Jurassic World park sim coming from Planet Coaster developer

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Jurassic World park sim coming from Planet Coaster developer

Universal and Frontier Developments (Elite Dangerous, Planet Coaster) revealed Jurassic World Evolution, a dinosaur theme park simulation for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, at Gamescom today. Jurassic World Evolution is expected to arrive sometime during summer 2018.

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonny Watts, in a release. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Why are PlayStation 4 download speeds terrible? Here are some ideas.

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Why are PlayStation 4 download speeds terrible? Here are some ideas.

Downloads to the PlayStation 4 from the PlayStation Store are objectively terrible. Hell, sometimes just a visit to the PlayStation Store can be fraught with delays and spinning progress wheels. The true causes of this may not be provable or knowable, but one network specialist has taken a long look at the issue and has some recommendations that may help.

The very short explanation is that closing all games and applications seems to work. Juho Snellman, a systems programmer in Zurich, Switzerland, cautions that there may be other reasons for a slow download that are specific to a user's network or internet service provider. (This is a great circular firing squad where Sony could blame your cable company which can blame your router and back and then no one ever has to be responsible.) But Snellman says he observed a jaw droppingly small "receive window" when anything was running in the background on the PS4.

Xbox at Gamescom: Watch it live here

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Xbox at Gamescom: Watch it live here

Microsoft will be at the Gamescom gaming convention in Cologne, Germany this week to talk about all things Xbox — including the forthcoming Xbox One X hardware — and Windows 10.

The show starts Sunday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. CEST / 8 p.m. BST / 12 p.m. PDT with a livestream from Microsoft. You can watch it live on YouTube (above) or on the Xbox Mixer channel.

Mass Effect: Andromeda gets no DLC as single-player support comes to an end

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Mass Effect: Andromeda gets no DLC as single-player support comes to an end

Mass Effect: Andromeda has seen its final update, BioWare announced today, meaning the game's single-player mode won't get any downloadable content, just five months after it launched.

That is a noteworthy departure for the decade-old series. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the first of four to have no post-release single-player DLC. Mass Effect is the kind of cornerstone franchise that a major publisher like Electronic Arts expects to sell additional content in the year after its launch.

Battlefront 2 looks like it’ll have every Star Wars spaceship in it

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Battlefront 2 looks like it’ll have every Star Wars spaceship in it

Star Wars Battlefront 2's multiplayer spans the entirety of the canon. That means vehicles as well as characters, as seen in its newest trailer, from Gamescom.

Beginning with the familiar X- and Y-Wings and going back to Darth Maul's Infiltrator and the Trade Federation’s fighters, it looks like Battlefront 2 is bringing everything and the kitchen sink to its playable fleet. The capital ships of each period are also involved in the space set pieces.

Amazon Gamescom sale, PlayStation deals, Final Fantasy discounts, and more of the best deals

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Amazon Gamescom sale, PlayStation deals, Final Fantasy discounts, and more of the best deals

In honor of the massive gaming convention Gamescom happening next week in Germany, Amazon is offering 20 percent off select name-brand PC gaming hardware and accessories. In regards to video games, you’ll be able to score discounts on Prey, Nier: Automata, and Final Fantasy titles. There’s also some great PlayStation and PC deals at Green Man Gaming this weekend, including discounts on two newly released PC games, Observer and Agents of Mayhem.

Looking for tech deals? Check out The Verge’s roundup here.

A goofy, but classic, board game makes a surprising return

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A goofy, but classic, board game makes a surprising return

Restoration Games has announced that its creating a sequel to the ‘80s board game classic Fireball Island, and a Kickstarter to support the project is on the way.

“The original from 1986 was truly unique,” Restoration Games said on its website. “The players were explorers, venturing forth on the mysterious island in search of treasure. It featured the imposing idol of Vul-Kar sitting atop a large, vacuum-molded, three-dimensional board of the island, home to all kinds of kinetic chaos. The signature scene is a red marble spitting out of Vul-Kar’s mouth, careening down the chute and knocking the explorer from the rickety wooden bridge to their fiery doom.”

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon’s photo mode is cute as heck

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon’s photo mode is cute as heck

We’re getting plenty of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon news today, including a look at one of the games’ new features. The Alola region has installed some photography centers — or, excuse me, Photo Clubs — since last year’s Sun and Moon, so players can take some nice portraits with their best Pokémon friends.

Game Informer has the exclusive, which it showed off in a gameplay video. The photography feature has stickers, different backgrounds, outfits to try on and various poses for players and Pokémon to do.

The case against cover systems in modern shooters

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The case against cover systems in modern shooters

This video from Turbo Button explains how cover systems are a natural result of modern games with hitscan weapons, limited mobility and regenerating health. Cover systems make sense when paired with things developers think we want in games, which is why we’ve seen them in so many shooters.

The issue is, as the video points out, cover systems can lead to games that are more fun to play on the easier difficulty levels, because lower damage means you can actually move.

Valve confirms it may restrict issuing Steam keys, but only in ‘extreme examples’

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Valve confirms it may restrict issuing Steam keys, but only in ‘extreme examples’

Valve has always provided Steam keys to developers for free, allowing them to sell Steam games at retail or through third-party marketplaces and bundles. The company isn’t ending that practice, but will now hold off on issuing keys if it determines that a developer is trying to exploit Steam’s systems, a Valve representative told Polygon.

“We’re trying to look more closely at extreme examples of products on Steam that don’t seem to be providing actual value as playable games — for instance, when a game has sold 100 units, has mostly negative reviews, but requests 500,000 Steam keys,” said Valve. “We’re not interested in supporting trading card farming or bot networks at the expense of being able to provide value and service for players.”’