Hello and welcome to another week of gaming news recaps! Well, this week we have Mario Kart 8 DLC news, plus an anticipated game makes it to EA early access, and GTA 5 comes to next gen with a few changes. Read on to find out more!
Mario Kart 8 Gets New Costumes Trailer and First DLC Pack
This week, a Nintendo Direct presentation aired, showcasing special costumes which you can unlock through Amiibo figures for Mario Kart 8. The kart racer will support figures such as Mario, Yoshi, Peach, Link, Kirby, and Fox. Check out the Mii-like costumes racing around Mario Kart 8 in the trailer below.
Nintendo has also shown a second, separate trailer for Mario Kart 8 DLC pack 1, which will bring even more characters, karts and courses into the game. This first DLC pack will be released into the game on November 13th for $7.99. Check out the trailer for that below the Amiibo trailer.
Electronic Arts announced this week that Dragon Age: Inquisition would be available to EA Access subscribers on November 15th–five days before its public release on November 18th. The usual EA Access regulations will apply, with players being limited to six-hour trials during that five-day window. Players will be able to create their own heroes, start their Inquisition and wander around in the world of Thedas. Multiplayer, co-op missions will also be available for players to check out along with the single player campaign. Any progress made will be carried over to the full game, should the players purchase it.
EA Access customers receive 10% off all EA games and add-on content through the Xbox Games Store, so subscribers could buy a digital copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition for $53.99. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for everyone on November 18th on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Video game developers Rockstar Games have confirmed that Grand Theft Auto 5 will have a first-person perspective mode when it arrives on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Novemebr 18th.
“We could’ve put it in (the last gen version) but we were too busy making the game,” said Rob Nelson, Rockstar Games animation director, in an interview with IGN. “It’s a very intense in your face experience….literally.” Nelson said he wanted gamers to experience the world of Grand Theft Auto from a different perspective: “You’re eye-level, down with people on the streets, and as you walk past them, you see them sort of look at you out the corner of their eye. All of this stuff existed in the game before–lot’s of little details”.
Changing the game to a first person perspective also required GTA 5 to undergo extensive changes. “You have to change pretty much everything” said Nelson. “I mean, if you want to do it right. We have a very solid third-person animation system, but you don’t just put the camera down there and expect to see the guns, aim, and shoot. All those animations are new when you switch to first-person, because it all has to be animated to the camera, to make it feel like a proper first-person experience that I think people would expect. All the timings have to be re-evaluated.”
BlizzCon 2014: Overwatch Unveiled
This week at BlizzCon 2014, Blizzard announced it’s first new franchise in 17 years: Overwatch, a team based 6v6 multiplayer shooter. The company showcased the new IP in a CG trailer, complete with Pixar-like animation. Overwatch is set on a near-future Earth, and the cast of heroes includes mercenaries, scientists and adventurers. Battles take place in specialized arenas such as the streets of London or the pyramids of Egypt.
Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of whats to come!
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