Thursday, Jul 3
Evolve alpha sign-ups begin today, get early play time with the 4v1 experience from Left 4 Dead devs
Looking for the next big co-op game? Look no further than Evolve, and eager gamers can try their luck starting today at getting into the alpha. Sign-ups have kicked off, and the process just involves a quick survey.
Currently, 2K and Turtle Rock have yet to specify an exact date for the alpha test, but keep in mind that only North American residents can participate. The alpha will also only cover the PC version, so keep your specs handy for the survey. If you're not sure what sort of hardware you're running, however, the survey lets you skip that section. Just head over to the official Evolve website to get started.
When the survey asks for a password and referral code, use the following:
Referral Code: JoinTheHunt
The full game will actually be on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, when it comes out October 21. In Evolve, players team up in teams of four and go head-to-head with a dangerous creature controlled by a fifth. While the Hunters have numbers and awesome gadgets in their side, each playable monster comes equipped with special abilities and sheer strength. The result is a co-op/multiplayer experience unlike any other, but would you expect any less from the studio that created Left 4 Dead?
For more on Evolve, be sure to read our hands-on preview from E3.
I can't stand writing about preorder bonuses, but I love me some release dates. Thus, here we are writing about Civilization: Beyond Earth, Firaxis' next big release and while not a sequel, a direct follow-up to the core gameplay behind Civilization V. Everyone will be taking their settlements into space starting October 24, sticking Beyond Earth right into the mix of huge October release. They ain't got what, Beyond Earth does, though. Mmm, strategy.
Like mentioned before, Beyond Earth also has something else: preorder bonuses. Somewhere in between the fine print of which retailers will have the content and which won't, we learn that preordering the latest Civilization will net the Exoplanet map pack. It's a bundle of six maps that are, you know, more fun to play than just random maps... I guess. It's just a dumb preorder bonus, okay!?
- Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets
- Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet's settlement are well-preserved
- Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources
- Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness
- 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces
- Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain
Oh, damn it all Firaxis. You had to name each map like they're some epic sci-fi setting in an Isaac Asimov novel. Now I have to get the damn preorder bonus.
Really though, just make sure to erase one of the other dozen games in October from your calendar and make room for Civilization: Beyond Earth. Better yet, erase all of them, because this is a Civilization game we're talking about. It doesn't like you playing other games while there are turns to be finished.
Civilization: Beyond Earth will be available starting October 24 exclusively on the PC, retailing for $50. Check out an all new gameplay walkthrough, as well as an "Inside Look" video.
How bad really is the Big Bad Wolf? In the season finale for Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us it seems like we'll be finding out, and it won't be too long before players get to experience that for themselves. Telltale Games announced today that the fifth and final episode of The Wolf Among Us' first season will be released starting July 8. Titled "Cry Wolf", expect the Fables adventure game to go out on a bang that's certain to impact in the same way The Walking Dead's first season did.
In Cry Wolf Bigsby is expected to come face to face with a "dark force" feeding off of the dregs of Fable society. Odds are it's not going to be any sort of typical showdown. Odds are there's going to be a lot of drama, a lot of emotional tension, and probably Bigsby showing off why he's really known as the Big Bad Wolf in some parts of town. Or maybe not, and that in itself could have dramatic consequences.
That's really the magic of Fable, the same as it is with The Walking Dead. The premise of each world is enough to drive consistent, brilliant stories. Instead, however, each world simply serves as a catalyst of sorts to push people in directions we'd never have expected of them. Bigsby, like Clementine and Lee before her, is one of the best realized characters in a game in recent memory. He's a man-wolf acting as a sheriff of a town of otherworldly creatures, but Telltale has turned him real. I'm startled every time I play another episode.
I'm not ready for The Wolf Among Us to be over. Please, please let there be a second season already in the works.
The Wolf Among Us finale, Cry Wolf, will be launching on PC, Mac, and PlayStation 3 (North America) starting July 8. It will then come to PlayStation 3 (Europe) and Xbox 360 on July 9, followed by an iOS release July 10. Time to marathon Episodes 1-4 all over again in preparation.
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A return to the core values of PES brings... micro-transactions
Pro Evolution Soccer will take its first steps on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when PES 2015 releases this fall/winter, Konami has announced today. The latest title in the PES series, which developer Konami is promising will benefit from high quality visuals thanks to its use of the FOX Engine, is also set to release in “additional formats”
Konami is promising a return to the core PES values, including the likes of "total control", "renowned gameplay" and "super responsive controls". What PES 2015 also brings to the series, however, are micro-transactions. Changes to Master League Online means that gamers will now have the somewhat controversial option of buying the players they want through micro-transactions, rather than having to wait to accumulate and spend in-game points. It’s not a move I’m particularly fond of seeing in any game, but as long as the developers don’t force players to go down that path by making it harder to pursue in-game alternatives of gaining the same content then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. And there is no evidence Konami is doing that here,
PES 2015 will be running on a full version of the Kojima Productions developed FOX Engine, whereas its predecessor PES 2014 ran on an adapted version of the engine. There is a big emphasis here placed on just how good this game will look on next-gen consoles, leaving me to wonder about the performance on the so called “additional formats” as Konami is putting it currently. Lighting would seem to be the major step forward for PES 2015 on the FOX Engine, with the game benefiting from each in-game angle being covered from a single light source. Real-time lighting transitions throughout a match and improved crowd animations, right down to context sensitive crowd animations, means PES 2015 “mirrors the atmosphere of a top-flight match”.
Over a thousand players have been modeled for PES 2015, granting players their own supposed real-life faces and body-types. Using bespoke animations and the PES ID system, players' unique playing styles will be recognizable and they will react as they would in real life matches to goals, fouls and even refereeing decisions. The AI's frame of mind even apparently affects how they play, something that cuts very close to the upcoming FIFA 15 feature of players' emotional intelligence and reactions.
Although PES 2015 brings with it a number of new features and improvements, it is the three biggest that seem to dovetail together the best. A new shooting system allows players far more control and precision over their shots, while that all important final pass has been reworked to provide a wider variety of realistic passes when delivering the final ball. Keepers will also react in a far more intuitive manner to the situations they are facing, so better ball control combined with new dribbling skills such as jinking runs and responsive sprints should make for a great experience during one on one’s, especially up against a Manuel Neuer-esque keeper.
There have also been improvements made to the non-gameplay side of the game. In addition to the aforementioned changes to Master League Online there will also be live updates weekly to adjust team line-ups and player data throughout the season in the English, French, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian leagues.
Konami is promising even more details will be revealed over the coming months, leading up to release. They're teasing such features as weather condition affected ball physics, enhanced edit modes for both stadiums and players, plus new leagues. That's along with many other improvements that will no doubt be keenly awaited by PES fans before the game releases in the fall/winter time.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 is currently planned for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other platforms later this year.
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There's an endearing nature to the low-quality textures, though
For the Kingdom Hearts series fans out there, Square Enix has recently released an interactive trailer that allows viewers to compare a Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX video in HD quality with the same video in SD quality. Alternatively, players can watch it with an automatically-shifting quality to truly embrace the contrast with ease. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is a soon-to-be released HD compilation including Kingdom Hearts 2 and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep for the Sony PlayStation 3.
The SD / HD trailer also introduces costumes not originally found in either of the included titles. Donald and Goofy can both be seen wearing Christmas Town-themed costumes rather than their Halloween Town suits. While the new costumes are great, nothing can really replace that Donald mummy outfit.
Sora, alongside his plethora of Disney friends, will make his second appearance on the last-gen Sony console soon. For the gamers eager to experience his journeys in HD with a little bit more depth than what the trailer has to offer, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 in North America starting on December 2, 2014, running at a retail price of $39.99.
Wednesday, Jul 2
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Blizzard today released a new trailer for their all-stars MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, focused on the great Muradin Bronzebeard. Warcraft fans should already know his name, as well as that righteous beard. Now get an in-depth look at how he plays in an online arena.
Muradin is a fellow who can take damage while also dishing out a bit of his own. In the vid, we see his play style through the talent system and in combat, though keep in mind Heroes of the Storm is still in beta, so the number of playable heroes is still relatively limited. As the game progresses, however, we should be seeing more walkthrough videos like this one.
The Thane of Bronzebeard was originally believed to have died in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, when Arthas became the Lich King. In World of Warcraft, however, we learn he was actually alive and suffering from a bad case of amnesia, thus explaining his absence all this time.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer has devs talking about immersion and the art of the military look
Call of Duty enters a new generation, and it's real pretty
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is breaking into the new generation with a bang, thanks to the efforts of Sledgehammer Games. In the newest trailer, we are taken behind the scenes with the development team, as they talk about the visuals of Advanced Warfare.
The new Call of Duty looks amazing, of course, and this is especially apparent in the characters and their life-like appearance. The movements, too, are designed to feel real and immersive, even when you're running around in a futuristic exosuit.
The art direction is incredibly important here. While Advanced Warfare does take place in a more futuristic setting, everything is designed to appear quite relatable. To accomplish this, the team starts with existing tech, elements we are all familiar with, and makes just enough changes to inspire a more sci-fi look -- without going totally off the believability scale.
See the entire video below, and remember to pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare before it comes out November 4, 2014.
The rules are simple, and your chances are good
Guild Wars 2: Gates of Maguuma went live just yesterday, marking the official start to Season 2. To celebrate new beginnings, we've put together a very special event in collaboration with ArenaNet to give away 20 Scarlet Briar t-shirts. Oh, and they're quite lovely.
Scarlet Briar began her reign of terror months ago, launching assault after assault upon Tyria and its people. Together with the Aetherblade pirates, she unleashed world bosses and catastrophic invasions on key centers of civilization. In that time, Scarlet also blossomed into quite the villain, as her story unfolded alongside that of Tyria's.
With this giveaway, we celebrate the living world of Guild Wars 2, one that is home to many unique characters like Ceara, Marjory, Braham and Taimi. All you have to do is share with us your thoughts, and do so before Friday, July 11. Rules and details can be found below. Read them CAREFULLY!
- In the comments/thread below, tell us what you found most memorable about Season 1. For instance, where were you when Lion's Arch fell? Which world boss became your favorite?
- To enter, submit a comment below and include your preferred size. We cannot guarantee you will receive the exact size, but this will allow us to better match your choice.
- Participants must have a Neoseeker account.
- Participants must reside within North America or Europe.
- All entries must be made before July 11, 11:59 PM PT.
- 20 winners will be selected and contacted via private messages by a member of editorial, at which point we will ask for your mailing address and additional contact information. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, their t-shirt will be given away to a runner-up.
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Another epic update has come to Minecraft, the game of only epic updates. Each update is more epic than the last, as content only gets bigger, better and more badass. Bring on that update, Mojang. What do you have in store for snapshot 14w27a? It looks like we're getting... bunnies! Oh heck yes, there's going to be bunnies like crazy in our Minecraft servers. They're going to be going all extreme hopping about and eating grassy foods and stuff. Epic.
As for other content included in the 14w27a snapshot, well, there's not much of it. It's mostly focusing on optimizations and bug fixes. Here are the full patch notes:
- Bunnies bunnies bunnies.
- It’s a secret to everybody!
- More rewrites, optimizations & bug fixes.
- Improved debug world type.
- Recalibrated the quantum flux regulator.
Considering it's clear that Mojang is trolling us to a degree with these patch notes (quantum flux regulators don't require recalibration), it's difficult to say whether the "It's a secret to everybody!" note is an actual tease. I'd like to hope Mojang snuck in something cool other than bunnies today, but if it's only bunnies then I'm okay with that too.
Since so many people will be asking: yes, this is a PC only update. Odds are it won't be coming to other platforms any time soon, if ever. That's just the nature of the complicated licensing agreement between Mojang and their partners. For PC players, here's how to get the new snapshot:
"To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog)."
For server runners, check out the Mojang source on this article where you'll find the .jar file for the latest Minecraft snapshot.
It's only a matter of time before Hatsune Miku is in every ad, every television show, ever music video, and every video game released in the United States. You heard it here first, folks. That cyber-pop star that Japan created out of code and perversion is continuing to expand out beyond the borders of the island nation she was birthed from. Case in point, the announcement that Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix is now being localized.
Yes, today Sega announced their plans to bring the 3DS rhythm game to the western world, both in North American and Europe. The title will be an updated version of the Japanese release, Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI 2, though since the original Project MIRAI was never released here I can understand their dislike of putting out something with the sequels name. It might confuse folk.
MIRAI Remix will feature two different game modes, one for button pressing and one for touch-screen controls. After that, each of the songs will feature three different difficulty levels. You know, like a rhythm game should. And of course, because it wouldn't be right without it, but there will be costumes to dress Hatsune Miku up in. Then you can streetpass and stuff I guess, too.
Hatsune Miku: Project MIRAI Remix will be launching on 3DS in 2015. Ah, it seems we won't be privileged with Hatsune Miku for the holidays. I hope everyone will be able to contain their fan obsessions until then.
- Sony preparing new round of free digital content for customers affected by 2011 PSN data breach 
- Titanfall introduces Burn Card and Insignia purchasing via ‘Black Market’ with no microtransactions 
- Destiny beta access now open to all who are brave enough 
- Square Enix back in black for FY2013, but braces for a rough coming year 
- 2K teases Eve's Garden from BioShock, but isn't saying why yet 
- BioWare drops live-action 'Nightmare' teaser and site with eerie "You've Been Chosen" message 
- Hyrule Warriors gains updated roster, play as Darunia, Ruto, and Sheik 
- Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed to bare all for North America on PS4 this holiday season 
- Neoseeker is giving away Guild Wars 2 Living Story t-shirts! 
- Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition coming soon, bundles together game and DLC for $30 
- The International 2014's group stage continues, day three's set of 36 matches to decide many teams' fate 
- Skylanders Trap Team screenshots show off Dark Edition, epic new Skylander 'Gusto'