Under The Radar Games To Keep An Eye On This Holiday Season

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Under The Radar Games To Keep An Eye On This Holiday Season

This holiday season is a flood of highly anticipated game releases. With South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Destiny 2, and plenty of other just-as-popular games coming out, it’s easy to miss titles launching around the same time. These are some under-the-radar games you should keep in mind when doing your holiday shopping.

Black MirrorNo, this game isn’t connected to the Netflix series of the same name – the original game actually predates that show by eight years. A reboot of The Black Mirror trilogy, this game continues to use the series’ point-and-click gameplay while telling the story of a man visiting his ancestral Scottish home following his father’s suicide. As he explores his father’s castle, he starts to fear the family curse he was warned about is real as he’s haunted by nightmares and visions. Search the castle for clues and interact with apparitions in this H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe-inspired game starting November 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Microsoft Explains Who Exactly The Xbox One X Is For

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Microsoft Explains Who Exactly The Xbox One X Is For

The Xbox One X is touted by Microsoft as the "most powerful console ever," and rightfully so. With tons of power, the system cuts down on load times and has the potential to display games in native 4K with HDR visuals. However, $500 is a steep price to pay for a new model of the same console if you already shelled out that much for the Xbox One when it launched. Despite this, Microsoft has reported strong pre-order numbers for its new model that launches on Tuesday, November 7.

With Microsoft on the brink of launching the third model of its current gaming system, I spoke with Xbox One marketing lead Albert Penello about the impending launch, how Microsoft is courting developers to enhance their games, and what mid-generation console upgrades mean for the industry.

The Xbox One X seems to target the most hardcore of Xbox players, who have likely already spent $500 on an Xbox One when it came out several years ago. How do you hammer home that this is worth spending another $500 to get this better experience?

Hands-On With Hearthstone's Dungeon Run

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Hands-On With Hearthstone's Dungeon Run

When the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion hits next month, players will have a wealth of free single-player content to delve into with the roguelike (One loss and you're back to the beginning!) Dungeon Run mode. At BlizzCon 2017, I had a chance to do one of these runs and see how it works! While the deck you start with is fairly weak and full of "core" cards like Fireballs and Frostbolts (I played as a mage) you quickly get to customize things as you move onto stronger opponents. After slaying my first opponent, a lowly giant rat with 10 health, I unlocked a treasure and a "pack" of cards to put in my deck. You get to do this each time you best a foe, so your deck begins to take shape quickly!

Selecting from three different, all incredibly overpowered treasures is awesome - I took some Gloves of Mugging which let me take three cards from my opponent's hand and add them to my own, for just a single point of mana. That basically wins you a game right there if it's in your opening hand. The themed pack choices were great too, and let you drive your deck in the direction of your choosing. Selecting the "unique" path gave me cards like Kazakus and Reno Jackson, while taking an Elemental choice would have given me Pyros and other cards that work well with elemental minions.

Top Of The Table – Pandemic Legacy

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Top Of The Table – Pandemic Legacy

Pandemic Legacy Season 2 is rolling out to players as we speak, following up on one of the most acclaimed and wildly entertaining board games of the last several years. If you've already played Season 1, you hardly need me to tell you why you should be excited about its sequel, but you might be in for a surprise about just how different this follow-up really is. If you didn't play Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, you're in for a treat. While either game can be tackled and enjoyed on its own, I strongly recommend snagging a copy of the first game (one of our selections for the best tabletop games of 2015) and enjoying the full ride, and then continuing into the fun of the second season, which has just released. 

Check With Your Internet Provider Before Downloading Xbox One X Games

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Check With Your Internet Provider Before Downloading Xbox One X Games

I never had to worry about my internet data cap until I started testing Xbox One X. An alert from Comcast told me that I had exceeded my 1 terabyte data usage plan. I had no idea Comcast had capped me. I've had the service for years, and I apparently missed the paperwork or emails that informed me of changes to my account. Since I went over my cap, I was going to be charged an additional $10 for every 50 gigabytes I went over. I was able to change my plan to unlimited (for an extra $50 per month), and avoided getting charged an extra $20 for the 100-plus GB I was over on my plan. I was about to be charged $20 just for re-downloading Gears of War 4 onto the Xbox One X.

So, please, contact your internet provider to see what your cap is. Also check to see if your Xbox One X is set to automatically download updates. Most of the games are sizeable now, thanks to the 4K assets. Quantum Break weighs in at a whopping 178 GB, thanks to the episode pack. Halo 5: Guardians is up to 109 GB, Titanfall is at 68 GB, Forza Motorsport 7 (even without the final Xbox One X update) is up to 95 GB, and Dead Rising 4 now clocks in at 59 GB. The 4K era of game is going to crush data caps, and I doubt we'll see many providers upping their base services anytime soon.

How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

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How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, you're not usually short on coins, but if you do need to make some quickly, here are some tips.

I am not confident enough to say that these are the fastest way to collect coins in Super Mario Odyssey, but they will load up your wallet quickly.

This first tip generates about 76 coins a minute without too much effort. First, you go to the Wooded Kingdom, then head to the Secret Flower Field Entrance warp point, the northern most warp point on the map, and go perform the nearby transformation to grab a quick 38 coins, and then you can rinse and repeat until you're a thousandaire.

Conquering Super Mario Odyssey's Hardest Level – Episode Two

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Conquering Super Mario Odyssey's Hardest Level – Episode Two

After you get 500 moons in Super Mario Odyssey, you can go attempt the game's most difficult level. It's a long, tough road without checkpoints – and we're going to beat it.

Andrew Reiner and I are going on this journey together. Reiner has already beaten the level on his own time, and while I gave it about two tries before we began recording, I consider these my first true attempts. Perhaps it goes without saying, but this video does contain SPOILERS for Super Mario Odyssey. It is the game's last level, after all.

Enjoy the video, and please be nice to me in the comments. I am doing my very best, I swear.

Five Small Problems That Need Fixing In Assassin’s Creed Origins

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Five Small Problems That Need Fixing In Assassin’s Creed Origins

Considering the troubled launch some Assassin’s Creed titles have seen (especially Unity), the rollout of Origins has been relatively smooth. However, even without crippling technical issues, the game could still use a few minor tune-ups in other areas to make the experience more enjoyable.

After many hours exploring Egypt, we put together this list of little fixes that would go a long way. Are there bigger things we’d like to see addressed? Sure – especially the level-gating of story missions – but changes on that scale would effectively require a massive design overhaul. These five things are more practical in terms of what players could realistically see in upcoming patches.

The Objective Marker Egypt has a lot of sand, and by extension, so does the map in Assassin’s Creed Origins. That’s not a problem by itself, but the decision to make the objective marker a gold and black diamond is. That color choice means that your quest goal frequently blends in with the sandy yellow background, making it difficult to use the map to get your bearings at a glance. Sure, you can move the map around until the marker goes off-screen and an indicator arrow appears, but the easier fix would just be to have the yellow mission marker pulsate, making it more conspicuous amid the other map icons and golden dunes.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 2, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 2, 2017)

We've got another short and sweet Blog Herding this week with plenty of reviews, updates, and opinions. Get reading!

Community Blogs For October 26 – November 1:

Japanese Game Developers Understand The Value of Ignoring Their Audience Doctor Apozem makes the argument that Japanese video game developers are ignoring their audience to instead indulge in delight. It uses some interesting examples to drive home the point, but I think the industry just kind of ebbs and flows in different directions at different times. Though I do agree that Nippon has been killing it lately in the video game universe.