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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

Fallout 4: New Vegas – ‘Ain’t That a Kick In The Head’ First 10 Minutes Trailer

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Fallout: New Vegas is a very well-regarded action RPG and is arguably the best of the 3D Bethesda-published Fallout titles yet released. Unfortunately, due to its age it’s a bit clunky from a “modern” gameplay perspective, and because of its incredibly short development cycle lending to sub-optimal performance, it can be a bit of a chore to run stably on a “modern” computer. However, a team of dedicated modders are currently working on a mod which consists of New Vegas, built completely from the ground up to run on Fallout 4. This mod will include completely redone voice work (for legal reasons) and even features the legacy SPECIAL and Skill systems from the older Fallout titles, instead of the leveling system seen in Fallout 4.

There’s currently no word on a release date, but it’s sure to be worth the wait.

f4nv.com/index

Official Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout Battle Royale Trailer

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Here’s a trailer for Black Ops 4’s Blackout, the Battle Royale mode that will be featured in the game instead of the typical story mode. Featuring legacy characters like Woods and zombies integration is kinda neat, though.

Cyberpunk 2077 48 Minute Gameplay Reveal (NSFW)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

The long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 from noted Polish game developer CD Projekt Red now has a lengthy 48 minute gameplay demo to check out. If you like dystopian settings with lots of violent shootouts, powerful megacorps, and cybernetics that blur the line between machine and man, then you might want to put this game on your watch list. Quick warning: there’s nudity and colorful language, so I’m going to call this one NSFW.

NERF Rival – Overwatch Reaper Wight Edition Blaster

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

There have been some licensed NERF blasters in the past, although the only instance that immediately comes to mind is Star Wars-themed blasters. So, it’s not completely surprising that Overwatch, a game with a lot of unique firearms, is now getting a NERF blaster in the Reaper Wight Edition Blaster. As the name implies, this blaster is stylized after Reaper’s Hellfire shotguns, and as it’s part of the Rival series, it’ll shoot the spherical Rival projectiles, of which it can hold 8, instead of the traditional darts.

A D.Va blaster will also be released, modeled after the character’s sidearm.

Both of these blasters don’t have a definitive release date, but look for them to reach store shelves sometime in 2019.

Door Kickers: Action Squad

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Featuring the tag line Realistic Ridiculous Police Tactics, Door Kickers: Action Squad is a co-op focused sidescrolling shooter that’s a bit slower-paced and deliberate than your traditional run-n-gun affair, but still faster-paced and less serious that the original Door Kickers, which is a real-time strategy game where you direct a SWAT team through hostage rescue missions.

Action Squad features four playable characters, non-linear levels, and over 20 weapons and gear items. As previously mentioned, the game is co-op focused, and is seemingly balanced around two players, either via local or network multiplayer. Single player is an option, but the trailer overtly mocks the mode, so make of that as you will.

The game is in Early Access, which means that although it’s up for sale, it’s also still in development, so features and gameplay is bound to change as time goes on. You can purchase Door Kickers: Action Squad at the link below:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/686200/Door_Kickers_Action_Squad/

DOOM: Eternal – Official Gameplay Reveal

Friday, August 10th, 2018

DOOM: Eternal, the sequel to the excellent DOOM 2016, was initially teased at this year’s E3, but today at Quakecon, id revealed actual gameplay. In essence, the gameplay shown so far looks like all the best aspects of the first DOOM, with some improved focus on player maneuverability and level verticality, and of course new weapons and enemies. The actual gameplay starts at 4:37, if you want to skip ahead.

The Doom Slayer himself also got a bit of an update, rocking a Predator-esque shoulder cannon, which fires sub-weapons like grenades and a flamethrower, and an arm blade for quick melee strikes; this blade also sees overt use in the returning ‘Glory Kill’ system.

It’s still too early to see whether Eternal will hold up to the first game in the reboot series, but the footage is very promising, and the devs seem to know what kind of game they should be going for: rip and tear, first and foremost.

DOOM: Eternal is slated for an undisclosed 2019 release.

Leviathan Group Partners With Nine Line Apparel

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Newport, MI (AUG 6, 2018)

Leviathan Group, a consulting company specializing in providing accurate tactical and military equipment assistance to the film-making and video game world, is proud to announce its new relationship with veteran-owned military apparel company Nine Line Apparel.

Leviathan has been involved with such films and shows as Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2, The Walking Dead, The Punisher, and others. They’ve now teamed up with one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the country (as ranked by Inc. Magazine) to deliver badass shirt designs based on their work in the movie world.

Current designs include the Leviathan Gauntlet, Leviathan Spoiler, and Leviathan Arrow.

You can find the full series on the web on the Nine Line Apparel website:

https://www.ninelineapparel.com/pages/leviathan

The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

If you’ve every played Fallout, and figured you really wanted to eat those hundreds-years-old deviled eggs, or have some molerat bits, then this is the cookbook for you. Granted, these dishes won’t be irradiated, and there probably isn’t a recipe for Blotafly roast, but I’m personally eager to see what takes the place of Deathclaw in this recipe book.

This is a pre-order item, and is supposed to release October 23rd, the day of the great war.

https://gear.bethesda.net/products/fallout-the-vault-dwellers-official-cookbook

Door Kickers Daily Sale On Steam

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Door Kickers is a top-down real time strategy game where you command a SWAT team sent into various locals to neutralize bad guys and rescue hostages. I played it in early-alpha a while ago, and while I enjoyed it in its early state, it’s only gotten better and more feature-heavy since then. If you’re a fan of these types of games, it’s the perfect time to pick it up, because it’s 85% off on Steam for the next day or so (at the time of posting). That’s $2.99, from the usual price of $19.99.

store.steampowered.com/app/248610/Door_Kickers

UNCHARTED – Live Action Fan Film

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Director Allan Ungar created this fan film based on game developer Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. Staring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, it does a good job of emulating the tone and humor of the games, while also featuring an action sequence reminiscent of the third person gameplay.