From now until December 31, Microsoft is offering an awesome pre-order bonus for ordering games through their online store. Pre-ordering upcoming Xbox 360 and Xbox One games will get you an extra $10 dollars to use on Xbox Live. In addition, if you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you can earn an additional $5 credit. The offer is valid on pretty much every game coming out this holiday season. It’s a great deal especially when most of the upcoming games will have DLC soon after release.
For more information about Microsoft’s pre-order bonuses, check here for details.
At 3 A.M. PDT Thursday, June 19, Konami released a 30 min. gameplay trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The gameplay trailer is the same demo that was on display at this years E3. The trailer will be in English and shown on Kojima Station.
The Phantom Pain technically takes place after the most recent release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, but if you’re familiar with the Metal Gear series you know the games were released in anything but a linear order.
If you’re thinking of playing the Metal Gear series to “catch up” to this release you have more than enough time as MGSV: The Phantom Pain does not yet have a release date and isn’t expected to come out this year.
Here’s a link for the live stream currently going on on YouTube.
PAX East 2014 was my fourth PAX but my first time going as Media. As always, PAX East was a great experience! Every year PAX East is held in Boston, so I enjoy being able to see another part of the East Coast while checking out all the video games.
This year I got to see many different video games, the most notable of which included This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios, Sniper Elite 3 and Defense Grid 2 from 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment, and Framed from Loveshack Entertainment. All of these games were very different from one another but brought a lot to the table to create an enjoyable experience. This War of Mine allows you to gain insight into the struggle of a war torn country from a very individual level of trying to survive day to day. Sniper Elite 3 brought a new and fun entry into shooters with absolutely amazing and awe-worthy graphics. Defense Grid 2 was an amazingly fun tower defense game that doesn’t fail to keep you on your toes. Framed was a very unique entry with a puzzle style journey through a mystery. I plan to get all of these games the minute they’re available and I highly recommend each and every one of them.
Of course, there was far more to see during PAX East as the expanse of the show floor and panels is ginormous! 2014 was definitely the year of the indie games for PAX East. The presence of AAA games seemed to be a bit light and I was quite worried when I saw the schedule, but PAX East did not disappoint.
An organization I would definitely like to highlight is Operation Supply Drop. As an Army brat (my parents served in the Army for a long time) and having a lot of friends in the military, it definitely makes me happy to see an organization that makes it their mission to help out the troops. Operation Supply Drop does just that and more. I met with Captain Stephen Machuga of the US Army and Charity Founder. Captain Machuga, as well as everyone at OSD’s booth exhuded passion and enthusiasm about their mission to bring “video games to soldiers in combat zones and military hospitals.” Being in a combat zone, in military hospitals, and other areas where soldiers serve can be extremely stressful so OSD does their best to make “fun where there is none!” There was never a dull moment at the booth while there or passing and I’ve seen so much enthusiasm from the gaming community to help their cause. It’ll be very interesting to see how OSD expands and grows further to be such a great presence for our troops. For more information about their cause and how to help out, check out their website at www.OperationSupplyDrop.org, their Twitter @OpSupplyDrop, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/OperationSupplyDrop.
I also got to check out numerous booths on the show floor which is always exciting. GUNNAR Optiks never disappoints with their selection of gaming eyewear. I even snagged myself a pair from their Intercept line in Ink (purple). I always get a pair of GUNNARs every time I go to PAX East and absolutely love them. Whether I’m gaming or staring at a computer screen, GUNNARs help reduce the strain in my eyes. I’ve also found that their line of sunglasses are absolutely wonderful and are far better than all of the other sunglasses that I own.
As always, PAX East was a great experience and I highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. It’s worth the fun and craziness and the video game culture galore! Everyone is excited and happy to be there with so many things to do with such a short amount of time!
Although I may not attend next year, you may be able to catch me at PAX South and PAX Prime next year. I, also, plan to be at Otakon this summer and Baltimore Comic Con this fall.
Did you go? What did you think of PAX East? Is there anything from my experience at PAX East that you’d like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @LadyLoveMonster!
This year Microsoft’s media briefing did not disappoint as Phil Spencer promised to devote the “entire briefing to games!” Immediately, you could hear the applause around the theatre. Last year, there was a lot of disappointment as Microsoft spent a lot of time talking about other features on the Xbox One like the Kinect and the TV features. They seemed to learn from this mistake as they enthralled us all with game after game!
Further excitement came when Spencer stated that all the games shown during their media briefing would first get add-on content on the Xbox One!
The briefing began with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We saw new footage that included gameplay. I’m not a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise, but I may just check this one out. It also helps that Kevin Spacey is in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out on November 4, 2014. Here is the gameplay that was showed:
Dan Greenwalt, Creative Director, came onto the stage to talk about Forza Motorsport 5 and unveiled the “nuburgring” which is available TODAY for free to those that own the game. Ralph Fulton, Creative Director, presented Forza Horizon 2 which will be available September 30, 2014. The game will be in 1080p, have 200+ cars, include various weather conditions, and drivatars.
I’ve been highly anticipating with glee, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Microsoft and BioWare unveiled a new trailer for the game, which will be available October 7, 2014.
Another game that garnered a lot of excitement from the masses is Sunset Overdrive. We saw a bit about this game last year, but this year we got to see a lot more of this game! Ted Price, the Founder and CEO of Insomniac Games, came on stage to talk more about the game. Sunset Overdrive will be available October 28, 2014 and is exclusive to Xbox One.
Ori and the Blind Forest is a new IP from Moon Studios that looks absolutely stunning. I’d love to see more of this game before it comes out this fall, but so far I like what I see. Ori and the Blind Forest will be available Fall 2014.
A Microsoft briefing wouldn’t be the same without some Halo for us all! Bonnie Ross, Studio Head at 343 Industries, presented a spotlight on the much anticipated Halo 5:
Then we were presented with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be out on November 11, 2014.
A very nice surprise to the mix was the Rise of the Tomb Raider world premiere! We will get to follow Lara Croft after the last installment to see how she rises from what she went through to become the character we know and love. Rise of the Tomb Raider is expected to be available Holiday 2015.
Ken Lobb, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, expressed his passion for reviving games that garner cult audiences as classic games. He then presented Phantom Dust, an absolutely beautiful game.
Scalebound is a new IP that shows a lot of promise from Platinum Games. This game is one of my favorites so far from what I’ve seen at E3. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love to see more
Microsoft wrapped up the media briefing with Crackdown.
Other games that were shown included Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dance Central, Fantasia Music Evolved, Fable Legends, Project Spark, Inside from Playdead, The Witcher 3, and The Division.
I’m VERY impressed with Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing. They brought it with the games and I even got a look at new games that definitely interest me.
To look at the rest of the trailers that were shown at Microsoft’s media briefing, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBp_7RuDBUYbd1LegWEJ8g.
Los Angeles: EA CEO Andrew Wilson unveiled a slew of upcoming games at the publisher’s E3 press conference. Most games were expected, including previews for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge 2, Star Wars Battlefront, Sims 4, the new Battlefield Hardline, and several sports-themed games. However, the big surprise came with the confirmation that a new Mass Effect game is indeed being developed by BioWare.
It was during the middle of the conference that EA revealed a video montage of very early development for the new Mass Effect game. The preview emphasized new experiences instead of sticking with the old characters and places in the Mass Effect universe, even stating, “New places. New characters. New people to fall in love with.” Though a release date has not been announced yet, this press conference does confirm that gamers will indeed be getting a new Mass Effect game sometime in the future.
The biggest title of the conference was Battlefield Hardline. Taking the Battlefield franchise into a new twist of cops versus criminals, the preview looked fast-paced with a chaotic, alterable environment and classic Battlefield gameplay. Fans were delighted when the beta version of the game went live right at the end of the conference.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was also highlighted during the conference with a live cellist playing to game footage. Aaryn Flynn, General Manager for BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal studios, introduced an in-game battle sequence and discussed the two different styles players can choose in the new Dragon Age. “One way to approach combat puts you into the heat of the action,” Flynn said, highlighting a quick, action-based real-time fighting style for the game where the party was fighting a dragon. “Another way to approach combat is to use the tactical camera,” he said, demonstrating a fighting approach that removes time from the battle and allows the player to more thoughtfully engage the enemy. Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out October 7, 2014.
Another much-anticipated game that the conference highlighted was Sims 4. The release date was finally announced for September 2, 2014. Rachel Franklin, executive producer for Sims 4, described the game as having, “Smarter Sims. Sims with personalities…You define your Sim’s personality.” Two major changes that were highlighted in the newest installment of the Sims include the ability to play with a Sim’s emotions and a gallery where players can easily add Sims created by other players into the game.
Besides the new Mass Effect, there were three other early teasers of games still in the beginning stages of developments included a new Star Wars Battlefront game that has been inspired from the look and feel of the three original movies. Another early look was for an unnamed Criterion Software game that allows players to drive or fly many different extreme sports vehicles. Mirror’s Edge 2 was also given a small nod, highlighting a few Parkour-like shots from the new game.
EA previewed five different sports games, including EA Sports UFC, EA Sports PGA Tour, EA Sports NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, and FIFA 15. Each game preview highlighted newer graphics, more emotions from the players, and better game play handling.
For MOBA fans (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), EA gave a preview of Dawngate, a team-oriented game that looks to give players a lot of options for characters and tactics.
Mortal Kombat X is happening and the teaser released earlier today looks awesome. Developer NetherRealm Studios is bringing their next installment of the fighting game to current and next-gen consoles. Ed Boon, Creative Director, of NetherRealm Studios said in a press release, “Mortal Kombat has always been about over-the-top, visceral fighting and with Mortal Kombat X we wanted to utilise the power of new-gen consoles to give players our most intense game yet.” If the game is anything like the trailer I for one will not be disappointed.
It’s the first of the month, and that means a whole new batch of free games! First off, is Microsoft’s Games With Gold. June is the first month of Microsoft’s revamped Games With Gold Service. Although the free game service has only been available for a year, fans have griped over the amount and content of the free games offered each month. For starters, the games have been some of the oldest games in Xbox’s library and none of the games have been available to play on Xbox One. Microsoft has finally listened to fans and is offering two free Xbox One games, two free Xbox 360 games, and one bonus game for the one year anniversary of Games With Gold. I’m actually excited about this month’s free games, as I’ve been dying to play Halo: Spartan Assault and I’ve also been interested in playing Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood. The free games for Xbox 360 are Dark Souls and Charlie Murder. The free bonus game is Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade edition, which I’m excited about because my Hello Kitty x Street Fighter fight stick will be dusted off and getting some love this month!
Halo: Spartan Assault
I usually gush about the free games for PlayStation Plus each month, but this month I’m a little disappointed about the offerings. I would assume because of Microsoft announcing their new Games With Gold services, PlayStation is changing their services to two free games per console: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the Vita. Formerly, PlayStation Plus offered one for PlayStation 4, three for PlayStation 3, and 2-3 for Vita. This month’s free PlayStation 4 games are Trine 2: The Complete Story and PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate. On PlayStation 3, we get NBA 2K14 and Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time. On Vita, there’s Terraria and Mutant Mudds Deluxe. Maybe I’m a little biased against this months offerings because I still don’t own a PlayStation 4 and don’t like sports games.
Trine 2: The Complete Story
No matter how you feel about this month’s free games, you really can’t argue with free. Especially if you’re going to subscribe to monthly online subscription services anyway. Think of it on a positive note – at least you’ll have more time to focus on E3 announcements this month!
June looks like it will be our first slow month of 2014, and I’m sure our wallets will thank us. Never fear though, each console has at least one awesome game releasing this month. So, if you’re not busy with Watch Dogs at the moment, check out this month’s new releases.
Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3, 360)
1001 Spikes (PS4, Vita, PC)
Call of Duty: Ghosts – Invasion DLC (Xbox One, 360)
Hyper Dimension Neptunia PP (PS3)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Vita)
PlayStation Vita Pets (Vita)
War Thunder (PS4)
Worms Battlegrounds (PS4)
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Tomodachi Life (3DS)
Enemy Front (PC)
EA Sports UFC (PS4, Xbox One)
Pushmo World (Wii U)
Divinity: Original Sin (PC)
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3, Vita)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Vita)
GRID Autosport – June 24 (PS3, 360, PC)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PC)
The Swapper (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS)
Valiant Hearts (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Sniper Elite 3
Sniper Elite 3 (PC)
My picks for the month are WildStar, Sniper Elite 3, and Murdered: Soul Suspect. What will you be picking up this month?