Mafia III is looking better by the minute. In a new trailer, you're briefly introduced to two characters: the Priest and the Operative.
Not much in particular is revealed about either character, but both of them seem to have their own agendas that are not necessarily above board, though that should come as no surprise from this game.
You can watch the trailer for yourself below. Mafia III is out October 13.
Sea of Thieves has been on my radar for a while now, and I expect with all the fallout from No Man's Sky, a similarly open ended, atmosphere driven game, it will wind up on many other radars in the near future.
The second in a series of developer diaries for the game, Rare talks about what it's like being aboard a ship, and what it's like to set sail with your friends in multiplayer. You can watch it below.
When a video game series hits a milestone anniversary, it's always nice to see the developers do something special to commemorate the occasion, and 2K and Firaxis Games is no exception as Civilization VI will be getting a 25 Anniversary Edition. This limited edition will include a hardcover art book titled "Civilization Through the Years", a commemorative coin set, and of course a copy of Civilization VI that also includes all of the bonus content found in the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Civilization VI 25th Anniversary Edition will be available when the game launches on October 21st for $89.99. For those unfamiliar with the Digital Deluxe Edition, you'll get the full base game, the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack, and access to four post-launch DLC packs which will include new maps, scenarios, civilizations, and leaders for $79.99.
Thekla Inc has announced that their critically-acclaimed puzzle game The Witness will be coming to the Xbox One on September 13th. Releasing this past January for the PS4 and PC, The Witness has players explore an open world island filled with various natural and man-made structures and progresses by solving puzzles. These puzzles are based on interactions with mazes that are presented on panels around the island.
I've personally never played The Witness yet but I did watch a couple of friends stream it a while back and this game will make you think. It was one thing to figure out what the game wanted them to do on each puzzle, but then it was figuring out how to come up with the solution. If you want a unique puzzle game that will make you rack your brain for a while, The Witness might just be the one to do it.
2K and Firaxis Games has recently revealed that Philip II will be leading Spain in Sid Meier's Civilization VI. If you're not familiar with Philip II, 2K and Firaxis Games have provided a bit of a history lesson in their official Civilization blog (which I've quoted below):
"For 48 years, Philip II was king of the massive Spanish Empire, and the most powerful ruler in Europe during the 16th century. He championed the Catholic faith, utilizing the Spanish Inquisition and leading several religious conflicts.
In staunch defense of Catholicism, Philip organized a “Holy League” against the Ottoman Empire, halting their dominance across the Mediterranean at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. He later opposed Protestantism in England, and attempted to invade the country several times using his fleet of ships, the world-famous Spanish Armada.
Philip directly intervened during the French Wars of Religion between 1585 & 1595, financing the Catholic League and ultimately causing Catholicism to be the foremost religion in France.
Phillip II’s reign ushered in a golden era for Spain. Despite constant religious warfare, Spain’s culture flourished. Music, art, and literature boomed under Philip, culminating with the creation of the majestic El Escorial monastery and palace in 1595."
This week's Nintendo Download offerings centers mostly Street Fighter with a little Mario thrown in. To kick things off, Super Mario 64 DS is now available on the Wii U's Virtual Console. Now you might be thinking to yourself why you would want this version instead of the N64 version. The DS remake includes multiplayer modes and mini-games not found in the original N64 game, plus the ability to play as Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi. In addition, there are 150 stars to collect as opposed to the original game's 120. It was actually a pretty good remake of an N64 game for the original Nintendo DS.
Next up is Street Fighter and quite a bit of it as the 3DS Virtual Console gets three Super NES entries in the series: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, and Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting. I have very little experience with the Alpha series only having played the original on the PSP when it was released on the PlayStation Network a while back. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting was the third and final release of the original Street Fighter II on the Super NES and featured the original eight characters as well as the ability to play as the four boss characters (Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison). As for Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, it introduced four characters that have since been featured in multiple games including Cammy, T-Hawk, Fei Long, and Dee Jay.
As for something a little less physical but a lot more verbal, the demo for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is available for download. The demo features a section from the game's first courtroom clash between Phoenix and his new advasary: Royal Priestess Rayfa.
Keep reading to check out the full press release including current sales going on in the Wii U and 3DS eShops.
If there's one thing we can count on Square Enix for, it's to at least give us a launch date about an upcoming title if it's remotely close to being finished.
Two days ago, word around the internet traveled quickly that not only was Final Fantasy VII: HD Remake close to being finished, but you could actually pre-order it on Amazon and Gamestop for this March. It was pretty mind-blowing news, given that Square Enix has said absolutely nothing about an official launch date.
Today, a check of the Amazon page now shows a launch date of December 29, 2017. While this date is probably closer to the truth, I'm here to tell you that this is still probably incorrect. Let's break down why.
1) Square Enix is meticulous about their launches.
The evidence here is that we've heard about the pushbacks for all their recent titles, including Final Fantasy XV, which just suffered one final delay to November. It happens, and usually it's for the better. We haven't heard anything about a specific date.
2) Reminder: The remake is going to be episodic.
The news two days ago appears to be a fake, given that it just said FFVII Remake and nothing else. The Amazon page I linked you to above looks pretty sloppy, but it does appear to be Amazon giving the thumbs up to at least pre-order it. That being said, even the images used are pretty god awful.
3) There is no way Square Enix is going to tell us a launch date without some kind of fanfare.
While the Final Fantasy series itself has had some issues the past few titles, it's still a big thing. It may not be the holiday it used to be back in the 1990s in Japan, but it's going to be announced at some kind of major show.
So, let's all chill out for a minute and take a step back. Yes, this is an anticipated title. I can't wait to get my hands on it, but we need to be realistic. While the end of 2017 would be fine for the development time, remember that we're going to get this game in waves and it will be a massive event.
A long time ago, there was hope that GoldenEye 007 would be released on the Xbox 360 with updated graphics and online multiplayer gameplay. Sadly, Microsoft and Nintendo couldn't come to an agreement on the license and the project died. While we have GoldenEye Source, what about the XBLA version?
Below is what it would have looked like if it would have been released. I'm sure many fans were disappointed this never saw the light of day, but you can see now how far they had progressed in the conversion and what could have been.
Don't tell me you're surprised that Battlefield 1 was getting a premium pass? Of course you're not. So how much is it going to cost and what's coming with it?
Well, cost is not announced, but if it's like Battlefront, it'll be $50.00. Hopefully, it'll be less than that, but I'm going to guess it's going to cost almost as much as the game itself.
Getting the premium pass will net you 4 DLC expansion and two weeks early access to each one. 16 new maps, 20 new weapons, new vehicles, new skins, new game modes, and a partridge in a pair tree will be all yours without having to buy them individually. I'm kinda excited about Operations as that sounds like how Battlefield 2 was if my memory is correct where the winning side would determine what the next map was.
Battlefield 1 is expected to be out on October 21 on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
No Man's Sky is the most pointless low vs. medium vs. ultra PC settings I've seen in any game yet. "Pointless" in the sense that, sorry, I'm just not seeing much of a difference here. Certainly not a difference worth chopping off your frame rate at the knees. Only in one of the shots—where you're staring right at the ground at your feet—did I note a tiny bit more detail for the ultra settings, and the ultra settings had to go from 100+ frames per second down to 40 in order to pull it off. Oh don't worry, No Man's Sky has had plenty of technical problems across the board. Personally, I'm one of the players catching the crash-after-an-hour-of-gameplay-for-no-reason bugs.
But you might have better eyes than mine when it comes to this video. It doesn't matter because I'm a console plebe anyway, getting my procedural mathematics fix on PlayStation 4. But you, yes, you there, with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card: Perhaps you can explain to the rest of the class what we're missing?
No Man's Sky launched on PlayStation 4 and PC about two weeks ago. The hot takes and the thinkpieces have been a heated battleground. Our review is coming down the pipe.