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EA Sports UFC 5 Is the First M-Rated Game

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EA Sports UFC 5 will launch on PS5 on October 27th as the series’ first M-rated game. Because of Frostbite Engine upgrades, the publisher is pushing realism in this version, resulting in some of the most realistic body damage ever. Fighters now cut and bruise in various places, and damage directly affects gameplay (a right eye cut impairs vision and makes you vulnerable).

After watching a brief gameplay demo last week, we can confirm that this game looks amazing and runs at 60 frames-per-second, unlike previous PS4 games. All of EA Sports FC 24 and Madden NFL 24’s Frostbite Engine upgrades are here, so bodies have more realistic proportions and body types. The detail is impressive: fighters and canvas will exchange blood.

EA Sports promises a more engaging ground game with a redesigned submission system and stand-and-bang gameplay with cinematic knockouts. While we hadn’t had much time with it, the mechanic looked cleaner and easier to use than in the previous game, where grappling wasn’t fun.

Besides a full single-player career mode with Valentina Shevchenko cinematics, you can take your character online to compete across four divisions and unlock vanities and other rewards. The entire UI will be themed around the next big ticket UFC event, and you can predict the winners for in-game currency or watch the fights.

EA Sports is also adding alter-egos, which are models of popular fighters based on career milestones like debuts and championship wins. Everything will add depth and variety to the roster. If you pre-order the Deluxe Edition, Fedor Emil, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and several Bruce Lee alter-egos will be playable. The Deluxe Edition includes three-day early access and other in-game bonuses.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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