PlayStation Plus July giveaways include something extra for Paragon fans

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PlayStation Plus July giveaways include something extra for Paragon fans

And get this new action title right on launch day

PlayStation Plus subscribers have several free games to look forward to in July, and one of those is a completely new title. Furi for PlayStation 4 launches next Tuesday, July 5, but PlayStation Plus members will get the game for free the same day. You can watch a trailer for the game below.

PS4 owners will also receive Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. For those members interested in Paragon, Sony is also offering early access to the game ahead of its open beta. The open beta launches Aug. 18, but subscribers can play it throughout July, and will also receive a starter pack that includes $40 worth of add-ons. Find out more about that deal in the video above.

Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown gets $600K to settle lawsuit against Electronic Arts

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Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown gets $600K to settle lawsuit against Electronic Arts

Actor and running back sued in 2008, said Madden used his likeness without permission

Jim Brown, the hall-of-fame football player and actor, has settled for $600,000 in an eight-year-old lawsuit against Electronic Arts, a case that had ties to the litigation that ended the NCAA Football series.

Brown sued EA in 2008 over the Madden NFL series' old practice of putting all-time-great teams — such as Brown's 1964 Cleveland Browns — into the game. Brown, and many others, were easily identifiable by their position, uniform numeral, skin color, height, weight and other features, but their names had been stripped out. Users were able to edit in the names themselves.

1979 Revolution developer explains how hard it is to make emotional games

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1979 Revolution developer explains how hard it is to make emotional games

You have to entertain and engage players

Navid Khonsari spent a decade in the game industry as a cinematic director, working on projects such as the Grand Theft Auto series, Max Payne, Manhunt and Alan Wake. So he knows a thing or two about telling stories that will produce emotional reactions in players.

Khonsari gave a brief talk at Games for Change 2016 last week about his first indie game, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, which his studio, Ink Stories, recently released on iOS, Mac and Windows PC. An adventure game about the Iranian Revolution would seem to be an inherently emotional exercise, but as Khonsari explained, it’s not as simple as that.

Overwatch's latest update is bringing Competitive Play to PC

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Overwatch's latest update is bringing Competitive Play to PC

Console gamers will have to wait

Blizzard Entertainment is updating Overwatch on Windows PC today, and this patch finally adds Competitive Play. The tier-based mode will go live for PC players wanting a more serious version of the hero-based shooter to test out, but those on console will have to wait.

"We know this isn't an ideal way to deliver new content, so we're going to continue to refine our patching processes over the next few months in an effort to sync up our release dates across platforms as closely possible," a community manager wrote on Battle.net. "Although our Battle.net client will always allow us to be more agile on PC, we hope to reach a point where we can release major updates on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 simultaneously."

Microsoft makes its one millionth Xbox One Elite Controller

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Microsoft makes its one millionth Xbox One Elite Controller

There’s demand for high-end console gamepads

The Xbox One Elite Controller reached an important milestone this week: Microsoft has manufactured one million of them to date, according to a tweet from Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. That’s not bad for a $150 controller that was in short supply last year because Microsoft itself "totally underestimated" demand for such a device.

Here’s the one millionth controller, with the customization to prove it, from Spencer:

System Shock reboot is getting help from Obsidian Entertainment co-founder

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System Shock reboot is getting help from Obsidian Entertainment co-founder

The new System Shock has a bunch of old-school names attached

System Shock, Night Dive Studios' modern take on the classic sci-fi role-playing game, opened for crowdfunding today. The game's Kickstarter page reveals several new details about the project, including that designer Chris Avellone has joined the project. The former Obsidian Entertainment and Interplay member, whose credits include Fallout 2, Planescape: Torment and Fallout: New Vegas, will "help shape and direct the existing narrative of System Shock," according to Night Dive.

Avellone's experience with more modern open-world games was cited as a key reason for bringing him onto the project. He'll join other members of the Fallout: New Vegas team on the project as well. It's one of several reboots Avellone has in the works — he recently announced he's working on the next Prey, which Bethesda debuted at this year's E3.

Doom update adds photo mode this week

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Doom update adds photo mode this week

Bone up on your photography skills

Doom's first post-launch content update will add a photo mode to the first-person shooter when it arrives this Thursday, June 30, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today.

Photo mode is becoming an increasingly common feature in games these days. Titles as varied as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Forza Horizon 2 allow players to make the in-game interface disappear and compose screenshots like they would a photograph.

Sony dropping Ustream from PS4

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Sony dropping Ustream from PS4

Live from PlayStation is changing

PlayStation 4 owners will soon have fewer options for broadcasting gameplay from their consoles. Sony confirmed in a support notice that Ustream will no longer be available as a streaming option as of Aug. 1, 2016.

After Aug. 1, PS4 owners will no longer have the option to broadcast via Ustream. Users also won’t have the option to watch Ustream broadcasts via Live from PlayStation on PS4, PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation App.

Zero Time Dilemma's launch marred by major Amazon shipping woes

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Zero Time Dilemma's launch marred by major Amazon shipping woes

Zero Escape fans are having trouble finding a way out of this mess

Zero Time Dilemma, the final chapter in Spike Chunsoft's Zero Escape series, launched today, but Amazon customers are having a hard time getting their hands on it. Customers are reporting that shipments of both the standard and special editions of the game aren't slated to arrive until later this week at the earliest. Others are being told they may have to wait upward of four weeks for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita puzzle-adventure game to arrive.

The problem started earlier this week, however, when senior marketing manager Danny Miscevich of publisher Aksys Games tweeted about a delay for the game's pre-order bonus. Those who bought the special edition were expecting to receive a watch item modeled after those worn by the characters in-game. But on June 24, Miscevich said that fans should expect a delay.