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Very Quick Tips: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo
Very Quick Tips: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
by Chris Carter

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a pretty unconventional shooter -- and that's partially why I liked it. Instead of your typical cookie-cutter classes there are choices like killer potted plants and teleporting scientist zombies, so things can get a little complicated once you're learning the ropes.

Here are some quick tips to help you get acclimated to the world of Garden Warfare.

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

Strider isn't a particularly tough game on Normal mode, but it can get a bit dicey on some of the more involved boss encounters.

It also has a number of advanced techniques that can be employed to slice up even more dudes than you're used to, so use the following tips to become a true master ninja. 

 

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Very Quick Tips for the Titanfall beta photo
Very Quick Tips for the Titanfall beta
by Chris Carter

I've been playing a ton of the Titanfall beta, and I think I've started to get a handle on how things work as both a pilot and a Titan.

Since a lot of readers out there have asked for a collection of tips to help them skyrocket to the top of the leaderboards, here's a quick guide on how to kick ass and fall some Titans.

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Here's how to get the free Celebi from the Pokemon Bank photo
Here's how to get the free Celebi from the Pokemon Bank
by Chris Carter

As you may have heard, Nintendo has dropped the Pokemon Bank and Transporter Apps today on the North American eShop. These are two separate apps, but you'll only need to access the bank before September 30th, 2014 to get your free Celebi.

So how do you do it? Well, log into the Bank App, tie in your Nintendo Network ID (you'll need to get one if you don't have one already), then select a "gift" from the menu, and place one Pokemon in a cloud box.

Then, load up Pokemon X or Y, and go to the bottom option, "Pokemon Link." Redeem your prize, then go back to the Pokemon Bank and hit the "use bank" option. Finally, go back again to your X or Y game, hit "Pokemon Link" again -- Celebi will be waiting for you on the in-game PC.

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Very Quick Tips: Fable Anniversary photo
Very Quick Tips: Fable Anniversary
by Chris Carter

Fable Anniversary is a relatively straight-forward game, especially if you've played the original, as it's nearly identical in terms of content. But there are a few things you can miss, so I've crafted a few helpful tips to help you along the way.

Before you do anything though you're going to want to turn off the Guildmaster's "hints" in the options menu. Trust me.

 

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Very Quick Tips: Broken Age Episode One photo
Very Quick Tips: Broken Age Episode One
by Chris Carter

Double Fine just released part one of Broken Age to Kickstarter backers this week, and it's a big deal for multiple reasons. Not only is the game highly anticipated, but the Kickstarter itself was full of fanfare and controversy, mostly for splitting the game into two acts.

Our own Caitlin Cooke is plugging away for a review [which has since gone live], but in the meantime, here are some tips I've collected throughout my journeys in the world of Broken Age. Most of these are at the request of readers who got "stuck" in an area or two, but like all adventure games, I urge you to try and beat it by yourself, and only consult these tips if you really can't progress any further.

Also, there are light spoilers abound, so if you're not a backer and aren't playing, come back after January 28 when the game is released to the public!

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

OlliOlli is a very, very interesting game. It explains exactly what you have to do outright at the start, and even then, I had trouble. That's because I basically had to re-learn everything I knew about skateboarding games.

Without grasping certain concepts, OlliOlli can be pretty brutal, so here's a bit of help.

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Very Quick Tips: Dr. Luigi photo
Very Quick Tips: Dr. Luigi
by Chris Carter

Dr. Luigi is out today, and it not only signals the end of 2013, but the end of the first Year of Luigi as well. While most of it is pretty straightforward for Dr. Mario fans (the game even has a classic Dr. Mario mode), there are some new concepts that might make things a bit tricky.

Here are a few basic tips to help you get started.

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Very Quick Video Tips: Super Mario 3D World photo
Very Quick Video Tips: Super Mario 3D World
by Chris Carter

The last time we checked in with a video for Super Mario 3D World, we showed you how to access the hidden fifth character. But after some extended play sessions of the game and my subsequent race to obtain a 100% completion rating, I uncovered a few more tips, and decided to share them with the rest of the world.

Whether you're on your first or your fourth playthrough of Super Mario 3D World, there's a lot of depth here. It goes without saying that there are spoilers for the last world and the identity of the secret character. Enjoy!

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Every green star & hidden stamp in Super Mario 3D World photo
Every green star & hidden stamp in Super Mario 3D World
by Wesley Ruscher

I'm still waiting to get my paws (you see what I did there) on Super Mario 3D World, as I unfortunately had to pick at least one game to leave on my Christmas list or I'd feel the fury from my lovely girlfriend. 

But if you've been busy scratching away at the latest Nintendo masterpiece, and are maybe having a hard time locating all 380 green stars or the 85 stamps hidden throughout, don't worry the folks over at GameXplain got your back covered. Their latest video walkthrough points the way to every secret item in just about 60 minutes. 

Wow, that's like seven hidden items a minute!

Warning: If you don't want any of the game's locations spoiled, be warned that the video uses all in-game footage. 

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How to unlock Super Mario 3D World's secret character photo
How to unlock Super Mario 3D World's secret character
by Chris Carter

Super Mario 3D World has a secret playable fifth character, and it's not unlocked through normal means. Watch the above video to find out who it is, and how to go about obtaining the secret.

Be warned -- the video spoils the new character after the 1:00 mark with some gameplay. For everything else, I have a few tips below that should help you out come launch day.

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

LocoCycle is a pretty insane game. In some ways it's wrong, in others, it's oh so right. But one thing's for sure -- if you love cheesy action films and want something completely different in a videogame, Loco might be your huckleberry.

Here are some tips to facilitate said craziness.

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Very Quick Tips: Crimson Dragon photo
Very Quick Tips: Crimson Dragon
by Chris Carter

Crimson Dragon can be a really tough game if you haven't played a Panzer title before. On Classic Mode, bullets are unrelenting, and you have to kill certain enemies to progress with the campaign.

So before co-op mode drops in December, here are some tips to help you along your way.

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Very Quick Tips: Pokemon X & Y post-game photo
Very Quick Tips: Pokemon X & Y post-game
by Chris Carter

A common theme I've seen around the 'net is that Pokemon X & Y has a weak endgame. While it's not nearly as strong as a few prior generational iterations, I wouldn't necessarily call it "weak."

Despite the fact that the bank and transfer app is not with us yet (thus making it impossible to catch all 718 Pokemon), there's still hundreds of creatures to catch, and a few extra excursions to go on. Here's a list of things you can do after you've beaten the Elite Four.

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Very Quick Tips: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus photo
Very Quick Tips: Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus
by Chris Carter

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a fairly brief game, but it can be unforgiveable on higher difficulties if you're not careful.

Here are some tips to send you on your way.

 

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Everything you need to know about the Xbox One photo
Everything you need to know about the Xbox One
by Steven Hansen

Microsoft's new console, the Xbox One, comes out in North American on November 22. That's soon! It will cost $500. That's fair chunk of money! I think it's time we Xbone up on the Xbox One with everything we know about it thus far.

Here's your first factoid. Not everyone at Microsoft appreciates the nickname "Xbone," but Microsoft's Phil Spencer has admitted, "I think it's going to stick." In a move Microsoft likely appreciates even less, parents will hopefully still just call it "a Nintendo."

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