Sony Isn't Sending No Man's Sky Review Copies Until Pre-Launch Patch

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Sony Isn't Sending No Man's Sky Review Copies Until Pre-Launch Patch

You might have heard some buzz over the past week about No Man’s Sky copies loose in the wild. There was the story about the guy who allegedly spent over $1,000 for an early copy, of course. But some outlets have managed to get their hands on a copy.

We can confirm that Sony and Hello Games have not released code to the media. There are always stores willing to break street date and sell copies early. If you know where to look, it's an easy enough process to buy one.

Sony is aware that consumers and some media are streaming the game, and has reiterated its plans for releasing code to reviewers. We've been told to expect those to arrive on Monday, in advance of the game's launch on Tuesday. In the meantime, Sony seems to be aggressively pursuing what it calls "unsanctioned copies."

Koei Tecmo Announces October Release Date For Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence - Ascension

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The Nobunaga's Ambition series has always brought players to the world of feudal Japan, featuring characters from real world history. The follow-up to the latest game in the series, Sphere of Influence, is coming on October 25.

Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence - Ascension will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PC. The game is set in Sengoku Era Japan, and will allow players to choose from over 2,000 characters to take control of on the battlefield. Get a glimpse at some of these characters in the first official poster. 

Though the game's story follows multiple warlords and complex political machinations, many of the missions will be centered on Yukimura Sanada, one of the most famous Japanese samurai of his time. Players will follow him from becoming a warrior at a young age to his rise to becoming a military commander.

Don't Die Of Dysentery In Newly Released The Oregon Trail Card Game

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Pack up the ox cart yet again, because The Oregon Trail is making its way to the board game market.

In The Oregon Trail Card Game, players work together to keep at least one member of the party alive during a trip from Independence, MO to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. There are three decks which include trail cards, calamity cards, and supply cards. You create you wagon party of 2-6 travelers by writing the names of the players on a whiteboard, but as they meet their demise you can flip the board to write them a personal epitaph on a tombstone. 

The game comes with:

Agent 47's Next Hit Is A Hitmaker Himself

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Agent 47's Next Hit Is A Hitmaker Himself

Agent 47's next mission takes him to Thailand, where a musician ends up in the sights of the infamous hitman. Episode 4 is coming in a little more than a week, but you can watch a music video from his latest prey, Jordon Cross, lead singer of the fictional band The Class.

The band's single "Are We Stars" is a pretty catchy tune. It's a shame that Cross crossed paths with someone who wants him dead. Hopefully, his band has a bunch of great material in the vault somewhere, and we can continue to enjoy their music for years to come.

Episode 4 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 16.

65daysofstatic’s No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe Soundtrack Available Now

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65daysofstatic’s No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe Soundtrack Available Now

We’re just a few days away from beginning our adventure through Hello Games’ space epic, No Man’s Sky. If you’re eager to take off and explore the universe, you might want to tide yourself over with the sounds of space.

65daysofstatic’s No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe soundtrack is available now for purchase and streaming. You can grab the 16-track album digitally or on double CD. You can also purchase a vinyl double album featuring 10 tracks (comes with 16-track digital version).

A deluxe vinyl version with four LPs featuring all sixteen tracks will be out in September. You can purchase or stream from the following storefronts:

Rumor: StarCraft HD On The Way

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Rumor: StarCraft HD On The Way

With StarCraft II still going strong (and receiving new content), we might be revisiting where the story began soon. Rumor suggests that a reveal of an HD remake of the first entry in the series could be on the way in the coming months.

Established Korean outlet iNews24 says it has multiple sources saying StarCraft HD will be announced this fall. If accurate, the update would include enhanced graphics and a new user interface.

It’s unclear from the report if this update would simply be an effort to polish the original release or a full overhaul. The report suggests that September will bring the game’s first official mention, with a full reveal coming at Blizzcon.

Battleborn Sales Below Take-Two Expectations, But Company Not Giving Up

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Battleborn Sales Below Take-Two Expectations, But Company Not Giving Up

During its earnings call yesterday, Take-Two took a moment to comment on the performance of Gearbox’s latest game, Battleborn. The game has struggled out of the gate, but the publisher isn’t giving up on it quite yet.

In his prepared remarks, CEO Strauss Zelnick was up front about how the game fared with both critics and customers. “While the game launched to solid reviews, its performance in the market has been below our expectations,” he said. “We think there remains an opportunity to grow the audience for this unique experience over time, and 2K will continue to drive engagement and recurrent consumer spending on the title through add-on content and virtual currency.”

The tenor of the comments isn’t entirely unlike how Take-Two spoke about Evolve last year following its release. Recently, new life was breathed into it with a completely free version called Evolve Stage 2.

Reader Discussion: What Games Are You Looking Forward To This Fall?

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Reader Discussion: What Games Are You Looking Forward To This Fall?

As we approach the Fall, we can prepare for a barrage of new and exciting holiday releases. Which ones are you most excited about?

This year's lineup might not be as strong as some in the past, but it still looks pretty good. Personally, I'm really excited to get my hands on Dishonored 2, Final Fantasy XV, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. What about you? What games are you planning on picking up before the end of the year?

Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Suicide Squad Movie

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Suicide Squad Movie

If you’re only a casual fan of comics, you might now be familiar with DC Comic’s "super heroic" team of villains. What’s their deal?

Sure, you probably know who Harley Quinn is, but who’s this Captain Boomerang? And what’s the deal with that El Diablo guy? Here’s all you need to know about Suicide Squad in around 60 second. Really, you don't need to know much.

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The Director Of The Rival Schools Series Wants To Make A Sequel

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Rival Schools, a Capcom fighting game series from the late 90s and early aughts, sees players chose teams of two students to fight for the honor or their high school. It wasn't as popular as some of Capcom's other fighting titles, but even after only one update to the original game and a sequel, the series maintains a small following.

Now, over 15 years after the last game, series director Hideaki Itsuno hinted he'd like to get a sequel made. When asked in an interview with CFN Portal about when he would get around to making a new Rival Schools game, Itsuno replied by saying, "I want to make one even now!" He hinted at having already completed the scenario for the game, and urged fans to tweet at him using the hashtag #rivalschools3. "Batsu, Hinata and Kyosuke haven't graduated yet," he said in the interview. "They started their third year just when the story finished."

The full interview dives into the history of both Rival Schools and Star Gladiator (a 3D fighting series). Itsuno talks about how the concept for Rival Schools came to be, the designs of a few characters and how the ratio of male-to-female characters was higher in the series than in most other fighting games because of the game's high school setting.