Epic Games Store to Get Optional Review System

Epic Games Store will finally get a review system but with a catch. It is going to be optional and developers will get to choose whether to opt in or not.

After Epic Games was called out for being anti-consumer they seem to be listening to the criticism and feedback they’ve been getting. They’re adding a Review System that’s based on the one from the Unreal Engine marketplace.

They’ve made it optional by giving the developers the choice to opt-in if they choose to but is it really a good move? Tim Sweeney’s reasoning is that they don’t want review bombing and to prevent gaming-the-system. I mean if the game is bad or the developers do something to screw over the owners of a game, they can just muzzle the back lash by disabling Reviews.

Most of the time review bombs occur because either the developers or publisher do something to screw over the owners of the game. The Metro games are getting review bombed on Steam right now because of the sudden exclusivity deal that publisher Deep Silver struck with Epic Games.

Epic Games are getting bashed constantly now for being anti-consumer, more-so for being against the principle element of PC Gaming which is the ability to choose. Poaching developers to make games exclusively available on their lack-lustre store has more than just irked the community.

Steam’s review system helps fix the issue with review bombings by showing a recent review aggregate and also an overall one. Plus, you need to own the product to leave a review and there’s an option to mark the fact that you received the product you’re reviewing for free.

It’s not easy to make a new and robust review system but this attempt at having one just to tick the box isn’t what the people want from this platform. There’s a lot of angry folks screaming at Epic right now which makes it hard to read actual feedback and constructive criticism but good luck to Epic because even if they provide the developers with a better deal, if the people using the platform aren’t happy, they wont use it.

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PlayStation Plus Games for February 2019 Revealed

Before we get to this month’s line up, we have news to share about cloud storage for PS Plus members. In early February, we will be expanding our cloud storage space from 10GB to 100GB for PS Plus members playing on PS4 – giving you even more space to keep all those game saves.

With cloud storage, you can save your game progress and character profiles on one system, and then continue the game on another system later without losing progress. Be sure to check it out next month!

Now, let’s take a look at the monthly games next month, which will be available on 5th February.

For Honor

First up, we have For Honor, the melee action game from Ubisoft. Experience the chaos of war and choose between Viking, Knight, and Samurai factions to find your perfect fighting style. Featuring 20 different PvP maps, this game will be sure to entertain you.

Hitman: The Complete First Season

Next up, we have Hitman: The Complete First Season. Take on the role of Agent 47, the world’s ultimate assassin. Travel the globe to eliminate your targets in traditional and less traditional ways. From sniper rifles to expired spaghetti sauce, use the weapons at your disposal to become the master assassin.

This month’s PlayStation Plus line up also includes:

This month’s PS3 and PS Vita games will be available for a few extra days, until 8th March, 2019. PS4 games will be available until 5th March, 2019, when the next monthly games line up hits.

As a reminder, after 8th March 2019, PS3 and PS Vita games will no longer be offered as part of the PS Plus monthly games line up – so be sure to download them while they’re available.

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Azur Lane: Crosswave Adds Illustrious And Ajax, Japanese Limited Edition Announced

Compile Heart has released the second in its series of “Ryuu News” videos for advance naval RPG Azur Lane: Crosswave.

The video confirms that both Illustrious and Ajax will appear as playable characters:

Illustrious

Azur Lane: Crosswave

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Azur Lane: Crosswave

Ajax

Azur Lane: Crosswave

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Azur Lane: Crosswave

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Azur Lane: Crosswave

It also confirms that a limited edition of Azur Lane: Crosswave will be released alongside the standard edition in Japan, which will include a booklet containing characters’ front, side, and back view illustrations. The limited edition’s full contents were not announced.

Azur Lane: Crosswave is due out for PlayStation 4 in 2019 in Japan.

Watch the video below.

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Genesis Alpha One Out Now on PS4, Xbox One & PC

Team17, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent, premium video games and Freiburg, Germany-based independent developer Radiation Blue have today released the exciting Genesis Alpha One which blends together many exciting genres by mixing thrilling roguelike mechanics with ship building, survival, FPS and sci-fi elements.

Team17, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent, premium video games and Freiburg, Germany-based independent developer Radiation Blue have today released the exciting Genesis Alpha One which blends together many exciting genres by mixing thrilling roguelike mechanics with ship building, survival, FPS and sci-fi elements.

Genesis Alpha One puts you in to the role of an interstellar pioneer, as you journey into uncharted space on the ultimate mission: find a new home for humanity. 

Build and manage a space vessel, farm resources, travel down to a host of unique planets to mine and look for ancient technologies and artefacts, deal with terrifying alien infestations, clone new members for your crew and explore a vast, randomly generated universe.

Genesis Alpha One is out now for PlayStation 4Xbox One and the PC via Epic Games store for £24.99/$29.99/€29.99. A boxed version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is available from select retailers worldwide.

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Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Extended Announcement And Gameplay Trailers

Power Ranger: Battle for the Grid is easy to learn but hard to master fighting game that delivers a modern take on the Power Rangers franchise. The game features stunning graphics with vivid details and pits new and classic Rangers and villains against each other in team battles. Featuring a streamlined combat system, the game welcomes newcomers to the genre with simplified controls, while maintaining depth and detail for more intense and experienced competitors. Players will be challenged to test their skills online against friends and other players around the world, providing endless replayability. With new content and game modes releasing throughout the year, the game will continuously offer the community new ways to play and compete.

With cross-play across multiple platforms, all players whether on Xbox One, Switch, or PC, will be in the same player pool and will have the ability to compete against each other in real-time. Even when players change their platform, their mission progress they have worked to achieve will still be available to them, allowing for cross-progression and true seamless gameplay no matter where they play.

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Praey For The Gods Launches Via Steam Early Access On January 31, Consoles in 2019

Praey for the Gods is a brutal journey set on a desolate frozen island, where your only chance of survival is to destroy the very gods you believe in.

In Praey for the Gods, you play a lone hero sent to the edge of a dying world to discover the mystery behind a never-ending winter. Arriving with only the clothes on your back, you must survive the colossal dangers that you encounter. To restore balance and reclaim the land from the brink, you will be faced with questions that not even a God knows the answer to.

Console version will release later in 2019.

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Winning Post 9 Delayed To March 28 In Japan

Koei Tecmo has delayed Winning Post 9 from its previously announced March 14 release date in Japan to March 28 for “further quality improvements.”

Winning Post 9 will be available for PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

If you missed it, read more about the game and watch the teaser trailer here.

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February 2019 Games with Gold Revealed

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In February on Xbox One, play the retro-action platformer Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, then play your friends in Super Bomberman R. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, hunt down members of the Brotherhood as a member of the Templar’s in Assassin’s Creed Rogue, and learn the ways of the Force in the final chapter of the Jedi Knight series in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

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!

• Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon ($9.99): Available February 1 to 28 on Xbox One

• Super Bomberman R ($39.99): Available February 16 to March 15 on Xbox One

• Assassin’s Creed Rogue ($29.99): Available February 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

• Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy ($9.99): Available February 16 to 28 on Xbox One

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
Jump into retro-style gaming with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. With the involvement of the legendary Koji Igarashi, this action-adventure title harkens back to some of the classic side-scrolling games of the past. Switch your play among several different characters, each with their own unique abilities, as you travel perilous lands to defeat the evil demon lurking in the forbidden castle.

Super Bomberman R
Step into the fun, because Super Bomberman R is back and better than ever! Eight Bomberman heroes journey to space to fight the Evil Emperor Buggler, but now with the help of the Master Chief — exclusive to the Xbox One version — use your state-of-the-art combat armor to help win the day. Play alone or with a friend because this is the biggest Bomberman game ever.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Continue the adventures of your ancestors in Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Set in the chaotic moments of the French and Indian War, relive the days of Shay Patrick Cormac, a fearless young outcast assassin who slowly morphs into a deadly assassin hunter due to tragedy. The dark transformation your character goes through will shape the future of the Brotherhood forever.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. In this classic title from the original Xbox, begin your journey as a student eager to learn as you interact with famous Star Wars characters and locations. In the end, you’ll face the ultimate choice: the good and freedom of the light or the tantalizing power of the dark side.

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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Build a PC For Gaming AND Productivity under INR 75000

With the launch of RTX 2060, mid-tier gaming is once again alive and kicking. With no new hardware launches soon, it’s a great time to put together the dream PC you have been waiting for. When it comes to picking up the ‘right’ components, the task seems similar to finding a needle in a haystack (or an assassin). Well, anyway, here’s Gaming Monk’s PC build recommendation for a budget of 75k.

Processor

Ryzen 5 2600 – INR 16290

For the processor, we have chosen the red team’s Ryzen 5 2600, clocked at 3.9 GHz. 2600 is a well-balanced CPU. It has 6 cores and 12 threads and delivers great value for money. When compared to i5 8400, Ryzen trails ‘a bit’ behind in the FPS segment. However, when it comes to productivity, those extra 6 threads pay off well.

Motherboard

MSI B450M PRO-VDH – INR 6600

To fit this chip, we have chosen MSI’s B450-Pro VDH motherboard. This motherboard has a B450 chipset which supports overclocking and has all the features that you’ll need, including a steel plated PCI slot to support your beefy card that we’ll talk about in a while.

Memory

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR4 (3000 Mhz) x 2 – INR 9598

For memory, we have chosen two Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR4 (3000 Mhz) sticks. Ryzen CPUs greatly benefit from higher memory speeds two 3000 Mhz Ram sticks will help us extract every bit of performance from our 2600.

Graphics Card

RTX 2060 (FE) – INR 31000

For GPU we have gone with Nvidia’s mid-tier flagship, RTX 2060 (FE) priced at Rs.31000. The GPU delivers better performance then the past generation’s 1070 and is enough to take down any game at 1080p or even 1440p. It also comes with Nvidia’s new “Ray Tracing” and Tensor Cores which will help you enjoy the eye candy of real-life reflections and shadows in exchange of FPS (until Nvidia addresses the FPS loss somehow.) Anyway, the GPU delivers great performance for its price, when the comparatively slower 1070 is priced at 35k.

Power Supply

Corsair CX 650 – INR 5400

To power up our system we have chosen Corsair’s CX 650 power supply. The PSU is 80 plus bronze certified ensuring a reliable supply to your beloved components. That extra wattage provides us enough headroom to overclock these parts for that ‘extra’ FPS when you really need it.

Storage

Kingston 120gb sata ssd – inr 1800
WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm hdd – INR 2975

As far as storage is concerned, no modern PC is complete without a SSD. So we’ll go with a Kingston 120GB SATA SSD for booting up. For your games, movies and other stuff, you can put that in a WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD.

CASE

Circle CC 819 Black – INR 2600

And finally, we have chosen Circle’s CC819 Case for you to put your components. It is a decent looking case and has enough room and airflow space to keep your rig cool while you knock your enemy’s head off or render that youtube video.

The total for cost for this build runs up to INR 76,263 which is a little over our inital INR 75,000 budget, but spending those few extra bucks make sure that we get a rig that can take care of everything we can throw at it.

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Was the Metro Exodus and Epic Games Store Deal Pre-Planned by Deep Silver?

After the news of Metro Exodus being an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year hit the internet, there was backlash from people and that backlash might seem to be growing even bigger.

After the exclusivity deal between Metro Exodus and Epic Games was published, the folks who pre-ordered the game on Steam and those who bought the physical copies of the game were worried since they were also going to a receive a Steam code.

Those who pre-ordered on Steam were told that their product would still work on Steam and nothing would change for them. Physical Copies were also going to follow the same thing until we saw this tweet thanks to Reddit user /u/Nicolas873.

This is where this whole deal gets shady. Physical Copies of a game ship with the code already printed in them. And these copies are made in advance, usually when they go Gold. The game went Gold in December and when they go Gold, they’re packaged and prepared for release

Taken From the Rifle Class Youtube video that released on 23rd January.

With only 2 weeks until the release of the game, this means that the codes printed on these copies were already an Epic Store key and not a Steam key. Chances are high that the physical copy will have the Epic Games Store installer on it with no mention of Steam, thus making it evident that this deal was made well in advance of the announcement.

The publishers, Deep Silver, already had the deal in place because recalling so many units and then changing the code on them would be quite tedious and not cost-efficient. So even though they knew about the deal, they decided to wait until the last minute to make it public.

Taken on the Collector’s Edition Page of the game on 30th January.

But why wait until the last moment to do so? It’s pretty simple. Steam is still the biggest market out there and Metro Exodus has been featured on the Store Page which is free marketing for the game. So while the game units were packaged with Epic Store codes in them, they were still being advertised as being on Steam everywhere else. And, still is being advertised as such on the game’s website.

This whole deal seems really fishy and doesn’t make the Epic Games Store look good at all. Not to mention, the folks at Steam will surely not be happy with this and might take Deep Silver and/or Epic to court over this. Especially since they marketed the game as being on Steam.

As we get more information, we’ll update this post but until then, having a conversation about this deal and the way Epic seem to be taking on Steam would really help us consumers as this exclusivity of games on PC will just keep getting worse. Especially if it is exclusive to a platform that doesn’t benefit the consumer.

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