The Game Is Still Violent, But Also Looks More Intimate

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The Game Is Still Violent, But Also Looks More Intimate

Sony opened its 2016 E3 press conference yesterday with no shortage of spectacle, leading in with a full orchestra – one that scored the entire evening – and revealing the newest entry in its long-running God Of War series. While the game, titled God Of War, stars a Kratos we've seen before, he's not as brash as the warrior we've come to know over the past 11 years.

Taking a Nordic influence this around, we see Kratos with his son, teaching him how to hunt on his own and brave the wilderness. While there is no shortage of violence and death – a staple of the series – we see Kratos exhibit, potentially for the first time in the series, restraint. When his son disobeys him, firing his bow at a deer before being given direction, Kratos' temper immediately flares, raising his voice, and yanking the bow from his son. But, he stops himself mid-sentence, lowering his voice, opting to be stern, rather than forceful. It's a stark contrast for a character who has become synonymous with brutality and gratuity.

New Screens Capture Fierce Combat And Vicious Mech Wildlife

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At last night's Sony press conference, we saw a good chunk of Horizon: Zero Dawn's gameplay, with main character Alloy shooting arrows, riding a robotic creature, and conversing via a dialogue wheel.

Horizon Zero: Dawn takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where mechanized creatures rule the roost. The new screenshots show off some of the different robotic wildlife roaming the land and how Alloy will survive against them with merely her bow and arrow. Don't worry, she's pretty good at archery, and it looks like she also has plenty of explosive traps at her disposal. If you haven't had a chance to see it in action, we've included the press conference footage with a bevy of gorgeous screens from it below. 

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Mash Together Trails and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon To Get This New Action Experience

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What do you get when you combine Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and the Trails franchise? You get the newest game from Ubisoft featuring roller coasters and motorbikes in bright technicolor.

Shown on stage at Ubisoft's press conference at E3, it was announced that Trails of the Blood Dragon was available that same day for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Players can take control of Rex Power Colt’s "cybercommando kids" in an action-packed experience through seven different environments. The game will also feature fully animated cut-scenes to accompany the story-line.    

Check out the trailer below, or some brand new shots of the game from Ubisoft. Or you could play the game yourself due to its immediate post-E3 release. 

Take The Fight Underground And Survive The Winter

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Take The Fight Underground And Survive The Winter

After a successful launch earlier this year, Tom Clancy's The Division is bringing more areas for players to explore. Two new DLC expansions were given a spotlight during Ubisoft's press conference.

The first content shown was the previously announced Underground expansion, which will bring the fight to the subway tunnels of Manhattan. Players have been anxious for more diverse environments and weapons in the game, and this new content seems to bring just that. Underground launches on June 28 for Xbox One and PC, see in action below.

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Free For Every Battlefront Owner On PS4

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Free For Every Battlefront Owner On PS4

At Sony' E3 conference, the publisher showed off some major franchises that would be making the transition over to PlayStation VR including Batman, Final Fantasy, and Star Wars. In addition, Sony announced on its blog that Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission will be free to every PS4 owner who already has a copy of Star Wars Battlefront on PS4.

This VR experience will put you in the pilot seat of an X-wing, able to experience space fire-fights firsthand. A few seconds of game play was shown on stage, which you can check out below in the announcement trailer. 

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Carrying On The Disgusting, Spooky Legacy Of The Original

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The original Outlast was a terrifying game of hide and seek set in an asylum filled with murderous mental patients and victims of an inhumane science experience. Though the game had a number of flaws, there’s no denying that it worked well as a horror game, shamelessly stacking jump scares on top of revolting displays of violence. If you’re a fan of that kind of experience, well, good news, Outlast II looks to offer the same sorts of disturbing thrills while upping the ante.

I recently played a 20 minute demo of Outlast II at a showcase of Xbox One games during  E3. Unfortunately, it was in a bright environment surrounded by countless people.

I still screamed.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Feature A Huge Open World, And More

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Feature A Huge Open World, And More

The next entry in the sci-fi RPG Mass Effect will be out early next year, but details have been slim in terms of what to expect. Fans have speculated about the new protagonist's name, we know that jet packs will be a new feature, and that this entry takes place in a new galaxy, long after the events of the previous instalment. To find out more, we had a chance to sit down with BioWare studio producer Aaron Flynn and creative director Mac Walters. While they weren't able to tell us as much as we'd hoped, as much of the gameplay remains under wraps, they nonetheless gave us a better idea of just how large the Andromeda galaxy is.

The new setting allows for a complete blank slate for the creative team, to introduce new characters, planets, and races. While we'll see the return of the Asari, Krogan, and humans, new races will be introduced as well, though BioWare is remaining secretive on just what these races are. "We want to bring back some of the races and species from the trilogy, but because we're going to Andromeda, there's going to be new civilizations," says Walters.

Watch Dogs 2's Deeper Focus On Hacking Is Thrilling

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Watch Dogs 2's Deeper Focus On Hacking Is Thrilling

With Watch Dogs 2, Ubisoft is hoping to address the issues of its predecessor, such as introducing better driving and deeper hacking systems. I tried the new entry, and was able to explore the expansive open world of San Francisco and find out how cooperative play can change how you approach missions.

This time around, you take the role of the new protagonist Marcus Holloway. He's a brilliant young hacker who became a victim of the ctOS 2.0 system, which unjustly branded him as a criminal when he was younger. This drove him to join DedSec, a hacker faction focused on exposing corrupted establishments such as Blume, the creators of the ctOS, as well as crooked political and criminal organizations. 

During the beginning of the demo, the first thing I'm introduced to is how I can remotely control any car in the general vicinity. Hacking can be accomplished with the touch of a button, or by holding it down to see four different commands. For example, when remotely controlling a vehicle, I can accelerate, control, or steer the car in any direction, which startles nearby NPCs (it's pretty entertaining).

10 Things We Learned About Relic's New Entry In The Series

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10 Things We Learned About Relic's New Entry In The Series

Last month, Sega and Relic unveiled Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III with a flashy cinematic trailer that focused on the ongoing war between the Imperium, Orks, and Eldar. The trailer, while enticing, didn’t reveal any gameplay or discuss much about Relic’s vision for its new real-time strategy title. Thankfully, Sega and Relic held an event to reveal more about the ins and outs of the game. Here’s a rundown of the information to give you a better idea of what to expect from Dawn of War III.

Dawn of War III is coming to PC, but no release date has been set.

Half Doctor, Half Vampire Must Wrestle With His New-Found Blood Lust

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Dontnod Entertainment, the developer behind Life Is Strange, has released an E3 trailer for its upcoming game, Vampyr. Showing protagonist Dr. Jonathan Reid’s struggle of being a doctor-turned-vampire, Vampyr will put the life of others into players' hands.  

Set in 1918 London during a flu epidemic, Reid must wrestle with the duality of satisfying his blood lust, all the while trying to adhere to his Hippocratic Oath. Every life taken will also have its own set of repercussions, trickling out into other areas of the game's story, and affecting those around Reid. Check out the trailer below.

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