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Microsoft Announces E3 2018 Venue Plans

In a post to the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has announced their plans for E3 2018. This year, much like EA did two years ago, Microsoft will be leaving the Los Angeles Convention Center and centering its E3 activities at the Microsoft Theatre at LA Live, located across the street.

The Microsoft Theatre will host the Xbox’s press briefing on June 10 and will also hold the majority of their demos and activities for fans and the press to check out. There will still be a presence at the convention center, as it will be the home of the Mixer booth, Microsoft’s streaming platform.

Check out the full post on the Xbox Wire by clicking here.

PG’s Thoughts:

This seems to be a trend for E3 going forward. With EA and now Microsoft both leaving the convention center for their own locations, it will be interesting to see if Sony and other publishers follow suit. Alternatively, this could, in theory, open up more space on the convention center floor for other companies to play around with.

 

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Crazy Taxi and Shadow Warrior Highlight February Games With Gold

Microsoft has announced next month’s lineup of free games coming to Games with Gold. Highlighting the list is the arcade driving game Crazy Taxi, and first-person shooter Shadow Warrior. Check out the full list of games coming next month below:

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December Xbox Games with Gold Revealed

 

Microsoft has announced the free games coming Xbox Live Gold members for December. Check out the list of games below:

Read more about the games in the full post to the on the Xbox Wire by clicking here.

 

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GTA V Becomes Best Selling Game of All Time In USA

Anyone that follows NDP’s monthly video game sales numbers will notice that regardless of new releases, sales, or trends, Grand Theft Auto V always finds its way into the top ten. Take-Two Interactive has announced that the game has surpassed 85 million units shipped worldwide. This announcement puts GTA V ahead of Wii Sports as the best selling game ever in the United States.

GTA V was originally released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was then re-released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2014. Along with its single-player campaign, the success of GTA Online has been pivotal in the game’s ability to become the best selling game of all time in the United States.

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Microsoft Announces November Titles Coming to Games with Gold

Microsoft has announced the free games that will be coming to Games with Gold members for the month of November. Highlighting the list are the arcade racer Trackmania Turbo and Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands, both coming to Xbox One. Check out the full list of games for November below:

 

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Kinect No Longer in Production

In an interview with Co.Design, the creator of the Kinect, Microsoft’s hands-free, motion-based Xbox accessory Alex Kipman has announced that the product is no longer in production.

The Kinect was first introduced in 2010 and was an add-on for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the fuller interview between Kipman and Co.Design by clicking here.

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Xbox Announces Games with Gold for October

Microsoft has announced the free games that will be coming to Games with Gold for October. HIghlighting the list is Gone Home: Console Edition. The first person interactive-narrative game from the developers of Tacoma and will be available for download from October 1 to October 31. Check out the full list of games for Games with Gold, as well as a trailer for Tacoma below:

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NBA 2K18 Will Have Mobile Companion App

2K has announced a mobile companion app that will go with NBA 2K18. The app will launch on September 7, 12 days before the launch of the game. Check out the full list of features in the app below:

  •    Facial scanning to get the players face in the game.
  • Earn Virtual Currency daily
  •  Shop for console items from the MyPlayer Store.
  • Watch 2KTV anytime.
  • Many ways to play with Quick Game, Playoff, and PVP game mode.
  • Daily Objectives – complete each day for in-game rewards.
  • Team Login Incentives – Login daily to earn team packs to distribute to teammates.
  • Over 300 new cards for the NBA’s 2017-2018 season.

NBA 2K18 launches for  PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 19. Check out the latest trailer for the game below:

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Powerpuff Girls Coming to Lego Dimensions

Warner Bros. has announced that the Powerpuff Girls will be making their way into Lego Dimensions.

The crime-fighting team will be included in the Team and Fun Packs. Players will be able to fly and use their various powers to fight crime and stop evil. There will also be the ability to visit Adventure World and unlock locations from the show such as Pokey Oaks Elementary, Rainbow Land, and Professor Utonium’s lab.

The Powerpuff Girls Team Pack and Fun Pack will be available on September 15 alongside the Teen Titans Go! Team Pack and Fun Pack, and the Beetlejuice Fun Pack. Check out the trailer for the Powerpuff Girls below:

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named Cover Athlete for FIFA 18

EA has announced that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will be the cover athlete for FIFA 18. Ronaldo was named the FIFA Men’s Players of the Year in 2016 and recently scored his 100th goal in European competition, becoming the first player to ever reach this milestone. He has also made the most appearances ever for the Portuguese national team, as well being their all-time goal scoring leader.

Players who pre-order the Ronaldo Edition of FIFA 18 will receive early-access to the game (three days in advance of the scheduled release date), 20 jumbo premium gold packs, eight special edition FIFA Ultimate Team uniforms, and a Cristiano Ronaldo loan player for five FUT matches.

FIFA 18 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox 360 on September 29. Check out the reveal trailer for the game below:

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Kyrie Irving Revealed as Cover Athlete for NBA 2K18

2K has announced that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will be the cover athlete for NBA 2K18. Irving was voted Rookie of the Year award in 2012, named NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2014, and won an NBA championship last year.

Pre-ordering the game will give gamers early access to the game on September 15, four days before the official release. They will also get the following in-game bonuses.

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 10 Weekly MyTEAM Packs;
  • Kyrie Outfit Pack;
  • And more!

NBA 2K18 will launch officially on September 19 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

 

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Lara Croft and Star Wars Highlight Next Month’s Games with Gold

Microsoft has announced the downloadable games that will be coming for Games with Gold subscribers next month.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris headlines the Xbox One lineup. The multiplayer action game will be available for download starting on May 16. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was also revealed for Xbox One.

Xbox 360 users will have the opportunity download Star Wars: the Force Unleased II from May 1 to May 15. After that Lego Star Star Wars: The Complete Saga will rotate in and be available for download until mid-JuneJune.

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Batman-The Telltale Series: City of Light Out December 13th

Telltale Games has announced the release date for BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode 5: ‘City of Light’.

The final of five episodes in the season, Episode 5: ‘City of Light’ will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday December 13th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One and Xbox 360, and on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The episode will be available the same day for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play.

Special note for the finale: Players will begin this episode in very different places depending on where they chose to go in the third act of Episode 4.

Additionally, Episode 1: ‘Realm of Shadows’ is now FREE to download for PC via Steam. Telltale has also released a performance patch for BATMAN – The Telltale Series on Steam, updating the game to support a wider range of PC configurations and address some of the concerns we heard when the game launched earlier this year. This patch contains significant performance improvements as well as adding numerous performance settings to allow users to customize the game for their systems.

In Episode 5, the leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman’s ultimate secret be kept – his very identity – when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The fate of the Wayne family and of the city itself rests on your choices. What will you do? How far will you go? Which mask will you wear?

The series is also available to purchase at retailers in North America and Europe as a special Season Pass Disc, which includes the first of five episodes in the season, and grants access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates.

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, Jason Spisak as Oswald Cobblepot, Dave Fennoy as Lucius Fox, Anthony Ingruber as John Doe, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle.

 

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Legends Pack Now For WWE 2K17

2K today announced the WWE 2K17 Legends Pack is now available as downloadable content on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems, as well as Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The pack will give players access to  WWE Legends Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Eddie Guerrero, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Sycho Sid and Tatanka.

Check out the trailer for the legends pack below:

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Batman-The Telltale Series Episode 4 Launches November 22nd

Telltale Games has released a new launch trailer and given a release date for BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode 4: ‘Guardian of Gotham’.

The fourth of five episodes in the season, Episode 4: ‘Guardian of Gotham’ will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday November 22nd on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One and Xbox 360, and on the PlayStationNetwork for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The episode will be available the same day for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play.

Special note for Episode 4: Players will leave this episode in very different places depending on where they choose to go in the third act, and this will greatly affect their story rolling into the season finale as well.

In Episode 4, Penguin has taken control of Wayne Enterprises, and the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has a new guest – you – Bruce Wayne. With the Batman removed from the streets of Gotham City, Harvey Dent’s forces and the Children of Arkham are at war, with innocent citizens caught in the crossfire. To escape the ‘comforts’ of your padded cell, you must choose allies to aid in your escape, even if they aren’t the sort to put a smile on your face. How far are you willing to go for justice? For vengeance? What now, Dark Knight?

Check out the launch trailer for episode 4 below:

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Full Tracklist Revealed for Just Dance 2017

Today, Ubisoft revealed the full tracklist for Just Dance 2017, the latest installment in the best-selling* dance game franchise of all time. With more than 60 million games sold in the franchise since its debut in 2009, and 80 million players, Just Dance is back with its most diverse tracklist to date. Just Dance 2017 is coming to all motion-control gaming platforms, including Nintendo’s Wii U, Wii and NX system, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system on October 25th and for the first time in the history of the franchise, the game will also be launched digitally on Windows PC**.

This year, the game includes more than 40 hit tracks, such as “Cheap Thrills” by Sia ft. Sean Paul and “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, and classic favorites like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and quirky tunes such as “Oishii Oishii” by Wanko Ni Mero Mero. Additionally, the brand new Maroon 5 track that debuted this week, “Don’t Wanna Know” will also be included in the game.

The complete tracklist includes:
·“All About Us” – Jordan Fisher
·“Bailar” – Deorro Ft. Elvis Crespo
·“Bang” – Anitta
·“Bonbon” – Era Istrefi
·“Cake By The Ocean” – DNCE
·“Can’t Feel My Face”- The Weeknd
·“Carnaval Boom”- Latino Sunset
·“Cheap Thrills”- Sia Ft. Sean Paul
·“Cola Song”- INNA Ft. J Balvin
·“DADDY” – PSY Ft. CL of 2NE1
·“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
·“Don’t Wanna Know”- Maroon 5 Ft. Kendrick Lamar
·“Dragostea Din Tei” – O-Zone
·“El Tiki”- Maluma
·“Ghost In The Keys” – Halloween Thrills
·“Groove” – Jack & Jack
·“Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira Ft. Wyclef Jean
·“I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”- Fast Forward Highway
·“Into You” – Ariana Grande
·“La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira
·“Last Christmas” – Santa Clones
·“Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake
·“Leila” – Cheb Salama
·“Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber (Ubi Club Reward)
·“Like I Would” –  Zayn
·“Little Swing” –  AronChupa Ft. Little Sis Nora
·“Oishii Oishii” – Wanko Ni Mero Mero
·“PoPiPo”  – Hatsune Miku
·“RADICAL” – Dyro & Dannic
·“Run The Night” – Gigi Rowe
·“Scream & Shout” – Will.i.am Ft. Britney Spears
·“September” – Equinox Stars
·“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyonce
·“Sorry” – Justin Bieber
·“Te Dominar” – Daya Luz
·“Tico-Tico no Fubá” – The Frankie Bostello Orchestra
·“Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae)” – Silentó
·“What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90
·“Wherever I Go” – OneRepublic
·“Worth It” – Fifth Harmoney Ft. Kid Ink

Players can start warming up for Just Dance 2017 now with the free demo of “Sorry” from Justin Bieber, downloadable on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and the Nintendo eShop. Additionally, the Just Dance Controller App also makes the game more accessible for players on new-gen consoles by allowing players to dance without additional accessories such as cameras.

For players who just can’t get enough dancing, Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service, available for current-gen consoles owners and PC players, will offer a catalog of more than 200 songs at launch and access to exclusive tracks and new content that will be added through the year. The Standard version of Just Dance 2017 will include three months access to Just Dance Unlimited on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Digital PC.

For the latest information on Just Dance 2017, the Just Dance Controller app, or Just Dance Unlimited, please visit: www.justdancegame.com .
Follow Just Dance on Twitter @JustDanceGame and use hashtag #JustDance2017.

  • Data from NPD Institute in NCSA and from GfK Institute in EMEA – April 2015

**Just Dance 2017 will also be coming to the NX system from Nintendo in 2017.

Check out the announcement trailer for Just Dance 2017 below:

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WWE 2K17 Trailer Focuses on Basic Controls

With WWE 2K17 arriving tomorrow, 2K has released the first in a series of controls-focused trailers. In “The Basics,” new and seasoned players are introduced to the basic controls of the game. In addition, the trailer highlights several new additions to the game’s primary gameplay mechanics.

WWE 2K17 launches on October 11 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Check out the “The Basics” trailer below:

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Minecraft Story Mode -The Complete Adventure- Coming to Retail October 25th

Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang,  announced today they will be releasing  a special retail disc for  Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

The new  Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure disc includes all 8 episodes in the season in one place for the first time: 5 episodes from the original season pass, plus the 3 episodes from the ‘Adventure Pass’ add-on series. Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure will be available on disc for $29.99 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC at retailers in North America starting October 25th; and at retailers in Europe starting October 28th. The disc will also be coming to PlayStation 3 in the near future.

In  Minecraft: Story Mode, playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

The story continues beyond the original season with three ‘Adventure Pass’ episodes, chronicling the further journeys of Jesse and friends lost in a hall of portals leading from one world to the next. Will you be able to find your way home?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Third Season Teaser Revealed at E3

Fellow Survivors,

On Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, Telltale joined IGN to reveal the world’s first sneak peek at the next season of  ‘The Walking Dead’ series, set to premiere this fall.
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It’s just a brief glimpse, and we’re not yet ready to confirm a whole lot about exactly what it means… but there’s a lot of fodder in there for speculation.

So what CAN we say about this upcoming season? For a start, who’s that guy with Clementine? His name is Javier. Yes, Clem returns and will play a key role, but this is a new story as much as it is a continuation of Seasons One and Two. Players completely new to the Telltale series will be able to jump right in without feeling lost at all, and those familiar with previous seasons will perhaps find some even deeper meaning, as we’ll be working to ensure save file decisions will carry over from the last two games if you’ve played them in the past.

When it comes to Clementine, players’ relationships with her have very much evolved over the course of Seasons One and Two. In Season One, it was all about playing a more paternal role and helping a little girl find her feet and the courage to survive in a world gone to hell. Season Two was about Clementine developing her skills and becoming more independent of the people around her. In this next season, she’s in her early teens, and has grown to be a person who is clearly capable of handling herself – someone very much on the same level as Javier, a fellow survivor who has been through hell, and has managed to remain alive as long as Clem.

Clem has also been through a lot since we left her at the end of Season Two… and depending on the paths players may have taken with her in the past, she may or may not be exactly the same person we knew back then. You’ll play as both Javier and Clementine through the course of the season, but exactly how that works is one of the exciting details we’re not quite yet ready to reveal.

We’re thrilled to be able to share this with you. Stay tuned for more info on this new season as we head towards the premiere this fall!

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‘BATMAN – The Telltale Series’ Unveiled in First Look Ahead of Summer 2016 Premiere

Leading developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, today unveiled the first look at BATMAN – The Telltale Series ahead of its worldwide debut this summer.

The episodic game series will premiere digitally on home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices, and will be shown to guests attending the annual E3 Gaming Expo this coming week in Los Angeles. The series will also be available on game consoles as a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ which will be available at retailers across North America, Latin America, and Europe later this summer, granting access to the five episode season as it becomes available for download.

“We’ve been hard at work at Telltale creating an all-new iteration of the iconic Batman story that puts players in the suit of billionaire Bruce Wayne, just as much as it will put them behind the mask, deciding how to carefully navigate a complex drama, rich with action, crime, corruption, and villainy lurking around every corner of Gotham City,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “The complex life and fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne has lent itself to becoming a bold evolution of the signature ‘Telltale’ role-playing experience, and we couldn’t be more excited as we prepare to debut the series to players across the world this summer.”

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman will feature an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.