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Total War Access offering free gifts for Total War: Warhammer

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Fresh off yesterday's news of the new Bretonnia DLC, more goodies are coming to Total War: Warhammer through the Total War Access scheme. Access will give you, well, access to the community in the Total War Forums, open up Total War Battles: Kingdom on multiple platforms, deliver sneak peeks on new content to your inbox, and open up some free Warhammer gifts. Those gifts: a Bretonnia wallpaper, other digital artwork, wallpapers, and screenshots, and The Peasant Knight ebook. 

The Bretonnia DLC is available via Steam, and details and sign up info is on the Total War website

The Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta will officially start February 23

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After hosting a closed beta a few weeks ago, Ubisoft is hosting a new beta for Ghost Recon Wildlands open to the public.

Content will be limited, of course, with characters being able to explore merely 2 of the game's full 21 provinces.

Wildlands is a notable departure from the series' norms, placing players in an open world, apparently the largest Ubisoft has ever made. The open beta is a great opportunity for people unsure of the new direction to make an informed decision.

You can watch the open beta's trailer below.

If you want to Mass Effect: Andromeda, you have to fight—here's how

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The Mass Effect series has worked on improving its combat ever since the first one got slammed for its stiff, stuck-in-the-mud movement and sluggish turning radius. As every Mass Effect has promised, the combat will be better, and, for the most part, it has gotten incrementally better each time.

So, down below is the first video in a Mass Effect: Andromeda Official Gameplay Series, tackling that albatross of role-playing games: combat.

The jetpack plays a prominent role in combat mobility. It's progressed some since that leak from April 2016, which was reportedly a snippet from 2014 footage. If true, that's still a couple years after the launch of 2012's Mass Effect 3. All of that is neither here nor there. There's a jetpack. You can evade and even hover with the thing, so that's unexpected. It's probably going to be a nuisance when you have to face enemies that can likewise use jetpacks.

There's the seemless use of cover, including ducking behind your land vehicle. That should tone down the telegraphing when you're about to jump into combat. Not like in, say, Gears of War where it becomes very obvious when it's stop-and-pop time because a ton of waist-high barriers just showed up in the level design.

The weapons menus are sterilized compared to the original series. Don't know if that's good or bad yet. Probably good. Finding, sorting, comparing, and equipping gun mods, such as scopes and clips, was a clunky system before. This ought to make it so you're spending more time blasting and less time ogling menus.

Three gun types, plus melee weapons, mix up the battlefield. That's in addition to skill-based weaponry, like engineering skills (turrets), and biotic skills (you can use enemies as a shield or a weapon to throw around), etc.

Some enemies keep their distance. Others move in and try to flush you out. And you can still issue your squad mates individual commands, like "take cover," etc. I mean, if you've got time for that kinda thing. Overall, nothing revelatory here. That's all fine, as long as it works.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is one month away. This is not a drill. It launches March 21 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

For Leige and Lady, Bretonnia faction trailer released for TW: Warhammer

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Creative Assembly and Sega released the trailer for the next faction available for Total War: Warhammer, Bretonnia . The new DLC will include an expanded roster for Bretonnia, endgame events and a Peasant Economy where acts of chivalry will douse your leige in honor. The DLC will be available from February 28th. Empire/Bretonnia multiplayer campaign here I come!

 

Japanese Zelda Breath of the Wild trailer has a big dragon in it

by: Sean Colleli - - 0 Comments

I've been waiting for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for so long and Nintendo has been issuing so many trailers that I'm honestly getting a little sick of the marketing. I just want the game to be out, already.

The latest Japanese trailer has a little something new, though. Toward the end we get a glimpse of a big fiery dragon, which is something of a rare sight in Zelda games outside of the occasional boss, or that chubby one in Wind Waker who had his tail stuck in a volcano.

I'm glad we have less than two weeks to until this game is out. It's basically all Nintendo has for the Switch launch and I think they know it too, because the trailers are starting to blur into each other. Breath of the Wild launches March 3rd.

Nintendo hosts Switch and Play with JOHN CENA

by: Sean Colleli - - 0 Comments

It's not unusual for Nintendo to pull off strange publicity stunts, like turning Times Square into a Wii Sports resort park or dressing all their E3 booth staff in cat ears and instructing them to meow at attendees.

The "Switch and Play" tour is no different, with Nintendo setting up isolated living room-esque spaces in semi-remote locations to demo the Nintendo Switch. The first one is invite only and takes place at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA on February 23rd. To make things even more exciting (and weird?), none other than John Cena will be on hand for that stop.

The other two stops are in Snowmass Village, CO and Flatiron Plaza in New York. I get that Nintendo is pushing the whole "play anywhere" angle by holding these events at strange locations, but it just seems inconvenient to me. Nintendo still has an uphill battle to convince people that the frankly overpriced Switch, it's obnoxiously expensive accessories and thin launch lineup are worth the investment.

In my opinion, single-day publicity stunts will just further confuse consumers. Hold week-long hands on demos at Best Buys across the country and you're likely to get a much better response. Check the press release after the jump for more details if you plan on attending either of the open events.

GOG celebrates sakura season with Japan-inspired Kawaii Sale

by: Sean Colleli - - 0 Comments

Mother nature might be a bit confused here in Columbus Ohio--it's 60 degrees in February--but in the land of the rising sun, it's sakura season! This balmy time of year is characterized by blooming cherry blossom (sakura) trees and is apparently the season in which all high school anime take place. GOG is taking advantage of the season with their Kawaii sale, which brings discounts on Japanese-inspired games in the GOG catalog. The Agarest: Generations of War series is 65% off, Grandia II is hald off and Randy's favorite game Hatoful Boyfriend is a steal at 75% off.

Take advantage of this refreshingly eastern sale before it ends on Monday, Febraury 27th.

Watch Dogs 2 adds more content with Human Conditions DLC

by: Sean Colleli - - 0 Comments

Watch Dogs 2 is getting some new content via the Human Conditions DLC pack, out today on PS4 and Xbox One and coming to PC February 23rd. The pack adds three new DeadSec operations, a new enemy archetype and new co-op challenges. The story missions are what I would call...interesting. I like the idea of counter-hacking dirty hackers who go after a hospital, but the second mission involves nano-augmented homeless people zombies. No, seriously. The third mission looks like it's out to smear an Elon Musk lookalike by having you steal what looks like a Tesla knock-off.

I know Watch Dogs 2 had something of a mixed response in the fan community at launch but it personally doesn't interest me too much, and the DLC just makes the title look all the weirder. I was hoping the game would take a darker, more surreal "Mr. Robot" direction but Human Conditions looks like Ubisoft is trying to imitate Saints Row.

New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony arrives in the west this September

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New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is the third entry in the mainline series of Danganronpa games. The game has already been released in Japan and Western fans have been anxiously awaiting the release date for the English version. Now we finally have our answer. New Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony will release in North America on September 26th 2017 and in Europe on September 29th on the PS4 and PS Vita. 

There will also be a couple of special editions of the game that are limited in supply. You can pre-order them from NIS' official website.

Pre-ordering the standard edition of the game will get you the following. Note that the standard edition goodies are only available for the PS4 version of the game. 

  • Physical PS4™ Game
  • Original Danganronpa V3 Soundtrack
  • Softcover Art Book

There are also limited editions for the PS4 and PS Vita and include the following

  • Physical PS4™ Game (or Vita if you pre-order that version)
  • Limited Edition Deluxe Soundtrack
  • Original Danganronpa V3 Soundtrack
  • Hardcover Art Book
  • Ultimate Hat
  • Ultimate Backpack
  • Ultimate Headphones
  • Collector's Box

If you're looking for some Overwatch neon lights, FanFit Gaming has you covered

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Some gaming sites that let you purchase items usually offer things such as shirts, keychains, socks, and other odds and ends.  That's good and all, but how about some neon lights?  Well the folks over at FanFit Gaming have you covered...well, at least if you're an Overwatch fan.  Even if you're not the lights themselves look pretty good.  The website also has some other Overwatch stuff such as Funko Pop figures and and pennants, plus the website says that some apparel is coming soon.  Granted I'm not an Overwatch player, but I will say that the lights themselves look pretty cool.  I'm not sure if they'll eventually have items for other games, but if you're an Overwatch fan, this might be a site to check out.


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