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Microsoft opening up Xbox Live to allow cross platform capabilities

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In a move that's pretty surprising and some never thought would happen, Microsoft announced that they are allowing developers to add cross platform capability to their games. That means future games could let you play with PlayStation 4 folks and not be limited to Xbox Live and PC gamers.

This is a pretty huge step in the console world, but now it's Sony's turn to respond. Talking with Eurogamer, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said there wasn't anything technically preventing them from allowing Xbox Live gamers to play with PlayStation Network players, but they would have to see if it's Sony's best interest to allow it.

So far, Sony's been hitting it out of the park with their decisions on the PlayStation 4. Ever since the announcement of the price at 2013's E3, most of what they have done with the PlayStation 4 has been met with very positive reactions. Let's hope Sony does allow developers the ability put in a way to play with others in the Microsoft world.

Get ready to rack 'em up in Pool Nation VR

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When you think virtual reality and sports, what's the first thing to come to mind?  I'm guessing probably not pool but I like the idea.  Anyway, Cherry Pop Games will be launching Pool Nation VR on Steam for the HTC Vive on June 1st.  Pool Nation VR will allow you to not only play variants of traditional pool and snooker against human and AI opponents, but also throw darts and smash bottles, then lounge around a virtual pool hall with friends.  If you're into billiards or darts and have an HTC Vive, check out Pool Nation VR on June 1st for $19.99.

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Isometric platformer Lumo now available on PS4 and Steam

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If you're around my age, or just really love classic NES games, you might remember a game called Solstice.  For those that don't, Solstice was an isometric platformer/puzzle game where you control a wizard named Shadax as he traverses the fortress of Morbius the Malevolent to rescue Princes Eleanor.  Long story short, the game is fun but it can take a while, especially if you're like me and get lost really easily.

Anyway, if you liked that game or it's sequel Equinox for the Super NES, then you'll probably enjoy Lumo from Rising Star Games.  Lumo contains over four hundred rooms to explore throughout four different zones, as well as six hidden mini-games and all sorts of stuff to uncover.  While I wasn't that good at Solstice or Equinox, Lumo looks fun from the trailer below so I might end up giving it a shot at some point.  Lumo is currently available for Steam and the PS4 for $19.99, with PS Vita and Xbox One versions coming in June.  Lumo will also feature cross-save functionality between the PS4 and PS Vita versions. 

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The Y in Vampyr is a metaphor for your branching storyline

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Word is that Vampyr is still a year, year-and-a-half away. But a trickle of screenshots are still coming out to keep this RPG on the radar. It looks like the developers are doing a good job of preserving the dark, brooding visuals first put out by the concept artists.

So, you're a vampire. You've got to balance your humanity with your bloodlust, as vampires do. At first I was concerned that killing people to level up wouldn't harm the city anymore than adding more rats to the landscape, like Dishonored, in a sense. But developer Dontnod (Remember Me, Life Is Strange) is making whom you feed on have deeper consequences for the city as a whole. The example they give in a press release today is that killing one of the city's top doctors will make you notice a marked decline in the populace's general health. Considering that Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic (aka "Spanish Flu"), actively making a population's health worse could spell disaster. And hey, if everybody dies, then what's a vampire to feed on?

That's probably taking it too far. But it's nice to know that it will (hopefully) matter when you take someone's life into your hands. Now I'm looking at the bloody "Y" in the name "Vampyr" and starting to wonder if that Y is indicative of branching paths in the game. As in, take this life, or save it? Drink this person's blood, or leave them alone? Butterfly effects are nothing new, but I like seeing where it goes with each new game. You're going to have to eat; there's no getting around that. But then what?

Below are three new screenshots to whet that sanguine appetite.

Vampyr aims for a late 2017 release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

 
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Final Quest trailer for The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

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Just a week to go until the last expansion, Blood and Wine, for the Witcher 3 is released. what to do until then? Well, check out the "Final Quest" trailer just released by CD Project Red. The trailer shows off the new expansion which promises 30+ hours of new content across Toussaint, a remote new location. 

Blood and Wine is part of the Witcher 3 Expansion Pass which also includes the previously released DLC, Hearts of Stone. If you're on PS4, the full game plus expansions are currently on sale as part of the Extended Play Sale for 35% off. The Witcher 3 is also available for Xbox One and PC.

Total War: Warhammer delivers total trailer, 360 degrees worth

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Total War: Warhammer officially releases today and the folks at Sega and Creative Assembly have released a trailer to coincide with the event. But not just any trailer, it's a total trailer in 360 degrees. Unfortunately the trailer posted below is not that trailer, because we can't guarantee it will work in whatever browser you are reading this (it probably won't). However, follow the link and instructions below and you can check it out in all it's 360 degree glory.

Visit the 360° YouTube trailer version here and either:

  • Click and drag your view of the battlefield on desktop (Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer).
  • Use the YouTube or Facebook app on your mobile as a virtual window, and pan your view around (note that this is currently the only way to experience the 360° functionality on your mobile).
  • Select VR view from the YouTube App and drop your phone into Google Cardboard.

I personally found scrolling around augmented reality style on my iPad to be a pretty awesome experience there. It's definitely worth the effort to set it up in the Youtube app. Keep an eye out for our review of Total War: Warhammer coming soon.

 

Games for Gold lining up for June

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We’re officially into the final week of May 2016, which means that a new month starts next week. A new month means new free games for both console subscription services. Microsoft is the first one out of the gate this month at announcing their lineup for free games coming to members next week. The June Games for Gold lineup will consist of the following:

  • The Crew for Xbox One (June 16 through July 15)
  • Goat Simulator for Xbox One (June 1 through June 30)
  • Super Meat Boy for Xbox 360 (June 1 through June 15)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Xbox 360 (June 16 through June 30)

This isn’t a really bad lineup. Goat Simulator is pretty enjoyable if you’re just looking to blow off some time messing around within a game. Super Meat Boy and XCOM are both true classics in their own right. Of course, there is the possibility of a couple of surprise additions during E3, so don’t forget to keep an ear out for that.

CryEngine goes open source

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Well here's some pretty big news for those who love working with CryEngine. The entire source code for it is going open source and you can grab it now on GitHub.

Not long ago, Crytek went with a pay what you want model to nab the engine and it's good to see them go forth and put this out as open source for people to tinker with. Who knows, maybe something you put in there will be merged into the master branch for everyone else to use.

CryEngine powers a bunch of today's games including Evolve, Ryse, BattleCry, and Mechwarrior Online. If you want a very powerful engine to make your own games on the cheap, this is a great choice to pick up.

Battleborn's first DLC character launches today

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Battleborn has been off and running for a few weeks now and while I have been having tons of fun in the game, so many small things can pop up and kill that fun. You can read more about that in my review. Anyways the post launch content for Battleborn starts to roll out today with Alani, the first of five DLC characters that will be released in game. 

Alani will be unlocked for free via a hero key if you own the season pass or if you played in the open beta for Playstation 4. For those who don't own the season pass, she will be available in game to purchase for 47,500 credits on May 31st. Don't worry the credits are not microtransaction credits, they can be earned for free in game by completing matches and challenges. Better start grinding however cause it can take quite some time to earn that 47,500. 

Here is the rundown of her info and her abilities. 

  • Name: Alani
  • Faction: Eldrid
  • Class: Healer, controller 
  • Skill Level: Complex 

Torrent - Alani hurls water bolts using Ket, her order’s martial art. Successful hits increase stacks of Osmosis.

Wellspring - Envelops a single friendly target in water, healing them. If untargeted, Wellspring heals Alani for half the amount. Heal amount is increased by Osmosis stacks.

Riptide - Hurls a wave that deals 67 damage, pushes away enemies, and leaves a trail of water that hastens allies. Riptide’s trail of water lasts for 3 seconds.

Geyser - Alani causes a groundswell to erupt at a targeted location, knocking enemies into the air, dealing damage, and binding them for 1 second.

Emergence (ultimate) - Marks a target enemy or location, summoning a water dragon that deals up to 167 damage and 251 damage over 4 seconds to enemies caught in its wake.

Osmosis (passive) - Successful hits with Torrent hone Alani’s connection to the water, generating up to 3 Osmosis stacks and increasing the healing power of Wellspring.

Rock Band 4 to finally get a little practice

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As Harmonix slowly releases features for Rock Band 4, we were told last Friday that practice mode will finally be coming to the game. This is a staple that I missed from previous versions, if nothing more than to fine tune that last little bit of a song that was holding me back from getting five stars.

The mode will come with the June title update and will let you practice guitar, drums and vocals respectively with varying speeds and pitches. It wil be easy to find, just locate the Training option off the main screen and follow the prompts. If the title update mirrors previous months, we should see it roll out on June 7th in lieu of any DLC.


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