The Beauty Of Destiny 2 Captured In Screens

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The Beauty Of Destiny 2 Captured In Screens

From this point on, the conversations surrounding Destiny 2 will likely be about raids, exotics, and shaders. One thing that isn't recognized enough is just how damn gorgeous the game is. That beauty is so pronounced it can be distracting. I don't know how many times that I was hit by moments of sensory overload, not just from the number of enemies that would swarm the screen, but by the amount of detail included in the environments. This is one of those games where I would periodically stop dead in my tracks to take a complete scan of what was around me. Often, every angle would produce something spectacular to look at, whether it was the detail included in a city or how beautifully framed the galaxy is in the sky box.

Below is a gallery that highlights just a small taste of how beautiful this game is.

Opinion: We Need To Talk About PewDiePie

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Opinion: We Need To Talk About PewDiePie

Yesterday, Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, uttered a racial slur while streaming PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. We wrote a news piece about it. The responses to the article were a mixed bag. There were plenty of readers who were appalled and disturbed by the instance. However, in the past 24 hours, supporters have come to Kjellberg's defense, saying that he's not a racist, that he said what he said in a "heated moment of gaming," that he's a shock jock, that the media is out to smear his good image, that people who play Call of Duty say these things all of the time. Perhaps the most disheartening response was that Felix Kjellberg spouting a racial slur was not news in the slightest.

Replay – Battlefield: Bad Company

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Replay – Battlefield: Bad Company

The arrival of Destiny is the first salvo fired in what we like to call "shooter season," a series of months where most of our gaming time goes to newly released FPS experiences. This year, shooter season consists of new entries for Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, and Quake. We also just received a new expansion for Battlefield 1. As great as DICE's support for Battlefield 1 has been, we're still left wanting one more thing. We want more Bad Company.

PC players probably don't hold Bad Company in the highest regard, as the first entry was a console exclusive with a completely different approach to multiplayer, but change ended up being good for Battlefield, especially in terms of storytelling. We take a look at what made Bad Company so special, and discuss why now might be a good time for the series to return in a big way.

We then turn back the clock even more to take a look at another team of "bad" characters on Sega Genesis. You'll even get a tease of the forthcoming Replay Civil War, which replaces Showdown as this year's huge office-wide competition.

How Does Metroid II Compare To Its Remakes

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How Does Metroid II Compare To Its Remakes

In August of 1986, Nintendo released the first sequel to Metroid on the Game Boy. The game looks pretty archaic today thanks to the handheld's limitations. However, the game had a solid structure and has been remade by both Nintendo and its fans. So how do all three version stack up?

Join Leo Vader and Ben Reeves as they compare the opening areas of Metroid II with the fan remake AM2R and the upcoming 3DS release Metroid: Samus Returns.

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Top Of The Table – Scythe

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Top Of The Table – Scythe

From time to time, my focus in Top of the Table shifts toward accessible titles that can help to introduce tabletop gaming to new players, through titles like Flick 'em Up or Codenames: Pictures. Those games are excellent, but this week's selection is squarely targeted at veteran gamers ready for their next big adventure. Designed by Jamey Stegmaier, Scythe is a sophisticated and inventive strategy board game of area control, resource management and development, and competition, for one to five players. An alternate history post-World War I setting is gorgeously illustrated by Jakub Rozalski, and realized through storytelling nuggets, card art, and overall presentation. However, it's Scythe's streamlined and fast-moving play (without ever simplifying) that earns it a place as one of my favorite new games of the last several years.

Netflix's Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light Is Heartfelt And Better Than You'd Expect

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Netflix's Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light Is Heartfelt And Better Than You'd Expect

Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light is a Japanese soap opera that recently hit Netflix. Despite its awkward name, Dad of Light is a touching look at the bond between father and son, and how video games can help strengthen those relationships. Despite the obvious commercial feel promoting Square Enix's long-running MMORPG and some amateurish acting, Dad of light does a lot of things right.

The premise is about a father and his young adult son who have drifted apart. Back in the day, the two shared a fondness towards the original Final Fantasy, but unfortunately, the bond didn't last. Now, in present day, protagonist Aiko Inaba (played by Yudai Chiba) sees an opportunity to reconnect with his newly retired father Hirotaro (Ren Osugi), by buying him a copy of Final Fantasy XIV and a PlayStation 4.

Terror Of The Nazgul – A Look At The Power And Might Of Shadow Of War's Ringwraiths

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Terror Of The Nazgul – A Look At The Power And Might Of Shadow Of War's Ringwraiths

While Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor garnered critical acclaim and captured a wide fan base that stretched beyond fans of Tolkien's works, one of its weakest areas was boss battles. With the follow-up, Shadow of War, developer Monolith hopes to rectify that by introducing ringwraiths. These Nazgûl are powerful servants of Dark Lord Sauron, and now they're Talion's problem to deal with.

The Nazgûl were once virtuous men who were tempted by Sauron and his Rings of Power. However, the power these Rings provide proved to be too much, and Sauron's influence eventually consumed them. Over the millennia, these men slowly became more corrupted by Sauron, and as their humanity dissipated, their power grew.

Each of the Nazgûl features their own backstory, as well as their own special abilities. Though there are nine ringwraiths, Monolith says you only battle a few of them in individual encounters. During our time with Shadow of War, I checked out three of the battles against three distinct Nazgûl bosses.

Deadly Premonition And Panzer Dragoon Creators Talk The Good Life

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Deadly Premonition And Panzer Dragoon Creators Talk The Good Life

Last month, Deadly Premonition and D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die creator Hidetaka Suehiro (aka Swery65), announced that his recently founded studio, White Owls, was launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new project called The Good Life. The game has you taking control of Naomi, a New York City photographer, as you investigate a murder mystery in what is billed as the happiest town in the world. In addition to solving a mysterious death, you must dive into why the residents of Rainy Woods turn into cats at night. 

At PAX West 2017, Swery invited Grounding co-founder Yukio Futatsugi (known as the creator of the Panzer Dragoon series) on stage to announce a partnership for the game. The team then debuted a trailer, which you can see below.

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An In-Depth Look At Middle-earth: Shadow Of War's Skill Tree

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An In-Depth Look At Middle-earth: Shadow Of War's Skill Tree

As the hero of Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Talion becomes stronger over the course of the story. Each time you level up toward the level 60 cap, you unlock a skill point. In addition, you can earn skill points from side and challenge missions, as well as certain collectibles. In total, completionists can expect to collect around 120 skill points, meaning there are plenty of decisions to make when looking at the skill tree.

Each skill Talion has can be upgraded by choosing from two or three unique options. For example, on one skill, I can augment it so that draining an enemy gives me more health and wrath, or I can opt to regain elf-shot ammunition. You can only choose one upgrade per perk at a time, but this level of customization allows players to craft their version of Talion to complement their playstyle.

Check out the many skills you can choose from when upgrading Talion. A handful of skills are being kept locked away by Monolith for fear of spoilers, but the vast majority of Talion's skills are represented in the list below.

In The Name Of The Tsar Impressions – Battlefield 1 At Its Best

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In The Name Of The Tsar Impressions – Battlefield 1 At Its Best

Nearly a year removed from its release, Battlefield 1 is still going strong. This past July EA reported that more than 21 million players have enlisted in the World War I shooter, and a steady stream of new maps and game updates has kept fans on the frontlines. This week, the game received another wave of reinforcements in the form of the In The Name Of The Tsar expansion.

Set along the Eastern Front, the expansion focuses on battles between the monarchies of Austria, Germany, and Russia, as well as the Bolshevik revolt that pit Tsar loyalists against the rising tide of communism. Featuring five new maps, two new Operations, five new vehicles, thirteen new weapons, and one new game mode, In The Name Of The Tsar is the biggest Battlefield expansion ever.  

In The Name Of The Tsar launched alongside a Battlefield 1 balance update that dramatically improved general gunplay, making weapons more lethal across the board. The alteration is immediately noticeable, allowing you to take down multiple enemies with one clip more frequently during ambushes, making weapons like SMGs and LMGs more viable. The welcome change rewards patient movement and tactical approaches to hot zones and rightfully punishes the Leeroy Jenkins battalions prone to recklessly charging across no man’s land. Battlefield 1 has never played better.