Test Chamber – Smash+Grab's Competitive Looting

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Test Chamber – Smash+Grab's Competitive Looting

Smash+Grab's looting is a bit different from what we've come to expect from video games. Instead of finding treasure in a chest, you loot the more traditional way: beating the crap out of windows and stealing the money inside stores.

Between all the modes, combat options, characters, and team options, there's a lot to dive into with Smash+Grab's Early Access iteration, so Jeff Cork and I played a couple rounds of the competitive multiplayer game to see how well we could do. We get into a lot of looting, shooting, and I can't think of a third term to rhyme those two, so I'll just say we get into a tense match with a nail-biting conclusion.

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How The Last Few Seasons Will Affect South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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Season 17 of South Park aired its season finale four months prior to the release of South Park: The Stick of Truth. Season 18 aired its premiere about five months after the game's release. Season 20 just began airing last month. This means that three seasons of South Park will have aired three full seasons between the release of Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole, which is planned for release early next year. We spoke with Fractured But Whole’s creators at Ubisoft San Francisco to find out how all of those episodes will factor into the game.

You begin Fractured as the new kid, affectionately nicknamed "***" by Cartman on your first adventure, still caught up in the fantasy story. Cartman, however, has decided to change games, focusing now on super heroes, which means you have to start over. For this reason, Fractured takes place only a few days after the events of Stick of Truth, but a lot has happened in the show in that time.

Destiny – Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of October 7

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Destiny – Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of October 7

Everybody's favorite merchant is back! This time Xur was some very sweet deals, so you should consider paying him a visit.

Xur opens his shop with a bevy of deals starting today. Titans and Hunters should especially take note, as two of the new exotics from Rise of the Iron are for sale. Both the Thagomizers (Titan gauntlets) and Shinobu's Vow (Hunter Gauntlets) are highly desired and haven't been sold before, and he has both for purchase at the normal price of armor – 13 strange coins. If you're looking for a new machine gun or Warlock helmet, Xur also has the Thunderlord and Light Beyond Nemesis available. Check out a list of all his goods for sale below.

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Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Gears Of War 4

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Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Gears Of War 4

Gears of War 4 is arguably Microsoft's biggest launch of the year, so we're taking an extended look at the campaign. Join us as we play through the opening hour of Gears of War 4's story.

During this time, we're introduced to JD Fenix, the main protagonist of the story, and his squadmates, Kait and Del. We also play through several encounters with the new robotic enemy type introduced in Gears of War 4, the DeeBees.

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Plants Vs. Zombies Creator Has His Hands Full With Octogeddon

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Plants Vs. Zombies Creator Has His Hands Full With Octogeddon

Plants vs. Zombies has become such a runaway hit for PopCap and EA that its origins are easy to forget. Before it spawned several sequels, spinoffs, and loads of merchandise, it was a humble prototype created by George Fan. Fan, who says he’s been creating games for as long as he can remember, was laid off by PopCap in 2012. Days later, he participated in a Ludom Dare game jam, in which participants have 48 hours to create a game from scratch based on a theme. The theme that time was “evolution,” and it inspired a game that, years later, will be the first release from his new indie studio.

Octogeddon is at its core an action game, but it contains a healthy dose of strategy. You play as a gigantic octopus, who is rampaging against humanity. When you begin, you only have a pair of limbs. From there, you collect cash and DNA to help you grow and mutate to a bizarre and powerful instrument of destruction. You can’t change your direction, so you have to rotate your limbs to destroy your enemies. At the outset, you only have ordinary octopus tentacles. Thanks to genetic modifications, you can swap out limbs that are based on different creatures. Snakes spit venom, which lets you take on enemies at range; bees fire homing stingers; and even your default tentacles can smack your foes into oblivion.

Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Mafia III

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Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Mafia III

Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and I head down to New Bordeaux in Hangar 13's open-world gangster sim, Mafia III. Bad guys are shot, pedestrians are run over, and gators are fed.

The new installment of the vaunted Mafia series stars a Vietnam War veteran named Lincoln Clay, and doesn't shy away from the politics, racial tensions, and violence of the 1960s. Join us for the opening hour of the game, which sets the stage for Clay's tale of revenge, while also introducing some of the secondary characters, detailed locations, and various gameplay mechanics you'll encounter. 

Please note that viewer discretion is advised for this episode: In addition to lots of violence and course language, there is a brief amount of nudity. If any of those things bother you, then this episode isn't for you. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 6, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 6, 2016)

Video games took a backseat recently for many thanks to Marvel's Luke Cage (please give us a video game starring Power Man), but not for our bloggers. Read up!

Community Blogs For September 29 – October 5:

MoblinsForMatt – An Afterword With Corey Austen MightyMagikarp interviews Corey Austen, a gamer who raised money for SUDEP research. It's always nice to see hard work put in for an interview, so give this a read if you'd like to catch up on what Austen's been up to.

Watch Us Play Two Hours Of PlayStation VR

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Watch Us Play Two Hours Of PlayStation VR

Update: Earlier today, we streamed two hours of PlayStation VR, playing through Batman: Arkham VR in its entirety, and dabbling in a number of other games like Thumper, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Here They Lie, and more. You can check out the archive of our stream below.

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The Virtual Life – Accepting The Mystery With Virginia

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I'm diving deep into Virginia to talk about the game so uh SPOILERS AHEAD.

I’m going to be upfront with you. I’m not going to break down what I think the plot of Virginia, Variable States’ mind-bending interactive thriller, is about. As someone who spent seven years of his life reading attempted plot summaries of ambiguous novels by long-dead and stuffy academics, it’s just not a practice I find intriguing as a writer or a reader. After all, I think video games are capable of being beautiful things, and that art is not required to be coherent or polished to be beautiful. I will however be talking about elements of the game noteworthy, which means diving down into some interpretations of various events that happen in the game. These are not necessarily fact nor do they reflect the interpretations other editors here, but are my own takeaways.

Ubisoft’s Plan To Surpass South Park: The Stick Of Truth

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All this month at Game Informer, we're rolling out exclusive features that take a deep dive into Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole. We really loved Obsidian's South Park: The Stick of Truth, but it certainly wasn't perfect. Now, the developers at Ubisoft San Francisco have broken down key areas they hope to improve upon the last RPG's formula for the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

We spoke with senior producer Jason Schroeder and senior game designer Paul Cross to talk about their thoughts on the last game and what it's like to craft a whole new experience with Matt Stone and Trey Parker. We should point out, the video contains minor spoilers for South Park: The Stick of Truth and some adult language.

Watch the video below to learn how the team is aiming to improve South Park's combat, world, and length.