Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shooter

Twenty minutes of gameplay released from Gears of War 4

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Gamers looking forward to Gears of War 4 are getting the chance to check out the prologue today. Microsoft has released the first 20 minutes, with gameplay that details the 30 years of events that set the game’s main campaign in motion, from the Pendulum Wars to Emergence Day. They also sent word about Gears of War 4: Live, a livestream that will be broadcast at 5 p.m. (CST) on October 5 on Beam, Xbox.com (along on the 360 and One), Youtube, Twitch, and Facebook. Paul Scheer will host a panel including Larry Hryb and several Internet personalities, and feature interviews with studio head Rod Fergusson.

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Gears of War 4 goes goooooooold for Windows PC, Xbox One

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After yesterday’s reveal of Gears of War 4’s launch trailer, Microsoft sent word that the game has officially gone gold. Now that the gold master disc has been sent off to the various replication facilities, players have only to count down the remaining days until its release on October 11. The sequel supports cross-play, cross-save, and cross-buy between Windows 10 PC and Xbox One, and will feature the return of Horde mode. The launch trailer has been re-posted below, for good measure.

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Gears of War 4 dives for cover, pops up to toss over a launch trailer

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Gears of War 4’s release date nears, and to ensure that everyone’s properly motivated to grab their guns and find some cover, The Coalition has released its launch trailer. The video features some new footage, highlighting the latest generation of heroes as well as the new threat, the Swarm. A batch of new screenshots was also released and has been posted beneath the trailer.

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DariusBurst Chronicle Saviours gets new DLC, PS4 physical release

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Pyramid, Inc. is passing on development duties of DariusBurst Chronicle Saviours to G.rev. The move is accompanied by the announcement of two new themed downloadable packs—each for $4.99 or as two $11.99 bundles—and a physical release for PS4. The third DLC set will feature three Cave properties: Dodonpachi Resurrection, Deathsmiles, and Ketsui. The fourth set will highlight the works of 8ing: Battle Garegga, Sorcer Striker (Mahoudaisakusen), and Terra Diver (Soukyugurentai). All will be available for PC, PS4, and PS Vita. And good news for physical fans, a limited-edition release is in the works for PS4. No release dates were revealed, but details should be along in the near future.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet

(PlayStation 4 Review) Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet

“… blends a decent shooter with a basic fighter for a novel but ultimately uneven and short-lived experiment.”

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Neon overload ahead, Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet out for PS4

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NIS has released Cubetype’s hybrid twin-stick shooter/fighter Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet for PS4. As one of 10 characters, players must battle the rest of the cast in one-on-one combat using shooter mechanics throughout Story Mode. Boss Rush and Versus modes are also included. In addition, $2.99 Story and BGM packs have been released for Aya Shameimaru, Flandre Scarlet, and Yukari Yakumo. A free character, fan-contest winner Yukari Yakumo, will be added on October 4.

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Run the Jewels premiers new track in Gears of War 4 Horde 3.0 trailer

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Run the Jewels is teaming up with The Coalition to debut their latest track Panther Like a Panther, from their upcoming album Run the Jewels 3, in a new trailer for Gears of War 4. The video spotlights Horde 3.0. The new version will once again have a team of players facing off against waves of increasingly difficult enemies, but now with the addition of abilities, fortifications via a deployable base, and five classes: Engineer, Heavy, Scout, Sniper, and Soldier. Horde 3.0 will be playable at Pax West this weekend, with special guests battling it out in the First to Fifty, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) in the Pax Arena. Run the Jewels will be on hand, along with series co-creator Rod Fergusson, at Bait on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., and will appear as characters in multiplayer.

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Headup’s bullet-hell shooter Solar Shifter EX launches for Xbox One

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Headup Games’ bullet-hell-style shooter Solar Shifter EX has is now available digitally for Xbox One. The game features 18 missions set across eight environments, 40-plus enemy types, and four playable ships. Additionally, players will be able to teleport around the screen, allowing them to pull out of a hairy situation or straight into the thick of the action.

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Doom trailer showcases free Update 2, Unto the Evil DLC dated

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Doom will be receiving Update 2 tomorrow, a free download packed with maps, added SnapMap functionality, and other goodies. A trailer has been posted offering an overview of everything that will be included. Along with the video, Bethesda has announced that the first premium downloadable pack, Unto the Evil, will go live on August 5. The $14.99 drop is set to include three maps (Cataclysm, Offering, and Ritual), Harvester player-controlled demon, UAC EMG Pistol, Kinetic Mine, modules, and extra customization options. To kick things off, id is holding a Double XP weekend beginning 12:00 p.m. (ET) through 12:00 p.m. (ET) on August 1.

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Gears of War 4 gameplay, story trailers and Comic-Con info released

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Microsoft has released a new trailer and some gameplay footage from Gears of War 4. The windfall is due to San Diego Comic-Con, where players can spend some hands-on time with a playable demo that features a portion of the campaign and the Forge map in multiplayer at Xbox Booth #100. In addition, there will be a “Creators, Characters and Cast” panel in Center Room 6BCF on July 21 (2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.) with studio head Rod Fergusson, Liam McIntyre (Fenix), and others. An Encore with a special guest will take place on Friday at Nerd HQ (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.). There will also be physical Gear Packs with cards that unlock in-game customization items, also at Booth #100 and Nerd HQ, and several figures and replicas on display. For those eying the new S model, a themed 2 TB bundle was announced for $449, which will include a themed controller, vertical stand, downloadable copy of Gears 4, early access (Oct. 7), and digital bonuses. The digital content includes the Vintage VIP Pack, six Gears Pack, permanent access to future maps for private games, and more.

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