Soma Trailer Offers An Eerie Exploration Of Humanity

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What happened at the underwater facility PATHOS-II? How did you get there? And are its inhabitants robotic, human, or some kind of bizarre half step between the two? A new trailer from Frictional Games' Soma poses these questions, and may cause you to ask a few yourself.

The eerie setting might make it look like a typical horror game, but it's lined with a heavy dose of existentialism. It seems as though Frictional is working to create something that sticks with players long after the credits roll, in a way that jump scares alone don't often do. Take a look at the trailer below to get a taste of what we mean.

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Kobojo's Collaborative Effort May Be The JRPG We All Want On Mobile

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Kobojo's Collaborative Effort May Be The JRPG We All Want On Mobile

Few titles at this year’s Tokyo Game Show managed to truly grab one’s attention. Several excellent games showed only minor new features, and a couple of announcements look intriguing. But on my personal wish list, no game came close to Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey, a long-awaited Japanese-style RPG created by a French development studio called Kobojo.  While we’ve known about Zodiac for some time, this was my first time getting extensive hands-on, and I came away extremely excited to see how the final version shakes out, especially since the team is hoping to release on iOS in October, only a few weeks from now.

While a few excellent mobile JRPGs are exceptions to the rule, a large majority that I have played draw you in with beautiful art and promises of a compelling story, only to dash your hopes with the introduction of exploitative micro-transactions and tired storytelling. Not so with Zodiac, which is releasing as a premium-priced title, and then leaving you to play its lengthy story to completion without any additional pay walls. 

The Star Ocean Series Is Back, Here’s Why It’s Still Fun

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The Star Ocean Series Is Back, Here’s Why It’s Still Fun

Star Ocean will always hold a special place in my heart, earning its claim to fame for its engaging action-battle system, copious customization options, and multiple eclectic party members. The sci-fi RPG entries felt like diamonds in the rough in their heyday. Unfortunately, later entries didn't quite share the same magic. Star Ocean 3: Until The End Of Time had a plot twist that divided gamers, amid other issues, while Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope had an abysmal story and annoying characters to boot. The future looked uncertain with the disappointment many fans found with The Last Hope. But just recently Square Enix announced a comeback for the series with Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithfulness. During this year's TGS, I went hands-on with the game, and it reminded me why I enjoyed these games in the first place.

Battles That Force You To Focus

We Do Battle With The Newest Combatants

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We Do Battle With The Newest Combatants

Capcom had some of the most high-profile games at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, including new content for its highly anticipated fighter, Street Fighter V. Fellow editor Kim Wallace and I visited a private demo which included the game’s two newest combatants – Karin and Rashid, and we put the two through their paces.

The arrival of Karin Kanzuki is the big news for the show, as she is one of the most popular characters in the series, according to polls Capcom put to its player base. In fact, Karin topped the popularity list in Japan, and came in 7th overall around the world. Having appeared only in Street Fighter Alpha 3, her return should be a welcome entry for fans. 

I’m no Street Fighter expert, but even I could recognize Karin’s broad utility and fun play options. In my matches, Karin appeared to be relatively well-rounded, but with a particular focus on quick approaches to distant enemies using her dash moves. Her V-Skill allows her to build up towards a big V-Trigger, but also has strong utililty on its own, allowing her to hit with a palm strike that also doubles as a defensive option by dissipating incoming projectiles. 

Halo 5’s Collectible Card Req System Is A Gateway To In-Game Microtransactions

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced how the Halo 5: Guardians requisition (req) system will impact both the Warzone and Arena multiplayer modes. They come in permanent and consumable varieties, and you can either purchase packs of them with earned req points or with real money.

The video below details the ins and outs of the system and how you can get cards. It isn’t specific about real money costs, but 343 suggests it is “generous” with doling out points to spend on packs.

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Learn About The Six New Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Classes

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In Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, the plants have lost and are fighting back against the victorious undead. Joining the original eight classes (Peashooter, Sunflower, Chomper, Cactus, Foot Soldier, Engineer, Scientist, and All-Star) are six new types to expand the battle.

Each of the teams get three new classes, and those all have a number of variants. The zombies get the diminutive, dual-wielding imp; Superbrains, the undead superhero; and Captain Deadbeard, a pirate with a parrot.

Joining the plants are Citron, an orange from the future; Rose, a sorceress that can turn enemies into goats; and Kernal Corn, who can call in butter air strikes. You can see all six in the video below.

Total War: Warhammer Gets Long Gameplay Vid Features Short Dwarfs

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Total War: Warhammer Gets Long Gameplay Vid Features Short Dwarfs

Now that Creative Assembly is (finally) bringing the Total War series into a fantasy setting, it’s time to look at things from a different point of view. The diminutive Dwarfs are on display in the latest gameplay video.

The let’s play style video below shows off an extended combat sequence featuring the Dwarfs and their two-pronged strategy. Dwarven melee fighters are best used to the hold the line while the ranged fighters armed with cannons and flamethrowers deal heavy damage from the rear.

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The Witness Gets A Release Date Five Years After Announcement

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Jonathan Blow has finally put a date on his follow-up to Braid. Unfortunately, you’ll be waiting until next year before exploring his puzzle-filled island.

In the trailer below, you can get a general idea of how the puzzles and exploration tie together. Blow says that completionists can expect to spend 80 to 100 hours playing, though the game can be completed in less time.

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Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Coming To PC Next Month

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After making a splash on iOS devices, Rodeo Games is bringing its Unreal Engine 4-powered Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch to PC. The Enhanced Edition of the game features revamped lighting and a user interface designed for keyboard and mouse instead of touch.

The Deathwatch is a group of Space Marines from across chapters, designed to eliminate alien threats. In the Enhanced Edition, you’ll get access to new chapters, including the Imperial Fists, Black Templar, and Dark Angels.

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Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Lands December 4, New Nathan Drake Collection Trailer

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Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Lands December 4, New Nathan Drake Collection Trailer

Sony and Naughty Dog have announced the launch date for Uncharted 4’s multiplayer beta. If you want in though, you’ll need a copy of The Nathan Drake Collection.

The beta will begin on December 4 and runs through December 13. If you’re not sure whether you want to double dip on the compilation of the first three games, there’s a new trailer to help you make your decision. 

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