A New Trailer Shows Off Gameplay, Hints At Story

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A New Trailer Shows Off Gameplay, Hints At Story

The Kingdom Hearts Orchestra kicked off today in Los Angeles, and a special man was in attendance. After fans came together to hear their favorite Kingdom Hearts melodies, director Tetsuya Nomura took the stage to thank them and reveal a special surprise: a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III.

The trailer shows off some familiar faces (especially villains), but also offers a good chunk of gameplay. Fans can also pick up on some hints about the story, including an interesting revelation about Roxas. At the end of the footage, it said a new world and trailer will be shown off at Disney's D23 Expo next month.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Single-Player Mission Plots The Empire's Revenge

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Star Wars Battlefront II Single-Player Mission Plots The Empire's Revenge

Star Wars Battlefront fans were incredulous that there wasn't a single-player campaign in the first title, but EA is addressing that with this November's sequel. We got our hands on an early mission in the game with protagonist Imperial special forces commander Iden Versio.

Versio is picked up after the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor aboard the Star Destroyer under the command of her father. It's a brisk reunion, however, as he has a special mission for her and her Inferno Squadron unit. The Emperor may be dead, but he's developed a contingency plan called Operation: Cinder. His messages are conveyed via holograms projected by special sentinel droids, and Versio's father is one of the privileged few entrusted with the Emperor's posthumous plans to see the Rebellion destroyed.

What's very clear in this cutscene is the Frostbite engine's incredible graphical detail. Iden's face carries very natural expressions, and it's important things like this that could aid her portrayal as a protagonist and help players become sympathetic to her story.

Madden 18 Story Mode Tells The Tale Of The Longshot

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Madden 18 Story Mode Tells The Tale Of The Longshot

Last year FIFA used DICE's Frostbite engine to deliver a story mode called The Journey. Now Madden NFL 18 is telling its own tale – The Longshot. Despite these two modes from the same company sharing the same technology, Madden developer EA Tiburon clearly wants to tell its own story its own way.

As the name implies, The Longshot chronicles older NFL prospect, Devin Wade, as he tries to get drafted into the NFL as a QB. It's hard enough to make the NFL period, but even more impossible considering Wade's been away from the game for years. We don't know why Wade wasn't immediately drafted into the NFL from college and why he's making a comeback now, but we're sure there's drama involved.

As The Longshot follows Wade's Journey – complete with familial trials and tribulations. The cast is anchored by former Stanford football player J.R. Lemon as Wade, and respected actors Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) as the father and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) as the friend. Lemon's football experience was an asset for the role, and Porter also played the game in high school, which helped him with his character.

Diving Into A Strange World of Fantasy And Sci-Fi

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 Diving Into A Strange World of Fantasy And Sci-Fi

Elex is the new RPG from the makers of Gothic and Risen. It's also weird as heck.

We recently got the chance to spend half an hour in developer Piranha Bytes' alluring combination of sci-fi and fantasy. Set in Magalan, a world ruined by a meteor, there are four tribes around the planet, each of them having their own unique traits. For example: the Albs of Xacor is a bloody clan that believes in sacrifice while the The Clerics Of Ignadon use futuristic weapons. It's a wide world and we had four save files that gave me experience with each of the different groups. In one file, I played a man armed with a bow and sword, going across a wild plain filled with dinosaurs and elk. In another, I was a rugged bandit with a rocket launcher and assault rifle stuffed in my inventory.  Both experiences felt like they came from radically different games that happen to be stitched together.

New Trailer Packed With Bells, Blood, And Umbrellas

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New Trailer Packed With Bells, Blood, And Umbrellas

Publisher 505 Games has released a new Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night trailer, which shows off some of the spooky locations you'll be traversing in the game, as well as an extended look at a weird, bloody boss battle.

The opening section is relatively tame, with protagonist Miriam strolling through empty stages, but it quickly ramps up. It shows off a few of the creeps that inhabit Bloodstained's world, as well as Miriam's impressive combat abilities. Things get particularly interesting in the end, when she runs into an umbrella-wielding baddie who soaks the screen in waves of gushing blood. 

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A New Sci-Fi Sports Game From The Creators Of OlliOlli

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A New Sci-Fi Sports Game From The Creators Of OlliOlli

Roll 7, the developer behind Not a Hero and Olli Olli, just revealed its newest game: Laser League. A futuristic sports game that pits two teams against each other as they try to avoid laser grids popping up all over the arena, Laser League has the makings of a great competitive alt-sports game in the tradition of Rocket League and Desert Golfing, if it can solve a few problems.

We got the chance to check out the game a couple of weeks ago, seeing it in action and playing some rounds ourselves. A game of Laser League begins with two teams of up to four players choosing their class. Each class you can choose has a special ability, like turning your opponent’s laser grid against them or dashing across the arena quickly. During the match, laser grids are popping up everywhere. Laser grids that don’t correspond to your team’s color will wipe you out if they touch you and vice versa. A round is over when one of the teams has been completely eliminated. Laser League is a strange but compelling game that fuses together Tron and dodgeball—it’s also a lot of fun.

Bubsy (And Accolade) Making A Comeback With New Game

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Bubsy (And Accolade) Making A Comeback With New Game

Bubsy is a name gamers have not hear form in a long time, but this year he, and his creator Accolade, are making a return with a new game.

You can check out the trailer and handful of screenshots and art for the game below, which is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this fall.

The game also marks a return for Accolade, Bubsy's original developer. Actual development of The Woolies Strike Back is being handled by Black Forest Games, with Accolade serving a publisher-like role. According to gamesindustry.biz, Bubsy marks the beginning of long-term plans for Accolade to bring back other franchises like HardBall, Slave Zero, Deadlock, Eradicator, Redline, and more.

A Fun, Complicated Time

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A Fun, Complicated Time

The eternally developed Fortnite is almost here. It's real! We got to play it and came back with some impressions of a new preview build of the game. Here's what we think of Fortnite so far.

The Game Is ConvolutedFornite has a relatively simple concept: Combine the horde-defense gameplay of Orcs Must Die with the resource gathering you'd find in Minecraft. Craft forts, traps, weapons, and so on to defend certain key points for a certain period of time while zombies converge on you. However, Epic aggressively builds on that concept, introducing multiple skill trees and mechanics every step of the way. This is not a game you can just sit down and play for 10 minutes and "get it." Expect to spend hours messing around in menus if you're going to get the full experience.

The Combat Is Really Fun
The moment-to-moment gameplay of building traps, like spike floors and laser darts that cling to walls, and blasting zombies away with creative weaponry is really fun. Enemies explode in a purple clouds as you toss grenades about and call down airstrikes. It's not exactly innovative, but the combination of trap-building and meaty gunplay serves Fortnite well.