IGN Reveals Dark Souls II Gameplay

Get ready for more pain.

The first taste of Dark Souls II gameplay is here! IGN got together with the Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura and Global Producer Tak Myazoe and they walked IGN through some new things that they have to offer in the upcoming game. You can check out the video and all of the Dark Souls madness it brings at the end of the article.shh

After watching the demo, I can say that this sequel looks very similar to how the original Dark Souls plays. You have expansive environments, dark corridors and huge enemies waiting to kill you instantly at every turn. It appears that the game will be very similar, combat-wise, as the layout has carried over identically. This is all to be expected, as they are going with a direct sequel this time, rather than changing the name completely like they did when releasing Dark Souls after Demon’s Souls.shh

However, where I think this game is going to differ the most is in the amount of detail that each battle, environment and interaction will bring to the table. From the demo, it seemed like most of the areas had a lot more personality compared to the often stark and abandoned areas players have come to expect form the series. One area has a hallway that was embellished with huge paintings and furniture, while an area shown at the end of the demo had a huge castle that almost seems suspended in midair while dozens of dragons fly around its perimeter (pictured above). It’s these kinds of details that I think will make Dark Souls II an even more epic experience.shh

A few new things were mentioned about the combat, as well. It sounds like the enemies are going to be even more viscous than they ever have been before. One of the best assurances you had in Dark Souls was the fact that if you snuck up behind an enemy, you would be able to surprise them with a back-stab that would score you big damage on them. From the demo, it looks like those back-stabs are no longer a safe bet, as new types of enemies can now fall backwards on you and crush you. To make matters even worse, the bad guys can now crash through walls in their pursuit of you, making the escape of a battle even more difficult. The demo showed a giant beast behind a cell that was just standing there, but when the player shot an arrow through the bars the beast became enraged and smashed through the wall for payback. Gulp!shh

It seems that there is still a lot more to be shown from this game, and the biggest thing that still remains hidden is the story. From the first official trailer of the game, it appeared that the story would be more in-depth and focused than in previous games. The director of Dark Souls II even brought up the fact that this game would be a more emotional and interactive experience than previous games were, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a meatier story is on the horizon. I don’t think it’s a big deal since the gameplay is so incredibly fun, but I think it would offer a nice change of pace.shh

So there you have it! We have gotten our first taste of gameplay for the sequel to the fantastic Dark Souls. I can’t freakin’ wait to get this game and then die in 4 seconds, only to try again and die in 2 seconds! Never has a game been so addictive and aggravating at the same time, and from what I’ve seen so far Dark Souls II will be bringing a whole lot more of that madness. The game does not have a release date, at the moment, though we know that it isn’t coming to next-gen consoles. That would make me think that a late 2013 to early 2014 at the latest release date could be expected.shh

You can check out the 12-minute IGN demo at the top of this post and the official trailer for Dark Souls II below!shh

PREPARE TO DIE! AGAIN!!!shh

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Alternate ‘Bioshock Infinite’ Covers Available Now

We got some pretty cool new covers!

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shhBioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games has made eight alternate box art covers for the game available now. You can download them on the game’s website for free. The artwork comes with printing instructions in an Adobe PDF file.
The alternate covers initially came about when fans voiced displeasure with the artwork the developer went with (pictured below).shh
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shhFans can download two versions of leading lady Elizabeth on the cover, two version of Elizabeth and co-lead Booker, three concept art covers and an artwork of Booker trying to catch Elizabeth as they fall from the flying city of Columbia (pictured above).shh

BioShock Infinite has been getting rave reviews across the board, so any disappointments with the box art luckily did not translate to the actual game.shh

Just play the damn game, kids.shh

‘Beyond: Two Souls’ Release Date Announced

Finally, we know when this highly-anticipated game will hit shelves.

Finally, the highly anticipated Beyond: Two Souls release date has been announced as this October 8th. The game is from Quantic Dream and directed by David Cage, who were behind 2010’s phenomenal Heavy Rain. It will be exclusive to the PS3.shh

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shhThis is the plot synopsis from PlayStation.com:

“Born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers, Jodie was different. In an adventure spanning 15 years of her life, your actions will determine Jodie’s fate as she faces extraordinary challenges, danger, and heartwrenching loss on a journey to discover the truth of who she is. Beyond promises an emotionally-charged journey unlike any video game before.”

The game will be using real-life actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe as the lead characters.shh

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shhThe website also mentions a GameStop pre-order bonus. If you pre-order the game you will get additional scene DLC and a free upgrade to the special edition. The special edition includes an exclusive steelbook premium packaging, extensive behind the scenes features, a soundtrack, a dynamic PS3 theme and PSN avatar pack.shh

I personally can’t wait for this game to drop, as Heavy Rain was an experience unlike any other. Games have really come a long way, and with Heavy Rain and now Beyond: Two Souls we are seeing them become more and more like interactive movies. It will be difficult for David Cage to top his debut, but from what I’ve seen so far he is certainly on the right track.

‘Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix’ Coming Stateside

YES YES YES!

Square Enix has just made an announcement that Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix will be launching in the U.S. and Europe this fall.shh

The compilation package contains the games Re: Chain of Memories and Final Mix, as well as cutscenes from 358/2 days.shh

It will also have full trophy support and bonus content, such as new weapons, abilities and cutscenes.shh

I personally cannot wait for this to come. You many not know this about me (or maybe you do… which would be kinda creepy) but I am a HUGE Kingdom Hearts fan, so any chance I have to play a new one and I will LUNGE at it! Some of this content I have already experienced, but overall this is something I can’t miss. I JUST CAN’T, DAMMIT!shh

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PlayStation 4 System Details & Confirmed Games Revealed

PlayStation 4 is looking great so far!

It’s official, everyone! PS4 was announced last night at a live event in New York, and put months of speculation to rest on console titles, controller designs and release date time-frames. The presentation lasted over 2 hours and was followed by pretty much anyone with even a hint of an interest in gaming. Interestingly enough, the actual system was not shown at the event, though there certainly was no shortage of other details. Continue reading “PlayStation 4 System Details & Confirmed Games Revealed”