The early reveal of next-gen systems has sent current-gen sales plummeting in the US

2 years 3 months ago

Sales of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the US are declining faster than expected, says an industry report.

In a report by market analysts NPD Group (thanks, VGC), US hardware spending was down 35 per cent in January 2020 when compared with the same period a year ago. Total spending across gaming as a whole - including hardware, software, accessories and game cards - was also lower year-over-year, dropping 26 per cent.

"An interesting takeaway from the US NPD report is that PS4 and XB1 hardware sales in Jan 2020 are considerably lower than PS3 and 360 were in Jan 2013," posited Niko Partners analyst, Daniel Ahmad. "Next-gen consoles are around the corner but both are declining sharper than expected. Switch continues to remain steady."

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The new Uncharted movie is "an origin story to the games", says lead Tom Holland

2 years 3 months ago

Despite a myriad of issues, delays, and personnel changes, actor Tom Holland insists the script for the (hopefully?) upcoming Uncharted movies is "one of the best [he's] ever read".

"I read the newest draft of the script on the way over here and it's one of the best scripts I've ever read," Holland told IGN this week. "It really, really jumps off the page."

As Tom reported last month, Sony's increasingly-unlikely-looking Uncharted film has now lost its sixth director. Travis Knight, who previously helmed Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, was the latest to be named director of the project. That was back in October, after fifth director Dan Tractenberg quit last August.

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Rainbow Six Siege adding replays, new gadgets, revamped ping, even GoldenEye's Golden Gun

2 years 3 months ago

Boy howdy, we've come a very, very long way since that infamously fantastical Rainbow Six Siege demo was first previewed at E3 2014. Since then, Ubisoft's tactical shooter has certainly prospered, as a fairly blah launch has since evolved into one of the most enjoyed multiplayer titles in gaming. This weekend is a perfect example of this, as the best Siege players in the world compete at The Six Invitational tournament in Montreal, in front of an audience of thousands, with many more watching online.

Now entering its fifth year, Rainbow Six Siege is at an important crossroads. 12 months from now, we'll have entered an entirely new generation of gaming, with consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X vying for our attention and wallets. This generation will bring with it a host of new IPs and sequels, all eager to unleash the potential of the powerful new technology on offer.

Ubisoft, however, stated long ago that there are no plans for a Siege sequel. Instead, the development team are will work to simply transition the current game onto the new platforms, taking with it the operators, maps, weapons, gadgets and - hopefully - some 55 million registered players. This pivot to next gen begins now, in 2020, with Siege's incoming content. So let's look at what Years 5 & 6 have in store for Ash, Thermite, Mozzie, Caveira and the rest of the flashbang fanatics.

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Chris Moyse

The best Black Friday 4K TV deal returns: £999 for the LG B9 OLED

2 years 3 months ago

Our favourite 4K TV for HDR gaming, the 55-inch LG B9 OLED, has been discounted to £999 at PRC Direct, complete with a five year warranty. To get this sub-£1000 price, you'll need to use code 20FEB300 in the checkout for a healthy reduction of £300 off the listed cost.

This is the lowest price we've ever seen for this TV, equalling the best deal we saw back on Black Friday a few months back. For reference, this exactly model was selling for £1600 as recently as last autumn!

So why do Digital Foundry love LG OLEDs so much - and why did we name this one the best 4K TV for HDR gaming? Well, OLED televisions are renowned for their picture quality, with the organic LEDs inside capable of turning completely black instead of just very dark grey as you'd expect with an LED. That means the contrast between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen is nearly infinite, letting the TV look stunning in dark scenes - particularly in HDR.

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Rainbow Six Siege's terrifying Tachanka rework will turn a Lord into a GOD

2 years 3 months ago

Among the Rainbow Six Siege community, there is perhaps no operator more quirkily beloved than Alexsander Senaviev - better known to the Siege faithful as Lord Tachanka. Having been present in Siege since launch, the Russian Spetsnaz operator has become something of a meme character, recognised for his lumbering form, unwieldly head armour and devastatingly powerful mounted machine gun.

But sadly for Tachanka, this internet infamy has not translated into a high pick-rate. In a game such as Siege, where speed, mobility, and adaptation are of the essence, standing rooted to one spot in order to fire his trusty turret has left poor Tachanka at the bottom of the popularity pile, only really busted out for The Lolz. It seems that while players certainly enjoy the idea of Tachanka, nobody really wants to rely on the guy in the thick of the fight.

But, in Year 5, this could all be about to change. At this weekend's Six Invitational tournament, the Siege team revealed that Lord Tachanka will be one of the first roster members to be overhauled as part of the incoming "Operator Rework" project. And it looks like the time for joking is over. No-one's laughing anymore...

...Tachanka's machine gun will no longer be a mounted weapon.

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Chris Moyse

Sorry, but you can't use unearned attachments in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare anymore

2 years 3 months ago

Activision has fixed an exploit that permitted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players to use attachments they hadn't organically unlocked in the game.

In the brief patch notes (thanks, VG24/7), the developer also revealed it had addressed unspecified "exploit fixes on various maps and modes", made some - again, unspecified - changes to the backend, and fixed a bug that left some players' CDL filter active even after they'd joined a party without CDL filters.

Following an accidental data dump on the Call of Duty website last weekend, a new leak - this one from an official source via an Activision account on Xbox Live - confirmed Rust will be making an appearance in season two, along with three other multiplayer maps: Atlas Superstore, Bazaar, and Zhokov Boneyard.

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Revisiting Road Rash on 3DO - one of the system's greatest games

2 years 3 months ago

Isn't it about time we had a reboot of Electronic Arts' Road Rash franchise? Combining traditional racing with bike-to-bike violence, Road Rash was one of EA's most exciting titles back in the early 90s, making a fantastic debug on Sega Mega Drive before making the transition onto what were then the next generation consoles. However, before the series hit the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, we got our first taste of how the series would evolve into an actual three-dimensional experience - in July 1994, Road Rash arrived on 3DO.

One of the first 'next-gen' consoles with 3D capabilities delivering games via optical disc, the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer is something of a curiosity. Similar to the MSX of yore, the 3DO Company put together what you might call a reference design that was available for licensing, with manufacturing heavyweights such as Panasonic, LG (then known as Goldstar) and Sanyo each delivering their own take on the hardware across the system's relatively short lifespan.

Out of the box, the 3DO's best video output was a 480i interlaced video signal delivered via S-Video - which is something of a problem in terms of image quality as the internal framebuffer was actually a more traditional 320x240, or 240p. That's where Black Dog Technology's 3DORGB mod comes into play. Piggy-backing onto the GPU, the 3DORGB bypasses the system's internal interpolation and brings the best quality progressive scan output to the fore.

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Meet Oryx and Iana, Rainbow Six Siege's Y5 S1 latest operators

2 years 3 months ago

Following the reveal of Rainbow Six Siege's first season of Year 5, Void Edge, Ubisoft has revealed the next two operatives coming to the competitive shooter: Iana and Oryx.

While Jordan-born Oryx is the first operator that ships without a gadget, he'll compensate with two abilities, one that allows him to jump up through hatches and another, Remah Dash, with which he can dash-attack not just walls but enemies, too.

"Stable, sure, and predictable" Iana will be able to confuse foes with Replicator, a gadget that deploys a hologram that the player can directly control.

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This mod will let you play the entirety of GTA 5 in VR

2 years 3 months ago

It's weird how VR can make a familiar game feel like a completely new experience. For example, I've played GTA 5 many a time before and on multiple platforms, but looking at the world of Los Santos through the twin lenses of a VR headset allowed me to spot so many little details that I'd missed on previous visits.

The best way I've found to describe this phenomenon to non-VR users is to liken it to looking through a holiday brochure at photos of a resort you're planning on visiting. The resort looks beautiful from the pictures sure, and in your mind's eye you can easily picture yourself sat there by the side of the pool, sipping on a cocktail.

But those flat images are nothing compared to the feeling of actually being there in person, to stand by that pool and to see the size of it in three dimensions. To know the depth of it by peering over the edge into the water or to spot the little weeds or odd bits of wear and tear dotted around the paths that surround it because in the photos they masked by all the scenery.

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Review: Dreams

2 years 3 months ago

"How do you even review Dreams?"

It's a question I've asked, and been asked. Even now, as I try to stall so the right words might spill out of my subconscious and capture some of its playful magic, I'm grappling with possible answers. It's such a wide-ranging artistic experience. What we get out of it will drastically differ from person to person.

You might flex your creative muscles in animation, a discipline I'm convinced I'll never excel at, much less wrap my head around. I'm far more likely to stick with something in my comfort zone, like sculpting. Or I could wake up one day and decide "Hey, painting would be a pleasant change of pace." Your old buddy you never talk to anymore but always see online may very well be a secret music-making wizard.

The art-creating possibilities feel endless, but not in an overwhelming way. If there's one lesson Media Molecule wants us all to latch onto, it's that we're more capable than we give ourselves credit.

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Jordan Devore

GeForce Now has pulled Activision Blizzard games because they weren't supposed to be there in the first place

2 years 3 months ago

Nvidia has removed all Activision Blizzard games from its GeForce Now cloud subscription service following a "misunderstanding" with the developer/publisher.

While players participating in the closed beta were able to play Activision games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Overwatch as part of the service, founding members who signed up after the 90-day free trial went live on 4th February noticed that the games were quietly removed without explanation just a few days later.

In a comment to Bloomberg (thanks, PC Gamer), a Nvidia representative explained that while Activision had permitted its games to be part of beta test, the two companies had not discussed licensing terms beyond that beta. Consequently, Nvidia was forced to remove the titles, adding: "per their request, please be advised Activision Blizzard games will be removed from the service".

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The inescapable impact of plastics in the video game industry

2 years 3 months ago

Ed Annunziata loves the ocean.

"I can hear the waves right now!" he tells me from his home on the coast of Northern California. "I knew when I moved from New York that I needed to live by the ocean. I've always been enthralled by the dichotomy of its beauty and the dangers it harbors. What's more terrifying than something swimming from the darkness towards you? Yet, what's more gorgeous than a coral reef teeming with life?"

It's an idea reflected in Annuziata's games, most notably, Ecco, his beloved series about a dolphin fighting to save the ecosystem and his species from mysterious aliens and human oppression. It is often considered one of the first environmental ocean games, but even Ecco couldn't predict the threat that would be posed by plastic pollution.

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Aston Martin DBR9 Revealed for Gran Turismo Sport; Watch It in Action

2 years 3 months ago

Today during the Sydney event of the Gran Turismo Sport World Tour 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Polyphony Digital revealed a new car for the PS4 racing simulator.

The new car is the Le Mans GT1 Aston Martin DBR9, which debuted in real racing in 2005. 

It’s certainly a racing classic, and it was used during one of the semi-finals of the Nations Cup. 

You can watch how it races just below, while we wait for it to be added to the game.

Incidentally, the race was won by Jonathan Wong from Hong Kong. The overall World Tour event was won by Takeru Miyazono from Japan with an absolutely brilliant win at the very last second ahead of Cody Nikola Latkovski. Wong took third place at the end.

 If you’d like to see more of the game, you can enjoy the first look at the recently-revealed Lamborghini Lambo V12 Vision Gran Turismo.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Commercial Is All About the Whole Cake Island Arc

2 years 3 months ago

Today Bandai Namco Entertainment released a brand new TV commercial of the upcoming Musou-style game One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4.

As previous comercials, it focuses on one of the anime/manga arcs covered by the game, and specifically on the Whole Cake Island. The format is always the same, with the narrator reminding the viewer of “that emotional episode.”

You can check it out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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The Community Spotlight 2020.02.15

2 years 3 months ago

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight and I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back on the best creative offerings from the Giant Bomb userbase! With temperatures slowly rising for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it appears as if we have thoroughly shrugged off the burden of Winter. Hopefully, and fingers crossed on this one, this was not our last winter season. Regardless, we have an incredibly diverse Spotlight yet again filled to the brim with great works from the community! But, first, let us jump into the site housekeeping!

  • Giant Bomb East's Thursday livestream was canceled due to "questionable odors" seeping into the recording studio. If you want a full explanation of the situation from Vinny, then here you go!
  • For anyone using the API, the engineering and design team are looking working on higher resolutions of the Giant Bomb logo and icons for RSS feeds.
  • As mentioned at the end of the 02/14/2020 UPF, Jeff will be out during the week of 02/17-21/2020 attending to a medical surgery on his child.

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Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance Video Is All About Clandestine Operations

2 years 3 months ago

Paradox will soon release a brand new DLC for its World War II grand strategy game Hearts of Iron IV, titled La Resistance, and today they released a new trailer.

We take a look at Operations, which you could consider the heart of the expansion, as it lets you simulate support to resistance and sabotage of enemy installations like factories and so forth. 

It certainly appears to add another complexity layer to the game, and it’ll be interesting to see how it’ll affect the balance.

You can check out the video below.

f you’re unfamiliar with the DLC, which was announced at PDXCon, you can check out a brief description below, directly from Steam

You can also watch another vidoe focusing on the new Spanish focus tree.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Dreams for PS4 Gets “How To” Videos from Media Molecule to Help You Get Started

2 years 3 months ago

Media Molecule’s Dreams is getting quite popular among gamers who love to be creative, but the perspective of making your own stuff can be a little daunting for some.

In order to explain the basics of this game-meets-creative-suite, the developers released a series of tutorial videos to help us anderstand how things work.

By watching the videos below you can find out useful info from remixing creations to sharing what you create with others.

Most of it is quite basic, but it can help you get started 

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Mythical Pokémon Teased For Sword And Shield

2 years 3 months ago

Pokémon's anniversary is February 27, a day that will likely be filled with news and events for most of the active Pokémon games. For Sword and Shield, Game Freak has stated that it will reveal a new mythical Pokémon that will likely appear in the game at the same time. The official Pokémon Twitter account shared what is believed to be the silhouette of this new critter.

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Andrew Reiner

Rainbow Six Siege Trailer Shows New Operators Iana and Oryx from Void Edge in GameplayAction

2 years 3 months ago

Today, during the Six Invitational 2020 tournament, Ubisoft revealed the gameplay of the two new operators that will join the roster of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege with Operation Void Edge.

We get to see Iana from the Netherlands and Oryx from Jordan, and their approaches to battle couldn’t be more different even beyond the fact that the former is an attacker and the latter is a defender.

Oryx isn’t exactly the subtle type. This sleeveless brawny dude can literally smash through walls (at the price of a bit of health) and jump up through ceiling hatches after destroying them.

On the other hand, Iana is the opposite. Using her Gemini replicator gadget she can literally generate a hologram of herself that she can control to confuse enemies and scout for ambushes.

Of course, it’s not actually physical, so she can’t use it to hurt enemies, but I’m sure you can see plenty of utility for this tool.

The hologram disappears when hit by a simple bullet and by a handful gadget. On top of that, she can’t move while she’s using it.

You can check out the video below, also featuring a rework to the Oregon map and an explanation of changes to general gameplay.

As a bonus, we also get to take a look at the new Caveira Elite Skin.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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PlatinumGames Executive Producer: “The Fans’ Voices Will Allow Us to Release More Original Games”

2 years 3 months ago

With the Kickstarter campaign for The Wonderful 101: Remastered in full Swing, PlatinumGames published a new video starring executive producer Atsushi Inaba.

Inaba-san talks about his role as producer and then goes on to mention what the Kickstarter campaign means for PlatinumGames, which goes beyond simple monetary help.

You can check out the full video below.

“If we’re lucky enough to get a lot of support with this campaign, I feel like PlatinumGames will be able to reinvent itself in more than a few ways.

The fans’ voices will make this company stronger. The fans’ voices will allow us to release more original games.

I think it’ll be a very healthy way for us to grow. Money is important of course, but having people there to cheer us on is far more important to us.”

At the moment of this writing, the game’s Kickstarter campaign is sitting on $1630042, having passed several stretch goals following its announcement on February 3.

The Wonderful 101: Remastered brings back PlatinumGames’ former Wii U-exclusive action game from 2013 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC via Steam.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Blue Protocol Gets New Impressive Screenshots Showing Battle and Gestures

2 years 3 months ago

Bandai Namco released two new screenshots of its upcoming MMORPG Blue Protocol.

The screenshots have been shared on Twitter (sources: 1, 2) with the promise of more coming during the closed beta application period which will end on March 2.

Incidentally, if you want to enter, you can do so here.

We get to see a battle against monsters, and the developers stress how dynamic the scene is as the enemies approach.

The second screenshots showcase gestures, which are rather lovely thanks to the characters expressions.

You can check them out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Siege's Operation Void Edge – New Gameplay Today

2 years 3 months ago

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I've been incredibly lucky to be flown out by Ubisoft to some excellent Siege preview events over the last two years. I always have a good time, but I can say with complete confidence that they've never given me more exciting content to look forward to then they have here at the Six Invitational.

Join me and some very special guests in the video above as I show off the two new operators, the Kool-Aid Man defender and the astral-projecting attacker. This incredibly strong duo are just a taste of what's to come, so come back tomorrow for more big reveals about the next year of Siege!

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Leo Vader

Take This PlayStation History Trivia Quiz to Find out If You’re a True Fan

2 years 3 months ago

For the last few decades, PlayStation has been one of the most influential brands in the world, even outside of gaming. From award-winning exclusive games to breakthrough hardware developments, it is safe to say that the consoles have been a success.

With that success, there’s bound to be a lot of obscure and compelling facts that even the most loyal fanboys don’t even know.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of 15 questions that will test the limits of your PlayStation knowledge.

Are you a true fanboy? Let’s find out!

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Andrew McMahon

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