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Until Dawn Podcast October 27, 2016

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We’re just a few days from Halloween, and we decided to celebrate by devoting our latest site podcast to one of the most unique PlayStation 4 exclusive games, Until Dawn.

Just like with all of our podcasts, this is an unscripted video where we talk about our history with a game’s franchise, what we thought of the game, and what the future holds for it.  Enjoy.

Next time, we’ll be talking about the Xbox One exclusive title Sunset Overdrive.

Until Dawn is out now exclusively on the PS4.

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PS4 Software Update 4.05 Released October 25, 2016

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A required software update, version 4.05, was released for the PS4 earlier today. The new update is very vague about what it does, meaning that it probably adds no new features and only includes bug fixes and optimizations for the PlayStation 4 hardware.

If you had the previous software update installed, this new update should only weigh in at around 350MB.  You MUST install the update to access the PlayStation Network.

iOS 10.1 Released October 25, 2016

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A software update for iOS 10 devices was just released.  The new update, iOS 10.1, will probably be most enjoyed by owners of the iPhone 7 Plus, as they will now be able to use the new camera feature Apple announced with the device.  The update also includes various security fixes and optimizations.

iOS 10.1 can be installed by any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that supports iOS 10.  Depending on your device and your previous software, the update could weigh in at around 160MB.

Sunset Overdrive: The Overlooked Exclusive Part 3 – After The Release October 24, 2016

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The following is the third of a three-part series detailing the announcement, marketing and release of the Xbox One game Sunset Overdrive.  You can read part one here and you can read part two here.

Sunset Overdrive was one of the biggest exclusive titles released on the Xbox One in October 2014. Microsoft had sunk millions of dollars into marketing the new property, but after it launched it unfortunately just wasn’t selling.  As I said in the previous part, slightly over one hundred thousand copies of the game sold at retail in its first week, and the few stores who chose to host midnight releases for the game found their events overwhelmingly underattended.

Press for the game during its development was quite positive, early reviews were mostly positive and Insomniac Games has a decent following of loyal supporters, so why wasn’t the game selling better?  Was the game’s premise just that unappealing to the majority of the gaming public or was something else going on?

I mentioned earlier in this series that the install base of the Xbox One platform was in second place behind the PS4 at this time, but that’s not enough information to paint a full picture about the state of gaming in 2014. The truth is, the Xbox One was in second place because gamers were very angry at Microsoft.  They still resented the Kinect as an expensive gimmick, despite the fact it was no longer being bundled with every new console.  They were also resentful Microsoft was buying so many third-party exclusive games that they preferred would get released on the PS4.  In short, Sunset Overdrive was released on the Xbox One at the worst possible time.

With so much negativity still directed towards the Xbox One platform, if Sunset Overdrive was going to sell, they needed to make it appeal to current Xbox One owners. So what could Microsoft do to convince Xbox gamers to buy Sunset Overdrive?  If the game was getting good reviews, could giving players the chance to play the game for themselves bring up sales?  Unfortunately that was a bit of an issue since Sunset Overdrive had no demo and without a demo, there wasn’t an easy way to get a small piece of the game into gamers’ hands.

Microsoft would need to come up with a new idea to get gamers to try the game and they did.  One month after it was released, Microsoft made the decision to offer Sunset Overdrive as part of an Xbox One Free Weekend.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with an Xbox One Free Weekend, it basically works like a free rental.  During an Xbox One Free Weekend, Microsoft allows anyone with an Xbox One and an internet connection the chance to play a promoted game for a limited time. While this time limit may sound restrictive, there are no restrictions on gameplay and as long as the game was played during the free promotion period you could earn achievements in it.  Heck, once the Free Weekend ends, your savegame could be brought into the full game if you decided to buy it.

The Free Weekend was a moderate success, not only for Sunset Overdrive, but for the Xbox One’s image.  In fact I remember buying the full retail version of the game shortly after the Free Weekend promotion wrapped up.

Insomniac Games continued support for the game throughout the first half of 2015.  These free updates included not only bug fixes and optimizations, they also added entirely new achievements players could unlock without paying for any new content.  On the paid side, they were working on two new DLC expansion packs which would be offered to anyone who bought the game’s Season Pass.  One of the first pieces of content offered with the game’s Season Pass was an exclusive set of four weapons.

The weapons were a lot of fun to mess around with, but they didn’t add that much to the game’s universe. Players hoping to see new single-player game content wouldn’t have to wait much longer. The first DLC expansion was released just in time for Christmas called The Mystery of the Mooil Rig.

The Mystery of the Mooil Rig was a great expansion I recommend playing immediately after completing the game’s main story, although it could be played at any point once it is installed.  It included a huge expansion to the game’s open world environment, all new side missions, and a hilarious story.

The second Sunset Overdrive DLC mission was titled Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines and it added an all-new environment that was teased throughout the main game, the Fizzco Robot Factory.

Shortly after the release of the second DLC expansion pack, Sunset TV wrapped up its production.

The final two-part episode was pretty funny, although if you ask me the series got the best possible sendoff in Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines‘s finale.

A month or two after the release of Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, Microsoft did something really nice for the game’s players, they gave away download codes for the game’s Loyalty Pack to anyone who had played the game before that time.  The Loyalty Pack included costume pieces that were previously only available through retail and digital preorders.  It was a really nice gesture for players, and it convinced me to pick up the game’s Season Pass.

As someone who has played through the game, I thought it was great and I’m shocked Sunset Overdrive isn’t better remembered over a year since it was released. It was addictive as hell to explore the game’s environment searching for collectibles and completing missions. It had a hilarious sense of humor and an art style that set itself apart from every other game on the market.  In short, it is totally worth picking up.

Sunset Overdrive is out now exclusively on the Xbox One.

Pokemon Generations Episode 8 Released October 23, 2016

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The latest episode of Pokémon Generations has been released this weekend. This one is heavily inspired by the climatic Generation 3 showdown between Team Aqua and Kyogre.

New episodes of Pokémon Generations are coming every Friday through December.

DOOM Free Update 4 Launched, Double XP Weekend October 23, 2016

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Bethesda and id Software have just released DOOM‘s fourth free update, and to celebrate they’re hosting another double XP event this weekend.

Free Update 4 is a massive content update for DOOM, on top of all of the bug fixes and optimizations, the update included the new DOOM Arcade Mode!  Depending on which platform you are playing on, it can weigh in at over 14GB.

So fire up your game and make sure to take advantage of Double XP Weekend before it ends.

DOOM is out now on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

All We Know About the Nintendo Switch (So Far) October 21, 2016

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Earlier today, Nintendo announced their in-development Nintendo NX console would be called the Nintendo Switch and released an announcement video.  Other than that announcement video, as of this time of writing, very little else has been announced about the console. This is unheard of in the modern game industry, as most console manufacturers will typically release detailed hardware specification sheets to the press following a major announcement like this.

So what do we know about the console based on what was in the video or what has been announced since the video was released?

  • It will use a type of memory similar to a DS or 3DS game card either for storage or game data.
  • Games for the Switch can either be played on a HDTV or its own portable screen.
  • It supports local wireless multiplayer with other Switch consoles.
  • It is powered by Nvidia Tegra hardware.  We know this because Nvidia announced it.
  • In portable mode, the Switch’s two side controllers are detachable from the system screen.
  • In home console mode, the Switch supports a more traditional wireless controller similar to the Wii U Pro or Xbox One controller.
  • It has a headphone jack.
  • The unit connects to your HDTV using a charging dock.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be coming to the Switch.
  • Skyrim is probably coming to the Switch.

There are still a lot of unknowns about this system. We clearly saw a Mario Kart and a Splatoon game being played in the announcement trailer, but we don’t know if these are going to be native game ports, sequels, or if the system is just streaming the original Wii U games.

We also don’t know what the console resolutions are going to be when in HDTV mode. Likely the console will support 1080p, but 4K support is quickly becoming essential for a modern game console.

Stay tuned to this website as we will be getting more information about the Switch as the day progresses.

Nintendo Switch Announced October 20, 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen, Nintendo has officially revealed the game console you have known up to this point as the Nintendo NX, the Nintendo Switch.

More details about the console will be coming throughout the day!

Nintendo Switch is coming March 2017.

Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer ViDoc October 19, 2016

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It’s been a while since the Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta test concluded. The game was really rough around the edges but had a lot of promise, and it will follow up on a story I’ve wanted to see continued for years. Today, Microsoft released some new information about the game’s multiplayer component. Enjoy.

Halo Wars 2 is coming out February 2017 to the Xbox One and Windows 10.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Special Demo Version Released October 18, 2016

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Nintendo 3DS owners should fire up their handhelds right now and log into the eShop because Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have just officially released the Pokémon Sun and Moon Demo!

This is great news as it gives players their first actual look into this new Pokémon generation nearly a month before the full games are released.

There are no limitations on how many times you can play this demo so you can replay it as much as you want.  The demo weighs in at over 3000 blocks.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are being released November 18th, 2016 exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS platform.