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Resident Evil Reaches 2.5 Million Units Sold to Retailers

Resident Evil is a wonderfully horrifying series that has been around since 1996 when the first game launched on Playstation. The newest installment has already shipped 2.5 million copies to retailers this week! This isn’t the official units sold but just the amount sold to retailers like Gamestop, Best Buy, Walmart, and etc. So what does that say about the series future? 2.5 million copies is a HUGE number and I think it is safe to say this series wont’t slow down anytime soon. Personally, I am curious to see how many of those units are the virtual reality copies because that way to play the game is brand new to the franchise and I want to know if it will take off like they had hoped. Also, the Resident Evil movie franchise concluded this past week with their last movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter so it is a big week for Capcom money wise. I think it is safe to say we will be getting more games in the future from Capcom that I assure you will be creepier than the last. What do you think gamers? What are you wanting from this series?

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Top 5 Celebrities in Video Games

It’s no surprise that video games attract the attention of all people and that includes celebrities. Celebrities have actually been in games for years including the Call of Duty franchise and even the GTA series. Some actors have even lent their bodies and faces to a game while other just voice act for them. I am going to show you the top 5 celebrities that have spent their time contributing to video games.

#5: Kiefer Sutherland (Known for the hit TV show “24”)

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Kiefer actually voice acted in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and actually won BTVA’s Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Lead Vocal Vocal performance in a video game. Sutherland also voice acted in “Call of Duty: World at War” as Sergeant Roebuck.

 

#4: Liam Neeson (Taken, Batman Begins, and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)

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Neeson plays Father in “Fallout 3.” Now I don’t know about you guys but it was pretty cool to be the son of Liam Neeson (well his voice) in this game. Although his time was short in the game the fact that you could have dialogue and interaction with Neeson as your dad could not be any cooler.

 

#3: Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin on “Gotham“)

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Taylor voice acted for The Outsider in Dishonored 2. This was his first video game appearance but hopefully not the last. He plays the Outsider in this video game and does a fantastic job being creepy and mysterious as you play through the game. Hopefully this isn’t the last Dishonored game we get because I personally want more especially if Robin Lord Taylor is involved.

 

#2: Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns, Horrible Bosses, and House of Cards)

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Kevin played and voice acted for “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” He plays his usual business tycoon self for this video game and it looked like he had a lot of fun doing it. He plays the main villain in this game and his role in the game is down-right amazing. If you haven’t seen his performance for this series you really need to check it out.

 

#1: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies and as the voice actor for the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series)

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Mark comes in as number 1 because of his voice acting in “Batman: Arkham Knight.” Replaying his role as Joker in the Batman animated series, Mark kills it in this video game. He IS the voice of the Joker in my opinion, and hearing him and trying to take him down in this Batman game is ridiculously fun.

 

(Editor’s Note: This review was written by guest contributor, Tyler Haines. Make sure to check out his YouTube Channel!)

Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

It’s the beginning of a new year, and thank the gods that we left 2016 behind us. A new year brings people going to the gym, saving money, and everyone trying to change their personalities. But for this guy a new year brings new video games to enjoy so here are the top 5 games to look forward to!

 

1) Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Although this game doesn’t have a release date yet it is scheduled to come out this year. For those of you who have lived under a rock this game has been in development for years now and this is the year we are supposed to finally play it! Breath of the Wild puts Link in a world where (Nintendo has quoted many times) everything you see you can go to and touch. This game feels like a Legend of Zelda/Skyrim combo because it has cooking, magic, multiple dungeons, and hours upon hours of gameplay. This game will be released on Wii U and the brand new Nintendo Switch.

 

2) For Honor (February 14th)

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This is a spectacular game that I am personally ecstatic to get my hands on. This game lets you take control, play, and command as armies of Samurai, Vikings, and Knights. You get to go into an all-out battle as one of your factions and have hand to hand combat as a player trying to conquer the world. The game is made by Ubisoft Montreal (Creators of the Assassins Creed Series, Watchdogs, and the Far Cry series) and it looks absolutely beautiful. If you have always wanted to know who wins in a fight between Samurais, Vikings, and Knights then this game is for you.

 

3) Horizon Zero Dawn (February 28th) (PS4 exclusive)

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This is a PS4 exclusive, and so everyone who owns this console needs to own this game and here is why… It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that is controlled by “dinosaur looking machines.” The main character is an archer named Aloy who is trying to help other tribes and people in the open world around her. The company who made this game is Guerilla Games (who is responsible for the Killzone series) and they say that this game has no load screens whatsoever. For those of you who love games that you build your character up by scavenging the world then this game will be a hit with you.

 

4) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (March 7th)

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For those of you who have loved the Tom Clancy games, this is the newest one in the series and let me tell you this one will not let you down. Is has been 5 years since we had a Ghost Recon game and this one looks like a wonderful addition to the franchise. Developed by Ubisoft, It’s completely open world which is the first of its kind and you have 4 different playable characters who are working to take down a drug cartel in Bolivia. The graphics are absolutely stunning and the gameplay is extremely smooth. There isn’t a lot of information for Wildlands as of right now, but in the next couple of months before the release I am sure there will be.

 

5) Resident Evil: Biohazard (January 24th)

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For those of you who love the Resident Evil series (Capcom) this is the new installment of the mutant/zombie slaying game. Now, this right here is one of the first of its kind. I say that because it is the first game you play in first person (All of the other ones are in 3rd person) and, if you own a Playstation VR headset, you can play the whole game start to finish in Virtual Reality. This game looks horrendously terrifying and should be a great new addition to the Resident Evil franchise.

 

Honorable mentions go out to Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tekken 7, Scalebound, Injustice 2, God of War, Death Stranding, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Well there ya go! That’s the list! What do you think, gamers? What game are you most excited for this year? Tell us in the comments below!

 

(Editor’s Note: This review was written by guest contributor, Tyler Haines. Make sure to check out his YouTube Channel!)

E3 2016: Days 1-2

E3 day one was nothing less than greatness. It started out with Microsoft then Ubisoft and finally Sony at the end of the night. That being said, it is a known challenge between all of the companies to have the greatest conference in the eyes of the fans. This year Sony has easily taken that title. To see how that happened lets start with the first conference of the day.

 

Microsoft’s Conference:

Microsoft never disappoints when it comes to a spectacular show and this year they used lighting and 3 different stages to get their points across. They started it out this year with the official unveiling (because it was leaked a day before hand) of the Xbox One S. The new console is white, 40% smaller than the Xbox one, had HDR gaming, 4k with blu ray, and the starting price is $299. This console has a release date of August of this year. It is still unclear if Gamestop or another video game retail store will have trade in promotions to get the new console cheaper.

Gears of War 4 was the first game they demoed and it has a release date of October 11 th , 2016.

Some of the biggest news that came out of the show was that Xbox is now supporting Windows Play Anywhere. Which is Microsoft’s new cross play system between windows 10 and Xbox One. This means that you can buy a game once for both systems and can pick it up and play it anytime anywhere between the two gaming devices digitally.

Killer Instinct announced they had new characters coming to the game and showcased one of them which was General Raam from the Gears of War series. They announced Forza Horizon 3 and they showed the beautiful new graphics for this racing game and coop play. Coop play is really cool for this game because you can join someone else’s world seamlessly with no wait time. This game is set to release September 27 th , 2016.

Final Fantasy 15 showed a very cluttered boss battle demo with a Septmeber 30th, 2016 release date.

Tom Clancy’s The Division announced its new DLC The Underground comes out first for Xbox One June 28 th , 2016.

Xbox then came back out on stage and announced some new features coming for Xbox Live including: Background music, Cortana will be on Xbox now, Clubs on Xbox Live so you can create your own gaming community, Looking for group feature, and a new way to play tournaments.

Minecraft announced that you can now play on iOS, Android, and now Xbox together through cross play. Minecraft is also now Virtual Reality (VR) combatable and has new ad ons for the game coming out this fall.

Xbox then showed a promo for design your own controller. You can create and design a controller with over 6 million possibilities and even engrave the controller with your name. They have yet to release a price for this at this time.

Gwent the game was brought on stage by CD Projekt Red (The developers of The Witcher Series) and they announced that Gwent is now a solo card game for consoles. It has its own campaign mode and arena modes to play with friends. Set to release in September of this year.

Tekken 7 was announced and it now has a story mode with an early 2017 release date.

Dead Rising 4 got a demo as well and they are bringing back the first Dead Rising main character this game has a 2016 holiday release date.

Halo Wars 2 was announced with a February 21 st , 2017 release date.

They also announced Recore, Inside, The Happy Few, Scale Bound, Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay all of these are indie games with no information besides 2 minute trailers and no release dates.

For the last announcement of the show they announced Xbox: Scorpio which is a new super Xbox that has a bunch of specs no one has ever heard of and that it’s more powerful than any console to date with a late 2017 release date.

Ubisoft Conference:

Ubisoft had a fun conference with Aisha Tyler being the host again for the show. They started off the show with Just Dance 2017 and it releases on all consoles October 2016.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands had a wonderful demo with spectacular graphics. This is an open world shooter than you can play solo or 4 player coop and releases March 7 th , 2017.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole (heh. get it.) is South Park’s newest video game. This time you create your character and choose a super power to have in the game. It is extremely crude but with some good laughs. Well, it is exactly what you would imagine a South Park video game to be. This game releases December 6th, 2016.

Next up was their VR games which were Eagle Flight and Star Trek Bridge Crew. Eagle flight was a game where you are an eagle and you try to take objectives back to your nest. Then Star Trek IS a game where you are in the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise and everyone has a job and if you fail to do that job the ship crashes. There are no release dates for these currently.

For Honor is the next game that everyone has been waiting to see more of since last years E3. IT is a melee game where you can play as 3 fractions (Vikings, Samurai, and Knights) to try and conquer the world. This game releases February 14 th , 2017.

They showed off The Assassins Creed movie that comes out December 21 st , 2016. They showed a new trailer with some amazing shots from behind the scenes.

Watchdogs 2 had a lot of new gameplay and this game is set in San Francisco and everything is hackable. There is no release date yet for this game.

Games they also showed off were Grow Up and Trials of the Blood Dragon. Probably one of the biggest announcements was their last game called Steep. It is a open world mountain extreme sports game that you snowboard, ski, paraglide, or fly in a wing suit across some tall snow peaked mountains. This game also does not have a release date.

 

Playstation Conference:

I have to say Sony stole the show this year in my opinion. They had a live orchestra playing every song for their game demos and by God it was EPIC.

Sony started it right off with a God of War trailer and gameplay that no one was expecting. Kronos now has a son and he is teaching him how to kill and be a man. The graphics were phenomenal and there was talk of it possibly being open world.

The next game that was show cased was Days Gone. For all those zombie fans this is a post-apocalyptic game. Hordes upon hordes of Zombies.

Coming to us October 25 th 2016 is the much anticipated The Last Guardian. This is about a small boy and a friendly giant hybrid creature. The two characters work together to run from guards that are after them. This is one I am excited for. I will need to start a savings for October now.

The next game really piqued my interest. Detroit: Become Human, this game follows an android named Kara who escapes the factory she was created. This game you live by your decisions and everything has a consequence.

For those that love horror, January 24 th 2016 Resident Evil 7 will be released. This game is one I won’t be playing. Not unless I choose not to sleep for weeks. If this kind of game was not all ready creepy enough, it will also be virtual reality.

One of the largest announcements of the night, Playstation will release their own virtual reality headset and over 50 games this year! The headset is coming October 13 th 2016.  Farpoint, Star Wars Battlefront: XWing VR Mission, Batman: Arkham VR were just a few of the games mentioned coming out post the new VR headset. Final Fantasy 15 which will also be VR is set to come out September 30 th 2016.

November 4 th 2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released. For some additional $$ Call of Duty 4 remastered will be included.

Another announcement that really got the crowd excited was the upcoming remastered Crash Bandicoot Games. Crash will also get to be in the upcoming Skylander game where it’s now possible to build your own Skylander. This is coming in October 2016.

To me the most exciting news was of Hideo Kojima’s new game Death Stranding starring Norman Reedus. The trailer didn’t show us much information on the game but it did show us a naked Norman Reedus with his baby Fetus!

Spider-Man PS4 was also a crowd pleaser with a new Spider-Man game and a new costume this open world game looks like a lot of fun!

 

Nintendo Conference / Day 2:

Nintendo didn’t have a big presentation but they did have 2 of their biggest games showcased. The new Legend of Zelda game finally got a title today and it’s official title is: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is another open world Zelda game that feature Link and when it releases it will have over 100 hours of gameplay. It honestly reminds of a Legend of Zelda/Skyrim mash up, but I am excited nonetheless.

The other game Nintendo showcased was the Pokémon games Pokémon Sun and Moon. With 3 new starters and a new batch of Pokémon this game will not disappoint Pokémon fans across the world. This game is set to release November 18 th of this year.

Now that all of the conferences are over, what game are you looking forward to the most? What conference beat the others?

E3 2016: Day Zero

E3 has finally kicked off! To me E3 is a 3 day vacation of gaming that includes new games, projects, and console releases from the top companies. E3 stands for “Electronics Entertainment Expo”, and it is where developers in the industry come to show off their current projects and what is to come in the next year or two. That being said, let’s hop right into day 0’s two conferences!

Electronic Arts(EA) Conference:

EA was the first company to start the week off and it wasn’t that impressive to this writer. EA showed off 7 of their new games in an hour show so lets break it down!

Titanfall 2 was the first game showcased. It is the sequel to the first game that came out 2 years ago and this year they are trying to blow the new one out of the water. They first announced that it will have a single player campaign that everyone has been demanding for and I cannot wait to play it. Multiplayer for the game had several new announcements including 6 new titans, customizable titans, and more customization for the character. Titanfall 2’s release date is October 28th and for the first time it will be available to all next gen devices (PC, Xbox One, and PS4).

Madden 17 was the next game showcased and it lasted all of maybe 3 minutes. The only news we got about it was that it was getting a new commentary team and balanced gameplay. I mean, hey, it is a new Madden game. They are all the same to me except for new people to play as.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is the next game they presented and although it is still in its early development stages they still showed us behind the scenes and even a small trailer for it. This game takes place after the Mass Effect trilogy and it follows new characters and promises a bigger adventure than the last games. The coolest thing to me about this was that they said it was going to run on a Frostbite engine which is one of the most powerful and fluid gaming engines in the world. So we at least know that the graphics and gameplay will be amazing!

Fifa 17 was the next one announced and it did not disappoint. Now I am going to state for the record I am not a big Fifa player but this game did look really fun to play. This year Fifa will also have a Frostbite engine, a campaign mode following Alex Hunter (an aspiring futbol player), and sideline managers. The game has a September release date and it looks to be a great new installment for the series.

EA announced this year that they are working with a bunch of independent developers and that the next coming months to years will be cranking out some new titles called EA Originals. The independent game they showcased was the game Fe. It is a audio inspired game where you play a creature who is dropped off into the world trying to find its place in the forest. There is no clear objective to this game except that you are trying to learn the songs of the forest and its inhabitants. The antagonist are the silent ones and are trying to steal the music from the forest.

EA announced new downloadable content for Star Wars: Battlefront which would include new planets, more environments, and new characters including Lando Carlissian! They also announced that they are working on several Star Wars related games that are set to release 2018 onward.

The last game they brought was the highly anticipated Battlefield 1. Personally, this was by far my favorite game of the conference just because I have been a Battlefield fan for years now. What’s different about this one is that the time period is during WWI and it includes tanks, airships, and weapons from that era of warfare. You can control a blimp airship that rains down artillery from the sky doing untold damage to the battlefield below. There are 2 new features that they are bringing to this game and the first one is climate changing maps. What I mean by that is, now the maps could change from sunny, raining, or foggy at any moment during the fight. The second feature is that you can now have a 64 player multiplayer battle. 32 versus 32. Which sounds completely exciting to me especially because the Battlefield Company never seems to disappoint when it comes to its multiplayer.

Overall I give the EA conference a 5/10 for an hour they didn’t really excite except for Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1. They had a lot of “filler” time with talk about competitive sports gaming that even the crowd at the show didn’t even applaud for.

 

Bethesda Conference:

Bethesda was the second and last show for the day and it was the biggest! This year was the 2nd year for them to come out for E3. Last year they released Fallout 4 which stole the whole week away from everyone else. This year they had to try and beat that and they did not disappoint.

Quake: Champions was the game they started off with. It is a competitive arena style 1st person shooter for the PC. They didn’t announce a whole lot for this game but they did show a pretty cool trailer for it.

Elder Scrolls Legends: Card Game is game that will be free to play later this year that you can play on the computer and all iOS devices. It is a card game based on the Elder Scrolls series that has a campaign mode and an arena mode.

They had a video of what was coming for Fallout 4 which includes a new contraptions workshop and a new area where you can build your own vault which is set to come out July 2016. I know for Bill and I this was extremely exciting news. They also announced Nuka Cola World for august of this year as well.

The biggest news of the conference was that they announced Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim REMASTERED!! This is what I was hoping for the most and Bill and I were screaming in excitement when they showed the trailer for it and it is set to come out October 28th, 2016.

Prey was next and it is a psychological thriller that takes place in the year 2032 and, although they didn’t give us a lot of information on it, the release date is set for some time next year.

They showcased some more things for Doom even though it came out last month. They promised more downloadable content (DLC) including 3 new multiplayer maps, a new demon, and a new gun. They also said that you can play a free trial for this game on all consoles and PC until the end of this week so people can experience Doom first hand.

Elder Scrolls Online is Bethesda’s MMORPG that came out last year and this year they show cased the new DLC which comes out on Tuesday June 14. They also announced that all levels will be the same so when you want to team up and fight dungeons together you can play with your friends without having to wait and level up.

Dishonored 2 was the last game of the conference and it’s going to be a lot of fun! This time you can play as Emily as well as Corvo. It takes place several years after the 1st game and Emily is now the empress of the land. If you were a fan of the first Dishonored then you are going to love this game because it has a lot of the same elements that the first one had. This game is set to release November 11th 2016.

Bethesda stole the day with their conference and I give it a solid 7/10.

That concluded day 0! Make sure you come back to see all of the other conference news that we will be posting as the days past. Monday we’ll be seeing presentations from Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony (and those never disappoint) so check back with us here at 4LN throughout the week for all the details on new announcements.

 

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by Tyler Haines.)

Casual Game Review – Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty is one of those games that we all love to hate. I have been a Call of Duty fan since Call of Duty 4 and have bought every game since then because other than the Halo series it is the game that got me into being a gamer. Treyarch has been making the series every other year for years now and they have been making the Black Ops series for 7 years now. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 got my faith back into the games. It has the true feel to it that I have been yearning so long for in this franchise. It is just down right fun and has me wanting more as soon as I log off. The games mechanics are smooth and has an easy feel to it. With the new wall running abilities the maps are easier to navigate and it brings a new style of gameplay to this series. There are now 4 different ways to play. There is campaign, multiplayer, zombies, and nightmares mode. Each one of these modes you can upgrade your character to make the experience truly how the player wants it to be.

The Good:
From the first time I can remember you are your own character in the campaign. Not like a generic character that you have a linear play style with. You can set him/her up by however you want to and can control what outfit, face and hairstyle, core controls, and weaponry. All of the customization in my opinion makes it so much more fun than your run of the mill shooter campaign and to me you get to see your character you have made grow. This brings players back into the campaign where they can have fun and play how they want to. The campaign is beautifully put together with a storyline that is easy to follow and has you on the edge of your seat from the second you start it.

The biggest thing I absolutely love about this game is how many voice actors and actual actors they have in the campaign. The whole black ops crew is made up of John Taylor (Law and Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni), Peter Maretti (J. Edgar’s Ary Katz), Sebastian Diaz (American Sniper’s Reynaldo Gallegos), and Sarah Hall (Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff). These are some of the many actors whose voices you can recognize throughout the game.

The multiplayer is the main reason fans keep coming back to this franchise. What makes it different is now you can select 7 different “specialist” who each have 2 different abilities that you can harness throughout your gameplay. You can also customize their outfits once you get enough kills to unlock them.

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The Bad:
The new zombies map is fun but there is only one map right now unless you buy downloadable content that should just be put in the game to begin with. The map puts 4 new characters into a 1920’s noir style map and you are trying to figure out what this voice in your head is wanting you to do. Don’t get me wrong it is fun to play but you have to have a good team that actually knows what they are doing unless you are not wanting to progress very far in the storyline.

The multiplayer experience hasn’t changed much (I mean come on it is a Call of Duty game) other than the new specialists and their customization. It is the same arcade type of warfare that brings out players year after year to aimlessly kill one another online. The customization hasn’t changed hardly any with the weaponry and it still has the same killstreaks just with different names. If you are wanting a realistic shooting player vs. player experience this game is not for you. A lot of the features have a “gimmicky” style to them which allows the player to die at any random moment from over powered guns and killstreaks. But hey what else is new about Call of Duty online?

The Verdict:
Treyarch has made a game that is fun to play and made a way where the gamers can make a lot of the experience how they want to play it. This is something personally I have been wanting and waiting for a while now. Whatever game mode you play this game is sure to bring some fun into your house with a little bit of challenge to go with it.

Graphics: 7/10                    Campaign: 9/10                                   Multiplayer: 6/10

Addictiveness: 7/10

The Verdict from this gamer: 7/10

 

(Editor’s Note: Today’s game review was written by our nerdy friend, and casual gamer, Tyler Haines)

4LN Casual Gamer Review – Star Wars Battlefront

As a Star Wars fan, a new Battlefront game has been a dream of mine since Star Wars Battlefront 2 (one of my favorite games of all time).  My friends and I wore that game out in college, so much so that we might as well have gotten a minor in Galactic Studies.  Needless to say, I am thrilled that the wait is finally over – the new game hit the shelves this week and my wife will know what it’s like to be a single mother for the next several days or until she throws the Xbox One off the balcony.

One thing that was worrying to a lot of folks, myself included, is the fact that there are quite a few differences between this game and its predecessors.  A lot of things that made the first games so enjoyable – Galactic Conquest, Campaign Mode, etc. – did not make it into EA’s reboot.  It is important to note that this is not a direct sequel to the first two games though.  It is its own game, and, to be honest, it does what it does really well.  Please note: I am a casual gamer through and through, so take this review with a grain of salt, preferably from this salt shaker:

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After waiting for almost a decade, it’s clear that I had high expectations for this game.  So did it live up to the hype?  I believe it does.  The mechanics of the game are very solid.  The movement is smooth and reactive, although I had to lower my sensitivity a bit to help my accuracy… my thumbs aren’t as good as they used to be in my college days.  Really though, it’s the graphics and level design that make this game so good.  There have been several times that I’ve found myself in one of the rooms from the films and couldn’t help but look around.  Apparently other gamers aren’t as nostalgic as I am because they have no problem lighting me up while I do this.  Over time, you unlock new weapons (all classic Star Wars), secondary weapons like thermal detonators, and character skins that allow you to change the appearance of your character’s face and hair.

As I mentioned earlier, this game scrapped a lot of the fan favorites like Galactic Conquest, but it also offers a lot of great game modes that I imagine most players will enjoy.  Blast, your typical team death-match, is a blas… a lot of fun and probably the most popular game mode, but I also LOVE the dogfighting in Fighter Squadron.  The air combat is even better than it was in Battlefront II, and is absolutely gorgeous.  There’s just something about zeroing in on TIE fighters that makes the soul happy. Another fun mode is Heroes vs. Villains.  In the previous game, there was a Heroes vs. Villains mode, which equated to a Royal Rumble a la Star Wars.  In this iteration, it is a 6v6 game that pits three heroes (Luke, Leia, and Han) vs three villains (Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and the Emperor) along with three regular players on each side.  The first to kill all of the other teams heroes five times wins.  I will say that Luke, Vader, and the Emperor particularly are kind of hard to adjust to after spending so much time shooting things with lasers.  Since this game threw out anything prequel related (for better or worse) this is the Return of the Jedi Emperor, meaning that he never uses a lightsaber and doesn’t flip around like a cackling maniac like he did when he fought Yoda.  He just kind of shambles and shoots lightning, and if you hit the sprint button he kind of speedily shambles… lets just say I prefer playing as the Stormtroopers.

There are a handful of other game types that a different variations on games Capture the Flag and King of the Hill as well, so there really should be something for everybody.  Battlefront also offers a death-match and a survival mode for single player/splitscreen so you can enjoy it with a friend or loved one without buying a new console, TV, and another copy of the same game (looking at you Halo).  The death-match is very similar to the “Instant Action” game type in the previous games, but there are fewer maps and no green or red capture points.  They make up for the limited amount of maps (there will be more available later) by making them stunningly detailed, so it’s worth it.

All in all, Battlefront is a success for EA and for Star Wars.  The game is a heck of a lot of fun, the levels are incredibly detailed, the game modes are fun and diverse, and the game-play is fantastic.  I think it’s clear that EA took their time on this game and put in a lot of work to craft an entertaining reboot to some of the greatest Star Wars games ever made.  If you are a Star Wars fan and think you can handle a controller then you need to get this game.

Instead of filming a reaction video, which would just be me making the same happy face for ten minutes at a time, have a look at a much younger me playing the Sega Genesis for the first time – it’s pretty much the same:

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Casual Game Review: Mad Max

Mad Max was easily my favorite film of 2015. Everything about it was perfect, and I’ve seen if five times, and each time I watch it, I see/catch something new. Not many movies can keep showing you different things after that many viewings. A couple years back at E3 (the annual gaming convention) the game was announced, and I was instantly excited. I grew up watching Mad Max, I remember when USA or TNT used to always play those movies, and my brother and I would be glued to the screen, and fascinated by the post-apocalyptic world that George Miller brought to life. Mad Max is actually the series that started my love for the post-apocalyptic film genre. To this day, my brother and I will watch any movie that falls in that genre, no matter how bad or cliche it is. But luckily, Mad Max: The Game, doesn’t fall into that category of bad or cliche.

According to MadMaxGame.com the plot to the game, is as follows:
In a world gone mad, only the savage survive. In the Wasteland it’s every man for himself. Playing as reluctant warrior, Mad Max, you must embark on a treacherous journey to build the ultimate war vehicle, and leave the madness behind.

Overview:
I would say that I have logged in at least 15 hours of game play in the last two weeks. I’m not a hardcore gamer, and that will show in the review, hence why I’ve only logged 15hrs of gameplay. But, in those 15 hours, I have had a blast playing as Max Rockatansky facing off against the savages that occupy the wasteland. The game is a fun “sandbox” game, which means it’s open world and has a ton of activities that you can partake in, besides the main story quests. The main objective of the game is to build the ultimate “Magnum Opus,” which is the ultimate war vehicle. After your Interceptor was stolen/destroyed and you were left stranded and forsaken in the desert by a group of Warboys, (run by Immortan Joe’s son Scabrous Scrotus) you meet a character named “Chumbucket,” (no, he’s not Plankton from Spongebob…) who is a zealous blackfinger (mechanic) and believes you are the chosen one to harness The Angel of Combustion. He then helps you rebuild your car, the Magnum Opus, in order to make the Wasteland a better place, you must team up with survivors and defeat the warlords of the Wasteland on your journey to the Plains of Silence.

Gameplay:
The gameplay is awesome. As I said above, I have been a Mad Max fan for years. Honestly, I never dreamed of the day when I could play an open world game as Mad Max. As a kid, I always pretended that my Hot Wheels were either cars from James Bond or Mad Max, so it’s a special feeling to be 22 and playing a video game that you imagined at 8 or 9 with toy cars. The gameplay reminds me a lot of two previous video game franchises that I think people will be able to relate too: Twisted Metal, and Batman: Arkham.

I mention Twisted Metal because of the vehicle dynamics. I would dare say you spend about 75% of the game driving in your vehicle, and waging war on patrolling vehicles, and war parties. The further you go into the wasteland, the more powerful the vehicles become. So, it’s very important to always level up your vehicle. The way of leveling up consists of destroying enemy vehicles, or enemy building, and collecting the scrap metal from explosions. The more scrap you collect, the more you can upgrade your Magnum Opus, and Max himself. Most upgrades cost between 300-600 pieces of scrap, which can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on where you are searching, or how many vehicles you encounter in the wasteland. Like Twisted Metal, this game is all about destroying the enemy’s vehicle. From using the Harpoon Gun to rip them out of the vehicle, throwing boomsticks at enemies, and
sometimes being forced out of your vehicle and fighting in hand to hand combat with Warboys.

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Always customize your Magnum Opus, so you can fight effectively.

This is when the Batman: Arkham series tie into the game. The fighting combat is very similar to Batman, where you are prompted before counters and the flow is very similar to the feel of that game. The fighting scenes can be absolutely brutal in the game. There are moments when Max will pick a character up and drop him on his head, causing his neck to snap, other moves involve your iconic sawed off shotgun being pressed into someones stomach and you just blow them away. One of the most painful moves would be the bone breaking counter, which snaps the bone out of a warboy’s arm and leaves them stunned for a moment, and while stunned you can stab them in the back of the head with a shiv, similar to something you would see in one of the prison scene on Sons of Anarchy. The game is absolutely brutal when it comes to fight scenes and when Max reaches Fury Mode, all hell will break loose. And leave all enemies dead on the ground.

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Final Thoughts:
If you have seen Fury Road, or any other Mad Max films, this game is a must have for a fan of the series. The game takes place somewhere between Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road, so seeing Fury Road isn’t a requirement for the game, but it will seriously make things flow easier for you. The game is very much like the movie where it’s all out crazy and far from sanity. From one of the first cutscenes to much deeper in the story, my stomach has turned and I’ve witness gross things in the wasteland. This game truly takes a savage to survive. From eating maggots in rotting corps to stay alive, to fighting warboys and vultures, you will always be left wonder what’s going on, and wandering the wasteland. Two final notes that are worth mentioning, since the game takes place in Australia, the driver side of each vehicle is on the right side of the vehicle. EVERY TIME I enter the vehicle, I get in on the wrong side, and chumbucket was mentioned this multiple times in the game. Also, always keep a spare thing of guzzoline in your magnum opus because the vehicle WILL run out of gas. It’s a very neat, but also frustrating aspect of the game. But, in a world where guzzoline rules the land, if you don’t have it, you won’t survive.

4LN E3 Coverage

Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is an early christmas gift to every gamer in the world. I myself am not a huge gamer, and really, none of us here at 4LN consider ourselves “hardcore gamers”. We all casually play games though. Cam, Stephen Andrew, and Robbie all have the XBox One, and I’m loving my Playstation 4. Since we are all casual gamers here, I figured this would be a somewhat casual coverage of this event. The three things that will inform you on are the presentations from three companies: Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft/X-Box One, and last but not least (my personal favorite), Sony/Playstation.

What Is E3?

E3 is the San Diego Comic Con for gamers. It’s a early event held in Los Angeles showcasing all the great games that will be coming in the near future. Most games revealed at E3, will be released by Christmas time, but this is not always the case. Tom Clancy’s The Division was revealed at the 2013 E3 conference, and this year it was finally given a release day of March 8th 2016, though I personally believe this isn’t a real game and will just continue to be announced every year.

With every year, E3 is getting larger and larger and attracting more and more viewers. On Sunday-Tuesday you could log onto YouTube and watch live coverage of all the events taking place at E3 including Sony, Microsoft, and Bethesda. Besides YouTube you could have used Twitch.tv and IGN to watch live coverage. In 1995 when E3 started, I don’t think they had any idea that they would become Mecca for anyone who can find joy and happiness through a video game.

Now, lets get to the good stuff already. Instead of listing everything that was announced, it would take a long time to read, I’m just going to hit in the major/impressive things that were announced.

Bethesda

 

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Bethesda gave us Fallout 4. I have been waiting since 2009 for this game. Words can not express hows much this means to me. My social life will disappear and I won’t leave my room for days. I invested over 300 hours in Skyrim, so I know Fallout 4 won’t be a good thing for me. Oh, and DOOM was announced. It looks brutal and disgusting. If I wasn’t such a baby and terrified of everything, I would be all over that game. I mean, come on, the engine it runs on is ID666! How can you not love that? Be sure to jam Danzig while you slaughter demons with a chainsaw!

 

 

So, what did Microsoft have to announce this year?

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I think the one thing that really impressed everyone was the announcement that the X-Box One would be Backwards Compatible. Now, what this means is, you will be able to play X-Box 360 games on your X-Box One console. Unfortunately the 360 disk will not be playable in the hard-drive but will promptly trigger a download for the game on your hard-drive for a compatible file. This is big news, and one of the coolest thing announced. So, those of you who never played 360 will get to relive some great classics via the X-Box One. This is expected to begin in the final quarter of this year, so keep your eye out for an update in late fall/early winter. And way to go Microsoft for listening to your fans, and giving them what they want.

I joked earlier that Tom Clancy’s The Division wasn’t a real game, but we all now know that to be a false and unfunny joke. It was announced this year that it was being released early next year and that this is “Tom Clancy’s Destiny,” and that got me excited, I love Destiny (even though it’s a money pit that will exist for 10 years…) In December the Beta for this game will role out so I think that will help rocket the hype train out of orbit (That analogy didn’t work but F**k it).

Electronic Art’s, better known as EA, seems to get a lot of hate, but they don’t really do all bad. I mean, we get Star Wars: Battlefront and we have been waiting YEARS for this game. I’m not going to tell you about this game, because I can’t do it justice. So here is the trailer for it.

Electronic Art’s also announced EA Access, so for $4.99 (What I pay for Spotify Student) you can “Binge on a growing collection of great games. Play pre-release trials. Get exclusive discounts.” So, you can”t really go wrong with that. With such titles as Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and NBA Live ’15, it would be a mistake to not hope on this new service.

 

How about Sony?

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My Facebook feed blew up Tuesday night and Monday morning with the news of everything that Sony released. I think the biggest announcement that Sony had was Final Fantasy VII: The Remake. The crowd went absolutely wild when this was announced. It was like when an all time favorite wrestler walks out, the crowd just popped and went wild. I had a fiend say on Facebook that he actually cried when he saw this. That’s how happy video games can make someone.

Along with FF VII, Sony announced the return of Agent 47 in the new Hitman game, and the every changing, ever evolving No Man’s Sky. This is an open world that is ever changing, ever evolving and expanding universe. They say that no two planets are the same, and to make things even greater, you can leave your ship and actually explore and discover EACH planet you find. In theory, this game has endless possibilities and endless outcomes. It’s easy to believe that it’ll be a shoe in for a Game Of The Year award.

Playstation also announced that they were welcoming Star Wars to their line of Disney Infinity. You will be able to play in the prequels time with the game Twilight of the Republic and play during the originals with the game Rise Against The Empire. Playstation 4 players get the exclusive playable character, Boba Fett. I’m totally getting Disney Infinity just for Boba Fett. Though it will be fun to play as Luke Skywater.

 

With all this being said, it’s been a great year for video games and this is just a small portion of news that has been released this week. Good luck gaming, and let us know in the comments below what games you are most looking forward too!

Star Wars: Battlefront Multiplayer Gameplay

As most people know, the Comic Con for video games, E3, is taking place this week in Los Angeles. We have scene AMAZING things in the less than 24 hours since the convention started. From Fallout 4 and the next Doom game to Star Wars Battlefront 3. Anyone who played the previous Battlefront games has been waiting years for the next installment. And today, we are one day closer to owning Star Wars Battlefront 3, which releases November 17th of this year. Below, you will find gameplay from Star Wars Battlefront 3 taken from Playstation 4.