Kingdom Hearts III Redeems Donald Duck

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Kingdom Hearts III Redeems Donald Duck

Kingdom Hearts’ convoluted story is a punchline for many gamers who haven’t played the franchise, but fans who’ve stuck around since the beginning have a punchline of their own: Donald Duck.

The series defined clear expectations of Donald from the get-go in 2002. Donald is your team’s mage, and he’s supposed to heal you with a flick of his wizardy wand when you’re too busy blocking enemy attacks to heal yourself, the operative phrase being “supposed to.” I can’t tell you how many times an intense fight ended in failure because Donald decided to go rogue. “Oh look, Donald is unconscious again,” I’d grumble … because it’s inappropriate to swear at one of Disney’s darlings. 

Oddly enough, Goofy has never earned the same criticisms – his role has always been the team’s extra muscle, so I don’t fault him as much when he’s slow to throw a potion at me. Goofy is also easy to understand, whereas Donald always sounds like he’s choking on a pack of cigarettes. These few simple reasons explain why Goofy has traditionally been more lovable than Donald.

Here's How To Get The Good And Bad Endings In Metro Exodus

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Here's How To Get The Good And Bad Endings In Metro Exodus

Metro has always flirted with difficult moral choices and consequences. Never to the extent of Mass Effect’s branching setup but both 2033 and Last Light offered endings that depended on player’s actions at critical moments during the campaign. Exodus does the same. However, earning either the good or bad ending is more about your moment-to-moment playstyle than critical choices this go round.

The easiest, guaranteed way to get the good ending in Exodus is knock people out when you’re sneaking  around and don’t kill indiscriminately. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid firefights or do a pacifist playthrough (I earned over 500 kills and still got the good ending) but when enemies surrender, don’t kill them. During certain missions, characters will ask you not to kill certain people, so don’t kill those people!  Also, sometimes characters in your party will give you quests (like finding a guitar in the wasteland). Do all of this and congrats, the good ending is all yours.

If you want the bad ending, just do the opposite. Be a real monster and kill everyone you come across. Never do a quest for anyone. Presto: the bad ending is all yours. You’ll know you’re on the path to this ending if your compatriots complain to you or even attempt to leave your group. If your karma is low enough, sometimes you can lose people from the group, so keep that in mind as well.

Here's How To Get The Good And Bad Endings In Metro Exodus

about X hours ago from
Here's How To Get The Good And Bad Endings In Metro Exodus

Metro has always flirted with difficult moral choices and consequences. Never to the extent of Mass Effect’s branching setup but both 2033 and Last Light offered endings that depended on player’s actions at critical moments during the campaign. Exodus does the same. However, earning either the good or bad ending is more about your moment-to-moment playstyle than critical choices this go round.

The easiest, guaranteed way to get the good ending in Exodus is knock people out when you’re sneaking  around and don’t kill indiscriminately. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid firefights or do a pacifist playthrough (I earned over 500 kills and still got the good ending) but when enemies surrender, don’t kill them. During certain missions, characters will ask you not to kill certain people, so don’t kill those people!  Also, sometimes characters in your party will give you quests (like finding a guitar in the wasteland). Do all of this and congrats, the good ending is all yours.

If you want the bad ending, just do the opposite. Be a real monster and kill everyone you come across. Never do a quest for anyone. Presto: the bad ending is all yours. You’ll know you’re on the path to this ending if your compatriots complain to you or even attempt to leave your group. If your karma is low enough, sometimes you can lose people from the group, so keep that in mind as well.

Start Anthem’s Tomb Trials As Soon As Possible

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Start Anthem’s Tomb Trials As Soon As Possible

Most players are still waiting to get their hands on the final version of Anthem, even as some PC players have been able to dive in and explore the full game through their Origins Premier membership. If you’re one of those players, it’s possible that you’ve already run into a particularly tedious stop sign on your forward progress through the game, which comes in the form of a grind-focused quest several hours into the main game.

The Challenges of the Legionnaires (or Tomb Trials) can be a pain, but on the bright side, you can begin to accrue the objectives you need even ahead of when the mission opens up. Here’s what you need to know.

There are four tombs, and for reasons we won’t get into here to prevent spoilers, you’re going to need to get into each one before the story can progress. Each tomb is themed around a particular dead Freelancer, and you need to complete certain feats to be worthy to enter each tomb. You will undoubtedly complete at least some of these objectives through the natural course of playing. Others will likely require purposeful effort.

Start Anthem’s Tomb Trials As Soon As Possible

about X hours ago from
Start Anthem’s Tomb Trials As Soon As Possible

Most players are still waiting to get their hands on the final version of Anthem, even as some PC players have been able to dive in and explore the full game through their Origins Premier membership. If you’re one of those players, it’s possible that you’ve already run into a particularly tedious stop sign on your forward progress through the game, which comes in the form of a grind-focused quest several hours into the main game.

The Challenges of the Legionnaires (or Tomb Trials) can be a pain, but on the bright side, you can begin to accrue the objectives you need even ahead of when the mission opens up. Here’s what you need to know.

There are four tombs, and for reasons we won’t get into here to prevent spoilers, you’re going to need to get into each one before the story can progress. Each tomb is themed around a particular dead Freelancer, and you need to complete certain feats to be worthy to enter each tomb. You will undoubtedly complete at least some of these objectives through the natural course of playing. Others will likely require purposeful effort.

The UFC 4 Career Wishlist

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The UFC 4 Career Wishlist

This week my colleague Brian Shea weighs in on what he thinks the UFC franchise should do to build upon the foundation of its career mode. Developer EA Vancouver hasn't officially announced the series' next installment, so there should be plenty of time for it to listen to Shea's excellent suggestions.

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It’s no secret that I loved EA Sports UFC 3 when it launched last February. In my review, I called it, “the best MMA game ever released.” While I still stand by that statement, now that we’re a year removed from launch, I think EA Vancouver could still make several adjustments and improvements upon the already-strong offerings of its 2018 release.

The UFC 4 Career Wishlist

about X hours ago from
The UFC 4 Career Wishlist

This week my colleague Brian Shea weighs in on what he thinks the UFC franchise should do to build upon the foundation of its career mode. Developer EA Vancouver hasn't officially announced the series' next installment, so there should be plenty of time for it to listen to Shea's excellent suggestions.

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It’s no secret that I loved EA Sports UFC 3 when it launched last February. In my review, I called it, “the best MMA game ever released.” While I still stand by that statement, now that we’re a year removed from launch, I think EA Vancouver could still make several adjustments and improvements upon the already-strong offerings of its 2018 release.

The Universe Of The Outer Worlds

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The Universe Of The Outer Worlds

One of the most exciting aspects of The Outer Worlds is the opportunity to see the role-playing experts at Obsidian try their hand at a brand-new setting. While the gameplay of this new franchise draws comparisons to other first-person RPGs, the universe that players explore is entirely new. Set in a distant corner of the galaxy, The Outer Worlds is a fascinating mix of classic sci-fi pulp and an irreverent send-up of corporate culture and capitalism. The character you play is, in many ways, as much an outsider as you are as the player – a recently unfrozen colonist forced to contend with a bizarre culture and alien solar system – and that backdrop promises to be especially memorable.

The Universe Of The Outer Worlds

about X hours ago from
The Universe Of The Outer Worlds

One of the most exciting aspects of The Outer Worlds is the opportunity to see the role-playing experts at Obsidian try their hand at a brand-new setting. While the gameplay of this new franchise draws comparisons to other first-person RPGs, the universe that players explore is entirely new. Set in a distant corner of the galaxy, The Outer Worlds is a fascinating mix of classic sci-fi pulp and an irreverent send-up of corporate culture and capitalism. The character you play is, in many ways, as much an outsider as you are as the player – a recently unfrozen colonist forced to contend with a bizarre culture and alien solar system – and that backdrop promises to be especially memorable.

Celebrating Ten Respectful Representations Of Blackness In Gaming

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Celebrating Ten Respectful Representations Of Blackness In Gaming

This is African American History Month, so in recognition of some of the diverse narratives in gaming, we present this list of complex black characters that have graced our television screens and PC monitors. After lengthy discussions on the topic, we decided to highlight characters that are played by and modeled after black talent. In this way, we hope to recognize the staff members who work behind the scenes in conjunction with the characters presented here.

Games motivate. More importantly, they have the power to mirror an ever-changing fanbase. Here are ten black characters that have inspired us.