Now Arriving: Games of August 2015

Congratulations! You’ve made it out of the summer doldrums. While we’re still a far cry from the crazy release schedule that this fall and holiday promise us, August brings about a sense of renewed energy from the games industry.

The release schedule isn’t quite as robust as we’d like, but it’s a definite improvement over July. For those of you hungry for new content, lets have a look at some of the games that will be waiting for you on store shelves this month, shall we?

Xbox fans finally have some exclusives to look forward to as Rare’s magnum opus, Rare Replay goes on sale along with the completely remastered Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. In keeping with the Remastered theme, Dishonored presents it’s ultimate edition as well for PS4 and Xbox One owners. Also, the ever huggable John Madden returns for his 16th installment as Madden NFL 16 hits store shelves at the end of the month. Fret not, there’s a bunch of other titles coming your way this month as well!

The complete release list for August can be found after the jump…

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Saturday Video Round Up: July 26 – August 1

Hey look, it’s August! Where does the time go?

As we slowly exit the dry, barren wasteland that is July, the release schedule starts to slowly accelerate. This is certainly good news for the Round Up as we near game launches, trailers become more readily available. So, lets have a look at some of the best videos and trailers from the past week. Here’s a small taste of everything that’s waiting for you below the jump.

Super. Mario. Maker. I don’t know about you, but there’s something extremely appealing about crafting your own Mario levels being able to break some rules such as putting two Boswers on top of each other, or gating off the flag pole at the end of the level. If that’s for you, then the “nostalgia” trailer is something you’ll definitely have to watch.

Want even more insight into the mind of Rico Rodriguez, protagonist in the upcoming and totally bonkers sandbox game, Just Cause 3? Avalanche Studios has you covered this week along with some new footage that would even make Michael Bay jealous.

I’ve also got new videos for Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, LEGO Dimensions, the final DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 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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The End – Dissecting Batman: Arkham Knight and It’s End Content

I decided to dig up a long and forgotten series from years past rather than do a traditional “review” of sorts for Rocksteady’s final Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Knight. For those not familiar (and I don’t blame you considering this is a pretty old feature I’m resurrecting), “The End” represents a discussion of sorts regarding some of the more spoilery elements of a game including the ending and other tidbits.

Batman Arkham Knight fight

Considering this is the last hoorah (not a spoiler, Rocksteady has admitted this many times prior to the game’s launch) for Batman and the Arkham universe of games from Rocksteady, the game featured a ton of content, story twists and a brand new mechanic in the Batmobile for players to experience. Some of it worked and some of it…well, it came up a bit short. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good time with the game and if you’re a fan of the series in general, there’s a lot to love here including the familiar combat and gameplay systems at work. After wrapping up the game, there’s a bunch of stuff I need to get off my chest.

Be warned wary traveler, the road ahead is fraught with spoilers and things that will ruin your experience in Batman: Arkham Knight. If you’re currently playing or plan to at some point in the future, bookmark this post for a later date.

I’m serious, there’s like a ton of spoilers below the jump here. Enter at your own risk.

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Soundtrack Central: Best Music From Early 2015 Part 1

It’s been a while since we’ve cranked up the volume here on soundtrack central and with me away on vacation and half of 2015 already over, I figure there’s no better time than the present.

For those who don’t know, Soundtrack Central is the place bringing you some of my favorite music from recently released games. Since it’s been a while since I’ve created a new post (it’s been a year almost to the day?!?!), I’m taking the opportunity to reach back from the first half of the year.

As we all know, not only can a poor soundtrack bring down the entire experience, in some cases, it can even elevate the core game beyond expectations. Below I’ve grabbed four excellent games in their own right, but have that little extra something thanks to an engaging and interesting soundtrack to go along with the gameplay. There’s been a ton of stellar releases so far this year, so for now, think of this as part one as we take a look at a handful of games which will make your ears smile.

The full list of awesome tunes can be found after the jump. Enjoy!

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Tactical Assist – Finding The Freeze Blast Gadget In Batman: Arkham Knight

Did you know there’s a somewhat secret gadget that Batman can gain access to during the events of Arkham Knight? If you’re seeing a hole in your gadget menu, it’s because the Freeze Blast gadget isn’t actually given this item through normal progression like anything else. The game also doesn’t actually give you a heads up to it either so if you’re like me, you realized that this particular gadget was an actual thing due to one of the many Riddler Trophies requiring it.

Batman Arkham Knight Freeze Blast

While the item isn’t required during normal gameplay, you will need it if you’re looking to 100% the game and to complete one of the game’s achievements/trophies. You’ll also first gain access to this area and the tool after finishing the ACE Chemicals story mission.

So where is this tool? Lets have a look below, it’s really not too difficult to find if you know where to look. Also, for those of you concerned, I took special care to avoid any potential spoilers, so have no fear about watching the following video I put together.

Enjoy and thanks for watching!

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Saturday Video Round Up: July 12 – 18

Alright, lets get real for a moment here. We’re deep in the heart of July which basically translates to the driest and most bare bones time for games in the entire year. Unfortunately, that also means the Round Up isn’t as stocked as it usually is. But hold on! Before you close this tab or browse to a new site, I do have a good selection of videos for you this week so make sure to get comfortable, crank the volume and enjoy. Here’s a small taste of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

This week Avalanche Studios released the full 7 minute demo for Just Cause 3 from E3 last month and boy does the game look incredibly fun. If surfing on jets, blowing stuff up, using a wingsuit to speed across a gorgeous Mediterranean landscape, or using a grappling hook to destroy things sounds like your idea of fun, make sure to watch the video below.

For those who may have missed one of PlayStation 3’s most visually impressive games, well, you now have another chance to experience true anger as God of War III Remastered is now out for the PlayStation 4. And yes, somehow the tech wizards at Sony Santa Monica have managed to squeeze more visual quality out of the game. The launch trailer is below.

I’ve also got new videos for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Rock Band 4, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 gameplay 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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The Kojima/Konami Saga Takes A New and Bizarre Turn

The epic and tragic saga between legendary developer Hideo Kojima and his (former) parent company Konami has taken a new turn this week.

While we still don’t know the origin story of this tale, things have gotten real ugly over the past few months. As I previously mentioned, the situation has gotten so bad that Konami kind of went on a salt the Earth campaign, removing Kojima’s name and brand from just about everything he was attached to. Worse yet, Konami’s response even extended to non-Metal Gear games as they cancelled fan favorite horror title Silent Hills (formerly P.T.) that he was co-developing with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

The situation is almost like a celebrity couple, once in love and very happy but now going through a very rocky and public breakup. Would Konima or Kojami be an appropriate celebrity couple name for them then?

In all seriousness though, the situation has become incredibly bizarre. While there’s been a relative calm these past few weeks, it appears the controversy is ready to strike back up as new box art for  has appeared online and the Kojima Productions logo has been entirely removed along with the “A Hideo Kojima Game” slogan at the top. It’s a strange thing to do at this phase of development, especially considering the box art was previously revealed with all of that information on it. So what happened recently which spurred this on? It feels almost petty on Konami’s part, like a child saying they’re taking their toys and going home.

Metal Gear Solid-BoxArt

It really makes you wonder if or when we’ll ever get the full story on what happened between these two and why it essentially ended their long running relationship. Seeing how quickly and forcefully Konami is removing any and all instances of Hideo Kojima is somewhat alarming. What could he have possibly done to warrant this type of response? What we’re seeing here is basically unheard of. Part of me wonders if this thing is really going to come to a head in September once the game is on the shelf and Kojima is basically done with the game.

Buckle up folks, I’d say this won’t be the last time you hear from these two.

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