God of War 4 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com God of War 4 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network God of War Set to Return on April 20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 https://www.gameskinny.com/08j4y/god-of-war-set-to-return-on-april-20 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:29 -0500 Kengaskhan

It’s been nearly half a decade since the end of Kratos’ Olympian killing spree, but the God of War franchise finally returns on April 20, 2018. This latest entry serves as a soft reboot for the series, hence the title simply being God of War, where we’ll find Kratos in a brand-new setting: Scandinavia and the mythical realms of Norse legend.

God of War will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 for $59.99 on April 20, and is currently ready for preorder. If you preorder the game from certain retailers, you’ll receive some in-game shield skins, and if you preorder from GameStop or EB Games specifically, you’ll receive another in-game goody in the form of a Luck of Ages XP Talisman.

If that's not enough for you, there are also three limited edition versions of the game available!

Some of the highlights of the God of War Collector's Edition are the 9" statue featuring Kratos and his son Atreus, two carved figurines of the Huldra Brothers, and a steelbook case for your game.

In addition to everything that the Collector's Edition includes, the God of War Stone Mason Edition comes with four more carvings: a Stone Mason's Ring, a keychain of Mimir's head, and carvings of a troll and a horse.

Lastly, the Digital Deluxe Edition offers a variety of digital bonuses: a digital artbook, in-game bonuses and gear, and Issue #0 of Dark Horse's God of War comic. Additionally, the Digital Deluxe Edition does come with one physical item: an exclusive, limited-run God of War pin.

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If you want to keep up with the rest of our news leading up to God of War's release, you can find it all here!

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12 most anticipated video game sequels on the horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon https://www.gameskinny.com/ss0z1/12-most-anticipated-video-game-sequels-on-the-horizon Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:17:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Clearly there's more big name sequels coming than most gamers will ever actually have time to play – so which of these titles are you most looking forward to playing, and which one will you be buying first?

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Be sure to also let us know what upcoming anticipated video game sequels we missed that should have made the list!

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Final Fantasy XV

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OK, I have a secret to admit: I don't think this game is going to be any good. Certainly not worth the 10 year development time, anyway. Final Fantasy's glory days have come and (long) gone.

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The only anticipation I have for Final Fantasy XV is how hard its going to flop, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it anyway, since everyone else has hyped themselves up to levels that the game won't be able to meet.

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Get ready to go on a cross country road trip with a bunch of Japanese emo kids in late September. Serious question: will there be a National Lampoon spinoff movie version?

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Mafia III

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Like Sleeping Dogs, the Mafia games are the more serious of the open world car theft simulators, existing on a whole other end of the spectrum from the likes of Saint's Row or Grand Theft Auto.

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I remember when I first started playing Mafia II, my wife asked what this game was about. My immediate response was “It's GTA, but you have to drive the speed limit.”

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The third entry in the series is looking very promising, and those trailers are giving off a very serious classic mobster movie feel with a hint of a Tarantino twist. This one arrives in October, so there's not too long to wait to get your fix of organized crime mayhem.

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Gears of War 4

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There's no beating around the bush here - this is the reason I bought an Xbox One. Chainsaw duels, hammerburst sniping from cover, endless rounds of horde mode: the Gears Of War experience is what I most associate with the Xbox consoles.

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Part 4 heads into the future of Sera after Marcus and Adam Fenix decided to go all full-on genocide against the locust. This time around the son of Marcus will be embroiled in a battle against new monstrous creatures, very little of which is actually known at this point.

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The game did take a bit of a beating after a lackluster beta test, however, but confidence is returning after recent announcements of graphical upgrades and gameplay tweaks following beta feedback.

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Personally I'm not too worried on the visual front: I still play horde mode on Gears 3 regularly and don't mind even going back and playing the uglier looking first game from time to time, so graphical perfection isn't particularly a big concern for me, and I'd be buying this even if if was a text adventure.

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Battlefield 1

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We are in a very interesting time for the FPS genre, especially in the ongoing battle between those two titans of the genre: Battlefield and Call Of Duty.

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Battlefield is an odd position at the moment, as previous entry Hardline wasn't exactly beloved and Battlefield 4 had a rocky launch, but there's no question the recent trailers have put fans much more solidly in Dice's camp than Infinity Ward's. Those old school tanks and zeppelins look particularly enticing.

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Every clip that has been revealed has just made the hype stronger, as this looks to be the most polished, graphically advanced, and entertaining game in the series. While I have every intention of playing Infinite Warfare, you better believe I can't wait to go back in time to World War I and get my hands dirty with some deadly trench warfare as well!

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Borderlands 3

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Now that the Battleborn vs. Overwatch death match has essentially ended, Gearbox can get on giving us all what we really wanted: more of the zany, quirky, deadly nonsense that is Borderlands.

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I don't know that I've ever had more of a straight up fun experience than co-oping my way through Borderlands 2 as a screaming Gunzerker while interacting with insane characters like Tiny Tina.

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Hopefully they can recapture that magic yet again for the coming installment, which is expected to have an even more wide open world map and likely to arrive sometime in 2018.

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Not much else is known at this point, but you better believe we'll be covering this one extensively in the months ahead as news starts to leak.

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Mass Effect Andromeda

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It's been four years since the last game arrived, so we're overdue for a new one -- but sadly it will be some months still before Andromeda arrives, as the game is now expected to drop in Q1 2017.

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This coming entry will be heralded by a series of novels explaining what went on in the centuries between Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda, and was recently teased with footage at E3 2016.

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Supposedly there are going to be big changes to this sci-fi series in the fourth iteration -- not just in setting but also in gameplay, with a more open experience and bigger emphasis on exploration. Based on the video clips released so far, there will still be some similar mechanics, like having a ship home base.

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System Shock Remake

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What these young whippersnappers today raised on Bioshock and SOMA might not know is that long ago there was an equally disturbing sci-fi experience called System Shock that inspired all that was to come down the line.

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That '94 classic is set to return soon in a very different form, rebuilt from the ground up in Unity with updated mechanics (as well as graphics of course). In two days the Kickstarter campaign for a complete remake of System Shock has raised more than $500,000, so it's a good bet this one will hit more than a few stretch goals.

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The expected release date of December 2017 is feasible (especially considering a demo has already been created) if perhaps slightly optimistic, and the new version will feature the talents of gaming legend Chris Avellone.

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Dead Rising 4

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For good or ill, photographer Frank is back! The previous third entry in the series – launching with the Xbox One -- didn't fare as well as hoped in this franchise that's equal parts infuriating and amazing.

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What's been shown of Dead Rising 4 does look to have all the absurd hilarity of the first two, however (remember mowing down hordes of zombies... on a tricycle while dressed up like a little kid?)

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This is a series that people tend to like despite major problems, and the concern is that those flaws in design have now essentially become the established norm. Capcom really needs to make some changes this time around.

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I mean does anyone actually like the timed cases or the overly hard bosses that play completely differently from the rest of the game? Those should definitely be filed under the “bugs” column rather than the “features” column.

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God Of War

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This one's balancing on a razor's edge with fans at the moment, who aren't quite sure what to make of the change in setting (and godly pantheon) or the gameplay style featuring a son you have to constantly protect.

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At this point it basically looks like The Last Of Us in a mythological Norse setting with world's worst dad Kratos.

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I'm very interested in what is done with the concept, but it would seem many fans are already prepared to write the series off as lost. We'll find out which faction properly called it in 2017.

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The Last Of Us 2

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The first game was an absolute smash hit, and not just financially, but also on a storytelling and gameplay level. There aren't many post-apocalyptic, quasi-zombie games that can hit you in the feels as strongly as The Last Of Us did (repeatedly).

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It's a foregone conclusion a sequel will arrive, and while not officially “revealed” yet, its the worst kept secret in the industry that this game is in development. Somehow part 2 wasn't announced at E3, despite all indications it would be, but I don't think we'll be waiting too much longer.

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For those who can't handle the anticipation, Days Gone looks to provide a similar experience, but with a lot more zombies and a biker theme.

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Dishonored 2

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It would appear all did not go well after Emily was reinstated on the throne at the end of the first game following Corvo's maniacal killing spree (or completely peaceful revolution – but who seriously took that route?).

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This time around you get to play as either Corvo or a grown up Emily, again choosing from a variety of different ways to complete levels using stealth, magic abilities, ranged attacks, melee, or a combination of them all.

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The downtrodden industrial revolution feel of the first game was just absolutely nailed, and I for one am greatly looking forward to returning to this opened-ended series. Hopefully we'll get a character just as disturbing (and intriguing) as Granny Rags, and its a good bet based on the teasers released so far that there will be entirely new powers to use in unexpected ways while haunting the rooftops in search of prey.

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Dawn Of War 3

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Before long we'll get to prosecute a genocidal war against the xenos to spread the Imperium of Man across the breadth of the galaxy yet again as the third entry in this RTS series is coming next year.

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I still regularly play matches of the original Dawn Of War, Winter Assault, and Dark Crusade, so anticipation is high as the gameplay footage revealed at E3 seems to indicate this new game will follow a similar base building pattern as the first entry.

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So far only the Space Marines, Eldar, and Orks have been announced, essentially putting it on par with the first two main entries, but we can hope for more to be revealed (or at least to be available for multiplayer). Expect this bad boy to drop for PC in late 2017 courtesy of Relic Entertainment and Sega.

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Much like with the movie industry, money gets put where the publishers know they are certain to get a return. That's why we get Call Of Duty every year and why we (used to) get Assassin's Creed every year.

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While gamers rail about a lack of creativity in the industry, the fact of the matter is that sequels, prequels, reboots, and HD remasters sell, thus they continue to be pumped out.

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That being said, not all sequels are blatant cash grabs with no substance, and in fact quite a few over the years have built up and even exceeded their predecessors. In fact, there's several sequels due out in the coming months that look to significantly shake up the formula, or at least refine it so the series can stand proudly in the current generation.

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Here we're going to take a look at 12 impending sequels or reboots that fans have been anticipating for a good long time. A few are being purposefully left out, however.

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For the sake of not rehashing pipe dreams, I'm not even going to going to bother with slides for Half Life 3 or Portal 3 – those aren't happening. Likewise, I'm skipping Alan Wake, as a new entry doesn't seem to actually be in the works, despite gobs of Easter eggs appearing in Quantum Break that gave fans false hope.

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Most Popular Games At E3 (Backed By Science) https://www.gameskinny.com/enxvj/most-popular-games-at-e3-backed-by-science https://www.gameskinny.com/enxvj/most-popular-games-at-e3-backed-by-science Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:00:05 -0400 Austin Katz

People have been debating what the best game at E3 was (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild *cough cough*). However, the data firm ListenFirst compiled unbiased data to determine what the most searched game was during E3, and subsequently what the most popular game was. The results are shown below:

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's Breath of the Wild trailer took first place with 90K organic searches surrounding announced games at E3. Following this was Sony's God of War trailer with 85K views, Electronic Art's Battlefield 1 trailer with 45K views, Sony's Detroit trailer with 44K views and Microsoft's We Happy Few trailer with 39K views.

It is unsurprising that Breath of the Wild is the highest searched, and only game, in the top 10 for Nintendo because it is the game they primarily focused on during Nintendo's Treehouse event.

Breath of the Wild does not have a release date as of yet, but Nintendo is aiming for a early 2017 release for WiiU and likely the NX.

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Hipster neckbeard Kratos: the end of God Of War? https://www.gameskinny.com/my372/hipster-neckbeard-kratos-the-end-of-god-of-war https://www.gameskinny.com/my372/hipster-neckbeard-kratos-the-end-of-god-of-war Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:39:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

There have been rumblings for months now about a potential new God Of War. But not all was well in that land of myth and legend, as rumors spread that the setting was being left behind in favor of an entirely different location and pantheon of gods.

Fans have to ask: Is it really even God Of War if Kratos is no longer in the same world as his old nemeses Ares and Zeus?

Now that E3 is upon us, the Scylla is officially out of the bag – a new entry in the series is coming to the current gen, and it certainly does not appear to be taking place anywhere near Olympus.

Changing The Formula While Keeping The Name

One of our contributors previously argued that God Of War needs to ditch Kratos as the protagonist if a different mythology is at play, since it's so radical a departure -- not to mention that the previous story has pretty well been told already.

I'm on the fence there, as ditching the main character seems like just as big a (if not a bigger) departure than changing the setting. Sure, there's no reason there couldn't be a different godling this time around out for vengeance, and of course there could always be a twist where Kratos ends up being the bad guy, just to get everyone's knickers in a twist (bonus points if Kratos says “Hail hydra” at any point).

Judging by the quantity and tenor of the YouTube comments on the E3 footage -- a dicey place to be spending your time at the best of circumstances -- many fans aren't particularly happy with what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Sadly, gamers tend to do that all too frequently. (Just ask anyone who has ever had an opinion on whether Call Of Duty needs to change or be the same thing every year.)

Is That You, Kratos?

Of particular concern to many is the appearance of an older Kratos, who is sporting quite the hipster beard. I have to admit, he does look like he's about to drop a post-black metal album and reach for a PBR.

Kratos - who really didn't do such a bangup job of being a dad the first time around – is apparently also now in charge of a child again. Run, kid, run!

Kratos was into killing gods BEFORE it was cool!

A real twist would be to give both sides what they want but not advertise it before hand: perhaps you control old man Kratos for a small beginning portion of the game to learn the controls, then he dies and his son or another character takes over.

While his attire and personal grooming might leave something to be desired, those environmental shots in the gameplay footage are looking stellar, with many shouting “God Of War meets Skyrim!” due to the new mechanics and snowy setting. To that I ask: why the heck not? We all love both games, and they have potential coming together.

And hey, just think -- if the new God Of War gets a PC release, the number of nude mods is sure to be through the roof.

It's hard to tell based off just a few minutes of gameplay, but the environment seems a bit larger than in previous entries as well, so there's a question of if God Of War is perhaps going more towards an open world style along the lines of Tomb Raider, Shadow Of Mordor, or even the GoT-clone Darksiders II.

Gorgeous white backdrops soon to be stained red with blood!

Road To The Multiverse, God Of War Edition

While there's a lot of grumbling to be found online, I for one am digging the concept of a Kratos who can now skip between pantheons. Greek was only going to work for so long, especially since the deific anti-hero had already killed most of those gods off anyway.

If it has to go somewhere, Norse mythology has plenty of material to be mined. Let's face it: ice giants and dragons are just plain cooler than Medusa and Icarus anyway.

If this does well, who can guess where Kratos might go in future installments? Why not have him head into the Aztec mythology for awhile and battle heart-ripping priests and Quetzalcoatl?

Unfortunately it will never happen (primarily due to Wizard Of The Coast's relentless insistence on solely releasing sub-par computer games), but a God Of War / D&D crossover would also have huge potential. Imagine Kratos duking it out with Forgotten Realms gods like Bane and Auril or Greyhawk deities like Vecna or Gruumsh.

There's a whole lot of mythology rife for exploring where gods don't get along, and no reason Kratos can't be decapitating people all along the way in any number of settings. While some long-time fans are already declaring doom and gloom, the change feels more like a new beginning than an early ending.

 Yeah I'd pay money to play that game.

What did you think of the E3 God Of War reveal trailer? Are you stoked to slaughter your way through the Nordic world or would you prefer the game stay Greek all the way? Let me know in the comments.

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God of War 4 Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/1r7sq/god-of-war-4-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/1r7sq/god-of-war-4-revealed Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:21:56 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

For the past few months, there has been a lot of speculations of what was going on with the next installment of the God of War series. Rumored to take it's own spin on Norse mythology, rather than the series' trademark take on Greek mythology, it was confirmed during Sony's E3 conference that this is the case for the next game in the series.

In the trailer, we see Kratos (not voiced by T.C Carson) older -- and now he's a father to an unnamed Child, teaching him the ropes of hunting. However, the game quickly shifts to Kratos fighting off trolls and goblins in a more grounded experience. Rather than the over-the-top violent nature the series is known for, the action seems more tamed, but still extremely violent. 

The game takes place after God of War 3, and Kratos still has the same scar that he inflicted on himself at the end of the last game. We have no word on a release date yet, but expect some more news this week.

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Sony goes big at E3 with Kojima, Crash Bandicoot, and more! https://www.gameskinny.com/ea09g/sony-goes-big-at-e3-with-kojima-crash-bandicoot-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/ea09g/sony-goes-big-at-e3-with-kojima-crash-bandicoot-and-more Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:30:14 -0400 David Fisher

The show started off on a high note with the crashing of drums and chanting. God of War opened the Sony E3 conference with a live demo showing off some of the images of what's to come. In it we have Kratos in unfamiliar territory - the Germanic lands of the Vikings.

God of War goes Viking

That's right! The next God of War -- which has been a long time coming -- will take place in a western European setting. There, Kratos has settled down with a boy who will act as his bow-wielding partner. Gameplay has been drastically changed from the series' roots. No longer is the game a beat-'em-up, but instead is a third-person action game.

The footage demoed at E3 shows Kratos in a snowy mountainous forest area hunting with a boy that appears to be his son. Whether the son is directly related to Kratos by blood or not is an entirely different question. What we do know, however, is that Kratos has dropped the Blades of  Chaos and has instead opted for a new ice-infused axe. The boy is seen using a lightning-charged bow at various points in the demo.

Enemies are as big as ever as well, with this troll appearing halfway through the demonstration to pick a fight with Kratos. Interestingly, Kratos's new "hypermode" is called Spartan Rage instead of anything pertaining to gods or otherwise. Whether this will carry on throughout the game or not has yet to be seen.

The new gameplay perspective is certainly interesting, and how it will actually play out in the final product is worth watching out for.

Bikers and Zombies

While The Walking Dead continues to fail on delivering a biker zombie-fuelled apocalypse, Days Gone has appeared from out of the blue to fill the void. There's very little to know about the game so far, only that it has some fast-paced action gameplay, and a similar appearance to The Last of Us in terms of art direction.

We had all been hoping for a The Last of Us 2, but it seems like this will be the closest we'll be getting for the time being.

In Days Gone the zombies are fast, powerful, and deadly. You'll have to pull all the stops you can to prevent becoming biker-flavored zombie chow...

The Last Guardian has a release date!

Unless it gets another delay, that is. The game that has been haunting us as vaporware for the longest time will finally grace the screens of PlayStation 4 users on October 25th, 2016. Not too bad for a game that has been in development for almost 10 years. Hopefully The Last Guardian can live up to the hype.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a mechanical adventure

E3 is the time to show off exciting new gameplay, and Horizon: Zero Dawn didn't hold back in the least. In the gameplay demo we got to see the protagonist wrangle a robotic ox, create items using a system similar to The Last of Us (noticing a pattern here), and immerse us in a world where it's robot-eat-robot.

This game looked to be the most next-gen out of the bunch, sporting impressively destructible environments, and near cinematic gameplay. If the footage shown is even remotely close to the final product it seems like this will be a game hardcore single player fans won't want to miss.

Androids are the police in Detroit: Become Human

Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed L.A. Noire with Heavy Rain, a cyberpunk theme, and a touch of Bioware-style choices? Look no further than Detroit: Become Human. This game promises to give the player multiple outcomes for various scenes throughout the game, and the most subtle actions can lead to grand consequences.

Everything in this game is a life-or-death choice. Do you pick up the gun used at the crime scene to shoot the culprit, risking tampering with the evidence? Or do you drop the gun before the aggressor and have a sniper risk the shot? All these decisions will be up to the player alone in a game that asks the hard questions.

Resident Evil VII makes a return to horror

A cryptic phone call telling you that someone's out to kill you. Random unexplained occurrences happening all around you. A first-person psycho thriller vibe that drags you to the end of your seat. It's not P.T., it's Resident Evil VII

The Resident Evil franchise is returning to the slow and spooky roots in the latest teaser. While we don't get much in terms of what's actually going on, the game is already looking millions of times more promising than the past two Resident Evil games. Better yet, Resident Evil VII has a currently available playable demo on the PlayStation Store. I definitely recommend checking it out.

PlayStation VR shows us what it's made of!

The PlayStation VR headset was also given a lengthy segment highlighting some of the upcoming compatible games. Among them was Farpoint, what looks to be a survival-action game where players are stuck on an unknown planet alongside strange alien machines and giant monsters. Fun times all around for sure, but nothing impressive so far in terms of raw footage.

The same could be said for the Batman Arkham VR teaser since it basically just showed us Batman's cowl for about 50 seconds without showing us how it will function in-game.

What really won the crowd over was the image below:

That's right. Star Wars: Battlefront will be getting an X-Wing VR mission. We don't know much about it yet, other than the fact that we'll be piloting an X-Wing through some serious space dogfighting action, but hopefully it'll be as promising as it looks.

Final Fantasy XV also showcased some VR footage, as well as its release date of September 30th, 2016. While the actual gameplay footage of the game looked amazing, the VR use seems a like a last-minute addition. It looks clunky, slow, and not really enjoyable in battle scenes.

The VR battle gameplay looked impractical and boring, but Square Enix made sure to balance it out with some virtual reality breasts. I'm sure that'll  get no negative feedback right? (Heavy sarcasm...)

On the reverse side of things, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare also made an appearance during this segment. The footage highlighted space gameplay, and at first it appeared to be a different game entirely. While Infinite Warfare has received heavy criticism by fans so far, the latest footage could have easily been mistaken for a different game entirely. Maybe things will finally be different in a CoD game this year...

Honestly, this doesn't look like Call of Duty! Hopefully the actual multiplayer aspect will feature space battles like this, otherwise it will surely deserve the negative response fans have been giving it...

Crash... crashes onto the scene!

Here's a face you probably weren't expecting to see. Crash Bandicoot will be remastered, as well as two other sequels. They will be remade from the ground up - much like Nintendo has been doing with its 3DS Legend of Zelda games. He will also be making an appearance in Skylanders.

Kojima makes a return alongside Norman Reedus

Guillermo del Toro may not be involved anymore, but Norman Reedus and Hideo Kojima are making a return with Death Standing. It's hard to tell what exactly this game will be about, but judging from the heavy oil and foot/handprint symbology littered throughout the trailer it's likely we're still along the path of psychological mind-benders.

Will it be a true successor to the game that P.T. never became? I'm sure we all hope so.

Oh yeah, and Spiderman is here too...

I am a simple man. I see Spider-Man and I press like. Unfortunately, Sony's conference at E3 showed us nothing about what Spider-Man PS4 is like. We got some web slinging, some cinematic-looking action scenes, and some other cool stuff. Gameplay, we got no hint of.

Maybe the whole game is quick time events? If so, it'll never beat Spider-Man on the N64.

What was your favorite part of Sony's E3 presentation? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Five Predictions for Sony's E3 Press Event https://www.gameskinny.com/kv2m9/five-predictions-for-sonys-e3-press-event https://www.gameskinny.com/kv2m9/five-predictions-for-sonys-e3-press-event Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:27:43 -0400 Logan Moore

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Bloodborne 2 is Revealed, Releases Next Year

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Of all of my predictions, this one is definitely the most far-fetched. However, last year I predicted that Dark Souls III would be revealed and I was correct. I'm hoping that I'm spot on again this year with this prediction. 

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There's been a new game from FromSoftware every year for the past three years now. The Souls series is currently one of the most popular in gaming, and people are frothing at the mouth to play a new one as often as possible. With Dark Souls III being released just a couple months ago, that means a new Bloodborne game should be up next.

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Does it seem too soon to reveal the next Bloodborne? Possibly, but I'm taking my chances and saying that it will get announced. FromSoftware will make it four straight years of releasing a Souls game, and Bloodborne 2 will launch early next year. 

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What else do you think we can expect from this year's E3? Let me know down in the comments!

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The Last Guardian Gets A 2016 Release Date

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Yes, that's right. The game that we all thought would never release is finally going to get a release date, and it's going to come out sooner than you expect. While many people are still skeptical that this game will launch this year, I think there's absolutely no way Sony can let it slip into 2017, especially after Horizon Zero Dawn was delayed until 2017 just yesterday. 

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Sony now needs a big first party game for the second half of this year and The Last Guardian needs to be that game. Plus, if this game were to get delayed again, then the stigma surrounding it would continue to be extremely negative. With its re-reveal last year, I think it's absolutely vital for Sony to release it as soon as possible. I expect The Last Guardian to launch in August of this year. 

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God of War 4 Revealed, Focuses on Norse Mythology

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This should come as no surprise. We've known for some time now that a new God of War game has been in development. What we haven't been sure of, however, was the setting or story of the game. Recently, rumors have been churning that the game will feature Kratos taking his god-killing talents from Greek mythology to Norse mythology. I'm guessing that all of these rumors are spot on. 

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The transition from Greek to Norse mythology is such an excellent idea, and finds a way to keep the games fresh. Loki, Odin, Thor, and many other Norse gods will make for some excellent boss fights in God of War 4. Plus, assuming the game is set in Asgard, the new locations will be beautiful. Killing hordes of enemies while crossing the rainbow bridge sounds extremely fun, and I can't wait to see what it looks like. 

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Sony Bend Reveals New Game, Dead Don't Ride

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If you're a PlayStation fanboy then you know that most of Sony's first party studios have revealed the games they're working on for the PS4 at this point. One studio, however, that has yet to announce their newest project is Bend Studios. While many expected to hear about their new game at PSX last year, I think E3 will finally be where we see this new title.

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Industry insider Shinobi602 tweeted a few months ago about what we could expect to see from Sony Bend. The game will supposedly be called Dead Don't Ride and seems to take place in a post-apocalyptic world. From the game's title and the little bit of info Shinobi provided, the game will most likely feature zombies and some sort of motorcycle combat.

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While many rumors like this get debunked, Shinobi has a history of being a valued source, so I feel confident in saying that Dead Don't Ride will definitely be revealed next week. 

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PS4.5 Announced, Releases in 2017

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The PS4.5, PS4K, or the NEO, however you want to refer to it, has been rumored for months now. There's been so many leaks regarding the new upgraded PlayStation 4 that there's almost no chance that it doesn't exist. It should come as no surprise if Sony talks about the new console during their press event. What may come as a surprise, though, would be the release date. 

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Rumors and speculation from many gaming insiders have claimed that the upgraded console will release later this year, around the same time as the PSVR. I, however, think that's just a bit too early. With the mixed reception that has already been met from gamers regarding the new console, I anticipate that Sony will instead opt to release their new system early in 2017 instead.

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This will allow them to then focus solely on trying to sell more units of the PSVR, which is practically a console in its own right when considering the $399.99 price point. It also gives Sony more time to craft their marketing for the new console and convince the already 40 million people who own PS4's why they should upgrade. I then expect to see a final release date for the new Sony console at the PlayStation Experience event in December. 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. E3 is just a few short days away -- and many gamers, myself included, feel like children waiting to tear open presents on Christmas morning. One of my favorite things about E3 would have to be Sony's press event. While it has been hit and miss over the years, I always get excited to see what new things are coming to PlayStation.

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This year is shaping up to be a big one for Sony. Rumors and speculation have been flying around for months now regarding new consoles and new IPs. Next week we will finally see what Sony has to announce; but until then, here's five things I think we can expect to see. 

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God of War 4 Would Be Better off Without Kratos as the Protagonist https://www.gameskinny.com/e0wye/god-of-war-4-would-be-better-off-without-kratos-as-the-protagonist https://www.gameskinny.com/e0wye/god-of-war-4-would-be-better-off-without-kratos-as-the-protagonist Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:28:00 -0400 Ian Ilano

Yesterday it was revealed that the next God of War will pay homage to Norse mythology. Leaked concept art showed an abundance of trees, flying fairies, and colorful flowers — all characteristics of a Nordic setting. Although I'm confident that the change of themes will be enjoyable, the artwork also showed something a bit disheartening: the return of Kratos, the series' main protagonist.

Known for his complete badassery and aggressive attitude towards the gods, I can see why developers decided to bring him back. We've been with Kratos since his time in the Spartan army. We were there when he took down Ares, becoming the new "God of War". And we felt his pain when he had to relive the nightmare of his family's death — time and time again.

But if the developers really want to make God of War 4 more enjoyable, they need drop Kratos as the main protagonist, and I'll give them two good reasons why:

Kratos God of War 4

It's a new setting, which needs a new character.

God of War 4 is expected to be set in a world accompanied by a completely different mythology. The Norse Gods have their own stories and struggles. As much as I'd love to see Kratos try his hand at Odin or Thor, I see this as a chance to introduce us to a brand-new protagonist — one built from the ground up with their own mindset and motive.

Kratos was wronged by his gods. Instead of revenge, I envision a protagonist driven by a desire for peace. I want a pacifist demigod. If we're being given a new setting, it only makes sense to have a completely new character.

I could care less if they copied the exact story arc of the previous games, as long as they create someone worth playing. There's nothing bad about having two lovable characters -- in fact, lots of games have them. Mario and Luigi, Sonic and Shadow, Ezio and Altair — the list goes on and on.

God of War 4

Kratos' story arc is finished.

Kratos killed the god who wronged him. He also killed the Titans who betrayed him. Hell, he pretty much obliterated everything that stood in his path.

His story is over.

I can't think of one solid reason why he would come into contact with the Norse gods. Unless, of course, he plans to fight them all. I mean, I love violence, but that's just played out.

A new protagonist would give writers more options. Maybe we only saw the world through Kratos' eyes, all dark and bad. Maybe the world isn't like that at all.

The next of installment of God of War could be a completely different game. We could experience the wonders and beauty of Nordic mythology, the fairies, the Nine Worlds, the greenery — a contrast to the overall dark and grim theme of the previous games.

God of War 4

God of War 4 would be better off if we dropped Kratos as the protagonist. However, this does not mean that we should drop him completely. Writers, if you're currently brainstorming a story, take note: there is one scenario that I feel would make the latest installment very appealing.

What if Kratos becomes the villain?
"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

He kills Zeus and manages to survive the events of the last game. Hiding from Athena, who is restoring balance to the world, he hears about the Norse gods, who pride themselves on the hunt and ever-lasting fight.

He pays a visit to Asgard, the Norse equivalent of Olympus, and challenges and defeats the Norse gods present. His presence is alarming to all inhabitants of the Nordic realm. Then we're introduced to a new protagonist, a Nordic warrior who is weary of the effects Kratos' rampage is having on his world. Becoming a champion of Odin, he is given the power to best him. His journey would involve him sowing the rifts created by Kratos, and ultimately facing him.

Everyone loves a hero's fall to darkness.

The God of War series is centered around gods killing gods, and I can't think of an end more fitting than playing as a character whose ultimate goal is to take Kratos down. 

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Rumor: Sony's E3 Plans Potentially Leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/3q24m/rumor-sonys-e3-plans-potentially-leaked https://www.gameskinny.com/3q24m/rumor-sonys-e3-plans-potentially-leaked Thu, 08 May 2014 04:55:45 -0400 Elijah Beahm

Well Sony fans, you may get an early peak at what Sony has in store. An anonymous source has supposedly just leaked Sony's E3 plans. Approached by the source, DualShockers has what looks to be most of what's in store at the Sony press conference. In addition to the leak, they've reconfirmed with a second source on all the first party game reveals in bold.

- Uncharted PS4 3 Minute Trailer showcasing "In-engine" footage interspersed with gameplay segments. Visuals are supposedly unprecedented and set a benchmark for console graphics. Summer 2015 release date. It looks absolutely stellar. Features tropical setting and differing time periods with Nate/Francis.

- Media Molecule's new title will be a landmark title for Morpheus. 3D world building, beautiful, quirky visuals. Extremely creative and fun. Possibly related to the "Entwined" trademark filed last week by SCE (not sure). Late 2015.

- Gran Turismo 6 is coming to PS4 as 1080p 60FPS repackaged title in the vein of Gran Turismo 7: Prologue. Stunning visuals, extra features (social connectivity, new tracks, dlc etc). Coming mid-late 2015.

- God of War 4 teaser will be present - will be CG with snippets of in-engine footage. A little early for reveal, but is designed to offset negativity surrounding canceled new IP and generate excitement - also to partially offset CG announce of Gears of War at Microsoft presser. Late 2015. Date wont be announced.

- Kill Strain trademark is related to Syphon Filter reboot for PS4. Sony Bend working on revamping the franchise. Stealth, beautiful visuals and a possible Winter 2014 title. Bend finally getting to join the big boys.
Wipeout is also making the transition to PS4. Source is unsure of who is developing it, but hints that it could be Sony London, Evolution, or Firesprite.

- Quantic Dream has a trailer prepared - unsure whether it is penciled in for Gamescom or E3. Sony will be watching Microsoft's presser earlier in the day to gauge whether additional titles will need to be slotted in to dampen hype. Expect Dark Sorcerer- like visuals in real time. Off-topic, but still relevant - they are close to deal to become a Worldwide Studios developer, along with Ready At Dawn.

- Speaking of Ready At Dawn, The Order:1886 will get a stage demo. Big title for Fall 2014. Sony is expecting great things from said title - franchise hopes rest on its performance.

- Ninja Theory working on a PS4 exclusive - possible Heavenly Sword sequel which was shelved a number of years ago. Quite far into development.

- Sony London will be at E3. First AAA title in many years. 3rd person title. Gorgeous. They're back with a bang,

- Guerrilla Games bringing their RPG to E3. Provocative setting - very interesting. Insane visuals as usual. A good reaction to the title is expected. Will please the hardcore.

- Sucker Punch busy at work on an inFAMOUS: Second Son DLC. Really cool. New powers. Possible new setting. E3 debut.

- Sony Japan Studios debuting two, maybe even three titles. Project Beast - spiritual successor to Demon Souls. The other is The Last Guardian. Retooled for PS4, possible Winter 2014 title. The Other title is shrouded in secrecy.

- Evolution will give Driveclub some time in the limelight. It's shaping up to be incredible with jaw-dropping visuals. Demo release will be timed with the press conference.

Ubisoft, EA, Konami, Capcom, Warner Bros., Activision, Square Enix, and possibly Take-Two (to announce the PS4 version of Grand Theft Auto V) will all be in attendance as well for their various third-party games. There will also be new PS Plus instant game collection announcements, an update on Playstation Now, and The Last of Us 2 the grand finale.

How much of the list is accurate we'll only truly know when E3 hits, but some things seem far more likely than others. PS Plus and PS Now news fits, as does the cavalcade of publishers.

With GTA V PC finally happening, a next-gen console version does seem inevitable as well. What's harder to believe is something like The Last Guardian. Worse, even though some people (myself included) would love for it to be true, I highly doubt Heavenly Sword 2 is in development for PS4. It'd be incredibly exciting if all of these were true, but it's likely we will only see a fraction of them.

What in the above list would you like to see at E3? Do you think any titles are likely or unlikely? Let us know in the comments below!

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