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Xbox Store Today: Far Cry Primal, PvZ Garden Warfare 2, The Walking Dead Michonne, more


Today’s Xbox Games Store update is all about scary things… cannibals, zombies, dying alone in the wilderness, and that thing on Gorbachev’s head.

The hero of Far Cry: Primal (Xbox One), Takkar, will have to spend his days dodging cannibals as he fights for survival in the game’s prehistoric locales. Thankfully, Takkar will be able to rely on his own tribe to help him out, and the wild animals that he tames including elephants, tigers, and wolves. In the Stone Age, it’s easy to show those cannibals who’s really on top of the food chain.

Zombies don’t usually munch on brains, but Telltale’s smart adaptation of The Walking Dead saga gets a new chapter today with the release of The Walking Dead: Michonne (Xbox One and Xbox 360). Players will take control of the character’s famed sword in a story that explores Michonne’s absence between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book… “and what brought her back.” A different sort of undead are at the center of EA’s Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One), but the team-based shooter includes a ton of new maps and modes for fans of the series.

Also available today is The Flame in the Flood (Xbox One), is “a wilderness survival game in which a girl and her dog travel by foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river.”

Finally today, Reagan Gorbachev (Xbox One) will fight back against a group of extremists in a top-down shooter using “their fists and samurai swords and poison darts and pistols and shotguns and fully automatic assault rifles and grenade launchers and miniguns and bazookas and some other guns.” Sure… why not?

More information on all of these (along with a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Far Cry: Primal, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Hitman Go, more added to PS Store


It’s a big week for the PlayStation Store as more than a dozen new games have been added to the digital storefront.

Riding an elephant over the rest of this week’s new releases is Far Cry: Primal (PS4), Ubisoft’s prehistoric take on the first person shooter. Players will wield stone knives, spears, and bows, as they hunt wild animals and fend off attacks from other tribes. Oh, and in case you missed it the first time, they get to ride a rampaging elephant. Two other very different shooting games will also be released this week… We’ll get a chance to play EA’s colorful team-based competition, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4), along with the strategic shooting of Square Enix’s Hitman Go: Definitive Edition (PS4 + PS Vita Cross-Buy).

Finally this week, Telltale is back with another adaptation of the Walking Dead universe for the PS4 and PS3. The first episode for The Walking Dead: Michonne is now available to download with future episodes planned for release in March and April.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. And a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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New Releases: Far Cry Primal, PvZ Garden Warfare 2, Mega Man Legacy Collection, More


A trip back to the Stone Age, anthropomorphic plants with guns, and a compilation of some of the greatest platformers ever sit atop this week’s new release roundup.

Publishers are easily swayed by trends and it’s not hard to slot many of the most popular shooters of the last 15 years into three well-defined eras. After Medal of Honor, everyone rushed to produce a shooter set during World World II. After Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the hardware and tactics of the modern military became the focus. And after Deus Ex: Human Revolution, many shooters have seen shifted to the “not-so-distant future.”

But Ubisoft wants to go back… even further back than the European Theater. And that’s why Far Cry: Primal (PS4, Xbox One) features a battle between warring tribes of Stone Age warriors. Trading machine guns and laser rifles for stone knives and spears, Far Cry: Primal also lets players train a prehistoric tiger to do their dirty work for them.

And on the subject of bizarre shooters, EA and PopCap Games are back this week with another entry in the Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare saga. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) is a time-hopping trip that also adds back in the single-player modes that its predecessor was lacking.

Finally this week, Capcom brought together the first six Mega Man games for the retail release of the Mega Man Legacy Collection (3DS, PS4, Xbox One). If you didn’t play it last year, you should definitely stop putting it off.

A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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A Day-By-Day Guide to All of 2016’s New Video Games (January – March)


After years and years of publishers packing the September through November “Holiday” season with an unmanageable number of new AAA titles, we might get a much more balanced release calendar in 2016. But can you believe it all happened by accident?

Video game fans have always had to deal with delays, but publishers got even more use out of their erasers than normal in 2015. Aside from the one-two punch of Fallout 4‘s E3 2015 announcement, and its eventual release on November 10th, no game felt safe… and more than a few big titles got pushed into 2016. So now we get to ring in 2016 with a release calendar that just might offer up something exciting all year long.

Are you ready? Because here… we… go… (more…)

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EA pushes up Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and will release it on February 23

Spring planting season will come early next year as Electronic Arts has announced that the “Spring 2016” release of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has been pushed up to February 23. Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, that date firmly falls within the Winter, so good job EA.

The publisher also revealed the “Grass Effect Z7-Mech,” an in-game bonus vehicle that players will receive if they pre-order Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Created in conjunction with BioWare, you can go up close and personal with the “Grass Effect Z7-Mech” in the trailer embedded above.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will expand upon its predecessor with a number of new modes, maps, and character classes. PopCap and EA Canada have even added a few “fan-requested” features into the game:

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 goes above and beyond to deliver the funniest, craziest most over-the-top shooter yet. Players can go on the offensive as the plants in all-new modes including the 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or rally the zombies together and defend against the plants in the four-player co-op mode, Graveyard Ops. From the Great White North to Moon Base Z, all the hilarious action takes place across 12 fresh maps that are bursting with life and humor. Join the fight for Suburbia with six new character classes and over one hundred unique characters to collect. Experience even more ways to play, including the Backyard Battleground; players will have the freedom to explore this interactive environment by themselves or with friends. The Backyard Battleground is a wild playground with dynamic events and tons to discover, and is unlike anything that has been in a Plants vs Zombies game before.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is in development for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Travel through time with the Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Comic-Con trailer

Electronic Arts and PopCap have released a brand new trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 as part of today’s San Diego Comic-Con festivities.

The trailer focuses on the “Seeds of Time” map, which takes players on a whirlwind tour of history through prehistoric dinosaur days, ancient Egypt, and ancient Rome. It also rattled off many of the games features including the inclusion of over 100 “crazy” characters, 12 new Battlegrounds, 24-player online “mayhem,” four-player online co-op, a two-player splitscreen mode, and Solo Play.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be available in Spring 2016 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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New Dark Horse Comics… a CoD Black Ops III prequel, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, and the return of “classic” Lara Croft


Dark Horse Comics just announced a trio of new game-related projects ahead of next weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The one that will surely get a lot of people talking is a prequel series to Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Set for release on November 4, the series will be written by Larry Hama, with art by Marcelo Ferreira. An exclusive minicomic promoting the series will be available Dark Horse’s booth during Comic-Con.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops III comic book series follows an elite group of cybernetically enhanced soldiers as they wage a secret war across a futuristic, war-torn world transformed by technology. In the first issue, the elite squad infiltrates Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to take down a double agent… but as they close in, the operatives uncover something much more sinister at hand.

Not so surprising is the expansion of the company’s line of Plants vs Zombies comics, which will continue to bloom with the launch of a Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare series on October 28. Serving as a prequel to this Fall’s Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, it’ll feature a story by Paul Tobin and art from Jacob Chabot:

In the recently announced Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, zombies have taken over, and now, for the first time in franchise history, the plants are on the attack. Delivering a story taking place between Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare and Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the Garden Warfare comic has the exclusive reveal of how Dr. Zomboss conquered Suburbia. The evil-genius leader is up to a whole new set of tricks—and this time, he’s succeeding, thanks to his mighty Imp and Z-Mech! But hope remains, as our zombie-battling champs Nate and Patrice discover horticultural help from the future and the past, and Crazy Dave misses out on an ice-cream cruise!

Finally, Dark Horse will bring back the “classic” Lara Croft from 1996’s Tomb Raider in Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen. Written by Corinna Beckho, with art by Randy Green, the first issue will go on sale on October 7:

In this all-new adventure, Lara must stop a group of cultists from causing world-wide cataclysmic devastation, and ancient ivory artifacts hold the key to both salvation and destruction! It’s a race against time in Lara’s new quest, filled with incredible action, dual pistols, and non-stop adventure.

You can take a look at the cover art of each #1 after the break. (more…)

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EA will release new Plants vs Zombies game and Need For Speed 2015 in next 12 months; Mirror’s Edge 2 coming in Spring 2016

EA-logoElectronic Arts has quite an impressive array of titles planned for the next 12 months. But the publisher is also looking beyond this Fall and into 2016 with an equally interesting lineup of games.

During the company’s quarterly financial presentation last night, CEO Andrew Wilson reiterated that the publisher will release a new game in the Need For Speed series sometime in the next 12 months. A mobile version of the game is also in development.

Wilson also revealed that EA has a “bigger and bolder new console experience” for Plants vs Zombies fans in the pipeline for a late 2015/early 2016 launch. He wasn’t ready to go into details just yet, but did say that gamers will learn more about it at E3.

Less surprising is Wilson’s continued commitment to EA Sports and their yearly lineup. In addition to the previously announced Rory McIlroy PGA Tour and Madden NFL 16, the publisher plans to release FIFA 16, NHL 16, and NBA Live 16 this year. In case you’re curious, each game will feature “industry-leading gameplay, compelling new features, and fresh Ultimate Team experiences.”

Finally, Wilson announced that DICE’s untitled Mirror’s Edge sequel/reboot will be in Spring 2016. An E3 unveiling wasn’t promised, but it seems very likely at this point.

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