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Titanfall 2 will have a single player campaign

Respawn hasn’t said much about its Titanfall sequel beyond plans for multi-platform support, but some details are starting to trickle out… and they’ll be good news for fans of the robot-slash-infantry shooter. In a chat with Forbes, head writer Jesse Stern notes that Titanfall 2 will have a real, honest-to-goodness single-player campaign when it arrives either late this year or early next. That’s not completely shocking given that the team didn’t have the resources to flesh out its solo game the first time around. Still, it’s reassuring if you were frustrated by the original’s barely-there offline experience, which really just amounted to AI matches with a sliver of story in between.

Also, the interview is a friendly reminder that Titanfall won’t be limited to the video game world. Lionsgate quietly revealed in July that it’s working with Respawn on a TV series, and the show is still in development. However, it’s a daunting challenge — as Stern says, a sci-fi series involving giant robots could be “very expensive.” Assuming the project comes together, you could be waiting a while to see the IMC and Militia fight outside of a video game.

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Fallout 4 update 1.3 Out for PC and Steam users

Fallout 4 update 1.3 out for PC and Steam users. This update brings  several new features and fixes to the the key bugs and glitches in the open world RPG game. New features include a new ambient occlusion setting, weapon debris effects, a status menu for settlers,  and the ability to rotate an object you are holding with the left and right triggers.  Lastly, thanks to the update, pressing down on the left thumb stick will also now let you switch the rotating axis.
 The update for PC users includes several gameplay fixes, some of which are listed below:
– Improved performance when looking through a scope
– Fixed issue where player could warp to a different location when aiming
– Companions can no longer get stuck with radiation poisoning
– Fixed an issue where Vault 81 residents would not dismember correctly
– Big Leagues perk now displays calculated damage correctly
– Fixed issue with third person camera not displaying properly after exiting certain crafting stations
– Fixed an issue where subtitles would occasionally not update properly
– Effects will properly be removed on companions when items are unequipped
– MacReady’s Killshot perk now calculates headshot percentages properly
– Fixed an issue with NPCs getting stuck in Power Armor
– Fixed a rare issue with companions getting stuck in down state
– Second rank of Aquaboy now calculates properly
– Fixed an issue with resistance not always lowering the damage correctly when added by mods
– Enabled number of characters available when renaming an item (XB1)
– Fixed issue with player becoming dismembered while still alive
– Robotics expert is now usable in combat
– Stimpaks can now be used on Curie after the transformation
– Playing a holotape found in wilderness while switching point of view no longer causes the screen to blur or controls to be locked.
Version 1.3 also brings several changes to Quest and Workshop modes, and a whole host of other changes. If you’re a Fallout 4 PC user, then go ahead and get updated. If you’re an Xbox One Fallout 4 user, then hang tight because your update is coming soon.
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Rise of the Tomb Raider now available at the Windows 10 Store and Steam

While Rise of the Tomb Raider sits among the most gorgeous games on Xbox One, PC gamers with high-end rigs can really push the visuals into an entirely new dimension. After uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity.

Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition.

If you’re purchasing the game from the Windows 10 Store, it’ll come with Xbox achievements and include all the social features found in the Windows 10 Xbox app. Rise of the Tomb Raider is also available on Steam for those who prefer Valve’s more mature PC game distribution service.

Speaking of which, there are a few issues you should be aware of should you plan to download the game from the Windows 10 Store. Since this is likely by far the biggest single download available in the store, Microsoft has yet to update the UI to reflect such large data transfers, as noted by the following:

Windows 10 download progress bar does not accurately display progress.
Due to a UI issue download progress may not be accurately displayed (despite downloading without issue).
When pausing and resuming the download, it may appear that the download has reset (appears to start from 0). However, actual download progress has not been affected.

Whether you’re downloading from Steam or the Windows 10 Store, here are the minimum system requirements:

OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD Phenom II X4 945
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 650 2GB or AMD HD7770 2GB
RAM: 6 (Six) GB
Hard Disk Space: 35 GB (base game)
Requires DX11
Here are the recommended system requirements:

OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.40GHz or AMD FX-8350, 4.0Ghz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290x
RAM: 8 (Eight) GB
Hard Disk Space: 35 GB (base game)
Requires DX11
If you’re a Windows 10 user purchasing from the Windows 10 Store, note that Microsoft requires you to have installed the November update (Version 1511). You can learn how to check if you’re fully up to date here.

Rise of the Tomb Raider marks the Windows 10 Store’s first foray into triple-A PC gaming. We know that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Fable Legends, Killer Instinct and various other Xbox One titles are heading to Windows 10 via the store. It’ll be interesting to see how far Microsoft go to compete with Steam over the coming months.

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Unravel’s trial on EA Access only grants access to the game’s first two levels

Electronic Arts has confirmed that the pre-release trial for Unravel will only grant access to the first two levels of the game. The restriction will be imposed on trials for its upcoming platformer acquired via EA Access for the Xbox One, or its newly established counterpart on PC, Origin Access.

As a part of these services, the publisher offers 10 hour trials for all its upcoming games ahead of the title’s official release. While this will be honored with Unravel, only the first two stages will be accessible before a purchase of the full game is required. The ‘Play First Trial’ for Unravel be available from February 4th as a member of EA Access or Origin Access, before its public release five days later. If upgrading from the trial, EA has clarified that progress will transfer over to the full game.

The content accessible in the trial will most likely be justified by the estimated completion time, which is expected to fall short of the ten hour mark. This isn’t the first time that titles have been cut back during their trial period, such a Battlefield: Hardline, which has its single-player campaign restricted to the first mission.

EA Access is available on Xbox One for $4.99 per month, or an annual payment of $29.99. Most recently Electronic Arts rolled out Origin Access; a similar service for PC via its distribution platform Origin, costing the same monthly fee. Both services provide access to pre-release game trials, discounts and full versions of select Electronic Arts titles. The list of games offered as a part of the program is updated frequently and varies between the Xbox One and PC versions of the service.

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Windows Phone game Catapult King Free Today

The Windows Phone game Catapult King is an entertaining arcade game where you find yourself having to rescue a Princess from the evil grips of a fire-breathing dragon. Armed with a catapult, you must battle your way through the dragon’s strongholds and crush his evil knights.

We liked Catapult King when we first reviewed the Windows Phone game and continue to find the game to be a fun time waster. Catapult King is normally priced at $.99 and through the myAppFree promotion, over the next twenty-four hours, you can pick up Catapult King free. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a fun game and save a little along the way.

Catapult King has you lugging your trusty catapult across the lands to rescue your Princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon. The Windows Phone game has over 100 levels to tackle, plenty of enhancements to unlock for your catapult and plenty of forts full of knights to demolish.

Catapult King

Gameplay for each level has you trying to demolish the enemy strongholds and any knights within. You have a limited number of shots for each level and game mechanics are fairly straightforward. Tap/hold on the boulder that sits in the catapult’s sling and slide your finger down on the screen (essentially pulling back on the sling). An aiming arrow will appear between the catapult’s arms to help you aim your shot and a wheel is present at the base of the catapult to adjust your elevation. The only thing missing is a trajectory line to assist you in aiming the catapult.

Catapult King

Release your hold on the screen to launch your catapult’s boulder and when all the knights are crushed, the level is complete. Along the way you can enhance your catapult with magical shots to increase the damage it inflicts and gaming screens can be pinched to zoom into your targets.

Catapult_King_Gameplay

All in all, Catapult King is a fun game for your Windows Phone with nice graphics and challenging gameplay. Regularly priced at $.99, you can pick up Catapult King for free through the myAppFree Deal. The game is also available for Windows PC through the deal, but unfortunately, gaming progress does not transfer between devices.

Please note that it may take a little time for this deal to go live in your market (or the myAppFree app) due to time zone differences. At the time of posting, the deal was reflective in the U.S. Market.

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EA Origin Access offers 15 older full Windows PC games for $4.99 a month

Electronic Arts is launching the PC version of EA Access, which is currently available for Xbox One owners. It’s called EA Origin Access and it gives Windows PC gamers a chance to play a bunch of older titles for the price of $4.99 a month.

EA Origin Access currently has 15 games in its Vault for subscribers:

Battlefield 3
Battlefield 4
Battlefield Hardline
Dragon Age 2
Dragon Age Origins
Dragon Age Inquisition
SimCity
Need for Speed Rivals
FIFA 15
Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
Dead Space
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 3
The Sims 3
This War of Mine

The last game on the list, This War of Mine, is not one that EA developed or published, which shows that EA Origin Access will include games that come from third-parties. EA says it will continue to add new games to the Vault.

In addition, subscribers will be able to get 10% discounts on full game purchases via the Origin service. Finally it will offer free trials of upcoming EA games, with the first being Unravel on Feb. 4. Unlike EA Access for the Xbox One, which also offers a 12-month subscription plan for $29.99, EA Origin Access is only available for the $4.99 a month plan.

Source: EA Origin Access

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Microsoft Solitaire Update

Microsoft has just pushed out a nice update for their new Microsoft Solitaire Collection Windows 10 app that fixes a few bugs and brings some subtle new features to the game.

Among the bugs squashed with this update were ones involving disappearing undo buttons in certain modes, incorrect Daily Challenge counting, and inaccurate Daily Challenge star ratings. The new features added include a new mode for first-time players to help introduce them to the game, smarter card stacking in Klondike, Spider, and FreeCell, and a new portrait mode for users playing on phones running Windows 10 Mobile.

A new visual theme has also been added however it isn’t so much an interesting new visual design but one made for the visually impaired. This new Jumbo theme features big bold lettering and numbering on the cards and should make the game a lot easier to play for those with poor eyesight on a Windows 10 device or playing on a small smartphone screen.

Not included on this update are the long-awaited leaderboards which have been listed as “coming soon” since Microsoft Solitaire Collection launched alongside Windows 10. This feature is a strange omission since this and the previous version are connected to Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming network which is designed to connect gamers with each other in addition to granting Xbox Achievements and provide cloud saves.

Microsoft has released a fairly good collection of casual games on the Windows platform with apps covering gameplay based on digital jigsaws and mahjong to minesweeper and slots. While all of their casual games are Xbox Live enabled, currently only Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Bingo have been upgraded to the new Windows 10 Universal App format which allows them to be played across Windows 10 devices and also connect to the newer version of Xbox Live running on the Xbox One.

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Homefront: The Revolution will fight for its country on May 17

The long-in-development sequel to the first-person shooter Homefront finally has a specific release date. Publisher Deep Silver has announced that Homefront: The Revolution will be released on May 17 for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. The Xbox One will get an exclusive closed beta of the game in February.

Like the original game, Homefront: The Revolution depicts a near-future United States that is under armed occupation by North Korea:

“As a Freedom Fighter in the Resistance, you’ll uncover safe houses and other tactical locations from which to mount an attack; you’ll disrupt KPA propaganda, disable their security, and infiltrate and destroy high value targets; you’ll intervene to save civilian lives, or assassinate high ranking officials… each action a step forwards to your ultimate goal – Revolution…
Homefront: The Revolution has had a rather long and convoluted history. The original Homefront game was developed by Kaos Studios and published by THQ in 2011. Then, Crytek announced it would work on a sequel to Homefront for THQ. Later, Crytek bought the Homefront rights as part of THQ’s bankruptcy and revealed it would continue developing the game. In 2014, Crytek sold off the game’s rights to Deep Silver, and is now making the game with its in-house developer Dambuster Studios.

The Xbox One closed beta will allow players to check out online co-op missions from the full game. A specific launch date was not announced.