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Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda

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Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda

Last week, a number of outlets (including Gameplanet) were invited to check out a preview build of BioWare's upcoming ARPG Mass Effect Andromeda.

Unfortunately we couldn't make it to the session, but I've scanned the internet and compiled what appear to be the main takeaways, from publications that played anywhere from 90–240 minutes of the game.

Overall, it's shaping up nicely

Eurogamer's Tom Phillips:

"Within its first mission, Andromeda sets most fears straight…. it felt convincingly like a Mass Effect game. I enjoyed Dragon Age Inquisition, but after five years of waiting for a new Mass Effect chapter and a fresh start for the series overall, BioWare needed to do more than just transpose its Frostbite template for fantasy gameplay into the sci-fi genre. Andromeda's combat, characters and stories thankfully hold up… The game's aliens once again steal the show."

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Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode

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Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode

An endless mode is coming to Kiwi minimalistic subway layout game Mini Metro.

Endless mode allows players to casually continue their subway’s expansion and embrace a more zen gameplay experience by removing the game's timer.

The Endless Mode update also brings along many bug fixes as well as new tracks by Mateo Lugo, the composer responsible for the music in mini Kingdom manager hit Reigns.

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Switch to launch without a Virtual Console

Switch to launch without a Virtual Console

Nintendo has confirmed that its upcoming Switch system won't feature a Virtual Console at launch.

Virtual Console is an emulation service that allows users to play games from prior Nintendo systems all the way back to the NES – provided they buy the games, of course.

Virtual Console purchases don't carry across systems either, so everyone will be starting from scratch with the Switch. It's not clear if discounts will be available on games a user has already purchased via Virtual Console.

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Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam

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Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam

Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam on March 15, Capcom has announced.

The game received a mixed reception when it launched for Xbox One and Windows 10 on December 6 last year.

The main complaints were that several key mechanics from the series had been dropped, including its signature race-the-lock element, 'everything is a weapon' attitude, and highly reactive zombies.

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Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International

Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International

Aussie teams Avant Garde, Kings, and Forefront have fought their way into the second stage of the Paladins Masters Oceanic Qualifier.

Each team had to win an open bracket, double elimination tournament to do so, and upon doing so had to sit the rest of the first stage out.

Avant Garde qualified for stage two in the first week of play, not losing a single map on its path to victory.

Despite a last minute roster change (in which it picking up Kiwi xParag0n), Kings showed no signs of weakness in the second week of play, qualifying without losing a game.

That left Forefront and Corvidae to battle it out in the final of the third week's tournament, and Forefront – which had come close in the prior weeks of play – edged out a win.

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Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs

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Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs

Rise of the Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics has moved into a flash new studio in Redwood City, Los Angeles.

The new studio – which is nearly double the size of its previous one – features hydraulic desks, black-out shades, light absorption paint, "tons" of next-gen 4K screens, dedicated console and PC gaming stations, and a huge new kitchen.

It also has more offices, sound proof audio rooms, and team conference rooms than Crystal's prior setup, a dedicated "dailies" review room outfitted with the latest and greatest gear, a photogrammetry capture space, and even an on-site fully equipped motion capture stage.

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Metal Gear Solid film could be rated R or PG-13 – director

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Metal Gear Solid film could be rated R or PG-13 – director

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is determined to create a Metal Gear Solid movie that captures the spirit – if not the violence – of the games.

In an interview with Collider, the Kings of Summer and Kong: Skull Island director said he will fight tooth and nail to make sure the franchise is treated properly.

“Metal Gear Solid is probably the most important franchise to me on the planet," he said. "It is such a genius, idiosyncratic work.

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Nioh is getting PvP and high difficulty missions next month

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Nioh is getting PvP and high difficulty missions next month

High difficulty missions and PvP will be added to excellent samurai action title Nioh in the coming months, Koei Tecmo says.

Koei Tecmo, which published Nioh in Japan, outlined its plans for the game via a live stream, which was translated by Gematsu.

There are 10 types of high difficulty mission coming in late March, and some of these will feel like boss rushes.

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Another open Oceania Rocket League comp kicks off soon

Another open Oceania Rocket League comp kicks off soon

Digital storage company Seagate Technology is running an Oceania Rocket League competition that kicks off next month.

The Seagate FireCuda Cup will consist of three divisions – professional, main, and amateur – with a prize pool more than AU$5000 plus product prizes from sponsors.

In addition to the championship titles, prizes and awards will be on offer for the best plays including best goals and best saves.

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Full Metal Furies is a "modernised" brawler from Rogue Legacy studio

Full Metal Furies is a "modernised" brawler from Rogue Legacy studio

The next game from Rogue Legacy studio Cellar Door Games is an attempt to modernise the brawler genre, the company says.

Cellar Door is calling Full Metal Furies an action-packed RPG-laden brawler for up to four players.

It is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this year with full Xbox Play Anywhere and Cross Play support, as well as online and offline co-op.

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Switch downloadable game sizes revealed

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Switch downloadable game sizes revealed

Nintendo has revealed file sizes for several downloadable Switch games.

The Switch has 32GB of memory, but the most recent Switch leak confirmed that after firmware updates, about 25.9GB of that is reserved for games.

With the downloadable version of Zelda taking up half that amount, it's clear an SD card will likely be a necessity for those who wish to go with digital rather than physical copies of games.

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Australia will soon be playable in Civilization VI

Australia will soon be playable in Civilization VI

Australia will soon be a playable civ in Civilization VI – a first for the series.

The country will be added via a premium DLC pack, the release date of which is yet to be announced.

Australia will be led by its 14th Prime Minister, John Curtin, who served from 1941 to 1945.

Here's what publisher 2K had to say about him:

He held office while the country was under direct threat of Japanese attack during World War II.

He proved more than capable for the job through his landmark legislations, which greater unified the many states of Australia and assisted in its reconstruction following the war.

Curtin, leader of the Labor Party, sadly passed away while in office on July 5, 1945. He left behind a legacy of progressive social reform and civic responsibility that ensured he will forever be remembered as one of Australia’s most influential citizens.

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Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode
Kiwi subway planner Mini Metro gets endless mode
NEWS And new tunes.
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Switch to launch without a Virtual Console
Switch to launch without a Virtual Console
NEWS As expected.
Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda
Here's what the previews are saying about Mass Effect Andromeda
NEWS Sounds promising.
PC, XO, PS4
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Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International
Four Aussie teams battle for slot at Paladins Masters International
NEWS Abyss Esports rolls on.
Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam
Dead Rising 4 is coming to Steam
NEWS It's xmas all over again.
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Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs
Check out Crystal Dynamics' swanky new digs
NEWS Would bang.
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Metal Gear Solid film could be rated R or PG-13 – director
Metal Gear Solid film could be rated R or PG-13 – director
NEWS Tone and philosophy most important.
3
Australia will soon be playable in Civilization VI
Australia will soon be playable in Civilization VI
NEWS Somehow, Croc Dundee isn't its unique unit.
Nioh is getting PvP and high difficulty missions next month
Nioh is getting PvP and high difficulty missions next month
NEWS DLC also outlined.
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Full Metal Furies is a "modernised" brawler from Rogue Legacy studio
Full Metal Furies is a "modernised" brawler from Rogue Legacy studio
NEWS Not your typical brawler.
Another open Oceania Rocket League comp kicks off soon
Another open Oceania Rocket League comp kicks off soon
NEWS Qualifiers tomorrow.
Switch downloadable game sizes revealed
Switch downloadable game sizes revealed
NEWS No surprises there.
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Murder mystery Danganronpa V3 is coming Sept 29
Murder mystery Danganronpa V3 is coming Sept 29
NEWS Best of frenemies.
Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve
Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve
NEWS Now working on Psychonauts 2.
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Hearthstone is getting 390 new cards this year
Hearthstone is getting 390 new cards this year
NEWS Base cards retired for first time.
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Switch leakers fired from jobs, under police investigation
Switch leakers fired from jobs, under police investigation
NEWS Teardown images hit the net.
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Switch ships early to customer, who reveals UI in video
Switch ships early to customer, who reveals UI in video
NEWS Looks fairly snappy.
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Kiwi studio RocketWerkz to unveil new game next month
Kiwi studio RocketWerkz to unveil new game next month
NEWS At Rezzed in London.
Dunk Lords is an NBA Jam brawler from Spelunky programmer Andy Hull
Dunk Lords is an NBA Jam brawler from Spelunky programmer Andy Hull
NEWS Yes please.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta stealths in next week
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta stealths in next week
NEWS PC specs detailed.
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Aussie studio unveils pretty puzzler The Gardens Between
Aussie studio unveils pretty puzzler The Gardens Between
NEWS A Tale of Two Friends.
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PAX Australia 2017 dates and ticket prices announced
PAX Australia 2017 dates and ticket prices announced
NEWS October 27-29 in Melbourne.
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Konami profits up 70% post-Kojima
Konami profits up 70% post-Kojima
NEWS Corporate wins.
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Kiwi competitive FPS Sky Noon is up for a SXSW award
Kiwi competitive FPS Sky Noon is up for a SXSW award
NEWS Lunar Rooster heads to Texas.
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Kiwi RPG Path of Exile gets huge new expansion
Kiwi RPG Path of Exile gets huge new expansion
NEWS And remixed content.
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"Death to all Jews" gets PewDiePie dropped by Disney, YouTube Red
"Death to all Jews" gets PewDiePie dropped by Disney, YouTube Red
NEWS Joke lands star in hot water.
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The Elder Scrolls Online has sold 1.5m copies since E3
The Elder Scrolls Online has sold 1.5m copies since E3
NEWS Not bad.
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Tainted Minds LoL team in disarray after player exodus
Tainted Minds LoL team in disarray after player exodus
NEWS Oceanic Pro League org and players split.
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Conan Exiles recoups all dev costs in first week
Conan Exiles recoups all dev costs in first week
NEWS A much-needed hit for Funcom.
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Support pours in after PS4 stolen from Welly cancer ward
Support pours in after PS4 stolen from Welly cancer ward
NEWS New PS4 on the way.
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