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Project Spark

Project Spark Launching October 7th For Xbox One & PC

I thought March was one of the best months gaming has ever seen, but now its looking like October could blow even that month out of the water. Microsoft has revealed that Project Spark will be joining the Halloween-time madness when it releases on October 7th for Xbox One and PC. The Xbox 360 version still does not have a release date.

You can download the game completely free when it releases, but to get all of the bells and whistles you’ll probably want to go with the $40 retail version. The retail version of the game comes with the Galaxies: First Contact expansion, the Sir Haakon “Hawk” character, the Champions Quest: Void Storm and more.

Talking about the Xbox 360 version of the game, Microsoft told GameSpot the following:

“Our team is focused on creating a great experience on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 first, and will then bring that to Xbox 360. We don’t have a timeline to share right now, but it’s certainly on our roadmap.”

Destiny The Ghost Edition

Bungie Reveals Destiny: The Ghost Edition

As is the case with just about any highly-anticipated game, Bungie has revealed that there will be a special edition for their upcoming FPS / MMORPG Destiny. They’re dubbing it Destiny: The Ghost Edition, and it comes with a whole bunch of stuff that comes to a total of $150.

The following is all of the goodies that are included with Destiny: The Ghost Edition:

  • Limited Edition SteelBook Case and Game Disc
  • Ghost Replica
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Golden Age Relics
  • Guardian Folo; containing “Arms and Armament” Field Guide, postcards from the Golden Age and Antique Star Chart
  • Collector’s Edition Digital Content; containing a Unique Ghost Casing, and Exclusive Player Emblem, An Exclusive Player Ship Skin and the Destiny Expansion Pass

For those of you who want a cheaper version of this package, you can also get the Limited Edition for $99. That one has all of the stuff that The Ghost Edition has, minus The Ghost.

Destiny goes on sale September 9th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Cry Wolf

Telltale Games Releases The Wolf Among Us Season Finale Trailer

Telltale Games has revealed the trailer for the final episode of the first season of The Wolf Among Us. The fifth episode is called Cry Wolf, and will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and iOS.

Watch the trailer for Cry Wolf below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snjTY8TWrzI’%5D

Cry Wolf will be released on July 8th for PC/Mac worldwide and PlayStation 3 in North America, July 9th for Xbox 360 worldwide and PlayStation 3 in Europe and July 10th for iOS worldwide.

Murdered Soul Suspect Developer Shuts Down

Murdered: Soul Suspect Developer Has Apparently Shut Down

Developer Airtight Games, who just recently released Murdered: Soul Suspect for last and current generation consoles, has reportedly shut down.

A contributor to GeekWire went to their building and was greeted with a sign on the door stating that the company is closing its doors and all of the office equipment was being sold for cheap.

It’s worth noting that both GameSpot and GeekWire have reached out to Airtight Games for confirmation, but all they received was a mail delivery failed notice. That definitely isn’t a promising sign.

Enemy Front Banner

Enemy Front (Xbox 360) Review – Someone Please Shoot ME!!!

The World War II genre is one that has been milked for many years now, with just about every interesting style of gameplay or vision being utilized by several different series. Call of Duty was one such franchise that found so much success with it that it is now the biggest franchise in gaming and has 3 different developers making sequels on a 3-year cycle. There are countless imitators out there trying to find even a sliver of juice left in this machine, because they know that it will sell due its pedigree alone. Has developer CI Games found something with Enemy Front to breathe some fresh air back into this genre? The simple answer is no.

The concept of Enemy Front is pretty simple: you are a war correspondent named Robert Hawkins that is right in the middle of World War II. You will journey across many levels containing wave after wave of enemies and it is your job to get to the end in one piece. In the midst of this you will come across some characters that will help you along your journey, and the occasional flashback sequence will shine some more light on the big picture of the war. Really, though, this is a no-nonsense FPS game that requires little more than you to shoot, shoot and shoot some more.

That isn’t to say that it doesn’t attempt some other things to liven up this otherwise stale formula, as Enemy Front presents several scenarios where you can take a stealthier approach rather then going in guns blazing. However, in my experience with this game I found that just about every time I played that stealth made things take much longer and was really unnecessary due to the fact that just firing wildly will work every time. The enemies also seem to have cat-like senses, so when I even tried to be stealth-like I found that it would eventually result in the whole area becoming alert anyway. I’d like to think that this is due to my own incompetence with stealth mechanics, but due to my success with the genre in other games I don’t think that is the case.

Enemy Front

Although straight-forward gunplay is something that I have no problem with on paper, the way that Enemy Front implements it is like watching paint dry. Every scenario you find yourself in is relatively the same, with the level design, objectives and methods of getting through the level being pretty stagnant. You have to deal with this formula over and over and over again, making the game overstay its welcome far before you get to the credits. Plus, you have to deal with all of the little mechanical flubs along the way that make the experience even more infuriating. I found that there were times when I was completely behind cover and found that I was still getting hit by bullets and ultimately getting killed. Other times I would be shooting enemies directly in the chest, but the first couple of shots wouldn’t register at all.

Graphically, Enemy Front is pretty sub-par. While the environments are decent enough from a distance as most locations are outside in lush environments, the closer you get to any objects the ugly details become more clear. Very ugly textures mar just about every surface and character models are about as dull as can be. The cinematic sequences are even worse, as we are given close-up shots on speaking characters and notice that the lip-syncing with the dialogue is atrocious and the characters display little to no emotion at all. Couple that with just as unimpressive voice acting and you have a presentation that lacks any kind of appeal.

The game also has an online component, where you have the option of taking on people across the entire world in 3 whole game modes. The game modes you have to select from are Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Radio Transmission, but I am unable to report how any of these game modes perform as I could not get one single match going. I tried 5 different times on all 3 game modes and waited around 4 hours in the pre-game lobby in total, but could not find enough people to get a match going. This close after release, that is not a good sign at all. The only information I can give you here is that it is incredibly difficult to find a match on the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Enemy Front

It’s rare that I come across a game where I am continuously dumbfounded by the rate at which it’s coming up short. It’s par for the course for any game to have some faults here and there, but usually they are easy to overlook thanks to a core mechanic that the developers really get right. The problem with Enemy Front is that it drops the ball in pretty much every area imaginable; never doing anything so badly that it’s unplayable, but never coming anywhere close to a point where the experience could be enjoyable. The World War II genre hasn’t been interesting in years, but Enemy Front has given us what is easily one of the worst examples of the genre yet.

Condemn

Bungie Reveals Destiny Trophy / Achievement List Via Weekly Update

For those who simply cannot wait to find out what trophies / achievements they will be sinking countless hours towards getting, Bungie has gone ahead and revealed the full list via the new Weekly Update on their website.

The game will have 40 trophies / achievements across all platforms, and appear to be pretty standard fare as far as trophy / achievements go. Some of them ask the player to do things like kill 5 enemies in 3 seconds, while others require you to achieve the maximum crucible score.

Below is the full pic of the trophy / achievement list, so scroll on down to see every single on the game has to offer.

Destiny Trophy & Achievement List

Destiny is being developed by Bungie for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and will be released on September 9th, 2014.

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order Dev Expresses Interest In A Sequel

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.

Destiny

Bungie Explains Why Destiny Isn't 60fps On PS4 & Xbox One

Bungie’s Destiny will be running at 1080p/30fps on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when it releases this September. Of course, everyone is wondering why the game will not be running at the coveted 60fps like many other new-gen games are, and Bungie has now revealed the answer to that question.

Bungie’s Senior Environment Artist, Jason Sussman, said the following:

“It’s a lot of different things. I could get really technical, but I’d bore you to death. A lot has to do with performance. We’re cross-platform, so we had to be very delicate with all four consoles, making sure they have the same experience, that it looks as good as it possibly can on all these consoles. A lot goes into that, from geometry to textures to post effects to particles to how many players you get on the screen. We’re always balancing that out to make sure everyone gets the same experience.”

Destiny will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th.

My Judgment:

The game is still going to look fantastic, so I couldn’t care less about whether or not it can meet 60fps. However, I do wish that Destiny had been a new-gen game from the beginning, because the last-gen systems are definitely holding it back in regards to how far it can go, graphically and technically.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

New 'Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor' Trailer Gives Orcs Something To Fear

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a game that is based off of a pre-existing license that I am really looking forward to. Being a huge Tolkien fan is enough to get me excited about a dark tale set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but throw in the fact that none other than Monolith Studios is developing it and you have my complete attention.

A new cinematic trailer has been released ahead of a wider showcase at next week’s E3, and shows off the ruthless Orcs and our spooky and awesome hero. The hero’s name is Talion, who was actually killed and has come back from the dead for revenge. Check out the new trailer that displays his stoic bravado below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd_aXnBlmZM’%5D

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor releases for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on October 7th.

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Release Date + New Trailer Revealed

The Borderlands series continues to roll on thanks to an upcoming prequel / sequel ingeniously dubbed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, though this time Gearbox is collaborating with 2K Australia to bring you the goods.

The big news, however, is that the game now has an official release date and new trailer showing off all of the new mayhem like low-gravity and new vehicles that you can indulge in. The game’s official release date is October 14th, 2014 for North America and October 17th, 2014 for everyone else.

Check out the moon dance trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNdl9n-gpS0#t=107′%5D

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Dark Souls II DLC Called The Lost Crowns Trilogy Coming This Summer

Bandai Namco has revealed that three new chapters of DLC will be coming to Dark Souls II this summer. The first of the 3 DLC chapters is called Crown of the Sunken King and will be released on July 22nd.

Chris Gilbert of Bandai Namco said the following about the DLC:

“To say we are excited to unleash these three new chapters to Dark Souls II fans is an understatement,” said Chris Gilbert, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Bandai Namco Games America. “Bandai Namco Games is very proud of the universal praise and enjoyment fans have both given and received from Dark Souls 2. The Lost Crowns trilogy and more specifically the Crown of the Sunken King will kick off what will surely be an exciting summer of speculation and anticipation of the new battles, challenges and triumphs to come amongst our most ardent fans.”

The other two DLC chapters are called Crown of the Old Iron King and Crown of the Ivory King and will be released on August 26th and September 24th, respectively.

The chapters will cost $9.99 individually, but if you buy them all together you save $5. The DLC will be available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

My Judgment:

I adore this series, so any excuse to jump back into it is fine with me. I’m wondering how lengthy these chapters will be, because 10 bucks a pop is pretty pricey. However, if they can deliver awesome gameplay then I’m all for it.

Mortal Kombat X's Box Art Features Series-Favorite Scorpion

A continuation of the famed Mortal Kombat franchise was revealed recently in a game called Mortal Kobat X, and now developer NeverRealm Studios has gone and revealed the official box art for next year’s fighting game.

Check out the box art below.

Mortal Kombat X Box Art

The studio also said the following in regards to what Mortal Kombat X is all about:

“Mortal Kombat X launches players into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.  For the first time, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. Players step into an original story showcasing some of the game’s most prolific characters including Scorpion and Sub-Zero, while introducing new challengers that represent the forces of good and evil and tie the tale together.”

My Judgment:

I think this box art is pretty killer (no pun intended). Scorpion is easily one of the most beloved Mortal Kombat characters around, so adorning the cover of the 10th installment of the series with a series favorite is a no-brainer. I think it would be cool if there was an alternate one featuring Sub-Zero, but what can you do?

Child of Light Coming To PlayStation Vita

News Judgment… Child Of Light Coming To PlayStation Vita

Ubisoft’s beautiful RPG Child of Light is set to make its PlayStation Vita debut this July, the company announced today. The game will be available digitally for $14.99 as well as physically with some extra content.

The retail version of the game will include all of the DLC; which includes a bonus quest, a new character and some collectibles.

You can play Child of Light currently on all last and current generation consoles as well as PC. The PlayStation Vita version is set for a July 1st release.

My Judgment:

I missed out on Child of Light on its first go around due to a bunch of other games that were clamoring for my attention, but rest assured that I will not be missing its PlayStation Vita release. This seems like the perfect kind of game to play on the Vita’s excellent screen, as the game’s visual style will more than likely look phenomenal. I’m ready for you, child, I’m ready.

Wolfenstein The New Order

New Video Game Releases (May 19th – 25th, 2014)

Things are picking up this week as we have a major new release in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game is a reboot by MachineGames of the classic FPS series that is set in an alternate historical reality where Nazis won World War II. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 18th to May 25th, 2014.

3DS

  • Mega Man V (Virtual Console – Game Boy)

PlayStation 3

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Drakengard 3
  • Mugen Souls Z
  • R-Type Dimensions (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Transistor (PSN)
  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Vita

  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Wii U

  • Swords & Soldiers HD (eShop)
  • Squids Odyssey (eShop)
  • Fit Music for Wii U (eShop)

Xbox 360

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Everything You Need To Know About Bungie's 'Destiny' In One Quick Video

Bungie’s Destiny has a lot of ground-breaking things about it that may seem overwhelming, but to break it all down for you they have released a video letting you know all of the basics. Check it out below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A0EmiDKbzI’%5D

Destiny is being developed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and is set to be released on September 9th, 2014.