New Trailer Packed With Bells, Blood, And Umbrellas

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New Trailer Packed With Bells, Blood, And Umbrellas

Publisher 505 Games has released a new Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night trailer, which shows off some of the spooky locations you'll be traversing in the game, as well as an extended look at a weird, bloody boss battle.

The opening section is relatively tame, with protagonist Miriam strolling through empty stages, but it quickly ramps up. It shows off a few of the creeps that inhabit Bloodstained's world, as well as Miriam's impressive combat abilities. Things get particularly interesting in the end, when she runs into an umbrella-wielding baddie who soaks the screen in waves of gushing blood. 

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A New Sci-Fi Sports Game From The Creators Of OlliOlli

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A New Sci-Fi Sports Game From The Creators Of OlliOlli

Roll 7, the developer behind Not a Hero and Olli Olli, just revealed its newest game: Laser League. A futuristic sports game that pits two teams against each other as they try to avoid laser grids popping up all over the arena, Laser League has the makings of a great competitive alt-sports game in the tradition of Rocket League and Desert Golfing, if it can solve a few problems.

We got the chance to check out the game a couple of weeks ago, seeing it in action and playing some rounds ourselves. A game of Laser League begins with two teams of up to four players choosing their class. Each class you can choose has a special ability, like turning your opponent’s laser grid against them or dashing across the arena quickly. During the match, laser grids are popping up everywhere. Laser grids that don’t correspond to your team’s color will wipe you out if they touch you and vice versa. A round is over when one of the teams has been completely eliminated. Laser League is a strange but compelling game that fuses together Tron and dodgeball—it’s also a lot of fun.

Bubsy (And Accolade) Making A Comeback With New Game

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Bubsy (And Accolade) Making A Comeback With New Game

Bubsy is a name gamers have not hear form in a long time, but this year he, and his creator Accolade, are making a return with a new game.

You can check out the trailer and handful of screenshots and art for the game below, which is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this fall.

The game also marks a return for Accolade, Bubsy's original developer. Actual development of The Woolies Strike Back is being handled by Black Forest Games, with Accolade serving a publisher-like role. According to gamesindustry.biz, Bubsy marks the beginning of long-term plans for Accolade to bring back other franchises like HardBall, Slave Zero, Deadlock, Eradicator, Redline, and more.

A Fun, Complicated Time

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A Fun, Complicated Time

The eternally developed Fortnite is almost here. It's real! We got to play it and came back with some impressions of a new preview build of the game. Here's what we think of Fortnite so far.

The Game Is ConvolutedFornite has a relatively simple concept: Combine the horde-defense gameplay of Orcs Must Die with the resource gathering you'd find in Minecraft. Craft forts, traps, weapons, and so on to defend certain key points for a certain period of time while zombies converge on you. However, Epic aggressively builds on that concept, introducing multiple skill trees and mechanics every step of the way. This is not a game you can just sit down and play for 10 minutes and "get it." Expect to spend hours messing around in menus if you're going to get the full experience.

The Combat Is Really Fun
The moment-to-moment gameplay of building traps, like spike floors and laser darts that cling to walls, and blasting zombies away with creative weaponry is really fun. Enemies explode in a purple clouds as you toss grenades about and call down airstrikes. It's not exactly innovative, but the combination of trap-building and meaty gunplay serves Fortnite well.

Saint's Row's Johnny Gat Is Joining The Agents

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Saint's Row's Johnny Gat Is Joining The Agents

Ji-hoon “Johnny” Gat is coming to Agents of Mayhem as a playable character for those who pre-order the game. In terms of the narrative reasons Gat will be appearing in the game, after coming back to life after the events of Gat out of Hell, he falls into a coma and wakes up in world where the police force has been replaced by robots, which is an issue for him. He will come included with an exclusive unlock mission, a personal missions, and vehicle, character, and weapons skins.

Agents of Mayhem releases August 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The Stakes Are High In This Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Story Trailer

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The Stakes Are High In This Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Story Trailer

Talion and Celebrimbor wield a new ring of power, but their work is far from done. A new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been released focusing on the game's story – which demonstrates that the challenges ahead are as great as ever.

Talion and Celebrimbor, combined as The Bright Lord must take over strongholds and get an army on their side, including some useful allies from amongst the Free Peoples of Middle-earth. They also must face arguably perhaps the greatest challenge – resisting the corruption of the ring itself.

For more on the title's gameplay, check out our hands-on impressions.

A Sneak Peek At The New Chemical Factory Level

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A Sneak Peek At The New Chemical Factory Level

Sonic Mania, the new 2D sonic game from Headcannon and Pagoda Wes Games arrives in August. We recently got a sneak peak at one of the levels in Mania: Chemical Factory.

You can watch some gameplay from that level here:

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EA Sports Reveals First NHL 18 Teaser Trailer

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EA Sports Reveals First NHL 18 Teaser Trailer

The NHL series has settled into a rut of mediocrity over the last several years, failing to crack the 8 score in Game Informer reviews in each of the last four entries. This run of underwhelming (if sometimes serviceable) offerings is very surprising considering how critically acclaimed the series was last console generation. 

As a serious hockey nut, I'm hoping NHL 18 can elevate this historic sports video game franchise back among the upper echelon of the genre. To get there, it needs some serious work on revamping its archaic franchise mode and fixing gameplay shortcomings like puck pickups. At least that's what the sim fan in me would love to see. 

Our first look at NHL 18 answers none of these questions. Instead, the first trailer seems to imply this year the game may be going in a more arcade-oriented direction. "When you grow up playing hockey, they teach you a lot of things," the narrator says. "Get the puck deep, finish your checks, make the simple play. But then again, where's the fun in that?" 

A Bloody Good First Impression

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A Bloody Good First Impression

At a recent event, I had the chance to play through the opening of Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Though the demo wasn't that long--15 minutes at the most--it did deliver much of the same feeling I had when I originally played Symphony of the Night all those years ago.

The basic setup of Bloodstained has you playing Miriam, an orphan exploring a demon-occupied castle in the hopes of finding a way to break a curse that's slowly causing her skin to turn into crystal. A third-person, 2.5D action RPG, Bloodstained has you collecting powers that help you navigate the castle and defeat enemies. During my time I came across a wealth of weapons I could equip, like swords and even kicking shoes, but I kept to my whip mostly, which dished out a fair amount of damage from a distance. I also collected powers that let me shoot bones and flames at foes, which was immensely helpful when I came up against some of the more powerful enemies, like massive knights.

The castle itself is interesting if a bit traditionally medieval. There's a lot of stone and bellowers. The art style makes the setting feel exceptionally gothic instead of generic. I had fun navigating the various nooks and crannies, leaping down on enemies with my whip.