For Marcus Holloway, the San Francisco Bay Area is his playground. From Marin to Oakland to Silicon Valley to the City, the neighborhoods and people are as diverse as the activities dotted everywhere in the Bay Area. Watch the “Welcome to San Francisco” Trailer and take in all of the sights, sounds and action that the world of Watch Dogs 2 has to offer.
A stolen throne. An empire in chaos. An Empress and a Royal Protector are all that stand between a mad witch and absolute power. When Dishonored 2 launches on November 11 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, it will be up to you to choose the legacy you leave behind as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano. Will you soak the streets in blood as you fight to take back what’s rightfully yours from Delilah? Or will you ghost through the world, quietly uncovering the mystery brewing in the Empire of the Isles? Celebrate the impending launch with a new live-action trailer.
Dishonored 2 will launch worldwide on November 11, 2016, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Pursue the Children of Arkham in 'Batman - The Telltale Series' Episode 3: New World Order
Today we can unveil an all-new launch trailer for Batman - The Telltale Series Episode 3: 'New World Order'.
The third of five episodes in the season, Episode 3: 'New World Order' will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday October 25th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One. The episode will also be available October 25th on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in North America (SIEA territories), and starting October 27th for PS4 and PS3 in European (SIEE territories). Release dates for additional platforms will be announced in the near future.
In Episode 3, Penguin's brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you'll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce's friend and Gotham's new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne - and the Batman - could be determined by the flip of a coin?
The series is also available to purchase at retailers in North America and Europe as a special Season Pass Disc, which includes the first of five episodes in the season, and grants access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale's vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne,Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, Jason Spisak as Oswald Cobblepot, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.
The video game voice actor union, SAG-AFTRA, has officially called a strike against a number of video game companies following two years of unsuccessful negotiations. The strike began at midnight this morning.
The union was asking for a new compensation model that would give voice and mo-cap actors residual payments based on a video game’s sales and performance. The industry wasn’t willing to go that far, proposing instead an across-the-board 9% wage increase, as well as additional compensation up to $950 per game based on the number of sessions actors work on a title.
For the month of November, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.
On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Dungeon Bros ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of November. Murdered: Soul Suspect ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from November 16th to December 15th.
On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, November 1st, Monkey Island: SE ($9.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th. Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon ($14.99 ERP) for free through November 30th.
Know Your Enemy: Inside the Multiplayer of Halo Wars 2.
343 Industries and Creative Assembly discuss the multiplayer modes of Halo Wars 2, including Blitz, where tactical combat meets card-based strategy -- choose a Leader, build a deck of cards, and deploy them in explosive battles.
Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend, Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween opened in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back into second place.
Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of October 21st to October 23rd, 2016.
Boo! A Madea Halloween $27.6/$27.6
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $23.0/$23.0
Ouija: Origin of Evil $14.0/$14.0
The Accountant $14.0/$47.9
The Girl on the Train $7.2/$58.9
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children $6.0/$74.4
Keeping Up with the Joneses $5.6/$5.6
Kevin Hart: What Now? $4.1/$18.9
Deepwater Horizon $3.6/$55.2
The Magnificent Seven $2.3/$89.0
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life $2.2/$16.9
Respawn's soon-to-launch Titanfall 2 will support PlayStation 4 Pro, the developer has reiterated. Additionally, producer Drew McCoy confirmed on Twitter today that the "support is on the disc."
It was already confirmed that Titanfall 2 would get a PS4 Pro patch, but this is the first time we're hearing that the patch will apparently be available when the game launches on October 28.
The PS4 Pro doesn't launch until November 10, so the patch is more preparatory in nature. Titanfall 2 is not the only game getting a PS4 Pro patch, as other EA games like Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and Mass Effect: Andromeda also are. You can see all the games that are getting PS4 Pro patches here.
Yesterday Nintendo decided to give us the first look at its new Switch console with a three minute video that showed off all of its fancy new features. One of the sections showed the console running Skyrim, which many took as confirmation that Bethesda’s classic RPG would be hitting the Switch sometime around launch.
However neither Bethesda nor Nintendo are confirming that Skyrim will hit the Switch at all.
"We're happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the video,” a Bethesda spokesperson told Games Industry. “While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future."
Nintendo on the other hand have not specifically mentioned Skyrim, but did release a statement after the reveal that mentioned upcoming titles.
“Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system,” said Nintendo. “Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.”
The directorial lineup for the second season of Marvel's Jessica Jones will be comprised entirely of women.
Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer of the hit Netflix-exclusive series, shared the news during her panel at Transform Hollywood, which was relayed on Twitter by Variety's Mo Ryan (via ScreenRant).
Rosenberg spoke to aiming for a diverse set of perspectives as well when hiring for the show's writing staff, according to Variety, explaining that she looks for those with people who have experiences separate from hers.
"When I interview a writer, I’m less interested in what you’ve been doing professionally than I am in where you’re from, what your parents do, what’s your life experience, what are you bringing to the table personally," Rosenberg said.
Tim Miller, who directed Deadpool and had a hand in giving Fox its biggest hit of the year, will not direct Deadpool 2.
The director has parted ways with the studio over what insiders say are creative differences with Ryan Reynolds, the actor who plays the Marvel character.
Deadpool made $786 million worldwide when it opened on Valentine’s Day this year, launching a new franchise for the studio. The movie re-energized the career of Reynolds but it also began a second act for Miller, a visual effects specialist who founded Blur Studios and made a name for himself making video game trailers and opening credits.
By all accounts, success of the movie was truly shared by Reynolds, who helped define the voice to the characters, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Miller. In fact, Miller is believed to be the one who leaked Deadpool test footage into the wilds of the Internet, with the ensuing enthusiastic reaction just what was needed to ensure that Fox, which was waffling whether or not to make the movie, gave it the green light.
Even before the movie’s opening, the gang was back together plotting the sequel. Deadpool 2 is in the casting stages and is in the middle of testing six actresses for the part of Domino, the project’s new female lead.
Sources say Reynolds and Miller had increasingly butted heads over certain creative issues. Reynolds was a producer on the original, along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, but sources say his clout has increased exponentially on the sequel.
Shadow Warrior 2 is getting some lovely freebies in the near future, like new weapons - more is always better - as well as new missions and an "ultra-hard" challenge mode.
The upcoming updates are free, but developers Flying Wild Hog don't go into too much detail. We know the Nobitsura Kage is back - the first game's ultimate katana is a bit of a fan-favourite, so series vets will be pleased to see its return.
We're also promised new missions and an ultra-hard challenge mode alongside new weapons, items, and co-op ninja characters.
4205 double dose for your weekend enjoyment! Hot on the heels of a big time VG news week, we couldn't wait to talk about this stuff. This week, Andre has a need for speed, Theo delves into another world, Chris takes his games to go and Joe calls out the BS. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the fortieth episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss the Nintendo Switch.
There were some things that happened this week, but much as the giant in the room is wont to do, some news... overshadowed the rest. After a bit of an extended Now Playing, we get into the official announcement of Nintendo's newest console, the Nintendo Switch.
We also have the fourth entry in our Final Fantasy retrospective that covers Final Fantasy numbers 10, 12 and 13.
Civilization VI is my new favourite addiction that I honestly can’t really fault. Each of the gameplay changes provides a fresh challenge, but they were well worth undertaking once they clicked. It’s packed full of the stuff that made the previous games great, but also has a crisp style that makes things clear enough when the game gets extremely busy. As such, the vanilla version of Civilization VI is so good, expansions aren’t really necessary to improve upon it. Having said that, I’m excited for what’s next.
That word –– improvement –– is applicable to almost everything in Civilization 6. From its various routes to victory and how those methods of play intertwine; to its leaders and the numerous interactions between those bold and colourful characters, this is a supremely strong strategy experience with only a handful of quirks and flaws. It launches in such a feature full state that it’s a wonder where Firaxis could go next. For such a complex and in depth game to feel so intuitive is impressive, but for such a game to remain fun, exciting and unpredictable after forty, sixty, one-hundred hours of play? That’s joyous.
It'll take a few balance patches and expansions before it achieves absolute perfection, but the list of wholesale changes Civ VI brings to the storied formula makes for an instantly sumptuous strategy treat.
Strategy games live and die on the complexity and satisfaction of the countless decisions made within them, and it’s here that Civilization VI stands tall. Where its predecessors laid the foundations and systems of play, this is a game that refines and perfects them to a remarkable degree. It’s not without a couple of flaws – the odd diplomatic quirk and some religious spamming are its most notable – but Civilization VI gives the series’ 20-year Anniversary the hurrah it deserves. It’s a game that celebrates the genre while fundamentally improving it, and it comes in a package that is simultaneously attractive for newcomers while being exciting for Civilization veterans.
With Battlefield 1, EA and DICE have proven the viability of World War 1 as a time period worth revisiting in first-person shooters. It brings into focus countries and nationalities that do not exist today while also shedding light on how the outcome of that war has shaped our lives. As World War II shooters proved many years ago, no game can truly capture the entirety of a global conflict. This is why the focused structure of the War Stories anthology works well. Moreover, Operations succeeds as an effective educational primer on the battles that this gripping adversarial mode are based on. Battlefield 1 is just an introduction to one of the deadliest world events in history, but it is an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer.
Battlefield 1 does an amazing job of transplanting the fantastic chemistry of the series’ traditional multiplayer action into the weaponry and vehicles of World War I. The era brings with it not only a visually striking backdrop for classic game modes like Conquest and the compelling new Operations, but a distinct personality that touches everything from its rich lineup of archaic and distinctively designed weapons to the somber anthology of character-driven stories in its brief but surprisingly poignant single-player scenarios. While maps are not its strong point, Battlefield 1’s dynamically destructible environments and the minutely balanced mechanics of its classes and gadgets keep the moment-to-moment first-person shooting varied and engaging.
As I wrote at the beginning, Battlefield 1 is, at the most reductive level, still a Battlefield game. As such, it offers many of the same experiences as its (many, many) predecessors. Two things mitigate that. Firstly, Battlefield is an excellent template for a multiplayer shooter. Little provides the same sense of unpredictable sandbox drama, at least outside of more hardcore simulators such as Arma 3. Put simply, a Battlefield game is no bad thing to be. Secondly, little differences can have a big impact. Battlefield 1's little differences mean better infantry combat, a heightened sense of destruction, and a pace that feels more deliberate and tactical. This is no simple rehash and replacement, and, while I appreciate Battlefield 4's sense of scale, for me, Battlefield 1 is the better of the two.
I haven't had this much fun with a Battlefield game since playing 1942 in my cousin's basement with a LAN setup. While 4 came close several years back it was a real glitchfest (particularly on consoles), and the relative smoothness of 1 is working in its favor.
When all's said and done, when the matches end and the dust settles, you'll see that large portions of the maps have transformed, their buildings pockmarked by blasts, their fortifications turned into piles of rubble. Even though bloody entertainment is at Battlefield 1's heart, the post-game wasteland is a reminder of the toll that conflict takes on the people it consumes. Whether in single or multiplayer Battlefield 1 absolutely nails the historical sense of adventure and expectation before swiftly giving way to dread as the war takes a physical and mental toll on its participants. And this - as much as the intimate, brutal virtual warfare - is the game's most impressive feat.
Farming Simulator 17 will release Tuesday next week October 25, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Farming Simulator franchise has entranced millions of players over the years, thanks to its unique blend of progressive gameplay and rewarding management within the universal theme of farming and agriculture, featuring hundreds of vehicles from the world's biggest agricultural brands. In the run-up to launch, we are happy to unveil Farming Simulator 17's Launch Trailer today, which gives a taste of all the activities players will be able to take on next week.
Immerse yourself in a huge open world loaded with a yield of new content. Explore farming possibilities over hundreds of acres of land, including a detailed new North American environment. Drive over 250 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from more than 75 manufacturers, including huge new brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.
Harvest many types of crops, including for the first time sunflowers and soy beans. Take care of your livestock - cows, sheep, chickens and now pigs - take part in forestry, and sell your products to expand your farm! Transport your goods with trucks and trailers, or load and drive trains to reach your destination. Grow your farm online with other players, and download community created mods across each platform for an ever-expanding Farming Simulator experience!
From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in “Nocturnal Animals.”
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.
Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
After the first beta test for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare stuck around for an extra day, the second and final test has now kicked off a day early.
Activision announced on Twitter that the beta is now live on both PS4 and Xbox One. Those on Xbox One have to preorder the full game to gain access, but the PS4 version of this beta is (unlike the first) open to everyone. The beta is--at least for now--scheduled to run until October 24.
The first beta got off to a rough start, but Activision and developer Infinity Ward were able to iron those out. New content was introduced over the weekend, including additional game modes--you can read all about the maps and modes here. Players also found a glitch that allowed them to fly, though Infinity Ward said it was aware of that and would stomp it out.
The PlayStation.Blog has word that the PlayStation version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will have first shot at exclusive content for the online game world.
Hand crafted to take full advantage of PS4, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience.
We are pleased to announce that PS4 players get first access to earn select online content in the vast open world of Red Dead Redemption 2. Check back on PlayStation.Blog for more details soon and for all of the latest information on Red Dead Redemption 2.
In addition, the PS3 classic Red Dead Redemption will be coming to PlayStation Now soon. Relive the epic story of former outlaw John Marston as he hunts down the gang members he once called friends through the harsh and punishing landscape of America’s dying West.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.
Samsung has filed a copyright claim against a video by Modded Games on YouTube showcasing a Grand Theft Auto V mod that replaced Sticky Bombs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone.
The “Samsung Galaxy Note 7 [Bomb]” mod was created by HitmanNeko, a modder with an affinity for making alternate car models for Grand Theft Auto V. This particular mod simply replaces the Sticky Bomb model with that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 initially faced a recall of 2.5 million units which later became a tricky logistical issue. Samsung eventually halted all production of the Note 7 after replacement phones began having issues with batteries catching fire.
Death is a game mechanic. It’s a check mate, a character motivation, a point earned, a fail state, a loss, a reset. In many games, death is everywhere. But even though death is woven into most games, rarely do games have a funeral or ritual associated with death. And that can deprive the gamer, according to Carla Sofka, a professor at Siena College who specializes in grief and online communities. “When a book or a TV show kills off a popular character, people often grieve, so it’s important to validate that. Even if something is fictional or virtual — that doesn’t mean people don’t get connected to the character,” Sofka said. “Giving people a chance to validate that grief is a wonderful thing.”
Toronto-based game developer Gabby DaRienzo wants to provide that validation. “I very much am a fan of games that have a traditional death mechanic to them and I think that mechanic does exist for a reason,” DaRienzo said. “But it’s just that — a mechanic. A way to punish or challenge the player, to convince them to keep going. Maybe your wife or your child dies at the beginning of the game and that motivates you to get revenge. There’s not much more beyond that and it feels very shallow.”
... She began work on a project that would eventually become “A Mortician’s Tale,” in which the player runs every facet of a funeral home — from answering emails to meeting loved ones of the deceased to preparing cadavers to attending the funeral. The game is scheduled to launch early 2017.
Titled “Dissonance Theory,” Episode 4 is officially described as follows:
Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) joins William (Jimmi Simpson) and Logan (Ben Barnes) on a bounty hunt in the badlands. The Man in Black (Ed Harris), with Lawrence (Clifton Collins, Jr.) in tow, finds a critical clue in his search to unlock the maze. Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) and Theresa (Sidse Babett Knudsen) discuss the future of the park. Maeve (Thandie Newton) is troubled by a recurring vision.
Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has secured the rights to the Willy Wonka character and franchise, and is developing a new prequel movie.
After helping build the “Harry Potter” franchise and rebooting it with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are re-teaming to revive another classic character.
Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the “Willy Wonka” IP from the Roald Dahl Estate and is planning a new movie centered around the eccentric character.
Heyman will produce with Michael Siegel, who is the manager of the Dahl Estate. Kevin McCormick is exec producing. “The Secret Life of Pets” scribe Simon Rich is penning the script. Courtenay Valenti and Jon Gonda are overseeing the project for the studio.
Sources reveal that the film will not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures. It’s unknown who from the original book series, other than Wonka, will be involved in the project. If the reboot is a hit, it seems likely that characters like Charlie could be seen in future installments of a possible franchise.
Get some insight on how the team at Guerrilla Games created the amazing Machines in Horizon Zero Dawn.
Launching February 28, 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn is an exhilarating new open-world action role playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 4 System, developed by the award winning Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise.
Take on the role of skilled hunter Aloy as you explore a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mysterious mechanized creatures.
Embark on a compelling, emotional journey and unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts and advanced technologies that will determine the fate of this planet, and of life itself.
We're the Phantom Thieves of Hearts and we're ready to leak some news about Persona 5! We've discovered who the main English voice actors are and have stolen all of their marketing videos from the ATLUS vault. It wouldn't be right in our eyes to keep this information, so how about we share it with the world? I know it sounds weird since we'll be revealing our identities, but that's just how we roll. So without further ado, meet the "heroes" of Persona 5:
Xander Mobus as the protagonist
Cassandra Morris as Morgana
Max Mittelman as Ryuji Sakamoto
Erika Harlacher as Ann Takamaki
Matt Mercer as Yusuke Kitagawa
Cherami Leigh as Makoto Niijima
Erica Lindbeck as Futaba Sakura
Xanthe Huynh as Haru Okumura
Robbie Daymond as Goro Akechi
We're still reveling in the fact that we outwitted those worthless adults at the ATLUS office, so why not also unveil the protagonist of the game? The protagonist is the newest transfer student of Shujin Academy in Tokyo. He had a bad experience with corrupt authority figures in his hometown, but he's been given a second chance to start anew. Although he lives the life of a typical Japanese high-schooler during the day (such as going to class, hanging out with friends, putting in work at the batting cage, and more), by night he's something much more than "typical." Don't let his clean cut school boy uniform and stoic demeanor fool you, because this kid is the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Codenamed "Joker," the protagonist is a wildcard who'll do whatever it takes to steal the hearts of adults he perceives as corrupt.
GameSpot has word that Nvidia has two new budget-priced Pascal-powered video cards on the way. The $139 GTX 1050 Ti (4GB, 768 CUDA cores) will be released on October 25th, with the $109 GTX 1050 (2GB, 640 CUDA cores) coming shortly thereafter. For reference; a $249 6GB GTX 1060 has 1280 CUDA cores, and a $199 3GB GTX 1060 has 1152 CUDA cores.
Nvidia today announced two new Pascal-powered graphics cards that come in at a budget price, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti.
The GTX 1050 starts at $109, and the 1050 Ti starts at $139, making them the cheapest Pascal cards to date. Nvidia also offers the GTX 1060 in the $250 range, while at the high-end it has the $600 GTX 1080.
These prices put the GTX 1050 Ti and 1050 in direct competition with the AMD RX 460, which is also priced in the $100-$150 range. Nvidia claims these cards are powerful enough to run modern games at 1080p and 60 FPS.
It didn't provide specific benchmarks, but Nvidia did state, "Out of the box, the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are both blazing fast, with the GTX 1050 Ti on average 40 percent faster and more than 128 percent more power efficient than the closest competitive product at stock speeds." It said the card was compared against an RX 460 in games like BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3, and others.