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Deus Ex delay

Eidos is holding Deus Ex: Mankind Divided back until August

XCOM 2 is still in February, though!
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Eidos Montreal has pushed the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to August 23, 2016. A fairly substantial delay, considering the game was previously slated for February (and, heh, remember that canned pre-order program that ...
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Blizzard is bringing more people into the Overwatch beta

First weekend event starts Friday
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
If you've been meaning to register for the Overwatch beta and haven't yet, get on that! Blizzard is holding its first weekend beta event for the team-based shooter from Friday, November 20 at 9:00am Pacific to Monday, Novembe...
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Huh, Zombi is headed to retail in Europe

PC, PS4, Xbox One in January
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft is bringing Zombi to retail in Europe on January 21, 2016. The horror game debuted on Wii U years ago as ZombiU, and only recently dropped the "U" for a digital-only release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Strange...
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Valkyria Chronicles

A new Valkyria Chronicles and a remaster are coming to PS4

Next year in Japan
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
As it turns out, Sega's recent Valkyria trademark was worth getting excited over after all. The company has a new game in the series and a remaster of the original Valkyria Chronicles in development for PlayStation 4, accordi...

Review: Knight Squad

Nov 17 // Jordan Devore
Knight Squad (PC, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Chainsawesome GamesPublisher: Chainsawesome GamesMSRP: $14.99Released: November 16, 2015 One of the things I appreciate about Knight Squad is its simplicity. You move and aim with the analog stick, and attack with a button press. That's about it! Whether you're wielding the default sword or you pick up a laser gun, a bow, or a boomerang, it's those same basic controls. The modes, while varied, aren't hard to grasp, either. Regardless of the objective at hand, you're going to kill or be killed. Death is swift. There's almost always a little ghost floating off a skeleton, because there's almost always someone dying. Knights have one health point (two if they nab a shield power-up). With seven other players running amok on a single-screen arena, it sure is easy to get taken out. Thankfully, you'll be back on the battlefield mere seconds later. There is very little downtime. [embed]321181:61130:0[/embed] As far as modes go, nine are included with the base game and several more are available as DLC. I suspect folks will quickly narrow the list down to two or three personal favorites and ignore the rest. Capture the Grail (free for all) Capture the Flag (four vs. four) Soccer (four vs. four) Gladiator (free for all) Last Man Standing (free for all) Team Deathmatch (four vs. four) Juggernaut (free for all) Domination (four vs. four) Crystal Rush (four vs. four) Knight Squad covers the usual bases. Excluding the standard deathmatch, all of the modes actively encourage players to congregate. You're either going after a flag, a grail, a soccer ball, a particular spot that grants bonus points, a particular player with an overpowered weapon, or an object that needs to be captured, attacked, or defended. The end result is chaos. Pure chaos. I like Capture the Flag best. It's classic, and it works well in this top-down, fast-paced arena format. I also dig Juggernaut. Matches begin with a minigun in the center of the map. If you reach it first, you'll not only have a ridiculously good weapon, you'll gain a shield, too. From this point on, the other players tend to team up. They'll charge at you from all directions. Most won't make it. But eventually, someone will manage to break your shield, and someone else will get close enough to strike the killing blow, grab the gun, and become the new juggernaut. That cycle repeats until the timer hits zero, and it's thrilling the whole way through. When you don't have a full lineup of human players, AI bots will fill out the roster -- but they aren't nearly as exciting to compete against. I'd go so far as to specifically not recommend getting Knight Squad unless you have people to play with, whether that's locally or online. The game also offers six standalone single-player challenges. They're challenging, all right, but I'd hesitate to call them enjoyable. You'll face skeletons, worms, trolls, dragons, knights, and a bullet-hell boss. These encounters could have been good, but there are too many needless frustrations holding them back. Your character is really dang slow relative to the enemies, for one. There aren't checkpoints. If you mess up once, you die, and when you die, there isn't an "instant restart" option. Finally, the levels are gated, so most players won't even see them all. At best, these challenges are a distraction from the real fun. It's important to note that now through December 15, 2015, Knight Squad is free to download with an Xbox Live Gold account. If you're thinking of playing, this is a good time to do so while the player base is at its largest and most active. I didn't have much trouble getting into matches, aside from technical issues (a couple of crashes) and hosts dropping out (there aren't dedicated servers). So far, I haven't encountered any noticeable lag. There's no shortage of cool party games these days, and Knight Squad stands among them. It's not something I see myself returning to time and time again like some of its peers, but I got a kick out its accessible, action-packed multiplayer. If you're coming along for the ride, be sure to bring friends. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Dibs on the blue one!
Gauntlet as an eight-person competitive arena game? Sure, I'm in. That more-or-less accurate summary is about all it took for me to give Knight Squad a look. Hearing a few co-workers sing the game's praises at conventions als...

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Fallout myths

Well, that's one way to enter a locked building in Fallout 4

Fallout 4 Mythbusters
Nov 16
// Jordan Devore
In this first Fallout 4 episode of the YouTube show Mythbusters, we're shown a trick to enter locked buildings. Turns out you can just peek through a window and sit on furniture to warp inside. There can't be very many locations where that would work, but it's amusing all the same. And speaking of amusing, try holding up an item the next time you chat with someone.
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Star Fox

That's more like it, Star Fox Zero

A pair of gameplay clips
Nov 16
// Jordan Devore
Comparing recent Star Fox Zero footage to what was shown in June, it's clear Nintendo made the right call when it delayed the Wii U game to April 22, 2016. Besides visual upgrades, the extra time is going toward improving the...
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Disgaea on Steam

I hope Disgaea on Steam is a sign of things to come

The first game hits PC in February
Nov 16
// Jordan Devore
NIS is bringing the original Disgaea to Steam. Cool, right? The strategy role-playing game will be available on PC in February with enhancements including an updated user interface and textures, Steam achievements and cloud s...
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Fallout 4

Someone recreated the piano scene from Big in Fallout 4

And it only took 19 hours!
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
Settlement building in Fallout 4 isn't as user friendly or refined as it should be (I'd like my garden of melons to not float three feet off the ground, if at all possible), but that isn't going to hold people back from making impressive things. Take, for instance, this walking piano:
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Gravity Rush PS4

Gravity Rush Remastered is getting a physical release in North America

Second chance to play a great game
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
There was discouraging talk of Gravity Rush Remastered being a digital-only release in North America, but as it turns out, a physical version is in the works after all. Amazon has opened pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 game. It's releasing on February 9, 2016 for $29.99. Someone must have decided the box art was simply too good not to use.
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Indivisible crowdfunding campaign extended

About $500K left to go
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
It's not over yet. Lab Zero Games has secured a 20-day extension on its Indiegogo campaign for Indivisible, a stylish side-scrolling RPG with shades of Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid. As it now stands, Lab Zero has raised...
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A better breakdown of the Star Wars Battlefront season pass

Maps, modes, characters
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
The season pass for Star Wars Battlefront is $50. We had a basic understanding of what the package entails, and as of today, we have a slightly better idea what to expect. Here's the latest summary from EA: 4 expansion packs...
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RollerCoaster Tycoon World pushed to 2016

The ride never ends
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
The results are in from the RollerCoaster Tycoon World beta, and Atari has decided to delay the game to early 2016. Previously, it was supposed to be out for PC on December 10. With this specific beta, Nvizzio wanted to showc...
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Free eBook

Amazon has The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers for free

Download Volume 1
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
Just yesterday, I was reading up on a canceled decades-old Konami fighting game whose character sketches are, uh, better seen than described. What a what-if! The information originated from author John Szczepaniak and his boo...
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Star Fox outfit

Star Fox and Monster Hunter X are a winning combination

Let's rock 'n' roll
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
There's no real reason for me to get this much enjoyment out of costumes in Monster Hunter, a series I don't even play, and yet here we are once again. The little promo videos are entertaining. Monster Hunter X, which releases in Japan on November 28, also has a Star Fox outfit. So, an animal character wearing another animal character's iconic garb. It's about as great as you'd hope.
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Mother 3... in Japan

Such a tease! Mother 3 is headed to Wii U in Japan

Virtual Console
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
There was at least one noticeable difference between today's Nintendo Direct in North America and Japan, and of course it involved Mother 3. The latter region is getting the treasured role-playing game on the Wii U Virtual Console next month. It's not our year, apparently. Will it ever be? Perhaps in my lifetime. The port will be available digitally in Japan on December 17, 2015.
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amiibo dates

Lucas and other amiibo are coming January 22

Dolls for days
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo is putting out another batch of amiibo figures and cards on January 22, 2016, as announced during today's Nintendo Direct. Good luck securing your Lucas amiibo! Wouldn't want Ness to feel lonely.
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Twilight Princess HD

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD confirmed for Wii U

It's a bit of a wait, though
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
After a short message about the tragic passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata earlier this year, Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aimé dove right into some news in today's Nintendo Direct presentation. First up, T...
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Steam Weekend

Klei's games are free to play on Steam this weekend

Discounts, too
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
Between Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja, there's a lot of love for Klei around these parts. The studio is now a decade old, and it's celebrating that milestone with a Steam promotion. You can play these titles for free on ...
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PS Vita

That's a damn fine PlayStation Vita

Japan, though!
Nov 12
// Jordan Devore
I like this PlayStation Vita design even more than that metal slime PlayStation 4. They share a similar theme, but it's the little touches that matter -- the custom d-pad art, the liquid metal slime accessory for the headphone jack, the slick box the system comes in. All great.
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Xbox One update

The new Xbox One dashboard rolls out tonight

Backward compatibility to follow
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
November is flying by me. It's nearly time for the new Xbox One dashboard update, and you know what that means: backward compatibility! The initial list of supported Xbox 360 games falls short of my expectations, but it'll im...
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Diamond Cat

Wear a cat on your head in Metal Gear Online

He's helping!
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
Well, damn. Now I regret spending those Mother Base coins on that sweet crocodile hat. If you haven't checked in with Metal Gear Online in a while, this headgear might be just the nudge you need. It's a cat named Ricky that you can place on your head. That'll be 300 MB Coins, thanks.
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J.J. Abrams and Chair are making a spy game

Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek is teaming up with the studio behind Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex for an "action-strategy" espionage title called Spyjinx. The creators at Bad Robot Interactive ...
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What is going on with this Dragon's Crown figure?

Mesmerizing in all the wrong ways
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
I'm almost at a loss for words other than to say you don't know what you've got until it's gone. The last Dragon's Crown Amazon figure (that I've seen, anyway) was over the top in ways you would expect given the source material, but that design now looks respectable compared to what's happening here. If you don't mind my asking, uh, what exactly is happening here?
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Fallout 4 tip

This power fist served me well in Fallout 4

You can get it (relatively) early on
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
I don't typically play Fallout with a melee build in mind (quite the opposite, actually; I love sniper rifles), but this power fist served me well for a good chunk of Fallout 4. First off, look at it. That's some gnarly ...
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Steam Machines are out, so there's a game sale

The Steam Link sounds intriguing
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
Today is a big hardware day for Valve. The Steam Controller ($49.99), Steam Link ($49.99), and Steam Machines (starting at $449.99) have officially launched in North America and Europe. Impressions of those devices have been ...
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Rocket League update

Rocket League is now even more chaotic

The mutator update is here
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
"Get back into Rocket League" just jumped to the top of my gaming to-do list. With the latest update on PC and PlayStation 4, mutators are in! There are a bunch of specifics to dig through -- and I've included the full patch ...
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The Phantom Pain

You can bring back a certain buddy in Metal Gear Solid V

But the process is repetitive
Nov 10
// Jordan Devore
As of a recent update in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it is now possible to bring back a beloved buddy who becomes unusable after you progress far enough into the story. But you're not going to like the method. In a game full of padding, there's now just a little bit more repetition. To be clear, you'll want to stop reading now if you're looking to avoid specifics. Spoilers.

Where to find companions in Fallout 4

Nov 10 // Jordan Devore
A few notes: Thankfully, companions can't die. If they're taken out in combat, they'll squat down and wait for you to a) heal them with a stimpack or b) kill all nearby enemies. There are lots of dead dogs in this video game, but rest assured, you won't have to dig a grave for your beloved Dogmeat. If you stick with the same companion, over time, you can gain their loyalty and a unique perk. That deathclaw in the first picture isn't going to hurt me, but he's not my buddy, either. I wish! If you'd like to know more, head to the Museum of Witchcraft at the top right of the map. There will be spoilers in this post, of course, but I'll try to keep them to a minimum. This little guide is intended for people who either want a specific type of companion (say, a super mutant) as soon as possible and don't know where to look, or just have a desire to catch 'em all. Codsworth (Mister Handy) The family robot survived the bombs! Drop by your old neighborhood (Sanctuary Hills). Dogmeat (uh, dog) You can't miss him. One of the first areas you'll encounter after emerging from Vault 111 is a place called Red Rocket Truck Stop. Just follow the path straight out of Sanctuary Hills. Preston Garvey (Minutemen supporter) You'll bump into Preston early on in the main story. He needs a help clearing out the nearby town of Concord. Later in your journey, once you've helped rebuild the Minutemen, he'll be a seemingly never-ending source of cookie-cutter quests to find and help the other settlements scattered across the Commonwealth. Paladin Danse (dude in power armor) He's your way into the Brotherhood of Steel. Go to the Cambridge Police Station and take on a few quests. Eventually, he'll want to tag along with you. Curie (Mister Handy with a French accent) She's associated with a quest in Vault 81 called "Hole in the Wall." To access the vault, you'll first need to cough up three fusion cores (the "ammo" for power armor), and those don't come cheap. With that in mind, after using most of the energy in a core, set it aside -- the vault gatekeeper will accept mostly-used fusion cores, so don't hand over fresh ones. (Tip: Keep Curie around at least until she asks for help with something. It's a neat little quest.) Nick Valentine (detective; best character in the game) Over the course of the story, you'll end up in Diamond City. There's a detective agency in the back of town, but the owner has gone missing. Head over there and see what's up. Piper (journalist) There's also a news reporter in Diamond City. You'll bump into her on your way in.  Cait (rapscallion) It took me about 50 hours before I randomly decided to enter the Combat Zone, so Cait was one of my last recruits. Go inside, kill a bunch of raiders, and then speak with the ghoul. Strong (super mutant; milk lover) He says a lot of weird stuff, but that's what makes him so endearing. Keep an eye out for Trinity Tower and a side quest called "Curtain Call." John Hancock (cool ghoul) There are some entertaining characters in Goodneighbor, so make sure to stop by sooner than later. After you've helped some of the locals (one side quest is "The Silver Shroud"), report back to Hancock in the settlement's Old State House and he'll yearn for adventure again. Robert MacCready (one of the annoying kids in Fallout 3; he's now a man) While in Goodneighbor, visit The Third Rail. Head all the way downstairs, and swing by the VIP room. Bring caps (and/or charisma). Deacon (man of a thousand faces) One of my other favorite companions. He's hilarious. Deacon belongs to a major faction in Fallout 4 called The Railroad, and finding their secret base is a pain in the ass. It starts with the quest "Road to Freedom," which has you follow the Freedom Trail, a winding path that goes from Boston Common to the Old North Church. (Tip: If you're going to do the trail proper, follow the red markers on the street at Boston Common, not the nearby lanterns. Chris and I both had trouble with this at first.) X6-88 (???) Supposedly! NPCs won't shut up about him, but I haven't been able to locate him inside The Institute (you'll access it through the main story). Probably for the best that I don't find him.
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Meet your new BFF
Seeking a friend for the end of the world? Good idea. The Commonwealth is a nasty place. Even if you can handle super mutants and deathclaws, it's best to bring a buddy along if for no other reason than to have someone help h...

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MonHun X

Monster Hunter X has nods to Wind Waker and Macross Delta

Link with a tail and whiskers!
Nov 09
// Jordan Devore
Capcom has a habit of putting crossover characters, outfits, and weapons in Monster Hunter and that amusing trend continues with Monster Hunter X. The upcoming 3DS game has tie-ins with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Macross Delta. Here's a look at them.

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