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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Is Getting Premium Map Pack DLC

In April 2008, Activision and Infinity Ward released the Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Almost nine years later, history repeats itself; and a remade version of that content is coming to Modern Warfare Remastered.

The new DLC features the same four maps as the original map pack all those years ago, but with a new coat of polish. In addition to the old/new maps, the Variety Map Pack also includes ten Rare Supply Drops.

The Variety Map Pack costs $ 14.99. The pack is coming to PlayStation 4 first, starting on March 21, before launching on Xbox One and PC at a later date.

[Source: Activision Blog]

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A Look At The New Premium Pokémon Gallery Figures

February 27 has been anointed by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company as "Pokémon Day" to celebrate the anniversary of the series' launch in Japan. Outside of in-game events, like Pokémon Go adding a party hat to all wild Pikachus for a week, The Pokémon Company has released a new premium line of figures called Gallery Figures.

The first four figures announced in the Gallery line are some of the most well-known creatures from the original 151 performing their signature moves. The Pikachu figure depicts the electric mouse Pokémon performing a thunderbolt, while Mew is using its psychic attack. The other two figures in the inaugural line show Magikarp using its splash attack and Eevee attacking with swift.

The company sent us one of each figure to check out for ourselves. Each character features a high level of detail and cool move effects surrounding them. However, those move effects (particularly the ones surrounding Pikachu and Mew) are quite fragile, so these are definitely more for display than play. The figures range from 3 inches to 4.5 inches tall, with Pikachu standing much taller than any of the other characters thanks to its tail and electrical arcs. You can see all of the figures and their packaging below. The figures are currently available on PokémonCenter.com and retail for $ 16.99.

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Games: F2P or premium? India’s new Viaan Studios plans to do both

ndia has a new game studio: Viaan Studios, founded by Indian film star and serial entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra alongside her husband Raj Kundra. …


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Square Enix chief champions development of premium mobile games

As part of an E3 interview with GamesBeat Yosuka Matsuda, CEO of Square Enix, speaks to how he intends to guide the company towards a deeper focus on premium (i.e. not free-to-play) mobile game production. …


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Launching a premium, abstract puzzler on iOS in 2016: How did it do?

“In February, we launched Ellipsis, a minimalist action puzzler with zero text. I benefited greatly from past sales reports and the developers who openly shared their numbers. I hope to pay it forward with this article.” …


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EA Is Giving Away Battlefield 4 And Hardline Premium To Access Members

Yesterday, we reported that EA is giving away a DLC pack each for Battlefield 4 and Hardline. The publisher is also giving its Xbox One and Origin Access members something extra.

If you happen to a member of EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PS4, you now get all of the DLC for both games as part of your membership. Each includes four DLC packs and additional battlepacks.

You can read more about Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline in our reviews. On Friday, EA will be announcing details about the next game in the franchise. You can read up on that here.

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EA Is Giving Away Battlefield 4 And Hardline Premium To Access Members

Yesterday, we reported that EA is giving away a DLC pack each for Battlefield 4 and Hardline. The publisher is also giving its Xbox One and Origin Access members something extra.

If you happen to a member of EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Access on PS4, you now get all of the DLC for both games as part of your membership. Each includes four DLC packs and additional battlepacks.

You can read more about Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline in our reviews. On Friday, EA will be announcing details about the next game in the franchise. You can read up on that here.

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Is The Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Worth Its Premium Price? We Weigh In

The Xbox One controller is praised for its form and function, and is more than capable of handling the wear of the average gamer. But with the rise of competitive gaming, some now demand more from their controllers, causing the majority of pros to play on pricey custom controllers molded to their specific playstyles. In response, Xbox has forged a partnership with industry leader Scuf Gaming to produce the Xbox One Elite wireless controller, which releases on October 27 for $ 150.

To appeal to more than just the mainstream gamer, Xbox has made nearly every aspect of the Elite controller customizable. You can easily peel the magnetic d-pad and sticks off the face of the controller and change them out for different ones. The gamepad also features hair trigger locks, giving you more control over the triggers’ range of motion. Since the hair triggers are adjusted with a flick of a switch, the Elite has a clear advantage over Scuf’s offerings; the third-party manufacturer requires you to use a special tool to open the controller to adjust the triggers. 

The programmable paddles, which allow you to use the face buttons without taking your thumb off the sticks, are also removable, but they come in handy for several games. Retraining yourself to use them is tough, but braving the learning curve is worth it. My first matches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare didn’t go well, but soon I was raking in kills while airborne. In Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, mapping the sprint button to a paddle let me keep my thumb on the right stick and do a better job of steering Marcus through the labyrinth of waist-high walls. With Mortal Kombat X, the multidirectional d-pad offers more precise combination input, but the paddles got in my way more than they helped so I removed them after the first match.

The Accessories app allows you to further personalize the controller. Using deep customization options, you can change the button mapping, adjust the sensitivity and the ramp-up speed for each stick, set the sensitivity for each trigger, and even change the rumble intensity of each motor. You can save these configurations to your system and easily set them as the controller’s default within the app or using the built-in profile switch as you jump from game to game.

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The Xbox Accessories app, which allows you to customize your controller’s configuration, also features several preloaded configurations for certain games and situations straight from the developers themselves. As of now, the app features four different configurations for Halo 5, two for Forza 6, and one for Sunset Overdrive. Going forward, developers can update this app with their preferred configurations.

The Elite’s stainless-steel components and four paddles immediately differentiate it visually, and the rubberized grips and perfectly balanced weight make it even more comfortable to hold than the already exceptional stock gamepad. Even after long gaming sessions, the Elite still feels great in your hands.

The Xbox One Elite controller is one of the most versatile controllers ever released, but it’s meant for the hardcore gamer. At $ 150, it’s an outstanding premium option that holds several advantages over Scuf’s pads. However, if you just want a more comfortable controller and don’t plan on digging into the tuning options or learning to use the paddles, you can probably save some cash by using aftermarket products to modify your existing gamepad. 

You can check out a brief unboxing, as well as a look at the Xbox Accessories app below.

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This article was originally published on October 22, 2015.

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High-profile premium game falters in F2P-dominated mobile market

“Our expectation is about 1/3 the return of the original Spider for 5 times the man-hours,” Tiger Style’s David Kalina tells PocketGamer in a new interview about the studio’s latest release. …


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Guitar Hero Live Shows Off Premium Shows

Activision and FreeStyle Games today shared new info and images of the premium shows feature on the way in Guitar Hero Live. Premium shows are structured as a way to deliver playable concert footage, music videos, and other as yet undetailed music content.

In-game challenges must be completed to access premium shows, and players win rewards based on the difficulty on which they tackle the show. Rewards can include new note highways or custom player cards, as well as other options that increase the speed of leveling up or acquiring in-game currency.

The first announced premium show is a live concert featuring the band Black Veil Brides, which you can get a glimpse of in the screens below. Guitar Hero Live hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and select iOS and Android devices on October 20.

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