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The Division 2 Open BETA


Open Beta Begins March 1

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — February 13, 2019 — Following the private beta this past weekend, Ubisoft® has announced that the Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 Open Beta will run from March 1 through March 4 on the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. More details to be released soon. For the latest news on the Open Beta, please visit: www.thedivisiongame.com/beta.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 releases worldwide on March 15, 2019, on the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with seven other studios around the world*, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is the next evolution in the open-world online shooter RPG genre that the first game helped establish. Set seven months after a deadly virus was released in New York City, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will bring players into a fractured and collapsing Washington D.C. The world is on the brink, its people living through the biggest crisis ever faced in human history. As veteran Division agents, players are the last hope against the complete fall of society as enemy factions vie for control of the city. If Washington D.C. is lost, the entire nation falls. Building upon more than two years of listening to and learnings from The Division community, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will offer a substantial campaign that organically flows into a robust endgame, to create a cohesive and meaningful experience for all types of players.

For more information on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, please visit: tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com. For the latest news on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and all of Ubisoft’s games, visit Ubisoft News: news.ubisoft.com.
*Associate studios are Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Leamington, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Sofia

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13th February 2019

Rainbow 6 Siege Free Weekend

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES NEW EDITION LINE UP FOR TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE YEAR 4, FREE WEEKEND FROM FEBRUARY 15


SYDNEY, Australia – 13th February, 2019 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be available to play for free from February 15 to 18**. This Free Weekend is the perfect occasion for newcomers to join the Rainbow Six Siege community. This Free Weekend also comes with up to 60% discounts on the game on all platforms starting today. For more information on the Free Weekend, please visit the Rainbow Six Siege official website




Ubisoft also announced details around the Deluxe Edition, Gold Edition, and Ultimate Edition for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege,  to support the start of brand new content for Year 4. Players can purchase the new editions starting today. All current Year 4 editions will see a price reduction.

Year 4 of Rainbow Six Siege will introduce permanent DLC Operator Price Reductions, through the implementation of a scaling DLC operator pricing system. Older DLC Operators will be less expensive and more easily unlocked.

For all Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition owners, they will be converted to the progression system for unlocking the original 20 Legacy operators, for more information on this and the DLC Operator Price Reductions please visit the Rainbow Six Siege website.

Additional Year 4 Editions line-up details are available below:

·       Starter Edition
The PC Starter Edition is being removed from digital stores. All current owners of the Starter Edition will be automatically upgraded to the Rainbow Six Siege Edition. For current Starter Edition owners, all progression and content previously unlocked will be carried over. By removing the Starter Edition, all new players save approximately 150 hours unlocking all base operators at the current progression system rates.
·       Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege edition provides access to all maps and content and reintroduces the progression system for unlocking all 20 Legacy operators. This edition will cost $19.99 and is available on PC.
·       Deluxe Edition
The Deluxe Edition includes all content from the Rainbow Six Siege Edition alongside all Year 1 Operators. This edition will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
·       Gold Edition
The Gold Edition provides all the benefits of the Deluxe Edition plus the Year 4 Pass, which grants early access to all 8 Year 4 Operators. This edition will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
·       Ultimate Edition
The Ultimate Edition unlocks all Operators in-game through the end of Year 3, as well as the benefits of the Year 4 Pass (Operators included). This version grants access to all 52 existing Operators, including every DLC Operator. This editions will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The full reveal of Season 4 of Year 4, Operation Burnt Horizon, will take place in Montreal at the Six Invitational 2019 on Monday February 18. Watch it live from 5:30AM AEDT at https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6

For more information on Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit www.rainbow6.com

**19/02 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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13th February 2019

Days Gone | Three Part World Video Series



Over the past three weeks, PlayStation Australia and Bend Studio has released a detailed three-part World Video series giving players a closer look at the sprawling, dynamic open-world setting for the upcoming action-adventure PlayStation 4 exclusive, Days Gone.

The three videos offer a look into the wilderness setting for Days Gone, as well as new insights into the diversity of dangers and enemies Deacon St. John will come across in his story of survival. Players must use a plethora of weapons, various combat mechanics and maintain their all-important motorcycle as they tackle the broken roads of Oregon’s High Desert.

Video #1 - Farewell Wilderness
The world of Days Gone is breathtaking. You'll be tempted to stop and look out at the lush valleys, the many rivers and waterfalls, but... don't. You're not a tourist here. You're fighting to survive. Riding the broken roads through Days Gone offers landscapes that change quickly and dramatically, a living, breathing world – filled with things trying to kill you.


Video #2 - The Broken Road
The open world of Days Gone is dangerous and never stops coming for you. As long as you have your Drifter Bike though, you might just survive. You need to take care of it – upgrade your Bike for better durability, increasing your storage or to escape hordes of Freakers. Just make sure you don’t run out of gas in the wilderness…


Video #3 - Fighting to Survive
Learn more about your primary enemy in Days Gone, the Freakers, as well as combat and some of the different weapons featured in the game. Take on Freakers in groups of two or three, but watch out if you come across a marauding hoards, which can move and respond as a single organism.


Days Gone launches in Australia on 26th April, exclusive to PS4. Players can pre-order now from PlayStation Store and select retailers.
 

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8th February 2019

Anthem | One of the Most Glorious Looking Games of 2019

February 22nd marks the launch of the highly anticipated video game called Anthem. For those who didn't know, it's a brainchild of Mass Effect and Dragon Age developers BioWare. The company has spent the last few years creating the project, hoping that it will become the next great hit. And from what players have been seeing so far, it might very well be the case...

At first glance, Anthem looks spectacular. Putting all the gameplay mechanics, game features, and other things aside, it's hard not to be stunned by the way the game is presenting itself. Huge open-world full of breathtaking sights, colossal landmarks, unique character design - every detail of Anthem captures the player's imagination.


The developers also know that the world they’ve created can be considered as a work of art. That's the reason BioWare partnered up with Dark Horse Books. They have plans to start selling the game’s art book titled The Art of Anthem, you can expect it a few days after the game's initial launch. The developer filled the pages with behind-the-scenes looks, the original concept art and exclusive commentary from the developers.

However, the game’s art is far from the only thing worth looking at. While some players might feel like Anthem looks a bit like Bungie's Destiny, this is far from the truth. The game combines third-person shooter genre with aspects of an action RPG and beautifully clusters it all up in a huge open-world setting. Anthem is particularly focused on providing players with multiplayer hunts and raiding experience, thus players will partake in numerous missions to gain various rewards, and these will allow continuing their progress.


Anthem doesn't have game classes, at least as they are considered in the traditional sense. Instead, players will be able to choose their preferred exosuit (Javelin). Each type of armour is armed with different abilities and skills. Currently, there are four main exosuit types representing different gameplay styles – Interceptor, Ranger, Colossus, and Storm. These Javelins can be enhanced and upgraded with the loot earned in the Anthem World, so players will be able to make countless personal customization choices.


The game will launch on February 22nd. Anthem will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you're planning to play the game, head over to Eneba games store to pre-order your copy of the game. 


8th February 2019
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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Set in 2019 you play as Ace Top Gun pilot call sign, Trigger. There is heated conflict between the Osean Federation and the Kingdom of Erusea known as the Second Usean War. 

You fly for the Osean Air Defence Force, called into action once Ersea declares war and launches its surprise attacks using advanced unmanned, drones remotely operated and deployed all around the region waiting to be called into service.  You start out as a rookie for Osea's Mage Squadron before, let's just say a rather dubious decision, lands you in a military penal unit tasked with flying sorties to keep the enemy fighters away from the real bases. From there the story takes off, excuse the pun. 

We've been waiting a while for Ace Combat 7 to be released after initially being announced in 2015. Releasing 18th Jan 2019 on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 with the PC release coming Feb 1. As is the norm of late Ace Combat 7 is being released with enhancements for the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. From what I can tell the extra grunt helps to maintain a bit of a steadier frame rate. This review was done using the PS4 Pro and to date I have not had any noticeable frame rate issues.


One of the biggest changes with Ace Combat 7 is Bandai Namco have ditched their usual proprietary game engine for Unreal Engine 4. This has worked in their favour. 
The power of Unreal Engine 4  is really being shown off.  Each plane is meticulously recrafted inside and out down to the small details. Even though the planes look brilliant the sky looks even better. The clouds, oh the clouds.... I can see them being talked about for a while now. Each cloud is 3d rendered giving them depth and substance. The best part is though they are an integral part of the air space and can be used to your advantage, or your detriment.  

Spending to much time in the clouds will cause you to ice up, rockets lose track of targets, you handle differently and above all else, you're harder to see, though the same is said for the enemy. The only part visually that is a slight miss is some of the ground, which is a minor part being a fighter pilot sim. 

Game play is all about the flying, more importantly the dog fight. If you've not previously played an Ace Combat not to worry. There are two types of controls you can use, standard or expert. Standard will see the jet act somewhat like a car, but for the full experience turn on the expert control system. The jet handles how you would expect a jet to handle. It does however punish you substantially quicker. I found this out by trying to pull a high G turn and instead of pulling off an epic maneuver I stalled and ended up in the ocean. You quickly notice how much further advanced your enemies are, after all they are drones. They have better maneuverability and will swarm around you to get a shot off. 



Story progression is good an engaging, I don't want to get into more than I have already spoken about as it is a good story to experience. Progression unlocks more planes, weapon variations and special weapons. Skins are also available to be unlocked. 
Keeping with previous Ace Combat titles the weaponry that you have at your disposal only really has one foot in reality. There are some impressive pieces of tech there that are a little far fetched but close enough to feel like they could be a real thing. Before starting each mission or "sortie" you need to choose your plane to use and weaponry. Be sure to choose what is best suited for the mission. 
Each mission is tabled out in front of you before starting so that you know exactly what is going on. I was impressed with the depth that they go into before sending into battle. There is plenty of campaign there so get ready for a few hours of intense dog fights.    

Multiplayer is also included where you can play with up too three wingmen in a team versus team scenario and yes a battle royale variant is included. Weapons in the multiplayer have been nerfed slightly so that the games last a bit longer. Unfortunately at the time of recording I was unable to get into the multiplayer but will fill in as I go through. 

Lastly I wanted to let you know about possibly my favourite part of Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown. Yes we have VR support for the PSVR system. If you can, you need to try this. Though fair warning, those of you with a weaker stomach, keep a bucket nearby.  
There is only a very slight downgrade in graphical quality for the VR now, and that is null and void when you realise just how well it has been done. VR can only be used in three missions at this stage, I would have prefered to play the whole game in VR but for now I will take the three. As with the main part of Ace Combat 7 the jets have been meticulously re-created making it feel like you could reach out and touch them. As soon as I got into the cockpit and started my ascension to the flight deck aboard an aircraft carrier danger zone may have started playing. Everything plays out as it does in the rest of the game however this time, you're actually in the pilots seat. 



Let me circle back to the bucket comment though. The first time I was launched off the carrier I was fine, until I banked right over the ocean. The stomach may have knotted ever so slightly. This had nothing to do with blurring of the screen or anything hardware related, in fact the opposite, it all felt so real. Once I did a few barrel rolls I was fine. The sensation of movement still blows me away and it is actually frightening to crash. All in all the VR aspect is really well done. 

I do have one gripe, one frustration that caused me to turn off one night. While your enemy are formidable the constant warning of a missile being fired on you became frustrating. In too many of the missions it would seem like I was the only one engaging the enemy while the rest of my team were simply flying around in circles, not firing or being fired upon.  

Overall I have been very impressed with Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The story is well told and intriguing. Controls are tight and responsive. Visually it is leaps and bounds over previous titles and there is enough there to warrant many hours of pure fun. 
Is it enough to get itself out of that niche market though? I don't think so. While everything about Ace Combat 7 is well polished and worth your time, it is still the type of game that will mainly appeal to those with an interest for flying or jets in general. 

Fans of the series have been waiting a long time for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown to get here and I think they will be happy to have waited. 

 Snoogs





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Days Gone Special and Collectors Edition

Sony Interactive Entertainment is excited to announce players can now pre-order the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, Days Gone, and unveiled details Special and Collector’s editions.

Sony’s Bend Studio also revealed the first in a three-part video series, offering a deep dive look at the Farewell Wilderness, the setting for Days Gone. The video takes a closer look at the sprawling open world setting for the upcoming action-adventure.

Travelling through the deadly abandoned highways, players will pass thick forests filled with wolves as well as venture into natural formed lava tube caves filled with Freakers. Farewell Wilderness is a unique landscape that is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

Watch the first video and learn more about the unique landscape and wilderness of Days Gone, a unique landscape that is as beautiful as it is dangerous.
Days Gone launches on 26th April in Australia is available to pre-order now from select retailers with a recommended retail price (RRP) of $99.95 AUD. Head to the PlayStation Blog to find out more about the contents of the Special and Collector’s Edition.




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19th January 2019



The Division 2 | Private BETA Dates

PRIVATE BETA AVAILABLE FROM FEBRUARY 7th to 11th

Ubisoft has revealed the dates of the Private Beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2, the newest iteration of one of its most critically acclaimed and best-selling franchises. Players who will have pre-ordered Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, will be able to put their hands-on the game from February 7th to 11th 2019. Other players will have a chance to join the Private Beta by registering at thedivisiongame.com/beta.


In a brand new trailer Ubisoft also unveiled more details about Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2’s story, revealing all 3 enemies factions of the game and giving more background to the setting of the game.


  • True Sons: A paramilitary force that relies on combat expertise and overwhelming firepower to dominate their enemies and expand their territory. Smart and organized, the True Sons are led by a former JTF officer whose ruthlessness and cunning make him a dangerous adversary.

  • Hyenas: A loosely organized gang of opportunistic raiders that prey on struggling civilian encampments through violence and intimidation. These hedonistic scavengers take everything they can steal and destroy everything else to deprive their enemies of valuable resources. The Hyenas are led by a council of the strongest pack leaders.
  • Outcasts: Bitter survivors of a forced quarantine bent on revenge against those who brutally imprisoned them and the society that stood by and let it happen. Their charismatic, bloodthirsty leader believes everyone is complicit and urges her followers to punish the guilty by spreading sickness and murdering indiscriminately.


Led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with seven other studios around the world*, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is the next evolution in the open-world online shooter RPG genre that the first game helped establish. Building upon more than two years of listening to and learnings from The Division community, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 will offer a substantial campaign that organically flows into a robust endgame, to create a cohesive and meaningful experience for all types of players. The game will be available on March 15, 2019 on all platforms.

For more information on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, please visit: tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com. For the latest news on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and all of Ubisoft’s games, visit Ubisoft News: news.ubisoft.com.

*Associate studios are Ubisoft Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Annecy, Ubisoft Leamington, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Bucharest and Ubisoft Sofia

© 2019 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Tom Clancy’s, The Division logo, the Soldier Icon, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. 


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19th January 2019



New Games for Yoshi and Kirby

YOSHI’S CRAFTED WORLD FOR NINTENDO SWITCH AND KIRBY’S EXTRA EPIC YARN FOR NINTENDO 3DS BOTH LAUNCH IN MARCH 2019

Both games feature handcrafted style, beloved Nintendo characters and platforming gameplay which can be enjoyed by players of all ages.


9th January, 2019
New handcrafted Yoshi and Kirby games are launching in March 2019. Yoshi’s Crafted World, a brand-new adventure and the first game starring Yoshi for Nintendo Switch, launches exclusively for the console on 29th March 2019. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 9th March 2019.

In Yoshi’s Crafted World players take control of a Yoshi exploring a big world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups, navigating each themed stage to solve puzzles and find hidden treasures. On the flip side, stages can be played backwards, providing new perspectives to explore and the challenge to find Poochy-Pups that are hiding around the course. Players can even join up with a friend to play through the game in two-player co-op. 

In Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, an enhanced version of the acclaimed Kirby’s Epic Yarn that was originally released for the Wii system, Kirby is transported into a world made of cloth and yarn to unravel enemies, unzip secret passageways and transform into powerful vehicles. Every stage in the original Wii version is stitched in, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like new Ravel Abilities that power up Kirby in fun ways, new mini-games featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight, new furniture to personalise and decorate Kirby’s Pad, and a new Devilish mode that adds an extra layer of challenge to each stage.

Some of the Ravel Abilities include a giant yarn ball used to attack enemies, a wire sword that can slice through anything and the Nylon ability, which can generate wind for jumping higher and collecting beads.

The creative, colourful and visually stunning game also features new amiibo functionality* for compatible Kirby series amiibo figures** that gives Kirby wearable hats and abilities based on the figure used.


Fans of Yoshi and Kirby have a lot to look forward to in March, as Yoshi’s Crafted World launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 29th March 2019, and Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 9th March 2019.

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10th January 2019



A Limited Time “1-Shot Demo” Event for Resident Evil 2 is Coming


Horror fans around the world will get an intense sneak peek at Capcom’s hotly anticipated title Resident Evil 2 before its launch with a special demo event starting this week for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players via Steam. Available to download for a limited time from Jan. 11 to Jan. 31, this will be the first opportunity for fans to experience the completely reimagined horror classic from home.

Aptly named the “1-Shot Demo,” players must take on the challenge of surviving the horrors of Raccoon City in just 30 minutes. If players complete the mission objective under 30 minutes, they can restart the mission until they use up their full time. If players succumb to the zombies during their 30 minutes, they can continue any number of times until the full 30 minutes have been reached.

The end of the demo reveals a brand new cinematic trailer exclusive to demo participants. While players cannot restart the playable demo after their time is up, there are no limitations on how many times the trailer can be viewed.

In the “1-Shot demo,” players step into the boots of rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy as he arrives at Raccoon City Police Station in the ultimate worst first day on the job. Leon must survive vicious zombies and solve puzzles to find safe passage out of the station. With an entire building of flesh-eating nightmares lurking between Leon and his escape while the clock ticks down, players need to be sure they’re killing more than just time.

About Resident Evil 2
Using Capcom’s proprietary RE ENGINE, Resident Evil 2 offers a fresh take on the classic survival horror saga with breathtakingly realistic visuals, heart-poundingly immersive audio, a new over-the-shoulder camera, and modernized controls on top of gameplay modes from the original game. The classic action, tense exploration, and puzzle solving gameplay that defined the Resident Evil series returns. Players join rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspectives.

The full Resident Evil 2 game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on January 25, 2019.

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Xbox One X Metro Saga bundle available February 15



Embark on a Journey into the Unknown with the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle



The post-apocalyptic saga that began with Metro 2033 and continued into Metro: Last Light returns to Xbox One this February in Metro Exodus. Debuting today, the story trailer for Metro Exodus teases what’s ahead as you flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey to shoot, sneak, and survive in a hostile world.

To equip players for an immersive experience as they trek across the ravaged Russian landscape, we’re announcing the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle, which includes full-game downloads of Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus, so you can jump into the haunting tale of humanity’s survival from the very beginning. Enhanced for Xbox One X in 4K Ultra HD and with HDR support, Metro Exodus will take players on a journey through vast sandbox levels packed with apocalyptic creatures across four beautiful but hostile seasons.

Along with full game downloads of Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus,, the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle includes an Xbox One X console with a 1TB hard drive, an Xbox Wireless Controller and 1-month trials to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.

Embark on the ultimate post-apocalyptic gaming destination when the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle arrives on February 15, or pre-order today for AUD$649 / NZD$749 at Microsoft Store or participating retailers.

As part of the Xbox One family of devices, you’ll get access to the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present, and future with more than 1,300 games available today, including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. With the Xbox One X Metro Saga Bundle, you’ll also have features like a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, 4K streaming with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Vision, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support and services unique to the Xbox platform like Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live and Xbox One Backward Compatibility at your fingertips, making Xbox One the best place to play.


For more information on Xbox One or the Metro saga, visit xbox.com or Microsoft Store, near you or online.



 
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Set Sail for Shrouded Spoils, the Next Free Sea of Thieves Update


The nights might be drawing in, but the future's looking bright for pirates as Sea of Thieves’ fourth free major content update, Shrouded Spoils, is available to play.

A treasure trove of new content, Shrouded Spoils responds to feedback from the Sea of Thieves community and features new content and improvements to give a deeper and richer experience. From offering new twists on favourite encounters to giving new riches and spoils to uncover, Shrouded Spoils has something for everyone including:

  • The addition of fog that can appear suddenly and cloak all manner of dangers at sea and on land.
  • New Merchant Alliance items to find including the explosive Mega-keg, Crate of Ancient Bone Dust and Mermaid Statue Gems.
  • More skeleton forts to take on as six new forts become active making nine in total.
  • Improved skeleton ships including the addition of a new skeleton sloop, a new ‘Battle of the Devil’s Roar’ skeleton ship skirmish and the addition of roaming skeleton ships who display varying levels of aggression.
  • New ways to express yourself including all-new ship customisations – cannons, wheels and capstans – and the time-limited ‘Wailing Barnacle’ ship and cosmetic set.
  • A range of new Pirate Legend Commendations for Athena Levels 1-10.
  • More frequent appearances from the Kraken (who’s also learned some new tricks), a range of new Megalodon variants to find and rewards and commendations for defeating these monsters.

The Shrouded Spoils update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game across the Xbox One family of devices or on Windows 10 PC, or who have access to it as part of Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.


We hope our community enjoys this update and we look forward to seeing you on the seas!

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Fallout 76: Enough with the hatred! The real review.


OK I know what you're thinking. This is just another review that is going to throw around taglines like, Fallout is dead, Fallout 76 is a lie, Don't waste your money!

If you've come here looking for that, sorry to disappoint. today I want to point out the features good and bad and what does Fallout 76 need to do to fulfill The Tod's dream of a long surviving online experience.


The Story.

Fallout 76 is a prequel to every other Fallout game ever. Vault 76 is the first to open letting its dwellers out into the wasteland. It is up to you to blaze a trail through the wasteland along with your fellow vault dwellers.
While there is a thinly veiled story to begin your journey, there isn't much to go on, but the setup is the important thing to remember. You are the first vault to open making you the sole group of survivors on the surface.
Unfortunately the decision to remove all NPC's means you miss out on the meaningful interactions. Instead you are chasing voices of the long dead via holo tapes and minimal interactions with robots who really just speak at you not too you.


The main story is told by following markers point to point and reading journal notes to progress to the next marker.
Fallout 76 is more aimed towards a cooperative PVE game. The single player campaign is borderline boring on your own and playing with a group is where it shines.

Other Players.

So far in my time in the wastelands my interactions with other players has been minimal. Only in the first stages of the story has anyone wanted to group up, outside of that my style of play has me on a much different track to other players at my level. the world however does suffer from a sense of emptiness. More players in the same server would be a bonus especially given the size of the map.
PVP is near on non-existent it's there but the only way to initiate it is if both parties agree via an in game PVP request. Damage dealt to another player without agreeing to PVP is so small it is almost pointless.
Overall interaction with other players has been pretty positive without the usual griefing that can be a staple in online only games.


Gameplay and Visuals.

Visual there is not really any difference than Fallout 4. Other than a different colour pallet you're not going to be blown away. The staples are still there, a beautiful array of lighting and a varying landscape just ripe for exploration.
Gameplay is as you would expect from a Fallout title. First person or third person is available and it works well enough in either.
The usual glitches still seem to be there, walking on air, glitching and hitboxes out of whack, nothing game breaking, just the usual.
Game breaking though are the noticeable frame rate dips and freezes. Lag is forever present and sometimes bad enough to freeze the game and boot you altogether.
Enemies respawn way to quickly, sometimes in front of your eyes, meaning you are forever killing the same things over and over again just to loot a town.
Camp building is about as frustrating as can be with a controller and each time you log in requires you to re-build. It is really there for those that enjoy the building from Fallout 4 and given it is now portable and able to be built just about anywhere.


The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. makes a return with a twist. Leveling up gives you a pack of random perk cards to assign. The new system is flexible not locking you into a specific build type. This will be frustrating for some as the perks you receive are completely random.

Overall.

If you're looking for something new or Fallout 5 you need to look elsewhere, but that doesn't mean Fallout 76 isn't a good game, in fact far from it.

Remember Fallout 76 is all about the exploration, after all you are the first vault to open after the bombs drop. Team up with friends and explore together, take risks and just have fun. Without this teamwork the true soul of Fallout just isn't here.
Unfortunately my time in the wasteland hasn't grabbed me enough to put Fallout 76 in front of other titles for a piece of my time. I'll check in now and again, but it won't be nearly often enough.

For Fallout 76 to survive the world needs to evolve with the player base. There is no point if 12 months down the track we are still wandering around a wasteland devoid of any life. If Bethesda are serious about this being a long term Fallout experience then as we explore and liberate areas, settlers need to move in. I can see Fallout 76 becoming something similar to ESO but with nukes.

Fallout 76 is a great base for what can grow into a great online gaming experience. I just hope that it does.

Snoogs.

Xbox One S used for review.

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