Our first look at GTA Trilogy gameplay in new reveal trailer

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The GTA Remastered Trilogy was announced last month with a short teaser trailer. Its hefty price tag was revealed but nothing regarding its gameplay was shown. However, in a new trailer released today Rockstar has finally shown what gamers can expect from the GTA Trilogy.

The Definitive Edition Trailer runs for just under a minute and provides a showcase of the collection’s visuals. There are various direct comparisons made between the original games and their upgraded counterparts. The trailer also shows clear frame rate improvements with the remastered gameplay running at what appears to be 60 frames per second.

Not everyone is happy

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The trailer for the GTA Trilogy has been very well received having 194,000 likes and just 4,000 dislikes. However, not everyone is thrilled with the changes. For the GTA Remastered Trilogy Rockstar has opted for a more cartoon aesthetic similar to that of the original titles. It’s faithful but some gamers feel like a more realistic look would have been a better fit.

I’m a big fan though and think Rockstar has gotten things right. It’s a fun throwback that somehow manages to look both retro and modern all at once. Of the three bundled games, GTA 3 seems to have benefited most from the visual overhaul. The original was rough but this remaster is arguably the best looking of the three.

Regardless of your opinion on the graphics, everyone will like this next reveal. According to Rockstar, all three games will feature a rework to their control schemes. This rework aims to bring them all in line with GTA V, the most recent addition to the franchise. This should be a huge upgrade over the original controls.

Furthermore, the GTA Trilogy will be making its way to Xbox Game Pass, although not all at once. Starting November 11 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas will be the first game to be available on Game Pass. The other two are expected to follow sometime afterward.

Elden Ring delayed but Closed Network Test still expected in November

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Developer FromSoftware Inc. has delayed Elden Ring. Initially announced for a 21 January release, the action RPG will now instead launch on Feb 22, 2022. This announcement was made on the official Elden Ring Twitter account earlier today. The reason for this delay is that the developer believes that its “strategic freedom,” has exceeded initial expectations.

Despite this the Closed Network Test has not been pushed back. As before it will go ahead sometime in November. The Closed Network Test will act as a beta allowing players to try out the game ahead of release. Unfortunately, this beta will only be available on console so PC gamers will have to wait.

A delay isn’t a bad thing

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For some it’ll be frustrating knowing that Elden Ring has been delayed. Having a game that you are looking forward to be pushed back isn’t ideal but it isn’t usually a bad thing. Delayed games tend to be less buggy and offer a more complete experience.

Look what happened to the likes of Fallout 76 and Anthem. These titles were rushed out far before being finished which resulted in them performing poorly at launch. Whilst Fallout 76 has somewhat turned things around, Anthem has certainly not. Just two years after its launch, Electronic Arts ceased all development on Bioware’s multiplayer RPG last February.

There’s a lot of pressure on FromSoftware to deliver a good product. Elden Ring is one of the most hyped games of 2022. It promises to be an epic collab between Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki and the mind behind Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin.

With two creative geniuses at the helm, it’s hard to imagine Elden Ring failing but it wouldn’t be the first time a game to disappoint. Let’s just hope that this delay is sign that FromSoftware is taking this seriously and wants to deliver the best game possible.

New Overwatch patch hints that a McCree name change isn’t far away

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Blizzard revealed in September that it has plans to rename Jesse McCree. The gunslinging Overwatch hero was originally named after Diablo’s senior-level designer. However, following the allegations against the Blizzard employee the name has since been tarnished. To protect the heroic status of Overwatch’s McCree Blizzard wants to change his name.

However, it wasn’t expected that this move would happen anytime soon. The consensus is that this be implemented for Overwatch 2’s launch. But following a recent discovery found by Reddit user DoctorDeadeye, the change may be coming sooner than expected. Potentially even in the next few months.

Goodbye McCree

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The post shows that Blizzard has removed a large quantity of McCree-related voice lines. Presumably, in preparation for a name change, most voice lines refencing the name McCree is no longer in Overwatch. This includes voice lines said by McCree himself but also interactions between him and other characters like Ashe.

Interestingly, not all voice lines referencing McCree’s name are gone. For example, when Echo copies McCree using her ultimate some of her voice lines referencing his name remain. These were likely kept as they are vital gameplay features that provide players with information. These may be replaced in the future once McCree is officially renamed.

Furthermore, there is one specific voice line where Torbjorn asks about McCree’s robotic arm that hasn’t been removed. The topic of McCree’s arm was also raised in the Echo reveal trailer, Reunion. Blizzard may have plans to explain what led to this in the near future.

As for what’s McCree’s name will be changed to, we don’t know. One early suggestion includes Joel McCloud, a nod to cowboy’s original concept name. Sources suggesting this are not concrete though and we likely won’t know what his new name will be until Blizzard announce it. Regardless, expect to hear more about this topic sooner rather than later.

The GTA Remastered Trilogy isn’t going to be cheap, listed at $70

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A couple of days ago Rockstar Games announced the GTA Remastered Trilogy. This trilogy will be made up of three remasters of past Grand Theft Auto titles: GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. Format wise, it seems similar to Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All Stars which released earlier this year. However, there is one notable difference.

Whilst Super Mario 3D All Stars was priced at $50 at launch, GTA will set fans back $70. Seventy bucks is the standard price for most next-gen AAA games but it’s uncommon for a remaster to cost that much. The implications of this pricing are interesting as it means one of two things. Either Rockstar is over charging or these remasters will provide more than expected.

Are we underestimating Rockstar?

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The assumption by many when the GTA Remastered Trilogy was first rumoured was that it would a lazily thrown together collection of old games. Certainly, the visuals would be cleaned up a little and performance issues would be fixed, but none of the three bundled games would be true remasters.

But if this pricing is anything to go by, this may not be the case. Rockstar hasn’t released many games at all over the last decade so perhaps it used the freed-up development resources to improve this collection. If that’s true, these remasters could have all been completely overhauled and modernised.

Sadly, there is another possibility. The more cynical view would be that Rockstar know this collection will sell regardless so it has priced the GTA Remastered Trilogy at $70. Not because the collection justifies that price, but because fans desperate for nostalgia will cave in and buy it.

More details about the trilogy have yet to be revealed. Hopefully in the near future Rockstar will show us exactly what the collection looks like. All we can do in the meantime is pray that this isn’t just a desperate cash grab.

Twitch has reset everyone’s stream key following mass data breach

Popular streaming website Twitch recently suffered a data breach. In response to this Twitch has decided to reset everyone’s stream key in order to protect their channels. Further details regarding the breech have yet to be provided. It is assumed that Twitch is currently investigating exactly what got leaked.

A stream key is used to link up a streaming website and the streaming software. Popular streaming software like OBS and Streamlabs don’t work unless a stream key is entered. If someone knew someone else’s stream key, it would be possible to stream content to their channel without their permission.

Data breach

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Recently, an anonymous hacker managed to bypass Twitch’s security and obtain a wealth of data. This data included people’s Twitch stream key, passwords, source code, and even pay-out information. Accessing this data is illegal and it is expected that Twitch will pursue legal action if possible.

The leak first surfaced on 4chan; a popular internet forum known for incidents like these. The hacker claims that their motive was to disrupt the streaming service to combat its toxic community. It’s unclear if these motivations are genuine or just a cover up to justify breaking the law.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the data breach is that we now know what some streamers get paid. Monthly earnings from September reported that big streamers like XQC make over $700,000 a month. Equally, Asmongold makes $141,000 whilst Moistcr1tikal made $118,000. Some fans probably expected numbers like these but it does go to show just how lucrative Twitch can be.

But what does this breach mean for you? Simply, if you haven’t done so yet I’d recommend changing your password and activating two-step authentication. Furthermore, if that password is used on other website change it on there too. Especially if it’s an important account like Google or any social media platform.

Mei Is getting a huge DPS increase in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is going to bring a ton of changes to just about every character in the game. Blizzard is using the release of the highly anticipated sequel as a chance to try out new things. Amongst these announced changes is that Mei will be receiving a big DPS buff in Overwatch 2.

Currently, Mei’s primary attack is an Endothermic Blast that freezes enemies over time. This freeze effect is being removed in an attempt to reduce the amount of crowd control in Overwatch 2. However, to compensate Blizzard is increasing the attack’s base damage from 55 to 90 damage per second. That is a huge buff that means it will only take 2.2 seconds to kill a regular 200 health hero.

The new Mei

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Mei has always been a controversial hero due to her large quantity of crowd control. Crowd control refers to abilities that stun, freeze or block other players from moving or using abilities. To make Overwatch 2 less frustrating this aspect of Mei is being removed and replaced with superior damage output.

Despite this change Mei will still maintain some crowd control with her attack. Instead of freezing enemies the Endothermic Blaster will now only slow them down. It’s a nice middle ground where Mei doesn’t lose her identity without feeling unfair to play against.

Of course, Mei isn’t the only reworked character that Blizzard has shown off recently. Both Sombra and Bastion received reworks to better fit in with Overwatch 2’s vision. In the sequel Sombra’s hacks don’t last as long but she can deal extra damage to hacked targets. Also, she’ll be able to hack targets whilst invisible.

As for Bastion, our robot friend can now move around in turret form. This extra mobility makes him more self-sustaining. Furthermore, he has a new ultimate where he can fire off three artillery shells at any position on the map.

EA released FIFA 22 OTW player pack too early causing mass panic

Every year the FIFA series offers a variety of pre-order bonuses. Amongst these is the One to Watch (OTW) player pack. This pack guarantees the user at least one of the 11 available OTW cards in FIFA 22. However, players who opened their pack last night got met with unfortunate outcome.

Opening the pack when it was first released would cause the user to not get any OTW cards. Instead, they would only receive a singular random regular rare gold card in its place. This was because it turns out that EA released the OTW player pack too early but forgot to add the player themselves.

Community outrage

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Following this realization, a part of the FIFA community got upset and took to social media to complain. Be it Reddit or Twitter, there were thousands of posts from unhappy customers. More specifically, players who worried that EA wouldn’t refund their FIFA 22 OTW player pack.

Thankfully, in an update posted this morning EA has cleared up the situation. It was an accident and the publisher already has plans to compensate any affected players. Those who opened up the pack early will receive a new OTW Pack in the coming days. Players who didn’t open their pack will be able to on October 1, 17:00 UTC.

As a bonus, these players will also get to keep the extra rare gold player packed from their bugged pack. For most people this won’t matter but a handful of players managed to pull something worthwhile. This even included some of the sport game’s rarest players like Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Interestingly, some other players packed the regular version of cards that should have been TOTW. Team of the Week is another special card which is granted to the best 18 performing players in real life. It’s currently unclear if these players will also be compensated.

Co-op RTS game Dwarfheim leaves early access as version 1.0 launches

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Following a successful early access campaign, publisher Merge Games has released Dwarfheim. The co-op real time strategy game has officially reached version 1.0 as of today. This means that it is now a fully featured title that can be purchased on Steam. To celebrate its launch Merge Games is offering a 30% discount for all purchases until October 4.

Furthermore, there is a 33% discount on Dwarfheim Founders Edition. This special edition comes bundled with both the game and the Supporter Pass. The Supporter Pass is a piece of DLC that adds exclusive cosmetic items. This includes skins for several Thanes, tools, units, and various buildings.

Goodbye early access

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A lot of developers get stuck in early access hell. This is when a game never reaches version 1.0 and instead stays in its pre-release form forever. There are various reasons a developer may do this but thankfully the team behind DwarfHeim has successfully left early access.

DwarfHeim is a unique game as its designed solely around co-op gameplay. Three players can work together as a team, each sharing the same base. They fill one of three unique roles: Builder, Miner, and Warrior. All three of these roles are required to progress your clan.

Builders are responsible for healing units, building defences and maintaining infrastructure. The Miner is the team’s primary resource gatherer but can also building machinery and traps to disrupt the enemy. Finally, the Warrior has to train an army to defend the objective.

There are three game modes available: Conquest, Skirmish, and Sandbox. Sandbox allows you to freely create whatever you like. Skirmish is a single player only mode where it’s you versus the A.I. And then Conquest is the main competitive mode where two teams of three fight it out to claim victory. Only the best players will be able to dominate here.

Switch Online will support Nintendo 64 (N64) games from next month

Nintendo recently had a Direct announcing a large variety of games. Amongst these announcements was the long awaited improvements to its Nintendo Online service. From next month, Nintendo Online subscribers will gain access to several popular Nintendo 64 (N64) games. Furthermore, a handful of Sega Mega Drive classics are expected to follow as part of the so called expansion.

All the supported games will be playable with up to four players both local and online. The confirmed games are: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Lylat Wars, Yoshi’s Story, Mario Tennis, Dr Mario 64, Operation WinBack, and Sin and Punishment.

Remade controllers

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When Nintendo brought NES and SNES games to Switch, it also released a set of special anniversary controllers to celebrate. This time is no different. Once the N64 service goes live Switch Online owners will be able to purchase a Switch compatible Nintendo 64 controller. For many, this is an iconic controller due to its unorthodox shape and central analog stick.

Otherwise, players also have fourteen Sega Mega Drive titles to look forward to. Obvious classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Ecco the Dolphin are included in the library. It’s interesting to see Nintendo host a Sega collection given the history the two video game giants once had.

Unfortunately, these new games won’t be available at the current price that Nintendo Online is offered at. Instead, there will be tiered memberships which grant access to different platforms and games. To play both N64 and Sega Mega Drive games will require the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack to be purchased.

The exact price of this expansion pack is currently unknown. Nintendo simply states to “check back soon for more details.” Hopefully, it doesn’t end up being too expensive given that all that’s up for offer is some decent emulation. Although knowing Nintendo it’s hard to say what to expect.

Rooney and three other icons are coming to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

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It’s no secret that FIFA Ultimate Team is the sport game’s premiere selling point. For many the fantasy squad building game mode is the most important feature in EA’s football series. And so, it should come as no surprise that it’s the game mode that receive the most updates. Amongst next year’s improvements is the addition of four new icons in FIFA 22.

Icon cards are cards used to represent historically great players. The legends of the game are given the chance to appear in Ultimate Team through them. Each icon has three cards representing three stages of their career: base, prime, and moments. Only the former two are available at the start of the game with moments being released later in the year.

Who are the new icons?

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The new four icons coming to FIFA 22 are Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Iker Casillas, and Cafu. All of these players are true greats of the game and are widely considered some of the best players to ever play.

Wayne Rooney is England’s all-time top goal scorer with 53 goals in 120 international appearances. However, it’s his illustrious career with Manchester United that most will know him by. He made 393 appearances at United during which he won five Premier League titles.

Another Premier League great joins the icon roster with Robin Van Persie. Van Persie is one of Arsenal’s all-time best players having scored 96 in 194 for The Gunners. Similar to Rooney, he also had success at United lifting the Premier League title in 2013.

Finally, Casillas and Cafu join the roster. Casillas played for Real Madrid from 1999-2015, making over 500 league appearances. He is undoubtably one of the best European goalkeepers of all time. As for Cafu, the Brazilian great lifted two World Cups in 1994 and 2002. The pacey full back is one of the truly legendary defenders of his generation.