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Last year, Zynga bought NaturalMotion, a company you probably know best for creating the Euphoria engine used in Rockstar's games starting with GTA IV and the Force Unleashed games. This game is a result of that purchase, so it's definitely more legitimate than if it had been made by the same group of individuals that made FarmVille.
The game is a strategy game with thousands of units fighting each other, spearheaded by large characters called Titans, hence the title of the game. All of the armies are controlled using simple swiping movements. In the video, embedded below, it reminds me of a cross between Battle for Middle Earth and the Total War series. It looks great visually, and it's really pretty amazing when you realize it's a mobile game.
Let's just hope it's not filled to the brim with microtransactions and prompts to invite your friends. It is a mobile game, after all.
Rodea the Sky Soldier is a title we've been hearing about for a long time. The game suffered through a tumultuous development period, often being referred to as vaporware. Yuji Naka's team at Prope began developing the game for Wii way back in 2010, but eventually transitioned the title over for a simultaneous release on 3DS and Wii U. The game is finally coming to Japan in April and will arrive in America this fall, but fans who buy the first print run of this game will get a special extra.
It turns out the Wii version of Rodea was actually completed, and first-run editions of the Wii U game will include that original Wii version. This is almost unheard of--an earlier build of a game, finished and gold-certified, releasing alongside the final, current-gen version. This is a great way to reward early adopters. I was already excited to finally play Rodea the Sky Soldier, but now I'll definitely get my pre-order in.
The New 3DS XL has been out for a couple weeks in America, but Nintendo isn't letting the hype train slow down just yet. At select Best Buy locations throughout the country, they'll be hosting demos of current games like Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. You'll also be able to pick up a streetpass tag from Eiji Aonuma, the legendary director of the Zelda series. The demo takes place this Saturday (3-7) from 1pm to 4pm. Check out this link to see if any stores near you are participating. I'll probably drop by the Polaris Best Buy to check out the event.
Now that the guns have gone all futuristic in the Call of Duty franchise with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, I just have one question: How do all those fancy guns work? That futuristic weapon you start with, for example, just sort of spins its chamber when you reload it. What is that about?
Oh well. I guess you don't need to now how it works to headshot babies sitting on their mommies's laps with it. Am I right?
Anyway, this trailer features the super-fancy OHM directed energy hybrid weapon. It can switch between an light machine gun and shotgun on the fly for soldiers out there who just can't decide. Here's the thing though, it's a "directed energy" weapon that clearly comes equipped with a belt full of shiny bullets. Okay, so they call it a hybrid, but I still want to know how it works. The OHM DEHW is in the Ascendance DLC pack which also features the OHM DEHW Werewolf custom variant.
Xbox Season Pass holders can pick up the Ascendance Pack right now. Buy the Season Pass here.
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Track: "Free Period Music"
Game: The Escapists
This Western-tinged instrumental sounds like Red Dead's John Marston doing hard time behind neon jail bars. Keep your shiv sharp for our upcoming review of prison RPG, The Escapists.
Turtle Rock is determined to make Evolve Turtle Rock is determined to make Evolve into a competitive shooter. In order to help show how they envision it in the competitive world, the developer along with 2K is preparing a new mode for the game that will launch soon. The Observer Mode, which will be free to all owners of the game, is headed to all platforms very soon. The mode will let players livestream the action of all five players in a match without any additional equipment.
The mode allows a sixth, non-playing spectator to join custom matches with a special, informative HUD that updates in realtime throughout the course of the match. The observing player can use this information to commentate on the action and give insight to the match. You can check out the video below for an example of the Observer Mode in action and look forward to picking it up on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One very soon.
The second DLC drop for season pass holders of Dying Light is coming soon and bring will three new outfits including a ninja, special agent and urban explorer along with four new weapon blue prints. The weapons include the buzz killer, the constable, the lacerator, and the nightclub.
If you don't own the season pass, don't worry as there will some free content launching that day as well. If you thought Dying Light wasn't hard enough, a new hard mode will be added. Even on medium difficulty I found this game challenging as hell so I can't even imagine what hard mode will bring. Apparently hard mode will also bring more "realism" into the game so I am guessing that something close to one hit kills will be coming as well.
The free update will also bring an additional weapon rarity tier, extra rewards for completing the game, more outfits and new weapons.
Again, the bundle will be available to season pass holders on March 10th, or separately at $4.99. The content update will be free for everyone on all platforms.
Another week, another Team of the Week in FIFA 15. This week may not have the same quality of depth that last week's group had, but there's still some great cards to pick up.
Starting things off is Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. The left midfielder comes in at an 89 overall, with 90 pace and an impressive 94 dribbling. There's no better option on the left side if you're rolling with a Bundesliga or French National Team squad online.
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United has been going through a change this year, playing more midfield than striker in Louis van Gaal's system, but he's a striker this week, coming in at 88 overall with a 93 shooting rating.
Mats Hummels finishes off the top three. The central defender has helped lead Borussia Dortmund out of the basement in the Bundesliga and, while he's still not the fastest option, that 93 defensive rating will certain help things out.
Cards are available now and, as always, will be available until 6 PM EST next Wednesday.
We all had a feeling that this news was coming sooner or later, especially with Rock Band 3 resuming its DLC releases after a long period offline. This morning Harmonix announced that Rock Band 4 is headed to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year.
A lot of the specifics have yet to be announced, like release date and track lineups. What we do know however is that the game will support the last gen peripherals which means that it is time to dust off those old guitars and drums from the PS3 and 360 versions of the game. The game will be released as a standalone title (game only) and full-band bundles with guitar, mic, and new wireless drums. The new versions of the instruments that are being created for the game are coming from Mad Catz, so quality is obviously not going to be an issue (based on their recent track records).
Harmonix has built the game on a completely new engine in order to deliver the best experience possible. Plus, perhaps the best news of all, the game will support ALL DLC from the previous games. This means that your huge music collections that you pieced together through Rock Band 1, 2, and 3 will be available in Rock Band 4 at no additional cost to you. You can bet that we'll be hearing a lot more about the new game with E3 2015 just around the corner. Until then, check out a new behind-the-scenes video that accompanied the announcement of the game.