DiRT 4 World Rallycross Gameplay Trailer

Codemasters & Koch Media today released the latest DiRT 4 trailer showcasing the game’s incredible rallycross content across various classes and circuits.

DiRT 4 is the official game of the FIA World Rallycross championship and the new gameplay trailer shows Supercars racing at Lohéac Bretagne, Montalegre, Lydden Hill, Hell and Holjes. In addition to the Supercar class, DiRT 4 also has rallycross racing in RX2, Super 1600s, Group B classics and crosskarts making it a fully fledged rallycross experience.

Developed in consultation from two time FIA World Rallycross Champion, Petter Solberg, the rallycross handling in DiRT 4 has undergone a complete overhaul to ensure it is as close to the real thing as possible.

Rallycross is thrilling multicar, circuit racing on mixed surfaces made up of both dirt and asphalt. The short, quick-fire races take four to six laps and each car must complete at least one ‘Joker Lap’ which is longer than the traditional lap leading to tactical, enthralling wheel-to-wheel racing. Drivers compete in four qualifying races before the top drivers make the semi finals and final. The supercar class in the FIA World Rallycross Championship are 600bhp beasts that accelerate from 0-60mph in under 2 seconds – faster than a Formula One car.

Launching on PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC on 9th June 2017 DiRT 4 challenges you to Be Fearless as you take the wheel of the world’s most iconic and powerful off-road vehicles. Featuring two different handling models, Gamer and Simulation, DiRT 4 offers both depth and accessibility for players old and new to the franchise. The game’s innovative Your Stage system allows you to produce a near infinite number of unique rally stages at the touch of a button.

Star Wars Battlefront II ~ The Story of an Imperial Soldier

You know what happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away above the forest moon of Endor. As a massive attack raged in space around the second Death Star, Rebel pilots flew through the battle station’s winding superstructure and destroyed the Empire’s most powerful weapon. The Alliance and their Ewok allies celebrated as jubilation spread to the far corners of the galaxy.

But the destruction of the Death Star wasn’t the end of the war… Endor was only the beginning. And it’s during this violent period of uncertainty and turmoil that Inferno Squad set out to fulfill their destiny and avenge their Emperor.

Inferno Squad is an Imperial special-ops team, trained as both deadly starfighter pilots and elite commandos. Deeply committed to the rule of law, Inferno Squad is an Imperial shield against the chaotic threat represented by the Rebel Alliance. Fearless in the face of sedition, they strike unseen and then fade back into the darkness of deep space. As the story of Star Wars Battlefront II opens, you’ll accompany them on a journey though the Empire’s final, desperate hour.

Inferno Squad crisscrosses the galaxy aboard the Imperial Raider Corvus, traveling to where their highly-refined skills are most needed. Through the story of Star Wars Battlefront II, their exploits will bring them face to face with some of the New Republic’s most famous heroes… and also with some of the dark side’s most sinister agents.

With control of most star systems slipping through the Empire’s dying grasp, Inferno Squad struggles to fulfill the special orders that the Emperor left behind, and in the process must make difficult choices in the face of challenges they’ve never imagined. Even as the remains of the Death Star II floated into space, they believed in the Empire – and you’ll join their ranks on November 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin for PC. Pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II now and get Star Wars Battlefront II: The Last Jedi Heroes bonus content on day one.

PAYDAY: The Heist Review

The heists that you will be partaking in can range from actual bank and vault robberies, to breaking a VIP out from a police truck out in a storm on a bridge. Although the levels and everything can seem very unique and different, they all have the same basic tasks that need to get done in order to be successful. You will start out in secrecy and no one will know that you are armed and about to rob the place, and depending on how sneaky you are the easier it can become. Destroying the many cameras that exist on most of the heists will prevent the law from knowing too much about your whereabouts, making it a lot easier to complete. One of the best things about the heists is that a lot of them have multiple paths, depending on how you handle each situation. It is very hard to pull off, but it is possible to do the diamond heist without alerting the police for a very long time, and escape with them barely shooting at you. Though if you fail early, you will be fighting police the entire time you’re trying to steal the diamonds.

The gameplay isn’t always the same during heists, and depending on the phase you can have a lot or barely any police to deal with. Most of the gameplay will take place during the normal phase, where the cops aren’t very aggressive and will even negotiate hostages with you if one of your crew members have been taken into custody. When your mission controller detects that an assault wave is about to begin, he will countdown from 30 seconds to let you know. Assault waves are when you will get tons and tons of law enforcement of every type. During this time you also can’t take lone law enforcement hostage and negotiations won’t happen either.

Other than the horde of generic cops and SWAT members that they send your way, there are 4 special types of units that you will need to look out for and take down as soon as possible. The Bulldozer is a heavily armored and armed unit that will rush the group and try to take you take with its shotgun. Cloakers will drop smoke bombs that hinder your intel on the enemy and will come rushing towards you to knock you out with a melee hit. A Shield is a SWAT member with a large riot shield that will be ahead of the police group, preventing any harm done to them. Finally, the Tazer is an annoying control unit that will try to get close to you and taze you, stunning and dooming you unless you can somehow shoot them or a team mate comes and rescues you.

There are 3-4 skilltrees, depending whether you have the DLC or not, in which you can level up to unlock extra perks and equipment. The assault skill tree consists of high damage weapons and an ammo bag to replenish everyone’s ammo. Sharpshooter skills will help you unlock weapons that have more range and precision. If you want to support your team instead, the support skills unlock for you basic weapons a long with a medic bag. The DLC skill tree is the technician, which will eventually let you use a grenade launcher as well as a turret. All of the skill trees also include unlocks that can increase your max health, max armor, and perks to equip that give bonuses to the other crew members.

There are of course achievements, but there are also in-game only challenges that you can complete that give you money(experience) bonuses. These can range from killing a certain amount of enemies with specified guns, to special ones such as don’t die or get knocked down for entire heists.

There aren’t any special options available, just the usual ones that you would expect to exist in a FPS on a computer. The graphics are nice and simple, allowing computers that aren’t high end to run it. Sound is especially good, since the way that the 4 characters talk to each other sounds very realistic and act like as if they truely are robbing lots of money. They let each other know what is needing to be done as well as if they are in need of help or not. There is also your mission controller, who is always talking to the group and letting them know all kinds of useful information, such as what special units are incoming and how many security cameras are left to shoot.

PAYDAY plays a lot like the Left 4 Dead games, where you have 4 players running around with guns while progressing through a level killing tons of normal enemies along with some special ones as well. The amount of normal cops and swat members and everything is just too much, especially when single bullets easily kill them. PAYDAY should have been more strategical with the law enforcement being stronger, and you having to use strategy to take down the special enemies. Instead, you are basically just shooting at hallways mowing down hundreds of cops that act like they never had any training, or even knowing how to wear body armor. Hopefully the sequel can tone down the amount of law enforcement while also making the few that do show up a lot stronger.

A lot of the difficulty of the game comes down to who you are playing with, so if you’re playing with a group of people that you know it can be pretty easy. There’s even 4 difficulty settings that you can choose from, if it ever feels like playing with friends doesn’t make it easy enough. Most levels will take you 15-20 minutes to complete, though that is generally if you are doing well and not making any large mistakes. They can easily last longer especially if you are losing teammates and are having to wait for them to respawn. However, there is still an offline mode so if the gameplay looks fun but you don’t want to be dedicated to playing for a whole level, you can still play and quit at any time with the AI that is included in the single player.

With how the levels are designed where they will punish you instead of simply ending, they can get pretty challenging if you’re making mistakes everywhere. Since you will most likely be playing with strangers, that too will add in a degree of difficulty that you may be seeking. Additionally, if you are with people you know and it starts to get too easy, there’s a difficulty slider that is sure to make any group suffer if they aren’t careful. Even on normal, the game can be very challenging so expect the next two levels up to be even more so.

With 3 skilltrees, 4 if you include the DLC, as well as tons of challenges to complete, you will have a lot of equipment and perks to unlock through playing the game. You just select a tree to start training and all the money that you earn through playing will level your character up while also progressing through the current tree. This, along with the fun gameplay, will ensure that PAYDAY will give anyone long replayability and fun.

Payday Currently sells for 20 dollars along with 15 dollars worth of dlc that include the soundtrack and one piece of extra gameplay content called Wolfpack featuring a new skill tree, maps, and weapons. For the 20-30 dollar price tag, it is well worth purchasing for the amount of playtime you will be able to get out of it.

Destiny 2 Gameplay and Details

Bungie and Activision Publishing, debuted Destiny 2’s gameplay for the first time to a global, livestreamed audience in a hands-on event at Jet Center in Hawthorne, California. Destiny 2 is the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Destiny, a first-person action game that takes the player on an epic journey to defend humanity from annihilation. The live broadcast showcased a variety of the activities, opening on a dramatic campaign mission that sets up the premise of the game to answer how you recover when your home is destroyed and your powers are taken away. The broadcast went on to detail the game’s social and cooperative activities, including the all-new “Guided Games” feature while highlighting multiple brand-new destinations. In September, Destiny 2 will be available on PlayStation 4 systems with additional, timed exclusive* content, and Xbox One (PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features). Additionally, Destiny 2 will be available on PC at retail and as the first third-party game to be offered digitally via Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service.

The broadcast was streamed globally in four languages and emphasised that the game will offer a fresh start to all players with no previous knowledge or background needed. Destiny 2’s story allows the player to enjoy a heroic, cinematic journey, either solo or with friends. A key announcement during the livestream was about a new feature called, “Guided Games,” that makes it easy for all players to experience the most challenging and rewarding activities the game has to offer. This new feature allows solo players to find and play with other players to enjoy Destiny 2 and earn new in-game rewards like weapons, and armour. Also available for attendees was “Countdown,” an all-new competitive multiplayer mode as well as a three-player cooperative activity on a new map called, “Inverted Spire.”

In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a “Guardian,” humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.

“Destiny established a blockbuster, new franchise and a massive global community of amazingly passionate fans. And today, we are giving people their first look at the gameplay of Destiny 2,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Destiny 2 has a great story, an iconic new villain, awesome characters you want to go on an epic adventure with, and of course, tons of the amazing gameplay that Destiny is known for. We, along with our partners at Bungie, have listened carefully to our community, and have added thoughtful innovations that make the game, and all of its content, more accessible to more types of players than ever before.”

Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “This is a defining moment for our studio, and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our partners in Activision, Sony and now Blizzard.” He added, “We have an amazing community of players who have been with us on this journey, but with the sequel, the team are paying close attention to welcoming new and returning Guardians to the universe with something for every type of gamer, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players with new places to explore and adventures to conquer.”

“As Destiny fans, we were excited to learn that the sequel was coming to PC,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re pleased to support Destiny 2 as the first non-Blizzard game on our platform, and we look forward to joining fellow Guardians in their fight against the Red Legion.”

For more game information, visit DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram and Twitter.

Wild West Online will Bypass KickStarter & Early Access

612 Games announces today that the recently revealed online multiplayer game Wild West Online will launch this year on PC. Thanks to an overwhelming response to the game’s reveal, which included thousands of emails and over 200,000 site visits, Wild West Online received additional funding from the game’s initial investors in order to fully launch in 2017.

Thanks to this further backing the development team will no longer need to raise additional support via a Kickstarter campaign and has also decided to bypass Steam Early Access to focus on a full launch. Those interested in learning more about the game and participating in Alpha and Closed Beta this summer can visit playwwo.com.

In addition Wild West Online will now release with its previous stretch goals in place at launch, including female characters, rich role-playing and social activities such as card games, and localization. After launch 612 Games will release additional content and gameplay features as part of several expansions in order to continue delivering the ultimate Wild West experience on PC.

“The community’s response to Wild West Online is something we never imagined and thanks to it we’re able to fully develop a robust Western experience for PC,” said Stephan Bugaj, Chief Creative Officer of 612 Games. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have our initial investors step up and provide additional funding to make the game we wanted, without having to raise money via crowdfunding. Westerns are lacking on PC so we can’t wait to release the game to the public.”

Wild West Online is an open-world action-based, online multiplayer game in which players are free to explore and interact within a thrilling Wild West setting. Based on their decisions and actions, players can become a lawman, an outlaw or a pioneer exploring the Western Frontier. The game features a bevy of content, including world exploration, resource gathering, PvP combat, PvE game missions, treasure hunts and much more.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 officially announced

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, an all-new, original adventure and sequel to smash hit, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humour, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available starting 17th of November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game will be released for Nintendo Switch this Christmas.

“With a completely original branching storyline, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 introduces amazing new gameplay features, including the ability for characters to manipulate time and a four-player competitive Super Hero battling mode,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “With a huge array of brand new characters from the Marvel universe, including old favourites in new guises, this game is sure to thrill both LEGO and Marvel fans, as well as newcomers to the series.”

“The LEGO Group is delighted to continue the stories of the legendary Marvel characters in a new LEGO adventure,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans young and old will love playing through this all-new cosmic saga spanning the Marvel Universe as seen through the LEGO lens.”

“As we look to bring amazing games to Marvel fans of all ages, we’ve teamed up yet again with our incredible partners at LEGO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings characters from across Marvel’s history into an original story told in a way that only LEGO games can, offering hours of epic gameplay.”

“Delivering on our commitment to make unforgettable games, it was only a matter of time before we teamed back up with our incredible partners at LEGO, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games,” said Jay Ong, SVP, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 brings characters from Marvel’s storied history into an original story that transports players into a one-of-a-kind LEGO world, offering hours of epic gameplay.”

Players will go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Packed with entertaining LEGO humour for fans of all ages, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 features a four player multiplayer mode, allowing friends and family to play competitively or cooperatively as a team.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Second Expansion, Fallen Ghosts, Coming May 30

Ubisoft announced that the second expansion for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Fallen Ghosts, will be available to season pass owners simultaneously on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on May 30th, 2017. The expansion will release for individual purchase for all players a week later, on June 6th, 2017.

Fallen Ghosts takes place after the fall of the Santa Blanca Cartel. With Unidad’s military force unable to maintain control over Bolivia, the country is in a state of civil war. To help restore order, the Unidad enlists cartel members, veterans, mercenaries and criminals from various nearby countries as volunteers. Together, they form a new brutal special unit, Los Extranjeros, which is ordered to track and eliminate all American agents.

In this chaotic situation, the Ghosts have one last mission: evacuate the last CIA members and American civilians remaining in the country. Shot down enroute to their mission, the Ghosts find themselves in the middle of the jungle, without external support, facing deadly enemies equipped with the latest gear and technology.

The Fallen Ghosts campaign will feature 15 new missions in which players will have to take down four new bosses located in three different regions. In the expansion, players will start with a new character at level 30 and equipped with all of the main game skills. The level cap will increase from 30 to 35, and players will be able to unlock nine new skills, including physical, weapon and drones skills.

Fallen Ghosts also features six exclusive new weapons, ranging from new assaults rifles, sniper rifles and a crossbow that can be equipped with explosive arrows. Finally, the more hardcore players will be pleased to know that the advanced and expert difficulties have been tweaked to offer an even higher challenge. By turning the HUD off, players will get the most extreme and tactical experience possible in Ghost Recon Wildlands.

In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, players discover a fictionalised future Bolivia, a few years from now, in which players must take down the Santa Blanca drug cartel by any means necessary. Behind enemy lines, they hunt down targets and discover intel, using any of the more than 60 vehicles available, including cars, motorcycles and even helicopters that they can commandeer. To topple the cartel, players have to fight their way to El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader, by breaking down the Santa Blanca drug cartel’s operation piece by piece, as they sever alliances between the drug lords and the corrupted government. A PvP mode for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will be available in the coming months.

Real-Time Strategy Game Ancestors Announced

1C has announced Ancestors, a squad-based real-time strategy with a strong focus on tactics. In close cooperation with developer Destructive Creations, 1C will bring Ancestors to Windows PC and Xbox One. Being equally dedicated to both platforms, the title features native gamepad support with an optimized command system for the quick reactions necessary in the RTS genre. More information, together with release dates and a hands-on build, will be revealed at this year’s Gamescom.

Following the teaser artwork released with the first announcement in March, Ancestors now has an in-engine rendered cinematic trailer, which brings us closer to the battles of the Middle ages, when many conflicts were resolved through violent, bloody war. Men fought bravely, fiercely and viciously at close range. But only a few would emerge victorious, while the motionless corpses of their fallen friends and foes were left buried in the blood-soaked mud beneath their feet.

The new trailer brings us not just the heat of battle, but also gives us a taste of Ancestors’ cinematic action camera, which will allow players to descend from the classic RTS ‘god view’ right down to the level of the warriors under their command. See what they see, feel what they feel, become one of them – before rising back up again to get a good overview of the battlefield, explore the environment and find ways to use it to their advantage. Ancestors, in its extensive campaigns covering 4 different nations, offers many different ways of creating tactical dominance and overall superiority on the battlefield.

Absolver Launches August 29

Independent developer Sloclap and low blow specialists Devolver Digital pulled no punches today as the company released a brand new trailer showcasing the details and nuance of combat in the upcoming online melee action game and announced that Absolver is set to kick your face off on PlayStation 4 and PC August 29th.

Absolver puts players behind the mask of a Prospect, who has taken a sacred vow and chosen to join the Absolvers, an elite corps of combatants fighting to maintain stability in the world. Prospects will choose a combat style, each with their own special abilities, and assemble their own custom Combat Deck to create a personal fighting system in intense, real-time combat. Choose to wander the land alone, with friends, or find a mentor to spar and learn from to become a more polished warrior.

Absolver’s new trailer dives deep into these details, giving players a good look at each unique fighting method and the abilities they serve. At the beginning of your journey, players choose one of three combat styles, but others exist in the world of Adal waiting to be discovered.

Vanquish Coming to PC via Steam with 4K Support on May 25

SEGA Europe have announced that PlatinumGames’ revolutionary sci-fi action shooter Vanquish will launch for PC, on Steam, on Thursday 25th May, 2017 having undergone SEGA’s renowned best practice conversion treatment.

Pre-order Vanquish on Steam and other SEGA approved retailers to receive the Digital Deluxe Edition which includes a 5 track soundtrack sampler, character and enemy avatars, art book and exclusive wallpapers. Fans who already own Bayonetta™ on Steam or purchase it before 25th May, 2017 will automatically get 25% off when they pre-order Vanquish. However, you only have until the 25th May, 2017 to secure the Digital Deluxe Edition via pre-ordering before it reverts to the Standard Edition.

Directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series, Vanquish is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportion. Take control of DARPA operative Sam Gideon, who has been assigned a mission to battle legions of future-tech enemies using a vast arsenal of weapons. Vanquish boasts fluid and frenetic combat, spectacular melee moves, and intense speed, wrapped in a gripping story. Vanquish is the latest best practice conversion from SEGA, and features a host of PC optimised options, including an unlocked framerate, 4k resolution support, extensive graphics options and full keyboard and mouse support.

“It was great to see the positive response from our community to the Bayonetta PC launch last month, and we are pleased that we are in a position to be able to announce Vanquish, another of our highly requested back catalogue titles,” said John Clark, Senior Vice President of Commercial Publishing for SEGA Europe. “There’s more to come from SEGA in this space, so stay tuned for further announcements.”

Adding to the growing list of best practice conversions from SEGA’s back catalogue, Vanquish joins Bayonetta, Typing of the Dead, Valkyria Chronicles and the SEGA Mega Drive Classics Collection. Keep up to date with all the latest SEGA news on Facebook facebook.com/Sega and Twitter twitter.com/SEGA.