Catching You Up And Giving You A Glimpse Into Kingdom Hearts III

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Square Enix recently announced Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which isn't too big of a surprise considering it's remastered the majority of the Kingdom Hearts saga. Long-winded name aside, it contains three key pieces. The meat of the collection is Dream Drop Distance HD, an enhanced console version of the 3DS release. Fans itching for fresh content should be satiated with a new episode, Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, starring Birth By Sleep's Aqua. Additionally, this release continues the trend from previous collections of including an HD movie - Kingdom Hearts χ [chi] Back Cover - which sheds light on the Foretellers and the series' early history.

[This preview originally appeared in Game Informer issue #272]

The collection gives fans some time to refamiliarize themselves with the storyline and piece together new revelations, but director Tetsuya Nomura also tells us that Birth by Sleep 0.2 incorporates elements from Kingdom Hearts III, essentially giving fans their first peek at the long-awaited project. "It's not necessarily for getting feedback, but more about letting people get a taste of Kingdom Hearts III through introducing a small part of the game system," Nomura says.

Grinding Through Beauty

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Grinding Through Beauty

Getting lost in games with massive worlds and hundreds of sidequests is a joy, but experiences of this size come with an inherent challenge. They need strong hooks in the early hours to draw the player in, but they also require surprises and depth in the later hours to keep the excitement high. Xenoblade Chronicles X excels at the first step, presenting a vibrant world and an intriguing combat system. While a few story and gameplay surprises wait for the persistent player in the crucial late game, the insistence on a painfully slow grind results in too much tedium for too little payoff. 

The Earth has been destroyed by warring alien species, and a lone colony ship crashes on the distant planet Mira with the chance to reignite humanity. Pulled from the wreckage, your created hero or heroine joins a crew of explorers and soldiers as they pull themselves back from the brink of extinction. Early adventures feel momentous and interesting, as you get to know the scope and variety of the action and setting, whether you’re discovering a forgotten valley or unearthing ancient alien wreckage. 

Fan-Created Just Cause 3 Launch Trailer Features Original Explosion Rap

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Fan-Created Just Cause 3 Launch Trailer Features Original Explosion Rap

You might recall that back in October, Square Enix invited fans to help create the Just Cause 3 launch trailer. The winning video by CoolTwinSkittles, bested approximately 1,200 other entries. We suspect it’s because of the explosions.

The trailer below features an original rap. And while most artists in the genre pride themselves on mixing up their rhymes, CoolTwinSkittles sticks to what works: Explosions. 

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See Skull Kid In Action In Japanese Hyrule Warriors Legends Trailer

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See Skull Kid In Action In Japanese Hyrule Warriors Legends Trailer

Skull Kid is among the newcomers heading to Hyrule Warriors on 3DS, and a new trailer shows his collection of attacks.

Skull Kid is joining the roster for the 3DS port of the game alongside Toon Link, Tetra, the King of Hyrule, and original character Linkle. The game will also have new Wind Waker-inspired stages and the ability to switch between characters on the fly.

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Glimpse The Game's Campaign Map In A New Trailer

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Glimpse The Game's Campaign Map In A New Trailer

Total War: Warhammer, the fantasy warfare strategy game from Creative Assembly, showed off its campaign map for the first time today. The new trailer tours cities and wastelands prime for conquest.

The cinematic trailer flies across the map, surveying faction strongholds and chaotic battles, as one of Grimgor Ironhide’s goblin underlings babbles about pillage and slaughter.

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Star Wars Goes Mobile Today With EA’s Galaxy Of Heroes

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Star Wars Battlefront is only one week old, but EA’s already locked and loaded with another entry in the franchise. The publisher turns its attention to mobile today with Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

The RPG involves collecting heroes from the various films and television shows. You’ll be able to create teams of light side and dark side heroes, upgrade character abilities, and play alone or against others.

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Final Dev Diary Spotlights The Technology Behind The Destruction

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Final Dev Diary Spotlights The Technology Behind The Destruction

Just Cause 3 gives players the power to destroy almost anything in whatever manner they see fit. To help players understand the technology behind the mayhem, Avalanche Studio's final developer diary highlights the capabilities of its Avalanche Engine.  

The video discusses how the engine is able to layer together a myriad of mechanics, such as the grappling hook and wing suit, to grant players the flexibility to pull off any crazy ideas they concoct . For more on Just Cause 3, check out previous dev diaries centered around protagonist Rico Rodriguez and design challenges. 

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Warhammer 40K MOBA Dark Nexus Arena Conquers Early Access December 9

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Warhammer 40K MOBA Dark Nexus Arena Conquers Early Access December 9

The Warhammer 40K franchise has reached out to touch nearly every genre imaginable at this point. One of the few unconquered territories, MOBAs, is next on the list.

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena brings together factions from across the universe. Dark Eldar are kidnapping warriors and making them fight to the death.

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Take A Long Flyover Look At The Island

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Jonathan Blow's The Witness is nearing release, and a new blog from the creator discusses the game's soundtrack (or lack thereof) and offers an interesting look the the island.

The Witness won't have music in the same way Blow's last game, Braid, did. It will, however, have ambient noise which is being handled by Wabi Sabi Sound who did work on games like Dead Space and Ori and the Blind Forest. You can more details about the game's sound by reading Blow's latest blog on the game here.

The Witness is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC on January 26.

Star Citizen Offers Up A Very Brief Introduction To Mark Hamill's "Old Man" Colton

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Roberts Space Industries has an impressive cast of actors supporting Star Citizen and new short video introduces the character Mark Hamill will be playing in the game.

Here's what we know about Lt. Cdr. Steve "Old Man" Colton based on the video below. He's played by Mark Hamill; he's a pilot; he goes faster than the people flying behind him and that can be frustrating. We also know he's part of Squadron 42.

Also joining the cast of Squadron 42 is Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes), and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) among others. You can find out more about the cast here.