E3 2016 - One of the scarier games to be shown during the entire E3 2016 conference so far, would have to be freakin' Resident Evil 7 for the PlayStation VR. Sony confirms that RE7 is a "full PlayStation VR experience", and I'm already crapping my pants.
It looks like a seriously good experience, and with full PSVR integration, it's going to be insanely scary to play the next-gen Resident Evil. Sony teased Resident Evil 7, which will be released on the PS4 and with PSVR support on January 24, 2017.
E3 2016 - Sony announced the new God of War game at their E3 presser, confirming past rumors of a Norse-based adventure.
The new God of War game looks absolutely incredible, and encapsulates generations of Nordic myth and legend. Kratos is positively radiant with ancient mastery, and his long bearded axe is infused with ice powers, with frozen wastes, runestones, cairns, and all kinds of amazing fantastic creatures.
Sony Santa Monica's Corey Barlog had this to say about the game: "I knew I didn't want to simply reboot the franchise, starting over with a retelling of the origin story. I wanted to reimagine the gameplay, give players a fresh perspective and a new tactile experience while delving deeper into the emotional journey of Kratos to explore the compelling drama that unfolds when an immortal demigod makes a decision to change."
"For Kratos, this change means breaking the cycle of violence, distrust and deception that his family, the Greek pantheon, perpetuated for so long. That cycle drove a whole host of bad decisions - the ill-fated deal with Ares, the murder of his family and a rage fueled descent into madness and vengeance that ultimately ended with the epic destruction of Olympus."
E3 2016 - Microsoft has announced their new "monster" high-end Xbox Scorpio console, and AMD has confirmed it'll be powered by a semi-custom SoC--which will likely be based on Polaris and Zen.
Microsoft has confirmed that its new 4K-ready Xbox Scorpio rocks 6TFLOPS of power, making it 1.5 times more powerful than the PS4K and 4 times as powerful as existing Xbox Ones. But what's under the hood? Redmond touts that the Xbox Scorpio will house the "most powerful console GPU ever," and there's a very good chance the console is powered by an SoC outfitted with AMD's new Zen CPU and Polaris GPU--especially since AMD just confirmed that the Scorpio is powered by a semi-custom SoC from AMD.
Apart from the obvious clues like 1080p 60FPS and 4K gaming and VR support, the Scorpio's confirmed specs also neatly match up with AMD's next-generation APUs. But given AMD's statements on the Scorpio's hardware, the console will use a SoC (and Microsoft has said the same). The Xbox Scorpio's custom SoC has an 8-core CPU, and AMD's Zen CPU sports 8-cores with 16 threads. Seems like a perfect match there. AMD is also suspected to release its next-generation APUs in 2017, fitting with the Scorpio's holiday 2017 launch, so there's a good chance the custom Zen/Polaris SoC would be ready.
E3 is a captured audience of game lovers, so it'd be remiss if Ubisoft didn't take the opportunity to present some footage from the upcoming 'Assasin's Creed' feature film - and they haven't disappointed.
Veteran movie producer Frank Marshall, and long time Spielberg associate behind the 'Indiana Jones' and 'Jurassic Park' franchises took to Ubisoft's stage last night where a nearly three minute reel of vision from the upcoming film, a mixture of finished and behind the scenes footage was revealed to a rapturous response. Maybe, just maybe, 'Assasin's Creed' might be the first good video game adaptation, but I guess we'll find out more when the film is released later in the year.
'Assassin's Creed' hits cinemas in December in the U.S. and on New Years Day 2017 in Australia.
The official AMD Twitter account tweeted: "We're proud that @Microsoft has expanded their @Xbox One family with 2 new consoles featuring AMD's semi-custom SoCs". So now we have total 100% clarification that AMD has their technology inside of the Xbox once again, as the company powered the recent Xbox One console with its technology. With the Xbox Scorpio capable of 4K/VR gaming, I'd dare say this is a semi-custom design based on the Polaris architecture, on the 14nm FinFET process.
I personally asked AMD if they were going to have a console-based chip ready for next-gen consoles when they briefed the media on Polaris last year in Sonoma, but they were very quiet about the entire thing obviously. We've reached out to AMD for more clarification on the chip, as they've tweeted "SoC" which is a system-on-chip, not an APU which is a CPU with GPU cores. Very different things, and very different power envelopes, cooling, and more. We'll update this post when we know more.
E3 2016 - Dead Rising 4 took Microsoft's E3 stage over with some awesome homebrew zombie-slaying carnage.
Thanks to recent leaks we already knew Dead Rising 4 was on the way, but the Xbox reveal still surprised us with its raw tenacity and...well...Frank West-ian humor. Those wacky, crazy DIY-style zombie massacre machines are back in a big new way--in the trailer we saw a crossbow that shot deadly candy canes (only Frank West could make a candy cane lethal), a zombie-catapult truck with flamethrowers on the sides, a go-cart that blasts electricity, and a triceretops helmet that shoots fire out of its mouth.
Although Dead Rising 4 takes place in the same region as the first game, it isn't a prequel or a reboot. That crazy exo-suit made an appearance too, showing just how far Capcom's new entrant goes. As with almost every new Xbox game, Dead Rising 4 will support cross-buy on Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs with the new Play Anywhere initiative.
E3 2016 - Ubisoft has just debuted the first gameplay footage from Watch Dogs 2, which took place during Ubisoft's E3 2016 press conference. Check it out:
Ubisoft teamed with Sony for Watch Dogs 2, with all of Watch Dogs 2's DLC to be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 for 30 days. The company also released a shorter trailer for Watch Dogs 2, which we've got embedded below.
E3 2016 - Ubisoft showed off a pair of new For Honor trailers at their press conference, reminding us exactly how impressive the upcoming Dynasty Warriors-esque fighter really is.
For Honor's latest footage is absolutely spellbinding, showing us a world that's been entirely torn apart by an earth-shattering doom, plunging humanity into one thousand years of all-out war. In the game players can choose between three different factions--Samurai, Viking or Knight--each with their own unique campaigns and cultures.
The gameplay footage also showed us how the unique "Art of Battle" combat system works, a rather unique mechanic that somewhat mirrors NiOh. Players can switch their stances on-the-fly and string together combos, but overall the combat is more gritty and real rather than flashy--you'll feel every slam of your axe and every shield-bash from an enemy, making combat much more satisfying.
E3 2016 - There's a lot new and different about DICE's Battlefield 1, including its Operations mode, which does something no other Battlefield game has done before: split rounds up into multiple maps.
In Operations, you fight on an entire front of the war. When the round starts, attackers will push forward and attempt to conquer ground while defenders do their best to keep them at bay. If the attackers succeed, defenders will fall back and the battle will resume on a new map. Repeat until defenders can't fall back any farther, or presumably until attackers run out of tickets. Zeppelins will be apart of Operations.
We haven't seen it in action yet, but it sounds like Rush with a clever twist. Fingers crossed it's well-designed and proves a worthy successor.