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Matchmaking and more
Earlier this year, Nintendo promised a big update for Splatoon in August, and we now have official confirmation that it will arrive on August 5. It'll bring Squad Battle and Private Battle matchmaking modes -- the former...

How the hell did Galak-Z hide a Gundam for three years?

Jul 24 // Steven Hansen
Let's recap for a second if you haven't been following along. Galak-Z is broken into five seasons each with five episodes. The fifth season will be added in for free post launch. This is one diversion from the typical roguelike set up, in that when you die, you don't start all the way at the beginning of the game, but rather at the beginning of whichever "season" you're on. "One of [Kazdal's] pet peeves with roguelikes" is that playing very beginning segments over and over can get boring, so this blends that death-based need to replay with earned progression. More typically, levels are randomly generated, and you get different fractions of story and dialogue every time. This way you won't hear the same repeated bits death after death, but slowly glean more information until you finally get through the season. The space shooting half we already knew about is not just a twin-stick shooter, either. The ship maps thrusters (and a boost) to the triggers. There's also a backwards thruster so you can shoot and flee, a dodge thruster, and a a barrel roll (square) that juts the ship "toward" you like it's coming out of the screen (and over incoming bullets on the 2D plane). You have your standard weapon and an Itano Circus missile salvo (limited, but you can buy more if you find the shop during levels). [embed]296589:59676:0[/embed] Ok, so the not-Gundam? You can morph the ship into the robot at any time with a smooth, Transformers-like animation and change up the playstyle completely. It has a beam sword, which can be charged for a stronger, wider attack, and a shield that has parry capabilities. Perhaps most fun, though, is the extending claw arm that can grab dangerous space junk and throw it at enemies, or grab enemies themselves, bringing them in close so you can start wailing on them with punches. Keeping the mech locked up this long is impressive. The feature was locked off in the many public shows Galak-Z has been demoed at and no one slipped up about it. Kazdal tells me there were plans for a third, stealth-focused character, initially, but that it made for too many mental hoops in dealing with all the other things that could be happening at any given moment. Galak-Z is smooth, feels great to play, and the mech is a welcomed addition, adding one more layer to the game. There are warring factions you can sometimes pit against each other, environmental hazards to be aware of (and sometimes use to your advantage -- thanks alien trapdoor spider who saved my ass!), and instant shifts between ranged and close-quarters combat. It's tough, gorgeous, encourages exploration (beyond mission goals, there are blueprints for new gear and other upgrades to find), and a ton of fun.
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Spelunky by way of Macross...and Gundam
We've covered the "Spelunky by way of Macross" space shooting roguelike for a couple of years now and the follow-up from Skulls of the Shogun developer 17-bit is almost here, coming to PS4 August 4 and PC a few months down th...

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Splatoon

Splatoon developers were 'worried' about players who reached the level cap quickly


No planned paid DLC at this time
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
Splatoon is a pretty great shooter, and over time, it's added more modes, weapons, and levels. Next month will see its first major patch to add in better matchmaking, and for now, all of the content given out so far has been ...

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Gears of War

Gears of War has more weapon skins to sell us


You can pre-load the game on Xbox One
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
I don't think I ever bought a weapon skin for Gears of War 3, but plenty of folks did. Good job, old me -- you were prone to buying stuff like that in those days but you held strong. Anyway, the skins are back for Gears of Wa...
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Destiny

Destiny players kill Gorgons in VoG raid, must be witches in real life


I don't even
Jul 23
// Vikki Blake
This is just ridiculous. If you're familiar with the Vault of Glass raid in Destiny you'll know that it's arguably the harder of the two raids to complete, not least because every section (besides the opener) ships ...
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Gears of War

PC players will have to wait a bit for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition


No exact date given
Jul 22
// Brett Makedonski
It was only a month ago that The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson took the floor at the PC Gaming show at E3 to announce that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition would release on Windows 10. That's still true, but it wo...
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Splatoon

I can't afford all of these new Splatoon weapons


But keep 'em coming!
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
I keep pumping all of my Splatoon fun bucks into new clothing I don't need when I could be spending that money on weapons I'll use once but still want. Such is the kid/squid's dilemma. Nintendo is adding another fresh pair of...
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Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront will be a part of Xbox One's EA Access program


Play it before launch
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
When Star Wars Battlefront is released later this year, EA Access will provide Xbox One owners a way to play it early, Phil Spencer confirms. This is likely similar to their previous early access offerings, which typically pr...
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Steam Early Access

Remember Pang? The Bug Butcher sure does


Calling all Buster Bros.
Jul 20
// Jordan Devore
Capcom's good old bubble-popping shooter Super Buster Bros. (Super Pang outside of America) lives on as the inspiration for The Bug Butcher, a newly-released game on Steam Early Access. As the butcher, you'll avoid attacks an...
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Splatoon weapons

Splatoon is adding new weapons in time for tonight's Splatfest


Another Zapper and brush
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
Tonight at 9:00pm Pacific, Splatoon players will begin battling to determine which is better: water slides or roller coasters. I don't think as many people will have the level of intensity that we saw in the cats vs. dogs Spl...
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Halo

Hail to the Chief: Halo moves past 65 million series sales


That's across ten titles
Jul 13
// Brett Makedonski
Halo is Xbox's flagship franchise and for good reason. Since launching alongside the original Xbox, the Halo series has managed to sell more than 65 million copies. That's some Spartan-like resolve. News of the milestone...
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Splatoon

Do you use motion controls in Splatoon?


I don't want to learn
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
Earlier today, I was watching an interview conducted by the folks over at Nintendo Life with Splatoon co-director Tsubasa Sakaguchi, and it hit me -- some people actually use motion controls in this game. I still re...
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Moray Towers

New Donkey Kong-esque map available in Splatoon soon


Donkey Kong meets Splatoon
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo of America's Twitter let it be known that a new map (pictured above) will be available in Splatoon at 7:00PM PT tomorrow, and it looks really fun. The zig-zagging towers of Moray Towers look reminiscent of the f...
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Next Splatfest announced

The next Splatfest announced for the Americas


How do you like your rides?
Jul 09
// Patrick Hancock
Nintendo of America has announced the details for the next Splatfest in Splatoon, and it's much sooner than I thought it would be! The Splatfest starts the night of July 17, at 9:00 PM PT, and runs for 24 hours. As for the te...
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GoW: UE for free

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to come bundled with Xbox One


Curb stomp for the low price of free
Jul 09
// Jed Whitaker
Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition, announced today at the Gears of War panel at San Diego Comic-Con that the base model of Xbox One will come bundled with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The bundle includes a 500GB Xbox On...
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Gears of War

Yeah, the 'Seriously...' Achievement is back in the Gears of War remaster


And 'THIS! IS! ANNEX!'
Jul 08
// Brett Makedonski
Gears of War is getting a remaster for Xbox One and PC, and of course it's bringing its most iconic Achievement with it. Whether you're gibbing people up close with the Gnasher or tearing them apart with the Lancer's cha...
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Black Ops III

Black Ops III gets a multiplayer beta soon, and it may be PS4 exclusive


'More information coming soon'
Jul 08
// Brett Makedonski
[Update: Activision has contacted us to clarify a few points. The beta will be coming to Sony first, but it will be coming to other platforms as well. Pre-ordering will grant you beta access.] Like most triple-A multipla...
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Myriad on PlayStation

Stark, trippy shooter Myriad also heading to PS4 and Vita


Another baffling press release, too
Jul 07
// Darren Nakamura
Earlier this year I was impressed by several parts of Myriad. The first was its use of bold colors and hard edges. The second was its unique mechanical take on the twin-stick shooter genre. The third was its head-scratchingl...
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The Division

Celebrate the long weekend with a super bleak The Division trailer


Tom Clancy's Estate's The Division
Jul 03
// Brett Makedonski
While Americans celebrate Independence Day the only way we know how -- grilled foods, intoxication, and explosions -- watch this crazy depressing Tom Clancy's The Division trailer to bring the mood down a little bit. We...
Gears of War remaster photo
Gears of War remaster

Expect this stuff to be fixed in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition


Feedback from the beta is in
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is creeping up on me with that August 25 release date. I missed the beta for this Xbox One remaster, but plenty of you didn't. A million matches were logged in a week and, somehow, a single pers...
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Fast-paced MOBAs

Matches in Gigantic should only take 15 minutes


'That's a goal of ours'
Jun 30
// Jordan Devore
I'm not much of a MOBA person, but I have really gotten into Heroes of the Storm as of late thanks to its snappy, streamlined design. Shorter matches are a godsend. I've also been eying Gigantic, Motiga's super pretty third-p...
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Warframe

Unlike some games, Warframe has free emotes


;)
Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
This week's Destiny snafu is a case study in the making. There was a backlash against the collector's edition of an upcoming expansion, The Taken King, for locking content behind a way-too-steep price tag. Bungie came back wi...
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Overwatch

Zarya and Bastion are looking sharp in Overwatch


Bastion, the gentle robot
Jun 26
// Chris Carter
I'm pretty excited for Overwatch. Not just because we rarely get a real arena shooter these days -- the track record of Blizzard is near-flawless (yes, I even enjoyed vanilla Diablo III). It's interesting to see them go...
Splatoon Splatfest photo
Splatoon Splatfest

Splatoon's first North American Splatfest rescheduled


Which side will you represent?
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
After postponing the first North American Splatfest in Splatoon, Nintendo is back with a new date: July 4, 2015. The online event begins at 12:00 AM PT and will carry on, barring technical (err, "tentacle") difficulties, unti...
Gears remaster photo
Gears remaster

Peek at Gears of War: Ultimate Edition's touched-up cinematics


Comparison screenshots, too
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
I've mostly avoided the remaster trend, but Gears of War: Ultimate Edition might be one of the few to pull me in. Not so much for the campaign, whose revamped cutscenes are briefly shown here, but as a way to get back into t...
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Destiny

Destiny rubs salt in the overpriced expansion wound with Red Bull XP


Haha
Jun 24
// Chris Carter
As we all know, Activision is taking fans for a ride for the new Destiny expansion, and Bungie is getting really defensive about it. This is after the last expansion...well...sucked. Today they have announced that they a...
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Splatoon

It's official: Splatoon sold over a million copies


Not too shabby, squids
Jun 23
// Chris Carter
It was no secret that Nintendo was betting big on Splatoon, and it looks like it paid off. They've just announced minutes ago that the game has sold (not shipped) one million worldwide, clicking in at "over 476,000 units...
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Dirty Bomb

Meet the Dirty Bomb team and maybe nab a Fragger


100,000 keys over at PC Gamer
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
I'm hearing more and more about Dirty Bomb lately, almost to the point where I might download the free-to-play shooter to check it out. The chances just went up a bit, because PC Gamer has its hands on 100,000 keys for one o...
Star Fox Zero photo
Star Fox Zero

Platinum-developed Star Fox Zero jets to Wii U this holiday season


Do a barrel roll!
Jun 16
// Kyle MacGregor
It's happening, it's finally happening! Kicking off its E3 showcase today, Nintendo finally unveiled the next entry in the Star Fox series. The new project is called Star Fox Zero and it's coming exclusively t...
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Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon goes open world with Wildlands


Eww, bloody cocaine
Jun 15
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft showed an intriguing new open-world game about taking down a Bolivian drug cartel during its E3 2015 press conference and, oh, it's just a new Ghost Recon. That's our Ubisoft! Ghost Recon Wildlands is a third-pe...

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