You Against The World – The Top Games Where You're Outnumbered

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You Against The World – The Top Games Where You're Outnumbered

While it's true that not every game is about letting players live out their power fantasies, it's certainly an extremely popular theme. We don't always feel like we're in charge of our lives as we slog through our days, which is why it's cathartic to plug in and mow down legions of bad guys. In honor of Hyrule Warriors' upcoming release, we've compiled a list of games that pit you against entire armies – and give you the tools to take 'em out.

To make things a little more interesting (and to keep them from absolutely dominating the list), I decided to exclude Koei Tecmo's various "Warriors" games. If you just want to kill lots of dudes, you can't go wrong with Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Warriors Orochi, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, Hyrule Warriors, or any of their offshoots. Whew! 

Smash TVThis arcade shooter put you in the role of a contestant on a futuristic game show. Unfortunately for your safety, you aren't rewarded for your trivia prowess or ability to correctly price items. Instead, you earn toasters, cash prizes, and more by blasting apart robots, mutants, and swarms of other hostiles in arenas. The twin-stick shooter came from the mind of Eugene Jarvis, creator of Robotron: 2084, and it remains a highlight of arcade co-op. 

Test Chamber – Hyrule Warriors

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Test Chamber – Hyrule Warriors

The bizarre Dynasty Warriors Legend of Zelda crossover is right around the corner, and we take a look at one of the game's Twilight Princess levels with Midna taking on the hordes of moblins.

Fair warning, there is a spoiler here for a big set piece moment involving a big reference to a popular Zelda game. This is a fairly early level, though, so if you want to experience Hyrule Warriors' story free of expectation, you should still be safe by watching our Test Chamber, featuring myself and Andrew Reiner.

For our review of Hyrule Warriors, head here. To see some more gameplay of the game, specifically what happens when to the pour soul who decides to attack a cucco, head here. Hyrule Warriors launches on Wii U September 26.

The Wondrous Sights Of TGS 2014 – Day One

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Tokyo Game Show opened its doors to the press today and we were right there to capture the action. Plenty of interesting artifacts, cosplayers, and games were on display. Being a huge fan of the Japanese video game scene, I had to take some pictures to share the amazing experience.

The show began with Joe getting way too excited about having his picture with the E.D.F. guys. And Joe was never heard from again...

Just follow the slime, and you'll find your way to the Square Enix booth.

Osmo Update Lets Parents Create Word Games For Their Kids

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A few months ago, I wrote about Osmo, an edutainment product designed for kids. After clipping a special cap on the top of an iPad's camera, young players can tackle a variety of word games and other puzzle-oriented challenges. Today, Tangible Play has announced that it's giving parents, teachers, and kids themselves the tools to make their own Words challenges. I got to see it in action, and it has a tremendous amount of potential.

Words is one of the three games that's included with Osmo, which has now started shipping. In it, an image pops up on the iPad's screen, along with a series of blank spaces representing letters in a mystery word. Players slide, drop, or fling the appropriate letter tiles into the camera's view, filling in the word. When it's complete, they win. 

Where is Final Fantasy XV?

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Where is Final Fantasy XV?

Many gamers are looking ahead to the next generation for exciting games, but for one of Square Enix’s most anticipated upcoming titles, we have to look backward. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was unveiled in 2006, but remained seldom-seen and mysterious until it reappeared as Final Fantasy XV. Even then, concrete answers about the game’s status are rare, so we’ve assembled this timeline of its progress, major appearances, and related comments from original director Tetsuya Nomura, current director Hajime Tabata, producer Yoshinori Kitase, and brand director Shinji Hashimoto.

Update 9/17/14: New entries added to reflect the important announcements coming out of TGS 2014.

May 2006 At E3, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is announced as part of Fabula Nova Crystalis, as is Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Along with Final Fantasy XIII, it is revealed as a PS3 exclusive. 

Gaikai Talks PlayStation Now

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Gaikai Talks PlayStation Now

We recently spoke with Gaikai CEO David Perry about all things PlayStation Now. The longtime developer joined the cloud-gaming company in 2009 and in 2012 Sony acquired it to form the core of PlayStation Now. Check out our interview as we touch on signing with Sony, remote play, what it takes to get a game on PS Now, expansion to more devices, overcoming rough cloud-gaming experiences, and looking to the future.

When you're finished, be sure to check out our interview with Sony's Eric Lempel on PlayStation Now as well.

What initially interested you about cloud-based gaming?

The 10 Most Evil Corporations In Video Games

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There are a lot of corporations in the world that fail to look out for the best interests of the global population, but some video game corporations truly excel at screwing up the environment and everyone who lives in it. We rounded up the worst of the lot; here are 10 video game corporations that are probably facing some serious OSHA violations.

10. Abstergo (Assassin's Creed series)While the Templars have always been the antagonists to the shadowy Assassins, the organization's machinations haven’t always been completely black or white. However, the Templars' modern-day corporate shell is clearly a few shades darker. While this corporation has produced some impressive memory-extracting technology that allows users to relive their ancestral pasts, it is also using this technology in order to create a totalitarian regime. Abstergo wants peace, but it only wants peace under the strictest terms. This isn’t Burger King Abstergo; you can’t have everything your way! (This joke brought to you by 2002.)

Destiny: How To Get Guaranteed Legendary And Exotic Items

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Since Destiny’s launch, I’ve seen tons of comments about those lovable Legendary engrams that end up being rares or resources instead of a legendary item. I’ve heard that gearing up is completely left to the mercy of the luck gods, and while there is some serious luck involved in getting random drops, there are actually quite a few ways that Destiny employs to ensure that if you’re playing at level 20, you’re going to be working toward legendary items and exotic items every day, if you wish.

And while you’re doing so, you’ll have some chances to get the random drops as well. There are three main fail-safe systems for level 20 players to acquire legendary and exotic gear outside of snagging a random reward from an enemy drop, PVP bonus loot, or a jazzy legendary engram.

Start here. Players accumulate marks in both PVE (Strike playlist, dailies, weeklies, and public events) and PVP (Crucible) each week. These are tied to their activities, so a particularly hardcore player could engage in both systems and end up with two legendaries or more each week. I’m guessing that most players have a preference to focus on, but they’ll probably dip in to acquire some of the other kind just by doing their bounties for bonus experience and reputation.

This Is What Happens When You Attack A Cucco In Hyrule Warriors

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Attacking the Cuccos in any Zelda game is never good idea, and Hyrule Warriors is no exception.

Andrew Reiner and myself decided to test our luck anyway, just to see what happens. Things get out of hand quickly when I start swinging my sword at a chicken hanging out in a Great Fairy Temple who was just minding his own business.

Check out the video below. Hyrule Warriors launches September 26, but our review is online now.

What Will Microsoft Do With Minecraft?

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What Will Microsoft Do With Minecraft?

In light of yesterday's announcement of Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft and developer Mojang we're looking ahead to what's in store for the blockbuster property. We covering items that were already in the works before the buyout, complete slam dunks, and our theories as to what could and should happen.

1) Equal support across platforms

Minecraft is currently available on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android, with a Vita version coming very soon. It's easy to assume that the Xbox platforms will get all the updates and exclusives while the PlayStation editions languish, but that's just bad business. Mojang and Microsoft's figures from earlier this year put the Xbox 360 edition's sales at 12 million out of the total of 54 million sold on all platforms. That's a huge section of the business, but Microsoft will stand to make a lot more money if all 54 million customers are happy. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft released some new skin and texture packs a couple weeks or a month early on PC and Xbox consoles (and a few permanent exclusives like the Halo pack), but most platforms should have DLC parity after a certain point. As far as bug fixes and feature updates go, everything should be on an even timing there.