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Handicapping the 2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

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We’re just a few days away from learning which games will be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year. In 2015, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., Pong, Doom, World of Warcraft, and Pac-Man were selected as the inaugural class by the institution’s induction committee. The Hall’s Class of 2016 will be announced on Thursday, May 5, and five or six games are once again expected to rise above the other finalists.

But which of the 15 finalists will be honored this year? Using the Hall’s induction criteria as a guide, I can think we can determine the odds of which games will make it in and which will have to wait until next year. (more…)

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Dishonored 2 will sneak into stores on November 11; Full reveal planned for E3 2016

Bethesda and Arkane Studios have kept quiet about Dishonored 2 since its E3 2015 debut, but that all changes today as the publisher and developer confirmed that it’ll be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 11.

In the stealthy sequel, players will have a choice of two playable characters: Corvo Attano or Empress Emily Kaldwin. Both characters are front and center on the cover of this month’s issue of Game Informer, which will also include an in-depth discussion with the team behind Dishonored 2 including Creative Director Harvey Smith, Lead Designer Dinga Bakaba, and Art Director Sebastien Mitton.

Bethesda also promised to give the public their first look at actual gameplay from Dishonored 2 during their 2016 E3 Showcase, which will take place just ahead of the E3 Expo on Sunday, June 12.

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Kickstart This! In the Shadows

Welcome to the new and improved Kickstart This!, where our spotlight will only shine on one lucky game project per week (though others might sneak in as a quick shout out). This time, while I could have gone with Clique by Dead Art Games, or The Dolls by Australian outfit Hush Interactive, I was instead swayed by In the Shadows from Colorspace Studios. While the other two games show promise, Colorspace really sold the concept and premise of their game in the trailer video.

Let’s dance with shadows… (more…)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will not be available as a standalone download

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The Call of Duty news continues to roll on today, and now we’ve learned that Activision has no plans to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone download. According to an FAQ on the publisher’s official website, Modern Warfare Remastered will only be available as an add-on bonus bundled with special edition copies of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare:

6. How can I get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is only available through the Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

7. Can I play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered without buying Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare?
No, you must own Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in order to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

The Legacy, Legacy Pro, and Digital Deluxe Editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare are all priced at a $20 premium over the standard edition, so if you want Modern Warfare Remastered, it looks like you’re going to have to pay extra for it. However, the FAQ’s wording doesn’t rule out the possibility that it’ll be available as a standalone download at a later date. But for now, the only way to make sure you receive a copy is to purchase a pricey special edition of Infinite Warfare.

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Mighty No. 9 release date is “set in stone” for June 21

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After a seemingly neverending series of delays, Keiji Inafune and his team at Comcept have announced that Mighty No. 9 has finally completed development and officially “gone gold.” The side-scrolling platformer, which Inafune designed as a spiritual successor to his long-running Mega Man series, will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on June 21. Portable versions for the 3DS and Vita will launch at a later date.

In addition to the release date announcement, Inafune also delivered a message for fans on Mighty No. 9’s Kickstarter page, where he once again apologized for the many delays and confirmed that its June 21 release date is “set in stone.”

Inafune’s complete statement has been reproduced after the break. (more…)

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More CoD: Infinite Warfare details announced… story, special editions, Zombies Mode, more

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After dropping the debut trailer this morning, Activision has announced a few more details about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. In development at Infinity Ward, Infinite Warfare will “break new ground” by giving players command of their warship:

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare puts storytelling front and center in a rich, immersive narrative. Infinity Ward breaks new ground by exploring the weight of leadership and its responsibilities. In a desperate time of overwhelming adversity, the player, as Captain of their own warship, must take command against a relentless enemy. Experienced soldiers are thrust into extraordinary circumstances that will test their training and reveal their true character as they learn to lead and to make the hard decisions necessary to achieve victory. The game also introduces stunning, never before seen environments, new weaponry, and inventive player abilities to Call of Duty. The entire campaign – from boots-on-ground combat to piloting high speed space-fighters – occurs as a near seamless experience with few visible loading times, and delivers the hallmark, blockbuster franchise moments that fans love.

We’ve also learned that Infinite Warfare’s competitive multiplayer modes will include an emphasis on “front-line engagement,” and that players who love to play cooperatively can look forward to an all-new Zombies Mode. More details about Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer component will be available at a later date.

Infinity Ward will host a Twitch livestream at 1:30 PM (Eastern Time) to talk more about Infinite Warfare.

Activision also revealed a bit more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered this morning. The game will be rebuilt by Raven Software to include “vibrant current generation visuals,” along with “fully improved texture resolution and detail, high-dynamic range lighting, lit and shadowing VFX particles, […] and much more.” The game will also include a selection of ten multiplayer maps including favorites such as “Crash,” “Backlot” and “Crossfire.” However, there’s still word on if Modern Warfare Remastered will be available as a standalone download.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 4. In addition to the previously-announced Legacy Edition and Digital Legacy Edition, the games will also be bundled together with a Season Pass in the Digital Deluxe Edition (Retail Price: $99.99). An even pricier Legacy Pro Edition (Retail Price: $129.99) will include both games, the Season Pass, a Soundtrack, and other digital items, all housed in a Steelbook case.

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Activision officially announces Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare remaster

Activision and Infinity Ward have finally made it official… Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be launch this November alongside a remastered re-release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Players who purchase the retail-only Legacy Edition or download-only Digital Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare (both are priced at $79.99) will receive a free download code for Modern Warfare. Presumably, Activision will also offer Modern Warfare Remastered as a standalone purchase at some point.

As for Infinite Warfare, players will indeed take a trip to space as a new enemy known as the Settlement Defense Front has invaded Earth from their orbiting space station. The near-future setting will also include battle robots, outer space dogfights, and a zero-gravity raid on the space station.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will both be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 4.

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New Retail Releases: Battleborn

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Year after year, the month of May is usually flooded with big new releases, but the taps might be running a little dry in 2016. Sure, there are several intriguing new titles scheduled for the next four weeks, but that is probably all we’re getting.

Which brings us to Gearbox’s Battleborn, the sole new release that’ll be available on store shelves this week. Taking a break from the Borderlands universe, Gearbox developed Battleborn as a “Hero Shooter,” and they plan to offer players the chance to choose from dozens of heroes in both single-player and multiplayer modes. Also, expect to hear the word “Badass” quite a bit.

Battleborn will be available in stores this week on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

We’ll be back later in the week with an update on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo eShop.

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