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New ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Game Called ‘Sonic Forces’

The new Sonic the Hedgehog game that was once codenamed Sonic 2017 has now received its official title of Sonic Forces. A video showing the new gameplay has been released today as well. Apart from the new graphics, it look very similar to past 3D Sonic games which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The game announced at last year’s San Diego Comic Con as part of the Sonic the Hedgehog 25th anniversary celebration.

A 2D Sonic title called Sonic Mania is in the works too and has been delayed from Spring to Summer 2017. That game will receive a digital only release.

Sonic Forces will be released this holiday season on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Production To Double Starting April 1

A Wall Street Journal report says Nintendo Switch production is doubling.

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‘Tekken 7’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Man, what an excruciating wait it has been for the console release date announcement of Tekken 7.

Fans have had to get their fill of the game by playing it at arcades/fighting game competitions and watching every piece of available footage that’s out there. Once June 2 finally arrives, they’ll no longer have to step outside to get in on the action. Tekken 7 and all of its Fated Retribution updates will be ported over to home consoles – PS4, Xbox One and PC. This massive sequel will bring back series regulars, introduce new fighters with familiar movesets, include a surprising guest character and feature a full-fledged story mode to boot.

There’s so much information surrounding the 7th King of the Iron Fist Tournament. We’re here to make sure you know all about it.


1. This Entry’s Story Mode Focuses on the Conclusion of the Mishima Clan Saga

The Mishima Clan have been at each other’s throats ever since Heihachi threw his son Kazuya into a ditch. Both father and son have settled their differences during past iterations of the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Kazuya’s son, Jin Kazama, eventually took the reigns of Heihachi’s Mishima Zaibatsu organization. Jin and Kazuya (who leads his own group, the G Corporation) have gone to war ever since. When Jin suddenly disappears, Heihachi steps into his leadership position and continues his ongoing beef with Kazuya.

Tekken 7 marks the end of the epic Mishima family saga. Heihachi’s wife and Kazuya’s mother Kazumi will also play a big part in how their final battle unfolds. Gamers will get to not only watch this dark plot unfold, they’ll also get to actively participate in it. Tekken 7’s Story Mode seamlessly integrates its high-octane cinematic sequences right into the playable fights. For instance, you’ll jump right into Akuma and Heihachi’s fated battle after watching them first encounter each other. You’ll have the option of choosing who you want to play as as you play out the events of the Story Mode’s most climatic skirmishes.


2. The Game’s Roster Includes Fan Favorites, All New Fighters and a Special Guest Character

Tekken 7’s roster is huge. Along with a host of returning characters, several fresh fighters will make their debut. A few of them even fill the role of fighters from past Tekken entries, such as Gigas who lifts some of his moves from MMA fighter Craig Marduk. Plus the formerly male Raven gets replaced by a feminine version who gets upgraded to the title of “Master.” Several of the game’s familiar roster members arrive with new moves and costumes that keep them fresh for this 7th series installment.

Refer to both lists posted below to see who you’ll be able to play as in Tekken 7:

– Akuma (Street Fighter)
– Katarina Alves
– Claudio Serafino
– Lucky Chloe
– Shaheen
– Josie Rizal
– Gigas
– Jack-7
– Master Raven
– Kazumi Mishima/Devil Kazumi

– Alisa Bosconovitch
– Asuka Kazama
– Bob
– Bryan Fury
– Devil Jin
– Eddy Gordo
– Eliza
– Feng Wei
– Heihachi Mishima
– Hwoarang
– Jin Kazama
– Kazuya Mishima/Devil Kazuya
– King
– Kuma
– Lars Alexandersson
– Lee Chaolan/Violet
– Leo
– Lili
– Ling Xiaoyu
– Marshall Law
– Miguel Caballero Rojo
– Nina Williams
– Panda
– Paul Phoenix
– Sergei Dragunov
– Steve Fox
– Yoshimitsu


3. Tekken 7’s Newest Battle Mechanics are the Rage Mode, Rage Drive and Rage Arts

Rage is a common theme that’s present in Tekken 7. It perfectly describes the game’s plot and plays a part in the game’s newest mechanics. For instance, a character who’s near death taps into the power of an ability called “Rage Mode.” Once activated, that character will be covered in an intense red hue. You can then choose to pull off a “Rage Drive” attack, a single maneuver or combination of attacks that deals more damage and provides your fighter with a blue aura and invincibility.

Or you can instead pour all your rage into a powerful “Rage Art,” a super combo of sorts that’s different for every fighter. When both fighters look like they’re about to land their final blow, the game’s camera slows down and zooms in in order to accentuate the action unfolding onscreen. This new feature has already created hype moments for those watching it during live tournament streams.


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4. The Game’s Season Pass Includes a New Mode, New Costumes and Two Guest Characters

Tekken 7 Season Pass

The post-DLC plans that have been announced for the game sound very intriguing. Choosing to get the Season Pass means you’ll have access to each DLC pack as soon as it’s released. The 1st DLC package will arrive this Summer and bring with it an all new mode and over 50 new costumes for the roster. Then when the Winter arrives, an exclusive guest character will be added to the already massive roster. And finally, another guest combatant will appear around Spring 2018. The Season Pass’ bonus DLC features 35 extra metallic costume renditions for each character as well.


5. Tekken 7 Comes in a Standard, Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Edition

Tekken 7 Collector's Edition

You can enter the 7th King of the Iron Fist Tournament by copping either the Standard, Digital Deluxe or extra special Collector’s Edition. Every piece of info about all three editions, the pre-order DLC character and what’s exclusive to each console version can be seen in the excerpt posted below:

– The Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition (available for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One); collectors and hardcore Tekken fans will be pleased to learn that there will be a Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition containing a spectacular statue measuring approximately 12″ tall by 18″ wide that features a dynamic pose with Kazuya fly kicking Heihachi in mid-air, a special Steel Book, and the official Tekken 7 soundtrack.

Tekken 7 Pre-order Bonus (available today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam) will feature DLC access to Eliza, the famed vampire character that made her Tekken debut in Tekken Revolution. Xbox One players will be treated to an added bonus of receiving a free copy of Tekken 6 that takes advantage of the backwards compatible capabilities of the Xbox One platform.

– A special Digital Xbox One Pre-order Pack (available on the Xbox Store beginning on January 31, 2017) will include DLC access to Eliza and a free copy of Tekken 6 that takes advantage of the backwards compatible capabilities of the Xbox One platform.

– The Tekken 7 Digital Deluxe Edition (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam) will include Tekken 7 and the Season Pass.

– Lastly, the PlayStation 4 version of Tekken 7 will contain exclusive content: legacy costumes from Tekken 4 and Tekken 2 for King, Xiaoyu and Jin as well as a Jukebox Mode where fans can listen to classic Tekken music tracks and even create playlists of Tekken music to listen to while they play.

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Top 5 Tips and Tricks for ‘The Binding of Isaac’

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ released on the Nintendo Switch and now the title is available across 10 different platforms. Originally released in 2011, The Binding of Isaac is a roguelike game which means you have one life and you will maneuver your way through randomly generated dungeons aiming to defeat Isaac’s mother.

With the game just receiving another release, people are playing Issac now more than ever. This game can be very punishing to new players so here are some tips and tricks you need to know for playing it.


Bomb The Rocks With The Small “X” On Them

The Binding of Isaac

There’s a lot of rocks in The Binding of Isaac and most of them look the same. If you pay close attention, you’ll see some rocks with an X on them and those are rocks that can be blown up. When you see these rocks, drop a bomb by them and blow it up and you’ll get treasure from it.


Don’t Get Discouraged About Dying

The Binding of Isaac

This game is randomly generated. A result of that is getting good items and power ups on some runs and getting shafted on the others. Every death gives you a better idea of what each enemy does. The only way to get better is by playing and dying is all part of the process. Nothing carries over after you die but that’s part of the experience.


Make Sure You Don’t Forget About The Gold Room

The Binding of Isaac

The gold room is where you’ll get your power up from that floor. If you run straight to the boss, you’ll miss out on power ups that can help you with that boss and future floors assuming you don’t die.


Learn What The Different Hearts Do

The Binding of Isaac

Hearts are available in four different forms: red, white, grey and black. The red hearts restore health on your normal red heart health bar. The grey ones are tacked on to the end of the red heart bar and can’t be restored. The white ones will give you an additional red heart at the end of the floor. If you see these, it’s recommended that you wait until you are ready to advance to the next floor.


Give Extra Coins To The Donation Machine

The Binding of Isaac

The donation machine will usually be in the corner of your shop rooms but sometimes you’ll find other rooms with one in them. As you donate more to the machine, new things open up for your future runs. Some of these new features include the shop having more inventory, to the point that every store has six items instead of the three they start out with. Eventually the machine will stop working so you’ll have to do another run to keep donating coins to it. You are also able to bomb the machine to get coins if you’re in a pinch.

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WATCH: Cheetah Reveal Trailer for ‘Injustice 2’

Update: check out some new extensive gameplay footage of Robin and Dr. Fate right here!

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Injustice 2 is filled with a great lineup of DC’s best female heroes and super villains. Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Catwoman and a bunch of unannounced ladies will clash with their gentlemanly counterparts in the game soon. Diana Prince will have her hands full with her animalistic arch-nemesis Cheetah, who’s finally gotten her very own showcase trailer. Cheetah is all types of vicious and her moveset is all about utilizing superhuman speed and strength. Watch her deal tons of damage with her super fast combos, check out the newest Injustice 2 stage and decide if she’s going to be your main. Now if we could just get that Red Hood reveal trailer we’ve all been fantasizing about…

WATCH: ‘Injustice 2’ Watchtower Live Stream (03/15/17)

The next Injustice 2 Watchtower live stream is going to go in depth with two new characters – Swamp Thing and Cheetah.

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Why You Should Buy a PS4 in 2017

Sony has been a juggernaut in the gaming industry since its launch of the original Playstation way back in 1994. More than 20 years later, the PS4 is out and Sony is still at the top of their game. The Playstation 4 is self proclaimed as “the best place to play” and it many ways it could be argued that is true with its list of exclusive titles, online support and stronger hardware than the rest of the competition. This year is Playstation’s best year yet and here’s why you should pick up Sony’s console in 2017.

The biggest selling point for the PS4 is its long list of console exclusives. You won’t get to play titles like NieR: Automata, Nioh, Bloodborne, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, Until Dawn and upcoming titles like the new Spiderman game on other consoles. All of this is on top of all the multi-platform games it shares with Xbox One and PC like Battlefield, Call of Duty and Madden. Playstation 4 is the only home to the MLB The Show series now so that can be a selling point for sports fans out there.

The PS4 has a revised version called the PS4 Pro which features better graphics and the potential for games to render in a 4K display. Games have been taking advantage of this new hardware such as Nioh, which features an option to play with a 4K resolution or a 60 frames per second framerate. The new boost mode introduced with the console will give older games that haven’t received a patch for the new hardware a boost in performance as well.

PS PLUS

Playstation has a system similar to Xbox’s Games with Gold with PS Plus. These games are “free” provider you are a Playstation Plus subscriber. These games are available to you as long as you remain a member. More games come out every month and some good games have been part of the program in past such as NBA 2K16 and Resident Evil.

PS4 is the only console that has taken advantage of virtual reality so far by creating its own VR headset called PSVR. Some AAA developers have taken advantage of the headset like Resident Evil 7, which features the ability to play through the whole game using the headset. The headset works on both the PS4 and PS4 Pro but performs much better on the Pro.

The PS4 is very affordable right now with prices starting at $300 for the slim model and $400 for the Pro model. If you look around enough, you’ll find some bundles with your favorite games and even some limited edition versions such as this one featuring the original Playstation design.

The PS4 has been out long enough that if you’re in the market for a new console, you’ve likely already made the decision to buy one or not. If you haven’t made up your mind, there’s a lot to like about the PS4. It has a big list of console exclusives and gets a lot of JRPGs like the Tales series, Persona and Star Ocean that aren’t available on other consoles. If these games interest you, the PS4 is definitely the console for you. If none of the PS4 exclusives or Xbox One exclusives excite you, it’s worth getting the PS4 for the sole reason that it runs the games better. Many games on Xbox One run in 900p due to hardware limitations while the PS4 will usually reach 1080p. The PS4 will make for an excellent primary console, even if you opt to not grab the Pro.

 

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‘Yooka-Laylee’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

There was once a time when anthropomorphic mascots ruled the world of platform gaming.

Rare developed several classics within the genre back on the SNES and N64. Gamers old enough to remember those glory days harken back to games such as Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. Fast forward to 2017 and a time where games such as those two titles are no longer prevalent. Developer Playtonic is looking to change that with the release of Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to Rare’s past works. Fans young and old who want to take part in Yooka-Laylee’s colorful world will see what made those old N64 open-world platformers such a joy.

We’re here to detail every part of Playtonic’s much anticipated project and return to Rare’s mastery of platforming games.


1. Yooka-Laylee is a Massive Kickstarter Success Story

September 8, 2012 – former employees who once worked for Rare made their intentions clear to the gaming world. They set out to develop a spiritual successor to one of Rare’s most standout N64 releases, Banjo-Kazooie. After that announcement was made, an official Twitter handle for the former Rare devs was created (that Twitter handle was “Mingy Jongo,” which was named after a boss from Banjo-Tooie). But suddenly, the Twitter account went quiet and word got around that the team’s dream project was put on an indefinite hiatus.

But later on, that Twitter account returned and was changed to the actual name of the game’s development team – Playtonic Games. Playtonic went on to announce that their project (formerly codenamed “Project Ukulele”) was to be officially named Yooka-Laylee. In order to bring this game to fans of Rare’s past N64 open-world platformers, Playtonic put Yooka-Laylee up on Kickstarter for the sole purpose of asking fans to financially support its development. May 1, 2015 – Yooka-Laylee’s funding page officially opens. The game ended up breaking records after becoming the most funded UK game Kickstarter ever. Yooka-Laylee ended up raising £2.1 million from more than 80,000 backers in a short amount of time.


2. The Game’s Development Team Has Their Roots Tied to Rare’s N64 Gems

As we mentioned before, Playtonic Games is made up of former talent that were once a part of Rare. A majority of the developer’s team members have done extensive work with games such as the Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie series, plus titles such as Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Kameo: Elements of Power and Perfect Dark Zero. A few of Playtonic’s most important team members includes Project Director & Software Engineer Chris Sutherland, Managing Director & Creative Lead Gavin Price and Character Art Director Steve Mayles. You can check out Playtonic Games’ development team lineup and their associated positions at the following link.


3. Yooka-Laylee’s Gameplay is Inspired by Classics Such as Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64

Yooka-Laylee shares a lot of its mechanics with Banjo-Kazooie. For instance, the game’s main characters are a duo of anthropomorphic heroes. Yooka’s a male chameleon who can venture around the game’s massive worlds by running, rolling up hills, tail-whipping enemies, eating butterflies to survive etc. His companion is a snarky bat named Laylee, who also lends a hand by helping Yooka soar through the sky and perform other tasks. The “collectathon” elements of Rare’s past N64 titles is present here as players set out to collect various items. The most important of those collectibles are the “Pagies,” golden book pages that serve as a form of currency. They help unlock new worlds for players to explore and also expand previously explored areas.

Along with getting introduced the game’s main heroes, you’ll also come into contact with a bevy of outlandish personalities. Each of these friends and enemies enter conversations with Yooka and Laylee by speaking in their own form of character gibberish. Trowzer, a merchant who sells new abilities to the main heroes, is actually a talking snake who’s comically outfitted in ill-fitting pants. The many individuals you’ll come across tend to introduce new missions for you to complete, which is something that harkens back to the gameplay present in Rare’s N64 platformers. You can check out the video above and see just a few of the faces you’ll become familiar with in Yooka-Laylee.


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4. There’s Co-Op and Competitive Multiplayer Elements at Play

Another old-school feature that Yooka-Laylee adopts is an emphasis on local multiplayer. The 2-player co-op mode allows the 1st player to wield the abilities of both Yooka and Laylee, while the 2nd player takes command of a character who offers them additional assistance. On the other end of the multiplayer spectrum lies a competitive mode. Up to four players can compete against each other across eight unique minigames. Each of those games can be accessed from a special area called “Rextro’s Arcade.” The video shown above details each of the competitive multiplayer games you can take part in.


5. Pre-Ordering Yooka-Laylee Gets You Access to the Toybox Experience

Pre-ordering Yooka-Laylee means you’ll be gifted with one of the best downloadable bonuses we’ve ever come across – an extensive demo that showcases the game’s massive potential. The game’s Toybox Experience is a sandbox area designed to give players a sample of what will be included in the final release. Certain platforming props, collectibles and hard-to-find secrets exist within the Toybox and gives players a leg up on learning the game’s mechanics before release. Yooka-Layley will launch on a myriad of consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC) on April 11.

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WATCH: Shattered Alliances Part 3 Story Trailer for ‘Injustice 2’

As we get closer and closer to the launch of Injustice 2, the game’s story becomes way more clearer. The newest trailer to get revealed to us all is the 3rd part in the “Shattered Alliances” plot preview video series. This latest piece of in-game footage shows off two main story moments – Supergirl’s early origins and how she came to Earth, plus the return of the 1st game’s villain known as Black Adam. What’s even better about this new story trailer is the sneak peek we get of Black Adam’s finishing move, which he chooses to pull off on a fully grown Supergirl. Make sure you watch it in all its pyramid destroying glory. Enjoy the new Injustice 2 trailer, folks. We’re almost there, as in we’re inching ever so closer to the game’s release.

WATCH: Cheetah Reveal Trailer for ‘Injustice 2’

Update: check out live stream footage of Robin and Dr. Fate in action right here! Cheetah finally gets showcased in her own reveal trailer for Injustice 2. Come check her out in all her animalistic glory.

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‘Snake Pass’: The Colorful 3D Platformer You Should Know About

Snake Pass looks like a clear callback to the days of colorful 3D platformers like Banjo Kazooie,Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64. The genre is trying to experience a renaissance of sorts with Yooka Laylee doing so well with its kickstarter campaign and now Snake Pass seeing the light of day.

Snake Pass takes place in the world of Haven Tor and is described as a physics based, puzzle platform adventure game. The player controls a Snake named Noodle who is investigating disturbances in Haven Tor with his companion Doodle the hummingbird.

The snake is actually controlled with two buttons. The left stick on your controller with move the snake’s head but the right trigger will move its body. Since snakes slither around and don’t move in straight lines, the player is encouraged to do the same to move quickly. Developer Sumo Digital, the team behind titles like LittleBigPlanet 3 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing, thought about making that be the only way to move but deemed it too punishing to the players so they allowed movement in a straight line too but the snake will move much slower.

Sumo Digital released a series of “Dev Diaries” giving viewers a behind the scenes look at how the game was built. The game was originally going for a much more realistic look instead of the colorful style it has now. Not much is known about the ultimate goal of the game but the world was designed purposely to look like an abandoned civilization. What we do know is the game will take you through 15 levels across four different worlds, each with a different theme. The soundtrack is composed by David Wise, better known as the composer for many Rare games like the Donkey Kong Country series and Diddy Kong Racing.

The game will utilize the different features each console offers. Snake Pass will support TV, tabletop and handheld modes on the Nintendo Switch, running at 30 FPS at 720p when undocked and 30 FPS 1080p when docked (Turns out this wasn’t true). The Xbox One version is part of the “Play Anywhere” program which means a digital purchase on Xbox One will net you a second copy on your Windows 10 PC. PS4 Pro owners with a 4K TV will be able to enjoy Snake Pass with a 4K resolution and the title supports high dynamic range for both the original PS4 and Pro.

Snake Pass launches on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC March 28 in North America and March 29 in Europe.

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‘Yooka Laylee’ Removes YouTuber JonTron From Game

YouTuber JonTron aka Jonathan Jafari has come under fire recently for comments about immigration and politics. A statement to Gamesindustry.biz by Yooka Laylee’s developer Playtonic Games says Jafari’s voice has been removed from their game.

JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. (Gamesindustry.biz)

JonTron is a former member of the “Game Grumps” and now hosts his own YouTube channel called the JonTronShow. The channel currently has over three million subscribers.

Yooka Laylee launches April 11 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

JonTron aka Jon Jafari: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A popular YouTube gamer is getting severely criticized online for his views on immigration and the opinion that white people will be a minority in America by 2042.

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Playstation Store Flash Sale 3/24-3/27

There is a big sale across the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita this weekend. Notable titles on sale include Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for $18, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition for $21 and Far Cry Primal for $16.49. For horror fans, there is The Evil Within for $9. There’s a lot of hours of gaming in those titles for a much lower than usual price.

A notable PS Vita title on sale is Persona 4 Golden for $9. For those looking forward to Persona 5, this one might be worth a playthrough.

There are over 150 titles on sale so there’s bound to be something you like. Movies are up for grab as well.

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