Test Chamber – Star Wars: Force Arena

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Test Chamber – Star Wars: Force Arena

Netmarble's new take on Star Wars has many of the classic characters from the epic universe, including Rogue One heroes and villians, and even things like Grand Admiral Thrawn. The mobile "microRTS" meshes elements of MOBAs and Clash Royale to form a lane-pushing battle royale packed with many iconic vehicles and units. With packs to crack and battles occurring in both 1v1 and 2v2, there's force flying everywhere.

Join Daniel Tack and Andrew Reiner as they Boba Fett and Princess Leia through a few matches in this fast-paced version of Star Wars.

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Here Is The Full List Of Announced Nintendo Switch Games

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Here Is The Full List Of Announced Nintendo Switch Games

In the aftermath of yesterday's Nintendo Switch reveal event, we finally have an idea of what the game library will look like from the March 3 launch forward. 

As we expected, third parties are still treading lightly, kicking the tires of the platform with a small collection of games. One of the few exceptions to this trend is Square Enix, which revealed a list of five games for the Switch. A surprisingly big collection of indie games accompanies the list of familiar franchise. You can get the big picture right here:

NINTENDO1-2 Switch
Arms
Fire Emblem Warriors
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Untitled Pokemon game
Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together
Splatoon 2
Super Mario Odyssey
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 

The Funniest Internet Reactions To The Nintendo Switch Event

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The Funniest Internet Reactions To The Nintendo Switch Event

Nintendo's Switch event just wrapped up and it was pretty exciting, right? Price and release date. The news that Breath of Fire is going to be a launch title? A slew of fun, weird, and interesting looking games.

And also, the internet being the internet.There were a lot of amusing tweets out there about the show and we gathered some of the funniest ones for your amusement. Enjoy.

Super Mario Odyssey, summarised pic.twitter.com/1bJm9S3XMb

Test Chamber – The Game References And Punishing Difficulty Of Rise & Shine

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Test Chamber – The Game References And Punishing Difficulty Of Rise & Shine

Cover-based shooters and 2D sidescrollers rarely intersect, but with Rise & Shine from developer Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, those two categories collide in a game that is both full of references to other video games and maddeningly difficult. The latest game to be published by Adult Swim Games, Rise & Shine takes the traditional sidescrolling shooter/bullet-hell genre and throws in a heaping helping of waist-high walls and puzzle mechanics. 

Join Andrew Reiner and Brian Shea as they play through the first couple of stages of Rise & Shine. When they're not dodging a barrage of bullets and solving puzzles, they note the abundance of references and nods to other video games before facing off against a massive boss in an intense battle. Rise & Shine releases on Xbox One and PC on January 13. We'll have our review out soon.

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What We Know About Nintendo Switch

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What We Know About Nintendo Switch

This week signals the real introduction to the Nintendo Switch, the latest platform from the legendary gaming company. We expect to learn more about the Switch's launch, including game lineup, price, and release date. Before that happens, though, we wanted to take the opportunity to run down everything we know from its initial tease as codename "NX" to its eventual reveal as the Nintendo Switch.

The Initial TeaseOn March 17, 2015, Nintendo announced a partnership with DeNA to produce various mobile games. As a part of that announcement, Nintendo outlined its strategy to develop for multiple platforms. Included in that strategy was a previously unknown system codenamed "NX." While nobody knew what it was at the time, many dissected the name "NX" to speculate that it was a crossover platform that blended characteristics from home consoles and handhelds.

The next generation of #Nintendo is coming March 2017! #NX pic.twitter.com/u4KFIRJedw

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 12, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 12, 2017)

This week's Blog Herding is a little small (everyone wrote Game of The Year blogs – which is totally cool), but what we have is a lot of fun to read. So, get those reading glasses on, soak up the words, and enjoy yourselves, bloggers!

Community Blogs For January 5 – January 11:

Faith in the Cosmos: The Strange Optimism of No Man's Sky Fandom Daniel Jones put in some extra work to interview YouTube personality and hardcore No Man's Sky player Ron Carpenter. It's a long read, but interesting if you want to know more about the life of a YouTuber.

Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 12 Hours

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 12 Hours

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

Searching For Half-Life 3

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Searching For Half-Life 3

In the months following the publication of my “Fall of the Empire” feature, I wanted to write more stories about the inner workings of video game development studios. While that article sadly chronicled the demise of LucasArts, my investigative work uncovered dozens of interesting side stories, many of which have never been told. In my search for another dive into a company, Valve and Nintendo showed the most promise, but neither presented an easy entry point. Both studios are closed-off and mysterious, the video game equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. We rarely see what goes on behind their doors, yet they both continue to be leaders in the video game industry, and for dramatically different reasons.

Watch Yakuza 0's Creepiest And Strangest Side Activities

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Watch Yakuza 0's Creepiest And Strangest Side Activities

I've been playing Yakuza 0 for review, and while I'm not ready to share my final impressions, I wanted to show off some of the game's strange – and seedier – missions. Join me as I walk video producer Ben Hanson through a few side quests, fights, and activities. Warning: This one is definitely rated M.

There's a wacky tone that permeates many of the game's side missions, but several of them stopped me in their tracks for just how weird they got. I captured footage from three of those missions, and was excited to share them with Ben Hanson. We dive right into things with a mission focused on a soft-spoken dominatrix who doesn't seem to have what it takes to succeed in the S&M industry. Thanks to my help, and an inexplicable appearance from a group of children, I teach her the finer points of humiliation. We highlight a couple more missions, between glimpses of the game's activities including fishing, winning prizes at claw machines, and gambling.

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The Virtual Life – Breathing Life Into The World With A Dark Room

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The Virtual Life – Breathing Life Into The World With A Dark Room

A Dark Room begins quietly. There are no graphics to speak of. No characters in view, no sounds. Only two sentences: The fire is dead. The room is cold.

Why are we in this room? The game doesn’t explain and, truth be told, it doesn’t really matter, does it? I think most of us have been in this type of room before – physically, emotionally, and mentally. The room is more than a room. It’s capital-Z zero and all the horror that goes along with that digit.

I gave up a lot when I moved to Minneapolis for this job. Friends, relationship, comfort, burned a few bridges, the whole nine yards. I know other people who have made sacrifices as well for their careers or for loved ones. They paid the cost, whatever it was. Life savings. Divorce. Health. There’s a certain level of terror about hitting rock bottom and finding yourself in free-fall but there’s also a thrill as well – the realization that anything can happen now.