Unboxing The Darksiders III Apocalypse Edition

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Unboxing The Darksiders III Apocalypse Edition

Darksiders III releases tomorrow (you can read our review here) and like most games these days, there is a special edition version you can buy that is more expensive and includes more stuff. Darksiders' take on the special edition, however, goes above and beyond both in size and price. The Apocalypse Edition of the game retails for $399, includes four statues, and a whole bunch of other goodies. Here is a picture of the full box with a Benjamin Reeves for scale.

Here's the opened box with the figures not yet removed.

Here's an Andrew Reiner for scale in case you need it.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Director Talks Balancing The Powerful New Tag Team Pokémon-GX Mechanic

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Pokémon Trading Card Game Director Talks Balancing The Powerful New Tag Team Pokémon-GX Mechanic

The Pokémon Trading Card game continues to grow through new expansions, but the newest mechanic delivers potentially game-changing implications. The mechanic pairs two Pokémon on a single card to deliver extremely powerful attacks. However, if your Tag Team Pokémon-GX card gets knocked out, you must surrender three prizes, offering a high-risk-high-reward mechanic.

We had the chance to chat with Atsushi Nagashima, game director of the Pokémon Trading Card game, about the new mechanic, the challenges such a powerful new convention brings, and how the team decides which Pokémon to pair up.

If this new mechanic sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out our exclusive reveal of two new Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards.

Pokémon Trading Card Game Director Talks Balancing The Powerful New Tag Team Pokémon-GX Mechanic

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Pokémon Trading Card Game Director Talks Balancing The Powerful New Tag Team Pokémon-GX Mechanic

The Pokémon Trading Card game continues to grow through new expansions, but the newest mechanic delivers potentially game-changing implications. The mechanic pairs two Pokémon on a single card to deliver extremely powerful attacks. However, if your Tag Team Pokémon-GX card gets knocked out, you must surrender three prizes, offering a high-risk-high-reward mechanic.

We had the chance to chat with Atsushi Nagashima, game director of the Pokémon Trading Card game, about the new mechanic, the challenges such a powerful new convention brings, and how the team decides which Pokémon to pair up.

If this new mechanic sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out our exclusive reveal of two new Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards.

Exclusive Card Reveal: Two New Pokémon Trading Card Game Tag Team Pokémon-GX Pairings

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Exclusive Card Reveal: Two New Pokémon Trading Card Game Tag Team Pokémon-GX Pairings

As the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to grow through multiple new expansions every year, the team behind the popular collectible-card game introduces new mechanics and elements to keep things fresh for long-time players. With the beginning of the Sun and Moon series, the Pokémon TCG team introduced the Pokémon-GX mechanic, which gave players access to extremely powerful monsters that carry a hefty two-prize penalty for being knocked out. The team has now taken that mechanic a step further with new Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards.

The new cards pair two Pokémon on the same card for increased power. However, if that Tag Team Pokémon-GX card is knocked out, it costs the player a whopping three prizes. The mechanic was announced in August with a card starring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, but now we are able to exclusively reveal two more pairings: Eevee & Snorlax-GX and Celebi & Venusaur-GX.

You can see these cards for the first time below. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Pokémon Trading Card Game director Atsushi Nagashima about the challenges of balancing this new mechanic and how the pairings are decided.

Exclusive Card Reveal: Two New Pokémon Trading Card Game Tag Team Pokémon-GX Pairings

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Exclusive Card Reveal: Two New Pokémon Trading Card Game Tag Team Pokémon-GX Pairings

As the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to grow through multiple new expansions every year, the team behind the popular collectible-card game introduces new mechanics and elements to keep things fresh for long-time players. With the beginning of the Sun and Moon series, the Pokémon TCG team introduced the Pokémon-GX mechanic, which gave players access to extremely powerful monsters that carry a hefty two-prize penalty for being knocked out. The team has now taken that mechanic a step further with new Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards.

The new cards pair two Pokémon on the same card for increased power. However, if that Tag Team Pokémon-GX card is knocked out, it costs the player a whopping three prize cards. The mechanic was announced in August with a card starring Pikachu & Zekrom-GX, but now we are able to exclusively reveal two more pairings: Eevee & Snorlax-GX and Celebi & Venusaur-GX.

You can see these cards for the first time below. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Pokémon Trading Card Game director Atsushi Nagashima about the challenges of balancing this new mechanic and how the pairings are decided.

Faking It Big: Debunked Video Game Leaks

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Faking It Big: Debunked Video Game Leaks

Fans’ insatiable appetite for news on their favorite games has created a market that Photoshop-skilled fakers are exploiting. For every verifiable leak, there are dozens of hoaxes spreading false information. Sometimes they are revealed quickly by their creators and their motivations are relatively benign. There are others who want their constructions to fool viewers, and they bask in the glory of tricking the unsuspecting. While most are easy to spot, these are the leaks that went the extra mile to try to fool us.

The recently discredited “Grinch Leak” made its first appearance in a Snapchat video on October 24. It appeared to reveal artwork with the entire roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Seven characters were supposedly unveiled, including Shadow the Hedgehog, Banjo-Kazooie, and Ken from Street Fighter.

Faking It Big: Debunked Video Game Leaks

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Faking It Big: Debunked Video Game Leaks

Fans’ insatiable appetite for news on their favorite games has created a market that Photoshop-skilled fakers are exploiting. For every verifiable leak, there are dozens of hoaxes spreading false information. Sometimes they are revealed quickly by their creators and their motivations are relatively benign. There are others who want their constructions to fool viewers, and they bask in the glory of tricking the unsuspecting. While most are easy to spot, these are the leaks that went the extra mile to try to fool us.

The recently discredited “Grinch Leak” made its first appearance in a Snapchat video on October 24. It appeared to reveal artwork with the entire roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Seven characters were supposedly unveiled, including Shadow the Hedgehog, Banjo-Kazooie, and Ken from Street Fighter.

Top Of The Table – Everdell

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Top Of The Table – Everdell

Easy to learn but hard to master is a turn of phrase that gets bandied about a lot when speaking about games. It’s usually a way of praising a project that offers great depth but simultaneously welcomes newcomers through strong onboarding. In the case of Starling Games’ Everdell, it’s a caution as much as it is a compliment. Everdell’s breathtaking components and art are a sight to behold, and happily welcome new players with a charming woodland aesthetic that’s soft, colorful, and detailed. A brisk turn order starts the game going with little in the way of delay between opportunities to act. But behind the childlike sylvan setting is a complex strategic affair with multitudinous paths to achieving victory – much too complex for most younger or inexperienced players to enjoy.

Understanding what you can do in a given turn isn’t hard, but understanding what you should do is far more involved, and pulling back the layers takes time. It’s likely Everdell won’t fully click in the first hour, or even the first full game session. But dedicated players who stick with it will find something quite magical.

Top Of The Table – Everdell

about X hours ago from
Top Of The Table – Everdell

Easy to learn but hard to master is a turn of phrase that gets bandied about a lot when speaking about games. It’s usually a way of praising a project that offers great depth but simultaneously welcomes newcomers through strong onboarding. In the case of Starling Games’ Everdell, it’s a caution as much as it is a compliment. Everdell’s breathtaking components and art are a sight to behold, and happily welcome new players with a charming woodland aesthetic that’s soft, colorful, and detailed. A brisk turn order starts the game going with little in the way of delay between opportunities to act. But behind the childlike sylvan setting is a complex strategic affair with multitudinous paths to achieving victory – much too complex for most younger or inexperienced players to enjoy.

Understanding what you can do in a given turn isn’t hard, but understanding what you should do is far more involved, and pulling back the layers takes time. It’s likely Everdell won’t fully click in the first hour, or even the first full game session. But dedicated players who stick with it will find something quite magical.

30 Stupidly Punny Review Headlines For 2018

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30 Stupidly Punny Review Headlines For 2018

Look, you know the drill – every year, a billion amazing and awful games come out, and every year, my well-intentioned co-workers totally blow their opportunity to write horrifically punny headlines for their reviews. I honestly don’t know what their problem is – it’s like they don’t even know how headlines work! If you aren’t eliciting an audible groan from your reader, you simply aren’t doing your job!

Lucky for them, I’ve got a metric buttload of experience writing terrible headlines, and I’m always willing to help a co-worker in need – whether they’re humble enough to ask for it or not! As such, I went back through this year’s reviews and selected 30 review headlines to analyze and improve. Let the edification begin!