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Sony Announces Vote to Play for PS Plus Subscribers

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PlayStation Plus has always been an excellent deal for subscribers. Sony’s rewards program drops a handful of free games onto PlayStation consoles every month, ensuring that fans have something to play even during the summer doldrums when the new release schedule has dried up.

Now Sony is planning to give subscribers even more control over the selection. The publisher has announced a new Vote to Play promotion that gives fans the ability to choose which games will be added to the Instant Games Collection.

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Rocket League gets a patch and DLC

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If you own a PS4, have PlayStation Plus, and haven’t played Rocket League, then I have only one question for you: why do you hate having fun? The game–which is also available on Steam–is some of the purest fun I’ve had with a game in a long time. The fact that it was free for Plus members in July meant that anybody who was mildly interested in the game could give it a shot. As such, it has been downloaded over 5 million times.

While the game is extremely enjoyable, it does have a few issues that are still being worked out. I’m willing to cut developer Psyonix some slack though, as they are just a small team of 12 people. Having said that, Psyonix has heard our cries, and on Friday morning they released a patch that fixes many of the complaints the community had. I’m going to highlight the major points the patch fixed, but if you want to read the full notes, you can do so here.

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Fallout: The Frontier is a massive upcoming mod for Fallout: New Vegas

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If there’s one thing that really separates PC games from console games, it’s mods. Bethesda games in particular are famous (infamous?) for their mods. Modders have made Skyrim look nearly photo-realistic, replaced dragons with Thomas the Tank Engines, and now they’re releasing a huge expansion to Fallout: New Vegas, called Fallout: The Frontier.

Fallout: The Frontier is a brand new campaign, being made by a team of developers, artists, and writers. To call this mod ambitious would be a bit of an understatement. According to the developers, the game map will be as big, if not larger, than the Mojave in Fallout: New Vegas.

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ZombiU Drops the ‘U’ and Hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC as Zombi

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Back before Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, the Wii U was a new console that nobody wanted to buy with gimmicky games that nobody was able to play. The platform has since corrected course, but the small install base ensured that many of the exclusive launch titles never received much time in the spotlight.

That’s about to change for at least one game. Ubisoft has announced that ZombiU has dropped the U and will be coming to the PS4, the Xbox One, and the PC as Zombi, a digital-only release that will be available on August 18.

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Tembo the Badass Elephant Review – Tembo Does What Sonic Don’t

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Game Freak’s Tembo the Badass Elephant is a new 2D platformer about Tembo, a badass elephant living out his days on a quiet jungle island. Since badass elephants are always in high demand, Tembo gets pressed into action when an army of purple invaders takes over a peanut-shaped city and the local general concludes that a badass elephant is the only thing strong enough to stand against the mechanized army of the future. Tembo gears up with an implausibly tied Rambo bandanna and then gets airlifted in to save the day.

Did I mention that Tembo is a badass elephant? I just want to make sure that’s clear.

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Soccer Stars Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair Grace the Cover of FIFA 16

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EA traditionally likes to design unique covers for the various markets in which FIFA is available, so when the publisher announced that twelve women’s national teams had been added to FIFA 16 there was some speculation that those players would grace the cover of the game in selected regions. After all, the US Women’s National Team was coming off a thrilling World Cup victory in Canada, winning a final over Japan that was the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.

Now, the speculation can end. EA has announced that Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, and Steph Catley will be gracing the cover of the game in the United States, Canada, and Australia, respectively. All three will appear alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star who graces the cover in all versions of the game.

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Against all odds, Shenmue III is coming

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Remember how annoying this guy’s voice was?

“Do you know where I can find some sailors?”

It might sound strange to those who aren’t familiar with the Shenmue franchise, but every time I hear the above phrase, I can’t help but grin.

Shenmue, released in North America 2000 for Sega’s failed Dreamcast console, has had a significant influence on my life. Similar to Final Fantasy VI, Shenmue taught me that video games can be more than just games, bringing the concept of story and narrative to an entirely new level.

And somehow, we’re going to get Shenmue III. The raucous cheers emitted from the crowd at Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference when the game’s Kickstarter campaign was announced likely seemed bizarre to a lot of people watching (I actually yelled at my TV during an E3 press conference for the first time ever).

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Jeff Goldblum and Ron Perlman Star in Shadows of Evil, a Call of Duty Zombie Noir Adventure

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Zombies have been a hallmark of Treyarch’s Call of Duty games ever since World at War, and the cooperative multiplayer mode has rapidly become one of the most popular features in the franchise. Past iterations have allowed players to battle the undead as JFK, Buffy Summers, and Richard Nixon, and the studio is pulling out all the stops now that Black Ops 3 is on the horizon.

Which is to say that Treyarch has dialed up Ron Perlman and Jeff Goldblum, and I’m really not sure what else you need to know.

But there’s a new trailer, so we’ll get into the details anyway.

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Jade Raymond Launches Motive Studios, Sets Sights on Star Wars

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After a brief hiatus, Jade Raymond is officially getting back to work. The longtime Ubisoft exec has announced that she’s partnering with EA to found Motive Studios, where she’ll work in conjunction with Visceral Games and Bioware to oversee the development of Amy Hennig’s upcoming Star Wars game. The new studio will be based in Raymond’s native Montreal, Canada, and they’re currently looking to expand, if gainful employment is the sort of thing you’re into.

The debut of Motive is excellent news for a variety of reasons. For starters, Raymond has one of the best track records in the industry and it’s always great to have more passionate and talented leaders working in the game space. Raymond served as the inaugural Managing Director at the Ubisoft Toronto studio, inheriting a team of one and turning it into a team of hundreds before stepping down in October 2014, and her production credits at Ubisoft include Watch Dogs, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and numerous installments of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. She knows a thing or two about shipping ambitious, entertaining blockbusters.

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Thank you, Mr. Iwata.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away this weekend at the young age of 55 due to a bile duct growth. Iwata’s work with Nintendo was impressive to say the least, and his sudden passing has caused many to reflect back on his immense contributions to the world of video games. He had said that he was, in his heart, a gamer. But even if he hadn’t said this, it was obvious in his work and in his enthusiasm.

Iwata worked on titles and franchises that are loved by so many people around the world and that touched many of us so deeply, we feel that these games are forever a part of who we have become. In a sense, his spirit lives on in these games and in our own hearts. And we can in turn pass this on into our own creations.

Much has already been said about Mr. Iwata as fans of all ages have struggled to put into words and images feelings that were previously only kept inside. We will always remember his smile and his excitement.

Though we are devastated by the news of his passing, we are grateful to have gotten to share this planet with him, if only for a short while. Thank you, Mr. Iwata.

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