Creepy new Layers of Fear 2 footage aired at PAX South

Brand new footage of horror sequel Layers of Fear 2 was aired during a panel this weekend at PAX South.

The video showed us more of the game’s Titanic-like boat-at-sea setting as well as a glimpse at the creepy and surreal moments awaiting us there. We also heard a snippet of Tony Todd’s voiceover – he who was once the Candyman – and yes, he’s absolutely still scary.

Layers of Fear 2 moves the series from centering on art to the history of cinema, and from a mansion to an ocean liner. In the game, you play an actor struggling with past trauma while trying to prepare for the role of a lifetime. The question the game poses is: if you’ve given so many pieces of yourself to roles, how much of you remains?

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Machinima pulls all YouTube videos saying it has “pivoted from distributing content on legacy channels”

The YouTube page for multiplatform online entertainment network, Machinima, has removed all its videos from public viewing.

As reported by Kotaku, Machinima has seemingly set all videos on its YouTube channel to private, removing years of creative output and emptying a channel with almost 12.4 million subscribers.

Subsidary channels, such as Machinima Happy Hour and Machinima Trailer Vault have also had their videos removed from public view.

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Ace Combat 7 in VR is phenomenal (if you have the stomach for it)

I’m absolutely terrified of flying in real life. Even just stepping onto a passenger plane is an ordeal for me so the thought of piloting a jet-propelled fighter plane in real life? Well lets just say I’d have to be wearing the brown flight suit that day…

Flying in virtual reality however is a different story. The moment the wheels of my F/A-18F first left the deck of the Aircraft carrier in Ace Combat 7 and the plane took to the skies, I whooped out loud. I grit my teeth and held my breath during my first VR dog-fight. The chase was intense, twisting and turning through the air before flying into the thick clouds above us. Water droplets started forming on the glass of my cockpit and then suddenly I burst out into the clear blue skies above, the droplets turning into trickles as they quickly ran off the glass. It was at this point that I launched an air-to-air missile at my target, it thundered through the skies, connected with the fuselage of the plane in front of me and then BOOM, scratch one bogey!.

As I flew through the fiery wreckage left behind, I let out and even louder whoop. The adrenaline rush had me hooked and I hurriedly scanned the radar for my next target so I could do it all again. I don’t think I’ll ever forget flying through that first explosion though. The initial rush of the combat was incredible but being able to crane my neck around to watch the debris disappear into the distance brought it all to life. I might be scared of flying in the real world but up in the virtual skies? Oh my word, it’s thrilling to the extreme.

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This fan-made Dragon Age: Origins mod fixes 790 bugs and restores hidden dialogue, story choices, and items

While this fan-made Dragon Age: Origins patch purports to fix an impressive 790 bugs in the PC version of the RPG, that’s not even the best bit; incredibly, it also restores a heap of hitherto hidden content that had been cut from BioWare’s original release.

Qwinn’s Ultimate DAO Fixpack (thanks, PC Gamer), currently available on Nexus Mods, has taken on the unenviable task of addressing Origins’ myriad of issues. While first released in June 2017 it continues to be updated regularly, and the community modder has also poked around the inner gubbins and enabled players to run original material that, for reasons unknown – but thought to be related to “time or budget constraints” – was cut before release.

If you’ve yet to play and might be sensitive to Dragon Age spoilers, look away now…

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Contribute to Microsoft’s Idea Drive and make your Windows 10 idea a reality

Microsoft is reaching out to Windows 10 users in a bid to find out what it can do to improve gaming on the PC platform.

“Team Xbox wants your input on how to make gaming on Windows even better!” says a tweet from the XboxInsider account. “Check out the Gaming on Windows 10 Idea Drive for more details on how to help.”

“How can Windows 10 enhance your gaming experience? What features would you like added or changed to make gaming on Windows 10 even better?” the website asks (thanks, PC Gamer). “What do you want Windows to do (or stop doing) while you’re playing a game? What can Windows do to optimize your gaming experience? What other gaming features would you like to see?”

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Here’s what’s coming in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Update #4 for Xbox

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Update #4 will roll out on Xbox One on 22nd January, 2019, releasing the new snow-themed map, Vikendi, onto the public server, and brings a new vehicle, new weapons, plus “many quality of life” enhancements and bug fixes. The update also ushers in map selection – finally! – so you can select from Vikendi, Erangel, Miramar, or Sanhok, or just hit Quick Join, which’ll pop you in the first available game, regardless of map.

The update also introduces Survivor Pass: Vikendi, a new event that will run for the next 10 weeks. There are two tiers available; the Survivor Pass: Vikendi is available for all players to unlock as they level-up, whilst the Premium Pass provides “special missions and exclusive rewards”. Again, you’ll need to level up to unlock the rewards.

Altogether, there are five mission types; daily missions – of which you’ll get three a day – and weekly missions, which offers ten. But while Premium Pass holders can complete up to 10 missions per week, Survivor Pass: Vikendi players will only be able to complete up to four missions. You’ll also find some beginner missions, self-described a little self-explanatorily as “easy missions which are provided for beginner players”. Perhaps surprisingly, the premium missions are available for all players to participate in… although given only premium pass owners can claim any rewards from them, you’ll be forgiven for giving them a miss. Finally, there are specialist challenging and advanced missions for players who’ve completed all their weekly missions in a specific week.

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Earth Defense Force is a wonderfully scrappy series with a surprisingly dark heart

This piece contains spoilers for several Earth Defense Force games.

Earth Defense Force is what you get when you turn Starship Troopers into a series of budget video games. Each entry in the series chucks you into the titular EDF and pits you against hordes of giant insects and other strange aliens. The graphics tend to be sub-par, the art style’s pretty basic, and there’s nearly always bad voice acting and cheesy writing too. So what’s the attraction?

It’s about priorities. All of the budget and attention – all the love – goes into the things the developer really cares about. Things like destructible skyscrapers, giant purple blood splatters, completely ridiculous weapons, and more insects than you could ever hope to defeat with a thousand rolled-up newspapers. There is a certain charm to playing a game that trades graphical prowess for pure, undiluted fun. And that B-movie cheese oozing out of every line of dialogue only helps.

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