Daily Archives January 4, 2017

Conan's Clueless Gamer Is Becoming a Series

Comedian and late night TV host Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment is being spun into a series, apparently, TBS president Kevin Reilly has revealed.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that production on the show, which will apparently retain the name Clueless Gamer, will begin in February. According to Reilly, the new Clueless Gamer series will keep the same general formula as the existing web series where Conan plays video games and makes fun of them, oftentimes with celebrities at his side.

Some video games pay to be on Clueless Gamer as a form of advertising, but the show has apparently been such a hit that publishers are now just giving Conan their new games in hopes that he’ll promote them.

“We’ve gotten to the point where video game companies are sending us their new product for us...

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Just Cause 3 Adds Multiplayer With This Free New Mod

A mod introducing multiplayer support to open-world action game Just Cause 3 is now available on PC.

Known as JC3:MP, the mod allows for hundreds of players to join together on a single server to play competitively or cooperatively. You can explore and destroy the world together, or take part in races, deathmatch, and other activities. Here’s a trailer released last month, when the mod first entered beta:

Work on the mod has not yet been completed; an FAQ states a Steam release will eventually happen. For now, you’ll simply need to download the mod and run the new launcher. System requirements are no different from those of the base game; you’ll only need a copy of the game on Steam to play.

It previously looked as if multiplayer would not happen for Just Cause 3...

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector's Edition and New Amiibo Details

Moments after the Switch livesteam, Nintendo revealed the various collector’s editions for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Below you can find details on each of the collector’s editions. In North America, there’s only one version, while in Japan there are two versions available: the standard and the deluxe. Keep in mind that Nintendo Switch is region-free, so you don’t need to worry if you’re inclined to purchase the Japanese version.

Collector’s Edition in North America — $130

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector's Edition and New Amiibo Details
  • A copy of the game
  • A Master Sword statue
  • Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case
  • 24-Song Soundtrack CD
  • Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin
  • Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather Worn Map

Collector’s Edition in Japan — 9980 Yen (Approx. $100)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Collector's Edition and New Amiibo Details
  • A copy of the game
  • Alternate cover
  • Relic of Hyru...
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For Honor's Beta Runs for Four Days Later This Month

Following last year’s alpha test, a multiplayer beta for swordfighting game For Honor will take place over the course of four days later this month, Ubisoft announced today.

Ubisoft previously announced the beta would take part at some point in January. We now know it’ll run from January 26-29 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

This is a closed beta, and as such, you’ll need to sign up in order to have a shot. Registration began in December and remains open; you can enter your name here for a chance to get in.

Additionally at that site, you can pick one of the three in-game factions with which you want to align yourself. This is part of a promotion called War of the Factions that will track stats during the beta and then offer rewards to the top faction...

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Nominees for 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards Revealed

Nominees for the 2017 Independent Games Festival (IGF) awards have been announced. There is no “Game of the Year” category, but the top award is the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Nominees for that coveted award include Inside, Stardew Valley, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Event[0], Hyper Light Drifter, and Overcooked this year. Minecraft is among the previous Grand Prize winners.

In addition to the award, the winner gets a cash prize of $30,000.

Nominees for 2017 Independent Games Festival Awards Revealed

Thirty different games were nominated across all categories. Leading the way in terms of total nominations was Virginia, which picked up four–Best Audio, Excellent in Narrative, Excellence in Visual Art, and The Nuovo Award. Hyper Light Drifter, Inside, and Event[0] received three nominations each.

You can see the full list of categories, nominees, and hon...

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New Shin Megami Tensei Game Heads to Switch, But Not in the West (Yet)

Last night’s Nintendo Switch livestream presentation was broadcast around the world, meaning we saw the same games as those watching in Japan. That included a new Shin Megami Tensei game, though at this point, Atlus hasn’t committed to localizing it for the West.

In a press release today, Atlus announced the Switch game, describing it as a “new HD title” and using the placeholder name Shin Megami Tensei: Brand New Title. However, it added that it’s not yet confirmed for release outside of Japan.

“Atlus USA currently has no information about a localization for this title but wanted to present the details from the Japanese reveal of this title to the western market,” it said. “A formal announcement will be made later for this title if a localization gets confirmed.”

You can see the Shin Meg...

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Uncharted 4 Sells 8.7 Million Copies

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is not only a critical darling, but the action-adventure game is also selling very well. Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4-exclusive has sold through more than 8.7 million copies around the world as of December 21. This figure includes physical copies of the game and units sold digitally through the PlayStation Store.

It was not mentioned in Sony’s press release, but the company is likely counting Uncharted 4 sales through hardware bundles. Unlike the Xbox One, which has lots and lots of available bundles, the PS4′s main bundle appears to be the Uncharted 4 package, which likely helped boost game sales.

Uncharted 4 Sells 8.7 Million Copies

Uncharted 4, which came out in May 2016, sold 2.7 million copies during its first week, which was well below the 3.8 million that Uncharted 3: Drake’s ...

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Look at Razer's Crazy Multi-Monitor Laptop

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Razer announced a crazy-looking laptop that is said to be the world’s first with three built-in monitors. Called Project Valerie, this is only a concept–for now at least.

The monitors are 17.3 inches big and support resolutions up to 4K. They also use Nvidia’s G-sync and surround view technology. According to Razer, the laptop might be a good fit for “creative professionals” who hope to get the most “screen real estate ever assembled in a single computer.”

Each display in Project Valerie mechanically slides out of the main screen and no extra cables are needed. Watch the announcement video above to learn more about how that works.

“The complexities of a traditional multi-monitor setup are a thing of the past with Project Valerie,” Razer CEO Min-Lia...

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Rock Band 4 Bringing Back Popular Songs as DLC to Celebrate Franchise's 10th Anniversary

Harmonix has announced all the DLC songs coming to Rock Band 4 this month and also revealed plans to resurrect songs from past games. The month’s lineup includes pop songs like Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and Fun.’s “Some Nights,” as well as classic rock cuts like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult, Toto’s “Hold the Line,” and “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas.

Rock Band 4 Bringing Back Popular Songs as DLC to Celebrate Franchise's 10th Anniversary

Some of these songs, including “Carry On Wayward Son,” were featured in past Rock Band disc games, but they are new to the game’s DLC library. Harmonix said in a blog post that it’s releasing some of the most popular disc songs as DLC to celebrate 2017 being Rock Band‘s 10th anniversary.

“Carry on Wayward Son” was from Rock Band 2, while “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” debuted in the original Rock Band...

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PS4 Sales Reach 6.2 Million in Holiday Season, Boosting Total to 53.4 Million

Sony sold 6.2 million PlayStation 4 systems during the holiday season, the company announced today. As of January 1, 2017, Sony has sold 53.4 million PS4 systems worldwide since launch in 2013.

During the holiday period, Sony sold 50.4 million PS4 games at retail and digitally. Additionally, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End sold more than 8.7 million copies as of December 21. This figure likely includes copies of the game sold in the Uncharted 4 PS4 Slim bundle.

PS4 Sales Reach 6.2 Million in Holiday Season, Boosting Total to 53.4 Million

“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support from our fans and partners, which has helped to make this holiday season one of the best in our history,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House said in a statement.

“We will aim to continue the momentum this year by broadening the PS4 title portfolio, further enriching t...

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