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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,31 2014 - all 
PlayStation Plus Free Games Lineup August 2014 - console
(hx) 12:35 AM EDT - Jul,31 2014 - Post a comment
The PlayStation.Blog has been updated with a preview of the PlayStation Plus free game lineup for August 2014.
This month our PlayStation Plus members will receive two games free the day they release on PlayStation Store - Road Not Taken on PS4 and Metrico on PS Vita. In addition to these titles, members will receive other popular games like Fez on PS4, Crysis 3 and Proteus on PS3 and Dragonís Crown on PS Vita.

PS4 owners can enjoy two puzzle games with very different mechanics. First up, there's Road Not Taken, where you'll aim to strategically maneuver through a forest as efficiently as possible with only a limited amount of stamina, all while saving lost children. Then you can don a fancy hat in Fez, as you jump around pixelated 2D levels housed in a 3D world. Shift your view of the landscape with the hit of a button and journey to find the pieces of a Hexahedron.

On PlayStation 3, Crysis 3 offers the sandbox first-person shooter world that made the franchise famous and there's a new toy to play with Ė the Predator Bow. If you enjoy multiplayer, there's a new mode here called Hunter where two players are pitted against a team of CELL agents with the goal of slowly turning all of them into fellow Hunters. Then, thereís the soothing experience of Proteus, where you'll explore procedurally generated islands with a dynamic soundtrack.

Finally, PlayStation Vita owners will get their hands on the highly-anticipated puzzle-platformer Metrico and critically-acclaimed action RPG Dragon's Crown. Traverse a world filled with infographics in Metrico, but donít be fooled by the clean presentation - proceeding through these charts isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Invite up to three friends to join you in the dungeons of Dragon's Crown, and thanks to Cross-Play you can even go adventuring with your buddies who have PS3s.
Sony Said No to EA Access on PS4 - console
(hx) 12:25 AM EDT - Jul,31 2014 - Post a comment
Electronic Arts' recent announcement of EA Access, a Netflix-style program for Xbox One that allows you to pay $5 per month for unlimited access to a library of games, caught some off guard because it was only confirmed for Microsoft's console. As it turns out, Sony considered this program, but declined because the company felt it did not offer a strong enough value for PlayStation gamers. According to Sony, PlayStation fans are more interested in subscription plans that give them access to a wide range of services, unlike EA Access, which will only offer up Electronic Arts games. "PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price," the representative said. "We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."
Deep Silver Acquires Homefront from Crytek - briefly
(hx) 12:22 AM EDT - Jul,31 2014 - Post a comment
Deep Silver has announced. that it has acquired the Homefront property from Crytek, including the recently-announced Homefront: The Revolution. Notably, this studio is located in Nottingham, England, the same city Crytek UK is based out of--suggesting former Crytek UK staffers will continue to work on the game, but for a new company.

Update: Crytek has issued a statement on its status, confirming Crytek UK staff will be moved to Deep Silver's new studio. It also announced layoffs at Crytek USA.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,30 2014 - all
World of Tanks - Update 9.2 - patch
(hx) 01:58 PM EDT - Jul,30 2014 - Post a comment
Wargaming today announced that Update 9.2 for World of Tanks is now available in North America. Players from Europe, Asia and Korea will be able to try out new content and features, including the introduction of the Strongholds game mode and a new map, Fire Arc, on July 31. Strongholds is an all new game mode designed specifically for members of Clan Wars. Clan Commanders are now able to create virtual bases for their clans, participate in Skirmishes alongside their fellow players, earn Industrial Resources, develop their Stronghold up to Level 4 and be awarded with special bonuses called Orders. Tankers can use Orders to activate a variety of temporary in-game bonuses for all clan members in all combat modes. As the level of the Stronghold increases, so does the frequency and quality of bonuses received.

Super Smash Bros - CG/Real-Life Trailer - movie
(hx) 12:25 PM EDT - Jul,30 2014 - Post a comment
Dean Wright' has created an amazing CG/real life fan trailer for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Dean used Maya to create Mario's 3D model and the end result is simply spectacular!

BF4: Dragon's Teeth Rolling Out for All - briefly
(hx) 08:45 AM EDT - Jul,30 2014 - Post a comment
The Battlefield Blog announces the Dragon's Teeth expansion for Battlefield 4 is now available to all owners of the military shooter sequel, following an exclusivity period for premium subscribers. Here's word on the new maps and new content it offers:
Get ready to fight in dense Asian Pacific cities as today Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth is rolling out for all Battlefield 4 players. Take part in epic urban battles across four new maps including:

        - Pearl Market: Wage war within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of the marketplace
        - Propaganda: Fight amongst massive despotic monuments in the grey concrete battleground
        - Lumphini Garden: Cruise with fast-moving PWC's on the canals in the pristine park to get the upper hand
        - Sunken Dragon: Battle between modern high rises as you wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault

In addition to four new maps, player's will get five new weapons including the Ballistic Shield. Dragon's Teeth also introduces a Battle Pickup, the R.A.W.R, a heavily armed remotely operated ground vehicle armed with a machine gun and grenade launcher, as well as a new game mode called Chain Link. Bringing another layer of depth and strategy, Chain Link is a twist on Conquest where teams need to act fast and link together capture points to ensure victory.
GeForce 340.52 WHQL Drivers - tech
(hx) 12:09 AM EDT - Jul,30 2014 - Post a comment / read (5)
NVIDIA GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers are now available to download. This would be the Game Ready WHQL driver ensures youíll have the best possible gaming experience in Metro: Redux and the Chinese release of Final Fantasy XIV. GeForce 340.52 WHQL introduces the following profiles and profile changes for leading games like Battlefield: Hardline, Dark Souls II, Wildstar and others. GeForce 340.52 WHQL also introduces new 3D Vision profiles for Banished, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea and Krater. These are also the recommended drivers for those with G-Sync monitors. This is also the first driver release that allows GeForce GTX gamers can take advantage of GameStream technology to stream their favorite PC games to the new SHIELD tablet, which is available today from e-tailers and retailers.
The new GeForce 340.52 WHQL drivers are now available to download from GeForce.com, and automatically through GeForce Experience. With this release GeForce GTX gamers can take advantage of GameStream technology to stream their favorite PC games to the new SHIELD tablet, which is available today from e-tailers and retailers. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience in Metro: Redux and the Chinese release of Final Fantasy XIV.

SLI Profiles:
Upgrade your rig with a second NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU to activate SLI, the multi-GPU technology of choice for gamers. With intelligent scaling and industry-leading multi-GPU anti-stutter technology, NVIDIA SLI is the smoothest, most effective way of increasing frame rates by up to 2x.
    GeForce 340.52 WHQL introduces the following profiles and profile changes for leading games like Battlefield: Hardline, Dark Souls II, and WildStar.
    3DMark SkyDiver Subtest - added profile
    Battlefield: Hardline - added profile
    Dark Souls II - updated SLI profile, added NVCPL HBAO+ profile
    Divinity: Original Sin - added profile (download via GeForce Experience)
    Elder Scrolls Online - added profile
    GRID Autosport - added profile (download via GeForce Experience)
    LuDaShi Benchmark - added profile
    WildStar - updated profile to support 32-bit .exe

3D Vision Profiles
    GeForce 340.52 WHQL introduces a few new 3D Vision profiles for stereoscopic 3D gamers, too:
    Banished - rated "Good"
    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - rated "Excellent"
    Krater - rated "Good"
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,29 2014 - all
CoD: Advanced Warfare - Campaign Story Trailer - preview
(hx) 04:38 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
Activision has released a new trailer for the latest installment in the Call of Duty series that is slated for release this November.

The Crew PC Beta Part#2 - Cities and Missions - preview
(hx) 04:35 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
In this second part of the "look at" the PC beta for Ubisoft's open world racing game, The Crew, I hop to a few different cities and show you how missions are structured. In addition, I also share just how wonderful the mic quality is thanks to everyone having always open mics! br>
EA Announces EA Access for Xbox One - briefly
(hx) 04:03 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
EA and Microsoft are partnering up for something called EA Access. This is a new subscription based program that will give Xbox One owners unlimited access to a handful of EA titles for one price. An EA Access subscription unlocks "The Vault", which is a collection of "EA's biggest games on Xbox One." These games include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. How much will this run you? $4.99 (USD) per month or you can buy an annual subscription for $29.99.
EA Access is a totally new way for you to play more of the games you love, for less. Here's a rundown of the additional benefits EA Access members will get:

Awesome Value -Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition or NHL 15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, itís all 10% off for members.

Play First - Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date. It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.
Interestingly, EA hasn't revealed any sort of EA Access plan for any other platform, including the PC with Origin.
Watch_Dogs - New Official Update - briefly
(hx) 03:59 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft has released a new patch for the PC version of Watch_Dogs that addresses the stuttering that most PC gamers encountered while using "High" textures, and optimizes the game's performance. According to the dev team, this patch will reduce instances of stuttering during gameplay, especially for those who were using "High" textures. Still, those that want to enjoy the game with its Ultra textures may still encounter various stuttering side effects (especially if their VRAM is not enough for them).
Here is the complete changelog for the latest update of Watch_Dogs PC:

    - Several fixes to improve NAT type error messages.
    - Fix for PCs with multiple network interfaces.
    - Fixed an issue at the Poker Table in which the button appeared corrupted after being pulled from the surveillance camera when Aiden is dealing the cards.
    - Fixed weapon wheel issue that prevent shotgun selection with mouse.
    - Fixed title crashes on loading screen, while Aiden selects to restart last autosave, after previously interacting with the slot machine from Mad Mile.
Assassin's Creed Unity CG Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:32 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft released today a new CGI trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity that shows Arno racing against time in order to prevent the beheading of Elise, a character central to Assassin's Creed Unity's story. The game is currently planned for an October 14th release.

SecuROM DRM Found in The Sims 2 UC - briefly
(hx) 03:15 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Despite EA's good will in offering a free copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to everyone, it seems as though the nasty DRM known as SecuROM is included in the install. Reclaim Your Game has discovered the presence of the dreaded copy protection system, SecuROM, after digging through the files for the game. They say that they have found no issues as a result of it being included and also note that it is entirely possible it is simply left over from the original release of the game. However, if you don't want SecuROM on your system no matter what, Reclaim Your Game offers up some instructions on how to fully remove it from your system after uninstalling The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:10 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
Bioware and Electronic Arts have released a new gameplay trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition that gives us an in-depth look at the multi-faceted combat system of the game. Dragon Age: Inquisition is powered by Frostbite 3 and is currently scheduled for a November 18th release.

The Last of Us Remastered Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:59 PM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
The Last of Remastered is available now.

What Player Decisions Mean in Games - briefly
(hx) 03:19 AM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment
Games give players the agency to make decisions, but whether they highlight choices in advance or deliver consequences after the fact changes the experience and the game design itself.

Borderlands Update Removes SecuRom DRM - patch
(hx) 03:18 AM EDT - Jul,29 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Gearbox and 2K Games have released a new update for Borderlands that removes the annoying SecuRom DRM that plagued that game. Not only that, but Gearbox has imported SecuRom DLC keys into Steam, meaning that you can activate your DLC if you it outside of Steam. As always, this update will be auto-downloaded next time you start the Steam client.
- Removed SecuRom from the title and all DLC
- Added a "Granting Tool" In the steam "Tools' section that turns a retail disc into a Steam version of Borderlands
- "News Ticker" added to the main menu to give you updates on the Multiplayer restoration updates.
- Imported SecuRom DLC keys into Steam, so if you bought DLC outside of Steam, activate it within Steam and get your matching content.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,28 2014 - all

Rainbow Six Siege Multiplayer Gameplay Video - preview
(hx) 02:37 PM EDT - Jul,28 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
There is a thirty seven minute video on YouTube today showing off Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer gameplay.

DESTINY Beta Graphical All Consoles Comparison - console
(hx) 02:35 PM EDT - Jul,28 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Watch the video below to get a good look at Destiny, as seen on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Take a look and judge for yourself which version looks the best or whether the current-gen versions stand up to their next-gen counterparts.

The final version of Destiny arrives on all of these platforms on September 9.
Crytek addresses financial troubles - briefly
(hx) 02:32 PM EDT - Jul,28 2014 - Post a comment
Crytek, whose financial health recently has been the subject of rumors of unpaid workers and the departures of key developers, has issued a statement broadly asserting the company is on solid financial footing following a turbulent change in corporate focus. However, they added that they will begin shifting their focus towards self-published free-to-play games, a move that was foreshadowed by last month's rumored cancellation of four prototypes, including a sequel to Ryse: Son of Rome.

Crytek is currently working on Homefront: The Revolution in conjunction with Deep Silver, as well as free-to-play shooter, Warface. The studio's American branch recently announced Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age at E3.
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