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Remedy Reveals Amazing 'Quantum Break' Gameplay Footage

True to their word, Remedy Entertainment has revealed an 8-minute gameplay video featuring their upcoming third-person shooter Quantum Break. These are the people responsible for 2010’s fantastic Alan Wake, and judging from this gameplay footage it’s easy to see a lot of inspiration was taken from that game.

The major difference in Quantum Break compared to Alan Wake, however, as that time is able to be controlled. As the protagonist makes his way through waves of armed foes, he is able to stop time and move position to confuse enemies. The production values and graphics look absolutely phenomenal and is easily one of my most anticipated Xbox One exclusives for next year. Check out the footage below. [youtuber youtube=’’%5D

Quantum Break is being developed by Remedy Entertainment for the Xbox One with an expected release sometime in 2015.

The 'Evolve' Beta Is Coming To Xbox One In January 2015

During Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference, 2K Games showed off a bit more of their upcoming multiplayer shooter Evolve. However, they also revealed that a beta would be coming shortly before the game releases, and thus far only on Xbox One.

When January rolls around, players will be able control 4 hunters tracking down a monster or the monster itself. There are no details on what will be included in the beta or how long it will last yet, but the fact that it’s so far only coming to Xbox One is big news.

Evolve is being developed by Turtle Rock Studios for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and is scheduled to be released on February 10th, 2015.

Microsoft Reveals That 'Rise Of The Tomb Raider' Will Be Exclusive To Xbox

Microsoft made a very surprising announcement at Gamescom today, as they revealed that the former multi-platform Tomb Raider series (which sold more on PlayStation) will be exclusive to Xbox.

As you may know, Tomb Raider was a very successful reboot of the classic series that had originally been a PlayStation exclusive for many years. Developer Crystal Dynamics released the reboot on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, while following that with a remastered “Definitive Edition” on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Product Development Darrell Gallagher said the following in a post on tumblr:

“Dear Tomb Raider Community,

As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox. We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I’d like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we’re creating at the studio.

Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today’s announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming. Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

This doesn’t mean that we’re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.

We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we’ll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we’re going all out to try and make something truly special – the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.


Darrell Gallagher, Crystal Dynamics Head of Studios

There is no question that this is a huge deal for Xbox. Rise of the Tomb Raider is shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated games, and the fact that Xbox will have it exclusively will give them a big boost. There’s still the potential that the game may be a timed exclusive, but even if that is the case it still gives Xbox a big boasting point over PlayStation. I haven’t played the definitive version of the game yet, but I did play the reboot on PlayStation 3 and thought the game was a blast. If Crystal Dynamics delivers something as good or better than that game, the Xbox will have a big smile on their face come Holiday 2015.

Dead Island 2 Just Got A Gloriously Gruesome Gameplay Trailer!

Dead Island has a reputation for featuring an impressive assortment of ways to brutally kill zombies, and if this new gameplay trailer for Dead Island 2 is anything to go by then that fact is only going to be amplified in the game’s sequel.

The game takes place in California immediately after the events of Dead Island and Escape Dead Island as the state is put under quarantine due to this viscous zombie outbreak. It’s up to you to stay alive and mutilate as many zombies as you can in as many ways as you can come up with, so you better bring plenty of weapons.

Check out the gameplay trailer for Dead Island 2 below. [youtuber youtube=’’%5D

Dead Island 2 is being developed by Yager Development and published by Deep Silver for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Destiny Beta Progress Will NOT Transfer To The Full Game?!

The answer to the question of whether or not the progress you made in the recent Destiny beta would transfer over to the full game was up in the air for a long time, but now Bungie has an official answer. Unfortunately, none of the progress you made during the Destiny beta will transfer over to the full game when it releases on September 9th, 2014.

Here’s what Bungie had to say on their website about the issue:

“Since the beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the beta build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.”

Bungie does reaffirm that this will be the last time that you have to start all over again, as the next time you play the game it will be the full package:

“On September 9, you can create a Guardian who will keep you company for a good, long time. On a long-enough timeline, you might decide to delete him or her and start over again – but that will be your call to make.”

Honestly, I can understand why progress can’t be carried over due to all the changes being made, but it’s still disappointing to lose all of the progress made. Still, I had such a blast with both the Alpha and the Beta that i’m more than willing to start from scratch for a third time, only next time there will be a heck of a lot more to do. September 9th can’t come soon enough!

Paul McCartney Composed Score + Wrote Theme Song For Bungie's Destiny

In a surprising turn of events, it has been revealed that the legendary Paul McCartney has collaborated on the score and wrote the theme song for Bungie’s upcoming online FPS Destiny.

The score was composed over 4 years in New York, Los Angeles and Abbey Road Studios with Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori. O’Donnell was suddenly fired from Bungie this year, which has lead to some controversy between the two camps.

McCartney, O'Donnell and Salvatori

McCartney, O’Donnell and Salvatori

McCartney also penned the theme song for the game, which was recorded with a 120-piece ensemble at Abbey Road. The orchestra was conducted by Giles Martin, who is the son of the renowned Beatles producer George Martin.

Destiny is set to be released on September 9th on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Headed For iOS

Looks like Phoenix Wright has taken a case for a different platform. Capcom has just revealed that their latest downloadable 3DS game, Phoenix Wright: Duel Destinies, will be making its way to iOS.

Although an official release date was not specified, the 3DS version is already out in Japan and will release everywhere else on October 24th. The game will be re-rendered in full HD and include the exact content that is present in the 3DS version.

Sierra Entertainment Returning With New Game At Gamescom

Sierra Entertainment, a studio known for some classic games in the 90’s that has been defunct for years, is set to make a comeback. A new splash logo has been revealed from the company, with hints of a new franchise being revealed at this year’s Gamescom.

It’s unknown just what the company could be set to reveal, but the fact that the company is back alone is pretty cool. A lot of the people who made the company what it was in the 90’s are gone, unfortunately, but hopefully they can keep the name intact and release something great.

Gamescom is set to take place from August 13th to August 17th in Cologne, Germany.

Peter Molyneux's Godus Available Today On iOS For Free

Peter Molyneux, that man responsible for the Fable series and countless others, has a new game out on iOS today called Godus. In typical Molyneux fashion, he is hyping it up by calling it the most amazing project he has ever worked on. Yup, we’ve heard that one somewhere before I think…

The game has you playing as a god who has complete control of the game world and all of its inhabitants, allowing you to literally create a world. As the game goes on you will become more powerful, and similar to the Fable series, you have the option to use the power for good or bad.

Peter Molyneux said the following in a statement:

“I’m fascinated to see how players wield such powers on mobile. [It will] put more powers in the hands of its players where the outcomes will be as unpredictable as they are thrilling.”

Considering Molyneux is a pro for hyping up his own games that end up being disappointing as a result, I doubt Godus is going to be anything that will change the name of the game. What it will be instead, i’m sure, is a really solid game that will have no shortage of the usual Molyneux charm. The guy may not live up to his own words, but he rarely fails at delivering something that’s still a lot of fun.

Dead Rising 3

Microsoft Cuts Prices On Xbox One Launch Titles

If you’ve been holding off on purchasing any of the Xbox One launch titles, Microsoft has done a little something that just may catch your attention. They have revealed that, starting right now, they are cutting $10 off of four Xbox One launch games.

The four games in question are Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5 and Kinect Sports Rivals, and they will now all retail for $49.99. Microsoft has also confirmed that this new price point is permanent.

Honestly, considering that these were all games that really failed to garner a heck of a lot of praise, I’m surprised they’re not even cheaper by this point. Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5 could maybe still be worth it at a $40 price point, but both Ryse: Son of Rome and Kinect Sports Rivals should be bargain bin games at this point.

Mortal Kombat X Raiden

Raiden Shows Off His Moves In New Mortal Kombat X Trailer

Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for Mortal Kombat X, and this time they are showing off all of series-veteran Raiden’s new devastating moves.

Series creator Ed Boon has said that each character in the game will have 3 variations that will have different perks, and the 3 variations that Raiden will have are the following:

  • Thunder God Raiden – Lightning attacks enhanced
  • Displacer Raiden – Teleportation
  • Storm Lord Raiden – Lightning Traps

Mortal Kombat X is set to release sometime in 2015, with more information being expected at this year’s Gamescom event. Check out the trailer featuring Raiden below. [youtuber youtube=’’%5D

Assassin's Creed Rogue

Assassin's Creed Rogue Coming To Last-Gen Consoles This November

We knew for a while that two Assassin’s Creed games would be coming this year, and when Assassin’s Creed Unity was announced for current-generation consoles it was expected that the other game’s announcement wouldn’t be too far behind. However, a lot of time passed and we still didn’t hear one word about this supposed last-gen exclusive.

UNTIL NOW! Ubisoft has officially announced that the game that will be coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 exclusively is none other than Assassin’s Creed Rogue. The game is set in the middle of the 18th century during the 7 Years’ War and you control a Templar named Shay Patrick Cormac. It was developed by Ubisoft Sofia in collaboration with Ubisoft offices in Singapore, Montreal, Quebec, Chengdu, Milan and Bucharest, and completes the saga that started with Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be coming out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and is set to be released on November 11th. Check out the cinematic trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’’%5D


Resident Evil Remake Being Remastered, Coming Early Next Year

The fantastic Resident Evil GameCube remake that came out in 2002 is getting the remaster treatment. Capcom has announced that they will be remastered the game for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

As for what this remaster will be doing for the 2002 game, the game is being upgraded to 1080p on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, will have enhanced 3D models and textures, and will contain 5.1 surround sound. The game will also allow you to switch between the game’s original 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9.

Capcom released a video in which two producers from Capcom Japan discuss this new remaster. Check it out below. [youtuber youtube=’′%5D

The Resident Evil remaster is set to be released in early 2015.


Sega Teasing A New Yakuza Game?

If you’re a fan of Sega’s cult classic Yakuza series, then this article is sure to get your blood pumping. Sega has created a new teaser website that seemingly hints at a brand new Takuza game.

The website points at the date of August 24th for the reveal, so whether the announcement is a remake or a brand new game in the series is anyone’s guess.

Yakuza is a long-running action-adventure series that originally released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2005. There have been 5 main entries in the series and a host of spin-offs, though the latest main-installment has yet to be localized. The games have not been big sellers in the US, but they have a loyal following that has steadily grown as the series continues.

Hyrule Warriors Lana

Lana Shows Off Her Flower Power In New Hyrule Warriors Video

Hyrule Warriors is set to be released next month, and leading up to that we are set to get a bunch gameplay videos displaying all of the nuances in the game’s combat.

In this latest video we get to see Lana showing off all of her flower power as she bulldozes through dozens of poor and defenseless bad guys. Check out the video below. [youtuber youtube=’’%5D

Hyrule Warriors is set to be released for the Wii U on September 26th.