Driving reigns at E3

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Driving reigns at E3

Racing fans have a lot to love at E3 this year, with Sony's Gran Turismo Sport and Microsoft's Forza Motorsport 7 playable on the show floor.

In two demos I attended, there was a lot of talk about fidelity to environments, tracks and cars. PR people focused on vehicle rosters and challenges, social features and livery customization. But it’s only when you play these games that you remember their astonishing pedigree and fanatical eye for detail.

Criticism about female characters led to playable Emily in Dishonored 2

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Criticism about female characters led to playable Emily in Dishonored 2

The biggest change Arkane Studios brought to its Dishonored franchise in Dishonored 2 was making Emily Kaldwin playable. In an interview with Engadget at E3 2017, Arkane’s co-creative director, Harvey Smith, said it was criticism about the lack of female characters in the first game that led to Emily being playable in the second.

“At first you take some criticism and you go, ‘Wait a minute,’ and then you go look and it’s like, ‘Wow, every woman in Dishonored 1 is either a servant, a prostitute, a witch, a queen or a little girl,’” Smith said. “Or a mistress. We had a mistress. That was not our intention.

Razer unveils PC, PS4, Xbox One wireless surround sound headset

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Razer unveils PC, PS4, Xbox One wireless surround sound headset

Razer’s new Thresher Ultimate headsets will deliver wireless 7.1 surround sound to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when they hit next month for $249.99.

The headphones feature 50 mm drivers, leatherette-wrapped memory foam ear cups and use 2.4 Ghz wireless for a 40-foot range. You can also get cooling-gel infused ear cushions designed.

XCOM 2’s next DLC is so big it almost became XCOM 3

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XCOM 2’s next DLC is so big it almost became XCOM 3

Jake Solomon’s team at Firaxis Games isn’t very happy with him right now. The DLC he’s cooked up for XCOM 2, called War of the Chosen is big, so big that the team considered making it the groundwork for XCOM 3.

“We definitely talked about that,” Solomon told me with a laugh. “We have a lot of features that could have been the basis for a sequel, but for us a sequel also requires an entirely new narrative. ... We’re very systems-oriented and so, for us, this is an opportunity to make a new experience, a new game. But we’re not going to totally replace the narrative.”

Call of Duty: World War II multiplayer lets you fight as anyone, history be damned

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Call of Duty: World War II multiplayer lets you fight as anyone, history be damned

As I rounded the corner of a trenchline on Pointe du Hoc I came face to face with a German soldier. My rifle was held high and, running full bore, I drove its bayonet into their chest delivering a mortal wound.

This is not an unusual sight for a Call of Duty game. It’s been commonplace since the series’ inception in 2003. But right there, in my first demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: World War II, I noticed a big difference.

Razer rolls out gunmetal 13.3-inch Stealth laptop

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Razer rolls out gunmetal 13.3-inch Stealth laptop

Razer today unveiled a new Blade Stealth laptop with a QHD+ 3200 x 1800 13.3-inch touch display and gunmetal grey color option.

The new Stealth, which is 0.52 inches thick, weighs 2.93 pounds and has up to nine hours of battery life, hits today starting at $1,399 with an i7 processor and 16GB of memory.

Cartoon Network’s new approach: breaking the mold of bad licensed games

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Cartoon Network’s new approach: breaking the mold of bad licensed games

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes isn’t a familiar name to most cartoon or video game fans yet, but it will be soon — and at the same time.

Unlike Adventure Time, Regular Show and Steven Universe, which aired several seasons before receiving video game adaptations, Cartoon Network’s new show OK K.O.! should have a quality video game under its belt not long after its premiere.

Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a complete remake, with optional new controls

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Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a complete remake, with optional new controls

Sony made a big splash at E3 by showing off a PlayStation 4 version of Shadow of the Colossus, but what is the game they showed, exactly? The game has already been remastered on the PlayStation 3 — in 3D no less — so what exactly is this version of the game doing that’s new?

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida gave some specifics to Famitsu, as translated by Siliconera.