Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Blizzard Reveals Mobile Diablo Title, Diablo Immortal


During Blizz Con 2018, Blizzard revealed Diablo Immortal, a mobile game that serves as a prequel to Diablo III, taking place 20 years before the events of that game. 
The game is being developed by Chinese developer NetEase Games with Blizzard adding input. Immortal will allow you to play six classes (wizard, necromancer, witch hunter, barbarian, crusader, and monk). Blizzard hasn't revealed a price point, monetization plans, or a release date  at this time.


Ashe Is The 29th Hero Of Overwatch


During Blizz Con 2018, Overwatch hero 29 was revealed and her name is Ashe. 
Ashe appears to be a mid-range DPS hero who can snipe enemies from afar. She can also throw dynamite to take down threats close range. When Ashe activates her ultimate, B.O.B. runs into the fray, uppercuts foes, and can mow down more of them with his chain-gun arm. 
Ashe is available in the Overwatch PTR on PC right now!!! Go try her out, she’s super fun from the few games I got to play with her. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Get Destiny 2 PC For Free, Limited Time Offer


Activision-Blizzard and Bungie have revealed that the PC version of Destiny 2 will be free for a limited time. The publisher says this is meant to celebrate the PC version’s launch a year ago.
PC players have until November 18 to claim their copy. This version does not include the recently launched Forsaken expansion pack but players will have a chance to try out the expansion's cooperative Gambit mode from November 9 to November 11. 
Those who are interested in claiming a copy will need a Battle.net account. If you have one, you can claim your copy here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Final Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Roundup


In the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct video presentation before the game launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system on Dec. 7, Nintendo blew the lid off of many new modes, fighters and gameplay features of the massive video game crossover event, including details about upcoming DLC. With the reveal of new fighters Ken from the Street Fighter series and Incineroar from the Pokémon franchise, all playable fighters at launch – all 74 of them! – have been unveiled. But more fighters, stages and music tracks will be coming in the form of DLC, which was also announced in the video presentation. To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
Nintendo also announced an incentive for fans to pre-purchase the digital version of the game (and avoid long lines and the holiday rush!). My Nintendo members who pre-purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com will earn a bonus of 300, or double, Gold Points. This limited-time offer runs now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. The bonus points will be issued on the game’s launch day.
“There are still elements of today’s presentation that hold a lot of secrets for players to discover, but with the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only a little more than a month away, this Nintendo Direct presentation is a final look at one of the most massive games Nintendo has ever produced,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With so much to experience and discover in this game – and with a huge library of other games to choose from – we believe fans are going to be playing a lot of Nintendo Switch this holiday season.”
Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
  • HadoKEN!: Hailing from the Street Fighter series, Ryu’s rival Ken joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster as an echo fighter. This Ken is based on his appearance in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. While he has some similar moves to Ryu, Ken is a slightly faster fighter and has a different shaped Hadoken.
  • Incineroar: The final fighter to join the battle in time for the game’s launch is Incineroar, the advanced evolution of Litten, who made his first appearance in the Pokémon Sunand Pokémon Moon games. Incineroar uses pro-wrestling moves, culminating in an epic Final Smash called Max Malicious Moonsault, based on his Z-Move from the Pokémon games.
  • Spirits: In the world of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many video game characters lose their forms and become “spirits” that serve as a power-up of sorts for a player’s main playable fighter. There is a massive number of wildly different spirits, ranging from Chibi-Robo to Dr. Wily to Tails to Revolver Ocelot, with the giant list of characters going on and on. Players can equip primary and support spirits to power up or add additional abilities like speed or strength to their fighter during battles. Mixing and matching spirits will help players get the upper hand against certain opponents, adding quite a bit of strategy to battles. Equipping a spirit is similar to equipping a charm or accessory in an RPG. It’s a way for players to enjoy a massive amount of additional video game characters outside of selecting them as playable fighters.
  • Spirit Battles: The main way to acquire spirits is to win Spirit Battles. After winning a Spirit Battle, players will have to complete a roulette challenge to acquire that spirit.
  • Leveling Up Spirits: By battling with spirits by their side, players can level up spirits, giving them extra power and sometimes unlocking enhanced forms. The more leveled up and trained spirits are, the more powerful and useful they are.
  • Spirit Combinations: With an insane amount of spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, thousands of combinations can be formed. Players will be constantly surprised and excited by all the spirits that pop up in the game. Because players might collect an abundance of spirits, the game will offer recommendations for primary and support spirits, making the selection process a little bit easier.
  • DLC: New fighters, stages and music will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through the end of February 2020 in the form of paid DLC. For only $5.99, players can purchase one set, which includes a new playable fighter (not an Echo Fighter), a new stage and a variety of music tracks. By purchasing a Fighters Pass for $24.99, players will get access to five yet-to-be-announced sets, which is five new fighters, five stages and multiple music tracks, as they release. Players who purchase a Fighters Pass will also receive an in-game outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 starting Dec. 7. Pre-purchasing the digital version of the game with the Fighters Pass in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 6 will earn My Nintendo members 425 bonus Gold Points, or double the usual amount. The bonus points will be issued on the game’s launch day.
  • Early Purchase Bonus: Piranha Plant takes root! The iconic enemy from the Super Mario series is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for early purchasers. Players can purchase the digital version of the game or register their physical game card on a Nintendo Switch device by Jan. 31, 2019, to gain access to this new fighter when it is available around February 2019 at no additional cost. Piranha Plant, together with a new stage and music tracks, will be available for purchase as DLC in the future. Fans can pre-purchase the game and secure the Piranha Plant reward starting today by visiting http://smashbros.nintendo.com/buy/.
  • New amiibo: All the new fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – including DLC! – will get their own amiibo figures. This includes Ken, Incineroar and Piranha Plant, as well as the recently announced Simon Belmont and King K. Rool. The currently scheduled release timing is as follows, with details about future figures on the way:
    • Inkling, Ridley and Wolf – Dec. 7, 2018
    • King K. Rool, Ice Climbers and Piranha Plant – Feb. 15, 2019
    • Isabelle, Pichu, Ken, Young Link, Daisy – 2019
  • Adventure Mode: World of Light: There may not be a single-player adventure quite like Adventure Mode: Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but something has caused the numerous video game characters in the game to lose their bodies and transform into spirits. While today’s Nintendo Direct video provides some sneak peeks, Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the Super Smash Bros. series, wants to keep parts of this new adventure mode secret until the game launches…
  • Assist Trophies: In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, assist trophies do exactly what their name suggests – they assist players in battle! Each assist trophy is based on a recognizable video game character and unleashes a variety of different powers, both offensive and defensive. The total number of assist trophies in the game is 59, representing characters like Guile from the Street Fighter series, Isaac from the Golden Sun RPGs, the Fly Swatter from Mario Paint and Spring Man from ARMS.
  • Mii Fighters: When playing as a Mii Fighter, players can customize their outfits and voice options. Some new Mii Fighter outfits have also been added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Wireless and Online Play: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets players battle together with friends and family members via local wireless* or online**. “For Fun” and “For Glory,” which existed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, are no longer options. Instead, matchmaking is based on three factors: Preferred Rules, which lets players choose their rules for battle and pair up with others with similar preferences, Global Smash Power, an online leaderboard that pits players against others with a similar score, and Proximity, players who are close to each other geographically.
  • Two-Player Co-op: Two fighters are better than one! When playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online, two players can team up on one Nintendo Switch system online and take on other teams with the same setup.
  • Smartphone Features: With the Nintendo Switch Online app*** on smartphones, players can voice chat with others in battle arenas. A mobile service called Smash World is also being developed. Instead of focusing on stats, the new service allows players to post and watch videos, as well as other fun features. More details about the service will be revealed in the future.
  • Elite Smash: Once a player’s Global Smash Power is high enough, she or he will be invited to compete in elite in-game battles. These VIP matches are for the best of the best and offer some serious competition.
  • Smash Tag: Everyone who competes online will need to create a unique Smash Tag. By beating a fellow fighter, players will receive their Smash Tag to display on their profile. Collecting a bunch of Smash Tags is a great way to show off high-level Super Smash Bros. Ultimate accomplishments.
  • Short Messages: Players can select pre-determined short messages, assign them to the control pad and send them to other players before and after battles. The game offers a wide selection of varied preset messages.
  • Spectator Mode: As in previous games, players can watch other players battle in Spectator Mode. Analyzing the battles of other players can be helpful in learning new strategies and techniques.
  • Background Matchmaking: Players can play other modes while they search for an online battle. Not every mode will be available while waiting, but it’s a great way for players to keep occupied between online battles.
  • Battle Arenas: Players can create custom battle arenas when playing online that allow them to compete against other players in a more intimate setting. In a battle arena, there are options to join a battle, wait in line or spectate.
  • Other Features: There is a wide variety of other modes and settings in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including:
    • Help – Living in the easy-to-access dashboard, Help mode offers in-game guides and tips.
    • Mob Smash – This mode lets players battle an army of fighters on different stages. Players can even select the music tracks associated with a given stage that they want to listen to while battling.
    • Replay – Players can save replays of their battles and even create shareable videos from them.
    • Tips – This menu offers quick tips and tricks that players will see on loading screens. When viewing, the tips can be sorted by category or fighter.
    • Challenges – By completing specific challenges, players earn in-game rewards. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the challenges are arranged to look like a comic book.
    • Battle Records – The Records menu tracks battle history, with the option to view battle data separately for online and offline play.
    • Shop – Players can redeem in-game currency for music tracks, spirits and a variety of different items.
    • Language Support – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate supports 11 different languages. Applicable fighter voices and names are specific to whatever language is selected.
    • Custom Balance – When battling against other players on the same system, players can adjust the strength of their fighters. This completely optional feature comes in handy if players want to adjust strength to ensure a fair fight.
  • Early Hands-On Events: Fans can check the game’s site for information about a variety of upcoming hands-on events. At these special events, players will have the chance to choose from all 74 fighters.

PlayStation Plus Games For November 2018

The PlayStation Plus titles for September have been announced and will be available to download on November 6. Here’s the full list of games:

PS4
  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Burly Men At Sea
  • Roundabout

PS3
  • Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Arkedo Series

PS Vita
  • Burly Men At Sea  
  • Roundabout 

Apple Announces New iPad Pro With USB-C, Face ID Along With New Apple Pencil


During Apples October event, the company announced a new iPad Pro with all-screen design and next-generation performance. The all-new design pushes 11-inch and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays to the edges of iPad Pro and integrates Face ID to securely unlock the iPad with a glance.
The A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine in iPad Pro outperforms most PC laptops and offers a new USB-C connector, Gigabit-class LTE, and up to 1TB of storage to enable powerful new mobile workflows.
The new Smart Keyboard Folio features a streamlined design that’s adjustable for added versatility. The new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio are available to order starting today and in stores starting Wednesday, November 7.

The new iPad Pro sports an edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with rounded corners that follow the curves of the tablet’s unibody enclosure. With precision-milled glass, advanced pixel masking, sub-pixel antialiasing and a new backlight design, the new Liquid Retina display in iPad Pro is Apple’s brightest and most color accurate iPad display, featuring wide color support, True Tone, and anti-reflective coating for a natural, accurate viewing experience indoors and out, Schiller says. ProMotion technology automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz for smooth scrolling and responsiveness.

The new 11-inch iPad Pro packs a bigger display with more pixels in the same footprint as the 10.5-inch model, yet still weighs just one pound. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro places the largest display of any iPad into a more portable package — a 25% reduction in volume. Both models are just 5.9 mm thin, the thinnest iPad design ever.
The new iPad Pro packs the A12X Bionic, which was especially made for the tablet. The eight-core A12X Bionic features four performance cores and four efficiency cores for up to 35 percent faster single-core performance and a new performance controller for simultaneous use of all eight cores for an up to 90% boost during multi-threaded tasks. 
A seven-core, Apple-designed GPU purportedly delivers up to twice the graphics performance. Despite all these enhancements, Apple says the ew tablets have a10-hour battery life.
Apple’s next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to AR, completing up to five trillion operations per second. The Neural Engine is designed to deliver improved performance for Core ML tasks, empowering developers to build apps and new iPad workflows that utilize this highly efficient machine learning engine.
Face ID has come to the iPad for the first time. Designed to work while holding iPad Pro in any position or while seated using the new Smart Keyboard Folio, Face ID takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera system to accurately map and recognize the face to securely unlock iPad Pro, enable Apple Pay in apps and online, and allow users to gain access to secure apps. The TrueDepth Camera on iPad Pro also enables Animoji and Memoji. The new iPad Pros boast advanced cameras and sensors and improved four-speaker audio.

The second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to iPad Pro for pairing and wireless charging. Which means no one danger of breaking the device with it protruding awkwardly from a Lightning port. With it, users can select the right tool or brush with a simple double tap on Apple Pencil within apps like Notes.
The new Smart Keyboard Folio protects both the front and back of iPad Pro in a design encompassing a full-size keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired. It’s adjustable for lap or desk use.
A new USB-C connector replaces the Lightning connect and offers power for charging, supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 for high-bandwidth data transfers up to twice the speed to and from cameras and musical instruments, and drives external displays up to 5K. With USB-C, iPad Pro can even be used to charge an iPhone.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations as well as a new 1TB option. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi model and $949 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,149 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com and Apple Store locations, and is also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Apple Announces New Mac Mini


During Apples October event, the company announced an update to the Mac mini. The new space gray Mac mini starts at $799, and is available for order today for delivery or pickup at Apple retail stores as early as November 7.
The base model of the Mac mini comes with a 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, Intel UHD Graphics 630, and 128GB of PCIe-based SSD storage. That model can be configured with a 3.2GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz, up to 64GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. If you went with all of the top end options, that little Mac mini goes up to $4,199, that’s  without a keyboard, pointing device or monitor.

The higher-end Mac mini starts with a 3.0GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz, 8GB of 2666MHz, DDR4 memory, Intel UHD Graphics 630, and 256GB of PCIe-based SSD storage. Configure-to-order options include that same 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 chip with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz, RAM up to 64GB, storage up to 2TB and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Oddly enough, maxing out this model of the Mac mini gives you a lower price tag of just $3,999 for exactly the same specs as the maxed-out base model.
Apple notes that the new Mac mini delivers five times the performance of previous models, and that the device comes with the T2 security chip for real-time encryption of data. 
The Mac mini has always been a very versatile Mac, with lots of ports in the back. The new version gives you four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, an RJ-45 Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 out, two USB 3 ports, and a 3.5 mm headphone port. 

What’s great is that Apple has made the RAM in the new Mac mini user-replaceable so that users have a choice to purchase RAM upgrades from lower-cost third parties. At this time, we don’t know if the SSD is user-replaceable or not.