Your Summer 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

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Your Summer 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

The Virtual Life – Trying To Get By In Dream Daddy

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The Virtual Life – Trying To Get By In Dream Daddy

I loaded up Dream Daddy, a visual novel simulator, with a fair amount of skepticism. Everyone I know who played it loved it, and yet there was still some hesitance because the game, from the outskirts, seemed like a parody of visual novels that might inadvertently make its characters vehicles for bad or even cruel jokes. However, within a matter of hours I found myself thinking Dream Daddy would probably end up being one of my favorite games of 2017 because it has something that so many games lack: naked emotional honesty.

Most games are power fantasies. This does not mean, as many believe, that most games are about making players feel powerful by giving them a gun and telling them to kill bad guys. There are all kinds of power fantasies in video games, like leading armies to victory in Total War with a brilliant strategy or running across the football field to get a game-winning touchdown in Madden, or skillfully avoiding enemy fire with slick moves in Mirror's Edge. Few of them go out of their way to put players in a position where they are inhabiting characters who are awkward, clumsy, and trying to spin countless plates just to get through the day-in, day-out of existence.

Four Things To Know About The Space Adventure Tacoma

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Four Things To Know About The Space Adventure Tacoma

Tacoma is a new adventure game from Fullbright, the studio behind the 2013 indie hit Gone Home. Fullbright has exchanged an empty home for an empty space station, where you play as specialist Amy Ferrier who uncovers the mystery behind a missing crew. You wander through this intricately detailed space station and watch hologram simulations play out as you piece together the story.

We greatly enjoyed Tacoma, which is filled with fantastic characters, an enthralling but slow-paced storyline, and more. Watch the video below to learn four things about this space drama.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – An Exclusive Look At Dreadnought

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Science-Fiction Weekly – An Exclusive Look At Dreadnought

If you're a PlayStation 4 owner, a starship has your name on it in Dreadnought's open beta, available now through the digital shop. I spent the last hour firing rocket barrages at other players (and accidentally into the far reaches of space), and can't recommend it enough. Dreadnought is slow moving, yet just as intense as any shooter you'll find on the market. In 20 minutes, you'll get a good read on whether this unique multiplayer experience is worth your time. If you were in the closed beta, you may want to jump back in to check out the wealth of new maps (including two brand new ones) and PS4 Pro support.

If you are reading this column, I'm guessing most of you are on board with this game. The good people over at Grey Box have given us another deep dive into Dreadnought's lore and universe building. Below are details on the two new maps, and yet another Hero Class vessel:

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!