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Review: ‘Batman: The Enemy Within’ Episode 2


(Editor’s note: This review contains spoilers for “Batman: The Enemy Within.”)

Much of the momentum that “Batman: The Enemy Within” built with the cliffhanger conclusion to its premiere episode was surprisingly squandered in Episode 2, “The Pact.”

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Review: ‘NBA 2K18’


As the start of the 2017-18 NBA season approaches, there are plenty of question marks around the league.

How will Kyrie Irving fare in Boston?

Can the Cavaliers remain dominant in the Eastern Conference without Irving?

Will the Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony be enough to lift Oklahoma City into contention in the Western Conference?

Is this the year New Orleans or Minnesota take the next step and challenge for playoff berths?

Despite the unknowns, there are a couple of sure things this season — LeBron James is the best player in the league, the road to the NBA championship goes through Golden State and “NBA 2K18” is the best basketball sim on the market.

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As we inch closer to the launch of “WWE 2K18,” 2K continues to release new information about the game.

In the video above, you can check out the all-new Road to Glory mode, in which you take your created MyPLAYER character and compete online against other players to rank up and earn spots on virtual pay-per-views. It looks like a cool addition to the standard MyCAREER mode and could be the series’ answer to The Neighborhood found in “NBA 2K18.”

2K also offered a look at what players can expect in Universe Mode this year. In a new developer diary blog post on the game’s official website, designer Cristo Kyriazis talks about the big additions to the mode, including an overhaul of the rivalry mechanic, a more flexible event scheduling system and the introduction of Power Rankings. If, like myself, you enjoy spending hours booking your own custom WWE from within Universe Mode, there are some nuggets mentioned here to get genuinely excited about.

Thankfully we won’t have to wait much longer to experience “WWE 2K18” for ourselves. The game launches Oct. 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Xbox and PS4 players who purchase the deluxe addition get access to the game four days early, Oct. 13.

We’re only days away from the release of one of the year’s most anticipated games, “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.”

While those who played through the original “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” will no doubt feel right at home slaying orcs in visceral third-person combat, exploring the vast open world of Mordor and making friends — or enemies — through the Nemesis System, “Shadow of War” could prove a bit intimidating at first for new players.

For those first-time players, or anyone just seeking a refresher on what to expect in “Shadow of War,” Bruz the Chopper is here to help. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a “Shadow of War” 101 trailer in which the colorful orc gives players a look back at the original game and provides a peek at what to expect in the sequel. You can check it out above.

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

Review: ‘Destiny 2’


As a solo player in a multiplayer world, it can often be difficult to find enjoyment in games that, frankly, weren’t created with me in mind.

The original “Destiny” is one such example of this, an online shared-world shooter that served up its best content to players who teamed together while offering only an uninteresting and brief campaign to those seeking a more solitary experience.

The fact that the game was developed by Bungie — a studio which made its name by creating a shooter franchise, “Halo,” that successfully appealed to both solo players and multiplayer fans, alike — made the shortcomings of “Destiny” all the more glaring. I wasn’t looking for a “Halo” clone, but I was hoping for a game I could enjoy without the need to team up with a bunch of random players.

And that’s exactly what Bungie delivered this time around with “Destiny 2.”

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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.