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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Gronk & His Football Grenade Launcher In The Madden Movie

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Gronk & His Football Grenade Launcher In The Madden Movie

The NFL has its own ridiculous cast of real-life characters, but they only slightly pale in comparison to the cast EA Sports has assembled for this year's movie/trailer celebrating the coming release of Madden NFL 16.

This year's orgy of outrageousness features Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as well as cameos from players Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Julio Jones, Colin Kaepernick, and Bills coach Rex Ryan. They're all acting in roles, except of course for Rob Gronkowski.

For more of a glimpse at Madden 16's actual gameplay, check out our Test Chamber on the title.

Azure Striker Gunvolt And Mighty Gunvolt Strike PC Next Week

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Originally a pair of games for Nintendo’s 3DS, Azure Striker Gunvolt and Mighty Gunvolt are making their way to Steam. The duo lands next week, so you won’t need to wait long at all.

If you purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt during the first month ($14.99), you’ll get the 8-bit demake, Mighty Gunvolt, for free. After that deal expires, you can purchase Mighty Gunvolt independently for $4.99. The only way to get it during the launch period is to buy the bundle, though.

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Managing Morale In NHL 16

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After gutting the GM mode last year, NHL 16 brings back many staple features to the mode as well as offering a new wrinkle – morale.

The latest trailer for the game explores the facets of being a GM, including managing your team's morale. You'll have to juggle your rosters' various personalities to ensure good lockerroom chemistry, lest you have to switch lines or even call a team or player meeting.

For more on the game, check out Bertz's exhaustive rundown of facts and features.

Expressing Yourself Through Dance

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Atlus has unveiled a new character trailer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The video below highlights Naoto Shirogane, one of the shiest characters in the series. While Naoto often struggles to express herself, she has no trouble dancing her heart out as soon as she hears music.

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Along with introducing Naoto, Atlus published two lyric videos for songs that will be in its upcoming title. Fans can listen to "Snowflakes" and "Time to make History" on the company's YouTube channel.

Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter Puts Something Strange In Your Pocket Today

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Ghostbusting takes a new format today, as Beeline Interactive has released Ghostbusters: Puzzle Fighter. It follows in the footsteps of other the meed Match-3s, like Marvel Puzzle Quest, which task players with assembling a team of heroes to progress through a story.

You’ll be able to collect new party members in the form of cards and put together a team with different skills. Characters include the original quartet and newer Ghostbusters from the IDW comics. Because Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter has RPG elements, you’ll be able to level your party up to take on harder challenges.

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Free Pac-Man iOS & Android Game From The Crossy Road Team

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If you’re one of the millions that fed countless hours into the free mobile game Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256 could be your latest addiction. The free-to-play game is out now for both iOS and Android devices. 

Pac-Man 256, named for the infamous level 256 glitch in the original Pac-Man arcade game, puts you in control of a 3D Pac-Man in an endless 2-D maze. Pac-man must outrun the glitch slowly consuming the level while using powerups to dodge and destroy the ghosts hot on his trail. Just like Hipster Whale’s previous creation Crossy Road, the goal of the game is to see how high of a score players can obtain before something inevitably brings the run to an end. 

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