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Dragon Age Inquisition – What You Can Expect [Video]

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Dragon Age Inquisition, the latest blockbuster addition to BioWare’s legendary Dragon Age franchise, promises to change the scale of the series forever. After the relative failure of Dragon Age 2, BioWare took its time to get things right, and from what we saw at E3 2014, the game is shaping up to be all the company has pitched it to be. There is a lot to be excited for, but here are a some things that have us especially psyched:

Creating Your Own Experience

Like Dragon Age: Origins, Inquisition allows players to create their own character — The Inquisitor — from scratch. There are more races to choose from, as well as several storylines to play out depending on the class and gender of your character. Choice will be a major component of the game, with the outcome of missions heavily dependent on the decisions you made beforehand. Some decisions will be constructive, bringing justice to the lands, while others will be destructive. Choose wisely.

BioWare’s signature dialogue system makes a return in the game, allowing players to immerse themselves more deeply into the game even when doing something as simple as conversing.

More Control Over The Battlefield Than Ever Before

BioWare has stated that they aim to make the gameplay experience more immersive than ever before by giving players the tools needed to defeat their enemies and by upping the level of realism. The party based combat system of the game allows you to control each of your characters separately, enabling you to easily switch between party members in order to take advantage of their unique skills. Additionally, the tactical view from Dragon Age: Origins makes a return, allowing you to pause the onscreen action and take stock of what’s happening. The aerial view it provides makes it easier to set up ambushes / traps for enemies and strategically position party members before and during a battle. Spells and skills can interact with each other, while each skill has a distinct effect on the enemy (e.g. fireballs set them ablaze, arrows cause them to bleed from their wound…).

Good tactics will determine whether or not your team is successful in a battle. Fortunately, several newly-introduced features help streamline the gameplay experience and make it easier to pull off complicated moves without a hitch.

Customization Galore

Taking a page from the original Dragon Age, Inquisition allows the player to completely customize their character and companions. Gear and loot can be used on both the players and the companions, allowing you to fine-tailor each party member. You can even customize the various gear scattered throughout the world with runes and enchantments, adding another layer of uniqueness to each of your characters.

Dialogue choices will affect the relationships between your main character and your companions, so it’s good to have decent people skills. Finally, for settlements that you take over, Inquisition has a base development system akin to that of some tower defense games, allowing you to more precisely decide how each conquered settlement should be developed and what they should do.

An Incredible World as Beautiful as it is Rich

BioWare promises Dragon Age Inquisition will be at least five times larger than Dragon Age 2. The graphics are breathtaking, with vibrant colors dominating the various landscapes. As with previous Dragon Age games, you are rewarded for exploring the vast open world. Expect a plethora of unique quests that let you learn about the game’s rich lore.

The Return Of Previous Saves

BioWare’s signature save system that allows players to transfer saved files from previous installments over to the latest ones is also featured and could play an important role in how the story (or stories) progress. Though Inquisition takes place long after the other games in the series, the decisions made by the Grey Warden from Origins and Hawke in Dragon Age 2 will impact its world.

For those that don’t have saved files from the previous games or those that would like to explore what-if scenarios, there is an online feature (stored in the cloud) called the ‘Dragon Age Keep‘ that lets you build and rebuild multiple world states from the other games that Inquisition can seamlessly pull data from to use.

Dragon Age Inquisition launches for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 7. In the comment section, let us know how excited you are for it.

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God of War Won Big At The 2019 D.I.C.E. Awards

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Krato’s incursion into ancient Norse mythology has been lauded the world over.

God of War walked off the big winner at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ (AIAS) 22nd D.I.C.E. Awards. It led the group with 12 nominations, and walked off with nine total, including Game of the Year.

It beat other critically-acclaimed titles like Breach, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Return of the Obra Dinn for the top title

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won game of the year in 2018, as well as three other awards.

Celeste also received multiple nominations, and won two: best independent game, and best action game.

The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners for each category bolded. Check them out and let us know if you think
God of War is worthy of the accolades.

2019 D.I.C.E. Awards Nominations

Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Moss
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • God of War (Atreus)
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
  • God of War (Kratos)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Forgotton Anne
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • God of War
  • Battlefield 5
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • God of War
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Florence
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man

Action Game of the Year

  • Celeste
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year

  • Unravel Two
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • LEGO DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • SOULCALIBUR 6

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • F1 2018
  • Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • FIFA 19
  • MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Into the Breach
  • Bad North
  • Frostpunk
  • Northgard
  • RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Tónandi
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
  • Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Beat Saber
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Moss
  • Sprint Vector
  • Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year

  • Florence
  • Dandara
  • Donut County
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Oddmar

Online Game of the Year

  • Fortnite
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Laser League
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • God of War
  • Florence
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
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Switch Was The Best-Selling console in 2018, Nintendo Had The Highest Game Revenue

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The year 2018 came to  a close on a decent note, but Nintendo stood out as the clear overall winner.

According to market research company NPD, consumers spent $3.4 billion on games, hardware, accessories, and game cards in December 2018. Although that represented a decline in software and hardware spending, continued strong sales of game cards and accessories helped lift the overall industry by 2%.

2018 overall was a banner year for video games. Sales amounted to $16.7 billion, an increase of 13% compared 2017 and the highest ever since 2011’s $17.4 billion.

Hardware

The Nintendo Switch was the winner in December, having generated the highest dollar sales during the month. In fact, the console’s revenues  was the highest for any single platform since the Wii back in December 2009. In unit sales, December 2018 was its highest December haul since 2010.

Thanks to the strong December, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in all of 2018, both in unit and dollar sales. It recorded the highest total since the PS4 in 2015.

It was a great year for video game hardware in general. Sales increased by 8% to $5.1 billion and all consoles contributed, including the mini consoles from Nintendo and Sony.

Combining all platforms, hardware and unit sales were the highest since 2009.

Software

Video game software generated $7.1 billion in 2018 across all systems, a 7% year-over-year increase. The NPD notes that this is the highest annual haul since the $7.5 billion generated in 2012.

The best-selling game was Red Dead Redemption 2, with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and  NBA 2K19 following behind at number two and three, respectively.

It was Nintendo, however, that generated the most money from software sales, something it hadn’t done since 2009. As the best-selling game during December and the fifth overall in 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played a big part in that success.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was so successful, in fact, that it set a new release month dollar sales record for an exclusive game, a title previously held by 2010’s Halo: Reach.

Mario Kart 8 also sold well for Nintendo, becoming the second best-selling racing game ever, just behind Mario Kart Wii.

The critically-acclaimed Spider-Man ended the year at number six, the highest ranking for a superhero game since Spider-Man: The Movie 2 took the fifth spot in 2004.

Top 10 best-selling games across all platforms in 2018:

  1. Red Dead Redemption
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  3. NBA 2K19
  4. Madden NFL 19
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  6. Spider-Man
  7. Far Cry 5
  8. God of War
  9. Monster Hunter: World
  10. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

What were you fondest gaming memories of 2018? What was your game of he year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Fortnite Was The Most-Played Nintendo Switch Game Of 2018

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Fortnite is dominant on every platform its own.

Nintendo has revealed that Fortnite was the most-played Switch games of 2018.

The free-to-play title from Epic Games topped a list of the 21 most-played titles, with Nintendo’s own IPs rounding out the remainder of the top five.

This is especially impressive considering Fortnite launched six months into the year. By October, almost half of Switch users worldwide had it installed.

Here’s the full list of most-played Switch games for 2018. Are you surprised by the results?

  1. Fortnite
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  3. Super Mario Odyssey
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. FIFA 19
  7. Minecraft
  8. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu
  9. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  11. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  12. Rocket League
  13. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  14. Pokemon Quest
  15. Stardew Valley
  16. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  17. Octopath Traveler
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  19. Paladins
  20. Super Mario Party
  21. Mario Tennis Aces
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This Is Mortal Kombat 11’s Official Cover, What Do You Think?

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It’s familiar, but different; simpler, but engaging.

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11, and its of little surprise that it only features Scorpion.

Compared to Mortal Kombat 10, the overall design is brighter and simpler, featuring a yellow, hot background that surprisingly works well with Scorpion’s yellow outfit.

Scorpion’s pose is imposing, and its interesting that NetherRealm chose go with the more modern version of the character rather than the classic one that appeared in the reveal trailer.

Mortal Kombat 11 releases on April 23, 2019 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

What do you think about the cover art? Better yet, what’s you favorite Mortal Kombat cover art of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Epic Games Store New Return Policy Allows Unlimited Refunds, But…

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Gamers get more leniency and a simplified verification process.

Epic has updated the Epic Games Store’s return policy to make it more competitive with other digital storefronts.

With the old policy, you were allowed just two refunds per year, but now everyone has unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and with under two hours played.

The Epic Games Store doesn’t have a “self-service” solution, at least not yet, so you will have to go through Customer Support to request a refund.

A change was also made to the verification process for receiving a refund. Customers no longer have to provide their IP address, last four digits of the card used, account creation date, and other information if the return meets the set criteria, though a contact form will still need to be used.

Epic plans to add more regional pricing options to the store. There are currently 30 different regions available, encompassing a total of 130 countries.

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Chinese Minecraft Player Spent Entire Year Creating Awesome Cyberpunk City

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There is seemingly no limits to the scale and creativity one can realize in the blocky world of Minecraft.

Indeed, in Minecraft, you let your imagination run wild, and
we’ve seen some truly awe-inspiring creations

This cyberpunk city by Chinese Minecraft player AZTTER has to be one of the coolest ever.

The man has the patience and persistence of a winner, seeing as it took him an entire year to build it from the ground up.

The results speak for themselves …

Forget about the lights — just look at the scale of it all! AZTTER is bone fide champ.

Have you seen a city as impressive in MinecraftLet us know in the comments below.

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