Shape Environments And Discover New Worlds

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System Era's Astroneer is an upcoming space adventure game, similar in gameplay to Minecraft and No Man's Sky, but with a low-poly aesthetic. In Astroneer, you play as an adventurer seeking riches and distant treasures on foreign planets.

Similar to the themes in last year's film The Martian, you must find a way to sustain yourself on planets that have harsh living conditions. You will be able to mold the ground and environment around you the way you see fit, so that you can dig, sculpt, and create your own world. "Every cubic inch of every world is accessible to you," writes Brendan Wilson, co-founder of System Era in a blog post on Xbox Wire. "Excavate vast underground tunnels or create megaliths on the surface; the world is your Play-Doh."

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Shovel Knight To Make A Cameo Appearance In Yooka-Laylee

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A new trailer for the upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee teased that Shovel Knight will be making an appearance in the highly anticipated 3D platformer. Shovel Knight will appear as a non-playable character in the game.

Shovel Knight has made cameo appearances in several other games, including Runbow, Road Redemption, and more. According to EuroGamer, Playtonic developers and Yacht Club Games hopped on Skype to practice Shovel Knight's silly-sounding dialogue, which is pretty amusing. 

Outside of Shovel Knight, the trailer below also presents many of Yooka-Laylee's quirky characters, such as the corporate mogul Capital B and Trowzer the snake (yes, you read that right).

Watch Lincoln Clay Infiltrate A Hotel To Take Out A Crime Boss

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Watch Lincoln Clay Infiltrate A Hotel To Take Out A Crime Boss

Mafia III's release is just around the corner, and 2K has unveiled some extended gameplay that was shown at both Gamescom and Tokyo Game Show. In the video below, we are introduced to Tony Derazio, Sal Marcano's merciless underboss. To take out the crime lord, protagonist Lincoln Clay infiltrates the Royal Hotel where Tony resides in his penthouse.

The beginning of the video gives a breakdown of the different districts in New Bordeaux, which is a reimagining of New Orleans in the '60s. Each area will have its own crime boss to take down, as well as its own distinct aesthetic.

In Mafia III, you'll have plenty of ways you can approach missions. To take care of Tony Derazio, you can go in guns blazing, take a stealthier route, or call for back up. You'll be able to storm through the lobby or steal a car that will help you sneak through the hotel's garage unnoticed. 

DICE Outlines Battlefield 1 EA Access Plans

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DICE Outlines Battlefield 1 EA Access Plans

EA/Origin Access members get first crack at each release from the publisher, but don't always get full access to the title for that first trial. That looks to be the case with Battlefield 1 as well. 

Today EA outlined the content being made available to subscribers on October 13, which includes five maps, four modes, and two of the single-player missions. EA/Origin Access members test to test out Rush, Operations, Domination, and the recently repaired Conquest mode on the St. Quentin Scar, Amiens, Sinai Desert, Fao Fortress and Suez maps. This will be our first look at Operations mode and the Amiens, Fao Fortress, and Suez maps. 

The single-player missions are called "Storm of Steel" and "Through Mud and Blood."

Meet Your DedSec Hacker Posse In Latest Watch Dogs 2 Trailer

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Meet Your DedSec Hacker Posse In Latest Watch Dogs 2 Trailer

Are hackers nihilist anarchists or social revolutionaries? Depends on who you are talking about. The cast of Watch Dogs 2 certainly looks to span the spectrum. 

Today Ubisoft released a new story trailer that introduces us to the colorful crew that protagonist Marcus Halloway runs with. Their primary target is once again the Blume Corporation, the all-seeing, all-knowing keepers of data on the vast majority of American citizens. We also get a glimpse of the Chief Technology Officer standing in the way of the hacking group. Check out the footage for yourself:

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Firaxis Shares Civilization VI System Requirements

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Firaxis Shares Civilization VI System Requirements

Is your PC up to the task of taking a civilization from the stone age and into space? You can find out today, as Firaxis finally revealed the system requirements for the latest entry in the amazing strategy series. 

Here are the modest minimum and more strenuous recommended requirements: 

To read more about how Civilization VI differs from its predecessors, read our latest hands-on preview. The strategy game comes to PC on October 21.

WWE 2K17 Season Pass Includes New And Old Superstars, Moves, More

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Publisher 2K has revealed its DLC plans for the upcoming WWE 2K17, which include retro wrestlers such as The Fabulous Freebirds, up-and-coming Superstars, and some new moves and customization options. You can buy them a la carte if you like, but a season pass is coming as well.

The season pass is priced at $29.99, and includes the following DLC, which will be coming out starting late 2016 and running through 2017. Check out the details below, with text from 2K.

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Paper Mario: Color Splash Gets A Splashy New Trailer

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Paper Mario: Color Splash Gets A Splashy New Trailer

Paper Mario: Color Splash is hitting Wii U on October 7, and there's a new trailer featuring all kinds of bells, whistles, and dollops of paint to check out.

After some extensive time with the title at PAX West 2016, I'm definitely curious to see how things shake out for the precision-tapping turn-based combat of the upcoming Mario RPG.

The trailer features a solid mix of gameplay, environments, and a host of characters and foes, so give it a look if the hammer-slamming, pig summoning, card-painting combat piques your interest.

Check Out Five Minutes Of The Upcoming Ashes of Ariandel Dark Souls III DLC

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Dark Souls III's first chunk of DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, arrives on October 25th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

If you're looking for a sneak peak of what to expect, Bandai Namco has unveiled a new five minute video packed with action. Be warned, if you're trying to avoid spoilers, you should probably skip the video and wait for the DLC. However, if you're looking for a taste of things to come, it's a fairly hearty helping of some new environments and action!

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Darkest Dungeon Hits PS4 And Vita On September 27

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Darkest Dungeon Hits PS4 And Vita On September 27

Darkest Dungeon hits PS4 and Vita on September 27, and Red Hook Studios has released a new trailer showcasing some of the action players can expect as they unearth the horrors lurking beneath. The trailer includes accolades from the PC launch much earlier this year  and some gameplay.

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Darkest Dungeon is definitely one of my favorite games that hit this year, an uncompromising dungeon dive with a unique aesthetic and unforgettable characters. I'm excited to see how some of the improvements that have trickled out into the PC version resonate with a whole new audience as the title comes to console and handheld. Check out my review of the PC version here! (Any game that lets me use the word aphotic is automatically awesome in my book.)