We Find Out Why Primal Is The Most Unique Far Cry Yet

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Editor's Note: The following article first appeared in Game Informer Australia Issue #75 and is written by David Milner. You can follow him on Twitter here.

It begins with a bang. Or, more accurately, a crushing thud to the ground. Takkar, Far Cry Primal’s protagonist, is chased off a cliff when a sabre-toothed tiger rudely interrupts his mammoth-hunting expedition. His party is slaughtered. After regaining consciousness and realizing he’s been separated from the safety of his tribe, the Wenja, Takkar has to quickly satisfy his most primal, urgent needs: find a weapon, find food, find shelter and find his people.

There are no complex emotions or themes at play during the game’s scene-setting moments. Takkar is not returning to his homeland to bury his mother; he’s not liberating a nation from a totalitarian regime; he’s not even a carefree frat-brat on a holiday from Hell. He just needs to stay alive in a land that couldn’t care less about him.

Super Galaxy Squadron EX Out Next Week, First Game Raised $10,000 For Charity

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Last year, we covered a little game called Super Galaxy Squadron. It was described to us a shoot-em-up for people that aren’t terribly good at shoot-em-ups. It also caught our attention because all of the net proceeds were designated for charity.

Next week, an updated version of the game, Super Galaxy Squadron EX will be available for sale. The EX edition includes new art and audio, as well as additional modes.

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Real-Time Strategy Beta Coming To PC

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Publisher En Masse Entertainment has announced their new real-time strategy game, Battleplans. The game is in development at C4M and will have a closed beta on PC later this month.

Unlike other games in the RTS genre, Battleplans splits offensive battles and defensive planning into two different areas of the game. Players will attack resource-rich territories which are controlled by either other players or AI, and then come up with their own defensive strategies to protect their territory from other players in their absence. Get an idea of the process in the gallery below.

Battleplans is aiming to "set itself apart from other RTS titles by using simple, intuitive controls that allow players to focus on making quick decisions in the heat of battle instead of navigating endless menus." This approach is meant to reward the use of "battle tactics instead of button clicks."

Exclusive Ascendancy Occultist Class Revealed

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Exclusive Ascendancy Occultist Class Revealed

Path of Exile, the popular free-to-play action/RPG from Grinding Gear Games, will be getting a brand new expansion next month. The Ascendancy expansion launches on March 4 as the fourth major update, and adds 19 new character classes including the newly announced Occultist. We talked with Grinding Gear about the new features and improvements to the game in Ascendancy, and got some insight into the changes that classes like the Occultist bring to the table.

In Path of Exile, each of the core classes has three available ascendancy classes. The Witch, for example, will now have three different choices you can make which will provide a specific set of ascendancy skills. The Occultist is one of those three, and focuses on dark magic and chaos damage. She’s not limited to those, however. Get a breakdown of the Occultist in the trailer and gallery below.

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Total War: Warhammer Shows Off Its Turn-Based Tabletop Roots

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Everything we’ve seen of Total War: Warhammer so far has been about the real-time strategy battles. Today we get a good look at the campaign, as Creative Assembly takes us through part of the Orc’s quest to dominate the Old World.

In between the real-time battles, you’ll move troops around the map, conquer settlements, build structures, and upgrade your forces. In the video below, you’ll see how that works, and how Total War: Warhammer connects to the tabletop experience.

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Left For Dead In Conan Exiles

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Left for dead at the beginning of the game, it's up to your character to survive and conquer the wasteland in Funcom's open-world title Conan Exiles. A new developer diary for the title gives an overview of the title and teases the brutal combat the property is known for.

The developers talk about your larger purpose in the game, how it begins, and some visual techniques being used to enrich the world, as well as give you a glimpse of some of the different non-desert environments in the title.

Conan Exiles will be playable via Early Access on Steam for PC this summer, with console releases to follow in the future.

Here's Exactly When You Can Play Homefront: The Revolution's Beta And Some More Details

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Homefront: The Revolution's beta begins tomorrow, and Dambuster Studios has offered some details about it, including exactly when it will start.

The beta is closed, so you will need a code to get in. Here's where you can apply. It's only available on Xbox One and begins Thursday, February 11 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. GMT, 8 p.m. CET) and goes until Sunday, February 14, midnight PST (Monday 3 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. GMT, 9 a.m. CET).

The beta will be testing out three missions in Resistance mode, which you can find more about here. You can find some more details on the mission below:

Get Devoured By A Bear When The Flame In Flood Arrives This Month

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Molasses Flood, a small team made up of former BioShock, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Halo developers, is about to embark on its first adventure. The studio’s Kickstarted game, The Flame in the Flood, will be out in just a couple of weeks.

This spin on the rogue-lite formula takes place in what the developers call “post-societal” America. That translates roughly to “everything has gone to heck, and you’re on your own.”

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Overwatch Returns With A Spiffy New Progression System

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Players in the PC beta for Blizzard's upcoming Overwatch can expect to get their hands on the revamped title today. After a lengthy hiatus for balance fixing, the second closed test period introduces a new game mode and a long-awaited progression system.

After several attempts to get the system right in internal builds, the third time's a charm as the new system will be available today. Instead of giving each character their own level up system to unlock cosmetic rewards (there's no actual gameplay progression like talents or stats), players will advance through unlimited levels in an account level experience system from match to match. Every time a player levels up, they'll receive a crate with four different goodies ranging in rarity, with everything from skins to spraypaints to custom play-of-the-game emotes. There's a ton of unique things to collect.

Finding your inventory dripping with duplicates and still haven't pulled that epic Tracer skin you've always wanted to time travel with? No problem. You can crunch your dupes down for currency and get whatever item you desire from the catalog.

Learn About The Division’s Enemy Factions Before Upcoming Open Beta

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Learn About The Division’s Enemy Factions Before Upcoming Open Beta

We got a small taste of The Division in the recent closed beta, but the lore has still remained largely hidden. There’s much more to uncover, including the different enemy factions that stand in between you and rebuilding New York City.

In addition to the Cleaners, which look like sanitation workers, we meet the Rioters, Rikers (prison escapees), and the Last Man Battalion. None of them are friendly to Division agents or each other.

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