Unboxing The Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle

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Unboxing The Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle

Diablo III releases on Switch today, and to celebrate, Nintendo has also released a special edition Diablo III Bundle. The bundle includes the Switch system – including charcoal Joy-Cons, a standard Joy-Con Grip, and a special Diablo-themed Dock – as well as a Diablo III carrying case for the Switch and a full-game download code for Diablo III Eternal Collection for Switch.

We were sent the Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle, so we decided to snap some photos and show off how it looks. The carrying case is nice, and the art on the dock is good looking. However, having the art on the Switch unit itself relegated to the back is a weird choice. It's also disappointing to have the bundle come with the standard charcoal Joy-Cons and not have any special design on the Joy-Con Grip.

You can see our photos in the gallery below.

Unboxing The Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle

about X hours ago from
Unboxing The Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle

Diablo III releases on Switch today, and to celebrate, Nintendo has also released a special edition Diablo III Bundle. The bundle includes the Switch system – including charcoal Joy-Cons, a standard Joy-Con Grip, and a special Diablo-themed Dock – as well as a Diablo III carrying case for the Switch and a full-game download code for Diablo III Eternal Collection for Switch.

We were sent the Nintendo Switch Diablo III Bundle, so we decided to snap some photos and show off how it looks. The carrying case is nice, and the art on the dock is good looking. However, having the art on the Switch unit itself relegated to the back is a weird choice. It's also disappointing to have the bundle come with the standard charcoal Joy-Cons and not have any special design on the Joy-Con Grip.

You can see our photos in the gallery below.

Top Of The Table – Western Legends

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Top Of The Table – Western Legends

Sandbox video games are one of the most popular styles of play for a good reason. By engendering player freedom, and encouraging a variety of activities, players feel tremendous agency over the unfolding story and action. That same sandbox approach has sometimes proven challenging to implement well in the tabletop gaming world, especially since board games almost always involve multiple players who must all be able to move through the same dynamic open world – a notoriously challenging problem to solve, in both tabletop and video game spheres. Luckily, there are more than a few standout successes in the board gaming world, and the recently released Western Legends stands tall among them. Tapping into the thrill of Old West shootouts, cattle wrangling, outlaw hunting, bank robberies, and more, Western Legends is as close as I’ve encountered to a definitive cowboy-themed board game. Whether you’re riding a high from the recent release of Red Dead Redemption 2, or you’re just a lifelong fan of the genre, Western Legends nails the fantasy.

Top Of The Table – Western Legends

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Top Of The Table – Western Legends

Sandbox video games are one of the most popular styles of play for a good reason. By engendering player freedom, and encouraging a variety of activities, players feel tremendous agency over the unfolding story and action. That same sandbox approach has sometimes proven challenging to implement well in the tabletop gaming world, especially since board games almost always involve multiple players who must all be able to move through the same dynamic open world – a notoriously challenging problem to solve, in both tabletop and video game spheres. Luckily, there are more than a few standout successes in the board gaming world, and the recently released Western Legends stands tall among them. Tapping into the thrill of Old West shootouts, cattle wrangling, outlaw hunting, bank robberies, and more, Western Legends is as close as I’ve encountered to a definitive cowboy-themed board game. Whether you’re riding a high from the recent release of Red Dead Redemption 2, or you’re just a lifelong fan of the genre, Western Legends nails the fantasy.

How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

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How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

Memory is a funny thing. Games from yesteryear often look better in our mind’s eye than they do when we actually sit down to play them. This is a real challenge for developers who remake their classics. How do you compete with the visuals of a game in someone’s memory? Blizzard is working hard to update its classic RTS visuals for Warcraft III: Reforged. Below you can find several character sketches for Warcraft III’s updated units and compare them to their original models.

“It sounds cliché now, but at one point we all sat in a room and talked about what we wanted, and we just threw everything at the whiteboard,” says lead designer Matt Morris. “New neutral buildings came up, a new tile set. We talked about introducing new items. We wondered if we could introduce a new neutral hero from the tavern. All those things are still on that list of things we’d like to tackle. I can’t promise it, but it is something we want to have happen. The good news is, we have ideas for what we want to do post-launch, and what we want to do post-post-launch. We want to give this game continuous support.”

Warcraft III: Reforged features all new models and all new animations. Each animation has been hand done, from scratch, to match the animations from the original game in order to preserve gameplay.

How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

about X hours ago from
How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

Memory is a funny thing. Games from yesteryear often look better in our mind’s eye than they do when we actually sit down to play them. This is a real challenge for developers who remake their classics. How do you compete with the visuals of a game in someone’s memory? Blizzard is working hard to update its classic RTS visuals for Warcraft III: Reforged. Below you can find several character sketches for Warcraft III’s updated units and compare them to their original models.

“It sounds cliché now, but at one point we all sat in a room and talked about what we wanted, and we just threw everything at the whiteboard,” says lead designer Matt Morris. “New neutral buildings came up, a new tile set. We talked about introducing new items. We wondered if we could introduce a new neutral hero from the tavern. All those things are still on that list of things we’d like to tackle. I can’t promise it, but it is something we want to have happen. The good news is, we have ideas for what we want to do post-launch, and what we want to do post-post-launch. We want to give this game continuous support.”

Warcraft III: Reforged features all new models and all new animations. Each animation has been hand done, from scratch, to match the animations from the original game in order to preserve gameplay.

December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

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December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

We visited Blizzard Entertainment to dive into the reinvention of one of the best real-time-strategy games of all time. With Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard offers a massive makeover to the classic title that goes far beyond a remaster. With overhauled graphics, dialogue, cutscenes, campaign, and tools for mapmakers to work with, the RTS is poised for a veritable renaissance.

Our December issue is packed with details on Blizzard's approach to this expansive task, including deep dives with the development teams, hands-on experiences with the campaign and multiplayer, and an examination of how the original game came to be, where it's at now, and where it's going.

Starting today, we'll have exclusive online content for Warcraft III: Reforged, featuring some of the new cosmetic hero variants that can show up in multiplayer as takes on classic archetypes like the Demon Hunter (which can now spawn as a Demon Huntress!) and more. Look for more content on all things Blizzard to roll out over the course of the month.

December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

about X hours ago from
December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

We visited Blizzard Entertainment to dive into the reinvention of one of the best real-time-strategy games of all time. With Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard offers a massive makeover to the classic title that goes far beyond a remaster. With overhauled graphics, dialogue, cutscenes, campaign, and tools for mapmakers to work with, the RTS is poised for a veritable renaissance.

Our December issue is packed with details on Blizzard's approach to this expansive task, including deep dives with the development teams, hands-on experiences with the campaign and multiplayer, and an examination of how the original game came to be, where it's at now, and where it's going.

Starting today, we'll have exclusive online content for Warcraft III: Reforged, featuring some of the new cosmetic hero variants that can show up in multiplayer as takes on classic archetypes like the Demon Hunter (which can now spawn as a Demon Huntress!) and more. Look for more content on all things Blizzard to roll out over the course of the month.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The train that is the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to roll even as the year ends. Lost Thunder is not only the biggest expansion in terms of new cards in years, but it also delivers several quality cards starring fan-favorite Pocket Monsters, with a focus on the first, second, and seventh generations of creatures.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the two theme decks centered on Gen 2's legendary Pokémon Entei and Raikou. Fans of the early generations of Pokémon should be pleased with this release, as most of the cards I pulled were from the first two generations. Of course, with the set still a part of the Sun & Moon series, the most recent generation of monsters also appears prominently. With more than 210 cards in this expansion, I was excited by the number of powerful, interesting, and cool cards I pulled from the packs and decks.

Check out the gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the Pokémon Sun and Moon – Lost Thunder expansion below and if you want to see more of the recent expansions from Pokémon TCG, check out our other galleries.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

about X hours ago from
The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The train that is the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to roll even as the year ends. Lost Thunder is not only the biggest expansion in terms of new cards in years, but it also delivers several quality cards starring fan-favorite Pocket Monsters, with a focus on the first, second, and seventh generations of creatures.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the two theme decks centered on Gen 2's legendary Pokémon Entei and Raikou. Fans of the early generations of Pokémon should be pleased with this release, as most of the cards I pulled were from the first two generations. Of course, with the set still a part of the Sun & Moon series, the most recent generation of monsters also appears prominently. With more than 210 cards in this expansion, I was excited by the number of powerful, interesting, and cool cards I pulled from the packs and decks.

Check out the gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the Pokémon Sun and Moon – Lost Thunder expansion below and if you want to see more of the recent expansions from Pokémon TCG, check out our other galleries.