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How To Access Bloodborne’s Old Hunters DLC

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters hits tomorrow (read our review), and while you can start playing with the league and engaging in co-op today, the actual DLC content does require some exploration to unlock. Getting there requires the player to defeat Vicar Amelia (this applies to whatever stage of new game + you’re in as well, if you don’t feel like starting fresh) and touching the object behind her. After you’ve done this, head back to the Hunter’s Dream – there will be some new messengers there with an item for you, the Eye of the Blood-Drunk Hunter. You need this item in order to access the new area, the Hunter’s Nightmare.

Just having the item in your possession isn’t enough, though. The next part isn’t obvious at all, so if you’re not looking for it, this is incredibly easy to miss. Head to the Cathedral Ward lamp and hang a left to go into the rotunda. Kill the couple of wandering enemies here if you want to search safely, and then start hanging out by trees in this small area. You’re looking for a tree that has an unseen arm come out and grab you in this location – normally this would be a point of odd frustration and death in the base game, but with the eye in your possession you’ll be lifted up and taken to the Hunter’s Nightmare.

Note that while you can go to the Hunter’s Nightmare immediately after besting Vicar Amelia, the content is definitely geared for higher-level/higher-geared characters, so if you do choose to dive in right away be ready for a serious challenge. You can access the Hunter’s Nightmare and the rest of the DLC content after your first visit from the headstone in the Hunter’s Dream directly across from the insight vending pool. Good luck, and happy hunting! – The Feed

PSA: Battlefield Hardline Now In The EA Access Vault On Xbox One

If you are a member of EA’s Access program on Xbox One, there’s a new game available. The Vault, the publisher’s repository for free-with-membership games, now includes Battlefield Hardline.

Currently, The Vault includes 14 games. They are:

  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • EA Sports UFC
  • FIFA 14
  • FIFA 15
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Madden NFL 15
  • NBA Live 15
  • NHL 15
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Peggle 2
  • Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Titanfall

For more on Battlefield Hardline, check out our review from March. For more on EA Access, check out our previous coverage. – The Feed

Secret Ponchos: Most Wanted Edition On PC Leaves Early Access Today

Secret Ponchos, the overhead multiplayer shooter, is no longer an early access PC title, starting today.

The game released in PlayStation 4 back in December of last year, but its PC iteration has taken a bit longer to be considered an official release. This version of the game adds four more outlaws, two new maps, new skins, and a single-player arcade mode, among other additions. You can find more details here.

For our review of the PlayStation 4 version of Secret Ponchos, head here.

[Source: Secret Ponchos, via NeoGAF]


Our Take
The general consensus, as well as our own, on Secret Ponchos has been mostly negative. The game has a very cool western style, however, and it has the potential to find some new life on PC. I'm hopeful that its time in early access will have some positive results. – The Feed

Broforce Exiting Early Access With The Most American Trailer Possible

The totally bro-tacular multiplayer shooter is finally freeing itself from the shackles of Early Access. Publisher Devolver Digital has announced that Broforce is transitioning into full release next week, and they do it with the most American trailer imaginable.

The full release will feature a new set of campaign missions as the bros travel to Hell for one final confrontation with Satan. Broforce musician Deon van Heerden and developer Free Lives have also released a five-track Freedom EP of Broforce music for early access buyers, including the trailer track “Ballad of Rambro.” The album will be available for purchase at a “prohibitively expensive” price after release, according to Devolver Digital.

The full release of Broforce also includes content released through early access since the game’s inception in 2012. This includes over a dozen characters like the Brominator and Brobocop, a level editor, and a versus and co-op mode. 

Check out the trailer if you’re feeling exceedingly patriotic and hungry for freedom fries.

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Broforce is set to exit early access on October 15 on Steam, with PlayStation 4 scheduled for early 2016. Check out Mike Futter's impressions on it from last year. – The Feed

Battlefield Hardline Enters The EA Access Vault On Xbox One Next Month

Battlefield Hardline is a departure from the classic military stylings for the franchise, so you may not have given it a try. If you own an Xbox One and are an EA Access member, you’ll have a reason to give it a go next month.

The game’s listing in the EA Access hub on Xbox One identifies it as being slated for inclusion in “the vault.” This is the section of the app that includes games that are free to play with an active membership.

This was first flagged on Reddit yesterday, and we were able to confirm it ourselves this morning. For more on Battlefield Hardline, check out our review.


Our Take
EA Access offers a solid value at $ 5 per month, and that only increases as more games are added to the vault. I’ve not jumped in yet, but each time I see a game I haven’t played become available for free (with membership), I’m tempted. – The Feed

Get Your First Look At Hi-Rez Studios’ Paladins, Early Access Soon

At Gamescom this year, I had a chance to go hands-on with Hi-Rez’s next free-to-play game. Paladins was one of my favorite games of the show, and according to the studio, you’ll be able to find out why soon.

Paladins borrows a bit from MOBAs, but leans more heavily on capture point-style arena combat. It’s character driven rather than based on classes, and relies on a collectible card system for in-match leveling.

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We’ll have some codes to give away closer to launch, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes open. For more on Paladins, you can read our complete preview from Gamescom in August.

Paladins will be leading off on PC. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are planned. – The Feed

PS4 is getting its first Early Access game next week

Sony’s first meaningful foray into offering paid early access to games in development is Dungeon Defenders II, an Early Access game that will be sold on PlayStation 4 in a “Pre-Alpha” state next week. …

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EA Access Will Enable Xbox One Owners To Play Star Wars Battlefront First

Star Wars Battlefront is widely considered to be one of the most anticipated games of 2015. With that in mind, EA may have made one of the most compelling cases for picking up an EA Access subscription yet, as head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed that the shooter will be made available to EA Access subscribers on Xbox One before launch.

Players can pick up an EA Access subscription for $ 4.99 a month or $ 29.99 for the entire year. In addition to giving players the ability to play games from EA before launch, the subscription also grants a 10% discount on all digital purchases of EA games on Xbox One, as well as unlimited access to several games in EA's Vault. As of now, the service is exclusive to Xbox One.

Star Wars Battlefront hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for everyone on November 17. If you'd like to check out our impressions of the game from when we played it at E3, you can head to our preview here.

[Source: Twitter via IGN]


Our Take
EA has continued to make its case for picking up a subscription to EA Access. While unlimited access to an ever-expanding library featuring titles like Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition likely does a decent job of pushing people towards subscribing, it's opportunities like this one that have the most potential to bring in the real numbers. Even if it's only for a month, it would be surprising if the numbers of EA Access don't spike a little this holiday season. – The Feed

New Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle Includes A Year Of EA Access

It's not uncommon to see major releases bundled in with consoles to help bolster sales, but the latest Xbox One bundle brings more than your average bundle. In addition to packing in a digital copy of the newest version of EA Sports' popular football franchise, the newly announced Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle includes a year subscription of EA Access.

EA Access, which is valued at $ 4.99 a month or $ 29.99 a year, grants you access to the EA Vault, which includes unlimited access to full versions of games such as Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Titanfall. In addition, the Vault will be adding Game Informer's 2014 Game of the Year, Dragon Age: Inquisition, later this summer. EA Access subscribers also get limited early access to games from Electronic Arts (including Star Wars Battlefront later this year), as well as a 10% discount on all digital purchases of EA games on Xbox One.

The bundle also features a 1 TB internal hard drive, the highest amount of storage currently available for Xbox One. The bundle hits on August 18 for $ 399, with Madden NFL 16 activating on August 25. However, with the included EA Access membership, those who pick up this bundle will be able to begin checking out Madden NFL 16 on August 20. To learn more about Madden NFL 16's Franchise mode, you can read our preview here.



Our Take
Though Madden isn't for everyone, it is a very popular title. When you throw in an EA Access subscription, however, this bundle becomes much more enticing. Sure, the EA Access Vault is full of sports titles from 2013 and 2014, but it also gives new console owners an instant library from one of gaming's biggest publishers. The 1 TB hard drive, which is probably the minimum amount of storage I'd recommend for Xbox One owners who plan on buying several titles, further sweetens the deal. It wouldn't be surprising to see Xbox try to steal away some of PlayStation's momentum as the holidays approach, so this could be the first step in a more aggressive campaign. – The Feed

Curse Is Giving Away Guaranteed Access To The Rainbow Six Siege Beta

If you’re interested in trying out the wall-busting, hostage-saving Rainbow Six Siege, you can get a code for guaranteed access right now. Ubisoft will be running betas on all three platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC), so regardless of where you want to play, you’ll be able to.

All you need to do is head over to Curse’s giveaway site and click the Redeem Code button. You’ll need to then head to the Rainbow Six website and login with your uPlay account (or create one).

Redeem your code, and you’ll get an email from Ubisoft when the client is ready for download on your preferred platform. For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our coverage from E3. – The Feed