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Relic takes a break from RTS to bring us Space Marine, and shows us what it means to be one of the God-Emperor's Finest.
Looking for that perfect piece of hardware or software for a friend or family? Trying to find a game that delivers a great experience that they might not have already? We're bringing some great pieces that we've covered over the course of this year for your shopping list.
An exclusive in-depth look at DICE's much anticipated first-person parkour action game.
VeGiTAX2 takes on the Fanatec Speedster 3 in a head to head battle. Check it out and see how the current top wheel for the Xbox handles.
Console Games News
Surprise? Nintendo still craves control over all things Nintendo
Nintendo is not expected to reveal anything concrete regarding its mysterious "NX" console anytime soon, but one thing the console company is willing to confirm at this stage is that it will most certainly not leverage some form of Google's open-source Android operating system. A Nintendo spokesman has flat out stated there was simply "no truth" to a report issued earlier this week by Japanese business wire Nikkei suggesting that the NX would adopt Android as the primary OS.
Nikkei's report was grounded on sources reportedly familiar with what's been going down within the secret halls of Nintendo's Kyoto-based headquarters. These sources reasoned that a non-proprietary OS solution for the NX would allow Nintendo to attract mobile game developers as potential third party support. A desire on the part of Nintendo to rekindle third-party developer support certainly doesn't sound far fetched, and at the very least would provide reassurance that the company has no intention of alienating them with the NX.
Nintendo's rebuttal confirms it will not be looking to a third-party solution like Android as a means to forge relationships with third party studios.
Something big is happening tomorrow morning
Many of us are is losing our minds today after Bethesda unveiled a Fallout teaser this morning. An image of a black and white television test pattern featuring a countdown and the words "Please Stand By" was all it took.
Bethesda's released a still image of the test pattern, also known as the "Indian-head test pattern," to social media today, bearing the same "Please Stand By" message and a corresponding hashtag. A link was provided as well, leading to official Fallout site, which bears the same TV pattern and a countdown ending tomorrow, June 3, at 7:00 AM Pacific.
The studio will also be holding its own press conference for the first time ever at E3 2015, leading to plenty of excited rumors leading to hopes of Fallout 4 or Dishonored 2 announcements. Bethesda has been pretty tight-lipped, however, letting the excitement fester and speak for itself.
Rumors regarding the upcoming and unofficially-named Fallout 4 go back as far as 2012, when a Reddit post pointed to Boston as the next primary setting.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies 'Carrier' unlocks new secrets this week, new trailer out
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Exo Zombies Carrier comes out tomorrow, picking up after some of the cliffhangers we were left with before. In advance of tomorrow's release on Xbox Live, Activision released a trailer for Carrier to convert some of the nonbelievers.
So some spoilers ahead. Previously, Sentinel's Captain Lennox killed one of your allies, leading to a whole lot of questions with no real easy answers. Unfortunately, with the zombie threat being a thing, the four celeb heroes need to call a temporary truce with their captor in order to survive. And yeah, that is an undead shark you see in the trailer.
Carrier comes out first tomorrow, June 2, for Xbox One and Xbox 360. You know the drill by now. PlayStation and PC platforms will likely see the DLC's arrival in roughly a month.
Those voice syou hear talking belong to Rose McGowan, John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, and Jon Bernthal.
A new Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer popped up today by way of Microsoft and Crystal Dynamics. It's really little more than a cinematic teaser, but we're reminded that Lara is back with a vengeance as a timed Xbox exclusive.
The trailer opens up with images of famous people throughout history, while Lara speaks of adventurous spirits finding greatness. She herself is one such spirit, seeking to crawl her way to each new discovery. The cinematic shows her scaling a mountainside, likely somewhere in Siberia, climbing a slippery wall of ice, during which nothing could go possibly wrong.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the anticipated sequel to Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider from 2013, which drew plenty of praise from those who played it. The next installment, expected to come out later this year, will be exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 at launch. PC and PlayStation versions will be released at some point after.
Titanfall 2 definitely exists in some form or another, but fans of Respawn Entertainment's sci-fi mecha shooter shouldn't expect to see the unnamed sequel at this year's E3. Sorry to break the news, ladies and gentlement, but the powers that be have spoken, by whom I mean Respawn CEO and founder Vince Zampella.
Zampella took to Twitter today to drop the somewhat disappointing news. In fact, the studio has no plans to show anything at E3 2015, which means Zampella will actually get to enjoy the show as just another video game enthusiast. Good for him!
For everyone asking, we aren't showing anything at E3 this year. I'll get to actually see all the games!— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) May 29, 2015
Well, at least he's letting us down easy. Sort of. Now hold back those tears, soldier, AND STAY STRONG.
Although Titanfall 2 has been officially acknowledged, the sequel doesn't have a final title yet, so "Titanfall 2" is really just a placeholder. Respawn already confirmed the next installment would make its way to PlayStation 4, in addition to Xbox One and PC.
Hey look at that, it seems like Microsoft has scored some interesting games for this month's Games With Gold. June should have something interesting for everyone to pick up and try, though again with only Xbox One release for the month there may not be something everyone actually enjoys. That game on Xbox One for June is Massive Chalice, Double Fine's fantasy take on hardcore tactical games akin to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Massive Chalice will be debuting as part of the Games With Gold service, launching at the same time on other platforms -- though certainly not for free.
The Xbox 360, meanwhile, is still kicking as well. Two of the platforms semi-recent popular games will be joining Games With Gold. Here's the official list:
- Massive Chalice
- Pool Nation FX (continued from previous months)
- Just Cause 2
Awesome Xbox 360 titles, especially with Avalanche working on Just Cause 3. As for Thief, well, it certainly has its faults, but there are aspects of the game which are absolutely excellent and hopefully more gamers playing it will help it get the attention it deserves. I doubt we're going to hear about a Thief 2 at E3, especially with Eidos Montreal hard at work on the next Deus Ex. You never know, I suppose. But this seems more like an inclusion from Square Enix just for the sake of earning a bit more cash out of the game while it's still relevant in the eye of the consumer.
Note that not all games offered through Games With Gold will not be offered throughout the month in its entirety. Some will require players to come back halfway through the month to download the second game. Such is the case with this month's Xbox 360 titles, where Just Cause 2 will be available from June 1-15 and Thief from the 16-30. Both Massive Chalice and Pool Nation FX will be downloadable throughout the entirety of June.
CD Projekt isn't ditching The Witcher yet and will focus on franchise for the next year, not Cyberpunk
Since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did so well, and all
CD Projekt has confirmed plans to focus on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt through the next year, effectively dashing any hopes of Cyberpunk 2077 news coming any time soon. The good news is that The Witcher 3 will enjoy a healthy lifespan with full support from the devs.
Speaking to Reuters, CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski reflects on The Witcher's success as a series. Noting pre-release sales figures from The Witcher 3 -- around 1.5 million prior to last week -- Kicinski is confident Cyberpunk will also mean good things for the studio. That being said, 2015 and 2016 will remain dedicated to its fantasy blockbuster.
"We hope and we are certain that Cyberpunk has even bigger commercial potential. It is too early to talk about it, though. This year, and the next one will be the years of the Witcher," Kicinski stated rather plainly.
Before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was actually released, CD Projekt announced their dedication to providing content to the game. 16 pieces of free DLC were promised, as well as some paid add-ons and two expansions. A Witcher-themed MOBA was announced and released in 2014 for mobile platforms.
Cyberpunk 2077 was revealed way back in October 2012 as a video game adaptation of the pen-and-paper tabletop franchise. Soon after, a CG trailer teasing an entity known as Psycho Squad was released, along with news of possible multiplayer and more customization options.
Video evidence is both annoying and hilarious
We all expect games these days to carry more than a few bugs at launch, but Ultra Street Fighter IV for PlayStation 4 is taking this sad norm to new heights. The game was released just yesterday for the Sony platform, but already fans are reporting minor to severe bugs effectively ruining the entire experience.
Some of these issues are more obvious than others. While the majority of us can clearly see, like Juri's mysterious stealth attacks or the weird disco effect caused by character models spazzing out of control. Audio bugs are also rampant.
More diehard fans, however, are reporting terrible input lag, creating noticeable delays in the game. Note that other, previously-released versions of Ultra Street Fighter IV don't suffer from these issues.
The fine folks @DisplayLag have tested USF4 on ps4 for you and guess what? 8f lag in their testing, just as you all thought. Avoid.— Team Spooky (@teamspooky) May 27, 2015
For the morbidly curious, the r/Kappa subreddit has exploded with complaints and jokes about the broken release, plus more player videos documenting this trainwreck.
Attempts at getting a refund from Sony customer service have been mostly unsuccessful (to no one's surprise). Regardless, we can always hope that with enough fan outrage, either Sony or Capcom will relent and offer some sort of reimbursement.
Until that unlikely scenario happens, have these videos of Juri's buggy new behaviors.
People just can't stop talking about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, or maybe it's just Konami and Kojima. Either way, what better time for Sony to deliver a littler preparation material via PlayStation Plus? It's also a great opportunity for Konami to try and rebuild a little bit of fan support, though I think that may be a lost cause for a while. The internet does not forgive, and it takes a good while to forget. In the mean time PlayStation 4 subscribers will be able to pick up Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes starting on June 2 and running throughout the month of June.
Unfortunately there aren't too many standout inclusions beyond Ground Zeroes for June, though as ever all of the games being added are of a certain quality. The PS Vita games especially are almost always the best games being released on the platform anymore, with the added boon of often being cross-buy for the PlayStation 4 as well. Speaking of cross-buy, I'm sure PlayStation 3 players would have been pleased if Ground Zeroes was available for them too, but that's not the case. The deprioritization of games for the PS3 continues to grow apparent. Luckily there are two great PS3 exclusive games to make up for it.
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
- Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
- Cloudberry Kingdom
- Super Exploding Zoo (PS Vita/PS4)
- Futuridium EP Deluxe (PS Vita/PS4)
That's four games for PlayStation 4 in June, with only two for each of the other platforms. I don't expect many PlayStation 4 players will go out of their way to download the smaller Vita titles, but with Ground Zeroes being available I doubt they'll have too many complaints. Ah, just kidding - they always have complaints.
Start downloading June's PlayStation Plus titles starting on June 2, as it seems that Sony's moving the download date back up after the random delay from earlier this year. That just means everyone needs to get on downloading May's games ASAP!
The slasher flick turned video game is back and now has a release date. Today Supermassive Games announced that Until Dawn would be ready to party starting August 25, exclusive to PlayStation 4 as previously announced. The last time we'd heard anything about the horror game, we'd just learned it had been retooled to work entirely without the Move controller at 2014's gamescom. That is to say, it has been a while since Until Dawn has been on anyone's radar, barring a trailer here or there like during The Game Awards last year or recently before Valentine's Day. To suddenly get a release date less than three months away is quite sudden.
Not to say that it isn't exciting that Until Dawn is now close to launch. There's a very 999 and Virtue's Last Reward feeling to Until Dawn, especially after seeing the butterfly imagery at end of today's new trailer. I'm excited by the idea of the different branching paths and piecing together the game's overall story based on combing over many of those options. That those branches all involve eight friends meeting their demise in various terrible horror film cliche means is a bit disconcerting, I scare easy, but understandable keeping that goal of a complete story in mind.
And mark me down as even more excited than ever with the introduction of a new mystery man to the story. Peter Stormare, terrifying in his own way, will be playing the role of an as-yet unnamed man sporting a vest and tie. His reveal as a character adds a certain Cabin in the Woods level of meta charm. Is he controlling the goings on in this horror-filled cabin, or is he just another unknowing victim waiting to get his due? Knowing Peter, whatever his role he'll make everything that much more exciting to play through -- many, many times.
As for that release date, one has to wonder if Sony is setting Until Dawn up for failure. Three months isn't particularly long for a game to build up hype, but three months where E3 is in the middle effectively wrecking any previous hype built up? And it's especially striking considering Naughty Dog delayed Uncharted 4 out of 2014, leaving the PlayStation 4 without a AAA title to flagship the console this holiday season. Until Dawn may not have been that game, but in tandem with a few other titles it could have made a difference. The one positive option I can think of is that Sony does have another big unannounced release for this year and Until Dawn is being positioned as a surprise hit to lead into the bigger releases this fall. Crossing my fingers on that.
Until Dawn is planned for launch on August 25 exclusively for the PlayStation 4. The horror game, based entirely around choice, will see the player killing off the cast of eight characters depending on whether they choose to run into the woods or hide under the stairs. It's the ultimate horror movie cliche simulator, it seems. I have a feeling there is not right choice, beyond the choice to play in the first place.
- Nintendo debunks Android for NX rumors 
- Bethesda just dropped a massive Fallout 4 teaser counting down to everyone's hopes and dreams 
- Steam, under community pressure, adds refund system 
- LEGO Worlds, a Minecraft inspired open world with brick building, is now on Steam Early Access 
- League of Legends to release Prehistoric skins, including a new dinosaur version of Anivia 
- Firaxis rearms with XCOM 2, 20 years after humanity lost to the aliens 
- Rise of the Tomb Raider CG trailer makes Lara Croft into a rising legend 
- CD Projekt isn't ditching The Witcher yet and will focus on franchise for the next year, not Cyberpunk