The rumors were true: Nintendo is bringing one of its oldest franchises to the Wii U. Of course, most of the rumors going into this year’s E3 focused on the possibility of a new Legend of Zelda. But according to an article at Time that posted ahead of today’s Nintendo Digital Event, the company is planning to showcase a new game starring Star Fox, aka Fox McCloud, the sci-fi adventurer who flies around space taking down bad guys in his Arwing. (Except when he hangs out with dinosaurs for some reason.) READ FULL STORY
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Many of the best videogame trailers don’t actually feature anything that will appear in the ultimate game. Indeed, some trailers are specifically designed to obscure unfinished-or-just-terrible gameplay. (Three years later, it’s possible to consider the actual Dead Island game an unsatisfying spinoff of the fantastic Dead Island trailer.)
But even granting a healthy amount of skepticism, attention must be paid to the trailer for Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division, which takes a common theme (pandemic apocalypse hits New York!) and gives it a distinctive, bleak, fascinating new spin. Check it out: READ FULL STORY
The corporate realities of the videogame industry operate on massive, mega, epochal levels. Release dates are planned out years in advance. New brands are built carefully over the course of years, with the implicit promise that they could run for decades. You could think of the major videogame companies as giants, skyscraper-size creatures who move at their own pace. Or you could think of them as creatures out of an HP Lovecraft story, unthinkable many-headed monstrosities who live in cross-dimensional space dreaming up new nightmares. Either way, it’s hard to imagine that the events of a single day can change everything.
But one year ago today, Microsoft woke up on top of the world, and then everything got ruined. Or maybe they ruined everything. Hard to say: Their media presentation was shaky enough, what with the rape-joke controversy and the backpedaling insistence that the Xbox One’s Orwellian Always-On requirement wasn’t a requirement, just a suggestion for cool people who aren’t lame. But then a few hours later, Sony basically made the subject of their presentation: “Here’s why we aren’t Microsoft.” The PlayStation 4 let you play any games you wanted to play. The Playstation 4 was a videogame console built for videogames, not for weird tie-ins to ESPN. Above all else, the PlayStation 4 was a hundred dollars cheaper. READ FULL STORY
This week, the videogame industry convenes in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a days-long venue for showing off the biggest games of this year, next year, and all the years to come. This will be the first E3 in years unencumbered by new consoles, which means that the focus will be back on the games — most of them with familiar titles, although there are also some glossy originals.
But this will also be a big year for new hardware, with Virtual Reality tech that could wind up defining the future of interactivity. Let’s take a look at the biggest titles and key talking points going into this year’s E3, all of which will be rendered completely unimportant should Sony announce a release date for The Last Guardian. READ FULL STORY
Just when you thought the violence on last night’s Game of Thrones was rough, Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, confirmed that there will be a new installment of the popular fighting game. The new release, Mortal Kombat X, will be available in 2015.
The announcement was made via Twitter at 6:01 a.m. today and has since been retweeted more than 2,000 times. Shortly thereafter, Boon also tweeted a link to the trailer, which features two lead characters, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, fighting to the death. The result? Almost two minutes of adrenaline-infused, hyper-masculine, fist punching, bone breaking, and blood-spewing action, all set to Wiz Khalifa’s “Can’t Be Stopped.” READ FULL STORY
If you’ve played a video game shooter recently, you probably locked and loaded behind the bullet-spraying skills of a super-soldier, space marine, or some zombie-hating hero tasked with saving the world, galaxy, or suburbs. And while The Order: 1886 — the hotly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive — also packs plenty of opportunities to empty ammo clips and pile corpses high, its fresh take on the genre aims to engage the imagination as much as the trigger finger.
Crazy-ambitious and highly cinematic, The Order presents an intriguing mash-up of alternate history, Arthurian legend, and Victorian-era London; toss in some supernatural baddies, an arsenal of steampunk-y weapons, charming Brit accents, and lots of epic facial hair, and the interactive action-adventure almost looks like a better fit for a summer blockbuster or high concept TV drama than a video game. READ FULL STORY
Watch Dogs is okay. It’s set in Chicago, represented as an open-world dystopic Ameritropolis. Watch Dogs‘ Chicago is boring compared to Grand Theft Auto V‘s Los Santos, but it feels accurately boring, its banality an actual choice. The GTA games are all atmosphere — what the marketing team would term “attitude”– and so every street corner of every GTA feels like the infrastructural analogue of a poster you put on your wall freshman year. Watch Dogs is the plain white wall behind that poster: Muted colors, murky characters, a vigilante known only as “The Vigilante.” The central plot is an incoherence: You’re a hacker activist anarchist superhero fighting the mob and the government and the big corporation and all criminals everywhere. READ FULL STORY
Back in 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 billion, a move that confirmed YouTube as the source of all things video-related on the Internet. (At eBaum’s World, this event is referred to as “The Apocalypse.”) The great wheel of capitalism spins ever forward, and so Variety reports that YouTube is planning to buy Twitch for more than $1 billion. “What is Twitch?” you might be asking. “Is that what the kids are all about nowadays, twitching and tweeting and tumbling?” READ FULL STORY
Following last summer’s teaser footage of a hooded Master Chief braving the desert, Halo fans have been clamoring for any info regarding the Spartan’s next alien-thwarting adventure. Well, the wait for fresh intel ends now, as Microsoft and Chief’s handlers at 343 Industries have revealed the name and release window for the upcoming entry in the popular sci-fi first-person shooter franchise. READ FULL STORY
Following the success of last summer’s Disney Infinity — a magical mash-up of collectible toys and interactive adventures — the House of Mouse is readying a sequel. Officially dubbed Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the “2.0 Edition” once again lets fans bring plastic playthings to in-game life by placing them on a portal-like peripheral. This time, however, Disney’s pretty princesses and playful pirates are taking a backseat to Marvel’s iconic line-up of day-savers and do-gooders.
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