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: Horizon’s Female Protagonist Had Sony ‘Worried’

Horizon Zero Dawn screenshot female protagonist Aloy

One of the most pleasant surprises from Sony’s E3 2015 press conference was Horizon: Zero Dawn, the new game from Killzone developer Guerrilla Games. It stars Aloy, a female hunter in a world where modern society has fallen and the world has been taken over by giant robot dinosaurs.

While the open-world setting and RPG gameplay of Horizon are a huge departure for Guerrilla, having only worked on the linear Killzone series for the past decade, Sony was worried about the game’s announcement for an entirely different reason. Sony was worried because the game stars a female protagonist.

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E3 2015: Mother Russia Bleeds Gameplay Trailer

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At E3 2015, Sony has been all about the big name announcements. They kicked off their press conference with a gameplay demo for The Last Guardian, they revealed the Final Fantasy 7 remake, they launched a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter and they also shed more more light on their exclusive content deals with Destiny and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. This was a total turn around from last year’s Sony presser, where they showcased much smaller titles like The Witness, Secret Ponchos, and No Man’s Sky.

But what little small game presence they did have was spearheaded by publisher Devolver Digital. One of these games was ‘ultra violent’ beat ’em up Mother Russia Bleeds and you can watch a new gameplay trailer for it after the break.

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E3 2015: Horizon Zero Dawn is a PS4 Exclusive With Robot Dinosaurs

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Sony’s E3 2015 press conference was full of wonderful surprises: there was The Last Guardian, Shenmue 3, Hitman, Final Fantasy 7, and that intriguing but baffling new game that Media Molecule announced. But none were quite as exciting as Horizon Zero Dawn, the new PS4 exclusive from Killzone developer Guerrilla Games.

Guerrilla hasn’t worked on anything other than Killzone since 2004 when the first Killzone game was released, but the most recent game, Killzone: Shadow Fall underwhelmed and was criticised as being more of a tech demo than a fun gameplay experience. Hopefully those same flaws don’t carry on to Horizon Zero Dawn then, as if it’s done correctly, the upcoming game could blow everyone out of the water.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Special Editions Revealed

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Yesterday, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate would be the latest main AC game. In Syndicate we’ll be in London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, where we’ll be stabbing Templars in the neck for putting the poor into poverty. Assassin twins Jacob and Evie Frye take the lead and although we’ll have no choice during story missions, we’ll be able to explore London as whoever we want.

The game has been making all the right noises so far as combat has gotten a massive overhaul and Evie’s inclusion is also a good thing. Ubisoft may have just undone all of that progress though, as the publisher has revealed some controversial Assassin’s Creed Syndicate special editions.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Announced, Will Feature Playable Female Character

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Following the (thoroughly broken) launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, an insider leak revealed that Ubisoft was working on a new game called Assassin’s Creed Victory that would be set in London. Seven months later and we’ve now got an official reveal, along with a new name. Introducing: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

What’s the deal with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate‘s playable female character? What’s putting the fire into our assassins’ bellies, encouraging them to fight for freedom and justice? And what are the new ways we can kill our enemies? All of these questions are answered after the jump.

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Alien: Isolation Sells 2.1 Million Copies, SEGA Calls Sales ‘Weak’

Alien: Isolation sales

When Alien: Isolation was released last year, fans and critics were pleasantly surprised. The game stars Amanda Ripley as she heads out to the Sevastopol to find out what really happened to her mother, but her quest for the truth is made harder thanks to the Alien which roams about the place. There isn’t any combat and the game is purely survival horror, seeing Amanda use distractions and hiding places (such as lockers and under tables) to avoid a grizzly end.

Alien: Isolation was also a pleasant surprise as it was following the disastrous performance of Aliens: Colonial Marines which was heavily criticised for being buggy and nothing at all as advertised. SEGA’s faith in Alien has been rewarded and Isolation has sold 2.1 million copies, though the publisher says that it’s annual sales figures are ‘weak’.

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Batgirl Identity Revealed by Batman: Arkham Knight Director

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Last week, Batman: Arkham Knight was embroiled in a scandal when the game’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive, announced a season pass that would include all of the upcoming DLC; yet they didn’t actually say what that DLC would be. Considering that the season pass costs $40 (the game itself is only $60), that was an expensive price to pay when players didn’t even know what they’d be shelling out for.

Several days and some backlash later, Warner Bros. eventually revealed what that season pass would contain, including some Batgirl DLC titled ‘A Matter of Family’. As multiple characters have taken on the role of Batgirl, it wasn’t clear which version of her we’d be playing as but now, Batman: Arkham Knight‘s director has taken to Twitter to clear things up.

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Mirror’s Edge 2 Will Be Released Early 2016, EA Confirms

Mirror's Edge 2 release date

The original Mirror’s Edge was released in 2008 to a lot of fanfare. People couldn’t wait to play as free-runner Faith as she sprinted around, trying to uncover the truth about a corrupted, dystopian city. With eye-catching reds and elegant whites, the game was beautiful too and it’s no wonder why Mirror’s Edge was a critical hit.

The game wasn’t perfect by any means, but a cult following of fans has been begging for Mirror’s Edge 2. After years of banging on EA’s door, the series’ publisher finally announced a new Mirror’s Edge game at E3 2013, with more info following at E3 2014. There’s still a lot we don’t know about Faith’s next adventure but in their recent investor’s call, EA shed some more light on the game.

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Rock Band 4 Screenshots Released; Gameplay Coming Soon

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Announced back in March, Rock Band 4 has quickly become one of the most hotly anticipated games of the year. Harmonix‘s upcoming game joins Guitar Hero Live on the ‘music rhythm revival’ tour as both games will be released later in 2015.

Unlike Guitar Hero Live, though, we don’t know much about Rock Band 4. Harmonix previously revealed the game would be in glorious 1080p HD at 60 FPS and that Mad Catz, the company that makes the RB instruments, would be on co-publishing duties, but in terms of actual gameplay we’ve been in the dark. Until now, that is, as Harmonix has revealed several Rock Band 4 features ahead of an upcoming gameplay trailer.

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