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Introducing Game With, a new matchmaking service

'Game With makes online play better'
Oct 30
// Vikki Blake
Need new pals for the Destiny raid? Got the Battlefield blues? The Metal Gear Online malaise? A new matchmaking service, Game With, wants to help you connect with your ideal co-op team.
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Evolve has a new monster and a new version of the game

Ultimate Edition confirmed
Oct 29
// Brett Makedonski
It seems like not many hunters are still trying to take down the monsters of Evolve. It came and went in February, and not many peeps have been made since then. Developer Turtle Rock Studios is still trying to breathe life i...
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Atlas Reactor

Making sense of Atlas Reactor's simultaneous turn-based combat

It's tricky
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
Atlas Reactor is a tactical multiplayer game about predicting your opponents' moves. The twist is that although combat is turn-based, everyone's "turns" play out simultaneously (albeit across distinct phases: prep, dash, blas...
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Nice sarlacc pit you got there, Star Wars Battlefront

Fool me once
Oct 27
// Jordan Devore
The Star Wars Battlefront beta gave rise to funny moments with Luke and Darth Vader, but I need to see more. More gifs, more videos. All of it. Today's trailer from Paris Games Week shows other heroes and villains in action, ...
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Uncharted 4

The first trailer just landed for Uncharted 4's multiplayer

Bang bang, you're dead
Oct 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey guys, it's that time you've all been waiting for, the first multiplayer trailer for Uncharted 4's multiplayer mode is now live. The trailer is highly cinematic, which means we learn very little from watching it, but it certainly does feature Uncharted characters fighting each other. We will update with more info on the multiplayer mode as it surfaces.
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Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2's Gunslinger weapons revealed

Summon your inner Ocelot
Oct 25
// Zack Furniss
I've been a bad, busy boy. As the self-appointed Killing Floor 2 and Dungeons & Dragons guy, I've failed you, my friends. There just aren't enough hours in the day. But now I'm back! Tripwire Interactive has bee...
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Black Ops Zombies

Der Riese returns for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Not included in the standard game
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
Treyarch sure has made good use of its "Der Riese" map. The Zombies level first appeared in Call of Duty: World at War, then it was revitalized for Black Ops, and now it's back again in Black Ops III (but only for folks who b...
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Splatoon to settle the pirates vs. ninjas debate

Halloween Splatfest
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
Now this is a Splatfest worth getting behind. Nintendo will thrust Splatoon players into the familiar pirates versus ninjas debate just in time for Halloween. The stage is set: 9:00pm Pacific on October 30. The ensuing 24 hou...
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Doom footage

A few gory minutes from Doom's multiplayer

Taken from the closed alpha
Oct 22
// Jordan Devore
Did he... did he just punch another player's head off? Ahead of Doom's spring 2016 launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, here's some multiplayer footage captured from the closed alpha scheduled to go public this weekend....
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Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V's second beta isn't going swimmingly

'Not confident [it] will improve'
Oct 22
// Brett Makedonski
Meet the new Street Fighter V beta, same as the old Street Fighter V beta. Again, like the first beta held in July, this one is also running into some snags. And, those aren't likely to be fixed. Capcom detailed the...
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Back to the Future

You can drive the DeLorean in Rocket League

Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
Talk of Back to the Future is inescapable today. It's October 21, 2015 and, as it happens, that's an important date for the series. We're now living in the distant future Marty McFly traveled to in the second film. Cue tweets...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Poor hostages

A healthy ear is a happy ear
Oct 21
// Brett Makedonski
Just like being knocked out for too long, having a gun shot right next to your ear is, like, super bad for you. Rainbow Six Siege needs to show some consideration for its hostages because tinnitus is no joke. A little hearhole protection goes a long way. Mopp. Mopp.
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Doom alpha invites are going out today

The first alpha test starts Friday
Oct 20
// Jordan Devore
Curious about how the new Doom looks and feels? If you're signed up for the beta (redeemable codes were included with early copies of Wolfenstein: The New Order), you may find out soon. Bethesda is now sending out invites for...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront introduces playable Leia, Han, and Palpatine

Well beam me up!
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
The best part of the recent Star Wars Battlefront beta was the incongruity and anticlimax of seeing iconic characters like Luke Skywalker and Daddy Vader die on the field of battle squished by an AT-AT. Can't wait for it to h...
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Stret Fighter beta

Second Street Fighter V PS4 and PC beta detailed

Better than Street Fighter Alpha!
Oct 20
// Steven Hansen
Capcom has just detailed plans for the second Street Fighter V beta, which includes testing cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and PC. The PC start time has been pushed up closer to the PS4 start, too, giving PC players an additional day
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Halo 5 clans

Get the gang back together for Halo 5's Spartan Companies

Clans, basically
Oct 19
// Jordan Devore
Halo 5: Guardians has clans, but that's not what they're called. They are "Spartan Companies." You can start your own group and recruit up to 99 others, or join an existing one. Either way. Each company has private forums, as...
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Halo 5

Halo 5's day one update is 9GB, still not as bad as expected

It comes in underweight
Oct 19
// Brett Makedonski
Like prize fighters, the heavyweights of the holiday release season all weigh in before their turn in the spotlight. And, they're called heavyweights for a reason, as their storage capacity requirements tip the scales more of...
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Star Wars commercial

Sad and unfulfilled? Star Wars Battlefront will make you feel like a kid again

Escape into that thing you liked once
Oct 19
// Steven Hansen
Sometimes while I sit at my white collar job in a gorgeous skyscraper office doing nothing in particular, I, too, feel bored with my life and remember how much I used to like Star Wars. The new Battlefront (and the new films...
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Legend of Zelda trailer

Link just doesn't know what to wear in Tri Force Heroes' costume trailer

Oct 16
// Steven Hansen
Oh my god did you change again!? Looks, it takes me a long time to get ready to go out, so I know what Link's going through. You just want to look your best. Sometimes you nail it, sometimes you kick back and forth between s...
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Black Ops III

Black Ops III's new mode is more Mirror's Edge than Call of Duty

With a dash of Titanfall
Oct 16
// Brett Makedonski
Don't expect Call of Duty: Black Ops III to be all killing. Well, it'll be a fair amount of that. But there's also some running, and the game's newest mode focuses squarely on that. During a developer livestream today, ...
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GTA Online

GTA Online's next DLC gets low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low

Or that song by War
Oct 15
// Brett Makedonski
Next week, certain areas of Grand Theft Auto Online will look less like societal mayhem and more like a west coast rap video. Car after car will be lined up with owners standing proudly next to their virtual popped ...
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Halo 5

You'll need to be a good space marine to get all of Halo 5's Achievements

You got this
Oct 15
// Brett Makedonski
Halo 5: Guardians, imminently-releasing video game as it is, is in the final stages of showing off everything it has to offer. Traditionally, one of the last reveals is the Achievement list. This is usually because third-part...
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Castle Crashers

Castle Crashers upgraded on Steam, too

That just leaves PlayStation
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
Castle Crashers Remastered was a nice upgrade for Xbox One players, and now The Behemoth is bringing some of those improvements to the Steam version of the game in a free update. New mini-game: Back Off Barbarian Uncapped ...
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You'll need luck to get into the Overwatch beta

Blizzard is starting small on Oct. 27
Oct 14
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard hasn't been shy about sharing footage of its team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch, but I'm at a point where I'd rather just play the game now. I've seen and heard enough. An opportunity to go hands-on will thankf...
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Star Wars

That's how Vader dies? Uh, badass!

Like father, like son
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
Not to be outdone by Luke, Lord Vader has taken this death-by-vehicle thing to new heights.

Review: Jackbox Party Pack 2

Oct 13 // Nic Rowen
Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PC [reviewed], PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV)Developer: Jackbox Games Inc.Publisher: Jackbox Games Inc.MSRP: $24.99Released: October 13, 2015 The Jackbox Party Pack 2 includes five games in the collection, two of which are returning Jackbox favorites. Fibbage 2 keeps the same great format of creating believable (or hilarious) lying answers to trivia questions to bamboozle your friends while adding in a few new tricks (the new one-time use “deFIBrilllator” gives you a 50/50 chance between the right answer and a single lie instead of seven) and more than doubling the number of questions of the original. While Fibbage still supports 2-8 players, it has borrowed the audience feature of Quiplash to allow audience members watching on a stream or through the web based game client to vote on their favorite answers, sliding even more points to the most entertaining or diabolical players. This feature is particularly great for streamers and folks with large social media circles, just send out the room code and anyone who is interested and join in and see how clever you and your friends are free of charge. Quiplash, which was separately released last summer as a stand-alone title, returns as Quiplash XL. It's identical to the original, but includes the DLC question pack and an extra 100 prompts to spice things up (nice to have after starting to run into rerun jokes after playing a lot of the original). Quiplash is by far the most free-form of the games, simply setting up jokes and asking the players to fill in a punchline. Your friends then judge “WHO IS MOST FUNNY” and vote on which answer tickled them the most. It's quick, easy, and endlessly entertaining.   The only flat note I can think of is that it doesn't seem as lovingly reworked as Fibbage 2. While Fibbage 2 features new art, new tricks, and the freshly adopted audience system, Quiplash XL is just “more Quiplash” with no added bells or whistles. Not a bad thing, but not thrilling either. While the new questions are definitely welcome, if you just bought Quiplash and the DLC question pack a few months ago, it may damage the value proposition of the pack. Fibbage 2 and Quiplash XL are the anchor games of the pack and likely the two titles most groups will spend the majority of their time with, especially as the night wears on and a combination of exhaustion and inebriation make the other games a little too much to handle. Fortunately, they're so good that they basically justify the cost of the pack on their own. But don't count out the rest of the collection. The other games in the pack are a little more daring in design and show that Jackbox Games isn't afraid to venture out of it's comfort zone, for better or worse. Next is Earwax, which unfortunately seems like the lame duck of the pack to me. Earwax prompts players with a question or leading statement and asks them to answer not with words, but with two random sound effects from a selection that is different for each player every round. “What is this party missing?” Maybe it's an “awooga horn” and a “metallic crash.” Or maybe it's a “(female voice) Oh yeah” and a “very long, wet fart.” Are these jokes working? No? Yeah, I thought so too. And that's the sad part about Earwax. While some rounds shook buckets of laughs out of my group, most were met with nervous tittering and awkward silences. You don't know what the choices will exactly sound like, so often the inflections on a line will be different from what you intended, or what seems like a cute joke will just fall flat. The pace of the game is off too, with everything between introducing new prompts to playing sound effects taking just slightly too long, bogging down the experience (especially after a dud round). The concept is interesting, but the execution just didn't pan out. Thankfully, the other new additions to the Jackbox family fit in much more smoothly.   Bidiots, the spiritual successor to Drawful, is a drawing game with a bidding and bluffing element that is surprisingly engaging. At the start of each game, each player is given two prompts to (poorly) draw with their finger tip, a budget of $3000 to bid with, and a few tidbits of secret information other players may or may not have, like how much a certain piece is worth. Where things get interesting is that multiple players will likely have prompts that are vaguely similar to each other. Three separate players may have “day at the beach,” “getting a tan,” and “sunburn.” Your goal is to finish the game with the most cash possible, cash you earn by driving up the price of pieces you made, and successfully winning bids for high value pieces -- a trick easier said than done with the number of thematically similar pieces going around. “Sunburn” might be worth a cool $3800, but what if you confuse it with the near worthless “getting a tan?” To help guide you, rich art patrons will occasionally text you throughout the game with tips like “Player 2 knows the exact value of the next piece” and if you get really stuck, you can always take on a predatory loan, easy cash now that you'll pay back with interest at the end of the game. Bidiots is a ridiculously great time. While it may take a little more explaining than the other games in the previous collections, the result is a mix of the same goofy fun of Drawful with a sly layer of strategy underneath. Really great if your friends are used to playing competitive boardgames or otherwise enjoy a little bit of mental warfare with their games. Definitely the standout of the new games. Last is the off-kilter Bomb Corp, a game that plays like a faster, less complex version of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Bomb Corp ditches the faux game-show trappings of the other games with the odd premise of being a new worker in the poorly run office of a bomb factory; your job is to disarm all of the accidentally activated bombs by referring to the instruction manual. Of course this is a party game, so the instruction book will be divided between up to four players with each player getting one or two (often intentionally contradicting) rules. Each bomb presents increasingly complex logic puzzles to solve as the rules get more byzantine. Rule #1 might say to disarm by cutting all the wires from right to left, Rule #2 says that no green wires can be cut even if another rule says to do it, Rule #3 stipulates that only Player 2 can cut odd numbered wires, while Rule #4 is a correction to Rule #2 that says green should have been written as “blue” all of which you try to frantically communicate as the timer clicks down. *Boom* Bomb Corp is a surprising addition to the pack with a distinctly different feel from the rest of the games. I see if as a great option to get folks who may be a little nervous about the more creative games into the swing of things with a more structured experience. That said, the later levels of the game have to potential to stall out a group if you keep getting blown up on the same section. It should also be noted that Bomb Corp can be played by a single player, which gives the pack a smidgen more value for those times when you don't have a group around, but doesn't seem a huge addition either way. Brass tacks, the Jackbox Party Pack 2 made me and my friends laugh our asses off, and that's what it's all about. I can't think of an easier or quicker way to reduce a room to a giggling mass of hysteria, just toss it at a group of people and go. Party Pack 2 is a ridiculous value that is sure to provide you and your friends with a lot of laughs and great memories, exactly what every party game should aspire to. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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A jacked up good time
Last year, The Jackbox Party Pack showed everyone how to do party games right. It served up quick, punchy laughs, and did it all with zero hassle. This was thanks in no small part to the game's innovative interface that allow...

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Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th game comes to Kickstarter

For once, copyright works out
Oct 13
// Mike Cosimano
The Friday the 13th game announced back in January has been fully revealed -- it's the game formerly known as Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, by Breach and Clear developers Gun Media. With the help of TV's Adam Sessler, the...
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Metal Gear bonuses

Metal Gear Online apologizes for stability woes with bonuses

3,000 GP and an XP boost extension
Oct 13
// Jordan Devore
For once, I didn't button-mash my way through the startup notices in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There's an apology from Konami over the recent stability issues in the game's multiplayer component, Metal Gear Online...
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Halo 5 microtransactions

Halo 5 is almost out, so 343's getting busy defending microtransactions

Oct 12
// Steven Hansen
"It's not pay-to-win," "you can get everything in-game without paying," "balance," "oral doesn't count as sex." Every time a game with microtransactions is about to release -- especially if it's a big 'ol game like Halo 5 -- ...
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Halo 5

Get free Halo 5 DLC for watching ten short videos

One REQ pack
Oct 12
// Brett Makedonski
Most microtransactions ask that you trade real-world money for small chunks of video game content. A Halo 5 pre-release microtransaction promotion doesn't require your money, however; it requires your time. Fortunat...

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