Articles by Jason Dunning

Werewolf: The Apocalypse & Necromunda: Underhive Wars Announced by Publisher Focus Home

Publisher Focus Home Interactive announced this week that they’re bringing both Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Necromunda: Underhive Wars to consoles and PC. Developed by Cyanide Studio (Blood Bowl, Styx: Master of Shadows), and set in the World of Darkness universe (Vampire The Masquerade, Werewolf, Mage Ascension), Werewolf: The Apocalypse is an RPG that sees you becoming a werewolf, known as Garou. “Garou are Werewolf warriors opposed to urban civilization and supernatural corruption, all heading towards inevitable apocalypse,” the description adds. Focus Home President Cédric Lagarrigue said: We are pleased to partner with White Wolf to bring Werewolf: The Apocalypse to life in a video game for consoles and PC. We are excited to work on the World of Darkness universe, as this is formidable playground to tell the players a great story. We are also happy to partner with Cyanide Studio in this adventure – they are behind the original wish to adapt this universe, and we are faithful in their ability to create a game that will please both fans of World of Darkness and newcomers. As for Necromunda: Underhive Wars, it’s a turn-based tactical RPG adaption of the tabletop game Necroumunda, and is set in the Warhammer 40K universe. Developed by Rogue Factor (Mordheim: City of the Damned), the story sees…

Uncanny Valley Comes to PS4 & PS Vita on February 7

[embedded content] Released for PC back in 2015, 2D survival horror game Uncanny Valley is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on February 7 in North America and February 8 in Europe, complete with cross-buy. At launch, PlayStation Plus members will save 15% off the $11.99/€11.99/£11.99 regular price. A story-driven experience where nothing is as it seems and the choices you make determine your fate, Uncanny Valley sees you playing as Tom, a security guard working the night shift at an abandoned facility. While exploring the offices and corridors, he begins to uncover the secrets hidden away within its walls. Instead of your failures always resulting in death, Uncanny Valley uses a consequence system where your mistakes can affect Tom, the world, side characters, and how the story progresses. “For example, a mistake may result in a broken arm, which in-turn presents problems when trying to use a weapon,” developer Cowardly Creations explains. “This changing dynamic impacts story and gameplay, requires players to rethink their approach to certain situations, and ensures a chilling sense of ever-present uneasiness.” Here’s a list of Uncanny Valley’s features: A huge, creepy facility to explore Ominous and oppressive atmosphere Compelling story with rich characters Multiple endings to discover Consequences which impact story and gameplay The…

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Rainbow Six Siege’s Next Operation Is Velvet Shell, Will Include Two New Operators From Spain

[embedded content] On Sunday, February 5, Ubisoft will offer up a live demo of Velvet Shell, the first Operation of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year Two. It will take place during the final day of the Six Invitational, the biggest Rainbow Six Siege tournament featuring the top Xbox One and PC players competing for a $200,000 prize pool. So far, Ubisoft has confirmed that Velvet Shell will include a map and two new Operators from Spain, and you’ll be able to watch the livestream on Twitch and YouTube. Here’s some of the highlights of the Six Invitational’s schedule: Friday, February 3 10am ET – PC and Xbox One quarter finals Saturday, February 4 10am ET – PC and Xbox One semi-finals 12:45pm ET – Velvet Shell Operators Panel 3:35pm ET – Velvet Shell Map & Features Panel Sunday, February 5 10:15am ET – Year Two Roadmap 10:45am ET – Xbox One Grand Final 1:15pm ET – Velvet Shell Live Demo 2:45pm ET – PC Grand Final “One of the most anticipated parts of the weekend is sure to be the teaser panels for Operation Velvet Shell, where information about the new operators and new map will be revealed,” Ubisoft says. “The Six Invitational will also include panels to discuss the past and the READ FULL…

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The Division Update 1.6 & Last Stand Expansion Detailed by Ubisoft

Releasing simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, the third expansion for The Division, Last Stand, will include a new mode called Last Stand, as well as a new Incursion. Unlike the Dark Zone, Last Stand is session-based and features clear objectives and win conditions, but you’ll also find familiar aspects such as PvE enemies and Landmarks. As Ubisoft explains, you’ll need to be level 30 to access Last Stand and each match can last a maximum of 20 minutes: The Last Stand game mode offers session based player versus player combat in The Division, mixed with a strong PvE aspect, and a brand new way to experience the Dark Zone separate from the regular game. In it, two teams of eight players are fighting each other on an instanced map to control the aforementioned terminals, until one team has transferred enough information to win the match. When taking part in Last Stand, the game will always assume that your team are the Division agents while the enemy team will be seen as Rogues (note that they are just labeled as Rogue for lore reasons, as the actual Rogue mechanics do not apply in Last Stand). In other READ FULL…

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Destiny’s Crimson Days Event Isn’t Returning in 2017, Bungie Has “Other Plans”

Focusing on what’s next for Destiny in their latest weekly update, Bungie revealed that the Crimson Days Valentine’s event won’t be returning this year. Instead, they have “other plans” and are “dedicating our efforts to delivering different things for you to play.” Bungie also said the Live Team is currently working on the next Destiny content patch, and they’ll give out details in a livestream closer to springtime: Last week at Bungie, we teased that you haven’t heard the last from the Live Team. Their next content update is taking shape. We’re super excited to tell you about it – but not so excited that we’ll jump the gun. There will come a time when we’ll take a seat on our streaming set to talk about how we’ll spend the springtime together. That moment will come closer to the thaw. It’s rarely our policy to issue guarantees about things that are not yet certified for download. Given the work that is being done behind the scenes, however, we feel like we can start to call the shot. Undated at the moment, the next update for Destiny will include some design work to refine weapon balance. After saying they’ve been doing lots of behind-the-scenes player-to-player combat READ FULL STORY…

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Activision: Call of Duty Was the #1 Console Franchise of 2016

With the NPD declaring Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare the best-selling game of 2016 in the United States, Activision sent out a statement today adding that it was “the #1 top-selling video game on console in the U.S. for 2016 based on total revenue and units sold from physical and digital sales (excluding hardware bundle sales).” Activision also said Call of Duty was the #1 console franchise in the US for the eighth consecutive year, and was the #1 console franchise worldwide for the seventh time in the last eight years, based on revenue. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said: We’re thankful to our players for once again putting Call of Duty on top, and we recognize how rare this is – to do year after year. That’s why we push to deliver innovations and incredible gameplay that are worthy of the best fans in the world time and again. And we have an exciting year ahead in 2017. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the #8 best-selling game of 2016 in the US (and #1 in 2015), and it was still the top-selling game of this generation as of August 2016. The first DLC pack for Infinite Warfare, Sabotage launches on January 31 for PlayStation 4. Leaderboards will READ FULL STORY…

January 2017 PSN Flash Sale Is Live, Here’s What’s Being Offered

January 20, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning The January 2017 PlayStation Store Flash Sale has begun in North America, offering a variety of PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita games for under $5. Running until Monday, January 23 at 8am PT/11am ET, here’s all the deals in this month’s PSN Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store: PlayStation 4 Games 140 – $3.19 Asemblance – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – $3.99 Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia – $3.99 Assault Android Cactus – $4.94 Awesomenauts Assemble – $3.99 Bard’s Gold – $1.99 Bastion – $4.79 Boggle – $3.99 Brick Breaker – $3.99 Catlateral Damage – $3.99 Child of Light Ultimate Edition – $4.94 Dark Cloud 2 – $4.94 Ducati 90th Anniversary – $3.99 Emily Wants to Play – $1.99 Game of Thrones Season Pass – $4.99 Gauntlet: Slayer Edition – $4.99 Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved – $4.94 Goat Simulator – $3.99 Grow Home – $2.39 Guns, Gore and Cannoli – $3.99 Handball 16 – $4.79 Hitman GO: Definitive Edition – $3.19 I am Bread – $3.89 Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition – $4.99 Journey – $4.94 Knack – $4.99 Lara Croft and the…

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3 Isn’t Releasing This Month

After launching two episodes in December, which put them “at a slightly unusual rollout,” Telltale Games has revealed that The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3 won’t be released this month. Asked on Twitter about the release date of Episode 3, Telltale’s Job Stauffer said, “Won’t be this month, should let folks down easy on that – but we hope to have news in February. Big episode! Worth the wait.” Stauffer also revealed that Telltale is “working in a lot of fan feedback for Ep 3,” and “Clem has an Ep3 scene that literally broke me.” In a separate tweet, Stauffer appears to have given a small status update on their Guardians of the Galaxy game, which GameStop says should be out around April. “On the sci-fi/spacey side of things, seeing a lot of awesomeness coming together more & more quickly now. Cannot WAIT to share 1st looks!” Stauffer tweeted. Featuring Episodes 1 and 2, as well as access to the remaining three episodes as they become available, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Season Pass Disc will be available through retailers in February for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. [Source: Job J Stauffer (Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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2016 NPD: Infinite Warfare Beats Battlefield 1 as the Best-Selling Game of the Year

The NPD has released their full 2016 report for the games industry in the United States, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has come out on top as the best-selling game of the year. Right behind it was Battlefield 1, with The Division, NBA 2K17, and Madden NFL 17 rounding out the top five. Total spending for the year came in at $30.4 billion, which is up slightly from 2015’s $30.2 billion. By category, software was up 6% to $24.5 billion, while hardware fell 24% to $3.7 billion. “Unfortunately the release of the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro did not generate dollar spending growth,” NPD analyst Sam Naji said. “Although the combined ARP for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems decreased by 15 percent, consumers bought 7 percent fewer units.” Here’s the top 10 best-selling games of 2016 (January 3, 2016 to December 31, 2016) in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that Battle.net sales weren’t included for Overwatch: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Battlefield 1 The Division NBA 2K17 Madden NFL 17 Grand Theft Auto V Overwatch Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 FIFA 17 Final Fantasy XV In 2015, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was the best-selling game of READ FULL STORY…

Injustice 2 Beta Sign Ups Now Live

NetherRealm hasn’t said when it will start, but sign ups for the Injustice 2 beta are now live. To register, head over to the beta site, enter your email address and name, choose your platform (PlayStation 4 or Xbox One), select your country, and accept the Privacy Policy and Beta License Agreement. The Injustice Twitter account says, “Register now for the upcoming Injustice 2 Online Beta for North America! More details coming soon.” Despite only mentioning North America in the tweet, the beta registration form includes European countries. Ed Boon teased an Injustice 2 beta earlier today by leaving out ‘beta’ from this tweet of Greek alphabet symbols: Don’t know why, but I can’t help feeling like there is something missing today…. pic.twitter.com/J25PE23lhj — Ed Boon (@noobde) January 19, 2017 Injustice 2 releases on May 16 in North America and May 19 in Europe for PS4 and Xbox One. As the $100 Ultimate Edition shows, there will be at least nine post-launch DLC characters. The next Injustice 2 character reveal will happen on Tuesday, January 24. [Source: Injustice Game (1), (2), Ed Boon] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Physical Version Arrives on March 7 for PS4 & Xbox One

[embedded content] Capcom has confirmed that the limited physical version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will release on March 7 in North America for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, priced at $29.99 USD/$39.99 CAD. GameStop and EB Games are the only retailers listed as offering it. $5 more expensive than the digital version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the physical version features everything included in the digital release, plus updated cover art and an exclusive comic with original art from Marvel’s Sean Chen and Gerardo Sandoval. The comic “tells the story of two colliding universes featuring some of the most iconic Marvel and Capcom characters in its 10 full pages of action-packed story.” The digital version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will come to Xbox One and PC on March 7 as well. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on PS4 includes 50 characters from Marvel and Capcom, 1080p/60fps gameplay, all DLC characters, costumes, and stages, and more. You can read our review over here. The follow-up, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, arrives in late 2017. [Source: Capcom Unity] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Blizzard: Overwatch Year of the Rooster Begins on January 24

[embedded content] On Twitter, Blizzard teased that an Overwatch Year of the Rooster event will kick off on January 24. The above video from the main Twitter account shows a Mei costume, while the below video from the Korean account shows a D. Va costume: 여러분♡ 새해 복 많이 받으세요! pic.twitter.com/vNEptK1SNb — 오버워치 (@OverwatchKR) January 19, 2017 “Good luck and great fortune await!” the caption adds. Blizzard hasn’t offered up any further details, so it remains to be seen how long the Year of the Rooster event will last (Chinese New Year is January 28). The previous event, Winter Wonderland, ran for nearly three weeks. If there’s a game update accompanying the start of Year of the Rooster on January 24, we’ll let you know. Late last year, Game Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that “we are *NOT* planning a Valentines or Easter event. So yes, you can expect cool events. But just to manage expectations Valentines and Easter are not those events.” [Source: Overwatch (1), (2), (3) via Reddit, Eurogamer] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Hitman Gets HDR Support on January 31

[embedded content] On January 31, Io-Interactive will release a Hitman update that adds High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S, and PC, “allowing for more vibrant graphics.” Programmer Anders Wang Kristensen explained that HDR allows the player to see outside a bright window while standing in a dark room: As an example, think of 47 in a dark room looking out a bright window. Without HDR you would not be able make out what’s outside, whereas with HDR you can simultaneously see details inside the room and outside the window. Another extreme example is the sun. Without HDR we could not render the sun brighter than a white piece of paper, so we had to ‘simulate’ the sun being blinding. With HDR we can draw the sun several times brighter, so that it is actually close to being blinding, just like in real life. Hitman’s PS4 Pro support, added in November, increases the overall resolution, reduces aliasing, improves reflective surfaces, and adds more detailed lighting effects. You’ll also find the UI is rendered natively in 4K. If you don’t have a 4K TV, “the image will be downsampled to 1080p to benefit from higher quality READ FULL STORY…

Tactical RPG God Wars Future Past Launches on March 28 for PS4 & PS Vita

[embedded content] A tactical RPG from NIS America and Kadokawa Games, God Wars Future Past for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita is coming to North America on March 28 and Europe on March 31. It will be available physically and digitally on both platforms. Featuring English and Japanese audio, as well as English subtitles, God Wars Future Past is priced at $49.99 USD on PS4 and $39.99 USD on PS Vita. There’s also a Limited Edition for $79.99 USD on PS4 and $74.99 on PS Vita through NISA’s Online Store (North America, Europe) that includes the following: Collector’s box God Wars Future Past game Art Book (details coming soon) Soundtrack (details coming soon) Cloth Poster (27″ x 38″) Pocket Mirror (3.5″ dia.) Here’s the description for God Wars Future Past: A long time ago, there was a beautiful land made up of three nations: Fuji, Izumo, and Hyuga. This land was called Mizuho. The people of Mizuho disliked conflict, honored their ancestral spirits, and lived in harmony with nature. However, over time, they began cultivating crops, forging and using metal, fighting wars, destroying nature, and neglecting to honor their ancestral spirits. In the meantime, various locations in Mizuho suffered from natural disasters like flooding, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. In order…