Watch the Thrilling Opening Cinematic to Halo 5: Guardians Right Now
The Halo 5: Guardians launch is right around the corner, and we’re excited to unveil the opening cinematic to the game, featuring Fireteam Osiris. In the cinematic, the group receives UNSC orders to recover a high value target and deploy to take on Covenant and Promethean forces in a fierce action sequence – the start to the most ambitious, robust and epic Halo campaign experience yet. The breathtaking cinematic was directed by 343 Industries and created in collaboration with some of the video game industry’s leading creative talent, such as AXIS Animation, Profile Studios and Warner Bros.
Forza Motorsport 6 Has Gone Gold! Demo Arrives Sept. 1
The latest mile marker on the road to Forza Motorsport 6’s launch has arrived: We’ve gone gold! In two weeks, Forza Motorsport 6 will be available to play via early access for owners of the Ultimate Edition. Five days later, Forza 6 will be unleashed to everyone! Before the full game launches, however, fans will have the chance to experience the thrills of Forza Motorsport 6 in the official free demo for the game, which launches on September 1. The Forza Motorsport 6 demo will let players experience the most beautiful and comprehensive racing game of this generation, named “Best Racing Game” and “Best Simulation Game” of gamescom 2015. The demo features a selection of the 460 Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. You’ll experience highlights from the game’s 26 world-famous locales, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Everyone who plays the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their garage in Forza Motorsport 6 for no additional cost. In addition, the demo will include additional features that allow fans to get even deeper into the Forza Motorsport 6 experience. Look for more details on that when the demo launches on September 1! We’re celebrating all of this Forza news with some new details on the game, including the announcement of a number of previously unannounced cars in Forza Motorsport 6, as well as full details on all the tracks in the game. See below for more details on the cars released this week, and the full post on ForzaMotorsport.net for new screenshots and details on the tracks that will include night and wet racing options.
5 Reasons We’re Loving Madden NFL 16
Madden season is finally here, and we’re already devoting a ton of our free time to the gridiron. Madden NFL 16 brings brings back many of your favorite modes, like Connected Franchise, Madden Ultimate Team, and The Gauntlet. On top of all that, EA Sports brought a lot of new content to the series (including those new PAT rules!). Check out some of the new features that we’re loving in Madden NFL 16. Your options when controlling both the quarterback and receiver have expanded a lot, and it makes for a way more exciting Madden. The new roll-out option for QBs give you a movement advantage, without forcing you into a full run and losing accuracy. Receivers now have three ways to catch the ball, giving you plenty of options to make safer or more spectacular plays. You’ve even got in-game feedback that helps make you a better receiver in Madden.
Race Down Under with V8 Supercars Australia in the Forza Motorsport 6 Garage
If you’re looking to go full throttle or “give it some stick” as our friends down under might say, week nine of Forza Motorsport 6 car reveals has just what you need – ten of the top V8 Supercars from Australia. Xbox will continue its partnership with V8 Supercars that began in 2002, in addition to extending the existing partnership with DJR Team Penske that will see the Xbox-liveried V8 Supercar raced in the 2015 Championship Enduro Series by driver Marcos Ambrose. This week’s announcement includes at least one car from all five constructors represented in the Aussie V8 Supercar series. That means with the Forza Motorsport 6 livery editor, you can create any car from the 2015 season. Don’t forget the laundry list of other awesome rides that will be ready to race in Forza Motorsport 6 on Sept. 15. It’s not too late to pre-order a copy of Forza Motorsport 6 Ultimate Edition through the Forza Hub app for Xbox One to ensure you can start playing as early as Sept. 10. Now let’s take a closer look at the V8 Supercars. Bathurst awaits their rumble and roar with you behind the wheel. 2015 Holden #1 Red Bull Racing Australia VF Commodore The #1 livery is on the right car. The #1 Red Bull Holden Commodore is driven by six-time V8 Supercar champion and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jamie Whincup. When Red Bull Racing takes interest in a sport, it’s not long before you find them at the top. Whincup and the #1 have won two races so far in 2015, taking second once and claiming multiple top ten finishes – and the season isn’t over yet. 2015 Holden #22 Holden Racing Team VF Commodore In his fifth year with the Holden Racing Team, 2010 V8 Supercars champion James Courtney has been building momentum and making a mark in 2015. Courtney caught a victory at the third race of the season opener in Adelaide and has four other podiums this season. With the deep experience of HRT behind Courtney, there is no telling how far the team will go. 2015 Holden #97 Tekno Autosports VF Commodore Tekno Autosports was established to support the racing aspirations of the father-and-son team of Stephen and Jonathon Webb. With eight-year V8 Supercar veteran driver Shane Van Gisbergen behind the wheel, the team collected eight wins in 2014 and have earned 11 top ten finishes in 2015, including a couple podiums. 2015 Holden #14 Freightliner Racing VF Commodore Brothers Brad and Kim Jones have found success in every type of racing they’ve entered. This year in the V8 Supercar series, driver Fabian Coulthard earned the team a victory and multiple podiums. These results have Coulthard sitting in sixth place in the drivers points with a few races left in 2015. 2015 Ford #5 Pepsi Max Crew PRA Falcon FG X 2015 has been an astounding year for driver Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom and the #5 Ford Falcon. The Pepsi Max crew have already chalked up eight wins and four podiums this season. Only twice have they finished outside the top ten. With a huge lead in the points, it looks like 2015 could be Frosty’s big year and his first V8 Supercars championship. 2015 Ford #17 Xbox Racing Ford Falcon FG X Two-time champion and V8 Supercar legend Marcos Ambrose made a much-heralded return to the Aussie road-racing series this year in the #17 Ford Falcon. Ambrose spent the last few years in NASCAR and the return to Aussie V8s was challenging. Look for Ambrose and the #17, backed by the experience of DJR Team Penske, in the remaining enduro races of 2015.
Hitman Gives New Lethal and Non-lethal Skills to Agent 47
With its jump to the new console generation, Io Interactive is bringing gamers a Hitman game that is bigger, better, and deadlier in every way. Feeling like a mix between Hitman: Blood Money and Hitman: Absolution, the upcoming Agent 47 adventure (simply titled Hitman) is the best of both worlds: massive-open ended sandbox levels with myriad options, combined with the tight controls that made recent Hitman games stand out. During a recent demo, we got to see first-hand how Agent 47’s skill and tool sets have expanded. Io Interactive describes the levels in Hitman as “Swiss cheese” – that is, full of many holes through which to enter. The lavish Paris fashion show that was the set for our assassination mission showcased this philosophy. Caterers were bringing food to the event from the side of the building; contractors were loading equipment on the other side. An open balcony door was within climbing reach... or we could use our invitation, and stride in unnoticed amongst the hundreds of people.
Smite Officially Launches Today on Xbox One
Today, developer Hi-Rez Studios’ free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game Smite – the mythology-themed third-person action game – officially launched on Xbox One after a successful beta testing process. The game’s already racked up over 1 million players during the course of its alpha and beta, and now all Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the game, jump in, and have some fun. “With over one million participants in our beta, there is clearly an appetite for the right MOBA on console,” said Todd Harris, co-founder and COO of Hi-Rez Studios. “MOBAs have historically been a PC-only genre, but Smite’s action-oriented gameplay is a great fit with the Xbox One controller. The strong player retention we’ve seen during beta makes us confident that this is just the beginning for console MOBAs and console e-Sports.”
A Closer Look at the People and Places of Fallout 4
Our recent look at Fallout 4 concluded with a moment tailor-made to please existing fans of the post-apocalyptic role-playing game franchise. Armed with the atomic bomb-slinging Fat Man gun, the player – using the V.A.T.S. targeting system – aimed at a Behemoth mutant’s torso. Before blasting a hubcap-sized hole in a monster’s belly with a mini-nuke, though, the presentation offered some subtler, but no less impressive peeks at what fans can expect from the Boston-set sequel. Shedding more light on the game’s companion system, Game Director Todd Howard introduced us to potential new friends Preston Garvey and Piper. The former is the leader of the Commonwealth Minutemen, while the latter seems to be a wasteland reporter working out of Diamond City, the ruins of Fenway Park.