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  • New Killer Instinct Season 2 gets Aganos Next Week

    killer instinct season 2 aganosMicrosoft have just revealed a brand new trailer, showing off a new character planned for season 2 of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. The character, named Aganos, is a war golem who pretty much dwarves every other fighter in the franchise.

    As you can imagine, a lot of Aganos' move set is based around elemental attacks that use rocks and stones to his advantage. For example, Aganos can force stone to rise from the ground before picking up the forged stone and using it as a weapon to club his opponents with.

    In lore, Aganos is set out on a mission to destroy Kan-Ra, who also made an appearance in season 2 of Killer Instinct. Kan-Ra is a character inspired by an ancient egyptian mummy, and I think his skill set will be a very interesting match up against Aganos.

    Right at the end of the trailer, a teaser for yet another character was noticed. It seems clear that the next character for Killer Instinct on the Xbox One will be Onryo, a ghost of Japanese origin. Onryo wields a large pole arm or lance as a primary weapon.

    I'm honestly a lot more excited about Aganos, which is great because he will be available to everybody who owns the Ultra Edition of Killer Instinct on the 27th of February. Those who own the Combo Breaker Edition will be able to play Aganos on March 5th, just shy of one week after his debut on the latest version of Killer Instinct.

  • Aaron Greenberg says Halo 5 is Going to be Huge

    halo 5 2015So far, Halo 5 is actually looking to be a monster of a game, and thanks to Aaron Greenberg's latest comments in the Inner Circle podcast, we can get a better idea about just how huge the game is shaping up to be.

    "Halo 5 is gonna be huge. It should be one of the biggest entertainment releases of the year if we do our job right. I think what we've got with Master Chief and Locke is a marketer's dream. The game is just super-innovative. I think this is a title that 343 has dreamed of making, and they're innovating in ways that our jaws are dropping."

    "It's such a deep story. To me it's like the closest thing to playing in a real movie, you know. I love campaign. I play multiplayer and I enjoy it, but I just love to get deep in the campaign and co-op you know, and Halo was kind of the birth of that, and also at the same time has innovated the multiplayer, so I'm excited with what they're doing with Halo 5, and we'll be revealing more soon."

    Interestingly, Greenberg spent a considerable amount of time talking about Halo 5 limited edition consoles, suggesting that something that Halo fans would be excited about will be coming.

    "We have a great team that does a lot of cool custom consoles, and we'd love to make them for every title, and the challenge is that our retail partners can't take everyone, we can't manufacture twelve different versions, so we have to kind of pick our bets."

    "But I know some of the things we're planning for this Holidays, and I think you'll be pretty pleased with some of the limited edition plans, and there's some other things that we're still finalizing. But we have a lot of great games, and so I'm excited to see where we land. At this point, it's February, so we're not announcing our limited edition hardware at this point, but the teams are gonna have some good stuff, and it's good to hear there's an appetite for more."

    I for one cannot wait for Halo 5, and Greenberg is making it sound like an absolute dream game for Halo fans.

  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has Almost $100 Worth of DLC

    dead or alive 5 last roundWhether or not you're okay with the dozens of dollars worth of DLC content in Evolve generally comes down to how you feel about the whole practice of selling you content after the game has been completed, but it's not just Evolve that features staggering amounts of paid-for content.

    In fact, Team Ninja have recently released details on what new downloadable content will be available in their latest remaster for new gen consoles. I'm of course talking about Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, the game that is a remake of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, which is coincidentally a remake of Dead or Alive 5.

    I'm sure you can see what I'm getting at here. Even though Dead or Alive 5 Last Round is not going for full retail on either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, the game does include just under $93 worth of DLC.

    Fortunately, practically all of the DLC available is only cosmetic skins and costumes for characters, similarly to a lot of the content players can pay for in Evolve. The $93 price tag for DOA 5: LR is actually for the season pass. If you purchase every piece of DLC in Last Round separately, however, you'll possibly be looking at spending a considerable amount more.

    So, before you get mad at Evolve for trying to milk us of our hard earned cash, just remember, there are games out there that offer 79 character costumes for a crazy $93. Honestly, it's all a bit crazy, but let's just be glad that most of it, both in Evolve and Dead or Alive, is all cosmetic and has no impact on the game whatsoever.

  • New Updates Made to Keep Battlefield 4 Going Strong

    battlefield 4 2015Even though Battlefield Hardline is just around the corner, Dice do not want players to feel the need to jump ship every time there is a new Battlefield game at your local Gamestop. In fact, new details reveal Dice's plan to keep Battlefield 4 going strong throughout 2015, and perhaps even further than that.

    Dice already announced that additional content was planned for Battlefield 4 passed the pre-planned DLC packs, and this week we've received more information about what this new content will include.

    The most expensive thing to come out of the new update is that Battlefield 4 players will be treated to two new expansions, hopefully planned for this year. To make things better, most, if not all of the new content pushed out this year should be available for no charge, even for those that have not spent a penny past the original cost of the game.

    Part of the reason why the new content may be free might come down to a new initiative that Dice will be opening up to their community soon. Using the community test environment, Dice will work alongside players to create, edit and fine tune a Battlefield 4 map that will be completely community-driven.

    The first new update for 2015 will launch in March, with a few changes to player collision and the squad obliteration mode. It sounds as if EA's tight grip on Battlefield 4 may now have died out, and that's giving Dice a big chance to show the world they still care about their community. I can't wait to see what comes out of 2015.

  • Mass Effect 4 Will Feature "Emotionally Believable Characters"

    mass effect 4Let's be honest, any open world game by Bioware is always going to look nice when compared to other titles released around the same time. Mass Effect 4 should be no different, and thanks to a new job listing on Bioware's website, we can get a better idea about what kind of direction Bioware will want artists to go in the upcoming Mass Effect.

    In a latest job listing, Bioware are looking for a member to join their team that can specifically create "emotionally believable characters that allow game players to interact with the game, whether photorealistic or stylized, in a realistic and believable fashion."

    The depth of story involved in the Mass Effect franchise has always been impressive, and being able to capture and create characters that really show believable emotion will be a great way to improve the story depth and detail of characters in Mass Effect 4.

    If Bioware manage to create a game that is both highly engaging as a fun game, and as a intense, emotional driven story, I think Mass Effect could potentially be the best game in the franchise yet.

    That is a big if though - so far we have seen very little content showing off what Mass Effect 4 will be like, and most of the details of the game have been kept incredibly quiet. In fact, we aren't even sure if the game will definitely be called Mass Effect 4 or not.

  • Surprise, Surprise - Another Project Cars Delay

    project cars delayThere's something about driving games and constant delays and setbacks that has rippled through the gaming industry recently. Whilst in recent talks, SCEE CEO Jim Ryan mentioned that the PS Plus edition of Driveclub still has no planned release, Project Cars will also get another setback.

    Fortunately this time the delay for Project Cars will not be massive, but the game launch will be pushed back to April 2, 2015, instead of the previously planned March release.

    Before you get mad at Slightly Mad studios, it's important to understand the impact these delays have on development. If we look at a game like Assassin's' Creed Unity, which was released in an absolute poor state, we can accredit it to nothing more than developers being incredibly pushed for time by their publisher to get their games out on a set date.

    These delays for Project Cars will (hopefully) mean that the full retail product will be as close to what we were hoping. There shouldn't be nearly as many problems, bugs or game breaking issues that have plagued many other AAA games in recent months.

    The head of Project Mad, Ian Bell, has stated that "these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April."

    I'm sure by now most gamers will much rather choose the delayed release option to the buggy, unplayable on-time route that some developers have chosen, so I'm actually glad to see Project Cars get setback a few days.

  • "No One is Gonna be Disappointed" with Forza 6, Coming this Holiday Season

    forza 6 release"No one is gonna be disappointed" is the exact words you’d expect to hear from a marketing manager, and it's exactly what XBOX EMEA social marketing manager Graeme Boyd said in a recent podcast over at Rectify Gaming in reference to Forza Motorsport 6. However, I think we do have enough reason to believe him.

    Whist Boyd wasn't kind enough to give up a release date for Forza 6, he did mention that "There will be lots of Forza news to come, and Turn 10 in particular is good at communicating with the community when they have stuff to talk about."

    Hopefully this means that leading up to the release of Forza 6, we'll see a lot of great content, including gameplay reveals, juicy high-res screenshots and more for us to feast our eyes upon. Even though Boyd did not mention a planned release date, in another podcast, Aaron Greenberg did list Forza among a variety of games that will be making it's way to the Xbox One this holiday season.

    It's certainly true that Xbox has a great lineup planned this year, and I absolutely cannot wait for some of the game expos, such as E3 to kick off so that we can get a great first hands look into what is to come from Xbox, and in particular, Xbox One this year.

    Forza Motorsport 5 was great. but I think Forza 6 will be better by a wide margin. Turn 10 have had a lot of spare time to work on the title since the launch of the Xbox One.

  • New Just Cause 3 Screenshots Shared

    just cause 3 screenshotsThere's not really all that much to get excited about when a publisher posts out more screenshots of an upcoming game we've already seen so many screenshots for, but Just Cause 3 is so diverse that these latest images are actually very interesting.

    In total, there have been seven new screenshots released by Square Enix. The first of which features Rico gliding over farmland as a farmer stands below, looking a bit shocked at what's happening above him. I really like this shot because it shows that the environment in Just Cause 3 will be just as luscious and 'alive' as we have expected it to be.

    In the next two screenshots, we see Rico causing havoc with a mini gun as everything around him burns to the ground. Four more shots show off Rico grappling onto vehicles and using the great grappling mechanics seen in previous Just Cause games being put to good use.

    I'm really excited to see where Just Cause 3 goes from here - we have all seen that is has the potential to be an absolute monster of an open world game, and previous titles in the franchise have already been impressive enough.

    We're hoping we'll finally see some gameplay footage of Just Cause 3 at E3 this year. Leading up to E3, it's likely we may see various more screenshots, but there's only so much still images we can take before we're bursting at the seams in anticipation of some real gameplay.

  • Destiny's Cosmodrome Was Planned to be 5 to 10 Times Bigger

    destiny world sizeIf you've played through Destiny, you may have noticed that the game lacked the open world, inspiring universe feeling that Bungie was aiming for. As it turns out, the reason Destiny lacked quality may not have been down to Bungie, and a large part of the problem came down to last gen technology.

    In a new interview with Destiny's designers, Rob Adams and Deej, it was revealed that the cosmodrome area on Earth was planned to be 5 to 10 times larger than it actually turned out to be.

    "There's a lot of stuff that didn't make the cut. I think our original vision for this was something about five-to-ten times bigger, geographically, and our eyes were way bigger than our stomachs."

    One of the biggest reasons behind limiting the world size was because Bungie actually wanted players to see other players around them. Creating a big world would make it hard to find other players, especially because the Xbox 360 and PS3 were limited in regards to how many players could be in one instance at one time.

    "We ended up condensing things to be closer and closer, and one of the biggest reasons we did that was we wanted players to see other players. And when you get a space that's too big, you just don't see anybody, it gets kind of empty and lonely. And the other problem is, we have a limit to the number of combatants we can have in a space at any one time."

    Hopefully future Destiny games will be a lot more ambitious than the current Destiny game is. It would be great to see what Bungie could do if technical limitations weren't an issue.

  • New Mass Effect Will Have Some Online Components

    new mass effect onlineSo far, we know very little about the new Mass Effect game, but Bioware are slowly revealing bits of information about it. Although we have nothing to use to paint ourselves a picture of Mass Effect 4, we do have some details to go on.

    Recently, senior development director of Mass Effect 4, Chris Wynn, sent out a tweet, giving Mass Effect fans another very small piece of the Mass Effect 4 puzzle. In Wynn's tweet, it read "Things are getting real now and I need an excellent producer to come shape online for the next Mass Effect."

    Whilst he didn't straight up state that Mass Effect 4 will be getting some form of online play, asking for a producer for online pretty much confirms we will be getting some kind of online component in Mass Effect 4.

    Because we know so little about the upcoming Mass Effect game, we really don't have anything to suggest here. It could be possible that there could be some kind of multiplayer gameplay separate from the main story. Alternatively, we could see some kind of multiplayer drop-in features for the game's main story mode.

    What is clear is that multiplayer won't play a critical part of Mass Effect 4 - if that were the case it's likely Bioware would already have the producer they needed. So if you were hoping for a Mass Effect MMO you may be disappointed. However, let's hope something good does come from the new online producer for Bioware.

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