Here's What It's Like To Raid A Warchief's Fortress In Shadow Of War

about X hours ago from
Here's What It's Like To Raid A Warchief's Fortress In Shadow Of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, is nearing its August release date. I recently got some hands-on time with the game and glimpsed how the Nemesis system has evolved and what it's like to try and take on a war chief in his Uruk fortress. 

The answer: It's extremely difficult. During the demo, I was given my own squad of friendly Uruk, controlled by protagonist Talion's will-bending powers, and each of them had their own selectable platoons I could customize before battle. As is expected with the series, each platoon leader had their own respective personalities, like the cannibal who had toes and arms sticking out of a messenger bag and who spoke in rhymes. A pre-battle menu gave me the ability to arm my platoon leaders with special units, like creatures carrying catapults, balrogs, and bomb-strapped berserkers. These units allow you to break down walls at various points in the fortress' defenses to gain entry and provide support from afar.

Boss Key's First Game Coming To PS4, Will Retail For $30

about X hours ago from
Boss Key's First Game Coming To PS4, Will Retail For $30

When we last checked in with LawBreakers it was this year's Pax East, where we spoke to Boss Key's Cliff Bleszinski about the game and its future. Back then, we asked him about the possibility of a console version of the game, which Bleszinski mentioned would be a challenge due to the fast-paced nature of the game. Since then, the team seems to have overcome that challenge, announcing the game is coming to PlayStation 4.

Though Boss Key did not announce a release date for either the PC or PS4 version of the game, it did release a few other details. The business model (another thing we discussed with Bleszinski in our interview) will be simple: $30 for the base game. There will be no season pass or "pay-to-win" purchases, and all post-release content will be free.

To coincide with the announcements, Boss Key released a new cinematic trailer for the game, showcasing a few of the characters and their abilities. Finally, Boss Key announced we can expect to see the PS4 version of LawBreakers at this yea's E3.

The Big Takeaways From Three Hands-On Demos

about X hours ago from
The Big Takeaways From Three Hands-On Demos

Bungie has pulled back the curtain on Destiny 2, and at the same time, it has offered some of its most engaged enthusiasts and press the chance to experience the game firsthand with three separate hands-on gameplay demos. After checking out the Homecoming story mission that helps to open the game, a cooperative strike called The Inverted Spire on the new planetoid Nessus, and playing through some of the new Countdown Crucible game type on a new map called Midtown, there’s a lot to break down and dissect. 

Homecoming makes for a bombastic opening scene, and I like the way it is a clear connector to the core experience of Destiny 1. Remember all that time you spent in the Tower? That place is getting blown up. You’re literally watching your vault collection go up in smoke. 

I also enjoy the integrated storytelling and character development that’s going on. Destiny 1 was always reticent to integrate NPCs too deeply into story missions, but if Homecoming is any indication, that won’t be a guideline in Destiny 2. We see some great action scenes with Zavala and Ikora weaving in and out of the fight, and part way through the mission, a scene cut with a cinematic in which we see our old shipwright, Amanda Holliday, as she pilots us up to one of the Cabal Red Legion ships. 

Watch The First Gameplay Trailer

about X hours ago from
Watch The First Gameplay Trailer

Bungie dropped a slew of info about Destiny 2 today, including changes to classes, matchmaking, and more. They also released the first gameplay trailer for the game, showing off the new tweaked interface, guns, and other changes.

The trailer also delves into the early story of the game, as the leaders of the Guardians' respective classes dive into the action. We get to see a lot of character interactions this time around, which seems to greatly hint at at a more involved single-player narrative.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Bungie Pulls Back The Curtain

about X hours ago from
Bungie Pulls Back The Curtain

In a dedicated public event streamed live from Los Angeles, Bungie today showed off a wealth of details about Destiny 2. Briefly touching on a variety of subjects, the stream made it clear that Destiny 2 is far more than an evolution of the existing game; it is a broader reinvention and reset that to invite new players as much as welcome veteran Guardians. 

New in-game clan functionality allows player groups to build their own banners and unique cultures, as well as acquire dedicated clan rewards. And a new “guided game” system aims to connect existing clan communities with solo players, helping everyone in the community to confront high-end activities like raids, Trials matches, and nightfall strikes. 

We also got a glimpse of three new subclasses coming to Destiny 2. The Warlock solar-based Dawnblade subclass seems to be focused on a flaming sword, aerial combat, and flinging fireballs. The Hunter arc-based Arcstrider subclass wields a staff in close-quarters, martial-arts combat. And the Titan void-based Sentinel wields a handheld shield, à la Captain America. 

First Details & Trailer For Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

about X hours ago from
First Details & Trailer For Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

The Pro Evolution Soccer series looks to take another step on its ascendent trajectory with the release of PES 2018 on September 12 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, and PC), complete with refined ball control, an online co-op mode, additions to Master League mode, and more.

The franchise has always been lauded for the way dribbling and controlling the ball feels, and PES 2018 hopes to improve on its gameplay through additions such as contextual ball shielding, more subtle player movements via the analog sticks, and the use of various parts of your body to try and control the ball.

In terms of modes, PES 2018 not only introduces 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play (including the ability for local friends to join), but the Master League career mode boasts pre-season tournaments and an improved transfer system. Ambience is added to Master League as well through pre-match interviews and shots of the locker room.

The Sparks Fly In This Danger Zone Trailer

about X hours ago from
The Sparks Fly In This Danger Zone Trailer

Usually nobody is going to call you smart or skilled if you crash your car into traffic, but Danger Zone – the upcoming title from the makers of Burnout and its Crash mode – tries to make doing this into its own art form.

I recently got my hands on a preview build of the title, and while the side of me that enjoys blowing stuff up is delighted, figuring out how to do it well is the title's real allure.

Each level spawns in traffic from various directions, and timing your impacts for maximum effect while nabbing the valuable bonus coins and extra smashbreakers is a skill you never knew existed.

Trailer Shows Off More Of The Sequel's Open World

about X hours ago from
Trailer Shows Off More Of The Sequel's Open World

Our first look at Middle-earth: Shadow of War gave us a lot of gameplay, but didn't do much in terms of getting us excited to explore Shadow of War's open world. This new trailer seeks to assure that yes, there will be plenty more to explore than just dingy old Mordor.

The trailer shows off an assortment of distinct environments and castles, and a handful of decapitations just in case you forgot this was a game about beheading monsters, and not just looking at pretty vistas. Middle-earth: Shadow of War releases August 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Create Your Own Character In Sonic Forces

about X hours ago from
Create Your Own Character In Sonic Forces

It's a given that Sonic is in the upcoming Sonic Forces title (coming out this holiday on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC), but the game also sports a character-creation feature that lets you design your own look.

Besides various cosmetic features to differentiate your character, you can select from seven different animal body styles (each with their own abilities and gadgets).

For another look at the game, check out this preview, and take a look at classic Sonic tearing through Green Hill Zone.