Get Ready To Grind

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OlliOlli 2: Welcome To Olliwood released on PlayStation 4 and Vita in March, and now developer Roll7 has revealed the PC version of their skateboard sidescroller will arrive on Steam on August 11.

The sequel to OlliOlli (our review here) features an expanded array of tricks, branching level paths, five new worlds, and more. Perhaps the most significant change of OlliOlli 2 lies in the brand new multiplayer mode, Combo Rush. In keeping with the style of the first game's soundtrack, OlliOlli 2 showcases music from artists like Cid Rim, Lone, Faulty DL, Submerse and Mike Slott.

For a closer look at Roll7's upcoming game, check out the screens below. You can also watch the first OlliOlli 2 trailer.

Id Software's Marty Stratton Teases Building Co-op Campaigns With Doom's SnapMap

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After watching a people play Doom multiplayer for the first time at QuakeCon, an energetic Marty Stratton, id Software's executive producer, sat down to talk to me about the state of development for this 2016 release. Stratton wouldn't go into specifics about key components that haven't been discussed yet, stating id wants to keep a few more "surprises" under lock and key until closer to launch, but did provide further details about multiplayer and the bloody executions.

You showed off a significant chunk of single player at E3, and a small tease of multiplayer here at QuakeCon. Where are you at in production?We're doing really well. Saying we're coming out spring of next year is a big deal for us because it focuses us on the home stretch. We have the alpha test for multiplayer coming up, which is super exciting because it means more people are getting their hands on the game. We're confident in the way it plays. [QuakeCon] is a great opportunity for us to get broader feedback. We do focus testing in the office, but to get a couple thousand people's hands on it here and be able to react to stuff is helpful. Single player is coming along great. SnapMap is super fun. We're feeling confident.

Play As A Backstabbing Rat Or An Item Creating Rabbit

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Play As A Backstabbing Rat Or An Item Creating Rabbit

Developer League of Geeks has announced Armello will release on September 1 of this year. After July 31, this title will disappear from Steam Early Access until its official release two months later.

Armello, a digital board game, features playable animal heroes vying to be king or queen of the land. Each of the characters possesses different strengths and weaknesses, leaving some better suited to stealth, defense, or offense. To add another wave of complexity, the boards are procedurally generated. More randomness arises in the action of the current king, a lion suffering from madness. For more details, check out our pre-alpha preview.

League of Geeks unveiled two new characters today: Zosha the female rat and Barnaby the male rabbit. Zosha fights best in the night, as she enters into stealth after each sunset. Although her low health weakens her effectiveness in head-to-head battles, her high fight power offers great potential for surprise attacks. Barnaby, on the other hand, is more balanced. Thanks to his ability to generate the perfect item when necessary, players can use him in a variety of ways.

You Can Play As Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator In WWE 2K16 (No, Seriously)

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Each year, there’s a pre-order bonus for the WWE franchise in the form of a superstar that players will likely want to have on their roster. Past entries have included Sting, The Rock, Mike Tyson, and Ultimate Warrior. This year, it’s a warrior sent back in time.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in WWE 2K16 as The Terminator. For fans of the franchise, the T-800 from the original film and Terminator 2: Judgement Day are included.

The news is accompanied by what might be the best trailer in WWE history. Check it out.

There's Finally A Release Date For North America

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There's Finally A Release Date For North America

Despite confirmations of a North American release, Persona 4: Dancing All Night has had a vague 2015 release date for some time. Not anymore.

Persona 4: Dancing all Night releases exclusively on Vita (a rarity these days) on September 29, 2015. Alongside the release date, Atlus has also released a new video highlighting Kanami Mashita. You can check it out below.

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Upgrades On The Way In The Upcoming Remake

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Today brought news that Vanillaware is remaking its epic adventure for North America, and adding a new subtitle. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (pronounced LAYV-thra-sheer) is targeting a release on PS4, PS3, and Vita.

The game will include redrawn art and in-game visuals, and supposedly we’ll also see upgrades to combat and RPG systems, although no details have been provided on that score. Here’s hoping that Vanillaware and Atlus finally find a way to address the slowdown issues that plagued the original release. In addition to gameplay and art changes, the announcement also promises new monsters and fully voiced story scenes.

Check out the trailer below.

A Lengthy Look At Fallout 4

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On July 17, 2014, QuakeCon attendees were treated to an exclusive look at id Software's Doom reboot. The demo ran longer than expected, giving the people in the auditorium (many of the screaming variety) a hell of a look at this bloody shooter. Heads were severed. Bodies were chainsawed. The legacy of Doom was alive and well. Showgoers raved about the carnage, but publisher Bethesda Softworks never released the footage shown at the con. In fact, Bethesda didn't show or talk about the game again until this year's E3.

This year, Bethesda gave the people of QuakeCon another exciting exclusive: a unique and lengthy look at Fallout 4. No video recording or cameras were allowed. Security guards walked the aisles constantly, eying everyone to ensure none of this new Fallout 4 content made it any further than the auditoriums screens.

The show began with a greeting by Bethesda Game Studios' director, Todd Howard. He broke Bethesda's rule of no photography and snapped a panoramic shot of the crowd with his iPhone. Seeing most people were wearing masks of Vault Boy, which were provided by Bethesda at the door, Howard took a step back and said, "Those masks are creepy as s--t. That picture is going to replace my recurring nightmare of the Poltergeist clown."

New Screenshots Show Off Premium Shows

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New Screenshots Show Off Premium Shows

Activision and FreeStyle Games today shared new info and images of the premium shows feature on the way in Guitar Hero Live. Premium shows are structured as a way to deliver playable concert footage, music videos, and other as yet undetailed music content.

In-game challenges must be completed to access premium shows, and players win rewards based on the difficulty on which they tackle the show. Rewards can include new note highways or custom player cards, as well as other options that increase the speed of leveling up or acquiring in-game currency.

The first announced premium show is a live concert featuring the band Black Veil Brides, which you can get a glimpse of in the screens below. Guitar Hero Live hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and select iOS and Android devices on October 20.

Surprise! You Can Play As A Bad-Ass Mech In Galak-Z

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Surprise! You Can Play As A Bad-Ass Mech In Galak-Z

17-Bit's top-down space shooter Galak-Z is a love letter to '80s Saturday morning cartoons and anime, but up until now, the developer has been keeping a major secret under wraps – your nimble ship can transform into a laser sword-wielding mech with the press of a button. Check out the video to see just how awesome the functionality is.

In hindsight, Galak-Z's mech mode makes perfect sense given the game's roots – what self-respecting anime-inspired shoot 'em up wouldn't let you transform into a towering robo-suit of doom? However, Mech mode is more than just a limited power-up; players can slip into the overpowered alternate form with the press of a button at any time. Once you've transformed, you have a whole new suite of abilities at your disposal, including the ability to dice enemies with your sword or grab and throw enemies with your extendable arm. Mech mode also gives players access to the Direction Shield, which can deflect incoming projectiles right back at attacking enemies. See the new abilities in action in the reveal trailer below:

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Get To Know Your Minions In New Overlord: Fellowship Of Evil Video

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The Overlord franchise isn't probably what most of us think of when the word "minion" is uttered these days, thanks in large part to these guys. That said, the yellow pill-shaped goofballs from the Despicable Me movies don't hold a candle to the impish creeps from Codemasters' wicked take on Pikmin when it comes to sheer bloodlust. Overlord: Fellowship of Evil is coming soon, and the Minionstry of Information has released a new trailer designed to reacquaint you with the game's ferocious critters.

Codemasters says the newest entry in the Overlord series isn't a true sequel, which is why it's not being called Overlord III. Instead, the spinoff has a slightly different take on the action. The most obvious change is that the camera has been pulled up from its closer over-the-shoulder third-person perspective to an isometric view similar to what you'd find in dungeon crawlers like Diablo. There's also a focus on co-op, with up to four players locally or online, though you're never really alone in the game. These minions won't ever leave your side. Well, that is, unless your carelessness kills them.

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