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    Splatoon 2 Review – Written by Jose Vega Product provided for this review by Nintendo. Two years ago, Nintendo released Splatoon for the Wii U gaining high praise across the board. At first it didn’t had much content but as time went on, Nintendo added features and modes while refining the game and making it a satisfying experience. From then on, it became a game that anyone who owned a Wii U should play. When Nintendo announced a sequel for the Nintendo Switch, expectations were high. Now that the game is released, does it meet up to all the hype that fans were expecting? For starters, Splatoon 2 is a huge step up compared to the first. The presentation is spot on, capturing the feel of the first game but in a much broader scale. Having it on the Nintendo Switch helped considerably. The soundtrack is great with tunes that are fun to listen to. As far as its plot goes, it takes place 2 years after the first game. It’s single-player campaign has you taking the role of an Inkling, which you can create by the way, encountering Marie one day in Inkopolis. Marie asks for the Inkling’s aid in finding her cousin Callie. It’s a simple plot but with Splatoon, it has a sense of humor and it’s done well. I only wish that there would be a bit more backstory in regards to the two Squid Sisters and what happened to the two in the two years between the two games. Like many other games Nintendo has made, it follows an adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If you played the first Splatoon, you will feel right at home in this one although to a degree. Yes there are motion controls in the game but it’s more used towards aiming your weapons. You use the left analog to move, ZL to turn to a squid so you can traverse faster, ZR to shoot, R to use secondary weapons and B to jump. Clicking the right analog lets you use your special attack. It’s just as good as it was in the previous game and with the improvements it makes the experience better. But for anyone that feel motion controls aren’t for them, the game gives you the option to use analog control just like in traditional shooters. A welcome feature since the first game didn’t give you the option to turn off motion controls. It shows that Nintendo is listening to feedback and that’s a good thing. In addition you have access to over 20 different weapons with some being brand new like the Splat Dualies, Herobrush, Hero Gatling and many others. In addition there are new secondary and special attacks that add a lot to the game. Splatoon 2’s single player campaign has you going through six areas each with up to 6 stages. In each stage, you go from start to finish taking out enemies, solving puzzles and finding secrets such as Sardinium and pamphlets. In some levels, you are given a weapon to use and you need to beat the level with said weapon in order to unlock it. There are 8 weapons in all and using Sardinium and small fish eggs, you can be able to upgrade them so they can be stronger. The best part is that you can replay any of the levels, including the bosses with any weapons that you unlock. This adds a lot of replay value to the campaign, for those that want to beat every level with every weapon. There are bosses here and some can be a challenge but if you know what you’re doing, you will manage. Checkpoints are there, including boss fights, making the trek a bit of a reprieve for players. Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of Splatoon 2, the multiplayer. Splatoon 2 online is just as good as the first. It’s split between three modes: Random, Ranked and League. Each of the three modes put you in one of two maps that change every two hours. You play with 7 other players and are split between 2 teams of 4 players each. Random (or Player) battles have you and other players compete to see who can cover the map with the most ink in 3 minutes. It can be really addicting but also it requires you to be alert since your opponents will spare no expense in ensuring you go down. Ranked and League Battles take things up a notch with various goal-based types such as Splat Zone, Tower Control and Rainmaker. Splat Zone is straightforward, Tower Control focuses on teams battling over a moving mobile tower and Rainmaker is like capture the flag except you have access to a powerful weapon that can turn the tide. What makes this better is that all three have their own ranking system and they change every few hours making things fresh and exciting. For those that want to team up with friends, you have Salmon Run. You and three friends (local or online) team up to get golden eggs from enemy Salmonids in a set time limit in each wave. Teamwork is key but what makes it fun is that in each wave, you start with a different weapon and you need to adapt not only with what you have but with your teammates as well. It can get crazy and really fun plus playing with friends is always a blast. Plus you get paid whether you succeed or not and you can use the bonus from it to unlock new gear that you can use to customize your Inkling. My only complaint is the fact that the mode is available at certain times. Upsetting I know but I wish in the future Nintendo could allow this as a permanent mode. Customization is aplenty in Splatoon 2. There are shops where you can buy weapons and gear. Using currency that you earn by playing online, you can use it to unlock new weapons for online matches and gear that gives your Inkling various bonuses. Not only that but if you feel that the bonuses aren’t to your liking, you can speak to Murch to gear scrub your gear and put new abilities on it. It’s incredible. Also with the Nintendo Switch app, you can be able to buy gear that you can transfer into the game. That’s cool. Splatoon 2 has Amiibo support just like in the first game and using them allow you to save data for your weapon, hairstyle and gear. They can be used to set up, even on another console. Plus they unlock new gear and exclusive weapons for your Inkling. Like the first game, there will also be Splatfests where players choose a side and they work to see who will win. Additional content is coming down the line adding more to an otherwise intense game. If I had any negatives, I feel that in regards to the online maps, they’re chosen at random. It doesn’t hurt the game as much as I thought originally but I wish they would allow it at least for private battles with friends. Also like in the first game, there’s no voice chat but in truth, there is but you need the Nintendo Switch App and a Splatoon 2 headset to actually do it. I find it to be cumbersome, unnecessary & a step backwards. Yes, I know that Nintendo values safety but I wish they would get with the times and try incorporating voice chat in the game without the need for anything ludicrous. Overall, Splatoon 2 is a big step up from the original. Huge amount of customization, a good single player campaign and addicting online multiplayer provide so much for your money’s worth. Negatives aside, the game offers so much. With the Nintendo Switch already being a big success for the company, if there is any game that is worth a full purchase price, it’s this one. Becoming a squid kid has never been so much fun and I couldn’t have it any other way. I give Splatoon 2 a 9 out of 10. This is a must-buy game and I highly recommend it. It also earns my personal seal of approval.
  2. What the Prey reboot could have been, Demo Day 2017, Pathfinder CRPG announced with Chris Avellone involvement, an ode to the shotgun, Noclip starts sessions series with an interview with Theresa Duringer, Life Is Strange sequel, Destiny 2 livestream and info, Extra Credits on the reasons why games might be shipped with bugs, writing the next Dragon Age, how a man born without eyes plays video games, the failure of ‘Play Your Way’ games, TW Warhammer reveals Lizardmen roster, more games heading to the Switch, difficulty of trying to tell stories outside your own experience, the overused narrative style of Call of Duty WWII, the history of RPGs, Shadow of War impressions, streamers role-playing GTA cops, veteran developers reveal childhood creations, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Striking voice actors say some game companies are agreeing to royalties Destiny 2 - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer Destiny 2: Bungie Devs Explain New Story and Gameplay Destiny 2 - Cinematic Trailer #2 Destiny 2 will be available exclusively through Blizzard's launcher 'Destiny 2' Game Director Luke Smith: "We Want to Unhide the Fun of 'Destiny'" Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere Hands-on with the PC version of Destiny 2: Campaign, Strikes and PvP Hands On With Destiny 2 On PC Destiny 2 won’t have dedicated servers Bungie's World Director On 'Destiny 2' Patrols, Adventures, and Dungeons Destiny 2 Shows Bungie Is Listening To Fans, In Its Own Way Destiny 2 isn't 60FPS on consoles because the PS4 Pro can't even run it Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere – The Worlds of Destiny 2 Watch a full strike mission from Destiny 2 You can find videos of others playing the game as each of the game's classes. Playing the next wave of student games at Demo Day 2017, USC's mini E3 Tekken 7 Official No Glory for Heroes Story Trailer Pathfinder: Kingmaker bringing tabletop RPG to PC South Park: The Fractured But Whole Will Be Out In October Total War WARHAMMER 2 - Introducing... Temple Guard Total War: WARHAMMER 2 - Lizardmen Roster Reveal Sunless Skies hangs closed alpha signup sheet Writing the next Dragon Age New Dragon Age game in development, BioWare writer says Is Bioware's Next Game 'Dragon Age Tactics'? RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 IS NOW COMING SPRING 2018 One Piece: Unlimited World Red - Deluxe Edition - | PC, PS4, Switch Focus Home Interactive announces E3 2017 lineup Days Gone Will Make An Appearance At E3 2017, "In A Big Way", Release Date Announcement? Mighty Gunvolt Burst coming to Nintendo Switch in June Bloodstained, Kickstarted in 2015, is only '20 to 30 percent' done Grasshopper returns to The Silver Case with 25th Ward remake How Darksiders 3 Has Evolved - IGN First Darksiders 3 reveals new concept art—gallery Darksiders 3 Developers Play the Original Game, 7 Years Later - IGN First Playing Darksiders 2 With the Level Designer of Darksiders 3 - IGN First Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Coming To PS4 And Xbox One Owlboy, Nine Parchments, YIIK: A Postmodern RPG, and more indies announced for Switch Level-5 working on Switch game(s) Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Switch launches this fall in the west, DLC ‘DB Super Pack 4’ launches June First look at rumored Mario and Rabbids crossover RPG art leaks Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 ‘Baiken’ character trailer Dead Alliance - Exclusive Announcement Trailer Robot exploder Nex Machina blasting onto PC in June Crash-u-like: Danger Zone exploding out May 30th FAR CRY 5 TEASERS CONFIRM AMERICAN SETTING, FULL REVEAL THIS WEEK Bandai Namco's Get Even postponed in light of Manchester attack At The Gates is a 4X game that learns from RimWorld and Spelunky 2K could be working on a new Bioshock or Borderlands game Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap gets a PC release date Spot Luke Skywalker as 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Team Talk Story The Walking Dead: A New Frontier episode 5 out later this month Tennis returns to consoles with Tennis World Tour next year Cat Quest coming to PS4, PC this summer Bayonetta Developer PlatinumGames Teases a Mysterious New IP Warframe devs announce Keystone, a new F2P FPS ARMS Direct 5.17.2017 Splatoon 2 - Single Player Trailer - Nintendo Switch Disgaea 5 Complete - Game Overview Trailer - Nintendo Switch El Shaddai Creator Announces New RPG For PS4 And PS Vita Fear Effect Sedna has a free demo Watch Latest Chaotic Trailer for 'Lawbreakers' as it's Announced for PlayStation PS4 Version Of LawBreakers Confirmed, PC Cross-Play Ruled Out Because It's "Dumb" Cliff Bleszinski on 'Lawbreakers', 'Overwatch' and Feeling Like a Disney Princess Steel Division: Normandy 44 - The Art of Making History Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Inhouse multiplayer on Carpiquet PDXCON 2017: Steel Division - Clash of Titans Even If You Hate Early Access, 'Dead Cells' Is Worth Playing Now PES 2018 release date set, PC version 'to the standard of leading console iterations' Scalebound might not be cancelled after all New Crowfall videos reveal graphical upgrades and character changes A special message from DONTNOD Entertainment Middle-earth: Shadow of War - Open World Gameplay Trailer In Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, fortress assaults feel like the battle of Helm’s Deep MIDDLE-EARTH: SHADOW OF WAR FIRST HANDS-ON IMPRESSIONS Middle-earth: Shadow Of War - New Fort Assault Gameplay Shadow Of War Dev On Creating Mordor Sequel: "If We Fail, We're Doomed" Q&A: Monolith Creative Lead on the Updated Nemesis System in 'Shadow of War' Quake Champions 1v1 duel mode showcased in new trailer Quake Champions comics will reveal the characters' 'bloody backgrounds' Wild West Online gets funding, will sidestep Kickstarter and include female characters from outset A pair of new Endless Space 2 trailers examine 'Exploitation' and 'Extermination' Endless Space 2 - Developer Diary - First Contact Dreadnought enters open beta, so here's a cool trailer of brawling spaceships Gwent open beta begins next Wednesday Torment: Tides of Numenera update adds a new companion and the 'Voluminous Codex' Rainbow Six Siege is getting better servers and improved tech Battlefield 1 DLC Adds Female Soldiers War is changing in Crusader Kings 2 Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia ‘Season Pass’ trailer Rocket League will retire old Crates in next major update Next PUBG update adds a new sniper rifle, sick motorcycle stunts Overwatch Anniversary event kicks off May 23 Jeff Kaplan answers your questions in an AMA-style 'Overwatch support' video Overwatch Director Says Balancing D.Va Was His 'Low Point' Of The Year Overwatch anniversary event will introduce three new Arena maps Blizzard Says Overwatch Wasn't Meant To Be Political, But It's Not That Simple Overwatch director wants more story for Symmetra and Pharah 5 Secrets about Overwatch's Support Heroes by Jeff Kaplan (Feat. Unseen Development Footage) Developer Update | Happy First Anniversary! | Overwatch Stellaris developer Paradox Interactive opens new mobile studio PDXCON 2017: Hearts of Iron - Making a World War Even Bigger PSN Now Has 70M Monthly Active Users; PS Plus Hits 26.4M Members Splatoon 2 Hardware Announced For Japan And Europe Microsoft's Project Scorpio console will also debut in China this year itch.io: "Open marketplaces can work" Jury To Decide Whether Valve Actually Owns Dota 2 Negative World Of Tanks Video Gets Taken Down After Developer Threatens Copyright Claim Statement on SirFoch Incident YoYo Games wants to inspire young game devs with GameMaker education package Gearbox invites 16 graduates to create new unannounced VR game Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat? SONY PLAYSTATION IN CHINA – TWO YEARS IN Revenue up at Take-Two as key franchises deliver Hitman studio IO Interactive cuts down on staff Valve hires members of the Kerbal Space Program team RuneScape developer to bring SpatialOS tech to next project GoldenEye Source mod teases new maps, music, weapon effects Players are Turning Battlegrounds Into a Zombie Nightmare If Overwatch Was A Turn-Based Tactics Game The Modder Who's Finally Translating 'Dragon Quest' into Arabic Esports News The Weekend In Esports: League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational, Greninja Saga, And More Staffordshire University to Offer Esports Business Degree Facebook and ESL Partner for 5,500 Hours of Live Esports Tournament Coverage Pro Overwatch Gets An Official Minor League Developmental League for Overwatch Announced, $100,000 in Prizes for Finalists 17 NBA Teams Are Investing In 2K Esports, But There Might Not Be A Scene Reigning League Champs SKT Scrape Past Challengers To Win Mid-Season Invitational FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Decided On 90th-Minute Set Piece Smash Pro Wins Tournament Just In Time To Make His Flight Rainbow Six Siege Invitational: The Rising Scene Crowdfunding News GaymerX East 2017! November 4th & 5th #GXEast17 'Project Rap Rabbit' Shows How Not to Launch a Kickstarter in 2017 Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) An ode to the shotgun Old Leaked Design Documents Show What Prey Could've Been Prey modders uncover cognizant Disc Rifle cut from game in files Veteran game developers reveal their childhood creations The Pitfalls of Trying to Tell Stories Outside Your Own Experience 'Call of Duty: WWII' Seems Like Yet Another Hollywood Take on World War II Why 'System Shock' Matters Japan's Biggest Indie Game Event Hits Kyoto Searching for Faith During a 'Night in the Woods' Night in the Woods and the Lies of Nostalgia The history of RPGs 7 Japanese RPGs game developers should study “Prey and the Failure of ‘Play Your Way’ Games,” by Jess Joho A report from GaymerX Australia IS THIS SNOWY TRANSLATION REALLY LITERAL? 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  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Review – Written by DestinyDecade Product provided by Nintendo for the sake of this review. Three years ago, Mario Kart 8 was released on the Wii U and though it was a great game, it was on a console that not many people bought. When Nintendo announced their new console back in 2016, it was hinted that there would be a possible Mario Kart. Those hints prove to be true when it was announced that a port of the game would be coming to the new console. But it isn’t just any port. This is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, taking the original Wii U game and adding a whole bunch of new features. Is this game worth getting on the Nintendo Switch? The answer is yes. Absolutely. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is filled to the brim with content that is fun with friends or solo. You can take part in the Grand Prix, consisting of 12 cups spanning 48 courses. Many are new, some are revised classics from previous games and the rest are of the DLC cups that were in the last game. As you play through each track in the cups, you can collect coins that can be used to unlock new stuff. In Mario Kart 8 you would unlock new characters and parts. Deluxe makes this less of a grind by having all the characters unlocked from the get-go. For one thing, it’s awesome that you have everyone unlocked including the DLC characters. What makes it better is that MK8 Deluxe introduces some new ones: Bowser Jr., Dry Bones, King Boo and the Inklings from Splatoon. It raises the character count to 43, which makes this the biggest cast for a racing game. You also have access to difficulty modes from 50 to 200cc, unlocked from the start, including mirror mode. There’s also Time Trials for those that want to test their skills and Versus where up to 4 players can race each other. Also in races, you can now hold up to 2 items, similar to Double Dash. It adds another level of strategy but at the same time it leads to some crazy shenanigans especially in multiplayer. One of the biggest negatives Mario Kart 8 had was its battle mode being lackluster. Nintendo seem to get the message and decided to do a complete revamp. Battle Mode in this game has been redone, implementing a scoring system and providing players with 8 battle courses, 5 new, three retro. In addition there are 5 mode types: Balloon Battle, Renegade Roundup, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners and Shine Thief. Renegade Roundup is like “cops and robbers” where players are split into two teams. One are the cops, the other are the robbers. All of this now adds more to a game that truthfully feels like a complete package. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe also has Online Racing where up to 2 players can race together against players from all over the world. You can compete either in Worldwide or Regional in both Racing and Battling. As far as stability goes, it’s good. There are times where connection errors happen but overall it’s a pleasant experience. Players can set up online tournaments easy and up to 12 players can take part in races or battles. A lot to take in and the replay value for the game is at an all time high. No joke. Also you have access to three different control schemes: Switch Pro Controller, Joycon Grip or individual Joycon. With two Joycon controllers, they count as having two players. That’s incredible but a little tough to adjust for some people. Compared to the Wii U version, this port of Mario Kart 8 delivers an improved presentation. It looks a lot better with the game now running at 1080p at 60 fps. A big improvement compared to the original running at 720p. With the improved 1080p, the visuals get an upgrade where even the small details can be seen. Loading times are reduced from 22 to 9 seconds. Better if you just want to race and have fun. The music is still a delight to listen to with many tracks having very good tunes. The controls are refined and spot on. Fun to use whether using a Joycon or a Switch Pro Controller. There’s also wireless play where with 2 Switch consoles, you can have up to 8 players playing it. Though it isn’t easy to do, having a lot of people together for a game makes it truly a delight. Like the previous game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has Amiibo support where you can scan them to get costumes for your Mii. This time around, they now expand beyond Mario & Smash characters and into stuff like Splatoon. It’s simply cosmetic but nice to see. In conclusion, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes everything that makes Mario Kart 8 great and turn it into something better. Containing all the DLC, an improved battle mode, good online, tight controls, great music, amazing presentation, what else is there to like? Everything. If you haven’t gotten a chance to play it on the Wii U and you have a Switch, this is a must-buy game. Since it is now the fastest selling Switch title, you can’t deny that it’s good. In fact, it’s excellent. Get some friends, buy this game and you’ll see just how amazing Mario Kart can be. You won’t regret it. I give Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a perfect 10 out of 10. It is worth the full purchase price.
  4. Hey guys and gals! James here aka Wade D McGinnis. Tonight I give you the review of Snake Pass. A 3D platformer with a unique twist on the genre. Let me know your thoughts on the game and whether we have a resurgence of 3D platformers on our hand?
  5. Hey guys and gals! James here aka Wade D McGinnis and today I give you the review for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild....for the Switch. Being one of the longest reviews I have done, hope you folks enjoy! Leave a comment down below and we can have a discussion if you thought different or similar!
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Steam Prices May Increase in Australia And New Zealand Due To New Tax Jurisdictions Valve is helping developers make their games sound more realistic Microsoft Unveils $10 Monthly Gaming Subscription Service For Xbox One What the game industry thinks of Nintendo’s Switch Nintendo Switch Will Not Have Virtual Console At Launch Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons seem to be having issues on pre-release hardware A complete history of Nintendo console launches Not All Switch Games Will Support TV Mode Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con wrist straps have an annoying issue, but you can fix it Nintendo Switch Is Getting A Ton Of Cool Indie Games Wargroove will give Nintendo Switch owners their Advance Wars fix Runner3 coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch Shakedown Hawaii is coming to Nintendo Switch first STEAMWORLD DIG 2 WILL BE MUCH, MUCH MORE OF THE SAME The new Blaster Master looks very good Strategy sim Kingdoms will get local co-op play with Two Crowns DLC Why It Took Subset Games So Long to Make a Game After 'FTL' Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Backer Update 16 - Ships Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Interview Pillars of Eternity 2 is the biggest crowdfunding success since 2015 MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA | Characters | Official Gameplay Series - Part 2 Mass Effect: Andromeda hands-on: bigger, flashier, and very familiar Five Things We Loved About Our Hands-On Time With BioWare's Space Epic Mass Effect: Andromeda has no level cap, allows you to completely respec Ryder You can choose Shepard's - yes, Shepard's - gender in Mass Effect: Andromeda Mass Effect: Andromeda will star Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer How Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Characters Deal With Science, God (And Why That’s So Exciting) Mass Effect: Andromeda lead designer Ian Frazier on 'fulfilling the promise of Mass Effect 1' How Bioware's replacement for Paragon/Renegade affects your Mass Effect: Andromeda character Mass Effect: Andromeda producer walks back 'softcore space porn' remark Mass Effect: Andromeda to get day one patch, may not be ready for Origin Access launch 17 Minutes of Mass Effect Andromeda: Peebee's Loyalty Mission Gameplay (4K 60fps) - IGN First Where the Water Tastes Like Wine writer lineup revealed ‘Breath of the Wild’ Is Shaping Up To Be a Beautiful Zelda Adventure Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild Gets Pirated Days Before Launch, Causing Major Leaks Target Leaks Shadow of Mordor Sequel, Shadow of War In Genesis Noir, Earth is shrapnel aimed at a god’s heart New Avatar game coming from The Division studio 80 Days developers Inkle announce Heaven’s Vault, an open-world adventure game Arktika.1 is a bit like Time Crisis in VR Video available on article, couldn't find one to add directly to this post. Tokyo 42 trailer showcases fast and frantic Cop Drop minigame Check Out This Delightful 'Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap' Remake Old Time Hockey brings blood to the ice next month Graveyard Keeper is a blend of fantasy and capitalism that looks like Stardew Cemetery Spike Chunsoft launches ‘Pro Wrestling’ teaser website Rumor: Shenmue I and II HD remasters due out in 2017 Rebellion Is Remastering Rogue Trooper Stardew Valley is coming to the Switch, multiplayer mode to debut on console Distraint 2 bringing more businessman horror this year Towerfall developer’s next game, Celeste, heading to the Nintendo Switch Stranger of Sword City Revisited second English trailer Mads Mikkelsen had no idea what Death Stranding was about after Kojima described it Epic Games unveils new cross-platform mobile, PC game Battle Breakers Epic Games’ new worldwide creative director discusses company’s upcoming six titles XC’mon: Xenonauts 2 releasing free dev builds Twirlbound announce Pine, a whimsical action adventure about human survival Beat zombies to death with their own limbs in Killing Floor's VR spinoff Beartopia trailer will make your Tuesday a little cuter Yooka-Laylee plays like a 3D platformer born in the N64 era How Yooka-Laylee Aims To Revive The Platforming Genre The followup to Layers of Fear casts you as a mind-invading supercop Troll and I trailer showcases asymmetrical gameplay in the Scandanavian countryside The Last Night GDC 2017: Brass Tactics Combines Real-Time Strategy With Oculus Touch Halo games 'will always have split screen going forward,' says 343 Industries founder Nier: Automata PC release date may have been leaked by a new trailer The Turok 2 Remaster Hits PC Soon, Watch New Trailer Now 'Ghost Recon Wildlands' Draws from the Real-Life Cartel War Genesis Alpha One is an ambitious sci-fi survival game with base-building and crew cloning Gunpoint meets Mavis Beacon in Rogue Process Uurnog is a musical platformer from Knytt creator Dead Rising 4 shuffles onto Steam in March Ooblets, the Stardew Valley meets Pokemon mash-up, gets a Double Fine publishing deal Dragon Quest Heroes 2 is coming to Steam in April Resident Evil 7’s next DLC stars Chris Redfield 'Hearthstone' Lead Producer on 'Journey to Un'goro' and Competitive Changes Total War: WARHAMMER - Bretonnia - Campaign Let's Play Total War: WARHAMMER - Bretonnia - Battle Let's Play - Sword Of Couronne Rally Point - Laying Down the Lore: Bretonnia Total War: WARHAMMER - Introducing... The Green Knight Total Warhammer DLC ended with Bretonnia as devs switch to sequel Stellaris: Utopia expansion blasting off on April 6th Cities: Skylines - "Mass Transit" Announcement Trailer The future of Final Fantasy 15 CKII’s Monks & Mystics (& Satanists) arrive in March Battlefield 1 expansions’ first details revealed: Russia, Belgium and more Shovel Knight rethinks gender in retro games with Body Swap Mode Deus Ex: Criminal Past DLC sends Jensen to jail New Ark patch adds electric eels, force fields, and tree-climbing lions Ark: Survival Evolved Devs Offering $4,000 A Month To Some Modders Hi-Rez responds to Paladins complaints, lowers Essence costs and increases rewards 'Overwatch' Boss Explains That Inclusivity and Hope are its Secret Sauce New Overwatch hero under construction in latest teaser Overwatch update: Roadhog hook nerf, Bastion changes, and custom game browser are live Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity Marvel Games Won't Be Tied to MCU, Which Is the Best Decision They Could Make Irrational is now called Ghost Story Games Twitch Plans to Sell Games, a Natural Next Step to Keep Growing its Community Focused Ecosystem Banned from traveling to the US, one developer will still get his game shown at GDC Report: Disney’s Maker Studios cutting support for more than 55,000 YouTubers Sources: GameStop Changes Controversial Circle of Life Program Zenimax files to halt sales of Oculus tech containing stolen code Peter Moore is leaving Electronic Arts to become the CEO of Liverpool FC Obituary: Alan Stone, Nintendo of America cofounder, onetime Sega Enterprises CEO IO Interactive studio head leaves Hitman dev after seven years Stellaris’ New Horizons mod is the best Star Trek game The 'Witcher 3' Modder Who Gave Geralt a 'Shredded Steel Body' Esports News The Weekend In Esports: Upsets Rock StarLadder While Mexico Hosts Halo 5 Qualifiers Surprise Marine Flank Secures Win In Global StarCraft II League Quarterfinals Team Liquid Likely Secures Kiev Major Invite With StarLadder Victory Nobody Expected A Shiny Hunter To Beat Pokémon Champs At Weekend's Big Tournament Dota 2 Team Accused Of Peeking At Match Stream, Which May Or May Not Be Cheating Unknown Kirby Player Upsets Top Smash 4 Pro At Frostbite 2017 Overwatch Pros Sniped Off A Ledge After Ambush Goes Wrong Dota 2 Pro's Best Just Isn't Good Enough Get ready for the new, streamlined Capcom Pro Tour Meet The Woman Raising Japan’s Next Generation Of Street Fighter Champions Echo Fox Will Be Featured in Five Part Docuseries Ending in a $300k H1Z1 Tournament Broadcast on The CW TV Network The Average Age of Esports Viewers is Higher than You May Think, says GameScape from Interpret, LLC Esports Audience and Revenue Set to Continue Rising, According to SuperData Crowdfunding News Narita Boy -The retro futuristic pixel game Narita Boy invokes the retro art of Superbrothers Heartbound [Interview] Pirate Software Talks about Heartbound's Journey of Emotion SOLSTICE CHRONICLES: MIA Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) The Video Game Industry Is Afraid of Unions The CRPG Book Project Sharing the History of Computer Role-Playing Games I shared the history of CRPG preview Felipe is working on before, probably about a year ago, it's a great look at a very large number of classic and obscure RPGs and I linked to it above. I assume when it comes to PCgamer he is talking about the The Ultimate RPG Handbook. WHY EVER STOP PLAYING VIDEO GAMES Dying to stream. Importance of Stories Video game and tabletop designer/writer on staying in the industry because, "stories are one of the most important things we do as a society." Flashback: How Nintendo Perfected the 'Zelda' Formula With 'A Link to the Past' State of Play: How 'Rainbow Six Siege' Became Such a Big Deal Here's Why City 17 and Dunwall Feel Like Real Cities New Non-Profit Has Plans To Save Gaming's Past "Make it Biblical:" How Vagrant Story Changed Game Localization One Player's Three-Year Quest To Beat Every NES Game Is About To End Broadway Actors Love 'Rocket League,' 'Ori And The Blind Forest,' Escapism Tales of Berseria Is A Brilliant, Dark Departure For The Series An Abridged History of Sega’s Awesome Arcade Racers Classic Tools Retrospective: John Romero talks about creating TEd, the tile editor that shipped over 30 games Five Years of Grand Dynasties and Sneaky Coups In 'Crusader Kings II' Everything's on fire and nobody knows what to do A Thousand Tiny Details: Emergent Storytelling in Slime Rancher The Internal Design Process: Maintaining Good Conflict Building Non-Linear Narratives in Horizon: Zero Dawn Procedural Narrative Generation Steven Lumpkin shares GDC talks. Unpopular Opinion: All Narrative Is Linear Narrative Innovation Showcase PCG Shotgun: 6 Techniques for Leveraging AI in Content Generation Liz England shares GDC talks. A Game Developer's Digital Fight Against Fascism The Witcher 3's animators created 7,000 new animations in one year for the DLC Text adventures are back from the dead Road to the IGF: ConcernedApe's Stardew Valley Road to the IGF: Love Conquers All Games' Ladykiller in a Bind Thoughts on Assassin’s Creed: Liberation Talking To The Composer Behind Night In The Woods The Bleak Lessons of 'Heavy Rain' But mostly it was really funny Identity Crisis - Playing a mixed heritage character in a modern day video game The Transformative Violence of Yakuza 0 'We Know the Devil' Taught Me to Be Proud How fantastical Atari box art taught the world what makes video games special How Devs and Fans Are Making It Easier Than Ever to Get Into Fighting Games 'Owlboy' Took 10 Years to Make, But What Happened Next? I put my car into space sandbox Planetoid Pioneers so I could drive it on the moon The GameCube Is Genderfluid Catherine is unflinching, messy and uplifting — just like real life Guest Column: Why Are We So Nostalgic About Games? The George Ziets Interview Part 1: Writing For Video Games, The Writer's Job Why 'Mad Max: Black & Chrome' is 'Metal Gear' Creator Hideo Kojima's Latest Crush Suda51 on The Silver Case and his Return to Subdued Visual Novels Horizon Zero Dawn's Ashly Burch Wants to Be Dogg The Bounty Hunter Next Be Sure to Find Some Quiet Time in ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ The Secret of Mario's Jump (and other Versatile Verbs) | Game Maker's Toolkit The Morality of Shadow of the Colossus Hyper Light Drifter: The Best Game Ever How For Honor Incentivises Nobility (Review/Analysis) - Writing on Games The Dead Space 3 the developers wanted to make - Here's A Thing Panasonic Q (GameCube / DVD Player) - Gaming Historian VA-11 Hall-A is Not About Bartending, it's About Your Life | Field Notes For Play Non-Professional Game Dev - The Joy of Making - Extra Credits [SSFF] Past Mortem: How The Mighty Have Fallen, Inafune Explained Nioh - Commanding Attention The Benefits and Detriments of Wish Fulfillment - Video Games Rediscovering Mystery - Noclip Documentary Trailer Rediscovering Mystery - Noclip Documentary (feat. Jonathan Blow / Derek Yu / Jim Crawford) Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games 2K Commentary How To Throw Your Video Game Controller Things I Missed From Previous Weeks What It Takes To Run A Fighting Game Tournament
  7. Nintendo Switch information and game reveals, 100+ short developer interviews, both plenty and pretty good banging to be in Mass Effect Andromeda, Swery65 creates indie studio White Owls, Microsoft confirms Game Mode for Windows 10, how Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space, the introductory levels that developers should learn from, writing Lara Croft, Games Journalism Awards, how the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions, Games Done Quick raises over 2.2 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, closing Vancouver’s Indie House, an interview with the original Princess Maker 2 localizer, the best quest in Dragon Age Origins, how small changes in Bloodborne make a big difference in gameplay and themes, and more. Gaming News (Announcements, release dates, previews, interviews, expansions, DLC, updates, company news, new tech, mods) Games Journalism Awards All excellent choices for writing and at least one video, by Errant Signal, two of the written ones I also had in my Best Game's Writing of 2016 list. Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Translator Struggled to Translate Suda51, and for Good Reason Nintendo Exec on NES Classic Shortages, Nintendo Switch Supply Nintendo Offers Metroid, Mother 3 Fans a Glimmer of Hope Why Switch Doesn't Include Any Bundled Games Will the Switch outsell the Wii U? Gamasutra staff weighs in Handicapping the Switch's chances: Industry analysts weigh in Hands On With The Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch: The Size Comparison The Nintendo Switch Feels High Quality, But the Games Aren’t Ready Yet Nintendo Switch online service's 'free' monthly games come with a huge catch NINTENDO TALKS VOICE CHAT, ONLINE APPROACH FOR SWITCH Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Didn't Lead Switch Development What Nintendo Fucked Up With The Switch So Far (The Jimquisition) Microsoft Confirms Game Mode for Windows 10 That Improves Performance The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Let's Talk About Princess Zelda's New Look Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord creators give update on development progress Shovel Knight Is Coming To Switch, Getting A New Structure And Price Nioh Goes Gold, Release Date Confirmed Nioh to add free PvP mode after launch ‘Nioh’ Is a Richly Detailed, Devilishly Challenging RPG That’s Just Too Tough for Me Diluvion gameplay demo - The PC Gamer Show GEARBOX CEO DOESN'T SEE BORDERLANDS 3 COMING TO NINTENDO SWITCH 'Prey for the Gods' Stands out from 'Shadow of the Colossus' Malicious Fallen debut English trailer Horizon Zero Dawn trailer reveals formidable foes, friendly Lance Reddick Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer New Shin Megami Tensei Switch and 3DS titles announced Night in the Woods launching in late February Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Torment: Tides of Numenera interactive trailer demonstrates a quest in action Rain World GIFs show gorgeous world and a giant bird of prey Watch an assassination spin out of control in the new Hitman 101 trailer Super Robot Wars V second trailer Hopefully they won't just run it through Google translate like they seemed to have done for Moon Dwellers. Resident Evil 7 trailer blatantly lies about a creepy old mansion being nice Resident Evil 7 free ‘Not A Hero’ scenario DLC launches this spring New Friday the 13th trailer shows off Jason's morph ability ARMS - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Troll and I story trailer has forest fires, harpoon guns and invisibility magic Explore Mass Effect: Andromeda’s new space home and space car "The banging" in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be plentiful and good, producer says Mass Effect Andromeda crafting is 'quite a bit different' to Dragon Age: Inquisition Will Dad Quest explain the mystery of where all these dads keep coming from? Trine dev Frozenbyte announces Has-Been Heroes Guilty Gear’s newest fighter is a ninja businessman A Game Where You Play As The Boss In Classic Boss Fights After Halo Megabloks leak, 343 Studios teases a game "along these lines" could happen Super Mario Odyssey Is on the "Core Side," Like Super Mario 64, Miyamoto Says Conan Exiles to get full mod support on PC SUNLESS SEA WILL WASH UP TERROR AND CANNIBALISM ON YOUR IPAD THIS SPRING Fire Emblem Warriors - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer For Honor season pass listing leaks onto the Ubisoft store For Honor trailer shows powerful naginata-wielding Nobushi For Honor: Lawbringer Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer For Honor: Valkyrie Hero Profile - Exclusive Trailer Little Nightmares release date slated for April, the cruelest month Tangiers developer posts hopeful update, teases new in-game footage Super Bomberman R - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming to PS4 Puyo Puyo Tetris - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer Sonic Mania - Official Nintendo Switch Trailer 1-2 Switch - Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer Darkseid is an Injustice 2 pre-order incentive WWE 2K17 rumbling onto PC February 7th Star Citizen has a "xenolinguistics specialist", and here's an interview with him Verdun adds ruthless kilt-wearing Scotsmen in free update Rainbow Six Siege update ushers in a bunch of requested fixes Darkest Dungeon's Radiant mode detailed, should arrive early Feb New Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Mode Gives Teams Only a Minute to Complete Their Goal Atlas Reactor goes free-to-play, adds new character Dishonored 2's next update finally lets you replay missions Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well 'Elite: Dangerous' Is Headed for a Galactic Arms Race Blizzard Banning Players Who 'Nuke' Overwatch Matches Blizzard Responds To Ongoing Fan Anger Surrounding The Overwatch Test Server Overwatch adds health bars to spectator mode D4 director Swery goes indie with his new studio White Owls 'I'll work extra hard to never let you down like this again,' says Scalebound director after cancelled game Epic and Microsoft sued over Gears of War by man who claims to be the "real" Cole Train I thought this already happened, maybe something was mentioned by the guy back in January of 2015. Frostbite engine to blame for Dragon Age 2 Exalted March expansion cancellation Sony shuts down 20-year-old studio in European restructuring Wizards of the Coast makes a show of opening new digital game studio Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games Valve still working on single-player games — and those Half-Life and Portal movies Steam Removes Game After Developer Posts Fake Reviews How the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions Oculus-Zenimax trial kicks off with final salvo of accusations Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.2 million, smashing a record Contest offers $10K prize for a game about migration Superhot design competition offers publishing contract worth $50,000 as top prize Esports News Unlikely Street Fighter III Character Wins First Major Tournament Three legends, a pubstar, and their boss: what's up with China's new Dota 2 squad? Here's Why A Newly Formed Pro Dota 2 Team In China Has People Excited The Winner Of Last Weekend's Smash Wii U Tournament Won A Giant Cup Of Noodles LCS Player Survey Reveals High Salaries, Shocking Views About Women Alibaba Investing in World Electronics Sports Games Tournament as Part of Three Year Commitment to Esports Halo World Championship 2017 Qualifiers To Be Hosted By Millennial Esports, LAN Event in Las Vegas French Esports Streaming Company Eclypsia Launches Dedicated FIFA Channel Sponsored by Betclic Crowdfunding News UnDungeon - pixelart Action/RPG with Roguelike elements Sundered - A horrifying fight for survival and sanity Content I found interesting this week (interviews, reviews, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, criticism, etc) 2017 NEW YEAR’S CARDS FROM AROUND THE JAPANESE GAMING INDUSTRY CRITICAL PATH /// CONVERSATIONS Critical Path has added around 100 videos to their Youtube channel this week of short interviews with different developers. Developers talk about a subject for under a minute to around five minutes depending on the video. Closing Vancouver’s Indie House 74-Year-Old Grandpa Says Goodbye To MMO He's Played Since 1999 Writing Lara Croft Suda 51 wants to make a game as distinctive as No More Heroes for Nintendo’s Switch One from last Monday that I missed for last week's article. THE SECRETS OF DISHONORED 2’S MONGREL CITY A 1973 ORIGINAL: TANYA DEPASS EXPLAINS WHY YOU AND I NEED DIVERSE GAMES Yooka-Laylee devs: 7 biggest game design changes since the N64 era The Best Quest In Dragon Age: Origins Was All About Dwarves and Politics The Beauty of Permanent Death - BoukenJima Why doesn’t Sid Meier still make Sid Meier’s Civilization? - Here's A Thing Cancelled Version Of Resident Evil 4 Gets Playable Demo How Resident Evil 4 turned System Shock 3 into Dead Space How Bloodborne's Small Changes Make a BIG Difference - Writing on Games How games helped me deal with Tourette's Daughter sims and Clinton jokes: a conversation with the original localizer behind Princess Maker 2 7 introductory levels that all game developers should study Watch Doom brought to its knees in this speedrun We Asked a Transit Planner How to Up Our 'Mini Metro' Game Classic Game Postmortem: Ms. Pac-Man Classic Game Postmortem - Populous Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Real Surgeons Are Just As Bad At Surgeon Simulator As You Are Making Battleborn Competitive Watch Enchanting 'Undertale' Concept Trailer Watch Super Mario Odyssey's trailer remade in GTA IV
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