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What We're Playing: The Taken Tournament Edition

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Derek Smart, an indie game developer, wants to bring a class action lawsuit against Chris Roberts, developer of Star Citizen. Cliff Bleszinski, the dude who made Gears of War, took the lid off Project BlueStreak, his "sci fi fps no zombies" game. And while we've all been sitting in front of our PlayStations, Sony has been building drones.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
In between sessions of Runbow, I'll likely be spending most of my time with Mega Man Legacy Collection and trying to get all of the achievements, though I'm not looking forward to finishing the last challenge (All Robot Rush: No Items). I haven't unlocked it yet, but if I had to guess, it's all 46 Robot Masters buster only. That one might take awhile, though I think you're given several lives, so finishing it won't be that bad, but getting a gold medal will be a nightmare. I'm also getting better at soloing Crawmerax in the original Borderlands, but have yet to get any pearlescent weapons (though for a solo run it's incredibly rare), so I tend to do a couple runs a day, time permitting.

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'm wrapping up the Dead Space 2: Severed DLC, otherwise known as the one that needlessly kills all the cool characters from Dead Space: Extraction. I just remember it being a real letdown and a crappy way to wrap up Dead Space 2, which was otherwise an awesome sci-fi horror game. Hopefully Dead Space 3 will wash the taste of Severed out of my mouth.

Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
After making the decision not to get involved with Black Ops III, a free beta was released. So I figured, Why not, I'll see what it's like, and turns out it's pretty dang fun. Advanced Warfare disappointed me as being too close to Titanfall, but Black Ops III appears to have toned down the double jumps and acrobatics more to my liking. So, this weekend I'll be delving into the beta a little more to see what happens.

Travis Huinker, Staff Writer, @travishuinker
This weekend I'll be sneaking around and planning my attacks in the recently released indie game Party Hard. I'll also be continuing my adventures in the closed beta testing of the upcoming free-to-play conversion of WildStar. Lastly, I plan to spend some time scavenging for supplies and hunting zombies in State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition.

Charles Husemann, Editor-in-Chief, @chusemann
This weekend may be the weekend I dive back into Destiny to play through the first DLC package, which I purchased but never played. I'm getting fairly excited about thec changes coming with The Taken King, but I need to get back up to speed before the game comes out. I'm also debating if I want to pick up Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, as Nathan's review was enough to get me interested in the game after last playing it almost a decade ago. After that, it will be the usual rounds of MechWarrior Online. I've finally got all three of my Kit Foxes leveled up to elite, and now it's time to grind them up to mastery. I've also got enough cash to buy one of the very sexy-looking Ebon Jaguar mechs but I will probably hold onto my C-Bills until I'm done with the Kit Foxes.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @RandyKalista
I'm in a rut with my role-playing games. Can't seem to dig too deep into any of them right now. But that Black Ops III beta got me in a trigger happy mood. I've revisited the Destiny demo to see if it's a lifestyle I'll be buying into. It's getting harder and harder to say no. I'm firing up Dying Light, too, just to bust some heads and get a little Mirror's Edge-lite in my life.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Definitely going to be a lot of Hearthstone. I dropped my whole chest of 4,500 in-game gold on The Grand Tournament packs, and I have enough Arcane Dust to craft two new legendaries. Just trying to decide which, but I should finally have that Priest deck I always wanted (Priest is my favorite character, hands down). I also got suckered back into FIFA 15. I tried to back off with FIFA 16 coming up, but thinking about 16 just made me want to play FIFA even more. It's a viscious cycle. Also, after the Black Ops III beta last weekend, I'll probably get a few rounds of Advanced Warfare in.

Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I'm working on a whole lot of music games this week. I have Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mirai: DX on 3DS, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Both of which are just utterly consuming my time. I'm still plugging away at Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. Now I'm working on leveling an Astrologian, and continued Alexander grinds for gear on my Bard. I'm also playing Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes so I can pregame for Metal Gear Solid V next week.

Player ratings for FIFA 16 will start being revealed next week

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We're finally under a month away from the release of FIFA 16 here in North America. This is about the time that soccer fans start chomping at the bit, wanting to get as much information as possible. Next week, the team at EA Sports will begin revealing the Top 50 players in the game, starting with #50-#41 on Monday, and releasing another ten day by day. We'll cover this each day next week, so be sure to stop be each day to check out who the best players in the world are.

News Roundup - 08/27/2015

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Black Ops III hands-on preview (from a guy that has no idea what he's doing)

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There’s a first time for everything. My first time stepping into a multiplayer first-person shooter map happened just this past week, in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta. For real, in my 30-some years as a gamer, I’d managed to avoid all of those FPS arenas. Sure, I’ve played plenty of single-player shooters throughout the years (BioShock, Half-Life 2, Halo, et al), but playing against other human beings on the other side of a T.V. screen? Nuh-uh.

So, take my impressions of the Black Ops III multiplayer beta as you will. If you want someone that knows what they’re talking about and has a history with the series (or with multiplayer FPSes in general), that ain’t me. You know where to find the back button on your browser. But, if there really is a first time for everything, and if somebody else’s first time is something worth reading about, well, here we are.

I went in blind, obviously. Without prior-existing knowledge of what happens on a Call of Duty map, I came equipped with nothing but my fear. It locked itself like an iron maiden around my brain. I can fail over and over on my own and not be bothered. But knowing that my morbid lack of experience could let down my entire team? That’s what I was afraid of. That was the root of my fear.

I got to the beta’s front page. It wasn’t actually a main menu—just a guy in modern-warfare armor, sitting with his back against the fiery outline of the Roman numeral III. Yep. Black Ops III. I was in the right place. But this dude looks like the bad guy. I know we don’t want to run around looking like a bunch of Spaceball troops, but honestly, if this fella is supposed to be the good guy, then I don’t want to see the bad guys.

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Skyshine’s Bedlam launching on Sept. 17

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Described as a combination of Banner Saga and Mad Max, upcoming post apocalyptic rogue-like Skyshine’s Bedlam will be launching on September 17 for PC. Built upon the Banner Saga engine, Bedlam has players escorting a Dozer across the wastelands to the utopia city of Aztec. Gameplay combines various genres including elements from rogue-like, turn-based strategy, and role-playing.

As with other rogue-like games such as FTL, players can expect to be continually replaying the game to encounter various new situations and challenges. The game world was designed after sources such as 80's movies including Mad Max, Heavy Metal, and Judge Dredd.

Skyshine’s Bedlam can be pre-ordered now through Steam.

Plex pushing out some really good updates

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Some new and highly requested features are out now on Plex. These features hit both Smart TVs and your PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well.

Filtering and sorting is finally in with the ability to sort by various categories. This should help you find and organize your media quicker.

Another really cool feature is now you can push something you're watching or listening to onto another device and continue on it. Say your son's watching some video in the car on the way home. He can then from the app on say his phone push it to the PlayStation 4 and continue watching there.

For those that want a movie theater like experience at home, Plex can now serve up trailers before movies play.

Finally, there are some new staff picked channels for you to browse through.

All in all, sounds like a great update for a great program that I use a ton around my house and on the go.

R. Mika wrestles her way into Street Fighter V

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The Street Fighter series is no stranger to grapplers.  In the past we've had Zangief and, more recently, El Fuerte.  However, there was another wrestler-based fighter in the series way back in Street Fighter Alpha 3 named R. Mika and she's finally making a return to the series in Street Fighter V.

After seeing the video, my first impressions of her were that of a female El Fuerte, which isn't a bad thing.  Granted I have no experience with SFA3 so for all I know El Fuerte might have been somewhat based off of R. Mika.  Still, any fighter who can pull off running bulldogs and Stone Cold Stunners should fit right in with the rest of the Street Fighter V cast thus far. 

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Get a first look at Star Wars Battlefront's Battle of Jakku

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On EA's Star Wars page today, an article was posted giving us a bit more information about Battlefront's take on the Battle of Jakku, the fifth planet in the game.

People that have been keeping up with Star Wars: The Force Awakens will know that Jakku is the desert planet seen in the trailer with the giant crashed Star Destroyer. The battle that led to his scene of destruction will take place in Battlefront on December 1st for those who preorder, and December 8th for everyone else.

The battle itself looks like it will take place around, and possibly in, the crashed Star Destroyer, with the Imperial troops on board leaving the wreckage to meet the Rebels. That sounds pretty exciting. The concept art below should give you an idea of what to expect.

Personally, I was disappointed by the realization that this battle takes place shortly after the Battle of Endor. I was hoping that the inclusion of Jakku meant that we were going to have a chance to see Battlefront tie into the time period of the upcoming sequel trilogy, but it will instead take place 29 years before The Force Awakens. Maybe for Battlefront 2, after the sequel trilogy has begun, we'll be able to see some of the new era in the game.

Out of the arcades and onto the Wii U: Pokken Tournament

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Let’s be honest, who didn’t see this one coming? Last week Nintendo made an announcement that shocked absolutely no one in the world: Pokken Tournament is coming to the Wii U in 2016. The Namco fighter was previously boasted as being arcade-only, but the home version was made official at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston. We still have a little while before we can get our hands on the game, but I am sure that you will find a Dave & Busters or two with the original arcade version in the meantime.

3 successful stress tests = Worldwide SF5 beta this weekend

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“Three up, and three down” for Capcom’s regional stress tests for the Street Fighter 5 beta, which can only mean one thing: the worldwide beta can be scheduled. Well, not only “can” it be scheduled, it HAS been scheduled. Capcom didn’t waste any time after closing the North and South American street tests to set up the fully-functional worldwide beta for this weekend.

The return of the Street Fighter 5 worldwide beta test kicks off tomorrow, 8/28/2015, at 4pm PST and run for five consecutive days. There are no more specific time slots that you will need to aim for; we are talking about five, full days of SF5 action. The test will be shut down at 7am PST on 9/2/2015. The only time things should go offline is when there are short periods of maintenance, but all of that will be announced and broadcast via the official beta test Twitter account (@SFVServer).


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