Sunday Video Round Up: March 11 – 17

Sunday is finally here and that means it’s time for an all new edition of the Video Round Up. Kick back as the latest gameplay videos and trailers from the industry have all been collected for your viewing pleasure. All you need to do is turn up the volume and press play.

One of the biggest announcements from the past week is that Geralt of Rivia, the white haired monster hunter from The Witcher series, is jumping out of that franchise and joining the motley crew inside of SoulCalibur VI. Honestly, his debut trailer is very impressive and he looks to be a natural fit to the long running fighting series.

The Overwatch team recently announced Torbjorn’s daughter Brigitte as the latest hero to join the roster. While her launch is right around the corner, Blizzard put out a new developer video, detailing the concepts behind how the team designed her. It’s really fascinating stuff, and a great peek behind the scenes.

I’ve also got new videos for Call of Duty: WWII, Sea of Thieves, Ni no Kuni II, and so much more after the break!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Rainbow Six Siege Changes The Game With Outbreak

A lot of people were surprised when Ubisoft revealed that the start of Year 3 for Rainbow Six Siege would include a heavy focus on a new player versus enemy mode called Outbreak. Since launch, Siege has been a game focused entirely on the player versus player experience, pitting operators based on real-world agencies against one another using modern technology, weapons, and gadgets.

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With Operation Chimera and the new Outbreak mode, Ubisoft decided to switch things up by adding more sci-fi elements including some sort of medical emergency which created various forms of zombie-like creatures. While the content initially stumbled a bit with fans regarding how cosmetic packs are handled (purchased, not earned), on the whole, Outbreak has been a massive success for Ubisoft and the game itself.

Here’s what I thought of the new PvE style mode inside of Operation Chimera.

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Sunday Video Round Up: March 4 – 10

Another weekend means it’s time for another brand new edition of the Video Round Up. As always, we’re bringing you the the best trailers and video content from the week that was. Pull up a chair, relax, and press play!

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? StarCraft, Blizzard’s Sci-Fi RTS, is turning 20 this year and the company has some big plans on how to celebrate. So come have a look at its humble beginnings, where it went, and also where it’s going. They grow up so fast.

Speaking of celebrating, there are a lot of games in the mood to party these days as many of them are looking back on their first year. Some are even holding special events for players, so come take a look at new video content for games like NieR: Automata, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ghost Recon Wildlands and more!

I’ve also got new videos for Far Cry 5, Soul Calibur VI, Ni no Kuni II, and so much more after the break!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Let’s Talk About the Nintendo Direct for March 8

Well, I think Nintendo finally delivered the Direct that fans were hoping to see yesterday.

Earlier this January, Nintendo dropped the first mini Direct for 2018, giving fans insight into its plans for the first few months of 2018. It was solid, if not a tad underwhelming in terms of AAA content. With this March direct, Nintendo aimed to fill in the rest of the first half 2018 with a half an hours worth of new games and DLC. They also had a number of big name surprises as well.

The classic RPG inspired Octopath Traveler got plenty of time in the sun and I have to say, those visuals are stunning. Kirby, a slew of 3DS titles, Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2, and a bunch of other games showed off new content and plenty of release dates were handed out. Dark Souls Remastered even revealed a Solaire of Astora amiibo. Praise the Sun!

I mean, look at all this content! But there was one announcement that sent fans over the edge. Take a look for yourself:

The highlight for many however was the megaton reveal of Super Smash Bros. Nintendo channeled Ubisoft and revealed a stylish teaser with their “1 more thing” moment. The trailer was pretty light on details, but it looks like the Inklings are being added to the roster and if you look quickly, it looks like Breath of the Wild Link is also there. I’d imagine this is going to be a remastered version of the WiiU version, similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We’ll see what other content is added in later this year.

So why now? Why reveal Super Smash Bros in a random March update? For the first time in a long time, I feel that Nintendo may have too many games ready to be revealed at E3 this year. Fans knew Smash Bros was coming, so not only does this announcement hype the fan base, but it was never really a big secret.

Revealing it now also frees up part of the show for Nintendo. If you remember, the past couple of E3’s were devoted to one massive game, first with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and then last year with Super Mario Odyssey. I strongly believe that Nintendo is going to do that again, but this year’s ace in the hole is the Pokemon Switch game. I fully expect to see their booth decked out end to end with Pokemon and for the highly anticipated title to have a major presence. It also frees up their E3 presentation a bit so they don’t need to cram all these reveals in as well.

Of course, E3 will be packed with other games as well like Metroid Prime 4, Super Smash Bros and a ton of other major Fall 2018 titles. We’ll get to that in a future article though.

For now, what did you think of this Direct? Was this the one you were hoping to see earlier? What game is on your must-buy list?

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Far Cry Arcade Brings The Crazy and The Creative

After the Far Cry Arcade reveal, Ubisoft may have just sold me on the entire Far Cry 5 package.

I’ve been entirely lukewarm on Far Cry 5. Even after it was announced last year, I haven’t really given it a passing thought. It’s not that I dislike the franchise, it’s just that I feel like it has become a little formulaic. I missed the first two games in the franchise, but began my journey with Far Cry 3 and being mesmerized by the villain Vaas. The progression system, shooting mechanics, and open world was a huge highlight for me.

Far Cry 4 provided a similar feeling, though the magic didn’t quite hit the same highs of its predecessor. I loved the new setting, story, and characters like the enigmatic Pagan Min, but the process of capturing outposts and other open world activities felt largely similar. Once I finished the experience, I think I was ready for a break.

Far Cry 5 has pretty much flown under the radar for me, but I’d be lying if I said It hasn’t caught my attention more often lately. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of major releases, or the positive word of mouth, but roaming the woods of Montana against a weird doomsday cult is kind of intriguing. The Ubisoft dropped the Far Cry Arcade news, a mode that takes the popular map editor from previous games and just blows the top off of it.

I mean, just look at how potentially cool this mode could be…

Yes, Ubisoft has loaded the editor with more than just Far Cry 5 assets. Players can use elements from a ton of their other franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, and past Far Cry games. The amount of content that could come out of this mode, especially from a talented community is nearly infinite. Plus, Ubisoft intends to hold community nights each week and continue to update the mode with fresh content throughout 2018, which is a great way to keep the momentum rolling.

In my opinion, this is a prime example of Ubisoft taking a chance and saying why not. I feel like situations like this is when Ubisoft is at its best, really showing what they can do as a developer. Blood Dragon is another stellar another example of this creativity, and that’s one of my favorite things they’ve done with this franchise. With how powerful this map editor appears to be and with plenty of updates coming long after launch, I cannot wait to see what the community comes up with.

Now Ubisoft, who do I need to talk to in order to get Blood Dragon assets added to Far Cry Arcade?

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Sunday Video Round Up: Feb 25 – March 3

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far! Time to increase your enjoyment level with a brand new edition of the Sunday Video Round Up! As usual, I’m bringing you the best trailers and gameplay from the previous week. So kick up your feet and dive into this week’s batch of trailers.

I hope you’re a fan of Far Cry because Ubisoft isn’t going to let you forget that the latest game in the series is coming out in a few weeks. As expected, Far Cry 5 looks to have a cast of really strong and unique characters, so to get players familiar with a few of them, Ubisoft released a number of vignettes for you to enjoy.

Blizzard made waves this week as well, releasing a new origin trailer for Brigitte Lindholm, daughter of Torbjorn and the 27th hero to join the roster. Currently on the PTR, Brigitte looks like she’s primed to overthrow the current meta, being both a tank and support style character with some really interesting abilities.

I’ve also got new videos for God of War, Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak, Sea of Thieves, and so much more after the break!

The full list of videos awaits you after the jump…

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Now Arriving: Games of March 2018

March 2018 is finally here and as expected, the month is filled with new games to check out each and every week. There’s a good variety of content to check out, so here are a few things which may interest you. Don’t forget to hit the jump to see the entire release list.

The biggest name this month is arguably Far Cry 5. The action pack shooter franchise is giving up exotic locations, to take players into the wilds of Montana. What would a Far Cry game be without an insane villain to go along? This time around, players will be fighting to reclaim Hope County from the cult of Eden’s Gate and its leader Father Joseph Seed.

Xbox One fans finally have an exclusive to look forward to this month as well. Rare looks to return to form with its open world, shared multiplayer game called Sea of Thieves. I mean, who doesn’t want to live the life of a pirate? Players can pretty much loot and pillage, sail ships, and find treasure to their heart’s content with this game.

While March 2018 is missing some of the big name franchises we’ve seen in the past, there’s actually a lot of good stuff coming regardless of your platform of choice. For the full list of games coming to you this month, make sure to click below the jump. Until next time!

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