The WWE 2K18 Collectors Edition might be revealed this Thursday

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WWE 2K18 will be getting some kind of Collectors Edition this year with physical goodies, but the contents of said edition haven't been revealed. If a recent Tweet from the official WWE 2K Twitter page is to be believed however, we may get info this coming thursday. 

Who thinks we should do something about that question mark? #WWE2K18 #Thursday

The question mark refers to the chart released when the game was announced about what you get with each edition. The Collectors Edition was simply marked with a question mark in regards to what was included with it. 

The WWE 2K17 Collectors Edition included an NXT Wrestlers DLC pack, a Finn Balor action figure and a lithograph autographed by Shinsuke Nakamura so I would assume this years edition will include some similar content including another figurine and an autograph. 

WWE 2K18 releases on October 17 for PS4 and Xbox One. 

Pyre's Greg Kasavin almost gets dunked on in his own game

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PlayStation stopped by Supergiant Games for a little one-on-one time with Greg Kasavin, writer and creative director behind Pyre. PlayStation is asking Kasavin, on a basic level, what Pyre is, and the two eventually go head-to-head in a multiplayer match.

Pyre's game arena—where the "Rites" take place—all happens on one screen, so there's no splitscreen to dissect your TV, and, naturally, this makes couch competition very doable. 

The Rites, the in-game game you see them play, is a little football, a little soccer, a little hockey; a little bit of a lot of things. Kasavin finds those observations interesting, but cites more arcade-like sports games, like NBA Jam, as a greater influence on their design.

The PlayStation guy hints in the YouTube video's notes that he's "only played, like, one time before," but does quite well for himself. He picks it up and plays it without any direction from Kasavin, and even scores a few goals that weren't given to him for free. But Kasavin had a lot more strategic moves in his tool belt, and wasn't going to let some rookie come into his house and walk away with full bragging rights.

Pyre is out tomorrow, July 25. If you're familiar with Supergiant's previous work, Bastion and Transistor, then you're the choir and don't need any preaching to. If you don't know, then understand that this sports-RPG isn't the be all end all of Pyre, because the music, the art, and the writing carry Pyre even further than dunking on your opponent in the Rites.

Our review of Pyre goes up bright and early tomorrow morning.

DCS F-18 Hornet nearly ready to fly, and I'm well past ready to buy!

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Eagle Dynamics has posted the first of what will presumably be a series of YouTube videos introducing their long awaited model of the DCS F-18 Hornet Fighter/Attack aircraft. The F-18 will be by far the most complex aircraft they've developed - the A10-C was the former holder of that honor. 

Unfortunately they have disabled embedding of the video, so you will have to use this link. It's worth the click.

My general rule is to wait until new airplanes or helicopters go on sale before I buy, but this case might be different. I've waited a long time for a study-level, carrier-capable American fighting jet. 

Shadow of War's San Diego Comic Con reveals Shelob

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Tolkien fans are no doubt familiar with Shelob, the giant frikken spider that gave Frodo and Sam so much trouble in The Two Towers (Return of the King, if you're following the movies). Shelob will also be making an appearance in Middle Earth: Shadow of War, but as revealed in this San Diego Comic Con trailer, Shelob can take the form of both a terrifying arachnid and a beautiful, but forbidding woman.

Apparently she can share prophecies and premonitions with Talion, but calling this a Faustian bargain might be underselling it a bit. Take a look at the trailer below. Shadow of War is still on track for an October 10th release date.


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Check out this gorgeous trailer for Nidhogg 2

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Nidhogg 2 has got a new trailer. It's light on runtime, but the thing is, it's Nidhogg 2. It's run, kill, get eaten by giant space wurm, repeat. As reported by Patrick Aloia,  we had a great time destroying each other and just seeing who got the upper hand in each of our short, adrenaline-fueled matches. The character design seems a little different than when we played at E3 in June. Most notably, it looks like players can customize their characters, with faces looking a bit more expressive. Altogether those are welcome changes though, as it gives the game a few more layers.

Nidhogg 2 comes out August 15th 

Check out this new, opaque trailer for The Evil Within 2

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As first reported back in June at E3, The Evil Within 2, sequel to the 2014 title by Resident Evil creator Shinji Makami, is coming to get us. 

Thankfully, a new trailer has dropped that gives us a peek at what horrors returning protagonist Sebastian Castellanos will face this time around. Included in the trailer are many new and updated enemies, including one very kooky-looking boss, as well as many new locations that change up the scenery compared to the droll setting of the last game. 

I didn't play the first Evil Within, but I did watch a full playthrough on YouTube. What I saw was a potentially good stealth/horror/action/survival game, that quickly devolved into a bit too much action for my taste. Based on this trailer, it looks like several of those elements have been refined. But we'll find out for sure when the game releases October 13th.

I've got to say, though, the beard is a nice touch on Sebastian's part. You can find out more about The Evil Within 2 here


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What We're Playing: Serial Cleaner Destiny

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The upcoming Ataribox is beautiful and will play both old and new games. The new Nine Inch Nails video features the 8-bit hyper velocity neon trancespace of Polybius. And Loaded is a new AMC dramedy about a group of overnight millionaire game developers—who find out that the real work begins now.

What are you playing?

Patrick Aloia, Staff Writer, @PatchesAloha
I got a Switch, my friends. So it's all Breath of the Wild, all the time, unless I'm playing Mario Kart 8. It's all so wonderful. I love the Switch as a piece of hardware, just as a machine designed for gaming. And Breath of the Wild really is so wonderful. I have been trying to describe what makes its open world pacing and loop so enticing, and I've been having trouble. I'll have to really think more about it first. But it's a really wonderful game, and the Switch is definitely one of my better splurges in the last few months.

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I think the best way I can put Breath of the Wild's special sauce into words is that it feels very organic. Cahill is right in that it's a game that is heavily reliant on emergent experiences, but whereas this was a disappointment to him, I loved it. The enemy AI is incredibly adaptive and clever. The physics can turn a stupid mistake into a deadly one in seconds, forcing you to learn the natural laws of the game world almost as if you were a hunter-gatherer. Weather is incredibly important, and what's more, it's realized in a way that feels real. Yes, there is too much inconvenient rain, but if you get far enough away from it, you can see that the rain is coming from actual storm clouds.

BotW feels like a real place with natural laws, and very few things break that illusion. It also has enough meat on those emergent systems to make it a compelling quest and narrative, and its systems hardly ever break down. I was worried that BotW would feel like a retread, because it does so many things that other open world games have already done. While that's true, the old Nintendo polish really brings those open world systems to a new paradigm. BotW does it better than most other open world games, to the point that Hyrule feels like a real place you could visit. So that's just my two cents on why I think BotW succeeds as well as it does.

Dave Gamble, Staff Writer, dgamble@gamingnexus.com
Having just finished a few days of playing a game-not-yet-to-be-named that was something of an intro to kingdom building, it might be time to try my hand at Sid Meier's Civilization V, an impulse buy from the Steam Summer Sale. Even with the practice I got with a simpler game, I anticipate a lengthy and steep learning curve.

Although I waited too long to get one before they went on back order, I finally talked myself into ordering the $399 Oculus Rift and Touch control before the pending $100 increase to the new normal cost. The delay in deciding came from trying to convince a Craigslist seller that he is never going to see the $500 he's asking for. He couldn't see the fallacy of his intransigence, so off to Amazon to get a brand new one.

Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
My gaming plans are largely to spend the weekend getting destroyed by other players in the Destiny 2 beta. I'm interested to see what changes they made since the reveal a few months ago, and it will be fun to see what quirks show up with a much larger audience playing the game.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, rkalista@gamingnexus.com
I'm glad there isn't a genre called Bathroom Gaming, but that's exactly where I get my mobile itch scratched. Lately I've been taking the interactive fiction of Voyageur with me to the toilet. I captain a ship heading right for the center of the galaxy, meeting and greeting alien races along the way, evading or ejecting my cargo when pirates corner me, and taking in the procedural journey like I'm skipping around in a social studies lite textbook.

On my review docket is Serial Cleaner. I'm a 1970's 2D Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction, wielding black body bags and a vacuum cleaner. I'm the guy they call when the Mafia needs a cleanup and the police are already on the scene. I love the modernist cartoon art style, but it can also make architectural details weirdly vague—and those details are important when stealth is your only weapon.

I also reinstalled XCOM 2, prepping myself for next month's War of the Chosen expansion. I customized a dozen Gaming Nexus staffers into my squad makeup. Hopefully I can keep up with xeno tech rat race this time, so all our writers aren't bringing knives to a phase-cannon fight.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Things are pretty crazy here and my family is still adjusting to the new normal after our latest "significant life event" (as my workplace insurance would call it). As a result, I've only turned my PS4 on twice in the last two weeks, and both times was just to load up the BBC iPlayer app. However, reinforcements in the form of the in-laws are incoming and that should free up enough of my schedule to at least get into the Destiny 2 beta. If there is any more time, I've still got about four or five trophies to go to platinum in Fallout 4. It'd be nice to close up shop on that one to free myself for a survival mode run unencumbered by the weight of niggling trophy hunting.

Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer, nleon@gamingnexus.com
So, ya boy has this little game called Horizon Zero Dawn. Yes, I know I'm late to the game on this one, but I only just recently got my PS4, and I'm trying to only buy the games that are known to be the absolute best. Call me a snob, I'm fine with that. Anyways, I'm not even past the prologue yet, but I love the movement, the stealth, and how animalistic the robots are. The lore and world-building are really great, too; it's very Planet of the Apes. I also have been playing a couple of the games I bought on the Steam Summer Sale: Mr. Shifty and Zombie Night Terror. Both are great little games, and I can't wait to beat them.

 

Splatoon 2 splats to Switch today

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After a successful Splatfest between ice cream and cake, Splatoon 2 is officially available on Nintendo Switch. Two years after the original Splatoon, Splatoon 2 looks to feature more of what made the first one great - and a host of new ways to splat. To take the inking on the go, here are some of the ways you can enjoy Splatoon 2:

  • Turf War: a 4v4 battle to see who can ink the most turf.
  • Salmon Run: 2-4 players face off against droves of enemy Salmonids.
  • LAN Play: players can link up to 10 docked Nintendo Switch systems (8 of which are players, 2 of which are spectators) for tournament level competitions.

The more you ink, the more customization options you can unlock for your Inkling! A mess of sweet headgear, clothes, shoes, and weapons await. The more gear you get, the more boosts you'll have access to in battle.

So, get out there and start inking up the town - Splatoon 2 is on shelves today!

Destiny 2 free open beta on console runs until 9pm Sunday

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Destiny 2 early access was from July 18-20. But today the free open beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One begins, running from 10 a.m. PST July 21 through 9 p.m. PST July 23. Without sleep, that's almost 60 hours of playtime. PC early access and open beta to follow in August. 

I was going to skip it if the open beta was versus mode only. But it's a pie slice of everything:

  • Play the opening story mission of the cinematic campaign
  • Take on the enemy threat in a 3-player Cooperative Strike
  • Put your competitive multiplayer skills to the test against others in 4v4 matches
  • Fight solo, alongside your friends or match-make with other Guardians

Destiny 2 launches on PS4 and Xbox One on September 6, PC on October 24.

Blood Bowl Legendary Edition now available for pre-order on Steam

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Blood Bowl 2 will expand greatly when the Legendary Edition hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One in September. Here are the lineup additions :

"Entering the fray, the Goblins and their entire arsenal of Secret Weapons, the Halflings and their Treemen always keen on throwing their teammates over the top for a desperate touchdown, or the Amazons and their fearless and versatile style of play. The Legendary Edition also brings the Vampire teams and their chilling, blood-lusting Lords, the powerful, massive and yet occasionally unreliable Ogres in addition to the athletic Elven Union and the creepy Underworld Denizens. To Nuffle’s delight, a brand new team has also formed after it was rumored that their Ice Queen became enamoured of a Blood Bowl player: the Kislev Circus, with their great acrobatics abilities and their ferocious Tame Bears!"

There will also be adding Khemri stadium, All-Star matches, and new game modes on top of everything else listed above. The game will be a stand-alone game or an affordable expansion for BB2 players. Pre-order will also unlock the base game + Team Pack races.

 


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