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Destiny

Bungie makes several interesting changes to Destiny PvP matches


Changing the Crucible
Feb 05
// Vikki Blake
Bungie’s weekly update has been rebranded This Week at Bungie… and that’s not the only change coming from the Destiny developer this week. There are two new Crucible playlists headed our way - Freelanc...
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Yuck

If this is really the new Doom box art, it sucks


Who cares about the hero?
Feb 04
// Jed Whitaker
Conan O'Brien will be playing the latest iteration of Doom on his show's Clueless Gamer segment tonight with some players of the sports ball who are in the big game. In a tweet promoting the show, the box art below was shown, though it hasn't been confirmed as the final retail version just yet.
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Doom trailer

Doom is coming May 13 with a skeletal collector's edition


New demon-filled trailer and $120 deals
Feb 04
// Steven Hansen
Hello everybody, I am the harbinger of Doom, id Software's Bethesda-published reboot of the brutal first-person shooter shown off last year. Turns out Doom'll turnout worldwide on May 13. That's for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Th...

Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Awakening

Feb 02 // Chris Carter
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC, PS4 [reviewed], Xbox One)Developer: TreyarchPublisher: ActivisionReleased: February 2, 2016 (PS4) / TBA (PC, Xbox One)MSRP: $14.99 ($50 Season Pass for four packs) When it comes to map design, Treyarch is one of the best in the business. One of its go-to staples is the three-lane approach, which allows for all sorts of interesting firefights and strategies throughout every game type. It takes it to an extreme here with Gauntlet, as it hosts three unique themes in each lane -- tropical, arctic, and industrial. Each area evokes feelings of the past Black Ops maps, Jungle, Discovery, and Kowloon respectively, which is good company to be in. Gauntlet is instantly recognizable, and really feels like three maps in one. If anything it's a bit too tunnel-oriented as folks will no doubt have issues with a lack of elevation (especially in the arctic and jungle themes), but it gets the job done and I'm glad it's in the rotation. [embed]338194:62083:0[/embed] Splash (pictured up top) is typical Treyarch at its finest. It's an absurd water park map that wouldn't feel out of place at Disney World's Caribbean Beach Resort. It's bright, it's littered with shops and rides, and even has a Main Street area. Water slides dot the landscape, as do cute mascot signs that top the previous meta Burger Town franchise -- it would feel right at home in the wackier Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare games. It's crazy that you can consistently read the detail on individual signs now as well (a few of which made me laugh, like the "no selfie stick" one), instead of haphazardly trying to read blurry scrawls. It's one of my favorite maps in years, with a wide array of open areas and indoor close-quarters combat sections. Skyjacked, quite simply, is a remake of Hijacked from Black Ops II. This map was a bit divisive in the community due to its close-quarters focus and propensity to promote camping, so most of you have already made up your mind on it. Personally it was one of my favorites, so I'm glad to see Treyarch bringing it back here, and was happy to play it again. The new theme isn't a half-measure like some past remakes, as the entire affair now takes place in a floating fortress, set to the backdrop of an ongoing city battle. It's a remake of a good map that's made even better due to jumpjet and wallrunning capabilities. There's usually one map that I outright dislike in a pack, and this time it's Rise. It's far too gated and familiar for my tastes, and is nearly indistinguishable from a few industrial levels included in the base package (namely Exodus). There are times where you'd think a cool new area is just waiting around a corner, but then the game doesn't allow you to actually go there due to invisible walls. It's almost like they spent too much time building the other three to really put the proper amount of care in here. If it comes up in the rotation I usually cringe. Der Eisendrache (The Iron Dragon) caps off the DLC, which immediately adds more of an incentive to pick up Awakening. Peppering in one zombie (or alien) map is a strategy the other Call of Duty developers (Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer) have adopted for good reason -- the sheer amount of depth in these things keep people coming back for more. I really dig the whole castle theme, which basically goes full Wolfenstein from the start. I'm sad to see the Jeff Goldblum crew seemingly isn't returning for more, but the original cast is iconic enough to last, spearheaded by Steve Blum's Dempsey. The animated intro certainly helps give the level a different feel as well, and it's crazy that Treyarch is still building upon the lore it created so many years ago in World at War. Der Eisendrache surprised me as well with its open layout, with plenty of room to move, lots of teleporters, and tons of secrets that players will be tracking down weeks after launch. As Nikolai even remarks during Der Eisendrache, "will there ever be an end to this nightmare?" Not as long as Activision keeps selling DLC, there isn't! But one man's nightmare is another man's video game, and the good news is that each Call of Duty developer has been pushing itself harder in recent years to justify the price. If you still play Black Ops III, you can't really go wrong with Awakening -- especially since the new maps are now built into normal playlists from the get-go.
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Four maps and some zombies
It's still crazy to me that I'm loading up a Call of Duty DLC pack first on PlayStation 4. After years of Microsoft-dominated timed exclusivity Sony finally has its shot at heading it up, and it has perfect timing with Black Ops III. As one of the best Call of Duty games in years, it allows Awakening plenty of room to breathe, and lets Treyarch be its unconventional self.


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Superhot release date

Superhot releasing on PC February 25, Xbox One in March


Trailer gets me superhot and bothered
Feb 01
// Darren Nakamura
Superhot has been looking supercool for a while now; those immediately sold on the initial concept have had to wait for a superlong time. The wait is set to be over supersoon; Superhot will release on Linux, Mac, and Win...
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Destiny

Here's what to expect from Destiny's Crimson Days event


New details on the 2v2 PvP mode
Jan 31
// Alissa McAloon
Well my Valentine's Day plans are set. Bungie has revealed more about Destiny's upcoming Crimson Days event, including a list of themed loot and more info about the limited run Crucible mode, Crimson Doubles. Crimson Doubles ...
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Dying Light

These are the parkour playgrounds you'll traverse in Dying Light: The Following


And race tracks for your buggy, too!
Jan 29
// Zack Furniss
There's little more than a week until Dying Light: The Following releases and we can all start drop-kicking the undead off of buildings again. Adding to an already steady flow of pre-release footage, Techland is showing ...
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Killing Floor 2

New PVP modes and the Sharpshooter perk are coming to Killing Floor 2


Tripwire's first internal livestream
Jan 28
// Zack Furniss
Earlier today, Tripwire Interactive hosted its first livestream on Twitch. After a rough start due to tech issues (changing audio levels, extremely dark camera feed), the team announced upcoming plans and answered player ques...
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Warhammer

Vermintide is getting a free Last Stand mode


By the end of February
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Recent talk about multiple upcoming Games Workshop projects reminds me that I missed Fatshark's Left 4 Dead-ish take on the property, End Times - Vermintide, and need to remedy the situation before long. Some good news on tha...
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Destiny

Bungie president steps down, new CEO announced


'Destiny is a one-of-a-kind experience'
Jan 28
// Vikki Blake
Harold Ryan has stepped down as Bungie's president.  As yet a replacement president has not been announced, although former COO Pete Parsons will be taking up a new position as CEO. Though there’s no explanations a...
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Hard Reset Redux

Hard Reset returns with a Redux release


'Coming soon' to PC, PS4, Xbox One
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Some people only know Flying Wild Hog for its work on Shadow Warrior (2013), but before that revival, the studio had another first-person shooter with old-school sensibilities: Hard Reset. It was a generally good time for fan...
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Homefront

Homefront: The Revolution has four player co-op


Gang Solves the North Korea Situation
Jan 26
// Brett Makedonski
Homefront: The Revolution's fight for freedom will be a tough one, but not necessarily a lonely one. Deep Silver revealed today that the game is sporting a four-player cooperative mode. Multiplayer cooperative has been dubbe...

Check out the first hour of Far Cry Primal

Jan 26 // Laura Kate Dale
[embed]336360:61967:0[/embed] As you can see in the above video, there are a few places we had to skip around to keep publishers and PR happy. You don't miss seeing anything important, mainly some running around the map and the lighting of a campfire on the way to walk into a cave.  So, sit back and get an hour's worth of Primal in your face.
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Your necklace of ears scares me
Hey folks, are you excitedly awaiting the release of Far Cry Primal? Are you eager to see for yourself how being set back twelve thousand years affects the gameplay loop of Far Cry? Well, we have a very special treat for you today. Yep, we've got footage of the first hour of Far Cry Primal for you to feast upon.

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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Here's how squads and iron sights will function in Rising Storm 2: Vietnam


Help your dang squad, Rambo
Jan 23
// Zack Furniss
Last week, Tripwire Interactive began to talk about Rising Storm 2: Vietnam after announcing it at E3. Now it is further elaborating on the squad and firefight mechanics that it mentioned in the previous update. As far a...
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Warhammer 40,000

Space Hulk: Deathwing looks really cool


Good genes
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
In recent years, a bunch of different games have drawn from Games Workshop properties. Some were good. Many weren't. I have long since learned to not get too invested pre-release. It's just easier that way. But there is one...
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Destiny Valentine's

Love is in the air for Destiny's Crimson Days


Valentine's Day-themed event
Jan 21
// Darren Nakamura
After a long holiday, Bungie is back to work this week. For the first update of the new year, Destiny will be adding an event not unlike the Festival of the Lost from Halloween. Except since this one is coming in February, it...
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Far Cry Primal trailer

Drink eyeballs, get power: Far Cry Primal introduces its main character


Be on the look out for lil dicks
Jan 20
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft has cut a new trailer for next month's Far Cry Primal, which you can read about in-depth over at Brett's preview from last month. The short of it: Far Cry's wanton violence contextualized in the brutal Stone Age inst...
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Rides With Strangers

Wanna feel uncomfortable? Look at Rides With Strangers' Kickstarter


People are strange
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
When I hunt for news, most of what I find doesn't make me bat an eye. Reflect Studios' Rides With Strangers showed me that I wasn't as jaded as I thought. Playing as Elora, a college graduate pursuing her dream job, your...
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Dying Light: The Followin

Here's how bounties work in Dying Light: The Following


Community challenges!
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition is just around the corner, and Techland has released a video detailing the new Bounty system. There are three types that are unlocked after finishing the main story: Basic Bo...
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Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam aims to improve squad functionality and firefights


Easier to join up with friends
Jan 17
// Zack Furniss
We haven't heard much about Tripwire Interactive's Rising Storm 2: Vietnam since it was announced at E3 last year, as the developer been concentrating on Killing Floor 2. In what Tripwire says is the "start of many ...
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Doom

John Romero's body grew back so he could make a new DOOM level


21 years later!
Jan 15
// Zack Furniss
Even though John Romero (who you should know as the co-creator of DOOM) lost his body in the creation of the second game in that series, he's since found a way to regenerate his flesh. After performing this unexpected ph...
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Call of Duty sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is 2015's best-seller, series tops 250 million sold


Racking up quite a phone bill
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Call of Duty: Black Ops III launched November 6. That means that is was for sale for less than two months in 2015. Despite this, Black Ops III was the best-selling video game of 2015 according to NPD data. While NPD data only...
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Lovely Planet Arcade

Super cute, super tough Lovely Planet is getting a sequel


Don't be fooled by the cheerful graphics
Jan 15
// Ben Davis
A sequel was just announced for Lovely Planet, the deceptively adorable, exceedingly difficult first-person shooter from indie developer Quicktequila that released on Steam in 2014. The sequel, called Lovely Planet Arcade, cl...
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Respawn

Titanfall dev working on 'new 3rd person action/adventure IP'


Job listing for unannounced project
Jan 12
// Steven Hansen
Titanfall's coming up on two years old, huh? While all the AI robots toil away on deserted servers, developer Respawn is hard at work on Titanfall 2, which may find better longevity while no longer an Xbox console exclusive. ...
Hardline Getaway DLC photo
Hardline Getaway DLC

Battlefield Hardline gets Getaway DLC, if anyone's playing


Don't ax me no questions
Jan 07
// Steven Hansen
Sure, everyone's busying themselves on Battlefield: Star Wars, who wants to mess with a year-old, Visceral-developed Battlefield Hardline? Some people, maybe, as EA's Night at the Roxbury is still getting support. The Getawa...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege is getting better hit registration


Update 1.2 is live on PC
Jan 07
// Jordan Devore
As it stands, Rainbow Six Siege is at the top of my "eventually!" list. While plenty of people seem to be enjoying the game as it stands, I'm fine waiting for Ubisoft to push out more patches. The latest update was released t...
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Far Cry Primal co-op

Far Cry Primal won't have any co-op


Prehistoric Hurk or we riot
Jan 07
// Nic Rowen
You won't be playing with anyone other than tigers, wolves, and whatever beasts are in Far Cry Primal. Community manager Jason Paradise confirmed on the game's Steam forum that Far Cry Primal is going to be a single...
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CS:GO

The bans given to CS:GO match-fixers last year are permanent


Cheaters never prosper
Jan 06
// Joe Parlock
Just over a year ago, Valve and eSports Entertainment Association shook the Counter-Strike scene by dishing out bans to a whole load of high-profile players who were caught match-fixing. Duc ‘cud’ Pham, Derek &lsq...
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Halo: Reach

Halo Reach on Xbox One has a crummy framerate


Halo on Xbox One is 1 for 3
Dec 29
// Mike Cosimano
When Halo: Reach was added to the Xbox One backward compatibility list, I was mondo excited. Reach is easily my favorite Halo game, with a campaign that eschewed complex mythology in favor of atmosphere and more accessib...
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Perfect Dark

Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development


Break out the expansion pak
Dec 24
// Zack Furniss
I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had t...

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