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Cuphead preview photo
Cuphead preview

Cuphead's platforming levels are brutal

For my money, Cuphead has unrivaled art direction and animation in the gaming space, but how does it actually play? Is it fun or frustrating? Well, it depends which side you're talking about. After trying Studio MDHR's run-and-gun title at ...   read

 
 
Forza Horizon 3 photo
Forza Horizon 3
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It's an important year for the annualization of Forza

For as much flak as the practice of annual installments in popular video game franchises catches, Microsoft feels like it's doing it the right way with Forza. Quietly, Microsoft has released a new Forza title every year for the past fi...   read

 
 
Dead Rising 4 photo
Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4 feels like a return to form

Dead Rising 4 is not a remake as some of us initially thought and some folks still think, but it does lean on fond memories of the 2006 original. Photojournalist Frank West is back in Willamette, Colorado following another zombie outbreak a...   read

 
 
Madden 17 preview photo
Madden 17 preview
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The Sanchize ruined my first game as the LA Rams

While Madden 16's E3 build doesn't offer final ratings -- there's still two months before the game comes out -- the Broncos' were previously announced to have an 89 overall rating. Maybe a bit low for a team coming off a Super Bowl win, bu...   read

 
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands photo
Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands is underwhelming

When Ubisoft announced it was taking Ghost Recon to Bolivia almost exactly one year ago, I was kind of into it. Wildlands gave me a Far Cry vibe, but on a grander scale, and with continuous cooperative play. Sure, yes, s...   read

 
 
Final Fantasy XV photo
Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV has won me over

A few weeks ago, I was set loose in an early section of Final Fantasy XV ahead of E3, and I still have Florence and the Machine's cover of "Stand by Me" buzzing around my head. The sweeping track isn't just intended for trailers or commerci...   read

 
 
Gears of War 4 photo
Gears of War 4

My pacifist run of Gears of War 4 didn't go great

Gears of War 4 plays a lot like you'd expect a Gears of War game to play. Steven said as much when he previewed the multiplayer component a few months back. The series is so deeply entrenched in its own style that changes have to be mo...   read

 
 
NHL 17 preview photo
NHL 17 preview
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NHL 17's making big strides toward being a complete hockey game

Two years ago, EA Sports shipped NHL 15 -- the first "next-gen" installment in the perennially fantastic NHL franchise -- in bare bones condition. It was a glaring misstep, and the developer has spent years trying to right the ship. NHL 16...   read

 
 
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Necropolis preview
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Necropolis isn't quite the Souls-style dungeon crawler I was hoping for

I have long been looking forward to Necropolis, the dungeon-crawling action roguelite from Shadowrun Returns maker Harebrained Schemes. With uncertainty surrounding the immediate future of the Dark Souls series, I'm going to have to get my...   read

 
 
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Breach mode adds an arcade twist

Deus Ex's newest augmentation has virtual reality sensibilities. Not actual real-world virtual reality, but a game mode designed to mimic it in the most cyberspace of ways. At a pre-E3 event in Los Angeles, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pro...   read

 
 
Minecraft Battle photo
Minecraft Battle

Minecraft's 'Battle mini game' is a new official gametype that fans will dig

It sounds cliché, but I could probably play Minecraft for many more years to come. I picked it up while it was in alpha yet here I am, still enjoying split-screen with friends, adventuring solo, and discovering new worlds o...   read

 
 
We Happy Few preview photo
We Happy Few preview

We Happy Few is a roller coaster of creepy vibes and eccentric humor

If everybody was super happy all the time, the world would be a better place, right? But what if that happiness was forced upon society in the form of a drug? Things may not actually be as pleasant as they seem. Compulsion Games' We Ha...   read

 
 
HANDS-ON STE-VIEWS photo
HANDS-ON STE-VIEWS

Mirror's Edge Catalyst: Free-running versus errand running

I can't remember a single character from the original Mirror's Edge, a game I love a lot. DICE's (Battlefield) unexpected cult hit, now eight years old, was laudable. The first-person perspective offered a refined, grounded feel when so man...   read

 
 
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HANDS-ON STE-VIEWS
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Here's what to expect from the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta

Despite its bro appeal and casual association with the likes of Halo and Call of Duty, multiplayer in the first Gears of War 10 years ago was practically tacked on. Former Epic producer and continued Gears rudder at The Coalition, Rod Fergu...   read

 
 
Overwatch on consoles photo
Overwatch on consoles

Overwatch on consoles is smooth, but most will prefer PC

So, if you haven't heard, Overwatch -- which is definitely not a MOBA -- is pretty good! With a class-based system and twitchy, arena shooter gameplay, it grabbed me from day one, especially on PC. I recently had the chance to spend an...   read

 
 
Lego Star Wars photo
Lego Star Wars

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens has three improvements to the Lego formula

It's easy to forget that a fair amount of iteration has come to the Lego video game series over the past decade. All the titles -- there are upward of 20 now -- are similar in that they're whimsical, lighthearted takes on popular subje...   read

 
 
GDC HANDS-ON photo
GDC HANDS-ON
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Hands-on with Insomniac's crack at metroidvania, Song of the Deep

If you're going to make a metroidvania, getting your acronym (SotD) as close to the gold standard (SotN) is a good a start as any, I suppose. Song of the Deep is the surprise, GameStop-published (the store and Game Informer magazine owner, ...   read

 
 
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Below
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I've seen Below twice now, and I still have no idea what to expect

Maybe my Bad Journalist seams are showing a bit here, but I cannot pin down exactly what I think Below is. When I saw it at PAX East in 2014, it looked Dark Souls-esque in both combat style and its unforgiving nature. Despite writing a...   read

 
 
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The Turing Test
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Walk the line between man and machine in The Turing Test

Around this time last year, a first-person puzzle game called Pneuma: Breath of Life released. Although it was built around an interesting conceit, I didn't find myself too enamored with it. The puzzles mostly failed to grab me, and I ...   read

 
 
Sniper Elite 4 preview photo
Sniper Elite 4 preview
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Sniper Elite 4, now with more Assassin's Creed

For whatever reason -- perhaps through no fault of its own -- I can't help but see the workings of other games when I look at Sniper Elite. Rube Goldberg-lite environmental executions remind me of Hitman. Third-person stealth melee killing ...   read

 
 
Mutants in Manhattan photo
Mutants in Manhattan

Platinum calls Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leaks a pleasant surprise

"It basically sucked," Activision producer Robert Conkey told me. "We don't know what happened." I had just finished playing a demo of Platinum's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan with Conkey and game designer Eiro Shi...   read

 
 
HANDS-ON STE-VIEWS photo
HANDS-ON STE-VIEWS
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Quantum Break plays like a dream

I last previewed Quantum Break at E3 2013, a lifetime ago, and had my reservations around the interlaced television show aspect that must have come from Microsoft's then "sports, sports, television" strategy that saw the studio trying to cr...   read

 
 
DS3 preview, huge gallery photo
DS3 preview, huge gallery

Dark Souls III hands-on: Man that tree's got big balls

This isn't the first time I've played Dark Souls III. I kicked its ass half a year ago and even usurped Chris as site Souls expert by beating the demo boss without dying. This latest Dark Souls III preview a month and a half ahead of its Ap...   read

 
 
Gigantic Beta Impressions photo
Gigantic Beta Impressions
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I'm still rooting for the world's most colorful MOBA, Gigantic

"Not another MOBA!" many of you are probably saying, but let me be the first to tell you that Gigantic is not another League of Legends clone. I loved it when I played it at PAX East 2015, and I love it now that I've been pla...   read

 
 
Hitman hands-on photo
Hitman hands-on
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Hands-on: I like the new Hitman, and its episodic model

Have you ever wondered just how Cueball McFurrowed-Brow became the famously good killing man of the Hitman series' glory years? Of fucking course not, which is why the need to string Hitman: Absolution together into some S&M nun story f...   read

 
 
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EtosiGiR

Why did The Outsider wait 6 months to give me powers? If time doesnt matter to him why not do it to prevent the initial assassination or earlier when I was escaping? Just seems

 
Fuzunga

#rekt

 
Electric Reaper

What is with the dust clouds in the games and Battlefield Bad Company 2 and why cant I disable that stupid effect? I do not need that crap obscuring my vision during a

 
EtosiGiR

Dishonored may not be a proper Bethesda game as it was developed by Arkane Studios, but my god does it cause me damn near physical pain to not stop and read every book I come across so that I can beat this game in four Weird little bit of game

 
JcDent

How hard did the British Army of The Rhine sucked in 1973? Fairly hard Also, a reminder that the S-tank is not a defensive tank

 
JcDent

Having American presidential and Lithuanian parliamentary election on the same year is almost too much bullshit to On one side, On the other side, 17ish populist bullshit parties, with current majority party in total brain

 
Electric Reaper

Haydee is one weird If they focused more on the beauty of the character, they would have given her a human head, and (at least partially) human If they focused more on her robotic nature, the torso and legs would likely be

 
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So apparently my University which only has wifi has an insane amount of packet ~4-5% on CS:GO is virtually unplayable although somehow Overwatch is This video should give you a general idea of what its like at the 6:45

 
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Well shit, now my youtube page is filled with Slam Jam GUESS I GOTTA POST EM

 
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(NSFW) Well, I think this Suicide Girls photoshoot is pretty great

 

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