The Contraption-Building Puzzle Game Blends Gameplay With Reality

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One of the biggest hurdles for virtual reality developers is showing what an experience is like without actually strapping on a head-mounted display. Northway Games and Radial Games, the developers behind Fantastic Contraption, have finally made strides toward effectively communicating what it’s like to play in a virtual space.

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The trailer above shows off Fantastic Contraptions premise through what Northway Games calls "mixed reality." The room-scale VR game tasks players with achieving one simple goal: get the pink ball to the pink end-zone. The way that you get there depends on your wits and the contraption you manage to create. Imagine a hands-on approach to Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts' vehicle crafting.

Five Things That Surprised Me In Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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I recently got to spend an extended period of time with Uncharted 4. You can see my playthrough here, but there were a handful of things I felt were worth calling out separately. My time featured a number of surprising moments and mechanics, but it still felt like an Uncharted experience.

The JeepNathan Drake is no stranger to riding in vehicles, or jumping off of them as they explode, but it’s rare that he and the player are behind the wheel. Nathan spent some time on a wave runner in the original Uncharted, but this is a much different experience.

In the level I played, which was at about the halfway point in the game, the Jeep isn’t so much about covering lots of ground quickly as it is about serving as an extension of Nathan’s ability to navigate the environment. In this way, it felt a bit like the Batmobile from Batman: Arkham Knight. It doesn’t seem that the Jeep will be as instrumental to Nathan’s adventure as the Batmobile was to Batman’s, but the two share some commonalities. I used the Jeep to navigate steep inclines and took advantage of its winch to drive up slippery, muddy paths. I also used it in combat to run over two enemies, but was quickly taken out by sniper fire, as the jeep has no cover.

Things Get Bloody In The Multiplayer Beta

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Things Get Bloody In The Multiplayer Beta

As DOOM’s release date closes in on us, the public was finally given a chance to get some hands-on time with the multiplayer (assuming they purchased a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order or snagged a code through other means). Editor Andrew Reiner got some hands-on time with the single-player portion, and came away rather impressed with what he saw. So how does this slice of multiplayer stack up?

Well, it’s surprisingly complicated.

Have no fear, fans of Quake and Unreal Tournament fast-paced arena style combat. The multiplayer component for Doom is comparable to those, with players moving quickly around the map and blasting each other to pieces. Combat is immensely enjoyable, largely thanks to the weapon handling as well as the fun of zipping around entire maps in seconds. It feels like playing a genuine old-school first-person shooter instead of a competent homage to that era of games. People explode, sending rib cages and decapitated heads into the distance, while power-ups hover for you to grab, including a delightful one that lets you turn into a revenant, a powerful missile-toting demon capable of ripping through hordes of players.

Watch Widowmaker's Assassination Attempt In Overwatch's Second Animated Short

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In preparation of Overwatch's launch in May, Blizzard has been unveiling animated shorts that dig deeper into the game's world and characters. Today's video, titled Alive, is the second in a series of four animated shorts. The spotlight is put on Widowmaker, the sniper who attempts to assassinate a politician.

The short also features Tracer, the British hero who excels in offensive moves. Notably, she's also being added as a playable character to Heroes of the Storm later this month. The two battle head-to-head in an epic scene that you can view below.

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Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Returns To The West After Eight Years

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Romance Of The Three Kingdoms Returns To The West After Eight Years

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms series is getting a new entry after nearly a decade since its last Western release. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII will be coming to North America this summer as a celebration of the series' 30th anniversary.

The game will be a return to the tactical strategy, political drama and historical settings that the series is known for. Players can once again assume the role of one of China's greatest warlords from the second century, or create their own character to climb toward leadership as the Han Dynasty collapses. Watch the announcement trailer and take a look at the first screenshots below.

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The Blue-Haired Vocaloid Takes Center Stage In This Announcement Trailer

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Hatsune Miku has the benefit of being in multiple places at once. It’s one of the many perks of being a digital singer, you can mingle with the cast of Persona and make a David Letterman appearance while working overtime on your next game. Sega has announced that the blue-haired vocaloid will be making a trip stateside once again with Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X for the PlayStation 4 and Vita.

Project Diva X is the newest entry in a long line of Hatsune Miku games. The latest iteration in the Project Diva series breaks up songs into five separate “clouds” including: classic, cool, cute, elegant, and quirky. Miku and her vocaloid friends sing and dance their way through 30 songs, unlocking close to 300 costumes along the way.

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Watch Vampire Counts Raise The Dead In Latest Campaign Walkthrough Video

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The Creative Assembly published a new campaign walkthrough for Total War: Warhammer today. The eight-minute video showcases the Vampire Counts and their necromantic methods of recruitment.

The Raise Dead mechanic is unique to the faction, allowing them to recruit the undead instantly from the remains scattered across the map. A good Vampire Counts player will be able to manipulate opposing factions into battling one another, so they’ll leave a high number of corpses on the battlefield, ripe for reanimation and reenlistment. 

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Hell Is Real In This Doom Live-Action Trailer

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There once was a Doom live-action movie staring The Rock. While today's trailer for the May 13 game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC has nothing to do with that movie, if you like seeing Doom live-action style, you'll want to see this.

More than just a guy in a suit running around with a shotgun, the trailer does a cool job of realizing some of the enemies we're going to see in the actual game.

For more on the title's actual gameplay, check out this previous trailer showcasing some of the game's demons and weapons, and click our our cover story hub via the banner below.

Latest Trailer Shows A New Summon

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Among the other announcements at tonight's Final Fantasy Uncovered event, Square Enix unleashed a new trailer showing off more of the game in action.

Most of the trailer would be enough to get any Final Fantasy fan excited, but even if you have no particular allegiance to the series, you should pay attention the summon sequence. It shows the enormous Titan emerging onto the scene, and like Ramuh from the Episode Duscae demo, seems to indicate that summons will be a majorly impressive element of the game.

Of course, you also see more of the story and combat, too. Watch it for yourself below: