Telltale Games has carved out quite the niche for themselves with their episodically-delivered character-driven adventure titles mostly based on other people's franchises.
With the release date of Tales from the Borderland: Episode One, called Zer0 Sum, nearly upon us, Telltale has released a new trailer called The Gearbox Interview. Gearbox, of course, is the developer behind the Borderlands franchise.
Hopefully Telltale can capture the trademark humor that is one of the reason the franchise is special.
Find complete details after the jump.
Defiance is still unprecedented. Defiance the game and Defiance the SyFy TV show had a (near) simultaneous launch in early April 2013. The show feeds plot points to the game, making it the first major network television program and video game to do so—at least to my knowledge.
That didn't matter much, however, because critics from both sides gave them an overwhelming meh. Average TV meets average game.
I hope developer Trion ramped up its server capacity, however, because the game just went free-to-play on Xbox 360 for Gold subscribers. It's about time, too. It launched a year and a half ago, which is a lifetime for video games, but it's two lifetimes for a C- video game. It's unlikely Trion made back the money it spent developing Defiance over a five-year period (from 2008–2013).
If you already bought Defiance, then you've earned yourself some extras:
I'm downloading the hours' worth of patches for Defiance as we speak. Starting from a place of middling expectations, I'll see if Defiance holds my attention longer than the 360's other third-person online shooter, Warface.
Defiance had a full retail launch on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on April 2, 2013. It went free-to-play on PC in early April 2014. It missed its July 2014 conversion for 360 and PS3, but here we are now with the 360's free-to-play launch. The PS3 free-to-play conversion is still in the works.
The beta period for Elite: Dangerous has now closed and the Gamma phase has begun. The launch of the game is three weeks away, but there's still plenty of work to be done.
Right now, I'm installing the Gamma build of the game. Restrictions to areas that you want to go have now been lifted. Kickstarter ships are now in place. The Python and the Orca are now flyable. Of course, a few bug fixes have been thrown in there.
Oh and the big thing? Players can now visit Sol. Yes, take a trip to Earth if you like. Should be a fun place to visit don't you think?
Elite: Dangerous will hit PCs on December 16th.
Alienware and Dell has announced that you can now pick up their SteamBox, the Alienware Alpha. Select Walmarts and Fry's will have them today or you can order them online from various online vendors.
The Alpha starts at $549 and at the base level, it has an Intel i3-4130T dual core processor with 4GB of ram and a 500GB hard drive. The max setup will cost you $899 and feature an Intel i7-4765T quad core processor and 8GB of ram with a 2TB hard drive. All variants use the NVIDIA GTX 860M, which is based off of the Maxwell architecture. That's NVIDIA's latest.
Alienware has built a UI on top of Windows 8.1 that can be navigated completely without a keyboard. One can then boot into Steam's Big Picture mode to access more games or have the console boot up in that mode on start up. If you want to use the Windows 8.1 GUI, you have that option as well.
Packed in with the console PC is a wireless Xbox 360 controller so you can play from the comfort of your couch without being attached to the system with a wire.
Dell and Alienware is throwing in a bunch of free games such as PAYDAY 2, Metro: Last Light, and Awesomenauts. There's a good amount of free content that comes with each machine so content isn't going to be short when you pick one up.
There's still time to collect your free copy of The Witcher 2 from GOG.com's Autumn Sale. Half-Life 2 turned 10 on November 16. And now there's Grass Simulator, a game with modes that let you both shoot cows andbecome a solitary blade of grass.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
This weekend will mostly be spent taking my Super Smash Bros. skills from the 3DS to the Wii U. As much as I figured I'd be pretty good with Mega Man, my best character on the 3DS is surprisingly Pac-Man, the one character that I had to scratch my head in wonder when he was announced. I pre-ordered the bundle with the adapter and GameCube controller, so it should feel like Melee and Brawl all over again. When I'm not smashing other Nintendo characters into oblivion, I'll likely be continuing my run through Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with Jack's Doppelganger. As much as I questioned having another pet class in the game behind Wilhelm, he's surprisingly becoming my favorite character to use—and that's saying something for as much as I love using Nisha.
Sean Cahill, staff writer, @GN_Punk
I'm going through a rotation of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, NBA 2K15, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Needless to say, I do not have enough hours in a day to play all of the games that I want to.
Nathan Carter, staff writer, @natedoggcata
This weekend I will be off to Atlanta, Georgia, for the SMITE North American Championships. $50,000 is up for grabs and also a shot to go to the SMITE World Championships in January for a chance at $1,500,000+. Not a pretty bad prize pool, if you ask me. I will be covering the event as well and hope to get some interviews with the developers about the future of SMITE and some changes we may be seeing when the new season starts around February. After this weekend I will probably go back and play through Bayonetta 2 again because this is currently my game of the year. I can't remember the last time I had this much fun in a hack-and-slash type game. No matter how many times I play through each of the levels, I never stop having fun! Must... get... more... Platinum awards!
Nathaniel Cohen, staff writer, @seven_hells
It will be Thedas, Kyrat, and possibly Goodison Park (and whatever other Euro football cathedrals happen to pop up) for me. If you haven't yet ridden an elephant into battle in Far Cry 4, then I feel very sorry for you. I may never again not fight from elephantback. When I'm not doing that, I'll be leading the Dragon Age: Inquisition into battle. Maybe not from elephantback, but horseback, elkback, and dracoliskback are all possibilities.
Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm currently devouring as much Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as possible in order to review it by today, but I'll still be playing on the weekend, too. The stage editor is addictive all by itself—a huge step up from the one in Brawl, and one of the first really brilliant uses of the GamePad. It has me excited for Mario Maker, that's for sure. I also realized that despite the 40-or-so hours I've put into Far Cry 3 over the years, various HDD re-images mean I've never actually beaten the game, so hopefully I can finish it in anticipation of Far Cry 4.
Jeremy Duff, senior staff writer, @Duff3c
I will begin my road to superstardom this weekend in WWE 2K15 on the PS4. Even though a lot of people and reviews have complained about some of the modes and features taken out of the game, it has everything I am looking for in a WWE title. Aside from that, both Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 will be staring for me and demanding some attention as well.
Cody Hamby, staff writer, email@example.com
I'll be spending my time with LEGO Batman 3 for the review I am working on, which is consuming me due to my completionist mentality. What other time I have will be spent finishing up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare campaign and working to get further into Assassin's Creed Unity. If time allows I hope to join up with my pro club Cartilage Free in FIFA 15 and work on my CAM more who is currently rated at an 85 overall.
Travis Huinker, staff writer, @travishuinker
This weekend I'm planning for a marathon session of recently released Dragon Age: Inquisition. In spare time between questing and battling monsters, I'll switch over to continue making progress in my Euro Truck Simulator 2 transportation career.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
It looks like my relationship with Shadow of Mordor is going to be a fling rather than a real relationships, as I'm really struggling with the game. This is truly a "It's me not you" thing as the heavy reliance on strategy and stealth doesn't really jive with my philosophy of trying to kill anything that moves. This results in being quickly overwhelmed by the Uruk hordes when I bite off more than I can chew. The game is fantastic but it doesn't really match my playstyle. I'll probably end up back in Destiny, grinding for ingredients to upgrade my armor and weapons ahead of the new DLC next month. I finally dinged level 26 last week, but want to hit 27 before tacking the Vault of Glass.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I'm starting a slow clap for Assassin's Creed Rogue. It's got me sympathetic towards a Templar, rooting for the antiheroics, and shutting off the HUD once again through the streets of 1750's New York City. Main dude, Shay Cormac, is just weasley enough and juuust bleeding heart enough to pull this off. When the scenery and city life and templar'ing and yo ho ho'ing gets to me, I'll toss Red Faction: Guerilla back into the mix (thanks, Games with Gold!) and communicate my feelings with a sledgehammer, busting up environments that have never been more destructible before or since.
Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
I'll be picking up This War of Mine this week. I've heard it's an intense feels-train so we'll see how long I last. Other than that, I'll be hanging plastic over the windows in my bedroom to try and avoid sleeping in 20-degree weather. Not freezing to death is pretty high on my list of priorities.
Rob Larkin, staff writer, @Rob_GN
I really feel like starting a campaign this weekend and watching a story unfold, so I think I am going to dig into my Steam backlog of purchased and unplayed games to do just that. Maybe Metro: Last Light? Fable III? Maybe The Witcher II? Not sure. I'll also put some more time into Frozen Synapse Prime for an upcoming review, and the standard rounds of Hearthstone everyday to keep banking more coins in case any new content is announced.
John Yan, senior hardware editor, @TheJohnYan
I'm really pressed for time this weekend because of a few work projects, but I'll be doing my quick runthrough, trying to get a Starmetal Kukri ceremonial knife for my witch doctor in Diablo III. I'm also going to try some Battlefield 4 again since I haven't played that for some time and I might as well use the season pass I picked up a while ago. Finally, I think I'll pop in some Elite Dangerous and do some flying around the Milky Way.
ArenaNet announced come big changes coming to the player vs player mode in Guild Wars 2. The changes are set to hit December 2nd, in conjunction with the opening of the World Tournament Series (WTS) which will kick off in Beijing. The WTS will pit teams from North America, Europe, and China against each other for a $50,000 in prizes and will be streamed on twitch.
The highlights of the PvP changes include:
The full press release for the changes and WTS is below and the team at ArenaNet will be releasing a series of blog posts with further details on their official site. Guild Wars 2 continues to improve, but I still wish the Commando Class was a thing.
Xbox Live Gold members will get a nice perk on Saturday if they don't already own Sunset Overdrive. Microsoft has announced that the game will be free to play for 24 hours starting at Midnight on Saturday. Sunset Overdrive has come out to rave reviews for it's over the top gameplay involving a tainted energy drink that has sent the area straight to hell, leaving it up to the player to try and get things right.
If you've been on the fence about this title, this is your absolute best chance to get a look at the game before buying it. Download it late tonight and spend your Saturday enjoying the insanity!
In their quest to leave their mark on every facet of nerd culture, Telltale Games is about to release their six-part episodic series set in Westeros. True to George R.R. Martin's storytelling, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will have you play as five different characters to shape the overall story of the game. All five characters will be related to House Forrester, a northern family that's stoutly loyal to house Stark.
Telltales' game will be based on the world built in HBO's version of the story, and the events of the game will take place near the end of season three, and end before season five starts. Some of the actors from the TV show will be reprising their roles for the game. In Episode 1: "Iron from Ice" we'll see: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Heady as Cersei Baratheon, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow, with more to come further on in the series.
Telltale's Game of Thrones' official release date and prices haven't been released yet, but it will be available for download on PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS, with more platforms to come in the future.
Were you one of the lucky ones who manages to snag a $90 Playstation 4 at Wal-Mart? Not sure how that happened? Apparently someone put up a bogus listing of a PS4 on Amazon for $90. Thanks to Wal-Mart's price matching policy, Wal-Mart actually matched the price and people were walking out of Wal-Mart with $90 PS4's.
Well, it was fun while it lasted because Wal-Mart has put the kibosh on the scam as they have announced some changes to their price matching policy.
"We launched online price matching because it's the right thing for our customers," according to a statement from the company. "It's making a meaningful difference for people who want to feel confident they're getting the best price, and we're committed to matching online prices going forward.
"At the same time, we can't tolerate fraud or attempts to trick our cashiers. This kind of activity is unfair to the millions of customers who count on us every day for honest value. With this in mind, we've updated our policy to clarify that we will match prices from Walmart.com and 30 major online retailers, but we won't honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers, auction sites or sites requiring memberships."
The full breakdown of the new changes can be read here.
Personally, I have taken advantage of screw ups before. That free copy of Fable 2 that accidentally showed up in the Xbox Live Marketplace? You damn right I downloaded that. This however, I wouldn't do because it's an obvious scam instead of a screw up and there is also the possibility that legal action could be taken here. For all those people who paid for these PS4's with Credit/Debt cards and then posted your receipts on Twitter, well... good luck.