Science-Fiction Weekly – Aven Colony, Aaero, Secret Empire, Rogue One Secrets, Scorn

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Aven Colony, Aaero, Secret Empire, Rogue One Secrets, Scorn

Aven Colony is a science-fiction building game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that places players on an alien world filled with unpredictable weather, angry wildlife, and a mysterious history. The goal is to colonize the alien world and create a stable and safe new home for humanity light-years from Earth. Aven Prime is a world filled with lush forests, wetlands, and tundras, but its beauty is countered by electrical storms, tornadoes, toxic gas, shard storms, explosive geothermal vents, and toxic gas. As you build your colony, you need to develop technology that can withstand these elements, along with local wildlife such as Dune-like sandworms and an aggressive fungus called "The Creep."

Like most city building games, you can micromanage just about everything, down to little details like determining the food income and what type of materials to invest in. One of its unique hooks is the story, which unravels Aven Prime's history as your city takes shape. Aven Colony is developed by Mothership Entertainment, a team comprised of video game veterans that worked on the Metroid Prime series, as well as Fable, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. The game is currently in beta, and is slated to ship in the second quarter of 2017. 

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Come Watch Us Play Overwatch's New Uprising Event

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Come Watch Us Play Overwatch's New Uprising Event

Join Andrew Reiner and GI Intern Jordan Leendertsen today at 2:30 CT, as we stream our initial impressions of Overwatch's latest event. Releasing today, Overwatch: Uprising brings with it over 100 new pieces of loot, as well as a cooperative PvE mode. We will be fielding questions from the community, and checking out some of the new loot as we dive into Uprising.

You can check out the latest trailers and screenshots for Uprising by clicking right here

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

Four Bullet Points About Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

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Four Bullet Points About Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

Bulletstorm is back, baby! Nearly six years after People Can Fly released the over-the-top shooter, the studio is bringing it to a new generation – of console hardware and, potentially, players. It was a great game when it came out, and its blend of freestyle shooting and nonstop carnage has aged surprisingly well. What's new in the Full Clip Edition? Is it worth revisiting? And what's the deal with that Duke Nukem stuff? In our latest Four Things video, we tackle those topics and more.

For our original review of Bulletstorm, head here. For a number of features on the game from when it appeared on our cover, head here.

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Revealing The Finer Details Of Hellblade’s Mysterious Heroine

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Revealing The Finer Details Of Hellblade’s Mysterious Heroine

Ninja Theory’s upcoming game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is being developed by a small team, with a modest budget. That doesn’t mean that the studio is scrimping on the details, however. One of the biggest areas that they’re putting particular focus on is the titular character, Senua. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the Pict warrior, pointing out the inspirations, historical roots, and other easily missed details behind her creation.

Hellblade is set around 790 AD, according to the game’s creative director, Tameem Antoniades. “It’s specifically that period because the Christians haven’t arrived yet,” he says. “It’s in the Orkney Islands, which is just off Scotland. Shortly after the Vikings landed in Orkney, the Celtic population in Orkney disappeared. People don’t know why. The story sets out to explain that.”

The Sports Desk – MLB The Show 17 Tips & Tricks

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The Sports Desk – MLB The Show 17 Tips & Tricks

MLB The Show 17 has been out for a little while now, and with so many features packed into the title – including a new story framework for Road to the Show – there's a lot to chew on. In this week's Sports Desk I've gathered some helpful tips from my colleagues Brian Shea and Reiner for Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty, respectively, to help you excel in these modes.

Road to the Show

1. Build Your Character for How You Want to Play

Is Mass Effect: Andromeda’s New Dialogue System Better?

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Is Mass Effect: Andromeda’s New Dialogue System Better?

This article was originally published on April 6.

Spoiler warning: We discuss some minor plot points that occur during the first half of the game. Read at your own discretion.

The original Mass Effect trilogy put us in the shoes of the revered Commander Shepard, giving us agency in making decisions for this hero through a binary morality system categorized as paragon and renegade. With Mass Effect: Andromeda, the newest installment in the series, BioWare introduces us to a new hero and a revamped dialogue system that is meant to be less restrictive and more open-ended. 

Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

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Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

This article was originally published on April 6.

Persona 5 has many different systems that all interact with one another, and often you can get a big advantage by planning your days, maximizing the value of time spent with confidants and relationships and more.

Here are some essential tips to help you make the most of your time in Persona 5.

Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 20 Hours

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 20 Hours

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

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Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

This article was originally published on April 6.

Persona 5 has many different systems that all interact with one another, and often you can get a big advantage by planning your days, maximizing the value of time spent with confidants and relationships and more.

Here are some essential tips to help you make the most of your time in Persona 5.

Replay – Crackdown

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Replay – Crackdown

Project Scorpio's impressive specs were just revealed, and Crackdown 3 is one of the first games that should be playable on it later this year. We're hoping this new entry can rekindle the fun of the original Crackdown. That fun melded bounding superhero-like movement with the typical run-and-gun combat found in most open-world games. It was a simple, yet satisfying mix that was sadly lost in the sequel.

Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard walks us through Crackdown's opening moments, going well out of his way to show us just how cool it is to drive cars like a madman. He also enjoys throwing grenades, people, and tries his hardest to toss dumpsters as well. Just when it seems Kyle is entering his typical "how can I play this game totally wrong" phase, we turn off Crackdown to play a game that has fast become a Replay favorite for the staff and viewers alike. You know what it is, and yes, this new look at it is glorious.

Enjoy the episode, people, and come back in seven days to see another game of yesteryear.