Saturday Video Round Up: April 16 – 22

Well, would you look at that, another week has come and gone. For those keeping score, that means a new Video Round Up is here and once again it’s bringing the best trailers and gameplay footage from around the industry right here in a very easy to watch form. There’s a lot to get to this week, so lets get to it, shall we? Here’s just a few of the big things waiting for you below.

Considering it came out during the afternoon of last Saturday and I publish this thing earlier in the day, you may have noticed that a particular, major game was left off the list. Fear not, I’ve corrected that this week as the full length reveal trailer for Star Wars Battlefront II is finally here.

Want more Injustice 2 videos? Of course you do, though NetherRealm hasn’t kept up with their traditional schedule of three in one week. This time the studio published two, one placing the spotlight on Poison Ivy and the other finishing up the series of story based trailers. You’ll also get a look at what many people assume to be the big bad of the game: Brainiac.

I’ve also got new videos for Outlast II, NieR: Automata, Prey and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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Saturday Video Round Up: April 9 – 15

It’s Saturday and you know what time it is! The Round Up is back once again to deliver the best videos and trailers from the past week. So sit back, kick those feet up, and crank the volume. Here’s a small taste of the video content waiting for you below the break.

What kind of week would it be if NetherRealm didn’t release another trio of videos for it’s upcoming super hero fighter, Injustice 2? This week we’re taking a closer look at Scarecrow, The Flash, and a deep dive into the new gear system.

It’s clear that the originally intended single player DLC for Uncharted 4 has quickly evolved into something much more. While Naughty Dog has been tirelessly plugging away on the upcoming standalone expansion, the developer has finally revealed an August launch date and spoiled us with another cinematic from the title.

I’ve also got new videos for Bayonetta PC, Prey, Overwatch and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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Star Wars Battlefront II Teaser Leaks and Thoughts

In case you guys missed it, a short teaser trailer leaked out all over the internet earlier this week, strongly hinting at the direction this sequel looks to be going. Even though EA and DICE are holding a Star Wars Battlefront II panel this coming Saturday at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, take most of what I’m going to be talking about with a grain of salt. EA has been doing a hell of a job taking down all of the leaked videos, so unfortunately you won’t find it here either.

One of the big knocks against the first game was it’s lack of single player content, which was a hallmark of the older games from Pandemic Studios. Even Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega mentioned it to EA over Twitter as well.

A line in the teaser trailer hints at a story regarding an soldier, then showing a ranking female imperial looking up at the sky as a large explosion (could be the Death Star at the end of Episode 6) lights up the sky over a heavily wooded planet (Endor?). Could this campaign take players through the time period between the 6th and 7th movie? Could this soldier switch sides during the campaign after figuring out that the Empire isn’t all its cracked up to be? While it’s certainly exciting to speculate, the inclusion of an expansive campaign isn’t surprising considering all of the flak the studio took with the first game.

What has me really excited though is the potential scope of this sequel’s multiplayer. While the 2015 title was pretty much locked into original trilogy territory with Luke, Han, and Vader (yes, there was a Rogue One expansion late in its life), Battlefront II appears to be throwing all of that out of the window. The short trailer showed material that spanned over the entire timeline of the movie franchise, from tie fighter space battles, to shots of Rey and Kylo Ren. To cap it all off however, the trailer confirms prequel era movie content as well showing a lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and Yoda. Tell me that doesn’t get your midichlorians tingling.

From a technical standpoint, the trailer appears to be using an in-game engine which is visually stunning. At this point, it’s not much of a surprise these days considering the work DICE typically does with the Frostbite engine. Battlefield 1 is still gorgeous, and for it’s time, 2015 Battlefront is quite the looker as well. Here’s hoping the game features more content, customization options, and maps on day one this time around.

I never found myself getting into the 2015 version of Battlefront, which was disappointing considering how much I enjoyed the older games in the franchise. With this new one due out later this year, I have to admit that the teaser trailer (if true) does look promising. I mean, this won’t be the first or last time a sequel has improved the formula of it’s predecessor.

Could this be the game that many fans originally wanted? We’ll certainly know more later this weekend.

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Let’s Talk About Project Scorpio

It’s pretty clear that the script has been flipped this generation where Xbox 360 managed to gain and hold a big lead against the WiiU and PS3, Sony has managed to do the same this time with the PS4.

After a rough first year, Microsoft has managed to turn the fortunes of the Xbox One around, thanks in large part to Phil Spencer and the team’s focus on consumers rather than policies and procedure. While the system has recovered a lot of ground since 2013, a large gap remains between their console and Sony’s PS4. Interestingly enough, this perceived loss of dominance is not something that has been lost on the company.

Part of the effort to reclaim that status comes with their mysterious new hardware called Project Scorpio. The new system is expected out this year and while we have not yet seen any games running on it, the hardware specs were finally released and detailed by Digital Foundry, a site that specializes in analyzing performance and hardware. The short version is that they came away impressed with what Microsoft is doing.

I’m by no means a specs guy, so I couldn’t tell you what 6 teraflops can accomplish. From what I’ve read however, it seems to be a pretty big deal. Instead of trying to throw numbers at you, I’ll let the good folks at Digital Foundry do that for me. The following data comes right from them, so if you want to know more, head over and check out their massive coverage.

Project Scorpio Xbox One PS4 Pro
CPU Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz Eight custom Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz
GPU 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz 12 GCN compute units at 853MHz (Xbox One S: 914MHz) 36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz
Memory Bandwidth 326GB/s DDR3: 68GB/s, ESRAM at max 204GB/s (Xbox One S: 219GB/s) 218GB/s
Hard Drive 1TB 2.5-inch 500GB/1TB/2TB 2.5-inch 1TB 2.5-inch
Optical Drive 4K UHD Blu-ray Blu-ray (Xbox One S: 4K UHD) Blu-ray

In addition, they put together a neat little video as well, which I’ve included below for you.

Obviously, there are still some big questions left lingering such as what the machine actually looks like and how it impacts upcoming games compared to the standard Xbox One versions. The biggest question of all may be the price however. Sure, the specs are impressive, but the console does represent the best of the best (for right now) so a machine with all that detail and tech is surely going to run a higher price. Reports I’ve heard have all centered around $500, which to me sounds like a pretty good deal for something this powerful. Again, we’ll see.

Ultimately this is a very cool and promising start to what will undoubtedly be a powerful system. Still, the end all be all of any console is the software that supports it, so on that end, it looks like E3 2017 will be our first look at the console in action. I’m sure we’ll revisit this topic sometime in June.

What are your initial thoughts on the upcoming console? Are you interested or in a wait and see sort of mode?

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Saturday Video Round Up: April 2 – 8

Welcome to April everyone! It’s time once again for a brand new Video Round Up, so lets jump right into it, shall we? Here’s a small sample of what’s waiting for you below the jump.

It was a big week for NetherRealm’s upcoming fighter, Injustice 2 as we got three new trailers. With a month and a half left, the studio is pulling out all the stops. This week we got a closer look at Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart and the sometimes hero, sometimes jewel thief, Catwoman. For those looking for more story details, the fourth and likely final Shattered Alliances trailer focuses on Gorilla Grodd’s Society faction.

After going dark for what felt like quite a while, Volition is back and its new game, Agents of Mayhem is back in the spotlight. While it may not be Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem certainly has that over the top style and humor fans have come to expect. Could there be a link between the two? Hmmm…..

I’ve also got new videos for Prey, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC, Persona 5 and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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The Incredible Visuals of Horizon: Zero Dawn

As I’ve mentioned in the past, games that have a Photo Mode are my weakness. This obsession with taking cool screenshots started with inFAMOUS: Second Son, a gorgeous open world action game that really propelled the early days of the PlayStation 4. Many other games caught on to its marketing potential and the feature has almost become a requirement these days.

Horizon: Zero Dawn, another first party stunner from Sony and Guerrilla Games, follows this tradition and I am simply obsessed with it. Not only is the game well made and a complete blast to play, but it’s one of the most visually striking games I’ve ever played, even on a vanilla PS4 console and a basic 1080p LED TV. Seriously, the facial animations, the textures, the vibrant colors, and little details are all just on point.

Don’t believe me? I’ve gone ahead and created a montage video of sorts, combining all of the screenshots and environmental videos I’ve captured while playing. Hopefully, it’ll help show off just how gorgeous this game is thanks to the power of Photo Mode.


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Saturday Video Round Up: March 26 – April 1

No, no, this isn’t an April Fools Joke, it really is a new edition of the video round up! This edition may be the best one yet, and no, I don’t say that about each new one I create every week…maybe. Either way, here’s just a small taste of the best videos and trailers waiting for you below from this past week. Enjoy!

For many, it doesn’t get much bigger than the worst kept secret in the industry today: Destiny 2. While both Activision and Bungie have been fairly cagey on the subject, the gloves came off this week with not one but two trailers. The first shows off everyone’s favorite Exo Hunter, Cayde-6 recalling an exaggerated tale of glory and heroism. If you’re looking for more story details, a longer trailer provides much of that information for Destiny 2. You gameplay purists are out of luck unfortunately as Bungie isn’t planning on showing anything off until May.

Just like they did with Dishonored 2 last year, each week brings new trailers for Prey. This week is no different as three new trailers have arrived focusing on the weapons and powers Morgan has access to in the full game. Are you getting that BioShock vibe yet, or what?

I’ve also got new videos for Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XV, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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