Jedi: Fallen Order is Single-Player (With No Microtransactions), Releases 2019

In the current AAA gaming climate in which live-service multiplayer and microtransaction-soaked mobile games reign supreme, there are a few words that will bring gamers to a new a title in droves right now, and Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is saying all of them: single-player with no microtransactions. Star Wars Celebration is on in full-force this week, and even though potential players will finally be learning some concrete details about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order today, it’s likely this latest news is all that some needed to hear.

Jedi: Fallen Order‘s presence at Star Wars Celebration has been known for a little while now, and the public’s reception to what’s shown of the game today may ultimately be a deciding factor in publisher EA’s future with partner Disney. Having more or less piddled away six years of its exclusive ten-year Star Wars license with nerf-herding duds like the multiplayer-focused Battlefront games and, well, virtually nothing else, the pressure is on at EA and Respawn for Jedi: Fallen Order to be a commercial hit. Earlier this week, though, fans got a tiny taste of what’s to come in the form of a leaked poster, and the hype surrounding this small news seems palpable enough to allay some fears about the game’s performance upon launch.

Related: What Trailers & Reveals To Expect At Star Wars Celebration 2019

Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella took to the Star Wars Celebration stage yesterday to proudly announce that Jedi: Fallen Order is a strictly story-based experience with “no multiplayer” and “no microtransactions.” As captured in the video below, the waiting crowd went understandably wild at these words alone. The small reveal has since reverberated throughout the internet, taking the gaming community’s excitement for the mysterious game to heights even Cloud City would envy. Additionally, if Twitter user Nibel is to be believed, the hype train isn’t letting off anytime soon as the game apparently has a release date: November 15, 2019.

Set after the cataclysmic events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order will see players follow the (probably bleak) journey of a Padawan who somehow escaped death after the declaration of Order 66 – Anakin couldn’t get all of them in the Jedi Temple, after all. Left only with a small droid companion and a lightsaber, the Padawan protagonist must make his “journey to – what, well we don’t know,” according to a humorously coy Zampella. What’s known, though, is that Jedi: Fallen Order is highly unlikely to follow in the footsteps of EA’s last major Star Wars title, Battlefront II, which was lambasted by consumers and critics alike for its shamelessly greedy balance around predatory loot boxes. A holiday release this year for Jedi: Fallen Order would only put icing on the cake.

Though it may feel like fans know a lot already, there’s still a Star Destroyer-load of unknown details about Jedi: Fallen Order that have yet to be revealed. With luck, though, today’s panel focusing exclusively on the upcoming game will confirm what’s been leaked so far, and it can be hoped it’ll also show more than it tells by providing footage of the game’s never-before-seen gameplay.

More: Star Wars Explains How General Grievous Killed So Many Jedi

Source: Star Wars Celebration, Nibel/Twitter

2019-04-13 10:04:02

Phillip Tinner

Morbius: Jared Leto Releases First Full Look At Sony’s Living Vampire

Jared Leto has revealed a fuller look at himself as Michael Morbius in Sony’s Morbius the Living Vampire movie. While Sony will continue to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios for the foreseeable future, they’re also developing a separate line of films about the web-slinger’s more redeemable enemies and complicated antiheroes. The first of those movies, Venom, hit theaters last fall and failed to wow critics, but went on to gross $855 million at the global box office on a $100 million budget. With those kind of returns, it’s no wonder Sony is moving forward with Venom 2 for a potential October 2020 release date.

Between now and then, however, Sony will release Morbius, another film based around a dark superhero from the Spider-Man comic book universe. Leto is starring in the film as Dr. Morbius, a scientist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, only to gain vampire-like abilities in the process. Leto teased his appearance as Morbius shortly after production got underway near the start of March, and has once again offered his followers on social media a glimpse of the man behind the “vampire”.

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Leto posted the following clip of himself on the Moribus set to his Instagram account this week, providing a better look at his character in the film. Check it out, below.

As far as his appearance here goes, Morbius looks like a fairly ordinary (if scruffy) man in a hoodie. The character is typically portrayed as strikingly pale in the comics, with gaunt features and little to no facial hair (save for a small goatee). Presumably, this clip is from a scene in the movie where either Dr. Morbius is hiding his vampiric qualities from the world or has yet to actually experiment on himself. It also stands to reason that Leto’s full-blown vampiric form will bear a relatively close resemblance to the character in the comics. After all, for all the criticisms of Leto’s take on Joker in Suicide Squad, he was generally faithful to the villain’s traditional appearance (the added flourishes like his tattoos and teeth fillings aside). And much like Tom Hardy in Venom, the actor’s performance here promises to be far weirder than his comic book-inspired look.

Beyond that, it’ll be interesting to see if Morbius feels more like a traditional vampire movie than a typical superhero film. The movie’s writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless previously worked on Universal’s Dracula Untold, which was essentially a dark superhero origin story (one featuring an iconic movie monster) in its own right. Morbius director Daniel Espinosa comes from more of a sci-fi horror background by comparison, having previously helmed the film Life (a project that, as some have joked, could’ve been a Venom prequel with just a few tweaks). Either way, their sensibilities seem to lend themselves well to Sony’s latest peculiar comic book offering.

MORE: Sony’s Three Spider-Man Movie Universes Explained

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2019-04-05 11:04:19

Sandy Schaefer

Minecraft Releases On Xbox Game Pass Today

After announcing it several weeks ago, Microsoft is finally adding Minecraft to its Xbox Game Pass service. As a juggernaut in gaming, Minecraft has more than proven itself within the industry, as it is currently sitting as the second best-selling video game ever released. It’s certainly a phenomenon that’s been able to capture the attention of gamers from all walks of life, and that momentum has yet to come to an end as updates are constantly rolled out for Minecraft.

One such update actually removed mentions of Minecraft‘s original creator, Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, from the game. While that’s a weird situation for a number of reasons, one of the better updates on Minecraft has arrived via Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed when players can jump into Minecraft as part of the company’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. As it turns out, gamers will be given access pretty soon.

Related: Xbox Games With Gold For April 2019 Announced

How soon? Well, right now. In a cheeky video, Xbox pulled back the curtain on Minecraft‘s addition to Xbox Games Pass by having characters in the game flip a literal switch. The game will also feature cross-play with PC, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch players, allowing those that choose to download the title to play with their friends on other consoles. Of course, PlayStation is excluded from this list of cross-play compatible games, but Microsoft appears keen to change that in the future – or at least attempt to.

Xbox is building its services into a very fleshed out platform, with rumors circulating that Xbox Games Pass may even come to Nintendo Switch at some point in 2019. This seems to be backed by the imminent arrival of Cuphead on Nintendo Switch, which will receive an update to add an Xbox Live login option at a later date. Further rumors regarding this newfound partnership even point to Minecraft‘s Steve being a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

These are all just vague reports that have yet to bear any fruit, but it’s fun speculation to get caught up in. At the end of the day, Minecraft joining Xbox Games Pass is a great move towards making the title more accessible, which then only drives consumer engagement and builds the community surrounding the game. With a new Minecraft spin-off—titled Minecraft: Dungeonson the way, it’s never been a better time to build excitement for the series.

More: Minecraft Film Moving Forward With Writer-Director Peter Sollett

Source: Xbox

2019-04-04 09:04:24

Riley Little

Krypton Season 1 Releases On DC Universe Next Week Ahead Of Season 2 Premiere

The first full season of Syfy’s live-action Superman prequel Krypton is coming to DC Universe next week. Although Netflix is currently the king of the streaming wars, there is more competition arriving all the time. One of the new streaming services to launch last year was Warner Bros.’ DC Universe.

The digital service provides a much larger variety of activities for subscribers than a traditional streaming service, as DC fans can read digital versions of old comics, buy merchandise, and chat with fellow DC fanatics. However, one of the primary selling points of the service is the near complete library of DC content that it has to offer. DC Universe is the home of original live-action series’ like Titans, continuations with Young Justice: Outsiders, and decades of old movies and TV shows. The library of content is always growing, such as the addition of the original Shazam TV show, and now another one is on the way.

Related: Every DC Movie & TV Show Coming In 2019

DC Universe announced today at WonderCon that season 1 of Krypton will be made available on the service starting next week. All 10 episodes of the first season will be streamable starting April 5 to all subscribers. The arrival of the David Goyer and Cameron Welsh executive produced show comes ahead of Krypton‘s season 2 debut, which will happen sometime this summer.

The first season of Krypton debuted last year on Syfy, telling the story of Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe). The show is taking its own approach to the DC mythology, as DC characters like Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Brainiac (Blake Ritson) have appeared, along with General Zod (Colin Salmon). The first season surprised many who have already checked it out, and it being made available on DC Universe will give those who missed it a chance to catch up before season 2 arrives.

Just like season 1, Krypton season 2 is set to further expand the universe and use more characters familiar to DC fans. The biggest new addition is Lobo, who will be played by Emmett J. Scanlan. The super villain has already been featured several times in promotional photos for the season, giving fans an early look at how Krypton plans to bring him to life. He is just the beginning of the new surprises the show has in store, as a recently revealed Krypton season 2 teaser trailer offered a look at another classic Superman villain who will appear. With plenty of excitement in store for season 2, Krypton‘s nearing availability on DC Universe is an easy way to check out the series or revisit it.

MORE: What To Expect From Krypton Season 2

Krypton season 1 makes its DC Universe debut on Friday April 5.

Source: DC Universe

2019-03-29 06:03:40

Cooper Hood

Conan Unconquered Real-Time Strategy Game Releases May 30

Conan Unconquered, the latest upcoming real-time strategy game published by Funcom and developed by Dune 2 and Command & Conquer veterans Petroglyph, will release on May 30. The game was first announced in 2018 as a fast-paced and brutally violent RTS that pits players against hordes of enemies, with each battle more difficult than the last.

The most famous iteration of Conan is in the 1982 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role, but Conan has seen several iterations through video games, including Age of Conan: Unchained and the recent Conan Exiles, both published by Funcom. Conan Unconquered offers a different take on the story by letting players choose characters, set up settlements and defend those settlements from invaders. Players can also explore the world to find valuable loot and resources. What sets Conan Unconquered apart from other RTS games, though, is that instead of building a base and then going out to attack the enemy, the base itself is always under constant attack by enemies that get more difficult to fight over time. It also features co-op so that players can work together to defend against those attacks.

Related: Marvel Turns Conan The Barbarian Into… Batman?

Funcom just revealed a release date for Conan Unconquered. The game will arrive on PC on May 30. There is a standard edition, which will cost $29.99, as well as a deluxe edition priced at $39.99. The deluxe edition includes two pieces of DLC, the game soundtrack and an original Conan Unconquered e-book. Pre-orders are open now on the game’s official website. Funcom also released a video and new screenshots showing off more of what players can expect:

The character of Conan has recently seen a resurgence in pop culture: he even got a new comic book series from Marvel. Although a movie based on Conan starring Jason Momoa seems to have been mostly forgotten, the character will instead get a new series on Amazon, with a promise that the show will follow the novels more than the Schwarzenegger movie did. It’s obvious that Hollywood wants to revisit the franchise, but it will be essential to get it right to keep fans interested.

In the meantime, Conan fans can dive into Conan Unconquered, and with the character becoming popular again, it’s likely that the title will keep the spirit of the character alive until the TV series releases. Beyond that, Conan Unconquered also looks like an interesting take on a genre that hasn’t had a lot of innovation recently. If it breathes life into the RTS scene, Conan Unconquered might really prove the property is capable of anything.

More: Conan Exiles Review: Potential Trapped Behind Technical Issues

2019-03-28 09:03:00

Robin Burks

New Doom Movie Gets Official Title, Synopsis, Releases Fall 2019

The new Doom movie now has an official title, synopsis, and a fall 2019 release date. It’s been almost fifteen years since the last feature length Doom film arrived. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 2005’s Doom was not quite what most Doom fans had been hoping for, and the sci-fi action/horror film was a huge box office flop, bringing in only $15 million globally on a $60 million budget.

Such a poor performance was odd for the franchise, which had grown considerably since its introduction as a first person shooter game for IBM-compatible computers in 1993. The game spawned a variety of books, comic books, spinoffs, and sequels in its quest to tell the tale of a space marine at war with demons and the undead. Given its beginnings and its somewhat iconic status as one of the first first person shooters to really make a mark on gamers, it’s not hard to believe that its greatest success as a franchise has come from game sales, which have seen Doom sell 10 million copies to date.

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Though the 2005 film failed to connect with audiences, Dread Central has reported that Universal is giving the IP another chance, with Doom: Annihilation set for a fall 2019 release. The new film is not a sequel to its 2005 counterpart, and will instead be a straight-to-home video release. In addition to the title and release date information, there are also three new images to tide fans over until a trailer arrives at some point in the coming months. Check out the images below:

In terms of plot, Doom: Annihilation’s story doesn’t sound much different at all from its 2005 predecessor. Namely, a group of space marines respond to a distress call on a distant Martian moon, only to find themselves in a fight for their lives as they face hordes of demonic creatures. This familiar formula could spell relief for many Doom fans who wanted to see a second attempt at a live-action adaption of their beloved FPS. That being said, video games have had a notoriously difficult time making the switch to film adaptations, and Doom’s path feels as though it has even more hurdles to surpass this time around, given its past failures as a film.

In a time where streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu rule the way in which films are distributed, being released direct to home video feels a bit out of touch. It’s understandable why Universal would be nervous trying to get another Doom adaptation off the ground, but this film already feels like it isn’t being given a fair chance for success. Doom’s concept has kept gamers fascinated for decades, which is evidence in itself that there is something entertaining there – it just needs to be handled correctly. Unfortunately for Doom fans, if Doom: Annihilation doesn’t find success, it could be a very long time before the franchise gets another chance at showing off what it has to offer.

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Source: Dread Central

2019-03-10 03:03:21

Mike Jones

Amazon Prime Releases Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 a Day Early

Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has landed on the streaming service a little bit early. The highly anticipated follow-up comes a little over one year after Season 1, which premiered in November 2016 to critical acclaim. Starring Rachel Brosnahan as the eponymous woman, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows a New York housewife, Midge, in the late 1950s who discovers she has a real knack for stand-up comedy just as her marriage falls apart.

The first season, which also stars Alex Borstein (Family GuyMADtv), Michael Zegen (Rescue Me), and Tony Shalhoub (Monk), and consisted of just eight episodes, took home numerous Emmys at the 2018 ceremony in September. In addition to acting nods for Brosnahan and Borstein, who plays Midge’s manager, Susie, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) won for writing and directing the pilot. The show also won the top prize for Outstanding Comedy Series, which only increased excitement for the sophomore season.

Related: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Trailer Reveals December Premiere Date

Now, the second season has dropped, a day ahead of its scheduled release. The Amazon Prime Video Twitter account tweeted a quick message at 7:36pm EST on December 4 letting followers know that all 10 episodes are available for streaming right away. Though an unprecedented move for the streaming service, it’s one that others have pulled in the past. And with the prominent ad campaign across the internet, especially on Amazon-affiliate IMDb, why not shake things up with an early release?

In the second season, Midge will be traveling quite a bit, heading overseas to Paris in the first episode, and spending a good portion of her summer at the Catskills, a popular destination for the affluent Jewish families of the time. She definitely continues to perform stand-up, but there’s bound to still be some fallout from the events of the previous season. Midge’s relationship status is also unknown – when we last saw her, she and her husband, Joel, were trying to repair things between them, but he wasn’t exactly a fan of how much he is referred to in her routine. And an “eclectic Manhattan doctor,” played by Zachary Levi, who Midge meets in the Hamptons could come between them.

Now that the second season has dropped, it’s time to see if it can live up to the first. It’s received positive critical reviews thus far, at least. And however it ends, this won’t be it for Mrs. Maisel: A third season was ordered all the way back in May, prior to its Emmy wins. So here’s hoping Midge has a lot of funny stories left to tell.

More: Screen Rant’s Top 5 Favorite TV Shows of 2017

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2018-12-04 07:12:27

Marvel Releases Official Statement On Daredevil Cancellation

After the not-entirely-surprising cancellation of Netflix’s Daredevil, Marvel steps in with an official statement, hinting that the Man Without Fear’s adventures are far from over. The news that the show would not continue on to a fourth season on Netflix was at least partially expected, given how Luke Cage and Iron Fist were already given their respective walking papers, as the streaming giant prepares to shore up its original offerings in advance of Marvel’s parent company debuting its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+. That effort will have lasting ramifications on the television side of Marvel’s live-action universe, leaving audiences with questions regarding the future of characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and, of course, Jessica Jones and the Punisher. 

The latter two have their third and second seasons, respectively, on the horizon, and given the way the wind is blowing, with regard to Marvel and Netflix’s partnership, it’s a good bet those seasons will serve as the final ones for both series. But while the collaboration between the House of Ideas and the streaming giant looks to be headed toward its own definitive conclusion, the former isn’t ready to call it quits when it comes to the future of Daredevil. 

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That’s not to say Marvel has revealed any specific plans for the character, following his series’ cancellation, but the company made it clear that Matt Murdock has a future… somewhere. Whether that means on Disney+ or in theaters or something else entirely is unclear, but perhaps fans can take comfort in the company’s vague assurances it doesn’t plan to shelve the character permanently. Check out Marvel’s official statement as posted on the company’s website:

“Marvel is extremely grateful to the huge audience that loved Marvel’s Daredevil. From the moment of young Matt’s first act of heroism to the birth of Page, Murdock, & Nelson, it has been a unbelievable journey. We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio and our casts who brought our characters to life with such excellence, and every one of the fantastic crews in NYC. We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future.”

One of the biggest questions right now is, should a live-action Daredevil continue, what form will it take? Now that it’s off Netflix, will Disney want to reboot the character again, to better fit with its overall plans for the MCU and its upcoming streaming service, or will it chose to pick up where it left off, with Matt, Karen, and Foggy renewing their partnership and beginning anew? Time will only tell, with regard to what’s next for the Hero or Hell’s Kitchen.

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Daredevil seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix. 

Source: Marvel

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December 2018 Video Game Releases: What To Play Next Month

It’s been a great year for the gaming industry, but there are still a few video games left to release in December 2018. Some of the biggest titles of the year have already released, including Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Marvel’s Spider-Man. But the year isn’t over yet.

Although December doesn’t generally bring in a lot of new video games, there are still games to look forward to in the final month of the year. These might be titles that would get overlooked otherwise, but gamers need to remember that there’s always new stuff to play, even at the end of 2018.

Apparently, the biggest titles to release in December 2018 are Just Cause 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but there are a few other games to also look forward to as well, including two new Persona titles. Here are the new games that people can play in December 2018.

Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • DEVELOPER: P-Studio

The concept of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight is rhythm game meets the Persona 3 RPG. The idea is that the characters from Persona 3 are dancing, using players challenged with hitting the right notes (by using their controller) in time to a musical track. At times, more than one character dances, representing their relationship in the original Persona 3 title. Dancing takes place in the Velvet Room, a location from the RPG.

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Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight has the same concept, but its premise comes from the Persona 5 RPG. Although there is no story mode, the rhythm game uses characters from Persona 5. And like Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, dancing takes place in the Velvet Room. Persona fans will appreciate revisiting some of their favorite characters, and rhythm games are always an excellent way to pass the long cold days of wintry December.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: The Bearded Ladies
  • PUBLISHER: Funcom

Imagine a dystopian future where humanity is all but gone, only leaving behind mutants to wander a world of abandoned cities and wasteland countrysides. Based on a tabletop game called Mutant Chronicles, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden allows players to step into the shoes of animal and human hybrid creatures to explore a world of adventure by using tactics to survive in what is often a harsh environment. The game transitions between turn-based mode and real-time, allowing players to control a team of five mutants at any given time.

It’s the universe created by Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden that will draw players in. The post-apocalyptic world is a mash-up of technology and fantasy with the central location, the Ark, serving as the hub where players go to restock on supplies and take a breather from combat.

Just Cause 4

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Avalanche Studios
  • PUBLISHER: Square Enix

Read Screen Rant’s Just Cause 4 Hands-On Preview

The most significant release of December is probably Just Cause 4, a highly anticipated sequel in a franchise that allows players to seek action and adventure in an open world environment. In Just Cause 4, Rico Rodriguez travels to a fictional part of South America known as Solis. It is here where the Black Hand resides, one of the world’s most powerful private armies. Rico wants to learn more about his father, who was a part of the group.

What will set Just Cause 4 apart from its predecessors, though, is that it’s using a new game engine, called Apex. This new engine can create all new kinds of dynamic weather effects, as well as improves upon the AI of existing titles in the franchise. As a result, NPC’s are a lot smarter and behave in ways that could provide more of a threat to Rico. The new engine also provides better animation.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: Ninja Theory
  • PUBLISHER: Ninja Theory

Although Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice initially released digitally in 2017, this year sees the title finally getting a retail release. The game follows Senua, a Pict warrior dealing with the Viking invasion of her homeland who also suffers from mental illness. Many critics have referred to the game as a work of art, particularly in its depiction of mental illness, which is not just well thought out, but honest.

In this dark fantasy, Senua must embark on a journey through Helheim, carrying the skull of her dead lover Dillion in hopes of saving his soul from death. Senua must fight monsters, those that reside within her and without, while solving puzzles using symbols that only she can see in her environment. Although the voices in her head continuously berate her, she suffers through an increasingly dark world that includes Pict and Viking lore.

Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition

  • RELEASE DATE: December 4
  • PLATFORMS: Xbox One
  • DEVELOPER: The Balance Inc.
  • PUBLISHER: Modus

Here is a title for those who want to do nothing more than step into a giant mecha and fight. In Override: Mech City Brawl – Super Charged Mega Edition, it’s all a big brawl and players can go to battle with various mechs, with each having their own special qualities and skills. The mega edition also includes all season pass content with additional mechs, new skins, and legendary skins.

Players can compete in multiple modes in areas modeled after real-world cities and countries, including Egypt, Tokyo, Mexico and San Franciso. They can also challenge other players locally or online or indulge in co-op modes. For those players interested more in playing through a story, players can dive into a single-player campaign. Players can also team up with others in a unique co-op mode where each person controls one part of a mech.

Page 2 of 2: Even More Video Games Releasing In December 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Nintendo

Read Screen Rant’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate Hands-On Preview

For those players looking to brawl with characters they’re more familiar with, there’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this title, players can step into the shoes of some of their favorite Nintendo characters, such as Mario, Ridley, Dark Samus, Link, Mega Man, and more. Then the fun begins: they can fight other players in an arena. The goal is to knock the other player out.

What makes this title so much fun, though, is that players can use a variety of fun tools at their disposal. This includes power-ups, Pokéballs and Assist Trophies, along with a Final Smash attack. This title also introduces a few new gameplay modes to players. In Smashdown, players can only use each character once. In Squad Strike, players team up and battle together. In Tournament, players can form teams of up to 32 characters and compete in tournament brackets.

Katamari Damacy Reroll (Retail Version)

  • RELEASE DATE: December 7
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Nintendo Switch
  • DEVELOPER: Bandai Namco
  • PUBLISHER: Namco

In 2004, Bandai Namco released Katamari Damacy, a little game about a Prince who serves the King of all Cosmos who requested that he roll up the world, and later the universe, into a big ball. Although that premise sounds ridiculous, the instantly addictive game took players by storm and remains a favorite, even 14 years after its release. That game is getting an updated re-release, titled Katamari Damacy Reroll, that will offer new HD visuals, along with a two-player mode and special gyro controls. Players can also roll up entire cities and planets with enabled motion control for Joy-Con.

Perhaps there is no better way to spend the holiday season playing a game that does nothing but give players pure joy. Enjoy countless hours of gameplay while rebuilding the universe under the direction of the King. Sure, it’s not a new Katamari game, but why mess with a classic?

Earth Defense Force 5

  • RELEASE DATE: December 11
  • DEVELOPER: Sandlot
  • PUBLISHER: D3Publisher

In Earth Defense Force 5, players will become soldiers with the Earth Defense Force, a special army trained to protect Earth from alien threats. In the game, players come face to face with an alien species, beings that come from a planet called Primer. These alien insect-like invaders want to take over Earth, so it’s up to the Earth Defense Force to stop them.

This might sound like a progressive game, but the wonderful thing about this franchise is that it’s a lot like the B-movies of the 1950s. The Earth Defense Force games don’t take themselves too seriously and don’t worry about things like stellar graphics and fantastic voice acting. This franchise embraces the cheesiness of fighting bug-like invaders. The new title features more than 100 missions with five different difficulties. If that isn’t enough, then there’s also a two-player co-op mode.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

  • RELEASE DATE: December 12
  • PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • DEVELOPER: New World Interactive
  • PUBLISHER: Focus Home Interactive

New World Interactive recently partnered with Focus Home Interactive to bring the next Insurgency title to gamers, allowing the developer more creativity and ability to expand upon the first game in the series. In Insurgency: Sandstorm, players will enter into matches, but for the first time, it also has a story mode that will revolve around a squad of characters that have to face such challenging missions, starting with the 2003 invasion of Iraq to modern day.

For those wanting something a little more like esports, though, Insurgency: Sandstorm will also have a competitive tactical multiplayer component, as well as console split-screen capabilities. Players can also customize their characters for the first time. Combat is in close quarters and quite often lethal, with New World Interactive promising that it has greatly expanded upon what it built with the first Insurgency game.

Borderlands 2 VR

  • RELEASE DATE: December 14
  • DEVELOPER: Gearbox
  • PUBLISHER: 2K Games

While fans patiently wait for Borderlands 3, they can now relive Borderlands 2 in an entirely different way. That’s right, Borderlands VR will finally land in December, bringing with it the bright and vibrant worlds gamers love. Relive the adventures of Axton the Commando, Maya the Siren, Salvador the Gunzerker, and Zer0 the Assassin as they make their way across the world, taking on missions and killing Psychos, all while armed to the teeth.

The VR version brings a new kind of aiming to gameplay, one that uses head movement. It also introduces a feature called BadAss Mega Fun (BAMF) Time. This is basically like bullet time, which slows down movement long enough to get as many hits in during combat as possible. The downside is that the VR adventure is a solo one, but seeing Borderlands come to life in virtual reality is still a must for hardcore fans of the franchise.

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