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Eight new screenshots for Batman: Arkham Knight

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Eight new screenshots have surfaced for the upcoming Rocksteady produced Batman: Arkham Knight. We have some looks at Jim Gordon, the Penguin, the Riddler, and the Batmobile. 

The game certainly looks a little more gritty, if that's possible. Gordon looks pretty ragged and I'm guessing the female in the screenshot is Barbara Gordon. If so, I'd love to see a cameo of Batgirl in the game. The shot of Batman flying over the city is breathtaking though and I hope that's a glimpse of the scope of the game.

Batman: Arkham Origins is due out this October 14th on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.


News Roundup - 03/13/2014

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Developer diary for Alien: Isolation talks about the Alien itself

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Creative Assembly seems to be going for the Amnesia/Outlast type of feel with Alien: Isolation making it a more survival horror game rather than the action games that the past few Aliens games exhibited. 

To help generate that feeling of dread, the team is trying to make the Alien reactive rather than scripted. Once you figure out a pattern for a creature, it becomes less terrifying. Creative Assembly hopes to have an organic experience when coming up against the creature and it's definitely one that you want to stay away from.

The footage, which from past experiences you shouldn't take as final, exhibit some great atmosphere and if it's any indication of the final product, really captures eerie feeling that something, somewhere is stalking you in this very scary place. 

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It must be Thursday because we checked in with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show down at CD102.5 with a quick run down of this week's biggest video game releases. We had quite a few to talk about today as we touched on Yoshi's New Island, Dark Souls II, and of course, Titanfall.

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News Roundup - 03/12/2014

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News Roundup - 03/11/2014

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The Witcher 3 will be delayed until February 2015

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In news that will be pretty sad to a lot of RPG fans, CD Projekt has delayed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from this year until February of 2015. It's set to hit the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, but we'll have to wait a bit longer.

I always say delay it until you get it right. In this case, CD Projekt wants a few more months to really put the spit and polish on the game. I know the series has some hardcore fans and I know CD Projekt doesn't want to do a disservice to them by producing a sub-par Witcher game.

From what I've seen of The Witcher 3 during NVIDIA events, it looks really really good graphically. I think a few more months to help flesh it out is a good idea and if it turns out to be a bloody good game, then no one will really remember the game being pushed back a little bit nor care that it did.


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Naughty Dog and Wargaming team-up is decidedly un-naughty

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When was the last time you spent 24 straight hours gaming?  When it was over, did you feel good about yourself?  I've never done it, but I'd imagine that gaming for that long might leave one feeling something akin to one of those mornings where you tell yourself, "I am NEVER doing that again!" right before you projectile vomit near your nearest toilet.'

What Naughty Dog, Wargaming.net, Rooster Teeth, and Astro Gaming are putting together should at least leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling that hugs the pain away.  You see, Operation Supply Drop is holding their third annual fundraising event that raises money to send videogame care packages to our soldiers overseas in combat and in hospitals recovering from combat.

You can follow the jump to learn more.  Visit www.operationsupplydrop.org for details.  The event is being held during the 8-bit Salute on May 17-18, so you have a few months to build up you marathon-gaming skills.


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News Roundup - 03/10/2014

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Death becomes us all again this week as one of the hardest video game franchises in history comes back to torture gamers even more! Those who are into punishing their self will definitely want to check out Dark Souls II this week. Also, shooter fans might be interest in this little game known as Titanfall; I have heard a few people talking about it and there is a chance that it might be pretty popular among Xbox One fans (sense the sarcasm?).

Releasing this week:

  • Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for PlayStation 3
  • Dark Souls II for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
  • Fort Defense North Menace for Playstation Vita (via PSN)
  • Putty Squad for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo 3DS
  • Titanfall for Xbox One and PC
  • TowerFall Ascension for Playstation 4 (via PSN)
  • Vessel for PlayStation 3 (via PSN)
  • Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS

More bugs gets introduced with the new Battlefield 4 patch

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Battlefield 4 was patched up a few days ago and I popped into the game for the first time since then. What you see below is a few minutes into my first match since the patch and I've already ran into this bug a few times. It seems no matter what DICE does, they keep putting out patches that causes new issues. 

For this one, you can see the person who killed me is highlighting a teammate of mine though the name is right on who really fired the kill shot. Oh, that 0HP bug is back again, which I thought was squashed previously. Sigh....

New LEGO The Hobbit Trailer spoofs buddy-up heist flicks

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The latest trailer for LEGO The Hobbit takes a humorous look at the team you'll have assembled to go on your quest. In true LEGO game fashion there are plenty of jokes goofing on each character's adventurer genre tropes as well as some plain old slapstick. Check out the trailer below and wonder with me what the Italian Job or Ocean's 11(or 12 or 13) might look like with Middle Earth casting. 

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Watch Dogs comes out May 27th

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Finally, we have a release date for Watch Dogs. The often delayed, highly anticipated title from Ubisoft will be on the store shelves May 27th, 2014. That's about two and a half months away.

Watch Dogs is hitting all of the current and previous gen platforms with the exception of the Wii and the Wii U version is delayed until who knows when. I wouldn't be surprised if the Wii U version gets cancelled outright, but hopefully they do make it for the Nintendo console.

Below is the story trailer for the game. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and as long as there are no more delays, (crosses fingers) we'll all be hacking with our cell phones come May 27th.

Titanfall goes 8-bit with Titans in these classic games

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Titanfall is coming in a few short days, but Respawn Entertainment and Atari have brought us something really fun to play with until then.

Three classic arcade games: Asteroids, Missile Command, and Centipede, are getting some Titan action. Titanfall Arcade lets you play these three classics (currently only Asteroid is available), but with a Titan destroying the asteroids, missiles, and bugs. 

Asteroids does take on a whole new experience with a Titan and having played this game a ton when I was a kid, it was great to relive some of the memories I had, albeit with a twist on the game. The other two games will hopefully be available soon to try it. If you got five minutes to kill, check it out.


News Roundup - 03/05/2014

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil screenshots

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Football's national world championship tournament kicks off this summer in Brazil.  Lets just hope that when it's over, they don't decide to invade Argentina or something since that's the cool thing for host nations of twice-a-decade national sports competitions to do now.

No doubt, as we get closer to this summer's World Cup, we'll hear all about how it's football at it's best.  The problem is that it's not.  In the past, World Cup matches have been dull, low-scoring even for soccer, defensive-minded affairs because the top teams are so stacked with talent that one mistake means you've lost.

No doubt, that won't be a problem for EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.  The average score of that game's virtual World Cup ought to be 5-4.  Furthermore, it's already won the competition for longest sports game title of the year.  Kudos, EAS2014FWCB

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is out this April.


Arkham Knight's release date on Gamestop with bonus info

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While the announcement of Batman: Arkham Knight yesterday didn't bring forth a release date, Gamestop seems to have one. In their pre-order page, they list October 14th as the game's release date, which seems pretty reasonable to me considering the history of the franchise's releases.

Also, if you pre-order the game, you'll get to play as Harley Quinn in four challenge maps. The look of Harley has changed quite a bit from the first game, something that I'm still getting used to.

Oh, you'll also get a nice little Batman poster with some comic covers celebrating 75 years of Batman.


News Roundup - 03/04/2014

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Project Spark beta now available on the Xbox One

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Microsoft announced today that the beta for Project Spark, their new game creation tool, is now available on the Xbox One.  The tool had previously only been available to users with a Windows 8.1 PC.   If you were in the PC beta you automatically have access to the Xbox One version and any content created on the PC version will now be available for development and playing on the Xbox One.  

If you aren't in the beta already you can sign-up at the Project Spark website.  Microsoft has been pretty good about getting people into the beta pretty quickly and I would expect that Microsoft will be approving a lot more people now that the beta has been opened up on the Xbox One.  Be sure to follow them on twitter for more chances to get into the beta as well as the chance to get more tips and tricks about how to use the tools in the game.  

If you want some inspiration or idea of what you can do in the game check out this montage of footage from things that people have already built with Project Spark (including yet another Flappy Bird clone)

Prepare for Titanfall (launch trailer)

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The wait for the Titanfall is almost over as the game will be in the hands of gamers this time next week.  To get folks amped up for the release, Respawn has released a launch trailer for the game which shows off a gaggle of new gameplay footage including new maps, new gadgets (check out that zipline), and what appears to be some elements of the multiplayer campaign (which is a set of linked modes according to this rumor on IGN).  I was pretty stoked about what I saw in the beta and I'm looking forward to giving the full game a run next week.

Rocksteady will finish the Arkham series with Batman: Arkham Knight

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Let's just kind of ignore Batman: Arkham Origins from now on as the game has had many issues and the way Warner Bros' Montreal is dealing with bug fixes is atrocious. Let's focus on what Rocksteady has coming up and that's the final Batman game in the Arkham series.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the next game from Rocksteady and we have all the familiar players back, including Kevin Conroy voicing the titular character. The main baddy this time around is Scarecrow, with the events of Arkham City necessitating a new head villain to tangle with. 

Of course, you won't just be fighting Scarecrow as many of Batman's rogue's gallery will make their appearance in the game to try and take you down. 

The environment will also be much larger and you'll finally be able to drive around in the Batmobile, something I've longed for since the first game. Below is the announcement trailer and I hope that Rocksteady can turn around the franchise given the bad press that Origins produced. Rocksteady, don't fail us.

Batman: Arkham Knight is due out on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 sometime later this year. You can get some more information at Game Informer.

News Roundup - 03/03/2014

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News Roundup - 02/27/2014

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News Roundup - 02/26/2014

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes gets price cut after play time concerns

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Earlier this month it was revealed that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was a very short game, apparently only taking about two hours to complete the main story. This angered many fans who felt like they were paying for a glorified demo, but it was even more frustrating for fans looking forward to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game which cost $39.99 ($10 more than their previous generation counterparts). In a last minute show of goodwill toward their fans, Konami has decided to price cut the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game to bring them in line with the previous gen, and even price cut the digital version of Ground Zeroes on Xbox 360 and PS3 $10 as well (down to $19.99). This will no doubt satisfy some of the angered fans, but I don't know if $10 is enough to appease them all.

To me this change is a no brainer. Personally, I was looking forward to getting Ground Zeroes on my PS4 until I learned about the $40 price tag. I was ready to concede and grab the PS3 version instead, but now I can grab it on my new system guilt free (and I will finally have something to play on it). 

Source: kotaku.com