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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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Black Friday

Look for a $250 Wii U bundle with Smash and Splatoon on Black Friday

Available at Meijer
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
While Nintendo has slowed its Wii U release schedule to a drip feed, there are still upcoming games that look promising (Xenoblade Chronicles X and Star Fox Zero among them), and more importantly, there are a bunch of fantas...
Rare console prototype photo
Rare console prototype

That Nintendo PlayStation works!

At least partially
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
Real or fake, I was fascinated by that so-called Nintendo PlayStation. The system, a sort of Super Nintendo with a CD drive, was produced through a partnership with Sony but never saw a commercial release. The machines are ex...
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Blizzard's Overwatch isn't free-to-play

$40 on PC, $60 on consoles
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
Even more Overwatch news out of BlizzCon. Following this morning's confirmation that the team-based shooter is headed to consoles, Blizzard has come out with pricing details. I would have pinned this as a free-to-play game in...
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Warcraft film

Orcs sure do look cool in the Warcraft movie

Humans, less so
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
The first official trailer for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie is out, and it looks all right! I think? It's hard to say based on just this small amount of footage for a film not releasing until June 2016.
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Activision Blizzard TV

Activision Blizzard forms studio for TV and film

Skylanders Academy is up first
Nov 06
// Jordan Devore
Before long, we're going to start to see television shows and even movies based on Activision Blizzard properties. The company is putting together a new "film and television studio devoted to creating original content" for it...
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Meet your maker

Uh, Mario? Is that you?

Mario Maker easter egg
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Super Mario Maker got an important update last night. My focus was drawn to the new costumes and much-needed ability to lay down checkpoints in levels, but Nintendo also slipped in an easter egg. It's super easy to access, bu...
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The Old Hunters

Another covenant is coming to Bloodborne

As part of a patch, not the expansion
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Even if you're planning to pass on The Old Hunters expansion for Bloodborne later this month, there will still be a reason to revisit Yharnam. From Software is preparing a free patch that will introduce another covenant, The ...
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Battleborn delay

Battleborn needs a few more months

Now releasing May 3, 2016
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
Take-Two is giving Battleborn an extra few months of development. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One shooter is now targeting May 3, 2016. Previously, it was slotted for February 9. "We at Gearbox are feeling energized by the data of ...
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Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is out in February

Pre-orders come with a Mass Effect mech
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
The eternal plants versus zombies conflict returns on February 23, 2016 -- that's when Garden Warfare 2 is hitting PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Thinking back on how many hours I poured into the first game, my fate is sea...
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Super Mario Maker

Mario Maker has new costumes and checkpoints

Totem Link!
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
It's a great time to get back into Super Mario Maker. As of tonight's update, we can now place mid-level checkpoints. Finally! They're going to have such a big impact on my willingness to clear people's levels. To add a check...
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Blizzard classics

Blizzard wants to restore StarCraft, Diablo II, and Warcraft III

Bring it on!
Nov 04
// Jordan Devore
Based on a job listing, Blizzard plans to revisit some its past games. The company is searching for a senior software engineer to help bring StarCraft, Diablo II, and Warcraft III up to date. "Evolving operating systems, hard...

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