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CC010 – Sonic Forces: Tag Team and Pre-Orders

SEGA recently released updates on Sonic Forces, including the release date, pre-order bonuses, and a new game mode! Check out this episode of the Cube Command Podcast to hear all the details!

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Unboxing the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition (PS4)

It’s time for the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition Unboxing! I’ll be unboxing the PlayStation 4 version, although the Xbox One version is identical save for a green Xbox One label on the top as opposed to the blue PS4 one. Give it a watch and let me know what you think!

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CC009 – Circuit Dude Developer Interview

I recently had the chance to interview Jonathan Holmes, who is the developer of the recently released puzzle game on Steam called Circuit Dude. He discusses what went into making the game and what inspired him to create it, as well as what got him into game development in general. If you enjoyed this episode and would like to see me do more interviews in the future, please let me know! Also, be sure to check out Circuit Dude on Steam!

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CC007 – A Beginner’s Impression of Doomfist

Episode 7 of the Cube Command Podcast focuses on the release of Overwatch’s latest Hero, Doomfist. Keep in mind that I am still a beginner in terms of experience with Overwatch, but I felt that I should discuss the new DLC character nonetheless. I hope you enjoy!

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New Classic Sonic Footage from Sonic Forces

A showcase of the second gameplay style.

SEGA has just released new footage of their upcoming multi-platform game Sonic Forces. It features the returning character Classic Sonic racing through Green Hill Zone, except the stage bears some new aesthetics. The sparkling water has been replaced with flowing falls of sand and the badniks have received some futuristic upgrades.

Classic Sonic retains his spin dash, as usual, and appears to play exactly like his incarnation from 2011’s Sonic Generations. Classic Sonic will be one of the three gameplay styles offered in Sonic Team’s high speed platformer. The other two styles will be playable through Modern Sonic and an unannounced third character. SEGA has stated that this mystery character will be unveiled at E3 2017.

The video comes from the Sonic The Hedgehog Official Youtube Channel.

Sonic Forces releases for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and PC during Holiday 2017. Will you be picking it up when it hits shelves? Let us know in the comments!

Pre-Black Friday Deals from Gamestop: Get $50 Off 1TB Xbox One S

Early deals for gamers.

Before Black Friday hits on Friday, November 25, Gamestop has announced that they will have some tempting Pre-Black Friday deals that will be available on November 22-23. Which means that they start today.

To start the event off, Gamestop has shaved off a good $50 off the 1TB Xbox One S system, as well as $20 off the Samsung Gear VR. This brings the 1TB Xbox One S to $250 and the Samsung Gear VR to $80. If you’re the owner of a samsung phone and looking for a cheap entry into the world of VR, this is your chance.

During the event, anyone can enjoy 50% extra credit when trading in items. Gamestop also included that anyone is eligible for “Free Value Shipping” on orders over $35. One would assume that this would be for online orders.

These, among others, are the Pre-Black Friday deals which start today. Make sure you catch them while they’re out. Gamestop’s actual Black Friday deals start November 25 and include many of these deals above, including Overwatch for $35 and the Xbox One S for $250 (you can also nab a PS4 for the same price). On Friday, Gamstop will also be offering a Buy Two Get One Free for all pre-ownded products. On the subject of trade credit, you will still get extra, but only 20% more instead of 50%.

For more about Gamestop, they recently announced earlier in the year that they will accept retro trade-ins and will sell them online. Be sure to visit Cube Command for more gaming news!

PS4 Owners Get Call of Duty VR Game For Free

Something PSVR owners won’t want to miss out on.

Call of Duty fans are no doubt excited about the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered late last week. Along with the release of those two games, Activision has shed some light on how they will distribute the Playstation VR extension of Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare.

A while ago, Activision stated that people who had a PS4 and a Playstation VR headset would be able to play the Call of Duty VR game, Jackal Assault, provided they purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare for PS4.

But just recently, Activision changed that policy. Now, Any PS4 owners who possess a Playststion VR have free access to Jackal Assault. If you want this new title for your PSVR, you no longer have to purchase a full game to do so. Who would turn down a free game, and a free VR game at that?

The name Jackal Assault comes from the warship of the main character, which he calls Jackal. Back in September, Activision announced it during the Call of Duty XP Event and described that it “immerses you in the cockpit of a Jackal, the personal, multi-role fighter jet”. Another title to add to the small library of PSVR games is never bad for those who want to get the most out of Sony’s virtual reality headset.

Remember, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered just released. The PS4 versions have two bundles with the system. The “Standard Edition” includes a 500GB PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4, a controller, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare for PS4. The “Legacy Edition” includes a 500GB PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4, a controller, Call of Duty: Infinite Warefare, and Call of Duty: Modern Warefare Remastered for PS4. The bundles are currently priced at $352.91 and $378.88 respectively, with both having free shipping.

The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition bundle for PS4, courtesy of Amazon

 

Are you excited for the new releases? Have you tried Jackal Assault on PSVR? Let us know in the comments!

Allen Adham Has Returned to Blizzard

The co-founder returns.

Allen Adham is the co-founder of gaming developer Blizzard, who left the company back in 2004. At the beginning of BlizzCon 2016, Blizzard has announced that Adham has indeed returned to the company. In an interview with Polygon, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime had to “reacquaint” Adham with the studio, which has changed a lot since his departure over a decade ago. Morhaime describes this process as “pretty elaborate”.

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Having been at Blizzard for only a few months, Adham is already working on new projects. He won’t say what they are just yet. But Adham did touch on this detail in the interview, saying “I’ve been coached not to say too much, especially given the role that I’m in.” He did say “We are working on a bunch of cool new stuff”, though. What could it be?

Are you excited about Adham’s return? Curious about the new projects he has planned? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Shovel Knight Soundtrack Headed to Vinyl and CD

With new artwork and commentary by the composers

The popular game Shovel Knight by developer Yacht Club Games has one heck of a soundtrack. That said, it’s no surprise that the full soundtrack to the Indie title is coming to Vinyl and CD, by Brain Wave Productions. It will be called “Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack”.

Not only that, but Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack will also feature new artwork by Pokemon and Mega Man artist Hitoshi Ariga, as you can see below. The soundtrack will feature composer commentary by Jake “virt” Kaufman and Manami Matsumae, the composers for Shovel Knight.

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Artwork for Shovel Knight The Definitive Soundtrack, by Hitoshi Ariga

 

The 2-LP Vinyl version (blue) can be purchased on BigWax for 32.00 euros. The CD version, which includes 2 discs, can be pre-ordered on Brain Wave. The CD version sells for $18.00 and the exclusive artwork features two posters – “For Shovelry” and “Bonfire Blues” – which can be purchased for $20.00 a piece.

Shovel Knight has a bright future ahead of him, with his soundtrack getting released and the announcement that he will be a guest character in Playtonic Games’ upcoming 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee.

Will you be purchasing the official soundtrack?

Xbox Boss “Feeling Good” About Project Scorpio Progress and Schedule

Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, has mentioned how to development of Project Scorpio is coming. After being asked on Twitter, he replied that after having attended a day-long meeting with Scorpio’s development team, he feels good about the console and its release schedule.

“I’m in a day-long review of where the team is on Scorpio right now. Amazing progress and we are feeling good about schedule,” Spencer replied.

 

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Project Scorpio announcement at Microsoft’s E3 2016 conference

 

Project Scorpio was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year. For those who don’t know, it is a “Premium” version of the Xbox One, like how the Playstation 4 Pro is an upgraded model of the PS4. Microsoft refers to it as “the most powerful console ever made”. In an interview with Gamespot, Spencer mentions that Project Scorpio is aiming for PC-level specs, and is intended to “support true 4K [gaming] and a 4K frame buffer”. He also mentions how both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio will be on shelves at the same time, and “a clear performance difference and obviously there will be a price difference between the two things”. He then reassures fans that, “I’m confident that we’ll be able to deliver a product at a price point that gamers will feel like is worth it.”

He also said that there will more info about pricing once the console nears the launch date.

There has certainly been a lot of news on gaming consoles recently. Are you optimistic about Microsoft’s upcoming console?