As we get into the NBA playoffs, 2K has simulated every round of the playoffs to predict this year's champion using NBA 2K15. The full simulated bracket is below and has the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest follower of basketball outside of the NCAA playoffs, but this is one prediction I'd like to see proven false so we can have an Ohio team win a pro championship...because at the rate the Reds and Indians are going right now it's not looking too good for baseball this year.
It's officially official: BioWare's Star Wars games aren't part of Disney's Star Wars canon.
We've known for a while that Disney took an axe to the Extended Universe, instead referring to it as "Legacy", but whether both Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic were chopped from official lore wasn't clear. It is now.
The news came during a Q&A session where creative executive Pablo Hidalgo made clear where both the 2003 RPG and 2011 MMO stood in regards to canon.
"Are the Old Republic expansions canon?" A fan asked.
Hidalgo replied: "No — BioWare 'has created their own universe that is so fantastic,' we're not going to change it."
Developer Rogue Factor has announced that turn-based role-playing game Mordheim: City of the Damned has received a massive content update with Early Access Phase 5. Update features include The Cult of the Possessed now receive random mutations when leveling up, Rune system for enchanting weapons and equipment, in-game chat system, combat log, and other various tweaks. In addition, new unique and procedural maps have been added.
Future plans for features include further customization, consumable items, and Warband leveling. Mordheim: City of the Damned is now available on Steam as an early access title.
Developer Tripwire Interactive has announced that upcoming online shooter Killing Floor 2 will be available on April 21 as an early access title on Steam. Along with the base game, a digital deluxe edition will be available that includes an assortment of in-game bonuses as well as artbook and soundtrack.
Killing Floor 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Features
As people may have suspected, since they did it with Injustice, it seems that Mortal Kombat X will be getting DLC that isn't part of the Kombat Pack. The first set of those DLC costumes not part of the Kombat Pack, while not yet available, can be viewed in the Kharacter gallery in game. This skin pack is the "Kold War" pack and features Russian themed skins for Kano, Sonya, Scorpion, and Sub Zero.
Well a list of planned DLC for Mortal Kombat X was found on Steam's AppID page and shows something interesting. If you look on the list, you'll see all the various DLC that has been announced including Jason, Tanya, the Kold War skins, and the Horror Skins. Look further down the list and you'll see "Klassic Fatalities 1" and "Klassic Fatalities 2". Are we getting some Klassic Fatalities as DLC in the future? It would seem so.
The question now becomes, what Fatalities are they bringing back? I really hope we get a variety of Fatalities instead of just a whole bunch for Scorpion and Sub Zero. I also wonder what they would qualify as "Klassic". I loved Kung Lao's buzz saw Fatality from MK9 and love to see that one make a return along with Sonya's Kiss of Death Fatality for the earlier games.
On a side note, there is something I am worried about. I love additional skins as DLC but I really hope they aren't going to ignore the new characters. It's going to be really lame if all the classic characters have 5-10 skins total and all the new characters are stuck with their 2 defaults.
Be sure to also check out Jeremy Duff's review of the game.
Granted, this should all be taken with a grain of salt, but a new Japanese trademark appears to indicate that a new PlayStation Vita model could be coming soon. Keen eyed forum members on NeoGaf spotted a new trademark filing by Sony that depict a PlayStation Vita that includes an HDMI port. Could this be the reason that the PlayStation TV was phased out so quickly?
If a new system is in fact coming, let’s hope that Sony goes back to the OLED screen that was used in the first generation of the handheld. The rest of the system’s design falls right in line with the previous two models. Perhaps this is something that Sony is prepping for an E3 reveal...
It seems as though people are still trying to recover from the GTA V PC and Mortal Kombat X launches of last week as things get a bit quieter for this week. All of this week’s releases are on the digital side of things, which is good because it means that you don’t have to leave home to pick anything up. PlayStation fans are finally getting their hands on the amazing Shovel Knight from Yacht Club Games. The game has only been available on the PC and Wii U / 3DS until now and is widely considered a masterpiece. Plus, the PlayStation versions are Cross Buy, Cross Save and even feature a new boss battle with a pixelated Kratos! Ubisoft is also looking to take the Assassin’s Creed franchise in a new direction this week with the first entry in a new downloadable series. The first of three titles for Assassin’s Creed Chronicles covers an adventure in China as a 2D sidescrolling action game, which could be very interesting.
This week’s entire lineup:
Developer Aeria Games has released a new trailer for upcoming free-to-play, MMORPG Echo of Soul that showcases the Guardian character class. The Guardian functions in-game as a support and tank class that draws powers from nature to unleash lightning spells and other earth-based attacks.
Echo of Soul allows players to customize their character class with specializations such as the Stormguard and Earthguard variants for the Guardian. The Stormguard specializes in zone damage with thunder attacks while the Earthguard uses shock waves to distract and weaken enemies.
Echo of Soul will be available in beta form this May for PC.
MegaPhilX is close to unleashing v1.3.0 of Mega Man Unlimited and along with it comes a new playable character. While I won't spoil it here (I'll let the trailer do that), the character will be familiar to those who have played through the game. After seeing the trailer, the character looks pretty fun to play and I'm looking forward to v1.3 once it launches.
Other notes about the new character is that you'll be able to play as him if you beat the game on Original or Insta-Kill mode, but he is only playable in the main story, meaning you can't use him in Endless Attack, Endless Boss Attack, Whirlpool Man's stage, or Challenge Mode. He also learns new techniques from defeated Robot Masters and has no specific story, so it's more like a bonus mode.