Playstation Plus: Free Games June 2016

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Of course, new month, new games.  Sony is pretty on point this month too, so Microsoft and Sony are crushing it this June.

Straight from the people at Sony… Holy shit Free NBA 2K16 and Gone Home on PS4?!:

First up, to help get everyone hyped for the NBA Finals, we’ve teamed up with 2K to add NBA 2K16 to the June lineup. One of the most critically acclaimed sports titles ever, NBA 2K16 has tons of great gameplay for everyone. With robust offline modes like MyCareer and MyGM, and deep online modes including MyTeam and MyLeague, there is an incredible amount of content to offer all types of gamers. So be the baller you always wanted to be and guide your team to the NBA Championship.

Next up is Gone Home: Console Edition. Gone Home is one of the most talked about titles from the last few years for good reason. While it’s an interesting exploration/adventure game, it’s the narrative of Gone Home that’s so remarkable. The game has a strong development team, including Steve Gaynor, who worked on a few titles in the BioShock series. The Fulbright Company (now just Fullbright) created an intimate and unique story that is well worth your time.

Full lineup:

  • NBA 2K16, PS4
  • Gone Home: Console Edition, PS4
  • Echochrome, PS3
  • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12), PS3
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus, PS Vita
  • Little Deviants, PS Vita

I will dust off my Vita (that’s a lie, I have it charged and ready to go) for God of War and Little Deviants…

Doom: Behind the Music

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Bradley and I are musicians, we play all ranges of pieces. From the Pop Punk of NOFX and Lagwagon that brought us together as friends nearly 22 years ago, to jazz, video game music, to metal, to more metal.

Man, that Metal is what gets us, intricate technical metal, loud chugga chugga metal, in your face thrash. We love it all.

So, when Doom came out earlier this month, we were excited for it and had a fun time. Hell I even reviewed it. The one thing that made us super excited beyond the gameplay and visuals. The music.

Mick Gordon. That name might not mean much of anything to you. To us, we fell in love with creative prowess when we started playing the new Killer Instinct.

He is the composer of the music we heard in Doom.  He lovingly sat back and treated the series with respect. He took the iconic sound of E1M1 and re-imagined it into a heavy new area.

He took some time out to see behind the scenes of how he came up with some of these tracks. Such a great watch. You should follow Mick on Youtube. Dude is awesome.

Killer Instinct – Gargos

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Well, for a former podcast and current entertainment production company named after one of the titular character’s theme music. You would expect us to have MORE KI news more often.

But this is what we have right now. You probably have seen it, but this get’s Bradley and I’s panties all moist. Who the hell ISN’T excited for Gargos’ return to KI, with his teleport punching, wing flapping, death making awesomeness!

Games With Gold June 2016

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New month, new games.

If you haven’t played XCOM, you will enjoy the hell out of it. But Goat Simulator was fantastic on PC. The Crew was… a game? Super Meat Boy is frustratingly good.  What does Microsoft have to say? The following:
As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program, so sign up now to get in on the action!

* Goat Simulator ($9.99 ERP): Available from June 1-30 on Xbox One

* The Crew ($29.99 ERP): Available from June 16-July 15 on Xbox One

* Super Meat Boy ($14.99 ERP): Available from June 1-15 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

* XCOM Enemy Unknown ($39.99 ERP): Available from June 16-30 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

On June 1, we’ve got the next-gen goat simulation technology of Goat Simulator! Crash through the world as a goat, do some epic tongue grabs and rack up points for destroying everything you see. You can even compete with your friends to see who can smash more things in style. Oh, did we mention you can be a goat?

Then, on June 16, take a wild ride with your friends in The Crew. A revolutionary, action-driving open-world game with a richly detailed recreation of the United States, The Crew offers an online driving experience like none other. Tackle challenges across the map, infiltrate underground racing teams and defeat dangerous criminal groups with Alex Taylor. There is no better time to take a test drive.

Also on June 1, put on your platforming shoes because Super Meat Boy is coming at you full force on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It has over 300 levels, epic boss fights and tons of unlockable secrets like retro warp zones. You can even play with characters from other famous indie games. So, there is only one question left to ask: Can you run, jump and wall jump through pure madness?

Last but certainly not least, get strategic and fight off aliens with XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Prepare your squad of custom-equipped troops with countless upgrades, abilities, and equipment, because XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the complete turn-based strategy package.

We’re excited to celebrate our birthday in June, and we’re even more excited to continually give away amazing free games to our Xbox Live Gold members. Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action!
Read more at https://news.xbox.com/2016/05/24/june-games-with-gold/#ilb2tM1W3r53D5o5.99

Witcher 3 1.2 Changelog Patch Notes

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This is a game that keeps on giving. Here are the latest changelog updates for it. LOTS of things fixed.

Patch 1.20 – Changelog
– Improvements –
 Adds book titled ‘A Miraculous Guide to Gwent’ which displays number of gwent
cards missing from player’s base-game collection and information on where to find
them, thus facilitating completion of achievement titled Collect ‘Em All. Tome in
question can be obtained either from gwent playing scholar in Prologue or from
merchant near St. Gregory’s Bridge in Gildorf district of Novigrad.
 Adds option to display herb names above available interactions.
 Adds option in Options/Gameplay to enable enemy level upscaling. If foes are too
easy to defeat due to level difference, upscaling will render them a challenge. Change
will not affect experience point gain, loot, or quest rewards. Option can be enabled
or disabled at any time, even during combat (however, Vitality/Essence of foes is
then fully restored).
 Adds option in Options/Gameplay to disable automatic drawing and sheathing of
sword.
 Increases incidence of, and thus chances of finding, several monster-based
ingredients required for crafting high level alchemy formulae.
 Improves Player Statistics panel, adding maneuverable Geralt model. Improves
visuals in panel for better readability.
 Adds new functionality to books and scrolls. When first collected, they can be read
immediately using single button without need of navigating to Inventory panel. All
found but not yet read books and scrolls are stored in Quest Items and Other
categories. Once read, books and scrolls can be sold as their content is saved in
Books section of Glossary.
 Improves overall visuals in Character Development panel.
 Improves Inventory whereby items are divided into additional subcategories within
their grids: weapons and armor; oils, potions and bombs; quest items and others;
food and equestrian gear; crafting and alchemy. Additionally, introduces redesign of
tooltips enabling their resizing with single button. Also, item comparison is easier
than ever given addition of summary of changes in stats.
 Improves Inventory navigation when using gamepad. Slots are divided into sections
and right stick can be used to jump between them.
 Improves Crafting panel in merchant shops. Adds option to purchase missing diagram
components directly from Crafting panel when talking to merchant, as well as clearer
descriptions and option to resize item descriptions.
 Introduces redesign of Repair panel in merchant shops. Adds single button enabling
players to repair all equipped items.
 Improves Remove Upgrade panel in merchant shops.
 Improves Quick Access Menu whereby it can be accessed in one of two modes, with
action either paused or slowed depending on button used.
 Adds functionality whereby crossbow bolts can be switched via Quick Access Menu
rather than being equipped from Inventory.
 Adds counter for bombs and crossbow bolts to Quick Access Menu.
 Improves region maps by adding pin filtering, more intuitive quest tracking, and a
region overview for faster navigation.
 Adds three new custom pins allowing players to mark areas for future reference.
 Improves Adrenaline Bar which better displays number of stored Adrenaline Points
and their status.
 Improves display and behavior of Buffs, displayed in more intuitive manner showing
time left, strength percentage, stacks, charges, or permanence where applicable. Buff
icons now blink for approx. 10 seconds before expiration. For improved visibility,
names and exact expiration times for all effects are only visible when Quick Access
menu is active.
 Changes icons for decoctions, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
 Changes icons for oils, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
 Changes gwent card icons in shops, rendering factions recognizable at first glance.
 Changes icons for mutagens.
 Adds feature whereby equipment exceeding player character level can be previewed
on character.
 Improves sorting in Journal whereby active quest tab is always open and tracked
quest is at top of quest list.
 Improves quest item visuals so that Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine quest items
are now tagged with blue and red exclamation points, respectively.
-Gwent-
 Quest titled Collect ‘Em All is now marked as failed if player does not succeed in
collecting Milva, Vampire Bruxa and Dandelion gwent cards during gwent
tournament in quest titled A Matter of Life and Death.
-Visual-
 Fixes PC-specific issue whereby there was no change in appearance between Nvidia
Hairworks 3-day beard (stage 2) and full beard (stage 4).
 Fixes issue whereby Geralt’s clothing was not properly restored after sex scenes.
 Fixes visual issue whereby guards holding torches would have inverse kinematics
when animated.
 Fixes PS4-specific visual issue whereby texture of water puddles would not fade
properly.
-Gameplay-
 Updates description of Superior Blizzard potion. Potion now slows time for a short
period whenever an enemy is slain. Additionally, during this period actions do not
deplete Stamina if 3 Adrenaline Points are available.
 Fixes issue whereby indicator for Oil charges would appear incorrectly in New Game
Plus mode.
 Fixes issue whereby Flood of Anger skill could endlessly increase Sign intensity.
 Fixes issue whereby Ciri could be missing her scabbard in certain situations.
 Fixes issues whereby damage from Northern Wind bombs could be calculated
incorrectly.
 Fixes issue whereby pool of experience points would invert to negative value when
player reached level 70 cap or used Potion of Clearance.
 Fixes PC platform-specific issue whereby only the ‘E’ key would open Stash chest
despite user manually changing relevant key binding.
-Hearts of Stone-
 Fixes issue whereby Rotation Runestone effect would not appear correctly in Hearts
of Stone expansion.
 Fixes rare issue whereby foliage in Velen and Novigrad would disappear upon
completion of Hearts of Stone expansion.
 Fixes rare issue whereby a chest in quest titled From Ofier’s Distant Shores in the
Hearts of Stone expansion would not contain relevant diagrams.
 Modifies Vitality cost of Olgierd’s Saber to 15% in Hearts of Stone expansion.
 Fixes issue whereby trap door in herbalist’s hut in Hearts of Stone expansion could
not be opened.
 Fixes issue whereby bandit camp north of Zuetzer Castle in Hearts of Stone expansion
would not gray out correctly.
 Fixes issue whereby question mark would not disappear upon exploring Kilkerinn
Ruins in Hearts of Stone expansion.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Sword, Famine and Perfidy could not be
completed.
 Fixes rare issue whereby an infinite loading screen could occur after speaking with
Olgierd subsequent to completing all tasks requested by him in Hearts of Stone
expansion.
 Fixes visual issue involving reflection on river’s surface in new location added for
Hearts of Stone expansion.
-Other-
 Fixes issue whereby Vivaldi could fail to appear in Novigrad.
 Fixes issue whereby interaction could be missing from chests containing loot in quest
titled Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear.
 Fixes rare issue whereby Triss could be rendered immobile in quest titled Now or
Never.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Shortcut could not be completed.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Freya Be Praised! could not be completed.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Unlucky’s Treasure could not be completed.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled ‘The Things Men Do For Coin… could not be
completed.
 Fixes issue whereby treasure hunt titled Temerian Valuables could not be completed.
 Fixes issue whereby quest givers for contract quests titled Deadly Delights, Jenny o’
the Woods, and Phantom of the Trade Route could occasionally fail to appear.
 Fixes issue whereby players could not speak with an NPC in quest titled Novigrad,
Closed City.
 Fixes issue whereby an ifrit in quest titled Redania’s Most Wanted could not be
reached.
 Fixes issue whereby quest titled Hey, You Wanna Look at My Stuff? could not be
completed through interaction with relevant merchant.
 Fixes rare issue whereby interaction was inactive on treasure chest in quest titled
Take What You Want.
 Fixes rare issue whereby, under certain conditions, the Francesca Findabair the
Beautiful gwent leader card was not awarded as intended.
 Fixes issue whereby a witch hunter in quest titled Novigrad, Closed City could prove
immortal.
 Fixes issue whereby certain bandits appearing in quest titled Get Junior would have
empty health bars.
 Fixes rare issue whereby, under certain circumstances, objective titled Gather Allies
would fail incorrectly in quest titled The Isle of Mists.
 Fixes issue whereby players could not start a New Game Plus despite having
completed the game.
 Fixes rare issue whereby services provided by master armorers were not unlocked
properly.
 Fixes issue whereby Sukrus would fail to appear by van Hoorn’s warehouse in quest
titled Of Swords and Dumplings.
 Fixes issue whereby players could not talk with Fergus and complete quest titled
Master Armorers.
 Fixes issue whereby door to bathhouse could be locked during quest titled Get
Junior.
 Fixes rare issue whereby forktail in quest titled To Bait a Forktail… could prove
immortal.
 Fixes issue preventing completion of minor quests titled The Soldier Statuette and
The Nobleman Statuette.
 Fixes issue whereby two Zoltan gwent cards would appear beneath the Hanged
Man’s Tree.
 Fixes issue whereby players could not complete quest titled Contract: The Griffin
from the Highlands if attempted to do so after completing quest titled Master
Armorers.
 Fixes issue whereby interaction with Roche was impossible in quest titled An Eye for
an Eye.
 Fixes issue whereby Sigismund Dijkstra gwent card could not be acquired from the
Bloody Baron under certain conditions.
 Fixes rare issue whereby werewolf could disappear during quest titled Wild At Heart.
 Fixes rare issue whereby infinite loading screen could occur during quest titled King’s
Gambit.
 Fixes issue whereby quest giver would fail to appear in quest titled Contract: The
Creature from the Oxenfurt Forest.
 Fixes issue whereby Kurisu would fail to appear in Freya’s Temple during quest titled
Taken as a Lass.
 Fixes issue whereby interactions were blocked during exploration upon completion of
quest titled Disturbance.
 Fixes issue whereby cockatrice would appear underground in quest titled Contract:
Shrieker.
 Fixes rare issue whereby an infinite loading screen cold occur after talking to
Avallac’h in quest titled On Thin Ice.
 Fixes issue whereby Sven would respawn despite having been killed in quest titled In
the Heart of the Woods.

Dragon Quest Builders Release Date

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In a press release today from Square Enix, we learn a little more detail and a release time frame from the newest entry in the Dragon Quest franchise.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the DRAGON QUEST® franchise, SQUARE ENIX® today announced that DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS™ will arrive in North America in October 2016. In this all-new building adventure, players will use their creativity to gather and combine a variety of unique tools and materials in order to rebuild Alefgard, a realm destroyed by the menacing ruler of the monsters, the Dragonlord.

The title offers sandbox gameplay combined with an immersive story and allows players to interact with a host of iconic characters and monsters. Players can let their imagination run wild to create an infinite variety of structures, in response to extravagant requests from citizens eager to find new homes. With an easy-to-learn and quick-to-master control system, DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS will have builders of all skill levels creating masterpieces in no time.

So… minecraft but in the Dragonquest universe. I’m totally fine with that.

DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS will arrive in October 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and digitally on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system at North American retailers, the PlayStation®Store, and the Square Enix Online Store.

I’m excited for this because I loved the Dragon Warrior series. It would be nice to play in a sandbox game with a full fledged story. Gonna put my Vita to good use this fall!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided New Trailer

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Square-Enix® and Eidos®-Montréal unveiled their Live Action Trailer for the much anticipatedDeus Ex: Mankind Divided™. This short immerses you in the world ofDeus Ex®, providing you with insight as to how things have changed since the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, outlining the shift from the golden era of augmentation to the Mechanical Apartheid.

 

In 2027, mechanically-augmented people all over the world suffered from extreme psychotic delusions, lost control of themselves, and started attacking people. Millions died. Hundreds of thousands more were injured and maimed. In the wake of this global catastrophe, society has become divided by hatred, prejudice, and fear, with many countries now enacting harsh laws. The most notable of these laws is the highly controversial “Human Restoration Act”, aimed at isolating “Augs” and keeping them away from “Naturals”.

We have been waiting patiently for more gameplay and more in game goodness, however, we will take this trailer and press release for now, to fuel our fires for this game.

Just in case you don’t remember what the game is supposed to look like:

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will launch on August 23 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Darksouls + Hardcore = Drowning Room – Cinder

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What happens when you mix NYHC and Dark Souls? You praise the motherfucking sun, that’s what.

And you never stop praising the sun.

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard new material recorded by these guys, but it’s been worth the wait. With an EP in the wings of all new tracks, Sean Mesler (who some know as a Video Game Journalist and Writer for Gamespew), posted a new track called “Cinder” all over social media.

Drowning Room had been an integral part of Bradley and I’s teenage years in NY. It’s great to hear them back at it, and this song is an homage to what became Sean’s favorite game series in the past year now, with him plowing through every game in all the SoulsBorne universe.

So, without further ado, here is “Cinder” From Drowning Room.

Praise the sun!