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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Watch 30 Minutes of MGS V: The Phantom Pain Gameplay

June 19, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

MGS V demo

If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear Solid games and interested in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, you were probably disappointed when the E3 demo was displayed only to the press in a closed-doors showing. Hideo Kojima didn’t feel it was ready to be shown to fans yet, as it still needs improvement, but so many fans wanted to see it that he finally gave in.

The demo was streamed this morning on Kojima Station, along with a discussion of E3 2014. Start at around 41 minutes into the video to skip straight to The Phantom Pain.

Despite Kojima’s reluctance to show it, this demo looks great and won a lot of praise from fans. Take a look and tell us what you think.

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CD Projekt RED Says 100 Hours on Witcher 3 is a Speedrun

June 14, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We’ve seen enough of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to call it a beautiful game, and we’ve heard its world is huge. While we got to see a new trailer just before E3, Wild Hunt was also featured at Microsoft’s E3 press conference with a new gameplay video.

The same demo shown here was played through differently in a later Twitch stream, as well, so you may have seen a different version. Regardless of which version you watch, you might be wondering how long you’ll get to immerse yourself in the Witcher’s world. Well, according to CD Projekt RED, you’ll have 100 hours worth of gameplay…if you play really fast.

Senior Level Designer Peter Gelencser described 100 hours as a “speedrun.” We aren’t sure if he means that in the traditional sense of a speedrun, where you complete only the required tasks and attempt to get through the game as fast as possible, or if he’s imagining someone completing all the side content and just doing it very quickly. Either way, The Witcher 3 will have a lot of content.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks like it will be a stand-out RPG. Are you satisfied with what you’ve seen? What questions and concerns do you still have?

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Friends Without the Game Can Join Far Cry 4 Multiplayer

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Far Cry 4 is another one of the many games we got to learn more about at E3. It was featured at both Ubisoft and Sony’s press conferences, which provided a hearty look at the game. The first trailer, shown by Ubisoft, introduced us to Pagan Min, the dictator who serves as Far Cry 4’s villain.

Along with that, which gives a pretty good idea of what this guy is like, Ubisoft also revealed some gameplay details. One of the most interesting is that Far Cry 4 has a co-op mode that’s even accessible to players who don’t have the game, on the PS3/PS4. If you have Far Cry 4 and are a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll receive get ten “Keys to Kryat.” You can give these keys to friends without the game to let them download an app that will let them join you in co-op mode, although their co-op time will be limited. If they then buy Far Cry 4, they can transfer over anything earned from co-op to the full game.

We aren’t sure what the limitations for the invited player will be, and we don’t know if there will be any way to obtain keys for non-PS+ subscribers. Nevertheless, this is a cool idea and a great way to get more players interested in the game.

Now, why not take a look at the gameplay and co-op shown off later at E3?

Far Cry 4 adds a lot of new elements to the series besides co-op. For example, you can throw bait, ride elephants, and perform a melee kick attack. How does it look? Are you planning to pick it up for your Xbox One or PS4 (or Xbox 360/PS3/PC) when it launches on November 18?

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Evolve Will Launch With 12 Hunters, 3 Monsters

June 13, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Evolve is one of the many games coming out this October, and for multiplayer fans, it might be one of the most interesting. With 4-versus-1 combat, four players get to take control of Hunters while a fifth controls a gigantic monster.

Back when the second four Hunters were revealed, we wondered how many there would be in total. Well, out of E3 we learned that there will be 12 Hunters for you to play as when the game launches. No specifics were given about the remaining four, but we assume that is one more for each class.

Three monster options will be available at launch. A fourth will come as a part of Evolve’s DLC, but although the DLC is a preorder bonus, it won’t be ready for the game’s release. Players who preorder the game will simply be able to get the DLC for free when it comes out. That’s a nice way to keep game content as a preorder bonus without having day-1 DLC.

Thanks to IGN, you can check out a 14-minute gameplay demo from E3.

Evolve will release on October 21 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. (Despite the system being built for this sort of 4-on-1 multiplayer, it isn’t planned for the Wii U.) What do you think? Are you looking forward to trying this out with your friends?

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Sunset Overdrive Shakes Things Up at E3

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Sunset Overdrive is nothing if not crazy, and despite being arguably a game about the zombie apocalypse (that is, an Awesomepocalypse brought on by evil fizzy drinks), it brings a hefty dose of color and fun to the Xbox One. If you’ve seen anything about it, you’ve probably guessed it’s somewhat self-aware, and nothing makes that clearer than the bait-and-switch of its E3 trailer.

We didn’t come out of E3 with a lot of new information about Sunset Overdrive, but fans got to see plenty of its wacky style. SunsetTV even uploaded a special video that details the game’s presence at E3.

Yes, you’ll be killing lots of zombie-like enemies in Sunset Overdrive, but it’s lighthearted and focuses on fun. You’ll be able to play it with you friends, as it supports up to 8-player co-op. That will definitely ratchet up the insanity another notch.

(But if you don’t have 7 interested friends, don’t worry, it still should be pretty insane.)

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If you’d like to see more colorful chaos to make up your mind about Sunset Overdrive, check out this video, courtesy of GameSpot, of the stage demo shown later on at E3.

Sunset Overdrive will be released on October 28. We’re not sure why October is such a popular month for game releases this year, but we hope you’ve either prioritized or set aside a lot of money. Is Sunset Overdrive on your list of games to get?

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New The Order: 1886 Footage from E3

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The Order: 1886 was one of the many PS4 games featured at E3, and it’s caused a wave of controversy amongst fans. Some think it’s going to be the next best thing, an undeniable reason to want a PS4, while others criticize its gameplay, use of quick-time events, and apparent linearity. According to Ready at Dawn, some parts will be linear while others will be “quite the opposite.”

If you remember last year’s E3 trailer, when the game was first revealed, the supernatural elements were hinted at in the form of inhuman enemies hidden by the fog. These Half-Breeds are a major threat in the world of The Order, and the new trailer finally gives us a good look at the Lycans.

You can learn even more about the game from its developers, while watching game footage, by checking out the gameplay Ready at Dawn streamed on Twitch during E3.

The Order: 1886 will be released on February 20, 2015. If you preorder, you’ll receive the Knight’s Arsenal DLC, which includes two alternate costumes and weapons for Galahad. If you want more than just the regular edition, you have your choice of a Collector’s Edition and a Premium Edition.

The Collector’s Edition ($79.99) includes:

  • The Order: 1886 game
  • Steelbook
  • Coat of Arms stickers
  • 7-inch “Galahad Under Fire” statue
  • Knight’s Arsenal DLC (the preorder bonus)
  • Digital soundtrack
  • Digital behind-the-scenes footage

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The Premium Edition ($149.99), on the other hand, includes:

  • The Order: 1886 game
  • Steelbook
  • Official art book with a hidden compartment
  • Blackwater vial on a chain
  • Coat of Arms stickers
  • 13-inch “The Endless Duel” statue
  • Collector’s box
  • Knight’s Arsenal DLC (the preorder bonus)
  • Digital soundtrack
  • Digital behind-the-scenes footage

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Where do you fall in the debate over The Order? Are you planning to play it or pass on this one?

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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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Bayonetta 2 on Wii U Includes First Game

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It was pretty big news back when Bayonetta 2 was first announced as a Wii U exclusive, since the first game was for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo made Bayonetta 2 possible, and thus it became an exclusive. But what we weren’t expecting from this year’s E3 trailer was the announcement that Bayonetta 2 will include the original Bayonetta.

It will be released on disc as the Bayonetta Complete Collection, which will also include special Nintendo costumes. This is a great opportunity for Wii U owners who didn’t get to play the first game, especially since it didn’t originally release on a Nintendo console.

More Bayonetta 2 gameplay has been shown at E3, and we’ve gotten to see special transformations and even a mech. To sample some of this beautiful game, check out the footage below, provided by Gamersyde.

What do you think? Planning to check it out when it releases in October 2014?

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Smash Bros. 4 Introduces Miis and More

June 11, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Super Smash Bros. 4 has several new characters and features to ensure your Smash Bros. experience on the Wii U is unlike any previous one. One of the biggest announcements, which should calm a lot of fan requests, is the addition of Miis. Of course, since this is Nintendo, they couldn’t just say you can now fight with your Mii in Smash Bros. Instead, they revealed it with a very interesting battle.

We aren’t sure how deep the customization of Miis goes, but they have three different classes and a variety of outfits. We hope you can make your Mii look like anyone you want, within reason, of course. And the custom movesets, which will only be useable against friends and in local play, add another level of depth to this game. We can’t wait to try it out.

The next characters revealed for Smash Bros. 4 were Lady Palutena and Pac-Man. Kid Icarus fans are delighted to see Palutena in the game, while the reaction to Pac-Man has varied between joy and all-out hate.

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Smash Bros. 4 will also make use of NFC figurines called Amiibos, similar to those used for Skylanders. These special Figure Players can be brought into a match by touching the figure to the GamePad. They level up as you use them, adapt their gameplay based on their opponents’ behaviors, and store their data in the Amiibo figure, so this should definitely add an interesting twist.

Many fans are excited about this game, and there are still more unannounced characters to look forward to. Who are you hoping to see in the roster?

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