Titanfall Game Update Eight announced – adds new co-op mode Frontier Defence, and much more

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The official Titanfall website has announced Titanfall Game Update Eight, Titanfall’s “biggest update ever”, which will add a new “Horde style” co-op mode called Frontier Defence. The update will also add Ranked Play to the game, plus make a variety of other changes and improvements.

Frontier Defence will see teams of up to four players defend an objective against “increasingly intense” waves of AI enemies, including: “hordes of Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans!”

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Silence – The Whispered World 2 coming to Xbox One in early 2015

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Daedalic Entertainment announced today that Silence – The Whispered World 2 will be released for Xbox One in early 2015, alongside the adventure game’s previously announced PC and Mac versions.

Silence – The Whispered World 2, the sequel to 2009’s The Whispered World for PC/Mac, will have “a whole bunch of new features”, “completely new 3D visuals”, and “an emotionally investing yet humorous story”, according to the original announcement.

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ESL eSports app released for Xbox One

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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and ESL Gaming have announced the release of the ESL eSports app for Xbox One, which allows Xbox One players in Europe and North America to connect and compete against each other within ESL, the Electronic Sports League.

The ESL app enables Xbox One players to find and sign-up for competitions, track their progress, submit results, view and contact teammates and opponents, plus read the latest eSports news from ESLGaming.com.

According to the announcement by ESL Gaming, there are also many more features on the way, including “full team functionality”.

Power of Shadow free DLC released for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) today announced the release of the free “Power of Shadow” DLC bundle for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The Power of Shadow bundle contains a skin to allow players to take on the appearance of their in-game nemesis, Sauron’s Black Hand, along with new Epic Runes including One with Nature, Ascendant, and Elven Grace.

According to the WBIE press release the Power of Shadow DLC is available now for Xbox One, with the PS4 and Steam releases coming “soon”.

Alien: Isolation – Corporate Lockdown, the first add-on for Survivor Mode, will be released on 28 October

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SEGA has announced that Corporate Lockdown, the first of five planned add-on packs for Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode, will be released on 28 October.

Corporate Lockdown sees players take control of Seegson Executive Ransome as he tries to escape Sevastopol Station before the events of Alien: Isolation itself.

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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner launched in the UK

Graeme “AceyBongos” Boyd, Social Marketing Manager for Xbox EMEA, has announced on Xbox Wire that the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner has now launched in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The £24.99/€29.99 Digital TV Tuner, first announced in August, connects to the Xbox One via USB and enables users to watch free-to-air digital terrestrial (DVB-T, DVB-T2) and free-to-air digital cable (DVB-C) channels directly through their console (subject to the relevant source connection). It also enables TV to be streamed to SmartGlass on mobile devices.

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Xbox One November Update Preview – profile and background customisation, trending TV, Twitter, and more

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has announced what’s coming in the November System Update for Xbox One, which is now rolling out to Preview participants and includes profile and background customisation along with TV, SmartGlass, and Store updates.

The November update adds custom backgrounds, which has been a very popular request by fans. Each account can have its own customised background using Achievement art or solid colours, with more options coming in the future.

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This week’s Deals with Gold – including Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition and the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass

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Major Nelson’s blog has revealed this week’s Deals with Gold, which run through to 27 October and include 50% off Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition, 25% off the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass, and 50% off Strike Suit Zero Director’s Cut – all for Xbox One.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 can get a variety of discounts this week, including 50% off Need for Speed Most Wanted and 66% off Burnout Paradise.

The Evil Within review

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Legacy is something that is earned by so few people for achieving extraordinary goals in their field. Shinji Mikami is one such man in the video game industry. Considered the Grand Father of survival horror with the Resident Evil franchise, his last game, Resident Evil 4, is strongly considered one of the greatest and influential games of the past decade. After nine years, he returns with a new studio and a new game, The Evil Within.

The Evil Within not only wants to bring survival horror back to the its roots but intends to show up all the other games that didn’t understand the subtle brilliance Resident Evil 4 had. An admirable challenge but the weight holds a little too much for Tango Gameworks. They don’t drop the ball necessarily but their knees are trembling from the strain of carrying Mikami’s aspirations on their back.

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Born2beSlicker
Finished. 14:27 hours with 75 deaths. Expect my review tomorrow. That ending was so fucking stooopid.
Born2beSlicker
Second half of this game is a lot better than the first half. It's such a muddled mess that I'm not sure if I like it or not. Did make me laugh though. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I quite like messing around with the villager like enemies. There's fun to be had there even if it's not RE4 fun. It's when it tries puzzles or boss fights, it all goes to shit.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I'm a little ways into Chapter 4. Spent an inordinate amount of time dicking around in chapter 3, just getting myself killed so I could repeatedly toy with the AI in the village arena. Made me hope for a Mercs mode, but I don't think there is one.
Born2beSlicker
When an enemy has his head blown off or stabbed, that seems to be the end of them, at least for me. How far in are you? Also, here's the link to my stream for anybody that cares. It's chapters 4/5 and I die a hell of a lot due to inconsistent rules (boss fights) or me fucking up. http://www.twitch.tv/born2beslicker/b/578776071 I won't deny it's a hard game and that's fine. But when it feels unfair is when the game doesn't indicate what you need to do.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
I've had a few get back up, usually they attack from the ground. Could be wrong but I think they sometimes drop items they wouldn't otherwise when burnt. I'm really enjoying it.
Born2beSlicker
Oh man, I'm just noooot enjoying this game at all. Just finished Chapter 5, as I streamed chapters 4/5 and it wasn't fun at all. The stealth stuff with the generic enemies is kind of enjoyable but the boss stuff that spider lady is so clunky. The whole game feels clunky with the narrow field of view and serviceable shooting. I try to be stealthy to not use weapons but when you have invisible enemies that just see you instantly, you're obligated to fighting them. I also can't find a proper reason for the burning bodies mechanic to exist. Yes, it can kill enemies you knock down and it can even kill enemies who stand on the flame as you drop the match. However, when I kill an enemy, that dude is dead. I've yet to see any reanimate, so why do I get asked to burn every single corpse? Really getting the feeling that this game is not fleshed out as much as Mikami envisioned because it's not scary and it's not fun. Two things his games always do a good/great job in executing. Hopefully it picks up in the second half, as the plot barely exists and so does the game.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
:roll: again unlocked the frame-rate shows that the game is locked not because of artistic choice but because the game is badly optimized this is probably the exact same on consoles :lol: Seriously when a game on a 980 can't run at 60fps and still looks mediocre that's got nothing to do with artistic choice :wave:
Well, it has been verified by the developer, explained by me, and matched up with the comments made by the developers of The Order for their game. It runs at 30 because it's supposed to, for completely valid reasons and absolutely delivers on that intent.
Born2beSlicker
3 chapters in. Going to be streaming at 8pm at http://www.twitch.tv/born2beslicker/ if you're interested.
kelticdave
:roll: again unlocked the frame-rate shows that the game is locked not because of artistic choice but because the game is badly optimized this is probably the exact same on consoles :lol: Seriously when a game on a 980 can't run at 60fps and still looks mediocre that's got nothing to do with artistic choice :wave:
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Weird.
Danger Moss
As long as the frame rate is solid I don't give a fuck what it's running at. But artistic choice or not If you put black borders in your game I'm not playing it.
Born2beSlicker
The Order 1886 claims this exact reason to why they went 30fps letterboxed. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-or ... 0-6419888/
MoBiUGeArSkIn
30fps is a closer to the cinema standard 24. Which gives the image more heft and weight. Films shot in HFR are bashed for making the fantastic seem artificial. It's the same here. The game, the way looks, benefits the visual ambience. It makes it less "gamey".
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
Your argument makes no sense, the presentation they've gone for is deliberate. To give the game a cinematic look and feel. Which is what an artist does. It's a great game so far too. Horrible but very fun.
You give me no argument at all that says 30fps is an artistic choice. It's a limitation of the coders not an artistic cinematic choice stop defending bad programming.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
Your argument makes no sense, the presentation they've gone for is deliberate. To give the game a cinematic look and feel. Which is what an artist does. It's a great game so far too. Horrible but very fun.
Floyd
Jerec
So....... Is this game any good then?
It does look good. I think if you're a fan of resident evil/silent hill games then you'll like this. I wasn't sure so I watched the first bit of a lets play on youtube,, and it was mind bending gory stuff. It might have just made it on to my Christmas list....Early days yet, still plenty of games to to come out and I can't get them all!
Jerec
So....... Is this game any good then?
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
:lol: :facepalm: why not take down your HD display and play them on an old tube display while you're at it as well :facepalm:
kelticdave
its not about being a benchmark of a good game its a standard for PC it should be a standard for these consoles. This shouldn't even be a debate you get next gen consoles with hardware capable of 60fps and you're sitting around saying things like you don't always need 60fps........ :lol: :facepalm: Honestly ? I mean you honestly are sitting there saying this knowing full well that these games should be a default 60fps. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
I agree with Mobi. Nobody is contesting that 1080/60 isn't better, obviously it is. We just feel it isn't mandatory for the benchmark of a good game. I'm starting this today (been busy) and I'm looking forward to seeing if Mikami can surpass RE4's legacy.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
They don't all need to run at 60fps, in the way a film doesn't need to run at HFR in Imax. Or colour.
kelticdave
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The borders and frame rate are an aesthetic choice by the developer. It's no different to a film director making the same. It's extremely cinematic, gritty and realistic to a point. Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
Wrong but that is generally the opinion of a console gamer. If you play games in 60 or above and then have to be forced to be lowered into something like 30 its an extremely annoying thing to have to put up with. This is the reason I love the PC community because even when a developer forces these choices we fix their mistakes :P. http://30vs60.com/ Please tell me what honestly looks better ? Then say not all games need to run in 60.
hallben
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
Now THAT we can agree on.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
The borders and frame rate are an aesthetic choice by the developer. It's no different to a film director making the same. It's extremely cinematic, gritty and realistic to a point. Not every game NEEDS to run at 60fps, full screen at 1080p.
kelticdave
You can uncap the fps in the PC version by running a command but from what I've heard its a bit of a crap port. Which is no surprise with most of these developers today they are artificially making the PC versions look just as bad. Is it some sort of need to make it seem like the current consoles are really powerful :lol: Fuck my 5 year old machine can run most of these games just fine with most settings on ultra. But yeah sounds like a bit of a shame I was watching the console version earlier and the animations are really horrible in parts. :lol:
Born2beSlicker
Bethesda
The letterboxing (a 2:35:1 aspect ratio) is used for gameplay purposes, as certain elements display in the black areas of the screen,"
Apparently it was designed for that ratio and 30fps specifically. The PC can unlock it with debug commands but they say it will hurt the game. I'm not fussed, I'm more interested in if the game is good than if it's a little squashed.
Floyd
It's got texture pop in too.... I don't really like unnecessary borders in games. I think Dragons Dogma had the same thing, I didn't like it.
NighteyesUK
RE4 was down to the hardware limitations at the time. It's inexcusable now. Plus I've also read the game's performance is poor in parts, dipping well below 30fps, and with poor/weird animation glitches. I'll get this when £3 preowned. What a fucking joke.
Born2beSlicker
Apparently it's at a weird aspect ratio, so yes. RE4 did the same thing so I'm not surprised.
NighteyesUK
Wait a minute, it has borders?
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Well this is horrible in the best possible ways. Strikes a nice balance between "Urgh!", " ARGH!" and "Haha!" Great presentation too, love the cinematic feel of 2:35:1
Born2beSlicker
Managed to get a review code. Bethesda seem to be weird with this game and codes. Expect a review in the next week.
kelticdave
Floyd
Looks great! Why can't these games ever seem to get the story right. It seems to be the in thing at the moment, great game, great mechanics, but the story lets it down. I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
It works both ways how many games have came out with great story but shit game-play as well ? I would rather prioritize both but developers seem to prioritize one or the other.
Floyd
hallben
I can think of a racing game (Grid I believe) where they tried to do a story, it wasn't good. :D
The first Driver game on the Ps1 is a classic! Not too many though.
Born2beSlicker
Mortal Kombat 9, Persona Arena, BlazBlue are fighting games with good stories. Puzzle Quest wants to...but isn't. Professor Layton however is badass!
hallben
I can think of a racing game (Grid I believe) where they tried to do a story, it wasn't good. :D
Floyd
hallben
Floyd
I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
Racing games? Football games? Fighting games? Puzzle games? You sure about that?
Ok, apart from games where there aren't actually stories :P
hallben
Floyd
I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
Racing games? Football games? Fighting games? Puzzle games? You sure about that?
Floyd
Looks great! Why can't these games ever seem to get the story right. It seems to be the in thing at the moment, great game, great mechanics, but the story lets it down. I don't care what the genre is, I want a good and solid story.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
MoBiUGeArSkIn
This is starting to look horribly good.
Tezcatlipoca
Britxbox - EGX Preview - The Evil Within
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Tezcatlipoca
BXB - The Evil Within has been delayed until October
Tezcatlipoca
Awesome - the same day as Evolve, and the same month as Alien, Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age, Batman... :lol: :x
Lostcauz
Delayed, yet another game launching in October (24th) http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-ev ... 0-6419828/
Horror game The Evil Within has had its launch date pushed back to October, Bethesda has announced. The game will be released in North America on October 21, followed by October 23 for Australia and New Zealand, and October 24 in European territories. The game's launch has been reportedly delayed to grant the development team additional time to make further balance changes and refinements to the game.
MoBiUGeArSkIn
Its this, innit: viewtopic.php?f=74&t=63340&hilit=Zwei Could be good. The fellow who heads up this new studio has credentials. The trailer is a bit generic though.
DragonBugg
Pug
Two vids, no gameplay.
Yes. Okay.
Pug
Two vids, no gameplay.
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