The Future of Visceral’s Star Wars Game

October 19, 2017 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

On October 17, EA announced the closure of Visceral Games, the developer behind games such as Dead Space, Battlefield Hardline, and Dante’s Inferno. This came as disappointing news to fans of Visceral’s titles… and also to Star Wars fans looking forward to the story-driven Star Wars game Visceral had in development.

Visceral’s Star Wars Game

We didn’t know a lot about Visceral’s Star Wars game, but what we did know was intriguing. It was a linear, story-driven action-adventure game set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The creative director was Amy Hennig, most famous for her work on the Uncharted series, which led to much speculation that it would be an Uncharted-style game in the Star Wars universe.

Many fans theorized it might star Han Solo, while others viewed it as possibly the closest we’d get to the cancelled Star Wars 1313. Only a tiny amount of footage and concept art was ever shown, at E3 2016.

It was absent from E3 2017, with the official explanation being that this was Battlefront 2’s year.

EA’s Plans

With Visceral Games shut down, what will happen to their Star Wars game? In the official announcement, EA stated that the game will still be developed, but they are “making a significant change” to it.

Visceral’s project “was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure,” but with the change in developers, EA is “shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency.” They promise “a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth.” EA Worldwide Studios and EA Vancouver will be working on it, and the new timeline is uncertain.

To fans looking forward to the game for exactly what EA described in its initial description, the news that it will now be broader and involve more player agency may not be a welcome one. At the very least, it will no longer be a linear game (or Star Wars Uncharted), and the wording makes it easy to imagine an open world or a “games as a service” model.

Whether it will still be heavily story-driven or not is unclear, and we don’t know if Amy Hennig will still be involved with the project. Either way, EA’s Star Wars game will certainly be different than what Visceral Games’ Star Wars game would have been.

How do you feel about the closure of Visceral Games and the planned changes to their Star Wars game? Were you looking forward to it before, and are you looking forward to it now? What do you think the final game will be like? Let us know in the comments.

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Top 10 Cool and Funny Overwatch Memes

December 13, 2016 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Since its release in May, Overwatch has taken the gaming world by storm. Not only do people love playing Overwatch, but it’s also given rise to some great memes. While many more Overwatch memes can be found, here are some of our favorites.

Note: we do not own any of these memes. We simply gathered them from around the Internet.

1. Overwatch: Team Fortress 2, but with waifus

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Due to the similarities between Overwatch and Team Fortress 2, there are numerous memes about how Overwatch is just Blizzard’s version of the other game. So, what is the main distinguishing factor between Overwatch and Team Fortress 2?

Apparently it’s the waifus.

2. Attack Commences in 30 Seconds

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In reference to the two teams waiting for a match of Overwatch to begin, one of the most common Overwatch memes is to pair the “Attack commences in 30 seconds” line with an image of characters staring at one another through a window or door. The version pictured above is an especially popular one.

3. Team Composition

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Good team composition can be hard to come by in Overwatch, since sometimes you have far too many team members who want to play the same character.

4. Bastion’s Play of the Game

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Bastion has led to an incredible number of memes, ever since the Overwatch beta. As a robot able to transform into a turret, this character can be devastating. As a result, Bastion players frequently get “play of the game” at the end of a round.

Bastion memes are numerous, whether they’re about the character being overpowered, players who main Bastion being evil, or just how often he defeats his opponents.

5. Photobombing Enemies in Junkenstein’s Revenge

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During the Halloween co-op event called Junkenstein’s Revenge, it became popular for players to try to photobomb bosses. Boss characters are introduced with a dramatic camera shot that slowly swing out in front of them as they pose. If you place your character in just the right spot, you can appear in the boss’s introduction shot.

6. Heroes Never Die

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When Mercy uses her ultimate to revive her fallen team members, she says “Heroes never die.” This has led to a wide variety of “heroes never die” memes. They range from the frustration (or horror) when it’s an enemy Mercy who does it, to the glory of being revived.

Note: when the opposing team’s Mercy uses her ultimate, she says her line in German.

7. It’s High Noon!

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Meanwhile, McCree activates his ultimate (which lets him one-shot anyone in his sight), he shouts, “It’s high noon!” This became a popular meme quite quickly, with images that range from McCree’s satisfaction when high noon arrives, to enemies fleeing, to commentary on the unusual frequency of “high noon.”

These memes became so popular, Blizzard added a new line. When McCree’s ultimate is ready to use, he says, “You know what time it is.”

8. Dad 76

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How did Soldier 76 become known throughout the fandom as an overprotective father figure toward the rest of the team? That’s hard to say, but not only is it a popular Overwatch meme, but Blizzard seems to enjoy it as well. In a new line added to the game, Tracer refers to Soldier 76 as “dad.”

There also was a special Soldier 76 event during Father’s Day, but that was entirely a coincidence. Probably.

9. Ah yes, “Reaper”

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Since Reaper’s name is a word, he’s found himself in many reaper-related memes, from the Grim Reaper to the Reapers from Mass Effect. The Mass Effect Overwatch memes allow for even more variety, such as jokes about Reaper’s involvement with the Reapers or parodies of the infamous “Ah yes, ‘Reapers,'” line from Mass Effect.

10. Roses are red…

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For Hanzo’s ultimate, he shouts, “Ryuu ga waga teki wo kurau.” The line itself has become popular and is used in many memes, but one of the most bizarrely popular ones is Hanzo’s version of the standard “Roses are red” poem:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
RYUU GA WAGA TEKI WO KURAU!

Other Overwatch Memes?

These are only a handful of the many memes that have come out of Overwatch. Do you have a favorite Overwatch meme we haven’t posted? Share it with us in the comments!

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Titanfall Sequel Confirmed for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

March 12, 2015 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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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?

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Titanfall Maps, Modes, Weapons, and Perks

February 16, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Fans are clamoring for more information about Titanfall, especially with the beta active and open to the public, and we should never underestimate the ability of eager fans to uncover new details.

NeoGAF user RazorUK dug into the data files for the PC version and posted 15 map names, abbreviations for the mode names, and data for the weapons and perks you’ll be able to use in the game.

Maps

  1. Angel City
  2. Colony
  3. Fracture
  4. Relic
  5. Airbase
  6. Boneyard
  7. Corporate
  8. Outpost 207
  9. Lagoon
  10. Rise
  11. Smuggler’s Cove
  12. Overlook
  13. Nexus
  14. O2
  15. Training Ground

Modes

  • AT – Attrition
  • TDM – Team Deathmatch
  • CTF – Capture the Flag
  • LTS – Last Titan Standing
  • HP – Hardpoint Capture
  • VM – Variety Mode, which RazorUK says will include elements from all the previous modes
  • Campaign Multiplayer

You can also check out what appear to be the list of weapon classes, ordnance types, and perks for both Pilots and Titans, along with a series of images of the various maps. Take a look, and let us know what you think. Are you excited for Titanfall?

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Upcoming Multiplayer Game by Turtle Rock Studios: Evolve

January 8, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Evolve is the name of the upcoming PC, Xbox One, and PS4 game created by Turtle Rock Studios, the developer behind Counter-Strike and Left 4 Dead. Evolve is a brand-new IP and will be published by 2K Games, the publisher behind Borderlands and other popular series.

The game will feature 4-player co-op in which a team of players fight a monster controlled by an additional player. The monster will strengthen as time goes on and possesses a range of powerful attacks. Players fighting the monster will choose between various alien hunters, each of whom has unique abilities and usable items.

Since Turtle Rock Studios is behind it, Evolve’s multiplayer should be strong. Early looks at the game have shown both co-op and competitive aspects to the multiplayer, high replay value, and a thrilling action experience.

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Using the PS4 DualShock 4 controller on your PC

December 8, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Want to use your PS4 DualShock 4 controller on your PC and have most of its functions work correctly? Then you need to check out this custom XInput wrapper created by one enterprising person.

The thing with the DS4 controller is that it uses DirectInput instead of the XInput standard. XInput is used by the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller and is also used in most PC games. Hence it is “the standard” for controller operations on a PC. Given that the DualShock 4 uses another standard, this creates a problem.

Thankfully that problem has been solved by “InhexSTER” who created an XInput wrapper that you can download here. What it does it make it look like your DualShock 4 controller is a XInput powered Xbox 360 controller. You can then map the buttons as you want and use it normally.

The only thing is that if you want to use the rumble feedback features of your DualShock, you’ll need to download the beta drivers. Anyway, it’s all explained in the Youtube clip embedded below. Enjoy!

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Microsoft: PC & Xbox One cross-platform play “makes sense”

October 13, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Speaking to Australian games fan site AusGamers, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has said that cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PC “makes a lot sense” and is where he thinks the “future of gaming is going.”

“I’m not allowed to leak things” Spencer stated off being saying, before continuing to drop hints of what we might expect some time in the future:

I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense. Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input… in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 — something I worked on — we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didn’t have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it.

This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you don’t have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that.

Spencer’s comments should also add fuel to the fire initially created by this story, in which the developers of online shooter Warframe discussed developing the game for both PS4 and PC and how they specifically wanted to make the title cross-platform. Sony was apparently open to the idea.

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PC games could be ported to PS4 in two months

July 21, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - 3 Comments

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Mark Cerny, lead system architect for the Playstation 4, has come out and said that some AAA games are taking only two months to be ported from PC to the PS4 system. Speaking to Playstation Life, Cerny had the following to say:

Anecdotally for the indie titles I’ve been hearing 4 weeks to bring a game from PC to the PS4, which is quite fast. For some of the AAA titles I’ve been hearing 2 months, which is also quite fast, and that has really helped us in creating that strong launch line-up.

What this should mean for PS4 gamers is increased, faster access to a wider range of titles. PC games that might have otherwise taken a long time (and been very expensive) to port to the Playstation 3 for example (which was very difficult to develop for, given the Cell architecture implemented by Sony) should be readily ported to, and available on, the Playstation 4.

It’s certainly a win for Sony this generation and will put them on equal footing with the Xbox 360 in terms of ease of development. Last generation the Xbox 360 was notably easier to make games for, and there’s no doubt this fact is reflected in the fact the Xbox 360 came out on top (a statement we’re sure some of you will nonetheless dispute!).

With both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 also using x86 architecture, it should be possible for studios to work on a PC port of whatever console game they are creating at the same time. This means we could see simultaneous releases of games across both the X1, PS4 and PC. Fans of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series will probably be happy to hear this, although it comes a bit late with the latest game in the series, GTA V, due to be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 only for now. A PC version has not yet been announced but is widely assumed to be in the works.

Finally, this increased ease of development could add to the scope for cross-platform gaming next generation, a topic which we discussed just a few days ago.

The bottom line is that it’s great news for owners of the Xbox One and/or the Playstation 4, as well as the PC. It will simply mean more games, more often, and as long as they are quality titles, that’s all we can ask for!

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Could cross-platform gaming take hold next generation?

July 16, 2013 by Cheats.co Staff - 4 Comments

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The divide between PC and console gaming looks set to close with the arrival of the PS4 later this year.

Speaking to VG 24/7, the developers of online shooter Warframe talked about making the transition from PC to the PS4 in only three months time and how they specifically wanted to make Warframe cross-platform:

Sinclair [Steve Sinclair, Creative Director at Digital Extremes] told Sony at the show that he wanted Warframe to be updated every week or two weeks, and that players would be able to team up with PC users using cross-platform. They agreed no questions asked. It surprised Sinclair as he initially feared there would be many political hurdles blocking his team’s ambition, particularly when cross-play was concerned. It was a non-issue for Sony.

While it’s great that gamers will be able to play with their friends without being required to adopt a system they wouldn’t otherwise use (I much prefer the couch and a console), how issues such as the vastly wider potential for multiplayer cheating and hacking on a PC as compared to a console will be addressed remains to be seen. And just do confirm, that’s exactly the sort of cheating we don’t support here at PS4 Cheats. We’re all about cheats that make games more fun and enable you to progress/enjoy a title more in single player mode. Cheating against other human players is a big no-no!

Warframe is due to be released on the Playstation 4 within the first year of the console’s launch.

PS: We are aware that this cross-system compatibility has been done before in games such as Shadowrun (Xbox 360 and Windows Vista) and Portal 2 (PS3 and PC) but are curious as to whether it becomes the norm rather than the exception next-generation (and whether any issues such as those noted above arise).

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