Some games are all talk, with gimmicks out the wazoo like a marketer gone mad and features that they just can’t back up. NBA 2K14 is most definitely not one of those games. While other sports sims are happy to stick trademarked titles over their new features, this NBA 2K14 video just wants to show them off and when they look this good and can be supported with real, actual gameplay, 2K would be crazy not to.
A game that we initially described as “Uncharted-esque” back when we profiled it in our Hidden Gems post series in 2010, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West was a sleeper hit that never really took off, despite having all of the makings of a great game and then some. Luckily for us and for you too (you do like great games don’t you?), Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed hit is back once more, this time jazzed up, carrying all of its DLC underarm and ready to go with a digital ‘Premium Edition’ re-release.
The premise of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is that, based on a classic Chinese novel, an acrobatic man named Monkey and a resourceful woman named Trip must team up to make their way through a post-apocalyptic society after escaping from an airborne slave ship. Effectively ‘controlled’ by Trip via a reengineered, yet rather snazzy looking golden headband, Monkey’s job is to protect Trip at any cost because if she kicks the bucket, that headband means that so does he. And what’s there to protect against? Robots. A crap ton of giant, rusty robots making the overgrown American dystopia of the game’s setting their playground. Therein lies the fun of Enslaved and you can find out more about this stellar IP after the break.
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“You were going to a class reunion. It should have been a fantastic party… but you suddenly realise that there are monsters everywhere, and they are after you!” That’s how upcoming indie beat-em-up, Final Exam, is described by Francois Potentier, CEO of Mighty Rocket Studio, the dev team behind the game, on the PlayStation Blog. But, as they say, ‘one protagonist’s highly unfortunate life-threatening situation is another gamer’s treasure’ because Final Exam will be bringing its 2.5D (read: 2D levels with 3D characters) side-scrolling antics to PSN and XBLA next month.
The premise of Final Exam is of a high school reunion gone very, very wrong (or totally right if you’re not a fan of social get together) that pits four characters with corresponding personality/attack moves against hordes of monsters. These potential protagonists and their “classic teen archetypes” include: Brutal Joe the jock and his power moves, Nathan the nerd with his tech skills, Sean the handsome guy with his aptitude for guns and Cassy the dancer who attacks, of course, with dance moves. Mighty Rocket are a 9 person team who formed just to put Final Exam (their very first game) together and from what we can tell from the trailer, their dedication seems to be paying off. You can watch the video after the jump.
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According to Sony, the answer is ‘yes’. You could debate the next-gen titling of the Wii U until the cows, the sheep and the pigs come home, but when it comes to the gaming extravaganza that is this November, the PS4 will really only be going toe to toe with Microsoft’s answer to that question – ‘no, it’s the Xbox One’. Unfortunately, the wider gaming media, plus you and I, and anyone else who turns on the tellybox from now until Christmas, will be forced to watch this slinging match between the two take place and Sony’s new PS4 ‘Best Place to Play’ trailer is the latest well-placed jab in the green and black box’s direction.
From the start, the PS4 has been positioned as a pure gaming console, with the added media extras – be it your Netflix or your YouTube – being like the gravy on an otherwise delectable rack of roast meat and this new video for the console seems to solidify that. Stats ahoy from Sony as they claim that there are over 180 games in development for the PS4 which is approximately quadruple the amount of games that I’m lucky enough to own on PS3. No doubts that we won’t be stuck for choice then and you can watch the trailer, complete with lots of lovely clips of PS4 gameplay footage after the jump.
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Let it be said that Battlefield 4 does not have big shoes to fill in terms of its story. More like tiny, shrunken down clogs that its predecessor left behind, EA’s next big, bombastic shooter won’t have to do much to impress after the bitter taste that BF3’s double crossing plot left behind. But leaving the past in the cold like a dog that got its teeth on your favourite pair of loafers, Battlefield 4’s story looks like it’s going to be bigger, bolder and most importantly, better, than ever before.
What’s also key with Battlefield 4’s story is that it isn’t just fighting against past iterations, it’s also going up against the long reigning king of FPS sales that is Call of Duty: Ghosts. But unlike Activision’s fire-powered offering, EA’s seems to be doubling down on both the explosive factor (and those orange clouds of heat do look mighty impressive) as well as the interactions between a squad (which you could argue was perfected in other Battlefield series – Bad Company). And, showcasing that now in video form, is the Battlefield 4 story trailer, which you can watch after the break.
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With Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles, EA are looking to avoid getting sacked on a third down by making the right play that’s going to see them cruise past the redzone to score an all important touchdown. Meanwhile, we’re trying not to get tackled by an LT for all of those cheesy American football references. The point at hand is that with the current gen version of Madden NFL 25 already on store shelves, EA now have to prove that the game is worth a purchase on PS4 and Xbox One and now, with the help of a two minute trailer, the likelihood of us all shelling out for the title has just gotten a little bit higher.
In the 120+ seconds worth of Madden NFL 25 gameplay footage (it wasn’t clear as to whether what’s in the trailer was running on PS4 or Xbox One) EA introduce us to all of the fancy new branded features that their title will be running down the field with. ‘Player Sense’ is reportedly set to make characters more like intelligent, game aware players and less like reanimated muscly corpses while ‘True Step’ is the slightly gimmicky name EA are giving to Madden NFL 25’s new motion capabilities and you can watch both features in action after the break.
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Should you like your gaming news in tasty, morsel sized scraps, this brand new Elder Scrolls Online trailer will be worth watching. Bethesda’s upcoming massively multiplayer online title, based within their hugely popular universe, will offer your standard quests, exploration and teaming up fare, but given that its the next title in the franchise after the (mostly) rather good Skyrim, the Elder Scrolls Online will have some very big boots to fill.
One way that Bethesda are ensuring that the Elder Scrolls Online is nothing short of the finest MMO that you can shake a ginormous, open world map at is by making character creation the very best that they can, which is important to players given the draw of what will undoubtedly be a hugely popular game. To show off the high quality of their face and body sculpting feature, they’ve released a new trailer, complete with blue hair, rotund stomachs and enough tattoos to make a biker gang jealous and you can watch it after the break.
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“Incredibly beautiful” is how we described the PS3 version of 2K’s premier basketball sim in our NBA 2K14 review and we even went on to call it “the Mona Lisa” of iterations when pitted against NBA 2K13 but oh how wrong we were. For the real star of the show is NBA 2K14 on PS4, the glorious next generation version of a game that was already exceptional. When games are launch titles on a console, they make big promises, with NBA 2K14 on PS4 being no exception, but in a new gameplay trailer, it looks set to deliver.
In the new trailer, titled ‘OMG’, you’re informed that all of the gameplay included is “PS4 in-game footage taken from various camera angles” a statement which in itself is 2K daring to be bold and take a gamble with NBA 2K14’s graphical fidelity. They were right to do so too, because this game looks insanely good, like looking through a fresh pair of contacts when you were previously wearing glasses smeared with butter and clay. The King of Hoops, Lebron James himself is of course featured, being the game’s cover star, along with LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Houston Rockets’ James Harden all in tow for a dunk and three-point-a-thon which you can enjoy after the break.
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Think that last week’s glimpse at Edward Kenway’s tattoos in the game’s TV spot was all that we’d get to see of the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story? Think again as Ubisoft’s pirate themed sandbox epic is back to explain the historically accurate tale that will make up the game’s plot.
In a brand new trailer from the game’s publisher, we’re learning about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story from a trailer that can only be described as ‘incredibly intriguing’ and ‘graphically delicious’. Main character Edward Kenway (grandfather of Assassin’s Creed 3 protagonist Connor Kenway) is the pirate turned assassin at the helm of this fine and sturdy open world ship and the game fully intends on showing you just how he became the stealthy killer that we’ll soon know him to be. It’s likely as insightful as we’re going to get before the game’s release so it’s definitely worth a watch after the break.
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“How would you adapt to survive on a Zombie infested island?” is the very question being asked here in How To Survive, the upcoming zombie action adventure title from 505 Games and EKO Software. A digital title, How To Survive is a cross between The Sims and Dead Rising, which, needless to say, means that this game is set to play out in a far more original way than the undead exterminating games that you’re used to and today, the game has debuted its very first trailer.
This debut How To Survive trailer is standard ‘hey game, introduce yourself!’ fare and as first impressions go, this is as intriguing as they come. From the footage, the breakdown of the game is that you can pick a character, each with a different assortment of skills, and from their your job is to put the undead in their place whilst being sure to maintain your basic needs because a hungry zombie killer is not a happy or efficient one, according to How To Survive. Also channelling your inner MacGyver, How to Survive lets you put your DIY capabilities to good use as you make weapons to defend yourself with, which is a very exciting prospect indeed.
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