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I didn’t play much Titanfall when it came out, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. I bought it on sale for PC and played it a little, but not as much as I would have liked to, as I’m just not really a PC gamer. But when I heard Titanfall 2 was coming to the PlayStation 4, I was thrilled. And I was even more excited to hear the developer was hosting an “Open Technical Test” this weekend. I logged in this weekend and I have to admit – Titanfall 2 was way more fun than I thought it would be. I’d say I’m hooked, but it’s more than the grappling hook – it’s the whole package.
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2K Games and IGN completed their “Suplex City Census” this morning and announced the final portion of WWE 2K17‘s roster of wrestlers. With the fifth and final update in the books, the two entities confirmed the inclusion of some of the biggest names in “Sports Entertainment” for WWE 2K17.
The current face of the WWE, John Cena, earned a spot in WWE 2K17 as part of this week’s roster update, and he’ll be joined by the three faces of Mick Foley (Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack), The Undertaker, Kane, Stone Cold Steve Austin and 17 other wrestlers:
2K Games also unveiled a brand new ring entrance video this morning. If you’re a fan of Asuka, the NXT Women’s Champion, you’ll want to take a gander at the video embedded above.
WWE 2K17 will be released for the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 11.
I’ve been prepping all day for the course I start teaching tonight, entitled History of Animation and Game Arts! I’m very excited to get into the classroom. When I’m not prepping for that, I’ve been prepping for my trip to Seattle tomorrow for PAX Prime! I know, I know, it’s called PAX West now, but I can’t wrap my brain around that. It’ll always be Prime in my heart! Anyway, I won’t be back until next Wednesday, and hopefully I’ll have lots of great stories to share with you!
There’s a brand new bundle right now at Humble – the Humble Sierra Bundle. Pay $1 or more for Space Quest Collection, Phantasmagoria 1-2, Police Quest Collection, and Shiftlings. Beat the average to unlock Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, Time Shift, Quest for Glory 1-5, and Gabriel Knight 1-3. Pay $15 or more to unlock Caesar 3-4, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, King’s Quest Collection (which includes seven games), and Velocity 2X. Finally, pay $20 to unlock King’s Quest: The Complete Collection, which includes five chapters and the epilogue.
The Weekend Deal at Steam is Prison Architect, which is on sale for $7.49. Get it with the soundtrack and artbook for $8.74, add in some extra titles (Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON, and Multiwinia) for $9.99. Name a prisoner in the game for $12.49. The Daily Deal is Dangerous Golf, which is on sale for $11.99.
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Gran Turismo Sport, Polyphony Digital’s multiplayer-focused Gran Turismo spinoff, won’t launch this Fall as originally planned. Instead, CEO Kazunori Yamauchi has announced (via the PlayStation Blog) that the game will now be released sometime in 2017.
According to Yamauchi, Gran Turismo Sport is being delayed so the development team can “perfect” it because they “do not want to compromise the experience in any way”:
From the start this title has been one of our most ambitious undertakings by using the latest technologies, such as physics-based rendering and sound simulations, and Scapes photo mode. In combining these features with a new Sport mode, we are offering a competitive gaming experience to truly reinvent what it means to be a racing game. We’ve been excited and humbled by the response each time that we’ve shared new gameplay with everyone.
However, as we approach our planned release date in November, we realize we need more time to perfect GT Sport, which we’ve already dedicated so much effort towards since announcing the title. We do not want to compromise the experience in any way.
Yamauchi closed by saying, “We are more committed than ever to making GT Sport the best Gran Turismo game to date.”
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available this Fall in a special 20 Year Celebration Edition, and Crystal Dynamics has added a ton of extra content to the game to mark Lara’s landmark birthday.
The new “Blood Ties” chapter will let players explore Croft Manor, which has become overgrown with weeds and rot after years of neglect. The mansion used to be Lara’s home, but after discovering the secrets her father hid behind its walls, it transforms into “Lara’s Nightmare” as zombies overtake the halls and rooms. You can get a sneak peek at both “Blood Ties” and “Lara’s Nightmare” in the new trailer embedded above.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 11. And don’t forget, PC and Xbox One owners who previously purchased the game will also be able to obtain all the 20 Year Celebration Edition content as standalone downloads or as part of the Season Pass.
This weekend was full of gaming! I played a lot of the incredible Titanfall 2 technical test, which was a blast. I also ran around my neighborhood collecting more pocket monsters in Pokemon Go, and played more than a little Dungeons and Dragons. It was super fun!
Let’s get to today’s deals! The Humble Indie Bundle 17 has just one more day left! Pay what you want for Lethal League, The Beginner’s Guide, and Galak-Z. Beat the average to unlock Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Super Time Force Ultra, Hexcells Complete Pack, Expand, and Regency Solitaire. Pay $15 to unlock the awesome Nuclear Throne.
There are 330 new Weeklong Deals at Steam! Pick up Guacamelee! Complete for $3.99 or the Super Turbo Championship Edition for $2.99, Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition for $4.99, IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad for $24.99, and Killer Is Dead – Nightmare Edition for $4.99. The Daily Deal is Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning, which is on sale for $4.99 solo or you can get the collection for $9.99.
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Telltale Games won’t have a booth at PAX West this year, but the popular publisher will host two events during for expo to inform fans about their upcoming projects.
“The Telltale Panel” will be held on Friday, September 2, at 2:30 PM (Pacific Time) in the Hydra Theater. Attendees will be the first to learn “more exciting details” about this Fall’s The Walking Dead Season 3 and a sneak peek at future episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series.
Telltale will also also take over the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday, September 3, for “Telltale PAX West Crowd Play.” Starting at 8:30, fans will be able to vote on the action in Batman: The Telltale Series with the game’s unique Crowd Play feature. Should Batman pummel that goon, or just scare him? You get to decide!
In addition to offering “a fun-filled evening of shouty excitement,” Telltale will also debut an exclusive extended first look at the upcoming Episode 2: Children of Arkham during their Crowd Play event.
Klei Entertainment has developed some of the most beloved indie games of the last half-decade including Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve, and Invisible Inc. But now they’re branching out into the 3D space with their next game, Hot Lava.
Inspired by everyone’s favorite childhood game, Hot Lava asks players to jump, shimmy, and grab to make sure they… Don’t Touch The Floor…
Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination. Relive those moments of excitement, joy and chaos. Traverse distinct worlds, from school hallways to the memories of your darkest fears. This is a game of dexterity and ingenuity, you will have to use all your skills to complete the treacherous obstacles that await.
The first trailer for Hot Lava, which is in development exclusively for the PC, has been embedded above. Klei also opened registration for a Hot Lava Closed Beta, and interested players can sign up at PlayHotLava.com.