Thursday, Jul 3
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.
Everyone knows that Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series is filled to the brim with parody. Pop culture in specific is often parodied, and celebrity is a big part of that. Unfortunately, one particular parody has not sat well with a certain pop superstar who is fading out of the spotlight. Lindsay Lohan, or rather Lindsay Lohan's lawyers, are now suing Rockstar over what they claim is the unpermitted use of her likeness.
Grand Theft Auto V's Lacey Jonas is certainly a diva, but Lohan says she is an "unequivocal" reference to herself. According to the Associated Press, Lohan's suit further claims that Lohan's been recreated from her voice down to her clothing line. That's in addition to her own likeness,of course.
Odd are Lohan was certainly an influence in the creation of the Lacey Jonas character, perhaps even the primary one. Proving that in court, followed by proving that parody law doesn't take precedence here, is another matter entirely. Considering Rockstar has a mountain of experience with frivolous lawsuits and the funds to back up the defense of their property.
Lohan is likely fishing for a settlement. It's unclear whether that would work in Rockstar's favor, however. Since their games rely so heavily on parody, it seems unlikely that they'd be willing to hand out settlements to everyone that feels like they've been wronged.
Expect more news on Lindsay Lohan suing Rockstar over using her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V as the story develops. A picture of the character can be seen being hand-cuffed in the header image of this story.
Watch Dogs now has a good helping of new DLC, including three new single-player missions players can take Aiden through. Welcome back to Chicago, and grab the new weapons and outfits while you're there.
The new missions are all self-contained, sending our unlikely hero to a number of different locations for differing objectives. All tend to involve hacking in some way or another, of course. Here's a breakdown of what the new content pack:
- The Palace Single Player Mission: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His databanks have intimate details on thousands of people including Dedsec and Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe his hard drive and escape before the raid begins. Then silence the Internet mogul.
- Signature Shot Single Player Mission: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person to imprint his palm on the handle. Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to imprint the weapon.
- Breakthrough Single Player Mission: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago South Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Find the scrambler vehicles and take out their technicians. Locate the meeting and eliminate everyone taking part.
Since just having missions to run wouldn't be enough, Ubisoft did include two new weapons -- the Biometric Rifle and Auto-6 Pistol -- to be earned, accommodating different styles of play. On top of all that, a new South Chicago outfit is now available with the DLC pack, plus the Dedsec Battery, Blume Weapon, ATM Hack, and Driving Master boosts.
For Watch Dogs Season Pass holders, this DLC should be readily available for download and play. Everyone else can grab the new add-on for $6.99. This comes about a month after Watch Dogs' first DLC release, the Conspiracy! Digital Trip game mode.
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- Mega Man month hits the Nintendo Wii U eShop, classic Mega Man releases every Thursday in August 
- Off-screen footage of Mercury, rumored Yingpei Games shooter, teases Gears of War influence 
- Dangonrona 2: Goodbye Despair screenshots feature the latest Class Trial mini-games 
- Risk of Rain patch plans drop Arena, add 2 classes and 10 items 
- Escape Dead Island Hands-On Preview @ San Diego Comic-Con: Not your typical zombie killer 
- Hyrule Warriors gains updated roster, play as Darunia, Ruto, and Sheik 
- Hyrule Warriors Nintendo Direct announced, get more details come Monday, August 4 
- Sony back in black with PlayStation as PS4 outperforms competition at retail