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Monster Hunter Caravan and lots of Capcom merch at Anime Expo 2015

July 04, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

The Monster Hunter Caravan is headed to Anime Expo this 4th of July weekend, and with it you can expect a unique MH IRL experience and tons of cool new merchandising! Only thing I expect from you is: come in cosplay !

Anyways, here’s a list of some of the awesome things you can own:

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Announcing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta

July 04, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?


We have exciting news to share! A whole new version of Minecraft is on its way. This time, it’s for Windows 10 – Microsoft’s new swanky operating system that’s due for release on July 29th.

We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Just like the first release of Minecraft all those years ago, this version will develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback. That’s why it has “Beta” in the title – because it’s not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free. We spoil you. We really do.

If you’re one of the 20 million(!) players who have the PC edition of Minecraft (referred to by techy people as the Java version) you’ll be able to download Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows 10 store for free. Other players can get it for the paltry price of $10 during the beta period (the length of which is still being decided).

Minecraft is available on Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, and now, Windows 10. Not every version of Minecraft is exactly the same, but they all feature two distinct game modes – Creative and Survival – that cater to different types of players. All versions of Minecraft support multiplayer.

In Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, you’ll recognize some Pocket Edition features, along with potpourri of cool extras. Here are some highlights:

? Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.

? Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.

? Support for multiple inputs – switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort

? Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.

? Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with built-in player feedback mechanisms

? Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft

We hope you’re as excited as us for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. It’s gonna be cool! Thanks for reading!


*Oh, and while we’re here, don’t forget to read the easy-to-understand legalese down there…

The “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” beta will be available for download in the Windows 10 Store beginning July 29. Players who already have the PC edition of “Minecraft” will be able to download the Windows 10 beta version free. Others can download “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” at a discounted price of $10 throughout the beta period. Players who download “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” during the beta phase will still have the game when it comes out of beta, and receive all future updates to the game at no additional cost.

MMLC Robot Master List: Fire Man

July 03, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Number: DLN-007

Weapon: Fire Storm

Weakness: Ice Slasher

A waste disposal robot who controls flames reaching temperatures of around 8000 degrees. His Fire Storm is tough to dodge, so be sure to attack with a weapon that plays on his weakness.

Wherever there’s an Ice Man , there must also be a Fire Man – and this one is capable of generating flames that reach 8000 degrees! Now, my solar knowledge is a little rusty these days but I think the surface of the sun is right around 10,000 degrees, making Fire Man’s projectiles quite formidable. And a little overboard! Read the rest of this entry →

Fan Art: Lego Turismo, Fierce Femmes, Michael’s Glory Days & More

July 03, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

The latest round of community fan-artistry features tributes to The Lost and Damned, Max Payne 3, and a Lego rendition of the Grotti Turismo R among the GTAV-inspired homages. As always, follow us on Twitter and Instagram where we feature the latest fan creations, and if you’ve got something of your own, feel free to share it in the comments below for the community to check out.

Lego Grotti Turi…

A Dynamic, Co-Op Campaign Leads the Way for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

July 02, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

In the future, you’ll be able to control robots with your mind. Well, not your mind, exactly, but your Cyber Core – a piece of cybernetic technology tied into your brain stem. In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, modern super-soldiers use their Cyber Cores in tandem with other cybernetic augments to dominate on the battlefield, leaping enormous distances, sending shock waves on their landing, and yes, taking over robotic drones and using them against the enemy.

You’ll still have plenty of awesome firearms to choose from, of course; this is a Call of Duty game, after all. But you won’t have to rely on bullets (or grenades, rockets, etc.) alone. In fact, you won’t need to rely on anything alone, since Black Ops III allows for complete, four-way cooperative gameplay throughout its main campaign, either locally or online.

During our recent demo, we saw four players engage a massive battle in Egypt, in which they held back wave after wave of robotic enemies, combining different abilities together to fashion a synergistic whole. One soldier snuck to a ruined balcony to snipe enemies, while another ran interference using a weapon that fired explosive spikes into the ground. Still another employed his Cyber Core to take control of an enemy drone, and then used it to take out a flotilla of other drones. The combat was fast and furious – and hard to keep track of with just one pair of eyes – but it’s clear that cooperation among teammates (and clever division of labor) will make the campaign a heck of a lot easier to get through.

Because the campaign has been designed with co-op play in mind, the levels are far less linear than in previous Call of Duty titles. Levels emphasize replayability and imagination, with teams of players able to take multiple pathways to success. Of course, you can still play by yourself and get the whole experience… but it’s clear that developer Treyarch wants to make the campaign just as involving a multiplayer experience as its now-famous zombies mode (which, by the way, also makes a comeback in Black Ops III).

Of course, competitive multiplayer is back, too – and players will be able to fully customize their characters (including options for female characters), their equipment, and their Cyber Core abilities. There’s also a new “Gunsmith” option, which allows for deep weapon customization and modding, as well as a camouflage designer. From there, you’ll get a chance to go at it with a bunch of friends (or enemies) in the standard Call of Duty competitive modes, including Domination, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed, and Deathmatch. All multiplayer maps are completely original, and they are designed to take advantage of the series’ new abilities and fluid movement, so players will be coming into a fresh and exciting experience no matter how much Call of Duty experience they’ve had.

In sum, Black Ops III looks like the coolest, most futuristic, and most team-oriented Call of Duty title ever. So grab some friends, power up your Cyber Core (or, you know, put fresh batteries in your controller), and get to it when the game hits Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November!

Six Tips for Being Awesome at Batman: Arkham Knight

July 02, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

If you’ve jumped into Batman: Arkham Knight (which released on Xbox One last week!), you might have noticed that it can get pretty tough at times. The villains of Gotham are not going easy on Batman! But fear not, aspiring caped crusaders: We’ve got some tips and strategies to help you on your quest for justice.

1) Upgrade Yourself with Side Quests
WayneTech points are the currency for upgrading Batman, and the best way to earn them is through side quests. The good news is that the side quests in Arkham Knight are compelling and exciting, so you’ll be glad you played them. The upgrade points are just icing on the gritty, crime-filled cake!

2) Meet Your Best Friend, Dodge
Arkham Knight features bigger, more intense battles than ever before, and they can sometimes get pretty hectic. Remember that double-tapping the jump button performs Batman’s dodge move – which not only avoids attacks, but also keeps your combo meter going, which is crucial for taking down multiple enemies quickly. If you ever find yourself getting ganged up on, dodge until you can find an opening to attack.

3) Enemies Adapt… So Mix It Up
Batman has a lot of tools in that utility belt of his. So use them! Enemies will get wise to your attacks and strategies if you use them repeatedly. If you notice they’re starting to adapt, switch it up and use a different gadget or move, to keep foes on their toes.

4) Oh Hey, My Ride Is Here
The Batmobile, Batman’s sweet car/tank/best bro, is always a mere button press away in Arkham Knight. This is especially useful when groups of thugs are blocking your way on the streets of Gotham, and you don’t have the time to deal with them. Mow them down, or just blaze on by; you’ve got bigger fish to fry.

5) Plan Your Upgrades Carefully
You can upgrade nearly everything in Batman: Arkham Knight. From all the various Bat-gadgets to the Batmobile’s considerable arsenal, there are a ton of options. If you find yourself having trouble with certain parts of the game, consider upgrading areas that help you. You’ll particularly want to upgrade the Batmobile, as you’re required to use it for solving puzzles and navigating areas throughout the game… and you’ll need the extra firepower.

6) Beware – and Stay Aware – of Environmental Hazards
Heavier enemies like the Brutes can be a pain, especially when there’s more than one to deal with. One of the new features in Arkham Knight is the expanded number of environmental attacks. Lure enemies near a blue glowing object, like an electrical box, then use it to take them out in one swift blow.

Batman: Arkham Knight is available now for Xbox One. With these tips, you’ll have no problem being the Batman and saving Gotham City from the Scarecrow’s latest shenanigans.

Xbox is Coming to San Diego-Comic Con 2015

July 02, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

The annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) kicks off next week, and Xbox will be there in full force, with all kinds of amazing upcoming games for you to check out, as well as some exclusive opportunities and killer prizes for all of our fans. If you’re attending this year’s show, check out all the fun stuff that we’ve got in store for you!

Xbox Lounge @The Hyatt

San Diego Comic-Con is your chance to play the greatest games lineup in Xbox history! Come to the Xbox Lounge to play over 90 gaming stations, including upcoming titles like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Join us for daily Xbox One tournaments, shoutcasting, celebrity appearances, signings, and more. The Halo 5: Guardians fans at the show should come by to check out a new Warzone map that will be revealed at the Xbox Lounge via a massive 6′ x 6′ map constructed by Mega Bloks.

It’s all going down at the Manchester Hyatt (Seaport Ballroom, 2nd Floor) at these times:

Thursday, July 9: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 10: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For the full list of programming at the Xbox Lounge, check out our official Xbox events schedule.

Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” Comes to Life

Attention, Spartan recruits: Do you have what it takes to compete in real-life four-on-four Arena combat? Don’t miss the Halo 5: Guardians Breakout Arena at the Xbox Lounge, brought to you by BOOMco! Team up with your friends, suit up with armor, load out with the new iconic Halo Blasters from BOOMco, and test your skills in a real-life re-creation of the Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” multiplayer mode.

Xbox Tournaments Powered by ESL

Ready to win some hard-earned prizes? Walk-up to the Xbox Lounge and play in Xbox Tournaments throughout the weekend, featuring tried-and-true titles like Forza, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat X featuring everyone’s favorite hunter, the Predator! Win amazing prizes, including Xbox One consoles, controllers, and games.

Halo 5: Guardians at the Xbox Booth (#100 in SDCC)

Be one of the first to play Warzone, the brand new Halo 5: Guardians massive-scale multiplayer mode we unveiled at E3, as it makes its first public hands-on appearance. Dive into epic 24-player battles with both friendly and enemy AI to complete a variety of objectives, and try to keep your cool and as the action keeps getting more and more intense.

The Gathering of the Laras

Lara Croft cosplayers from around the world are being called upon to join Xbox and Crystal Dynamics for a full day of activities at SDCC (starting at 10AM on Saturday outside of the Xbox Lounge), culminating in a fun photo opportunity. Join us in celebrating everyone’s favorite tomb raider!

Panels at SDCC

Here are all the Xbox panels that we’ve got going on at the San Diego Convention Center. Check out the official Comic-Con schedule builder for more details!

A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future (Room 24ABC: Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Join developers from legendary game studio Rare as they celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the Rare magic continues to shape future projects and meet the team behind some of gaming’s best-loved icons as they prepare for upcoming release of Rare Replay.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic (Room 6A: Thursday, July 9, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
Reigniting the passion and fervor of Gears of War fans, Xbox and The Coalition take fans behind the scenes of the fan favorite franchise – re-imagined and reloaded for Xbox One. The panel will feature Rod Fergusson (Studio Head, The Coalition), Peder Skude (Sr. Game Designer), Kyle Gaulin (Cinematics Director), Bonnie Jean Mah (Narrative Director), and Ben Huyghe (Former Pro Gamer/QA).

Hunt For the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story (Room 6BCF: Friday, July 10, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
Join 343 Industries and special guests as they examine the compelling and prolific storytelling in and around Halo 5: Guardians. This panel will bring new insight into the mysteries surrounding the Master Chief, and sneak peeks of the stories we have yet to tell. Q&A session following.

The World of Albion – The History and Future of the Groundbreaking Fable Series (Room 5AB: Friday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Game Director David Eckelberry and Lead Designer Alex Skidmore talk through the evolution of the pioneering Fable series. Fable’s latest incarnation – Fable Legends – is no exception, bringing cross-platform play and 4v1 multiplayer, whilst maintaining the popular attributes of the franchise that players have come to love.

The Evolution of an Icon in Rise of the Tomb Raider (Room 25ABC: Saturday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Join key leads from the award-winning Crystal Dynamics development team – including Camilla Luddington (actress and voice of Lara Croft), Rhianna Pratchett (lead script writer), and other surprise guests – to discuss the journey of one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history.

Building the Halo Universe with the Collectible Mega Bloks Series (Room 24ABC: Sunday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
A worldwide fan-base of passionate players building an epic universe beyond gameplay. With over 65 million Halo game titles and over 35 million Mega Bloks Halo sets sold, some of the world’s most hyper-engaged fans are bringing the Halo universe to life through construction, helping to shape this legendary world in their own way. Fans can expect teasers of the new Mega Bloks Spring ’16 line and a look back at the history of Halo and Mega Bloks, info on how the games become builds with behind-the-scenes stories and making-of moments, why Halo chose Mega Bloks, and what’s next for both brands.

We can’t wait to show you this and much more at San Diego Comic-Con, beginning on Thursday, July 9. See you there!

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: Beta Findings and Fixes

July 02, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

From June 15 to June 23, The Coalition invited players to participate in an Open Beta for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Hundreds of thousands of you answered the call, logging over a million matches in a week. The most dedicated players played dozens of matches – one of you even finished over 500 games! From everyone here at The Coalition, thank you!

While we certainly hope you enjoyed your time in the Beta (and hopefully scored the multiplayer characters or one of the seven different weapon skins we awarded), we’d like to share some details on how you’ve helped improve Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for its launch next month.

Thanks to your feedback, the development team at The Coalition will implement the following fixes and improvements. Please note that this is just a summary, not an exhaustive list:

• Multiple fixes and tuning for the Gnasher Shotgun
• Multiple fixes for Frag Grenades, Boomshot, and Torque Bow
• Tuning for footstep audio and other sounds around a player
• King of the Hill improvements, including ability for The Coalition to adjust more settings for competitive play
• Removed active down from Active Reloaded Longshot sniper rifle and added/tuned active bonus for sniper bloom/aim.
• Bug fixes and tuning for skill-based matchmaking
• Tuned red/blue colours for team shaders (Locust/COG)
• Improved look of blood and gore in gameplay
• Improved game performance to reduce screen tearing
• Bug fixes and tuning for Controller Sensitivity Settings
• Various bug fixes on maps, weapons, matchmaking, audio, and controls.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
launches August 25, and you can look forward to all 19 maps, all of the original game modes (plus Team Deathmatch and King of the Hill) split-screen support, party support, LAN support, private matches on dedicated servers, and more.

For more stats on the
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta, and more ways to speak directly with the team, visit us at gearsofwar.com.

Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX – Gameplay Trailer

July 02, 2015 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?


When you show off something like the explosive teaser trailer for Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX, it’s bound to raise a few questions. Questions like, “Where did the motorcycles go?” or “What will this cat-and-unicorn duo do?” and even “Is this for real, or just some elaborate troll?” The answers to these questions can be found in the first gameplay trailer for Awesome Level MAX, which arrives later this month as DLC for Trials Fusion.

As you can see from the footage, there’s more to Awesome Level MAX than just the fire-breathing unicorn and its feline rider, who take center stage in the new, eight-track Awesome Adventure mode. It also comes with more than 20 new motorcycle tracks that emerged from collaboration between the developers at RedLynx the best track builders in the Trials community. It’s a substantial package – the biggest piece of DLC in Trials history, in fact – and it’s coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 14, and PC on July 15. If you don’t have Trials Fusion yet, you can also pick up Trials Fusion: Awesome Level MAX Edition for the full game and this new DLC.

For more on Trials Fusion, check out these stories:

Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max Gallops into View at E3 2015

Trials Frontier Celebrates its Anniversary With Frostpocalypse

Trials Fusion – After the Incident

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Rainbow Six Siege – Join the Siege Games

July 02, 2015 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

Rainbow Six Siege

Let the Siege Games begin! To celebrate the approaching launch of Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is launching a competitive tour spanning several cities across the United States of America. At each of the four events, players will fight to nail the highest score in Rainbow Six Siege in the hopes of winning the grand prize: a trip to Los Angeles for the Siege Day launch event, where they will be able to compete against celebrities and other gamers from around the world. Take a look at the tour schedule below to see if the Siege Games will be heading to a city near you.

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Siege Games locations:

    July 8-12: San Diego Comic-Con – Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, Santa Rosa Room (No Comic-Con badge required)

    August 7-9: RTX – Austin, Texas

    August 28-31: PAX Prime – Seattle, Washington

    September 2: GameStop EXPO 2015 – Las Vegas, Nevada

    Early October: Siege Day – Los Angeles, California

Don’t worry if you can’t attend any of these events. You’ve still got a chance to win. Those who can’t make it can register for the closed beta, starting September 24, and play for the high score. Sign up for the closed beta waiting list and opt in to the Siege Games at the official Siege Games website. Whether you’re at one of the events or playing at home during the closed beta, you can enter alone or with friends and play as many times as you like.

Ubisoft is teaming up with Extra Life to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through gaming. Starting today, if you donate more than $6 to Extra Life, you’ll get a code for guaranteed access to Rainbow Six Siege’s September closed beta. These codes will be distributed to those who donated by mid-July.

“At Extra Life, our motto is ‘play games, heal kids.’ Giving back to the kids who need it most should be fun, and what’s more fun than playing games?” said Michael Kinney, Team Extra Life. “We’re thrilled to combine the passion of Rainbow Six fans and the Extra Life community to create an astronomical force for good to help sick and injured kids everywhere.”

Rainbow Six Siege will be breaching your PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 13 worldwide.

For more on Rainbow Six Siege, keep an eye on the Tom Clancy hub and check out these features:

Rainbow Six Siege – Single-Player and TerroHunt

Rainbow Six Siege – The Tactical AI of TerroHunt

Rainbow Six Siege – Meet Six

Rainbow Six Siege – Meet the Operators

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