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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Klei Entertainment's Oxygen Not Included Looks Like A Humorous Space Colony Sim

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Klei Entertainment's Oxygen Not Included Looks Like A Humorous Space Colony Sim

We only got a glimpse of it during the PC Gaming Show, but Klei Entertainment has announced its next game. The studio behind Shank, Mark of the Ninja, and Don't Starve is taking us to space.

Oxygen Not Included appears to be a spacefaring take on the Fallout Shelter concept. It appears you'll manage your crew and try to keep them happy and healthy.

No release date has been announced. The only platform confirmed at this time is PC.

Ubisoft's Star Trek Bridge Crew Is Everything I Ever Wanted From The Final Frontier

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Ubisoft's Star Trek Bridge Crew Is Everything I Ever Wanted From The Final Frontier

Tonight, I got to step onto the bridge of a Federation starship. The U.S.S. Aegis (NX-1787) is fully equipped for deep space exploration, and I got to take the helm, target Klingon birds of prey, and energize the transporters. If you've played Space Team or Artemis, you'll feel right at home in a Star Trek Bridge Crew uniform.

I had the fortune of playing the demo three times, taking on all but the Captain role (which was handled by a Red Storm team member). The game is based in the JJ Abrams reboot universe, complete with lens flare. In the sample mission, our crew was tasked with warping to investigate a distress call at a space station orbiting a dying star.

The captain has unique information, bringing up a message from Starfleet, directing helm to the appopriate mission location, and indicating to crew what is necessary to succeed. Upon arrival, the station is discovered to be heavily damaged. Escape pods with survivors are in the area. 

It's A Long Way Down In Lincoln Clay's Story Of Vengence

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It's A Long Way Down In Lincoln Clay's Story Of Vengence

Hangar 13 has revealed its E3 trailer for the upcoming entry into the Mafia series, Mafia III. Putting protagonist Lincoln Clay's bloody tale of revenge at the forefront, the trailer reminds us "It's a long way down."

The newest trailer shows off the game's take on New Orleans, named New Bordeaux, and a string of bodies Clay leaves in its streets. Tackling death, murder, and even racism, Mafia III's story looks like its getting ready to take on its heavy themes head first.

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Obduction Is Deeply Rooted In Myst-ery

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Cyan's upcoming first-person experience title, Obduction, is deeply rooted in the classic title Myst. That's no surprise, as original Myst-maven and Cyan Worlds co-founder Rand Miller is lending his talents to the project. At E3 2016, I dove in for some hands-on with the title and can easily say that it's the most Myst-like adventure I've had since the original game graced my CD-ROM drive so many years ago. If that's the kind of experience you're looking for, you'll find it revitalized and refreshed in this modern take on those classic concepts.

There are lush environments to explore (in fully rendered 3D), buttons to press, levers to pull, and cryptic clues are everywhere, and there's even a sense that some of the architecture comes straight out of the Myst-world that redefined the exploratory adventure. My journey took me through a variety of areas,  remnants of a once-successful town or village in an arid, rocky zone and a mysterious cavern area filled with strange lights and steampunk-esque designs. We're given only the barest of narrative threads to pursue, but like Myst, I'm assuming that many answers will come from the initial deluge of questions about the characters and world.

Take The Journey With FIFA 17's New Story Mode

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Last week EA Canada announced that it is using DICE's Frostbite engine for FIFA 17 (our sources told us before the announcement that all EA Sports games will transition to it in the coming years). While graphics in general are certainly an area the series will benefit from using the engine, Frostbite is not just changing the way the game looks, but the way players fundamentally interact with it. At today's EA Play pre-E3 event, the developer announced a new story-based mode for the game dubbed The Journey.

The JourneyThis single-player mode puts players in the boots of Alex Hunter, a promising English prospect signing his first contract in the English Premier League (EPL). He comes from a family of footballers – his grandfather was a great player in his day, and his dad showed promise until his career was cut short by injury. Hunter will also go up against one of his childhood friends as he climbs the ranks. This backstory sets the stage for Hunter's progression into stardom. Here are some more details:

The Importance of the Frostbite EngineThe developers at EA Canada consulted with other Frostbite devs like DICE and BioWare, and have been working with the engine and on The Journey for over two years. Without it, the mode wouldn't be possible. Here are a few components the Frostbite is delivering:

The Big Rundown Of Madden 17's Franchise Mode

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EA kicks off E3 week with its EA Play event, and Madden 17 features a variety of changes for its Connected Franchise Mode, including a long-standing fan request and nods to accessibility.

Play The MomentIn a continued drive to make Madden more accessible, Connected Franchise now features an option to play only select moments from a game. This means you'd play through situations like the opening drive, key third downs, whenever anyone's in the red zone, etc. The game's normal sim engine will bridge the rest of the game.

GameplanningThis replaces Gameprep even though it retains some of the same elements.