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“The Pact,” the second episode of Telltale Games’ “Batman: The Enemy Within,” will launch Oct. 3.

Following the bombshell dropped at the end of Episode 1– you can read my review here — “The Pact” finds Gotham facing a new threat and Batman/Bruce Wayne forced to again work with John Doe to save the city.

The trailer for Episode 2 also introduces us to Harley Quinn and, in the final scene, a menacing character that looks an awful lot like Bane. If Bane is, indeed, making an appearance, I’m looking forward to seeing how Telltale handles one of Batman’s most dangerous foes given their past willingness to deviate from established source material and put their own spin on familiar characters.

Rockstar rolls out ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ trailer

Rockstar Games today released a new trailer for the “Red Dead Redemption 2” and it is nothing short of glorious. Check it out above and see for yourself. It may well be the best 1:30 you spend today.

“Red Dead Redemption 2” introduces us to a new protagonist, Arthur Morgan, and the adventures of the Van de Linde gang, which players may remember from the first “Red Dead Redemption.” The trailer shows off bank robberies, train heists, plenty of violence, a feisty grizzly bear and some gorgeous looking environments.

“Red Dead Redemption 2” is currently targeting a Spring 2018 release, which isn’t nearly soon enough.

Before getting into the announcement of DLC superstars and the “WWE 2K18” season pass info, take a moment and check out the latest TV spot above. It debuted during No Mercy and features rhymes by Snoop Dogg himself. It’s pretty cool.

Now on to the important stuff. The highlight of this year’s crop of DLC characters is The Hardy Boyz who, along with Beth Phoenix and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, will be available in the Enduring Icons DLC pack for $9.99.

Those wanting to “walk with Elias” will be delighted to hear that everyone’s favorite drifter is included in the NXT Generation pack, along with Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Lars Sullivan and Ruby Riot. That pack will also be available for $9.99.

My personal favorite piece of DLC, the Accelerator pack, also returns. For $4.99, this grants players access to all unlockable content (minus DLC, of course) and the ability to adjust ratings and attributes for all characters. I’m pretty stingy when it comes to paying extra for DLC, but this is one I purchase every year. It’s worth every penny.

Other DLC packs include the MyPlayer Kickstart ($9.99), which lets you boost your created character’s stats, and the New Moves pack ($3.99), which includes moves like Tye Dillinger’s Tie Breaker and Kassius (You’ll Always Be Chris Hero To Me, Dang It!) Ohno’s Crash Landing.

Players looking to save a little coin can opt to purchase the Season Pass, which includes all of the aforementioned DLC packs for $29.99, a savings of more than 20 percent.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A Nintendo Switch version will launch later this year.

Bethesda recently released a new trailer for “The Evil Within 2,” this one showcasing the creepy Father Theodore, one of the human “monsters” you’ll encounter during the game.

In this sequel to the woefully underrated “The Evil Within,” players again assume the role of Sebastian Castellanos as he searches for his daughter, Lily. The original game remains one of the more enjoyable — and frightening — modern survival-horror games I’ve played and the sequel looks every bit as entertaining.

“The Evil Within 2” launches, fittingly, on Friday, Oct. 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

One of the most exciting aspects of the “Call of Duty” franchise returning to its WWII roots is, for me, the history associated with the setting. My late grandfather survived the Battle of the Bulge and while he rarely discussed what he saw or experienced during the war, the knowledge that he served instilled within me a thirst for knowledge about World War II in general and that battle in particular.

If the video above is any indication, Activision and the developers at Sledgehammer Games appear to share that same passion. Check it out to see the steps the developers took to ensure that the game pays a fitting tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the defense of freedom.

“Call of Duty: WWII” launches Nov. 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer for “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” — and killing Nazis has never looked better. Check it out above and judge for yourself.

“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” launches Oct. 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

nascarheat2There was a series of events during the running of the Daytona 500 in my “NASCAR Heat 2” season mode that pretty much boils down my experiences with the game in a nutshell.

As the laps ticked down in the final stage, I had methodically worked my way up through the field when practically every AI-controlled car decided to come to pit road under green at the same time — something that never, ever happens in an actual NASCAR race.

As one could imagine, this caused a massive pile-up. As I veered off the track and onto the infield grass in hopes of avoiding the carnage, my eyes were drawn to a car flipping over and over and over again down the track. It was the No. 33 of Jeffrey Earnhardt, and it was the kind of crash that any driver would simply be happy to walk away from in one piece.

Yet Earnhardt didn’t walk away. Or even get out of his car. Nope, he stayed strapped into his ride and went on to race the final 15 laps, finishing on the lead lap, just outside the top 10.

All I could do was put down my controller and shake my head.

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First ‘WWE 2K18’ gameplay trailer released

2K has served up the first gameplay trailer for “WWE 2K18.”

The “Burn it Down” trailer features a look at several WWE superstars in action, including pre-order bonus character Kurt Angle. The highlight for me was the backstage action, which included Shane McMahon delivering an elbow drop from the top of a production truck. I can’t wait to try that for myself.

“WWE 2K18” launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players who pre-order the game can start playing four days early, on Oct. 13.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment hasn’t been stingy with regard to the pre-launch buzz surrounding “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” and today’s trailer may be the coolest one released yet.

The latest trailer, “Campaign that Never Forgets: Friend of Foe,” is an interactive video that features an intense live-action battle scene directed by Neil Huxley, known for his work on “Avatar” and “Watchmen.”

The video is used to highlight the game’s Nemesis System, the dynamic way in which your actions shape other characters within the game world. The Nemesis System was a groundbreaking feature when it debuted in “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” and I’m looking forward to seeing how it has evolved since then.

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” launches Oct. 10 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Activision has pulled back the curtain on the single-player campaign in “Call of Duty: WWII.”

The story trailer, available above, appears heavily influenced by the likes of “Band of Brothers” and “Saving Private Ryan,” framing the action around the experiences of a lone soldier, Private Ronald “Red” Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division.

After playing the multiplayer beta, my hype meter was pretty high for the next installment of the “Call of Duty” franchise and this story trailer has only further solidified my already lofty expectations.

“Call of Duty: WWII” launches Nov. 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.