Mr. Torgue and Sir Hammerlock Breakdown Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Ya!
Moral ambiguity, butt slams, and Ghost Dad references. Somehow, these are all subjects touched upon in this extensive rundown on what’s new on Pandora’s moon.
It looks like a measly rock ball from the planet’s surface, but Elpis (i.e. “The Moon”) is teaming with life to be shot at. And don’t worry; Elpis is a equal opportunity satellite — you’ll be shot at, too.
Mega Bloks is Releasing a Tiny Goddamn Nuketown!
It’s a tiny goddamn Nuketown! The infamous map originally debuted in 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops (aka The Last Pretty Decent One aka THE NUMBERS, MASON).
I don’t think Treyarch knew the sort of fire they’d be sparking when first coding the greatest small map since CoD4's “Shipment,” but Nuketown's popularity was such that the studio had to alter Black Ops' multiplayer map voting process because people would play an endless fucking loop of Nuketown and ignore every other map on disc. It was a magical launch. You’d either get a kill in 0.005 seconds from spawning or be killed in the same span of time. Magical.
Responding to our chagrin, Treyarch would periodically open up a “Nuketown 24/7” playlist to sate our masochistic need for instantaneous kills. Now, Mega Bloks wants to squeeze Nuketown into your home 24/7; forever.
Sends a strong message to Square for more Final Fantasy on PC…
"Everyone, scrap that VII remake. It’s obvious they’re scrambling for a XIII-4.”
Final Fantasy XV Still Exists, Trailer Reminds Us of the Pain of Not Owning It
Stop reading. Watch this.
You back? Your eyes seem a little glossy. Take a moment if you want.
So… that trailer was fifteen sorts of fantastic. I’m not even completely certain of what I was watching or how it would translate to the controller in my hands once it — finally — releases to long, long waiting masses. But I know whatever that trailer was showing, I want it. And I want it bad.
Got some news to chase this gameplay down with. Tetsuya Nomura, FFXV's director since the game was announced two-thousand years ago as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, is relinquishing the Head Honcho seat amidst Square Enix’s strategic staff switcheroo.
Now, a Mr. Hajime Tabata is tasked with carrying XV to gold status. Tabata’s directorial credits include that nifty FFVII spin-off Crisis Core and its fellow PSP comrade Final Fantasy Type-0. Bringing this shit full circle, Type-0's HD re-release for PS4 and Xbox One is set to be packaged with a demo for Final Fantasy XV. Yeah, it’s actually happening. We live in a reality where XV will be playable. Type-0 is on shelves as soon as March 17, 2015.
Oh, and fret not for Nomura-san. Square’s putting him to work right away. He’ll be overseeing projects “that can only be made possible by Nomura himself,” starting with none other than finishing Kingdom Hearts III.
Mountains are being moved around at Square Enix. The impossible being made possible. Fans have waited nearly a day shy of eternity for these two games. But, oddly, the more tangible these games get, the harder the wait becomes.
Disturbing Imagery, Creepy Music, Endless Hallways… Must Be a New Silent Hills Trailer!
Hell has hallways. Who knew?
"I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
— Markus ‘Notch’ Persson on selling his studio Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. His thoughts on the sale and his departure from Mojang can be found here.
Am I nervous about the game being episodic? Yeah, you bet. Makes me wonder why I’m getting bite sized increments instead of a full course meal.
But… It’s more Resident Evil and, imagine this, it’s strapping on its best survival horror shoes and seemingly wants to tango. This can be a return to glory or another hollow disappointment. Either way, I wouldn’t be worth a single letter of my URL if I didn’t show up to the dance.
Claire Redfield & Moira Burton Concept Art
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Resident Evil Revelations 2: An Episodic Horror Story
The first Revelations split its narrative into “episodes” since handheld players typically only game in short bursts; Capcom’s console sequel is now following Telltale’s playbook for episodic content, though on an accelerated release schedule.
Revelations 2 will be presented in four weekly episodes that can be downloaded at $5.99 a piece or bought with a $24.99 Season Pass. If you’re willing to skip out on a month of cliffhangers, the collected game will hit store shelves in a $39.99 retail package soon after the digital release wraps up. Purchasing the game the latter two ways nets you additional content (which hasn’t been detailed yet).
The story follows Raccoon City survivor Claire Redfield, now employed by the anti-bioterror group Terra Save. While throwing a welcome party for new recruit Moira Burton, relation to former S.T.A.R.S. member and licensed beard enthusiast Barry Burton, the two women are abducted only to awaken on an abandoned prison island.
But abandoned isn’t quite right. The “Afflicted,” mutilated forms borrowed from one of Clive Barker’s tamer nightmares, roam the island. Claire’s got to figure out how to both get away and get away alive. But someone’s watching them and “why” is something they probably don’t want to know.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (begins to) release in early 2015 for PS3, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Don’t be fooled by its title. This is a severely inadequate career counselor.
Batman: Arkham Knight Has a New Date, Some Swanky Collector’s Editions Too
Once set to patrol the night as soon as October 14th, Rocksteady’s final chapter of the Arkham series ends how it began: with a delay. Now True Bat-lievers will get their chance to don the cowl next year on June 2nd, 2015.
If spending $60 bucks on a box and a disc just isn’t your style, there’s two special editions of the game coming to save the day.
Behold the Limited Edition:For $99.99, this edition includes:
- A Steelbook case
- An 80-page art book
- #0 of DC’s Batman: Arkham Knight comic
- 3 Batman Skins based on The New 52
- A Batman “Memorial Statue”
Then there’s the real deal. The Batmobile Edition:For $199.99, this bundle includes everything within the Limited Edition but swaps out the ominously titled Batman “Memorial Statue” for a Triforce sculpted replica of the Batmobile from the game.
In North America, both editions will only be made available on PS4 and Xbox One… So. That “Memorial Statue.” It gets me thinking that perhaps Arkham Knight is going to end the way The Dark Knight Rises should have. Unfortunately, we have a helluva wait until we find out.