Ten Things You Should Know About XCOM 2

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We’re just a bit under one month away from the launch of Firaxis’ follow up to XCOM: Enemy Unknown. XCOM 2 makes substantial changes to the premise and formula that will likely keep even seasoned commanders on their toes.

To help you prepare for a world under alien rule, we’ve put together 10 things you should know, drawn from our extensive time playing the game over the past couple of weeks. You’ll need to think differently than you did in Enemy Unknown when your boots hit the ground on February 5.

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Take A Look At Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India In Action

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Ubisoft is reading the second entry in the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles spin-off series. The 2D branch of the long-running franchise kicked off in 2015 with a trip to China. We visit India later this month.

The story focuses on Assassin Arbaaz Mir, who is working to recover an artifact that belongs to his order. At the same time, he’ll attempt to thwart the theft of a diamond by a Templar.

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A Boy And His Blob Arrives On Current-Gen And PC This Month

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A Boy And His Blob Arrives On Current-Gen And PC This Month

Today, Majesco Entertainment announced that WayForward's colorful Wii-exclusive platformer A Boy and His Blob will be released on current-gen consoles and PC. It's taken a while since the game's 2009 release, but you'll be able to play it this month.

The port to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Vita, and PC will be rendered at 1080p and run at 60 frames per second. It will be available on January 19.

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EA Sports UFC 2 Tackles March 15 Release

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EA has announced the release date for its second current-generation UFC game, EA Sports UFC 2. You’ll be able to enter the octagon once more in March.

A new trailer shows off some of the features coming in the sophomore outing. The video shows off the new knockout physics system, improved grappling, and changes to how submissions are implemented.

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The Force Awakens With Two New Star Wars Pinball Tables

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Pinball mavericks Zen Studios have come up with a pair of new Star Wars tables based on the new movie The Force Awakens, and you can join the Resistance or The First Order next week.

The first table is suitably called The Force Awakens table, and traces the events of the movie from the side of the Resistance featuring characters like Rey, Finn, and Poe. It features a dozen story modes, and the table transforms to transport players to the film's different locations. You can get a brief glimpse of the action on Jakku in the teaser trailer after the jump.

Might of the First Order tasks you with keeping those pesky systems in line across the galaxy. You'll control your own star destroyer (including a magnetic upside-down ramp) and expand the rule of the First Order and control various territories.

Like Narrative-Driven Adventures? Put This On Your Radar

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More developers are experimenting with interesting delivery of choice in narrative. Add Oxenfree to that list. By Night School Studio, a two-member team comprised of Telltale and Disney alumni, Oxenfree aims to feel fresh and wondrous. As inspiration, the developers thought back to some favorite films that captured those feelings as inspiration, such as The Goonies, Poltergeist, and Stand By Me. It’s an intriguing mix, and that’s part of what makes it so exciting. What if you combined a coming-of-age movie with a cool supernatural mystery? That’s the best way you can describe Oxenfree: it’s reminiscent of feel-good movies from the ‘80s, but with a spooky tale tucked in. I recently played a private demo of the game with the developers and was impressed by its relatable characters, natural dialogue, and choices that had me building relationships with various characters.

What Is Oxenfree

Oxenfree is about a group of teenagers, who are off for their “senior year rite of passage”: A huge end-of-year party on Edwards Island, an old military outpost. This is a quaint little place with shops and a beach, but without cell phone service. What was supposed to be a big celebration turns into only five people arriving, and they’re all tackling different issues in life from loss to unrequited love.

Trailer Released For Sci-Fi Conversation Simulator

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How discerning are your eyes and ears? Can you spot a liar's tics with ease or turn their contradictions back on them? Between The City and The Needle, billed as a sci-fi conversation simulator, might give you the opportunity to put those skills to the test. In the game you play as Employee 172, an interrogator in a futuristic world trying to determine if your subjects are human or "an unknown species mimicking human form" by talking with them.

The trailer shows around two minutes of footage, including how the player can interact with subjects, letting the you choose to sympathize with them or intimidate them, as well as a secondary email component that suggests corporate espionage.

Nightmarea Games, a development team comprised of two individuals, is developing the game for PC. No release date has been given though the developer's website says both a playable demo and crowdfunding campaign for the game are coming in the near future.

Another Stunning View Of The Island In One Long Screenshot

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Another Stunning View Of The Island In One Long Screenshot

Jonathan Blow's The Witness is nearly a month away from release, and a new blog post discusses the game's voice over, the possibility of a physical release, and gives us another long look the the island.

In the game's most recent blog post, the indie developer talks about a few updates to The Witness. The team just finished recording the final voice over for the game, and will share some of it soon as well as announce the actors (who you may be familiar with). The team also address the idea of The Witness getting a physical release, which may happen, but not right away. Check out a long pan of the island below.

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Emotional Game About Cancer Gets A Release Date And Trailer

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From the beginning, the Green family just wanted to tell the story about their son Joel, who fought a four-year battle with cancer. This prompted them to create a video game experience that showed Joel's day-to-day life and what it was like to love him. Unfortunately, Joel lost his battle at five years old. Instead of closing the project, Ryan Green continued to work on the game and even shifted its direction. And now, That Dragon, Cancer is finally ready to be shared with the rest of the world.

The emotional game launches on January 12 and will be available on PC, Mac, Ouya, and ForgeTV.

To learn more about That Dragon, Cancer be sure to watch the trailer below that shows you some of the highs and lows of the Green family's journey.