Weekly Recap: New Halo Announced For PC, Arkham Knight Delayed Again

THE BIG STUFF:

Halo Returns to PC With Halo Online, But Only in Russia for Now: One of the week’s biggest pieces of news was one we did not see coming. A Russia-only Halo game for PC? Crazy! There’s no word yet on if it’s coming to North America, but you can watch a gameplay trailer here.

Batman: Arkham Knight Release Date Delayed Again: It happened again, but thankfully, this delay is a short one. The new Caped Crusader game from Rocksteady has been pushed a couple of weeks from its previously schedule June 2 release to a new launch date of June 23. At least there’s an epic new gameplay trailer to enjoy.

Batman: Arkham Due Remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, Report Claims: A new report this week claimed that Rocksteady’s first two Batman Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, will be getting remastered versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is unconfirmed at the moment, so take this with a grain of salt for now.

THE OTHER STUFF:

Want to try BioWare’s Mass Effect 3? You’re in luck, as BioWare is now offering a free, one-hour trial of the 2012 game for PlayStation 3. The only catch is that you need a PlayStation Plus membership.

It’s not Star Wars: Battlefront, but a new Star Wars game is out this week. Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is available now for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. The game, a side-scrolling mobile action-platformer set in the Star Wars Rebels universe, lets you play as characters from the TV show.

The New York Times has an excellent, in-depth story on the controversial topic of online gamer “swatting.” It’s a comprehensive, deep —> Read More

Video: Borderlands 2 brings splitscreen co-op to Xbox One, PS4

Splitscreen modes aren’t as fashionable in these days of internet-loving consoles as they were in the GoldenEye golden age, but I tell you what is on trend: HD remasters.

Borderlands combines the two in The Handsome Collection, which bundles new-gen versions of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with splitscreen co-op and a mountain of DLC. Get an eyeful of three-player Borderlands 2 gameplay in the video below. Mike says he gets the biggest chunk of screen because it’s his TV.

It’s a welcome addition to the modest collection of Xbox One titles that offer splitscreen modes, joining the likes of Minecraft, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the recent Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in our rotation of couch co-op games, as featured in Show of the Week:

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Gadget Ogling: Shooting Flames, Flowing Time, and Locked-Up Temptation

Someway, somehow, it’s apparently legal to own the XM42 flamethrower in the United States, unless you happen to live in California or Maryland. I can’t fathom any circumstance under which a weapon — let’s not mince words here — capable of shooting flames 25 feet should be available for anyone to pick up if they have $700 lying around to back Ion Productions’ crowdfunding campaign. That said, it’s incredibly cool and fulfills all my childhood superhero fantasies. —> Read More

A Farewell To Jobs

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Few subjects elicit more skepticism than the so-called “sharing economy.” Kevin Roose argues: “The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Trust, It’s About Desperation.” Catherine Rampell warns: “there’s a dark side to these work arrangements … the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans.” Read More —> Read More

Mortal Kombat X: Erron Black Looks Like Games Best New Character

Explosion:” NetherRealm Studios finally revealed new footage of one the games brand new Kombatants, Erron Black. The character was initially depicted in the prequel comic book series based on the game. His character design and model was featured in one of the story trailers, but he was not confirmed as a playable character for the roster until this week. The Erron Black character looks like the best and most exciting new character on the entire roster. In addition, it appears that Erron Black is already on a path to becoming a beloved fan favorite for Mortal Kombat philes.” —> Read More

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Review | My Games Lounge

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Perhaps the truest Final Fantasy game in the series since IX, Type 0 seemed like itd never see the light of day in the West. The very fact that it got the green light for a HD release is beyond belief, as Hajime Tabata himself (Director) has said before. Nevertheless, all of the hardships in the world will not prevent me from pointing out the flaws in what is otherwise almost that Final Fantasy game youve wanted since the glory years of Playstation One. —> Read More

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