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How do ya like them apples? Crash Bandicoot coming to Steam

It’s time to break crates, store up your apples and dodge some polar bears. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is coming to all current gen platforms, including PC.

The Crash Bandicoot series was originally released between 1996 and 2010 with various spin off’s such as Nitro Cart and Tag Team Racing.

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When you hear Crash Bandicoot is coming to Steam

Between 2011 and 2016 there was little activity from the franchise until Sony announced that they were remastering the main trilogy. The remastered N.Sane Trilogy released in June last year for the Playsation 4. The remaster reportedly shipped a respectable 2 million copies worldwide and was well received by fans and critics alike.

Sony released a small but informative trailer showing Crash and other memorable characters.

Watch the trailer for the remastered trilogy

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“Call of Duty Black Ops 4” merchandise appears on Gamestop listing system

Could Call of Duty Black Ops 4 be announced soon? Judging by several screenshots that have surfaced on the internet, it is entirely possible.

An anonymous source posted the pictures which show lanyards and T-shirts on system but with zero in stock.

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The screenshots were taken from Gamestops internal system

The next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise is expected to return at somepoint this year. However, Activison has not released any information so far.

Call of Duty Black Ops 3 was released back in 2015 so it’s inevitable that Black Ops should make a return soon.

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Metal Gear Survive flops in the UK Charts

Metal Gear Survive is currently ranked 6th place overall on Chart-Track. This only tracks physical copies sold but is a telling sign of the reception Survive has received.

The game sits below EA’s  UFC 3 and just above Sony’s Shadow of the Colossus, both of which received more positive reviews from critics.

Digital sales are more difficult to track but according to SteamMetal Gear Survive currently has 5,202 players which is the current peak number. Let’s bear in mind the game only released 6 days ago but combine this with the ‘mixed’ reviews, it is not boding well.

Take a look through the Steam reviews and you will find criticisms predominantly about micro transactions and the lacklustre game play.

“Don’t buy this game at full price, it’s a sad, empty and dull game that could have been good. Microtransactions are running amok in this game to the point it hurts.” one reviewer says.

The Metal Gear spin-off see’s players transported to a hostile world where they have to scavenge and defend themselves against hostile creatures.

The pre-launch beta received an equally mixed reception from fans and critics who found the gameplay lacklustre. Many fans were also angry at how the developers treated Hideo Kojima, a potent driving force who departed while Survive was still in development.

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Summon the minute men! Age of Empires Definitive Edition released

One of the most popular RTS franchise of all time is getting a HD makeover. Age of Empires Definitive Edition is now available on the Windows 10 store. The new release promises overhauled graphics, sound effects and according to the website “a smooth UI experience rebuilt from the ground up“.

In a post announcing the release, Adam Isgreen (Creative Director at Microsoft) says “We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as a homage to all Real Time Strategy (RTS) fans and to PC gamers everywhere…the Definitive Edition brings back the original feeling of Age of Empires, but better than ever.” 

The original Age of Empires was released in 1997 by Ensemble Studios and proved to be a commercial success. Ensemble Studios subsequently developed Age of Empires II in 1999. Microsoft acquired Ensemble in 2001 and the studio released Age of Empires III in 2005. Ensemble Studios closed down in early 2009, shortly after the release of Halo Wars and many fans feared that this spelt the end of the AoE franchise.

However a high definition version of Age of Empires II sparked renewed hope amongst empire builders, despite the remake receiving mixed reviews. This was mainly due to the lack of changes in game mechanics.

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Fans will be happy to hear that this remastered version doesn’t just tweak the graphics and sound effects but also reworks some long requested changes to the game mechanics. This extensive list includes the ability to change the population cap in the pre game lobby, the ability to zoom in and out, setting rally points and various unit queuing mechanics.

For those who want to pick a fight with fellow empire builders, Age of Empires Definitive Edition also includes online modes for up to 8 players.

And it seems the good news doesn’t stop at just Age of Empires I. In the same post, Adam Isgreen mentions that definitive edition of Age of Empires II & III are being worked on but no release date is in sight. This follows on from an announcement last August that the long awaited development of Age of Empires IV  is underway in the capable hands of Relic Entertainment.

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Metal Gear Survive: Beta Incoming Next Week

Konami have released details for the beta of their upcoming survival shooter, Metal Gear Survive.

“METAL GEAR SURVIVE BETA will be available for 3 days from February 15 to 18th, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.” 

Metal Gear Survive is a spin off of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The game sees the player transported to a hostile parallel world inhabited by hellish creatures, wandering a hellish landscape. Metal Gear Survive features a single-player campaign and an online co-op mode with progress and rewards carrying over to each mode. So far, there has been no announcement of a multi-player PvP mode which might disappoint some fans.

This is the second beta for Survive, the first drawing mixed responses from players and critics who found the game-play too generic and a departure from the overall feel of the previous titles in the Metal Gear series.

Further negativity was fanned by the inclusion of micro-transactions, requiring a constant online connection and controversy surrounding the departure of longtime developer, Hideo Kojima, means the second beta may receive a lukewarm reception.

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Rockstar announces release date for Red Dead Redemption 2

In a short but to the point post, Rockstar announced the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2.

“We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay.”

Rockstar have given the reason for the delay as needing extra time to polish the final product which “you agree will be worth it”.

This is not the first time that Rockstar have delayed a major title in order to add some finishing touches. Grand Theft Auto 5 was delayed several times for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The developer was equally tight lipped regarding details surrounding the delays for GTA 5 when first announced.

The post does not reveal much information about what to expect from Red Dead Redemption 2, we can at least enjoy some tasty screenshots to get our appetites wet.

Take a look below at the first screenshots from the new iteration of Red Dead Redemption 2:

 

 

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HALO Master Chief Collection – plans laid out for a massive update in 2018

Support is still going strong

Good news Halo fans! Bungie announced on Wednesday that the Master Chief Collection will be receiving a large technical update.

In the post, community manager ske7ch, announced that moving forward they would be “cracking open MCC to perform some critical updates and fixes to improve the experience for everyone, as well as enhance the title for Xbox One X.”

The Master Chief Collection was originally released in November 2014, giving fans the opportunity to play remastered editions of the first three halo titles. The Master Chief Collection was highly anticipated but on release, severe matchmaking issues forced Bonnie Ross, head of 343 industries to issue a public apology.

The post repeatedly mentions closer ties with the community “With this project in particular we are excited to foster a new relationship with our fans”, ske7ch says. And asks that players ” come with a positive mindset and assume positive intent.”

Halo Master Chief on Space BackdropThe Master Chief Collection is being worked on by a smaller team which is “completely separate from the broader 343 team working on the next Halo FPS title.” Expect the road to fixing the Master Chief Collection to be a long one but players can get involved with testing.

Bungie’s plan of attack is a division of testing, with mention of an external partner to help with the internal development. The community will be able to participate in the ongoing development as part of the Xbox Insider program. For now however, this will remain an internal process.

Foundations are a priority for the updates to take place. Ske7ch mentions several important features including matchmaking API’s, platform XDKS (increasing visual enhancements) and Peer Connections.

 

Overall, the Master Chief Collection is due for some much needed attention to the internal workings. The post is careful not to give a timescale but with such a mammoth task ahead who can blame them?

 

You can read the full update yourself over at Halo Waypoint.

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