Kojima, SEGA Giveaway, Bethesda + Fallout 4, and Dying Light – IDL NEWS

Eh Friday, the best day of the week.

Kojima Talks At DICE Summit

Some notable news came out of the DICE summit in Las Vegas this. Notably, from one Hideo Kojima. He discussed VR, working with Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus.


“VR came up over 20 years ago. What was described back then is finally coming to our everyday lives, so I’m very excited about it.”

“A few years ago, I tried the development kits, and I’m very susceptible to 3D motion sickness, so I couldn’t do it. And now the latest technology I’ve been trying, it doesn’t produce nearly as much motion sickness. I’m fine with it. A while ago, I was like, ‘there’s no way I can develop anything for this. I’m going to spend every day puking. That’s not worth it.’ But now, with the latest technology, I’m feeling maybe more confident to develop something.”

On Guillermo del Toro

Kojima reaffirmed his enthusiasm for working with del Toro, saying “of course” he’d love to work “on a game, a movie, I don’t care, we’ll do it.”

Guillermo del Toro said he’s done with game development “except with this man,” referring to Kojima. “I’ll do whatever the fuck he wants.”

“I feel extremely free right now,” Kojima said. “I’m trying to make a big, very edgy game with a small team…I have to do something that’s exactly what I want to do.”

On Norman Reedus

Kojima still hopes to collaborate with The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

“I’m a fan of Norman, and he’s an extremely nice guy. And last year he was worried, so I went up with him and told him, ‘everything is fine. I became independent. I’m doing my own thing now.’”

SEGA’s Game Giveaway

As part of SEGA’s Make War Not Love 3 event, they have a promotion going on where they’re asking gamers to play their games, and in doing so, will unlock free games every 48 hours. The first games made available were Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit series.


SEGA is now offering steam keys for Streets of Rage II, Binary Domain, and Condemned: Criminal Origins. These can be redeemed at the Make Love Not War website.

The next 3 games that’ll be released in a few days are: Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops, and Vikings: Battle for Asgard.

Bethesda Keeps Busy

At DICE Bethesda announced that they are currently working on 3 new long-term projects, that they will discuss more about at a future date.

“They’re different than anything we’ve done before, while also being a Bethesda-style game—kind of big and crazy—but in many ways different than things we’ve done before.”

Fallout 4 DLC Revealed and Raises Season Pass Price


On the topic of Bethesda, Fallout 4 has had its first 3 add-ons announced: Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, and Far Harbor.

Automatron. “The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain,” reads the description. You will be hunting them down and creating your own robots, choosing from hundreds of mods. Automatron will be available in March for $10.

Wasteland Workshop will allow you to create and set traps for the inhabitants of the Wasteland, “from raiders to Deathclaws.” You can tame the creatures you capture, or even have them face off against each other. Wasteland Workshop is coming in April, and will cost $5.

Far Harbor is the largest of the three announcements, and will be coming out in May for $25. It features a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency, and will have “the largest landmass for an add-on” Bethesda has ever created. There will be new quests, settlements, creatures, and dungeons, as well as brand new higher-level equipment.

Starting March 1st, the price of the Season pass will go from $30 to $50 of offset the costs of their ambitious DLC plans. Those that purchased the Season pass already will retain it at the original price.

Techland to Support Dying Light Until Year End

Techland has published a letter thanking fans for their support of Dying Light and Dying Light: Enhanced Edition, and has stated that they will support the survival game at least until the end of the year. They encourage fans to continue to send in their opinions regarding the game.

This is good news for me, as I will be picking up Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition and playing that in co-op  hopefully later this spring, but I think The Division is on my immediate radar now.


On my end, I’ve been playing more Saint’s Raw IV and dipping my toes into The Division’s best this weekend. Also on the go is Assassin’s Creed Unity (expect more impressions next week) and Mad Max. I don’t know what I’ll be discussing for the Achievement of the Week this week yet, but I am keeping up with the Reviews, which I’m proud of. 🙂


E3 2015 – Xbox Press Conference – LIVE

MICROSOFT E3 2015 Press Conference:

*Live blog. Please refresh*

Halo 5: Guardians

-The show starts with Halo 5 Guardians. We are playing as Spartan Locke, and are introduced to the new squad based gameplay showing squad commands.  Game is fast, and smooth. Similar enemies are shown with some new weapons.


-Josh Holmes comes to stage, from 343 Studios stating that Halo 5 Guardians is the most ambitious title to date. We play as two different squads in this campaign, one as Master Chief and the other Spartan Locke.

-New multiplayer mode coming with Halo 5. 24 players and 4x the size of previous maps. Game mode is called Warzone. Player vs Player vs Everyone. Teams of 12 vs 12 plus campaign enemy AI in the map.


-Xbox Exclusive World Premiere – Trailer. Sandy planet. From the creators of Metroid Prime. Showing a scavenger girl and her robot dog. The dog sacrifices itself to defend of the encroaching enemies, but its energy globe remains. The spark gets put into a new robot, and the dog’s personality is back. Game is Recore. 2016. Exclusive first-party franchise.

Backwards Compatability

-The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer takes the stage.

“Xbox continues to innovate, and we have the greatest lineup of games in Xbox history.”

-Xbox continues to put out monthly updates, and the latest one right around the corner is Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility. That’s huge. Xbox 360 and Arcade games will work natively on the Xbox One. 100 titles will be supported this holiday, with more coming. Our retail discs will work. All the Xbox One framework will be supported in the 360 titles: Screenshot, DVR, Broadcast. Won’t be charged to re-play the games we already own.

-Quick showcase of the new Xbox Elite Controller

Fallout 4


Fallout 4 is up next. Added story trailer that wasn’t shown last night. Showcases the laser musket rifle and the power armour in action. In the streets, we come across a huge baddie that climbs out of the sewers, named Deathclaw. Power armour uses VATS as well.

Fallout 4, with Xbox One will support the PC community mods for free. Checkout the Bethesda Press Conference for more Fallout 4 info.

Ea Access

-Peter Moore, from EA comes out and starts to talk about EA Access. Rehashes Early Access to EA titles with EA Access, and play for less. The Vault has the best of EA on Xbox One. Madden 16 will have early access, and Titanfall is going to be released in the Vault later this week, and later this summer, Dragon Age Inquisition will be available.

-Peter announces Plants vs Zombies Garden Warafre 2. Arriving next spring. Quick trailer showing some new plants and zombie. Welcome to Zomburbia.

Forza Motorsport 6


-New GT drops drown from the ceiling and Forza Motosport 6 is on display next. Discusses the 50th anniversary of the GT and the win at the 24 Le Mans. New trailer is shown showing upgraded visuals, 24 car multiplayer, day and night races, and weather. Sept 15th, 2015 release date.

Dark Souls III


-World premiere. BANDAI NAMCO, FromSoftware, Dark Souls 3? Desolate medievil setting. Yup Dark Souls III. Coming 2016.

Tom Clancy’s The Division & Rainbow Six: Siege


Ubisoft is up next to quickly discuss Tom Clancy’s The Division. I’m guessing we’ll get more info during their press conference. Laurent Detoc is on stage. Bonjour. The Division is a deep realist RPG with a personal touch. Exclusive Xbox early Beta this December.

-He moves onto Rainbow Six: Siege. Quick trailer. Coming out this October, now included in the bundle, thanks to the Xbox One backwards compatibility will be Rainbow Six Vegas 1 and 2 for free.


-Windows 10 and Xbox One exclusive. Very cartoon and stylized art. Colourful. Game is called Gigantic. Free to Play arena combat style game. Choose your hero, choose your guardian.

ID@Xbox and Xbox Early Access

-ID@Xbox games showcase next. Sizzle reel of upcoming titles.. Introduction to some of the ID teams showing the exclusive Xbox games coming later this year and next year: Tacoma, Ashen, Beyond Eyes, Cuphead.

-Xbox Game Preview announced. Like Steam’s Early Access. While the game is still in active development. You get a free trail before you decide to pay for the game’s early access. 4 games available later this year: The Long Dark, Sheltered, Elite Dangerous, and DayZ. 2 titles start today for early access.

-Dean Hall – from DayZ to announce his new game. He wants a simulation MMO that explores space. New trailer for upcoming Early Access Game. ION.

riseofthetombraideroxmRise of the Tomb Raider

-Brian Horton. Crystal Dynamics. Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay reveal. Holiday 2015. Starts with Lara in a mountain cave with a flare. similar walking mechanics where Lara braces herself against the wall. Snow traversal. Jonah from the previous game is back for the ride. Cinematic mountainside climbing. Avalanche starts and Lara books it, leaving Jonah behind. Level based destruction during running sequences similar to the previous game, but expanded. Hunting is back. Bow and arrow are back. Bigger, detailed tombs. More ambitious game. November 10, 2015. EXCITED!

rareware-4e26145007227RARE Hits Collection

-Xbox One Exclusive:

“You never forget your first game. Remember Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, Concur’s Bad Fur Day”

RARE. 30 hit games. called Rare Replay. Aug 4th collection. Pretty cool.

-New exclusive game from Rare. Fantastical world. Very colourful. Called Sea of Thieves. Pirate and pirate ship game.

Fable Legends

-Up next, new trailer. Adventure game. Colourful forest with fairies. Free-to-play. Fable Legends, coming this holiday. Cross-platform.

Oculus, Valve VR, and Hololens

-New relationship with Valve VR for Windows 10. Xbox partnership with Oculus. We will be able to play Xbox One through Oculus Rift. Microsoft Hololens powered by Windows 10.

-Lydia Winters from Mojang (Minecraft) comes to the stage to show up a live demo of Minecraft using the Hololens. From playing minecraft right on to wall, to having a game overview right on the table. Hololens and Minecraft look very cool. Ability to watch players in the world with an overview. Scroll the wold, pinch to zoom. Very cool technology.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition & Gears of War 4


Gears of War Ultimate Edition finally confirmed. Updated and modernized for the next-gen. August 2015 release. Rebuilt for 1080p 60 fps. The original trilogy.

-Xbox One World Premiere: New Gears of War trailer. It’s a night time level, like the original reveal waaay back when. With flashlights. Gears music. New weather elements and level destruction. Chainsaw gun is back. New monsters. Very dark ominous level. Feels very much like Gears. Gears of War 4, holiday 2016.

-Phil Spencer is back to rehash this years line-up, backwards compatibility, ea access, virtual reality gameplay. Announces that at Gamescon later this year we’ll have new info about Crackdown, Scalebound, and Quantum Break.

Quick sizzle reel for the biggest blockbusters on Xbox One coming later this year and next.

Microsoft press conference is over. Up next is EA’s at 1PM. Stay tuned.


E3 2015 – Bethesda Press Conference #BE3


BETHESDA E3 2015 Showcase :

Bethesda‘s first stand-alone press conference at E3 starts big, a day before E3 officially starts. It starts off with a promo video showcasing the staff and different studios under the Bethesda umbrella. It then moves onto a promo trailer showing its recent games in: Skyrim, Dishonored, Rage, Battlecry, Wolfenstein, Doom, and The Evil Within.

-Pete Heins takes the stage to epic music.

“Welcome to the first ever press conference for Bethesda Gameworks. Welcome all.”



-The show starts off with DOOM. id Tech 6, or id Tech 666 ;). Marty Stratton takes the stage, from id Software. DOOM based on 3 foundations: Bad-Ass Demons, Big F’n Guns, and Fast Movement. Trailer based on mars again, and the game looks gorgeous and runs smooth. We’re in a mining facility, lots of molten steel. Climbable objects, brutal melee, lots of blood. Double Barrel shotgun is brutal, blowing enemies to chunks. Boost jump, and climbable platforming – more verticality. Game is fast and smooth, and slows down, slow-motion, when switching weapons. Showcases a lot of different weapons, chainsaw being the highlight. The melee looks contextual. Body part specific melee.

DOOM multiplayer, fast paced arena mode, showcasing power-ups and vertical levels. Quick trailer shows what the DOOM multiplayer will look like.

-Next quick trailer announced DOOM Snapmap. Community in-game mod tools allows players to create their own maps and game types that can be shared to the online community. Shared across all platforms.

-Before Marty leaves, we’re back into the single player mode, in Hell. A couple new guns are shown, with difficult combat with new baddies, and the boost jump-stomp. The enemies get highlighted in either a blue or red coating which means melee is an option, not sure what the difference between the two colours mean. Final stand-off between the main guy and a HUGE bad guy where the BFG is brought up and fade-to-black. DOOM is announced for Spring 2016 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

-Pete Heins is back on the stage talking about DOOM Snapmap. He announces the network background for all their current games, and game in the future: Bethesda.net. This is where content creation will be housed.



-Team Fortress style game is showcased, showing the work that’s been done of the past year. Cartoony art style showing lots of different characters and attacks. Sign-up for the global beta is open now.

Dishonored 2


-Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio directors at Arkane Studios on the stage to talk about Dishonored. FPS, stealth based story. Trailer for Dishonored 2: Pre-rendered video showing the new world, new powers, new bad guys, new hero? A new female protagonist. And a brief glimpse at the original mask. Fade.

-Two optional playable characters this time.

-Lastly, Dishonored Definitive Edition, HD remake with DLC – available this fall.

Elder Scrolls Online

-Now available on the consoles with the latest update Tamriel Unlimited. Quick trailer showing the new content.

Elder Scrolls Legends

-Strategy card game – with the Elder Scrolls heroes and history. Free to play, on PC and iPad.

Fallout 4


-Pete Heins jokingly says the conference is over, much to the crowd’s chagrin. Heins gets confused at the crowd’s dismay, and the fans chant Fallout 4. He quickly remembers why everyone is here.

Bethesda has won 3 consecutive Game of the Year awards with Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim.

-Todd Howard is introduced and comes to stage. Howard says the E3 is the best week of entertainment ever. Games are the best form of entertainment.

-The team started designing Fallout 4, after Fallout 3 back in 2009, but obviously had to do so slowly, as they were working on Skyrim. Discusses the teams attention to detail, showcasing the concept art of Fallout. Quick art reel.

Fallout 4 starts in the world, before the bombs start falling. Player creation starts. Option to play as a female. Quick tour of the house and the world before the bombs. References to the past game’s notables, with Nuka Cola, or Sugar Bombs. Next up, registration for the Bomb Shelter, where you set your vital stats. The city sirens start blaring and everyone is running towards the vault, when the atom blast detonates.

-Skip ahead, 200 years later, sole survivor of Vault 111. Introduction to the wasteland. Enormous dynamic world. Create who you want, go where you want, do what you want. Player freedom is priority #1.  Dynamic volumetric lighting is shown. Conversation system still a mainstay. Conversation are dynamic, and the game can be played in first person or 3rd. You can walk away from a conversation whenever you want.

-Introduced to the dog, Dogmeat, and dog commands. Everything is contextual.

-VATS is back, and shows slow-motion bullets.

-Game is based in downtown Boston. Quick reel of the many different locations that can be visited.

-Introduction to the new Pip-boy. Showcases layered armor system. Mini-game options in the Pip-boy. Real edition of a Pip-boy that supports a cell phone available in the collector’s edition, and has a pip-boy app as a second screen experience.

Fallout Shelter – iPhone Game

-Vault micromanagement game based in the Fallout world. Vault dwellers can level up, and can be sent out to the wasteland to gather resources and collect items. Vault can grow with new additions.

-Game is free. No timers, no internet connection required. Available tonight.

Back to Fallout 4

-Player can rebuild the world, in-game, in real time. People will arrive to your settlement. Can build crops, and power generators. Can run wires to terminals and lights, and defenses. You can build your own little settlement and community. Need to build defenses as the settlement will get attacked by raiders.

-Many settlement sights are available throughout the world that can be grown and built up. Completely optional.

-Crafting works on weapons too. 50 base weapons and over 700 modifications for those weapons. Can even modify our own power armor.

-Play how you want: FPS, 3rd Person, or through VATS. Quick video showing the variety of the game, weapons, and characters. Play how you want.

-Thank you to all from Bethesda to all the fans. Thank you for the patience. Game will be released November 10th, 2015, to much applause.

-Pre-E3 over and done with Bethesda.

-Up next is Microsoft’s at 9:30am tomorrow morning. See you in the morning.


NEWS – News Fallout, or Fallout News?

Why is XCOM 2 PC only? I Object!

96% chance to hit. Misses. >.<

96% chance to hit. Misses. >.<

This week’s Games With Gold Deals
From June 2nd – June 8th, you’ll be able to pick up the following notable titles at a discount rate:

Xbox One

  • NBA 2K15
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Metro: Last Light Redux

I’ve never played a Basketball game, but I have EA’s NBA 2015 through EA Access. Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Just to spite 2K. I already have the Metro bundle, and should really give those a try. Maybe after I finish Far Cry 4, as I can only handle so much first-person shooting.

Xbox 360 

  • NBA 2K15
  • Dark Souls II
  • Tekken 6
  • FIFA 15

Dark Souls 3 at E3?
Rumours have started circling that we might see Dark Souls 3 at Sony’s E3 press conference. The re-mastered edition was released this year, along with Bloodborne.

Destiny: The Taken King Expansion Rumours
More rumours surfaced pointing to the huge Destiny expansion planned for September. The expansion, originally thought to be called Plague of Darkness, may now be called The Taken King. This content update is expected to be very large, big enough to be available on a disc, and is supposed to include new subclasses, weapon types, PvP maps, story missions and new locations. Possibly the Raid missing from the House of Wolves Expansion.

Harley Quinn Trailer – Batman Arkham Knight

Harley Quinn has her own playable mission in Arkham Knight, if you pre-order the game. Add it to the list of controversial DLC, Season pass, and Pre-order bonuses this game offers. They’re selling us the hamburger bun, but everything else is not included. You’ll have to pay extra for that.

Regardless of all the extras not included, Rocksteady has announced the game’s file size will be 45GB, regardless of the platform.

Fallout 4
Probably thought I forgot? Always leave the best for last (spoiler alert: its got a dog):

Yesterday’s pre-announcement led to today’s real announcement. Fallout 4 is real, and it looks to be taking place in Boston, Massachusetts. And listings seem to suggest a 2015 release. Bethesda has made another announcement, surprising no one: we can expect more news during their E3 press conference on June 14.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss The Crew, and then there’s a review for Unmechanical on Friday.