Fast And Furious Expansion Unveiled, Free At Launch

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Fast And Furious Expansion Unveiled, Free At Launch

Microsoft is teaming up with Universal Partnerships and Licensing to bring a new standalone expansion to Forza fans on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 centered around the Fast and Furious franchise. The expansion, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, features cars from across the Fast and Furious franchise and even features cars from the upcoming Furious 7 that hits theaters on April 3.

Since the expansion is standalone, you do not need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play the expansion. From March 27, the day expansion launches, to April 10 you can download the Fast and Furious expansion for free. Afterwards the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded the expansion during the promotion window will own it for free forever.

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Finally Dials Up A Release Date

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Finally Dials Up A Release Date

Hotline Miami 2, the sequel to the ultraviolet, neon-washed 2012 hit, finally has a release date. You’ll be able to play the title on a variety of platforms in early March.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will close out the series, according to our interview with Dennaton Games when the title was announced. This time out, players will follow different factions as the story unwinds.

The title will be out on March 10 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, and PC. A digital special edition is also available on PC, which includes a six-track remix EP with music from MOON, Scattle, and Carpenter Brut.

Frictional Working On Soma Beta, Apologizes For Silence With New Screen

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Frictional Games has been working on its horror game Soma since 2010, and we got a chance to play it for the first time at last year's GDC conference. Since then, Frictional has gone dark on the undersea horror game's development. In a recent post on the game's official forums, creative director Thomas Grip apologized for the silence and offered a new screenshot as an olive branch.

The screen, above, shows what appears to be a pair of conveyor belts and a ripe corpse. Grip says that the team is currently hard at work on the game's beta, and that the team will reveal more once that part of development is complete.

For more information on the game, check out our hands-on impressions. Managing editor Matt Bertz got to play the game for an hour, alone, in the dark. He had a lot to say about the experience, which you can read here.

Scarecrow Reveals His Plan In New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

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Scarecrow Reveals His Plan In New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

The Arkham Knight isn't the only bad guy that wants to make things tough for Batman in Gotham. A new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight shows what Scarecrow and the other villains have in mind.

In the trailer you can see the likes of Poison Ivy, Two-Face, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Harley Quinn prepare to take down Batman and wreak havoc on Gotham.

Batman: Arkham Knight (ESRB rated M) comes out on June 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

OlliOlli 2 Coming To PS4, Vita In Early March

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Roll7 has released a new trailer for OlliOlli's sequel. OlliOlli 2 takes the first game's addicting side-scrolling skateboard action and rolls with it, adding new locations, tricks, and multiple routes. Its release has been revealed, too.

The game will be arriving to PlayStation 4 and Vita on March 3. The clip below shows off bizarre new skate spots, such as a sci-fi themed zone and a Wild West area where players grind on railroad tracks. Skaters can also perform combo-enhancing manuals, as well as reverts and grind switches. The game won't launch with multiplayer, though Roll7 says that functionality will be added soon. 

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Street Fighter V Is Getting A Beta And Charlie Nash Returns

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Capcom has announced that Street Fighter V will be getting a beta test to put the online features through their paces. Those that pre-order in North America will have guaranteed entry.

In addition, Capcom has confirmed the return of Charlie Nash. While this character was alluded to early on in franchise history, he didn’t become a playable fighter until Street Fighter Alpha.

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First Look At Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

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Though the sci-fi tinted Warhammer 40,000 universe has received a fair amount of attention over the last decade through Relic Entertainment’s Dawn of War series, its more traditional fantasy counterpart has been relatively quiet. Since 2008’s Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the setting’s most notable games are a canceled MOBA and the resurrected Blood Bowl franchise.

Swedish developer Fatshark, best known for War of The Roses, has set its sights on changing that with Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Set amid the turmoil of the current End Times arc from the Warhammer fiction, Vermintide puts players in the role of one of five characters, and tasks them with completing missions in the occupied city of Ubersreik, with the hopes of freeing it from the clutches of the rat-like Skaven.

The mission we see plays out a lot like Left 4 Dead, as a player and three other characters take on a massive, A.I. directed enemy force while working their way across Ubersreik. Space is tight in the graveyard map Fatshark shows off in the demo, and as in Valve’s classic co-op shooter, the enemies in Vermintide are adept at cutting players off. 

2D Sci-Fi Platformer Coming to PS4, Vita, and PC

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2D Sci-Fi Platformer Coming to PS4, Vita, and PC

Developer Tom Happ has revealed the release date for the upcoming sci-fi sidescroller, Axiom Verge, which is slated for March 31.

On the PlayStation Blog, Happ gives details on the inclusion of power ups that will be used for solving puzzles and finding new areas. First, there is Nova, a new weapon that can be shot in two ways: either you shoot it normally, or detonate it in mid-air, splitting the bullets into pieces for added proximity damage. There is also a drill for breaking rocks and other materials, as well as an address disruptor to glitch enemies and environments.   

This retro-inspired indie platformer has been compared to classics like Super Metroid and Contra. Gameplay includes exploration, challenging combat, a speedrun mode, and more.

DeNA Announces Marvel Mighty Heroes Four-Player Brawler

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DeNA is tackling another major franchise for iOS and Android devices. The company recently released Transformers: Battle Tactics (a game that has hooked me more than I expected).

This time out, the same cute art style from Battle Tactics is combined with Marvel superheroes. Marvel Mighty Heroes is described as a four-player brawler, with players having the option to mix and match heroes and villains from throughout the Marvel universe.

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The Wilderness Of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae

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Details continue to trickle out regarding the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo, this time courtesy of a batch of new screens.

The shots in the gallery below give a glimpse of the Duscae region and its inhabitants, the camp system, and combat encounters.

Episode Duscae comes with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when it releases on March 17.