It’s a big day for Electronic Arts Inc., as EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is now available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
The fully realized feature Frostbite 3 allows the quicker rending of courses, thus eliminating the frustrating hole-to-hole load times and saving gamers up to 15 minutes per round. The game also offers up more detailed courses and with the extrication of the artificial out of bounds rules, the entire course is in play on every shot. This attention to detail, which reportedly includes a Baba Booey reference, will hopefully give gamers a more immersive experience.
“This is a really proud day for our team, and we’re so happy fans can finally play EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR for themselves,” said executive producer Brent Nielsen. “We think everyone’s going to find something about this game to love, plus we’re looking forward to delivering free content post-launch to everyone who picks up the game.”
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was developed by EA Tiburon and is rated E for everyone. For more info, check out www.easports.com.
Director F. Gary Gray’s career started off in meteoric fashion thanks to his work on the films Friday, Set It Off, and The Negotiator. His 2003 release The Italian Jobwas another hit that continued his momentum, but surprisingly he hasn’t directed a feature since the 2009 thriller Law Abiding Citizen.
The great news is he’s back this year with the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Comptonand he’s also expanded his creative universe to the gaming world as the writer of the new animated short for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
Illustrated by comic book artist Pop Mhan, the Industrial Revolution set story follows the adventure of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate protagonist Jacob Frye and his sister Evi.
“I love the immersive world of videogames,” says Gray in the behind the scenes video on the making of the animated short. “It’s like being in your own movie – and you’re the director.”
Currently being developed by Ubisoft Quebec, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate releases worldwide October 23, 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Windows PC version also is slated for this fall, but no specific date has been confirmed.
Fans of the action-RPG, PC series The Incredible Adventures of of Van Helsingcan go beyond the trilogy’s universe, as NeocoreGames will release The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cutin September. In a goodwill gesture to fans who own all three previous games, NeocoreGames is offering Final Cut for free, while initiates to the franchise can purchase the title for $44.99.
Final Cutwill feature the campaign content from all three games along with added and modified content. Over 50 hours of gameplay is available in the campaign mode, with players getting to choose among six playable classes from the start. One of the game’s most intricate features, its immersive skill-tree system, has been extended and reworked. The level cap for campaign mode is 80, while other game modes features a level cap of 100.
For more information on The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, please go to its Steam page.
During our interview with NeocoreGames narrative designer Viktor Juhász, he elaborated on the visual scope of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing:
After the mixed reception of last year’s Blended and The Cobbler,Adam Sandler is aiming to get back on track with Pixels. A loving and comedic ode to video game classics of yesteryear, the storyline centers on Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), a professional gamer enlisted by his best buddy (and U.S. President!) Will Cooper (Kevin James) to stop an attack by aliens that have embodied the larger than life forms of Space Invaders, Centipede,Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. Along with a team of retro gamers (which include Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad), Sam must save the world from this absolutely bizarre and ultimately intimidating invasion.
Click on the video below to see Sandler,who also produced the film, talk about how most of the iconic video games are featured in the movie.
Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.)
A new installment to the Digimon universe is upon us, with hackers serving as an important element to its narrative. Bando Namco Entertainment America Inc. will release Digimon Story Cyber Sleuthin 2016 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Released in Japan back in March, the game will be available across Latin America, Brazil, and North America.
The storyline centers on Aiba, a teenager whose encounter with a mysterious hacker and the reception of a device called Digimon Capture leads to a surreal journey within the real and digital worlds of Japan. Over 200 Digimon will be able to collect and by transforming them via Digivolve, gamers will be able to unlock more powerful forms of Digimon to strengthen their battle squads in turn-based battles.
“Bandai NamcoEntertainment America Inc. continues to strive to give players the games they want from our Japanese developers,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for Bandai NamcoEntertainment America Inc. “Digimon Story Cyber Sleuthhas been one of the most requested games with a faithful fan base itching to see new Digimon stories make it to the Americas, we are excited to bring this title to our shores.”
Actor Patton Oswalt will provide his voice for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series, a collaboration between Mojang and Telltale Games. The five-part, episodic game series is set in the Minecraft universe brings new characters to the equation.
The narrative centers on Jesse (Oswalt) who, along with his friends, revere the legendary Order of the Stone. These four adventures (Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, Architect) were famed for slaying an Ender Dragon. The worlds of fantasy and reality mesh at EnderCon, as Jesse and his buddies embark on a journey to find the Order of the Stone in an attempt to save their world from destruction.
“We’ve worked closely with the amazing team at Mojang to ensure this story is a natural fit for the Minecraft world fans already know and love,” said Telltale Games CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner. “As Jesse, players will steer their own path through a tale of adventure and survival; all brought to life by an all-star cast. Through Telltale’s choice-based gameplay and a story spanning from the Nether to the Farland, the End, and beyond, we can’t wait for fans to experience this new take on the beloved world of Minecraft.”
Along with Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman, Billy West, Dave Fennoy, and Paul Reubens are among the actors that will lend their voices to the series.
Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Seriesis currently in development and will be available for download later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS and Android devices.