Platinum’s TMNT Project Leaked, Activision Releases HD Trailer

The first ever trailer for PlatinumGames’ upcoming TMNT game titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, has been leaked ahead of schedule.

While there is very little combat, it is nice to see the look they’re going for and how the game is shaping up from the conceptual stages.

Here is the full trailer in HD, courtesy of Activision.

 

While I can’t truthfully say that I am a big fan of anything TMNT related, it is nice to know that the game seems to be achieving a genuine comic book aesthetic, rather than some bizarre Michael Bay deformity.

Furthermore, it’s reassuring to know that TMNT is in the hands of the talented people at PlatinumGames, who have a nearly flawless record of developing fun and frenetic action games. Even if they seem to have about ten thousand projects on the go at once.

I am certain we will be seeing much more on TMNT in the coming months, so definitely stay tuned for whatever is next.

Mafia III Reveal Trailer Preaches About The Importance Of Family

One of the more surprising Gamescom reveals for me this year, Mafia III has been announced for 2016 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Mafia III stars Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet with a passion for family and revenge.

I must admit that I did not expect Mafia III to be anything like this. Kudos to Hangar 13 for trying something new in a sea of Italian mafia movies, games, and TV shows, but I’m not sure how I feel about any of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HMxHfIxQfc

The main character seems to act more like a despicable villain than anything, and while yes, men in the mafia are generally horrible people, the endearing thing about a story around such men is that they somehow manage to be like-able.

I guess I’ll see how much I care about Lincoln when the game drops next year. For now, I’m hoping that Mafia III will capture the same magic that Mafia II did a few years ago, as I still think about some of the more wonderful aspects of that game to this day.

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.

Dragon Age Inquisition Has Multiplayer, Debut Trailer Released

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Despite Bioware having teased it months ago, the official announcement of Dragon Age Inquisition‘s multiplayer is still a shock. This week, the Xbox Youtube channel as uploaded the first reveal trailer of the co-operative multiplayer mode that the game will offer.  With a focus on unique classes, mini-campaigns, and customization, this mode appears to be very entertaining, but don’t take my word for it.

Say what you will about Mass Effect 3 and it’s multiplayer mode. At the end of the day, it was a surprisingly polished, balanced and enjoyable experience. Nobody wanted it, and nobody was excited when it hit, but the community was booming and the action never stopped.

If Bioware manages to make this mode even half as close to as fun as Mass Effect 3 was, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat. This is especially the case when you consider how few high fantasy games actually offer any sort of online experience.

Below is the mode in action; prepare yourself for the first taste.

Say what you will about Mass Effect 3 and it’s multiplayer mode. At the end of the day, it was a surprisingly polished, balanced and enjoyable experience. Nobody wanted it, and nobody was excited when it hit, but the community was booming and the action never stopped.

If Bioware manages to make this mode even half as close to as fun as Mass Effect 3 was, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in for a treat. This is especially the case when you consider how few high fantasy games actually offer any sort of online experience.

Until Dawn, Horror Reinvented?

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After having Sony tease “horror reinvented” for a week, everyone at Gamescom expected something big. What we have received, is ‘Until Dawn’.

If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it was being shown off a PS3 title years ago, but has since gone dark. Supermassive Games has kept quiet for quite some time, however …

Now, with a fresh coat of paint, we’ve been given a trailer detailing just what Until Dawn has become. Check out the viedeo below to see for yourself:

I must admit that I find little interest in this title. It’s not that it looks particularly bad, just that with a tagline like “horror reinvented”, you’d expect something that shies away from one of the biggest horror clichès of all time. It is a story of 8 teenagers staying in a cabin, and of course, as you and everyone else expects, a deranged killer is on the loose.

The only interesting part of this trailer in my eyes is that everyone can die, or everyone can live. This seems to suggest that choices will be a massive part of the story in Until Dawn, but until we see more, I’ll remain skeptical.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Reveal Trailer Looks Exhilarating

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Activision has revealed the multiplayer aspect of Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare in prep for Gamescom, and does it ever look like frenetic fun. With a new engine, added mobility, and the idea of reinvigorating a dying franchise, Advanced Warfare seeks to seduce newcomers and long-time fans alike.

This new trailer demonstrates every reason you should be hyped up for multiplayer once again, especially after Ghosts, which was a let-down in every regard.

I, despite having a vendetta against yearly released franchises that do little to improve the formulae, love Call Of Duty. Games like Modern Warfare and Black Ops were loads of fun to play, with re-playability that kept the game fresh for months. Ghosts came out as a disappointment to most, and it seemed that the infamous IP was finally losing its audience. That is, until Advanced Warfare was shown off.

The game is set to on next-gen and current-gen platforms on the 4th of November, and I cannot wait to sink my teeth in.

Battlefield: Hardline First Official Trailer, Release Date

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After two separate leaks that are questionably deliberate, it is again, no surprise that now EA has decided to just show off the highly innovative Battlefield: Hardline. E3 is just on the horizon, yet this is one of many early reveals, and like the rest, it’s naught but a tease.

Below is the approximately 40 second trailer that contains flashy imagery, bass-heavy tunage, lots of gunshots and explosions and some good ole’ cop drama to top it off.

I must admit that the focus on the campaign is refreshing to say the least, and this has definitely hyped me up for the imminent E3 reveal. I can only imagine the types of ideas Visceral will add to the already well-established franchise. I hope for the best, but it will be a long road as they still need to convince me that the setting is worth exploring.

You can expect Battlefield: Hardline to release on October 21 2014.

(Update) First Battlefield: Hardline Beta Gameplay Leaked

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[The video has been removed presumably by Battelfield EA for obvious reasons]

A Youtube user by the name of Freddy Dancer has leaked what appears to be the first gameplay footage of the upcoming Battlefield Hardline beta. After a leaked trailer for the game surfaced a few days ago, it was only a matter of time before new footage appeared. Unfortunately for fans of the series, this video doesn’t actually show combat, as it is simply an empty server where Freddy shows off some of the weapons and vehicles that the beta will utilize.

Considering this is all we’ve got until E3, it will have to do.

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

If the past is any indication, this video will probably not remain active for long, so watch it while it’s hot.

Batman: Arkham Knight Gameplay Revealed

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The gameplay reveal for Batman: Arkham Knight has been making it’s rounds on the internet today, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look appealing. Rocksteady claims that this trailer is purely in-game graphics, and if this is the case, we’re in for quite the treat.

“Scarecrow returns to Gotham City with a scheme to unite the Rogues Gallery and destroy the Batman once and for all. As the citizens of Gotham flee and criminal gangs take control of the city, Batman evens the odds taking to the streets in the legendary Batmobile to ignite the fight that will decide the future of the city that he is sworn to protect.”

I must admit that despite how gorgeous this game looks, and the obvious improvements (Batmobile anyone?) it offers, I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed that the main villain seems to be Scarecrow.  I am a big Bats fan, but I’ve never been the biggest supporter of Scarecrow. I think there are better villains that could be used, but maybe Rocksteady can convince me otherwise.

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