Take one look at an upcoming video game events calendar and you can’t help but recognize that gaming’s popularity is off the charts these days. Gamescom, PAX West, Tokyo Game Show, Paris Games Week, Fan Expo, X16, Nintendo Tour—and many more—all in the next three months alone. To get you primed on the hottest video game events of the summer (and beyond), here’s a list of gaming events happening soon to keep on your radar.
With Overwatch—available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows—Blizzard Entertainment has cast aside the sword and sorcery shtick from which it spawned the uber-successful Warcraft and Diablo series of games. Instead, Overwatch is an accessible and character-based, multiplayer, first-person shooter set in a future where global chaos and tyranny is battled by adventurers, sentient robot ninjas, cyber cowboys, and other assorted misfits of science. But, where once Blizzard ruled the world of competitive e-sports gaming with its StarCraft titles (until games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and others stole the crown), can Overwatch’s gameplay return Blizzard to the top? Read my review of Overwatch to find out.
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Rocket League Collector's Edition combines all the fast paced, high-octane next-generation action into one content filled disc. Available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this retail release of the popular game comes packed with four new cars, and all the content and vehicles found in the Chaos Run, Supersonic Furry, and Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC packs. Come inside and see why Rocket League Collector’s Edition will keep you coming back time and time again.
Summer vacation is in full swing and quite possibly one of the most anticipated video game console launches in recent memory is just around the corner. The brand new Xbox One S 2TB console from Microsoft arrives August 2nd, which supports 4K Ultra HD video and HDR games and content. Find out why the Xbox One S is perfect for University and College students heading back to school this fall.
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The Pokémon Go phenomenon that is sweeping the world officially rolled out to Canada this past Sunday, immediately becoming the #1 app download in both the Android Google Play Store and iOS App Store. If you’re among the tens of millions of players enjoying this craze, or are thinking about coming onboard, I’ve got some useful tips and recommended accessories to help make your Pokémon outdoor hunt a “wild” success.
The Carmageddon franchise is back! Now with more carnage and mayhem than ever before, Carmageddon: Max Damage is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Set in a world of non-stop laughs, over-the-top violence, and crazy power-ups where you battle it out for the number one spot. Come find out inside why Carmageddon: Max Damage is the best game to date in the franchise.
From Epic Games, the preeminent development powerhouse behind such mega hits as Unreal Tournament and the original Gears of War trilogy, comes their all-new third-person MOBA, Paragon. I've been having an absolute blast participating in the game's Early Access Season, and with the new Paragon Essentials Edition available now, there's never been a better time to join the fight. Come see what all the excitement is about!
Classical role-playing game fans take note: SEGA’s7th Dragon III Code: VFD for Nintendo 3DS has finally arrived, and it was well worth the wait. This is the fourth entry in the formerly Japan-only franchise, now available on our shores for the very first time. Nintendo 3DS is home to some of the best RPGs on the market—franchises like Pokémon, Etrian Odyssey, Shin Megami Tensei, and Bravely come to mind—and 7th Dragon III belongs right up there on that esteemed list. This is the RPG you’ll want to be playing this summer.
Techland and Deep Silver’s open-world zombie survival franchise Dead Island is shambling its way onto PS4 and Xbox One in glorious, grisly high-definition with the Dead Island: Definitive Collection. This “ultimate” collection contains the original Dead Island and its undead successor Dead Island: Riptide, both fully remastered in 1080p resolution and containing all previously released DLC and patches. If you’ve never experienced these immersive, horrifying action RPG games before—or want to revisit them in stunning HD—then this compilation is simply to die for.
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This August, Xbox One is about to become 4K Ultra HD-ready with the release of the sleeker, slimmer, Xbox One S 2TB console. Announced by Xbox head Phil Spencer at E3 2016, the Xbox One S is ready to deliver the latest games and entertainment with richer and more luminous colours on your 4K TV.
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After three years in development, Mighty No. 9, the Kickstarter-funded spiritual successor to the Mega Man series of video games, is finally here. Developed by a veteran team from Japan, Mighty No. 9 promises to test your skills and wow you with its beautiful character design. Come find out if this is the game Mega Man fans have been waiting for.
Nintendo's oh-so-adorable pink one is back for his second Nintendo 3DS adventure, Kirby: Planet Robobot. This game offers a unique, sci-fi themed twist on the classic Kirby formula, complete with an all-new mech suit for Kirby called Robobot Armour. It's fun, it's familiar, yet creative at the same time; Kirby fans are in for a real treat!
Remakes and HD re-releases are never going to stop, that is just a fact of the video game industry as it stands currently. In most cases not much is done to these newer releases of older titles, aside from putting a few games in a series together and updating the graphics to 1080p in most cases. This is not the case with Vanillaware’s latest release, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, which not only had the HD overhaul but it also received some much needed improvements and a few welcome additions.
Missed out on last year's hard-hitting, brilliantly-designed fighting game Mortal Kombat X? Now's your best opportunity to jump in and play the greatest entry in franchise history with the release of Mortal Kombat XL. This definitive version includes all the content from the original, plus every DLC character and Skin Pack that has released to date!
Following a supercharged E3 Expo, and a spring season filled to the brim with blockbuster games, July is comparably quieter month for video games. As such, I'll be devoting some time to catching up on recently released games, but I also plan on checking out a few new games too. Games high on my radar this month include Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, Monster Hunter Generations, Batman: Return to Arkham, and a few more!
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Welcome to the resistance. Homefront: The Revolution is here on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Play as Ethan Brady, the newest member of the resistance, as you try to take control away from the KPA and bring back freedom to the people by any means necessary. Come find out inside why this open-world first-person shooter will have Homefront fans on the edge of their seats with excitement.
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In celebration of the upcoming release of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, WB Games hosted an exclusive Canadian media launch event inside the Rogers Centre’s upscale TD Comfort Clubhouse. At the event, not only did I get a chance to try the game early, but also the opportunity to meet Toronto Blue Jays’ starting pitcher R.A. Dickey!
E3 2016 is officially in the books, wrapping up my second year in a row providing highlights on Best Buy's Plug-In blog, and fifth time overall attending the greatest gaming show on Earth. Now that I have a moment to reflect on the show, I'd thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you all my best highlights of the show!
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My last booth visit at this year's E3 was Konami to check out the latest version of this popular soccer franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017. The folks at Konami were kind enough to invite us into their private room so that we can play as we please. Melanie and I spent our time learning about the refined controls and updated to get an idea of what this game will offer when it releases later this year for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
This week, Melanie and I took advantage of our time at E3 to stop by the booths of companies offering cutting-edge devices for gamers. These include Alienware, Thrustmaster and Emtec to discover their new GEM Box, a tiny Android box that lets you stream and download a wide range of video games.
On the final day of E3 2016, Deep Silver and Volition invited me in for a one-hour private session with their brand new action-adventure IP, Agents of Mayhem. This amazing opportunity include a nearly 40-minute hands-on session where I got introduced to the game's zany cast of characters and experience first-hand the explosive gameplay. Come take a look!
During E3, Nintendo gave Melanie and I the extremely rare privilege of meeting Risa Tabata, the producer of Paper Mario: Color Splash, who flew in all the way from Japan for E3. Apparently we were the only media in Canada to get this opportunity (wow!) and while we thought this was most likely a straight interview, it turned out to be much, much more.
At E3 2016, Xbox held an "International Media event" that gave us access to their entire show floor games line-up for about two hours. With short lines, I managed to play four games: Dead Rising 4, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3, and ReCore. Here my impressions of each!
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Every year at E3, Electronic Arts is known unveiling their latest line-up of sports games, and this year was no exception. As part of the EA Play, I spent roughly 30 minutes with two of their upcoming sports titles--FIFA 17 and NHL 17. Here are my impressions after playing.
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The very first game I played at E3 2016 was Electronic Art and Respawn Entertainment's highly anticipated Titanfall 2, and what an incredible impression it made. Everything you love from the first game--it's fast, fluid action, powered-up mechs, and momentum-based gameplay--are back and better than ever in Titanfall 2.
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Ubisoft just turned 30 years old, and to mark this huge milestone the company celebrated E3 with new game announcements and some great celebrity guest appearances. Let's take a look at what the they had to show!
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Following Sony's PlayStation E3 press conference, attendees were invited to a second event where we were able to get hands-on time with their upcoming PlayStation VR. I got the opportunity to check out The Getaway: London Heist and walked away impressed enough to believe that VR is indeed the gaming future we've all been dreaming about. I wasn't just playing the game, I was in the game.
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Sony delivered one of their best press conferences in years at E3 2016, saying very few words and letting their games line-up speak for themselves. Not only did we get incredible new footage for games like Detroit: Become Human and Horizon: Zero Dawn, but Sony also excited us all with massive new game announcements including Spider-Man, God of War, Days Gone, and Death Stranding. Here's a closer look!
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In addition to all the incredible games that Microsoft announced at their E3 press conference, the company also revealed many exciting hardware and peripheral updates for Xbox fans. These include an all-new redesign Xbox One S, a powerful new device called Project Scorpio, and some amazing new wireless controllers you'll want to check out. Let's take a look!
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Today at E3, Microsoft unveiled their biggest line-up of games ever, which included previously announced blockbusters like Gears of War 4 and Sea of Thieves, along with all-new titles such as Dead Rising 4 and Forza Horizon 3. It was an extremely impressive showing, and the icing on the cake is that many of these games will be available very soon. Come take a look!
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