Here Are The Free PS Plus Games For August 

Sony recently revealed the list of free games available for PS Plus subscribers for the month of August. As usual, the lineup consists of six games, with two for each Sony platform, and for this month, two bonus PSVR games.

First on the list is the PlayStation 4 title, Mafia III. The game puts players into the role of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran who comes home after years of being in battle. Upon discovering that his surrogate family has been wiped out, Clay built a new family and started a mission to hunt and seek revenge against those who are responsible for the death of his family. 

Next on the PS4 list is the 4v1 horror game Dead by Daylight, where one player takes the role of a savage Killer, while the other four players would be the Survivors, trying to hide and avoid being tortured and killed by the Killer. The game is a fun multiplayer game that has a lot of unique aspects for both the Killer and the Survivors. In our review of the game, we “enjoyed the leveling system and find it fair, as well as, helpful since it provides items to be used in matches. A good game to add to any horror fans library!”

You can check out the full list of August’s PlayStation Plus lineup:

PS4

  • Mafia III
  • Dead by Daylight

PS3

  • Bound by Flame
  • Serious Sam 3 BFE

PS Vita

  • Draw Slasher
  • Space Hulk

PS VR

  • Here They Lie
  • Knowledge is Power

All eight games will be available to download starting August 7. Which game are you most excited to play this month? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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FORTNITE Coaches For Kids Are Now A Thing

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Remember when players used to rely on physical guidebooks to get better at their favorite video game? My, how times have changed as parents across the globe are now paying professional tutors to help their kids get better at playing Fortnite

The Wall Street Journal reported details on parents enlisting coaches for their children and interviewed them about their experiences. A few parents claim that their rationale behind the coaching is because they do not want to see their kids lose a match in Fortnite, some take lessons for themselves because they are too embarrassed with their skills to play the game, and other parents are taking the lessons themselves as a bonding moment with their kids. 

These coaches/tutors are usually found on social media or contracting sites, with one even claiming to have hired over 1,400 Fortnite coaches since March. One coach, who is an 18-year old professional player from Utah, finds the situation weird and said that “my dad would have never paid for me to take video game lessons.”

This phenomenon is surprising and may seem odd to many. However, Fortnite Battle Royale has grown incredibly popular ever since it was released in 2017. In June alone, Epic Games reported over 125 million players had played the game across all platforms and with the release to mobile devices, access to Fortnite has never been easier. 

Of course, given the massive competition due to the high number of players, one can’t blame a few eager fans and their parents for wanting to better themselves at playing Fortnite. As the number of players availing the services of pro-gamers keeps increasing, one has to wonder how this phenomenon would affect the battles in the game. 

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The 15 Minute Demo Of Telltale’s Final WALKING DEAD Season Is Available Right Now

The final season for Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series is almost upon us, as the game is due to begin on August 14th. However, players who are looking forward to the game can now play the first 15 minutes for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

Telltale revealed that the new 15-minute demo would feature the game’s opening sequence of the final Walking Dead season, which has been designed to highlight new additions such as the unscripted combat system, revised art style, and an over-the-shoulder camera perspective. 

“Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey,” Telltale explains, “After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. However, protecting it will mean sacrifice.” Of course, the game will heavily depend on the choices of players, which will help close Clementine’s story. 

The first out of four episodes of The Walking Dead’s final season is heading to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on August 14th, with a Switch version coming later this year. Players can also pre-order the entire series now for a total of $19.99 for all four episodes and will include pre-order bonuses that will consist of all previous installments of the whole Walking Dead series by Telltale. 

It’s been a long journey and fans of the game have seen Clementine mature from a helpless kid to a fearless, independent woman. How do you think her story will end? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF Is Now The Best-Selling Game In The Series

In a wild yet inevitable turn of events, Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS no longer holds the title as the best-selling Animal Crossing game in the entire franchise. 

In the latest financial report by Nintendo, it was revealed that the 3DS iteration of the game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf surpassed Wild World and was able to push out 11.78 million units worldwide, including the sales for the updated Welcome Amiibo version. This figure is slightly higher than the 11.75 million units for Wild World on the DS. Looking at the game’s overall performance on the 3DS, New Leaf is the seventh highest-selling game on the console, with Mario Kart 7 at the top after selling a total of 17.21 units. 

The performance of New Leaf on the 3DS is a testament to how Animal Crossing remains popular among gamers worldwide, making it one of Nintendo’s most successful original IP. Given its impressive performance, it is certain that the company already has plans for a proper Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. 

Which Animal Crossing do you prefer? Wild World or New Leaf? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Nintendo Just Sold 19.67 Million Switch Consoles To Date

Nintendo just released their financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year, which covers the period of April to June 2018. The report revealed the company’s sale-to-date figures for the Switch, and everything looks bright for the hybrid console. 

The Nintendo Switch is doing exceptionally well, with a figure of 19.67 million units sold since its launch in March 2017. Software sales, on the other hand, is also doing well with approximately 86.93 million Switch games sold from day one. 

The first quarter of the financial year saw games such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Mario Tennis Aces selling 1.40 million units and 1.38 million units respectively. Moreover, Nintendo’s latest invention, the Labo, was able to push 1.39 million units for both packs. 

Although the hardware sales of the Switch would seem impressive, the 1.88 million units Nintendo was able to distribute this quarter was a 4.4 percent drop on a year-on-year basis. Software sales, on the other hand, hit 17.86 million units during the period, which is a staggering 120.8 percent increase year on year. 

Regarding the 3DS, Nintendo reported that the system has now reached a total of 72.89 million consoles sold, with software sales reaching to 367.84 million. For this quarter, the hardware sales for the 3DS declined by 61.9 percent compared to last year, with only 0.36 million units sold. Software sales for the quarter also dropped by 49.7 percent down with just 2.95 million sold. 

Given the high performance of the Switch and other consoles, Nintendo was able to post a net sales of $1,513 billion, which is an increase on 9 percent as compared to last year. 

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At Low Tier City 6, A Familiar Face Reigns Supreme In Melee

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Last weekend, Texas’ homegrown national, Low Tier City, drew hundreds of players and spectators to the Irving Convention Center for a weekend full of Super Smash Bros. action. Though the event ended in a familiar outcome— a victory for the SSBMRank No. 1 Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma—it was chock-full of surprises throughout, providing tantalizing insight into the potential outcome of next weekend’s Evolution Championship Series 2018.

Though Hungrybox was the competitor who lifted the trophy at the tournament’s end, his path to victory was no cakewalk. In winner’s finals, Hungrybox was forced into loser’s bracket by a quick-moving William “Leffen” Hjelte, who defeated Armada in winner’s semifinals and then eked out a 3-2 win over Hungrybox in order to snap his seven-set losing streak against the Jigglypuff. Unfortunately for Leffen, Hungrybox surged back in grand finals, building off of the momentum from a 3-2 victory over Adam “Armada” Lindgren in loser’s finals to steamroll Leffen in back-to-back sets. At the end of the day, Hungrybox looked nearly unstoppable, only dropping a single game to Leffen when he decided to sandbag with Ness after going up 2-0 in the first set of grands.

The biggest upset of the tournament came on its second day, when Armand “ARMY” Del Duca, the fast-rising Southern California Ice Climbers main recently ranked 23rd on SSBMRank Summer 2018, defeated Joseph “Mang0” Marquez 3-2 in winner’s quarterfinals to ensure himself a spot in winner’s semifinals. Attempting to defeat ARMY with Falco, rather than Fox, his usual anti-Ice Climbers character, Mang0 looked discouraged, playing recklessly on the Ice Climbers’ shield and making costly errors in the set’s final game. Though Mang0 was able to claw his way into Top 8 loser’s side, he was unable to defeat any other members of the top six at Low Tier City 6, finishing at fifth after falling to Armada 3-1 in loser’s quarters.

The tournament’s Top 8 was rounded out by Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby, who tied with Mang0 at fifth after a loss to ARMY in loser’s quarters. In 7th place, Fox mains Joey “Lucky” Aldama and Charlie “AbsentPage” McKinley made strong runs to justify their berths in the SSBMRank top 50.

Next weekend’s EVO 2018 promises to be one of the most exciting events of the year, and though Hungrybox looks strong going into the event, each of the other “gods” has shown that he has what it takes to defeat the world number one. Tune into the finals next Sunday to see who will be crowned the next lord of Melee!

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EA Confirms That BATTLEFIELD V’s Grand Operations Mode Will Be Available At Launch

As it turns out, Battlefield V's Grand Operations mode will be playable at launch after all. EA received tremendous backlash last week when the company said on June 9 that the multi-day mode would be delayed and will be available shortly after launch. However, EA revealed now that plans have changed since June and Grand Operations will be available from day 1. 

Players were furious upon finding out the delay last week. However, EA already announced this last June, which probably got lost in all the E3 related content that week. Nonetheless, EA updated their post last Friday, which confirmed Grand Operations will be present at launch. 

"A previous version of this article stated that Battlefield V Grand Operations would be available shortly after launch, based on development plans as of June 9, the date the story published," EA said in their update. "The article has been updated to reflect that Grand Operations will be playable at launch as part of Tides of War."

Of course, EA did not explain why their development plans changed. Was it because of the backlash? We will never know. Regarding the mention of Tides of War, it is EA's branded name for the post-launch content that will follow the game's release. Each update will bring focus to a specific era in World War 2 and will feature a plethora of new weapons, vehicles, missions, and whatnot. 

Battlefield V is set to launch on October 19th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC with early access available through subscription services, pre-orders, and so on. 

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MONSTER HUNTER WORLD Just Passed 8 Million Copies Sold 

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It has been approximately six months since Capcom released Monster Hunter: World for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now, the studio was proud to announce that the game just passed 8 million copies sold before its upcoming release on the PC. 

Capcom announced that Monster Hunter: World's physical and digital sales hit 8.3 million units during the last fiscal quarter, which brought an increase of 46.5% on the company's net sales year-over-year. 

Capcom said in a statement that, "in this business, the phenomenal success of Monster Hunter: World from the previous fiscal year continued, with the title gaining further popularity through the expansion of its user base. In scoring a worldwide smash hit, the series solidified its position as an international brand and strengthened our base of IP."

Looking forward, Capcom is preparing for the highly-anticipated release of the game for the PC, which is slated to launch on August 9. Moreover, the studio also revealed the specs for the PC version of the game as detailed here

Currently, pre-orders for the PC are available on Steam and players who will avail of it will receive the Origin Armor Set and the Fair Wind Charm as bonuses. 

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Check Out This Limited Edition CRASH BANDICOOT Nintendo Switch

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Crash N'Sane Trilogy has been out for the Nintendo Switch for a few weeks now, and developer Activision just created this impressive limited edition Crash Bandicoot-themed Nintendo Switch, which will undoubtedly be impossible to get.

The unique console features a picture of Crash's trustworthy guardian, Aku Aku at the back of the device together with a color scheme of orange and green. To make things more special, each console will feature a number in the upper-right hand section, showing that there are only three consoles in existence. 

As for now, it appears that these systems were sent to various influencers for coverage. Check out this unboxing video of the limited edition console by YouTuber, Domtendo:

Given Nintendo's history with the 3DS, it's just a matter of time before the company decides to release their own character-based Switch console. Which game or character would you like Nintendo to use as a theme for a special Switch? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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KINGDOM HEARTS 3 Will Feature 80+ Hours Of Content

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is still a few months away as it is scheduled to release in January 2019. However, as the launch date approaches, details regarding the length of the overall game has been revealed. 

Geek.com reported that Kingdom Hearts 3's primary campaign will take players an estimate of 40-50 hours of gameplay. However, in its entirety, including several mini-games, the game will take 80+ hours to complete. 

So far, the mini-games in Kingdom Hearts 3 will include a Ratatouille cooking game together with old school Game & Watch style 2D scrolling games that were inspired by the old Mickey cartoons from the 1930s and 40's. Of course, these mini-games are just optional and will not be forced on the player. So if you want to just focus on the primary campaign, you are free to do so. 

It seems that Square Enix has a lot in store for the upcoming game so Kingdom Hearts fans should start prepping for it. I mean, I'm sure that most of our social lives will be affected come January and February 2019. 

Kingdom Hearts 3 is currently scheduled to release on January 29, 2019, for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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