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I've been loving every minute of Monster Hunter: World since it released last week. After ducking the beta, staying clear of a lot of pre-game footage, and generally going in as an unprepared schmuck, I've had a wonderful tim...   read
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Looks like we all spent the weekend hunting monsters. I know I sure did. This is my first Monster Hunter game, and I gotta say it's taken a little getting used to. There is a lot to learn, discover, and keep track of, an...   read

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Review: Iconoclasts

  Watch Video What’s the best level you’ve ever played in a 2D platformer? Maybe something classic like World 1-1 in the original Super Mario Bros., or the intro level to Mega Man X? Those fantastic examples of great game desig...   read
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Hexen is harrowing. It's like looking into a dark pit and realizing the pit has no bottom. It's like realizing that somehow the ground gave way beneath you and you're suddenly tumbling into that infinite pitch black abyss bel...   read
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Last year at MechCon 2016, the teaser announcement trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries debuted to a hardcore crowd of fans. The announcement brought the house down and damn near ruptured my ear drums. This y...   read

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Sitting down to demo MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first thing that struck me was the scale of what I was seeing. The demo I played didn’t start at the helm of a mech, it started in a garage. A hanger bay I explored o...   read
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When we were young teens, me and my brother laid claim to the basement. The rest of the house was neat and orderly, a pastel world of floral designs and tasteful drapes. But, the basement was ours. A savage land of hand-me-do...   read
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When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ul...   read
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My best friend was a funeral director for about seven years. Fun guy, super positive, real people person. Not at all the kind of pale, spooky, ghoul you might picture when I say “funeral director.” Nobody tell him...   read
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  Watch Video There are some games out there that are true classics. Titles you can dust off and have as much fun playing today as you did when they came out decades ago. One doesn’t need to look any further than last week’s re...   read
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Humanity is doomed. The hammer hasn’t fallen quite yet, but from where we’re standing, you can see its rapidly expanding shadow as it comes crashing down. Humanity is finished. The best and brightest of our genera...   read
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There are a lot of great resources out there for Overwatch players. Tons of guides, tutorial videos, and strategies that you and your crack squad of regular teammates can employ. Deep strategies you can use to climb the compe...   read
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Some characters need to work for their dinner. No matter what you think about tiers in fighting games or what makes a “good” or “bad” character, there is no denying that some are just plain harder to u...   read
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Injustice 2's first big balance patch has arrived. While previous patches focused on bug fixes and minor adjustments, this patch represents a major shake up for NetherRealm's funny book fighter, aimed at taking the edge off s...   read
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Contrary to what the title implies, The End is Nigh does in fact begin at the end. The world is over, nearly everyone is dead, and the only thing for the last person left on the planet to do is play video games and stream to ...   read
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Doom's latest update marks some big changes for its multiplayer mode. A blog post from Bethesda explains how the progression system is receiving a total overhaul and, more notably, how all the previously released DLC (a seaso...   read

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  Watch Video I hated Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat X and dreaded his arrival in Injustice 2. His combination of clones and unrelenting pressure made him a nightmare to deal with in MKX. He was a sadist, a bully who would trap you in the corne...   read
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When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ul...   read
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  Watch Video It's going to be a little bit longer before you can snag the hunky dad of your dreams. Dad dating simulator, Dream Daddy, has been delayed at the very last possible moment. Originally scheduled for a July 13 release date, an...   read
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  Watch Video I have fond memories of the Samurai Shodown series, but I never got around to playing Samurai Shodown V. Turns out, I'm gonna have to. Since being revealed as SNK's mystery EVO title, more details about the somewhat forgotten...   read

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So last week we ran a crazy story. After eleven years straight, Ray “Stallone83” Cox let his prestigious “highest Gamerscore” world record slip through his fingers. His rival, Stephen “smrnov&rdq...   read
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  Watch Video Sub-Zero will be slipping and sliding into Injustice 2 tomorrow, automatically unlocking for players who purchased the deluxe version of the game or the first character pack. This is a day I've been dreading since he was firs...   read

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When you talk about fighting game theory, it's impossible not to mention David Sirlin. Whether you know him as the guy who wrote Playing to Win, the defacto guidebook to improving as a fighting game player, or as the guy Capc...   read
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Forum threads complaining about game balance are a dime a dozen for any popular game, but it's always interesting when a developer or designer joins in. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan did just that in the wake of Doomfis...   read
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  Watch Video The news keeps getting better for Gundam Versus. Hot off the North American release date announcement just a few days ago, Bandai Namco has confirmed that the game will launch simultaneously in Europe on September 29. Bandai ...   read

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As I said in my review last week, Darkest Dungeon's pitiless expansion The Crimson Court is delightfully cruel. But, as with any experience designed to ride the razor edge between pleasure and pain, there are a few rough edges that stand out. Thankfully, Red Hook is breaking out the sandpaper and smoothing them down in the game's latest developer update.    read
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  Watch Video I've been playing with Red Hood off and on for the past few weeks since his release and he's... odd. I still can't figure him out. I can't tell if he's an amazing character, or a dud. I can't even tell if he's supposed to be played like a zoner, a rushdown monster, or something in-between. And that makes me pretty excited for the future of Injustice 2's DLC characters.   read
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  Watch Video There is a poison coursing through the veins of Darkest Dungeon’s latest expansion. A malignant and cruel thing, a toxin that burns red hot and never lets up. But, if there is one theme that runs throughout the entire Crimson Court expansion, it’s that pleasure may be found through suffering.   read
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  Watch Video When it comes to competitive multiplayer games, we all have our favorite characters and classes. In this series, I'm putting some of mine under the microscope to see what makes them tick, how they fit into their games, and ul...   read
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  Watch Video When you're working with a major franchise like Batman, I'm sure the creative process is difficult. Full of twists and turns, strong artistic visions running up against the friction of marketing committees, a constant struggl...   read

 

About Nic Rowenone of us since 7:50 PM on 05.05.2010


Nic (formerly known as Wrenchfarm) has been an active member of the Dtoid community since 2010. After toiling away in the Cblog mines and Recap Team workhouse for years, he made the jump and became a staff member in 2014. He likes robots, coffee, and pictures of robots enjoying coffee.











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