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1:30 PM on 09.15.2014

This Far Cry 4 trailer is all about the elephants

Even when Far Cry 4 was officially nothing more than message-board rumors, I was all about the elephants. It's nice to see Ubisoft give the people want they want, then, by putting out a trailer that's devoted to these animal...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Took long enough! Left 4 Dead 2 uncensored in Australia

It's sad that Australian gamers are only now getting an uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2, but at least we finally have some closure. After resubmitting the cooperative zombie shooter for classification, Valve is now able t...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 for some reason

Torn Banner Studios is bringing its first-person medieval combat multiplayer game Chivalry to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall by way of publisher Activision. While it's nice to have this sort of title available on conso...

Jordan Devore



BioWare's multiplayer action-RPG Shadow Realms looks fast and fun photo
BioWare's multiplayer action-RPG Shadow Realms looks fast and fun
by Jordan Devore

BioWare had my attention with those live-action teasers building up to Shadow Realms, but I've not kept up with the four-versus-one "modern" fantasy role-playing game since it was proper unveiled. If you're in a similar boat, here's Max Scoville and Mike Cosimano talking about it at length.

My general reaction so far is "Huh. That could be cool." I'm not sold on the episodic nature of the game, but a guy in a suit fighting fantasy creatures? Yeah, that's all right.

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I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing photo
I've discovered a new go-to game for relaxing
by Jordan Devore

I play videogames for many reasons. Sometimes, I play for the story -- the chance to visit new worlds and live out someone else's life. Other times, it's the sense of competition I find most alluring, or the chance to master a game's rules and finally overcome its fiercest challenges.

But for every passing motivation to play games I have, I'll always been in need of one that can help me relax. Something to take my mind off life's problems, no matter how big or small they might be. Something I can get into for 15 minutes, or hours on end. Something that'll last.

Right now, Endless Ocean: Blue World is that game for me, and what a gem it is.

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2:00 PM on 09.12.2014

We're getting the demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire too

Well, I'll be. The demo for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire isn't just coming to Japan. The Pokémon Company International isn't saying when or how codes will be distributed in the West yet, but this speci...

Jordan Devore





1:30 PM on 09.12.2014

Club Nintendo Super Smash Bros. demo incoming, wide release next week

With all of the Super Smash Bros. reveals this week, I've gone from casual interest in the 3DS version to "I need this yesterday." But October 3 is so far away! Thankfully, we'll have the chance to play the demo soon -- Ninte...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 09.12.2014

That Xbox 360 is blue!

Consoles sporting nontraditional colors can be hit or miss, but I have to say, I'm liking this blue Xbox 360. It'll be available starting October 7 in the US at Walmart with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 09.12.2014

Nintendo is streaming lots of Smash Bros. today

Nintendo's Treehouse team returns for an eight-hour stream today featuring Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Ultimate NES Remix, and Fantasy Life. That'll continue until 1:00pm Pacific at which point it's Super Smash Bros. 3DS time. Watch the stream right here, or on YouTube.

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 09.11.2014

There's a Donkey Kong Country mod for Doom

I sometimes forget just how crazy Doom modders can get. Here's a firm reminder. This is a total-conversion mod by DooMero that, well, you see ... it's the Donkey Kong Country experience rebuilt in GZDoom. Which is to say it'...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 09.11.2014

Nintendo of Europe is giving out a free game to new 3DS players

In Europe, Nintendo is running a "Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion" in which folks who register a 2DS, 3DS, or 3DS XL as well as a copy of Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire can cla...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 09.11.2014

It's a good thing Gears of War: Tactics was canceled

A few years back, it was repeatedly rumored that Gears of War would get a spinoff game built around Kinect. The project never came to fruition and that's seemingly for the best, if this alpha footage of Gears of War: Tactics ...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 09.11.2014

Killer collaboration: Payday 2 is getting Hotline Miami DLC

Overkill Software and Dennaton Games are teaming up for Payday 2 DLC based on Hotline Miami. It's unclear what all is included here beyond a heist -- they can get away with offering the slimmest of details and we'll still be ...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Shigeru Miyamoto made an animated Pikmin short film

Famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto has produced an animated short based on the Pikmin series that will debut at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival next month. The film, Pikmin Short Movies, is made up of three e...

Jordan Devore



Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness photo
Nicalis kicked my ass again with Castle in the Darkness
by Jordan Devore

After checking out The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth at PAX Prime, I spent a decent chunk of time with another upcoming Nicalis project, Castle in the Darkness. It's a challenging platform-adventure PC game that feels all too appropriate given the company's prior involvement with 1001 Spikes.

Admittedly, words like "challenging" and "difficult" get thrown around often -- too often -- when describing games that aren't afraid to test players. But good lord, Castle in the Darkness was tough. I must have died 50 times during my playthrough, and that's being conservative.

Part of that has to do with your limited health -- a few hits is enough to do you in, at least early on -- and your knight's movement, which takes getting used to. He's quick, super quick, and his initial sword attack doesn't extend very far. It was frustrating at first to come to terms with all of this, but I suspect the fast pace will feel great with sufficient practice and muscle memory.

The game's structure is exploration-based in that you'll hit switches and acquire items that will allow you to reach previously inaccessible areas. There's also going to be a ton of bosses, based on what I played. That damn owl from the trailer gave me hell. Expect gear upgrades, too.

Castle in the Darkness is rather clearly inspired by NES classics in the genre, particularly Castlevania, which I don't consider to be a negative. Maybe you do. Either way, I'd suggest getting your hands on it before casting any final judgments. Could be pretty cool at the right price.

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After two straight hours of Fortnite, I'm a fan photo
After two straight hours of Fortnite, I'm a fan
by Jordan Devore

When Epic first announced Fortnite, I was on board based on the premise of defending player-made forts from monsters. But that was a couple of years ago. Things change.

My interest had been waning up until recently, when I got to spend two hours with the "action building" game during PAX Prime. Mechanically, it's like a mix of the third-person shooting and trap-laying defense of Orcs Must Die! with the scavenging and construction of Minecraft.

Pretty damn good combination, then.

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