Battlefield 1 DLC is on its way this September, titled In the Name the Tsar, with six new maps, and the addition of the Russian army. Madden 18, NBA Live 18, and FIFA 18 are also coming with single-player campaigns titled Longshot, The One, and The Journey: Alex Returns respectively. BioWare has a new Destiny-esque IP known as Anthem. Indie co-op game A Way Out is the first announcement in the EA Originals games program. Need for Speed Payback will come to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 10th. Finally, Star Wars: Battlefront II got a huge multiplayer reveal with a new trailer and gameplay from the Assault on Theed game mode featuring prequel content.
As cool as some of the gameplay was, EA’s conference was a bit disappointing. Most of their focus went to sports games, which most gamers don’t care about at all. Most the rest of it went to multiplayer content in Battlefront II, which is the opposite of what fans have been asking to see from a Battlefront title since the last one. (4/10)
Starting with their new console, the Project Scorpio has been revealed to be called the Xbox One X, launching this November for $499 and is a powerhouse. 4K Minecraft, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Cuphead, Anthem, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Metro: Exodus, and Forza 7 were all shown off as well. Each will be releasing later this October and November with the exception of Anthem and Sea of Thieves (both 2018). Finally, original Xbox games are being added to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program.
Each of these games looks interesting, but they’re all available on different platforms. Xbox One X is an insanely cheap way to play 4K games, but it has no new features beyond that. Backwards compatible OG Xbox games is a great move on their part, however. (6/10)
Skyrim on the Switch will have Amiibo support and allow for the use of Link’s tunic, Master Sword, and Hylian Shield from Breath of the Wild. VR versions of Fallout 4 and Doom have been announced. The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game is getting a big expansion. Wolfenstein lead character BJ Blazkowicz is coming to Quake Champions. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider have all been announced for release later this year.
The new Wolfenstein and Evil Within look good but overall, Bethesda was very disappointing. Mods can easily do what the Amiibo support is doing for Skyrim (and better), a new Fallout or Doom would’ve been cooler than VR versions, and every other announcement didn’t amount to much. The conference was also very short clocking in at only 39 minutes. (5/10)
Total War: Warhammer 2, BattleTech, Ylands, Lawbreakers, Griftlands, and Tunic were all shown off and getting release dates later this year or sometime in 2018. New content for XCOM 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, Killing Floor 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and Age of Empires Definitive Edition was all revealed including DLC, 4K support, new in-game features, etc.
The indie games here looked cool and the additions to existing games are much appreciated. Overall, this conference was better than the last 3 but nothing stands out about it. (7/10)
Shigeru Miyamoto showed up to E3 a day early to show off Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. More content was shown off for Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Far Cry 5, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole two of which are set to release later this year with Far Cry 5 in February. As for new games, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Skull and Bones, Transference, Just Dance 2018, South Park: Phone Destroyer, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and a new expansion for Steep called Road to the Olympics were all announced.
Most of what Ubisoft showed off looked fun. We saw new content of what we were expecting and got some nice surprises like Beyond Good and Evil 2. (7/10)
We got to see a lot more of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Destiny 2, Call of Duty: World War II, the new God of War, and Spider-Man. As for new titles, we saw Monster Hunter World, Day’s Gone, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Knack 2, and Detroit: Become Human. New content was also announced for Horizon: Zero Dawn titled The Frozen Wastes, a new remaster of Shadow of the Colossus coming next year, and new VR titles including Skyrim, FFXV, etc.
The multiplatform games shown off here looked good although I’m still not sold on the new Call of Duty. As for exclusives, God of War looked great and so did Spider-Man but nothing else stood out besides that we’re getting Knack 2…why…. I’m stoked for Shadow of the Colossus to come to PS4, however. Sony had a pretty good conference. (8/10)
Metroid Prime 4 enough said. Along with that we’re getting a “core RPG” Pokémon game, a new Kirby, and new Yoshi for the Switch with Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS. We saw a lot more detail for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Super Mario Odyssey, and Breath of the Wild DLC along with the announcement of Rocket League on Switch with cross-play between that console, Xbox One, and PC.
I think most will agree Nintendo had the best conference. It had the most interesting games and announcements shown off. Like I mentioned earlier, Metroid Prime 4 enough said. (9/10)
New PS5 firmware is available for download!
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.
Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5
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.
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?
PC Mounts Show PlayStation Trophy Support
We love the PlayStation ecosystem, especially its top first-party studios, but Sony Interactive Entertainment could do more to build goodwill. The long-awaited Trophy support for PS5 games on PC appears to be closer to reality, though nothing official has been announced.
TrueTrophie’s scanners found a new PS5 Trophy list with “PSPC” as a platform. The list, titled “Trophy Set” and unattached to a game, appears to be a test. TrueTrophies notes that developers rarely submit their own platforms to PSN, suggesting Sony is behind it.
TrueTrophies says this platform is separate from PS5 but can connect to it, suggesting compatibility. As PlayStation fans know, PS4, PS Vita, and PS3 games could share a list. In October 2022, Sony added PSN support to Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered’s PC release, allowing players to link Steam accounts to unlock an exclusive skin. Potentially minor, but something we’ll watch.
TrueTrophies lists PlayStation Trophies for serious hunters. They scrape the PlayStation Network’s ominous underbelly with scanners to provide the most up-to-date trophy lists, sometimes dangerously. TrueTrophies posted Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s trophy list weeks ago, with spoiler titles.
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