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Creative Assembly working on a new IP that will be the "biggest multiformat project in studio history"

Coming from the developer currently working on a three part strategy game set across the entire Warhammer universe, that's a pretty big statement.

In the careers section of Creative Assembly's website, a new project has appeared alongside job offers. The job offers are sadly about as unspecific as they can be; they mention designing weapons, gadgets, and other general gameplay elements like movement. I suppose the word "gadgets" has some sci-fi connotations, and since this is the team that worked on Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2, there may be some substance to that.

Whatever it is, I'm on board. Creative Assembly's Total War series is, to my mind, one of the most consistently solid series around, and even if this game is being worked on by a different division, it's still something I have faith in.

You can read the job offers (and apply!) here.




Kenny Rogers wants you to Stick it to the Man

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2013 indie hit Stick it to the Man released on Switch today, for the very reasonable price of $11.99.

Developed by Sweden’s Zoink Games and currently optimized on Switch to run at 60 fps, Stick it to the Man is described as an adventure/puzzle game. But judging by the trailer, this game is a lot weirder than the words “adventure/puzzle game” imply. The story was written by Adventure Time’s Ryan North, and the game features an unusual mechanic involving slapping stickers on characters to influence their behavior. Other touted features include “a giant spaghetti arm that sticks out of your head”. Nothing unusual to see here folks.

And what does Kenny Rogers have to do with anything? Well, check what condition your condition is in, and then watch that trailer up above. And check out our review of the original Vita release here.

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Forza Motorsport 7 changes prize crate prices making for serious CR making

After the backlash EA and their Battlefront II game created, it is good to hear that the squad at Forza have done some price fixin' of their own.

Forza Motorsport 7 had prize crates were priced at $20, $50, and $70k for the base three and six-figures for the gold versions. This wasn't too horrible but it did make players work a long while to make the necessary CR, and even then, not every crate gave respectable loot. Now prices are $15, $20, and $30 - with roughly the same value in them. This means instead of spending $50k on crates and getting $40-$60 in returns, you can spend $90k and likely get $120-$150k in returns. Moreover, there are better deals for the gold chests and a new black chest that gives one car for $140k.

With the growing number of games making it impossible for players to succeed without 300+ hours played, it is nice to see one that you can be extremely successful at with about 75 hours and you don't have to spend an extra penny.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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PS VR's Arizona Sunshine gets updated with two new horde maps next Tuesday

Well, here’s a happy surprise.

Developer Vertigo Games announced today on the PlayStation Blog that the PS VR version of Arizona Sunshine, which is a favorite among the Gaming Nexus staff, is getting an update next Tuesday. The free download, entitled DLZ, will include two new horde maps, Old Mine and Undead Valley.

Old Mine is based on the mine environment in the campaign, which has been reconfigured to support fights with endless waves of the undead. Supply and ammo drops have been moved outside of “comfort zones”, forcing players to take chances to retrieve them and keep their team alive.

The second map, Undead Valley, takes place in a warehouse turned casino near Las Vegas. Players are able to fight their way to new areas, opening them through combat and environmental destruction. Instead of sending waves of zombies at the players, this map unleashes an endless stream, encouraging players to keep moving to stay safe.

I’m really digging the recent trend that has PS VR titles getting updates. It is nice to see development companies supporting VR games and expanding them after release. Now can I get some Romulans on Star Trek Bridge Crew?  Ubisoft? Anyone?  Anyone?

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Get a free taste of Wolfenstein II this weekend

Wolfenstein II launched on October 27 to thunderous critical acclaim (check out our review here.) If you were on the fence about this one, now is your chance to check out this brand new title at no cost to you.

Live right now, a free demo is available for Wolfenstein II on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.  The demo allows players to complete the entire first level of the game, and if they choose to buy the title, their save data will carry over. Pretty sweet.

Wolfenstein II is going to be on sale at ludicrously low prices on Friday, and if you were planning on getting it, this is a great way to get a jump on things.

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What we're playing: Star Control Rec Room
It’s that time of year when we gather with family to eat slabs of a large flightless bird and, for the most part, ignore the fact that some Native Americans call Thanksgiving a Day of Mourning. Belgium leads the way in declaring loot boxes a form of gambling, stating that Battlefront 2 “is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money.” And after roughly six months, Civilization 5 designer, Jon Shafer, leaves Paradox Interactive due to “creative differences.” What are you playing this Thanksgiving Weekend? Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScytherI won't be doing much gaming this weekend between Thanksgiving dinner and then working Black Friday and Saturday. The fun of retail during the holidays. So, any free time will likely be just resting in front of the TV. Any time I do find to play games will likely be spent playing Ninja Showdown, 88 Heroes: 99 Heroes Edition, and Conga Master Party for the Nintendo Switch in preparation for my upcoming reviews. The games themselves are simple and can be played in spurts for the most part. They're perfect for relaxing after being on my feet for several hours dodging customers and trying to navigate what little room there is to walk in a packed store. Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleliI'm working on my review for Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 for Nintendo Switch. It's a weird situation, since RE Revelations began life on a Nintendo portable—the 3DS—and now it's come full circle. I'm also picking up Axiom Verge Multiverse Edition as I've heard nothing but good things, but I wanted to hold off and play it on Switch. As the game is a huge homage to Super Metroid, it only seemed appropriate. I might also haul the Wii U over to my folks' house for Thanksgiving, for my family's semi-traditional Smash Bros. and Mario Kart tournaments. Kinsey Danzis, Staff Writer, kdanzis@gamingnexus.comSince I have to answer the war horn of retail workers on Black Friday weekend, I'm going to have approximately three seconds of game time this weekend. The struggle is going to be resisting the tech sales—but since I'm going to be on the clock for most of Friday, my job solved that one for me. I'll probably come home and try to unwind with Sky Factory 3—which, by the way, is far more engrossing than I ever thought Minecraft could be—but I won't have time to really delve into my other current fascinations, RiME and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Yes, I am still playing Shadow of War this long after my review—or rather, I'm trying to play it, because retail holiday season started a few weeks ago. Dave Gamble, Staff Writer, dgamble@gamingnexus.comAs advertised last week, I jumped back into Elite Dangerous, albeit in glorious VR. I wish I had done this sooner, but with hundreds of VR hours under my belt, it wasn't the awe-inspiring event that it would have been back in the days when it was all fresh and new. There was also, of course, a fairly decent learning curve to surmount before I could control at the least the most common tasks solely through the use of my HOTAS system. Once I got more or less up to speed, I decided to take an honorable path in this world, having learned from Red Dead Redemption just how easy it is to fall into a life outside the law, whether intentional or not. Mining is a grind, so I decided on cargo hauling. My quandary now is how to learn market prices on far away trading planets/stations without resorting to external websites. With only four cargo slots, I can't afford many mistakes on the economic front. I'm also spending a lot of time in the Drone Racing League Simulator, for which I am working on a review. They warned us right up front that this is a ultra-realistic simulator and all that that implies, which in action means it's really, really hard to fly. It's an FPV presentation, which takes a great deal of getting used to, and it models racing [...]



Free anniversary update to Planet Coaster now live on Steam

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 Holy moley, Planet Coaster is a nice looking game. Look at that trailer.  This thing is beautiful.

In celebration of Planet Coaster’s first anniversary, Frontier Development is releasing a free update, now available to download at Steam.

The update has a lot of cool new features. There is a Scenario Editor, which allows users to create scenario challenges and share them with the community. There are five brand new rides, including three new rollercoasters. There are also several new structural enhancements, like billboards, picnic tables, and a new Staff Management Building.

Maybe it’s just me, but I would really love to see Planet Coaster brought to consoles. Frontier is the same company developing Jurassic World Evolution, which is coming to console, and they recently brought Elite Dangerous from PC to console, so there might be a teeny-tiny chance that my wish comes true.

 

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The NXT Generation pack for WWE 2K18 is now available

WWE 2K18's first content pack drops today and it's the up and coming Superstars of the NXT brand with the NXT Generation pack. 

The NXT Generation pack includes the following Superstars

  • Aleister Black
  • Drew McIntyre
  • Lars Sullivan 
  • Elias
  • Ruby Riot 

The other cool thing about when new Superstars are added to the game is that all of their parts are added to the creation features as well. Their ring attire, entrance music and move sets will be available for created wrestlers to use as well. 

Be sure to also check out my review of WWE 2K18 as well where I said that 2K18 is a major step above 2K17 but still comes with its own set of problem as well. 

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Frenetic action game No Heroes Here comes to Switch and PS4 in Q2 2018

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No Heroes Here, the multiplayer castle defense game by Mad Mimic Interactive, is going live on Switch and PS4 in the second quarter of 2018.

The 2D pixel art co-op game allows up to four players to work together locally or online, crafting ammo and defenses to defend their castle from waves of attackers. The game currently has a Positive rating on Steam, drawing comparisons to Overcooked and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.

I love everything about the trailer for this game. Frantic co-op games of this nature go over like gangbusters with my family, so I will be keeping an eye on this one as we move closer to release.

 

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Paradox adds another big expansion to the Europa Universalis collection

Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization is now available for download. The latest in the series from Paradox has you deep into the happenings in the Middle East. Across the sands you will make profitable trade routes and expand your civilization through the years. Some of the features include:

  • Mamluk Government: In a diverse empire, where the slaves are now masters, new sultans must rely on cultural power to stay viable.
  • Persian Theocracy: Persia can use the power of the faith to bolster their regime.
  • Army Professionalism: The Age of Mercenaries slowly transitions to the Age of Standing Armies as you recruit new generals and drill your peacetime army.
  • Tribal Federations: The Black and White Sheep tribes in Armenia and Mesopotamia must can exploit the unity of local clans to aid expansions.
  • Iqta Taxes: Islamic nations have new taxation options to fuel their growth.
  • Trade Policies: Instruct your merchants to take actions in trade nodes to increase your trade power or military advantage.
  • Islamic Schools: The wide range of Sunni and Shia disciplines offer unique perks to their disciples and transforms international relations across the Middle East.
  • And Much More: The Cradle of Civilization expansion will be accompanied by a free update for all EU4 players, including a new map with many new nations

Cradle of Civilization is available now for download at $19.99 and here is the trailer:

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XBox One Gold members need to get to early Black Friday sales

Last week I was touting that the game list for XBox One was paltry and to expect something this week. I was oh so correct. There are some 400 games at huge discounts (up to 65%). Some big ones look something like this:

  • Call of Duty WWII Deluxe $10 off to $89.99
  • NBA 2K18 $18 off to $41.99
  • South Park The Fractured But Whole $19.80 off to $40.19
  • Madden NFL 18 $29.99 off to $30
  • Wolfenstein II $29.99 off to $30
  • Assassin's Creed Origins $21 off to $48.99
  • Destiny 2 $21 off to $38.99

These and a slew more are now available from the XBox One Black Friday sale for Gold members.

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Full reveal for Operation White Noise in Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft has fully revealed everything that will be coming in Operation White Noise, the next big content drop for Rainbow Six Siege and will include three new operators, a new map, skins, and tons of changes / fixes to the game. 

First up is the new attacker, Dokkaebi. Dokkaebi carries a tablet with her into battle. Twice per round she can use her tablet to do one of three things.

First, using the tablet will cause the phones of all of the surviving attackers to start vibrating essentially giving off their positions. Attackers will then need to make a choice. Take the time to turn off their phone, leaving them vulnerable or take a chance and let it ring. The second thing it does is that is disrupts the attackers feeds to cameras, letting the defenders maneuver around the map without being spotted. Finally, if an attacker dies with Dokkaebi in the match, they will drop their phone. If Dokkaebi can hack the phone, the defending team will then get access to the camera feeds for the rest of the round. 

Next up with the new South Korean Defender, Vigil. Vigil can cloak himself which will make him invisible to surveillance equipment like hacked security cameras or drones. He can however be detected by IQ's scanner, and his footprints can be scanned by Jackal. 

Finally, Zofia, an Attacker from Poland and the sister of Ela. Zofia carries into battle with her the KS79-Lifeline, which is a grenade launcher equipped with both explosive rounds and stun grenades. You can switch freely between explosive and stun grenades at any time and they don't need to be reloaded between shots. 

Since Zofia and Ela are sisters, they both have experience and training when it comes to stun grenades. This means that both Zofia and Ela will recover from their each others stun grenades at a faster pace.

Additionally, Zofia has an ability called "withstand". This allows her to pick herself up from a DBNO(downed but not out) state once per match and will recover with 1HP. 

For the full list of patch notes, be sure to check out Rainbow Six Siege's official website.

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Want to learn how to play Ascension?

So far I've written two articles this year on a couple of the new sets for the Ascension deck building game: Gift of the Elements and Alliances, with another set review on the way for Valley of the Ancients. In my Gift of the Elements article I briefly explain how to play the game, but don't really go into a lot of details. With my third article on the way I decided to finally rectify that issue and create a video that goes over how to play and a few other things such as a couple of strategies and how cards can combo and work together. While the video quality isn't the greatest, I hope that this is helpful for anyone wanting to learn how to play and I'm also hoping to do more videos on the other sets that I end up checking out (I will do videos for Gift of the Elements and Alliances as well as Valley of the Ancients in the near future).

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Finally, someone solved the case of the bugs in jars in Skyrim (you won't like the answer)

YouTuber Camelworks solved one of Skyrim's longest-standing mysteries. It's the curious case of the bugs in jars. You've perhaps run across one or two of these curiosities during your travels sometime in the past six years. Those big glass jars with big cork lids that house one living bug specimen inside. There's a bee, a butterfly, a dragonfly, a luna moth, and a torch bug. Only five. They're so rare they might as well be unique.

But why are they in the game? Is there some mission related to them? Do the symbols carved on the inside of their lids the answer to some map-spanning riddle? The far-flung theories and even further-flung math and linguistic translations have brought up no concrete answers.

Until now. At nearly 17 minutes, it's a long video. Camelworks is mainly describing the arduous search for an answer. But he got the answer. And he didn't put on a tin foil hat to get to it. He got at Skyrim's level designers, the tight-lipped people with the actual answer.

You're not going to like the answer.

Skip ahead to about 10:10 if you don't care about the process Camelworks went through. 

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Planet of the Apes – Last Frontier debuts tomorrow on PS4

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The Imaginarium’s new motion-capture cinematic adventure title Planet of the Apes – Last Frontier drops onto the PlayStation store tomorrow. The game is story based, with the player having no direct control over the characters, instead making choices for a cast of apes and humans. The play dynamic appears to be similar to that of last month’s SuperMassive title Hidden Agenda, including a shorter play time (two to three hours) and Sony PlayLink support.

The story takes place between the last two films in the trilogy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War of the Planet of the Apes. Last Frontier follows a group of apes that has split off from film hero Caesar’s clan, and headed out to make their own way in the world. The new group is led by an ape named Khan, who eventually comes into conflict with a group of farmers.

For such a high-profile franchise, publicity on the game has been strangely low key. No pre-order information is currently on the PlayStation store, and no pricing info is available. The pre-release trailers indicate that a great deal of care has gone into making this game, and the production values appear to be through the roof. It will be interesting to watch how the release of this title plays out. It seems like the game is just quietly slinking out into the world with little fanfare, which is unusual for a game from a franchise of this stature. I will probably be checking it out, depending on the price. If I do go for it, you can expect me to follow up with my thoughts after the weekend.

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Pokemon GO Global Catch Challenge begins tomorrow with interesting rewards

Pokemon GO Trainers around the world will be participating in a new Global Catch Challenge where interesting rewards can be had depending on how many Pokemon trainers catch over the next seven days. From November 20th through the 26th, trainers can unlock three tiers of rewards. Catching 500 million Pokemon will unlock the bronze-tier reward and will yield double XP, six hour lures, and increased Pokemon spawn rates (for how long wasn't specified). The silver tier will be unlocked at 1.5 billion Pokemon and will include the bronze tier rewards and double stardust. Finally is the gold tier which will yield not only the bronze and silver tier rewards, but will also make Farfetch'd available worldwide and Kangaskhan available in east-Asia, each for 48 hours. In other words, help trainers catch a ton of Pokemon so we can finally get another regional Pokemon that doesn't require us to travel to another continent.

UPDATE: Originally forgot to put that Farfetch'd and Kangaskhan would be available for 48 hours.  Also recently saw via the Pokemon GO Facebook page that the Bronze and Silver tier rewards would last until December 1st at 1:00 p.m. PST.

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Geralt narrates the Cinematic Trailer for SpellForce 3, behold

I came across the cinematic trailer for SpellForce 3 while writing this article about the latest gameplay trailer for the game. 

So, although this video is a few months old, it nevertheless feels fresh in my eyes. This trailer focuses on the history of Nortander, how it fended off a rebellious mage that tore the country apart. It was saved by the queen's sacrifice. What resulted was a ban on magic, but as we see, something fishy, and dead, is afoot in Nortander. 

It's an interesting short story, hopefully we'll get more content showcasing the other kingdoms of this fantasy world sometime soon. SpellForce 3 releases Decmber 7th, 2017.

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Here's the newest trailer for SpellForce 3

Well, if this isn't the prettiest looking RTS I've seen since Age of Empires II

SpellForce 3, the third entry in the fantasy-genre RTS series of games, has been dropped a new gameplay trailer (although teaser is a more appropriate word) of the human faction. 

A gruff voiceover tells a partial history of the human country of Nortander, talking the average talking points of weak governments and strong militaries. But then the real action shows up later with the catapults and a siege at the city gates. Although it's a small scene, it gives a nice sample of what's to come. 

SpellForce 3 releases December 7th, 2017.

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The (New) Justice League comes to Injustice 2 on consoles and mobile

Have you seen the new Justice League movie yet? Neither have I. What better way to skip the theater than just playing as those same characters in a videogame? Well, there are now Justice League-themed events happening on the mobile and console versions of Injustice 2. Players can partake in these events, and acquire gear for the characters featured in Justice League. 

So while there may not be specific character packs, you can still cosplay your Superman like he's the new Superman, or something like that. 

Watch the trailer below. Injustice 2 is out now.

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Get excited about Concrete in this new trailer for Surviving Mars

In a new blog post and trailer, the developers over at Haemiont Games are showing off the resource system for their game, Surviving Mars

Paraphrasing an entry from the diary, the developers approach resources in three ways. The first is to make them truly different, in how they functioned, replenished, and how they are found. The second is to make them feel truly scarce: "Surviving Mars is a city-builder, but it also has a strong survival element". The third element is the position of resources: "The bulk of the resource transportation happens automatically once set up, but a specific delivery can be manually ordered in case of an emergency". 

The dev diary goes seriously in depth, and you can read more here, otherwise, the short version (the trailer) is below:

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Russell dives into his first Raiden game in nearly twenty years.



Call of Duty: WWII Review
Is anything really different in the newest iteration of this decades-old shooter?



High Hell Review
High Hell is a tight little FPS that drops all of the extra baggage and just offers up a simple and fun casual shooter.



Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Review
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite feels more a way for Disney to promote the MCU rather than being a sequel in a long running franchise.