DOOM and DOOM II update brings the classic FPS into the 21st century

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The original DOOM first made its MS-DOS debut way back in 1993. Since then it has seen ports onto a wide range of platforms including SNES, Xbox 360, and Switch. Its most recent update announced earlier today looks to modernize several versions of both DOOM and DOOM II.

The only requirement to be eligible for this free update is to own either The Ultimate DOOM or DOOM II: Hell on Earth on Steam. If you purchase either produce now you’ll also get the upgrade for free. Both Ultimate DOOM and its sequel will set you back £3.99 each.

What’s in the DOOM update

DOOM II GAMEPLAYThis update aims to bring both classic FPS titles into the modern age with a ton of quality of life improvements. For instance, both games will now support widescreen rendering. This means playing on a 16:9 monitor will no longer result in either black side bars or a stretched screen.

Also, official support for both DeHackEd and Deathmatch 3.0 have been added. The former is a very popular fan patch many DOOM players use to add more content to their game. This includes new weapons and diverse enemy behaviour patterns.

The introduction of Deathmatch 3.0 will allow players to go head to head with their friends via local co-op. This was already a popular mode within the community but was never officially recognized by the developers. This change means that Bethesda will now offer full support for the fan favorite game mode.

Finally, Bethesda has used this opportunity to optimise this game experience on mobile. The iOS version of this game now features advanced touch controls, native controller support, and a custom FPS limiter. The latter is a nice addition for those who own mobile devices with higher refresh rates than the industry standard 60hz.

If you enjoyed this article consider dropping a comment below giving your thoughts on the big DOOM update.

The Smallest Co-op Feature Made These RPGs Amazing

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The Smallest Co-op Feature

There aren’t a lot of co-op RPGs out there. I’m not talking about hack-and-slash RPGs or (God forbid) MMOs. I’m talking about games like the old Final Fantasy series—character-driven, turn-based JRPG-style games. But there are two games that will forever spring to mind for me when the subject of co-op RPGs is brought up.

Eternal Sonata and Final Fantasy IX.

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You’ve likely heard of the latter, but Eternal Sonata flew under the radar. Probably for good reason. I mean, the whole thing took place in Chopin’s anime Lolita fantasy fever dream. Yes, that Chopin. And no, I’m not kidding.

For what it was worth, the battle system was intriguing. It was still turn-based, but during the player’s turn, they could control a character and run around the battlefield freely, attacking and casting spells in live action—for a couple seconds, and then it would be the enemy’s turn to run around and attack.

At first glance, Eternal Sonata and Final Fantasy IX might look very different (you know, other than the big heads and insane character designs). But there was one tiny feature that connected them.

The ability to choose a controller for each character.

That one feature turned these typically single-player games into incredible co-op RPG experiences—at least for my friends and me.

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You could have a separate controller for each of a battle’s three player characters in Eternal Sonata. Yes, you’d still have one player controlling all the running around the world and buying items, but there was enough battle to make everyone sitting down for the whole game worthwhile. And given how batshit loco Eternal Sonata was, you pretty much have to be pulling a Mystery Science Theater on the cutscenes to be able to stomach it. And the best way to do that is through co-op play, so every player is invested in the characters they control.

I didn’t discover that Final Fantasy IX shared the same feature until later.  I already loved the game. But one summer, my roommate and I popped the FFIX PS1 disc into my backwards-compatible PS3. We split the characters between the two of us, and had an absolute blast playing through it.

Solitary experience

RPGs are usually a solitary experience. You absorb the story, fall in love with the characters, and feel a personal connection to the game world. They’re more like books than movies. But playing through Eternal Sonata and FFIX co-op, even if it was just the battles, was a gaming experience I’ll never forget.

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And it all had to do with one simple feature: allowing you to switch controller inputs for different characters.

Sure, if you wanted, you could pass the controller around. But it’s not the same, is it? It’s not co-op—it’s taking turns in the driver’s seat.

Turn-based RPGs make the feature easy to implement. After all, you’re not actively controlling multiple characters at a time. There is little difference to the game system to have the controller inputs switch for different characters. Especially when you can only control one character at a time anyway.

Indie developers and JRPG remaster…ers take note: adding that tiny feature to turn a single-player RPG into a co-op one makes a big difference to anyone who still enjoys a good couch co-op experience.

Video Games That Tackle Social Issues

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Video Games – we all enjoy it. Whether you’re young or old, a student or an employee looking to pass the time with a little fun; we all enjoy video games. It is a means for us, an outlet, to do the things we can not do in real life; to experience the things that is not readily accessible to the most of us. Video games also help us understand different types of people by having diverse and – for some games – very realistic characters. But, not a lot of us see the underlying meanings behind the video games we play and enjoy. The implications hidden behind the realistic graphics, the heart-warming soundtrack, and the innovative gameplay. Here is a list of some of the video games that tackle different social issues. Sit back and let us dwell deeper into the meaning of these well-known video games.

War“This War of Mine” 

Video Games: This War of Mine is a video game about civilians surviving in a war-torn city.
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Let’s start with a very well-known topic – war. We’ve all heard of different stories about war. And war has been a choice of topic or genre by a lot of video games. But, the creators of This War Of Mine, 11 Bit Studios, approached this genre in an innovative and immersive way. In this game, you don’t play as a well-trained-muscle-torn super soldier equipped with a planetary cannon. Here, you play as a civilian caught very deep in the war-devastated fictional city of Pogoren, Graznavia. You will struggle, because ‘gather’ is putting it lightly, for food. Scavenge for medicines or supplies and try your very best not to bump into soldiers or other hungry survivors.

The day and night cycle plays a significant role in the game mechanics. During the day, you’ll be managing your hideout in a very detailed manner; while keeping an eye on that sniper whose not letting you out. When darkness falls, you’ll be sneaking into buildings and areas for supplies; while avoiding being killed by other people seeking means for survival. You will also be making a lot of moral decisions; whether you’ll kill that one annoying person to save the whole group or watch as everyone slowly suffer. Add to that, the beautifully-made charcoal-style aesthetics; and you have a game that will leave you thinking and reflecting about war and its effect on the human soul.

 

Privacy“Watch Dogs 1 and  2″ 

Video Games: Marcus Holloway and the gang
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Have you ever felt like being watched? Like Big Brother is always around you, lurking in the dark, studying and recording your every move? We are living in the age and time of information and the improvement in technology is far from slowing down. Also, the number of people uploading all of their information in the internet is increasing. Which is why black hats are more eager to steal any sensitive information they can get their hands on.

Watch Dogs, is a video game about hackers waging war on the government for manipulating information and invading the privacy of their people. This video game does not really tackle or explain ‘hacking’ in detail; but it shows what hackers can do with the information that the people, themselves, gave out there in the internet. This game is a sweet reminder that internet privacy is sometimes just an illusion to make us feel safe. It also reminds us that the internet is a very dangerous place to be placing all of our information.

 

Social Difference – Multiple Video Games (Witcher SeriesLife is Strange, The Last of Us, other video games)

Video Games: The Witcher
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So what if you have white hair, feline eyes, sterile, and has high resistance, if not immune, to diseases? So what if you have pointy ears and lives longer than humans? We are all living things and we can co-exist if given the chance and consideration.

The Witcher series, which is set in the world of Temeria, is flooded with racism and discrimination. Elves and Dwarves are discriminated for not being human, despite the humans being the invaders of the land. Basically, humans are the foreigners and, yet, they are pushing away and abusing the original inhabitants of the land. Luckily, Geralt, despite being discriminated himself, acts as the median between the two worlds. That of humans and of ‘non-humans’. Geralt does not make any rush decisions when doing a job. He investigates first and looks for a way for both parties to work together. With an exception, there is no consideration to be given for evil-tainted individuals, human or non-human.

Video Games: Life is Strange
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Life is Strange is a video game that takes place in a small town called Arcadia Bay. A place where a lot of things happen. Including alcoholism, bullying, and child abuse. Child abuse being a social issue that’s very rampant nowadays; this video game shows the whole issue in a different perspective. You play the game and see the world through the eyes of a teenager with the ability to control time, Max Caulfield. The game also includes other issues like teenage pregnancy, social anxiety, and brats who think like they are on top of everyone. Max’s story is also a depiction of how it feels like to be bullied for being “not among the famous”. This is a game definitely worth checking out if you want a relaxing soundtrack and a story that is full of twists.

Video Games: Riley and Ellie
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The Last of Us: Left Behind, sparked a controversy when Ellie and Riley hinted quite a number of times about their feelings with each other. We all remember that photobooth scene, right? How about that scene where they dance to a tune and then unknowingly attracted a horde of infected? All of these hints led to one conclusion and a lot of people were shocked. Some related and found themselves in the position of the protagonists in terms of personal identity; some accepted the fact and were happy for the pair; but, for some…they just do not approve of the whole charade. The relationship they have and the characters themselves doesn’t actually raise an issue; but the different ways people responded to the writing of the game, present an issue on sexual discrimination.

There you go. Here are just some of the games that tackle some of the issues we are facing up to this day. There are still a lot of games that depicts issues not mentioned here. If you have played a game with an interesting theme, comment them down below and let’s have a talk. Looking forward to hearing from you!

PS Plus, Games With Gold Freebies For June 2016

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With May coming to an end, it is once again time to celebrate free games with the latest batch of PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold picks for the month of June. However, I think the celebration this month might be a bit hampered as the offerings are possibly the least interesting that they’ve been in months.

These are your PlayStation freebies for June – this time without a trailer because reasons.

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  • NBA 2K16 – PS4
  • Gone Home: Console Edition – PS4
  • Echochrome – PS3
  • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12) – PS3
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus – PSP, PS Vita
  • Little Deviants – PS Vita

While I don’t want to come off as overly negative, this month is quite lazy from my perspective. For huge sports fans, most of you will probably already own NBA 2K16, but as it is a very solid game, it’s cool for those who missed it. Gone Home, while entertaining, failed to capture me as it divulged into preachy territory, abandoning what I considered to be the most interesting aspects that it began with.

None of the other titles are bad per se, it’s just that they’re games most of us already have. Little Deviants was one of the only launch titles for Vita, and Echochrome was one of the most interesting PlayStation Network titles when it arrived years ago.

That said, if you missed the boat you should feel entertained with such a diverse offering.

And without further adieu, these are the Games with Gold freebies for June.

    • Goat Simulator  – Xbox One
    • The Crew  – Xbox One
    • Super Meat Boy  – Xbox 360
    • XCOM Enemy Unknown – Xbox 360

For those of you who felt that Grid 2 from last month lacked a huge open world to explore with friends, The Crew should feel right at home if you don’t already own it. I’ve neglected it for far too long, so this is actually my favourite freebie from Microsoft this month.

Ending the list with a game as phenomenal as XCOM or a game as crushingly difficult as Super Meat Boy, you should be in for a treat if you somehow them thus far.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Online Details Revealed, PS-Exclusive Content

President of Robomodo Josh Tsui, the developer of the upcoming skating game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has released a statement, through the PlayStation Blog, detailing how the game’s online features work .

The game will feature an area called Freeskate where you can roam around and practice your tricks in between matches and missions. This Freeskate region will support up to 20 players.

“The Freeskate levels serve as lobbies for up to 20 players. They act as hubs where players can hang out and skate between different missions and online matches.” the statement reads.

The game’s online is built on dedicated servers which makes joining and exiting matches much easier. There will also be a Sessions menu that will allow you to see who of your friends is in the Park, manage your party and arrange multiple missions to your preferred order.

“When you are ready, you can jump into a mission with your party or challenge the entire park in one of the competitive multiplayer modes. This is done from the Sessions menu, a multipurpose tool for queuing up missions or modes, managing your party, and checking to see who’s in the park. When your mission or match is finished, you can either retry/rematch or seamlessly jump back into the Freeskate where you can hang out while deciding what to do next.”

Robomodo will offer PS4 and PS3 players of the game with PS-exclusive content that consists of three character heads to customize your skater. They will be Ratchet, Sweet Tooth, and Sackboy.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will release on September 29 on Xbox One and PS4 while the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will release later on and without online multiplayer.

Shuhei Yoshida Says “I was very surprised.” Regarding Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft took everybody by surprise by revealing that the Xbox One will now offer backwards compatibility to Xbox 360’s games. Although this will be done title by title but Microsoft promises there will be a total of 100 games that support the new feature by the end of this year.

President of Sony’s worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, was in an interview with Edge magazine’s latest issue and he discussed the matter and why Sony aren’t thinking about doing the same and that their main focus is “creating PS4 games.”. He also thinks that Microsoft’s goal of 100 games by end of the year might not happen.

“I was very surprised. It must have taken lots of effort for them to realise the backwards compatibility, because the Xbox 360 and Xbox One use very different kinds of architecture,” muses Shu. “And I’m very curious. They showed a very short list of titles that work, and doing software emulation means you have to work title by title. So I’m curious to see what kind of games will be included in those 100 games that they say will be compatible by the end of the year.”

He continued to comment on Sony’s PS Now service that lets you stream your PS3 games on your PS4 and play them normally. Although this can be considered as a backwards compatibility in a way but as Yoshida puts it “PS Now is a network service,”.

“We don’t have backwards compatibility with PS4. With PS Now you can play PS3 games on PS4, but the main purpose of PS Now is a network service,” he continues. “By removing the requirement of games running on the console itself we can bring PlayStation games to multiple devices,  including non-PlayStation devices. We just announced an alliance with Samsung in the US so people who purchase Samsung TVs canplay PlayStation games on their TV. So that’s the main purpose, not to provide backwards compatibility.”

Yoshida’s own opinion is that remaking games, remasters, HD and stuff like that,  is better than just offering backwards compatibility since it allows to improve the game in terms of performance and visuals.

“I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we’d have done that,” he adds “But our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better – with The Last Of  Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4.”

Tell us what you think of Yoshida’s latest statements and if you still want Sony to follow Microsoft’s steps and offer backwards compatibility.

Side-scroller Snoopy’s Grand Adventure Release Date Announced

Activision has recently announced a Snoopy game based on The Peanuts Movie called The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure and they have announced its release date. Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on November 6. Weirdly enough, the game won’t be featured on the PS3.

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by Activision. The game’s description reads:

“In The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure, Snoopy explores the fantastical worlds of his imagination to track down Charlie Brown and his friends in an intricate game of hide-and-seek. As he follows their trails, Snoopy will acquire new costumes (based on his many alter egos) that provide unique abilities for overcoming obstacles and reaching new levels, including flight stages that let him take off as the Flying Ace. From the jungle to Paris to the moon itself, each environment is painted gorgeously in the same visual style as The Peanuts Movie to bring to life every colorful detail of Snoopy’s wild daydreams.”

They also released a trailer of the game and there is some special costumes that grant the beloved character, Snoopy, with the ability to fly while others just make him look good.

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure is launching on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on November 6. ( Credit: Videogamer )

Disney Infinity 3.0 Release Date Revealed

Disney’s third installment in the Disney Infinity franchise, Disney Infinity 3.0, has a release date now. The game is set to release on August 28.

Disney Infinity’s most attractive feature is of course that it allows you to play with real life Disney figures designed specially for the game and this has been a new trend in several games these days. The most popular and addictive hobby so far when it comes to gaming collectibles as there is the likes of Nintendo’s Amiibo and Lego has decided to join with the release of Lego Dimensions soon enough.

Disney Infinity 3.0 has made people excited since it will feature Star Wars characters in addition to the Marvel and Disney’s characters roster.

So there we have it, Disney Infinity 3.0 will release on August 28 for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U.

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Mighty No. 9 Live-Action Movie Is Currently Being Made

Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9

The movie is based upon the legendary robot, Mega Man’s newest game coming in September, Mighty No.9. The movie is from Legendary Digital Media, Contradiction Films and Comcept.

Comcept’s CEO and the responsible for Mighty No.9‘s existence, Keiji Inafune, commented on the collaboration between Legendary Digital with Contradiction as a “really amazing” duo.

“The announcement that Legendary Digital is collaborating with Contradiction and comcept on creating a live-action project based on Mighty No. 9 is really amazing, not only for myself and the rest of the team at comcept who worked on the game, but also for all the fans who have supported the project,” said Inafune.

“This collaboration will give our creation the ability to reach people all over the world. Thanks to all of your support, we have fulfilled another one of our dreams.”

Mighty No.9 is set to launch on September 18 for almost every platform there is while the movie still hasn’t gotten any details on its release. Tell us what you think of a Mega Man based movie and if you will be willing to watch it.

Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Won’t Release On PS3, Xbox 360 Again

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BioWare and EA revealed today that they will no longer support Dragon Age for PS3 or the Xbox 360 in terms of DLC releases. They also announced the arrival of a new feature called “Save Importer”. This feature allows you to “migrate your old saves, and continue your adventure without starting over from scratch.” on your PS4 or Xbox One.

“All future Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One only, so we designed our Save Importer feature to help make the transition to a new console as easy as possible.”

“Did you begin your Dragon Age: Inquisition adventure on a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 console and want to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? We’ve got great news! With our brand new Save Importer feature, you can migrate your old saves, and continue your adventure without starting over from scratch.”the description reads

Bioware continues the statement with a FAQ and a step-by-step guide on how to export and import from your PS3 to PS4 or from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. You can import your single-player progress as many times as you want but you can only import your multiplayer progress one time only. Also any purchased DLC on your previous console will be transferred automatically to the new one.

Tell us what you think of Bioware stopping the release of DLCs on PS3 and Xbox 360 in the comment section below.