Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Brings Back Nuketown

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Big changes are afoot for Call of Duty‘s multiplayer. Advanced Warfare had its superpowered exo suits but Black Ops 3 doubles down on these abilities letting players do things like fire enemy-position-revealing arrows and an ability that lets people fry soldiers to death. Developer Treyarch is also putting an emphasis on movement, with players being able to wall run and jump to extreme heights.

These things will certainly take some getting used to – though the Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta provided a small taste of that – and players will no doubt enjoy themselves while getting to grips with the new gameplay. However, not everything about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is brand spanking new, as Treyarch and (publisher) Activision have now revealed the the iconic Nuketown map will be making a return.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Features a Playable Female Character

Minecraft Story Mode female character Jesse screenshot

Having sold over 70 million copies, Minecraft is the third most popular video game of all time and that’s why so many people were excited when spin-off game, Minecraft: Story Mode, was announced. Minecraft: Story Mode would add a narrative layer to the game and it was set to appeal to people by featuring a cast of Minecraft players on a quest to save their game world from destruction.

But when developer Telltale Games initially announced the game, some questioned why male character Jesse (voiced by Patton Oswalt) was the only playable character on offer. However, Telltale has now revealed that both male and female player characters will be available. Find out more after the break.

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FIFA 16 Demo Release Date Revealed

FIFA 16 Germany women's national team screenshot

EA is really hoping that FIFA 16 can impress the football game-playing masses. The publisher and developer has told fans that we will get ‘innovations’ right across FIFA 16‘s pitches, having even released a trailer to show off the new gameplay additions. We can expect more ways to score, trickier ways to dribble and slide tackles that flow just like they do in real life.

Having promised all of these new features, EA is now keen to show them off with the FIFA 16 demo, which will give us a proper chance to play the game ahead of its late September launch. Find out the FIFA 16 demo release date as well as its contents, after the break.

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NBA 2K16 Gameplay Trailer Teases College Basketball, Subtly Digs NBA Live

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Visual Concepts and 2K have told fans plenty about NBA 2K16‘s new Pro-Am mode, its Spike Lee-directed career mode and we’ve also gotten plenty of details about the all new Team Relocation feature too, but what fans are sorely missing is a proper gameplay. Gameplay with no fancy lettering spliced in between, just unadulterated on-court action.

The two teams behind the game have made good on that though, having released a brand new NBA 2K16 gameplay trailer that not only shows off the game but it manages to shade (albeit subtly) their rival series, EA’s NBA Live. Watch the full thing after the break.

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Bethesda: Fallout 4 Can Beat Skyrim’s Sales

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When Skyrim was first released back in 2011, the fantasy RPG racked up 7 million sales in its first week of availability. Four years is a long time but the game is still massively popular on PC in particular, thanks to its large modding community. On the other hand, Fallout 4 had rumours and speculation surrounding it well before the official announcement, which has made it one of, if not the, most highly anticipated games of the year.

But can the post-apocalyptic RPG sell better than Bethesda’s Fus-Ro-Dah-ing title? Or will it the controversy surrounding its graphics and the suggestions of the game just being Fallout 3 on newer consoles bury it? Bethesda’s vice president of PR and marketing, Pete Hines, has every faith that Fallout 4 can beat Skyrim, as he reveals in a new interview.

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NBA 2K16 Features Team Relocation

NBA 2K16 screenshot Anthony Davis

NBA 2K16 is marketing itself as the sports sim that has everything. In addition to having the series’ biggest soundtrack to date, the game will also feature the ‘Pro-Am’ game mode which will let you team up and throw down with your friends online, customising everything from your team’s name to the look of your jerseys. And we can’t forget MyCareer either, as developer Visual Concepts has brought Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee on board to help with the story.

Joining these NBA 2K16 features is Team Relocation. No NBA team has relocated since 2008, when the Seattle SuperSonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it’s a welcome addition to the game nonetheless. Read the full details after the break.

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FIFA 16 Trailer Looks at Celebrations, Commentary and More

FIFA 16 screenshot women's international USWNT vs CANWNT

When FIFA 16 is released next month, it will include a range of new gameplay features. There’s no-touch dribbling, women’s national teams and there’s that huge online mode, FIFA Ultimate Team Draft. These things will hopefully make the game’s £40/$60 price tag feel worth it, but they aren’t the only new things that will contribute to the FIFA 16 experience.

If you’ve played a FIFA game before then you know that even the little things can make a huge difference, such as the soundtrack (which is regularly spectacular) or the way the crowds look less like bad papier-mâché projects and more like real people with every annual update. EA has packed the upcoming sports sim with loads of these small changes, and now they’re showing them off in a brand new FIFA 16 trailer called ‘Sights & Sounds’.

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Mafia 3 Is "Completely Different" Than GTA 5, Says Take-Two

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When Mafia 3 is released next year, it will have an open-world environment to run around in and it will be full of criminal misdeeds. Grand Theft Auto 5, on the other hand, has an open-world environment that is also full of criminal activities. And they’re both owned by (2K and Rockstar Games’ parent company) Take-Two, so obviously comparisons are already being made.

But Take-Two wants to make it clear that their upcoming game isn’t just GTA 5 in a mob-boss get up. In the latest earnings call Take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick addressed these comparisons head on, saying that Mafia 3 is “completely different” from their other criminal caper title.

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FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Draft, Career Mode Changes Revealed

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FIFA 16 is already promising ‘innovations’ across the entire pitch. The FIFA development team at EA has made changes from the way we tackle (defenders won’t just fall over, the momentum can get them upright to tackle again), to the way we strike the ball in new and more extravagant ways. But these aren’t the only differences we can expect when FIFA 16 hits shelves in September.

During their Gamescom 2015 press conference, EA also revealed the FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Draft mode while Career Mode, FIFA‘s main gameplay staple, has also received some big changes. Find out more after the break.

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PES 2016 Demo Date Announced; Final Box Art Revealed

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 screenshot Neymar PES kit

Pro Evolution 2016 is really going for FIFA 16‘s jugular. Publisher Konami has previously revealed several huge improvements for PES 2016, including new animations (there are three times more than last year), an advanced collision, and better player AI. PES 2016 even includes ‘Goal Keeper ID’, with each goalie having their own play style and personality.

Those are some pretty comprehensive improvements and should help PES 2016 put up a good fight against FIFA 16, which is promising improvements across the pitch. What will also make a big difference is the upcoming PES 2016 demo, with Konami letting players get their hands on the game just over a month before its release date.

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