Where is our review of Destiny 2 – Expansion II: WARMIND?

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Destiny 2: Expansion II – WARMIND is now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But unfortunately, our review is not, and our editor’s want to inform you where we sit with our review.

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Dying Lights Free Year of DLC Outlined by Techland

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Over the last month, developer Techland announced that it would be creating 10 pieces of free DLC over the course of the next year. The studio behind the open-world zombie infested action-adventure game has finally outlined what the new DLC will feature. So lets take a look at what is coming up.

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Sit-Rep: Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel – A Succulent Fruit Hidden in Ashes


Pros:
+Revisiting The Painted World of Ariamis with Ashes of Ariandel
+New boss fights and creatures provide a worthwhile challenge
+New PvP Arena is spectacular and fulfills a PvPers desires
+Very well paced for the small download size offering between 3-4 hours of gameplay

Cons:
-Difficulty at times can be  mind boggling occasions
-Exploring can be difficult for newcomers to the series that started with DSIII.


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Dark Souls 3 has been delivering an enjoyable experience for us since the day we snuffed out the flame of the Soul of Cinder boss for our reviewAshes of Ariandel delivers a very similar experience for fans to enjoy. With a new icy landscape to enjoy, new weapons, armor, and even spells, Ashes of Ariandel isn’t shy on delivering a satisfactory experience for everyone involved. However, the hunt for all of this? It will only last depending on the want players have to fight creatures to farm for their gear or even players just wanting to wipe out the bosses for the experience.

However, this expansion isn’t all-that-difference from the lands we once explored in Dark Souls named “The Painted World of Ariamis”. However, it’s not exactly the same due to where players get to visit. In this world, players will find enemies that are rather diverse, deadly, and will deal just as much damage like any-other-enemy. Players will once more find themselves becoming familiar with enemies such as “The Followers, the Millwood Knights, and even the vicious wolves that wander around. Unlike many of the enemies we’ve met before, they are vicious, they are brutal, and these Viking like enemies that like to blow things up with their weapons.

Unlike many of the places we’ve visited in the game, Ariandel itself is just as deadly as the enemies within it. With treacherous mountain cliffs, false snowbanks that randomly fall from beneath you, Ariandel will leave you in perilous situations as enemies will openly jump you without knowing. While snowy-covered lands may be a large part of the land you explore, players will also find themselves going through buildings within the land, but also they will find themselves exploring the rather deadly path of twisted roots in order to explore the lands below. The only thing that makes this experience saddening is Ariandel itself isn’t all that large as one would hope. Compared to any other zone within the game, Ariandel is almost just a blip on the radar with it only hosting two bosses, around a dozen items to be discovered.

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The one thing that does make this zone a bit troubled isn’t the mobs, how small it is, or how few bosses there are. It’s the fact this zone is packed full of bonfires that allow fans to move through the zone a heck-of-a-lot quicker than they’d like. Unlike Dark Souls world “The Painted World of Ariamis,”fans will find themselves not concerned with moving once more through the lands. Like much of the game compared to the previous entries, Ashes of Ariandel remains tame compared to the rest of the game, and even makes itself feel less challenging than ever before.

This approach, however, doesn’t take away from what the expansion is about. The bosses, the monsters, and even the treacherous terrains are formidable foes that will leave players reeling in pain. As mentioned before, Ashes of Ariandel remains a pivotal point in the direction the next DLC could go. Despite how easy the DLC felt at points, the expansion itself offered up plenty of challenges for me to experience. Whether it was the Millwood Knights or even the wolves hiding within the forest, Ashes of Ariandel’s three hours of play time offered plenty of challenges for me to go through, and became a rather quick awareness check for me to experience. PvP arenas remain locked until players defeat the optional boss that’s hidden within the lands.

While mortality within the game is quite easily tested by players exploring the lands, you can quite easily expect this to shine through in Ashes of Ariandel with the games new arena. For players looking to PvP, Ashes of Ariandel offers up a rather large amount of this to be had. Players can choose from 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 or even blood filled free-for-alls, and the ability to choose whether or not to heal within it. Seeking avenues within each map is quite pleasing as players will find multiple approaches to each encounter, which will allow players to blast back against their enemies or even wither them down to nothing. Worried about spawn camping? There’s none of that to be had here since the game manages to negate this issue with an anti-spawn camp mechanic. This will definitely encourage PvP later in for those that tire of the games campaign.

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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel – PC, PlayStation 4 (PlayStation 4), Xbox One
Developer: From Software
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Cost: $14.99
Release Date: Now Available

However, with all that said, Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel is an enjoyabl experience that will keep fans busy for hours to come. Fr those looking to PvP, the DLC will keep fans busy for longer than expected as they find themselves exploring the frozen wastelands or even beating other players around until their ashes scatter within the winds.


Our review is based upon the release of the DLC via the games Season Pass.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 8 out of 10


About the Writer:

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Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

The Beastmen Strike in the Latest Total War: WARHAMMER Campaign Pack

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Your empire has risen from the ashes and become strong. Your allies know your prowess in combat, your enemies have felt your wrath, and your people have grown to love you. Peace has begun to resume over the lands, but as of today, that is all changing. A dull roar has come from the countryside as your soldiers take to battle against the vampires, the elves, and even the dwarves. As the Beastmen, you will undertake their Grand Campaign, custom games, and multiplayer battles, with the experience of their own story mission Campaign titled “An Eye for an Eye”.

The Beastmen are the masters of guerilla warfare, they strike fast, hard, and ambush their enemies when the chances provide. Their prowess with weapons is irrefutable as they send chaotic magic ahead to doom their enemies. These magics were only told of from The Lore of the Wild. When their combat ends? They will vanish once more into the safety of the forests. Their Beastmen Grand Campaign may be led by two of their famous Legendary Lards from the Warhammer Fantasy Battles. The first is Khazrak The One Eye and Malagor The Dark Omen. Each of these leaders, much like the others, comes with their own quest-chains, and even an new starting positions for their Grand Campaigns. Their warriors are unique, hideos, and filled with Centigors, Minotaurs, and the devastating Cygor.

With the support of the ongoing free content program that is on-going with the game, Call of the Beastmen also brings in the Amber Wizard hero for all players to use, even if they didn’t purchase the DLC. This wizard can utilize the power of the Lore of the Beasts by summoning Manticores directly into battle to chain the odds into their favor. Want to know how the DLC looks?

As part of Total War: WARHAMMER’s ongoing free content program, Call of the Beastmen also introduces the Amber Wizard hero for all players, regardless of purchase. Wielding the Lore of Beasts, the Amber Wizard can summon wild Manticores into the thick of battle. For another look at the game, check out the battle video here. The DLC can be purchased via Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/404012/


About the Writer:

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Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Fallout 4’s Largest DLC Yet Titled “Far Harbor” Dated

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We all know Fallout 4 has been on an amazing trend with content, from PC’s getting the Mod test patch to the raising our on creatures to fight in an arena or tame as a companion, to robots that can annihilate anything to now one of the largest DLC’s to date has been given a release date of May 19th, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The DLC will feature an all new story that will take players to the farthest reaches of the Commonwealth with an all new zone.

Bethesda has also announced that more add-ons will be released later this year with free updates like Mods, which is now available on PC. These will be coming to Xbox One later this month and to PlayStation 4 this June.e

Stay tuned for our upcoming review of Fallout 4’s Far Harbor when it launches later this month.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

 

Total War: WARHAMMER Gets First Week Free DLC for Buyers

 

You may be familiar with Creative Assembly. Many of you know them for their help on games such as DOOM, Halo 4and their upcoming title Total War: WARHAMMER, which features gameplay based on the fantasy settings of WARHAMMER. The team has announced that for the first week of the games launch, players who buy it within that week or have it pre-ordered will get the Chaos Warriors Race Pack free of charge. This sale will only take place for the first week, however.

The Chaos Warriors have proven to be hugely popular” said Creative Director, Mike Simpson “and, by extending the deadline for getting them for free by a week, we can ensure loyal fans who don’t feel like pre-ordering  don’t miss out, while still rewarding early adopters whose support is really valuable to us.” 

“We’re really confident in the game and with the community backing us so strongly this should be the biggest launch for Total War ever.”  he continued to state.

For those that pre-order from a local retailer, they will continue to offer the DLC for free for that first week, and will even have a free period that ends at 10:00amPDT/18:00BST on May 31st, 2016. So this means grab the content while you can so you don’t miss out.

For those of you wanting to check out the trailer for them, you can check it out below. Stay tuned for more information as we receive it.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Dark Brotherhood for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Gets Outlined

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If you’ve been waiting to become a true assassin that wants to stalk through the shadows of Tamriel, your wait is almost over. Starting May 31st on PC/Mac and June 14th for Xbox One and PS4 owners will be able to access the Dark Brotherhood DLC/Expansion for 2,000 crowns via the ESO Crown Store or players can sign-up for ESO plus and access it for free through their membership.

With the Dark Brotherhood, no one will be safe as players join their ranks. This newest expansion/DLC game pack will allow the most infamous guild of assassin’s to once more turn to the Gold Coast, a zone that has yet to be seen since the relese of TES:IV Oblivion. With this release players will be able to access the exclusive passive skill-line that will allow players to defend the Brotherhood as well as take on mysterious foes for hours in an entirely new storyline. As players do, they will be able to prove their skills as deadly warriors, who will take on certain repeatable assassinations quests, and much more. Seeping from every crease of its world, Tamriel will run red as blood will flow with the Dark Brotherhood emerging from the shadows. 

PC Players can experience Dark Brotherhood prior to release on the ESO PTS (Public Test Server) beginning today.

Additional DLC Details as outlined by Bethesda Zenimax:

A Covenant of Blood and Shadows

Join the merciless Dark Brotherhood of the Gold Coast, prowling in the shadows cast by the two great powers of the region. Though at the height of their power, the Dark Brotherhood faces a grave threat in the form of a mysterious black-armored warrior capable of bringing down their best agents. Venture forth for another exciting chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online as you carve a bloody swath across Tamriel in the name of the Dark Brotherhood! 

Explore the Gold Coast

The westernmost region of Cyrodiil, the Gold Coast, was last seen by Elder Scrolls players in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Come explore the cities of Anvil and Kvatch during the Interregnum, when the region is awash in intrigue and deadly conspiracies!

Murder for Profit

Sometimes the best way to deal with a troublesome person is permanent removal. As a Dark Brotherhood assassin, you’ll be tasked to fill that need. From simple assassination contracts to killing sprees on the blood-soaked streets of Tamriel’s sprawling cities, carve your path into the good graces of the Dark Brotherhood. The truly skilled may engage in special missions at the behest of their dark masters and fulfill a Black Sacrament, slaying a victim named by the Night Mother herself.

New Assassins’ Passive Skills

This all-new skill line relates to murdering citizens and allowing the Shadows of Sithis to protect you from suffering consequences. Because those deaths were sanctioned by Sithis, you are the hand of the Void; you are the embodiment of death itself. The rules of Justice are for those bound by Nirn, not those who are directed by the ideals of Sithis.

Dark Brotherhood-Exclusive Rewards and Items
Earn new items through in-game quests and browse Dark Brotherhood-themed items coming to the Crown Store soon.

Will you have what it takes to become one of the deadliest assassin’s in all of Tamriel?


About the Writer:

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Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.

Review: Fallout 4 Automatron DLC – Things Get Automated


Pros:
+Good storyline that continues on with the insanity that is the Commonwealth
+Additional weapons and gear exclusive to the DLC
+Offers new places to explore inside of the Commonwealth

Cons:
-Some crafting patterns for robots are received after completing the DLC
-Some perks are withheld till the end of the DLC


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I want you to meet my new friend Ada. Ada doesn’t have much of the personality as you or I would. Hers is much different as my new friend Ada is made from nuts, bolts, metal, and an adaptive A.I., which “feels” emotions in a way much different than you and I. She is also one that is extremely upset with the fact her friends have been killed. So now I’m helping my new friend Ada take down her new sworn enemy “The Mechanist” who has begun to send their evil robots across the Commonwealth in order to “save” humanity in a way they see fit as proper. In turn, it’s become my duty to save the people of the Commonwealth in a way that is much different than how the robots sent by the Mechanist do. My way has become more preserved, safer, and well; requires me to take out enemy robots in order to build my own or even upgrade my new friend Ada.

Destroying robots has begun to become a very common thing in Fallout 4, something that has remained highly highly important to the fallout series. One that is now a staple-point in Fallout 4 with the release of Fallout 4’s DLC “The Automatron”. If you’re a fan of Fallout 4, you already know how insane the DLC can get. You are well aware that Fallout 4 is a game that is all about preservation of the Commonwealth and protecting its citizens from enemy threats such as Synths, Super Mutants, Raiders, and the likes, but what happens when a bunch of crazed robots get thrown in the mix? As the first installment to the Fallout 4 Season Pass, the DLC “Automatron” offers up a bang-for-the-buck approach due to the sheer amount of gameplay within the DLC. As only a $10 USD DLC, it was hard to expect just a whole lot from what the DLC contains.

As one would expect from a Fallout DLC, Automatron offers up an entirely new storyline that takes players to go up against the new Villain named “The Mechanist”. In this DLC players look at stopping the newest threat, an onslaught of killer robots that are raising trouble across the Commonwealth, and in turn we are implored to help a robot by the name of “Ada” who has watched her friends get heartlessly cut down by some of the Mechanists robots. As this happens we are hired on to help this new companion and help keep the Commonwealth safe from a flood of killer robots. In turn players are then sent on a quest that to some may just feel like a side quest, and a lengthy one at that. One that does feel it could have been found in the main game if it were made to have been there like that in the first place.

After having moved on to help Ada, we learn that our new adventure wouldn’t just take us to fight some big new troublemaker, but instead it would take us across some rather familiar territories that will take players to fight new enemies such as the Rust Devil’s who pack up a few new types of armour, new robots to fight, and a whole lot more fun when dispatching their groups in large numbers. The most unique thing about these new villains is not the fact they have teamed up with groups of killer and sadistic looking robots, but the fact they are also wearing robotic armor that offers a unique twist in this 1950’s post-apocalyptic paradise.

Unlike Fallout 3’s unique DLC’s such as “Operation Anchorage” or even “Mothership Zeta”, Fallout 4’s Automatron takes on a twist of former DLC’s that we’ve not seen for quite some time. Spinning what we once knew on its head, Fallout 4 takes the approach to storytelling in what one would assume as a 1950’s Robotic Sci-Fi flick while keeping characters in a unique design so that players will find themselves thoroughly enjoying this DLC. In turn, it provides as stated, a good 3-4 hours of enjoyment for those that want to dig through every crook and cranny to find all the games hidden items and logs. For those wanting a unique adventure, here’s one coming your way in and one that is very worthwhile.


 

Our review is based upon the Season Pass launch version that we purchased.  For information about our ethics policy please click here.


 Final Score: 9 out of 10


About the Writer:

David_Murphy_Vault_BoyDavid Murphy is B.A.T.G.R.’s behind the scenes man who helps get things up and going as well as keeping things in order. Don’t  be surprised to know that the old man contributes rather heavily to editing, news, and information he digs up so that editorials as well as articles are done properly. He also likes Fallout… A lot. We’re not sure he’s not secretly the Vault Boy in disguise.

Jack the Ripper Heads to Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Tomorrow

 

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We’ve all been fascinated at some points in our lives with the notorious killer by the name of Jack the Ripper. With many games under the belt of this motivated serial killer, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate brings Evie Frye to his doorstep as she hunts him down 20 years later after the events of the initial story. Releasing on Consoles on the 15th and PC on the 22nd, players will hunt down Jack and put an end to his killing spree to righ the wrongs for which he has committed.

For those looking forwards to the DLC, the content will be available for Season Pass holders for free as well as upcoming DLCs the Last Maharaja mission pack, a Long Night (Season Pass Exclusive) and the Streets of London gameplay back as well as other exclusive items for Season Pass holders. For those who are looking to get this DLC alone? Prepare to shell out 14.99 USD for the added content.


About the Writer:

dustin_batgr_prof

Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on TwitterGoogle+, and or you can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.