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OP News - 09/04/2017 Edition

Microsoft's Scorpio Specifications RevealedMicrosoft has kept its promise and delivered the most powerful games console in history, edging out the PS4 Pro, with Eurogamer's Digital Foundry leading the reveal. Here's the technical bit.In regard of games, Microsoft has said, as the Scorpio is part of the Xbox family, all compatible titles with the Xbox One will work with the Scorpio and there will be no Scorpio exclusives (but VR exclusives are possible).The price is currently guessed at $499 but is unconfirmed at this time.Gearbox Make (and Break) Controversial PartnershipIt was revealed, earlier this week, that Gearbox had partnered with G2A to

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Retro Dose #6 - Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus... (IMO) The best and most unique game on PS2, and one of the best games of all time.  If you never played this or heard of this game - you missed out... a lot.First of all, it's hard to talk about the game without spoiling anything, but I'll try to avoid it as much as I can. Secondly, trying to describe exactly what makes Shadow of the Colossus so fantastic is akin to trying to describe why the bodies of work of Picasso, Bach or Beethoven are unquestioned classics; you can do your best, but any of

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Retro Dose #5 - God Hand

With Opium Pulse's new Retro Dose series, I decided to contribute with one of mine.If you ever experienced Hype through a game like Metal Gear Rising Revengeance or perhaps Ninja Gaiden, if you ever experienced the fun of beating up unimportant jobbers with a wide variety of moves and weapons in a Beat'Em Up game, if you ever wanted a game that crossed the limits of your imagination when it comes to Action Combat and features little to no story and a difficulty so engraving that makes Dark Souls look like Angry Birds, then I have a game for you.God Hand

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Retro Dose #4 - Icy Tower

In todays Retro Dose we remember the hilariously addictive game that won the whole world - Icy Tower.A funny arcade game Icy Tower is a free freeware title by a development studio with an equally humorous name - Free Lunch Design, released in 2001 for PC and Mac. Those who played it remember that the goal of the game was incredibly easy - jumping on an infinitely high ice tower as much as you can before you fall and destroy your sweet sweet combo. In order of variations, the theme of the platform on which you jumped changed every 100 floors,

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Retro Dose #3 - Postal

One of the most brutal games ever made is the theme of our new Retro Dose, and the only thing that beat that silly, sadistic fun is its sequel - Postal 2 in 2003.In 1997 a group of enthusiasts gathered in Arizona under the name Running With Scissors has decided to make a game that is primarily supposed to suit their own taste. I believe that they themselves did not count they will make such a sick game that the whole gaming community, various psychologists and psychiatrists and numerous supporters of the ban violence in video games will talk about it

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Retro Dose #2 - Duck Hunt

Today we talk about the best-known NES game compatible with the Nintendo Zapper controller (also the only one that worked properly with it).Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you - Duck Hunt. Duck hunt is the most representative game on Nintendo's Zapper and one of the most popular NES games ever, and that is why it has a secured cult status through references in numerous films, TV series, magazines and other video games. It came out in 1984 in Japan and, a year later, sailed on American soil where it gained unprecedented popularity and made a good foundation for sales in Europe,

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Retro Dose #1 - Ghosts'n Goblins

You think games like Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are hard? Then you probably never played Ghosts'n Goblins, a game which was (and still is) so hard that it impressed many but also destroyed the social lives of players around the world. It's the year 1985 and the world just got one of the most difficult games ever - Ghosts'n Goblins, which was originally an arcade machine, but later it was transferred to NES and other home consoles so it can spread the frustration all around the world. Ghosts'n goblins is so infamous for its difficulty, that it shares the place at

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Dark Souls III's Ringed City Review

After the cool yet lackluster Ashes of Ariendel DLC, Dark Souls III has released quite a powerful adventure in Ringed City. The DLC features everything from badass knights to cleverly designed monsters, a healthy amount of secrets, upgrade items and rings, annoying bad guys and huge Boss fights.FULL SPOILERS AHEAD.The DLC starts by exploring the Kiln of the First Flame a little more, using the impossible space as the backdrop for a few fights and some interesting encounters. Also serving as the start of Lapp's questline which would surely be appreciated by some. After dealing with annoying Angels, awesome jumps, hidden

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The terrible side of localization that not many know about

Localization sounds like a cool concept right? It allows for players all over the world to have access to a game or a media even if they don't know the language. Games become available with over a dozen languages and tend to employ hundreds of people to localize their text and dialog, it's pretty awesome.But by now if I am saying it's awesome you should know there's a much darker and annoying side to it all. While localization is a cool concept, today I want to talk about how it's implementation tends to be invasive and discriminating.This is an issue that

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands Closed Beta

This is Bruce. He and his three pals have been asked to talk to a not so nice man inside a Unidad base. Scouting out you see three snipers in towers as well as four patrols making sure there is no funny business going on. There is also half a dozen grunts on the ground to keep the area tidy. Taking out the snipers is a good start so Bruce goes ahead and does that before the four of them move into the base proper.One pal calls out a lone grunt in a bunker which is made short work of, then