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Mass Effect: Andromeda gets a training video?

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I do like when developers come up with more interactive and interesting ways to promote their products than just standard trailers and gameplay videos. Don't get me wrong, I love trailers. I often enjoy the trailers in the cinema more than the movie. There's just something about unbridled hype. Even so, going deeper into lore and backstory and creating a sense of immersion in a game, even before it's in my hands, is something to be celebrated.

And with that goes a tip of the hat to BioWare for their Mass Effect: Andromeda training hub video. It plays out a little like an advertisement from the old Starship Troopers franchise: "Would you like to know more?" As we follow the video each point of interest gets a little sidebar that can be navigated to or ignored and by the end we're as up to speed on Andromeda, the gear to be used there, and the mission at hand as we want to be. 

The training hub can be found on the official site at: https://www.masseffect.com/andromeda-initiative/training-hub/arks-and-nexus There's no way to really link the interactive experience below, so I'll just leave the Cinematic Reveal Trailer there to hold us over with some of that unbridled hype. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases sometime in the spring of 2017. Don't forget to check out the newly released gameplay footage we wrote about yesterday.

 

Street Fighter V holiday content coming soon

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With Christmas just around the corner, Capcom figures it is the perfect opportunity to release some new costumes and content for Street Fighter V. The company announced on the Capcom Blog that a batch of holiday themed costumes and a special stage will be launching very soon. The exact release date will be announced this weekend during the PlayStation Experience.

As for the new stage, you’ll be looking at a festive variation on Alex’s New York stage. It will be complete with snow, lights, and tons of ornaments. There are also 6 new themed costumes for various characters, including Zangief, R. Mika, and Ken. The premium costumes will run you $3.99 a piece and include colors 1 through 10. The stage will be $1.99 or 40k fight money. If you have to have them all, there will be a special bundle for $19.99, which saves you roughly $6. You will have to act fast though as this content will only be available through January 17, 2017.

Here's another teaser for Death Stranding

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Hideo Kojima received an Industry Icon award last night at The Game Awards 2016, but you knew he wasn't going to walk away without showing off some more of his next game, Death Stranding.

Like the first teaser, you won't understand what's going on, but you can take in how awesome the engine looks as it renders the video in real time. And, you get to see two new actors for the game.

What looks like Guillermo del Toro starts off the weird looking trailer, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's him. del Toro was going to work with Kojima on the now cancelled Silent Hill game starring Norman Reedus, but it looks like now both are in Death Stranding.

And the big bad for Death Stranding looks like it will be played by Mads Mikkelsen, of Hannibal, Rogue One, and Dr. Strange. Which is pretty damn cool because Mads is such a great actor.

This new teaser still doesn't offer a lot, but then again have we ever gotten a teaser that makes sense from Kojima?

Telltale can't stop the feeling with Guardians of the Galaxy

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Telltale Games is moving into Marvel territory as last night during The Game Awards 2016, they teased Guardians of the Galaxy - The Telltale Series. The game will a five part episodic adventure that'll hit most platforms.

There wasn't much information other than the game will be split into five parts, the with first one coming out sometime next year. You'll also be able to take on multiple roles, so it sounds like you get to play as each of the Guardians. The question is, will it be adult Groot or baby Groot?

Here is five minutes of Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay

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One of the most anticipated reveals coming out of this years Game Awards was the reveal of new gameplay footage for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Damn, did it deliver. This game looks amazing. We got to see the galaxy map, the updated look at the conversation wheel, some gameplay with the Nomad (Andromeda's version of the Mako), some exploration of new worlds and some combat. 

We were also introduced to two new squadmates including Drack a Krogan and Vetra a female Turian. This would also mark the first time we have seen a female Turian in the Mass Effect universe. 

These environments look absolutely incredible. I am probably going to spend 100 hours just admiring the scenery in this game. 

Still no solid release date but Mass Effect: Andromeda will hopefully launch in Spring 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. 

Bulletstorm is getting a remastered edition

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The annual Game Awards are tonight... and thats all im gonna say about that, because I have nothing nice to say, so I won't say anything at all.

Anyways, The Game Awards mean game reveals and one of the first ones revealed was for... something nobody was expecting. This year, a Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC and will include the following features.   

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content including all maps, modes, and more on your favorite modern platform
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode  –  Blast your way through the campaign by starting with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots
  • New Echo Maps  – Showcase your skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at a smoother framerate than ever before
  • The Art of Destruction – Orchestrate masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos
  • Visceral Audio – Bask your ears in Skillshot glory with newly remastered audio effects
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Pre-order the game and get the option to play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring a fully rerecorded script and brand-new lines from the original voice of Duke

That being said, I thought the original Bulletstorm was a pretty fun game but sadly it kinda fell by the wayside and drifted into obscurity soon after release. It's nice that it has some new life pumped into it and will maybe even get a sequel one day. Be sure to also check out Jeremy Duff's review of the game.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launches on April 7th


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Rogue One DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront gets a trailer

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While there are some criticisms out there of the repetitive nature and intense mining of that paid-DLC well of Star Wars: Battlefront, one thing even the harshest critics must admit is the game does an excellent job of capturing the look and feel (and especially the sounds) of the Star Wars universe. While we've mentioned before that the Rogue One DLC is coming December 6th, here's our first peek at what that is going to look like with the release of the official Rogue One: Scarif trailer. 

I just picked up Star Wars Battlefront on the weekend PSN Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale for under $10. I'm pretty confident the game will be back on that low or close to it just before Christmas again. The Season Pass is still running at $29.99 and this installment brings four new maps across the planet Scarif and two new heroes from the film: Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic. 

 

EVE Online pirate wanted "to be the bump in the night, the bad guy"

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This is what I'm talking about. Well, more accurately, this is what EVE Online is known for. Espionage. Piracy. Those terms are largely synonymous. But here is the origin story of one player, Jayne Fillon, and his descent into the world of EVE piracy. His story doesn't get too detailed, but it's intense nonetheless. The video below fits into a series of interviews with actual players, aligning this newest vid with the developer's philosophy of "EVE is real."

This happened circa 2012. Because in 2013, Fillon and a few friends founded Spectre Fleet, a player-run corporation in EVE. Only a few years later, Spectre Fleet now has a community of over 8,000 members, knit together by 150 volunteers that organize daily events, and even instruct new players on various topics. Fillon also serves on EVE's Council of Stellar Management, making him a player-elected official that bridges the gap between players and developer CCP.

EVE Online has been running since 2003. Ten years of slow and steady growth brought it up to half a million subscribers by 2013. And on November 11 of this year, EVE added a free-to-play component that is being taken advantage of by subscribers and non-subscribers alike.

You, a Russian teddy bear, and sentient corn walk into a gov't facility in Maize

by: Randy - - 0 Comments

Maize [official site] has got a great premise and a great art style. You've got some kind of Teddy Ruxpin bear with a Russian accent walking around calling everything "Stupid," and you've got some kind of sentient corn in an abandoned government facility. And everything they say is supposedly absurd. ("We ordered pizza.") There are puzzles to solve, and the general mystery of this whole abandoned government facility thing is there for the figuring out.

I don't know. The sense of humor is thin. The jokes get old before I finished the trailer. I just think the comedy writing in Maize is weak, if this two-minute trailer is any indication. Am I being curmudgeonly? I'm probably being curmudgeonly. The environments are jam-packed with details, regardless. I hope the talking Russian bear can pick up the walking speed, though. Unless he's purposely plodding along in order to give you time to appreciate the detailed environments.

Maize is out now on PC.

Sonic and Tails make a mad dash for Build-a-Bear Workshops

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After the huge success that the company saw with their Pokemon offerings earlier this year, Build-a-Bear is bringing in another major video game character for the holidays. The company has revealed a new line of Sonic the Hedgehog themed creations. The new creations consist of both Sonic the Hedgehog and his partner in crime Tails. Both are being offered online, through the Build-a-Bear website. Sonic is available as a special set that includes the Sonic plush as well as a gold ring accessory and a commemorative print. There are also Sonic-themed t-shirts available for standard bears.


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