New Developer Video Explores How Playtonic Brought 1990s Platforming Into The 21st Century

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New Developer Video Explores How Playtonic Brought 1990s Platforming Into The 21st Century

Playtonic is a team composed of ex-Rare developers who worked on legendary platformers like Banzo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. It's fitting then, that their first title is an old-school throwback to the glory days of the mascot platformer. Yooka-Laylee wears its inspiration on its sleeve, and a new video from the team explores Playtonic's process of updating their classic mechanics for modern audiences.

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For more on Yooka-Laylee, check out GI's review, and our interview with the composers behind the game's whimsical soundtrack.

Five Ways Outlast 2 Captures Mind-Bending Horror

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Five Ways Outlast 2 Captures Mind-Bending Horror

When I played the original Outlast, I discovered quickly that I could never play it alone. As a solution, I roped in a friend to face the gory horrors of the asylum with me. Although terrifying, it was a memorable experience., Upon hearing that developer Red Barrels was planning a sequel, I was instantly excited.

Outlast 2 ditches the claustrophobic asylum hallways of the original and shifts to more open environments set in the Arizona desert. You play as an investigative journalist, camcorder in hand, who along with his wife looks into the mysterious murder of a Jane Doe. From what I’ve seen of the game so far, it is bloody, disgusting, controversial, and features more of a psychological tone than the previous installment. Here are five ways Outlast 2 captures mind-bending horror.

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Catwoman Gets Cracking In New Gameplay Trailer

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Catwoman Gets Cracking In New Gameplay Trailer

Another week, another Injustice 2 trailer. This time, NetherRealm studios has seen fit to grace fans with a new gameplay trailer showing off Catwoman's various moves and abilities. Fans also get a closer look at Injustice 2's Batcave, a new stage transition, and some quality Harley Quinn-Selina Kyle interaction. You can take a look at the full trailer down below.

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Gameplay wise, Catwoman seems to have gotten a pretty big overhaul since the first Injustice, with new moves for her whip, a new trait that appears to allow her to command a cat, and a projectile dodge. She also shows off to a divekick, and an overhead cartwheel kick similar to the first Injustice's Batgirl. One thing that hasn't changed about the character is her speed and agility. Catwoman seems to be a very close-range character, relying on mixups and short-burst combo strings to do her damage. Time will tell how her moveset compares to other faster characters like Cheetah and Black Canary.

Finding The Potential Within Agents of Mayhem

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Finding The Potential Within Agents of Mayhem

Agents of Mayhem is a spin-off in the Saints Row universe, and while the oversized personalities and open world of its progenitor may be something Saints Row fans immediately recognize in Agents of Mayhem, the game goes a different direction from its source material. The third-person shooter revels in switching between a trio of characters during combat to maximize each one's special abilities as you mow down Legion forces in a reimagined Seoul, South Korea. I recently got some hands-on time with a preview demo of the title (out on August 15 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC), and found a few key areas of potential that I'd like to see grow for the final product.

The Importance of Seoul

The game takes place in a near-future version of Seoul where Mayhem agents try to take down Legion - an organization seizing control of the world with weapons fueled by dark matter. The representation of the city, expressed through a vivid art style that pops off the screen, contains the usual mix of pedestrians, traffic, and the occasional loot box or collectible.

Sequel Announced With Cinematic Trailer

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Sequel Announced With Cinematic Trailer

Today brings news that Sega is continuing its partnership with Creative Assembly and Games Workshop, following up on the success of the first Total War: Warhammer title with a full sequel. This newest project is steering toward launch on PC later in 2017. If the involved parties stick to that timeframe, it will be a very fast turnaround to get to to a sequel; Total War: Warhammer only released in mid-2016.

Sega has yet to reveal much about the gameplay distinctions in this installment compared to the first, but the publisher did share some details about what players can expect out of the story and setting. Players will be moving their troops through the continents far to the west of The Old World, where four major races from the long-running fiction are battling it out over The Great Vortex, a phenomenon that has hung over the elven homeland for many thousands of years. Players have the choice between High Elves, Dark Elves, Lizardmen, and one more as-yet unannounced playable race. 

While the campaign unfolds on the western continents, Sega is also promising that an additional large campaign map that features areas of both the new and old world regions will launch at some point after initial launch of the game, and it will be free to any players who own both the original Total War: Warhammer game and its sequel.

The Bad Guys Come Out To Play In New Trailer

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The Bad Guys Come Out To Play In New Trailer

NetherRealm Studios dropped yet another trailer for upcoming DC-themed fighting game Injustice 2 today, this one brimming with evil character reveals like Captain Cold and Scarecrow. While fans have been speculating that these characters would be in the game for a while now based on leaks from the Injustice 2 mobile game and previous trailers, this is the first concrete confirmation that they will be playable when the game hits in May. Gorilla Grodd and Bane also get a chance to strut their stuff. You can get a look at the villainous shindig down below.

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Similar to February's "Here Come The Girls" trailer, this trailer is more focused on character reveals than showing off gameplay. It does give a look at each character's super move, but if NetherRealm's recent rollouts have shown anything, character-specific trailers for each of these villains should be on their way soon.

Starlord Prepares To Take On Thanos In The First Trailer

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Starlord Prepares To Take On Thanos In The First Trailer

Telltale has released the first trailer for the first episode of its upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game series.

The trailer gives you a chance to hear the game's voice cast, which is different from the film, and teases confrontations with Thanos. Groot also says his famous catchphrase, "Hello. I am a tree creature. I am very tall." The first episode, Tangled Up In Blue, will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android on April 18.

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Scoping Out Several Improvements

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Scoping Out Several Improvements

When Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 released in 2013, we weren't big fans of the experience. In his review, former editor Tim Turi called it a "a below average, by-the-numbers affair." With linear missions and finicky controls, Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 was a shooter that could be safely skipped. Fast forward four years and Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is almost ready to launch. I recently played a near-final build of the game, and while I'm not ready to proclaim it's worth dropping every other game you're playing to pick up, it does show signs of improvement.

The most drastic improvement the third entry adds into the mix is that rather than linear missions, this game drops players into one of three large, open maps. After a significant loading time (on the build I played, the initial load lasted around five minutes), you don't need to worry about loading for the rest of the time you're in the map. When fast-traveling, the transport is nearly instantaneous. In these big worlds, you can visit your safe house to make changes to your loadout, craft ammo, and choose from the set of available missions in that map. The map I loaded into had several main missions available, as well as a large list of side missions that I could take on. 

Take A Look At What You'll Ride, Fly, And Steer In New Trailer

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Take A Look At What You'll Ride, Fly, And Steer In New Trailer

Warner Interactive has released a new trailer for the Lego City Undercover remaster, which focuses on the various vehicles you'll use to fly, drive, and steer around (and above) Lego City. 

Chase McCain and the rest of his crew have to get around somehow, and their little minifig legs can only move so quickly. Fortunately, there are more than 100 different vehicles to control, from motorcycles to helicopters – and plenty in between. Take a look at the trailer below to get a sample.

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New Story Trailer Suggests Return Of Fan-Favorite Character

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New Story Trailer Suggests Return Of Fan-Favorite Character

Kate Walker last appeared in 2004's Syberia 2, but she's back in a brand new title, scheduled for release in April.

Syberia 3 is written by series creator Benoît Sokal, and the series is aiming to return without missing a beat, bringing the gameplay up to date with modern adventure standards while preserving the unique charm and storytelling sensibilities which made the original games special to so many players.

The latest trailer shows off the scale of Walker's newest adventure, and hints at the return of Oscar the automaton, one of the most memorable characters from the original title.