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Evolve: news and videos

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You can try out Evolve's new co-op mode right now

Evolve has had a complicated history since it launched in February of 2015. The concept is fascinating, sort of a cross between the best parts of Monster Hunter and Left 4 Dead, but somehow it never really shook out that way ...   read

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Evolve now lets you take characters for a test run before buying them

Evolve has seen something of a resurgence in its player base ever since going free-to-play last month. As such, it has put some pep in developer Turtle Rock's step, as now there are all sorts of new hunters, features, and events that ...   read

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Evolve's new hunter isn't Zapdos like I thought

When I heard that Electro Griffin is Evolve Stage 2's newest hunter, I immediately assumed it was Pokémon's Zapdos. A griffin is a mythical bird-thing and "electro" obviously means electricity. Neat! I'd take down a monster with Zap...   read

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People are actually playing Evolve again

Evolve, a game that was left for dead by all accounts, has had new life breathed into it. Servers are no longer ghost towns, as players are playing again. Like, a respectable number of people. It's amazing what making your game completely f...   read

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Ha, Evolve is going free-to-play on PC

[Update: Game Informer had a chance to chat with Turtle Rock, confirming that these changes might come to consoles if successful on PC, and touching on a few aspects of how combat flow will be altered, as well as how exactly it will transit...   read

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Evolve's website is counting down to something, but do you want it?

Every so often I remember Evolve exists. "How much DLC does it have now?" I wonder. "Did anyone buy the near $100 worth of DLC at its launch?" But I never really get the urge to go back and actually play the game. I had my fill already...   read

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Evolve has a new monster and a new version of the game

It seems like not many hunters are still trying to take down the monsters of Evolve. It came and went in February, and not many peeps have been made since then. Developer Turtle Rock Studios is still trying to breathe life into the game, a...   read

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Evolve Ultimate Edition spotted on Amazon

Another day, another (accidental?) reveal of a game on an online retail store.  Twitterer Wario64 spotted listings for Evolve Ultimate Edition on Amazon. The game -- retailing for $60 on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 -- is ...   read

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Turtle Rock gives the lamest PR answer about Evolve's pre-order DLC

Evolve's pre-order campaign was, without hyperbole, a shitshow. Jordan weighed in when the game was first announced, and opined that it was way too early to pre-order the game. By the time it released, there was more than $60 worth of conte...   read

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Who wants to try Evolve for free?

If you've been on the fence about Evolve, here's your chance to try-before-you-buy -- developer Turtle Rock Studios is making the game free to play on PC and Xbox One this coming weekend (that's September 4 and 5, 2015). Uh, there...   read

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Evolve DLC huzzah?
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Does anyone care that Evolve is getting a new hunter on August 11?

The cringeworthy video above features the Skyrim-esque hunter Jack, who is releasing alongside Evolve's Hunt 2.0 update this coming Tuesday, August 11. The update will include improvements to Hunt mode's matchmaking, revamped leaderboards,...   read

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Evolve free update
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Evolve's free new Arena Mode forgoes the foreplay

As a hunter, my experience with Evolve often involved catching a glimpse of the beast, giving chase, and then losing its zigzagging trail ad infinitum until it came back all beefed up to wipe us out. If only there were some way to lessen th...   read

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Some metal bands, not the Castle Crashers devs, play Evolve DLC

A video with a misleading title led me to accidentally watch an Evolve DLC video. "Behemoth plays Behemoth" is less Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp, and more metal bands I've never heard of. But, if you're looking for fantastic insight and well-t...   read

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Evolve update review

Review: Evolve: The Hunt Evolves Update

More than a month ago Evolve came out to tepid reactions and muted fanfare. Today's release of the game's first major content update, delivering on the Hunting Season Pass and the pre-order Monster Expansion Pack, might have curious players...   read

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Game News Haikus
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Game News Haikus: Bloodborne, Grand Theft Auto V, Evolve, and more

This week I was tempted to do all Bloodborne all the time, because we had so many Bloodborne stories go up that got a ton of attention. Instead, I collected them all into one little Bloodball and turned the abundance into a story itse...   read

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Evolve patch

One of Evolve's monsters gets nerfed in new patch

Evolve is being rebalanced, Turtle Rock Studios revealed today. In response to player feedback, the developer is making a myriad of alternations to the asymmetrical shooter's cast of characters, the most significant of which involve taking ...   read

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Bug man

Evolve's new bug man character is just the best

What a magnificent specimen. Slim, a medic, is one of the four hunters joining Evolve across all platforms on Tuesday, March 31. There's also the "half-human walking tank" Torvald (assault), the hermit Crow (trapper) with his pet bat, and t...   read

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Free Evolve DLC

Evolve's free map DLC is doing that 'Xbox first' thing

It's great to see free maps in a multiplayer-centric game like Evolve, but -- there just had to be a but -- timed platform exclusivity? Considerably less good. When the maps Broken Hill Mine and Broken Hill Foundry debut on March 31, they'l...   read

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Play Evolve this weekend, earn a special gold monster skin

There's a special gold skin for the Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith hidden within Evolve's code. It was previously only available for developers, but now, players will have a chance to nab it. All you have to do is play Evolve this weekend...   read

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Evolve is getting a free 'Observer Mode,' I'm surprised it's not DLC

I've been playing Evolve off-and-on for the past few weeks, and I have to say I agree with Nic's middling review. I mean, I saw the warning signs very early after having a string of very boring matches, but I decided to give it more t...   read

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Game News Haikus
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Last week's top stories, now in handy haiku form

This past weekend I was up late and feeling loopy, and some haikus about a Flash game nobody cares about fell out of that state. Struck with inspiration, I thought, "Why can't all news be digested 17 syllables at a time?" Thus, the video a...   read

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Evolve review

Review: Evolve

Trying to pin down my exact thoughts on Evolve has been trickier than pinning down any kind of prey the game has thrown at me. I was cautious with my initial impressions of the game earlier this week, noting an uneven play experience that o...   read

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Evolve's launch trailer means hunting season's open

Some hunt for sport. Others hunt for sustenance. And, in the case of Evolve, everyone hunts because the other side is doing their damnedest to kill you. However, just because the hunt's starting today, it doesn't mean that we know how it e...   read

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Evolve review in progress

Review in Progress: Evolve

If you didn't know Turtle Rock Studios was the brains behind 2008's Left 4 Dead, you could probably guess as much after a few hours with its latest game, Evolve. The zombies might be gone in favor of giant monsters and lethal flora, but the...   read

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Evolve sure has a lot of skin DLC at launch

Evolve is nearly upon us, and a few of us have access to the game's pre-launch servers -- expect some impressions soon and a full review after we've tested the full version. When Evolve launches tomorrow, it will arrive with ...   read

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Are you okay with picking up multiplayer-heavy games week one?

It's always been tough to judge the longevity of multiplayer games. Even growing up on PC titles with dedicated servers and devout fanbases, what's here today could be gone tomorrow, and many thriving online games have turned into ghost tow...   read

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Where is our Evolve review?

Last night a few Evolve reviews were posted. Ours isn't ready just yet, though. 2K Games informed us that servers won't actually go live until later today, to prepare for the official launch. In other words, since we haven't had the op...   read

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Evolve female characters

Why are so few of Evolve's characters female?

Evolve will launch with twelve hunters: eight men, three women, and a robot, though it's referred to as a "he." Of the three female characters, two are medics (Val and Caira) and the other (Maggie) is a trapper. There are currently no femal...   read

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Weekend deals

25% off next week's Evolve and June's Arkham Knight

The newsy deals this weekend are all on recently released and upcoming titles. Just yesterday, GMG relaunched its "VIP" sale (aka MSRP circumventing sale), where you'll see discounts on next Tuesday's Evolve and this summer's Batman: Arkham...   read

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Evolve's live-action trailer is just teens playing hide and seek

Let me go ahead and preemptively dash anyone's hopes that an Evolve live-action trailer might be cool in any conceivable way. It's just some teens running around in the woods with flashlights  -- basically a Friday the 13th ...   read

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Evolve solo mode
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Misanthropes rejoice: Evolve's solo mode is looking good

Sometimes I am in the mood for good competitive multiplayer action, and thus far Evolve has looked like it will be up to that task. Other times, I'd rather not deal with other people, and that's okay with Turtle Rock's multiplayer-focused ...   read

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Drawstructoid: Predicting Evolve's unknown DLC monsters

Evolve is releasing with a few monsters and a handful of hunters, but more will be on the way through the magic of downloadable content. Some of the monsters are known entities, but others are complete mysteries. At least, to you they are. ...   read

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Evolve DLC interview

Evolve director on DLC: 'I don't like people thinking we're doing underhanded, dirty shit'

Evolve was peddling pre-order bonuses before its publisher had even shown off what the game looked like. A year later, we have a better idea what type of experience Evolve will offer when it releases next month. However, concerns regarding ...   read

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Evolve stream
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Monster mash! We're playing the Evolve beta

It's Friday--but I'm still writing Thursday on all my checks!!!--and things are lulling into weekend mode, so we figured it's as good a time as any to play some Evolve, which has a beta running this weekend. Two monsters, eight hunters, and...   read

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Evolve DLC drama

Turtle Rock defends Evolve's DLC, pre-purchase options

Turtle Rock studios co-founder Phil Robb took to the company's forums to address concerns about upcoming four-versus-one asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve's numerous pre-purchase options and plans for downloadable content. In respo...   read

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The Behemoth
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This monster is so big it could barely fit into Evolve

The Behemoth, Evolve's fourth monster, is a big boy. "He was literally made as large as we could make him," says developer Turtle Rock Studios. The dude is so big he can't even jump. Jumping is totally overrated, though. Leave that to the ...   read

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Evolve's PC specs

Turns out Evolve's PC specs aren't the real monster

It's becoming a common trend that it requires an increasingly absurd PC to even think about running the latest triple-A games. Evolve is a slight reprieve from that. Prospective hunters won't necessarily need the latest gear to embark ...   read

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Evolve on Xbox

Pre-purchase Evolve on Xbox One, get the Wraith and four hunters early

Today 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios confirmed a bonus pre-purchase incentive for Evolve on Xbox One. If you pre-purchase the game before or during the Open Beta on Thursday, January 15, you'll be able to immediately play as the Wrai...   read

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Evolve's intro cinematic is a clinic in smokin' stogies like a champ

Evolve's opening cinematic is...well, it's pretty much everything you'd expect. It's a gussied-up version of the game as if it were being played like it's supposed to. You know, a team acting as a team instead of one guy running off to do ...   read

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Evolve Offline Mode
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Turtle Rock Studios confirms offline mode for Evolve

In a recent update on Turtle Rock Studio's Evolve blog, it was confirmed that the asymmetrical four-versus-one shooter will have an offline mode available for those who'd prefer to play the game solo. This is great news...   read

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Evolve beta

Evolve launches open beta for Xbox One on January 15

The first quarter of 2015 looks to be an exciting period for games. But one such title is looking to keep players satiated all the way till its release. After a successful closed alpha period, Evolve is gearing up for another round of publi...   read

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Evolve offers a refreshingly robust and devious co-op experience

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Evolve, the new co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios. Helmed by the same developers of the original Left 4 Dead, fans have certainly been chomping at the bit for more information. After a successful ...   read

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Evolve preview

Evolve is about more than just monster hunting

"Hopefully, nobody has any questions about Hunt," Turtle Rock co-founder Chris Ashton said, his eyes darting around a cloistered room flush with press. "We've been talking about that forever!" Over the past several months, the humble, long-...   read

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Evolve's story trailer makes its monsters look more badass than ever

Everything we've seen of Turtle Rock's Evolve thus far has largely been without context -- two points of view ranging from "go kill that giant thing" to "go kill those four little people." This trailer isn't exactly wildly revelatory,...   read


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Evolve alpha

Hunt's off: Evolve alpha postponed on PS4

Bad news for monster hunters on PlayStation 4. The Evolve Big Alpha event has been postponed. The good news is that now your weekend is suddenly free again. Turtle Rock Studios posted an update on the Evolve site today announcing ...   read

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Evolve's always different, and you'll see that in the Big Alpha

Back in May, I wrote a handy preview about how Turtle Rock Studios is striving for infinite replayability with Evolve. This interview with the developers has them going into detail in their own words about how tweaking almost anything can ...   read

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That other Evolve alpha is coming Halloween weekend

The hype for Evolve has died down for a bit. After tons of magazine covers, headline stories, previews, and hype for the alpha, we saw quite a lot of the game -- but ever since the delay, all has been quiet on the 2K front. Until later...   read

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Max at PAX
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You aren't at PAX? Let Max Scoville give you the tour

PAX Prime 2014 is winding down, but that doesn't mean those of us at home can't pretend like we are there, stalking Max Scoville as he roams the show floor. I was going to give a detailed play-by-play of the video here, but I have decided ...   read

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Evolve alpha

There is another closed alpha for Evolve on the way

Did you miss out on the closed alpha for Evolve last time it was around? Did you get to play it, but you want to play it more? If so, 2K and Turtle Rock are opening it up for another round of testing, dubbing it the "Big Alpha," with priori...   read



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