Kicking Off Another Year Of Improvements

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Kicking Off Another Year Of Improvements

Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer is back for another year of refinement and reiteration. To sports-game fans, the most important thing in every yearly installment is what's new, and PES 18 is touting a plethora of new additions, from gameplay mechanics to visual upgrades.

On the field, players will notice a few new changes. First, the revamped Strategic Dribbling will provide users with more control over the ball. Contextual shielding gives players more protection, and some new control tweaks make juking out defenders easier. Real Touch+ gives users more control over the ball, and will allow different parts of the body like the chest, stomach, and thighs to better handle possessions depending on the scenario. The Free Kick and Penalty Kick systems have also been tweaked in PES 18. A new camera angle gives players a better view of battles for positioning, and the removal of the guideline makes room for greater skill and control during these critical game moments.

Naturally, PES 18 has progressed visually as well. Real-life players' models will have authentic tattoos, and shirt and shorts sizes. Improved animations means players will be more expressive and move realistically. Goalkeepers in particular will handle the ball more authentically and behave more intelligently. Locker rooms have also been recreated for an authentic broadcast simulation.

Magnificent Remastered Graphics Bring The Classic Back To Life

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Magnificent Remastered Graphics Bring The Classic Back To Life

Last year, Square Enix announced they would be remastered the hit RPG from 2006.

The new trailer details the massive conflict between the forces of Rozzaria and Archadia, with Dalmasca and various other nations caught in between. It puts the spotlight on favorite characters and stunning locations with their improved aesthetics courtesy of the graphical overhaul. The Zodiac Job System is coming to western audiences for the first time, along with a newly recorded and arranged soundtrack featuring new pieces composed specifically for the remaster.

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Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz Arrives As Playable Character In New Update

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Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz Arrives As Playable Character In New Update

During its E3 presentation, Bethesda revealed that the protagonist of Wolfenstein, nazi-killerBJ Blazkowicz, would be coming to Quake Champions as a playable character. You can watch the reveal here, as well as some information about Bethesda's plans for Quake Champions esports scene:

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This update is already live for the closed beta of Quake Champions. For more on Wolfenstein, head over to see our breakdown of the latest trailer for The New Colossus.

Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz Arrives As Playable Character In New Update

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Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz Arrives As Playable Character In New Update

During its E3 presentation, Bethesda revealed that the protagonist of Wolfenstein, nazi-killerBJ Blazkowicz, would be coming to Quake Champions as a playable character. You can watch the reveal here, as well as some information about Bethesda's plans for Quake Champions esports scene:

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This update is already live for the closed beta of Quake Champions. For more on Wolfenstein, head over to see our breakdown of the latest trailer for The New Colossus.

A Promising Step Up From Previous Titles

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A Promising Step Up From Previous Titles

For western fans of the Yakuza series, it's been an almost overwhelming period as of late. Earlier this year, we received Yakuza 0, the prequel to the mainline series, while Yakuza Kiwami, the remake of the first Yakuza title, is scheduled for release in August. On top of both of those titles, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is set to hit stores in early 2018.

Yakuza 6 is set to be the final entry in the Kazuma Kiryu saga. While Yakuza 0 took place in 1988, this sixth numbered entry puts everyone's favorite street brawler into the modern age, with a 2015 setting. This means that cell phones, social influencers, and even selfies play a role in the story and gameplay.

Since this entry is the first Yakuza title developed exclusively for the PS4, the entry operates untethered from the technical limitations of the PlayStation 3. This means that the world is more alive, character and facial models look substantially better, and the camera feels much more modern.

E3 Trailer Introduces New Charming HenchOrc

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E3 Trailer Introduces New Charming HenchOrc

Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, is just a few months away from release and during Microsoft's E3 press conference, we got another glimpse at the game. The trailer included some more in-depth peeks at the revamped Nemesis system but also focused on something much more important: Bruz the Chopper.

Bruz is a massive orc capable of decapitating a foe with the flick of his wrist and he's got quite a lovely wit about him. You can watch the trailer (and get a load of Bruz) here:

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Modernizing While Remaining Faithful

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Modernizing While Remaining Faithful

Following the prequel entry, Yakuza 0, the popular series is going back to its roots once again with Yakuza Kiwami, a full remake of the original Yakuza title from PlayStation 2.

In the 10 years that have passed since the events of Yakuza 0, much has changed. Kazuma Kiryu has returned to the streets to discover that his city has gone to hell. To top it all off, Goro Majima has seemingly gone off the deep end and is hunting him down, popping out where you least expect him. I encountered Majima twice in my time with Kiwami; he jumped out of a manhole one time, while he snuck up on me in a crowded street another. Majima is the master of multiple fighting styles, so both battles with him were drastically different.

Yakuza Kiwami brings the debut entry of the game to the current generation of consoles using the Yakuza 0 engine. That means that not only are the visuals more modern than the original, but it also plays better. The visuals are nearly indistinguishable from Yakuza 0, which released in North America earlier this year. Players will also notice new side activities to participate in.

Deities, Families, And Kratos' New Life

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Deities, Families, And Kratos' New Life

The reveal trailer for God of War was one of the most talked-about moments of last year's E3, and Kratos is making a return appearance at this year's show. Like many fans, I still have many questions after seeing the latest footage, which features cool-looking combat, father-son bonding, and an enormous serpent. To shed some light on the mystery of Kratos' new adventure, I had a chat with God of War creative director Cory Barlog. Though the specifics of the story are still being kept mostly secret, Barlog shared plenty of interesting information about Kratos' current circumstances, his evolution as a character, and the main themes of this upcoming action/adventure game.    

Seven Things You Need To Know About The Prequel

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Seven Things You Need To Know About The Prequel

This week, Square Enix announced Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The three-episode prequel focuses on Chloe and her life in Arcadia Bay before Max reenters it. This allows us to see her friendship with Rachel Amber before she went missing. At E3, we were treated to hands-off demo and interview to learn more about the project.

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Insomniac Answers Our 10 Biggest Questions

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Insomniac Answers Our 10 Biggest Questions

Sony feels good enough about Insomniac’s Spider-Man game that closed out its E3 press conference, and the demo didn’t disappoint. With a mix of dynamic stealth and high-flying action, Spider-Man is definitely one to watch for 2018. Even though we’ve seen a good bit of gameplay, we still have several questions, so we sat down with a behind-closed-doors demo to get the full scoop.

Who’s behind the mask? The demo ended with a shot of Miles Morales – a Spider-Man originally from Marvel’s Ultimate comic line. However, we still don’t know how big of a role he’ll have in Insomniac’s Spider-Man game. This title stars Peter Parker, and the team hopes to focus on the drama of his personal life as well as his days swinging between skyscrapers fighting super villains.

Is this an open world game?
Yes. The demo briefly showed Spider-Man swinging through the open streets of New York during a helicopter chase, but players will be able to freely explore Manhattan between missions.