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DOOM: Eternal – Official E3 Story Trailer

Monday, June 10th, 2019

More info on the new DOOM game is, in my opinion, the best news to come out of E3 this year. Now, it looks like the Doom Slayer is not only working to stop Hell on Earth, but is also going after a vengeful Heaven, which opposes the Slayer’s attempt to stop the demonic invasion. Mix in plenty of new and old weapons, new and revamped enemies, new environments, new traversal methods, and more glory kills, while also retaining the most important aspect of a Doom title: fast-paced, action filled gameplay over story – and it looks like we’ll have a real winner of a game in our hands.

DOOM: Eternal launches November 22nd, 2019.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reveal Trailer

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

They’re rebooting/reimagining the Modern Warfare series for this year’s CoD release. Fan favorite character Captain Price is back, along with a completely new story. Oh, and reportedly cross-play between Xbox One, PS4, and PC is going to be a feature, along with all DLC multiplayer maps being free content for all players.

Modern Warfare launches October 25th, 2019.

Borderlands 3 Official Reveal Trailer

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

If you’ve been hungry for a wackier take on the looter shooter than The Division or Destiny, then you’re in luck, because Borderlands 3 has been officially revealed. New characters, new environs, new enemies, and over a billion (procedurally-generated) guns, including at least one with legs. There’s no release date as of yet, but the Official Website for the game is noted to have more info starting April 3rd.

Doom: Annihilation Trailer

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

There was a film based on the popular video game franchise ‘Doom’ that was released in 2005; it starred Karl Urban and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, featured monsters which were the result of genetic experimentation rather than demons from Hell, and aside from a pretty cool first person sequence, was largely forgettable, and didn’t really do its namesake justice.

Somehow, this more recent attempt to bring Doom to the big small screen looks even worse – as you can probably guess by the quality of the footage, the effects, and the acting, it’s a straight-to-home-release production. Plus, there’s not even a Doomguy / Doom Slayer, just a bunch of generic space marines; y’know, the guys that got slaughtered by the forces of Hell before Doomguy tore through them with superhuman ability, and enough firepower to start a small war.

Tellingly, the official DOOM twitter account even released a tweet stating: “We’re not involved with the movie.” Whether you take the statement as a passive-aggressive dig against the quality of the trailer, or a pure statement of fact with no double meaning, it’s clear after the excellent DOOM 2016 and what’s been shown of DOOM: Eternal, that no one on those teams had any input in this film’s production.

No definite release date has been announced, but expect Doom: Annihilation to hit various video on demand services later this year.

RAGE 2 – Wasteland Superhero Trailer

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

This is a pretty great trailer for the upcoming RAGE 2, which fully embraces the game’s over-the-top, wacky nature – gratuitous violence, powerful weapons, nanotrite abilities, and Mad Max-meets-Sci-Fi aesthetic.

RAGE 2 will be available on May 14, 2019.

Nendoroid – PUBG The Lone Survivor

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Truthfully, I’m not much of a fan of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, or Battle Royale games in general, but I do recognize their popularity. That’s why this Nendoroid of The Lone Survivor, the faceless character of PUBG’s key art, caught my interest. A Nendoroid, for those who aren’t familiar, is like a Funko POP! figure, but better, because they’re more detailed and poseable, with multiple points of articulation. Such is the case with The Lone Survivor Nendoroid, who not only comes with the aforementioned articulation, but also has a helmet with a flip-up visor, and an AK, M9, and Frying Pan as accessories.

It’s currently available for pre-order from the Good Smile Company, with a planned release of September, 2019.

www.goodsmile.info/en/product/8079/Nendoroid+The+Lone+Survivor

Ahoy – MP40

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Ahoy is back once again with another video, this time detailing the iconic German MP40 and its inclusion in video games and films. The video starts with a brief overview of the adoption of submachine guns in 20th century warfare leading up to the development of the MP40, and also briefly recognizes some of the contemporaries of its era, including the American Thompson and Soviet PPSH-41. It’s by no means an in-depth history, but it’s still an entertaining video that shows the pedigree of the titular submachine gun, and its influence on culture and entertainment.

For more of Ahoy’s videos, check out his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCE1jXbVAGJQEORz9nZqb5bQ

Snake Plissken’s First Escape – Unreleased Demo Footage

Friday, February 1st, 2019

This is footage from a build of a proposed Snake Plissken game, which would have taken place before the events of ‘Escape from New York’. The storyline was fully-approved by Kurt Russell, Debra Hill, and John Carpenter, and would have featured voice work by Russell and music composed by Carpenter. However, the project eventually fell through and all that’s really left of the game are some demo reels like this, and concept art.

If you’re wondering about the somewhat over-the-top game mechanics in the footage, the game itself was being developed by the same team that worked on the game Dead to Rights. If you’re not familiar with that title, it’s a John Woo-inspired action game in which you play as a cop who fights criminals while dual wielding guns, also using bullet time shoot dodges and martial arts takedowns – all elements that are featured in this footage. Bullet time or not, it would have been cool to play a Snake game, and it’s a shame this one never saw release.

Thousands Apply to Join New Army eSports Team

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

FORT MEADE, Md. — Over 6,500 Soldiers are already hoping to be part of a new Army esports team that will compete in video game tournaments nationwide in an effort to attract potential recruits.

“It’s essentially connecting America to its Army through the passion of the gaming community,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jones, NCO-in-charge of the budding team.

About 30 Soldiers are expected to be picked for the team and some of the first positions could be filled this summer. Only active-duty and Reserve Soldiers are currently allowed to apply.

Those chosen will be assigned to the Marketing and Engagement Brigade for three years at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where the Army Recruiting Command is headquartered.

While they will not become recruiters, team members will receive a crash course on Army enlistment programs to answer questions from those interested in learning about the service.

Once built up, the team will fall under an outreach company that will also include an Army rock band and a functional fitness team.

Not everyone on the team will compete. Those who will may train up to six hours per day on video games, Jones said, adding that gameplay sessions would be live streamed or recorded for spectators to watch.

Esports has ballooned in popularity in recent years with millions of followers.

In August, the Washington Post reported that esports could generate about $345 million in revenue this year in North America. In 2017, a major esports tournament in China also drew a peak of more than 106 million viewers — roughly the same number of those who watched last year’s Super Bowl.

“It’s something really new and it’s been gaining a lot of steam,” Jones said.

While on the team, Soldiers will still conduct physical training, weapons qualifications and other responsibilities that come with being a Soldier. They will also have to maintain certifications in their military occupational specialty.

“Outside of that, there will be esports training,” Jones said. “So whatever game they’re playing in, they’ll not only be playing it, but be coached in it to get better.”

The team, he said, shares a similar concept to that of other Army competitive teams that continually train, such as the Golden Knights parachute team, World Class Athlete Program and Army Marksmanship Unit.

“Esports is like traditional sports,” he said. “Nobody can just walk in and expect to play at a competitive level.”

The Army, he said, already has talented gamers out there who can compete in events.

Last weekend, a few Soldiers competed at PAX South in San Antonio as a way to introduce Army esports to the greater gamer community.

In one of the events, a Street Fighter V tournament, two Soldiers placed first and second.

“This is the perfect opportunity to showcase not only to the Army, but to the civilian populace and the esports industry that we also have what it takes,” Jones said of the events.

Recruiters from the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion also joined them and were able to generate some leads with potential recruits, he added.

There are plans to do the same at the PAX East exposition in Boston in late March.

As a gamer and a recruiter himself, Jones said the team can help bridge the civilian-military gap by breaking down misconceptions some young people may have about the Army.

Being able to play their favorite video games with others who share the same passion is also a bonus.

“For a lot of Soldiers, to include myself, it’s like a dream come true,” Jones said. “This is just one of those ways we can start the conversation.”

Story by Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

Photos by SSG Ryan Meaux

Resident Evil 2 – Launch Trailer

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The Resident Evil 2 remake is only two days away from launch, so Capcom released this trailer. The trailer does show off a fair bit of the game and plot, so be wary if you’re sensitive to spoilers.

Resident Evil 2 (remake) launches January 25th, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Metro Exodus – Story Trailer

Friday, January 11th, 2019

The first two games in the Metro series were really good, so I’m really excited to see if Exodus continues that trend. And, there’s not too much longer to wait! Metro: Exodus is releasing on February 15th, 2019.

343 Industries Has Partnered With Limbitless To Produce Halo-Themed Prosthetic Arms

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

343 Industries, which is the the arm of Microsoft that handles the Halo license, has partnered with Limbitless Solutions to produce Halo-themed, 3D-printed prosthetics. Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit that provides affordable prosthetic limbs for children. The Halo-themed prosthetics will be offered starting in 2019. The first being a recreation of the Master Chief’s Mjolnir Mk. VI armor. The second is a “multiplayer” variant of the Mjolnir, which can be customized with different color options, like the variant seen below.

For more information on Limbitless Solutions, you can check out their website at:

limbitless-solutions.org

SSD – US Army Creates ESPORTS Team

Monday, December 17th, 2018

This article was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily. Honestly, it’s too fitting not to cross post.

Here’s another opportunity for Soldiers to excel. US Army Recruiting Command has established an ESPORTS team.

According to MG Frank Muth, commanding general for USAREC the idea is to connect with potential recruits stating, “If we are going to be successful in recruiting, then we need to be where young people are — and they are operating in the digital world. There are already thousands of current Soldiers who are competitive online gamers. Now we are giving them a chance to use their talents to help us relate to and connect with other young gamers. They will have the ability to start a dialogue about what it is like to serve in our Army and see if they are interested in joining.”

Soldiers selected to the team will be assigned to the Marketing and Engagement Brigade at Fort Knox for three years and will involve constant competitive training, recruiting engagements and interaction with the public on a daily basis but will not become recruiters.

The team is expected to begin competing on behalf of the U.S. Army by summer 2019

All active-duty and Army Reserve Soldiers are eligible to apply. Interested Soldiers should visit recruiting.army.mil/army_esports to learn how to compete for a spot on the team.

Threezero – X-01 Power Armor Figure

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

If you’re a fan of Fallout, and pricey, highly-detailed collectable figures, then you may want to give threezero’s X-01 Power Armor figure a look. Standing in at 14.5″ tall, the X-01 Power Armor figure features 35 points of articulation, a highly-detailed male head, X-01 helmet with light-up LED function, and an Assaultron Blade.

What’s really cool about this figure is the X-01 armor pieces can be complete removed, revealing an equally-detailed endoskeleton. Plus, the armor parts are swappable with all previous threezero Fallout Power Armor figures, so you can make your figure look like your Power Armor in-game, like when you only have three pieces of X-01 armor and have to fill in the empty slots with T-60 and T-51 parts. Not that I’m speaking from experience, or anything.

www.threezerohk.com/product/fallout-power-armor

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Goes Green with Toy Soldier Green Army Men Christmas Special

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Honestly, I’m not completely familiar with Tripwire Interactive, or the game Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, but any game that lets you play as little green army men is alright in my book. Even better that it’s free content released for the holidays. The full release can be read below:

Tripwire Interactive Celebrates the Holidays with Free Christmas Themed Map and Seasonal Helmet for All Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Players

ROSWELL, Ga. – Tuesday, December 11 – Tripwire Interactive, Antimatter Games and the Green Army Men Team announced today the launch of the Rising Storm 2: Vietnam – Green Army Men Christmas Special, the toy-sized update for the award-winning and critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Starting today and running through the first week of January 2019 on Steam, players can look forward to taking part in the gritty and strategic 64-player player matches Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is famous for on a brand-new Christmas-themed map where miniature toy soldiers vie for control over fortresses spread throughout a cozy home decorated for the holidays. Take cover behind building blocks, use race car tracks to access new areas, and take advantage of the toy helicopters to gain the high ground. The Rising Storm 2: Vietnam – Green Army Men Christmas Special update is available for free to all players who own the game. In addition, as part of today’s update, players can also look forward to a free Seasonal M1 Helmet and a host of seasonal themed achievements. And, of course, all the normal Vietnam content will remain available to all players, in case you’ve had too much festivity and need to run through the jungle some more! Available now on PC, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is the sequel to Rising Storm, PC Gamer magazine’s 2013 ‘Multiplayer Game of the Year,’ published by Tripwire Interactive and developed by Antimatter Games. Command your team to victory in massive 64-player battles with authentic weapons, aircraft, and maps that pit conventional military forces against guerilla forces.

Negan From The Walking Dead In Tekken 7

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

So this one’s a little weird, but as part of the latest batch of downloadable characters for the fighting game Tekken 7, they’ve put Negan from The Walking Dead tv series in as a character, and he’s actually being voiced by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Thanks to the power of cross-promotion, you have a guy with a barbed wire-wrapped bat, fighting against oftentimes supernatural martial artists. And his guest stage is the trailer scene from the season six finale.

Black Mesa: Xen Trailer

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Black Mesa is a remake of the 1998 video game Half-Life, developed by a team of fans known as Crowbar Collective. Black Mesa is notable as not only is it a solid remake of what is considered one of the greatest video games of all time, but the project is actually sanctioned by original Half-Life developer Valve Corporation, so much that it was approved for sale on Valve’s digital distribution platform, Steam.

Despite an initial release in 2012, however, Black Mesa is still technically in development. The last portion of the game, the Xen borderworld, has been announced and pushed back a few times, since what was originally a December 2017 release date. But, with this new trailer, Crowbar Collective not only teases their own interpretation and expansion of Xen for Black Mesa, but also promises a second quarter 2019 release.

While that’s still some months away, it’s great to see something new(ish) related to Half-Life have a tangible release date.

store.steampowered.com/app/362890/Black_Mesa

Void Bastards Announcement Trailer

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Void Bastards is an upcoming “strategy shooter” developed by former Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios employees, the devs behind BioShock and System Shock 2. The game has you leading a team of prisoners as they travel the Sargasso Nebula, exploring ships, navigating through space, and gathering supplies to survive. It features a cartoonish, indie comic-like visual style, complemented by a wacky, humorous tone.

Void Bastards is slated for a 2019 release.

Sideshow Collectables – Cyberdemon Statue

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

The Cyberdemon Statue, produced by Gaming Heads, and distributed by Sideshow Collectables, is a limited production piece based on the Cyberdemon from DOOM (2016). Standing at ~19″ tall, the Cyberdemon is cast in polystone resin and handpainted. This statue is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide, and is slated for an April – June 2019 release.

www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/doom-cyberdemon-statue-gaming-heads-904126

Project Warlock

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

If you’re clamoring for a gaming experience equatable to the faux-3D first person shooters of the 90s like Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, then you might want to give Project Warlock a look-see. Developed by Buckshot Software, Project Warlock looks to play like a hybrid of the aforementioned Doom and Hexen, featuring 38 contemporary, fantastical, and magical weapons along with a series of 8 spells; 60 levels across 5 worlds; and 72 separate enemy types. There’s also a leveling system with 12 perks that allow you to further customize your character to suit your playstyle.

It’s only $12 on Good Old Games, where it’s currently an exclusive release, so at the very least you woudn’t be blowing a lot of cash to give it a try.

www.gog.com/game/project_warlock

PBUG Weapon Keychains

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Truth be told, I couldn’t find out exactly who manufactures these things, only that they’re supposedly tied to the popular ‘Battle Royale’-genre video game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’. All the same, these keychains are really damn cool, made of zinc alloy and impressively detailed, albeit marginally larger than your typical keychain-sized trinket. The collection consists of various weapons found in PUBG, such as an M16A4, Kar98K, SCAR-L, Thompson, and Vector (seen above). There’s also the melee pan weapon, if you’d prefer having a gold cast iron dangling from your keys.

www.amazon.com/BOOMIMI-Playerunknowns-Battlegrounds-KeyChain-Accessories/dp/B07BKW1LXN

Fallout: New California Narrative Trailer

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

If you’re starved for a new Fallout experience, aren’t really feeling the direction Bethesda is taking with Fallout: 76, and don’t mind booting up New Vegas on the PC, you might find interest in the upcoming Fallout: New California. In development in various forms for roughly 7 years, Fallout: New California is a fan-made mod for New Vegas which takes place 20 years before the events of said game, and 10 years before the events of Fallout 3. Practically an entire game all itself, New California is slated to have “at least 48 quests”, just under 17000 voiced lines, new weapons and armor, and two unique radio stations, with a single run from start to finish projected to take 8-30 hours, not counting the replayability of going through different quest routes.

Simply put, this is a pretty huge undertaking for a mod. And, it’ll be completely free-to-download this coming October 23rd.

www.moddb.com/mods/falloutprojectbrazil

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III – This Is Blackout Trailer

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

It’s kind of easy to forget that this year’s CoD title is already out, since Activision usually shoots for a November release. It still kind of stings that Treyarch decided to omit a single player campaign for this year’s release, but to their credit, the ‘Battle Royale’-inspired Blackout mode has been getting good buzz. Plus, they might as well strike while the PUBG/Fortnite iron is still lukewarm.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Official Gameplay Video Part 2

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Only 3 more weeks.

Red Dead Redemption 2 launches October 26th, 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One.

Metal Gear Solid Venom Snake (Play Demo Ver.) 1/6 Scale Limited Edition Statue

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

This 1/6 Scale Venom Snake statue is produced by Japanese toy and figure company Gecco, and is based on Venom’s appearance in the TGS 2014 play demo version of Metal Gear Solid V. Measuring 12.6″ in length, this figure is made of PVC and ABS, and features a highly-detailed sculpt with non-removable accessories, barring Venom’s Stun Arm, which comes with replaceable with a default red arm or the blue and orange ‘Hand of Jehuty’.

This particular statue is limited to 800 pieces, and is expected to ship April 2019.
www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/80667