VAMPYR Is Getting A Story-Focused Mode Plus A Few ‘Optimization Tweaks’

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It appears that developer Dontnod isn't done with Vampyr just yet as the studio just released an update that aims to introduce optimization tweaks to the game. During Vampyr's release last June, PC players encountered performance issues despite playing on high-end hardware, so hopefully, this will get addressed in the update. You can check out the full patch notes of the update here.  Furthermore, Dontnod also announced a future update this summer that will introduce two modes and more improvements to the game. 

Regarding the two new ways to play, Dontnod announced that they will include a narrative centered mode called Story Mode that aims to immerse players on the game's narrative by "de-emphasizing combat." The second mode, on the other hand, called the Hard mode will make combat more challenging and will slow player progression by lessening XP for killing enemies. This means that players will have to be creative and should prioritize sucking blood from innocent NPCs instead.

Together with the news on the upcoming update, Dontnod also announced that Vampyr will be 25 percent off on Steam until July 30. So if you haven't decided if you want to pick up the game, you can check out our full review of Vampyr here

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SURGEON SIMULATOR CPR Is Heading To The Switch This Fall

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The Switch is no stranger to getting games that are not usually associated with a Nintendo system. This fall, Switch owners can now live their dreams of becoming a surgeon as Surgeon Simulator CPR is headed to the console. 

In celebration of the game's 5th anniversary, developer Bossa Studios is releasing a port of the game, complete with all the previous iterations of the infamously challenging simulator. CPR for the Switch will feature motion controls and HD rumble support. Players will also have access to all original operation and the eye and teeth transplants from the original A&E. Moreover, players will get their hands on the highly-classified Alien Autopsy operation. 

To make things more exciting, the Switch version of the game will now feature a co-op mode. Players can just hand a joy-con to a friend and work together on an operation for a drop-in, drop-out gameplay. 

As of now, Bossa Studios is yet to reveal the exact release date of CPR to the Switch, but a Fall window was promised by the studio. 

Surgeon Simulator is currently available on the PC, PlayStation 4, PSVR and iOS devices. 

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NO MAN’S SKY Is Climbing The Charts Two Years After Its Release

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It has been 22 months since No Man's Sky was released and had a disappointing launch as pre-release promises never lived up to the final product. However, in a promising turn of events, Hello Games released the latest update for the game called Next, and things are starting to look better for No Man's Sky. 

As of now, Steam's roster of the top 10 most-played titles now includes No Man's Sky and is currently beating mainstay games such as Team Fortress 2, Football Manager 2018 and ARK: Survival Evolved. After the release of Next, people started playing No Man's Sky again, which is impressive given its lousy reputation at launch. 

The launch of Next made No Man's Sky the game that players wanted it to be when it was released two years ago. As of this writing, the game was able to rake in 60,448 concurrent players on Steam, which is a massive improvement as the game previously struggled with 2,000 concurrent players per month prior to the release of Next. The game's creator, Sean Murray said that No Man's Sky is "one of the most-played games in the world this week." It is worth noting that current statistics still does not include PlayStation 4 and Xbox One statistics, but its performance on Steam is proof enough. 

What do you think of the latest update for No Man's Sky? Are you playing the game again? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Southern California Melee Tournament Organizers Step Down After Controversy Sparked By Transphobic Comments

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A few days ago, the Super Smash Bros. Melee community was dealt its second controversy in as many weeks, thanks to a salvo of transphobic comments made by the tournament organizer of a prominent weekly event.

On July 18, Alex Wallace, a prominent tournament organizer and co-founder of streaming/tournament organizing group The Balcony, posted the screenshot below in the SoCal Melee Community Facebook page.

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Wallace was taken aback at the apparent transphobia displayed by Kenny Harisis, who was one of the organizers running a large SoCal weekly, known as Training Mode Tuesdays at the time. To ensure that she didn’t misinterpret his intentions, Wallace contacted Harisis, but he simply doubled down on his statement, prompting her to post his message in the SoCal group and demand a boycott of the weekly until Harisis stepped down from his leadership position.

The controversy expanded when the tournament’s head organizer, Cary “Vro” Zhang, seemingly ignored his colleague’s actions, allowing him to continue to run the Training Mode Tuesday event in the week following the revelation of his transphobic comments. As a result, he was lambasted by his local community, prompting him to tweet out a public apology and temporarily step down from his leadership position after forcing Harisis to do the same.

At the moment, the future of Training Mode Tuesdays and its organizers is unclear—but there’s no doubt that this is a victory for those who want to make the Smash community a safer space for women, LGBTQ community members, and other marginalized groups. Thanks to public pressure, one of California’s largest locals is once again open to all.

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