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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Play Time http://www.shacknews.com/article/101069/uncharted-the-lost-legacy-play-time http://www.shacknews.com/article/101069/uncharted-the-lost-legacy-play-time <p>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is now available for purchase and download on the PS4. It&rsquo;s clear that many PS4 owners will be jumping on this one since August is a rather quiet time for video game releases. Of course, there are notable games coming up in a few weeks, so many players want to know the total play time of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.</p> <p><strong>Spoiler Warning</strong>: We&rsquo;ve listed the chapters below. If you don&rsquo;t wish to see them, back out now.</p> <h2>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Play Time</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uMWHun_6aXU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will consist of a total of 10 chapters if you include the prologue and finale. They are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Prologue</li> <li>1. Insurgency</li> <li>2. Infiltration</li> <li>3. Homecoming</li> <li>4. The Western Ghats</li> <li>5. The Great Battle</li> <li>6. The Gatekeeper</li> <li>7. The Lost Legacy</li> <li>8. Partners</li> <li>9. End of the Line</li> <li>Finale</li> </ul> <p>Of course, Shacknews&rsquo; own Brittany Vincent wrote a comprehensive review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Brittany noted that the game was shorter than its predecessors, but would still provide the average gamer with about seven or eight hours of gameplay.</p> <aside> <p class="pull-quote">The game also clocks in at a lower playing time than the five games that make up Drake's adventures. Most players will make it through in seven or eight hours. By contrast, Uncharted 4 takes around 15 hours for just the main story with extra content and collectibles tacking on another 10 hours for a total of 25 hours worth of content. However, The Lost Legacy makes up for this by costing only $40 as opposed to the $59.99 that Uncharted 4 cost.</p> </aside> <p>There you have it. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will give you approximately seven or eight hours of play time, although this could vary if you&rsquo;re known to power through quickly, or take your time and approach each situation with stealth.</p> <p>Should you want to collect a few easy trophies on your journey, spend a little of that play time grabbing the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101068/uncharted-the-lost-legacy---your-prize-trophy" title="Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Your Prize">Your Prize</a>&nbsp;trophy, and be sure to check out The Last of Us Easter egg that awards the Shake for Your Fortune trophy.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:30:00 PDT Bill Lavoy Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Your Prize Trophy http://www.shacknews.com/article/101068/uncharted-the-lost-legacy---your-prize-trophy http://www.shacknews.com/article/101068/uncharted-the-lost-legacy---your-prize-trophy <p>There are many collectibles to be found in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, but there are also a few cool secrets that gamers can find to unlock some of the PS4 trophies. Today, we&rsquo;re going to show you how to unlock the Your Prize trophy which requires you to appreciate the view at the top of the Hoysala Empire.</p> <h2>Your Prize Trophy</h2> <p>The Your Prize trophy can be unlocked while you&rsquo;re playing through Chapter 4: The Western Ghats. To find it, open your map and look to the very center. There will be a tower that you can&rsquo;t miss. Head to the tower to begin your journey to the top.</p> <p>Begin to climb up the outside and make your way to the very top. This shouldn&rsquo;t be too difficult by this point in the game. When you finally reach the tip of the tower, Chloe will have some interesting dialogue. Listen to it all the way to the end, even past the point where she talks about getting down. In fact, stay up there and, as the trophy description says, appreciate the view. Once the trophy pops, continue to enjoy a cinematic that shows Chloe putting her yoga skills on display. It&rsquo;s a cool scene, and something that you don&rsquo;t want to miss.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cMWS_RMq5go" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>You&rsquo;re free to climb back down at this point, although you should probably try and climb into the tower and interact with the lift. This will allow you to take a much faster way to the top should you ever feel like returning. Unfortunately, the lift isn&rsquo;t available to deliver you to the top the first time you ascend the tower.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to continue unlocking trophies like Your Prize, consider tackling the Shake for Your Fortune trophy next, or head to our Uncharted: The Lost Legacy guide hub to browse through all our content collected in one place.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:00:00 PDT Bill Lavoy Far Cry 5 Walkthrough Video Trumps Any Extremist Gameplay Yet http://www.shacknews.com/article/101067/far-cry-5-walkthrough-video-trumps-any-extremist-gameplay-yet http://www.shacknews.com/article/101067/far-cry-5-walkthrough-video-trumps-any-extremist-gameplay-yet <p>Far Cry 5 is all about hunting extremists hunkering down for an Armageddon they see coming. As a rookie member of law enforcement, you need to stop them. So watch a new walkthrough video of two members of the dev team bringing along their trusty weapon-retrieving dog, polishing up their&nbsp;big-rig driving and piloting skills, and making the lives of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100067/far-cry-5-fights-a-cult-next-february">egomanic-worshipping cultists</a>&nbsp;a lot more difficult.</p> <p>The video is a narrated version of the demo shown at E3 this year. Associate Producer Phillippe Fournier and scriptwriter Marri Knadle walk us through Hope County, Montana, as a rookie deputy trying to stop religious zealots from making a mess of the countryside through murder and terror. One of the first things we see is a pet dog that is described as a "fang for hire." Players can hire companions to assist them during their missions, and this mutt named Boomer proves to be fairly useful. He can retrieve guns for you, growl to warn of impending danger, and even provide a distraction against enemies while you circle around to cover or get the drop on a bad guy.&nbsp;</p> <p>At E3, we had seen <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100378/e3-2017-blowing-stuff-up-with-far-cry-5s-explosive-new-companion">another possible hire in Nick Rye</a>, who is mentioned in this video as well, except instead of hiring him, we just see him as an NPC with an airplane we can use to bomb targets and dogfight. Although how Rye's hydroplane can out-maneuver and outgun what appears to be a refurbished WW2 fighter against an elite Chosen militiaman seems a bit of a stretch.</p> <p>The walkthough also shows how the player can use various vehicles for extra armor against weapons, a battering ram against roadblocks and even weapons themselves. There is even a segment where you can take to the air for some dogfighting. It also shows off some relaxation time, since Montana country is great for fishing. Just pick up a pole and instantly you become a master angler.</p> <p>Fournier said that Far Cry 5 is larger than any Far Cry game before it, and can be explored in any direction right from the start. The demo takes place in an area called Holland Valley, which is just a small part of the entire Hope County area.</p> <p>For the record, Ubisoft is saying that the U.S. setting and facing off against a religious right-wing militia that fanatically follows a narcissistic sociopath is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100069/far-cry-5-is-timely-and-political-whether-ubisoft-wants-it-to-be-or-not">not meant to be political commentary</a>. So thank god for that. Any similarities to the current state of affairs in this country are entirely coincidental, so go punch a cultist and #DoItForShacknews when Far Cry 5 launches on February 27 for PC, Xbox One and PS4.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="395" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mNRfWkbHi9s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:20:00 PDT John Keefer Relic Entertainment Working on Age of Empires IV http://www.shacknews.com/article/101064/relic-entertainment-working-on-age-of-empires-iv http://www.shacknews.com/article/101064/relic-entertainment-working-on-age-of-empires-iv <p>Microsoft chose Gamescom as the stage where it would reveal that work is underway on Age of Empires IV, the next installment in a popular series of strategy games dating to the release of the original installment in 1997. The new game will be available on Windows 10 devices.</p> <p>Though the original three games in the series were developed by the team at Ensemble Studios, Microsoft has since <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/54868/ensembles-shelley-on-studio-closing" title="Microsoft closes Ensemble Studios">shuttered that development house</a>. The next installment is being handled by <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/77526/thq-studios-and-games-sold-to-sega-koch-media-crytek" title="Sega purchases Relic Entertainment">Sega-owned</a>&nbsp;Relic Entertainment, which has produced strategy gems such as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and Company of Heroes 2 (as well as numerous expansions for its past successes).</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RYwZ6GZXWhA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Rather than providing a lot of concrete details, Microsoft showcased a brief trailer which we have embedded here. It sets the scene, gives you a sense of the tone Relic might be aiming for, but doesn&rsquo;t include any actual gameplay to go with its rousing music and artwork.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now that the dream has become a reality with the announcement of Age of Empires IV, we couldn&rsquo;t be more proud to be a part of the legacy,&rdquo; Relic stated in a <a href="http://www.relic.com/#news/8349" target="_blank" title="Relic Entertainment announces Age of Empires IV">blog post</a>&nbsp;to mark the occasion. &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community.&rdquo;</p> <p>From the sound of things, work on Age of Empires IV is only just beginning. A release window and pricing info are probably a ways off, but at least fans know Microsoft has heard their pleas and is ready to devote its considerable resources to a suitable response.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:57:00 PDT Jason Venter First Shenmue III Teaser Shows Off New Characters And World http://www.shacknews.com/article/101066/first-shenmue-iii-teaser-shows-off-new-characters-and-world http://www.shacknews.com/article/101066/first-shenmue-iii-teaser-shows-off-new-characters-and-world <p>Just last week it was revealed that Ys Net would be <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101016/deep-silver-steps-up-to-publish-shenmue-3">partnering up with Deep Silver for Shenmue III publishing</a>. Now, we've got the first bit of content coming from that collaboration in the form of a new trailer uploaded on PlayStation's official YouTube.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UweI4Ra2QbM"></iframe></p> <p>The trailer shows off a collection of cutscenes and sweeps through environments and the clips seem to be in-engine. There are some fighting and training scenes, but no actual gameplay (unless the fights included QTE inputs edited out of the footage). In the embedded video's description, it is said that the trailer was created from a small slice of the in-development build to show off the main characters, new characters, and the world's feel.</p> <p>It's good to finally see some action but one thing that unfortunately stands out in the lead character's dead expression throughout. &nbsp;Ryu's face is comically stale no matter what he's doing in the trailer, but there's still plenty of development left <g class="gr_ gr_12 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="12" data-gr-id="12">for</g> the game since it has a targeted release late in 2018. The environments look solid, especially a particular scene showing off giant versions of the Dragon and Phoenix mirrors.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT Charles Singletary Rick and Morty Episode Features Shacknews Logo Easter Egg http://www.shacknews.com/article/101065/rick-and-morty-episode-features-shacknews-logo-easter-egg http://www.shacknews.com/article/101065/rick-and-morty-episode-features-shacknews-logo-easter-egg <p>Our Chatty community forum has been around for over two decades and it never ceases to amaze us. We have threads about all sorts of topics ranging from politics, video games, the latest memes, and even TV shows. One TV show that has been a favorite amongst the Chatty hive mind is the outlandish cartoon Rick and Morty. User <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=36631805#item_36631805" target="_blank">caveatemptor casually mentioned</a>&nbsp;in a reply to this week's thread&nbsp;that he "hid" a Shacknews logo "among the graffiti on the bridge" in the most recent episode.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Image uploaded from iOS-11.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="196" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Talk about doing it for Shacknews! Please take a look.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Rick-And-Morty-Shacknews-Logo-Eagle.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Enhance!</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Rick-And-Morty-Shacknews-Logo.png" alt="" width="700" height="292" style="undefined" /></div> <p>ENHANCE IT ONE MORE TIME!</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 6.04.30 PM.png" alt="" width="700" height="287" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Pitched roof, door knob, and the circle to boot. That is certainly the Shacknews logo. Thank you to caveatemptor! You truly know how to do it for Shacknews. We salute you.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:30:00 PDT Asif Khan Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle: What's in It and How to Pre-Order http://www.shacknews.com/article/101062/xbox-one-s-minecraft-limited-edition-bundle-whats-in-it-and-how-to-pre-order http://www.shacknews.com/article/101062/xbox-one-s-minecraft-limited-edition-bundle-whats-in-it-and-how-to-pre-order <p>Are you interested in Microsoft's upcoming <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101058/list-of-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games">Xbox One X</a> console but more interested in putting that extra $100 toward games? Check out the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/xbox-one-s">Xbox One S</a> Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle, a package that includes a slimmer Xbox One complete with a 1TB hard drive as well as Minecraft, everyone's favorite blocky builder. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle: how much it costs, when you can get it, and the hardware perks of Microsoft's most svelte hardware.</p> <h2>Contents of the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle</h2> <p>Besides the requisite Xbox One S and a digital code from Minecraft, this bundle includes:</p> <ul> <li>A limited-edition Creeper Xbox Wireless Controller</li> <li>Minecraft Redstone Pack (digital code)</li> <li>Xbox One S Vertical Stand</li> <li>14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold</li> <li>One-month trial for Xbox Game Pass</li> </ul> <p>The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle releases on October 3, roughly one month ahead of the Xbox One X.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PCQxtxOxs9g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Differences Between Xbox One S and Other Xbox Models</h2> <p>There's a lot of excitement around the Xbox One X, and with good reason: it's the most powerful console ever made (to date). But the Xbox One S is no lightweight. All Xbox One games are compatible with every Xbox model&mdash;the launch console from November 13, Xbox One X, and the Xbox One S. Out of the hundreds of titles available, over 100 are exclusive to the Xbox platform. There are also hundreds of Xbox 360 games in Microsoft's growing list of backwards-compatible titles.</p> <p>Additionally, the Xbox One S features a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player for players who desire the ultimate home-viewing experience. When you want to stream content, the S also offers 4K video streaming. Audiophiles will love the console's Premium Dolby Atmos and DTS:X capabilities.</p> <p>Contact your local retailer to pre-order the Minecraft bundle, or to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101058/list-of-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games">pre-order Xbox One X</a>.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:00 PDT David Craddock Fortnite Celebrates 1 Million Players With Survival Mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/101063/fortnite-celebrates-1-million-players-with-survival-mode http://www.shacknews.com/article/101063/fortnite-celebrates-1-million-players-with-survival-mode <p>Epic Games recently reached a Fortnite milestone with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100778/fortnite-has-over-500k-players-building-cool-stuff">500,000 players</a>&nbsp;but it came and went without much fanfare. This time, Epic is celebrating the new achievement of one million players by rewarding those players with the much-desired Survival mode. The news comes by way of a tweet let loose from the official Fortnite Twitter account:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Thank you to the first one million players! We heard you wanted a Survival mode. It&rsquo;s coming Aug. 29. &nbsp;<a href="https://t.co/NreakE7rvr">pic.twitter.com/NreakE7rvr</a></p> &mdash; Fortnite (@FortniteGame) <a href="https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/898562116457771008">August 18, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The game, currently in paid Early Access, already inspired a few comparisons to the zombie mode of Call of Duty and other similar survival experiences. Fortnite's standard gameplay mixes up the formula a bit, but players have been wanting a straight up Survival mode since they got their hands on it.</p> <p>There are no details on what this Survival mode exactly entails when it comes to gameplay, but it will be available on August 29th. We'll certainly update when it goes live or when Epic reveals more information.</p> <p>If you're already one of the million playing Fortnite or even if you're considering giving it a go during Early Access, be sure to head to our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100756/how-to-play-fortnite-guides-collectibles-and-more">How To Play Fortnite hub</a>&nbsp;where you'll find guides like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100754/how-to-unlock-hero-classes-in-fortnite">How To Unlock Hero Classes</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100738/how-to-increase-your-power-level-in-fortnite">How To Increase Your Power Level</a>.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:55:00 PDT Charles Singletary New Sims 4 Expansion Promotes Dogs & Cats Living Together! Mass Hysteria Ensues http://www.shacknews.com/article/101061/new-sims-4-expansion-promotes-dogs--cats-living-together-mass-hysteria-ensues http://www.shacknews.com/article/101061/new-sims-4-expansion-promotes-dogs--cats-living-together-mass-hysteria-ensues <p>At a Gamescom event held today in Cologne, Germany, Electronic Arts and Maxis announced the Cats &amp; Dogs expansion for The Sims 4. You should be able to find it in stores and online starting November 10, 2017, with an MSRP that apparently has yet to be determined.</p> <p>As the pack&rsquo;s title suggests, The Sims 4 Cats &amp; Dogs will allow players to take care of virtual pets, along with the virtual people they already manage. A &ldquo;Create A Pet&rdquo; tool allows them to design their purr-fect pet, while choosing from a large variety of breeds or even mixing and matching. Just imagine a Saint Bernard and Chihuahua mix that loves killing people and eating at Taco Bell.</p> <p>When you create your pet, you can add crazy patterns to remind yourself that this animal is not real, or instead mimic the unique design that adorns your furry companion in real life. You can also select special outfits and accessories, along with personality traits tailored to your liking, rather than calling on Cesar Millan for a little reality TV assistance.</p> <p>The press release also notes that unique personality traits will emerge as you play games with and train your pets, so a sense of mystery will endure to some extent. It also will be possible to schedule visits to a veterinarian, or even to build a clinic of your own (which you will then need to staff, when you&rsquo;re not busy tending to animals yourself).</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OFWb3lgRpcE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;The Sims 4 Cats &amp; Dogs offers fans some of the cutest, most charming pets ever seen in The Sims,&rdquo; said Lyndsay Pearson, the game&rsquo;s executive producer. &ldquo;From dogs and cats to puppies and kittens, the new tools for customizing pets are so flexible and powerful, players can really create anything they can imagine. We know how much our community values four-legged friends as part of their families and I am thrilled at what the team has been able to bring to life.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maxis also announced a new region for players to inhabit, the Brindleton Bay coastal area. It&rsquo;s perfect for when you want to take a walk at a lighthouse, find abandoned strays you can adopt, or even navigate an obstacle course and other similar locations.</p> <p>Previous versions of The Sims offered <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/68699/sims-3-gets-pets-new" title="The Sims 3 Pets expansion pack">broader pet-based expansions</a>, so today&rsquo;s announcement leaves hope that Maxis will consider The Sims 4 Rodents and Reptiles somewhere down the road, if this first animal-centric outing goes well. The possibilities are virtually endless.</p> <p>Are you still playing The Sims 4? And what do you think of the new content? Does it sound like the cat&rsquo;s meow or what?</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:45:00 PDT Jason Venter Destiny 2 Launch Trailer Shows All Out War With the Red Legion http://www.shacknews.com/article/101060/destiny-2-launch-trailer-shows-all-out-war-with-the-red-legion http://www.shacknews.com/article/101060/destiny-2-launch-trailer-shows-all-out-war-with-the-red-legion <p>Despite all the hype and publicity, Destiny 2 has snuck up on us. The console version is out in two weeks, one of the last major AAA games coming in the summer launch window. For the forgetful among us, Bungie and Activision have released a launch trailer showcasing the remaining Guardians making what could be a futile stand against the Red Legion.</p> <p>The Legion, led by bad guy Ghaul, has eliminated most of the Guardians in a sudden and effective precision strike. The trailer includes the lines "New Legends Shall Rise," giving new players and characters a chance to shine and eliminate the imposing threat. Cayde-6 is back as the Hunter Vanguard with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99568/destiny-2-is-showing-what-first-one-never-had-humor-and-a-goal">his trademark humor</a>, as is Ikora Rey representing the Warlocks and Commander Zavala for the Titans. The trailer makes everything seem bleak, but the action is enough to inspire hope that not only will the Guardians triumph, but that the game will be good.</p> <p>Destiny 2 launches on consoles on September 6, followed on October 24 byt the PC version. A <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99568/destiny-2-is-showing-what-first-one-never-had-humor-and-a-goal">PC beta</a>&nbsp;is scheduled for next week. The game is expected to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100959/destiny-2-should-take-more-than-50-hours-to-complete">take more than 50 hours to complete</a>, and will <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100928/destiny-2-multiplayer-gameplay-trailer-enters-the-crucible">bring back The Crucible</a>&nbsp;for multiplayer. The game will be the first non-Blizzard game to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99996/destiny-2-to-use-blizzard-launcher-for-pc-will-ignore-steam">use Battle.net</a>&nbsp;for both sales and it launcher, which was recently <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100961/blizzard-battlenet-replaces-blizzard-app-which-had-replaced-battlenet">renamed yet again to Blizzard Battle.net</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hdWkpbPTpmE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:20:00 PDT John Keefer EA Original Fe is Coming To Consoles, including Nintendo Switch, In 2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101059/ea-original-fe-is-coming-to-consoles-including-nintendo-switch-in-2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101059/ea-original-fe-is-coming-to-consoles-including-nintendo-switch-in-2018 <p>Electronic Arts&rsquo; EA Originals puts indie-style video games at the forefront and, during <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101041/gamescom-2017-event-dates-and-tickets">Gamescom 2017</a>, the revealed their latest Original outing: Fe. The sound-driven &ldquo;wordless platformer&rdquo; will be coming to all major platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, in early 2018.</p> <p>Where a game like the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100887/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-review-truly-disturbing">recently reviewed Hellblade</a>&nbsp;leans heavily on dialogue for an immersive experience, Fe is a wordless platformer than will instead lean on all the other sounds in its world.</p> <p>"We wanted to create a game that gives the feeling of exploring something special," says Klaus Lyngeled, CEO and Creative Lead at Zoink Games, in the press release. "We would spend hours in the woods as kids, and while it felt scary at first, eventually the strange sounds became familiar -- you become part of nature and the forest feels like home. Players will realize similar feelings as they play through Fe. Wherever and however the game is played, we ensure it will be a unique experience of discovery, unlike anything played before."</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rYX3CjSgE4c"></iframe></p> <p>While in control of the lead character, plays will climb, glide, and dig as they protect plants and animals from the mechanical Silent Ones that are damaging the forest. The trailer, embedded above, shows off a vibrant world where many mechanics seem to revolve around sound including controlling other creatures with a harmonious howl.</p> <p>"Through Fe, Zoink has reminded us that everything is connected. They have created a game where the magic and beauty of nature, and all its creatures, come alive," says Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Worldwide Studios. "This game and this studio embody the spirit of the EA Originals program that we started a little over a year ago - the freedom to create, and to bring uniquely innovative and memorable games to players all over the world."</p> <p>Fe will be launching worldwide in early 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Origin for PC and Nintendo Switch.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:10:00 PDT Charles Singletary List of Xbox One X Enhanced Games http://www.shacknews.com/article/101058/list-of-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/101058/list-of-xbox-one-x-enhanced-games <p>Although you can play any and all Xbox One games on any Xbox One console, a growing list of publishers are signing on to optimize their titles for Microsoft's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/xbox-one-x" target="_blank">Xbox One X</a>, which looks poised to deliver on its "<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96704/in-the-face-of-ps4-pro-microsoft-maintains-that-xbox-scorpio-is-most-powerful-console-ever-made" target="_blank">most powerful console ever made</a>" billing. Below, you'll find our list of Xbox One X Enhanced games, which we'll update as more publishers roll out patches, as well as general information on the console's price and what sets it apart from models such as the Xbox One S.</p> <h2>What is Xbox One X?</h2> <p>Xbox One X is an upgraded version of the Xbox One that Microsoft launched in November 2013. All Xbox One games are compatible with every Xbox One console, but the X offers several improvements over its predecessors.</p> <ul> <li>6 teraflops of graphics processing</li> <li>12GB GDDR graphics memory</li> <li>Memory bandwidth of 326 GB per second</li> <li>4K video streaming</li> <li>4K Blu-Ray player</li> <li>Record and view clips in 4K60fps</li> <li>40% more powerful than competing consoles</li> </ul> <p>In addition to those features, the console is backwards compatible with over 300 Xbox 360 titles. Microsoft will <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100771/xbox-one-x-pre-order-and-release-date" target="_blank">launch Xbox One X</a> on November 7, 2017, at a suggested retail price of $499.99. If you want an X, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101044/xbox-one-x-project-scorpio-edition-pre-orders-announced-at-gamescom-2017" target="_blank">pre-order</a> while you still can&mdash;supplies are going quickly.</p> <h2>Xbox One X Enhanced Games</h2> <p>The following list includes games that look and play better on Xbox One X. Remember: you can play all Xbox One titles on any Xbox One console, but the X offers perks such as 4K resolution and 60 frames per second in supported titles. This list will be updated as more publishers add support for Xbox One X.</p> <ul> <li><em>A Plague Tale: Innocence</em></li> <li><em>Anthem</em></li> <li><em>ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview)</em></li> <li><em>Ashen</em></li> <li><em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins</em></li> <li><em>ASTRONEER (Game Preview)</em></li> <li><em>Battlerite</em></li> <li><em>Below</em></li> <li><em>Black Desert</em></li> <li><em>Brawlout</em></li> <li><em>Chess Ultra</em></li> <li><em>CODE VEIN</em></li> <li><em>Conan Exiles</em></li> <li><em>Crackdown 3</em></li> <li><em>Danger Zone</em></li> <li><em>Dark and Light</em></li> <li><em>Darksiders III</em></li> <li><em>Dead Rising 4</em></li> <li><em>Deep Rock Galactic</em></li> <li><em>Diablo III: Reaper of Souls &ndash; Ultimate Evil Edition</em></li> <li><em>Dishonored 2</em></li> <li><em>Dishonored: Death of the Outsider</em></li> <li><em>Disneyland Adventures</em></li> <li><em>Dovetail Games Euro Fishing</em></li> <li><em>DRAGON BALL Fighter Z</em></li> <li><em>Dynasty Warriors 9</em></li> <li><em>EA SPORTS FIFA 18</em></li> <li><em>Elex</em></li> <li><em>Elite: Dangerous</em></li> <li><em>EVERSPACE</em></li> <li><em>F1 2017</em></li> <li><em>Fable Fortune</em></li> <li><em>Fallout 4</em></li> <li><em>Farming Simulator 17</em></li> <li><em>Final Fantasy XV</em></li> <li><em>Firewatch</em></li> <li><em>For Honor</em></li> <li><em>Forza Horizon 3</em></li> <li><em>Forza Motorsport 7</em></li> <li><em>Gears of War 4</em></li> <li><em>Gravel</em></li> <li><em>Halo 5: Guardians</em></li> <li><em>Halo Wars 2</em></li> <li><em>Hand of Fate 2</em></li> <li><em>Hello Neighbor</em></li> <li><em>HITMAN</em></li> <li><em>Homefront: The Revolution</em></li> <li><em>Injustice 2</em></li> <li><em>Jurassic Park</em></li> <li><em>Killer Instinct</em></li> <li><em>Killing Floor 2</em></li> <li><em>Kingdom Come: Deliverance</em></li> <li><em>Life is Strange: Before the Storm</em></li> <li><em>Madden NFL 18</em></li> <li><em>Mafia III</em></li> <li><em>Mantis Burn Racing</em></li> <li><em>METAL GEAR SURVIVE</em></li> <li><em>Metro: Exodus</em></li> <li><em>Middle-earth: Shadow of War</em></li> <li><em>Minecraft: Xbox One Edition</em></li> <li><em>Minion Masters</em></li> <li><em>Monster Hunter: World</em></li> <li><em>NBA 2K18</em></li> <li><em>Need for Speed Payback</em></li> <li><em>Ooblets</em></li> <li><em>Ori and the Will of the Wisp</em></li> <li><em>Outcast &ndash; Second Contact</em></li> <li><em>Outlast 2</em></li> <li><em>Paladins</em></li> <li><em>Path of Exile</em></li> <li><em>Pixar Rush</em></li> <li><em>PlayerUnknown&rsquo;s Battlegrounds</em></li> <li><em>Portal Knights</em></li> <li><em>Pro Evolution Soccer 2018</em></li> <li><em>Project Cars 2</em></li> <li><em>Quantum Break</em></li> <li><em>Raiders of the Broken Planet</em></li> <li><em>Railway Empire</em></li> <li><em>Real Farm Simulator 2017</em></li> <li><em>ReCore</em></li> <li><em>Resident Evil 7 biohazard</em></li> <li><em>RiME</em></li> <li><em>ROBLOX</em></li> <li><em>Robocraft Infinity</em></li> <li><em>Rocket League</em></li> <li><em>Sea of Thieves</em></li> <li><em>Slime Rancher</em></li> <li><em>SMITE</em></li> <li><em>Sonic Forces</em></li> <li><em>Star Wars II Battlefront</em></li> <li><em>State of Decay 2</em></li> <li><em>STEEP</em></li> <li><em>Strange Brigade</em></li> <li><em>Super Lucky&rsquo;s Tale</em></li> <li><em>SUPERHOT</em></li> <li><em>Surviving Mars</em></li> <li><em>Tennis World Tour</em></li> <li><em>The Artful Escape</em></li> <li><em>The Crew 2</em></li> <li><em>The Darwin Project</em></li> <li><em>The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind</em></li> <li><em>The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition</em></li> <li><em>The Last Night</em></li> <li><em>The Long Dark</em></li> <li><em>The Surge</em></li> <li><em>The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt</em></li> <li><em>Titanfall 2</em></li> <li><em>Tom Clancy&rsquo;s Ghost Recon Wildlands</em></li> <li><em>Tom Clancy&rsquo;s The Division</em></li> <li><em>Train Sim World</em></li> <li><em>TT Isle of Man &ndash; Ride on the Edge</em></li> <li><em>Warframe</em></li> <li><em>Warhammer: End Times &ndash; Vermintide</em></li> <li><em>We Happy Few</em></li> <li><em>Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus</em></li> <li><em>World of Tanks</em></li> <li><em>WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship</em></li> <li><em>Zoo Tycoon</em></li> </ul> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:00:00 PDT David Craddock World of Tanks Will Feature 4K Splendor on Xbox One X http://www.shacknews.com/article/101055/world-of-tanks-will-feature-4k-splendor-on-xbox-one-x http://www.shacknews.com/article/101055/world-of-tanks-will-feature-4k-splendor-on-xbox-one-x <p>World of Tanks, the massive online sensation that launched on PC in 2011 and is going strong to this day, will soon make an appearance on Xbox One X. It is slated to arrive alongside the console&rsquo;s launch on November 7, 2017.</p> <p>In a new trailer, which we&rsquo;ve embedded here, Microsoft promises the game will feature &ldquo;true 4K,&rdquo; which should look especially impressive given the destruction you can rain down on rival tanks and the cities and countryside that surround them. The game, remember, is about tank warfare in the mid-20th century.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nDeGxQGZaJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>World of Tanks will also feature Xbox Arena Tournament play, according to the trailer. The game itself has been &ldquo;enhanced for Xbox One X,&rdquo; which will have the most horsepower of any console on the market when it launches.</p> <p>The World of Tanks games come from wargaming.net, which went from being a relatively unknown developer to a major industry force almost overnight. In addition to creating World of Tanks titles for most platforms, the company has also introduced World of Warplanes and World of Warships, in keeping with the theme its name implies. The company also <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/77840/world-of-tanks-dev-bails-out-wildman-dev" title="Wargaming.net purchases Gas Powered Games">purchased Gas Powered Games</a>&nbsp;in 2013, and signaled its interest in consoles during that same year when it <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/77595/world-of-tanks-dev-buys-day-1-studios-for-console" title="Wargaming.net purchases Day 1 Studios">purchased Day 1 Studios</a>.</p> <p>Have you played World of Tanks on one of the available platforms yet, and if so, what did you think about it? Are you interested in making it one of the first games you play on your Xbox One X this November?</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:29:00 PDT Jason Venter In New Overwatch Junkertown Map, Two Teams Enter, One Team Leaves http://www.shacknews.com/article/101057/in-new-overwatch-junkertown-map-two-teams-enter-one-team-leaves http://www.shacknews.com/article/101057/in-new-overwatch-junkertown-map-two-teams-enter-one-team-leaves <p>Overwatch continues to push out new content for its highly popular game, and this time it is getting a new escort map called Junkertown, home of Roadhog and Junkrat. The sad part about this map is no Tina Turner or Mel Gibson-like characters to complete the Bartertown look and feel.</p> <p>The accompanying short animated clip gives a rather hilarious background to the map, with Roadhog and Junkrat being unceremoniously cast out of the enclave by the queen and its denizens. Junkrat, with the quiet assistance of Roadhog then embarks on an elaborate plan to get back into town, while escaping with a bunch of gold. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned.</p> <p>Blizzard describes the new map as "<span>Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren&rsquo;t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard - a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory."</span></p> <p><span>However, the speech by the queen in the accompanying video seems better fit for Tina Turner in Beyond Thunderdome. You can almost picture Junkers surrounding the map chanting "Two teams enter, one team leaves."</span></p> <p><span>The new map is now on live servers, so channel your best Mad Max when escorting that payload of gold and explosives to the queen. Who, knows, this could make <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100950/never-say-never-overwatch-is-getting-deathmatch-after-all">a good Deathmatch map</a>&nbsp;as well.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_q0QGtk_AM0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mcPDd16_9dI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:25:00 PDT John Keefer THQ Nordic Announces New Action RPG Biomutant http://www.shacknews.com/article/101056/thq-nordic-announces-new-action-rpg-biomutant http://www.shacknews.com/article/101056/thq-nordic-announces-new-action-rpg-biomutant <p>Slightly hidden among all the major announcements coming out of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101041/gamescom-2017-event-dates-and-tickets" target="_blank">Gamescom 2017</a>&nbsp;is an entirely new game and IP from publisher THQ Nordic, dubbed Biomutant. It is described as an action RPG set in an "imaginative post-apocalyptic universe" populated by &ldquo;mechs, paragliders, balloons, mounts, jet skis and more&rdquo;. It is under development at <a href="http://experiment101.com" target="_blank">Experiment 101</a>, a new development studio comprised of former Avalanche Studios veterans responsible for titles like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/79637/mad-max-announced-just-cause-xbox-one-playstation-4" target="_blank">Mad Max</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92310/just-cause-3-review-explosive-homecoming" target="_blank">Just Cause</a>&nbsp;series.</p> <p>Biomutant is centered around heavily-customizable characters that allow players to use mutations, bionic prosthetics, and weapons to build their own machines of destruction. The post-apocalyptic landscape will be traversable in many ways, including the aforementioned gliders, balloons, and jet skis. The game&rsquo;s combat is said to be heavily influenced by martial arts.</p> <p>A reveal trailer accompanied the announcement at Gamescom. In it, a bionic raccoon-looking thing attempts to engage in battle with a giant ogre-type creature. Several weapon types are shown off in the pre-rendered trailer and the visual aesthetic is very colorful.</p> <p>Biomutant is expected to release in 2018 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players wanting a closer look at the title can check it out at the THQ Nordic booth at Gamescom.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="425" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/73vSguCeJl0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:16:00 PDT Chris Jarrard 5v5 Competitive Mode Incursions Coming To Battlefield 1 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101054/5v5-competitive-mode-incursions-coming-to-battlefield-1 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101054/5v5-competitive-mode-incursions-coming-to-battlefield-1 <p>During the EA conference at <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101041/gamescom-2017-event-dates-and-tickets">Gamescom 2017</a>, the company announced a new mode of play called "Incursion". Working with players, the 5v5&nbsp;mode has been optimized specifically for competitive play. Players can choose their kits before getting into gameplay so they can develop a strategy going into battle.With the smaller teams, included vehicle play is that much more detrimental and intense.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Incursion2.PNG" alt="" width="700" height="374" style="undefined" /></div> <p>During the presentation, EA also announced a new definitive release of Battlefield 1 called <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101053/battlefield-1-revolution-includes-all-dlc-available-today">Battlefield 1: Revolution</a>. It includes all previously released DLC and will include future releases for the game as well.</p> <p>Closed Alpha for Incursion starts September this year and you can register on the <a href="https://www.battlefield.com/">website</a>. We will add more information as it is made available. Be sure to check out our other Gamescom 2017 coverage.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:40:00 PDT Charles Singletary Battlefield 1 Revolution Includes All DLC, Available Today http://www.shacknews.com/article/101053/battlefield-1-revolution-includes-all-dlc-available-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/101053/battlefield-1-revolution-includes-all-dlc-available-today <p>During their conference at Gamescom 2017, EA announced a definitive packaging for Battlefield 1 &nbsp;called Revolution. It includes all previously released DLC and the included premium pass will net players all future DLC for the game, including the upcoming In The Name of Tsar DLC.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Gh0E5sKYivo"></iframe></p> <p>The package is available today and is already <a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/battlefield-1-revolution-xbox-one/6009404.p?skuId=6009404&amp;ref=199&amp;loc=TnL5HPStwNw&amp;acampID=1&amp;siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-.GOlOtOhcbqOXiX5RdFatA">listed on Best Buy</a>. We'll update as more information is made available.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:25:00 PDT Charles Singletary You Can Watch NASA's Solar Eclipse 2017 Livestream on Twitch http://www.shacknews.com/article/101052/you-can-watch-nasas-solar-eclipse-2017-livestream-on-twitch http://www.shacknews.com/article/101052/you-can-watch-nasas-solar-eclipse-2017-livestream-on-twitch <p>All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun today. Only part of the United States will be able to view the total&nbsp;eclipse, but luckily NASA and Twitch will be streaming the special event. Please take a look at all of the other places on the Internet that you can watch the solar eclipse of 2017.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="384" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=Nasa&amp;muted=true&amp;autoplay=true" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <h2>What Time is the Solar Eclipse Livestream?&nbsp;</h2> <p><strong>12 p.m. EDT - Eclipse Preview</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Show,</strong>&nbsp;hosted from Charleston, South Carolina.<br /><strong>1 p.m. EDT - Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA</strong>.&nbsp;This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.</p> <h2>How To Watch the Solar Eclipse Livestream</h2> <p><strong><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive">Eclipse Live: NASA's Live Show and Live Views From Across the U.S.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>NASA live streams:</strong><br />Facebook Live --&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/10155497958441772/">https://www.facebook.com/NASA/videos/10155497958441772/</a><br />Twitter/Periscope --&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pscp.tv/nasa">https://www.pscp.tv/nasa</a><br />Twitch TV --&nbsp;<a href="https://twitch.tv/nasa">https://twitch.tv/nasa</a><br />Ustream --&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv">http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv</a><br />YouTube --&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0</a></p> <p><strong>Eclipse images raw feed (no commentary):</strong><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/#NASA+TV+-+Eclipse+Views+%28Raw+Feed%29">NASA TV Eclipse images channel</a><br /><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-media-channel">NASA TV on UStream</a></p> <h2>More Information about NASA's Solar Eclipse Livestream</h2> <p><strong>NASA Missions and People Featured on Today's Broadcast:</strong><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html">International Space Station</a>, with astronauts&nbsp;<a href="https://www.twitter.com/AstroPeggy">Peggy Whitson</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.twitter.com/AstroKomrade">Randy Bresnik</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Astro2fish">Jack Fischer</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/armstrong-kicks-off-solar-eclipse-coverage.html">Armstrong Flight Research Center's Gulfstream III aircraft</a>, with Acting Administrator Lightfoot, Deputy Administrator Lesa Roe and NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Dr_ThomasZ">Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/chasing-the-total-solar-eclipse-from-nasa-s-wb-57f-jets">NASA's WB-57F Jets</a><br /><a href="https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/imagery-and-data">NOAA GOES Satellite Weather Imagery and Data</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sdo/main/index.html">Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe">Parker Solar Probe</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/soho/index.html">Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-s-lro-team-wants-you-to-wave-at-the-moon">Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/ames/feature/an-eclipse-by-any-other-name-doing-science-with-transits-and-occultations">Kepler and SOFIA</a></p> <p><strong>Resources</strong><br /><a href="https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/">NASA's Eclipse 2017 website</a><br /><a href="https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety">Safety Tips From NASA For Eclipse Viewing</a><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExonFXrnHKE">Video: How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse2017/video">Watch NASA's Eclipse 2017 Preview Videos</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/aug-21-eclipse-up-close-and-personal-with-nasa">Watch the Eclipse Up Close and Personal With NASA</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-television-coverage-for-aug-21-solar-eclipse">Watch NASA Television's Live Eclipse Broadcast</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/five-tips-from-nasa-for-photographing-the-total-solar-eclipse-on-aug-21">Five Tips From NASA For Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse</a><br /><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-invites-you-to-become-a-citizen-scientist-during-us-total-solar-eclipse">NASA Invites You to Become a Citizen Scientist During the Solar Eclipse</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-s-lro-team-wants-you-to-wave-at-the-moon">Wave at the Moon During the Total Solar Eclipse</a></p> <p>In case you have iOS 11 Beta installed,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101025/dunkin-takes-solar-eclipse-viewing-to-a-hole-new-donut-level-with-apples-arkit" target="_blank">Dunkin Takes Solar Eclipse Viewing to a Hole New Donut Level With Apple's ARKit</a>.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 PDT Asif Khan Final Fantasy XV Making Its Way to PC in Full 4K http://www.shacknews.com/article/101051/final-fantasy-xv-making-its-way-to-pc-in-full-4k http://www.shacknews.com/article/101051/final-fantasy-xv-making-its-way-to-pc-in-full-4k <p>Final Fantasy XV <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98271/game-of-the-year-2016-4-final-fantasy-xv">received major props</a>&nbsp;when it was released on PS4 last year, and Square Enix has continued to enthusiastically push the game with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100435/final-fantasy-15-update-adds-off-roading-prepares-for-prompto">new content</a>, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/99109/final-fantasy-15-patch-105-adds-60fps-for-ps4-pro-booster-pack-dlc-and-more">graphics upgrades</a>&nbsp;and even a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100729/season-pass-holders-can-test-final-fantasy-xv-co-op-in-early-august">Comrade co-op mode</a>. Now, the publisher is scoring points with the PC crowd, revealing that Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be coming to the new platform as part of a partnership with Nvidia.</p> <p>The Luminous Engine will render the game in full 4K resolution, but as PC gamers know, Nvidia offers a bunch of extra bells and whistles with its graphics cards. Square Enix released a video showing how most of the effects will be on full display when the game is released some time in early 2018. There will be realistic grass simulation through TurfEffects, advanced&nbsp;hair simulation through HairWorks (yes, that is a thing), combustible fluid, fire and smoke simulation through Nvidia Flow, advanced shadow algorithms with HFTS, high quality ambient occlusion with VXAO, and versatile screenshot captures through Ansel.</p> <p>The Windows Edition game will also offer first-person camera mode, and Dolby Atmos sound.</p> <p>Final Fantasy XV sold&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97921/final-fantasy-15-sells-5-million-copies-in-two-days">five million copies in two days</a>, with Square Enix revealing that the game actually <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98955/final-fantasy-15-broke-even-on-dev-costs-on-launch-day">broke even with dev costs on day one</a>. PC fans had wanted their own version of the game when it was originally announced, and Square had said <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93897/final-fantasy-xv-pc-version-is-currently-in-consideration">it was considering it</a>, but no other word about it had been heard until now.</p> <p>Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition already has <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/637650/FINAL_FANTASY_XV_WINDOWS_EDITION/" target="_blank">a page on Steam</a>, but price and full PC specs haven't been revealed yet. However, the Windows version will include all of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98833/final-fantasy-15-dlc-release-dates-and-details-revealed">free and Season Pass content</a>&nbsp;that was made available in the PS4 version,&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZFFmieoN-DM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:50:00 PDT John Keefer PUBG and NVIDIA Introduce Shadowplay Highlights http://www.shacknews.com/article/101050/pubg-and-nvidia-introduce-shadowplay-highlights http://www.shacknews.com/article/101050/pubg-and-nvidia-introduce-shadowplay-highlights <p>It is now easier than ever to share proof of you chicken dinner and world-class bike flips using nVidia&rsquo;s new Shadowplay Highlights system. Officially <a href="https://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-adds-shadowplay-highlights-and-hbao-plus" target="_blank">introduced today</a>&nbsp;at Gamescom 2017 in Germany, Shadowplay Highlights allows player to quickly and easily find and share captured clips of the best moments in PUBG matches.</p> <p>Using the new Shadowplay Highlights requires that player have the nVidia Geforce Experience version 3.8 or newer and today&rsquo;s PUBG patch installed. Shadowplay Highlights can intelligently capture and save different types of moments or interactions during rounds and makes them available to the player to view, trim, and share via social media from within the game.</p> <p>The captures are triggered by specific game events, and which of these events will be automatically captured is customizeable within the GeForce Experience settings. When one of these highlights is recorded by Shadowplay, players will get a notification that the clip was captured. At the end of a round, a shortcut button will open up the GeForce Experience overlay and display the clips from the preceding match or clips that were captured in earlier rounds.</p> <p>To celebrate this new feature, PUBG developers Bluehole and nVidia are running a contest to find the best Shadowplay Highlight clips. Winners will be eligible to receive GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPUs or some awesome GeForce-styled USB drives. The full details of the contest can be found <a href="https://www.geforce.com/whats-new/articles/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-shadowplay-highlights-contest" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>In addition to PUBG, the Shadowplay highlights feature will also work with the recently released Lawbreakers. nVidia plans to add support for more games in the future with updates to the Geforce Experience.&nbsp;Gamescom 2017 also saw the announcement of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101048/pubgs-publisher-on-xbox-one-not-unknown-its-microsoft" target="_blank">partnership</a>&nbsp;between Microsoft and PUBG for the Xbox One X.</p> <p>To go along with the automatic clip capture, today&rsquo;s PUBG update also adds support for nVidia&rsquo;s HBAO+ ambient occlusion. This effect allows for more realistic shadows and shading where two objects meet (for the folks who play at something other than low settings). The screenshot below demonstrates the improvement that HBAO+ provides to PUBG.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/pubghbao13.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="795" /></div> <p><iframe width="700" height="425" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MGohZqJxSlY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:30:00 PDT Chris Jarrard HTC Permanently Drops Vive Price $200, VR Price War Begins http://www.shacknews.com/article/101049/htc-permanently-drops-vive-price-200-vr-price-war-begins http://www.shacknews.com/article/101049/htc-permanently-drops-vive-price-200-vr-price-war-begins <p>Has the VR price war begun? HTC Vive announced today that they&rsquo;re dropping the tethered VR headset&rsquo;s price $200 specifically to make it more accessible to the mass market. The $599 headset comes with a Viveport subscription and digital codes for Richie&rsquo;s Plank Experience, Everest VR, and Tilt Brush.</p> <p>For the most part, virtual reality hardware and software developers have been focused on convincing early adopters how impactful and exciting VR is. While there are instances of businesses like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101013/ups-is-using-vr-to-train-their-package-delivery-drivers">UPS adopting VR</a>, increasing exposure to casual consumers is key. For tethered VR, the highest tier for the immersive platform, price points put it largely out of reach for the casual consumer and that consumer&rsquo;s household is the primary target to keep this new industry growing.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve rapidly diversified the Vive business so that when customers and businesses purchase Vive, they know they&rsquo;ll benefit from a wide base of support for years to come,&rdquo; says Dan O&rsquo;Brien, HTC Vive US GM, in the press release for the announcement. "From constant improvements to the core Vive hardware to the industry&rsquo;s first VR subscription <g class="gr_ gr_19 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="19" data-gr-id="19">service,</g> to investments in new technology for developers, Vive is at the forefront of the push to take VR to the mainstream.&rdquo;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-mxBLOWLEI0"></iframe></p> <p>With this drop, analysts and enthusiasts will be watching sales like a hawk to see if the needle moves in a significant way. Other hardware manufacturers will be watching as well, likely having the difficult discussion of price for their own devices going forward. Not only does this bode well for VR gear, VR-ready PCs are becoming more accessible. The next wave of VR is also on the horizon, so stay keyed in on companies that could influence them like <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100429/new-vr-company-wants-to-add-more-visual-clarity-to-headsets">one aiming to increase clarity for VR headsets</a>. The new price change is already reflected on retailers like <a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/htc-virtual-reality-system-for-compatible-windows-pcs/5901551.p?skuId=5901551">Best Buy</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/HTC-VIVE-Virtual-Reality-System/dp/B00VF5NT4I?th=1">Amazon</a>.</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:15:00 PDT Charles Singletary PUBG's Publisher on Xbox One Not Unknown; it's Microsoft http://www.shacknews.com/article/101048/pubgs-publisher-on-xbox-one-not-unknown-its-microsoft http://www.shacknews.com/article/101048/pubgs-publisher-on-xbox-one-not-unknown-its-microsoft <p>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the current darling of the shooter&nbsp;crowd, having <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101007/pubg-surpasses-600k-concurrent-steam-users-moves-7-million-units">sold more than seven million units</a>&nbsp;in five months since its launch in Early Access.&nbsp;It was announced at E3 that developer Bluehole was bringing the game to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100221/e3-2017-playerunknowns-battlegrounds-an-xbox-one-console-exclusive">Xbox One as a console exclusive</a>, but apparently it needed a bit of help from Microsoft.</p> <p>The company has announced a partnership with MS to help bring PUBG to Xbox One. "Microsoft is great, and they're a great partner to work with," said Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene during a Microsoft livestream from GamesCom 2017.</p> <p>But that wasn't all the sunshine coming from the announcement.</p> <p>&nbsp;<span>&ldquo;Our goal is to deliver the best Battle Royale experience to a global audience and our partnership with Microsoft will allow us to do just that,&rdquo; Bluehole Executive Producer and VP Chang Han Kim said in a GamesCom press release. &ldquo;This partnership with Microsoft will accelerate the development and delivery of PUBG to console players around the world as we utilize their vast resources and impressive technical, sales and marketing expertise.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span><span>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t be more excited to be working with the team at Bluehole to bring Playerunknown&rsquo;s Battlegrounds exclusively to our players on Xbox One this year,&rdquo; Xbox chief&nbsp;Phil Spencer said in the traditional mutual backslapping response for the release. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been huge fans since the very earliest days, and worked hard to bring the game successfully to our E3 briefing. The announcement of our publishing the game on console today is an evolution of the strong partnership we&rsquo;ve been building over many months.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p>Despite all the glad-handing, the new partnership has not been able to put an official release date out there, other than "late 2017" for the Early preview version. Full release won't be until early 2018. Of course, if the PC version is any indication, Xbox One will be at least as popular and provide wads of cash for both Bluehole and MS whenever the game hits.</p> <p></p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:55:00 PDT John Keefer PlayStation Twitter Hacked, PSN Database Possibly Compromised http://www.shacknews.com/article/101047/playstation-twitter-hacked-psn-database-possibly-compromised http://www.shacknews.com/article/101047/playstation-twitter-hacked-psn-database-possibly-compromised <p>While Microsoft was busy announcing the<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101044/xbox-one-x-project-scorpio-edition-pre-orders-announced-at-gamescom-2017" target="_blank">&nbsp;Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Pre-orders</a>&nbsp;to kick off&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101041/gamescom-2017-event-dates-and-tickets" target="_blank">Gamescom 2017</a>, it looks like&nbsp;Sony is going to have to put out a social network fire. Originally spotted by the RPGSite twitter account, Sony's official PlayStation twitter seems to be under the control of OurMine. This tweet contains a screenshot of the tweet that speaks of a potential breach:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>PlayStation maaaaay have gotten hacked again <a href="https://t.co/1R9Ar5dsSU">pic.twitter.com/1R9Ar5dsSU</a></p> &mdash; RPG Site (@RPGSite) <a href="https://twitter.com/RPGSite/status/899401990618308609">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><g class="gr_ gr_15 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="15" data-gr-id="15">OurMine</g> is the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95884/pokemon-go-servers-down-again-as-hacker-groups-claim-responsibility">same group that took ownership of a Pokemon Go server crash</a>&nbsp;is July of last year. The person in control deleted that initial&nbsp;tweet but tweeted twice since.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/08/Hack2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="423" /></div> <p>Both tweets have been deleted so it is possible Sony has regained control of the account. Courtesy of another tweeter's diligence, it looks like the group claiming responsibility won't be leaking the information if there was, indeed, a leak. Seems like they're looking for work:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>One more time... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlaystationLeaks?src=hash">#PlaystationLeaks</a> <a href="https://t.co/DOScf6uoVB">pic.twitter.com/DOScf6uoVB</a></p> &mdash; Watson Junior (@watsonmaster) <a href="https://twitter.com/watsonmaster/status/899405110668918786">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>PlayStation's facebook account has been <a href="https://twitter.com/RPGSite/status/899403736585428992">compromised as well</a>. We'll update as&nbsp;more information is made available.</p> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:00:00 PDT Charles Singletary ReCore Definitive Edition and New Free Expansion Unveiled at Gamescom 2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101046/recore-definitive-edition-and-new-free-expansion-unveiled-at-gamescom-2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101046/recore-definitive-edition-and-new-free-expansion-unveiled-at-gamescom-2017 <p>ReCore was a game that had some potential as a new franchise, but it felt a bit incomplete. It was somewhat surprising to see Microsoft trot out a new and shiny ReCore Definitive Edition with a new free expansion for folks who have already purchase the game. Check out the trailer that they showed off today during the Xbox Gamescom 2017 live stream.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wd7482WHdNM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0?ecver=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>ReCore: Definitive Edition releases on August 29 and will be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers for the month of September.&nbsp;Check out&nbsp;our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96823/recore-review-auto-pilot" target="_blank">ReCore review</a>&nbsp;for a more in depth look at the game.</p> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:45:00 PDT Asif Khan New Assassin's Creed Origins Trailer Shown at Gamescom 2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101045/new-assassins-creed-origins-trailer-shown-at-gamescom-2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/101045/new-assassins-creed-origins-trailer-shown-at-gamescom-2017 <p>Assassin's Creed Origins is a hotly anticipated third party title coming to Xbox One later this year and Ubisoft stopped by the Xbox Gamescom live stream to show off this gorgeous new trailer. The video focuses on some very famiiar figures from ancient Egyptian history.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5RYZXnpjYbw?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0?ecver=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Assassin's Creed Origins is due out in October. Keep checking Shacknews for more news from Gamescom 2017. <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101041/gamescom-2017-event-dates-and-tickets" target="_blank">When is Gamescom?</a>&nbsp;Check out our guide on the show and how to buy tickets.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/laaYwCl1YKM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0?ecver=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:00:00 PDT Asif Khan
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