Today, Microsoft announced Season 3 of Killer Instinct, set to debut next year on PC and Xbox One. But wait, there was another tidbit too -- Rash from Battletoads will be playable today! Unfortunately, the reality is a little less exciting, and after checking the dashboard moments ago, actual details were revealed.
Evidently Rash will be playable from August 4 until September 8, at which point he will be removed from the game, presumably until the release of Season 3. This is a character test session, not a full release of a brand new character.
If you purchased Rare Replay (neat) or any Killer Instinct DLC, you can play as Rash. Currently the official FAQ is down, but the information is accessible in-game. We'll bring you more on Rash as he rolls out.... read + comment
Mario has been with us for a long time. He's an icon. He has been scrutinized, discussed, and deified among gamers. That doesn't matter at all right now. What matters right now is Mario's silhouette looks like it has a li'l dick.
Originally posted on The Cutting Room Floor as a study in how similar Mario's running animations are to Kid Kool's, it's difficult not to see the blacked out third frame as a man with a potbelly standing around, his little wang waving in the breeze. I know; it's actually the tip of his raised foot as he is in motion. I like it better as the silhouette.... read + comment
Sometimes when you see a game at a preview event, you don't even want to write about it. You just know that what was shown wasn't a good representation of the final game. Malicious intent isn't always to blame, either; there are just times when circumstances cause a preview to be off.
That's how my first experience playing Homefront: The Revolution went some 15 months ago. After Deep Silver quit talking about this open world with so many options, I was strictly led through a demo in such a way so as to ensure I would see everything I was supposed to see. Don't get me wrong, it played fine, but I was on a leash. That didn't sit well when the presentation minutes before was predicated largely on player freedom.
At an Xbox pre-gamescom event, I got my second crack at Homefront: The Revolution. It was a very different game than I had experienced little more than a year prior. And, that leash was off this time.
How I long for that first demo again.... read + comment
Humble Bundle and Bandai Namco have partnered for a sale on some older games that are still well worth playing. If nothing else, I'd say this is a great way to give the gift of Pac-Man CE.
I was unfamiliar with DeadCore (it's a fast-paced first-person platformer about scaling a tower). Think I'll wait on the mid-sale additions (August 11) before deciding to buy or skip this bundle.... read + comment
Cities: Skylines dropped in March on PC and kind of took all the wind out of SimCity's sails. Today at gamescom, Microsoft announced that Skylines would come to the Xbox One first, whenever it happens to arrive on consoles.
This is pretty great news for Xbox One owners, provided that the control scheme translates well to a controller. But hey, that's been done before, and considering how good Skyline is, I'm willing to give it another go on a console.... read + comment
So here we are with the Reckoning DLC pack, the last add-on for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare after Havoc, Ascendance, and Supremacy. All in all, it's been a great ride, and slowly but surely, each map pack has improved upon the last.
It's great then that Advanced Warfare is going out with a bang with its best DLC yet.... read + comment
Prolific voice actor Nolan North (Uncharted's Nathan Drake) is taking on the Ghost in Destiny, reports Game Informer. He'll voice the AI companion in The Taken King and, no joke, the original game too -- the dialogue is being re-recorded for consistency. Talk about the nuclear option.
"North echoes some of the cadences and quirks established by the character's original voice actor, but his line delivery is hard to immediately connect to his familiar heroic tone," according to the site.
If players end up disliking this new take on the character, Bungie can give Troy Baker a call next.read + comment
Do you like wood? What if it had a map etched into it? Alex Griendling has crafted just that, and it features Tristram, the classic town from the Diablo franchise. The whole shebang is 18 1/2" by 14", and will run you $150.
This really just makes me want to replay the first Diablo. While it can be a pain to run on current machines, I'll always have my original PlayStation copy!
Woodlands: Tristram [Neutral Ground Shop]... read + comment
If you're into Sony's PS Now subscription service, you can now stream games on the Vita as of today. In addition, God of War III, Dynasty Warriors 8, MX Vs. ATV Supercross, Bomberman Ultra, and The Last Guy have hit the service (full list here). PS Now is also supported on PS3, PS4, PS TV, some Blu-ray players, and select Sony and Samsung TVs.
Yeah, I'm still going to pass on this -- $20 a month to stream a ton of old games I already own is a little too rich for my blood.read + comment
A month ago we just had screens to go by, but Yomawari is shaping up nicely if this new trailer from NIS is any indication. Backed by beautiful music, we get to see a bit of gameplay here, which involves a girl searching for her sister and dog in a city.
It'll drop on October 29 in Japan on Vita (!).... read + comment
Hey, you know what? I actually enjoyed Microsoft's gamescom conference for the most part. Sure it had a lot of non-exclusives in there, but it wasn't a train wreck.
I mean, when your heavy-hitter is Halo Wars 2 you know it's not all that exciting, but again, it could have been a lot worse. Plus, I know a lot of people who actually really dug Halo Wars, so I bet they're happy.... read + comment
At today's Microsoft gamescom press conference, the general public finally got its first look at Dark Souls III, and it certainly looks like a new-gen Dark Souls game.
The trailer showed off several new bosses, multiple large scale environments and a combat system that appeared to be faster paced, more in line with Bloodborne than previous Souls entries. Many of the character animations were reminiscent of the original Dark Souls, the music was creepy as hell, and there were some interesting lore implications made regarding the undead and their ceremonial robes.
Dark Souls III is due out in 2016 and I for one cannot freaking wait.... read + comment
Although they haven't given out any real details, Halo Wars 2 was confirmed today at Microsoft's gamescom conference. It will be coming to the PC and Xbox One in fall 2016. The trailer above gives us a quick look at the Spartan and Brute conflict.
I didn't really like the original Halo Wars. It was a fun enough RTS, but since the genre was still thriving back in 2009, there was no shortage of better games to play. Hopefully Halo Wars 2 brings in some more interesting concepts.... read + comment
Look, Forza Motorsport 6's dynamic rain features might be all well and good, but to your average dude that just wants to race cars real fast, these guys are way too stoked about some puddles.... read + comment
"That's...that's where we are!!!"
[pulls pud over close ups of lil flags on the uniforms]... read + comment
I've never really been a fan of the Just Cause series, but this new trailer for Just Cause 3 shown at Microsoft's gamescom press conference taught me everything I need to know. Just Cause 3 is rock music, silliness, and over-the-top explosions. I guess sign me up for a big action shooter game.
We also got a look at some cool-looking villain types with some creepy, awesome voice acting and a reminder that the game is launching pretty soon.
Just Cause 3 launches on December 1 and comes with a copy of Just Cause 2 on Xbox One.... read + comment
Microsoft has unveiled a new Halo tournament, dubbed the Halo World Championship. It'll feature one million dollars in prizes, and will focus around Halo 5: Guardians. Additionally, the publisher revealed a new 1TB limited edition console, which will be up for pre-order "shortly" after the show.
I'm curious to see how the community will react to Halo 5. Based on the beta, I'm not crazy about it, but it has a number of conventions that have the potential to shift it into a popular eSport.... read + comment
I'm at Microsoft's gamescom press conference battling bad Wi-Fi and mashing the keyboard in hopes that words magically form. Sometimes I get a chance to look up at the what's happening on the screen. It just so happens that I did that at the :38 second mark of this trailer to see a badass sliding kill.
I spent the majority of my youth sliding places. You know, into second base, into third base, and into home. Never first. You run through that bad boy. Also, belly-first down Crocodile Mile. But, I never did it with a shotgun, and now I feel like I was robbed of my childhood.... read + comment
That is FIFA Ultimate Team, the thing EA uses to somehow make more money than just releasing a new FIFA every year (two when it's a World Cup year).
"FUT fans this is a deal for you." Xbox One folks get FIFA 16 one week early with EA Access, like with Hardline. You'll also save 10% in buying digital trading cards in FUT if you pay for EA Access (so you're not really saving, right?). And footballing legends like Gennaro Gattuso are coming exclusive to Xbox One.
Plus there's a console bundle (well, two; 500GB and 1TB) with three free Legends for FUT.
Fut fut fut.... read + comment
Guerrilla warfare shooter Homefront: The Revolution is getting an exclusive multiplayer beta this winter on Xbox One. Until then, watch some propaganda about our faceless Korean overlords.... read + comment
Mojang has shifted gears a bit since the Microsoft aquisition, and is going to be publishing some more projects in the future. One such game is Cobalt, an arena battler, that will debut on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One at an undisclosed date.
Based on the trailer above, it looks like a fun little romp. I could always go for the occasional arena title with friends.... read + comment
ID@Xbox head Chris Charla ended his segment of Microsoft's gamescom press conference by calling We Happy Few "one of the creepiest games in recent memory." Look at that trailer. He's not wrong. It's not exactly feel-good material.
Xbox One users are going to get a head-start on getting creeped out. We Happy Few is going to be on Microsoft's console first. It's not clear whether it's just a timed-exclusive as far as other consoles go and it'll hit PC at the same time. Whatever gets us playing this game as soon as possible, man.... read + comment
Today at Microsoft's gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, The Secret of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert took the stage to announce that his upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park would be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Thimbleweed Park raised over $626,000 on Kickstarter in late 2014, nearly doubling its initial $375,000 funding goal. The project is a spiritual successor to both Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island series, aiming to evoke the experience of late '80s/early '90s adventure games.
The title is also coming to Mac, Linux, and mobile platforms, and aims to launch by June 2016.... read + comment
Bad name, but man Ark: Survival Evolved looks great. It's already playable on Steam in Early Access, but it's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One early next year. Not sure if it can do as well there as it will on PC, where people who play stuff like DayZ tend to congregate, but, hey, name one more cool-looking dinosaur game coming out anytime soon.
Really, if I'm missing one, let me know.... read + comment
Microsoft is obviously looking forward to the future, but it hasn't completely turned its attention from the past. At E3, it dropped the bombshell that it had a backward compatibility program so that Xbox 360 titles could be played on Xbox One.
In the time since, many details have trickled out about how and when it would actually work. We don't have the definitives on the how, but at least we have the when. As part of its gamescom press conference, it was revealed that backward compatibility will be available to everyone in November of this year.
Moreover, Microsoft announced that all Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be backward compatible upon launch, meaning that you don't need the old system to take advantage of those old freebies. Once that's fully implemented, there's probably not a lot of reason to keep the faithful 360 in the entertainment system anymore.... read + comment
I mean, hey, it works. Anyone type enough on the Xbox One that they're picking this bad boy up when it launches in November?... read + comment
If you buy Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Xbox One or Windows 10, you'll be able to interact with your friends on other Microsoft-owned platforms.
Revealed at Microsoft's gamescom press briefing, we also got our first glimpse at a brand new character, who is as of yet unnamed. We do know he's a dual sword wielding demon hunter who can utilize Japanese spells while hunting demons.
Demons, fear his beard and unnecessary number of chains.... read + comment
Microsoft announced today at gamescom that Killer Instinct will be getting a Season 3, which will debut in March 2016. That goes for the Xbox One and the upcoming PC version, and Xbox One fight sticks and controllers will work on PC.
Also, Rash from Battletoads will debut in the game today, which is pretty awesome. I'm up for a Season 3, as the core game has been excellent so far.... read + comment
Today at Microsoft's gamescom media briefing, the company announced a subscription-free DVR service with the ability to record shows on a schedule or in the background while you're gaming.
For a while there it seemed like Microsoft was trying to get away from painting Xbox One as an "all-in-one" media box to just focus on the games, but I suppose the company could only restrain itself for so long. Still, options are always nice, and at least a few people will get some use out of this.... read + comment