Rainbow Six Siege has been slowly growing over the past two years and they recently just celebrated a milestone by having over 100,000 concurrent players at one time.
Needless to say the future for Siege is looking bright. Speaking of the future Ubisoft has announced that a new set of operators will be coming to Rainbow Six Siege come 2018 from locations around the world including the US, UK, Russia, France, Italy and Morocco.
These operators will be part of Season 3 and a new Season Pass has come along with it. The Season Pass will cost $29.99 and includes the following content.
Additionally, anyone who owns the Year 2 pass will receive an additional 600 Rainbow Six credits.
Heisters rejoice, Starbreeze Studios and Overkill have announced that Payday 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch on February 27th. This means it would make a great late-Valentines Day gift for the robbery-minded special someone in your life. I know my brother will be pretty excited as he's played this game to death on Steam and he's looking forward to the portable version.
Here's a quick dev diary from producer Amir Listo to whet your appetite.
Nintendo Switch is a real "rising from the ashes" story. Wii U was practically dead on arrival and Nintendo struggled for years to catch up and try to spark momentum, to no avail. Switch took some of Wii U's ideas and refined them, and now the portable/console hybrid is sitting pretty at 10 million units sold in the hardware's first nine months since its March launch. To put that in perspective, Nintendo sold 13.56 million units of the now-discontinued Wii U in the console's entire, roughly 4-and-a-half-year lifespan.
I think there are a few reasons for this. When Wii U was announced, Nintendo's message was confusing and muddled, to the point that the average public thought it was a weird new controller for the old Wii instead of a brand new console. In contrast, Switch's debut couldn't have been clearer in its purpose and utility. That reveal trailer still gives me chills.
Wii U's hardware was a puzzling hodgepodge, with a powerful GPU bottlenecked by a comparatively ancient PowerPC CPU that made the system perpetually sluggish, and a controller that felt like a confusing, cumbersome half-implemented prototype. Developing for this grabbag of hardware was a chore and thus third party support dried up after the first year. Switch on the other hand is based on the efficient, well-known Nvidia Tegra X1 and its ARM architecture, which are so easy to develop for that Switch has an eminently playable port of Doom.
And this brings me to the third and most important distinction: Switch has games, and Wii U just didn't. To be fair there were hits like Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2 and Mario 3D World, but Nintendo struggled to maintain a consistent release schedule and Wii U's lifespan was plagued by several months-long droughts.
It's a simple concept and publishers repeatedly ignore it to their peril: if you don't have the games no one is going to care about your console, no matter how impressive the tech is. Switch had an amazing first year with Zelda, Mario, and Splatoon, but more importantly it has strong third party support and an already massive catalog of indie titles. That's pretty incredible and it's not even a year old yet.
So congratulations to Nintendo and Switch. It's been a great first nine months and I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for the platform.
I have not played The Last Guardian. I have, however, been reduced to tears laughing at YouTube videos of people cursing at Trico, the titular giant dog-thing, attempting to get the creature to comply with the simplest commands. That was good enough for me. I decided that I don't need any more frustration in my life, and so I passed on playing the game.
However, when Sony threw The Last Guardian VR Demo into their store yesterday for free, I was intrigued enough to download it and give it a shot. I'm not sure what this demo is for - either a VR demo for the standard game, or a demo for a VR version of the game (less likely) - but I can say that this very brief experience has convinced me to take another look at The Last Guardian.
The demo is seriously only 5-10 minutes long. There isn't much to do beyond teleporting around, tossing some barrels for Trico to eat, and solving a couple of puzzles so easy that I hesitate to even call them "puzzles". However, as short and simple as this demo is, it is one of the most convincing VR experiences I've had. There were at least two moments when I actually gasped and said "Oh my God" out loud. When Trico first appeared and brought his giant head down for an up close look at me, I thought for sure this thing was going to eat me, and I physically took a few steps backwards. And before long, I found myself talking to Trico. I had no expectation that it would answer or respond, of course, but nonetheless this thing was so convincing that I talked to it.
The environments are nicely rendered as well. The demo takes place in what appears to be the ruins of an old castle or fort, and there is a great sense of scale and height. At one point, Trico jumps across a wide space, and I stood for at least a minute and watched pieces of wood that had broken free from where he landed, floating down to the ground below. Each piece of wood followed its own path, some falling straight down, some fluttering in the wind in accordance to their shape. That is attention to detail, folks.
I dug The Last Guardian VR demo. If this game were ported to VR (or better still, if a VR experience were created from the ground up using the same assets and setting), I would absolutely play it. I know that a lot of people complain that some of these smaller VR experiences are little more than "tech demos", but when tech demos are as good as this one, they can keep them coming.
The "New Moves Pack" for WWE 2K18 is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Nintendo Switch DLC will be released at a later date.
The New Moves Pack adds over 100 new moves into the game which can be added to any wrestler in the game, real life or created via the create a moveset option.
Some examples of new moves include
and there are even some moves from outside of the WWE including Kazuchika Okada's German Suplex/Rainmaker combo which is called the "Gutwrench German Suplex/Ripcord Lariat"
The moves pack is free for all season pass owners. Non season pass owners can purchase it for $3.99.
Be sure to also check out this video from Gaming by JC which shows off all of the moves in action.
Quake Champions is getting one of its biggest updates yet this Thursday, December 14, with new content and a new champion, Keel.
Keel is a man who was killed in battle and brought back to life as a cyborg, with the Grenade Swarm active ability that allows him launch a barrage of grenades and the Stockpile passive ability, which reduces the cooldown for the active ability when he picks up an ammo box.
In addition to the new character, there is a new duel map being added, called Vale of Pnath, described as a "wickedly vertical shrine to the Elder God Ithagnal," with acid pools all around. In addition to this, ranked play and leaderboards are being added, bringing the competitive element to its fruition.
Customization is being pumped as well. You can now customize your crosshair, and some new holiday themed character customizations will be added to bring a little holiday spirit to the bloodbath.
You can watch the trailer for the new Keel character below.
The PlayStation Store just launched a giant holiday sale, and I do mean giant. There are hundreds of titles on sale, some at deep discounts.
Tucked among the sale games are some great VR titles. If you have a PS VR, or if you think you are going to be getting one for Christmas, now would be a good time to stock up on some killer games. And don’t forget to snag your free PlayStation Plus copy of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. That game is among the best VR titles released, and is well worth the low, low price of FREE.
Here are some of the games on sale:
Drive Club VR Originally $59.99 Now $6.99
Voltron VR Chronicles Originally $14.99 Now $5.99
Dying Reborn Originally $9.99 Now $.99
Dying Reborn Bundle Originally $24.99 Now $2.49
Eve: Valkyrie Warzone Originally $59.99 Now $14.99
NBA 2KVR Experience Originally $14.99 Now $1.49
Oasis Games Shooter VR Bundle Originally $24.99 Now $2.49
Pinball FX2 VR Originally $14.99 Now $5.99
StarBlood Arena Originally $39.99 Now $7.99
There are a bunch of other great titles on sale this week, these are just the ones that jumped out at me. Drive Club and StarBlood Arena in particular are great deals. If you know anyone else with PS VR, getting two copies of these games and playing the multiplayer together is great fun, communities or no communities.
I've got a kid that breaks every screen he comes in contact with. Over the years, he has broken screens on two iPhones, one iPad Mini, two Samsung phones, a DS, a 3DS and a PC. Same excuse every time: The dog stepped on it. I'm getting this kid a Switch for Christmas (don't tell him), and I'm terrified of what he (and the dog) will do to it.
Nyko to the rescue, it seems. Today, Nyko released their new Bubble Case and Swivel Grips, both available from Amazon at $14.99 and $9.99, respectively.
The Bubble Case caught my attention. It easily slides over the screen section and the Joy Cons without obscuring most of the buttons and ports. The only things that you lose are the kickstand and the Mini-SD port, which is fine. Far better to have a Switch with no kickstand than a Switch with a broken screen. And I feel like the $14.99 price point is very reasonable, considering the fact that they also pack in a screen protector.
I'm gonna buy one of these for me, too. It would be just my luck that I make fun of the kid, and then break the screen on my own Switch. To Amazon I go!
What is the Ataribox? The internet has a lot of guesses, and Atari isn't talking.
Whatever it is, you can pre-order it on Dec. 14.
So far, details are extremely sketchy. According to the official Ataribox Facebook page, the new device (funded by an Indiegogo campaign) will be able to stream content from all of the major streaming sites (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) It will be able to play a variety of retro games, and some newer indies. It boasts an "open Linux OS". And it will maybe include the joystick shown below.
I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Like most of my generation, I have a history with Atari, and I always root for them to succeed. But the details are so sparse, I can't really see laying down any cash for this thing. It might be awesome, but I don't buy things that I don't at least have a moderate understanding of. I don't want to jinx Atari by comparing Ataribox to Ouya, but even with Ouya people knew generally what they were getting for their money.
This will be an interesting story to follow. I'll post any further details as they become available.
There is nothing like paid DLC to bring the Steam comment trolls' temperatures well past the boiling point of sulfur (823° F if you're wondering, or 445° C if you're wondering and you aren't American) and they really, really hate the idea of a $25 flight sim that includes a pretty decent collection of payware-quality airplanes from day one. It's as if they view game/sim development as some form of charity rather than the pressure-cooker of hard, intricate work with low financial yield. They also object to DLC being sold only through channels that have a financial benefit to Dovetail Games.
Dire predictions of a DLC desert for FSW were (and still are) bandied about as if such was a fact certain. BlueSky Flight Simulation believes differently. They have developed what appears to be a fairly realistic rendering of the venerable Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, a single-seat fighter from just before the start of WWII. A perusal of the online manual shows 'cold & dark' functionality built in, which indicates a high degree of cockpit interaction. The manual also shows a lot of 'inop' switches and lights, indicating that this is not quite the study-level product you would expect for something like DCS World.
That said, it doesn't come with the $50 - $60 price tag, either. The P-40 is currently listed at $27.99 on Steam, but after December 14 it will climb to its normal cruising price of $39.99.