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Quantum Break Will Release As Video Game And TV Show On One Disc

Remedy Entertainment will bring Quantum Break to the Microsoft Xbox ONE (also known as XO) exclusively next-gen and not only is this a quantum video game experience but indeed also a television/film experience as well. People worried about having to pick up two separate products however will be glad to hear the latest piece of news on the matter. Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment will be delivering Quantum Break as a video game and television show on one disc for the Xbox ONE next-gen. Xbox ONE releases Holiday 2013 while Quantum Break has yet to be given a release target window. Quantum Break is an action game which uses the Northlight Engine and is being published by Microsoft Game Studios.

Official XO Game Trailer:

Official XO Show Trailer:

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Anomaly 2 Review

Anomaly 2 comes from 11 Bit Studios out of Warsaw, Poland. They are famous for their tower defense series Anomaly. They have also come out with several other titles including Funky Smugglers and Sleepwalker’s Journey, both of which are iOS, Blackberry, and Android. In Anomaly 2 the year is 2034 A.C. and most of the earth is frozen over. The world population is unknown. Machines have returned to Earth and have the sole purpose to annihilate the human race. You play as a small squad. As you travel across the campaign you will meet Doctor Zander. With the help of his associates you will have Project Shockwave, which is the ultimate weapon to use against the machines.

Anomaly 2 is a tower defense game where you will have to adapt to many different types of towers. During the campaign you will play as a commander of a squad of six vehicles, these are normal military vehicles. They also have the ability to morph so you will have more than one type of specialty for each unit. The six types of units are the Assault hound which morphs into the Hellhound, the Sledgehammer which morphs into the Rocket Hammer, Grippen Guard which morphs into the Shield Guard, Heavy Support which morphs into Drone Support, the Supply Servant which morphs into the Shadow Servant, Mobile Lab, and the Drone Truck. Now this is a wide variety of units to select from.

Most of the game you will be playing with the Assault Hound and the Sledgehammer. You do have the ability to play the game with what units you prefer. Some work better against different types of towers than others. The machines have many different types of towers and they all vary in size and power. The list of towers are: the Scorcher which has punishing damage but it only can shoot straight, the Charger which breaks open in the Storm Reaper, the Enforcer which is relatively weak but has shields surrounding it during battle, the Predator, the Behemoth which is heavily armored and has shock pulses, the Hacker, and the Scrambler tower which hides towers near it and it can’t attack units.

Play Anomaly 2 can be played on 4 different difficulties, there is definitely a challenge even on the lower end of the games’ difficulty. Players have to adapt to the towers and think on their feet if they want to survive each section. In addition to the units there is special abilities that the player can use to help, these are: Repair, Decoy, EMP, and A I M. These all play a role in the campaign as well as in multiplayer.

As you find yourself destroying towers you will pick up Carusaurm which is a rare element used to buy units and also supply the abilities. The controls are taught to the player in-game through several tutorial missions in the beginning of the game. This is also a great place to master some skills that will be needed later on down the road. The game throws a learning curve into the mix on how you go about moving through the map. Everything is on a map where in the tactical view you can switch what direction your units are moving and which way they need to go next. This is crucial, especially if you want to avoid having your whole squad wiped out by a cluster or towers or just a single tower.

Anomaly 2 has a great campaign but this game also shines in the newly added multiplayer where you have tower defense and you also play on the offense as well. That’s right, you have more to do and it’s a ton of fun to play. You have all the same towers to select from as you would in the campaign and also the same units to use as well. There is also the addition of more abilities these are for the person playing the towers they are: Regen, Berserk, Taunt, and Kamikaze. To win in multiplayer the player must either win by being the first to get to a certain amount of points or by gaining a certain point advantage over the other player. This can be done by destroying enemy units, making harvesters or destroying them, and by destroying generators.

Final Verdict: Anomaly 2 has a high replay value and at the current price point of $14.99 at their website which gets you a Steam key for Anomaly 2 and a DRM-free copy of Anomaly Korea for Windows. I see myself coming back to this game for more multiplayer action and with the addition of the new free DLC you can’t go wrong with Anomaly 2. This game gets an 8.7 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz and receives an RGN Rating of Silver.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.7/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: 11 Bit Studios / Publisher: 11 Bit Studios

Available On: Windows PC / Mac / Linux

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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1 DAY SALE: Get Retro City Rampage w/ Bonus Content for Just 3 Bucks!!!

Today only you can get Retro City Rampage directly from developer Vblank Entertainment and support indie gaming at its finest for just $2.99. For those who don’t know Retro City Rampage is an open-world action game with a never-ending amount of reference to the classic retro days of video games. The game which normally retails at $14.99 is on sale for the day and even includes bonus content such as a true-to-life retro NES-compatible 8 bit mode, a digital game manual, printable box art and cartridge art, 10 additional song soundtrack not included in the original soundtrack, mod support for creating custom vehicles and more, and even a DRM-free copy of the game just in case you wanted to play it on an offline computer or something. CLICK HERE to access the deal now which has been sanctioned for either Steam or GOG (your choice), and see the official trailer for the title below:

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MAG Servers Shutting Down Jan 2014: Just 4 Years After the Game Released

Multiplayer Only they said, dedicated servers they said, 256 players they said, it’ll be awesome they said. They say a lot of things these days don’t they? Even though single player capable games like Demon Souls will continue having servers thanks to fan demand it appears multiplayer-only title MAG will have its servers shut off January 2014. This is only 4 years after the game’s original release date exclusively for Sony PlayStation 3 on January 2010.

The 256 player first-person shooter will never be played again once this happens, since the game is a squad-based tactical shooter set for multiplayer only gameplay. Anybody out there still buying the physical copies of the game will certainly feel foolish and robbed, take this as your only warning since it appears developers Zipper Interactive and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment America have no interest in shouting it from the rooftops.

No DRM, and no servers either… which for MAG means no functionality unfortunately. If this can happen to one of Sony’s largest first party investments, what is the fate of barely populated Killzone, Warhawk, and Resistance servers as time goes on? In other news, Socom: Confrontation servers will also be shut down. At least that game has an offline mode, and it’s pretty terrible anyways with nothing more than a cult following. Did we just say that out loud? Oops.

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Originally Thought PlayStation Only, Diablo III Will Hit Xbox 360 and Xbox ONE As Well

Diablo III was originally thought to be a PlayStation exclusive for PS3 which was later revealed to be coming for the Sony PS4 as well (Sony’s next-gen gaming console releasing Holiday 2013). It is now available for pre-order on the Xbox 360 and Xbox ONE as well. CLICK HERE to access the Amazon.com listings of Diablo III which will become available for Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4 at a later date. Blizzard has already confirmed that the PlayStation 3 version of the game will be “DRM Free” and will not require an “Always Online” internet connection to Battle.net as the PC version released in May 2012 for Windows PC and Mac OS X (Macbook Pro and Mac Desktop). The console version of the game will also feature new exclusive content and a renewed focus on single player experience.

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RGN Podcast – Xbox ONE Vs Gamestop – Whos The Real Threat?, Two HDMI Ports on Xbox ONE

In the following RGN Podcast episode we take today’s sunlight on our backs and reflect the Xbox ONE Vs Gamestop debate that has just rocked the video game industry. RealGamerNewz assesses the features that we will be losing out on as well as who is the real threat to the video game industry out of these two, often villainous portrayed corporations. We also talk about the back of the Xbox ONE and why there’s more than one HDMI port in it, once and for all we solve the mystery for gamers worldwide.

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RGN Daily News #38: Xbox ONE Always Online Cancelled, Nintendo Wins 3DS Lawsuit

In this RGN Daily News we discuss the fact that Nintendo has won their lawsuit which was filed against them over their 3D technology used in the Nintendo 3DS. We also talk about today’s biggest news which is the Xbox ONE Always Online feature has been cancelled by Microsoft. The DRM policy will now be the same as PlayStation 4, “up to the publishers” not MS. Other news topics are discussed today including the new FFVII Crisis Core collectible listed on Import Retailer PlayAsia’s website.

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RGN Podcast: Xbox ONE Gaining Pre-Orders Rapidly

After the recent announcement of Microsoft doing a 180 on their DRM decisions we now have reports from many gamers that their pre-orders have swapped to both next-gen consoles, or just the Xbox ONE. We here at RealGamerNewz are excited for both consoles to make their debut this Holiday 2013 season. We’d be lying if we told you we are proud of Microsoft for backing down from their pro-developer online infrastructure  However, you win some and you lose some. Take a listen to why we think MS should have stuck with their DRM, but also why ditching it may be paying off bigger than they expected already.

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Microsoft is removing DRM on Xbox One

First off let’s talk about the list of official features  for Xbox One.

  • No Online check in
  • No more always online
  • All game disc will work on XO, as they already did on the 360
  • Authentication no longer needed
  • A internet connection is only needed when setting up your system
  • All downloaded games will function same off or online
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning disc
  • Region locks have been dropped

Microsoft has not really removed DRM, more like this seems to be a clarification to me. But either way more people will want a system now.

Xbox One Launches November for 500$ standard.

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Xbox ONE is for Real Gamers, and Some of You Just Aren’t

I’m a gamer. I enjoy to play video games. I personally play Xbox 360 mainly and play offline, but I also have PlayStation 3 and have been enjoying some titles on it again recently including The Last of Us from Naughty Dog. I don’t induldge in multiplayer modes, I don’t sync trophies, and yet even still – even I know that Xbox ONE’s digital world (which I will not be a part of at launch day) is the future, but some of you just don’t get it!

But, No Used Games? Buying used games actually doesn’t feed money to the people that made your game contrary to what some may tell you. If you want to support a video game developer or publisher for that matter, the only way to do it is to buy the game new. You don’t have to buy it on day one release date, and you can get it from any retailer you want, but if you buy the game used at Gamestop that means your purchase didn’t count towards the games almighty “sales” constantly being debated by fanboys. If you are a real gamer you’d be interested in giving back to developers by rewarding them with high sales numbers whenever a game comes out that is good (find out from Demos, Full Game Trials, friends lending the game to you, and more on Xbox ONE’s digital network).

More importantly, you are not giving back to the people who made that video game possible. Xbox ONE’s digital system will introduce a new format of used games that essentially eliminates the old “used games” industry habits we have grown accustomed to as physical media gamers. But if you’re not interested in giving back to those who made your games, frankly you don’t even deserve to play them anyways. The new Xbox ONE system allows publishers and developers to get paid for their hard work of making your game often including (but not limited to) an unhealthy amount of all-nighters away from family and unpaid overtime. Xbox ONE’s digital system allows you to create a personal “circle” of friends who will be able to do things like lend and borrow games with you as well as allow you to gift somebody a game without charging them anything.

But, Big Brother / Kinect / Always Online? If you aren’t online these days then you are probably like me and just enjoying the cinematic scenes of gameplay while relaxing with family after dinner. I’m a hard working man, and I personally don’t have time for competitive nature at this point in my life. When my young sport is rowdy enough to get into gaming full-speed I imagine we will end up playing the latest virtual reality games together on some high-tech, futuristic gaming platform that hardly resembles a home console we see today.

If you haven’t heard there’s a new law in the United States that makes it illegal for a company (examples: Sony, Google, Microsoft to name a few) to disclose whether or not their electronic products are being used to “spy” on the American public for Homeland Security purposes. Your cell phone calls, texts, every single app you download and install, every service you use on computers and laptops, at home and at work, and don’t forget your precious social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and even your physical mail packages may be inspected at any time for Homeland Security purposes. These mechanisms are in place to protect you from military danger presented by enemies of the state, and not to stare at you while you play your latest Halo game. Honestly if you’re worried about Kinect and Big Brother then you need to go find a hut to live in out in the woods and even then you will still be monitored by global satellite positioning systems if you are seen as a threat to any sovereign nation capable of defending itself.

Always Online is a feature many groan and croak about online. That’s an extremely ironic thing, which is actually quite telling that most of you actually are always online anyways. If you aren’t sporting broadband you may still have a 4G phone which is capable of becoming a hot spot and providing nearly broadband speed without even plugging in any wires. Service can be pre-paid for about $50 a month with MetroPCS and 4G phones purchased for about a hundred bucks. If you’re really hard on your luck, everyone knows how to Wifi surf, find a Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds near you to check in to, if you’re in a nice neighborhood they might even let you hang out and play.

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PS+ and PS4 Streaming Game Demos Online: Why would you want to be signed off for the next-generation of gaming when the PlayStation 4 can stream the entire game to you instantly? This is the first feature that will have an #AlwaysOfflineDRM gamer like me making the switch to on with consoles again. PC doesn’t even have a form where you can stream the entire game to your machine instantly, pause and buy it if you like it, download the rest as you finish playing, all without stopping the fluidity of the gameplay experience.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE are for Real Gamers Only, we caution you again;

hating on either would be as silly as hating on the Sega Genesis or Super NES

(both of which were loaded with exclusive games that everyone loved).

Many have already seen what digital can do for them thanks to Valve’s Steam service. With Microsoft learning from many of their mistakes and presenting a lineup of exclusive games, third party support, indie lineup, and even experiments with a huge amount of New IPs from the first party publisher for the first 12 months of Xbox ONE, gamers can’t seem to stop focusing on the little things; as if desperate to split hairs and find a reason to hate on Microsoft. For revenge, for showing their true emotions, or for truly being misled, we can only guess. Real Gamers will support the companies that make their games and the New IPs being pumped out by once generic and beloved-for-no-reason Microsoft. If the rest of you won’t partake in discussing games then this tech debate will be the monument of how generation 8 of gaming is just as much of a boring press-battle between two machines just as generation 7 saw witness to.

Does anybody remember what DRM stands for? Digital Rights Management. If you were the creator of said game, would you want millions of gamers to skip paying you for making your game for $5 or $10 cheaper price? Think about it.

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E3 2013: PS4 Used Game Instructions Trailer (is immature and a joke)

Sony has tried to make a little jab at MS and there used games policy with this idiotic little trailer. It just made be shake my head at this s### I mean honestly your a huge company act like it don’t be little [email protected]!3. People will try to hate back at this article but I say go ahead cause I’m Mitch Walters Style!!!

 

 

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RGN Daily News #26: Gamestop Threatens Microsoft Behind Their Back and Monster Hunter Changes Platforms… Again

In today’s episode tentatively titled ‘RGN Daily News #26: Gamestop Threatens Microsoft Behind Their Back and Monster Hunter Changes Platforms… Again’ the RealGamerNewz crew including Tristan’s Twisted World (Deputy Editor), Da Shredder (RGN Contributor and Podcast Co-Host), and myself Editor-In-Chief Jon Ireson also known by my Twitter alias (@Hitman0769).

Not only do we break down today’s exclusive news in our show about the comments being made by Gamestop in regard to their consideration for the seemingly open-warfare pact against this generation’s underdog, but also Monster Hunter happenings, Pre-E3 2013 predictions/expectations, and debates regarding PlayStation 4 DRM as well as the impact on used games to the video game industry and many more topics.

WARNING: This podcast gets more passionate than our typical RGN Daily News segment, and as such it has been left uncensored. If you have a problem with politically incorrect, Real Gamer perspectives… well frankly we don’t care.

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Microsoft Gives Amount of Current Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

There are now 48 million Xbox Live Gold Subscribers on the Microsoft 360 (Xbox 360) who will be able to use their Xbox Live Gold on the Microsoft XO (Xbox ONE) with their Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions that are already pre-existing and paid for or will be purchased upon the debut of the next-generation gaming market. Microsoft released this information today to inform the public after responding to announcements made prior concerning XO DRM.

Microsoft XO (Xbox ONE) releases this year Late 2013 and will compete head to head with the Sony PS4 (PlayStation 4) which will also release Holiday 2013.

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RGN Daily News #24: Xbox ONE DRM Explained by Microsoft

The Microsoft XO (Xbox ONE) DRM has finally been fully explained by Microsoft as the E3 2013 event and Holiday 2013 next-generation console release dates draw closer and closer. We will have to wait until we have the XO and PS4 in our own hands before we will say anything as to our Review of such systems dynamics however this is the latest new statement released by Microsoft in terms to the Xbox ONE Used Games and Always-Online questions that gamers have been asking for a very long time about the upcoming system.

Other Topics Mentioned:

– Xbox Live Gold Subscription = for Xbox 360 + Xbox ONE

– Call of Duty Ghosts Next Gen Engine Details

– Mojang’s New Game (From the Creators of MineCraft)

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**UPDATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED** Leviathan Warships – Steam Code Giveaway

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