Replay – Cubivore: Survival Of The Fittest

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Replay – Cubivore: Survival Of The Fittest

Believe it or not, there was a time before Minecraft made cube art cool. Cubivore was before that time.

Released as a GameCube exclusive in 2002, Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest combines all the fun of natural selection with weird, endearing block creatures. Join Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Cork, and intern Manon Hume as we escape Rainbow Heaven, attract all the ladies, and experience the beauty and brutality of the cubiverse's eat or be eaten mentality.

After we've had our fill, we unearth the ghost of Jeff Cork's past with yet another relic of the GameCube era. Gotta collect 'em all!

Switch Review – Sizing Up Nintendo's New Console

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Switch Review – Sizing Up Nintendo's New Console

Nintendo has always been experimental. Sometimes the company's gambles pay off in big ways (Wii), and sometimes they stumble in the market (Wii U). Ether way, consumers are always eager to see the company's next big step forward in the gaming space. The Switch is Nintendo's latest experiment, and it is full of fun ideas. We love the system's clean user interface and overall design, and moving between televisions and traveling with it is incredibly easy. On the other hand, the controller that makes all of this possible is a bit of a mixed bag. We put the Switch through its paces to find out how well the final product stacks up to its promise.

Everything In The Box

The HardwareFor the last several console generations, Nintendo has come up short on horsepower, relying more on unique mechanics and system features to sell its consoles. The Switch is no exception. A custom Nvidia Tegra processor makes the Switch more powerful than the Wii U, but still underpowered compared to the PS4 and Xbox One - even though those consoles are more than three years old.

Top Of The Table – The Weird World Of Numenera

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Top Of The Table – The Weird World Of Numenera

Amid a busy schedule of gaming releases this week, inXile launched their latest video game, Torment: Tides of Numenera. I reviewed the game, and also shared some additional thoughts in a quick video on the project and on our podcast; peruse any of those articles, and I think you’ll be able to tell that I’m an enthusiastic fan of the setting. That’s because Numenera, the tabletop role-playing game upon which the video game is based, is an absolute treasure trove of stellar world-building – a virtual master class in how to defy expectations while still keeping a fiction grounded and understandable. 

Since its launch in 2013, Numenera has continued to grow its universe and whether you’re a tabletop RPG player or not, it’s worth exploring. If you’re a fan of heady, unusual, speculative fiction, this is a world that should be on your radar. And if you discovered Numenera through the recently released video game, these are the books that can let you continue your adventures into the broader universe of Numenera’s Ninth World. 

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wii U Versus Switch Impressions

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The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Wii U Versus Switch Impressions

We have spent a lot of time with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch, and it’s a very good game. Though that version is getting the most attention, the title is also available today on Wii U. If you don’t want to invest in Nintendo’s new console, is Breath of the Wild worth picking up on Wii U?

We spent an hour and a half with the Wii U version of the game, playing through the beginning and entering the larger open world. After completing the tasks of the opening plateau, we headed southeast to a densely forested area where I encountered some minor slowdown on the Switch version in order to take a comparison. In this area of the map, the performance of the two games was as identical as my naked eye is capable of perceiving. I did notice some slowdown in the Wii U version that was not in the Switch version, like when I encountered a larger group of bokoblins in the opening area. The slowdown passed by quickly, and from my time on Wii U, did not appear to be a persistent problem. Applying assorted framerate trackers and direct side-by-side comparisons might deliver different results, but the the game still feels great based on my playtime.

Here Are The Hidden Locations Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Story Moments

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Here Are The Hidden Locations Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Story Moments

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's story is completely optional, but it's a good one worth seeking out. You will encounter a number of story moments by simply pursuing the dungeons and following the main path, but for the complete picture, you will need to find a number of hidden cutscenes throughout the land of Hyrule. You won't see any of those cutscenes below, but it's not a bad idea for me to include a spoiler warning here, just in case.

Below you will find the reference picture for each of the story moments, a larger map picture, a zoomed in map picture, and a picture of exactly where the moment is.

Sacred Ground Ruins

Review Roundup: Before They Were On Switch

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Review Roundup: Before They Were On Switch

Nintendo’s launch lineup is a little thin, but it is padded out with several notable games that you might have missed when they originally released on other consoles. If you’re looking for something to play between breaks from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, check out some of the rereleases hitting the Switch tomorrow. We rounded up our old reviews for each game.

I Am SetsunaOriginal release: July 19, 2016
GI's score on PS4: 7.5
Excerpt: "I Am Setsuna has lots of nods to Chrono Trigger, from its general combat framework to specific references to skills like X-Strike and Luminaire. However, it doesn’t capture why most players connected to that seminal title. Even though the combat is entertaining, I Am Setsuna’s characters are dull, the environments are repetitive, and the story is predictable. I would like to see more games inspired by the golden era of 16-bit RPGs, but you can’t recapture the spirit of innovation and experimentation that pervaded those titles through mimicry alone." (Full Review)

The First 50 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild On Wii U

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The First 50 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild On Wii U

We have spent a lot of time with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Switch, but the Wii U version – the console the game was originally developed for – has been somewhat mysterious. We've played that version at assorted events, like E3 2016, but today was our first opportunity to take a deeper look.

We will have some extended, written hands-on impressions soon, but ahead of those, the video below showcases the first 50 minutes of the game on Wii U, giving you a substantial idea of idea of how the game runs on Nintendo's previous console.

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The Best Virtual Reality Games Of GDC 2017

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The Best Virtual Reality Games Of GDC 2017

With all three major virtual reality platforms heading into their second year, 2017 is a critical one for filling out the game libraries and driving adoption for the nascent technology. An avalanche of games for Vive, Rift, and PSVR are all over the Game Developers Conference, so we've picked through the bunch to identify the most promising experiences coming to the platforms. One critical point to note with the titles on this list: these aren't bite-sized demos like the vast majority of the first wave of VR games. Most of these are full-fledged titles offering dozens of hours of play, cooperative play, or competitive multiplayer.

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From Other SunsPlatform: Oculus Rift
Developer: Gunfire Games
Release: Fall

10 Breath Of The Wild Locations That Reference Past Zelda Games

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10 Breath Of The Wild Locations That Reference Past Zelda Games

Every Zelda game has connections to the ones that came before it. Breath of the Wild is no different, but there is a subtle way it takes the ongoing legacy of the series a little further. Be warned that while you won't find any major story spoilers for Breath of the Wild below, you will find the names of, and see a few locations that have not yet been shown. Here's a big picture of Link you will have to scroll past in case you've made the decision to not explore this article any further.

Perhaps as a nod to the way names are shared through history, there are many examples on Breath of the Wild's map of slightly misspelled names referencing specific past characters and locations.

Tingel island for example, is likely a reference to Tingle.

Four Reasons Not To Miss The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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Four Reasons Not To Miss The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases tomorrow, and it's a game you should be getting excited about. You can find our review here, but for a more consolidated list of reasons for why should play Breath of the Wild, join Ben Reeves and I in the video below. We outline a few broad points that make Breath of the Wild a fantastic game.

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For another video like this one, head here for four things you should know about Horizon Zero Dawn, here for four things you should know about Halo Wars 2, and here for four reasons not to skip Torment: Tides of Numenera. It's a new video format we're trying out, so please give us your feedback in the comments below!