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Ghost Recon: Wildlands TV spot is all CG, still not using Eric Clapton’s Cocaine

17 Feb

How come Ubisoft couldn’t use Eric Clapton’s Cocaine in any of its promo material for Ghost Recon: Wildlands?

Ubisoft has unveiled the latest TV spot for Ghost Recon: Wildlands. TV spots are typically very short, for obvious reasons, and rely mostly on CG and flashy footage.

This most recent one follows the same guidelines, and succeeds in pitching the game’s main concepts in under one minute. Those being, the open world, the freedom you have in how you can approach each mission, the vehicles you can use, and the big baddies you’ll be going after.

Unfortunately, it’s yet another trailer for the game that somehow doesn’t use Eric Clapton’s iconic cover of Cocaine. C’mon guys, you must find a way.

If you’re looking to try out Wildlands before it’s release, there’s going to be a beta next weekend, open to all. The open beta will feature a sizeable amount of content, even more so than closed beta.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out March 7 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The Sniper Elite 4 Honest Trailer understands how most people play stealth games

16 Feb

Outside of making fun of a few obvious quirks, the Honest Trailers treatment of Sniper Elite 4 is well aware of what we actually do in these games.

By popular request, YouTube channel Smosh Games has released a new Honest Game Trailers episode looking at the recently released Sniper Elite 4.

The trailer obviously plays a bit with the x-ray kill cam feature and how they’ve been expanded to include melee this time around, but it actually has a few good points to make about the sometimes unnecessary story.

There’s also a few good laughs to be had about their critique of the game’s multiplayer modes. It’s all in good fun, as these tend to be.

Swamp Thing confirmed for Injustice 2, watch the first gameplay footage

13 Feb

Injustice 2’s latest character reveal is Swamp Thing.

Injustice 2 developer NetherRealm has officially revealed the game’s next character. This time, it’s not a returning favourite.

Swamp Thing is the man of the hour, and in the video above from IGN, you’ll be able to take a look at how the character plays.

The video is short, and shows him fighting, and destroying, a number of other characters. We get a glimpse of his intro, too. Swamp Thing looks to be on the heavy bruiser side, similar to Atrocitus and Grodd.

Injustice 2 is out May 16 on PS4, and Xbox One.

There’s a lot of Stranger Things in indie horror title Stories Untold

10 Feb

Stories Untold may not be an action game, but it’s inspired by shows like Stranger Things in many ways.

Developer Digital has announced Stories Untold, a horror text adventure from indie outfit No Code. As you can see in the reveal trailer, the game draws inspiration from ’80s sci-fi iconography, like we most recently saw in Netflix’s Stranger Things series. Even the music is synthesizer-heavy.

Stories Untold is a collection of four episodes, one of which is a remaster of The House Abandon, an atmospheric horror adventure, and the result of a Ludum Dare game jam. The original release of The House Abandon can be found on itch.io today.

The game’s poster was even designed by Kyle Lambert, who created the Stranger Things poster – and it shows.

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Stories Untold launches on PC February 27, priced $4.99/£3.99/€4.99.

Overwatch’s Lucio detailed for Heroes of the Storm, and he sounds mega helpful

10 Feb

Overwatch characters seem to translate perfectly to MOBAs, huh?

Overwatch support character Lucio is the third character to jump to Heroes of the Storm, and Blizzard has today provided details of just how that will work.

Just like in Overwatch, Lucio is a highly mobile support hero in Heroes of the Storm, who constantly heals or buffs the movement speed of nearby allies.

Lucio can attack while moving, making him a difficult target for some Heroes of the Storm characters to pin down, and he never needs to reload. Again, as in Overwatch, he has the ability to wall ride, which both speeds him up and allows him to pass through units, thanks to his passive trait. That’s gonna be handy for bypassing trouble – or causing your own in pincer attacks.

Lucio’s first ability in Heroes of the Storm is Soundwave, which allows him to damage and knock back enemies in its area of effect. His second ability, Crossfade, has no cooldown, and switches between his healing and speed boost songs, which play constantly. Amp It Up increases the effect of his current song. The Sound Barrier heroic ability also works really similarly to Overwatch, giving all nearby players a shield that decays over time. Gosh, Blizzard really hasn’t had to make too many changes from the Overwatch build, huh?

The second heroic ability, Reverse Amp, adds a nerf effect to Lucio’s songs, effecting all enemy units within its area of effect – slowing them or depleting their health. Note that this doesn’t negate the positive effects for team members.

It sounds like Lucio will be as much a help in Heroes of the Storm as he is in Overwatch, although he does have some weaknesses; Blizzard goes over them in the video above.

Meet two of Horizon: Zero Dawn’s deadly robot dinosaurs, the Thunderjaw and Snapmaw

9 Feb

Horizon: Zero Dawn is full of interesting beasties, some of which are a bit of a bother, to put it mildly.

Horizon: Zero Dawn combines two terrific things – robots and dinosaurs – into something even better: robot dinosaurs.

Some of these robot dinosaurs are friendly, or at least not actively hostile, and can be put to good use. Others pretty much exist to make your life difficult, and that’s the case with the Thunderjaw, the T-Rex like creature that’s become something of a symbol for Horizon: Zero Dawn.

One of the most dangerous creatures in Horizon: Zero Dawn, the Thunderjaw shown in the video above is a combat-class construct equipped with cannons, disc launchers and a mouth laser. As well as its ranged arsenal, it can also attack with charges and tail swipes.

By comparison, the Snapmaw shown below is positively peaceful – but it’s also likely to take a chunk out of any Horizon: Zero Dawn player silly enough to get close. The Snapmaw is an acquisition class machine, and is usually found near water, gathering minerals from sediment. Close to it relies on bites and swipes, but at distance it launches cryo mortars that freeze their targets.

Horizon: Zero Dawn launches at the end of February, exclusively for PS4.

The first new IP from Guerrilla Games since Killzone, Horizon: Zero Dawn is set in a distant post-civilisation future where humanity is reduced to a subsistence existence among the ruins of a much more advanced society, which apparently built robot dinosaurs. I can’t imagine how that went wrong.

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Velvet Shell trailer provides one last opportunity to get across everything in this week’s update

6 Feb

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Velvet Shell. Everything you need to know.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 kicks off this week and with any luck this is the very last time we’ll need to tell you about Operation Velvet Shell, the first content drop.

The trailer above shows off what’s coming to Rainbow Six Siege with Operation Velvet Shell this week in easily-digestible and detail-light form – but if you want to know more, we really have you covered. Behold!

Phew! Now everyone should be on the same page re: Rainbow Six Siege and the Operation Velvet Shell update. Unless Ubisoft loses its head and releases yet another trailer, or something. We can’t fault it for enthusiasm.

Conan O’Brien, Tom Brady and Dwight Freeney play For Honor in latest Clueless Gamer segment – Super Bowl 51 edition

3 Feb

The latest Clueless Gamer segment has been posted online, and it features Conan O’Brien playing For Honor with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney.

Super Bowl 51 is this weekend’s big event in the US, so Conan also had Madden NFL 17 cover athlete and Patriots tight end Robert “Gronk” Gronkowski and the team’s running back LeGarrette Blount join the segment. Neither get their chance at playing For Honor, though.

Former Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch also stops by to play with the guys. FOX NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews also makes an appearance.

In the gameplay of For Honor shown, you get quick glimpses of the Viking classes Raider and Valkyrie along with the Peacekeeper and Lawbringer classes from the Knights faction.

For Honor releases on February 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

An open beta for the game will run February 9-12.

Rainbow Six Siege teaser introduces us to second new Operation Velvet Shell operator, Mira

2 Feb

Rainbow Six Siege adds another friendly Spanish specialist.

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Velvet Shell is the next big content drop to hit Ubisoft’s successful squad shooter.

So far, the publisher has given us a glimpse of the new Coastline map and one of the two new operators, Jackal. Today’s teaser shows off the second of the new Velvet Shell characters, Mira.

As with the Jackal teaser, the video only gives us a little taste of what Mira will bring to Rainbow Six Siege. It looks like she can create small windows in otherwise impregnable walls, opening up new angles of attack – or possibly even entrances? That should provide some interesting tactical opportunities, for sure. I like her already, don’t you?

Rainbow Six Siege is free this weekend as Ubisoft celebrates the Six Invitational, the shooter’s major eSports tournament. Operation Velvet Shell will be more fully revealed during the event.

Rainbow Six Siege is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and Operation Velvet Shell is the kick off of its second season of content. In addition to paid content drops, Ubisoft regularly shores the game up with patches and tweaks.

Who’s responsible for this Hitman: The Complete First Season trailer?

31 Jan

Hitman produces a suspiciously amusing trailer.

Hitman is a game about murdering people that somehow manages to be as lighthearted and playful as you want it to be; the sandbox provides so much room for experimentation and emergent nonsense, and IO Interactive gets so creative with its tools, that missions can devolve into hilarious farces even when everything is going right.

So it makes sense that this new trailer for Hitman: The Complete First Season, the disc version releasing this week, shouldn’t take itself seriously. There are already plenty of po-faced trailers around that play up the dramatic and stylish face of Hitman, and it’s nice to see one that doesn’t take itself so seriously.

In general, video game marketing isn’t funny – even (or possibly especially) when it tries really hard to be. Hitman got a few chuckles out of me with this one, though. Well done, Square Enix marketing; this is by way of being a calendar event.

Dark Souls 3: what colour are the Firekeeper’s eyes? Plus other secrets from an off-camera tour

30 Jan

Dark Souls 3 is an incredibly beautiful game. You might not fully appreciate it till you see it from a new perspective.

Dark Souls 3 is the subject of the latest episode of BoundaryBreak, a series of off or free camera tours of game worlds by YouTuber Shesez.

These tours usually turn up secrets and oddities, and Dark Souls 3 has its share of these: you’ll get the chance to look behind the Firekeeper’s mask, admire Siegward’s handsome mien and find out which characters don’t have faces at all.

You’ll also get to peep behind the curtain a bit to see how From Software managed to pack so many characters into Firelink Shrine without performance going to hell, animate a giant worm as it burrows through the environments, turn an urn prop into a fire pit and hide the Mimic’s limbs from the player. But what makes Dark Souls 3 extra special is how few of these tricks there are in the presentation of it6s sprawling environments.

From Software only very rarely tries to fool the player into believing the world extends outside the immediate playable area in Dark Souls 3; most of the time, it really does exist. There are huge stretches of unplayable geometry which serve only to exist as backgrounds for other areas, and when you look across the landscape at environments you’ll visit later, they’re not painted backdrops but amazingly detailed renderings.

It’s part of what makes Dark Souls 3 feel so grounded – like its beautiful environments are real places people might live in or explore. There’s so much on show in each and every area load of Dark Souls 3 that it’s really amazing on a technical level as much as an aesthetic one.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands – here’s eight minutes of gameplay from various missions

25 Jan

Here’s a couple more Ghost Recon: Wildlands videos to round the day out.

The first video you see from Arekkz above is another look at the Gunsmith, which is the weapons customization features in Ghost Recon: Wildlands. It also takes a look at the character customization.

The second one, as you can see, shows close to eight minutes of gameplay from various missions across two different regions. In it, Arekkz also provides his impressions of the game after spending an afternoon with it.

The first closed beta for the game kicks off next weekend on February 3 and runs through February 6. It will include both four-player co-op and single player. Folks can start pre-loading for PC, PS4 or Xbox One on February 1.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One March 7, 2017.

Tekken 7’s Eliza shows off all her best moves: punching, kicking, two types of nap

25 Jan

Tekken 7 pre-orders come with Eliza, the sleepy immortal fiend.

Tekken 7 promises to be just as wonderfully ridiculous as its forebears; for all the dramatic back and forth and corporate warfare of the main plot, this is a game where bears, pandas and kangaroos feature on the roster.

By Tekken standards, Eliza’s pretty straightforward: she’s a vampire. Her other primary characteristic is that she appears to be suffering from narcolepsy, in that she can’t control when or for how long she sleeps. This makes her much more relatable than all the cleavage and posing suggests, because who couldn’t use a nap?

Having made her debut in Tekken Revolution, the free-to-play Tekken released on the PSN in 2013 and closing in March, Eliza returns in Tekken 7 as a DLC character. She comes as a bonus with pre-orders, in fact.

Releasing in June on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Tekken 7 will have a season pass. That’s a first for the series, but Harada said on Twitter that it will allow the Tekkn team to continue supporting Tekken 7 for a year – far longer than the couple of months it normally gets.

All Tekken 7 DLC characters will be new, bonus or special characters like Eliza, he added, rather than old fan favourites essential to the ongoing plot.

Rainbow Six Siege’s upcoming free map shown off briefly in new teaser

23 Jan

The new map coming to Rainbow Six Siege with the release of operation Velvet Shell.

In case you missed it, Ubisoft recently confirmed the name of the first add-on in Rainbow Six Siege‘s second season of content.

It’s called Velvet Shell, and that was all the publisher revealed at the time. Today, we have our first look at Coastline, the map included with the DLC.

Coastline is set in a resort on the shores of Ibiza, Spain.

The map is designed to “to drive a surround flow of combat for a final rush at its core,” according to the publisher. It will be available for both PvE and PvP.

Coastline, along with the two new Spanish operators, will be officially revealed on February 5, the final day of the Rainbow Six Invitational.

Do yourself a favour and take another look at Hitman now that its got a complete season under its belt

18 Jan

Hitman is waiting for you. How long will you resist its wiles?

Hitman is coming out on disc at the end of the month, so if you’re not yet madly in love with IO Interactive’s assassination sandbox you might be starting to think about jumping in.

This new trailer does a great job of explaining the Hitman journey for those new to the series or only familiar with Absolution, which didn’t highlight its strengths as well as past entries.

There’s the messy beginning, when you faff everything up royally. The gradual understanding of the possibilities of the sandbox as you explore. The growing desire to see just what you can do. And finally the challenge of truly living up to the Hitman fantasy with elegant executions.

Hitman’s a game that rewards replaying, and when your first elusive target pops up you’ll be glad you know the ropes. In that sense the episodic release has been really cool, because players have had plenty of time to check out each environment before moving on to the next. But hey, your game, your way: the whole slab of the first season can be yours digitally right now, or at retail on January 31.

Arms, the Switch fighting game, is a lot more involved than Wii Fit boxing flailing

16 Jan

Arms isn’t just a hand waving novelty game, because the Switch can do a lot more than the Wii.

Switch exclusive Arms is going to suffer for the stigma of motion controls, but you can tell Nintendo has a lot of faith in it: during the Switch launch event reveal, the platform holder described the characters of Arms as Nintendo’s next big heroes.

Although Nintendo described it as accessible and intuitive, it sounds like there’s more to Arms than just random flailing, and Arekkz‘s experiences with the game at the Switch UK showcase seems to have borne out that impression.

The video above had to be captured over the shoulder, unfortunately, but at least that also allows you to watch the controllers in action. It doesn’t look like you can win a game of Arms just by windmilling about, like you can in so many motion controlled games. That said, you can occasionally beat even very good fighting game players by randomly smashing the keys, so who knows?

Arms is coming to Switch in northern spring. It’s one of a number of brand-new first-party titles announced for the system.

It’s no Super Smash Bros., but it sounds like a laugh, and that’s something Nintendo’s pretty keen on.

Super Mario Odyssey video breaks down what we know about the game so far

15 Jan

Here’s a video breaking down what is currently known about Super Mario Odyssey, which sadly isn’t much.

The footage seen in the Super Mario Odyssey video may look a bit different than what was shown during the Nintendo Switch event. That’s because one of the Japanese livestreams showed a bit of extra gameplay of Mario using a few abilities in the city setting.

You will notice Arekkz say the 3D, open-world Super Mario Odyssey is one of his most anticipated games, and he seems disappointed the game wasn’t playable at the Nintendo Switch event in London.

He notes it seems a bit odd when Mario is walking around the in-game version of New York City (New Donk City), but once he goes into other areas, it looks more like a conventional, 3D Mario world.

Anyway, give it a watch. If you need to compare what’s seen in this one to the announcement video, give that one a watch through here. We added some screens and a tiny bit of extra information to it earlier.

Nintendo didn’t provide much on Super Mario Odyssey, but the company did say it will release during the 2017 holiday season.

We expect to hear more on the game in the coming months.

Take a look at Until Dawn back when it was a first-person PS3 game

19 Dec

Until Dawn was in the oven a long time before it baked up into the terrific teen thriller we know today.

Until Dawn was first announced as a PlayStation Move exclusive for PS3, before being pushed back so far it ended up on PS4.

That’s fine though, because Until Dawn is great, and behind the scenes materials included with the game show Supermassive was determined to nail it, spending ages testing and tinkering even with individual jump scares.

Along the way, it went through some dramatic changes. The video above from PtoPOnline purports to show off an early prototype build. There’s little reason to doubt it; if you cast your mind right back to the 2012 reveal you’ll hazily remember this is what we expected at the time.

Until Dawn was something of a sleeper hit, to Sony’s gratified surprise, and spawned a virtual reality spin-off called Rush of Blood, which has been known to make grown adults screech, weep and rip the PlayStationVR from their faces.

Watch some Super Mario Run gameplay of Tour Mode, Rally Mode, Build and more

15 Dec

Have you heard? Super Mario Run is out today on iOS and if you’ve yet to download Mario’s first foray into mobile, check out some gameplay below.

In the video above, Arekkz shows various gameplay clips from Rally Mode World Tour, Toad Rally, Kingdom Builder, and more fun stuff.

Super Mario Run was made available for iOS devices earlier this afternoon and My Nintendo Rewards and Missions went live around the same time.

Alex provided his thoughts on the time he spend with the game, you should give that a read through here.

Super Mario Run is a free download and will run you $9.99/£9.99 if you wish to unlock the full game. A release date has not been provided for an Android version.

Nintendo Switch exclusive Seasons of Heaven gets first teaser, full reveal trailer coming next week

14 Dec

Here’s your first Nintendo Switch exclusive gameplay video.

Seasons of Heaven is a Nintendo Switch exclusive from French indie AnyArts Production.

The teaser above presages a full reveal trailer coming Monday December 19, but it’s interesting on its own as our first look at direct feed Switch footage – presumably. So far we’ve seen concept footage and mock ups in the Nintendo Switch reveal trailer and some off-screen Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild footage running on Switch.

It’s probably not wise to jump on what you see here as representative of Switch’s graphical potential. We have no idea how far along this project is and how closely AnyArts is working with Nintendo, and it seems to be being promoted outside Nintendo’s own reveal plans. Stay tuned for the January Nintendo Switch reveal event for a really good look at what the console can do.

Nintendo Switch releases in March. Seasons of Heaven has not been dated.