The next update for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has been revealed by Bethesda and will launch on August 1st for PC and Mac, and August 16th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This update, titled Shadows of the Hist, will feature two new four-player dungeons (Ruins of Mazzatun and Cradle of Shadows) and will be free to players with an active ESO Plus membership. Otherwise the pack will be available for 1,500 crowns in the ESO Crown Store.
The DLC pack will also feature a Style Parlor where players can purcahse carious change tokens in the crown store and alter their appearance and other features in the game. These include appearance, race, name, premium hairstyles, new adornments, and markings. Exclusive to ESO Plus members are costume dyes where players can dye their equipped costume and hats at any Dye Station using dyes unlocked via achievements. The applied dyes are saved separately for costumes and hats to you can dye them differently if you wish.
A list of of other features and content updates can be found in the official press release.
This week's Nintendo Download is headlined by the launch of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the Wii U and 3DS. Not only is the game based on Episode VII, but it also features exclusive playable content that bridges the story between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. If you've played the other Lego Star Wars games, you'll probably get a kick out of this one.
The other huge release this week is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on the Wii U Virtual Console. The game that got me into RPGs, Super Mario RPG starts out normal enough with Mario rescuing Princess Toadstool (yes, this was while she was still called Princess Toadstool) from Bowser, until a giant sword plunges into the castle and sends everyone flying. Now Mario must find the princess and get back to Bowser's Castle to get to the bottom of these events. If you've never played it before, I highly recommend checking it out. This game was amazing back when it was first released twenty years ago and still remains my second favorite RPG to this day (the first being Chrono Trigger).
Fans of the Monster Hunter series can now download a "special demo" for Monster Hunter Generations for the 3DS. The demo offers three main quests that you can tackle solo or co-op, and co-op can be either local or online, along with a selection of tutorials for newcomers. That's a nice feature for people like me who have very little experience with the series...especially since I'm going to be reviewing the full game so I want to be as prepared as possible going into this.
Other releases this week are BOXBOXBOY! where Quibby returns with an all new set of puzzles to solve as well as a new ability to duplicate his blocky body into two sets of boxes, The Battle Cats POP!, a tower defense adventure game where you can collect hundreds of cats to power up your army and take down bizzare enemies, and Zero Escape: Zero Time Dliemma, the trailer for which can be seen below.
HTC's really going all in on virtual reality. With the success of the HTC Vive, HTC announced that they are bringing together 28 investment companies that would allow them to have access to $10 billion in funds for helping startups.
If you're looking to get into VR development, whether it be software or hardware, you have six times a year to pitch your ideas to the group and if they like what you have to say, they can invest in your company to help you get off the ground.
This should be a nice way to help jump start a few companies that are looking to get into VR in its infancy.
Aside from the fact that an HD remaster is the only conceivable reason the first two BioShock games are unavailable for backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, many leaks over the last year or so revealing the BioShock Collection have been all but confirmed by another big leak today from 2K Games' actual website.
For a few moments, 2K hosted a page on their site for the BioShock Collection, which you can see below. No information was included on the page aside from the title, but this pretty much seals the deal on it.
This comes right after the release of the System Shock demo yesterday, so if this news has got you in the mood for the series or its spiritual siblings, you can download the demo from Steam and Kickstarter right now.
FIFA 17 is slated to be a big change in the franchise. With the switch to the Frostbite engine and new visuals making for impeccable accuracy, fans of the beautiful game are as excited as ever to get their hands on this title.
EA Sports understands that this isn't going to be enough and wants to make sure everyone gets their fix, including those in Japan and fans of the Japanese top division, the J1 League.
All 18 teams will be included in this year's title, which more than likely means that scouting and youth academy recruitment is going to include the country. Included with these teams will be the new Suita City Football Stadium, home of Gamba Osaka.
The official list of the teams are as follows:
The J1 League is currently at the midway point of the season as they are one of the rare leagues that follow the single calendar year schedule, but either way: You'll find them in this year's version come September.
You would think that EA Sports would have learned their lesson.
After the incredibly lengthy NCAA likeness lawsuit brought forth by Ed O'Bannon and Sam Keller, the belief was that EA had figured out their issue and managed to correct their problems.
Unfortunately for them, it appears that they dropped the ball on this one.
Legendary Ex-Running Back and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown has decided to accept a voluntary judgment offered by Electronic Arts to the tune of $600,000 in a likeness suit brought forth by the Cleveland Browns great.
Brown was used in Madden NFL 2008 as a legendary player, but the California-based company failed to secure a likeness deal and used it without his permission. The original suit was actually put forth in August of 2013 and the settlement has just now been taken care of. Brown spoke with reporters after the announcement of the decision:
“I took a stand for all athletes and laid a framework for future plaintiffs with my great legal team. Hopefully, this is a step forward in getting companies like Electronic Arts to recognize the value that athletes have in selling their products.”
In the long run, $600,000 isn't much of a dent in the coffers at Electronic Arts, but given their recent string of luck in lawsuits involving likenesses, one would think that they want to get this locked down. Thankfully for them, it does appear that there are no further suits being pursued.
It's been about six months since Star Wars: The Force Awakens stormed movie theaters—a movie that already feels like it should've been with us for years. This week, the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game hit store shelves.
Look for our upcoming review. LEGO games are warmly regarded here at Gaming Nexus, but I've always been at least a little skeptical of their gameplay approach. I find there's a lot of running in circles trying to figure out what to do next. But there's no denying the charm and humor that TT Games invests into these LEGO adventures. And with this one being about the first Star Wars movie I've liked since 1983, I think there's going to be plenty to enjoy. It's great hearing the fresh voice work coming from the actors, too. There's original dialogue from Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and a bunch more.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched on everything. And I mean everything. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows PC, Mac, PS Vita, and Nintendo 3DS. You can even play the first chapter for free on iPhone, iPad, and iPod, with additional content being made available throughout the year with in-app purchases.
As most of last generation's popular games do, the Batman: Arkham series is getting an HD remaster for the current generation of consoles, called Batman: Return to Arkham.
The original release date was July 26th, less than a month from the time of this writing, and it has now been pushed back to an as of yet unannounced date to allow the team to "deliver a polished" game. Here is what Warner Bros.' Steve Grayson said in the official forums:
After reviewing the progress of the project, the team at WB Games has decided to delay the release of Batman: Return to Arkham to give the team at Virtuos Games additional time to deliver a polished Batman Arkham game experience. We do not have a release date yet and will be sure to communicate that once we are sure the game will be ready. We know this is disappointing news, but we feel the extra time will allow the team to create the best gaming experience for our fans.
Disappointing news for many, and honestly quite surprising since the release date was just around the corner. The lack of an alternative date doesn't seem to suggest it will be a small delay, either.
Spiders Studio is a developer who has sort of outreached their ambition in their last couple of games. That said I have high hopes for The Technomancer. I've been craving a new scifi like this: compelling story, addictive art direction, let's just hope the gameplay matches the setup. I'm really pulling for this game because the studio has some great ideas and I hope they finally have the skill and polish to match that ambition. The Technomancer is out today, check out the launch trailer below.
Remember those sort of awkward, stilted gameplay trailers for The Division that had voice actors pretending to play the game? Well, Ubisoft is doing that again.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a game that I am both excited about and completely cautious of. I feel like for years, the Ghost Recon series has just skirted around the edge of something truly special, but it never quite reached its potential.
This upcoming entry focuses on the cooperative gameplay, one of the strong points of games past, and promises an open world, one that looks pretty impressive in this demo, which shows off Ghost Recon's characteristic blend of stealth action and straight up firefights. Something worth mentioning is that there is very little technology used in the demo; perhaps the near-future aspect of previous entries has been toned down a bit for this one.
Watch the demo for yourself below.