Destiny Recasts Its Most Important Character With Nolan North

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Destiny Recasts Its Most Important Character With Nolan North

We recently visited Bungie for an in-depth look at Destiny: The Taken King, coming away with all sorts of details about the upcoming release. One of the most surprising changes is coming to what is arguably Destiny’s most central-voiced character: the Ghost. The tiny floating robotic being is the de facto narrator throughout the base game, and he assumes an even more important role in The Taken King. Playing that role moving forward is Nolan North, replacing Peter Dinklage in the name of a unified character voice throughout the entire game.

Players who are used to North’s work on games like Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed are likely to be surprised the first time they hear his latest role. In taking over the role of the Ghost, North echoes some of the cadences and quirks established by the character’s original voice actor, but his line delivery is hard to immediately connect to his familiar heroic tone. “I was really excited to do this role,” Nolan North tells us. “You want to give him as much personality as the world will allow, without making it unbelievable. There’s a fine line to walk there, and I think we found it.”

September Cover Revealed – Destiny: The Taken King

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Few games in recent years have generated the same degree of debate as Bungie’s Destiny. Whether it’s fervent enthusiasm or harsh criticism depends on your perspective. Some of the harshest critics work at Bungie, striving with each passing update and expansion to hone the existing content while adding meaningful new adventures into the mix. Upon visiting Bungie, we expected to find a game that continued the process in incremental steps. Instead, we found a robust reimagining of everything that has come before, along with the largest influx of new missions, maps, strikes, gear, and storytelling yet seen. We spent two days playing The Taken King and speaking with its creators, and this month’s cover story has the scoop.

Following on the heels of two smaller expansions, The Taken King is set to arrive almost exactly a year after the original game launched. In that time, a lot has changed about Destiny, but The Taken King is a more fundamental restructuring. A revamped quest format adds story context and a natural progression path to old and new content. A newly recorded actor plays the Ghost from the beginning of the story to its conclusion. And the entire leveling system has been restructured for a seamless and deterministic path from levels 1 to 40 (the new level cap). 

Lara Croft Is Unstoppable In Rise Of The Tomb Raider Footage

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Developer Crystal Dynamics revealed new gameplay footage of Lara Croft: Rise of the Tomb Raider during Gamescom.

The footage followed the iconic heroine as she infiltrated a mercenary camp, sneaking past some enemies and eliminating others. As Lara approached, using a river as cover, she grabbed a man from behind, knocking him out and pulling him underwater. After some further navigation, she tossed a glass bottle forward, causing two guards to move in that direction once the glass shattered on the ground. As Lara progressed, it became clear that this time around she'll have plenty of new ways to deal with anyone unfortunate enough to get in her way.

Developer Crystal Dynamics intends the sequel to 2013's Tomb Raider to be a longer and more immersive experience than the original. This new game features a world three times larger than the one Lara navigated in the first title. As to immersion, Lara will be able to use her base camp to craft ammunition and other supplies.

New Halo 5: Guardians Map Shown, Designed For eSports Play

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New Halo 5: Guardians Map Shown, Designed For eSports Play

At today's Xbox Gamescom briefing, Microsoft didn't focus on Halo 5: Guardians' single-player campaign or new massive Warzone multiplayer mode. We instead got a look at the game's eSports functionality, and a new map called Coliseum. Microsoft brought two shoutcasters on stage to setup a Halo 5: Guardians 4v4 match between OpTic Gaming and Epsilon Sports.

The shoutcasters detailed Coliseum as a symmetrical map with short sight lines and fast combat. OpTic and Epsilon faced off in a best of three series in Capture the Flag. We're shown highlights of the final round, which features a wide variety of weapon play and special moves. The ground pound, and slide are used often, as is the sprint, jump, toss the flag move to cover ground faster. The map offers some nice verticality which OpTic uses to take down a few Epsilon opponents, but their efforts are not enough in the end. The match goes to Epsilon. Each member of Epsilon walked away with a limited edition Halo 5: Guardians-themed 1 TB Xbox One with matching controller. This console will eventually be made available to the public and can be pre-ordered today.

At the end of the Halo 5: Guardians presentation, 343 Industries' Josh Holmes announced a Halo 5: Guardians World Championship is coming this winter with over $1 million in prizes.

Buy Just Cause 3 On Xbox One And Get Backward-Compatible Just Cause 2

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Buy Just Cause 3 On Xbox One And Get Backward-Compatible Just Cause 2

Today, Microsoft announced an exclusive pack-in with Just Cause 3 during the company's Gamescom 2015 press conference in Cologne, Germany. Rico's last journey will be included with Avalanche Studio's latest sequel, and it's playable on Xbox One.

If you purchase Just Cause 3 on the Xbox One, the game comes with a backward-compatible version of Just Cause 2 for the Xbox 360. Microsoft first announced Xbox 360 backwards compatibility during this year's E3, and companies have been rolling out support for the feature gradually.

Just Cause 3 launches on December 1 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more info, check out our cover story hub filled with exclusive info.

Dark Souls III Gameplay Revealed In New Trailer

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Dark Souls III Gameplay Revealed In New Trailer

At Gamescom 2015 Microsoft Press conference, viewers were treated to some Dark Souls III gameplay footage for the first time. We saw all the traditional rolling, slicing, gigantic aberrations and huge bosses with haunting, now familiar epic orchestral tunes.

Beautiful, gothic environments and grotesque monstrosities are, as always, the order of the day. The player plunges a blade into a corpse in some sort of indiscernible ritual and  takes on a myriad of various enemies amidst breathtaking backdrops.

The trailer will likely be dissected many times before Dark Souls III's 2016 release to try and mine every iota of information out of the short video.

New Games Announced For Xbox Game Preview This Year

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New Games Announced For Xbox Game Preview This Year

Microsoft's Xbox One early access program, Xbox Game Preview, is getting some new titles this year, adding to the two currently out.

Later today program members can access Sheltered, Team 17's post-apocalyptic bomb shelter simulator, and more titles are also on the docket for the end of the year: Futuristic dinosaur survival title Ark: Survival Evolved (shown above), Rivals of Aether (four-person fighting game), Starbound (Chucklefish), and We Happy Few (Compulsion). The latter is a chilling dystopian title with shades of BioShock.

Some of these titles, such as Ark and We Happy Few, will also appear on PC, but gamers' first playable exposure to them will be on the console via the Game Preview program.

Minecraft Receives Optimized Version On Windows 10

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As expected at Microsoft's press conference at Gamescom, the company pitched Windows 10 to PC owners. While their pitch might not be news-worthy, Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten offered a more interesting announcement.: his team has been hard-at-work on a new version of Minecraft, optimizing the addictive game for Windows 10.

This new iteration of Minecraft has no set release date, but the beta is available now. For those gamers uninterested in buying a second copy of Minecraft, don't worry – if you've already purchased the title, you will receive a free copy of this new version.

To see Xbox's last attempt at creating its own version of Minecraft, check out our review for Minecraft on the Xbox 360.

Cobalt Is An Action-Platformer Team-Up Between Mojang and Oxeye

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Cobalt Is An Action-Platformer Team-Up Between Mojang and Oxeye

Mojang isn't just the studio behind Minecraft. The team is joining forces with Oxeye to deliver a new, cooperative action game called Cobalt.

We'll have a chance to see more of Cobalt later this week, but the game is far enough into development that Microsoft and Mojang are confident enough to announce an October release.

In addition to the action-oriented gunplay, there are a few minigames shown off in the first trailer. We'll have more for you on Cobalt later this week.