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NVIDIA hasn't given up on wanting gamers to enjoy games way they're meant to be played.
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.
We follow Alice to gauge the performance of the sequel and see what hardware properly plays it.
In the realm of racing games there are few challengers to the top seat of racing wheels; the Fanatec 911 Turbo S is the latest, packing 900 degree turning a 6+1 shifter and a full pedal set.
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.
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After no less than three delays, racing sim Project CARS is finally given a release dates. For PC, the game will be out May 6, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions come out May 12.
When first announced back in 2011, Project CARS set some high expectations, and racing fans were understandably excited for such a visually and mechanically advanced simulator. The game's crowd-funding phase went through without a hitch, and development was underway.
Project CAR's initial delay in 2014 was based on publisher Bandai Namco's desire to avoid competition with other Fall releases.
Today, EA and DICE release the long-awaited Star Wars: Battlefront debut trailer. While it doesn't exactly feature straight gameplay, the trailer does offer up plenty of in-engine footage, showing us how the Battle of Endor is going to look in DICE's hands. A small batch of screenshots confirm a number of other planets as well, offering a quick look at Hoth and Tatooine.
Battlefront will, of course, be taking place during some of the most pivotal moments in the original Star Wars trilogy, including the Battle of Endor. The previously unexplored planet of Sullust has also become a new setting of conflict.
Iconic characters like Darth Vader and Boba Fett are all made playable in the upcoming reboot, and players will find a number of different modes to keep entertained. A 40-player competitive multiplayer has been confirmed, and missions will support online or split-screen offline co-op. Now there's a feature you don't see too often anymore.
For especially eager fans, EA is already offering the Battle of Jakku as a pre-order bonus for Star Wars: Battlefront. Reserve the game, and you'll get early access to this Outer Rim planet on December 1, while everyone else has to wait until December 8. The game itself will be out November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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Have you ever danced with a dungeon crawler in the pale moonlight?
Rhythm and rogue, it's the perfect combination. Brace Yourself Games is ready to transition their successful Early Access release into a fully launched game, they revealed today. Crypt of the NecroDancer, a mixture of a rogue-like dungeon crawler and rhythm-based music game, has come together better than I bet anyone could have expected. Starting April 23, hopefully the entire world will be caught up in the dance -- compelled, even.
Crypt of the NecroDancer is magical. It's almost ridiculous that the concept hasn't been done prior. Dungeons are laid out in a grid as rogue-likes tend to be, but the player must move space to space in rhythm with the beat of the soundtrack. Each beat will also move enemies as well, which means if you aren't moving, you're giving your enemies the opportunity to flank you. Yes, it turns into a bit of a dance between you and the monsters of a dungeon. It's almost too perfect.
Attacking is done by moving into the enemy, so long as the player has a weapon which can reach them. Different weapons have different attack patterns, so pairing the right weapon with the right positioning, against an enemy who can't attack the player, is where the depth of the experience comes in. Each enemy is its own kind of rhythm puzzle and of course the deeper in the dungeon a player gets, the more complicated the puzzles.
That's just the shallow end of the pool for Crypt of the NecroDancer though. The game bleeds personality and retro fun in the same way that Shovel Knight and Rogue Legacy have done in recent years.
According to the game's Steam page, the final version will add the final fourth zone and end-game bosses as well as three additional playable characters. Veterans of the game will be excited to challenge themselves further and new players will find a complete game full of epic dancing difficulty.
Crypt of the NecroDancer will transition from Early Access to full launch on April 23. If folk can't wait they can buy into Early Access now for $14.99, which should be the same price as the game will be at launch.
Ain't nothin' like a good ol' Rapture to get the party started
Much like Sony helped From Software keep making great games by bringing Bloodborne to the PlayStation 4, they're also keeping The Chinese Room working too. After Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs didn't bear the weight it was hoped to, Sony and the British studio partnered to bring Everybody's Gone to the Rapture to PlayStation 4 instead of PC. Today the latest trailer for the unnerving first-person title has been released, but oddly enough a release date is still yet to be found.
With this latest trailer, The Chinese Room says they're aiming, "to go small and intimate with this one, be a bit different with it." The focus is on story and tone, which is why the trailer itself is rather uneventful yet still stirring. It's the kind of trailer worth watching a few or a dozen times, because of how it's styled. The intention is for the watcher's eyes to wander, as there's no clear focus. The more detail the watcher takes in, the better they're immersed in the experience being created.
I have to say, even after the numerous times I've watched the trailer, I have no idea what's going on. The implication being that the people in the game have gone through the "Rapture," the second coming of Christ where the faithful have ascended to heaven. How that fits into what the player will be doing in-game, however, is completely unclear. I respect that The Chinese Room is aiming for mystery. That's a big part of their games. Still, I want to know what I'm buying here, especially after Machine for Pigs, and these trailers haven't done that yet. It does look beautiful though, I'll give it that.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is planned for release this summer. The game is apparently entering "beta" soon and a release date is in the works, but you never know until you know. Hopefully we'll hear more soon. Let's hope Sony Santa Monica is helping The Chinese Room with their previous schedule-keeping issues. Make sure to check out both the trailer and a song that has also been released.
The force has truly been awakened, or should I say a-leak-ened
Today saw the reveal of an all new trailer for upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens and with it a waterfall of exciting things for video game fans. An updated Star Wars: Battlefront website openly provided the first official in-game screenshot of the game. The end of the Star Wars trailer teased an as-yet unseen cinematic trailer with a short, small clip. Then, unintentionally, the source code of the Battlefront's website revealed what we've all been waiting for: a release date.
An unused description within the code reads as follows, and keep in mind that it's code taken from the "News" portion of the site:
"The latest news and updates for Star Wars Battlefront. Available November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC."
Obviously, it must be said that until the official word comes from Electronic Arts or EA DICE, this leak must be treated as a rumor. Though this about as official as it gets without being in a press release. It's literally coming from an official EA source, however unintended the publication of it may be. The date even lines up perfectly with standard holiday releases, as it falls on the Tuesday a week prior to Black Friday.
Let's be realistic here. Star Wars: Battlefront is going to get a huge marketing surge by coming out a month prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters. There is no world in which EA misses the holiday sales surge, especially considering their prior willingness to release rather broken games to make that window. Too far?
November 17 is the date to watch for Battlefront fans. Ahem, at least that's the rumor. The officially unofficial until it's official rumor. Star Wars: Battlefront is just 7 months away, everyone. Oh, and don't forget the big reveal tomorrow, which is likely to be that cinematic trailer teased in Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer from this morning.
Watch for the Star Wars: Battlefront teaser clip at the end of this Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and make sure your annotations are on!
Activision confirmed that the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's latest add-on pack, Ascendance, will be released for PlayStation consoles and PC on April 30. Per Call of Duty custom, this is about a month after the DLC's Xbox debut on March 31.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Ascendance adds four maps to the competitive multiplayer, all of which take in place in some new environment varying in size and tactics. "Perplex," for instance, takes place inside a modest apartment complex giving players a small-to-medium sized map to play around in. Construction drones continue changing the environment, creating new paths and cover. "Chop Shop" is a symmetrical map about medium-ish in size, and throws in an Advanced Repulsion Turret for players to contest. This powerful weapon radiates a microwave EMP that can turn the tide of a fight for the team in control.
- Perplex: Get vertical in Sydney as you fight to dominate this five-story modular apartment complex. Take the high ground or blast through the close-quarters interior in this small to medium sized map. Adapt your strategy mid-match when construction drones shift apartment modules, creating new routes and cover positions.
- Site 244: A spacecraft has crash landed, spilling its mysterious cargo under the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, USA. This medium to large three-lane map allows for any style of gameplay, focusing combat through the space ship's fuselage and around the debris-littered landscape. Use the map-based scorestreak to crack open an alien spore and instantly enhance your perks and exo abilities.
- Climate: Fight your way through a futuristic man-made utopia in this lush, climate-controlled enclosure. In this small to medium sized circular map, land and water routes channel frenetic combat around the central island structure. Watch your step when the river water changes from an asset into a deadly bubbling obstacle.
- Chop Shop: Think fast as you make your way through the black market exoskeleton industrial complex and engage in fast-paced shootouts in this medium sized, symmetrical map. Activate the map-based scorestreak to take control of an Advanced Repulsion Turret that radiates a deadly microwave EMP to help lock down key areas.
The new Infection chapter of exo zombies also accompanies Ascendance, following the story of the four (celebrity) Atlas employees in their desperate attempt to escape the ravenous hordes. To learn more, see the latest trailer for the DLC below, centered around the new exo zombies chapter.
You've all had enough time to play through Dying Light by now, and then some. So why not go back now that the developer tools have been released for the game's PC community? A recent trailer released by Techland showcases just how customizable the game becomes once you start playing around with the tools available.
Everything from the environment to character dialogue can be altered. Even objectives can be tweaked, and all your hard work can then be shared via the Steam Workshop. Sounds like plenty of fun, but if you're not sure where to get started, Techland also released a six-part tutorial on the feature. For those who'd rather not create their own content, the Workshop page does display what others have made.
Take a look at the trailer below to see what's being offered. To access the dev tools, just check your Steam Library.
EA returns to the Humble store with the Humble Origin Bundle 2, and unlike the more recent bundles, there is no third tier of pricing. Although the bundle was just announced today, more than 100,000 of them have been sold already.
There are currently nine games worth $134, with more to be added later. The limited offer includes BioWare's highly acclaimed Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age series as well as older classics like Medal of Honor Allied Assault. As the title suggests, all the games are redeemable through EA's Origin client.
The first Humble Origin Bundle included Dead Space and Dead Space 3, as well as the first Mass Effect. Now fans can acquire most of the remaining games for a low price.
Pay What You Want
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Dead Space 2
- Medal of Honor Allied Assault War Chest
- Command And Conquer: Generals + Zero Hour
Beat the Average ($4.62)
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
- Dragon Age II
- Bejeweled 3
- Mass Effect 2
- More games TBA
Dragon Age: Origins, Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 also come with Steam activation codes. Like the previous Humble Origin Bundle, which pulled in more than $9 million, EA will not be taking a share of the profits. Customers can choose how much to give to charity or the usual "Humble Tip," with the charitable partners this time being Girls Who Code, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and BuildOn. A minium of $1.00 is required for Origin and Steam keys.
In just a couple more days, EA will be debuting Star Wars: Battlefront at this year's Star Wars Celebration. To make sure everyone is properly hyped, a number of teaser images have popped up on the official "EA Star Wars" Instagram, with a series of three being the most recent. As seen above, the images come together to form the torso and arms of a Stormtrooper.
When posted separately, the images simply depicted different parts of the Stormtrooper's body. These posts were made to a number of Battlefront social media accounts, including Facebook -- all included a link to the Instagram.
Beyond some in-engine footage released last summer, we really haven't heard much about DICE's Battlefront reboot. Last month, publisher EA promised that the game would "debut" at the Star Wars Celebration on April 16; that's this Thursday. Consider us excited, whatever they mean by "debut."
Share your creations on YouTube or the Rockstar Social Club
Grand Theft Auto V's PC launch is just around the corner, and Rockstar Games published one more video before the game goes live, introducing the "Rockstar Editor." This tool, which is exclusive to the PC release of GTAV, allows players to record and edit videos in both the story mode and GTA Online.
With the Rockstar Editor, players can use multiple camera angles and filters to tweak the depth of field. The editor also comes with a Director Mode option, allowing players to create scenes with any story mode character or animal, and set locations with customizable conditions -- like adding low gravity. Completed videos can then be shared on the Rockstar Social Club or directly uploaded to YouTube.
After several delays, Grand Theft Auto V will see its PC release tomorrow, April 14, but those who pre-purchased the game on Steam will be able to play later this evening. We also learned previously that GTAV on PC will be running at 60fps with support for 4K resolution.
- Project CARS dated for release once more after many delays, now expected to arrive May 6 
- Crypt of the NecroDancer tangos out of Early Access, trailer reveals April 23 launch 
- Rumor: Super Smash Bros. update 1.06 hides files for Street Fighter's Ryu and Fire Emblem's Roy 
- Star Wars: Battlefront debut trailer drops into the Battle of Endor, featuring in-engine footage 
- EA drops Star Wars: Battlefront teasers in the form of Stormtrooper armor, split into three parts 
- Hoopa Unbound discovered in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, mythical Pokemon's true form 
- Star Wars: Battlefront release date leaked in official site's source, battle begins November 17 
- League of Legends chroma packs headed to PBE, letting players customize their favorite champs