Channeling The Action Of Bayonetta

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Channeling The Action Of Bayonetta

Square Enix's Nier: Automata, a sequel to the 2010 role-playing game Nier, takes place in a dystopian world ravaged by a proxy war between humans and robots. We spoke with Platinum Games and had a brief hands-on session with the upcoming action RPG to see the game in action.

In Nier: Automata, mechanical enemies have overrun Earth. Humans have left the planet, outside of The Resistance, a group of humans who stayed behind to fight off the robotic enemies. You play as 2B and her companion 9S, both of whom are androids that are aiding the humans to fight off the hostiles. 

"As an overarching story, the machine lifeforms in this world start to act a little weird, a little different. So that’s when 2B and 9S start to get involved," says Nier director Yoko Taro.

New Screens Chart A Course For Vengeance

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New Screens Chart A Course For Vengeance

2K Games and Hangar 13 have invested years in building the world of Mafia III, and the time and attention shown to create a believable recreation of the game’s 1960s setting really shows. Look no further than these new screens for the promising game, which do a great job of showing off the fictional city of New Bordeaux, a not-so-subtle reimagining of New Orleans from 1968.

From a shot of a flooded southern street, to images of stealth gameplay in the midst of the bayou, Mafia III is aiming to immerse players in its historical fiction. The story focuses on a Vietnam vet who returns home, only to have his friends in the black mob gunned down by the Italian Mafia. Many of the images below help illustrate steps along protagonist Lincoln Clay’s path to revenge. 

Mafia III is targeting release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 7. You can also check out a trailer released earlier this week. 

Several E3 Trailers Show A New City, Enemies, And A Flying Car

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Square Enix wasn't shy about showing off Final Fantasy XV during E3. Along with a boss battle demo and PlayStation VR tease, we also got three new trailers showing off enemies, a flying car, and the city of Altissia.

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Shown during Microsoft's E3 conference, this new trailer features music from Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack. The dubstep tune crescendos during action sequences, but has a more plucky melody when some chocobo riding comes on screen.  

Ubisoft's Brawler Creates Its Own History

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Ubisoft first unveiled For Honor on stage at E3 2015, and the game came back in full force this year with a lengthy gameplay demo. The historical action title is coming on February 14, 2017.

We also learned a good deal of the game's story, detailing an alternate history with some fantasy elements. Vikings, Samurai, and Knights do battle in this combat-heavy adventure. Up until now, only the game's 4v4 multiplayer had been shown off, and in learning more about the single player campaign, we were given our first look at Apollyon, the game's villain as well.

For Honor features a wide variety of weapons and tools that can be used to raid enemy bases and hack away at other soldiers. It is coming to Play Station 4, Xbox One and PC.

This Is The Final Kingdom Hearts Before Kingdom Hearts 3

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This Is The Final Kingdom Hearts Before Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will be the final entry in the long-running series before Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally released. Square recently revealed some new screens for the game showing off several of its different worlds, characters, and combat. 

Judging by the screens, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, originally released in 2012 on the 3DS, has really benefited from its upscale for the PlayStation 4, looking comparable to the recent HD re-releases of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 on the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Check out 20 new screens below.

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue will feature the aforementioned Dream Drop Distance, as well as a new HD cinematic film called Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and an entirely new game called Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage. The collection is expected to release this December.

Watch The Entire E3 2016 Demo

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I recently got the chance to play through a brief sequence of Red Barrels follow-up to the terrifying Outlast. I wrote up my thoughts on my experience with the preview section here, but I was also able to record the entire thing for your viewing pleasure.

Just a fair warning: some of this footage is extremely graphic and gory. You can watch the whole demo right here:

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Talking New Additions And Long-Term Vision With Ed Boon

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The 2013 DC Comics-focused fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us proved to be a smash hit with players and critics. The compelling story that pitted heroes and villains alike against a maniacal alternate universe Superman was an obvious highlight, while the fight mechanics that NetherRealm introduced with 2011's Mortal Kombat were further refined and tweaked to deliver a great game for fighting game fans and fans of the DC Universe. With injustice 2, game director Ed Boon and his team at NetherRealm Studios hope to bring even more innovation to the genre with a more ambitious project.

The story of Injustice 2 continues the narrative of the first game. Superman is in prison after the events of Injustice: Gods Among Us, but a new threat has the heroes debating whether or not they should release the Man of Steel from his imprisonment to help them battle this new, unknown threat. 

ReCore's Color-Changing Action In A Hostile Eden

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ReCore's debut last E3 was brief, and this time around Microsoft and developers Armature (Metroid Prime) and Keiji Inafune's Comcept had plenty more to talk about the third-person action title.

ReCore takes place on Far Eden. As the name implies, this was going to be a wonderful new beginning for humans. However, when heroine Joule Adams awakes from her cryogenic sleep, something's clearly amiss. Far from a paradise, the terraforming process for Far Eden has gone wrong. The planet has been scarred by the process,  and most of the robots already on Far Eden – who were supposed to assist in the process – have gone haywire.

At the outset of the demo, Joule and her robot dog companion Mack, are looking for tracking down a signal core. Cores are an important facet of the game. They can be taken from Corebots, some of which are housed in enemies, while others are friendly to Joule and will help her in combat. Once you have a core from an enemy, you choose to harvest it for loot or resources.

Forming A Special Bond: The First 30 Minutes Of The Last Guardian

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It seems like we've been waiting an eternity for The Last Guardian, and at this E3 not only was the PS4 title's release date of October 25 announced, but we got to play the game's first 30 minutes. It's the beginning of the title as well as a special friendship.

Note: I'm going to talk about the game's beginning, but this isn't a moment-by-moment account. However, if you want to know absolutely nothing about the game, then stop reading now.

In the world of The Last Guardian, the Trico is a beast of legend. A feared creature with horns and impressive size. When the boy wakes up next to the creature, shackled and bleeding, its horns cut, he is terrified.