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Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull RB10 runs Austria's Spielberg circuit in latest F1 2014 trailer

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F1 fans can judge this game's authenticity for themselves here

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Fans of the F1 series from Codemasters are here for one reason and that's to experience pure F1 racing as best as a video game can offer. It's no surprise then that Codemasters recognizes this and works hard to show just how the F1 experience comes to life in their racing games. Today's trailer for F1 2014 is an example of that, showcasing F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull RB10 running a "hot lap" on the Austrian Spielberg circuit.

The Spielberg circuit is no stranger to F1, though its been absent from the calendar for over a decade -- or so I'm told. Apparently it's known for its elevation changes, which is why Codemasters felt it was a priority to get added to the game. The track will be one of four circuits added, including the Sochi Circuit in Russia, Hockenheimring and the Bahrain Grand Prix which was run as a night race in 2014. 

F1 tends to be more of a niche racing franchise compared to some of the larger series with more of an international audience. What that means to me, however, is that Codemasters has room to really tune the experience to what their community wants. Tune it to pure F1 authenticity. They wouldn't be showcasing actual drives running laps on these tracks in their trailers otherwise.

Pick up F1 2014 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 starting October 17. The series has unfortunately not yet decided to make the jump to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but oh can you imagine how gorgeous it will look when it does? Just pick up the PC version of the game and hopefully that will give the best idea. I love it when annual franchises are forced to step up their game.

 
 

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham's latest trailer sees Brainiac and the shrinking world

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Is Joker taking a selfie?

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A new trailer was recently released for the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This trailer shows off a new main antagonist, Brainiac, and introduces players to his ultimate goal -- to shrink planet Earth to a pocket-sized sphere to add to his personal collection of famous places.

Brainiac, a maniacal, intelligent super villain promoted from his role as a minor villain in Lego Batman 2, aims to take over the world using Lantern Rings. By taking control of heroes and other villains who stand in his way, the green android makes it quickly known that he is a force to be reckoned with -- even Batman, hero of heroes, is seen fighting Robin in the very beginning of the trailer. If a villain has complete control over the conscience of all of humanity, what can a measly group of heroes do? Surprisingly enough, quite a bit. Teaming up with the Legion of Doom, Batman and friends must travel through the Lantern Worlds to stop Brainiac from shrinking and destroying Earth as they know it. 

The Lego game series may have some dramatic cinematic trailers, but the games are known for their lighthearted design and gameplay. Despite a rather dark and foreboding cutscene such as in the trailer, players can expect a much more chipper and fun gameplay experience. The Joker singing about having the whole world in his pants doesn't imply a particularly moody game.

Unfortunately Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is not out, but it will be available for Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS, Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and PC systems by the end of 2014. 

 
 

The Behemoth teases Game 4, video features bears colliding with planets and hexagon tiles

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Bring on the radioactive space teddy bear

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The Behemoth is a studio that precariously balances between creating great games and sheer insanity. That's an important way to frame the debut teaser video for their upcoming "Game 4" project. Up to this point we've been introduced to a strange cupcake-man from Game 4, as well as a centaur-cyborg steed. Today's debut teaser, however, takes the insanity to an entirely different level. 

Just so everyone's on the same page, The Behemoth has used a Game {n} codename for each of its projects. Alien Homonid was 1, Castle Crashers 2 and BattleBlock Theater most recently was Game 3. The title Game 4 is The Behemoth's way of allowing itself to tease its upcoming game without having to have an official title and all the branding and legal stuff that goes along with that.

Now for what Game 4 might actually be. The Behemoth says that it's been in development since just prior to BattleBlock Theater's release, pretty standard for the industry. Game 4 is anything but standard for The Behemoth, however, as it will broach new genre ground for the studio. What that genre is has yet to be confirmed, but The Behemoth says clever fans may figure it out by watching the teaser. Otherwise, we'll have to wait until PAX Prime where The Behemoth will have a playable demo available.

Okay, now for the good stuff. The teaser itself is filled with various insane imagery, beginning with the premise that a giant teddy bear crashes into the homeworld where the game is set. The bear must be radioactive, judging from the leaking green sludge coming from its broken head. A normal world then transforms into one of dinosaurs, monsters, evil snowmen, talking cupcakes and lots of green oozey smokey stuff.

Some rumors say the game could be an RPG, but judging by the usage of hexagonal tiles in both the Game 4 title and when the bear breaks the planet I'm more likely to believe we've got a strategy game on our hands. Could The Behemoth be working on a 4x title?

Expect more information on The Behemoth's Game 4 at PAX Prime, which starts August 29. It's tentatively planned to be an Xbox One exclusive. Game 4 looms.

 
 

Titanfall Xbox One bundle is officially discontinued, as Microsoft makes way for new bundles

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Welp, it's been a good run...

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After many successful months, the Titanfall Xbox One bundle has been discontinued. First released back in March alongside the game's launch, the bundle neatly packaged an Xbox One system and Kinect with one month of Gold membership and a copy of Titanfall for just $500. Well, Microsoft won't be releasing any new editions.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed as much recently when responding to a follower's request for a version of the Titanfall bundle that excluded a Kinect (thus making it cheaper). Spencer's answer was direct:

You can, of course, still buy the bundle from any number of third party outlets, be it eBay or Amazon. That said, two new Xbox One bundles will be taking Titanfall's place very soon, starting with the Madden NFL 15 bundle on August 26, then another with Sunset Overdrive October 28. The former, featuring the upcoming Madden title, will drop the Kinect and be slightly cheaper at $399, while the full-priced Sunset Overdrive bundle debuts the white Xbox One system.

If waiting isn't an appealing option, the Forza Motorsport 5 bundle is currently already available.

 
 

NHL 15 launch game modes revealed, Online Team Play and EA Sports Hockey League absent

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Say it ain't so, Patrice Bergeron

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Jumping from one generation of consoles to the next is no easy feat for most developers, but that's especially true for developers who have to deliver a new game every year. Case in point EA Sports' NHL 15. Today EA confirmed the various game modes that will be included with the launch edition of NHL 15. They also, however, detailed how two modes will unfortunately not be ready for the game's big day for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. These omitted modes will be included on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Online Team Play, which lets players go online to play cooperatively, will not be available at launch. EA Sports does plan to add the popular multiplayer mode to the game at a later date. Specifically, EA Sports says, "OTP will be rolled out as part of our NHL 15 content update program." The assumption we can make from that statement is that OTP will be part of the paid DLC that EA loves to staple onto each of its games. Fans are certain not to be happy.

EA Sports Hockey League will also not be included with NHL 15 at launch. Unlike OTP, however, there are no plans to add the Hockey League mode at a later date. EA Sports notes that they have big plans for the mode in future iterations of the game, but unfortunately the team does not have the time to add it this year.

Onto the core game modes that EA Sports has confirmed will be included in NHL 15:

  • Play Now
  • Be A Pro
  • Be A GM
  • Online Versus
  • Hockey Ultimate Team
  • NHL Moments Live

Altogether, EA Sports is adding all of the main modes that are core to the experience with each year's release. Obviously OTP is a disappointing omission, but knowing EA they measured out which mode was played the least and decided these are the important ones and OTP is not one of them. Fans who do want the mode will certainly be willing to pay extra to help the developers make the mode post-launch. Or something like that.

Closing out the announcement, EA Sports provided a rather endearing apology to its fanbase. Good on them for at least noting that a portion of the NHL 15 audience will be disappointed in their decisions:

"Decisions like this are never easy, nor do we take them lightly. We know that there is a passionate group of fans that loves these modes and is no doubt disappointed with this news; but we also know that this same group of fans expects a high quality gameplay experience above anything else. We’re a franchise built on quality, so launching these modes without confidence in their quality wasn’t something that we were willing to do."

NHL 15 will be available starting September 9 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. I'll note again that these two omitted modes will only not be available in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases. They'll still be included and working on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

 
 

500GB hard drive coming to Xbox 360 soon, despite growing shift to more modern consoles

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It's cheaper than the 320GB hard drive too

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Microsoft made a surprise reveal this morning for something most Xbox 360 owners likely figured would never become a reality. A 500GB "Media Hard Drive" will be released for the 360 soon, a 180GB jump on the currently available 320GB hard drives. What's perhaps even more startling is that the 500GB hard drive will cost just $109.99, which is $20 cheaper than the retail price of the 320GB drive.

Obviously Microsoft must have an assortment of reasons for releasing this large hard drive at such a price. One can only speculate as to why that is, however. It could be due to the Xbox 360's life cycle currently in its elder days. It could be Microsoft consolidating its hard drive production for the console, retiring smaller drives in favor of this single larger one. It could just be Microsoft pricing the hard drive at a price that fits the current market environment.

The only thing that's for certain is that Microsoft is still making a healthy profit on these bad boys, as non-Xbox branded external 500GB hard drives go at half the price -- and probably twice the reliability.

Still, Xbox 360 owners who want to secure their console's future, as well as their large digital library, now have a great new option to consider. While the Xbox 360's 500GB hard drive is not yet available for purchase or pre-order, expect more news in the months ahead. I'm certain it will be available for the holidays -- probably bundled as part of some some extreme holiday Xbox 360 package.

 
 

Bloodborne's Gamescom demo shows 6 minutes of just how alike Dark Souls is

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Dear me, all of that blood...

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Sony has, bless their hearts, released a direct feed video of Bloodborne's demo from Gamescom, teased last week. That is to say, we've got 6 minutes of cut footage from the demo Gamescom attendees were able to experience hands-on. It seems whoever played the demo for this video was definitely an experiences player, as they're able to perform a wide variety of complex Dark Souls combat maneuvers. In fact, after watching this trailer no Dark Souls fan should be confused about what sort of game Bloodborne really is.

From the desolate and gritty atmosphere to the up-close and always too personal action, Bloodborne is without a doubt a Dark Souls game. Why they dropped the branding for the sake of changing the setting I don't know, but that's what this game is. The UI is almost identical to Dark Souls 2's, the way enemies break through barriers is strikingly similar, and most of all the way a torch pops out of the folds of the player's cloak -- the shared animations are uncanny.

Of course, Bloodborne is still a follow-up to the Dark Souls brand and as one would expect From Software has iterated on the experience. Players may immediately notice that countering enemies will now result in weakened states, and that damage taken in a fight can be regenerated by fighting back. Of course, if one doesn't fight back fast enough, the damage lingers. Still, the message is clear -- the developers want to encourage Bloodborne players to dedicate themselves to fights in a way Dark Souls never supported.

Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 exclusive action RPG planned for release in 2015. Just look at how the protagonist is soaked in the blodo of the first boss after goring its head. My goodness, what have From Software cooked up now.

 
 

Tales of Xillia 2 hits shelves for PlayStation 3 offering bonuses for owning previous games in the series

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Cook, babysit, cut, and shoot -- the life of an adventurer

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Tales of Xillia 2, successor to the original Tales of Xillia, launched yesterday in North America for the Sony PlayStation 3. For those interested in picking it up, Bandai Namco has also announced a few nifty bonuses for anyone with save files for either Tales of Graces F or Tales of Xillia on their console. These dedicated fans will receive items exclusive to Xillia 2.

So, what exactly is Tales of Xillia 2? Expanding on the prequel, this title re-introduces players to the worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios. These neighboring worlds, previously divided by a spirit arte, or magical technique, known as the Schism, are now being forced to co-exist. Players begin as Ludger Kresnik, a cook who quickly becomes an adventurer (and babysitter) after meeting Elle Marta, a young girl who changes his life forever following a train hijacking. 

A first for the Tales series, Ludger is considered a semi-silent protagonist. Xillia 2 gives players choices to decide which path the story should take, and all choices can change the outcome of any event. Party members from Tales of Xillia, including Jude Mathis, as well as the main antagonists, Gaius and Muzet, take on the role of playable characters this time around. Choices made by the player will affect relationships with other characters, so choose wisely, lest allow a battle of words between party members. Though, knowing the Tales series, a text battle may actually be quite humorous.

As a final gift to players, Bandai Namco made all DLC costumes from Tales of Xillia useable in Tales of Xillia 2, so money won't go to waste. As far as I'm concerned, that just opens up the opportunity for more fun party roleplay. After all, what long-time Tales fan hasn't wanted to see Milla in an Asbel costume fight Elize in a Mint costume?

After two years of it being out in Japan, North and South American players finally have their opportunity to pick Tales of Xillia 2 up in digital or retail format for the PlayStation 3 for $59.99. Unfortunately, European players have just a slight wait, but it won't be too rough. Just be sure to avoid spoilers if at all possible until the Xillia sequel becomes available across the pond starting this Friday, August 22, 2014.

 
 

New Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video spans a whole 35 minutes, more tough choices incoming

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Is there ever such thing as the RIGHT decision?

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With gamescom 2014 all wrapped up, CD Projekt is celebrating with a new Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video. Great, but did I mention it's over half an hour long? This "Downwarren" segment shows Geralt traveling through swamplands in search of news regarding Ciri, and debuted first in June during E3. What he finds there are some expectedly strange characters.

In hopes of learning more about Ciri, Geralt seeks the council of three witches, but he needs help even seeking them out. That's when he meets Johny the Godling, a strange little creature who lost his voice. This triggers a longer series of quests, in which Geralt must recover Johny's voice, then see what the witches will need him to do in exchange for decent information.

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with how The Witcher works, however, will also realize that doing the right thing is sometimes impossible. Guess we'll see how this particular situation works out in the long run when Wild Hunt releases in February 2015.

 
 

Evolve wins Gamescom 2014's official Best of Show on top of four other awards

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Oculus Rift honored as best gaming hardware

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It seems the idea of 4-on-1 boss battles (where one player gets to be the big bad boss) resonates in Germany as well as it did here in North America, as Evolve this week walks away with the "most coveted award of the European computer and video game industry", otherwise known as Best of Show at Gamescom 2014. Developer Turtle Rock Studios will be placing that trophy right alongside the one it already earned for best of E3 2014 back in July.

Evolve unfortunately won't be making a 2014 debut, but the hype for Turtle Rock's "asymmetrical multiplayer" shooter for PC, PS4 and Xbox One is not even close to dying down as the new IP also won four other categories at Gamescom as determined by a panel of judges drawn from multiple European media outlets, and no Neoseeker was never a part of the panel at any point in case you were wondering/concerned.

including the best Action, Online Multiplayer AND Xbox game. Talk about covering all the bases. We felt the idea was so crazy it actually worked when we tried it back at E3, and it's reassuring to know the sentiment has crossed borders.

Consumers also got to support their own favorite titles during Gamecom and the big winner this year was Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. Apparently the idea of Nintendo characters (and guests!) beating the living crap out of each other also has universal appeal, in addition to never going out of style.

Critics however honored Splatoon as the best title for Nintendo platforms, and The Evil Within took top honors for PlayStation platforms. Oculus Rift development kit meanwhile was acknowledged as the best new gaming hardware, meaning VR's potential is catching on worldwide.

Check out the full list of Gamescom 2014 award winners below. In case you were curious about the choices, the official rules point out that only titles that were actually playable on the Gamescom show floor with new content/demos and scheduled for release either in Germany or in the publisher's home market within the year following the current show were eligible for any awards.

Best of Gamescom
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Consumer's Most Wanted
Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo)

Best Console Game Sony PlayStation
The Evil Within (Bethesda Softworks/ZeniMax Germany GmbH)

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii U
Splatoon (Nintendo)

Best Role Playing Game
Risen 3 (Deep Silver / Koch Media GmbH)

Best Action Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Simulation Game
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (Square Enix GmbH)

Best Sports Game
PES 2015 (Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.)

Best Family Game
LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)

Best PC Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Mobile Game
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)

Best Social / Casual / Online Game
LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment Deutschland GmbH)

Best Online Multiplayer Game
Evolve (Take-Two Interactive GmbH/2K)

Best Hardware (incl. peripherals)
Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)

 
 
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