Monthly Archives: February 2018

How Much Will Wreck-It Ralph 2 Poke Fun at Disney?

The new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 reveals that protagonists Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope Von Schweetz (voiced by Sarah Silverman) venture even further beyond the world they know than they did in the 2012 original, this time journeying into the Internet itself.

As Rich Moore explained to me during a recent phone interview with him and his fellow director Phil Johnston (both veterans of the first film), the filmmakers' intention for the Disney Animation sequel was to test the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope by thrusting them out of the familiarity of the old world into the unpredictability of a wild, new one.

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PS Plus to Stop Offering PS3 and Vita Games

PlayStation Plus will stop offering monthly PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles from next year.

Starting March 8, 2019, the PlayStation Plus monthly games lineup will no longer include PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita titles, Sony announced today.

No other changes are being made to the service, and members will still keep access to any PS3 and Vita titles they redeem, or have redeemed, but no new games will be added beyond that point.

Sony stated it will continue to prioritize PS Plus benefits, including online multiplayer, online game save storage, monthly games on PS4, and exclusive PS Store discounts.

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Far Cry 5: Clutch Nixon Stunt Mission Gameplay – IGN First

While times might be bleak in Hope County, Montana during the events of Far Cry 5, there's a vein of lighthearted fun running throughout the world.

There's no better example of that than the legend of Clutch Nixon, the '60s and '70s daredevil who performed impossible feats, usually half drunk, that cemented his place in Hope County lore for all time. Best of all, you'll be able to recreate some of his heroic, and exceedingly dangerous stunts, by finding commemorative plaques throughout the world.

We're happy to share one of those side missions today as part of our IGN First coverage of Far Cry 5. Suit up, put on your best '70s 'stache, and watch the story of the Spray and Pray run in the video above!

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PS Plus Lineup for March 2018 Announced

Sony has unveiled the PlayStation Plus free games lineup for March 2018:

  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
  • Legend of Kay (PS3)
  • Mighty No. 9 (PS3)
  • Claire: Extended Cut (PS Vita)
  • Bombing Busters (PS Vita)

Bloodborne is FromSoftware's PS4-exclusive take on the Souls series. We called it "an amazing, exacting, and exhausting pilgrimage through a gorgeous land that imposes the feeling of approaching the bottom of a descent into madness", in our 9.1 review.

Ratchet & Clank is the beautiful remake of Insomniac's classic 3D platformer - we called it "one of the most charming, creative, and rewarding adventures in recent memory."

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Horizon Zero Dawn Is PS4’s ‘Most Successful New First-Party Franchise’

Since its release one year ago, Horizon Zero Dawn has sold over 7.6 million copies, and is the "most successful new first-party franchise" to launch on PlayStation 4.

"We are incredibly grateful that Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds have been received so positively by so many gamers," said Shawn Layden, Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, "and it is a testament to the fantastic work of the entire team at Guerrilla.

"The combination of beautiful story-telling and great characters, with excellent gameplay mechanics, has resonated well with fans and led to this exceptional sales milestone."

Other brand new, PS4-exclusive franchises have included Until Dawn, FromSoftware's Bloodborne, The Order: 1886 and the long-awaited The Last Guardian (although maybe don't hold your breath for a sequel to that one).

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Sims 4 Costume Pack Coming to Final Fantasy 15 on PC

In a move that nobody was quite expecting, Square Enix has revealed a Sims 4 Costume pack for the upcoming Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition.

Those who buy the Windows version of the game from EA's Origin Store before May 1 will receive the pack.

A trailer (below) showcases male and female variants of Llama and Plumbob superheroes firing crossbows and adeptly using the Armiger, whilst also enjoying some leisure time in Lestallum.

Players with the pack will be able to use the cosmetics in both the single-player campaign and the multiplayer expansion Comrades, which allows full character customization.

In return, Sims 4 players will be able to dress their avatars in a "crowned prince Noctis Lucis Caelum outfit", available from March 8.

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Former BioShock, Dishonored Devs Announce New Game

The Blackout Club is a cooperative horror game from Question, a studio built by industry veterans whose work includes BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite, and Dishonored.

The game follows a group of teens in a small town who "band together after learning they’ve all been temporarily losing consciousness." None of the adult members of the community will speak to the kids about the incidents, including the disappearance of one of their close friends. Instead, the group launches its own investigation.

What they discover is "a hostile underworld" beneath their town, "populated by a clandestine group of adults."

Characters are customizable, each "with a variety of powers and equipment loadouts." Group members each have their own roles to play in gathering evidence to prove the crimes of the adults, including deploying drones and traps.

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Orphan Black Creator is New Snowpiercer Series Showrunner

Orphan Black's co-creator, Graeme Manson, is the new showrunner for TNT's Snowpiercer series.

Variety reports that Manson will be replacing Josh Friedman, who left the show in January due to creative differences after writing the pilot.

“Graeme’s extensive background in the sci-fi genre coupled with his brilliant work behind Orphan Black made him the perfect choice for this series,” said executive vice president of original programming for TNT, Sarah Aubrey. "He is the best conductor to navigate the thought provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life."

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Super Mario Odyssey Could Get More DLC

Super Mario Odyssey's huge wealth of content doesn't mean that further DLC is out of the question, but it would need to be a "really cool idea," says producer Yoshiaki Koizumi.

In an interview appearing in Game Informer's March issue - via Gaming Bolt - Koizumi discussed the massive amount of content in the game, before talking about the possibility of future DLC.

"There’s a lot of volume in Super Mario Odyssey. That was a big focus in development: give the player loads to do," he said.

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H1Z1 Launches Today With Surprise Auto Royale Mode

H1Z1 has officially launched out of Steam Early Access, complete with an entirely new mode called Auto Royale.

Auto Royale pits up to 30 teams of four in a battle where only one vehicle can be left standing. Players can find useful items like weapons, ammo, power-ups, and fuel scattered throughout a map as they eliminate the opposition.

The mode also features two new vehicles and a new weapon only available in Auto Royale. The armored recon vehicle is a stable option great for news players, while the sedan is a speedy and agile option best suited for more skilled players. The Light Machine Gun is the new weapon, and it deals more sustained damage than any other firearm in H1Z1.

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