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Xbox One gets a Chatpad

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The Xbox 360 had one and now the Xbox One will too. Today, Microsoft announced the Xbox Chatpad for the Xbox One. It fits in the same place on the Xbox One controller as it did on the Xbox 360 controller.

It will retail for $34.99 and can be pre-ordered right now. Launching on November 3, 2015, the Chatpad will allow for easier entry of text and codes. There are two programmable keys so you can tie them to a command that will suite your needs. Voice chat buttons are also easily accessible from the pad as well.

The Chatpad will also be backlit for those who like to game in the dark.

Finally, a single ear headset will also be included and will plug right into the Chatpad itself. 

Crackdown 3 looks amazing

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I was a big fan of Crackdown. I hated Crackdown 2. Crackdown 3 looks really, really good though. Unveiled at Gamescom today, the game has that cell-shaded look and the action looks great.

You're off trying to clean up a new city and you can see in the trailer released that those addictive orbs are back. From the looks of it, you'll be taking down the cities crime and each area can affect or lead to another.

Multiplayer was being touted and they are saying that the environment is 100% destructible. We'll have to wait and see if you can level the entire city during gameplay, but the effects are pretty impressive when seeing buildings fall down, knocking over other builds. The trailer touts that this is possible with the help of the Cloud computing feature that Microsoft has been pushing since the release of the Xbox One.

Crackdown 3 comes out next year and I hope the game lives up the the hype. While the second one was really disappointing, there's potential in the third to take the series to a whole new level.

Astro Gaming will gear you up the right way for Halo 5 Guardians with new accessories

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With Halo 5: Guardians just a few short months away, we're starting to see all of the branded gear becoming available for pre-order. Astro Gaming has never been shy to step up with new accessories, and have done so today with the announcement of two new accessories in the Astro A40 and Astro M80 Amp for Xbox One.

The pair of accessories go hand-in-hand with one another, with the A40 being an officially licensed product by Microsoft specifically for the Xbox One. The headset is over-the-ear in design and comes with a swappable and removeable microphone, meaning that the headset is not only for use with your game system, but can be used for TV watching or listening to music on the go. 

The M80 Mixamp is designed to be specifically mounted on the Xbox One controller and works seamlessly with the A40 headset, providing quick adjustment for volume, controlling both voice and in-game sound.

The pair will retail at $220 and will be available in September. You can pre-order it now on www.astrogaming.com and get more information about these and other great Astro products.

Shmup fans rejoice: Gryphon Knight Epic launching this month

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I absolutely love a good, quality shmup, and while shootem’ up games are a dime a dozen, good ones are hard to come by. There is one on the horizon that I have had my eye on for some time that looks absolutely spectacular: Gryphon Knight Epic. The game is in development for the PC (as well as Mac and Linux) and looks to blend the classic, retro 2D shmup style with exploration and medeival duels. The developer has finally given the title a firm release date and it will be available through Valve’s Steam service beginning on August 20, 2015.

Created by Cyber Rhino Studios, Gryphon Knight Epic has you playing as Sir Oliver, a knight who battles atop his fearless gryphon, Aquila. Your adventure will have you facing off against a wide variety of enemies, including other knights upon their non-standard mounts, such as Simiel Totec on his trusty gorilla, Zafira Faris on top of a deadly, giant scorpion, and even Lorraine Learn on the back of a great white shark. It sounds insane but it looks absolutely fantastic!

 

Killer Instinct Season 3 is coming March 2016 and Rash from Battletoads is a guest character

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Killer Instinct fans rejoice! Microsoft confirmed at Gamescom today that Killer Instinct Season 3 is official and will be starting in March of 2016 to Xbox One and on Windows 10. The great part about the PC version is that it is cross buy and cross play with the Xbox version. Anything you own on Xbox One will be available to you the day the PC game launches. The game will also support cross platform play and all Microsoft controllers and fight sticks will work on PC.

They also announced that Season 3 will have a guest character and that character is Rash from Battletoads. Yup, you read that correctly. If you have bought any piece of content from Killer Instinct or own Rare Replay, you can check out Rash early during a special trial period. The trial period will run from today, August 4th at 9:30PST to September 8th at 12am PST. 

No word yet on any more characters coming to Season 3 but I really hope that the remaining Killer Instinct originals Kim Wu and Tusk make their return. 

ZombiU drops the U, leaps to other platforms

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One of the Wii U’s more popular and critically acclaimed launch titles is finally making its way to numerous other platforms as Ubisoft has transformed ZombieU into a digital title, simply called Zombi. The game is coming to the PS4, Xbox One and PC in just a matter of weeks, on August 18, 2015 to be exact.

Zombi is a first person, zombie survival game that challenges you to last as long as possible in an infected London. As you progress, you will surely meet your own demise; the question is that when you start your next game, do you hunt down your infected body to recover any and all progress (supplies) you made on your previous run, or do you start fresh? The original game relied heavily on the Wii U gamepad for a variety of unique gameplay elements, including scanning your environment and managing your inventory. Ubisoft hasn’t specifically detailed how these mechanics will translate to the new platform, but given the ability to use tablet or smartphones on both the Xbox One and PS4, I don’t think it is out of the question to see them carried over in some sort of way.


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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir confirmed for a U.S release

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We don’t need to speculate any more as Atlus has made it official: the recently revealed Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is being released outside of Japan. The don’t-call-it-a-HD-remake version of teh game was recently announced for Japan and fans outside of that region figured that it would be localized to other regions as well, but there wasn’t an official confirmation... until now.

The game will launch in both digital and retail form some time in 2016 for the Vita, PS3 and PS4 systems in North America. The updated version of the 2007 classic does a whole lot more than update the game’s visuals; it will feature enhanced combat and role-playing mechanics.

News Roundup - 08/03/2015

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Rock Band 4's track list grows larger

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The Rock Band 4 tracklist continues to take shape as it reaches it's October release date and Harmonix has just revealed the next set of tracks in the game. If the thousands of songs available isn't enough for you, well you can add some Black Keys, Heart and Rush to your collection.

Disturbed and System Of A Down are what caught my eye as I love both of those bands. 

Here is the list of tracks being added...

  • 4 Non Blondes - What's Up
  • The Black Keys - Fever
  • Disturbed - Prayer
  • Duck & Cover - Knock Em Down
  • Eddie Japan - Albert
  • Fall Out Boy - Centuries
  • Halestorm - I Miss The Misery
  • Heart - Kick It Out
  • Heaven's Basement - I Am Electric
  • Lightning Bolt - Dream Genie
  • Rick Derringer - Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
  • Rush - A Passage To Bangkok
  • Scorpions - No One Like You
  • Slydigs - Light The Fuse
  • Soul Remnants - Dead Black (Heart of Ice)
  • System of a Down - Spiders
  • White Denim - At Night In Dreams

Your band can hit the stage again on October 6th and will be available on PS4 and Xbox One. 

A new guardian, Khepri, and a bunch of awesome skins headline SMITE's newest patch

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A new SMITE patch arrives this week and with it brings Khepri, a new Egyptian Guardian. Of course the role of the Guardian is to play support and peel for the team, but Khepri brings some new mechanics into the game as well. Khepri's

His passive applies a shield to himself and the team every five seconds, his Rising Sun reduces damage that teammates take and his ultimate can revive teammates. Yup, that's right, it finally happened, Khepri can cast his ultimate on a teammate and if they die, they will be revived back at Khepri's location with a certain percentage of their max health. Combine this with blink or sprint and you can get far away from enemies before the friendly teammates is fully revived. 

Also included in the patch is Anubis's tier 2 skin "Afterlife". There are also three new skins for Freya, Cabraken and Awilix.

"Renegade" Awilix is pretty much based off of the old school TV show "Knight Rider".

"Gamma Slam" Cabraken is pretty much based off of Incredible Hulk.

"All For One" Freya is based off of the Three Musketeers. 

The final skin being introduced this patch is Medusa's gold skin.

For the full list of patch notes, including all the buffs and nerfs (good riddance Ah Puch, Ratatoskr and Bellona), be sure to check out SMITE's official website.