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11:45 AM on 09.24.2014

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell takes us on a fly-by tour of the underworld

Sprout some wings and take an aerial tour of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and New Hades with Johnny Gat acting as a murderous guide. When he's not perusing the underworld via an overhead view, he's running down demons in his rambulance or firing swaths of rockets from his armchair. Our promised musical number hasn't shown up yet, but so far, everything is so wonderfully Saints Row.

Brett Makedonski

8:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Destiny's 'Queen's Wrath' event is underway, here is what it brings

Bungie is currently running a special event in Destiny that basically consists of extra bounties and an extra faction to interact with. It'll run from September 23rd through October 6th, and will allow you to earn r...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 09.19.2014

Destiny's vehicle heavy 'Combined Arms' playlist starts today

If you're looking to play Destiny this weekend, you can take part in a limited time multiplayer playlist in The Crucible called "Combined Arms." It basically features increased heavy ammo drops as well as extra vehicles....

Chris Carter

5:30 PM on 09.17.2014

Like Robotron and Smash TV? You might dig Iron Fisticle

Silly name aside -- and, you know, at least it's memorable -- I'm all about Iron Fisticle. This is a twin-stick shooter inspired by the likes of Robotron, Gauntlet, and Smash TV, which are such terrific games to borrow from ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.17.2014

Here's a giant robot fighting a monster in the new Earth Defense Force

I completely missed that there's another Earth Defense Force on the way. Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair is an updated version of EDF 2025 for PlayStation 4 with additional content. Does that sound compel...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Destiny's first raid, the Vault of Glass, opens today

Today the first six-person raid opened up in Destiny -- the Vault of Glass. It's one of the events in the game that has no matchmaking function, so you'll have to use any number of third party tools to find friends, or d...

Chris Carter







Very Quick Tips: Destiny photo
Very Quick Tips: Destiny
by Chris Carter

Our Destiny review is coming along nicely. I just hit level 20 on my Warlock and I'm slowly making my way up to the soft cap of Light Level 25 to get raid-ready for next week.

Here are some tips I've come up with along the way to make everything easier. 

 

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After two straight hours of Fortnite, I'm a fan photo
After two straight hours of Fortnite, I'm a fan
by Jordan Devore

When Epic first announced Fortnite, I was on board based on the premise of defending player-made forts from monsters. But that was a couple of years ago. Things change.

My interest had been waning up until recently, when I got to spend two hours with the "action building" game during PAX Prime. Mechanically, it's like a mix of the third-person shooting and trap-laying defense of Orcs Must Die! with the scavenging and construction of Minecraft.

Pretty damn good combination, then.

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1:30 PM on 09.10.2014

Try not to think about cantaloupe while playing The Evil Within

I get such a kick out of seeing how things are made, especially when the people making said things are having a blast. This behind-the-scenes footage for The Evil Within is exactly what I'm talking about. We're given a glimp...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 09.09.2014

Sunset Overdrive is getting two campaign add-ons

I'm not in the market for season passes, but I still like to look just to see what DLC is lined up. In the case of Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac plans to release two campaign add-ons with "new locations to explore, stories to e...

Jordan Devore



Fortified is a fun 1950s sci-fi take on base defense photo
Fortified is a fun 1950s sci-fi take on base defense
by Jordan Devore

Leading up to PAX Prime, Clapfoot released a trailer for its base defense shooter Fortified. It caught my eye for a few reasons, notably the '50s sci-fi movie theme and its general resemblance to Double Fine's Iron Brigade (formerly Trenched). There aren't too many games like it.

The build playable at PAX was fairly early in development but offered a decent enough idea of what to expect. Aliens are invading the city and you and up to three friends need to shoot them down, one wave at a time. I selected the character class with a jetpack, while my co-op partner had the unique ability to command soldiers around the battlefield. I think I made the right call.

We had the freedom to place defensive structures like machine gun turrets, a slowing device, and sandbags wherever we wanted within reason, and the shooting felt good -- surprisingly good. My favorite weapon was the rocket launcher, because it sent robot invaders flying all over the place. The physics were wobbly, exactly as you would hope. Again, think lo-fi science fiction.

With some proper maze-building techniques, we managed to funnel robotic spiders into a single lane so we could concentrate fire on flying saucers and other stragglers. The boss, a hulking robot, must have been inches away from our base before he went down.

I wasn't able to see the two remaining characters, upgrades, or any other levels -- I'm told they will more than likely all be set within a city -- but I liked what was playable enough to keep Fortified on my radar. The game isn't releasing on PC and Xbox One until next year, so there's time for more features and polish. In speaking with art director Adam Garib, it seems like the studio has a solid grasp on what's needed to flesh out the experience. Fingers crossed.

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Dead Island 2 PAX impressions
by Jordan Devore

Having only seen Dead Island 2 and not played it yet, I'm in agreement with Max here. It does look like a decent-enough zombie game, and a much better take on the property than Riptide .. but it's still Dead Island. There comes a point at which you've simply had enough.

The southern California setting and warm tones are lovely, though. Big fan of those.

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Review: Warframe
by Chris Carter

Warframe has just released on the Xbox One, and it's undergone some changes since it launched -- mostly good changes, meant to add more content to the game in the form of items and missions.

It still fails in all of the same areas however, mostly its inability to craft an interesting world, and the free-to-play scheme that encourages far too much grinding.

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I didn't think Dreadnought's hulking ships could be as fun as they are photo
I didn't think Dreadnought's hulking ships could be as fun as they are
by Brett Makedonski

A very specific connotation pops into your mind when you think about spaceship fighters. Your brain's flooded with thoughts of dogfighting ships zooming around, barrel rolling, and flipping end-over-end to fire unceasing space lasers at equally nimble opponents. That's not what Dreadnought is; not even close, in fact.

Dreadnought -- which is currently only slated for PC -- is a thinker's game, a title for those more adept at thinking two steps ahead rather than those that rely on their twitchy fingers. It's a chess match in space -- a chess match that trades in kings and queens for lumbering, massive ships that actually feel like they have weight to them.

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3:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Watch Dogs: Bad Blood stars a different playable character

Really? No one -- not even the guard with his gun already drawn -- noticed that noisy remote-controlled toy car with the bomb strapped to it? I guess folks playing the Watch Dogs DLC should use it and nothing else if it's re...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Destiny launches 'Planet View' site, which can unlock in-game emblem

As a cool bit of marketing, Destiny has kicked off a special website called "Planet View," where you can go get a little more background on the game's story and lore. You'll be able to explore three locations -- Venus, t...

Chris Carter