Test Chamber – Taking On The King Of Fighters XIV

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Test Chamber – Taking On The King Of Fighters XIV

The King of Fighters XIV finally hit stores this week, but we've been playing it for a few weeks now. It's a solid fighter, but doesn't make enough exciting moves to distinguish it from the competition.

Brian Shea, the other resident fighting game fan in the office, was curious about how the game turned out, so he and I sat down to play a few matches, take a look at the online suite, and talk about what The King of Fighters XIV does and doesn't do to grab us. You can watch the video below, and read my review of the game here.

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Opinion – EA Should Delay Titanfall 2

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Opinion – EA Should Delay Titanfall 2

Delaying a game is never an easy choice for a publisher or developer. Doing so creates a domino effect of replanning, from amended SEC filings and quarterly financial projections to rescheduled ad buys and postponed talent transitions to new projects. But sometimes it’s better to take that early hit for the sake of the long-term viability of a game or franchise. EA should seriously consider making this tough decision with Titanfall 2.

The Titanfall franchise seems poised to entrench itself as a sustainable franchise in the intensely competitive shooter genre. Respawn’s first game won many accolades from critics thanks to its frenetic combat and interesting pilot/titan dynamic, attracting an impressive 10 million unique users via sales and free EA Access sessions. But the game also lacked the staying power of many competitive shooters due to its underdeveloped progression system. The sequel, due October 28, addresses this shortcoming and adds an oft-requested single-player campaign as well. Our early impressions of both the multiplayer and single-player are strong, but being a good game doesn’t guarantee success. So what’s the problem?

What’s Going On In Destiny’s Story – 2016 Edition

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What’s Going On In Destiny’s Story – 2016 Edition

At this time last year, the Destiny community was gearing up to confront the impending challenges of the Taken King’s arrival, and we delivered our first version of this article – a comprehensive guide to the Destiny narrative, fact-checked by the Bungie story team for accuracy, and built as an easy-to-navigate reference for players. Exactly a year later, we’re back with a new, improved, and revised version that reflects the latest narrative threads of the game, and also sets the stage for the launch of Destiny: Rise of Iron.

Like the original article, the information included throughout this article is drawn primarily from researching the game, as well as its connected Grimoire cards. And like last year, the full text of the article has been double-checked by Bungie for accuracy prior to publication. As such, we hope the following can provide a clear and authoritative understanding of the fiction, without the need to second guess what the developers intended. In a few instances, relevant fan theories are widespread enough that they are mentioned in the form of conjecture. Anything not confirmed by Bungie is clearly described as such in the text. 

The Virtual Life – Long-Distance Relationships And Reaching Across The Void In No Man’s Sky

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The Virtual Life – Long-Distance Relationships And Reaching Across The Void In No Man’s Sky

Have you ever been in love with someone far away? It’s a strange experience. I would like to tell you about it. Well, I’d like to try and tell you about it but sometimes the words fail.

We’ll make a go of it anyway.

If it’s a day where I’m feeling numbers-oriented, I would discuss how it’s best to order airline tickets early to save money even if that means spending a few hours in another airport while you wait for a connecting flight. I would explain the clock stashed somewhere in the back of the mindspace that’s always ticking loudly, always making me aware of just how long it is until I see my partner again.

Five Solid Ideas For Where Metal Gear Can Go Next

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Five Solid Ideas For Where Metal Gear Can Go Next

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain served as Hideo Kojima’s swan song for the beloved franchise he created. There was a great deal of controversy surrounding the game, including production troubles during the buildup to release, culminating in Kojima parting ways with Konami to pursue new ideas at his own studio. However, before The Phantom Pain released, a statement from Konami said the company would be making new Metal Gear games even after Kojima was done with the series.

Earlier this summer, the trailer surfaced for a pachinko game based on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Die-hard Metal Gear fans reacted negatively to the trailer, expressing that this was not the future they wanted to see for the franchise. A Konami employee took to Reddit after the backlash over the pachinko game to assure fans that Metal Gear would be properly supported on consoles moving forward. We were recently given our first glimpse of the post-Kojima Metal Gear world with the trailer for Metal Gear Survive. While zombie survival may not be the way many expected a new Metal Gear to look, there are still a number of great ideas for a proper spin-off. Here are just a few directions a new Metal Gear game could take the series in.

The Top 25 Super Nintendo Games Of All Time

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August 23 is the 25th anniversary of one of Nintendo's most beloved consoles, the SNES. In honor of this important gaming machine, we compiled a list of the best games to ever hit Nintendo's old gray box. It might be time to dust off your machine and see how well many of these classics hold up.

25. Secret of ManaThis action/RPG featured fantastic gameplay and stellar visuals, combat, and music to boot. Not only was Secret of Mana a stellar action/RPG, but it featured three-player co-op, which is still unheard for for a game of this type. We’re still impressed with how well it holds up today.  (Watch us replay the game here.)


24. Donkey Kong Country
Most of Nintendo's early platformers were renowned for their stellar gameplay, but Donkey Kong Country was known more for its 3D-like graphics than anything else. While it was no slouch in the gameplay department, we were more entranced by the then-impressive character models for DK and his enemies. (Watch us replay the game here.)

Science-Fiction Weekly – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Valley, Arrival

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Valley, Arrival

This week sees the release of a variety of science-fiction video games, beginning with today's release of Eidos Montreal's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. This follow-up takes place two years after the catastrophic events in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After thousands of mechanically augmented humans experienced psychotic episodes, which led to the deaths of many innocent people, "augs" are now segregated from the rest of society, viewed as dangerous and toxic. The world is unstable and we once again see it through the eyes of Adam Jensen, a heavily augmented covert agent for Interpol's Task Force 29. He's a gun for hire, and we catch up with him on assignment in Dubai. He's tracking a dangerous weapons dealer through an unfinished high-rise hotel.[Exerpt]

Test Chamber – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Dramatic Opening

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Test Chamber – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s Dramatic Opening

Andrew Reiner has been playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for the past couple of weeks for his review, and both Wade Wojcik and I have been curious about how it compares to the previous game, Human Revolution. So we asked to see the game in action and pick Reiner's brain about it.

In the video below we take a quick, non-lethal look at the game's first mission, immerse ourselves in the game's dense world, characters, and factions, and tour a crowded area as we search for a way to circumvent a guard.

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The 15 Most Anticipated Games Of Fall 2016

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The 15 Most Anticipated Games Of Fall 2016

Believe it or not, the summer months are almost behind us. The official beginning of the fall season is exactly one month away, and with autumn comes the annual barrage of games as developers, publishers, and retailers eye the holiday season. As usual, we have a ton of games to choose from as the busiest shopping months of the year approach, but we whittled down the release list to 15 games that we're most anticipating.

For the sake of this article, we're defining the fall months as September, October, and November. Unfortunately, that means that anticipated releases like World of Warcraft: Legion (August 30) and South Park: The Fractured But Whole (December 6) narrowly miss the cut. Check out our 15 most anticipated games of fall 2016 below, and if we missed any that you're looking forward to, add your picks in the comments section.

Destiny: Rise of Iron – September 20Bungie's wildly popular shooter is back with its first expansion since The Taken King. In addition to new content and chances to level, Rise of Iron brings with it new artifacts, a new raid, and the ability to play private matches in PvP. For more on Destiny: Rise of Iron, head to our cover hub.