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    Hitman Beta Begins This Week: Care To Join?

    February 8th, 2016

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    I believe that now is genuinely a better time than ever to preorder a game. It’s one of the most anticipated games out there and it’s ready to launch on March 11th, 2016 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However preordering now will give you access to the beta, it’s the prequel leading up to how Agent 47 joined the ICA.

    It’s only $14.99 to get your hand on the beta and prologue, which is available on PlayStation 4 February 12th and on PC February 19th. Sorry to the Xbox One players, you’ll have to wait it out until March when the game begins its digital launch.

    Check out the new trailer introducing the beta:

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    DiRT Rally Console Edition Parks This April

    February 5th, 2016

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    DiRT Rally is finally progressing from PC to consoles as the console edition has recently been announced to launch April 5th. In addition, those who preorder now will receive seven exclusive vehicles, including the Opel Corsa Super 1600 and the Mini Classic Rallycross.

    Check out the console edition trailer here:

     

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    Far Cry Primal Live-Action Trailer

    February 5th, 2016

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    Far Cry Primal still seems to not have won over many gamers, a critical time as the game launches in less than thirty days. Will Far Cry not see as many dedicated fans this time around?

    Primal looks amazing, but it also looks like a placeholder until the “real” installment makes it way to platforms. Hopefully Ubisoft will make me eat my words. And with that here’s the new live action trailer:

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    EA Sports UFC 2 Beta Impressions – Oh My!

    February 4th, 2016

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    There are so many variations of how we can tune into Fight Night, a name well known when it comes to EA Sports. There’s boxing, the sole of the sports entertainment; wrestling, the true level of entertainment; and there’s UFC, where there’s no squared-circle, it’s the octagon. On all levels, two fighters step in and only one will have their hand raised.

    EA Sports allowed gamers to partake in a special closed beta that knocked us out, but left us wanting one more fight. UFC 2 is the year where former WWE superstar CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks makes his appearance and EA steps up from Preorder bonus and greatest martial artist ever Bruce Lee to the baddest man on the planet, Iron Mike Tyson.

    ufc 2 3UFC  2 beta starts off similar to most EA Sports titles where you are the deciding factor in a scenario, this one being between Robbie Lawler and Rory McDonald. Finishing the fight earns you coins for the all-new UFC Ultimate Team.

    UFC 2 utilizing Ultimate Teams when creating your fighter just might be a genius move for EA Sports. The beta shows up to five fighters that will become your team, fight to earn XP and coins that will unlock team packs to better customize your player skills, moves, attributes and more. As FIFA and Madden Ultimate Team modes you are also able to potentially purchase UFC Points to buy individual packs.

    Thanks to EA Sports we received 30,000 coins to splurge on packs, and indeed we did. Fight Night and Premium packs showed immediate promise for my fighters awarding me high level stamina, new moves and more. In UFC 2 the cards you earn can literally be the determining factor between winning or losing your very next fight! The perks and attributes are critical for building your road to glory, keeping in mind they’re all customizable and able to be replaced.

     

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    When you’re ready to put it all on the line you can engage in either Ultimate Championship (online fights) or Single Player Championships (offline), earning your coins either way, ranking however as two separate modes.

    Other available modes are Skill Challenges, teaching you how to fight; Practice Mode that allows you to spar with an AI; and Quick Fight placing you in an unranked, online matches.

    So let’s discuss what you truly want to know about, the fight and fighters. Even in the Beta you can upload your Game Face and get yourself in the octagon. If you prefer to pick a fighter in the lineup you may choose from a handful of welterweights, including CM Punk. Though he’s yet to have aufc 2 fight in the UFC he’s preset at 85 overall. Questionable, maybe, but even Bruce Lee had a high ranking last year.

    What stands out most are the game physics. As fighter swing and land punches you can see a huge difference in each swing and it’s velocity based on your normal swing and using L1+Face Button.

    The ground game is more technical yet easier than in the previous UFC game. Whereas in the last installment of EA Sports UFC you would partake in a mini-game to attempt a submission, this year is more involved on both offense and defense. Offense will require you to perform individual transitions with the right thumbstick until finding a potential submission lock with the left trigger. Meanwhile on defense the objective is to gain offense or break free, again by using the right thumbstick.

    Personally I am a boxer in the octagon and found myself pulling off some of the most beautiful knockouts ever.

     

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    I noticed in the Ultimate Team when winning the title, Bruce Buffer said “here’s your winner and still…” rather than “new” as I just won the title. One other thing that stuck out to me was a few of the ground attacks not physically connecting, however managing to attack the opponents. Also the referee seems to be nowhere near the competitors when calling the fights, knockouts as an example.

    Online matches were fluid, no lag issues, and great sportsmanship in most of fights. With L2 you can touch gloves in a sense of wishing each other luck; a small, yet nice addition to UFC 2.

    EA Sports UFC 2 is so far the real deal and must have for any UFC fan and ultimate fighting gamer. Look for the demo to appear sooner than later and invest now. Remember, preordering UFC 2 guarantees access to Mike Tyson. And with over 250 fighters, what more could you ask for?

     

     

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    Mirror’s Edge Beta on the Way

    February 4th, 2016

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    Mirror’s Edge is coming from a roof near you to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC May 24th, but for now EA is again allowing gamers to partake in an upcoming closed beta that’s to come very soon with sign up taking place here.  While the date is still under consideration at EA, the story isn’t.

    And below you can get a look at Mirror’s Edge latest trailer:

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    The Division: Beta Impressions – Will You Embrace The Division?

    February 2nd, 2016

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    As many gamers know, The Division is Beta Testing before its official launch date of March 8th, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We joined in on the action to see where the game stands as of now and give you our impressions on what’s to come.

    Before going in-depth, please keep in mind that this is a Beta and not a demo of the game, therefore glitches and bugs are somewhat likely to happen/appear and aren’t mentioned in this impression.

    division dark zoneUbisoft wants to be certain you thoroughly enjoy The Division at launch, notifying gamers before going in that the Beta has been simplified, only allowing little story, cinematics and character creation. Personally I am excited they made this decision to hold back on content, similar to Call of Duty rather than a massive overhaul.

    The story takes place in New York, Manhattan where many are looking to be extracted, looking for help and quite honestly struggling to survive the virus that has spread abroad. As for you, the protagonist, it’s all about grabbing your gear and saving the city. Conversations are taking place almost everywhere you go, which you can listen in on, and ultimately they’re depending on you.

    The environment is expansive, though much is inaccessible due to it being Beta phase. However in this open area you’ll see there’s much to do as you complete one mission as well as interact with a few objectives found on the map. The city doesn’t look as stunning (graphically) as the early E3 videos led on, but visually there is so much to see and quite detailed in complementing its current state.

    Keep in mind that The Division is cover-based shooter and stealth is essential. Campers, this may be your game as this isn’t your usual run and gun and you aren’t starring as Sam Fisher. Unfortunately, the cover system feels handicapped as the street thugs always tend to run after you, allow themselves to become easy targets.

     

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    There were times where I felt the game moved much slower than expected when trying to come out of cover or even dodging grenades.

    And from there it becomes quite repetitive. Whether you’re helping soldiers in the streets or saving the lives on doctors, enemies tend to come in waves in an attempt to take you out. And as they continuously run directly towards you, thugs will occasionally drop ammo and rations such as water and snacks. You can also collect items by sharing your findings with civilians and hidden backpacks.

    One thing that left me uneasy however was the insane amount of bullets it took to kill each enemy, especially when getting headshots at point blank range. So divisionmany bullets would only make enemies stagger. What the heck!? I also noticed to take down mechanics in place when I was face to face with the thugs. Bullets are indeed essential in The Division.

    Your character can hold up to three weapons: primary, secondary and handgun. You are also given a special skill, allowing you to utilize one of three abilities (in beta). The reload system felt extremely slow, reminding me of Gears of War as I ran out of bullets and waited almost forever to reload.

    Outside of the mission is the Dark Zone, opening PvP where players can work together or turn on each other in an instant. In what should have been an impressive co-op felt a little disappointing, and only a little!

    You as well as your fellow online competitors are in search of loot to extract at certain locations within a set amount of time. The biggest twist in this scenario is that anyone can turn on you, similar to a Heist in Kane & Lynch. As players betray each other, they turn red, indicating that they’ve gone rouge and take indeed take you out next.

     

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    It’s incredibly fun to expect the unexpected, rather than die unexpectedly. Collect special items that can be quarantined and used in-game (full version of course). The only challenge is finding the extraction points as there isn’t a map guiding you, similar to the singular story mission.

    The Division so far can be quite the contender for Destiny with its unique form of RPG. The Division left me in awe and wanting more. Believe me, The Division is still that jaw-dropping game you seen at E3. Graphically wanting more, but Tom Clancy has done more than enough to greatly satisfy gamers all-around.

     

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    Street Fighter V Final Beta and Cinematic Stories

    January 27th, 2016

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    Exclusive to PlayStation 4 Capcom just announced for the first time ever that Street Fighter V will have its own, unique cinematic story for each character, available post launch. Free to all players, this June you will be able to visit the stories of each character between Street Fighter III and Street Fighter IV.

    In addition, PlayStation users can expect to get their hands on Street Fighter V’s beta one last time prior to launch February 16th. If you have’t done so already, get your pre-order in now to partake in the final roud January 30th and 31st.

    A new teaser trailer has release to set the tone of this major announcement. Simply because everyone loves trailers!

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    Homefront: The Revolution – Freedom Fighters Trailer

    January 27th, 2016

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    While many are talking about The Division, others are focused on the Revolution. Homefront second installment, under the development of Dambuster, is set to launch May 17th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But to get the blood boiling a new trailer has released again covering the preparation of the post-apocalyptic city. Rather than a continuation of what went down in San Francisco, the fight for changed emerges in Philadelphia.

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    Best in the Ring vs Best in the World? Mike Tyson in UFC

    January 22nd, 2016

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    EA Sports just took fight fans to the next level. What do you get when taking the baddest sport on the planet and add the baddest man on the planet? A lot of preorders, plenty of teeth knocked out and a promise that UFC Sports 2 will be the must have of 2016.

    Wait! So does this mean this year could possibly be the best in the ring versus the best in the world, CM Punk?

    Iron Mike Tyson is in the all-new trailer here:

     

     

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    Hitman Releases March 11th As An Episodic AAA Game

    January 15th, 2016

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    With the great news of Hitman making its release to platforms on March 11th, Io-Interactive announced that the game will launch episodically with additional “contracts” releasing every month. When it’s all over Square Enix will then release Hitman on disc by the end of 2016.

    So how will this all play out? It begins February 12th 2016 as the Beta begins exclusively on PlayStation 4 for gamers that pre-purchase the Intro Pack ($15) or buy the Full Experience ($60). The Intro pack is to include the Prologue and Paris levels, with additional levels releasing the following month for $10. Where will the additional levels take you? Italy in April and Morocco in May are set in stone with Thailand, USA and Japan release later 2016.

    Developers love this concept as it gives them time to deliver quality levels fitting for a Hitman game.

    Hannes Seifert, Head of Io-Interactive mentions more in-depth: “the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future – this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games.”

    PlayStation users will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six. 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location and sees Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in this self-contained side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.

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