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Halo 5, Tomb Raider and more playable at NZ Xbox event

Halo 5, Tomb Raider and more playable at NZ Xbox event

Aucklanders will get a chance to preview upcoming Xbox One games and chat with developers at an event taking place later this month.

XONZ will allow the public to go hands-on with games including Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, Forza Motorsport 6, Lego Dimensions, Cuphead, Plague Inc., and Wasteland 2: The Director’s Cut.

Attendees will also get hands-on with the new Xbox Elite controller, and the chance to talk with developers from 343 Industries (Halo), Microsoft (Forza) and Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider), who are flying in especially for XONZ.

The local Bethesda team will also be on hand to catch up with fans on Fallout 4, and there will be hands-off previews of Quantum Break and The Division.

“XONZ will give 300 of Xbox’s biggest Kiwi fans a rare chance to see and play our greatest line-up of games ahead of their launches in the run-up to Christmas,” said Xbox New Zealand lead Steve Blackburn,.

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State of Decay dev to shutter Early Access strategy title Moonrise

State of Decay dev to shutter Early Access strategy title Moonrise

State of Decay developer Undead Labs has pulled the plug on free-to-play Early Access monster battler Moonrise due to a lack of interest.

Moonrise has been available on PC via Early Access for three months, and also on iOS in some countries.

“The free-to-play model, and the mobile market, are new territory for Undead Labs, so we’ve been paying close attention to these numbers to make sure we’re making a game people are excited to play, and also a game that we can operate profitably and sustainably with the level of support you expect,” said Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain.

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Half of Steam's million sellers this year are Early Access titles

Half of Steam's million sellers this year are Early Access titles

Three of the six Steam games that have sold more than a million copies this year are Early Access tiles.

According to Steam Spy data, Grand Theft Auto V, Cities: Skylines, Rocket League H1Z1, Besiege, and Ark: Survival Evolved have all sold more than a million copies since the start of the year.

The latter three are still in Early Access, which demonstrates the popularity of the model despite only a quarter of Early Access games making it to full release as of November last year.

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No server browser for Star Wars Battlefront

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No server browser for Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront will not feature a server browser on console or PC, DICE has confirmed.

“Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser, but will utilize a new skill based matchmaking system,” publisher Electronic Arts wrote on Twitter and Reddit – the former specifically in response to a question about the game’s PC version.

Server browsers are useful online multiplayer titles as they allow players to search for a match using filters such as ping, map, number of players, game mode, and social group.

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Imperial City is now open in The Elder Scrolls Online

Imperial City is now open in The Elder Scrolls Online

Imperial City, the first DLC game pack for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, is now available for PC and Mac.

It will be available for Xbox One on September 15, and PlayStation 4 on September 16.

“Imperial City, the heart of the Cyrodiilic Empire, has fallen to Daedric Prince Molag Bal and now all three alliances must battle not only against the Daedric forces, but against each other as well!” said Zenimax Online Studios.

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Wesker is playable in Resident Evil 0 HD

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Wesker is playable in Resident Evil 0 HD

The upcoming remake of Resident Evil 0 will allow you to play as Wesker.

Wesker Mode sees Wesker replace the gameplay role of Billy Coen in the game, and he comes with his own ability set.

“For the first time ever in Resident Evil 0 players can experience the events leading up to the iconic mansion outbreak playing as alternative character Albert Wesker, alongside S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers,” said Capcom.

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PS4 firmware update to bring new social features including YouTube streaming

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PS4 firmware update to bring new social features including YouTube streaming

The next PlayStation 4 system software update will expand online storage and add a host of social capabilities to the console.

Update Version 3.00 doesn’t yet have a release date, but when it launches, it will expand online storage for PlayStation Plus members from 1GB to 10GB, and also add a new feature called Communities.

Communities will allow players to create communities based around shared interests like games, genres, and more.

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There's a Star Wars Battlefront beta coming next month

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There's a Star Wars Battlefront beta coming next month

There’s a Star Wars Battlefront coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin) early next month, EA has announced.

The beta will feature 40-player multiplayer mode Walker Assault on the planet Hoth, Tatooine Survival Missions, and an as-yet unannounced mode called Drop Zone.

As part of the beta, EA is also revealing the Star Wars Battlefront companion app, which features a strategic card game called Base Command.

Editor's Blog

Reviews update: Metal Gear Solid V, Mad Max, Gears of War Ultimate Edition

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Reviews update: Metal Gear Solid V, Mad Max, Gears of War Ultimate Edition

Hideo Kojima’s much-anticipated Metal Gear Solid V is out today on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and tomorrow on Windows PC, but unfortunately we are unlikely to have a review up for a week or two. That’s because we did not attend the game’s review event, and Konami has not supplied us with a review copy, so we are starting what looks to be a massive game at the same time as some of you are.

As such, we are not yet sure what form our coverage will take. We might publish a preliminary review in a week or so and update it as we progress, publish a full review later, or simply not publish one at all. It’s all going to depend what Tim wants to do – he paid for his own copy of the game, after all. In the meantime, you can check out what our forum users think of it here.

Note: Originally I stated here that Warner Bros hadn’t supplied us with a review copy of Mad Max, but I've since learned that our reviewer received a copy on Monday, two days before release. My apologies to WB. We'll post a review as soon as possible.

Wednesday 2 September

Madden NFL 16 review
Review
Madden NFL 16 is incremental but essential
An unstoppable juggernaut.
Armello launch trailer
Trailer
Armello launch trailer
From Aussie studio League of Geeks.
Imperial City is now open in The Elder Scrolls Online
News
Imperial City is now open in The Elder Scrolls Online
Free for subscribers.
Resident Evil Origins Collection trailer
Trailer
Resident Evil Origins Collection trailer
Resident Evil 0, RE HD.
Wesker is playable in Resident Evil 0 HD
News
Wesker is playable in Resident Evil 0 HD
New bundle announced.
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Press X to Not Die trailer 2
Trailer
Press X to Not Die trailer 2
A cheap, bloody, satirical FMV title.
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There's a Star Wars Battlefront beta coming next month
News
There's a Star Wars Battlefront beta coming next month
Walker Assault, Survival, Drop Zone.
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Mad Max launch trailer
Trailer
Mad Max launch trailer
I Can't Escape: Darkness gameplay trailer
Trailer
I Can't Escape: Darkness gameplay trailer
Bespoke engine.
Stasis gameplay trailer
Trailer
Stasis gameplay trailer