- Gundam Versus debuting stateside this fall for PS4
- Forza Horizon 3 – Hot Wheels to be available on May 9
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s healer, Nekone, in the spotlight
- Call of Duty returns to 1940s this November with Call of Duty: WWII
- Dragon Quest Heroes II now in stores, online for PS4 and PC
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GTA Online will be receiving new content in an update scheduled to go live on April 12. In addition to the Vapid Minivan, the patch will also add Inch By Inch Adversary Mode. Inch By Inch pits teams against one another for the possession of a package that they must take back to their end zone. Carriers cannot use weapons, but to compensate, they get a burst of speed to help dodge incoming fire. All this week, players will receive a set of bonuses—double GTA$ & RP—for select Adversary Mode playlists as well as a discount at Ammu-Nation. The playlist schedule for the bonuses is listed below.
The first pack from Just Cause 3’s Air, Land, and Sea Expansion Pass, Sky Fortress, is now available for all players. The drop contains a new set of missions that revolve around a new enemy, the eDEN Corporation. Based out of their Sky Fortress, the corporation commands an army of robotic drones that need to be tackled before the leaders can be brought down. Rico has access to several new weapons to handle the threat, including a new upgradeable, rocket-powered Bavarium Wingsuit that sports machine guns and missiles, a Bavarium Splitter assault rifle, and the new Eviction defense drone.
The Lowriders: Custom Classics update has gone live for GTA Online. The download expands the number of Lowriders stocked at Benny’s Original Motor Works, adds new weapons at Ammu-Nation, and increases the amount of clothes and accessories. Some of the additions include two upgradeable muscle cars—Vapid Slamvan and Dundreary Virgo Classic—Compact Rifle, Double Barrel Shotgun, 16 tattoo designs, and three hairstyles. Sumo Adversary Mode has also been added, pitting solo players or a team against others in an attempt to force one side out of a marked area.
Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories for Android. As with last December’s iOS release, the Android version features upgraded real-time lighting and shadows, textures, art, and draw distance. Performance has also been improved for touch controls with analog steering and rebalanced targeting. Saves are also cross-platform compatible through Social Club. A release-window promotion is also going on until February 24, with gamers capable of purchasing the game for Android and iOS for $3.99. For Grand Theft Auto Online players, logging into Liberty City Stories and then Social Club will unlock an I Heart LC shirt for GTA.
Microsoft is expanding Minecraft’s presence in education with the acquisition of MinecraftEdu. The version, specifically built for classrooms, is being enhanced, renamed, and re-released as Minecraft: Education Edition. The announcement notes that an advisory board of educators is going to assist in the evolution of the product, and that a free trial will be available worldwide this summer. A new site is launching as well, which will feature lesson plans and other resources, including Minecraft Mentors, a program that will allow those who are about to introduce the title to their classroom the chance to reach out to experienced educators.
A new trailer has gone live for Grand Theft Auto Online’s upcoming update Executives and Other Criminals. The free add-on will feature customizable apartments and stilt houses in Vinewood Hills, the Super Yacht, and new modes that allow players to run their own crime ring. In Freemode, players who head their own operation will be able to take on new challenges and co-op jobs, access special abilities, hire and fire other players as bodyguards, and battle other organizations. Those who take on the role of bodyguard will receive payment in the form of RP, GTA$, and stat boosts. Organizations that go to war will be able to access new missions as well as armored vehicles variants , such as the Turreted Limo. A few Freemode Events will work when played by organizations, including King of the Hill and Moving Target, along with the new Extraction Adversary Mode, which has bodyguards search wreckage for an Executive before they’re found by a Hit Squad.
Yakuza 5 is out! After announcing its launch date on Saturday, Sega has released the download-only title on PSN. In the crime-themed, open-world action title, players control five characters who are being drawn into the underworld. Some, including series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Taiga Saejima, have tried to leave that life behind, while others find themselves caught up in recent events. In addition to busting heads, players can also engage in a variety of mini-games, such as drag racing and gambling.
After introducing players to the game’s five protagonists, Sega is now focusing on some of Yakuza 5’s secondary characters. The first is Masaru Watase, a hotshot lieutenant for the Omi Alliance itching for a gang war. Looking to stop him and his ilk is a mysterious Osaka detective who uses clues to manipulate the main characters. Sosuke Komaki is a flannel-loving trainer who is helping Kiryu. On the other end of the spectrum are Goro Majima, an enforcer for the Shimano Family, and Hiroshi Kugihara, a mutilated, deranged inmate out to terrorize Saejima during his stint. Even more of the extended cast is featured in the dozen new screenshots posted below.
Avalanche Studios’ latest open-world explosionfest Just Cause 3 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Square Enix-published title continues the series’ tradition of pitting players against a ruthless dictator, in this case General Di Ravell of Medici. As Rico Rodriguez, players are tasked with causing as much mayhem as possible in the republic’s 400 square miles in order to topple the regime. A gameplay trailer below offers a sample of the over-the-top action, while the launch trailer and some new screens have also been posted.