Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 13 February 2015
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, Total War: Attila and The Order: 1886 are almost out, Just Cause 3 is coming, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham get DLCs. There's also more LEGO gaming news, Resident Evil sells quickly (for the third time), and save the date for the next Zombiegamer Events #saesports tournament.

Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, LEGO Jurassic World, The Order: 1886, Just Cause 3, Grand Theft Auto Online, And More

We've covered indie-game news in the past but for a change I thought I'd do a quick rundown of some recent AAA-game news, including announcements of new games that are being developed, games that have just been (or are about to be) released, and teaser trailers and art for games still in development.

There's also some local news, including a competition and details on an upcoming #saeports FIFA 15 1v1 event.


Just Cause 3
The first trailer for Just Cause 3, titled "Firestarter" and featuring protagonist Rico Rodriguez, has just been released. The game is being developed for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC by Avalanche Studios and is being published by Square Enix.


[ YouTube link ]

Just Cause 3 is expected to be released at the end of the year.




Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC, the first of four planned DLCs for the game, is now available exclusively for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 via Xbox Live, for
US$14.99. The content pack offers four new multiplayer maps, a zombie cooperative mode called Exo Zombies, and a new weapon and weapon variant.

Games News Roundup: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC

The maps include Core, which is set in the Gobi desert in the ruins of a nuclear fusion plant; Sideshow, which is set in and around an abandoned clown inn near Devil's Tower, Wyoming; and Drift, which is set in a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains.

The cooperative mode Exo Zombies features a story that focusses on four employees of the Atlas corporation, played by John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal, who have to survive in a secret research lab where a bioweapon has created a horde of mutants.

The DLC's trailer is behind an age-restriction gate so you can watch it here if you log in.




Total War: Attila
The final trailer for Total War: Attila has been released. The strategy game will be out on Tuesday for Windows PCs.


[ YouTube link ]

Total War: Attila is set in 395 AD and features 56 factions, including The Huns, The Visigoths, and The Western Roman Empire. Early reviews are saying that the AI is more balanced and many problems from the previous game in the series have been addressed but the game is still incredibly challenging.




Zombiegamer #saesports: FIFA 15
Zombiegamer Events' next tournament will be held at Trenchtown in Cape Town on Saturday 28 February from 12:00 and will feature a 1v1 FIFA 15 tournament on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. There will be a minimum first prize of R1000.

Games News Roundup: Zombiegamer #saesports: FIFA 15

All the details and the sign-up form are here.




PlayStation Plus Free Multiplayer Weekend
This weekend PlayStation 4 owners have free access to features of PlayStation Plus, including online multiplayer and Share Play, which allows gamers to invite a friend to an online multiplayer session even if the friend doesn't own the game.

The offer began at 07:00 today and runs until 07:00 on Monday 16 February 2015. No signup is necessary but players must own copies of the games that they wish to play online.



Evolve Competition
To celebrate the release of Evolve in South Africa, Megarom and MSI have partnered to offer some cool prizes in a lucky draw, which is running until 16 February at 12:00. The prizes comprise an MSI Geforce GTX 960 graphics card valued at R3000, an Evolve hoodie, and a copy of Evolve for Windows PCs.

Winners will be selected at random and announced on 17 February 2015. They must be over the age of 16 and have a South African delivery address.

Enter here (no Facebook necessary).




Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which has been developed by Capcom, was released today for the Nintendo 3DS and is available in the Nintendo eShop as well as at retail stores.


[ YouTube link ]

A free downloadable starter pack has also been made available via the Nintendo eShop. It will be available until 15 March 2015.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Official Site, Facebook, Google+, Nintendo, Twitter, Wikia



Grand Theft Auto Online
Ten Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs were announced last weekend, including the zombie-themed Contend: Zombie Town, which was created by count_poopula. This night-based job includes a clown-infested circus in the centre of the farming village of Grapeseed and abandoned military vehicles to add some eerie atmosphere.

Games News Roundup: Grand Theft Auto Online


Other jobs include Rodeo Loop by mozo15, which is a high-speed race around Portola Drive and the Vangelico Jewel Store; Bahama West Mama Mia! by bobchilli, which is a technical rare around the Bahama Mamas West nightclub in Del Perro; and Bowl Brawl LTS by coleco-vision, which has become a popular deathmatch event that's set in the Vinewood Bowl.

Games News Roundup: Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto Online: Official Site, Wikia, Wikipedia



Gran Turismo 6
The LEXUS LF-LC GT "Vision Gran Turismo" has been revealed as the latest car in the Vision Gran Turismo programme, which has tasked manufacturers with designing and releasing prototype cars for Gran Turismo 6.

Games News Roundup: Gran Turismo 6


Games News Roundup: Gran Turismo 6


Games News Roundup: Gran Turismo 6


Games News Roundup: Gran Turismo 6

You can visit the Gran Turismo news site for many more images of the car, as well as details of its design philosophy, or read the Facebook post where everyone is complaining, as gamers are wont to do.

Gran Turismo: Official Site, Facebook



LEGO Jurassic World
A teaser trailer for LEGO Jurassic World has been released. The game will feature storylines from all four Jurassic Park films: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III and the upcoming fourth instalment, Jurassic World.

Players will be able to play as LEGO dinosaurs and will collect amber samples that contain dinosaur DNA so that they can create and customise a selection of species.


[ YouTube link ]

The games is being developed for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows and will be available in June to coincide with the release of Jurassic World. New LEGO building kits based on LEGO Jurassic World are expected to be released in May.

LEGO Jurassic World: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter



LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
In more LEGO gaming news, the LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham mobile game has been announced for iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). It is being developed by TT Games and will be available in the next few months.

The mobile game will see Batman team with other DC superheroes in outer space to prevent Brainiac from annihilating Earth. The game will feature over 150 characters and players will be able to explore locations such as the Batcave and the Hall Of Justice.


Meanwhile a new DLC for the console version of the game, which was released last year, will be available on 17 February. Titled the Bizarro World Pack, it will feature the backwards planet Htrae, a new story level, and an exclusive level.

LEGO Batman: Facebook, Wikipedia



Resident Evil
The new Resident Evil, a remastering of the 2002 remake of the original survival-horror game from 1996 (seriously!), became Capcom's "fastest selling digital title in history across North America and Europe". The game was released on 20 January for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC. It also set the record for the biggest selling day one digital title on the PlayStation Network.

This remastered version includes updates to the visuals (3D models, high-res textures, better resolutions) and sound (5.1 surround), new control and aspect-ratio settings, and a Very Easy Mode.

Here's the trailer, featuring the new old adventures of Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield:


[ YouTube link ]

In related news, Resident Evil Revelations 2, for thePlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PCs is expected to be released later this month. It will feature Claire Redfield and will be released in episodic form.

Resident Evil: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter



The Order: 1886
The story trailer for The Order: 1886 has been revealed. The game, which is exclusive to the PlayStation 4, is scheduled for release on 20 February 2015. It's a single-player action-adventure game set in an alternate-history London that's apparently going to be heavy on the cinematics and storytelling.


[ YouTube link ]

The Order: 1886: Official Site, Twitter, Wikipedia


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