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Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV's 'Rising' event kicks off this week


Lasts until September 7
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
Starting this week and running until September 7, 2015, Final Fantasy XIV will run the "Rising" event, complete with rewards and a few "guest appearances." The items include two minions, and celebratory fireworks. The ev...

Review: Disney Infinity 3.0

Aug 28 // Chris Carter
Disney Infinity 3.0 (PC, PS3, PS4 [reviewed], Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)Developer: Avalance Software / Ninja Theory / Studio Gobo / Sumo Digital / United Front GamesPublisher: Disney Interactive Studios / LucasArtsRelease: August 30, 2015MSRP: $64.99 (Starter Pack) / $34.99 (Play Set) / $13.99 (Characters) As is tradition in my toy-to-life reviews, let me break down how everything works. For $64.99, you'll get the Starter Pack, which includes the Twilight of the Republic campaign Play Set, the game, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures, and a USB base. You're basically getting the 10- to 15-hour Republic story on top of the creation-centric Toy Box feature that the series is now known for. Rise Against the Empire and Force Awakens Play Sets are going to arrive at a later date, and Inside Out's Play Set will be available at launch. This review is only assessing the Starter Pack, but look out for coverage of other Play Sets in the future. Phew! With that out of the way, let's move onto the content actually included with the base game. At this point, it's safe to say that the collective of developers involved with the project has figured out how to craft a meaningful combat system. To prevent people from mashing buttons, delayed combo attacks have been implemented, as well as mechanics like juggling, and a launcher that's initiated by holding down the attack button. You can also launch an enemy with a lightsaber and juggle them with a blaster, then when they land, use a combo. [embed]307321:60117:0[/embed] In other words, it's easy for kids and parents alike to both enjoy themselves -- the more skilled party will be able to dig deep enough into the ability system and customization elements, and the other party can mostly just wing it. It's a much better balance than the LEGO games, which tend to be just family-friendly. In Disney Infinity 3.0, "hard" mode is akin to a normal setting in most action games, and "Extreme" can be rather tough at points, though artificially so with gigantic life pools for regular enemies. The characters themselves feel fresh, especially the force-wielding ones like Yoda and Anakin, who have access to force push and pull maneuvers on top of their unique super abilities and powers. For instance, Yoda can knock an enemy up in the air, use his super to instantly dash to someone across the room, combo them, and then dash back to catch the other foe. It's not as advanced as other top-notch action games, but it does feel like a marked improvement. As for the story pack, Twilight of the Republic takes a more traditional turn, compared to the one-map sandboxes of past Play Sets. Here, you'll fly between different hubs with your ships, consisting of individual planets like Naboo, Tatooine, Geonisis, and Coruscant, as well as the vast expanse of space in Star Fox-esque sequences, complete with barrel rolls and quick turns. I really dig the variety on offer here, because while the current Star Wars characters can't move about as freely as say, Iron Man or Spider-Man, the hubs all feel unique in their own way. Additionally, Disney is boasting that all Star Wars characters are compatible with all Star Wars Play Sets, which helps (albeit partially) solve the issue of having a bunch of toys that don't work, similar to how the Marvel worlds functioned. You still have to earn tokens to unlock the use of other characters, but they're more easily accessible, and you only need to find one rather than a series of them. Having said that, it's a bummer that the base game didn't come with more than just Star Wars. It would have been great to see a fully fledged Disney property (like Mickey's Toontown) since 1.0 was heavily Pixar-infused, and 2.0 was a Marvel joint. If you're keen on playing with every toy though, the Toy Box is still available. Not only can you create levels on your own with various setups like racing, adventure, and arena action, but you can also easily find stages online to play with one of the best hubs in the business. What makes Disney Infinity so great is that Disney curates content for you in addition to all of the usual fixins, and provides easy access to top-rated creations -- so it takes very little effort to find the "good stuff." I had access to a limited amount of levels pre-launch, which includes a Gravity Falls level with a log ride and roller coaster, as well as a rhythm memorization minigame, a seek-and-find puzzle, a stealth sequence, and of course, classic platforming levels. If you pre-order the game, you'll also net the Toy Box Takeover Play Set, which really should have been included in the base package for everyone. It's essentially Diablo, Infinity style, and you can use every character in the game. It's far more fun than "Escape from the Kyln" in 2.0 as it contains a procedurally generated dungeon in it as well as a host of fixed story levels, and will last you roughly three hours. Some purists are probably seething at the idea of fighting Darth Maul to the tune of Gitchee Gitchee Goo, but I'm completely okay with it, and I assume your kids will be too. Just like its predecessor, Disney Infinity 3.0 feels a bit limited by the lack of variety in the Starter Pack, but the good news is that the studio is still on track with its core mission to create an action game for all ages. Twilight of the Republic is still a fun way to spend your time, and the Toy Box Mode should keep you busy even if you don't intend on buying any more pricey add-ons. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher. All current Star Wars figures were provided as well for testing.]
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Use the toys, Luke
It's only been two years since the release of the first Disney Infinity, which managed to become a massive hit before venturing into Marvel territory in the second game. Now, Disney has tapped the Star Wars market, and i...

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Until Dawn

Until Dawn's Twitch archive blocking was 'unintentional'


Working on a fix
Aug 28
// Chris Carter
It was odd, to say the least, to see Sony directly blocking Until Dawn archiving on Twitch, but according to the publisher, it was a mixup. I reached out to Sony, who responded with the following note: "We are currently ...
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Metal Gear Solid

PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5 Collector's Edition missing DLC codes


Check your contents carefully
Aug 28
// Vikki Blake
Ordered the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Collector's Edition on PS4? Check your contents carefully. Some reddit and NeoGAF users (who have got their copies incredibly early) are reporting that...

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Star Wars Battlefront

EA shares first details for Star Wars Battlefront's new planet


Battle of Jakku
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The desert planet of Jakku is set to make its film debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year. But it's also making its game debut earlier in December, once Star Wars: Battlefront hits. EA has shared some news rega...
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GTA V

This unofficial GTA V wildlife documentary is a good way to spend 15 minutes


Ah, the mobster in his natural habitat
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Grand Theft Auto V has one of my favorite open world settings in the genre. It's easy to get lost in the wilderness and highways of Los Santos and Blaine County, with the radio blaring, just free roaming around. It look...
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Road Not Taken DLC

Where is the Until Dawn pre-order DLC? In the middle of the story


This isn't how to do pre-order DLC
Aug 27
// Jed Whitaker
Over the past three nights I've watched my lovely boyfriend and our hunky Australian roommate stream Until Dawn and after finishing the game we decided to play the pre-order DLC chapter "The Road Not Taken" only we could...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

This is the best Dragon Quest Heroes trailer I've seen yet


Healix looks awesome
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
CGI-filled trailers often do a great job of building hype, but this gameplay-filled Dragon Quest Heroes video just does it for me. It shows a ton of characters doing their thing, provides a quick look at the English cas...
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Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is getting a new free character next week


Also, the 2.12 update
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
I can't believe Awesomenauts is still getting free characters at this point beyond their Starstorm expansion -- it's been over three years since the game launched on PC. But here we are, and on September 2nd, the g...
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Guilty Gear Xrd

Players can vote for the next potential Guilty Gear Xrd character


Japan-only at the moment though
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Still miffed that there weren't enough characters in Guilty Gear Xrd? Well, the Revelator update is getting Johnny and Jack-O, but it looks like more might be in the pipeline. Arc System Works is opening up a vote in Septembe...
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Rocket League

Rocket League free for Steam Hardware preorders


In celebration of over 1 million sales
Aug 27
// Darren Nakamura
Rocket League has been an out-of-nowhere phenomenon. I had assumed its large player base was made up mostly of users who downloaded it for free through PlayStation Plus. As it turns out, it has sold more than a million copies...
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Street Fighter V beta

Street Fighter V beta schedule shifts amidst more server issues


Will be back tomorrow
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Since the Street Fighter V beta is a stress-related test, it would make sense if Capcom let it lie, but they've actually been rather accommodating throughout all the issues. The beta will be extended again as of tomorrow...
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Diablo III

Diablo III's massive 2.3.0 patch is live on current consoles and PC


New area
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has dropped its 2.3.0 patch for Diablo III, which brings a number of enhancements to the current-gen and PC versions of the game. You'll find the new area the Ruins of Sescheron, new difficulty levels, ability and m...
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Street Fighter V

R. Mika is headed to Street Fighter V


I can get behind this
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Street Fighter Alpha series doesn't get enough credit these days. Hell, Alpha 3 is one of my favorite games in the entire franchise. Thankfully Alpha is getting its due in Street Fighter V, as Capcom has j...
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THPS5

See if you recognize the skaters old man Tony Hawk has in his game


We want Rune
Aug 27
// Brett Makedonski
You know what they say about times. They are a-changin'. Someone put a bunch of young, hip-lookin' kids in old man Tony Hawk's video game. There's even a younger Tony Hawk, but his name is Riley. Those of you who cut your te...
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Until Dawn

Sony is blocking Until Dawn players from archiving Twitch streams


Affects those streaming from the PS4
Aug 27
// Laura Kate Dale
If you were planning on streaming Until Dawn using your PS4's Share button on Twitch, archiving it, then sharing it with others who were not available for the live broadcast, you may run in to some trouble. Apparently, Sony i...
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Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed Syndicate's going to be a bit late to the party on PC


Taking precautions
Aug 26
// Brett Makedonski
Almost four weeks after PS4 and Xbox One players have been zipping and stabbing around Victorian London, PC users will finally get their chance with Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Until then, they have to lurk in the shadows, wa...
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Volgarr

Volgarr the Viking is now coming to Wii U and 3DS


Great game
Aug 26
// Chris Carter
Volgarr the Viking, released in 2013 on the PC and Xbox one, is one of my favorite platformers in years -- and it's set to hit the PS4, Vita, Wii U, and 3DS platforms in the near future. Developer Kris Durrschmidt recently sh...
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LEGO Dimensions

Check out all of the upcoming worlds in LEGO Dimensions


The sheer number is staggering
Aug 26
// Chris Carter
While it's true that LEGO Dimensions needs a number of add-ons to truly access all 14 upcoming worlds, the sheer amount of properties on offer is staggering. It's also a bit more interesting on paper compared to other to...
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Final Fantasy VII remake

Final Fantasy VII remake team toying with battle system overhaul


'Command battle system might not work'
Aug 26
// Chris Carter
The Final Fantasy VII remake is kind of a big deal. It absolutely blew up E3 -- heck, it blew up the entire day before it was even announced, as it was leaked hours before Sony's conference. But Square Enix ha...
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Until Dawn

Having trouble loading Until Dawn? You're not alone


PS4s are too scared to load it
Aug 26
// Vikki Blake
The PlayStation Network is preventing some early adopters of Until Dawn from playing the game.  According to reports on reddit, most gamers are able to download the game without incident, but on launch, they're info...
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Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft unveils bonus Assassin's Creed Syndicate missions as pre-order sweetener


Join Dickens and Darwin and fight crime
Aug 26
// Vikki Blake
Ubisoft has revealed bonus Assassin's Creed Syndicate missions will be available for those who pre-order the game. The missions star everyone's favourite crime-solving duo, novelist Dickens and the Theory of Evolution masterm...
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Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows looks wonderful


Free expansion coming soon
Aug 25
// Jordan Devore
Plague of Shadows looks like the perfect excuse to get back into Shovel Knight. It's a free expansion that remixes the game to tell an alternate story about the Plague Knight. Between his customizable bomb-based moveset and s...
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Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter now on track for spring 2016


Still looks superb
Aug 25
// Jordan Devore
Heart Machine has settled on a spring 2016 release for its lovely action-RPG Hyper Light Drifter. Windows and Mac versions will come first, then consoles "as quickly as possible." Certification for the latter takes extra time...
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PSN sale

PlayStation Network sale stretches the meaning of 'retro'


Cheap PS4, PS3, and Vita games
Aug 25
// Steven Hansen
The PlayStation Network is having a sudden sale with deals of up to 90% off (with PlayStation Plus) games. This "Retro" sale includes classic titles like Beyond: Two Souls (2013) for $8 and OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (20...
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Bad breath

Have you seen Final Fantasy XV's malboro? Terrifying


Bad breath
Aug 25
// Steven Hansen
Ah, the days when the sight of a drooling malboro brought with it dread. This encounter is looking as if Final Fantasy XV will recapture that worry. With the push towards realism and the large scope of the world, it needs be...
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Tokyo Twilight Ghost

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is getting a major update


New episodes
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is a nice little adventure game, and it's about to get even nicer. Arc System Works has announced that it's bringing a major update over for every platform -- PS3, PS4, and Vita. The update is cal...
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FFXIV

Final Fantasy XIV getting a 24-man airship raid, Pokemon-like minion battles


And a whole lot more
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
Final Fantasy XIV is already a rather large game thanks to the Heavensward expansion, but it's about to get bigger come patch 3.1. It was announced that in addition to new story quests, a new beast tribe questline is coming, ...
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Phantom Pain

The Metal Gear Solid V launch trailer is bittersweet


One week to go
Aug 25
// Jordan Devore
The first half of this launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a short, incomplete reminder of designer Hideo Kojima's legacy. It's sad, knowing what we know. Touching, even. Then a giant-ass mech with a gun on its crotch transforms a fiery whip into a sword and slashes cars.

Very Quick Tips: Mega Man Legacy Collection's Challenge Mode

Aug 25 // Chris Carter
General Challenge Mode tips: When you're playing Challenge Mode, pause the game with the select button instead of start -- the latter will still run the timer. In Mega Man 1, never forget the Magnet Beam -- it can severely cut down on your times, and instantly skip most platforming pit sections. Try to look at what games are featured in a specific playlist, and remember that any entry from 3 on has the slide ability, and 4 on has the charged shot. If you need help remembering what game you're playing, turn on screen borders -- the artwork will clue you in. Memorize the locations of items within the menu. Selecting a subweapon takes time, and you can shave off seconds on a constant basis if you remember where everything is. Make flash cards if you're serious about going for the top spot! Did you die early on in a challenge? Press select and restart -- the timer doesn't reset on its own. In megamixes featuring multiple areas, memorize the last section after completing it once, so you know when you can rush and not worry about losing health that you may need for the next area. Additionally, remember that subweapon energy replenishes after each zone. Sometimes getting hit is okay, and it may even allow for a quicker clear time. If you're looking to not die, getting hit by a bullet is generally less damaging than a collision -- so get hit by a projectile, then use the subsequent invincibility frames to run through enemies. The best times will be posted by players who don't die once. The Mega Man 1 pause glitch still works, you just need to use a different button (L1, LB) to initiate the in-game pause rather than the Mega Man Legacy-specific menu.
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Mega Bustin' makes me feel good
People often cite the Mega Man series as an example of "difficult" retro games, but there's an astounding amount of rhyme and reason to the level design therein. With a few tips you'll be breaking down time trial record walls like it was nothing.


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