Shacknews - Charles Singletary

UploadVR reports that, to start QuakeCon 2017, Bethesda has announced release dates for the virtual reality versions of Doom, Skyrim, and Fallout 4 along with a bit of information on the specific VR platforms they'll be available on.

Bethesda showed up to E3 2017 with quite the collection of gaming experiences. Arguably the most important of the bunch, the company shared with the world that they were bringing Doom, Skyrim, and Fallout to VR headsets. These experiences weren't just going to be slices of major franchises, like Final Fantasy XV's VR fishing experience, but full and robust titles. The release dates are as follows:

  • Skyrim VR: November 17th for PSVR (No mention of Rift, Vive release presumably next year)
  • DOOM VFR: December 1st for PSVR and HTC Vive (No mention of Rift)
  • Fallout 4 VR: December 12th for HTC Vive (No mention of Rift, PSVR release presumably next year)

Upload's reporter notes the lack of Oculus Rift dates is likely tied to the ongoing legal disputes between Zenimax (Bethesda's parent company) and Oculus. HTC Vive also let loose this tweet today:

We will update as more information is made available.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

HAL Laboratory, the Japanese developer known for Kirby and Earthbound, has announced a new offshoot called HAL Egg. The new division will be focusing on mobile games and will launch its first this fall.

Reported on GoNintendo, the news also reveals that this new offshoot will be focused on new characters. Fans of HAL’s previous works may find that disheartening, but they’ve done well with characters before so it's exciting to see what they can do next.

Shacknews - Jason Venter

Mouldy Toof and Team17 today announced the release of The Escapists 2 on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. That’s great news if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the sequel to one of 2015’s more successful indie titles, but not quite as good if you were hoping to enjoy the Nintendo Switch version (which is still in development).

The Escapists 2 boasts improved graphics, crafting, and combat. Fans also had apparently spent a lot of time requesting a multiplayer mode, which is also included. Now you can work cooperatively with your friends, or even try to foil their schemes, both locally and online. Players can drop-in and drop-out in either case, working to orchestrate an amazing escape from the very beginning, or jumping in at the last moment to steal the glory.

Mouldy Toof also promises new ways to escape, new items to craft, and a new combat system. Themed prisons include three transit prisons that will force you to deal with a variety of environments as you flee across land, air, and sea.

The Escapists has been downloaded more than four million times since its launch, in spite of receiving the occasional middling review, and the young franchise has already done some interesting things along the way. There was even a Walking Dead version, for those who feel that a life in prison fatigues doesn’t provide sufficient horror.

Check out our interview with Team17 (embedded above) if you’d like to hear more about the game’s development process, or take a look at the launch trailer to see the finished product in action.

Shacknews - Bill Lavoy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is bound to be a popular title amongst PS4 owners over the next few weeks. The game is classic Uncharted, telling a fantastic story and providing heart-pounding gameplay in the process. As per usual, there are loads of puzzles to be solved, trophies to be earned, and collectibles to be found. That’s why we’ve put together this Uncharted: The Lost Legacy guide, helping you overturn every stone in your quest for the most thorough experience possible.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Guide

Puzzle Solutions Guide

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Axe Fort Puzzle Solution

The Axe Fort Puzzle solution isn't overly difficult, but earning the trophy for doing so is. Our guide will show you how to earn the Flawless Gauntlet trophy for making it through unscathed.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Shadow Puzzle Solution

The Shadow Puzzle takes place in Chapter 5: The Great Battle. Our guide will show you how to complete the puzzle in 10 moves or less to unlock the Shadow Theater trophy.

All Collectibles Guide

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - All 68 Treasure Locations

There are 68 Treasures in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. We will show you the location of them all, helping you to unlock the Casual Treasure Hunter, Hardcore Treasure Hunter and Collector of Antiques trophies.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - All 21 Lockbox Locations

In total, there are 21 Lockboxes in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. This guide will show you the location of every Lockbox, helping you unlock the Five Finger Discount and Picks or It Didn’t Happen trophies.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - All 28 Photo Opportunities

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy features 28 photo Opportunities for players to take part in. Finding them all will unlock the #nofilter and Pics or It Didn’t Happen trophies.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - All 17 Optional Conversations

Like The Last of Us, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy features Optional Conversations. We’ll help you find and listen to all Optional Conversations on your quest to unlock the Getting to Know You trophy.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - All 11 Hoysala Tokens

Finding all 11 Hoysala Tokens in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will earn you the Queen's Ruby bracelet. This helps you find Treasure on your journey, and unlocks the Token for Granted and Yas Queen trophies on the PS4. 

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Trophy Guide

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Your Prize Trophy

The Your Prize trophy can be earned in Chapter 5: The Western Ghats, and requires players to climb to the top of a large tower in the middle of the map and enjoy a peaceful cinematic.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Additional Content

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Play Time

Many gamers are curious about how long it takes to complete Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. We break down the number of chapters and how long it will take you to finish the game.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

Brittany Vincent provides an in-depth review of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for Shacknews. If you're not sure if you should pick up the game, her review might help you decide one way or the other.

Shacknews - Bill Lavoy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy isn’t just about sliding down zip lines and swinging from grappling ropes. Sometimes the game slows down and presents you with a puzzle that blocks your progress. In Chapter 5 - The Great Battle, players are presented with the Shadow Puzzle. It’s something that you can take as long to complete as you’d like, but correctly solving it in 10 moves or less will earn you the Shadow Theater trophy.

Shadow Puzzle Solution

The Shadow Puzzle requires players to move objects to line them up with paintings in a wall. It’s a little tricky, but if you’re not interested in getting a trophy you can take as many moves as you like. If you do want the trophy but have already used more than your allotted 10 moves, simply reload your checkpoint and use the solution we’re providing you below.

Stand at the Shadow Puzzle so that the exit door is directly across from you. Now, number each lever of the Shadow Puzzle from 1-12, starting on the left and moving clockwise. Pull the levers in the following order:

9, 12, 2, 9, 4, 6, 1, 10

If you’re having a hard time following our instructions on which lever should have which number, watch the embedded video from the PS4Trophies YouTube channel. He gives you a diagram to help you map out the lever numbers, and you can see where he’s standing for context. This should make things easy and help you unlock the Shadow Theater trophy in the process.

Now that you’ve solved the Shadow Puzzle you should browse through our Uncharted: The Lost Legacy guide. It contains the solutions to all the puzzles, locations of collectibles, and instructions to unlock the various trophies in the game.

Shacknews - Jason Venter

In the early morning hours, Nintendo of America revealed a new fighter that is coming to its recent fighting game, ARMS. Lola Pop, the upcoming addition, is joining the roster as part of the next free update. No specific date was mentioned.

Nintendo describes Lola Pop as a “street-performing pugilist,” and adds that she is a “well-traveled clown with a personality as colorful as her clothing.” She can inflate her body, which improves her defensive capabilities. “With three new Arms and a new stage, players can look forward to developing new strategies whether competing locally against friends or taking on the world online,” Nintendo said.

If you haven’t played ARMS yet, Nintendo would also like to make it easy to rectify that. Though the game has been available in stores since June 16, an ARMS Global Testpunch event will take place from 8AM (PST) on Friday, August 25 and run through 2PM (PST) on Sunday, August 27. You just need to download the software from the eShop to participate.

ARMS has performed well for Nintendo since its release, despite not proving to be a complete breakout hit like Splatoon before it. Critics seem to like it, though they sometimes expressed reservations over the limited character roster. However, Nintendo has provided various free updates since launch, which should help address its biggest issue and produce an even better experience.

“Arms genuinely feels like a fun and different addition to the fighting game genre,” Ozzie Mejia said in our review. “More than that, it feels like just the kind of game that makes the Nintendo Switch itself feel fun and different.”

Have you had time to devote to ARMS yet? If not, you might want to check it out during the Global Testpunch. The excitement that event generates could very well eclipse anything else that has happened this week.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

The Gran Turismo series has long been a mainstay on PlayStation consoles but racing fans have had to patiently wait for the first GT entry on the PS4. It’s only a little while longer with the release date planned for October 17th and, today, the president of Polyphony Digital announced a special edition of the PS4 to coincide with the game’s release.

Kazunori Yamauchi took to the European PlayStation blog to share details on the new Limited Edition Gran Turismo Sport PS4. The console and controller are both silver and black and are emblazoned with the classic Gran Turismo logo.

That particular color scheme and logo combination will be limited to a 1TB standard PS4 that comes with the Day 1 edition of Gran Turismo Sport. Other bundles, including a PS4 Pro and PS4 with an extra controller, will also include the Day 1 edition of the game but will have the jet black versions of the console and DualShock 4 controller.

The Day 1 edition of Gran Turismo Sport comes with $250,000 worth of in-game credits, sticker packs for cars, a chrome racing helmet, and 60 PS4 avatars. The game will be available on October 17th.

Shacknews - Bill Lavoy

While playing through Chapter 4: The Western Ghats of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, players will have to navigate through the Axe Fort Puzzle. This puzzle comes with a trophy attached to it called Flawless Gauntlet. To earn the trophy, players must get through all three Axe Fort trials without resetting any boards.

Axe Fort Puzzle Solution

When you approach the first phase of the puzzle, note that each statue has three states. These are the resting state, preparation state, and the attack state. The point here is to make sure that you’re not in the line of fire when a statue enters its attack state. If you are, you’ll be knocked from the pillar you’re standing on and the board will have to reset. If this happens, reload your checkpoint so that you can still unlock the Flawless Gauntlet trophy.

Also, worth noting is that some pillars will have an emblem on them and some won’t. Pillars with an emblem are pillars where you can be hit. If a pillar doesn’t have an emblem, you can be on that pillar during the attack phase and you’ll be fine.

The goal of the puzzle is to navigate through the Axe Fort Puzzle by passing over pillars with emblems while a statue is in one of the first two states. This requires some trial and error, and going it alone without the use of a guide is likely to result you in having to restart the checkpoint to earn the trophy.

If you’ve given it your best shot and still need help, the PS4Trophies video that we’ve embedded will show you a solution to the Axe Fort Puzzle that will earn you the Flawless Gauntlet trophy.

For more guides like the Axe Fort Puzzle solution, be sure to visit our Uncharted: The Lost Legacy guide, also featuring collectibles and walkthroughs to help you earn the various trophies in the game.

Shacknews - Chris Jarrard

During the festivities at Gamescom 2017, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios pulled the cover off of Forza Motorsport 7’s PC requirements. The game was initially revealed at this year’s E3 conference as one of the showcase titles for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X. It is being hyped as the frontrunner for the company’s 4K gaming console experiences.

While it will be the first in the series to debut at 4K resolution on consoles, the Forza series first hit that target on PC with 2016’s Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and was soon followed by Forza Horizon 3. The tradition continues with Forza Motorsport 7, but the game will also run at more modest settings on a wide variety of hardware.

Developer Tun 10 Studios unveiled a very detailed list of the specs required to run the game at a minimum along with guideline for what kind of hardware is needed for the recommended experience and 4K at ultra settings. The full details are listed below:

Minimum Requirements - 720p/30fps

  • 1st generation Intel Core i5-750 or AMD FX-6300 CPU
  • 8GB of ram
  • nVidia GT 740 / GTX 650 or AMD R7 250X graphics
  • 2GB of Vram

Recommended Requirements - 1080p/60fps

  • 4th generation Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-8350 CPU
  • 8GB of ram
  • nVidia GTX 670 / GTX 1050 Ti or AMD RX 560 graphics
  • 4GB of Vram

Enthusiast Requirements - 4K/60fps Ultra Settings

  • 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen R7 CPU
  • 16GB of ram
  • nVidia GTX 1080 or AMD RX Vega 64 graphics
  • 8GB of Vram

Microsoft did not indicate how much hard drive space would be required for the install of Forza Motorsport 7. 21:9 resolutions will be fully supported at launch as well as the most popular PC steering wheel setups from Logitech, Thrustmaster, and Fanatec. The game will be Xbox Play Anywhere compatible, so digital version purchases on the Xbox Live or Windows 10 stores will work on consoles or PC. Forza Motorsport 7 is will launch on October 7.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Blizzard constantly proves that their games have really long legs and both Starcraft games are shining recent examples. The remaster for the original Starcraft, which released in 1998, just launched and now the sequel is getting a major multiplayer design patch seven years later.

PCGamer reports that Blizzard is hoping to have a patch ready for November. This particular patch is going to include a redesign that addresses underused units for all three races and the Protoss Mothership Core is being removed entirely. In addition to the unit redesigns, the development team is working to balance things in a way that allows for more comebacks in a match.

"To do this, we’d like to increase the amount of gas on Vespene gas geysers, as well as the large mineral nodes. This means that bases take longer to completely run out, but since it’s only the large mineral node being adjusted, players are still encouraged to take new bases to increase their mineral income rate," Blizzard explained. "This should also decrease some of the pressure on new players to secure new bases right away."

The removal of the Mothership Core is an effort to simplify Protoss defenses in the early game and is something the team will be monitoring once the update goes live. The first version of the update is available in Starcraft 2’s Testing section and the development team is looking for a lot of feedback to get things ironed out before launch. Feel free to also read up on the recent collaboration from Blizzard and Google's Deepmind on the Starcraft 2 API.


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