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Overwatch

The Overwatch beta will return with a new mode and more maps


Expected to reappear in mid-February
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard took its closed beta for Overwatch offline in December to pore over player feedback, tighten the balance, and continue working on new features. It will return a little later than some were expecting -- January is now...
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Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online gets a second beta and a standalone character creator


Character creator out now, beta Feb 18
Jan 19
// Joe Parlock
Did you miss Black Desert Online’s first English-language beta test? If so, I have some good news for you, as Daum Games has announced that a second and final beta test will be kicking off February 18. For those who&rsq...
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The Division

Here's when you can play the next The Division beta


Ubisoft confirms beta testing weekend
Jan 15
// Vikki Blake
Ubisoft has confirmed that The Division’s next beta will start on January 28, 2016. According to a recent tweet, the closed beta test will be available on Xbox One from January 28 and on PC and PlayStation 4 from Januar...
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Garden Warfare 2

The Garden Warfare 2 open beta starts today


January 14 - 18 on Xbox One and PS4
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 beta begins today. If you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, just head to your respective storefront and download away. It should be live in most if not all regions by this afternoon. ...
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Street Fighter V

Is there a new Street Fighter V PS4 beta on its way?


Ready? Fight!
Jan 14
// Vikki Blake
If you have the Street Fighter V beta client installed on your PlayStation 4, you may have noticed a gigantic patch dropped yesterday (thanks, EventHub). The update - listed as version 1.08 and weighing in at ...
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Metal Gear Online

Metal Gear Online's PC beta temporarily pulled due to microtransaction exploit


Konami's working on a quick fix
Jan 13
// Brett Makedonski
Those Diamond Dogs can be a bunch of doggone dirty scoundrels. Konami learned that the hard way with its recently-launched PC beta for Metal Gear Online. The publisher was forced to temporarily take the game offline because s...
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Torment beta

Torment: Tides of Numenera's beta nears


Backers can get it first
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
Torment: Tides of Numenera has been taking its time, but the beta will be out before long. All eligible crowdfunding backers will gain access during the week of January 17, 2016 (exact date TBA). Then, on January 26, the beta...
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Triad Wars

Triad Wars, the F2P spin-off to Sleeping Dogs, is shutting down in January


Something something sleeping dogs lie
Dec 24
// Joe Parlock
When it was announced there was to be a successor to United Front Games’ Hong Kong open world crime game Sleeping Dogs, Triad Wars probably wasn’t what most people had in mind. Instead of the involving story ...
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Deals

23% off Street Fighter V deal back again for Steam/PC


Pre-order includes beta access
Dec 17
// Dealzon
Update: Coupon is now 25% off. Street Fighter V's third beta starts as early as midnight 12:01am PT Friday on PS4 and PC (Steam) and will end at 10:00pm Sunday. Pre-ordering the Steam PC copy will grant you beta access, and i...
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Street Fighter V

The third Street Fighter V beta kicks off tomorrow, here are all the details


At least eight playable characters
Dec 17
// Brett Makedonski
Capcom is gearing up to hold the third beta for Street Fighter V. If that seems like a lot, well, it kind of is by today's standards. Capcom's using these events less as a marketing stunt and more as actual tests to improve t...
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ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Xbox One on December 16


Via the Xbox Game Preview program
Dec 10
// Joe Parlock
ARK: Survival Evolved has done incredibly well on PC in the months following its early access release in June. At least two million people have tried to tame their own pet dino on Steam, and that number is set to expand with...
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The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children is holding a beta soon


Don't mind if I do!
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
Q-Games has opened sign-ups for The Tomorrow Children's closed beta, which will run from January 21 - 23. North American players can register here, and European players can sign up here. You'll just need to provide your name, email address, and PSN ID, so it won't take long.
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The Division

The Division adds alpha, delays beta, keeps release date


But why?
Dec 07
// Brett Makedonski
The pre-release plans for Tom Clancy's The Division got a minor shake-up today. The upcoming survival shooter no longer has a beta before the end of 2015. But, that doesn't mean we won't see it at all in December. Ubisof...
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Uncharted 4

Here's how much space you'll need to play the Uncharted 4 beta


MY PS4 IS ALREADY FULL :(
Dec 02
// Vikki Blake
You'll need around 7GB free to play the Uncharted 4 beta. The news was revealed by developer Naughty Dog during a livestream last night. The beta will be available from this Friday, December 4. While you won't be able to...
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Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online is getting its first English-language beta test this month


Previously only in Russia and Korea
Dec 02
// Joe Parlock
Upcoming Korean MMO Black Desert Online has been making waves for quite a while now. The game is already in closed beta in Korea and Russia, and so the trickle of information coming from it has meant people have been eager fo...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege beta delayed six days before game launch


This can't be good
Nov 25
// Brett Makedonski
The open beta for Rainbow Six Siege isn't kicking down any doors yet. Despite being scheduled to being today at 10am Eastern, it's not available to play. Ubisoft has delayed it because of technical issues. Specifically, ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Progress on new Rainbow Six Siege beta will not carry over


Boo
Nov 19
// Vikki Blake
Although the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege beta ends just two days before its street date release, your beta progress will not carry over if you decide to pick up the full game.  "Your progression, inventory and Ranked...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Try before you buy: Rainbow Six Siege has an open beta next week


Idris Elba has an important message
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
On the fence about Rainbow Six Siege? Next week, a'splode a man-sized hole through that fence and then through the side of the house and then through the floor. Blow your indecision to smithereens. Ubisoft's holding an open ...
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Overwatch

Blizzard is bringing more people into the Overwatch beta


First weekend event starts Friday
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
If you've been meaning to register for the Overwatch beta and haven't yet, get on that! Blizzard is holding its first weekend beta event for the team-based shooter from Friday, November 20 at 9:00am Pacific to Monday, Novembe...
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Battlefront

Force Awakens' Jakku shows up in Star Wars Battlefront


Looks pretty cool
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
In the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was a striking shot of Rey speeding past a long-abandoned Star Destroyer. The scene takes place on a desert planet, Jakku, and the massive ship crash landed...

First impressions for Blizzard's impressive inaugural FPS, Overwatch

Oct 27 // Chris Carter
First off, it must be said that Overwatch has one of the most comprehensive tutorials in any first-person shooter I've seen. Yes, it's mostly remedial, but newcomers and casual fans alike will be appreciative. It brings you through everything from basic movement to shooting, and even a rundown of the UI, which is basic to begin with. In fact, there's even an overlay on every ability that shows you the key you need to press to trigger it. At first glance, Overwatch looks like a basic shooting experience. Each class has their own type of weaponry ranging from rifles to dual pistols, and there's a melee attack. There is no ADS or iron-sight mechanic, but Overwatch does have controller support. Where the game starts to diverge from your typical formula is the class-based gameplay. The starting character (Soldier 76) has an ability called Biotic Field, which is basically an area-of-effect healing station you can throw on the ground, and a rocket power. Beyond that, there's one more power -- ultimates. This aforementioned class can use a Tactical Visor to home in on a selected target. There are also four different classifications for each character:offense, defense, tank, and support. When choosing a class at the start of a match, the game will inform you of your current team makeup, and suggest other possible choices if your team doesn't have enough firepower, for instance. This has the potential to make for a sticky wicket when it comes to the overall meta (expect lots of balancing), but for now it seems rather fair. It's also very easy to view the information chart for each class in the character select screen, and players can even switch heroes in the initial spawn area. My current favorite character, Reaper, exudes style. Instead of reloading, he throws his guns down on the ground. Instead of dashing, he goes into "wraith form" and becomes invincible for a few seconds (though this means his sprint is on cooldown). Finally, Reaper's ultimate allows for him to damage all nearby enemies. It's leaps and bounds different from playing Reinhardt, who is a slow melee character that can charge across the screen and deploy a frontal shield. [embed]317786:60888:0[/embed] In essence, there's a ton of different styles at play here. Soldier 76 operates like a "typical" shooter would play out, and Tracer (who can teleport), feels more like someone out of Team Fortress. Barring the suggested difficulty ratings of certain characters and team composition recommendations, there's a lot of leeway here in terms of how open the game is for people who don't typically like shooters. For reference, teams consist of six players each, and there are currently two game modes in tow (Payload and Point Capture). The latter is just as it sounds, with an attacking and defending team, while the the former is an escort mission on a fixed path.Although these are new characters (in other words, not based in an existing universe like Heroes of the Storm), I really started to recognize their faces and mannerisms a few hours in. I don't think everyone will catch on, but I wouldn't mind seeing most of them in other titles. Blizzard has already said that we may see them in Heroes if Overwatch is successful. Overwatch is not a "me-too" class-based shooter. Blizzard has put a ton of work into every facet of the experience, from the pinpoint fast-paced engine to the individual designs of each character. The cast is diverse, inside and out, and I'm really looking forward to diving into more as the beta progresses and the finished product hits. The beta starts today and will be rolling out in waves, but Overwatch currently does not have a launch window in sight.
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I'm in
You could say I've been a long-time Blizzard fan. I was right there in 1992 with The Lost Vikings, the company's second game, all the way through the SNES era into Warcraft and Diablo. Over the years I've generally played eve...

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Battlefront

Nice sarlacc pit you got there, Star Wars Battlefront


Fool me once
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
The Star Wars Battlefront beta gave rise to funny moments with Luke and Darth Vader, but I need to see more. More gifs, more videos. All of it. Today's trailer from Paris Games Week shows other heroes and villains in action, ...
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Battleborn

PlayStation flaunts first Battleborn open beta


Hot damn
Oct 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Actual console exclusives are a thing of the past, so Microsoft and Sony are forced to tout things like betas at their press conferences to one-up each other and display their superiority. So, today at Sony's Paris Games Week...
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Rollercoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is having its first beta this weekend


Except it's all coaster and no tycoon
Oct 26
// Joe Parlock
After the diabolical mess that was RollerCoaster Tycoon 4, the idea of a new, proper game in the series to follow it up is both exciting and utterly terrifying. RollerCoaster Tycoon World has been passed around three differen...
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Deals

Slam 22% off Street Fighter V on PC as beta finally goes live


Beta ends Oct 25
Oct 23
// Dealzon
Today at 9AM PST the Street Fighter V beta numero dos went live on PC and PS4. To get access to the PC version's beta, you'll need to pre-order the game, which is full price on Steam Store as of writing. The cheapest Steam key deal is at GMG, where today a new 25% off coupon code cuts a good $13.20 off SFV's list price.
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Street Fighter V

Here's what Street Fighter V on PC looks like at max settings


Well, ain't that something
Oct 23
// Brett Makedonski
This isn't one of those posts where we throw a bunch of information or opinion at you. No, it's one of those posts where we say "Look at this really shiny thing!" and you turn your brain off and grin at it. Magpies, all of u...
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Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V's second beta isn't going swimmingly


'Not confident [it] will improve'
Oct 22
// Brett Makedonski
Meet the new Street Fighter V beta, same as the old Street Fighter V beta. Again, like the first beta held in July, this one is also running into some snags. And, those aren't likely to be fixed. Capcom detailed the...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront introduces playable Leia, Han, and Palpatine


Well beam me up!
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
The best part of the recent Star Wars Battlefront beta was the incongruity and anticlimax of seeing iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Daddy Vader die on the field of battle squished by an AT-AT. Can't wait for it to h...
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Stret Fighter beta

Second Street Fighter V PS4 and PC beta detailed


Better than Street Fighter Alpha!
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Capcom has just detailed plans for the second Street Fighter V beta, which includes testing cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and PC. The PC start time has been pushed up closer to the PS4 start, too, giving PC players an additional day
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Star Wars commercial

Sad and unfulfilled? Star Wars Battlefront will make you feel like a kid again


Escape into that thing you liked once
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
Sometimes while I sit at my white collar job in a gorgeous skyscraper office doing nothing in particular, I, too, feel bored with my life and remember how much I used to like Star Wars. The new Battlefront (and the new films...

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