Where's Our Crackdown 3 Review?

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Where's Our Crackdown 3 Review?

Crackdown 3 is out tomorrow, and reviews are starting to hit online. Ours won't be among them, however, since I haven't had the opportunity to play the game's Wrecking Zone multiplayer on live servers. That's not to say I haven't formed an opinion on what I have played of the campaign mode.

First, the good news: Controlling the Agent is great, and it captures a large part of what made the original game so enjoyable. I've had a lot of fun completing various parkour challenges and collecting the orbs scattered throughout New Providence.

Unfortunately, the rest of the campaign hews far too closely to the original. If you loved that game and haven't spent much time with other open-world titles, it might be easy to forgive its lack of innovation. I play a lot of sandbox games, and Crackdown 3's stubborn adherence to gameplay systems from 12 years ago make the campaign feel stale overall.

The Trine Series Is Coming To Switch This Spring

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The Trine Series Is Coming To Switch This Spring

Frozenbyte plans to release the entirety of its Trine Series on the Nintendo Switch this Spring. Already available for physical pre-orders, Trine: Enchanted Edition, Trine 2: Complete Story, and Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power explore the whimsical adventures of franchise protagonists Amadeus, Pontius, and Zoya. Showcasing Frozenbyte’s knack for puzzle-platformers, the bundle is priced at $39.99. 

Trine 2: Complete Story, however, will be released early through the eShop for Switch owners on February 18. As a stand-alone title, Trine 2 is $16.99. With over 20 levels of hand-drawn content and a local as well as online co-op mode, players will finally be able to take their favorite fantastical side-scrollers on the go. 

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey February Update Adds New Game+ And New Story Content

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey February Update Adds New Game+ And New Story Content

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's monthly content updates continue in February with the previously announced New Game+ mode and a new storyline.

New Game+ is available February 26 for players who've beaten the main storyline, allowing them to restart the game while retaining all of their progression, including skills, gear, resources, and ship upgrades. In a development diary, Ubisoft confirmed that the mode will allow players to switch characters. If you played as Kassandra for your first expedition through Greece, all of your progression will carry over to Alexios if you choose to switch in New Game+.

The content drop also includes A Brother's Seduction – a new quest line that puts players in the middle of a feud between two brothers in Corinthia who are grieving their father's passing. The new story content is free, and it'll be available to players once they reach Chapter five.

Darksiders III Meets Internal Expectations At THQ Nordic

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Darksiders III Meets Internal Expectations At THQ Nordic

When THQ went down in flames in 2013, Darksiders was one of the flagship series famously scooped up by THQ Nordic (formerly Nordic Games). After five years of patiently waiting, fans were finally given a third entry in the franchise that was always intended to have several sequels.

The game was released to seemingly little fanfare last year – despite deserving more – but according to THQ Nordic's interim report covering the calendar year 2018, Darksiders III "has performed within management’s range of expectations and has recouped all investments made in development and marketing during the quarter."

This bodes well for anyone who was hopeful the series would continue. With Fury's introduction in Darksiders III, that leaves only one horseman of the apocalypse left for a potential fourth game, Strife. Hopefully fans won't have to wait another five years for that game.

PSA: Paladins' Latest Update Brings Cross-Play, Progression To All Platforms Except PS4 Today

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PSA: Paladins' Latest Update Brings Cross-Play, Progression To All Platforms Except PS4 Today

Following through on an announcement made late last year (albeit a little late), the latest update to Paladins, Hi-Rez Studio's take on the class-based multiplayer without battle royale elements, will let players play with anyone on another console and carry their progress over on any platform, except for PlayStation 4.

The "End Times" update, along with adding a number of skins, features, and balance updates, makes the cross-play dream come true for those not playing on Sony's platform. Anyone playing on Xbox One, Switch, and/or PC will be part of the same matchmaking pool in quickplay, though players can opt-out of playing with people on other platforms. Ranked will matchmake players based on their input method of either mouse-and-keyboard or controller, with Xbox One and PC players having the option to play with either. All progress will now carry over across platforms by linking their Hi-Rez account to their platforms of choice.

Of course, the reason the update doesn't include the PS4 version is likely because of Sony allegedly denying the feature to some developers, though Sony itself says it's ready to offer the option to anyone who asks. For its part, Hi-Rez says they "are technically ready to support" cross-play and progression "on other platforms as the opportunity arises."

Here's A Handy Map Showing Where To Find Good Loot In Apex Legends

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Here's A Handy Map Showing Where To Find Good Loot In Apex Legends

Of the many things Apex Legends does to build on the battle royale genre, the ability to have one person choose where the whole squad drops is a major boon for coordination. But when you're Jumpmaster, it can be tough to choose where to drop, as every area of the King's Canyon is tweaked to dispense better or worse gear. It can be a lot to remember, which is where a color-coded map comes in handy.

Apexmap.io offers an at-a-glance view of the entire map, with areas color coded based on the rarity of their loot. Purple areas offer high-tier loot, blue mid-tier loot, and gray low-tier loot. The drop rate isn't 100-percent consistent, though, which is why the map also includes the percentage chance of that tier of loot dropping at that particular location. So while the Cascades and Water Treatment areas are both marked as "High Tier Loot" locations, Water Treatment has a much higher chance of doling out better gear, so if the dropship happens to run through both, you're better off going there (though more people may drop there, too. Decisions, decisions...).

You can also filter the map a bit to show where the respawn beacons and Pathfinder radars are to plan out your route, though the in-game map shows these as well. Overall, it's a pretty hand way to learn Apex Legends' map, so if you're having trouble being Jumpmaster, this is a good place to start.

Crackdown 3 – New Gameplay Today Live

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Crackdown 3 – New Gameplay Today Live

Crackdown 3, the long-in-development follow-up to Crackdown (what's Crackdown 2?), is out on Friday, but we're playing it right now! We'll be streaming the game today at 11 a.m. CT, and you can watch us play on YouTube or Twitch.

Jeff Cork (whose review you will see here on the site, soon) and Kyle Hilliard will be playing the game at about the middle point of the game. We will do our best to not spoil any major story elements and just focus on destruction, so you can watch without fear if you don't want to know what happens in the game's story.

THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios

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THQ Nordic Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios

THQ Nordic's subsidiary Koch Media is acquiring Kingdom Come: Deliverance developer Warhorse Studios in Prague, Czech Republic.

Naturally, the purchase includes all of Warhorse's properties, although it's unknown if the studio is working on other projects at the moment.

This acquisition marks another feather in the cap for THQ Nordic, which last year also picked up the Timesplitters and Second Sight properties, the Carmageddon franchise, and others.

The Past And Present Collide In New Days Gone Story Trailer

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The Past And Present Collide In New Days Gone Story Trailer

In Days Gone, a church can both be a place where you reminisce about the happiest moment of your life and where you sledgehammer another human being to death.

Those are separate moments for Deacon St. John in the game's latest trailer, where he wallows in a brief interlude from the harsh realities of his current life.

Days Gone comes out on PlayStation 4 April 26.

Buckle Up For Dangerous Driving's New Trailer & Release Date

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Buckle Up For Dangerous Driving's New Trailer & Release Date

Dangerous Driving – the latest chaotic creation from Three Fields Entertainment (Dangerous Golf, Danger Zone 2) – has an updated release date (April 9) as well as a trailer giving players a taste of the game's high-speed hits and near-misses. 

The game features eight different game modes, and whether you're trying to string together combos in Heatwave or taking down all you see in the aptly-named Takedown mode, the game's commitment to eye-watering speed, fantastic crashes, and threading the eye of the needle with a steady hand on the wheel remains. The game even lets you control a cop car so you can take out scofflaws with extreme prejudice.

Dangerous Driving also includes eight-player online and 30 courses set across seven locations.