Fallout 4 Has a Bunch of New Features

No cameras were allowed in the gameplay demo, but journalists were allowed to live update their social media sites to talk about whatever they found interesting. Using the live blog on IGN, gaming site Dualshockers have compiled a list of all the new features. There are a lot of new features, so check them out below and try not to get too excited! 🙂

  • Mr. Handy’s internals have been modelled, as you can see his parts if he’s destroyed.
  • A large number  (over 1,000) of character names have been recorded, and will be spoken, including “fuckface.”
  • The dog “Dogmeat” in the game is modeled after “River,” belonging to the the Lead Level Designer.
  • Preston Garvey is the Leader of the Commonwealth Minute men. He has only five men left to lead.
  • One of the environments of the game is Diamond City, built in the ruins of Fenway Park (the stadium of the Boston Red Sox).
  • Preston Garvey can be a companion, alongside the female Piper, Dogmeat and Mr. Handy. There will be about twelve different companions in the game.
  • Human companions can be romanced regardless of gender.
  • The terminal hacking and lock picking systems are included in the game. They look similar to Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
  • The strength stat will allow the player to carry more items.
  • A series of videos will be released showcasing each stat.
  • There are perks, chosen by the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. menu (that looks like a poster), and you can pick one every time you level up. There are seven categories and ten rows of increasingly better perks.
  • Examples of perks are “Attack Dog” and “Intimidation.”
  • Looting works with a smaller list view that pops up and can be scrolled through.
  • More environments of the game are the town of Lexington, the Corvega power plant.
  • The laser musket reloads after each shot by cranking a lever on the side.
  • It’s possible to check out the cover of books and comics books by zooming on them and rotating the view.
  • There are battles between different NPC factions, and the player can stand back and let them kill each other, or intervene.
  • The Fallout Brotherhood power armor is back, alongside the Fat Man launcher. There are also airships. The Fat Man was used in the demo to blow up a Behemoth mutant.
  • Gore is included, and heads can be blown up.
  • Ghouls can climb through windows.
  • You can look at the Pip-boy in combat. It pauses the game.

Pro Video Game Players to be Tested for Performance Enhancing Drugs

Yes, you read that right. It’s not just professional sport leagues that are testing for performance enhancing drugs. It’s not exactly something you may think could play a part in gaming. Performance enhancing drugs are usually associated with physical strength and energy, but alertness and mental energy can also be enhanced. Even chess players get tested for doping.

The biggest professional video game league, the Electronic Sports League, will be introducing anti-doping tests at the ESL One Cologne event next month.

Here is an official statement from the ESL:

“As the world’s largest and oldest eSports organization, ESL has an ongoing commitment to safeguarding both the integrity of our competitions and that of eSports as a whole – we wish to ensure we can provide a fair playing field for all participating players.

We will be administering the first PED [performance-enhancing drug] skin tests at ESL One Cologne this August, with a view to performing these tests at every Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and ESL ESEA Pro League event thereafter as soon as the official PED policy is established and tournament rules updated accordingly.”

This move comes while there’s an ongoing drug scandal in eSports, with pro teams admitting to using Adderall, an ADHD treatment drug that’s known to boost concentration. It’s often used by college students as a study aid.

Brand New Character Necalli Revealed in Street Fighter V

During EVO this year, Capcom has confirmed it’s first new fighter Necalli who is set to appear in Street Fighter V. Capcom has released a trailer and screenshots to show off their new character.

Capcom also detailed Street Fighter V as a Street Fighter Service, meaning that there won’t be any paid balance updates like Street Fighter IV, as all post-launch content like characters are free and can be earned by playing the game through ‘fight money’ or can buy them with ‘zenny’ as in-game currency.


Play ‘The Flock’ Before it Disappears Forever

You may want to check out a game called The Flock before it’s gone forever! It’s a competitive online multiplayer horror game that has a ticking clock attached to it.  Every player is a monster collectively called the Flock, and they’re all after the Artifact, a light-filled item that transforms whomever holds it into a new creature. The goal is to hold the Artifact for the longest stretch of time, fighting off Flock monsters with the object’s light. Here’s the twist: For every player that dies, the Flock’s population number drops by one. When the population hits zero, no new players will be able to purchase the game. Only people who already own The Flock will be able to participate in the “climactic finale,” and once that’s done, the game will go offline for good. No one will ever be able to play it again.

“A multiplayer game can take players to incredible heights, but at some point gamers will start to play less, get disinterested and stop playing altogether,” Creative Director Jeroen Van Hasselt says. “In opposition to other multiplayer games, we want The Flock’s experience to inspire a sense of awe, to keep players eagerly anticipating what is coming next and to end with a memorable climax.”

The Flock is due to hit Steam for PC later this year. It comes from independent Dutch studio Vogelsap (which translates to “bird juice”), a small group of HKU and Utrecht University game program students. It’s already secured a few awards and was also featured in the Indie Megabooth at GDC 2015 in San Francisco California. The Flock will be playable at the Indie Arena booth at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 6th to the 9th.

Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata Passes Away from Cancer

Unfortunately, Nintendo’s President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, has passed away July 11th, 2015 due to a bile duct growth. The news comes directly from Nintendo, with instructions for the company following his untimely passing.

Born December 6, 1958, Satoru Iwata joined the Nintendo company in 2000, and quickly became President in 2002. In 2013, he became CEO for Nintendo of America, where his presence in both Nintendo Direct’s and Iwata Asks provided news and updates in regards to upcoming Nintendo games and consoles.

Prior to that, Satoru Iwata worked for HAL Laboratory as software coordinator. Games he helped create include Balloon Fight, Earthbound, and Kirby. He eventually became president of HAL Laboratory in 1993.

Satoru Iwata had to miss E3 2014 due to a previous tumor in his bile duct, and unfortunately little more than one year later, a second growth tragically took him at the age of 55.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Iwata. You can read the official notice from Nintendo, here.