Hands-On With The Impressive Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

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Hands-On With The Impressive Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Pro Evolution Soccer turned the corner last year and notched a must-play experience with PES 2016. This year the dev team at PES Productions is addressing some well-known issues as well as making its gameplay even tighter and fun to play.

I got some hands-on time with an early build of the game, and came away very impressed in how the team not only shored up some fan complaints, but keeps moving the franchise forward.

Here's a quick breakdown of just some of what's going on in the game.

Hands-On With The Elder Scrolls: Legends

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Hands-On With The Elder Scrolls: Legends

At E3 2016, I took a dive into Bethesda's upcoming Elder Scrolls title (No, not Skyrim Special Edition), The Elder Scrolls: Legends. The title is simple to pick up and play, with an easy-to-understand resource system and a clear route to victory by depleting the opponent's life points. Games take around 10 minutes and flow easily from start to finish.

What makes it different from other digital card games is the addition of "lanes." The core game starts with two very different lanes in play,  and the characters and creatures you play over the course of a game can only interact with other cards in that particular lane.

One lane has no additional rules or regulations, but the other is actually "cloaked", and cards that are played there are unable to be attacked or targeted for a full turn after they come into play,  making it the ideal location to place your more sensitive characters or cards that need you to set up a combo.

Final Fantasy XV Gets A Full Game For A Pre-Order Bonus

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If a full-length movie isn't enough to immerse you in the world of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix has announced another way for players to experience the characters and setting beyond the core game. A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a retro-styled 2D brawler that releases alongside the main installment on September 30.

In North America, the game is an exclusive pre-order bonus at GameStop. [Full disclosure: Game Informer is owned by GameStop] The game is set 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV, and stars a young King Regis as he fights an array of iconic monsters.

A King's Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

Travel A Planet With Changing Terrain

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Travel A Planet With Changing Terrain

Amidst a cagey past couple of years revolving around the development of Mighty No. 9, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and some of the minds behind Metroid Prime have teamed up to bring the game ReCore to the Xbox One.

Players control Joule, one of the last remaining humans, and her robot-dog Mack, as she travels through the Shifting Sands on the planet Far Eden. Terrain on this world changes as violent sandstorms hit sporadically. On her journey, Joule will encounter Corebots, some good and some bad, that can either help or hinder her journey. You can find a gallery of screenshots below.

ReCore was announced last year during Microsoft's E3 press conference. It is a joint venture between the studios Comcept Inc. and Armature Studio. It's expected to release on September 13.

New Screens Show Off What It's Like To Shoot Giant Spiders In Space

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First-person space-shooter Farpoint was announced at Sony's E3 conference, with info following that it will be a PlayStation VR exclusive.

In the trailer, holo-analytic technology announces that the player finds themselves upon a completely unknown planet. Soon enemies appear, including a massive spider and drone-like robotics. The character communicates back to a woman presumably on a home-base, which is sort of like a sci-fi, and much more dangerous, Firewatch dialog setup.       

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What To Expect From Telltale's Batman

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If you've played any Telltale game in the last few years – be it The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones – you know exactly what to expect from Telltale's first Batman title. Designed as a five-part episodic series, Batman features a branching narrative structure, quick-time event combat, and characters that will "remember that." The same cannot be said for fans of the Caped Crusader's comic books and movies. Telltale is creating its own lore for Batman that draws heavy inspiration from the character's history, but is an entirely new origin story.

At E3, Telltale showed off the first 30 minutes of episode one, and stressed the point that this as much a new story about Batman as it is Bruce Wayne. Episode one kicks off with a scenic shot of Gotham; Wayne Tower lords over it, both menacing in size and beautiful in lighting. We then transition to a heavily armed group infiltrating city hall. They're here to rob the place. Their identities are hidden behind masks, and at this point, we don't know who they are aligned with or what they are after. The only thing we know is they are trying to get into an office. A chainsaw should do the trick, but it will take time. We also know they are aware of a Batman-like figure that is taking down criminals like them. They discuss his methods as they wait for the door to open.

New Screens Show Off The Grim And Dark Environments

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New Screens Show Off The Grim And Dark Environments

A trailer was released during E3 showcasing new horror-survival game Here They Lie from Sony and independent studio The Tangentlemen.

The game will be available for both PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4. Several possible enemies were featured in the trailer, including an antlered humanoid figure and several humans wearing animal masks. The goal of the game is said to be maintaining survival while you try and uncover the mystery of "the woman in yellow."

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Platinum Games Shows You How To Train Your Dragon

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Players got another extended look at Scalebound during E3 2016. This demo focused on co-op gameplay and a gigantic boss fight.

Though story details are still sparse, we can clearly see that Drew, the human character, has some kind of connection with his dragon, Thuban. The two sync up attacks while fighting a giant crab and Thuban even swoops in to catch Drew when he's in danger. Partnering up with a giant dragon or other players seems to make Scalebound's action gameplay even more frantic.

The game is due out sometime next year for Xbox One and PC. For more on Scalebound, check out our impressions from Gamescom.

Delving Further Into The Fractured But Whole

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Delving Further Into The Fractured But Whole

Ubisoft got plenty of laughs with its stage demo of South Park: The Fractured But Whole during its press conference yesterday, but there's more to the super-hero-spoofing RPG than fart jokes. Here are some of the big changes and improvements we learned about from our extended hands-off demo.

The Next Evolution Gives An Strong Early Impression

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The Next Evolution Gives An Strong Early Impression

Tekken 7 has been available to play in Japanese arcades for over a year, but the home release – as well as any appearance in the U.S. – has kept fans of the series waiting. At Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference, it was revealed that Tekken 7 is launching worldwide on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2017. I went hands-on with the upcoming brawler well ahead of the release and came away impressed with what I saw.

Tekken 7 is the first game in the series to use Unreal Engine 4, and the results are strong. The characters are finely detailed and move smoothly in both matches and cutscenes.

In addition to a strong cast of returning characters, Tekken 7 introduces five new characters, in addition to Akuma, the great demon, from the Street Fighter series. From Josie, a new fighter from the Philippines, to Shaheen, one of the first playable Middle Eastern characters to appear in the series, the latest additions are diverse, colorful, and possess traits that reflect their cultures. I was able to see Lucky Chloe, probably the most unique addition to Tekken 7's roster, in action. With headphones on and cat paws in tow, she dances her way through matches with her colorful outfit and personality.