Pro Tacktics – How To Play Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is much different than other titles in the series, offering an experience that dictates lots of exploring, walking around, and interaction with allied teams, opposing teams, and gyms, both at non-social and social levels.

Niantic's game comes with a lot more questions for the beginning player as it's not quite as simple as grabbing your Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle and then walking out and battling other trainers. You're going to have to hit up Pokéstops for a loot trickle, wander around looking for rustling grass to catch hot Pokémon, and eventually tackle opposing gyms while reinforcing your own with powerful Pokémon to get rewards.

Learn all about Pokémon Go in this latest episode of Pro Tacktics with Dan Tack and Wade Wojcik!

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 7, 2016)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 7, 2016)

It was a good holiday weekend for our American readers, but it's time to get back into the swing of things with this week's edition of Blog Herding!  

Community Blogs For June 30 – July 6:   

BJ Blazcowicz Ruins Your Family Cookout Prolific blogger Thomas Loughney had me at Wolfenstein. But to be honest, this blog about a hero in a Nazi-infested alternate universe is a fun one that puts the hero in the middle of what could be a normal July 4 cookout. Except one so sad that even the grilled brats and copious amounts of refreshments could not save you. But hey, at least you know BJ will fight 'till the bitter end for your freedom.  

Evolve Goes Free To Play On PC With Significant Gameplay Changes

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Evolve Goes Free To Play On PC With Significant Gameplay Changes

When Evolve was first introduced to the gaming world, it made a huge impression at both E3 and Gamescom. Players were ready for a new kind of multiplayer that focused on cat-and-mouse chases, big boss fights, and the chance to be an overpowered monstrosity. 

Turtle Rock, which began working on the title under now-defunct publisher THQ, saw its aspirations start to crumble as Evolve neared release. A confusing set of purchase options and an overblown controversy over cosmetic DLC left gamers feeling lukewarm before they even got to try it for themselves.

Since its February 2015 release, Turtle Rock has continued to support Evolve. The game has eight more hunters than it did at launch, as well as two additional monsters. Still, many gamers saw a value mismatch, with a number suggesting Evolve would have been better suited as a free-to-play game.

Test Chamber – Exploring The Tall Grass With Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is not officially available in North America yet – but it has released in Australia and New Zealand, which means it is possible to start playing on Android devices.

Jeff Cork and I booted up the game and decided to leave the comfort of our air-conditioned office in order to explore the outdoors, catch a few Pokémon, visit a gym, and see how the game compares to what we experienced in the beta.

For more on Pokémon Go, you can check out our feedback from the beta. A release date for Pokémon Go in the United States has not yet yet been confirmed, but it can't be far off considering it is already available in other parts of the world.

Looking Back At The Most Dominant Sports Teams In Video Game History

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When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors earlier this week, he didn't just strengthen one of the top two basketball teams in the world, he broke a video game in the process. Based on last year's player ratings, Durant slotting into the Dubs' starting five gives the team four players rated 89 or above, making them a grossly overpowered team in NBA 2K. Even if the recently crowned Cleveland Cavaliers add Dwyane Wade to their roster (as is currently rumored), LeBron and co. will have a tough time contending with the sharp-shooting/shutdown defense combo the Warriors wield.

Modern sports video games often strive to keep the competitive balance with their online modes – for every Real Madrid the opposing player could choose a Barcelona FC or Bayern Munich and stay competitive – but unless Visual Concepts severely nerfs the Warriors this just won't be possible in NBA 2K17. In real life, Golden State is absurdly overloaded with the kind of talent that could create a dynasty. Teams that dominant may be a rarity these days, but they have occasionally popped up throughout the history of sports games. Here are a handful of world-beating clubs that gave any player a run for their money. 

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS – R.B.I. BASEBALL (NES)

RPG Grind Time – The Underappreciated Art Of The Strategy/RPG

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It's weird, but I can't remember the first strategy/RPG I played. I'm guessing it had to be Final Fantasy Tactics since that's the earliest one that immediately comes to mind, but I didn't get hooked until the PS2 era, thanks to Disgaea and Growslanser. Later, handhelds became the premier destination for these experiences; it felt like they came out in droves for the DS and PSP. This really felt like the era where these titles were at their best, with gems like Jeanne D'Arc and Luminous Arc alongside awesome remakes, such as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Titles like these are near and dear to my heart, because strategy/RPGs make me think about my actions more than any other genre.

Nine Games Based On True Stories

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A lot of people struggle to stay awake during history class, but you don’t have to sit through a lecture to learn more about your world. Here are a few games that are actually based on real-world events.

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30We could write a whole article about games based on World War II. Series like Call of Duty, Company of Heroes, and Medal of Honor all have games set around real WWII battles, but the Brothers in Arms series went to an extreme length to achieve historical accuracy. Road to Hill 30 was the first entry in the series and was based on the true story of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division who dropped behind German lines on D-Day.


Velvet Assassin
This stealth action game from Replay Studios revolved around the life of Violette Summer, a British spy operating deep behind enemy lines during WWII who worked to undermine the Nazi war machine. The game was inspired by the life of an actual saboteur named Violette Szabo. Unfortunately, the real Violette was captured by the German army, tortured, and eventually deported to the Ravensbrück concentration camp where she died.

Test Chamber – The First Minutes Of Street Fighter V's New Story Mode

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Test Chamber – The First Minutes Of Street Fighter V's New Story Mode

With the release of the new cinematic story mode, A Shadow Falls, Street Fighter V finally has a big single-player mode to round out the online offerings. While you can read my impressions of my full playthrough here, I wanted to show off the first few sequences of the game in order to give you a feel of how the mode works.

Join Daniel Tack and me as we check out the first few fights and cutscenes in Street Fighter V's general story mode. We talk about how this new mode compares to the basic character story mode that was included with launch, and if we'd recommend you jumping in now that this story mode exists.

The new general story mode, A Shadow Falls, was implemented as a part of the June update that went live last week. It is a free title update, but you must also download the free story DLC in order to access it. Street Fighter V released in February of this year to middling reviews. To read about why it wasn't a true contender like several of its predecessors, you can head here.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Top 10 Transformers, Halo Mythos, And Comic-Con

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Before we dive into the meaty science-fiction fun this week, I have a handful of news tidbits for you to consume. Cameras stop rolling on Star Wars: Episode VIII on July 22. As exciting as this is, we still have 527 days to wait until the film opens on the silver screen. On the bright side, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just 163 days away. I'm guessing we'll start seeing merchandise and a second trailer for the film at Star Wars Celebration next week. Steven Spielberg's motion-picture adaptation of Earnest Cline's Ready Player One just wrapped its first week of filming, and according to script writer Zak Penn, it sounds like it went well, and many bird eggs were found? Ready Player One opens in theaters on March 30, 2018.