First thing I'm gonna say is that Nintendo Direct's are amazing. I have watched all of them so far and anxiously await what the next game or games will be that they will show off. The great news is that Nintendo will be holding a new Nintendo Direct this Thursday, October 23rd at 3PM PT and it will be completely dedicated to the Wii U version of Super Smash Brothers.
I am assuming that they will be showing off some of the exclusive features of the Wii U version, like the rumored Board Game mode and I hope we get to see some Amibos in action.
The 3DS version of Super Smash Brothers has been getting great reviews but I think I am going to skip that version. I didn't think that we would be getting the Wii U version until 2015 but when they announced that it would launch in November, I figured that I could wait a few months. Plus I want to play the game in glorious HD on my 40 inch television.
Speaking of the 3DS version, be sure to check out Sean Colleli's review.
Even more pre-alpha footage from Free Radical's Battlefront III was released, showing us all what could have been.
The game looks like it would have been very much like the other two games in the series, which I'm afraid may have made it feel dated, even at the time. I love the Battlefront series, but this footage is from 2007, the year of Call of Duty 4. If it had been released, it probably would have been swept under the rug like every other shooter was and has been since.
It's probably a blessing that things have worked out the way they did then, because now, of course, we have a new Battlefront being developed by DICE, which makes me giddy just to type out. Since the game will be released right around the movie, and movies love to be gritty these days, maybe we can hope for a down and dirty, war-is-hell take on Star Wars that DICE is known to do with Battlefield.
I could theorize about Star Wars all freakin' day, but I'll leave you now with the footage. It's very obviously pre-alpha, but if Star Wars is your bag, it's worth checking out.
Ubisoft has revealed a season pass for Far Cry 4 that will run gamers $29.99.
The season pass packs five pieces of additional content that includes a day one mission, a co-op prison break, a brand new PvP multiplayer mode, and... a yeti.
Look below for a more in-depth round up.
The Syringe – The day one mission will see players preventing the game's antagonist, Pagan Min, from retrieving a recipe that is useful against the rebellion. The mission is playable in both single-player and co-op.
Escape from Durgesh Prison – This mission will allow players to "team up with a friend to escape Yuma’s prison after being locked up and tortured."
Hurk Deluxe Pack – This pack will give gamers access to five additional missions starring Hurk, three of which are titled: Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption
Overrun – This PvP mode will allow players to play as either the Rakshasa or the Golden Path and work towards capturing territory around Kyrat while also stoping that territory from being taken over by the opposing team.
Valley of the Yetis – This game mode finds the game's main protagonist, Ajay, crash landed on a Himalayan ridge "in a strange new frozen landscape". Players will scavenge for tools to upgrade their campsites while fighting off attacks from a mysterious cult. This content also has singe-player and co-op options.
Besides the extra mission that is available on day one, no additional dates were given.
Be sure to check out the new co-op gameplay footage that was released earlier this month.
With just 10 days remaining until Evolve's Big Alpha test launches over Halloween weekend, you only have until tomorrow to guarantee alpha access by pre-ordering the game. Pre-Ordering will also net you the Monster Pack expansion, including the Savage Goliath featured in the trailer below and a yet-to-be-named monster that will be announced nearer to the release date. The Big Alpha is the second such test for the game following the PC-only test last July. This one opens on October 30th for Xbox One and the 31st for PS4 and PC and will shut down for all systems at the close of the weekend, November 2nd. More info about the Big Alpha is at this link.
Evolve was originally slated for release tomorrow but has been pushed back to February 10th of next year. While it's a disappointment to have to wait, the game is looking great and I applaud 2K and Turtle Rock for making the tough decision and make the game right rather then just make it fast.
I never thought the day would come when:
a) The Nintendo Wii U would be exclusive home to a week’s biggest title in the midst of a busy season.
b) That title would be Platinum Game’s Bayonetta 2.
Well, that day is here! This week features another stellar lineup of releases and the biggie is undoubtedly the return of the umbran witch. Bayonetta 2 is actually here and as Matt told us last week, it is incredible.
This week’s full lineup:
The latest Assassin's Creed Unity video introduces the cast that will see players through the French Revolution.
Dan Jeannotte, who had various speaking roles in both Assassin's Creed III and IV, plays the main character, Arno Victor Dorian. In Jeannotte's own words, Arno is a "young punk." But then, through Arno's association with the Brotherhood, he becomes part of a larger fight: the French Revolution.
Catherine Berube plays Elise de la Serre. Elise and Arno are troublemakers in their youth, and as they get older, their relationship blossoms into a romantic one. Adhering to her own agenda, however, Elise is willing to do anything to avenge her father's death.
Alex Ivanovici plays the Marquis de Sade. De Sade is a champion of freedom, yet unhindered by morality. Arno understands that de Sade is mad on the outside but savvy in all his dealings.
Brent Skagford is Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte is very intelligent and uses a command of the language to get what he wants. Arno feels that Napoleon is one of the few people that actually knows what's going on.
Bruce Dinsmore is Maximilien de Robespierre. Robespierre is bit of a pedant. A bit of a showoff. A bit pretentious. Arno is aware of what Robespierre is capable of—and Robespierre is a madman leading France into ruin.
This is not an all-star cast, but it's a cast that's clearheaded about their characters, and clearly in love with their roles. And from the few cutscenes I'd seen during my hands-on preview, the acting is understated and intense.
Assassin's Creed Unity launches November 11 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle hits store shelves earlier on November 2.
With the recent release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, it might get a little cumbersome to remember some of the events that have taken place across the Borderlands timeline. Maybe not Legend of Zelda cumbersome, but regardless 2K has put up a webpage for fans of the series to check out some of the most important events in the Borderlands series, starting with just before the first game and up through the events of Borderlands 2.
To check it out, head on over to the Ultimate Borderlands Time Line.
Hope you weren't planning on sleeping tonight, because on Payday 2's Crimefest stream celebrating 3 years of Payday, we got our first glimpse of the Female Heister making her way to the game soon. She, along with the trailer are absolutely terrifying. The only thing we do know for sure about her is that she is Scottish.
The team at Overkill also released the official trailer for the Old Hoxton Breakout. If there is one thing that I have loved about this game is that the game's story has been progressed over the last two years or so through live action trailers. It's almost like they are making a movie based on the videogame as they update it.
Finally, here is a list of the Crimefest rewards through October 27th. Each day the team at Overkill will reveal what the community will be getting.
It's no secret that I love Devolver Digital. They publish a wide variety of games from the hackinest slashinest gorefests like Shadow Warrior and Hotline Miami to some delightfully silly romps like Hatoful Boyfriend and Cosmic DJ. The Humble Bundle Store is having a sale on most of their titles this weekend, ending October 20th at noon EST. There's some great deals on games we've already reviewed an previewed for you:
Hotline Miami- $2.49 (normally $9.99)
Shadow Warrior- $9.99 (normally $39.99)
Hatoful Boyfriend- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Heavy Bullets- $7.49 (normally $9.99)
OlliOlli- $6.49 (normally $12.99)
Always Sometimes Monsters- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Luftrausers- $4.99 (normally $9.99)
Gods Will Be Watching- $5.99 (normally $9.99)
Dungeon Hearts- $0.74 (normally $2.99)
Foul Play- $3.74 (normally $14.99)
Serious Sam 3: BFE- $3.99 (normally $39.99)
Serious Sam Double D- $0.99 (normally $9.99)
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter- $0.49 (normally $4.99)