The Disc Version Of Black Ops 4 Requires A Huge Day One Patch

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The Disc Version Of Black Ops 4 Requires A Huge Day One Patch

Today Activision set down some startup and installation tips for Black Ops 4. The most notable (and eye-popping) bit is just how big the day one update for the game is: 50 GB.

Activision says you'll need "112 GB" to complete the installation process but the "final installation footprint" is 55 GB.

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Left Alive Gets March Release Date

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Left Alive Gets March Release Date

The fight for survival and escape from Novo Slava for three protagonists begins on March 5 in Square Enix's Left Alive (PS4 and Steam). Today the company also announced details regarding the game's pre-order bonuses and deluxe Mech Edition.

Players who pre-order the Day One edition get the Survival Pack DLC which includes an ammo pack, light body armor, recovery pack, Klyuch weapon, and grenade pack.

This Day One edition and its bonuses are included in the Mech Edition (available for $159.99 exclusively at the Square Enix Online store) which also comes with (text from Square Enix):

Left Alive Gets March Release Date

about X hours ago from
Left Alive Gets March Release Date

The fight for survival and escape from Novo Slava for three protagonists begins on March 5 in Square Enix's Left Alive (PS4 and Steam). Today the company also announced details regarding the game's pre-order bonuses and deluxe Mech Edition.

Players who pre-order the Day One edition get the Survival Pack DLC which includes an ammo pack, light body armor, recovery pack, Klyuch weapon, and grenade pack.

This Day One edition and its bonuses are included in the Mech Edition (available for $159.99 exclusively at the Square Enix Online store) which also comes with (text from Square Enix):

A Stream of Big Names And Brands Announced For TwitchCon 2018

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A Stream of Big Names And Brands Announced For TwitchCon 2018

Twitch has announced the lineup of sponsors, events and exhibitions coming to TwitchCon this year, and plenty of big names and brands are set to be in attendance.   

For fans of competition, there are livestreamed tournaments such as The Broadcaster Royale: Omen Challenge which pits the biggest streamers in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds against one another for a piece of $300,000. In the Doritos Bowl, Twitch stars like Ninja and Shroud lead teams against one another in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode. And the six-week Fortnite Fall Skirmish sees its conclusion with the grand finals taking place over three days and the world’s best Fortnite players competing for $10 million.

Among the 140 exhibitions this year, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see an entire hall dedicated to Fortnite with activities for solo players and squads. Bethesda is in attendance for the first time showing off Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online, and other games via livestream. PlayStation is bringing an entire truck outfitted with gaming stations and demos.

A Stream of Big Names And Brands Announced For TwitchCon 2018

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A Stream of Big Names And Brands Announced For TwitchCon 2018

Twitch has announced the lineup of sponsors, events and exhibitions coming to TwitchCon this year, and plenty of big names and brands are set to be in attendance.   

For fans of competition, there are livestreamed tournaments such as The Broadcaster Royale: Omen Challenge which pits the biggest streamers in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds against one another for a piece of $300,000. In the Doritos Bowl, Twitch stars like Ninja and Shroud lead teams against one another in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode. And the six-week Fortnite Fall Skirmish sees its conclusion with the grand finals taking place over three days and the world’s best Fortnite players competing for $10 million.

Among the 140 exhibitions this year, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see an entire hall dedicated to Fortnite with activities for solo players and squads. Bethesda is in attendance for the first time showing off Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online, and other games via livestream. PlayStation is bringing an entire truck outfitted with gaming stations and demos.

Bandai Namco Releases Part One Of Its Soulcalibur Documentary

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Bandai Namco Releases Part One Of Its Soulcalibur Documentary

Soulcalibur VI releases next week, but right now Bandai Namco is turning up the nostalgia. They shared part one of Soulcalibur VI Swords and Souls: The Rise of Soulcalibur on their YouTube channel this morning. Before getting your hands on the latest entry in the series, Bandai Namco invites you to look back on the making of the series in this multi-part documentary.

Focusing on the earliest days of Soulcalibur, this first part, The Stage of History, initially examines what set this fighting game apart from other games on the market. Bandai Namco’s brand and community adviser, Markman, explains that in his eyes Soulcalibur was “the first true 3D fighting game.” Its unique weapon-based fighting style and fast pace are also cited as reasons for its large fandom and competitive community. Many of the most well-known competitive players make an appearance in the documentary, from Aris to Kayane. Bandai Namco also dives into the game's world-wide appeal and the international rivalry Soulcalibur sparked between France and America. The documentary stresses Soulcalibur II’s popularity and seems ready to make Soulcalibur VI this competitive favorite’s successor.

Bandai Namco Releases Part One Of Its Soulcalibur Documentary

about X hours ago from
Bandai Namco Releases Part One Of Its Soulcalibur Documentary

Soulcalibur VI releases next week, but right now Bandai Namco is turning up the nostalgia. They shared part one of Soulcalibur VI Swords and Souls: The Rise of Soulcalibur on their YouTube channel this morning. Before getting your hands on the latest entry in the series, Bandai Namco invites you to look back on the making of the series in this multi-part documentary.

Focusing on the earliest days of Soulcalibur, this first part, The Stage of History, initially examines what set this fighting game apart from other games on the market. Bandai Namco’s brand and community adviser, Markman, explains that in his eyes Soulcalibur was “the first true 3D fighting game.” Its unique weapon-based fighting style and fast pace are also cited as reasons for its large fandom and competitive community. Many of the most well-known competitive players make an appearance in the documentary, from Aris to Kayane. Bandai Namco also dives into the games world-wide appeal and the international rivalry Soulcalibur sparked between France and America. The documentary stresses Soulcalibur II’s popularity and seems ready to make Soulcalibur VI this competitive favorite’s successor.

Microsoft Announces Project xCloud Game-Streaming Initiative

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Microsoft Announces Project xCloud Game-Streaming Initiative

Microsoft has announced Project xCloud – a game-streaming initiative letting you play Xbox and PC-quality titles on your phone or tablet. More details on the initiative are coming, and public trials start in 2019.

The service, which the company talked about at E3 this year, is currently up and running at Microsoft on a 4G network (at 10 megabits per second) and will work with 5G, and players can either control games pairing their Xbox controller via Bluetooth or use a "game-specific touch input overlay," according to Microsoft's announcement blog (click the source link below).

The service is compatible with "existing and future Xbox games," but it's unknown at this time what games will work with xCloud. However, the video below mentions and shows various first-party titles and franchises including Halo, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4. The introductory blog assures developers that utilizing the service requires "no additional work."

Microsoft Announces Project xCloud Game-Streaming Initiative

about X hours ago from
Microsoft Announces Project xCloud Game-Streaming Initiative

Microsoft has announced Project xCloud – a game-streaming initiative letting you play Xbox and PC-quality titles on your phone or tablet. More details on the initiative are coming, and public trials start in 2019.

The service, which the company talked about at E3 this year, is currently up and running at Microsoft on a 4G network (at 10 megabits per second) and will work with 5G, and players can either control games pairing their Xbox controller via Bluetooth or use a "game-specific touch input overlay," according to Microsoft's announcement blog (click the source link below).

The service is compatible with "existing and future Xbox games," but it's unknown at this time what games will work with xCloud. However, the video below mentions and shows various first-party titles and franchises including Halo, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4. The introductory blog assures developers that utilizing the service requires "no additional work."

Both Guacamelee Games Coming To Switch, First Out Today

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Both Guacamelee Games Coming To Switch, First Out Today

Toronto-based Drinkbox Studios, developers of the Guacamelee games, have announced that they're bringing both titles from the luchadore-themed Metroidvania to the Nintendo Switch. While the recently-released Guacamelee 2 comes later this year, its predecessor Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition is out today.

The two games wear their Metroid influences on their sleeves, with the first title even just straight up having Chozo statues to power up. They're also co-op games, making them good fits for the Switch. The Super Turbo Championship Edition was a re-release of the original game with DLC and extra content, adding new levels and bosses.

Drinkbox already released the criminally underrated Severed on Switch last year. All three games share a fairly unique art style that makes them distinctive at a glance. You find our review of Guacamelee 2 here, which has already released on PlayStation 4 and PC.