inFAMOUS: First Light DLC Release Date Revealed

Come late August you will have a brand new way of experiencing inFAMOUS: Second Son.

It was previously announced that inFAMOUS would be getting a standalone DLC at the end of the Summer that would star someone other than Second Son’s protagonist, and now we have an official release date for that DLC.

Developer Sucker Punch has revealed that inFAMOUS: First Light will be coming to PlayStation 4 on August 26th in North America and August 27th in Europe.

In this DLC you will play as a character named Fetch, who has a role in the main storyline of inFAMOUS: Second Son. She has different abilities and controls differently compared to Delsin, and will certainly offer an experience that is unique to that game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Dev Expresses Interest In A Sequel

This classic series could very well soldier on if all things work out.

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a refreshing look back at old-school FPS games with a modern polish, making it a very fun gun for any fan of the genre. The Wolfenstein series has been around for a while and has had many sequels, but some have wondered whether or not The New Order would be the end of it all.

According to Creative Director Jens Matthies, it sounds like a future for the series is very likely. Speaking with Giant Bomb, Matthies said the following:

“We would love to do a sequel. We have a very, very clear idea of what we accomplished with this game, and what we want to accomplish with a sequel.”

Considering Wolfenstein: The New Order has gotten very solid reviews across the board, it seems only natural that a sequel will pop up at some point down the line. In the midst of all the future Call of Duty and Battlefield releases, it would be great to have at least one IP that is a bit more engaging and demanding.

New Video Game Releases (June 23rd – June 29th, 2014)

At long last, the video game release schedule has come alive.

We finally have some life on the release schedule, as this week brings us some games that are actually worth talking about. Indie game Valiant Hearts: The Great War releases on multiple platforms, as does the Cybertron trilogy conclusion Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. The indie game that everyone is raving about, however, is the retro Shovel Knight. Just about everyone is loving its classic visuals and mechanics, making it one of the most critically-acclaimed games of the year so far. Scroll down to see the complete list of what is coming out from June 23rd to June 29th, 2014.

3DS

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • Farming Simulator 14
  • Shovel Knight (eShop)

PlayStation 3

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • GRID Autosport
  • Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland
  • Xblaze Code: Embryo
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PSN)
  • Another World (PSN)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon

PlayStation 4

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PSN)
  • Another World (PSN)
  • Blue Estate (PSN)
  • R.B.I. Baseball 14 (PSN)

Vita

  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
  • Xblaze Code: Embryo
  • Farming Simulator 14
  • Another World (PSN)
  • Z-Run (PSN)

Wii U

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • Shovel Knight (eShop)

Xbox 360

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • GRID Autosport
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Xbox One

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War

PC

  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
  • GRID Autosport
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Shovel Knight
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Three Dead Zed

Condemn O.R. Condone – Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Nintendo was unquestionably lazy with some of the game modes, but Mario Kart 8 is still mechanically-flawless.

It’s no secret that the Wii U has been struggling pretty severely ever since it launched a couple years ago, which is largely due to the fact that the system simply had no great games to push the system. Nintendo desperately needed a game like Mario Kart 8 to come along and help get the system off of the shelves and into gamers homes, and now that game is finally here. So, is Mario Kart 8 the game that will turn everything around for the Wii U? It will definitely be a game that a lot of people will flock to, but there are a few simple issues that keep this game back from being the home run it could have been.

First up, the gameplay is fantastic. The racing has never been tighter or more fun, and all of the gameplay elements that have been gradually added to the series over the years all feel great. However, the big addition to the gameplay is the anti-gravity sections, which have you driving sideways, upside-down and all over the place. These sections are always incredibly fun, because there is always a sense of awe when you see a huge vertical wall coming up and knowing that you will soon be racing across it. As an added twist, when you bump into people while in anti-gravity it gives you a speed boost, giving you more incentive to race a little more aggressively.

Like with any Mario Kart game the tracks are what determine how much or little fun the game can be, and Mario Kart 8 brings a fresh set of great tracks while also bringing back some classic ones. You have the option to pick from 16 new tracks or 16 classic tracks like in previous installments in the series, but they are all mostly very well designed and look gorgeous. I was particularly impressed with how phenomenal the classic tracks look, as Nintendo really went all out to make them look brand new while also retaining the charm they had on their respective systems.

MK1

Of course, as you’re zooming down the game’s 32 tracks you will come across a bunch of items that you will be able to use against your enemies, and this time you’ll have four new items to use. These new items are the Boomerang Flower that can be tossed up to 3 times and hit your enemy coming and going, the Piranha Plant that chomps nearby enemies while also giving you speed boosts, the Super Horn that sends out a shockwave that knocks over nearby enemies and destroys all incoming items (even the Blue Shell!) and the Crazy Eight that generates eight items for the player to use. These are all great items, and I especially love the fact that you can finally do something against that damn Blue Shell!

Like in recent Mario Kart games you have the option to drive a Kart and a Motorcycle, but the new addition to this game is the option to drive ATVs. ATVs have a similar feel to Karts, with the main difference being that you pack more weight that lets you knock around other drivers more easily. Each vehicle has their strengths and weaknesses, so it all comes down to player preference on what type of vehicle will be best for you. They all control quite easily, as well, which is mostly due to the fact that you can utilize the Wii U’s gamepad, which is a huge step-up from the lackluster Wii remote.

You also unlock new vehicles, tires and gliders as you complete more races and collect coins contained on each track, which adds a lot of customization to the game. You can play around with things like overall speed and control, but I mostly ended up just picking the combinations that looked the coolest and still found success. No matter what combination you pick you will have a solid shot at winning the race, so you don’t have to stress out too much on which combinations go best together.

MK2

There are 30 playable characters in Mario Kart 8, with the game starting you off with 16 of them and having you unlock the other 14 through successful tournament completions. All of the usual cast of characters are here, though the biggest addition this time is the 7 members of the Koopaling Clan. The addition of these characters is a little disappointing, honestly, as they are all basically the same and aren’t characters that are all that memorable. I would have much rather Nintendo gone into the archives and dug out some classic characters that we don’t see as much, but what can you do. My favorite unlockable character is Metal Mario, simply because… well… he’s Metal Mario! Mario in metal form!

Another cool little addition to Mario Kart 8 is MKTV, which allows the player to go back to the previous race and view it in a variety of different ways and upload the footage directly to YouTube. This is kind of cool, as watching some of the biggest moments of the previous race in a montage of sorts is always funny, but I do wish that they had let you go a little deeper with the actual editing. It would have been sweet if you had the option to edit together several clips of footage to show off a string of specific moments in a row (say, a montage of just Piranha Plant chomping?), but this new feature is still fun to play around with, regardless.

Other game modes outside of the Grand Prix in Mario Kart 8 are Time Trial, VS Race, Battle and Online. Time Trial and VS are pretty standard modes that have been in the series for a while and are decent diversions, but the biggest bust is the game’s Battle Mode. In previous installments in the series you battled against other players in unique arena-style courses that were separate from the game’s main race tracks. In this game, however, Nintendo took the lazy route and just throw you into a handful of regular race tracks found in the main game. Not only is this incredibly lazy on Nintendo’s part, but it makes the Battle Mode very dull and frustrating. The point is to be able to drive around and attack other people, but when you are on a narrow and linear track that is much bigger it becomes much more of a hassle to keep a fluid battle going.

MK3

Fortunately, the online mode of Mario Kart 8 is very solid, as the connection remains steady and playing with others around the world is as fun as ever. The Mario Kart experience is meant to be played with others, so obviously the online portion of the game is the one that will get the most use, and rightly so. You have the option to do regular races or start a tournament, which is a cool way to compete in something a little more intense than a one-off race. You can do battle mode online, as well, but who the hell wants to do that?

Mario Kart 8 is another very solid entry in the series, bringing back all of the great features the series is known for while also throwing in a few twists to spice up the formula. The HD graphics are absolutely beautiful and the new anti-gravity mechanics are a lot of fun on any course. Nintendo kind of took a pass on the game’s Battle Mode, but seeing as it’s an extra mode and the main focus is racing it is easily forgivable. This is another fantastic entry in the series that will keep any Wii U owner happy for years to come.

CONDONE

Batman: Arkham Knight Coming Out February 24th, 2015?

We won’t have to go *that* deep into 2015 to finally play this game.

I was absolutely gutted when Rocksteady Studios announced that the finale to their Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight, was delayed several months. Instead of getting one of the most highly-anticipated games in the Fall of this year, we learned we would be getting it in the Winter of next year.

Now we know exactly when it will be coming, though, as the Microsoft Store has let slip a release date of February 24th, 2015. Although the release date isn’t official, it sounds pretty legit considering it has been assumed that the game would be coming sometime in February.

Batman: Arkham Knight is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

PlayStation Now Pricing Details Hinted At With Beta Update

PlayStation Now is Sony’s upcoming game streaming service, which will allow you to pick from a huge library of games and steam then on your console without a disc or download. However, it was a little unclear regarding how all of this would work, but now the recent beta update may have pulled the proverbial curtain.

According to PS4 Daily, games will be rentals that range anywhere from $2.99 to $29.99, with rental periods being anywhere from 4 hours to 90 days.

Honestly, if these are the official prices then I think Sony is really dropping the ball with this service. If they think that people will fork over that kind of money for digital rentals then they have another thing coming. People can get games for much cheaper prices for physical copies, so I don’t see where they get off charging up to $29.99. I’d much rather have a subscription service like Netflix then this crap.

The Last Of Us: Remastered Currently Available For $49.99 On Amazon

If you’re looking to get this game then I’d definitely recommend pre-ordering it through Amazon.

The Last Of Us is getting the remaster treatment in the form of (you guessed it) The Last Of Us: Remastered, which will give the game updated PS4 visuals and come packed with the Left Behind DLC and Game of the Year extras.

However, the game is being sold for the full $60, so if you’re planning on grabbing the game at launch then you might want to consider pre-ordering it through Amazon. If you pre-order it now you will get the game for $49.99, which Amazon will honor even if the price does get raised at some point before release.

Click right here to pre-order the game.