Video Game Releases: 12/4

December is starting strong with the releases just in time for the holiday season.  The big one is the new Super Smash Bros. that is coming to the Switch this Friday. PUBG is also coming to PS4 this Friday as well. See the full list below:

December 4th

  • Beholder 2 (PC)
  • Toki (Switch)
  • Gear.Club Unlimited 2 (Switch)
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight (PS4)
  • Just Cause 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Subnautica (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PS4, PC, Xbox One)
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (PS4)
  • Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack (PS4)
  • The Council: Episode 5 (PS4)
  • Arca’s Path (PS4)
  • Override: Mech City Brawl (PS4, Xbox One)

December 5th

  • Energy Cycle Edge (Switch)

December 6th

  • Rival Megagun (Switch)
  • LongStory: A Dating Game for the Real World (Switch)
  • Color Zen (Switch)
  • Beholder: Complete Edition (Switch)
  • Jagged Alliance: Rage! (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • The Last Remnant Remastered (PS4)
  • Battle Princess Madelyn (PS4, Switch)

December 7th

  • Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (PS4, Switch)
  • Path of Exile (PS4)
  • Iris.Fall (PC)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PS4)
  • SEGA Genesis Classics (Switch)
  • Katamari Damacy REROLL (Switch, PC)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)

December 10th

  • Guacamelee 2 (Switch)
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Fortnite v6.31 Patch Notes

The last week of Season 6 is finally here. Finish up your Challenges before it is too late.  See the last patch of the Season below:

Battle Royale

Limited Time Mode: Team Rumble

Summary
Two large teams fight for the Victory Royale in an action-packed mode where the first team to get 100 eliminations wins!

Mode Details

  • Two teams of 20 players.
  • Players will respawn after 5 seconds when eliminated, keeping their inventory.
  • Eliminated players spawn a random type of ammo upon elimination, as well as a random stack of either 120 Wood, 90 Stone, or 60 Metal materials.
  • Only Uncommon weapons (or better) are available.
  • The first team to 100 eliminations wins.

Weapons + Items

  • New Epic and Legendary Pump Shotgun
    • 105 / 110 maximum damage
    • Available from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.
  • Shotguns will now always apply at least 3 pellets worth of damage if only 1-2 pellets hit the target.
    • NOTE: Bonus pellets can never be critical hits.
  • Pump Shotgun maximum damage and fall-off changes.
    • Pump Shotgun maximum damage increased from 80 / 85  to 95 / 100
      • Pump shotguns will do higher damage in shorter range buckets but damage falls off quicker. This means you’ll do more damage to closer targets but less damage to farther targets.
  • Added Stink Bombs to Supply Drops
  • Removed Double Barrel Shotguns from floor loot
  • Mounted Turret
    • Adjusted Mounted Turret collision to make it easier to land shots against anyone occupying it.
    • Removed the ability to repair the Mounted Turret
    • Fixed players being able to clip into turret barrels and get stuck.
    • Supply drops will automatically open if landing on a Mounted Turret
    • Drop rate reduced from 1.719% to 0.915%

Bug Fixes

  • The Mounted Turret can no longer fire through its own floor.
  • Fixed an issue with players not having an audio cue while gliding after respawning.
  • Fixed an issue with Chiller effects not applying properly to players’ feet.

Gameplay

  • Reduced the in-air speed when using the Glider Redeploy feature in supported game modes.
  • Added functionality that allows the placement of map markers in the world without needing to go into the fullscreen map.
    • You’ll be able to look at a position in the world and use the “Place Marker” keybind to place a map marker. This command will only be available by default while in Combat Mode.
    • This command is defaulted to Left on the D-pad for controllers and the Middle Mouse button for PC and Mac.
    • For Mobile players, this command will be bound to an optional button in the HUD Layout Tool.
  • Added the ability to pick up and throw back Dynamite with a lit fuse.
    • To throw the Dynamite with a lit fuse, get near it and use the interact key.

Bug Fixes

  • Increased the Dynamite explosion height against players from 192 units to 300 units.
    • This was done to prevent players from being able to jump over the explosion area on flat ground without taking damage.

Events

  • New Tournament: Alchemist Pop-Up Cup
    • Pop-Up Cups are tournaments testing temporary, Limited Time Modes. Alchemist will continue our testing of several gameplay adjustments and may differ day to day.
    • Initial Mode Settings:
      • A material cap of 500 Wood, 500 Stone, 500 Metal
      • Harvesting Rate Increased by 40%
      • +50 Health on Eliminations
      • Storm Surge
        • If a certain amount of players are remaining by the time the Storm finishes closing, a Storm Surge will activate. This periodically deals damage to players who have the least amount of damage dealt during the match.
          • Circle 1: 60 Players Remaining
          • Circle 2: 44 Players Remaining
          • Circle 3: 30 Players Remaining
          • Circle 4: 20 Players Remaining
          • Circle 5: 16 Players Remaining
          • Circle 6: 14 Players Remaining
          • Circle 7: 12 Players Remaining
          • Circle 8: 6 Players Remaining
          • Circle 9: 2 Players Remaining
  • Your highest score or pin during any event session will now be displayed on the tournament poster in the Events tab.
  • Pins will now reflect tournament colors on the Event Details screen.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where players would receive points during warmup island which would be later removed.

Performance

  • Improvements to level streaming performance on Xbox One and Switch (improving building load times during skydiving)

Audio

  • Player in-air falling audio cue volume has been increased.
  • The Mounted Turret overheat audio loop volume has been reduced.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Glider in-air audio cue wouldn’t play for players who glide in after respawning.

Social

Gifting
We’re excited to announce that for a limited time we’ll be offering Gifting with the release of our v6.31 update! This initial gifting period will last one week after the release of the update.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash on Nintendo Switch that occasionally occurred when logging in for the first time.

Art + Animation

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where player nameplates disappear after scrubbing a replay.

Mobile

  • 60 FPS is now available on the following devices:
    • Iphone XS
    • Iphone XS Max
    • Iphone XR
  • Map Marker button added to the HUD Layout Tool

Video Game Releases: 10/30-11/5

Unfortunately, not many developers want to release a game right after a major release such as Red Dead 2.  This week’s list will be really short and sweet. While The Quiet Man had an awesome trailer at E3, I’m excited to see what it actually is.

 

Oct. 30:

  • Call of Cthulhu (Xbox, PS4, PC)

Nov 1:

  • The Quiet Man (PS4, PC)

Nov 2:

  • Football Manager 2019 (PC)
  • Diablo III : Eternal Edition (Switch)

PlayStation Classic Release Update

Earlier this year, Sony announced the PlayStation Classic.  You can find the initial write-up about it here. Today, Sony has announced the full list of games included as follows:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

This console will come out on Dec. 3rd for $99.99 and will include two controllers. Initially, many were worried that the titles announced earlier would be the big ones followed with a bunch of the smaller titles.  This list should put a lot at ease.

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A Review

As a big Bethesda fan, when they announced Elder Scrolls Online (ESO), I pre-ordered right away. What I got when it released was a 10 min. play time before the servers went down.  I checked in with it every day that week and found it was very spotty if I’d get in and a lot of lag if I did get in.  They have greatly improved that game to where it’s enjoyable now, but its reputation was really damaged from the start.  So saying that, when I pre-ordered Fallout 76, I expected the beta to act like the launch of ESO.  To my surprise, I was drastically wrong.

The website announced the beta would open at 7 PM EDT last night.  Eagerly, I texted my friend to hop on early to make sure we both got in before the servers got full.  I loaded up the game a good 10 minutes before the start to get to the front of the line.  What I saw was that there was no line and I got to play an extra few minutes early.  The game was already off to a good start.

After I created my character, it walks you through a mini-tutorial quest as you exit the vault.  There are plenty of things you can pick up along the way, such as holo tapes, apparel, etc.  Once I got out, I was able to join up with my friend in his server and we explored the world together.  Everything loaded fine and didn’t have many issues.

Some of the issues that came up as we played ranged from minimal to game-breaking.  The minor issues were things such as we couldn’t find stuff like our photo gallery and challenges.  To do this, we eventually found that you have to press the start, then LB to access another menu through the map.  Previous installments of Fallout had the map coming from the Pip-Boy, so the change threw us off a little.  Luckily, I played with my friend, so we were able to find stuff quicker working as a team.

Mid-tier problems I found was that the game would freeze completely for a few seconds and then resume regularly.  It is most likely happening from trying to render in so many objects, so it’ll probably be patched quickly.  Certain freezes left my character getting injured more than needed.

The only glitch that my friend and I ran into that forced a restart happened to my friend and I merely watched.  What happened was that we explored into a new area and my friend was unable to load any textures except for trees. There just so happened to be two other players that started to attack us at the same time.  As we ran, I watched my friend phase through objects like a ghost.  I eventually got killed by a player and my friend tested the trees to see if they would protect him.  It turns out the trees were hollow for him and also protected him which was great.  However, we had a quest in a house that he was unable to get because he couldn’t walk up stairs.  He ended up going to the home screen on Xbox and manually killing the game and reloading it.  Within minutes he was back in and issue-free. I still can’t believe he got back in that quick.

Other than those little issues that will most likely be fixed by launch. We enjoyed it for what it was.  There was plenty of customization options with character and building.  The ability to find blueprints and mod weapons was a great thing to have people exploring more.  I know people liked Fallout for the single player experience, but having a friend in the game made quests a lot easier to complete and get rewards.  It was one of the first games in a while where I lost track of time.  Before I knew it, it was 11 PM and closing time.  Now I can’t wait for the final product to be released.

Video Game Releases: 10/23-10/29

The week is finally here that people have been waiting years for. Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on Friday! The Fallout 76 Beta also is available on 10/23 from 7-11 PM EST only, so check that out for insight on the next big release after Red Dead.

October 23rd

Cabela’s: The Hunt – Championship Edition (Switch)
Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (XB1)
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (PC)
Just Dance 2019 (PS3, PS4, Switch, XB360, XB1, Wii, WiiU)
Nickelodeon Kart Racers (PS4, Switch, XB1)
PAW Patrol: On a Roll! (Switch, XB1)
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
Windjammers (Switch)

October 24th

Skyhill (PS4, XB1)
Stardew Valley (iOS)

October 25th

7 Billion Humans (Switch)
Aqua TV (Switch)
Black and White Bushido (Switch)
Car Quest (Switch)
Chicken Range (Switch)
Eternum Ex (Switch)
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle (Switch)
Pinstripe (Switch)
Puzzle Wall (Switch)
Storm In A Teacup (Switch)
Super Hyperactive Ninja (Switch)
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Switch)

October 26th

911 Operator (Switch)
Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood (PS4)
Halloween Pinball (Switch)
My Hero One’s Justice (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XB1)

October 29th

SkyScrappers (Switch)

Fortnite Battle Royale v6.10 Patch Notes

Another week, another set of patch notes courteous of Epic Games.

See below to see what 6.10 added to the game:

Limited Time Mode: Disco Domination

Summary
It’s time for the ultimate dance-off. Dance Floors have spawned around the Battle Royale island. Take them over by clearing out any enemies and then dancing to raise a disco ball up from the floor. The team that fills their meter the fastest by capturing and defending the dance floors will win the match!

What’s New?

  • Reduced all bandage spawns by 50%.
  • Removed all Common weapons.
  • increased the variability of where you can spawn by 30% along your sides storm circle.
  • Brought in the side dance floors closer to the Storm edge.
  • Reduced max respawn distance by 20%.

Weapons + Items

  • The Port-a-Fortress has been disabled as we work to resolve some issues related to this item.
    • Drop rate for Port-a-Fort increased from 3.05% to 4.89% while Port-a-Fortress is disabled.
      • The goal is to keep the drop rate of Port-a-Fort the same as if both items were enabled to help with the completion of Challenges.

Bug Fixes

  • Guided Missile no longer fires the wrong direction
  • Players will no longer permanently attach to a Supply Drop when grappling to it.
  • Attempting to fire while reloading the Double Barrel Shotgun will no longer interrupt the animation.
  • Weapon equip animations no longer skip when simultaneously attempting to sprint and target.

Gameplay

  • Quadcrasher
    • Seats two players.
    • You build boost just by driving. Unleash that speed with the hotkey once you’ve filled your boost meter.
    • Smash through buildings while boosting.
    • Boost off ramps or cliffs to catch sick air.
    • Launch players into the air by smashing into them.
  • You can now view and change Edit Controls separately from Combat and Build Controls in the controller menu.
  • PS4 controller lighting will match player marker color.
  • You can now set building mode sensitivity for controllers in the options menu. It is a multiplier on the default controller sensitivity and allows up to a 2x increase.
  • Controller sensitivity slider in the options menu now allows for more than 10 values.
  • Added an option to Builder Pro that allows for building as soon as you switch to the piece, instead of selecting first and then placing. This allows for faster building without a preview.
  • Added an option that allows for edit hold timing to be adjusted.
  • Opening the Emote Picker with a controller will happen when the button is released, while holding the button will replay the emote that was last played.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed inconsistencies with the damage trap not triggering properly.
  • Allow slight movement when using a consumable with Sprint by Default enabled. This will help match how it works without Sprint by Default enabled
  • Fixed problem with character orientation getting stuck after falling off the island in a vehicle.
  • Glider Redeploy now functions properly in game modes that support this feature.
    • This will solve the issue that was causing the deploy prompt to not appear as well as preventing players from deploying their glider when jumping from a sufficient height.

Events

  • Tournaments can be found inside of the new ‘Events’ tab available in game.  This tab will host a variety of online competitions which are open to everyone.  Jump in and explore!
    • Each tournament has a series of scheduled dates and times that the competition will be run. A carousel of all upcoming competitions and times will be available for browsing, so you can plan and practice.
    • Every scheduled session is a completely clean slate with all players starting on an equal footing at the beginning of play.
    • Compete over the course of several hours to earn points by eliminating multiple opponents or surviving against the competition.
    • Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session.
    • Score enough points during any scheduled event session and you’ll earn a golden pin for that tournament!

Performance

  • Weapon replication optimization for dedicated server to reduce load during rapid weapon switching.
  • We’ve made CPU performance optimizations on Switch across all threads. This results in a smoother gameplay experience and fewer hitches.
  • Improve multi-threading during heavy physics simulation.

Audio

  • Celebrate with style. The music selected in your Locker will now play after getting a Victory Royale!
  • Remove the Doppler effect from the audio when players are gliding.
  • Added an in-air loop to Grenade Launcher projectiles so you can spatialize where they’re coming from.
  • Improved Grenade Launcher bouncing audio.
  • Reduced volume of medium-range Grenade explosion sound.

Bug Fixes

  • Cube ambient sounds no longer randomly play in the middle of matches.
  • Sequential explosion sounds no longer interrupt each other.
  • Added missing audio to the Compact SMG and SMG medium/distant fire sounds.
  • Audio ‘pops’ no longer occur when emote music loops.
  • Re-added the audio cue that plays before a new wave of Supply Drops start appearing.

UI

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some touch issues for the controller mapping screen on Switch.
  • Fixed a bug where the player’s banner in the top bar would not update when changing the banner in the locker.
  • Made the reticle hidden when skydiving.
  • Fixed issues with the display of the on-screen map and inventory inputs.
  • Fixed issues with touch functionality on the map for the Nintendo Switch
  • Resource buttons no longer cancel auto-run.

Art + Animation

Bug Fixes

  • Cosmetic items that change in some way over the course of a match are now marked as “Reactive” in-game (e.g., a harvesting tool that changes as you get eliminations).
  • Fixed visual display issues with cosmetic music items..
  • Animation pops no longer occur while in the air after using the Chiller trap.

Replay System

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing the first replay not be selected in the replay browser.
  • Fixed the nameplate distance slider not working.
  • Fixed an issue where firing guided missiles would start with the camera facing the wrong way in replays.

Mobile

  • Major performance improvement for devices running Android 7 or earlier.
  • Memory improvements on iOS devices.
  • The first weapon you pick up will now auto-equip itself on mobile.
  • Touch control input now has smoothing enabled.
  • Tapping selected buttons on the build quickbar will once again build the selected build piece.
  • All elements in the Mobile HUD should now be placeable/movable in the HUD Layout Tool.
  • Updated visuals for independent Quickbar slots in the HUD Layout Tool.

Bug Fixes

  • Drag and dropping on the Quickbar will no longer select the thing you drag. Players can now adjust their inventory without interrupting other actions.
  • Fixing a bug causing some touch input to fall through the settings screen to gameplay.
  • Fixing edit button visibility issues when crouching on Mobile.

Multiple Companies Hit With Unexpected Downtime

Yesterday (10/16), Sony was the first to take the hit followed by YouTube. Around 5 PM EST, the PlayStation Network went down. This outage affected the whole network and wasn’t limited to just certain features, such as communications, store purchases, etc.  PS Gamers found themselves to be able to access nothing but their offline data.  By 9 PM EST, Users were reporting that they were able to get back online and play. 

While Sony is a large network, the security needs to be stepped up.  Over the past few years, the PSN (PlayStation Network) has been affected by outages and caused personal information to be stolen multiple times.  One attack in 2011 left the PSN down for months.  While Sony hasn’t announced what caused the outage, many speculate it came from people clicking on spam messages causing an infinite loop and crashing the system. 

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The other unknown outage came from an unlikely app.  YouTube went down around 9:40 PM EST.  Users who went to watch videos and content at this time were greeted by a TV screen with static that announced users would be unable to access their videos at that moment.  YouTube was back up within an hour of the outage.

youtube frontpage

Tech Companies are notorious for pushing updates on a Tuesday and releasing lots of new games and features on the same day as well.  These outages could be a byproduct of an update that wasn’t tested in ways they thought.  Apple users saw this through the Twitter App with numbers appearing on their notifications instead of the content of the message.  Twitter announced why their problem arose yesterday, but neither YouTube nor Sony announced why they went down.

Video Game Releases (10/16-10/23)

With the week before Red Dead Redemption 2 comes, many publishers are pushing out games this week in a last minute dash for cash. With so many games, not all have been properly reviewed. Below is a list of the rated ones from Metacritic.

Warriors Orochi

  • Platform(s): PS4
  • Score: 78

LEGO DC Super-Villains

  • Platform(s): PS4
  • Score: 78

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

  • Platform(s): Switch
  • Score: 76

 

The following list is all the game releases that have or will come out this week and need time for adequate reviews, courtesy of BleedingCool:

Big Buck Hunter Arcade (Switch)

Crayola Scoot (PS4, Switch, XB1)

Drone Striker [VR] (PS4)

EXORDER (Switch)

Fast Striker (PS4, Vita)

Gnomes Garden (PS4)

Heavy Fire: Red Shadow (PS4)

Home Sweet Home (XB1)

Jackbox Party Pack 5 (PS4)

LEGO DC Super-Villains (PC, PS4, Switch, XB1)

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PC, PS4, XB1)

Phobos Vector Prime: The First Ring (PS4)

Rapala Fishing Pro Series (Switch)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, Switch, XB1)

Valkyria Chronicles (Switch)

Warriors Orochi 4 (PC, PS4, XB1)

theHunter: Call of the Wild – 2019 Edition (PS4)

October 17th

Deru – The Art of Cooperation (Switch)

Pipe (PS4)

RimWorld 1.0 (PC)

Jackbox Party Pack 5 (PC, Switch, XB1)

Transport Giant GOTY Edition (XB1)

 

October 18th

BLACK BIRD (Switch)

Drift Legends (Switch)

Momonga Pinball Adventures (Switch)

Moto Racer 4 (Switch)

Personality and Psychology Premium (Switch)

Resonance of Fate [4K/HD] (PC, PS4)

SINNER: Sacrifice for Redemption (PS4, Switch, XB1)

Season Match HD (Switch)

Spencer (Switch)

SpiderSolitaire BLACK (Switch)

Syberia 3 (Switch)

The Room (Switch)

WILL: A Wonderful World (Switch)

Zarvot (Switch)

 

October 19th

Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)

Halloween Forever (PS4, Vita)

I Hate Running Backwards (Switch)

The Legend of Evil (Switch)

Riot: Civil Unrest (PS4)

SoulCalibur VI (PC, PS4, XB1)

Tied Together (Switch)

October 20th

Pipe Push Paradise (Switch)

App of the Week: WinView Games

Over the weekend, an ad popped up for betting on a football game.  This ad was for a company called WinView Games.  It is an app that allows anybody over the age of 18 to place bets on many different sporting events in the US.  It allows users to be able to bet with fake points or use real money.

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While sports gambling is still a controversial subject in the US, many other countries around the world have already adopted this idea.  Apps like these allow quick bets to be made, which may be harmful to those with an addictive personality or gambling issues.  Because it gambles with real money, you cannot find this app on the Google Play Store or Apple Marketplace.  Instead, you must go to their website and download it yourself.

While it has some setbacks, such as you can only gamble on one game at a time, it has many perks.  The first is the ability to earn money without spending a penny.  I gambled with points for a football in a global pool and ended up placing in the top 16, earning me $1.00.  While it may not be much, it’s more than I started with.

The live updating with bets is also very nice and fast.  They give the opportunity to make more bets to earn more and can keep you up to date if you aren’t actually watching the game.

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Being able to connect through Facebook is a great feature, even though Facebook hasn’t had the best month.  While you might have to worry about security issues taking place, it makes it easy to invite friends and have your own league.

Be sure to check out WinView Games and give them a try. And Gamble Responsibly.