Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 26, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 26, 2016)

There was a lot of writing on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night this week, which is odd, but more than okay. Luckily, it's not all vampires this week, with one highlight coming from a deaf player writing about what it's like to play video games without sound.  

Community Blogs For May 19 - May 25:   

Top 6 Best Boss Battles  StarterPack's list of insanely awesome boss battles starts off with The Legend of Zelda, so you know it's as good as Link's heroing skills. Actually, Link, Zelda, and Ganon make up the majority of the list. Best list ever.  

Test Chamber – An Overwatch Overview

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Blizzard's 6v6 objective-based shooter is here, and today Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, and the legendary Andy McNamara join forces to get in on the action.

Come along for the ride as we try out a variety of heroes, crack open some loot crates, and discuss many aspects of the game.

You can check out our review of Overwatch here. For tips on being a better Overwatch player, head here.

Pro Tacktics – Getting New Players Into Overwatch

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It's time for another episode of Pro Tacktics! Today, Daniel Tack takes Andrew Reiner and Kyle Hilliard through some of Overwatch's colorful cast of characters, showing them the ropes and how to get the most out of special abilities and weapons.

Will Reiner learn how to deflect Bastion's bullets right back at the tenacious turret bot? Will Kyle heal his teammates as Lucio or wander aimlessly around the map? Join us for this episode of Pro Tacktics where we'll explore some of Overwatch's heroes as our players try them out for the first time.

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What’s The Big Deal With Overwatch?

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What’s The Big Deal With Overwatch?

After much anticipation, Blizzard released its first-person, hero-focused shooter, Overwatch, earlier this week. The game has already laid claim to some significant accolades, including a particularly glowing evaluation by our own Daniel Tack. Today, we’re coming to Overwatch with a fresh set of eyes, and exploring just what makes the game different if you haven’t yet checked it out.

Dan Tack has spent hundreds of hours with Overwatch across the beta and the final release, but as a fellow editor and shooter enthusiast, I’ve only just started diving into the action. It’s safe to say I have a lot of questions, but also a healthy skepticism about what I’ve seen so far, and I’m not sure yet whether Overwatch is the game for me. I’m sure I’m not the only shooter player who is wondering whether Blizzard’s new shooter is worth investing in. Hopefully, we can help answer your questions.

Matt: Dan, it’s been awhile since a Game Informer editor gave out a score of 10 for a new game. That’s a big deal! 

Time To Raise The White Flag

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Time To Raise The White Flag

With a story penned by Hollywood director and screenwriter John Milius, the original Homefront was an ambitious military shooter rendered mediocre by technical limitations, dated graphics, and a lack of distinguishing features. A few regime changes later – which include both the series' developer and publisher – and Homefront: The Revolution returns with some novel additions including a unique take on the open-world format and on-the-fly weapon customization. Unfortunately, developer Dambuster Studios failed to slay Homefront's true enemy; an unending litany of glitches, A.I. failings, and performance issues that do indeed differentiate Homefront from other shooters, but for all the wrong reasons.

RPG Grind Time – The Constant Desire To Level Up

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I guess you could say RPGs just match my personality. I have this constant desire to continually improve myself and master systems. Not many genres capture this thrill of progression like RPGs. I revel in watching my characters level up and learn new abilities. I love getting to know my party members and see them grow in interesting ways. The long trek we go on in RPGs allows for this special connection with a world and its inhabitants. Ever since I was little, I was drawn to the genre for this reason. These days I often find myself getting so invested in these games that I have a hard time letting go of them once they're done. That's why I wanted to do this column and discuss my favorite genre on a regular basis. I love getting lost in RPGs, but the trek through them is often a very solitary experience. This is a place where I feel we can come together and discuss our journeys and excitement over the latest reveals.

Arkane Picks The Most Eye-Popping Stunt Videos From Dishonored

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Arkane’s steampunk-inspired stealth/action adventure Dishonored gave players a wealth of tools with which to sneak through an environment while dismembering their opponents. Thankfully, Arkane’s fans rose to the challenge and produced several stunning displays of their combat mastery. We polled the Arkane staff for their personal favorite videos, which help prove the Dishonored is at least as entertaining to watch as it is to play.

Lead designer Dinga Bakaba’s favorite videos:Many Ways of Deaths of Lady Boyle on Dishonored“Favorite because it’s a showcase of twisted creativity with using our systems.”

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Test Chamber – The First 30 Minutes Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan

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Test Chamber – The First 30 Minutes Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan

Our review for Platinum's take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn't ready yet, but that doesn't mean we can't look at the game's opening moments.

Bypassing the training that showed us how to do things like move around and press the attack button, Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, and myself look at the game's opening levels. We take on the first boss, Bebop the boar, grind on some rails, and soar rooftop to rooftop. After that, we head underground for the second level, which takes place in a flaming subway. We looked at the first 30 minutes of the game, which came out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

For more on the game, head here. And be sure to keep an eye out for our full review, which should be coming soon. For our list recounting some of the best and worst Ninja Turtles games, head here.

Six TMNT Games Worth Playing And Two You Should Totally Avoid

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Six TMNT Games Worth Playing And Two You Should Totally Avoid

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has a long history with gaming. From our earliest memories of avoiding electrified seaweed and cheesing Donatello’s bō during boss fights to our more recent unfortunate journeys through games that accompanied the TV shows and films, these heroes in a half shell have been ever-present within the gaming landscape.

Over the course of the multitude of titles that have released under the TMNT moniker, we’ve seen some truly fantastic titles. Unfortunately, for every awesome TMNT game, there have been multiple mediocre or awful releases. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into the TMNT games on offer, here are the ones you should stick to.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist (Genesis)

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Best Comics, Stellaris, And More Star Wars Leaks

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Best Comics, Stellaris, And More Star Wars Leaks

Before diving into the comic book series you should read each month, I'd like to introduce a new component of Science-Fiction Weekly: The Golden Grok, an award given to the best new video game release. The word “grok” comes from Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land; a Martian verb meaning “to drink” or “to understand” or “to experience enjoyment,” among other things.