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First gameplay trailer for Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

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There are a few of us here in the Gaming Nexus staff that are pretty excited for EA's upcoming free running sequel, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst. I really enjoyed the first one, despite pulling my hair out on a few of the time trials. But it was a fresh take on the whole First Person gaming mode and brought together a decent story with fresh mechanics. The game just had this flow to it that when you were on, it was effortless, fluid, and a heck of a lot of fun.

Well here is the first look at the gameplay for the sequel. Faith gets released from Juvie and is right back at the free running and sticking it to the man. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst releases in February of 2016.

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Halo Wars 2 coming Fall 2016 for Xbox One and PC

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It may not be the Halo game that PC gamers really want, but hey, beggars can't be choosers. Microsoft has announced that Halo Wars 2 will be coming to the PC and Xbox One in the Fall of 2016. The real time strategy game is a sequel to the 2009 game by Ensemble Studios.

343 Industries and Creative Assembly's doing this one. Creative's best known for the Total War series of strategic games and they also put out the very well received Alien: Isolation. 

Microsoft has released an announcement trailer that's devoid of any game footage, but enjoy some top notch CGI while we wait for more information about the game in the future.

Want to just dog fight in Star Wars: Battlefront? Fighter Squadron mode is for you

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EA has finally showed two minutes of Fighter Squadron mode in Star Wars: Battlefront. Up to twenty people can dog fight in the game using X-Wings, Tie-Fighters, and special ships like the Millennium Falcon and Slave-I.

At first glance, it looks pretty action packed and has all the sights and sounds you love from Star Wars.  It's not the space battles that you would want as the vertical limit of the levels seems keep you from reaching really high altitudes. But, it's an all-ship combat option for the game. Whether it'll satisfy those that really wanted the space battles will remain to be seen.

November 17th, 2015 will be the date you can all finally go back into Battlefront. 

We're looking for new writers!

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Gaming Nexus is looking for a few good writers. We have a few positions open and if you love video games and want to write about them, well we might be the place for you.

This is a strictly volunteer position so while there's no pay, you do get some really great games and opportunities to meet some really great folks in the industry.

If you're interested and want to know more, you can email Chuck, Jeremy, or John for more details. Send us a writing sample if you have one along with the platforms you can review. 

 

A new Final Fantasy game is coming to the 3DS

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Sitting at home with your 3DS hoping for a new Final Fantasy game to be released?  Well Square Enix has then answer to your problems.  On January 26th 2016 Square Enix will release Final Fantasy Explorers exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS.  Final Fantasy Explorers allows you to play either solo or with up to three other players as you dive into dungeons and collect crystals scattered throughout the world in a quest to find the Grand Crystal.  The game will feature over twenty new and familiar jobs such as the Knight, Monk, Black Mage, and White Mage.  January may seem like a long ways off, but seeing as how this is Final Fantasy I'm hoping it's worth the wait. 

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Xbox One gets a Chatpad

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The Xbox 360 had one and now the Xbox One will too. Today, Microsoft announced the Xbox Chatpad for the Xbox One. It fits in the same place on the Xbox One controller as it did on the Xbox 360 controller.

It will retail for $34.99 and can be pre-ordered right now. Launching on November 3, 2015, the Chatpad will allow for easier entry of text and codes. There are two programmable keys so you can tie them to a command that will suite your needs. Voice chat buttons are also easily accessible from the pad as well.

The Chatpad will also be backlit for those who like to game in the dark.

Finally, a single ear headset will also be included and will plug right into the Chatpad itself. 

Crackdown 3 looks amazing

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I was a big fan of Crackdown. I hated Crackdown 2. Crackdown 3 looks really, really good though. Unveiled at Gamescom today, the game has that cell-shaded look and the action looks great.

You're off trying to clean up a new city and you can see in the trailer released that those addictive orbs are back. From the looks of it, you'll be taking down the cities crime and each area can affect or lead to another.

Multiplayer was being touted and they are saying that the environment is 100% destructible. We'll have to wait and see if you can level the entire city during gameplay, but the effects are pretty impressive when seeing buildings fall down, knocking over other builds. The trailer touts that this is possible with the help of the Cloud computing feature that Microsoft has been pushing since the release of the Xbox One.

Crackdown 3 comes out next year and I hope the game lives up the the hype. While the second one was really disappointing, there's potential in the third to take the series to a whole new level.

Astro Gaming will gear you up the right way for Halo 5 Guardians with new accessories

by: Sean Cahill - - 0 Comments

With Halo 5: Guardians just a few short months away, we're starting to see all of the branded gear becoming available for pre-order. Astro Gaming has never been shy to step up with new accessories, and have done so today with the announcement of two new accessories in the Astro A40 and Astro M80 Amp for Xbox One.

The pair of accessories go hand-in-hand with one another, with the A40 being an officially licensed product by Microsoft specifically for the Xbox One. The headset is over-the-ear in design and comes with a swappable and removeable microphone, meaning that the headset is not only for use with your game system, but can be used for TV watching or listening to music on the go. 

The M80 Mixamp is designed to be specifically mounted on the Xbox One controller and works seamlessly with the A40 headset, providing quick adjustment for volume, controlling both voice and in-game sound.

The pair will retail at $220 and will be available in September. You can pre-order it now on www.astrogaming.com and get more information about these and other great Astro products.

Shmup fans rejoice: Gryphon Knight Epic launching this month

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I absolutely love a good, quality shmup, and while shootem’ up games are a dime a dozen, good ones are hard to come by. There is one on the horizon that I have had my eye on for some time that looks absolutely spectacular: Gryphon Knight Epic. The game is in development for the PC (as well as Mac and Linux) and looks to blend the classic, retro 2D shmup style with exploration and medeival duels. The developer has finally given the title a firm release date and it will be available through Valve’s Steam service beginning on August 20, 2015.

Created by Cyber Rhino Studios, Gryphon Knight Epic has you playing as Sir Oliver, a knight who battles atop his fearless gryphon, Aquila. Your adventure will have you facing off against a wide variety of enemies, including other knights upon their non-standard mounts, such as Simiel Totec on his trusty gorilla, Zafira Faris on top of a deadly, giant scorpion, and even Lorraine Learn on the back of a great white shark. It sounds insane but it looks absolutely fantastic!

 

Killer Instinct Season 3 is coming March 2016 and Rash from Battletoads is a guest character

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Killer Instinct fans rejoice! Microsoft confirmed at Gamescom today that Killer Instinct Season 3 is official and will be starting in March of 2016 to Xbox One and on Windows 10. The great part about the PC version is that it is cross buy and cross play with the Xbox version. Anything you own on Xbox One will be available to you the day the PC game launches. The game will also support cross platform play and all Microsoft controllers and fight sticks will work on PC.

They also announced that Season 3 will have a guest character and that character is Rash from Battletoads. Yup, you read that correctly. If you have bought any piece of content from Killer Instinct or own Rare Replay, you can check out Rash early during a special trial period. The trial period will run from today, August 4th at 9:30PST to September 8th at 12am PST. 

No word yet on any more characters coming to Season 3 but I really hope that the remaining Killer Instinct originals Kim Wu and Tusk make their return.