The Big Takeaways From Three Hands-On Demos

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The Big Takeaways From Three Hands-On Demos

Bungie has pulled back the curtain on Destiny 2, and at the same time, it has offered some of its most engaged enthusiasts and press the chance to experience the game firsthand with three separate hands-on gameplay demos. After checking out the Homecoming story mission that helps to open the game, a cooperative strike called The Inverted Spire on the new planetoid Nessus, and playing through some of the new Countdown Crucible game type on a new map called Midtown, there’s a lot to break down and dissect. 

Homecoming makes for a bombastic opening scene, and I like the way it is a clear connector to the core experience of Destiny 1. Remember all that time you spent in the Tower? That place is getting blown up. You’re literally watching your vault collection go up in smoke. 

I also enjoy the integrated storytelling and character development that’s going on. Destiny 1 was always reticent to integrate NPCs too deeply into story missions, but if Homecoming is any indication, that won’t be a guideline in Destiny 2. We see some great action scenes with Zavala and Ikora weaving in and out of the fight, and part way through the mission, a scene cut with a cinematic in which we see our old shipwright, Amanda Holliday, as she pilots us up to one of the Cabal Red Legion ships. 

Watch The First Gameplay Trailer

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Watch The First Gameplay Trailer

Bungie dropped a slew of info about Destiny 2 today, including changes to classes, matchmaking, and more. They also released the first gameplay trailer for the game, showing off the new tweaked interface, guns, and other changes.

The trailer also delves into the early story of the game, as the leaders of the Guardians' respective classes dive into the action. We get to see a lot of character interactions this time around, which seems to greatly hint at at a more involved single-player narrative.

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Bungie Pulls Back The Curtain

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Bungie Pulls Back The Curtain

In a dedicated public event streamed live from Los Angeles, Bungie today showed off a wealth of details about Destiny 2. Briefly touching on a variety of subjects, the stream made it clear that Destiny 2 is far more than an evolution of the existing game; it is a broader reinvention and reset that to invite new players as much as welcome veteran Guardians. 

New in-game clan functionality allows player groups to build their own banners and unique cultures, as well as acquire dedicated clan rewards. And a new “guided game” system aims to connect existing clan communities with solo players, helping everyone in the community to confront high-end activities like raids, Trials matches, and nightfall strikes. 

We also got a glimpse of three new subclasses coming to Destiny 2. The Warlock solar-based Dawnblade subclass seems to be focused on a flaming sword, aerial combat, and flinging fireballs. The Hunter arc-based Arcstrider subclass wields a staff in close-quarters, martial-arts combat. And the Titan void-based Sentinel wields a handheld shield, à la Captain America. 

First Details & Trailer For Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

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First Details & Trailer For Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

The Pro Evolution Soccer series looks to take another step on its ascendent trajectory with the release of PES 2018 on September 12 (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, and PC), complete with refined ball control, an online co-op mode, additions to Master League mode, and more.

The franchise has always been lauded for the way dribbling and controlling the ball feels, and PES 2018 hopes to improve on its gameplay through additions such as contextual ball shielding, more subtle player movements via the analog sticks, and the use of various parts of your body to try and control the ball.

In terms of modes, PES 2018 not only introduces 2v2 and 3v3 co-op play (including the ability for local friends to join), but the Master League career mode boasts pre-season tournaments and an improved transfer system. Ambience is added to Master League as well through pre-match interviews and shots of the locker room.

The Sparks Fly In This Danger Zone Trailer

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The Sparks Fly In This Danger Zone Trailer

Usually nobody is going to call you smart or skilled if you crash your car into traffic, but Danger Zone – the upcoming title from the makers of Burnout and its Crash mode – tries to make doing this into its own art form.

I recently got my hands on a preview build of the title, and while the side of me that enjoys blowing stuff up is delighted, figuring out how to do it well is the title's real allure.

Each level spawns in traffic from various directions, and timing your impacts for maximum effect while nabbing the valuable bonus coins and extra smashbreakers is a skill you never knew existed.

Trailer Shows Off More Of The Sequel's Open World

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Trailer Shows Off More Of The Sequel's Open World

Our first look at Middle-earth: Shadow of War gave us a lot of gameplay, but didn't do much in terms of getting us excited to explore Shadow of War's open world. This new trailer seeks to assure that yes, there will be plenty more to explore than just dingy old Mordor.

The trailer shows off an assortment of distinct environments and castles, and a handful of decapitations just in case you forgot this was a game about beheading monsters, and not just looking at pretty vistas. Middle-earth: Shadow of War releases August 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Create Your Own Character In Sonic Forces

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Create Your Own Character In Sonic Forces

It's a given that Sonic is in the upcoming Sonic Forces title (coming out this holiday on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC), but the game also sports a character-creation feature that lets you design your own look.

Besides various cosmetic features to differentiate your character, you can select from seven different animal body styles (each with their own abilities and gadgets).

For another look at the game, check out this preview, and take a look at classic Sonic tearing through Green Hill Zone.

Knuckles Returns To Flying Battery Zone In Newest Sonic Mania Trailer

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Knuckles Returns To Flying Battery Zone In Newest Sonic Mania Trailer

Sega released a new trailer for the upcoming Sonic Mania, which shows Knuckles making his way through Flying Battery Zone, a reimagined version of the original level from 1994's Sonic & Knuckles.

In the video below, watch as Knuckles uses short bursts of speed, scales walls, and glides through the air in order to progress through Dr. Eggman's airship.

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Tropico Creators Reveal New Strategy Sim

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Tropico Creators Reveal New Strategy Sim

After creating five Tropico games (the last of which was quite good), developer Haemimont Games is venturing into unfamiliar territory with its next strategy simulator: Mars.

Surviving Mars (which will hit sometime in 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) looks to have players build their own oasis of civilization on the red planet, complete with biodomes. The game's reveal trailer (below) also shows the game has the same lighthearted tone as the Tropico series, not taking itself too seriously and again poking fun at the people building the cities you design.

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Fear Is Optional In New Rally Driver Trailer

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Fear Is Optional In New Rally Driver Trailer

You have to be a little reckless to be a rally driver. Hurtling around hairpin corners at breakneck speeds is, well, kind of a dangerous thing to do. You can attribute at least some of the real-life drivers' success on their ability to push fear out of the way while they're behind the wheel. A new Dirt 4 trailer features interviews on the subject with drivers including Kris Meeke, Petter Solberg, and more.

In addition to the interviews, there's plenty of in-game footage of rally cars tearing across tracks.

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