Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Gets First Gameplay Footage

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Sony has revealed the first gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Uncharted 4 via Playstation Experience, and it is a delicious return to form.

Being the heavy hitter that they are, Sony has provided a whopping 15 miutes of debut gameplay. From improved melee combat to a glorious firefight, you are bound to pump your fist at all of this glory.

Behold… Uncharted 4.

With each new Uncharted game that is announced, you always know what to expect. Improved graphics, new player mechanics, and a handful of new one-liners that somehow avoid grating on your nerves. What I didn’t expect however, was such an emphasis on verticality and movement. This trailer has blown me away with the amount of chaos that happens during any given firefight.

In the previous games, many of the firefights would go down with you simply finding cover and waiting for enemies to flood in. In Uncharted 4, it seems – so far at least – that enemy AI is more dynamic, and enemy placements are much more meaningful. Drake is constantly climbing, hiding, running, dodging, and shooting, and it all seems much more fast paced and hectic than ever before.

Whether this segment is representative of a majority of the action in Uncharted 4, or simply a heavily scripted one off, we will have to wait and see. I am feeling quite positive however, as Naughty Dog never disappoints.

Deep Down Gets Futuristic Gameplay Trailer For TGS 2014

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One of Capcom’s most intriguing games, Deep Down, has received a new trailer courtesy of TGS 2014. The trailer displays a different picture than previously given, with an emphasis on the future aspects of the story and setting.

Up until now we’ve seen mainly dungeon crawling, so this change of pace is surprising.

Here is the full trailer for you to dissect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6eKPwv_LY4

I’m not entirely sold on it, and this trailer hasn’t swayed me much. Seeing more info on a potentially unique and satisfying experience is never a bad thing however, so I will remain cautiously optimistic about the future of Deep Down. If we’re lucky, it will avoid tropes that other free-to-play experiences rely on.

Final Fantasy XV TGS Trailer Confirms That The Hype Is Real

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When Final Fantasy XV didn’t show up at E3, nobody was impressed. After a fantastic showing in 2013, people craved more footage of the game in action. Our patience has been rewarded, as Square-Enix has released a new trailer for TGS 2014, and it looks delicious.

The last fan festival for Final Fantasy 14 wrapped up in Frankfurt, Germany over the weekend. It was here that fans like myself were treated to the final bit of information concerning Final Fantasy 14’s Upcoming expansion. You can find more depth coverage in this article from Nova Crystallis. There is a lot of information to cover from all three fan fests so buckle up. Stormblood is coming and here are some of the details for FF14’s upcoming expansion.

The approximately two and a half minute trailer, displays how the player will traverse the world beyond walking on foot. It details one of presumably several vehicles at your disposal, and how seamless the dialogue will be while you do such activities as monster hunting and joy riding.

Though not as impressive as the E3 2013 showing, the clever dialogue towards the end that breaks the fourth wall, combined with the consistently fluent combat and beautiful world make for quite a showing. I can only begin to imagine how this game will turn out, but the more we see, the more I get excited.

TGS 2014 Bloodborne Trailer Was Born From Nightmares

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Tokyo Game Show is happening right now, and with Japan’s best at show, it’s no surprise that Bloodborne has received a new gameplay trailer. Comprised of entirely new gameplay footage, the trailer is full of gothic horrors, creatures spawned from the pits of hell, and bloody, visceral combat that looks more impressive each time it’s shown. You have all you need to get hyped.

This is not all however, as Fromsoftware has released the first images of the Collector’s Edition. What’s more, the game is coming to North America on February 6 2015.

Here’s the trailer in its entirety.

Every time we see Bloodborne in action, it surpasses expectations that were built using previous teases. The game never ceases to both excite and terrify me, and every moment is rife with material that even the best in horror fiction would strive for.

Behold! Over 35 Minutes Of Glorious Witcher 3 Gameplay

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The Witcher 3 had but a tease at Gamescom, showing only mere minutes of one particular side quest. It left many wanting more, especially when the scale of the game is considered. It’s my pleasure then, to deliver you a whopping 35 minute video containing the most extensive look into The Witcher 3 that we’ve had as of yet.

Grab a soft drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing world of The Wicther in all of it’s glory in the video below. It’s better than most movies released these days, anyway!

What surprises me most about this game is not all of it’s mechanical upgrades or large world, but the apparent consistency and depth that we’re being offered here. The towns feel alive and have a sense of purpose, the citizens and various NPCs real and full of character, and the world is so lush and beautiful that it’s almost shocking how the game can keep a solid frame rate.

New Bloodborne Gameplay Screams “Buy Me”

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Bloodborne, FromSoftware’s newest monster, has been given the ‘new trailer’ treatment at Gamescom 2014, and by Gwyn, does it ever hit hard.

Miyazaki dropping the more methodical approach of Dark Souls combat in favour of a more visceral, on-your-toes action game appears to be a smart move, as the action looks even more exhaustingly difficult and punishing than ever.

Imminent trailer ahead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WsqQtqwP9E

My gushing for all things FromSoftware never ceases. With that however, comes exceptionally high expectations. Luckily, it appears that Bloodborne is shattering all of them with every new video.

Only time will tell if this game can manage to surpass the absolutely ridiculous standards FromSoftware has set for themselves. If this trailer is any indication, they’re on the right track.

Over Two Hours of Far Cry 4 Gameplay

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One of the best looking games at E3 this year, Far Cry 4, has been shown off on Twitch for the few lucky enough to get their paws on it. EatMyDiction of Youtube and Twitch fame, has uploaded over two hours of gameplay, showing both new and old mechanics.

If you’re like me, you definitely want to shoot many a foe with an M60 while atop an elephant, and you can do it in Far Cry 4, I promise! Simply click the link below to be taken to the ultimate in Far Cry 4 streams.

Far Cry 4 with EatMyDiction

Far Cry 3 was an absolute pleasure to play, and Far Cry 4, with all of its silly nonsense, is looking to take the helm as the most exciting new open-world shooter.

Splatoon Full Match Gameplay

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Splatoon, one of the most surprisingly unique games of 2014’s E3, has finally had a full match shown off in the form of a toaster-esque video from the floor. The game shocked everyone for its innovative design and light-hearted fun.

It looks like an absolute blast to play and being able to witness a full match in progress is a nice touch. Nintendo’s showing was a great start, but an edited multiplayer match disguises the flow of the game, so for the first time, fans can see how the game truly plays out.

While this game looks absolutely bonkers, it still has an argument to make about longevity, as it could very well be a title people put down after only a few short hours. They need to give us a reason to keep coming back, and I haven’t seen it yet.

This cannot be the last we see of Splatoon however, so keep your eyes peeled!

Entwined Review and Gameplay

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On the gaming world’s biggest stage Entwined was born to high expectations. The short presentation during Sony’s press conference introduced the title as the first game from a group of recent college grads, a new Sony studio called Pixelopus. The short gameplay segment shown featured flowing audio and striking visuals, immediately recognizable as the barrel gameplay from games of old. The short presentation ended with the announcement that it was on sale, right then, to Playstation 4 owners.

The abrupt announce and sell strategy of Entwined may seem a bit shady to some, but after playing through the game I can assure you there is nothing to worry about. In short, Entwined complicates one of the classic gameplay types so intuitively that it remains interesting for an entire game. The music is paced and varied, with the best tracks earning a place in your memory. The visuals are great for the same reason music visualizers are, they manage to match the speed, music and gameplay in a way that’s beautiful without being in the way. As the game culminates, the difficulty can become off-putting, until you overcome the challenge and it is appreciated for it’s purpose. The game comes across as a good freshmen effort that promises greatness in thee years to come.

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The gameplay evolves and challenges you through each of the game’s nine section’s or ‘lifetimes’. Beginning simply, every few seconds players align two characters, each controlled with an analog stick, against a grid they can pass through (Check the gameplay below to see this in action). Each character, a blue bird and orange fish, is stuck in the right and left hemisphere’s respectively. The movement allows for small twists to the base gameplay, for example as the two  get closer they become green and are able to pass through green spaces. While this may sound simple and even be simple for the first two or three lifetimes, the difficulty and complexity of each level increases dramatically. The level design is smart, with one level requiring the two characters to always occupy opposite sides and the next required no synchronization at all. This building and twisting of expectations builds throughout the game and makes the real challenge of hand-eye coordination all the more difficult.


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As to the story, the gameplay and objectives lend themselves to a tale of connection and reliability. Many subtle messages are sent through minute actions, such as the two characters relying on each other for success and the relationship between the players movement. The undertones of relationship can be ignored for other facets as well, whether the soon to be beloved soundtrack or the elegantly stylized visuals. Entwined’s soaring soundtrack makes good use of quiet melodies and driving hooks, more than once pairing with vista’s for truly chilling set-pieces. The visual design changed slightly with each passing lifetime along with the music, making this one sharper, this one electric and that one airy. The best part in the game happened toward the end as all the past aesthetics’s and music blended for the last level. Halfway through the game I expected the collage, but that didn’t decrease the inexplicable happiness I felt seeing all the little bits and pieces brought together underneath the games best track. The culmination wowed me in contrast to previous levels which I enjoyed, but didn’t love.

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The problem with Entwined is the problem of many indie titles. Difficulty is to blame for the only real unpleasantness found within Entwined. While the game is by no means ‘hard’, the punishment dealt out during later levels serves only to distract and frustrate the overall calming experience. In the moment it feels so out of place, being mad at this game that has thus far has only projected joy and peacefulness. Disconnecting from the characters you have come to endear, while remembering that this is a video game that you can loose, can be disheartening to say the least. Entwined manages to alleviate some of the irritation by making players feel triumphant over the difficulty through the stellar music, but for some, the frustration may be too much to get past.

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Entwined provides a good experience all around with standout looks and sounds that will leave a player entranced. The game is a bit short at only 2-5 hours, and the difficulty is problematic for some. Overall, I thoroughly appreciated the atmosphere, enjoyed the distinctive gameplay and  reveled in a completed challenge. Entwined carries on the mood, individuality and aspirations of games like Journey and The Unfinished Swan with the same gumption and less polish.

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Final Score: 8.5/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK4jIN9GvP4&feature=youtu.be

Exclusive Battlefield Hardline PS4 Beta Gameplay

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We here at Vgamerz have been trying out the Battlefield Hardline and decided to share a bit of our experience thus far.  The cops and robbers centric shooter is the first yearly  entry in Battlefield, but it seems to make up with gameplay innovation with new game modes and gear. The gameplay video features play from both the police and criminals, along with a number of different weapon sets.

Driving feels better than before as, with a more traditional racing drift allowing for quicker and more response driving. The vehicle sets themselves felt shallow in comparison to those available in Battlefield 4, but with the crime angle more vehicles are sure to be added by launch day. Moment to moment it felt weird to play as both sides, with Cops using excessive violence and criminals mowing down cops in turn.

The imagery is sure to disturb some players more than others, but since the gameplay feels exactly like every other Battlefield I found it a simple ascetic swap that may not affect long time players.  The gadgets are another cool addition, with zip lines and tazers leading the way. If Battlefield can change the formulaic combat scenario while still operating within their gigantic destructible arena’s then Hardline may be the best title yet. All this remains to be seen however, as the developers have proven a that a good framework exists and the only thing left is coming up with new ways to interact with it.

The new Battlefield and Call of Duty titles are both taking their respective series in new directions that aim to steer away from the typical military shooter, and I hope they can succeed. For more info on the Call of Duty trailer check here, and for all your E3 news needs head on over to Vgamerz news hub.