Twin-Stick Hero Shooting Takes Off

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Perfect World's upcoming title Livelock has a great recipe – Diablo-esque minibosses, solid twin-stick shooting mechanics, lots of shiny lights and explosions, and an incredibly focused selection of just three heroes that players can pick from to participate in single player or up to 3-person co-op campaign combat. There's no player-vs-player, but there is plenty of room for "build diversity" on each champion as players unlock new weapons and options as they level up.

Players can edit their loadouts to create their perfect vision of the tank, the damage dealer, and the support, but in the context of a mission everyone is always fighting and smashing those cooldowns – you won't be "left out" by selecting the tank or healer role. Additionally, all players can pick the same core archetype if they wish, as it's likely that the builds and options on each character will vary greatly based on player preference.

Hands-On Demo Proves To Be Spooky, Action-Packed Time

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We got to spend some time with Gears of War 4 back in February and check out how the game was doing in our exclusive cover story. During our trip we got some hands-on time with the game, but only in specific testing environments and not the campaign or multiplayer itself. Yesterday, I got the chance to actually play through a segment of the campaign.

Good news, Gears fans: Gears of War is still Gears of War but with a few new twists and flourishes. We saw the playable segment during our cover trip, a 20 minute sequence that followed protagonist JD and his crew mates as they ran around a spooky fortress shooting monsters, and were pretty impressed with it then. However, getting hands-on with the sequence made it even more impressive, with sequences I had already seen before numerous times proving to be exhilarating and entertaining as I desperately wheeled around environments, taking cover and blasting monsters as they surged at me.

The new Gears definitely leans harder into action than horror, but the build-up to each action setpiece in the demo is impressive, with all sorts of monsters jumping out of hiding places, exploding out of gruesome jelly pods, or--my personal favorite--a single, seemingly non-threatening enemy screaming for backup and drowning the entire place in countless foes.

What's The Same, What's Different In Titanfall 2 Multiplayer

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The original Titanfall debuted to high praise, ranking among the best Xbox One games upon release. But in the weeks and months after its launch, the multiplayer focused shooter waned from the spotlight. Though it had strong core community, the title's short progression loop and lack of content outside of the core competitive play didn't compel many who enjoyed it to work Titanfall into their regular play rotation. For the sequel, developer Respawn is going bigger, with a dedicated story campaign, renewed focus on deepening its multiplayer, and plans to expand beyond the Microsoft platforms and onto PS4. 

We sat down with lead multiplayer designer Todd Alderman to ask the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare vet how he plans to re-energize the competitive play.

What's The Same, What's Different In Titanfall 2 Multiplayer

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The original Titanfall debuted to high praise, ranking among the best Xbox One games upon release. But in the weeks and months after its launch, the multiplayer focused shooter waned from the spotlight. Though it had strong core community, the title's short progression loop and lack of content outside of the core competitive play didn't compel many who enjoyed it to work Titanfall into their regular play rotation. For the sequel, developer Respawn is going bigger, with a dedicated story campaign, renewed focus on deepening its multiplayer, and plans to expand beyond the Microsoft platforms and onto PS4. 

We sat down with lead multiplayer designer Todd Alderman to ask the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare vet how he plans to re-energize the competitive play.

Forza Horizon 3 Puts You In Charge Of The Horizon Festival...And Australia

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Forza Horizon 3 Puts You In Charge Of The Horizon Festival...And Australia

Forza Horizon 3 is expanding, and it's not just because the game's virtual Australia is a massive place twice the size of previous games, nor the fact that it has the most cars for the series (350+). In previous titles in the franchise, as a player you've had to jump through the appropriate hoops to make your way up the Festival ladders. Now you're creating the Festival itself.

Being in charge of the Festival means you choose the events, build new sites, decide where they go, and even choose the music (users can import their own via the One Drive).

This creation ethos extends to the Horizon Blueprint feature. This lets you create challenges (including those from the series' Bucket List), down to the route, number of participants, time of day, entry requirements, and its name. It's difficulty will be set by you completing it. The game will then generate a poster for it and share this with your friends. These creations also assist your position as Festival boss.

Paragon's Open Beta Hits In August, New Tweaks And Changes

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Paragon will be moving into open beta on August 16 for PS4 and PC players. The free-to-play MOBA is also making some significant gameplay changes to gear up before opening the doors to everyone, including an overhaul of teleporting and movement options that let you get back into the battle quickly or join up with your team.

Every player will be able to teleport on a 90 second cooldown to friendly structures, a big shift that should facilitate a lot of timing strategy in organizing team pushes and stopping enemy assaults. In addition, players can enhance their characters out in the field with the addition of drop pods, which allows players to purchase their card effects (basically Paragon's take on an item system) outside of the safety of the base. Of course, there's risk involved in this, too – the opposing team can smash your field support and end up costing you, so it's a delicate risk-reward balance that will inevitably make battles in the lanes more interesting.

A new character, Khameria (a brutal axe wielding melee character that you won't want to end up alone with), will be joining the roster on June 21 and new characters are scheduled to appear in the game every three weeks. All characters in Paragon are fully unlocked and free, so engaging with the game's monetization system confers other benefits like experience boosts.

This Dark Souls-Inspired Adventure Continues To Look Promising

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Nioh, a game loosely based on an Akira Kurosawa script and borrowing heavily from Dark Souls' design philosophy, caught gamers' attention earlier this year when its alpha was released on PSN. Today, I got to see a little bit more of the game in a brief showcase where Team Ninja revealed some new mechanics and weapons.

The demo began with protagonist William Adams making his way through the caverns of a mountain, fighting an assortment of demons and bandits. I watched as Adams used a double sword stance not available in the alpha, which let the player cut through enemies more quickly while also leaving the player more vulnerable to attacks. Firearms are also now a part of Nioh, with the player able to switch to a rifle to take out archers and other enemies in the distance. Combat is quick but deadly, with enemies hitting hard, forcing the player to learn foes' fighting patterns and flank them to find openings.

Nioh's shameless ripping off of Dark Souls might be annoying if the game didn't emulate that formula so well with bloody, enjoyable sword duels and a merciless level of difficulty that will test even the most steel-nerved players. The shortcuts available between checkpoints are also done rather well, placed far enough so that it doesn't make the game too easy but there are enough of them that they serve as palpable relief.

See New Art And Watch 40 Minutes Of Gameplay

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See New Art And Watch 40 Minutes Of Gameplay

Nintendo may not have had a traditional E3 press conference this year, but it still had lots to share about the upcoming Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Below you will find the full archived video from Nintendo's Treehouse Live stream where it showed off the new Pokémon in detail, and in the gallery below you will find a collection of new art assets.

For a written breakdown of what's new for Pokémon Sun & Moon, head here.

The Father Son Relationship In God Of War Is The Heart Of The Story

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The Father Son Relationship In God Of War Is The Heart Of The Story

At yesterday's Sony press conference, we saw a glimpse of how the new God of War is taking a more intimate, parental tone – a stark departure from the brutal anti-hero story we've come to know. The demo follows an older, bearded Kratos and his son as they embark on a hunting trip that isn't without obstacles and foes. At E3, we were given an extended look at the more methodic hack-and-slash gameplay, the role of his child companion, and just how open this nordic world is.

While past games explored Greek mythology, this God of War entry will be grounded in Norse mythology. God of War director Cory Barlog was quick to mention that this is a continuation of our famed anti-hero's story, rather than a traditional reboot.