The Kickstarter Compendium

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The Kickstarter Compendium

Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded.

Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some fascinating new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention. 

The only problem is keeping track of it all – what’s worth watching, and what are these different projects about? As an ongoing feature, our Kickstarter Compendium is your guide to games seeking funding through Kickstarter. After funding projects are complete, this feature will also track what games (and game-related projects) got funded and which ones didn’t – and, where possible, offer links to the projects as they are developed. 

Tips For Surviving The Cauldron In Destiny's Trials Of Osiris

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The Cauldron has been revealed as this week’s Trials of Osiris map in Destiny, so it’s time to get your fireteam of three together and make a run at the Lighthouse, the reward granted to those who manage a 9-0 record in their Trials Passage.

First off, let’s talk about this week’s rewards. Depending on how you think about your guardian’s loadout, the five-win armor piece could be pretty exciting. Whether you’re a hunter, a warlock, or a titan, that fifth win will get you access to a Trials-themed helmet. The Egyptian flavor is particularly notable with the helmets, and it’s hard to imagine a more cosmetically exciting prize to shoot for. However, at the same time, many of the best exotic gear pieces (for all the classes) are helmets, which means a new legendary-tier Trials helmet may just sit in your inventory rather than getting use. 

If you manage to make it up to seven wins, you can purchase The Infinite Theorem. The arc damage machine gun comes standard with some valuable PvP perks, including active radar while aiming down the sights, and faster reload speed when the mag is emptied. 

Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 12

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Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 12

Happy Xursday, everyone! This week, Xur is getting ready for E3 by allowing you to dash from press conference to conference, get a much needed burst of energy to keep up with the news, and give your friends a helping hand when they stumble.

OK, this is just really a clever way of avoiding the subject. Xur has a bunch of stuff that, while good, isn't terribly revolutionary. Here's the full rundown:

Location: Xur is back in the tower, hanging out in the bar "pre-gaming" before E3. Head right from the spawn point, down the corridor, turn left and head to the stairway in the back of the hangar. He's at his reserved table in the back.

The Halo 5: Guardians Cover Story

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To kickoff our big E3 2015 coverage, we are happy to provide the entire Halo 5: Guardians cover story from our current issue #267 (July 2015) online free of charge for everyone to read! The follow contains all of the text that our print and digital subscribers receive, though there are a few minor changes to reflect the different format and to address a 343 Industries' decision to require Xbox Live Gold for online co-op play. Enjoy learning all about Halo 5: Guardians!

The Reclamation Is At Hand

Nearly three years have passed since 343 Industries released Halo 4, its first game in the Halo series after taking over for original developer Bungie. It was quite a debut. Halo 4 garnered the biggest day-one launch sales of any Halo game to date with $220 million in total. Later, Microsoft confirmed it as the best-selling Microsoft Studios title of all time in the United States. Critical reception was positive, with a Metacritic score of 87 calculated from nearly 90 outlets. However, the multiplayer population dwindled quickly, with traditional fans lamenting class loadouts and Ordnance drops.

E3 2015 Wishlist: What We Want From Kingdom Hearts III

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E3 2015 Wishlist: What We Want From Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III has been on fans' wishlists for nearly ten years at this point. In fact, we created a wishlist of our own in March 2012 before many recent developments came into being. As we move toward this year's E3, we update our original wishlist in anticipation of a potential new showing next week. Below, all of the old text is in a standard format while new commentary and additions are in italics.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is launching in Japan on March 29 and we’re super excited for it. Even though it won’t hit North America until sometime this summer, we’re already dreaming of the next installment. Series creator Tetsuya Nomura has hinted that the next game will be the final battle, which hopefully means Kingdom Hearts III on high-powered home consoles. Here’s what we’d like to see.

Dream Drop Distance did indeed drop in late July 2012 in the U.S., and it was a solid game. Not only did it move the story forward in many ways, the end credits sequence essentially announced Kingdom Hearts III. We didn't get the official confirmation until E3 2013, when Square Enix promised the new entry on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Super Replay – Conker's Bad Fur Day Episode 12

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Conker's Bad Fur Day tells the story of a foul-mouthed squirrel journeying across farms, poop mountains, and into space to earn money and save the love of his life. You voted for Conker's Bad Fur Day to be our next Super Replay a few months ago, and we couldn't be happier to dive back into this Nintendo 64 classic! We anticipate this will be one of the longest Super Replays yet, so grab a tasty beverage, sit back, relax, and prepare for the journey of a lifetime with Ben Reeves, Tim Turi, and me.

As acclaimed as this game is, it almost didn't happen. Long before Conker was a drunkard, he was a happy-go-lucky red squirrel who was designed to appeal to kids, in a game called Conker's Quest. The press didn't like what they saw of Conker's Quest, saying it was uninspired in design. Rare went back to the drawing board, renaming the game Twelve Tales: Conker 64. That vision too came under scrutiny, and Rare scrapped everything "kiddie" or "cute," and opted to make a dark game for a mature audience. The switch worked, and launched Conker to the same heights as Rare's other hits, Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and Perfect Dark.

Halo 5: Guardians – The Spartans Tough Enough To Work With Master Chief

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Halo 5: Guardians – The Spartans Tough Enough To Work With Master Chief

Master Chief has become one of the most iconic characters in gaming, but for Halo 5: Guardians he won't be riding solo. This time around, the Chief is joined by three of his fellow schoolmates that help make up Blue Team. In spite of Halo's wealth of transmedia, 343 Industries has stated that Blue Team probably has more lines of dialogue in Halo 5 than they have in all the books, comics, and videos released to date, so it will give fans a better look into the personas of some of Halo's oldest warriors. With that in mind, here is a quick introduction to the members of Blue Team.

Fans of Halo lore will recognize the members of Blue Team. These are the Spartans who were trained alongside Master Chief. In a way, Blue Team is Chief's surrogate family, and he often thinks of them like they are his brother and sisters.

Abducted at the age of six, all Spartan-IIs were taken away from the parents of various outer colony worlds and inducted into the Spartan program on the same day. This means every member of Blue Team has known each other since they were six. As a result, the members of Blue Team have developed a kind of sixth sense instinct that helps them anticipate each other's actions during battle.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 11, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 11, 2015)

Hello, bloggers, and welcome to another iteration of Blog Herding. This week we find out who is the elite Smash Bros. fighter in the community, learn what inspired Loki Davison to make indie game Wander, and get to enjoy a whole slew of other cool posts.

Community Blogs For June 4 – June 10:

GIO Smash Bros Wii U Final Results + Bonus Round Details The gods of Smash have spoken, and The Darkest Link has won the Wii U Super Smash Bros. tournament. Read Tstitan's blog post about the tournament to find out how heated the banter and battle was – and start preparing for the next round of bouts.

Reunion Tour: The Best And Worst Of Guitar Hero

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The two giants of the rhythm-game genre are coming out of retirement. With the impending release of Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4, music games seem poised to make a comeback. In anticipation of Guitar Hero Live, we took a look at the six main entries in the Guitar Hero franchise and ranked them from top to bottom. Read on to find out which of them rock like Led Zeppelin and which might as well be a Kenny G cover band.

Note: Activision has released several offshoot games in the Guitar Hero franchise, including a Nintendo DS title and band-specific games like Guitar Hero: Metallica, but this list focuses on the core series.

6. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, 2010 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii)

E3 2015 Wishlist: What We Want From Gears Of War

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With the events of Gears of War 3, players received closure to the story of Marcus and Dom. Following the prequel entry, Gears of War: Judgment, Epic Games detached itself from the series and sold the IP rights to Microsoft, who handed the franchise to a new studio full of veterans of both the series and the industry. A new Gears of War title is set to be revealed at E3, and fans are wondering what they might see when one of Xbox’s biggest franchises takes the stage.

With the Gears of War series making the leap to its new home at The Coalition (formerly Black Tusk), the next entry in the series has the potential to shake things up in a big way. Check out some of our most wanted features for the next game and let us know what you want from the new Gears of War in the comments below.

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