Vampyr New Game Modes Announced: Story Mode & Hard Mode

Vampyr, Dontnod Entertainment’s narrative-driven action-RPG set in 1918 London, announces a content update coming later this summer on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This will include two new game difficulty modes which add further replayability for existing players and more options for those who haven’t yet sunk their teeth into this dark adventure.

As well as bringing a host of optimization tweaks, the upcoming update will introduce a ‘Story’ mode that de-emphasizes combat and a cranked-up, more challenging Hard mode. The Story mode places a greater focus on narrative, allowing players to experience Dr. Reid’s journey with less challenging combat. On the other end of the scale, Hard mode makes combat much more difficult. Players will receive less experience from killing enemies too, forcing them to rely even more on embracing citizens to grow in power.

In advance of the update Vampyr has a 25% discount on Steam, available now!

Vampyr is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. To order the game and for more details, visit vampyr-game.com.

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Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 Has Gone Gold

Everybody is excited for Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 and it is now quite evident. The game has gone gold already, a full month prior to its release. The amount of effort that seems to have gone into creating this game is very visible, just from whatever we’ve seen till now and fans of Spider-Man are happy to finally get a game that might do justice to their beloved friendly neighborhood web-slinger. To celebrate this, Insomniac Games decided to recreate the very famous “And I’m Just Sitting Here” meme that uses the screenshot of the 1967 animated Spider-Man tv show as the template. The twitter thread is also great as Santa Monica Studio chime in with their own God of War reaction gifs which seems to be Insomniac Games’ inspiration for recreating the meme. The whole thread is very wholesome with gamers and renowned personalities coming together to congratulate them and talk about Spider-Man.

Spider-Man releases on September 7th exclusively to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. Developed by Insomniac games, this is a fresh new take on the Spider-Man IP which has you play as a veteran Peter Parker who has been fighting crime for almost a decade.

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The Sojourn, First-Person Puzzle Game Announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

The Sojourn is a thought-provoking first-person puzzle game in which you traverse the parallel worlds of light and darkness in search of answers to the nature of reality.

A classic story about light and darkness.

You are born into a beautiful, pure land, but everything is not as it seems. Darkness seeps through every crevice and forms the foundation of the world you live in. Open your eyes to the shadows of the world to uncover the hidden truth.

Challenge and lose yourself.

Venture into the enchanting world of The Sojourn and face life’s obstacles by solving dozens of unique puzzles that will challenge your perception of your own reality. Take in gorgeous environments as you delve into the game’s four chapters, each with a distinct atmosphere and style.

 

Key Features

• Dozens-upon-dozens of challenging puzzles.

• Delve into four beautifully crafted chapters, each with their own distinct style and atmosphere.

• Banish the darkness in order to reveal the obstacles The Sojourn has prepared for you.

• Unravel a captivating tale of light, darkness, and the nature of reality.

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Xbox Games With Gold: August 2018

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In August on Xbox One, celebrate speed and style in Forza Horizon 2, then defeat your enemies in glorious battle in For Honor. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, prepare to once again fight the nightmarish Necromorph plague in Dead Space 3, and save the world with your magic brush in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

• Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition ($19.99 ERP): Available August 1 to 31 on Xbox One

• For Honor Standard Edition ($59.99 ERP): Available August 16 to September 15 on Xbox One

• Dead Space 3 ($19.99 ERP): Available August 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

• Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two ($19.99 ERP): Available August 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Forza Horizon 2 Standard – 10th Anniversary Edition

Drive over 200 exotic cars and explore the beautiful vistas of southern France and northern Italy like never before, in this 10th anniversary edition of Forza Horizon 2. Show off your driving skills with friends online in challenging races and events, day or night, in dynamic weather conditions. A world of beauty and freedom awaits in this ultimate celebration of speed and style.
For Honor Standard Edition

Be prepared to enter the chaos of war in For Honor. Mix speed, strategy, and team-play across several multiplayer modes as you control your favorite warriors, be they bold Knights, brutal Vikings, or deadly Samurai. Master the innovative Art of Battle combat system and guide your armies to ultimate victory. Learn more about the upcoming For Honor – Season VII: Storm and Fury here on Xbox Wire.

Dead Space 3

Return as protagonist Isaac Clarke in the survival horror game Dead Space 3. Joined by Sgt. John Carver, travel to the ominous ice planet of Tau Volantis to uncover the secrets of the Necromorph plague. With online co-op mode, join a friend and use teamwork to end the deadly threat once and for all.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Grab your magic paintbrush and return to save the world of Wasteland once again in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Pair up with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, interact with classic cartoon characters of the past, and defeat the Mad Doctor in this heroic two-player co-op adventure.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Also, check out more than 100 great games in Xbox Game Pass included in its monthly membership that you can try free for 14 days.

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Denuvo Strikes Back: Voksi Arrested by Bulgarian Cyber Police

Denuvo is an Anti-Tamper and digital rights management (DRM) software employed by many game developers as a way of stopping their games from getting cracked and pirated. A huge number of players have spoken up against Denuvo and how it is bloated and can adversely affect a games performance, as it did in the case of Rime and many more have spoken about how DRM doesn’t really help increase game sales. Well, there was one man who decided to Revolt against Denuvo to provide games for free to the users to show the people that even Denuvo can be cracked. The man in question, Voksi, cracked multiple Denuvo games, many of which were using a different version of the Anti-Tamper software. His latest feats included the cracking of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Injustice 2.

It all started on 25th July when users noticed that Voksi’s site, revolt.group was redirecting to the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs site. Many thought that this was done by a hacker and was a scare tactic. However, on 26th July Voksi posted on a subreddit he frequented where he also showed off his methods to crack Denuvo. In his post, Voksi confirmed that he was visited by the police, his computer and server were seized and that he was arrested since Denuvo decided to file a case against him. He goes on to say that while the issue is not yet resolved, he will no longer be able to continue doing what he does and that this is the end of his career as a cracker.

Mark Mulready, Vice President of Cybersecurity Services of Irdeto had this to say. “Piracy is a threat that is now firmly established in the gaming industry, and we are focused on securing the content of game publishers and ensuring that hackers cannot distort the gaming environment for personal gain at the expense of other players”. Irdeto is the parent company of Denuvo after they acquired them earlier this year in January.

What’s next for Voksi is not yet known as he is still waiting to hear back from the law enforcement and Denuvo. There’s been a lot of support for him ever since this came to light since a huge majority of PC Gamers are against DRM of any kind, especially those that hog system resources and negatively impact a game’s performance. This has also caused people to question Denuvo and if they really want to help the PC Gaming scene or just want to profit off of it since they don’t seem to be fixing their DRM but rather seem to go after people and groups who are showing them up.

We would like to clarify that we at GamingMonk do not condone piracy of any sorts.

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Asphalt 9: Legends Now Available Worldwide on Android and iOS

Asphalt 9: Legends is now available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. While it was soft-launched in February, it has been fully released much to the delight of mobile gamers worldwide. The download size of the game is 1.5GB on both Android and iOS.  In terms of system specs, you’ll need Android 4.3 or higher to play this on your Android device or an iPhone 5s and above for iOS users. For Apple tablets, you’ll require an iPad mini 2 or newer device to be able to run this game. You have to keep in mind though that this game requires a persistent connection to the Internet so be wary when playing the game.

The game features brilliant visuals, better controls, more customization options for the players and the cars that they drive and a whole lot more. Multiplayer functions have also been revamped to provide players with a better experience and players will be given better rewards for competing in multiplayer races.

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PUBG Mobile Update 0.7.0 Out! Includes War Mode

PUBG Mobile just released Update 0.7.0 for Android and iOS which includes the new War Mode. This new update has a download size of 1.6GB on Android and 2.2GB on iOS. The War Mode is PUBG Mobile’s version of a Deathmatch where teams skydive into a small area and try to reach 100 points. Points can be gained by killing opponents which gives you 3 points, killing downed opponents gives you 1 point and saving a teammate gives you 1 point. The game mode also features unlimited respawns so it is all out war.

Another new introduction is the Clan System. Players can now create and customise unique clan icons and earn exclusive rewards by climbing up ranks and completing challenges. They’ve also added the SLR Sniper Rifle along with new weapon grips. Here’s a full list of everything new in the new update.

PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 update patch notes

  • Arcade Mode – War: a new, faster-paced variation of Arcade mode.
  • Added the SLR Sniper Rifle.
  • Added Light Foregrip, Half Foregrip, Thumb Foregrip.
  • Parameters for Vertical Foregrip and Angled Foregrip have been adjusted.
  • Achievements: added many entertaining and challenging long-term objectives. Complete difficult objectives to get titles and outfits.
  • Added titles to the game. Players can select one to display by their name.
  • Clans: players can now create or join Clans, which unlocks Clan insignia, missions, and the Clan Shop.
  • Regions: check out the regional rankings to see who’s the best.
  • First Person Perspective now supported in custom rooms.
  • Chat system: added a team channel for finding teams and added a community system where players can find topics that interest them by tags.
  • Like feature: players can now give one another LIKEs after a match. Number of LIKEs received will be displayed on a player’s profile page.
  • New animations: characters now have different poses on the results screen based on performance. Added new idling animation for female characters.
  • Main menu UI redesign: main UI redesigned for players to enter different modes quicker.
  • Shop UI redesign: simplified shop UI.
  • Multiple crate purchases and batch dismantle: all crates can now be purchased 10 at a time. Extra items in inventory can now be dismantled in batch.
  • Crate Coupons: crates can now be opened by coupons, which are created by combining coupon scraps.
  • Miscellaneous: added new vehicles, helmets, backpack finishes and new character faces.
  • Messages can now be marked as read instantly.
  • Players can see friends recommended by the system.
  • Added more ways to share.
  • Room owners now have access to more room parameters.
  • Friends list has been improved to fix an issue where data errors occurred when having too many friends. Added weapon information to spectator mode.
  • Added an instant refuel button so that vehicles low on fuel can be refueled instantly.
  • Custom controls: sprint button, pick-up list.

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Steam’s New Chat Client out of Beta

Steam is the biggest online market for video games and has a huge user base that has slowly been growing. While Steam is a name now synonymous with PC Gaming its User Interface and design never really caught up with the times which resulted in people using Skins to help modernize Steam. Well, Valve finally decided to do their own thing and have completely revamped the entire chat client with more updates being promised to the whole Steam Client.

The new Chat Client update was in Beta back when it was first announced in June but with most of the bugs squashed it’s been rolled out for everyone. This new update makes the Chat Client a lot more like Discord and features a lot of new features and upgrades. One of my personal favourites is the fact that chats don’t get erased now, so your older chats persist even after you’ve logged off and come back. Persistent Group Chats are also now a thing along with a much improved Voice Chat system. You can set your “favourites” so friends that you choose stay in a specific bar even if they’re offline allowing quicker access to their chats. The chat now groups by game so you can see if your friends decided to start a game of CSGO without you as you can see if they’ve lobbied together.

Another big change is the addition of inline images, gifs and videos in Steam Chat. It’s something that was really missing and now you can spam your friends with appropriate reaction gifs and memes. All these changes are also available on the browser version of Steam which is quite good. With all these changes Valve has stated that this is just the beginning of a lot of changes to come since they’ve built this using a new UI Framework along with a lot of architectural improvements under the hood. Hopefully, the Community Pages and Steam Store get a new look soon.

Here’s a full list of changes and new features that have been rolled out in this update.

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Guacamelee! 2 Launches August 21

Oh, it’s true! It’s damn true! Celebrated independent video game developer Drinkbox Studios is launching its long-awaited, Metroidvania action-platformer Guacamelee! 2 on both PlayStation 4 and PC on August 21, for $19.99 / €19.99. Set in a unique world full of challenges, adventure and humor, Guacamelee! 2 expands upon the original game by introducing new levels, enemies, characters, and gameplay mechanics for the ultimate high-flying luchador experience.

Starting today, Guacamelee! 2 is available for pre-order on the PlayStation Store, and for wishlisting on Steam.

Guacamelee! 2 brings former hero Juan Aguacate out of retirement to stop a powerful and ruthless luchador who has emerged as the ruler of a parallel timeline. Juan must once again don his special luchador mask and tights, and fight his way through the worlds of the living and the dead (plus time and space) in an attempt to save his family… and the entire Mexiverse!

“We asked our inner skeletons what we should do for Guac 2,” said Augusto Quijano, Concept Lead at Drinkbox Studios. “We couldn’t decide whether to add Better Moves, More Interesting Platforming, Timeline Travel, Chicken Powers, or New Puns, so we added it all!”

  

Key Features

• Powerful New Moves – New abilities such as Eagle Boost, Rocket Kick, and Pollo Shot add to Juan’s awesome arsenal of moves, for use in both combat and platforming.

• Super Chicken! – A unique set of new abilities and moves for Juan’s chicken form. Ridiculous chicken-based platforming, combat and exploration. More chicken than you’ll be able to handle (probably).

• Vibrant, Deadly World – An epic, colorful adventure, inspired by Mexican folklore, that takes players through living and dead worlds and across rifts in space-time! Beautiful environments and 2D animation, more gorgeous than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine.

• Lots to See – Dense gameplay areas featuring tons of secrets and optional content. Bigger maps, twice as many enemy types as the first game, and a roster of eccentric new bosses.

• Brand New Upgrade System – Discover “trainers” from around the world, defeat their challenges, and upgrade your movement, combat, traversal, and more.

• Caliente Original Soundtrack – Soundtrack featuring new music from Peter Chapman and Rom Di Prisco – composers of the original Guacamelee! OST. Additional new tracks from special guests Mariachi Entertainment System!

• 4-Player Local Co-op – Drop-in / drop-out 4-player local co-op through the entire story lets your best amigos join in anytime!

For more information regarding Guacamelee! 2 please visit the game’s website.

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New Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gameplay: Welcome to Paititi

Square Enix, Eidos-Montréal, and Crystal Dynamics delivered a new video for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Featuring never-before-seen gameplay and developer insights, the footage highlights the vibrant and captivating city of Paititi.

Paititi is the largest hub ever created in a Tomb Raider game, delivering a thriving new social area filled with adventure and opportunity. Players can dive into a bustling economy to barter for new outfits and weapons, interact with and learn from inhabitants to complete side missions, hunt for and harvest valuable resources, and of course discover hidden crypts and challenges tombs. Paititi will keep players exploring and challenged for hours on end.

Created by a team of veteran Tomb Raider developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game will be available on September 14, 2018 for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC/Steam.

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