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Quantum Break Title Update 2 Patch Notes April 27, 2016

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We had a lot to enjoy about the new Xbox One game Quantum Break, but even after its initial Day 1 Patch (Title Update 1), many players suffered a numerous amount of issues while playing it.

Today, Remedy has announced Title Update 2 is now available to download. Remedy has released an official patch log of everything that has been changed, and we have it for you right here:

Act Fixes/Updates

  • Act 1 Part 1: Fixed a rare instance of taxi being missing from the intro cinematic
  • Act 1 Part 2: Fixed assets disappearing if players backtrack
  • Act 1 Part 2: Fixed an issue where players could not kill the guard in the parking lot
  • Act 1 Part 3: Fixed backtracking issues where some parts could unload
  • Act 1: Fixed overlapping audio in opening cinematic
  • Act 2 Part 1: Fixed Nick pathing issues
  • Act 2 Part 1: You can no longer get underneath the puzzle at the security station
  • Act 2 Part 2: First Chronon source renders properly
  • Act 2 Part 3: Added collision on time machine corridor to prevent player’s accidentally falling to their death
  • Act 2 Part 3: Fixed backtracking issues where some parts could unload
  • Act 2 Part 3: Fixed rare NPC issues where Amy or Nick could be killed or block the door
  • Junction 3: Fixed Hatch being hidden if the user skips a future vision too quickly
  • Junction 4: Fixed flickering environment outside office building
  • Act 5: Fixed last subtitle going by too quickly to read
  • Act 5: Fixed missing line in Portuguese audio in a cinematic

General Fixes/Updates

  • Fixed issue where ambient sounds disappeared when mashing buttons during a cinematic
  • Removed unnecessary loading screens showing up
  • Updated credits
  • World no longer visibly unloads after Jack lets Beth and NPC into the Swimming Pool front door
  • Amy no longer remains still and without pathing towards gate in train yard
  • Fixed Jack’s subtitles not showing in some cinematics
  • Unlock descriptions for Will Diary 1 and Will Diary 2 are no longer reversed
  • Fix for blinking lights, where flares would blink excessively bright after resuming from suspend mode
  • Fixes for making Xbox Live integration more fault-tolerant
  • Remedy logo fix*
  • Fix for a rare bug that accidentally wiped progress after completing the game
  • Fix for some TV screens sometimes showing a really grainy image
  • Fixed circular progress bar alpha in the junction stats screen
  • Fixed video playback not always ending if the video was synced to audio
  • Fixed two rare instances of stalls when loading
  • Fixed a rare crash with the video texture system
  • Fixed crash in download menu when switching profiles
  • Fixed “Waiting for install to complete” text not being localized when changing the language
  • Game/story/collectible progress hero stats no longer display incorrectly when player has less than a percent of progress
  • Fixed rare instances of cloud saves failing and causing loss of progress

Quantum Break is out now on Windows 10 and Xbox One.


DOOM Single Player Gameplay Preview April 27, 2016

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Earlier today, the crew at id Software and Bethesda did a one hour live stream of single-player of the new DOOM.  The live preview showcased three distinct levels from three different portions of the game.

If you’re on the fence about picking up this game because you prefer to wait and see how the single player gameplay is going to look, this preview was for you.

DOOM is coming May 13th, 2016 to PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Wii U Legend of Zelda Game Also Coming to Nintendo NX April 27, 2016

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The next major Legend of Zelda game has been an elusive title. It was first previewed on the Wii U several years ago but has been delayed on several different occasions.  Today, it is my unfortunate duty to inform you all that the game has been delayed again, but that there is one more important piece of information to go with this delay announcement.

Earlier today, Nintendo confirmed that their next console, currently called the Nintendo NX, would be released in March 2017. Now we know that the the same Legend of Zelda game that is coming to the Wii U will also be released for the Nintendo NX.

To me, this seems like an unfortunate side effect of continuous delays.  This is also not the first time something like this has happened to a Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was originally intended for release on the GameCube, but its continual delays forced the game to get a simutanous release on the GameCube and the (then) newly released Wii.  This didn’t hurt fans that much, as it was a great game.  While I’m convinced that Nintendo will release a great Zelda game eventually, it is upsetting to hear about constant delays on such an anticipated product.

More information will be coming when the game is previewed later this year at the Electronic  Entertainment Expo.

The next Legend of Zelda game is coming in 2017 to the Wii U and Nintendo NX.

Nintendo NX Announced April 27, 2016

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Nintendo has officially announced their next game console earlier today in a conference call and on their official Twitter feed.

Sadly, no other details about the console have been revealed except for the fact that it will be shown in further detail at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The Nintendo NX is projected for release in March 2017.

Gears of War 4 Beta Overview April 25, 2016

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The Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta has been opened for all Xbox One equipped Xbox Live Gold Members to download. It’s only a 7GB download and it rewards players able to make it to Rank 20 before the beta period ends.

We tried to do a live stream of the game earlier today but we suffered numerous technical issues during the broadcast, including issues connecting to matchmaking.  Once we were able to get back in, we decided to record this footage, and provide an overview of our initial thoughts. If you’re on the fence about checking this game out, give the video below a look.

Gears of War 4 is coming October 2016 exclusively on the Xbox One.

Gears of War 4 Open Beta Starts Today April 25, 2016

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Xbox One owners with Xbox Live Gold accounts really need to read this. Now that Quantum Break is out, the next major Xbox One exclusive game expected to release this year is Gears of War 4.

Currently, Microsoft is hosting a closed multiplayer beta test for Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One.  It was only for early players of Gears of War Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One and PC. Today, that restriction is being lifted and Xbox One owners should be able to download it for themselves.  The Gears of War 4 beta is scheduled to be made open for download at 10 AM Pacific Time.

You must have an Xbox One and an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to participate in the Gears of War 4 open beta.

Gears of War 4 is coming October 2016 exclusively for the Xbox One.

Let’s Play Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Closed Beta April 22, 2016

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Just a few minutes ago I promised you guys a preview of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and that is what you all are getting now. EA has started running a closed beta test of the new title, and we were fortunate enough to be picked.

This is the first fifty minutes of our gameplay as we explore the new City of Glass with our candid reactions through live video commentary.   We are previewing the game on the PlayStation 4.

Please post a comment if you would like to see us stream more of the game!

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is coming June 7th to PC, PS4 and the Xbox One.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Slightly Delayed April 22, 2016

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I first played the original Mirror’s Edge on the PS3 back in March of 2009. I found it to be a unique title with an incredible art style and mind bending gameplay. After most mainstream game critics let the title pass by without leaving much of a footnote, I never thought EA would release another Mirror’s Edge game…and then a new game was announced at E3 2013 and all was well.

However the game has not been without its delays, it was original scheduled to be published in February, but it was pushed back to a May release. Well, I’m sorry to say that EA has decided to delay the release of the game for another month.

Honestly, this news doesn’t bother me. The first Mirror’s Edge title was a fun game, but it suffered from occasional clipping issues and it could become difficult to navigate certain areas while under fire. This new title is entirely open world, allowing players to navigate an entire city without the need of boundaries. That makes it even more ambitious than the first, and probably requires a lot more testing!

If you don’t believe me when I say how ambitious this game looks, just take a look at this recent development diary about the game’s social component.

If you just can’t wait for the game’s release I’ve got some great news for you all. We will be posting a preview from the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Closed Beta later today with our candid reactions.  Stay tuned to this site for that!

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is coming June 7th, 2016 to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Star Fox Zero – The Battle Begins Animated Short April 20, 2016

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We’re just days away from the release of Star Fox Zero on the Wii U and to commemorate the game’s upcoming release Nintendo commissioned an animated short film, titled “The Battle Begins”.

The short works as a great prequel to the game franchise, and does a great job introducing the Star Fox team to a new audience.

Nintendo streamed the animated special earlier tonight alongside an exclusive preview of the game. Thankfully, the short has been archived online so anyone who missed the stream or who wants to see it again can enjoy it to their heart’s content!  Enjoy.

If Nintendo decides to archive their Star Fox Zero preview, I’ll publish it in a later video.

Star Fox Zero is coming April 22nd, 2016 exclusively on the Wii U.

Gaming History You Should Know: How to Change Nintendo Save Batteries April 20, 2016

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I know we offer our own series of How-To Videos on this website, but they tend to focus on helping you get the most out of the newer consoles.  However, even I have my limitations. Give me a detailed manual and a set of tools and I can assemble or upgrade anything from a PC to a PS4, but when it comes to actually modifying hardware with heat, I’m at a loss.

Nintendo owners have had to grapple for years with the knowledge that their older game cartridges rely on internal batteries to store save data. However, like all batteries, their charge can eventually die. Once dead, they have to be replaced or the cart is functionally crippled. The worst part of all this is the fact that replacing these batteries can be quite a process which run a risk of destroying your game.  So, what do you do?

I make no secret that one of my favorite YouTube producers is Lance Rumowicz, who you may know better as MistareFusion. While he is mostly known for his popular Dragon Ball Dissection (DBD) videos, I’ve been a huge fan of a lot of his content, including his ongoing Final Fantasy Memories videos, his review of the movie 1776, and his ongoing review of the original Batman movie serial.

Today, MistareFusion is going to show you something I can’t, and that is how to replace a Nintendo 64 game cart’s dead battery.  If you own one of these games you really should give this video a watch, because it is one of the clearest and most detailed videos I’ve ever seen about how to do this process.