60 Things We Know About NHL 16

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60 Things We Know About NHL 16

Coming off a console era where EA's hockey franchise was one of the sports games most pushing innovation, the NHL series suffered a broken skate on its first shift with new-gen consoles, shipping a product that lacked many features still found in the old-gen games. After getting crosschecked into the boards by reviewers and customers alike, EA Canada is shaking off the woozy effects and jumping back on the ice, hoping the second shift ends with more fanfare. This is what we've learned about the game thus far.

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Exclusive Hands-On With Platinum’s Nostalgic New Title

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Exclusive Hands-On With Platinum’s Nostalgic New Title

If you grew up in the ‘80s, it was hard to avoid exposure to the Transformers. For many kids, it was an early introduction to serialized storytelling and science fiction. Platinum Games and Activision just announced Transformers: Devastation, a new game for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The surprising new game is strongly inspired by the original cartoon. I visited Activision for an exclusive first look at the title, which included a lengthy hands-on session with three of the game’s five playable Transformers.

Transformers: Devastation is coming to us from the same studio that brought us Vanquish, Bayonetta and its sequel, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. In fact, Devastation is being headed up by Kenji Saito, who directed Revengeance. Many of the team members at Platinum are avowed Transformers enthusiasts, and jumped at the chance to craft a game within the beloved mythology.

Scrotus, AC/DC, And Killer Cars

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A new trailer for the upcoming Mad Max game dropped today, featuring the game's big bad. His name is Scrotus, and like the best Mad Max villains, he's a musclebound psychopath with a wide violent streak. Get a good look at him and his War Boy lackeys:

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The trailer is an action-packed affair, complete with melee combat, vehicular mayhem, and some quick flashes of story cutscenes. Looks like Max has gotten on Scrotus' bad side (think he even has a good side?). To defeat the tyrannical warlord, Max will have to upgrade his Magnum Opus and engage in climactic battles that would make George Miller himself proud.

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.