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What Escape Dead Island is only becomes more clear today with the release of a new trailer titled, "Unraveled." In the trailer players are introduced to the game's protagonist and his goal of reporting on the zombie infection and the events that led to it, and bringing that news to the world. A grand mystery awaits, it seems. Then again, the other half of the trailer is all about beating zombies to a pulp with a guitar. You know, zombie game stuff.
The question left unanswered is, "Why?" Considering that Escape Dead Island is being made by a developer previously unattached to the franchise, made for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That's as the next iteration in the main series, Dead Island 2, is being pushed heavily for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Is Escape Dead Island just capitalizing on a brand and an already existing consumer base? One would hope there's more to the game than that.
Narratively, this Escape Dead Island trailer should certainly pique some interest. Combat-wise? Well, melee combat isn't exactly a new thing in zombie action games. It will be interesting to see how the brand balances out with the rather scaled-back visuals and standard action. Lydia, at least, seems rather pleased with her experiences with the game.
Escape Dead Island will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC starting November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe.
Dragon Age: Inquisition's debut multiplayer trailer teases 12 characters, plenty of treasure hunting
Man, who wouldn't want a multiplayer mode attached to their entirely single-player and narrative driven epic fantasy? I know that's what BioWare must have asked themselves when they revealed Dragon Age: Inquisition's four-player cooperative mode earlier this week. Today EA and BioWare have dropped their outlet exclusive details, luckily, and today's trailer is freely available to everyone.
Featured in the trailer, that wasn't already revealed in yesterday's news, is that the multiplayer mode will feature three classes, Warrior, Rogue and Mage, broken into 12 specific characters. While all of the characters weren't shown, quite a few were teased in passing, including: Reaver, Necromancer, Alchemist, Keeper, Elementalist, Archer, Assassin, Katari and Legionnaire. Odds are these classes won't all be freely available for players to select however. If anything like the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, they'll each have to be unlocked independently. Don't worry, we'll each get one class at random to start with I'm sure.
Beyond the classes, very little in specific was shown of the multiplayer mode. Four-player co-op, dungeon crawling, earn loot after beating a boss and so on. Some customization was shown including weapon selection, crafting and skill trees, but without some in-depth details I'm not sure what else to say. The highlight of the trailer for me were the bosses teased towards the end. Handsome fellas, those bosses. Odds are Dragon Age: Inquisition players will become well acquainted with them.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe.
Another month, another selection of delectable PlayStation Plus titles being added to each player's growing library. September, as in months previous, will see two games added to each of Sony's platforms -- PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita -- with some crossover between multi-platform titles. Overall, there's likely to be some disappointment with September's line-up, but let's be honest here. We're all going to be playing Destiny anyway, right?
Let's get down to specifics. Here's the full line-up of PlayStation Plus titles coming in September, along with which platforms they'll run on. Keep in mind that all of these games will be made available starting September 2, which also marks when August's games will no longer be available:
- Velocity 2X (PS4, PS Vita)
- Sportsfriends (PS4, PS3)
- PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3, PS Vita)
- Hoard (PS3)
- Joe Danger (PS Vita)
- TxK (PS Vita)
The Velocity sequel, much like other titles in previous months, will be launching as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It's easy to say, "Oh, another indie game headlining PlayStation 4 this month," but these games are legitimately launching as free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. That's a value that's hard to quantify. A game that no other person has played, but you're able to download and play through just for your subscription cost. Then again, if you could care less about Velocity then I guess that doesn't matter.
PlayStation Plus for September will go live on September 2. Make sure to check out the Sony Entertainment Network store before then and download all of August's great games. They'll be gone soon.
Update: Nintendo has sent us the official press release for today's Mario Kart 8 DLC announcements. We've already detailed what's included in each DLC pack, but the press release does include information on pricing which we previously didn't have. Pack 1, titled The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8, launches in November for $7.99. Pack 2, titled Animal Crosssing X Mario Kart 8, launches in May of 2015 for $7.99 as well. A bundle including both packs (as well as some Yoshi and Shy Guy coloring options) will also be available for a lower price for $11.99.
In a surprise leak via the official online Nintendo Store in the UK, two Mario Kart 8 DLC packs have been revealed. Each pack, titled quite timidly the Mario Kart 8 Pack 1 and Pack 2, will feature three new playable characters, four vehicles, and two new cups with 8 courses. It doesn't seem like players will have to wait too long for the first pack either, as it will be released November, with the following pack to be released in May, 2015.
Headlining the first pack will be the playable racer Link! Yes, the green tunic clad hero from The Legend of Zelda will be making his Mario Kart debut in November. He'll be joined by Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach, which aren't particularly inspired additions to the roster. Nevertheless, the real value will of course be the 8 additional courses which were unfortunately left undetailed. As for the vehicles, they too were not described, but the five screenshots that accompanied the leak should show a few of them.
Mario Kart 8 Pack 2 has three more fun roster additions, including Villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, as well as Dry Bowser. That's a Dry Bones version of Bowser, by the way, which may instantly become my favorite playable character. Again, we're only left with teasers as to what the vehicles and tracks will be, but an Animal Crossing themed track is quite obvious in the teaser collage for the DLC pack.
Those who buy both of the DLC packs in a bundle that Nintendo will be offering, or both packs separately, will instantly unlock a special surprise. Eight different-colored Yoshis and eight different colored Shy Guys will be available to play. They're not quite completely new roster additions, but it's better than nothing!
Just to go over the details again in summary. Two DLC packs for Mario Kart 8 are in the works, with each pack including three roster additions, four karts and two cups with eight tracks total per DLC. The price listed on the UK site is £7.00, which likely will translate to $10 in the USA. A bundle will be offered, though the price for that is unclear, which comes with some extra DLC featuring colored skins for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Pack 1 will be released in November and pack 2 will launch in May of 2015.
Mario Kart 8 is currently available exclusively on Wii U and let's just say the DLC announced up to this point has been underwhelming if not gross entirely. Speaking of which, that Mercedes Benz DLC should be available starting tomorrow.
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A Pokemon fighting game? Could this be real? To think that somewhere in the world Nintendo, Game Freak and Bandai Namco executives gathered and actually agreed that a Pokemon fighting game had to be made. It's hard to even consider. Yet here we are, with Nintendo and Bandai Namco announcing Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game planned to be released in 2015 -- in Japan.
Now featuring a full teaser trailer, as opposed to the brief glimpse players had of Pokken Tournament at the last Nintendo World event, the reality of the situation is rather clear. Machamp and Lucario are going head to head, comboing each other to death on a 3D plane. Nowhere are trainers to be found in-screen and no specific abilities for either Pokemon are especially notable either. While Lucario does appear to be powering up at the end of the match, it'd be a stretch to say he's Mega Evolving or using a skill of any sort.
The question now becomes, "Is this even a Pokemon game?" Sure, Lucario and Machamp are Pokemon, but there's otherwise no features to this trailer distinguishing other notable Pokemon features or mechanics. It looks rather like a cheap Tekken mod with Pokemon skins. Heck, some mods out there probably look better. The idea of a Pokemon fighting game is brilliant, but I think developer Bandai Namco has some work to do to prove this is a worthy response to thousands of fans' requests.
Pokken Tournament is currently announced as a Japan-only arcade game. No other platforms have been revealed, let alone a North American localization. Yes, it's developed by Bandai Namco and not Nintendo. Yes, it's quite clearly built off of their Tekken franchise, sort of like Hyrule Warriors is really more of a Dynasty Warriors than a Zelda title. I'm scared, everyone.
Another year, another Adventure Time game born from a partnership between Cartoon Network and developers WayForward. While neither of the two previous games have been spectacularly well received, erm, well, why not make a third game? Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be released in November later this year, shipping another action/adventure title full of classic Adventure Time humor for the whole family.
Three princesses from the Nameless Kingdom have been kidnapped and so it's up to Finn, with help from his faithful bro Jake, to rescue them and to discover who the kidnappers really are. With three unique temples and a final dungeon to be explored, as well as mini-adventures featuring the Ice King, Marceline, LSP and more, hopefully everyone feels like they're getting their money's worth.
Don't get me wrong, I respect the folk at Cartoon Network funding smaller development of interesting games like they're making. Still, as a huge Adventure Time, I think it would behoove them to try and find a partnership somewhere that could lead to some great, super high quality games. Imagine Platinum Games making an Adventure Time title like they're doing a Korra game? That would be unbelievable. For now, we're kind of stuck with these rather extravagantly priced action/adventure titles.
Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be released this November for the Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and about time, the PC.
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Milestone's MotoGP 14, a complete reworking of the MotoGP series, is finally arriving in North America on November 4 later this year. Other than a sneaky announcement that Bandai Namco would be publishing the title in North America earlier this year, details have been surprisingly mum. It makes sense then that Bandai Namco is kicking off a last-minute advertising campaign starting with today's MotoGP 14 teaser trailer.
The teaser, which I believe is an in-engine cinematic, shows off some of the improvements that Milestone has made over MotoGP 13. MotoGP 14 features an all new sound and graphics engine, which hopefully means we'll see a disgustingly beautiful motorcycle racing game as the series starts its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One run. Still, something does feel a tad lacking from the trailer. I suppose an upgraded engine only does so much when you have sketchy animations.
As far as content goes, MotoGP 14 will retain many if not all of the features from its predecessor. All three classes, Moto3, Moto 2, and MotoGP will be included in the game, as well as all circuits, teams and racers from the 2014 MotoGP World Championship. Players will create their own racer for career mode, which will be similar to MotoGP 13, or they can dive into 12-person multiplayer matches as well as a half-dozen other various gameplay modes.
MotoGP 14 will be available starting November 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The game has been out in Europe since June 20 earlier this year.
To kill a Titan is a task one should never take lightly. Or, you know, you should just kill as many of these pesky Titans as possible in order to absorb their delicious souls. Somewhere in between those two statements lies Titan Souls, an quirky 2D game that spring from the 48-hour Ludum Dare game jam. Apparently 48 hours was just enough to persuade developer Acid Nerve that this game needed to be fully developed. Publisher Devolver Digital agreed.
Now Acid Nerve is ready to share some of that experience with the world. Today marks the release of the first gameplay trailer of Titan Souls in its current form. Press and industry members were able to get a hands-on title at E3, which led to us adding it to our own awards for the convention, but Titan Souls are just meant to be shared. What we have here is a Shadow of the Colossus-style guantlet of boss battles. A game that trims the fat of clutter enemies to focus on the big, extreme, and highly challenging fights that leave their marks on players.
It's almost ingrained into me that the types of experiences Titan Souls is forming its entire game around are the ones I need to look forward to. They're the beast at the end of every Zelda dungeon, the plunge after every roller coaster climb, the thrill that gamers live and love for. In a short, demo burst I found this exhilarating, but a full game? I can't say for certain. What I can say is that each and every boss shown in this trailer will meet their doom at my hand. 'Ware, Titan. I am coming for you.
Titan Souls is planned to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in early 2015, though fans can try a demo version of the game out at PAX Prime.
Skylanders Sidekicks have, up to this point, been a fun promotional boon for fans who pick up figures or bundles at certain retailers. Sidekicks are smaller figures, shrunken versions of their larger and more threatening forms. A good descriptor would be chibi-esque, a Japanese term for cute versions of characters with exaggerated features. However, up to this point sidekicks have not been playable. They fit alongside a main Skylander on a portal, but otherwise in-game just follow the player around and look adorable.
With Skylanders Trap Force, the next iteration of the fun third person action game tied with unending figure collecting, Sidekicks will be evolving. Introducing Skylanders Minis, small, adorable figures much like Sidekicks, but fully playable in-game with all of the abilities and upgrades of a standard Skylander. Skylanders Trap Team will feature 16 of these Minis, each of them a version of a classic Skylander from an earlier game in the series.
The plan, I suppose, is that Activision was already creating these mini-sized Skylanders for promotional events. Why not take the time and make them into something legitimately exciting for fans and equally collectible with other figurines.The other side of the equation being Toys for Bob's want to make new Skylanders, or explore exciting poses for characters that haven't been in the spotlight yet. Minis will allow them to revisit those classic characters at the same time, but in a new way.
Let's get to the exciting stuff, like which characters will be receiving Mini versions of themselves with the release of Trap Team:
- Tree Rex as Barkley
- Bash as Bop
- Whirlwind as Breeze
- Drobot as Drobit
- Eye Brawl as Eye Small
- Gill Grunt as Gill Runt
- Hex as Hijinx
- Ninjini as Mini Jini
- Jet Vac as Pet Vac
- Fryno as Small Fry
- Spyro as Spry
- Terrafin as Terrabit
- Thumpback as Thumpling
- Trigger Happy as Trigger Snappy
- Erupter as Weeruptor
- Whisper Elf as herself
Yes, each Mini has its own adorable name to go along with its adorable miniature figure. Ah, looks like more money for Activision from me this holiday season.
Skylanders Trap Team will be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS and for the first time iOS, Android and Kindle Fire tablets starting October 5 in North America, October 10 in Europe and October 2 in Australia.
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It's kind of unbelievable that we're now on the verge of Telltale's The Walking Dead having its tenth episode released. Today the company revealed the the fifth and final episode of season 2, titled "No Going Back," will be released starting August 26. Accompanying that announcement is a five minute, spoiler filled trailer capturing Clementine's journey from the start of The Walking Dead until now. It's... well, it's damn serious business is what it is.
Some say that The Walking Dead's second season, Telltale Games' flagship adventure game franchise, is a test of protagonist Clementine's resolve. "Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil," but I contend that there's a different purpose here. I contend that the true game Telltale is playing is what it will take for both Celementine and The Walking Dead players to break. Where will players be when this idea of protecting Clementine dies. When will players stop protecting Clementine and let her start doing what she needs to do to survive? Ha, as if Telltale will actually give players that choice.
My emotions in the first season of The Walking Dead were quite innocent. I still longed for a happy ending, which considering that I read the graphic novels was rather shortsighted. With the second season I hold no such crazy ideals. I like Clementine, but I understand the world she lives in. My goal is that she survive, not that she hold onto some trivial bit of innocence. Hope? Holding onto hope is a bit different, but how we fight for our hopes in the post-apocalypse is a tad different than prior.
No Going Back, The Walking Dead's fifth episode of its second season, launches on August 26 for the PC and on the North American PlayStation store for the PS3 and PS Vita. Xbox 360 and European PlayStation gamers can pick up the game on August 27. Finally, iOS Walking Dead players can get the game on August 28. Further release dates for other platforms are yet to be revealed.
Final reminder, this trailer includes huge spoilers for both Season One and Season Two of The Walking Dead.
- Escape Dead Island starting November 18, solve the mystery and slaughter zombies with a bat 
- Lords of the Fallen PAX trailer sends chills up the spine, explores a beautiful world filled with darkness 
- September Games with Gold Xbox 360 subs get Halo: Reach, only one new game for Xbox One 
- Mario Kart 8 DLC revealed, Link in Nov., more in May 2015 [Update: Pricing now available] 
- Titanfall Update 6 adding new 8v8 mode without Titans or AI, as Marked For Death becomes permanent 
- PlayStation Plus in September adds Velocity 2X for PS4, All-Stars Battle Royal for PS3 
- Gauntlet reboot reboots its release date to September 23, offers pre-order DLC as recompense 
- Mario Maker levels can be shared online, Piranha Plant death traps from across the globe