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Forza 6 out next week – Peep this trailer featuring Electric Six!

Forza Motorsport 6 is set to cross the finish line on Xbox One September 15. The game is the latest in a longstanding franchise that sets the bar for visual fidelity and authenticity in its digital recreation of vehicles. In advance of this, we’re treated to a fun trailer that has us completely amped for the game. It takes us through a brief history of classic racing titles, complete with a chiptune rendition of Electric Six‘s dance/rock hit, “Danger! High Voltage,” before bringing us to current-day visuals along with the totally bangin’ chorus to the song. Considering we listen to Electric Six every time we drive, this hits us right the feels, man.

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Fly the Friendy Skies in EA’s Star Wars Battlefront

There were quite a few years where I wondered if we’d ever see another entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series, and quite a few more where it was worth questioning whether another entry in the series could both capture the energy of the originals while also feeding my childhood dreams of what a Star Wars game could be.

The odds seemed stacked against good returns, but as a wise-man once said, never tell me the odds.

The latest glimpse into Battlefront offers a taste of dogfighting with squadron mode, where the quick back and forth between the Empire and Rebel Alliance begs the question, which side are you on come November 17th?

Take a look and let us know what you think – and keep an eye out for a notorious cameo!

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Rash from Battletoads joins Killer Instinct

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Lots of great video games news is already coming out of Gamescom 2015, including the revelation that Rash from Battletoads is joining the fight in Killer Instinct! Yes, that announcement deserves an exclamation mark!

As many longtime game fans will know, Battletoads and Killer Instinct both initially came to us from developer Rare. So it makes sense that there would be a crossover between the two franchises. But what’s strange is that it has taken this long for it to happen.

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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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E3 2015: Cuphead Looks Like an Animated Treasure

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As much as I try to maintain a dispassionate critical distance, sometimes enthusiasm spills over like a cup that’s been filled to the brim with liquid nostalgia and overloads the rational part of my brain. Such is the case with Cuphead, the new indie game from Studio MDHR that took center stage at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. The game is slated for release on Xbox One and Steam in 2016 and it can’t get here soon enough.

Simply put, Cuphead looks amazing. The game is inspired by 1930s animation, drawing heavily on classics like Betty Boop and the early Disney canon. Cuphead reproduces the style with so much fidelity that you’d swear the game was actually made in 1936, largely because it’s being made with techniques that haven’t been in vogue since 1936. Brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer have pulled out all the stops with traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz and blended them with modern game development technology to make a hybrid that’s genuinely seductive if you’re a fan of classic animation.

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E3 2015: Why Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility is Vital for Gaming

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Backwards compatibility is one of the most frequently requested features on modern consoles, but in recent years the big three have tended to go without. That changed during Monday’s Microsoft press conference at E3, when Xbox head Phil Spencer took the stage to announce that the Xbox One will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. As easy as it is to be cynical during E3, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the announcement.

Now, Microsoft’s program does have a few caveats. The backwards compatibility is being handled at the software level, so not every Xbox 360 game will be compatible when the feature launches later this year, while games that require specific hardware – like, say, Kinect – are ineligible. Everything else seems to be within the realm of possibility. The initial library includes 21 games, including Mass Effect and Super Meat Boy, with plans to expand to 100 titles before the holiday season. Fans will have some input about what games get added to the list, so it probably won’t be long before the most popular titles hit the system.

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Capcom announces Mega Man Legacy Collection!

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Capcom has joined the growing list of game publishers getting the jump on the big E3 presentations, unveiling Mega Man Legacy Collection just minutes ago. The game is touted as a celebration of Mega Man’s 8-bit glory days and includes reproductions of the first six titles in the much-loved series.

This collection comes as a surprise, considering Capcom did close to absolutely nothing for the Blue Bomber’s 25th anniversary just a few years ago (in fact, they had cancelled Mega Man Universe even after showing it to the public at events like New York Comic Con).

But it’s a much welcome surprise. The NES Mega Man titles remain some of the most beloved platform games not just in the series, but in all of classic games. Mega Man 2 remains a personal favorite of mine, and I’d rather go back and play through that game than just about any current-gen masterpiece.

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Dark Souls 3 rumored to be announced at E3, and it’s kind of a big deal.

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The other day I wrote an article about what games I wanted to see at E3.  One of those games was Fallout 4, which to the surprise of everyone, was just announced.  Another game I wanted to see was a new FromSoftware title.  Well wouldn’t you know it, according to VG24/7, a source familiar with the matter (likely a shady figure in a trench coat), reported that Namco would be announcing Dark Souls 3 at E3 this year.  What’s even better is that Hidetaka Miyazaki–director of Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne–is reportedly returning as director.  Yes this is a rumor, but if it’s true, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about it.

Some people will try and tell you that the Souls‘ games aren’t for everyone.  These people probably don’t even praise the Sun, and you should ignore them.  Who wouldn’t want to die repeatedly from fighting a boss in a game’s tutorial, only to realize that you weren’t even supposed to be fighting said boss.  I mean, that’s just good, clean fun.  And who wouldn’t want to hang out with their buddy the Capra Demon, and play with his cute doggies.  Dogs and Capra Demons are something the whole family can appreciate.  Only a filthy casual would claim otherwise.

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