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Players Who Pre-Order Just Cause 3 Can Win a Real-Life Island

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Just Cause 3 Island Giveaway is too good to be true

A chance to win a real-life island by pre-ordering Just Cause 3 sounds amazing until you read the fine print

There is no denying that pre-order numbers for games have been steadily dropping the last couple years. A growing number of gamers are skipping the pre-order process and waiting till launch day, when reviews for it are released to decide whether or not to buy it. Analysts are saying that the rise of digital releases are causing the decline.

Since gamers don’t have to worry about stores having enough physical copies in stock they don’t need to pre-order. Many others are pointing to the long series of bad launches that have happened over the last two years that hurt thousands who pre-ordered. When games like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection all shipped broken gamers are naturally going to be wary.

In order to fight back against those waning pre-order numbers publishers have had to go to crazy lengths to keep gamers interested. They’ve been upping the ante of pre-order bonuses to the point that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s collectors edition will come with a working fridge. Square Enix is following that same train of thought with their upcoming title Just Cause 3 with a pre-order competition where players can win a real-life island.

An unbelievable grand prize unlike anything a game publisher has offered before. The only draw back is that island prize comes with an equally amazing number of strings attached. On their Just Cause 3 Win an Island website Square Enix gives no details about where this island even is. What they do say is that its worth $50,000 and only players from North America (United States, Canada, Mexico, and Chile) are eligible to win.

That sounds great until you read the fine print where the rules state that “all taxes and fees associated with purchasing and obtaining of Island (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, escrow, and closing costs) are the responsibility of the Winner” also “sponsor does not guarantee the Island to be inhabitable, developed, or reachable by any means other than a boat.” Finally Square Enix is also reserving the right to change any part of the Just Cause 3 island prize.

So even your able to win this possibly-inhabitable, maybe partially developed, nearly unreachable island and can pay all of the expenses for it there’s no guarantee you’ll get it. On the upside the Just Cause 3 island winner can choose a $50,000 cash prize instead of the mythical island (this is the only option available to entrants from Mexico). Running off with a huge cash prize sounds like a far easier option than fighting with lawyers and tax collectors.

Offering an island as a grand prize might be a great way to get people interested in pre-ordering Just Cause 3 but its also a little over the top. Do you think Square Enix should be going through with all the hassle of a major give-away to increase preorder numbers or should they focus on making a great game?

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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