The Sports Desk – All Racing Games Need This Feature

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The Sports Desk – All Racing Games Need This Feature

A lot of people love racing cars in video games, but that doesn't mean that we all know exactly what we're doing – I count myself among that group to a certain extent. It's one thing to know how to take a corner properly and another to know how to change the car's setup in order to make the most of your car and your racing style. Thankfully, developer Slightly Mad Studios has added a handy race engineer feature to Project Cars 2 to help everyone figure it out.

Races in the sim title are built around the weekend format, with optional practice and qualifying sessions. Make use of these, because they'll give you a baseline for how the car is handling. Once in the pits, you can go into the Tuning Setup menu and access the race engineer.

From here you can address four categories: Braking, Downforce, Suspension, and Gearing. The race engineer asks you questions trying to get at the heart of your problems with the car. Are you loose in the middle of the corners? Are you getting beat on the straights? Are your front brakes locking up? The answers to these questions lead the engineer to suggest tweaks that can possibly rectify what ails your lap times.

Which Faction Should You Pledge In Destiny 2?

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Which Faction Should You Pledge In Destiny 2?

Bungie recently announced the return of the factions to the Destiny 2 social space, heralding yet another way to acquire new armor and weapons with which to deck out your Guardian. Beginning on September 26, the Faction Rallies offer a way to dive headfirst into the conflict between the competing organizations. 

So which should you choose? 

First of all, if factions work anything like how they did in the original Destiny, your choice of faction has little effect on gameplay, other than the possibility that certain weapons, armor pieces, or shaders may be hard to attain without membership to one or the other. Moreover, if you’re playing three Guardians across your account, you’d be wise to select a different faction on each, and be covered for every eventuality. 

TGS Sidequest – Dining At The Capcom Bar

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TGS Sidequest – Dining At The Capcom Bar

A few years ago, my colleague Ben Reeves dined at the Cap Bar, located in Shinjuku. As a big fan of many of Capcom's series from Resident Evil to Ace Attorney, I was immediately jealous. This year, I had the opportunity to go and didn't let it pass me by, ordering Capcom-themed food items from Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil. The entire space is decorated with all things Capcom, from figures to autographed memorabilia. In case you were wondering, the menu has changed a bit since Reeves went a few years, as you will see below. Sadly, no skits were performed with any of my meals. This is something that was previously done at the bar to great delight, but it's unclear whether it's been completely abandoned or not. Anyway, without further ado, here are some pictures from my trek.

Let's start with the menus, so you can see the tough choices I had before me. 

Mega Man, known as Rock Man in Japan, has his share of delights, but Cut Man immediately caught my eye. His dish contains cheesy potatoes.

The Exciting Sights Of TGS 2017

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The Exciting Sights Of TGS 2017

Another Tokyo Game Show is in full swing, and every year we try to bring the experience to you. The event may not be the powerhouse it once was for reveals, but there's still plenty of enthusiasm in the air for all things video games. From amazing cosplayers to cool booth setups, we snapped shots of the show floor this year. We'll be updating this gallery through the weekend, so be sure to check back for more photos that capture the show's essence.

Cosplayers are all around to celebrate games. I snapped this by the Final Fantasy XIV booth. 

Evil Within 2, called Psycho Break 2 in Japan, received top billing and had a line to play it all day.

TGS Sidequest – The Persona 5 Exhibit In Akihabara

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TGS Sidequest – The Persona 5 Exhibit In Akihabara

Part of what I love about Japan is you know what you'll find. If you know me, you know I'm a figure collector and that a lot of my trips here are spent figure hunting. I happened to be out in Akihabara on a hunt today and came across a special Persona 5 exhibit in the Kotobukiya shop there. I knew what I had to do, take pictures for you all to see. Check out the shots below to relive your glory days with the Phantom Thieves. 

Here's a look at some authentic attire from the game. From Shujin Academy uniforms to Joker's getup in he wears in dungeons. The jacket costs 150,000 Yen (about $1350), btw.

Igor sits at his desk, deciding who to make his next pact with...

Five Niche Games From TGS 2017 To Watch

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Five Niche Games From TGS 2017 To Watch

I've spent the last few days trying to soak in as much as I can about TGS 2017. While games like Monster Hunter: World and The Evil Within 2 drew big lines, I wanted to focus on some smaller titles that you might not know about. Here are fix niche games that I found interesting from the show. 

Replay – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

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Replay – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Welcome to another Replay Reunion episode! Tim Turi, Dan Ryckert, and Mike Mahardy join Andrew Reiner for a look back at Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, a sequel that injected an unstoppable threat into Capcom's tried-and-true survival horror formula. We discuss the current state of the Resident Evil series as Tim Turi skillfully works his way through Raccoon City's zombified streets.

We also compete against one another in a PlayStation launch title that hasn't aged so well, but clearly shows why gamers were flocking toward this generation of games for new experiences.

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We Get Up-Close With The SNES Classic Edition

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We Get Up-Close With The SNES Classic Edition

The SNES Classic Edition comes out on September 29, but Nintendo sent us the system a week early. Our immediate future involves spending a lot of time with the library of classic 16-bit games, and we should have some impressions to share next week. In the meantime, check out this gallery of pictures we took of the unit itself, including a controller-cord length comparison. 

Once you get everything unwrapped and set out in front of you, the SNES Classic Edition is going to look a little something like this. 

If you are very tall and looking down on the unit and its array of accessories, it will look like this instead.

Top Of The Table – The Best Time Travel Games

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Top Of The Table – The Best Time Travel Games

Time travel tales delight us for a reason; it’s exciting to consider the ways history could be different, or imagine the ways that the ability to leap back or forward in time might work. As a game design concept, time travel is a big challenge. How do you reflect the paradoxes and problems of time travel within a design framework? 

Several games over the years have tackled the concept, but here are five of my favorites, each of which uses time in an intriguing way, and leads to great times with friends and family around the table.