Posts Tagged ‘2K Games’

Civilization VI Vid Introduces Queen Victoria’s English Civ

“The English can be an aggressive and expansionist civilisation,” explains a new Civilization VI [official site] trailer introducing the English civ’s unique units and buildings, “but they can also switch towards a cultural victory if they set up their museums and send their archaeologists aboard.”

Yes indeed ladies and gentleman, a little bit of politics.

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Battleborn Adds Cosmetic Microtransactions Tomorrow

Okay, shh shhh I’m going to do it. Keep quiet or you’ll blow everything. If the news editor finds out I’m posting about another already-released game during E3 week, I’m really in for it. Though this is perhaps a game not many have even noticed is out, going by player numbers. Okay, I’m going to do it. One of you distract her for me – bottle of whisky dangling from a stick should do it.

So! With bloody-minded persistence despite playercounts which have fallen out of Steam’s top 100, Gearbox and 2K’s so-so FPS Battleborn [official site] is going ahead with plans to add optional microtransaction cosmetic doodads.

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Mob Time: Come See 20 Minutes Of Mafia 3 In Action

It’s no secret that I quite fancy the look of third-person crime-a-thon Mafia 3 [official site], and, with each passing trailer, it’s fast becoming one of my most anticipated games of the year. Now, as this is E3 week, it’s not unusual to see upcoming games treated to shiny new trailers, and Mafia 3’s only gone and got itself two – its official scene-setting E3 vid, and another which gives us an action-heavy 20-minute dive into the cut-throat criminal underworld of New Bordeaux. Catch them both after the drop.

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Some Racket: Mafia 3 Trailer Explores Criminal Ecology

I’ve watched The Sopranos from start to finish four times – partly because I’m a bit sad, and partly because it’s a great TV show. Now, I know nothing about organised crime beyond what I’ve gleaned from documentaries and popular culture, but part of what draws me back to David Chase’s seminal work is that it’s believable, even if it’s otherwise sugar-coated or occasionally Hollywood-ised.

What’s struck me so far about Mafia 3 [official site] is that it too is believable, and the latest trailer gives a brief glimpse at the research that’s gone into crafting its criminal underworld, rackets and missions, and also how they all tie together.

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Mafia 3 Trailer Showcases The Lovely New Bordeaux

The other day I sat down to clear out an old bills basket and realised The Godfather trilogy was on the telly. “I’ll stick it on in the background,” I naively thought to myself and, needless to say, I didn’t get as much done as I’d first planned. Until part 3. Because no matter how much I want to like it, it’s garbage compared to its forerunners.

Luckily, third-person crime fest Mafia 3 [official site] doesn’t appear to be suffering from the same tri-entry tedium if the latest trailer is anything to go by. Visiting its fictionalised slant on New Orleans, New Bordeaux’s alligator infested swamp area, industrialised docklands, and jazz-touting wharf district suggest number 3 is shaping up rather nicely. Look, see:

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Mafia III Yoinks October 7th Release Date

The open-world crime empire antics of Mafia III [official site] will kick off on October 7th, publishers 2K announced today. The time, the third-person crime ’em up is in the hands of a different studio, Hangar 13, and doesn’t focus on the Cosa Nostra as much as a chap trying to take them down, as it visits a New Orleans-y city in 1968 through a new protagonist building his own empire. Here, a new trailer tells a little of the story:

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Gearbox’s Battleborn Open Beta Weekend Is Underway

We’ve mentioned before that Gearbox’s multiplayer shooter Battleborn [official site] had an open beta test coming up, but that’s now started so hey, here’s me to remind you. Until Monday afternoon, you can download and play a chunk of Battleborn for free through Steam. If you want a go before the game launches or you , like me, are not quite sure what it even is (a class-based shooter? a bit like a MOBA? that ‘hero shooter’ term Gearbox throw about is total tosh?) then this seems a decent opportunity.

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