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I need to know something: am I psychic? Can I predict the future? I only ask because two days ago, I posted an article saying SEGA should announce the PC port of Vanquish instead of posting another vague and cryptic picture on Twitter. And today, SEGA posted a video announcing the Steam version of Vanquish. Either I’m psychic, or someone at SEGA read my article.

So yea, Vanquish is coming to PC via Steam on May 25th. According to the trailer and the Steam page, the game will feature “unlocked resolution” and “unlocked framerate,” which means gamers with beefy computers can play the game at hundreds of frames per second at 4K resolution.

The good news does not stop there, though. The PC version of Vanquish will also come with all available DLC, which is actually just one pack of weapons: a heavy machine gun useful against lightly-armored enemies, a miniaturized laser cannon, and an armor-piercing pistol. However, including this DLC with the Steam version for free is a welcome gesture, as are the two special pre-order deals. Gamers who pre-order the game will receive special user avatars, wallpapers, a digital soundtrack sampler, and a digital art book. Furthermore, anyone who owns Bayonetta on Steam will receive 25% off Vanquish. The game is already a steal at only $20, which gives Bayonetta-owners even more incentive to buy the game, not that they need it since Vanquish’s high-octane gameplay is incentive enough.

As with Bayonetta, Vanquish will not require a powerful computer. To say the game’s minimum and recommended system specs aren’t demanding despite all of the graphical improvements is an understatement:

Minimum:
OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (8.1)/10
Processor: Intel Core i3 (2.9 GHz) or AMD equivalent
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Dx9 compliant video card with 1 GB VRAM (Nvidia GeForce 460 or AMD Radeo 5670)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 20 GB available space

Recommended:
OS: Microsoft Windows 7/8 (8.1)/10
Processor: Intel Core i5 (3.4 GHz) or AMD equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Dx11 compliant video card with 2 GB RAM (Nvidia GeForce 660 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage 20 GB available space

While I am normally hesitant to pre-order games, I highly recommend pre-ordering Vanquish. It’s a great game, and you actually save money if you own Bayonetta on PC. Speaking of Bayonetta, the PC version demonstrates that PlatinumGames has almost perfected the art of porting Xbox 360 games to the PC, which means the PC version of Vanquish might just be the definitive version.

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New PS5 Patch Introduces Rare 40FPS Mode for Avatar Game

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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has received an exciting update that introduces a new graphical mode, elevating the game’s visual experience. With a smooth frame rate of 40 frames per second and enhanced resolutions, players can now immerse themselves in even more stunning and detailed environments. Now downloadable on PS5 with the latest patch 3.2, this mode is compatible with 4K TVs that can handle up to 120 Hz. Before this update, Avatar PS5 only offered quality and performance modes. However, with this new option, players can now enjoy the benefits of both modes after downloading the 2.4GB update.

Throughout the PS5 era, 40fps modes have been a rarity, much to the disappointment of the hardcore community. Insomniac Games first introduced them in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and later added the feature to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. They also included it in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Other PS5 titles, such as Hogwarts Legacy, Lies of P, and God of War Ragnarok, also offer 40fps modes.

In addition to that, Patch 3.2 for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora brings along the following:

Worldwide:

  • Research Station Alpha now features a convenient Fast Travel option
  • The issue of controller re-mapping and resetting on game restart has been resolved
  • Addressed multiple instances of crashes
  • I corrected a few spelling errors
  • Addressed the issue of voice lines overlapping during dialogue

Primary Objectives & Optional Objectives:

  • [Main Quest: Shadows of the Past] This main quest is an intriguing journey into the depths of history. Addressed a bug that previously hindered quest progression in co-op mode

More bug fixes have been implemented.

  • [Available on all platforms] The rescued human characters no longer return to the Resistance HQ wearing masks
  • Available on all platforms. There is a noticeable improvement in the visibility of NPCs when they are at the edge of the Player’s vision

 

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Exciting news for gamers! The highly anticipated PS5 game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be joining EA Play on Thursday

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Update: It seems that the PS Store may have acted prematurely, as it has now been officially confirmed that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be added to EA Play on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. Once the active members are in, they’ll have the opportunity to download and play the complete game.

Original Story: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, released in 2023, has been added to the EA Play subscription service. This exciting action-adventure game is now available for download and play at no additional cost for active members. While EA has yet to provide any official updates, you can head over to the PS Store and find it listed as “included with EA Play.”

Adding to the mix is the recent announcement of a forthcoming price hike for the subscription, affecting both monthly and yearly payment plans. Starting on May 10th, 2024, the monthly subscription fee will be increased from £3.99 / $4.99 to £5.99 / $5.99. For those who choose the 12-month commitment, the price will be £34.99 / $39.99, which is a £15 / $10 increase.

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In April 2023, the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor made its debut on the PS5. After thoroughly evaluating the game, we are pleased to announce that it has earned an impressive 9/10 rating in our review. We praised the game for its ability to build upon the first installment’s foundations and improve upon every aspect. “The combat is highly enjoyable and provides a plethora of options, while the exploration reaches new heights. The incorporation of Metroidvania elements adds an extra layer of depth, resulting in captivating puzzles and rewarding experiences.”

Click the link to access a comprehensive list of all EA Play games available on PS5 and PS4. Are you planning to give Star Wars Jedi: Survivor a try on the service? We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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