NYCC Trailer For John Wick: Chapter 2 Shows Off New Dog, Old Enemies

The first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2 premiered at this year’s New York Comic Con, revealing a few scant details about the plot, as well as some of the cast.

In the trailer, John Wick finds himself on the hunt again (go figure!), this time with a new dog by his side. The underground world of assassination sprawls deeper than ever, with several new cast members joining the fray. Among them are Laurence Fishburne as The Bowler King and Orange is the New Black‘s Ruby Rose in unknown but prominent role. You can watch the trailer below.

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Jeff Minter Is Making A Game Based On An Urban Legend

This one needs a bit of context. Polybius was originally, allegedly an arcade game back in the 1980s. I say “allegedly” because it’s hard to verify the arcade cabinet’s existence. If the machine was real, it apparently induced nausea and headaches in anyone who played it. It’s an urban legend.

While that is still the case, we will soon have to distinguish between Polybius the legend and Polybius the real-life game. Jeff Minter, known for his work on making several Tempest-like games including Space Giraffe and TxK, is making a game he claims is based on his experience playing a Polybius cabinet. On the European PlayStation blog, Minter tells his story of playing the original: “My heart was racing and I felt a really weird combination of exhilaration mixed with a deep-seated anxiety whose origin I couldn’t identify. It felt like waking unexpectedly from a dream and for the first few seconds I was thoroughly confused. It took me a while to remember that I was really in Basingstoke, and why.”

After playing the game, Minter couldn’t get the game out of his mind, so he decided to recreate a game he can’t quite describe. It was in the back of his mind until VR came along. “I’ve been dabbling in ludic psychedelia for a while now, and maybe the time and the medium was right now for me to attempt a game to at least in part replicate the effects, if not the exact gameplay, of that old legend. Leaving out all the bad stuff, of course.”

While I’m skeptical about Minter having played the original Polybius, the game he’s making is quite real. You can check out gameplay footage of Minter’s version of Polybius below.

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Here's What An NES Version of Overwatch Would Look Like

Overwatch’s team-based, multiplayer action is fine and all, but what if it looked like was a sidescroller from the late ’80s?

The new Youtube channel Rkade Soup decided to find out. They’ve turned the game’s iconic characters and locations retro, reimagining the game as a co-op beat-’em-up.

As the video’s description notes, it’s not quite a true NES recreation. There are more colors and pixels display here than the NES can handle, and it sounds different as well. Still, it’s an evocative facsimile – one I’d actually play, if it were real. You can watch the video of this retro rework in action below.

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The Five Best Games At Oculus Connect 3

I recently had the chance to travel to San Jose to check out some of the games Oculus was showing off for both the standard Oculus setup (headset plus controller), and the new setup taking advantage of the upcoming touch controllers. Good news: I managed not to get motion sickness, yay! Better news: I saw some really cool games. Here are the five best ones.

Robo Recall
Robo Recall, a full-fledged expansion of last year’s Bullet Train demo, was revealed during the keynote speech and immediately became one of the most talked about games at the show, and for good reason. The game’s colorful, vibrant action channels the aesthetic of Time Crisis and it doesn’t hurt that the game will be free to anyone who owns an Oculus. I got to play through a single level of the game and had a fantastic time with it. I’m still not quite a believer in VR reaching its gaming potential, but the demo for Robo Recall is a fantastic time, and had me wowing at all of its combat options. You can read a more in-depth preview of my time with the demo here.

Lone Echo
Big fan of Ender’s Game? Action in zero gravity? Ready at Dawn’s Lone Echo might be your jam, then. I got the opportunity to play through a single match that basically functioned as soccer in space, with each player taking control of a robot, and each team of 5 robots trying to push a Tron-like disc through the opponent’s goals. You can latch onto objects littered around the environment and shoot yourself across space to grab a disc. You can also punch an enemy to stun them and steal the disc from them. While there were some graphical glitches (like my hand suddenly deciding to shoot all the way across the level) and motion jankiness, there’s still a lot of potential to Lone Echo. I felt as though I was truly floating through space and felt a particular kind of thrill every time I stole a disc away from an opponent.

There’s also a singleplayer campaign for Lone Echo, but we didn’t get any hands-on time with that.

I Expect You To Die
I Expect You To Die is crushingly hard. It’s also zany, casting you as a James Bond-like agent who has to escape a series of death traps comprised of minor puzzles, like disarming a bomb by following a diagram’s instructions in reverse or narrowly avoiding a death laser by slightly tilting your head to the right. An English narrator, ostensibly your handler, is also on hand to give you feedback on your puzzle-solving skills. I Expect You To Die is a great time, and I’m looking forward to getting more time with it once it releases alongside the Touch controller later this year.

You can read a longer preview on I Expect You To Die here.

Landfall
Landfall is a sci-fi RTS where you control a single trooper on the field who can call down mechs in a futuristic war. While that sounds like pretty standard sci-fi game fare, Landfall’s selling point is the unique perspectives it uses thanks to the VR headset. You’re not centered above the battlefield in a top-down manner. Instead, you’re above your troops and looking out across the land in a way reminiscent of a diorama. You’ll also jump around perspectives, taking a first-person view of the battlefield whenever you order your mech to transform into a turret.

Outside of the uniquely VR qualities, Landfall is a pretty fun time. I played a couple of multiplayer matches, with each match being some variation of Control The Point. I played around with a variety of classes, each of them armed with their unique weapons, like rocket launchers or flamethrowers. Combat is fun, with enemies flying about and spinning like ragdolls when destroyed. I actually wanted to play more of the game when the demo ended and look forward to playing more of the game when it’s released.

Dragon Front
Dragon Front is a free-to-play trading card game in the vein of Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering that just happens to be in VR. The perspective of looking across the table at your foe and being able to examine card descriptions up-close is fun, but doesn’t necessarily justify the necessity of the VR component. Still, Dragon Front is a just a barrel of strategic fantasy entertainment that I had a lot of fun playing and proved itself to be one of the more complete and complex games at the conference

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Watch Tekken 7's Miguel Search For His Sister's Killer By Beating People Up

During a livestream of this week’s Barcelona Games World event, Bandai Namco announced the latest character to join Tekken 7’s roster: Miguel.

Miguel is looking to avenge the death of his sister, who was seemingly murdered at her wedding. You can watch Miguel show off some of his moves, eat an apple, and trash-talk his opponents in the video below.

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What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, WESG, And Super Smash Bros.

It’s, Fall, which means we’re getting hit with a deluge of blockbuster and indie releases. It also means tournament seasons are picking back up again. We’ll have to wait a bit more until we see several Blizzard games have their big finals at Blizzcon in November, but between all the tournaments going on this week, you should more than enough to watch this weekend.

League of Legends’ Worlds Championship continues all month, but some of the event’s best matches happened this week. If you’re a League fan, be sure to tune in throughout the month as teams like SoloMid, ROX Tigers, and Cloud 9 compete to take this year’s title. (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile, the World Electronic Sports Games (yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful) tournaments kick off this weekend, using an Olympic-style format to pit teams from different nations against each other. The finals won’t be for a while, but these early stages are your chance to root for your country of origin while you can. The league will feature Hearthstone (Stream), StarCraft II (Stream), Dota 2 (Stream), and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Stream). For schedules, make sure to check out the description in each game’s Twitch channel, which will be updated each day with an image of the day’s matches.

If you need more Counter-Strike, you can watch The World Championships 2016, which has national teams from France, Argentina, Tunisia, and more competing for a $100,000 prize pool. (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Schedule)

This week we also have a double-header of fighting game events; first, the South East Asia Major will feature some of the most fierce talent from around the world fighting for one of the last guaranteed spots at December’s Capcom Cup. The Major’s got several other tournaments as well, so be sure to watch those on the second stream (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Schedule).

Second, The Fall Classic will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina and will feature an absurd number of fighting games across three streams. If you’re looking for an event on a more local time, this is your best bet. (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Stream 3 / Schedule).

In other fighting game events, we have The Big House 6, a Super Smash Bros. Melee / Wii U tournament which will feature some of the games’ most prominent players, like Hungrybox, Armada, Mew2King, and more. (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Stream 3 / Schedule)

Those looking for a more traditional, less video-based event can watch the Magic the Gathering Atlanta Grand Prix this weekend. (Stream / Schedule)

Finally, the New York Comic Con is this weekend, and you can watch several of the event’s panels live on Twitch. (Stream / Schedule in Twitch channel description)

That’s it for this weekend! As always, feel free to post about any tournaments we’ve missed in the comments below.

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Replay – The Bad South Park Games

The Stick of Truth is great, and we’re confident about The Fractured But Whole, but there was a time when South Park and video games didn’t get along.

We’ve got all kinds of features planned this month about why we think South Park: The Fractured But Whole (which is on our cover this month) will be a good game, but we wanted to take a moment to remember the South Park license back before its creators stepped in and said, “Stop it. Let us take care of this!”

We focus mostly on the Nintendo 64 South Park games where Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, myself, and special guests Yoda and Wade Wojcik check out Chef’s Luv Shack, South Park Rally, the simply titled South Park (which we did play on a previous episode of Replay). We also play a bit of the Xbox 360 Xbox Live Arcade game, South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge (which former editor Dan Ryckert gave a 2). We promise you’re not going to have a bad time.

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Weekend Warrior – Constructive Criticism

It’s been an educational couple weeks here at the Game Informer offices. Mostly, we’ve been learning that a “pile driver” is not just an irritating move Zangief does. It’s also a piece of construction equipment that’s used primarily for the purpose of…driving piles, I guess. The point is, there’s one across the street from the GI building and the noise is making us feel as though the Swarm might be tunneling beneath us. That’s okay though, because thanks to Gears of War 4, we’re ready for battle. Here’s how the GI crew plans on spending their last weekend on the surface. Let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments.

Wade Wojcik (@WadeWojcik) – Iron Banner is back, baby. With the few remaining days of the event, I’ve got rep to grind and a new pvp set to build. This time around, the game type is Supremacy, a 6v6 capture-the-enemy-crests scoring match, and it’s fun as hell. If you’re new to either Destiny or Iron Banner, or returning from a hiatus like myself, check it out!

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) This weekend, I’ll be playing Mafia III, Pokémon Go, Overwatch, Pokémon SoulSilver, and Batman: Arkham Origins. I’d also like to continue playing Forza Horizon 3, NBA 2K17, and Madden NFL 17, but I don’t want to get too ambitious.

Matthew Kato (@MattKato) – My schedule is pretty chock full of stuff: NBA 2K17, PES 2017, Madden 17, NHL 17…Oh, and I also have Darkest Dungeon, and last night I remembered to download Resident Evil from PSPlus. I have fond memories of the original on the original PlayStation, but believe it or not, haven’t played much of any of the subsequent remastered treatments.

Suriel Vazquez (@surielvazquez) – I have a lot of games to dig into. I’m really excited to sink my teeth into Mafia III, obviously. But I’m also itching to check out The Silver Case, the HD remaster of one of Suda Goichi’s first games. There’s also lots of Dota 2 and Street Fighter to watch this weekend, which should be fun. And, as always, “figuring out where I’m going to park today because my building only offers on-street parking” is a wonderful game I don’t hate at all.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – This weekend we’re celebrating my daughter’s birthday, as she has been careful to remind me about for the last six months. It’s equal part exciting, and stressful, and it will basically be my whole weekend. If I do have some free time, however, I will probably dive into Mafia III. I like what I am seeing from the game so far.

Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM) – This weekend I plan to set aside all the games I have on my unfinished pile of shame and dive into Mafia III. I liked what I saw of the game during our Test Chamber, and am eager to see if it holds up for the long run. I’d also like to do some more exploring/dying in Darkest Dungeon this weekend, and maybe smash up some fancy-pants English manors in Dangerous Golf.

Kevin Slackie (@KSlackie) – This weekend I plan to play through MegaMan X2 and Ace Attorney 6 so I can finally play the Time Traveler case. I’m also gonna check out the Mall of America. Here’s hoping I don’t shop til I drop or end up in some Dead Rising situation.

Michael Leri (@OrangeFlavored) – Unlike last week, I’m not really sure what I’ll waste my time on this weekend. Probably some Mortal Kombat X, given the huge update that just came out. Maybe some South Park: The Stick of Truth on PS4? Or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided? Probably a movie or two. I don’t really care since I finally finished Life is Strange and literally anything is going to be better than that.

Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) – I had a weird urge to finally sit down and play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance this week, and that wound up being an excellent decision. I’m hoping to finish the story up this weekend (please do not ask me about my S ranks). But the Dying Light community bounty caught my eye yesterday, so I’m planning on spending some quality time back in Harran. Pass me the flame-throwing cricket bat. No, not that one, the one with the nails in it.

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Two Lizard Squad Members Charged For Role In Holiday DDoS Attacks, Attack-For-Hire Sites

By now, you’ve probably heard of Lizard Squad, especially if you were a casualty in the DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in 2014. Since then, Finland convicted Julius Kivimaki of over 50,000 counts of cyber-crime, including harassment, fraud, and data breaches. Wednesday, two 19-year-old men, Zachary Buchta of Fallston, Md., and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy of Leiden, the Netherlands, were charged in Chicago with conspiring to cause damage to protected computers. The charge carries a 10-year maximum sentence in prison. 

Both operated under the monikers of “Lizard Squad” and “PoodleCorp,” and did way more than just inconvenience gamers over the 2014 holiday. The investigation began after authorities discovered phonebomber.net, a website that allowed paying customers to send repeated harassing phone calls from spoof numbers to the target of their choice. Soon after came thousands denial-of-service attacks and attacks that targeted various companies in the gaming, entertainment, and media sphere. Lizard Squad made even bigger waves when it hacked Taylor Swift’s Twitter account. According to the criminal complaint, Buchta and van Rooy also conspired with other members of Lizard Squad to run cyber-attack-for-hire websites and trafficked stolen payment card account information for thousands of victims.

In addition,the federal court in Chicago ordered the seizure of four domain names it believes are highly connected with the illegal activities outlined above, such as shenron.lizardsquad.org, lizardsquad.org, stresser.poodlecorp.org, and poodlecorp.org.

Remember, this will need to go to court to decide if Buchta and van Rooy are guilty, and a sentence will be given based on that finding. 

For more information, you can read up on the official press release.

[Source: Department of Justice]

 

 

Our Take
Lizard Squad kept raising suspicion, but then they started targeting high-profile celebrities and companies, so it’s no surprise that an investigation had been launched. While this still needs to go to trial for a verdict, at least things are getting addressed by the court. Time will tell where it all leads. 

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Official Trailer For Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle Appears

It was a surprise to see footage from a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers game emerge from New York Comic-Con yesterday ahead of any official announcement from publisher Bandai Namco. Now that it’s official, Bandai Namco released an official trailer, which you can see below.

The game sets the Rangers up against Rita Repulsa in a modern spin on the classic four-player arcade beat-em-up format. See footage of Zords and fights against gigantic screen-filling monsters, as well as hear the classic theme song in the trailer below. 

The game is set to launch in January.

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What do you think of the trailer so far?

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