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Buying Games Day One Is No Longer the Tempting Proposition It Once Was

Picture the scene: It’s launch day, and after keeping a close eye on ‘Game X’ for months — years, even — the wait is finally over. If you chose to pre-order, ‘Game X’ likely popped through your letterbox in time for breakfast, otherwise you’d typically pay a visit to your local store in order to pick up a copy, hot off the shelf. Tearing the cellophane off your shiny new timesink — providing you favored physical over digital, of course — is an innocent thrill that all players can relate to on some level. But there’s another, near-universal feeling that many of us have felt on launch days gone by, and that’s frustration. Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat; launch day should be cause for celebration on both ends of the industry’s production line. For the developer, it’s that oh-so-sweet moment of crossing the finish line and shipping a product to market that embodies years of hard graft, while the consumer, having spent the entire dev cycle looking on from afar, finally has the opportunity to lay hands on the finished product. Known Shippable But that’s just it; the term “finished product” doesn’t necessarily carry the same…

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Titanfall 2 Live Fire Update Patch Notes Released; Reveal Further Details and Features

As you may know, Titanfall 2’s second free DLC, Live Fire, is arriving soon, and with it is a bunch of new content. Today, developer Respawn detailed and confirmed that content via the update’s patch notes. …Read More The post Titanfall 2 Live Fire Update Patch Notes Released; Reveal Further Details and Features by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Video Explores the Weapons & Skills

[embedded content] In the first video of Mass Effect Andromeda’s Official Gameplay Series, BioWare spends five minutes discussing the weapons and skills you’ll use in combat. If you just want to see some gameplay, skip ahead to 3:40. “Welcome to the Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay series,” BioWare says. “In this video, learn all about combat. Battle with weaponry from an alien galaxy, outmaneuver enemies with your jump-jet, and unlock the power of Biotics. In Mass Effect Andromeda, you are on a mission to find a new home for humanity. How far will you go?” In a new blog post, BioWare explained what to expect from the movement in Andromeda: The action in Mass Effect Andromeda is built around fluid, fast-paced, third-person combat. You’ll experience freedom of movement with the use of a jump-jet that allows you to jump, evade, and hover in the midst of battle. You’ll also discover a dynamic new cover system that enables you to seamlessly use almost anything, including your own vehicle, for cover. Using your jump-jet and the cover system, you’ll be able to approach each battle in a way that suits your gameplay style. As for weapons, there are four categories of firearms – pistols, shotguns, READ FULL…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s First Trailer in New Gameplay Series Released; Focuses on Weapons and Skills

Today, developer BioWare released the first trailer in its new Mass Effect: Andromeda’s gameplay series, focusing in on the game’s weapons and skills. In addition to showcasing more, new gameplay footage, the trailer also boasts a bit …Read More The post Mass Effect: Andromeda’s First Trailer in New Gameplay Series Released; Focuses on Weapons and Skills by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Meet Nakmor Drack, the New Krogan Squad Member in Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Bioware Clarifies That Mass Effect: Andromeda Isn’t Open-World

The footage in recent Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers have led to some confusion as to whether or not Bioware’s upcoming action role-playing game has an open-world or not. Bioware has cleared that up, as producer Michael Gamble told Official Xbox Magazine that the game doesn’t have an open-world. It will feature large sections to explore, though, and Gamble opted to call it an “exploration-based game.” “You still have the concept of tight story deliverance and all the great things you come to expect with Mass Effect.” said Gamble to the magazine. “The layer on top of that is a layer of exploration. Sometimes that happens in open spaces, but not always. You can cruise around some of these planets in the Nomad, but it’s not the traditional sandbox-type game.” That description of how Mass Effect: Andromeda should be a familiar one to fans of the series, as previous games allowed players to explore large planets. So, while the game will definitely give players the freedom to explore environments, it’s not an open-world game in the typical sense. Don’t expect it to play like Saint’s Row in space, or one connected world like Assassin‘s Creed. Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release on March 21, 2017 in the READ…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets New Crewmate Profile Providing More Details on Vetra Nyx

Today, developer BioWare published a new Mass Effect: Andromeda crewmate profile that dishes out more insight into the Turian member of the Pathfinder Team: Vetra Nyx. …Read More The post Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets New Crewmate Profile Providing More Details on Vetra Nyx by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Battlefield 1’s Big Winter Update Live; Patch Notes Revealed

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Battlefield 1’s Winter Update Adds Ribbons, Increases Class Level Cap

Numerous changes are coming to Battlefield 1 as part of a winter update. Alongside the expansion pack They Shall Not Pass, the game will see changes to class rankings and the addition of combat ribbons. Advertisement In a blog post today, the Battlefield 1 team outlined some new additions that will come in the game’s winter update. Chief among these are combat ribbons. In previous titles, ribbons were in-game commendations given to players for completing certain tasks in a round. By killing enemies with a specific weapon type or completing objective, players could earn extra experience. Adding them to Battlefield 1 should encourage people to play the goddamn objective and make up for the less than stellar medal system. Expansion to class ranks from a max rank of 10 to 50 will also drive players to focus on their roles. I need competent medics who revive, dang it! Additionally, more information is getting revealed about the new expansion They Shall Not Pass, which focuses on the French army. jackfrags has outlined the history of the new guns which include the bizarre looking Chauchat light machine gun and its moon shaped READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Madden NFL 17 Update 1.10 Brings Gameplay Fixes, Stability Improvements

[embedded content] Reportedly a 450MB download, Madden NFL 17 update 1.10 today fixes some gameplay issues and helps improve the overall game stability. Here’s the full list of patch notes: Gameplay Removed the ability to flick the R-Stick to pump fake when the player is outside of the pocket. Right Stick will now always throw ball away in these situations. Fixed a legacy issue where defensive linemen would be called for encroachment when offense was using no huddle. Addressed an issue where receivers would have the ball bounce off their arms when attempting RAC catches leading to drops or tip picks. Fixed issue where QB’s could not match tackles after throwing an interception. Fixed an issue where the user drop down banner was precluding player stat drop downs Removed user drop down banners for user catch, finesse and power moves due to high frequency being distracting. Fixed a bug where a safety banner would fire every time a pass was intercepted in the end zone. Fixed a grieving tactic where offense could trigger infinite offsides penalties to extend the game. Made some zone coverage adjustments to improve an issue where C Routes were overpowered when run on the wide side of the…

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Battlefield 1 Update Today Adds Ribbons, New Max Class Rank & More

4.86GB on PlayStation 4, the Battlefield 1 Winter Update is now available to download on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, EA has announced. Along with a number of bug fixes, today’s Battlefield 1 update allows you to collect Ribbons, unlock an Elite Codex for eight of the available primary weapons in the game, reach the new max Class Rank of 50, vote for the next map after a match is over, and more. Here’s the biggest additions with the Winter Update: Ribbons You will now be able to collect Ribbons as you play. There are 20 different Ribbons to collect, and each time you get a Ribbon you also receive a 300XP. The Ribbons are designed to promote good teamplay and playing the objective. If you have suggestions for other Ribbons you’d like us to add, we’re always listening! This is just the beginning. Elite Codices It is now possible to unlock an Elite Codex for eight of the available primary weapons in the game. All you need to do is get 500 more kills per applicable weapon. Not only will you get a shiny Elite Codex, but you will also be awarded 25,000 bonus XP. Not bad when you’re chasing those new READ FULL…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets Seven New Screenshots Showing off Cast and More

Today, some new — seven to be exact — Mass Effect: Andromeda screenshots surfaced online thanks to industry insider shinobi602. The new images showcase the game’s main and supporting cast, and more. …Read More The post Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets Seven New Screenshots Showing off Cast and More by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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EA Takes $3,000 Back From Madden NFL Pro After 'Inappropriate' Tweets

Dubby shouldering his Championship belt after winning this year’s Madden Bowl tournament via EA Sports. Chris “Dubby” McFarland proved himself the best Madden NFL 17 player in the country after defeating Eric “Problem” Wright in the grand finals of the Madden Bowl just over a week ago. Less than a week later he was forced to give back $3,000 of his $75,000 prize winnings after violating EA’s Code of Conduct. Advertisement EA announced the decision last Wednesday, with Matt Marcou, the competitive gaming commissioner for Madden stating, “During and directly after the competition, Chris posted multiple message on a personal social media account that referenced inappropriate content. These posts violated our Code of Conduct and don’t represent the values of our organization. We immediately met with Chris to warn him that his posts were inappropriate and could not continue. Unfortunately, additional offensive messages were posted in subsequent days —Chris has since removed them.” As a result of his behavior, the organization decided to deduct $3,000 from his prize winnings as well as 100 Madden NFL Championship Series points, which players use to qualify for tournaments throughout the year. In READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Battlefield 1 Winter Update is Out Next Week