Star Wars: Battlefront II looks like the game Star Wars: Battlefront should have been. It has exponentially more modes, planets, heroes/villains, and vehicles as well as a badly-needed story campaign. This is a perfect example of Lucasfilm integrating different media to flesh out the Star Wars universe. A novel, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden, came out in July to serve as a prequel to this video game’s campaign. The campaign is as canon as the novel and the movies, and serves to help bridge the period of time between the end of Return of the Jedi and the beginning of The Force Awakens. You’ll play as an elite squadron of TIE Fighter pilots: Inferno Squad, who were off-base when the Death Star II was blown up. They are given a posthumous mission to stamp out the Rebels by Emperor Palpatine, and you get to play from the Imperial perspective: to see the Rebellion as a terror organization and a threat to galactic stability. It’s a unique perspective that I don’t think we’ve ever gotten in a Star Wars video game. It looks gorgeous, and the story is really intriguing. Star Wars Battlefront II will release for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 17, 2017.
As much as I love Star Wars (and clearly I love Star Wars a lot), I love Tolkien’s Middle-Earth even more. I was an enormous fan and sunk over a hundred hours into 2014’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It was such a great game, but it had its glitches and frustrations. The revolutionary thing in that game, and seemingly perfected in the sequel was the Nemesis System. That the orcs and other enemies you ran into, remember you, become stronger if they defeat you, bear scars from you and can be impressed into your service. It makes the world seem that much more of a living organism. The reviews for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War make it sound like they ironed out the kinks and this is my most anticipated game of 2017. It’s out today for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Cheevos below courtesy of the greatest site in the land: xboxachievements.com.
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I’m more of a fan of the Forza Horizon series than Forza proper, but it’s absolutely the best driving franchise in gaming. Horizon is more arcade and fun, but for serious car enthusiasts, Forza is the showcase. The seventh installment has over 700 cars and more than enough content to keep you behind the wheel until Forza 8, including cars from The Fate of the Furious. Forza 7 is also the only 4K game (though it plays just fine on Xbox One) exclusive it has for the Xbox X launch. It’s a solid title, with good reviews flowing in, but I think Microsoft still hasn’t given Xbox One owners enough of a reason why they’d want the X (especially if they don’t have a 4K equipped TV). Forza Motorsport 7 rolls into stores on October 3, 2017, and cheevos below are-as always-courtesy of the sterling xboxachievements.com.
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One of Microsoft’s biggest problems right now is a lack of exclusives, especially this year. Console exclusives are getting more and more rare, but when they come, they’ve been coming to the PS4, and that’s a long-term problem for a company launching the XboxX in two months. Gamers who don’t have 4K are going to need convincing reasons to lay down the $500 Microsoft is asking for the powerful new console. Cuphead isn’t going do that, but it is a Microsoft exclusive, well-reviewed, and there are-to my knowledge-no other games that look like 1940s WB cartoons featuring tea cups with run and gun action. Cuphead is available now for Microsoft PC and the Xbox One. Achievements below courtesy as always from the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Cuphead Complete Achievement List (Xbox, PC – 2017)
With the exception of the Injustice series, fighting games don’t really fall into my gaming purview. I like to think I have decent reflexes….until I play a fighting game with anyone who actually knows how to play it, and then I feel like I have an advanced neuro degenerative condition. Marvel vs. Capcom is an odd mash-up of characters, but there is something undeniably cool about bringing the Street Fighter line-up against Thanos or having Mega Man taking on Iron Man. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is out in stores now, and full achievements below courtesy of the Intertubes premier site for such lists: xboxachievements.com.
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