Order an Oculus Rift online today and wait until August for it to arrive—or buy an Oculus Rift at Best Buy this weekend. Someone poured a little Halo into your Call of Duty cereal. And The Guardian newspaper tackles solitary confinement byputting you in a VR 6x9 prison cell.
What are you playing this weekend?
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
Doom is only a couple weeks away, so I'm replaying Doom 3: BFG Edition in anticipation. I know Doom 3 isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoy the tactical-shooter approach to survival horror that id hit on. The graphics and art still hold up really well, too, and it's hard to believe the game is 12 years old. I'm really looking forward to the new Doom and its more action-oriented gameplay, but it doesn't hurt to revisit the past sometimes.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
By the time the weekend arrives, my finals will be over and I can spend my time grinding for all the Dark Souls III achievements guilt free. Unfortunately for me, that means lots of PvP, so even though finals are over, I don't predict my stress levels will decrease in the slightest.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
It looks like my weekend is going to be filled with RPG-styled adventures. First off, I need to finish up Severed on the Vita for review. Once I finish that up, I will get to move back to Valkyria Chronicles Remastered on the PS4. I wasn't sure what to expect going into the game, but have quickly fallen in love with everything about it and think fans of the game are in for a treat when it launches later this month.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend I'll be diving into the betas for Paragon and Overwatch to see how they stack up. I've already logged a bit over an hour with Overwatch and I've found it to be rather delightful. It has it's quirks, but so far I'm liking what I'm seeing. Hopefully more time with it will find more great content and no major issues. I'll also be grinding some new mechs in MechWarrior Online and playing a few rounds of Ashes of the Singularity as time permits.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
I'd hate to lose the momentum I've regained with The Witcher 3. It was a few things that brought me back to that world. 1) Was a gallery of screenshots from Dead End Thrills. 2) Was playing Red Dead Redemption's soundtrack on Spotify in the background. And 3) was getting back into witcher gear instead of the dorky pot-bellied armor from other in-game factions. Sixty-five hours in and I'm only level 12 of max 60. That should tell you something about my DGAF playstyle when it comes to open worlds and their main storylines—since exploration and sidequests are a game of inches. Ooh, this just in: Review code for The Banner Saga 2. A little late getting to us, but I'm on it.
Dan Keener, Senior A/V Writer, @zoboa
After spending the evening with Captain America on Friday, I will be catching up with some favorites such as Diablo III, Rock Band 4, and I may delve back into Fallout 4 to try and make some more progress. There also looks to be a ton of betas and demos coming out, so I will see if anything catches my eye. While playing, I will continue to work through the latest A/V review item, which is a full-bodied home theater speaker system.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
A little Destiny this weekend, finishing up the Soul Axiom review, and I've already got tickets to see Captain America: Civil War. Looking forward to a laid back time.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I unfortunately forsook my reviews last week because I was playing the everloving hell out of Severed. So this weekend is more Nights of Azure, Croixleur Sigma, and hopefully some time with the Overwatch beta, and Street Fighter V. Now that Guile is out, I'm looking forward to giving a zoning character like him a try. I've also got the final chapter of Bravely Second to wrap up. Still hate the "moral quandaries" to get some of the asterisks, but I can't stop playing it.
The debut trailer for Battlefield 1 just hit, and it's a blockbuster—if trailers themselves can be blockbusters. In 1:19, Battlefield 1 shows off: mace and shovel melee attacks, desert riders, tail gunners, "Curse you, Red Baron" biplanes (and triplanes), medieval fortifications, tanks, jungle warfare, maps big enough for zeppelin air battles, trenches, trench mouth, trench foot, flamethrowers, hype trains, battleships, mortars, artillery, tinitus, and Jack Black rocking "Seven Nation Army."
Holy mother, EA DICE just cracked open a capsule of smelling salts for first-person shooters. Especially as modern/advanced/futurist warfare fatigue appears to be settling in on this generation of gamers (but hey, you decide). Regardless, heading back to World War I is a cool move for a series that got its start in WWII. Don't get me wrong, this is some high-fantasy warfare here. It's a dieselpunk dream come true. Looks pretty much amazing.
Battlefield 1 is here in a little over five months on October 21. It's will simul-launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Remember that wearable Mega Man helmet that Capcom made last year? Yeah, the one that was kind of expensive but probably worth it if you had the money? Well what if you wanted to be the original creation of Dr. Light, Proto Man? Now you can as Capcom is releasing a wearable Proto Man helmet similar to the Mega Man helmet. Normally the helmet will sell for $200 but you can pre-order it for $160. In addition, only Proto Man helmets ordered from the Capcom Store will also come with a Proto Man scarf to complete the look.
The Proto Man helmet is slated to be released Winter 2016.
Looks like today is the day for Fallout 4 news. In addition to the announcement that the 1.5/Survival Mode download is now available for console owners, Bethesda just sent out a tweet that the Far Harbor beta invites have been mailed out.
Far Harbor is set to release on May 19th, so if you didn’t get into the beta, check out the trailer that came out yesterday to tide you over for the next couple of weeks.
Pete Hines, Vice President of Marketing and PR at Bethesda just broke the news on Twitter that the long-awaited console 1.5 patch for Fallout 4 is now available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So if you were waiting with anticipation, now is the time to fire up your console and the game to start the auto-download.
You can take a look at the release notes that we posted a few weeks ago to see exactly what updates and fixes are coming, with the biggest add being the Survival Mode.
I have posted this one a few times before because it is a fabulous program if you don’t mind giving up a little bit of tracking data. Microsoft’s Bing Rewards programs pays you to search, take quizzes and click on daily links. All of which is stuff most of us do anyway, so why not get a little something for the effort.
The Bing rewards can be accumulated and then turned in for all kinds of stuff, including Xbox Digital gift cards. I personally have earned over 10,500 rewards, which have been redeemed for around $110 worth of Xbox Digital Gift Cards over the past several years. You can also shoot for earning Xbox Live Gold Memberships, Windows Store Gift cards, Sweepstakes (Xbox One prizes), Amazon, Gamestop and many more that aren’t gaming related.
If you are interested in earning free stuff for doing what you already do (and your Xbox account translates to your Microsoft Bing account) then head over to this link and take a look at joining.
The folks over at The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame have inducted their second class yesterday, and it is filled with some of the most iconic video game titles that have graced arcades, consoles or computers over the last 45+ years.
The 2016 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame are:
The 2016 class joins the inaugural group that included DOOM, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Brothers, Tetris and World of Warcraft. You can read up more on each of the 2015 inductees (although most of us have played some or all of the titles at one point) over at The Strong’s website as well as visit the Hall of Fame page.
A few days ago we mentioned that the details around the Rock Band 4 May update would be coming later this week. Well, it is later this week and here we are. Just posted over at the Harmonix Rock Band blog, below is the list of all the patches, bug fixes and new add-ons that Rock Band 4 will get at the next title update.
New Rock Shop Items
•2 new playable characters from Battleborn® available in the Rock Shop!
Double Kick Drum Pedal Support
General Bug Fixes
•Fixed an issue related to Drum Fills and the slop window
•Fixed an issue where the arm of the bassist goes right through their own body
•Fixed freezing of a vocalist animation during an instrumental part of a song
•Fixed a game crash going into the Big Rock Ending on "Warriors of Time" on Expert Guitar
•Fixed sound FX issues with the Add/Remove sound while in Setlists
•Fixed issue with the background music slider in the Options Menu
•Reduced the volume of shouting audio on the “Take Requests” screen
•Fixed a game crash when loading a saved Setlist
•Fixed camera issue on vocalist’s face
•Fixed a game crash before the Big Rock Ending in "Heroes" as made famous by David Bowie
•Fixed an issue where scores disappear when pausing and resuming quickly in the middle of a drums Big Rock Ending
While its not a huge list, but the continual efforts to support the game with DLC, free updates and bug fixes is much appreciated.
Fuchy takes on Hitler in a Street Fighter inspired video. Hitler fights with paint brushes and has a thug life tattoo.
Fuchy takes on other historical dictators (and Ghandi? And Snoop Dogg?) across the globe in this eclectic track that cuts out early, comes back, then ends before you know it.
I've never heard of Fuchy either. But the onscreen action correlates in and out of the electronic track. The animation is junky—intentionally—but it's always interesting to me watching where video games and other cultures (i.e. music culture) clash and corresponds.
Also check out our reluctant 6.5 out of 10 we gave the launch version of Street Fighter V.
Digital Foundry does a fine job with graphical and performance comparison videos. Today it's taken a magnifying lens to not Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, but the surprising pack-in to Infinite Warfare's deluxe editions—Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remaster. While Infinite Warfare will sell like gangbusters—it's inevitable—a vocal portion of the CoD audience is more excited to see the graphical upgrades given to the 2007 classic.
Modern Warfare isn't 10 years old yet. Is it okay to call it a classic? It's certainly loved, we can give it that much. Coming out of nowhere, this is an interesting enough proposal to make an FPS casual like myself do a double take.
Watch the video, marvel at the now volumetric lighting, the requisite lens flare, the character modeling up-rez, and the kind of details that only nostalgia can expose. Never dipped into Modern Warfare? Read our own John Yan's or Dave Gamble's reviews. (Hint: Both independently gave the game a 9 out of 10.)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (and subsequently the Modern Warfare Remaster) will be on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 4. No word yet whether the Remaster will be sold on its own at some point; it'll only be available on the Legacy, Digital Deluxe, and Legacy Pro editions of Infinite Warfare.