After his father is killed in a car crash, Jack travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. There, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity.
GameStop’s Q2 earnings report came out today, which projected a relatively weaker quarter for the video game retailer compared to this quarter last year.
In an earnings report, the company is reporting a 6.2% drop in total sales from last year (Non-GAAP numbers) from $1.9 billion to $1.8 billion, and a major drop in console sales of 33.4%, going from $324.9 million from Q2 2015 to $216.4 million this year.
On an earnings call the video game retailer partly attributed the drop in console sales to the announcements of the Xbox Scorpio and Playstation Neo around E3 this year, operating on the theory that news of imminent, more powerful consoles has deterred customers from buying currently available consoles.
Game sales also dropped 18.2% from $467.2 million to $382.2 million. GameStop partly attributed this to a stronger slate of games for the quarter last year, going up against last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight and Elder Scrolls Online.
However, some of this quarter’s major releases included Doom, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and the 800-lb gorilla Overwatch, which notably has already shot to 10 million players across PC and console. GameStop had previously deferred Overwatch’s sales from the last quarter while praising its progress, so it’s something of a head-scratcher to see it downplay the game's contributions this quarter.
Ian Milham, art director on Dead Space and creative lead on Battlefield Hardline, has left his EA stomping grounds to join Crystal Dynamics as the new director on the Tomb Raider franchise.
The Tomb Raider reboots have taken a decidedly more serious and dark direction on Lara Croft's action adventures, and the Square-Enix studio thinks he'll be the right pick to continue that trend.
“Ian is one of those rare veterans who combines creativity, artistry, and passion into excellence on-screen," said Scot Amos, co-head at Crystal Dynamics. “We’re very excited to welcome Ian as the newest top-tier talent joining our studio. His attitude, aptitude, and aspirations for crafting great game experiences are perfectly aligned with who and what Crystal Dynamics is all about.”
DICE has released an update for Battlefield 4 that introduces a new UI for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. The update is version 1.23, and weighs in at 2.834 GB on the PS4.
Load up Battlefield 4 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and you’ll notice that things look a little bit… different. A new Battlefield user interface is being introduced that will provide a more intuitive and centralized experience for Battlefield games – starting with Battlefield 4 on consoles.
Besides being a total visual overhaul, there are a number of changes to how you actually play with friends. There are some updates to Squads that should make spawning on your buddies a much smoother experience.
There are other changes as well, many of which you’ll notice as you poke around. A big one is the inclusion of a recommendation engine that suggest maps, modes, and more. And since this unified UI for Battlefield games will roll out with Battlefield 1 later this year, you’ll be able to easily swap between Battlefield games that use the UI (as long as you own them).
Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates as we approach the release of Battlefield 1 on October 21!
The past week's Gamescom 2016 has been the perfect opportunity for journalists to discover Vampyr, the Action-RPG from DontNod, the creators of Life is Strange. The press had the chance to attend presentations made by the developers, and thus learn more about the game, its story and its gameplay mechanics.
We're extending that invitation to those of you at home in the form of a 15 minute gameplay video of our pre-alpha version, showcasing some of the ideas that make Vampyr a unique gameplay experience, where the narrative is directly tied to the gameplay. Without any spoilers, our presentation begins a little after the beginning of the game. Now aware of being a vampire, our protagonist Dr Jonathan Reid must come to terms with what he has become, meeting some of the characters you will interact with along your journey - some of whom are aware of what you are, and also share the same affliction.
Click on the headline for more info and the video.
Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.
A little update for Patron supporters, I'm going to have the same company that makes my Daughter's Girl Scout patches make the first EvAv jacket pack out of our site logo and send this out to all Patron subscribers.
If you are one of our Purple members, please send me a DM with your name and address. It will take a few weeks to get these approved, manufactured and mailed.
This is the first little goodie I want to send out, I plan more in the future. My Lodge brothers have Pins & Bolo ties and other fun things made all the time so I'm going to tap into them for more ideas.
Blizzard’s had an unstable time this month. It seems like in the past week barely a day has passed between service-disrupting DDOS attacks hitting Battle.net, disrupting everything from WoW’s demon invasions to Overwatch quick play. Server engineers have dealt with each in turn, but it’s unlikely to relax with one of the company’s biggest products of the year, Legion, coming out in just a few days.
As for why it’s being done there’s been blame placed on disgruntled Overwatch fans after the Summer Loot Box was released, disgruntled Hearthstone fans after the problems with Purify and disgruntled WoW fans because it’s a day ending in y. The truth is almost certainly more simple - arseholes are a calendar-round problem, and during summer a lack of school time means there’s even more. An angry community doesn’t usually resort to ruining the game further for themselves and everyone else.
After much teasing earlier this week, Mortal Kombat’s all-inclusive XL edition is coming to PC, with a free “MKXL Online Enhanced Beta” running from right now until 6pm BST/10am PT on Monday, August 29.
“Over 10,000 of you voted,” said co-creator Ed Boon following a recent Twitter poll that asked players where they’d like to see the game to go next. “Looks like you guys really want a PC MKXL and some character love/buffs! We hear ya!”
There open beta is also free this weekend, so check it out!
After more than four years of battles, fights, deaths and a lot of fun, we have made the difficult decision to close Ghost Recon Phantoms. It’s a tough day for our studio and indeed the team, some of whom have been working on this project since its inception some 7 years ago.
GR Phantoms has been a tremendous undertaking and we really relished the opportunity to bring to you a different take on the GR franchise. We are proud of what we have achieved but of course, a game like this would be nothing without its community. We’d like to sincerely thank you for your support, enthusiasm, patience and above all, your loyalty. For the hours played, the fun in your company, the never ending deaths at Balaklava Sub-Pen, the fights to control Tomsk-9, the sounds of shotguns and the fear of the P90 SD WAR, we are grateful.
We would like to thank you for all this great moments and fun we shared with you. GRP has been a great adventure for us, with you.
The shutdown of the game will take place on December the 1st. The game will stay available until then, and we wish you a lot of fights until the end. The in game shop will remain available, but you won’t have any more the possibility to purchase Ghost Coins.
We encourage you to use this time to use any Ghost Coins you have – as well as settle any scores you may have with opposing teams!
In line with our terms of sale, we hereby inform you that there will be no refund of any virtual currency you have spent in the game or for any resources you still may own on shutdown date, nor any conversion of any remaining virtual currency to another game.
Once again, thank you for your support and loyalty and we hope you have enjoyed the ride as much as we have. This is the end for one chapter of the Ghost Recon story, but for sure it won’t be the last. Thanks to your reports, your feedbacks, we are building every day better games, greater stories you will live in our company.
Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl); and directed by Amma Asante (Belle), A UNITED KINGDOM tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
The setting is Paris in the 1930s where two sisters, American spiritualists Laura (Portman, who also appears at this year’s Festival in Jackie) and Kate Barlow (Depp), are winding up a world tour. Seemingly adept at communicating with the dead, the women are somewhat less experienced with the business of the living. Nevertheless, their astonishing exhibit of apparently supernatural powers piques the interest of powerful French film producer André Korben (Emmanuel Salinger), who retains their strange talents for his wildly ambitious new film project. Laura and Kate are soon swept up in a scheme that, fusing art and the occult, portends a dark shadow soon to be cast over all of Europe.
From Mothership Entertainment, Aven Colony is a city-building and management sim that tells the story of humanity's first settlement of an extrasolar world. Land on exotic Aven Prime, where you must construct and maintain the infrastructure and ensure the well-being of your citizens, all while dealing with the often harsh realities of an exotic alien world.
On top of this, you'll face the greatest challenge of all — keeping your people happy. How will you feed your people? Will you be able to provide them with enough jobs, entertainment, retail outlets, and other services while protecting them from the planet's many dangers? What social policies will you enact to influence your people? The future of the colony rests on your decisions.
Think you're ready to lead humankind into a new world? Sign up to learn more about the upcoming beta at AvenColony.com.
Salvation features Revelations, the long-awaited final chapter in the Origins Zombies saga. In Revelations, we meet up with the Origins characters after they’ve taken an epic journey through space and time – all of their struggles lead to this very moment. In this, the final chapter of the Zombies experience, Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai finally come face to face with the mysterious Doctor Monty in The House. Confronted by an ancient evil, our heroes must fight the zombie horde once more in the final battle to save their immortal souls.
“With the release of Zombies as an Easter Egg in 2008’s Call of Duty®: World at War, Treyarch set forth on a journey – or, really a conversation – with fans, and Revelations is the final punctuation mark,” said Jason Blundell, Director of Zombies, Treyarch. “The secrets we laid out years ago will finally make sense – we’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Click on the headline for the press release and F'n Sh**show trailer.
Two men from two very different worlds: Father James Ballard, the spiritual and adoptive figure to Lincoln Clay. John Donovan, CIA Handler and trusted source for Clay while he served in Vietnam. Both will guide Lincoln during his path of vengeance against the Italian Mafia. Only one road will ultimately determine his future. Which will it be?
Mafia III is out October 7, 2016 on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Paragon is the latest game out of Epic games. The Free-to-Play MOBA is set to release later this year and runs on Epic’s own Unreal Engine 4. NVIDIA’s newest bundle, starting today, includes a number of perks. These perks include both cosmetic and gameplay related benefits that NVIDIA values at $115. Included with the bundle is 1000 Paragon coins, which is in game currency usable to buy Master challenges, skins, and bosts. Two skins, one Snakebite Murdock Skin and one War Chief Grux Skin, are included. Last on the list, are Seven Master Hero Challenges which each include a Challenge skin for their character that bestows additional XP rewards form levels one through five and provides additional rewards form levels six through ten, after which the Master Skin and title of Master will be unlocked. The Paragon Game Ready Pack will run for a relatively short period of time, from now until September 19, 2016.
Virginia is a single-player first-person thriller set in a small town with a secret.
Experience a missing person investigation through the eyes of graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver.
1992. George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin officially put an end to the Cold War. Barcelona held the Summer Olympic Games. The Tonight Show aired its last show with Johnny Carson... and Lucas Fairfax disappeared from his bedroom in Kingdom, Virginia.
Experience a missing person investigation through the eyes of graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver.
Together with your partner, seasoned investigator Maria Halperin, you’ll take a trip to idyllic Burgess County and the secluded town of Kingdom, Virginia, where a young boy has vanished and nobody seems to know why.
Before long Anne will find herself negotiating competing interests, uncovering hidden agendas and testing the patience of a community unaccustomed to uninvited scrutiny.
As your investigation takes a turn for the sinister, and the list of suspects grows ever larger and stranger, you will make decisions which irrevocably shape the course of Anne’s and agent Halperin’s lives.
Cinematic editing that immerses players in a story told in the style of film and TV
A dreamlike journey punctuated by intense drama and populated by a memorable cast of curious characters
A stirring soundtrack created by composer Lyndon Holland and recorded live by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the renowned Smecky Studio (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive)
An original detective noir story in the tradition of Twin Peaks, Fargo and True Detective
A striking, painterly art style, steeped in the magic of small town America and the vibrant Virginia countryside.
Who would've thought that erotic ebook king Chuck Tingle's friendship with Zoe Quinn would blossom into a fully fledged video game? But it's happening, and it sounds like it'll be an erotic experience.
Tingle and Quinn began corresponding after he tapped her to attend the Hugo Awards in his stead. The author of such classics as Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt and Pounded by the Pound was nominated by trolls, who he immediately out-trolled with the help of Quinn.
The two have joined forces for something even better and more fulfilling than shutting down the haters: a full motion video game.
For over 20 years, NVIDIA has been at the forefront of building advanced GPU and gaming technologies for game developers. We’re as passionate about building technology as we are about helping game developers deliver their creative vision. Most recently, these technologies have been delivered as part of the NVIDIA® GameWorks™ program, where developers can get free access to some of the most advanced graphics and simulation technologies.
It’s a great time to be a gamer, and an even better time to be an indie game developer. It’s never been easier for you to build the game of your dreams, and there are more games than ever for gamers to play. But this also means that it has become increasingly difficult for gamers to find your game.
That’s where the NVIDIA® Indie Spotlight™ Program comes in. We’ll leverage our GeForce® community to tell them about your great game. All upside. No catch.
The games lineup for Microsoft's Project Scorpio console is "shaping up very well," according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. A fan on Twitter today asked if Spencer had a specific launch lineup in mind for the console and if there was any chance a Halo game would be part of it.
Spencer didn't give anything away, but spoke generally about how things are coming along.
"Portfolio is shaping up very well. It's great that teams are getting up to speed with 4K gaming now on PC to prepare for Scorpio," he said.
The Xbox One and Xbox One S games and accessories you own today will work on the Scorpio console. However, if you want to make the most of it, you'll want a 4K TV, as Spencer alluded to.
The Scorpio is the "most powerful console ever made," featuring six teraflops of performance. Microsoft hasn't released any footage of games running on Scorpio, so we don't yet know how much of an improvement over existing hardware it will be. The console will also support virtual reality.
Scorpio is scheduled to launch in holiday 2017. Pricing has not been announced, but Microsoft has referred to the system as a "premium" product, so you can expect it won't be cheap.
DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) studio, today announced Battlefield™ 1 Premium Pass*, a membership program delivering new content and early access to Battlefield 1 fans in four upcoming themed digital expansion packs. Battlefield 1 Premium Pass members will be granted two-week early access to each pack, starting with Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass in March 2017 that will bring the French army into the battle in multiplayer.
Expand the theatre of all-out war with more frontlines in Battlefield 1 Premium Pass containing:
4 upcoming digital expansion packs, including:
Two-week early access to each expansion pack
Play as new armies including France in Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass, and the Russian Empire in an upcoming expansion pack
16 new multiplayer maps
New Operations and game modes for more ways to play
New Elite classes
20 new weapons
14 Battlefield 1 Battlepacks containing stand-out weapon skins, delivered monthly from November 2016
14 unique dog tags distributed over the course of the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass period
Experience the dawn of all-out war and discover a new world of war on an unmatched epic scale in Battlefield 1, full of a variety of new gameplay opportunities for the players. DICE has set out to build the most immersive and dynamic Battlefield game ever, continuing to improve their dynamic multiplayer sandbox through ever-changing environments with intuitive destruction and dynamic weather.
Operations introduces a completely new way to play multiplayer. In Battlefield 1 you will play a series of interconnected battles across multiple fronts. Play a sequence of battles where your actions have consequences beyond a single match, as you try to conquer territory or push back your attackers.
Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC and PlayStation®4. Players who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 18
Respawn Entertainment has put together a Blog post on player feedback and changes being made to Titanfall 2 after completing the first multiplayer technical test.
Many players are wondering why we changed the mobility from Titanfall 1. We identified two major issues we wanted to solve in Titanfall 2. The first is that a lack of player predictability would often cause players to be shot from the back or sides. While flanking is an important part of gameplay death often felt random instead of skillful. The second issue is that close range firefights were overly chaotic due to erratic player movement. So, changes to pilot mobility stemmed from a desire to improve our gunplay, and not a desire to slow down movement.
We’ll be tuning air speed and wall-running speed to be faster.
While investigating this point, we discovered some unintended side effects that were causing players to lose momentum while wallrunning.
Players should once again accumulate and retain more speed when chaining wallruns.
Additionally, we’re testing scaling back some of the dampening factors that were limiting bunny-hopping as we don’t want these restrictions to impact normal traversal.
Hoping to repair their failing marriage, Dana (Beckinsale) and Dave move, with their son Jeremy, into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. In the course of renovating their new home, Dana discovers a small locked door in the corner of the attic that hadn’t appeared in the house’s blueprints. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the rooms terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.
A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.
From the director of Saw 2, 3 and 4 and Repo! The Genetic Opera, Abattoir asks: how do you build a haunted house?
Jessica Lowndes (90210), Joe Anderson (Hannibal), Lin Shaye (Insidious) and Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy) star in the new horror from Darren Lynn Bousman, in which a reporter and a detective investigate the mystery of why crime scenes are being removed from buildings where terrible murders have taken place. The answers will take them to the heart of human darkness and hell itself…
Abattoir is having its European Premiere at FrightFest, London this weekend and is available on DVD and Digital Download on September 19th.
Moving away from a re-read of Stephen King's Gunslinger novels, I requested an ARC of Sylvia Moreno-Garcia's vampire novel, Certain Dark Things. The novel comes out on October 25th, I'll have a mini-review up soon.
Set in the dark underworld of Mexico City, Moreno-Garcia spins a fast paced story based on Latin American myth about a dark vampire drug war.
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the creatures of the night at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers running from a rival band of vampires, and is smitten. But Atl’s problems in a deeply rooted family drug war have come to seek their revenge. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community.
As the stakes get higher and the vampires more dangerous, this unusual story will keep you flipping pages until the sun rises.
Certain Dark Things combines elements of Latin American mythology with a literary voice that leads readers on an exhilarating and fast-paced journey.
In 2015, Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut, Signal to Noise, was named on seven year’s best lists including RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, io9, Vice, and Tor.com. Certain Dark Things was also listed on B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog as one of 42 books they can’t wait to read in 2016 and on io9 as one of 40 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Will Rock Your World In 2016!
Click on the Headline for the Announcement Trailer.
Magic, Stealth, Free Running: September’s Games with Gold Has it All
Games with Gold has four new titles for you to add to your game library for September. As with last month, Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles, as well, through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold.
For Xbox One, September brings two exciting titles to Games with Gold with the much-anticipated launch title Earthlock: Festival of Magic and the stylish Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. On the Xbox 360 (and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility), Xbox Live Gold members start the month with the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon, and then follow that with the visually stunning Mirror’s Edge.
As usual, all games are available only for a limited time, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program, so sign up now to get in on the action!
• Forza Horizon ($19.99): Available from September 1-15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
• Mirror’s Edge ($14.99): Available from September 16-30 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
On September 1, we have a brand-new, very cool ID@Xbox title launching into the program. The world of Umbra has stopped spinning, and as Amon, it’s up to you to save it in the RPG Earthlock: Festival of Magic. Bring Amon and his team through the harsh, beautiful Umbra landscape and fight off monsters of all kinds in this modern turn-based role-playing battle system.
Then on September 16, see the Assassin’s Creed world from a new perspective with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. A new take on the stealth action series, the Chronicles games bring new assassins to the fore with a 2.5D stealth platformer that offers the classic feel of the series with a unique twist. Help Shao Jun avenge the loss of her brotherhood and bring down your enemies with power and grace.
On Xbox 360 (and Xbox One via backward compatibility), start the month off by jumping behind the wheel in the dynamic, open-road street racer Forza Horizon. Set in Colorado, Forza Horizon is an open-world racing game that will let you rise to the top of driver rankings via official races or earn points for destroying road signs, catching air, or drifting. With over 300 cars to unlock and an open-world full of challenges, this a perfect way to hold you over before the visually jaw-dropping Forza Horizon 3 gets released! Plus, backward compatible racing titles now support Xbox One wheels, including Forza Horizon!
Last by not least, on September 16 comes Mirror’s Edge. In an oppressive city, clandestine messages and deliveries make their way around via Runners, jumping, climbing, and dashing across rooftops. Play as Faith in the original first-person free-running action game, fighting and outrunning a powerful regime that is not afraid to use deadly force. Experience the breathtaking sights and sounds and always land on your feet.
As always, Games with Gold is here to give you a mix of brand-new releases, incredible classics, and guaranteed fun. Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…
Watch the new official movie trailer for Rings! Coming to theatres October 28, 2016.
Ashen Ones… Enter this new world covered by snow and defeat the evil that has defiled this land. Grab ahold of the new armor sets, weapons, and magic that are available in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel to aid you in discovering the new location. For the veterans of Dark Souls PVP, explore the new features and test your meddle with your fellow players.
Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel will be available on October 25th, 2016 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Click the link for more info: www.darksouls3.com/preorder
The popular role-playing game series "The Witcher" is beloved in Poland — so much so that back in 2011, the country's prime minister at the time, Donald Tusk, presented Obama with the collector's edition of "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings" to commemorate his visit.
President Obama visited Poland again in June 2014 and had kind words to say about the game:
The last time I was here, Donald [Tusk] gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that's won fans the world over, "The Witcher." I confess, I'm not very good at video games, but I've been told that it is a great example of Poland's place in the new global economy. And it's a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like Prime Minister Tusk.
This episode, Andre brings down the sky, Theo goes on a stealth mission, Chris grinds for resources and Joe drowns in red liquid. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the thirty-first episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss media hype.
Big name release No Man's Sky hops to the forefront this week, as the discussion turns toward titles that received more than their fair share of pre-release (over)hype. This time, as we're sure most would agree, it has not worked out well for this specific title, but how often has it worked for other titles? Take a listen and find out!
…with new quest chains, magic items and skill trees
Two new additional Lord types
Five all-new battlefield units plus variants
18 elite Regiments of Renown
Free Legendary Lord and five new battle maps for all players
Following the best-selling Call of the Beastmen, the first Lord Pack for Total War: WARHAMMER introduces two new Legendary Lords from Warhammer Fantasy Battles – Volkmar the Grim for the Empire, and Helman Ghorst for the Vampire Counts. Alongside this, The Grim & The Grave also adds two new lord types to the game with the Vampire Counts receiving the fearsome Strigoi Ghoul King, and the Arch Lector, mightiest of all warrior priests, joining the Empire.
In addition, both the Empire and Vampire Counts unit rosters are being expanded with two brand new units each. The Knights of the Blazing Sun, the zealous Flagellants and versatile Free Company Militia join the ranks of the Empire, while the vampire counts will see their undead hordes imbued with dark magic by the gruesome Corpse Cart and volatile Mortis Engine. The rosters of both factions are also further expanded by the addition of Regiments of Renown, unique unit variants with special traits and abilities, whose prowess in battle have immortalized them in the annals of the Old World.
As part of Total War: WARHAMMER’s ongoing free content program, an update released alongside The Grim and The Grave will introduce a number of unique new battle maps and Vlad von Carstein as a free legendary lord for all players. The first – and arguably greatest – of the Vampire Counts is a nigh-unrivalled practitioner of the Lore of Vampires, granting Vanguard Deployment to all units under his command, whose thirst for the throne of the Empire rivals even that of Mannfred himself.
Get the party started with the latest Hero to join Paragon: Narbash!
Epic Games has unleashed, Narbash, the latest Hero for its free-to-play PC and PlayStation 4 MOBA, Paragon! Get acquainted with Narbash with this reveal video and see his abilities in action here.
Narbash is a beast who bangs on the drum all day, a Support Caster who specializes in crowd control and buffing his team as he charges into the fight. His Thunk ability allows him to lock down a singular target with a stun. His March ability provides him with a movement speed aura, which can be devastating when combined with the Health Regeneration aura provided by his Song of My People ability. Narbash causes a ruckus with his ultimate Crash Bang Boom, slowing enemies in an AoE, then finishing his performance with a knockup.
Paragon is now free to play in open beta on PC and PlayStation 4, and Heroes are always free, and players can jump in and play as Narbash right now.
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.
The video game streaming service PlayStation Now is coming to PC, Sony announced today. Also revealed was a DualShock 4 wireless USB adapter, which can be used to connect your PS4 controller to your PC wirelessly for PS Now and Remote Play functionality.
The streaming service comes to PC in the UK first and then North America shortly after. The PC app will be available on the PlayStation now website once it launches in your region. PS Now on PC requires the use of a DualShock 4. You can currently connect the controller to your PC via Bluetooth or USB cable. If you want to connect a DualShock 4 to your PC wirelessly via USB, you'll have to wait a bit. The adapter launches in early September at a suggested retail price of $25 and is compatible with PC and Mac. It can be used for PS4 Remote Play, in addition to PS Now.
Despite the controller requirement, head of PlayStation Network Eric Lempel says you won't need to own a PlayStation console. Additionally, if you already have a PlayStation Now subscription, you'll be able to use it on PC and play wherever you like.
We are not the children of gods. We are not heroes delivered by fate. We are simply the people who chose to break the constraints of mundanity, to explore the lands ahead and the caverns below, to rise above fear and venture outward.
Coming to PC and console (date TBA) from Nine Dots Studio, Outward blends fantasy and survival elements to create an open-world RPG of hard-won battles and lasting consequences. Journey across Aurai as one of four factions, each with its own story and ideology, and overcome hardship to earn your place in history.
Factors such as food, water, and sleep are merely the beginning. Constant auto-saving ensures that your actions have repercussions, while no level-scaling means you must be ready for the challenges ahead. Outward seeks to rethink the conventions of the genre, from how the environment impacts your use of armor (plate armor in the desert is a bad idea), to ritualistic magic requiring preparation to wield, and even how your inventory bag affects maneuverability.
You don’t have to travel alone though. When beginning a new campaign with a friend, Outward’s two-player co-op puts both players at the heart of the story. Outward even features the option for split-screen play both locally and online--for when you want the couch co-op experience sans couch.
United Front Games announces a bold new vision for 3v3 competitive gang warfare on PC: Set in a dystopian future, Smash + Grab is an illicit underground competition where rival gangs compete for loot, weapons, and infamy.
Each team will need to grapple, shoot, and smash their way to victory by collecting $50k in goods from locked-down, high-end shopping districts – or from the opposing team! In rapid-fire, 15-minute matches, players raid increasingly larger stores, mod lethal new weapons like chain-saw-shovels and poison-crossbows, and afterward, level up with new perks and clothing.
In addition to unique combat moves, special abilities, clothing, and perks for each leader, Smash + Grab lets you customize your gang’s loadout. First, choose a lieutenant – each with their own upgradeable look and perks – and then pick the class for the rest of your five-person gang. Once you’ve readied up, victory can be yours through clever teamwork and smart tactical plays– with a couple of insidious ambushes and old-school beatdowns thrown in for good measure.
Stephen Van Der Mescht, CEO of United Front Games, says, “Smash + Grab combines our love of competitive online games with our expertise in action mechanics and hand-to-hand combat, sharpened during our development of Sleeping Dogs. The playtesting rivalries got pretty intense in the studio during development, and we hope to see the same reaction on a bigger scale with Smash + Grab’s Early Access launch.”
Designed to be instantly fun and rewarding as a ‘pick up and play’ online experience, Smash + Grab’s Early Access release will be fully featured and include an offline practice mode alongside the initial two multiplayer modes and maps. In addition to utilizing Early Access for its powerful community-feedback approach, United Front Games are readying all-new content such as leaders, weapons, vanity items, and entirely new maps and modes.
Find out more about Smash + Grab at playsmashandgrab.com and make sure to sign up for your chance to be in the upcoming Beta!
EA Sports has announced the release of Madden NFL 17 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
New players and returning vets alike will find something to love about Madden NFL 17. Automatic skill moves for runners on lower difficulty levels open up the opportunity for amazing plays in every game, while new skill moves and animations will give veteran players a way to set themselves apart from the competition. Franchise players looking to quickly advance through a season can take advantage of Play the Moments - the fastest way to play Madden NFL 17- to jump into the game at key third downs, game-winning drives and more. Would-be GMs can utilize new Big Decisions to manage every facet of their team in the quickest and most convenient way ever. No matter your play style or favored game mode, this year you have the tools to take your team all the way.
Xbox Australia has unveiled its first foray into fashion design with what it dubs the Xbox Onesie. The item of clothing is "not just your standard onesie." It is made in a black or white colour scheme, and includes the following features:
Enlarged pockets to fit an Xbox Controller and Media Remotes
Should video games, or eSports, be in the Olympics?
"That's always a big question," says Daniel Lee, a video game analyst with the Super Smash Brothers community. "You know, most Olympic events are physical sports and that's always been a point of contention, whether video game competitions are sports. But I do believe that there's a lot of thought and a lot of decision-making and a lot of smarts that go into it."
Lee believes the competitions are worthy of being in the Olympics. A big point is just how much skill goes into playing the games at a high level.
"For certain games there's a metric called APM, short for actions per minute, and some of the more complicated games actually require people to go to upwards of 300 to 400 actions per minute," Lee says. "So it's quite demanding on your wrists and hands."
Sure, there will be plenty of people who take one look at The King of Fighters 14 and dismiss it for its less-than-perfect visuals. But if you'll pardon the pun, gameplay is king, and KOF 14 delivers some of the most refined one-on-one fighting around. It hits all the right notes with its pacing and mechanics, showcases a wide array of charming characters, and shines with presentation that evokes classic SNK. When it comes to fighting games, KOF 14 is the complete package - which is more than can be said for some other fighters at launch.
Pure Evil - 4.5/5
The King of Fighters XIV has made Street Fighter V into its bitch, with more of everything you'd expect from a fighting game. Unless you consider over-priced DLC a good thing, then SFV is still champ.
With 50 fighters (17 of whom are all-new), 19 stages, and a host of gameplay modes, SNK is coming out swinging with King of Fighters XIV. The roster is diverse and interesting and the game is easy to get into. The game could definitely use a boost in the visual department, as the art style can come across as safe and bland, but the game itself is solid. As the beginning for a whole new era of SNK, King of Fighters XIV is a win.
With plenty of opportunities available online or off, KOF 14 is a well-executed addition to the revered fighting series. Those disappointed in its new visuals may be unwilling to give it a chance, but if you remain steadfast in parsing through the multiple layers of its mechanics, you'll be rewarded with one of the most accessible, satisfying entries in the series to date.