Games of Our Lives — 6.30.15 | Microsoft’s Gamescom Plans; Troy Baker Talks MGS V; More News!

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Below are the news stories that may not have made the headlines today but are worth reading!

Gamers never die…..

Just like the Games of Our Lives…


►Horizon Zero Dawn
►MGS V: The Phantom Pain
►Shovel Knight
►King’s Quest
►Persona 4: Dancing All Night
►Star Wars Battlefront

/// Guerrilla “Happy” With Horizon’s PS4 Performance; Promises No FPS Drops Below 30!

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/// Troy Baker: “Reserve Judgement” on Kiefer Sutherland as Snake Until You Play MGS V: The Phantom Pain!

At the Indy PopCon 2015 last week, Troy Baker explained why you should “reserve judgement” on 24‘s Kiefer Sutherland’s performance in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain until you’ve actually played the game.

Baker said that Sutherland, who will be playing Snake, “knocked it out of the freaking park,” saying that he came in, “rolled up his sleeves and got dirty on this game.”

To his credit, Kiefer Sutherland knocked it out of the freaking park, and he came in and he put the work in. I love David Hayter, I love David, he’s a good dude and he’s Snake, but so is Kiefer. And that guy showed up, rolled up his sleeves and got dirty on this game. So reserve judgement until you play it. You only have like two more months left and trust me it’ll be worth it.

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/// DriveClub Update 1.19 Out Now, Fixes Bugs Reported by the Community!

Answering some questions on Twitter, Rustchynsky confirmed that the seatbelt/harness glitch will be fixed in next month’s update. Meanwhile, the DriveClub Twitter account said, “More levels are coming in the next game update.”

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/// Shovel Knight is coming to retail!

The physical version of Shovel Knight contains everything we’ve released so far. First, there is the original Shovel Knight campaign with all the content you know and love! Also included is Shovel Knight’s first content update: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows. Finally, there’s a full-featured Challenge mode with more than 50 crazy challenge levels to explore!

Of course, like the digital version, every boxed version will also receive FREE future updates as they become available:

• Specter Knight’s Campaign – A full campaign starring the shadowy scythe spinner!

• King Knight’s Campaign – A crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself!

• Battle Mode – Duel with up to 4 players as your favorite heroic or villainous knight! (Wii U/PS4/XB1/PC exclusive)

• Body Swap Mode – Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a dude? Well, now you’ll be able to change them all around, along with the rest of the cast!

Oh, and one more thing: every boxed copy of Shovel Knight will include a lavish instruction booklet similar to the Kickstarter reward. No 2-page inserts here! You deserve a full manual, to hold in your hot little shaking hands and pore over as you wait to get home!


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/// Daedalic’s Silence Closed Beta Announced, Cinematic Trailer!

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/// First Chapter of King’s Quest Releases on July 28!

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/// Microsoft announces Gamescom 2015 plans!

A couple of weeks ago at E3, we gave fans their first look at the greatest lineup in Xbox history. We were overwhelmed by your amazing response, which is why we got right back to work on the next big event after we returned from LA. In early August, the collective eyes of the gaming world will look toward Cologne, Germany for Gamescom, the largest consumer gaming show on earth. Xbox will be there in full force for a variety of events, many of which you can watch online if you’re not able to make it to the show. It’s going to be a fun, exciting time in Cologne, so we really hope you can join us either in-person or online. See you in Germany!

Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing

Tuesday, August 4 – 4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. EDT)

During our E3 2015 Xbox Briefing, we shared the first part of our vision for the future of Xbox gaming. That will continue when the Xbox Team takes the stage the evening before Gamescom officially kicks off to share the latest on the games coming to Xbox One, including highly anticipated titles like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and Crackdown. We’ll take a closer look at those and other upcoming games, as well as share some exciting announcements. So tune in to the Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing on Xbox One,, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone to get the latest news and see some hot trailers and demos. Be sure to download the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app) on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 before the show so you’re ready!

The Xbox booth at Gamescom

Wednesday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (Note that this is for press/trade only)
Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 9 – 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, August 10 – 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CEST

Gamescom is the world’s largest consumer video game show, giving fans who purchase tickets the chance to take a closer look at the future of gaming. Come join us in the Xbox booth on the show floor to go hands-on with the greatest lineup in Xbox history. From Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6 to Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ve got some amazing titles for you to play in the booth and watch in our comfortable theater. Get an early taste of the games you’ll be enjoying, both this holiday and in 2016.

Xbox FanFest: Gamescom 2015

Why throw one FanFest when you can throw two? After fans had a blast at Xbox FanFest: E3 2015, we’ve decided to bring the same up-close-and-personal fan experience to Gamescom this year. Running from Tuesday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 5th, a group of lucky fans will get exclusive access to the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, as well a host of other surprises. We’ll have a lot more details to share very soon, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire, AceyBongos, Major Nelson and your local Xbox Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for the all of the latest news on this exciting opportunity.

We’ve got an amazing lineup planned for Gamescom 2015 and can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates, and get ready for a year of awesome Xbox gaming!

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/// Persona 4: Dancing All Night coming to Europe this Fall!

NIS America is very excited to announce that the story-driven music game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, will be arriving in Europe in Fall 2015 for the PlayStation Vita with a limited “Disco Fever” EU Edition, as well as a standard physical and digital release!

The “Disco Fever” EU Edition will include:

• Two Discs Chock Full of Persona 4 Music Remixes: Hear the full Persona 4: Dancing All Night soundtrack in all its glory! The remixed tracks put a new spin on the incredible music from Persona 4.

• Last Night a Vita Pouch Saved My Life: Protect your PS Vita in this custom P4D enameled pouch with a full color P4D design featuring Teddie in all his Elvis-esque jumpsuit glory on one side, and an embossed version of the P4D logo on the reverse.

• All About that Bear: Never lose your keys or whatever else again with a golden Teddie keychain. (Not real gold, of course.)

• The Whole Package: All the items will come in a large collectible box with custom disco ball art (based on the Japanese Crazy Value Pack version of P4D).

• Cover Band: Preserve the sanctity of the PS Vita’s display with a form-fitting skin to show off the very essence of P4D! (The skin is designed to fit the most recent model of PS Vita).

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/// Star Wars Battlefront Dev “did not want this to be a Battlefield game”!

Speaking to The Guardian, DICE general manager Patrick Bach said this was quite intentional.

“We have a strong legacy with Battlefield, but we did not want this to be a Battlefield game – we wanted it to have a heart and soul of its own,” he said.

“We came at it from a very different angle. We know that the core audience of a game like this is different to the Battlefield audience. There’s a crossover, but Star Wars fans expect a Star Wars game, not a Battlefield game. We looked at what Star Wars stands for, rather than asking how can we tweak Battlefield to be something else.”

Bach said DICE has been criticised both for being too much and not enough like Battlefield.

“We’ve had to accept the fact that people will be upset with us until they get to play it,” he added.

“When people saw it, they got it, they agreed that this is a game on its own, it is not Battlefield, and they liked it.” [Source]

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/// Star Wars Battlefront Dev “did not want this to be a Battlefield game”!

PlayStation 4 is currently enjoying nothing less than 70% market-share in any European nation, SCEE president Jim Ryan has told VG247.

“We have a very significant market leadership,” said Ryan, speaking in Los Angeles earlier this month.

“Well, we have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant. I don’t think market-share’s any less than 70%, and frequently greater than 90% in continental Europe.” [Source]

/// You’ve Now Reached the End of Games of Our Lives

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