Nintendo will not have a E3 press conference again this year
Last year saw the end of Nintendo‘s annual press conference at E3, and instead was replaced with a Nintendo Direct presentation instead. While this move certainly saved them time and money,it left a lot of people feeling that Nintendo really didn’t have a big impact on the event, especially with Sony and Microsoft battling for best next gen console. Well this year the big N will be sticking with streaming their announcements, but there will be a few changes to the format. This stream will take place June 10th at 9:00 am Pacific, but it will be known as a “digital event”, not a Nintendo Direct. Not only will Nintendo be having this “digital event”, but they will be holding a Smash Bros. Invitational tournament, which will be held in the Nokia Theater. For those not attending the convention, Nintendo have set up a deal with Best Buy again this year to allow players to get a early look at Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. All this news came from a very funny sketch by the guys over at Mega64. While this news doesn’t really affect many of us European gamers, its still a shame to see Nintendo ditching the live conference format, and while it is a better idea in the long run, you do lose some of the fun and excitement when its not live.
Outlast: Whistleblower DLC release date revealed
If you were a fan of last years critically acclaimed horror darling Outlast, then I am sure you have been heavily anticipating the new DLC story, Whistleblower. Lucky for you, you won’t have to wait long until you’re screaming like a baby, as the DLC will be available on PS4 and PC on May 6th. In this new DLC you return to Waylon Park years before the events of the first game, and see the story that led to the events of Outlast. Outlast was one of last years biggest surprises with critics and fans alike loving it, purely as it went back to what made horror games so memorable and terrifying. I am sure Whistleblower will deliver that feeling again.
Sony announces a whole bunch of Indie games for PS4
Sony has been putting quite a lot of faith into indie video games as of late, what with their indie showcase at last years E3 press conference and just allowing distinctive and unconventional games onto consoles, like Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Don’t Starve. This week Sony announced a whole host of indie games coming to the PS4, and they are all really good. These titles include Apotheon, Axiom Verge, Chasm, Drifter,Escape Goat 2, Ironclad Tactics, Jamestown, Nidhogg, Skulls of the Shogun, Source, Spelunky and Starwhal: Just the tip. The best out of this list would be Nidhogg, Skulls of the Shogun and Spelunky in my opinion (everyone needs to play Spelunky, seriously) but some titles on the list aren’t even out yet, like Apotheon and Chasm. Its great to see Sony continuing to support indie titles with such passion, and by the level of quality games on show, it looks like they are curating their selection very well.
Activision reveals Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer
Yes ladies and gentlemen, its that time of the year again. Time for another entry into the long long oh so long running Call of Duty series, with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This latest entry in the franchise is being developed by Sledgehammer Games and is the first in the new three development house cycle that the Call of Duty series is heading in. The trailer shows off a lot of new gamplay elements, from hover crafts to power skeletons. The setting seems to be following the near-future setting that the series has been utilizing, and seems to be dealing with the idea of power, democracy and freedom, with Kevin Spacey. Who knows, maybe this is the title that will re-invent the series, but really it’s got nowhere to go but up after the disaster that was Ghosts.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will release November 4th for Xbox One, Xbox 360,PS4, PS3 and PC.
New Destiny trailer shows off Devils Lair co-op mission
Bungie have released a new trailer for Destiny that walks us through a multi-player mission, Devils Lair Strike. The mission sees a group of players infiltrating a Fallen Stronghold in Old Russia on Earth. The mission shows off the kind of locations and combat players will be seeing when the game launched on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 on September 9th. The hype for Destiny seems to have died down a little since its reveal at E3 last year, and I can see why. The original presentation last year at Sony’s press conference was very impressive, showing off massive explore-able areas that seems to stretch on forever, but in this latest trailer, it seems like the usual shooter level design we have come to expect.
Blizzard offering their classic games up for free
Blizzard has been in quite the nostalgic mood as of late, what with the Heroes of the Storm Alpha taking place, the company has been looking back on their past titles and IP’s. It’s the perfect time to release their oldest titles for free on Battle.net. Blizzard is offering up Rock’n’Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings and Blackthorn for PC download, just log into, or create, your Battle.net account and find them under the “Games & Codes” tab. This is a pretty cool move by Blizzard, as it’s great to see them taking pride in their history. Which they should be, Rock’n’Roll Racing is kick ass. Do yourself a favor and look back at Blizzards past titles this weekend, it’s always interesting to see where a massive company got it’s roots.
Watch Dogs Season Pass trailer includes New campaign and more
News about the Watch Dog’s DLC has been up in the air for quite a while now, but Ubisoft has released a new trailer for the Season Pass which shows off a whole bunch of stuff. The biggest addition is that T-Bone will be a playable character with his own story campaign included. This Season pack will also include new missions, outfits and a new gameplay mode called Digital Trip, which basically puts Aiden Pierce into the Matrix to hunt down cyborgs. This Season Pass is quite substantial for the Twenty Euro asking price, and it’s always fun to have a separate campaign with a different character.
Watch Dogs will release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on May 27th and Wii U later this year.
New trailer for Murdered: Soul Suspect shows off The Bell Killer
Airtight Games have released a new trailer for their upcoming murder mystery title, Murdered: Soul Suspect which centers around a major threat – The Bell Killer. The Bell Killer is a serial Killer, and the one who murders Ronan O’Connor at the beginning of the game. It’s up to Ronan and Joy, a woman who can interact with ghosts, to take him down without getting Joy murdered in the process. Up until now we haven’t seen much of this hooded figure, but the trailer goes into detail of its murders and how it is going to play out as a villain.
Murdered: Soul Suspect releases for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on June 6th.