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Alien: Isolation gets a release date

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SEGA has officially announced the release date for their upcoming survival horror shooter Alien: Isolation. The game will be released globally for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 7th. The game's developer Creative Assembly wants the game to feel more like the Alien movies than previous games have, where the player actually fears the Xenomorphs rather than just constantly facing them in head to head combat.  

I avoided Aliens: Colonial Marines after hearing all of the negative press around that game, but I enjoy survival horror games from time to time. If there isn't much else out around the time Isolation releases maybe I will check it out. 

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Amazing Spider Man 2 gets a developer walkthrough

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We've seen some gameplay footage in the past few weeks for The Amazing Spider Man 2, but now creative director Thomas Wilson does a full developer walkthrough of some NY city web swinging and one of the game's stealth missions. So far I really like what Wilson and his team at Beenox have done to improve the very solid foundation they established with the previous game.

The stealth gameplay and takedowns look much smoother, there seems to be a much greater variety of side missions and the more realistic web swinging should add some strategy to traversing Manhattan. I'm also excited that they have so many different costumes to unlock and upgrade, which was one of my favorite features from the last game. So far this game looks like it could top even Treyarch's original Spider Man 2, which is a fan-favorite. All I know is that the wait until late April when this game comes out will be particularly hard for this true believer.

Watch Mike Tyson knock dudes out to Balrog's Street Fighter sound effects

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I'd forgotten just how lightning fast Mike Tyson used to be. Here's are clips of Tyson in the ring against various opponents, layered with Balrog's sound effects from the Street Fighter series. (You'll also see that the person making the video typed in the name "Mike Bison," which was Balrog's name in Japan before it was changed to Balrog. And before M. Bison took the name. Whatever. Watch Mike Tyson put some people on the ropes.)

Hellraid video and blog posts detail AI animations

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Hellraid, the first-person slasher coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, has a new video showing off some of the enemy AI actions. These include normal attacks, counter-attacks, and even taunts. At the end you'll even catch a glimpse at some of the gameplay you can expect from the upcoming title. 

And if you're looking for even more info on the enemy AI and how it was developed by the team check out the cool and informative two part blog post here and here

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News Roundup - 03/27/2014

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Game modes revealed for FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

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The World Cup is right around the corner.  We know the group stage and what countries are paired up, and FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 will allow players to enjoy every bit of it in game form.  Ten game modes in total will be available for players to choose from, which are highlighted in the video below.  Included in these game modes will be the enjoyment of playing in all of the stadiums in Brazil, regardless of whether they are actually finished in time for the real tournament.  Take some time out and check out the video to see what this special football title brings to the table!

 

News Roundup - 03/26/2014

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El Presidente wants to know why the rum is all gone

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I'm calling this one the "mixed metaphors" Tropico 5 trailer (it's certainly better than the #brbgonnavomitforever trailer from a few months ago).

In this one, El Presidente is pirate captain Jack Sparrow, or at least it's a visual reference to the most famous character from a moderately successful, but ultimately forgettable series of movies based on an amusement park ride.

Man, sometimes videogame trailers are weird.  

Anyway, if you want to learn more, follow the jump.  Tropico 5 is set for release on the Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and Linux early this summer - and then later this year on the PS4. 


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Wolfenstein: The New Order's release date changed for the better

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Normally, games delay their launch dates but this isn't the case for Wolfenstein: The New Order. Bethesda has announced that the game is being released two days earlier and will be globally launched on that day.

Originally launching on May 22nd in the United States and May 23rd in Europe, the game is now set for May 20th. And remember, if you pre-order the game, you get into the beta for the new DOOM game coming out.

So score one for the folks at Bethesda and MachineGames. Everyone will be able to kill Nazis sooner rather than later. The game is set to hit all platforms that are not from Nintendo in two months time. 


News Roundup - 03/25/2014

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Marie Rose now available in Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate

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Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate's first DLC character Marie Rose has been released and is currently available to buy on the PS3. She will be available to buy on Xbox 360 tomorrow. 

Marie Rose will cost $5.99 and comes with five costumes including a School Girl, Gym Class, Naughty Nurse, Santa's Helper and Cheerleader outfit. All of the costumes will cost $1.99 or you can buy Marie Rose and all the costumes together for a discounted price of $12.99.

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC delayed on the PC

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I hope you weren't interested in playing the newest Battlefield 4 DLC, Naval Strike on the PC because you're going to have to wait a bit. The DLC has been delayed without word on when it will be released.

Naval Strike introduces four new maps and an emphasis on sea battles. Premium members were suppose to get access to it today. Unless you are playing on the console though, you won't be trying out the new maps, weapons, or vehicles that come with the DLC.

No word on what is causing the delay other than it's an issue they found with the DLC. I'm going to guess that this bug is bigger than the normal ones they let through and try to patch up later on. Because we know, anytime DICE releases an update or a DLC, the inevitable number of bugs comes along with it.


News Roundup - 03/24/2014

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New realm and artists revealed for Fantasia: Music Evolved

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Disney Interactive and Harmonix have recently revealed some new additions to their upcoming game Fantasia: Music Evolved.  Some of the artists that will allow you to remix some of their hottest songs are David Bowie, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, and the White Stripes.  As for the new realm, players will be able to check out The Hollow, a mysterious forest environment where you can perform songs and create your own melodies to bring the world to life.  Also announced was a two-player option where players can play cooperatively and as part of a friendly competition and allow them to engage with classic hits in an entirely new way.

 


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Weekend News Roundup - 03/23/2014

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High Voltage Software is developing Amazing Spider Man 2 for 3DS

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Well this is interesting. High Voltage Software, of The Conduit fame, is making The Amazing Spider Man 2 for the 3DS. HVS has a long history of doing licensed software and the Conduit series was one of their few original IPs, so it looks like they've gone back to what they know. There isn't much info on the 3DS port of the new Spider Man game yet, although we know for sure that it won't be an open-world sandbox game like the other versions. This is a little disappointing but understandable considering the weaker hardware of the 3DS, although I still would've liked to see HVS try a sandbox game on the portable. They definitely have the technical chops to pull it off.

I was always a little bummed that we never got a third entry in the Conduit series. They weren't the best games and they didn't sell all that well but I really enjoyed the corny, direct-to-dvd scifi feel they had. I wanted a third game just for the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me ending of the second one. Maybe if this new Spider Man game does well, we'll see HVS revisit a few of their older IPs.

New Amazing Spider Man 2 gameplay footage

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Beenox was on hand at GDC last week and apparently the Escapist was there to capture some new gameplay footage of The Amazing Spider Man 2. I really like what I'm seeing here--it looks like Beenox has built upon the foundation they established with the first game (which I really liked) instead of scrapping it all and starting over. There are some new enemy types, the combat looks more involved and supposedly the web-swinging is more realistic--no more swinging above the tallest buildings or central park, with webs apparently sticking to the skybox!

I am curious as to why the Escapist decided to dub the theme music from the Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy over this footage for, you know, the new movie game. Don't get me wrong, Danny Elfman's score for those movies was excellent, but they could've at least used James Horner's soaring theme from The Amazing Spider Man, or Gerard Marino's unique theme from the first game. Maybe somebody at the Escapist is still bitter about the reboot?

Geralt is back in The Witcher: House of Glass

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Exciting news, right?  Geralt of Rivia is one of the most interesting and unique characters in gaming today.  That probably stems from his previous existence as a book character in The Witcher novels that actually existed before the games.  

There's one catch thought, and that is reading.  You see, The Witcher: House of Glass is another entry into Dark Horse Comics's ever-expanding pantheon of graphic novel accompaniments to popular videogame series. You can read about it here.  You can also find it on iTunes and Google Play using their respective apps (iTunes, Google Play).  

The Witcher: House of Glass is out now.  For more details, follow the jump.  Also make sure you check out the first four panels of The Witcher: House of Glass included beneath the trailer. 


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News Roundup - 03/20/2014

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Sacred 3 gets a trailer and a launch date

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Today, Deep Silver is revealing some details for their upcoming hack 'n' slash game Sacred 3. Below is a gameplay trailer that gives you a glimpse at the character classes in action, as well as a glimpse at the demonic forces you'll have to face. Sacred 3 is set to launch in North America on August 26 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC (Sorry, current-gen gamers) and will include the new Malakhim class as well as the Underworld Story DLC at launch. In Underworld, the players will fight their way through a tower, and at the end confront one of their rivals from Sacred 2, the Black Seraphim.


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Take a ride on a train to Berlin in Wolfenstein: The New Order

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Bethesda has just released a new video for Wolfenstein: The New Order. The video shows BJ Blazkowicz on a train undercover and talking with Frau Engel. Frau's the leader of the women's wing of the Nazi party and she is pretty ruthless.

The scene shown was the same one I saw at E3, albeit with some changes to make it less uncomfortable. Not much action goes on, but you can see interaction and some story elements of the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due out May 20th on most platforms. Remember, those that get it will also be eligible to beta test the new Doom game.


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News Roundup - 03/19/2014

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Newest Battlefield 4 DLC coming to Premium members on March 25th

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I've still been logging a lot of Battlefield 4 time lately and even though the game still has more than it's share of bugs I have to admit that I'm a bit tempted to pick a premium membership as the new Naval Strike DLC looks pretty cool.

The new goodness will be available on March 25th, two weeks before the plebs without premium get it and it features the new Carrier assault mode to the mix.  If you played Battlefield 2142 this will be familiar to you as it's an "homage" to that game in that each team has a carrier that they must protect while working to destroy the other teams carrier.  The DICE folks have put up a blog post with more details if you want them.

In addition to the new mode you'll get four maps to play it on, five new weapons, two new gadgets, a new vehicle, and at least one or two more annoying bugs that will have to be fixed in an upcoming patch.  


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Call of Duty's first DLC pack, Onslaught, available to play free for the weekend on Xbox Live

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On the fence about buying the Onslaught DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts? Well Activision and Infinity Ward are going to be nice enough to allow you to demo the DLC pack at no cost as it will be available via a free trial this weekend on Xbox Live.

From Friday, March 21st to Monday, March 24th, Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers will be able to play the four new multiplayer maps, the new weapon and the first episode of the Extinction game mode for free. All you have to do is download the Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack 1 from the in game store and you are good to go. 

Unfortunately, as with all Call of Duty DLC, PC and PS3/PS4 players will have to wait for the DLC trail as it will arrive at a later date. 

 

One of Southern California's last great arcades needs your help!

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I've written a few news posts about Super Arcade before, but this one is of utmost importance. Mike Watson, owner and manager of Super Arcade, is in dire straits, and needs the help of the fighting game community along with gamers at large, to help fund some much needed improvements to the twenty year old establishment to keep it relevant against some of the big-box arcades that have popped up recently.

Watson has taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise funds that will help improve the venue and make it a relevant location for gamers for years to come. Of the planned improvements, there will be a new stream station that is currently manned by IE Battlegrounds, new console set-ups that gamers can come in and play on. A new front desk and service counter, new floors, and hilariously enough, a new bathroom (if you've been there before you know that this is a huge deal). 

Details on what your donation will get you can be found on the Kickstarter page, along with more information about what is to be done with any funds raised. There's plenty of time left for the Kickstarter, but without donations, not a whole lot of time left for the arcade.