Report: The Marvel Universe As We Know It Is Coming To An End

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Report: The Marvel Universe As We Know It Is Coming To An End

We’re still wrapping our heads around this one, but it seems that Marvel is planning to use its upcoming Secret Wars event as a reboot. The Marvel Universe as we know it is about to end.

According to Newsarama, casualties will spread beyond the core Marvel Universe. The Ultimate line will come to a close, though that branch of the brand has tapered off in recent years.

When the heroes meet in Battleworld for the Secret Wars, pieces of the Marvel multiverse will make up the landscape. This also means that there will likely be points of merger for the different versions of the characters and, though not terribly uncommon, resurrections, too.

PSA: Theme Hospital Is Free From EA Origin

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Gaming isn’t usually a life or death matter, but in Theme Hospital… it’s still not a life or death matter. It’s just a video game, after all.

Theme Hospital is the latest free game from EA via the Origin On the House program. The title was developed by Bullfrog Productions, which also was behind the brilliant Dungeon Keeper series.

You’ll design your hospital to deal with odd ailments and the ever-present Grim Reaper. As you might suspect, there’s more than a touch of humor present.

Reader Discussion: Share Your Club Nintendo Acquisitions With Us

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Reader Discussion: Share Your Club Nintendo Acquisitions With Us

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that its current loyalty program, Club Nintendo, is winding down. Members can earn coins through the end of March and spend them through June.

As I look at my shelves, I see a number of things that have been “purchased” with Club coins. We’re curious what your favorites have been.

Past items include functional accessories like a 3DS XL charging dock and game card cases, apparel, posters, and even a Luigi’s Mansion statue. Of course, Club Nintendo was also a great way to pick up digital titles.

Shadow Of Mordor’s Nemesis System Was Once A Bit More Complicated

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Shadow Of Mordor’s Nemesis System Was Once A Bit More Complicated

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor captured much of our time and attention last fall, and for good reason. Not only is the gameplay enjoyable, but its underpinning systems are unlike anything else we’ve played.

The Nemesis system, which tracks the relationship between protagonist Talion and the Uruk captains of Mordor creates threads of emergent narrative throughout the experience. It also allows for interactions among the named Uruk, but at one point, Monolith had even grander visions.

According to a post-mortem published on Gamasutra by design director Michael de Plater, the Nemesis system once had significantly more layers. De Plater says that at one moment during development, each Uruk faction had its own morale and discipline ratings, which influenced Orc behavior and dynamic events in the world.

Celebrities Take On The Undead In Latest Call Of Duty Exo Zombies Trailer

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Celebrities Take On The Undead In Latest Call Of Duty Exo Zombies Trailer

Call of Duty’s first expansion pack, Havoc, will be out in exactly a week. In addition to four multiplayer maps, Sledgehammer Games is introducing its own twist on Treyarch’s Zombie mode.

These walkers can also boost thanks to their Exo suits. Thankfully, the quartet of John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal are heavily equipped, too.

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Robert Bowling’s Robotoki Studio Closes, Human Element On Hold

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Robert Bowling’s Robotoki Studio Closes, Human Element On Hold

Robotoki, the studio founded by former Call of Duty creative strategist Robert Bowling, has closed. The studio was working on a title called Human Element, which was shown off for the first time at The Game Awards in December.

Bowling departed Infinity Ward in 2012 to strike out on his own. The title was originally intended to be a free-to-play offering, with support from South Korean publisher Nexon. After Robotoki opted to shift development to make Human Element a premium title, Nexon pulled out.

According to Joystiq, the game is now on hiatus, as Bowling works to find another publishing deal. We reached out to Bowling, who confirmed the studio's closure.

Live On Twitch: Tim Plays Resident Evil HD Remaster

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Live On Twitch: Tim Plays Resident Evil HD Remaster

The HD remastered version of Resident Evil's 2002 GameCube remake is out now! To celebrate, I'm livestreaming the game to show off the game's updated visuals and how the new control scheme affects gameplay.

I'm planning on kicking things off with a hard mode playthrough of Chris Redfield's game, with the new modern, non-tank control scheme and widescreen mode enabled. I may switch between options a bit to show off the differences as well

Read my review of the Resident Evil HD remaster here. And if you want to see Jill's perspective of the Mansion Incident, watch our Resident Evil Super Replay.

New Achievements And Player-Voted Costumes Arrive In Sunset Overdrive

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New Achievements And Player-Voted Costumes Arrive In Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive is getting some new cosmetic items as a result of fan voting. In addition, three new achievements are being introduced tied to Buck National activities.

The two costumes are a “camo samurai” get-up and a Halloween-inspired outfit. The achievements are all tied to score challenges posed by the ultra-patriotic Buck National.

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Get Your Questions Ready For The Final Fantasy Type-0 HD AMA

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Get Your Questions Ready For The Final Fantasy Type-0 HD AMA

If you've got a question about Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, then the game's director Hajime Tabata likely has an answer for you. Square Enix and Tabata are holding an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit in a few days.

The AMA session is on January 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific time (here's the official Reddit AMA page), and the only caveat is that Tabata says he won't field any questions related to Final Fantasy XV.

For more on the game and its characters, check out these special news reports straight from the front lines.

2015 Video Game Release Schedule

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2015 Video Game Release Schedule

It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.

If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) - January 6Warhammer Quest (PC, Mac, Linux) - January 7Chariot (Wii U) - January 8
Funk of Titan (Xbox One) - January 9
Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 13
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) - January 13
Evolve Open Beta (Xbox One) - January 15
Blackguards 2 (PC) - January 20
Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) - January 20
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS) - January 20
Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4) - January 20
Planetside 2 Beta (PS4) - January 20
Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 20
Grey Goo (PC) - January 23
Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - January 27
Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) - January 27
Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) - January 30