Details Revealed for Nier: Automata’s Combat System


Famitsu recently revealed details about the combat system for Nier: Automata, the upcoming action RPG from PlatinumGames and Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and PC.

The protagonist is an android named YoRHa No. 2 Model B, or 2B. She can wield a balanced one-handed sword, a heavy two-handed sword, and faster, short-range melee weapons. Her Pod support system also allows her to shoot enemies from a distance.

In combat, you’ll use the Square button for a fast attack and the Triangle button for a heavy attack. You can have two weapon sets (such as one set using a melee weapon and one-handed sword, and another set using the one-handed sword and two-handed sword), and you can swap between at any time using the d-pad. For ranged attacks, you’ll use R1 to fire your Pod’s guns and L2 to lock on to enemies.

Finally, R2 will be used to let you dodge and evade attacks. If you dodge at the exact moment an attack would have struck, you’ll become temporarily invincible and be able to use special attacks. This should sound familiar to anyone who has played Platinum’s Bayonetta games, although unlike Bayonetta’s Witch Time, it doesn’t affect the flow of time.

Like Platinum’s previous games, Nier: Automata should be filled with challenge for players who love action games. However, for those who are unable to play the action sequences, there is a special Auto Mode that lets 2B automatically attack and evade as long as you keep moving. Auto Mode can only be enabled if you’re already playing on easy. While this may seem like an odd decision, Bayonetta included a similar feature.

Nier: Automata is due out in Japan on February 23, 2017, with a worldwide release later that year. Although it is a sequel to Square Enix’s 2010 action RPG Nier (which is itself a Drakengard spin-off), director Yoko Taro has said players will be able to enjoy Automata even if they didn’t play the original Nier.

Titanfall Sequel Confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, and PC


Just under a year ago, rumors claimed a Titanfall 2 was planned and that it wouldn’t be Microsoft-exclusive as the original had been. Now, those rumors have finally been proven true. Respawn’s CEO, Vince Zampella, has told IGN that 2014’s multiplayer shooter is getting a sequel, although it doesn’t have a set title yet.

The original Titanfall’s exclusivity was a business decision, and one which won’t be true of the sequel. The next Titanfall game will be made for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

According to Zampella, the game will include more lore, although whether or not it will remain multiplayer-only remains undecided. Respawn may take a different approach to DLC, as map packs “split the community and it makes it harder for matchmaking.”

That, along with the multiple platforms, is already making the second Titanfall game appeal to more players. However, many fans are still hoping for a genuine single-player mode. What would you like to see in Titanfall 2?

Games with Gold Titles Announced for March

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February is almost over, and Microsoft has announced the next month’s titles for Games with Gold.

All month long, Xbox One owners who are members of Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick up Rayman Legends for free. This colorful platformer is one of the best rated Xbox One games, praised for its gameplay, local co-op mode, level design, and more.

Remember, unlike with the Xbox 360 version of the program, you’ll only be able to play this game for as long as you maintain your Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Games with Gold will be even better once March ends. In April, two Xbox One games will be included instead of just one. It sounds as though this increase in free games may be special for April, but we can always hope it’s a lasting change.

Join us in the comments below with your thoughts on Games with Gold and if you’re planning to download Rayman Legends.

Spring Fever Brings 8 Weeks of PlayStation Plus Deals


If you’re familiar with PlayStation Plus, you might remember that every March, Sony holds a Spring Fever event with special promotions and discounts. This year, Spring Fever won’t last just four weeks, but eight!

Eight new releases will be on sale for PS Plus members for a limited amount of time during Spring Fever:

  • Helldivers (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $17.99 from March 3-9
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from March 10-16
  • Jamestown+ (PS4) – $10.79 from March 17-23
  • Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from March 24-30
  • Axiom Verge (PS4, with cross buy once the PS Vita version launches) – $17.99 from March 31 – April 6
  • Bastion (PS4, with cross buy once the PS Vita version launches) – $13.49 from April 7-13
  • Titan Souls (PS4 and PS Vita, with cross buy) – $8.99 from April 14-20
  • Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, with cross buy) – $13.49 from April 21-27

Those are some excellent deals, but the Spring Fever sale doesn’t stop there. Other popular franchises will also be discounted during these eight weeks:

  • March 3-9 – LEGO (and the Hobbit movies)
  • March 10-16 – Saints Row (and the X-Men movies)
  • March 17-23 – Assassin’s Creed (and the Transformers movies)
  • March 23-30 – God of War (and the Spider-Man movies)
  • March 31 – April 6 – Batman (and the Batman movies)
  • April 7-13 – Dragon Age (and the LEGO movies)
  • April 14-20 – Grand Theft Auto (and the Planet of the Apes movies)
  • April 21-27 – Call of Duty (and the Taken movies)

Keep your eye on the PlayStation Blog as we head into March for the full details on these sales.

Which PS4 Games Do You Regret Buying?

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Over a year has passed since the PlayStation 4 came out on November 15, 2013. Since then, it’s seen its share of successes and failures. Many games, both big-name and indie, have been released for the PS4 over the past year. Fans debate all the time about what the best games are, but which PS4 purchases do players most regret?

Some users on Reddit got together to discuss this, and some common patterns emerged. Destiny, Watch Dogs, and Driveclub came up a lot. All three games were highly-anticipated, with bold promises for what the new generation of gaming was capable of. Destiny and Watch Dogs were also widely considered disappointments, and Driveclub suffered from multiplayer issues that took a while to resolve. Whether it’s a result of too much hype, misleading marketing, or unrealistic expectations, many PS4 users regret purchasing these two games.


To a lesser extent, Thief and Battlefield 4 were also named often. Thief got a lot of mixed reviews, and the general complaint from fans is that it just wasn’t fun. Battlefield 4, meanwhile, was game plagued with so many glitches and bugs that many people found it unplayable. On a similar note, several people regret purchasing Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Knack, one of the launch titles, also came up for reasons similar to those that led to its negative reviews—its high difficulty and lack of innovation turned off fans who expected something different from it.

Other games were mentioned, of course, but these are the ones about which many fans are in agreement: Destiny, Watch Dogs, Driveclub, Thief, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, and Knack.

What about you? Which PS4 purchases do you most regret making? Do you disagree with the negativity toward any of the titles mentioned above?

Limited Edition PS4 for 20th Anniversary


Twenty years ago today, Sony released the PlayStation for the first time. Now, the company has decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its original console with a special, limited edition PlayStation 4. This PS4 is gray to resemble the PlayStation, and it has a special 20th Anniversary label on it. Check it out with this unboxing video.

Like what you see? If so, tune in to PlayStation Experience, which will be streamed on Saturday, December 6 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. Pre-order details for the United States and Canada will be revealed there. Only 12,300 20th Anniversary PS4 consoles will be released worldwide, so you’ll have to act fast to secure your order.

If you’d rather remember the days of the original PlayStation without buying a limited edition console, PlayStation Europe announced special 20th Anniversary themes for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. The North American release of these themes is expected to follow.

Of particular interest to fans is the theme that gives the console the startup sound used by the original PlayStation. In case you’ve forgotten that iconic sound, here it is on a player’s PS4.

It’s hard to believe the PlayStation brand has been around for 20 years. What are your favorite memories of the original PlayStation? Are you interested in the anniversary themes or even the limited edition console? Let us know in the comments.

Xbox One Bundle ($329) Rises to the Top


The Xbox One has trailed in sales to the PS4 for a long time… but the Xbox One Black Friday sales show a different picture. Black Friday and the days around it are times for massive discounts and excellent deals, and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle has proved quite popular. This bundle not only includes a download of Assassin’s Creed Unity along with the console, but also Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This two-game bundle was already a popular item, but Black Friday sales made it even more tempting by cutting its price to $329.

It became a best-seller on Amazon, and many people reported seeing low stock on the bundle at retailers, as they quickly sold out. While many retailers other than Amazon have the bundle available online, it’s already out of stock at some of them.

An even better deal is available from Microsoft, which offers the same bundle with the choice of one additional free game. Many choices are available, such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Finally, for those of you who bought the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle from Amazon this week before the sale began, Reddit users have reported that Amazon will honor the discount if you ask.

This is a great deal, and an excellent move for the Xbox One. Will you be picking up an Xbox One thanks to these discounts?

CoD: Advanced Warfare Reveals New Trailer, Zombies

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is almost here. The latest edition to the popular shooting franchise will be released for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC this Tuesday, November 4, or even tomorrow if you get the Day Zero edition by pre-ordering. The Day Zero edition also includes double XP on November 3 and bonus items.

Additionally, fans of Call of Duty’s zombie modes should pay attention to the Season Pass, as it’s been revealed the Season Pass includes a zombie mode, along with Advanced Warfare’s four planned map packs and a bonus map. We don’t know when the mode will become available.

To mark the game’s impending release, a live-action trailer was released just a few days ago. Not everyone liked it, such as Examiner, which considers it to be “gaming at its worst.” On the flipside, general reactions to the trailer have been positive, even from people who aren’t Call of Duty fans. We’ll let you watch it and decide for yourself.

So, did that make you more or less interested in Advanced Warfare? If you’ve already decided you’re going to buy it but haven’t decided which version to get yet, GearNuke has provided some comparison screenshots between the previous gen versions and the Xbox One/PS4 versions. The difference isn’t staggering, but it is noticeable.

To compare the graphics in motion, check out HereToEntertain’s video comparison of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions.

Like what you see? Let us know your thoughts on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and whether or not you’ll be playing it this week.

Bungie Removes Second Loot Cave


If you were one of the many Destiny players who made use of the second loot cave, we have some bad news. In Bungie’s words, “the Fallen have also retreated from their hold over the Rocket Yard to discuss a new takeover plan.”

Yes, the latest Destiny update eliminated the loot cave. It also fixed several bugs and re-balanced weapons with several changes:

  • Auto Rifles have 2% less base damage, a 1.25 headshot bonus, and lower stability
  • Hand Cannons have better in-air accuracy
  • Scout Rifles have 6% more base damage, increased damage dealt to aliens, better target acquisition, and more recoil tuning
  • Shotguns have 20% less base damage when used at their maximum range
  • The Shot Package perk’s cone of fire is wider, and you can’t use both it and the Rangefinder perk
  • The Vex Mythoclast has 34% less base damage and a 1.50 headshot bonus
  • The Pocket Infinity’s Enhanced Battery perk is gone, with the Speed Reload perk in its place

For the full details about everything that was fixed in the update, check out the official announcement. As far as we know, the stairs still work, but maybe it’s just a matter of time.

Now Destiny has “Loot Stairs,” Too


Remember Destiny’s loot caves? Well, now you’ve got another option: loot stairs! Operating on the same principle as the loot caves, a set of stairs in the Cosmodrone on Earth has enemies that will infinitely respawn as long as you stay far enough back until you’re ready to collect your rewards. It’s a great way to build up Legendary engrams and other great loot.

Youtube user MinistryOfGeeks has uploaded a useful video explaining how to find the loot stairs. The one negative point, as he demonstrates in his video, is that every 7-10 minutes, a ship spawns above the area and releases new enemies outside the building, which prevents the enemies from spawning on the stairs. You’ll need to get rid of these enemies in order to continue using the loot stairs.

Check out the video for the full details.

So, will you be making use of Destiny’s loot stairs?

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