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PlayStation Network

Latest PSN sale celebrates co-op gaming

Which cat are you?
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
Sony is holding a co-op game sale on PlayStation Network until next week, and if you're a new PS4 owner or will be one soon thanks to Black Friday sales, it's absolutely worth a look. Some of my favorite titles for the consol...
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Just Cause

The first hour of Just Cause 3 is predictably wild

See it now, or just wait a week
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
It's common for media to share the "first __ minutes!" of a new game release, but I don't recall too many big-name developers partaking in that practice. Avalanche has put up the first hour of Just Cause 3. If you are concern...
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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is getting a HUD refresh soon

And Shadow Jago
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
The terrible twos aren't terrible at all when you're talking about Killer Instinct. The Xbox One launch title celebrated its second birthday over the weekend, and its future looks promising. Season 3 drops in March, but befor...
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One Piece

Now that's a video game screenshot!

One Piece: Burning Blood
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
You don't need to know the first thing about One Piece to enjoy this screenshot from Burning Blood, Spike Chunsoft's upcoming fighter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. A colorful robot fighting a dashing dinosaur? Thi...
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Fallout update notes

You can nab the first Fallout 4 update on Steam

I thought you'd be bigger
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Bethesda has released a beta version of the first Fallout 4 update on PC, and if you were expecting a bunch of sweeping changes and bug fixes, well, give it some time. New Features Number pad keys can now be used for remappi...
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Itoi has a good reason for not doing Mother 4

He cares about quality
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Mother 4? Not going to happen. Not with Shigesato Itoi, anyway. "Totally impossible." Speaking to Game Watch Impress, as translated by Kotaku, he said, "Among big-time pop stars, if they, you know, put out ten albums, around ...
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Plants vs. Zombies

EA is handing out free Garden Warfare coins

Just log in for 80,000 coins
Nov 23
// Jordan Devore
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was one of my most-played games last year. What a fun shooter! I won't get back into it, but I don't see the harm in opening a few card packs. As a celebration for passing the eight-million-...
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Doujin bundle

Humble Weekly brings back the Japanese indies

Good variety
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
The doujin scene isn't my usual beat, but Astebreed is cool as hell and I like sharing deals whenever possible. As such, hey, you may want to take a look at this Japan-centric Humble Weekly Bundle. No rush! You've got several...
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Attack on Titan PS4

That new Attack on Titan game freaks me out

There can be no survivors
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
It's not like I was going to sleep tonight, anyway, Attack on Titan. A handful of audio-less gameplay clips from Koei Tecmo's upcoming PS4, PS3, and PS Vita action game have surfaced on the official Japanese site. Lots of zooming around, slashing titan flesh. A couple of the videos are more mundane and feature the protagonists chatting with one another. Let's not focus on the mundane.
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XCOM 2 gallery

XCOM 2 looks quite nice outdoors

Can't take my eyes off of you
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Sometimes, I just want to look at the world of XCOM free of distraction. It's quite pleasant, in fact, when you aren't obsessively worrying about the many ways in which your squad can and likely will perish. Or how your never...
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Steam sales

The next big Steam sales will have more stable discounts

So long, daily and flash deals
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Valve is tweaking the way it handles major sales on Steam -- at least the next pair. The upcoming autumn sale (November 25 - December 1) and winter sale (December 22 - January 4) will not feature the limited-time daily deals ...
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Big HotS sale

Heroes of the Storm is throwing a 50% off sale next week

That includes heroes, skins, and mounts
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Hey, big spender. You may want to hold off on making any purchases in Heroes of the Storm over the next few days. Blizzard is about to throw a fairly substantial Black Friday sale. From November 24 to December 8, the game's s...
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The Witness

A tranquil moment with The Witness

The so-called 'long screenshot' returns
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
We're not far from the January 26, 2016 release of The Witness (PC, PS4), but going off this latest blog post from designer Jonathan Blow, there's plenty of work left to be done on the puzzling adventure. The first test readi...
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This Hotline Miami sale supports the musicians

Both games and OSTs discounted on Steam
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
The music for Hotline Miami has stuck with me like few other video game soundtracks. Carpenter Brut, M|O|O|N, Perturbator, and Magic Sword all in one brutal, high-octane place. It's exceptional. While the games have been disc...
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Batman PC woes

Arkham Knight won't support multiple GPUs

Sorry, SLI and Crossfire users!
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
The PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight went back up on Steam a few weeks ago. There are still issues even after the re-listing, and the developers are still trying to address them, but there are some they "cannot fix." One s...
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PS4 gets Beyond: Two Souls next week, Heavy Rain in March

Do it for Dafoe
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
If a "huge portion" of PlayStation 4 owners never played something as universally liked as The Last of Us, I wonder how many of them missed out on Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain. "Enough," I suppose. Both games are being re...
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Atlus x Vanillaware

Odin Sphere has a great collector's edition

By Odin's Beard!
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Atlus sure knows how to put a special edition together. For Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, a remake whose name I dare not type out manually, the publisher has a $79.99 Storybook Edition planned. It's exclusive to PlayStation 4 and...
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Fallout video

Fallout 4 at its unscripted best

Anything goes!
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Much has been said about Fallout 4's imperfect dialog system, but I haven't seen many people bring up the weird, occasionally hilarious things that can happen to you mid-conversation. This ten-second video is one such example. Perhaps even the perfect example.
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Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon aims for PS4, Vita this spring

Eyes on the inside
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
Darkest Dungeon is bringing its madness-inducing dungeon crawling to PlayStation 4 and Vita in spring 2016. Those carrion eaters and shamblers are really going to pop on your TV! Speaking of: the PS4 port will be playable at ...
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Halo 5 update

Halo 5 now has Big Team Battle

And more customization items
Nov 18
// Jordan Devore
With today's 6.2GB "Battle of Shadow and Light" update for Halo 5: Guardians, Big Team Battle is in. My old favorite! The eight vs. eight multiplayer playlist supports Capture the Flag, Strongholds, and Slayer, and it's playa...
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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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