Halo 5: Guardians Live-Action Trialer Mourns A Hero

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Halo 5: Guardians Live-Action Trialer Mourns A Hero

With a month before the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft and 343 are ramping up hints about the story. The latest live-action commercial strikes a somber tone, as the UNSC mourns the loss of a hero.

The Master Chief has been thought dead before. Maybe this time it's for real. Or maybe, just maybe, this has something to do with the ongoing Hunt the Truth radio drama series.

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Five Awesome Things You Can Expect From The New Expansion

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Five Awesome Things You Can Expect From The New Expansion

Come October 13, The Witcher 3 is about to get even bigger with a brand new expansion adding around 10 hours of gameplay. The Hearts of Stone expansion adds a brand new questline and CD Projekt RED compares its time investment and depth to The Bloody Baron portion of the Witcher 3. I went hands-on with the new content, playing the first two and a half hours. Here's what caught my eye.

Before we dig into the awesome content, let's get some of the main features out of the way.

The BasicsHearts of Stone is a self-contained story that doesn't factor into the main story of The Witcher 3, meaning you can play it without finishing the original game. Think of it as just another contract in Geralt's monster-hunting life and not something to flesh out the main narrative of the game. The quest takes place at level 30. A new game option under the expansion name takes you straight to the new content, allowing you to start fresh at 30 or use your character already at the aforementioned level, so newcomers can head straight for Hearts of Stone if they wish. Once you hop into the expansion, you accept the quest off the board to begin, taking you to areas around Novigrad, such as the Redanian city of Oxenfurt and No Man's Land.

Creators Play The Game On Stage For 47 Minutes

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Creators Play The Game On Stage For 47 Minutes

EGX 2015, the huge annual gaming event in the UK, wraps up today and one of the more noteworthy products of the show is an extended look at the new Hitman.

Developer IO Interactive's Sven Liebold and Travis Barbour took to the stage to present 47 minutes of gameplay from the upcoming game. It's a level we've seen before, but the fact that it has shown it multiple times showcasing the different paths you can take speaks to the game's malleability. You can check out the video below. Note that the gameplay kicks in at the 8:57 mark.

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Rock Band 4's First Free Feature Update Adds Variable Breakneck Speed

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Rock Band 4's First Free Feature Update Adds Variable Breakneck Speed

Rock Band 4's first feature update arrives two months after release and adds variable breakneck speed among other free goodies.

Variable breakneck speed, if you're unfamiliar, lets players control note scrolling speeds for each track independently – a first for Rock Band, and a feature fans have wanted for some time. The post announcing the update also promises new social and competitive features and, "a new mode that changes gameplay in a really significant way that we think people are going to love,” according to Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak.

Rock Band 4 releases October 6 and its first feature update arrives December 8. We've keeping track of Rock Band 4's confirmed track list as new announcements roll in. You can find that list here.

Fallout 4's Install Size On Xbox One Comes In At Just Under 30 GB

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Fallout 4's Install Size On Xbox One Comes In At Just Under 30 GB

Turns out the big expansive open world requires a smaller install on Xbox One than expected.

According to the product details page on Xbox.com, you will want to set aside 28.12 GB of space on your Xbox One hard drive in order to install Fallout 4. That amount of space, 28.12 GB, is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I'm sure many (myself included) expected Fallout 4 to take up a much larger chuck of the Xbox One's hard drive.

The PlayStation 4 and PC install amounts have not yet been revealed. One number you won't necessarily need to worry about regarding Fallout 4, is your level cap because there isn't one. You can read more about that here.

Microsoft Reveals The Full List Of Achievements – Even The Hidden Ones

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Microsoft Reveals The Full List Of Achievements – Even The Hidden Ones

Ahead of its November 10 release date, Microsoft has revealed the full list of Rise of the Tomb Raider's Achievements – including the hidden ones.

Achievements (or Trophies) releasing prior to a game's launch is common, but it's odd to hear them come straight from the publisher, and even odder that the hidden Achievements (which often contain spoilers) are included as well.

You can find the full list here, which thankfully contains a generous buffer before the hidden Achievements. I am personally very excited for the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, so I am avoiding the possibly spoiler-filled Achievements, but the non-hidden ones are similar to 2013's Tomb Raider – craft a certain number of things, use this weapon, etc. The 2013 Tomb Raider had straightforward Achievements, save for one called Crab Cakes. We asked the game's director about it during our cover trip. You can find that feature here.

Slay Zombies In A Romero-Approved Open-World MMO

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Slay Zombies In A Romero-Approved Open-World MMO

Zombies once again infect the open-world MMO genre in a new free-to-play collaboration between horror film director George C. Romero and publisher Free Reign Entertainment.

Romero’s Aftermath features a number of locations to explore, including deserts, forests, and large towns, allowing players to scavenge supplies, develop skills, and establish shelters. Players can also customize their character, taking on the role of a shrewd trader, peaceful protector, or violent psychopath, as well as a number of cosmetic customization options.

Romero's Aftermath also emphasizes a more cartoony style of play, as opposed to intensely demanding zombie games like DayZ; you won’t break a leg by jumping out of a second-story window, and players that join your group can’t stab you in the back.

Reclamation Short Details The Eve Of The Protoss' Battle For Their Homeworld

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Reclamation Short Details The Eve Of The Protoss' Battle For Their Homeworld

With StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void creeping closer, Blizzard has released an animated short called Reclamation to set up the events to come.

The cinematic sets the stage for the Protoss' impending battle to retake their home planet Aiur from the villainous Zerg. Fans may recognize the main Protoss in the video as Artenis, who also appears in the expansion's opening cinematic

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Halo 5’s Breakout eSports Mode Gets Revamped Before Launch

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Halo 5’s Breakout eSports Mode Gets Revamped Before Launch

If you played the Halo 5: Guardians beta in December or January, you had a chance to give the new Breakout mode a try. It’s designed with eSports in mind, with quick, single-elimination rounds. When you play next month, it’s going to be a little different.

343 Industries watched players during the beta and noticed that a number of rounds were ending in ties. When teams were down to their last player, it wasn’t uncommon to see the survivor hiding from opposing forces.

In order to combat this, 343 added a flag to the mode. Now, rounds can be won either by eliminating the other four-person team or running the flag into their base.