The Playstation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28th across the world. The game is set in a post apocolyptic world where human society is beaten back to tribal gatherings. As the protagonist you must hunt, craft and kill to surivie and find out what happened to humanity. In the middle of all that, theres a crazy human raising feral robot war machines in an effort to take over what remains of the world. Sounds good right? Especially the feral war machines. With a 40 hour main story arc, the game brings with it a narrative worth investing in.
Xbox Live's next week of sales has been detailed, with two primary emphases: Forza 5 & 6 on the Xbox One and Rockstar games GTA IV, Bully & Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360, in addition with the usual one-off sales.
The full list is below, courtesy of the Xbox One subreddit.
|Destiny - The Collection||USD 40.19||33%|
|Elite Dangerous: Horizons Extra Edition||USD 30.14||33%|
|Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass||USD 4.00||80%|
|Forza Motorsport 5: Racing GOTY Edition||USD 13.20||67%|
|Forza Motorsport 5 VIP Membership||USD 5.00||75%|
|Forza Motorsport 6 Platinum Edition Bundle||USD 74.99||40%|
|Instant Indie Collection: Vol. 4||USD 22.49||25%|
|Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition||USD 10.00||50%|
|Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle||USD 41.99||30%|
|Stranger Of Sword City||USD 10.12||75%|
|The Technomancer||USD 15.00||75%|
|Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide||USD 20.00||50%|
|Worms Battlegrounds||USD 6.25||75%|
|Alien Breed Episode 1||USD 1.24||75%|
|Alien Breed 2: Assault||USD 1.24||75%|
|Alien Breed 3: Descent||USD 1.24||75%|
|Bully Scholarship Ed.||USD 8.99||40%|
|Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad Of Gay Tony||USD 11.99||40%|
|GTA IV||USD 12.99||35%|
|GTA IV: The Lost And Damned||USD 5.99||40%|
|Red Dead Redemption||USD 19.49||35%|
|Worms 2: Armageddon||USD 1.24||75%|
Fire Pro Wrestling is, in my opinion, the greatest professional wrestling series in history and Fire Pro Wrestling R on the PS2 is the greatest wrestling game ever made. The series first started in the late 80's and the latest entry in the series that was released in North America, Fire Pro Wrestling R was released back in 2007 on the PS2. The crappy Fire Pro Wrestling game on Xbox Live Arcade doesn't count.
Unfortunately the series has been on hiatus since then, but our wrestling prayers may be answered soon as Spike Chunsoft has released a teaser video on their Youtube page. A website has shown up as well displaying said video but also shows a wrestling ring in the background. Clicking the Twitter link on their site links to a new Twitter page called "sc_prowrestling" and has the same video, but also also says "3/2 in San Francisco" which would be the Game Developers Conference, GDC this week.
Now I don't want to get my hopes up and I really hope this doesn't end up being some kind of lame free to play mobile game, but with how stale the WWE 2K games have gotten as of late, it is going to be so refreshing to have another wrestling game to play.
Last Stand, the 3rd DLC for Tom Clancy's The Division will release tomorrow along with update 1.6. In addition to the DLC, new players can get a taste of the core game with a free trial starting up. The trial gives full access up to level 8 or 6 hours of gameplay, and all progress will carry over to a purchase of the game. Both the DLC and free trial will release simultaneously across all platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
After a rocky launch there have been significant changes to the Division and hopefully the free trial might work to re-ignite the player base in a type of game that requires a rich player ecosystem to thrive. There is a really clever world in play powered the lore surrounding the experience, so much so the film adaptation is still moving forward.
The Last Stand DLC is available as a standalone purchase or included with the Season Pass. The DLC adds 8v8 gameplay, a new Incursion, new events, weapons, and a legendary mode to crank the difficulty to 11. The launch trailer is below and press release after that.
Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer for their Morrowind expansion to Elder Scrolls Online.
The storyline for this expansion seems to be centered on something trying to end Morrowind. Familiar territory if you ask me, but it looks interesting.
The race that I've found to be the most interesting in the Elder Scrolls series has been the Khajiit. And growing up, my favorite animal was the cheetah. There's a Khajiit that looks like a cheetah in this trailer, guys.
Other highlights of the trailer include what seem to be a whole lot of werewolves, and of course, giant mushrooms.
If you're like me and didn't know about the Sega Master System as a kid, you missed out on some great games including the Wonder Boy series. Last June Lizardcube announced that they would be developing a remake of Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, simply titled Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, for the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. while that alone would be enough for fans of the series old and new, Lizardcube and DotEmu recently announced a couple of new features that fans of the original will especially love.
First off is the ability to switch between HD and 8-bit graphics anytime at the press of a button. While the HD graphics look good, swapping over to the 8-bit version looks just like you're playing the original game on the Master System. The video that DotEmu posted to YouTube shows the transition looking pretty seamless, though I'm not sure if it'll be that seamless in the final game. However, that's not the only retro feature to be included. The original game let you visit a church to receive a password that would save your current form, equipment, and amount of gold, though it didn't save any secondary weapons or life potions you had in stock. If you still have those passwords written down somewhere (and didn't use the game's "file cabinet" to store them in the internal memory), you can actually use those passwords in the remake. Yes, you can use passwords from the 1989 Master System version in the 2017 remake. If that isn't all kinds of awesome I don't know what is.
A lot of what we've seen from the VR space has been interesting and immersive ways to play games that already exist. CCP Games are hoping to bring a whole new sport into play. Details remain a bit sparse, but Sparc, a full body VR sport that very much seems to pull its inspiration from a Tron-like Jai Alai, claims to be a new and original experience. It's interesting on its own, but more so when you think about how it contrasts with the core experience of CCP and the massive undertaking of EVE that they are otherwise known for.
There is a a teaser trailer posted below and the press release is pasted after that. It does mention the core game play will consist of throwing projectiles at one another and "dodging, blocking, or deflecting incoming attacks." There will be the ability to match-make, play friends, and spectate across multiplayer and single player modes. More details should be revealed in the coming weeks and months as the game gets closer to being ready for primetime. Sparc is expected to release sometime before the year is out.
For the past week, EA have slowly been rolling out updated Ultimate Team cards through the various major leagues in FIFA 17. Well today, the "Rest of the World" followed on the heels of the English, Italian, French, Spanish, and German leagues to complete the Ratings Refresh. Now that that the dust has settled, I can finally open the 11 unopened packs I've been hoarding away the last week.
Players have seen their stock rise and fall, and details are available on the Ratings page at the official site. Typically the top end of the scale, those rated 80 and above would only saw a point or two swing on their overall, but there are quite a few silver and even bronze players with more significant gains (and losses), some even bumping a tier. There's some other caveats to the refresh, existing standard cards already in your squad or on the transfer market will not see change, unless it's a special, in-form card for the player, in which case it will be bumped accordingly with the new overall. We wouldn't want an uber-valuable in-form to have worse stats than a standard card so that makes sense.
The Nintendo Switch drops this Friday and the Big N have a helpful first time setup video to get gamers started. This video is a simple, straightforward walk through the opening menus, EULA, connection settings and dock setup. It's pretty clear that Nintendo wants to avoid the hardware confusion that sunk the Wii U early in its lifespan--there's really no question about what the Switch is, what it does or how you set it up.
Kinsey recently did a rundown of the Nintendo Switch battery life, and here's a followup of sorts. If you want an exhaustive battery test for any handheld, Family Gamer TV has you covered. They've torture-tested the battery life of several portables in the past, and now they're pitting them all against the Nintendo Switch.
In the video below they've assembled a collection of handheld devices that would make any ardent Nintendo collector Luigi-green with envy. The parameters are simple: each device has its brightness cranked to full blast with the wifi turned on, and then left to sit idle at its home menu screen. For older handhelds without home menus, they were set running a game at its title screen.
The results were impressive. The Switch lasted 5 hours and 12 minutes, beating out the DSi, 2DS, 3DS and even the PS Vita. Naturally if you're running a resource intensive game like Zelda Breath of the Wild the battery will get eaten much faster, but it's still surprising to see that the Switch has so much staying power compared to older handhelds. Here's the full list, followed by the rather extensive video. The clear winner was the Game Boy Color, at an astonishing 35 and a half hours!
DSi - 2.41hrs
3DS - 3.25hrs
iPod Touch 2 - 3.39hrs
2DS - 3.55hrs
GBA SP - 3.59hrs
iPad 2 - 4.00hrs
iPad Air - 4.04hrs
New 3DS - 4.04hrs
iPod Touch 3 - 4.13hrs
DS Lite - 4.51hrs
PSP - 4.56hrs
GBA Micro - 4.57hrs
Vita - 5.01hrs
Switch - 5.12hrs
iPad Mini 2 - 5.39hrs
DS - 6.51hrs
New 3DS XL Mugen Battery - 15.02hrs
GBA - 29.32hrs
Gameboy - 31.12hrs
Gameboy Colour - 35.45hrs