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Pokemon Go

Beware those Pokemon Go beta sign-up pages, they're all scams


As real as Mewthree
Feb 09
// Kyle MacGregor
The Pokémon Company has put out a warning concerning Pokémon Go, stating nothing has been announced regarding the upcoming beta and any new information will be shared via the official site. This seems ...
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Hitman

The Hitman beta starts this week, get a quick look at it


Oh that Agent 47
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
Hit "don't call it a reboot" Man is set to arrive in March (but not fully, since it's episodic -- gaming!), but before then you can get a taste of the beta. It drops on February 12 on PS4, and PC on February 19. Sorry Xbox On...
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Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children beta returns this weekend


The only 'big game' I care about
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I attempted to play the recent beta for The Tomorrow Children only to realize that, darn it, I was a few hours too late. After going through the brief tutorial section, I rode on a subway that was supposed to run to a town wi...
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Overwatch

The Overwatch beta is back on February 9


That didn't take too long
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard is bringing back the Overwatch closed beta on February 9 in the Americas and Europe, and February 16 in Asia. If you had access to it before the hiatus, you'll still be good to go. The newly refreshed beta will sport...

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The Division

PC cheats plague The Division's beta


Ubisoft says it's just 'glitches'
Feb 01
// Vikki Blake
PC participants of The Division’s beta claim the game is rife with cheaters. According to reports by Eurogamer, players can manually alter their XP level and ammo count. This means if you head out into the Dark Zone (wh...
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The Division

The Division's beta is being extended by 24 hours


Running until Feb 2, 6PM GMT
Feb 01
// Joe Parlock
Are you having fun with The Division’s beta? Or maybe you had a hectic weekend and didn’t have time to play it? Well, Ubisoft has a little treat for you. In a post on the Ubisoft forums, it announced that The Divi...
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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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Deals

The Division PC pre-order deals that include beta access


Yes, you'll need Uplay
Jan 29
// Dealzon
Ready or not (hopefully more on the ready side) Tom Clancy's The Division is slated to release March 8, 2016. The weekend beta has already started up on the Xbox One yesterday and has just went live for the PC and P...
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Team Fortress 2

Think you're good enough to rock Team Fortress 2 competitively?


Time to prove it!
Jan 28
// Vikki Blake
Here’s your chance to prove it, boyo. Though there’s, as yet, nothing on the official Team Fortress 2 website, Valve has launched a new Steam Community Group dedicated to keeping players updated about the new beta...
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Overwatch

The Overwatch beta will return with a new mode and more maps


Expected to reappear in mid-February
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard took its closed beta for Overwatch offline in December to pore over player feedback, tighten the balance, and continue working on new features. It will return a little later than some were expecting -- January is now...
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Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online gets a second beta and a standalone character creator


Character creator out now, beta Feb 18
Jan 19
// Joe Parlock
Did you miss Black Desert Online’s first English-language beta test? If so, I have some good news for you, as Daum Games has announced that a second and final beta test will be kicking off February 18. For those who&rsq...
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The Division

Here's when you can play the next The Division beta


Ubisoft confirms beta testing weekend
Jan 15
// Vikki Blake
Ubisoft has confirmed that The Division’s next beta will start on January 28, 2016. According to a recent tweet, the closed beta test will be available on Xbox One from January 28 and on PC and PlayStation 4 from Januar...
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Garden Warfare 2

The Garden Warfare 2 open beta starts today


January 14 - 18 on Xbox One and PS4
Jan 14
// Jordan Devore
The Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 beta begins today. If you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, just head to your respective storefront and download away. It should be live in most if not all regions by this afternoon. ...
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Street Fighter V

Is there a new Street Fighter V PS4 beta on its way?


Ready? Fight!
Jan 14
// Vikki Blake
If you have the Street Fighter V beta client installed on your PlayStation 4, you may have noticed a gigantic patch dropped yesterday (thanks, EventHub). The update - listed as version 1.08 and weighing in at ...
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Metal Gear Online

Metal Gear Online's PC beta temporarily pulled due to microtransaction exploit


Konami's working on a quick fix
Jan 13
// Brett Makedonski
Those Diamond Dogs can be a bunch of doggone dirty scoundrels. Konami learned that the hard way with its recently-launched PC beta for Metal Gear Online. The publisher was forced to temporarily take the game offline because s...
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Torment beta

Torment: Tides of Numenera's beta nears


Backers can get it first
Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
Torment: Tides of Numenera has been taking its time, but the beta will be out before long. All eligible crowdfunding backers will gain access during the week of January 17, 2016 (exact date TBA). Then, on January 26, the beta...
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Triad Wars

Triad Wars, the F2P spin-off to Sleeping Dogs, is shutting down in January


Something something sleeping dogs lie
Dec 24
// Joe Parlock
When it was announced there was to be a successor to United Front Games’ Hong Kong open world crime game Sleeping Dogs, Triad Wars probably wasn’t what most people had in mind. Instead of the involving story ...
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Deals

23% off Street Fighter V deal back again for Steam/PC


Pre-order includes beta access
Dec 17
// Dealzon
Update: Coupon is now 25% off. Street Fighter V's third beta starts as early as midnight 12:01am PT Friday on PS4 and PC (Steam) and will end at 10:00pm Sunday. Pre-ordering the Steam PC copy will grant you beta access, and i...
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Street Fighter V

The third Street Fighter V beta kicks off tomorrow, here are all the details


At least eight playable characters
Dec 17
// Brett Makedonski
Capcom is gearing up to hold the third beta for Street Fighter V. If that seems like a lot, well, it kind of is by today's standards. Capcom's using these events less as a marketing stunt and more as actual tests to improve t...
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ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved is coming to Xbox One on December 16


Via the Xbox Game Preview program
Dec 10
// Joe Parlock
ARK: Survival Evolved has done incredibly well on PC in the months following its early access release in June. At least two million people have tried to tame their own pet dino on Steam, and that number is set to expand with...
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The Tomorrow Children

The Tomorrow Children is holding a beta soon


Don't mind if I do!
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
Q-Games has opened sign-ups for The Tomorrow Children's closed beta, which will run from January 21 - 23. North American players can register here, and European players can sign up here. You'll just need to provide your name, email address, and PSN ID, so it won't take long.
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The Division

The Division adds alpha, delays beta, keeps release date


But why?
Dec 07
// Brett Makedonski
The pre-release plans for Tom Clancy's The Division got a minor shake-up today. The upcoming survival shooter no longer has a beta before the end of 2015. But, that doesn't mean we won't see it at all in December. Ubisof...
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Uncharted 4

Here's how much space you'll need to play the Uncharted 4 beta


MY PS4 IS ALREADY FULL :(
Dec 02
// Vikki Blake
You'll need around 7GB free to play the Uncharted 4 beta. The news was revealed by developer Naughty Dog during a livestream last night. The beta will be available from this Friday, December 4. While you won't be able to...
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Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online is getting its first English-language beta test this month


Previously only in Russia and Korea
Dec 02
// Joe Parlock
Upcoming Korean MMO Black Desert Online has been making waves for quite a while now. The game is already in closed beta in Korea and Russia, and so the trickle of information coming from it has meant people have been eager fo...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege beta delayed six days before game launch


This can't be good
Nov 25
// Brett Makedonski
The open beta for Rainbow Six Siege isn't kicking down any doors yet. Despite being scheduled to being today at 10am Eastern, it's not available to play. Ubisoft has delayed it because of technical issues. Specifically, ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Progress on new Rainbow Six Siege beta will not carry over


Boo
Nov 19
// Vikki Blake
Although the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege beta ends just two days before its street date release, your beta progress will not carry over if you decide to pick up the full game.  "Your progression, inventory and Ranked...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Try before you buy: Rainbow Six Siege has an open beta next week


Idris Elba has an important message
Nov 18
// Brett Makedonski
On the fence about Rainbow Six Siege? Next week, a'splode a man-sized hole through that fence and then through the side of the house and then through the floor. Blow your indecision to smithereens. Ubisoft's holding an open ...
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Overwatch

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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Battlefront

Force Awakens' Jakku shows up in Star Wars Battlefront


Looks pretty cool
Nov 03
// Jordan Devore
In the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there was a striking shot of Rey speeding past a long-abandoned Star Destroyer. The scene takes place on a desert planet, Jakku, and the massive ship crash landed...

First impressions for Blizzard's impressive inaugural FPS, Overwatch

Oct 27 // Chris Carter
First off, it must be said that Overwatch has one of the most comprehensive tutorials in any first-person shooter I've seen. Yes, it's mostly remedial, but newcomers and casual fans alike will be appreciative. It brings you through everything from basic movement to shooting, and even a rundown of the UI, which is basic to begin with. In fact, there's even an overlay on every ability that shows you the key you need to press to trigger it. At first glance, Overwatch looks like a basic shooting experience. Each class has their own type of weaponry ranging from rifles to dual pistols, and there's a melee attack. There is no ADS or iron-sight mechanic, but Overwatch does have controller support. Where the game starts to diverge from your typical formula is the class-based gameplay. The starting character (Soldier 76) has an ability called Biotic Field, which is basically an area-of-effect healing station you can throw on the ground, and a rocket power. Beyond that, there's one more power -- ultimates. This aforementioned class can use a Tactical Visor to home in on a selected target. There are also four different classifications for each character:offense, defense, tank, and support. When choosing a class at the start of a match, the game will inform you of your current team makeup, and suggest other possible choices if your team doesn't have enough firepower, for instance. This has the potential to make for a sticky wicket when it comes to the overall meta (expect lots of balancing), but for now it seems rather fair. It's also very easy to view the information chart for each class in the character select screen, and players can even switch heroes in the initial spawn area. My current favorite character, Reaper, exudes style. Instead of reloading, he throws his guns down on the ground. Instead of dashing, he goes into "wraith form" and becomes invincible for a few seconds (though this means his sprint is on cooldown). Finally, Reaper's ultimate allows for him to damage all nearby enemies. It's leaps and bounds different from playing Reinhardt, who is a slow melee character that can charge across the screen and deploy a frontal shield. [embed]317786:60888:0[/embed] In essence, there's a ton of different styles at play here. Soldier 76 operates like a "typical" shooter would play out, and Tracer (who can teleport), feels more like someone out of Team Fortress. Barring the suggested difficulty ratings of certain characters and team composition recommendations, there's a lot of leeway here in terms of how open the game is for people who don't typically like shooters. For reference, teams consist of six players each, and there are currently two game modes in tow (Payload and Point Capture). The latter is just as it sounds, with an attacking and defending team, while the the former is an escort mission on a fixed path.Although these are new characters (in other words, not based in an existing universe like Heroes of the Storm), I really started to recognize their faces and mannerisms a few hours in. I don't think everyone will catch on, but I wouldn't mind seeing most of them in other titles. Blizzard has already said that we may see them in Heroes if Overwatch is successful. Overwatch is not a "me-too" class-based shooter. Blizzard has put a ton of work into every facet of the experience, from the pinpoint fast-paced engine to the individual designs of each character. The cast is diverse, inside and out, and I'm really looking forward to diving into more as the beta progresses and the finished product hits. The beta starts today and will be rolling out in waves, but Overwatch currently does not have a launch window in sight.
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I'm in
You could say I've been a long-time Blizzard fan. I was right there in 1992 with The Lost Vikings, the company's second game, all the way through the SNES era into Warcraft and Diablo. Over the years I've generally played eve...


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