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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 

News Roundup - 02/25/2014

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What's new for friends and parties in the Xbox One update coming in March

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March will see an update to the Xbox One and it will coincide with the release of Titanfall. Among other things, the release is to help address some of the complaints on the friends side of things and makes for doing some of the actions much easier and quicker in regards to your friends. 

Party chat is now on by default. There's refinement to the UI and it now shows you clearly who is in the game with your or just in your party chatting. You'll also be able to invite someone to a game, to the chat, or to both easier. 

Friends list gets some new changes as well. Speed is increased in accessing the list. Favorites have been moved to the top so you can get to that list quickly. With a context menu on a friend, you get faster ways to invite friends to your party. Recent players list is just that, people you've played with recently where you can go and add them to your friends list or report them.

As with most updates, the refinements look to make things easier and faster for you.

News Roundup - 02/24/2014

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Microsoft bringing a Titanfall Xbox One bundle

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Probably to no one's surprise, Microsoft will be pushing out an Xbox One bundle with Titanfall. There's nothing special, it seems, that make this bundle stand out other than it comes with Titanfall.

You would think this would have been a great bundle to include the Titanfall branded Xbox One controller, but you get the Xbox One as is with the game. It doesn't even come with a hard copy of the game as it will be a digital download code.

The one nice thing though is that when the bundle launches on March 11, you can grab it for $499.99. So basically, you'll get Titanfall for free, which is a good deal in itself. So, if you were on the fence about picking up an Xbox One, a few more weeks will let you nab a bundle for the same price as well as one of the hottest games of the year for the system.


Now Loading for the week of February 24, 2014

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Finally... Now Loading has returned to... Gaming. Nexus.

Sorry, as a wrestling fan I couldn't help myself (especially with today's launch of the WWE Network).

Anyways, Now Loading is officially back to bring you your weekly updates on the latest games hitting your favorite video game platforms. We'll be here each week on the site to give you the run down of what you can expect to find each week. Also, if you are in the Central and Baltimore, Ohio areas, be sure to check out the audio version each week on WWCD 102.5 with Joe Jewett and the Morning Show.

Launching this week:


News Roundup - 02/20/2014

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Major Nelson's favorite Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare weapon is the garlic drone

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This Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare video details the four-player co-op mode called Gardens and Graveyards. It's a "combination platter" of the conquest and rush modes from Battlefield 4. Zombies raise graveyards by squatting in highlighted zones — conquest style — pushing gardens back. Plants grow tower defenses around gardens to fight back zombies. Likewise, zombies summon zombie pals from dirt piles, storming the objective.

Everything you do, from headshots to kills to assists, fills your wallet with stickers. The stickers are currency in the shop. The shops house equipment and variants much like Mass Effect 3's crate-purchasing system. Garden Warfare has no problem exposing elements lifted from its EA labelmates.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is out next week on February 25 for PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

News Roundup - 02/19/2014

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News Roundup - 02/18/2014

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The Slo Mo Guys fire a fully automatic rife, film the firing mechanism at 18,000fps

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First-person shooters obsess over framerates. Thirty frames at 1080p. Sixty at 720p. Titanfall runs at 60 frames per second. Call of Duty: Ghosts also runs at 60fps. Battlefield 3 is practically playing with one arm tied behind its back at (gasp) 30 frames.

Never mind all that. Check this, shooter fans: the Slo Mo Guys fire a fully automatic assault rifle — an M4 — filmed by a camera that captures not 30, not 60, but 18,000 frames per freaking second. Obviously this is an apples to oranges comparison. Rendering video game graphics requires more processing power than a camera capturing framerates. I don't know, I'm not a scientist. But it's still entertaining to watch how many empty shell casings catapult out of the firing mechanism before the poor guy firing the gun even has time to blink.

News Roundup - 02/17/2014

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Gaming Nexus Plays: Titanfall Beta

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This past weekend was spent launching Titans down from the skies and then engaging in fierce and overly-explosive mech battles with the recently-launched beta of Titanfall. While I was initially a bit skeptical when seeing the game at last year's E3 convention, I'm confident after playing the beta that Titanfall will consume an endless amount of hours battling mechs against or alongside friends.

Take a look for yourself in our Gaming Nexus Plays video series in which we showcase the Hardpoint and Last Titan Standing match types. Both gameplay videos were recorded on the PC version using Nvidia ShadowPlay at 1920x1080 and 60 FPS.