We Asked BioWare If Mass Effect Takes Place In Anthem's Universe

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We Asked BioWare If Mass Effect Takes Place In Anthem's Universe

During PAX West 2018, Anthem's executive producer Mark Darrah and lead producer Mike Gamble presented a panel on the game focusing on how story works and then made themselves available for interviews afterward. We spoke with Darrah and Gamble about what makes Anthem a BioWare game, how story moments fit into a game all about shooting things with friends, if you can truly play alone, and whether or not Anthem technically exists in the Mass Effect universe.

Earlier today you said, “Single-player is kind of a bug, not a feature,” when you were talking about the unique way Anthem delivers story in a multiplayer environment. Can you tell me what you meant by that quote?

Darrah: If I want to play by myself I choose to play by myself. Not that I am forced to play by myself. In a perfect world, if all games could have all features, role-playing games would be able to be played multiplayer. You could bring your friend in and experience the story together, but if I wanted to play with myself I could do that. That’s what I mean. It feels like a restriction. I am stuck with it whether I want it or not in a single-player game. And multiplayer games are actually the same in the other direction. I am stuck with multiplayer whether I want it or not. In a perfect world you want that blended kind of experience.

Everything You Need To Know About Zombies In Blackout

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Everything You Need To Know About Zombies In Blackout

Zombies aren’t a concept that comes to mind when thinking of the battle royale genre. If Treyarch has its way, Blackout will change that. Black Ops 4 brings the series’ signature mode to battle royale. Well, pieces of it at least.

"Blackout is intended to celebrate the entire legacy of the series, not just the content we’ve created over the years but the fans and what they love,” says co-studio head Dan Bunting.  With much of Blackout’s map literally made out of remixed versions of multiplayer maps from previous entries, and its progression system hinging on unlocking favorite characters from the franchise, it would seem odder to leave zombies out of the equation than anything else.

Breaking Down Blackout’s Vehicles

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Breaking Down Blackout’s Vehicles

Earlier this week, we revealed the kinds of vehicles Treyarch is bringing to Black Ops 4's battle royale mode, Blackout. However, during our trip, we also got hands-on time with the game to take the vehicles for a spin ourselves and see strategies the developers used with them to surge toward victory.

Here are our impressions of the vehicles, and some helpful hints on how to use them once the Blackout beta hits.

Fast and deadly, the ATV is the perfect vehicle for roaming the hilly countryside bits of Blackout’s map. One of the strategies Treyarch discussed is squads tracking down ATVs and then moving together in formation across the map, speeding by firefights and picking up loot until they’re forced to fight when the circle closes in during the endgame. The ATVs are, unsurprisingly, the easiest and smoothest rides on the map, though the tradeoff is that they’re also the most vulnerable. All it takes is a well-placed shot with a sniper rifle to end your off-roading spree, so keep that in mind as you roll about.

Everything You Need To Know About Zombies In Blackout

about X hours ago from
Everything You Need To Know About Zombies In Blackout

Zombies aren’t a concept that comes to mind when thinking of the battle royale genre. If Treyarch has its way, Blackout will change that. Black Ops 4 brings the series’ signature mode to battle royale. Well, pieces of it at least.

"Blackout is intended to celebrate the entire legacy of the series, not just the content we’ve created over the years but the fans and what they love,” says co-studio head Dan Bunting.  With much of Blackout’s map literally made out of remixed versions of multiplayer maps from previous entries, and its progression system hinging on unlocking favorite characters from the franchise, it would seem odder to leave zombies out of the equation than anything else.

Breaking Down Blackout’s Vehicles

about X hours ago from
Breaking Down Blackout’s Vehicles

Earlier this week, we revealed the kinds of vehicles Treyarch is bringing to Black Ops 4's battle royale mode, Blackout. However, during our trip, we also got hands-on time with the game to take the vehicles for a spin ourselves and see strategies the developers used with them to surge toward victory.

Here are our impressions of the vehicles, and some helpful hints on how to use them once the Blackout beta hits.

Fast and deadly, the ATV is the perfect vehicle for roaming the hilly countryside bits of Blackout’s map. One of the strategies Treyarch discussed is squads tracking down ATVs and then moving together in formation across the map, speeding by firefights and picking up loot until they’re forced to fight when the circle closes in during the endgame. The ATVs are, unsurprisingly, the easiest and smoothest rides on the map, though the tradeoff is that they’re also the most vulnerable. All it takes is a well-placed shot with a sniper rifle to end your off-roading spree, so keep that in mind as you roll about.

We Asked Bioware If Mass Effect Takes Place In Anthem's Universe

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We Asked Bioware If Mass Effect Takes Place In Anthem's Universe

During PAX West 2018, Anthem's executive producer Mark Darrah and lead producer Mike Gamble presented a panel on the game focusing on how story works and then made themselves available for interviews afterward. We spoke with Darrah and Gamble about what makes Anthem a Bioware game, how story moments fit into a game all about shooting things with friends, if you can truly play alone, and whether or not Anthem technically exists in the Mass Effect universe.

Earlier today you said, “Single-player is kind of a bug, not a feature,” when you were talking about the unique way Anthem delivers story in a multiplayer environment. Can you tell me what you meant by that quote?

Darrah: If I want to play by myself I choose to play by myself. Not that I am forced to play by myself. In a perfect world, if all games could have all features, role-playing games would be able to be played multiplayer. You could bring your friend in and experience the story together, but if I wanted to play with myself I could do that. That’s what I mean. It feels like a restriction. I am stuck with it whether I want it or not in a single-player game. And multiplayer games are actually the same in the other direction. I am stuck with multiplayer whether I want it or not. In a perfect world you want that blended kind of experience.

Six Nintendo Games Switch Could Breathe New Life Into

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Six Nintendo Games Switch Could Breathe New Life Into

After the lackluster lifespan of the Wii U, Nintendo is back on its A-game with Switch. With its new system, Nintendo is capitalizing on its re-found popularity by releasing a sampling of recent first-party titles like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. While many of these re-releases are Wii U games that many missed due to that system’s poor sales, Nintendo could update other first-party games to take advantage of the Switch’s capabilities.

Here are our picks for older Nintendo games that could find new life on Switch.

This one seems like a no-brainer. The Switch is a system that touts its accessible local multiplayer by divvying out Joy-Cons, and what better game to show off that functionality than Super Mario 3D World? We’ve heard rumors of New Super Mario Bros. U coming to Switch, so why not bring over another cooperative-focused Wii U adventure? We’d throw Super Mario 3D Land from 3DS into a compilation with 3D World for good measure.

Six Nintendo Games Switch Could Breathe New Life Into

about X hours ago from
Six Nintendo Games Switch Could Breathe New Life Into

After the lackluster lifespan of the Wii U, Nintendo is back on its A-game with Switch. With its new system, Nintendo is capitalizing on its re-found popularity by releasing a sampling of recent first-party titles like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. While many of these re-releases are Wii U games that many missed due to that system’s poor sales, Nintendo could update other first-party games to take advantage of the Switch’s capabilities.

Here are our picks for older Nintendo games that could find new life on Switch.

This one seems like a no-brainer. The Switch is a system that touts its accessible local multiplayer by divvying out Joy-Cons, and what better game to show off that functionality than Super Mario 3D World? We’ve heard rumors of New Super Mario Bros. U coming to Switch, so why not bring over another cooperative-focused Wii U adventure? We’d throw Super Mario 3D Land from 3DS into a compilation with 3D World for good measure.

Check Out Some Of PAX 2018's Best Cosplayers

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Check Out Some Of PAX 2018's Best Cosplayers

While PAX was filled with games and minigolf, we did get a chance to stop some cosplayers during the show and politely ask if we could snap a few shots. Some of them are professionals, others are amateur, but all of them show an incredible dedication to looking like these characters. 

While there were tons of amazing cosplayers at PAX, we narrowed our list down to the best we saw and did our best not to disrupt the flow of traffic with stopping in the middle of the hallway to take photos.

You can also see the sights and sounds of PAX in non-human form here. Did you see any cosplayers at the show you thought did a particularly great job?

Check Out Some Of PAX 2018's Best Cosplayers

about X hours ago from
Check Out Some Of PAX 2018's Best Cosplayers

While PAX was filled with games and minigolf, we did get a chance to stop some cosplayers during the show and politely ask if we could snap a few shots. Some of them are professionals, others are amateur, but all of them show an incredible dedication to looking like these characters. 

While there were tons of amazing cosplayers at PAX, we narrowed our list down to the best we saw and did our best not to disrupt the flow of traffic with stopping in the middle of the hallway to take photos.

You can also see the sights and sounds of PAX in non-human form here. Did you see any cosplayers at the show you thought did a particularly great job?