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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 ...

With a little more time, The Division might be a fun romp with friends

Jan 15 // Zack Furniss
When the abilities work, they bring a satisfying immediacy to the numerous skirmishes you are wont to face. If you time your cooldown to finish right as a boss appears and you can pull out a ballistic shield to charge him with, it's hard not to smile and high five your co-op buddy. From what I was able to see, there's a plethora of mods and perks you can use to modify both these abilities and your agent's stats, which could lead to diverse character builds later on down the line. Combined with the crafting system and customizable weapons (grips, scopes, magazines, the usual), there will be plenty of viable options in your quest to purge New York. Throughout our various missions, we improved the three wings of our own bases of operations: Security, Medical, and Tech. Whether we were scrounging up supplies to bolster these facilities or rescuing more personnel with which to staff them, we ended up earning more perks, mods, and weapons. These missions mostly involved finding an area or killing a target, but they were fun to tackle with newly-made friends. We never had to think too hard about anything, but that's not what this game is about. It's going to scratch that same Destiny itch, where you're comparing stats and finding more efficient ways to run through quests. Here's the main problem: like most Diablo-esque shooters that are thigh-deep in weapon stats, developers tend to use enemy health as their most important slider. If you get a better gun, the guy who's wearing a hoodie and shooting you with an uzi will just have more hitpoints. He's an elite, so be prepared to fill his head with bullets for a good ten minutes before he drops. This is an old problem that you've heard about before. But in a game like The Division that really wants you to buy into a semi-realistic what-if scenario, it's hard to believe that a guy who did enough push-ups to reach level 20 can swallow multiple magazines of ammunition. Yes, AI is hard to improve, but damage sponges aren't fun. This was especially apparent when we skipped to a much later scenario when we had better weaponry and skills. Soldiers that used to fall quickly could now shrug off a hailstorm of metal and fire, yet we seemed to take damage at the same rate as the beginning of the game. It all feels rather Uncharted when you're standing next to a man, firing bullets between his eyes, watching him recoil, righting himself, stepping left, and shooting you some more. Most developers would love to have their game compared to Uncharted, but this aspect isn't a selling point. At the end of the day, I don't expect The Division to set the world on fire, but I didn't expect Destiny to keep growing and become the zeitgeist that it has. Serviceable combat, an encyclopedia worth of customization, and cooperative elements are enough for me to want to jump back in with old friends. With some more fine-tuning, this'll be a good late-night game for you and your pals. Plus, the Dark Zone areas seem promising (Joe said everything I would here). Hopefully, we'll all be able to place turrets when it releases on March 8, 2016.
Tom Clancy's The Division photo
8,000 headshots
A week or so ago I drove through Hell Niño in Los Angeles to get my hands on Tom Clancy's The Division in a 2002 Dodge Neon with bad windshield wipers. Let no one ever deny that I am committed. Alongside Ubisoft reps, ...

Garden Warfare 2 photo
Garden Warfare 2

The Garden Warfare 2 open beta starts today


January 14 - 18 on Xbox One and PS4
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 beta begins today. If you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, just head to your respective storefront and download away. It should be live in most if not all regions by this afternoon. ...
WoT PS4 release photo
WoT PS4 release

World of Tanks gets a PS4 release date


Roll on up
Jan 13
// Nic Rowen
Fans of large cannons on treads and intractable gameplay will be pleased to know the PS4 version of World of Tanks has a firm release date. Would-be tank commanders can get down and dirty on January 19th and wade into a battl...
The Division photo
The Division

This new The Division trailer looks incredible


Well, I think it does anyway
Jan 13
// Vikki Blake
After a trailer accidentally went up too early, and then was pulled, and was then mirrored and shared and Streisanded all over the place, Ubisoft has now officially released yesterday’s leaked trailer for The Division. ...
New HotS character photo
New HotS character

Heroes of the Storm gets the shapeshifting Greymane tomorrow


Lord of the Worgen
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
I've fallen a little behind in Heroes of the Storm since Lunara's debut, but I'll want to get back to playing regularly soon. Blizzard is adding Greymane tomorrow! He's a ranged human assassin capable of transforming into a powerful melee-centric beast mid-fight. Take a look:
Grand Theft Auto V photo
Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online servers still down on PlayStation 4


Server functionality remains 'limited'
Jan 11
// Vikki Blake
PlayStation 4 servers for Grand Theft Auto Online has been offline for several hours. Rockstar's status page acknowledges on the official site that the issue persists, but does not give an indication as to why the s...
Splatoon photo
Splatoon

Next week's Splatfest is all about time travel


MARTY
Jan 08
// Zack Furniss
Splatoon wants to know: do you prefer The Flintstones or The Jetsons? Well, not really. They want to know what you would do if you could travel through time. Would you go backward or forward? I'd probably go back and tel...
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...
PSN is down photo
PSN is down

Sony is working to bring PlayStation Network back online


Let's pass the time
Jan 04
// Jordan Devore
Having issues with PlayStation Network today? We're right there with you. Sony has confirmed it's aware of the problems. "We are still working on resolving today's issues with PSN," tweeted SCEA's official support line. "Than...
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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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Future of Splatoon

Splatoon's content updates will end soon, but it won't be abandoned


New Splatfests, balance updates in 2016
Dec 29
// Jordan Devore
While I was sad to hear Splatoon is about to make its final big DLC push, I have to look back on the post-launch support fondly. It has been a hell of a year for this increasingly wonderful game. In a Famitsu interview picked...
Killing Floor 2 photo
Killing Floor 2

This modder made his own Killing Floor 2 Christmas map


Just what I was looking for
Dec 28
// Zack Furniss
The Killing Floor Twisted Christmas events (in which the enemies wear costumes, Christmas music jubilantly plays in the background, and maps like Santa's lair become available) hold a special place in my heart. Tripwire ...
Grand Theft Auto Online photo
Grand Theft Auto Online

You can embrace the holidays with Grand Theft Auto Online's Festive Surprise update


Snowballs and Beast vs. Slasher mode
Dec 24
// Zack Furniss
Today is Christmas Eve for those who celebrate the holiday, and many folks are preparing to see their families and drink entirely too much egg nog. They'll also get into political arguments, Uncle Billy will get embarrassingl...
Battlefront TFA photo
Battlefront TFA

Battlefront probably isn't getting any content from The Force Awakens


Damn, I wanted one of the new X-Wings
Dec 24
// Nic Rowen
While it would already seem like EA missed the boat if they were planning on adding anything based on The Force Awakens to Battlefront, a recent tweet put the final nail in that space coffin. Responding to a Twitter user aski...
Assassin's Creed photo
Assassin's Creed

The first Assassin's Creed was originally going to have multiplayer


Local co-op mode possibly?
Dec 23
// Joe Parlock
Here’s a fun little bit of game history for you. According to DualShockers, who attended a talk by Julien Merceron in Paris, Assassin’s Creed was originally going to have a multiplayer mode. While this feature was...
Uncharted 4 photo
Uncharted 4

Naughty Dog: 'We're not going to ship Uncharted 4 and call it a day'


'A lot of people play our stuff'
Dec 22
// Vikki Blake
Naughty Dog has opened up about what it's learned from the Uncharted 4: A Thief's End beta, as well as the lessons learned from previous games. Talking to GameSpot, lead multiplayer designer Robert Cogburn acknowledged that plans and ideas had changed following fan feedback, and confirmed that teamwork sits at the crux of Uncharted multiplayer experiences. 
Plants vs. Zombies photo
Plants vs. Zombies

Garden Warfare 2 has a full-on hub world


This is going to be such a time sink
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 looks far more fleshed out than I had originally expected it to be. If all you care about is competitive multiplayer (which was super good in the original!), you'll still be able to melt h...
Overwatch photo
Overwatch

Here, have another pretty Overwatch cinematic


Short but sweet
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
I'm not in the Overwatch beta, but that's not about to stop me from marveling at this latest Blizzard cinematic. It's made up of character vignettes that hint at a much wider world, one I really want to see more of in and outside of the game itself. I'm so on board with these designs.
Rainbow Six photo
Rainbow Six

Rainbow Six Siege is doing a free weekend on PC


You'll just need a referral code
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft is holding a free weekend event for Rainbow Six Siege on PC. You'll need to score an access key from a pal (or a friendly stranger) who owns the game, but that shouldn't be hard. Current players can send up to four Si...
Depth photo
Depth

Depth is coming to PS4 in 2016, and a new update for PC is out right now


Baaaa-dum. Baaaaa-dum. Ba-dum-ba-dum...
Dec 18
// Joe Parlock
Depth developer Digital Confectioners has announced its sharks vs. divers multiplayer game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 next year. The announcement is part of its anniversary celebrations, which seems a bit late seein...
The Division photo
The Division

The Division repurposes 'Silent Night' and, wow, is it ever bleak


Bring back the world that we loved
Dec 17
// Brett Makedonski
All is not calm, all is not right. Not in The Division's war-torn city. "Mom and dad died in the blast." "Everything on earth fell apart." That's a big old lump of coal for humanity, eh? "Silent Night" is no stranger to vide...
Battlefront photo
Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront is giving out double XP


This Friday through Monday
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
Well, they don't call it XP, exactly, but you know what I mean! With Force Awakens fresh on our mind this week, Star Wars Battlefront is holding a "double score" event. Between December 18 at 1:00am Pacific and December 21 at...
New Splatoon maps photo
New Splatoon maps

These new Splatoon maps look like good fun


The squids are all right
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
Splatoon isn't done giving out content, which is great, because many of us aren't done playing. The next major update is going to be a pair of maps: Ancho-V Games and Piranha Pit. One is set in a swanky office with raisable p...
Halo 5 update photo
Halo 5 update

Huge Halo 5 update adds Forge mode, maps, and weapons


Scroll down for the gif!
Dec 16
// Jordan Devore
Forge mode wasn't ready in time for Halo 5: Guardians' launch, but it's here now. The map creation sandbox debuts with some 1,700 objects and will continue to change as 343 Industries takes in feedback from players. Knowing h...

GOTY 2015: Best logo

Dec 16 // Brett Makedonski
Immutable as I am in that belief, one game this year had the most brilliant logo that I've seen in a long time. Maybe ever, honestly. Gross as it is to shine a light on these marketing efforts, it's an easier pill to swallow given that the logo might be the best thing about this game. Pat yourself on the back, 2K marketing team; Evolve had the best logo of 2015. At first glance, Evolve's logo is nothing to write home about. It's minimalistic in its presentation, nothing more than some squares, rectangles, and a modest font. Actually, if you didn't know anything about the game, it'd be easy to mistake it as a really dull and uninspired look. At least Fallout 4 sprung for a lightning bolt in the "o." So, let's get just a little backstory on Evolve. It's a four-versus-one asymmetric multiplayer game. A team of four players takes on one giant monster. That's what's happening in the logo -- four letters in small squares are pitted against the final "e" in Evolve, a letter that gets a rectangle as long as the first four boxes combined. That rogue "v" represents a legal system-style "versus," as if this should be the way all court cases are determined. It's tough to remember a video game logo that's so on-the-nose, yet so clever about it too. Usually, understatedness is left wanting. Dead Island has a palm tree so you know there's an island, Rage has an anarchy sign so you know that there's anarchy, and Sonic Boom boomed so hard that it cracked all the letters. These are not examples of good logos. Even though it's almost 2016, so many game logos are stuck in 1996. They are hellbent on having attitude (or, 'tude as the designers might say). It's why so many gleam of gun-metal gray or have electricity shooting from the letters. Whatever it takes to let you know that This Is One Of The Cool Video Games. It's the equivalent of box art with a man toting a gun slung over his shoulder looking slightly away from the camera. Evolve skirts that and it does everything right (well, as far as its logo is concerned, anyway). Instead, it's simple and elegant and functional and restrained. More simply put: Evolve's logo was not dumb while most other logos were very dumb.  It's not like the competition was any good, but Evolve ran away with the best logo of 2015. In a wasteland of bad video game logos, 2K and Turtle Rock created one worth looking at and one worth thinking about. The game's legacy probably won't last a whole lot longer, but hopefully its logo's legacy lasts for years to come.
Best logo photo
More like LOTY
As media, we have no business caring about the marketing of video games. In fact, we actually have a professional obligation to parse through it, finding the good information and discarding the bullshit. That's, like, half th...

Rock Band 4 photo
Rock Band 4

Harmonix: 'We're not yet sure where online multiplayer fits in our roadmap' for Rock Band 4


So don't hold your breath, k?
Dec 16
// Vikki Blake
Harmonix has confirmed that while online multiplayer is "very much on the table" for Rock Band 4, it's not yet clear on "where it fits in our roadmap." "Online multiplayer is a part of a much bigger conversation. We know it&r...
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Sword Coast Legends

You can try Sword Coast Legends for free this weekend


If you have that there Steam downloaded
Dec 14
// Zack Furniss
Sword Coast Legends didn't quite make it to the stars it was reaching for, but I'm still confident it'll get there eventually. Now that there's been a couple of content packs, adding in "playable drow elves, new skill tr...
Destiny photo
Destiny

Destiny with all the DLC is cheaper than just The Taken King add-on today


Savings that will have you over the moon
Dec 14
// Brett Makedonski
As we inch toward the end of the year, retailers keep doing all they can to turn their existing inventory into profit. Destiny is the beneficiary of the holiday sales creep today, as the legendary edition of the game is ...

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