Replay – Blood Omen 2

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Replay – Blood Omen 2

The Legacy of Kain series has been dormant for quite some time, but it had its share of fans back in the PlayStation 2 era. Blood Omen 2 put players in the role of Kain himself, allowing them to suck blood and cause general mayhem throughout the land of Nosgoth.

The duo from the Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Super Replay returns for a rare two-man episode, and you can check it out below!

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Mastering Transistor – Tips From The Developer

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Mastering Transistor – Tips From The Developer

I am a big fan of Supergiant Games’ latest game, Transistor. However, wrapping your head around the game’s complex skill and upgrade system can take some time. At this point, there’s obviously no one more versed in the art of mixing and matching functions than the team that created the game, so we asked them to share their favorite builds, and how each can best be used. The following suggestions and descriptions come directly from the development team. Each build works great as a full setup later in the game, but even early on in the game you can begin to add in functions as they become available and begin to see the powerful combinations in action. Transistor is all about experimentation, but these suggestions are a great place to start.

The Transistor is the powerful weapon you'll use throughout the game and can be configured in thousands of different ways for many viable tactics. Some configurations favor use of Turn(), the game's strategic planning mode, while others are optimized for real-time combat -- and everything in between! We polled the dev team for some of their favorite function combinations. Some of these builds are suited for high-level play, with all the difficulty-modifying Limiters activated, so try them out for the ultimate challenge.

"The Efficiency Expert"

How To Unlock More Game Modes In Wolfenstein: The New Order

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How To Unlock More Game Modes In Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of the rare first-person shooters that eschews shoehorning multiplayer or co-op into its package in favor of a concentrated single-player campaign. That being the case, developer Machine Games needed to create other ways to increase the game’s replay value. Enter enigma codes.

By finding these collectibles throughout the various levels of the campaign, you are inching closer to unlocking new modifiers that alter the single-player experience. Once you procure all of the enigma codes, you can enter these codes in the menus to complete this optional objective. Here are the four new modes: 

By solving the first enigma puzzle, you unlock a new modifier that grants BJ Blazkowitz unlimited ammo and grenades. Players also start with 999 overcharged health. But there’s a catch – you’ll be playing on Uber difficulty.

Inside Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Future Tech

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Inside Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Future Tech

Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (check out our cover reveal) is not the first game in the series to move the timeline into the future. However, the studio's 2054 vision of futuristic tech is more deeply integrated into the gameplay than anything the franchise has seen before. From the Exo suit to a rifle that 3D prints bullets, this is a glimpse into the advanced weaponry and vehicles of Sledgehammer's solo, new generation Call of Duty debut.

The hover bike is one of Advanced Warfare's most futuristic vehicles. Sledgehammer referenced real-life vehicles like motorcycles and snowmobiles for a grounded design starting point. The windshield is composed of smart glass, allowing the UI to meld with others in the game. The angular armor, designed to deflect enemy fire, shifts with the bike as it moves. Players ride the advanced one-man bikes through the flooded streets of Detroit, fleeing from enemy forces at high speeds.

3D-Printer Rifle

Ten Smart Ideas In Upcoming Games

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Ten Smart Ideas In Upcoming Games

Gamers are always complaining about a lack of innovation in the industry, but while some titles simple hone previously existing mechanics and ideas, developers are always trying new things. Here’s a list of some interesting features and concepts being explored in upcoming games.

EvolveWhat's special about it: Asymmetrical multiplayer and an expandable roster.Turtle Rock’s Left 4 Dead set a new standard for cooperative play by forcing 4-person teams to work together in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. Evolve not only…well, evolves the developer’s work in the co-op space, it offers a new take on competitive play as well. The player who controls the monster has a completely different playing style, abilities, and view of the action than his or her four opponents. The monster’s extra strength balances the uneven teams, while still forcing the hunter team to work together.

Additionally, Evolve is being built to support an expandable roster, so Turtle Rock can easily add new monsters and hunters in the months and possibly years to come, each with their own unique abilities and characteristics – theoretically without splitting up the community between the haves and have-nots.   

Test Chamber - Tropico 5

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Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, and Jason Oestreicher as they step into the shoes of El Presidente to explore Tropico 5!

The simulation city building game goes live tomorrow on PC, bringing a multiplayer mode to the series for the first time. Create the perfect blend of political power, economic superiority, and citizen satisfaction!

Build plantations and ranches, seek the approval of the people, set up lucrative trade routes, and watch out for crazy disasters! Check out our review here!

Osmo Uses iPad Camera, Games To Make Learning Fun

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Osmo Uses iPad Camera, Games To Make Learning Fun

One of the things I struggle with as a parent is how much time I let my kids play games. Left to their own devices, my 5- and 7-year-old would happily spend eight-hour blocks of time exploring Lego Marvel Super Heroes’ streets or hunched over an iPad playing Bad Piggies. I get it – games are super fun – but at the same time I like to make sure that it’s not time entirely wasted. The founders of a new iPad product called Osmo had similar issues in their homes, but they’ve done something about it. Osmo uses a pair of simple peripherals to deliver three educational games for young players. I got to see it in action recently, and it’s an impressive piece of tech that parents should keep an eye out for.

Pramod Sharma, co-founder and CEO of Tangible Play, told me that he was uncomfortable watching his kids tune out while playing iPad games. He wanted to develop something that was educational, but also required players take a more active role in what was happening on the screen. He and co-founder Jérôme Scholler developed a proprietary technology they call Reflective A.I., which uses a mirror peripheral in conjunction with an iPad’s front-facing camera to detect and interpret shapes and patterns and use them in gameplay.

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

Watch Dogs - May 27Ubisoft’s delayed open world hacking adventure will finally be released in late May. Has it benefitted from the extra time? We’ll know soon.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Watch Dogs - May 27Ubisoft’s delayed open world hacking adventure will finally be released in late May. Has it benefitted from the extra time? We’ll know soon.

Brutal Honesty – Inside Massive Chalice's Open Development

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Brutal Honesty – Inside Massive Chalice's Open Development

Last year Double Fine launched its second Kickstarter for the tactical strategy game Massive Chalice. The pitch was for a game combining XCOM: Enemy Unknown's gameplay, Game of Thrones bloodline maneuvering, along with permadeath as a key ingredient. It easily met its funding goal. Learning lessons from the backer-exclusive glimpses at game development with Broken Age, project lead Brad Muir (Psychonauts, Iron Brigade) and his team have opened up to anyone interested and have been livestreaming on a regular basis to show off the game's progress. We visited Muir at Double Fine recently and spoke with him about the reasons behind the transparency.

Watch the video below to learn more about Double Fine's bold development strategy and Muir's thoughts on the insincere state of behind-the-scenes videos in the gaming industry today.

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