Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mario + Rabbids Is Really Weird, and That’s the Point

I move an injured Peach into tiara-high cover. On the one hand, it obscures her line of sight, turning at least two Rabbids with springs attached to their feet into unreachable targets. On the other, I now hold the high ground over a third enemy - and I only need one more kill to complete the mission. My gumption is rewarded - it’s a 100% hit chance. A celebratory animation kicks in once I hit the fire button, zooming into the steely face of the Mushroom Kingdom’s de facto leader as she levels a shotgun the size of a French horn at her target. An enormous boom, and a cone of flame engulfs the creature and he scurries away, his arse now on fire (Peach currently has a 50% chance of adding a burn status effect). He phases out of existence, and I win. The Princess gives a demure twirl of happiness at having slaughtered those who would invade her country.

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Daily Deals: Oculus Rift and Touch Bundle for Under £400

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Save £180 on Oculus Rift and Touch Bundle at Amazon

Absolutely incredible price drop on this from Amazon: The Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch Controllers was previously £579 just one month ago. You can now snag the same bundle for under £400!

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Resident Evil: Revelations 1 and 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch

The 2012 and 2015 survival horror games, Resident Evil: Revelations 1 and 2 are coming to the Nintendo Switch late this year.

Capcom has announced that in addition to the re-release of Resident Evil: Revelations on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 29, both Revelations and its sequel will be also be coming to Nintendo Switch before the end of 2017.

These revisions will see the iterations of the popular series running an increased frame rate at 1080p as well as add improvements to animations and details within the games.

Fans of the series will also be able to play the familiar Raid Mode with an added twist in The Ghost Ship: Chaos. This version of the popular mode will see players being able to access more powerful weapons and upgrades, but have to deal with shaken up enemy placements for an additional challenge.

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EA Merges BioWare Montreal With Motive Studios

EA has officially confirmed it's merged BioWare Montreal with Motive Studios.

“The teams in EA Worldwide Studios are packed with talent, and more than ever, we’re driving collaboration between studios on key projects," EA told IGN in a statement. "With multiple major projects in development in Montreal, we are merging BioWare Montreal with Motive Studios. This is an ongoing process, but there are many exciting roles and opportunities for everyone on the team."

The merge comes after reports that the Mass Effect series was to be put on hold after the underwhelming release of BioWare Montreal's Mass Effect: Andromeda, and that the studio would instead be focusing on BioWare's other titles.

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Minecraft Cross-Play Beta Now Live for Windows 10 and Android

The beta that will allow Windows 10 and Android Minecraft players to play together is now live.

The beta is the first step in Microsoft's Better Together Minecraft upgrade, which aims to unite Minecraft on console, Windows 10, and Android.  The Xbox One beta will be rolling out in the coming days.

Not all of Better Together's features will be available in the beta (servers aren't live) but they're being added as they become ready.

The Better Together upgrade for Minecraft was announced at E3 this year.  The upgrade will bring the console and Windows 10/Android versions into the Bedrock Engine family, designed for cross-platform play. For the full breakdown of Minecraft's Better Together update, check out the FAQ. 

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Twin Peaks Won’t Answer All Our Questions and That’s OK

Warning: Major spoilers for Twin Peaks: The Return ahead.

Twin Peaks: The Return has tested the patience of even its most dedicated fans several times since its debut in May, but nothing — not the Dougie-heavy scenes or Candie’s drawn-out fly-swatting shenanigans or the ultra-violent Part 10 — has agitated viewers as strongly as last night’s episode.

Part 12 teased us with much-anticipated information before shutting us down so often that it became a central theme of the episode. Some would argue that at hour 12 of the show’s 18 hour runtime, audiences deserve to get antsy about the lack of answers it has provided for its core mysteries. While I sympathize with how painful the week long wait between episodes has been, the lack of concrete answers this far into the story should come as no surprise.

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Anthem’s Lead Designer Corey Gaspur Has Passed Away

Corey Gaspur, designer on the Mass Effect trilogy and most recently Anthem, has passed away.

gaspur Corey Gaspur via BioWare's official site.

BioWare released an official statement on its website, which you can read below.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Corey Gaspur.

He was a member of our team for over nine years, and worked as a designer on many of our titles, including Sonic Chronicles, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2 and 3, and most recently Anthem.

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