Campaign Mode Detailed, 20 New Songs Confirmed

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Campaign Mode Detailed, 20 New Songs Confirmed

Rock Band VR is just weeks away, and Harmonix continues to pull back the curtain on game modes and the final selection of playable songs.

20 more tracks were just unveiled, including "Suffragette City" by David Bowie, "Holiday" by Green Day, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. These tunes join the 21 songs already announced for the VR title, leaving 19 more to be revealed before launch.

Rock Band has sporadically dabbled with story-based campaign modes, most recently in the form of Rockudrama mode from Rock Band 4: Rivals. Rock Band VR continues this trend with its own focus on narrative. The campaign mode follows your player character, a guitarist for the in-game band, Audioblaster. Harmonix is promising an immersive story in which other band members (Derek, Maddy, and Wes) come across as fully-realized characters, and not mechanical automatons. The developer made extensive use of voice-over recording and motion capture techniques to enhance the VR experience. Harmonix is aiming for authenticity in Rock Band VR's story mode, and their goal is to use the virtual reality format to enhance the intimacy of being part of a rock and roll band.

BoxBoy Returning And Promptly Leaving This Month

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BoxBoy Returning And Promptly Leaving This Month

BoxBoy, Nintendo's charming little puzzle platformer from the creators of Kirby is getting a third, and possibly final, entry.

The game, which Nintendo's tweet defines as the third game in the trilogy, released in Japan in February and even received an accompanying amiibo. The English version of the game will be available on March 23 for 3DS. It's currently unclear if we will also be getting the amiibo.

BYE-BYE BOXBOY!, the third game in the BOXBOY! trilogy, is angling its way exclusively to #eShop on #3DS on 3/23. pic.twitter.com/qkOGfdeC0b

New Injustice 2 Trailer Continues A Story Of Conflict

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New Injustice 2 Trailer Continues A Story Of Conflict

Injustice 2 developer NetherRealm has released a new story trailer for the game, highlighting some of the fighting title's key conflicts.

The trailer, entitled Shattered Alliances 2, features Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and more, and hashes over the continuing Batman vs. Superman conflict.

For the first story trailer, click here. Injustice 2 comes out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16.

See Over 15 Minutes Of Gameplay And New Screens

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See Over 15 Minutes Of Gameplay And New Screens

Last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions revealed Middle-earth: Shadow of War to great delight. Now we finally have a chunk of gameplay to watch, giving us our first big taste of what's in store. 

Shadow of War is building off its predecessor's nemesis system by allowing your allies to rescue you from the clutches of death. The video below showcases nearly 16 minutes of gameplay, showing just how epic and unpredictable the battles can get when you try to overtake a fortress and eliminate an overlord. Also, be sure to scroll all the way down for three new screenshots.

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Six Big Takeaways From Seeing Shadow of Mordor's Sequel In Action

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Six Big Takeaways From Seeing Shadow of Mordor's Sequel In Action

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor turned heads for its unique nemesis system and fun action combat when it launched in 2014. It went on to find a place on many game of the year lists, including winning Game Informer’s best action game for that year. 

Last week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions finally unveiled a sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which picks up right where the last game left off. The Dark Lord Sauron’s power has only grown, since he’s gathered his army. Back in the shoes of Talion and Celebrimbor, can you rise up and turn all of Mordor against him? 

Shadow of War isn’t a distant release, with its launch on August 22. Today marks the first slice of substantial gameplay we’ve seen and it already looks like Monolith is improving on the foundation set by its predecessor by enhancing the nemesis system and setting a more epic scale for battles. At this year's GDC, we saw the game in action and interviewed Monolith VP of creative Michael de Plater to find out what’s in store. Here are our biggest takeaways. 

Launch Trailer Brings The Drama

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Launch Trailer Brings The Drama

We’re spending some time exploring Ghost Recon: Wildlands as we speak as we prepare our review, ranging out across the fictionalized Bolivian countryside for some team-based espionage. As the game heads toward a public launch tomorrow, Ubisoft has released one final trailer for the game to help sell the military action vibe of the experience. 

Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases tomorrow, March 7, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Latest Trailer Reveals Release Date

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Latest Trailer Reveals Release Date

Today Relic announced the release date for the third entry in the long-running Dawn Of War series. Those of you who want to get into bloody scuffles with those blasted Orks will be able to on April 27.

The latest trailer from Relic and Sega showcased some preorder bonus DLC you can watch here:

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Hands-On Impressions Of Yooka-Laylee's Whimsical Snow World

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Hands-On Impressions Of Yooka-Laylee's Whimsical Snow World

Veterans from Rare have teamed up to bring us Yooka-Laylee, a platformer inspired by the developers' past works such as Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country. While we got a chance to play Yooka-Laylee's tropical level at Gamescom last year, this time at GDC we got to see a whole new, wintry area.

This quintessential snowy level is called Glitterglaze Glacier, a place blanketed with snow and covered in icy patches. It feels almost necessary for a whimsical platformer such as Yooka-Laylee to have such a level, and it fits in well. I had fun searching for secrets in caverns, transforming into a giant snowplow, swimming in the icy waters, and enjoying all the small details reminiscent of Rare's earlier works. From the font of dialogue text to the off color humor, it's clear that Yooka-Laylee hopes to evoke a certain nostalgia, but it manages to also feel fresh for a new audience.

You control Yooka, a chameleon, and a purple bat named Laylee sits on your head and helps you fly over short distances. You can roll down and up icy hills and take out enemies by whacking them with your tail in a quick twist. The movements feel smooth and fun, along with little idle animations that make both characters adorable.

Double Fine Revisits The Biker Thriller

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Double Fine Revisits The Biker Thriller

More than two decades ago, LucasArts' Full Throttle released. This point-and-click title became an adventure game classic, though it's nearly inaccessible to the public now. With limited copies out there, and the game no longer sold anywhere in stores, most fans have resorted to illegitimate means to get their hands on the game. Now, Double Fine is bringing back the biker thriller to make it accessible to the public again. I was pleased to get a chance to play a short demo of it at GDC.

Full Throttle puts you in the shoes of Ben, a member of the biker gang The Polecats, who finds himself unjustly accused of murder. It's one of LucasArts' more cinematic point-and-click adventures, with a more serious tone in comparison to the likes of Day of the Tentacle. It's not a bad thing, because the story is one you don't want to miss.

During the demo I played, I kicked open a dumpster after being thrown in there by one of the antagonists, roughed up a bartender who was attempting to stall me, and rode off onto the dirt road by bike. I enjoyed the experience, and felt instantly nostalgic as I realized that I remembered some of the puzzles better than I thought I would. 

New Video Explores The Thrill Of Discovery

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New Video Explores The Thrill Of Discovery

The latest video in BioWare's official trailer series focuses on the heart of Andromeda's gameplay: exploration.

Building off of the previous installments about biotic powers and combat, this video delves into the tools players can use as they discover and traverse new worlds, such as the Tempest's galaxy map, the Nomad rover vehicle, and a very helpful navigation AI.

Learn more about surviving environmental hazards, building outposts, and the mysterious vaults scattered throughout the Heleus Cluster in the trailer below.