Here are the first batch of original Xbox games coming to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility program

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Starting tomorrow, the first batch of Xbox games will be added to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility catalog, meaning we can now play three generations of Xbox games on one console. Pretty cool! Fuzion Frenzy and Ninja Gaiden Black are fantastic games, but Knights of the Old Republic is what I'll be picking up immediately. I have to wonder though, why Bloodrayne 2 is on the list and not the original game. 

Anyways, here is the list...

  • Black
  • Bloodrayne 2 
  • Crimson Skies
  • Dead to Rights
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • King of Fighters Neowave
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Faction 2
  • Sid Meier's Pirates 
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Lego Dimensions is coming to an end

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It's no secret that when it comes to the "Toys To Life" genre that Skylanders is probably the top contender, even though I seriously wonder how they can take the series further every time they come up with another concept for it. However, that's not to say that other games have see success. I was surprised when Disney Infinity closed up shop, especially after acquiring the rights to Star Wars and started releasing those sets, but I was even more surprised when I saw on Facebook that Lego Dimensions is coming to an end as well.

Over on their Twitter page they have an image that says that while they'll continue the servers and support for the series, including existing sets and packs, no new sets will be coming out. That was really surprising to read as while I've never played Lego Dimensions myself, it looks really interesting and I wouldn't mind giving it a shot. If you still want to give it a go, you might want to look into it now. It does seem like the current sets will still be around for a while, but they haven't said how long those will be in production.



Iron Wolf VR patched in every sense of the word

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In response to player requests, Ionized Studios has granted public access to a beta test of Iron Wolf VR that now offers unlucky or unskilled Captains to repair damage to their submarine. Although the use of a welding torch to repair a leak in the hull might seem idiosyncratic, there's a lot to be said for being able to effect a repair at all rather than standing by helplessly as the rising water level signals your eminent demise.

To fix leaks, the player will pick up the welder which is located on the control room door. Using the trigger to activate the welder and holding it near to the source of the leak will start the repair. Water already on board can be removed by using the bilge pump. In multi-player, someone can use the recently added bilge pump to buy more time for the person using the welder.

Single-player is balanced so that it is not necessary to pump and weld at the same time.

Given that I drowned nearly every time I incurred any level of damage, this is welcome addition indeed!

Iron Wolf VR is currently available as an Early Access game on Steam.

New NVIDIA drivers out for Destiny 2

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Tomorrow's a big day as Destiny 2 is coming to the PC finally. For those who have NVIDIA cards, new drivers are being released to ensure you get the best experience as possible with the game. Version 388.00 is now ready to download for your computer. As always, besides being optimized for the latest game, the new drivers will have other bug fixes and performance provements as well.

If you want to tweak some things and try to make the most out of your graphical options, NVIDIA has a nice guide to help you out. It goes through some tweaking options and also lets you know the optimum settings for the type of video card you have.

For those that don't have a GeForce GTX 1080 or GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, you can pick up the card now and get Destiny 2 for free. You have until November 29th, 2017 before that deal is gone.

We'll be looking at Destiny 2 on the PC so make sure to check back for that article to go up.

Soar with eagles, slide down pyramids in Assassin's Creed Origins launch trailer

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Assassin's Creed Origins launches this week. Ubisoft made good on its promise to skip a year. The last major Assassin's Creed was Assassin's Creed Syndicate in 2015. We don't count the 2.5D Assassin's Creed Chronicles that Climax Studios developed. Low scores on those games anyway. So, Origins is Ubisoft making good on its promise to skip a year and rethink a little bit of the core series.

This launch video details the "Legend of the Assassin." As it was written, our hero stands alone on a wall crammed with hieroglyphics. Well, alone, but with Senu, his eagle that actually justifies an Assassin's eagle vision.

Catching a thermal over the city of Alexandria, the eagle sees everything from the Nile's riverbanks to the Pyramids at Giza. You can fly the eagle around. My seven-year-old loves doing that part.

Then we dive into another tomb, where hieroglyphic Assassins and Roman soldiers do battle. The hieroglyphs turn into a live action stabby session. The armor on both guys is amazing. Next comes the requisite Pyramid Slide (TM) with a tilted camera angle so it looks even steeper than it is. Then Bayek—that's you—runs from an armored elephant. Elephants can be so mean! You catch a hint of the Brotherhood's signature eagle-beaked hood in Bayek's keffiyeh throughout.

You are a man that fights unseen. Who goes where the gods forbid. Killing the wicked and the corrupt. The video heads to the bloody sands of a Roman arena. Where gladiators wear their kills (rather than their hearts) on their sleeves. You talk to your fellow citizen-warriors in Egypt. You form the Brotherhood. You beat back the tide of Roman oppression. Clashing under the desert sun, or swimming from crocodiles, or taking aim at the gods, or getting your Ben-Hur on. There's a lot to see and do in Origins.

Assassin's Creed Origins launches this Friday, October 27 on PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, and Xbox One X.

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Behold, the trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V

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Today, developer Atlus released the trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V. And it's heading to the Switch.

Now, it's all in Japanese, and there are no closed captions, so any information I convey is purely based on visuals (which, as any good director will tell you, is really how you tell the story).

The trailer starts out following two characters, one boy and one girl, walking in a train station. The guy wears a tacky-looking cowboy business suit but sports a slick man purse.

We then transition to an underground tunnel filled with the bodies of mythical knights and demons.

Ending the scene's focus on one demon in particular, it cuts to the same two kids from earlier, now in an apocalyptic landscape, surrounded by flying demons (and I thought I was having a bad Monday). The demons converge on him and the girl, and the trailer ends with a shot of his hand reaching to the sky, before a bunch of rose petals burst from the carnage. 

Fin. No release date. Watch below:

Get your spoop on with For Honor's Feast of the Otherworld

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Do you like Halloween? Oh, what am I saying (you better like Halloween is what I'm saying). 

For Honor is getting spooky from October 19th to November 2nd in honor (no pun intended) of its Halloween event: Feast of the Otherworld. 

It consists of a new game mode which sees players battling hordes of undead skeletons, with a general air of nastiness and gloom covering the maps. There looks to be special abilities or at least spooky Halloween themes that players can emote. 

Watch the trailer below:

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Original Mafia now available on GOG

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"Leave the gun, take the canoli." 

Okay, that's from The Godfather, but it's still pretty relevant to today's news. Set in the 1930s in the fictional city of Lost Heaven, Mafia follows protagonist Tommy Angelo from his humble beginnings as a cabbie to a made man as he works his way up in the game. 

I never played the original game, but I am aware of its integral quality to the evolution of games in today's culture. I do have fond memories of its sequel, and its inspiration from various classic mob movies is very much appreciated. Read our review here.

In honor of the fifteenth anniversary of the original's release, it is now available on GOG for $14.99. 

Catch up on the game here, and read an interview with the original developers here.


What we're playing: Lovers in a Dangerous Dead Space

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What does it take to play video games for a living? A lot of hours, a lot of stress. The age old question of difficulty rears its ugly head—its Cuphead, rather. And in the face of dwindling numbers, the Boy Scouts are beta testing a program with Gamestop. They're seeing if playing video games should become a part of the scout code.

What are you playing?

Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'll be checking out Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime with my fiance, as it's supposedly best played in co-op. She was on board as soon as I mentioned there was a cat in the game, but she does find the premise and gameplay rather puzzling.

Aside from that, I'll be starting a playthrough of the Dead Space trilogy to commemorate the life of Visceral Games and lament the studio's untimely death. It's a damn shame that EA shuttered them and I hope they all land on their feet. If EA, in their infinite wisdom, ever decide to resurrect the Dead Space franchise, it just won't be the same without its creators, Visceral Games.

Kinsey Danzis, Staff Writer,
In between balancing three jobs and reviewing Middle-earth: Shadow of War (which is giving me flashbacks to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, by the way), I'm still enamored with The Sky Factory mod in Minecraft. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm any good at it; it took me a solid 15 minutes to figure out how to wire a solar panel to a cloche, and I still don't know how to get items out of the dang thing, but I'm having a fun time sucking at it. I do, however, have a very impressive chicken farm.

Dave Gamble, Staff Writer,
My single-minded devotion to Red Dead Redemption is waning. My foray south of the border in my quest for Bill Williamson ended up solidifying my overall misanthropic feelings towards my fellow man. The utter brutality of both sides of Mexico's civil strife was appalling. Back home, I thought I'd just concentrate on doing good favors for people, right up until I spent days piecing together a bouquet for an older gentleman's wife. That, too, ended poorly. I have decided to finish out my stay by following treasure maps to the hidden stashes.

It's good to move on. I picked up a neat little game called Heliborne. At its very essence, it is World of Helicopters. I also picked up version 2.0 of World of Warplanes, but found it to be much less fun than the indie-developed helicopter-based alternative. WoW 2 doesn't seem to appeal to me any more than the original did, and for the same reasons. Heliborne, on the other hand, is still in development and the team is open to suggestions for improvement. Surprisingly and gratifyingly, they are willing to invest effort into improving play mechanics for people, like me, that prefer to play their massively multiplayer games solo.

Randy Kalista, Staff Writer,
Out of left field, I'm finally playing Fallout 4's Survival Mode. New character. New problems. It was my intention to make the Wasteland scary again, and boy howdy. It has to do with the fact that I started taking damage from over-encumbrance. And that there's no game saving except when I sleep. No fast travel either. I've never been more desperate to find a dirty bedroll somewhere, anywhere, in Boston's outskirts. I'm an insomniac now, too. I'm sure that improves my situation. Dogmeat is more helpful than ever. If he holds down at least one of the half dozen feral ghouls sprinting toward me right now, I'm giving him a doggy treat back at the ranch. Because Survival Mode means I'm dealing less damage, and I can't take as much damage either. One or two hits from an enemy means I'm reloaded at that dirty bedroll 10, 20, or even 30 minutes back. I gotta eat cooked food, gotta stay hydrated, gotta get a good night's sleep. It's been painful so far. I hope it keeps bringing the pain.

Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Last weekend of gaming for me probably until December. Woah. It's just sinking in.

I'm making the move back across the pond at the end of the month and in the process am selling my TV, computer monitor, PS4, and a few critical PC components to save on shipping them back—and for them all to rise from the ashes anyway around Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

So for my last weekend, my time will be split, mostly on my last review, ARK: Survival Evolved, and partly in Destiny 2 with a first attempt at a Prestige mode Raid clear.

Nicholas Leon, Staff Writer,
I've decided to take a break from Persona 5. It's a terrific game, and the turn-based combat is a step-up from other JRPGs that I've played in the past, but currently it's just a bit much to take on that sort of expansive, role-playing game. I think this weekend I'll dip my feet into NieR: Automata (I'm still on my second playthrough). I'm familiar and comfortable with the game, and the side quests are short and sweet enough to let me drop in every now and again.

I also just bought Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition on Steam. I've heard that although it's playable, it is also prone to crashes. Here's hoping that I'm tech savvy enough to manage my mods that'll help it run smoother on my awesome near-gaming level PC.

Kevin O’Connell, Staff Writer,
Well, they say the fourth time is a charm, so, through Forza 7 once more unto the breach, dear friends. I am positively annoyed at this point that Forza 7's other pieces are still MIA. There are plenty of people out there for a launch of the Marketplace and the Auction House, but both are still void. I have also concluded that the Prize Crates are mediocre at best. The 20k and 50k ones will allow you to make money back +5-10%, but anything bigger wastes money like a crackhead on a bender. They would possibly be fun if the monetary system were a whole bunch better. There are definitely times where I have needed money to buy a specific car to race and none could be found. In fact, there are only a couple races where the monetary windfall pays out more than the cost of the car you have to buy to race... and forget getting two cars. I can still say this is the best car sim of this year, but its execution isn't much better than Forza 4 or 6 to this point.

John Yan, Senior Hardware Editor, @TheJohnYan
Trying to find auger parts in 7 Days to Die. Such an arduous task. Why do dogs keep chasing me?! SO SAD!

Battle royale with another partner. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds is good fun. Dying is all I'm good at!

Pearl, a very sweet daddy-daughter short film, is now a free-to-play VR game

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Google Spotlight Stories: Pearl is based exactly on the animated short film Pearl. The film, directed by Patrick Osborne, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short 2017 category. The game, developed and published by Google, won an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Storytelling 2017. 

Pearl is a free-to-play VR adventure. You can't do anything in-game except look around. It's simply "interactive" storytelling in that sense. But the story is so affecting that that's just fine. With your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift on, you sit silently in the passenger seat of a dad and daughter's home, their hatchback. They crisscross the country, chasing their musical dreams. The story swims back and forth between love, angst, loss, and life, through rainy days and sunny days, holidays and regular days. In VR, you move your cone of vision from the back seat, to the driver's seat, to looking ahead past the dashboard and through the windshield. 

I don't think I can physically play this one. Not sure what it does to a VR headset's resolution to have tears squeezed out onto the inner screen.

Pearl is out now on PC.

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