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Firewatch

Firewatch hits PS4, Steam next week for $20


There's a little discount
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
February got here in a hurry, and that means Firewatch isn't far off. Campo Santo's first-person, wilderness-set mystery game is coming to PlayStation 4, Linux, Mac, and Windows on February 9, 2016. It's going to be $19.99, n...
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Origin freebie

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is free on Origin


The one from Criterion Games
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
The latest game in Origin's On the House program is 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. For a limited time, you can add it to your account for free and it'll stay there until the end of days, probably. I'm not particularly we...

Not a Hero nearly broke me

Feb 02 // Jordan Devore
I wasn't sure how I'd like cover-based shooting in a 2D game, going in, but in the case of Not a Hero, I'm quite fond. This isn't so much standing still, popping out to take a few shots, and retreating back into hiding as it is shuffling between safe spots to close the gap, sliding right next to (or into!) enemies, and racking up split-second kills. Think Vanquish more than Gears of War. Cover is plentiful, but you won't stick to it for long unless you're nervously waiting on your few precious health points to restock or your gun to reload. Death comes quickly and repeatedly, both for you and for the hundreds of criminals you're meant to wipe out across three city districts. A single hit can be enough, especially in the later Yakuza-ish levels with samurai chasing you down. That's where I started to lose my cool over the lack of checkpoints. It's also where Not a Hero almost broke me with two overly long, overly demanding levels. (The exact same ones Steven struggled with.) By the time I hit the credits, I felt exhausted, not accomplished or elated. Getting up to that point was great fun, though. Still an experience I'd recommend. The story isn't as successful. Basically, you're helping an anthropomorphic rabbit claim his rightful spot as mayor by, uh, killing loads of people. The tone is Internet Silly to the point of going way overboard, at times, and the humor didn't consistently land for me. But on the whole, I admire the effort that went into the presentation -- particularly the funny graphics in the interludes. Great tunes, too. The story is there, if you want it, but otherwise you're only a few button presses away from getting into that next level. As far as this specific port goes, I don't have much to say. Despite being a PC/Mac exclusive until now, Not a Hero has always struck me as something of a console-style, couch-sitting experience meant to be played with a gamepad. Aside from a couple instances of glitches (my character going invisible once; the occasional floating dead body), there wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Existing fans won't find meaningful extras in this version to warrant double dipping, but it is a solid port of a surprisingly fresh little game. I'm glad I found my way to it. Shame about the canceled PlayStation Vita port, though. Not a Hero would've fared well there. [This impressions piece is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Impressions of the PS4 port
Thank you, Roll7, for reminding me what an utter joy it can be to slide around in video games. I'm not sure what I was so wrapped up playing last May, but it wasn't Not a Hero, the studio's cheeky side-scrolling take on cover...

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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm enlists Li-Ming tomorrow


Buffs for Rehgar
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
It seems Chris and I have begun taking turns covering Heroes of the Storm. He last shared impressions of Li-Ming, and now I'm back to tell you she's launching earlier than expected. After a short stint on the public test real...
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Super Mario Maker

Whip up a sweet wallpaper with Mario Maker


Free official web app
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Nintendo has a cool little web app that lets you create wallpapers for your phone or computer, Mario Maker style. It's only in Japanese, for now, but I'm confident you'll be able to find your way around. This tool isn't nearl...
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RE4 on Wii U

Resident Evil 4 hits Wii U in North America this week


A re-release of the stellar Wii Edition
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
How many ports does Resident Evil 4 warrant? All of them. Forever. Those of us in North America will have another chance to nab the best-playing version, Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition, when it comes to the Wii U eShop this Thursday, February 4. I'm not sure what took so long, as European players have had it since last October. Weird.
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PS Plus voting

We can pick another PlayStation Plus game


Help choose March's PS4 game
Feb 01
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Sony let users vote on which game they'd like to see show up as a PlayStation Plus freebie. Most of us went with Grow Home above Armello or Zombie Vikings, and so it was. That promo, Vote to Play, is going to retur...
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Metal Gear Online

Quiet will be playable in Metal Gear Online


More DLC scheduled for March
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Boy, Metal Gear Online. I sure forget about that in a hurry. Those of you who have stuck with The Phantom Pain's multiplayer suite and plan to continue doing so might be pleased to know that more content is coming in March 20...
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Killer Instinct

Watch Killer Instinct's Kim Wu in action


Big changes for Season 3
Jan 30
// Jordan Devore
Our prior coverage of Killer Instinct has been repeatedly met with comments expressing love and affection for Kim Wu. Well, y'all, today's the day. We're getting our first full look at the martial artist with a "friggin' drag...
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The Division

Ubisoft can't keep up with demand for The Division's closed beta


Some people are stuck waiting
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft says it "can no longer guarantee access" to this weekend's closed beta for Tom Clancy's The Division due to "unprecedented demand." "If you have already pre-ordered The Division and have yet to receive your key, we'r...
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Detective Pikachu

You've got the right stuff, Detective Pikachu


This freakin' game
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Great Detective Pikachu for years, and what a journey it has been. There was a time when we just had a scant few seconds of nightmarish facial-capture footage to go on for the 3DS game and even then, in it...
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American Truck Sim

I think I want to play American Truck Simulator as Jack Burton


This can only end well
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
American Truck Simulator is out on Steam next week, and we have Patrick on point for the review. That's all well and good. But lately, he's been coming into our staff chat with what I have decided must be hip trucker lingo, a...
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Breath of Fire PSP

Wow! Breath of Fire III is headed to PSN


The re-release is finally coming to NA
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Years ago, we ran a post about an effort to bring Breath of Fire III's PlayStation Portable version to North America. It began with the phrase "Never give up hope!" Truly words to live by. It's happening! Capcom has announced...
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Rare throwback

Let's listen to David Wise play the Battletoads theme


Another Rare Revealed video
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Well, this is just lovely. If you've been enjoying Rare's behind-the-scenes videos looking back at its decades of video game development, today's upload is another treat. Longtime Rare composer David Wise talks about what it ...
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Warhammer

Vermintide is getting a free Last Stand mode


By the end of February
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Recent talk about multiple upcoming Games Workshop projects reminds me that I missed Fatshark's Left 4 Dead-ish take on the property, End Times - Vermintide, and need to remedy the situation before long. Some good news on tha...
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GOG.com early access

GOG.com has started selling early access games


Hand-picked, refunds available
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
These days, if I'm getting an email about a new PC game, chances are high it's something on Steam Early Access. Even Microsoft has embraced the sale of work-in-progress titles on Xbox One, and starting this week, you'll find ...
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Figma

These Virtua Fighter toys capture the classic look


1993 was a while ago
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
I don't know when it happened, exactly, but in recent years I've started to find low-poly 3D characters more and more charming. Take these upcoming Virtua Fighter figures, for instance -- I think they're great! Goofy as hell,...
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Mario Maker maintenance

Super Mario Maker is offline until tomorrow


Online services will return at 5pm PT
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Nintendo says everything's back to normal. Happy level hunting.] While you can still play and build levels in Super Mario Maker offline, the game's online features are temporarily unavailable while Nintendo fixes a b...
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Hard Reset Redux

Hard Reset returns with a Redux release


'Coming soon' to PC, PS4, Xbox One
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Some people only know Flying Wild Hog for its work on Shadow Warrior (2013), but before that revival, the studio had another first-person shooter with old-school sensibilities: Hard Reset. It was a generally good time for fan...
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Gothic Armada

Battlefleet: Gothic Armada is holding the Space Marines for early adopters


Free until two months after release
Jan 27
// Jordan Devore
Battlefleet: Gothic Armada is a real-time strategy game in which sprawling Warhammer 40,000 ships blow each other to smithereens. As previewed in today's narrative trailer, there's a story, too! I'm typically not a big fan of...
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Heroes of the Storm

Li-Ming seems deadly in Heroes of the Storm


She's playable now on the PTR
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
Before Xul the Necromancer makes it to Heroes of the Storm in the coming weeks, we're getting another character from the Diablo series, Li-Ming the Wizard. Ahead of her wide release (which is set for February 9, accordin...
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Dangerous Golf

The creators of Burnout are making a destructive golf game


Dangerous Golf for PC, PS4, Xbox One
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
Ex-Criterion Games developers Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward started a new venture, Three Fields Entertainment, in 2014. We had heard that they were working on a "multiplayer sports title" -- and that they'd eventually like to ta...
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Battlefront DLC

These are Star Wars Battlefront's DLC plans


Some free, some paid
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
Despite liking Star Wars Battlefront quite a lot initially -- far more than I would've expected, going in -- I think it has been, what? A month since I last played? That weekend bonus XP event in December is the last time I r...
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Dragon Quest

This Dragon Quest Builders display was built with lots of blocks


Go on, take a piece
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Last year, Square Enix promoted Dragon Quest Heroes in Japan with a huge wall of poppable slimes at a metro station. It was the stuff of dreams. (For me, anyway, but then again I see strange things when I sleep.) A similar ca...
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Microtransactions

Teen who spent $8K on FIFA microtransactions refunded


I'm genuinely surprised
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Steven recently covered a wild story about a man, Lance Perkins, who was shocked to learn that his 17-year-old son had racked up $7,625 in FIFA microtransactions. A few updates on that front. As it turns out, the damage was e...
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Pokemon Shuffle

Use this code for 3,000 coins in Pokemon Shuffle


20160123
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
You can never have enough coins in Pokemon Shuffle, particularly if you're playing on mobile and are trying to catch 'em all, which I foolishly am. There's no escaping this fate, but I've come to accept that. After spending I...
Warhammer 40,000 photo
Warhammer 40,000

Space Hulk: Deathwing looks really cool


Good genes
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
In recent years, a bunch of different games have drawn from Games Workshop properties. Some were good. Many weren't. I have long since learned to not get too invested pre-release. It's just easier that way. But there is one...
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Kickstarter

Invisigun Heroes isn't your typical battle arena


Players are (mostly) invisible, for one
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Earlier, Darren described Invisigun Heroes as being "like Bomberman but everybody is invisible." That should have been reason enough for me to investigate. It has a nice aesthetic. It looks well-designed. Plus, those old Bomb...
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Heroes of the Storm

That's Arthas as a man-bat in Heroes of the Storm


These are the new cosmetic items
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has a video previewing the next batch of heroes, skins, and mounts coming soon to Heroes of the Storm and oh my god did Arthas just turn into a bat because he's a vampire? He did. He totally did. And that blue Lt. Mo...
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Driveclub

Driveclub's hardcore option looks intimidating


It's coming in an update next month
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Evolution Studios is adding a Hardcore Handling option to Driveclub in February. With the feature enabled, you won't be able to rely on familiar assists like traction and stability control. Here's a short preview of it in action:

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