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Black Ops III Beta Runs Smoother on Xbox One than PS4

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Unlike many betas, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta has been a relatively smooth experience on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However, the Xbox One version reportedly runs the smoothest.

According to the guys at Digital Foundry, Microsoft’s current-gen console offers the best Black Ops III beta experience, citing its stable framerate compared to the PS4’s as a primary reason:

“Frame-rates are rarely affected across the course of the match while the player is in control and this translates into low latency, high accuracy twitch gameplay that takes full advantage of the 60fps update.

Performance remains stable under load too, with explosions and alpha effects barely making a dent when the action starts to heat up.”

Apparently, the only time the Xbox One experiences a sharp frame-rate dip is during the transition to and from the Killcam, a feature gamers consider non-essential to gameplay. The PlayStation 4 version of the Black Ops III beta, on the other hand, experiences “small dips” on a much more frequently, with certain scenes said to go as low as 50fps.

There is a catch, however: In other to achieve its silky smoother gameplay, the Xbox One sacrifices resolution. The Black Ops III beta runs a 1600 x 900 resolution on the console; as a result, “buildings, foliage and distant objects appear considerably less defined.”

Those have played Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta have enjoyed the shooter’s faster pace and new movement system. What system will you get the game for when it releases in November 2015?

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Forza Horizon 4 Reviews Round-Up, It’s Love All Around

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Forza Horizon 4 is arguably the best installment in the series to date.

Reviews for the latest Forza Horizon are in, and Microsoft, Playground Games and, most importantly, racing game fans have a lot to be happy about.

Forza Horizon 4 is a resounding hit with critics and gamers alike, earning an average score of 92 percent on metacritic as of the time of this writing.

This time around, car aficionados take to a shared open-world Britain that has been fine-tuned to take into account both the seasons and the time of day, with seasonal changes altering the driving conditions and the accessibility of pathways. The game world literally changes over time.

There are 450 unlockable cars, including the Warthog for the Halo series, that can customized and raced to the heart’s content.

If you are still on the fence about getting Forza Horizon 4, check out some of the more notable reviews and scores here…

If you’ve played Forza Horizon 4, what would you personally rate it, and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Gameplay Launch Trailer Is Action-Packed

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is primed and ready for your enjoyment.

Activision and Treyarch have unveiled a new gameplay launch trailer for the shooter, showcasing all three modes of the game: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Check out the trailer here…

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Say It Ain’t So, Devil May Cry 5 Has Microtransactions

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The good news is that you won’t be forced to pay for anything.

For all the praise the Devil May Cry 5 TGS 2018 demo received, one new addition in particular caused a stir, and it has nothing to do with Dante’s theme song being removed because of the sexual misconduct allegation against the singer. No, the issue is much bigger.

Those who played the demo made an unfortunate discovery — Devil May Cry 5 has microtransactions. You will be able to spend real money on red orbs, which are essentially the game’s main form of currency.

In Devil May Cry 5, which are obtained by doing virtually anything from combat to breaking red clusters, can be used to upgrade your character by purchasing new skills and revive on the spot rather than being forced to do so at the last checkpoint).

You can also exchange real money for red orbs, a system that isn’t particularly new to the Devil May Cry Series and actually existed in Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition.

Fortunately, whereas some games require you to spend real money gain certain features, spending money on red orbs in Devil May Cry 5 is optional. According to Capcom, the game doles out “ample” red orbs in regular play.

“… players can purchase even more red orbs which can be used for quicker upgrades or more continues,” the publisher said. “This is completely optional as the game has been balanced to provide ample orbs for play without purchase in mind. This allows players more options to use red orbs at the pace and style they prefer to play.”

Let’s just hope for Capcom’s sake that Devil May Cry 5 doesn’t join the growing list of games ruined by microtransactions.

Are you OK with how microtransactions are applied in Dante and friends’ latest adventure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Have You Seen The Resident Evil 2 Remake TGS 2018 Trailer?

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It previews familiar allies and evil foes.

At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Capcom unveiled a new trailer for the remake of the classic survival horror Resident Evil 2, giving us a look at some of the enemies and potential allies you can expect in your adventure, including iconic series femme fatale Ada Wong, the mysterious Annette Birkin and Chief Officer Brian Irons.

Like the original, the Resident Evil 2 remake follows the journey of rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they begin to uncover what’s behind Raccoon City’s terrifying zombie outbreak. As the duo embark on their own campaigns independently, their collective experiences piece together to form a a comprehensive story that uncovers the people and motives behind the evil that’s engulfed the city.

Watch the trailer, and let us know what you think.

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Telltale Games Closes Down, It Was A Great Run

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It was an entertaining run for the innovative game studio.

Telltale Games, the company behind hit episodic video game titles The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Minecraft: Story Mode, Game of Thrones and Batman, has gone through “majority studio closure,” having let go of all but 25 of its 250 employees without any severance pay. It had previously laid off around 25% of the workforce in November 2017.

Company CEO Pete Hawley broke the news via Twitter, explaining that his team “ran out of time” and that their their most recent batch of good content did not translate to better sales.

The move came as a surprise even to its employees. While some spoke of the good experience they had with the studio, others couldn’t hide their disappointment, especially with regards to working conditions and compensation. Former employee Brandon Cebenka, tweeted:

I got laid off at Telltale. None of my sleepless nights or long hours on weekends trying to ship a game on time got me severance today. Don’t work overtime unless you’re paid for it, y’all. Protect your health. Companies don’t care about you.

The remaining 25 employees were retained to fulfill the comapny’s obligations, which includes the completion of the last episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, as well as Wolf Among Us 2 and Stranger Things.

Are you a fan of Telltale Games? Share your thoughts on their games and closure in the comments below.

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EA Under Criminal Investigation For FIFA 18 Loot Boxes

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An insistent EA is in some hot water in Europe.

Back in April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) announced that the loot boxes systems in Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and FIFA 18 all violated the country’s anti-gambling regulations, believing that their mechanics are essentially a “game of chance.”

The BGC considers the loot boxes to be dangerous, especially since FIFA 18 is presented to children and minors. Minister of Justice Koen Geens was quoted as saying “Mixing games and gaming, especially at a young age, is dangerous for mental health.”

Blizzard and Valve have since complied with the government’s request, re-working their games accordingly. However, EA refuses to oblige, stating that their games are developed and implemented ethically and lawfully around the world.

Company CEO Andrew Wilson argued that FIFA Ultimate Team or loot boxes cannot be deemed gambling because players always receive a specified number of items in each pack, and EA doesn’t provide or authorize any way to cash out or sell items or virtual currency for real money.

According to Belgian news outlet Metro, the BGC has pushed to sue EA for their failure to remove the loot boxes, and the American publisher is under criminal investigation by the Brussels public prosecutor’s office

EA could be slapped with “a prison sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to €800,000” if prosecuted and charged, figures that will reportedly be doubled if minors are found to be affected.

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