Test Chamber – How Much Is Paladins Like Overwatch?

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In the world of competitive games, you don't want to be a clone. Players' time is too valuable to waste investing it on a me-too product. But that's the rap Paladins has been getting in its Early Access phase; people are comparing it (not so favorably) to Overwatch, so Dan Tack and I decided we'd give the game a shot and see just how similar the two titles were.

As it turns out, it does feel like Overwatch, but it also borrows from several other popular competitive games, like Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm. But don't all games borrow from others in some way?What's that saying about good artists versus great ones?

Anyway, you can watch us play a match of Paladins and take a look at the game's systems and options in the video below.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 29, 2016)

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We've got a blog on how odd it is that Mario is Usain Bolt fused with Lionel Messi, and enough variety in this week's other posts to rival the number of sports Mario has participated in.

Community Blogs For September 22 – September 28:

What's Gone Wrong In Game Development? Maybe Education. For Marco Polo, games have been a little iffy lately. Not that they aren't good exactly, but suffer from basic process issues that keep them from being great. He has an idea as to why, and what could alleviate the problem.

Test Chamber – 20 Minutes With Lego Dimensions' New Sets

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Although Disney Infinity is no more, store shelves are about to be flush with new toys-to-life product. A new Skylanders game is weeks away from release, Nintendo continues to trickle out Amiibo, with another big batch coming in early November, and Lego Dimensions continues to be supported in a big way. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Interactive and Traveller's Tales released wave six of Lego Dimensions sets. The most noteworthy item in this wave is a lengthy Ghostbusters expansion that retells the story from the feature film starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Smaller, one-level sets based on Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible, and the cartoon Adventure Time are also available now. The wave is rounded out with character packs for Harry Potter (featuring Harry and Voldermort), and the A-Team (consisting of Mr. T and the van).

In this episode of Test Chamber, we take a look at all of this content, and show you how to find it in the core game. Yes, just reaching the new stuff takes a bit of work. Ben Hanson and Jeff Cork join me for this look, and provide insight into each of the sets. We hope you enjoy the episode, and would love to hear your take on Lego Dimensions in the comments section below.

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Solving Destiny’s Most Insane Puzzle – Outbreak Prime

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Solving Destiny’s Most Insane Puzzle – Outbreak Prime

At 11:30pm last night, I was getting ready to log out of Destiny when someone popped into my group’s party chat to declare that someone had solved the puzzle. The “puzzle,” in this case, was the ARG-style community project that first intrigued players yesterday morning, and the “they” was the entirety of the Destiny community working in concert to confront a seemingly unsolvable problem. My party, including fellow Destiny enthusiast and editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, began to buzz with excitement. It was already late. Some of us had to work in the morning. But should we do it? Should we take our own shot at it? 

Cut to more than four hours later, and the cheering of an exhausted but triumphant raid team as we opened a treasure chest, and a chance to acquire Destiny’s most exclusive weapon.

Opinion – Ace Attorney: Spirit Of Justice Features The Series’ Best Story Yet

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Opinion – Ace Attorney: Spirit Of Justice Features The Series’ Best Story Yet

Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t played the majority of the Ace Attorney games, especially the most recent Spirit of Justice, read at your own risk. 

This opinion piece gives a more in-depth look at why this is the best Ace Attorney story yet, but you can check out our glowing review about Spirit of Justice here.

As a priest brought back from the dead recounts to the court his tragic tale of love, I can’t help but feel deeply moved. After committing a selfless act to protect his wife from the ramifications of a corrupt legal system, he had to lie through his teeth in an attempt to save her. It was a heart-wrenching, desperate scene to watch, and it’s just one of the many fantastic stories in Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice.

RPG Grind Time – The Importance Of Making RPGs More Personal

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Role-playing games are long undertakings, but that’s also part of their charm. You spend a great deal of time getting to know the world and characters while perfecting your gameplay skills. For some, this familiarity keeps them coming back, but at the end of the day, an RPG needs to offer so much more to keep players invested. Sadly, I hear many people confess they don’t finish RPGs as often they’d like. Why? Their connection to the game fizzled out along the way. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what RPGs have done well to ensure I make it to the finish line and where many fall short.

Why Guerrilla Needed Horizon Zero Dawn To Be An RPG

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Why Guerrilla Needed Horizon Zero Dawn To Be An RPG

We're continuing to roll out exclusive features covering Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerrilla Games all month long in our hub. Today's update looks to clear up a question some fans of the studio might have: why an RPG? Guerrilla Games is well-known for the first-person shooter Killzone series, so why make the jump over to an open-world action-RPG? We spoke with the game's director Mathijs de Jonge about the benefits of the genre and the pitfalls found in other RPGs that they were looking to avoid. If you're interested in learning more, check out our video feature on the challenging development history of the game or on the depth of gameplay.

Watch the interview below to see new gameplay from Horizon Zero Dawn and learn how the game might compare to Capcom's Monster Hunter.

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4 Episode 10

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4 Episode 10

Much like the zombie creatures Resident Evil is known for, we can't seem to rid ourselves of former Game Informer editor turned Capcom associate brand manager, Tim Turi. He tries to leave and we think he's gone, but suddenly he, and his unquenchable desire to play Resident Evil while others watch, comes back to life.

We embrace this kind of reanimation though, and were happy to make Tim play through Resident Evil 4 in its entirety in order to remind everyone that that game has found yet another set of platforms on which to exist – the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Join us as we reminisce about one of the best games on GameCube (and later PlayStation 2, then PC, then Wii, then Zeebo then Xbox 360, then PlayStation 3, and then iOS and Android), pressure Tim to tell us more about Resident Evil 7, and bring in different editors to push against the Los Ganados threat. Above, you can watch a trailer teasing what's to come, and below you can watch the latest episode of our playthrough. We'll be posting new episodes on Sundays and Wednesdays until we finish the game, so stay tuned!

Jumping Platforms: How Sonic Made The Leap To Nintendo

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Jumping Platforms: How Sonic Made The Leap To Nintendo

In the early '90s, no bigger rivalry existed in the video game industry than the one involving Nintendo and Sega. Between cutthroat business tactics and aggressive marketing campaigns, the hostility between these two companies reached a fever pitch in the early-to-mid '90s as Sega fought to take on the previously undisputed king of consoles.

"They were absolutely ruthless," former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske says. "I've got to hand it to them. I respected how strongly they tried to control the business, but in my opinion, a lot of the stuff they were doing was illegal. It was really monopolistic practices."

Those practices, which according to Kalinske included Nintendo tying up the ROM memory chip market and pressuring third-party developers and retailers to not publish on or carry Sega hardware, only escalated the feud between the two gargantuan forces in the game industry. This competition carried over to the two companies' mascots, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. Mario, the godfather of the modern platforming genre, and Sonic, the challenger who expanded on that winning formula in a number of ways, were constantly compared.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Everspace, XCOM 2 On Console, Rogue One

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Everspace, XCOM 2 On Console, Rogue One

In an attempt to save as much money as I can to buy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys on Force Friday, my lunches have consisted mostly of peanut butter and honey sandwiches for the last two weeks. This self-inflicted punishment has saved me roughly $90 that I can use to buy the Black Series versions of Jyn Erso and K-2SO. My remaining money will either go to the U-Wing, which I just learned features awesome transforming wing positions, and a few of the 3 3/4 inch figures for my collection. All of these collectibles and many more release in just four days (which is a good 75 days before Rogue One hits theaters on December 16).