Yooka-Laylee Toybox Mode Released To Kickstarter Backers

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Yooka-Laylee Toybox Mode Released To Kickstarter Backers

Those who helped fund the making of this Banjo Kazooie spiritual successor can get their hands on an early version of the game.

Playtonic successfully Kickstarted Yooka-Laylee last year, and those who helped back the project will be able to check in on the game and see how it's coming along thanks to the release of Toybox, a "spoiler-free sandbox" that allows players to experiment with the game’s basic moves, play with custom-built props, and interact with a brand new NPC character. Those who are getting the code should have received it today, so check your email.

See Yooka-Laylee in action in the game's recent E3 trailer.

Fantasy Flight Is Bringing Doom To The Tabletop

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Fantasy Flight Is Bringing Doom To The Tabletop

Fantasy Flight is no stranger to adapting popular video game franchises to the tabletop. Starcraft, Gears of War, and XCOM have all made the transition with success. Id Software’s Doom is the latest to get the board game treatment.

Doom pits a group of up to four players in control of marines against another player taking on the role of Hell’s forces. The Invader player will get to summon forces through portals around the modular, tile-based map.

Each of the six included missions has different objectives and special rules. Items and weapons are handled with cards, and each round of play is based on initiative draws that dictate when marines can move and attack and when the forces of Hell press in. Death is a certainty, but the marines can only respawn a set number of times before losing the mission. 

First Issue In Dishonored Comic Book Series Arriving Next Week

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First Issue In Dishonored Comic Book Series Arriving Next Week

On August 3 Titan Comics will be releasing the first in its Dishonored series of comic books.

Written by Gordon Rennie (Doctor Who, 2000 AD), and illustrated Andrea Olimpieri and Marcelo Maiolo, the series was first announced in May priced at $3.99 and is split into four parts. The remaining three volumes will be released through to October, and in November will be collected into a graphic novel.

The story takes place 12 years after the events in the first Dishonored game, and before the beginning of Dishonored 2. It follows Corvo Attano's returns to Dunwall in search of an apprentice, but he is soon drawn into a supernatural conspiracy threatening the city. 

Battlefield 4 Changes On Console Include Pre-Match Squad Creation

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Battlefield 4 Changes On Console Include Pre-Match Squad Creation

DICE is about to unify your Battlefield experience on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This summer, the studio is implementing a new user interface that will allow you to launch any of the three games available on current-generation consoles.

Battlefield 4 is getting attention first, with additional new features. Soon, you’ll be able to squad up before matches. The new user interface will also include a recommendation engine that suggests maps and modes for you and your team.

These features will also be in place when Battlefield 1 launches on October 21. After that, they’ll roll out to Hardline.

[Update] Rainbow Six Siege Will Be Free To Play On Xbox Live, Steam This Weekend

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[Update] Rainbow Six Siege Will Be Free To Play On Xbox Live, Steam This Weekend

Update: Ubisoft is also opening the doors on PC this weekend. You can play for free on Steam now through 4 p.m. Eastern / 1 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, July 31.

During that time, the game will be discounted 50 percent ($25). As of publication, the $30 season pass does not carry the discount. However, the gold version of the game, which comes with the season pass has been reduced to $40 from $80 for the duration of the sale.  

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Demolitions Expert Ernest Revealed As Newest Battleborn Character

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Demolitions Expert Ernest Revealed As Newest Battleborn Character

Sometime in the next couple months, a new playable character will be added to Battleborn's roster of fighters. Ernest will be the 28th Battleborn, an explosion expert bird complete with a grenade launcher and tactical army outfit.

Ernest will be free to all players with 47,500 credits earned in-game. He can also be unlocked by using a Hero Key, which are included in the Season Pass. No specific date has been given for the official arrival of Ernest, but two other free DLC characters are currently in the works as well.

Past DLC characters include Alani and Pendles, who is available for download today for Digital Deluxe owners and Season Pass holders on all platforms. He will be available to all other players starting August 4. For more Battleborn check out our review, or our Test Chamber where we went hands on with the story missions

Double XP Weekend Announced To Promote Doom's Latest Update

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Double XP Weekend Announced To Promote Doom's Latest Update

Doom's multiplayer hopes to draw players back in with new content and extra experience starting tomorrow. The game's second major update brings a number of new multiplayer modes and customization options.

Update 2 hits Doom across all platforms on July 29, and a double XP weekend event will launch at the same time. The new game modes included are Exodus, a one player capture-the-flag game with moving objectives, and Sector, the zone-based capture mode. Both of these gameplay modes will be available on every existing and future maps. Check out these modes in action in the newly released trailer below.

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People Are Pretty Mad About Activision's Terrible Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports

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People Are Pretty Mad About Activision's Terrible Marvel Ultimate Alliance Ports

The pair of Marvel Ultimate Alliance games from last generation, while not without flaws, are great expressions of the comics. That’s why fans are so disappointed with Activision’s troubled ports to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The games cost $40 each or $60 in a bundle. Unfortunately, there are no noticeable improvements beyond slightly retouched graphics and improved resolution and, in the case of the PC editions, there are major control and visual issues.

That system reportedly doesn’t recognize controller inputs properly and can’t be easily mapped to keyboard and mouse. Additionally, the PC version is missing visual options that were present a decade ago in the originals.

Total War: Warhammer Giving Away Free Content & Update With New DLC

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The Call of the Beastmen DLC is out now for Total War: Warhammer. Even if you don't buy the game's first campaign pack, giving the titular Beastmen a story campaign and more, the game has some new stuff in store for you.

The Amber Wizard is available for everybody, whether you buy the campaign DLC or not, and the hero can call in manticores for battle. Also available for the game is Update 2, which includes an A.I.-controlled opposition race, four new custom and multiplayer battle maps, an unlockable lord for those custom/MP battles, and much more. Click on the second link below for expanded details.

For Dan Tack's review of the base game, click here.