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Dark Souls III Gameplay Trailer

Here's a new gameplay reveal trailer for Dark Souls III, offering a look at FromSoftware's upcoming action/RPG sequel. Word is: "Dark Souls III continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. As fires fade and only embers remain, journey once more into a world filled with more daunting and colossal enemies and environments. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness through faster gameplay and amplified combat intensity. New to the series are the Battle Arts attacks. You'll be able to deliver powerful attacks that will break through enemy defenses. Each weapon will have its own unique Battle Arts." Continue here to read the full story.

Homefront: The Revolution Trailer

A new "Thank You" trailer from Homefront: The Revolution is a new Gamescom 2015 trailer for the upcoming shooter sequel set in an occupied United States. Here's the description of the clip: "Citizens in the United States live under foreign occupation. A force that is stronger and more technologically advanced now watches over the People. But in the city of Philadelphia, a Resistance is preparing to start a Revolution. A new day has dawned, and a brighter future beckons." Continue here to read the full story.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Delayed

A new Gamescom trailer for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (it's such a relief when it's not written in all caps) shows off more of the upcoming anime game. The clip shows "the new generation of ninja battle" this will offer, and also reveals a delay, as it concludes showing a February 9, 2016 release date. The game was announced late last year for release this year, but no reason for the setback is offered. Thanks DSOGaming. Continue here to read the full story.

Mirror's Edge Teaser Video

The Mirror's Edge Twitter account offers an act of faith with a short clip showing a glimpse of gameplay from the upcoming continuation of Mirror's Edge, the parkour action game. The post indicates they are looking to leverage this into some YouTube subscriptions: ""Faith's journey is just beginning. Subscribe to see it first: http://bit.ly/1M6KA6Y #MirrorsEdge #EAgamescom." Thanks PC Gamer.

Mad Max Trailer

A new "Stronghold Trailer" from Mad Max shows off more of Avalanche Studios' upcoming action game based on the post-apocalyptic movie franchise. Here's word on the only anti-hero with the balls to take on Scrotus: "In the new trailer, Max visits some of the game's diverse strongholds and encounters a number of intriguing characters, including Jeet, Gutgash, Pink Eye and Deep Friah. In a world where Max faces both his internal and external enemies, these strongholds hold the pieces essential to the puzzle he tries to solve. Max will need to make some uneasy alliances as he prepares to take on merciless Wasteland tyrant, Scrotus." Continue here to read the full story.

DRM-Free Sylvio

A DRM-free version of Sylvio is now available on the Humble Store by way of the official website for this first-person horror game for Windows and OS X after previously only being offered on Steam. This trailer shows off gameplay and there is also a playable demo for a hands-on sample. Here's word on the game, and its firm roots in not science: "Sylvio is about a ghost recorder called Juliette Waters, who finds herself trapped in an old family park destroyed by a landslide in 1971. She uses her skills in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) to find voices of deceased in the radio static, and slowly learns the horrific story of the surroundings. Solve environment puzzles, have séances, disturb black orbs, and explore a park left to its demise."

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The summer trade show season rolls on in force, as Gamescom officially gets underway in Germany tomorrow. That means there will be the usual pre-show conferences and announcements today, and of course it's several hours later in Germany than here in the U.S., so from that perspective, the show is practically over already.

Gamey Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tiny Treasure.
The Track is Your Canvas.
Media: Strongbad freaks out about the death of Flash.
Red Hot Nickel Ball Vs. Floral Foam Produces Bizarre Results.
Epic Response After Motorcycle Wreck.
Follow-up: Philadelphia Rebuilds Hitchbot by Nick Green — Kickstarter. Thanks viperfour.


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Monday, Aug 03, 2015

PES 2016 Demo Next Week

Konami announces an August 13th release date for a playable demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, though it's not clear if the Windows version is part of this, as they simply say the demo "will be released via the usual digital channels." They also say: "The demo will feature both club and national sides and will offer a perfect snapshot of the many on-field advances the new game offers." You can expect to see articles about the sports sequel this week, as it is being shown off in Germany at Gamescom.

Star Wars Battlefront Fighter Squadron Teaser

A new teaser trailer for Star Wars Battlefront teases a Fighter Squadron reveal on Wednesday, presumably at Gamescom (thanks nin). The video is not posted by EA, but it looks authentic, running a mere 12 seconds and offering the barest glimpse of gameplay. Continue here to read the full story.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer

A new trailer from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows off more of the Descent exo-zombie chapter in the Reckoning expansion that's coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow and other platforms (presumably) next month. Here's word: "Don't miss the thrilling conclusion to the Exo Zombies saga, as Descent takes our four heroes to a deep water Atlas base in order to stop the source of the infection once and for all. Battle new enemies with enhanced capabilities, wield the powerful Trident Reflected Energy Weapon, and unravel the terrible secret that Atlas has been hiding. Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, Jon Bernthal, Bruce Campbell, and John Malkovich star in this action-packed Exo Zombies finale." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

  • Adam's Venture Chronicles on Steam. Save 50%.
  • The Masterplan on Steam. Save 40%.
  • Spec Ops: The Line on Steam. Save 80%.
  • Turn-based Heaven on GOG.com.
  • Vigilante Bundle on Bundle Stars.

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Into the Black

Link of the Day: Julianabrug stort neer. Apparently we all just learned how to say "we need a new crane" in Dutch. Thanks nin.

Paladins Announced

Hi-Rez Studios announces Paladins, a team-based MOBA shooter coming to PCs and consoles in next year. This will be a free-to-play game "combining rich fantasy, deep strategy and a new customisation system into a unique package." You can sign up to participate in upcoming beta testing on the Paladins website where they also have first information on some of the game's champions. Here's the announcement:

Hi-Rez Studios, makers of the action MOBA SMITE, today revealed Paladins, their newest free-to-play game under development for the PC and current generation consoles. Paladins combines a rich fantasy setting with the fast action of a team-based first person shooter. In addition to the core shooter experience, Paladins also offers deep strategy and in-match character progression through decks of collectible cards, which amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities.

Paladins will be playable to gamescom attendees at Hi-Rez Studios’ Booth A-051 in Hall 9, near the ESL main stage. Those not at the show can learn more and sign-up for the upcoming closed beta of Paladins at www.paladinsgame.com and on Twitter.

“We’ve managed to keep Paladins under wraps for over a year now, so the dev team is really looking forward to receiving feedback from the hands-on demo at gamescom,” said Todd Harris, COO at Hi-Rez Studios. “We’ve focused on making something we find fun and competitive, and soon players will help us craft how Paladins grows from here.”

In Paladins, teams are pitted against one another. Each combatant enters the battle with a primary weapon, a set of combat and movement abilities, and a personal mount to carry them quickly from one fight to the next. Players begin each match with a customizable deck of skill cards which can be activated and evolved upon leveling up in-match for enhanced strength, defense or utility throughout the session.

“Paladins has been a passion project of ours from the beginning,” commented Mick Larkins, senior producer on the title. “We’ve dedicated a separate team from SMITE to work on it, and while we are still early in development, we know we’re crafting something very special. Paladins is extremely quick, with a great deal of depth in how it blends action, tactics, and teamwork, and we’re excited for gamers to start discovering all it has to offer.”

Paladins is coming to PC and current generation consoles in 2016. For the latest updates as they develop, please visit www.paladinsgame.com.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Earlier on PCs

Konami announces the PC edition of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN will be released simultaneously along with other editions of the stealth/action sequel, after previously announcing it would follow a couple of weeks after the console release. What's looking like Hideo Kojima's final installment in the series is now available for pre-purchase on Steam which includes a few bonuses, including a copy of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES, a couple of bits of DLC, and a "collector's video." Here's word on the PC edition:

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN heads to PC as a dramatic advance for the multi-million-selling franchise, expanding themes and content seen in METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. As with its prequel, the PC version of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN hosts a stunning 4k mode, which adds incredible visual acuity to the game’s huge open world environment. The game is also enhanced for those with NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, meaning the game’s incredible level of detail is further enhanced as the scarred terrain of global battlefields is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day turning to night during the course of the action. For a limited time those who purchase qualifying GeForce GTX GPUs will get a free copy of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients This Month

Longbow Games announces an August 25th release date for Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients, the third installment in this war game series (though the previous game was not titled Hegemony II), celebrating the news with a permanent price reduction for Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece. The Hegemony III website offers this trailer with a look, and here's word on the game:

Independent game developer Longbow Games will release Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients, the latest chapter in their historical wargame series on August 25th, 2015 on Steam and other major digital retailers. Sequel to their 2014 release Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar, Hegemony III goes back to the founding years of Rome when the armies of Greece, Gaul, Rome and Etruria battled for control of the Italian peninsula. Incorporating the series' trademark seamless blend of grand strategy and tactical combat, players will need to command armies and manage resources in order to forge the ancient world's next great empire.

“We've been running a closed beta with the community this summer and the response has been really great,” said Longbow Games President Rob McConnell. “We couldn't make these games without the support of the fans, and we're really grateful for this chance to combine the best elements of the first two games towards bringing a fascinating period of history to life.”

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Steam Top 10

The Steam Top 10 still showed last week's results when we checked yesterday, but it's now updated to reflect the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Rocket League
  2. ARK: Survival Evolved
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition
  6. Garry's Mod
  7. Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition
  8. FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD
  9. The Elder Scrolls® Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  10. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel + Season Pass

U.K. Sales Charts

The weekly GFK Chart-Track U.K. sales charts are online. LEGO Jurassic World returns to the top spot on the all platforms top 40 where Rory McIlroy PGA Tour drops from number one to number four. On the PC top 30 chart Football Manager 2014 kicks The Sims 4 out of the top spot. Here's word:

In a quiet week ‘Lego Jurassic World’ (-14%) retakes No1 six weeks after it knocked ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ off top spot.

Last week’s No1 ‘Rory McIlroy PGA Tour’ (-46%) slips down the leaderboard to No4, behind ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ (-8%), up one place to No2 and ‘GTA V’ (+23%) up two places to No3 (benefiting from a promotion on the PS4 GTA V hardware bundle). Promotions, in particular across PS4 hardware bundles, give many titles a boost this week with ‘FIFA 15’ (+90%) jumping from No10 to No5, ‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ (+89%) up from No9 to No6 and ‘Battlefield Hardline’ up from No13 to No7 (+148%).

‘F1 2015’ (-8%) and ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ (-4%) miss out on the promotion party slipping 4 and 3 places respectively to No8 and No9. PS4 exclusives ‘God of War III: Remastered’ (+79%), ‘The Order: 1886’ (+406%) and ‘Bloodborne’ (+148%) enjoy strong sales increases thanks to PS4 hardware bundle promotions with ‘God of War III: Remastered’ re-entering the Top 10 at No10.

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Out of the Blue

I would like to thank the Mets for improving to the point where they are actually still relevant at this point in the season. Normally I'd already have turned my complete sports focus on the fact that NFL training camps are getting underway, but the Amazin' Mets have lived up to the nickname, and are just thousandths of a percentage point out of first place. I actually made specific plans to watch the game last night, and it's been a long time since the team was last appointment viewing in August.

R.I.P: Tom Moore, famed Archie comic artist. Thanks Ant.

Amazin' Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Finite Moves.
Swing Ninja.
Stories: Job insecurity is the new normal. Thanks Slashdot.
Challenger, Columbia Wreckage on Public Display for 1st Time. Thanks Slashdot.
Science: Soylent 2.0 is coming—pre-mixed, in a bottle. Still not people.
Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura will fly on NASA’s airborne observatory.
Media: ZOOMIES - Auralnauts. So great.
Best Fails of the Month July 2015. NS & NSFW. Thanks nin.
REACT GAMING - BATMAN- ARKHAM KNIGHT.
Follow-up: Zimbabweans baffled by foreign concern for killed lion.



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