Destroy All Humans! Available On The PlayStation 4 Store

Over eleven years after its initial release, Destroy All Humans! is now on the PlayStation 4 digital store for $19.99, complete with trophies and widescreen support.

Destroy All Humans! stars Cryptosporidium-136, an alien hellbent on taking over Earth in the 1950s through destruction, psychokinesis powers, and, yes, anal probing. Game Informer’s Joe Juba gave the game an 8 back in his 2005 review.

Destroy All Humans! 2 has not been officially announced for a digital release PS4, but it has been recently rated by PEGI, which heavily implies its impending release.

For a look at Destroy All Humans!, check out our Replay of the PS2 version here. 100ft Robot Golf’s Dan Teasdale also had a hand in Destroy All Humans!, which you can hear more about on the Game Informer Show here.

[Source: PEGI]

 

Our Take
While it’s nice to get older, more niche games available digitally, the $19.99 asking price is a bit steep. Considering how no details were given on any possible technical upgrades, it looks like it’s just a slightly above standard, more expensive PS2 game on the PS4.

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Getting Up-Close With NES Classic Edition

We got our NES Classic Edition console in today, and in response we carefully ripped open the package and took a bunch of photos.

The box is suprisingly small. It’s a little bigger than a stack of about five DVD cases.

You know it’s retro because the word ‘retro’ is written in pixelated text on the back.

The instruction manual unfolds to double as a classic poster, showing off a number of things that are not included in the box, like R.O.B. the robot, an extra controller, or an NES Zapper.

Here’s the actual system.

Here’s the back of the system with its HDMI and USB ports.

Here’s a close-up look at the power and reset buttons. The power button stays recessed when you press it, just as it did on the original console.

The cables come in bags which can later be used to store a sandwich, some baby carrots, and single pringle potato chip, from left to right. It’s worth noting that the power brick is your standard USB power device. It is not proprietary.

A nice touch – the HDMI cable is branded with the Nintendo logo. The Wii U also includes a cable like this.

Here’s the controller.

Here’s the back of the controller.

For more images of the NES Classic Edition, including pictures of the controller’s surprisingly short length, head to page two.

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Watch Dogs 2 Season Pass Detailed

Despite taking pre-orders on it for months, Ubisoft has finally detailed the contents of its $39.99 season pass for Watch Dogs 2. It contains four mission packs, gadget and character skins, a new co-op difficulty mode, and more. For more details, check out the list below, courtesy of Ubisoft’s official blog.

T-Bone Content Bundle
Raymond “T-Bone” Kenney returns in Watch Dogs 2, and he’s brought his tropical trucker-hobo look with him. The T-Bone Bundle includes his truck, his outfit, and Mayhem – a new difficulty level for co-op activities that introduces a new enemy archetype equipped with advanced weaponry.

Human Conditions
Uncover scandals in San Francisco’s science and medicine industries through several hours of content spread across three new world stories. Additionally, this content unlocks elite co-op missions that feature the Jammer – an enemy that possesses the technology to hunt you down.

No Compromise
Marcus takes on the Russian Mafia in a new world story that exposes an even more dangerous side of San Francisco. You can also experience a new co-op mode called Showd0wn where only the best players can survive.

Root Access Bundle
Someone claiming to be the Zodiac Killer has returned to the Bay Area, and they’re leaving new messages from Marcus to uncover and decipher. In addition to the Zodiac Killer mission, this bundle includes new outfits, cars, a drone skin, and a new weapon.


Psychedelic Pack

Hippies. San Francisco. A groovy weapon, outfit, drone, and car await.

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For more on Watch Dogs 2, check out Game Informer’s preview here.

[Source: Ubisoft Blog]

 

Our Take
It’s a pretty expensive season pass, which is almost the norm these days. However, it does seem to come with a lot of content. Whether or not it will all be decent or worth the price is another story.

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Google Announces Daydream View VR Release Date For Next Week

Though many of the specifications for Google’s Daydream VR (which uses your phone as its screen) were revealed last month, the date was simply left at “November.”

Today Google has announced its VR device will launch on November 10. Units will only be available at certain stores depending on the country, however. The stores, pricing, and regions break down as follows:

  • Australia: Telstra, JB Hi-Fi; $119 (AUD)
  • Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy; $99 (CAD)
  • Germany: Deutsche Telekom; €69 (EUR)
  • United Kingdom: EE, Carphone Warehouse; £69 (GBP) 
  • United States: Verizon, Best Buy; $79 (USD)

Google also laid out its plans for software, including games that will be available for its headset “over the next few weeks.” In its post, the company mentioned:

  • Danger Goat
  • Gunjack 2: End of Shift
  • Home Run Derby
  • Hunters Gate
  • Mekorama
  • Need For Speed: No Limits VR
  • Wonderglade

Google also laid out a number of non-game uses for the device, including virtual reality renditions of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, an animated film called Invasion!, and the ability to look through Google Street View in VR.

[Source: Google Blog]

 

Our Take
Although the launch window (the specific dates of which seem murky in the blog post) includes a number of games, it’s telling that Google promoted several non-gaming uses for the device first. They may be targeting the device as more of a consumer jack-of-all-trades device instead of a something for hardcore gamers. Considering the headset’s low price point (not including the price of the phone, of course), they may have more success that way. 

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Persona 5's Ryuiji Explodes Onto The Scene In New Trailer

Atlus has released another character trailer for Persona 5, this time highlighting the explosion of comic relief Ryuji Sakamoto. Along with the short character vignette, there’s an interview with voice actor Matt Mittleman, who recently gave life to Saitama for the English dub of One Punch Man.

Ryuji looks to be close in personality with Junpei or a combination of Yosuke and Kanji from previous entries.

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This interview doesn’t show off any extra gameplay but it does fall in line with the list of voice actors Atlus released for the English cast.

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If that’s not enough Persona for you, Atlus recenly showed off the first 18 minutes of the game.

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Buy A PlayStation 4 On November 4-5, Get Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare For Free

With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare out this Friday, Sony is offering a special promotion in case you were thinking of buying a new console to go with your game.

As detailed on the official PlayStation blog, anyone who purchases a slim PlayStation 4 (including the recent Uncharted 4 bundle) at select retailers in the United States and Canada this Friday or Saturday (November 4-5) will receive a free copy of the game. The post does not specify which retailers are involved with the promotion, or whether the copy of Infinite Warfare included will be digital or physical.

Our Take
Bonus PSA: The PlayStation 4 Pro is out next week. 

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EA Indicates Star Wars Battlefront Sequel Coming Next Fall

During Electronic Arts’ second quarter earnings call, the company signaled that a Star Wars Battlefront sequel should hit next fall.

In the question and answer period of the call, Blake Jorgensen, EA CFO, talked about the various Star Wars titles the company has in the works. He described the timing of the next Star Wars Battlefront title as, “a year from now.”

Previously, the company has said a new Battlefront title would appear in 2017, but Jorgensen’s comments seem to narrow that a bit.

[Source: Electronic Arts]

 

Our Take
The analyst’s question that Jorgensen replied to was about how EA would financially make up for sales from Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 next year, further implying that the next Battlefront would fall into a similar timeframe.

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Reader Discussion: What's The Best Video Game Based On An Anime?

There are plenty of licensed games. Some of those licensed games are based on anime. What’s the best one? And to be clear, we’re talking about games based on pre-established anime – not the other way around.

We posted our Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 review earlier today, which is a series that has a decent video game track record. The games based on Naruto also have a strong fanbase. The recent Attack on Titan game was interesting, and same goes for the games based on One Piece. But are there any that stand above the rest? When it comes to video games based on anime, what’s your favorite of all time?

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Nintendo's Next Direct Presentation Is All About Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Tomorrow, Nintendo is holding a Nintendo Direct conference to discuss some new updates coming to Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS.

The conference starts at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET and will cover a big update coming to Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS that will add amiibo support, among a handful of other presumed additions. You will be able to watch the update here.

For our review of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, head here.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
I have no love for Animal Crossing, despite being one of the bigger Nintendo fans in the office. I do, however, like the idea that Nintendo is prepping a big update for a game that came out in 2013.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Cloverfield 3, Edge Of Tomorrow 2, Star Trek Vs. Aliens, Exile's End

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is this week’s big science-fiction
release. As strange as it is to link Call of Duty to the science-fiction
genre, I sadly can’t go into specifics regarding its quality just yet.
Infinite Warfare hits store shelves (and digital spaces) on Friday, and
our review, penned by the brilliant Dan Tack, will be released soon. I
stand by my claim that Infinite Warfare is my most anticipated game of
the fall. A small sliver of my anticipation comes from the simple fact
that I’m a fan of this series, but I mostly want to dive into this entry
because Activision is taking a real chance on it, something we rarely
see from established and annualized series. Activision may alienate fans
with the hard science-fiction angle, but I believe rocketing into the
cosmos and leaving the past behind is the best thing that could happen
to Call of Duty. This move shakes things up, and also gives us nice
separation between Call of Duty and Battlefield. This year’s batch of
shooters all have unique stances in the first-person shooter field, and
that’s a great thing.

Other than Infinite Warfare, this week is light on game news and
releases. If you are into old-school action-platformers or Metroidvania
games, you may want to check out Magnetic Realms’ Exile’s End, available
now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC. Exile’s End takes place
in the far future, and follows a corporation called Ravenwood, which
has a stronghold on commerce throughout the galaxy. Ravenwood is also a
threat, with its own army and rules. The game begins with Ravenwood’s
president disappearing on a mining planet. A mercenary team is sent in
to investigate. This expedition doesn’t begin on the best note; an
electrical malfunction leads to the drop ship crashing on the planet’s
surface. The mercenaries thankfully make it to escape pods, but now find
themselves separated on the planet. The game follows Jameson, who
awakens with no weapons or means of communicating with this crew.

I only had time to check out about 30 minutes of Exile’s End, but
want to dive back into it after I finish up Titanfall 2. Exile’s End is
deliberately slow, to a fault even, with little happening other than the
player jumping over space snakes and leaping across chasms in the
opening moments. As repetitive as these actions are, exploration has a
nice Metroid-like vibe to it, and is backed by the hook of discovering
what happened to your crew. You can check out the trailer below for a
brief look at the play style and direction of Exile’s End. I wish I had
time for a more thorough breakdown of this title, but if you want to
know more, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to play it
this weekend.

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Most of this week’s news is tied to the motion-picture industry in
some capacity. I am a huge fan of Bad Robot’s science-fiction efforts,
namely anything bearing the Cloverfield name. While I wouldn’t mind
seeing a proper Cloverfield 2 some day, I can’t recall any other series that has given us such different looks into an established universe. Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane
are dramatically different in set up and tone, yet  are strongly
intertwined by the time the credits role. The third Cloverfield film may
be hitting sooner than expected. A report from The Wrap states that the J. J. Abrams-produced God Particle may be the next film in this series. God Particle releases on February 24, 2017, and follows a team of astronauts who make a startling discovery. The Wrap
also reports that Abrams and Paramount Pictures hope to annualize the
Cloverfield property. That sounds like overkill to me, but I can never
say “no” to more science fiction, especially if the intent is on making
each installment unique.

If God Particle‘s plot sounds familiar, you may be confusing it with the recently announced Life.
This film, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rebecca
Ferguson, follows a team of astronauts who make a startling discovery.
Uh. Yeah, that’s the same hook as God Particle. I won’t go into
any other specifics, other than a flamethrower is used at some point.
You can check it out in action in the trailer below.

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The most exciting film news is tied to the forthcoming Edge of Tomorrow sequel. I didn’t see the original Edge of Tomorrow
in theaters, mainly because my friends deemed it “okay” and “passable.”
I obviously wasn’t going to avoid seeing a new sci-fi film, and
eventually got around to watching it a few months after it released on
Blu-Ray. I loved it so much that I immediately watched it again, and
proclaimed it to be my movie of the year. I can’t even begin to wrap my
brain around the idea of a sequel with Tom Cruise in the lead role
again, but director Doug Liman apparently thinks it’s the coolest thing
in the world. In an interview with Collider,
Liman is spitting out hyperbole like it’s going out of style. “[Edge of
Tomorrow 2] is the only sequel that I’m considering doing, and it’s
because the story is so amazing—much better than the original film,
and I loved and loved the original film—and it’s a
sequel that’s a prequel,” Liman says. He went on to say that it will
“revolutionize how people make sequels.” A sequel that’s a prequel that
will revolutionize sequels? Someone call Dr. Seuss. Sounds awesome. Now
the bad news. No release date or filming schedule have been revealed
yet. We’re going to have to wait for this one, folks.

Comic books allow for a high level of storytelling experimentation.
One such experiment is mashing two properties together for the sake of
fan-boy joy. Judge Dredd took on Batman, Robocop once battled the
Terminators, and now we’re going to see xenomorphs invade the Enterprise
in a Star Trek: The Next Generation vs Aliens story. The first issue of
this limited comic series is due out next spring, and is published
jointly by Dark Horse and IDW. The story is penned by Scott and David
Tipton, with art by J.K. Woodward. Yes, there’s a chance this comic will
be terrible, but keep an open mind. The examples I listed were damn
good, and since these stories exist outside of their respective
continuities, writers don’t have many parameters to follow. Death and
chaos should be expected aboard the Enterprise. We just have to guess
which crew member will reveal the chest-burster. My gut says it will be
Wesley Crusher. Get that punk out of the way within the opening pages.
He’s better fodder than a red shirt.

And before you leave, take a look this random video…

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