We’re closing out July on a quieter note than we have gotten used to this summer. Things are a bit slower and may lack the star-power we’re used to, but there are quite a few games launching that I am very excited about. First off, We Happy Few, which made its debut during the Microsoft press conference at E3 will be launched into early access this week. Think BioShock with an even eerier psychological focus. This one has some serious potential to be a major sleeper hit.
With the San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, there was a variety of comic book related movie and game news. On the game front, one of the biggest surprises was the upcoming re-release of the classic Marvel Ultimate Alliance franchise. The games, which launched nearly a decade ago, are both being updated and released this week for the current set of consoles and PC. These are basically Diablo style, action RPG’s, set in the Marvel universe. Each game features a giant roster of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains, including Spider-Man, the various X-Men, Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the various Avengers.
What are you picking up?
Hyper Light Drifter is one of those fun success stories out of Kickstarter. The kind where the developer wants $27,000 but ends up with $645,000—almost 24x the developer's original asking price.
Even at the height of this gaming rennaissance of glitchy aesthetics, 8-bit environments, and tough-as-nails gameplay, Hyper Light Drifter still manages to stand out in the crowd.
You're the Drifter (naturally), traversing a world that looks like it took a page from the Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP art book. Using conventions from action-RPGs and adventure games, you move through a world struggling to survive atop its own ruins, a world without words, a world suffering from an unknown illness. Take your upgradable energy sword and cut down increaingly difficult bosses, slicing hyper light circles around them all. You just might find a cure for your world
PC has been hyper light drifting for a few months already. But it's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Tuesday, July 26.
Most games on the PlayStation 4 require a PlayStation Plus account in order to play with friends. Not No Man's Sky however.
Game Informer got word that you won't need to pay that yearly subscription if you want to jump into the game and perhaps meet up with your friends. In fact, the game's so big that Sony and Hello Games considers it a single player experience even though you have to be online to play and can meet up with random strangers.
Good on the Sony for not requiring PlayStation Plus to play. If it truly is that big and your chances of meeting your friends are very slim, then removing the requirement for Plus seems like a logical decision.
No Man's Sky is due out August 9 on PC and PlayStation 4.
Recently a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV dropped and with it new details on its release globally. Kingslaive was released in Japan on July 9th, and will see US audiences in August 19th. The digital release date is August 30th and Blu-ray and DVD releases will be available from October 4th. Final Fantasy Kingsglaive is an computer animated movie and its events run parallel to the events of Final Fantasy XV. The protagonists of Kingsglaive are members of an elite guard of the Kingsgalive whom share Regis' power drawn from Lucis' crystal and used in the defence of Lucis from the invading armies of the Nilfheim empire.
Originally released at Comic Con, the latest details coming out of the Ubisoft and South Park camps is a nice little developer/creator diary for South Park: the Fractured but Whole featuring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the Ubisoft staff. It's a solid seven and half minutes that starts with the creative process, the backstory and transition from the previous title - Stick of Truth, and leads into detail about the development of the game itself. It's a good look behind the curtain and contains plenty of in-game footage to transmit a pretty good idea of what the final product will look and sound like.
South Park: the Fractured but Whole releases December 6th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
EA Sports has finally chosen their new cover man for FIFA 17, and it still looks weird not to see FC Barcelona attacked Lionel Messi on the front of it.
The cover vote to decide who will grace the cover of EA's long running international football IP has come to a close, and while any of the group would have been an outstanding choice, Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has won the vote.
The German International has been featured in videos talking about the new Frostbyte engine and how it changes everything from the style of play to how the AI reacts to different plays. Now the Bundesliga star will grace the cover.
FIFA 17 will be launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in late September.
Microsoft has discounted the 500 GB Xbox One, as well as its bundles, for its Summer Sale, saying that the discount is available "while supplies last."
Any of these bundles is a part of this discount. This includes the special edition Quantum Break bundle (which includes a white console), and the Name Your Game Bundle, which allows you to pick from Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay.
For any people on the edge, now just may be the time to take the plunge and join the current generation.
Activision held a panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con to talk about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and you can see it in its entirety below. The panel consists of a few of the development team that worked on the game as well as a video of Kit Harrington talking about his role in the game. You'll get some new footage as well along with some talk about what the game's about and what they went through to create the latest Call of Duty.
There are many folks that love the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games and this news should be music to their ears. Both Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will be available on current consoles and PCs coming this July 26th.
The games will have some minor tweaks to them such as UI and graphic enhancements. One thing a little disappointing is that the games are going to cost a little more than what I think releases should. $39.99 will be what each will cost or you can nab both for $59.99. To me, that's a little bit pricier than what they should be, but if it sells well, maybe that will get them to do another Ultimate Alliance game.
In any case, I can't wait to grab the games and sit down with a friend or play online with someone. I didn't get to play the games much when they were first released, but with this re-release, I think I'll give them a shot this time around.
Harmonix released a whole bunch of new details on the upcoming Rock Band Rivals late this week including pricing, preorder deals and features. First up, the new features include two new modes, new venues and Rock Shop items. The first new mode is Rockudrama, which is a campaign mode that is a playable music documentary, that features a mix of live-action video, in game footage and Rock Band gameplay. It basically follows your band and tells their story as they progress on a hopeful ride to fame.
The second new mode is Rivals mode, which will allow you to form crews of up to ten people to take on other crews around the world. From the release, it sounds like regardless of your skill level, you will be able to assist your crew (kind of like Scramble golf for those that are familiar). Full details will be announced at PAX West in September.
You can purchase it a myriad of ways, including as a digital download (vis Xbox Live or PSN for $29.99), full game digital download ($59.99) or as bundle that includes peripherals from new manufacture PDP. The two bundles will be as either the Rock Band Rivals Band Kit ($199.99) or the Rock Band Rivals Wireless Jaguar Bundle ($89.99), and will net your two additional songs at launch if you preorder through Amazon. No matter the method to preorder, you will get access to a 10-song bonus download that includes the following:
Those that preorder via Amazon and purchase any new instruments will get the following two songs as a bones:
Those that prefer to purchase the $29.99 digital download will also get Cheeseburger Tee as well as an exclusive Golden Sword Guitar. Check out the full info at the Harmonix Rock Band Blog for any additional details.