Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.

Okami HD Headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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Kotaku UK has a scoop, claiming that Okami HD is getting another re-release, this time on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this holiday season. There’s no real information about the release, currently, but it’s a good chance that the title will receive PS4 Pro and Xbox One X support, with the PlayStation 3 version of Okami HD rendering the visuals in 4K, and the scaling them down.

Capcom is taking initiative in bringing many of its older titles to newer consoles, but in the process, most of their newer IP’s have taken a backseat, with new major titles being few and far between for the company at this point. It’s nice to see lesser-ported titles like Okami finally making the jump to systems such as the Xbox, though.

Spotify Headed to Xbox One

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After what seems like an eternity for Xbox users, it appears that Spotify is headed to Xbox One with an upcoming app. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, and sources confirm that the app is set to release soon, as it is currently being tested internally.

The new Spotify app for Xbox will finally give users of Microsoft’s console access to the popular music streaming service, several years after the service became available on Sony’s family of PlayStation consoles.

Original Sonic Designer Creates Work for Sonic Mania

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Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.

You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.

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Watch_Dogs 2 Getting Party Mode

Watch_Dogs 2 has been consistently delivering new and exciting free content since its launch, and done a great job at keeping promises. One of its more lofty promises was that of a 4-player Party Mode for online multiplayer. Well, this Tuesday, July 4th, that promise is made a reality, as players can join up with 3 other friends and raise hell across San Francisco.

The update also includes a few bug fixes, as well as new maps, outfits, weapons, and more. Ubisoft states that Party mode is meant to be “more about cooperation than competition, so anything that happens in this mode will not affect leaderboard standings.” This should most certainly be a great update.

Diablo 3’s Necromancer Finally Hits This Month

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The Necromancer class in Diablo 3 has been teased for what seems like ages, and now, we’re finally getting it on June 27. The Necromancer will be priced at $14.99 and will require the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC to play. The pack will also grant access to additional character slots, a portrait, banner, sigil, accent and pennant, a brand new pet and some items for your pets.

Blizzard also revealed the new Eternal Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, that will give console players full access to the game and all of its DLC, including the Necromancer.

Killer Instinct Coming to Steam

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It was announced last night during the Top 8 battle at CEO 2017, that Killer Instinct is officially headed to Steam in the near future. No price or launch date was given, but it marks the first time the game will be available outside of the Windows 10 Xbox Store.

Killer Instinct has been one of the more faithfully updated titles of this generation, with fighter pack releases, and new gameplay content coming out at a steady rate for fans of the fighter franchise.

Mistwalker to Announce New Title

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Mistwalker head, and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is set to announce a new title from his acclaimed studio Mistwalker. Mistwalker hasn’t released a core console title since The Last Story on the Wii, and even further with Lost Odyssey on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

The new title will be announced on a Famitsu live stream on June 22. You can check it out on NicoNico LIVE at 8:00pm JST (Japan Standard Time), with a special guest appearance by Nobuo Uematsu.

New Xbox Avatars Unveiled

Part of me always hoped that Microsoft wouldn’t give up on Xbox Avatars. I loved the customizability they had, and they did well to make the Xbox a bit more fun. Plus, with tons of ways to express yourself, you could always make your Avatar look more like you than your Mii ever could.

Now, Microsoft has announced that they’re coming back to the forefront after disappearing since the release of the Xbox One. The new Avatars are definitely suited for 4K, with new options for hair customization, clothing, and even prosthetics, and vehicles.

PhE3: Bethesda Recap

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Bethesda had no real surprises in store, but that doesn’t mean what we saw wasn’t a welcome sight. Updates of the VR front for the company, as well as a few new pieces of DLC, and expecting game reveals dominated their late-night keynote.

Hit the jump for the full offerings from Bethesda Softwork’s E3 conference.

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PhE3: Xbox Recap

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Microsoft took the stage of E3, and blew its doors off, with numerous world premieres of blockbuster titles, a lineup of 42 games shown, with half being Xbox One and Windows PC exclusive, and the worldwide reveal of the Xbox One X. It was a massive show for the tech giant, and with a heavy focus on 4K Ultra HD as the future of the industry currently, they did their best to showcase beautiful visuals, and gorgeous looks at a varied library. My best moment is undoubtedly when Phil Spencer reveals to the crowded hall that original Xbox games will be making their way to the Xbox One with backwards compatibility.

This was, admittedly, one of the most exciting and surprise-filled keynotes that Microsoft has ever done, with a lot of great moments and fantastic looking games shown. Hit the jump for the full breakdown of the keynote with trailers for everything shown.

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Analog EP13: WondE3r Woman

Josh and Theo are joined by James (like Beyonce) for a huge Pre-E3 episode! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Sin City and Cowboy Bebop TV adaptations, Wonder Wonder thoughts, and E3 predictions fill out the 13th episode of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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PhE3 Coverage Schedule

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo is one of the craziest times of the year for fans of video games and entertainment. An entire weekend of updates, announcements, shocks, and dreams coming true. This is the time when the industries biggest and brightest show off their best, and reveal their plans not only for the rest of the year, but oftentimes for many years to follow.

The most important bits of this weekend is undoubtedly the keynotes. Starting on Saturday, and running through to Tuesday, the schedule can be seen below. I will be out of town for the weekend, but will do my best to stay updated as much as possible. You can absolutely expect recaps for all of the major keynotes on that Monday, though.

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UPDATE: E3 has come and gone, and you can hit the jump for links to coverage of all the major keynotes.

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Tekken 7 Features Overview

Tekken 7 is finally releasing on home consoles this Friday, and in preparation for the release, they’ve put together a hefty features overview video for fans, new and returning, explaining many of the new features in the game. Showcasing Rage Art, and Power Crush moves, as well as the Mishima Saga itself, which is coming to a head in the penultimate title.

Tekken 7 launches worldwide on June 2, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Wonder Woman Multiverse Event

Warner Bros. is taking full advantage of the great timing of their DC Entertainment properties. Injustice 2 released last week to incredible fanfare (Listen to my thoughts Here), and Wonder Woman is releasing this week to incredible early reviews.

With that in mind, check out the trailer above, and make sure to jump into the Multiverse in Injustice 2 this week, to earn the Wonder Woman movie armor for your character. Injustice 2 is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.