Four Reasons Strategy Fans Should Be Excited For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Four Reasons Strategy Fans Should Be Excited For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a strange blend. Nintendo's Mario Bros. characters have collided with the insanity of Ubisoft's Rabbids and the strategic depth of games like XCOM to create an incredibly unique game. You can see an extended play session here, but the video below will offer a more straigh-to-the-point collection of reasons for why Ben Reeves thinks this is a game every Switch owner should have on their radar.

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To learn more things about other games, in variables of four, follow think links for Pyre, Ever Oasis, Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Outlast II, Persona 5, Splatoon 2, Yooka-Laylee, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by following the links.

Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

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Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

Fights! Power levels! Ice skating! People rushing at each other with swords, pausing briefly, then someone falling down!

Every so often, I'm going to recommend some anime and manga for people to check out and catch up on. If your favorite anime isn't here, let me know! I'd love to check some stuff out and pass the word. If I recommend something you hate, that's also okay! Not everything I recommend will be the best show ever, but if it's something you might be interested in checking out, I encourage you to give it a chance.

This week, we'll start off by talking about My Hero Academia. If you're tuned in to the anime community pretty much at all, you have heard of MHA, so I don't think I'm giving anyone a news flash here. If you're on the fence, though, I recommend just trying out MHA to see if you enjoy its fantastical world and (pardon the pun) quirky characters. In what appears to be the far future, almost all human beings have been gifted super powers, which of course means that some people use them for evil, and other people try to stop them. Superheroing is a regulated service and young Deku is desperate to take part. The creator, Kohei Horikoshi, is a big fan of western superhero comics and it absolutely shows in MHA. I also suggest following him on Twitter for doodles and posts about Marvel figures he buys.

Party Of Three – Reviewing The Applebee’s Tablet Games

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Party Of Three – Reviewing The Applebee’s Tablet Games

The video games press can’t cover everything – there just isn’t enough time to look at all of the games that release each year. Naturally, these pressures lead to blind spots. We, the interns, have taken it upon ourselves to fill one such void in games journalism. Read along, as we get down to the nitty gritty of the reviews you really want to see: Applebee’s Tablet Games. 

Upon sitting down at one of these fine establishments, you’ll find a mysterious tablet at the end of the table. For just $1.99, the tablet becomes a portal to fun. Below, you’ll find our expert opinions, an appropriate food pairing, and a monetary value of the amount of fun we had with each and every game on the device.

WARNING: SPOILERS

The Sports Desk – A Conversation On The NHL 18 Online Beta

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The Sports Desk – A Conversation On The NHL 18 Online Beta

EA Canada's online beta for NHL 18 is just about to end (August 1), and Kim, Bertz, and I have been putting it through its paces, testing out the new Threes mode, increased deke/defensive stick features, and getting impressions of the multiplayer experience overall.

After playing we sat down and had a chat about the beta, the modes and its gameplay, and included some footage of the title in action.

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Super Replay – Pokémon Snap Episode 1

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Super Replay – Pokémon Snap Episode 1

After the marathon that was Shenmue II, Andrew Reiner and I decided it was time to play something that didn't require quite so much long-term commitment. We wanted something that felt closer to a walk in the park, or a leisurely ride through a park, which is how we landed on Pokémon Snap. The Nintendo 64 favorite offered Pokémon fans their first look at their favorite creatures in 3D and, for our purposes, doesn't tell an elongated story about revenge.

Despite our intentions to play something a little less intense, we still want to make sure we get a photo of every Pokémon in the game. We will also be passing the sticks in order to foster some competition. At the end of every episode we will make sure to check and see who took the best photo.

Enjoy the episodes, and leave comments! We plan on reading them out loud during the episodes just like we did with our last few two-person Super Replays.

Replay – Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

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Replay – Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

We've been wanting to do a PSP-focused episode for awhile, but were held back by a barrier we thought was insurmountable: I had to order a new battery for the handheld. Once we worked out those complicated details, however, we decided to dive into Sony's first handheld with one of its best games and follow-up with another game that probably would never appear on any PSP best of lists.

Join Andrew Reiner, me, the voice of Leo Vader, and resident Kingdom Hearts expert Kimberly Wallace as we play Birth by Sleep, talk about the series, make our predictions for the future, and try to get a date (this will make sense later, I promise).

You can find our original review of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep by heading here. As always, thanks for watching!

Five Ways That Rockstar Has Changed The Video Game Industry

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Five Ways That Rockstar Has Changed The Video Game Industry

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games of next year, and for good reason: It’s being developed by Rockstar Games. The studio’s history is one of innovation; nearly every Rockstar game since the release of Grand Theft Auto III has been important in its own way, surpassing and redefining our expectations of what is possible in video games in terms of technology, game design, and subject matter. We take a look at five areas in which Rockstar has made, and continues to make, large waves in the games industry.

Popularizing The Sandbox Open WorldRockstar didn’t invent the 3D open world, but Grand Theft Auto III became the benchmark example for how to structure one outside of the RPG genre.

Rockstar took the traditional errand-boy mission structure and surrounded it with optional side content. You were free to tackle the storyline at your own pace, and outside of the narrative there were a variety of jobs you could take on, like taxi driving or firefighting. If structured missions weren’t your thing, exploring the world, finding collectibles, and causing mayhem was just as, if not more, fun. There was nothing else out there like Liberty City.

Opinion – The Amiibo Use In Metroid Goes Too Far

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Opinion – The Amiibo Use In Metroid Goes Too Far

When Nintendo introduced Amiibo, its little plastic figurines representing an enormous library of characters, even the company seemed confused about their use. Aside from making money, the Super Smash Bros. line of Amiibo did not really accomplish much, primarily serving as a storage locker for A.I. routines. Their success lead Nintendo to push Amiibo as an initiative, something to be paired with nearly every game it releases. Since then, Nintendo has struggled with how Amiibo should be used in games, and whether it makes sense to essentially enforce scarcity for what amounts to downloadable content. 

Unfortunately, with Metroid: Samus Returns on the 3DS, Nintendo has decided that Amiibo use will replace traditional unlocks, seemingly locking entire modes away behind a player's ability and desire to purchase Amiibo.

Watch Us Play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Duos Live Today

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Watch Us Play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Duos Live Today

In just a few minutes we'll be doing a surprise stream of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with a new wrinkle: we'll be playing duos, the two-player cooperative mode.

Ben Hanson and Dan Tack's longstanding PUBG rivalry culminates as they're forced to work together. Will they finally put aside their differences? Or will they murder each other immediately? Tune in at 3:30 PM Central to find out.

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch or Youtube, or just tune in here using the embedded video below.

Top Of The Table – The Best (And Most Adorable) Cat Games

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Top Of The Table – The Best (And Most Adorable) Cat Games

Some gaming nights demand a deep and complex strategy game. Other times, you want to role-play a thrilling fantasy adventure. But sometimes, you’re just looking for a casual, quick game. Depending on your group, it can be wise to have a few options in your back pocket for game themes that virtually anyone can enjoy – like cats! Believe it or not, there’s a plethora of fun games about felines out there, and most offer rules and gameplay that are welcoming to families or new players, but still have enough fun concepts to appeal to veteran gamers. 

Snag one of these titles for an inexpensive and charming side trek into the world of cats.