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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Operation Moonbase Z & Grass Effect Revealed

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Grass Effect N7 Mech revealed for Garden Warfare 2

PopCap Games Took the Stage at Gamescom to reveal an all new trailer & info for Plants vs. Zombies Garden warfare 2

EA’s blistering day at Gamescom has finally wrapped after they unleashed a treasure trove of information about several of their upcoming games. A big part of their showcase was PopCap Games upcoming Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Excitement about the sequel to their breakout hit has been growing ever since it was announced. Last month at E3 we saw a huge amount of gameplay and great new details, but PopCap wasn’t finished yet.

They brought plenty of ammunition to Gamescom to keep the hype train rolling. First by revealing an all-new gameplay trailer called Moon Base Z. The almost two-minute long trailer shows that Garden Warfare 2 won’t be sticking players in nothing but suburban warzones. The plants will also be making an assault on the zombies moon base. Thwarting a dastardly plan involving a giant magnet.

Moon Base Z, as the area is called, will be filled with space to give players a chance to plan their assault from any angle. Moon Base Z is the perfect playground for the insane non-stop action that Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is so famous for. Hopefully, Moon Base Z is an example of how open to strategy Garden Warfare 2’s other 11 other maps will be like. Either way PopCap wasn’t finished showing off just yet.

They took the opportunity at Gamescom to introduce the first of what we can expect to be many pre-order exclusive items. They announced a partnership with legendary RPG maker Bioware to create unique content for Garden warfare 2. Gamers who pre-order the game will have access to the Grass Effect Z7-Mech (playing off Shepard’s N7 rank in Mass Effect).

The Grass Effect Z7-Mech was constructed by Dr. Zomboss to protect Zomburia’s galactic future. The mech will be sporting a Zomni-tool on top of “interlocking ceramic plate armor with kinetic padding.” It’s designed to augment the damage of other abilities like biotic and tech. The Grass Effect Z7 almost feels like EA and PopCap took the Mass Effect joke too far but it still looks like it will be a fantastic toy for players.

What do you think of the Grass Effect N7-Mech and the newly revealed Moon Base Z map? Do you plan to pre-order Garden Warfare 2 to get a hold of all the goodies its sure to offer? Sound off in the comments below.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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