Digging Deeper Into The Creation Tools

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Digging Deeper Into The Creation Tools

Play, create, share has always been the mantra of the LittleBigPlanet series. Announced at E3, Sony focused on the play portion of that slogan for the third entry in the adorable platformer. During a Gamescom demo, we got to look at the Create portion.

Nearly 9 million levels have been created for the LittleBigPlanet series, which adds up to over 42 million hours users have spent generating content for the series. Sony and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital want to make sure that all that content ports over.

But in addition to the 29 enhanced tools from LBP 2 and the 10 tools from Vita version, LittleBigPlanet 3 will feature over 70 new creation tools. Here are a few of the new tools we saw.

Insomniac's Shooter Makes No Sense, But We Like It That Way

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Insomniac's Shooter Makes No Sense, But We Like It That Way

In Insomniac’s new traversal-based shooter, fun trumps realism, so if the team had a good idea, and they thought it would be fun, they included it regardless of the logistics. For example, you can bounce off bushes like they were trampolines. The result is a zany shooter with cartoon sensibilities and a story that makes no sense. [Excerp]

With Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac tried to make the apocalypse fun. During a release party for FizzCo, something goes terribly wrong, and everyone who drinks the soda turns into crazed mutants that Insomniac are calling ODes. In an effort to quell this outbreak, FizzCo sends out a collection of FizzCo robots to help clean up the mess. Players take on the role of a hero that they craft themselves and try to survive the apocalypse as one of the few survivors who didn’t drink FizzCo’s deadly beverage.

During our Gamescom demo, we got to see a new mission that takes place late in the game. Our hero character tries to impress one of the game's factions by getting the most powerful sword in the city at the top of a skyloft apartment. However, after breaking into the penthouse, we find the the swords is missing. The solution? Craft a bigger, better sword ourselves.

Refolded Into A Bigger, Better Package On PS4

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Refolded Into A Bigger, Better Package On PS4

Tearaway is one of the Vita’s standout titles, but many gamers probably didn’t play Media Molecule’s platformer on Sony’s handheld. Thankfully, the papercraft platformer is headed to the PS4, and it looks to be the definitive addition of the game.

Instead of just porting Tearaway to the PS4, Media Molecule wanted to make proper use of the PS4’s unique hardware and controller. So you won’t see fingers poping through the floor after touching the back touchpad, because the PS4 controller doesn’t have a back touchpad. Instead you can fling objects into the world and blow gusts of wing through the environment via the PS4 controller top touchpad.

This means that much of Tearaway has been changed and players of the original might not recognize the game in certain places. For example, during our demo, we were dropped into one of the titles opening levels: Maple Fields. This area is about 50 percent larger than it was on the Vita, and the draw distance is much larger than the handheld version. Media Molecule says they’re continuing to add new areas and secrets to the game.

New Screens Contain Rainbows, Butterflies, Mass Destruction

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New Screens Contain Rainbows, Butterflies, Mass Destruction

Two days ago Ubisoft announced Toy Soldiers: War Chest, the continuation of the Toy Soldiers franchise, which it acquired the rights to from Microsoft in March. Now, the publisher has released a new batch of screenshots showing off the new-gen cutesy splendor and disciplined military might of the two currently announced factions.

Toy Soldiers: War Chest is a tactical action game in which players take control of one toy army and lead forces, assemble towers, and coordinate defenses to defeat their plastic foes. Developer Signal Studios were in charge of the previous two titles in the franchises, Toy Soldiers and Toy Soldiers: Cold War, as well.

The two playable factions announced so far are the adorable fairy, teddy bear, unicorn army, led by the perpetually happy Starbright, and the serious, rigorous German WWI soldiers, led by the stern general Kaiser. Along with Starbright and Kaiser’s forces, two more as-yet unannounced armies will be playable when the game launches early next year.   

The Quirky Soup-Based Platformer Is Coming To PlayStation

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The Quirky Soup-Based Platformer Is Coming To PlayStation

Soup-based video game fans rejoice! Q-Games' upcoming strategy/platformer hybrid is coming to PlayStation consoles.

In Nom Nom Galaxy, your goal is to create the best soups possible by exploring distant planets and gathering unique ingredients. Those planets all feature dangers of their own, however, so you will be platforming, base building and defending, and – of course – making delicious soup.

As per usual with these sorts of games, Nom Nom Galaxy will feature Cross-Buy and Cross-Save functionality. For a trailer and more screens, check out the game's Steam page.

Hands On With Battlefield Hardline's New Hotwire Multiplayer

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Hands On With Battlefield Hardline's New Hotwire Multiplayer

Visceral announced Battlefield Hardline's new vehicle-focused multiplayer mode, Hotwire, at Gamescom and we played in a full 32-player match on the show floor. (The above image is not from Hotwire. We'll update as soon as we have new assets.)

The map on display is called Gator Hunt and it's set in a fracking facility in the Florida everglades. Even though it's not an option in Hotwire mode due to complications it causes for vehicles, we're told players can rig the fracking tower to blow and cause a sinkhole in the map. It's a mix of dirt roads, swamps, and a central cluster of buildings. You can get killed by a roaming gator if you're not careful in the swamp areas so it's best to keep an eye out.

Teams of cops and criminals battle for time spent driving specific vehicles on the map ranging from muscle cars to beat up pickups to fuel trucks. The latter has plenty of ramming power, but is obviously very susceptible to exploding. You can nail these vehicles with an RPG (now a battle pickup instead of class-based), try to tear them up with machine guns, or try to snipe the driver and steal it. The donut shop in the center contains an RPG launcher and its roof has a prime view of the map so it can be a great way to take out multiple vehicles.

Watch Us Barrel Through The Countryside In Forza Horizon 2

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Forza Horizon was a cool side-take on the normal Forza lineage, but it wasn't as open world as advertised. Forza Horizon 2 seeks to rectify this, and we recently took the game for a spin, plowing through fields and pavement alike.

Check out the playthrough video below (featuring myself, Jeff Cork, and Turn 10 community manager Brian Ekberg). In it you can see what it's like to race offroad during a point-to-point race (now in the game's new location) that tasks you to hit gates in the environment and takes you through grass fields (watch out for that tree!) as well as city streets. The diversity is exhilarating; losing none of the speed of a Festival race. Leaving the streets isn't restricted to specific races, either. Naturally, you can roam around the environments when you're just in the world.

You can also find out about what it's like to drive in the game's dynamic weather, as well as some other details about the game.

See Assassin's Creed Rogue's Gameplay In Action

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Are you ready to see what the life of a Templar has in store?

Last week, we announced Assassin's Creed Rogue in our cover story reveal. The new entry places you in the role of a Templar during the Seven Years' War and bridges Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed III. It features the popular naval combat from Black Flag, but this time around you take on frigid waters in the North Atlantic. You'll also be on your feet, hunting assassins and avoiding their stealthy pursuits. 

Ubisoft released a pair of gameplay trailers today, so you can finally see it all for yourself. Check them out below along with new screens, as you get a taste of the frosty waters and various interesting wildlife around.

New Screens Drop For The MMO Shooter

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New Screens Drop For The MMO Shooter

Ubisoft has been letting loose a breadth of new screens today and the Division has joined their ranks. Check out the image gallery below the story to see more of the melancholic world.

The Division is an MMO/third-person shooter hybrid that puts you in the boots of a soldier who's a part of The Division, a team working to hold up the ruins of the United States. As the world crumples around disease, famine, and war, it's up to you to keep it together.

You can play it on your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC sometime in 2015. E3 also brought a wealth of information about The Division. Be sure to watch the gameplay demo and read our impressions.