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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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Overwatch

You'll need luck to get into the Overwatch beta


Blizzard is starting small on Oct. 27
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard hasn't been shy about sharing footage of its team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch, but I'm at a point where I'd rather just play the game now. I've seen and heard enough. An opportunity to go hands-on will thankf...
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Star Wars

That's how Vader dies? Uh, badass!


Like father, like son
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
Not to be outdone by Luke, Lord Vader has taken this death-by-vehicle thing to new heights.
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Star Wars Battlefront

Over 9 million people played the Star Wars Battlefront beta


That's a lotta stormtroopers!
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
According to the gang at Electronic Arts, over 9 million people played last week's Star Wars Battlefront open beta. The beta worked exactly as intended -- a legitimate concern for players after 2013's disastrous Bat...
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Battlefront beta

That's how Luke Skywalker dies, huh?


Good clips from the Battlefront beta
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
I always imagined he'd go out with a bang. You know, something real epic. He's done so much Big Stuff in his life, it feels like he deserves to go out like a hero. Well, all that hopping is pretty heroic, I guess. Springy little bastard.
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Battleborn technical test

Battleborn closed 'technical test' coming soon to Shift members


On PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Oct 09
// Darren Nakamura
You know Gearbox's Shift? It's that service Borderlands players signed up for in order to get keys to the golden chests in Sanctuary and Concordia. It also probably watches you sleep and alerts Randy Pitchford any time you sa...
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Dark Souls III

PS Plus members in the US can download a Dark Souls III beta now


But it's not quite ready to play
Oct 09
// Brett Makedonski
Prepare to die again, this time in a possibly buggy fashion. From Software is conducting a network stress test for Dark Souls III on PlayStation 4 in the very near future. This amounts to an open-ish beta, and the barrie...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA opens more Stars Wars Battlefront PC servers


Trooper or a rebel?
Oct 09
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts are opening more PC servers to cope with demand for the Star Wars: Battlefront open beta. In a recent tweet, the official Star War: Battlefront said that owing to "a lot of interest around the beta," it will s...
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Battlefront beta

The Star Wars Battlefront beta starts today, here's how to get in


It's free and easy
Oct 08
// Brett Makedonski
Any way you slice it, Star Wars Battlefront is one of the most highly-anticipated games releasing this fall. But, you don't have to actually wait until the November 17 launch date to get your hands on it. There's a ...
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Street Fighter V beta

Street Fighter V testing cross-platform play soon


Second global beta test starts Oct. 22
Oct 07
// Jordan Devore
Later this month, Capcom will beta test cross-platform matches in Street Fighter V. There are a lot of details to sift through, so let's get to it. The game's second global beta test is scheduled to take place from October 22...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege beta extended until October 4


Double down this weekend
Oct 01
// Vikki Blake
If you've been having difficulty joining the Rainbow Six Siege beta (*cough* which is everyone *cough*), I bring good news -- the beta is being extended until October 4, 2015. The extension also heralds a Double Renown e...
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Aftermath

Want to play a zombie game by Romero? Check out Aftermath


The other Romero's son, that is
Sep 25
// Vikki Blake
Romero's Aftermath, George. C. Romero's MMO survival horror game, releases today in open beta. Film director George C. is the son of George A., who you'll know from feisty romcoms like Night of the Living Dead. The game offer...
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Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront has a beta in two weeks, and it's easy to get into


That's nice, for a change
Sep 24
// Brett Makedonski
In recent years, betas have largely been used as a means of driving pre-orders. "Pre-order the game today and get into the multiplayer beta!" Ubisoft's running this promotion with Rainbow Six Siege as we speak (at least ...
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Dark Souls

Get in on the Dark Souls III beta


You'll need a PlayStation 4 and PS Plus
Sep 18
// Jordan Devore
My favorite part of this beta sign-up page for Dark Souls III is that you can shake the guy by wiggling your mouse from side to side. Life's a lot more fun when you treasure the little things. Anyway, the actual beta registra...
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Need for Speed

Sign up for EA's Need for Speed beta


Or don't
Sep 13
// Kyle MacGregor
The new Need for Speed reboot is one of those always-online abominations, so you can bet your sweet ass there is going to be a beta. Gotta stress test those severs/promote that product. If you'd like to take th...
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Street Fighter V beta

Street Fighter V beta re-launches with a series of stress tests


Capcom gathering data on each region
Aug 20
// Ben Pack
Capcom is taking its first steps toward launching a global beta test for Street Fighter V today after the failed tests last month. In a post on the Capcom Unity blog, the company announced it is going to start with a str...
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PS4 Beta firmware

Sign up now for the PS4 System Software Beta


Get updates early
Aug 20
// Jed Whitaker
Sony is now offering a pretty quick and painless sign up for beta testing the PS4 system software. All you'll need is a PS4 (duh), an Internet connection and a master account -- which you have if you created your account your...

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