Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Gameplay Trailer #1

Rockstar Games has once again blown the collective minds of gamers when they dropped the first gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 which showcases some of the features of the game along with a few new changes. Recorded in 4K, the game looks absolutely stunning however we do not know what platform it was running on.

The game is a huge open world title filled with content to help keep the player engaged throughout their journey across America as they travel across the country. There’s a lot of focus on your Gang and your interaction with the world and the people that inhabit it. You can now antagonize people to get them to attack you or defuse the situation and go your merry way. Your actions will shape the character of Arthur Morgan. The weapon system seems to have been retooled and is quite different from previous Rockstar games and the next video should hopefully expand upon it.

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on October 26, 2018, with no information regarding a PC port as of now.

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Fortnite Android Leaked Gameplay Footage!

Hours before what might be Fortnite Android’s full reveal, we have leaked gameplay footage of the game running on a Samsung Galaxy S9+ thanks to members on the XDA Forums.

According to user Max Weinbach who played the game on his S9+, the game ran at the “Epic” graphics quality which is the highest quality settings. He also used Samsung Game Tuner to further increase the resolution and performance. While there were rumours that the game would be exclusive to Samsung phones, we now have confirmation that it will be integrated with the Samsung Galaxy App thanks to user Mishaal Rahman’s screenshots of the game from his Googe Pixel 2 XL. According to him even phone’s rooted with Magisk should be able to play the game without any hinderances.

Here’s the link to the XDA article in case you want to read more.

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Getting Good: Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 is a game that is filled to the brim with content. From substories and minigames to upgrades that you can get for your various fighting styles. There’s a lot to be done and for newcomers to the series, it can seem very intimidating and daunting. Don’t worry though, here’s a little guide to help you along your journey.

Take Your Time

While the main story of the game takes a while to set itself up, once it does you’ll be absolutely hooked. Once you reach Chapter 5, the game really starts to open and allows you to explore Kamurocho and later on Sotenbori. While you may have encountered a few side-missions during Chapter 2 and 3, take this opportunity to explore the city. You’ll find plenty of side-missions while just running around or going from Place A to Place B. These side-missions will reward you with cash, items or even sometimes the person themselves will be available to help you in your side gig which is Real Estate and Running Cabaret Club. Take your time to explore the towns and take in the very immersive world that they’ve built. The Karaoke bar is my favourite place to go but you can also choose to go to the disco or maybe you fancy racing Pocket Cars. Maybe bowling is right up your alley or how about smashing some home runs. There’s a lot of options so have fun exploring.

Making That Sweet Money

Speaking of your side gig, once you reach a certain chapter you will unlock the Real Estate and Cabaret Club mini-game/side story. While they seem irrelevant they are extremely great at making you money and by the time you’ve completed them, you’ll be swimming in money. While the Real Estate does make you more money, later on, you get the ability to switch items and transfer money between the two protagonists so upgrading your characters will be much easier. They also have a nice story that gives the incentive to complete them and the final reward is absolutely great and I wouldn’t want to spoil that for anyone. While it can be a bit of a grind, I highly suggest you do it as soon as you can just for the money that it brings and because of the “final reward”. The process can be sped up through the use of CP upgrades which makes the grind much more easier while taking less time.

Hang Out With The Clown

 

As you complete side-missions and other little tasks, you’ll be awarded Completion Points. CP can be used to upgrade and get what I like to call “Quality of Life” upgrades in the game. You can get an upgrade to increase the amount of time you can sprint, an upgrade to decrease the time it takes for your real estate to pay out and an upgrade that makes Mr. Shakedown payout 1.5x more money than he carried. All of these can be gotten at a Shrine that’s located in both the towns alongside Bob Utsunomiya 0. Bob also gives you access to DLC items for free and some of the items he gives you can really help early on in the game.

Shakedown Mr. Shakedown

Mr. Shakedown is a very daunting foe who prowls the streets to beat you up and steal all your money. He is extremely strong and will most likely absolutely destroy you when you first meet him but don’t let that scare you too much. While early on in the game he can be quite a handful, once you upgrade yourself enough you can take him on. The added experience of understanding the combat system and the various fighting styles will help you beat him. While your side gig is a great way to make money, Mr. Shakedown is the best way to increase that money really quickly especially once you get the CP upgrade that has him give you 1.5x times money when you beat him. Arm yourself with a good weapon and a bunch of heat energy drinks and you can just spam heat moves to victory and continue to roll in cash.

Use Multiple Save Slots

 

While this might be an obvious one for some people, it might not be for others. Learn to rotate saves so instead of saving to just a single save slot, use the high amount of save slots that you are allowed(I have about 28 saves, don’t know what the cap is). It’s also a good idea to have a save that is at the start of each chapter, in case you may want to go back and replay it. The PC version also has a save anywhere feature that can be enabled by changing a setting in one of the game’s .ini file but be warned, don’t ever use it in a fight because it will break that save file. Here’s a link to help you enable you should you want to.

Fight Your Way To The Top

There’s a lot of angry people in the streets who want to beat you to a pulp for no apparent reason. While they do get annoying, try to engage them as much as possible, especially in the earlier stages of the game. Not only will this help you to get a feel for the combat and the various fighting styles, it will also reward you with money and CP which you can use to upgrade your player. Learning to block and dodge is vital and can be your downfall during a boss fight so practicing it when fighting people on the street is a good idea. You can also practice using different weapons and heat moves this way without worrying about losing health or heat since once you beat them, you can easily go into a restaurant and get back that lost health. Plus, it is extremely fun and satisfying to just destroy folks who stand in your way with heat moves and new moves that you’ve unlocked.

Friendly Neighbourhood Yakuza Man

A lot of the side missions required you to level up a friendship meter with that person. While it may seem like a waste of time, try doing it because they can have various benefits. From joining you in your side gig to giving you their place of occupation to manage, there’s always a benefit. You also get to learn more about the characters themselves which really helps with the world building and makes you feel like you actually got to know them over the course time. It’s a neat little system that is very rewarding.

That’s just a just a couple of pointers to help steer you in the right direction to help you fully experience Yakuza 0. The game has a lot to offer and is extremely fun with great pacing that always has you hooked. Stay tuned for a full review of the PC port of Yakuza 0.

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Xbox and their New Hardware at Gamescom 2018

With Gamescom 2018 right around the corner, we have confirmation as to what we can expect from Xbox at Gamescom 2018. Microsoft has stated in a post that they will not have a Conference this year however they do have a few other things in store for Xbox fans. Instead of a conference, they will be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox, broadcasted live from the Xbox booth in the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 21 where they plan on talking about new Xbox One bundles, new Xbox Accessories and features on upcoming titles while also teasing a few surprises.

Speaking of Accessories, earlier last month, Xbox posted about showcasing new hardware at Gamescom this year which made the internet collectively lose their minds because people expected a new Xbox SKU. However, they later clarified that it’s not a new Xbox SKU but instead accessories for the current Xbox One and Xbox One X. They revealed a controller that they designed specifically for gamers who have disabilities so we can expect to get a better look at that. There are also rumours floating around of a new Xbox Elite controller. In case you missed our earlier post, Xbox has been working on an updated version of their high end Xbox Elite controller that features a lot of new additions like weighted analog sticks and more.

When it comes to games, we can expect to see Forza Horizon 4 having a playable demo available for people to try out, a look at two of the new upcoming DLCs for Sea of Thieves titled Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores. There’s also a little bit of hope to get more information about Crackdown 3 but sadly there’s no confirmation. They also stated that a few surprises would be coming our way so we can expect Xbox’s presence at Gamescom 2018 to be a fun and informative one.

Want to read about how Ubisoft or Square Enix’s conference is shaping up? Or maybe you want to read up about the leaked Xbox Elite Controller. In any case, stay tuned for more news regarding Gamescom 2018.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: ‘Fix PUBG’ Campaign Announced

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG is a game that started as an early access game on Steam. As it grew in popularity, it was ported to the mobile platform and runs on a huge range of mobile phones, even low-end ones. Sadly, that’s not true when it comes to PUBG on PC or Xbox One. While the game has seen improvements over time, it is still quite messy with a lot of bugs and performance issues.

PUBG Corp, developers of PUBG have announced a “Fix PUBG” campaign after receiving numerous messages telling them to ‘Fix PUBG’. To do so, they’ve launched a dedicated website that showcases the roadmap, an FAQ and a fix log for the players to read through. The developer says that it will focus on the performance issue that plagues the game, work on bug fixes and quality of life improvements. While there isn’t a specific time frame as to how long this campaign will last, the website does seem to show the roadmap for the upcoming three months with quite a few of the big improvements slated for a release at what seems to be after the end of October.

While this seems to be a good move on their part and it appears that they are trying to be a little more transparent with their updates, the current Steam rating is “Mostly Negative” with a lot of the users reporting that the game gets stuck on the loading screen in an update that they released along with the “Fix PUBG” announcement.  PUBG still is a popular game but if they don’t fix these issues soon, people will stop caring about the game and will even stop recommending it to people. The ball is in PUBG Corp’s court and they have to get this right.

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Square Enix exhibits a range of heavy-hitters before Gamescom.

With Gamecom fast approaching, a little over 2 weeks left before the fest kicks off, Square Enix brings much more to the table making this year’s unveil even more exciting. Gamescom will take place in Cologne from 21-25th August.

Here’s the lineup.

  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4, PC) – At the Square Enix booth, RPG fans can also experience the all-new adventure in the timeless Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest XI with an extensive playable demo which showcases the many content improvements and brand-new voice-over ahead of the game’s release.

  • Final Fantasy XIV Online (PS4, PC) – Critically-acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV Online returns to Gamescom once more, with intense challenges and great prizes in tow. A special promotion for show attendees offers anyone registering at the booth a free copy of the Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition, while an exclusive program of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Sound Director Masayoshi Soken will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Saturday 25th August. Finally, on Friday 24th August and Saturday 25th August the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony will have its European premiere at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. More information on this event can be found here.

  • Kingdom Hearts III (PS4, Xbox One) – Gamescom attendees are invited to share the magic of Kingdom Hearts III with two playable demos, a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncovering the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz. Visitors can also take part in prime picture opportunities including a giant Keyblade and becoming a real life toy in a replica of Andy’s room from the Disney Pixar classic Toy Story.

 

  • Just Cause 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – This year, fans will also be treated to an exclusive presentation of Just Cause 4 at the Square Enix booth. Just Cause 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in Just Cause 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customisable. Making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

  • Life is Strange 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – Adventure-Fans rejoice: Life is Strange 2 is coming to Gamescom 2018 as a world premiere. Not only will the development team share all the details about the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning and critically acclaimed Life is Strange – it will be playable for the first time at the Square Enix booth on the Gamescom show-floor.

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – The themes of Shadow of the Tomb Raider have their influence on the appearance of the Square Enix booth as well: the area is set up in the style of an imposing Mayan pyramid with numerous game stations. Visitors can get an even more intense feel for Lara Croft’s biggest adventure yet with a demo version of the action adventure.

 

Visitors can go and experience all these games at the Square Enix Booth as well buy products exclusively available at Gamescom.

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Gamescom, 2018. What to expect from Ubisoft?

Gamescom is the world’s 2nd largest gaming event with 350,000 visitors and 919 exhibitors from 54 countries attending the show in 2017 and the biggest gaming news expo of the year in Europe. In August it’s finally time again as the fair highlight of the entertainment industry attracts fans of interactive games in the halls of the Cologne. More than 800 exhibitors from all over the world present the latest trends, latest computer and video games which can be experienced at this global fest.

It’s that time of the year, where publishers will unveil their titles, E3 came in with a lot of surprises but gamescom really takes it to the next level.  Gamescom being held at Cologne from 21st-25th August will lay down a pedestal for leading publishers and developers to unbind gameplays, dev talks, experience zones and much more of their launch. The gamescom week iin Cologne, bring together gamer for all over the world to give them a hand on experience of leading world titles.

We’ve piled up a list as for what to expect from leading publishers.

Ubisoft – #UbiGamescom

Ubisoft will be in attendance, with 2018 marking one of their largest line-ups and biggest presences at the show so far.

Ubisoft has recently announced their lineup ahead of the gamescom week. The following games would be available to everyone present there for a hands on experience.

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Skull & Bones
  • Trials Rising
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  •  Anno 1880
  •  StarLink: Battle for Atlas

“Gamescom represents a crucial step for us because it allows us to get first-hand feedback from players, which is a cornerstone of our increasingly more inclusive approach to game development,” says Alain Corre, Ubisoft’s EMEA Executive Director. “We are proud to present one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of games in the industry, which we hope will delight all types of players.”

Along with it, visitors would get a chance to put on a virtual reality headset top experience multiplayer shooter Space Junkies and psychological thriller Transference.

All of this would be available at the ubisoft booth at gamescom followed by developer talks, interviews & much more to give visitors more insight as to what Ubisoft has to offer throughout the year. Bonus – Anyone who checks out the demo at the Ubisoft booth during the show will receive a collection of in-game rewards courtesy of the Ubisoft Club. *Fanboy joys*

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Fortnite Android Exclusive to Samsung?

Recent rumours and speculations have led many to believe that Fortnite is going to exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Tab S4 for about 3 months time before being released for the rest of the Android devices. Recent news suggests that while it will be exclusive to the aforementioned devices, it only be exclusive to them for 30 days.

After those 30 days, the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S series and Note series will also get the game according to Android Headlines. This will also be a timed exclusive that will run anywhere between 30-60 days making the total length Samsung will have exclusivity around 120 days which is about 4 months. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 releasing on 24th August it’s only a matter of time before we get an official announcement since Fortnite seems to be skipping the Google Play Store and might be available only on the Samsung App Store at launch. While it might help drive up sales for Samsung devices and bring Fortnite to the Android market, it will also give Epic more time to optimize the game for a wide range of devices. However, this does mean that the game will be available sometime around November or December if the exclusivity deal is true and will leave a lot of Fortnite fans frustrated.

If you would like to read about the leaked minimum specs required to play Fortnite on Android devices, click here.

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FIFA 19 Survival Mode: Bringing Battle Royale to Football

The Battle Royale genre has swept the gaming world and is extremely popular. From PC and console to mobiles, everybody seems to be playing some sort of Battle Royale game. EA Sports decided to change up the usual formula and have added new modes to the regular Kick Off mode. While they have teased a 5v5 mode, there’s also a mode that they’ve dubbed the “Survival Mode”.

Survival Mode starts off as a regular 11v11 match but each goal you score means that one of your players leaves the field. The field size remains the same and follows usual FIFA rules where you need to have 7 players on the field otherwise you forfeit the match. The first player to score 5 goals wins. This is quite familiar to the mode in FIFA Street that released for the PlayStation 3 in 2012. It seems like a great time to bring in such a mode to capitalize on the Battle Royale genre in their own unique way. With FIFA 19 right around the corner, we won’t have to wait too long to find out more about the Survival Mode and all the new changes in the series.

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Fortnite Android Minimum Specs Leaked!

Fortnite for Android seems to be right around the corner and with the recent news that it might be exclusively available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for the first three months, a lot of fans have been disappointed. Fret not though as according to sleuths over at the XDA forums, they might have figured out the Minimum Requirements to be able to run Fortnite on your Android Device once it is out. By analysing the API that Epic uses to decide what Fortnite promotions and services an Epic account is entitled to and the output of said API, they figured out the minimum specs as mentioned below.

  • OS: 64-bit Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher
  • RAM: 3GB or higher
  • GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher

From the looks of it, you’ll need a somewhat recent Android phone. Since it is an Unreal Engine game, it can be speculated that it will be GPU limited most of the time. This means that somewhat modern CPUs should be able to play the game without issues. Epic Games need to get into the Android market soon because PUBG is getting a very strong hold as of now and it will be interesting to see how they combat PUBG’s dominance.

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