Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Ten)

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Super Replay – Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon (Part Ten)

A few months ago I emerged as the victor of Game Informer's most recent Super Replay Showdown. My prize? Subjecting my fellow editors and our viewers to the strange and maddening FMV adventure game that is Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. Starring a bumbling private eye who spends his weeks trying to make rent and ends up going on a quest to prevent the end of the world, Under A Killing Moon is a peculiar mishmash of genres, the kind of game that could have only been birthed in the early '90s.

It's pure, undistilled zaniness that has to been seen to be believed. So sit back in your chair and push the Maltese falcon on your desk out of the way of the screen so you can join me, Andrew Reiner, Dan Tack, and Kyle Hilliard as we navigate this twisted, futuristic vision of San Francisco, putting our flimsy detective skills to use while being constantly berated by James Earl Jones.

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The Comedy And Horror Overheard In Overwatch Competitive

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Overwatch’s competitive mode launched this week on PC (sorry console players, you’ll have to wait for next week to start farming for golden weapons and blaming your teammates for your bad ranking). Thus far, things have been rowdy and rambunctious as players eagerly flock to the new mode to show off their skills in placement matches and rank-climbing, perfect-team-composition madness. I’ve spent some time in the mode, and things have gone pretty much as expected. Here are some of the interesting moments I’ve seen and heard so far.

The player that picks Genji no matter what, and always has the Bedouin or Nomad skin. The player that thinks they are a real life ninja warrior.

Coming from what I can only assume is tons of Bastion-slaying noob-stomping in unranked play, these players are really dedicated to their craft. The problem is they’re not used to going up against balanced teams and just assume they can shred through entire teams like the buckets of Bastions they take out as solo-ninja all-stars.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 30, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 30, 2016)

What a crazy eclectic mix of blogs this week! From Call of Duty to Super Princess Peach (remember that one!?), we've got it all. Time to don your reading glasses, Blog Herding fans.

Community Blogs For June 23 – June 29:

The Girls of Summer: Super Princess Peach Haley Shipley continues her new series of blogs, this time focusing on a game that...wait a minute. Peach uses here emotions as powers to traverse this side-scrolling game? Oh, boy. Wait. Shipley says it's not what you think at first glance. Find out why this game is more than Mario's bae crying.

Test Chamber – 10 Minutes Of Playdead’s Limbo Follow-up, Inside

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One of the unexpected pieces of news that surfaced this week at E3 is the surprisingly close release of Inside, the new game from the creators of Limbo. We've had a chance to play the game, and decided to sample of few of the game's mechanics and locations while actively avoiding its key, spoilable moments.

Inside releases on Xbox One June 29 with a PC version planned for release shortly after. For more on Inside, head here. For our review of the game, head here. For a spoiler-filled look at the game's secrets as well as it's alternate ending, head here.

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Suiting Up As A Virtual Reality Ghostbuster At Madam Tussauds In Times Square

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One of virtual reality's biggest challenges is getting people to try and enjoy the technology. While early adopters are eagerly bringing head-mounted displays home, that group represents a fraction of the potential audience. However, getting people to try an amusement park-style experience as part of a visit to a popular venue has huge potential to make believers out of average consumers.

On July 1, Madam Tussauds at Times Square in New York City will be opening its Ghostbusters Dimension experience to the general public. Visitors will be able to strap on a proton pack, hoist a particle thrower, and bust some ghosts. Sort of.

The Void, a company specializing in fully immersive, mobile VR experiences, has crafted a "hyper reality" attraction that uses custom hardware, including the Rapture backpack computer, haptic vest, head-mounted display, and gun to simulate busting ghosts. Once the visor on the HMD was lowered, I was transported into a virtual recreation of the prep room.

An Exclusive Look At The Performance Capture Of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare

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An Exclusive Look At The Performance Capture Of Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Performance capture technology in film and video games has taken enormous strides in the last decade. During our time at Infinity Ward we got to see the ways that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is continuing to push cinematic storytelling through face and body motion tracking.

We spoke with actors Brian Bloom and Jamie Gray Hyder about the and challenges of authentic performance in a motion capture sound stage, and what it means for Infinite Warfare.

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The Virtual Life: Embracing The Bad Times Through Dark Souls

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In this week's The Virtual Life, I'm jabbering on about interactive escapist experiences and Dark Souls. And me, I guess.

I have a coffee shop close to my apartment called Caffeto. To get there, you go down two flights of stairs, walk a block, take a right, another right, walk two more blocks, take a left, and suddenly you've arrived. It’s a nice little place, adorned with paintings of pirate ships and ragged furniture, but the way there is filled with danger, mostly because it gives me time to think about things. Today, as I stepped past shattered and graffitied sidewalk, I found myself thinking about the old life and who I was before I moved to Minnesota in the winter take this job.

And now, inevitably, my mind turns toward Lordran.

How To Find All Of Inside’s Hidden Rooms And The Alternate Ending

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Inside releases today on Xbox One and it's fantastic. It's also full of secrets, and we found all of them (or at least we think we have).

The video below is full of spoilers, and you should absolutely play Inside spoiler-free before watching. If, however, you have beaten the game and need some help finding all of the hidden rooms, or you just want to see the game's other ending, you will find it below. All of the hidden rooms can be shown where they are, but there are a few secrets that require a little explanation, so don't be alarmed when you hear my voice appear. As an added bonus, finding all the hidden rooms will also unlock all the game's Achievements.

Inside is the new game from the makers of Limbo and it's out today on Xbox One (It's out on July 7 on PC). You can find our review, where we gave it a 9.75 here.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – All 200+ Characters Revealed!

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – All 200+ Characters Revealed!

Yes, BB-8 is the best character of the bunch, but I think you'll be surprised by the other characters that rise to the surface. Athgar Heece? Ever hear of him? I used him just as much as Rey, Finn, and Han Solo. What about Crusher Roodown? He rocks as well. The gargantuan roster of 200-plus characters included in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is loaded with surprises.

So consider this your SPOILER warning. The video below shows off each character in action for a few seconds. There are a handful of strange additions that I think you'll get a kick out of. Also, check out my review for a rundown of what you can expect from this title.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Technomancer Impressions, Independence Day: Resurgence Review

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Technomancer Impressions, Independence Day: Resurgence Review

If you haven't read Entertainment Weekly's excellent cover story for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yet, put aside a good hour of your time to dive into their extensive coverage. EW confronts director Gareth Edwards on the reshoot rumors (which we now know were blown way out of proportion), and dives deep into the film's lore to bring us new character details, including the surprising addition of Saw Gerrera.

Who is Saw, you may ask? He is a rebel extremist who first appeared in the fifth season of the Clone Wars animated series. George Lucas originally created Saw for a live-action television series, but it never got off of the ground, and he didn't want this character to be forgotten, and found a way to slot him into the Clone Wars. Saw is making the jump to the silver screen in Rogue One, and will be brought to life by Forest Whitaker. Introducing crossover characters in the film universe is a smart move by Lucasfilm, as it elevates the canonical ties to the books and animated series. Fans now know that everything is truly interconnected. Marvel should follow suit with its Cinematic Universe and bring Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the big screen in some capacity, even if it is for the briefest of cameos.