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News: Friday The 13th publisher says sorry with free DLC

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Friday the 13th released to criticism from players last month due to server issues. With this being a multiplayer only game, and multiple people having problems getting online, this is a pretty big snafu. Now, publisher Gun Media is offering up free DLC for all players as an apology. 

Content Update #1 adds some ‘cool free shit,’ as the trailer below notes, like a retro skin for Jason Voorhees, as well as some old-school sounding chiptune music.

There’s also new clothes for all counselors, and 13k free points for players to dump into customisation. As a sort of make-good, there’s even going to be a double XP weekend from June 23-25. 

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News: 2017’s Gamescom will be opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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E3 is barely over, but Gamescom is only a couple of months away, and has today announced that the show will be opened by Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the first year the Chancellor has opened the show, having been in office since 2005, and Gamescom officials are pleased at the turn of events.

‘The participation of the Chancellor is a sign of great appreciation for us,’ said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, the company who organises Gamescom. “With her visit she honours the development of Gamescom into one of the most successful and largest events in the German trade fair system.’

Gamescom this year is taking place from August 22 to August 26. Last year it opened its doors to 345,000 visitors, which makes it the largest games event in the world, E3 be damned.

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News: First look at Dynasty Warriors 9 gameplay in new trailer

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Koei Tecmo has released a trailer giving us our first look at what we can expect from Dynasty Warriors 9, which is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan. North American and European formats are yet to be confirmed, let alone anything resembling a release date.

Dynasty Warriors 9 is said to include all the characters from the eighth entry, with some new characters popping up for good measure. Koei Tecmo says ‘Players will be able to fully utilize their surroundings for the first time in the Warriors franchise with the ability to climb buildings and mountains, wield grappling hooks to traverse walls, and make use of objects like oil barrels in battle. These new actions offer a breadth of new possibilities for players to take advantage of while travelling around third-century China, or when caught in the heat of battle!’

For additional info on Dynasty Warriors 9, you can check out the official website.

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Review: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Review

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Back in late 2016, upon starting the third season of developer Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead, I thought we’d seen every possible zombie movie cliché covered in the previous two games. A slightly different route was taken with this one, though. The ballsy move to go with a brand new cast of characters, focusing on former pro baseball player Javi Garcia and his makeshift family, was appreciated. Yet, as The Walking Dead: A New Frontier drew to a close, I realised that aforementioned move was itself ballsed up. Superfluous flashbacks involving a series stalwart, a disappointing crescendo to a love triangle, and an excruciatingly annoying child with terribly delivered dialogue hammered home that fact. This third season had moments of intrigue, especially in the middle, but Telltale’s refusal leave the past behind them makes A New Frontier feel like an ironic subtitle.

Clementine has grown up before our eyes; across all three seasons, she’s matured from girl to slightly older girl. She’s witnessed some big influences on her youth die as the world turns to shit, but she must still wrap her head around things like getting her period (which leads to one of the better interactions in the season between her and Javi). While her appearances are more sporadic in certain episodes, it feels like there’s a reliance on Clementine in this season when the story of the Garcia family would’ve been better off without her — she’s a redundant reminder of what’s come before.I say that because Clem’s playable sections in TWD: A New Frontier come in the form of flashbacks, meaning a life-threatening decision in the past has no bearing on the present when you know she’s still mowing down Walkers at every turn. It’s not that this more grizzled version of Clementine isn’t a well crafted and well rounded character; she just feels like a holdover — The Who’s fourth farewell tour. And Javi Garcia is a good enough frontman on his own without Clem on backing vocals. 

Javi is a disgraced sports celebrity that’s trying to make good and, alongside his sister-in-law Kate, look after his brother’s family after the zombie apocalypse. He obviously falls for Kate. When it’s revealed that his brother David is still alive at the end of episode two, all you’re waiting for is the Eastenders drum fill. While the first season of The Walking Dead told a parental tale and the second centred on the series’ heroine in a new group, an undead Jeremy Kyle narrative involving brothers who’ve never gotten along is compelling. At the beginning of each episode we get welcome insight into David and Javi’s relationship prior to the outbreak, showing us that the two have never truly gotten on. And that’s understandable: David is a prick. Although he does test your nerves, you’re presented with some tough choices that ask you whether you love the family you were born with more than the family you’ve chosen. The payoff to this season-long drama is massively disappointing, which negatively affects the enthralling build-up.

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Video: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 5 – From The Gallows Review

The last episode in The Walking Dead season 3 has come and gone, bringing finality to Javi Garcia’s story. Not the most satisfying of finalés, though.

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Feature: Geralt of Rivia is stopping me from enjoying The Witcher 3

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The RPG has always been the genre that, for me, most fulfills the promise from well-meaning but essentially incorrect adults, who told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. RPGs allow one to have adventures that you could never have in real life, growing up in a semi-detached house where your bedroom window fell off and got replaced with a sheet of MDF. Real life does not afford one the opportunity of being the commander of a spaceship, the saviour of the whole galaxy who fell in love with a dying alien, or a mage calling down lightning to fry bandits where they stand. These possibilities always seemed infinitely more attractive than the water stain creeping under the distinctly not weatherproofed MDF.

People always say to me, ‘You should play The Witcher 3, you’d really like it. It’s way better than Dragon Age.’ And I say, ‘Are you sure?’ and those same people go ‘Yeah, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.’ So I tried playing The Witcher 3, and bounced off it like it was a trampoline (one which I was getting double bounced from, because there were already two people fucking and a stuffed unicorn on it). In a show of good faith recently started playing it again — it is, after all, often hailed as one of the best RPGs ever made — and I think I have identified the problem.

Geralt is not an enjoyable protagonist for a game.

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News: June content for Hitman includes new escalation contracts and elusive target

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Despite Square Enix selling the studio responsible, and reportedly waving goodbye to future Hitman games, the current one is still getting support. The June content schedule has been detailed, and it includes a bunch of new escalation missions and contracts.

As you can see, the escalation contracts have arrived today, June 2. In ‘late June’ we can expect Elusive Target #25 to be around for 10 days in Hokkaido (reportedly the penultimate mission for the game), and a ‘game update’. No details on that as yet.

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News: Rime had its anti-piracy protection cracked in five days, so it's ditching it entirely

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Last week the lead producer on Rime, Cody Bradley, confirmed that once the Denuvo anti-piracy protection on Rime was broken, it would be removed from the game. ‘Based on other titles, we expect the protection to last two weeks, maybe three at most.’ In fact, it lasted five days.

Bradley also acknowledged that using Denuvo causes a ‘small performance hit’ but didn’t believe it was responsible for other problems PC uses reported. 

Yesterday the team at Grey Box confirmed that the latest update will be remove the Denuvo protection for the PC version. They’re also working on another patch, aimed to release next week.

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News: Middle-earth: Shadow of War delayed so Monolith can deliver 'the highest quality experience'

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Monolith has announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been delayed. It will now launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 10.

Community Manager Andy Salisbury took to the game’s forums and said the date has been moved from August 22 so that developer Monolith can deliver ‘the highest quality experience.’ 

Salisbury added ‘We understand that it might be disappointing to have to wait a little longer for the release and are sorry for the delay, but we are working hard to make an amazing game. We’re excited to show more at E3.’

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Video: Tekken 7 – VG Versus

Out tomorrow, the latest entry in Bandai Namco’s celebrated Tekken series is the backdrop for Alice and Colm’s battle this week. And they’re on a level playing field because neither of them have played Tekken 7 before this.

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