It's been 14 years since the last single player MechWarrior game, but we're going to get a new in two years. At this year's Mech_Con, Piranha Games took to the stage to show off a very early version of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries uses the Unreal Engine, a departure from Piranha's multiplayer only MechWarrior Online, which uses the CryEngine. It's being built by a team that's separate from the online game as well.
As a rookie pilot, you're thrown into the Third Succession War in 3015. Like the older Mercenaries, you'll earn C-bills by taking on contracts and salvaging your kills on the battle field to either upgrade your mech or sell for profit.
It's good to see a single player game come out once again, but I really hope they add a co-op component into it. As my review of MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries back in 2002 said, the one thing missing from Microsoft's version was playing with friends. Here's hoping Piranha will let us do that for the campaign.
Oh, and give me VR support please.
We got a while to go before the game does come out and many details can change, but here's an early look at how it's coming along. But one thing that's got some MechWarrior fans a little riled up is that the demo has a Raven, a mech that doesn't go into production until 3024. It's OK folks. It's just a pre-alpha demo.
The MLB series from Sony has always been top notch, even though they are the only baseball game in town. I still play MLB The Show 16 a lot so I was very excited to get my first look at MLB The Show 17 today.
Ken Griffey Jr.'s prominently featured in the trailer as he's the cover athlete. There looks to be a ton of new animations added and the game looks pretty spot on.
What's interesting is at the end where they show off retro mode. If you played the old console baseball games of the past, the sounds and sights should be familiar to you.
MLB The Show 17 will be out on March 28th, 2017. Maybe I can get my Indians a win in the series with it and not have them give up a 3-1 lead to the Cubbies.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced today at PlayStation Experience 2016. The PS4 exclusive will include Crash Badicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. The remastered trilogy will boast rebuilt levels, enemies and cinematics. The trilogy will be the first Crash game to have a proper save system.
This is the game I've been waiting a long time for to appear in VR. It was there briefly with the Razer Hydra working to give you the ability to use two hands in the game. Bossa Studios released the Team Fortress level for those with the HTC Vive. But now, we're getting a full fledge VR Surgeon Simulator game.
Surgeon Simulator: ER is out right now the PlayStation VR with the HTC Vive version coming December 5th and the Oculus Rift version coming December 6th. With the Experience Reality version, we're looking at new challenges now that we get the use of both hands as well as being able to freely look around.
I was able to get all the achievements for Surgeon Simulator, but it looks like there's some new ones to come about with the ER release. I can't wait. No word if those with the previous versions will get a discount, but you bet I'm getting it when it comes out.
The Steam page lists the game for $20 and you can get the original for free if you pre-order now.
Well, well, well. Not only are we getting a new Marvel vs. Capcom game, one of the old ones is coming to the current generation of consoles.
Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was announced at the PlayStation Experience and it's going to be released tonight as a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 4. All the DLC will be there and it'll run at 1080P/60FPS.
Those without a PlayStation 4 can get the game next year. The PC and the Xbox One will both be getting releases of the game in March of 2017. But if you have a PlayStation 4, tonight's the night you'll be able to battle it out.
The PlayStation Experience ended with a bang as we got our first look at The Last of Us Part II. Ellie's grown up a bit and she's mad as hell. She wants to find them and kill every last one of them, but we don't know who "them" is yet. My guess, it was the folks that wanted to cut her head open from the first game, but then again, that would be too easy.
No word on when we can expect The Last of Us Part II, but you know I'll be when it does come out as I really enjoyed the first one.
Nintendo has released two new videos for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The first video is a new trailer for the game that shows off a little bit of the wilderness as well as a mysterious character that looks like a female version of Link. Could this be Linkle? Malon? Marin? Impa? A new look for Zelda? Hard to tell but hopefully soon we'll find out who it is and what purpose they'll serve in the game. Heck, what about if Breath of the Wild had a co-op option?
The second video shows Bill and Nate from Nintendo Treehouse a look at some of the gameplay including showing off some skilled...and not so skilled arrow shots as well as some interesting enemy AI. One of them throws a bomb along the ground and the enemy walks around it making sure to not get in range of the bomb's blast. They also show off picking up weapons that enemies drop and making use of those weapons. You know, the more they show of this game the more I want it. 2017 can't get here fast enough.
Go to any fighting game tournament and someone's going to ask the familiar question "when's Mahvel". Now we have an answer: 2017. Capcom recently put out a trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the seventh game in the main Vs. Capcom series. This was kind of surprising to me as for a while Capcom didn't have the Marvel license for games anymore, meaning that there could be no more patches or updates for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Whatever happened though I won't complain as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and for the first time ever for the series, Steam. What's interesting is that the trailer below there are no X-Men characters, a mainstay since the original X-Men vs. Street Fighter. However, we do see Ryu teaming up with X and while it's not classic Mega Man, it's at least A Mega Man so I'm pretty okay with that.
Dauntless is an up-to-four-player co-op action role-playing game. It takes place in a shattered group of floating, post-cataclysmic islands. You are Slayers whose only reason for being is to take down world-eating Behemoths. The press release hints that it's a roguelike (meaning that it has procedurally generated environments and random encounters), but avoids using any of those specific terms.
The cinematic trailer and screenshots below reveal a dark world of big beasts. While it's not a gameplay trailer, it hints at the idea of party members splitting up to track these beasts down, then firing off flares or fireworks to call the other players to their location on the map. Most of the characters' personality looks steeped into their weapons and armor. I mean, one dude needlessly rocket jumps off a cliff with his JRPG-sized warhammer, so that's cool.
According to Jesse Houston, co-founder and President at Phoenix Labs, "We’ve taken inspiration from games like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft," in the making of Dauntless. The rest of Houston's team is made up of folks hailing from BioWare, Riot Games, and other studios.
Dauntless will be free to play on PC sometime in 2017. But with it being free to play, it's fair to expect that Dauntless will make its development dollars back via in-game purchases.
Having launched earlier this year on PC, The Flame in the Flood [Gaming Nexus score: 8 out of 10] is getting a Complete Edition on PlayStation 4 in January 2017.
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition adds a few things, the most notable of which is a director's commentary talking about the challenges and triumphs of the game's creation. Considering that this is a more intimate title from a small team made up of BioShock, Guitar Hero, and Halo veterans, I'm confident their perspective is a rare one in the indie space.
Also included in this PS4 Complete Edition is a dynamic theme, two avatars, and various gameplay enhancements (though no specific details accompany what "gameplay enhancements" means).
"We’ve always wanted the game to go as far and as wide as possible," said Forrest Dowling, president and lead designer of The Molasses Flood, in a prepared statement, "so working with [publisher Curve Digital] to get the Complete Edition onto PlayStation was a bit of a no-brainer."
It sounds like The Molasses Flood is still open to the idea of getting their indie darling onto Xbox One. But for now, PS4 players get to enjoy this console exclusive for the moment. I'm looking forward to riding down this post-societal, procedurally generated river of Huckleberry Finn-like adventures. This is a really competent PS4 announcement trailer, by the way. A rowdy soundtrack and a diligent, spirited look at the gameplay says good things about the game.
Again, The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition rafts onto PS4 in January 2017.