Civilization VI's Second Expansion Coming On Valentine's Day

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Civilization VI's Second Expansion Coming On Valentine's Day

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is the next expansion in the long-running turn-based series about world domination. It offers nine new leaders, eight new civilizations, seven new world wonders, as well as a variety of new units, districts, buildings, and improvements.

The expansion also unleashes mother nature's wrath with new environmental effects and an ecosystem that responds to your choices. Your decisions could trigger world-ravaging natural disasters like floods, storms, and volcanoes. These aren't all bad though; once the devastation has past, these events allow the earth to flourish. Fans can expect extensions for the Technology and Civics trees with a future era, as well as two novel scenarios: Black Death and War Machine. 

Black Death features the titular plague which decimated European populations during the Middle Ages. Gathering Storm will task you with leading the effected countries, limiting the casualty count, and keeping the economy from collapsing. 

It's Time To Take Out Sean Bean In Hitman 2

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It's Time To Take Out Sean Bean In Hitman 2

Hitman 2's first elusive target is now live. As revealed earlier, it's none other than Sean Bean, playing agent Mark "The Undying" Faba. Let's see how long he keeps that moniker.

Players have 10 days to take down Faba but only one chance to do it. Best of luck, would-be assassins.

For more on Hitman 2, check out our review here.

It's Time To Take Out Sean Bean In Hitman 2

about X hours ago from
It's Time To Take Out Sean Bean In Hitman 2

Hitman 2's first elusive target is now live. As revealed earlier, it's none other than Sean Bean, playing agent Mark "The Undying" Faba. Let's see how long he keeps that moniker.

Players have 10 days to take down Faba but only one chance to do it. Best of luck, would-be assassins.

For more on Hitman 2, check out our review here.

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Square Enix released another new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III (November 29 on Xbox One and PS4), further highlighting its partnership with Disney and Pixar, bringing in everything from Wreck-It Ralph to Frozen into Sora's battle against darkness.

For more on the game, check out the recent Winnie the Pooh trailer.

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about X hours ago from

Square Enix released another new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III (November 29 on Xbox One and PS4), further highlighting its partnership with Disney and Pixar, bringing in everything from Wreck-It Ralph to Frozen into Sora's battle against darkness.

For more on the game, check out the recent Winnie the Pooh trailer.

[Source: Square Enix]

Black Mesa: Xen Finishes The Half-Life Remake In A Stunning New Way

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Black Mesa: Xen Finishes The Half-Life Remake In A Stunning New Way

Do you remember the original ending to Half-Life? Toward the end of the game, Gordon would go to Xen, a nice-looking skybox with a number of disconnected platforms that involved extensive use of the long jump module. It looked cool, but it was kind of one-note, and bore more of a resemblance to Super Mario 64's final worlds than anything from Half-Life's design until then. So when Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of Half-Life, got its last real build released, the developers didn't really focus on Xen and opted to leave it for later. It seems later is now, as the team behind the remake has released a trailer of what has become of Xen.

Rather than appending Xen to the game, the Black Mesa team of incredibly dedicated fans have expanded it to be a standalone multi-hour campaign set on the alien planet that so much of the game was leading up to. You can check out the trailer below and see what they mean.

The trailer is almost cut like a trailer to Doom, but definitely looks like an impressive effort from everyone involved. Xen seems more or less transformed into a major new area in the game. Not to run the comparison marathon forever, but there's shades of Metroid Prime in what the trailer shows, with a lot more colors than even that game. 

Black Mesa: Xen Finishes The Half-Life Remake In A Stunning New Way

about X hours ago from
Black Mesa: Xen Finishes The Half-Life Remake In A Stunning New Way

Do you remember the original ending to Half-Life? Toward the end of the game, Gordon would go to Xen, a nice-looking skybox with a number of disconnected platforms that involved extensive use of the long jump module. It looked cool, but it was kind of one-note, and bore more of a resemblance to Super Mario 64's final worlds than anything from Half-Life's design until then. So when Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of Half-Life, got its last real build released, the developers didn't really focus on Xen and opted to leave it for later. It seems later is now, as the team behind the remake has released a trailer of what has become of Xen.

Rather than appending Xen to the game, the Black Mesa team of incredibly dedicated fans have expanded it to be a standalone multi-hour campaign set on the alien planet that so much of the game was leading up to. You can check out the trailer below and see what they mean.

The trailer is almost cut like a trailer to Doom, but definitely looks like an impressive effort from everyone involved. Xen seems more or less transformed into a major new area in the game. Not to run the comparison marathon forever, but there's shades of Metroid Prime in what the trailer shows, with a lot more colors than even that game. 

Rumor: Voice Actor Claims New Mortal Kombat Project In The Works

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Rumor: Voice Actor Claims New Mortal Kombat Project In The Works

A few days ago, Spanish-language voice actor José Eduardo Garza Escudero, commonly known as Lalo Garza, went to Twitter to express his frustrations. As a common voice actor for bringing English-language properties to Mexico and dubbing them over in Spanish, Garza is often tapped for video games, as well. Last week, he had apparently lost out on a role and, in the process of venting about it, may have said more than he should have.

In a machine-translated tweet, Garza said "Well finally I confirm that the 'professionals' of @ PINKNOISEloc decided to remove my characters from #MortalKombatXI. How sad that a company that wanted a lot ends up making decisions that affect both you, the consumers. Goodbye Kung Lao and Reptile."

Garza later clarified that he did not necessarily know if this project was actually Mortal Kombat XI, as it could be "MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever." He simply knew that these characters would not be dubbed by him in whatever new Mortal Kombat project this appears to be, if it even really exists.

Rumor: Voice Actor Claims New Mortal Kombat Project In The Works

about X hours ago from
Rumor: Voice Actor Claims New Mortal Kombat Project In The Works

A few days ago, Spanish-language voice actor José Eduardo Garza Escudero, commonly known as Lalo Garza, went to Twitter to express his frustrations. As a common voice actor for bringing English-language properties to Mexico and dubbing them over in Spanish, Garza is often tapped for video games, as well. Last week, he had apparently lost out on a role and, in the process of venting about it, may have said more than he should have.

In a machine-translated tweet, Garza said "Well finally I confirm that the 'professionals' of @ PINKNOISEloc decided to remove my characters from #MortalKombatXI. How sad that a company that wanted a lot ends up making decisions that affect both you, the consumers. Goodbye Kung Lao and Reptile."

Garza later clarified that he did not necessarily know if this project was actually Mortal Kombat XI, as it could be "MKXI, MK10.5, MKXYZ or whatever." He simply knew that these characters would not be dubbed by him in whatever new Mortal Kombat project this appears to be, if it even really exists.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season Has Restarted Development At Skybound Games

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Has Restarted Development At Skybound Games

The long and winding tale of Telltale's closure has sprouted another branch as Skybound Games has confirmed that development has restarted on the game today. After Telltale Games closed its doors in the middle of The Walking Dead's final season, Skybound announced they would be finishing up the final two episodes in early October using Telltale's former developers.

"After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes 3 and 4 have been delayed," Skybound wrote in a blog post today. "But, we’re excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today!"

The phrasing of "most of the team members" certainly implies that it is not the entire team from Telltale, which does make sense. Many were probably not able to take temporary work to finish the final two episodes, though Skybound's CEO has said he wanted the game to be entirely developed by former Telltale staff. It is not clear if the team will be retained after the two episodes are finished.