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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion – Zero Day Appears in New Story Trailer

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London is in all manner of disarray in Ubisoft's Watch Dogs: Legion. Following an incident which saw DedSec disarming a bomb, a series of other bombs go off in the city, with the hacker group taking the blame and PMC Albion being granted martial authority. The cause of all this mayhem? Zero Day, which can be seen in the latest trailer.

Zero Day communicates via drone projections, large screens and what have you, and speaking about the downfall of London. So along with fighting back against Albion and Mary Kelley's criminal syndicate, DedSec has to deal with Zero Day and unravel its plan. Various other teases can be seen in the trailer so if you're going in spoiler-free, it's probably best to avoid it.

Watch Dogs: Legion is out on October 29th for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Google Stadia. It arrives for Xbox Series X/S on November 10th and PS5 on November 12th with support for 4K and ray-tracing. Stay tuned for more details soon especially with various previews becoming available.


Destiny 2: Beyond Light Trailer Teases What Lies Beneath Europa's Ice

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Bungie has released a new teaser for Destiny 2: Beyond Light, the next expansion for the shared world shooter that takes players to Europa. It also pits them against a new enemy – Eramis, the Kell of Darkness who speaks about the fleeting nature of light and how darkness is forever. Check it out in the teaser below.

Along with inviting players to see what "lies beneath the ice" on October 7th, there are a few weapon hints. No Time to Explain, the Exotic pulse rifle from Destiny 1, is present along with what seems to be a new sniper rifle. We'll have to wait for more details but a gameplay reveal seems a given for tomorrow.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is out on November 10th for Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia. Along with a new destination, it introduces new Stasis subclasses with abilities and Supers based on ice. It also marks the day that the majority of older content will be sent into the Destiny Content Vault, reducing the game's size by 30 to 40 percent overall.


PS5's VR Should Prioritize Ease of Use Over Processing Power, Phantom: Covert Ops Dev Believes

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Though the PS5 is going to stick with the current PSVR for now, most would assume (and hope) that a next-gen VR headset is something that will eventually come from Sony, especially seeing as they seem to want to keep investing in VR as they have been doing for a while now.

But when (or if) that hypothetical PSVR 2 does come along, what improvements are we expecting to see with it? According to nDreams' Lewis Brundish – game director on the recently released Oculus-exclusive stealth shooter Phantom: Covert Ops – what Sony should prioritize is ease of use for the players instead of focusing  more on processing power and better visuals.

"I think one of the largest barriers to entry for new players into VR is the setup – plugging cables into the back of consoles, positioning cameras etc," Brundish told GamingBolt in a recent interview. "The Oculus Quest has taken a great step in removing those barriers, and I hope that a lot of future VR tech follows suit. Creating an experience which is easy for players to interact with is more important to me than graphical or processing power alone."

It's hard to disagree with that. Many others have also talked about the PSVR and how it needs significant upgrades with future versions, whenever that happens.

A number of patents from Sony have suggested that they might be investing in some such improvements for PlayStation VR, including a wireless headset and controllers similar to Valve Index– though these are just patents, of course, which isn't much by way of confirmation.

Our full interview with Brundish will be going live soon, so stay tuned for that.


Yakuza: Like a Dragon Trailer Sets up an Epic Quest

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon sees its western launch in a little over a month from now, and it's going to be an important one for the series, introducing new and old fans alike to completely new characters, a new setting, and a totally different style of gameplay from previous Yakuza games.

Looking ahead to its upcoming launch, Sega have released a new trailer for the game. It focuses on the protagonist Ichiban Kasuga the quest that drives him, while also showcasing glimpses of a smorgasbord of activities and side activities, from karaoke and kart racing to taking selfies and going to the batting cages. Take a look below.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will release for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 10. it will run at 4K and 60 FPS on Xbox Series X. If you're planning on playing it on PC, you can check out its requirements through here.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will also see a delayed launch on the PS5, releasing on March 2, 2021.


Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Trailer Reveals Young Robbie and Purah

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Taking place 100 years before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild means that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can play around with familiar faces. A young version of Impa, who's playable and unleashes various Sheikah techniques in battle, has already been showcased. But the newest trailer offers some other intriguing NPCs in younger form (along with the King of Hyrule). Check it out below.

Yes, Robbie and Purah are here, looking younger but no less enthusiastic than in Breath of the Wild. The Sheikah researchers are responsible for discovering the Sheikah Slate, which can be seen in the trailer. With the Camera Rune being operational before the Calamity, it's likely that players will be able to snap pictures here.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is out on November 20th for the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Omega Force, it's a Musou-style title with tons of enemies to hack, slash, bash and so on. Along with Link, all four of the Champions – Daruk, Mipha, Revali and Urbosa – are also playable. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.


NBA 2K21 Trailer Finally Reveals PS5 Gameplay

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Visual Concepts and 2K Sports have unveiled next-gen gameplay for NBA 2K21. It's a work-in-progress build captured on the PS5 but offers a taste of what next-gen consoles are capable of. Check out the trailer below and bask in all the perspiration.

While 2K Sports hasn't explicitly outlined the visual improvements, there seem to be improvements in texture quality, some manner of ray-traced reflections on the court and of course, 4K/60 FPS gameplay. We'll have to wait for official confirmation but as it stands, NBA 2K21 is looking mighty fine on the PS5. The question now is whether it's worth the hike in price.

NBA 2K21 is out on November 10th for Xbox Series X/S and November 12th for PS5 in the United States, Japan and so on (with PS5 users in other parts of the world getting it on November 19th). It's the first NBA 2K title to cost $70, though 2K Games has defended the decision as the price being indicative of the presented value. For more details on the current-gen version, check out our official review here.


PS5 Virtual Sound Won't Support TV Speakers at Launch

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As the PlayStation 5 nears its release, there are still several things we don't know. How does backwards compatibility work? What is the extent of support for PlayStation Plus Collection? One thing is for sure though – virtual sound via the new Tempest 3D AudioTech won't support TV speakers at launch.

In a new PlayStation Blog post, SIE peripherals marketing and licensing senior director Isabelle Tomatis talked about 3D audio via headphones on the PS5. It was once again confirmed that players could simply plug in their headphones via the DualSense's 3.5mm jack and experience it for themselves. Tomatis then followed up by stating that the team is still working on implementing virtual surround sound via TV speakers.

"Although TV speaker virtual surround sound won't be available on launch day for PS5, it's still a feature we are extremely excited about, and our engineers are hard at work on bringing it to PS5 in the future." How much time it will take remains to be seen and just how much this impacts your experience will depends on your audio setup. If you mostly game with headphones, then the answer is: Not much.

The PS5 is currently slated to release on November 12th for the United States, Canada and Japan while the rest of the world will get it on November 19th. It retails for $499 while the digital edition costs $399. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.


Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Prey Listed for Xbox Series X / S by ESRB

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As is the case with any new console generation, once PS5 and Xbox Series X / S have released many developers and publishers will be remastring and touching up many of their PS4 / Xbox One games to bring them over to the newer consoles. It seems some of them might already be on their way, in fact.

As spotted on ResetEra, ratings for Wolfenstein Alt History Collection and Dishonored and Prey The Arcane Collection have gone up on the ESRB's official website (screencaps for which you can view below, in case the listings get taken down). Interestingly enough, both ratings mention Xbox Series (as in both Series X and Series S) as the release platform.

Of course, Wolfenstein Alt History Collection is already a thing that exists (it compiles Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood), while all Arkane games have also been previously compiled in the Arkane Anniversary Collection (which includes Dishonored: Definitive Edition, Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, and Prey). Perhaps those games are getting remastered and brought over in a next-gen compilation.

It would make sense, and the timing would be right, given Microsoft's Bethesda acquisition. Of course, that also brings up the question of whether these games will release for the PS5 (the ESRB ratings don't mention it).

The ESRB recently rated another game for the Xbox Series X / S that hasn't yet been officially announced- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time.

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Desperados 3 Money for the Vultures – Part 2: Five Steps Ahead DLC is Now Live

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Mimimi Games' Desperados 3 continues to receive support with its second paid DLC, Money for the Vulture – Part 2: Five Steps Ahead, now being available. As part of the Season Pass, it sees Cooper and his gang returning to Louisiana. Check out the trailer below.

The new mission takes place in Bayou State but in a new location and features a reunion with Isabelle. If this is in line with Part 1, then expect roughly 1.5 to 2 hours of playtime. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there's a new Baron's Challenge available as a free update. There's still one more DLC left so perhaps a new "What If?" mission will be available there.

Desperados 3 is currently available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, taking place before the first game and seeing John Cooper managing a gang of outlaws. It's received a strong amount of praise since launch thanks to its wealth of strategic options. Check out our review for the game here.


Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 2 Trailer Reveals Knight Fever Level

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Season 2 of Mediatonic's Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout goes live later this week on PC and PS4. To hype fans up, it's revealed one of the new levels that players can expect, called "Knight Fever." Check it out below courtesy of IGN.

With support for 60 players, Knight Fever is a multi-section array of death traps. From draw bridges to swinging axes, one will need to be especially careful to progress especially since only 75 percent of total participants can qualify. Still, for a medieval-themed course, it's fairly on point and serves as a strong opener for all of the other courses to follow.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 2 begins on October 8th and will feature new cosmetics and levels along with new customization features like banners and nicknames. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days. In the meantime, Double Fame is currently live so jump in for the chance at more progress.


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