10 Tips To Lead Your Heroes To Victory In Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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10 Tips To Lead Your Heroes To Victory In Fire Emblem: Three Houses

With big branching paths and plenty of systems to explore, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a massive game. As a professor, you’ll need to prepare your students for success on and off the battlefield, especially as conflict heats up and things inch toward war. After reviewing the game and logging time well into my second playthrough, I’ve become a well of knowledge in how to best use your time and what you need to keep in mind to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips to make the big journey less daunting.

Here’s what it really comes down to: You will be spending a lot of time with the members of your selected house, especially the leader. Keep this in mind as you make your selection. There is no right or wrong choice, but the game is heavily focused on the members of your house. You can recruit and get to know characters from other houses, but it takes a little more work as you must impress them with your skill level as a professor. From what I’ve experienced, all the houses seem pretty balanced, with their share of interesting characters and challenges you need to help them overcome to grow. 

Everything We Know About Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Everything We Know About Animal Crossing: New Horizons

After seven years without a mainline Animal Crossing release, fans are eagerly anticipating the next installment in the franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, coming to Nintendo Switch. Although Nintendo tried to bridge the gap with spin-offs including Happy Home Designer and Pocket Camp, they never quite managed to deliver the same experience as the bigger editions such as New Leaf.

With the recent announcement to delay the release until March 20, 2020, we decided to dispense with the conspiracy theories and focus on delving into all the details we have accumulated from official trailers and developer interviews.

Everything We Know About Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Everything We Know About Animal Crossing: New Horizons

After seven years without a mainline Animal Crossing release, fans are eagerly anticipating the next installment in the franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, coming to Nintendo Switch. Although Nintendo tried to bridge the gap with spin-offs including Happy Home Designer and Pocket Camp, they never quite managed to deliver the same experience as the bigger editions such as New Leaf.

With the recent announcement to delay the release until March 20, 2020, we decided to dispense with the conspiracy theories and focus on delving into all the details we have accumulated from official trailers and developer interviews.

2020 Video Game Release Schedule

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2020 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2020, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

A Brief History Of The Fire Emblem Series

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A Brief History Of The Fire Emblem Series

Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches tomorrow and we like it a whole lot. However, this is not the first time we have been enamored with the franchise. Fire Emblem has been around for nearly 30 years, and despite it being a favorite among critics and gaining a dedicated following, it would be a stretch to call it a mainstream franchise. The niche strategy/RPG also didn't have a smooth path to North America. If our review of Three Houses has your interest piqued, but you’re not familiar with the franchise, here’s a short history of how the series came to exist and eventually gain popularity.

Prior to the first Fire Emblem releasing in Japan, developer Intelligent Systems experimented with simulation and strategy via its Famicom Wars series, which debuted in 1988. Famicom Wars is more commonly known as the Advance Wars series in North America, and it tasked players with managing combat between the Red Star and Blue Moon armies. In an Iwata Asks interview about Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a DS remake of the series' first entry, producer Toru Narihiro said the studio enjoyed playing with the simulation angle of Famicom Wars, but were interested in allowing players to “see and enjoy a world from an RPG perspective.”

A Brief History Of The Fire Emblem Series

about X hours ago from
A Brief History Of The Fire Emblem Series

Fire Emblem: Three Houses launches tomorrow and we like it a whole lot. However, this is not the first time we have been enamored with the franchise. Fire Emblem has been around for nearly 30 years, and despite it being a favorite among critics and gaining a dedicated following, it would be a stretch to call it a mainstream franchise. The niche strategy/RPG also didn't have a smooth path to North America. If our review of Three Houses has your interest piqued, but you’re not familiar with the franchise, here’s a short history of how the series came to exist and eventually gain popularity.

Prior to the first Fire Emblem releasing in Japan, developer Intelligent Systems experimented with simulation and strategy via its Famicom Wars series (which would later be called Advance Wars when the series finally came to North America in 2001), which debuted in 1988. Famicom Wars tasked players with managing combat between the Red Star and Blue Moon armies. In an Iwata Asks interview about Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a DS remake of the series' first entry, producer Toru Narihiro said the studio enjoyed playing with the simulation angle of Famicom Wars, but were interested in allowing players to “see and enjoy a world from an RPG perspective.”

What Youngblood Might Tell Us About Wolfenstein III

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What Youngblood Might Tell Us About Wolfenstein III

When Wolfenstein: Youngblood was announced at E3 2018, many fans of the series raised their eyebrows at the news that the game would be set in the '80s and star protagonist B.J.’s twin daughters. Bethesda eventually clarified that Wolfenstein III is still happening, confirming Youngblood's status as a side chapter to the planned trilogy. So, just what is Youngblood’s ultimate story connection to the mainline entries? Is it an alternate universe? Is it set after the events of Wolfenstein III? Before Wolfenstein II? Maybe it takes place before AND after Wolfenstein III, Godfather Part II-style? With Youngblood finally out today (check out our review here), we actually have specific plot points we can focus on to talk about what Wolfenstein III’s story might end up being.

What follows is a spoiler-filled dive on major plot points so if you don’t want to be spoiled on Youngblood's story, now’s the time to turn back.  To clarify: All the following is speculation, with no information from MachineGames on anything related to Wolfenstein III, but hey, speculation is fun and my conclusions were pretty accurate for The New Colossus the last time I did this.  So let’s get to it!

What Youngblood Might Tell Us About Wolfenstein III

about X hours ago from
What Youngblood Might Tell Us About Wolfenstein III

When Wolfenstein: Youngblood was announced at E3 2018, many fans of the series raised their eyebrows at the news that the game would be set in the '80s and star protagonist B.J.’s twin daughters. Bethesda eventually clarified that Wolfenstein III is still happening, confirming Youngblood's status as a side chapter to the planned trilogy. So, just what is Youngblood’s ultimate story connection to the mainline entries? Is it an alternate universe? Is it set after the events of Wolfenstein III? Before Wolfenstein II? Maybe it takes place before AND after Wolfenstein III, Godfather Part II-style? With Youngblood finally out today (check out our review here), we actually have specific plot points we can focus on to talk about what Wolfenstein III’s story might end up being.

What follows is a spoiler-filled dive on major plot points so if you don’t want to be spoiled on Youngblood's story, now’s the time to turn back.  To clarify: All the following is speculation, with no information from MachineGames on anything related to Wolfenstein III, but hey, speculation is fun and my conclusions were pretty accurate for The New Colossus the last time I did this.  So let’s get to it!

10 Tips To Help You Take Back Paris In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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10 Tips To Help You Take Back Paris In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

The next Wolfenstein is out in the wild (for PC players at least) and brings with it a host of new systems that might throw fans of the series for a loop. To help adjust to those changes (or if you're coming to the series fresh and just want some advice), here are bona fide pointers to help you smash, slice, pulverize, and disintegrate any nazi fool or robot that gets in you and your co-op partner's way.

Once you unlock the Catacombs, your headquarters in Youngblood, be sure to return there often and explore to take on new side missions from the characters there as well as refill ammo.

One of the biggest changes from The New Order and The New Colossus is that Youngblood isn't a linear shooter where you go from A to Z. Instead, Neu-Paris has a series of interconnected hubs, reminiscent of Dishonored and Deus Ex. It's a huge world for a Wolfenstein game, one packed to the brim with secrets to uncover. Get used to looking around the city for shortcuts (like a leap through a nearby apartment window) to hard reach places instead of just roaming the streets as you follow your objective marker.

10 Tips To Help You Take Back Paris In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

about X hours ago from
10 Tips To Help You Take Back Paris In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

The next Wolfenstein is out in the wild (for PC players at least) and brings with it a host of new systems that might throw fans of the series for a loop. To help adjust to those changes (or if you're coming to the series fresh and just want some advice), here are bona fide pointers to help you smash, slice, pulverize, and disintegrate any nazi fool or robot that gets in you and your co-op partner's way.

Once you unlock the Catacombs, your headquarters in Youngblood, be sure to return there often and explore to take on new side missions from the characters there as well as refill ammo.

One of the biggest changes from The New Order and The New Colossus is that Youngblood isn't a linear shooter where you go from A to Z. Instead, Neu-Paris has a series of interconnected hubs, reminiscent of Dishonored and Deus Ex. It's a huge world for a Wolfenstein game, one packed to the brim with secrets to uncover. Get used to looking around the city for shortcuts (like a leap through a nearby apartment window) to hard reach places instead of just roaming the streets as you follow your objective marker.