PES 2016 Demo Date Announced; Final Box Art Revealed

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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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NBA 2K16 Pro-Am Mode Announced With New Trailer

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In sports sims, half of the fun is just playing through the regular season, but the other half is about getting to do your own thing. It’s why so many people loved NBA 2K‘s Crew mode. Previously appearing in NBA 2K10, 2K11 and 2K14, Crew mode let players team up and take on opposing crews; they could even come up with their own name and jersey design.

Sadly though, Crew mode was nixed in NBA 2K15 and replaced with the Jordan Rec Center, a mode which was often criticised for how long it took to load. Things are being shaken up again with NBA 2K16 though, as the new Pro-Am mode will deliver on fans’ wishes and then some. Watch the NBA 2K16 Pro-Am trailer after the break.

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The Swindle Out Now, With New Launch Trailer

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The Swindle is a game that has been steamrolling itself towards release for the past few months. Initially canned by developer Size Five games, it was re-revealed earlier this year and has been steadily preparing to steal our hearts ever since.

We’ve covered the game quite a bit here on the site but if you’ve missed out previous coverage (look at our tag for The Swindle here) then the game is a randomly generated steampunk thieve-em-up. What that means is that you control a thief and your main goal is to pull off heists of various difficulties, spending your looted money on becoming a better thief.

Find out more about the game and watch The Swindle launch trailer, after the break.

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FIFA 16: USWNT Forward Alex Morgan to Star on Cover

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This year, FIFA 16 will boast innovations right across the pitch, but one its most talked about features is its inclusion of female footballers. For years, fans have been asking EA to add women to the game and now, for the first time, ever we’ll be able to play as women’s international teams.

The decision has been a divisive one, though, as while some fans are angry at EA for including women, others are angry that just 12 women’s international teams are included, and none of the women’s regional teams are in the game. However, the developer and publisher is taking this in its stride, having made the monumental announcement that USWNT forward Alex Morgan will be gracing the game’s cover.

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Never Alone: Foxtales DLC Announced; Base Game Coming to PS3 and PS Vita

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Last year, platforming adventure Never Alone took everyone by surprise. The game, which was based on a tale (Kunuuksaayuka) from the Alaska Native people (Iñupiaq) put players in the warm, fur booties of a young girl named Nuna and her animal companion Fox as they had to save their village from a blizzard. It was a beautiful and haunting title and one that I heaped praise upon in my review.

Many people were also fond of the fact that Never Alone stayed true to its source material – it wasn’t some copy and paste attempt at capitalising on Iñupiaq culture, it was actually developed in partnership with them (as Upper One Games) and the publisher, E-Line Media. There are many, many more Iñupiaq stories to tell though, and everyone would love a chance to play more of what Never Alone offers. Good news then, that the Never Alone: Foxtales expansion DLC will be released soon.

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FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer Shows Innovations Across the Pitch

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FIFA 15 was rather good, as it goes. Reviews of the game were mostly positive, with critics noting that EA had done a good job of optimising the graphics for PS4 and Xbox One. But ‘better looking graphics’ aren’t going to cut it with FIFA 16 and while the decision to (finally) include female footballers is a huge step forward for the series, for many core FIFA fans, they’ll need more of a reason to buy.

The solution to this, EA reckons, is to make comprehensive and tangible improvements across the entire pitch. In FIFA 16, every single position in the game has new a trick up their sleeves, from the goalkeeper all the way to the forwards. But talking about them isn’t as interesting as seeing them which is why EA has released a brand new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer – watch it after the break.

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FIFA 16 Gameplay Trailer Stars Messi, No Touch Dribbling

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Every year, without fail, EA releases a brand new FIFA game. And every year, EA has to come up with some significant new features and tweaks to prove that this year’s game isn’t just last year’s game in a new box with a new roster update.

EA has already tried to prove how different FIFA 16 is, with the biggest addition being the inclusion of women’s international teams. As important as that is, we don’t just want new characters models, new names on the back of the jerseys and new pronouns in the commentary, we want tangible gameplay changes. So could ‘no touch dribbling’ be the change that we need? According to the new FIFA 16 gameplay trailer, no touch dribbling will change everything.

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The Swindle Release Date Announced for PC, PlayStation and Xbox

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Back in 2013, Dan Marshall (of developer Size Five Games) announced that steampunk stealth game The Swindle would be going on hiatus “indefinitely”. With fans fearing that the game had been cancelled altogether, they messaged Marshall and begged the developer to bring it back. After feeling “touched” by the amount of messages he received, and after doing some extra prototyping work, The Swindle was revived and the developer announced that it would be coming to PC and consoles.

Last month, Marshall revealed that all is going well with the game’s development and that we could expect to play the game this summer, and that there would be a day one patch. And it appears to be right on schedule as Marshall and the game’s publisher, Curve Digital, have now announced The Swindle release date.

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E3 2015: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Gameplay Trailers

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It’s no secret that the sales of the Call of Duty franchise have been declining for quite some time. Activision and the three lead development teams on the series (Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) are constantly forced to find new and exciting things to prove that in fact, this new Call of Duty is not a reskinned clone of the game you played last year.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 uses something called the direct neural interface (DNI) to prove that it’s different from last year’s Advanced Warfare. Instead of exo suits, our various different powers and abilities will be hardwired into our bodies, letting us take part in more explosive gameplay and pull off more extravagant kills.

You can see this in action in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gameplay trailers after the break.

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E3 2015: Guitar Hero Live Release Date, GHTV Gameplay Trailer

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Later this year, Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 will both attempt to reboot their respective music rhythm game series. But with the abundance of music rhythm games being a key reason why these franchises had to go into hiatus in the first place, how will they entice us into picking up plastic peripherals and rocking out again?

Rock Band 4 has an RPG campaign, giving players the freedom to choose how their band takes over the world. Guitar Hero Live, on the other hand, is using ‘live concert’ gameplay as its selling point along with a new feature called Guitar Hero TV. At E3 2015 publisher Activision revealed more info about the Guitar Hero TV mode and they also announced the Guitar Hero Live release date.

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