BioWare (Finally) Reveals What “You’ve Been Chosen” For: The Shadow Realms

Surprise, surprise, it’s a video game. Specifically, a PC-only online action RPG by the name of Shadow Realms.

BioWare’s been teasing us with their “You’ve Been Chosen” viral clips for a few weeks now before finally announcing the title at a fan event at Gamescom yesterday.

The bare bones description for Shadow Realms feels like two parts The Secret World mixed with half a part Evolvea modern day fantasy setting pitting four “chosen one” hero-type players, imbued with various powers and wielding modern day technology/weapons, against a single powerful player called the Shadowlord. Gameplay is split between regular ol’ present day Earth and an ancient, supernatural land called Embra, where “magic, legends and monsters that inspired our myths are real” (stop me if you’ve heard this one before, TSW players).

Hero players choose from the usual class types – Warrior, Assassin, Wizard, Cleric, Ranger, and Warlock, though you can customize your character’s abilities to fit your play style regardless of which class you choose, just like in The Secret World (no I will not drop this) – while the Shadowlord player manipulates various resources, traps, and monsters to thwart the heroes’ progress. Shadow Realms will be episodic and story driven.

The game’s only just been announced and barely any details have been released, so I’m withholding judgement for now, but so far it looks like something I could get into, especially the modern day setting/weaponry. If anything, the concept art and screenshots look gorgeous. Shadow Realms is set for release in 2015, but you can sign up for the Alpha here.

You can also check out the previously released “You’ve Been Chosen” teaser trailers below. Tell me in the comments which one is your favorite! (Mine’s “Spark”.)

NIGHTMARE

What really happens when we sleep?

SPARK

Do you know they are watching?

IMPACT

Can you control your power?

FIRE

Are you ready?

Trailers: Top 11 Most Anticipated E3 2014 Video Games

Here’s a look at the top 11 most talked about games to come out of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (randomly ordered, of course), along with my first impressions of the trailers, whether or not I’d throw any money at those games, and when exactly you can throw money at those games, provided you want to.

Note: For the “Will I Buy It” sections, let’s just assume I have a giant stockpile of cash I am able to spend willy nilly, but am still moderately stingy about it (which, let’s be real, is exactly what would happen if I were to ever become rich) instead of the flat broke, Can’t Even Afford The Consoles For These Let Alone The Games Themselves person that I actually am. Let’s get to the list!

1. Dragon Age: Inquisiton (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)

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Video Game Trailer: Tokyo Has Come To “The Secret World”

The biggest update for real world based MMO The Secret World has finally arrived, with a whole new area to explore in the Filth-infested city of Tokyo. Ghosts and demons are among the things you’ll need to fight off in order to delve deeper into this secret world. Check out the issue trailer below for a glimpse of what’s to come:

Continue the story from Venice before you head out to Tokyo to take on the brand new challenges which await you there. Travel through the devastated subway, the place where it all began, and enter the besieged city itself.

Issue #9 brings an all new chapter to The Secret World’s main story. A terrible weapon was set off in Tokyo, and it set in motion the dark events which spread across the world.

Now you have the chance to dive deeply into this mystery and uncover clues which can lead to a greater understanding.

Tokyo was the place where it all began, and the place you must go to understand The Secret World. [x]

Issue #9 is available now in the game’s Item Store, along with a Collector’s Edition which includes an exclusive outfit, title, and more.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” Gameplay Trailer & Official Release Date

BioWare has released a trailer for the third game in their Dragon Age series, complete with flaming skeletons, gameplay footage, and story set-up.

“You walked out of the Fade, and our soldiers found you. The only one who escaped a blast that killed thousands,” Cassandra voiceovers dramatically, before launching into a description of demons coming in through the Breach threatening to destroy the world.

It’s still too soon to tell if the game’s actually going to be any good, but from what I can tell from this trailer, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks really pretty. Like, ridiculously pretty. The game has been described by devs as significantly more open world than its predecessor (a definite plus) and if that last image of the trailer with all the people at the table represents how many companions we’ll be getting in game, well, that’s pretty freaking awesome.

Besides, I’ll always be here for Sassy!Varric. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition comes to PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One on October 7, 2014. 

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Official Release Date/Trailers for “The Wolf Among Us,” “Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments”

Here are a few things The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments have in common: they’re both investigation/adventure video games, they both feature offbeat, gruesome-murder-solving protagonists, they’re both set for release early 2014, and I need both games like I need air.

After fans waited for months with no status update on The Wolf Among Us‘ second episode, “Smoke & Mirrors,” Telltale Games has announced an official release date of February 4 for PC, Mac, and Playstation 3, and February 5 for Xbox 360. They’ve also been kind enough to drop a trailer where main character Bigby Wolf – that’s the infamous Big Bad Wolf, for those unfamiliar with the game or Bill Willingham’s comic series Fable – ominously declares, “Everyone has a weakness. You just have to find where it is… and push.”

Following the shocking events at the end of episode one, “Faith,” players will follow a vengeful Bigby as he attempts to unravel the murder mystery surrounding Fabletown, before he unravels himself. A point-and-click adventure game, The Wolf Among Us seems more or less linear (there are a few action scenes in the first episode, and there are a few difficult choices you can make, but so far at least these choices don’t seem to make a huge difference in plot) – but this in no way detracts from the gorgeous atmosphere and storytelling the game offers.

However, for those who want their investigation games a little more… well, deduction-y, there’s Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments, developed by independent studio Frogwares. Players will step into the shoes (boots? loafers?) of Holmes himself as he attempts to solve several cases involving murder, theft, or kidnappings. As Sherlock and plucky sidekick John Watson scour crime scenes for clues, all the information will be stored onto a “deduction board,” from which you’ll be able to connect the dots and hopefully solve the crimes. A glimpse of this gameplay mechanic can be seen in the below trailer:

Here’s the cool thing about Crimes & Punishments: due to this mechanic, there are a lot of different conclusions you could draw, and thus a variety of suspects you can point the finger at. You might not always be right, and even if you are, there might be a lot more to the story – leading to the player having to make some hard moral choices. And suddenly the title’s reference to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment makes perfect sense on multiple levels.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments will be released in the second quarter of 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360.

Photo credits: Telltale Games, Focus Home Interactive

Saints Row IV DLC: “Enter the Dominatrix”

With a title like that, this shit’s gotta be good.

Enter the Dominatrix might sound like the name of a porny spoof of Enter the Matrix (à la Lord of the Cock Rings, Pulp Friction, Grand Theft Orgy, Hairy Twatter, etc etc – don’t ask me why I know so many of these), but players of the pun-heavy Saints Row IV will be unsurprised to find that it’s actually the title of the game’s first DLC. They will be equally unsurprised to discover that some of the new missions involve velociraptors, and men in fetish suits and bondage gear miming jacking off on you.

Ridiculousness has been the name of the game for this alien-infested installment of Saints Row, but this is a whole ‘nother level of WTF. And I love it. Take my money, Volition.

Enter the Dominatrix was released for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC earlier today. Catch a glimpse of the action you’ll be getting in this DLC trailer.