March 5th 2017
For those who have already read this - huge shoutout to you. For those who are just discovering - welcome! I promise this will be the final re-post of the first update. Have experimented with displaying this on the main page, however for formatting and long-term purposes believe it belongs best in the main forums. Update #2 will be published on Saturday 11th or Sunday 12th - keep an eye out for it!
Over the past little while I've been doing some thinking as to how we can really make DUS into more of a community hub (not that it's lacking) for activity as well as the usual get together on XBL. On Friday night, the idea of writing weekly updates as to what's going on around the place as well as the gaming world finally clicked. And so here we are, the first weekly update for 2017 with tons of content to be covering! Think of these updates as more of an extension to what we already have to offer here as a community - a place to generate discussion and make sure no thread, promotion or big hit of news goes unmissed.
Live Fire Update
This week in TF2 we welcome the newest addition of the Live Fire Update. Complete lists of new features and content are below. See here for the complete list of patch notes for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Countdown Hits 15
In just over two weeks from today, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be hitting the shelves in what is anticipated to be another gripping installment to the Mass Effect universe from Bioware Corp. Last night, the studio took to twitter to detail some of the customisation options pathfinders will be able to choose from in the game as reported in this article by Gamespot.
Andromeda Gameplay Series
For those (like myself) who have been unable to stay away from anything to do with gameplay, you will well know that the official Mass Effect YouTube channel has been busy at work showcasing some of the many features for the upcoming game. Below I've compiled (so far) all of the clips for you - these do not necessarily contain spoilers.
Gameplay Series Part 1 - Combat & Weapon Skills
Gameplay Series Part 2 - Combat Pofiles & Squads
Gameplay Series Part 3 - Exploration & Discovery
Andromeda - First 13 Minutes (SPOILERS)
Finally, in an IGN First episode, the team takes you inside the game for the first 13 minutes of singeplayer story. Having watched this myself I can assure you there are not exactly huge (if any) spoilers contained within the video, but if you're looking to experience the game for yourself I'd advise you to steer clear of this for another two weeks before it drops. For me this was a good insight into conversation and interaction mechanics, however I ended up watching mostly just out of pure curiosity - I mean, who doesn't love a daily fix of Mass Effect?
If that still isn't enough for you, IGN have also posted an edited 17 minutes of Peebee's Loyalty Mission which doesn't contain too many spoilers either. The game's looking to be in tip top form, hoping that it will deliver when we finally get out hands on it.
Leave it behind, Guardian
Some interesting news regarding Destiny 2 surfaced today during Bungie's own Weekly Update, with the studio confirming that the game with be a complete reset for your Guardian. It had been said since September last year that the studio was already looking at revamping the series from the ground up, so this doesn't come as too much of a surprise (or it might) to most. Lets just let that sink in for a minute though. All those exotic and legendary weapons and armour you own after countless hours of grinding through Hive and Fallen just to get to that stubby old chest? That's awesome, but unfortunately you'll have to leave them behind when venturing back into the darkness. The appearance of your character, however, will be maintained.
Read the full article here.
The Banished Are Here
And boy are they peeved that the Spirit of Fire turned up to the party as well. Having played through the campaign twice, I definitely have some mixed opinions however am finding myself giving 343i some credit for the game. I'll leave it to everyone to spark up some discussion below, but without spoiling anything, Halo 6 is being set up for a huge confrontation... goodness hopes that the studio can pull it off well.
Everyone would have noticed this well by now, however HW2 also received a huge update post launch which addressed many of the multiplayer issues players were having in Blitz as well as minor tweaks to loading and other gameplay issues experienced in the campaign. A full list of patch notes can be found here via Halo Waypoint, however the most important elements of the update cover:
CRASHES / ERRORS / PERFORMANCE:
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That is pretty much a wrap for the week of March 5th though. Start off small and keep on building with these threads I reckon. As more and more get published I'm sure they'll grow into something big and bold around the place. If anyone has any ideas, comments or points for discussion please feel free to hit up the reply box or send me a message on XBL or over PM.