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Mortal Kombat X Announced with Trailer

Mortal Kombat Logo

Warner Bros has today announced Mortal Kombat X for both current and previous generation platforms. The announcement came via a trailer which features a typically brutal battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero in an atmospheric forest. The trailer shows the return of X-Ray attacks from the 2011 iteration of the game. Players can also interact with the environment, for example pulling branches off trees to use as weapons.

The official description of the game reads:

Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. For the first time ever, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. And with a new fully-connected gameplay experience, players are launched into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.

Sounds exciting right? Check out the trailer for yourself below.

A new Mortal Kombat game has been rumoured for a while. A poster for the game surfaced online recently, and earlier today a listing for the game appeared on Amazon UK.

Mortal Kombat X will be released in 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. More of the game will be shown at E3.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launch Trailer

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bethesda Softworks has unveiled the launch trailer for alternate reality first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game, developed by MachineGames, takes place in the 1960’s in a universe where the Nazi’s were victorious in World War II. The trailer makes it clear that the game does not take itself too seriously, and even teases a trip to the moon.

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20 for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Watch the trailer below, though be warned of strong language and violence.

Bioware Reveals Most Popular Shepard Names

Mass Effect 3. Shepard

If you’ve ever played Mass Effect then you’ll know that there are quite a lot of customization options open to you upon starting the game, including choosing a name for your Shepard. The default names are John and Jane and Bioware has revealed that the majority of players stuck with those monikers, however they have also created a graphic displaying the most popular custom choices for each gender.

Mass Effect, Shepard Names

What did you name your Shepard?

Atari E.T. Cartridges Unearthed in New Mexico

Atari E.T., New Mexico

A film crew has uncovered unwanted copies of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 in a New Mexico landfill. The excavation in Alamogordo is being filmed for a documentary going by the working title “Atari: Game Over” and the evidence unearthed so far proves one of gaming’s longest standing legends – that thousands of copies of the game were buried after it became an almighty flop and left Atari in financial ruin.

Nothing close to the reported thousands of buried copies have been found yet but there is a lot of work still to be done and the findings so far prove that there is truth to the legend.

It also seems that E.T. isn’t the only thing that was dumped there, copies of Centipede, Space Invaders and Asteroids have also been discovered.

E.T., Centipede, New Mexico

 

You will be able to see the full extent of the findings when the documentary hits Xbox One and Xbox 360 later this year.

[SOURCE: Larry Hryb]

Footage of Cancelled Darth Maul Game Emerges

Red Fly Studios recently revealed that they were working on a game based on Darth Maul, the mysterious Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately the game was cancelled on June 24, 2011 when the project had barely gone beyond the prototype phase.

Red Fly were also behind the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Nintendo Wii – the cancelled Maul game was originally set to be a Wii exclusive but soon became a multi-format project. Plot details are scarce (a script writer had yet to even be hired)  but George Lucas apparently requested that the story be told in a ‘buddy cop’ style, with Darth Maul teaming up with Darth Talon. The gameplay would have been a combination of stealth and lightsaber combat. You can see Maul dispatching a group of Mandalorian enemies in the video below.

Red Fly employees believe the cancellation was connected to the sale of Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney, as was the case with Star Wars 1313.

There’s more coverage of the game, and some exclusive footage, over at Game Informer.

 

 

Dig for Atari E.T. Games gets the Go-Ahead

The excavation of a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where millions of copies of unpopular Atari 2600 game E.T. are supposedly buried, has finally been given the go-ahead by the New Mexico Environmental Department. The dig was recently delayed over concerns of potentially hazardous chemicals found at the site, however the NMED is now satisfied that there is no immediate danger unless a person is exposed over a “very extended amount of time”.

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If you thought your nightmares were buried, you were wrong.

The NMED also said the original excavation plan was too vague but are now happy providing they are given five days notice before digging begins and that all waste haulers are certified.

Lightbox Entertainment and Fuelbox Entertainment are behind the excavation which is to be filmed for a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari. It is being directed by X2 writer Zak Penn and will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox One later this year.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Confirmed by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has released a short teaser trailer, comprised of alpha game footage, confirming the existence of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The trailer also confirms that Unity will be set in Paris, which was suspected after screenshots of the game were leaked showing various famous locations from the French capital. Ubisoft stated that they “weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC”, but presumably the leaks changed their minds. You can view the trailer for yourself below.

The game has been in the works for 3 years and will be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC towards the end of the year. Another Assassin’s Creed game, subtitled ‘Comet’, is rumoured to be in the works for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has not yet made an announcement regarding that title.

Microsoft Planning to Reward Well Behaved Xbox Live Users

XboxLive_LogoHey gamers, have you been good boys and girls and boys this year? Well good news if you have, especially if you own an Xbox, as Microsoft has announced plans to introduce a reward system for players with a good reputation.

The plans were revealed by Microsoft development lead Frank Savage at this year’s GDC (Game Developer’s Conference). According to Savage, it’s Microsoft’s way of saying “Thanks for being such a good member of the community, here’s a reward.”

Although only in the brainstorming stages at the moment, Microsoft hopes that offering rewards will encourage better behavior standards in their online community, rather than simply punishing players who behave poorly. Currently players who receive an abundance of negative feedback from others have their bad behavior reflected on their gamercard and are forced to play with other bad players in multipayer matches.

It is unknown at this stage what the rewards might be, but we will update you as more details about these plans are revealed.

How Solid Snake Got His Name

solidsnakeIn a series of tweets Hideo Kojima has explained how he came up with the name of his most famous creation, Metal Gear Solid protagonist, Solid Snake.

Kojima explained, “The reason I used Snake as code name in MG was snake was the most appropriate symbol of living thing that hides his presence, & sneaks w/o any noise. The reason I didn’t make any specific snake like cobra, anaconda, viper was because the protagonist is the player. The reason I use SOLID was to give opposite impression of soft image.”

He also revealed the naming process behind Snake’s twin brother and enemy from Metal Gear Solid, Liquid Snake.

“Like of all endings of the any series are, the appearance of strongest enemy was a must in MGS. It’s Snake who can surpass the Snake. Thus I brought about “clone”. SOLID vs LIQUID. That is MGS.”

Finally, in Metal Gear Solid 2, a third brother was introduced, “As to develop sequel, the 3rd snake was needed. Since both solid & liquid express state, means same true state. Naturally the next would be gas but gas snake is like gas human, not handsome name. So I borrowed from physics terms of “solidus/liquidus”. SOLIDUS is not state but implies the boundary of liquid and solid.”

The next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, will be released on March 18 in the US and March 20 in the UK. It will serve as a prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which does not yet have a release date.

 

Watch Dogs Release Date Announced in New Trailer

Ubisoft has released a new story trailer for Watch Dogs which confirms the release date as 27th May 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will release on the Wii U “at a later date”. The trailer was originally leaked on Xbox.com but has since been uploaded to Ubisoft’s official Youtube channel.

The game was originally intended to release on 19th November of last year, and be available from launch for PS4 and Xbox One, meaning the game will have had an extra six months of development time when it finally launches.

Ubisoft have also announced exclusive DLC for the Playstation versions of the game which will consist of 60 minutes of additional gameplay. Michael Pattison, Vice President of Third Party Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, explained this, saying,

We’re really excited for the launch of Watch Dogs on both PS3 and PS4 and are confident that it will prove to be one of the standout games of 2014. It’s a unique and visionary game and we believe that the exclusive content available via PSN will not only excite gamers, but showcase how PlayStation is a preferred destination for Watch Dogs.