E3 2019: Marvel’s Avengers: A-Day receives two announcement trailers

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During their press conference yesterday, publisher Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment came together alongside Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal in order to officially reveal Marvel’s Avengers the teams also gave it ae May 15th, 2020 release date. Here’s everything we know.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be Supported for PlayStation 4 Pro When Console Launches

DXMD-still-logoWith Sony having just announced their PlayStation 4 Pro, which will bring the latest in gaming tech, and imaging tech using HDR (High Dynamic Range). In turn games have already been getting announced that they will be upgraded to support the power of the PlayStation Pro when it launches on November 10th, 2016.

The upgrades for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will feature a newly added layer of detail including higher resolutions, aliasing reduced, reflective surfaces have been improved, detailed lighting effects have been implemented, and the bonus is hidden in it all – the frame rate nor the experience will be interrupted.

We are always working to push ourselves to the very limit in regards to the art direction of our games, and the PS4 Pro, along with the strong and ongoing collaboration between SIE and Eidos-Montréal, helps to further break down the barrier between our ambitious artistic vision and the end-result you see in-game.” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal.

With more than 100 awards, nominations, and critical acclaim, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, sets the par for what fans can expect from the franchise. Will you have what it takes to see the game in higher resolutions than ever before?

Find out on November 10th, 2016 exclusively on the PlayStation 4 Pro. Stay tuned for our before and after review.


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.

Frank Pritchard Returns to Deus Ex in DLC1: System Rift

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Being augmented is a problem in Deus Ex: Manking Divided. It is what causes you to become segregated from the rest of the people who remain untouched by technological advances. They call themselves “Pure”. They remain untainted in their eyes while “Aug’s” are considered dirty, unclean, and a threat to humanity as a whole. At the height of this issue comes a new story, one that introduces a fan favorite cast member by the name of Frank Pritchard – Adam’s friend and former colleague at Sarif Industries in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

In this downloaded content, which is the first story DLC, Adam Jensen finds himself once more teaming up with his former colleague in order to hunt down a group only known as the Santeau Group. Desperate for information, Pritchard reaches out to Jensen letting, leading him to a target a secure data bank covered known as the Palisade Blade. In agreeing to help him, Adam also may uncover hints as to whom the elusive Illuminati really are.

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If you are at PAX West, you are in for a treat as Andreas Apergis (Pritchard), Elias Toufexis (Jensen), and Sacha Dikiciyan (Composer) will take stage Saturday at the Hydra Theater at 3:00pm (September 3rd, 2016). There they will be discussing the upcoing content set to release on all platforms on September 23rd.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided  – System Rift will be available for $11.99 USD on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The Season Pass can be purchased on all three for $29.99 USD. For more details on the contents of the Season Pass can be found here.

Our review is coming soon for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.


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.

Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal Outline Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Season Pass

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Known for pushing the boundaries in science fiction as well as in real life, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has become one of the most anticipated games of 2016. With the success of the previous titles, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has received a Season Pass hat will bring in new Narrative DLC’s, new ingame items, and new features that will impact the game as it prepares to launch.

So what does it carry in it for $29.99 USD? Lets take a loot at what is coming in this Season Pass as it was outlined by Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix:

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  • System Rift – Available this fall.
  • A Criminal Past – Available Early 2017

In-Game Items – All available on August 23

  • Assault Pack:  Prepare to advance and assault the enemy with a custom skinned Battle Rifle, the Chaff Augmentation, one pack of regular Battle Rifle ammo, one pack of armor piercing Battle Rifle ammo, 2 Frag Grenades, and 2 EMP Grenades.
  • Tactical Pack: Using distance to your advantage, eliminate your targets silently with a custom skinned Tranquilizer Rifle, the Micro Assembler Augmentation, one pack of tranquilizer ammo, 3 Smoke Grenades, and 2 Gas Grenades.
  • 4 Praxis Kits – These additional Praxis Kits will allow you to further develop the augmentations of your choosing, moving you one step closer to unlocking Adam’s full potential.
  • 5000 Credits – Bolster your wallet with additional credits, providing you with extra spending money to purchase Praxis Kits, ammo, weapons, or anything else you may find at the shops in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
  • 1000 Crafting Parts – Use crafting parts to craft upgrades, such as increased damage and accuracy, for any weapon in your inventory.
  • 5 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach Booster Packs – Open your booster packs to unlock new weapons and items, Praxis points, premium ammo, and more, helping to augment and enhance your avatar in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach.
  • 20 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach Chipsets – Use your chipsets to acquire exclusive items in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, such as premium Booster Packs and custom weapons.

As you can tell, the game is coming packed with new upgrades, new items, some bonuses to start out with, and even future story missions that will influence the future of “Augs” and Mankind. The Season Pass is included in the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Digital Deluxe Edition and can be purchased separately through local retailers or online stores. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the Season Pass are set to launch on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.


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.

Deus Ex’s Augments May be Here Sooner than You Think

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Imagine a world not far from our own where losing an eye, a leg, a hand, your arm, heart, or even a lung was replaceable. Imagine a world where you weren’t limited to the defects of humanity with being born with a limb that wouldn’t work or a part of your leg that has been overly damaged. Imagine a world where the impossible is now possible. Welcome to Deus Ex, a franchise that has taken the idea of humanities limitations and moved past with factual science that has begun making itself reality. It’s become a world of endless possibilities in a franchise that has made us wonder where human augmentations would go with artificial limbs, eyes, enhanced ears, and the likes. That world is a place where once career-ending limitations became a thing of the past and allowed for humans to regain control of what once seemed over.

A few years ago, I began to watch and study the world of prosthetic limbs and human enhancement. Not because I or anyone I know are disabled in such means, but because the science behind it made me curious. It made me curious to what would happen if we began to break the boundaries between man and machine only to merge into a world where humans would transcend being handicapped or disabled. After playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I began to question the possibilities of a future that could truly become reality, and to my amazement? That future isn’t far off.

When I talk biomedical implants or even something similar, you probably are thinking things such as artificial teeth, metal rods in legs, arms or back, but what if I’m talking mechanically engineered?

The Blind Can See Again

As someone who has always had eyesight problems. I found myself often questioning, “What would happen if I went blind?”; the answer? Now it seems not to far away thanks to scientific advances in human implants as well as artificial eyes. Back in July of 2015, I stumbled upon a BBC article written by medical correspondent Fergus Walsh that discussed retinal implants that allow 80 year old Ray Flynn to see again. Ray Flynn suffers from a disorder called Dry AMD, or age related macular degeneration. A disorder that affects at least half a million people a year just in the U.S. alone. Close to the same in the United Kingdom it comes out. The minds behind this device? A team known as Second Sight with their device known as The Argus II Bionic Eye Implant.

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Ray Flynn with his Argus II. Photo Copyrights – The Guardian.

This implant has allowed Mr. Flynn to once more begin seeing the things he love’s such as futbol, the television set, and even his computer screen again. Let alone can he see those, Mr. Flynn is also capable of making out his family again.

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So how exactly does this augmented implant work? The bionic eye implant is first put into the eye, where a surgical procedure is done. It is then hooked up to the small electrodes around the retinal, which allows the cells to carry the visual information to the brain. From there the brain is able to process the electrical impulses while the device transmits the data being sent to the brain to his eyes from the glasses camera.

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Doing this allows for the retina’s remaining cells to function to the best of their ability. This can be imagined as almost like seeing a computer screen’s vertical and horizontal as well as diagonal lines. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean at this time that eyes will fully be replaced by bionics, but gives us the idea that there’s a lot more in the works, and may just give us a fighting chance against pure blindness. Now we just play the waiting games for augments like Adam Jensen’s where we can have glasses or visual receptors near our face without needing glasses or sunglasses at all times.

Prosthetic Limbs That Work Like Real Limbs

For many of us, the thought of losing an arm, a leg, a finger, a part of our foot, all of it is terrifying, and for some? It’s a reality. After sitting down on YouTube the same night I read about Mr. Flynn, my mind began to wonder about realistic prosthesis and what the future could hold. For example, what if I was injured in a crash, how would I write, how would I play games, how would I hold a child if I had one? To YouTube I went and stumbled upon various advances in prosthesis. There I stumbled upon a video that had my interest. Here I watched a man by the name of Hugh Herr – if you don’t know about this man, he’s MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics head honcho. Meaning? He’s the badass behind the prosthetic limbs.

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Hugh Herr, for a bit of background, is a double amputee. He lost both of his legs in a climbing accident that left him bed bound for years. In his speech it was hard not to find myself interested as he began to discuss the teams advancement in limb replacement. Granted the limbs come off at the end of the day, these limbs allow him to walk as you and I do, get around as you and I do, and even do the things he loves such as running, walking, climbing, and even jogging.

This is thanks to the 48 year old doctor’s want for new and impossible prosthetics to replace the old conventional ones that come with hindering limitations. On his designs, Dr. Herr has designed a beyond complex board system that allows for a onboard system to work with microprocessors, environmental sensors, control loops. springs, struts, and muscle as well as tendon like motors. What does this mean? Almost realistic body parts, but in a prosthetic. His prosthetic title? BiOMs. That means these legs will automatically adjust reflexively as they move with the patients strides, the slopes in their terrain, but they also recycle energy as if they were our own flesh, blood and bone.

Thanks to his advancements in this technology, we can only wonder when his team of scientists will replace legs, arms, and even other body parts with functional augmented parts that don’t have to be removed, and will forever seem as if they were the real limb they replaced. You can watch his Ted Talk fascinating as well as captivating speech here.

BioChips

As one could imagine, it’s not hard to see a world where things such as BioChips exist (External Link to Fox News), because they already do. These chips allow for people to hold their personal information on a single RFID, allowing them to unlock their houses, send faxes, unlock cars, pay with the swipe of their hand, and be on with their lives. These chips also have personal information such as GPS location and the likes on them so that they can also find missing children, Alzheimers patients, and even identify a missing persons.

While those certainly do have their possible uses, what about more daily uses such as opening your house with the swipe of a hand, loading your grocery list to the chip via NFC from your computer so it could be loaded to your phone or a AR set of glasses? What about paying your bills by simply swiping your hand over an app or going to an ATM and simply moving your hand with the chip over the device that will activate it? While it all seems scary, this future is already happening in many places and has become useful for those using those devices. Several have already shown that their lives have become easier, more stress free since having been chipped. While privacy concerns are still there, it seems the route is quote possible and even useful for those intending on using the technology.

The Deus Ex Future Isn’t Far

While many of us have seen the trailers, the shorts, and even the effects of what can happen through augmentation. It’s hard not to imagine a world where we aren’t quite human anymore, but have surpassed many limitations through the use of technology. While the idea of having a chip inside my hand isn’t ideal, it’s an idea that may not be too far off with the way cellphones, necklaces, wristbands, and the likes are now becoming wearable technology.

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While the future for true merger between man and machine is far from being perfected, it’s interesting to see where it will go, when it will become to fruition in an easily accessible and when we will fully be able to utilize some of the technologies seen within the franchise. While I don’t expect to see people smashing through walls with artificial limbs, I do hope to see people returning to normal and functioning lives through technology.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to launch on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One August 23rd, 2016.


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.

 

Eidos and Square Enix Cancel the Augment Your Pre-Order for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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If you’re one of those that had happily pre-ordered your copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided from the “Augment Your Pre-Order” setup? The bad news is headed right your way as Eidos has officially shut down the pre-order program and thus made the game globally available for everyone on February 23rd, 2016.

The official statement can be read below as fans will all be compensated for the changes in their pre-order status:

“We really understand and appreciate the passion for Deus Ex that the fans have shown here,” said David Anfossi, Studio Head at Eidos-Montréal. “Know that all of us, both at Square Enix and Eidos-Montreal, share that passion for this franchise.”

A vast majority of the negative feedback received arose from the tiers, and the requirement of specific pre-order numbers to unlock them. Therefore, taking into account the feedback from fans, the pre-order tiers have been removed, and all of the associated content with the program will now be made available for free to anyone who pre-orders or purchases a Day 1 edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Additionally, the release date will no longer be changed in accordance to pre-order numbers, and everyone will gain access to the game on February 23, 2016.

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal sincerely thank the community for the love and dedication they have shown for the Deus Ex franchise.”

If you want more information regarded to the changes head on over to the official Deus Ex: Mankind Divided website.


About the Writer:

DustinBATGRPhoto1Dustin 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, MMO’s, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable and can’t be softened by even the biggest names in the gaming industry. 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. To follow Dustin, hit him up on Twitter over at @GamingAnomaly, find him on hisGoogle+. Wanna game with him? You can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.