THE $1 MILLION ‘THE HOBBIT’- GAME PITCH THAT WAS NEVER MADE

When Warner Bros. announced ‘The Hobbit’-saga to be turned into two movies back in 2008, a team behind som ‘LEGO’- games got the idea to pitch a live-action oriented videogame tie-in with the project to make players feel like if they were experiencing the movies.

Within six months (until February 2009), a demo was made and taken on a 39-hours long trip to New Zealand to be presented to Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

(so the people behind the game project decided to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template.

So what these guys did was to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template with key scenes from the trilogy and picture what it could be achieved at that time with the Xbox 360- hardware (and it’s still looks great 11 years later, imho).

They developed four fully playable and polished levels (and five additional tech demos).

The first level was a demostration of free stealth gameplay; Frodo could sneak, hide, throw rocks to distract the Uruk-Hai, climb trees, use his senses to focus on enemies, jump from trees onto foes, and try to fight them directly (against the odds, of course).

The second level was the Isengard fight between Gandalf and Sauron; you could cast spells, deflect attacks, and throw Saruman around the room.

The third level was another stealth based level in the woods, with Frodo trying to avoid the black rider. If he got spotted; he would have to resist the temptation to use the one ring.

The last level was the Gandalf vs The Balrog fight in Khazad-dûm (it looks epic).

The tech demos showcased Aragorn fighting the Uruk-Hai; showing the combat-mechanics, Frodo and Sam at Weathertop trying to avoid the Nazguls and the forementioned using the ring, the prologue Sauron battle (shown at the very beginning of the films) testing how many enemies could be processed, Frodo and Sam in the Shire and in Rivendell; using motion-capture to re-create moments from the film.

Both Jackson and del Toro were positive about the project and wanted to the see it happen. Warner Bros, however, wanted instead a game that wasn’t directly based on the movie but that was set in the same world at the same time, so it was never released.

What do you think?

NEW ‘CYBERPUNK 2077’ GAMEPLAY + TRAILER

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‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is an open-world, action-adventure story supposed to arrive on September 17th but was unfortunately pushed back to November 19th and here’s why.

It’s developed by ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’- makers, CD Projekt Red, and both HYPE and expectations are ROCKETING with every single piece of news or video making its way to the world wide web.

A brand new trailer was released almost a week ago, followed by a 20-minutes long gameplay demo just days later.

The game is set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.

The new trailer is showcasing the world, characters, story, and action:

The gameplay video is worth checking out, a lot of the things going on here are jaw- dropping:

Coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC November 19th, 2020.

It’s official that if you get the PS4- or the Xbox One- version, you’ll be able to play it on the next-gen consoles on launch day. The plans do not stop there, however. They will “release an upgrade to Cyberpunk 2077, which will take full advantage of the next-gen hardware“, announced “at a later date“.
Source: https://www.cyberpunk.net/en/news/35449/cyberpunk-2077-next-gen-consoles-compatibility

THE ‘DESTROY ALL HUMANS!’ REMAKE OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED + GAMEPLAY

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The ‘Destroy all Humans!’- franchise started on June 21st, 2005 with the original game’s release on both PS2 and Xbox. It was set during the cold-war era in 1959’s US and parodies that time period. It’s an an open world action-adventure.

In late 2016, Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2 were ported to PlayStation 4 and upscaled to 1080p. In 2018, Destroy All Humans! was ported to Xbox One in their backward compatibility catalog.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroy_All_Humans!#Destroy_All_Humans!_(2020)

The upcoming remake of ‘Destroy All Humans!’ features upgraded visuals and will feature content that was cut from the original version. PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia will get it.

It’s set for a July 28, 2020 release.

Full demo gameplay by IGN:

THE PS5 – ‘FUTURE OF GAMING’ REVEAL

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After months fueled by speculations and crazy rumors, the PS5 was FINALLY REVEALED!
Yes, it was finally REVEALED and there must be a few people not knowing this by now, I mean the Internet is going NUTS as we all should.

Sony is raising the bar and setting new standards with GREAT reveals.

We saw a new ‘RATCHET AND CLANK’, a new chapter for ‘SPIDER-MAN’, ‘GRAND TURISMO 7’ was also revealed and the s*it is just getting started! ‘HITMAN 3’,  the conclusion of the assassin-trilogy with the most ambitious setting yet – DUBAI!

If that does not impress you, then how about ‘RESIDENT EVIL VIII: VILLAGE’ or ‘DEMON’S SOUL’s’ Remake? AAAAAAND…. ‘HORIZON II: FORBIDDEN WEST’, which may be THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING EVER!

There is also a new IP from SQUARE ENIX and another published by BETHESDA and lots of fun games; ‘KENA: BIRDGE OF SPIRITS’, ‘LITTLE DEVIL INSIDE’ and MORE.

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The PS5 design was revealed and it’s confirmed there’ll be two versions at launch; the traditional console BUT a DIGITAL VERSION aswell (see picture above). No price or exact release date announced yet, but we’ll get there. Even the UI was teased and I see no point in NOT BRINGING THAT UP, it will turn out fabulous.

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It’s beautiful designed; looks fresh, modern and FUTURISTIC.

Here’s the full reveal stream, you’ll see everything broadcasted last night:

It may take me a couple of days to share all exciting footage and information with you as I want to take my time and write my thoughts on every single one. In the meantime, here’s a playlist that should cover these. Enjoy!

SONY’S PS5 REVEAL EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

Sony’s PS5 reveal event was planned for June, 4th and was supposed to focus on the games.

However, due to the world-wide protests, it was postponed without any further notice.

Just hours ago, a new statement on Twitter appeared and the event will go live on Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST).

 

NEED A GREAT VR GAME? GET ‘BEAT SABER’!

While I don’t own a VR-set, I’ve seen people on some random online places asking for advice of what to get for their first PSVR, Oculus, HTC Vive and so on.

A couple of months ago, I’ve tried a VR game for the first time and that game was ‘Beat Saber’.

Before I continue, let me tell you this: I have no prior VR gaming experience, and the ONLY prior VR experience was this.

Anyways, at this event, me and a bunch of other people, tried the game. If you remember the ‘Guitar Hero’-games, you may know the mechanics. You hold two controllers that serve as ‘sabers’, and you have to time your hits to the right pace AND from the right angle. It was fun.

‘Beat Saber’ is described as “a virtual reality fitness/rhythm game” and you’ll be amazed!
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Saber

And seeing the YouTube videos, it seems like it got a big and growing community with lots of new content available for everyone.

Now, it takes time to master the skills but it’s fun and engaging. It should fit the whole family. You’ll face great challenge even after hundreds or thousands of played hours with up to five levels of difficulty, starting from Easy all the way to Expert+.

The game supports most virtual reality headsets, such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest.

Investing in a VR-set or just got one? Get this, you should. It’s an immersive experience that cannot be described.

MORE ‘THE LAST OF US PART 2’ DETAILS AND GAMEPLAY EMERGE

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Naughty Dog’s Playstation-exclusive ‘The Last of Us Part II’ is out in just two weeks from now.

The game has been in development since 2014 and was officially announced during the Playstation Experince in December 2016 and confirmed to be a sequel to the original 2013 release. That trailer revealed the return of both Ellie and Joel.

Five years have passed since the first game and Ellie is now 19 years old, also the main character, who already in the first game was playable for some sections, though Joel (who should by now be in his mid-fifties) was the primary playable character.

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ has been delayed twice, first for further development and then due to logistical problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial targeted date was February, 21st (2020) but pushed back and aimed for May 29th (2020).

No further delays will occur, so mark your calendars for June, 19th.

‘KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING’ WILL GET A REMASTER

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‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ is described as a “brilliant RPG’ and with author R. A. Salvatore, ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’-lead designer Ken Rolston and comic book icon Todd McFarlane as the creative minds behind it just seems natural.

It was released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2012 and it flew under my radar as I first saw it in a game store last year. It’s said that the title hasn’t met the financial expectations of EA, which is sad, because it could’ve become a great franchise.

The news here is that Microsoft Store has a listing for ‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning’, a remaster “with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Two of the main selling points are:

  • Extend your experience in Amalur with all DLC from the original release, from Teeth of Naros to Legend of Dead Kel and more!
  • Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore.

Available on Xbox One in August. The franchise is now owned by THQ Nordic so it’s very likely will see a PC and PS4 release aswell.

Till then, check out the launch trailer for the original game:

And some screens from the Microsoft Store:

‘A TOTAL WAR SAGA: TROY’ GAMEPLAY REVEAL

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‘A Total War Saga: TROY’ is the 14th entry in the ‘Total War’- saga, a hugely popular and successful strategy-franchise that defines elements with mechanics from both TBS with RTS.

Depending on your setup, the battles can become EPIC with tens of thousands (!!!) simultaneous fighting troops on the field. AWESOME, right?

It arrives on August 13th, and as reported yesterday you’ll be able to grab it FOR FREE within the first 24 hours on Epic Games Store.

Experince the legendary 20-year Trojan conflict from both the Greek and Trojan perspectives with mythological heroes such as Achilles and Hector.

Check out the reveal, it IS the first official gameplay footage.

Sign me up!

20 MINUTES OF NEW GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE FROM ‘DIABLO IV’

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New gameplay footage from ‘Diablo IV’ showing off the Barbarian- class completing the quest ‘A Light in the Dark’ has emerged.

The title was announced back in November and we’ve seen some brief gameplay back then.

However, the following footage is 20- minutes long, so there’s plenty of time to get familiar with some of the elements within the game.

‘Diablo IV’ takes place many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike. In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.

No release date set.

‘A TOTAL WAR SAGA: TROY’ WILL BE FREE (FIRST 24 HOURS ONLY)

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Epic Games Store has had a strong line-up of free games for us since its launch. Grand Theft Auto V (The Premium Edition – all DLCs and online mode included), Civilization 6 and you can grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for free right now. Yet, they will continue with a FREE game every Thursday during MEGA Sale 2020 and if your wallet allows you to, there are some other sweet deals aswell.

Most strategy gamers are familiar with the ‘Total War’- franchise, that first started with ‘Shogun: Total War’ 20-years ago (released June, 13th 2000) and has seen 13 different titles, the latest: ‘Total War: Three Kingdoms’, arrived May, 23rd 2019. At least 30(!) expansions have been added to the core experiences during these years.

The next title is ‘A Total War Saga: TROY’, where players will build a bronze age empire and experience the legendary Trojan war from both the Greek and Trojan perspective, figthing alongside mythic units such as the Minotaur, cyclops and others.

The REALLY FUN THING is that title will be released on the Epic Games Store on August, 13th (2020) – and will be free to keep if claimed within the first 24 hours of release: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/a-total-war-saga-troy/home.

This is a good chance to give the series a try if you already haven’t.

Make sure you visit the game’s official site.

PS5 REVEAL EVENT POSTPONED

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After months of speculations, nevertheless most intense in the past weeks, a PS5 reveal event was officially announced by Sony. It was scheduled for Thursday and a first look at the next generation Playstation games was confirmed.

However, due to the circumstances, it is now being postponed, as announced by Sony on Twitter: