Harmonix Announces Guitar Solos, A Release Date, And More Songs

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Harmonix Announces Guitar Solos, A Release Date, And More Songs

Harmonix announced today two key elements of their upcoming rhythm game Rock Band 4: A release date of October 6 and the introduction of a new gameplay element: Freestyle Guitar Solos, which we tested out at a recent hands-on event in Santa Monica.

The newest iteration returns to the original roots: shredding your guitar. The Freestyle Guitar Solo doesn't have a specific set of notes like other portions of the gameplay. Instead, several different cues are linked to a specific type of play. While following these guidelines is tantamount for scoring the most points, if you decide that your power ballad needs some 250 BPM thrashing, you can add that if you'd really like.

Single note cues allow each fret to play a particular note (always in key of the song), and depending on which set of keys on the guitar controller is used, higher or lower notes will be played. Moving the neck of the guitar changes the feedback tone and notes can be "bent" by strumming up and holding.

Glorious Ghoulies

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New Doom footage wowed audiences at Bethesda's E3 press conference last night. The game looks true to form – no cover system, regenerating health, or two-weapon carry limit. Players are back in the shoes of a lone Marine fighting back the hordes of hell. Screenshots straight from Bethesda show off these creatures and their disgusting new designs. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the new chainsaw fodder.

The game will have robust single-player and multiplayer modes. Deathmatch is back alongside numerous other match options, including a wave-based cooperative mode. Multiplayer also features Doom Snapmap, a simple but intuitive set of editor tools that lets the community whip up new maps and modes.

Doom has a tentative release window of Spring 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Screens From The Reveal Trailer Show Off New Setting And Characters

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Following up its announcement of Dishonored 2 at yesterday's press conference, Bethesda has released a new batch of screenshots from the announcement trailer. The images in the gallery below showcase a few of the characters and environments found in the upcoming first-person action stealth title.

Dishonored 2 lets players play as two distinct characters, each with their own unique storyline. The trailer followed the time-bending journey of Emily Kaldwin, but players are also able to run around as Corvo Attano, the hero from the first Dishonored. Screenshots from the reveal are in the gallery below, but be sure to check out our story on the Bethesda press conference for more details on the announcement trailer. 

New Trailer Shows Off Amiibo Costumes, Mellow Mode, And More

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Yoshi’s Woolly World just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Last month we found out Woolly World would use amiibo to change the way Yoshi looked in game. A trailer released today gives us a glimpse of those custom amiibo skins in action.

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The trailer above follows Yoshi as he runs, jumps, and even flies through the knitted landscapes of Yoshi's Woolly World. Judging by the video, there will also be hidden treasures cleverly scattered throughout each level. Hidden goodies could be be hidden within breakable objects or tucked behind a false wall so it'll no doubt take some work to find them all. If things get a little tough, players are able to knock the game into mellow mode and fly right through most levels. 

Classes Get More Flexible With Grimoire Stones

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The Grimoire Stone system is making a comeback in Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight, but with a drastic overhaul. Atlus released a new video today that describes what players can do with these useful items.

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Grimoire Stones can be equipped by any party member. Once equipped, that character can use the skills attached to the stone. The possibilities are endless: give your tank a Grimoire Stone with a few healing spells. Equip a mage with some physical attack skills. The Grimoire Stones make the class system much more flexible.

Lego, Uh, Finds A Way In Jurassic World Launch Trailer

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Lego, Uh, Finds A Way In Jurassic World Launch Trailer

Today marks the release of Jurassic World in theaters across the United States. Thanks to marketing kismet, there's a tie-in game at the ready if you want more.

Lego Jurassic World arrives today on a multitude of platforms (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, and PC). The title includes moments from all four films, including Jurassic World.

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New Game Will Follow Kuma's Quest To Take Down Afro

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Redacted Studios has released a trailer for their upcoming game, Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma. The trailer below shows off key characters and pieces of manga-inspired art from the upcoming game. The Afro Samurai sequel will focus on the teddy-bear-headed character Kuma as he tracks down Afro, hoping to avenge the death of his loved ones.

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While no actual gameplay is shown in the trailer, the sneak peek still showcases the unique blend of strange characters and dark personal plot lines that made the previous iterations of Afro Samurai so enticing. Afro Samurai 2: Revenge  of Kuma will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC later in 2015.  

Big Changes Touted For 20th Anniversary

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Big Changes Touted For 20th Anniversary

Konami and developer PES Productions are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Pro Evo series with big promises across the board.

Last year's game was a good debut on the new-gen systems, but it was only a first step into a new environment for the franchise. With a little experience under its feet and the pride of 20 years of virtual football behind it, PES Productions has loudly announced its intentions to go for glory. 

The game is touting a "total revamp" of its Master League mode from its transfer system to its menus, and this kind of approach seems to be the overall spirit of the game. The developer is promising three-times more animations, a new collision system (including left stick jostling that factors in players' body sizes), new ball physics, and more celebrations as just the tip of the iceberg.