The Witcher 3 has dominated my free time the last three weeks. It's a near perfect mix of gameplay and story telling but the game has a few issues that occasionally detract from the experience. For me a lot of these deal with the managing the amount of crap that Geralt carries around with him. If there was ever an episode of Hoarders in Temaria, Geralt would the be the first person they would have on the show.
CD Projekt Red is working on a huge patch to make inventory management a lot easier. Notable among the patches is the idea of a player stash where Geralt can stick stuff he isn't currently using or can't use for later retrieval around the game world. This means I can dump off the armor that I can't use right now because it's six levels above where I currently am.
Another big tweak is that alchemy items and books will no longer count against your inventory weight meaning fewer trips to vendor to sell off unnecessary items. This means more time adventuring and less times trudging to and from town to pawn off the stuff you've looted.
These are all great strides in the right direction and should help make a great game even better.
Last week Jeremy Duff gave us the lowdown on Predator and when he would be hitting Mortal Kombat X.
Today, NetherRealm reveals what is coming in the "Predator Bundle".
The Predator bundle will of course include the Predator and three character skins including Commando Johnny, Infared Scorpion and Carl Weathers Jax.
The other interesting thing is that NetherRealm will also be releasing a pack of "Klassic Fatalities" and they are free. The Fatalities will be for Scorpion, Sub Zero, Sonya and Johnny Cage.
If I had to guess i'm thinking the klassic fatalities will be the following...
If you don't own the Kombat pack then the Predator bundle will be available to purchase on July 14th for $7.99 or you can purchase by himself for $4.99. If you just want the skins, they will be available to buy separately for $3.99.
Unfortunately, this is what they are talking about when they refer to the “Summer drought” in terms of game releases. There really isn’t a lot going on right now, in terms of AAA releases. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as there are plenty of quality Indie titles to fill the void during the hottest months of the year. Rocket League is this week’s headliner, making its debut on the PS4 and PC. I have heard nothing but good things about the game from the various beta tests that they have had and am looking forward to a new multiplayer addiction on the PS4.
This week’s lineup:
The cover star for WWE 2K16 has been revealed and is none other than the beer swigging, middle finger swinging, foul mouthed redneck himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Seeing as how he is the cover star, I am going to assume that this years single player mode will involve Stone Cold in some way. Perhaps he will have his own showcase mode or maybe we will get another Attitude Era type mode with showcases from various Attitude Era stars. Hopefully we will find out soon enough.
WWE 2K16 is scheduled to be released on October 27th for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
In Batman: Arkham Knight, Barbara Gordon's role is known as Oracle. But before the tragic incident with the Joker, she was patrolling the city of Gotham as Batgirl.
On July 14th, you'll be able to go through some of her adventures as Batgirl in the DLC Batgirl: A Matter of Family. The story takes place before the events of Arkham Knight and will let you play as her with new locations to explore and new gadgets to use.
The DLC will be available for all those who have the Season Pass on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on July 14th. If you want to purchase it separately, you'll have to wait a week and pony up $6.99.
Not too surprisingly, the press release fails to mention the PC release since the main game has been put on hold from sale for now. I wonder if those who have the Season Pass on the PC will be able to play it come next week.
In TellTale's episodic take on Minecraft, you're a part of a group of adventurers that "find something weird," and following a cataclysmic event they band together to survive. I trust TellTale to make a good story, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do with Minecraft. It's hard to imagine a story being in the world of a game that is so specifically without narrative, but I'm sure most of us can have faith in the developers.
One of the most interesting things about this game is the surprisingly stellar vocal cast. The main character is voiced by Patton Oswalt, with other actors such as Brian Posehn, Billy West from Futurama and Corey Feldman. Yes, that Corey Feldman.
I'm also surprised by how authentically Minecraft it looks. Everything seems just as it should be, with the blocky environments and characters everyone has come to know over the years. Then again, I don't know what I was expecting, and I don't know why I'm surprised by the consitent quality of TellTale's games either.
Watch the trailer for yourself below, it's pretty nifty.
It's been a while since I've posted the weekly Nintendo Download highlights, but I'm going to try my best to get back into getting these out again, and what better time to pick this back up than the week that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hits the Wii U Virtual Console. I think it's safe to say that Ocarina of Time is one of the best games in the series, especially for being the first of the 3D Legend of Zelda games.
Over on the 3DS eShop we have Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3, which was developed to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Samurai Warriors franchise. Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 takes the best features from the past Samurai Warriors games, which includes the detailed customization mode and battle system of Samurai Warriors 4, as well as the Challenge Mode. You can play as either a customized character or a historically inspired Samurai.
As usual there's a lot more going on this week in the eShops, so hit up Nintendo's official press release for all of this week's offers.
Haemimont Games have announced a July 24th, 2015 release date for their upcoming action-RPG Victor Vran. Currently available via Steam Early Access, in 3 weeks it will be demon hunting time in earnest. The latest Early Access update to the game introduced the grand finale to the campaign with cinematic cut scenes, German and English language voice-overs, new legendary weapons, Elite Challenges, and a Hard Mode for experienced players.
If you have time this weekend between drinking, BBQing, watching parades and fireworks, then you might want to play some SMITE. To celebrate the 4th of July, players will earn double worshipers, favor and XP all on PC and Xbox One. The sale will run from Friday July 3rd to Sunday July 5th.
SMITE is also running a special "Independence" chest throughout the month which includes several skins, some of them exclusive that will only run for a limited time before they are gone.
The chest will be 400 per roll and skins include...