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Watch Dogs
Preview by: Russell Archey
Russell recently went out to California to learn how to control an entire city with just the press of a button. READ FULL PREVIEW...
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
Preview by: Travis Huinker
Travis visits the offices of Neocore Games in Budapest to play The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II. READ FULL PREVIEW...
Resident Evil 4 HD
Review by: Sean Colleli
Sean reviews Resident Evil 4! Again! READ FULL REVIEW...

Kirby Triple Deluxe gets dramatic in this TV spot

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This TV spot for Kirby Triple Deluxe is mostly footage we've seen before, but I don't think I've ever seen Kirby gameplay set to dramatic opera before. I've always liked the Kirby games so I'll probably be picking this up come launch day. For now the Wii U is a barren wasteland of confusion, but at least Nintendo realizes that a steady supply of quality 1st party titles is needed to keep the 3DS in the black.

Alien Isolation is a world where technology won't save you

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Creative Assembly keeps making me more confident about Alien: Isolation. They really seem to get what made Ridley Scott's 1979 film so terrifying: it wasn't about inexplicably stupid scientists making dumb decisions with trillions of dollars of technology, as in Prometheus. Rather, it was about a group of terrified space truckers, doing the best they could with the crappy tech they had on hand, making all the right decisions and still getting killed by the alien, which is precisely what made the movie scary.

Case in point: Creative Assembly is doing their best to reverse-engineer the work of Ron Cobb, the legendary concept artist who designed the look of both Scott's Alien and Cameron's sequel, Aliens. This very analog, push-button future Cobb created looked like it could actually exist and work, and Creative Assembly has taken that to heart in building their game. But once again, all of the tech in the world, advanced or 1970s clunky, won't save you from a literal force of nature like the xenomorph. This is something Aliens: Colonial Marines missed completely, so I still have high hopes for Isolation.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart DLC release

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Today, Warner Bros. Montreal releases the story add-on Cold, Cold Heart for Batman: Arkham Origins. The story revolves around Victor Fries' first encounter with the caped crusader and gives players access to all new gadgets to take down the subzero villain, including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. The DLC is available for $9.99 on PSN, Xbox Live, and STEAM. 

And in case you missed it, here's the trailer for the Mr. Freeze DLC:

Behold the first look at Dragon Age: Inquisition coming to you October 7th

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Yesterday the box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition popped up for everyone to see. Today, a new trailer is up with some gameplay footage for people to drool over.

Yes, the game does look absolutely stunning. It's running on the Frostbite 2 engine, which powers games like Battlefield 4. I was thoroughly surprised at how good the footage looks. The third person action looks amazing and some of the scenery is really well done.

There's plenty of action with dragons in the trailer and you get to see the Inquisition leaders as well. All told, the trailer does a great job at showing the power of the Frostbite 2 engine and how it's making Inquisition such a visually impressive game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 on October 7th.

News Roundup - 04/21/2014

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Amazon Deal of the Day: Titanfall for $36.99

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If you haven’t picked up Titanfall yet for the Xbox One, PC or Xbox 360, Amazon has a deal for you. The game is on sale today for $36.99, which is 38% off retail while supplies last. Titanfall lead all game sales last month according to NPD, so getting in now isn’t too late. Just head over to the Amazon Daily Deal section and grab your preferred copy while it is available.

Amazon Gold Box deals all video games today

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Amazon is running a very decidedly gold-box deal for video games today. It started this morning with Need for Speed Rivals for Xbox 360, and will include headsets, Skylanders figurines and other games throughout the day. Take a gander at the times and what products will be deeply discounted when they are on the clock.


Nurse costumes now available for the ladies of Dead Or Alive 5

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Halloween is still months away but you can dress up your favorite Dead or Alive 5 fighters today as a new set of DLC costumes is available. 

Nurse costumes for Helena, Ayane, Christie, Hitomi, Kasumi, Kokoro, Leifang, Mila, Momiji and Tina are now available and will cost $1.99 each. Or if you want them all, you can buy them all in a bundle for $14.99, which will save you around $5. 

Also, for those who play Dead Or Alive: Core Fighters, the Free To Play version of Dead Or Alive 5: Ultimate, Zack and Helena will be free until April 29th. 

Box art for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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BioWare's next will be the third game in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Looking to bounce back from the lackluster second game, BioWare is really trying to make the third game stand out. Decisions should have a greater impact on the game and the world will be bigger for players to explore.

Today, the box art for the game has been revealed. Dragon Age III will be coming out for most platforms this fall after a year delay.

Now Loading for the week of April 21, 2014

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Things are slowing a bit this week but there are still a ton of new games to play. This week may lack the “big name” / “highly anticipated” titles that we have seen the last couple of weeks, but there are still plenty of new games to pick up. Personally, I am looking forward to the HD-remake of one of my favorite games of the last generation: Cel Damage. surely, the game was far from perfect, but I had a ton of fun with it when it originally launched and always hoped for a sequel, or at least an update.

This week’s lineup includes:

  • Cel Damage HD for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4
  • Dark Souls II for PC
  • Defense Technica for PlayStation 3
  • Demon Gaze for PlayStation Vita
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch for PlayStation 4
  • Soul Calibur Lost Swords for PlayStation 3
  • Starlight Inception for PlayStation Vita
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 for PlayStation Vita
  • Warface for Xbox 360


World of Warcraft has escaped into the real world and stolen a motorcycle

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You know, I'm not one for what I call "man drama" TV where burly, leather and denim-clad type As battle for dominance in a garage, a construction site, a forest, a far-flung truck depot, or whatever setting the luminaries on basic cable have decided real men work this year.  However, when one of those man drama shows decide to tackle something video game related then I'm on board.  I might not watch it on TV, but I'll definitely think it's pretty cool.

Enter Azeroth Choppers, which takes the top bike customizers that could be found and sets them competing against each other to make the best World of Warcraft-themed motorcycle the world has ever seen.  The winning design will show up in the game as a free mount.  You can find episode 1 below and find new episodes every Thursday.

To learn more, follow the jump and then visit http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/, and http://us.battle.net/wow/en/choppers/#about.  


Weekend News Roundup - 04/20/2014

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38 minutes of Arena Commander, Star Citizen goodness

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Chris Roberts and company was on hand at PAX to debut footage of Arena Commander, the dogfighting portion of Star Citizen. Presented below is about 38 minutes worth of footage from both Chris Roberts' presentation and some other video thrown into the mix.

You can definitely see how beautiful the game is looking. Attention to detail such as the directional changes in the small thrusters on the ships show how the team building the game is making sure even the tiniest of features get implemented and implemented well.

As a backer, I'm anxiously waiting to get my hands on the game and I'm really hoping to have Oculus Rift support in it as well. Yeah, dog fighting with that on would be amazing.

Your Bound by Flame hero probably won't look like your friend's Bound by Flame hero

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Bound by Flame sounds a bit more ambitious with every press release. What deveoper Spiders Studios is saying about its upcoming action role-playing game is, your hero's appearance—which has a wide range of customization options from the beginning (including gender)—will continually have his or her appearance messed with throughout the story. Just like in Fable, doing bad stuff gives your skin a molten appearance and sprouts horns from your forehead. While doing good things apparently keeps you looking plainly human. (Perhaps a halo or some other kind of heavenly aura is called for.) All the while, of course, your armor and weaponry changes up with gear unlocks.

This widespread variety in appearance is great for gamers, but hell on marketing teams, since it becomes impossible to nail down a poster boy/girl to put on the front of your game box. It will be difficult—if they even try—to manufacture their own version of Commander Shepard, or Link, or Lara Croft. In other words, it will be difficult to pick Bound by Flame out of a crowd, simply because their mascot is so variable.

Bound by Flame is scheduled for a May 9 launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.


TownCraft is exactly what it sounds like, and as cute as it sounds

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We've seen TownCraft's formula before, but that doesn't diminish any of its charm. You start off as one person in the wilderness, then you chip away at resources, so you can mess around with inventory screens, so you can crafting bigger and more complex items, so you can chip away at more resources, so you can mess around with a bigger inventory screen...you know the drill.

Below is a 14-minute video demonstrating early gameplay. The narrating dev is able to move quickly by rote memorization, but the interface looks straightforward. Still, my concern is that—just like in Minecraft—I'm not seeing a screen with a convenient listing of crafting recipes. Alt-Tabbing between a gamescreen and a FAQ is so 2011.

TownCraft is coming to Mac and iOS this spring.

Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer

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Set to release in August of this year, Deep Silver has released a Risen 3: Titan Lords teaser trailer. Check it out here:

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The Smash Brothers director Kickstarts a second Smash Bros. documentary

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Last year fans of Super Smash Bros. were treated to an amazing documentary detailing the history of the Super Smash Bros. Melee competitive scene, including interviews with the games' best players. The documentary was a huge success, and now its director Travis Beauchamp is using Kickstarter to raise funds for another one. For the second film Beauchamp wants to focus more on the modern Smash scene, and bring in the stories of international players as well. The Kickstarter is already halfway to its funding goal so if you are interested get over there and help them get that second half. 

I loved the first Smash Brothers documentary and will probably end up funding the second one as soon as I can decide which donation tier to go for. If the film reaches its goal it is expected to release in December of 2016. 

Source: kotaku.com

NorCal Regionals are underway

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The twelfth edition of NorCal Regionals are here as we continue the road to EVO 2014.  This years tournament features six main games, including www.twitch.tv/ and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a sponsored Divekick tournament, and close to a dozen "community games" such as Skullgirls and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma.  More info can be found over on Shoryuken.com, and the tournament can be watched on one of the three streams below depending on the time of day and what game you wish to watch (the page I linked to on Shoryuken has the schedule).

Life Goes On launches on Steam

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Ever think about just pushing someone off of a cliff or maybe impaling them with a spike all for your personal benefit?  Actually, I certainly hope not because that would be pretty brutal and just downright wrong, but essentially that's what's going on in Life Goes On.  Throughout each of the game's fifty-two levels you have to occasionally sacrifice a knight to make a path for the next one.  For instance, if you have a large pit of spikes that you just can't cross on your own, throw your knight onto the spikes and then when the next knight appears he has a nice little platform he can use to cross the spikes.  That's just one of the ways you'll be using your knights to get through each stage.

For more ideas on just how to effectively use your knights to your advantage, check out the launch trailer below.  I'll also be posting a review of Life Goes On in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if the game looks interesting.


The Walking Dead is reaching out it's cold, dead hands to more devices.

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Big announcement today in the world of mobile gaming. First and foremost, The Walking Dead Season Two is coming to PlayStation Vita next week. Episodes 1 and 2 will be available for download in the PlayStation Store in North America on April 22, and in Europe on April 23 for $4.99 each, or you can get 20% off by buying the Season Pass. No surprises there- just thought you Vita-users should know.

The BIG news is that the entire first season of The Walking Dead, including the DLC episode 400 Days is now available for Android-based devices through Google Play; as well as the NVIDIA Shield through TegraZone; and Amazon Fire TV and Kindle HDX through Amazon. Not sure if you'll like how it'll work on these new devices? Good news, because on all of them, you can get the first episode fo' free!

The second season isn't currently available for these new platforms, but it will be soon.


Nintendo Download 4/18/14: Super Mario Bros. 3 is finally here!

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April has been a good month for the Nintendo Download, and the good news just keeps rollin' in. Here's some of the new releases and sales you can download this week.

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 has finally arrived for the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console
  • Golden Sun for the Wii U Virtual Console
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity for the Wii U Virtual Console
  • LEGO The Hobbit is now available in the eShop for the Wii U
  • Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure for the Wii U
  • My First Songs for the Wii U
  • Bit Boy!! Arcadeb for the 3DS
  • Smash Cat Heroes for the 3DS

Here's a few of the sales and price reductions going on now

  • Until May 1Classic Games Overload is 50% off in the eShop for the 3DS
  • Starting April 21, the price for Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag is going to drop from $59.99 to $39.99
  • Starting April 21, the price for ZombiU is going to drop from $59.99 to $29.99


QuakeCon 2014: register now and get your swag on.

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If you want to get in on QuakeCon 2014, you better do it while you still can. General registration and online pre-registration for the Swag Pack presented by Logitech G is now open. There are 500 packages available for the Swag Pack, for $120 you get:

  • An official QuakeCon 2014 T-Shirt
  • Two limited edition T-Shirts
  • A The Evil Within poster and exclusive drawstring backpack
  • QuakeCon 2014 Logitech G420 surround sound gaming headset
  • The Elder Scrolls Online mousepad
  • a 1-year Pro subscription to QUAKE LIVE


Unfortunately, all BYOC seats are accounted for, but there will still be opportunities to win seats if you follow QuakeCon on Twitter and Facebook.

QuakeCon 2014 will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas from July 17-July 20. To register for general admission and pre-register for a Swag Pack, visit the registration page. For more info on QuakeCon, check out their aforementioned Twitter and Facebook pages, or their main website.


What We're Playing: Devil May Broforce Edition

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America watched the lunar eclipse of a blood moon on Monday night, and we're not talking Morrowind expansions. Windows' Cortana joined the digital-assistant war with Apple's Siri and Google Now. And PAX East quietly wrapped up, with little else but Civilization: Beyond Earth making any kind of splash.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey, staff writer, @NeoScyther
I've taken to playing another game that I hadn't even opened up and posting the results over on YouTube. This time around I'm finally playing the Devil May Cry series starting from the first game (for the record, I'm using the Devil May Cry HD Collection for the Xbox 360). Outside of playing a bit of Devil May Cry 2, the demo for DmC, and playing around with Dante, Virgil, and Trish in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I have no experience with the series, so this should be interesting. Anyone wanting to keep up with my progress can check out the playlist here.

Sean Cahill, staff writer, @GN_Punk
I'm wrapping up review on FIFA World Cup 2014 for Xbox 360 currently. After that, I will dive back into Dark Souls II to wrap that up for review as well. I would imagine I'll start play on MLB 14: The Show by the weekend.

Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I'm reveling in patriotic glory for my preview of Broforce. This has to be one of my favorite indie games in quite a while. Tense 16-bit action, excessive retro carnage, and a roster packed with how-did-they-not-get-sued action hero tribute bros. It's even better in co-op! Time to give those terrorists a taste of white hot democracy. Go 'Murrica.

Travis Huinker, staff writer, @travishuinker
I'm still recovering a bit from my recent trip to Budapest, home to developer Neocore Games, where I was able to play through the upcoming Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II. This weekend I plan to continue playing through The Elder Scrolls Online for my upcoming review. In addition, I hope to check out the recently-released alpha of ArcheAge.

Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
I'm chock full of new games this week as I picked up Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut for the Xbox One last weekend, and then took advantage of Target's buy-two-get-one-free deal and picked up Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, inFAMOUS: Second Son, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I'm focusing on Strike Suit Zero right now, but I have a feeling I'll be firing up Reaper of Souls this weekend as I started getting back into Diablo III last week.

Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
I'm still reeling from The Wolf Among Us – Episode 3: A Crooked Mile. But World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition deployed Update 1.1, meaning the U.K. just got a medium tank line, the Himmelsdorf map—with its massive castle overlook—was added, and now I can customize crew skills to my playstyle (which, for me, is flexible and fast-moving...for a tank). Also maybe Hitman: Absolution. I can't help but compare it to Deus Ex: Human Revolution's brand of stealth, and I can't help but like Hitman's handling of that stealth much, much more.

Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
After previewing Grim Dawn, I've gotten a mighty hankering for some online mulitplayer role-playing games. And since Grim Dawn isn't online yet, I'll probably dive back into Torchlight II. It's been a while since I played. You don't need to feed your pets, right?

Matt Mirkovich, staff writer, @Stillmywords
I'm exploring the Magical Kingdom because Charles hooked it up with a copy of Disney Magical World. I'm also working on balancing out my bard in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn to make it more effective in runs of Bahamut's Coil. Beyond that, it's kind of a dry time for me. Not much on the radar that I care to play, so maybe I'll start digging through that massive backlog I've accumulated over the years.

Tropico 5 special edition announced

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If your thirst for simulated tropical despotism simply cannot be sated by anything and you're literally frothing at the mouth for your next fix, then you'll probably be thrilled to know that Tropico 5 is offering a Special Edition for those gamers that either pre-order the title or buy a boxed retail version at launch.

The Tropico 5 Special Edition will include a special avatar costume for El Presidente, the Bayo Del Olfato Sandbox Mode map, an authentic Tropico passport (not valid for international travel), and a Tropico postcard created by Penultimo himself.

You can also pre-purchase the game on Steam starting on April 17 for a 10% discount, the Businessman avatar for El Presidente, the Isla de Vapor Sandbox Mode map, and other, and as yet unnamed bonuses depending on the number of the pre-orders Tropico 5 gets on Steam. 

To learn more, follow the jump.  Also make sure you visit Tropico 5 on Twitter, Facebook, and the good ole' Interwebs.


News Roundup - 04/17/2014

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