Everything You Need To Know About System Shock

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Otherside Entertainment, currently developing the Kickstarted Underworld Ascendant, has revealed that they're developing a new entry in the System Shock series, the last of which was released in the tail end of 1999. Here's why that's a big deal.

Back in 1994 gaming was in a very different place. Game demos were passed around on floppy disks. Doom and Civilization ruled the world. Windows 95 wasn't even a thing yet. Looking Glass Technologies, which housed innovators like Warren Spector (Deux Ex), Doug Church (Thief) and Harvey Smith (Dishonored), was known for the revolutionary role-playing series Ultima and wanted to create an immersive simulation that wasn't fantasy-based. They opted for science fiction, and System Shock, a first-person adventure game that cast players as a hacker going up against an artificial intelligence known as SHODAN hell-bent on destroying Earth, was born.

The First Place You Should Visit In Just Cause 3

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After completing Just Cause 3's tutorial sections, you can add a ridiculously powerful weapon to your arsenal, if you're willing to travel over 15 miles to the north. The weapon of note is the Fire Leech, a rocket launcher that can target multiple objects at once.

The only challenge lying between you and the Fire Leech is the Cava Geminos Nord military base. Destroy all of its designated targets (highlighted in red paint), and the Leech is yours. Cava Geminos' security is strict and will put up a good fight, but don't fear death. All progress made with each life is retained. You can die over and over and still walk away with this awesome firearm. 

Cava Geminos Nord is located at the coordinates 47.979, 33.935. Want more fire power? Liberate the Vulure base at 49,621, 32,301 to unlock the useful Bomber Jet.

Replay – Mark Of Kri

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Replay – Mark Of Kri

Originally released in 2002, Mark of Kri offers a strange mash-up of stealth, violence, and Disney-influenced art and animation.

The game was recently re-released on the PlayStation 4 which prompted us to revisit the acclaimed game (we gave it a 9 back in 2002) and see how it holds up. Not to spoil the episode, but myself, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and Tim Turi found that, at least in the first few levels, it holds up remarkably well. Great visuals and satisfying stealth kills and combat make Mark of Kri one worth taking a look at on your PlayStation 4, if you've never played it. Don't worry about the sequel, though. It's best not to mention it.

You'll also want to stick around for a game that may be a contender for a future Super Replay.

Supermassive Talks The Thrills Of Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood

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Virtual reality’s ability to immerse players is unparalleled, and Supermassive Games plans on taking full advantage of that with its upcoming thrill ride Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The VR game, which is set in the Until Dawn universe, delivers a decidedly different experience than the studio’s successful PlayStation 4 game.

When Until Dawn launched on PlayStation 4 in August, it took interactive storytelling and player choice to a new level thanks to its atmospheric environment, strong pacing, and the satisfying Butterfly Effect mechanic. With Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, developer Supermassive Games is keeping the scares, but changing the way you experience them.

Rather than taking the interactive storytelling formula of Until Dawn and putting it into virtual reality, Supermassive has created an on-rails shooter that takes place in the Until Dawn universe. Players board a roller coaster as they encounter all kinds of creatures and horrors. Using two PlayStation Move controllers, players must shoot enemies that pop up. At the end of the run, players get scored on their performance. The experience is intense, but for different reasons than that of the original Until Dawn’s intensity.

Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 5

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 5

One of the most criminally overlooked games from yesteryear, Beyond Good & Evil is a story-driven adventure that follows a photojournalist named Jade and her mechanic friend Pey'j. We won't spoil where this journey goes, but fans of Zelda, Pokémon Snap, and fun science fiction stories should either watch our playthrough or pick up the game and play it. This is an exceptional game from developer Ubisoft Montpellier and legendary creator Michel Ancel.

Beyond Good & Evil was originally released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC on November 11, 2003, but to make it look better on your massive displays, we're playing the HD re-release from 2011, which we downloaded through Xbox One's snazzy, new backwards compatibility.

Unlike other Super Replays, we're airing these episodes as soon as we finish them, and we won't record more until you've watched and commented on the newest chapter. We want you the viewer to be a part of this journey as well. We plan to read as many comments as we can during the next episode. If you have any questions for us about Beyond Good & Evil, Replay, or video games in general, list them in the comments section below, or on YouTube. If all goes as planned, we'll finish this Super Replay in December, and will roll into our annual 12.31 Super Replay next. Thanks again for the support!

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 10, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 10, 2015)

It is obvious that the 2015 Game Awards were on a lot of blogging minds this past week. So with that in mind, expect Blog Herding to follow that theme.

Community Blogs For December 3 – December 9:

Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Impressions Justin Mikos has played the multiplayer in Uncharted games since the second iteration of the series. I had no idea there was a multiplayer component until I read this blog and realized that yes, there was indeed one I never tried. From what Mikos writes, I may have to give the new multiplayer mode a chance when I inevitably buy the new Uncharted title. Team-based multiplayer is so much better than going alone.

We Talk With Brian Michael Bendis On Jessica Jones, Powers, Marvel Films, And Video Games

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From his work with long-running series like Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil to his work on T.V. series like Jessica Jones and Powers, Brian Michael Bendis is a man who has a lot of irons in the fire. In addition, Bendis is a part of the creative vision behind the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which started in 2008 with Iron Man.

With Jessica Jones proving to be yet another bona fide hit for Marvel on Netflix and Powers season 2 hitting PlayStation Network in 2016, we caught up with the enigmatic writer to get his thoughts on Jessica Jones’ success, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the narrative-driven approach many video games take today.

It’s been a pretty big month for you with Jessica Jones. How’s the wave coming at you?

The Latest Mobile Card Games You Shouldn't Miss

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If you turn to your iPad or phone for your digital-card-game fix, chances are you’re already dabbling in titles like Hearthstone. Next year should be bringing plenty of new contenders in the expanding mobile digital-card-game market, but recently two new options are already competing for your collection attention: Mabinogi Duel and World of Tanks: Generals.

Mabinogi Duel has all kinds of PVE and PVP activities for players of all skill levels and collection sizes, and thankfully the options trickle out over the course of a player’s first 10 level ups to make things more manageable. There’s a version of “draft” as well, so you can try out tons of strong cards and combos for free during daily missions against the A.I. or against other players, and once you think you’ve got a deck or two good enough for serious competition you can compete for large rewards in the main real-time PVP arena. A single-player campaign provides what amounts to numerous “puzzle” challenges, where the player must work with a certain set of cards to defeat special encounters.

Question Of The Month: What's Your Most Embarrassing Username?

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Question Of The Month: What's Your Most Embarrassing Username?

In issue 271, we asked readers to share with us the most awesome or embarrassing custom name they've ever used in a video game. While a few wrote in to brag about how cool (they think) their usernames/gamertags are, most respondents took the opportunity to poke fun at themselves for a less-than-enviable moniker. Now it's your turn.

Use the comments section below to share with us a facepalm-worthy username from your past, whether it incorporates early '90s leetspeak, a reference to a long-forgotten emo band, or a cannabis pun that isn't nearly as clever as you thought it was at the time (which is pretty much guaranteed). Don't worry: As someone who used to go by the gamertag "Tanuki Jeffro," I can confidently tell you that we've all been there before.

Not done sounding off? Check out October's Question of the Month: What's The Best In-Game Reward You've Ever Received?