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What is your favorite Souls series boss? photo
What is your favorite Souls series boss?
by Chris Carter

Yesterday, we talked about From Software Director Hidetaka Miyazaki's favorite boss fight from the Souls series. Interestingly enough it was the Old Monk from Demon's Souls, an encounter that blurred the line between a solo and multiplayer event. He had to fight to get it included in the game, and I'm glad he succeeded, as it's still one of the most unique boss fights to date.

Even having played Dark Souls II and Bloodborne after writing this particular Memory Card, I think I'm still going to have to go with Ornstein & Smough from the first Dark Souls. Take a look at the choices of some of our staff and sound off with your own!

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Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month photo
Killing Floor 2 is hectic and gory, and will be on Early Access this month
by Alessandro Fillari

It's been a good while since the release of the original Killing Floor back in 2008. Over the years, its been sitting on the Steam best-sellers list for quite some time, and built a loyal and dedicated following. While hoard-based zombie action games with heavy co-op focus are certainly not in short supply, Killing Floor was among the cream of the crop for its tight and focused gameplay. And now, after so much time, Tripwire Interactive is finally ready to give fans a taste of the upcoming sequel on Steam Early Access later this month.

At a special event showing off Killing Floor 2's upcoming build for PC, the folks at Tripwire started their presentation by stating that they wanted to do "Early Access right." Over the years, Early Access has been, for better or worse, a common practice for many PC developers. Allowing players to pony up cash for an unfinished version of the game, creators are able to earn income from sales well before a game's official release. And while there are many success stories, there are others that have not turned out so well.

Evidently, the developers at Tripwire Interactive are well aware of the pitfalls. In order to ensure that a true sequel would be something that the fans would be proud of, they want them to be able to have a deep and thorough look at their follow-up.

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5:00 PM on 04.06.2015

Watch the bewitchering first 15 minutes of The Witcher 3

This is the first 15 minutes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, without the opening cinematic, but still with a couple minutes of cutscene followed by horse riding and monster smashing. I've yet to catch up on the series ahead of ...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 04.06.2015

Tomb Raider (2013) has become the best-selling game in the series

The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was always expected to move a lot of units. That much was clear when Square Enix initially deemed it a "failure" after first-month figures yielded a very respectable (yet not good enough) 3...

Brett Makedonski



Beware this naked fatty in Bloodborne photo
Beware this naked fatty in Bloodborne
by Jordan Devore

This guy. This guy right here.

It was late at night and I was already on edge in one of Bloodborne's unnerving Chalice Dungeons. I had hoped to quickly find the lever so I could proceed to the boss, get my ass kicked a few times, scrape by with an eventual win, and delve deeper to the next horrific floor. No funny business.

Before long, I found what I needed, but it was guarded by this big guy with a mace. His impossible swiftness caught me off guard, as did his proud nakedness. It's filthy down there!

Instead of fighting him, I pulled the lever and booked it to a safe spot. You must know when you're outmatched lest you incur the wrath of another loading screen. I returned this morning to find the fatty again for a quick video and sacrificed myself so you might catch a glimpse of his pale rolls.

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Review: Crimzon Clover World Ignition photo
Review: Crimzon Clover World Ignition
by Chris Carter

Every so often, something will come across my desk that I completely overlooked at the time. Valdis Story: Abyssal City was a perfect example of that.

For a while now readers have been asking about Crimzon Clover World Ignition, and I finally set aside the time to play it. That ended up being a good choice.

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12:45 PM on 04.03.2015

Guy 'gits gud,' beats Bloodborne without leveling

YouTube user BOYvsVIDEOGAME decided to beat Bloodborne without leveling up or using a gun, and he's done it. Somehow -- with a lot of patience and practice, I'd imagine -- he's done it. He went with the Waste of Skin origin f...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 04.03.2015

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's April DLC includes 14 quests, Sonic Palico skin

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still going strong, and Capcom is supporting it with plenty of free DLC. Capcom? Lots? Free DLC? I know, I know. This month you'll be able to pickup a Sonic the Hedgehog Palico skin, as well...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Peep the three roles in the new Affordable Space Adventures trailer

Affordable Space Adventures is coming out in one week, so developer KnapNok Games has released a new trailer for the cooperative sci-fi puzzle action title. In my time with it at PAX East, I found the use of the Wii U G...

Darren Nakamura

3:30 PM on 04.02.2015

Rodea: The Sky Soldier lands on 3DS, Wii U, and even Wii in late September

In my mind, Rodea: The Sky Soldier has two things going for it. First, "Rodea" sounds like something that would get into a brawl with Godzilla, and I'm all about that. Second, this Wii U and 3DS title is centered on a sky kin...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Oh good, there's a PC demo for Titan Souls

Titan Souls is a certain kind of game for a certain kind of person. It's stripped down. Refined. Your fragile hero will die in one hit, and he's only got a single arrow with which to kill numerous monsters that would serve as...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 04.02.2015

Quantum Break slips to 2016

Max Payne and Alan Wake maker Remedy has delayed its next major game, Quantum Break. The third-person action title will now bring its slick time manipulation to Xbox One next year. "We thank our fans for their patience," said...

Jordan Devore



Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin's enhancements are minor, but I ended up beating it again photo
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin's enhancements are minor, but I ended up beating it again
by Chris Carter

Love 'em or hate 'em, this is the generation of remakes. It seems as if remasters of the previous generation pop up more frequently than actual new games, but if said remasters actually end up funding new games rather than the coffers of executives, that can be a good thing.

The newest remake comes by way of From Software in the form of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for a variety of different platforms. Unsurprisingly, it holds up as the core experience is fantastic, but it's really hard to suggest buying Scholar unless you haven't played the original in any shape or form.

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7:30 AM on 04.02.2015

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III will arrive on Steam this May

Developer NeocoreGames has announced that the third part of the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing will arrive on PC this May. This will be the third entry in two years, and will carry the tradition of multiplayer ove...

Chris Carter



You can put enemies to work in Bloodborne while farming Blood Echoes photo
You can put enemies to work in Bloodborne while farming Blood Echoes
by Jordan Devore

Depending on how far you are into Bloodborne, you've probably come to realize that this late-game area, accessible using the "Mergo's Loft: Middle" warp from the Hunter's Dream, is one of the best spots to quickly earn Blood Echoes (and also some Blood Vials while you're at it).

Those pigs, man. Horrifying as they look and sound, they pay the bills around here.

Previously, I took the safe approach -- one pig at a time. But while on a "lunch break" today, I accidentally figured out that it's even faster to take the first (isolated) pig down, and then run past the next two. They'll chase after you and get into a tussle with a nearby group of cloaked foes.

With luck, the two groups will nearly wipe each other out. Swoop in for any stragglers.

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5:30 PM on 04.01.2015

Atlus localizing Attack on Titan 3DS game this May

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is officially on its way to North America and Europe. Atlus USA just formally announced plans to publish the Nintendo 3DS action game as part of today's Nintendo Direct presentation. Expec...

Kyle MacGregor