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April 30, 2016

Battlefield 5 to be revealed at World Premier Event next week

Written by Damien

Today Dice announced that the next title in the Battlefield series will be revealed at a World Premier event on Friday May the 6th.

The game will be revealed to all attendees of the event before a global livestream shows off the game to the rest of the world. Rumor has it that the new setting for this game will take place during World War I. Battlefield 5 is also scheduled for a holiday 2016 release.

April 27, 2016

The Legend of Zelda Wii U delayed until 2017; Coming to NX

Written by Damien

Nintendo took to their official Twitter account today to announce that The next title in the Legend of Zelda series has been pushed out of it's initial launch of 2016 to 2017. The reason for the delay Nintendo says is to improve the overall quality of the game. With the pushed release date to 2017 this gives Nintendo the time to finish the game and also create an NX counterpart to come out alongside the Wii U title's release.

Nintendo also said that this year at E3 they will be focusing their attention on the new Legend of Zelda title as it will be the only playable title on their show floor. Also don't expect to see NX at E3 a quote explaining most of this by the company can be read below...

"NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year" the company said in a press release..
"This June, Nintendo will focus its attentions on the upcoming game in The Legend of Zelda series. The Wii U version of the game will be playable for the first time on the E3 show floor, and it will be the only playable game Nintendo presents at the show, in order to provide attendees a complete immersion. Additional information about Nintendo's E3 plans will be announced in the future."

So what do you think? Unsurprised or phased by this news? Upset we won't be seeing NX this E3? Sound off on our Twitter we want to hear from you.

April 22, 2016

Microsoft stopping production of the XBOX 360

Written by Damien

The head of XBOX Phil Spencer has announced that Microsoft will no longer be making XBOX 360 consoles.

Spencer had this to say...

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft and while we've had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country."

XBOX 360's will still be supported via XBOX Live and the online store and it is worth mentioning that 360 games will still work on XBOX One's via the backwards compatibility feature. Xbox 360 reached it's 10th birthday last November and here's hoping the XBOX One will have a bright and long legacy.

April 21, 2016

Ready At Dawn signs with Gamestop

Written by AJ

Retail giant Gamestop is continuing on with their non-traditional publishing and distribution arm, GameTrust. You may have heard of this project when they announced their first game would be from Insomniac Games. Insomniac's game Song of the Deep was announced in January.

Today Gamestop have announced three new titles coming to GameTrust. Frozenbyte, known from their games in the Trine series, Ready at Dawn, the studio that brought you The Order: 1886, and Tequila Works, who developed Deadlight.

While not part of the creative process like many publishers, GameTrust is designed to create a platform for "creative and fun games". As such, Gamestop wants the "innovative independent developers" to take the lead on their projects.

Song of the Deep will launch July 12th digitally, with a physical version available exclusively at Gamestop.

April 18, 2016

Guile announced as the next DLC character for SFV

Written by Damien

According to Capcom veteran fighter Guile will be stepping into the ring by the end of the month. Capcom took to their Capcom Unity Page to announce this information as well as let us know of an update that will roll out the same time to deal with those pesky rage quitters.

Like March's character Alex, Guile will be free to try until the currency known as Zenny rolls out. The update will also introduce Guiles very own stage the "Air Force Base" which will cost 70,00 Fight Money.

Street Fighter V released on February 16, 2016 and we at Skyematrix found the game to be a competent fighter, lacking in some serious modes and things to do offline

April 17, 2016

New Ghostbusters Game not tied to new film

Written by Damien

There is a new Ghostbusters game coming courtesy of Activision. This game will have nothing to do with the upcoming Paul Feig directed film of the same name. The new game will take place in what appears to be a highschool setting with a group of proton users we like said earlier don't know and currently know nothing about. The title is slated for a July 12th release date and will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC respectively. There is currently no subtitle for the game or a developer.

So excited for this new group of Proton Slingers? Upset that this new game won't be following the all female cast? Sound off on our Twitter we want to hear from you.

PS4 Leads Hardware Sales for Month of March

Written by Damien

Sony has released a statement that the PS4 was the top selling hardware and also had the top selling software for the month of March. According to Sony the PS4 has won the month of March in terms of hardware sales and also software sales. Tom Clancy's The Division receives praise from Sony for being the the top selling software for the month of March as well as being the place to play the new Third Person MMORPG Shooter. Microsoft is also hailing the success of The Division as one reason why global hours spent on the Xbox One are up 89 percent over last year. In addition, Microsoft is calling out Killer Instinct: Season 3 as well for its high engagement numbers; more than 6 million unique players make up the the number of people playing this game around the world making March 2015 the best month ever for that franchise.

It should be noted however that compared to last year hardware sales are down by 19% even while software sales try to fill in the gap.

Currently Tom Clancy's The Division is the highest selling Tom Clancy game in history.
Below is the software sales top 10 for the month of March.

March 2016

1.Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

2.Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

3.The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U)

4.Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

5.UFC 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

6.MLB 16: The Show (PS4, PS3)

7.Pokken Tournament (Wii U)

8.NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)

9.Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

10.Minecraft ( PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

So what do you think? Are you happy the PS4 is leading sales? Did you pick up Tom Clancy's The Division? Sound off on our Twitter, we would love to hear from you.

April 9, 2016

Ray Gigant Release: Gigantic News

Written by Devon

Ray Gigant is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Experience. The game originally made its debut on the Playstation Vita on July 30, 2015 when it was published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Previously this debut was only available to Japan. Now, with the helping hands of Acttil, it will be making its way to North America and Europe in May of 2016!

Experience is a well known developer and are the creative minds behind titles such as Demon Gaze and Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. It should come as no surprise that after penning 2 successful dungeon crawlers that they would again tackle the genre. Ray Gigant is a unique experience that sets itself apart from Experience's previous titles.

Ray Gigant will not contain random battles. It will also focus heavily on the games narrative. As far as combat goes, the game's battles will be turn-based with the most parallel comparison to Bravely Default. The player has a certain allocation of moves, in this case 100 points, that can be made. The player has to choose between dishing them out in strategic turns, or use them up all at once, which leaves the player vulnerable and unable to act for a period. To take this mechanic to the next level, Ray Gigant introduces segments dubbed "Slash Beat Mode". These have beat-driven mechanics similar to Rhythm Heaven.

This will be Acttil's second outing in America with the first being Superbeat: XONiC. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Superbeat, it is a rhythm game for the Playstation Vita. I cannot recommend this game enough! This new title, Ray Gigant, is a game that steps in the complete opposite direction, but gives me hope that we will see even more elusive Japan only vita titles make their way to Western shores.

Stay tuned throughout the week as we drop some massive details about the gameplay, story, and characters. Also make sure to follow us on twitter where we will be dropping gorgeous screenshots from the wonderfully animated world!

April 1, 2016

Fallout 4 adds Survival Mode beta on Steam

Written by Damien

Since it's release back in November of 2015 many fans have been looking for more fun in the wastelands. Well look no further because currently on Steam you can try the beta for the newly announced survival mode. Below are the things you can and cannot do in Survival mode as well as certain tweaks to gameplay elements to keep it different...

Tough Choices

At a high level, we wanted to force you to make interesting choices. We did that by bringing more contrasting motivations to Fallout 4 using the type of circular systems you might find in a game like Dark Souls. (By which we mean, two or more systems that push against each other.) This resulted in four major pillars for Survival Mode.

  1. Strategy: Intensify decisions involving when to get into combat versus when to avoid it, and also make you think more about what gear to take into combat. Then back up those decisions with faster, more brutal fights.
  2. Exploration: Slow down the pace of the game and encourage players to explore the nooks and crannies of the world.
  3. Resource Management: Balance out items in the world that may be too easy to acquire or horde, giving players more to consider when planning their current loadout.
  4. Role Playing: Increase the realism of the world and the issues one might face there.

Here's how these goals are realized with some of the big changes in Survival Mode.

Saving with Sleep: Manual, quicksaving and almost all autosaves are disabled. To save your game, you'll need to find a bed and sleep for at least an hour. This means your fallback options are reduced, forcing you to be more concerned about what you are walking into and whether you're prepared to handle it. Some fights you may deem above your level and decide to avoid. Other fights you may decide to go all in. Scouting and gathering information to make this decision can be fun in its own right. Also, when beds are your only means of saving, they become the Holy Grail. With that level of importance tied to them, you will scour the Earth to find the closest bed to your next chosen encounter and in doing so you will likely discover things that you might have otherwise missed.

No More Fast Travel: Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to be somewhere, you'll have to get there the old-fashioned way. In other words, exploration is now mandatory, exposing more of the Commonwealth's secret gems. This will also take you out of your comfort zone, but encourage you to take advantage of the well-placed workshops throughout the Wasteland. And, while Charisma may seem less important to your immediate survival, there are certain Charisma-based perks that make managing your bases less painful.

Increased Lethality: You now deal, but also take, more damage. You can increase the damage you deal even further with "Adrenaline" more on that in a moment. This makes combat more dangerous, which in turn slows you down and gets you to think about what you're walking into. Combine this with it being much harder to save your game and suddenly each encounter becomes much more tense and dire.

Combat itself is also more strategic, because both you and enemies are more powerful; this means fights are about trying to use positioning and timing to get in your shots without taking enemy hits. This has an even bigger effect on melee players, who will now need to use their block/parry to keep themselves from taking damage during fights. While this change raises the skill necessary to play, those who opt into Survival know what they're getting into.

Facing the Unknown: Threats, unless added by a Recon scope, no longer display on the compass, and the distance at which locations of interest will appear has been significantly shortened. You can no longer rush through the world, knowing what's around the next corner. At the same time, you'll likely explore even more, in order to ferret out any and all locations.

Adrenaline: Adrenaline, a new Perk that comes standard with Survival Mode, provides a bonus to your damage output and is increased by getting kills. Every five kills increases your Adrenaline rank, adding 5% bonus damage for up to an extra 50% damage at the max rank of 10. That extra damage is alluring. Adrenaline motivates the types of stupid decisions that always lead to the best water cooler stories. (Sleeping removes anywhere from 2 to all 10 ranks of Adrenaline, depending on the time you've slept.)

Wellness Exhaustion, Hunger, Thirst: You'll find it difficult to survive without taking proper care of yourself. You must stay hydrated, fed and rested to remain combat-ready. Going for extended periods of time without food, water or a good night's sleep will begin to adversely affect your health, hurting your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats, adding to your Fatigue, lowering your immunity, and eventually even causing physical damage to you. This will affect every decision you make, because you have to consider your overall and ever-changing health. The drive to simply stay alive might push you into new and unexpected adventures. At the very least, you'll likely find yourself hunting for valuable meats, triggering encounters with dangerous wildlife. But not everything you can consume is good for you: Certain items in the game now have negative consequences to balance out their positive effects. These counter-effects may make you thirsty, hungry or tired and possibly even hurt your immunity, leaving you vulnerable to Illness.

Fatigue: Fatigue mostly comes from being tired, but both hunger and thirst also affect it. Fatigue works like radiation, but affects your Action Points (AP) rather than your Hit Points (HP). The more Fatigue you've built up, the less AP you'll have for actions like sprinting and V.A.T.S. The amount of Fatigue you've accumulated is displayed in red on your AP bar.

Everything Matters

It's not just the big changes that alter the way you play in Survival Mode. We also made adjustments to all kinds of items and conditions.

Bed Types: The type of bed you're sleeping in limits the length of time you are able to sleep, thereby limiting how much you can recover. Real beds which are hard to come by in the world offer the highest bonuses for sleeping; this rewards you for working out of a home base or even spending the caps for a good night's sleep.

Also, finding a sleeping bag in the middle of a dungeon will feel great... finding a dirty mattress will feel even better... finding a real bed will be like winning the lottery. You know all those spots where you can use Workshop mode in the game? It's time to start building beds.

Illness & Antibiotics: There are several different Illnesses that can affect you. Your base chance of getting sick increases as your average Wellness decreases. Antibiotics can be crafted, bought or found, and alongside doctors, can heal your current Illnesses. Certain things in the world, such as taking hits by certain creatures or using Chems, may immediately give you an Illness. Also, Stimpaks are no longer the fix-all miracle drug, so make sure you're prepared!

Immunodeficiency: Items that cleanse your body of Rads come with the cost of making you tired and temporarily damaging your immunity, leaving you more vulnerable to Illness than usual. By adding a negative effect to RadAway, we are pushing you to only use it when you really need it.

Slower Healing: In Survival, restorative items, like Stimpaks and food, recover your health at a significantly reduced rate. You'll need to time your healing precisely if you hope it will last.

Crippled Limbs: Crippled limbs will no longer auto-heal after combat. They will remain crippled until healed by a Stimpak or slept off. This not only makes combat tougher (and more strategic) but also puts a further tax on Stimpaks.

Carry Weight: Your total carry weight has been reduced and items like ammo and Stimpaks now have weight. Bullets and shells have a small amount of weight, which varies by caliber, while missiles and mini nukes are quite heavy. Everything you carry now must be carefully chosen, and you'll have to weigh power over volume when it comes to things like ammo.

Painful Encumbrance: Exceeding your carry weight reduces your overall Wellness, quickly building Fatigue, and will eventually cripple your legs. You can't hoard a whole bunch of items, then make the long, slow trip back home which, to be fair, isn't that fun. Just set the loot aside and be free.

Companion Costs: Carry weight for companions has been decreased and they will no longer automatically get back up if downed during combat. Instead, they will return home, if abandoned without being healed. So don't hog your Stimpaks, and don't turn your friends into mules!

Likewise, if you've already downloaded Automatron, your new Robot companions will need to be closely monitored. If you forget to use your Robot Repair Kits, they will return home.

Enemy and Loot Repopulation: Locations you've cleared will now repopulate with new enemies and loot at a significantly slower rate. So head out into the world and find new locations!

There's even more depth and little things in the new Survival Mode for you to discover. Try out the beta on Steam. We'd like to refine it with your help, make it the most exciting way to play, and then release it on all platforms. Thanks again!

So there it is all the information about the newly aforementioned Survival Mode. As of right now there is no word on whether we will be seeing this mode on consoles but let's hope. Will you be hopping onto Steam this weekend to check out the new mode? Let us know by hitting up our Twitter.