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3 years ago

Steam’s Autumn sale has begun – here’s some picks

Aside from starting a new tradition of unusually-named Steam Awards, Valve have also pulled out their worn and adored bargain bucket and have begun to fill it with games you’ll enthusiastically buy and probably never play. Yes, it's their Autumn Sale. In the streets, the apocalyptic jockeying for TVs and blenders has started. The moon has turned blood red. And I looked and behold a…

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The Division’s Survival expansion is coming tomorrow

The Division [official site], the Clancy manshoot with MMO delusions, is getting its penultimate expansion tomorrow, along with a patch to the base game. The Survival DLC will add a new game mode in which 24 players are thrown into the full map of New York in the middle of a blizzard, where they’ll have to find warm clothing, food, water and medicine while searching…

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The Division’s Survival Expansion Hits Public-ish Beta

For a game about scraps of society trying to survive inside an snowy quarantine zone, The Division [official site] doesn't have much, y'know, survival. That'll change with the multiplayer shooter RPG's second expansion, Survival. It'll add survival, yeah, in the usual modern survival game ways. Pleasantly, for folks who don't like the dickholery that survival games can bring out in players, it will have the…

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Unknown Pleasures: The Division 1.4 Mega-Update Out

The Division [official site] has today launched update 1.4, the patch so big and important that Ubisoft delayed the multiplayer shooter's expansions while they improved its the fundamentals. Ubi's goals with 1.4 include trying to make it feel "more like a shooter", making character build choices more meaningful, improving enemy AI, and revamping difficulty scaling.

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The Division Wants To “Feel More Like A Shooter” In 1.4

Ubisoft are trying to make The Division [official site] "feel more like a shooter" again, they say, similar to how it feels while you're still levelling up. They've been talking more about Update 1.4, the patch so important that Ubi delayed two upcoming expansions to focus on improving the base game. A public test server will launch on Monday but, for now, here's more on…

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The Division’s Expansions Delayed To Improve The Game

Ubisoft have delayed the next two paid DLC expansions for The Division [official site] because they feel the base game needs work first. Good! That's the way it should be done. Ubi explain, "it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience." Good-o! So the next two expansions are delayed, and…

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The Division Movie Announced, Jake Gyllenhaal Onboard

I'm not saying that Jake Gyllenhaal killed someone then Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot met him in the woods on a winter's night with a shovel and a hacksaw to help bury the body - that would be libel. However, you tell me how you think Ubi got the Prince of Persia star into another movie based on a video game. Ubi today formally announced a…

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Going Underground: The Division’s First Expansion Out

The surface of New York City is iconic, sure, but its underside is something even better: mythic. That's where blind albino alligators grow massive in the dark, where leaking steam pipes vent through manholes, where the Mole People live, where rats larger than dogs flood tunnels in devouring hordes, where trains stop at secret doors, and there are more ghosts than you can shake a…

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The Division’s Underground DLC Coming On The 28th

During their E3 press conference yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division's [official site] first piece of paid DLC, Underground, will launch on June 28. Alongside an obligatory trailer, the publisher delved into what it's all about, what new features it houses, and where you'll be sending your agents next. The game's second expansion, Survival, was also teased in trailer form which plans to pit players…

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The Division Now Permabans Cheaters On First Offence

Civilization may have fallen in The Division [official site], New York ruled by might alone, but that's no reason to be a dick about it. So Ubisoft have decided to crack down harder on cheaters. Previously, people who got caught using cheats would be suspended for fourteen days for their first offence. Now, Ubisoft are going straight to permabans. Get caught cheating once and you're…

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It’s Time to Cut Loots With The Division 1.2 Update

Just when I thought betraying people in the Dark Zone was getting a tad boring, The Division [official site] gets a huge update that includes being able to cut the rope everyone attaches their loot to when extracting it. Oh sure, there's a new Incursion, some pretty cool gear sets, and a bunch of smaller tweaks and fixes. But really, if you're not cutting loot,…

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The Division Update 1.2 Brings New Content Next Week

Only last week, the new Hitman introduced 'elusive targets' who appear for a brief while and only offer one chance to take 'em down - they're pretty fun! It's not quite the same, but The Division [official site] will next week introduce daily 'high-value targets' in Update 1.2 (nicknamed 'Conflict'). Probably more importantly, it'll also add a new Incursion. And new weapons and gear. And…

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Flash Bang Wallop! Nvidia Ansel’s Screenshot Tools

Nvidia have unveiled their next top-end GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080, which they say can draw lots of really nice pictures really fast. Look, I'm sure Jeremy and his Week in Tech will have more to say about that soon, but what's interesting to me is the software they announced alongside it. Nvidia Ansel will let people take fancier screenshots, pausing the action to rearrange…

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The Division Update 1.2 Will Change Loot Drops

I found The Division's crafting system the most impenetrable part of the game when I played - I didn't yet have our crafting guide - and now it seems the developers want to de-emphasise the system a little. This comes from the game's most recent developer livestream, kindly summarised on Reddit, which offered a preview of update 1.2. Apparently it will "get people away from…

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4 years ago

Steam Charts: Death, Divisions and DLC

I wasn't around to cover the previous week's Steam Top 10 as per usual, so you'll have to wildly imagine the shape of it yourself. I can take an educated guess if you like: I'm pretty sure Soldner was a shock number one, with Limbo of the Lost and Aliens: Colonial Marines hot on its heels. Strange that they're completely gone from the latest chart,…

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The Division’s Locations Mapped Onto Actual NYC

If you've been wondering how much of New York City The Division [official site] actually contains and how accurate the recreation of those areas is, wonder no longer. An enterprising player who goes by the name Feanauro on Reddit has superimposed all of the game's major locations - including missions, safehouses and Dark Zone points of interest - onto the Google Map of the real…

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Steam Charts: Dinosaurs, Depths & Deception

Fans Of Things Not Staying Exactly The Same All The Time will be glad to hear that the latest weekly Steam top ten is quite a changed one from the previous week. A new number one, surprise re-entries and a loosening of Ubisoft's chokehold on the charts.

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The Dark Zone Is Changing: The Division Updates Today

The Division [official site] is an organisation comprised of highly trained operatives embedded among the civilian population, ready to be activated in times of crisis. They're also loot-hungry scavengers, willing to exploit any means necessary to get hold of the sweetest guns in the land. The Man won't let them shirk their responsibilities, however, and in this case The Man is Ubisoft. Today's patch should…

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The Division Director Joins Hitman Dev IO

As the popularity of The Division [official site] continues to grow, following a launch week that saw it break all sorts of records, its game director appears to have abandoned the post apocalyptic New York City playground for pastures new. Ryan Bernard, whose CV also includes work on the likes of EverQuest 2 and Warhammer Online, has left Ubisoft to join Hitman developer IO Interactive.

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Bullet King Is The Division’s “Loot Cave”

Update: It looks like that exploit is being fixed tomorrow. From the v 1.02 patch notes that just came out ahead of time: "Named NPCs will no longer respawn after being killed in the Open World. This will prevent situations where players were able to kill a same named NPC over and over again." So smoke 'em if you've got 'em. High-level players of The…

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