First-Person Shooters

battlefield-5Complete with helicopters, tanks and tractors.

By Fraser Brown @ PC Gamer

Battlefield 5 is getting into the battle royale business with its new Firestorm mode, which will be available to all players on March 25. Check out the reveal trailer HERE.

The battle royale mode was unofficially revealed last week, when a leaked tutorial video was uploaded to YouTube. It’s still there, and you can give it a watch to see some proper in-game footage.

As well as squishy humans duking it out, vehicles will prowl the battlefields. If you’re feeling vulnerable, hop in a tank. They’re not indestructible, though, and make you a big target. Some vehicles will be all about thick armour and firepower, while others will let you get around the map quicker, while offering a bit of extra protection from flying bullets. 17 types of vehicles will be available, including a helicopter and a tractor.

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sniper-elite-v2-remasteredIndependent developer and publisher Rebellion today announced Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, in this stunning gameplay trailerSniper Elite V2 Remastered launches on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch in 2019. Fans can return to Berlin and revisit an epic campaign set in the final moments of World War 2.

Offering stunningly enhanced graphics, 4K resolution and HDR display, this is the visually definitive version of Sniper Elite V2. It will introduce new playable characters, a brand new photo mode, expanded online multiplayer for up to 16 combatants, as well as all the content ever released for the game. Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will be released both digitally and at retail later this year.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered weaves an explosive story of an undercover American OSS agent, stalking enemy prey across key historical locations from the Battle of Berlin in a mission to unravel the mysteries and dangers of the German V-2 rocket programme.

Visit the official Sniper Elite website for more game information.

insurgency-sandstormUpdate brings arcade mode, five new guns, and celebrates 500,000 players

Insurgency: Sandstorm, the smash-hit indie FPS from New World Interactive, receives its first major content update today. This includes the massive addition of a new ‘Arcade’ playlist with rotating game modes, alongside five new weapons, a new firing range for practicing your aim, performance improvements, and a wealth of smaller changes, additions, tweaks, and bug fixes – all featured in the First Content Update Trailer.
 
We’re also thrilled to announce that over 500,000 copies of Insurgency: Sandstorm have now been sold, already making back the budget of development, marketing, and then some. In celebration, we invite those who haven’t yet picked up a copy to get involved with a first major discount of 20% off on Steam, available until March 5.
 
The Arcade experience that ships with this new update lays the foundation for adding fresh, new, non-traditional game modes into Insurgency: Sandstorm. Things are beginning with a classic Team Deathmatch mode, which removes faction restrictions on weapons and upgrades, and gives more supply points to make your selections. Rules are simple: Build your ideal loadout, and kill enough of the enemy to win the match. New modes will be introduced to Arcade regularly with future updates.
 
To add some spice to this new kill-focused mode, five new weapons are also being added to Sandstorm in this update. Two new variations of the MP5, the MP5A2 and the MP5A5, are low caliber weapons with good recoil control, perfect for close quarters combat. There are also a pair of new machine guns, the M240B and MG3, offering high-caliber damage and an absurd rate of fire respectively. Finally a new Security handgun, the PF940, features 9mm rounds and a massive high capacity magazine upgrade of 31 rounds.
 
These new weapons join a rework of flash grenades to be more effective, alongside new cosmetic additions of eyewear, tattoos, a new camouflage pattern, and more. Performance and quality of life improvements, plus bug fixes, are also a major part of the patch. Read all about them over in the community update post on Steam.
 
New World Interactive and Focus Home Interactive are delighted with the response and reception to Insurgency: Sandstorm so far. This update should be seen as a sign of things to come: major, regular, free updates with new content and gameplay improvements. To join in, we invite you to grab the game at the 20% discount on Steam, available until March 5th.

Visit the Insurgency: Sandstorm website for more game information.

tom-clancy-ghost-recon-wildlandsUbisoft has fully revealed the details of Special Operation 4 for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the last free major update for the second year of post-launch content. Special Operation 4 will be released on February 27th, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC. The update will contain a brand new PvE mode: Guerrilla, the new Sapper PvP class and several highly requested features from the community.

Guerrilla Mode expands on the game’s PvE experience with a unique challenge testing players’ endurance, skills and tactics. The mode is available to play solo or co-operatively with up to four Ghosts. Players will need to defend key locations against increasingly deadly waves of Cartel and Unidad members. After each completed wave, players will have the opportunity to purchase and upgrade weapons, skills and attachments with resources gathered from dead enemies. Each choice will be impactful, meaning strategy will be essential to overcome the challenge.

In addition to Guerrilla Mode, Special Operation 4 introduces a wealth of new Ghost War PvP–focused content, including:

  • One New PvP Class: The Sapper is a new Support class option that deploys a specialized drone capable of shooting “concussion” mines. These mines drain stamina from players as well as suppressing them, slowing down their rush.
  • Two New PvP Maps

Two New PvP Events:

  • Arms Race: Players spawn with only their pistols and are forced explore the map for better weapons.
  • Danger Zone: Players are periodically bombed with ultrasonic blasts, forcing them to always be on the move.

In line with previous Year 2 updates, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands will continue to receive community-requested features and improvements, including time of day setting for Solo Campaign Mode, a new bleeding notification in Ghost War, the addition of the compass HUD option to PvE, as well as the introduction of daily campaign challenges with increased rewards. Additionally, Special Operation 4 will add a new Heatmap view, where players will be able to see the most visited locations in the Wildlands and discover some they have never explored.

The Ghost Recon: Wildlands Year 2 Pass offers seven-day early access to the new Ghost War class, along with the exclusive Active Duty Pack starting tomorrow. All other players will be able to access on the new PvP class on March 6th.

Developed by Ubisoft Paris, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a military shooter entirely playable in up to four-player co-op or single-player from beginning to end. Players have total freedom to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions. Players can choose to move quietly in the night, go in hot at dawn or work together to execute a sync shot that takes out enemies in one fell swoop. Each choice has a consequence, and players must improvise or adapt their plans to ensure the completion and success of each mission. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands Ghost War allows players to live the ultimate co-op experience in 4v4 modes. Featuring a growing roster of classes, maps and modes, Ghost War focuses on teamwork, strategy and tense tactical engagements.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, please visit www.ghostrecon.com.

escalation-1985Game developer Icebreaker Interactive is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for development of their upcoming PC game Escalation 1985.

What would have happened if the cold war turned hot in 1985? The new first person shooter Escalation 1985 is offering a grand campaign spanning 5 European nations, locations such as Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, and the soldiers of 9 armies, including the US Army and the British Army of the Rhine.

The crowdfunding campaign offers players in-game rewards of rare and forgotten weapons.

Backers can also write their own lines for their characters which will be recorded by a professional voice actor or get their own or someone else’s face in the game.

And finally on the highest tier a backer can get their very own real-life BRDM-2 amphibious armored vehicle (video) delivered to their door in the EU or USA. It comes freshly painted in mint-condition from the Czech Republic and is road legal in most places.

It’s fully amphibious and can swim at 10 km/h for 17 hours. You can have a party on a lake with this thing or make the school run very exciting.

About Escalation 1985:

Experience what an armed conflict would have been like between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in 1985. Escalation 1985 features massive 50 v 50 battles set in iconic areas surrounding the iron curtain. Use finely detailed weapons, vehicles, and equipment used by forces on either side. Work with your squad to defeat the enemy team and gain control before the nuclear Armageddon!

Using VoIP for radio and proximity communication along with a morale and stamina system the player will feel as if he is actually there, his weapon along with his avatar will be an actual part of the world. Moving, firing, being close to friendlies, enemies or tanks, will all have an impact on how you as a player will interact with the environment around you. Experience the horrors of Nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare with accurate recreations of these events.

Drive a tank with your friends. Our armor features intractable interiors that are precisely modeled from their real life counterparts. Engage enemy forces using detailed fire control systems and ballistics.

Use exquisitely modeled weapons systems, from rifles to anti-air systems. Accurate bullet and missile physics let you experience the true power of these weapons.

Find out more about Escalation 1985 HERE. Visit the games official website where you can view the reveal trailer, screenshots and more.

call-of-duty-black-ops-4-boxSource: Blue’s News

The Replacer is back in a new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 trailer titled “The Replacer Did It.” If you don’t recall, the Replacer is played by Swedish character actor Peter Stormare, sporting a fresh coat of beard polish. The video highlights Operation Grand Heist, which is now available as a timed exclusive for the shooter sequel on PlayStation 4, with Xbox One and PC to follow on February 26. Word is:

“For Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist, Activision and Treyarch have brought back the fan favorite character, The Replacer, and put a new spin on things. This chapter sees The Replacer playing an adverse hand in various, real news stories from around the world. From The White House to the farmhouse, when something goes askew, chances are The Replacer did it.”

rainbowsix-siege-logoSource: Blue’s News

At yesterday’s Six Invitational 2019 tournament, Ubisoft unveiled details about Year 4 Season 1 for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. The first look at Operation Burnt Horizon the other day with the release of a new Gridlock & Mozzie trailer, and they follow this with a new CGI trailer called “The Hammer and the Scalpel.” There’s a post on the Ubisoft website with more on the plan another trailer showing off gameplay. For those who cannot wait for this new content to officially launch, a test server is going up today with a chance to help vet this before it’s ready to go live. Here are the details:

Today, at the Six Invitational 2019, Ubisoft announced the full details of Season 1 of Year 4 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. Operation Burnt Horizon introduces an all-new Attacker and Defender from the Australian SASR Mobility Platoon, Gridlock and Mozzie. These two new operators come with a new map, Outback, a homage to all the lonely service stations and motels along the forgotten highways across Australia’s beautiful sun-soaked land. Year 4 Season 1 also brings a new Elite Set for Operator Hibana, including an Onkochishin uniform and a new victory animation and weapon skin.

Operation Burnt Horizon brings two new Operators, the Attacker Gridlock and the Defender Mozzie, both friends for years in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Platoon. Gridlock uses Trax Stingers, a portable version of road spikes that when activated, deploys a hexagonal cluster of spikes. When Defenders step on them, the Trax Stingers deal damage and slow them, making this gadget a good map control tool. In the meantime, Mozzie can deploy a Pest Launcher. When launched, the Pest latches onto the nearest enemy drone and obscures its camera. The Pest then initiates an override sequence to hack the drone and grant full control to Mozzie.

Alongside these two new Operators, Burnt Horizon introduces the map Outback, a lonely service station forgotten on one of Australia’s iconic motorways. Outback is divided into three distinct sections – the Garage, the Motel, and the Restaurant – all of which are unique and distinctly recognizable, even from a distance. Outback is a medium-sized map, so players won’t need to go far to find alternative routes. Packed with twists, turns, and Australiana, Outback is filled with unexpected corners and souvenirs from the Great Southern Land.

The Test Server for Operation Burnt Horizon will go live on February 18th. The Test Server is an alternative version of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, allowing players to test upcoming gameplay features that will make their way into the main game itself. Since this is a testing environment, a consistent gameplay experience is not guaranteed on the Test Server. Players are invited to submit the issues they encounter on the Test Server on the R6 Fix platform. The Test Server is exclusive to Windows PC.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, please visit rainbow6.com.

far-cry-new-dawnUbisoft has announced the release of Far Cry New Dawn, the newest installment of the award-winning Far Cry franchise. Set in a breathtaking post-apocalyptic world, Far Cry New Dawn is now available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC.  You can watch the Launch Gameplay Trailer HEREFar Cry New Dawn for Windows is now available on Steam, with a retail price of $39.99, and on the games website for all gaming platforms. A Deluxe version is available for $49.99.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Kiev and Ubisoft Bucharest, Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter set in a completely open world. Far Cry New Dawn thrusts players into a brilliant post-apocalyptic setting where they will encounter a dual threat – The Twins, Mickey and Lou. Players can recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire, or a Friend for Hire for co-op play, to experience unpredictable, unforgettable Far Cry Moments where anything can happen.

Seventeen years after a global nuclear event dramatically transformed the world, Far Cry New Dawn thrusts players into a wildly beautiful and dangerous environment reclaimed by nature and characterized by a vibrant superbloom. As the captain of security for a man named Thomas Rush, players will arrive in Hope County to help the Survivors of the nuclear catastrophe fight back against a marauding band of Highwaymen. The new villains, The Twins Mickey and Lou, grew up in the lawless post-apocalyptic frontier and their only philosophy is to live for today. Each with their own distinct approach, together The Twins provide both the brains and brawn to lead the Highwaymen and solve the problems they face… in any way they see fit.

Players must help the Survivors grow stronger by upgrading the Homebase, called Prosperity. As players progress, they can upgrade the Homebase to craft more powerful weapons and gear, as well as face off against higher ranking enemies through Far Cry New Dawn’s “light RPG” gameplay mechanics. Along the way players will encounter a mix of new and familiar faces, including new furry companions Timber the Akita and Horatio the boar. New to the franchise, players can also venture to replayable locations called Expeditions, set in unique locations across America. These snatch-and-grab missions will let players acquire valuable resources and get out – quickly.

The latest video, Far Cry New Dawn: How To Upgrade Your Home Base can be viewed HERE.

far-cry-new-dawnBy Christopher Livingston @ PC Gamer

You’d think a nuke being dropped on Montana would have changed it somewhat, but Far Cry New Dawn’s post-apocalyptic version of Hope County is essentially the same one we know from Far Cry 5. Once again the locals are being terrorized by armed gangs speeding around in infinite trucks while furious bears and homicidal turkeys leap from the bushes to claw at anything that moves. New Dawn adds a couple new twists to the series’ formula—at times you can leave Montana to visit other states—but nothing to make it feel like a wholly different game. This is Far Cry 5 again, just on a smaller scale and with more pink flowers.

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metro-exodusDeep Silver and 4A Games are proud to announce the worldwide release of Metro Exodus for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Five years in the making, Metro Exodus sees Artyom and a band of Spartan Rangers flee the Moscow Metro and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia.

Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus weaves a powerful narrative through its huge single-player campaign that blends ferocious combat, exploration, survival and stealth in one of the most atmospheric, immersive gaming worlds.

Metro Exodus has been met with widespread critical acclaim from specialist and mainstream media alike, and will thrill gamers looking for a rich, story driven experience.

To celebrate the release of Metro Exodus, watch the launch trailer HERE.

Visit the official Metro Exodus website for more game information.

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