Alex Cote

Whether you call it Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween, everyone knows of October 31st and the customs that surround it. While you might be more of the let’s go get candies or let’s get drunk in a costume and party, you still have your own tradition. This year, I decided to share my own traditions and what I will be adding to it.

I will start with what I usually do. As it’s been the case since 2008, I will be watching this awesome movie called Trick ‘r Treat. A horror movie that explore some of the rules on the night of All Hallows’ Eve. It’s not a movie that will make you jump in surprise or that will make your heart beat at a 100 beats per second but it explore the less common horror genre of the horror movies of the past 20 years. It quickly became a favorite of mine and I can’t go without watching it every year. It also became quite the cult  classic for many who saw it.

Next on the list would usually be spending time with friends playing video games or just going to a costume party. While that might still happen this year, this is where things will become even more interesting because this year, there’s something special for gamers to take advantage of: VR Headsets. Yes the virtual reality headsets will bring a new dimension to being scared on Samhain, and there are quite a few games to bring you this amazing experience. While some headsets have been out for a year or two now, it wasn’t readily available to everyone. So here are a few games to get you jumping:

If you own an Oculus Rift and haven’t already tried this game, go for Affected from Fallen Planet Studios. However be warned, if you have any phobias or fears, they may become worse after playing this game. You might never see the world around you the same way again.

For those of us that will own a PlayStation VR headset and wonder how to get on the horror show, Here They Lie might be just what you need this Halloween. It was released at the same time as the headset on October 13th and promises to be quite the experience. This one will bring you to a different world with strange and malevolent creatures. A different type of experience, with a lot of focus on the narrative.

I also have a title for the HTC Vive owners. The Brookhaven Experiment  might be just the thing for you if you’d prefer a more classic survival horror experience in an end of the world setting, with zombies chasing you around. Who knows, it might have actually been developed to prepare gamers around the world to survive the real thing.

I could name a so many more games to experience but this should provide a proper experience for your October 31st celebration this year. What are your Halloween traditions and what are you planning to do this year? Share with us below!

This year Nintendo decided not to do an E3 conference or a Nintendo Direct. Instead, they put the viewers in the hands of the Nintendo Treehouse who did a fairly good job in showing us what we wanted to see, and had a few interviews with producers. This is what brings us to this article. You see, the game most wanted to see from Nintendo is the new Legend of Zelda. Before this E3, the game did not yet have a subtitle but as you can guess or see, it was revealed to be officially The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Now this first part will specifically be about what was revealed and showed by Nintendo at E3. The second part will be my analysis and opinion on this new entry.

 

I’ll start with the obvious: it’s a huge new world. Everything Nintendo showed of the game required no loading unless they were entering specific buildings. We will get back to the buildings later in the article. This new entry is an open world game like you have never seen with a Legend of Zelda. You can explore and interact with the world and you don’t have to worry about changing maps. It’s also alive, grass moves, small animals run around and enemies live and have their own habitations. You will find various enemies and tons of ruins. You also have a new device in the form of a book that allows you to collect runes. These let you do different things and help you solve puzzles. You can mount wild horses and use it to go around. You also have some type of paragliding where you just float toward your destination and you even go on a small raft to cross a lake or a river. It’s a mysterious world and Nintendo kept it that way. They avoided as much as possible in regards to any spoilers on the story but we do know who the final boss is. If you prefer avoiding spoilers, that’s good because I do to and will not mention the boss any further. A staple that does come back is Link waking up. It is something you are used to by now if you’ve played previous titles.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will also bring an actual inventory, which you can fill with various weapons, clothing and other things you’ll find in the wild. There is no more cutting grass to find rupees or hearts. You’ll gain back life by eating various plants or by cooking. Yes, there’s a basic type of crafting that allows you to cook meals that will bring you different benefits like extra temporary life or protection against the cold. You can also break weapons and shields after using them and you can find back the same thing over and over. It was also confirmed there would be merchants but they didn’t go into details. From what they have showed, you’ll have a very cold region with ice and snow that requires you to protect yourself while you’ll also visit very warm place. You can even cut trees to make bridges or even just for wood. I mentioned buildings; well there are shrines that play an important role it seems. While we do not have the whole picture or the background to the shrines, it seems most of the puzzle solving will be inside them and you’ll be rewarded after you finish every shrine. These shrines were so far the only time we saw loading time unless you died and was put back to a spawn point. Link is also able to climb walls and mountains. Using a limited stamina, you’ll be able to climb a cliff to reach a higher position but there will also be time that you will not be able to do so.

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The game will also support Amiibo. There will be 3 new Amiibo for the game itself and the game will be compatible with the Wolf Link Amiibo for those of you who bought The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Wii U. The Wolf Link Amiibo will have a wolf show up as a hunting companion for a limited time. You can call him back as well but it will have a timer. The other Amiibo were shown but we have no details on what they’ll do. There will be a Link Archer so holding a bow with one of those special arrows you saw in the first teaser. There will be a Link Rider so on a horse with a drawn sword and you’ll have the mechanical golem like creature called a guardian with arms that you can move and put as you’d like. These 3 pieces are most likely to release at the same time as the game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slate to release in March 2017 and will be available on the Wii U and Nintendo NX. More on Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Part 2!

It’s the year 2205, Earth has a pending an energy crisis and you are recruited by Global  Union to participate in the Lunar Licensing Program. Your goal: Colonize the moon and help in the development of a fusion energy reactor to avert the pending crisis. Your corporation will need to establish itself on earth and get ready for launch into space! This is what Anno 2205 is about.

 

This is troubling premise, but Earth overall still looks fabulous. The game already informs you a bit on what happened, since the events in Anno 2070. A.I. are now lacking personality and is rather boring. You’ll also find remnants of the previous game during your gameplay but there’s a lot more to discover. First, while the game looks similar, there’s quite a few differences from the previous title. Production based building can all be expanded with modules to help with the production itself or reduce cost in energy, maintenance and others. Building for the population also can be upgraded when they meet the requirements, and you’ll have special buildings only available with certain projects that will provide you bonus resources or simply cosmetics. There’s also a complete trade system and you can build across several regions. The game does feature naval combat once more however, they are separated in missions that you need to access individually. You also do not build a fleet but you must rather use the one provided. You unlock this as your corporation grows and as you gain experience as a military commander.  There’s a few more things that you can discover while playing that I will let you discover for yourself.

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Anno 2205 in itself is good. It’s what I expect and like of the Anno series. However it’s missing something that you had in previous titles; The story doesn’t have the same depth. You create a corporation, you build up and gather to research space launch and you go to the moon to construct a reactor. It’s just basic. Once you’ve done all that, you’re left to your own device and then you can try to do all the achievements which amounts to quite a lot. Another option is to just buy additional sectors to construct more cities for your corporation. Unlike Anno 2070, you do not have to restart every time because it’s a world map; however I would have preferred restarting to the lack of story. The mechanics are good, the balance is there and it’s overall a good simulation. The music and the graphics are great and the voice acting is as usual welcomed but nothing spectacular. The cut scenes are great and well done, you’d almost wish the game was all like the initial cut scene but it is not. The new features make sense, but there is a lack of explanation on the way things evolved in the universe and how you reached that point. Don’t misunderstand me, there’s a bit of a background to a few things but it’s missing the overall history of the 135 years in between both titles.

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With any simulation games, it also means you’ll probably spend close to a hundred hours in Anno 2205. That is if it doesn’t bug on you and you have to restart. Particularly when it blocks the main mission which is the only reason why you go through all the trouble of the different regions. Yes the arctic sector provides a challenge with the heat requirement to bring the population in, and yes the moon has a shield requirement for the same reason but in the end, it’s the same gimmick and it’s just a restriction that is easily circumvent when you know city management games. If you happen to go further than the initial game, everything you’ve unlocked will follow you so you can do better planning as you will be able to use things you were struggling for before that. But is it worth it? Is it worth it to spend close to a hundred hours in a game that deceivingly  lacks in story? I have to say maybe. I like this type of game and I liked Anno 2070. I came into this game knowing what Anno 2070 was like but I felt disappointed by this missing element. I’m glad I played it, I’ll probably go back to Anno 2205 if there’s expansions but otherwise, it is now shelved in my steam library and I doubt I will go back to it anytime soon. Maybe in a few years when I want to re-explore a few games here and there. So can I recommend this? My answer, not if you don’t know the series. Go play Anno 2070 instead; you’ll get more out of it than you will with Anno 2205.

 

The Verdict

Gameplay: 8.1

The gameplay is good, it’s what the series came to be for me and it’s what I expected.

Presentation: 5.5

The lack of story is simply bothering me. While everything else is fine, the missing efforts in a story make it a lot more difficult to enjoy.

Value: 7.5

You’ll spend about a hundred hours in the game for sure but there’s no other mode and you will most likely never return to it.

Overall Score

7Good
*Overall score is not an average.

Canada Day is a day of celebration and while most will be out doing just that, some of us will still prefer to be able to game. There is a way to do that. Instead of leaving your little gaming heaven behind, bring your mobile device, 3DS or PS Vita with you and game during the celebrations. If you do not know what you could potentially play, here is a list of games to bring with you during your celebrations.

 

Oh right, and my editor wants me to clarify something. We are in no way responsible for any behavior when you game and drink. Game responsibly and protect your devices from spills. Beer and phones do not work well together, don’t even try.

 

Mobile device (Android/iOS):

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter

If you’ve played this yet, or haven’t, fear not! New content has been released. This means it’s the perfect time to go fix the shelter that you left behind or to start a completely new shelter instead. You can definitely kill a lot of time with this one while you’re least favorite band is playing on stage.

 

Tales of Link

Tales of Link

If you are not familiar with this one, it’s part of the Tales of series. If that does not ring a bell it’s alright, even without knowing the series, the game is fairly simple and involve old school 2D RPG turn based battles. It’s a lot of fun and you can customize your equipment and weapons. Go check it out; it will be perfect for ignore annoying in-laws.

 

Star Wars: Uprising

Star Wars: Uprising

Fan of Star Wars, this game is for you. You might be outside but it does not mean you can’t enjoy some good times. Make a character and explore this side of the galaxy not seen in the movies. Discover the mysteries of what is happening after the defeat of the Emperor.  The benefit is that any fans of Star Wars will spur you to continue the story or will play with you directly, so more excuses to not socialize.

 

 

Nintendo 3DS :

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby

Pokemon games are a trademark and there’s always someone somewhere that will have it with them. Play it at the city celebration or near your home. Heck you don’t need anyone in person now, just have an internet connection and battle away. Who said you couldn’t catch em all on Canada day eh?

 

Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Sometimes, you can’t avoid it, you need a quick fix. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is there to help you out. You’ll be able to do a quick battle and go back to the festivities or better challenge your friends and make a small tournament. This will be a new tradition to celebrate Canada day!

 

Final Fantasy Explorers

FInal Fantasy Explorers

Final Fantasy is always a staple in RPG and they usually will keep you going for quite some time. More so when you want something you could do for a few hours without getting tired. This one also has a multiplayer mode over WiFi and internet so you can always get others to join your adventure, and do like our forefathers and explore a new world.

 

 

PS Vita:

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yes more Star Wars. This one however you can’t miss. It has been declared cannon and contains information on the universe and the different stories that were not seen in the movies. And to make it even better, it’s a LEGO game. It’s bound to be funny, interesting and it’s Star Wars. Why on Canada Day? I say why not! You need to have your own kind of fun and a good laugh.

 

Child of Light

Child of Light

This may be an older game but it mixes platformers and RPG in one, and those are always fun to play. If you have not yet picked this up, it’s definitely highly recommended. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, it is the perfect Canadian game on this day of celebration and if you didnt know the composer, her name is Coeur de Pirate, and she’s a French Canadian singer-songwriter.

 

Nuclear Throne

Nuclear Throne

Now why a Dutch game you may ask? It’s one of the few shoot ‘em up rogue-like games I like. In addition, it’s on the Vita so it means you can bring it everywhere. The game is insanely fun and I can just lose myself in it. If you’re stuck at work during Canada Day, this could be a good way for you to celebrate when everyone else is gone.

E3 Also Marks the First Live Gameplay of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2016 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild represents the next great boundary-breaking adventure from Nintendo. The game marks a new pinnacle for the franchise, and today Nintendo gave the world its first look at the immense, living and breathing world of the Wii U version of the game at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. The game challenges and surprises players at every turn, while giving them incredible freedom to explore the massive world found in this open-air adventure.

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild breaks boundaries for the franchise and for games as a whole,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “Where you go, how you get there, the order in which you do it, and the items, weapons and approaches used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies are all up to you.”

Today Nintendo gave fans just a taste of how The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes the franchise to new heights. Nintendo’s booth at E3 immerses attendees in the world of the game. As E3 attendees investigate Hyrule, they can explore the game any way they want because the world is so vast and players are not required to take a pre-determined path. This sense of freedom and vastness will truly come alive in the final game when the experience isn’t limited by the restrictions of a show floor demo.

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During a Nintendo Treehouse: Live demo, Nintendo showed that heroic Link needs to be resourceful as he explores his environment. It’s important for players to become familiar with their surroundings so they can find weapons or collect them from defeated enemies. Food helps Link sustain his hearts and can give him a temporary boost or ability that will sustain him.

The game breaks with some conventions from the series. For example, many of the minor enemies are no longer scattered randomly around the world, as many now live together in colonies. Link can climb towers and massive structures to get a bearing on his surroundings. He can even reach the top of mountains – any mountain he can see, he can climb. He can paraglide to lower areas or even use his shield to slide down a mountain. Link will travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks.

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The game’s wild world surrounds Link, and he must pay attention to changes in climate, as a shift in weather or temperature can affect the environment and his ability to survive in it. A sudden downpour might douse a roaring campfire or a lightning storm might be attracted to Link’s metallic weapons. Players might need to bundle up with warmer clothes or change into something better suited to the desert heat.

More than 100 Shrines of Trials dot the landscape, waiting for players to discover and explore them in any order they want. As players work their way through the traps and puzzles inside, they’ll earn special items and other rewards that will help them on their adventure. Puzzles in the game often have multiple answers, and secrets can be found everywhere. Exploration and discovery are a huge part of the fun.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both the Wii U console and Nintendo’s next system, code-named NX, in 2017. The game also includes compatibility with amiibo, which are sold separately. Nintendo announced a new series of amiibo figures specific to the game that includes Link with a bow (“Archer”), Link on horseback (“Rider”), and a “Guardian” that is the first amiibo with flexible parts. The existing Wolf Link amiibo works with the game as well: When players tap a Wolf Link amiibo to the Wii U GamePad controller, Wolf Link will attack enemies on his own and help players to hunt. He has three hearts, unless players carry over save data from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Wolf Link disappears when his hearts run out. Details can be found at http://e3.nintendo.com/amiibo/.

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While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is clearly the star of Nintendo’s presence at E3, Nintendo Treehouse: Live also gave Pokémon fans something to go wild about this morning: the world premiere of live gameplay from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the seventh, and newest, era of the core Pokémon series. The games*, made for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, include new Pokémon, a new Pokédex, a new region and a new battle format to enhance the Pokémon experience in almost every way.

In the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, players embark on a new adventure as a Pokémon Trainer. They catch, battle and trade new Pokémon characters on the tropical islands of the Alola Region, which is comprised of four islands rich in natural beauty and an artificial island.

Players can choose from one of three new Partner Pokémon (Rowlet, Litten and Popplio) and discover the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon (Solgaleo and Lunala).

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon launch Nov. 18. More information on the games can be found at Pokemon.com/SunMoon, and a video showing today’s reveal can be found at YouTube.com/Pokemon.

Anyone who wants to keep tabs on Nintendo’s activities at E3 from afar can keep an eye on Nintendo Treehouse: Live at http://e3.nintendo.com, or on Nintendo’s YouTube or Twitch channels. The remainder of today’s show will be dedicated to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The final day of Nintendo Treehouse: Live begins at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 15, and will primarily offer a showcase of previously announced Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, including Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (June 24), Monster Hunter Generations from Capcom (July 15), Paper Mario: Color Splash (Oct. 7) and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (2016). Additionally, viewers will get their first look at a new Mario Party game for Nintendo 3DS that includes additions and changes to make it much more fast-paced and portable-friendly – players no longer have to wait for their turn, as everyone moves at once. Mario Party Star Rush launches Nov. 4.

Also on Nov. 4, Nintendo will launch new amiibo in the Super Mario series. The collection will feature the debut of amiibo figures for Daisy, Waluigi and Boo – and the Boo amiibo figure glows in the dark! The collection also introduces new poses for Wario, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.

As a special treat for fans, Nintendo eShop is offering discounts of up to 40 percent for some of its most popular games between 11 a.m. PT on June 14 and 8:59 a.m. PT on June 21. Even better, My Nintendo members who have signed in, linked their Nintendo Network IDs and visited Nintendo eShop at least once before purchase get an extra 10 percent off the already-discounted price on select titles. Discounts have been applied to dozens of games, including multiple games in The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon series, as well as a number of Virtual Console games. For a full list of games, more information about the sale and the ability to purchase the games directly from the website, please visithttp://e3.nintendo.com/sale.

My Nintendo members will find some new website missions related to The Legend of Zelda at https://my.nintendo.com/missions. For a limited time, My Nintendo members who sign in are challenged to explore Nintendo’s E3 website to find items that will earn them My Nintendo points.

To see details about all of Nintendo’s activities at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/wiiu orhttp://www.nintendo.com/en_CA/3ds

*Games in 2D. Some areas also playable in 3D.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.4 billion video games and more than 693 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.ca

About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visitwww.pokemon.com.

The last conference before E3 begins is Sony and oh how they love their theatrics. The pre-show had a few announcements but the show started with a live orchestra. The orchestra played all the music during the conference.

 

Now to the gaming, it started with the new God of War 4. No date announced but a full live gameplay demo was presented.

 

Another surprise tonight is Days Gone! A new game that looks to be based on The Last of Us universe.

 

The Last Guardian is again part of the show and with an official release date: October 25th 2016.

 

If you what Horizon Zero Dawn might be, you will love this. A new trailer showing gameplay was introduced today with crafting and mounts. Best of all, the game is releasing on February 28th 2017.

 

The Sony conference had more exclusive to show us tonight. Detroit: Become Human had barely been shown before today ,but we got treated to a new trailer.

 

Now for some PSVR news. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be fully playable with PSVR. PS4 exclusive and will release on January 24th 2017. A demo is available now for PS Plus members.

 

With this also came the announcement that PSVR will release on October 13th 2016. More than 50 games will be available for PSVR by the end of the year including this game called Here They Lie which will release this fall.

 

More PSVR games, and this one is called Farpoint. Not much is known but it’s a sci-fi game set on an unknown planet.

 

Because this was the PSVR segment, here is another. It was the official announcement of the new and PS4 exclusive Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing mission and will release this holiday exclusively on PS VR

 

We’re not done with the VR. The next title is a surprising one. It’s called Batman: Arkham VR and it’s a PS4 exclusive. You’ll be able to play this title in October 2016.

 

Last PSVR title in this segment is called… Final Fantasy XV. Yes you heard right, Final Fantasy XV will have some PS VR support. This game is set to release on September 30th.

 

Something that is now part of the PlayStation showing is Call of Duty and there was no exception with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The game is set to release on November 4th 2016 on PC, PS4 and XBO. With this was also announced a 30 days timed exclusive for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

 

Here is news that will only half satisfy fans. Crash Bandicoot is coming back to PlayStation. Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 and Warped will be fully remastered from the ground up for PlayStation 4. Crash Bandicoot will also come first to PlayStation 4 in Skylanders Imaginators which will release on October 16th 2016.

 

It was a busy night with Sony. We got reminded that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awaken is releasing on June 28th 2016 with a new trailer.

 

Fear not, while the conference was soon coming to an end, the next presentation was done by none other than Hideo Kojima and yes it is his new game. It’s called Death Stranding starring Norman Reedus.

 

If you were wondering about Insomniac Games next big title, the wait is over. That’s right, while there have been rumors in the past. It has now been confirmed that Spider-Man will be making his way to the PS4.

 

And as the conference ended, we were treated with a live demo of Days Gone. It’s really reminiscent of both Dying Light and The Last of Us.

 

Based on the video below, E3’s Best games are on PS4 and PSVR:

 

You can watch the whole Sony conference, to see anything we could not show you, right here:

Continuing on our series on the 2016 E3 announcements, we will look at what Ubisoft had to offer. They are celebrating their 30 year anniversary this year, making 2016 a big year for Ubisoft.

 

They kicked off their celebration at the conference by announcing Just Dance 2017  which includes “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. It will come to all platforms in October 2016 and in 2017 for Nintendo NX.

 

Following that announcement is Ghost Recon: Wildlands, which was announced last year. This year the announcement came with a new trailer as well as a gameplay demo. The game is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2017.

 

A whole new trailer for South Park: The Fractured but Whole was released today. The first gameplay demo was also presented which showed some new features and powers for players to explore. The game will release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on December 6th 2016.

 

If you’re caught up on the events of the Microsoft conference, you know that The Division’s Underground expansion is releasing on June 28th 2016 for Xbox One and PC; PS4 will see the new expansion in August. The second expansion was officially announced and it is called Survival.

 

For those of you who are VR fans, there are some new titles for you coming up. The first one, called Eagle Flight, which was announced back in 2015, is a competitive game where you fly an eagle and score points by catching rabbits. It will be available for VR only, including the PS VR in 2016. A surprise VR title coming from Ubisoft is called Star Trek: Bridge Crew. The game will release this fall on all VR devices.

 

If you’ve been waiting for more news about For Honor, you’ll be pleased to know it will release on February 14th 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. New features were announced, including siege, and some more details on the factions were also released. You can sign up for their alpha at forhonor.ubisoft.com.

 

A new title from Ubisoft called Grow Up is coming; it is the sequel to Grow Home. The game will release in August 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

 

They introduced a launch trailer for an previously unannounced title, called Trials of the Blood Dragon. The game is a mix between Trials and FarCry 3: Blood Dragon and it is available now on PC, PS4 and XBO.

 

If you are interested in hearing more about the Assassin’s Creed Movie, please make sure to watch the Ubisoft conference video at the bottom of this article, as they had an exclusive interview with producer Frank Marshal.

 

For Watch_Dogs 2 fans, Ubisoft presented a new gameplay walkthrough, which showcased a Dedsec infiltration mission. The game will be released on November 15th 2016.

 

For those who need a winter sports fix, Steep is for you. Set in Mount Blanc, players will be able to paraglide, snowboard, and ski. The game will feature replay options and challenges and will be released in December 2016 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. You can register for beta at steepgame.com.

 

That concludes Ubisoft’s presentation for the 2016 E3 Conference. You can catch the whole conference in the video below.

Keep a look out for the next article in our E3 series where we look at what Sony had to offer today.

Today was the second day of the 2016 E3 Conference, let’s have a look at what Microsoft had to show us this year.

 

They started the show with the unveiling of the Xbox One S, which was not a big surprise thanks to yesterday’s massive leak. The Xbox One S is a 40% smaller version of the original console that offers 4k graphics, HDR, and blu ray support. The Xbox One S will be available August 2016 starting at $299 for the 500GB unit and $399 for the 2TB unit.

 

Microsoft followed up the previous announcement by introducing Xbox Play. This is a program which will allow gamers to play games with their gamer tag on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.

 

The first game this will be available for is Gears of War 4; which will support cross play. A new elite controller will be released with the Gears of War colour scheme. Gears of War 4 will be released for Windows 10 and Xbox One on October 11th 2016.

 

Killer Instinct Season 3 is available now for both Windows 10 and Xbox One. The game is free to play this week and will be available for Xbox Play when the program is launched in November 2016.

 

The Forza Horizon 3 trailer was also premiered at the event. The newest addition to the Forza game series will take place in Australia and be available for both Windows 10 and Xbox One. The game will release on September 27th 2016.

 

ReCore will be part of Xbox play as well. The game will be available to Windows 10 and Xbox One on September 13th 2016.

 

A new gameplay demo for Final Fantasy XV called the “Trial of Titan” was presented. The game will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 30th 2016.

 

 

Also, a  timed exclusive expansion for The Division will be released on June 28th 2016 for Xbox One. The expansion is called “Underground”. No word on when it will release for PC or PS4 but more details are sure to follow in the Ubisoft conference later today.

 

In case you missed the Battlefield 1 trailer yesterday, it was presented again today. Battlefield 1 will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 21st 2016.

 

Xbox One will have new features coming this summer. The console will let you listen to music in the background while playing, users will have language independence, and users will no longer have restrictions based on their region. Cortana is also coming to Xbox One. Another feature to look forward to is the ability to form clubs on Xbox Live. A new “looking for group” feature will be introduced and the Arena platform will enable players from around the world to sign up for tournaments across a variety of games, including EA Sports games.

 

Minecraft is getting an update today called the Friendly update. It enable cross platform play between iOS, Android, and Windows. With that feature comes dedicated servers which will let your friends access your world at any time. Texture packs will also be released in the coming months. There will be more to come at MineCon in September.

 

Ever wanted to have custom coloured Xbox One controllers? Well you now can. More details at https://xboxdesignlab.xbox.com/

 

A new game from the creators of Limbo was introduced. It’s called Inside and it will be coming to Xbox One on June 29th 2016. Limbo is also free for all Xbox One users starting today.

 

A massive presentation for ID@Xbox. Over 15 titles are shown in this rather short presentation.

 

Ark Survivals owners on Xbox One will be happy to know that it will become an Xbox Play title this fall.

 

We Happy Few is also a new title coming to Xbox One. It will be a timed exclusive and part of the Xbox Game Preview on July 26th 2016.

 

If you are a fan of The Witcher, or more particularly the Gwent card game, you will be happy to know that it is coming as a standalone card game to PC and consoles; it will also include a single player campaign. It’s a timed exclusive for PC and Xbox One and will release in September 2016. Go to playgwent.com for beta sign up.

gwent

 

A new Tekken will also be released in early 2017 and will include a single player campaign. It will be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Xbox Live Gold members can grab a free Tekken Tag Tournament 2 right now.

 

Dead Rising 4 will be released in the 2016 holiday season and will be part of Xbox Play.

 

Scalebound gameplay footage was also presented today. This is also a Xbox Play title and will be released sometime in 2017.

 

Sea of Thieves is now part of the Xbox Play program and today we were able to see the first ever gameplay demo.

 

State of Decay 2 was officially announced and it will be a part of the Xbox Play program.

 

Halo Wars 2 is now official. Players can expect a new faction and new aliens. It will be part of Xbox Play and will be released on February 21st 2017. A week long beta is available now on Xbox One.

 

The last part of the Microsoft presentation was the long rumoured Project Scorpio. It is slated to be released in time for the 2017 holiday season and will include 6 teraflop of power and use 4K graphics; the game will also support VR.

Scorpio

 

That’s all for Microsoft. You can watch the full presentation at https://www.twitch.tv/xbox/v/72220716

 

In our next post we will be looking at the PC presentation at E3.

Second conference of this year’s E3. Bethesda Softworks opened up with a surprise announcement: Quake Champions. This is a PC exclusive game with unlock frame rates and designed for ESports. The game will feature a variety of unique characters with unique styles. More about Quake Champions will be announced at QuakeCon in August.

 

Bethesda followed this announcement with highlights from the last year on their various games and launches. They also gave more details on The Elder Scrolls: Legends, a card game coming to PC, Mac, iOS and Android. Beta sign up is also now available at https://legends.bethesda.net.

 

If you have not heard yet, you will be happy to know that Fallout 4 is getting more DLCs! Three more DLCs releasing in June, July and August 2016 with some quite interesting features. The third DLC called Nuka-World will also be the last DLC of Fallout 4 and will be massive. Fallout Shelter, the mobile game, is also getting some more content and is coming to PC. Some more announcements that came at the same time is about Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is being remastered with a special edition and will come to PS4 and XBO. For those owning the game on PC, the remastered version will be free. It is releasing on October 28th 2016.

 

From the developers of Dishonored, Arkane Studios, comes a game called Prey and seems to be unrelated to a previous game of the same name.  Prey is set in the future on a huge space station. The game will be released next year on PC, PS4 and XBO. More details to come at QuakeCon.

 

Doom will see new content coming in the next few months. This will include free content for both snapmap, the map creator, and multiplayer maps and modes. A premium DLC will also be released with new maps for multiplayer as well as other features.

 

If you are playing The Elder Scrolls Online on console, you will be happy to hear that the Dark Brotherhood DLC is coming to PS4 and XBO this Tuesday. The game has also reached over 7 million players and will launch in Japan on June 23rd.  The game will receive a massive update called One Tamariel which will make your character match the level of the content you will be playing.

 

Last but not least, we got to see some more of Dishonored 2 with the first game play trailer. The game will be released on November 11th 2016 on PC, PS4 and XBO. This game will also have a very limited collector edition featuring Corvo’s mask.

 

That’s all for this first day of conference. Tune in tomorrow for more from E3 2016.

The first conference of this year’s E3 went to EA. About an hour long and with the usual large focus on EA Sports. We heard a bit more about the future of some franchise however, there was nothing really remarkable or surprising from this conference. Well you can also judge that by yourself:

 

The conference started with Titanfall 2 on stage. Noticeable change to this new title: a proper progression system, 6 new titans, more customizations and a single player campaign. TitanFall 2 will release on PC, PS4 and XBO on October 28th 2016 and a multiplayer test will be available this summer. Head to http://www.titanfall.com/en_gb/ for more details.

 

Madden NFL 17 was next on the stage, and really the main news is that the frostbite engine will be used. A new season and a new championship to begin as well. More EA Sports support for their own ESport and a 1 million dollar prize for the Madden 17 championship. The game is set to release on August 23rd 2016 on PS3, PS4, XB 360 and XBO.

 

We had a new look at Mass Effect: Andromeda however no specific release date yet. A new cast and a bigger adventure is what we should expect from this new entry into the franchise, with more freedom and the game is using the frostbite engine and more will be revealed this fall. The game is set to release in 2017 on PC, PS4 and XBO.

 

If you are a fan of FIFA, know that FIFA 17 might be the best yet with a complete new mode called The Journey where you will follow the progression of Alex Hunter’s career. FIFA 17 will also be using the frostbite engine to make this possible and will include some of the biggest names when is comes to premiere league managers. They also promise a complete revamp in game play. The game is set to release on September 27th 2016 on PC, PS3, PS4, XB 360 and XBO.

 

Two important things that were announced during the conference: EA Access (XB) and Origin Access (PC) will be free to everyone during E3 week and EA is pleased to announce EA Original. This is a program made to provide support, security and funding to indie studios or any other studios that could catch their eyes. The first EA Original title is called Fe, an adventure game.

 

Unfortunately, we did not get more details on what was coming to the Star Wars franchise but they are working on 3 new titles: a new Star Wars Battlefront, a game made by Visceral Games and one by Respawn Entertainment. Some teaser and concept arts can be seen in this short video:

 

The conference ended with Battlefield 1 for everyone’s enjoyment. The new title was also streamed live after the conference with a 32 VS 32 battle on site. Only DICE could make going back to World War 1 so appealing. The game is set to release on October 21st 2016 on PC, PS4 and XBO.

 

 

We also invite you to watch the EA Play E3 Pre-show and conference directly for more details about what was announced today.

EA Play E3 2016 Conference

 

Next up is Bethesda Software conference at 10 pm EDT.