Ubisoft is continuing to tweak and work on Watch Dogs 2, with a new update arriving this month that will add a PvP 2v2 team mode called Showdown, but there's also a new drone, motocross, eKart rates, and more coming into the multiplayer world of the game.
The company has officially unveiled the new Watch Dogs 2 content roadmap for 2017, with April, May, and June seeing free content released - with Ubisoft teasing "support for a 4-player party to explore the city and play activities together". There is a new paid DLC pack called 'No Compromise' which drops on the PS4 in April, while PC and Xbox One gamers will have to wait until May. No Compromise features a new DedSec Operation called Moscow Gambit, 6 new single player race time trials, new clothing sets with police, fireman, and paramedic uniforms - each with their own "unique behaviors", and finally - 2 new non-lethal weapons with the air shotgun and sniper stun rifle.
Watch Dogs 2's free content for April on all platforms includes Showdown, a new PvP team-based online mode. There'll also be some fun for multiplayer with MotoCross, eKart and drone races now throwing your friends into the mix. There'll also be a new 'Armored Truck Feature' for both single player and cooperative modes, a new non-lethal paintball rifle, and 13 new clothing items.
The original Tomb Raider movies starred Angelina Jolie, but the new reboot is being filmed in South Africa right now, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.
Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the Tomb Raider game took place in 2013, with its successor Rise of the Tomb Raider released last year - and now the new Tomb Raider movie, which will reportedly take more from the plot of the two new games. Norweigan director Roar Uthaug has promised that Tomb Raider is more of a human tale, mixed with lots of live action stunts.
During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Tomb Raider was explained as "seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father's disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan".
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is absolutely one of the best games I've ever played, and easily in 2017's top games so far. I'm utterly enchanted with the wide open world of Hyrule, and Nintendo proves that they can indeed make an amazing system-seller, and the game even redefines the open-world genre as a whole. Interestingly enough, the devs put more emphasis on performance rather than visuals. And that says quite a bit since the game is still quite beautiful.
With Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo chose to put their strongest focus on delivering consistent responsiveness and performance in their vast and technical open world. Amazing graphics and visual flair came second to ensuring gamers had a stable environment to play in, and given the complexity of its physics system alone, this is no small feat. Despite putting visuals on the back burner, the game is absolutely beautiful at times. Could you imagine how incredible it'd look if art and graphics were a top priority?
"As the team responsible for the design and art, of course we wanted to deliver beautiful and realistic visuals, but what we fixated on most was designing the visuals so that they matched the features of the game and facilitated comfortable play for the user," Technical director Takuhiro Dohta said in a recent Nintendo video.
Bungie has officially confirmed Destiny 2 with a reveal trailer, and once again in-game content will be locked to PS4 owners for a full year.
Destiny was notorious for its timed exclusivity deals, which gave PS4 owners access to weapons, strikes, and other content that was gated off to Xbox players for a full year. Surprising no one, that trend will continue with Destiny 2, indicating Activision's multi-year deal with Sony is still strong as ever. Remember that Destiny 2 should launch on PC, so this timed exclusivity will now lock out a new platform of gamers from content.
"Get exclusive Destiny 2 content on PS4. Timed exclusive content until at least Fall 2018. More details to come this summer," reads Sony's Destiny 2 reveal trailer.
Bungie and Activision have dropped an official teaser trailer for Destiny 2, confirming a plotline that was gleaned by recently leaked promo posters.
Destiny 2 will revolve around an invasion on The Last City on Earth. I've always said we should go to the Last City and meet the people who we're fighting for, and now I'll get my wish...of course the city itself will be annihilated and destroyed by incoming waves of Cabal monstrosities. The Vanguard defends the city--including Cayde-6 and Zavala--and we get our first glimpse at a dual fire-sword wielding baddie. Lance Reddick will reprise his role as Zavala, and Nathan Fillion will also play Cayde-6 this time around.
The Cabal have been up to something mysterious, and Destiny 2 will show us exactly what those space gladiators have uncovered. Remember that the Cabal sent off a message to their colossal interstellar Empire in The Taken King. This message probably triggered the invasion and sacking of The Last City. Also there's speculation that Lysander has joined up with the Cabal and is leading rogue Guardians to strike the Last City as well.
Back in the day, I was obsessed with full-motion video (FMV) games - so much so that Under a Killing Moon was a must have purchase for me at the time. Games like Night Trap and Ground Zero Texas on my Sega Mega CD were amazing to me, as they blurred the worlds of cheesy Hollywood video, with a video game.
Now, Wales Interactive is teasing their new 'cinematic FMV crime thriller' game Late Shift, coming to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 on April 18. Late Shift gives gamers the opportunity to change the path of the game from the very start, through to the end - with 7 different endings available, depending on your actions throughout the game.
Late Shift will feature:
- Multi-optional Storytelling: One story, countless storylines, seven endings.
- A completely live action, cinematic interactive thriller, filmed in full HD in London, England.
- Over 180 decision points in total with no pauses and no looping footage.
- Directed by Tobias Weber, and written by Michael R. Johnson, author of Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)
- Acting performances by Joe Sowerbutts (Matt), Haruka Abe (May-Ling) and Oliver Twist's Richard Durden (Samuel Parr).
2K has just released a new, free playable demo of Mafia 3 - something that lets gamers play through the entire first act of the game. Better yet, you can bring over your progress into the full game, if you wish to buy it - with 2K releasing a new pack of DLC, and offering 50% discount.
Mafia 3's first paid DLC is called 'Faster, Baby!' and is available now with new narrative, and Sinclair Parish - the town west of the Bayou where Lincoln teams with Roxy Laveau, in order to take down Sheriff "Slim" Beaumont. There are new driving and combat mechanics that Lincoln has, as well as new weapons and vehicles for his fleet.
There are also two more DLC packs coming for Mafia 3, with 'Stones Unturned' and 'Sign of the Times' coming out in the Summer. 2K is also throwing a huge 50% discount on Mafia 3 right now, something that runs through until April 17, including both the regular version of the game and the Deluxe Edition - which includes the Season Pass to all the DLC.
If there was a first-person shooter that needed a place on the PC, it would be the Halo franchise - but Microsoft have kept Halo tight to their chest, as it's a system seller for their Xbox consoles.
But, Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition might have console fans happy - but PC gamers might be seeing Halo on the PC sooner, rather than later. Twitter user Gamecheat 13 recently shared two screenshots from Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, which is normally only available through the Windows Store, but has been teased for Steam.
Microsoft made a Halo Wars 2 demo available to PC gamers through the Windows Store earlier this month, weighing in at 17GB.
The more we report on Final Fantasy VII: Remake, the more it continues to shift away from the legendary PS1 classic. The action-based remake will feature tons of new mechanics and features that just weren't possible back in the 90s, including dynamically destructible environments and much more.
We've known for a while now that the Final Fantasy VII: Remake has entirely action-based combat like Devil May Cry or Final Fantasy 15 instead of the original's turn-based combat. Now game director Tetsuya Nomura reveals battles have a splash of tactical strategy mixed with the action, and how combat carnage will affect environments.
"Map and object destruction will also happen, and there are part-based destruction elements like breaking the Guard Scorpion's legs," Nomura confirmed in a recent interview with Famitsu.
Square Enix today confirmed that new users can play Final Fantasy 14 for free for an unlimited length of time.
Final Fantasy 14 is absolutely one of the best MMORPGs I've ever played; it's a shining gem in a sea of free to play mediocrity, and Square Enix's dedication to the game is incredible. In the spirit of attracting new players and giving back to the community, the publisher has removed the two week play restriction on FF14's free trial.
"We are pleased to announce that the 14-day limitation on the Free Trial has been removed and the adventure can continue for as long as you want!" the publisher announced in a Lodestone post. "Additionally, users who participated in the Free Trial but never upgraded to the full game will be able to continue where they left off with their account."