Please Stand By: Fallout 4 Unveiled

Fallout 4Strap on your power suits. Bethesda decided to drop an early bomb leading up to their first E3 press conference by officially pulling Fallout 4 out of the vault.

Too many references in that lede? Fallout 4 is expected to launch on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Windows PC.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, Fallout 4 is the first title in the long running RPG franchise sine 2008’s Fallout 3 spin-off, Fallout: New Vegas. Bethesda successfully married the themes and aesthetics of the old turn based, grid combat games of the late ’90s into a sprawling open world exploration¬†game that mashes the mechanics of its RPG roots with modern shooter and adventure game elements.

It has been easily Bethesda’s biggest question mark following Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas’ universal success. While only a little of information was delivered in the initial trailer, we do know one thing.

War. War never changes.

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This Doom Teaser is Shorter Than This Headline

While technically a teaser trailer, Bethesda gave an (extremely) brief glimpse of the upcoming Doom game which will be presumably shown at their E3 press conference. Doom is actually the fourth game in the Doom franchise but Bethesda and Id Software decided to drop the numeration and focus on creating a visceral game, akin to the tone and speed of the original 3D corridor shooter.

Here’s what I expect. It will be pretty because Id makes incredible looking games. There will be some demons. Hopefully it will be a hip fire shooter with no iron sights, because lets be honest, That’s what Doom is.

Just Cause 3 Gameplay Trailer Proves That Cools Guys Never Look at Explosions

Just Cause 3Rico Rodriguez is just living on a wingsuit and a prayer.

There’s not much that can be said about the latest trailer for Just Cause 3, Square Enix’s bonkers open world shooter where you can drive, fly, skydive and grapple on to anything and everything on screen. Oh, and all modes of transportation are required to be accompanied by explosions. Not that you’d notice, since cool guys never look at explosions.

Just Cause 3 explodes onto Windows PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One this holiday season with Avalanche Games returning for development.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Unveiled

Future. Weapons. Technology.

Treyarch seems to be taking the cyberpunk approach to their next entry in their Black Ops franchise. The gameplay trailer certainly has a lot of flash and fancy weapons and The Rolling Stones, but forgive me if my kneejerk reaction was feeling underwhelmed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIIt’s probably because a game like Deus Ex exists, and is very good. Call of Duty, while destined to be a fine game as far as a shooter is concerned, does not possess the nuance to artfully dance around the social issues that classic cyberpunk presents. I love the setting, I love the progression of technology, I just think Call of Duty will end up being as subtle as if Michael Bay were to direct Blade Runner.

Aside from that, maybe an adrenaline technology augmented shooter is what’s missing from the Call of Duty franchise. Sledgehammer toyed with the idea using exo-suits and Private Military Contractors in Advanced Warfare, taking the next step in cybernetics by creating true technological super soldiers might be enough to allow Treyarch to separate them from Sledgehammer’s strong debut.

But how will the game play? Treyarch is currently positioned as the alpha in the house of CoD and with their assurance that their famed zombie mode will return, they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeves for Black Ops III.

  • Dedicated servers for multiplayer, zombies and single-player
  • Single-player will add online 4-player co-op
  • Campaign level design is more open, in an arena like fashion
  • Players are customizable and level up, across all modes
  • Single player campaign has load-outs
  • Maps are designed around enhanced movement system, ala Advanced Warfare
  • Zombies mode characters earn experience points

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIIt sounds like Treyarch is creating an entirely integrated infrastructure for their players, regardless of what mode they call home. There are certainly merits to a lot of these ideas, which would be solid additions to an already taut shooter. If implemented correctly, things like the customizable load out in single player or progression on the zombie modes will keep players coming back for repeat playthroughs and keep that disc spinning until Infinity Ward is up to bat.

With a multiplayer beta test on the way and a release date of November 6, Treyarch has boldly put their stamp on the shooter space. It will be an interesting holiday to see if DICE can steal some thunder with Star Wars Battlefront, but Activision and Call of Duty seem to be dropping the hammer before they lose any momentum.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Cinematic Debut Trailer

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Looks like Adam Jensen has got his hands full now that the worlds of humans and augmented humans has reached a tipping point.

The cinematic trailer for the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided debuted this morning with the game expected on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. If the energy and pacing of the trailer is an indication of the evolution the next Deus Ex game will take, hopefully speed will be a big part of it.

Set two years after Human Revolution, Mankind Divided puts players back in the role of the augmented Adam Jensen. Front and center is some classic cyberpunk themes, an idea well known to Deus Ex fans, with tensions between “pure” humans and cybernetically augmented humans boiling over, ala Blade Runner. Hopefully Eidos and Square Enix will be able to continue building, while keeping the core depth of the game consistent. Human Revolution, while streamlined compared to its predecessors, managed to achieve a solid balance of RPG character progression with modern gameplay mechanics.

No release date has been announced.

Amplitude is Almost Here and I Can’t Wait

AmplitudeHarmonix Games’ revival of their famed Amplitude franchise is looking spectacular, thanks to a new trailer that was released today.

Put into production after a successful 18 day Kickstarter campaign, the PlayStation exclusive rhythm action game revives the cult classic series that Harmonix claimed fame for prior to their work on Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Players are challenged to create music tracks by successfully activating sections of a song. Each song segment (bass, rhythm, highs, vocals, etc.) are activated by rhythmic combinations of three button presses, similar to successfully activating a section in Guitar Hero or Rock Band. After a segment is successfully activated, it stays running for a limited time and a different segment can be jumped to (typically with the shoulder buttons) with the goal of adding more segments.

New to the series is the addition of a cooperative multiplayer mode where multiple players can stay on dedicated segments to create more complex tracks. It is a natural evolution for a company that saw incredible success in its work in cooperative rhythm games.

Newcomers to the franchise might notice many similarities between Amplitude and the colorful Rock Band Blitz. Blitz shared many of the concepts that made Amplitude and Frequency popular, with Blitz having a focus on Rock music thanks to the vast Rock Band library.

Amplitude is set to release this Summer for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Harmonix will be showing the game off for the first time to the public at this weekend’s PAX East convention.

New Type-0 Trailer Contains Spoilers, FFXV Episode Duscae Glimpse

Final Fantasy XVSquare released a meaty trailer today showcasing a bunch of story elements for their upcoming HD remaster of Final Fantasy Type-0. The trailer also provided a quick look at the content for the upcoming Episode Duscae demo for Final Fantasy XV.

While I refuse to watch the Type-0 footage, I have already been impressed by much of the production values behind Type-0. The mature story angle is a welcome addition to a franchise that has languished in predictable tropes and pandering plot twists.

What many will want to take a look at is a glimpse of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae which is expected to launch alongside Type-0 HD on March 17. While much of the gameplay had previously been unveiled after years of wondering the fate of the game formerly known as Versus XIII, there are a few things to note in this demo trailer, including what appears to be elements of stealth gameplay.

Besides, all Square really needs to get Final Fantasy fans excited is a little bit of Nobuo Uematsu.