It Doesn’t Feel Like A Sequel Yet, But It’s Fun

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It Doesn’t Feel Like A Sequel Yet, But It’s Fun

Last night’s announcement of Splatoon 2 was a surprise. I, and the collective Internet, thought Splatoon’s Switch presence would be a port of the original game with some added bonuses, but Nintendo is going full-on sequel for the follow-up. At Nintendo’s Switch event, I was able to play two rounds of the new game.

We didn't get a lot of detail about the game’s campaign. Even questions as simple as, “Will there be a campaign?” went unanswered by Nintendo’s representatives, but I was able to play two multiplayer matches using the Switch in in its portable mode. Local multiplayer will be an option this way, so wi-fi will not be required to play with friends nearby.

For the first match I use the new weapon, the Splat Dualies, which lets you dual-wield a pair of paint-pistols. After painting enough ground, I activate my special ability, which shot me up into the air with a Super Mario Sunshine-style paint-fueled jetpack. As I floated over the battlefield, I shot down giant globs of paint until the ability ran out.

Contain Deadly Pathogens And Save Humanity

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Contain Deadly Pathogens And Save Humanity

Video games and movies often focus on the large threats to humanity like invading aliens, but what if the greatest threat to our survival was something so small you couldn't see it with the naked eye? Quarantine (from developer Sproing and publisher 505 Games) is a new strategy title coming to Steam Early Access on February 9. In it you'll serve as the director of Pandemic Defense and oversee the fight against lethal pathogens around the globe.

You'll respond to possible epidemic threats around the world with a team of dozens you recruit covering four specializations: medic, scientist, diplomat, and security. These members level up as they are deployed and complete missions, isolating and defeating the diseases (with randomly generated traits) before they spread and become stronger through evolution.

Keeping in front of the contagions requires constant funding for up-to-date research facilities, and upgrades and a full tech tree give you the flexibility and ability to keep the battle going.

Evil Welcomes You Home In Latest Atmospheric Trailer

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Evil Welcomes You Home In Latest Atmospheric Trailer

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been slow to share its many mysteries with fans, and that trend continues in the game’s latest trailer, which managed to sneak online earlier today. Within, we hear an increasingly troubling narrator describe the virtues of coming home, even as we observe that home as filtered through the Resident Evil worldview. Enjoy the creepy video below.

Resident Evil 7 is now only a few days from launch on January 24, when it will be playable PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Learn more about the game by watching some of our hands-on impressions and gameplay

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Take On A Sidequest In New Interactive Video

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Take On A Sidequest In New Interactive Video

Fans of the old-school RPG Planescape: Torment have been looking forward to its spiritual successor, Torment: Tides of Numenera, for some time now. If you aren't familiar with either flavor of Torment or are just interested in checking out a mission, a new interactive trailer could be what you're looking for.

The video features seven different endings, depending on your decisions. You can choose to help a captive creature, harvest it for knowledge, or even see what happens when you die (Spoiler: It's not the end). It's a fun way to explore the game, and creative lead Colin McComb offers a lot of insight on Tides of Numenera as a whole.

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New Horizon Zero Dawn Trailer Reveals More Of Aloy's Weird World

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New Horizon Zero Dawn Trailer Reveals More Of Aloy's Weird World

Horizon Zero Dawn has captivated audiences since its E3 2015 reveal. Since then, developer Guerrilla Games has released a steady stream of videos, highlighting the strange robot-filled world that hero Aloy and her tribe inhabit. Today's new trailer shows off more of the game's interpersonal conflict, as well as spellbinding looks at the lumbering synthetic wildlife.

In addition to the game's action, you might notice a familiar face: Lance Reddick. The actor has appeared in shows including The Wire, Fringe, and Lost. 

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Rare Shows Off And Explains The Co-op Gameplay

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Rare Shows Off And Explains The Co-op Gameplay

A new video from Rare shows off Sea of Thieves' co-op gameplay in extensive detail. Along with showing off the gameplay, senior designer Shelley Preston and Andrew Preston explain some of the design decisions behind the gameplay explaining why, for example, the person steering the ship's view is obscured by the sail.

You can check out the video below, and find some more from the game here.

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Bandai Namco Launches Tales Of Berseria Demo On PS4, Steam

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Bandai Namco Launches Tales Of Berseria Demo On PS4, Steam

Today Bandai Namco released a playable demo of its upcoming JPRG Tales of Berseria on both Steam and PlayStation 4. 

Berseria the first Tales game to give a female protagonist the top billing on her own. Previously, Tales of Xillia's Milla was the first female character to be a main protagonist, but she shared that role with Jude. In Berseria, Velvet is the only lead character, and she takes us on her quest for revenge after experiencing a family tragedy. The 16th entry in the series also has a new combat system that gives you free movement during the battles.

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For Honor Closed Beta Arrives January 26

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For Honor Closed Beta Arrives January 26

Today Ubisoft announced its the closed beta for its upcoming medieval multiplayer brawler, For Honor, is starting on January 26.

The melee-centric game pits knights, vikings, and samurai against one another in fights to the death. For the beta, Ubisoft is throwing a special, limited time event called War of the Factions that runs through January 29. "War of the Factions will track all multiplayer activities across all platforms from all players during the closed beta, and will reward players for fighting for their factions and honor the winning faction with additional rewards," the press release reads. "In addition to the War of the Faction rewards, players who participate in the closed beta will also receive rewards. Both sets of rewards will be transferred to the full game."

If you want to volunteer your sword for this event, you can register for the closed beta draft here.

BioWare Shares New Gameplay On NVIDIA's CES Stage

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BioWare Shares New Gameplay On NVIDIA's CES Stage

During NVIDIA's CES stage presentation, BioWare showcased some new footage of Mass Effect Andromeda.

First up, BioWare's Aaryn Flynn offers some background on the gameplay clip, and then showcases in-engine footage of the game's ship flying through an asteroid field before getting into some more familiar action.You get to see some menu navigation, which showcases on-the-fly class changing, before getting into some third-person shooting on a new planet.

You can skip to to the 3:45 mark to see the Mass Effect Andromeda in action.

Explore More Of Mass Effect: Andromeda In New Screens

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Explore More Of Mass Effect: Andromeda In New Screens

Earlier today BioWare and EA announced the March 21 release date (in North America) for Mass Effect: Andromeda, and now we can follow that up with 10 new screens for the much-anticipated title.

The screens in the media gallery below give us glimpses into combat, some of the game's worlds, enemies, and more.

Believe it or not, there is even more Mass Effect: Andromeda on the way, as it will be showcased during Nvidia's CES keynote tonight at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time.