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Rainbow Six Siege’s Second DLC Operation Dust Line Coming May 11th

More details have been announced regarding Ubisoft’s second DLC for their hit, tactical FPS Rainbow Six Siege titled Operation Dust Line. The content will include a new map labeled Border Control and will take place in what looks like a Middle Eastern town/plaza, as well as two new operators; U.S. Navy Seals codenamed Blackbeard & Valkyrie. Blackbeard is equipped with a riot shield and rifle combo capable of providing on-the-go cover while in fire fights, and Valkyrie is able to deploy portable cameras anywhere on the map for easy, quick surveillance while on the defensive.  The Map will be available on May 11th, as well as instant access to the new operators for those who purchased the season pass.  For the players who did not purchase the season pass, they will get access to the map, but will have to wait until May 18th before unlocking the new additions to the Siege roster.

Be sure to watch the trailer below, and for more news on Rainbow Six Siege be sure to tune into ProvenGamer.com

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Are Gamers Suckers?

As gamers, we are always waiting for the the next big reveal. Whether it is the next IP, the next game, or the next generation console. Three years ago, we all knew the next generation consoles (PS4/XBOX ONE) were coming, but we had no details. Then within two months of each other, we got our first details, and we our mouths starting to salivate. We were so excited! We wanted more! We needed more! Then at E3 we got more. Some good (PS4) and some bad (XBOX ONE).

That wasn’t a shot at Microsoft. It was put there to help my point. Through screams through the internet, Microsoft quickly flipped the switch that Major Nelson said couldn’t be flipped. You remember that don’t you? We were told that Microsoft’s DRM policy just couldn’t be taken out cause they were already integrated into the system. We later found out that wasn’t true. It was an attempt to calm down the masses. It didn’t work, so they flipped the switch. That is just one way that I think the industry thinks of us like suckers.

The next thing is the Collectors Editions and Game Of The Year Editions.

When games get announced, we often wait to hear if there is going to be a “special” edition. We as gamers hunger for them. The statues, the soundtracks, etc. I’m guilty of it. My computer desk is covered in special edition stuff. We spend a lot of money on these as well. While games cost $60 normally we dont’ bat an eye spending anywhere from $100-$150 on these. Sure, you can say that you want to help support the developer, but it’s just something we tell ourselves to make us feel better. The real kick in the nuts comes several months later when DLC starts getting released and we spend more money on the game to get more out of it. Sometimes it’s DLC we want, sometimes its DLC that we need, and sometimes its pointless DLC that we don’t need but we want because we know everyone else has it and we just gotta have it!

Now a couple months later, provided the game did well (although this is not always the case), we are told a game of the year edition is coming and its going to include all the DLC for the game. While that sounds cool, it’s normally priced lower than the original game price. Where if we waited sometime after the the game was initially released, we would have gotten everything we wanted and saved some money. Another sucker is born!

Now I’ve been hard on you guys, but it needed to be said. With that being said, there still is another reason we become the biggest suckers of all. Next Gen Consoles. They get a lot of us.

Let’s talk about the universal failure of the Ouya. Not only is it not a good system but it only exists because gamers funded it through Kickstarter. If gamers did not drop money on it before it even existed, people wouldn’t be stuck with a console which basically boils down to an Android tablet with a controller.

Next up is the Wii U. This console came with a lot of hype. People were still on the Nintendo high that was the Wii. People were eager to buy this console. With sales the first year only reaching 5.86 million, it is no where close to what Nintendo forecast the sales to be. News like this has caused many in the industry to all but abandon the system. One developer has even gone on record to say that they currently don’t even have a game being developed for the console. People who have this console are desperately awaiting a game to justify their purchase.

To finish off this point, I’m going to combine the two next generation consoles. The PS4 and X-Box One have both done incredibly well out the gate with their sales ($6 Mil and $3 Mil respectively) in only the first 6 months, but that leads to my point. People flocked to the stores to buy these consoles to the point that they were sold out everywhere and people bought them and just flipped them on Ebay for double, if not triple, the money. Of course people bought them, because if there wasn’t a market for it, it wouldn’t happen.

All this lead up to this lead up this question? Are gamers suckers? Are we so blind to go out and spend money on something the first day that we all know will wind up biting us in the ass because weren’t patient enough to wait?

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Batman: Arkham Knight Season Pass and Premium Edition Announced

 

Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has announced a Season Pass for the hotly anticipated title, Batman: Arkham Knight that will run you about $40 if purchased on its own, or in a new Premium Edition that will cost you about $100 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but not PC, for some unknown reason.

The Season Pass previously mentioned will provide you with DLC for about six months after the game’s release on June 23rd, 2015. I don’t know exactly what kind of DLC, but Warner Brothers Interactive says to expect “new story missions, additional super-villains invading Gotham City, legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new driveable race tracks.”

A new trailer came out this week that shows off the darker tone and the apparent tag team mechanic that is in the new Batman title. You can find that trailer below.

Batman: Arkham Knight is coming June 23rd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; with Mac and Linux coming at a later date.

If you love Batman: Arkham Knight as much as I do already, make sure to check back to Proven Gamer each and every day for more information on all things video games. Have a great day!

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Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Tables DLC Review

I love pinball and I love Star Wars. So, you can imagine how excited I was when Zen Studios announced they were making Star Wars Tables. Their first pack was released recently, having three tables: Boba Fett, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars the Clone Wars. Some tables I like more than others, but they are all great. If you enjoy either Star Wars or pinball, you should definitely check these out.

The first table is the Boba Fett table. I don’t like this one as much as the others, but it is still great. Your ball is Boba Fett, and by hitting different lanes, you can take contracts from the Empire, or from Jabba the Hut. These are fun, and a cool part to the table. The table has a ton of other bells and whistles that other tables have, such as a multiball mode, lane combos, and some fun hurry ups. The table itself is beautiful, with its vibrant colors, and character models. The table is well branded to Star Wars, as Darth Vader and Jabba make live, spoken appearances on the table. Boba Fett will even say lines as you complete missions, and get combos. There is even the Great Pit of Carkoon from Return of the Jedi that ruins your combo when you fall into it.

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Even though this table sounds awesome, it has some flaws too. My ball seemed to lose momentum at random times, and it came off the left flipper way too fast. Also, some of the set pieces stopped my ball. I like a table where the ball can move smoothly across without it ramming into something. This is a good table, but the others are better.

TABLE SCORE: 6/10

 

 

The next table is Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Like the Boba Fett Table it looks nice and has good character models. These tables’ main missions, however, are based off the movie. If you hit the middle part of the table on both the left and right parts, you activate a movie scene. The scenes are taken directly from the movie, showing Luke tying up the AT-AT on Hoth, or the Ewoks taking back Endor from the Empire. This table is obviously greatly branded as well, with everything being taken from the movie. The only complaint I have about this table is the difficulty in scoring. This is tied with my other favorite table, the Clone Wars table.

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TABLE SCORE: 9/10

 

 

I am not a big fan of the Clone Wars series, but I am a huge fan of this table. Zen once again did a great job with visuals, character models, and branding. You can train to be a clone in this table which helps you rack up huge points and has you doing missions as the Jedi trying to take down the Sith Lords. These are all great for points, but there is one spam combo called the Liberation Hurry Up which you can use to get tons and tons of points. You hit a top-left lane multiple times to activate it, and once you do, you can hit another lane over and over for millions of points per hit. One time, I got over 20 million points in under 30 seconds with it. You can also hit the hurry up lane, where Yoda will give you quotes that I promise you will hear over 9,000 times. They got really old, and quite annoying while hitting the lane. That minor complaint aside, this table had some excellent features to it, and is another great table to add to your collection.

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TABLE SCORE: 9/10

 

 

The Star Wars tables are the best I have played in a while, and I suggest you check them out. They are well branded and designed, so even if you don’t like Star Wars you will definitely enjoy these tables. They come in one big pack, so you will have to get them all to play them, but it is well worth the $10 spent. May the force be with you.

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Batman: Arkham City Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC Review

Weeks after the events of Arkham City’s main story, Harley Quinn returns, and she’s worse than ever. Harley has taken over the Joker’s old steel mill hideout, and when Batman goes to investigate, things get worse before they get better. Cue Robin, the Boy Wonder, who goes in to investigate.

Sadly, while this might sound like intriguing DLC, most of it does not deliver. The Robin gameplay offers a fresh take on Arkham City’s story but not enough is added to really make this a bang for your buck. The open world content that made Arkham City great has been neutered. While there are collectable balloons all over, it is more focused on story.

The story is also not revelatory or really needed. While it expands the story of Arkham City, it feels like a deleted scene or missing piece of content. It doesn’t add much depth to the final events of the main game, and the ending of the DLC is very upsetting.

The voice acting was also lacking. While I am an immense fan of Batman and Kevin Conroy, I felt the voice-acting was rushed. Tara Strong does very little to sell the character of Harley Quinn, which was an issue in Arkham City’s main story.

Not everything in this DLC is bad, though, and if you are interested in more story content for Arkham City, then this is the DLC for you.

Review Score: 3/5