As first reported back in June at E3, The Evil Within 2, sequel to the 2014 title by Resident Evil creator Shinji Makami, is coming to get us.
Thankfully, a new trailer has dropped that gives us a peek at what horrors returning protagonist Sebastian Castellanos will face this time around. Included in the trailer are many new and updated enemies, including one very kooky-looking boss, as well as many new locations that change up the scenery compared to the droll setting of the last game.
I didn't play the first Evil Within, but I did watch a full playthrough on YouTube. What I saw was a potentially good stealth/horror/action/survival game, that quickly devolved into a bit too much action for my taste. Based on this trailer, it looks like several of those elements have been refined. But we'll find out for sure when the game releases October 13th.
I've got to say, though, the beard is a nice touch on Sebastian's part. You can find out more about The Evil Within 2 here.
The upcoming Ataribox is beautiful and will play both old and new games. The new Nine Inch Nails video features the 8-bit hyper velocity neon trancespace of Polybius. And Loaded is a new AMC dramedy about a group of overnight millionaire game developers—who find out that the real work begins now.
What are you playing?
Patrick Aloia, Staff Writer, @PatchesAloha
I got a Switch, my friends. So it's all Breath of the Wild, all the time, unless I'm playing Mario Kart 8. It's all so wonderful. I love the Switch as a piece of hardware, just as a machine designed for gaming. And Breath of the Wild really is so wonderful. I have been trying to describe what makes its open world pacing and loop so enticing, and I've been having trouble. I'll have to really think more about it first. But it's a really wonderful game, and the Switch is definitely one of my better splurges in the last few months.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I think the best way I can put Breath of the Wild's special sauce into words is that it feels very organic. Cahill is right in that it's a game that is heavily reliant on emergent experiences, but whereas this was a disappointment to him, I loved it. The enemy AI is incredibly adaptive and clever. The physics can turn a stupid mistake into a deadly one in seconds, forcing you to learn the natural laws of the game world almost as if you were a hunter-gatherer. Weather is incredibly important, and what's more, it's realized in a way that feels real. Yes, there is too much inconvenient rain, but if you get far enough away from it, you can see that the rain is coming from actual storm clouds.
BotW feels like a real place with natural laws, and very few things break that illusion. It also has enough meat on those emergent systems to make it a compelling quest and narrative, and its systems hardly ever break down. I was worried that BotW would feel like a retread, because it does so many things that other open world games have already done. While that's true, the old Nintendo polish really brings those open world systems to a new paradigm. BotW does it better than most other open world games, to the point that Hyrule feels like a real place you could visit. So that's just my two cents on why I think BotW succeeds as well as it does.
Dave Gamble, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Having just finished a few days of playing a game-not-yet-to-be-named that was something of an intro to kingdom building, it might be time to try my hand at Sid Meier's Civilization V, an impulse buy from the Steam Summer Sale. Even with the practice I got with a simpler game, I anticipate a lengthy and steep learning curve.
Although I waited too long to get one before they went on back order, I finally talked myself into ordering the $399 Oculus Rift and Touch control before the pending $100 increase to the new normal cost. The delay in deciding came from trying to convince a Craigslist seller that he is never going to see the $500 he's asking for. He couldn't see the fallacy of his intransigence, so off to Amazon to get a brand new one.
Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
My gaming plans are largely to spend the weekend getting destroyed by other players in the Destiny 2 beta. I'm interested to see what changes they made since the reveal a few months ago, and it will be fun to see what quirks show up with a much larger audience playing the game.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, email@example.com
I'm glad there isn't a genre called Bathroom Gaming, but that's exactly where I get my mobile itch scratched. Lately I've been taking the interactive fiction of Voyageur with me to the toilet. I captain a ship heading right for the center of the galaxy, meeting and greeting alien races along the way, evading or ejecting my cargo when pirates corner me, and taking in the procedural journey like I'm skipping around in a social studies lite textbook.
On my review docket is Serial Cleaner. I'm a 1970's 2D Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction, wielding black body bags and a vacuum cleaner. I'm the guy they call when the Mafia needs a cleanup and the police are already on the scene. I love the modernist cartoon art style, but it can also make architectural details weirdly vague—and those details are important when stealth is your only weapon.
I also reinstalled XCOM 2, prepping myself for next month's War of the Chosen expansion. I customized a dozen Gaming Nexus staffers into my squad makeup. Hopefully I can keep up with xeno tech rat race this time, so all our writers aren't bringing knives to a phase-cannon fight.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Things are pretty crazy here and my family is still adjusting to the new normal after our latest "significant life event" (as my workplace insurance would call it). As a result, I've only turned my PS4 on twice in the last two weeks, and both times was just to load up the BBC iPlayer app. However, reinforcements in the form of the in-laws are incoming and that should free up enough of my schedule to at least get into the Destiny 2 beta. If there is any more time, I've still got about four or five trophies to go to platinum in Fallout 4. It'd be nice to close up shop on that one to free myself for a survival mode run unencumbered by the weight of niggling trophy hunting.
Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
So, ya boy has this little game called Horizon Zero Dawn. Yes, I know I'm late to the game on this one, but I only just recently got my PS4, and I'm trying to only buy the games that are known to be the absolute best. Call me a snob, I'm fine with that. Anyways, I'm not even past the prologue yet, but I love the movement, the stealth, and how animalistic the robots are. The lore and world-building are really great, too; it's very Planet of the Apes. I also have been playing a couple of the games I bought on the Steam Summer Sale: Mr. Shifty and Zombie Night Terror. Both are great little games, and I can't wait to beat them.
After a successful Splatfest between ice cream and cake, Splatoon 2 is officially available on Nintendo Switch. Two years after the original Splatoon, Splatoon 2 looks to feature more of what made the first one great - and a host of new ways to splat. To take the inking on the go, here are some of the ways you can enjoy Splatoon 2:
The more you ink, the more customization options you can unlock for your Inkling! A mess of sweet headgear, clothes, shoes, and weapons await. The more gear you get, the more boosts you'll have access to in battle.
So, get out there and start inking up the town - Splatoon 2 is on shelves today!
Destiny 2 early access was from July 18-20. But today the free open beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One begins, running from 10 a.m. PST July 21 through 9 p.m. PST July 23. Without sleep, that's almost 60 hours of playtime. PC early access and open beta to follow in August.
I was going to skip it if the open beta was versus mode only. But it's a pie slice of everything:
Destiny 2 launches on PS4 and Xbox One on September 6, PC on October 24.
Blood Bowl 2 will expand greatly when the Legendary Edition hits PC, PS4, and Xbox One in September. Here are the lineup additions :
"Entering the fray, the Goblins and their entire arsenal of Secret Weapons, the Halflings and their Treemen always keen on throwing their teammates over the top for a desperate touchdown, or the Amazons and their fearless and versatile style of play. The Legendary Edition also brings the Vampire teams and their chilling, blood-lusting Lords, the powerful, massive and yet occasionally unreliable Ogres in addition to the athletic Elven Union and the creepy Underworld Denizens. To Nuffle’s delight, a brand new team has also formed after it was rumored that their Ice Queen became enamoured of a Blood Bowl player: the Kislev Circus, with their great acrobatics abilities and their ferocious Tame Bears!"
There will also be adding Khemri stadium, All-Star matches, and new game modes on top of everything else listed above. The game will be a stand-alone game or an affordable expansion for BB2 players. Pre-order will also unlock the base game + Team Pack races.
Yonder : The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a beautifully landscaped open-world adventure where you must make a new start for yourself. It looks like a light-hearted journey for a small boy to accomplish some big boy activities. Grow food, craft items, and fish while helping the town. Watch the trailer below.
Some of the biggest-selling role-playing games on the planet are sports games. Sure, they don't have the dungeons and dragons of a Tides of Numenera or a Divinity: Original Sin, but they're RPGs nonetheless, with their character abilities and skill progression.
But what if, instead of sports adopting RPG elements, an RPG adopted sports elements? We're about to find out with Pyre. From the makers of Bastion and Transistor comes a party-based role-playing game where the characters are players in an intergalactic game of imprisonment and freedom. This is the third video game from Supergiant Games. They're about to make it three for three.
You can see the artistic merit at work. You can hear the musicians composing their hearts out. You can see the oil-slick gameplay moving side to side. The charm and the challenge go hand in hand. You can feel an old world that has been built and rebuilt, time and time again.
Pyre launches next week, July 25, on PC and PS4.
Nazi Zombies became such a sensation for a while that it threatened to overtake the Call of Duty series completely. This was lessened a bit by a few missteps along the way, but with Call of Duty: WWII, the series seems to be course correcting a little bit, and according to this new trailer, so does Nazi Zombies.
This take on Nazi Zombies seems to be less campy and much more horror based, which could bring an interesting new infusion to the game. We don't get to see much other than some truly disgusting, gore soaked images, but that's just enough to get me excited for what's coming.
You can watch the trailer for yourself below.
Despite the fact that The Wolf Among Us is generally considered the best game Telltale Studios have made thus far, it has been around 3 years since its release without a sequel in sight. Until today!
Telltale Games has announced new seasons for Batman, The Wolf Among Us, and The Walking Dead in a video discussing the future of the company.
Notably, this season of The Walking Dead will be its last. This was sort of the breakthrough title for the developers, and it's good to see that they're giving it a conclusion, rather than letting it ramble on endlessly like a certain TV show.
You can watch the video, in which they discuss all three of these upcoming games in depth, below.
Unfortunately for us, it's not in English.
But if there's one thing I know about Dragon's Dogma, it's that dialogue and story are not terribly important. One of my favorite games of the last generation, the focus is on its incredible combat and engaging encounters with frankly ridiculously huge monsters.
Despite its charms, it certainly wasn't without problems, many of which were of the technical variety. Updating the game and putting it on more capable machines will probably vastly improve the experience, if not just providing an excuse to play a great game yet another time.
You can watch the trailer below, but do be aware that there are some spoilery images, even if it's not clear exactly what's happening.