Turn 10 talks DLC and Forza Horizon 2

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Turn 10 Studios and company took the stage during Microsoft’s press conference Monday to talk a bit about their upcoming projects. To begin, a brand new track will be available for free to Xbox One Forza 5 owners starting later today. The world famous Nurburgring is one of the more notable racing tracks, and die hard fans have been asking for it’s inclusion. Moving on to the newest Forza game, Forza Horizon 2 is set in the same engine as Forza 5, meaning that players driveatars will carry over, a new day-night cycle will be added, and the roster of cars is over 200. The game keeps the offshoot series signature open world and looser racing feel, along with thee music festival setting. Instead of racing across Colorado like in the original, players now take to the roads of southern Europe. The  Xbox One exclusive races to consumers on September 13th.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare New Trailer (With Analysis) and Release Date

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Opening the Microsoft press conference, developer Slegdehammer games revealed a new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The trailer followed past Call of Duty E3 coverage, as a live developer played through a segment of the upcoming shooter. A number of new to the franchise features were seen, ranging from major to minor.

The game now has a release date of November 4, 2014 for PS4. PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U.

The gameplay begins with a very Call of Duty action sequence as a team fall to earth in a drop pod. The new updates begin immediately thereafter, as the player jumps from a drop pod and  lands without fall damage. Numerous times throughout the gameplay the soldier leaps and falls with a soft air cushion catching him, presumably shrinking the impact fall damage has in the series.  As the character moves in and out of environments it becomes clear that a serious overhaul has taken place. Lighting and detail within destroyed city blocks look many times better than past entries, and the near-future tech lent the game a more unique visual style than other Call of Duties. Around 5 minutes in, the player is assaulted by a swarm of droids, and grabs a nearby car door for cover. It’s unclear if this is a new mechanic or simple a one time action, but interactive cover like this would go far in spacing up the traditional gameplay. From here the gameplay skips ahead, we reappear and see some new combat tech. In a quick sequence around 5:40, a new grenade type that highlights enemies and a shockwave shotgun. Immediately after that a new dash move is displayed, as the character dashes back around five feet. The quick movement making Call of Duty even faster seems cool, hopefully ridding the round a corner and get shot loop in multiplayer. Instead of getting mowed down, players may be able to dash back through the door and determine their next move.

Next a new laser weapon is showcased, and it also teases a change for the franchise as well. Lasers may become the new favorite weapon, as they seemingly have no kick and infinite range. It also sets a new president, as two of the three guns seen so far DO NOT fire regular bullets. If Sledgehammer goes the non-traditional route with all of their weapons it may make the game more interesting by far. In the environment there are shields that will lower when you aim own sights and raise after you fire, taking the work out of cover in and making the space feel more ‘futuristic’. While behind the cover, the main protagonist pulls out a grenade, which he then selects a mode on. He cycles through a number of modes before settling on a mode where the grenade flies into the air and targets enemies. Having a single grenade that can fill the slot of traditional lethal and frag seems like another simplification that fits with the futuristic settings.

The trailer ends with another typical Call of Duty setpiece, but with another interesting twist. Instead of the usual power fantasy Call of Duty panders to this cutscene features our soldier not being able to rescue a fellow and then being hit by debris. It ends with the protagonist being rescued at 7:45 that showcases some more beautiful lighting. After the scene fades to black a sizzler plays that really only shows a new hover bike that assumedly only appears in the campaign, but we can hope it appears in multiplayer as well.

All the changes compile into a more seamless, fluid Call of Duty than we have seen in years. I like the world and narrative, along with the chance that the story might be a bit darker. We still have a few months until it launches in November, but this gameplay has made me more excited for Call of Duty than I have been in years.

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Free Games Roundup

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Over the past few days a bunch of games have become free through services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. But which games are worth your time? This is VgamerZ run down of thee free games and whether or not you should hit that download button. On Xbox 360, Dark Souls I is free, while Xbox One Gold Members get Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. On the Playstation side PS4 Plus users can get the PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate and Trine 2 and PS3 Plus members can get NBA 2K14. Also on PS3 anyone with a US PSN account can download Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (But this may be an error, so act fast). Back on PS4, Free-to-play title War Thunder rounds out the list of content available this week. With so many free games to get through, let’s get started.

Dark Souls I- Xbox 360

The spiritual sequel to Playstation exclusive Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls made the cult hit series a bit less cult. The game’s look evokes a paint by the numbers role-playing game, but the mechanics tell an entirely different story. A lot of people say Dark Souls is hard, and it is, the difficulty doesn’t come from frustrating cheap shots and random encounters. The difficulty of Dark Souls comes from it’s requirement of precision. Every section of the game can be memorized and beaten with the proper execution, it just takes time to gain the precision required. The process for learning the varying levels can be tedious to some and rewarding to others, so if you are interested in a giant game where every section is a trial, then give Dark Souls a download. Even if it doesn’t sound like your type of game I encourage everyone to test drive the game, it is rare to find a game as rewarding as Dark Souls with the same length and solid combat.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood- Xbox One

As one of the first Xbox One Games with Gold offer’s, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood may not seem like a compelling offer. The games quirky art style and story certainly don’t appeal to everyone, but if you can get past that then the gameplay is solid. The game focus’s on Max’s quest to get his brother back by jumping and climbing his way through deserts,  jungles and caves. Max uses a magic ‘magic marker’ to change the environment, growing pillars and lowering vines. The game has a very strong shift from beginning to end, changing from platformer to puzzler slowly but surely. For fans of colorful games that are fine and suitable for kids be sure to check Max out, but if cheesy humor and puzzle/platforming isn’t up your alley I might skip it.

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Halo: Spartan Assault- Xbox One

The latest entry into the Halo series, Spartan Assault is at best a decent time. For fans of the franchise and twin stick shooters, there may even be something here. For those who don’t, the title feels like a mobile title. Without the story or gameplay to keep you hooked, there is really a drought of ‘fun’ in the experience. With very mobile game/Free-to-Play things like micro-transactions, even when the game opens up a bit with larger levels and more story certain aspects never fail to remind you where this game is from. There are some genuine moments of fun, but they are so few and far between that unless Halo AND twin stick shooters are your jam I can’t recommend it.

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PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate- PS4

The new bundle of the classic PS3 games makes it’s debut on the PS4. 2D and twin stick, PixelJunk is a shooter/arcade game with a huge emphasis on fluid physics. The levels are short, maybe 5 minutes long, and consist of getting in, grabbing as many stranded people and pieces of treasure as possible, and getting out. The controls make maneuvering your ship around lava and enemies a fun experience while many games make it a chore. The lava and water are two of the games biggest aspects, as using the liquids to get through a level becomes essential early on. The different aspects of each level combine to form the arcade like experience of trying to get as many resources as you can as quickly as you can. The game also features online play where to ships go head to head trying to rescue the stranded first. PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate is fun for almost everybody, especially those that enjoy old arcade games. If time limits and in-the-moment strategy aren’t something your looking for, then PixelJunk may be a skip.

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Trine 2- PS4

The Trine games are out for almost every platform in existence, but that doesn’t mean the game is any worse for it. Trine 2’s visuals are deep and colorful even though often it can be cluttered. The three character dynamic is used often and to great results, allowing players to take some control in how the puzzles are solved and the gameplay transforms. Throughout the game players balance and switch between the characters in order to pass puzzles and platform through the levels. The story is a bit throw away, with very one note characters and a world that is every fantasy world somehow rolled into one bland package. The co-op features do make for a bit more interesting time, but only due to thee players interactions and not a meaningful difference in how puzzles are solved. If platformers and co-op sound fun definitely go get Trine, but if fantasy and puzzles are not up your alley then move right along.

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NBA 2K14- PS3

The premier basketball franchise impressed everyone this year with a suite of new modes and in many cases eye popping visuals. While the last-gen version’s may not be AS drop dead gorgeous when compared to this gen’s, the game itself has more interesting modes and features. The Lebron James centric story mode won’t knock anyone’s socks off, but it’s a solid entry into the franchise for the uninitiated. Playing through the franchise mode is dynamic, offering a suite of tools and options to provide a fairly complex sim. On-the-court action is smooth and refined, allowing players to make snap decision and follow through with a game saving block or last second shot. NBA 2K14 is a must for fans of basketball and sports friends in general, but by now you probably know whether the 2K series is for you, so act accordingly.

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception- PS3

The Naughty Dog team proved with Uncharted 3 that they weren’t one hit wonders. After Uncharted 1 was considered fun but flat and 2 blew everyone away, Naughty Dog left critics and gamers wondering if they could do it again. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and after Uncharted 3 released there was no doubting the studio’s talent. The 3rd person shooter has taken up the video game Indiana Jones spot, fusing some of the best stories with a loose gameplay that fits the tone perfectly. Now for a limited time you can have the game for free, so be sure and take advantage if action games and treasure hunting appeals to you.

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War Thunder- PS4

War Thunder started out as a PC exclusive plane fighting sim, but the Free-to-play title  has now flown over to PS4. The downloadable seems to have solved the problem plaguing many games on how to make aerial combat enjoyable, accessible and  still complex enough to require mastering. Flying through the sky’s in old WWII era planes looks great, and the variety of planes and ground units is large. After picking a side players set out to destroy targets and kill planes on huge teams made up of PS4 and PC players alike. The best part of War Thunder is it’s distinctness from everything else available right now. The unique gameplay and quick pickup make it the perfect free-to-play title, and one that is definitely worth a download.

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The games for this week are a great selection across genre’s and consoles, with great deals for everyone. Hopefully this article spread a little light on what each game was about, but in reality if you have the service then I recommend going ahead and downloading the game’s. Which game do you think is the best and why? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Update:

Since posting this article, Steam has hopped on  the free game bandwagon. If you head over to Valve’s PC platform right now you can get Sniper Elite V2 absolutely free. The 3rd person shooter is a generic WWII sniper centric game, but the gimmick of  X-Ray kills make it one worth checking out. Hurry, as it gains a price-tag in less than 24 hours.

E3 2014 Preview

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It’s that time of year again, and E3 begins on June 9th. In only one week LA will be crawling with game developers, press and players as the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo begins again. If you have never heard of  the show, it’s basically 4 days where developers have a chance to show off their games at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Console manufacturers and publishers will set up booths, allowing journalists and guest’s to play games months before their release. The real attraction of E3 comes from the Press Conferences and similar events, where the curtain is pulled back on the next year’s new titles. Titles like Watch Dogs and Bioshock Infinite became instant hits when they debuted at E3, proving a great performance at the show can kick-start a game’s success like nothing else.

But what about this year? What games are confirmed to be their? When are these Press Conferences and where can I watch them? Should you be going? These are the questions we want to answer, so without any further ado, here is a quick intro to E3 2014.

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To begin, let’s talk about when the press conferences are and how you can watch them. These are the selling point for E3, when all eyes are on some of the biggest names in gaming and it’s either put up or shut up. Last year we saw Sony and Jack Trenton steal the show, more-so than anyone had in years. Microsoft used the stage to try and recapture their fanbase who had just been cold-shouldered weeks earlier. These press conferences determine how the next year worth of coverage will look from journaler’s and fans. These are the times when everything can change, conversation’s can change from ‘They don’t know what they are doing’ to ‘I can’t believe they just did that!’ for better and worse. The interesting part is that almost every company holding a press conference has a different method for doing so.

First up is Microsoft, who kicks things off on June 9th at 12:30pm (All times are in Eastern). Microsoft’s strategy has been to be the first thing you see from E3, hoping that their announcement stick with you throughout the day. If you want to watch it, then you have a few options. For those in the US and Canada, Spike TV will be showing the event live. Online you can watch it through Xbox.com, Xbox Live and Windows Phones.

Following Microsoft will be EA at 3pm. EA’s will also be on Spike TV, with streams on their website and Twitch as well. Then at 6pm, Aisha Tyler hosts Ubisoft’s presser for a third straight year. For the past two years, Ubisoft has managed to garner a ton of attention due to some high profile announcements, namely Watch Dogs back in 2012 and The Division in 2013. Hopefully Ubisoft manages to surprise us again, but that remains to be seen. Rounding out the day, Sony hits the stage at 9pm. After last years blockbuster performance everyone has high expectation for this year’s presentation, a downside to blowing away the competition.

For those who want to see the conference, Sony is offering a number of options. As with the others, numerous streams will be available online through Playstation’s site, This year they are also showing it in over 40 theaters across America, with freebies to all who attend. Nintendo goes last, and for the second year in a row they are doing things their own way.

A Nintendo-Direct, view able from Nintendo’s website, will be on June 10th at 12, just before the show floor opens to the public. After all these announcements, gamers will flood into the LA Center to get there hands on all the newly revealed games. If you want a preview of how these events happen, click these links to check out SonyMicrosoft and Nintendo’s from last year.

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 The complete list is sure to include both blockbusters and duds as E3 is home to both the best and… not the best. Here is the list, ordered by the console and then alphabetical, of games confirmed for E3. (Updated Games can be seen below) (A Question mark indicates that a game has been talked about for E3, but not official confirmed.)

For Nintendo, the list is as follows;

Wii U

Chariot

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Hyrule Warriors

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Sonic Boom

Super Smash Brothers

3DS

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Not Confirmed, but highly likely)

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Super Smash Brothers

And Now on to Sony,

PS4

Aliens: Isolation

Assassin’s Creed Unity (?)

Batman: Arkham Knight

Chariot

Deep Down

Defense Grid 2

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

EA’s UFC

The Evil Within

Evolve

Far Cry 4

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Hearts 3 (?)

Lord of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2 (?)

Natural Doctrine

NHL 15

The Order: 1886 (?)

Star Wars Battlefront

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Uncharted

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

PS3

Alien: Isolation

An Assassin’s Creed Game (?)

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel (?)

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Evil Within

Fairy Fencer F

Far Cry 4

Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA- F 2nd

Mad Max

Metal Gear: Phantom Pain

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Natural Doctrine

NHL 15

Persona 5 (?)

Ultra Street Fighter IV

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PS Vita

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Disgaea 4

Hatsune Miku – Project DIVA- F 2nd

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Here are Microsoft’s confirmed titles,

Xbox One

Aliens: Isolation

Assassin’s Creed Unity (?)

Batman: Arkham Knight

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Chariot

Defense Grid 2

Destiny

Dragon Age: Inquisition

EA’s UFC

The Evil Within

Evolve

Fable Legends

Fantasia Music Evolved

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizons 2

Halo 5: The Guardian

Possible Halo Collection (?)

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Hearts 3 (?)

Lord of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2 (?)

NHL 15

Quantum Break

Star Wars Battlefront

Sunset Overdrive

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizon 2

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Xbox 360

Alien: Isolation

An Assassin’s Creed Game (?)

Borderlands the Pre-Sequel (?)

Destiny

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Evil Within

Fantasia Music Evolved

Far Cry 4

Forza Horizon 2

Mad Max (?)

Metal Gear Solid: Phantom Pain

NHL 15

Project Spark

World of Tanks

And lastly PC,

Aliens: Isolation

Assassins’s Creed Unity

Batman Arkham Knight

BattleCry

Battlefield Hardline

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Borderlands the Pre-Sequel

Broforce

Chariot

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Defense Grid 2

Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Elite Dangerous

The Evil Within

Evolve

Far Cry 4

Grey Goo

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Lords of the Fallen

Mad Max (?)

Metro: Redux

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Mirror’s Edge 2

Not a Hero

Project Spark

The Sims 4

Star Wars Attack Squadrons

Star Wars Battlefront

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Warhammer 40K: The Eternal Crusade

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

World of Tanks

Updates:

Homefront: The Revolution- PS4, Xbox One, PC

Mortal Kombat X- PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Battlefield: Hardline- PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

That’s a lot of games for a variety of consoles, and more importantly a lot of games to check out. For highlights of these games and all of E3 be sure to check back with VgamerZ throughout next week.

Game Announcments: Mortal Kombat X, Forza Horizon 2, Homefront: The Revolution

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This morning a lot has been announced and confirmed. To start off, the new Mortal Kombat is officially titled Mortal Kombat X, and due out in 2015, will feature both Scorpion and Sub Zero, and can be seen in this awesome trailer. Watching the trailer seems to reveal the return of X-ray moves, a fan favorite addition in MK 9. A close observer would also catch many of the moves that are trademarks of the characters, and identical to the move sets in 9 (Like Scorpions Teleport and Sub-Zero’s Ice Slide) Update: WB Games has confirmed the title to be for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox Onee and PC.

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The next announcement comes courtesy Deep Silver, who has confirmed that Homefront: The Revolution indeed exists. The Crytek developed title will only appear on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. It’s post invasion America storyline continues from the first game back in 2011, this time Philadelphia taking center stage. Early details reveal that the mission structure will be suited to the story, as a resistance players will do assassinations and covert ops instead of going in guns blazing. The idea sounds unique in the FPS space, and we will be able to see more when it comes out in 2015. You can check it’s announcement trailer here.

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The last big announcement from this morning comes in the form of a new Xbox exclusive racing game. That’s right, there’s a new Forza on the horizon, Forza Horizon 2. The game was revealed by IGN earlier today, and has been confirmed for Xbox 360 and One for Fall of 2014. IGN’s first details reveal that the game is under development by Playground and Microsoft, and is set in Southern Europe.

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All of these titles and more are sure to be covered more at E3, so as the conference kicks up next week be sure to check back here for more news on these three titles.