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Top New Games Out This Week On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC -- March 18-24

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0700

This week's biggest games are all about working together. In Sea of Thieves, you and your pals can run your very own pirate ship. In Attack on Titan 2, you can team up to take down the titular titans. And in A Way Out, your only path out of prison is playing cooperatively. On the single-player side, you can solve cases with everyone's favorite electric mouse in Detective Pikachu, or save the world in Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.Sea of Thieves -- March 20Available on: Xbox One, PC src="/videos/embed/6443180/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>If I tell you that Sea of Thieves is all about gathering a pirate crew with your friends, you can probably figure the rest out: you can explore a massive ocean, run a tight ship, battle other crews, search for buried treasure, and so much more. You might even run into a kraken or two.Further Reading:Sea Of Thieves For Xbox One And PC: 10 Reasons We’re ExcitedPC's Sea Of Thieves Requirements, Recommended Specs AnnouncedAttack on Titan 2 -- March 20Available on: PS4, Vita, Xbox One, PC, Switch src="/videos/embed/6442733/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>Maybe your crew would rather defend your hometown from giant, people-eating freaks. This follow-up smash-hit anime game picks up right after the first, and this time you'll be able to play the whole thing in co-op, or take on the challenge alone with new co-op characters.Further Reading:New Multiplayer Details Surface For Attack On Titan 2Attack On Titan 2 For Switch Brings Gory Monster-Slaying On The GoA Way Out -- March 23Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC src="/videos/embed/6442162/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>A Way Out is a forced co-op game--one player controls Leo, the other controls Vincent--where your goal is to escape prison. In practice, this means one of you can be stuck in a cutscene while the other explores or approach a situation from multiple vantage points.Further Reading:Prison Escape Co-Op Game A Way Out's Length Revealed And MoreA Way Out Could Be The Next Great Co-op GameDetective Pikachu -- March 23Available on: 3DS src="/videos/embed/6442510/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>Don't expect to be choosing starters and earning gym badges in this Pokemon adventure. Instead, you'll guide a talking Pikachu and his human helper Timmy as they solve cases around town. There are plenty of clues to find and suspicious characters to interrogate.Further Reading:Detective Pikachu Release Date For 3DS Announced Alongside New, Huge AmiiboDetective Pikachu Might As Well Be Danny Devito Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom -- March 23Available on: PS4, PC src="/videos/embed/6439336/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>This RPG sequel had its own set of delays, but it'll soon be time to help King Evan restore his stolen throne. New to the game are the Pikmin-like Higgledies, which can be commanded in battle. And you'll definitely be having plenty of those across the game's expansive world.Further Reading:Check Out A New Boss Fight From PS4/PC's Beautiful RPG Ni No Kuni 2New Ni No Kuni 2 Footage Shows Off Real-Time Army Battles And Another Boss[...]

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Devil May Cry HD Collection Keeps The Action Sharp, But Has Some Issues

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:39:00 -0700

While Capcom's Devil May Cry series has gone a through a number changes over the years, the focus has always been on offering fast-paced combat with a side of self-aware humor and style. With the re-release of the Devil May Cry HD Collection out now, featuring the original Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition--and the much-maligned Devil May Cry 2--the HD collection should be a solid entry point for anyone looking to check out the series' PlayStation 2 roots. While the original games still hold up, the recent HD port unfortunately retains many of the same issues that plagued the previous release.As a port of the 2012 HD Collection, the "new" collection for PS4, PC, and Xbox One is largely left intact. In addition to each game receiving a 1080p resolution bump (an increase from the original's 720p resolution), which includes some slightly sharper textures and characters models, the HD Collection also features a suite of side-content aimed at fans--including an in-game compendium full of concept art, soundtracks for each game, and fan art from the DMC fanbase curated by Capcom US.While there have been some slight changes introduced for this release, including the addition of a handy return to main menu option for when you want to switch over to another game, it's largely the same package on new hardware. While it's great you can play these games on new platforms, many of the older issues from the port linger. After playing with the PS4, and then revisiting the PS3 version, we pulled together a quick rundown of each game, and how their particular HD upgrade has fared. src="/videos/embed/6443129/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>Devil May Cry (2001)Released in 2001, this fast-paced and challenging romp through the dark corridors of a demonic mansion would set the tone for what the series was all about. Balancing macabre humor with the cheap-thrills of a 90s-style action game, the original DMC features a strong focus on creating a slightly dreadful atmosphere, while simultaneously injecting pulse-pounding action throughout. Moreover, DMC1 features an adjusted control-scheme to make it more in-line with how DMC2 and 3 play--particularly swapping the jump and attack buttons. While the combat and in-game graphics have held up well--maintaining a solid 60 frames-per-second throughout--Devil May Cry 1 tends to benefit the least with the upgraded resolution and visuals when compared to the other games.These issues include strange audio quirks and bad ambient sound looping, slightly warped visual visual effects for attacks and special moves, and some occasional instances where some aspects of the environment and characters to disappear entirely for brief moments. This was a rare occurrence, when exploring some of the more active environments, and other during a combat encounter--which was rather annoying. What's disappointing about the re-release is that these original issues haven't been addressed, and many of these problems occur often in DMC1. In addition to the hiccups with the in-game action, many of the stylistic choices from the original game designed around the traditional 4:3 format--including the animated menus text--look incredibly blown out and otherwise weathered.Despite this, Devil May Cry is still a lot of fun to play. While it's disappointing to see that the upres hasn't been kind to some of the game's already dated qualities, resulting in some muddy looking visuals, the original Devil May Cry is still a strong game with an incredible atmosphere. src="/videos/embed/6443130/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>Devil May Cry 2 (2003)Coming shortly after the release of the original game, Devil May Cry 2 ultimately ended up being a poor follow-up to the original, and still stands as the weakest game of the series. With some rather clunky and sluggish combat, mostly barren environments that lacked a sense of atmosphere, and[...]

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New Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Revels In The Glory Of The Series

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:33:00 -0700

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection does a lot to celebrate 30 years of the series' focus on one-on-one fighting action. While Capcom has released other fighting game collections in the past, such as Street Fighter Anniversary Collection and Street Fighter Alpha Anthology, the 30th Anniversary Collection is by far the most robust compilation package ever released for the series. We recently had the chance to check out the upcoming collection ahead of its May release to all of its offerings. In addition to getting hands-on with the Nintendo Switch-exclusive Tournament Mode, we dived a bit further into the collection, and got to see just what makes this particular package so special.The clear focus in the collection is highlighting the many major milestones of the 2D era. Featuring 12 of Street Fighter's greatest hits, the package includes the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter Alpha 1-3, Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, all three versions of Street Fighter III (SFIII, 2nd Impact, and 3rd Strike), and much more. As direct ports of the arcade releases, each game retains much of what hardcore fans can expect from the original games as they were in their traditional arcade cabinets.Speaking of which, the collection also features a selection of filters and options for how you wish to view each game. Along with the old-fashioned normal mode, you can switch over to arcade and TV filters that show CRT-style scanlines and television tube-like curvature to each game, giving a more retro feel. A significant feature added to several of the games is the inclusion of online play for SFII Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Super Turbo, Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. With ranked matching and casual play supporting up to four players, you'll be able to dive into online matches against other hardcore SF fans. Unfortunately, only these select titles are online-enabled. According to the developers, they focused on offering online play for the most popular entries in the series, instead of having empty online lobbies for the least active games in the package.The 30th Anniversary collection will also come to the Nintendo Switch--which will have a console-exclusive mode. Called the Tournament Mode, up to 8 players (across four different Switch consoles connected locally) will be able to compete against one another in Super Street Fighter II Tournament Edition as they fight their way up the ladder. During our session, we started off by picking one character and competed against the opposing player. After one round, the match finish screen instructs each player to move over to a new spot on the connected Switch units, bringing their chosen fighter and current progress with them. It sort of felt like a game of musical chairs, except with quick matches of Street Fighter. Though it felt a bit gimmicky, it's a neat feature for the Switch, and it could be a neat diversion when you have some friends around and some time to kill. src="/videos/embed/6443146/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>Along with the suite of games, the Anniversary Collection also comes with a special Museum Mode detailing the history and lore of the Street Fighter series. With a viewable Street Fighter Timeline, you can examine entries for each Street Fighter game along with factoids about their respective ports and the resulting impact for the franchise. Moreover, the timeline also details proposed side-games, such as how Street Fighter '89 eventually became Final Fight, along with some developer notes and art about each major milestone in the series. The bonus mode also features detailed information about each member of the roster, along with an incredibly detailed sprite viewer where you can inspect each character's individual animations for various moves across multiple games. Seeing the difference in detail between Chun-li's Hurricane Kick from the original Street Fighter II to 3rd Strike shows how much the[...]

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Top 10 Upcoming Spring & Summer Films 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0700

(image) Between Studio Ponoc's first feature film, "Mary and the Witch's Flower", Alex Garland's "Annihilation", and Black Panther - 2018 is already off to a great start! And - there's more movies on the horizon! What are the top 10 most exciting upcoming films on 2018, spring & summer? Check out our list!

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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer 2 Breakdown And Easter Eggs

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:41:00 -0700

The latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is here. The upcoming film, which will be the longest Marvel movie to date, has all the heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the Guardians of the Galaxy. Together, they'll join forces to fight the evil Thanos. The villainous space titan is trying to collect all of the Infinity Stones in order to rule the universe. Can the Marvel heroes join forces and work together in order to defeat this threat?There is a lot going on in this new trailer, so we're breaking it all down to figure out what's going on in the new film and a few of the Easter eggs the trailer dropped as well. In addition, the trailer introduced us to a few new bad guys who work alongside Thanos, one of which could be played by Peter Dinklage. If you're interested to see what happened to the rest of the heroes before the film, make sure to check out "Avengers Infinity War: Where Is Everyone?" However, we're still not sure where Hawkeye and Ant-Man are, as they don't appear in this trailer.Avengers: Infinity War comes to theaters on April 27. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Infinity War will be the first of two Avengers films directed by the Russos, which will completely change the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it. Let's breakdown what's going on in this new Infinity War trailer. The trailer opens with an object entering the atmosphere above New York City. Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos, provides voice over as Bruce Banner, Black Widow, and War Machine look towards the sky: "The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal: to wipe out half the universe." Gamora continues: "If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with the snap of his fingers." Thanos adds the Space Stone to his Infinity Gauntlet, which he acquires somehow from Loki, who obtained it after the events of Thor: Ragnarok. Thanos already has the Power Stone in the Gauntlet, which was in the possession of the Nova Corps, but the mad titan has apparently already relieved them of it. There is a quick shot of Peter Parker hanging onto the side of a bus, and he puts his Spider-Man mask on. He's still using the first suit Tony Stark game to him, so this shot is most likely from earlier in the film. The real question we have is "Was the training wheels protocol turned off?" Villains sure do love attacking New York City, don't they? In a quick scene, we see a circular object in the background. We've seen this in the past, as Spider-Man was traversing one in the previous trailer. It's called a Q-Ship, but what is its purpose? Groot Jr. is a baby no more. The son of the original Groot is now in his tween years, so he'll most likely be a bit more handy in battle. This is the only time we see Groot in the trailer. Thanos looks best with his helmet on. The mad titan is somewhere in the universe, and it's apparent from the smoke billowing behind him that he is on the attack. We quickly learn that this is essentially Gamora's origin story. Thanos comes to her planet, attacks, and takes the child with him. During consecutive shots, we see other green-skinned aliens standing behind the Chitauri guards. The bizarre takeaway from this moment is how willing Gamora seems to be to go alone with Thanos. Within the trailer, there are a few scenes that show the true brutality and strength of Thanos. Above, you can see Thanos crushing Thor's head, and we have never seen Thor in that much pain in any of the films he's appeared in. Despite the fact he's the "second strongest Avenger," according to Tony Stark's computer (Thor: Ragnarok), he seems no match for Thanos. Get ready for a new batch of bad guys. Accompanied by Loki, who has most likely turned on the heroes again, this is the Black Order--originally called Cull Obsidian in the comics. They are a group of Thanos's gene[...]

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming To PS4 In North America This Year

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0700

On the heels of the Western release of Kazuma Kiryu's last chapter with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, Sega has announced that we'll soon be able to relive the earlier days--Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 in North America on August 28, 2018. The Japanese version, called Ryu ga Gotoku: Kiwami 2, has been out since December 2017, but the localized version is now on the way. Kiwami 2 is the remake of the original Yakuza 2 that came out for the PlayStation 2 back in 2006 (Japan) and 2008 (North America).Yakuza 2 picks up one year after the events of the original game where Kiryu finds himself stuck in inter-clan drama yet again. Turmoil inside the Omi Alliance (rivals of Kiryu's own Tojo Clan), turns animosity into a war in the streets of series-long home Kamurocho. This is all thanks to a coup within Omi led by the main villain Ryuji Goda. The son of an old Tojo chairman has to return to the yakuza lifestyle to protect the families, with plenty of help from Kiryu of course. And the beloved, yet unhinged Goro Majima also has to pitch in to keep the clan afloat.Familiar faces like Makoto Date, Osamu Kashiwagi, Haruka Sawamura are central characters to the plot, alongside the Osakan detective Kaoru Sayama who makes her series debut to keep a sharp eye on Kiryu. This is only the setup for the rollercoaster ride that is Yakuza 2.A completely new addition in Kiwami 2 is a whole campaign called The Truth of Goro Majima where we get to play as the man himself and uncover how he became a construction business tycoon just before the events of Yakuza 2. Playing as Majima was a highlight in the prequel Yakuza 0, and fans got to peer into the personal life of one of the series' most distinguishable characters.We get another dose of everyone's idol, Goro Majima!Kiwami 2 uses the new Dragon Engine which is the graphical foundation for Yakuza 6. It provides the best visual fidelity the series ever had, but also allows players to enter shops and buildings without loading times, even during fights. Yakuza 2 brings fans back to Tokyo's fictional red-light district of Kamurocho and also takes us to the riverside Osakan town of Sotenbori; these two locations will look better than ever with the Dragon Engine.Yakuza isn't complete without its minigames; Golf Bingo and Virtual On are a few of the smaller things to get into. However, the fan-favorite Cabaret minigame from Yakuza 0 makes a return along with the most-valuable platinum hostess Yuki. Majima will also get the Clan Creator minigame as seen in Yakuza 6.This isn't the first time a PS2-era Yakuza game was remade. Yakuza Kiwami came to the West last year and modernized the series' first release with additional substories, the Majima Everywhere subplot, and tweaks that made the storytelling more cohesive. Voiceovers were re-recorded to capture the improved localization, one aspect the series is known for, and Kiwami 2 is getting the same treatment.Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be available both digitally and physically for $50; pre-ordered and first-run copies will come in a special steelbook with artwork of Kazuma Kiryu and Ryuji Goda.For more on this long-time series, check out our Yakuza 0 review, Yakuza Kiwami review, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life review. If you want a deep dive into how the series has evolved over the years, be sure to watch our History of Yakuza video. [...]

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10 Things We Want From Avengers: Infinity War

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:48:00 -0700

Don't let us down, Thanos. With its release date bumped from May to April 27, the countdown to Avengers: Infinity War has jumped ahead by a full week. Now, with promotional material pouring out from every nook and cranny, it's time to to start taking a good, hard look at what we hope this movie actually pulls off--both for the immediate fight against Thanos, and as fuel for the future of the MCU.We already know five out of six Infinity Stone locations, and the missing Soul Stone's whereabouts will almost certainly be revealed before Infinity War's conclusion. We've broken down every scene in the latest trailer, and we know from the newest poster that Peter Dinklage is in Infinity War. We've noted where every hero is leading into the movie, and wondered whether Hawkeye and Ant-Man are in it at all. And we've figured out the best order in which to catch up on all the MCU movies.In other words, we're prepared. Now here's what we want from Avengers: Infinity War when it hits theaters April 27. 10. Avengers, Reassembled Since Civil War, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been struggling with the whole teamwork-and-unity thing. Though the bridges between Iron Man and Captain America aren't completely torched (Steve sent Tony a burner phone to reach him in case of emergency, after all), they're definitely still smoldering.If Infinity War intends on getting the band back together, it's going to need to do some genuine emotional legwork to make the severed halves of the team reunite--especially since Bucky Barnes, the catalyst for most of the Civil War conflict, is still an active member of Steve's team, he and Tony are going to need to have a real chat about where they stand--and where they want to go from here. That's a conversation that's going to need more than just a quick phone call about the pending apocalypse. 9. The Soul Stone, Explained The Soul Stone--the last of the six cosmic Infinity Stones to be revealed in the MCU--is still completely MIA. With the pressure of Thanos mounting and the other stones all present and accounted for, hunting down and exploring the power of the Soul Stone will have to be one of the biggest and most poignant plot threads for Infinity War to explore.In the comics, the Soul Stone can be used to literally imprison human souls, stripping them from their mortal vessels and locking them away in an alternate dimension. Hopefully something equally as terrifying and massive is in the works for its on-screen counterpart. 8. At Least One Mantle-Passing It's pretty likely that Infinity War will represent the end of the line for one or more of the MCU's biggest name heroes. But that doesn't actually have to be a tragic thing.Over the last ten years, we've been introduced to a whole roster of up-and-comers who would be perfectly suited to take over the reigns for an A-Lister like Tony Stark or Steve Rogers. With any luck, Infinity War will give some heroes a chance to peacefully transition their mantles (you know, without dying--this is a list of hopes not a list of fears) to successors, making way for the next phase of solo films. 7. Bucky and Natasha, Sitting in a Tree Over in the comics, Black Widow and the Winter Soldier have an on-again-off-again romance that forms one gigantic throughline for their respective characters. And, honestly, what would you expect? It's not every day that two formerly brainwashed/heavily indoctrinated Soviet super spies find each other after coming in from the cold.The MCU's incarnations of these characters don't quite jive as well as they do on the page, but that hasn't stopped Natasha from insinuating that she and Bucky have a history together, even beyond the fateful, almost deadly encounter she discussed in The Winter Soldier. A split second "Don't you recognize me?" tossed out mid-fight in Civil War has ignited all sorts of possibilities about their shared past ready for exploration--[...]

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Fortnite Servers Having Issues On PS4, Xbox One, And PC, But Epic Is Working On It

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:20:00 -0700

If you're having a bit of a rough time playing Fortnite on PS4, PC, and Xbox One, it's because the game is going through a spell of login, matchmaking, and social connection issues, according to the game's official Twitter page. These began as a result of a big influx of new players and, in response, developer Epic Games has scaled up to accommodate the new traffic.

Epic has since said login and matchmaking services have recovered, but is monitoring the situation to ensure full recovery. The troubles aren't completely remedied as of yet, based on reports from players, but it's expected that things will smooth fully out soon.

The new influx of players could be due to the launch of the Fortnite Mobile test. Invites for the portable version of the game have gone out on to iOS users. Epic has promised the mobile version delivers the full Battle Royale experience with cross-play.

It could also be because there's a greater interest in the game as a result of the recent stream in which rapper Drake played Fortnite with Twitch streamer Ninja. The stream proved to be incredibly popular, reaching more than 600,000 concurrent viewers at one point. This smashes the previous record of 400,000 for an individual stream. Drake revealed that he played Fortnite a lot while in the studio.

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How Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Builds On Left 4 Dead's Survival Battle Success

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0700

Like its predecessor, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 for PC bears tons of similarities to Left 4 Dead. They're both games about holding off hordes of foul enemies while you head to safety. Survival is the name of the game for you and your party, and the game will throw all sorts of surprises at you to make that goal hard to achieve. But Vermintide 2 is more than a clone of Left 4 Dead; it goes the extra mile to make sure you are always on the edge of seat and that is a very good thing. Check out why in the video above.

Vermintide 2 even looks like Left 4 Dead 2 at times, with its same starting camera angles and chatter between characters. But Vermintide 2 is much less predictable; its AI does its best to continually throw new strategies at you. There is no sense of safety, making winning far more satisfying. Tomes and grimoires, which are rewards for risking rat-induced peril and exploring levels, also change the game considerably, adding extra layers of strategy and difficulty. Meanwhile, the diverse class system adds a huge layer of replayability that keeps things fun and varied.

Vermintide 2 takes place during Warhammer's apocalyptic End Times. Your heroes hack, slash, and shoot their way through 13 levels as you take on the combined forces of the Skaven army and the barbaric Chaos faction. You're given your choice of five characters for each level, and the game allows you to choose four to take with you into battle. Each of your heroes has three careers to choose from, with each career providing them with a set of passive and active abilities, along with a talent tree to advance your characters' abilities.

The game came out on PC just last week, and already the game has hit a high level of popularity. On March 12, just four days after its release, it had sold 500,000 units, according to developer Fatshark. The game has already received its first patch, fixing several bugs and performance issues, and Fatshark has announced PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are on their way later this year. To see more rat hack-and-slash action, check out our latest gameplay livestream of Warhammer: Vermintide 2.

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Remembering 1998: The Biggest Games That Turn 20 This Year

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0700

The Year Was 1998The 1990s was a decade of amazing growth for the gaming industry. However, 1998 in particular pushed the medium further than it had gone before. From the rich competitive experiences of StarCraft to the revolutionary storytelling of Metal Gear Solid, several games--some of which became watershed moments for the industry--would go on to set the standard for what games could be. In many ways, 1998 was the year video games had finally evolved into something more.In this gallery, the GameSpot staff will be taking a look back at the biggest games of 1998 that made their way to the Western market, and the impact they left on us in the 20 years since their respective releases. This includes the likes of Xenogears, Resident Evil 2, and the original Half-Life, and our Game of the Year of 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.Here's a selection of games--in order of their respective releases--that made 1998 an amazing year. And if you want to see the biggest games that turned 10 this year--and for last year as well--be sure to check out our respective features for both. Resident Evil 2 (January 21, 1998)For me, Resident Evil 2 is one of the strongest survival horror games of all time and, even today, the way it ebbs and flows between building tension and delivering overwhelming jolts of action is incredibly effective.As a teenager, I was excited at the prospect of seeing the horrors I experienced in Resident Evil's Spencer Mansion spill out into a metropolitan city and, in that respect, the game delivers from the very outset. As rookie cop Leon Kennedy, I was forced to battle through Raccoon City's streets, where a catastrophe had struck and now groaning undead stumbled around looking for flesh to sink their teeth into.Amidst getting to grips with the awkward controls I watched someone get devoured by a zombie and found myself having to battle a group of them in a very small gun store that was, unhelpfully, mostly empty. Though it was only five minutes from the moment you take control of Leon to when you arrive at Raccoon City Police Department, I still remember how nerve-wracking it was, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I had to take a breather once I reached safer grounds. Unlike the first Resident Evil's subdued start, the sequel opted for a high-octane opening, and that sense that had no qualms with pushing me into the deep end without any notice is something that gnawed at me throughout.Once I reached RCPD, things got much worse. What I really loved about Resident Evil 2 was that it took something that I associated with safety and security--a police station--and filled it with horrifying dangers that were lurking around every corner. There was something incredibly unsettling about that, much like the idea of a monster in a closet or under a bed is to a child. The violation of a safe space is a very potent tool for horror fiction, and Resident Evil 2 used it well.Resident Evil 2 is a game that I keep coming back to. Sometimes to relive moments like meeting the Licker for the first time, other times to simply wander its echoey halls and soak in the tense atmosphere. It's a game that really stuck with me in 1998, and continues to occupy my thoughts all these years later. | Tamoor Hussain Final Fantasy Tactics (January 28, 1998)Final Fantasy Tactics originally caught my eye in an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. Fresh off of Final Fantasy VII, I was hungry for another PlayStation RPG, and was instantly taken in by Tactics' colorful presentation. Steeped in an era when publishers focused so heavily on 3D games, those screenshots made me nostalgic for the days of 16-bit sprites, and for Final Fantasy games with a touch of medieval flair.Up until the game's release, I had never really experienced a turn-based tactical game. I had, however, played and enj[...]

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Resident Evil Code: Veronica Part 1 - Resident Kinevil

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

Despite ending their Resident Evil 7 playthrough on a note of uncertainty, Mary and Mike are back with Resident Kinevil.

Following the first-person mechanics of the series' most recent entry, Code: Veronica marks a return to fixed cameras and tank controls for Mary. It also proves to be one of the more challenging Resident Evil games, especially in the first several minutes. Let's just say: things don't exactly go according to plan.

To get up to date on Mary and Mike's playthrough of the Resident Evil games, you can visit the show page here, or its YouTube channel here. It's been a long road, and as of now, there's no end in sight. Don't say you didn't ask for this.

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Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life Review: A Hard Boiled Old Boy

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:00:00 -0700

The Yakuza franchise is over a decade old, and in that time, its feature set has predictably grown. Over six mainline entries, free-roam areas became more substantial, additional playable protagonists were introduced, combat mechanics were expanded to incorporate multiple fighting styles, and more and more minigames were steadily piled on. Surprisingly, the latest installment goes the other way, discarding components that certainly won't go unnoticed by series devotees. But that doesn't end up being a bad thing, because Yakuza 6: The Song of Life successfully uses its smaller footprint to create a deeper, more meaningful impression.The final installment in Kazuma Kiryu's story focuses on him alone, with the plot seeing the large cast of series-significant characters like Majima, Saejima, Daigo, and the children of Sunflower Orphanage make only the briefest of appearances before being tidied away. Adopted daughter Haruka, sympathetic detective Date, and hobo-turned-loan broker Akiyama play important parts, but exist on the fringes. The Song of Life centers on Kiryu as he returns from another long stint in prison, separated from the Tojo Clan, and unravels the mystery of an infant who's suddenly come into his care. The setup distinctly echoes the events of the first game, a seemingly purposeful decision which lets The Song Of Life act as a fitting refrain, giving Kiryu's final sojourn a roundness that brings a nice sense of closure to his series arc. src="/videos/embed/6442772/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen>His investigations bring him to the port town of Onomichi, Hiroshima, where he encounters a lowly blue-collar crime family led by an aging, but supposedly legendary yakuza portrayed by Takeshi "Beat" Kitano (a yakuza film icon in his own right, though his subtle mannerisms don't completely survive the transition). While the game unsurprisingly spirals into a complex and dramatic story involving underworld political alliances, age-old conspiracies, and a healthy dose of deception, what's ultimately memorable are the threads and character developments that explore what becomes a very significant, widespread theme: family. Kiryu's time meeting new people from different walks of life in a closely-knit small town has him reflecting on remarkably ordinary ideas as they exist in different facets of society--bonds of friendship in the face of adversity, loyalty in times of uncertainty, and caring for your ward as a parental figure.These themes resonate consistently throughout the better part of Yakuza 6's narrative, and this includes the numerous, optional substories. You'll help children and parents resolve conflicts and try to understand each other's point of view. You'll see Kiryu finding true strength and loyalty in the smallest of gestures, along with the different ways friends and strangers can support one another. The writing in these stories is often corny, but that doesn't mean there isn't an endearing sincerity that regularly shines through. When the sentimental piano melody kicks in during pivotal scenes of moralistic resolution, it's hard not to be swept up by it all. The series' penchant for goofiness still exists, though it doesn't return to Yakuza 0's ludicrous levels of absurdity. Particularly memorable substories are ones which humorously explore Kiryu's unfamiliarity and disdain towards modern technology like drones, robot vacuums, and YouTubers. But even the game's most comedic series of quests, which involve Kiryu dressing up as Onomichi's adorable character mascot (who has an orange for a head and a fish for a purse) ends up becoming a touching reflection about having loyalty in town pride.These heartwarming stories are also a [...]

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Street Fighter 5 Starts Ken's Monster Hunter World Event

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:18:00 -0700

Street Fighter V has begun its Monster Hunter World crossover event, offering a rad alternate Ken costume in exchange for going on a very Monster-Hunter-like quest for armor pieces. The ultimate result will be a Rathalos Armor set, but you'll have to take part in special events every week through April 12 to unlock it all.

Completing the armor will work much like it does in Monster Hunter World. You'll need to collect each piece to finish the whole set. Each piece will be available in Extra Battle Mode on a rotating basis every week. This week, the boots are available. Next it will be the gauntlets, then chest-piece, and finally, the helmet. Once you've gotten all four pieces you'll unlock the alternate costume.


This is the third and final announced Street Fighter 5 crossover, after Ibuki and R. Mika received similar monster duds. There's a catch: each attempt at one of the challenges costs 2,500 in Fight Money per attempt. Assuming you can finish them all in one try, it will cost you 10,000 FM. If you need to retry some of the challenges, it could be significantly more.

The Monster Hunter series is well known for its crossovers with other famous video game franchises, and World offered a special Horizon: Zero Dawn crossover costume soon after launch. Just recently it detailed plans for its Mega Man crossover event, and announced a Devil May Cry event will be following sometime after. For most of its lifespan these extras seemed like a nice way to reward fans and raise interest in the niche RPG franchise. Now that Monster Hunter World is breaking company sales records, it may just be the other way around.

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GTA 5 Sure Can Look Awful On PC

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:17:00 -0700

Grand Theft Auto V can be a visual showpiece on a PC at max settings, thanks to its well-realized world and sheer impressive scope. But what if you took all those standout graphical features and made them awful? What nightmarish body horror would ensue? Unfortunately, we now know the answer.

On this episode of Potato Mode, Joey and Rob intentionally muck up the city of Los Santos. The pair start by turning all the graphical settings down as low as possible, but the result is a surprisingly decent-looking version of the game. Not content to accept defeat in their quest to destroy beautiful things, they start editing background files to manually edit the level-of-detail settings. And that's when things get weird.

From N64-like textures and fog to cars disappearing into the ground to character models becoming faceless clay-beasts, this particular tour of the fair city is not for the faint of heart. It all ends up the only place it could end: at a strip club, where the talent has morphed into vaguely human, vaguely naked blobs.

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Avengers: Infinity War Tickets On Sale Now

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:17:00 -0700

Avengers: Infinity War dropped its official trailer today, and right on cue movie ticketing sites have flung open their virtual doors to pre-sales. Fandango and AMC have both begun taking ticket orders for the April 27 premiere, with competing tchotchkes for using their services.Fandango users can choose one of five stylized posters from artist Kaz Oomori, while AMC viewers who catch the first 3D viewing at 6 PM will get a collectible coin displaying the Avengers logo and Infinity Gauntlet. You can check out the range of posters and the collectible coin below.Infinity War is the culmination of Marvel's years-long cinematic universe. It brings in a veritable gaggle of heroes from across various Marvel cinematic properties into one film to fight their looming big-bad, the space warlord Thanos. The story will be based on the Infinity War comic series from the early 1990s, and Marvel films have been hinting heavily at this ultimate story direction since Thanos appeared in a cameo in the post-credits sequence of the first Avengers film.The new trailer (above) shows several characters across the Marvel spectrum interacting for the first time, like Spider-Man and Dr. Strange. The comics were similarly chock full of heroes, but it being a large event book against a foe with god-like powers, that also meant some high-profile deaths. We expect the movie to follow suit, so prepare yourselves accordingly. You can check out our trailer breakdown of all the easter eggs while you wait for the big day. [...]

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