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John Romero begins Kickstarter campaign for new FPS, Blackroom

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After recently releasing a video teaser last week, John Romero has officially announced Night Work Games‘ next project: Blackroom. He’s once again teaming up with id Software alumnus Adrian Carmack for “a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS.” As with Doom, there will be an emphasis on speed, dodging fire by circle-strafing and sidestepping, and exploring to find shortcuts and items. Quake’s influence will also be felt, particularly with rocket-jumping. The single-player campaign is estimated to last over 10 hours, with environments ranging from a Victorian mansion to an old west ghost town, and multiplayer support for versus (one-on-one, free-for-all) and co-op over six maps. There will also be Challenge Modes, including some for speedrunners, and support for player-made maps, mods, and dedicated servers. A Kickstarter campaign has gone live to fund the project, with a goal of $700,000.

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Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses, season pass detailed

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MS has sent word that the Standard and Ultimate editions of Gears of War 4 are up for pre-order. Additionally, a special bonus was announced for those who get in early. Gamers who pre-order either version will receive the Vintage Del Gear Pack, a set that includes a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins, and a Vintage Del bounty. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Ultimate Edition runs $99.99, which includes early access and the season pass. The pass, which includes 24 DLC maps and six Gear Packs, is detailed below along with the remaining Ultimate Edition goodies.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine screens, PAX info posted

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A handful of few new shots have been released from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s upcoming expansion Blood and Wine. The screens cover a little of everything, from giant monsters to some of the surreal new environments. CD Projekt also announced a PAX East 2016 panel about the in-game card game Gwent, titled Gwent-Ception: Does a Game Within a Game, Make a Game a Better Game, which will take place on Saturday on 2 p.m. (EST) and stream on Twitch.

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Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer, PAX East events details posted

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The Coalition has released a new trailer ahead of the Gears of War 4’s multiplayer beta opening to all Live Gold members. The beta will open up next Monday, so to get newer players up to speed, a highlight reel was put together showcasing some of the new weapons, abilities, and executions. The Dropshot, Buzzkill, and vault kick all pop up. PAX East attendees will get a chance to try multiplayer with a hands-on demo as well as watch the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals, catch the reveal of the new competitive mode Escalation, and sit in on a multiplayer-themed panel hosted by The Coalition. Gamers who won’t be in Boston for the show can check out the events, and take part in some giveaways, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at the official Gears Twitch channel.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Dark Souls III

(PlayStation 4 Review) Dark Souls III

“…sees the series return in fine form.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Pew! Pew! Rogue Stormers blasts everything en route to Steam

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Black Forest Games, creators of Giana Sisters, have released a new run-and-gun shooter on Steam, Rogue Stormers. Described as “Contra on steroids” and “Metal Slug in hyperspeed,” Rogue Stormers is a fast-paced shooter where up to four players blast through hazard-filled procedurally generated levels housed in five biodomes. As one of five characters, solo or in a squad (online or local), players will battle orcs, goblins, and other horrors as they scramble for random loot drops and trigger traps to maximize damage.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Eclipse launches on PSN for PS4

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s second download pack, Eclipse, debuts today on PSN. The drop adds four new maps, one of which is a re-imagining of Call of Duty: World at War’s Banzai, and the next chapter of Zombies, titled Zetsubou No Shima. The maps range from a post-apocalyptic tribal compound to a futuristic civilian sub-orbital airport.

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Umbrella Corps – Code: Veronica map, new enemy debuted

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Umbrella Corps is getting a touch of Resident Evil Code: Veronica. The Antarctic Base is a direct carryover from Code: Veronica, with the facilities still damaged after the T-virus outbreak. It’s a three-story structure with connecting ventilation ducts and ladders, and is described as “perhaps the most tactical map in the game.” A new enemy was also revealed, Mutated Zombies. These are advanced cases that are unaffected by the Zombie Jammer and can cause the device to become ineffective on other monsters that are near the player. They will be in the single-player Experiment Mode’s Antarctic Base map as well as Multi-Mission Mode’s SP DNA Hunter ruleset. Check them and the new map out below.

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The Collider 2 now available on Steam for PC, VR devices

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The Collider 2, a new VR-ified action title, has hit Steam. Playable on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows, The Collider 2 tasks pilots with taking down an alien invasion by destroying its mothership using a fleet of fighters. The twist is that the ship must be destroyed from the inside, as six unique fighters collect data, attack reactors, and dodge the internal defenses throughout 54 fast-paced, arcade-style missions. The space fighters can be upgraded with unlocks and power-ups, and pilots can gain ranks for higher score multipliers. Endless Clash Mode is also on offer for those wanting extended runs, and players can test their skills against others in online weekly tournaments.

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Two Ghostbusters games announced for PC, console, and mobile

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Activision has announced that they are teaming up with Sony Pictures to release two new games based on the upcoming Ghostbusters film. Both will take place after the events of the film. Ghostbusters is a PC and console title that focuses on a team of rookies who are called on to save the city after ghosts turn up while the main crew tours the country. It’s a third-person action role-playing game, designed for single player or four-player local co-op, with players leveling up their four-character squad’s abilities and gear. This version is slated to be released on July 12, a few days before the film hits theaters on July 15. The other game is a mobile title also set to launch in July, Ghostbusters: Slime City. It will feature asynchronous co-op, leaderboard support, and the ability to craft proton packs as players take on waves of enemies.

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