10 Beginner’s Tips For God Of War

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10 Beginner’s Tips For God Of War

After the long wait since its original E3 reveal in 2016, the new God of War has finally released. That means plenty of gamers are just diving into this new world and learning how Sony’s Santa Monica studio has reinvented the series (read our review). We certainly don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, but we do have a handful of tips that will make it easier for you to focus on what’s important without sweating the small stuff.

Exploring can always waitUnlike previous games in the series, this God of War has a large, open area full of optional content. That means you can choose to pursue the story missions, or paddle off to various islands and cliffs in search of quests and loot. If you’re in the mood, you should definitely explore, because you will find plenty of great stuff. However, you should never feel obligated to do so; you won’t miss any major opportunities if you neglect the side content for a while and focus on the main story. It’ll be there waiting when you’re ready.

Watch Us Play God Of War's Opening Hours Live Today

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Watch Us Play God Of War's Opening Hours Live Today

God of War releases tomorrow and it's a really good game. You can read our review here. In celebration, today we will be streaming the opening two hours of the game!

We'll be starting the stream at 3 p.m. CT (four hours from this posting), and we won't discuss late-game revelations or spoilers outside of what is shown during the stream. Believe us when we say there is plenty to see later on – we promise.

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch, or you can watch on YouTube by clicking here.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 19, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 19, 2018)

Blog Herding is back this week with thoughtful musings from readers about A Way Out, Pokemon Go, Bravely Default, and more. Time to get reading!

Community Blogs For April 5 – April 18:

Opinion: Ghost Recon Wildland's Persistent Performance Problems Present Barrier To Entry Boo is here to write about Wildlands, which really interested me after I got hooked on The Division (I picked it up post-updates for roughly $20). Boo got to try Wildlands while it was free to play, and... the blogger isn't impressed. "If I don't want to play your game for free, what makes you think I would want to buy the full product?" Ouch.

14 Universal Films We Want To See Adapted Into Video Games

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14 Universal Films We Want To See Adapted Into Video Games

Video games and movies used to go together like peas in a pod. Less than a decade ago, it was rare to see a big blockbuster hit go without an interactive tie-in, but the trend has slowly disappeared due to the increasing costs of game development and higher standards. However, with recent endeavors like The Mummy Demastered and the upcoming Jurassic Park Evolution, movie publisher Universal Pictures is positioning itself back into the game industry by forming partnerships with developers to adapt its film properties.

With movie-to-video game adaptations screening in our minds lately, we decided to pitch some dreamy pairings for Universal to consider with studios well-versed in genres that would be sublime for How To Train Your Dragon, Purge, and more.

The Thing – Behaviour InteractiveBehaviour Interactive has handled a bunch of movie-licensed games and ports for nearly two decades, but the team struck its own creative vein with Dead by Daylight. It's an unusual competitive and cooperative experience with one player hunting down a group of survivors. However, instead of an immediately hostile threat that survivors must hide and run away from, it'd be a treat to see the studio try its hand with narrative tension and thrills with The Thing.

Professor Broman Interview – How GuardianCon Is Gathering Gamers To Help Save The World

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Professor Broman Interview – How GuardianCon Is Gathering Gamers To Help Save The World

Ben Bowman has made a name for himself as Professor Broman in the Twitch community. He started streaming while working as an in-home care provider. Now, Professor Broman streams full-time and has amassed over 650,000 followers. Bowman has used his platform as a means to help others and has given him an opportunity to co-create an annual charity event called GuardianCon that brings gamers together and helps raise funds for St Jude Children’s hospital.

Originally started as a Destiny-centered convention, GuardianCon has expanded its scope to include content creators and fans from a variety of different games like Fortnite and Dauntless, all brought together with the goal of making the world a little better. I got the opportunity to talk to Professor Broman about his career as a streamer and how GuardianCon showcases the ways that gaming can and has done good in the world.

How did you get started in the world of streaming?I got started streaming in the speedrunning community. What attracted me to Twitch was the power that it had to raise money for charity. The first thing I ever saw on Twitch was a marathon stream to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. It was called the Hurricane Sandy-thon. I think they raised $20,000 in three days and that blew my mind. Here were a bunch of gamers raising money for a good cause, and I thought that was awesome.

The Rewarding Benefits Of Replaying Video Games

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The Rewarding Benefits Of Replaying Video Games

Yorda infuriated me when I played Ico several years ago. The character's slow movement and sheer helplessness made me roll my eyes, whether I was guiding her across a sprawling area to solve a puzzle or guarding her as I fended off enemies. I wasn't in the right frame of mind while playing the game. What I saw as nuisances at the time were intentional inconveniences on the creators' part that help players develop an emotional, protective relationship with Yorda. Sitting with her at the game's save points, going through long, quiet stretches of platforming – these moments failed to resonate with me then, but upon reflection, replaying Ico now would help me better understand its standout qualities.

Making time to replay a game isn't easy. I often hear my peers lament over game backlogs growing as the months pass. I have a hard time keeping up with games as it is without replaying them, which often results in a tempting cycle of moving on to other games before completing others. Our fast-paced age encourages this behavior, and even if our attention spans aren't decreasing, our overall ability to invest in one thing is tough with so much to do.

Everything We Know About Mary Jane Watson In Spider-Man

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Everything We Know About Mary Jane Watson In Spider-Man

During our 114 question rapid-fire interview with creative director Brian Intihar, we asked him a question about Mary Jane. “Mary Jane is going to surprise a lot of people in this game. A lot of people. She is one of my favorite characters in the game,” Intihar said. The game is called Spider-Man, and while visiting Insomniac, he was who we talked about the most, but it’s clear that Mary Jane Watson is going to be a crucial part of both the gameplay and story.

“When we started talking about having M.J. in the game, we didn’t want her to be the same character she was in the comics,” Insomniac writer Dan Paquette says. “We really tried to focus on what would make her feel different. From there the conversation went to, “Okay, how to do we have a playable character who is more than just a sidekick?” Paquette adds.

World Of Demons, DeNA And PlatinumGames Partnership, Announced For Mobile

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World Of Demons, DeNA And PlatinumGames Partnership, Announced For Mobile

Mobile game publisher DeNA and PlatinumGames have announced a new action title for Android and iOS called World of Demons.

DeNA describes the game as the culmination of three years of work built on the core foundational idea of getting Platinum's trademark action gameplay functioning on a mobile phone. Despite the touch-based controls, World of Demons is intended to be a Platinum action title in every way equivalent to their past games, with full 3D movement via a virtual analog stick and variable attacks for combos.

You can check out the first trailer for the game below.

From Mod To Phenomenon – A Short History Of Battle Royale

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From Mod To Phenomenon – A Short History Of Battle Royale

When the phrase “battle royale” is used in games, there are two titles that clearly come to mind: PUBG and Fortnite. These two games have taken the concept of the battle royale and turned it into one of the hottest genres in recent years. But how did these two games come about? Let’s take a look back and see the stories of how these games came to be and how they have changed the current landscape of video games.

Last Man Standing – The Concept Of Battle Royale

Battle royale has become a popular game mode over the last few years, but it’s far from a brand new concept. In 1999, author Koushun Takami published a novel called Battle Royale, which told the story of a group of middle school children forced to fight to the death on an island by an oppressive Japanese government. A year later, that story was adapted into a movie with the same name that has been released in over 20 different countries. The influence of that cult classic would continue to spread to the West a few years later.