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Doom gets doomier… Hell Followed multiplayer exapnsion and Free Update 4 are now available to download

Id Software is bringing some hell-raising new content to Doom this weekend with the launch of Hell Followed, the game’s second multiplayer expansion. Priced at $14.99, and available to download now, Hell Followed adds three new multiplayer maps to the game, as well as a new Demon Rune (the Cacodemon), a new weapon (the demonic Reaper), new equipment (the Threat Pulse), and a variety of additional Armor Sets, Patterns, Colors, and Taunts.

Doom: Hell Followed – New Multiplayer Maps

  • Argent Breach – Battle among ancient burial ruins of the Night Sentinels, where statues of heroes past overlook the machinery of a fallen society.
  • Molten – Clash in a world littered with volcanic temples and fight inside a crumbling facility dedicated to harnessing energy from the lava that envelopes the entire planet.
  • Orbital – Fight in low gravity aboard a robotic station in deep space. Surprise opponents from above, but be careful not to fall into the vastness of space below.

Doom fans will be able to put this new content through its paces this weekend with a Double XP Weekend that begins tomorrow at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) and ends just in time for trick or treating at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) on October 31.

And in case you missed it, the developers also recently released Doom’s “Free Update 4,” which includes the score-based Arcade Mode, as well as two new multiplayer modes (“Bloodrush” and “Possession”) and Classic Doom Modules for the SnapMap creation tool. A trailer for “Free Update 4” can be found after the break. (more…)

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Square Enix will bring Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix to PS4 in March

Square Enix has announced plans to bring the entire Kingdom Hearts saga to the PS4 in 2017.

We’ve known for some time now that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (a remake of Dream Drop Distance) would be released for the PS4 this January, but today the publisher confirmed the Kingdom Hearts compilations previously released for the PS3 (Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix) will be relaunched exclusively for the PS4 on March 28, 2017.

Available for the first time in a single package, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix will include four games (the “Final Mix” versions of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and Birth By Sleep, as well as Re:Chain of Memories). Remastered cinematics for 358/2 Days and Re:Coded will also be included in the compilation.

All of these games will hopefully get you ready for Kingdom Hearts III, which might be released in 2017. In the meantime, Square Enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix, and it’s been embedded above.

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Nintendo Download: Just Dance 2017, Corpse Party, Lost In Shadow, more

Nintendo is planning a spooky dance party for this week’s Nintendo Download.

Kicking things into high gear is the Wii U release of Just Dance 2017 from Ubisoft. Now available to download through the Wii U eShop, Just Dance 2017 will include more than 40 new tracks to test your dancing skills featuring musicians like Justin Bieber, DNCE, and Britney Spears.

Also available to download this week on the Wii U eShop is Lost In Shadow, a moody puzzle platformer from Hudson Soft. Originally released for the Wii in 2011, Lost In Shadow asks players to help a young boy find his missing shadow.

Finally this week, things get a little scary on the 3DS eShop with the launch of Corpse Party. Corpse Party was originally released for the PSP in 2011, and this remake from XSEED adds four additional chapters, redrawn high-resolution character sprites, and new musical arrangements to the adventure game.

More information on all of these games (and the rest of this week’s new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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MLB The Show 17 will be available on March 28 with Ken Griffey Jr on the cover

Ken Griffey Jr. partnered with Nintendo to collaborate on four video games during the Super NES and N64 eras. As an avid gamer himself, this was probably quite the thrill for the man known alternately as “The Kid” and “The Natural.” Nowadays, baseball fans talk about him in hushed tones as the game’s newest Hall of Famer. But starting next year, we’ll also be able to refer to him as MLB The Show 17 Cover Athlete Ken Griffey Jr.

Set to launch for the PS4 on March 28, MLB The Show 17 will let players add Ken Griffey Jr. to the game as a playable “Living Legend.” In addition to the game-only Standard Edition, Sony also plans to scout out a lot of shelf space for three different special editions:

MLB The Show 17: Hall of Fame Edition (GameStop Exclusive) – $99.99

  • In-Game Items: Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat, Diamond Season Starter Pack, Gold Season Starter Pack, 11,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes
  • New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book

MLB The Show 17: Digital Deluxe Edition (PlayStation Store Exclusive) – $99.99

  • In-Game Items: Digital Diamond Dynasty New Era Hall of Fame Edition 9FIFTY Hat, Diamond Season Starter Pack, Gold Season Starter Pack, Digital Deluxe Pack, 11,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 20 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB-Themed PS4 Avatars

MLB The Show 17: MVP Edition – $69.99

  • In-Game Items: Gold Season Starter Pack, 5,000 Stubs, 1 Sponsor Pack, 10 Standard Packs
  • 31 MLB PS4 Themes
  • Limited Edition MVP Steel Book

More information on all three special editions can be found at the PlayStation Blog.

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Nintendo will unveil launch date, games lineup, and price for Switch on January 12


We got our first look at Nintendo’s Switch last week, but most facets of the hybrid console/handheld, which is scheduled to launch in March 2017, are still shrouded in a thick fog of mysteriousness. At the time, the consolemaker said we’d have to wait until Early 2017 to learn more details about the launch lineup and system specs, but late last night they put an exact date on the Switch’s full unveiling… so mark your calendars.

On January 12, Nintendo will host the “Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017,” a livestream dedicated to revealing “the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development.” The exact time of the livestream will be announced soon.

Nintendo also confirmed that a series of public demos for the Switch will take place sometime between January 12 and its March launch in the US and Europe. We don’t know where or when these demo events will take place yet, but more details will be announced at a later date.

It’s happening, people! This is not a drill!

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Xbox Store Today: Just Dance 2017, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Batman Episode 3, more

While this week’s biggest new releases will be available on Friday, the digital shelves of the Xbox Games Store are still overflowing with new titles.

That list includes Just Dance 2017, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s ultra-popular dancing series. This time around, players will be able to dance along with more than 40 songs from artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Queen, and more.

And speaking of long-running franchises, Bandai Namco will add Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 to the Xbox Games Store for the Xbox One. Players will develop their own warrior, and battle enemies to “restore the original story of the Dragon Ball series.”

Finally, a pair of episodic games will receive new chapters this week on the PS4 and PS3. Batman: The Telltale Series will reach the halfway point with Episode 3: New World Order. And The Odd Gentlemen will bring the King’s Quest reboot to a close with Chapter 5: The Good Knight.

More details on this trio of games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Turtle Rock is no longer involved in the development of Evolve


This Summer, Turtle Rock announced the PC version of Evolve would undergo a major metamorphosis to become Evolve: Stage 2. The struggling shooter became a free-to-play game overnight, and Turtle Rock continued to tweak the game while seeking feedback from the growing community.

Unfortunately, the developer has confirmed that 2K Games has decided not to renew their contract, and the future of Evolve now rests in the publisher’s hands. Writing on their Community Forum, Turtle Rock Co-Founder Chris “MacMan” Ashton had this to say:

Seems like the greater things you aspire to, the more time it takes. We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough – we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.

While the split appears to be amicable (2K will continue to support Evolve’s servers “for the foreseeable future”), Community Manager Shane “Shaners” Meyer said that Turtle Rock “wanted to continue working on the project.”

To say goodbye to “their baby,” Turtle Rock plans to host a special livestream tomorrow, October 27, at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Twitch.

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Catch ’em all in Pokemon Go’s Halloween Event now until November 1

With Halloween right around the corner, Niantic has launched the first in-game event for Pokemon Go. From now until November 1, players will have a better chance of finding a scary-looking Pokemon with “increased global encounters” for Drowzee, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter, Hypno, and Zubat.

And it wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to receive more Pokemon Candy during the event. All Trainers will earn twice the normal amount of Pokemon Candy, six pieces, for every Pokemon caught during the event. The Professor will also give Trainers two Candies (instead of one) for every Pokemon transferred to him. Players will also receive increased Buddy Pokemon Candy rewards over the next seven days as well.

“It’s been incredible watching people explore their neighborhoods and catch wild Pokemon all summer,” said Tatsuo Nomura, the Senior Product Manager at Niantic. “We would like to Trick-Or-Treat in our own special way by giving Trainers the chance to catch more Pokemon and earn extra Candy this Halloween.”

Niantic also released a new trailer for the Halloween Event, which has been embedded above.

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