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Spoiler Territory: The first 15 minutes of Firewatch

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Look, I understand. You're still on the fence about Firewatch. You've seen the opening section when you arrive at the watchtower, but you know there's a prologue before that. Campo Santo Productions has been careful about keeping the prologue out of promotional materials. But you're not quite convinced on why you should get into Firewatch. If you could just see this prologue, maybe it would explain a few things. Maybe that would be the hook sinking into your cheek. I mean, why is the main character, Henry, sounding so super-jaded on his first day of work? What brings Henry out here in the first place?

It's going to be okay. The prologue is full of binary choices for you to make. They inform your character, Henry, and put you on solid footing as to why you've taken a job out in the Shoshone National Forest. Proceed with caution on this 'first 15' video. If you know you're buying Firewatch, then don't watch this. But if you need that extra kick in the pants, maybe this will do it. It doesn't make it through the entire prologue. I'm a slow player. I had to make some thoughtful decisions. You'll see what I mean.

Other Places goes to the Shoshone National Forest in Firewatch

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It's Firewatch Day here at Gaming Nexus. Watch YouTuber Ultrabrilliant take his camera through Firewatch's Olly Moss-painted Wyoming woodlands. The Shoshone National Forest is gorgeous in real life, I'm sure, but it's tough to beat Moss's paintbrush and Ultrabrilliant's eye for framing images just right.

Watch this space for our upcoming review of Firewatch. And get just a hint of the humor, romance, and danger in these short videos, or a glimpse of the emotional depth hitting you in the face within the first minutes by reading Gaming Nexus writer Travis Huinker's account of crying while watching a Twitch streamer.

Firewatch came out February 9 for PC and PlayStation 4, and I'm losing my mind waiting for this game to finally download for me. Fifty percent downloaded and counting.

Listen to the Firewatch original soundtrack

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Campo Santo Productions posted the soundtrack to adventure game talk 'em up Firewatch. Chris Remo composed 33 minutes' worth of original music. If Remo's name sounds familiar, it may be from his past life as a video game journalist. He wrote for Shacknews and Gamasutra, also founding the Idle Thumbs website and podcast.

But he's no rookie to soundtracks. He's composed the music for Thirty Flights of Loving, Gone Home, and Space Base DF-9 (yeah buddy, get that Double Fine Kickstarter money!). If you need some chill, bedroom indie wavelengths flowing through your head, hit play. Some songs border on Red Dead, some border on Pac-Man on a warpath, which really sparks my imagination for coursing through this Wyoming landscape.

Sadly, we weren't sent review code for Firewatch, but we've got a reviewer on the job anyway. For adventure gamers, this one's a big deal.

Firewatch is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.

Highway to Heaven

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It's never easy being an angel, especially when you've crashed onto Earth! The angel Talorel lands in Heaven's Hope, a small, late 19th century town in England where Greta, a fanatical nun, has reinstated the Inquisition. To get back to Heaven, Talorel has to solve a plethora of riddles in the 12-15 hour point and click adventure game. Talorel will meet many interesting and funny characters on his quest to return to Heaven.

Heaven's Hope will be available on February 25th on Steam with a suggested retail price of $19.99, £17.99, or €17.99. The game also comes with a digital art book which features commentary from Helge C. Balzer, the Lead Artist at Mosaic Mask Studio.

Check out the latest trailer below:

Kôna: Day One Available on GOG

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The first act of Parabole's interactive story titled Kôna: Day One is now available on GOG's new Games in Development program. Kôna is set in northern Canada during the 1970s. Players follow the story of private detective Carl Faubert as he investigates an unusual case in an eerie town in the middle of a blizzard.

Visit www.gog.com/game/kona_day_one to purchase Kôna: Day One for 33% off the normal price and be sure to check out the Kôna: Day One trailer below!

Kanye West making video game, bummed you aren't applauding enough

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Call me crazy, but Kanye West might be onto something with this new video game concept of his. Of course I mean that Kanye West: the rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Someone may very well have to update his Wikipedia page to include video game designer, at this point.

One hour into his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, Kanye showed the crowd a clip of Only One: The Game. "Only One," incidentally, is the name of a song he wrote about his mother, the late Donda West. Kanye tells the crowd: "I worked on a video game and I wanted to show you all. The idea of the game is my Mom traveling through the gates of Heaven."

I'll tell you one thing about the trailer: he found a good artist. It actually looks like the imagery is inspired by the Columbia Pictures logo—you know, the one with the lady in a toga holding a torch in front of some magnificent clouds? The game looks kinda like that.

Kanye wasn't impressed with the mediocre applause for his game. He goes on to say, "Oh. Thanks. That's not easy to do, man. You all be acting like s*** is regular, man. No, you don't understand. I go out and meet with everybody in San Fran, and they diss the f*** out of me. And I'll be like, 'I want to make a game.' And they'll be like, 'F*** you.' That was hard to do, bro." So Kanye cues up the trailer again, and is more satisfied with the second round of applause. "If you're going to be an artist," he says, "you've just got to do what's in your heart. Fight for every dream that you may dream, whatever discipline it may be. No one can tell you what field to stay in."

It'd be interesting to know which San Francisco game studios he spoke with. Telltale Games? Ubisoft's Just Dance branch? Did he talk to operations at Sony Computer Entertainment? Maybe he talked to Glu Mobile, the people that made his wife's Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, and maybe Glu was like nahhh. Who knows.

I don't think Kanye has the next monster franchise on his hands, but he obviously takes his work seriously. So, if he's got a solid direction for the game, it'd be nice to see Only One get made. 

         

What We're Playing This Weekend: Lovers in a Dangerous Firewatch Edition

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Sailor Mercury talks about Coding Like a Girl, and what that means for women in programming/gaming/game development. Actor Michael Fassbender says the Assassin's Creed movie will be more like The Matrix than anything else. And this video explains a well-loved story template—seen in all media, video games included—known as the hero's journey.

What are you playing this weekend?

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I might check out Firewatch. I'm particularly cautious about walking simulators, as they're typically less of a game and more of a way for a developer to push their heavyhanded political perspectives on you. That said, Firewatch is being made by some of the guys who worked on Telltale's The Walking Dead, so hopefully it will have some interactivity. Although I'm willing to bet either way that my choices in the game won't matter in the end.

Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
I finally finished Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and I'm trying to find something to fill that hole in my life. I won't have much time for gaming this weekend, but when I do, I'll probably try to play Metal Gear Solid 3. After The Phantom Pain, I'm desperate to get more time with Big Boss.

Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
Let's see, what I plan to play and what I'll end up playing are likely two drastically different things. My gaming menu has a pair of titles on it for this coming weekend. I would really like to wrap up Arslan: The Warriors of Legend on PS4, as I poured a ton of time into it over the last week-and-a-half. I really want to see it through to the end. It's a Dynasty Warriors-styled game, which is both good and bad. It looks great and is a ton of fun to play (not to mention has a great story), but it still suffers from the same issues the Musou franchise has in past years, with horrible character and texture pop-in and strange camera issues. After clearing the battlefields in the name of Prince Arslan, I am likely going to roam the forests of Wyoming with Firewatch, which looks incredibly interesting to me. I don't normally get into these types of games, but this one really has my interest and I am just going to bite the bullet and pick it up this weekend.

Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend will be spent playing through Layers of Fear, the upcoming horror game from Bloober Team. I'll have a full review up next week, but so far I'm pretty impressed with what they've been able to do with the Unity engine. I'll also play a bunch of MechWarrior Online as I try to level up a new set of medium mechs.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
I wrapped my Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime review. If you picture My Little Ponies prancing in a bouncy house and manually flying an FTL ship through the movie Inner Space, then you have an idea of how my week's gone. If I can maneuver around the At-Home CFO, I'll patrol the Yellowstone fires of 1988 in Firewatch. I hear the opener is ... a lot to take in. If all else fails, I've thrown Commander Shephard back into heavy rotation. I can appreciate the criticism that FemShep's voice acting is better than BroShep's. But there's still only so much you can emote with stiff lines like: "Tell me more about that," and, "Tell me more about the history and the culture of the Elcor." The sloth-y speech and mannerisms of the Elcor are rad, don't get me wrong. But what I'm trying to say, I think, is that voice actor Mark Meer (BroShep) did fine, okay? He did fine. Jennifer Hale? She's great. But Mark Meer did okay, too.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
No gaming for me this weekend. Off to Portugal for a four-day weekend. It's a piri-piri pilgrimage.

Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I'm checking out the new Fire Emblem game for 3DS, along with Namco's new Digimon game, and the latest Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm—now with 10,000% more Naruto in the roster! Good thing I have a three-day weekend coming up. Plus, being sick will keep me bedridden and interested in these games. Hopefully I can sneak in some time with Gravity Rush Remastered. I'm falling in love with that game all over again.

There will be no Assassin's Creed release in 2016 as Ubisoft "reexamines franchise"

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Assassin's Creed has become one of the biggest video game franchises around, and lately have been releasing games to considerably mixed feelings. In a recent blog post, Ubisoft talks their position on the series moving forward.

This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve learned a lot based on your feedback. We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise. We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.

This will probably come as a relief to longtime fans of the series; it's particularly good to hear Ubisoft acknowledge what a disaster Assassin's Creed Unity was. Hopefully this will mark a shift in Assassin's Creed back to the quality of the best games in the series.

And it better be set in Feudal Japan, for goodness sake.

Dungeons 2 PS4 Launch Date Announced

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April 26, 2016 has been announced as the day that Dungeons 2 will be released for the PlayStation 4! The PlayStation 4 edition of the game includes an impressive collection of on-disc content including the "Morningwood", "Pixieville", "A Song of Sand and Fire", "A Clash of Pumpkins", and "A Chance of Dragons" add-on packs which will add more missions, fights, and enemies.

Check out the PlayStation 4 trailer below:

Celebrate Valentine's Day & The Grammys on Guitar Hero Live

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With Valentine's Day this Sunday, Guitar Hero Live will be featuring love ballads from across the decades so get ready to woo your significant other to all things rock! To make sure you still have money for flowers and chocolate, there will be a Hero Cash sale in GHTV starting today through Monday, February 15th. The sale includes 50% off Play Token Bundles, as well as 50% off the Hero Cash skip requirement for the Valentine's Day Premium Show entry. 

The new songs available are:

  • Chris Cornell - Arms Around Your Love
  • Hoobastank - The Reason
  • Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
  • Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
  • Motorhead - Heartbreaker
  • The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The day after Valentine's Day is the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Players can check out three new GHTV songs from artists who have been nominated for a Grammy. The nominated artists are:

  • Courtney Barnett - Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party
  • Highly Suspect - Lydia
  • Elle King - Ex's & Oh's