We're still over a month from the release of Halo 5:Guardians which means it is time for Microsoft to start firing up the hype machine for the game. To that end they have released the opening cinematic from the game which is quite glorious.
The trailer shows Locke and the rest of his team dropping in to rescue Dr. Halsey from the clutches of the Covenant. While the trailer starts slow it ends with a bang as Locke's team drops in from space and works their way through a large swarm of Covenant forces. The game shows off some of the moves that the team can do and is one of the more frenetic trailers I've seen lately.
I'm still a bit worried about the game as the Master Chief Collection was a bit of a let down in terms of fit and finish and hopefully 343 has learned their lesson and done a few extra polish passes before shipping the game off for certification. We'll find out when the game launches on October 27.
Destiny: The Taken King is killing it with its use of Vietnam War-era rock and roll in this trailer. While Led Zeppelin's lyrics to "Black Dog" are, on the surface, about a man seemingly unable to curb his sexual appetite, it, uh, still nails a gritty wartime groove to Destiny's pulpy, science-fantasy universe.
The Taken King is fueled by a father avenging the death of his son. As for your guardians: The legend continues. That limited edition PS4 console, though.
Destiny: The Taken King (which officially starts year two for Destiny) is coming in hot for a September 15 launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
While indie movies on Steam have been around for awhile, things now have changed quite dramatically with the introduction of Hollywood movies alongside the launch of the Mad Max game. Visiting the Steam section for streaming videos has four pages with the majority being indie content with the latest additions now including:
The latest film the series is priced at $19.99 while the earlier movies are $14.99. Upon examining my Steam library under the Movies section I discovered a Mad Max System Test that downloads a 30 MB "Mad Max System Test Player," which at the moment just plays a trailer for Fury Road. Further examination of the Steam pages for the movies explain that they're streaming only with further details provided on a support page.
While simply just guesses at this point, all of this strongly hints at big changes in store for Steam in regards to a movie store to possibly compete with iTunes and other retailers like Amazon. While Steam is known for digital games at the moment, it looks as it just might become a one stop digital shop for movies as well.
Stay tuned for continued developments on Steam and the addition of movies.
Developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive have released a new trailer for the upcoming Cities: Skylines expansion After Dark. Pixar-like music combined with scenic nighttime city views make for a truly majestic trailer that's best recommended for repeat views.
Those in eager need of bringing their city into the night don't need to wait long as Cities: Skylines After Dark will be available on September 24 for PC, Mac, and Linux.
For those of you out there who want to enjoy Evolve but still aren't sure if it's a long-term commitment for you, 2K Games and Turtle Rock are giving you a free weekend of monster hunting in the action game. While some modes in the game have been available for free for short periods of time, it looks as though this is the first time the entire game will be available free of charge for a few days. Check out the trailer below and happy hunting!
EA Sports has begun to reveal the top 50 players available in the upcoming launch of FIFA 16, starting with #50 and working their way up to the #1 player (spoiler: It's probably Messi) on Friday. Today, though, we get to see #50-#41 as they will be available upon launch. There are no real surprises with this first reveal, and the list is as follows:
#50: Angel di Maria (CAM, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, France)
#49: Petr Cech (GK, Arsenal, Barclay's Premier League, England)
#48: Edinson Cavani (ST, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, France)
#47: Vincent Kompany (CB, Manchester City, Barclay's Premier League, England)
#46: David Alaba (LB, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, Germany)
#45: Diego Godin (CB, Atletico Madrid, La Liga, Spain)
#44: John Terry (CB, Chelsea, Barclay's Premier League, England)
#43: Naldo (CB, VFL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga, Germany)
#42: Yaya Toure (CM, Manchester City, Barclay's Premier League, England)
#41: Santi Cazorla (CAM, Arsenal, Barclay's Premier League, England)
Tomorrow, we'll see #40-#31 as the reveal continues this week!
I'm sure a lot of Street Fighter fans have already pre-ordered Street Fighter V in order to get access to the beta. Capcom decided to make things really annoying when it comes to pre-orders by announcing special costumes for pre-order bonuses. Okay, costumes as pre-orders, that's okay, but Capcom has also announced that they are retailer exclusive.
This is incredibly infuriating. First of all, I will be playing Street Fighter V on the PC. Second, I am not a Chun-Li player, I am a Cammy player, so how do I get that costume? Also, what about the people that pre-ordered at GameStop months ago and then want the M.Bison costume? Cancel at GameStop and then pre-order again at Amazon? Okay, If you want to do pre-order bonuses, that's fine, can you at least try to not make it chore?
Anyways, Capcom also announced a special collectors edition for Street Fighter V, which will retail for $99.99. This I will say looks pretty cool and en extra $40 for all that stuff seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Here is what is included in the collectors edition...
For more information, be sure to check out Capcom-Unity.com
Sony announced today that Uncharted 4 will be available on March 18, 2016. We already knew that the game was going to be out in Sprint 2016 but folks know when exactly they will be able to step into Nathan Drake's dirt covered shoes.
I'm hoping that the game fixes a bunch of the plot and gameplay issues that plagued the third iteration of the series. The game did have an amazing E3 trailer so I'm more than a bit excited for the game.
Mike O'Brien, President and co-founder of ArenaNet, had offered his thoughts on moving Guild Wars 2 to the Free To Play model in an update from the company. For those who missed the news over the weekend, the company decided to drop the initial purchase of the product and only charge for the expansions, giving players access to the core quest and features.
"In making Guild Wars 2 free, we're not switching business models to a traditional free-to-play game, and we're not aggressively monetizing free players through microtransactions,"" said O'Brien. "We're making the base game free because we're confident that anyone who loves Guild Wars 2 will consider buying Heart of Thorns, continuing their experience into the expansion and beyond with Living World and our newly announced raids."
O'Brien is correct in what he is saying as this is not a traditional free-to-play format. In comparison, a title such as Perfect World International is completely free to play, but pushes their cash shop of items heavily to get boosts, weapon upgrades, and distinct advantages. O'Brien has always believed that no player should have a huge advantage if they're willing to spend extra money, so ArenaNet appears to be sticking to their guns, which is nice to see.
ROCCAT is changing the game once again when it comes to customization. ROCCAT's new MMO gaming mouse named Nyth is going to have access to an entirely new world of customization and adjustment that no other mouse has had prior to it. ROCCAT has teamed up with Shapeways, which is the leading 3D printing service in the world, to provide the designs to take your gaming experience to the next level.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Roccat to empower gaming enthusiasts to create custom,
personalized buttons for their Nyth," said Charlie Maddock, Director of Business Development at
Shapeways. "One of the most powerful aspects of 3D printing is the ability to enable enthusiast
communities to come together and create products that showcase their passion. We're excited to
see what the Roccat community comes up with as we continue to work together."
It looks as though ROCCAT and Shapeways will start a little slow, offering 10 button set varieties in various colors and will grow from there. The button sets will start at $13 USD, plus shipping.