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E3 2015

Ubisoft have changed their ways after the Watch Dogs downgrade backlash

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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E3 2015, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs

Ubisoft have changed their ways after the Watch Dogs downgrade backlash

After a pedantic yet righteous portion of the internet thumped Ubisoft for "downgrading" Watch Dogs between its E3 2012 showing and 2014 launch, Ubisoft have decided to shoot straight when it comes to gameplay footage.

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Bombshell gets new gameplay trailer. Looks terrible

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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Action RPGs, Bombshell, E3 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Twinstick shooter, Xbox One Games

Bombshell gets new gameplay trailer. Looks terrible

Bombshell is the game that emerged from the legal minefield between 3D Realms/Interceptor and Duke Nukem' IP holders (and ruiners), Gearbox. Originally down as Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction, this top-down action RPG shooter has had a lead character swap and has been renamed Bombshell.

The game will release later this year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Hopefully much later this year, as it's looking decidedly average at the moment. Think Diablo III meets Smash TV, but with none of the good bits. The proof is in the playing though and if you find yourself at QuakeCon next month you'll be able to try it for out. You never know, it could turn out to be fun.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 22nd-28th June 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
E3 2015, Game previews, News, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 22nd-28th June 2015

It's time for your weekly roundup of the gaming news highlights, features and reviews at Dealspwn.com. Batman: Arkham Knight has been in the news for all the wrong reasons because of a disastrous PC port. The Uncharted movie has lost another director. A new 1TB PS4 was announced alongside Blue Xbox One. Driveclub's PS+ edition finally launched - sort of. PSN has been suffering from horribly long download times. All the links to these stories and more are below.

In the features, Jon asks if Project Cars 2 was announced too early and also tells us why Nintendo must admit the Wii U's mistakes to succeed with their next console, the NX.  Buzz has been busy with all things Bethesda, telling us why their Fallout 4 reveal has schooled the industry and he's also braved the servers of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to bring us some impressions. After seeing a brand new Rise of The tomb Raider demo, I argue the point that Microsoft showed the wrong stage demo at E3 2015. But I soon got over it thanks to the arrival of Batman: Arkham Knight as I ask if the Batmobile is brilliant fun or a legacy betrayed.

Our reviews are co-headlined by the rather awesome pairings of Batman: Arkham Knight and Yoshi's Wooly World. You'll also find extensive verdicts on J-Stars Victory VS+, Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 3 - Catch a Ride and Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy.

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Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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E3 2015, Microsoft, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Well, that's more like it Microsoft and Square-Enix! The new extended gameplay demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider is a considerable improvement over the arguably dull E3 2015 appearance. So much so, it's hard to imagine why Microsoft went for the video they did for their on-stage gameplay reveal over the new one released over the weekend.

The timed Xbox exclusive is one of the year's biggest releases and the gameplay reveal at E3 was one of our most anticipated parts of Microsoft's show. But then it happened and they turned E3 into QTE3. It wasn't a bad demo by any means, but there was a heavy focus on quick-time-events and climbing rather than showing us extended on-foot scenes. Tomb Raider scenes.

Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

This latest trailer will restore any faith that may have dwindled as you watched Lara bounce off the side of a mountain in the mother of all blizzards. Seriously Lara, check the weather ahead next time, yeah? The new demo takes place straight after the E3 one, where we find Lara picking herself up after somehow not dying after tumbling down the mountain and using her face to smash through walls of ice.

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Wayward Sky brings 'look and click' genre to Project Morpheus

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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E3 2015, Project Morpheus, PS4 games, Wayward Sky

Wayward Sky brings 'look and click' genre to Project Morpheus

It happens every year at E3. With so many megaton announcements, it's all too easy for the smaller games to slip through the cracks. Fear not though readers, as we've been keeping an eye out for the hidden gems of E3 2015 and Wayward Sky certainly deserves your attention, so take a look at this teaser trailer.

This new title will work with Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset (which was a bizarre no-show on Sony's stage this year) in what the developers have dubbed a 'look and click VR adventure.' The trailer shows a mix of third-person exploration and platforming along with first-person scenes of investigating certain areas in detail.

We see a father and daughter crash land on a floating factory-like building in the sky. The father is then promptly kidnapped by a flying robot, leaving us in the shoes of the daughter, Bess, to save him. What follows is a mix of puzzle and platforming. It looks like the Morpheus headset will be especially useful when the camera goes first-person  and the player can freely look around the puzzle for what could be an intuitive and immersive experience.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 15th-21st June 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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E3 2015, Game previews, News, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 15th-21st June 2015

It's been a huge week at Dealspwn this week. So buckle up and enjoy our roundup with links to all the best bits. E3 2015 was one of the best events we've seen for years, with so many new games announced and some insanely unexpected moments. We've been up until past daybreak on a few shifts to bring you the hottest impressions from each of the press conferences and you'll find all the latest news and trailers for the breaking stories at this year's E3 in the links below.

In between all the stories, we've produced a load of feature articles too. You'll find the latest opinions on the Oculus/Microsoft partnership, the awesomeness of Doom, backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, Shenmue 3's kickstarter, the drastic changes in the Final Fantasy VII Remake and more. We've even plugged in our mics to do another team podcast asking the ridiculously tough question of 'who won E3'? The answer may surprise you. We'll be continuing to pick through the event next week too and bring you more information on those new games. Well, if we're not too busy rocking out with Batman: Arkham Knight!

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets a massive 25 minute gameplay blowout

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, E3 2015

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets a massive 25 minute gameplay blowout

If you're excited for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you really need to check out this massive 25-minute gameplay demonstration.

If you're not, check your pulse.

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Why didn't Nintendo show Zelda at E3? Reggie explains

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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E3 2015, Nintendo, Wii U games, Zelda

Why didn't Nintendo show Zelda at E3? Reggie explains

Nintendo are taking a lot of stick from fans for their E3 Digital Event, many of whom are annoyed that Zelda didn't make an appearance. NoA boss Reggie "My Body Is Ready" Fils-Aime has spoken out to explain why it was missing in action.

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Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015?

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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E3 2015, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, PWNCAST, Sony

Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015?

With the dust mostly settled from 3 days of press conferences and whole bunch of surprise announcements, the Game Buzz returns to answer that most important of questions - who won this year's E3? Join Carl, Jon and Brendan as they discuss their personal highlights and disappointments, along with the technicalities of spontaneous internet memes and JRPG naming conventions. As you do.

Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015? - Recorded 17th June, 2015.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language, dreadful impressions, and terrible puns.

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event doesn't deserve the backlash - and fans need to get a grip

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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E3 2015, Nintendo

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event doesn't deserve the backlash - and fans need to get a grip

We described Nintendo's E3 Digital Event as "divisive" at that time, but that didn't really do it justice. The fans are furious about the lack of new titles and the perceived quality of those they showed, leading to backlash so vocal that Nintendo have actually acknowledged it.

Which, considering how long it takes for Nintendo to acknowledge anything, shows how serious it is.

Unfortunately, this is classic case of people needing to step back and get some serious perspective before flying off the handle. Now things have hopefully simmered down, it's probably worth a revisit.

Nintendo's E3 Digital Event doesn't deserve the backlash - and fans need to get a grip

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Was The Last Guardian the real star of the most explosive E3 yet?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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E3 2015, Gen Design, Sony, Team Ico, The Last Guardian

Was The Last Guardian the real star of the most explosive E3 yet?

Now that all the E3 2015 press conferences are finally over, I've been able to take a much-needed step back and reflect on the games that have really stood out. And The Last Guardian stands out in way that few others did.

While we had explosive blockbuster displays and epic reveals from the like of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Fallout 4, Halo 5, Doom and many more, nothing really formed an emotional bond as much as the reappearance (demo video below) of The Last Guardian. But why?

Here's a game that was first revealed at E3 in 2009 (development actually started in 2007) and has rarely been seen since. Coming from Gen Design, a studio made up of staff from the now apparently defunct Team Ico and the minds behind PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, fan attachment was immediate and has loyally stuck throughout the extensive hiatus. Over the years, the game entered development hell and continued to miss E3 presentations, despite fans crossing their fingers and toes for so many years.

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E3 2015 Press Conference Reactions and Feature Article Roundup

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Bethesda, E3 2015, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Oculus Rift, Sony, Ubisoft

E3 2015 Press Conference Reactions and Feature Article Roundup

Wow, the press conferences at E3 2015 were some of the best we've ever seen. It's been enormously difficult to find a clear winner between the big guns and the smaller publishers all had some quality games on show. Honestly, we're still recovering from Bethesda's Fallout 4 reveal though.

If you missed the live pressers (because you have a decent sleeping pattern), fear not, we braved the small hours to give your our team impressions from the Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Oculus Rift conferences. Take a look at the links below and let us know what has you excited from E3 2015.

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The Shenmue 3 Kickstarter: megaton, manipulation or masterstroke?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
E3 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Shenmue 3

Sony announced a Kickstarter in the middle of their E3 2015 press conference. We're still not entirely sure if that was a cool thing to do.

At the time we were thrilled. We're talking about nothing less than Shenmue 3, after all. Just the name alone made for a megaton announcement, seeing as the series has a massive reputation, a cult following and unfinished business to take care of. As a Dreamcast owner I was swept up in the whole thing for about as long as the press conference lasted.

But Sony didn't technically announce Shenmue 3. They announced that a Kickstarter was taking place and that fans would have to literally pay, right and then and there, to make it happen. This is where things get interesting.

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More Dark Souls 3 details emerge: gameplay "follows closely from Dark Souls 2"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Dark Souls 3, E3 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Dark Souls 3 was officially unveiled during Microsoft's E3 Media Briefing and the first gameplay details have come to light courtesy of the inestimable Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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No Man's Sky is coming to PC day-and-date with PS4

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
E3 2015, Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, No Man's Sky, PC games

PC gamers won't have to wait even a single minute to play No Man's Sky, as it will launch on PC and PS4 simultaneously. Despite Sony's input, Hello Games made the announcement during yesterday's PC Gaming Show, which was music to our ears.

However, Microsoft also confirmed that they're bringing a superior version of Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition to PC, which includes 4K and DirectX12 support alongside visual enhancements. I suppose you could call it the Ultimate Ultimate Edition.

Otherwise, it must be said, the PC Gaming Show was fairly uneventful.

Square Enix E3 2015 Press Conference reactions - big games, heavy on the waffle

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Admin
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Features
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E3 2015, Square Enix

Square Enix E3 2015 Press Conference reactions - big games, heavy on the waffle

Square Enix, one of this year's E3 freshman, arguably had an easier time than most. Boasting a portfolio of Eastern and Western-developed games with a diverse audience and big characters, they ought to be a natural fit for the global stage.

A slow start soon yielded some interesting surprises that left the three of us reeling, as well as some things that we actually asked for. Alongside a fair few things we didn't.

Carl

As much as I’m sure Square Enix wanted to remind us of how they’re listening to gamers, that opening speech went on way too long. Thankfully, Just Cause 3 came to save the day by giving us explosions, grappling, mayhem, more grappling, and plenty of destruction from even more explosions. I honestly cannot wait for December to arrive.

Then came a damn dirty tease with the next Nier game, which is being developed by Platinum Games… and some guy in a weird mask. Excuse me for going for the obvious, but it has to be Kojima under there, surely? It seems like the sort of thing he’d do, anyway, and he is a free agent now. At least the art style that was shown in the teaser looked great. We then moved onto Rise Of the Tomb Raider, but while looking behind the scenes was somewhat interesting, I was much more taken by the reveal of Tomb Raider Go. Considering how well received Hitman Go was (and rightly so) I have high hopes for this new spin-off title.

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Nintendo E3 2015 News & Trailer Roundup - all the videos, games & headlines

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, E3 2015, Nintendo, Wii U games

Did you miss the Nintendo E3 2015 digital event? Never fear! We've got all the news, headlines and even the entire presentation for you in one convenient place.

Make sure to check out our reactions too! - Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event Reactions - delight or disaster?

Star Fox Zero

Wii U, holiday 2015 - full story here

New Amiibo

Nintendo E3 2015 News & Trailer Roundup - all the videos, games & headlines

The huge 8-Bit Mario Amiibo unlocks a massive Mario in Super Mario Maker. Meanwhile, the Animal Crossing Cast will be compatible with Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer and a new Amiibo Wii U app. Activision has also announced two unique crossover characters in Skylanders Superchargers, which is a bit of a coup.

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Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event Reactions - delight or disaster?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
3DS, E3 2015, Nintendo, Wii U

Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event Reactions - delight or disaster?

Nintendo had a tough decision to make going into E3 2015. Should they go all-out on making the Wii U the ultimate exclusive machine, or should they siphon the biggest games away to the NX?

By the looks of it, Nintendo went for the latter, but at least they brought a few exciting things along nonetheless. Starting with nothing less than a Star Fox sequel from Platinum Games and Shigeru Miyamoto.

Carl and I sat down to analyse one of the most divisive Nintendo press conferences in years, which seems to have split the fanbase down the middle. Disaster? Treading water? Or fun on a bun? Let's get into this.

Jonathan

Nintendo E3 2015 Digital Event Reactions - delight or disaster?

Nintendo had one major objective today: announce Star Fox. Mission accomplished. Star Fox Zero looks like exactly what we want: the same rail shooting and All Range dogfighting with new features, mechs, vehicles and input from the maestros at Platinum Games. I think we can safely say that this will be in a fair few stockings come Christmas.

After which point, it has to be said, their event seriously lacked wow factor beyond the Muppet schtick, but showed off loads of really good wholesome stuff.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility really works - and could be a killer feature

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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E3 2015, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One

Xbox One backwards compatibility really works - and could be a killer feature

Real surprises are often few and far between at E3, but we've had plenty so far this year. One of the biggest came from Microsoft, who stunned audiences during yesterday's Media Briefing by announcing that Xbox One would soon be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games.

This is a big deal.

Not only have we been told that backwards compatibility is impossible this generation -- because it technically is -- but it's a massive step forwards for us gamers from a company who are often very slow to move in any direction. It's an astonishing statement, and more astonishing still, it really works.

Xbox One backwards compatibility really works - and could be a killer feature

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Mirror's Edge: Catalyst debut gameplay trailer and release date

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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DICE, E3 2015, EA, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Trailers

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst debut gameplay trailer and release date

A packed E3 2015 showing from EA included a rather tasty gameplay trailer for Mirror's Edge: Catalyst where we see Faith in action. The first-person free-running skills are looking slicker than ever as Faith perform wallruns, slides and even boots enemies clean through windows. Unlike some, I was never struck with motion-sickness with the original, but that new backflip may take some getting used to!

Rumours of an open-world city to explore were confirmed and there will be no loading screens at all. Having a huge playground to explore with Faith's skillset sounds like a fantastic way to expand on the ideas of the under-rated original title. Hopefully there will be lots of collectibles littered around the city to encourage lots of sky-high climbs and death-defying last-gasp gap leaps. Devilishly tough time trials are sure to return also, which will be great if they include ghost images of the best times again.

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