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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Shack Reels: Shack's Arcade Corner: Let's Go Jungle! Lost on the Island Spice http://www.shacknews.com/article/96482/shack-reels-shacks-arcade-corner-lets-go-jungle-lost-on-the-island-spice http://www.shacknews.com/article/96482/shack-reels-shacks-arcade-corner-lets-go-jungle-lost-on-the-island-spice <p>Greg Burke is back with another episode of Shack's Arcade Corner! This week, he tells us all about Let's Go Jungle! Lost on the Island Spice. There were so many cool buttons mashing moments and intense boss encounters in this on rails shooter. Please take a look.</p> <p><span>For more great videos, be sure to subscribe to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="_blank">Shacknews</a><span>&nbsp;on&nbsp;YouTube.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D9a_npBwpnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:20:00 PDT Shack Staff SuperData reveals July's top-grossing digital games for PC, consoles, and mobile platforms http://www.shacknews.com/article/96488/superdata-reveals-julys-top-grossing-digital-games-for-pc-consoles-and-mobile-platforms http://www.shacknews.com/article/96488/superdata-reveals-julys-top-grossing-digital-games-for-pc-consoles-and-mobile-platforms <p>Market research firm SuperData&nbsp;<a href="https://www.superdataresearch.com/blog/us-digital-games-market/" target="_blank">posted a breakdown</a> of the top-grossing digital games for PC, console, and mobile platforms in July. Activision Blizzard came out on top in most categories, but the diversity of games spoke to a wide range of tastes.</p> <p>SuperData categorized its findings in six ways: console, PC, free-to-play MMO, pay-to-play (or premium) MMO, mobile, and social. Each category's top five games were ranked according to worldwide revenues, although no dollar amounts were disclosed.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/superdata july 2016.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="404" style="undefined" /></div> <p>"July proved predictably steady, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III dominating the ranks thanks to the success of its most recent map pack, Descent, and FIFA 16 once again demonstrated strong YoY growth compared to FIFA 15," according to SuperData.</p> <p>To the surprise of absolutely no one, Pokemon&nbsp;Go took the top spot in the Console category, though recent reports show a sharp drop-off in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96455/pokemon-go-sheds-15-million-daily-users-in-one-month" target="_blank">daily active users</a>. Even so, the game still enjoyed "the most successful mobile launch in history."</p> <p>Meanwhile, World of WarCraft reigns supreme in "P2P MMO," an increasingly small grouping of titles.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:13:00 PDT David Craddock Super Mario 64 DS lands on Wii U Virtual Console on August 25 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96487/super-mario-64-ds-lands-on-wii-u-virtual-console-on-august-25 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96487/super-mario-64-ds-lands-on-wii-u-virtual-console-on-august-25 <p>Super Mario 64 DS, a port of the N64 classic and a launch game for Nintendo Dual Screen handheld, will hop, skip, and jump its way to Wii U's Virtual Console on August 25 (via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2016/8/24/12630502/super-mario-64-ds-wii-u-virtual-console" target="_blank">Polygon</a>).</p> <p>If you played Super Mario 64 but skipped the DS port, the portable version introduced a few twists. Mario enters Peach's castle alongside Wario and Luigi, and all three promptly go missing. You control Yoshi and set off in search of your plumber pals. After finding them, you can switch between characters by entering certain doors.</p> <p>Swapping characters grants you special abilities. Luigi can jump higher, Wario is stronger, Mario jumps the farthest, and Yoshi eats enemies and turns them into eggs, which you can fire as projectiles.</p> <p>Super Mario 64 DS contains 150 stars, 30 more than the N64 version.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:30:00 PDT David Craddock Report: A revised DualShock 4 will ship with slimmer PS4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96485/report-a-revised-dualshock-4-will-ship-with-slimmer-ps4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96485/report-a-revised-dualshock-4-will-ship-with-slimmer-ps4 <p>Backing up a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96427/playstation-4-slim-will-reportedly-be-unveiled-during-new-york-city-event" target="_blank">recent report</a> that Sony plans to unveil a sleeker PS4 in addition to its long-rumored Neo hardware upgrade,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/shortmaneighty2" target="_blank">Twitter user shortmaneighty2</a> posted photos of a revised DualShock 4 controller that will ship with PS4 "Slim" (via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2016/8/22/12596062/new-dualshock-4-ps4-slim" target="_blank">Polygon)</a>.</p> <p>Take a gander at the photo (courtesy of shortmaneighty2) and you'll notice that the light bar resides on the front of the controller, above the touchpad.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/PS4 Slim DualShock 4_1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="525" /></div> <p>If you missed the hubbub over the PS4 "Slim" leak, shortmaneighty2 scored the console from a Gumtree auction&mdash;thank eBay, but for the UK. Eurogamer was among the first outlets to publish the report; being based in the UK, the outlet sent one of its editors to the buyer's house and confirmed the slimmer PS4's existence.</p> <p>Sony could be gearing up to officially reveal the slim PS4 and its Neo upgrade to standard PS4 hardware at next month's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96232/sony-schedules-playstation-meeting-for-early-september-possibly-to-unveil-ps4-neo" target="_blank">PlayStation Meeting</a>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 600px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/PS4 Slim_1.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="400" /></div> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:04:00 PDT David Craddock How to Craft Items, Biocells, Ammo and more in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided http://www.shacknews.com/article/96483/how-to-craft-items-biocells-ammo-and-more-in-deus-ex-mankind-divided http://www.shacknews.com/article/96483/how-to-craft-items-biocells-ammo-and-more-in-deus-ex-mankind-divided <p>Deus Ex: Mankind Divided finds Adam Jensen in a world that is completely disgusted by the idea of humans with Augments installed. But what they&rsquo;re not completely against is using scrap metal to craft items, such as multi-tools or ammo packs. Crafting items can help give you an edge when you need some help either hacking into a level 5 computer, or if you completely run out of ammo for your favorite death-delivering weapon.</p> <p>Our guide will cover what you&rsquo;ll need in order to craft weapons and how to do so once you have all of the appropriate resources.</p> <h2>One Man&rsquo;s Garbage</h2> <p>Throughout your adventure in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you&rsquo;ll come across various items, weapons, and materials just ready for the taking. While you could completely murder everyone in your path to search for loot, resources you&rsquo;re going to need to craft various items can be found all over the locations Jensen will find himself in.</p> <p>In our experience, we found most spare parts littered around and inside desks, lying on the ground near construction, or near various boxes. There&rsquo;s really no set way to earn spare parts, so you&rsquo;ll just need to keep your eyes open as you progress through the game.</p> <h2>Another Man&rsquo;s Treasure</h2> <p>Now that you&rsquo;ve picked up some spare parts, it&rsquo;s time to start crafting! Bring up the in-game menu and navigate towards the screw icon. This is where your crafting menu is located, and it&rsquo;s where you can see a list of blueprints you currently have available. The menu shows all of the items you can craft and how many pieces of spare parts it&rsquo;ll take to craft. Once you&rsquo;ve decided on what items you want to craft, keep in mind you won&rsquo;t be able to dismantle items in order to gain your spare parts back.</p> <p><span>You should also note spare parts can be used to improve your weapons and to create mods. If you&rsquo;re using spare parts to craft ammo or something that can be purchased instead, we recommend stocking up prior to attempting any missions, especially if you&rsquo;re not playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided stealthily.</span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Blizzard teases new Overwatch character (maybe), and discusses upcoming changes http://www.shacknews.com/article/96484/blizzard-teases-new-overwatch-character-maybe-and-discusses-upcoming-changes http://www.shacknews.com/article/96484/blizzard-teases-new-overwatch-character-maybe-and-discusses-upcoming-changes <p>Following yesterday's post on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96462/overwatch-sombra-incoming" target="_blank">Battle.net</a>, fans have found more evidence that Sombra will be making its way to Overwatch soon&mdash;or at least, they <i>believe</i> they've found evidence.</p> <p>A bunch of Overwatch fans congregated in a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/4z8yd1/sombra_cluereveal/" target="_blank">Reddit post</a> to dissect clues. One of those was a&nbsp;<a href="http://amomentincrime.com/" target="_blank">website</a> with text written in Spanish as well as a transmission counter that ticked from 2 to 3 percent over 20 minutes. A Twitter user&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Nibellion/status/768534455510335488" target="_blank">did the math</a> and deduced that the percentage will reach 100 on Friday, speculating that its conclusion may coincide with Sombra's grand unveiling.</p> <p>Another clue, yesterday's Battle.net post, appeared to be hacked. The screen flash, text appeared, and Reaper blinked in and out several times. The post has since been removed.</p> <p>The third and final clue amounted to speculation that today's Public Test Realm patch might contain a new character. In reality, the update concentrates on changes to Hanzo, Soldier 76, and quick melees.</p> <p>Overwatch principal designer Geoff Goodman wrote a Battle.net post of his own breaking down some of the changes. Speaking to Hanzo, he said that "The goal of these changes is to allow Hanzo players to feel like they have more control over their shots, and skilled Hanzo players can be much more consistent. While this is certainly true now, it might be a bit too easy to land very powerful shots with the combination of his new projectile speed and his old projectile size. So we've lowered his projectile size by 33 percent in the update that just went out."</p> <p>As for quick melees, Blizzard wants to make sure players use them in specific ways. "The general philosophy here is that quick melee shouldn't interrupt abilities and vice versa. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Quick movement abilities such as Tracer's Blink, Pharah's Jet Boost, or Winston's Leap can work while quick melee is firing, so it isn't canceled in those cases. Ultimate abilities should now all cancel quick melee, since they are more rare special abilities that should have a higher priority."</p> <p>Head over to the Overwatch PTR servers on PC to put the patch through its paces, and stay tunes for more clues-that-might-not-be-clues as we build toward Sombra's reveal. Maybe. Nobody knows, honestly.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:40:00 PDT David Craddock No Man's Sky's concurrent players drop by 89 percent http://www.shacknews.com/article/96481/no-mans-skys-concurrent-players-drop-by-89-percent http://www.shacknews.com/article/96481/no-mans-skys-concurrent-players-drop-by-89-percent <p>Just over a week ago, over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96314/no-mans-sky-flew-past-a-three-day-delay-and-lots-of-bugs-to-have-a-big-launch-on-steam" target="_blank">212,000 concurrent players</a> were exploring No Man's Sky's 18 quintillion planets together (sort of) on Steam. According to new statistics, concurrent players have plummeted by 89 percent, to just shy of 23,000.</p> <p>Specifically, the count of 22,935 represents peak concurrent players within the last 24 hours.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/No Mans Sky_concurrent players1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="310" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Why is No Man's Sky shedding players? Take your pick: vague and superlative marketing that raised the bar impossibly high, mixed reviews among both consumers and critics, a plethora of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96377/no-mans-sky-pc-update-now-available-patch-notes-coming-soon" target="_blank">performance issues</a> and other bugs, only some of which have been resolved. And, let's face it: even the hottest game only stays hot for a short time before giving way to the next big thing. It could be a simple matter of No Man's Sky passing its crown to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.</p> <p>One will have to follow statistics month by month to get a more accurate assessment of how No Man's Sky stacks up, of course. Even so, that's a staggering drop-off for the game that many hoped would last them the rest of their lifetime.</p> <p><i>Source:&nbsp;</i><a href="http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/1023847-no-mans-skys-number-players-dropped-89" target="_blank"><i>Crave Online</i></a></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:31:00 PDT David Craddock Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC patch fixes lots of bugs and crashes http://www.shacknews.com/article/96479/deus-ex-mankind-divided-pc-patch-fixes-lots-of-bugs-and-crashes http://www.shacknews.com/article/96479/deus-ex-mankind-divided-pc-patch-fixes-lots-of-bugs-and-crashes <p>The PC version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96460/pc-players-reporting-issues-with-deus-ex-mankind-divided">riddled with issues</a>,&nbsp;so Square Enix has released a new patch to hopefully augment the experience in a good way.</p> <p>The patch updates the build to v 1.0 build 524.7 and does the following:</p> <ul> <li><span>Fixed crashes caused by third-party programs interfering with the game.</span></li> <li><span>Fixed crash that occurred after viewing the intro videos.</span></li> <li><span>Fixed issue that could cause a crash at the end of the Prague intro scene.</span></li> <li><span>Fixed mouse invert setting not being displayed correctly in the options menu.</span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>The notes also remind everyone that playing on Very High/Ultra settings with MSAA set to 2x, 4x, or 8x setting can be "very demanding.&nbsp;</span><span>We recommend everyone that is running at recommended spec or higher to start with the High Preset and MSAA turned off, and then tweak the options to optimize your experience."</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Of course, more problems from the patch could happen, so there is a beta version of the existing game that players can roll back to if needed.</span></span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:50:00 PDT John Keefer Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: How To Fix The Mouse Acceleration Bug http://www.shacknews.com/article/96478/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-fix-the-mouse-acceleration-bug http://www.shacknews.com/article/96478/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-fix-the-mouse-acceleration-bug <p>Those who were hoping the PC version of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would be superior to its console counterpart were severely disappointed during its launch as many Steam users <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96460/pc-players-reporting-issues-with-deus-ex-mankind-divided">reported various technical issues</a> ranging from crashes, to stuttering, to issues with its mouse acceleration.</p> <p>While we can&rsquo;t help you keep your game from crashing and stuttering like crazy, since that would require a patch from Nixxes, what we <i>can</i> help you with is fixing your mouse acceleration&nbsp;issues.</p> <h2>Overly Sensitive</h2> <p>When launching Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you&rsquo;re presented with a splash screen prior to actually starting the game. The splash screen has an options area, although it just focuses on its graphics settings since the game would need to load up different visuals if you&rsquo;re changing anything.</p> <p>To get to the mouse acceleration&nbsp;options, launch Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Once you get past all of the intro videos, go into the &ldquo;Options&rdquo; menu. Go to &ldquo;Mouse and Keyboard.&rdquo; By default, the mouse sensitivity is set to 50%, although it appears it&rsquo;s mislabeled here for some reason and is <em>really</em> the mouse acceleration option. You&rsquo;re going to want to set your mouse sensitivity to 0%. We know -- this is crazy talk, but trust us when we say this will fix the mouse acceleration issues you&rsquo;ve all been having with the PC version.</p> <h2>Can We Interest You In A Gamepad?</h2> <p>Yes -- the keyboard and mouse are the PC gamer&rsquo;s bread and butter. If there&rsquo;s a PC game to be played, we know you&rsquo;ll grab the nearest mouse and keyboard, no matter how filled with Doritos dust they are, to play it &ldquo;the right way.&rdquo; But don&rsquo;t forget there are other options out there.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re <i>still</i> having issues with the mouse acceleration, although we highly doubt you would considering how fool proof our guide is, then we won&rsquo;t tell anyone if you decide to use a gamepad, like the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96031/how-to-connect-an-xbox-one-controller-to-pc-via-bluetooth">Xbox One S controller</a> or <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96470/sony-unveils-new-wireless-adapter-for-dualshock-4">DualShock 4</a>. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided already supports gamepad controls since it was <i>also</i> developed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.</p> <p><span>We actually prefer these settings for the game, especially since you can finetune how you want to play in the options menu. There are options for standard first-person shooter controls, controls that are similar to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, controls specifically tuned for its Breach mode, and its own Mankind Divided settings. In our experience, we feel the FPS Standard controls offer the best feel.</span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:45:00 PDT Daniel Perez The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gives Link a lot of weapons http://www.shacknews.com/article/96477/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-gives-link-a-lot-of-weapons http://www.shacknews.com/article/96477/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-gives-link-a-lot-of-weapons <p>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has fans <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96423/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-clinches-top-honors-at-gamescom">pretty excited</a>&nbsp;for Link's return. Nintendo continues to stoke the fires with a new gameplay video showing of more of the weapons that our hero will be able to wield in the game.</p> <p>The rather short video was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LegendofZelda/videos/1147750048619457/">released on Nintendo's Facebook page</a>&nbsp;for the game, and shows Link using a sword, axe&nbsp;and a flaming&nbsp;staff. It appears he is even using the arm of a Bokoblin.</p> <p>Despite the anticipation, fans will have to wait to get their hands on the game, which will be released simultaneously on the Wii U Nintendo's upcoming NX at the same time. Whether it will be an <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95600/nintendo-reconfirms-nx-will-release-globally-in-march-2017">NX launch title</a>&nbsp;remains to be seen.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="393" style="overflow: hidden; border-style: none;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FLegendofZelda%2Fvideos%2F1147750048619457%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=550" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="allowtransparency" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:26:00 PDT John Keefer Titanfall 2 changes revealed for next tech test http://www.shacknews.com/article/96476/titanfall-2-changes-revealed-for-next-tech-test http://www.shacknews.com/article/96476/titanfall-2-changes-revealed-for-next-tech-test <p>The next tech test for Titanfall 2 is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96468/titanfall-2s-next-tech-test-coming-in-two-days">coming this weekend</a>, and while the team learned a lot about the servers and changes on the fly, it also is taking community feedback and modifying the game&nbsp;for round two.</p> <p>Multiplayer Game Designer Steve DeRose <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96468/titanfall-2s-next-tech-test-coming-in-two-days">posted a list of changes</a>&nbsp;that will be made:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Pilot Mobility:</strong> Wall running and air speed will be faster. Also, players will be able to retain speed when chaining wall runs.</li> <li><strong>Titan Meter:</strong> Players will again acquire a small passive amount of Titan meter every few seconds</li> <li><strong>Titan Mobility:</strong> Titan dashes will recharge faster.</li> <li><strong>Heads-Up Display:</strong> The fade distance for enemy outlines will be brought in so pilots aren't revealed at extreme range.</li> <li><strong>Map Design:</strong> More maps will be on display in the next few weeks on &nbsp;the official site, including more traditional Titanfall maps.</li> </ul> <p>One issue that was more difficult to address was Titan survivability. Energy shields have been replaced by batteries. In the new system, "the rodeo pilot steals a battery and damages an enemy Titan," DeRose said. "If they can give that battery to a friendly Titan, the Titan receives a shield and the Pilot gets Titan meter points. As players become more familiar with the system, we expect that Titans will live longer. This is an area we will continue to monitor leading up to launch."</p> <p>Another factor was the limited number of Titans in the tech test. Some that weren't included have better defenses, and there will be kits and pilot abilities that will improve a Titan's defense as well. That said, DeRose noted that there has been some tuning to cut down on damage&nbsp;that&nbsp;weapons do to Titans.</p> <p>The next tech test begins at 9 a.m. PDT on Friday, August 26, and runs through Sunday, August 28. The devs will post the findings from the second tech test once they have had a chance to analyze the data from the weekend brawl.</p> <p></p> <p></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:57:00 PDT John Keefer Obduction finally released from Myst-developer Cyan http://www.shacknews.com/article/96475/obduction-finally-released-from-myst-developer-cyan http://www.shacknews.com/article/96475/obduction-finally-released-from-myst-developer-cyan <p>After almost three years in development, and one delay, developer Cyan has released its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95567/obduction-gameplay-interview">Myst and Riven-inspired</a>&nbsp;title Obduction.</p> <p>The game, which garnered $200,000 more than the $1.1 million it was <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction/description">seeking in crowdfunding via Kickstarte</a>r in 2013, is not a direct sequel to the games. If you haven't followed the game's development, here's the description: "<span>A curious, organic artifact falls from the starry sky and inexplicably, without asking permission, transports you across the universe. You&rsquo;ve been abducted from your cozy existence and added into an alien landscape with a stereotypical Kansas farmhouse, a white picket fence, and a rather bizarre little ghost town - well&hellip; almost ghost town. Adding to the oddity, you discover a strangely kluged kiosk that reassuringly welcomes you to Hunrath."</span></p> <p>Cyan has acknowledged there may be some issues with the game, <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction/posts/1663198">saying in their update</a>&nbsp;that "there will be plenty of upcoming updates to fix all the nasty little things that crop up."</p> <p>A VR version of the game for Rift is also in the works, but still needs a bit more optimization. Cyan said there are still some issues, but codes backers receive for the game will also include the Rift version when it becomes available. "<span>We don&rsquo;t have an exact ship date for it, yet. We&rsquo;ve got an update already underway that we&rsquo;ll be testing as a possible candidate for VR release."</span></p> <p>If you weren't a backer, the game is available through <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/306760/">Steam</a>, <a href="http://rockpapershotgun.digidip.net/visit?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gog.com%2Fgame%2Fobduction&amp;ppref=http%3A%2F%2Ffeedly.com%2Fi%2Flatest">GOG</a>&nbsp;and the Humble Store for $29.99.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2wCPOTK587o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:33:00 PDT John Keefer Halo 5: Forge coming to PC early in September http://www.shacknews.com/article/96474/halo-5-forge-coming-to-pc-early-in-september http://www.shacknews.com/article/96474/halo-5-forge-coming-to-pc-early-in-september <p>If you have been waiting for a new Halo game to magically appear on your PC, you will be getting the closest thing to one when the Halo 5: Forge mapmaking suite is released on September 8.</p> <p>Microsoft will be releasing the free DLC to Windows 10 users, allowing them to create levels for Halo 5: Guardians and upload them to their Xbox One, or make them available to the community. The tools, which were <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94751/forge---halo-5-guardians-edition-coming-to-windows-10-as-standalone-game">first revealed in May</a>, will offer<span>&nbsp;mouse and keyboard support, allowing "highly refined object placement and manipulation, higher-resolution displays (including 4k) for stunning graphic fidelity, the ability to host and play custom matches for up to 16 players, and a new content browser that spans platforms," Major Nelson <a href="https://majornelson.com/2016/08/24/halo-5-forge-comes-to-pc-on-september-8-anvils-legacy-content-release-revealed/">said on his blog</a>.</span></p> <p><span>In addition to Forge, the next free DLC for Guardians - Anvil's Legacy - will be released at the same time. The DLC will include a&nbsp;</span>content browser to Forge mode as a way for the community to find all the new&nbsp;community-create levels; a new maps for Arena (Mercy) and Warzone (Temple); &nbsp;and the usual array of new weapons. REQs, customization options.</p> <p>Since Guardians <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95152/halo-5-guardians-for-pc-is-not-going-to-happen-microsoft-says">won't be coming to PC</a>, it looks like Forge will need to sate your appetite until Halo 6, which should have PC compatibility via Play Anywhere. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:53:00 PDT John Keefer Civilization VI 25th anniversary edition unveiled http://www.shacknews.com/article/96472/civilization-vi-25th-anniversary-edition-unveiled http://www.shacknews.com/article/96472/civilization-vi-25th-anniversary-edition-unveiled <p>It's hard to believe that the original Civilization came out 25 years ago, but indeed the classic is that old. And to hammer the point home, 2K Games and Firaxis want you to celebrate with a special edition to commemorate the anniversary.</p> <p>For $89.99, you can get Civilization VI: The 25th Anniversary Edition complete with the game and all the content of the digital deluxe edition, plus:</p> <ul> <li><span>25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Anniversary Edition premium packaging</span></li> <li><span>Exclusive 25th Anniversary commemorative coin set with display case</span></li> <li><span>&ldquo;Civilization Through the Years&rdquo; 100-Page hardcover art book</span></li> <li><span>Aztec Civilization Pack&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95947/pre-ordering-civilization-6-will-get-you-montezuma-and-the-aztec-civ-exclusively-for-90-days">pre-order bonus</a></span></li> </ul> <p><span>In case you missed it, the digital deluxe edition includes<span>&nbsp;the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack and access to four post-launch DLC packs that will add new maps, scenarios, civilizations and leaders.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>And, of course, what would this announcement be without a canned quote from the master himself:&nbsp;&ldquo;The vitality of Civilization is in the new ideas that each design team brings to the game as well as the passion and feedback from an incredible community,&rdquo; said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis. &ldquo;We hope players enjoy the vibrant living world and the new features the team has created in this latest offering. I&rsquo;m proud of the work they&rsquo;ve done, and I hope you will enjoy playing Civilization VI as much as they&rsquo;ve enjoyed making it. Here&rsquo;s to the next 25 years!&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:02:00 PDT John Keefer Sony unveils new wireless adapter for Dualshock 4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96470/sony-unveils-new-wireless-adapter-for-dualshock-4 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96470/sony-unveils-new-wireless-adapter-for-dualshock-4 <p>We made <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96454/playstation-4-and-pc-sittin-in-a-tree-">a logical guess</a>, and we were right. It's good to be the king.</p> <p>Sony has <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/08/23/playstation-now-coming-to-pc-dualshock-4-usb-wireless-adaptor-unveiled/">revealed its new Dualshock 4 adapter</a>&nbsp;at the same it announced that PS Now would be coming to the PC. The new adapter will sell for $24.99 when it becomes available in September, and will connect&nbsp;the DS4 to any PC or Mac. The adapter can be used with PS Now and&nbsp;the <a href="https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/index.html">Remote Play app</a>&nbsp;for your computer.</p> <p>As for PS Now, it will be roilling out "soon" in parts of Europe, then come to the United States after that. The streaming service "<span>will bring a wide selection of PlayStation exclusive titles to Windows PC for the very first time, including entries in the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet &amp; Clank franchises, as well as beloved PS3 games like The Last of Us and Journey. Current subscribers have a new way to access PS Now&rsquo;s library of over 400 games." Apparently, <a href="https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstationnow/">the full library of games</a>&nbsp;will be available.</span></p> <p><span>Recommended specs for PS Now on the PC:</span></p> <ul> <li>Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10</li> <li>3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster</li> <li>300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM</li> <li>Sound card; USB port</li> <li>A minimum 5Mbps connection</li> </ul> <p>PS Now runs $19.99 for a month, or $44.99 for three months.&nbsp;What they haven't made clear in this announcement is whether or not you'll need to own a PlayStation 4 in order to stream PS Now games to your PC, or if the application will offer some form of emulator, allowing non-PS4 owners to take part in the subscription. Stay tuned</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:45:00 PDT John Keefer New ToeJam & Earl game coming to PC and consoles in 2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96469/new-toejam--earl-game-coming-to-pc-and-consoles-in-2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96469/new-toejam--earl-game-coming-to-pc-and-consoles-in-2017 <p>Adult Swim Games has announced it will be publishing an all-new ToeJam and Earl game, called ToeJam &amp; Earl: Back in the Groove.</p> <p>ToeJam &amp; Earl: Back in the Groove feature both aliens returning to Earth to once again get funky while running away from crazy Earthlings. ToeJam and Earl find themselves on Earth after TJ decides to borrow the Rapmaster Rocketship from Lamont so they can take Latisha and Lewanda for a joyride. During their ride, they decide to show off the ship&rsquo;s sick sound system while orbiting Earth. TJ asks Earl to push the red button, causing their ship to crash. They need to find the pieces of their ship while dealing with less-than-rational human beings.</p> <p>The game promises to offer classic console gaming while also offering new features, although what those features are have yet to be revealed.</p> <p><span>Adult Swim Games is working with Humanature Studios to bring back both ToeJam and Earl to PCs and consoles in 2017. A playable demo of the game will be available at PAX West on the 6th floor inside rooms 605 &amp; 610.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/laMURYkJO1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:07:00 PDT Daniel Perez Titanfall 2's next tech test coming in two days http://www.shacknews.com/article/96468/titanfall-2s-next-tech-test-coming-in-two-days http://www.shacknews.com/article/96468/titanfall-2s-next-tech-test-coming-in-two-days <p>The <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96334/titanfall-2-tech-test-to-start-at-the-end-of-this-week">recenty concluded tech test</a>&nbsp;for Titanfall 2 provided some good information for the devs at Respawn. Now they are going to implent some of what they learned into the new test starting on Friday, August 26, and running through Sunday, August 28.</p> <p>Lead Engineer Jon Shirling <a href="http://www.titanfall.com/en_us/news/tech-test-successes/">said on the official blog</a>&nbsp;that the recent test was focused on two things: dedicated servers and Stryder backend servers. For the dedicated servers, "<span>We collected useful information about how long it takes each datacenter to spin up new servers - some datacenters are faster than others, and since we are spinning up servers in advance of players needing them, speed is important." Shirling said.</span></p> <p><span>As for the backend servers, "<span>We learned that we could reliably make up to about 24,000 matches every 2 seconds, which thankfully allows us to handle player counts that no game sees," he said. "We did see some problems with matches not being full on startup, so we both improved our Join In Progress path, and we dug deeper to find the root cause of the non-full match starts."</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>He also said they had to fix some problems on the fly, again, not unexpected for a stress test. "We had some times where we were fixing issues with the brand new Invite Network functionality, and we could actually see the impact of those in the player counts in real-time," Shiring said. "We saw a huge amount of players who ONLY joined games using the Invite Network popup in lobbies.&nbsp; With the Network Invites, Happy Hour, clan tags, and Inbox functionality, it seems like people really embraced our new Networks system."</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As for this weekend's test, Shiring said the team is going to hold a special event to try to encourage as many players to get on at one time as possible. The goal is to try to simulate launch day and to make sure the servers can handle the load. He said to watch the social channels for more details on when the event would happen this weekend.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Keep in mind that the stress test is only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players. PC players <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96312/titanfall-2s-upcoming-tech-test-wont-include-pc">were not include</a>d because of hardware issues and possible problems with minimum specs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Titanfall 2's Game Director Steve Fukuda <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96446/titanfall-2-game-director-on-a-slower-paced-multiplayer">told us</a>&nbsp;about what the team had learned from the original Titanfall and how different maps and a slightly slower pace have improved the TF2 multiplayer&nbsp;experience&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Titans <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95188/e3-2016-titanfall-2-official-trailer-drops-october-release-date">will begin falling from the sky</a>&nbsp;on October 28 on all three platforms.</span></span></span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:03:00 PDT John Keefer Square Enix apparently misleads with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-order bonus http://www.shacknews.com/article/96467/square-enix-apparently-misleads-with-deus-ex-mankind-divided-pre-order-bonus http://www.shacknews.com/article/96467/square-enix-apparently-misleads-with-deus-ex-mankind-divided-pre-order-bonus <p>Deus Ex: Mankind Divided officially released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this week, but it appears all is not well in the land of PCs. First, we learned the PC version <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96460/pc-players-reporting-issues-with-deus-ex-mankind-divided">had a number of issues</a>, causing its Steam rating to dropped in the Mixed rating, and today we&rsquo;re learning Square Enix has apparently mislead&nbsp;its customers in regards to the game&rsquo;s pre-order downloadable content.</p> <p>The pre-order bonus for the PC version offered the Covert Agent Pack, which included access to some weapons, outfits, and consumable upgrades. Square Enix <a href="http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/268348980141626277/B282371984ED69D2EEBFD1F40BC283F776C430A6/">previously indicated</a> these items could be redeemed more than once to be used in future saves, although shortly after Deus Ex&rsquo;s release, the publisher renamed the pre-order bonus to the &ldquo;Augmented Covert Agent Consumables Pack.&rdquo;</p> <p>With this change, the original Covert Agent Pack has become a single-use &ldquo;consumable&rdquo; pack. This means those who pre-ordered Dues Ex: Mankind Divided can only use this bonus content <b>once</b> and can never use them again for any future game saves.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s currently a <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Deusex/comments/4z65rh/what_the_hell_square_is_this_for_real_single_use/?sort=top">Reddit thread</a> filled with customers who feel like they&rsquo;ve been cheated due to Square Enix not being more transparent about its pre-order bonus limitations. Shortly after the thread popped up, an Eidos Montreal community manager responded to attempt to clarify what the pack is supposed to offer:</p> <p>&ldquo;Consumables (Praxis Kits, Ammo, Credits, Crafting Parts) are one-time use items. They will be in the storage section of your inventory, until you decide to add them to it. Once you do, they will be 'consumed' in your current playthrough, and not re-usable. Consumables work the way they do due to first party constraints.</p> <p>Durables (Weapons, Skins, Augmentations) are not one-time use. They will automatically be available in all of your playthroughs, once you have downloaded and installed them.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>Even with this explanation, Deus Ex players still have a legitimate complaint to raise against Square Enix considering there was never a mention of any of the items being &ldquo;consumable&rdquo; prior to launch. To change the way these pre-order bonus items work after releasing the game appears to be a bit underhanded. Hopefully, Square Enix changes it mind on how the Covert Agent Pack works,&nbsp;or at least fixes its bug that doesn't allow pre-order DLC guns to become available across additional saves.</span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 PDT Daniel Perez Battlefield 1 Premium Pass found on Origin site http://www.shacknews.com/article/96466/battlefield-1-premium-pass-found-on-origin-site http://www.shacknews.com/article/96466/battlefield-1-premium-pass-found-on-origin-site <p>Season passes have become routine, and although Electronic Arts hasn't officially announced one for Battlefield 1, we knew one was coming. Well, surprise, and entry has popped on Origin for a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.</p> <p>The pass, which is <a href="https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/buy/battlefield-1/pc-download/addon/battlefield-1-premium-pass#details">available for pre-order</a>&nbsp;for $49.99, will included four expansions, the first of which is called They Shall Not Pass, coming in March 2017. And as has happened in previous deals, pass holders will get access to the expansions two weeks before everyone else. The <a href="https://www.battlefield.com/games/battlefield-1/premium">official website for the premium pass</a>&nbsp;is still showing a 404.</p> <p>Other goodies in the pass will include&nbsp;<span>16 new multiplayer maps, 20 new weapons, 14 unique dog tags and 14 Battlefield&trade; 1 Battlepacks containing stand-out weapon skins, with new battle packs coming out each month, starting in November. The game is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94539/battlefield-1-introduces-world-war-i-warfare-on-october-21">scheduled to launch</a>&nbsp;on October 21, with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96309/battlefield-1-open-beta-kicks-off-at-the-end-of-august">a beta coming next week</a>.</span></p> <p><span>While this is obviously just the PC version, you can expect one to be available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace eventually. Plus, you know that EA will offer some special Digitial edition that includes the pass as well, which based on the cost of the pass and the game, should run about $110. There is already an <a href="https://www.battlefield.com/buy/battlefield-1">Early Enlister Digital Edition</a>&nbsp;that doesn't have the pass.</span></p> <p><span></span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:17:00 PDT John Keefer Ashes of Ariandel expansion formally announced for Dark Souls 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96457/ashes-of-ariandel-expansion-formally-announced-for-dark-souls-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/96457/ashes-of-ariandel-expansion-formally-announced-for-dark-souls-3 <p>Following&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96449/dark-souls-3-ashes-of-ariandel-dlc-leaked-ahead-of-official-reveal" target="_blank">yesterday's leak</a>, Bandai Namco has formally announced Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel, the first of two DLC expansions planned for From Software's Dark Souls finale.</p> <p>In the same vein of the frosted castle and city of Eleum Loyce found in Dark Souls 2's Crown of the Ivory King expansion, Ashes of Ariandel will feature a winter wonderland environment. "Players are tasked to enter the land of Ariandel and defeat the evil within to uncover the mystery of what has caused the land to become defiled," according to a press release issued by Bandai Namco.</p> <p>Besides new vistas, Ashes of Ariandel will include new weapons, armor, and magic. A PVP zone called&nbsp;Immortal Competition will give you a chance to strut your build's stuff against other players.</p> <p>The DLC will release on October 25 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It will cost $14.99 separately, or you can get it as part of Dark Souls 3's season pass for $24.99.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Oz0E1w3qOOQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT David Craddock PSA: Get Doom for just $20 bucks at GameStop today http://www.shacknews.com/article/96464/psa-get-doom-for-just-20-bucks-at-gamestop-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/96464/psa-get-doom-for-just-20-bucks-at-gamestop-today <p>Bethesda Softworks and id Software surprised the majority of us by releasing a really, really good Doom this year. And today, GameStop is selling the definite candidate for Shacknews&rsquo; Game of the Year for just $20.</p> <p>GameStop has the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of Doom available <a href="http://www.gamestop.com/browse?nav=16k-3-doom,28zu0">for sale</a> for $19.99, which is over 50% off its MSRP of $59.99. For those looking for digital copies of Doom, those currently don&rsquo;t qualify for GameStop&rsquo;s sale, so keep that in mind if owning a physical copy of the title isn&rsquo;t ideal.</p> <p>GameStop&rsquo;s sale popped up suddenly and we&rsquo;re not exactly sure how long it&rsquo;ll last, so if you were the least bit interested in the game, we recommend you take advantage of it sooner rather than later.</p> <p><span>We gave Doom <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94706/doom-review-like-hell-you-will">a glowing review</a> and it made it onto all of our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95767/top-games-of-2016-so-far-steve-watts">Game of the Mid-Year</a> lists, so you can be certain we <i>highly</i> recommend it if you&rsquo;re <i>still</i> on the fence. Bethesda has also been <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96047/doom-update-2-coming-tomorrow-unto-the-evil-dlc-hits-next-week">updating the game regularly</a> and released its first expansion, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96172/doom-unto-the-evil-trailer-highlights-new-expansion">Unto the Evil</a>.</span></p> <p><span><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IHf9suL7rWE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></span></p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:57:00 PDT Daniel Perez Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: How to Successfully Survive in the Breach http://www.shacknews.com/article/96463/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-successfully-survive-in-the-breach http://www.shacknews.com/article/96463/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-successfully-survive-in-the-breach <p>Featuring the same combat style and similar upgrades to the core game within Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Breach is essentially a collection of challenge maps framed within the fiction of the player being a digital manifestation on a mission to steal corporate secrets from protected servers.</p> <p>It uses the same cover and stealth mechanics as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but places a slight amount more emphasis on being fast and effective with your movements in order to rack up points and complete levels in the fastest time possible. To help you maximize your time in the breach, here are a few useful tips for beginners.</p> <hr /> <h2>Try Again</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/breach6.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Breach&rsquo;s many levels are definitely meant to be played over and over again in order to obtain the best possible run. When you&rsquo;ve completed a level, don&rsquo;t be afraid to hit that replay button to try and shave off a few seconds on your run. Study the map shown at the start of each level and attempt to plan out your moves accordingly to execute with the least amount of trouble. There&rsquo;s a chance you could be immortalized on a leaderboard if you can really rise to the top. Plus, the better you do, the more points you&rsquo;ll gain, and the more you&rsquo;ll level up. It&rsquo;s a win, really.</p> <hr /> <h2>Manage Your Loadouts</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/breach9.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The mechanic set of Breach is basically the same as the one found in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, all the way down to augment upgrades and the available weapons. Keep this in mind as you go into each level, and always take a minute or two to manage your loadout inventory and make sure you have the best tools for the job. This includes things like weapons, ammunition, health packs, and other items and abilities you can use to deal with the different enemies and obstacles in your way. It&rsquo;s easy to ignore your loadout, but it&rsquo;s recommended to pop in there before each mission, see what items you have accrued through the rewards from completing each level--known as &ldquo;booster packs&rdquo;--and drag them in for future use. Be warned, your inventory space is limited, so it&rsquo;s imperative you make wise decisions.</p> <hr /> <h2>Side Objectives</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/breach10.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Most missions will be structured around the objectives of either downloading all information possible, while others will require your character eliminates all enemy threats from the level. Either way, there will always be little side objectives the player can strive for to obtain higher scores and a better completion rate, which will in turn open up additional levels/server nodes.</p> <p>These side objectives include Speedrun (going as fast or faster than the posted time), collecting data from every single available server within the time limit, and obtaining the highest score by surpassing the posted number, much like successful speedruns. In order to obtain these, it&rsquo;s best to manage upgrades and make sure they coincide with the objective you&rsquo;re trying to achieve. Speaking of upgrades&hellip;</p> <hr /> <h2>Manage Your Progression</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/breach8.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Breach features a number of upgrade options ranging from augments to modifiers.</p> <p>Much like the core game of Mankind Divided, augments give your character new physical abilities like double-jumping and a focus ability that slows time to allow for more shooting precision. These are bought using Praxis points, which are essentially skill points like those found in a conventional RPG, and they vary greatly in purpose and application.</p> <p>Additionally, there are several modifiers that can be obtained in booster packs and used to help give the player an advantage. These include Cheats, which bypass the character&rsquo;s normal abilities and allow for increased health, movement speed, and others. Patches are handicaps that make the level harder by limiting health, etc., but also act as a score multiplier and reward the player with additional points for successfully navigating the challenge. Finally, Limited modifiers give the player a buff that lasts for one round only and provide advantages for health, movement speed, damage, and others. Limited modifiers are accessed through Booster Packs rewarded to the player at the end of a level.</p> <p>Knowing the difference between each modifier and augmentation can be a big help toward customizing your character into the ideal avatar for the job. Consider each application carefully when setting up your loadout.</p> <hr /> <h2>Manage Your Finances</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/08/breach3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Breach is essentially a vehicle for free-to-play mechanics. It features booster packs used to accrue weapons, modifiers, and ammunition, which can be purchased using the game&rsquo;s base currency known as credits.</p> <p>Its second currency type, chipsets, are much more rare, but can be used to purchase more powerful booster packs, custom weapons, and other more powerful items for use in the game. These are most easily purchased using actual money and come in varying quantities for $.99, $4.49, $7.49, and $29.99. Booster packs are rewarded during Breach&rsquo;s core progression path, but it&rsquo;s wise to pay attention to the credits earned so you can use them to further build your character into a powerful hacking machine.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT Cassidee Moser Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Walkthrough and Guide; Praxis Points, Crafting, Augmentation http://www.shacknews.com/article/96443/deus-ex-mankind-divided-walkthrough-and-guide-praxis-points-crafting-augmentation http://www.shacknews.com/article/96443/deus-ex-mankind-divided-walkthrough-and-guide-praxis-points-crafting-augmentation <p>Two years after the events of Human Revolution, humanity has come to hate the mechanically augmented after a catastrophic event sent millions of augmented humans into a chaos. Adam Jensen is now a covert operative in Taskforce 29, an elite group of operatives working to protect the world from its newest threats. Armed with even more state-of-the-art augmentations, Jensen must choose the right approach, who to trust, and work tirelessly to unravel an ever-expanding conspiracy that is set to start a new war. This guide hub will serve as an entry point for those looking for information, tips, tricks, and walkthroughs for Jensen's latest adventure in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.</p> <h2>Tips and Tricks</h2> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96445/deus-ex-mankind-divided---understanding-augmentation-overclock" target="_blank">Understanding Augmentation Overclocking</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Learn more about Jensen's new augmentations, as well as how to use the new Overclock feature.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96444/deus-ex-mankind-divided---how-to-start-the-jensen-stories-dlc" target="_blank"><strong>How to Start the Jensen's Stories DLC</strong></a></p> <ul> <li>Learn how to start the Desperate Measures DLC that is included in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided</li> </ul> <p><strong>How to Find A Silencer</strong></p> <ul> <li>Learn where to get a Silencer, and equip it to your weapon for maximum stealth action.&nbsp;<em>Coming Soon...</em></li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96451/deus-ex-mankind-divided---how-to-get-praxis-points" target="_blank">How to Get Praxis Points</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Want to unlock more upgrades? You can find out how to get more Praxis Points here.</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96483/how-to-craft-items-biocells-and-more-in-deus-ex-mankind-divided">How to Craft Items</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>If you want to make use of your special augmentations you're going to have to know how to craft Biocells. Don't worry. We'll teach you.</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96478/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-fix-the-mouse-acceleration-bug">How To Fix The Mouse Acceleration Bug</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Yes - the mouse acceleration is messed up in the game. Here's how to fix it.</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96463/deus-ex-mankind-divided-how-to-successfully-survive-in-the-breach">How To Successfully Survive In The Breach</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Breach is no joke. Here's how you can survive.</li> </ul> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96459/how-to-master-conversations-and-character-debates-in-deus-ex-mankind-divided">How To Master Conversations And Character Debates</a></span></strong></p> <ul> <li>Be a cunning linguist!</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96458/deus-ex-mankind-divided-ndash-how-to-manage-your-inventory">How To Manage Your Inventory</a></strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't fancy playing inventory-Tetris every 30 seconds? Learn how to keep your inventory neat and tidy.</li> </ul> <h2>System Requirements</h2> <p>If you want to enjoy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on PC, you're going to have to have the specs to run it. Check them out:</p> <p><strong>Minimum:</strong></p> <ul> <li>OS: Windows 7.1SP1 or above (64-bit operating system required)</li> <li>Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent</li> <li>Memory: 8 GB RAM</li> <li>Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2 GB) or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB)</li> <li>Storage: 45 GB available space</li> </ul> <p><strong>Recommended:</strong></p> <ul> <li>OS: Windows 10 64-bit</li> <li>Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K or AMD FX 8350 Wraith</li> <li>Memory: 16 GB RAM</li> <li>Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 - 1920 x 1080 or Nvidia GTX 970 - 1920 x 1080</li> <li>Storage: 55 GB available space</li> <li>Additional Notes: 55 GB HD space includes DLC</li> </ul> <p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:00:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Overwatch: Sombra 'incoming'? http://www.shacknews.com/article/96462/overwatch-sombra-incoming http://www.shacknews.com/article/96462/overwatch-sombra-incoming <p>Twitter user AllGamesDelta<a href="https://twitter.com/AllGamesDelta/status/768213225745870849?s=09">noticed</a> a Battle.net forum post that appears to break down when you view it, dissolving into binary code and gobbledygook. However, this appears to be a marketing scheme pointing to the imminent arrival of Sombra, an Overwatch character and the keystone of an ongoing ARG.</p> <p>After the release of Ana, Blizzard began rolling out puzzle-like messages hinting at Sombra's inclusion in its character-based shooter. Shacknews will keep an eye on Battle.net and Overwatch to catch Sombra as soon as it appears.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:32:00 PDT David Craddock Capcom's newest Humble Bundle targets PS3 and PS4 owners http://www.shacknews.com/article/96461/capcoms-newest-humble-bundle-targets-ps3-and-ps4-owners http://www.shacknews.com/article/96461/capcoms-newest-humble-bundle-targets-ps3-and-ps4-owners <p>Capcom's back with yet another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94587/humble-bundle-and-capcom-team-up-to-offer-humble-capcom-super-turbo-hd-remix-re-bundle" target="_blank">Humble Bundle</a>, but there's a twist:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/capcom-playstation-bundle" target="_blank">this one</a> targets PS3 and PS4 owners. Games included in the $1, $15, and going-average tiers ($11.80 as of this writing) are playable on PS3 and/or PS4 in many cases.</p> <p>Known for having some of the best IPs in the industry, Capcom stuffed its Humble Bundle to the gills with big-name titles. The $1 bundle sets you up with Strider, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Final Fight Double Impact, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3, and a coupon for 45 percent off Street Fighter 5.</p> <p>In the going-average tier, Capcom offers Lost Planet 3, Okami HD, Remember Me, Resident Evil HD, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and a Mega Man 9+10 Combo Pack.</p> <p>The $15 tier rounds out the Bundle with Devil May Cry HD Collection, Resident Evil 0 Remastered, and a coupon for half off Mega Man Legacy Collection, which rounds up gussied-up versions of Mega Man 1 through 6.</p> <p>The Humble Capcom&nbsp;<a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/capcom-playstation-bundle" target="_blank">PlayStation Bundle</a> is available for just shy of two weeks.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:08:00 PDT David Craddock
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