THE LAST OF US PART II Gets A New Gameplay Trailer At E3

Sony did not disappoint during their press conference at E3 2018. Aside from the reveal of the gameplay trailer for Kojima’s Death Stranding, Sony also released an 11-minute extended gameplay preview of Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated title, The Last of Us Part II. 

The trailer begins with what seems to be a more peaceful time in the series. It is unclear on where this scene falls on the game’s timeline, but it showed Ellie dancing with her friends and a female romantic interest. The preview jumped a few years after where Ellie is shown to be hardened by the outbreak and becoming a fierce survivor. The preview also revealed the game’s stealth mechanics that was an essential element of the first game, together with more brutal melee combat. The trailer jumps back to the Ellie and her love interest kissing, which shows the contrast between a more peaceful time and the reality of the world ravaged by the Cordyceps brain infection. 

The Last of Us Part II is one of the most awaited, big-budget games to come to the PlayStation 4 this year. The game made headlines last year after Naughty Dog released a brutally violent trailer that received backlash from the gaming community. So far, we know that Ellie is still immune to the infection. On the other hand, it was also shown in trailers before that Joel will still be part of the sequel. Although the extent of his involvement is still a mystery up to today. 


Check Out The DEATH STRANDING E3 Gameplay Trailer

As expected, Death Stranding was one of the big games that debuted a gameplay trailer during Sony’s E3 2018 press conference today. Unfortunately, Hideo Kojima himself was not present at the even to take us through it. However, the game’s team didn’t come empty handed as they showed the first gameplay trailer for Death Stranding at E3, which is posted above. 

The preview started with the game’s protagonist Sam Bridges played by Norman Reedus in a jungle-like environment. He is seen struggling to survive as he carries a life-pack containing a baby encased in an artificial womb. The gameplay trailer also showed Bridges in a variety of environments such as rivers, mountains, and forests. The trailer continued on as we see Bridges encounter a woman who helps him avoid detection by the invisible floating monsters. The trailer ended when Sam Bridges and the baby attempted to walk past the floating monsters. 

Even though Kojima was absent at the gameplay reveal event, he wrote a blog post sharing a few insights on the trailer to give players some more context on what was shown at the conference. 

“Some might have already picked up on this, but Sam is unlike any other hero you may have seen in games before. A typical hero is usually some sort of elite or someone with a military background. Sam is not. He is a working man of sorts - a hands-on professional. Someone with a skillset akin to a blue-collar worker. This is something you’ll intuitively understand once you play the game and control Sam. Herein lies our challenge, to create both a new form of gameplay and a hero that has never been done before.”

Kojima also revealed two new character posters of both Lea Seydoux and Norman Reedus’ characters. 

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RESIDENT EVIL 2 Remake Is Here! Welcome Back To Raccoon City

After an extended period of silence from Capcom, the much-awaited, highly-anticipated remake of Resident Evil 2 finally got a release date and a brand new trailer. The game was unveiled during today’s PlayStation E3 2018 conference, showing the massive overhaul of the iconic survival horror classic. The remake of Resident Evil 2 is set to release on January 25, 2019. 

Besides the release date, fans have long been eager to know how Capcom is going to approach the remake. Especially the highly sensitive topic of camera angles where some fans prefer the classic tank controls of the original games. However, it seems that Resident Evil 2 Remake will feature a third-person, over the shoulder point of view as is standard in recent Resident Evil games except for RE7 that introduced a first-person point of view instead. 

As expected, players will still be able to take control of series veterans Leok S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. However, since this is technically a remake of their debut, both characters sport a younger and more innocent look. Remember that this is the first time Leon and Claire will encounter zombies and BOWs in their lives. A nice throwback to a period when Resident Evil characters are just discovering the evil of Umbrella for the first time.    

Moreover, the trailer showed a brief glimpse of Raccoon City, which will undoubtedly bring tears to any Resident Evil fan. The feeling of nostalgia is so strong knowing that we will explore the depths of the city once again. The preview also showed other Resident Evil 2 characters such as Marvin Branagh, Ada Wong, HUNK, and Mr. X. There were no signs of series original Jill Valentine and whether the remake will be a combination of Resident Evil 2 and 3 since both games took place in Raccoon City and practically overlapped with each other. 

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow at PlayStation Live from E3 Event tomorrow June 12 at 4 PM PDT as Capcom will showcase a live gameplay demo of the game. Resident Evil 2 Remake will be released on January 25, 2018. Although no platforms have been announced yet, it is likely that the game will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 


CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS 3 Is Free Tonight On PS+ And E3 Trailer Features Maps Remaster

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As a gift from Playstation, they have announced that they will be gifting the latest Call of Duty title to all PlayStation Plus users for free tonight. This is following the short E3 trailer that features a Map Remaster DLC that will be available for both Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Black Ops 4. They finish the trailer by saying that you get the remastered maps DLC, titled Back in Black Maps, when you pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Check out the trailer:

The maps they have featured are some of the most popular maps from the original Black Ops game and it is good to see that they are taking their fan bases desires into account of what they want to add to their game. Its always better for both players and developers when they bring back what was popular to their newer titles. A little nostalgia goes a long way.

Which announcement are you more excited for? The free Call of Duty Black Ops 3 for Playstation Plus players or the Map Remaster pack for both Black Ops 3 and 4?


JUST CAUSE 4 Is Coming This December

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In today’s Microsoft E3 press conference, developer Square Enix just announced Just Cause 4 confirming recent leaks that happened this week. The announcement trailer of the game showed protagonist Rico Rodriguez parachuting into a chaotic war zone. 

In Just Cause 4, Rico Rodriguez once again takes players to an action-filled adventure as he battle against “The Black Hand,” the world’s most powerful private army located in the fictional South American Country called Solis. The game is once again developed by Avalanche Studios with Square Enix serving as the publisher. You can check out the “Welcome to Just Cause 4” video below, which details the new features upcoming in the game. 

True to previous games, Just Cause 4 will also feature the iconic wing suit together with a parachute, and several vehicles such as helicopters, tanks, boats, and cars. These vehicles will be controllable in the game as players make their way to the massive open world. Furthermore, the trailer also showed the inclusion of weather in the game as Rico is seen flying through a massive cyclone.  You can check out the gameplay trailer posted below, which is the same trailer unveiled at the event. 

Just Cause 4 is slated to release on December 4 this year for the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. 


Capcom Officially Announces DEVIL MAY CRY 5 For A 2019 Release

A week ago, speculation began circulating in the gaming community when developer Capcom registered a Devil May Cry 5 domain name. As expected, the developer announced the new game during Microsoft’s E3 press conference with an announcement trailer. 

Capcom claims that the game will serve as a direct sequel to the previous title in the franchise, Devil May Cry 4, which was released a decade ago back in 2008. The upcoming installment in the franchise will see the return of Nero, who has lost his arm from a previous incident, which was the source of most of his abilities. Now, Nero sports a new metal arm that is designed by Nico to “kick demon ass.”

The upcoming Devil May Cry game will have Hideaki Itsuno returning as the game’s director. The announcement trailer showed plenty of demon battles as Nero traverses the streets using some of the series’ notable weapons together with new gadgets such as a grappling hook fist. Of course, the trailer ended with the franchise’s hero, Dante, sporting a short beard and looking bad-ass in a motorcycle. This scene just shows that the game will be set in the canon Devil May Cry storyline. 

Devil May Cry 5 is scheduled for a release on Spring of 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 


Techland Delivers A Surprising Series Continuation Trailer With DYING LIGHT 2 At E3

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After seeing what Techland announced during E3 2018, it's easy to see that they are the most dedicated developers for their own game series. After providing tons of free DLC material for Dying Light, they have announced the next chapter: Dying Light 2.

With a new story and a world that is broken still, this is looking to be a perfect continuation of the series. Starting out with an intriguing story trailer, we get to see some of what to expect when it comes to both gameplay and dialogue. Check it out:

That was only the start though. We can already see that there is even more to the parkour than there was in the first game, but they added another fact. This time, the choices that you make in Dying Light 2 will have a noticable consequence upon the world around you. Here's the gameplay trailer featuring these differences:

I have to say that this is a major step up on the series and shows just how dedicated Techland is to bring the best content to the consistent Dying Light fan base. Bringing more content for the first game some developing the second is exactly what fans want to see being done for their favorite titles.

Which of the two trailers has you looking forward to Dying Light 2?


EA Confirms Battle Royale Mode For BATTLEFIELD V

EA revealed more details on the upcoming title Battlefield V during the EA Play press conference. The developer released an official multiplayer trailer, and as expected, EA didn’t take too long to announce the inclusion of the ever-popular battle royale mode in Battlefield V. 

Battle Royale in Battlefield V will be called “Royale.” EA did not reveal any more details on this during the press conference. However, we can expect that more information will be coming soon during E3, where it is likely that a hundred more battle royale games will also be announced.

The success of games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite spearheaded the popularity of the battle royale mode. Ever since then, new developers started making games featuring their own version of the mode, and, you also have household names such as the Battlefield and Call of Duty franchises following the growing trend. 

Besides the battle royale mode, EA also confirmed the presence of team play, vehicles and more features that fans have never experienced before in any other Battlefield game. More details are expected to be revealed as soon. Battlefield V will launch on October 11 this year for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 


The Release Date Of KINGDOM HEARTS 3 Announced

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After five years since the initial announcement of Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix just revealed the release date for the game that will be coming for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

Unfortunately, Kingdom Hearts 3 will be delayed for a little bit as the game was scheduled for a 2018 release. However, developer Square Enix just confirmed that the latest installment in the franchise will be launched on January 29, 2019. Of course, the game will be released five days earlier in its home country of Japan on January 25. 

In a statement on Twitter, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura apologized to fans for the tiny change with the game’s release. 

“We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour-. I’m sorry that we’re asking for a little more time than initially planned. Please look forward to other information, including a few trailers at E3. Thank you.”

In the end, the slight delay of Kingdom Hearts 3 is probably for the better and shouldn’t be a concern to fans. We’ve all been waiting for this game for five years now, so if the slight movement of the release date would translate to an excellent game, then I’m all for it. For fans who will be attending E3 this year, don’t forget that Square Enix will showcase a playable Kingdom Hearts 3 for players to check out. 


NIER: AUTOMATA Just Sold 3 Million Copies Worldwide

Nier: Automata has just sold over 3 million physical and digital units of the game worldwide as announced via a tweet from the game’s official Twitter account. 

The game was able to reach the 3 million milestone after Nier: Automata reached 2.5 million in March, which shows that after being released for more than a year, the game is still able to sell a good pace, managing to move five hundred million units in three months.

Nier: Automata takes players in a post-apocalyptic world where androids and robots engage in battle. The game received mostly positive reviews given its fast-paced combat system and a truly memorable story that both newcomers and fans of the series have enjoyed. Automata served as a sequel to Nier, which was released back in 2010. The original game was a spinoff to the Drakengard series and became hugely successful that it surpassed the franchise it branched out from. 

As for the future of the series, developer Platinum Games is currently hard at work on the upcoming Bayonetta 3, which will launch soon on the Nintendo Switch. Given this, it will probably take a long while for before we see the next game in the Nier franchise.