Pro Tacktics – Spinning Up With Overwatch's Bastion

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With Blizzard's Overwatch enjoying an extra day in open beta before it hits later this month on May 24, we decided to take Bastion out for a drive, delivering a barrage of bullets as the turret-bot hot swaps between recon and sentry mode.

Join Daniel Tack and Wade Wojcik  as they blast off some beeps and boops and play with Bastion's super cool bird friend in our first ever episode of Pro Tacktics, where we explore strategy and style.

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Breaking Down The New And Enhanced Powers Of Dishonored 2

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Breaking Down The New And Enhanced Powers Of Dishonored 2

With a steadfast dedication to the principles of simulation gameplay, Dishonored encouraged players to experiment with the vast array of superpowers it put at their fingertips. The complex ballet of interconnected systems gave players the flexibility to move through game spaces as they saw fit, taking lives at liberty, avoiding confrontation altogether, or liberally mixing play styles.

Dishonored 2 builds off this foundation, enabling player creativity with a bevy of new and enhanced powers that continually challenge the boundaries Arkane Studios creates for its world. “One of our favorite moments in development is when either someone in the game-design team or someone on the QA team comes forward and says, ‘Do you know what I did today?’ and you hadn’t thought of it,” says creative director Harvey Smith. “Then we have to decide whether to bulletproof it or further support it, but those combinatorial mechanics that can be put together in ways that are creative for the player; it’s just something that you should be able to do in games, and it’s one of our goals.”

Exclusive Video And Details For Halo 5’s Infection Mode

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Halo’s Infection mode, the fan-created multiplayer variant that eventually became a true Halo mode, is coming to Halo 5: Guardians this month. The mode plays out as humans-versus-zombies outbreak with infected players attempting to grow their numbers by taking out the opposite team, who is simply trying to survive. For its Halo 5 iteration, 343 is going above and beyond to make the mode stand out as more than just a variant playlist, with three modified maps, a multitude of aesthetic changes, and more customization options than those available in Halo 4.

343 Industries passed along a video from community coordinator John Junyszek and multiplayer engineer Geoff Landskov detailing some of the ways this version of Infection differs from Halos past while showing off some gameplay. We also had a chance to speak with Junyszek and Landskov about how different the maps are and how much balance has been taken into account when considering Halo 5’s abilities.

You can check out the video below, and Infection will arrive alongside the free Memories of Reach update coming later this month.

Test Chamber – Exploring The Thrill Of The Treasure Hunt In Uncharted 4

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Test Chamber – Exploring The Thrill Of The Treasure Hunt In Uncharted 4

After numerous delays and reviews hitting a week early, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is finally upon us, and it's spectacular. The last thing we want to do is spoil the adventure for you, but if you're still on the fence over whether you want to play it or not, and need to see more of it prior to making that decision, this video is as spoiler free as we could make it, but it does dissect the experience as a whole.

Obviously, you're going to see things you haven't seen before and learn more about the game as you watch, but we went to great lengths to avoid spoilers. Finding a location in the game that suited this endeavor was harder than you would think. We usually set up the video with a brief mention of what you will see, but for this one, just go into it blind, knowing only that this is a new location and gameplay that hasn't been seen yet.

We hope you enjoy the video, and we can't wait to hear what you think of the game after you get your hands on it!. It's easily one of the year's best releases and a game everyone should play.

Opinion: Uncharted 4 Sets A New High Bar For Storytelling

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Opinion: Uncharted 4 Sets A New High Bar For Storytelling

If you’re not already considering checking out Uncharted 4, Andrew Reiner’s recommendation and review should go a long way toward changing your mind. Naughty Dog has crafted a fitting send-off for Nathan Drake and company, and series faithful in particular are likely to find a lot to love. But for me, Uncharted 4 is more than the closing chapter to a long-running franchise I enjoy; it’s also a new benchmark for the way games can communicate narrative. In most cases, the storytelling techniques employed by Naught Dog aren’t new. These are the same tools that every developer uses to express narrative. But it’s the sheer variety and comprehensiveness of this team’s work that makes Uncharted 4 a master class in the art.  

Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

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Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

This feature was originally published May 4, 2016.

May is going to be a busy month for shooter fans, thanks to a packed release schedule of big-name titles. Join us as we break down what players can expect from this month and beyond.

Shooter fans might want to stock up on the deluge of titles coming out this month, as the options will run a bit dry in the summer months. Your wallet may appreciate the reprieve, however, as the fall and holiday seasons promise new releases and expansions from the biggest FPS franchises. Here's a look at this year's most promising shooters.

Replay – Captain America: Super Soldier

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Captain America is one of the best America-themed heroes of all time, and in honor of the recently release Captain America: Civil War, we thought we’d take a look at a couple of ol' Wing Head's best games. …Well, at least we look at some games he was in.

Join Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Brian Shea, and Ben Reeves as they go back and look at Captain America: Super Soldier, Next Level Games’ 2011 movie tie-in that actually wasn’t half bad. We just wish we could say the same thing about the other half. Stick around for a second segment featuring a game with a few additional heroes that aren’t nearly as patriotic.

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A Spoiler-Filled Discussion On Captain America: Civil War

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A Spoiler-Filled Discussion On Captain America: Civil War

The enthusiasm for Captain America: Civil War is so pervasive that it's spilling over into the gaming community, and we can't blame anyone for wanting to talk about the film. Game Informer's Dan Tack, Ben Reeves, and Ben Hanson saw the movie last night and decided to save their discussion for some hot mics in the studio.

We want to stress that the video below spoils anything and everything involved with the film, so don't watch it unless you've already seen the movie or are a sick nihilist. We talk about what we saw as the best and worst moments of the film, break down one of the best action sequences in Marvel movie history, and discuss a few weaknesses in the plot.

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An Exclusive Look At Dishonored 2's Breathtaking Concept Art

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Concept art usually helps a team dream up a fictional world, but the sketchings and paintings are usually strikingly different from the final digital renderings. Arkane Studios, on the other hand, aims to narrow that gap. The Dishonored franchise has a unique and stylized look, born from its team of visionary artists.

At the beginning of Dishonored 2's development, art director Sébastien Mitton recruited talented artists such as Jean-Luc Monnet, Sergey Kolesov, and Piotr Jablonski. Together this team has produced a wealth of visual inspiration. Here’s a brief taste of some of the team's most impressive works.

The team didn’t seek inspiration from other games. Instead, Arkane looked to master artists in the fields of paintings and sculptures. As part of the character creation process, the team contracted Lucie Minne to mold several physical clay busts, which are now proudly displayed around the office. These busts – as well as several other concept pieces – actually went on display at the Art Ludique in Paris.

Opinion: Uncharted 4 Sets A New High Bar For Storytelling

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If you’re not already considering checking out Uncharted 4, Andrew Reiner’s recommendation and review should go a long way toward changing your mind. Naughty Dog has crafted a fitting send-off for Nathan Drake and company, and series faithful in particular are likely to find a lot to love. But for me, Uncharted 4 is more than the closing chapter to a long-running franchise I enjoy; it’s also a new benchmark for the way games can communicate narrative. In most cases, the storytelling techniques employed by Naught Dog aren’t new. These are the same tools that every developer uses to express narrative. But it’s the sheer variety and comprehensiveness of this team’s work that makes Uncharted 4 a master class in the art.