What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
This weekend will be seeing me play a lot of Stretchmo for my upcoming review, and aside from the fact it's a "freemium" game, it reminds me a lot of Pushmo...which makes sense, really. I think what'll make or break the game is if it's worth paying for the different "attractions," as they're priced between $3 and $5, depending on the pack you get. Beyond that, I'll also be trying to make progress through Axiom Verge. It's starting to remind me of Metroid in more than just graphics and gameplay; I'm to that point where I have to keep questioning where the heck do I go next, and constantly retracing my steps to see if I missed anything.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I will be heading back into Splatoon to see what the servers look like post launch, and maybe level up a bit to improve my loadout. I may also continue my Star Wars nostalgia trip with X-Wing Alliance.
Travis Huinker, Staff Writer, @travishuinker
This weekend I'll continue playing through The Witcher 3 as I continually get distracted by the various side quests and activities. I'll also be working on my review of recently released The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
I'm fully back into the thrall of MechWarrior Online after dabbing in the game last weekend. The fight-tweak-fight mechanic scratches a primal itch for me, and I'm starting to explore the Community Warfare section of the game. My first two ventures into that part of the game did not go well, but I am learning the maps and how to pick which group of four mechs I want to bring into the game with me. Time permitting, I'm going to pick up The Witcher 3 for the console so that I can hang out with my wife and play the game. With the BPL season over and with the heat of summer preventing yardwork in the afternoon, we need a way to kill some time together.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @RandyKalista
I'm saving up my pennies for The Witcher 3. I could play The Witcher 2 until then, but it wouldn't be the same. See, I don't want Geralt, I want of Rivia. So, until then, I'm getting my teen angst and ennui on with Life Is Strange (biatches). Developer Dontnod proves that Telltale (hella) don't have a monopoly on the contemporary adventure game formula.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
I've only been able to put in about an hour of gaming on my PS4 in the last week. That's going to be remedied this weekend. I started Battlefield 4 a week-and-a-half ago on the double XP bonus. So a little more of that, some FIFA, and keeping on with AC IV: Black Flag will do me just fine.
Michael Passalacqua, Staff Writer, @mikepass20
Most of my gaming weekend will be spent reviewing Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark, but if I have some extra time I’ll be wrapping up the platinum trophy for the fantastic Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. You could always read my review for it (cheap plug) or just buy it, I promise that you won’t regret it.
John Yan, Senior Hardware Editor, @TheJohnYan
Grand Theft Auto V has been my go-to game this past week, and I'm going to keep playing that until I finish the story. It's been a lot of fun—more than the last few GTAs for me. Between heists and missions, I'll pop into Diablo 3 for a quick rift or two.
Publisher Focus Home Interactive has announced its line-up of games that will be showcased at E3, which takes place June 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC), the multi-award winning RPG developed by Larian Studios arrives on consoles, with a load of new features and enhanced graphics.
Blood Bowl 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC), developed by Cyanide Studio, smashes Games Workshop's Warhammer and American football together, in an explosive cocktail of turn-based strategy, humour and brutality.
The Technomancer (PS4, Xbox One and PC), a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world from studio Spiders, that will bring you to the hazardous red planet.
Mordheim: City of the Damned (Consoles, PC) is the videogame adaptation of Games Workshop's cult classic tabletop game. This is a turn-based strategy game that blends RPG elements, fast-paced tactical combat and intricate unit customization in a time wrought by chaos and rivalry.
Space Hulk Deathwing (PS4, Xbox One, PC) by Streum On Studio is a First-Person Shooter experience of Games Workshop's classic boardgame Space Hulk, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (PC), developed by Tindalos Interactive, is the real-time strategy adaptation of Games Workshop's tabletop game, that stages the dark, deadly and intense space battles from the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Farming Simulator (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox360, PC, Mac, Vita) joins E3 after its recent release on consoles. Developer Giants Software will tell you more about the future edition, and will unveil the first official Farming Simulator wheel controller, created by Saitek.
Act of Aggression (PC), the new real-time strategy game on PC from Wargame creator Eugen Systems. Act of Aggression draws inspiration from the Golden Era of RTS titles, with a unique near-future techno thriller ambiance.
Vampyr, the RPG from DontNod, will unveil its first teaser trailer at E3!
Stay tuned to Gaming Nexus during E3 as we'll be reporting each day from the expo.
Publisher Excalibur and developer Odin Game Studio have announced a new survival game in development titled Better Late Than Dead. Upon beginning the game players awake on an island without any memories except for a child's photograph in their pocket. Players must try to survive by searching for resources, crafting items, seeking shelter, fending off wild animals, and satisfying thirst and hunger needs all the while trying to escape and the island and solve the mystery.
The sandbox nature of the island will be explorable either via single-player or up to four players in a multiplayer mode. Odin Game Studio Co-Founder Alexandre Kikuchi described the game, "We’ve developed an adventure game based on survival elements that challenges the player with common decisions, where men and animals are part of one plot, but different destinies await. Better Late than Dead brings a new challenge for old and new survivors!”
The game's features include:
Better Late Than Dead will be available through Steam Early Access on July 9 for PC at launch and Mac at a later stage in development. The early access game will retail for $14.99.
June is almost here, and the next month's free Games with Gold have been announced. As usual, the Xbox One titles are pretty bland---perhaps even more bland than usual, actually. The Xbox 360 games are very good, however, so it balances out.
For the 360, we've got Just Cause 2 and Thief. Just Cause 2 is one of my favorite sandbox games ever, and now is a perfect time to play it to get ready for the upcoming and excellent looking Just Cause 3. Thief was a little less well received, but it's a game that I missed and I'm excited to give it a shot.
For the Xbox One, Pool Nation FX is still available for free, and the other game is Massive Chalice. Master Chalice has gotten pretty good reviews so far as well, but to be honest I had never heard of it until it was announced today for free. I know a lot of people over in the Xbox One subreddit were upset with these options; I guess we'll see how it turns out.
CD Projekt Red has released a promo video detailing the open world they have created for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and simply put, it's stunning. The game is picking up all sorts of well deserved accolades, but to just sit back and enjoy a few minutes of the gorgeous scenery unhindered by quests or even gameplay is quite therapeutic. Enjoy.
Ok Nintendo, I give! I cannot take the constant teasing that you do with Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Wii U. Every time I see new footage or information on the game, I get the “I have to have them all” feeling. So many Yoshis! That feeling was magnified by about a thousand with the latest trailer for the game which shows off the Amiibo support for the game.
The latest trailer, shown below, details just what you can expect to experience when you scan in a Mario, Donkey Kong, or Link Amiibo figure. Yoshi transforms into a variation of those characters in Yarn-Yoshi form. They look awesome! These patterns aren’t just limited to these three figures as the game will support a ton of Amiibos, including Sonic the Hedgehod, Mega Man, Toon Link, Pac-Man, Wario, Ness, Little Mac, and even Pit. It has been stated that more than 40 figures will be supported by the game, so I guess that means that I need to start buying Amiibos again.
Yoshi’s Woolly World launches later this year on the Wii U.
I guess that when all else fails, you have to suck it up and do the job yourself. Since the rest of UltraTech’s creations have been unable to quell the fighters of Killer Instinct, the company’s CEO is going to have to take things into her own hands. The final character addition of Season 2 of Killer Instinct will be released tomorrow for owners of the Ultra Edition, adding ARIA, UltraTech’s Chief Executive Officer, into the fray. Everyone else will have to wait until June 4 to get their hands on her.
Don’t let the diva-esque strut fool you, this mechanized-combatant came to fight. I love the angelic look that she sports, combined with the metallic form; she reminds me of one of the enemies from Bayonetta. Since this is the last character to be added for this season, it makes me wonder what is in store for E3. Are we going to see a season 3 for Killer Instinct?
Brett Douville is back with part 2 of his livestream of Star Wars: Republic Commando, the game he served on as lead programmer way back in 2005. Highlights of this session include special guest appearances by legendary Lucasarts developer Daron Stinnett and composer Jesse Harlin, who did the music and sound editing on the game. It must have been cool for Stinnett to work on Republic Commando as he spearheaded development of Dark Forces back in 1995, so he had over a decade of Star Wars FPS experience!
It's also interesting that George Lucas himself gave pointers on how to improve the game, like giving the Delta Squad clones more humor and personality. This made the game quite a bit better, which is in sharp contrast to Lucas's heavy-handed input on Fracture and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, which were reportedly disastrous for both projects.
Check out the video below, it's a fascinating watch for Star Wars fans and gamers alike.
We've seen a lot of flashy pre-rendered trailers and even a live action tv spot but Rocksteady has been reticent to show off much gameplay from Batman: Arkham Knight. This new gameplay video, titled "Go to War" continues the brief gameplay we saw in the "Officer Down" trailer, as Batman rescues Poison Ivy from Scarecrow's gang. I have a feeling she will be less than grateful, but it is cool to see the various supervillains tearing each other to pieces in the absence of Joker's ironic stabilizing effect on Gotham's criminal element.
Oh, and Warner Bros Interactive? I still haven't forgotten about that ridiculous $40 season pass. Just letting you know.