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‘WWE 2K18’ roster reveal has begun

WWE and 2K Games have begun releasing the roster for “WWE 2K18,” revealing the first 48 playable characters we’ll be able to hit the ring with when the game releases on Oct. 17.

If these first 48 names are any indication, the roster will again contain a healthy mix of current and former superstars, as well as plenty of NXT talent. That’s always a good thing.

You can check out IGN’s roster reveal video above, but if you just want to know who’s officially in, here’s the list so far:

Akira Tozawa, Alexander Wolfe, Alundra Blayze, Andre the Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, Baron Corbin, Big Boss Man, Big Show, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Bret Hart, Brie Bella, British Bulldog, Buddy Roberts, Bushwhacker Butch, Bushwhacker Luke, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Diamond Dallas Page, Diesel, Dolph Ziggler, Dusty Rhodes, Emma, Eric Young, Erick Rowan, Hideo Itami, Jinder Mahal, Kalisto, Kane, Karl Anderson, Killian Dain, Konnor, Lita, Luke Gallows, Luke Harper, Mark Henry, Nikki Bella, Nikki Cross, Paige, Sami Zayn, Sawyer Fulton, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Summer Rae, Undertaker, Viktor.

2K Sports today offered up another look at the upcoming “NBA 2K18,” this one featuring plenty of gameplay set to the beat of “Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep.

Players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can get a taste of “2K18” on Sept. 8 with the launch of The Prelude, which begins the MyCareer mode. The full game is slated for a Sept. 19 release.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has unleashed a new video for “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,” this one highlighting the Terror tribe of orcs you’ll encounter during your adventures in Mordor.

Here’s a quick description of what to expect from the tribal system, courtesy of the news release:

“In ‘Shadow of War,’ orcs now belong to tribes, which extend their influence stemming from the Overlords ruling the mighty fortresses throughout the open world, providing a rich ecosystem of missions, exploration and a dynamic Orc society with diverse Orc cultures, all brought to life through the expanded Nemesis System. As master tormentors, the Terror tribe rely on their infamous reputations to inspire fear among their enemies.”

‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ launches Oct. 10 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been legitimately excited for a new “Call of Duty” game, but I am downright giddy with anticipation over “Call of Duty: WWII.”

Thankfully we won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on the multiplayer portion of Activision’s FPS as the private beta — available to players who pre-order the game — is slated to run Aug. 25 -28 for PlayStation 4 users. A second beta, for both PS4 and Xbox One gamers, will begin Sept. 1 .

For more information about what to expect in the beta, click here and be sure to check out the trailer above.

 

Review: ‘Batman: The Enemy Within’ Episode 1

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The announcement last month of a second season for Telltale’s Batman series was certainly a welcome one. The first five-episode arc of “Batman: A Telltale Series” was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I was hopeful Telltale would give us another opportunity to don the cowl and become the Caped Crusader once more.

And if the first episode of “Batman: The Enemy Within” is any indication, this season appears poised to surpass the original both in terms of quality and surprises.

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‘NBA Live 18’ demo arrives Friday

nba18Players looking to get their first glimpse at EA Sports’ resurrected basketball franchise can take the court Friday with a free demo of “NBA Live 18” on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The demo, available to all players with an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus account, will allow players to carry over all progress and unlocked content coming out of the experience into the full game when it launches on Sept. 15.

The demo will give players access to The Rise, the prologue section of The One game mode, as well as a Play Now game featuring an NBA Finals rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors.

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Players can return to the Wasteland — or visit for the first time — this Sept. 26 when the “Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition” releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

The “Game of the Year Edition” features all six DLC add-ons, as well as all of the post-launch updates that helped improve graphics and gameplay. And for those of you who may have missed out on getting your very own Pip-Boy during the launch of “Fallout 4,” fear not as Bethesda has also announced a special limited-edition Pip-Boy Collector’s Edition for the “Fallout 4: G.O.T.Y. Edition” that includes, you guessed it, a Pip-Boy.

The standard “Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition” will retail for $59.99, while the Pip-Boy Collector’s Edition will cost $99.99 and will only be available at select retailers.

Here is the official gameplay trailer for “Dishonored: Death of the Outsider,” which publisher Bethesda released today. The game is set to launch Sept. 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

New ‘Wolfenstein’ video released

Here’s the latest promotional video for Bethesda Softworks’ “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus.” This one features a episode of “Trust in Brother,” one of the propaganda TV shows that appear in the Nazi-run game world. It’s like a twisted version of “The Andy Griffith Show.”

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

Game over? Not just yet

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When I started writing about video games here at the Gazette-Mail more than a decade ago, I told myself that if the process of playing and talking about games — two things that I have genuinely loved doing since I first picked up an Atari 2600 paddle as a kid — ever came to feel like work, I would stop.

And late last year, as I found myself struggling to manage my time amidst the added responsibilities and new hours of my new role in the office, playing and talking about video games started to feel like work. I know it sounds silly, the very notion that playing video games of all things could become overwhelming. But that’s exactly how I felt. I was no longer playing games for the enjoyment of it, I was playing because I had to. No sooner than I finished one game, it was on to the next. I began to resent what had, to that point, been one of my favorite pastimes.

I was drowning in a pool of pixels.

So I did what I promised myself I would do if that situation ever happened. I quit.

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