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Our First Look at a New Avengers Adventure

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapping up its 10-year epic and passing the torch to Spider-Man – that opens the door for some of our favorite superheroes to embark on a new, interactive adventure. Developed by Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider), Marvel’s Avengers looks to pave the way for a whole new adventure where we’re now in control of Earth’s mightiest heroes. The Marvel’s Avengers demo at E3 2019 centered around “A-Day” where the Avengers – Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor – unveil their new high-tech headquarters and brand-new helicarrier in San Francisco. Naturally, it’s not long until they need to spring into... Read more: Our First Look at a New Avengers Adventure

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E3 2019: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Refocuses the Series on Spec Ops

Ghost Recon Breakpoint expands the open world gameplay of Ghost Recon: Wildlands to include more robust survival options, and a lot more drone fighting. This sequel features Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”) as former Ghost Cole D. Walker, first seen in the Wildlands DLC Operation Oracle — and Walker is now the game's Big Bad. He leads a well-supplied and tech-heavy band of mercenaries called the Wolves, and you must stop him. Playing either solo (with AI squadmates, if you like) or with up to three other players, you’ll fight through a variety of weather conditions and landscapes, scavenging gear and supplies as you go. Breakpoint puts new emphasis on the personal experience of... Read more: E3 2019: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Refocuses the Series on Spec Ops

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E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion Lets You Play an Entire City

London has gone to hell in Watch Dogs: Legion. An authoritarian organization called Albion has taken over the city, populating it with private soldiers, filling the sky with militarized observation drones, and controlling the population through data and fear. Legion is not exactly a continuation of the story from the previous games; Watch Dogs 2 lead Marcus Holloway hasn’t gone to London. In fact, there’s no single main character in Watch Dogs: Legion, and there aren’t really NPCs. Through DedSec you can recruit literally anyone in London to fight Albion. I got to play about 30 minutes of the game at E3. Here’s how the experience went — and who I managed to kill. Play... Read more: E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion Lets You Play an Entire City

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E3 2019: Battletoads Revives Cartoonish Brawling

The original Battletoads, developed by Rare, arrived in 1991 to enthrall gamers. Now the three toads — Pimple, Rash, and Zitz — have been revived by Diala Studios and Rare for a new three-player beat ‘em up, available soon with Xbox Game Pass, that looks to bring all the great platforming features fans of the series are looking for. I played two levels on the floor at the Xbox E3 Showcase. One was a section of a side-scrolling beat ‘em up level; the other a revamped version of the original game’s notorious Turbo Tunnel, now presented as a forward-scrolling 3D experience. Here’s what I learned, without any mention of all the bruises sustained. Time to Morph The... Read more: E3 2019: Battletoads Revives Cartoonish Brawling

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E3 2019: Hands-on with the Ultimate First-Person Shooter, Doom: Eternal

I imagine the planning meeting for Doom: Eternal went something like this, with the following notes scribbled on id Software’s whiteboard: “Keep everything that works.” “Add new multiplayer mode.” “Let’s have a grapple hook… no…. let’s call it a Meathook!” “Taco Tuesday this week?” “Ooh, let’s add wall-climbing and double-dash abilities.” And in big bold letters, at the top of the whiteboard with many underlines beneath it, would read “Ultimate Power Fantasy.” I’m speculating, of course. But with my brief hands-on time at E3 2019, and with the deeper gameplay look during Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference, it seems clear that the team has not... Read more: E3 2019: Hands-on with the Ultimate First-Person Shooter, Doom: Eternal

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E3 2019: Scavengers is a Tornado of Compelling Competitive Survival

Scavengers is a 4-player team-based survival shooter that is billed by developer Midwinter Entertainment as “co-opetition.” That’s a made-up term that actually captures the spirit of the game, even if it doesn’t begin to hint at what makes it unique. Scavengers imagines an Earth that has been plunged into frigid cold thanks to the destruction of the Moon. Much of humanity has taken refuge on a space station, run by a less-than-reliable AI, orbiting our old planet. You’re one of a four-person crew sent down to the surface, with orders to collect materials that might help build a future for humanity. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, there are feral settlers on the planet, and... Read more: E3 2019: Scavengers is a Tornado of Compelling Competitive Survival

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E3 2019: Lie, Sneak, and Blast Your Way to Success in The Outer Worlds

Thanks to a development history that includes titles like Pillars of Eternity and Neverwinter Nights 2, a new game from Obsidian Entertainment is automatically an event. Specifically, when it looks like it might be a continuation of the designs seen in Obsidian's Fallout New Vegas, which set a high standard for the Fallout series back in 2010. The Outer Worlds, a first-person RPG with a rich vein of dark comedy, developed by Obsidian and published by Private Division looks like the spirit of New Vegas reincarnated into a new body. That’s not meant to make the game sound derivative; rather it looks like exactly the sort of title I’d hope to see from Obsidian. At E3 2019, The Outer... Read more: E3 2019: Lie, Sneak, and Blast Your Way to Success in The Outer Worlds

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E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

Hellblade developers Ninja Theory brought their frantic new team-based brawler, Bleeding Edge, to E3. Bleeding Edge is a MOBA riff, a competitive four-on-four battle with frantic, fast-moving combat and ridiculously huge attack effects. I played a few rounds of Bleeding Edge on the floor of at the Xbox E3 Showcase. Here are all the details. Controlled Chaos My first experience with Bleeding Edge was pure chaos. As two teams experienced the game for the first time, the match was a riot of clashing area attacks, rapid retreats and dashes towards checkpoints, with not enough attention paid to strategy by new players eager to try out all their attack options. All of which is a... Read more: E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

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E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

The silence is unnerving. A four-person squad shuffles up a narrow stair in a North London building. There’s no room to turn around. They move floor to floor in near-total darkness, night vision goggles tinting the scene green. Orders are whispered. Each man’s breathing has a slightly ragged edge, but it’s under control. When a shotgun fires from behind a door it sounds like a cannon. One man is down. Those still standing turn to fire at a man holding a woman like a human shield. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a sequel, but a refresh. It cuts loose some of the gameplay concepts that have defined the series for years — no more slow-motion action sequences — and leans in to... Read more: E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

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Spiritfarer Debuts at Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

“Welcome to the big show.” These were the first words I heard when I walked into rehearsals. We were about to announce our studio’s third game, Spiritfarer, on the biggest stage in the world: E3. My name is Will Dubé, and I’m the founder of Thunder Lotus Games. Five years ago, I quit my job to put an indie game on Kickstarter. Today, I’m writing to you from beautiful Los Angeles as we introduce our new game, Spiritfarer, to the world on the biggest stage in gaming. Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. It’s a game about heritage and what you leave behind. It’s about relationships you create and care for, and the bitter-sweetness of saying goodbye.... Read more: Spiritfarer Debuts at Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

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E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

Let’s get this part out of the way first: Cyberpunk 2077 looks even more incredible than the last time we saw it. From its massive open world, branching dialog, and multiple ways to play it’s going to be one of the most talked about games in 2020. After a year of waiting for more details and information, the day is finally here as CD Projekt Red pulled back the curtain with a brand-new demo for E3 2019. In that hour-long, closed-door guided gameplay walkthrough, we learned five new things that helps to give Cyperpunk 2077 an incredible level of depth, immersive world design, and lots of Keanu Reeves. In-depth Character Customization The hands-off demo began with showcasing some... Read more: E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

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Play The Division 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

It’s been seven months since the population was ravaged by a devastating disease and the streets of Washington, D.C., are overgrown and bristling with danger. Violent factions vie for territory while survivors desperately defend their makeshift settlements, and it’s up to you and your fellow Agents to tip the scales. This weekend, play The Division 2 for free with Xbox Live Gold, and start your fight to take back the city. The free weekend runs from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 16, and gives you access to the full game, including the lengthy campaign (playable solo or co-op with up to three other players), challenging endgame, and dedicated PvP mode. If you decide to... Read more: Play The Division 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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E3 2019: Light-Hearted Exploration Fuels Journey to the Savage Planet

Would you like to journey to an exotic planet, meet cute little owl-like aliens and... slap them? In Journey to the Savage Planet, the first title from the new Typhoon Studios, you’re an intrepid adventurer in the employ of Kindred Aerospace, which proudly proclaims its ranking as the fourth-best interstellar exploration company for eight years running. That’s your first hint that this voyage might not be the best-advised trip. The intentionally ironic title is something of a misdirect from a gameplay experience that is a bit like No Man’s Sky with jokes. (The color scheme of this game powers at least half of the No Man’s Sky comparison.) This looks like a pleasant trip to outer... Read more: E3 2019: Light-Hearted Exploration Fuels Journey to the Savage Planet

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Free Play Days: Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains

It’s E3 week, which means it’s time for a breathtaking Free Play Days event! Although E3 is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains. Endure a nuclear wasteland in the largest Fallout world yet or take back and restore Washington, D.C. as a Division agent. But if you prefer to play as the bad guys, become the best villain ever in a DC/LEGO adventure! The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Fallout 76’s Free Play Day event began June 10 and will continue to run... Read more: Free Play Days: Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains

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E3 2019: Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood

Last month, Xbox and ELEAGUE announced the “ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood” – a six-part event series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. During our special E3 Edition of Inside Xbox on June 10, we teased the show with a two-minute trailer. If this left you wanting more, you’re in luck! The first episode will debut on TBS tomorrow, Friday, June 14, at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.   With one-hour long episodes, the series will provide an unprecedented look into the uniquely passionate world of Gears Esports through the lens of six of the most well-known professional players, including Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo... Read more: E3 2019: Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood

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E3 2019: Play As Anyone in Watch Dogs: Legion, Coming to Xbox One March 6

Watch Dogs: Legion is coming to Xbox One on March 6, 2020, taking you to a near-future London torn between sinister factions working to keep citizens meek and controlled. Organized criminals vie with a sinister private military for control of the streets, all under the watchful eye of an oppressive surveillance state. The citizens need something to rally around if they’re going to take back the city, and that something is the hacker collective DedSec. In Watch Dogs: Legion, your mission is to pull together a resistance from the people around you, and use their innate traits to build a group of effective operatives who can hack, fight, and sneak their way through the powerful forces... Read more: E3 2019: Play As Anyone in Watch Dogs: Legion, Coming to Xbox One March 6

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E3 2019: The Avengers Finally Assemble at Square Enix’s Press Conference

Square Enix’s 2019 press conference had big superhero energy, courtesy of Crystal Dynamics. The Tomb Raider developer finally unwrapped the first footage of Marvel’s Avengers, which brings a new version of a very familiar band of heroes to gaming. That wasn’t the only title on deck. Square touted recent releases like Octopath Traveler on PC and Life is Strange 2, and debuted footage from another big action title. Here are all the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games coming from Square Enix. Marvel’s Avengers In Marvel’s Avengers, the team at Crystal Dynamics creates their own interpretation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. While the starting roster is identical to the... Read more: E3 2019: The Avengers Finally Assemble at Square Enix’s Press Conference

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E3 2019: Hands-on with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Coming This Fall with Xbox Game Pass on PC

One of our favorite strategy games will be making a triumphant return later this year in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition on Windows 10 and Steam (with cross-play support) and with Xbox Game Pass on PC. Having received an HD treatment in 2013, which helped reinvigorate interest in the franchise, AoE II: DE will literally deliver the be-all, end-all version of this classic real-time strategy game, bringing with it modern quality of life improvements, a new campaign, and brand-new graphics that support up to 4K resolution. Special for E3 this year, the hands-on demo showcased a combination of the hard work the team has put into modernizing this masterpiece and making it incredibly... Read more: E3 2019: Hands-on with Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Coming This Fall with Xbox Game Pass on PC

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E3 2019: EA Unleashes the Force Powers and Fluid Combat of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Here’s a familiar Star Wars scenario: You’re running from danger and turn a corner only to realize there are a few stormtroopers 10 yards away. They fire blasters, so there are slashes of deadly energy racing towards you at light speed. If stormtroopers weren’t such terrible shots, you’d be dead. Or maybe you’re young Jedi Cal Kestis, the hero of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In that case you might use one Force power to slow time, making those blaster shots look like paper streamers fluttering through the air. Then you Force pull a stormtrooper right into your hands, before depositing him in the path of his own blaster fire, which finishes him off. In that case you’re not... Read more: E3 2019: EA Unleashes the Force Powers and Fluid Combat of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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E3 2019: Rahul Kohli of “iZombie” Joins Cast of Gears 5

Sunday’s Xbox E3 2019 Briefing was packed with Gears 5 news, including a partnership with the film "Terminator Dark Fate," the unveiling of Escape mode, and the announcement that Gears 5 will be available for Ultimate Edition owners and with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members starting September 6, with a worldwide launch on September 10. Today’s Gears 5 panel at the E3 Coliseum hosted by WWE Superstar Austin Creed brought one more surprise to Gears fans, as Rahul Kohli joined Rod Fergusson and the rest of the Gears 5 cast on stage to announce that he’s joining the Gears 5 family. Kohli, known to fans of "iZombie" as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, steps into Gears 5 as the charismatic and... Read more: E3 2019: Rahul Kohli of “iZombie” Joins Cast of Gears 5

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E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Lead Ubisoft’s New Offerings

Ubisoft kicked off E3 2019 in a very pleasant way, with a string and voice orchestra performing music from the Assassin’s Creed series. The performance heralds a world tour for the 80-piece Assassin’s Creed Symphony orchestra and choir, with performances through Summer and Fall in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. After that pleasant lead-in, Ubisoft got busy with a huge announcement for a very ambitious new chapter in one of the publisher’s core series. Watch Dogs Legion Everyone is a secret weapon in the new Watch Dogs title, which drastically reimagines some of the core concepts in the first two games. Legion takes place in London, which as the trailer notes, “was the... Read more: E3 2019: Watch Dogs: Legion and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint Lead Ubisoft’s New Offerings

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