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One week before it descends upon retailers everywhere, Ubisoft today released the launch trailer for its upcoming RPG shooter, “The Division.”

After spending hours upon hours exploring a post-apocalyptic New York City in the public beta, I can safely say that “The Division” has become my most anticipated game of early 2016. The cover-based shooting is spot-on, the RPG elements are addictive and the Player-vs.-Player action found in the Dark Zone is totally unpredictable. If the beta is indicative of what awaits in the finished product, this could be a serious Game of the Year contender.

“The Division” is set to launch March 8 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Telltale Games has already shown it knows how to tell a compelling original story within Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” universe. But what about crafting a game around a well-established and beloved character?

If the debut episode of “The Walking Dead: Michonne” is any indication, the developer is up to the challenge.

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‘Uncharted 4’ story trailer released

Sony today gave fans another look at its upcoming blockbuster, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” with a new story trailer.

Here’s a quick synopsis, courtesy of Sony:

Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

A PS4 exclusive, “Uncharted 4” will be released April 26. In the meantime, players can catch up on Drake’s previous exploits by checking out “Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection,” which brings together the first three games in the series.

Ahead of its release later this week, Telltale Games today unveiled the launch trailer for its latest series, “The Walking Dead: Michonne.”

The first of three episodes, “In Too Deep,” arrives tomorrow on most platforms. Additional episodes will follow in March and April. All three episodes will be available for $15.

Review — ‘Dying Light: The Following’

I thoroughly enjoyed Techland’s “Dying Light” when it released early last year. You can see how much I liked it by checking out my review.

What I liked most about “Dying Light” wasn’t its parkour-style movement system, though that was definitely cool. It wasn’t the story or the seemingly endless weapon crafting options. No, what I liked most about the parkour-infused survival-horror romp was the high tension created once the sun went down and the zombie threat ramped up.

The game’s first major DLC expansion, the recently released “The Following,” changes things up quite a bit by introducing a large new area to explore and, more significantly, bringing vehicles into the mix. I was initially concerned that the inclusion of vehicles would eliminate those tense moments that made “Dying Light” so memorable. Let’s face it, zombies aren’t that scary when you’re running them over in your souped-up buggy.

But all it took was one ill-timed trip into the countryside to put my fears to rest.

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Loot Gaming crates on sale now


Loot Gaming, the latest monthly subscription service from Loot Crate, is now accepting orders for its debut Founder’s Crate. The theme for the first mailing is Legacy and will feature items from such storied franchises as “Halo,” “The Elder Scrolls,” “Skyrim” and “Super Mario Bros.” Founder’s Crate packages will ship in April.

For $25 each month, Loot Gaming subscribers receive a crate full of gaming-related goodies, including exclusive items available only through the service. In addition to collectibles, apparel, accessories and physical items, Loot Gaming subscribers can look forward to digital items (downloadable games, in-game DLC) in select crates. All told, each crate contains more than $60 worth of items.

To learn more about Loot Gaming or to subscribe, visit

Bethesda Game Studios delivered a gift to “Fallout 4” fans today with the FINAL_AUTOMATRONfirst look at the initial downloadable content planned for the epic role-playing game.

The first piece of DLC, “Automatron,” is set for release in March for $9.99. Here’s a description, courtesy of Bethesda:

The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!



FINAL_WASTELANDIn April, the “Wasteland Workshop” arrives for $4.99.

With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixie tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!




The final piece of DLC announced also happens to be the largest. “Far Harbor” is scheduled to be released in May and will retail for $24.99.FINAL_FARHARBOR

A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that we’ve ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.

In addition to announcing the first wave of DLC, Bethesda also announced a price increase for the “Fallout 4” season pass. Beginning March 1, the season pass will cost $49.99 — $20 more than the current pricepoint.  Those who have already purchased the season pass will still receive all of the announced DLC, as well as any future content, at no additional cost.

Fans looking to get an early look at the DLC can head over to and sign up to join the beta testing program. Those accepted into the beta program will receive a code to download the new content and will not need to purchase the add-on.

To read the full release, which includes information about planned updates and mods, click here.

‘The Walking Dead: Michonne’ extended preview

Telltale Games has released an extended preview of the first episode of its upcoming miniseries, “The Walking Dead: Michonne.”

The video above showcases the first six minutes of “In Too Deep,” the first of three episodes which is set to be released Feb. 23 on most home consoles and PC. The series will retail for $15.

It’s hard to believe that we’re only a little over a month away from seeing the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight battle it out on the big screen in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” To help tide you over, here’s the final trailer, released earlier today.

There’s a ton of new content on display, including more shots of Ben Affleck’s Batman in action against a group of armed thugs. Or you can simply skip ahead to the 1:57 mark and prepare to lose your fanboy mind.

“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” arrives in theaters March 25.

A big week for “The Walking Dead” fans just got a little bigger as Telltale Games has announced the release date for the first episode of its three-part miniseries centered around everyone’s favorite sword-swinging loner, Michonne.

“The Walking Dead: Michonne” makes its debut on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC on February 23 with the premiere episode, “In Too Deep.” Additional episodes are slated to follow in March and April. The complete series will retail for $15.

A Telltale Games press release offered the following summary for the first episode:

In this premiere episode, ‘In Too Deep,’ Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies. When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage. 

In other “The Walking Dead” news, the AMC series returns for the second half of Season 6 Sunday at 9 p.m.