Warface Coming to PS4 and Xbox One in 2018

Warface is coming to PS4 and Xbox One!

Dear players!

We have some very special news for you. As you know, Warface is a truly global game that unites the fans around the world. Players from over 175 countries have joined the confrontation between Warface and Blackwood. Millions play this game, and the number keeps on increasing.

The time has come to take it to a new level. Soon you will be able to enjoy Warface on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Have you ever dreamt of seizing the crown in Battle Royale lying on your sofa with a gamepad in your hands? Or clearing Anubis, whilst enjoying the ancient tombs on a huge TV screen in the comfort of your living room? Those dreams and more will turn to reality very soon.

Tell your console buddies all about the new age of Warface, as no matter how powerful you are – being one-man army is just no fun. Don’t forget that you will receive cool gifts just for signing up for the CBT.

A separate team has been composed to work with Warface on consoles, so the attention given to the “original” PC version will not be lowered in any way.

Enjoy combat the way you prefer… and stay tuned!

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Fear the Wolves coming to Steam Early Access on July 18!

Focus Home Interactive and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. veterans at Vostok Games are proud to announce that Battle Royale FPS Fear the Wolves will enter Steam Early Access on July 18.

Combining traditional last-man-standing gameplay with PVE elements and unique radiation, weather, and endgame extraction mechanics, Fear the Wolves guarantees an intense, atmospheric experience in the decaying ruins of Chernobyl.

Fear the Wolves enters Early Access with Vostok Games keen to receive feedback and improve the game alongside a growing community of players interested in the next evolution of Battle Royale. The first Early Access version already features the core gameplay and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. vibe, and there is much more already in development.

A new mode, gameplay features like leaning and crawling, more weapons, items, mutants, and weather – Vostok Games promise regular, large content patches, with a full plan of the update timeline available on the Steam page throughout development. The community will also play their part, with feedback welcome on everything from weapon balance to new ideas for Fear the Wolves’ unique weather and PvE systems.

Vostok Games are greatly looking forward to experiencing the game with the community and getting to work adding to the Early Access version ahead of a full release in 2019.

Fear the Wolves comes to PC on Steam Early Access, July 18. Consoles and full PC release in 2019  

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PlayStation Plus Games: July 2018

Your PlayStation Plus games for July are Absolver and Heavy Rain

Phew! Well, that was one heck of an E3. Not only did we get to show off a whole raft of awesome exclusives, we also kick-started our massive Summer of Plus campaign, which will be bringing exclusive benefits to PS Plus members all throughout the summer.

During our E3 Showcase we announced Call of Duty: Black Ops III would be joining PS Plus as a special bonus title, available to download until 11th July (you can grab it here) and we’ll have more exclusive discounts and extras in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned for all that and more, or head over to PlayStation.com for all the latest offers.

Just like always, we’ve also got our monthly line-up of games and wouldn’t you know it, it’s that time of the month again. The following are available for download from 3rd July:

Absolver

Dust off your knuckles, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Part RPG, part fighting game, part shared-world online brawler, Absolver stands alone as something a little bit different.

What’s really special is how well it all meshes: playing either PVE or PVP you’ll set out into the lost empire of Adal as a humble prospect and build your own combat style as you progress, picking up weapons, meeting new combatants to hone your skills against or befriending fellow travellers to spar with, trade secrets and impart fighting wisdom.

If you’re looking for a unique online experience to play with or against friends and enjoy mastering deep gameplay mechanics, Absolver is the perfect thing for you.

Heavy Rain

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Detroit: Become Human we’re keeping the Quantic Dream train rolling throughout July by revisiting its break-out PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain.

Set in a rain-soaked recreation of Philadelphia, you’ll follow the trail of a mysterious serial murderer known as the ‘Origami Killer’, through the actions of four main characters, each connected somehow to the criminal.

You’ll be challenged to make tough decisions and search for clues that will help track down the killer and save a missing child.

A deep, atmospheric narrative-driven gameplay experience, Heavy Rain established the branching story-telling approach which has become Quantic Dream’s signature. Remastered now for PS4, the game looks and plays better than ever. If you love a slow-burning crime drama, or have only recently discovered the studio’s work, then you’re in for a treat.

Anything else?

We’re topping off those two titles with a pair of games each for PS3 and PS Vita leaving July’s final line-up looking like this:

Absolver (PS4)

• Heavy Rain (PS4)

• Rayman 3 HD (PS3)

• Extreme Exorcism (PS3)

• Space Overlords (PS Vita + PS4)

• Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PS Vita)

Not only this, as mentioned above Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is also available from now until 11th July as part of the monthly games line-up, so grab it while you can.

July’s regular line-up will be available to download on PlayStation Store from 3rd July.

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#StreamerStories – Saloni Pawar

Gaming in itself has recently picked up the pace in the past few years. Streaming comes into the picture when Gaming is combined with community & presented on a more social platform.
Saloni Pawar, also known as “Meow16k” is a streamer from India. One of the very few girls in the industry!
The 18 year old streamer is set to mould the streaming culture in India, which was once very rigid. With streamers from different spheres coming together such as Twitch, Youtube & Facebook, India is soon to have it’s breakthrough.
We will let Saloni narrate her journey.
Gaming is a tough category, you will have to be strong because people are going to throw stones at you, instead of throwing stones back, you just need to keep moving!

Early Days

“I’ve been into gaming ever since I was 14. I used to play a lot of story driven games like, Assassin creed, Far cry, Prince of Persia until one fine day I got my hands on Counter Strike 1.6, I never played offline again.
I loved the idea of playing online and communicating with friends at the same time. Multiplayer games like Fortnite, PUBG, GTA & Overwatch are solely responsible for my love of online gaming”

Plunge into Streaming

“Streaming was something on the sides apart from just playing. A couple of friends suggested me to stream CSGO, so I tried & I haven’t looked back since. I started off on a really high note gaining a decently good response. I didn’t have any plans of becoming a full time streamer. Now I stream on twitch almost daily under the name Meow16K, I do a bunch of games, music and cringe. 🙂 “

Home Grown eSports

” eSports is tough to understand for people who aren’t part of this community, so convincing them to let you pursue it makes it even more tough.
There are a lot of saved videos on my Youtube channel when I newly started streaming & you can hear my mom yelling at me in the background for playing so long. I don’t blame her for not acknowledging eSports that time. Luckily to my favour, times have changed, I have her sweet support now! “

Industry Insights – Gaming

 “There’s lack of unity in the community, it gets people back against their walls. Rumours, name calling, & hate. All in all it’s keyboard warrior’s show. Everyone’s looking for ‘Masala’. There is no way eSports can grow here without togetherness.
There has to be common respect among  gamers, if we really want eSports in India to be as huge as in other countries.
Times have changed, the only way is UP!
Who knows what the future holds, keep your head high & shine on!”
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#PlayerStories – Fighting the Odds & Following Her Passion W/ Shagufta Iqbal

With the rising value of eSports industry in India, more and more players are making it to the hall of fame. It is needless to say that female participation is also increasing in this arena, diminishing the barriers and obstacles with their great feats of achievement. As a matter of fact, a research carried out by Sportskeeda shows that 32% gamers in India are women. This is just the first step of a one long journey taken up by female eSports players to elevate their status in this line

Today, we present you a woman who is one of the most proactive trekker of this expedition of reaching the hall of fame, Shagufta Iqbal. Being a hard core CS:GO gamer, she has represented the nation in multiple eSports events which gives many a feeling of pride and at the same time makes many gaze at her success.

Let’s have a look at her journey!

 Plunge into Gaming

“My name is Shagufta Iqbal but I am more popularly known as ‘xyaa’ in the community. I am a full-time Software engineer and part-time streamer. I have been a gamer all my life. What started as a hobby became a very vital part of my life, so much that I am hoping to be able to do this full-time. Apart from gaming, I absolutely love cats.

My earliest memory of gaming has to be me playing Adventure Island or Duck Hunt on my console with my sister.

Right now, I am obsessed with PUBG. I also play alot of Overwatch when I’m not playing PUBG. Also, trying to get the hang of Fortnite but building is just too hard.

I used to watch alot of twitch streamers. I got inspired and started my own youtube channel but that didn’t go too well so I stopped. Later I was approached by GamingMonk to do a casual stream on their youtube. That was probably the best decision of my life. I had a lot of fun and once the stream was over, I just couldn’t wait to stream again. So I created a twitch and started streaming and there was only going up, everybody who came in to watch was so supportive and warm! I was making friends through streaming and I really loved it. I stream almost daily now”

Balancing Work & Passion

“Finding time to stream after working 12 hours a day gets really tough! Juggling between work and gaming puts alot of stress on you. I used to push myself alot before by working insane hours and then streaming everyday which became too hectic for me and I ended up taking long breaks because I got very tired. From my experience I’ve learnt that you can’t do everything at once, you need to give yourself some off time so your mind can refresh. So I do take 1 day or 2 day breaks from streaming every week so that I can rest and freshen up my brain”

Message to other girls in the field

Yes gender is sort of a big deal and girls do get alot of flak just for being girls. Remarks lashing preferential treatment in gaming are bound to put you down. Keep your head up & don’t let it bother you.

You need to look past that and keep doing what you’re doing because in the end, it doesn’t matter what everyone says as long as it makes you happy.

Vision of eSports in India

 

The onset of Optic Gaming in India does look very promising for the eSports scene in the country. India is finally getting recognition. There are also alot of big brands investing in esports in the country. With every passing year, the prizepool and the number of events is increasing. The future does look bright. With such remarkable talent India indeed has a bright future, the only way is up. Despite the shilly-shally around gaming, I feel the field has a lot of potential, take a plunge and lay down your path!
GG!
To Follow Shagufta : –
  1. Twitch: twitch.tv/xyaa
  2. Instagram: instagram.com/shaguftax

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#BreakingTheMyth – Akanksha Sachan on Being a Girl Gamer

Gaming as a profession has been constantly looked down in the country. Gaming in general has had it’s fair issues of struggle, often regarded as a hobby to fritter away with one’s time, a get-away from studies causing poor grades. NOT TRUE! (95% in Boards W/ Dark Souls & Witcher 3) Luckily, to our favour, times have changed.

From what was deemed as “just another hobby”, a time killer, is now a full-time job. People are making millions off it, be it players or organisers. Women are advancing into Gaming/eSports which was initially perceived as a male exclusive avenue. Let’s have a look at Akanksha’s Journey as she breaks the stereotype surrounding girl gamers in India.

Q. Tell us something about yourself? 

“Primarily I am a Cosplayer. I was in love with gaming because all gaming characters had amazing costumes and that made me admire them. I have been Cosplaying since 2010 and that is partly the reason I got into fashion designing. It was gaming. It was the elaborate designs that made me want to be those characters that I saw on screen. I remember my first costume. The first time I saw myself in the mirror; I was exceptionally proud of what I had done

For most of my time in gaming, I remained casual. I played more to learn about game characters and not to compete or to take it too seriously. Cosplay was still my primary focus. The played MOBA’s such as LOL and FPS games from time to time. But at that time I didn’t take gaming too seriously.

Nearly a year ago, I got myself a new Gaming PC . And I guess that’s when things have changed the most. I now had to tools to take gaming more seriously; and the best part was that I didn’t have to compromise. I have a team and an amazing boss that supports my career as a Cosplayer.

Slowly but steadily I’ve grown as a gamer and things are looking bright from here on out. I’m sure that there will be more challenges ahead as there are today but now I’m confident that I can face them”

Q. When did you start gaming?

“I got my first computer in 2008 and I guess that’s when I played my first game(not counting those Cassettes day on Gameboys). I still remember getting to know the controls while playing ‘Project IGI’. I was hooked. I think for someone to be passionate about gaming, you have to start young. That is the time when it can really leave an impact; as it did with me.”

Q. What all games do you play?

I like to play PUBG , Tekken and other variety of games but I love  ‘League of Legends’.

Q. When did you start streaming?

Mostly it was through popular demands of my followers that repeatedly asked me to do this. So I gave it a chance and it was very well received. Thanks to all of that, I think I’m going to explore more of what i can do in streaming.

Q. Have you faced any difficulties pursuing gaming as your passion?

Most of the difficulties that I have faced have been monetary, I didn’t have much support from my family but they were never against it. They supported me as a Cosplayer, even when they didn’t really know what it was. I make a decent amount of money now and I’m surrounded with people that support me. Actually I would call myself lucky.

Q. Your journey has been truly inspirational, what advice would you like to give to budding girl gamers? 

To anyone who’s looking to make it in the gaming industry; just make sure that you surround yourself with positive energy. There are a lot of things and people that would for some reason pull you down. We all love to watch a train wreck but make sure that you’re not such a spectacle. Be known for good; and at the same time be ready to face the worst.

Gaming is supposed to be progressive and accepting of everyone but unfortunately that is not the case once you take the first step into the deep end of the pool. I had to face a lot of this until I met up with the right people, people that genuinely want to have fun and get better at gaming at the same time. Even after all the adversities, I got through it & I can only see good things lined-up for the future.

Q. eSports is growing worldwide, what do you think about the eSports situation in our country?

In my time working with Acro, I’ve been able to see the growth that gaming industry has seen in India. The last five years in particular have been very constructive; and we’re all very certain that the numbers will keep on improving. What everyone needs to understand is that Rome wasn’t built in a day; things will take time.

#BreakTheMyth

Our Favourites From E3, 2018. Hands On – Bethesda, Xbox, EA & More

E3 put up a great show this year with publishers unbinding their premier games. PlayStation, Xbox,  EA, Square Enix, Bethesda to name a few unveiled their hottest titles. After a long wait we finally catch glimpse into the biggest gaming show of the year.

Here are some top picks from the conference.

Fallout 76

“Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a *real person*. Work together – or not – to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.”

Multiplayer is now in the game. Taking the form of S.P.E.C.I.A.L forces to explore the post nuclear MURICAAA! . It has been said that the game is 4 times bigger size of it’s prequel, Fallout 4. Risks surround every corner in this catastrophe struck world.

Get your Beta access by pre-ordering the game. 14th November, 2018,. Mark your calendars.

 

FIFA 19

Die Meister, Die Besten, Les grandes équipes,The champions. *Champions League Theme*

I can’t speak for the rest of you but when the trailer kicked off, I certainly had goosebumps. We’ve waited for this for years now. After a 10 year wait, EA has officially acquired the official license for UEFA Champions League from it’s age old competitors Konami (PES).

Right into action, Ronaldo catches a hold of the ball & unleashes his magic on the pitch, followed by Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar & many others, we see a lot of fancy goals & shimmies. “Champions Rise, Be A Champion”

  1. Active Touch System – Giving you much more control on the ball & options for various exits to beat the defender inducing unpredictability which actually contributes to having a much more realistic gameplay
  2. New tactics & mentalities from the touch of a button
  3. NO PARK THE BUSSSSSSSSSSS
  4. Timed Finishing – Goodbye to spamming the shoot button, won’t work this year. Thank you EA!
    Watch the trailer below to catch a glimpse to what the game offers, we’ll update you as we find out new features.

CyberPunk

A combination of a RPG, first person shooter and an Open world game. CD Projekt Red‘s Cyberpunk 2077 can be described as a “narrative-driven First Person RPG”. It takes place in an alternate-reality version of Northern California, in a sprawling mega-city filled with augmented humans. You can choose your character’s gender, pick a look, and assign skill points to better suit your playstyle. But Cyberpunk 2077 also goes a step further, and lets you craft your own simple backstory. You can choose from childhood events that shaped your character, and these in turn will influence how people perceive you in the game. You can also upgrade your skills and physical stats as you go on with your storyline.

World of CyberPunk 2077

Particularly impressive were the citizens, who all moved about naturally, as if they had their own lives going on. CD Projekt Red says that each non-playable character has their own day / night cycle, so that they behave differently depending on the time of day. They can also behave differently depending on what you do in the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, though there’s no word on a release date yet.

 

Shadow of Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an upcoming action-adventure video game developed by Eidos Montréal in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is the third entry of the rebooted Tomb Raider series and a sequel to 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The story takes place after the events of Rise of the Tomb Raider. The protagonist Lara Croft is an archaeologist on an expedition to Latin America looking for a Mayan relic which has a connection to her late father. Trinity, a paramilitary organization dedicated to investigating the supernatural, seek the relic to reshape the world. During the expedition Lara sets off a Mayan apocalypse and she attempts to save the world.  There are numerous adjustments made to gameplay, which is otherwise identical to Rise. The controls for swimming have been completely revised, as Lara is now able to hold her breath underwater for a longer period of time due to the introduction of air pockets. She also gains the ability to rappel down a cliff using a rope. Stealth becomes an important part of the game, with Lara being able to disengage from combat when she escapes from enemies’ line of sight. Like its predecessors, the game allows players to hunt wild animals, craft materials using the resources collected, solve puzzles and explore optional tombs. Shadow of Tomb Raider is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox one and PC on 14th September 2018.

 

 

Anthem

An eye catching 3-D snippet at the kick off of the EA Play 2018 conference was of Bioware & EA’s collaborated development “Anthem”, a Sci-Fi action role playing game which already left a pleasing impression back in E3 2017 with its superbly sophisticated yet gorgeous environment. The game focuses on the storyline of how a natural phenomenon threatens to wipe out the entire mankind and how a faction by the name of “Freelancers” struggle from keeping things from going south. The game is set to release in February 2019 which seems to be a decade long wait but like the saying goes, ‘patience always lead to sweeter results’.

Jump Force

It might be true that ‘Marvel Avengers: Infinity War’ was “the most ambitious crossover”, but “Jump Force”, a revelation at the Microsoft E3 2018, surely knocked the socks off for Marvel. A new generation all-star brawler developed by Bandai Namco, brings the major characters from the most beloved works in the Anime & Manga world in an arena, which is, prima facie, based in the United States. A confirmed release date hasn’t been announced yet but it’s for sure that the Manga & Anime fanatics will have to wait till the next year.

Forza Horizon 4

 

Developer Playground Games have always impressed the racing video games fanatics with each of their Forza’s franchise till date and the developers, now acquired by Microsoft, have hit the right note this time as well with their upcoming release “Forza Horizon 4” According to GameSpot, “During a meeting at E3 2018 this week, Playground’s Ben Penrose spoke about how Forza Horizon 4 offers the “biggest paradigm shift” since the Forza Horizon series began back in 2012.” ‘Seasons’, the new gameplay mode offered in Forza Horizon 4, will be this franchise’s ace card apart from the beautifully rendered seasons in Britain. Forza 4 is expected to roll out this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E3 2018, Sony has set the bar high unbinding it’s top acclaimed games.

For the past few years we’ve seen PlayStation put up a great show when it comes to delivering triple A’s, this year wasn’t any different.

Blockbuster titles from  leading developers like Naughty Dogs (The makers behind Last of us), Hideo Kojima etc really makes it a bad time to own an Xbox! To be honest I was always an Xbox fan but to my luck I got my hands on God of War & I just can’t go back, PlayStation never fails to impress when it comes to exclusives.

Here are our top picks from the conference.

Last of Us 2

The conference kicked off with Naughty Dog’s famed classic, Last of Us, only if the first part wasn’t good enough, they’ve come up with the sequel. The trailer starts off with Ellie W/ her girlfriend at a party & skip to 30 seconds & it’s a flashback to killing a bunch of people & surviving her way through. Stealth centred gameplay with ground breaking graphics in the dark lighted environment truly makes it a one of kind experience.

Spider-man

Marvel’s spider-man provides us with a new thrill into the world of danger, It will cover both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character, set in the modern day New York City, the trailer starts off with Spider-man jumping right into action, after a prison outbreak & stumbles on Electro, Rhine & Scorpion, juggling his way through them to face all 5 main enemies as he gets his back against the wall. The action-adventure includes a lot of fighting, the combat is compelling & provides a unique experience, abilities include web slinging and wall-crawling as well as new gameplay elements, one of which will be the ability to traverse using parkour. The game is set for a release on 7th September, 2018.

 

Death Stranding

Produced by the industry’s very own Hideo Kojima, the father of survival horror, the terror was unleashed in the live reveal at E3. We’re as confused as anyone else but the trailer gives us more insight as to what the game has to offer which includes an invisible creature who roams around freely in the unknown world. Starring Norman Reedus, the protagonist sets out to explore the world with a body hanging entrapped in a bag pack. The more I try to make sense of the game, the confusing it gets. Please watch the trailer & come back to it. Pheww!

Control 

From the makers of Quantum Break & Max Payne, Control is a time-control game, players will take the role of Jesse Faden, who becomes the new director of the “Bureau of Control. The trailer includes a lot of action on similar grounds at par with Quantum Break where we saw time control as a ability to counter your enemies & a lot of slo-mo shooting. Watch the trailer to find out more.