August 2017 Games with Gold

August ‘s 2017 Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One includes: Slime Rancher and Trails Fusion. For Xbox 360 owners (and through Xbox One backward compatibility), August kicks off with Bayonetta, followed by Red Faction: Armageddon.


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Limited Edition Destiny 2 Glacier White PS4 Pro Bundle

Launching September 6, the new bundle features a sleek new Glacier White PS4 Pro alongside a copy of Destiny 2 including the season pass.

 

Source: Introducing the Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro Bundle – PlayStation.Blog


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Destiny 2 Official Open Beta Launch Trailer and Details

Play the opening of Destiny 2’s new, cinematic story campaign, take on the three-player cooperative Inverted Spire Strike and battle in two competitive multiplayer modes.

By the looks of it the Beta includes all of the playable demos that were available at E3 bundled up into one nice package.

Early Access begins July 18 on PS4 and Open Beta begins July 21 for those who didn’t pre-order and Xbox One. The PC Open Beta is coming in August with a date to be announced.


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What the actual F*** Switch games are $99.99 in Canada now?

So here I was in EB Games the other day when I had to do a double take and said out loud to myself WTF?

New Nintendo Switch titles were $99.99 CAD, at first I thought I was taking crazy pills so I checked online and found the same insane prices at Amazon.ca and BestBuy.ca. Walmart.ca is still showing the old retail price of $79.99  for Mario Odyssey but you can’t pre-order as the game is out of stock. Pokkén Tournament on the other hand is $99.99 so my assumption is that Walmart.ca will be changing their prices soon for titles that haven’t been raised yet.

So, whats the deal? The Canadian dollar is almost the highest its been in a year yet our Nintendo games have shot up in price $20. I checked US pricing and as of the publishing of this story and Nintendo 1st party Switch titles are still $59.99 USD.

If you convert 59.99 USD = 77.6199 CAD so you can see why I question WTF is going on? Obviously this isn’t cool as gaming is already an expensive hobby and this price hike makes no sense.

I’ve reached out to Nintendo for comment but have yet to hear back.


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New Splatoon 2 Details and Nintendo Switch Online Revealed in Nintendo Direct

Just some of the info revealed in today’s direct is that we’re getting a Splatoon 2 Splatfest Demo before launch and the first details of the Nintendo Switch Online app. This special demo will happen July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. PT. The demo can be downloaded early before the Splatfest goes live, starting later today.

As for the Nintendo Switch Online app it will go live when Splatoon 2 launches on July 21st. It allows for match making, chat, stats and more which is demoed in the direct video.

Check out the whole direct video below for more info

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Custom Style: In Splatoon 2, Inklings can be customized to fit the player’s taste. Things like eye color, hair style and skin tone can all be adjusted when creating a character. And this doesn’t even mention the fresh new gear like shirts, shoes and hats that can also be equipped. Since two years have passed in the world of Inkopolis, many styles have been upgraded so no one is caught splatted in something that is “so 2015.”
  • Galleria: To find all these hot new fashion trends, players just have to make their way to the Inkopolis Galleria. This row of popular gear and weapon shops is where all the cool kids and squids hang out. In Ye Olde Cloth Shoppe, a jellyfish named Jelfonzo will help players obtain T-shirts and jackets. A spider crab named Bisk runs the shoe shop Shella Fresh, while Flow the sea slug helps players at the headwear shop Headspace. Weapons can be picked up by stopping by Ammo Knights, run by the knowledgeable horseshoe crab Sheldon. And who doesn’t love food? Inklings can grab a bite at Crusty Sean’s dive to get more points and in-game currency from battles.
  • Gear: Equipping gear in Splatoon 2 will give players special abilities. Each piece of gear has certain abilities, and there are even additional abilities that appear as players use the gear more and more in battle. By speaking to Murch, a sea urchin (naturally), players can freshen up their gear with abilities that reduce ink consumption or help them move faster – some will even decrease respawn time! There is a wide variety of abilities in the game, so selecting the right one to use could make or break the battle.
  • Fresh Features: Some additional features coming to Splatoon 2 include a handy menu that lets players change the sensitivity of the controls separately for TV and Handheld mode, amiibo functionality and the ability to post drawings directly to social media. By tapping a Splatoon series amiibo figure, players can save control settings, gear and weapon loadouts, and nicknames to any Splatoon amiibo figure. New Splatoon series and legacy Splatoon amiibo are all compatible with Splatoon 2 and can also reward players with exclusive gear when tapped. (The game saves data on the amiibo figure, which can hold data for one game at a time. The game, system and amiibo are sold separately. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo for details about amiibo functionality.)
  • Turf War: Turf War, which finds two teams of four battling to ink the most turf, makes its grand return in Splatoon 2. There are all kinds of different stages in the game, ranging from city streets, a sports club, an academy and even a BMX track. Different stages have different environmental hazards, so players will have to work together to figure out the best strategy.
  • Ranked Battles: Every two hours, the three Ranked Battle modes rotate, offering something new to play. The three modes are Splat Zones, which finds teams fighting for control of Splat Zones placed on the stage; Tower Control, a fast-and-frantic mode in which players ride a moving tower; and the chaotic fun of Rainmaker. By winning a Ranked Battle, players increase their rank in each mode. Ranked Battles can be played online*. The modes in Ranked Battle can be played in local multiplayer** in Private Battle.
  • League Battles: League Battles allow players to form a team with friends, fight alongside them and battle their way to the top of the charts. There are two ways to join in these 4-on-4 battles: Players can enlist one other friend to form a pair and be matched with another pair, or connect with three friends to form a four-squid team. Once teams are created, players compete in Ranked Battle modes to aim for a top ranking.
  • Salmon Run: This new local- and online-multiplayer mode* to Splatoon 2finds up to four players** working together to defeat bosses and collect Power Eggs in a limited amount of time. Each match in Salmon Run lasts for three waves, with players having to collect a select number of Power Eggs to advance to the next wave – oh, and at least one player on the team has to stay alive. This last part might be tough since the stage is overrun by Salmonid enemies and giant bosses, each with their own weakness. Salmon Run is a frantic multiplayer mode that can be played locally with friends at anytime and is also available to play online at designated times, just like Splatfest.
  • Single-Player Adventure: Oh no! Callie (of the famous Squid Sisters) has disappeared! Of course, there’s no need to panic. Players can just hop into the game’s single-player adventure to ink their way through a variety of creative obstacles, monstrous bosses and devious Octarians. This single-player mode is also a great way to learn the basics of the game and try out different weapons.
  • So Many Ways to Play!Splatoon 2 can be played in so many different ways, including TV Mode, Handheld Mode and Tabletop Mode, as well as online* or local multiplayer**. And not only are the game-play options numerous, but the jam-packed sequel can be played anywhere!
  • Main Weapons: In Splatoon 2, weapons come in sets of three: a main weapon, a sub weapon and a special weapon. There are many different types of main weapons, from long-range weapons to short-range ones. Some new (wonderfully named) weapons introduced in Splatoon 2 include the Clash Blaster, Flingza Roller, Goo Tuber and the Dapple Dualies.
  • Sub Weapons: In addition to inking and attacking, many sub weapons will help players with other abilities, such as defending from attacks or revealing enemy positions. The new Autobomb, for example, will find an enemy and automatically follow them, while Toxic Mist, well, is exactly how it sounds! It fills the surrounding area with a poisonous mist, reducing the ink of opponents who dare step in its range, as well as making them move slower.
  • Special Weapons: All the special weapons in Splatoon 2 are new! Some of the weapons making their debut are the Tenta Missiles, the Inkjet, the Sting Ray and the Baller, which lets players roll up walls in an explosive hamster ball. Special weapons can be used once a player’s special meter is filled.
  • Post-Launch Updates: Like the first SplatoonSplatoon 2 will see a continuing rollout of updates to the game. These updates will take the form of new weapons, like the umbrella-shaped Brella, new gear and additional stages.
  • SplatNet 2: When the Nintendo Switch Online app* launches for mobile devices on July 21, players will also have access to SplatNet 2. This Splatoon 2-specific service helps players stay in touch with Inkopolis even when they are away from their Nintendo Switch systems! SplatNet 2 displays information like stage schedules, gear and stats, and even lets users view their lifetime inkage, a feature that shows how much turf a player has inked compared to real-world places. The Nintendo Switch Online app allows users to invite other players to join Private Battles, League Battles, Salmon Run and Splatfest Battles, as well as communicate with those players using voice chat. (A compatible mobile device and persistent internet connection are required. Data charges may apply.)
  • Splatfests: While content updates for Splatoon 2 will last around a year, more limited-time Splatfests for the game are planned for the next two years. To kick things off, a free demo to try out the first Splatfest for Splatoon 2 is going to be held on July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. PT. Players just have to download the free demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and get ready to decide if cake or ice cream is their dessert of choice. To prepare in advance, the demo can be downloaded early before the Splatfest goes live, starting later today. Once downloaded, players can start the demo to vote for their team, and even visit the in-game mailbox to create and share drawings in support of their team.

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Destiny 2: Tour of the New Social Space “The Farm”

Bungie’s Ryan Ebenger takes IGN on a tour of the new social space in Destiny 2 called The Farm. In this video we get a cool spoiler free walk through of some of the areas we’ll find in the new Destiny social space. Some of our good old merchants will be returning from Destiny 1 as well as some new features. Most important is the new soccer field with goals and score keeping, totally unnecessary but amazing none the less.

Don’t forget that the Beta begins on 07/18/17 on PS4 and 7/19/17 on Xbox One for pre-ordering players. Non-pre-ordering console players will have access to the Destiny 2 Beta beginning 7/21/17. The Destiny 2 Beta for PC begins in late August.


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PLAYERUNKNOWN Teases New Desert Map Under Development

Earlier today PLAYERUNKNOWN (YES, its all caps f*ckers) posted on twitter a couple of screenshots teasing their new desert map. No release date or mention of cost was given. The screenshots look pretty damn good and have the community going crazy with speculation over the potential that bicycles might be in the new map or future patch. Battlegrounds has been a run away success as one of the most played games of 2017 and with over 4 million copies sold in 3 months since release.

I barely have a grasp on the current map but more content is a good thing. Also the support this game has gotten from such a small studio is really impressive and should make some triple A developers embarrassed.

Here’s the tweet teasing the new map below.


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Spider-Man: Homecoming PS4 Virtual Reality Experience Available Now

Download The FREE Spider-Man: Homecoming – Virtual Reality Experience for PS4 available now. I haven’t had a chance to check out myself so I’m not sure if its any good but I might check it out this weekend.

Source: Spider-Man: Homecoming – Virtual Reality Experience on PS4 | Official PlayStation®Store US


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Super NES Classic Edition Hands-On Hardware Preview

Our friends over at GameXplain show us the Super NES Classic Edition with an excellent hands-on preview. Check out the hardware ahead of the launch this fall and yes the controllers have the original concave X+Y buttons.


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Our First Look At Marvel’s Inhumans is Finally Here

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Marvel has announced that on Sept 29th 2017 they will be releasing an Inhumans TV show. Previously they had released a teaser to wet our appetites, but today they finally dropped this trailer.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge Inhuman fan and this looks like they may just be doing the series justice. I can’t wait to see this in September!

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody