Infinity Ward Readies Call Of Duty Fans For “Incredible” 2016

It will come to the surprise of absolutely nobody that a new Call of Duty will be releasing later this year, as the series shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Considering Sledgehammer Games developed 2014’s Advanced Warfare and Treyarch developed 2015’s Black Ops III, that means Infinity Ward will be developing whatever Call of Duty 2016 is called.

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Condemn O.R. Condone – Guns Up! (PlayStation 4)

Guns Up! up does the free-to-play model right and offers an engaging and rewarding side-scrolling strategy experience for PlayStation 4. Crafting and gradually expanding your perfect base to hold off your enemies is very addicting, and bulking up your troops to take on tougher and tougher opponents is equally entertaining. While the base and troop progression gets grindy in the latter half and some additional maps and modes would be nice, I’ve been playing for many hours and am still having fun with what the game offers.

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The Division Beta Has Been Delayed To Next Year

The Division was set to be getting a beta at some point this month, but after the lack of updates the prospects of that still happening weren’t looking good. Now Ubisoft has made what everyone was assuming official as they have announced that the beta will not be happening this year.

The announcement was made in a blog post where they said that it has been pushed back to early next year, though an official release date was not provided. However, Xbox One owners who pre-ordered the game will still be getting access to the alpha test that begins this week. Keys for the alpha will be sent out shortly.

The alpha for the The Division will begin at 10am CET, 4am EST, 1am PST on Wednesday, December 9. It ends at 3am EST, 12am PST/CET on Saturday, December 1. It will take up 23.2 gb of space on your console and it is pre-loadable.

Original Max Payne Rated For PlayStation 4

It’s been a while since Mad Max made his debut with the original game in the series, but it looks like that game will be coming to the current generation of consoles very soon.

Max Payne PS4

An ESRB listing for the game was spotted on the official ESRB website, where the game is rated M for blood and violence. Interestingly enough, the game is only listed for PlayStation 4, even though the games have generally been multi-platform.

It wouldn’t be surprising at all if it was revealed that this was part of some Max Payne remaster bundled with the second game, as well. In this day and age it’s really only a matter of time when it comes to an old game getting the HD remaster treatment.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Releasing In An Episodic Format

The episodic format is something that gaming developers are embracing more and more these days, as it not only allows them to get games out earlier but also make more money. It looks like Square Enix could be looking to get in on that action with the release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, as word from the PlayStation Experience reveals it will not release as a single game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Episodic

Square Enix has gone on record saying that Final Fantasy VII Remake will release as a multi-part series, with each part being a unique experience. There was no other information beyond that that was revealed, but it’s pretty self-explanatory so I guess it really isn’t needed. I’m hoping it doesn’t mean that the game is essentially going to become Final Fantasy VII Remake: A Telltale Games Series, but who knows these days.

Final Fantasy VII Remake still has no release window, though Final Fantasy XV will be releasing sometime next year.

EA Admits Star Wars Battlefront Lacks Depth

For months leading up to the release of the Star Wars Battlefront there was plenty of controversy due to the lack of a dedicated single-player campaign. This being Stars Wars and also being part of a series where all previous games contained them, fans were obviously very upset that the developers were foregoing that part of the experience entirely to focus on multi-player. If the multi-player was packed with depth this would be forgivable, but the game launched in the typical shallow state that most of the games of that ilk do and fans were rightfully disappointed.

Now, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has gone on record saying that the game lacks the depth that hardcore players wanted. He said the following at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe:

Star Wars Battlefront is a first-person shooter, but it is [one of] the only teen-rated first-person shooters,” Jorgensen said. “We had designed it to be a much more accessible product to a wide age group.

“So, an 8-year-old could play with his father on the couch, as well as a teenager or 20-year-old could play the game and enjoy it. It is more accessible. And for the hardcore, it may not have the depth that they wanted in the game.”

I guess I can understand what they were going for, but it doesn’t excuse the game’s lack of content. Star Wars is a series that does not have a casual fanbase, but a ravenously hardcore one that obsess over the game’s far-reaching lore and universe. The fact that they basically took a great opportunity to release another great Star Wars game and instead rushed it to come out before the new movie did is a slap in the fact to fans, in my opinion.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Gameplay Debuts At PlayStation Experience

The biggest reveal that this year’s PlayStation Experience was gameplay for the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, where thousands of fans got to witness how the game plays for the very first time.

Square Enix has assured fans several times that this wasn’t going to be a straight remake, with many changes being made to the core experience to update for the modern age while also staying true to the game’s roots. The gameplay trailer has definitely exemplified that vision, as there are definitely some big changes on hand. We have altered character appearances, a different control scheme, a combat system that now looks similar to Final Fantasy XV… and Barret rocking shades.

Personally, I think it’s looking pretty solid so far, though obviously there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How much of the hardcore RPG mechanics will remain in the game and how much will be replaced by the more streamlined action RPGs that are more common today? I’m hoping that they can successfully blend the best of both worlds, as even though turn-based combat is old hat now there was still something really fun about it that I really miss.

There is still no release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake as Square Enix is still relatively early into the development of the game, but I wouldn’t expect it anytime before 2017. Remember, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV is still on the horizon and we don’t even have an official release date for *that* yet.