Paradox Interactive also released a spotlight video for Stellaris: Leviathans story pack that outlines some of the new in game features. Martin Anward, Stellaris' game director, talks about the reclusive Enclaves, mysterious Guardians, and the potentially world-shattering War in Heaven. Stellaris: Leviathans is now available for PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 looks naturally gorgeous in motion. But sometimes you have to slow down and appreciate a thing like it's a still life. That can especially be useful in a trailer that's seemingly sedate, like this one, but moves along quickly in its 68 seconds.
So take a look with me at these lovely screenshots. According to the PlayStation Blog, the trailer was captured on a PlayStation 4. Now, this is where it gets tricky, because in many high-profile cases such as these, a lot can happen between now and launch day—a year away—that may require graphical sacrifices to be made at some point. So as you look at these, take it easy, manage your expectations, and simply enjoy the visuals. While I don't think these are full-on "bullshots," it's always best to keep reality in perspective. Pay attention to the world Red Dead Redemption 2 is trying to convey, and don't get too hung up on long draw-distance shadows and volumetric dust density and such. (Though each of those things looks fantastic here.) This is simply developer Rockstar putting its best foot forward. There's obviously a lot riding on the Red Dead Redemption legacy—a legacy that earned two perfect scores from two separate Gaming Nexus writers that conducted their reviews separately.
Again, Red Dead Redemption 2 is aiming for a Fall 2017 launch on consoles. Fall 2017 could mean anywhere between September and December, depending on what kind of calendar you're looking at.
In preparation for the launch of Sid Meier's Civilization VI on October 21st, a six-part "How to" video series has been released! The series starts with a video called "How to Choose a Civilization" which will provide players tips on what to look for and how to decide which civilization they will lead to victory. Other videos in the series include:
Civilization VI – How to Take Your First Turns
In this video, we'll show you what to do on your first turns in your quest to build a civilization that will stand the test of time.
Civilization VI - How to Explore
In this video, we'll show you the importance of exploration in Civilization VI.
Civilization VI - How to Deal With Barbarians
In this video, we'll show you you to deal with Barbarians, the first threat to your civilization.
Civilization VI - How to Make Diplomacy Work
In this video, we'll show you how to make diplomacy work for you in Civilization VI.
Civilization VI - How to Get Help
In this video, we'll show you where to go for help in Civilization VI
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be opening up the multiplayer beta for all PlayStation 4 players this weekend! The best part of this weekends beta is that it will be open to all players regardless of if they have pre-ordered the game or not! The beta is available as a free download in the PS Store and will be available for play this Friday, October 21st at 2pm EST until October 24th at 1pm EST.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set to launch November 4th.
Paradox Interactive has released a new add-on for Cities Skylines called Cities: Skylines - European Club Pack. The new pack allows players to add real life football club stadiums to their cities including the stadiums, logos, and colors of Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain. The game is available for $5.99.
The game works in conjunction with the free "Match Day" expansion which was released for free in June 2016. Match Day gave mayors the opportunity to build massive venues to add revenue while trying to manage game-day traffic. Check out the release trailer below!
Just in time for Halloween, get ready to scare the pants off of your fellow gamers! The launch date for the online multiplayer game Hide and Shriek has been announced for October 25th with pre-purchase available now on Steam!
Hide and Shriek is a one vs. one game where players scare each other through the use of summoning dark demons, setting traps, and casting spells while collecting points. Players can become invisible and in order to find each other they will have to look for clues such as objects flying through the air or lay traps to trick them into revealing their location. Check out the video below which shows two players scaring each other half to death!
Red Dead Redemption 2, y'all. I mean. It's happening. It's a year away, looking at a Fall 2017 launch, but this is a meaty first trailer for us to chew on for now. There's a lot going on in this trailer. It starts out understated and bright, then turns quietly sorrowful, then bursts out of the gate again—not riding into a sunset, but banging out across the vast landscape. Here's what we saw in the conglomerated images for the Wild West epic:
The scene opens on low, rolling prairie, grasses in the foreground, rising hills in the distance fading into a diffuse, bright sunlight. A lone horseman crests a ridge.
Cut to a snow-topped peak descending down into an elk-filled valley dotted with lakes and pine trees.
A steer's skull mounted on a cattle fence-line, a large home sitting sleepily in the backdrop.
Critters sift through the grasses and snatch their breakfast. Again, the ever-present sunrise, this time sending God rays between branches and tree trunks, cutting dark shadows through an evergreen woodland.
A river winds through a forested valley floor, birds ascending and descending from the heights, a thin veil of fog cooling off the morning.
Then a bold, unreal shot of a campfire nestled under the trees beside a lake, the stars of the Milky Way shining overhead, as bright as the moon.
A hunter makes his way across a golden grassland, rifle in hand, fresh game strapped to the back of his horse, on an unbeaten path back to his modest homestead marked with a tall, tall windmill with its tail to the sun.
A canoe with two passengers, one paddling, one merely along for the ride, drifts slowly past a fog-lifted river coastline.
A herd of buffalo make way for a coal-fired train engine, power-lines pushing onward toward their Manifest Destiny.
And then into town. An ornate stagecoach rolls in from the East, down a muddy main street, and past an ornate stack of goods on the porch of a "Worths General Store." No doubt this Worths is based on Woolworth, the original US-based chain of "five and dime" stores. The rich coach and the destitute-looking shop-dwellers start to draw a line between the haves and the have nots.
A ranch hand mounts a horse in a barn, the barn richly stocked with spare wagon wheels, barrels, oil lamps, ropes, and various tools. Milk cows moo on by.
After this level of world building, then we get into narration. The scene gets subtly darker. The narration goes:
"Listen to me. When the time comes, you got to run and don't look back. This is Ogun." I'm not certain about that last word, "Ogun." The narrator gets a bit indiscernible. But Ogun is a Latin American warrior and the spirit of metalwork. So hey, it's possible, but I'd need to see that in writing, or on a map, to sell me on it.
A scrawny dog tries to frighten off carrion birds chowing down in the street of what appears to be an already-decrepit brick town. A man leans up against a wagon, his rifle cradled in the crook of his arm, seemingly unsure of what to do or where to go next.
Cut to industry. The cloud cover gets bleak, the smoke piles up into the air, fires have broken out among oil rigs. A man wearing a duster and top hat holds his rifle at his side and simply surveys the burning as the sparks fly up around him.
Then boom: Seven masked riders come out of nowhere over the plains, guns drawn, ridding pell mell across a landscape that clashes desert with grassland with snowy hills.
All this time, the soundtrack is thoughtful and considerate of the onscreen action (and non-action). It strikes a tone less spaghetti western than the previous Redemption, but things are too early to tell what tone the game will take.
These seven riders, no doubt, correlate to the seven characters appearing in the Red Dead Redemption 2 key art appearing earlier this week. I'm even willing to speculate that Redemption 2 is a prequel (not sequel) to 2010's Red Dead Redemption, giving us a look at John Marston's regrettable earlier days when he rode with Dutch Van Der Linde's gang. Nothing as yet, however, makes that explicit. Just speculation on my part.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated for a Fall 2017 launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That doesn't mean it's not coming to PC—Grand Theft Auto V didn't hit PC until a year-and-a-half after console. However, the first Red Dead Redemption is notorious for having never made it to PC at all. So, we'll see.
The Nintendo NX is now the Nintendo Switch. The official press release elaborates on some of the details revealed in the teaser trailer. Nintendo promises that the gameplay experience is identical whether you're playing at home or with the Switch undocked. We also have an official name for the detachable side-controllers: they're called "Joy-Con." While this allows for native 2-player on the go, the Switch isn't limited to using just two Joy-Con so if your friends have a Switch they can bring their Joy-Con controllers for 4-player multiplayer. Of course you also have the option of using a Pro Controller for more traditional play.
Below is a list of third party developers who will be developing games for the system. The list is pretty impressive with heavy hitters like Bethesda, Capcom and Ubisoft, in addition to Telltale, Platinum Games and Grasshopper Manufacture. This is promising but it's important to remember that Wii U had great 3rd party support at launch but that fizzled rather quickly. Check out the images below for a better look at the Nintendo Switch.
The reveal is finally here. The Nintendo Switch, coming March 2017, is a versatile hybrid home and portable console that looks like it will blur the lines between those two modes of gameplay. The main unit itself appears to hook up to your TV like a normal console and can be played with a traditional controller. However, a portable screen can be undocked from the console and attached to two removable side controllers.
In this fashion it can be played like a portable, but these side controllers can be removed and used by multiple people for multiplayer, with the portable screen acting displaying the action or functioning like a tablet. Games shown off for the device include the previously announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with a new Mario title on display, Splatoon and even Skyrim. Check out the reveal trailer below and stay tuned for more details.
If you're a huge Legend of Zelda fan who'll play just about anything starring the voiceless green-clad Hylian (guilty), get ready to plop down some money as The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks hits the Wii U eShop today. Link and Zelda must travel together to keep the forces of evil at bay when the Spirit Tracks, which protected the kingdom from evil, begin to disappear. Honestly I tend to prefer Phantom Hourglass over Spirit Tracks mainly because I feel that sailing in a boat gives the player more freedom than riding a train on a set of tracks, but it's still a fairly solid entry in the series and I enjoyed it when it first launched on the Nintendo DS.
Next up on the Wii U is SteamWorld Heist, a "space adventure with turn-based tactical shootouts" where you have to aim in real time and pull off some awesome bullet-bouncing trick shots. There is some good news for players who already have the 3DS version, or the Wii U or 3DS versions of SteamWorld Dig. If you have any of those three games, you can get a 10% discount off of SteamWorld Heist for the Wii U. Just make sure that your Nintendo Network ID is linked to your Wii U and 3DS systems as well as your eShop account prior to purchase. This offer begins today at 9 a.m. PT and will run until 8:59 a.m. PT on November 3rd.
Speaking of cross-platform purchasing, today sees the release of Pirate Pop Plus for the Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS. In this game that looks like it was made for the classic Game Boy, you play as Pete Jr. on a quest to defeat an evil villain known as the Bubble Pirate who has trapped innocent townsfolk in bubbles. The game plays a lot like the classic arcade titles Pang and Buster Bros. with a little bit of chaos thrown in as the gravity will change every now and then, so you might start out on the floor and end up on the walls or ceiling in a few minutes. There's more good news here as if you happen to own both a Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS and have your Nintendo Network ID and eShop accounts linked, purchasing one version will get you the other at no cost.
Finally we have the Super NES classic Breath of Fire on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Breath of Fire is one of the more well known RPG series from that era and now you can take the first game on the road with you...well, provided you have a New Nintendo 3DS, and join Ryu as he begins on his adventure to rediscover the lost power of the Light Dragons and save his sister from the Dark Dragons.