Fret Ye Not PS4 And PC Owners, Rise Of The Tomb Raider Will Appear In 2016


Square Enix today announced its latest title in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be available for Windows 10 and Steam in Early 2016. The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 in Holiday 2016. Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms.

In the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider, Lara Croft survived a harrowing experience only to be discredited as part of a cover up. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerrilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will premiere first, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on 10 November 2015.

Just Cause 3 is a Bat-Shit Crazy, Next Generation Mercenaries That Never Was


Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (2005) and Mercenaries: World in Flames (2008), were one my favourite titles back on the original Xbox, developed by the now defunct Pandemic Studios. They were every gamers dream of having an open world title where they could do almost anything they wanted. After seeing Just Cause 3 in action at the start of Square Enix’s E3 Press Conference, I must say I am excited for it’s open world gameplay that lets you ride a god-damn missile falling from the sky.

The images below are screen-caps from the trailer as, unfortunately, I cannot find ANY press assets from E3 that showcase these crazy stunts.

In Mercenaries, the open world was the players playground and they could level any single building that they saw fit. Give or take the Just Cause franchise includes this feature, a decade ago on the original Xbox, this blew my mind. To see a game on the new generation of consoles feature such a vast open world for the player to explore where they can level buildings, use barrels as explosives by using the grapple hook and allowing them to hook enemies to buildings is just pure bliss.

From watching the trailer, you’ll instantly notice the similarities between both games and you’ll know why Just Cause 3 will be amazing. Driving tanks, soaring through the sky in your wing-suit, leveling buildings, blowing everything up it’s what I really wanted Mercenaries 3 to be, but unfortunately never was.

On the show room floor, Square Enix were holding public interactive presentations where they would showcase just how you can cause destruction in the game. Players can destroy buildings by using the grapple hooks to couple them together with exploding barrels, they can destroy statues again by using exploding barrels, or the statues own arm to slap itself and make it crumble.

Players are able to use helicopters to destroy bridges and make them tumble with cars still on there, unhinge large fuel containers to blow up petrol stations or tether cars to other cars, the possibilities are endless. Avalanche Studios have embraced the over the top nature of the franchise and it’ll make you and I enjoy the game all the more.

What you saw over the course of the 3 days is exactly what I saw and there wasn’t much else. You can’t sell the game to me any more because I’m already sold. I love an open world game where I can traverse the environment and do as I please. Standing on top of the plane you were just flying then just casually base jumping off it, only to spread your arms and activate your wing-suit to sore through the sky, will be on many players “To do” list.

Losing speed? Just use your grapple hook to hook onto the ground to pull yourself further and continue flying.

There are so many open world games coming out end of this year and early next, that they’ll need something special to make them stand out from each other. Just Cause 3 will have some really tough competition for crazy open world game, but I strongly feel that it does enough to set itself apart from the pack.

E3 2015: The Games We Don’t Want To See At E3 2016


I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of E3 conferences. Maybe its the dubstep-fuelled, seizure-inducing light shows or sport-coat wearing executives, but the last few conferences I’ve watched have bled into one another – probably spurred on by the fact that every E3 is guaranteed to have a trailer for the newest Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed or whatever sequel-bait was released the year prior.Although these games are technically ‘new’, I’ve noticed a frustrating trend developing over the last few years which involves companies (in this case, mainly Sony) showing games that are so far from completion that they inadvertently end up appearing at multiple E3’s. This could be a result of a game being shown way too early, or an unfortunate delay, but it’s frustrating none-the-less when you are essentially heading into a conference knowing 50% of what is likely to be shown. So, without further adieu, here are 5 games that I want to make their final E3 appearance this year – so that we may enter 2016 with a renewed sense of anticipation.

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1. The Witness

The brain-child of Braid developer Jonathan Blow, revealed in 2013, The Witness is a puzzle game that has haunted my dreams for far too long. You are tasked with exploring an island, which for some (I’m sure very profound) reason has puzzles laid out across it’s land mass, inviting you to solve them and find the mystery at it’s core. Braid delved into some pretty dark subject matter, though it was presented as a fun, colourful 2D platformer, so if tradition serves it’s likely that the island holds some kind of terrifying secret (considering it’s so bright and cheery in the screenshots we have seen so far).After 2 years, however, I think a lot of people just want to see the game come out. When the game was revealed I was ecstatic, but as the years have worn on, I’ve found it difficult to continue to maintain that level of excitement. I mean, it was meant to be a PS4 launch title…

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2. No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is one of the most ambitious concepts I have ever seen. The freedom to explore an entire universe has had many salivating since the initial reveal in 2013, but since then we have seen little new footage – perhaps a result of Hello Games’ studio being partially submerged in water, and them losing some progress in making the game. I hope this game is going to be awesome, but I feel like I’ve seen enough of it already – the game seems centred around discovery and exploration, and years of similar looking footage sure seems to take away from the excitement to investigate this foreign universe.With many, far bigger developers having recently released titles that failed to live up to their lofty claims and expectations (I mean… I’m mainly talking about Destiny here), I’m worried that No Man’s Sky will suffer the same fate. Time will tell, of course, but hopefully not too much more time.

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3. Mighty No 9

Maybe it’s because I’m a huge Mega Man fan, but the wait for Mighty No. 9 has been excruciating. First revealed in 2013, the title’s Kickstarter raised an unexpected $4,000,000, far north of the $900,000 the team asked for – though with an expanded budget came more ambitious ideas. As the campaign went on, more and more stretch goals were added that vastly changed the production cycle – such as more stages, new game plus, more platforms, an online-battle-race-mode (whatever that means), and more. What was going to be a pretty minimal return to form for Keji Inafune quickly became a vastly larger project, and so far is simply slated to be released ‘in 2015’.As happy as I am with the Kickstarter’s success, I kind of wish the game could have been made to their initial vision, with the remaining money being put toward their companies ability to make further titles – though i’m not sure of the legality of this. I’d hate to see this game over-promise and under-deliver, as many Kickstarter games have before it, but the allure of a follow up to the Blue Bomber is enough that i’ll play it anyway – I just want the game to come out already.

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4. Final Fantasy XV

This game was first shown 9 years ago.Just let that sink in for a moment. It was first shown in 2006.I don’t know what the hell is going on over at Square-Enix, but after years of disappointing Final Fantasy sales I can imagine them holding this title up as their lord and saviour, and I’m sure they want to get it just right – but, for the love of god. No amount of success could possibly recoup the insane production costs this game has likely amassed over the years (unless literally every gamer buys a copy or two), so it’s hard to imagine a good outcome for Square-Enix once the game does, eventually, release.

However, it is slated for a 2015 release, though feedback on the recent ‘Episode Duscae’ was not as positive as Square-Enix would have liked. The developers have promised to rectify many of the problems brought on by those who played it, though this would likely push the game even further away.

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5. The Last Guardian

The big, awkward bird-dog in the room. The third game from Team Ico, creators of – obviously – Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian vanished from sight in 2011 after being revealed in 2009, though yearly reminders that it is still ‘in development’ do nothing but frustrate those who were once excited by the title. I think there is dignity in letting something die gracefully, and I can’t help but feel that even if The Last Guardian is ever seen again, the backlash against whatever it has become will not be worth the years they have spent reimagining the game.While Trico (as it is internally referred to) hasn’t been at an E3 since 2009, it’s lingering presence has been felt at every show since, with many media outlets wondering – year in, year out – could this be the year? Do we finally get to see what one of the most promising game developers of the 2000’s has been working on?I hope so, if only so the game can be released and we can all move on to our lives, and begin asking more important questions like ‘where the hell is Half Life 3’?

What games are you excited about finally getting releases? Do you think we’ll ever see The Last Guardian again? Hit us up @OXCGN with your thoughts!

Rise Up Against The Odds In Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe And The Blight Below This October


Square Enix revealed that the Day One Edition and the Slime Collector’s Edition of Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe And The Blight Below will be available this October. The Slime Collector’s Edition will include a premium treasure chest style box and exclusive downloadable content to help players navigate the Dragon Quest franchise’s first full-scale action RPG, as well as exclusive Slime-themed physical items. Details of the full offerings are detailed out below.

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The Slime Collector’s Edition will include:

  • Slime Plushie, Slime Key Chain and Slime Lanyard.
  • Helpful Slime-themed downloadable content for characters to equip including a Slime Sword, Gooey Gloves, Goomerang, Goopid’s Bow, Squishing Rod, Gungenir, Slime-on-a-Stick, Gooreat Sword and Splat O’Nine Tails
  • Bonus quest items, including the Gold-digger’s Map and Happy Map

Whereas the Day One Edition will include:

  • Helpful Slime-themed downloadable content for characters to equip including: Slime Sword, Gooey Gloves, Goomerang, Squishing Rod and Gungenir

The Slime Collector’s Edition is available now for pre-order exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.The game will be available for the PlayStation 4 on 13 October 2015. The Slime Collector’s Edition will be available for US$99.99 and the Day One Edition for US$59.99. A new trailer showcasing the game in action can be viewed below:

Chaos Theory Is Third Episode Of Life Is Strange, Our Heroes Continuing Their Search For Clues In Blackwell Academy


We know you’ve all been eagerly awaiting news on Life is Strange Episode 3. The team at DONTNOD Entertainment found reading all the fans’ thoughts, theories from Episode 2 and the responses to be truly amazing. DONTNOD Entertainment and Square Enix are really excited to finally announce that Life Is Strange Episode 3 – Chaos Theory will be releasing on 19 May.

In this next installment of Life is Strange, Max and Chloe’s investigation into Rachel Amber’s disappearance lead them to break into Blackwell Academy after dark to search for answers. Secrets will be uncovered and Max will find another use for her power. In a new screenshot, you see Max & Chloe attempting to break into the office of Principal Wells. What could they be looking for? What will they find?

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Make sure you have played through Episodes 1 & 2 before continuing the story as your choices will carry over to Episode 3.

Grapple Onto Something Solid As Just Cause 3 Gameplay Reveal Trailer Might Just Bowl You Over


Square Enix and Avalanche Studios were delighted to debut the world first gameplay reveal trailer for Just Cause 3. Captured straight from actual gameplay, the trailer shows Rico Rodriguez unleashing his unique brand of chaos and destruction across the Mediterranean island paradise of Medici as he seeks to destroy General Di Ravello’s hold on power by any means necessary.

Preorder Just Cause 3 now and secure the Weaponised Vehicle Pack shown at the end of the trailer. The Weaponised Vehicle Pack includes 3 exclusive luxury vehicles primed for action and fully loaded with the firepower to kick start a revolution. Just Cause 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in Holiday 2015.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Headed To Steam This May


Square Enix has announced that its class role-playing game Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is headed to Steam on 12 May. A direct sequel to Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is set two decades later than its predecessor and focuses on the arrival of the “second moon”. The game is now available for pre-order via Steam for a 10% discount off of the price of US$15.99.

Originally released for Japanese mobile phones in 2008, the game has undergone a full 3-D makeover with a new opening movie by Visual Works and a number of Steam achievements. Take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of Final Fantasy IV. Classic characters make their return alongside several new heroes such as Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa.

Seventeen years have passed since the war’s end and the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron has grown into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. Yet once more another moon has appeared in the sky and with it vast hordes of monsters intent on destruction. The brief peace enjoyed by the Blue Planet now stands threatened under the shadow of impending catastrophe.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years key features will be:

  • Ten Playable Chapters – Begin your journey with “Ceodore’s Tale.” Complete it to unlock the chapters of six additional characters which can be played in any order and then return to the core story with “Kain’s Tale,” “The Lunarian’s Tale,” and “The Crystals.” Final Fantasy IV: The After Years features the extensive story of all ten chapters.
  • Active Time Battle – Take control of exhilarating combat made possible by the non-stop action in Square Enix’s iconic battle system.
  • Lunar Phases – Feel the moon’s presence in combat, as its waxing and waning influences the potency of attacks and abilities of all combatants. Lunar phases cycle naturally with the passage of in-game time, or when resting at an inn, tent, or cottage.
  •  Band Abilities – Combine the strength of your party members to awesome effect with Band abilities that can be unlocked through in-game events or by leveling your characters’ Affinity.
  • Steam Trading Cards and Achievements

They have also released a new trailer for it that you can enjoy below:

Just Cause 3 Gameplay Reveal Trailer Coming Next Tuesday


Square Enix and Avalanche Studios are delighted to announce that the world-first gameplay reveal trailer for Just Cause 3 will be released on Tuesday 28th April at 11pm AEST. Also revealed for the very first time today is the explosive pack artwork that will be taking centre stage for the game.

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Just Cause 3 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in Holiday 2015. Be the first to see the trailer and all future video reveals by subscribing to the official Just Cause YouTube channel here.