Breaking Down The Trailer: 10 Details We Noticed

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Breaking Down The Trailer: 10 Details We Noticed

Yesterday Bethesda revealed a trailer for the upcoming sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It was a whopper of a trailer too, offering nearly 10 minutes of footage. There's obviously a lot to unpack here in terms of what this means for characters from the original story and the new territory that MachineGames is taking BJ and company into in this nazi-infested alternate future.

As someone who adores both the original game and the series, I've watched the trailer a few times and have broken down what I think are the most noteworthy takeaways. Some of this is pure speculation based on footage while other details have been confirmed by the marketing materials Bethesda has put out for the game. Also, since I'm talking about details from the first game in here, I'm assuming you've played The New Order and The Old Blood to completion. Please do not read this if you're trying to avoid SPOILERS.

Ok, with all that in mind: Let's get to it.

Lead Creators Discuss Story Direction

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Lead Creators Discuss Story Direction

I recently had the good fortune to visit Bungie and get an early look at Destiny 2, and I chronicled what I learned in a 10-page feature you can check out in this month’s issue of Game Informer, available today. In addition to plenty of game demos and explanations of the game systems at play in the sequel, I also had a chance to get some insight into the philosophy guiding the storytelling in Destiny 2, direct from game director Luke Smith and project lead Mark Noseworthy. The two discussed plans of how to focus the narrative in the new game, develop a distinct and complex villain, and unfold a comprehensible plot that carries the player through the adventure. They also spoke about the specific aspects of the broader lore that are included – and not included – in this installment of the series. 

Exploring The Hunter Arcstrider

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Exploring The Hunter Arcstrider

Last month’s big Destiny 2 reveal event offered players a chance to check out the new Warlock Dawnblade, as well as a couple of returning (but evolved) subclasses – the Titan Striker and Hunter Gunslinger. I recently had a chance to dive in and explore another of the brand-new subclasses coming to Destiny 2 when it releases for consoles on September 8 (with a PC release coming later). The Hunter Arcstrider offers a lot of fun options for Hunters looking for a change of pace. 

Even in my first moments of playing with the Arcstrider, the tone of the class is clear. Wielding a staff of pure energy and zipping quickly in and out of battle, the subclass feels like an homage to a classic archetype in action movies, RPGs, and games, but one that goes by many names. In Dungeons & Dragons, it’s a monk. In cinema, it is the kung fu master. No matter the comparative name you apply, the Arcstrider is a physical skill adept, moving fast, striking hard, and slipping away before anyone can hit him or her.  More than any other class I’ve played in Destiny 1 or 2, the class feels optimized for melee-play and short-range dynamism.

Hands On With Star Wars Battlefront II's Multiplayer

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Hands On With Star Wars Battlefront II's Multiplayer

Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer didn't debut on a planet Poe Dameron frequents, or a place Jyn Erso calls home. Rather than piggybacking off of the recent success shared by the films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Battlefront II's first multiplayer map takes gamers to the prequel era, and more specifically to where the gungans roam.

The map is called Assault on Theed, and is set in the heart of the capital city of Naboo, which is also home to Queen Amidala. Don't expect to see gungans saving the day through accidental actions, or even the queen's forces setting up a blockade outside of the throne room. This is not their fight, and it isn't a battle George Lucas dreamed up for The Phantom Menace. We are instead treated to a new conflict that sees the Separatists' robotic forces clashing against the Republic's clone army. If you're trying to work out when this battle takes place in the Star Wars timeline, don't. Darth Maul eventually reveals himself as a threat, as does Boba Fett, and then Rey and Han Solo show up to defeat them. This is not a canonical fight, and is instead a strange, but awesome mishmash of Star Wars eras.

14 Details About NASCAR Heat 2 & Its Two New Racing Series

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14 Details About NASCAR Heat 2 & Its Two New Racing Series

Last year's NASCAR Heat Evolution was Monster Games' first current-gen NASCAR title, and its return to the sport. The game had its high points, but was overall a pretty basic experience. NASCAR Heat 2 (out September 12 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC) is a more ambitious project, encompassing new features across the board.

Here's a list at some of just some of the things to expect from the title – with more to come this summer.

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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.