Coloring Between The Lines

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Coloring Between The Lines

The Paper Mario series has always relied on quirky humor, interesting gameplay twists, and thick layers of nostalgia, and with Paper Mario: Color Splash, Nintendo shows no signs of changing its course. I had the chance to play Paper Mario: Color Splash and came away excited to extend my time with the game.

The segment I played gave me a small open area to explore, a few enemies to battle, a battalion of Toads to find, and a boss to take on. The early moments played like a tutorial, teaching me all about the game's intuitive card and paint systems. As you explore the world and tackle enemies, you salvage cards, which can be used in the battle system. You also find red, blue, and yellow paint, which can be used for a couple of different things.

For instance, as I navigated through the small area in the demo, I could smash my hammer with some paint on it to color some areas that didn't have color before. Doing so either rewarded me with coins or cards, or opened up new areas. The paint can also be used in battle to power up your attack cards that you select. 

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball Is Free On The eShop

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force is coming next month, and while it isn’t the Metroid game fans want, Nintendo hopes to win you over. Part of the campaign to win Chozo hearts and minds is a free demo for one of the modes out today.

You can download Metroid Prime: Federation Force Blast Ball absolutely free on the 3DS eShop right now. The game is described as “the most intense 3-on-3 sport in the Metroid universe.”

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New Nioh Screens Should Tide You Over Until Newly Announced Second Demo

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New Nioh Screens Should Tide You Over Until Newly Announced Second Demo

Players first got a taste of Team Ninja's upcoming game Nioh in April, thanks to an alpha demo of the Dark Souls-like title. Next month, PlayStation 4 players will get another chance to face off against fearsome supernatural creatures in a new beta for the game. They'll have access to a long-range hand cannon this time around, which should help even things out a little.

Nioh's beta download will be available starting August 23, and the PS4 exclusive will be online until September 6. Look for the full game later this year.

The demo includes a new dojo stage, designed to ease players into the game's combat, as well as a new area that's yet to be announced. If you didn't get a chance to play the alpha, you can also play the Usuki area, which was featured in that demo. In the meantime, you can take a look at our Test Chamber from the alpha, featuring resident Dark Souls expert Dan Tack as he slowly falls in love. Be sure to take a look at the new screens in the gallery below, too.

Get Another Look At World Of Final Fantasy And Check Out The Collector’s Edition

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Get Another Look At World Of Final Fantasy And Check Out The Collector’s Edition

World of Final Fantasy blends the big-head chibi look of the original installments with the expressive Kingdom Hearts art style. All of this takes place in the pop-up book world of Grymoire.

A trailer introduces us to the world and our two protagonists. Throughout their adventure in classic Final Fantasy settings, they’ll encounter classic summons, meet past series protagonists, and capture the franchise’s iconic monsters.

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New Trailer Showcases The Game's In Space And On Foot Combat

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New Trailer Showcases The Game's In Space And On Foot Combat

Hello Games is halfway through a multi-part video series that seeks to answer its game's big questions. The latest shows off the game's combat.

The previous video, Explore, showed off – you guessed it – the game's exploration. You can find it here. The video below, Fight, shows off the game's combat, both on the surface of many planets, and out in space.

No Man's Sky comes out on August 9 for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Watch Madden Rookies Complain About Their Ratings

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It's an annual rite like being hazed in training camp: EA Sports has released the ratings for some of this year's notable rookies, and the reality can be harsh. Welcome to the NFL, rookies.

Big-name rookies like 1st overall pick and Rams' QB Jared Goff fall for the age-old setup: Tell us what you think you're rated, and we'll give you the real numbers. The results are humbling.

On the flipside, EA has posted its list of the top 10-rated rookies on its EA's official blog, and it's not exactly the draft order from earlier this year.

Livestream And Trailer Show Off New Ride For Your Guardian

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Today's live stream of Destiny: Rise of Iron did not reveal much about the story or new environments featured in the upcoming expansion, but did show some new weapons and vehicles. The infamous Gjallahorn will be getting a new skin and the Sparrow will be getting a makeover themed around the weapon as well.

As revealed in a short trailer, players who pre-order the upcoming Rise of Iron expansion will be able to claim an Iron Gjallahorn weapon and a an Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow. You can check out these black-and-silver winged goodies for yourself below.

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The Sequel To 2007's Pac-Man Championship Edition

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 was announced by Bandai Namco today. It will be released in September.The follow-up to Pac-Man Championship Edition, released in 2007, this digital-only game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will be on the show-floor at San Diego Comic Con, which stars tomorrow, at booth 129. You can check out the first trailer for the game down below.

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For more Pac-Man, check out our review of Pac-Man Museum, released in 2014. 

New Gameplay Footage Focuses On Campaign And Brutal Combat

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Microsoft released a snippet of gameplay footage from Gears of War 4 today that shows off protagonist JD and his pals, Kait and Del, as they fight across the surface of Sera. Observant viewers and series fans will also recognize a familiar voice.

You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Atlus Shows Off First 18 Minutes

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Yesterday, Atlus hosted a live stream where the publisher drop a heavy amount of information about its upcoming JRPG, including footage of the first 18 minutes of the game in action. For those unafraid of spoilers or a lack of English audio and subtitles You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Be sure to check out our E3 impressions of the game here.