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Rediscover the Wasteland in Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition

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Following the tradition of rereleasing triple A titles with all extra content packed in, Bethesda has announced today that the latest entry in the acclaimed Fallout series is getting a Game of the Year Edition. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will include all DLC, which includes the base building expansion Vault-Tech Workshop and the new adventure scenarios Far Harbor and Nuka-World.

The Game of the Year Edition will also include the latest core gameplay updates, like the Survival mode patch. The game will also feature some graphical enhancements – maybe the high resolution texture pack will be integrated into the game itself?

And if you’re a mod junkie, Bethesda’s got you covered. All mods will be free to download on both PC and consoles. After the paid modding controversy that happened a couple years ago, we don’t think any company will jump on that idea again. There’s just too much headache involved for both the developers and the modders.

New to Fallout 4? The GOTY edition is the perfect entry point. Fallout 4 tells the story of a lone survivor from Vault 111. After witnessing a nuclear bomb go off with your own eyes and tragedy that follows quickly after, you set out into the wasteland to find the truth. Every moment is a fight for survival, and the decisions you make may alter the face of the wasteland forever.

To celebrate the release of the GOTY edition, Bethesda is also bringing back the real-life Pip-Boys! Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will have a collector edition that comes with the game, a Vault-Tec Perk poster, and of course the wearable Pip-Boy with a pocket guide. The collector edition is exclusive to North America and will retail for $99.99 USD.

Both the regular GOTY edition and the collector edition will release September 26, 2017.

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The Evil Within 2 Features New Weapon and Skill Customization System

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High-octane survival horror game The Evil Within 2 is going to feature an altered upgrade and customization system from the first game. In an interview with Tango Gameworks developers, we’ve got some details on the new mechanics that will help you survive the nightmare! Some of these changes seem to have RPG influences in them, which should give combat a personal twist.

First off, the Green Gel that was required to upgrade anything in the original game has been changed – the gel is now only used for Sebastian’s personal upgrades. Sebastian’s upgrades are divided into different trees, each one suited to a different aspect, such as Health, Stealth, Combat, Recovery, and Athleticism.

These upgrade trees are fairly straightforward, like the Health tree making Sebastian sturdier by increasing his maximum health and the Stealth tree allowing stealth kills from cover. Some upgrade trees will even grant Sebastian active skills, like the Combat Tree’s “Bullet Cascade,” which temporarily increases bullet damage with each consecutive shot.

Throughout your journey you’ll come across Weapon Parts that you can use to customize your guns and other weapons. You’ll be able to tweak things like firepower, ammo capacity, reload time, and so forth. The Warden Crossbow, however, has its own set of upgrades, but you’ll still need Weapon Parts for it. It’s seemingly the successor to the Agony Crossbow from the original game, so expect to see new types of bolts for it.

You’ll be able to increase the speed at which the crossbow loads bolts, increase the range, and of course increase damage. Specific types of bolts will also have their own specialized upgrades, so if you prefer one type of bolt over the other you’ll have plenty to work with.

In addition to the reworked skill and weapon customization systems, the crafting system is also getting slightly changed. You’ll be able to scavenge for materials in the world and take them back to workbenches. Here you can craft those materials into more ammo or health supplies. You can also opt to craft without a workbench in case of emergency, but this is much more costly.

The Evil Within 2 will launch October 13, 2017 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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DOOM Ditches Season Pass in the Devilishly Numbered 6.66 Update

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If you haven’t yet taken a sunny trip to the depths of Hell and took out some demons, now is the greatest time! The 2016 DOOM reboot is getting an ultimate update in the form of the cleverly numbered 6.66 Update. This update focuses on a number of bug fixes and multiplayer changes.

First we’ll talk about perhaps the biggest change of them all – DOOM is officially dropping the Season Pass! Now all you need to play the whole multiplayer experience is just the base game, which is a pretty sweet deal. That’s right – if you only have the original game, this update will automatically unlock all nine DLC multiplayer maps, three new weapons, three more playable demons, new equipment, and armor sets. You’ll also be able to play with bots too!

The multiplayer progression system is the next thing on the list that’s getting revamped. Previously, playing multiplayer matches and leveling up unlocked a random item for you to play with. This unlock method has been scrapped in favor of a more solidified experience, as you can now unlock things through a more typical progression tree. You’ll be able to see exactly what you can unlock and how to do it.

Veteran players of DOOM multiplayer, this next part is important. All players will have their level reset to zero – but JUST your level. You will have the option of either completely resetting your current progression so that you can experience the new system OR you can opt to keep everything you’ve unlocked so far, which includes your guns, gear, and customization stuff. Either decision you choose you’ll be able to show off a nifty badge showing off your veteran status.

The Hack Module system is also getting replaced by an all-new Runes system. Runes are passive abilities that can be equipped in your loadout and function like perks from modern first-person shooters. They aren’t temporary boosts like the Hack Modules, so you can reliably create new loadouts based around these runes.

The single-player campaign remains largely unchanged, but if you haven’t experienced the adrenaline rush that is the new DOOM, we’ve got one more surprise for you. The full game will be available for free play through the weekend on the following days!

  • Xbox One – 12pm ET July 20
  • PlayStation 4 – 12pm ET July 27
  • PC – 1pm ET July 20

Your save data will remain after the free period, so you’ll pick up right where you left off if you purchase the game. Speaking of which: DOOM will be on sale during the free weekend for $14.99 (US) / £11.99 (UK) / $17.99 (AUS)! Don’t delay – demons don’t like to be kept waiting!

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