Getting Reacquainted With Faith: Hands-On With Mirror's Edge Catalyst

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After a long hiatus, Mirror's Edge is finally back. We went hands-on with Mirror's Edge catalyst to learn more about how this prequel builds on its predecessor and takes the franchise in a new direction.

Before EA gave us the controller, they walked us through their plan for this long-anticipated sequel to the cult classic free-running game. DICE says it wanted Catalyst to preserve the style of the original game while transitioning to an open world, expanding the universe lore, and taking the gameplay in new directions.

Taking place years before the original, Mirror's Edge Catalyst tells the story of Faith's rise from a young runner to a catalyst for change in the futuristic city of Glass. Seemingly a peaceful utopia on the outside, Glass is actually the home to an oppressive regime that stymies personal freedom in the name of public order. The central villain responsible for this current state of the city is Gabriel Kruger, the CEO of the Kruger conglomerate that polices the city. In the shadow of this totalitarian regime, two rival factions have arisen. First is the runners, a group of rogue couriers that Kruger sometimes turns a blind eye to because he occasionally uses them to his own end. Second is a terrorist outfit that stands in firm opposition to Kruger. 

Watch Drake Swing His Way Into Trouble

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The live demo for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End featured a high octane car chase complete with a gunfight and several destroyed fences. As they fled, Sully told Drake they could never return to the city.

If you would like to relive Drake's out of control driving, you're in luck: Sony has released more than a dozen screenshots of the PlayStation exclusive, some taken from Naughty Dog's E3 demo. For those interested in something new, this batch of screenshots also shows a glimpse of Elena.

Uncharted 4 launches for PlayStation 4 in 2016.

Five Things We Learned Playing Star Wars Battlefront

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Since its announcement last year, fans have been abuzz about Star Wars Battlefront. Many questions have dominated the conversations online about the direction of the franchise. How close to the original Pandemic games would new developer DICE stay? Would the game have the depth of DICE's flagship Battlefield franchise or skew more mainstream? We finally got our hands on the high-profile shooter at the EA booth to gain a better understanding of what Battlefront is all about. Here are the five things that stood out most to us.

Battlefront Is Not A Battlefield CloneIt only takes a few minutes of play to realize that Battlefront is a much different experience than its modern military cousin. Spotting, teammate revives, ammo drops, and hardcore mode have been left behind. The same goes with four-player squad play and classes, but Battlefront does include a way to partner with one other player. Like Medal of Honor Warfighter's fireteams, players can respawn on their buddy. While you are moving across the battlefield, your partner is highlighted in yellow.

Since blasters don't need extra ammo, DICE replaced it with a cooldown to the weapons if you shoot continuously for too long. If a weapon overheats, it initiates an active reload system not unlike Gears of War. Timing your "reload" correctly can get your weapon ready for battles much quicker. 

Nightmare Creatures On The Prowl In Gears Of War 4 Trailer And Screens

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Microsoft surprised fans with an impressive gameplay demo of The Coalition's Gears Of War 4 during its E3 2015 press conference. If you missed it, fear not; we've got the full video – plus high-definition screens – for your viewing pleasure.

Not much is known about the game so far, but it appears to star two new protagonists, who come across some ferocious new beasts as well. Unsurprisingly, the newest installment in the series is gorgeous, and features impressive lighting and destructibility in addition to the iconic fast-paced and gory gunplay.

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Craziness Abounds In New Screenshots

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Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max will be the sixth DLC for Ubisoft’s Trials Fusion game and, judging by the screenshots below, will never be accused of taking itself too seriously. New screenshots show off courses that will be coming in the newly announced DLC.

The unicorn stole the show at E3, but it is only half of what Awesome Level Max has to offer. The DLC features both the Awesome Adventure experience and the RedLynx vs All-Stars collection. The Awesome Adventure casts players as a unicorn-riding cat and tells a story spread across eight tracks. The RedLynx vs All-Stars collection contains a more traditional Trials Fusion experience and will include new courses created by both the developer RedLynx and community members. 

The gallery below shows what players can expect to see in the Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Max DLC, but be sure to check out the E3 trailer here as well for more of that fire-breathing unicorn.

Detonate Bombs, Hammer Through Walls, And Fight Off Terrorists

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Rainbow Six Siege offers highly destructible environments, five on five online battles, and the series' most famous mode: terrorist hunt. In the new trailer below, Ubisoft emphasizes the intensity of the game's multiplayer.

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Ubisoft also released a set of screenshots featuring actress Angela Bassett, Terrohunt, and more. Rainbow Six Siege releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 13, 2015.

The Beauty And Danger Of South America

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One of Ubisoft’s big surprises yesterday was the unveiling of Ghost Recon Wildlands, a dramatic departure for the series that focuses on player choice and approaching conflicts in your own way. Ubisoft has now shared more screens of the game, which help to further define the Bolivian setting of the game, and show off some of the conflicts that you can tackle either solo or with up to four cooperative teammates working together. 

Click through the screens below, and then hop over to the game’s announcement from yesterday to watch the trailer

Flamers, Gas Masks, And More

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Ubisoft has released a new set of screens alongside the official trailer for Tom Clancy's The Division. Both feature the game's grim setting – a decrepit city  – but the trailer also focuses on the characters and the fight against terrorism.

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New Screens Show Explosions And Train-Top Combat

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A new set of screenshots have surfaced from the upcoming title Assassins Creed: Syndicate. The screens show both of the game’s playable characters, Jacob and Evie, throughout the gritty world of Industrial London.

The images in the gallery below complement the story and gameplay trailers released during E3. Be sure to check out the trailer showing off Evie’s arsenal here, and the gameplay walkthrough and story trailer both found here.

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 23.

Just Cause 3 Is Making Destruction Even More Awesome

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Just Cause 3 Is Making Destruction Even More Awesome

I dig a world that feels limitless. Just Cause has always fed the adrenaline junkie in me with its over-the-top explosions and antics. The next entry isn't changing any of that. In fact, just when you think the series couldn't get even more insane, it has, and you're doing it on a breathtaking Mediterranean-inspired island that has plenty of cliffs, caves, and water for all your extreme ventures. And, of course, the explosions are bigger than ever.

Just Cause is all about the creativity in how you play. You're thrown into a world where nothing seems off-limits. Everything is physics-based and it feels like if you can imagine it you can do it. At a recent Square Enix press event, I got my hands on the game, and laughed a great deal at all the crazy things you can do.