Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s free story creator mode lets players build new missions

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s free story creator mode lets players build new missions

Assassin’s Creed may not be getting a new, full title this year but fans may tide themselves over with its new Story Creator Mode, allowing all kinds of mission creation and customization options. Story Creator Mode is free now to all players of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

The video above shows how a player will stitch together two or more objectives into a longer mission arc, choosing from all the NPCs of the main Odyssey game and even writing dialogue for them. These creations may then be shared with the wider community.

Watch Dogs Legion revealed, coming March 2020

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Watch Dogs Legion revealed, coming March 2020

The third installment in Ubisoft’s open-world hacking game was officially announced at E3 2019 today. Watch Dogs Legion will let players explore London in a futuristic “post-Brexit world in which society, politics and technology have changed and altered London’s fortunes.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Watch Dogs Legion leaked last week via a retailer listing — but this is the first time we’re seeing the game in motion. Per the trailer, you’ll be able to recruit any NPC in the game world, all in the name of building up a resistance force. Each character will have its own animation, voice over, and general traits, all of which will affect how you experience the game. It all sounds very ambitious: In the trailer, we saw everything from a grandma to a former spy character that players could control. From the looks of it, Watch Dogs Legion will make ample use of the U.K.’s CCTV camera surveillance system.

Sniper Elite brings back undead Nazis with Zombie Army: Dead War 4

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Sniper Elite brings back undead Nazis with Zombie Army: Dead War 4

Rebellion, maker of the Sniper Elite series, said it was bringing “a major unannounced new title” to E3 2019. Now we know what that is: Zombie Army: Dead War 4, which appears to be a sequel to the Zombie Army Trilogy spinoff that followed 2014’s Sniper Elite 3.

In an extended, pre-rendered cinematic trailer, Rebellion dropped gameplay hints more subtle than that hit-you-over-the-head title. Players appear to be working in a team of four, Left 4 Dead style (or Strange Brigade, if you prefer). The fighters, a diverse bunch of women and men, seem to be class based, or at least have specific perks.

Valfaris is a side-scrolling action game about killing lots of monsters

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Valfaris is a side-scrolling action game about killing lots of monsters

Valfaris is the latest game from from the team behind Slain: Back from Hell and ,in the new trailer that was shown during the E3 PC Gaming Show, it looks like the game is going to have a lot of monsters.

Valfaris is a direct follow up from Slain: Back from Hell. Just like the previous game, it is a 2D side-scrolling action game set somewhere in the far off reaches of space where players will have to fight off hoards of horrific monsters. These space creatures include flying, slithering, and crawling aliens that spit all kinds of acid and have plenty of ways to kill you. Thankfully, for defense, you’ll have a giant gun and a variety of other tools.

Auto Chess creators bringing stand-alone game to PC later this year

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Auto Chess creators bringing stand-alone game to PC later this year

The developer of the popular Auto Chess mod for Dota 2, Drodo Studio, is taking its stand-alone version of the game to PC later this year. And it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

Drodo recently released the alpha version of Auto Chess on Android devices. The stand-alone PC version that Drodo showed off at the PC Gaming Show ahead of E3 2019 is reminiscent of its Android client, which no longer features Valve’s Dota 2 heroes and items — Drodo has created similar characters, classes, items, abilities, and tribes with its own art style.

Planet Zoo is a conservation-focused zoo simulator

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Planet Zoo is a conservation-focused zoo simulator

At the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019, Frontier Developments — the developers behind Planet Coaster, Zoo Tycoon, and Jurassic World Evolution — revealed the first gameplay trailer for its latest title, Planet Zoo.

The gameplay trailer shows players setting up unique habitats for their animals. Depending on the which animals players are housing, they can build individual structures to care for their needs — like climbable forts for cats and monkeys. For animals like hippopotami, players will need to cater to their aquatic needs with a more swamp-like atmosphere.

New Shenmue 3 trailer is all about beating up drunken thugs

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New Shenmue 3 trailer is all about beating up drunken thugs

Shenmue series creator Yu Suzuki appeared on stage at the PC Gaming Show ahead of E3 2019 on Monday, offering a new look at Shenmue 3, the third (and final?) game in the 20-year saga.

There’s a big emphasis on fighting. The new gameplay trailer shows Shenmue protagonist Ryo Hazuki getting lightly thrashed by a martial arts master, what appears to be some Tai Chi training, and a battle against a gang of drunken thugs, complete with Shenmue’s signature quick time events. Ryo’s stilted dialogue and some funky looking bad guys feel ripped straight from the Dreamcast era, though Shenmue 3 certainly looks much prettier than what Sega’s late ’90s console was capable of.

Vermintide 2 is getting a versus mode

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Vermintide 2 is getting a versus mode

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a solid Left 4 Dead-style game that takes place in the Warhammer universe. A band of Warhammer fantasy heroes band together to take down hordes of Skaven, which include powerful enemies with ratling guns, poison bombs, and stabbing knives. Now that Vermintide 2 has covered lots of ground with us playing the heroes, its time to flip the script. In the newly announced versus mode, players will get to take the role of the Skaven and hunt down the filthy man-things.

Versus mode was also part of Left 4 Dead, and it was one of the best parts of the game. In the Vermintide trailer, we saw players taking the role of nearly every special Skaven enemy type. Obviously, the perspective is different — you have different weapons, and you’re closer to the ground — but the biggest change will likely be in play style. Finding lone survivors, picking players off, and maximizing the impact of special abilities will make the difference between dying in fire or successfully taking down a Bright Wizard. There are still a few questions — how does playing a Rat Ogre work? — but we can expect more details to come as Versus enters beta.

Griftlands, deck-building strategy game, goes into Alpha on July 11

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Griftlands, deck-building strategy game, goes into Alpha on July 11

Griftlands was first announced nearly two years ago. Since then we haven’t heard much about Klei’s new RPG, at least until the trailer was revealed Monday afternoon at E3’s PC Gaming Show.

The trailer showed off the first gameplay and gave us a sense of what the game’s main mechanics would be. As it turns out, Griftlands is a deck-builder RPG that tasks players with solving problems through a variety of complex solutions. In the trailer we see the player trying to rescue a hostage in a few different ways.

After the backlash, Bethesda is on a long quest to redeem Fallout 76

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After the backlash, Bethesda is on a long quest to redeem Fallout 76

When Bethesda took the stage ahead of E3 on Sunday, there was an elephant in the room: Fallout 76. Feedback to the game, which launched in a rough state, has not been pretty. Bethesda knows it. That’s why the publisher kept referring to fan criticism that helps keep them on their toes, and why Bethesda announced a number of changes coming to Fallout 76. But if you look closely, it’s all a part of an ongoing effort to revitalize its controversial game.

Fallout 76’s many faults have been well-documented by this point. Without NPCs, the story seemed scarce, and players weren’t given enough tools to meaningfully take up such roles themselves. Bethesda’s jank made a PvP-centric experience hellish. Players kept finding exploits left and right. The list goes on.