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Black Desert Online – now out on Xbox One!

Good news for Xbox One users! You now have a new game to get your hands on with the popular Black Desert Online. The MMORPG title just officially launched on Xbox One platform today and people can’t stop raving about how awesome the visuals and how epic the combat scenes are.

Pearl Abyss’ Black Desert Online launched today

Black Desert Online was created by Pearl Abyss, a studio that’s based in South Korea. It’s an online fantasy adventure and a massively multiplayer game that can have 100,000 players at any one time. It was released after two beta tests where more than 300,000 players gathered to experience it first-hand. It finally came out in four editions: Base game, Standard, Deluxe, and the Ultimate Edition.

As for the price, the Base game sells for $9.99 and includes only the access to the game without any additions. The Standard edition is priced at $29.99 and comes with a Snow Wolfdog pet, a 30-day value pack with increased inventory and storage slots, and a 30% boost. The Deluxe edition costs $49.99 and includes everything in the Standard edition and other bonuses. However, if you decide to add $20 to that, you will get a Tier 3 horse and the complete Calpheon Charger’s Horse Gear Set. Not bad for twenty bucks, I should say. The last one, the Ultimate edition costs $99.99 and has everything from the Deluxe edition plus the following:

  • Belle Epoque Wagon Set
  • Kalstein Outfit
  • Junaid Cat Pet
  • Permanent Horse Flute
  • 30 tree – type XP scrolls
  • Storage maid

 

Additional updates will be released mid-summer this year

Some of the features of the game include a worldwide weather system that has large-scale events like typhoons and others that can affect and influence the gameplay. Temporary fog can help players launch surprise attacks to opposing players and rival guild structures. There’s also a unique day/night cycle shown by the gradual progression of lighting effects. There are game contents that are only available at a specific time of the day. Players get to engage in mounted combat, and they can get a special mount by mating certain types/breed. They will have to feed and care for their mounts and store them properly because monsters can attack and kill them if left unattended.

Pearl Abyss intends to release new contents for Black Desert Online by mid-summer 2019, but it will be some time until the Xbox One version catches up with the PC one, if it ever does it. If you are looking for a nice MMORPG to play on your console Black Desert Online fills the role perfectly, but unless you want to start from scratch again for some reason, I would recommend to players with previous experience on the game to consider if they are willing to go back to BDO like it was three years ago on PC.

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EA admits Athem’s problems on PS4

Yesterday we informed you about the problems that Anthem was causing on PlayStation 4. Some users were claiming on Reddit that the game allegedly was causing serious crashes on their consoles, forcing a reset. The issues had not been confirmed through any official channels or anything, but it seems that this is one of those “rumor has it” moments. Yesterday night EA admitted that the problem is there, and they even opened a thread on their official technical forums to gather info from the users about the issues they are experiencing.

With the problems that happened during the beta events previous to the release of Anthem and the issues that it’s experiencing after that, Anthem’s first steps into the competitive videogame market are being quite shaky and that could have a serious impact in the future of one of the most anticipated games of 2019. Given the current state of the things, it´s not strange that some people are even considering a refund, not wanting to wait for the issues to get fixed.

Bugs are more fearsome than this monster

It´s kind of surprising and not uncommon that an AAA title launches with this kind of serious bug. It´s true that it can probably be fixed with a simple path, but the people at Bioware are making a disservice to themselves launching Anthem if it has not been tested enough for this kind of problems to surface during the development phase. We all know that there are schedules to meet, that publishers put a lot of pressures on the developers, and that money and time are always short, but in the end, delivering a game with this kind of problems can heavily affect its success. Players get annoyed and feel like they are paying to test an unfinished product, the game gets bad press, the developer gets bad press, the publisher gets bad press, and in a few years we could see the studio that created some of the best role-playing games in the history of videogames, like Baldur’s Gate or Mass Effect, has to close because of issues that may not even be directly under their control.

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Trine 4 is coming this fall

It’s official, the fourth installment of the Trine franchise has been announced. Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo switch this fall. We will meet once again the three courageous protagonists of the previous entries in the series, Zoya the Thief, Pontius the Knight, and Amadeus the Wizard. The Astral Academy has called for our heroes to assist them and put an end to a huge threat. The dreadful nightmares of Prince Selius are becoming real for some obscure reason, and our heroes will have to stop them before chaos spreads through the world.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a 2.5D platform game full of amazing puzzles that our heroes will have to solve making use of physics, their wits, and their skills, to advance through the different levels and beat a variety of enemies. If you played any of the previous Trine games, you would notice that this one is played in a very similar way, but there will be surprises and novelties, of course. First one is that the developers have ditched the 3D visuals used for Trine 3 in favor of something closer to the original Trine, and that’s definitely big news because the majority of the players weren’t too happy with the change. But Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will also feature the awesome-looking graphics that you can see in the trailer, as well as epic fights against bosses, skill trees with lots of abilities for your heroes to unlock, and a completely revamped combat system. If that’s not enough for you and you want to add a new layer of complexity and fun to the game, you will also be able to play cooperatively with up to four players in local or online multiplayer.

Zoya and Amadeus working together

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince doesn´t have a release date yet, but it will launch this fall, and you will be able to purchase it both as a standalone title or as part of a collection that will include all the games in the series.

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Sony may be offering refunds to Anthem PS4 Owners

Massive crash? No worries, a refund may be coming your way.

Anthem faces further system crash issues for PS4 players

Anthem has been in the hot seat since its release due to system crash and what not. You don´t need to see the number of user threads venting out in Reddit to know how disappointed players are with some aspects of the game. Even if Anthem is facing that kind of problems there are some, however, who still have hope for Bioware’s first-person shooter.

Sony could be giving widespread refunds to many users since it was discovered the Anthem causes a total system crash on PS4 consoles. According to a Redditor (Terry2Toke),the crash makes the console act like if its power was plugged out of the wall, having to fix itself and repair the external HDD. There seem to be many more people like Terry2Toke that had the same issues where the game completely shuts down their system and somehow damaged their console. The worst part is, this issue has been also reported on the Xbox One.

Sony has been known to have strict refund policies but they could be making an exception for Anthem. They were quick to issue a refund to PS4 players and they couldn’t be any happier. That, at least, is what some users are claiming. According to those users, Sony’s customer service has been very helpful, and they provided account info to process the refund in an efficient manner. So far, Sony has used the same refund policy for No Man’s Sky. Anthem seems to be going in the same direction – we sure hope not though.

No Man’s Sky faced the same kind of issues and Sony issued refunds for it

Sony support may have suggested some players to stop playing Anthem for the time being until the issues have been resolved. I daresay this would be one bold statement coming from Sony. There´s not been any official notification addressing such a seemingly widespread and important problem, so without any proof but the claims of people on Reddit it´s not like you should be expecting your game to suddenly crash, especially if it has not done it yet. In any case, if your game suffers a hard crash while you are playing it would be wise to contact customer service before touching anything, just in case.

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Sony may be offering refunds to Anthem PS4 Owners

Massive crash? No worries, a refund may be coming your way.

Anthem faces further system crash issues for PS4 players

Anthem has been in the hot seat since its release due to system crash and what not. You don´t need to see the number of user threads venting out in Reddit to know how disappointed players are with some aspects of the game. Even if Anthem is facing that kind of problems there are some, however, who still have hope for Bioware’s first-person shooter.

Sony could be giving widespread refunds to many users since it was discovered the Anthem causes a total system crash on PS4 consoles. According to a Redditor (Terry2Toke),the crash makes the console act like if its power was plugged out of the wall, having to fix itself and repair the external HDD. There seem to be many more people like Terry2Toke that had the same issues where the game completely shuts down their system and somehow damaged their console. The worst part is, this issue has been also reported on the Xbox One.

Sony has been known to have strict refund policies but they could be making an exception for Anthem. They were quick to issue a refund to PS4 players and they couldn’t be any happier. That, at least, is what some users are claiming. According to those users, Sony’s customer service has been very helpful, and they provided account info to process the refund in an efficient manner. So far, Sony has used the same refund policy for No Man’s Sky. Anthem seems to be going in the same direction – we sure hope not though.

No Man’s Sky faced the same kind of issues and Sony issued refunds for it

Sony support may have suggested some players to stop playing Anthem for the time being until the issues have been resolved. I daresay this would be one bold statement coming from Sony. There´s not been any official notification addressing such a seemingly widespread and important problem, so without any proof but the claims of people on Reddit it´s not like you should be expecting your game to suddenly crash, especially if it has not done it yet. In any case, if your game suffers a hard crash while you are playing it would be wise to contact customer service before touching anything, just in case.

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Resident Evil Games too expensive in Switch

Too much is too much.

Capcom may have overdone it with their pricing for the Resident Evil franchise this time. Every Resident Evil fan was hyped upon hearing the that the triple pack (Resident Evil HD, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4) was coming to Nintendo Switch; however, that excitement died down pretty much as soon as the prices for each was revealed.

All three of the Resident Evil games are set to launch this May 21st and each game costs £29.99 on Nintendo Switch. It’s a huge difference and one great jump compared to how much they cost in PS4 or Xbox One.

Resident Evil 0 on Nintendo Switch Shop

Resident Evil on Nintendo Switch Shop

Resident Evil 4 is only £15.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, almost half the price when compared to the £29.99 on Nintendo Switch. Resident Evil HD and Resident Evil 0 cost £23 on PS4 as bundle. This has caused a lot of negative reactions from players and fans alike, and many of them have started pointing fingers and talking about the “Nintendo Switch tax”. This is a term coined by the great minds in the gaming community, and it´s related to how Switch games come on cartridges instead of discs. The production of those is more expensive than the latter, hence the increase in retail price. But still, gamers reason out that this is not a valid excuse as to why Resident Evil titles are outrageously expensive on Switch, most especially when they will not even be released in cartridges in the UK, since Resident Evil HD and Resident Evil 4 will only be available digitally, there will be no physical releases.

Capcom is yet to comment or publish an official statement over the matter.

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Devil May Cry 5 latest trailer is spectacular!

With the release of Devil May Cry 5 coming at the end of next week, Capcom has gifted us with the final trailer, and it comes full of awesome combat scenes and music. It features both in-game cinematics and gameplay from Dante, Nero, and some of the other well-known characters of the series but it also includes a couple of moments that could be considered spoilers, so keep that in mind before watching it.

The highly anticipated fifth installment of the Devil May Cry series is set 10 years after the events in Devil May Cry 4. The world is at peace, and the threat of demonic power is all but forgotten. But nothing will last forever, and a new demonic invasion begins. The seeds of a “demon tree” have taken roots in Red Grave City. Nero, the young demon hunter, allied with Dante will try to stop it, but he finds himself without the extra power from his demonic arm, the Devil Bringer. To make things a bit more complicated, a mysterious character called V has hired Dante to help him catch a certain demon. But V is not a normal guy; he has the ability to summon different familiars to help him fighting demons.

Along with incredible graphics and a great soundtrack, Devil May Cry 5 will also bring some novelties. You will see new weapons and movements for the characters in the game, but also new features, like a training mode and a new co-operative multiplayer mechanic, called the Cameo System, that will allow two players to play together online during some stages of the game. If you are offline, the game Ai will control the second character.

Devil May Cry 5 – Dante

Devil May Cry 5 offers you everything you could expect from it and a bit more. Thrilling non-stop action, incredible graphics and hordes of demons to slay to your heart’s content. You can give the game a try on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One playing the demo right now if you want. It will launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 8, 2019.

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The Division 2 shows the Dark Zone just before the Open Beta starts

We have been informing you about everything that has happened around Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 before its upcoming launch, including the previous private betas and the open beta event that will start tomorrow. The lucky ones that managed to take part in any of the other test phases probably have experienced the Dark Zones already, at least the East one, that has been the one available so far, but now everyone can take a sneak peek at those areas in a new video. Dark Zones are quarantined areas where up to 12 players will experience PvP combat and the places where you will be able to get some of the best loot in the game too.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta will allow you to play in Dark Zone East too, as well as through three main missions, five side missions, an endgame mission, and two maps for the Skirmish PvP co-operative mode for two teams of four players. It´s a bucketload of content for all the players the players to experience through the weekend. You can watch the Open Beta video published by Ubisoft below.

The Open Beta event will run from March 1st to March 4th and you can already pre-download the installation files for the game. If you plan on playing the game at some point, you should definitely play this beta, because by doing so you will unlock some nice rewards.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta Rewards

Finally, once you have installed the files needed to play tomorrow all you need to do is waiting until the Open Beta starts in your region. You can check what´s the appropriate starting time for you in the map below.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta Starting Times

All that is left for you to do is enjoying Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta during the weekend and remembering to check our comparator if you want to find the best price for the game.

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Pokemon Shield and Pokémon Sword: Who’s that Pokémon?

Along with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak, Nintendo has officially unveiled the first looks of the 8th generation of Pokémon. A video revealed three starters of Sword, Shield, and the thirteen Pokémons that fans will be seeing in the new region of Galar.

From what we already know, both Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword will have better graphics and animations. Players will see sharper characters with more expressive faces and an even clearer environment. With Pokemon Let’s Go being the first and only Pokémon game coming to Nintendo Switch so far, it is almost certain that the ability to trade and battle with Pokemon Let’s Go is included. You can probably bring your eighth generation Pokémon to the Let’s Go region as well.

Pokémon Shield, Pokémon Sword: What’s the difference?

The Pokémon Company has been tight-lipped about the differences between the two; however, if we go back to the previous games released, we could say that there must be unique Pokémons and legendaries exclusive to each version. Releasing two versions of Pokémon is seemingly consistent as this has been their trend for a while, with Red and Blue, Ruby and Sapphire, and Diamond and Pearl.

Get to know the complete list of all the Pokémons for Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword that have been revealed so far:

Pikachu (Generation 1, Electric Type)

 

Minccino(Generation 5, Chinchilla Pokemon)

 

Wishiwashi (Generation 7, Water-type Pokemon)

 

Grubbin(Generation 7, Bug-type)

 

Hoothoot(Generation 2, owl-like Pokemon Normal/Flying-type)

 

Zweilous(Generation 5, Dark/Dragon-type)

 

Flygon(Generation 3, Ground/Dragon-type)

 

Braviary(Generation 5, Normal/Flying-type)

 

Lucario(Generation 4, Fighting/Steel-type)

 

Tyranitar(Generation 2, Rock/Dark-type)

 

Munchax(Generation 4, Normal type) 

 

Scorbunny(Generation 8, Fire-type)

 

Sobble(Generation 8, Water-type)

 

Grookey(Generation 8, Grass-type)

Until now, there’s still no exact date for the release of Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword. The only thing we know about their launch is that it will happen “late on 2019”, but if you want to know more, subscribe to our blog to get daily news of your favorite games.

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Apex Legends Review – Flavor of The Month

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Oh, don’t give me that look, you know I’m right.

 

It’s been a year since Fortnite blew up, two years since PUBG did the same, and three years since I last felt happiness, and in that time, we’ve seen pale imitators merely grasp the prize of being “The Game A Majority Pays Attention To For A Week Or So”. Last TideRings of ElysiumTotally Accurate Battlegrounds, so on and so forth, and now it’s Apex Legends’ turn to grab the cup for a little while.

 

This is what Respawn have been working on since both Titanfall titles crashed and burned, which seemed impossible since the entire journalism circuit was ready to give it a thumbs up and a happy ending. Nevertheless, both games tanked, and with more Titanfall implied to be on the way, Respawn has a busy year ahead of them with both this and Jedi: Fallen Order confirmed to release.

 

A screenshot of Apex Legends, showcasing the respawn beacon, which you can use to resurrect dead teammates.

 

Right, the gist is that instead of 100, or 88, or 69, or 420 people dropping into a small island, instead it’s 60, with it being sectioned into 20 squads of 3. The island is a claustrophobic mish-mash of jungles, swamps and deserts, and you all fight to the death with Titanfall weaponry, but with the face value gameplay of Titanfall, sans the wall-running, actual titans, and an interesting aesthetic.

 

Instead of having you control some faceless berk, it instead takes a page from Overwatch‘s book, and lets you choose from 8 characters, with 2 of them being locked away by optional micro-transaction nonsense. All of them exhibit different skills and talents you can use to gain the advantage in battle, including ultimate abilities that range from passive to kinda-passive-but-they-can-kill-if-you’re-really-lucky.

 

Balancing-wise, I’d say the heroes of Apex Legends play well off of each others abilities, and the only one who could even be remotely considered OP is Gibraltar. Aside from having two different shield abilities– one that’s temporary but invincible, and a breakable one that you gain from simply aiming down sights– His ultimate is a straight-up mortar strike bombardment on one small part of the map, which can practically win matches in the final circles. No other soldier has this kind of benefit with their ultimate, with the character Caustic possibly having an equal advantage with his wide-reaching Gas Grenade. It’s tough to gauge.

 

A screenshot of Apex Legends map, which shows off its jungle and desert biomes.

 

Combat is Titanfall without wings. You can’t wall-run, you can’t double-jump, you can’t manipulate the towering environments to your advantage– Y’know, all the things that gave Titanfall that life and brevity the FPS industry so desperately needed? The best you can do is slide down hills at extravagant speeds, which is only advantageous in rare occasions. Zip-lining also plays a heavy part, although it suffers from the same problems mentioned above.

 

All of the weapons are fan-favorites from Titanfall, but if there’s anything that needs a fat nerf or removal, it’s the Peacekeeper. There is genuinely nothing else in the game that compares to the sheer amount of tactical opportunities this shotgun can grant you. It’s the highest damaging weapon in the game, the range is better than most SMGs, and the “Hop-Up” you can apply …

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