When Mortal Kombat X was shown off back at E3, one of the biggest surprises that Ed Boon and company had up their sleeves were the character variations. The inclusion of this mechanic will add quite a bit of variety to what will undoubtedly already be a diverse cast of fighters. Many gamers, including myself, have been curious as to just how much these variations will alter the characters abilities and styles. NetherRealm understands this and is starting to shed some light on just how the characters will be altered given your choice of style / variation.
The official Mortal Kombat X Facebook page, has started releasing images that profile and explain the different choices for some of the characters. So far, they have posted information for both Sub-Zero and D’vorah. The images also allow you to see the slight visual differences that exist between the variations as well. You can check out the official images below, but let’s run down their explanations:
I am sure that you know by now, via the tons of headlines across the web or our own streaming earlier this week, but Naughty Dog’s PS4 update to The Last of Us is now available at retailers nationwide (as well as digitally). Granted, the original release was just over a year ago, but it has already been given a complete overhaul for Sony’s new system as The Last of Us Remastered. The game looks absolutely amazing and is as good as ever. Don’t take it from me, check out the launch trailer for the game below and see why this adventure is worth revisiting.
On a side note, could this be the first time that a title earns Game of the Year awards in two consecutive years? It is completely possible...
In this Comic-Con 2014 video, called "Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect," BioWare discusses what's what so far in Mass Effect 4 ("It's not Mass Effect 4").
First up is male and female armor, which are virtually indistinguishable from one another. I'm being ridiculous, but I'm disappointed that the look and feel strays further and further from the original Mass Effect's '70s and '80s retro-futurism.
Also, the terrestrial exploration vehicle—the Mako—is back from the first Mass Effect. I'm glad. It's removal was one of many cases where BioWare bowed to the complaints of a vocal minority.
Long video. But BioWare's marketing machine is going full throttle on Dragon Age: Inquisition at the moment. And while I'm 100% excited for Inquisition, hopefully they'll open up the flood gates on info for the next Mass Effect once Inquisition has enjoyed its limelight.
Circle August 21 on your calendars, because this is about love. True love. Pigeon love. If you only play one pigeon-dating sim this year, make it Hatoful Boyfriend.
You heard me. Hatoful Boyfriend is a visual novel/dating sim where all your prospective romances are birds—and it's up for pre-order on Steam at the standard 10% off. (Hey, anybody that romanced Garrus in Mass Effect can't say nothin'. That dude is pretty much a bird, too.) Chuck Huseman, our editor in chief, couldn't explain it, but he had a blast with Hatoful Boyfriend at E3 anyway.
Of course it's absurdist. And of course we're trying to get our hands on some review code.
Remember how Capcom released all of the Game Boy and GBC Mega Man titles back in May? Well according to a post over at Capcom Unity it's time for another month of the blue bomber starting today with the release of Mega Man Battle Network for the 3DS and Wii U's eShop. If you've never played a Battle Network game, this is definitely one to check out. It's not your traditional side-scroller like the classic and X games, but it's an interesting take on the franchise...even if the first game's network layout made things confusing (later games in the series made it easier to tell just what part of the net you were in).
But wait, there's more. Every Thursday in August will see the release of another classic Mega Man game. The games will be Mega Man 5 (NES), Mega Man 6 (NES...and still not on the Wii yet :D), Mega Man X3, and Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (a spin-off of the Battle Network games). The order of release will be a mystery, but as long as MM5 is released before MM6, then order really doesn't matter to me.
[image courtesy of Capcom Unity]
When the new Killer Instinct launched last year it was a download only games and since then fans have been begging for a physical release of the game.
Well they got their wish as the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker pack will be hitting retail stores on September 23rd for $19.99.
The game comes with all season 1 fighters including Jago, Saberwulf, Glacius, Orchid, Sadira, Spinal, Fulgore and Thunder.
Also, buying the game will get you a code to unlock TJ Combo free when Season 2 launches this fall.
We continue to get regular updates and videos regarding the upcoming launch of FIFA 15. With most European leagues starting back up in the next couple of weeks, along with the U.S Summer Soccer Tour wrapping up in the next few days, football is at an all time popularity high. Today, EA Sports wants to show the world how smooth the new agility and control system is. The trailer below gives just a small taste of what to expect, so don't expect your hunger to be satiated terribly much. I would consider this just a small appetizer before the main course.
To this day, the Dreamcast has been my favorite console off all that I have ever owned. Sega’s under-appreciated machine created some of my favorite gaming memories during my college years. Anyways, the system still lives on to this day, despite dying commercially many, many years ago, thanks to the efforts of modders and hackers around the world. According to SEGAbits, the latest advancement that has come to the system is the ability to run and save your software off of a hard disk akin to modern consoles.
It is pretty cool to see this sort of support come to the system and should breath a little bit of life into the Dreamcast scene. I don’t have a system any more, but I might consider tracking one down now after seeing this. A hard drive would be great for managing your saves and add-on content for the games rather than juggling an assortment of VMU’s. There are some games that are having problems, but then again, this is just the beginning of this advancement.
Long live the Dreamcast! 9-9-99
I know some people are scared off by the phrase 'Early Access' because they don't want to deal with buggy games, but how can you not be intrigued by cited problems like "dead characters coming back to life to have conversations about communism" and "a small issue where colonists only sleep once in their lives"?
Clockwork Empires is a game that's all about the three C's: Colonization, Capitalism, and Cosmic Horror. You are a Junior Bureaucrat (Colonial Grade) in a Steampunkified Victorian era that's been tasked by the empire to secure their foothold (and purse strings) in the new world. You'll build colonies populated by characters from all levels of social strata, where every person has their own memories, personalities, and secrets. Your actions shape the fledgeling colony and the fates of the people that call it home. But no matter what you do, cracks will form in your little society. Disease, cultists, depression, mutant uprising, and murder most foul will crop up every now and again, so you'll probably have to deal with that. But then again, maybe you'll be responsible for the collapsing infrastructure. Will you overwork your populace in order to secure more of a profit for the empire? Or will you order your scientists to usher in a new technological era by having them study forces that man was not meant to comprehend?
Gaslight Games, the developers of Dungeons of Dredmor, have already had people testing Clockwork Empires in their own 'Earliest Access' version. But on August 15th, they'll make it available to the public through regular old Early Access for $29.99.
If you're on the fence on whether or not you want a dystopian civilization-building game, you should take a look at their hilarious weekly Devblog. Even if you aren't even remotely interested, you should read it. It has a dry wit you rarely see developers use in their information-dump patch updates.