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No PlayStation Plus account needed for No Man's Sky

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Most games on the PlayStation 4 require a PlayStation Plus account in order to play with friends. Not No Man's Sky however.

Game Informer got word that you won't need to pay that yearly subscription if you want to jump into the game and perhaps meet up with your friends. In fact, the game's so big that Sony and Hello Games considers it a single player experience even though you have to be online to play and can meet up with random strangers. 

Good on the Sony for not requiring PlayStation Plus to play. If it truly is that big and your chances of meeting your friends are very slim, then removing the requirement for Plus seems like a logical decision.

No Man's Sky is due out August 9th on the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Behind the scenes in South Park: the Fractured but Whole

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Originally released at Comic Con, the latest details coming out of the Ubisoft and South Park camps is a nice little developer/creator diary for South Park: the Fractured but Whole featuring Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the Ubisoft staff. It's a solid seven and half minutes that starts with the creative process, the backstory and transition from the previous title - Stick of Truth, and leads into detail about the development of the game itself. It's a good look behind the curtain and contains plenty of in-game footage to transmit a pretty good idea of what the final product will look and sound like.

South Park: the Fractured but Whole releases December 6th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

FIFA 17 will not feature Lionel Messi on cover for first time since 2013

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EA Sports has finally chosen their new cover man for FIFA 17, and it still looks weird not to see FC Barcelona attacked Lionel Messi on the front of it.

The cover vote to decide who will grace the cover of EA's long running international football IP has come to a close, and while any of the group would have been an outstanding choice, Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has won the vote.

The German International has been featured in videos talking about the new Frostbyte engine and how it changes everything from the style of play to how the AI reacts to different plays. Now the Bundesliga star will grace the cover.

FIFA 17 will be launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in late September.

Get a 500GB Xbox One for $249 for a limited time

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Microsoft has discounted the 500 GB Xbox One, as well as its bundles, for its Summer Sale, saying that the discount is available "while supplies last."

Any of these bundles is a part of this discount. This includes the special edition Quantum Break bundle (which includes a white console), and the Name Your Game Bundle, which allows you to pick from Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay.

For any people on the edge, now just may be the time to take the plunge and join the current generation.

Here's the San Diego Comic Con Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare panel

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Activision held a panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con to talk about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and you can see it in its entirety below. The panel consists of a few of the development team that worked on the game as well as a video of Kit Harrington talking about his role in the game. You'll get some new footage as well along with some talk about what the game's about and what they went through to create the latest Call of Duty.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 are coming to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC

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There are many folks that love the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games and this news should be music to their ears. Both Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 will be available on current consoles and PCs coming this July 26th.

The games will have some minor tweaks to them such as UI and graphic enhancements. One thing a little disappointing is that the games are going to cost a little more than what I think releases should. $39.99 will be what each will cost or you can nab both for $59.99. To me, that's a little bit pricier than what they should be, but if it sells well, maybe that will get them to do another Ultimate Alliance game.

In any case, I can't wait to grab the games and sit down with a friend or play online with someone. I didn't get to play the games much when they were first released, but with this re-release, I think I'll give them a shot this time around.

Rock Band Rivals details released

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Harmonix released a whole bunch of new details on the upcoming Rock Band Rivals late this week including pricing, preorder deals and features. First up, the new features include two new modes, new venues and Rock Shop items.  The first new mode is Rockudrama, which is a campaign mode that is a playable music documentary, that features a mix of live-action video, in game footage and Rock Band gameplay.  It basically follows your band and tells their story as they progress on a hopeful ride to fame.

The second new mode is Rivals mode, which will allow you to form crews of up to ten people to take on other crews around the world.  From the release, it sounds like regardless of your skill level, you will be able to assist your crew (kind of like Scramble golf for those that are familiar).  Full details will be announced at PAX West in September.

You can purchase it a myriad of ways, including as a digital download (vis Xbox Live or PSN for $29.99), full game digital download ($59.99) or as bundle that includes peripherals from new manufacture PDP.  The two bundles will be as either the Rock Band Rivals Band Kit ($199.99) or the Rock Band Rivals Wireless Jaguar Bundle ($89.99), and will net your two additional songs at launch if you preorder through Amazon.  No matter the method to preorder, you will get access to a 10-song bonus download that includes the following:

  • Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”
  • Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
  • The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather”
  • Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks”
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • Semisonic – “Closing Time”
  • Sia – “Chandelier”
  • Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
  • Weezer – “King of the World”

Those that preorder via Amazon and purchase any new instruments will get the following two songs as a bones:

  • Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
  • Matchbox Twenty – “3AM”

Those that prefer to purchase the $29.99 digital download will also get Cheeseburger Tee as well as an exclusive Golden Sword Guitar.  Check out the full info at the Harmonix Rock Band Blog for any additional details.

Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle make their appearance in Injustice 2

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Wonder Woman's a veteran of the Injustice game, but we get our first glimpse at a brand new entry into the series. During Comic Con, Warner Bros released a new trailer for Injustice 2 and we get to see the Blue Beetle in action.

This isn't the original Blue Beetle as it will be Jaime Reyes, the third person to hold that mantle. He's got a more active armor set and is a younger personality than the original Blue Beetle, Dan Garret.

Having recently played the original game, the facial details have been really kicked up a few notches making their expressions a lot more realistic. The fighting, of course, still looks as awesome as ever.

Sonic goes back to his roots next Spring

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When you take a franchise from my childhood and make a new game in the classic style, I'm pretty much the epitome of the "Shut up and take my money" meme, of course unless it's a free game, but I digress.  It's why I promptly download and play any new Mega Man fan game when it comes out such as Mega Man Unlimited and Mega Man Rock Force.  Now it's Sega's turn as Sonic will return in a new 2D game next Spring.

But wait a minute.  Didn't they already do that with Sonic the Hedgehog 4?  Well, yes, and it was pretty good (at least Episode 1, haven't played Episode 2 yet).  However, that still had a modern look to it.  That being said, welcome to Sonic Mania, a brand new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog game coming out in Spring 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  Sonic Mania looks to contain new zones, old zones remastered, and some new mechanics such as the drop dash, where you'll go right into a spin dash when you hit the ground.  On top of that, the graphics resemble the original 16-bit graphics from the Sega Genesis with some slight improvements.  If the music ends up being 16-bit as well that'll just complete the package.

Live action trailer shows Mafia III might make as good a film as game

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It's funny how some games can tell a story so intimately. It's a medium that forces you to engage to progress and certain games (The Last of Us, the Uncharted series) can so delicately strike a chord. It's pretty odd, then, that so many game to movie translations fall so terribly flat. Mafia III has released a live action trailer that actually suggests a film version might just be able to buck that trend. Maybe it's because the game itself pulls so heavily from mob movie influences, but it stays true to the era, adds a bit of noir, and is a solid attempt at promoting the game. 

Of course there is no Mafia III movie coming, but there is the game releasing October 7th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 


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