Don't go chasing waterfalls, The Banner Saga 2

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I failed to post The Banner Saga 2's announcement trailer several months ago. I know. I'll turn in my gun and my badge at the end of the day. But developer Stoic just released another little tidbit, giving us a panning shot of viking ships heading straight for the edge of the world. Not much info at this time. Just soak in the art style, folks. And watch these tough guys ignore the sage advice of '90s R&B supergroup TLC, as they absolutely go chasing waterfalls.

Two Sword Art Online games are making their way to the Americas

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Bandai Namco has announced that two Sword Art Online games are making their way to the Americas in the coming months: Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment and Sword Art Online: Lost Song.  Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will be a PSN exclusive on the PS4 which is already available in the US for the PS Vita (which you can check out Cyril's review here), and if you already have save data from the PS Vita version you'll be happy to know that some items will be transferrable to the PS4 version.  The DLC from the Vita version will also be unlockable on the PS4 version at a later date.

In Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment, you'll take on the role of Kirito as you fight through the levels of Aincrad to break free from being locked within the virtual game world, while in Sword Art Online: Lost Song you'll play through a completely original storyline within the succeeding VRMMORPG (Virtual Reailty MMORPG) called ALfheim Online.  Hollow Fragment is set to release on the PSN for the PS4 this summer while Lost Song is slated for a retail release on the PS4 and PS Vita this fall.  If you've never heard of Sword Art Online and want to see what it's all about, the first season is currently on Netflix and if you're into MMOs, I'd say it's worth a watch.

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WildStar is going free-to-play this fall

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NCSOFT and Carbine Studios has recently announced that WildStar, one of the most critically-acclaimed MMOs of 2014, will be going free-to-play this fall.  Just because it's going free-to-play though doesn't mean that Carbine will let the quality drop as they'll be keeping the experience at a high quality with regular updates.  That being said, starting this fall all players will be able to level up to level fifty, acquire all Amps and abilities, and participate in all dungeons, raids, adventures, and so on for no cost.  However, players can also purchase an option membership for a monthly fee that will provide various convenience bonuses and enhancements to XP, crafting, currency, item drops, and reputation.

More info can be found in the official press release including more details about the upcoming transition as well as players receiving exclusive items and rewards if they maintain a subscription from June 15th through the FTP transition. 

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What We're Playing: The Old Blood Splatoon Edition

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Microsoft's Cortana is coming to iOS and Android. A Wii allegedly burned down a man's RV. And some site called YouTube just turned 10.

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.

Focus Home Interactive reveals upcoming E3 game line-up

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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.


News Roundup - 05/28/2015

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Survival game Better Late Than Dead announced

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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:

  • Uncover a story that unfolds with new updates
  • Craft items using a combination of objects and methods like cutting and tying
  • Online Multiplayer mode
  • Lose blood, break bones, be poisoned and stave off hunger and thirst
  • Varying weather conditions that affect gameplay
  • Procedurally generated items that the player must find in order to leave the island
  • Dangerous animals including wolves, snakes and sharks
  • Permadeath – Will you be able to escape the island or will you succumb to its menace?

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 Games with Gold revealed

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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.

The Beautiful World of The Witcher

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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.

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Don’t think Yoshi’s Woolly World could get any cuter? Amiibo support proves you wrong

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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.