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Need for Speed returns Fall 2015, teaser cinematic and screenshots definitely feels like Underground

5 comments Lydia Sung - May 21, 15 1:50pm (PST) Like Share

The hype is slowly mounting...

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EA and Ghost Games have officially revealed the new 2015 Need for Speed today, complete with a teaser cinematic and screenshots. We don't have too many details right now regarding gameplay, but the atmosphere certainly seems indicative of an Underground renaissance.

Ghost Games is the European studio that previously worked on the well-received Need for Speed Rivals, and EA now has them working on this year's installment. The assets so far are little more than some close-up shots of modified vehicles, but the entire tone has fans hopeful for a return to the series' golden age. The name does appear to be final, and this appropriation of the franchise's name as a game title might suggest a reboot of sorts for the greater Need for Speed series. A sign of greater things to come, we hope.

Publisher EA isn't ready to do a full reveal today but emphasized an expansive customization system, "authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world," and a full narrative. Those keywords seem to be enough for long-time fans to draw hope from. As for the Speedhunters tease from earlier this week, that appears to be some kind of community forum encompassing EA's racing genre.

No doubt EA has more planned in the weeks leading up to E3. For now, expect Need for Speed to arrive Fall 2015 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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League of Legends has artwork for Order of the Lotus Irelia, Knockout Lee Sin, Nightmare Tryndamere

4 comments Lydia Sung - May 21, 15 12:47am (PST) Like (1) Share


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We have more League of Legends splash art today, featuring three upcoming skins. Order of the Lotus Irelia, Nightmare Tryndamere, and Knockout Lee Sin have made their way to the PBE and will soon be available to all at varying prices.

First, Irelia will be joining Karma in the Order of the Lotus with her new pink-tastic outfit, pictured above. The skin itself is quite lovely and affordable at 750 RP, but the artwork does leave something to be desired. While overall fine at first glance, some of the more technical details come out sloppy and reminiscent of the older League splash art.

The other 750 RP skin is Nightmare Tryndamere, making us all question why Riot is still releasing skins for Trynda. Still, the skin is pretty nice, and the artwork looks pretty amazing. Creepy, even. Fiddlesticks would be proud.

Knockout Lee Sin is the third skin to join the latest wave on the PBE. He's not quite as affordable as the previous two, coming in at 1350 RP. As such, he comes with slightly more noticeable changes to his animations and recall.

Seriously, does Lee Sin really need a new skin when he got a new Chroma Pack recently too? Riot believes so.

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EA teases next Need for Speed game with picture of a car and the name 'Speedhunters'

6 comments Lydia Sung - May 21, 15 12:03am (PST) Like Share

Another year of Need for Speed incoming

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EA is just about to reveal its next Need for Speed game and released a teaser image featuring a car. Not particularly shocking, though the more interesting detail might be the "Speedhunters" shown.

Teasers have been popping on the official Need for Speed Facebook since Monday of this week, and early rumors are pointing to a possible revival of the Underground era.

Today's image might lead to the same conclusion for hopeful fans, though it's certainly not a definitive confirmation. With E3 just on the horizon, however, an answer will come soon enough. As for which studio EA has on the project, your guess is as good as mine.

The image is shown below with the following tweet:

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Rainbow Six Siege hits PC and consoles October 13, three special editions confirmed so far

4 comments Lydia Sung - May 14, 15 7:22pm (PST) Like Share

Another Uplay exclusive, obviously

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Rainbow Six Siege is now expected to come out October 13 for PC as well as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Ubisoft is giving players three different special editions to choose from, though the region exclusivity is a bit of a bummer.

In addition to the standard edition of Siege, Ubisoft is also offering a "Gold Edition" as well, which basically bundles in the season pass (because "limited edition" went out of style). This will cost you an extra $30 over the standard $60 price for a total of $90 USD. In the UK, you're paying £65.

If just owning the game and season pass won't cut it, feel free to choose from The Art of Siege and The Tactical Elite editions. Now these two special editions aren't listed for North American retailers because neither are currently available to the Americas. Per usual, Ubisoft seems to favor Europe when it comes to the special editions, plus Asia and the Middle East.

If you do happen to be in any of those three regions, here's what you can get for an additional cost.

  • The Art of Siege Edition (£59.99), available for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, includes the full game, a collector’s box, a Gold Skins Pack for all in-game weapons and an exclusive 120 page Tactical Guide. This high quality guide includes every single key element of the game – detailing each Counter Terrorist Unit, Operators, weapons, and maps with the highest level of detail and statistics. All this content has been created with the development team and core gamers’ advice, giving you the most effective results in the field.
  • The Tactical Elite Edition (£74.99), a very limited edition available exclusively on the Uplay Shop that will include both Art of Siege Edition and Season Pass.

Note that the Art of Siege Edition is cheaper than Gold because it drops the season pass in favor of other content and bonuses. The Tactical Elite Edition, on the other hand, basically brings together both cheaper bundles. Since it's the all-in-one deal, this version is exclusive to Uplay.


See new Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns screenshots and gameplay of the new Necromancer Reapers

2 comments Lydia Sung - May 14, 15 4:58pm (PST) Like (1) Share

When casters go melee

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ArenaNet threw the jilted Necromancers of Guild Wars 2 a bone today with the reveal of their upcoming Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Elite Specialization, the Reaper. Scary, isn't it? Below you'll find plenty of new screenshots as well as a gameplay teaser for this melee-oriented caster subclass.

The basic idea behind Reapers is putting Necromancers up close to the action, with the aid of their new greatsword mastery and shouts. Yes, Necromancers are getting shouts, because they deserve it when Mesmers are stealing their precious wells.

ArenaNet's Robert Gee gave a detailed rundown of the studio's vision for the Reaper, citing a number of horror inspirations like Pyramid Head and Jason Voorhees. With anticipation being such a big part of being scary, the Necromancer's greatsword abilities will come with significant cast times. The caster won't be able to swing the sword as quickly as other classes either, but damage modifiers will be more effective, as well as some AOE abilities.

Even the Reaper's Death Shroud will be melee focused. For instance, Dark Path will be replaced by Death's Charge, a short-ranged cleave that sends a scythe into nearby enemies.

  • Death’s Charge—Spin your scythe and dash forward a moderate distance, damaging foes in your path. When the dash ends, release an explosive poison cloud.

The chill condition will be heavily prevalent with the Reaper's traits. For instance, "Shivers of the Dread" will add chill to fear, and Cold Shoulder extends its duration and drops a debuff on afflicted targets.

  • Shivers of Dread—When you inflict fear on an opponent, you also inflict chill.
  • Cold Shoulder—Chill lasts longer, and chilled foes deal less damage to you.

Gee's entire blog post is worth a look for Necromancer players, but it's mostly a broad description of the Reaper's general theme. Well, Heart of Thorns doesn't actually have a release date yet, so there's still plenty of time for further development or changes.

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Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves official trailer touches on everything from Shadow Thief to PVP

3 comments Lydia Sung - May 14, 15 12:32pm (PST) Like Share

Who needs a new raid anyway?

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Destiny Expansion II: House of Wolves is less than a week away, so to make sure Guardians stay sufficiently hyped, Bungie has a new trailer. Apparently it's the official trailer, too.

Opening with a segment from the first teaser cinematic, in which we hear a very angry Queen of the Reef explain her people's situation, the video then goes on to highlight every major addition with House of Wolves. While the expansion won't be adding a new raid, it does contribute plenty of content, including the all-new "Prison of Elders" cooperative mode.

Of course the Reef appears in this summary trailer as well, giving a brief preview of the new upcoming social hub. PVPers will have new maps added to their playlists, on top of the Dark Below multiplayer maps, which will be made available for free once House of Wolves drops. For the truly dedicated PVP fans, the "Trials of Osiris" will be a true test of skill and teamwork, pitting teams of three against one another in an Elimination mode.

A new Strike, "The Shadow Thief," will be part of the new content. Guardians are tasked with tracking down a vicious Fallen mercenary, one likely connected to the traitors in the Reef.

Expansion II: House of Wolves arrives May 19 for all consoles. Hold onto your butts.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launch cinematic is a brutal showdown between Geralt and seductress

7 comments Lydia Sung - May 14, 15 10:55am (PST) Like Share

NSFW on account of undead nudity

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A Witcher's job is never easy. In a new launch cinematic for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt faces down a dangerous creature that goes from seductress to naked-feral-undead monster in about two seconds. And interestingly enough, this might be the first time we see a cinematic trailer effectively and accurately reflect what a game is like.

Intense camera angles aside, "A Night to Remember" can actually be a real mission from any of the Witcher games. Geralt takes a job from some frightened villagers, hunts down his quarry, and must make a quick decision on whether he should attack. If anything, the trailer is probably more straightforward than this hypothetical quest.

The resulting monster looks somewhat like a drowner but acts more like a siren. She's also incredibly dangerous, evidenced by her remark that Witchers past wouldn't have taken on a job to hunt something of her nature. Geralt must use all his combat prowess to come out victorious.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes out on May 19 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Note that the trailer below does feature some undead nudity.


Newest League of Legends champ Ekko detailed with gameplay footage, revealed to be a skirmisher

2 comments Lydia Sung - May 13, 15 8:22pm (PST) Like Share

Gotta go fast! GOTTA GO FAST!

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Today, Riot dropped the full details on Ekko, the latest League of Legends champion. He may not be in the game yet, but anyone who enjoys a fast-paced play style might enjoy what the devs have in store.

Ekko won't bring the burst some champs can, but he has a very quick and tactical style about him, making this young citizen of Zaun an effective skirmisher. Of course, as his teaser trailer noted, the kid boasts some pretty cool time manipulation skills. Step aside, Zilean, there's a new Doctor in the making.

His kit reflects a very movile champion who relies heavily on slow fields, and you can see them below in full glorious detail. One ability can grant Ekko a shield, but overall, he looks to be a rather squishy fighter. His passive is also remarkably similar to Braum's.

Passive: Z-Drive Resonance

Ekko's damaging spells and attacks build up Resonance stacks on his enemies. Every third attack against the same target triggers Ekko’s passive, dealing bonus damage and slowing his enemy. If he triggers his passive on an enemy champion, Ekko also gains a strong movement speed buff.

Q: Timewinder

Ekko throws a device in a target direction, damaging all enemies along its path. Once it reaches max distance or hits an enemy champion, the device expands, creating a field that slows all enemy and neutral units. After a moment, the device contracts and rushes back to Ekko, dealing extra damage to all enemies in its path.

W: Parallel Convergence

Passive: Ekko’s basic attacks deal bonus damage to low health targets.

Active: Ekko opens a time rift, creating an alternate reality copy of him that tosses a device to a target location. After a delay, the device expands into a broad slowing zone. If Ekko enters the sphere, it detonates, granting him a shield while stunning all enemies inside.

E: Phase Dive

Ekko dashes a fixed distance towards a target area. Once his initial dash has ended, Ekko gains greatly increased range on his next basic attack, and blinks to his target to deal damage and apply on-hit and spell effects.

R: Chronobreak

Ekko rewinds time, briefly turning untargetable and invulnerable before reappearing wherever he was a few seconds ago. Once he reappears, Ekko recovers a portion of the health he lost over those few seconds while dealing tons of damage to all nearby enemies.

The first thought that comes to mind? Ekko isn't the most straightforward champion when it comes to execution, and timing seems more important than usual. Riot has already named Gnar, Vi, and Draven as effective teammates; LeBlanc, Fiora, and Graves are his potential nemeses.

A more detailed rundown of Ekko's gameplay can be found on his official League of Legends page. Think this is a champion you'll be buying day one?

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate already has four pricey special editions, exclusive to GAME and Uplay

14 comments Lydia Sung - May 13, 15 2:29pm (PST) Like Share (1)

Wait, but the game was announced yesterday?

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate has only officially existed for a day, but already Ubisoft has four different special editions available for your pre-order pleasure. Assuming you either live in the UK or don't mind buying games off of Uplay.

Let it be known that Syndicate does come in a standard edition, for anyone who would rather not shell out any extra money for this year's release. From there, however, the prices only get higher and the content arguably better.

The first tier above standard is the Assassin's Creed Gold Edition, or "Special Edition" in some regions. Priced an additional $30, this version includes the season pass for a total of $90, though Ubisoft has yet to detail what the pass entails. In the UK, the special edition also comes with an extra outfit, though North American retailer GameStop has no such bonus listed. What GameStop does offer is a physical Shilling Necklace in addition to the standard pre-order DLC, the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy add-on.

Three collector's editions are also available on top of the standard and Gold versions, so let's go through them from least to most expensive. Note that two have only been listed for the UK, while the third is a Uplay exclusive. The USD equivalents are also rounded up.

The Rooks Edition, priced at £60 ($95), comes packed inside a collector's box. This edition comes with a small artbook, a physical map of London, the Assassin's Creed Syndicate soundtrack, and two pieces of DLC, including the Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy mission and Runaway Train DLC.

Next is the Charing Cross Edition at £74 ($117). This comes with everything listed for the Rooks Edition and throws in a 10" figurine of Jacob Frye, Syndicate's main protagonist. Too bad Evie, his sister and supposedly playable female character, isn't featured in any way.

Although the Rooks Edition above was found only on UK retail sites, the Charing Cross Edition is actually a GAME exclusive.

Still with me? Good, because I'm moving onto the ultimate Big Ben Edition, at £115 ($181) and boasting the most stereotypical name ever. For the price, you'll be getting everything named in the Rook Edition and Charing Cross Edition, along with the season pass. Physical bonuses exclusive to the Big Ben Edition include a hip flask, numbered lithograph, and a 12" Jacob Frye statue. Two special boxes hold the game and the goods.

Sounds like a must-have for diehard Assassin's Creed fans still loyal to the franchise. Unfortunately, this version also happens to be a Uplay exclusive.

Now I haven't personally grabbed an Assassin's Creed collector's edition since Ezio's debut, but this might be the first time Ubisoft is offering two different statues based on exclusivity.

If you've digested everything so far, comes just a day after Assassin's Creed Syndicate was announced. The upcoming installment in Ubisoft's annual mega-franchise is expected to come out October 23 and boasts the first playable female character in the main series, if only for a small chunk of the entire game.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The PC version, unfortunately, hasn't been dated yet.

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Guitar Hero Live tracklist expands to 24 with weekly reveal, including Rolling Stones and The Killers

7 comments Lydia Sung - May 12, 15 2:15pm (PST) Like (1) Share

More reveals coming each week

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Guitar Hero Live will be the first Guitar Hero game in over five years, and today we have the first 24 songs on its tracklist. Freestyle Games plans to reveal more in the coming weeks, of course, so rest assured that these songs aren't the only ones available at launch.

The initial list already starts off strong, including music from The Rolling Stones, Skrillex, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, and more. Seriously, you're bound to like something within these 24 tracks.

The Guitar Hero from ten years ago certainly isn't the same game we'll be getting with Guitar Hero Live, after all, thanks to the ever-shifting music scene. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Freestyle's creative director and studio owner Jamie Jackson described the studio's intention of exploring more than just one type of music for the newest Guitar Hero game:

"This is something we gave a load of thought to. Guitar Hero – by its name alone – has always been associated with classic rock tracks. And we know fans really love that type of music. So we wanted to make sure those fans weren't disappointed. But it's been 10 years since the first Guitar Hero game came out. When you think of it like that, and think about how much the musical landscape has changed since then – that's where we've been able to explore some new types of musical style as well. Guitar music is broader than it's ever been – so we're reflecting that in the range of music on offer."

Now without further interruption, here are the first 24 songs on the Guitar Hero Live tracklist. Expect the game to come out later this year for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and 3DS.

  • Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"
  • Pantera - "Cowboys From Hell"
  • Alter Bridge - "Cry of Achilles"
  • Rage Against the Machine - "Guerrilla Radio"
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Higher Ground"
  • Sleigh Bells - "Bitter Rivals"
  • System of a Down - "Chop Suey!"
  • Black Veil Brides - "In The End"
  • The Pretty Reckless - "Going to Hell"
  • Broken Bells - "Leave it Alone"
  • Alt-J - "Left Hand Free"
  • The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black"
  • My Chemical Romance - "Na Na Na"
  • Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
  • Green Day - "Nuclear Family"
  • Pierce the Veil - "King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)"
  • Blitz Kids - "Sometimes"
  • The Black Keys - "Gold on the Ceiling"
  • The Killers - "When You Were Young"
  • Gary Clark Jr. - "Don't Owe You a Thang"
  • The War on Drugs - "Under The Pressure"
  • The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"
  • Ed Sheeran - "Sing"
  • Skrillex - "Bangarang"

Assassin's Creed Syndicate comes October 23, see the first screenshots and gameplay walkthrough

11 comments Lydia Sung - May 12, 15 11:54am (PST) Like (1) Share

Fight alongside gangs in Victorian London, fight the power

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the next installment in Ubisoft's annual mega-franchise, will be out on October 23 this year for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. The new game, as rumors going back to last year have indicated, will be taking place in Victorian London. More specifically, we'll be dropping in on a brother-sister duo in the year 1868.

During today's reveal livestream, we learned that no less than nine of Ubisoft's studios have been tasked with development. As always, the publisher has an entire network of development branches supporting their latest Assassin's Creed release. That said, this level of manpower might actually be required, given that this is the first time we're seeing a playable female appear in the main franchise. Still, none of the announcement screenshots or gameplay feature her gameplay in any capacity, don't celebrate just yet.

Creative director Marc-Alexis Côté hosted the stream today, introducing us to Jacob and Evie, and presenting some pre-alpha gameplay footage dedicated to showing off new gameplay elements.

Syndicate stars the male half of this siblinghood, Jacob Frye, who is supported by his sister and wittier half, Evie. Jacob is basically the hardheaded one, while Evie keeps him contained as the more tactical, deliberate member of the familial duo. Born into the Brotherhood, both were raised to follow the Creed, and have learned to navigate the criminal underground in order to maintain control of the city. As first screenshots and footage show, Jacob actually wears a tophat and sports a cane, completing the entire Victorian gentleman ensemble; maybe a monocle will come later.

As for the gameplay demo, it takes us through the back alleys of London's slums, where Jacob and his criminal allies are taking back the illegal underground from Templar control to start a revolution. As always, we see the lead Assassin using the environment to his advantage, particularly the rooftops. Note the rope launcher, which is used much like Batman's grapnel gun.

The rope gun definitely seems like an evolved take on the rope dart from Assassin's Creed III. Hallucinogenic darts have also made a return from Ezio's trilogy, causing afflicted enemies to turn on one another.


Both tools are used rather liberally, and once the entire area was effectively conquered, the game informs the player of a successful occupation. Control and influence remains a major part of Syndicate, carrying over from previous Assassin's Creed games, and like always, we see the Assassin in question teaming up with society's outcasts.

Jacob's followers are known as the Rooks, and with their help, he will eventually take down the seven Templar gang leaders holding the slums under their control. His sister will also play a major role, as evidenced by the walkthrough, but cutscene cameos are a far cry from the playable sequences Ubisoft has mentioned. The carriage chase looks rather unpolished too, but the demo is just pre-alpha.

Below is the debut trailer for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and you can find screenshots after the break. Syndicate will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the PC version coming "this fall."

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay footage taken from Xbox One shows off dynamic scaling

2 comments Lydia Sung - May 11, 15 6:59pm (PST) Like Share

Because CD Projekt apparently cares about consoles too

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CD Projekt has released some new footage directly taken from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Xbox One version in order to show console owners a little love. The video shows off the dynamic scaling feature meant to improve the visual quality of the game on Xbox One, allowing the game to reach 1080p at certain points.

The game's dynamic scaling goes from 900p to 1080p, which comes as an unexpected change since the developer previously stated the game would run natively at 900p on Xbox One. Mind you, the entire game isn't going to appear in 1080p, but the added feature still helps immensely.

Along with the video, CD Projekt released the following statement regarding their dedication to the game on every platform:

"The video you’re now watching is grabbed directly from an Xbox One console. We’ve been working to give gamers an even better experience on Xbox One and, on day 1, we’ll bring you dynamic scaling from 900p to 1080p. We’re not much more than a week before launch, but we’re still fighting for every line of code -- we want gamers to get the best possible experience we can deliver."

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be out for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 3 next week, on May 19. So far, over a million copies of the game have been pre-ordered worldwide.


Next Assassin's Creed game is Assassin's Creed Syndicate, could actually have playable female

1 comments Lydia Sung - May 11, 15 4:59pm (PST) Like (1) Share

More leaks ahead of tomorrow's reveal

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Ahead of tomorrow's big Assassin's Creed reveal, we learn that the upcoming installment in Ubisoft's biggest franchise goes by Assassin's Creed Syndicate. On top of that, a new rumor indicates Syndicate could even include a playable female character.

These new developments dropped via trusted yet anonymous sources, though the title, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, holds a bit more credence. According to Kotaku, a number of marketing materials have been spotted with the name, and the URL for numerous early teaser images inclued the "ACS" abbreviation. Last year's Assassin's Creed leak indicated this year's release would be Assassin's Creed Victory, so this is an interesting development.

The rumor of a playable female, on the other hand, appears slightly less certain. While Kotaku pointed to their trusted sources again, we only have speculation based on what little is known of the game currently. Syndicate's protagonist, Jacob, apparently has a sister, Evie, and the two work closely together within the criminal underground of Victorian London.

Although some leaked artwork of Evie was also spotted, the Assassin's Creed games have always featured female characters -- just not playable ones. Spin-offs like Assassin's Creed Liberation and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China did each star a woman, but neither can be considered part of the main franchise. However, Ubisoft's decision to add a playable woman this late into the game wouldn't come as a huge surprise, given that they were the laughing stock of last year's E3 convention following comments from senior staff that females were just too much work to animate.

Last week, Ubisoft launched several teaser sites for various regions in advance of a big Assassin's Creed reveal on May 12. Tomorrow, we will officially learn the title of this year's Assassin's Creed chapter and decide whether Ubisoft's various studios really don't have the manpower to animate women.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' greatsword Necromancer teased with new artwork

1 comments Lydia Sung - May 11, 15 12:10pm (PST) Like Share

In other news, asura apparently have five fingers?

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Another Monday, another Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns teaser. Taking center stage this week will be the Necromance and its new greatsword mastery. Some new artwork released today teasing the upcoming specialization features a hooded asura wielding a pretty sinister looking greatsword.

The Necromancer teaser image popped up not long ago through official Guild Wars 2 social media channels, with no real explanation except the image itself. The asura shown actually has five fingers too, which I assume is an error on the artist's part; unless the asura suddenly gave up their opposable thumbs.

Today's little teaser follows last week's Guardian Dragonhunter, which also got its own mural on the Monday of, before its official reveal followed on Thursday. And of course we can't forget the Mesmer Chronomancer, the first Elite Specialization ArenaNet ever unveiled.

Categories: PC Games

League of Legends' Ekko revealed in new CG trailer 'Seconds,' teasing his time manipulation skills

13 comments Lydia Sung - May 10, 15 7:20pm (PST) Like Share

Happy Mother's Day, here's a new champion!

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League of Legends got a new champion reveal today with a new CG trailer titled Seconds. The star of the video is Ekko, a young boy who appears to hold control over time itself. Move out of the way, Zilean.

Given Ekko's tech savvy appearance, including a white mohawk to go with his face paint, we can assume he comes from Piltover or Zaun. The trailer shows him facing a behemoth that looks almost like Augmented Singed, but different enough to come back later as a new character -- or nobody at all, as often is the case with these side characters.

So aside from what's shone the reveal trailer, we don't know a whole lot about Ekko. One ability we see him use actually reverse time, allowing the kid to avoid a bloody defeat.

Speaking of new champs, does anyone still play Bard?

Categories: PC Games

Best League of Legends skin ever 'Star Guardian Lux' officially receives glorious splash art

11 comments Lydia Sung - May 07, 15 9:54pm (PST) Like (1) Share (1)


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In a bit of exciting League of Legends news, Star Guardian Lux officially got her splash art today. Yes, I am referring to what is arguably the best skin Riot will be releasing in some time, one that should justify every player who doesn't own Lux immediately purchasing her upon finishing this sentence. 

Star Guardian Lux is an upcoming 1350 RP skin that is shamelessly inspired by the uniformed heroes of Sailor Moon, a comic/anime series that has somehow remained timless for over two decades. Aside from the Lisa Frank color scheme, she really has the Sailor Scouts outfit down to the last detail. Seriously, she even has the tiara.

Outfit aside, Star Guardian Lux also boasts the perfect spell and sound effects to match her adorable costume. Her ult, for instance? Now it fires golden stars resembling the marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms.

Categories: PC Games

Fallout 4 rumors reignite as E3 draws year, claiming Bethesda will be make long-awaited reveal

13 comments Lydia Sung - May 07, 15 7:55pm (PST) Like (1) Share

Yes? No? MAYBE?

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New Fallout 4 rumors have cropped up this week, as new sources are claiming that Bethesda will be revealing the long-awaited RPG at this year's E3. Of course it's an anonymous source, but we are all hoping and praying even harder now.

German site PC Games claims via their anonymous source that Bethesda will be revealing Fallout 4 at their E3 conference in June. This will actually be the first time the developer holds their own conference at the show, so that's another possible hint at something big.

Late last year, excited rumors claimed that Bethesda would be making their big Fallout 4 announcement at the inaugural Game Awards 2014. Didn't seem like too much of a stretch; after all, Skyrim was unveiled during a televised awards show. Those rumors were quickly dashed, however, leaving us waiting to this day.

Categories: Console Games PC Games

Guild Wars 2 hacker punished with bans and a video of his characters stripped and killed

3 comments Lydia Sung - May 07, 15 7:10pm (PST) Like Share

ArenaNet's security lead was a little annoyed

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After a hacker spent several weeks making life miserable for other Guild Wars 2 players, ArenaNet decided to make a spectacle of his account (one of them, anyway) by making a video featuring the death of one of his toons. The result is a bizarre and somewhat amusing display of a human toon being stripped naked and thrown to his death.

"DarkSide," as the hacker is referred to, was seen by other players performing impossible feats, which was especially problematic in the MMO's cross-server PVP mode, World vs. World. So after much anger on the part of the slighted community, someone finally captured video evidence of DarkSide's shenanigans. When ArenaNet noticed the video, the studio's security lead Chris Cleary decided to make an example of the cheater.

In addition to banning all of this particular hacker's accounts, Clearly posted a YouTube video showing one of their characters being stripped and then run off the Dwayna statue in Divinity's Reach. The clip came with a message from Clearly as well, in which he thanked the player who posted the video damning the hacker.

"We don’t need to see it in-game, sometimes good video evidence is enough for me to track down who it was. In this case, the video was enough for me to find out who it was and take action. Thanks for the video, and to accompany your video, I give you this video of his account’s last moments...

"Oh yah, he’s also banned"

He also assured other forum-goers that all of the individual's Guild Wars 2 accounts were banned. Some are obviously quite pleased with the results, while others consider the video a quick but ineffective fix.

At any rate, the video can be seen below.

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Assassin's Creed reveal due May 12, teaser likely for the previously leaked Assassin's Creed Victory

24 comments Lydia Sung - May 07, 15 2:53pm (PST) Like Share

A cane, a hidden blade, and a little bit of steampunk

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A new Assassin's Creed is on its way, and Ubisoft is already teasing a reveal for May 12. The publisher launched a teaser site today boasting an animated background featuring a pair of hands. The mystery man in the image wields the iconic Assassin's hidden blade, in addition to some additional era-specific items, likely pointing to the Victorian setting of Assassin's Creed Victory.

While Assassin's Creed Victory might not be the finalized name of this year's Assassin's Creed release, it was the title attached to last December's leak. Less than a month after the contentious release of Assassin's Creed Unity, the series' 2015 installment was quickly unveiled to the public through unofficial means. While Ubisoft wasn't too happy with this leak, the company could not undo the damage already done. So much for surprises.

Note that the teasers seem to vary per region. The animation with the hidden blade comes from the UK site, while the US version features a still image of brass knuckles surrounded by phrases like "Strength through Loyalty," "God save the Queen," and "We forge the chains we wear in life." There is also a reference to a group or individuals known as "Rooks."

The leaked info claimed that Victory would be set in Victorian London and boast some new gameplay mechanics. Ubisoft Quebec was named the leading developer, following their work on Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, though the studio is also being supported by Ubisoft's various international offices, including their Chinese studios.

The official reveal comes next Tuesday, May 12, via livestream. The stream is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM Pacific.

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns' next specialization Guardian 'Dragonhunter' revealed with trailer

0 comments Lydia Sung - May 07, 15 11:12am (PST) Like Share

Guardians, meet condi damage and high mobility

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Today, ArenaNet reveals the second Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns elite specialization, the Dragonhunter Guardian. Highlighting long-ranged utility with the class' new longbow mastery, the Dragonhunter will provide this heavy class with the ranged viability Guardians have lacked since launch.

In a new developer blog post, ArenaNet's Karl McLain lays out some of the new abilities Dragonhunter will bring, while explaining their vision with this upcoming Guardian trait line. The basic idea is to grant Guardians effective condition damage, in the form of bleeds, cripples, and blinds. Mobility is also an important new aspect, as hinted at in the new gameplay teaser.

Virtues are today's focus, and by altering how the Virtues are applied, the devs are essentially changing how the Guardian can be played. Here's a rundown of how the three class abilities will change by specing Dragonhunter:

Spear of Justice—The Virtue of Justice currently grants your allies the ability to burn enemies in addition to trait benefits. With the new specialization, you’ll find that your Virtue of Justice is now a thrown spear that pierces through all unworthy foes, tethering them as long as they remain in range. You’ll send out searing pulses to each enemy tethered, continuously burning them and ensuring an unpleasant experience for those affected.

Wings of Resolve—Your resolve against the enemies of Tyria has grown by leaps and bounds. Dragonhunters will find that their Virtue of Resolve no longer instantly heals in an area, but that they can instead grow wings of light and leap into an area, healing allies. For those more offensively minded, you can also trait your Wings of Resolve to deliver an attack at your landing spot.

Shield of Courage—Instead of simply activating your Virtue of Courage and giving your allies aegis, you’ll now create a shield in front of you that blocks attacks for allies within its radius. With excellent control through positioning, you’ll find that you can block much more efficiently when facing the enemy, though you’ll be exposed from your flanks.

Also please note that we’d like each new virtue to retain properties of the traits that affect them, such as Renewed Justice and Justice is Blind. When not recharging, they’ll still have passive effects so that you can continue to provide Battle Presence and provide your allies with a full health pool as you currently do.

As for the addition of longbow mastery, Guardians won't be using it for straight damage like Ranger can. Rather, it focuses "less on engaging enemies at close range but will have lots of potential in assisting allies around the battlefield."

The new Symbol of Energy, for instance, can be applied to an area and grant your allies vigor. Deflecting Shot allows the Guardian to counter enemy projectiles by interrupting their path.

Art released earlier this week teased today's Dragonhunter reveal, and what we've learned is considerably more straightforward than the more detailed Chronomancer announcement from Robert Gee.

Even so, the new specialization is a potential game-changer for the Guardian class as well as Guild Wars 2. Since when have we needed this much support in a PVE environment? Not since the first Guild Wars really, and it goes in line with ArenaNet's plans to bring a more challenging PVE experience.

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