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Crackdown 3 Delayed

Crackdown 3 delayed to 2018

Microsoft is delaying the release of Crackdown 3 from Nov. 7, 2017 to spring 2018, the company confirmed to Polygon today.

Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager, said the company is delaying the Xbox One and Windows PC game to give development teams Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine extra time to ensure a quality experience.

“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” Loftis said in an email interview with Polygon. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”

Crackdown 3 was originally announced at E3 2014 and was, at one point, targeting a release in the second half of 2016. It’s clearly a complex project, one that has evolved since its unveiling, and Crackdown fans have learned to be patient waiting for it to come out.

you remember that stupid scene at the very end of Revenge of the Sith with Vader taking his very first baby steps and going, “Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!“?

well, that’s how i felt just now after reading this.

seriously man, i’m about to give up on this game.

#FuckMan  #ThisSucks

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Fresh New Xbox UI

Xbox One is getting a completely new customizable interface

Microsoft just updated its suite of products for online gamers a month ago, adding a few quality-of-life features to Xbox Live and its streaming service Mixer (previously Beam). But today, they’ve announced an even bigger overhaul, revamping the user interfaces Xbox One and Windows 10 users.

The Home screen has been restructured, adding suggestions for new friends (and maybe an ad or two), but the big change is the new hot bar at the bottom. The first button sends users straight to their game library, but the next few are recently-played games or apps — a nice addition, if available elsewhere, that keeps you from having to dig around for your last-loaded title.

Microsoft also added a feature Xbox One fans have long desired: The freedom to customize their Home screens. Users can manually add games, and the system will automatically drop in related content like developer news releases or show when your friends start playing that title. The Guide’s a bit quicker and its smoother layout aims to make navigation easier, letting players switch between layered tabs with bumpers, the left joystick or the d-pad.

The Community page has also gotten a facelift, with new functionality that lets users peek into Activity Feed moments or comments and make them full-screen. There’s new filters for the feed itself, too. These updates are only coming to the first ring of Xbox’s Insider program for now before expanding slowly into wider groups of players as a sort of beta test, but a wider release is expected in the coming months.

i was pretty stoked, if not a little surprised, to hear that the Xbox was getting another UI refresh… feels like they just rolled out an updated one not to long ago, though to be honest, i’m not really a huge fan… still feels a bit cluttered, with too many clicks to get into stuff that you wanna get to, etc…. but hey, i’m always down for some new sexy UI, so bring it on xbox!

Spotify makes its long-awaited debut on Xbox One

PS. about damn time…

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SNES Classic Pre-Orders In Late August

Nintendo will offer SNES Classic pre-orders in the U.S. in late August

Nintendo’s next hot retro console, the SNES Classic, is going to be available for pre-order late in August at a number of retailers, the company confirmed today. It’s good news for people left wondering when the console pre-orders would arrive – including the many disappointed fans who thought they’d secured one from Walmart last week only to have their order canceled.

The SNES Classic Edition, in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past month or so, is a tiny version of the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with controllers that match the original. The console ships with 21 games included, including the unreleased Star Fox 2, and will retail for $79 when it’s available on September 29.

oh man, i really hope they have more supplies this time around because i’m still a bit bitterballs over all the bullshit i went through trying to get my hands on a Classic NES the last time around.

i’m not doing that again.

#bullshit  #notdoingit

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Destiny 2 Beta

Destiny 2 Beta Is Now Open To Everyone On PS4, Xbox One

i remember reading the other day that there was a new ‘Destiny 2 Beta’ going on, but couldn’t find it on the PS Store… turns out those that pre-ordered the game got a code, which would give them a couple days early access to the beta… and since i’ve been kinda on the fence about it, i didn’t preorder it — oh well.

anywho, there’s an open beta all weekend so guess we can all download and check it out if we’re curious about this new Destiny game ;)

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Switch + Phone = Chat?

The Switch’s Phone-Enabled Voice Chat Is As Ridiculous As Expected

The Nintendo Switch online app is live for Android and Apple devices. It offers some Splatoon 2 utilities that let players to keep track of their stats or buy special in-game items, which is pretty neat. It’s just not a very elegant solution for online voice chat between friends.

In order to communicate with friends over voice in Splatoon 2 (and only friends, as is Nintendo’s way), each friend will need to have the Nintendo Online app downloaded and running on their phone or tablet. Players will need a communication headset of some sort plugged into their phone. If they want to hear game sounds and chat, they’ll either need a one-sided headset, or a splitter like the one that comes with Hori’s adorable licensed headset.

One of the players in your group must then go into Splatoon 2‘s multiplayer section and create a private room via the Online Lounge section, sending out invitations to each friend they want to chat with. Invitations can also be sent through the app directly Once an invitation is accepted, friend icons show up on a screen in the mobile app.

i really never even thought of voice chat, since it seems like such a given with playing video games online… but damn, talk about a pretty convoluted and complicated way to go about it.

#blink  #screwthat

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Destiny 2: New Sentinel Titan Subclass

Destiny 2: Creating the Sentinel Titan Subclass

when i first heard that the new Titan in Destiny 2 would have a Captain American type shield, i thought it was kinda lame… until i watched this video.

if i pick-up Destiny 2, and i’m seriously thinking about it even though i felt kinda burned when the first Destiny came out… i might have to go with this new Titan class, because that looks pretty badass.

PS. Destiny 2 beta starts up next week.

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The Mini SNES Classic, Coming This September

The mini SNES Classic launches in September for $80

Nintendo has revealed details for the SNES Classic. The standalone mini console will feature 21 games, including Super Mario World, Earthbound, Super Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But the most surprising inclusion is Star Fox 2, the unreleased sequel to the original Star Fox for SNES.

The Super NES Classic Edition will launch on September 29th for $79.99. Like its predecessor the NES Classic, it will allow players to easily play retro games on high-definition televisions, thanks to an HDMI connection.

oh fuck yeah..!!!!!!!! here’s the list of games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

i never did get around to getting one of those NES Classic’s… i tried, believe me i tried… but kinda gave up after standing in line outside of a walmart/target/bestbuy after 5 or 6 times — usually at the buttcrack of dawn too, no less.

hopefully i’ll be able to pre-order one of these SNES Classic’s this time around, though.

PS. Sega classic games released on iOS/Android

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Visceral’s New Star Wars Game

Visceral’s NEW STAR WARS GAME – Story, Gameplay Details & More

at first i thought this was about Battlefront II, then realized this was a whole ‘nother game entirely… completely forgot about this one, but gotta say — hot damn, give it to me already will ya?! oh, and “project ragtag”? huh? hmmmm…

i’m soooooo ready to get sucked into a kickass star wars game right about now… i mean, seriously.

#FeelTheForce

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New Atari Console?!

Atari to make first console in over 20 years

Atari has confirmed it is making a video games console for the first time in more than 20 years.

The iconic gaming company, known for classic titles such as Pong, released its first home console, the 2600, in 1977.

It went on to launch several generations of consoles before it was overtaken by Nintendo, Sega and Sony, and its last full release was the Atari Jaguar in 1993.

daaaaaaamn..! talk about some serious nostalgia factor :)

kinda surprised by this, to be honest.. but guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens or comes out of all this.

#curious  #hmmmmmm

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Star Wars: Battlefront II

sooooooo many games coming out this next year or so, especially after the whole E3 bonanza… but the one i keep coming back to, the one that i’m probably the most excited about? yeah man, the new Battlefront II game.

i mean seriously, how effin badass does this game look?!

was kinda disappointed with the first one… was great at first, and had a lot of fun playing it… but it kinda pettered out and didn’t feel overly long before i just stopped playing it at all — can’t even remember the last time i fired it up, to be honest.

hopefully that changes with this new one.

#HighHopes  #FeelTheForce

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Dunkey’s E3 2017

jayden just messaged me this and had me cracking up…

speaking of E3, here’s the honest game trailer:

lots of people seem to be wondering why we even have or need an E3 anymore… since all the gaming companies and studios can just as easily announce new games / consoles on their own — personally, i like having a couple days where they show off all the stuff coming out the upcoming year… gives me an idea of what’s around the corner, what i’m interested in, etc.

so yeah, kinda hoping E3 doesn’t go away.

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My Next Monitor?

Samsung just unveiled the widest computer monitor you can buy — here’s how it looks in person

i’ve been joking for years about waiting and wanting a big ‘ole “fiddy” instead of having two 24″ monitors on my desk… well, that was before i switched over to the 27″ iMac and never looked back, but still… once i saw this monster it all came back.

i mean, g’damn… look at this thing!

PS. comes with one helluva pricetag too. ouch.

#lust  #crazy

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Sony Games @ E3 2017

Everything Sony Showed At E3 2017

Sony just wrapped their E3 2017 press conference, where Insomniac’s Spider-Man almost managed to distract from the fact that they didn’t announce Bloodborne 2. Not a ton of new stuff for Sony, but they did keep with the current trend of showing games that are coming within the next year or so. Let’s break it all down.

Shadow Of The Colossus Is Getting Remade For PS4.

The New God Of War Gets Up Close And Personal

Spider-Man Mixes Stealth, Action, And… QTEs?

We Got A Closer Look At Uncharted: Lost Legacy.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is getting an expansion.

We Got A Longer Look At Days Gone.

Destiny 2, Our Darkest Hour

i was shocked to hear about the newly remastered ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ that’s coming out… holy shit, that’s fucking awesome! can’t wait to play it again in all it’s beautifoo high-res glory.

also really looking forward to the new God of War, and of course — Spider-Man! :)

#fuckyeah

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Xbox Games @ E3 2017

man, so many game trailers have been coming out of E3 it’s almost hard to keep track of it all… at the same time, just kinda feels like this year is a bit of a let down… maybe it’s just me, or perhaps i’m getting a little more jaded than i thought… that being said, there’s still some games coming out that i’m looking forward to.

Metro Exodus is coming out next year, looks good.

Cuphead is finally coming out on September 29.

Sea of Thieves looks great, finally coming out next year.

Anthem gameplay finally revealed at E3.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be an Xbox One ‘console launch exclusive.’

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is coming…

State Of Decay 2 Is Coming Spring 2018.

The Last Night looks good as hell.

The Artful Escape looks nifty, pink.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Code Vein sure does have anime vampires.

Crackdown 3, dropping mayhem on Nov 7, 2017

soooo many games, so little time ;)

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The New Xbox One X

Xbox One X And Everything Else Microsoft Showed At E3 2017

been looking forward to E3 for the past week or two, and took a break from all the deck painting yesterday to chill out and embrace my inner couch potato to watch microsoft’s E3 presentation on twitch… been curious about the new scorpio xbox more than anything, and they literally jumped right to it in the very beginning which was cool — least they didn’t tease and have everybody waiting around for an hour or two until they “revealed” it… so i appreciated that.

i had a feeling that it might look very similar to the Xbox One S and i was right… looks super clean, simple, and sexy IMHO… hard to believe they actually made it smaller, even though it’s definitely a lot more powerful… and i’m sure gaming in 4K/HDR looks amazing… speaking of which, you’d be hard pressed to do that for $499 — that’s pretty incredible.

all that being said, i’m really kinda surprised they didn’t show any new game exclusive to the new XBX that’s geared to show it off… a kickass game in 4K/HDR/60fps that you can only play on the new xbox.

also think this is the first E3 that i can remember where there wasn’t a single mention of Halo… which after thinking about it, is probably a good thing… hopefully 343 is taking it’s time with Halo 6, especially the campaign/story because the last one was really sucked “meh”… so yeah, take your time on that.

anywho, what do you guys think?

PS. can’t wait to play Cupcake!!!

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The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda

The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development

In 2012, as work on Mass Effect 3 came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi franchise. Their goal, they decided, was to make a game about exploration—one that would dig into the untapped potential of the first three games. Instead of visiting just a few planets, they said, what if you could explore hundreds?

Five years later, it’s hard to find anyone who’s ecstatic with the results. Mass Effect: Andromeda, released in March 2017, disappointed even the biggest fans of BioWare’s longrunning series. Although some people enjoyed the game, it was widely pilloried, with critics slamming its uneven writing, frequent bugs, and meme-worthy animations (our own review was just lukewarm). The PS4 version of Andromeda has a 70% on Metacritic, lower than any BioWare game to date, including the ill-advised Sonic Chronicles.

Almost immediately, fans asked how this happened. Why was Andromeda so much worse than its predecessors? How could the revered RPG studio release such an underwhelming game? And, even if the problems were a little exaggerated by the internet’s strange passion for hating BioWare, how could Andromeda ship with so many animation issues? Continue…

a little bit on the gaming geek side, but thought it was pretty cool to read through what exactly happened behind the scenes on the 5-year development cycle for ME:Andromeda and what the hell happened… good stuff, especially if you’re a fan of the series.

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Microsoft’s Mysterious “S” Logo

Microsoft trademarks mysterious S logo ahead of Xbox Project Scorpio unveiling

Microsoft has filed a trademark for a mysterious S logo today. The logo, discovered by a NeoGAF user, is related to “Video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor; video game interactive remote control units” and “Computer game software for use with personal computers and video game consoles,” according to the trademark filing. It’s not clear whether the trademark is related to a new game for Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles, or even Project Scorpio itself.

The timing of the trademark filing is significant. Microsoft just teased its Project Scorpio dev kit, and the company is planning to unveil its Xbox Project Scorpio console on Sunday at E3. Microsoft is expected to reveal the final naming, price, and design of the new Xbox console at E3. Microsoft’s Surface Studio naming was revealed in a trademark filing ahead of the company’s PC hardware last fall, and it’s possible we might be witnessing the logo for the new Xbox here.

Whether Microsoft chooses just Xbox Scorpio, Xbox S, or another name entirely will all be revealed on Sunday at 2PM PT / 5PM ET.

the first thing i thought of when i saw this “S” logo from microsoft was that it was for the new xbox “scorpio”… also, that it would be really effin cool if they actually stuck with the name and officially called it Scorpio — because that’s just cool.

my second thought? why the fuck is it slightly tilted?!?

did a double-take and stared at the damn thing for a good long minute… if legit, and they stick with that damn tilt, i just know it’ll drive me a little nuts.

PS. looking forward to E3 this next week! :)

#hmmmmm

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Halo Movie, Please?

played some Halo for the first time in ages the other day, and watching some of the cutscenes just had me kinda wondering for the thousand’th time if they’ll ever get around to a movie.

case in point, here’s an oldie but goodie from Neill Blomkamp from 2009.

not to mention all the live action trailers over the years.

damnit microsoft! feel like the more time that goes by, the less likely it’ll actually ever happen… sigh… oh well.

#SadPandaFoo

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Overwatch Anniversary!

Overwatch’s anniversary event offers some amazing new skins

it’s been awhile since i played Overwatch, but damned if i don’t love their videos.

#SoGood

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Destiny 2 Revealed

Everything We Learned Today About Destiny 2

i sat down and watched the Destiny 2 reveal event after lunch today, and have to say… looked pretty damn good! then again, all the hype and hoopla feels oddly familiar — i remember getting pretty pumped up about Destiny, especially since it was from Bungie and being a long-time Halo fan… but i kinda fell outta love with it, for a whole slew of reasons… and even though they fixed a lot of things and it apparently got a whole lot better, i just never got back into it.

anywho, i’m curious enough to keep tabs on it and maybe download/checkout the beta later this summer.

PS. it did look puuuurtay.

#GrenadeLauncherFTW

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