Saturday Video Round Up: April 12 – 18

It’s Saturday which means it’s time for an all new edition of the Video Round Up, bringing you the best videos around the gaming web from the week that was. So kick those feet up, get comfortable, and crank that volume. Here’s a small sample of what awaits you below.

Arguably, the biggest news this week came from the Star Wars Celebration event as EA finally revealed the first trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront. The trailer shows off game engine footage and it looks stunningly good. From the particle effects to the colors, to the lighting, the Battle of Endor never looked so good.

A couple of interesting videos released this week detailing a few creative aspects to Grand Theft Auto V on PC and The Order 1886. With GTA V finally releasing on PC, Rockstar has created a pretty impressive video editor tool that players can use to craft gameplay clips, cool moments, or straight up elaborate trailers.  Ready At Dawn also released the popular “Photo Mode” for their PS4 exclusive, The Order 1886. What’s interesting about this version is that you can actually play the game with your photo mode settings and effects kept on if you want. Certainly helps freshen up the experience during a new playthrough, right?

I’ve also got new videos for Titan Souls, Destiny, Guitar Hero Live 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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Rock Like It’s 2008: Guitar Hero and Rock Band On The Comeback Tour

What strange world is this that both Rock Band and Guitar Hero are making major come backs this year.

I, like many of you I’m sure, were swept up in the “music game” frenzy of the mid to late 2000s. The games were wildly popular which ended up resulting in an influx of new games each year, spin-offs, and other iterations. Before too long, people were drowning in new games in this genre seemingly releasing every 6 months. As the plastic instruments piled up, the interest levels in these games started to fall. It also didn’t help that the last couple games in the Guitar Hero franchise were not up to the expected quality levels. With Harmonix moving on to other games like Dance Central and Activision basically killing off studios that worked on the Guitar Hero franchise, it seemed like the music game genre was gone for good.

Boy, do I sound like some weird history teacher or what? Anyway…

Cut to 2015 where both franchises have risen from the dead and are now on the comeback tour.

Interesrtingly enough, both games look to tap into their core and familiar gameplay experiences. Rock Band is still a bit of a mystery as Harmonix has been keeping abnormally quiet about it, but Activision just launched a massive marketing campaign for the newly revealed Guitar Hero Live. What makes it live, you ask? Well, have a look:

Yeah, so while the gameplay looks pretty familiar to previous titles, you’re instead placed in front of a live crowd which reacts to how you play. Stink up the joint, and you’ll hear it. It’s an interesting concept, but one that I’m not sold on yet. I still have a number of plastic guitars somewhere in my house and I’m not sure I want to add to that collection just yet. With both games expected later this year, I’d imagine E3 will give us a very good glimpse at both titles.

Are you ready to enter back into the music game genre? Let me know!

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Saturday Video Round Up: April 5 – 11

Welcome to the weekend folks! Your prize is an all new Video Round Up, capturing the best gameplay and trailers from the week that was. So crank that volume and sit back. Here’s just a small sample of what’s below the break.

The big news this week came from Square Enix and Eidos Montreal as they revealed the next entry in the Deus Ex franchise after a leak initially outed the project. Known as Deus Ex Mankind Divided, the game picks up after the events started in Human Revolution. Adam Jensen is back in the lead role and the game has never looked better. Go watch the trailer.

If Adam Jensen isn’t enough for you this week, maybe CD Projekt RED has something more your speed? The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is back this week with a brand new five minute gameplay trailer showing off everything players can do once the game hits stores in May. Spoiler: The game is absolutely MASSIVE. Prepare to lose many hours of your life to this game.

I’ve also got new videos for Mario Kart 8, Mortal Kombat X, Little Devil Inside 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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A Fast and Furious PSA and Message

Just a heads up here folks. Today is the last day to download the standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 for the low, low price of free.

I’m letting you all know because I care and because I’m trying to save you ten bucks. (You’ve gained Karma!)

What’s that? You’re not sure if you want to download it even though it’s free? Well, that’s stupid. (You’ve lost Karma!)

Alright then, how about I help give you a little rundown of what it plays like which will give you a good taste of what the game’s like and hopefully help you decide if you want to use the hard drive space.

Early last week, I took to my Twitch channel to show off the game. Honestly, I’m not a Forza player by any stretch and I’m typically terrible at simulation racers. Give me a Burnout style game where I can drive fast and recklessly any day of the week. Still, I am having a ton of fun with this Forza Horizon 2 expansion, so even if you’re just a tiny bit on the fence, give it a shot.

Hey, it’s free after all, right?

Videos can be found and watched below the jump…

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Battlefield Hardline Impressions – Worth An Investigation

Battlefield Hardline feels like an impostor.

Now, hold on a minute here. Before you grab the pitchforks, let me explain.

When I think about the franchise ‘Battlefield’ and what it represents to me, I immediately think of massive maps, huge vehicles storming the playing field, and utilizing destruction to help me better get at my enemies. Hardline, oddly enough, has none of that. It’s maps are smaller in size, vehicles are reduced to more civilian types like cars, dirtbikes, and vans, and from what I’ve experienced, the destruction element that the series is known for is massively reduced. Sure you can break fences, but punching holes in the side of a building with a grenade launcher is just about a no-no with this one.

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So why is this a Battlefield game if it’s missing some of the core elements that make other Battlefield games what they are? We can certainly speculate that EA tagged the game in order to help it sell and get noticed by first person shooter fans rather than try to market a completely new IP. That just makes sense.

While much of this may seem like a negative, surprisingly it’s not.
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Saturday Video Round Up: March 29 – April 4

Welcome to April everyone! Saturday has once again rolled around and here’s a brand new Video Round Up for you to sink your teeth into. A lot took place this past week so there’s a ton of new trailers and video content for you to enjoy. So kick your feet up, crank the volume, and enjoy! Here’s a small taste of what’s below the jump.

It’s a Nintendo explosion! As a new Nintendo Direct graced our computer screens, a vast array of trailers also released covering a bunch of upcoming games like Fire Emblem, Splatoon, and new content for Mario Kart 8. I’ve grabbed them all for you and placed them below for your viewing pleasure.

Fans of Tom Clancy will be excited to know that a brand new trailer for Rainbow Six Siege released earlier this week to coincide with the beta signup news. The trailer shows off more gameplay elements and gadgets  players will be able to use to either save hostages or take down the Rainbow team.

I’ve also got new videos for Titan Souls, Mortal Kombat X, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles 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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A Day of Fools: Recapping April Fools Day In The Gaming Industry

Well, April Fools has come and gone and surprisingly it seemed to be a whole lot of hot air this year. Normally, April Fools is a beloved holiday by gaming developers and publishers alike, saving some great material in an effort to prank fans. Soemtimes, these elaborate pranks take on a life of their own and eventually become reality, like my favorite example from Red Faction Guerrilla: The Ostrich Hammer.

We’ve also seen some stealth announcements under the guise of April Fools like back in 2013 when Ubisoft revealed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and everyone was confused over if it was a legit game or not. It looked outrageously awesome and was a perfect fit as an April Fools prank even though the game eventually released and was fantastic.

Typically, I come in here a day or two after everything has died down recapping some of the best pranks but this year? I’ve come up somewhat empty. It’s strange but it’s almost like the industry forgot about April 1. Sure, there were a few gags here and there but to me, it felt like the amount of jokes were not only down in number, but lacked dedication and effort.

Based on their track record, Blizzard is a massive fan of April Fools. It’s pretty much Christmas for them as they line up a number of pranks for each of their franchises, perhaps even going overboard at times. Last year alone I think they had three or four pranks going. It’s to the point where I believe that they have dedicated teams of people cooking up new April Fools ideas.

Based on that, it’s kind of hard to believe that Blizzard didn’t hit this year’s day with the same authority and zeal they usually do. The biggest thing they did was release patch notes for Hearthstone and add in a number of wacky lines which hardcore players may find pretty funny. Check it out here if you’re interested.

Personally, there wasn’t much that stood out to me this year, but if I absolutely had to pick something, I’d have to say Google’s idea was top notch. When using Google Maps, the program will actually turn your streets into a game of Pac-Man. The mini-game is available anywhere there are enough streets to support it (sorry rural readers) and is complete with classic music and sound effects. Want to play? Head over to Google Maps and click the Pac-Man icon to start.

Harmonix also brought the thunder this year and turned their “Dance Central” franchise into a “Romance Central” dating sim. What’s better is that this game is actually playable.

Overall, I felt April Fools Day 2015 was a little uninspired and disappointing. Sure, there was some stuff out there, but it seemed like companies didn’t bring their A game. I guess there’s always next year.

That’s my take, but what about you? Anything that stood out? Let me know.

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