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Harmonix announced this morning that Rock Band 4 will launch on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 later this year.

“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” says Harmonix Chief Executive Officer Steve Janiak. “Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”

Harmonix & Mad Catz have also announced that Rock Band 4 will be backwards compatible with all 2000+ tracks featured on their last-gen versions. This also means that if you purchased any songs on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, you will be able to download them, free of charge, on the Xbox One or Playstation 4 respectively. While we don’t have any details on how the process will work, we are promised to be given more details at a later time.

Additionally, if you are attending PAX East 2015 in Boston, you can head on over to Harmonix’s booth (Booth #4224) to pre-order the special Penny Arcade exclusive Guitar seen below.

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Source: HarmonixMusic.com

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Another Metal Gear Solid game launch brings a slew of cool gear starting September 1, 2015. Konami has announced the release date for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for September 1, 2015 (worldwide).  For the US region, a Day 1 Edition and uber Collector’s Edition will be available. The Collector’s Edition will include a half-scale replica of Snake’s bionic arm (an import Konami Style edition includes a full-scale replica, shown above). Not yet announced in the US region (nor can it be confirmed for release in the region), is the very uber PlayStation 4 MGS V edition console, designed to match Snake’s arm.

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Check for pre-orders of the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Day One Edition and Collector’s Edition here on Amazon.com.

Play Asia already has several listed here for pre-order (imports and Konami Style Edition too, at a price!) and may have the PS4 Edition available sometime as well.

Here’s the complete breakdown on what you can expect, from Konami:

“Day 1 Edition” Content (Physical Version*)

  • MAP

DLC items

  • Adam-ska Special Handgun
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
  • Cardboard Box (Wetland)
  • Fatigues (Blue Urban Snake Costume)
  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST

*Digital Version contents to be announced at a future time
**Steam version will include the above DLC content at launch

Collector’s Edition Content (Physical Version Only):

  • Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
  • MAP
  • Exclusive Packaging

DLC items

WEAPON & SHIELD PACK

  • Windurger S333 Combat Special Revolver
  • Adam-ska Special Handgun
  • Maschinen Taktische Pistole 5 Weiss Special Handgun
  • Rasp Short-Barreled Shotgun Gold
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Olive Drab)
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Silver)
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (White)
  • Personal Ballistic Shield (Gold)

CARDBOARD BOXES

  • Cardboard Box (Rocky Terrain)
  • Cardboard Box (All-Purpose Dryland)
  • Cardboard Box (Wetland)

SNAKE COSTUMES

  • Fatigues (Black Ocelot)
  • Fatigues (Gray Urban)
  • Fatigues (Blue Urban)
  • Fatigues (All-Purpose Dryland)

Other

  • “VENOM SNAKE” Emblem

MGO BOOST

  • METAL GEAR ONLINE XP BOOST

MGO Items

  • Metal Gear Rex Helmet
  • AM MRS-4 GOLD Assault Rifle
  • WU S. PISTOL GOLD

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The Order: 1886
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Release date: February 20, 2015
Available for PlayStation 4

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Round up the Knights of the Order and take on the role of Sir Galahad to fight off both myth and human monstrosities in The Order: 1886. That is all the plot-line you will get from me, as this is a spoiler-free review of The Order: 1886. Just an un-influenced take on the experience from this casually hardcore game player. In keeping with the element of surprise, I stayed away from any preview, and review, coverage to see what Sony and Ready at Dawn could deliver exclusively on its PlayStation 4 with the new entry into the gaming world. It was a challenge going dark on The Order: 1886, but I’m glad I did. So how does the PS4 exclusive stack up, coming from the hands and hearts of the excellent God of War PSP game developer Ready at Dawn?

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To sum up my first impression, you would would be hard pressed to find the graphic quality and fidelity in other PlayStation 4 games out there to date. The third-person cinematic offering is without a doubt the best eye candy you will currently get on the PS4. The foggy and gritty feel of old London, the linty-looking material in the fabric of characters’ clothing, all the shiny steampunk inspired contraptions, dark rainy evenings with glowing lanterns – the detail is amazing.

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Just as strong is the voice and motion-captured acting, framing of scenes, facial features and expressions, and the sound production.  It all pulls you into the environment of The Order: 1886. The developers have crystallized their vision to deliver a world that leaves little for your eyes to fill in. A second pass of the game is worth it to just to gaze at all the detail you will definitely miss on first-pass. With all that laser focus in the visuals, there is one part in the game’s presentation that is missing early on in the game experience. And as trite as that may seem for a game with such an emphasis on delivering a highly cinematic experience, it is a nuance that all of a sudden blows away the smoke and mirrors (ahem, literally) grounding you back in a game setting.

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Where The Order: 1886 has less weight on is in its ability to deliver adrenaline-pumping gaming experiences. With such a linear story, and infrequency of highly controllable combat sequences, it would have been great if some kind of branching paths with different outcomes were thrown in to the mix to add to the tension. The Order: 1886 is fairly straightforward story, more than it needs to be or benefits from. There is a lot of variety in the way the button and directional controls are played in the canned combat sequences (aka “quick time sequences”). The Order: 1886 just leaves you hungry for some more full-on controllable action moments. It does take several gameplay elements from duck-and-cover third-person shooters, slow-motion focus targeting moments and chapter-by-chapter play (some noticeably shorter than others). When your character dies, the continues just kick-in to move you along. There is no real penalty, or frustration, in losing a life or starting over. In fact, I encourage throwing in some sacrificial Galahads and company to see the death scenes (or you’ll be missing out on some of the cinematics!). For the most part, the weapon selection is straight-forward (pistols, rifles, grenades) but there are a couple that are creative steam-punk weapon contraptions. The M86 Thermite Rifle and the TS-23 Arc Induction Lance creatively light-up your enemies.

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The feel you come away with from playing The Order: 1886 is that it delivers a graphical punch and movie-quality experience unlike anything currently out there. For that, it knocked me out. You would be remiss to overlook the cini-game for the delicious treat it is. I could smell the popcorn, just like I did when I played Resident Evil 4, Dead Space or the original Gears of War games for the first time. I am actually grateful the developers didn’t try to tack on any kind of multiplayer element to the game. It is welcome to see a focus on a strong and enjoyable single-player storyline game with The Order: 1886. I enjoyed The Order: 1886 and recommend it to any player who is hungry for a completely new story with a bang-out graphical experience.

**This one has been redeemed, enjoy, J!: (One time use promo code for Knights Arsenal DLC is EBJD-G6NA-H9HN Only 1 exists – once redeemed, it will no longer be valid. Good luck, Knights!)

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The Order: 1886
Developer: Ready at Dawn
Release date: February 20, 2015
Available for PlayStation 4

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An image surfaced recently on Reddit which is believed to be a screenshot from an unreleased Halo 5: Guardians commercial.

The image itself features Master Chief who is collapsed underneath a stone monolith which reads: “duty and honor above all”, another unidentifiable person who is also wearing a power suit is present as well, leading us to believe it is Halo 5′s main protagonist, Agent Locke.

Microsoft, who has yet to confirm the validity of the picture has stated: ”Xbox and Halo have a tradition of creating rich, narrative events to entertain and delight fans, including award-winning campaigns such as Starry Night, Believe, Remember Reach and more. We have no details to share at this time but look forward to exciting and surprising fans later this year as work continues on Halo 5: Guardians.”

It is a known fact that the Halo series has had live action commercials in the past, starting with the “Starry Night” trailer promoting Halo 3 back in 2006, so it wouldn’t be a surprise that the latest iteration in the series shared a similar marketing tactic.

What do you think? Is the picture real? Or is it an elaborate ruse intended on tricking all the Halo fans? Let us know below!

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The first Mario Party hit store shelves around the world in the late 90′s and was an immediate success with kids and adults alike. Since then a dozen more have come out and a recent financial report from Nintendo revealed that the entire series has sold over 39.6 million copies.

The games included in the list were: Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8, Mario Party 9, Mario Party Advance, Mario Party DS, and Mario Party: Island Tour.

While not including any preorder figures for the latest in the series which releases next month for the WiiU; Mario party 10 should sell very well according to the success to the past series. Will you be picking it up?

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