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Gamescom 2015 - One of the most unique games I've ever seen would have to be the sleeper game 'Unravel'. Surprisingly, Electronic Arts is behind the game, where you play as a single thread of yarn that slowly unravels as you move.
The game is helped by its beautiful backgrounds, inspired by North Scandinavia. Unravel is a physics-based puzzle game platformer, where you have to travel across the environment solving puzzles that are in your way. It's a super-cute platformer that reminds me of Little Big Planet in a way. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Gamescom 2015 - As promised, 2K Games has revealed the cinematic trailer to Mafia 3, with the game being set in a beautiful, reimagined New Orleans.
Mafia 3 is filled with era-inspired cars, fashion, music, characters and is a "haven for organized crime". The Italian mob controls illegal gambling, drugs, prostitution and more through corrupt police and politicians. Mafia 3 sees protagonist Lincoln Clay returning home after a stint in Vietnam, with family being the central point of the game.
But, his family was betrayed and killed by the Italian mob, making Lincoln's story all about revenge. As you progress throughout Mafia 3, Lincoln will align himself with other criminals in order to build his own empire and a new family, where it will transform New Orleans in the process.
Mafia 3 will be released in 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Evoland 2 isn't your traditional video game, as it is designed to help take players "on a truly epic journey through time and across a variety of classic and contemporary video game styles." The standalone gaming experience features a character who learns to "understand events in different timelines," while improving the future.
The initial game launch is for PCs, with Mac and Linux versions scheduled for a later release. It will cost $19.99.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer thinks Microsoft needs to push third-party game developers harder when it comes to creating different style of games for first-party Xbox One titles.
During Gamescom, Microsoft will show off exclusive game titles including the following: Crackdown, Scalebound and Quantum Break - with all three titles providing third-person action play. Unfortunately, Microsoft wants to see different types of game genres:
"More diversity in terms of genre and mechanics, I think it's a great thing for this industry to push," Spencer recently told GameSpot. "So yes, you do find a lot of third-party action games from us, and I do think we should be pushing harder on genre and control."
Electronic Arts has shown off the Battlefield 4 Night Operations DLC from DICE playtest sessions, so gamers can enjoy some unique gameplay.
The studio also showed off the night version of Zavod 311, dubbed Zavod: Graveyard Shift, so you can expect to use the night vision and thermal imaging scopes - or a different gadget so you're able to identify enemy locations.
Zavod: Graveyard Shift supports Conquest, Rush, Team Deathmatch, Obliteration, Domination and Gun Master. EA promises Gun Master will play "very differently" at night, and even included a secondary layout.
Gamescom 2015 - EA is really pushing the new Need for Speed game at Gamescom this year, releasing not one, but two new trailers for the game.
The 1-minute trailers are a peak into the world of Need for Speed, with the first being the 'official Gamescom trailer' while the one below that is the 'Icons' trailer. Both of the trailers show Ventura Bay and its urban car culture, with five real-world automotive icons living and breathing the car scene.
Need for Speed has you building your reputation, trying to earn the respect of your icons, so that you'll hopefully one day become the ultimate NFS icon.
Gamescom 2015 - DICE has just unveiled the latest 5-minute gameplay video for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which will have fans of the game positively buzzing with excitement.
The trailer shows off an incredible amount of parkour, freerunning, hand-to-hand combat, without Faith using a gun at all. There's plenty of ass-kicking, kicking baddies through glass (which is just sublime) and the overall mystery surrounding Elysium - without Matt Damon.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst arrives on February 23, 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
DICE teased that there was a new game mode coming for Battlefield Hardline, and here it is: Robbery. The new expansion is the second for Battlefield Hardline, with Criminal Activity launching not too long ago.
Battlefield Hardline: Robbery has four new maps, a new 5v5 game mode known as 'Squad Heist', four new weapons, two new gadgets, two new factional vehicles and new vehicle upgrades, new camos and vehicle paints, and 'The Legendary Super Feature'. As for the new Squad Heist game mode, the developer refers to it as "refreshing and familiar". DICE explains that Squad Heist has three distinct stages:
- Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 1, and grab the Loot from the vault.
- Criminals take a Drill, break into Vault 2, and grab the Loot from the vault.
- Criminals run to an escape location, call a helicopter, and get the loot to safety.
Gamescom 2015 - DICE has just unveiled a new game mode for Star Wars Battlefront at Gamescom, with 'Fighter Squadron' concentrating on ship-to-ship combat above the surface of plants, and through vicious terrain.
The new mode can be enjoyed in iconic Star Wars starfighters such as A-Wings, X-Wings, TIE Interceptors and TIE Fighters. Not only that, but gamers can fly around in the Millennium Falcon and Boba Fett's Slave I. DICE adds that the battles within Fighter Squadron can have up to 20 players at once, with AI controlled ships joining the battle.
Activision Blizzard may have released its latest "Fury of Hellfire" expansion on June 23, something that the publisher says "helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter" but subscriber numbers on World of Warcraft are dropping to new lows.
World of Warcraft now has 5.6 million subscribers as of June 30, but Blizzard President Mike Morhaime noted that the Warlords of Draenor expansion had more players returning to the game than any previous expansion. Morhaime also noted that the company is aiming to increase the pace of content going into the future to keep gamers' interest high on the game, and he's also confident that the World of Warcraft movie being released next year will bring in more players.
When the Mists of Pandaria expansion was released, World of Warcraft subscriber numbers dropped to 6.8 million, but with an exodus of an additional 1.2 million players, World of Warcraft is definitely not as popular as it used to be.