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Microsoft Unveils Sea Of Thieves Themed Xbox One Controller

Game informer - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:00

Sea of Thieves, Rare's swashbuckling multiplayer pirate game, is coming out soon. If you're excited about the game, a Sea of Thieves-themed limited edition controller is coming out even sooner, and it looks real snazzy.

Pictured above and in the media gallery below, the controller features a deep purple, translucent design along with green that looks like sprinkled sand. The green skull in the middle is also glow-in-the-dark. Another interesting aesthetic feature is how the right trigger is gold, almost like a single golden tooth in a pirate's grin.

The controller becomes available as of February 6, and is priced $74.99.

Sea of Thieves releases for Xbox One and PC on March 20. Read our in-depth feature about its development process by heading here.

[Source: EuroGamer]

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Enchantress Comes To Injustice 2's Roster Next Week

Game informer - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:04

The next fighter coming to Injustice 2 is Enchantress, who becomes available in early access beginning January 9 for players who bought either the Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Pack, or Fight Pack 3. Enchantress becomes available for everyone else on January 16.

A new trailer hit recently, which shows off Enchantress' moves in action, which includes some stylishly brutal attacks. You can watch it below.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also expected to join the roster soon with Fighter Pack 3. You can read about it here.

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Sneak A Peek At What Metal Gear Solid Is Like Behind The Cameras In This Youtube Video

Game informer - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 19:00

Metal Gear Solid is known for its secrets and Easter Eggs. Creator Hideo Kojima loves to throw players for a loop, a knack which was apparent even in the 1998 PlayStation entry. But aside from all the intentionally-laid secrets, there are few even Kojima didn't want players to find.

In this week's episode of Boundary Break, Youtuber Shesez dives into the early 3D masterpiece. Learn how puddles are actually holes, what actually happens when Meryl steals Johnny Sasaki's uniform, and how the tunnel in the escape sequence is more of a treadmill. This episode also features voice work from Solid Snake actor David Hayter, who reprises his role after being replaced by Keifer Sutherland for Metal Gear Solid V.

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Steam Reveals The Most Popular PC Specs For December 2017

Game informer - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 17:00

Steam is a powerhouse in the PC gaming space, reaching a recent milestone of over 18 million concurrent users. Every month, the company surveys its users to find out what operating system, video card, and other PC components they use, and the results often give a glimpse into how well the average user is running PC games.

The latest results shouldn't be too surprising, but with a number of new products released this year, it's interesting to see which ones catch on and how the power curve is distributed. To start, here are all the most common components Valve surveyed its users on. The survey is opt-in, however, so it's not a 100-percent accurate picture Steam's demographics.

  • Operating system: Windows 7 64 bit
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Intel CPU Speed: 3.0 to 3.29Ghz
  • Number of Physical CPUs: 4
  • Video Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060
  • VRAM: 2047 MB
  • Primary monitor resolution: 1920x1080
  • Multi-monitor resolution: 3840x1080
  • Percentage of users with a Microphone: 99.84 percent
  • Language: Simplified Chinese
  • Free hard drive space: 100-249GB
  • Total hard drive space: 1+TB
  • Network speed: Unspecified
  • VR Headset: Oculus Rift

Expanding each category reveals a few more tidbits. Mac OS users make up only 1.42 percent of Steam's total users, while Linux is only .26 percent. Meanwhile, only 3.30 percent of Steam users have CPUs with clock speeds of 3.7Ghz or more, which means Steam and developers are wise to focus building their games around GPU caps instead of CPU caps. Speaking of which, the 1060 being the most common video card means most PC players are just fine having a GPU comparable to an Xbox One X. Finally, the Rift being the most popular VR headset on Valve's service may lead the company to consider more options for cross-compatibility with its own HTC Vive down the line.

[Source: Steam hardware survey]

 

Our Take
If someone in CS:Go, Dota 2, or PUBG tells you they don't have a microphone, they're probably lying. Also, interesting (if not super-surprising) to see Steam's biggest userbase seems to be in China. Or maybe they're much more likely to opt into the survey?

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Valve Backs Out Of $1 Million Dota 2 Tournament Due To Drug Testing Requirement

Game informer - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 15:00

Galaxy Battles, a tournament that was supposed to a part of Valve's new approach to tournaments leading up to The International this year, has lost its official Valve backing.

"Based on information we’ve recently confirmed regarding new government regulations for esports players entering the Philippines," Valve said on its blog, "we have decided to rescind the tournament’s Major designation, including the Pro Circuit qualifying points, for the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament." In the post, Valve cites "unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country," as the reason it is backing out of the tournament.

Compete reports these "unreasonable infringements" include drug tests. "Players were going to be subjected to drug testing and screening as part of a government policy in order to enter the country for that event,” a Valve representative told Compete. “Given the local climate, we felt it best to pull back our involvement.” Under a recent (as of July of last year) law from the Philippines' Game and Amusements board, all esports athletes are required to submit drug screenings for marijuana and crystal meth. "Without the proper and accurate information, international organizers and stakeholders may question this aspect of our regulation, and thus may hesitate planning for Philippine events," the board said in a statement acquired by ESPN freelancer Pao Bago. "We can only hope that all stakeholders will appreciate drug testing as an undeniable part of professional sports in the Philippines and the world."

The tournament is currently still planned for its January 15 start date, though it will no longer be a part of Valve's Dota Pro Circuit, which means participating teams will no longer earn points that could grant them a direct invite to The International in August. Due to this change, 4 of the 16 qualified teams have withdrawn from the tournament, including current International champions Team Liquid, as well as major competitors Team Secret, Virtus Pro, and Optic Gaming. Whether Fallout Gaming and Purpose Win, the organizers behind the event, will replace those teams before the event starts, remains to be seen.

Those teams haven't lost their chance to earn Pro Circuit Points, however. Valve is currently "talking to tournament organizers to try to find a way to run a Major with the invited and qualifying teams, including the Pro Circuit points that would have been available in Galaxy Battles 2018," the company said in its blog post.

 

Our Take
I understand esports is in a different world than traditional sports (which drug tests regularly), but I'm not sure I see the harm in doing a drug test, personally. And even if it is invasive, why wait until a week and change before the event to drop the tournament? I'm sure there were conversations Between Valve and the tournament ahead of the loss of Major status, but this still leaves lots of people on the teams, production, and more in the lurch on short notice.

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Intel Processor Vulnerability Fix Causing Fortnite Server Issues

Game informer - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:00

Fortnite is having some login and stability issues, and may continue having them over the next week, due to recent design flaw found in many modern processors.

Recently, it was discovered that Intel processors made in the several years (we're talking upwards of a decade here) have a fatal security flaw at the kernel level. While the technical aspects of the flaw are intricate and jargon-filled, the effect is clear: it would give viruses and other malicious programs access to things like passwords at the system level. In the wake of this discovery, Windows and Linux computers have received numerous patches to address the issue at a cost: processing power.

Although this performance hit mostly does not affect gaming benchmarks, the cut to processing power on CPUs may hinder servers and data centers. Case in point: Epic Games is blaming the fix for the issue, which is called the "Meltdown vulnerability" for recent issues Fortnite users might be experiencing across all platforms.

"All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability. We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates," Epic stated on the official Fortnite Forums. The company also posted a chart showing how one of the CPU usage of one of their backend services was affected after it received a patch to address Meltdown.

"Unexpected issues may occur with our services over the next week as the cloud services we use are updated," Epic said. The company is looking into the issue with its cloud-service partners and hopes to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

[Source: Fortnite official forums]

 

Our Take
This could be the first of several potential server stability issues we see, but it's hard to know at this point. At any rate, it looks like while most users' personal PCs may not be impacted by the Meltdown patch, they may be affected as services like this are affected by the longstanding security flaw.

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What To Watch This Weekend: AGDQ, Smite, And Street Fighter III

Game informer - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 11:00

Sub-zero temperatures can't stop these hot events! Or something. Between the first blizzard of the year and it being the heart of Winter, you should probably just stay inside and watch some of these events, is what I'm saying.

Awesome Games Done Quick starts tomorrow, which means you'd better have your week planned out. You can expect speedruns of tons of classic and popular games, but more recent entries include the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyResident Evil 7: Biohazard, and an "all main quests" run of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (Stream / Schedule)

The Hi-Rez expo also takes place this weekend, which means we have a lot of Smite and Paladins action in store. (Smite Stream / Paladins StreamSchedule)

You can also catch some fun Dota 2 action in the Captain's Draft tournament, where hero selections are randomly limited, making for more diverse lineups. (Stream)

The Japanese Co-op Cup is the biggest Street Fighter III: Third Strike tournament of the year. The event is team-based, which means the drama is layered by some great team-elimination action. Matches begin at 7pm Central. (English Stream / Japanese Stream)

The year's first big American fighting game major is the Kumite In Tennessee, which will feature fighting game favorites like Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Tekken 7, and more. (Streams and Schedule)

This week's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event is the Mountain Dew-sponsored 26th season of the ESEA global challenge. Down a 'Dew and enjoy the games!!!! Rad! (Stream / Schedule)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments.

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Awesome Games Done Quick Starts This Sunday

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:37

If you love charity, video games, and things going fast, then Speed Demos Archive has you covered next week from Sunday, January 7 through the following Sunday on January 14.

The charity event, which benefits the Prevent Cancer Foundation, has been an annual stable since its first showing in 2010. Each year, speedrunners gather together and stream games for both live and online audiences with the intent of beating them as quickly as possible, often with certain parameters. People donate money for charity to cheer the runners on, put money toward incentives like saving the animals in Super Metroid or what to name characters, and win prizes donated by the community.

I end up watching the stream as much as I can during the week, and again six months later when Summer Games Done Quick takes place. This year, the event starts with the N. Sane Trilogy version of Crash 3, includes a Yoshi's Island four-way race, and ends with an all-main quest run of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

You can find the streaming information here and take a look at the entire week's schedule here. Don't miss it!

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Mercy Undergoes A Nerf On Overwatch Test Servers

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:23

Much like the plot of every high school popularity movie, Mercy has unfortunately come to realize that being everyone's favorite is eventually accompanied by a huge crash. New changes to the character on the Public Test Realm indicate that Blizzard is trying to bring Dr. Ziegler down to Earth.

Last year, Blizzard decided to restructure Mercy to make her a more attractive support pick by turning her Ultimate into a regular skill with a cooldown and just all around making her better. This plan worked too well, as Mercy soon became so indispensable that one slot on every team was dedicated to her or the team was likely to lose. No other support characters were worth the time to learn because Mercy would fly circles around them.

Slowly, Blizzard tried to undo this by nerfing the character bit by bit. For example, the team tried to increase Mercy's charge time on her resurrection ability, forcing a longer cooldown. Doing so barely moved the needle, Mercy was simply a little more annoying to use but no less essential to victory.

The latest nerf strikes at the heart of her necessity: her Valkyrie Ultimate. The ultimate previously turned Mercy into a superpowered version of herself with a fresh resurrection skill to use and twenty seconds to wreak havoc on the opposing team. That time has now been reduced to fifteen seconds and the cooldown elimination on the resurrection skill is gone. Additionally, Mercy's ability to fly to teammates has been slowed down and shortened considerably.

While balancing changes introduced to the PTR are not guaranteed to come to the rest of the servers, it is more likely than not. Fans of Mercy who had gotten used to her arguably overpowered state are in for a difficult time with the new changes.

[Source: Overwatch Forums]

 

Our Take
It seems like Blizzard is struggling to rebalance the cast to adjust for new additions and competition. Mercy is seemingly worse off than she was before her original buff that caused the problems in the first place. 

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Pokemon Go Switches Region Exclusivity For Zangoose And Seviper

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:23

When the Pokemon Go holiday update came around, Hoenn Pokemon Zangoose and Seviper were added as region exclusives with the mongoose in North America and Africa and the viper in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Now, the two Pokemon have switched regions suddenly.

Perhaps it is a nod to the rivalry the two Pokemon share as they hunt each other, as told through their Pokedex entries.

The Pokedex entry for Pokemon Ruby reads: "Memories of battling its arch-rival SEVIPER are etched into every cell of ZANGOOSE’s body. This POKéMON adroitly dodges attacks with incredible agility."

Similarly, Seviper's Pokemon Ruby entry reads: "SEVIPER shares a generations-long feud with ZANGOOSE. The scars on its body are evidence of vicious battles. This POKéMON attacks using its sword-edged tail."

Fans in North America and Europe can now take part in the generations-long blood feud between the two Pokemon by catching the one they previously weren't able to. North America can get all the Sevipers they need, while Europe can get their fill of Zangoose. It is unknown if the Pokemon will disappear from these regions in the future, so it would be a good idea to get them as soon as possible.

 

Our Take
Hopefully this means Niantic is lessening emphasis on exclusives and rotates them around constantly.

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Here Are 2017's Biggest Video Game News Stories

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:15

Let's review the biggest news stories from 2017 and see how they changed over the year.

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Nintendo Releasing Green And Pink Joycons In America

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:47

After months of the pink and green joycons only being available in Japan, Nintendo is finally releasing them in North America.

The dual-color joycons, which represent and launched alongside Splatoon 2 with its June release, were exclusive to a Splatoon 2 hardware bundle in North America, which itself was exclusive to Wal-Mart. In Japan, the joycons were also available separately.

Curiously, the new separately sold joycons invert the colors from both the hardware bundle and the Japanese ones, which had a green left joycon and a pink right one. This is similar to how Nintendo sold the neon colored joycons separately, inverting the colors from the neon Switch. So if you bought the hardware bundle and want an all-green or all-pink system, it is going to run you another $80 for a new joycon set. If you don't have the hardware bundle and want the joycons to match, it looks like you'll need to import a set from Japan, as well.

The joycons will go on sale later this month, according to Nintendo.

 

Our Take
There have been a number of joycon colors I think are neat, but none that have pushed me over the edge to pay that high cost.

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Horizon Zero Dawn And Breath Of The Wild Dominate Game Developers Choice Awards Nominations

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:25

The annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be celebrating its 18th show this year. Industry professionals from around the world choose the nominations while leading game creators from all parts of the industry select the winners. The event takes place on March 21 at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2018 Game Developers Conference. Any game made during the 2017 calendar year was eligible for nomination.

This year, Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild had the most nominations with six each and both are in the running for Game of the Year. Games like Nier: Automata, PlayerUnknow's Battlegrounds, and Cuphead also received multiple nominations. You can see the complete list of nominees, including honorable mentions below.

BEST AUDIO

  • Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
  • Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Honorable Mentions: Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Star Wars: Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom), Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)

BEST DEBUT

  • Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
  • Sidebar Games (Golf Story)
  • StudioMDHR (Cuphead)
  • Infinite Fall (Night in the Woods)
  • Jason Roberts / Buried Signal (Gorogoa)
  • Honorable Mentions: Game Grumps (Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator), Terrible Toybox (Thimbleweed Park), Team Salvato (Doki Doki Literature Club!), Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap)

BEST DESIGN

  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
  • Honorable Mentions: Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy), Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

BEST MOBILE GAME

  • Reigns: Her Majesty (Nerial / Devolver Digital)
  • Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg)
  • Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
  • Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs / ARTE France / Playdius)
  • Honorable Mentions: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules), Flipflop Solitaire (Zach Gage), Gnog (KO_OP / Double Fine Productions)

INNOVATION AWARD

  • Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Everything (David OReilly / Double Fine Productions)
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
  • Honorable Mentions: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Tacoma (Fullbright), Pyre (Supergiant Games)

BEST NARRATIVE

  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Honorable Mentions: Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Tacoma (Fullbright), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST TECHNOLOGY

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Honorable Mentions: Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks), Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)

BEST VISUAL ART

  • Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus)
  • Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)
  • Honorable Mentions: Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Assassin's Creed Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft), Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

BEST VR/AR GAME

  • Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
  • Lone Echo (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Honorable Mentions: Farpoint (Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (Owlchemy Labs / Adult Swim Games), Luna (Funomena), Robo Recall (Epic Games), Gnog (KO_OP/ Double Fine Productions), Doom VFR (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation)
  • Nier: Automata (PlatinumGames / Square Enix)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Honorable Mentions: Cuphead (StudioMDHR), What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive), Persona 5 (P-Studio / Atlus), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Ninja Theory), Gorogoa (Jason Roberts / Buried Signal / Annapurna Interactive), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios), Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall / Finji)

For more information on the Game Developers Choice Awards, you can click here.

Our Take The Game Developers Choice Awards are always interesting as they are selected by people who actually make games. 2017 was a great year for gaming, so I'm curious what developers will pick as the best of the best. A lot of these games made Game Informer's Game of the Year Awards, and I always find it fascinating to see how developers and gamers align and differ in what is they consider the strongest offerings. This event is also cool because developers get a chance to get recognized by their peers, which I'm sure is really meaningful for them. 
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Sony Reveals Its Most Downloaded Games, Add-Ons, And Themes For 2017

Game informer - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:41

As we fully embrace 2018, Sony recently did some reflecting on its successes of 2017 by giving us a peek into its most downloaded games, add-ons, and themes from last year. While plenty is what you'd expect with big games such as Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, and Horizon Zero Dawn topping the charts, a few surprises slipped in there. The asymmetrical multiplayer horror game Friday: The 13th is the third most downloaded game, putting it ahead of Horizon Zero Dawn and NBA 2K18. If you need further proof of people's love for Friday: The 13th, its theme is the second most popular. It's also nice to see a game like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands crack the top 10, considering it earned our best cooperative multiplayer award.  

Other noteworthy trends: Call of Duty dominated the add-on list, while Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto and Bully games filled the PS Classics charts. The God of War: Collection, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, and Jak and Daxter Collection earned the top three spots for PS Vita downloads.

Note: The charts here are not based on total revenue, only factoring in the number of downloads from the PlayStation Store.

You can see the complete top 10 for each category on the PlayStation Blog post here

 

 

Our Take
Not too many big surprises here, but Friday: The 13th's place is impressive, especially since it didn't have the smoothest launch. Clearly, the technical and pacing issues didn't dissuade people from the unique and fun multiplayer experience, and updates have only continued to improve the game. I'd be curious about actual revenue outside of download stats, especially seeing a comparison of psychical and digital sales. For instance, I'm betting a lot of people still buy big triple-A games like Horizon Zero Dawn physically. Still, more gamers are buying their games digitally in this day and age, and I'd like to see how far that goes. 

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Watch An Artist Draw All 807 Pokemon In Fast Motion

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 20:18

There are a lot of Pokemon. A lot. And over the 350 hours and the span of 42 days, artist Christopher Cayco decided to draw them all.

Cayco started by working on an older piece, but decided that he should use his improved skills to work on an entirely new image.with all 807 Pokemon, but Cayco didn't just stop with Pokedex entries. In his exhaustive rundown of everything he drew, Cayco mentions that he also included all 48 Mega Evolutions, all the Pikachu variations, all the regional Arbok differences, and way more. The 807 Pokemon number balloons to nearly 1200 creatures when adding all the numbers up.

You can watch a video of Cayco's work below or check out a full image at his DeviantArt page. A copy of the print can also be purchased here.

How many can you name without looking it up?

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Switch Version Of NBA Playgrounds Relaunches With Enhanced Edition

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:18

Arcade-style basketball game NBA Playgrounds launched on Switch on May 9, alongside the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions, but lacked online play due to apparent technical hurdles. After two weeks, developer Saber Interactive promised that online would be patched in eventually. Now, six months after that announcement, Saber has released an Enhanced Edition of the Switch game that just outright replaces the May release.

Titled NBA Playgrounds - Enhanced Edition, the new game/patch/mandatory replacement compiles all the post-launch content that appeared on NBA Playgrounds on the other system and the online play promised last May. These extra contents include a hundred new players from both classic and modern eras, new jerseys, revamped rebounding system, and more.

The new download is also two gigs smaller than the previous version, indicating that some work has been spent on optimizing the game to have a smaller footprint on the Switch's internal storage.

To quell anger over the Switch version missing features for the last six months, Saber had promised that all Switch owners would receive the upcoming Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. As soon as Saber made the announcement of the Enhanced Edition, fans were quick to ask about their free copies of Shaq-Fu. Saber assured them that it's still on the way.

You can download the new version on the Switch eShop.

 

Our Take
I remember the part about the game lacking online and Saber promising to add it, but I naturally assumed they just stopped working on it. It is surprising that they still released it, but I'm still more surprised how long it took.

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O.K. KO: Let's Play Heroes Releases January 23 On PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:53

Cartoon Network's newest O.K. KO game, Let's Play Heroes, will be releasing on January 23 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

The game is notable for being developed by Capybara Games, developers of titles like Superbrothers: Swords & Sorcery, Super Time Force, and the oft-delayed Below. Let's Play Heroes plays as a beat 'em up with some light RPG elements, which hews fairly close to the source material.

You can check out a trailer for the game below. While it is launching on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 23, the developers have said they would like to do a Switch version if possible.

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Xbox Live Currently Experiencing Issues With Game Purchases

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:48

If you're having trouble buying a game on Xbox One or on the Windows 10 store, or finding a game you've recently bought, you're not alone.

Microsoft has confirmed Xbox Live is experiencing issues with regards to "Creating new accounts on Xbox Live, managing those accounts, or recovering an account on a different device, [and] buying downloadable items." This also applies to TV, music and video purchases.

The company has not announced an ETA on a fix, but has states they "believe we have identified the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content."

Other Xbox Live services are online, however, including matchmaking, cloud storage, DVR, and more.

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Game Of Thrones' Final Season Announced For 2019

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:01

Fans of one of TV's biggest series will have to spend 2018 reading up on their lore or nurturing fan theories, as Game of Thrones's eighth and final season has been pushed back to 2019.

The news had previously been leaked by Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark on Thrones), but today HBO made the official announcement on their website. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss once again return to direct and write the series, joined by David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik (directors) and Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill (writers), all of whom have contributed to past seasons.

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Ninja Gaiden-Like Indie Title The Messenger Announced

Game informer - Thu, 01/04/2018 - 15:03

Developer Sabotage Studio has announced a new indie platformer, The Messenger, that invokes the NES classic Ninja Gaiden.

The new game, a sidescroller designed to look like Tecmo's tough-as-nails ninja action game, looks like a perfectly suitable spiritual sequel on its own. Perhaps unfortunately, the initial trailer spoils what looks to be the game's hook, that the story spans multiple generations of video game technology. At the end of the teaser, the main character jumps into a portal and emerges a with new armor, a spiffy new hat, and 16-bit graphics.

The Messenger is scheduled for release later this year for "PCs and consoles." Check out the teaser trailer below.

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