The Council is once again called to order with the release of Episode 4: Burning Bridges

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Whoa. A lot of that video is in French. Classy.

We last checked in on The Council back in March of this year, when we were anticipating the release of the first episode. Well, it seems that developer Big Bad Wolf has been committed to releasing their episodes in a timely manner (a refreshing tactic in the world of episodic games), because now they are releasing the fourth episode in sixth months. The fifth and final episode is promised to release before the end of 2018, and that will be a wrap on The Council. No muss, no fuss.

While I haven’t caught up with The Council yet, I am hoping to dive in and devour the entire series soon. As a result, I’m purposely avoiding story spoilers. But I can say that the official description says that the fourth episode “sees allegiances explained, rivalries come to a head, and the ghosts of the past begin to catch up to the inhabitants of the island. Your decisions will haunt you as you decide the fate of Louis, Mortimer, and the world itself.” Louis! Mortimer! Who could they be? Intrigue!

The new episode is available today for individual purchase, and for season pass holders. The Council is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

Rockstar is now just showing off with images of wildlife

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So yesterday, Rockstar dropped a whole lot of info and images on the Wildlife, Horses and Hunting and Fishing within Red Dead Redemption 2.  Topping themselves today, they just dropped six hi-res images on their twitter feed for some of the wildlife in the game. 


The images are just gorgeous, and if you want to view them slightly larger than what we have attached, head over to the official page and go to the bottom.

Episode 1 of Life is Strange 2 releasing on 9/26/18...unless it isn't

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The Official Twitter feed banner for Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 has the release on 09/27/18.  However, all hell is breaking loose after the official twitter feed stated today that it will be releasing by platform and region based on the graphic below.  A clarifying tweet in the thread for PAL countries also states that the game will release at midnight as 9/25 turns to 9/26, while North America is to follow the times below on the 26th. 

The problem with that is people are posting that the countdown clocks on their devices are not matching up with midnight tonight.  I checked steam myself to see if it would align with 12 Noon EST tomorrow, and it states 1 day and 23 hours, which is NOT ~24 hours from now.  So there you have it, the game will be available in about 12 hours, unless it isn't.  Most likely there will be updates and resets done on all the system release clocks, but for now, and until that happens, most people will not see the game until sometime on the 27th.

Meet the new Pokemon Meltan

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At the conclusion of this past weekend's Pokemon GO Community Day featuring Chikorita, player's began to notice something strange appearing within the game. A strange Pokemon began appearing with the body of a silver Ditto and the head of a golden hex nut. However, upon catching this strange being it would turn into either a Ditto or a Chikorita for whatever reason. Speculation began to arise that it was either a place holder for the not-yet-released generation three Pokemon Kecleon, or a brand new Pokemon altogether to help promote Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee. It turns out the latter was correct.

Meet Meltan. Not much is known about Meltan yet other than it's a steel-type Pokemon and is apparently considered a mythical Pokemon. Compared to other mythical Pokemon such as Mew and Celebi, Meltan seems a little underwhelming.  What's more is that, in the video below, Professor Willow is sending Professor Oak a Ditto...or rather what the Ditto transformed into. Could this be a new ability for Ditto, or could Ditto actually have an evolution of sorts? Honestly given that it could be classified as mythical I doubt it's an actual evolution, but we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out more about Meltan. 

 

Humble Bundle supporting SpecialEffect's for disabled gamers

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Humble Bundle is hosting another great opportunity for charity, by supporting SpecialEffect's One Special Day fundraising event.  For the next week or so, you can log onto Humble and pick up some great titles and support the fundraising efforts at the same time.  Per the Bundle info, SpecialEffect's work is helping disabled gamers access digital games by adapting and creating hardware and software.  I strongly encourage you to take part,m as it is both a great cause and there are some great titles to be had here.

For $1

  • Streets of Rage
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Binary Domain
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

If you pay above the curent average (this changes as more donations role in) of $6.07

  • Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition
  • GRID 2
  • Alpha Protocol
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River

And if you go all in, and pay at least $9

  • Stronghold Crusader 2
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • $2 Humble Wallet credit (Humble Monthly subscribers only)

Walking Dead: The Final Season not dead yet...Episode 2 to release as planned

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With the stunning announcement last week that Telltale Games was closing down immediately, there was much wondering about any projects that the company had in the pipeline at the time.  We reached out and received an update on Stranded Deep last week, but there were several other projects underway including Walking Dead: The Final Season that were instantly thrust into limbo.  While it isn't a guarantee, there is a glimmer of hope for Walking Dead fans, as the company released a short message on Twitter tonight stating in part that "Multiple potential partners have stepped forward to expressed interest in helping to see The Final Season through to completion."

 

Although the company can't make any promises, based on the tweet, sure seems like something might come out of this as they plan to release Episode 2 tomorrow across all platforms as previously planned.  If interested, keep an eye on their twitter feed for more announcements.

The Launch Gameplay Trailer for Black Ops 4 is here

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I'm not sure how many nouns and adjectives you need for a trailer, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's launch gameplay trailer has dropped today. 

Peppered with cinematics and old footage from previous videos, the trailer features most gameplay from its regular multiplayer and Battle Royale offerings (the Zombies stuff is composed almost entirely cutscenes).

"The World Goes Black" on October 12th.

   

Hyperkin releases Clover Green Edition of Xbox Controller for Xbox One and Windows PC

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Hyperkin, a retro game gear designer, has released a new edition of the original Xbox controller, compatible for Xbox One and Windows PC. 

The controller comes with a 9 feet detachable USB (which is required since it is a wired controller), a 3.5 mm headset jack, original button layouts, option and menu buttons exactly like on regular Xbox One controllers, and black and white bumpers replicating the black and white buttons on the original controller. 

You can visit Hyperkin here, and order the controller here

 

Mad Catz one step closer to being back

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Amazing what a few years of change can mean for companies.  The last anyone heard of Mad Catz on Twitter was way back on 03/24/17, when they retweeted several posts about their fight sticks. What followed a few days later a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing and a liquidation of all the remaining assets.  They had already sold Saitek to Logitech the previous year, so this was not unexpected and a fate that many expected for a few years.  Well, fast forward to CES 2018 and the company announced that it has returned from its bankruptcy with new ownership and, as of today, reestablished themselves on twitter.  

Teasing what appears to be their S.T.R.I.K.E. 4 keyboard and R.A.T. Air mouse they announced at CES, Mad Catz is now one step closer to becoming a player in the PC Gaming peripheral world where they were a known commodity.  Should be interesting to see how they move forward and when they begin to drop additional info on their newest products.

 

Rockstar continues to show off Read Dead Redemption 2 game components

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Over the last couple of weeks, Rockstar has been ramping up the visibility of Red Dead Redemption 2, as the game is slated to hit retailers and digital distribution in just a few short weeks on October 26. Previously, we have been introduced to the Van der Linde Gang as well as showing off some of the locations we will be visiting. Not to disappoint, today Rockstar is giving us a quick glimpse at a very small portion of the wildlife that will be encountered, as well as some of the fishing, hunting actions, and horses.


Wildlife
The diverse habitats and climates of Red Dead Redemption 2 are home to around 200 species of animals, birds and fish, all of which behave and respond to their environment in a unique way.

Deer, bison and pronghorn traverse the plains in large herds, scavengers quickly sniff out carrion, sockeye salmon leap upstream, wolves attack in packs surrounding their prey, geese fly in fixed formations, possums play dead, rodents scamper into tree hollows, grizzly bears bluff charge when threatened, and birds of prey soar on thermals. They all form part of a complex ecosystem and must continually fight for their place on the food chain. The wilderness is at once a bountiful and perilous place, for both man and beast, and any predator can quickly turn prey.

  • Th California Valley Coyote
  • The Whitetail Buck
  • The Eastern Turkey Vulture
  • The Bald Eagle
  • The American Alligator
  • The Tennessee Walker
  • The North American Brown Bear (Grizzly)
  • The Lake Sturgeon
  • The Banded Gila Monster
  • The Morgan Horse

Hunting & Fishing
Hunting and fishing are essential skills for survival in the wilderness, providing food, materials and a source of income. A huge variety of fish swim the many rivers, lakes and streams, and selecting the right bait or lure is key to a successful day’s haul. Tracking an animal takes focus and patience; move carefully and watch the wind direction or you will alert your prey. Choice of weapon and shot placement are also very important and will affect the quality of the meat and pelt, which in turn affects the price that traders will pay for them. Make sure to pick the right gauge of rifle for the size of animal that you’re hunting, or master the use of the bow for a quiet and clean kill.

After a successful hunt, you can either skin and butcher the animal on the spot or take it with you whole. Just try not to leave it too long or the scavengers will come looking. Skins, parts, meat and entire carcasses can all be loaded onto your horse to be sold to the butchers in town, taken back to camp for the stew pot, or crafted into clothing or other items. Nature amply provides and there is no reason to ever go cold or hungry.

  • Hunting wildlife provides valuable natural resources like meat, hides and other useful materials. You can sell meat and animal parts to Butchers or General Stores, donate them to your Camp, or use them to cook and craft. For more exotic goods, bring your haul to a Trapper.
  • Game can be found across a range of habitats. If your first shot is not immediately fatal, your prey will try to escape. Follow clues like blood to track it down and you may need to use a mercy kill to end the animal’s suffering.
  • Selecting the proper weapon is important to the quality and yield from your kill. Bow and arrow is often the optimal weapon of choice for clean kills. Approach prey quietly, cover your scent or stay downwind to make it harder for animals to detect your presence, and use a call to draw its attention before making your fatal strike.
  • Like hunting, fishing also yields meat and useful materials. A range of species can be found in different habitats, each responding to different varieties of bait.

Horses
There are 19 breeds of horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 from Appaloosas and Arabians to Shires to Mustangs, each of which handles differently with its own defined characteristics. Horses can be captured and broken out in the wild, purchased from stables or acquired by more underhanded means, of course.

Your horse is your constant companion, and you will rely on them just as heavily as on any of your fellow gang members so it is important to take good care of your animal. By keeping it groomed and well-fed, you will start to see improvements in stamina, performance and handling and it will become less skittish as the bond grows between you. With 59 different styles of coat, and a huge range of customizable tack, including saddles, horns, stirrups, spurs, you can create a horse that is truly your own, and develop a personal and unique relationship as you explore the world together.

  • Wild Hungarian Half-Breeds can be found in the Heartlands among other habitats. Capturing and taming wild horses can be a free method to acquire new mounts.
  • Buy, sell and store horses from Stables, or purchase provisions to keep your horse fed, tonics that give your horse temporary health and stamina boosts, and equipment like stirrups and saddles, which can improve your horse’s performance. Or simply add style to your horse’s mane, tail or otherwise.
  • Your bond with your horse represents trust and understanding. As your bond with your horse grows over time and through activities like feeding and grooming, your horse’s attributes like it’s health and speed will improve. You will also unlock bonding perks and rewards.
  • Store weapons, outfits, masks and hats in your horse’s saddle. You can also stow fresh kills; birds and small game can be attached to the saddle or you can store larger game across your horse’s rear.

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