Square Enix Cancels Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Pre-Order Program

Square Enix has taken the enormous amount of backlash that they got for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided‘s pre-order program to heart, as they have revealed that they have cancelled the program.

In a blog post on posted on the Square Enix website, the company details how they came to the conclusion to cancel the program. Basically, they read many of the overwhelmingly negative comments regarding the program and went back to the drawing board.

So, instead of the pre-order incentives that you get being dictated by the amount of pre-orders that are received, everyone will get everything that each tier of the Augment Your Pre-order program offered just for pre-ordering or purchasing the day one edition of the game.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 23rd, 2016.

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival Release Date Revealed

Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is coming next month, and now Nintendo has revealed the game’s official release date. The game will launch on November 13th in North America, November 20th in Europe and November 21st in Australia.

Nintendo is also bundling the game with Isabelle and Digby amiibo and 3 amiibo cards, which will cost $60 in the USA.

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Amiibo Festival figures will also be released in a 3-pack and separately, which includes Slider, Reese and Cyrus.

 

Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash Might Be The Character’s Last Chance

Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash is set to launch for the 3DS next week, though its reception will be the deciding factor on the series’ future.

According to Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe, this game might be their last chance to win audiences over with Chibi-Robo:

“To be honest, this might be the last chance for us. I’ve continually thought about ways to build this into a mainstream success. We’ve challenged ourselves in assorted ways along those lines, but I can’t say that we’ve found the answer yet.”

He goes on to further discuss their struggles to try and figure out the best genre for Chibi-Robo:

“The first thing we decided upon was that we’d make an action game that took advantage of his plug and cord. We then placed the core of the gameplay on using it like a grappling hook, throwing it into a faraway edge and using that to traverse gaps and so on. As we kept thinking about ideas, we naturally settled on the 2D side-scrolling format. If the character can gain more recognition, I believe we’ll have a chance to produce another adventure-style game for a large number of people. I’m hoping that we made the right choice for this game’s play style.”

Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on October 9th, 2015.

OpenCritic Aims To Be The Gaming-Focused Metacritic

More and more review aggregators are popping up on the internet, though surprisingly enough there really hasn’t been a major gaming-focused one outside of GameRankings.

Now, a new site called OpenCritic is aiming to change that and make the whole process much more user-friendly. The site was founded by Matthew Enthoven and hopes to give the gaming consumer a more focused and easier to digest hub for all gaming reviews.

You can also customize your experience on the site, as you can white list specific sites to see only reviews from certain outlets to give yourself a more personalized score.

From my brief time on the site I’m definitely liking what I’m seeing so far. The interface is simple, looks great and is far less cluttered compared to GameRankings or Metacritic. I also love how easy it is to personalize your experience, from picking reviews from specific platforms to genres. Hopefully it catches on!

Reviews Are Very Positive For Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Next week gamers on PlayStation 4 will be able play Nathan Drake’s PlayStation 3 adventures in 1080p/60fps in the form of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Of course, the major video game websites have begun publishing their reviews for the game, and they are very positive.

As for what this collection brings new to the table, the aforementioned visual upgrades are accompanied by gameplay enhancements that put the 3 games on more even ground. To make matters even better, it also comes with a beta invite for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Scroll down to see how some of the major gaming websites are scoring Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection:

So, if you’ve played the Uncharted games before this is a worthy upgrade, but if you haven’t played them before then this is a must-buy.