Track: "Free Period Music"
Game: The Escapists
This Western-tinged instrumental sounds like Red Dead's John Marston doing hard time behind neon jail bars. Keep your shiv sharp for our upcoming review of prison RPG, The Escapists.
Turtle Rock is determined to make Evolve Turtle Rock is determined to make Evolve into a competitive shooter. In order to help show how they envision it in the competitive world, the developer along with 2K is preparing a new mode for the game that will launch soon. The Observer Mode, which will be free to all owners of the game, is headed to all platforms very soon. The mode will let players livestream the action of all five players in a match without any additional equipment.
The mode allows a sixth, non-playing spectator to join custom matches with a special, informative HUD that updates in realtime throughout the course of the match. The observing player can use this information to commentate on the action and give insight to the match. You can check out the video below for an example of the Observer Mode in action and look forward to picking it up on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One very soon.
The second DLC drop for season pass holders of Dying Light is coming soon and bring will three new outfits including a ninja, special agent and urban explorer along with four new weapon blue prints. The weapons include the buzz killer, the constable, the lacerator, and the nightclub.
If you don't own the season pass, don't worry as there will some free content launching that day as well. If you thought Dying Light wasn't hard enough, a new hard mode will be added. Even on medium difficulty I found this game challenging as hell so I can't even imagine what hard mode will bring. Apparently hard mode will also bring more "realism" into the game so I am guessing that something close to one hit kills will be coming as well.
The free update will also bring an additional weapon rarity tier, extra rewards for completing the game, more outfits and new weapons.
Again, the bundle will be available to season pass holders on March 10th, or separately at $4.99. The content update will be free for everyone on all platforms.
Another week, another Team of the Week in FIFA 15. This week may not have the same quality of depth that last week's group had, but there's still some great cards to pick up.
Starting things off is Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. The left midfielder comes in at an 89 overall, with 90 pace and an impressive 94 dribbling. There's no better option on the left side if you're rolling with a Bundesliga or French National Team squad online.
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United has been going through a change this year, playing more midfield than striker in Louis van Gaal's system, but he's a striker this week, coming in at 88 overall with a 93 shooting rating.
Mats Hummels finishes off the top three. The central defender has helped lead Borussia Dortmund out of the basement in the Bundesliga and, while he's still not the fastest option, that 93 defensive rating will certain help things out.
Cards are available now and, as always, will be available until 6 PM EST next Wednesday.
We all had a feeling that this news was coming sooner or later, especially with Rock Band 3 resuming its DLC releases after a long period offline. This morning Harmonix announced that Rock Band 4 is headed to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year.
A lot of the specifics have yet to be announced, like release date and track lineups. What we do know however is that the game will support the last gen peripherals which means that it is time to dust off those old guitars and drums from the PS3 and 360 versions of the game. The game will be released as a standalone title (game only) and full-band bundles with guitar, mic, and new wireless drums. The new versions of the instruments that are being created for the game are coming from Mad Catz, so quality is obviously not going to be an issue (based on their recent track records).
Harmonix has built the game on a completely new engine in order to deliver the best experience possible. Plus, perhaps the best news of all, the game will support ALL DLC from the previous games. This means that your huge music collections that you pieced together through Rock Band 1, 2, and 3 will be available in Rock Band 4 at no additional cost to you. You can bet that we'll be hearing a lot more about the new game with E3 2015 just around the corner. Until then, check out a new behind-the-scenes video that accompanied the announcement of the game.
One of my favorite games on the PC from last year is coming to the console. Frontier Developments has announced that Elite: Dangerous is coming to the Xbox One.
Details are a little scarce but the game should have all the content up to March's PC update. March's update is where Elite really makes playing cooperatively a lot easier and more rewarding.
Part of the appeal for me in playing Elite: Dangerous is using a HOTAS setup to fly around. There were some setups for the Xbox 360, so maybe we'll see some come out for the Xbox One.
The game's pretty massive, being a 1:1 recreation of the Milky Way for you to fly around. Let's hope there aren't many or any compromises for the game to come to the Xbox One. Frontier is looking to release the game sometime this year.
When it comes to the world of Mega Man, MegaPhilX is like the gift that keeps on giving. Today he released version 1.2.2 of Mega Man Unlimited that saw a new option: Challenges. Challenges come in two flavors: perfect runs and omega robot masters.
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of perfect runs, it's essentially completing a robot master stage without taking damage and only using the default Arm Cannon/Mega Buster. If you want to see awesome perfect running in action, check out YouTube user RoahmMythril. Thankfully with Unlimited the challenge is just the robot master, but it's still buster only and one hit kills you.
As for the omega robot masters...oh boy. If you had trouble with the robot masters before (curse you Glue Man), the omega versions will give you more. Some of the robot masters will move and attack faster and their attacks will be intensified a bit (such as Rainbow Man Omega and Comet Woman Omega), while others might have the same attacks but hinder you in other ways (for instance, hitting Trinitro Man Omega on the bulb on his head is instant death to you).
If you're a fan of Mega Man challenges, this is definitely one to try. As of now I've only done a perfect run of Rainbow Man and only took down Jet Man Omega for those challenges. If you have the main robot masters down, these will give you a run for your money.
Phil Harrison has had a long history in video game consoles. After leaving Sony, he went over to Microsoft in 2012 and has been the VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business and EMEA head of games. That time though seems to be coming to and end.
GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Phil Harrison has left Microsoft and the reason is his frustration over the lack of promotion with all the shuffling that happened the past year and a half. Phil Spencer became the face of Xbox after the departure of Don Mattrick in July of 2013.
Microsoft hasn't confirmed if Phil Harrison has left Microsoft yet, but if this is indeed true and sources have confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz, we should be getting an official word soon.
The Sims series is handled by another studio, so supposedly that's OK even though reports are that The Sims 4 didn't do so well.
But, it's really sad to hear this sort of news. I grew up with games like SimCity and SimAnt to name a few. To hear this once great studio is shutting down is really disheartening. I wish everyone at Maxis Emeryville the best of luck in finding something new. You guys will be missed.
Maxis : 1987 - 2015