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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In-Depth : Final Fantasy 15’s (FFXV) Luna (Lunafreya)

January 14, 2017 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Final Fantasy XV is now available for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and one of the most divisive characters has proven to be Lunafreya.

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Lunafreya Nox Fleuret

Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, or Luna, is the princess of Tenebrae, a kingdom taken over by the Niflheim Empire years prior to the start of the game.

She is also the youngest Oracle in history. Final Fantasy XV’s Oracles are people with the power to speak with the gods and cleanse the world. According to legend, the Astral Bahamut chose the first Oracle and gave her his trident. Ever since then, the power of the Oracle has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Oracle’s goal is to stop the Starscourge, a plague that lengthens the nights and allows demons to appear. The Oracle keeps the Starscourge at bay until the True King, from the line of Lucis, can stop it forever.

Luna and Noctis were childhood friends, and although they were separated before the events of the game and haven’t seen each other in years, they still share a strong connection and communicate with each other through written messages.

Personality

Luna generally appears calm and composed, even when in dangerous circumstances. She is fully devoted to her duty as Oracle, and in Kingsglaive, she says that she does not fear death. Rather, she fears “doing nothing and losing everything.” This can be seen even in Luna’s childhood, when she gives up her chance to escape from the Empire to help Regis and Noctis get away.

She shows great compassion when interacting with people, as well as forgiveness. In contrast to her brother, Ravus Nox Fleuret, she doesn’t hold anything against Regis for what happened in Tenebrae. She also continues to love Ravus after he allies himself with the Empire, and does her best to make Ravus see why she has placed her faith in Noctis.

In Kingsglaive, Luna shows little faith in magic and prefers not to rely on it. However, in Final Fantasy XV, Luna uses magic herself. The reason for this inconsistency is unclear, although it may be that she views her god-given powers as an Oracle as something quite different from the power Nyx and the other members of the Kingsglaive use. Likewise, she does not use magic in Kingsglaive, but she doesn’t have the Oracle’s trident, which might be necessary in order for her to use her powers.

Although Luna is almost always depicted as focused on her duty, she doesn’t lack other emotions. Although the game’s circumstances prevent us from ever seeing a carefree Lunafreya, a child in Tenebrae tells Noctis about how happy Luna was when she saw her wedding dress. This, among other signs, points to Luna genuinely loving Noctis.

Luna’s Role in FFXV

What makes Luna such a divisive character, though, is her role in the game. The story begins with Noctis traveling to marry Luna in a political union, accompanied by his friends.

Short flashbacks to their childhood show us the two of them together, and we also see Luna healing someone and reassuring the people. She also sends messages to Noctis with her dog, Umbra, in the form of a journal.

When Noctis and the others finally reach Altissia, where Luna is, she gives a speech and prepares to summon the Astral Leviathan. However, aside from this critical scene, her importance to the overall premise of the Starscourge, and her passing on the Ring of the Lucii to Noctis, Luna plays only a small role in the game.

She is important to the story, but only has a few moments in it. Many fans dislike this, as Luna is considered one of the main characters. Her on-screen interactions with Noctis are also few enough that some players were unable to get a genuine sense of their bond.

Luna vs. Stella

Of course, some criticisms stem from the differences between her and the heroine of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Stella Nox Fleuret. Stella was planned to be a very different sort of character from Luna, an assertive young woman forced into combat against Noctis despite their friendship.

During the transition from Final Fantasy Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV, the story underwent changes that the team felt no longer had a place for Stella. As such, she was removed from the game, and Lunafreya Nox Fleuret was created instead.

Playable Luna

Square Enix has plans to make additional characters playable through Final Fantasy XV updates and DLC. While no solid plans are in place to let you play as Luna, they have said they will consider it for future DLC since the demand is fairly strong.

Interesting Facts

Interested in learning more about Luna? Here are a few pieces of Final Fantasy XV trivia to share.

  • Luna’s full name can be broken down into four separate pieces, each of which has its own meaning:
    • “Luna” means “moon.”
    • “freya” comes from Freya or Freyja, the Norse goddess of many things, including love, beauty, war, and death.
    • “Nox” means “night.”
    • “Fleuret” is both the name for a small fencing sword and the word for “blossom,” like the flowers that appear in so many scenes with Luna.
  • The blue flowers that appear in several scenes are called sylleblossoms, and they are Luna’s favorite type of flower. They strongly resemble the real-world flowers called gentianas, a name shared by the Messenger who guides Luna, Gentiana.
  • Luna’s wedding dress was designed by a real-world designer, Vivienne Westwood.

What are your thoughts on Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, or Luna, and her role in Final Fantasy XV?

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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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What Cheats Do You Want in Red Dead Redemption 2

November 9, 2016 by Samantha Lienhard - 1 Comment

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Rockstar Games has announced Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to 2010’s Red Dead Redemption and the third game in the Red Dead series. It will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in Fall 2017. If you haven’t already watched the announcement trailer, have a look.

Although actual cheat codes aren’t as common in games nowadays, Rockstar is one of the remaining developers who still likes to add fun cheats into their games. What sorts of cheats might we find in Red Dead Redemption 2?

The original Red Dead Redemption had a decent selection of cheat codes. You could do basic things like unlock weapons, spawn horses, alter your Fame level, etc., as well as cause more interesting effects, such as make animals friendly toward you with the Beastmaster code.

Jump forward a few years to Grand Theft Auto V, and you’ll see that Rockstar implemented an even wider variety of cheats: invincibility, flaming bullets, weather control, lower gravity, and more. While many players loved Red Dead Redemption’s cheats, several feel they weren’t nearly as interesting or varied as those found in the Grand Theft Auto series.

It’s safe to say we’ll see cheats return in Red Dead Redemption 2, but what will they be like? What types of cheats would you most like to see in Red Dead Redemption 2? Let us know in the comments.

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Details Revealed for Nier: Automata’s Combat System

October 25, 2016 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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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.

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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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Spring Fever Brings 8 Weeks of PlayStation Plus Deals

February 26, 2015 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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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.

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Which PS4 Games Do You Regret Buying?

December 5, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - 1 Comment

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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.

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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?

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Limited Edition PS4 for 20th Anniversary

December 3, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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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.

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Bungie Removes Second Loot Cave

October 14, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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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.

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