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.: BioShock is 10 and we're all so old, but at least we can distract ourselves with this 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
BioShock is still such an iconic game - the Little Sisters, the Art Deco style, the unforgettable plot twist - that it's hard to believe it's been a whole damn decade since we first went to Rapture.
.: The 10 best Marvel video games
From Spider-Man to Star-Lord, get your hero on with the best of the best in Marvel gaming.
.: EA's Fe basically looks like the 3D version of Ori and the Blind Forest and I am so onboard
You'd be forgiven for thinking the EA-published Fe (pronounced "fee") was a spin-off of Microsoft's Ori and the Blind Forest.
.: Battlefield 1 Incursions mode is kinda like a MOBA but don't run away screaming
The Battlefield series is known for ridiculous moments like tanks accidentally shooting down jet fighters, but Battlefield 1 is finally getting serious.
.: Overwatch's next map is Junkertown - ready to escort an explosive payload?
As suspected, Junkertown will indeed be the next map in Overwatch.
.: Prepare for cuteness overload: The Sims 4 is having puppies
Prepare to have your cute glands milked until they're withered husks, as The Sims 4 is about to hear the pitter-patter of tiny, furry feet.
.: This Destiny 2 launch trailer isn't messing around (okay, Cayde is holding a chicken, I take it back)
Update: Here's the full-length trailer. It starts out pretty serious, with main villain Gha ....
.: 19 things in Far Cry 5 you probably haven’t noticed yet
Ubi's latest take on Far Cry 5 brings its familiar open world town liberating to the USA.
.: Just want to enjoy the view in Horizon: Zero Dawn? Try the new extra-easy Story Mode
Horizon: Zero Dawn is full of memorable characters, Instagrammable vistas, and dangerous dino-bots who want to chomp you up even when you'd rather just enjoy the first two things.
.: This limited edition Minecraft Xbox One S bundle looks like dirt (but in a good way)
Minecraft fans can already have a good time on Xbox One, but just in case they want something a bit blockier, there's a special new console design on the way.
.: The 13 best zombie games you can play right now
Love smashing up the undead? Here are the games for you.
.: F1 2017 review: "If you live and breathe Formula One, there’s nothing even close to F1 2017"
Real-world Formula One is often criticised for being too complicated.
.: Here's where you can pre-order the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition right now
Finally pre-orders are open on the Xbox One X and it looks like you're going to have to be fast if you want to nab your console on day one.
.: Here’s ALL the Xbox One games that are enhanced for Xbox One X
Now that the Xbox One X preparations are in full swing (if you’re super on the ball you might even have already nabbed your Xbox One X pre-order), it’s time to step back to see which games are going to benefit from the Xbox One X’s shiny new technology.
.: Xbox One X: pre-orders, price, release date, and everything you need to know
Fast Facts Xbox One X release date: November 7, 2017Price: $499 / £449 Microsoft is back with a brand new box.
.: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's White Monkey Temple - how to get in, and what is it?
Although no doubt you’ll get lost in Chloe and Nadine’s journey to discover Ganesh’s tusk, there’s plenty of other content to get involved with in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
.: Your mom's favorite soccer player David Beckham stars in PES 2018
PES, the soccer game also known as "not FIFA, the other one" has signed up some star power for PES 2018.
.: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's launch trailer is full of explosions, treasure, and drama
Just a few days left until the standalone Uncharted 4 spin-off, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy can discover the untapped paradise of your PS4 hard drive.
.: This new Monster Hunter World trailer stars the fugliest flamingo beast ever
The latest look at creature slaughter saga Monster Hunter World is supposed to show off the new location, but we can't tear our eyes away from the hideous, naked parrot-thing that appears halfway through.
.: Check out a fan-made Overwatch zombie mode (and 3 other custom games you should try)
The Overwatch team has been gradually adding new modes to the game since the 2016 launch (yes, deathwatch is really going to happen!).
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.: HTC Vive Receives Official Price Drop
HTC has officially cut the price of the Vive by $200 USD..
.: NVIDIA Boasts 200M GeForce Gamers, Announces HDR Support for Destiny 2 Coming To PC First
NVIDIA announced that HDR support in Destiny 2 will come to PC first. They also boasted impressive numbers such as 200M GeForce gamers and 90M GeForce Experience users..
.: Crash yet again [UK Charts]
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (-23%) takes the No1 spot and has now made it 7 weeks at the top of the All Formats Charts, extending its record of most times at No1 for 2017. .
.: Dark Souls is Not an Action RPG.
"Does Dark Souls have action RPG elements to it? Yes. Is that genre befitting of Dark Souls?Hell no!!!" - Says "Bob the Hollow" on this opinion piece about whether the terminology that describes the series as an Action-RPG is flawed, and what we should be calling the "Souls Genre" .
.: Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Requires 170 GB Space, System Requirements Listed
Square Enix has announced today that Final Fantasy XV is making its way to PC in early 2018..
.: At least the Xbox One X is launching with limited edition Power Doritos
The next level of gaming is launching with the next generation of MSG on a mass-produced flat fried potato. Behold: Power Doritos. .
.: One Million Dollars Up For Grabs At Quakecon
This weekend at QuakeCon 2017 in Dallas, TX, the Finals for the $1 Million Quake World Championships will bring together the best players in the world to battle for their share of the prize pool. On top of that, there is also a great new trailer to enjoy. .
.: Serial Cleaner Review | Out, Damned Spot
OnlySP's Damien Lawardorn offers readers his thoughts on iFun4All's Serial Cleaner..
.: Should Microsoft Delay the Xbox One X?
Alex S. from Link-Cable writes: "At this years E3, Microsoft lifted the veil on the worlds most powerful console with the reveal of the Xbox One X. And since that faithful day in June gamers have been waiting with bated breath to get their hands on a system with that much under the hood. But whats a game console worth if there are no games to play on it? And with this weeks announcement that Crackdown 3 would be delayed to the spring of 2018 it begs the questions should Microsoft delay the Xbox One X and launch it when they have games available to show off its unprecedented levels of power?".
.: 8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Stick and Twin Cube Stereo Bluetooth Speakers now available for Switch
8Bitdo has released two new accessories for the Nintendo Switch, the NES30 Arcade Stick and Twin Cube Stereo Bluetooth Speakers..
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.: What's New On Amazon Prime For September 2017

Amazon has announced all of the movies and TV shows coming for Prime subscribers in September, and there are quite a few notable additions.

The comedy Wedding Crashers arrives on September 1, while Season 2 of Amazon's original series One Mississippi premieres on September 8. The Amazon original movie The Lost City of Z, starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Robert Pattinson (Twilight), and Tom Holland ( debuts on Amazon a week later, on September 15. Additionally, Season 4 of Amazon's drama Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor arrives on September 22.

Outside of the movies and TV shows, Amazon will air the first Thursday Night Football game on September 28, which is a matchup between the Packers and the Bears.

You can see the full rundown of all the movies and TV shows coming to Amazon Prime in September below, as rounded up and compiled by The AV Club.

Available September 1

Unsolved Mysteries: Original Robert Stack Episodes, season eight

American Loser (2007)

American Ruling Class (2007)

And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (1991)

Autopsy (2008)

Best Seller (1987)

Bio-Dome (1996)

Blood Car (2007)

Boy (2010)

Breathing (2011)

Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)

Calloused Hands (2013)

Carrie (1976)

Charlotte Rampling: The Look (2011)

Clip (2012)

Computer Chess (2013)

Dark Ride (2006)

Dead Weight (2012)

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Disturbing Behavior (1998)

Double Headed Eagle (1973)

Double Take (2009)

Down To Earth (2001)

Duane Michaels: The Man Who Invented Himself (2012)

Dying Breed (2009)

Free Radicals (2003)

Ganja & Hess (1973)

Gogol Bordello: Non Stop (2008)

Hippie Masala (2006)

Holes In My Shoes (2006)

Huff (2013)

In The Land Of The Deaf (1994)

Indecent Proposal (1993)

Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1997)

Khodorkovsky (2011)

Kingdom Of Shadows (1986)

Korkoro (2008)

La Maison De La Radio (2013)

Lars And The Real Girl (2007)

Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling (2004)

Look Both Ways (2005)

Man About Town (2007)

Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013)

Meditate And Destroy (2007)

Mistress (1992)

Mr. X (2014)

Music From The Big House (2010)

Nollywood Babylon (2008)

Offspring (2009)

Primitive London (1965)

Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Pumpkinhead (2009)

Red Garters (1954)

River’s Edge (1987)

Sacred Flesh (2000)

Sacrifice (2011)

Schoolgirl Hitchhikers (1973)

Sleepover (2004)

Successive Slidings Of Pleasure (1974)

Switchback (1997)

The Black Stallion (1979)

The Bloodsucker Leads The Dance (1975)

The Cove (2009)

The Cup (2012)

The Dark Half (1993)

The Fairy (2011)

The Giants (2011)

The Golden Child (1986)

The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1985)

The Last Godfather (2011)

The New Public (2013)

The Object Of Beauty 1991

The Rage - Carrie 2 (1999)

The Revisionaries (2012)

The Search For One Eyed Jimmy (1993)

The Sinful Nuns Of Saint Valentine (1974)

The Workshop (2007)

This Ain’t No Mouse Music (2013)

Truth In Numbers? Everything According to Wikipedia (2010)

Vanishing Waves (2012)

Videocracy (2009)

Virgin Among The Living Dead (1978)

Virgin Witch (1972)

Web Junkie (2014)

Wedding Crashers (2005)

When I Saw You (2013)

Wide Awake (2006)

With One Voice (2009)

Available September 2

Ben-Hur (2016)

Available September 7

The Hunter’s Prayer (2017)

Tubelight (2017)

Available September 8

One Mississippi, season 2

Available September 9

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Available September 10

Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017)

Available September 11

Frantz (2016)

Available September 12

The Ray Bradbury Theater, season 6

ReGenesis, seasons 2-4

Available September 15

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Endless Love (1981)

The Thaw (2009)

The Women Of Brewster Place (1989)

Beauty And The Baker, season 1

Available September 16

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail (2009)

Available September 19

Straight/Curve: Challenging The Beauty (2017)

Available September 21

Kill Switch (2017)

Available September 22

Transparent, season 4

Available September 23

Elian (2017)

Available September 25

Falling Water, season 1

Bronte Sisters, season 1

Available September 26

Wishenpoof!, season 2a

Unsolved Mysteries: Original Robert Stack Episodes, season 9

Available September 28

Dance Flick (2009)

Thursday Night Football, game 1

.: Titanfall 2 News Teased

It looks like Respawn is preparing to make some kind of announcement about Titanfall 2 this week. The developer today posted an animated GIF on Twitter with the title "Tomorrow."

At the end of the clip, you can see a player jumping over another and dropping a shield, which appears to be a new execution animation. Check out the GIF for yourself below:

Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest on Titanfall 2.

In other Titanfall 2 news, Respawn boss Vince Zampella said recently that he thought the game did not sell as well as it should have. "The game was successful, it sold well, but it didn't quite sell as well as it should have," Zampella admitted. "Maybe because it was super-crowded, the pricing was aggressive--it was a rough window to launch our game."

It remains to be seen if Respawn will make Titanfall 3, but the studio is eager to continue the franchise. A mobile game, Titanfall: Assault, launched last week. In addition to that, Zampella teased that there are more unannounced Titanfall-related projects in the works.

In addition to more Titanfall projects, Respawn is working on a third-person Star Wars action game that's being directed by God of War veteran Stig Asmussen. In March this year, Respawn said this project is "still wrapped in secrecy" and won't be discussed for "a while."

.: Battlefield 1 Update Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes

A big new update for Battlefield 1 is out now, and it's mandatory. The Lupkow Pass Update, as it's called, adds the first map from the In the Name of the Tsar expansion, Lupkow Pass, along with a number of fixes, weapon tweaks, and a lot more.

Starting with the map, Lupkow Pass is set in Russia, in the Carpathian mountains. It's a vertical-themed map, DICE said, and it's a pretty nice-looking arena of death. While the Lupkow Pass update is required for everyone, you need to buy the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or the In the Name of the Tsar expansion to play the new map.

As for the gameplay changes, the update makes it so stationary MGs no longer do damage to nearby players when they are destroyed. The update also fixes a problem that could make weapon loadout UI disappear.

Horse-riders are in for some good news, too, as the turn speed of horses has increased by 25 percent when standing still. Not only that, but the effectiveness of horses jumping over obstacles "should now be much more reliable." The horse changes don't end there, as there is now an option to switch between toggle or hold for sprinting on a horse.

You can see the full patch notes for the new Battlefield 1 update below, as posted on the Battlefield website.

If you don't already have Battlefield 1, EA also today announced and released Battlefield 1's Revolution edition, which packages the game together with its Premium Pass for $60/£55/$90 AU. Additionally, it shared the first details about Battlefield 1's new Incursions mode.

Battlefield 1 launched last October and has been hugely popular. By the latest count, the World War I shooter had 21 million players.

Battlefield 1 Lupkow Pass Update Patch Notes:











.: First Shenmue 3 Teaser Trailer Arrives

The first teaser trailer for the Kickstarter-funded and Sony-backed Shenmue III has landed. Released today, the video uses footage taken from a "small slice" of a work-in-progress version of the highly anticipated RPG. In the video you'll see some characters (both returning and new), and it shows off the how the world may look in the final product.

Shenmue III is in development at Ys Net for PlayStation 4 and PC. The game will be published worldwide by Deep Silver, the company behind games like Saints Row, Dead Island, and Homefront. The game is due out in the second half of 2018.

Shenmue III was initially funded on Kickstarter, with nearly 70,000 backers pledging more than $6.3 million--and more has likely been raised since.

After Shenmue III was revealed on Sony's stage at E3 2015, there was some confusion over whether the PlayStation owner would publish the long-awaited game. Ys Net said at the time that Sony would provide "assistance on the production and marketing end" and "some publishing support as well," but that the manufacturing giant would not see "a cent of your Kickstarter dollars," with the whole sum going to Ys Net itself.

For lots more on Shenmue III, check out all of GameSpot's written and video content here.

.: All The PS4 Games Sony Is Bringing To PAX West Revealed

One of the next big gaming shows after Gamescom is PAX West, which takes place in Seattle early next month. Sony is among the big-name companies attending, and now the outfit has announced all of the PlayStation 4 and PSVR games it's bringing to the show.

Attendees can go hands-on with not-yet-released titles such as Sony-published games like Detroit: Become Human, Gran Turismo Sport, and Knack 2, as well as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Dragon Ball Fighter Z.

On the PSVR side, Sony will have GT Sport playable, along with Supermassive's newest games, The Inpatient and Bravo Team, among others. You can see a full rundown of the games Sony is bringing to PAX West below.

PAX West runs September 1-4. Tickets are completely sold out.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation VR

.: Cult Classic PlayStation Game Fear Effect Being Remade For PS4, Switch, Xbox One, And PC

A remake of the cult classic PlayStation game Fear Effect is on the way. The title is being published by Square Enix's Collective division and is coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

Dubbed Fear Effect Reinvented, the remake is being developed by Sushee, the studio behind the next game in the series, Fear Effect Sedna. Reinvented retains the fixed camera angles and atmosphere of the original title, but has been updated with enhanced visuals, improved controls, and other additional features. You can watch a teaser trailer for the game above.

Fear Effect was originally released on PS1 back in 2000. The game was notable for being one of the first titles to employ cel-shading. It takes place in Hong Kong and puts players in control of one of three mercenaries--Hana, Deke, and Glas--as they search for the daughter of a "powerful Triad leader." It was followed by the prequel Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix in 2001.

The next game in the series, Fear Effect Sedna, is expected to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018. This installment is set four years after the original title. Unlike previous installments, however, it features isometric environments and real-time tactical gameplay.

.: Nintendo Switch Version Of Beautiful Adventure Game Fe Announced

One of the most delightful surprises of E3 2016 was Fe, the beautiful, EA-published adventure game. Today at Gamescom, EA finally announced when we can expect to play the title. The game will launch in early 2018--and it'll be available on Nintendo Switch.

During EA's press conference, developer Zoink revealed that the game will be coming to Nintendo's console alongside PS4, Xbox One, and PC early next year. Zoink also showed off a gorgeous new trailer for the game, which you can see above.

Fe is designed to be heavily influenced by the natural world. Players take control of a cub who explores a forest and interacts with the creatures they find there. Creative lead Klaus Lyngeled explained in a press release that Zoink wants to convey the connectedness and familiarity of nature.

"We would spend hours in the woods as kids, and while it felt scary at first, eventually the strange sounds became familiar," he wrote. "You become part of nature and the forest feels like home. Players will realize similar feelings as they play through Fe."

Fe is the first game published under the EA Originals program, EA's effort to pick up smaller indie titles. Late last year, EA announced that Sea of Solitude is the second EA Originals game, although it hasn't said much about the title yet.

.: Need For Speed's New Cop Chase Trailer Shows Off The Police's Arsenal

If you think back on past Need For Speed games, chances are good that you remember high-speed cop chases from installments like Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted. Today at Gamescom, EA gave a look at Need For Speed Payback's police chases, and they look more intense than ever.

EA released a new trailer that gives an idea of what you can expect when the cops catch sight of you in the game. The company promises that the police will be "more aggressive than ever before," assisted by better AI that lets them move with greater coordination. Check out the video above.

As with previous Need For Speeds, the cops have a variety of tools at their disposal to take you down. These include giant armored Rhinos, helicopters, and spike strips, among others. The longer the chase, the more advanced equipment that they'll deploy.

EA also revealed that the game will feature a car that won't go on sale in real life until months after Need For Speed's launch on November 10. Payback will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For more from Gamescom, check out our hub.

.: Overwatch's D.Va Receiving Major Update, Including A New Ability

Word of a new map, Junkertown, has proven to not be the biggest Overwatch news of the day. Blizzard has revealed some major changes to D.Va that it's currently experimenting with ahead of a Public Test Realm release. Put simply, Blizzard wants to avoid nerfing D.Va while reducing the impact of Defense Matrix, which is widely considered an incredibly powerful ability.

In response to a forum thread calling for a rework to D.Va, principal designer Geoff Goodman outlined the "significant changes" it currently has in testing. Defense Matrix now uses up twice as much energy, meaning it can only be active for half as long compared to the current version. Additionally, she gains the ability to fire her weapons while flying around with her boosters, which at present deactivates her basic attack.

These adjustments are joined by a new ability, Micro Missiles. Goodman said this "launches a long salvo of small missiles that explode on impact, dealing damage in a small radius around them." Micro Missiles can be fired even when using her fusion cannons or another ability.

"The combination of these changes allow her to play more aggressively and deal more damage, at the cost of being able to Defense Matrix as often as before," Goodman explained. "Defense Matrix still remains an extremely powerful tool when timed correctly, but the reduced uptime means D.Va won't be able to use it nearly as often overall.

"Her new Micro Missiles ability in combination with her ability to fire while flying allow for some more aggressive play, as well as opening up some new options versus heroes such as Pharah. Overall the goal here is to reduce her reliance on Defense Matrix and make her more fun to play. As far as balancing goes, we want to nerf Defense Matrix as an ability, not D.Va as a hero."

According to Goodman, she's a "ton of fun to play with these changes." There's no word yet on when they will be released to the public, but he did state, "Hopefully we'll have a new PTR up soon!" Based on how that PTR goes, it's possible these changes could be tweaked further; Blizzard has responded to feedback in the past and adjusted updates before they are released in full to the public.

.: PC's Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition Release Date Set For October

Following Sunday's Xbox-centric Gamescom livestream, Microsoft hosted another event today dedicated to Age of Empires, which celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year. During it, the company shared a release date for the upcoming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.

To coincide with the exact 20-year anniversary of the original game, the remastered version launches on October 19, 2017. First announced at E3 back in June, the remaster provides updated visuals and a variety of other modern improvements, like a new UI, the ability to attack-move, control groups, an idle villagers button, and better online multiplayer.

Alongside word of the release date, Microsoft debuted a new trailer for the game, which you can check out above. It highlights many of those new features and several others, like new zoom levels, improved destruction, and an enhanced soundtrack. You can also just get a sense for how much better the game looks than the original version.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be a Windows 10 exclusive when it releases in October, and a beta--sign up here--is set to begin tomorrow, August 22. The release date was one of several announcements during today's event, as Microsoft also revealed Definitive Editions of Age of Empires II and III are also on the way. Even more significantly, a full-on sequel, Age of Empires IV, was confirmed.

.: New Battlefield 1 DLC Map Out Now, In The Name Of The Tsar Expansion Detailed

EA has provided new details about Battlefield 1's next expansion, In the Name of the Tsar. Ahead of its full launch in September, season pass owners can play one of its maps beginning today.

Lupkow Pass, which was the first map revealed from the expansion, is out now for anyone with the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It sees a battle between the Austro-Hungarian forces and the Russian Imperial Army in a snow-capped hillside where verticality is key. The Armored Train serves as the map's Behemoth, and all modes are available except Supply Drop and Operations.

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Lupkow Pass's release brings 11 new Russian-themed weapons (such as the Mosin-Nagant M91 and Russian Standard 1912 grenade) and "limited vehicle access" (including the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber, Putilov-Garford Heavy Armored Car, and the Y-Lighter Landing Craft). There's also the new Hussar class that wields a lance and has "an evolved set of cavalry moves," as well as the Russian Scout--the first-ever female character in Battlefield multiplayer.

All six maps from In the Name of the Tsar have now been revealed: in addition to Lupkow Pass, there's Albion, Galicia, Brusilov Keep, Tsaritsyn (which you can see the first gameplay of in the video above), and Volga River. DICE's descriptions, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog, can be found below.

The aforementioned Supply Drop is a new mode for In the Name of the Tsar that is set on the Eastern Front; it sees teams compete to recover airdrops that provide them with additional weaponry. New Operations are also included with the expansion, such as the Brusilov Offensive. More medals, dog tags, and service stars will be added, too.

In the Name of the Tsar launches in full in September for $15/£12 or $50/£40 as part of the Premium Pass. An Operation campaigns update will follow it in October, with a standard update coming after that in November. December brings the third expansion, the "amphibious warfare"-centric Turning Tides; the fourth, Apocalypse, focuses on "the most infamous battles" of World War I and launches in early 2018. If you haven't already purchased the game, EA also today announced and released Battlefield 1's Revolution edition, which packages the game together with its Premium Pass for $60/£55. Additionally, it shared the first details about Battlefield 1's new Incursions mode.

Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar Maps:

Lupkow Pass: The vertical fights are as bitter as the cold as you fight amid snow-covered ravines and treacherous mountains. The first map of Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, Lupkow Pass pits the Austro-Hungarian forces against the dug-in troops of the Russian Imperial Army. With narrow passes and gorges constantly limiting your sightlines, adapting your tactics is key. You’ll want to gain altitude and get a vantage point on the enemy to help secure the win – but an Armored Train may just change the outcome of the battle.

Albion: Partake in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in this massive invasion of the Baltic peninsula, as the German Empire enacts a brutal coastal bombardment against the heavy gun batteries of the Russian forces. While expert vehicle and artillery use is crucial, sharp-eyed infantry that are able to stay ahead of the mayhem can make a serious impact with each capture point.

Galicia: Set during the epic Brusilov Offensive, you’ll find the Russian Empire committed to pushing back the Austro-Hungarian forces from within the Russian countryside. It’s an open map focused on infantry, cavalry, and light vehicles. With plenty of open space to traverse, it’s a great opportunity to make use of the cavalry charge as both lightning-fast transport and a serious threat to enemies on foot.

Brusilov Keep: The Russians have pushed the Austro-Hungarians back into a secluded mountain town along a critical trade route of the Eastern Front, but the opposition is making a strong stand on this infantry-focused map. Set in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, there’s a big emphasis on close-range soldier combat here. Your best bet? Top-notch teamwork with your squad.

Tsaritsyn: The Bolsheviks and the Imperials enter the fray among barricaded streets as the old and new regimes fight for the soul of Russia. This up-close and personal infantry fight is as ruthless as they come. Use the house-to-house fighting to your advantage by setting up ambushes for overextending enemies.

Volga River: A ruined rural battleground sets the stage for a tank fight between the Bolsheviks in red and the Imperial Army in white. Makeshift shelters provide cover from the freezing cold and the constant exchange of heavy firepower. As you trade salvos with enemy tanks, remember to keep yourself from being outnumbered. A strategic retreat can give you time to regroup and prevent losing vehicle resources.

.: Battlefield 1's New 5v5 Incursions Mode Unveiled, Alpha Sign-Ups Now Available

DICE has provided the first details about Battlefield 1's new mode, Incursions. This is a competitive-focused mode, and certain players will have a chance to try it out quite soon.

Incursions mode features 5v5 matches and "fast, strategic gameplay." Despite the low player count, vehicles are present, though it sounds as if they not be quite as commonplace as in standard matches. One major change is a draft system used to select your kit before a match begins, which places additional emphasis on teamwork and coordination.

DICE intends for Incursions to be particularly fun to watch. This will be accomplished in part through changes to the scoring system "where every point matters." Specific details regarding these adjustments were not shared. A brief video of the mode was shared during EA's Gamescom stream today; we'll bring that to you once it's available.

Ahead of its official release, an alpha test for Incursions will begin in September. Those interested in participating can sign up for it on Battlefield's official website right now. It will provide access to eight kits (Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Mortar Support, Raid Leader, Shock Assault, Proximity Recon) on a modified version of the Giant's Shadow map. Better weapons and abilities can be access by ranking up, which factors in a "combination of time and performance."

If you haven't already purchased Battlefield 1, EA has announced a new version of the game called Battlefield 1: Revolution. This is essentially a Game of the Year edition-style release, packaging the base game with its Premium Pass. EA also released the first map from the next DLC, In the Name of the Tsar, and provided more details about it.

.: Overwatch's Junkrat And Roadhog Introduce The New Map, Junkertown

As part of its Gamescom preview stream today, Blizzard revealed a number of new details about its games. That included the unveiling of Overwatch's next map, Junkertown.

This Escort map is set in the outback of Australia. It was highlighted in a new trailer (above) which was less a showcase of the map and more of a comedy starring Junkrat and Roadhog. It had a much different feeling from a typical Overwatch video and more closely resembled something you'd expect to see from Team Fortress 2.

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Blizzard hasn't yet said when exactly the map will be released, but it's presumably coming in the near future. Gamescom attendees will be able to try it out this week, suggesting a public release is not far off. An overview video touring the map can be seen along with an image gallery above.

Also new this week is the latest Overwatch animated short. This will debut during a Gamescom stream this Wednesday, August 23. We'll bring that video to you once it's available.

.: PS4's Horizon: Zero Dawn 1.32 Update Makes It Easier, If You Want

Another new update for Horizon: Zero Dawn has been announced, and it launches today. Following a patch which provided the option to make things much more difficult, this one does the opposite, giving players a chance to more easily work through the story.

Patch 1.32's primary component is a new difficulty called Story mode. It makes combat easier by "boost[ing] the player-inflicted damage and reduc[ing] the player-received damage considerably," according to a PlayStation Blog post. The accompanying patch notes describe it as intended for players who "mainly want to experience the story of Horizon: Zero Dawn."

Story mode is the only new feature in this update; the remainder of it deals with bug fixes. Those include a pair of progression issues that could stop players from advancing in the game under specific conditions, some crashes, and other nagging problems.

You can check out the full patch notes below. The update arrives today, while the upcoming expansion, The Frozen Wilds, releases in November.

Horizon Zero Dawn 1.32 Patch Notes

New Features

General Fixes

Progression fixes

Crash fixes

Miscellaneous fixes

.: Battlefield 1's Complete Revolution Edition Announced, Available Now

Players still looking to jump into Battlefield 1 have a chance to pick up the game and its DLC all at once. During its Gamescom livestream, EA unveiled Battlefield 1: Revolution, a new edition of the multiplayer shooter that releases today for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Revolution is the complete edition of Battlefield 1. It retails for $60 and includes the base game as well as its premium pass, which gives players access to four DLC expansions: They Shall Not Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse. Each expansion offers new maps, weapons, and game modes. Those who purchase the Revolution edition will also receive the Red Baron, Lawrence of Arabia, and Hellfighter packs, each of which contains items, vehicles, and emblems based on their respective heroes.

Battlefield 1's next DLC pack, In the Name of the Tsar, releases in September. It adds six maps, two Operations, 11 new weapons, and other content to the popular shooter. The game's penultimate expansion, Turning Tide, follows in December and lets players "partake in amphibious warfare." The last DLC pack, Apocalypse, is scheduled to arrive in early 2018.

Coinciding with the release of Revolution, a new map is also available to play today. Battlefield 1 season pass owners can now jump into Lupkow Pass, one of the new maps from the forthcoming In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It features snow-covered battlefields and "treacherous vertical drops." A closed alpha test for Battlefield 1's new 5v5 Incursions mode kicks off in September.

.: Age Of Empires 2 And 3 Remasters Announced

Microsoft capped off its Age of Empires livestream today with two surprise announcements. In addition to a brand-new installment in the beloved RTS series, the publisher revealed that "definitive" versions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are also on the way.

Like the upcoming Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the acclaimed titles are also being remastered in order to modernize them. While Microsoft didn't share any release date or gameplay details for either game, the titles will presumably receive the same kinds of changes and updates being made to the first Age of Empires.

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This isn't the first time Age of Empires II has been remastered; an HD edition was released for Steam back in 2013. Along with improved textures and resolution, it added Steamworks features such as achievements, leaderboards, matchmaking, and cloud support.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition was first announced at this year's E3 back in June. In addition to a visual makeover, the title features a new UI, an enhanced soundtrack, improved online multiplayer, the ability to attack-move, and other changes. It releases on October 19--the exact date of the game's 20-year anniversary. A beta test for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition kicks off tomorrow, August 22; players who'd like to participate can sign up here.

Microsoft's other surprise announcement, Age of Empires IV, is the first new installment in the series in 12 years. It is being developer by Relic, the studio behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. Microsoft hasn't announced a release date for the game, but it presumably won't launch for some time yet.

.: All The Xbox One X Enhanced Games

The upcoming Xbox One X will be the most powerful console to date, and Microsoft has released a full list of games that will feature Xbox One X enhancements. Aaron Greenberg alluded to the list during a livestream at Gamescom 2017 and mentioned Quantum Break and Halo 5: Guardians as key games to receive optimizations.

Every game that gets the Xbox One X enhancements will receive the updates for free, which can include--but are not limited to--4K resolution (checkerboard or native), anisotropic filtering, HDR, and high-resolution textures. However, developers decide how their games take advantage of the more powerful hardware.

Pre-orders for the Xbox One X are already live for the Scorpio Edition, a special version of the console that will be available in limited quantities. You can check out our guide on where to pre-order an Xbox One X.

As of right now, more than 100 Xbox One games will be upgraded when the new console launches on November 7; check out the entire list of confirmed enhanced games below.

Every Xbox One X Enhanced Game (So Far)

.: Destiny 2's Story-Heavy Launch Trailer Sets The Stage For A Suicide Mission

Destiny 2's release is quickly approaching, and today Bungie published the launch trailer for the game. It sets the stage for Destiny 2's story, which is shaping up to be much darker than the narrative of the original.

Whereas Destiny's story was a heroic epic in which players took the fight to the Vex, Crota, and Oryx, utilizing a great deal of resources and allies centered on the Tower, Destiny 2's story is one of survival and loss. If you played Destiny 2's beta, you'll recognize that the launch trailer picks up near where the opening Homecoming mission ends. The Speaker has been captured by Ghaul, the hulking leader of the Cabal, and the Tower has been conquered.

The video features the ever-grave Commander Zavala and Ikora Ray alongside the wise-cracking Cayde-6, who is, at one point, inexplicably holding a rooster in a brief moment of levity. The three of them and the Guardians plan a guerrilla mission against the Cabal that, apparently, is expected to end with the deaths of everyone involved. It actually sounds somewhat similar in tone and structure to one of Bungie's previous games, Halo: Reach.

If you're interested in catching up on the narrative, check out our feature detailing Destiny's story so far. Destiny 2 launches on September 6 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24 for PC. The PC beta test begins on August 28 if you pre-ordered the game and on August 29 for everyone. Pre-loading for the full game will be available soon on all platforms. In addition, Bungie recently teased that Destiny 2 news is coming during Gamescom.

.: Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War's Creepy New Trailer Shows Off All The Monsters You'll Fight

WB Interactive Entertainment released a new trailer today for Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and from the looks of things, it seems that the game will feature a lot of fearsome creatures. In addition to Orcs, trolls, and Wargs, Shadow of War will showcase some of the more terrifying monsters that Mordor houses.

In the trailer, it's clear that the most recognizable monsters from The Lord of the Rings will appear in Shadow of War, such as orcs, spiders, and trolls. But you'll also confront more unusual enemies, some of which are new additions to the Middle-earth fiction.

For example, the Spirit of Carnan is a fearsome creature who appears linked to the natural world in some way. She can converse via a female face, but she also takes the form of a drake. In addition, the massive and notorious Balrog appears in the video. Watch the full trailer at the top of this article.

Shadow of War will be available on October 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Warner Bros. recently revealed that it'll have online multiplayer functionality and loot box and microtransaction systems. You can also read about why the infamous monster Shelob appears as a woman in Shadow of War here.

.: Madden NFL 18 Review Roundup

Madden NFL 18 is nearly here, and for this year's installment, EA has made some rather big changes to the long-running sports franchise. Among them is the new Longshot mode, a "cinematic" new story campaign that puts players in the role of Devin Wade, a former standout high school quarterback, as he struggles to make it to the NFL.

Reviews for Madden 18 have begun appearing online, and judging by the game's early reception, it looks like the new features EA has added have helped make this year's title one of the standouts of the series. We've collected a sampling of reviews below; for a wider look at what critics are saying, head over to GameSpot's sister site Metacritic.

GameSpot -- 9/10

"Overall, Madden 18 marks an unusually large shakeup in a series that, due to its annualized releases, rarely features much more than small, iterative changes. The Frostbite engine allows the game to reach new levels of realism in its visuals, and EA has put a lot of effort into constantly evolving the game to keep it in line with real-world events. But it is the Longshot story mode that defines Madden 18. Some of Longshot is unnecessary spectacle, but its lasting value comes from the humanity that it brings to the game. The moments of vulnerability and sincerity between Devin Wade and Colt Cruise during the story are worthy of celebration and give the overall game a weight that Madden hasn't had before. And if that's not enough to entice you, it's also simply a terrific football game." -- Alex Newhouse [Full review]

IGN -- Review in Progress

"Ask Tom Brady and Matt Ryan what they think about halftime adjustments. Those adjustments, major or minor, are the key to winning any football game--and that's exactly the kind of change Madden NFL 18 has made to EA's series. Madden is coming out of the locker room with more than an adjustment to its gameplay and story mode; the development team just stormed back onto the field with a new engine, improved gameplay, and a story mode finally worth giving a damn about." -- Dustin Toms [Full review]

US Gamer -- 4.5/5

"More than ever, Madden NFL is a demanding but fun simulator that accurately represents the real-life sport, and is capable of draining dozens if not hundreds of hours of your time. The jury is out on whether Longshot will be a long-term success; but with the transition to Frostbite and the rock-solid play on the field, Madden 18 has to be considered among the upper echeleon of sports sims." -- Kat Bailey [Full review]

Polygon -- 8/10

"Longshot leans hard on all the archetypes of sports mythology, from beat-up pickup trucks and earnest sidekicks to twangy high school coaches and Hall of Fame cameos. But in its heart is a hero both supremely abled and uncertain of himself. And only Madden NFL, which for 30 years has done more than any other work of sports media to make the jargon-laced concepts of American football concrete and understandable, could make that conflict authentic for the user." -- Owen S. Good [Full review]

GamesRadar+ -- 3.5/5

"It's hard not to think of Madden 18 as merely Madden 17.5. This is in no way as big of an improvement as last year's effort was compared to Madden 16; annual sports franchise-itis (it's a mouthful) looks to be setting in. It might not be terminal though. Longshot shows signs of a highly-promising, creative future, even if the gameplay is in danger of turning stale. It's a slight shame that the considerable effort the team at EA Tiburon has put in for its story mode has seen the on-field action lose some of the spark that it dazzled us with so readily last year." -- Bradley Russell [Full review]

Game Informer -- 8.25/10

"Madden 18 is missing a host of fixes, wishlist staples, and improvements, but it doesn't have to appease to have worth. It captures the joy that I find in playing video game football even after all these years. That's not just a love of the sport with a license slapped on it; it's the continuing refinement of gameplay and modes that still has the ability to surprise and excite." -- Matthew Kato [Full review]

.: BioShock Turns 10 With $200 Anniversary Collector's Edition, Out Now In US

Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the BioShock series, which debuted on August 21, 2007. 2K is celebrating the occasion in several ways, the most notable of which is a new collector's edition for those in the United States.

The primary component of BioShock 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition is an 11-inch statue featuring a Big Daddy and Little Sister. 2K says this features lights and a motorized drill, as well as audio clips of both characters from BioShock. You can see this pictured below.

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Additionally, the Anniversary Edition comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and a physical copy of BioShock: The Collection for PS4 or Xbox One. The Collection consists of remastered versions of BioShock and BioShock 2 (minus its multiplayer), as well as BioShock Infinite.

The Anniversary Edition is priced at $200 and is scheduled for release on November 14. It will only be available at GameStop (PS4/Xbox One) and through the 2K Store; pre-orders are now live through those respective links.

Aside from this, 2K plans to host a celebration event on September 2 as part of PAX West. It's also relaunched a new BioShock YouTube channel and announced a sale for the standalone version of BioShock: The Collection. It's currently available for $30/£16/AU$41 through a number of retailers, as well as PSN (for PS Plus members) and Xbox Live.

.: Age Of Empires 4 Announced By Company Of Heroes Dev

It's been 12 years since a mainline installment in the beloved RTS franchise Age of Empires has launched. Today, however, we finally got confirmation that the series is coming back: Microsoft officially unveiled Age of Empires IV.

Right now, we know basically nothing about the game besides its title and developer. Microsoft showed a short cinematic teaser that confirms little besides that players will still be advancing through the ages, like every other installment in the series. Dawn of War and Company of Heroes studio Relic was confirmed as its developer.

There's no word yet on release date, but it's a good bet that it's still a ways out. However, if you're impatient to jump back into Age of Empires, you're in luck: Microsoft has several other projects in the works.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a remaster of the first title in the series, and it's coming very soon. You'll be able to play the overhauled version on October 19, exactly 20 years after the original release. In addition, Microsoft announced today that it's also working on definitive editions of both Age of Empires II and III.

.: How Game Of Thrones Fans Explain This Episode's Timeline

Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6, "Beyond the Wall," below

Game of Thrones is, in general, an incredibly well-made and thoughtfully put-together show that dazzles millions of people week after week with intense action and thrilling political and family drama. Overall, it's an enormous triumph in television history. And all that makes it especially jarring when many viewers come away from the latest episode with the same set of confused questions and criticisms, which happened this week with Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6, "Beyond the Wall."

You only have to check Twitter, Reddit, or GameSpot's comments this morning to see what those questions are: Why didn't Jon and co. bring any horses beyond the wall? Why not use Beric's magic flaming sword for warmth? Why is Arya so mad at Sansa? And most important of all--since this sequence served as the climax for the entire season, and an incredibly pivotal moment for the series as a whole--how long did the Westeros Avengers sit on that rock waiting for Deus Ex Dany to show up, and is there any realistic explanation for this episode's timeline?

In short, Jon, the Hound, Beric, Thoros, Tormund, and some additional, un-named soldiers found themselves trapped on a rocky island in the middle of a frozen lake this episode, surrounded by the Night's King's army, awaiting rescue. Jon sent Gendry jogging back to civilization to seek help, stating that Daenerys is their only hope.

Naturally, Game of Thrones fans on Reddit have already crunched the numbers to figure out whether it's realistically possible that Gendry could run back to Eastwatch, a raven could fly to Dragonstone, and Dany could return with her big, beautiful babies in time to save Jon's motley crew. And their conclusions are pretty surprising.

Gendry running back to the Wall is the most plausible part (once you accept that they nonsensically traveled north without horses or ravens of their own). No more than a single day seems to have passed between the group leaving Eastwatch and finding the wights, and their pace could accurately be described as "plodding." Under extreme duress and with copious quantities of adrenaline pumping through him, Gendry could maybe make it back to the Wall within hours.

The rest of this sequence of events is harder to explain, but not impossible, it turns out. Redditor Vis-hoka determined that a raven would realistically take around two days to reach Dragonstone from Eastwatch, assuming (based on various sources) that the distance is around 2,000 miles and that ravens in this fantasy world can travel over 1,000 miles at a consistent speed of around 50MPH. User mikeCFNI is less generous, estimating that it would take a raven around four days to reach Dany.

If you then assume that the dragons can fly significantly faster than a raven--which is perfectly reasonable--Daenerys could potentially reach the stranded party in a day or less, depending on a number of unknowable factors. That puts Jon's merry band of misfits out on the rocks for a total of anywhere from three to five days, which is around how long both users estimate it would take for the ice to re-form thick enough for the wights to charge across it.

In other words, the timing might actually work out--if you're willing to accept a lot of assumptions about things like temperature, weather, travel speed, and the Night's King's motivations for not just sniping them all with cool ice javelins while they sat there not igniting their sword-torches.

There's a counter-argument, of course: That fans are simply reaching too far to explain events that should have been plotted more clearly on the screen. The fact that this all seems so improbable is not a good look, even if it technically works on paper. Yes, Game of Thrones fans have always been willing to put the work into deciphering this universe. But we're usually speculating about vaguely hinted-at past and future events, not bending over backward to rationalize impossible-seeming sequences in the present. Hopefully next week's finale turns out easier to digest.

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.: Xenoblade Dev Hiring For "Ambitious" New Action Game

Monolith Soft, the studio behind the Xenoblade Chronicles series, is recruiting developers for a new project. The studio announced on its website (via Gematsu) that it is looking for designers, programmers, and planners to work on an "ambitious" new title.

While the developer hasn't formally announced the game in question, it did reveal some interesting tidbits about the project on its recruitment page. According to the website, the title is an action game that's "different from [Monolith Soft's] brand image." Among the positions Monolith is looking to fill are character modeler, in-game animator, main character designer, system/framework planner, and project manager.

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The recruitment page is accompanied by several beautiful pieces of concept art. While it's unclear if the artwork is related to the new project, it certainly looks different from Monolith's usual art direction, featuring a more traditional fantasy style than any of the studio's other titles. You can see the artwork above.

Monolith Soft is known for its work on the Xenogears and Xenosaga series. Following its acquisition by Nintendo in 2007, the studio would go on to develop the open-world RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii and Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. The next installment in the series, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, is releasing for Nintendo Switch this holiday season. We got to speak with Monolith president and co-founder, Tetsuya Takahashi, at E3 this year about his approach to game development and other topics.

.: New Attack On Titan Game From Dynasty Warriors Dev Coming Early 2018

Koei Tecmo has announced a new game based on the popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan. Dubbed Attack on Titan 2, the title is being developed by Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force and is slated to release in early 2018.

Few details have been announced about Attack on Titan 2 so far. We still don't know what platforms it will release on, but Koei Tecmo has confirmed that it will be a sequel to last year's Attack on Titan game and features "an abundance of new gameplay mechanics." You can watch the first teaser trailer below.

As in the previous title, players will use the Omni-Directional Manoeuver Gear to maneuver around the environment and battle the Titans. Despite the few details that are available, we can infer from the teaser that the game occurs during the anime's second season.

The previous Attack on Titan game released for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Vita in 2016. GameSpot awarded it 6/10 in our Attack on Titan review and said, "Although Attack on Titan painfully lacks combat variety and includes a host of technical disappointments, its use of Attack on Titan's strange world makes it a unique, and sometimes genuinely exhilarating, experience."

.: Destiny 2 On PC Supports HDR And SLI Configurations

Although Destiny wasn't available on PC, Bungie seems to be working hard to make it up to PC players with Destiny 2. The developer already revealed that the game will run at native 4K resolution and will have uncapped framerates; today at Gamescom, we got confirmation that the game will have HDR and SLI support, as well.

Hardware manufacturer Nvidia announced that it has worked with Bungie to allow Destiny 2 to work on HDR-compatible TVs and monitors. HDR--or High Dynamic Range--means that the game will display with a higher contrast and color range than on normal screens, so that colors are more vivid.

Nvidia also announced that the game will be compatible with multi-GPU setups. SLI allows for players to throw more graphical horsepower at games than is currently possible in single-GPU configurations. Although Destiny 2 can already run at 4K and 60 frames per second using Nvidia's high-end GTX 1080 Ti GPU, players can boost the framerate even more with an SLI setup.

HDR will be available to try out in the PC beta, although SLI won't be supported until the full game launches on October 24. The PC beta begins on August 28 if you've pre-ordered the game and on August 29 for everyone else. You can check out Destiny 2's PC beta minimum and recommended specs here.

.: Marvel's The Punisher Gets His Armor In New Image From Netflix Show

The first teaser for the upcoming Marvel Netflix show The Punisher was released last week, and now we have a photo of star Jon Bernthal in costume. Although the vigilante anti-hero appeared in Season 2 of Daredevil, he didn't get a chance to wear the distinctive armor from Marvel's comic books--until now. Check it out over at CBR.

Bernthal is the fourth actor to play Frank Castle, following Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson, in the three previous movie versions. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bernthal revealed that the approach to his character would be different to that of Daredevil.

"With Frank and with the world that he's very much involved in, he's a soldier," he said. "I think there will be very much a military component of the show. It will be somewhat centered on that. I think that [the] Frank Castle that was in Daredevil is not in Punisher."

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Bernthal will be joined in The Punisher by Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Karen Page and appeared alongside him in Daredevil. In the EW interview, Bernthal hinted that she will have a major role to play in the new show. "Frank has a soft spot in Karen's heart," he said. "Certainly with the dark history that Karen has, there are very few people she can share her authentic self with. Frank is someone who she could potentially fully open up to."

Although The Punisher doesn't yet have a confirmed release date, it is expected to hit Netflix later in 2017

.: Another Of Rainbow Six Siege's New Characters Revealed

We've already gotten a look at one new character from Rainbow Six Siege's upcoming Operation Blood Orchid expansion, and now another Operator has been announced. Like the previous reveal, however, this is more of a tease that's meant to set up the official announcement later this week.

Lesion, whose real name is Liu Tze Long, is the second member of Hong Kong's Special Duties Unit. A post on the official Rainbow Six website notes that his "resilience to physical hardships is what set him apart from other candidates," and that he "is known to take his work seriously, and to expose himself to high-risk situations on a daily basis." Early in his career, he volunteered for mine disposal duty, a detail which seemingly relates to his special ability.

In terms of weapons, his primary options are the T-5 SMG and Six12 SD, while he carries a Q-929 as a secondary. A video shared on Rainbow Six's Facebook page (above) shows him tossing out some kind of mine that sticks to a surface and ejects its cover. A recent leak suggested that, when triggered, these inject enemies with something that causes damage and slows them down.

The other new Blood Orchid character revealed so far is Ying, who tosses out what is allegedly a cluster of flashbangs. Like Lesion, she is a member of the SDU. A third character is also coming in this expansion who was intended for release in an earlier expansion that was canceled in favor of Operation Health. The second character from the axed expansion will be released in a later update.

Operation Blood Orchid launches on August 29 following a full reveal during an upcoming livestream. In addition to the characters, it includes a new map, Theme Park, that will be available for everyone. The characters will be accessible by Year 2 season pass owners right away, while the Operators can be purchased with in-game currency by everyone else a week later.

.: Watch Star Wars: Battlefront 2's Awesome Space Battle Gameplay Here

Today at the Gamescom convention, EA showed off a lengthy new look at Star Wars: Battlefront II. The company demoed a big multiplayer space battle, and it looks awesome.

In the 24-player match, teams battled each other in space above the planet Fendor. The demo revealed a beautiful cosmos filled with chaos and destruction, and it showcased the Starfighter Assault game mode that was previously announced after a leak. You can see the full video in the embed above.

The demo also showed off the class-based ships in the game. There are a whole bunch of different ship types, including X-Wing, Y-Wing, and many more. Most notably, there are hero ships that have special abilities; the video showed Poe Damron's black X-Wing, Darth Maul's Scimitar, and, of course, Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, among others.

Battlefront II's space battles are in the works at Burnout developer Criterion, while DICE and Motive are developing other parts of the game. Battlefront II launches on November 14 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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.: Overwatch Team Internally Testing Big Changes To D.Va

Today on the Overwatch forums on Battle.net, Blizzard principal designer Geoff Goodman discussed some of the changes that Blizzard has been tinkering with for its popular tank character, D.Va. Goodman appeared in a thread titled "D.Va Rework ideas thread" where several community members were discussing how they'd propose Blizzard shuffle things up with the mech-based character.

Goodman began by saying that the team has been working on changes internally for a while now, before outlining what some of the proposed alterations are. You can see the changes in his words below:

Goodman continued, saying that D.Va's damage-dealing capability comes at the cost of her Defense Matrix, which blocks all incoming projectiles and bullets. However, Goodman indicates that the Defense Matrix ability is still incredibly powerful, but that players need to be more judicious with its use, as the up-time of the ability is so significantly decreased. He also explains that the Micro Missiles combined with her ability to fire while boosting gives her more options against more heroes. Goodman specifically names Pharah as a hero that this new ability suite is effective against.

These are just proposed changes, and that when these changes make it to players, they could be different. No ETA was given on when any such changes could be implemented, but Goodman says he hopes that Blizzard can get a new PTR up soon for PC players to check out these changes for themselves.

[Source: Geoff Goodman on Battle.net]


Our Take
As a big D.Va player, I think I'm on-board with these changes. On the one hand, the nerfing of her Defense Matrix means it's less spam-able, which I think is a good thing, while the ability to fire when boosting, and new missiles could make her an even more aggressive character to play. Regardless of my thoughts on the proposed changes, I'm still blown away by how open Blizzard is about any changes made to the game. It shows how in-tune with the community the developer is.

.: Age Of Empires IV Announced, Relic Entertainment Developing

Age of Empires, the historical real-time strategy series, has announced a fourth entry in the long-running series. Relic Entertainment, the developer behind several Warhammer 40,000 games, as well as Company of Heroes, is the developer at the helm for the upcoming title.

While no further details were announced, Microsoft did debut a trailer. You can watch that video below.

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Microsoft also announced that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is releasing on October 19, and that Age of Empires II and III will also receive the Definitive Edition treatment in the future.

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.: One Defendant In Slenderman-Inspired Stabbing Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge

One of the two teenage girls charged with the 2014 stabbing of a classmate in Wisconsin has pleaded guilty. The girls charged with the attempted murder say they were told to go through with the stabbing of classmate Payton Leutner by Slenderman, a fictional horror character that has been depicted in everything from internet art to video games. The attempted murder was the subject of a 2017 documentary on HBO titled Beware the Slenderman.

Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon. This is a lesser charge when compared to the initial charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. However, the case doesn't end with this plea. Next month, when the trial begins, the discussion will be centered on whether or not Weier is legally responsible for her actions, or if she is mentally unfit. If she is found guilty, she could serve up to 10 years in prison. If she is found not guilty due to mental illness, she could instead be sentenced to three years in a mental hospital.

In her statement, Weier said that she felt that if she didn't go through with the killing of Leutner, that Slenderman would kill her and her family. Weier and co-defendant Morgan Geyser were 12 years old when the attack took place. Geyser has previously pleaded not guilty due to mental disease – a plea Weier also initially entered prior to this new plea.

Weier's trial is set to begin on September 11.

[Source: Associated Press]

.: HTC Vive Price Drops By $200

Just over a month ago, Oculus announced a temporary $200 price cut for its Rift VR headset and an accompanying bundle of accessories. Today, HTC responded by slashing the price on its Vive headset by $200.

The price for the Vive is now set at $599, which includes the VR headset, the two motion-controlled wands, the motion trackers, and a trial subscription to Viveport, a service that curates VR titles and allows you to select and download five VR titles per month.

This news comes as major titles like Fallout 4 VR, Skyrim VR, and Doom VR gear up to release on the platform. For more on HTC Vive, check out our review.

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]


Our Take
One of the biggest barriers of entry for virtual reality since this current wave of technology launched has been the price. The cost of entry, when you combine the hardware with a machine powerful enough to support the headsets and associated software, is still steep, but a couple hundred dollars knocked off certainly helps ease that pain.

.: See Rise Of The Tomb Raider's Xbox One X Enhancements Here

Former Xbox One timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider was revealed yesterday to be one of the games that will get an enhancement patch for the Xbox One X. Now, Square-Enix and Microsoft have dropped a trailer detailing those enhancements.

The game will now run in 4K, include HDR for better colors, higher texture resolution, and more.

Check out the trailer below to see what's changing in Lara's 2015 free roaming adventure.

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.: The Punisher Shoots And Smashes In New Trailer For Netflix Series

Netflix's The Defenders team up series may have just debuted this past Friday, but that isn't stopping the streaming service from hyping its next Marvel season. After making his first appearance in Daredevil season 2, The Punisher is branching off to his own series later this year.

The "Demolition" trailer that Netflix released doesn't give us a ton of hints about where this first season might be heading, but it shows Frank Castle doing what he does best: fighting, shooting, and brooding. You can check out the teaser trailer below.

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The Punisher's first season is set to launch on Netflix sometime before the end of 2017.

.: Battlefield 1 Getting 5v5 Competitive Mode Called Incursions

Electronic Arts spent a good deal of time talking about the success and future of Battlefield 1. Along with a live playthrough of the new Lupkow Pass map from the forthcoming In the Name of the Tsar expansion pack, EA revealed the game's first competitive mode called Incursion. 

Battlefield 1 is known for its epic 64-player matches, but Incursion scales down to just 5v5. Vehicles are still a part of the mix, as are classes, but the battles are shorter and more intimate. Electronic Arts said it has been testing this mode for a while, and players will be able to get their hands on it in a closed alpha in September.

Players in the alpha can choose from eight different kits: Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Shock Assault, Proximity Recon, Raid Leader, and Motor Support. Ranking up brings rewards like improved weapons and abilities. The alpha will take place on a modified version of the Giant Shadow map.

.: Fe Is Coming To Nintendo Switch And Other Platforms Early 2018

Fe, originally shown at E3 2015, re-emerged on EA's stage at Gamescom with a new trailer and a new platform: Nintendo Switch.

The new trailer offers some more information about the game's plot and gameplay and licenses a familiar Of Monster and Men song. The game's protagonist can communicate with other creatures in its world to work with them and rid darkness from its home.

The game is coming to to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC early 2018.

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.: First Details For Star Wars Battlefront II's Space Combat

Electronic Arts' Gamescom press briefing kicked off today with a lengthy look at Star Wars Battlefront II's new Starfighter Assault mode. As the name implies, this mode is dedicated to space combat, but unlike the first Battlefront game, the scope isn't limited to X-Wings dog fighting against TIE Fighters.

Starfighter Assault's matches unfold in three parts, beginning with the Rebel Alliance needing to take down two Imperial Cruisers that are protecting a space station. Specific parts of the Cruisers need to be destroyed to knock them out of battle. Players on the Imperial side must protect them as best they can.

If the Rebels succeed, they must tunnel into the base to take out its shield protectors. Y-Wings and A-Wings race into innards of the space station, which offers little room for maneuvering. When the shield protectors are destroyed, the Rebels move on to the final phase of the fight – disabling the power couplings to reveal the space station's core.

In this particular demo, the Rebels succeed, largely thanks to the hero ships that enter the battle. We saw Poe Dameron's Black One X-Wing Fighter provide plenty of cover fighter against TIE Fighters and TIE Bombers, and the Millennium Falcon draw the fire of Darth Maul's Scimitar (which can cloak) and Boba Fett's Slave One.

When the core is exposed, one shot ends the fight; a moment captured with explosions and Star Destroyers scrambling helplessly in space.

Like all things we are seeing from Star Wars Battlefront II, space combat looks to be far deeper and more hectic than expected. We'll hopefully get our hands on it in the days ahead at Gamescom.

.: New Overwatch Map Junkertown Announced

At Gamescom 2017, Blizzard showcased a new escort map - Junkertown! Former home to the colorful duo of Roadhog and Junkrat, the escort map is the picture of a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque paradise for players to brawl in. Will you be able to move the payload of bombs and cash through the city?

Check out more in Blizzard's new trailer for the map reveal and the map preview, both featured below!

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.: New Need For Speed Payback Trailer Unveils The BMW M5

On the stage of EA's Gamescom 2017 press conference, the company unveiled a new BMW, the M5, and revealed it will be playable in the game.

You can check out the trailer below which highlights the car, the return of cops, and new enemy vehicle capable of crushing everything in its path.

Need for Speed Payback releases November 10.

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.: Watch Yoda Pilot A Starfighter In New Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer

We finally get confirmation that Star Wars: Battlefront II's ship-to-ship combat is making an expanded appearance in this fall's sequel.

Ahead of Gamescom, EA has released a new trailer of the Starfighter Assault mode, which lets players take the helm of various Star Wars ships and let loose the dogs of war across environments from all three cinematic eras. Whether you want to pilot an A-Wing, TIE Interceptor, or a traditional X-Wing, Starfighter Assault mode has you covered.

Check out the footage below and let us know what ship battles from the series you're most hoping for.

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.: Horizon Zero Dawn Introducing Easier Difficulty For Story-Focused Players

Guerilla Games has announced that as a part of its 1.32 update for Horizon Zero Dawn, it is introducing an easier difficulty for players who want to just experience the story. The mode comes on the heels of the 1.30 update, which added the "Ultra Hard" setting.

The new difficulty setting, appropriately called "Story," is meant to let players experience Aloy's tale and explore the open world without fear of difficult battles. Selecting "Story" difficulty buffs the player damage while reducing the damage Aloy takes, making encounters much easier.

For our review of Horizon Zero Dawn, head here. If you're looking for more Horizon Zero Dawn story content that goes beyond new difficulty settings, you'll have to wait until November 7 when The Frozen Wilds expansion launches.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
Horizon Zero Dawn is an awesome game that features a compelling science-fiction story and a fun open world to explore. While some hardcore fans will inevitably bemoan this addition, it's a 100-percent optional mode that will do nothing besides allow more players to enjoy those aforementioned elements.

.: PSA: EA's Gamescom Presentation Begins Soon

This week is Gamescom, meaning industry professionals from all over the world are in Cologne, Germany to cover the latest news from the biggest developers and publishers. Electronic Arts is set to host its Gamescom media briefing at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/9:30 a.m. Pacific.

While we don't know exactly what EA is showing off on-stage, its Gamescom schedule leans heavily on content from Star Wars: Battlefront II, FIFA 18, Battlefield 1: In the name of the Tsar, and Need for Speed Payback, so it's likely those games will see significant stage time. We're unsure of what other announcements or surprises will be brought on stage, but we don't have long to wait.

To tune into the livestream, head to EA's Twitch page. If you can't watch, you can be sure to catch all the biggest news here on GameInformer.com.

.: BioShock Gets 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of a game that some consider one of the greatest of all time, 2K has announced a special U.S.-only BioShock 10th Anniversary Collector's Edition for PS4 and Xbox One. 

The limited edition package features BioShock: The Collection as well as a nice-looking Big Daddy/Little Sister statue for $199.99. The Collector's Edition is exclusive to GameStop and the 2K store [Full Disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop], and pre-orders have begun. It releases on November 14.

For more info on BioShock: The Collection – which 2K has put on sale – check out our impressions.

[Source: 2K Games]



Our Take
This edition celebrates the anniversary, but I'm not sure $200 is worth it. If you're fan-enough to get the statue, you probably already bought the collection, so that seems a bit spendy just for a statue.

.: Fear Effect Reinvented For 2018

Square Enix and French developer Sushee are bringing back the Fear Effect franchise via a remake of the original title called Fear Effect Reinvented. The game is scheduled to come out in 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

More than just a re-release of the game with HD graphics, as the name suggests, Reinvented aims to create a Fear Effect experience that is up-to-date with modern titles. "We won't be making a simple remake," creative director Thibaut Romaggi told gamesindustry.biz. "We want to stay as close as possible to the original, but important aspects of the game will evolve." For instance, better controls is one of the aspects that the developer says it'll include.

Sushee's first experience with the property was via the more strategy-based Fear Effect Sedna brought to life through Kickstarter and the Square Enix Collective indie program.

For more on Fear Effect Reinvented, check out the full gamesindustry.biz story.

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Our Take
I can understand Square Enix being cautious, but given that the company already seems to know that Fear Effect is a viable franchise, I would have rather they commissioned a full-on new title from Sushee.

.: Final Fantasy XV Coming To PC

Today Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC in "early 2018."

The Windows Edition of the game features a collaboration with Nvidia to give the game real-time graphics effects like self-shadowing, as well as capture and share tools via in-game photography tools. it also comes with with all the post-release content from the console edition.

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You can read our review of Final Fantasy XV here.

.: PlayStation Twitter Briefly Claims Their Databases Have Been Hacked

The official PlayStation twitter, Sony's account for sharing PlayStation news and updates, briefly popped up several tweets today stating that their accounts and databases had been compromised by a hacking group OurMine. The tweets were quickly deleted, but not before we were able to capture the tweet extorting Sony and claiming the act as one of a security company.

It is not clear what Sony's reaction will be to this issue, but it is not the first time hackers have attacked the company. In 2011, PSN was infamously taken down for an entire month after a hack that compromised every PlayStation Network account. More recently, hacking group Lizard Squad took down both PSN and Xbox Live during the holidays.

Our Take
It's never a good look when your social media accounts are taken over by hackers, but at least Sony managed to delete the tweets quickly before it became very embarrassing.

.: Xbox One Exclusivity For PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Called Into Question


Microsoft announced this week that they would be the publisher for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the mega-popular PC Battle Royale shooter, when it arrives on the Xbox One later this year. However, the wording seemed confusing to many, and players looking for clarification from developer Bluehole on Twitter were met with some muddy wording.

Similar to the hemming and hawing over 2015's Rise of The Tomb Raider, the inability to get a straight answer over whether the game is a full exclusive or a timed exclusive is leaving players frustrated.

We reached out to Microsoft for clarification and were unable to get an answer on whether the game has an exclusivity window on consoles or not.

As we announced at E3, “PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS” will be a console launch exclusive on Xbox One and right now, the development team is solely focused on bringing the best game possible on Xbox One and PC. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

At this time, there is no definitive word on whether PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is console exclusive to Xbox One, or if there is an exclusivity window that is not being made clear.

.: Microsoft Releasing Another Minecraft Xbox One S Bundle

Not to be confused with the readily available Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle, Microsoft introduced another Xbox One S Minecraft bundle, this time with a custom case that reflects the game. Along with the custom console and controller (designed to look like a creeper), this Xbox One S features a 1 TB hard drive, and also comes packaged with the Minecraft game, and a bevy of skins and textures to use within it.

This second Minecraft bundle is available for pre-order now, and will be released on October 3. A second "pig-themed" controller will also be available for purchase.

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.: Xbox One X "Project Scorpio Edition" Pre-orders Announced

Microsoft has announced at Gamescom that Xbox One X will come with in a limited edition Project Scorpio Edition flavor, designed to invoke the the design of the original Xbox released in 2001.

The Project Scorpio name allows Microsoft to use the branding of the Xbox One X's codename, Scorpio, that referred to the system in the year between E3 2016 and its reveal at E3 2017. The Project Scorpio comes with a controller bearing the special edition's logo and an exclusive stand to allow the system to stand vertically.

Microsoft announced the Xbox One X Project Scorpio preorders are available now and that the system will eventually run out of quantity. The Xbox One X launches on November 7 and you can check out the trailer for the Project Scorpio edition below.

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.: Coming Xbox One Update Allows Transfers To Xbox One X, Adds Light Mode

Xbox Design Head Mike Ybarra has announced at Gamescom that the new Xbox One update will add a number of new features. Many of them have been covered already, but newly announced features include transfers from your old Xbox One to an Xbox One X and a light mode.

Below is an example of what you can transfer to a new Xbox One X. Before you get the system, you can download all the 4K content for your games so it will be ready to go on the Xbox One X and back up all your settings and preferences before you go. You can then move over everything to an external harddrive or transfer over your home network.

Next is the Xbox One light mode, which lightens up all your windows from the console's traditional dark interface. This will be a lot help the menus pop a bit and will be user selectable during the next update.

.: Halo 5 And Quantum Break Getting Free 4K Updates For Xbox One X

If you are still on the fence as to why you should throw down $499 to upgrade to Xbox One X on November 7, Microsoft today announced two new games are being enhanced for this powerful new console. During Microsoft pre-Gamescom livesteam, Aaron Greenberg, the head of games marketing at Microsoft, revealed Halo 5 and Quantum Break are both receiving free 4K updates for Xbox One X.

Greenberg also stated that Microsoft is pleased with the feedback coming in from third-party developers that are working with Xbox One X, noting that Respawn's Titanfall 2, and Bethesda's Fallout 4 will be offering free 4K updates later this year. Greenberg concluded that over 100 games will be enhanced for Xbox One X. We don't know exactly what these patches will enhance in each game, but it does sound like developers are mostly on board for giving adopters a better gaming experience.

.: Jurassic World Evolution Announced For Xbox One In New Trailer

Just announced at Microsoft's Gamescom pre-show, Jurassic World Evolution appears to be a park management-style game for players to create their own Jurassic Park.

Details are scant, as the trailer simply played and was not expounded upon beyond what was in the footage. The trailer lists the game as coming in Summer 2018.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. Are you already bursting with ideas of how not to let everything possible go wrong in your park?

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.: Assassin's Creed: Origins Cinematic Trailer Released

As part of the its Gamescom pre-show, Microsoft released a cinematic CG trailer for the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Origins.

The trailer shows Bayek, the first Brotherhood Assassin, taking out an entire troupe of enemies on his own, and then one very unlucky snake. The CG trailer is traditional for Ubisoft's big releases, complete with a slow cover of a classic song juxtaposed to sweeping camera angles over footage.

Assassin's Creed: Origins is set to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 27. Check out the newly released CG trailer below.

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