To celebrate the NFL Draft, EA has opened up Madden 16 for all Xbox Live Gold members this weekend. The offer runs until midnight Pacific Time on Monday, May 2nd. In addition to the free offering, the game is on a deep discount at just $19.80 to keep the good times going after the weekend is up, and has been part of EA Access since the Super Bowl. Ea Access opens up Madden and a host of other EA titles as long as you keep your subscription active, $29.99 per year or $4.99 per month.
The free weekend opens up all games modes like Franchise, Draft Champions, Ultimate Team. More details can be found on the Xbox site.
The very popular MMO DC Universe Online has made it to the Xbox One, after being announced several months ago.
The Xbox website describes it as such:
Choose your side – Hero or Villain – and create your character to experience true action combat, as you fight alongside and against legendary characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Lex Luthor, and Circe.
Jump in and explore the DC Universe; walk the darkened streets of Gotham City, investigate the mysteries of the futuristic cityscape of Metropolis, and travel to legendary locations such as Arkham Asylum and the Watchtower.
The Xbox One version has a bit of extra content, as well: A powered up character emblem, powered up cape and vapor aura.
I hope to dive into the game soon and find out what that means! You can download it for free on the Xbox Live marketplace, though it does warn that it's a sizable download and make take several hours.
Dropping a bit of a bombshell on Twitter, DICE has stated that Battlefield 5 will be revealed next Friday, May 6th.
Unfortunately that's all that was revealed, so we'll have to wait until then to find out more.
There were rumors a few months back that the game will be set in World War I. Certainly an interesting design choice if it's true, but not necessarily one that I can see a lot of people being excited about; if they were going to do something so drastic, I would suspect a Battlefield: Hardline style spin-off.
Stay tuned to find out what's next for the series.
Video game movies are an interesting thing to me. It seems no matter what happens, studios just can't get them right. All the same, the reports that Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander has been cast as Lara Croft in the next Tomb Raider movie are pretty exciting.
For one, she's obviously very talented and good at what she does. Secondly, now that she's an Oscar nominee for one of those very Oscar-baity type movies, The Danish Girl, her presence may bring a sophistication to the project that might help us finally crawl out of the abysmal cycle of terrible video game movies; the Ratchet & Clank movie is currently being torn apart by critics as we speak.
Here's hoping that Vikander's Tomb Raider and Fassbender's Assassin's Creed can turn this around.
Patrice Desilets of Assassin's Creed fame settles with Ubisoft and wins back rights to 1666. World of Tanks is getting its own comic book. And esports doesn't want to have anything to do with porn because it would dilute esports' pro-gambling message.
What are you playing this weekend?
Sean Cahill, Staff Writer, @seancahill24
This week, I plan on diving into the Iron Banner in Destiny with my clansmen from "Ways of Old." We will also be attempting an Oryx Hard Mode Raid on Monday before the reset happens. Outside of this, I plan on partaking in some Basketball Rocket League and have also been enjoying some Zombi on PS4.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
To celebrate Alien Day (4-26) and Alien Week as it were, I will be starting a replay of Creative Assembly's 2014 horror masterpiece, Alien: Isolation. When that game inevitably depletes my adrenal glands and shatters my willpower, I will take breaks with the slightly less terrifying but no less excellent Aliens vs. Predator Classic 2000. Hopefully this will distract me from the fact that I can in no fiscally responsible way afford the $175 Alien Stomper Reebok replicas inflating prices on Ebay right now. Yeah, I might have a Xenomorph problem.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
Next week is finals week, so most of my weekend will be spent staring either into the abyss of my own inner turmoil or at a blank page on the computer screen, wondering why I chose to become an English major, knowing how many research papers would be involved.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
Once again I've got a full plate this weekend. My goals are to finish off Alienation on the PS4 and Severed on the Vita. However, I always find myself getting lost with other games. I definitely want to check out the debut of Guile on Street Fighter V, and I'm getting sucked into a certain [embargoed] RPG that launches in late May that shall remain nameless for the time being.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend will be recovering from another half marathon on Saturday and then pulling a "reverse Larkin" on Sunday, as my wife will be out of town and I'll have all the digital entertainment I want. I'm going to continue working my way through Ashes of the Singularity, as I want to check out the new stuff the put in the 1.1 patch this week. I'm also going to check out Dead Star; the game looked really interesting when I was editing Nathan's review. After that, I'll be laddering my way up through a new set of mechs in Mechwarrior Online and continuing to grind my way through Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
I’ve rented Far Cry Primal for the weekend. Honestly, I expected little—but it’s been a good time. For the heck of it, I went in with zero HUD (removing the minimap, healthbars, interaction buttons, etc.), no fast travel, and on survival mode. It’s great. Sure, getting curbstomped by a bear in one swipe sucks, but the biggest revelation was figuring out I have to hunt and eat constantly. I think I have to eat three deer, two pigs, and a partridge in a pear tree every day, just to keep from starving. Inevitably, I’ll check into World of Tanks, too. I’d forgotten how much artillery changes up the game’s playstyle, so I’m mixing it up with a little ol’ Priest artillery vehicle as I push further up the American mediums line of tanks.
Dan Keener, Senior A/V Writer, @zoboa
Most of my weekend will be taken up with the NFL draft and catching up on household tasks. However, I plan to sneak in some Rocket League with the new Basketball arenas, Rock Band 4 for some of the latest DLC, and go back and make some additional progress through Diablo III. While playing games, I will be finishing up my review of a full-fledged home theater speaker system.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Due to some ill-advised wagers I lost to my wife, she's cashing in a "no-electronics weekend" chip. So I won't be playing anything really. Sigh.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I picked up Severed for the Vita, and it's wonderful. So I'm going to try and play through that this weekend. I still need to find time to play Hyper Light Drifter, and get the new Guile DLC for Street Fighter V. Hopefully I can also get to the end of Bravely Second: End Layer.
John Yan, Senior Hardware Editor, @TheJohnYan
HTC Vive. Job Simulator.
So, Guile has made his debut in Street Fighter V and I have been playing a lot of the game lately. I also have the PC version of the game which of course allows for the use mods and the community has been quick to release some really cool mods for the game. The people over at /r/StreetFighterMods also have a great index of a bunch of mods that are currently available.
The other great thing about mods this time around is that the subreddit also has a great tool called "Yet Another Tool To Automate Mod Managing" or yattaMM for short. To use this tool all you have to do is download it and then locate your Street Fighter V folder in Steam. The tool will do all the work for you. Just download the mod you want, click install in the program and all the work is done. You can also download multiple mods and easily disable or enable the ones you want in the game via the tool. I have been using this tool and so far I have had no problems whatsoever, unlike Street Fighter IV where I had to deal with constant crashes.
Just for fun, let's take a look at just a few of the mods that are currently available for the game.... safe for work mods of course.
M. Bison - Q is one of those Street Fighter characters that has only made an appearance in one game, that being Street Fighter III: Third Strike, but if you really want to play as him in Street Fighter V, this will have to do. The "Q as M. Bison" mod by PFUnk will turn M. Bison into the Third Strike character himself.
Vega - "When all is drenched in blood, I will finally experience bliss..." and yes he does as the "Blood Rain Claw" mod from Bloody Rain turns Vega into something that looks like a Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees after the bodies start piling up.
Necalli - Don't like Necalli's dreadlocks? The "Shaved Head" mod by bajmwill remove said hair and Necalli can rock a bald head. Honestly, I think this looks more badass than his normal look.
R-Mika - R Mika has a really cool mod called the "Team Muscle Spirit" mod by Sp00kyFox and this mod replaces Nadeshiko with Zangief in her into, outro, her V-Skill and her critical art.
Cammy - Well I found a "Barefoot Cammy" mod by BrutalAce and I guess you could consider this a swimsuit mod? I mean, her default outfit is basically a one piece suit anyways. Just use your imagination and think she is just leaving the pool area or she just finished walking on the beach... or if you are into this kinda thing, well here you go. She does also have a very cool "Decapre" mod by moddah, so if you are really missing Decapre, you can use this mod until she makes her return to the game. If she does.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Street Fighter V mods so check back in future installments when I round up some of the coolest mods I have found for the game. Safe for work mods of course.
Streum On Studios' upcoming game set in the Warhammer 40k universe, Space Hulk: Deathwing has gotten its first gameplay trailer. It's an incredibly informative video about the nature of the game and the lore of the universe, so if you're new to Warhammer, this video is for you.
Based on the tabletop game, Space Hulk: Deathwing will see you exploring derelict space craft and space debris, combining first person shooting with elements of dungeon crawling and, judging by the way these creatures make me feel, survival horror.
You can watch the trailer for yourself below.
Still presumably basking in the afterglow of the release of Dark Souls III, one of the best sequels in recent memory (although what happened to poise?!), From Software president and director of Dark Souls 1 and 3 Hidetaka Miyazaki says that From is already working on a new IP.
Fans of the Souls series will know that Miyazaki has long been claiming that Dark Souls III is the completion of the trilogy, and he's sticking to his guns, saying: ". . . rather than make another sequel, I think it's time we take a step to a new direction. Development of a new IP has already begun."
He also goes on to say that he's not completely opposed to another Dark Souls entry several years down the line, but I think we'd better not hold our collective breath. Similarly, Miyazaki says that they're not interested in making a remastered Demon's Souls, and that they want to focus on making new things.
Much as I love Dark Souls, this is still exciting news. Dark Souls started as an extremely niche game, and at this point perhaps even started a niche genre, that wouldn't have existed if a company didn't create a new property. I'm sure whatever the future holds for From Software is great.
You can read the original interview (translated from Chinese) here.
I'm somewhat of a fan of Dungeons & Dragons. "Somewhat" meaning I like playing it but finding the time to do so is a pain. That said I've never played Pathfinder but have heard really good things about it. Back in 2013 Paizo Publishing released the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game during that year's GenCon event. The game can be played with one to four players and is set in the Pathfinder world...and that's about all of the experience with Pathfinder that I currently have.
Anyway, Obsidian Entertainment recently teamed up with Paizo Publishing to release Pathfinder Adventures, a free-to-play mobile adaptation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, for the Apple iPad and Android Tablets, with iPhone, Android phone, and Steam versions currently in development. In Pathfinder Adventures, you and your party race against time in a quest to defeat a "dangerous villain". You can choose your character, build a deck of allies, equipment, and magic, and explore various locations during your adventure. If you're looking to get your foot into the world of Pathfinder, this might be a good place to start. More info can be found at pathfinder.obsidian.net.
It's been a while since I've played any sort of dogfighting games that don't have the words "Star" and "Fox" in the title, and even then I was never that good at them, Crimson Skies being the exception. However, if dogfights in space are more your thing, Frontier Developments has released Elite Dangerous: Arena for the Xbox One. The game lets you choose from four combat-honed ships including the Federal and Imperial Fighters, the Eagle, and the Sidewinder, and compete in one of four arenas with up to eight players in a Free-For-All, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the Flag.
All existing Elite Dangerous players on the Xbox One will now own Arena as part of the core game. Those who don't have Elite Dangerous can purchase Elite Dangerous: Arena for $7.49. You can also purchase a bundle on Xbox Live that includes both Elite Dangerous and Elite Dangerous: Arena for $37.49.