Daybreak gives PS3 version of DC Universe Online 3 months to live

The DC Universe Online dev plans to shut down the PS3 version of the F2P MMO game on January 31st, 2018 in order to ‘focus our resources on further optimizing the game for PlayStation 4.’ …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/308722/Daybreak_gives_PS3_version_of_DC_Universe_Online_3_months_to_live.php

EA CEO Addresses Loot Crates And Pay-To-Win Concerns

One of the most resounding pieces of feedback about Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s beta was around the game’s implementation of loot boxes. Some voiced concerns about being able to spend money to acquire higher level items that would give them an advantage on the battlefield. EA quickly responded to this feedback and just today outlined its plans for how it plans to keep Battlefront II from becoming a pay-to-win experience.

And during an earnings call today, EA CEO Andrew Wilson responded further about loot boxes and pay-to-win. He started off by saying the feedback around Battlefront II generally–about its campaign, multiplayer, and more–is “very, very positive.” People voiced their feedback about loot boxes, and Wilson pledged that EA is listening and will adjust the experience as needed to do what it can to ensure a balance playing field. He also pointed out that Battlefront II is not the only game dealing with loot box controversy.

“There was the conversation around loot boxes, which is not a Star Wars: Battlefront II-specific conversation but more one that the industry is having with players across the global community,” he explained. “And we are engaged in that conversation, engaging with our players on a daily basis as we think about that.”

One element of the issue is the idea of value, Wilson said. “In a world where a player pays $60 for a game, will there also be value in the ongoing digital ecosystem that comes for many years?” Wilson said.

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A big change from the 2015 Battlefront reboot is that the sequel has much more content (three times as much, EA says), and it won’t be locked behind a season pass–because Battlefront II’s DLC will be free. Wilson said EA feels “very good about overall value proposition” for Battlefront II, and this includes the microtransaction system that EA is expecting will make up the lack of revenue from a season pass.

Instead of a season pass, Battlefront II will make extra money from “event-driven live services,” Wilson said. One part of this is content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to Battlefront II this holiday around the time the new movie comes out.

He pointed out that almost everything that you can spend money to acquire in Battlefront II can also be unlocked through normal gameplay, so the microtransactions are a way for players to speed up their progress.

Avoiding a pay-to-win situation is important for EA. “Balance and fairness inside of gameplay is very important to our community and it’s very important to us as a benchmark to which DICE builds games,” Wilson said.

He added that EA is constantly thinking about things like what you can earn versus what you can buy and how to manage progression through that process. EA has already announced changes to the loot box system following the beta, and Wilson said EA plans to have a “daily dialogue” with fans “for many years to come.”

The game’s microtransactions are a way for players to “enhance and extend” their experience with Battlefront II, but you don’t need to spend money to enjoy the game, Wilson said. “What we’ve got with a core base game that’s three times the size, what would have been previously gated behind season passes is now free for all users with a focus on keeping the community together,” he explained.

Star Wars Battlefront II releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17. For more on the shoot sequel, you can check out the game’s launch trailer here.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/ea-ceo-addresses-loot-crates-and-pay-to-win-concer/1100-6454533/

New Justice League Movie Teaser Trailer Shows Batman’s Evolution Since Dawn Of Justice

With Justice League, a new chapter in the story of Batman will be revealed on the big screen. In a new teaser featurette from the film, stars Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot discuss the Dark Knight shedding his role as the sole protector of Gotham, thanks to a much bigger threat than he can handle alone.

“Batman, for the first time, understands he can’t do this for himself,” Gadot, who reprises her role as Wonder Woman, says. While that may be a hard pill for the Caped Crusader to swallow, it’s a necessary one. The movie’s villain, Steppenwolf, has his sights set on destroying the entire world. A threat of that magnitude is going to cause a very important change in Batman.

“We see the evolution of a new Batman,” Affleck says. “He’s moved on from lone vigilante to recruiter and leader.” This character rising to the role of leader of the Justice League, after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw him not playing well with other heroes, is a solid arc for the character.

However, recruiter is the most important part Batman–of his alter ego Bruce Wayne–could take on in the film, though. While Wonder Woman has already joined the cause, bringing Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) onto the team could be a bit difficult. After all, all three look to be fairly new in their superhero careers.

Still, the question of Superman (Henry Cavill) looms large over both the team and the movie as a whole. What will happen to the makeup of the Justice League once the Man of Steel makes his eventual return? While he and Batman may have settled their differences once the dust was settled in Dawn of Justice, Superman doesn’t seem like the type who would be willingly led by anyone.

Whatever the case, as the characters of Justice League continue to be revealed in these featurettes–previously, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman have all gotten their own teasers–the team becomes more defined heading into their fight. Justice League is in theaters on November 17.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-justice-league-movie-teaser-trailer-shows-batm/1100-6454532/

Nintendo Switch SD Cards Giveaway

We teamed up with SanDisk to give away new official Nintendo®-licensed SanDisk microSDXC cards for Nintendo Switch:

  • 2x 64 GB microSDXC
  • 2x 128 GB microSDXC

Four (4) winners will be chosen after the competition ends Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 5:00PM PT. Entry is open to US residents only, void where prohibited.

Enter below (the additional entries are optional to increase your chances of winning):

SanDisk® microSDXC™ memory card for Nintendo Switch™ Video Game System

With the new officially Nintendo®-licensed SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch, gamers can count on reliable storage to download more digital games and content, and take it all on the go. Available in either 64GB or 128GB options, the cards offer quick and easy expanded memory to keep players’ favorite digital games in one place so they are ready for game time anytime. The new licensed cards are certified to work with Nintendo Switch system, and deliver transfer rates of up to 100MB/s, to load games quickly for consistent, high-performance game play. The SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch is backed by a lifetime limited warranty so games always have a dependable space to call home.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-switch-sd-cards-giveaway/1100-6454389/

Destiny 2 Curse Of Osiris DLC Increases The Level Cap

As you might expect, the first Destiny 2 DLC expansion, Curse of Osiris, will raise the game’s level cap. That applies to both the standard player level and Power levels, according to new details shared by Activision and Bungie.

Following Curse of Osiris’s announcement during Sony’s Paris Games Week showcase, the companies shared additional details at the event, Eurogamer reports. Players will be able to reach level 25 (up from the current cap of 20) and Power level 330 (up from 300). Presumably that means you’ll be able to make it to Power level 335 through the use of mods, as you can reach 305 now.

Additionally, a new female Ghost named Sagira will be introduced who used to belong to Osiris. She’s voiced by Morena Baccarin, who’s best known for her roles in Firefly, Deadpool, and Gotham. We’ll also see the return of Brother Vance, who was featured in the original Destiny.

Bungie also revealed that the PS4-exclusive Crucible map coming in Curse of Osiris is called Wormhaven. It’s set in Titan’s New Pacific Arcology area and will eventually be released on Xbox One and PC, but likely not until late next year at the earliest.

Curse of Osiris itself releases for all platforms on December 5. It will be sold on its own and as part of the game’s season pass.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/destiny-2-curse-of-osiris-dlc-increases-the-level-/1100-6454529/

10 Best Horror Anime You Can Stream Right Now

There are a lot of acclaimed Japanese horror movies and manga, but horror anime can be hard to come by. Unfortunately, some fan favorites, like Satoshi Kon’s film Perfect Blue and the series Monster, aren’t readily available anywhere in the West. But don’t worry! If you want to watch some spooky anime right now, there are quite a few great horror and thriller series available to stream. Click forward to see our picks.

For more on anime, be sure to check out our list of the best anime on Netflix and the romance anime you need to see.

Another

Available on Crunchyroll and Hulu

Another is basically Final Destination: The Anime. It’s about a small Japanese town that’s still haunted–figuratively and perhaps literally–by the death of a student nearly 30 years ago. When 15-year-old Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to the town, he discovers that all the students have a dark mood about them. He also quickly learns that he is the only one who acknowledges the presence of Mei Misaki, a mysterious girl who wears an eyepatch… and who might be dead.

That’s when a series of tragic events (and gruesome deaths) start to unfold. Also, there are some seriously creepy dolls that may or may not give you nightmares.

Elfen Lied

Available on Hulu

Known for its gore and nudity, Elfen Lied follows Lucy, a mutant breed of human with horns and telekinetic powers known as a Diclonius. As a result of the mutations, she is kept in a government facility and made a victim of forced experimentation and torture. As she escapes, she wreaks complete havoc–and sustains a head injury that gives her an alternate, childlike personality known as Nyu.

Elfen Lied is part government conspiracy, part love story, and all gore. Proceed with caution.

Mononoke

Available on Crunchyroll

Mononoke captures the supernatural horrors of Edo Japan, its distinct, traditional-looking art style lending an unsettling tone to its murder mystery story. It follows a character known only as the Medicine Seller who travels Japan to slay unnatural spirits called mononoke using a special sword–strange, especially, since samurai were the only class permitted to carry swords at that time in history.

The series is broken up into a few very short arcs lasting two to three episodes, which makes it easy to watch in pieces or to binge without getting overwhelmed (although you might get super spooked).

Parasyte -the maxim-

Available on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Anime Strike

Based on the popular late-’80s sci-fi horror manga, Parasyte is about what it sounds like: parasites from space that use humans as hosts. It stars high school student Shinichi Izumi, who falls victim to a parasite–but the parasite fails to take over his brain, instead winding up in his right hand. They form a symbiotic relationship as Shinichi works to fight the rest of the parasites.

Parasyte isn’t the scariest anime out there and might come off as a bit silly to some, but it’s great for those who want science fiction with a horror tone to it.

School Days

Available on Crunchyroll

Friendship, romance, and the trials and tribulations of high school… what does this have to do with horror? It’s hard to say. But this is the show that disturbed a lot of anime fans back in the mid-2000s. Just trust me on this one.

School Live

Available on Crunchyroll

Get through its sugary sweet first episode, and School Live has a nasty surprise for you. Yuki absolutely loves her school, so much so that she’s oblivious to the horrors and destruction around her. As far as she knows, she’s just a third-year high schooler and member of the School Living Club, whose members live in the school. To Yuki, this is bliss.

It might be a bit moe for some, but School Live is harrowing in its own ways, addressing grief and what it takes to survive. And if you get too tense, there’s a cute dog to take the edge off.

Serial Experiments Lain

Available on Crunchyroll and Funimation

Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde psychological horror series that starts with a suicide. Lain Iwakura, a high school girl in suburban Japan, is one of many girls to receive an email from the girl who died, Chisa Yomoda. Chisa says she’s not dead and lives within the Wired, an internet-like virtual-reality world. And that’s just the beginning.

More than anything, Lain is incredibly unnerving. It’s grounded in reality, but there’s always something slightly off about how the characters act. And when it gets weird, it gets really weird.

Shiki

Available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu

What do you do if you can’t tell good from evil? Shiki is set in a small town inhabited by vampires (called shiki, which is translated as “corpse demon”). The sudden death of 15-year-old Megumi Shimizu is just the beginning of a summer filled with bloodshed; a young doctor named Toshio Ozaki teams up with a youth from the city, Natsuno Yuuki, to save the village from the shiki.

Shiki is based in older vampire stories–the shiki cannot go out in sunlight, for example–and eschews the trends of recent vampire fiction. Plus, those vampires can get pretty creepy-looking.

When They Cry (Higurashi)

Available on Hulu

When They Cry is an adaptation of the visual novel Higurashi and is somewhat of a cult classic. Set in 1983 the village of Hinamizawa, When They Cry follows Keiichi Maebara, a student who moves to the village and quickly becomes close friends with a few classmates. However, the town has been plagued by a number of murders, and no one will tell Keiichi what’s going on.

This isn’t a series for the faint of heart; it’s violent and depressing and sees Keiichi fall into paranoia as he tries to uncover the mysteries of Hinamizawa. But if you like suspense and can handle the show’s brutality, give it a shot.

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories

Available on Crunchyroll

Yamishibai is perfect for a bite-sized bit of classic Japanese horror. Every episode is just a few minutes long and tells a different scary tale based on Japanese folklore, prominently featuring the supernatural. The sketchy art style is unsettling to say the least, and the first season’s creepy playground-themed opening is the stuff of nightmares on its own.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/10-best-horror-anime-you-can-stream-right-now/2900-1581/

Watch Captain America Kill Orcs On Xbox One X This Week

Captain America actor Chris Evans is going to kill some orcs to promote the launch of the Xbox One X. Microsoft has announced that Evans and “a few surprise celebrity friends” will play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on Xbox One as part of a livestream coming tomorrow, November 1.

The stream will begin at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET on the Mixer Xbox Channel. In an Xbox Wire blog post, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg said Evans is “super pumped” to play Shadow of War (and presumably get paid to do so) with his unnamed celebrity pals.

This is part of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Sessions, a campaign where the company brings in celebrities to play games on Xbox. This kicked off with DJ Khaled playing Madden NFL 18 back in August, while late night TV host James Corden played FIFA 18 in September. UFC star Ronda Rousey played Assassin’s Creed Origins last week.

Shadow of War launched in October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Just last week, Warner Bros. announced the game’s DLC roadmap, confirming there will be four expansions, which add new tribes and stories.

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As for the Xbox One X, the smallest and most powerful console Microsoft has ever made launches worldwide on November 7. We’ll have much more on the system in the days and weeks ahead, so keep checking back for more.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-captain-america-kill-orcs-on-xbox-one-x-this/1100-6454528/

How PS4’s Detroit: Become Human Attempts To Tackle Tough Issues

One of the most talked-about trailers from Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference was the latest for Detroit: Become Human, the upcoming narrative-driven title from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream. The video gave viewers an uncomfortable and unflinching look at domestic violence, as a male character named Todd attacks his young daughter depending on the decisions the player’s character, a female android Kara, makes.

We got to take an extended look at the scene in our playthrough at Paris Games Week, and we found it to be just as uncomfortable in our second viewing, though that isn’t necessarily a criticism. In the above video, GameSpot’s Lucy James and Tamoor Hussain discuss their thoughts on the demo and how this contentious scene could add or detract from the story Quantic Dream is trying to tell.

“The whole point of the story is androids trying to gain some sort of humanity and become their own people, almost. And you do that by experiencing these powerful emotions, and one of those powerful emotions is empathy and dread and horror and feeling powerless,” Tamoor said. “So in that respect it did it’s job and it did it well. I felt angry, I felt sad, I felt bad for the kid, and I hated Todd in that moment.”

Detroit: Become Human launches for PlayStation 4 in Spring 2018. We got to play through another scene from the game at Paris Games Week as well, this one involving a tense hostage situation. We also got to speak with the game’s director, David Cage, on why he chose to show the domestic violence scene.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/how-ps4s-detroit-become-human-attempts-to-tackle-t/1100-6454523/