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TV spot released for WWE 2K15

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WWE 2K15 will be hitting the PS4 and Xbox One for the first time in less than a month and the official TV spot for the game has been released.

The TV spot made it's debut during last nights Monday Night Raw and features superstars such as John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Hulk Hogan, and Roman Reigns. John Cena narrates the trailer by reciting Dylan Thomas's poem "Do not go gentle into that good night". The trailer also features some great in game footage and footage of the superstars real life counterparts as they reflect privately and conduct their workout routines before walking through that curtain.

This, in my opinion is one of the best commercials ever made for a WWE game. It's dark and perfectly captures that feel of the power of the WWE making their way onto next gen consoles for the first time. 

WWE 2K15 hits Xbox One and PS4 on November 18th.

Civilization: Beyond Earth ready for pre-load, Civ V free to play on Steam

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Though it won't release until Friday, 2K has announced that Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is ready for pre-load. Much like the launch modules in the opening cinematic (video below), get it on your machine and be all set for liftoff when the timer ticks to zero.

Never played a Civ game or need a fix until the release? Civ V is free to play on Steam from now until Thursday night, October 23rd at 10:00 AM PDT. 

John Wick becomes a playable character in Payday 2

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Woah... 

Yup, you read that right, John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves and star of the movie of the same name is coming to Payday 2. Coinciding with the release of the movie, the John Wick character will come to Payday 2 as part of a free DLC pack. This content was also the "secret stuff" reward that players got for hitting 1,500,000 members of the Steam community. 

We don't know yet if Keanu Reeves will be voicing the character in the game but that would be amazing if he did. 

Here is all the content that will be coming with the DLC pack.

  • John Wick, a new playable character in PAYDAY 2
  • A new perk system called Hitman, which includes features such as Akimbo, the ability to dual wield weapons, a favorite of John Wick himself
  • A new pistol with accompanying weapon modifications and a new knife melee weapon
  • Three cool-looking sunglasses to customize and wear

In addition. Anyone who purchases a ticket for John Wick on Fandango, starting tomorrow, will get a code for a free copy of Payday 2 on Steam. 

 

Alien Isolation goes into Corporate Lockdown with first DLC

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Alien: Isolation is dividing critics, but I loved the game and I'm actually looking forward to the DLC for this one. The first pack, Corporate Lockdown, arrives October 28th for $7.99

The pack follows Seegson exec Ransome and his attempt to escape Sevastopol in the days before Amanda Ripley arrives on the Torrens. The DLC includes three new maps--Severance, Scorched Earth and Loose Ends--that detail Ransome's quest to square old business, evade the Alien and buy his way onto the Torrens with the Nostromo's flight recorder data.

Four additional DLC packs will be released before March 2015, each following a different character and exploring the events that led to Sevastopol's downfall in the main game. Isolation had a pretty strong backstory so I'm excited to see how Creative Assembly explores some of the events only hinted at in Amanda's arc.

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The Elder Scrolls gets deep... really, really deep

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As if the lore within the games wasn’t enough, Bethesda is taking the Elder Scrolls franchise to an even deeper level. If you are a fan of the lore behind the games, then you will love the fact that Bethesda is teaming up with Titan Books to launch two new series of books: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim- The Skyrim Library.

The Elder Scrolls Online series consists of two separate volumes, one covering “The Land” and one covering “The Lore”. This will serve as the most accurate guide to to lore surrounding the game as well as give you access to a ton of never-before-seen art. The Skyrim series will consists of three books and allow players to get all of the game’s in-game text in actual book form.

The first volumes of these series will launch in March 2015. Come on, you know you want to have these sitting on your bookshelf...

Let's talk about that Far Cry 4 Season Pass for a moment

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Yesterday, Michael posted up information released by Ubisoft regarding Far Cry 4, and the information continues to show a rather disturbing trend as we see more companies using Early Access and Season Passes to give players more content than those who just pay the regular amount of a game.

It took some deciphering, and most didn't catch on right away, but it would appear that if you don't pony up the $29.99 for Season Pass, then you'll miss out on PvP in the title.

Gamers aren't happy about this, as they shouldn't be.  It also hasn't been a great run for Ubisoft in the last few weeks, who managed to alienate PC gamers by saying that they'll no longer push for higher resolutions or framerates because they want to make a cinematic experience, though there has been some word that both Microsoft and Sony have been pushing developers to do so because consoles simply do not have the raw power that a PC can produce.

Getting back to the topic at hand, though:  What caused this?

DLC has always been a hotly contested topic and just how far is too far when it comes to what is offered.  Gamers on multiple sites are not happy with this news.  Here are just a few examples:

Taken directly from Ubiblog:

milking the cow ? as you created enough hype now you find different ways for asking for more money and [EXPLETIVE] this franchise up like the rest. i will cancel my preorder. thx bye

Horrible Idea, at least if this is what I think it is. Ubisoft, are you really expecting us to pay $30 to play multiplayer on top of the game price? Im sorry, but this might be the craziest thing I've ever heard before. Not to mention the terrible precedent you are setting for the gaming industry. I hope I am just confused about what I've just read, and you all haven't become this greedy.

From Gamespot:

Well, I think my pre-order deposit is going toward another game. about £20 to play online even after paying full price?!

This type of crap makes me not want to buy the game at all.

So to enjoy far cry 4 completely I need to spend roughly $100 bucks...

This time of year is booked for new releases, sorry.  Spring looks good, when the game drops to $30.

A little bit dodgy putting a standard MP mode in the season pass. Also at $30 is alot to ask , when we don't really know the extent of the content. How extensive is each content piece? I don't mind season passes, but it seems like the primary purpose is to sqeeze the maximum amount of dollars out of customers more than to provide them good value.

The list goes on from there, and it doesn't take long to search for the anger.  The bottom line is this, though:  It isn't going away unless enough people get angry about it.  We may very well be on the way to that happening, though.  Gamers have a big enough problem forking over $60 for a game that might be rife with DLC and feel as though they aren't getting the completed product, and that's reason enough to be angry.

 

 

Team Puuba and Mastertronic announce dungeon crawler The Weaponographist

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Doug McGrave, the famous demon hunter, is the star of The Weaponographist.  He's apparently just the best at demon hunting while also being just the worst at being a person.  So he's a jerk that's great at slaying monsters.  Sounds like he'd fit in very well in the National Football League.  Zing, I got you again, bald eagle-rules football!

Seriously though, The Weaponographist is a "high-speed" dungeon crawler that will be coming to Steam next year.  You can learn more after the jump.

Find Mastertronic on Facebook, and Team Puuba on the web

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News Roundup - 10/20/2014

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Nintendo Direct coming this Thursday and it's completely dedicated to Super Smash Brothers for Wii U

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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.

More pre-alpha footage from scrapped Battlefront 3 has been released

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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.