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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 raises more questions than answers photo
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 raises more questions than answers
by Brett Makedonski

My time with Resident Evil: Revelations 2 at Tokyo Game Show was brief -- maybe 20 minutes if we're being generous. Swiftly dumped into the beginning of the game, I was left to try to unravel the mystery of what exactly was happening, an inquiry that went unsolved. It was predictable, though. There's a lot of story to tell over Revelations 2's month-long release of four installments in early 2015; they're not going to clue me in right from the get-go.

What I do know is that I woke up in a jail cell as Claire Redfield, the action protagonist of Revelations 2. She handles all the shooty/stabby parts, and her cohort Moira Burton handles all the investigation bits. Moira was similarly imprisoned close by, until I used Claire to free her. From then on, the two could be switched on-the-fly with a simple press of a button.

Seeing as it was the beginning of the game, this is where Revelations 2 did its best to acclimate players with the simpler mechanics. Here's a knife, stab stuff with it; here's a gun, it's used for shooting bad people. That sort of thing. After teaching me how to push shelving, a zombie burst through the other side, imploring me to punch him with my knife in his big dumb face.

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10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Feel the icy chill of these Dark Souls II Crown of the Ivory King DLC screens

Snow isn't a common theme with the Souls series, so it's interesting that the upcoming Dark Souls II DLC Crown of the Ivory King will take place on an icy tundra. This new batch of screens looks suitably dreary...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Everything there is to know about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as told by Hammerlock and Torgue

With coverage ramping up for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel leading up to its release in less than a month, several commenters have expressed confusion on what role this game is supposed to fill. To help demonstrate everything ...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes photo
Review: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
by Chris Carter

Disney Infinity was quite the ambitious project, but it fell flat in a few key areas. This was mostly due to a lack of even game worlds, with a few of the universes overshadowing others that felt more rushed. The other aspect of the game that didn't fully deliver was the Toy Box mode -- a take on LittleBigPlanet's "create your own" levels mechanic.

With Disney Infinity 2.0, Avalanche Software is poised to rectify both of those issues, combined with free reign of the Marvel license. While 2.0 is still primarily targeted towards the younger audience, the overall package is much more enticing the second time around.

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3:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Watch Sebastian stumble around a lot in this Evil Within trailer out of TGS 2014

We're marching ever closer to the release of The Evil Within, which is headed to a retailer near you October 14. Bethesda's latest horror IP is shown off in the latest trailer here, straight out of TGS 2014. If you've been t...

Brittany Vincent



Destiny is the same gameplay experience on last-gen, but looks pretty rough photo
Destiny is the same gameplay experience on last-gen, but looks pretty rough
by Brett Zeidler

[Screenshots shown here are not the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions.]

The marketing for Destiny would have you believe that the only place it makes an appearance is on the PlayStation 4. But no, it certainly made its way to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The latter of the three, specifically, are particularly surprising. Of course, Destiny was announced before the now current-gen consoles were even announced, so Bungie made due on its original announcement to bring their new shooter to last-gen systems.

You already know our thoughts on Destiny, and now you're not sure whether or not the PS4 or Xbox One versions are truly worth it over the PS3 or Xbox 360. After spending some time with both the PS3 and PS4 versions myself, the technical disparity between the generations has finally become quite apparent.

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1:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Most of Alien: Isolation's Survivor Mode will be DLC

Survivor Mode in Alien: Isolation, as described here in this video and further detailed in Steven's hands-on coverage, sounds cool. You'll have to complete certain objectives on a timer while being hunted, and factors like w...

Jordan Devore



Playthrough: Destiny's Mars has cars, but not a single hot dog in sight photo
Playthrough: Destiny's Mars has cars, but not a single hot dog in sight
by Bill Zoeker

I've come down with a bad case of Dumpster Mono, and Max Scoville is terrified of germs, so he made me stay home so he could play Destiny and call it 'work'. But, without my responsible guidance, he got tricked into playing co-op with a man named Steve, who he thought he knew, but turned out to be a complete internet stranger. That doesn't stop Max from missing a lot of shots, and misreading pertinent information. 

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Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold photo
Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold
by Jordan Devore

Now through September 30, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Halo: Reach for free through Microsoft's Games with Gold program. And those of you with an Xbox One still have the rest of the month to nab the excellent Super Time Force. Just putting that out there.

Reach has the distinction of being the last Halo game I was even moderately into, though my memory of it is mostly hazy. I do recall struggling quite a bit toward the end of the game. Funny how of all the things I could remember about my playthrough, it ends up being the painful part.

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Review: Destiny photo
Review: Destiny
by Chris Carter

It's been a small journey reviewing Destiny, but now I've experienced every facet of the game and I'm ready to make my decision. As mentioned previously, the story and setting leave a lot to be desired, but the gunplay is very sound, and the PVP element reminds me of some of my favorite shooters, filled with tons of exciting moments.

But even after digging into the nitty-gritty, the endgame structure is rigid and has too many problems at the current moment to warrant a full recommendation.

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9:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Destiny's first raid, the Vault of Glass, opens today

Today the first six-person raid opened up in Destiny -- the Vault of Glass. It's one of the events in the game that has no matchmaking function, so you'll have to use any number of third party tools to find friends, or d...

Chris Carter

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

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



Watch Dogs: Bad Blood goes punk, features co-op play and new modes photo
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood goes punk, features co-op play and new modes
by Alessandro Fillari

Say what you will about Ubisoft, but they've got a knack for trying something a little different for their DLC offerings. After the incredibly successful launch of Watch Dogs back in May, it seemed like they've been biding their time with the release of some smaller DLC packs to one of their best-selling new titles. With so much content packed in Watch Dogs, I was curious to see how a single-player campaign DLC can stack up.

But now, it seems Ubisoft felt that four months was enough for players to explore the city of Chicago as Aiden Pearce. With a new playable character, a new set of tools, and new missions to dive into; players can see the streets of Chicago through a fresh perspective, and can even bring a friend along for the ride.

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8:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Get a closer look at the four playable characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Gearbox Software has been slowly releasing a four-part behind-the-scenes series of videos on the making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, leading up to the title's October 14 release. Episode One looked at the initial announce...

Darren Nakamura





8:00 AM on 09.13.2014

Monaco: What's Yours is Mine sells 1 million

Sales of stealth action game Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine have surpassed the one million mark, developer Pocketwatch games announced this week. Monaco was the big winner at GDC's Independent Games Festival in 2010, ...

Kyle MacGregor



BioWare is working to specifically differentiate Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age II photo
BioWare is working to specifically differentiate Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age II
by Chris Carter

When I entered BioWare's offices and had a chance to speak to the game's Executive Producer and Studio GM, I had one goal in mind -- to find out how Dragon Age: Inquisition was going to be more like Origins, and less like Dragon Age II.

You'd expect a lot of Molyneuxian backpedaling when confronted with the idea that the last game was a letdown in many eyes, but the responses I received were genuine, with a real concern for learning from past mistakes, and a confident assurance of the game Inquisition could really become.

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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

11:30 AM on 09.12.2014

Bungie reveals upcoming Destiny events and free content through October

Since Bungie plans on supporting Destiny throughout the year and into 2015, free content updates and events will populate the universe in addition to the DLC expansions that are already announced. The first event is a Sa...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 09.12.2014

Yondu and Falcon revealed for Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity 2.0 is getting yet another set of figures it seems -- Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy and Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course these are mostly tie-ins with the films, but both di...

Chris Carter



Very Quick Tips: Destiny photo
Very Quick Tips: Destiny
by Chris Carter

Our Destiny review is coming along nicely. I just hit level 20 on my Warlock and I'm slowly making my way up to the soft cap of Light Level 25 to get raid-ready for next week.

Here are some tips I've come up with along the way to make everything easier. 

 

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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



Review in Progress: Destiny (update) photo
Review in Progress: Destiny (update)
by Chris Carter

[Since a large part of Destiny is found within the raid system upon reaching max level, we'll be publishing a Review in Progress for the game over the course of a few weeks. Here are our thoughts about the live version.]

Destiny finally landed this week, and based off my initial impressions, my first foray into the world Bungie built was mixed. Having worked my way up to level 11 at that point, I was mostly experiencing the basic game modes and enjoying PVP quite a bit, but I was very disappointed in the story.

I have a better idea of what to expect now after reaching the max level of 20, and while I'm having fun, I'm still not blown away with what Bungie has given us so far.

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Metal Gear Solid V pre-TGS tease: Quiet jumps from a helicopter, goes invisible photo
Metal Gear Solid V pre-TGS tease: Quiet jumps from a helicopter, goes invisible
by Steven Hansen

...And that's it. Well, there are some angry raccoon eyes at the end, too. 

Wait. Clearly the soldiers see the helicopter above them. And Quiet doesn't even turn invisible until she's mid-fall. Why even turn invisible at that point? To show off? It's like a needlessly flashy version of the Ghost in the Shell intro, which I would link except that it has boobs and also I can only find the Ghost in the Shell 2.0 video with CGI that makes my eyes sad.

I hope I have GitS on DVD somewhere because I really want to watch it now.

But I did just notice the handcuffs so maybe she was being carted away from Mother Base for some reason and then decided to show how cool she was when the helicopter is in the air? Who knows. I want this game

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10:30 AM on 09.11.2014

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure HD has been delisted on the Xbox Live Arcade

It's  a sad day when something gets delisted on a digital storefront. In terms of physical media we don't really have anything comparable, as so many copies are generally out in the wild after any release -- even the rar...

Chris Carter

8:15 PM on 09.10.2014

Sing your heart out with The Voice

Let me preface this post by saying that I don't watch The Voice, or any of those other horrific singing shows. But I do sing a lot in my spare time. Not great or anything, but I do it for fun. And there aren't enough karaoke ...

Brittany Vincent





1:30 PM on 09.10.2014

Try not to think about cantaloupe while playing The Evil Within

I get such a kick out of seeing how things are made, especially when the people making said things are having a blast. This behind-the-scenes footage for The Evil Within is exactly what I'm talking about. We're given a glimp...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 09.10.2014

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be an episodic series

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be released as an episodic series, Capcom announced today. The survival horror adventure is divided into four installments, which see anti-bioterrorist agents Claire Redfield and Moira Burton...

Kyle MacGregor

10:15 AM on 09.10.2014

Destiny's already made a ton of money, but you probably could've guessed that

Every now and then, when a videogame launches and does mega numbers, the publisher likes to toot its own horn a little bit. It should come as no surprise that this is the case with Destiny -- after all it was [...

Brett Makedonski

8:00 AM on 09.10.2014

LEGO Batman 3 will get the first LEGO Season Pass ever

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will drop in November, and alongside of it, a season pass. This is the first ever season pass for a LEGO game, and will run you $14.99 for six total add-ons. The pass will launch on ever...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 09.09.2014

How not to survive in Alien: Isolation

From everything I've heard of Alien: Isolation, it's best not to run around when you think the coast is clear much less when the Xenomorph is right there in the same room. See: the trailer above. Creative Assembly plans to put out more of these videos throughout the month, and I have to imagine most will end with the demise of Amanda Ripley. It's just like playing the game, then.

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 09.09.2014

Shadow of Mordor pushed back on Xbox 360 and PS3

Like a Balrog vanquished to the depths from whence it came, Warner Bros. took a good look at the legacy console adaptions of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and declared "You shall not pass!" At least, not for a few more ...

Brett Makedonski



Review in Progress: Destiny photo
Review in Progress: Destiny
by Chris Carter

[Since a large part of Destiny is found within the raid system upon reaching max level, we'll be publishing a Review in Progress for the game over the course of a few weeks. Here are our initial thoughts about the live version.]

Bungie has a lot to prove coming off of Halo. It crafted a dynasty that really put console shooters on the map, and pretty much everyone reading this likely has at least one great memory with the franchise.

Here we are nearly seven years after the developer's split with Microsoft, and four years after its last game, Halo Reach. Destiny is quite an ambitious project, melding elements of MMOs alongside of the tried and true shooter-RPG formula -- so much so that it has created lingering doubts among the masses as to whether or not Bungie can pull it off.

While I am enjoying myself for the most part on my path to Destiny's elaborate endgame, I have to say the journey so far hasn't been quite as spectacular as I initially hoped.

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2:30 PM on 09.08.2014

Assassin's Creed bundle goes America all over everybody's ass

As if Ubisoft weren't unleashing enough Assassin's Creed on the world this fall with Unity and Rogue slated for November, it has one more trick up its sleeve to rope in some players with less familiarity of the...

Brett Makedonski

1:45 PM on 09.08.2014

Destiny is one of the best Vita Remote Play games to date

Destiny is out tomorrow, but the servers are live today for people who got their copy early or are reviewing the game. I've had a chance to play quite a bit already (more on that tomorrow), but I wanted to touch on one thing ...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 09.06.2014

Claire returns in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 along with a new face

[Edit: Push Start was the original source on this news. Their post has an even better look at the game via GamesMaster Magazine, inducing a shot of the The Afflected in action. They are bloated. gross, and as we guessed, appe...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Last-gen Destiny players can upgrade to current-gen for free this year

If you're planning to buy Destiny on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and think you might migrate to Xbox One or PlayStation 4 eventually, consider going for a digital copy (I know) -- you'll be able to upgrade to the current-genera...

Jordan Devore





4:01 PM on 09.05.2014

Madden 15 is an extra scummy ripoff on PS3 and 360

EA usually saves its most blatant hack jobs for consoles where it's less likely to draw ire.  FIFA 14 on Vita was a reskin of FIFA 13 on Vita which was a reskin of FIFA Soccer. Before you snark about "aren't al...

Steven Hansen



Review: Madden 15 photo
Review: Madden 15
by Steven Hansen

Madden 15 on PS3 and 360 is bad garbage that EA shouldn't get away with releasing.

Alright then, onto current-gen.

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1:30 PM on 09.05.2014

Destiny and Red Bull are teaming up for some unclear reason

"Brand synergy!" the executive shouted, confident that his enthusiasm would rally his employees. "Forward-thinking leverage!" he followed up, unsure about the mumbo jumbo coming out of his mouth, but hoping his tone would ins...

Brett Makedonski