The first DLC pack available for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is called Havoc, and it comes with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Windowmaker variant, co-op Exo Zombies mode, and four new maps called Core, Urban, Sideshow, and Drift. You can read about the maps after the jump.
Exo Zombies is the real star of this DLC and features some serious voice talent, as per CoD usual at this point, featuring John Malovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal.
It's out today for the Sony-centric gamers that own PS3s and PS4s.
The words Net Neutrality have been talked about a lot since Verizon managed to overturn the original rules some 14 months ago in a court of law. Since then, the American people have made their concerns and voices heard: Anything short of a new set of rules would be unacceptable. ISPs have come under fire in the last several years for throttling speeds, charging exorbitant fees, and generally making life difficult for the average internet user.
Today, the step towards changing that began. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler led the final meeting today among his fellow commissioners and finally called for the official vote. The vote went as expected, 3-2 on party lines, in favor of reclassification of the internet as a Title II Utility.
Wheeler said this about the historic vote:
THE INTERNET -- THE INTERNET IS THE MOST POWERFUL AND PERVASIVE PLATFORM ON THE PLANET. IT'S SIMPLY TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT WITHOUT RULES AND WITHOUT A REFEREE ON THE FIELD. THINK ABOUT IT. THE INTERNET HAS REPLACED THE FUNCTIONS OF THE TELEPHONE AND THE POST OFFICE. THE INTERNET HAS REDEFINED COMMERCE, AND AS THE OUTPOURING FROM 4 MILLION AMERICANS HAS DEMONSTRATED, THE INTERNET IS THE ULTIMATE VEHICLE FOR FREE EXPRESSION. THE INTERNET IS SIMPLY TOO IMPORTANT TO ALLOW BROADBAND PROVIDERS TO BE THE ONES MAKING THE RULES. [APPLAUSE] SO LET'S ADDRESS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE HEAD-ON. THIS PROPOSAL HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY ONE OPPONENT AS, QUOTE, A SECRET PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET. NONSENSE! THIS IS NO MORE A PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET THAN THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS A PLAN TO REGULATE FREE SPEECH. [APPLAUSE] THEY BOTH STAND FOR THE SAME CONCEPT: OPENNESS, EXPRESSION, AND AN ABSENCE OF GATE KEEPERS TELLING PEOPLE WHAT THEY CAN DO, WHERE THEY CAN GO AND WHAT THEY CAN THINK. THE ACTION THAT WE TAKE TODAY IS ABOUT THE PROTECTION OF INTERNET OPENNESS.
So, what does this mean? Well, we still have a lot of hurdles to jump through. AT&T and Verizon have made it clear that they are going to challenge this and already have lawsuits drawn up. There is no word as to just how that will play out, but as for the ruling itself, here's the key points:
"No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
"No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
"No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration — in other words, no 'fast lanes.' This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates."
This means good things for you as a gamer. It means that your connection cannot be throttled for any reason. It means that no content can be blocked on vague rules. It also means that all sites, connections, etc. must be treated the same.
We'll have more on this as the information comes out. While this wasn't technically a gaming piece, there are far too many online players out there to ignore this ruling here. We're hope you're as happy as we are, but we also must remember that we're not out of the woods yet.
This is somewhat out of left field, but it appears that Square Enix is continuing their push to reach out to as many mobile users as possible. Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has been out in Japan for a short period of time but has already surpassed five million downloads, appears to be headed across the Pacific to US Gamers. There is little information regarding how to get any kind of early access, but the title appears to be a compilation of all Final Fantasy titles in 16-bit format. Check out the video below and enjoy seeing some of the later stars of the series, including Cloud, Squall, Zidane, and Lightning, in 8-bit form.
Let's just hope that it isn't a crazy "touch everything to win" game and an actual RPG.
As many of you know, I like to dabble in games beyond the world of video games, with things such as card and tabletop titles. Included in those is my favorite collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. The makers of Magic, Wizards of the Coast, have recently announced the next set that will launch in July 2015. This summer will see the launch of Magic: Origins.
Origins will be a completely different type of set than players are used to seeing. The set has far deeper creative and story driven narrative than ever before. The goal is to explore the origin stories of five key planeswalkers: Gideon Jura, Jace Beleran, Liliana Vess, Chandra Nalaar, and Nissa Revane. We’ll learn how they came to discover their planeswalking powers and the early adventures that shaped them into the powerhouses that fans know them as today.
The set will launch officially on July 17, 2015, although you can expect a preview release event the week before. Plus, with this being the new set for the Summer (outside of the core set), the chances are good that this could be included in the next chapter of Duels of the Planeswalkers.
Are you a PlayStation Plus member? If so, good news, Sony has announced their Spring Fever Sale for 2015 and it will discount upcoming games by 10% for subscribers of the service.
Starting next week, on March 3, HELLDIVERS will kick off the sale with a PS Plus launch week price of $17.99 vs $19.99 for non-members. Every following week until April 21, a new game coming to PlayStation platforms will receive the 10% discount.
Some games included in the sale are Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, which just received a release date, as well as Axiom Verge and Shovel Knight.
Check out the full list of games and sale prices below.
|PS Plus Launch Week Price||Regular Price|
(3/3 through 3/9)
(PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita)*
(3/10 through 3/16)
|Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
(PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita)*
(3/17 through 3/23)
(3/24 through 3/30)
|Metal Slug 3
(PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita)*
(3/31 through 4/6)
(4/7 through 4/13)
(4/14 through 4/20)
(PS4 / PS Vita)*
(4/21 through 4/27)
(PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita)*
Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital have set March 10th as the official release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. The game is, of course, the sequel to the popular top down shooter Hotline Miami. In a cross-promotion, the publishers have worked out a deal with Overkill Software for free Hotline Miami 2 themed masks and jacket for use in Payday 2 for all owners Hotline Miami 2 and the Digital Special Edition. Details are on the Overkill website.
As the press release below states, Hotline Miami 2 will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux and both Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and the Digital Special Edition are available for pre-order on Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store.
It's hard to believe that PAX East is only a week away, but here we are and we are starting to find out what games will be on display for this years show. Hi-Rez studios will indeed be at the show this year and gamers will be able to check out SMITE on the Xbox One.
Hi-Rez also has tons of special events and giveaways at the show including Xbox One's, Logitech gear and more.
Here is a rundown of what you can expect at the SMITE booth.
After playing SMITE for over two years, it has been so exciting to see the game grow and I cannot wait to see how SMITE does on the Xbox One. As of now, there isn't a big MOBA on consoles, and since SMITE is played in third person and is perfect for controller use, I can easily see SMITE becoming huge this year. DOTA 2, League of Legends, watch out, you have some serious competition coming soon.
SMITE will be in booth 9116, and PAX East takes place from March 6-8 in Boston Massachusetts.
This month for the Xbox 360, the Games with Gold program is offering the excellent 2013 Tomb Raider for the first half of the month, and the also excellent Bioshock Infinite for the second half. This is one of the best offerings as of yet, two fairly new and fantastic games.
Bioshock Infinite is considered by many to be one of the best games of the last generation, so if you're one of what I imagine is the relatively few that haven't played it yet, now you have no excuse!
Tomb Raider is similarly great. It surprised me by how it managed to feel so authentic and realistic, in a series known to be a little on the fantastical end of the spectrum. Don't let any preconceived notions you may have of the series get in the way of playing this entry. It is sure to appeal to fans of Tomb Raider and newcomers alike.
Free on the Xbox One next month is Rayman Legends. I haven't played this one, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. It's actually the second highest rated game ever on the Xbox One right now, just behind Grand Theft Auto V. I also haven't played #IDARB, which has been extended into next month, but our own Nathan Carter loved it.
Also announced, since the launch of Games with Gold, 100,000,000 free games have been played. To celebrate, Microsoft is doubling the games in April. No details on what yet, but it's exciting nonetheless!
You won't get another IF Messi this week, but there are still a few gems available in this week's FIFA 15 Ultimate Team TOTW.
First up is Arjen Robben (FC Bayern Munich), who gets a boost all the way up to 93, making him officially the most dangerous right winger in the game. With 95 Pace, 96 Dribbling, and 93 Shooting, this is a card that could probably fund an entire squad or be the pinnacle of a Bundesliga-themed team.
After Robben is Manchester City jack-of-all-trades David Silva, who will still slot into the LM spot but now will do so with a 90 overall rating. Players will definitely want him for his 94 Dribbling and 92 Passing stat, especially with those who are fielding either a Spanish squad or a team from the EPL.
Juventus superstar and free-kick wizard Andrea Pirlo comes in as the third highest rated player this week at 85 overall. The ageless wonder has a healthy 93 passing skill that will help any Serie A squad out there.
Check out the rest of the lineup for the week in the image below and, as always, these cards are available until 6 PM EDT next Wednesday.