, unlock, and customize your cars on-the-go which are then injected into the full game.

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