Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in November

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For a long while, the success of the Call of Duty franchise has focused on bang shooty set-pieces and a big, fat marketing budget. This has made a lot of people a lot of money but now, sales are down and fans are growing bored. Give thanks to the bigwigs at Activision then as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 switches things up by including terrifying death robots and cybernetic implants.

Black Ops 3 is set in the super scary year of 2060 where soldiers no longer have access to weapons; they are the weapons themselves. There are lots of questions that need to be asked such as ‘is this morally ok?’ and ‘who the heck is going to save the world once it all goes wrong?’

Find out more about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s campaign, co-op and multiplayer after the break.

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NBA 2K16 Career Mode Being Developed by Spike Lee

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The NBA 2K franchise has been on top for years. NBA 2K15 was another prime example and although developer Visual Concepts’ decision to include face scanning was misguided and its servers can take a while to load, the game offers one of the most attractive and addictive sports simulation experiences out there.

NBA 2K16 will improve on that though – as is always the case with annual sports sims – and in the upcoming game, developer Visual Concepts is going to focus on the MyCareer mode. And they aren’t doing it half-heartedly either as they have reportedly enlisted Oscar-nominated filmmaker (and long time New Yorks Knicks fan) Spike Lee to help develop it.

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Stealth Platformer ‘Wildfire’ Gets Through Steam Greenlight

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In video games, enemies rarely flinch or run scared when you engage them and whether they’re a weak grunt or a powerful boss it’s unlikely that they’ll ever back down in a fight. But in upcoming platformer Wildfire, the fear of flames is your greatest weapon.

Wildfire gives you the gift of fire manipulation and encourages you to go nuts and turn everything around you to cinders. You could set grass on fire and ward enemies away or you could use the fear to trick enemies into veering off of heights. You have to be careful though as fires can quickly spiral out of control.

More on Wildfire after the break.

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H1Z1 Female Character Models Going Live ‘In the Next 2 Weeks’

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Zombie MMO H1Z1 hasn’t had the smoothest of rides since launch. The game had only been on Steam Early Access for a month when Sony sold Sony Online Entertainment (H1Z1‘s developer) to an investment management firm and there was controversy surrounding air drops as they effectively allowed players to spend real money for in game guns (and made H1Z1 seem like it was ‘pay to win’). There were also plenty of comparisons to DayZ too.

In spite of these things, Daybreak Game Company (the artist formerly known as SOE) appears to have made a solid game. H1Z1 has sold over 1 million copies and most people seem to be enjoying the Midwest American setting and its crafting system, which lets players put together tools, weapons bandages and more. But players’ biggest gripe with H1Z1 is its lack of diversity.

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League of Legends Adds Impressive Arclight Vayne Skin

League of Legends Arclight Vayne skin

League of Legends champion Vayne can do some serious damage if you’re not careful. Primarily played in bot lane as a ranged ADC (attack damage carry), with her ‘Tumble’ ability (Vayne rolls across the floor and gets bonus damage for her next attack), her Night Hunter passive (bonus movement speed near enemy champs) and an ulti that grants her extra Attack Damage, invisibility when she Tumbles and it triples her bonus Night Hunter movement speed, she can quickly kill you from afar. They don’t call her ‘The Queen of Bot Lane’ for nothing.

The problem is, Vayne’s skins are a bit rubbish. Her best skin by far is SKT T1 Vayne (a futuristic skin based on eSports team SKT T1 that gives her a gaming headset) but according to the in-game store, this is currently unavailable. Vayne players can now rejoice, though, as Riot Games has introduced the Arclight Vayne skin and it looks phenomenal.

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Rock Band 4 Will Be Co-Published by Mad Catz

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The music rhythm games used to be one of the biggest in gaming. But after the 2008 recession gamers had less money and there were so many music games that it was neither necessary nor affordable to keep buying them or their plastic peripherals. Music rhythm games aren’t gone for good though as Harmonix recently announced Rock Band 4.

Approximately diddly squat is known about Rock Band 4 other than the fact that Harmonix has ditched their MTV overlords in an effort to make the game a purer experience. Harmonix isn’t going totally solo though, as the developer has now announced that Mad Catz will be co-publishing Rock Band 4 later this year.

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Tactical RPG ‘Devils & Demons’ Coming to PC

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When we want to play epic RPGs that we can sink all of our time into, mobile is the last place we look. The battery lives are inconvenient and if we’re honest, no one’s really expecting Skyrim-esque graphics on such a small screen. But tactical RPG Devils & Demons has been a surprise mobile hit, offering satisfying combat and rich lore on smartphones and tablets.

Thankfully, after its highly rated stint on iOS and Android, Devils & Demons has found a publisher and is coming to PC. You can find out more about the game after the break.

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Project LIANE Greenlit on Steam; Feature Length Film in the Works

Project LIANE Announced for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Last month, stealth shooter Project LIANE was announced for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The premise of the game is that a woman named Anna Liane is forced to go on the run after the military tries to “exploit” her super duper wound healing powers. Project LIANE will also include shooting soldier types right in the face as well as uncovering the secrets of Anna’s past.

If those elements seem like familiar territory then I agree, but for now I’m choosing to reserve judgement and take a leap of faith. Many are doing the same it seems, as Project LIANE has now successfully passed through Steam Greenlight.

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LA Cops PS4 Release Date Announced

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By now you probably know the deal with LA Cops: it’s an isometric shooter where two cops team up at a time to put the bad guys out of their misery. You flick back between the two detectives, running and gunning or positioning them for when the bad guys come hurtling at you like an oil slick on a treadmill. Then, your mission is to blast holes in those enemies on a ‘kill first, wade through corpses later’ basis.

LA Cops is morally questionable in that respect, but it is extremely good fun. Good news then that after releasing on Steam and then Xbox One, the game is finally coming to Sony’s new console. Read the LA Cops PS4 release date after the break.

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Sleuth Adventure ‘Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness’ Announced for PC and Mac

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Nancy Drew has been around for absolutely ages. She first showed up in books in 1930 and has been solving mysteries, murders and uncovering plots about global crime syndicates ever since. Nancy Drew is also an influence of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. To me though, Nancy Drew is just a kickass gaming character.

Back in December, I took on Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy and thought it was a great criminal caper (even if the bad British accents pained my ear drums). Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness also takes place in Europe and it looks to be Nancy’s most perilous adventure yet. More on the new game after the break.

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