Puck Talk: Breaking Down The NHL 16 E3 Demo

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Now that the E3 dust has settled, we've had a chance to reflect on what we did and didn't like about NHL 16. To give our readers a clearer idea of what we think of the game at this juncture, I sat down with fellow GI editors Matthew Kato and Kimberly Wallace to share their hands-on impressions.

After last year's debacle, EA Canada clearly has a lot of ground to make up to produce a competent game and win back consumer confidence. Perhaps that's why to some of us the NHL 16 demo at E3 seemed to make bigger strides than the other titles in the EA Sports stable. Kim, what was your takeaway from your hands-on time with the game?

Assault And Heavy Classes Featured In New Videos

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The tactical squad-based shooter The Red Solstice is close to its official launch, meaning now is the perfect time to brush up on the different classes appearing in the game with some highlight videos. The two videos featured explore the abilities and weapons of assault and heavy classes.

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Each of the two class suits come with their own specialty and skillset. The assault class featured above has the widest arsenal of weapons in the game and is well suited to almost any situation with it’s all around average stats.  Meanwhile, the heavy support class featured in the video below is slower and better suited to defending teammates with a torrential downpour of bullets. 

Over 20 Minutes Of Battleborn E3 Gameplay Shows Off That It's More Than A MOBA

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While Battleborn’s competitive modes might take a page out of the MOBA playbook, the cooperative story mode is completely different. At E3, Gearbox and 2K showed off one mission, taking place on a frozen hells cape.

The five-person team of Thorn, Oscar Mike, Phoebe, Orendi, and Caldarius function more like a Borderlands squad than a League of Legends team. In the over 20 minutes of footage below, you’ll see how the upgrade system works as the team progresses through the mission.

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Zarya Muscles And Lasers Her Way To Glory

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Blizzard released another gameplay video of its upcoming class-based shooter today, showcasing one more member of Overwatch's diverse cast. This time, the centerpiece is Russian bodybuilder and laser enthusiast Zarya. She's a Tank class like Reinhardt, but with some key differences in her style. Watch her in action:

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Zarya has big muscles, but she lets her particle cannon do the talking in this clip. This flexible weapon has a continuous beam projectile as well as a grenade-lobbing mode. Her two other abilities are more defensive in nature. One grants her a shield that absorbs enemy fire and increases the damage of her particle cannon. The other skill is a similar barrier that Zarya can cast on any teammate in range. Her ultimate ability, Graviton Surge, fires a projectile that draws enemies into a singularity and deals damage over time.

The Latest Entry To The Series Lands On PS4 and Xbox One This Fall

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Today is a good day for fans of the long-running Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series. In addition to releasing a new trailer, Activision has also announced the current-gen release date for the latest installment.

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The trailer above offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 by various members of the production team, professional skaters, and Tony Hawk himself. The video also shows off some current gameplay footage while talking about how the new game is staying true to the mechanics fans of the series love. The new game will also feature a community-driven skate park creation tool that allows users to create their own courses and challenges. 

Disgaea 5 Seeks Vengeance This October On PlayStation 4

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NIS America has marked the date for Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance. The first PlayStation 4 entry for the series arrives this October.

The strategy RPG will team hero Killia up with other Overlords to depose the new demon emperor, Void Dark. NIS suggest that the campaign includes approximately 45 hours of play, but the series is known for its expansive side content.

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Point And Click Your Way Across The Continents On October 2

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Point And Click Your Way Across The Continents On October 2

Developer Animation Arts announced today that Lost Horizon 2 will arrive on PC this fall.

For those without prior knowledge of this upcoming title, Lost Horizon 2 is a narrative-driven point-and-click adventure game starring British smuggler Fenton Paddock. The game takes place in the 1940s and onward, allowing players to explore several exotic locations from long ago. Although Lost Horizon 2 picks up where the first game left off, studio lead Marco Zuegner stresses "both historical fans of the titles and new fans alike will love Lost Horizon 2."

The original Lost Horizon released in 2010, garnering praise for its Indiana Jones-style story, charming graphics, and attention to detail. The sequel expands upon this formula, offering more content as well as transitioning from 2D to 3D.

Dirtbikes And ATVs Get A Console Encore

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MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore is coming to consoles, developer Rainbow Studios and publisher Nordic Games announced today. The game brings fan-favorite content from the PC version of Supercross Encore as well as 2011's MX vs. ATV Alive and the original MX vs. ATV Supercross on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

New features exclusive to the current-generation version include updated high-resolution textures, re-mastered audio for 3D positional sound effects, and a new tutorial section.

MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore is in early access on Steam right now and will release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2015.

Find Out More About Yakuza 5’s Open World Japan In First Of Three Developer Interviews

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Find Out More About Yakuza 5’s Open World Japan In First Of Three Developer Interviews

Yakuza 5 is making its way to North America later this year, bringing the lights and brawls of Japan with it. Today, Sega has released the first of three developer interviews to discuss the theme and scope of the title.

The interview features series general director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Sony’s Gio Corsi discussing the road to bring the title west. The Yakuza series has always been aimed squarely at the Japanese market, but it has found worldwide appeal and a faithful audience outside of the country.

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