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Nintendo dropped a bunch of trailers on us today, mostly from their Digital Event at E3 2015. This trailer, though, was not included in the event, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Ladies and gentlemen, SteamWorld Heist:
SteamWorld Heist, the follow-up to SteamWorld Dig from Image & Form Games, will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS Fall 2015. Similar in aesthetic to it’s predecessor but completely different in gameplay, SteamWorld Heist is a 2D turn-based tactical strategy game. Players take control of a band of steam space pirates and pull grand heists on enemy spaceships. I got a chance to check out SteamWorld Heist at PAX East 2015, and I really enjoyed what I played.
Who else is as excited as me for SteamWorld Heist? Any SteamWorld Dig fans out there? Nerd out with me in the comments!
Lost in the excitement that was today’s E3 Digital Event from Nintendo were a few new trailers for announced Wii U games. One of these trailers was for the Japanese horror game Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. After some new footage, the trailer reveals a North American release window: Fall 2015.
Developed by Tecmo Koei, the Fatal Frame series stands out in the horror genre. It’s unique Camera Obscura gameplay is unlike most other games, and provides a unique way of fending off ghosts and evil spirits. The most recent game in the series, known in Japan as The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, was released in 2014, and was revealed to be coming to Western audiences in the April 1, 2015 Nintendo Direct.
Any fans of Fatal Frame out there? Who’s ready to take some spooky snapshots later this year? Show your support for this series in the comments!
Over the years, Shin’en Multimedia has created some amazing and artistic games for Nintendo systems. Some of our favorites include Art of Balance, Jett Rocket, and Nano Assault. When they created the original FAST Racing League for WiiWare in 2011, it achieved critical acclaim. Many stated it was the best substitute for an F-Zero game that we could get.
Shin’en is back with a new racing game for Wii U in FAST Racing Neo, which hopes to bring 1080p HD racing to Nintendo’s home gaming console at 60 frames-per-second for up to four players. It will also incorporate off-TV play and motion controls.
Neo will launch on Wii U in 2015, but until it does, check out these new screenshots that show off how beautiful this game looks!
Your inner rock star is ready to be unleashed: Guitar Hero Live has an official release date, and it’s October 20, 2015.
Guitar Hero Live isn’t just another Guitar Hero game: Activision and developer FreeStyle Games are shaking up the formula to the music/rhythm franchise with a redesigned controller, as well as two brand new game modes. The two main modes are GH Live and GH TV. In GH Live, you’ll be playing to a real live crowd, who will react differently depending on how well you’re performing. In this mode, you can play any song you own in the game. GH TV differs in that it’s more of a service; different songs will be available at different times during the day. The music network will be running 24 hours a day, and each song is accompanied by the official music video. Songs are available in curated playlists, separated by genre (rock, country, pop, etc.). “Premium” songs can be unlocked in GH TV for use at any time, and can be purchased either with earned in-game currency or through microtransactions.
Activision also confirmed two-player modes in Guitar Hero Live, with another player joining in on a second guitar peripheral. There are also global leaderboards for each song, so you can compare your score on any song with rockers around the world.
For $99.99, you can get yourself a copy of Guitar Hero Live, plus the newly redesigned guitar, on October 20. Are you excited for the return of Guitar Hero? What tracks are you hoping to see in the game? Let’s talk music tastes in the comments!
So it seems that after all this time in development, Platinum has had their hand in the development of the newly announced Star Fox Zero. This is actually quite a surprise to me.
Platinum has been the undisputed kings of action games. With every release they’ve only gotten better at their craft. From Mad World, to Bayonetta, to Vanquish, to Anarchy Reigns, to Metal Gear Rising: Revengence, they have showed what they were truly capable of producing. Recently they’ve brought over the Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 to the Wii U and proved that they understand Nintendo gamers. The time has been right for them to continue working alongside Nintendo to bring us the best Star Fox experience we could have.
It’s just a shame that despite this wonderful collaboration, Platinum is also developing exclusive games for the Xbox One (Scalebound) and for the Playstation 4 (New NieR game). Hopefully Nintendo will truly see the strength that this team brings to the table and turn them into a second party.
In the end though, as long as they bring us an amazing Star Fox experience, I think we’ll all be happy!
There are lots of Wii U games on display at Nintendo’s E3 booth this year, but the one that counts the most is one that’s absent from the show: Zelda. We already knew Zelda wouldn’t be at E3 2015 after the announcement of the game’s delay into 2016, which also caused some to speculate that the next Zelda game would skip the Wii U entirely, instead opting to launch with the next Nintendo console, code named NX. Fear not, Zelda fans: Miyamoto is here to set the record straight.
Speaking with IGN, Zelda creator and legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto was asked why the game was missing from E3 this year and whether or not we should expect to see it on the Wii U at all. Here was his answer:
“We’re here to talk about Star Fox but Zelda is still coming to Wii U. My thing with E3 is that we always focus on what’s coming out in the immediate future. We have some really great Zelda footage and, at some point we will be showing that off, but not today.”
So there you have it: Zelda Wii U lives. Nintendo chose to focus on Star Fox at E3 2015, so if E3 2016 rolls in and Zelda still hasn’t been released, we can expect it to be in the spotlight of Nintendo’s showing at the convention.
Are you worried about the status of Zelda on Wii U? Would you rather see it on the NX? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Are you ready to risk it all and dive back into the world of Bravely Default? Some time has passed since the first game from Square Enix. This time, in Bravely Second, Agnés Oblige has been kidnapped, and being a knight in her service, it is up to you to save her.
This title brings an interesting twist to turn-based combat in a complex top-tier RPG. Bravely Second will launch on Nintendo 3DS in 2016, but here are some new screenshots to hold you over until its release.
Have you been thinking your Splatoon weapon lineup is too small? You are in luck. Two new weapons are hitting Sheldon’s Weapon Shop tonight, June 16, at 7:00 PM PT (10:00 PM ET). You can grab both the L-3 Nozzlenose and the Custom E-liter 3K for your multiplayer loadout.
The Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay trailer began with a cinematic and then transitioned into gameplay.
During the Digital Event, more information has been released regarding this title. For instance, there will be costumes for Mario that are obtained when the player scans an amiibo, such as Wii Fit Trainer. There was also coverage how the editor provides player with instant feedback how it works. It was revealed that the creators wanted Mario to shoot fireballs from a cloud in the original game, and with Super Mario Maker this is now possible. It also allows the player to put any enemy underwater and it will swim. So the combinations are endless. Finally, they announced a special 30th anniversary amiibo for this game that is quite larger than others. This one will allow Mario to be much larger than normal. Included with the game there is a special booklet that lets the player see how courses are made.
The game is set to release on September 11th, 2015.
The first game in the Mario sports series is now coming to the Nintendo Wii U. This game is Mario Tennis Ultra Smash. While it was only a trailer shown, some good gameplay elements were shown. For example, there will be mega mushrooms that pop out that will make the player temporarily super sized. It also shown that it can be played using just singles or can be played in doubles. The first characters shown to be playable are Mario, Bowser, Peach and Toad. This game is set to release this holiday season 2015.
Destiny is getting a new expansion this fall called The Taken King. One of its biggest new features is a trio of subclasses being added to the game, and developer Bungie's website has revealed some details on their new moves and skills.
Warlocks, Hunters, and Titans each have two subclasses which code for different elemental powers at the moment. These affect the way the character plays, from its grenade to its super move. Since each character only has two subclasses, they all are missing one elemental subclass. The Taken King completes this by adding a subclass of the missing elemental power to each character. The Warlocks get an Arc subclass, the Titans get a Solar moveset, and Hunters get a Void subclass.
The Warlock subclass focuses on using lightning to destructive effect. A trailer showed off a Warlock using a super move to cast lightning bolts from its hands. According to Bungie's website, it is called the Stormcaller class.
Hunters, on the other hand, get some void moves in a subclass called Nightstalker. The reveal trailer showed a hunter ripping through several enemies with an ethereal bow, which is the Hunter's new super move called the Shadowshot. The website's description states, "All hunters master the frontier, but none claim territory quite like a Nightstalker." This suggests that the subclass may also provide some boost toward speed or agility.
Finally, Titans will receive a subclass called Sunbreaker. It's a Solar class that adds a ranged option to Titans' arsenals. Not much is known about the operation of the Titans' new super move, but it comes in the form of a massive hammer of fire that appears in the player's hand.
Recently, publisher Activision announced that the Taken King will be bundled together with the base game in either the Legendary or Collector's Editions. The latter includes several real-world items, such as a replica Strange Coin.
There's a classic movie set-piece that you've no doubt seen many times before, in Lord of the Rings, in Game of Thrones, in countless films dating back decades, in martial arts flicks such as Enter the Dragon, and in modern blockbusters such as The Dark Knight Rises. That scene is a sprawling battle involving hundreds of fighters, and in a pocket of space within the masses, two prized combatants will lock eyes for the first time.
It's when Batman finds Bane amid the sea of extras, and when a White Walker confronts Jon Snow at Hardhome. It's when Bruce Lee meets Mr. Han, and when the Nazgul towers over Theoden in front of Eowyn, who is about to have her moment of triumph.
You've seen it many times before, but until now, never in a video game. For Honor, Ubisoft's new multiplayer hack-and-slash title, will give you that glorious occasion in real-time, and the person you're locking eyes with won't be one of the dozens of AI grunts, but another player connected online, likely feeling the same way as you.
If there's one reason to try this new game, currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal, is to savour this moment of drama for yourself.
Does the combat live up to the excitement? Not always. Sometimes you're just banging swords in a button-mashing stalemate, while other times you'll be in a Tekken-esque death-loop as your opponent slashes you mercilessly. On other occasions, you'll be engaged in a gripping swordfight, as masses of fighters surround you.
Here's how to compete: Movement is left-stick, while the right-stick is used to determine your sword stance. In a manner not too dissimilar to Nidhogg, players have three fighting stances; sword-left, sword-right, and sword-up. If defending an attack, you'll need to match your opponent's stance, and if attacking, you'll need to do the opposite. It's a deadly game of rock-paper-scissors, then; something that's so easy to understand and perform that the strategy is really all about what's happening in your head and your foe's.
A fast, light slash is R1, with a slower haymaker assigned to R2. To mix things up just slightly, double-tapping Square/X will make your character use his or her fists to momentarily stun their opponent.Click on the thumbnails below to view in full-screen.
In practice--at least at first--it's all about that first shot, of which the victor gains the momentum and can start slashing away as the loser scrambles to defend. To help just a little, players can roll away, but what's more common is that losing players will abscond at any chance they can get, with those in pursuit running at exactly the same speed. So sometimes you go from an epic, filmic encounter straight into a Benny Hill chase scene.
That's probably unfair; it doesn't happen too often, although when it does you'll notice.
In the demo shown to GameSpot, two teams of four competed in a standard-yet-well-arranged castle courtyard, with three small zones to capture. Two of those are captured as soon as players walk into them, and of course are disputed if two players from opposite teams are occupying it.
The third zone, in the centre of the courtyard, is more interesting; Endless waves of AI drones representing both teams flood into the battlezone and collide against each other. Left to their own devices, no AI team will have the edge, which is why players need to jump in and cut the numbers down.
This part of the game will be deeply satisfying, especially for those who like Dynasty Warriors or Streets of Rage Players will balletically cut through waves of AI grunts and feel like a super-charged Jon Snow in the process. It's here, in this wonderful moment where everything becomes so easy if only for a brief second, that you'll like eyes with someone amid the crowd.
For Honor is coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC in 2016.
Great to see The Last Guardian, congrats. @yosp— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 16, 2015
The Last Guardian was originally revealed at E3 2009, but it fell out of sight for years. Today during Sony's E3 briefing, we learned that the game had shifted to PlayStation 4 and will launch in 2016.
For lots more on The Last Guardian, check out some footage and our impressions in the video below. You can also read our recent preview here.
During Sony's E3 2015 press conference, Destiny's newest expansion was revealed. Titled the Taken King, it has all sorts of new content. When it releases, there will be three expansions to Destiny, so publisher Activision has announced an edition of the game that bundles together all of the content released.
The Taken King Legendary Edition comes with the first two expansions and the new Taken King expansion coming out in September.
The Taken King Collector's Edition is a GameStop exclusive and comes with some extras in addition to the DLC. It includes:
The Taken King includes new subclasses, a new raid, and several strikes and story missions. You can check out the rest of the news from Sony's press conference right here.
Microsoft has confirmed pricing and availability details for the just-announced Xbox One controller.
The "Elite" pad, which comes with swappable components, will launch in October for $150, a Microsoft representative confirmed to GameSpot this evening.
Here's everything that comes with the package, courtesy of Microsoft.
Microsoft will also offer an app that allows controller owners to adjust the trigger minimum and maximum values, thumbstick sensitivity, and button assignments, among other things. In short, you can assign any of the controller's 14 different inputs to the ABXY buttons, paddles, D-pad, triggers, and thumbstick clicks.
You can then save your custom controller profiles (as many as you'd like) to the app; two profiles can be loaded onto the controller, and you can switch between them with a new Profile Switch system.
For a closer look at the Xbox Elite controller, check out the video and image gallery below.
Microsoft gave quite a showing during their E3 2015 press conference this year. The company once again announced a bunch of games, most of which had trailers to accompany them. With so many out, it can be tough to keep track of them all. So here's a list of every single trailer that was shown!
Once you've finished watching all the trailers, come and check out all the news from the conference here.Halo 5: Gameplay Demo E3 2015:Halo 5: Guardians - Warzone E3 2015 Trailer:ReCore:Fallout 4:Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2:Forza Motorsport 6:Dark Souls 3:HoloLens Minecraft Demo:The Division:Rainbow Six Siege:Gigantic:Ashen:Tacoma:Rise Of The Tomb Raider:Beyond Eyes:Cuphead:Ion Teaser:Rare Replay:Fable Legends:Sea of Thieves:Gears of War 4:
Microsoft today unveiled the next iteration in its Xbox One user interface, and it looks significantly different from the original.
At the moment, the company is referring to it as the "New Xbox One Experience," and it brings a whole new look to your console's dashboard. According to the reveal trailer (watch it below), the home screen has been redesigned with a series of vertical and horizontal menu options. If anything, it looks more like the PlayStation 3's XMB than the original Xbox One's Metro UI's tile organization.
Additionally, Microsoft's Windows 10 virtual assistant Cortana is coming to the Xbox One. It's the company's response to Apple's Siri assistant, and it will help you contact friends and launch applications. Interestingly, it seems that you will also be able to use Cortana to research in-game assistance. A demo in the reveal trailer shows a player in Fable Legends asking Cortana what quest he or she can take on next.
Microsoft is also making it easier to send messages and invite friends to parties from within games. Microsoft's philosophy with this operating system seems to be to never make you leave your game for anything.
Finally, Microsoft is focusing on making this new OS snappy and efficient.
The upcoming OS launches this fall. Keep an eye on GameSpot for the official release date when it becomes available. In the meantime, check out all of the news from Microsoft's E3 2015 press conference.
Sony's E3 conference was eventful. Several games were announced, and others got new gameplay demos. There were a lot of trailers, and it's hard to keep track of them all. That's why we've gathered them all in one place.
Check out every trailer from Sony's E3 press conference below, and then go see all of the news from the Sony press conference here:All the PlayStation Games Montage:Assassin's Creed Syndicate:Batman: Arkham Knight:Call of Duty: Black Ops III:Co-op:Multiplayer:Destiny: The Taken King ExpansionDevolver Digital Sizzle Reel:Disney Infinity 3.0:Final Fantasy VII Remake:Firewatch:Hitman:Horizon: Zero Dawn:The Last Guardian:Morpheus and Other PS Services:No Man's Sky:Shenmue 3:Star Wars: Battlefront:Street Fighter V:Uncharted 4: Thief's End:Teaser trailer:Gameplay demo:World of Final Fantasy:
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Naughty Dog showed more gameplay of the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. If you want to relive the experience, feel free to click through the following images!
People have been waiting for this announcement for years. Finally, Final Fantasy VII is getting remade in HD. It got announced at Sony's E3 2015 press conference with a cinematic trailer. Check out the highlights.
It was announced in 2009, but it became a mystery after that. Finally, during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, it emerged again. A gameplay demo showcased the game, which has been dramatically overhauled for PS4. Here are some images of the trailer.
The new game from the developer of the Killzone franchise looks like quite a different game from those shooters. You take control of a woman from a tribe fighting with rudimentary weapons, but you fight against hulking, mechanical beasts.
Sandwiched among the likes of The Last Guardian and the Shenmue III Kickstarter, Firewatch was one of many independently developed games spotlighted at Sony's E3 2015 press conference. It's a mystery starring Henry, a seemingly isolated fire lookout in a Wyoming forest in 1989. Guided by Delilah, a puzzling female voice over walkie talkie, Henry is coerced into investigating a number of unexplained occurrences and disappearances in this wilderness. One tense moment includes the revelation that your lookout tower--now in the distance--has been taken over by a mysterious character. Interactions with Delilah aren't mandatory and it will be up to you to decide how much you wish to trust her. Firewatch is also notable for its art direction, led by illustrator and poster designer Olly Moss.
Sony brought an end to several years of Microsoft timed-exclusivity of Call of Duty DLC on Monday, announcing on its stage at E3 2015 that Black Ops 3 add-on content will be coming to PlayStation 4 first.
The platform holder rolled out its Group CEO, Andrew House, to make the announcement. House introduced to the stage Mark Lamia, the studio head at Treyarch, to revel the game for the first time with all new gameplay footage.
World-reveal footage of the game appears to show a somewhat familiar futuristic setting.
Then House returned to the stage to declare that, in his eyes, PlayStation 4 is the new home for Call of Duty. After declaring the map-pack timed exclusivity deal for Black Ops 3, as well as an exclusive beta, House claimed that the deal will continue beyond Black Ops 3.
Sony's PlayStation Vue has been available in New York for several months now, but the service will be expanding soon. Tonight at Sony's E3 2015 press conference, the company announced its plans to launch PlayStation Vue in Los Angeles and San Francisco tonight. The new cloud-based TV service will bring "live TV, movies and sports without a cable or satellite subscription."
Sony also announced that, in addition to partnerships with providers such as Showtime, Vue will also feature a brand new channel from Machinima.
According to Sony's Andrew House, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to subscribe to PlayStation Vue packages at a discounted rate.
Sony is expected to release more details on the service soon.
Naughty Dog debuted an extensive new gameplay trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End at Sony's press conference during E3 today. The action-packed trailer featured returning character Nathan Drake and his long-time partner Victor Sullivan as they ploughed their way through a marketplace in a foreign city.
In characteristic Uncharted fashion, the trailer kicks off with a shoot-out breaking out in a marketplace. Drake takes cover behind stalls and ducks out to fire at enemies, but cover was quickly destroyed by incoming enemy fire. All manner of crates, stalls, even fruit was not safe from the carnage, which ensured that the marketplace would end up in many more pieces than it started off with.
At one point Drake was grabbed by an enemy as another approached to beat him down, but the double-team was countered as Sully dove in to save his partner--a nice touch in what otherwise felt like a level featuring Nathan Drake versus the world.
It was chaotic and action-packed, in that over-the-top and satisfying fashion I've come to expect from the Uncharted series. The gunfight quickly transformed to car chase when Drake scaled a building to heroically leap into a jeep driven by Sully, and the duo sped off on a surprisingly extensive and environmentally devastating car chase that would probably prompt locals to ban all visitors from driving, ever again. The chase took Drake and Sully through the maze-like streets which had me questioning how players were supposed to figure out where to go, and it wasn't long before things escalated once again. Speeding on a road which ran parallel to a bridge, Drake would grapple hook up to onto a crane being driven above and launch painfully into a pillar. It was fast, it was punishing, and it ended with him swinging straight into a scaffold, where I expect the ride to just get wilder.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be released in March 2016 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
At Sony's E3 press conference tonight, the company showed off a CG trailer for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, giving us a look at Evie Frye in action, and revealing some details on PlayStation-exclusive content.
Evie, the twin brother of fellow protagonist Jacob Frye, appears to play in a more stealthy fashion than Jacob. The CG trailer showed her navigating London and then taking on a number of enemies while Jacob offered voiceover. She could be seen using the new Cane-Sword weapon, as well as throwing knives.
After seeing Evie, Sony's Adam Boyes revealed that the PS4 version of Syndicate will include some exclusive content in the form of the Dreadful Crimes missions. These will let you play as your choice of Jacob or Evie as you attempt solve various crimes.
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Ubisoft has a great thing going: the power couple of the eminently loveable comedian Aisha Tyler and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Every year, we look forward to their self-aware, irreverant press conference stylings, and E3 2015 was more of the delightfully quotable same. Oh, but that's right - you're here to see some games. Ubisoft delivered: over the course of the show, it demoed off PvP in The Division, revealed a new medieval action game called For Honor, announced a new South Park adventure, and unveiled the future of the Ghost Recon franchise. Oh, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate is still looking brill too.
We've bundled up all of Ubisoft's announcements right here, so you can get up to speed even if you missed the show. Read on to see what kinds of trailers, reveals, and dancing games the storied third-party publisher brought to the table this year. Wow, we weren't expecting this. Ubisoft opens with incredibly meta trailer for an all-new South Park adventure. Instead of playing as fantasy-RPG LARPers, Cartman and friends don superhero costumes in South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working with Ubisoft San Francisco (and not original devs Obsidian), and it's all abo- hey, I just got the title. Dammit. Ubisoft Montreal is developing a new IP called For Honor, and a CGI trailer showed that it's filled with vikings, and knights, and samurai - oh my! They also showed multiplayer game footage, as two teams of four players met in feudal combat. Waves of nameless fodder flood the streets, but then when players face each other, combat becomes much more methodical, as players trade glancing blows, and one critical strike can be killer. It's looking like Dynasty Warriors meets Bushido Blade, and we can get behind that. The Crew is getting a new expansion called Wild Run, it's coming November 17th, and it'll bring a graphical overhaul to the open-world racer. A new expansion comes to Trials Fusion, and it features a cat riding a unicorn? At least it does according to the brief trailer shown. It'll hit July 14. As you might already know, The Division is an action-RPG set in the near future on American soil, and the Dark Zone is where players can compete against each other and steal each others' loot. As you wander the Dark Zone, you'll have to be wary, as other players you come across can either help you, or kill you and take your gear. It'll be worth exploring the Dark Zone, because this PvP area will have special loot you can only earn by taking a leap into this warzone. Head in, grab the gear, work with, avoid, or double-cross other players, and extract. The Division is coming March 8th, 2016 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and players will get a chance to check out a beta sometime next year. A CGI trailer shows a rover exploring the moon, and reveals an sprawling city. A spaceship takes off, launches past Earth, and reveals the title: Anno 2205. Build a city on Earth, head off into space, and expand on the moon. A beta will come later this year. Just Dance is the party game that just won't die, and Ubisoft reassured everyone that the series will return again in 2016. You won't need a camera hooked up to your console this time around, though - if you've got a smartphone, you'll be able to play. Just Dance 2016 is coming to pretty much every platform ever, but a special subscription-based streaming service called Just Dance Unlimited will hit PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U. More CGI trailers! This one's for Rainbow Six: Siege. We nudged up real close to the uncanny valley, then jumped in without a chute. Angela Bassett will play as Six, Rainbow Six's director of operations. It took them five minutes to say this. Uh, Ubisoft, I think you forgot a letter there. Anyway, the awkwardly-titled mode from Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 is back in Siege. It's an online co-op mode that pits you and your team against AI terrorists, and you have to hunt them down (oh, now I get it). Here's the rub - they have the same siege gear you do, and they're incredibly smart. It looks like you won't be able to take a lot of punishment before you die, so you'll have to make sure your team is working like a well-oiled machine to clear these challenges. And a beta is coming September 24th, so you can give it a shot. Trackmania's been around for years, allowing players to build their own ridiculously impossible courses and share them with other players, but it's been stuck on PCs until now. Trackmania Turbo is coming to consoles, with 200 pre-built tracks, as well as random course generator for your racing pleasure. Also, there's a VR demo on the E3 show floor? Interesting. Seriously, no gameplay footage? What's that about? Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is out this year! Hopefully Ubisoft shows something at Sony's E3 2015 press conference. A secretive team within Ubisoft Paris set out to bring back a beloved franchise - and before you get your hopes up, no, it's not Beyond Good & Evil 2. It's Ghost Recon Wildlands, and a (another) CGI trailer gave some details of the sort of gameplay you can expect. As an undercover operative, it's your job to bring down an evil drug lord (are there nice ones?), and you'll need to explore an open-world and work with other online players to do so.
The trailer opens with a series of landscapes, showing the worlds that you will see in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
A glimpse of the new star map!
The first shot of the new character.
The N7 on the character's armor shows that he's at the same military rank as Shepard from the original trilogy.
The Mako is back!
The character has a jet pack, too!
The trailer shows what looks like a ground pound-style of attack.
Few RPG franchises have as loyal a fan base as Fallout. We already knew that the game will be set in Boston and will feature a rather fearless German shepherd along with his vault-dweller human. But at a June 14 press conference, creator Bethesda also revealed a megaton (see what we did there?) of new images, features and abilities. Even better: A real release date, for November 2015. (Photo by: Bethesda)
More intrigue! More backstabbing! More sneaking around! And now there's a new character to play: Emily Kaldwin, the rightful scion in the original game. The first game raked in plenty of awards and accolades, so the sequel should get a lot of attention. (Photo by: Bethesda)
Halo 5: Guardians
We're talking about a franchise that has raked in more than $3 billion in revenue, so, naturally, expectations are high for this release. The gameplay demo revealed at E3 looks righteous, and fans have been waiting a long time for this new installment. (Photo by: Microsoft)
The seminal first-person shooter is back! The original Doom series from the 1990s is credited not only with birthing a new gaming genre, but also racking up a serious following. (We're talking 10 million units sold.) Bethesda's resurrection looks as slick as it does utterly sick. (Photo by: Bethesda)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Again, the existence of this game is no surprise. But it remains one of the most anticipated games out there, and the new footage shown at the E3 showed a scope and attention to detail previously unseen in the franchise. (Photo by: Microsoft)
Gears of War 4
Long rumored and even longer awaited, the latest game in a $1 billion franchise finally got some official love at E3 this year. The footage shown was dark (way too dark) but what we did manage to see looked pretty darned promising. (Photo by: Microsoft)
Dark Souls III
It's official: Dark Souls fans will get to die, die, and die some more (presumably in fresh ways) via a third installment of this vicious action franchise. And expect it to be huge; the first two installments have sold into the millions of units. (Photo by: Bandai Namco/Microsoft)
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars fans have been waiting for years for a brand-new cooperative online shooter to call their own, and Electronic Arts made that dream officially come true at E3 this year. Recruit a scrappy team of fighters, and enjoy classic Star Wars mainstays like the AT-AT here. (Photo by: Electronic Arts)
Mass Effect: Andromeda
The story of Commander Shepard may be over, but that isn't stopping Electronic Arts from rolling out a brand-new story set in the wildly popular Mass Effect universe. Bring on the reapers! (Photo by: Bioware)
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
A stealth action-adventure franchise with more than 70 million copies sold has to be doing something right. Syndicate is expected to fire on all cylinders, thanks in part to a new assassin protagonist and a refined combat system. (Photo by: Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
This military-ops franchise has been around for more than a decade, so, naturally, it has a huge fan base. Now the series finally gets its Skyrim-ification, with a new, open world.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
It's the adventure-action series that has moved more than 21 million copies worldwide, and now comes the fourth installment, which brings our hero back from retirement. Its lush graphics–one of the hallmarks of the series–look to be more gorgeous and colorful than ever. (Photo by: Naughty Dog)
When Gears of War first appeared on the Xbox 360, it was a defining moment for a generation of video games. Microsoft is hoping to have the same impact on your Xbox One, and the new teaser for Gears 4 showed off some gruesome enemies and intense moonlit battles. (Photo: Microsoft)
Halo 5: Guardians
Fans already have their eyes on Halo 5, but Microsoft showed off some very cool new Warzone multiplayer features for the upcoming shooter, including maps five times the size of any previous Halo areas. The game releases on October 27th, 2015. (Photo: Microsoft)
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Even a small glimpse at the next Mass Effect installment is enough to get any fan delirious with excitement. The space opera RPG is planned for PC and current-gen only, which means it will take full advantage of the power of your Xbox One. EA has stated the game will follow all new characters exploring unique planets, now that Commander Shepard's story has come to a close. (Photo: Electronic Arts)
Dark Souls III
With the recent success of Bloodborne, it was only a matter of time until From Software announced a new official entry in the Souls series. We got a small glimpse at Dark Souls III in an announcement teaser, and it looks like the game continues the franchise's tradition of foreboding environments and deadly monsters. (Photo: Microsoft)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
It's still strange to see Lara Croft, a staple of the early PlayStation scene, star in an Xbox exclusive adventure. From the new gameplay shown, traversal and environmental puzzles will play a large role in the game, giving it a classic feel reminiscent of Uncharted 2. (Photo: Microsoft)
ReCore was one of the biggest unexpected surprises announced at E3 this year. A young woman and a robot companion scour a futuristic desert landscape, where they encounter dangerous enemies hidden inside a cave. From the creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune, and the team that worked on Metroid Prime, ReCore looks like an original game to keep your eye on. (Photo: Microsoft)
Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility
Beginning this fall, Microsoft will roll out backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. If you've got a robust catalogue of old games, including XBLA titles, you'll now be able to enjoy them on your new system! (Photo: Microsoft)
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Laser-blasting zombies attacking to the tune of Kenny Loggins's Highway to the Danger Zone? There's only one thing that can mean: a brand new installment in the hilarious, team-based shooter series Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. The game releases on Xbox One in Spring 2016. (Photo: Electronic Arts)
Star Wars Battlefront
A massive multiplayer battle between the rebels and the empire on the frozen tundra of Hoth - what more could a Star Wars fan ask for? We’ve waited a while for the return of the Battlefront series, and it looks like our patience has been rewarded. (Photo: Electronic Arts)
Fallout 4 (Now With User Mods!)
Bethesda announced at the Microsoft press conference that Fallout 4 on the Xbox One will have access to any of the player-created mods on the PC version of Fallout 4. Finally, console players won't be left out of the cool mod scene that has made drastic improvements to games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim! (Photo: Bethesda)
So: Rumors about the return of Battletoads were partially true. Rare is releasing an Xbox One exclusive collection of 30 classic titles spanning decades of video game history, including Conker's Bad Fur Day, Blast Corps, and yes, Battletoads. (Photo: Microsoft)
Forza Motorsport 6
Forza Motorsport 6 is gunning its way to Xbox One on September 15th, just a few months away. One of the coolest features of the new game is the dynamic reactions vehicles have to wet terrain. Now you can experience the thrill of hydroplaning at high speeds as your vehicle careens out of control. (Photo: Microsoft)
Wireless Elite Controller
Beginning with the oversized monstrosities that controlled the original Xbox, Microsoft has been on a continuous quest to improve control of its games. The Wireless Elite Controller looks like the pinnacle of that effort, with hair-trigger locks and swappable components that allow for serious customization. (Photo: Microsoft)
The Fable series has had a rocky go of it lately, with its most recent games receiving lukewarm reactions from longtime fans. Microsoft is hoping to rekindle interest with an ambitious, free-to-play cooperative RPG. Here's hoping Microsoft can crack that controversial pay structure and deliver an experience that remains faithful to the spirit of the original games. (Photo: Microsoft)
Sea of Thieves
Check out this pirate-themed MMO. We're talking naval battles, stunning island scenery, and the option to walk belligerent players off the plank and into Davey Jones' locker. (Photo: Microsoft)
Microsoft seems to once again be ramping up its indie support after a rocky launch, and the gorgeous and atmospheric Ashen looks to be a stand-out result. Ashen is an open-world RPG with a distinct look, and a story that features a wanderer in search of a home. (Photo: Microsoft)
The indie game Cuphead has received a lot of buzz over the past year, and it's easy to see why, with its lush visuals harkening to a bygone era of classic animation. The frantic boss fights and inventive art style make Cuphead a standout in the Xbox One's catalogue of intriguing indie games. (Photo: Microsoft)
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
The follow up game no one thought we’d ever see is finally arriving in early 2016. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst puts gamers in the shoes of roof-top runner Faith as she navigates a dystopian world hellbent on destroying personal privacy. (Photo: Electronic Arts)
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
It wouldn't be E3 without a flashy CGI trailer for a new Assassin's Creed installment. With nine mainline games in the series, it's understandable to have a little franchise fatigue by now. But this new game's steampunky, industrial revolution setting may be just the spark needed to get us hooked again. (Photo: Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
With three major Tom Clancy games in development, it's hard to keep track of which tactical shooter deserves the most attention. Ubisoft just announced Wildlands, and it definitely looks like the most interesting of the bunch. This gritty, open-world romp through the underworld of the cocaine trade stole the show at Ubisoft's press conference. (Photo: Ubisoft)
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Welp, that's EA's conference done and dusted. We got our first taste of a new Mass Effect, gameplay footage from Mirror's Edge: Catalyst and Star Wars: Battlefront, and way more Pele than we were expecting. I mean, sure, EA has a huge line of sports games, but seriously, there was a hell of a lot of Pele. And it's all here in our EA conference recap.
There's no need to worry if you missed out on watching the entirety of the conference, we've put in all of the most important information and announcements from the EA press conference at E3 2015 right here. Check out all of the new game announcements and everything else in the following slides. Johnny Cash plays over a handful of screenshots from outer space, as a man in a space helmet swipes through them. He walks toward the camera and - boom - an N7 logo appears. Ladies and gentlemen, we have Mass Effect. A CGI trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda shows off biotics, the Mako, and a Holiday 2016 release date. Aaaaaand... that's it. Inspired by the customization of Underground and the world of Carbon, Need for Speed follows your quest to be the ultimate racer. The world will be twice as big as NFS: Rivals, and will feature a narrative featuring five overlapping stories. There are five different playstyles: speed, style, build, crew, and outlaw, and each one will play an important part in earning you respect. Need For Speed brings back glorious FMV sequences to help tell the story, and the transition from cutscene to gameplay is seamless. As you race, you'll earn experience points based on your ability to pull off risky maneuvers. Need for Speed will be available on November 3rd. Coming October 27th, Knights of the Fallen Empire will bring even more story to Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it'll be free to all subscribers. If this is your jam, you'll have a lot more game to look forward to. Unravel is a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer and it looks absolutely adorable. You play a little yarn person named Yarny, and you'll use yarn to solve challenges and swing across gaps. As Yarny, you'll make your way through underground caverns, across lakes, and through lush forests. Numerous obstacles stand in his way, from birds, to cars, and numerous gaps to cross. No release date yet, but keep your eyes open for this one. Wouldn't you know it, the zombies are still giving the plants a hard time, but this time the plants are having none of it. A new mode sees waves of plants attacking a zombie factory, and as the zombies, you have to defend your base from their onslaught. A few new classes were shown, like the Imp, a speedy ranged fighter that can summon a walking mech from the sky that he can ride around in. There's also the SuperBrainz, a new melee class for the zombies. Captain Deadbeard is the zombie's first sniper class, and he has an ability that lets him duck into an explosive barrel and launch himself in the air. While it seems like a simple evolution of the first game, solo play is new, and lets players fight against AI opponents by themselves or with a friend via split-screen. Plus, most character data from the first game will transfer right into the sequel, and the series will continue to see free content updates after launch. No EA conference is complete without sports, and EA's got a ton of it. Rory McIlroy (say that three times fast) PGA Tour is coming in July, and is made entirely in EA's Frostbite engine. NBA Live 16 will be able to scan your face with a mobile app, and will hopefully not (but will most probably) result in human abominations. NBA Live's passing and shooting game has also been rebuilt, letting it control like, y'know, a basketball game. That one's coming in September. EA's still working on mobile games too, and will release a collectable card game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes in the near future. They're also working on Minions Paradise, a game based off of those adorable creatures from Despicable Me. It's building sim (read: Farmville clone) that lets you construct a little playground for your minions. Like any good mobile game, expect a ridiculous amount of in-app purchases. Like the setting of the sun, FIFA 16 is coming this year. For EA, this means dragging Pele onto a stage to talk about unrelated anecdotes for five whole minutes (keep an eye on #whatwouldpeledo on Twitter for some Photoshop magic). This is the conference equivalent of someone behind the scenes making a "stretch it out" motion with their hands. Don't get me wrong, Pele's a fantastic player, and I'm sure he's got tons of great stories… but what does this have to do with video games again? Anyway, they finally talked about FIFA, and yeah, it's more FIFA - soccer so realistic you can practically see the top execs getting carted away to prison. Still, it's really cool to see FIFA finally add women's teams to the game. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is as much Faith's story as it is about the city she lives in - a high-tech city run by corporations. First-person parkour is back, it looks gorgeous, and it's going open-world. That's right - there are no levels to hold Faith back, as she'll be able to explore an entire city's worth of rooftops and corridors. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is coming February 23rd, 2016. Madden NFL 16 takes a page out of fantasy football, and will let you draft players, create your own teams, and use them to compete with other drafted teams, both solo and online. The game will also see a raft of improvements (because of course it will), so football fans will have more reasons to buy the same game every year. After keeping us waiting forever, EA finally showed off the first gameplay footage for Star Wars Battlefront, with the Battle of Hoth. The demo EA showed jumped back and forth between multiple viewpoints on both the Rebels and the Empire. Battlefront purists will be happy to know that you'll be able play in both first- and third-person views. Battle on ground, or hop in a snowspeeder (or AT-ST, depending on what side you're on). Combat looks fluid, and battles are filled with dozens of players all running (or flying) around, trying to complete their own objectives. We even got to see a brief glimpse of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in action - with Vader force choking an unfortunate Rebel soldier. In addition to the online multiplayer modes, you'll be able to take on Battlefront Missions will let you compete in single-player battles against the AI. Star Wars Battlefront will be available on November 17th.
Microsoft may be second up to bat this year, but the publisher came out swinging, and it's clear that it's out for blood. There were the expected announcements from Halo, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War 4, but perhaps the biggest bombshell was the arrival of 360 backwards compatibility to Xbox One this holiday. With so much information coming at you so fast, it can be a bit difficult to parse through it all - and that's where we come in.
If you've missed out on the big announcements from the Microsoft press conference at E3 2015, we've gathered together all of the most important information to keep you on top of the gaming news. Check out all of the details on every major game announcement and more by clicking through the following slides. Microsoft opened the show showing off a cinematic trailer and gameplay demo for Halo 5: Guardians, and it looks like it's as much about Master Chief as it is the squadron looking for him. The demo opened with four players on stage, moving through the aftermath of an explosive battle. As the team made their way through the ruins, the city began to buckle and fall apart around them - looks like Halo 5 will have its share of explosive set-pieces to maneuver through. Teamwork seems to play a huge part in Halo 5 as well. Halo's always offered four-player co-op, but now each player takes the role of an actual character in the story, and not just a carbon copy of Master Chief. Also, your Halo 5 campaign progress will carry over to the multiplayer - a first for the series. Well, we weren't expecting that: a CGI trailer showed off an Xbox One exclusive called Recore, a game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studios, a team made of developers who worked on the original Metroid Prime. A woman and her robot dog wander through a desolate desert and stumble upon a broken android. Spider bots descend from the crags above and begin attacking, and her dog rushes forward to save her, sacrificing himself with an explosive blast. He leaves behind a glowing blue orb, which she then uses to revive the hulking android and opens a door - a door hiding an even bigger robot menace. Phil Spencer just dropped a bombshell at E3: your Xbox One will now be able to play Xbox 360 games natively. Nearly 100 games will be made available over the holiday, while more are coming over the next year or so. Digital games you own will be made available on your account automatically, while physical games will work as they're made available. Microsoft showed off a bit of how it works with Mass Effect, and even took a screenshot - so Xbox One features like online play, streaming, and more will work with these backwards compatible games. Oh, and backwards compatibility will come at no extra charge. Todd Howard took the stage to show off a bit more of Fallout 4. A local militia is losing troops, and they've asked you to help defend them. You'll find a laser musket - a new crank-based weapon that sends out high-powered beams toward your foes. You'll also get your hands on a suit of power armor, complete with gatling gun. Take that, Brotherhood! Oh, and mods that are created on PC can be played on Xbox One. A video showed off the capabilities of a brand new Xbox One controller, and it'll be compatible with Windows 10 and Xbox One. You can swap out thumbsticks and D-pads, mess with trigger sensitivity, throw on paddle shifters for racing games, and more. If you subscribe to EA Access, your list of free games just got a bit bigger. You'll be able to play Titanfall for free this week, and epic fantasy-RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition will come later this year. A CGI trailer showed off a bunch of wacky zombies and plants doing their thing. Pirate Zombies, Oranges, and giant mechs dropping from the sky. Not much else is known, but it'll be coming in 2016, and it'll probably be similar to the first game - team-based shooting and goofy, kid-friendly humor. Race cars continue to go fast in Forza 6. It'll feature 26 tracks and 450 cars in 1080p at 60 frames per second. It's coming September 15. The clearly-should-be-niche uber-difficult Dark Souls franchise is starting to become a regular staple, as Dark Souls 3 has been officially confirmed. It's coming Spring 2016. Things are looking appropriately grim in The Division, Ubisoft's upcoming action-RPG, and you won't have to wait too long to get a chance to play it: Xbox One players will get an invite into the beta in December. The long-awaited entry in the Rainbow Six franchise is finally coming out on October 13, and Xbox One players will get a little treat, thanks to the newly added backwards compatibility. Modern classics Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 & 2 will be free to anyone who purchases Rainbow 6 Siege on Xbox One, but will be made available this holiday when the games are made fully backwards compatible. Xbox One affirms its commitment to indies, as they revealed the addition of games like Behemoth's Game 4, Westerado: Double Barreled, Ark: Survival Edition, and more in a sizzle reel. Steve Gaynor of Fullbright also took the stage to show off Tacoma - game that puts you on a derelict space station as you try to figure out what went wrong. It's coming in 2016. Another indie called Ashen looks really neat - two characters explore isolated ruins while avoiding pitfalls and monsters. Beyond Eyes is about a blind girl tries to explore her surroundings, and the environment shifts and forms as she proceeds. Cuphead still looks as old-timey and Mega Man-y as ever. And Ion throws another "lost in space" game into the mix. Xbox One is jumping into the early access game with Xbox Game Preview. It's a way for developers to put games up early and get feedback from players as the team develops. But unlike Steam's Early Access, each game on Xbox Game Preview will come with a free demo. The Long Dark and Elite Dangerous will be available this afternoon, with Sheltered and DayZ coming later. Microsoft showed off the first gameplay footage of Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Lara's going to have her work cut out for her. Lighting crashes around her as she climbs up a perilous mountainside, with icy outcroppings breaking apart as she makes her way to the top. Of course, things don't go as smoothly as she'd like, as the mountain begins to break apart and an avalanche comes barreling toward her. Expect action-packed set-pieces and - gasp! - actual tombs on November 10. Battletoads, Perfect Dark, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata - Rare has a pretty stellar catalog of classic titles, and 30 of them are coming together in Rare Replay. With 10,000 Gamerscore (!!!), Rare Replay will be available on August 8th, 2015 for $30. That's one hell of a value. A teaser trailer showed off Sea of Thieves an open-world pirate-themed adventure filled with other players. Ship-to-ship combat, undead skeletons, and buried treasure are to be expected. Characters ran around with names over their heads - so is this an MMO? Not much else is known, but it's nice to see Rare coming back to actual game development. Yep, it's still coming, and it's still going to be free-to-play. Move along. Kudo Tsunoda took the stage to announce a partnership with Valve VR, and to affirm their commitment to make Windows 10 easy for VR platforms of all shapes and sizes. Microsoft even showed off how Hololens would work with Minecraft. A full 3D representation of the Minecraft world on a table, and you can move around, edit buildings, even peek inside them by moving your head inside. The world can be lifted and shifted around so you can see the world underground. Or maybe you just want to be a dick and summon lightning strikes to attack your friends. You have to see it to believe it - it's really cool. The very first Gears of War is getting a 1080p/60fps upgrade for Xbox One on August 25th, and a public multiplayer beta will be hitting today. Microsoft showed off the first gameplay demo for a new Gears of War - though it looks like they're dropping the 'Of War' bit. Two unknown COGs take a nighttime jaunt through an abandoned town hunting down monsters, and of course, things quickly go awry. Wind starts to kick up (a 'wind flare'), as a massive tornado filled with lightning builds off in the distance. The two race toward shelter - and find themselves inside an abandoned library filled with glowing pods. Lambent liquid oozes from the pod and shorts out the main character's flashlight (who is referred to as JD by his partner). They make their way to a courtyard and are beset by monstrous dog-like beasts with tentacles pouring out of their mouths - it certainly doesn't look like one of the Locust. It'll be out Holiday 2016.
Once again, Nintendo will be streaming their “E3 Digital Event,” and we will be watching right along with you. You can watch the entire event right here on NintendoFuse starting at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (12:00 PM Eastern Time) on June 16, 2015. We would also love for you to join in the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment section.
NOTE: After the event, we will update this post with the full recording of the event.
The last few years, Nintendo has tried to bring the E3 experience to everyone. Instead of doing a live press event, they have moved to a “Digital Event” that is only streamed online, and they have had special first-party demos at Best Buy stores. This year, they are bringing more demos directly to the fans.
In an effort to put more focus on the independent Nintendo developers (aka Nindies), you can now download nine of their E3 demos from the Wii U eShop — Extreme Exorcism, forma.8, Freedom Planet, Lovely Planet, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, RIVE, Runbow, Soul Axiom, and Typoman. The demos are only available until June 22, 2015, so make sure you download them while you can. Also, if you download a particular demo, you will get 15% off the full version of that game when it releases later this year.
We’ve included the full press release (see below) from Nintendo, in case you want to learn more about each game.
[Source: PR Email from Nintendo of America]
Nindies@Home Lets Players Test-Drive 9 Indie Games During E3
Nintendo eShop Promotion Includes 15 Percent Off Purchase of Full GameREDMOND, Wash., June 15, 2015 – Not everyone is able to attend the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. That’s why the Nintendo eShop is offering a special deal so that people at home can be the first to play some of the hottest upcoming indie games on Wii U. For a limited time only, the Nindies@Home program lets people download free demos of nine upcoming Nindie games from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U between now and 8:59 a.m. PT on June 22. Best of all, once the full games launch, players get 15 percent off the price of each respective participating game they demo for up to one month after the full game launches. Note that the same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to the Wii U system and Nintendo eShop account prior to the download in order to be eligible for the offer.
“Independent developers continue to impress us with great digital games and experiences for the Nintendo eShop on Wii U,” said Damon Baker, Nintendo of America’s Senior Marketing Manager of Publisher and Developer Relations. “We want to give people at home a taste of the fun of E3, along with the chance to try some amazing games before they launch later this year.”
Games and developers participating in the Nindies@Home program this week include:
- Extreme Exorcism from Ripstone: In this paranormal Wii U platformer, every move players make comes back to haunt them. After each round players survive, a ghost will appear to mimic their every move from the round before. The longer a player survives, the more extreme the game becomes. The game offers 20 ghostbusting weapons, 50 challenges and co-op or deathmatch battles for up to four friends. The full game is scheduled to launch in Q3.
- forma.8 from Mixed Bag: In a distant future, the small exploration probe forma.8 is stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Players must explore a huge open world to help the probe acquire 10 different power-ups and recover a powerful energy source deep under the surface. The game includes an area exclusive to the Wii U version. The full game is scheduled to launch this fall.
- Freedom Planet from GalaxyTrail: Players fight their way across the celestial world of Avalice, where cats are green, motorcycles drive up walls and monster girls do most of the butt kicking. This cartoony, combat-based platform Wii U adventure pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force. The full game is scheduled to launch in August.
- Lovely Planet from tinybuild and QUICKTEQUILA: This first-person shooter gun ballet for Wii U is set in a cutesy abstract world. Players jump and shoot their way through five worlds full of treacherous enemies with your trusty semi-automatic. The game offers 100 levels to master and five worlds to discover, with multiple secrets hidden deep within each world. The full game is scheduled to launch in December.
- Mutant Mudds Super Challenge from Renegade Kid: This platformer picks up right where the original Mutant Mudds left off. The game, which is exclusive to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, includes 40 new dimension-bending levels and epic boss fights designed for super players. The full game is scheduled to launch this summer.
- RIVE from Two Tribes: This metal-wrecking, robot-hacking Wii U shooter combines old-school gaming values in a new-school execution. With intense 360-degree shooting and platforming action, players learn to alter the behavior of their robotic enemies by collecting and uploading hacks. The full game is scheduled to launch in November.
- Runbow from 13AM Games: Up to nine players can join in the colorful chaos in this Nintendo eShop exclusive. The world transforms before players’ eyes with each swipe of color, so think fast to stay alive. Go head to head in Run, Arena and King of the Hill, or play as the ColorMaster and manipulate the environment on the Wii U GamePad controller. Players can take on challenges alone or with friends in Runbow’s Adventure Mode. The full game also features guest characters from other Nintendo eShop titles. The full game is scheduled to launch in Q3.
- Soul Axiom from Wales Interactive: Soul Axiom is a haunting cyber-thriller, combining elements of exploration and puzzle solving with a compelling storyline. In first-person, the player will explore more than 40 unique locations, using powers to interact with cryptic logic puzzles and making psychological decisions to unlock the secrets of your identity, your story, your mystery. The full game is scheduled to launch in December.
- Typoman from Headup Games and Brainseed Factory: Change Words, Change Worlds! Typoman is a two-dimensional puzzle platformer distinguished by a unique game world. Be the HERO and set out on the journey to become whole and gain the powers you need to defeat the giant evil demon that rules the world you are trapped in. The full game is scheduled to launch exclusively on Wii U in Q3.
For full details about Nindies@Home, visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
The Nintendo World Championships 2015 were held on June 14, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. This tournament pitted 16 players against each other in a bout to see who was the best all-around Nintendo game player. Eight of the contestants were from regional tournaments held at select Best Buy stores on May 30, 2015. The other eight were chosen by Nintendo.
The NWC 2015 were also streamed online via Twitch and YouTube. Many tuned in to watch live. But in case you missed it, Nintendo has made the entire tournament available to watch “on demand.”
SPOILER WARNING: IN CASE YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE GAMES PLAYED OR RESULTS, STOP READING HERE!!
The 16 competitors started by playing 4-on-4 Splatoon Turf War. After the two losing teams played against each other, the bottom four played The Legend of Zelda, where only the top player progressed to the next elimination round. The second round was a new 3DS game called Blast Ball, where the top players moved on, and the bottom players competed in Super Metroid for the second elimination round. The third round pitted the remaining players in a three-track 200cc race in Mario Kart 8. The third elimination round was a Balloon Trip in Balloon Fight. The furthest player stayed, and the rest were eliminated. The final four contestants played in two Super Smash Bros. for Wii U fights.
The top two players moved on to the finals, which included four rounds of Super Mario Maker, an upcoming game for Wii U, which celebrates Mario’s 30th anniversary. The game allows you to design your own Mario levels. These particular four levels were designed by the Nintendo of America Treehouse team and were rather brutal in difficulty.
In the end, John Goldberg (aka John Numbers) rose above Cosmo and the rest of the competition to become the Nintendo World Champion for 2015. Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, came out to congratulate the winners, hand over signed New Nintendo 3DS systems to the top two players, and a give the trophy to the winner. We would also like to extend our congratulations to Goldberg on his win.
This is just the beginning of our E3 2015 coverage. Stay tuned to NintendoFuse and our social media accounts for more on E3 this week.
Nintendo unveiled a few games during tonight’s Nintendo World Championships, electing to show off a few smaller titles during the competition instead of the E3 Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16. One of these titles may seem new, but it’s actually been around for some time; we’ve just never gotten our hands on it in North America!
EarthBound Beginnings is the English translation of Mother, the Japanese predecessor to EarthBound. Released in 1989 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Mother‘s English translation never made it to North America. But it has finally made it…and you can download it right now. EarthBound Beginnings is now available to download from the Wii U eShop for $6.99.
Of course, EarthBound (known as Mother 2 in Japan) was a huge cult classic from the Super NES, and fans were finally given their wish of a re-release last year when it came to the Wii U Virtual Console. However, fans have also been begging for a North American release of Mother 3, the Game Boy Advance sequel to EarthBound released in 2006. The release of EarthBound Beginnings and the reintroduction of Lucas, hero of Mother 3, to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS may indicate that Nintendo is willing to make this dream come true. An official English translation from Nintendo isn’t known to exist, but fan-made translations do, and Nintendo has options when it comes to producing a worthy translation. So we can begin to speculate what the North American title for Mother 3 will be: I’m going with EarthBound: Reloaded, or maybe Earthbound: The Earthening.
Will you be picking up EarthBound Beginnings? Do you dream of Mother 3 coming to North America? Fanboy out with us in the comments!
Source: Nintendo on YouTube
Mario Maker has a new name, and it’s a whole lot “Super”-er:
The game is now known as Super Mario Maker, a name Nintendo has been quick to embrace and promote. Nintendo’s Twitter account was not shy about throwing the new “Super” name around during tonight’s Nintendo World Championships. The Father of Mario himself, Shigeru Minamoto, even referred to the game as Super Mario Maker during the event.
Speaking of the Nintendo World Championships, we got an extended look at Super Mario Maker during the final round of the competition, as the winner was decided in a four-round face-off of levels created in the game by the Nintendo Treehouse. During the rounds, we got to see just what Super Mario Maker is going to offer in terms of level editing and creativity. “? Blocks” spawned oversized Boos, pillars of Bloopers and Goombas blocked off exits, and Giant Boots hopped across rotating spikes into a Clown Car. Best Buy qualifier John Numbers ultimately took home the title of 2015 Nintendo World Champion, besting Ocarina of Time speedrunner Cosmo Wright.
There was a whole lot of insanity being shown in the levels, and it seems that the potential for the best level creators will know no limits when Super Mario Maker is released this September. We can expect to see more from the game at E3, particularly during Nintendo’s Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16. For more on Super Mario Maker, and everything else from Nintendo at E3 2015, keep checking out NintendoFuse.
What do you think of the new name for Super Mario Maker? Were you blown away by the footage from tonight’s Nintendo World Championships? Tell us your thoughts!
Source: Nintendo on Twitter
Splatoon is out now for Wii U and with it came the release of some Splatoon Amiibo!
The Splatoon Amiibo 3 Pack comes with the following Amiibo: Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, and Inkling Squid. In typical Amiibo fashion, I recorded an unboxing and a review of them. I think they look really nice and I look forward to using them in the game. Enjoy the video!
During today’s pre-E3 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, series director Masahiro Sakurai had a handful of announcements to make regarding new content coming to the game. Here’s Sakurai making one of the biggest announcements of the day:
That’s right, new stages are coming to Smash, including some brand new stages and some classic stages from past games in the series. Here are today’s announced stages:
Miiverse (Wii U only)
Release Date: June 14 (Available now)
Suzaku Castle (from Street Fighter II, Wii U & 3DS)
Release Date: June 14 (Available now)
Price: $5.99 for either Wii U or 3DS version, $6.99 for both (only available for purchase bundled with Ryu DLC)
Dream Land (from Kirby and Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, Wii U & 3DS)
Release Date: June 14 (Available now)
Price: $1.99 for either Wii U or 3DS version, $2.99 for both
Hyrule Castle (from The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, platforms TBD)
Release Date: TBD
Peach’s Castle (from Super Mario 64 and Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, platforms TBD)
Release Date: TBD
The Miiverse stage, available now as a free download, will populate the background with drawings from Miiverse. Individual Miiverse communities are now open for all fighters in Smash, and depending on which characters are fighting on the Miiverse stage, drawings from their communities will appear in the background. Additionally, new music specific to the Miiverse stage has been added to the game after previously only being available on the Club Nintendo Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Original Soundtrack reward.
Sakurai admits that he doesn’t think many new stages will be added to Smash, but notes that the two stages from the Nintendo 64 version of the game, Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle, will be coming at a later date. We’ll have to wait and see if these are the final two stages added to the game, but I’m personally hoping we see more if and when new characters are added as DLC.
For more information on new content for Smash, be sure to check out NintendoFuse, where we have articles detailing everything from the presentation. There are three new characters, as well as a handful of new costumes for Mii Fighters. Keep checking back on the site for all the news from Nintendo at E3 2015, including the Nintendo Digital Event on Tuesday, June 16.
What do you think of these new stages? Will you be purchasing all of them? Which other classic stages would you like to see added to Smash?
During today’s pre-E3 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS presentation, series director Masahiro Sakurai unveiled a score of new content coming to the game. That content includes a collection of costumes for the Mii Fighter characters, spanning many different games and publishers, and all of which you can read about below the slideshow.Click to view slideshow.
Each costume is available now and can be purchased individually for $0.75 for either the Wii U or 3DS versions, or $1.15 for both versions. Additionally, all costumes can be purchased together for $6.00 per version or $9.20 for both versions.
Also included with the new Mii Fighter costumes is a Bonus Trophy of the Inkling Girl from Splatoon. Purchasing the Inkling Boy & Inkling Girl costumes unlocks this trophy in play for Smash.
There’s a whole lot more coming to Super Smash Bros. hot off the heels of today’s presentation. For the press release announcing it all, you can check out this article, and for more in-depth coverage of today’s announcements, keep checking back on NintendoFuse as we update the site with more information. You can already check out our coverage of the announcement of new fighters Roy and Ryu.
Will you be purchasing these Mii Fighter costumes? Which is your favorite? What other costumes would you like to see? Discuss it in the comments!
It’s official: Lucas, the previously announced character from Mother 3, Ryu, famous fighter from Capcom’s Street Fighter series, and Roy, Fire Emblem and Super Smash Bros. Melee veteran, are now available as DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
The announcements were made during today’s pre-E3 presentation from series director Masahiro Sakurai. The characters are all available to download now, along with new stages and costumes. Roy and Lucas are available for $3.99 each on either Wii U or 3DS, or $4.99 for both versions, while Ryu, who comes with the new Suzaku Castle stage from Street Fighter II, is $5.99 for either version and $6.99 for both. We had heard rumors of Roy and Ryu after yesterday’s leak, and today Nintendo was able to confirm the information.
Roy kicked off the presentation, with an announcement trailer showing off his redesign and new moves. Sporting a look more reminiscent of the modern Fire Emblem series, Roy differs from Marth in that the base of his blade is stronger than the tip, so he fights more effectively at a closer range. In his first and only appearance in the Smash Bros. series in Melee, Roy did not have a Final Smash, but now he can activate the move “Critical Strike”, a devastating sword blow lifted straight from the Fire Emblem series.
After the rest of the presentation showed off new stages, costumes, features and more, it was Ryu’s time to be revealed. Ryu has been made to most closely resemble his form in Street Fighter II. Along with Ryu comes his stage from Street Fighter II, Suzaku Castle, which is available on both Wii U and 3DS. The music for Suzaku Castle, a mix of classic Street Fighter tunes, will change towards the end of the match, a first for the Smash series. Ryu and Ken trophies will be collectible in the game.
Ryu is the most technical character Smash has ever seen, as he depends on combos and button/directional inputs to mirror the six-button Street Fighter fighting style, as opposed to the two-button Smash style. Depending on if you tap or hold the attack buttons, Ryu will perform Light, Medium and Heavy attacks. Rapid button presses will chain less powerful attacks, while holding the button will perform stronger attacks. Ryu comes equipped with all his signature moves, including the Hadouken, Hurricane Kick, and Shoryuken, which all vary with the extended button presses. These moves can also be modified by using the traditional Street Fighter button inputs, where pulling off the right button and directional combination makes the attacks stronger. For example, the Shoryuken, which can be simply activated with the up-B input, can potentially KO opponents if the original button input is used instead.
Ryu is also the first fighter in Smash history to feature two Final Smash attacks. His normal Final Smash is the Shinku Hadouken, a large Hadouken attack that can wipe multiple enemies off the screen. Pulling off a Final Smash next to opponent will perform a Shin Shoryuken, knocking the enemy off the map.
It was also announced that Roy, Ryu and Lucas will all be getting their own amiibo, with more info coming later.
There was a whole lot more information dropped by Sakurai during the presentation today, and we’re hard at work on getting the details out to you. Keep checking back at NintendoFuse for more announcements for Super Smash Bros. Are you excited for Roy, Ryu and Lucas? Are these the characters you were hoping to see from today’s presentation? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
Source: Nintendo on Youtube
E3 is almost here, and Nintendo started it off with a slew of Super Smash Bros. announcements this morning. Many of them were leaked late last week, but there were a few things Nintendo kept a secret. Here is the entire video presentation. For those who prefer a list of the announcements, we have the full press release from Nintendo posted below the video.
Street Fighter® Icon Ryu Joins the Roster of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
New Update Also Brings Mii Fighter Costumes from Virtua Fighter and Tekken
[Source: PR Email from Nintendo of America]
REDMOND, Wash., June 14, 2015 – During a special video presentation focused on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai, unveiled a smashing amount of new content for the games, including two new playable characters: Ryu from the Street Fighter® series and Roy from Fire Emblem. They both join Lucas from Mother 3 as new playable fighters, and are available for download now! This additional paid content lands alongside a major software update that launched today for both systems, which also includes three new stages and many new costumes for Mii Fighters, including outfits from classic fighting series Virtua Fighter and Tekken. With these new characters, stages and costumes, top fighting game franchises Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter®, Virtua Fighter and Tekken unite for the very first time.“Today’s update proves that the evergreen Super Smash Bros. games continue to evolve and grow with unexpected new content,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We’re offering multiple price options and bundles for all this outstanding new content, so players can mix and match whatever characters, stages and costumes they want.”Highlights of the update include:
- Ryu from Street Fighter®: For the first time in Super Smash Bros. history, a character from the fighting game series Street Fighter® joins the battle. Iconic character Ryu, whose look in the game is based on Street Fighter II®, brings a new fighting style and feel to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Ryu’s traditional Light, Medium and Heavy attacks can be used depending on whether players tap, press or hold the buttons. Classic Street Fighter® moves like Hadoken and Shoryuken can be activated with just a one-button press, but players who enter the original button combinations from the Street Fighter® series will perform the same actions with higher damage. Ryu can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS for $5.99 each, or both game versions together for $6.99. Purchase includes the bonus Suzaku Castle stage from the Street Fighter® series. This classic environment provides stable footing on the right side and a series of platforms on the left. It can also be played in Omega form, giving the stage a look and feel much like in the Street Fighter II® original.
- Roy from Fire Emblem: A fan-favorite from his last appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo GameCube, Roy from the Fire Emblemfranchise returns to the series more powerful than ever before. Unlike Marth, Roy’s sword is stronger closer to the hilt, so he works better in close range. Roy also now has a Final Smash move in the form of a devastating sword blow. Roy can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $3.99, or both game versions together for $4.99.
- Lucas from Mother 3: As previously announced, Lucas is also available to purchase as a new downloadable character. Originating in the Japan-only Game Boy Advance RPG Mother 3, Lucas primarily uses lightning attacks to smash his opponents. Lucas can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS for $3.99, or both game versions together for $4.99.
- New Mii Fighter costumes: Multiple video games and characters from the past and present are represented in a new set of Mii Fighter costumes now available through the new update. Two costumes from classic fighting game Virtua Fighter are based on the Akira and Jacky characters, with Akira even maintaining his blocky polygonal look from the original game. Tekken fighter Heihachi (and his amazing hair) serves as inspiration for one costume, with additional costumes based on Isabelle from Animal Crossing, MegaMan.EXE from Mega Man Battle Network, ZERO from Mega Man X, the Inkling Girl and Boy and the squid hat from Splatoon also available. All costumes – eight in total – can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii Ufor $6, or both game versions together for $9.20. Costumes can also be purchased individually for $0.75 in either Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, or both game versions together for $1.15 each.
- Dreamland stage: Based on the first Dreamland stage from the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64, this stage returns with a few tweaks. The Dreamland stage can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U for $1.99, or both game versions together for $2.99.
- Everything: Players who want every fighter, stage, outfit and accessory featured among today’s DLC releases can buy them all at once. The whole DLC pack can be purchased in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii Ufor $21.96, or both game versions together for $29.16.
- Miiverse stage: Available now to download for free, this new stage for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features Miiverse posts created by players all over the world. During matches while connected to the Internet, players will see Miiverse posts appear that cheer specific fighters on from the background. These messages will be pulled from individual Miiverse communities that just opened for each Super Smash Bros. character.
- Tourney mode: Scheduled to launch as part of a free update in August, two new Tourney modes are coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Community Tourneys let players compete for the highest points in a certain amount of time, while regular Tourneys have a specific set of rules and only happen at select times.
- YouTube replays: Coming exclusively to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at a later date, this free new feature allows players to post replay videos of their matches on YouTube. To use this feature, players must possess a Google account. Please visit http://www.smashbros.com/us/ for additional details.
- Additional Super Smash Bros. amiibo: Mii Fighters are getting their own amiibo figures! When used in the game, the Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter and Mii Gunner amiibo characters can be configured with custom faces and players’ collected accessories and costumes. Four additional Super Smash Bros. characters are also getting amiibo: R.O.B., Duck Hunt, Mr. Game & Watch and Falco. These new amiibo will be available this September, except Falco who will be available this holiday season. Eventually, all playable characters in Super Smash Bros. will have corresponding amiibo figures, including Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy and Ryu.
- Bonus Trophies: After downloading the update, in-game bonus trophies based on Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter®, Roy, Lucas and Splatoon will be available to unlock in play. Players can collect these trophies by completing All-Star mode in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
The Steam Summer Sale is upon us again. There are daily sales, flash sales, and a community game that can unlock even more discounts. There are so many games discounted that it can be hard to choose what to buy. The sale runs from now until June 21, so check back for our top pick from each daily deal! And remember to keep an eye on Steam every twelve hours for the cycling flash sales.
Day 3: June 13, 2015
Our pick: The Borderlands franchise
If you're looking for the most amount of content in a game for the lowest price, the Borderlands series is your best bet. The worlds of the Borderlands games lend themselves to hours upon hours of playtime. There's always somewhere new to explore in them, and their massive amount of loot will bring you back wanting more. Borderlands 2 is the highlight of this series, although both the first game and the Pre-Sequel are fun experiences as well. If you already own a Borderlands game, the DLC is also significantly discounted.
Other Daily Deals today:
Day 2: June 12, 2015
Our pick: This War of Mine -- $7.99 (-60%)
This War of Mine is a game inspired by the Bosnian War, and it attempts to portray the darker side of war. You take control of a group of civilians trying to survive, as opposed to soldiers fighting in the war. You scavenge for resources, fend off antagonistic NPCs, and check on the news of the battle outside your building. It's a striking game, and for the next 48 hours it's discounted 60 percent to just $7.99.
Other Daily Deals today:
Although the duo have not officially been announced, two short gameplay videos were posted on the Smash Bros. subreddit.
It is worth noting that in April, someone who had been data-mining Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS posted a list of sound files from the game. Included in that list were both Roy and Ryu.
Real or not, it would be wise to treat the leak with a pinch of cynicism, as people have been known to go to extreme lengths to create a believable Smash. Bros fakes in the past. This video of Ubisoft's Rayman being added to the character select screen is a good example.
If it is indeed real, it's likely that Nintendo was planning to reveal the characters at E3 in a few days. Given that the videos show actual gameplay of both characters, they are more believable than other supposed leaks have been in the past.
Assets such as renders for both characters, stages, and alternate colours have also been posted online, giving further credibility to the information. Other noteworthy aspects of the leak include Mii Fighter costumes for Zero, Isabelle, Megaman.exe, Heihachi and Akira.Click image to view in full screen
One of Activision's E3 surprises may have been spoiled.
PureXbox has obtained screenshots for a new Transformers "brawler" game called Transformers: Devastation, which will reportedly be announced at the big-time industry event next week in Los Angeles.
The leaked Devastation screenshots reveal it will have cel-shaded graphics, which is a pretty striking departure from last year's Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.
No developer was named in the report. As for platforms, the site mentions Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But bear in mind that PureXbox is an Xbox site, and that recent Transformers titles were multiplatform games.
The site also points out that the Devastation images bear a resemblance to Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance developer Platinum Games' recent Legend of Korra title. Could Devastation be Platinum's mysterious E3 announcement? It's too early to say, but with E3 right around the corner, we may soon find out.
Disney Infinity 3.0, the third edition of the toys-to-life franchise based on Disney properties, is coming to Wii U later this year, and is bringing Star Wars characters into the fold. We already knew about classic characters from the movies (Yoda, Darth Vader, etc.), but now characters from the hit animated television series Star Wars Rebels have been revealed.
Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and Zeb Orrelios join characters in Disney Infinity 3.0 that come from series such as Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Inside Out (the newest Pixar movie) and other Disney properties. The Rebels are immediately available to use in the Toy Box mode, and can be used across all three Star Wars Play Sets in Disney Infinity 3.0.
Screenshots of the new characters, as well as descriptions of them from the press release from Disney Interactive, are below:
Jedi turned rebel fugitive, Kanan Jarrus leads his team in secret operations to help overthrow the Galactic Empire. He defends the innocent with his blaster and Lightsaber™ and guides his Padawan, Ezra, in the ways of the Force™.
Growing up on his own, Ezra Bridger relied on his street smarts – and subconscious Force abilities – to survive on Lothal. That changed when he met the Ghost crew; Ezra came to believe in their cause, and with the help of Kanan, began to learn the ways of the Jedi, using his custom Lightsaber to undermine the Empire and inspire the rebels.
Sabine Wren has explosive talents for art and demolitions alike, and she won’t hesitate to use them against the Empire. She can stealthily approach and sabotage the enemy or stand alongside her rebel allies to lend her twin blasters to the cause.
Zeb Orrelios is as strong a brawler as he is headstrong. He stands alongside his fellow rebels with his bo-rifle in hand, ready to take on the Imperial forces.
The toys-to-life genre is exploding, as Activision just announced the newest expansion to Skylanders, titled SuperChargers, Warner Bros. is entering the game with LEGO Dimensions, and Nintendo’s amiibo continue to release wave-after-wave. We can expect to see a lot of news come from all of these games at E3 2015, beginning next week.
Source: PR Email from Disney Interactive
I'm Not There.
There were a lot exciting new upcoming games and accessories that gamers were hoping to hear more about at E3 2015. However, a good number of developers and publishers have already announced that some of their biggest titles wont be appearing at this year's big event. Here's a full list of everything that has been confirmed so far to not be at E3 2015.
Microsoft confirmed that Platinum Games' Xbox One exclusive title Scalebound has been pushed to appear at this year's Gamecom conference. The game was first announced at E3 2014, but no other details have been revealed since. | Platforms: Xbox One
Microsoft confirmed that the newest entry in Crackdown series been pushed to appear at this year's Gamescom conference as well. Crackdown was first announced alongside Scalebound at E3 2014. | Platforms: Xbox One
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U
Nintendo's upcoming The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U will not be appearing at E3 2015. The news was confirmed via Nintendo's Twitter account following the announcement of the game's delay by series producer Eiji Aonuma. | Platforms: Wii U
Nintendo NX, Mobile, and Quality of Life
Nintendo disclosed during a meeting with investors that it would not be sharing any details about the NX, its next gaming console, at E3 2015. The company stated that it does not plan to fully reveal the console until 2016. Furthermore, Nintendo stated that they would not be divulging further information about its plans for mobile or quality of life tech at E3 2015 as well.
Respawn Entertainment has ruled out the possibility of an appearance of Titanfall 2 at E3 2015. Studio head Vince Zampella confirmed the news on his Twitter when he said that the company would not be showing anything this year. | Platform: TBA
Final Fantasy XV
JRPG fans who were looking to see more of the much anticipated Final Fantasy XV will unfortunately have to wait until after E3 2015. The game's director Hajime Tabata announced that they were instead planning to unveil more about the game at this year's Gamescom conference in August. | Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
The time-based third person shooter Quantum Break will not be showing at this year's E3 2015. Like many others on this list, Remedy Entertainment also decided to reveal more information at Gamescom 2015. Platforms: Xbox One
Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series
This Telltale Games produced series, based on the immensely popular Minecraft game, will not be appearing alongside the company's other E3 offerings this year. Telltale Games' director of PR Job J Stauffer confirmed the news via Twitter. However, he teased the game could possibly be appearing at another convention this summer. | Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS VIta, PC, Mac, iOS, Android.
There will be no big announcements at E3 2015 about Valve's and HTC's contribution to the virtual reality headset pool, Vive VR. This was confirmed when Valve told publication GamesBeat that they would not be taking any meetings at E3 for any of its upcoming games or products. However, we are likely to see the ViveVR headsets around E3 seeing as development kits were recently sent out to some developers.
SPOILER WARNING: With E3 coming next week, leaks and rumors are all over the internet. The following article contains possible spoilers for Nintendo at E3, particularly the Pre-E3 Super Smash Bros. presentation on Sunday. For those who don’t want to know any announcements before they’re made, we suggest you stop reading now.
The latest update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS hit early last night. No matter how seemingly meaningless any update to Smash may appear, hackers will always comb over the file to extract any secrets they can find hidden within. This time, they’ve found a couple bombshells: Roy and Ryu.
The following videos are allegedly pulled directly from the updated Smash file. They show both Roy (a Smash alum) from Fire Emblem and Ryu from Capcom’s Street Fighter in action in the unique victory montages all characters in Smash have. Real or fake? You decide:
Looks pretty real to me. If this is a prank, someone’s pulling a long con on the Smash community; sound files gathered from previous updates already outed crowd cheers for Roy and music from Ryu’s stage in Street Fighter II. The evidence is growing in this rumor leak-by-leak, so we should be prepared for an announcement or two during tomorrow’s pre-E3 Super Smash Bros. presentation by director Masahiro Sakurai. The two characters would be joining Lucas, who is set to come to Smash as a DLC character on the same day as the presentation.
Also found in the update file are the classic Dreamland stage from Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, as well as that Ryu stage mentioned above and a Splatoon Inkling Girl trophy. Make no mistake: everything here is unconfirmed, and tomorrow’s presentation could come and go without a single mention of Ryu or Roy. We’ve seen Smash hoaxes before, most notably the fake character selection screen featuring Rayman. Until we get an official announcement from Nintendo, take everything in this article with a grain of salt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited for what is actually coming to Smash!
So what do you think? Another hoax, or is the Smash roster really expanding? Do you want to see Roy return? Does Ryu fit in with the other fighters? Who else should make the roster? Speculate away in the comments!
THE BIG STUFF:
PS4 Outsells Xbox One in May: After the Xbox One beat the PS4 in April, Sony took back the top spot in May, becoming the top-selling console in the United States for the month, according to NPD data. As you could have probably guessed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the best-selling game.
Final Oculus Rift Model and More Revealed: During Oculus VR's first-ever E3 conference this week, Oculus revealed the final Oculus Rift model and a lot more. Check out some of the top stories below.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Supremacy DLC, the game's third add-on, won't be exclusive to Xbox for much longer. Activision this week announced that the DLC will arrive for PlayStation consoles and PC on July 2. All Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC is released first on Xbox.
If Jurassic Park were an 8-bit game, it might look like this.
Did you back the Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter? If you pledged at least $20, you're getting free games--and not just any free games, but the first three games in the Bard's Tale series. Nice!
Looking for more Halo 5: Guardians details? Game Informer has you covered. Check out this excellent video interview featuring insight from key designers at 343 Industries. They talk about how they're advancing the series formula and tease big plans for E3 next week.
You probably never asked for it, but it's happening. Sega has announced a limited-time in-game event for its endless runner Sonic Dash, which will see the Angry Birds franchise meet the famous hedgehog.
What were the top "trending" games of May on YouTube? You probably could have guessed it, but The Witcher 3 came out on top. The next entry, however, may surprise you: Life is Strange. See all ten here.
Sony's game-streaming service PlayStation Now continues to grow. This week, the service expanded to its first non-Sony device: Samsung Smart TVs.
Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has named a new CEO. In fact, the studio has never had a CEO before, but now Pim Holfve, from the developer's Expansive Worlds team, is taking on the job.
Here's a funny video of teenagers playing Contra--or at least trying!
Geralt from The Witcher 3 is already a mighty powerful man. But this new invincibility glitch, a sort of "God mode," truly shows us another side of him altogether. Watch the video here.
Grand Theft Speed. It's a video recreation of the new Need for Speed's announcement trailer in Grand Theft Auto V. Watch the video below and let us know what you think.
Boston-based indie developer Deep End Games has released a mysterious new video for its upcoming horror game Perception, in which you play as a blind woman. With 14 days to go, Perception still needs to raise around $47,000 on Kickstarter. Check out the campaign page for more.
A new update for mobile game Final Fantasy: Record Keeper was released this week, introducing a host of new content and more. Check out a roundup of the content, courtesy of Square Enix, below.
A live bear in a game developer's office? I don't think anything more needs to be said.
Here's a teaser for FIFA 16; expect the full reveal at EA's E3 briefing next week.
iOS and Android app Band has released a new version, 4.0, that, among other things, allows users to make their groups "public" so they can meet new players and sync up with other guild and clan members. Read more about it here.
Indie game enthusiast company iam8bit is hosting a "retro video game-themed art extravaganza" to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It will be held June 18 in Los Angeles to coincide with E3. Get more details here.
Here's the first trailer for Afro Samurai 2. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Video game rental company Redbox is expanding its current-generation offerings. The company this week announced that it will offer Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games at all of its 35,000 kiosks nationwide. Read more about the news here.
Looks like we're getting a new Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer at E3 next week. Nice! Check out a teaser in the video below.
Have a great weekend--E3 starts tomorrow!
Valve has announced the first part of its Dota 2 Reborn beta, which introduces a new interface, new engine, and Custom Games.
Detailed on the Dota 2 website, the Reborn beta is broken into three parts, with the first part featuring a new interface being revealed today. Information on Custom Games will be unveiled "early next week," while details on the game's new engine and open beta will follow "later that week."
The first part of the Reborn beta updates the in-game dashboard, which includes the feature to merge two parties of players, use voice-chat in the dashboard and during the loading screen, and an activity feed where players can see their friends' accomplishments.
The hero browser has also been updated, and includes a feature where players can demo a hero quickly and try out their abilities or practice their last-hitting.
On the spectator side, Dota 2's own broadcasting feature, DotaTV, is being changed. Streams will be able to hit 1080p at 60fps, and players can share and write their own descriptions on matches. Finally, the game's tutorials will be changed to be provide better ways to teach the game's mechanics.
Dota 2 was first released in 2013. Check out our review of the game here, where it scored a nine out of ten.
Of all the major virtual reality headsets, Valve and HTC's Vive is still relatively unknown. Valve has been somewhat secretive about its upcoming SteamVR platform and how the player will interact with it. However, a new article from Ars Technica sheds some light on what Valve is doing to differentiate itself from its competitors.
In the article, the company reiterates its promise to completely eliminate motion sickness and nausea. Motion sickness is one of the biggest problems with virtual reality headsets; the promise of early Oculus Rift prototypes was sometimes overshadowed by user nausea and vertigo. Most people accept motion sickness as an inherent possibility with VR, no matter what the quality of the hardware is, but Valve is aiming for no possibility at all.
That's why the company is helping a team develop a set of sensors that allows the player to walk around naturally, as opposed to using a controller to move a character in a virtual space. Developer Owlchemy Labs is assisting in this process. Alex Schwartz of Owlchemy says that this is integral to his studio's--and Valve's--goals for the Vive. "People instantly think, 'Well, the Oculus said you'll probably be seated, so just hit a button and drive forward,'" he explains. "Cockpit games are gonna be huge, surely. But personally, the direction Owlchemy's taking is a no-nausea approach, period, full stop... Properly designed games in the Vive will get zero percent of the populace sick."
To assist in this process, motion controllers will be "standard and required" for the Vive. This is in direct contrast with Oculus, whose own newly revealed Touch motion controllers will be optional for the headset. It seems that Valve is doubling down on making its headset as immersive as possible, rather than just a 3D head-tracking device for playing normal games.
Next week is E3, but Valve has already stated that it will be taking the show off and saving its announcements for later.
In the meantime, you can read up on all of the reveals from Oculus' press conference yesterday, and keep an eye on GameSpot for impressions and news about VR during the coming week.
Blizzard will use Heroes of the Storm esports events this summer to test possible ban systems for the newly released MOBA, according to director Dustin Browder.
In response to a question on Twitter about plans to add bans to Team League, the game's most competitive mode, Browder had an encouraging answer. Blizzard "will experiment with some ban ideas in some esport events this summer. Will explore which ban system works best for us."
Beyond that, he didn't offer any details on what those systems might look like, or how soon one might be implemented in the game.
Ban systems are commonplace in MOBAs, particularly in their more competitive modes, where they're considered essential. They allow teams to block certain characters from being used by the other team; this can be important for preventing certain strategies from being leveraged, or to simply stop someone from playing a character they're especially good with. But, like so many other MOBA conventions--last-hitting, buying items, individuals having their own experience--Heroes of the Storm doesn't offer characters to be banned, at least at this point.
Blizzard recently announced a major Heroes of the Storm event called the Eternal Conflict that will see the game's updates focused on new Diablo content. The Crusader class (known as Johanna in HotS) from Diablo III was added earlier this month, and the Butcher is coming soon along with a new Diablo-themed map.
In 2006, developer Outerlight released an expanded and improved version of a Half-Life 2 mod. Called The Ship, it features players trying to avoid others while seeking out their target to assassinate. It's similar to Assassin's Creed multiplayer, but it forces you to also monitor needs like food and water while also avoiding guards and cameras.
It's now approaching ten years since its original release, so the game's new owner, Blazing Griffin, has announced that it is making an HD remake of the game. Since The Ship is already on PC and can be played at full 1080p resolution, it's probable that this remake will go into depth to make it look significantly better. You can check out the short teaser below:
The developer hasn't given any specifics about what will be improved, but it says that players can expect it in early 2016. It also says that The Ship: HD is the beginning of an expansion of the franchise. A blog post explains, "Much of the work being carried out for The Ship: HD will also contribute to future projects. We're committed to recreating the experience that fans of The Ship had when they first played the game and look forward to working with the community to this end."
Did you ever play The Ship? Are you excited for an HD remake? Let us know in the comments.
The partnership Microsoft announced yesterday with Oculus VR may have caught some people by surprise given that the Xbox company already has its own head-mounted display technology in HoloLens. But Xbox boss Phil Spencer says in a new interview that teaming up with Oculus actually gives Microsoft the opportunity to focus on HoloLens, a technology that still needs a lot of work.
"This partnership allows us to focus on a space that's different from them with our HoloLens, which has a lot of things still to be figured out," he told the International Business Times. "This partnership seemed like the right [thing] for me. The whole HoloLens team sent me a picture--they actually watched the briefing with the Hololens on, streaming the picture on the wall. It's like the most surreal thing, but they were all really excited about the show."
As for how the partnership itself came to be, Spencer said the "real motivation" behind it was Microsoft wanting to support ecosystems doing "real innovative" work on PC. "I think that's a good spot for us to be," he said, noting that he has also known Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe for years.
The first edition of the Oculus Rift consumer model launches in the first quarter of 2016, while Microsoft has yet to provide any details on when people will be able to buy a HoloLens headset. The technology will be on display next week at E3, however, so we may find out more about it soon.
Also in the interview, Spencer clarified how streaming Xbox One games to the Oculus Rift headset will work.
"It's a 2-D display in a 3-D world, so we're not turning all the Xbox games into virtual reality games," he said. "But the fact that you get a big screen--the screen kind of feels like that [points to a giant projection screen at the event that's about 7 feet by 10 feet]--and the fact that everything else is nonexistent, everything else is blacked out, your mind's eye is on the screen, it's really a nice, immersive, dark experience. And a lot of the guys back at the office, that's the way they want to play."
Announced yesterday during the Oculus VR E3 Conference, all Oculus Rift consumer packages will come with an Xbox One controller. Official pricing for the consumer model has not been announced, but Oculus said previously that the "all-in" cost--the headset and a capable PC--will be around $1,500.
For lots more on news from this week's Oculus VR event, check out a roundup of the big stories below.
You can now play The Witcher 3's popular card game, Gwent, without actually starting up--or even owning--The Witcher 3. You will, however, have to own a different game.
A newly released mod for Tabletop Simulator--a PC game that allows you to make your own tabletop games--offers a version of Gwent for two players (there's no AI). It's the creation of Steam Workshop user Mr.RiZZaH, who notes in the description that this is merely a "fan project" that's not connected to Witcher developer CD Projekt Red.
Based on the screenshots you see above, this looks to be a relatively faithful recreation of Gwent, although not everything is exactly as it is in the official version. For instance, a note from the creator says it offers his or her "own ruleset involving deckbuilding (to balance multiplayer somewhat)."
You can download the free mod through the Steam Workshop, but you'll need Tabletop Simulator to play. Conveniently enough, the Steam summer sale has it discounted to $13.39 (down from $20) right now, or you can pick up a four-pack for $40.19 (rather than $60).
Meanwhile, the official version of Gwent is expanding with new cards, thanks to the free DLC that CD Projekt Red continues to deliver.
via PC Gamer