Watch Us Play Through Bloodborne's Opening Hours With Our Live Stream Archive

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 Watch Us Play Through Bloodborne's Opening Hours With Our Live Stream Archive

The night before Bloodborne released, we streamed the game for six hours straight – and now you can watch the archive of the Twitch stream on our YouTube channel.

Join Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, Wade Wojcik, and our resident From Software/Dark Souls/Bloodborne expert, Dan Tack. Whether you're just looking to see the game played, or get some tips on the game from Dan Tack, you can take a look at the video below.

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Top Ten Video Game Time Loops

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Top Ten Video Game Time Loops

Time loops are confusing, but that is what makes them so much fun. A good time loop might resolve a central mystery or provide poignant insight into the characters trapped within it. Other times they are just fun to play around with or are so ludicrously constructed that you can’t help but laugh. Since time loops are often integral to a plot, character, or mystery beware – there are MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead. You’ve been warned.

Here are ten of the best time loops in video games.

10: Ghosts N Goblins

The Ups And Downs Of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s First DLC

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The Ups And Downs Of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s First DLC

The first piece of single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition is now available, adding on to the already enormous amount of content your Inquisitor can conquer. Jaws of Hakkon introduces plot points regarding warring Avvar tribes, long-lost gods, and the leader of the Inquisition’s last incarnation 800 years in the past. The ideas are interesting, but the balance of benefits and drawbacks make it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend.

Jaws of Hakkon costs $15, and is currently only available for Xbox One and PC; EA and BioWare aren’t releasing any info about when it is coming to other platforms. Though many gamers definitely have strong opinions about timed DLC exclusives, I’m leaving that issue out of these impressions. Instead, I’m going to focus on the content itself, and why it left me with mixed feelings.

Pro: A new area You access the DLC by going to your war table in Skyhold and spending 8 power to investigate Frostback Basin, which opens a large new zone to explore. Compared to the other areas (like the Fallow Mire or the Hinterlands), Frostback Basin has more variety in its scenery; expect ancient ruins, colorful forests, icy castles, and foggy swamps. I also like how the area uses more vertical space, with some of the camps nestled up in the trees.

Meet The Weirdos Of Mad Max’s Wasteland

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Mad Max is the central figure of the movies, but he’s always been surrounded with some of the oddest supporting characters put to film. From Toecutter to Lord Humungus to the odd couple of Master Blaster, these crazed maniacs have left us wanting more. The upcoming game features an all-new cast of characters, and thanks to input from movie director and Mad Max creator George Miller, they fit right in. Today’s your chance to learn more about some of the bizarre people you’ll encounter in the Wasteland. Some are friendly, and others are definitely not. Either way, they’re an interesting crew.

We learned about Mad Max earlier this week, and now it’s time for everyone else to get their moment in the sun. Considering the Wasteland’s unrelenting heat, that’s probably not what these guys are after. They all have their own motivations, however, which you’ll soon discover.

ChumbucketWe’ve written a lot about Chumbucket, for good reason: He’s essentially the voice of the game, as well as Max’s constant companion. As you know, Max is a man of few words, so having him ride solo wouldn’t make for the most scintillating monologues. That’s where Chum comes in. He points out interesting places and provides light-hearted (albeit weird) commentary on what’s going on. So what’s this guy’s deal, anyway?

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Bloodborne

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Bloodborne

Well, okay. You should be a little afraid of Bloodborne – it’s a horror game after all, filled with sprouting tentacles and terrifying monsters. But what you shouldn’t be afraid of is broaching the game because of the perceived difficulty or challenge. Yes, I would place the difficulty as on par with From Software’s Souls franchise, but as I stated with Dark Souls 2, it’s not about how hard or difficult things are, it’s about approaching the game in a fundamentally different way than games have trained us to play over the last decade.

Before we get into specifics regarding the challenges, I want to state that much of the enjoyment in a Souls game and Bloodborne comes from discovery and exploration at the self-level, which is why despite the fact that guides, walkthroughs, and videos of boss kills can all provide valuable tools to help make things a lot easier, there’s nothing like seeing encounters or areas for the first time without any guidance or assistance. Discovering your own way to tackle the myriad situations you are faced with is far more satisfying than looking up a lesson and then following the rote mechanical solution.

Test Chamber – Slender: The Arrival On Xbox One

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Slender: The Arrival, the sequel to the terrifying Slender: The Eight Pages, makes it's debut on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 tomorrow, and we got an early look at the game.

Turns about the advantages of new-gen consoles only make the game scarier. Join myself, Tim Turi, Jeff Cork, and Wade Wojcik as we explore the landscape, avoid some bald guy with a red tie who has no relation to Hitman's Agent 47 (as far as we know) all the while picking up the discarded litter of park goers and home owners. We struggle a bit to get our footing, but as long as you stick around, you will have plenty off opportunities to meet Mr. Slenderman.

Slender: The Arrival arrived on PlayStation 4 today and releases tomorrow on Xbox One. For more on Slender, you can read about our experiences with the original game here. To watch the episode on YouTube, head here.

Bloodborne: How To Beat Father Gascoigne

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Bloodborne: How To Beat Father Gascoigne

As you first explore the cobblestone streets of Yharnam in From Software's Bloodborne, the first challenge that's likely to give you real problems is the encounter with Father Gascoigne. While it's possible to skip the Cleric Beast entirely and just head to Father Gascoigne right away, it's advisable to tackle the games introductory boss battle with the beast first. If you're having trouble with Father Gascoigne, here's how to take down the gun-toting, trick-weapon wielding beast-mode man.

The first thing you're going to want to do is hunt down the music box. It's found via a house-window interaction up the ladder from the sewer area (To be specific, it's the home right before the shortcut into the fountain rotunda area, accessible via the sewer area featuring several gun-wielding plagued men and one beast-man. Simply head down into the sewer area, take the first ladder up that's near the big pile of soggy, drowned corpse-things, hang a left to see a house with an ogre facing it, and head up that ladder. You'll hear the chimes of music faintly coming from the house, interact with the window and the young girl inside to collect the music box. We'll discuss how to use this later - you're going to want to have this, as it provides an interesting story-driven component to the battle)

Test Chamber – Bloodborne

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Join us for a quick peek at From Software's new action/RPG Bloodborne! Bloodborne features fast-paced combat that rewards aggressive play and a nightmarish setting that's a departure from From's traditional dark fantasy fare.

Tim Turi, Daniel Tack, and Andrew Reiner take a tour of the cursed city of Yharnam and explore some early game content. If you're trying to avoid spoilers, we look at the "first" boss of the game and the first main hub area, but there's nothing that should keep you from sneaking a glance at Bloodborne in action.

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Bloodborne Tips And Tricks

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As difficult as it is, playing Bloodborne without specific pointers or tips is a true journey of exploration, discovery, and achievement that is essentially unrivaled. I suggest playing it that way, and the “Bloodborne: Spoiler-Free Guide For New Players” article is safe to check out if you’re looking for basics.

But if you’re looking for a leg up and don’t mind reading about specific strategies to handle bosses and some places to land essential items and progression unlocks, here is some valuable knowledge gained from my playthrough(s). They may not be the 100 percent “by the book” methods, but they worked for me! WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

Bloodborne: Spoiler-Free Guide For New Players

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Bloodborne is finally here. If the Souls games have been hard for you to get into, Bloodborne might be the right fit. Not because it’s easier – it’s not. Those who say it is likely come with a wealth of prior experience with From’s titles, or are those that have been watching streams with overleveled characters tackling early content. However, Bloodborne’s systems are boiled down to be more understandable and there’s really no better time to embrace the systems in place to give you an extra edge if you need it for those boss fights and Chalice Dungeons

Bloodborne is challenging, but along with white-knuckle encounters comes a sigh of relief and a sense of satisfaction that is difficult to find in other games. This spoiler-free look should offer you some ways you can dive into the abyss, either solo, with newcomers, or with seasoned Souls veterans. If you’re a little lost at some of the terminology used in this guide, check the end of the article for some handy definitions.