Saturday Video Round Up: March 22 – 28

It’s Saturday once again and a brand new Video Round Up is locked and loaded for your viewing pleasure. There’s a lot of stuff to get to so here’s a small taste of what kind of video content is waiting for you below the jump.

The big news this week came from Rocksteady who announced a short delay for Batman Arkham Knight. To help lessen the blow, they also released a great looking eight minute gameplay trailer. If you missed it from earlier this week, have a look now as it’s waiting for you below.

If you’re looking for more multiplayer mayhem in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare then you’ll be happy to know that Sledgehammer Games released the second DLC pack trailer. Come get a first look at all of the new maps waiting for you in the Ascendance DLC pack.

I’ve also got new videos for Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review – Remembering The Past

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I love history. There’s just something fascinating about learning from the past and getting in the mindset of how people viewed the world at specific points in the past. It’s because of that love for history that Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a game I’ve been watching for a while. Coupled with the fact that the game also uses Ubisoft’s wonderful UbiArt Framework to power the experience was really the only excuse I needed considering my love for both Rayman Origins and Legends. The game’s been out a little under a year now and sadly, I just never found time to get around to it. Life, man, what can I say?

With Valiant Hearts being a part of Sony’s PlayStation Plus free games program for March, there really was no excuse at this point to not download it. While I expected a fun title, I was absolutely blown away by it’s ability to tell a heartfelt and compelling story. I found myself caring for these individuals the more I played and hoping they’d make it through this grim time period of humanity.

Full review after the jump…

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8 Minutes of Awesome: Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay

Well, the bad news this week was that Rocksteady had to delay the highly anticipated Batman Arkham Knight again. On the bright side, it’s only a three week delay so it’s nothing quite like the move it made previously from last fall to this summer.

To help lessen the disappointment over the delay, the team also released a brand new trailer. What’s better than a normal trailer? How about an extended 8 minutes of pure gameplay? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

During the eight minutes, you’re going to get a great look at Arkham Knight and the things Batman can do in his latest outing. For those of you who’ve played Arkham City (or the criminally underrated Arkham Origins) you’ll see a lot of familiarity in the traversal methods. Batman can glide, grapple, and do everything you’ve gotten used to in the past games. Things get a bit more interesting as new moves and abilities come into play such a slow motion fear takedown, and with the ability to call in and use the Batmobile. I just like how one of the control options with the Batmobile is specifically tied to doing a donut.

While the wait is just about unbearable now for Batman Arkham Knight, at least you can replay this trailer as much as you need to. Enjoy!

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My PlayStation Share Photo Album: Part 2

Being able to snap screenshots and videos on a whim and then sharing them is surprisingly one of my favorite features with the PlayStation 4. With the experience now on the Xbox One, users from any console can now get in on the fun.

Earlier last year I created a post to show off some of what I thought were great screenshots and videos I managed to capture from games like Watch_Dogs, Transistor, and the Destiny Alpha. I had a lot of fun putting it together and considering it’s been a long time since that post, I figured it’s time for a new entry. As we all know, a great many games have released since and I have a good amount of new stuff to share. So I figured why not (virtually) open my photo album back up and show you all some of the things I’ve been capturing and sharing lately.

So without further adieu, here’s some new content ranging from Shadow of Mordor, to DriveClub, to Dying Light and everything in between. Enjoy!

The fun stuff awaits you below the break…

*Psst, hey, over here. Unsure how to capture and share content on your platform of choice? Have a look at my Guide to sharing on Xbox One and PS4.

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Saturday Video Round Up: March 15 – 21

Saturday has once again rolled around and so to has a brand new edition of the Round Up. It was a busy week of video content and as I do every single Saturday, I’ve collected some of the best trailers and videos from the week that was. Here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

With the ten year anniversary of the God of War franchise in effect this weekend, Sony and Sony Santa Monica announced a new remastered version of God of War 3 coming this summer to the PlayStation 4. If you want to see what that looks like and what’s new, have a look at the announcement trailer below.

With all the news, rumors, and leaks happening almost on a daily basis, it would appear that the flood gates have opened for Mortal Kombat X. With achievements hitting the internet and revealing more characters like Erron Black, NetherRealm Studios released an official trailer for their season pass characters. So we now know that Jason Voorhees is being joined by the Predator, Tanya, and fan favorite, Tremor. Have a look at them below.

I’ve also got new videos for Bloodborne, Total War: Attila, Mario Party 10 and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Mortal Kombat X Adds Quitalities To Deal With Rage Quitting

There’s no denying that rage quitting is a massive problem faced by fighting games these days. Whether due to someone who hates losing, is a poor sport during a long combo or fatality, or caused by a bad internet connection, that fact is that matches ending earlier than expected sucks.

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The answer to this problem has proven to be tough to figure out for developers as well, with games instituting all sorts of punishments including locking that player out for X amount of time, forcing them to play other players who commit this act, or some other regulation taking effect to limit this behavior. There doesn’t seem to be a universal solution.

Mortal Kombat X however, has a different idea.

Instead of levying harsh penalties on players, if someone decides to quit a match before it ends, their character’s head will explode and give an instant win to the other player. Known as a “Quitality”, this is NetherRealm Studio’s idea to glorify the winner rather than institute hard penalties on the quitter.

I think this is a cool idea mainly because it’s simple, quick and effective. The Quitality kind of highlights the non-quitting players, making them feel good and at the same time it allows the offending player can still continue to play. The benefit here is that the rage quitter still gets a loss so it still acts as a sort of incentive to not continue quitting early.

I’m not someone that typically goes online with fighting games for fear of getting absolutely wrecked. I enjoying playing fighting games, but I just don’t have enough time to devote learning everything about specific characters. Still, I like the idea of Quitalities.

For you online players, what do you think about this addition? Is this a good solution to a major problem?

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Nintendo Warp Zones To Mobile Land 1-1

Well, it’s finally happening folks, probably later than it should have but still, Nintendo has finally agreed to develop games for tablets and mobile devices.

In a press briefing yesterday, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that they’ve teamed up with Japanese mobile gaming company deNA to bring Nintendo IPs to tablets and mobile devices. You won’t be seeing 3DS or WiiU games on these devices though as the two companies are developing new and original games based around these device’s strengths. So an endless runner featuring Mario characters? Yeah, that could totally happen. Angry Marios where you fling Mario inspired birds at weird looking Bowser pigs inside structures? Creepy, yes but also entirely possible.

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Not wanting to upset traditional console gamers, Nintendo also announced that console games are still and always will be the primary focus of the company. To prove this, Nintendo revealed that they’re currently developing a brand new dedicated gaming platform with the code name “NX”. Don’t expect to hear much more on this potential new console as Nintendo will be revealing more next year.

So just how big is this news? Well, considering that just this morning, a radio station based entirely around sports in my area took a moment to discuss this, well, that’s really all you need to know. There’s no question that there’s a ton of money to be made in the mobile sector and with a name brand like Nintendo, it’s going to get a lot of attention from this huge market. It should also help these games rise to the top of app stores typically flush with junk.

While having access to Nintendo based games on mobile devices sounds pretty interesting and even though I own and use a smartphone quite often, I’m definitely someone that doesn’t really pay much attention to games on them. Outside of a few major cross over games like Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds, I’m not generally someone who pays much attention to anything related to the mobile market. Still, this announcement does make me a bit curious to see how Nintendo and deNA approach this market and if they dip their toes into the murky “Free-to-play” waters of game design. Just don’t expect an epic Legend of Zelda style journey on your phone.

Does this announcement change your stance on mobile games at all? Let me know what you think below.

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