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E3 2016: Kratos Returns in a New Scandinavian ‘God of War’

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The God of War series has always been a favorite among Playstation owners and it had been highly speculated that a new one was going to be announced for Playstation 4.  Of course, fans were right but it was announced not as everyone was expecting.  God of War will follow Kratos to Scandinavia and will follow Norse mythology, as stated through small gestures in the E3 trailer.  Kratos still utilizes his Spartan Rage attack and has the scar that Zeus gave him in the second game as well as the white skin from the murder of his family, which rules out the idea of a reboot as many people thought.  He does have a son, or at least a small boy that refers to him as his father, that also appears in the trailer.

Kratos seems to have calmed down a bit, getting angry with his son before taking a moment to calm down, take a deep breath, and control his anger.  It’s clear that the Kratos that we see in this game is not going to be the same one that was filled with hate and anguish for what he did to his family.  Most, if not all, of the Greek gods and deities were killed in the previous games so it was a little hard to tell what Kratos’s newest adventure was going to be about.
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Also, his beard is not the only new thing about this new installment; the gameplay has also changed drastically compared to the previous ones.  The previous games were very similar to most ‘hack and slash’ type games where you built up combo moves and attacked rigorously through button mashing.  The trailer shows that this one will take a little bit more of a Dark Souls approach as per when Kratos nears a giant, who towers over him, and utilizes quick moves and dodges to attack him.  That’s when you see him utilize his Spartan Rage move to weaken the enemy and give his ‘son’ a chance to kill the foe.

The trailer showed this as well as a few other things that weren’t expanded further, like how it looks like you will be able to develop skill sets or how this boy is even related to Kratos as it looks like he has no mother.  The trailer ended without a release date but it definitely looks to be a mid 2017 game.

Check out the E3 gameplay trailer below:

E3 2016: Explore Old Russia in Destiny’s Newest Expansion ‘Rise of Iron’

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The newest expansion in Destiny’s supposed ten year long run is Rise of Iron, taking players to Old Russia back on Earth.  You explore a vast new area called the Plaguelands under the command of Lord Saladin to fight a new faction of Fallen Devils known as the Splicers, (not to be confused with Bioshock’s splicers), and discover the mystery behind the Iron Lords.  You will also be introduced to a whole slew of all new weapons, armor, and gear as well as a new six-player co-op Raid.  Pre-ordering the game grants you the Iron Gjallarhorn in black and silver.

The Plaguelands is described as an area that had been quarantined and left alone for centuries until the Devil Splicers broke through the wall.  The Splicers found reserves of technology containing almost unlimited power—SIVA—and are using it to their advantage to transform the region to their desires.  The Devil Splicers themselves are part flesh and part machine from the Fallen House the House of Devils.  Using the power of SIVA, they plans to become the machine Gods that other machines would worship.

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Iron Lords are the described as being there before the City and before the Vanguards; sworn to defend humanity and rebuilding a lost civilization.  Before being destroyed, the Iron Lords thrived on the mountain fortress of Felwinter Peak battling the Darkness and protecting those that survived the Collapse.  Lord Saladin, being the last Iron Lord, leads and commands you to help fight for the greater good because deep down, he knows that whatever it was that destroyed the Iron Lords is bound to return with a vengeance.

Alongside the aforementioned extras, a few more including a maximum light increase, new strike, and new Crucible Mode and Maps will be available on release.  It has also been confirmed that the DLC will only be available on Xbox One and PS4 while legacy console players will be compensated in some way that has still yet been said.

Destiny: Rise of Iron will be available on September 20 for Xbox One and PS4.

Check out the E3 trailer for the game below:

E3 2016: The Best Way to Kill Zombies is Together in ‘State of Decay 2’

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Microsoft’s press conference this year was among the strongest of all the conferences that E3 had to offer.  They showed a lot of newly announced games as well as touched up on previously announced games with new gameplay trailers.  One of the newly announced games this year was State of Decay 2, the Xbox One sequel to the 360’s State of Decay.  The game will feature, for the first time, a four player co-op in a massive open world where survival is the highest priority.  The trailer shown at E3 depicts two different groups of people, not aware that the other exists, fighting off zombies and managing to survive.  The trailer ends with one of the teams being overwhelmed by zombies and shooting off a flare, panning over to the other group of people that see the flare.

This will be a core mechanic of the game; shooting off a flare to signify that you are being overwhelmed and need help.  It will not be an MMO of any sorts but will allow a drop-in, drop-out co-op play for up to four people to help you out, as opposed to the previous installment.  In reference to the video, some of the screenshots depict what looks to be a more intense storyline with heavier cut scenes as opposed to the previous in-game  dialogue scenes.  The game cuts out the previous’s engine to be replaced with Unreal Engine 4 to display better rendering effects and gameplay mechanics.

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Aside from that, the game looks to be similar to the first in survival horror and making sure that those in your squad and safehouses live to see the light of the next day.  The graphics look incredibly gorgeous and the environment looks to be much more wooded and full of new surprises for our protagonists/teams.  Whether or not we will be able to switch between characters has been undetermined but considering that was a fan favorite part of the first game, there would be no reason to remove it.

The game is set to release sometime next year for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Check out the E3 trailer for State of Decay 2  below: