Chronicle: RuneScape Legends Takes The Iconic Game Into The Digital Card Realm

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Chronicle: RuneScape Legends Takes The Iconic Game Into The Digital Card Realm

The digital card game market is exploding on PC and mobile, and old-school MMORPG RuneScape isn’t falling behind. Next week on March 23, everyone can get in on the action with the launch of open beta. Progress won’t be wiped for official launch, making this a soft launch.

The game attempts to do something markedly different than many others available today by incorporating board game elements into the mix, and having players essentially build their own decks to beat. While a dragon or massive monster might be difficult to defeat, including them in your deck can confer massive rewards to your character as well over the course of a match. In essence, players are building decks for their own champion to beat, not a deck to defeat the opponent.

There’s still plenty of room for interaction with the enemy though, and that can take place in a number of ways, both directly and indirectly. Perhaps you’re the type that wants to fight the opponent directly with battle cards, or maybe you just want to buff enemy monsters – making it harder for the opponent to fulfill their plans. If you’re playing as the thief, maybe you’re focused on stealing enemy resources to hinder their progression and resource acquisition. A multitude of playstyles are available to explore.

Take TrackMania Turbo For A Spin In This Week's Open Beta

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Ubisoft has announced an open console beta for its upcoming TrackMania Turbo, giving PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players a chance to take the game for a test drive in advance of its release next week. Since it's an open beta, getting in will be as easy as starting a download once it goes live – no license tests required.

The beta begins March 18 at 6 a.m. Pacific, running through March 21 at 6 a.m. The full game includes 200 tracks split between four environments, custom-creation tools, and a random track builder for people who just want to get into the action.

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Ninja Theory's Latest Gets A Small Title Change With The Addition Of A Subtitle

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Hellblade, the upcoming game from Ninja Theory, the studio behind the recent Devil May Cry reboot and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, has changed its name.

It's a small change, and it's very likely most will continue to refer to the game simply as Hellblade, but it's new name is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Senua is the protagonist's name. You can see Senua in the image above.

For more on Hellblade, specifically focusing on Senua's struggle with mental illness, head here. Hellblade is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this year.

ARK: Survival Of The Fittest Puts Hunger Games-Like Twist On Dino Survival

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ARK: Survival Of The Fittest Puts Hunger Games-Like Twist On Dino Survival

Survival can be tough enough, even without sadistic forces turning it into a televised sport. The only thing that could possibly be more stressful (and hazardous) than trying to make your way through a dinosaur-filled nightmare would be doing so as teams conspire to slaughter one another in a Hunger Games-like free-for-all. That's the spirit behind the ARK: Survival Evolved spinoff ARK: Survival of the Fittest, which is available today as a standalone title in Early Access on Steam and is in development for consoles.

Survival of the Fittest pits up to 72 players against each other in arenas that shrink over time, encouraging players to meet up and battle to keep online spectators entertained. There are more than 30 creatures to train and ride at the start of the game's Early Access period, with more planned for the eventual launch. Developer Studio Wildcard has created a variety of different modes, tailored for players who are looking for relatively quick 30-minute matches up to battles that can last up to three hours. 

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Hands-On With The Norse RPG

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Expeditions: Viking is the successor to Expeditions: Conquistador. As the name suggests, this time it's all about hairy, axe-wielding vikings. Developer Logic Artists invited me to play through the opening segment of the game.

Expeditions starts mournfully. After creating your avatar in a solid character creator that lets you choose your gender, name, hairstyle, and skill sets, a brief intro cinematic plays. Your father, a chieftain, has died. Your clan and the clans under you are in turmoil. You're in charge now. Uh oh.

The game proper starts at the feast following your father's death. Your mother, Astridr, takes you aside and encourages you to speak with the other chieftains who are attending the feast and measure them up to see who is with you and who is planning to betray you for the throne. Speaking with all of them reveals that they all have complicated feelings about the whole matter. Some of them respected your father as chieftain, but doubt your ability to lead because you're unproven. Others are outright venomous toward both you and dear old dad but claim to be respectful of the traditions that form the hierarchy.

Watch Us Play 16 Uninterrupted Minutes Of Platinum's TMNT

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Watch Us Play 16 Uninterrupted Minutes Of Platinum's TMNT

We recently got some hands-on time with Platinum Games' upcoming Ninja Turtles game, Mutants in Manhattan, and you can see a huge portion of our play session right here.

Unlike our Test Chamber series of videos, where we commentate what's happening on screen, this is just straight gameplay. In the video, you see the events from the perspective of Donatello. Unlike Ninja Turtle games of the past that push you through a linear series of brawls, Mutants in Manhattan places you in a large open area and throws randomized missions at you that you complete in order to build up strength to take on a final boss. What you see in the video below, is a truncated version of that process. Usually you will complete more missions before making it to the boss, but this demo build only had us completing a few before taking on Bebop in a difficult boss fight.

Alongside getting a good look at the combat and cooperative combos, the video also showcases the Turtles' fluid mobility and the bizarre pizza-eating minigame that every turtle must complete before heading back into the battle after being knocked out.

Debating The MOBA Structure And Open-World Super Hero Movement

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Activision recently invited us in for some hands-on time with Platinum’s upcoming brawler, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. After playing through a stage with Kyle and Ben, we had plenty to say about Mutants in Manhattan. Though our time with the game was short, its modern take on the multiplayer beat ‘em up left a lasting impression. We sat down to discuss the turtles’ latest adventure and offer some of our impressions.

Connor: When we first started chatting about our Mutants in Manhattan experience, you equated it to the 1992 brawler Turtles in Time, and I agree with that to a degree. The four player co-op is fluid and fun in a similar way, and there are definitely those over-the-top sequences filled with Foot Ninjas. On the other hand, it’s a 3D action game now; the overall structure of the encounters are different. Mutants in Manhattan seems to be trying to pack as much content and fan service into itself as possible.

Star Wars Crashes The VR Scene With Trials On Tatooine

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Star Wars Crashes The VR Scene With Trials On Tatooine

Today ILMxLab revealed the Force is strong with the HTC Vive by unveiling the Star Wars: Trials of Tatooine, the first VR experience set in the popular sci-fi universe during this most recent wave of technological innovation.

This interactive cinematic experience gives fans a glimpse into the period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Players assume the role of a young, as of now nameless Padawan Luke Skywalker has recruited to join his new Jedi Order. We got a chance to see the interactive project firsthand during an exclusive event at the Presidio.

The demo begins with the player standing in a barren homestead on the desert planet. Soon I see the Millennium Falcon roar overhead and land nearly on top of me. Since the HTC Vive allows you a virtual space to walk and move around, I step away from the towering ship as much as I can. As the landing thrusters of the fastest ship in the galaxy guide the ship into place a fan in the room blows my hair back, cementing my place in this virtual world. The door drops and everyone's favorite astromech droid emerges, with Han Solo (voiced by an actor whose first and last names are not Harrison Ford) saying that Luke has requested he drop off R2. 

Watch Two Minutes Of System Shock Remastered Pre-Alpha Footage

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Watch Two Minutes Of System Shock Remastered Pre-Alpha Footage

Night Dive Studios' forthcoming remake of System Shock is apparently coming along well. The developer has released two minutes of pre-alpha footage that shows off the flashy new visuals and tone of this modernized version. And no, System Shock Remastered is not the System Shock game that launched late last year on GoG. That version is System Shock: Enhanced Edition, and boasts higher resolutions, mouse look support, and bug fixes. Remastered is a new take on the classic Irrational and Looking Glass game.

Night Dive begins the video with a disclaimer that the footage shown is just work in progress from the pre-alpha build, but it's already looking like an upgrade, especially in the ambient lighting and animated objects. Night Dive included a note with the video that says the dev team aims to "keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved, while updating the user interface and graphics to use a modern day engine (Unity)."

System Shock Remastered comes on the heels of Night Dive releasing Turok Remastered last year.

TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan Releases Next Week

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TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan Releases Next Week

Platinum Games' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is releasing on March 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The news comes from a new trailer appearing on IGN.

The release date comes sooner than expected, just two months after Activision officially announced the title on January 26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan comes on the heels of Platinum Games' success with Transformers: Devastation, another beloved 1980's cartoon turned into a cel-shaded action game.

Platinum's approach to the sewer-dwelling turtles consists of four-player cooperative play. The game's story is written by Tom Waltz, who previously brought the turtles to life in comic-book form for IDW Publishing.