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  • By Eiousx, in Frontpage,


    Someone released the experiments again! It's time for Killing Floor 2 once more. Join me as we take on the onslaught of nightmarish creations. Suit up and meet me in Discord this Saturday.
    Where: Discord link
    When: Saturday 2PM CST( 8PM GMT )

    By Legolas_Katarn, in Articles,


    Leonardo Da Sidci on Hellblade and Living with Psychosis, developers and writers reflect on games from 2017, IGN fires Editor-In-Chief for misconduct, Intel responds to security issue as their CEO sells 40 million in shares before disclosure, gameplay of Ni No Kuni 2, Noclip interviews Harvey Smith about Dishonored and Prey devs on the difficulty of creating immersive sims, Laura Dale on the way Finding Paradise explores childhood trauma, why Insomniac blew up the moon, original design ideas for the first Age of Empires, preview of Pillars of Eternity 2, preview of the Tomb King DLC for Total War Warhammer 2, how Detention uses its historical foundation as its source of horror, Total War Thrones of Britannia footage, and more.
     
     
    Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)
     
    Ni No Kuni 2 shows off its new RTS skirmishes and traditional role-playing
     
    The Messenger takes Ninja Gaiden on a cross-generational journey
     
    Hellbound horror game Agony teases ghastly Red Goddess
     
    Tackling an ancient curse and an angry titan in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

     
    Metal Gear Survive: 5 Minutes of Single-Player Gameplay
    Looks like what would happen if MGSV had actually made any use of its mechanics.
     
    Science is messy and cloning's unlimited in twin-stick shooter Beacon

     
    Hands on with Phantom Doctrine

     
    The strategy games of 2018

    STRATEGY GAMER'S GUIDE TO 2018
     
    Monster Hunter: World trailer introduces the Elder Dragons
     
    Rogue Legacy Creator's Next Game Is A Co-op Brawler
     
    Celeste is a mountain-climbing platformer from the makers of TowerFall
     
    The Mercury Man looks like Blade Runner with Russian health nuts
     
    Omensight is a time-looping action game about solving a murder
     
    2D post-apocalyptic adventure Skytorn will return, dev says
     
    Take a first look at asymmetrical PvP zombie shooter Dead Dozen in action
     
    Total War: Thrones of Britannia presents Alfred the Great in new footage and screens
     
    The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk game about underdogs and weirdos

     
    Binding of Isaac dev delays turn-based puzzle RPG Legend of Bum-bo
     
    Why Warhammer 2's Tomb Kings are Total War's strangest faction yet
    Total War: Warhammer 2 Tomb Kings guide: Dynasties, the Mortuary Cult, and free units
     
    Injustice 2 adds Enchantress next week, watch her magic destroy opponents in new trailer
     
    Smite unveils new Conquest map, Cerberus god, incoming pantheons
     
    Georgia are coming to Civilization 6, and their Golden Ages are twice as strong
     
    PUBG to let players report cheaters directly from replay mode, new crate system on test servers
     
    Lawbreakers' publishers have written it off, and they blame PUBG

     
    Gravity Rush 2 Players Race To Unlock Items Ahead Of Server Shutdown

     
    Intel responds to security research bug, says no cause for concern

    Intel CEO sold $39 million in company shares prior to disclosure of CPU security flaws
     
    IGN Fires Editor-In-Chief For 'Alleged Misconduct'
     
    YouTube is playing favorites, and it all comes down to advertisers
     
    YouTuber Leaves Smosh Games After Sexual Assault Allegations

     
    Popular puzzle game from Zachtronics rejected by digital store but developer unable to share details
     
    Star Citizen devs file motion to dismiss Crytek lawsuit

     
    Rebellion acquires SkySaga: Infinite Isles studio Radiant Worlds

     
    Why Insomniac blew up the moon

     
    5.9 million PS4 consoles sold during 2017 Christmas period

     
    Yogscast's Humble Jingle Jam Bundle raises $5.2 million for charity

     
    Poundmaker Cree Nation leader criticizes Cree portrayal in Civilization 6

     
    Spain cuts €2M in indie game funding

     
    Esports News
     
    Valve Removes Tournament's Major Status Because It Will Require Drug Testing

     
    StarCraft Players Forced To Re-Do Matches After Tournament Gets Seeded Wrong

     
    A Pocket Of Passionate Players Is The Only Thing Keeping Competitive ARMS Alive

     
    Every Overwatch League match is coming to Twitch

     
    Spanish Political Party Registers an Esports Legislation Proposal in Congress

     
    Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)
     
    Polygon’s Year in Review: here’s how it works

    The warning of Edith Finch: what we love is killing us
    Super Mario Odyssey is fun to learn and pointless to master
    What future artificial intelligence will think of our puny human video games
    A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win
    Nier: Automata’s robots remind us that being human isn’t as great as it’s cracked up to be
     
    “The least-worst idea we had”—The creation of the Age of Empires empire

     
    How zombie plague RTS They Are Billions went viral

     
    How killing permadeath in Darkwood led deeper into the forest

     
    How the Endless series reimagined the 4X strategy genre

     
    How devs and fans are coming together to rebuild Neverwinter Nights

     
    What goes into creating a memorable soundtrack?

     
    10 of the best PC game mechanics from 2017

     
    Even the Bleakest Horror Games End More Hopefully than 'Detention' Does

     
    How Yakuza's City Changes From Game To Game

     
    Finding Paradise Explores How Childhood Trauma Can Echo Through Our Lives

     
    'Assassin's Creed' Would Be a Better Series Without The Sci-Fi Garbage

     
    Hellblade and Living with Psychosis | Sidcourse
     
    Deus Ex to Dishonored (Harvey Smith) - Noclip Sessions
     
    Prey & Immersive Sim Design (Ricardo Bare & Raphael Colantonio) - Noclip Sessions
     
    How Games Use Feedback Loops | Game Maker’s Toolkit
     
    Off Camera Secrets | Metal Gear Solid - Boundary Break Featuring David Hayter
     
    Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry
     
    Crypt of the Necrodancer artist gets engaged through his own game
     
    This Aliens-themed Planet Coaster ride is incredible
     
    Things I Missed From Previous Weeks
     
    “I’d like PUBG to become a universal media franchise,” CH Kim, the CEO of PUBG Corp.

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    News & Highlights
    Winter Break Conclusion -  After a two week break, the AJSA Xbox One Division is back in action! Our Winter Break formally concludes today (January 8th, 2018). We are resuming normal event activity tomorrow. We're excited and ready to rock n' roll! Hope you can join us.
    Top 10 Games of 2017 [Xbox List] - Last week we published our Top 10 Games of 2017 list (according to members of the Xbox Division). In case you missed it, here is a link to the article. Thank you to everyone who took part the voting process and contributed towards the completion of the article. Our friends on PC and Playstation 4 will be soon publishing their own member voted lists, so stay tuned for those articles!
    Xbox Information Thread - In an effort to better inform both new and existing members, we have provided an 'Xbox One Division Information' thread that covers all things Xbox. We cover details on events, game nights, the Club, and more. Additionally in this thread we cover our new Xbox Club 'Game Nights' initative and how you can participate in those activities. Click here to take a look at everything!
    Promotions - This past week here on the Xbox One Division we had two promotions within our staff. I'd like to take a moment to announce and recognize these two individuals:
    StraightUpMelon - Melon has been a member of the AJSA community since the Summer of 2015, first joining up with the Xbox One crew on Battlefield 4. It would be here where he would make his mark and get involved, growing as an active and respectable member of the community. In the Summer of 2016 Melon took part in our Rocket League Xbox One Tournament where he got his first start at game organizing. He left such a great impression with us, tagged along with his amazing work ethic, he was brought in the fold and was promoted to Sergeant shortly after the conclusion of the tournament.
    Melon has been an amazing team player within the Xbox community. He is an awesome supporter of the AJSA and is always willing and able to help out wherever he can. We greatly appreciate and value all the time and work he has put in to make the Xbox One Division the best it can be. A role model among his peers and a reliable team member, this promotion is well deserved! Thank you!
    Sickshock - Sick joined the community this past Summer and has quickly left a great impression with us. Active, friendly, and imagative, Sick is being brought onto the Xbox staff as a Sergeant. He will overseeing our new 'Game Nights' initative on the Xbox Club.
    Sick has had no issue making friends and getting involved with the community. He has shown such an enthusiastic and positive attitude towards game organizing. We're happy to formally bring in Sick to staff and are excited to work with him going into 2018. Thank you Sick for being a great member, colleague, and friend to the community!
    January 2018 Event Monthly Outline - A brief outline of what to expect this month in terms of Xbox events:
    Jan. 9th to Jan. 13th
    Tues. Jan. 9th - Destiny 2 - 7:00pm EST Thurs. Jan. 11th - Titanfall 2 - 7:00pm EST Fri. Jan. 12th - Fortnite: Battle Royale - 7:00pm EST Sat. Jan. 13th - Overwatch - 6:30pm EST Jan. 16th to Jan. 20th
    Tues. Jan. 16th - Destiny 2 - 7:00pm EST Thurs. Jan. 18th - Minecraft - 7:00pm EST Fri. Jan. 19th - Rainbow Six: Siege - 7:00pm EST Sat. Jan. 20th - Overwatch - 6:30pm EST Jan. 23rd to Jan. 27th
    Tues. Jan. 23rd - Destiny 2 - 7:00pm EST Thurs. Jan. 25th - GTA Online - 7:00pm EST Fri. Jan. 26th - Battlefield 4 - 7:00pm EST Sat. Jan. 27th - Overwatch - 6:30pm EST Jan. 30th
    Tues. Jan. 30th - Destiny 2 - 7:00pm EST I feel 2018 is going to be an amazing year for Xbox. Let's roll!
    AJSA Gaming Youtube
    Xbox One Events - COD: Black Ops II - December 17th, 2017 - We're happy to share with you highlights our night of gaming and fun on COD: Black Ops II (via backward compatibility)! This video is styled a bit different from our normal videos. Enjoy!
    Thank you to SpartanMaster93 for contributing and editing this video!
    AJSA Xbox One Weekly Event Schedule [January 9th to January 13th]
    How Can I Join An Xbox One Event? - For new members/first time event participants, I highly encourage you to add all the hosts as your friend on Xbox Live (Gamertags are listed for every host below). You can also join the AJSA Xbox Club and add hosts/members there. All event and game night parties are launched from the Club. Additionally, please review our Code of Conduct.
    Communication during events are done primarily in the Xbox Live Party system. In case of emergency, we will use the AJSA Discord Channel. We accept and make adjustments for people who are shy in large groups and/or for people who have no mics.
    If by chance you do not have the host as a friend, please message the host for an invite to the game/party during the event and then exchange friend requests upon entry to the party. Most, if not all, event parties will be visible to all Xbox Club members. Look under "Looking for Group" at the start/during an event to view the event party and join up.
    If you would like to give advance notice to the host that you would like to play, you are free to do so. Otherwise keep note of the event start times and join the host's Xbox Live party to begin. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at "RuneX" on the forums or on Xbox Live.
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    Destiny 2 - Xbox One Event - Tues. Jan. 9th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am GMT)

    Welcome to the first Xbox One Weekly Event of 2018! We are officially back from 'Winter Break'. We hope everyone had a great holiday season! The Xbox team is ready to deliver you awesome and fun events this first week back, with Destiny 2 leading the charge.
    This event will focus on completing the Weekly Milestones and ranking up fellow Guardians. We'll be doing both Vanguard & Nightfall Strikes (for Curse of Osiris players, we'll also complete Heroic Strikes), Crucible, Missions/Quests, and other challenges. If you've been seeking an organized Destiny gaming group, this is a perfect opportunity for you to meet up and play with other like-minded members.
    Contact our Destiny Sergeant on Xbox One, MasterfulJoe101 on Xbox Live, if you have any questions/require assistance about this upcoming event. Hope you can join us in our adventures!
    For additional information about the AJSA Xbox One crew on Destiny 2, check out our sub-forum.
    Event Summary:
    Time: January 9th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am GMT)
    Hosts: Blast_Master115 [Gamertag: MasterfulJoe101] & RuneX [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya]
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    Titanfall 2 - Xbox One Event - Thurs. Jan. 11th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am GMT)

    Prepare for Titanfall, 'Angry' Pilots. To help reign in the New Year, the AJSA on Xbox One is returning to the Frontier this Thursday night. Come spend your evening playing Titanfall 2 and enjoying some classic Titanfall action with the Xbox community!
    During the event we will squad up together as one group and do a mixture of custom and online games. If there is enough interest, we can also play the 'Frontier Defense' mode. Participants are encouraged to join the 'Official AJSA Network' in-game. Networks are a built in clan system within Titanfall 2. This way when you're playing Titanfall 2 outside an event, you can easily catch and see who is online playing Titanfall 2. This will allow you join up with other members without having to sort through your friends list.
    Cya on the Frontier!
    Event Summary:
    Time: January 11th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am EST)
    Host: RuneX [Gamertag: AScapeRunePlaya]
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    Fortnite: Battle Royale - Xbox One Event - Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am GMT)

    Back by popular demand, Fortnite: Battle Royale is returning as an Xbox event this Friday night with hosts WookieJedi and Melon! Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to play mode part of the regular 'Fornite' game that members can download from the Xbox store at no cost. Squad up with your friends from the community and take dozens of other squads to claim victory in this fun and intense epic, fun battle for survival.
    Come on by and kick off the weekend with the Angry Army! Members of all skill levels are welcome to play. For people who have the full version of Fortnite, a seperate squad may be created by the host to allow you and others to play PvE content, after you've participated in the Battle Royale matches.
    There will likely be multiple parties up during this event so each squad may communicate easily and effectively. If you join late, simply message or join the Xbox Live parties of either one of the hosts and they will get you set up with a squad that has available space.
    Event Summary:
    Time: January 12th, 2018 @7:00pm EST (12:00am EST)
    Hosts: WookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi] & Melon [Gamertag: StraightUpMelon]
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    Overwatch - Xbox One Event - Sat. Jan. 13th, 2018 @6:30pm EST (11:30pm GMT)

    Team up with the Agents of the Angry Army on Xbox during our Overwatch event this Saturday night on December 22nd, 2017 at 6:30pm EST. Overwatch is back for 2018! Plenty of surprises in store to help usher in the first Overwatch event of the year, don't miss out!
    The host will set up a custom game lobby to start up the event to get everyone warmed up. Afterwards the host will determine to split up the group to play regular, online multiplayer. If you have suggestions on modes/themes for custom games, please message WookieJedi on Xbox Live.
    For additional information on Xbox One Overwatch events, click the link below:
    http://angryjoeshow.com/ajsa/forums/topic/34618-overwatch-xbox-one-event-information-news/
    Event Summary:
    Time: January 13th, 2018 @6:30pm EST (11:30pm GMT)
    Host: AJSAWookieJedi [Gamertag: AJSAWookieJedi]
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    Angry Joe's TOP 10 BEST GAMES OF 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAm3Hm--vkQ
     

    By WITHASTICK, in Frontpage,


    Due to some scheduling conflicts the month of January's events have been shifted around to help accomodate our hosts to give the members a better experience. The two Major changes are:
    Game Nights January games have been shifted around for the rest of January. Community Nights is put on a brief pause to help focus on Game Nights. No one is to blame for these changes, scheduling issues can happen at any time. As Commander I appreciate all my Staff members, and always prioritize their well beings over hosting any of our events. I understand this is disappointing news to some members who may have been excited for the past line-up. My goal with these event is to provide the best experience for everyone. I will continue to serve and provide that experience with the help of my great staff. See the new line-up for Game Nights below.
    Game Nights Line-up
    *Do not sign up for any of these Game Nights. Due to the changing landscape of games we do not list dates. Wait until the proper Game Nights announcement featuring the game you’re interested in.*

    By RuneX, in Frontpage,


    AJSA Xbox One Division - Top 10 Games of 2017
    What Video Games Did Members Enjoy Playing in 2017?
    Hey all. Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that their 2017 was filled with fun, happiness, and gaming.
    In this fun community project, we received opinions and votes from various members of the AJSA Xbox Division on what they enjoyed playing and what games released in 2017 they thought were their top games. For many cases, people based their votes simply on what games they played the most and/or had the most fun playing. As a result you'll see some multiplayer or online-only titles featured. Based on the votes we received, a Top 10 List was created to showcase and share with the rest of the AJSA Community.
    In this list you'll see some games that in 2017 saw the Xbox Division support and rally members with several weeks and months worth of events and other gaming activities. I'm happy to these multiplayer titles that helped bring the community closer together make the list.
    While we are interconnected and like to play together across a variety of multiplayer titles, members also like to enjoy single-player and story driven based experiences. I especially find it interesting that two platformers made it to our Top 10!  If members did not have the chance to vote, or they did not see the games they voted make the top 10, share instead what you thought were the top games that released on Xbox this year.
    Thank you and enjoy!
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    #10 - LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM

    Genre: Graphic adventure Release Date: August 31st Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a story adventure set three years before the events of the first game, Life is Strange. You play as Chloe Price and form an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber. No longer alone, the girls confront each other's demons and together, find a way to overcome them.
    Member Thoughts
    SpartanMaster - Great story, great voice acting,  and amazing music to fit with the game!
    RequiredShoe - As a fan of the original, I was looking forward to this game, and I feel it did not disappoint. I also love these type of story games! Any fans of Life is Strange should definitely play this.
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    #9 - COD: WORLD WAR II

    Genre: First Person Shooter Release Date: November 3rd Call of Duty: WWII returns to its roots. The game is set in Europe during World War II and in the campaign you play as a squad member of the 1st Infantry Division. You take part in their battles and experience historical events they were involved in. Multiplayer sees the return to "boots on the ground" gameplay, a welcome change after years of futuristic gunplay and movement.
    Member Thoughts
    StraightUpMelon - I liked it because it was a long awaited return to “boots on the ground” that the longtime fans loved.
    Chaos Gundam - Good to see Call of Duty go back to its roots without the gimmicks of future weapons, big robots and jet packs. I feel it is more skill based as you're relying on more modest forms of eliminating your enemies, which brings a sense of grittiness that fits the tone of the era.
    Jaggermifter - This game had a rocky launch due to some server issues but it is a good change of pace from previous releases from the franchise. Multiplayer is great but a tiny bit too slow for my liking though it is still very enjoyable. 
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    #8 - ASSASSIN'S CREED: ORIGINS

    Genre: Stealth, Action/Adventure Release Date: October 27th Set in Ancient Egypt, you will journey to the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Explore the Great Pyramids and hidden tombs across Ancient Egypt. You play as Bayek, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.
    Member Thoughts
    Rex8890 - To me AC: Origins did a lot right. The combat is more fulfilling and somewhat challenging but rewarding. The open world by far is Origin's greatest accomplishment by being rich in good side quests but also stunning.
    Bladestalker - I picked up Assassin's Creed: Origins primarily because I'm a pretty big sucker for the Assassin's Creed games. So it was never really a question of when but if. On the whole the game was pretty good, the visual affects and the view in the world is stunning. The story is actually pretty interesting on the whole. The ending has some BIG name drops for those that have played and completed both Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood.
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    #7 - SONIC MANIA

    Genre: Platformer Release Date: August 15th Play as Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles as you take on the evil Dr. Eggman! Race through new and classic Zones, each filled with tons of surprises and powerful bosses. This game celebrates the best of classic Sonic.
    Member Thoughts
    EJGarza - I really enjoyed the levels, the music, playing as the three main characters, the secrets stages, the bosses and I really like that the story continues with Sonic Forces.
    Crazy Greg - Sonic Mania is a blast from the past, it's games like these that show there's still dedication to a franchise. Just hope SEGA understood that after Forces.
    WookieJedi - Sonic Mania is a TRIUMPHENT return to force for our favorite little blue radical dude. After a 3 year hiatus he's back and better than ever with graphics that are essentially a more polished version of the 2D graphics we all know and love gameplay that is just as fast paced and addictive as the original games. At a price point at only 20 dollars this game is not only a steal but a masterpiece and one that is essential for any gamers collection especially those that are fans of classic games as it offers that ever so popular rush of nostalgia. If you have not already bought this game you need to do so and play through it immediately.
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    #6 - HALO WARS 2

    Genre: Real-time Strategy Release Date: February 21st Halo Wars 2 delivers real-time strategy at the speed of Halo combat. You will lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and new units in a brutal war. On the the ancient Forerunner facility known as the Ark (as seen from Halo 3), you will battle against a new enemy, The Banished – a powerful Brute faction led by Atriox.
    Member Thoughts
    AwakeningRager -  Halo Wars 2 is a different kind of Halo experience because it is an RTS game. I feel this game was a definite improvement from the first Halo Wars and a good addition to the Halo game library. I also enjoy the artstyle of the game and did like the introduction of skill trees for various units including the return of military ranks that were seen in in Halo 3/Reach. 
    MrTeaNCrumpets - The cinematics in this game always left me wanting more and had me forgetting I was playing a game at times. The Banish and Atriox were really interesting foes whom I’ve come to love, with an interesting story (potentially leading right into Halo 6!). It’s something every hardcore Halo fan should play. By far my favorite leader the amazing Yapyap, the Destroyer.
    Crazy Greg - Halo Wars 2 is a nice reminder of old RTS games I used to play like the Command and Conquer games, and Battle for Middle Earth games. Both in which brought me to love RTS gaming a lot.
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    #5 - DESTINY 2

    Genre: Shooter, Action/Adventure Release Date: September 6th The Traveler and humanity’s 'Last City' has fallen to a massive invasion force led by Dominus Ghaul, Commander of the Red Legion and Emperor of the Cabal Empire. The Guardians have lost their power, 'the Light', and struggle to mount any defense. To defeat the Red Legion, you will need to travel across the solar system to reunite the Vanguard and fight back to reclaim the Traveler and the Last City.
    Member Thoughts
    BdelloidWeevil - What I liked about Destiny 2 was the gameplay most of all. It was engaging, intense, challenging, and you were encouraged greatly to cooperate with other players to complete the Raid, public events and the competitive multiplayer playlists such as Trials of the Nine. The new class abilities felt much more efficient, powerful, and easier to control, to the point where - if used effectively- can shift the tide of any match. Destiny 2 focused most of its resources and gameplay on co-op including their addition of the Guided Games feature (which I haven't personally tried, but I know our AJSA Clan does). I felt the campaign of the game FINALLY had a story the fans could follow! Aesthetically pleasing cinematic sequences captivated me, and hopefully others, into enjoying the story more willfully.
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    #4 - CUPHEAD

    Genre: Platformer, Run n' Gun Release Date: September 29th Cuphead is triumphant a return to classic Run n' Gun action. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930's, the visuals and audio are created with the same techniques of the era, watercolor backgrounds, and jazz recordings. Traverse strange worlds, take down creative and powerful bosses, discover hidden secrets, and learn unique patterns to defeat against your enemies.
    Member Thoughts
    SickShock - Cuphead is a welcome return to the old platforming game mechanics that we have seen in games like Mega Man, Contra, Castlevania, and other 2D titles we have seen in the late 80's and 90's.  However Chad and Jared of MDHR studios have put there own creative spin on the genre by hand drawing the animations in a form that resembles 1930 era cartoons.
    While playing the game you can see how amazing and unique the game looks as there is nothing on the market that is this visually appealing. Not only does the game have amazing visuals but it has an amazing sound track as well. The musical tracks in Cuphead beautifully recreate jazz era music of the 1930’s and goes hand-in-hand with the games animations. 
    As for gameplay...it is a hard game and it is not hard to see that some games will get frustrated really fast but it is that feeling of overcoming a tough situation that encourages the gamer to continue on. As for myself I have died way to many times to count in my head during my progression through the game but visual and audio tracks of the game never made it feel as if was a grind to replay a section multiple times. 
    Overall the small development team at MDHR studios has made an amazing game that deserves praise for its creative design and direction. There is no doubt in my mind that Cuphead should be in every Xbox one owners top 10 list.
    MrTeaNCrumpets - I really enjoyed Cuphead for many, many reasons. From the incredibly creative boss designs, the beautiful art design, right to the very catchy Jazz soundtrack. Cuphead has a true sense of accomplishment that comes with skill-based games and after defeating any boss in the game, you feel a great sense of relief.
    With it being at very cheap price, having no season pass or micro-transactions, having an interesting “loadout” meta, couch co-op (and soon possibly Online Co-op), the fact everything was hand drawn and the size of the team behind it was pretty small, there’s no reason for anyone not to experience it. All of this juicy stuff makes for an incredible and memorable gaming experience for anyone.
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    #3 - SOUTH PARK: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE

    Genre: RPG Release Date: October 17th Taking place one day after the events of 'South Park: The Stick of Truth', the game follows 'the New Kid', who has recently moved to South Park. You become involved in a roleplay involving two rival superhero groups (Coon & Friends and the Freedom Pals) and unintentionally become involved in a greater conspiracy involving the town of South Park.
    Member Thoughts
    Psykogrl - South Park was definitely my favorite game of 2017. It had all the South Park sense of humor you expect and definitely improved upon their last game, The Stick of Truth. The combat was great (and coming from someone who normally loathes turn-based combat, that's saying something) and story, which picked up right where TSoT left off, was engaging enough to keep going back for more. I didn't particularly love the ending, but as a whole the story was fun!
    MasterfulJoe - I’d seen the entirety of the first South Park game, Stick of Truth, on Youtube but had never gotten to play it so I know immediately when this game was revealed I had to have it. Much like the first game, The Fractured but Whole feels like you’re playing an interactive season of the show itself. The game is essentially a Superhero RPG set in South Park where you as the New Kid get to play and fight against, and alongside your favorite characters from the show. The game’s comedy is obviously, being South Park, one of the best things about it. It’s smart, witty, and never really feels forced. And the game is packed full of callbacks and references to various seasons of the show. The story too is just as great as the first, though the plots twists do become fairly obvious early on spoiling what could have been a better build up to the end of the game as the first one had.
    The RPG and combat elements also seem very streamlined from the first with the abilities during combat feeling a bit repetitive as you get later into the game, though the core combat itself is greatly improved over the first game in my opinion and is super fun. South Park: The Fractured but Whole is most definitely one of my top games for 2017 being an absolutely awesome game and a worthy sequel to the first and worth every penny.
    Dylmah93 - Amazing game, I love it!
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    #2 - INJUSTICE 2

    Genre: Fighting Release Date: May 16th Injustice 2 continues the story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Batman and his allies attempt to repair society as they battle against remnants of Superman's fallen 'Regime'. As they battle a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk and forces former enemies to unite against this new danger.
    Member Thoughts
    MythicalDragon - To start my thoughts......this game is worthy successor to Injustice: Gods Among Us. The fighting mechanics have been fine tuned. The story is fascinating. The graphics are phenomenal compared to the original since there has been time to use a new graphics engine. The multiverses, which is single player fighting events, gives wonderful rewards to those who play for fun and even better to those who are hardcore gamers. My personal favorite characters are Bane with his penchant for high damage moves that can boosted with his venom character power. As well as Green Arrow, Red Hood, and Catwoman for their maneuverability and easy to combo moves that can lead to massive amounts of damage.
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    #1 - WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS

    Genre: First Person Shooter, Action/Adventure Release Date: October 27th America, 1961. The assassination of General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. The Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty.
    Member Thoughts
    MasterfulJoe - Wolfenstein II for me was very interesting when I first saw the trailers for the game. I’d never played The New Order or really even heard of the franchise before this game but the concept behind it wasn’t one I had personally seen explored before. I felt the gameplay was seemingly inspired directly by Doom (2016) so it definitely seemed like something that I’d enjoy. This couldn’t be more true. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has a very interesting story with lots of great characters, awesome and badass cutscenes, and a plot that in my opinion was executed very well.
    Though the game does have its faults they are so far and few between I hardly noticed them. The gameplay feels a bit odd if you go into it and try to play it as if it were Doom because the gameplay feels a lot like Doom but not quite the same, as it still feels unique and is an absolute joy to play. The story had its fair share of twists and hard hitting feels and is a pretty great ride as you fight to free America from the Nazi Regime. Overall Wolfenstein 2 was one of the best new gaming experiences I’ve had this year and that is why it is my top game for 2017.
    HellJumper - The gunplay is quite fun. The campaign is about 10 hours, but on higher difficulties it can be challenging. An overall improvement from The New Order.
    OutRightNest - A fun and over the top take on alternate history! An improvement over the New Order and the Old Blood, Wolfenstein II remains awesome and delivers great first person shooter action. The story takes you on a wild ride and gets really strange about half way through...it'll be the biggest 'WTF Rollercoaster' you'll ride. For those who played the game, you'll know what I'm talking about!!!! For those who have not yet played it.....well why have you NOT played this game yet?
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    Honorable Mentions
    LA Noire
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    (an OLD game....but still a great game, released via backward compatibility on XB1 this year)
    Okami HD
    Fortnite & PUBG
    (A simple mention due to the countless hours of fun with AJSA squads this year)
    Resident Evil 7
    Prey
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    By Conan, in Frontpage,


    Coming back from our Thanksgiving/Christmas break, we're looking to ease our way into events again with a casual Planetside 2 (PC version) Op!  As you may know, Planetside 2 used to be supported within the AJSA in the past, thus a lot of our players still have their old characters on the same server. Hence we will be playing on the Emerald Server as part of the Terran Republic.
     
    When: Saturday, the 6th of January at 9pm GMT/ 4 pm EST
    Where: AJSA Discord, Emerald Server, Terran Republic
    What: Our objective during this Op is to fight in a semi-serious way, whilst still having fun. During this Op the focus will be less on conquering Auraxis and more on reconnecting with a few old faces and having fun. Thus we are expecting a smaller turnout this time, as we won't advertise the event as aggresively.
    Race: Why yes? Of course.