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DayZ gang forces players into life or death duel photo
DayZ gang forces players into life or death duel
by Conrad Zimmerman

The new crop of open-world titles, like Day Z, give interesting insight into the people who play games. Take this roving gang of players as an example, who have encountered two people wearing the same color jacket and determine that they should fight to the death for the privilege of being allowed to continue to wear it. Here they are, playing a game in which exerting power over others violently seems to be the primary method of advancement, and instead use that power to create amusement.

It's still cruel, yet it seems altogether generous at the same time. Out of the three people held at gunpoint, only one is killed and it's done through adherence to a few defined rules. The gang even awards an additional prize to the winner, as if not killing and looting them weren't enough. It's the very definition of emergent play, a game borne of circumstances and opportunity rather than predetermination. Pretty funny too.

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4:00 PM on 01.01.2014

Killing with traps in new Deception IV gameplay footage

Tecmo Koei has released three videos demonstrating the gameplay of Deception IV: Blood Ties, coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. In each, a different person is killed by a complex set of traps chained together, inc...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:30 PM on 12.17.2013

When it gets dark, Dying Light will freak you out

Daytime? Nice, warm rays of orange sunshine as if you were perpetually awaking from a refreshing cat nap? Sure, whatever. Drop kick zombies freely, like you're Faith from Mirror's Edge. Even zombies look a bit silly and list...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 12.11.2013

The key to fun in Samurai Gunn is having friends

So, you read Chris Carter's review of Samurai Gunn and you thought to yourself, "Self, that's all well and good, but I want to see what it's like to become embroiled in the chaotic yet precise gameplay described in this...

Conrad Zimmerman



No brakes racing in GTA Online - Challenge Scot photo
No brakes racing in GTA Online - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge takes place in Grand Theft Auto Online in which I must win a race without braking whilst constantly accelerating. I'd like to think I'm actually pretty decent at driving in GTA V, but one bad corner is going to completely ruin my chances of winning in a race.

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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1:45 PM on 11.22.2013

Freedom Wars gameplay trailer shows some battle tactics

This new trailer for PlayStation Vita title Freedom Wars looks promising. It shows a group of teens facing off against one of the "Abductor" enemies which are, as their name implies, abducting people. My favorite part o...

Conrad Zimmerman







Crowbar in Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - Challenge Scot photo
Crowbar in Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge takes place in Half Life 2: Lost Coast, in which I must beat the entire level using nothing but the famous crowbar. Freeman is pretty proficient in crowbar combat, but there are some enemies that even the mighty crowbar cannot defeat...

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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10:50 AM on 11.21.2013

Killer Instinct launch trailer teases Fulgore

As the release of the Xbox One approaches, the official launch trailer for Killer Instinct is out now, and it's teasing plans for the future. Much like their previous trailers, they showcase much of the existing content whil...

Alessandro Fillari



Watch 11 minutes of Lightning Returns gameplay photo
Watch 11 minutes of Lightning Returns gameplay
by Joshua Derocher

4GamerMovie uploaded over 11 minutes of gameplay for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It gives you a pretty good look at what the game, and it shows off combat and the clothing selection system.

Lightning Returns will be out tomorrow in Japan for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and the rest of the world will have to wait until February 2014.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII 11 Minutes Gameplay Video [All Games Beta]

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No weapons in Hotline Miami Part 2 - Challenge Scot photo
No weapons in Hotline Miami Part 2 - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

So, last week I may have dropped the ball a little bit. Turns out I got slightly ahead of myself and thought I had completed the challenge when I was only halfway through. Whoops!

So this week I'm here to finish what I started, which was to beat ALL of chapter five in Hotline Miami using no weapons other than my mighty fists.

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Killer Instinct's Survival mode will be ready for launch photo
Killer Instinct's Survival mode will be ready for launch
by Alessandro Fillari

With the Xbox One coming in just two weeks, it's about time Microsoft let out a bit more information about one of its more talked-about titles. Killer Instinct is easily one of the most commonly-seen titles for the new console, and it manages to look better and better the more I see of it.

In a recent article from OXM UK, Microsoft Studios game designer Daniel Fornace details what players can expect when they fire up the game. Killer Instinct looks to stay relevant for the long term, and the developers plan to steadily release content when it's ready. Because of this, Arcade mode will be out when the full eight-character roster for Season 1 is available. Which will come sometime next year.

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No weapons in Hotline Miami - Challenge Scot photo
No weapons in Hotline Miami - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge centers on Hotline Miami, in which I have to beat chapter 5 without using any weapons. Even when fully armed, death is mere moments away in Hotline Miami. Thankfully you don't have to wait long to retry!

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Fists only in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - Challenge Scot photo
Fists only in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge is in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare in which I attempt to kill three enemies in a row, without dying, using only my fists, whilst playing as an archer. The archer has the least amount of armor and is the worst class to play as in a close-quarters fight, so I might be biting off more than I can chew here.

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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1:30 PM on 10.28.2013

A lonely robot moves boxes in this Reset gameplay trailer

More than a year ago, we were delivered unto us a rather striking video announcing Reset, featuring a post-apocalyptic aesthetic, haunting music and a very sad looking robot. Now we have footage of what that sad robot w...

Conrad Zimmerman



Attempting tank theft in GTA V Online - Challenge Scot photo
Attempting tank theft in GTA V Online - Challenge Scot
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge is in Grand Theft Auto V in which I attempt to steal a tank from the military base whilst playing online. You die pretty quickly in GTA V and the military don't take too kindly to people trying to steal their stuff, so I might just have my work cut out for me.

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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6:00 AM on 10.22.2013

Zipline like a Batman: 13 minutes of Killzone Shadow Fall

Hey! You! Yeah, you! Killzone: Shadow Fall comes out next month (that's this...Shadow Fall...man I wish I had used that when we were still in summer). If you're into it, you should cop this straight gameplay (starting around...

Steven Hansen