I’m incredibly curious to see PGA Tour 2K21, created by Nova Scotia development house HB Studios, and the wait is nearing an end with pre-orders now available and the reveals starting to ramp up.
Today they unveiled the first look at a licensed course, TPC River Highlands, a Connecticut course located in Cromwell that overlooks the Connecticut River. It’s a short course by PGA Tour standards, relying more on challenging approach shots than long fairways to give golfers fits. The course is home to one of the more exciting final layouts, with holes 15-17 circling a pond before hole 18 takes it back to the clubhouse – it’s the cap on a second half that’s far more interesting than the opening nine holes.
Here’s the course trailer, expect to see several more as we get closer to the August 21st release date.
I think 2K’s Mafia series is one of the more under-appreciated series out there, but that might change with the announcement of Mafia: Trilogy, a remaking/remastering of the franchise’s three games. Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition are both available now with substantial upgrades, but it’s the ground-up remake of the original Mafia – slated for an August release – that really has my interest piqued.
The remake of the original is just that – a ground-up remake that sports an updated script, new cutscenes, and the somewhat nebulous “additional gameplay sequences and features” addition I’d love to hear more about. In the preview screenshots the visual upgrade is stunning, and I’m interested in seeing if the story polish is up to that level as well.
Here’s the press release:
An Offer You Can’t Refuse: 2K Announces Mafia: Trilogy
Live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America with Definitive Editions of all three Mafia games from 2K and Hangar 13
Mafia II remaster and re-introduction to Mafia III now available, built-from-the-ground-up remake of the original Mafia to launch on August 28
2K and its Hangar 13 development studio today announced Mafia: Trilogy, a new collection featuring the only interactive entertainment series that lets players live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America.
Combined, the critically acclaimed Mafia crime dramas have sold-in more than 18 million units worldwide. Now, for the first time on modern consoles, experience all three entries of the revered action-adventure series together in one definitive organized crime saga. Mafia: Trilogy includes:
Mafia: Definitive Edition – The built-from-the-ground-up remake of the beloved classic; Mafia II: Definitive Edition – The ultra HD remaster of the fan favorite; Mafia III: Definitive Edition – The re-introduction of the award-winning narrative masterpiece.
Players who purchase Mafia: Trilogy digitally prior to August 28 will be able to access Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition immediately on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and Steam, and will be able to download Mafia: Definitive Edition as soon as it becomes available on August 28. The Mafia: Trilogy physical edition will release in full on August 28, and is currently only planned for release in select EMEA and Asia regions. (For full release details, please refer to the Mafia: Trilogy fact sheet.)
Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, and Mafia III: Definition Edition are also available for purchase individually. The Definitive Editions for Mafia II and Mafia III are available today within the Mafia: Trilogy and as standalone purchases on Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, and PC via Steam, and will be coming to the Epic Games Store and Stadia at a later date. Both Mafia II: Definitive Edition and Mafia III: Definitive Edition feature all original bonus add-on content, plus completely remastered 4K compatible visuals for Mafia II.
Mafia: Definitive Edition – the centerpiece of the collection – launches August 28 as a comprehensive, rebuilt-from-the-ground-up remake of the original Mafia, complete with an updated script filled with rich new dialogue, expanded backstories, and additional cutscenes; all-new gameplay sequences and features; the same stellar game engine that powered Mafia III’s best-in-class cinematics; and other enhancements. It’s the Mafia players remember, only much more.
“The original Mafia made such a lasting impact on how video games can tell serious stories, and we know how much the series’ fans still revere it,” said Haden Blackman, President and CCO at Hangar 13, who led the development of Mafia: Definitive Edition across the studio’s offices in Brno and Prague, Czech Republic; Brighton, United Kingdom; and Novato, Calif. “Nearly 20 years after the Mafia series started, we now have an amazing opportunity to introduce this beloved game to a new generation of players and give longtime fans a chance to relive Tommy’s story with a stellar modern presentation, as well as new story elements and gameplay features.”
Players who pre-order Mafia: Definitive Edition – as well as players who purchase the digital version or pre-order the physical version of Mafia: Trilogy – prior to August 28 will receive “The Chicago Outfit” bonus add-on content for Mafia: Definitive Edition. This content pack includes:
Exclusive Player Outfit: The Don; Exclusive Vehicle: Smith V12 Limousine; Exclusive Weapon Skin: Gold Semi-Automatic. Furthermore, players can sign up for a 2K Account to unlock these bonus items for each game:
Mafia: Definitive Edition: Black Cats Motorcycle Pack; Mafia II: Definitive Edition: Made Man Pack; Mafia III: Definitive Edition: Classico Three-piece Suit & IL Duca Revolver. Mafia II: Definitive Edition will be automatically granted to all existing owners of Mafia II on Steam today at no additional cost. Additionally, all existing Mafia III owners on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, and Steam will be upgraded to Mafia III: Definitive Edition today at no additional cost. Customers who own a combination of titles will receive special reduced-price upgrade offers to complete their trilogy via in-game menus within each of the Mafia titles.
Developed by Hangar 13, Mafia: Trilogy, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, and Mafia III: Definitive Edition are rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB. For screenshots, key art, and other visual assets, please visit newsroom.2k.com. To learn more, please refer to the Mafia: Trilogy fact sheet or visit MafiaGame.com, and stay tuned to @MafiaGame on Twitter for additional information on Mafia: Definitive Edition starting in early June.
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What would Halloween be without tie-in events in video games? It looks like one of the frontrunners for best event is Borderlands 3, with the addition of the limited time Bloody Harvest – which runs until December, so it’s not THAT limited…but hey, more time to get it!
Check out the trailer, then jump into the game and get ready – the event launches October 24th!
WWE 2K20 is upping the ante with their MyCareer mode, bringing you not only the first ever dual character storyline and an estimated 20-hour campaign, but also interdimensional portals.
You can unlock WWE Legends, attires, some original characters and environments over the course of 18 chapters and about 100 matches – though with branching storylines it’s possible you may not see everything in one playthrough.
WWE 2K20 hit shelves October 22nd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available now.
Here’s the press release:
Male and Female MyPLAYERs Join Forces in WWE 2K20 MyCAREER
WWE 2K19’s MyCAREER upped the ante with a more narrative driven storyline and fully voiced cutscenes featuring WWE Superstars. WWE 2K20 takes all of that to the next level with a dual male and female MyPLAYER storyline offering a much longer intriguing experience. IT ALL STARTS AT THE WWE HALL OF FAME
WWE 2K20’s MyCAREER tells the story of Red and Tre, two lifelong best friends who set out to fulfill their dreams together in WWE. This approximately 20-hour experience takes place in the near future on the day of Red and Tre’s WWE Hall of Fame induction. Through reminiscing with WWE Superstars and Legends and the stories they tell during their Hall of Fame speech, Red and Tre flashback to their high school years, first matches, struggles to work their way up on the indies, breaking into NXT, and finally the journey to the top of WWE as they attempt to achieve Hall of Fame-worthy careers. MyCAREER AT A GLANCE
For the first time ever, create both a female and male MyPLAYER and take them through MyCAREER, playing storylines and matches as each character and occasionally teaming together with the all-new Mixed Tag match feature.
Unlock WWE Legends, Career specific Superstar attires, original characters and unique environments like “Hell’s Colosseum” and a special New Day themed arena.
At one point, Red and Tre cross through an interdimensional portal to try to find the Undertaker who hasn’t been seen in years, encountering various surprises along the way.
MyCAREER is fully voiced again, this year featuring performances from nearly over 40 WWE Superstars, NXT Superstars and legends in addition to over 15 original voiced roles. Interact with newly-voiced Superstars such as Ronda Rousey, The New Day, Becky Lynch, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, The IIconics, Samoa Joe and more.
Track Red and Tre’s career progress with “The List” – as teenagers Red and Tre write down all the goals they’d like to someday achieve, which later becomes their road map to success. Can you cross off their final list item and get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
At certain points in MyCAREER, the decisions you make affect the matches Red and Tre compete in, who they team with, and possibly even lead to some alternate outcomes. Explore different choices to see what paths they might lead you down.
Podcasts are back this year, including “The Buzz and Cole Show” featuring the return of Buzz and Cole Quinn from WWE2K19’s MyCAREER.
BY THE NUMBERS
Approximately 100 total matches
Over 2,700 lines of dialogue
Over 900 lines of new commentary unique to MyCAREER matches and cutscenes
2K just dropped the newest trailer for WWE 2K20, and I’m pretty intrigued about the content they’re showing that’s part of the Bump in the Night pre-order bonus. As always, I’d be playing about 90% of the time with a created wrestler, so I’m eager to see more about that side of things as we approach the October 22nd release date!
Nothing brings me back to a game over and over like daily challenges – if they’re done right – so I’m really interested in seeing what WWE 2K20 does with their newly announced daily challenges. From the release it sounds like exactly what I want, a motivation to try something different from the modes I normally play.
Visual Concepts also delighted longtime WWE 2K fans with the return of online lobbies, helping you find exactly the match you want when you want to play them. And while the online stuff is great, and is hugely important for the long-term life of the game, I’m – admittedly very selfishly – more happy to hear that unlocks from MyCareer modes aren’t going to be locked to those modes!
WWE 2K20 releases October 22nd for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Here’s the press release:
Online Lobbies and Updates to Daily Challenges Announced for WWE 2K20
Play your way in the highly requested return of online lobbies, experience more MyPLAYER freedom and face new challenges daily
With the forthcoming launch of WWE 2K20, players will enjoy a suite of new online features designed to help streamline matches with friends and similarly-minded players alike, enhance customization and treat players to a variety of challenges rotating daily.
Check out the full list of upcoming online features added below:
Online Lobbies Return in WWE 2K20
The highly requested online lobby system is back in WWE 2K20. Lobbies will streamline the process of pairing up players and getting them into a match as quickly as possible. We’re also excited to talk about new developments in MyPLAYER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers.
Create a Lobby
If you have an exact online multiplayer match in mind, creating a lobby is the way to go. Select from a wide variety of match types and rules with up to six players. Choose the arena, Superstar gender, and even toggle the restriction to only allow default WWE Superstars (a.k.a. Fair Play). You can start out in private mode to invite friends and then open the remaining slots to the general public if you prefer. Once in a lobby together, everyone can voice chat as they select Superstars and the lobby creator makes decisions on the match at hand. Players will now have full visibility on how the match is coming together.
Get in Quickly
If you’re less picky about what kind of match you want to play, you can browse currently available lobbies that only need one or two more participants and jump right in. Or use the search feature to filter by preference. Even easier, select Quick Play to be slotted into ready-to-go matches automatically.
As previously announced, both male and female MyPLAYERS are part of MyCAREER. This extends to Road to Glory and MyPLAYER Towers as well. You create both male and female MyPLAYERs with different styles (one can be a brawler and the other a high-flier, for example), experience pools, progression trees, and creation part unlocks. This consistent pair can level up and unlock items throughout all three of these modes.
For the first time ever, any special creation parts you unlock through playing MyCAREER, Road to Glory, and MyPLAYER Towers are also available in the general Create-a-Superstar mode. On top of that, you can export the appearance of your MyPLAYER out to the general character creations as well!
Road to Glory and MyPLAYER Tower fans will be familiar with the process of earning stars to enter special pay-per-view events. These Road to Glory events now include female matches for the first time, in addition to male matches.
Daily Refreshed Match Challenges
The new Tonight’s Match feature in Multiplayer places you in a new match every day that rotates through match types, rules, genders, and arenas to make it simple to constantly try something new.
The Road to Glory Featured Match of the day is similar to Tonight’s Match, but also includes potential Triple Threat, Fatal 4-Way, and 6-Man (or woman) matches. These will regularly toggle back and forth between male and female matches so both of your MyPLAYERs will get regular rotation.
Tonight’s Match, Road to Glory Featured Matches, and daily MyPLAYER Tower challenges (single player) will all incorporate elements from the new WWE 2K20 2K Originals post-launch downloadable content*, whether you’ve purchased them or not. For example, once the first package, WWE 2K20 Originals: Bump in the Night, releases, you may see matches taking place in the Wyatt Swamp Arena or Cemetery Brawl Arena. Or you might face FrankenStrowman one day in a MyPLAYER Tower daily challenge. You never know what kind of 2K Originals content might show up any given day for all players with online multiplayer access to enjoy.
*Additional purchase may be required
It takes a lot to take center stage over a Queen song, but Borderlands 3’s cinematic launch trailer shows it’s possible. The game, out Friday for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, looks packed with content and we’re hoping to have a review out for launch.
Here’s the press release:
See the Official Borderlands 3 Cinematic Launch Trailer Now!
Borderlands 3 won’t be out until Friday, but the official cinematic launch trailer is available now! To watch our new badass Vault Hunters blow up some Psychos and face down the Calypsos to the tune of a pretty killer Queen track, just click right here. Borderlands 3 launches this Friday, September 13, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Players can pre-load the game on any of those three platforms starting roughly 48 hours ahead of launch. To learn more about the exact timing across all regions and platforms, check out this handy blog.
Not sure if your PC rig will be able to handle all the mayhem? Then click right here to learn more about the minimum and recommended PC specs for Borderlands 3.
Still reading this? Then consider catching up on all the end game content we revealed at PAX West, including True Vault Hunter Mode, Mayhem Mode, and Guardian Rank. Yep, you guessed it, there’s a blog for that too!
For additional blogs, head over to borderlands.com, and for all your asset needs, visit newsroom.2k.com. The time for mayhem is nigh!
Women’s wrestling has come a long way, and WWE 2K20 celebrates that with 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. The showcase follows Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks in their journey as the Four Horsewomen to bring women’s wrestling front and center in the WWE.
Here’s the press release:
Experience the journey of the Four Horsewomen
In 2014, four talented young upstarts in NXT helped start what would eventually become known as the Women’s Evolution in WWE. Fast forward to 2019, and women headlined WrestleMania for the first time in history. WWE 2K20 tells the whole story in 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution. Cover Superstar Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, and Sasha Banks – the Four Horsewomen – describe the journey to bring women’s wrestling to the forefront of WWE in their own words with exclusive live action footage.
2K Showcase includes 15 playable instant classic matches spanning the group’s meteoric rise over that last five years. Players will unlock characters, attire parts, titles, and more as they progress. Check out the complete list below to see if your favorites made the cut. WWE 2K20 2K Showcase: The Women’s Evolution
NXT TakeOver – Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair v. Natalya w/Bret Hart
NXT TakeOver: Rival – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte Flair v. Bayley v. Becky Lynch
NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn – Bayley v. Sasha Banks
Night of Champions 2015 – Charlotte Flair w/Paige & Becky Lynch v. Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella & Alicia Fox
WrestleMania 32 – Charlotte Flair w/Ric Flair v. Becky Lynch v. Sasha Banks
RAW – Sasha Banks v. Charlotte w/Dana Brooke
Backlash – Becky Lynch v. Alexa Bliss v. Carmella v. Naomi v. Natalya v. Nikki Bella
Hell in a Cell – Charlotte Flair v. Sasha Banks
Elimination Chamber – Becky Lynch v. Mickie James
RAW – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair
Fastlane – Sasha Banks v. Nia Jax
WrestleMania 33 – Bayley v. Charlotte Flair v. Nia Jax v. Sasha Banks
WrestleMania 34 – Charlotte Flair v. Asuka
Evolution – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair
WrestleMania 35 – Becky Lynch v. Charlotte Flair v. Ronda Rousey
WWE 2K20 dropped its first entrance video, and it’s of a slick-looking Samoa Joe as he heads to the ring. It’s been a fair few years since I last followed wrestling religiously, but I love to check in on the WWE 2K games as a way of keeping up so I love hearing that the roster is going to be as close to up to date as possible – including hairstyles/outfits.
With 2K Towers mode with Roman Reigns, a Women’s Evolution 2K Showcase, and a better MyCareer experience, this year’s content additions look pretty good, but we’ll have to see how it plays. I’m interested in seeing if the improvements on that side are keeping up with the content additions.
Borderlands 3 continues to pour on the information ahead of its September 13th release, with news on Guardian Rank, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Mayhem Mode.
Guardian Rank, like previous game’s Badass Rank system, allows you to earn rewards that apply to all your characters, but this time out they’ve tweaked it to also provide some big-league buffs alongside the smaller bonuses.
When your Guardian Rank bar (found atop your XP bar) fills, you unlock a Guardian Token that can be used to unlock bonus stats over three trees: Enforcer, Survivor, and Hunter. The bonus stats you can choose from are randomly selected, with two from each tree.
Here’s the pool of bonus stats: Enforcer
Gun Fire Rate
FFYL (Fight For Your Life) Duration
FFYL Movement Speed
Shield Recharge Delay
Shield Recharge Rate
Action Skill Cooldown
Luck (Rare Drop Rate)
I’m a huge fan of going big into Luck in games where that weights your drop rate chances, so it looks like I’ll be hoping for good rolls on the Hunter side of things…
In addition to those bonuses players can unlock Guardian Rewards, like weapon and character skins or passive buffs that provide big bonuses to your survival chances, by spending specific amounts of tokens: 10,15, 25, 35, 50, and 75. These buffs provide different bonuses depending on the skill tree you’re using, with the second tier providing Enforcer tree with a bonus to the Fight For Your Life status, where you get a second chance to recover from being downed by enemies, for Enforcer tree, which gets additional gun damage, and Survivor tree, which recovers with full health and shields. Hunter tree gets Bullet Collector buff, providing extra ammo from all ammo pickups.
True Vault Hunter Mode is the Pandoran version of New Game+ – a tougher challenge with better loot – while Mayhem Mode, which only becomes available after beating the campaign, offers up three enhanced difficulty levels that provides even more badass and Anointed enemies to defeat, but provides better cash rewards and the chance for Anointed gear…
Mayhem Mode also provides new mods to planets you’ll visit, which should force players to rethink their approach to combat.
Think Borderlands 3 already has enough content to last for a while? What about all the free content coming, plus the planned DLC?
Here’s the press release:
Catch All the New Borderlands 3 Endgame and Post-Launch Content Details Revealed during Today’s PAX West Panel
Borderlands 3’s story campaign is big – real big. Like, multiple planets big. But the game only gets bigger once you’ve finished the main missions. Borderlands 3 contains a wealth of endgame content and will enjoy consistent post-launch support; we’re thrilled to finally start sharing those details with you.
During the Gearbox Main Theater Show at PAX West earlier today, Gearbox provided new insights into Borderlands 3‘s endgame, including the return of True Vault Hunter Mode, an evolution of Borderlands 2’s Badass Rank mechanic called Guardian Rank, and the introduction of the all new gameplay-changing Mayhem Mode.
When you combine Mayhem Mode, True Vault Hunter Mode, and Guardian Rank progression with the highly replayable Proving Grounds and Circle of Slaughter arenas announced during Gamescom, Borderlands 3‘s endgame coalesces into an engaging loop that grows increasingly rewarding (and challenging) the more you play.
With all these avenues for endgame progression, there’s a wealth of challenging content to best and coveted rewards to chase as soon as you finish Borderlands 3’s story campaign. Below you’ll find a high-level overview of the new modes and features announced today, but for all the details, please refer to this blog.
Even if you somehow manage to conquer every challenge Borderlands 3 throws at you and max out every Vault Hunter class, there’s still plenty more Borderlands 3 content to come. From Seasonal Events to Takedowns to new missions and cosmetics – and of course, full-fledged Campaign DLC – here’s just a taste of what’s on the horizon this fall and winter:
As if that wasn’t enough, Gearbox also announced that Borderlands 2 VRon PlayStation 4 is getting the Bad Ass Mega Fun (BAMF) DLC pack for free on September 6, delivering a whopping 16 pieces of DLC content from Borderlands 2. And those of you hoping to experience Borderlands 2 VR on PC won’t have to wait long. Borderlands 2 VR is coming to PC in Fall 2019 and will include both the base game and all its DLC in one glorious bundle. Borderlands 3 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 13. For assets and additional information, please visit newsroom.2k.com.
# # # GUARDIAN RANK
If you’re familiar with previous Borderlands‘ Badass Rank system, the basic idea is the same: you can unlock incremental stat improvements that apply to all your Vault Hunters. As you gain experience, you fill a special Guardian Rank XP bar. Every bar you fill unlocks a Guardian Token, which you can spend to unlock bonus stats across three distinct trees. The further you progress, the better the rewards available to you. TRUE VAULT HUNTER MODE
This is Borderlands 3‘s take on New Game+. The enemies will be tougher and the loot will be better compared to your Normal mode conquests. Whether you select Normal or True Vault Hunter when starting up a new campaign, your character’s mission progress is unique to each playthrough. However, your Vault Hunters’ stats and equipment are shared across both modes. MAYHEM MODE
After completing the campaign, you’ll activate a mysterious terminal aboard Sanctuary III that offers three Mayhem Mode difficulty levels. Enabling one of these Mayhem Modes ups the ante on risks and rewards across all worlds: enemies get increased health, shields, and armor, while you get bonus cash, Eridium, experience gains, and chances for better loot (including “Anointed” gear).
Mayhem Mode also applies a random selection of modifiers called Mayhem Mods to every planet you visit. For instance, you might get a Mayhem Mod like “You’re a Wizard,” which reduces the damage players do with normal bullets but increases their elemental damage.