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Bloodborne Online Co-op: Everything you Need to Know

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While a lot of fun will undoubtedly be had playing the single-player mode of Bloodborne, chances are players will spend most of their time online slaying monsters with their friends. Presented here is Bloodborne‘s extensive list of online co-op features, in-game options and full controls.

Snatched from the game’s Japanese Alpha manual by the guys at dualshockers, co-op mode presents players with complex gameplay and a staggering amount of options to choose from. Keeping in mind that Bloodborne is very similar to Dark Souls 2, an thus shares many of its features, what you came here for is as follows:

Gameplay Features

  • Players can stagger enemies by hitting them with correct timing while they’re attacking, or from the rear.
  • Communication with other players is done via a gesture menu.
  • Four items are available to players during the alpha test: a “Bell of Dream Summoning,” a “Small Bell of Resonating” a “Blank Ammunition of Farewell” and “Memoir“
  • By using the Bell of Dream Summoning and Small Bell of Resonating you can play cooperatively with up to three players. The one summoning will be the host, while the others will be guests.
  • You start co-op gameplay as a host by using the Bell of Dream Summoning from your inventory menu. An effect will appear at your character’s feet.
  • When a player responding to the call is found the bell starts resonating and co-op gameplay will begin
  • You indicate that you wish to take part in co-op as a guest by using the Small Bell of Resonating in your inventory menu. An effect will appear at your character’s feet.
  • The bell will start to resonate as soon as a host is found, and you’ll be transferred to his world after a short while.
  • The effect at the player’s feet will appear only when standing still. All co-op requests can be canceled by using the appropriate item again.
  • Co-op gameplay ends (and all players will return to their own world) if any of the following conditions is met: The area boss is defeated, the host or the guest dies or connection to the host is lost.
  • The host can also shoot the Blank Ammunition of Farewell to send a guest back to his own world.
  • You can use a memoir by combining words and sentences, and place it in the ground. Messages will appear for other players to read.
  • You can check the history of the memoirs you’ve left up to any point.
  • You can also check the log of all the memoirs you’ve read up to any point and their evaluation.
  • By pressing circle (X in the western version) you can read memoirs on the ground close to you.
  • You can rate the memoirs you read good or bad by pressing left or right on the D-pad while reading them.
  • Other players that are playing in the same location can appear as ghosts.
  • Graves will appear where another player has died. By pressing circle (or X in the western version) you can watch a replay of their death.

In-Game Options

  • Horizontal camera axis.
  • Vertical camera axis.
  • Camera rotation speed.
  • Automatic enemy lock-on toggle.
  • Automatic wall transparency when in the way of the camera.
  • Controller vibration toggle.
  • HUD display toggle.
  • Music volume.
  • Sound effects volume.
  • Brightness adjustment.

Gameplay Controls

Note: Replace circle and X for the western version of the game

Menu:

  • D-Pad: menu navigation.
  • Circle: confirm.
  • X: return to previous screen.

Gameplay:

  • Left Stick: movement.
  • Right Stick: camera.
  • R2: strong attack, right hand weapon.
  • R1: attack, right hand weapon.
  • L1: transformation, right hand weapon.
  • L2: attack, left hand weapon, or special attack when using a transformed weapon in two hander.
  • Circle: action.
  • Triangle: use healing item.
  • Square: use item.
  • X: Backstep.
  • R3: Lock toggle when an enemy is nearby. Reset camera with no enemy in range.
  • D-Pad Down: Item selection.
  • D-Pad Right: right hand weapon selection.
  • D-Pad Left: left hand weapon selection.
  • Options: open menu.
  • Touch pad pressure on the left: open gesture menu.
  • Touch pad pressure on the right: open inventory menu.

Special commands:

  • L1 (during an attack): weapon transformation attack.
  • Hold R2: attack charge.
  • Left stick forward + L2: jumping attack.
  • Hold X + Left Stick: Dash.
  • Dash + X: Rolling Dash.
  • X + Left Stick: Roll
  • X Left Stick (when locked on an enemy): Sidestep.

Bloodborne is not an easy game. In fact, it will be one of the most difficult games you will ever play. Fortunately, you are provided with an abundant set of features, moves, weapons and armor to aide you in your battle for survival. For a taste of what awaits you, watch this gameplay trailer of the game’s co-op mode in action.

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Do You Already Hate The Sonic Movie?

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The new Sonic movie trailer has everyone horrified and confused. Are you?

To the say the first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a head-scratcher would the understatement of a lifetime. It is WACK!

We get a look at Sonic rendered in real life, as well as Jim Carrey’s Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik. If the tagline “Every hero has a genesis” is anything to go by, the movie will be an origin story for the blue hedgehog that was an integral part of our 90s gaming experience but struggles in today’s video game market.

To be honest, he looks downright creepy, which probably wouldn’t have been the case if the designers went for a cuter, more compact aesthetic like in the original 2D Sonic games.

Instead, we get scruffy, frizzy-looking creature “thing” that could easily be mistaken for an extremely lean man in a full-body costume, a man who likely skipped leg day one too many times.

Something along the line of Detective Pikachu would have definitely be more palatable, don’t you think?

If you hate Sonic’s look, enough to even be reluctant to watch the movie, you’re not alone. Reactions to the trailer have been hilarious , and the film’s official Twitter account has been swamped with thousands of responses.

So, are you happy with the direction Sega and Paramount took with the live-action Sonic movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cheaper, Smaller Nintendo Switch Is Coming in Fall 2019

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Nintendo’s blockbuster gaming system is about to get smaller and even more affordable.

According to a new report out of Japan, the Nintendo Switch budget model will launch in fall 2019.

Rumors of a smaller, more budget friendly Nintendo Switch surfaced earlier in the year, and now Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims it will arrive just in time for Christmas.

Despite being a “handheld” system similar to 2DS, it will be able to connect to televisions and placed in a dock.

Nintendo is said to also have a Switch Pro model planned. This particular sku won’t be a huge leap in performance from the standard Switch, but it will be a technical upgrade nonetheless.

The “Switch Pro” is expected arrive sometime after the “Switch Mini” launches.

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PlayStation 5 Has GPU With Ray Tracing, High-Speed SSD

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The PS5 will be a powerful beast of a gaming machine.

In an interview with Wired, PlayStation’s lead architect Mark Cerny revealed that the PlayStation 5 features a GPU that supports ray tracing, as well as a solid state drive with higher bandwidth than any SSD currently available for PC.

More specifically, Sony’s next-gen game console uses a third-generation Ryzen CPU that’s based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture and utilizes eight cores, while the GPU is a custom chip based on Radeon’s Navi family, with ray tracing support.

The company worked with AMD on components for the PS4, so it comes as no surprise that the PlayStation 5 uses AMD’s Ryzen CPU tech.

The SSD inside the console is super fast. In a demonstration by Cerny, it only took 0.8 seconds to fast travel in Insomniac Games’ critically-acclaimed Spider-Man compared to 15 seconds on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Wired confirmed that the PS5 supports 8K resolution and will be backwards-compatible with PS4 games. It also contains a disc-tray,  3D audio integration, and is compatible with the current PSVR model.

Despite having a disc tray, the PS5 will place a bigger emphasis on cloud gaming than the PS4. Sony’s vision for cloud gaming will become clearer as the console nears launch.

Speaking of launch, the PlayStation 5 will not release in 2019. In fact, Cerny didn’t even call it “PlayStation 5”, nor did he provide a working codename.

The fact that the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro were revealed after E3 and during an event in New York leads us to believe a full console reveal will take place later in 2019 or early 2020.

What are your hopes for the PS5? Share your thoughts int he comments below.

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Meet Cal The Fugitive In Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Reveal Trailer

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Cal holding his lightsaber in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Are you ready for the next big Star Wars Game?

Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and plans to have it ready by November 2019.

The reveal trailer is rendered in-engine and focuses on the story.
“Trust No One” is the overarching theme.

Like the The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-melee game that takes place after Order 66. You play as Cal, a fugitive a lightsaber -wielding, Force-endowed Padawan on the run from the Empire.

Respawn stresses that combat is an integral part of the experience. Each enemy will have a unique fighting style, requiring you to approach them differently and identify and exploit their weaknesses.

You’ll will have Cal’s Force Powers and various melee combinations at your disposal, as well as traversal and other platforming abilities to overcome enemies and solve puzzles.

In addition to the main character, we get to see his best-friend, a droid called BD-1; a mysterious companion by the name of Cere; and Second Sister, one of the Empire’s elite Inquisitors pursuing you.

Your adventure begins on Bracca, one of the brand-new Star Wars planet introduced in the game, where you will encounter droids, a number of familiar faces, various Trooper types and a slew of other interesting characters.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launches on November 15 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-ordering it will get you “unique cosmetic content” for your lightsaber and droid companion.

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Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Second Sister with Purge Troopers
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Does The Next Assassin’s Creed Take Place In The Viking Age?

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Red-bearded Viking in Ubisoft's For Honor gam

An Easter Egg may hint at a new Norse setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game.

An Easter egg uncovered by wiki user AlifMorrisonudin in The Divsion 2 could point to the Assassin’s Creed series moving from Norse mythology to the Viking age.

AlifMorrisonudin found a poster that depicts a Norse god wearing the Assassin’s Creed colors of red and white and holding an Apple of Eden artifact, another hallmark of the franchise.

Ubisoft has a long history of stuffing Easter eggs into its games that either allude to or even reveal upcoming releases. A Watch Dog 2 mission, for instance, unveiled new sci-fi game Pioneer to players.

What’s interesting is that the tease in The Division 2 is both subtle and in plain sight. There are multiple copies of the poster (some very large) scattered throughout particular parts of the game, yet who would have thought to look for the Apple of Eden in it?

Have a look at the poster in question, and let us know if it is indeed a revelation of a Viking setting for Assassin’s Creed or if we are overreaching…

Poster in The Divsion 2 -- Viking Age Assassin's Creed game
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The Assassin’s Creed series was rumored to be code-named Legion and set in ancient Rome at around 169 AD, particularly near the end of Marcus Aurelius’ reign. However, more recent reports claim it’ss code-named Kingdom and does indeed star Vikings. 

Either way, Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed anything other than the fact that the next Assassin’s Creed will be released in 2020, so while the poster could be a hint of what’s to come, it could also be nothing more than a mere Assassin’s Creed Easter egg.

Where do you want the next Assassin’s Creed to take place — Ancient Rome or the Viking Age? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Elder God Cetrion Is The Mother Nature Of Mortal Kombat 11

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Elder God Cetrion in Mortal Kombat 11 showing off her brutal elemental attacks.

She looks like a god, talks like a god and fights like a god.

NetherRealm Studios has revealed a brand new playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, and she looks insanely powerful.

Judging my her reveal trailer, Elder God Cetrion is able to  harness the powers of Mother Nature, freely using earth, fire, wind, water elementals in her brutal attacks. She can even grow in size until she is literally towering over the planet and shoot a giant mouth laser as part of her fatality.

Watch her in action and let us know what you think. Do you see yourself playing her?

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