This Weekend Will Be Mighty Magical

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If you’re a fan of the Might & Magic Heroes series you might want to cancel your weekend plans. The second closed beta is starting this weekend and will last from August 26 until September 2.

The second closed beta offers players a closer look at some of the new content coming to the full game. This time around, players are able to access the Sylvan and Dungeon factons, in addition to the already familiar Haven and Academy factions. The latest beta also throws two new skirmish maps into the mix: Fire & Blood and Irresponsible War. The trailer and screens below provide a first look at the new content that can be explored this weekend. 

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Black Ops III PS4 Beta Continues Until Tonight At 10 P.M. Pacific With New Mode

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The Black Ops III beta is open to everyone and extended. Treyarch is keeping the servers alive until late tonight, so you still have time to get in on the action.

The level cap is now level 40 (Colonel), and a new specialist is available. There’s also a new mode joining the fun this year. 

Safeguard is an attack/defend mode that creates asymmetrical play. Attackers must escort a robot drone into the enemy base, but it will only move when someone on the team is standing close by.

Harmonix Details Rock Band 4 Instrument Compatibility

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If you’ve been dutifully holding onto your Rock Band instruments from last generation, you’re in luck. We’ve known that many of the older peripherals are compatible, but now we know exactly which will work with the new versions (and how).

Those of you with older PlayStation 3 instruments can use them with no additional hardware on PlayStation 4. By itself, Rock Band 4 will cost you $59.99. Those hoping to play on Xbox One with legacy gear will need to purchase a bundle including an adapter for $79.99.

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NBA 2K16 Hits The Court With DJ Khaled-Backed Gameplay Trailer

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Visual Concepts and 2K Sports are ramping up to the release of NBA 2K16 next month. The new trailer below features Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis, the cover stars for this year’s game.

Those that pre-order NBA 2K16 won’t need to wait for the game’s September 29 release to start playing. Some retailers (and online storefronts) will be handing out copies on Friday, September 25.

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The Post-Apocalypse Is Televised In Mad Max TV Spot

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Mad Max comes out next week, and to give the general public a taste of what's in store for them, Warner Bros has released a quick TV spot that dutifully notes that the game is indeed rated M for Mature.

For those of you unaware of what usually happens in a post-apocalyptic world; the game's wasteland is a harsh place. As the trailer points out, there are no heroes, only survivors (and the chumps who get in the way of said survivors). While it doesn't talk about Mad Max's plot or finer gameplay points, it does drive home (no pun intended) that violence often has to be met with violence to get what you want.

Mad Max comes out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC on September 1.

WWE 2K16 Steps Into The Ring With Smart Improvements Over Last Year

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Even though WWE 2K15 was the first entry on current-gen consoles, fans expected more since it was released a year into the life cycle. So far, this year’s version takes steps to address the gameplay oddities that held the 2015 edition back. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know how it will stack up on modes.

Our first hands-on opportunity was limited to two multiplayer match types (1v1 and 2v2) and the first showcase event. With Stone Cold Steve Austin on the cover, it’s no surprise that the showcase experience starts at one of his pivotal matches.

In 1996, Austin and Jake the Snake Roberts faced off in the final King of the Ring match. Both had been injured earlier in the night, with Austin receiving stitches on his lip and Roberts coming off a brutal fight with Vader.

Five Charming Subtleties Of Super Mario Maker

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Super Mario Maker has invaded our office and while we won't be able to share our review for some time, we can share some of the charming subtleties that stand out to us.

Your Lives Are More Than Just A NumberThere are a few modes in the game where you are given a handful of lives and told to do your best. Rather than just show you a number and watch it dwindle as you die, you get to see a whole crowd of Marios waiting in line for their turn.

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The PS4 Beta Is Now Open To Everyone

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The PS4 Beta Is Now Open To Everyone

Initially only available for those who pre-ordered the game, Call of Duty: Black Ops III's PlayStation 4 beta is now open to everyone.

All you have to do is make sure your PlayStation 4 console's firmware is up to date and then search the PlayStation Store for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta," download it, and you're in.

For more on Call of Duty: Black Ops III and its beta, head here and here. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is due out on November 6 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Lara Doesn’t Have To Be A Murder Machine In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

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Lara Doesn’t Have To Be A Murder Machine In Rise Of The Tomb Raider

During the Microsoft press briefing at Gamescom, Crystal Dynamics showed off a bloody romp through Rise of the Tomb Raider. Following that, some fans expressed concern that Lara’s adventures had veered too far from their roots.

Today, Microsoft, Square Enix, and Crystal Dynamics released an alternate version that shows Lara progressing through the same area quietly. Crystal Dynamics’ Noah Hughes walks viewers through the “Advancing Storm” scenario without any bloodshed.

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Multiplayer Horror Title Out Now, But Only For A Limited Time

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Multiplayer Horror Title Out Now, But Only For A Limited Time

A new trailer and screenshots offer a closer look at The Flock; a game that will disappear from stores once a certain number of players die in-game.

The asymmetrical horror game offers the community 215,358,979 lives to burn through as a whole. Once that stock is depleted the game will vanish from all storefronts. The Flock will remain in the libraries of those who purchased it, and those players will be the only ones able to witness the game’s big finish. 

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