Sunset Overdrive: Customization, Traps, and More

June 20, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We’ve talked a lot about Sunset Overdrive, but we’ve mainly focused on the weapons, colorful world (which was inspired by Jet Grind Radio), and all-around craziness. One thing we haven’t discussed in very much detail is the playable character. There’s a reason for that–you won’t be playing as the guy in the cover art or in the trailers. You’re the hero of Sunset Overdrive, and you can customize your character.

Several character screenshots have been released, and customization was also covered in SunsetTV. While Insomniac’s Brandon Winfrey discusses the wide variety of options available to you, the video displays a character dressed in rather familiar garb… not that we think Insomniac is taking a jab at a certain game, or anything, but Sunset Overdrive has female assassins.

This episode also covers some of the traps you can use in Sunset Overdrive, such as the fiery Pyro Geyser and the mysterious Pandora’s Trap. The traps all fit the themes we’ve seen from the game so far. Pandora’s Trap, for example, may assault your enemies with swearing gnomes.

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And since this is Sunset Overdrive, not even the character respawns are dull and ordinary. Insomniac talked to Examiner about some of the games and other media the respawns reference. One is a reference to The Ring, another to Men in Black, another to Portal, and so on… It should be fun to see them all.

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Sunset Overdrive looks like a lot of fun so far, and if it’s successful, the fun should continue for years to come. Insomniac already has ideas for sequels and spin-off games. Enjoy the final customization images, and share your impressions of this wild game.

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Dragon Age Origins Could Fit Inside a Single Level of Inquisition

June 19, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Dragon Age: Inquisition, which will release on October 7 for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, is one of the most anticipated games of the year. A new batch of screenshots was released today, and we’ve also got a couple pieces of information to share with you.

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These aren’t environmental screenshots for once, but we can’t say we haven’t seen our fair share of the world. BioWare has been generous in what it’s shown of the Dragon Age world. With all those locations and an emphasis on exploration, a lot of fans have wondered just how big the game is going to be. We don’t have an exact map size yet, but we know it will be bigger than Dragon Age: Origins.

A lot bigger.

According to Creative Director Mike Laidlaw, who spoke with GamingBolt at E3, the world of Dragon Age: Origins could easily fit inside Inquisition… inside a single level of Inquisition. Origins and Dragon Age 2 could be placed inside Inquisition with plenty of room to spare.

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Well, we won’t run out of places to explore, as long as Inquisition has the content to back up the size of the world.

Speaking of content, the endings confusion has resurfaced. We discussed this before, but BioWare once again referred to the game’s 40 endings and, as before, had to clarify that only a few endings will be completely unique.

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No matter how many endings Inquisition has, we can’t wait to explore the world and see some of our favorite characters, so beautifully depicted in these screenshots. And while we’re on the topic, Anora has been added to the list of confirmed returning characters.

What are you looking forward to the most in Dragon Age: Inquisition?

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The Destiny Alpha Has Been Extended

June 16, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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As we learned at E3, an alpha test for Destiny was made available to PS4 owners. It was scheduled to run from June 12 to June 15, but it’s not over yet.

Bungie kept fans updated through Twitter on the status of the alpha. The servers went up and down all day as the company tested various featured, including Expert Mode for the beta (which starts July 17). We aren’t sure how long the alpha will remain available for.

The alpha gives players access to the Tower, which is the social hub area where you can buy items and take on challenges, and Old Russia, a location on Earth to complete missions on. There is also a mobile companion app for you to try out, although it’s currently available only on Android. The iOS version isn’t out yet.

Fans have responded positively to the alpha and the amount of content it has, which makes it all the most exciting to know that this alpha contains less than 10% of the content in the full game. Don’t forget, Destiny is huge.

If you’re interested in picking up Destiny, remember that PS3 and PS4 players will get exclusive content, including a Strike set on Mars and a competitive multiplayer map. Sony provides the full details here.

Share your thoughts on Destiny, and if you’re one of the lucky players involved in the alpha, be sure to let us know your impressions.

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The Visual Changes to the New Halo 2 Are Staggering

June 12, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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In the recently announced Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we’ll finally get the long-awaited remake of Halo 2. And, unlike some remastered games, this is far more than a little sprucing up. From the official screenshots, it looks as though the game’s visuals have been completely redone to add more life and detail.

Don’t take our word for it, though. CramGaming has compiled the screenshots of the old look versus the new look into one handy video.

It looks pretty good to us. On the other hand, if you find yourself wanting the original Halo 2 look, you’ll be able to switch between the two as you play. What do you think? Is this how to remaster a game, or what?

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Assassin’s Creed Unity: New Trailers, Co-op Revealed

June 9, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Once again, Assassin’s Creed Unity speculation was proven true. As some fans suspected based on the four assassins pictured on the banners, Assassin’s Creed Unity does have four-player co-op gameplay.

And instead of just being announced, a special co-op trailer was revealed.

Startled by the ending? Well, this is a grim period of history, after all, as today’s cinematic trailer makes clear.

There you have the preorder bonuses, as well. And if you’re still eager to see more of this game, Ubisoft released a new batch of beautiful screenshots.

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to enter the time of the French Revolution?

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Dragon Age: The Hinterlands and Redcliffe

June 7, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Even with E3 just around the corner, BioWare is still releasing screenshots to build up excitement for Dragon Age: Inquisition and show off some of the locations we’ll get to visit. This latest one should be familiar to fans of the series–BioWare has released information and screenshots about Redcliffe, as well as the nearby Hinterlands.

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This emphasis on location revelations makes us wonder just how much exploration will be possible in Inquisition, since Bioware is taking such steps to build anticipation around its world.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a Dragon Age game without memorable characters. Two of the newest characters, Sera and the Iron Bull, have also been teased with quotes that hint at their personalities, along with the promise of more information at E3.

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What are you looking forward to the most?

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Uses All-New Engine

June 6, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We expect to see a lot more about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at E3 and during the months ahead, but right now we’ve got some new information and screenshots courtesy of Edge Magazine, which featured the game in its latest issue.

Our main feature for you today will be 9 screenshots, but we also have an interesting detail about the game’s engine. It is entirely new. Rendering, animations, physics, and audio are all based on new systems Sledgehammer has built from scratch. This is quite an unexpected turn, as previous Call of Duty games have used roughly the same engine.

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An all-new engine, an emphasized story, and an approach as if the game were a new IP… all of these things lead us to wonder if Advanced Warfare is really going to shake things up for the series.

Enjoy the rest of the screenshots and let us know your thoughts.

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The Witcher 3: Collector’s Edition, Gameplay, and Screenshots

June 5, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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As promised, today was a big day for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt RED announced the release date, along with the contents of the Collector’s Edition. Wild Hunt will release on February 24, 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Now, you see the image pictured above? That’s the standard edition. Unlike most standard editions, which just contain the game, this one includes:

  • A Blu-ray game disc (PS4/Xbox One)
  • Exclusive official soundtrack
  • “Witcher Universe – The Compendium”
  • Map of the in-game world
  • A set of stickers
  • A protective sleeve

So, with all that in the standard edition, what does the Collector’s Edition contain?

  • Everything from the standard edition
  • 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted Polystone figure of Geralt fighting a griffin
  • Witcher medallion
  • Exclusive SteelBook™ box
  • 200-page artbook
  • Outer and inner Collector’s Boxes to hold the contents of the Collector’s Edition

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Check out this unboxing video.

But that’s not all that was shown today. We were told we’d see new in-game footage, and CD Projekt RED delivered. Watch the new E3 trailer, “The Sword of Destiny,” to see what awaits you in Wild Hunt.

Finally, six beautiful new screenshots were also revealed. Take a look, and let us know if you’re looking forward to playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this February.

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No Trick, Costume Quest 2 Will be a Treat

June 2, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Double Fine seems to have a knack for creating charming games with devoted fanbases that nevertheless don’t reach the commercial standing of other titles. Costume Quest is one such game, a quirky Halloween-themed RPG about fighting monsters and getting candy. Back in March, a sequel was announced, but we weren’t sure what systems it would be available for. Now we can officially say Costume Quest 2 will come out this Halloween for just about everything (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, and Linux).

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So no matter what your gaming system of choice is, you’ll probably be able to play this game. Costume Quest 2 will have a slightly different combat system from the first game. According to GameInformer, the turn-based system is now based on timed attacks which you can use to form powerful combos. If you loved Costume Quest’s combat, the core elements haven’t changed, so with any luck, this will only be an improvement.

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It will be a bigger game than the original, which we assume means it will also be longer. And if you really love the series, you can preorder the tie-in graphic novel Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers.

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If you haven’t played the first game, these explanations and titles should give you an idea of the atmosphere and tone of the game. And if they don’t, the wacky screenshots revealed today certainly should.

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So, what do you think? Will you spend this Halloween trick-or-treating in Costume Quest 2?

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Dragon Age: The Fade and Therinfal

June 1, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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BioWare has released yet another batch of screenshots for Dragon Age: Inquisition, along with more articles related to lore and location on the game’s official site. First, we’ve gotten to see new screenshots from a strange place that should be familiar to fans of the series: the Fade.

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The site has a helpful article on the Fade and its connection to the mortal world, as well as an article on breaches in the Fade, which is an important part of Inquisition’s premise.

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As interesting as the Fade is, it isn’t the only location we’ve gotten to see. The next is the Therinfall Redoubt, a once-proud training ground for the Seekers.

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And yes, the site was updated with another lore-based article about Therinfall, so you can catch up on your knowledge of both of these interesting locations.

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We’ve also got two little facts about Inquisition to share with you today. First, the game is officially in alpha. This means that the game is mostly complete, and the developers will be testing it. Our second piece of information is more related to the game, rather than just its status: how the Inquisitor’s name will be chosen.

Don’t worry, you’ll be able to give your character any first name you like. The last name, however, will be given to your character based on the race you’ve chosen. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this from BioWare’s games, and it allows the voice acting to easily address the Inquisitor.

Enjoy the rest of the screenshots, and share your comments on Dragon Age: Inquisition!

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