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Gaming: Just Cause 4 story trailer; every Kingdom Hearts game for the price of one; steampunk takes a Magic Leap

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Oct 20, 2018, 12:14 PM EDT (Updated)

Not that you need a strong story for a game that encourages you to fly a cargo jet straight into a tornado, but Just Cause 4 has just dropped an all-new trailer that gives newcomers a glimpse at what’s driving series protagonist Rico Rodriguez on his latest adventure.

Square Enix debuted the story trailer Wednesday ahead of the game’s December release, setting up Rico’s all-new hunt through South America to uncover clues about his father’s death.

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As you can see, danger doesn’t just come from the weather, as Rico comes into frequent (and violent) contact with the shadowy Black Hand paramilitary group that dominates regional politics under the ruthless leadership of Gabriela Morales, the game’s chief villain.

Just Cause 4 — which we had plenty of fun with at this year's New York Comic Con — is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Dec. 4.

By virtue of its byzantine game titles alone (Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, anyone?), Square Enix may have inadvertently spun the 16-year-old Kingdom Hearts franchise into a beast that seems like a far more inaccessible bit of fan-insider baseball than it actually is.

Thankfully, that can easily change if you get your hands on the super approachable-sounding Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far, a $40 game bundle that wraps every single piece of the Disney-Final Fantasy mashup into one convenient experience.

Packing in all of the Kingdom Hearts releases previously collected in last year’s Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, as well as the Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue bundle, The Story So Far is the studio’s way of giving longtime fans and newcomers alike a one-stop entry point into the entire KH world ahead of next year’s hotly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.

In addition to Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, the bundle also contains the series’ six other console-spanning spinoffs, as well as Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover, a feature-length CGI movie released in 2017 that adds tons of backstory to the series’ cherished lore.

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far is headed to the PlayStation 4 beginning Oct. 30, and is already available for pre-order online. As for Kingdom Hearts III, the wait’s almost over; Sora gets back together with his Disney pals on Jan. 29 of next year.

Magic Leap One, the $2,300 augmented-reality headset that debuted in August, just got a new showcase shooter with the release this week of the steampunk-inspired Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders.

Featuring the voices of Stephen Fry, Lucy Lawless, and Rhys Darby, Invaders merges scripted VR and traditional gaming elements with on-the-fly adaptive features to create a tailored interactive environment in which the game’s robots “come through the walls, the floor — even from behind your couch,” according to Magic Leap.

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Developed in partnership with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop, Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders is available for free right now to anyone who already has the pricey hardware, which you can splurge on over at  Magic Leap’s online storefront.