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12:30 PM on 01.23.2015

At $10, yeah, Guild Wars 2 is worth playing

As a casual MMO player, I've always liked the Guild Wars series -- no monthly subscription fits my lifestyle, you know? I don't have to feel guilty about wasting money by not playing "enough," whatever that is. If you're of a...

Jordan Devore



Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott? photo
Who's the better Pokémon: Serperior, Emboar, or Samurott?
by Jordan Devore

The next distribution event for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will give us a chance to score Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott, each with their own Hidden Ability. You'll need to update your game to version 1.2 and redeem a Mystery Gift code. That's it! Here's the schedule:

  • Serperior: January 22 - November 30. Use code POKEMON497 in Mystery Gift.
  • Emboar: January 29 - November 30. The code will be revealed on Pokemon.com.
  • Samurott: February 5 - November 30. The code will be revealed in the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter.

With that info out of the way, this is your cue to fight about which of the three Pokémon is best. For me, it's unquestionably Emboar. Pokémon Black/White marked the first time I didn't start with a Water type because, sorry, Samurott, but we can't be friends. And Serperior is clearly evil.

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5:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Nippon Ichi created a Disgaea variety show to promote the latest entry

The release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance isn't too far off, and Nippon Ichi Software has crafted a variety show of sorts called The Disgaea Channel. It's all in Japanese, but it's 30 minutes long, and features gi...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Final Fantasy XV has a big, connected world; airships to be determined

A bunch of 'lil tidbits are coming out of interviews with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata, who is spinning the caught-up, Japanese version of, "see those mountains? You can walk there," that Shigeru Miyamot...

Steven Hansen



Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.5)
by Chris Carter

Final Fantasy XIV has come a long way. Although there wasn't any real endgame content to speak of when A Realm Reborn launched in its 2.0 incarnation, Square Enix worked hard to deliver in 2.1, and has continued to deliver in every major patch since.

With each update came new "Primal" (read: Summon) fights, all of which had an Extreme version to test the mettle of its playerbase. Now, the developer is gearing up for an expansion later this year, and the latest 2.5 patch has provided a ton of mid-level content, with no Extreme or proper hardcore raid in sight.

That makes this patch rather unique, and players of all skill levels will enjoy it.

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4:15 PM on 01.20.2015

Dark Souls PC multiplayer no longer region locked

Region-free Dark Souls multiplayer, just the way we like it. From Software has issued an update on Steam that allows players to summon and invade one another regardless of where they live. While these cross-country connection...

Jordan Devore





3:00 PM on 01.20.2015

Nippon Ichi's Operation Abyss crawls to Vita in April

Dungeon crawler Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is coming to PlayStation Vita in North America on April 14 and across Europe on April 17, NIS America announced today. It will be available via both physical and digital...

Kyle MacGregor

11:30 AM on 01.20.2015

Vampyr: A new RPG from the Remember Me devs

Dontnod Entertainment has yet to release its upcoming project Life is Strange, but it already has another game in the works. And, this one looks to be in a totally different vein (that pun will definitely make sense in a few ...

Brett Makedonski

7:01 AM on 01.20.2015

Good lord, this $400 Borderlands edition has a Claptrap that's controlled with a mobile app

Most high-end special editions of games come with the same sort of tchotchkes -- maybe a figurine, an art book -- that sort of stuff. 2K is raising the bar when it comes to limited editions, both in terms of content and pric...

Brett Makedonski



Borderlands gets the bundled current-gen release we always knew it would photo
Borderlands gets the bundled current-gen release we always knew it would
by Brett Makedonski

Rumors have circulated for months that Gearbox Software's Borderlands would be the recipient of some sort of upgraded port to current consoles. In fact, speculation was so strong that it was more a matter of what titles would be bundled together, as opposed to wondering if the collection existed at all.

2K Games broke the shroud of mystery today by revealing Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The package, which is a play on main antagonist Handsome Jack's name, bundles Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with all downloadable content ever released for both games. The Handsome Collection will be available on PS4 and Xbox One on March 24 in North America and March 27 in other regions, and it'll retail for $59.99.

Maybe the best news to come out of this announcement is that those that have played one or both titles before don't have to worry about losing their established characters. The Handsome Collection will feature a cross-save system meaning that characters and Badass Rank can be carried over from previous-gen consoles. It's important to note that this only works within the same console family (i.e. Xbox 360 to Xbox One). This bundle will also support four-player local co-op in the event that you want to have a meeting of Vault Hunters all on one screen.

It may not be the first foray onto new consoles that Borderlands fans necessarily wanted, but it's definitely the one that was expected. The Handsome Collection is yet another clear indicator of the franchise's importance to 2K. But, we'll have to wait a bit longer to hear of the next original installment on Pandora.

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Review: Citizens of Earth photo
Review: Citizens of Earth
by Brittany Vincent

The Fifth Element came on TV the other day, and it really got me thinking about mise-en-scène versus characterization. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies, and is an exemplar of sci-fi in cinema without being too derivative of other works. The grittiness of futuristic New York, the contrast between earthtones and bright colors in the costume and set design, and the excellent choreography of the action scenes come together to make a great movie.

What’s a movie though without characters that entertain, blossom with personality, and can be empathized with? Would The Fifth Element be as entertaining without the bluster of Bruce Willis, the innocent sexuality of Milla Jovovich, or the ridiculous Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod? Can well-crafted artwork, concept, and background come together to make a good production regardless of the characters within it? Those are the questions that Citizens of Earth brought to mind.

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11:00 AM on 01.19.2015

Final Fantasy XIV 2.5 patch notes detail everything coming Tuesday

Square Enix has released the preliminary patch notes for Final Fantasy XIV update 2.5, set to arrive this Tuesday, and as always, it's a massive list. The biggest additions include an all-new storyline, a new Hildibrand ...

Chris Carter



Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access photo
Vagante wanders onto Steam Early Access
by Rob Morrow

When we last reported on Nuke Nine's retro-inspired action platformer Vagante, the title was campaigning for funding on Kickstarter. After unfortunately falling short of its funding goal the developers have brought Vagante back as an Early Access title on Steam. Just goes to show, you can't keep a good game down.

Vagante was described as a "Spelunky-style RPG" by Rock Paper Shotgun's Graham Smith, and after recently having a go at it myself, I think that's an apt description. The emphasis here is on style, so if you're worried that the game is just a cheap knock-off of the treasured roguelike platformer, you'll be happy to know that Vagante is its own game entirely.

Admittedly, it does share some feature's with Mossmouth's title. Both have shops that appear within the level with randomized gear available for purchase. Levels are procedurally generated, complete with ladders connecting the different parts of the map. Even with these shared elements, Vagante still feels completely fresh to me because of its firm rooting in role-playing game design.

Each run through the caves offers new opportunities for loot. Some gear will be better suited to your character's class than others. Each piece has stat-effecting properties that can either compliment your build or degrade certain aspects of it. It's up to you to decide what you want to do. Higher Defense at the cost of losing a point of Dex? Entirely up to you.

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2:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Pillars of Eternity set to release on March 26

Obsidian Entertainment's massively successful crowdfunded role-playing game Pillars of Eternity has been given a worldwide release date of March 26. Weighing in at around $4.5 million raised in backer pledges and pre-purchase...

Rob Morrow

9:00 AM on 01.15.2015

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt recap explains what the hell a witcher is

With the May 19 release date, everything's sort of filler from here on out for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, be it eye-boring crows or a straight half hour of gameplay. This animated video offers a bit of background on magi...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 01.14.2015

Bravely Default mobile game doesn't look half bad

Bravely Default is getting a mobile game spin-off. This news either delights you or makes you want to bore out your eyes with rare amiibo. Perhaps both. Or maybe neither. Maybe you're apathetic but still clicked on this...

Kyle MacGregor